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Getting my running mojo back

Monday, June 11, 2012

Ever since I was sick, I've really been struggling with my running. Most runs were glacial even by my low standards. And they felt HARD. And I wasn't getting my endorphin rush.

I suppose being sidelined for a month will do that to you. It's the first time in the 4 yrs I've been running that I had to take that long off.

Even tho sat's run still wasn't setting any records, it felt pretty god & I definitely got my runner's high afterwards. Unfortunately, didn't get enough sleep again sat night.

I was exhausted yesterday. My only physical activity was walking tbe dogs. I dd do a fair amount of baking so spent a lot of time on my feet. I was in bed by just a little after 8 pm - which is way early even by my standards. I just couldn't keep my eyes open.

The good news is I slept til 4 am - which is still early, but almost a full 8 hrs & I felt so much better for it. I got out for an early morning run - & actually felt energized afterwards. I've done some cleaning out of the pantry, walked the dogs & a couple of loads of laundry so far. Still on tbe agenda: grocery shopping, more laundry, ST & baking some muffins.

I had Luna bars in my pantry that expired in 2010! Yikes! And what a waste. I certainly hid those from myself.

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DDOORN 6/12/2012 9:08AM

    Nothing like some zzz's to recharge!

Mojo is such a tricky thing to capture!


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FRECKS96 6/11/2012 8:49PM

    emoticon So glad you're finally getting to feel like yourself.

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BARBIETEC 6/11/2012 4:28PM

    I am sorry that you have been sick. Was (is) it serious ? ? ?

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KANSASROSE67 6/11/2012 1:51PM

    Hoping you keep feeling more energized all the time. Sleep can make such a difference, can't it?

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COOP9002 6/11/2012 11:07AM

    Glad you got the mojo back. It's great when you can start looking forward to those morning runs.

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NATPLUMMER 6/11/2012 10:59AM

    Yes, being sidelined will definitely do that to you.
Yay for 8 hours sleep!!! You must have really needed that.
You are reminding me that I should go through the pantry...I bet I've got some expired stuff, too.

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CHRISTINA791 6/11/2012 10:39AM

    Glad to hear it's coming back. It's a huge relief to have a run that feels good after an unintended break. I try to remind myself that everyone has cruddy runs from time to time, especially if you're coming back from illness or injury, but sometimes on those runs it feels like it'll never be the same.

Here's wishing for even more mojo, and one of those runs where you just feel like you could fly!

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/11/2012 9:53AM

    Woohoo! Good for you finding your mojo.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/11/2012 9:50AM

    Glad you got your mojo back. Still looking for mine. I go out and run, but I'm not inspired.
Did you try the expired bars? emoticon

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What I'm reading

Sunday, June 10, 2012

"6 Weeks to Sexy Arms", by JJ Virgin. There was an offer to get this free minus the shipping, but I checked the library first & got it there. It's a nice little book with lots of info besides how to get great arms. I don't agree with everything she says, but I think tbere's a lot of good info in tbe book & I'd recommend it.

I know, I know, ironic that I ran across this book when I couldn't work my arms. It's what I'm using to get back into working them. I'm never real happy with my arms.

"Drop Dead Healthy", by A.J. Jacobs. Rather similar to The 4-Hour Body. The author tries out all sorts of stuff in the pursuit of getting his healthiest body ever. I'm not too far into it yet but it seems entertaining - & maybe educational.

I keep debating whether or not I should bite the bullet & buy the Fifty Shades of Gray trilogy for our upcoming vacation. I requested the first book from the library . . . about 2 months ago.

What are you reading? What do you recommend? Doesn't have to be health related!

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LADYBUG1107 6/14/2012 9:07PM

    I have the A. J. Jacobs book too.

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KANSASROSE67 6/11/2012 1:53PM

    I'm being nostalgic and re-reading the Anne of Green Gables books! Also just read "Why We Make Mistakes" which was pretty interesting non-fiction.

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NATPLUMMER 6/10/2012 4:53PM

    We all want sexy arms so I think I might have to check that out.
I'm reading Who Cooked the Last Supper? The Women't History of the World by Rosalind Miles...interesting.

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    Out local library took the "Fifty Shades" books off the shelves. It must be good!

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A perfect morning & ramblings

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Great run this morning! The map said it was 4.15 miles, but my garmin said it was 4 1/2. I ran with the woman I thought would be around my pace, but she hasn't been there for several weeks - and it worked out well for both of us - she's a bit faster, but tends to push too hard & it pushes me just a little - but not like previous weeks which were too fast. Plus I knew the route & she didn't. Plus this was the farthest she'd ever run! She said she felt she could've kept running, which is a good thing.

They had a seminar afterwards on preventing injuries which was ok, but apparently you can get a free assessment from them at some point & I'm excited about that! I also won a prize - they raffle off something most weeks. I could've had a fuel belt, but since I already have one (a different brand), so I got a module that fits my fuel belt so that's pretty cool.

Took a quick look thru the farmer's market afterwards where I did something potentially stupid: I bought dark chocolate caramel peanut butter. I plan to only use it on mornings of long runs - I'm really pretty good about those things, so I think I'll be ok. OMG it was awesome, tho. And they had s'mores peanut butter, too.

Came home - didn't even change - and we went over to a local college for a charity dog walk. It started to rain just as we finished.

We now have locking knobs on our bathroom & bedroom doors.

I finally got a decent night's sleep. Now I just need a few more.

My elbow is definitely on the mend. I did a workout with VERY light weights & it didn't seem any worse today. I did skip the tricep dips, tho.

I am famished tho - despite eating a perfect foods bar after my run - course that was 3 1/2 hrs ago. I like he perfect foods bars, but they're pricey. A local market ha a 2 for the price of one deal this week. Normally I get the peanut butter carob ones, but I decided to try the cranberry ones. And I like them. They're "lighter" than the PB carob ones, too. Imagine that . . . me eating a protein bar with no chocolate whatsoever (altho of course carob isn't chocolate).

It's always amazing to me how our bodies work. My jeans feel just a tad tighter this morning, but I know that's due to several factors: bloating due to pre-TOM; bloating due to a carbilicious dinner last night; and most likely some bloating due to all the exercise today.

If I'm careful, I can a least maintain this week. I know this. I know that it's even possible to have a loss this week. I've got to keep my eye on the prize. Which this week is a pair of shoes . . .

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BESSHAILE 6/10/2012 6:40AM

    that does sound like a perfect day

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/9/2012 3:17PM

    Yes, you DO need shoes. (smiling) Oh, how I understand that. Looking forward to the pics.

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NATPLUMMER 6/9/2012 12:34PM

    Yay for a great run!!! And a walk, too!
Ooooohhh....that peanut butter does sound good. So does the s'mores one :-)
Yay for some sleep and and elbow feeling better :-)
It's definitely not unreasonable to be hungry again after 3 1/2 hours.
Shoes....you can do it!

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COOP9002 6/9/2012 12:31PM

    Sounds like a productive morning. Hopefully, you'll find a more economical way to purchase your energy bars.

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RICU1952 6/9/2012 11:50AM

    Good for you!! Try to find someone who sells Amway and buy their food bars. They're they best I've run across and the price is reasonable. I'm using their stuff almost exclusively and it's working out well for me. Just got a pair of New Balance and love 'em!!

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You know you've done well . . .

Friday, June 08, 2012

. . . when you wake up hungry! Seriously, you SHOULD be hungry most mornings. If you aren't, chances are you ate too much.

So what did I choose when we went out? It was almost a close encounter with an omelet, but in the end I chose a grilled portabello sandwich which was totally yummy & I ate evey bite. Snagged 3 of my dad's sweet potato fries (and tracked them!). The coleslaw tasted horrible so I didn't eat it - just as well, it was a HUGE serving.

One person had commented that omelets were best avoided, since they're often cooked in butter & loaded with cheese. I think you've got to know yourself & what works for you - a little butter (or even a lot in a very occasional meal) won't kill me - or even derail my weight loss efforts.

It's also part of why I love WW - nothing is "forbidden". The points system makes it easier to see at a glance what is the healthier option - but sometimes it's ok to choose the option that isn't so healthy.

I'm not really an active person, but I do exercise at least semi-vigorously & I need fuel for that exercise. I'm not usually tripped up with one meal - with me, it's usually the little things. You might be different.

Go with what works for you! Find out what works for other people; adopt it if it works for you; toss it if it doesn't., and most importantly, get over your fear of food! Food is fuel. And food SHOULD be enjoyed.

Ok, I'll get off my soapbox now.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 6/8/2012 2:45PM

    It's all about finding what works for YOU, and you are always my "food" hero - you make excellent choices and are really conscious of what you eat. Keep up the good work.

Thanks for the foam roller too, gonna need it.

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FITNESSBENDER 6/8/2012 12:04PM

    That is so true. I strive to be hungry in the morning. I know I ate the right amount if about an hour before my scheduled meal or snack I am hungry. Lately though I am hungry all the time, even with close to maintenance calories..... may need to change my macros up some.

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SKFEREBEE 6/8/2012 12:00PM

    Over Memorial Day weekend I had grilled portabella mushroom burgers w/ grilled pineapple, provolone cheese & tomato and they were just awesome! I'd rather have them over a regular beef burger any day. Sweet potato fries are a weakness of mine...don't think I'd stop at just 3. But when I do have them, I bake them and don't fry them. So with the fiber and vitamins it's not a bad choice for a side as long as I have something green along with it. I wish I didn't enjoy food so much!!!

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NATPLUMMER 6/8/2012 11:28AM

    emoticon The sandwich does sound good but I probably would have gone for the omelet...I know how I am and I never eat the whole thing.

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MARGARITTM 6/8/2012 9:44AM

    Absolutely! emoticon

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OMG, what a senior moment!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

So despite the wax earplugs, I still couldn't fall asleep until my parents finished watching tv. I'm SUCH a light sleeper. Altho sometimes DH has discussions with me when he comes to bed that I have no memory of whatsoever.

The bottom line is I'm exhausted. For a while this afternoon it really looked like it would storm - I was actually geared up to run on the treadmill - and then just said screw it; I'm going outside. It didn't rain & was actually really nice running weather.

The run seemed hard & slow but was faster than last week's tempo run.

And then I got home . . . took my keys out of my pocket . . . and they were my car keys, not my house keys. Crap! Thankfully it was almost to the end of DH's workday (and he wasn't in a meeting), I actually had my cell phone with me & it even had a charge, and this past winter DH locked himself out of the house while I was out (running) & I had to come home & rescue him - and traffic wan't bad.

I didn't lose as much as I gained last week, but I did lose, so I will get myself the sunhat I was eyeing last week. I made a lot of good choices this week & it's pre-TOM, too.

My father walked in on me in the bathroom (thankfully I was drying my hands & not doing something else), so DH has a new project: getting knobs that lock for the bathroom & bedrooms.

I mean seriously, who doesn't at least knock on a bathroom door when it's closed?

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SKFEREBEE 6/8/2012 11:51AM

    I don't think that was a senior moment, just an overtired moment. Your brain needs sleep to function well.

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NATPLUMMER 6/8/2012 11:26AM

    Sorry about the lack of sleep.
Surprisingly, I haven't locked myself out of the house....yet.
A loss is a loss, so congratulations on the sunhat!!
I always knock when the door is closed...yikes!!

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LJCANNON 6/8/2012 10:38AM

    emoticonCongratulations on getting in a Run, AND on your Loss this week!! You are showing real SPARK!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/7/2012 7:03PM

    Yikes, that could have been very embarrassing. Yes, always knock first.

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PCOH051610 6/7/2012 6:40PM

    Had to laugh at your father walking in on you while in the bathroom. To me a closed door means do not enter unless invited but everyone is different.

Also glad that your husband was nearby to rescue you when you were locked out.

I hope you get some sleep soon!

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