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Today is why we run

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

I know, I know, the none runners are groaning not another running blog! Hey, just a few years ago that was me. You never know where life might take you.

Today was a gift: absolutely gorgeous. Almost makes up for the snow in Oct. Almost.

There has been a LOT of raking the last couple of days. Raking, dog walking, baking & exercise. That's the sum total of my existence lately.

I really wanted to get to a dirt trail for a run along the water today, but the raking interfered. So I ran in the neighborhood. I started off plugged in, but remembered I wanted to do a few unplugged runs & besides it was so beautiful. The MP3 player went into the pocket.

I really do find I run better with music & it's easier for me to judge when it's time for a walking break - every 4 songs or so. But it's also good to tune into your body.

It was a nice, easy run. My honey stinger bars arrived today - and the gels, which I haven't yet tried. I did try out the new Vega protein bars & give them 2 fingers way up. So much tastier than the vibrancy bars, which are languishing in my freezer. And just because I was super hungry for some reason this afternoon - must be all that raking - I also ate one of the protein bars I baked this morning. Tasty, but small.

Yes, I have a protein bar problem.

Once my GUs arrive, I should be all set in the racing food department.

Don't forget why you run. It's not all about coming in first - of course, that's not exactly a problem for me.

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IMSMILEY88 11/10/2011 10:00PM

    Coming in 1st isn't a problem for me, either. emoticon In fact, few of us will ever win a race, right? But, we find a joy in running...and that is why we run. For those wonderful days when running is just such a joy!

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DDOORN 11/9/2011 8:43AM

    Oh yeah...MUST tune in to our bodies, nature and the whole experience when we're outdoors. Savor and Spark! :-)


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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/9/2011 8:42AM

    I like GU - extreme chocolate brownie or chocolate endulgence (can't remember exact name), but it tastes just like a brownie - YUMMY. I don't care to much for the fruitty ones. Let me know which one you like the best. Good job on the run.

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NATPLUMMER 11/8/2011 9:51PM

    YAY!!! Great day!!

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CAROLYN1213 11/8/2011 5:49PM

    LOL!!! I had to come read a running blog!!! BTW, I ran just for the fun of it today and it was divine!!!

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TEMPEST272002 11/8/2011 5:28PM

    And you run for... the protien bars? Juck kidding! lol Sounds like a lovely run. Nice to switch things up a bit. I've been considering trying running with music because you talk about how much it helps you. I certainly clean faster when I have the music playing. The weather here was gorgeous too- sunny and unseasonably warm. Made Dog very happy by going for an extra long walk.

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Coming clean

Monday, November 07, 2011

One of the things I've really struggled with on this journey is tracking every BLT (bite, lick, taste). But I've made really great strides in that area.

Today it was time to bite the bullet & figure out what all my little treats disguised as supplements really add up to. I take a couple of vitamin shoppe omega 3 chews, 1 vitamin shoppe vitamin d chew, 1 dark chocolate multivitamin & 1 dark chocolate calcium supplement daily.

Guess what? That added up to 4 points a day. That's 28 extra points a week! Holy moly.

Now, I've been taking all that for probably a year now. I've been on a plateau for 2 years now, so that's probably not the cause but it sure ain't helping.

I won't give up my chocolates. But I will give up my vitamin shoppe chews. They're not THAT good. And I will now count my chocolate supplements as the 2 points that they are.

What have you been turning a blind eye too?

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/7/2011 12:58PM

    Love your acronymn - BLT. emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 11/7/2011 10:47AM

    How interesting. I hadn't thought about something like that, but those points add up pretty fast. I tend to not really count what I put in my coffee. Technically, I allow myself 1 per day - but lately that's crept up to 4 or 5, each one with 2 lbs of evap milk. These little details do add up.

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DDOORN 11/7/2011 10:36AM

    Oh yeah...too many of these "indiscretions" pass my lips as well...sure doesn't help, does it!?


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NATPLUMMER 11/7/2011 9:40AM

    I'm good about tracking the chocolate calciums and the fish oil. They do add up. I take a regular multi (or have been until I started my 30 day Shakeology experiment).

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RUNJEWELRUN 11/7/2011 9:22AM

    Good for you!

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DOROTHYLEE61 11/7/2011 8:45AM

    Yup sometime I don't track everything either.
Thanks for the tip.
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KKKAREN 11/7/2011 8:38AM

    I admit it; I nibble sometimes without tracking. I'm quilty.

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I guess I've been doing it right all these yrs

Sunday, November 06, 2011

I liked the yoga class last Sunday so much, I definitely don't want to do long runs on Sunday's because I want o go to the yoga class!

I must've learned something from all those yoga DVDs, because so far she hasn't had to correct my form. She goes around correcting people's form at times during class & has walked around me to help other people.

Don't worry, I don't have a fat head, I know that doesn't mean my form I'd perfect . . . just not as bad as the person next to me, apparently!

When I go home DH was pissed about something. Not sure what. Maybe that I'd been out longer than he anticipated. Or that he's been doing fall cleanup stuff while I've been running, resting, yoga-ing, or shopping. It's not as tho he couldn't go out while I was gone . . . not sure what his problem is.

I'll be walking the dogs soon. And tomorrow I'll be walking them again & tackling the leaves & grocery shopping. I needed to rest after being sick & my long run, but he never sees it that way. Or maybe he's angry because he didn't get to do what he wanted to yesterday because of his foot . . . not my fault. Whatever.

On a totally different topic, I feel like I'm really in a good place with my eating habits - I've made so many positive changes, conquered so many bad habits . . . Part of why it's so frustrating to me to have gained a few pounds. Like all that hard work isn't being rewarded.

I know I'm not perfect, I see people who eat so much better than me (and worse, of course); sweets will always be a part of my life but they're a much smaller part now; I've come a long way with my portion sizes; I'm so much more honest about tracking these days, too.

Well, whatever again! Such a useful word!

I guess I'll have to really buckle down after these HMs & of course not go overboard using the training as an excuse, too.

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KANSASROSE67 11/7/2011 1:52PM

    My DH was a cranky mess last night too...something in the air, perhaps?!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/7/2011 12:56PM

    Don't ya hate it when the boys are cranky, and apparently for no reason, like we are supposed to be mind readers, lol.

Glad you are doing great with the food. Are you eating more since you are training more? You made need to eat on the high side of your calorie range to sustain those long runs.

Glad you enjoyed yoga, I always consider it a treat for myself when I actually get to go.

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DDOORN 11/7/2011 10:39AM

    Kudos to the "good place" on eating habits...that is SO TOUGH to accomplish! But you've really put exceptional efforts so consistently over the years...BOUND to pay off!


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RUNJEWELRUN 11/6/2011 9:21PM

    Yay for yoga

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TEMPEST272002 11/6/2011 3:53PM

    When I don't know why hubby is mad, it's usually more about him than me. Glad the yoga class is going well. I haven't gone to one in months & I'm missing it. Not the same when I do it on my own.

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NATPLUMMER 11/6/2011 1:56PM

    Yay for some yoga form.
Everybody is entitled to be pissed every once in a while. I hope he gets over it soon because it's no fun being around pissed people.
Good for you doing what you need to do to be healthy.
Yes, pounds are frustrating. I'm not even bothering to weigh myself anymore.

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Old faithfuls

Saturday, November 05, 2011

The plan was for bagel & lox this morning; followed by chocolate chip pancakes - I had a long run of anywhere from 10 1/2 to 11 miles to do.

Only the bagel turned out to be rock hard. Which was sort of ok, as I admitto some angst about how it would really fit into my plan, despite the fact I'd already planned for it. I turned to old faithful: oatmeal, cashew butter & chocolate chips. Um, um, good. Second breakfast remained the chocolate chip pancakes - pancakes being my go-to breakfast on long run days.

I have been carbo loading the last couple of days, and I must say I really wasn't terribly hungry most of the day, almost forcing myself to eat.

Thank God sports authority had chocolate Gus. I'd been looking for them lately & coming up empty. Vanilla; not he same. Mocha - yuck!

It was mid-40s today, about 10 degrees warmer than last week. Not too many critters around this time. Some squirrels, a flock of geese flew in at the end & of course lots of dogs. When I first checked, I was pleasantly surprised to see I'd already gone 11 1/4 miles.

My hip bothered me a bit, but not too bad. I was wearing my cw-x tights, and I kept them on for a couple of hours after the run. They're compressive tights that supposedly help support your IT band & knees - and very pricey. I think they may have helped - anyway the hip feels pretty good right one.

One month + one day to my HM. Only one more "really" long run next week & then I get to taper. I was happy with my time today, especially considering I was sick most of the week. Running by myself I could definitely run a sub-3 hr HM; we'll see what happens when I have to run with 10s of thousands of other runners!

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NATPLUMMER 11/6/2011 10:23AM

    All Gus= yuck to me. I can't take the texture.
Bagels and lox are on tap for us for dinner sometime this week.
Great run!! Glad the tights helped the hip. Whatever works is worth the money.
Looking forward to seeing you. Wish I was running with you.

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TEMPEST272002 11/6/2011 9:08AM

    Only 1 month + 1 day... are you starting to get excited? That time is just going to fly by. I can't wait to read your HM blog.

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XFITSTRONG 11/6/2011 8:07AM

    I love my compression tights! It makes a big difference and they are so comfortable to run in! I cannot wait to read about your HM!!!! So excited for you!

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Trying a reality check

Friday, November 04, 2011

I admit it: it bothers me that in the last 8 months I've gained 5 pounds. Actually, most of the weight I've gained has been in the last 2-3 months. Training for a HM . . . I know people can, and do, gain weight training for marathons. Knowing that, I've tried so hard to be honest with myself.

I've had many NSVs and breakthroughs in the last couple of months, but none of that is reflected in my weight. It did its usual up & down for a while, but lately it's been up, up, up (albeit mostly in small incrememnts) while I feel that I've been doing at least most things right.

It's not just the number on the scale, either, but how I look and how my clothes fit. They still fit . . . but they're definitely snugger.

So today I decided for a reality check. Below on the left I'm at 138, my lowest, and on the right is my current weight, 143 (ugh, I so hate typing that!).

I can see subtle differences. Mostly in my arms & stomach -- maybe my butt a bit too. Definitely in my face, but you can't see that from this photo.

I saw this photo in a magazine . . . the woman is taller than me (I forget how much) and 10 lbs thinner. Do I really look 10 lbs heavier? I didn't think so when I first saw the photo; I thought I looked better. Putting them side by side I'm not sure. Our clothes and poses aren't the same, either, so it's really hard to tell.

The bad news is I do think HM training, for whatever reason, may be at least mostly the culprit. The bad news is that I'll be training for HMs thru February! And if I enjoy my first HM, most likely I'd like to sign up for others. I like the challenge. But I don't like what it's doing to my body, whether it's just due to the training or to my mental thoughts about what I should be eating for an HM.

Ugh! Talk about damned if you do & damned if you don't. But you look at those oh-so-skinny elite atheletes . . . surely I could at least maintain my weight. I'm beginning to feel that I need a nutrition coach . . . someone who could at least look at what I'm eating & say of course you're eating too much or of course you're not eating enough or you need more carbs or you need less carbs or you should eat this before & after your long runs . . . and now I'm rambling . . . I get so tired of constantly guessing, trying, evaluating.

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TEMPEST272002 11/5/2011 1:12PM

    I don't see much of a difference with the 5lbs - maybe a little bit bigger in the tummy... but then your hips look smaller in the 2nd photos. You look smaller to me than the model. She looks broader in the shoulders & hips, but maybe smaller in the mid-section - but that just could be her porportions. It's so hard to compare body sizes. My bf is the same height as me and 30lbs lighter. I wear size 8 jeans (hee hee, still can't believe it) & she wears 12/14; my tops are large, hers are small or x-small. We're just built different. If it's any consolation, you still look great!

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JAXMOMMY 11/4/2011 8:06PM

    I'm sure you see it worse than anyone else! You can't look alike a magazine model or a pro athlete! But, I bet you look fine! (Sorry, I'm blind, can't look at your pics) A nutritian coach or a dietician can help you see if you are eating the correct nutrients for training. SP can pretty much do as much! Are you tracking your food? I'm sure you are getting more defined muscle tone too! Hang in there!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/4/2011 2:19PM

    I so understand all this, coming from a similar place. You are admirable in that you keep on keeping on.

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NATPLUMMER 11/4/2011 2:13PM

    Maybe a nutrition coach would help. At least you wouldn't be doing all this second guessing.

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