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Running for the cure

Friday, September 10, 2010

That is my upcoming race, in about a month. I figure I'd throw the fundraising page out there since they so kindly provide you with one:

www.active.com/donate/komenneny2010/
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If I've donated to you, ABSOLUTELY do NOT feel obligated to donate to me. If you want to, that's great & I definitely appreciate it!

Both my mother & my MIL are breast cancer survivors -- and there has been a great deal of cancer in my family as well, taking the lives of several relatives way too early. So it's a cause I feel strongly about -- probably one most of us feel strongly about, as there are probably few of us who haven't been touched by cancer in one way or another.

Now I have to just hope I can work out what's going on with my butt! From some surfing, my best guess is overtraining and a tight hamstring (which is typical of runners), altho that makes me laugh as I only run about 10 miles a week!

I am very careful to warm up, and I always stretch after a run, too. And I do yoga. And pilates. And strength train. And work on my core. I do all the stuff you're supposed to do.

So for now, I'm trying to stretch out that hamstring more often, massage the painful area, and we'll see what happens. I was hoping for a better time, since hopefully the weather should be much cooler than my first race (same course), but I may just have to settle for having fun.

Altho running isn't really fun for me. What hooks me on running is how I feel AFTER a run.

Anyway, if you're so inclined, you can donate here:

www.active.com/donate/komenneny2010/
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And I'll make sure to remind you again. Because I had people I had planned to donate to, and if they hadn't reposted the link, it might never have happened!

  
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LEONALIONESS 9/11/2010 5:19PM

    :/ I can't in good conscience donate to Susan G. Komen.

I can donate to an animal friendly charity that helps breast cancer patients and survivors in your honor/name. :D Luckily, there are a good handful that focus on either non-animal research methodologies or strictly provide care, help, support to those diagnosed with cancer. :) I like this one, personally, as it focuses on the environmental causes and prevention: http://www.breastcancerfund.org/>Sorry if this makes me sound like an crazy people hating vegan @sshole. I just didn't want you to think I don't care about your race/this cause - I wanted to give a reason for not making a donation, at least! I'm sorry if it comes off all judgy. I really do get that, for a majority of people, potential to help humans is more important than rats/lab animals.

Comment edited on: 9/11/2010 5:29:53 PM

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KEAKMAN 9/10/2010 8:07PM

    Do remind me in a few weeks. You know how much this means to me.

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Not sure I really want to do this . . .

Thursday, September 09, 2010

. . . but here goes.

My buddy Kate has her blogs about running -- which, come to think of it, so does my buddy Donna. I, apparently, now have my blogs about the search for the perfect swimsuit. I'm sure it's one most women can relate to.



Yeah, that's what I wasn't sure I really wanted to post. Not sure how I feel about it. And I'm considering yet another similar suit -- only this one ties in the back, and the other doesn't. I probably won't keep these all.

I like the top half, it's the bottom half that gives me pause.

And you have to understand I'm someone who never wore a bikini til I was about 35. I can find good jeans, good tops, good dresses . . . they all can hide a lot of flaws and I know how to dress myself. But short of wearing a mumu, there isn't a whole lot of hiding in a bathing suit!

And since photos are fun, and I don't think I ever shared this (all crappy phone photos I finally freed):



Our neighbors have an English Mastiff. So the whole David vs. Goliath thing with my dogs & her dog is pretty hilarious. This particular weekend she was taking care of a friend/relative's TWO mastiffs.



A slightly better comparison. I was a little worried when the male Mastiff started charging the fence . . .



The largest mushroom I've ever seen around here. DH says I should posed the dogs with it for some scale, but it was someone else's lawn, after all.

No real points today. Just keepin' it real.

  
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DDHEART 9/9/2010 9:34PM

    Holy hourglass batman! This suit draws the eye right away from the legs and focuses on the female curves.....has the hubby checked this out? Add a sarong when you're strolling through the lobby of the hotel and you've got it!

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TEMPEST272002 9/9/2010 9:26PM

    Wow! You look great in your swimsuit! Pretty Sexy!

Love the dog pics! Dogs don't care about size & it's often the little ones who think they're the toughest. emoticon

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KEAKMAN 9/9/2010 4:38PM

    I think you look HOT in that suit! And it doesn't look at all "bulgy" in the wrong places. So I vote "KEEP IT!"

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CHERDOLL8 9/9/2010 12:10PM

    Cute pics with the dogs
Good pic of you I havent been able to post any pics of me in a swim suit...have only worn one once in 20 years....
Good for you
Good luck with this journey
You can do it
you will do it

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A literal pain in the butt

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Yup, I have one. I've read many articles on running injuries, and this one doesn't seem to come, so I can't figure it out and therefore can't figure out what to do. And yes, I don't actually have a doctor here yet. I'm not real big on doctors, but yes, it's past time for a general checkup. Not that I'm sure a regular doctor would know what this is and it's just a little embarrassing to discuss it with a guy.

I have a pain right at the bottom of my right butt cheek. It doesn't hurt at all when I walk or run, but it hurts when I bend over, and it's been getting progressively worse.

Sciatica comes to mind, but it doesn't radiate down my leg at all.

I wasn't really doing much running until the last few weeks, but I was doing high intensity workouts. I'm not running at all this week, because I like to take a week off once a month, and it's not getting any better.

Y'all are so smart -- and I already know you're (at least not most of you) doctors -- but still, anyone out there have a clue? I'd be happy to do something about it if I could figure out what it is!

  
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HEALTH4LYFE 9/9/2010 8:23PM

    I have had some pain in the butt after running and not while I am running either. "Sarge" who is a massage therapist, diagnosed my pain as because of my IT band. She gave me some stretching exercises to do and I haven't had any problems there since. Not sure if your pain is the same as mine, but if it is, maybe some stretches for the IT band will help.
Let me know when you can what you find out.

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DDHEART 9/8/2010 9:12PM

    Not sure if I can actually shed light on this but wonder what your stretching routine is...seems like I remember you doing some yoga...there is a yoga stretches for runners article here on sp that might be helpful...this really sounds like you've got yourself a tight muscle...I have to go back and check the article, I have it saved so I'll copy the link for you.

http://www.dailyspark.c
om/blog.asp?post=13_yoga_poses_
to_help_runners_and_other_athletes

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LEONALIONESS 9/8/2010 12:45PM

    Maybe?

Hip and/or Buttock Pain
(Piriformis Syndrome)

Description: Pain in your upper leg, buttocks, hips or lower back -- all radiating from the piriform muscle, deep in the buttock. The back section of the buttock on the outside may be sensitive to the touch.

Likely causes:
The piriform is the muscle that helps your hip to rotate. Tightness in the back or hamstring can make the piriform's work difficult and cause inflammation. This swelling in turn often causes pressure and inflammation on the sciatic nerve as well (see sciatica, above). Prolonged sitting can aggravate the injury, as can a tight lower back.

Remedy:
Icing and anti-inflammatories will help with the pain and swelling. Vigorous massage of the knot in the muscle will help it to relax and ease the pain. Meanwhile, work on strengthening and stretching your hip, hamstring and lower-back muscles. For stretching, focus on the hamstring stretch, the hip & lower-back stretch, and the hamstring & back stretch. For strengthening, try side leg lifts.

Does it hurt when you sit? It's a bit weird that it doesn't hurt when you run. Maybe it's just a pulled muscle? I'd see a sport's doc, just to check!

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TEMPEST272002 9/8/2010 9:46AM

    Sorry, I've only experienced OTHER pains in the butt... hopefully it's nothing serious. emoticon

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FRECKS96 9/8/2010 9:27AM

    Not a clue, but I hope you figure it out and feel better soon. Injuries stink!

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Throw in the towel or step up to the plate!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

That was my comment today on somebody's blog. Our lives aren't perfect. Sometimes things just don't go according to plan. It's up to us how we react to what life throws at us.

How many times after eating something that wasn't so healthy have you thrown in the towel & said "well, I'll just start again tomorrow"? And then what happens tomorrow?

Yesterday DH was going out for something that was going to take most of the afternoon & early evening. My original plan was for us to eat dinner separately, but he convinced me we could go out to eat, and then I suggested that he pick up some sushi on the way home.

With that plan in mind, I got down to some "uncooking", aka, dehydrating raw food. I made almond macaroons, buckwheat "scones", and eggplant/mushroom "sausage". When I know I don't have to cook dinner, sometimes I'll choose to do a lot of work in the kitchen.

Only DH called at about 7:30 pm to say the sushi place was closed. You have to understand that I start getting ready for bed at 8 - 8:30 pm typically, and am usually asleep by about 9:30 - 10 pm. Not good news.

Not only that, I'd eaten slightly oddly for me yesterday, and hadn't had much in the way of veggies yet cause I knew that sushi restaurant puts in a salad for free. I wasn't even all that hungry (or so I though) and I was well hydrated.

I told DH that I'd make frozen pizzas. Not ideal, but what're you gonna do? Of course, DH could've gone to a couple of other places, but I knew he was tired. And I was too tired to make the salad that I usually eat with pizza and so ate the entire frozen pizza (they are individual pizzas, so much smaller, but still).

The last few weeks have been filled with more parties and eating out than normal. It would be so easy to throw in the towel.

But I'm choosing to step up to the plate. One bad meal, one bad day, even one bad week isn't the end of the world in the long run. It's only "bad" if we choose to let it turn into weeks or months of unhealthy eating. It's all about how we choose to think about it.

Yes, you may feel as though you have no control and no choices, but we make choices every second of every day. Make sure your choices today are healthy ones that will propel you further down the road to happiness, energy, and health. Are you with me?

  
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FRECKS96 9/8/2010 3:35PM

    I'm totally with you!! And, we're going to knock it out of the park!

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DDHEART 9/7/2010 9:32PM

    YES! Giving in to that feeling of lack of control IS making a choice...it's harder to choose to step up to the plate but it's the better choice in the end.

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TEMPEST272002 9/7/2010 4:29PM

    I'm with you! I whole-heartedly agree... the secret of achieving a healthy life-style is to just keep getting back to it. If we allow our bad choices to lead to more bad choices... well, you know where that path leads!

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SHEILA1505 9/7/2010 12:04PM

    And one bad month doesn't ruin it all either - I've been slacking since I went off on my Scuba trip - no tracking and a bit more wine more often than usual.

Starting yesterday, I found a new eBuddy to be accountable on the Fitness stuff and a WAYMO? challenge to set and achieve some goals this month.

Already today, my tracking ahead of dinner made me put the beans back on the shelf and opt for a green salad with my steak! Another big glass of water is always good, too

It won't be long before a slip-shod month is history - you'll do the same with that pizza :)

Hugs

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Bearing it all (almost)

Friday, September 03, 2010



Maybe these pictures will be the kick in the butt I need to really buckle down. Or maybe not. So I ordered some new swimsuits in anticipation of our hoped-for trip to Hawaii, cause the few I have are really too big (but still actually fit thanks to the beauty of spandex).



I know, I know, y'all will probably tell me all sorts of kind things. I'm not sucking up for them, I'm sure I'll appreciate them, but the truth is I want to see some improvement.

Now you know why most of the photos you see are me in dresses with high heeled shoes. Because the dresses do a good job of hiding the parts I'm still not real happy with, and the shoes elongate my very short legs.

I'm happy with my legs from the knee down. This swimsuit bottom was shorter than I wanted, but it was what was still available. As usual, I do think I look better in it in RL than these photos reflect, but that could be wishful thinking on my part. It will also be interesting to see if I can actually swim without this bottom floating away.

I just sent in my check for the swimming sessions at the high school . . . both morning & evening. It's $68 for twice a week for 10 weeks (altho I doubt I'll be getting there every week, especially with DH's travel schedule the next few months). But even missing a few, it's still worth it. I have the potential to go swimming twice a week! Woohoo! I could almost walk there, but I'm not going to considering it'll be dark. Not to mention getting cooler. Of course I have no idea where the pool actually is, but I'm sure I'll find it . . . eventually.

Getting back to the photos. The one thing I really do like is my strong shoulders. I do think I have great shoulders, if I do say so myself.

I am in serious need of a haircut -- again. I think I always am. Really, I don't need the haircut so much as a bangs trim but it always seems like so much work to go in just to get my bangs trimmed so I never do it (and wouldn't dream of touching them myself).



I'll leave you with a photo that still isn't great, but is much kinder all the same. No swimsuit (no body, for that fact).

Do you think you look great til you see the photos? How do you reconcile what you see in the mirror with what you see in photos?

  
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BESSHAILE 9/5/2010 7:55AM

    I like your smoooth torso too - and flat belly.

but most of all I like your twice a week swimming schedule.

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SERENITY4LIFE 9/4/2010 2:50PM

    Have fun swimming! I haven't been in a bathing suit in 20 years, but I've committed to triathlon training in January so it will be time to face my 'demons'. You look great, but of course, what we see ourselves is what matters.

As for your questions at the end...I usually think and did think in the past that I usually looked o.k. Of course, when I see photos, the reality is sometimes surprising and not in a good way. This was definitely true in the past when I was much heavier and I thought I carried it (my weight) well. Well photos certainly showed just how delusional I was!!

Be kind to yourself and enjoy your time in the pool!

Mary

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DDHEART 9/3/2010 7:25PM

    Darlin, you know how I am about photos.......there is something that struck me the other day....in the photos from the ghost running recently, I was not standing there in my awkward stance and I could see the joy of what I was doing...it changed the impact of the photo....of course wearing running gear also shows the stuff I like about myself these days...muscles....so here's my comment and it isn't just a compliment....you look better in this suit in real life because you never just stand there "before photo" style...you are too vibrant to do that in real life....so you are using the photos to motivate and you're smart/emotionally healthy enough to look at the photos with an eye towards seeing the good parts...now you can get to the work of making the most of the other parts....can't change the length of your legs at this stage of the game...LOL so do the best you can to change the things you can. BTW...the suit is cute and I know you will have a wonderful time!

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HEALTH4LYFE 9/3/2010 4:23PM

    Although you said you didn't want to hear it, you look "marvelous" in the words of Billy Crystal.
Maybe you will see some improvements if you compare the photos to some of you taken before you started your spark journey. Of course, if you are like me, you wouldn't have let anyone take your photo at that time in a swimsuit, if you wore one emoticon

But now, emoticon looks fine. You've come far and with your plan to increase and change up your routine, you will get to where you want! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 9/3/2010 10:22AM

   
I think you're looking smoking in you new bathing suit. Not only do you have great shoulders, but also a slender torso with an hourglass shape, lovely collar bones and shapely calves!

I feel the same as you... I think I look much better in the mirror than I do in photos! How is that? Hmmm? Anyhow... how do I reconcile it? I haven't figured that out yet! Let you know when I do!

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MARIE625 9/3/2010 9:59AM

    Wow. I could have written this, except for the part about the shoulders. My shoulders aren't all that great. Yours are though!

Glad to know someone else has a problem with photos. I always think I'm looking pretty good then I see a photo of myself and I'm shocked and mortified by what I see. As for cutting your own bangs.... I used to always hack on mine until my hair dresser told me a funny store about some lady that had tried to do her own and kept trimming and trimming and ended up with a a 1/2 inch strip of hair all the way back to the crown of her head. Yikes! I can SO see myself doing that so no more self-cuts for me!

You look great in the suit - wear it proudly!

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KEAKMAN 9/3/2010 9:45AM

    Judy, we DID write the same blog!

I think your shoulders look gorgeous. And you picked the perfect suit to show them to their best advantage!

I like your twice a week swimming idea - add that to your running and your I-forget-what-it's-called DVD workouts, and you should see some serious results soon!

We can do it girl!

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