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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I must say when I was hit by the news about my dad last week, I wanted sweets. I knew it had nothing to do with hunger; it was totally an emotional response. And I gave in - in a healthy way.

I had a granola bar. That was it.

In fact, all the time I was in Montreal, I never bought a dessert. I brought some healthy ones with me, but I decided to forgo the chocolate cake after my HM & never gave in to the nutella crepes (could they rival Paris, anyway? I'll never know). I did have desserts, just ones I brought with me.

And I definitely indulged in plenty of carbilicious food. Bagel, cream cheese & lox right after the HM. Pierogis & a potato pancake for dinner that night. A honeystinger bar immediately after the HM, too.

What I've learned in this past yr of running HMs is that I can indulge far less than my stomach thinks I can. Even running 13.1 miles is not a license to eat everything I want for days on end -- not for me, anyway, not if I wantto maintain my weight.

My hip is still achy, but far less sore. It happens to be the side I sleep on: that first night was quite painful; last night wasn't too bad. The debate right now is whether or not to walk the dogs today. It's a lovely day today; tomorrow is supposed to be rainy & we might not get a walk in. Normally I'd probably wait til tomorrow . . . but I've been walking the last couple of days just because I had to & it's getting better anyway. Still using the muscle ache gel & icing.

My dad is going to NYC today for a second opinion. We actually have our next trip coming up really soon . . . hopefully we can still take ie; hopefully we'll know more tonight. It's going to be a busy, busy week.

I hope to get out for a long run this weekend - my next HM will be only 2 months away - but I will listen to my body carefully & it will probably be a very slow run.

I want to thank everyone who has stopped by to encourage & sympathize with me - y'all mean so much to me. I may or may not have time this week to thank you individually, but know that your words have warmed my heart.

And hey, they actually got some decent photos of me! If you go to www.marathonfoto.com , scroll down to Oasis marathon Montreal 2012, & put in my last name, Litt, you can actually see me looking like a runner. I always say I may not be a great runner, but I can look like I am!

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DDHEART 9/28/2012 9:37AM

    First...High Five! I'm so proud of you for the run, the self knowledge and the self control.

Now, best wishes and thoughts sent your way for your dad and the near future. One day at a time!

Glad you're feeling better too. Keep doing all the good self care you're doing and you will be stronger than ever for the next one.....now I have to go look at some glamour...er running photos!

Love the race photos! Yay Judy!

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TEMPEST272002 9/25/2012 11:55PM

    Congrats on finishing another HM & dealing with your sweet cravings in a healthy way. Hope your dad's NYC dr appt goes well.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/25/2012 12:19PM

    What a great idea to bring your own desserts!

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NATPLUMMER 9/25/2012 11:49AM

    You did great with the sweets!!
Glad your hip is doing better. You can always start a walk with the dogs and see how it goes.
Fingers crossed you get some good news and info today.
Do be careful on that run, I want to see you again.
Pretty good pictures :-)

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FRECKS96 9/25/2012 11:12AM

    Nice pics!! I hope you get some better news about dad tonight...I know the waiting is terrible.

Enjoy your walk today and good luck with your run this weekend. I have my next HM on Sunday!

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JLITT62 9/25/2012 11:05AM

    Marathon Oasis & ½ Marathon de Montréal 2012

That's what's in the drop down . . . apparently they couldn't get the accent right.

They're still going thru photos; might be more later. In the one I'm running, I'm smiling because a) I saw the photographer & b) this was before the hills started.

At the end I was smiling cause it was over!

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NELLJONES 9/25/2012 9:54AM

    What's an HM?

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/25/2012 9:50AM

    I couldn't find Oasis or Montreal, I would love to see pics too. Keep me posted about your dad.

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LJCANNON 9/25/2012 9:16AM

    emoticon Loved the Photos!! The people who do the Marathon Photos must do something Special to them because we ALL Look like Athletes In them, LOL!!!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 9/25/2012 8:15AM

    Congratulations! I just tried to use the link and although that worked I couldn't find Oasis in the list. The only O's were for Oakland. Would love to see your pictures so would you check into that link for your admirers!


P.S. How is your Dad feeling? Your Mom? You?

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When a PR may not be such a good idea

Monday, September 24, 2012

So yeah, I got my PR, but I am more than post-HM sore - I am in some pain. IT on both legs & hamstrings; mostly it's just soreness, but there's a bit of pain onmy left leg. I don't think I really hurt myself; I think with a few days rest (hopefully; maybe more) I will be fine.

My goals for HMs are fairly simple:

Hopefully not in pain
Hopefully not last

2 out of 3 ain't bad, huh?

I've always got to analyze it, because if you don't know what you did wrong, you can't fix it. I'm kind of puzzled, tho, because I feel the Austin course was much tougher - & I was totally fine afterwards. Of course I ran this one faster. I certainly hate to think I'll always be in pain if I push harder!

The training plan for this one dropped hill repeats in favor of speed work after about one month, altho some of our long runs were hilly - I did more hill work preparing for Austin, knowing it was a hilly course. Could my hamstrings simply not be strong enough?

Next up is Vegas, tho, which is flat. Because of the sheer volume of runners & the fact that it's at night, I am not expecting a PR. I'll need to look for a flat course for the one after that, I think!

I guess my biggest takeaway is that if I don't want to be in pain for days afterwards, I can't push thru the pain. I knew I was hurting & for the most part I just pushed thru it.

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EMMANYC 9/26/2012 4:09PM

    Isn't it fascinating to turn our bodies into little laboratories through running and racing? (Seriously). I'm also wondering if there are some other factors that might contribute to (or lessen) soreness, such as the following:

a) How quickly after a tough race you consumed recovery food/drink (e.g., protein, electrolytes), etc?

b) Whether you had the opportunity soon after the race to ice and had opportunities for gentle movement (e.g., easy walking, floating in a pool, etc). Or conversely, did you jump in a car / on a plane after the race and force your body into a cramped position in which you didn't move for hours?

c) Running terrain. It might seem like all paved surfaces are the same, but they're not. If you're running a fair bit of the race on a slanted surface, or a bridge, or cobblestones, or partly broken pavement, it could be a lot tougher. I wonder if pavement can feel different at different temperatures (e.g., like steel in the winter but a bit softer in the summer).

d) Shoes - new ones, old ones. Maybe your shoes were at a different stage in their lifecycle.

I was surprised at how little discomfort (relatively speaking) I felt after the 10-mile race in the Bronx, given that I immobilized myself on a red-eye flight a few hours later. But a) I did try to run a bit more slowly than usual; b) I took a big dose of ibuprofen after I ran (and the next day); and c) I took a couple of short cold showers (for my legs).

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DDHEART 9/24/2012 4:25PM

    Keep analyzing as that is how you learn and avoid problems....said from my easy chair forced running vacation...

Now, as we all know, every run is different...your training was slightly different...strength or lack there of is probably a part of this...also, I think you may have gotten your confidence/body knowledge just ever so slightly out of balance...by that I mean pushing through because you were well trained and knew you could push but when your body spoke were you truly listening? Just adding food for thought while you enjoy your recovery. AND...a big...huge factor that you may not be considering...our psyche is an important part of how we do and I know that you received a big dose of family stress just before this race...even if you felt as though you had that aspect under control, you can't totally wipe out the effects this may have had on you.

I wish you a full and happy recovery free of any lasting issues. stretch stretch stretch and BTW congrats on finishing another half!

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KASHMIR 9/24/2012 12:48PM

    I get to see you in Vegas again!!??!! Woo Hoo!!!!

(sorry about the sore legs!)

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TEMPEST272002 9/24/2012 11:11AM

    Hopefully the pain eases off soon. I wonder how much of a role the recent stress with your dad played in your soreness? Just something to consider.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/24/2012 9:45AM

    Maybe you started out too fast? That's when I experience pain.
Rest, ice, and don't overdo. And start stretching more.
emoticon on the PR!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/24/2012 9:37AM

    Sorry you are feeling the after affects today. I don't know if you know the tennis ball trick but I will share, it only took me two years to find someone to turn me on to this and it has been a miracle worker for my hip/IT issues. Take a tennis ball and put it against the wall, then place your hip on ball and roll it on the wall, it works better than trying to lay down on it, then you can move your body to find that spot, and surprisingly where I was hurting was not the spot to place the ball, it was actually in my glutes where the pain originates. I wish someone would have told me about this years ago. It's actually tight glutes that cause the hip and leg pain, at least in my case. Take it easy, you've earned the R&R, ya did GREAT !!!!

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NATPLUMMER 9/24/2012 9:36AM

    Live and learn.
I'm hoping Vegas will be a good one for both of us.

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RnR Montreal: Race report

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Brrrrr! 15-20 mph winds is NOT good running weather. Unofficially, it's a PR of 2:47, a full 10 minutes faster than my last HM. For the first time I really didn't feel like I could've gone on when I finished, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

The race started on the Jacques Cartier bridge & OMG it was sooooo cold with th wind (temp about 50). The temp would've been perfect if it wasn't so frickin' windy. Who decided to start on the bridge?

I had a throwaway fleece on, which I threw away too soon. Brrrr! I have clips on my fuel belt for my bib, but it came off a few times before the start - I was able to dig out a safety pin & pinned it, too, so it stayed on.

I ran into my friend from home on tbe bridge purely by chance. That was the last time I saw her, as she was in corral 13 & I was in 17 - which was right for me - and she finished half an hour earlier.

I can never do a mile by mile report. I won't be able to get my lap info until i get home. The first 9 miles were fairly flat & fast & scenic. I was doing around 12-12:30 mm, faster than I planned. I really tried to slow down; I was shooting for 13 mm the first 10k.

Running thru old Montreal around miles 7? 8? was cool; I felt like I was running thru Paris. But that's where the hills started . . .

The first was around mile 9, I think; or maybe it was 10. And there were 2 more. It wasn't as bad as Austin - hence the PR- but that last 5k hurt. Most of the hills I walked half & ran half.

My hips were screaming at me that last 5k - my knees didn't bother me, but the IT band was not happy & it hasn't bothered me in months & months. No doubt due to pushing the pace. This really was the first time I just didn't feel I could've gone on once I was done - like I don't think I'm ever going to attempt a marathon! I certainly just didn't have it in me today.

We did walk about 1 km afterwards to get bagels at St. Viateur. My left IT band was hurting, but I iced it when we got back & used my tiger tail (travel foam roller).

For most of the race there's very little spectator support. Almost no signs at all. Your name is on your bib & many spectators & volunteers do encourage you by name, so that was cool. If you need good spectator support, this isn't the race for you - but it was the first, so maybe that will grow.

All in all, it was a pretty good race with a hard 5k at tbe end.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 9/25/2012 8:08AM

    Awesome job!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/24/2012 9:46AM

    Way to go!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/24/2012 9:29AM

    I couldn't wait to get to your page first thing this morning to see how the race went. Good job on your PR, you rocked it. So proud of you, I was there cheering you on "virtually" of course. And wind sure does not make for good running conditions, but way to go in pushing thru and getting a PR. Take care of that IT and hip with a little R and R. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 9/24/2012 6:48AM

    Way to go!

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XFITSTRONG 9/23/2012 7:06PM

    Loved it! Congrats on a PR!!!!! Got your next one planned yet? :)

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SKFEREBEE 9/23/2012 5:53PM

    I'm sure the cold didn't help slow your pace. I always run faster when I try to keep warm. Despite the conditions you PRd and that's awesome!

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EMMANYC 9/23/2012 4:37PM

    Congratulations on your PR! And in beautiful Montreal, too. I'd like to get back to Canada for a race sometime.

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NATPLUMMER 9/23/2012 4:15PM

    YAY for a PR!!! That is an excellent time!!
Poor IT band.

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Quick update

Friday, September 21, 2012

I'm really tired so this will be short & sweet.

My father is out of the hospital, but it looks fairly certain he will have brain surgery . . . but not when. Not this weekend, anyway, so I will be running my 3rd HM.

I am really, really exhausted. I am trying to fight off some bug. The weather is supposed to be really crappy tomorrow. Sunday's weather is iffy.

I should be listing what I'm grateful for & there are things; just not tonight. I'll list them mentally as I'm trying to fall asleep . . . if I get that far.

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STRIVER57 9/23/2012 12:27PM

    good luck!

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DDHEART 9/23/2012 11:03AM

    Well I'm sorry I missed the post about your dad and now a bit late, I am hoping all goes well for him and for you...Stay strong...run for your sanity...get some much needed rest and know you have a lot of friends pulling for you.

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TEMPEST272002 9/22/2012 6:18PM

    Thinking of you & hoping you evade all sick-bugs. Hope you get good sleep leading up to the HM.

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EMMANYC 9/21/2012 9:30PM

    I am thinking of you and your family. I hope you can enjoy your race. I ran a couple of races while I was in mourning and I found that losing myself in a crowd in my run was very cathartic.

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TEALHAWK 9/21/2012 8:17PM

  thanks for sharing this

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DOLLFACEDX 9/21/2012 8:09PM

    Sometimes life hits us that way - I find it's best to acknowledge it so I can move on a bit more quickly. SHOULD you be running if you're fighting a but? emoticon

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Father in the hospital

Thursday, September 20, 2012

When it rains, it pours, as they say.

My mother called around lunchtime to inform us that my father is in the hospital. Apparently he's had a brain tumor for years that they believe to be benign, which is now growing & causing symptoms & the prognosis is not good if they don't operate. I was totally unaware of the tumor in the first place.

No real info yet whether they're going to operate & if so, when. Maybe more info later tonight.

We were supposed to leave tomorrow morning.

I could cancel altogether . . . there will be other HMs.

I admit I would still like to do it, but I think of my 84 yr old mother having to sleep by herself for the first time in maybe 20 yrs.

Do I go down & leave my husband with the animals?
Leave the dogs with the pet sitter?

It's 1 1/2 hrs drive, which I know is nothing to some, but it's just far enough to not be easy to go & come & the dogs just can't go more than about 5 or 6 hrs without going out.

I am very torn. And wishing I knew a lot more.

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BESSHAILE 9/30/2012 8:13AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. My own dad had a similar long established, suddenly moving brain tumor in his late 70's. While it was very challenging to live through for the whole family, the operation was successful and he had several more good years afterwards. Here are prayers that your family has the same outcome.

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LAURIE5658 9/25/2012 12:41PM

    Many {{{hugs}}}.


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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/25/2012 12:20PM

    Sorry to hear this. emoticon

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 9/25/2012 8:06AM

    So sorry to hear this news!

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XFITSTRONG 9/21/2012 5:34AM

    Saying a prayer for your dad. I know this is hard. Hugs to you, my friend.

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TEMPEST272002 9/20/2012 7:39PM

    Sorry to hear about all this going on. I'm wishing you strength too. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 9/20/2012 3:50PM

    Oh no! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/20/2012 3:46PM

    Hope dad is ok and mom too. You'll do the right thing.

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SKFEREBEE 9/20/2012 3:17PM

    Just ask your mom what she needs and be there for her the best you can. That's the most important thing right now. Praying for your father, and you, too.

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/20/2012 3:16PM

    Wonder what you will do. Hope for the best for him and will send positive energy your way.

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SHEILA1505 9/20/2012 3:01PM

    Wishing you strength

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