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Swiga: my secret weapon

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

That would be swimming + yoga. Of course, until my shoulder starts to bother me like now. It's always something!

My hip still bothers me after a long run, but some icing & yoga & I'm good to go. And swimming in general really seems to have helped various little aches & pains that have been plaguing me for a while to go away.

I also firmly believe that the cw-x tights are worth the price tag. I try to keep them on for an hour or so after a long run, too. In fact, I have a second pair on the way & if I'm really, really lucky they'll arrive in time for this week's long run.

We changed our hotel in Vegas from the Luxor to the tropicana. I actually have a history with both hotels. The Luxor is the first hotel I ever stayed at in Vegas - a work conference. We weren't impressed 12 yrs ago.

When I started to read the universally dismal reviews & found out there's no wifi or in-room safe . . . the main reason I chose it was it's nearness to the starting line. DH wasn't about to spring for Mandalay Bay.

So anyways . . . I used to go to a painting convention in Vegas that was held at the Tropicana. Altho it's a mile from the starting line - guess that'll be my warmup - it has an indoor pool & I know it's ok. In fact, it was fairly recently renovated & the reviews are mostly good. With wifi & an in room safe. So we changed our reservation.

I wanted to work my arms this week since my dress is sleeveless, but I guess I'll have to concentrate on the abs instead. I guess I probably couldn't make a huge difference in the arms in a week anyway. I will concentrate on low bloat foods like more berries this week & definitely try to stay away from the sodium!

  
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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/15/2011 1:08PM

    Low bloat foods? Good idea! I need to focus on that.

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LUNATIFF 11/15/2011 11:47AM

    I love that you have found so many reasons to keep going rather than excuses to stop. Great weapon!!

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NATPLUMMER 11/15/2011 11:27AM

    A fine secret weapon to have in your arsenal.
I'm sure the Tropicana will be very nice...much nicer than the Circus Circus where we'll be.
low bloat foods sound like a good plan. You'll look fabulous in your dress :-)

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DDOORN 11/15/2011 9:59AM

    We did Vegas a few years back and enjoyed the Hilton. Luxor is certainly a sight to behold, but a bit too weird to think about staying there...lol!

Don

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MYINNERSTRENGTH 11/15/2011 9:52AM

    Keep up the great work!!!!!!!

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Is it wise?

Monday, November 14, 2011

The short answer is probably not.

Initially I was going to title this: which is worse? An uber-rich dessert or baking cookies?

I didn't have dessert - at the restaurant, anyway - when we went out this weekend, despite my long run. I've no doubt their desserts are awesome, but nothing really called to me. DH & I split a chocolate bar when we got home.

I was going to bake cookies for dessert the next day - planned for - but after an errand-filled day I was too tired.

I mixed up the dough this morning. Formed the cookies & placed them in the freezer; one of my favorite tricks - you can just take them out of the freezer & add a little to the baking time & voila! Fresh from the oven cookies with built-in portion control.

Except I pulled one from the freezer to bake & have with my tea after walking the dogs. It is, at least, cookies from clean eating magazine.

The best decision? Probably not. Not when we'll be away this weekend at a wedding. Not with thanksgiving next week. And I'll have to add at least a tablespoon of cookie dough to today's points.

I have, at least, decided not to have my leftover mushroom ravioli in cream sauce this week. I'll need to really watch the sodium to look my best this weekend!

And that is what a healthy lifestyle is made up of: mindful decisions, some good, sone not so good. Hopefully the good outweigh the not so good.

  
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NEWNAC304 11/16/2011 5:33PM

    I think it's great that you can stop at one cookie! emoticon

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XFITSTRONG 11/14/2011 2:24PM

    I like the frozen dough idea!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/14/2011 9:47AM

    You're a good girl. (smiling) Have a fun day.

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NATPLUMMER 11/14/2011 9:47AM

    You did walk the dogs. That burns some of the cookie calories.

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I ate a snickers bar today

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Well, sort of. I had a 20g protein honeystinger bar - chocolate covered peanut butter - after my 12 mile run. And OMG was it good. I was practically moaning in the car it tasted so good.

It was a pretty good run. Man, was it cold! Mid-40s but with a fierce wind that made it feel in the 30s. I even shaved just a few seconds off lat week's pace. The good news is that I'll probably wear the hoodie I wore as an outer layer in Vegas - & I already have 2 of them!

I tried out the honeystinger gel & didn't particularly like it. It just tasted weird to me. But it didn't bother my stomach so I guess they can be backups - my GU order arrived while I was out running, ironically enough.

So now I'm left with some questions:

How long should my last 2 long runs be? Next week's will be rushed, as I have to squeeze it in before we take off to jersey for the wedding (about a 3 hr drive). I was thinking maybe 9, but I might even drop it further than that. Looks to be another cold run.

Should I consider changing my corral? Right now I'm in the 3 hr one. I did the 12 miles today in 2 hr 25 minutes. I could change it to 2:30; sometimes starting out with a faster group is good for me, but I also know that I have a tendency to go out too fast, too. Usually I do run faster in a race than my training runs, but there are a lot of factors that could make me run slower than usual, too.

For right now I'm just happy that my last 2 long runs have gone really well.

  
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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/15/2011 3:57PM

    I'm so excited for you for your race. Take the advice you gave me... the training has already been done, nothing you can do now will affect that. You got this girl, take it easy and just wait for the big day, with a few short runs in between (like 3-5 miles). emoticon

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LEONALIONESS 11/14/2011 4:33PM

    I'm with Pastafarian, JLITT.
Doing long runs at race pace is something dummies like me do. ;) I've gotten better! My 20 last night was at 12 min/miles, which is almost 2 minutes slower than race pace. I'm prone to running them at 10:15-10:30s and that's just cruising for trouble.

Either you're running those LSD at the recommended 30-1:00 slower per mile and can then assume a faster HM time or you're running the LSD way too fast. Since your plan doesn't have a real significant taper of a few weeks(that I recall, I remember thinking you didn't taper anywhere near enough and commented on it?) you might want to A) cut mileage now so that you DO have a more significant taper since you've been running those at near race pace and *need* to heal and get your glycogen stores filled up or B) understand that your race might suffer due to overtraining and inadequate rest.

Not trying to be a jerk, I just really think you might be overdoing it and I don't want your race to suffer or your health. You're in the danger zone right now, peak mileage and close to the race. Now is the time to start cutting back, resting more and eating a bit more carb heavy to heal up and fuel up. You've done the work, you can absolutely add nothing to your fitness at the 3 wk out point that will help your race. You can only hurt it. The training is done. The miles are in the bank. Cut back, run slow and easy and heal heal heal.

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MARGARITTM 11/14/2011 2:16PM

    You definately need to change your corral. If you did that on a practice YES YOU SHOULD

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 11/14/2011 9:47AM

    I would say change your corral. You dont want to be dodging people that are slower than you. That is frustrating to me.

Congrats on your run!!! Vegas is only a short 3 weeks away!!! We are going to have so much fun!!

Also, there is a group of SP that are getting together on Saturday. I dont have specificis yet.

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BARBIETEC 11/13/2011 6:22AM

    Your rock!

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KAREN_NY 11/12/2011 6:33PM

    Fabulous!!! My LR is tomorrow and I can't wait... my legs and arms are getting twitchy to do it, lol. 2 weeks until your HM? Probably time enough for a midrange run and a short one (the taper is real). Wishing great weather and lots of fun for you!
K:)

ps - love your blog title. i seriously thought this was going to be about a vending thing, lol. ive found that when i have a bite of corn-syrupy candy now, i really don't like it much. i'd rather have an espresso gu -- how weird is that? lol!!

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NATPLUMMER 11/12/2011 6:17PM

    Yay for a great long long!!! You deserve a tasty chocolate covered peanut treat :-)
If you're going to move up in corral, you need to do it soon. I think it's probably better to start out slower, but that's just me.

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FREELADY 11/12/2011 5:54PM

    Great run! Hearing aboit your program energizes me!

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PASTAFARIAN 11/12/2011 5:20PM

    If you can run 12 miles in 2:25, then you can run 13.1 in 2:50 but that long runs are supposed to be significantly slower than race pace. So either you're doing your long runs too fast (in which case, you already know how well you can run) or you are doing your long runs correctly but don't realize that you can run your race significantly faster.

Given your "shaved a few seconds" comment, I'm guessing that you've been doing your long runs at your expected race pace. Please explain what you're thinking!

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Let's hear it for a rest day!

Friday, November 11, 2011

It is sorely needed. This week has consisted of:

4 morning yoga sessions
4 doggie walks
4 10 minute abs sessions
1 easy run
1 interval run
1 easy swim
4 days of raking

And of course the normal chores. Plus 3 mornings of baking some healthy eats.

And tomorrow is my last really long long run. Today I am resting. Aside from walking the dogs, maybe some yoga & more laundry, my plan for today is to lay on the couch and catch up with some tv shows and go out for a pasta dinner.

We rarely go out during the work week, but we have a coupon that's expiring, it will be hard to go out tomorrow with my long run ending fairly late, and we haven't been out to eat for a couple of weeks.

I have mixed feelings about tomorrow's long run. It will probably be chillier than I'd like yet again. I'm feeling pretty tired today; it was a really long week. Just hoping it goes as well as the last one, which will give me a nice pyschological boost - never underestimate the power of the mind!

Finally, a shout out to my buddies SKINNYPOWELL & RUNJEWELRUN who are running their first HM & marathons (no sure if it's RUNJEWELRUN's first?), respectively, this weekend.

  
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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/11/2011 1:33PM

    Thanks for the shout out Judy. I'm going to make you proud. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 11/11/2011 11:16AM

    You do deserve a rest day!! Enjoy it. I hope the long run goes well. How far are you going?

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MYINNERSTRENGTH 11/11/2011 9:31AM

    I am just beginning to start running....I can't WAIT to feel a runner's high as I cross that finish line!

Your long run tomorrow will be great......I just know it!!!!

GOOD LUCK!

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GOOSIEMOON 11/11/2011 9:30AM

    It sounds like you need, have planned for, and have earned that rest day!

Enjoy your well-deserved couch time!



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Lightbulb moment & some ramblings

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

We all know not to compare ourselves to others, yet inevitably we do.

Sometimes I read other people's blogs & I feel like a slacker. They run an "easy" 5 miles than walk another 5 just for giggles & grins! They run so much faster so effortlessly! All while working full time!

So why do I sometimes feel like I'm overtraining on a mere 20 miles or less? Insomnia, fatigue, weight gain. And I'm not even working!

The reasons why, of course, are endless:

Maybe I'm older
Maybe they've been running longer
Maybe they're not doing a lot of yard work
Maybe they're single
Maybe the don't have dogs to walk
Maybe they eat better

Really, the list could go on & on.

Maybe it's time to tune into my body even more. And forget about what the other person is doing, because you never know what is going on behind closed doors.

Next weekend is my cousin's wedding. I get so lucky this week - the dress I bought was a size 8; they didn't have a smaller size. I knew I'm not a size 8 dress, but I thought it looked good. While I was shopping Sunday, right before leaving,i saw the same dress. Size 4. Long story short, despite the fact I no longer had the receipt (the tags were still on, tho), I was able to exchange the dress for the smaller size.

I should be able to get photos this time. I've got the dress, the shoes, the jewelry. Still looking for a cute new clutch. And trying to figure out what to do with my hair.

Maybe you're still like me, a little too concerned with what the other guy is doing. But does that ever get you anything other than frustrated?

  
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DDOORN 11/10/2011 11:48AM

    Frustration is typical for me, along with self-bashing...however *occasionally* I'm able to look at this person as an inspiration, someone to emulate or strive to be more like...!

Kudos on your dress size!

Don

ps...Thx for "swinging" by ye olde blog! :-)

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MOMMY2TWO07 11/10/2011 11:22AM

    You hit the nail on the head for me. This is exactly what I have been doing. I feel like everyone who is a success story and gets to their goal and looks great either goes to a gym or is a runner. And right now that is not possible for me......I don't have the money for a gym membership , etc.

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NIKI778 11/10/2011 11:14AM

    It is hard not to compare to others, but I just try and push myself as hard as I can, and know that I am doing my best, there mgiht be others out there who are better, but I am doing the BEST ME I can.

You go be the BEST YOU, and don't worry about what other people are doing.

Congrats on finding the dress in the smaller size. Can't wait to see the pictures!!

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TEMPEST272002 11/9/2011 5:44PM

    It's hard not to compare ourselves, but it's a crazy thing to do. How to compare the variables of one person's life & figure & genetics to another? I can't wait to see you in your dress.

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NATPLUMMER 11/9/2011 11:49AM

    Overtraining is different for everybody. I didn't think that I was but I may have been and that's why I got injured...the jury is still out on that one.
Yay for dress!! I bet you'll be looking beautiful!!

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KANSASROSE67 11/9/2011 11:23AM

    I think you're right on about comparing ourselves to others. I do it with sizes...like right now I'm in total envy of your size 4! It's something we all need to watch out for...as you say, everyone is different.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/9/2011 10:34AM

    You are so right about not knowing what is going on behind closed doors, things are not always what they appear to be. For some, running comes easy, for me it's been a work in progress, and someone had the nerve to say to me the other day... "I don't know why you are stressing, it's ONLY a half marathon, it's not like it's a whole one", really?? I don't compare myself to others - I just do my own thing and I'm happy with that. You do your own thing too, and you're doing great. You train until you feel comfortable in what you are doing and no worries about what others think.

Can't wait to see pics of the new dress and in a size 4 - emoticon

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CDK210 11/9/2011 10:33AM

    I run into the same thing. Everywhere that I read about running, it's "do an easy 10 min/mile jog"...um, that's lightening pace for me! I have days where 5 miles can be easy, I have other days where 2 miles is torture. And all of it is as my pace...which is far slower than others. But it's my pace.

And yes, I get frustrated, and I'm sure I could come up with a list of reasons too. And then somehow I just get past it and focus on the fact that I am doing it. I did whatever distance, at whatever pace, and it's more than a lot of people can do, so they might look at me and feel the same way that I feel looking at others.

Have a great time at the wedding!

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