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I Need Some Running Advice......... Please

Sunday, September 12, 2010

In thirteen days I run my first official 5K. That's the one where you pay money and get a cool tee shirt. I have largely trained for this on my own. I am running three times a week, with my runs being 1.5 miles, 2.0 miles and 3.1 miles. I feel good after each run and don't feel winded or exhausted or anything like that and nothing hurts.

Here is my question:

I am going to run this 5K Saturday, September 25. What should my training regimen, as far as running goes, be between now and then?

Any help would be greatly appreciated

  
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JUDIL62 9/14/2010 2:24PM

    good luck!

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DOTSLADY 9/13/2010 3:47PM

    I just finished my 2nd 5k. I made a lot of mistakes with my first. I joined couch to 5K, but never really checked it out cause I walked all the time - mistake 1. :P I didn't sleep well the night before. I ate too much the day before and didn't eat the morning of cause I wasn't hungry. I should have brought water with me (or coconut water - has electrolytes) cause the dixie cup water stations were few and far between along the way (but the second time around I had my own water and still drank theirs). I usually walk and tried intervals a couple of weeks before. That helped. I've only been a walker because I have muscle problems from fibromyalgia, so you sound good in that department. Stretch before and really more after. Small protein/carb meal the morning of the race (I had a hboiled egg and sm apple), protein and carb after (I had hb egg, 3 hb egg whites, and the race provided the 2 bananas) - and a liter of water the next few hours. Take a cool shower to cool down after. You might not need to do all those things, but that's my gig right now, so I thought I'd share. You're probably more fit than me. (I've had several people tell me after-the-fact that I should have taken a cool shower or put my feet in ice-water to cool down. I didn't know that. I took a HOT bath to "relax" before bed .. and woke up with heart attack symptoms!)

Take it easy and have fun. I found race people to be encouraging.
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ARCHIMEDESII 9/13/2010 2:41PM

    If you want to run well, you should take Friday off so that your muscles have plenty of time to rest and replenish their glycogen. You don't have to change your eating habits. Eat normally.

Now, depending on what time the 5K is, you do want to make sure you're eating a little something prior to the run. You don't want your blood sugar to drop. so, do make sure you have a little something. a piece of whole wheat toast and peanut butter would do fine. Do keep your meal light. You can eat after the run.

Also, make sure you hit the water stops whenever you see them. Don't run past them thinking that you don't need water. YOU NEED TO DRINK WATER even during a 5K. you'd be surprized how fast your body dehydrates when running. So, don't pass those water stops. You grab water when you can.

Mostly, have a good time. Don't worry about the people around you. there will be people faster than you and people slower than you. You go at your own pace. If you do feel you need to walk, it's okay to walk part of the race if you need to.

Have fun !!!

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CRIS76 9/13/2010 2:24PM

    I would say do a day or two of rest before. If I run on Saturday morning, I usually do a small run Thursday night and then nothing Friday.

Being your first, you are going to learn what works for you as far as a schedule. I do ok running again the next day, but some folks aren't.

GOOD LUCK!!!!! and more importantly: HAVE FUN!!!!!

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HLPRATT 9/13/2010 9:06AM

    I think you will do great and just keep pushing yourself a little bit. But not too much right before the 5k. The race itself will push you. I wouldn't worry about it. Just plan on getting it done as fast as possible and having fun!!!

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ELYMWX 9/13/2010 12:32AM

    For a 5K, given the distances you're running, no major taper should be needed. I'm guessing here, but if you're running them in that sequence, with rest days in between and two days after your 3.1 mile run, you should be fine, no matter what you do. Take the day before as a rest (or two if you like), and slot the race in anywhere you feel like. If you've never done a 5K followed by a 5K, you might not want to do that, but even if you did you would probably be fine.

The adrenaline rush of it being your first formal race and of running with other people will probably carry you along so you will probably be a minute or two faster than you have been to date, but remember that you're running your own race - don't let yourself get pulled along too fast.

Above all, enjoy it!

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CARTOONB 9/12/2010 10:01PM

    Give yourself permission to walk. emoticon

I'm not a runner, so no advice, but here's something else! Go John! GO!!!! (I'm cheering you on.)

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/12/2010 8:44PM

    I'm a new runner too and believe you might be more advanced than me in the training department but I do have one bit of advice. I enjoyed my first 5K earlier this year and did fantastic for no training ... that being said, the excitement and energy of the crowd really got me going. Take a deep breath and run your race at your pace! Enjoy.

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JURI62 9/12/2010 6:46PM

    No advice John, but I picked up great pointers!!! emoticon
Good luck on race day!!

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NJMATTICE 9/12/2010 4:36PM

    I suggest prayer. That's all the advice I've got for you. That and what I tell the youngsters, "Do your best! That's all that's required." Run, John. Run like the wind!
Love,
Nancy

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STORMTMB 9/12/2010 4:00PM

    I have no advice other than to say "Go John! We're cheering you on!"

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MSSUNBUG 9/12/2010 2:27PM

    My advice: Honestly, keep it simple. Don't overdue it in the next two weeks--do exactly what you've been doing. Give yourself a day or two before the race without running. Your body knows the answer--trust it.

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BAM0827 9/12/2010 1:33PM

    I'm no expert by any means but I did a race last weekend. My first one completely running.

I would do your normal runs this week - maybe your 3.1 next Saturday, a week before your race. Then do some shorter runs the week before. I would rest the day before the race - maybe do a 2 mile run on Thursday, or cross train for 30-45 minutes on Thursday. The plan that I found for 8K race kind of follows this pattern.

I think since you're not really experiencing any ill effects during or after your runs, your race is going to be just like any other day running (plus you have adrenaline). You'll do great!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/12/2010 1:29PM

    The first and last part of the advice you got from ISHIIGIRL is right on. As a nurse I would not recommend that you drink coffee and take a few aspirin though. Not a good idea at your or my age.

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ISHIIGIRL 9/12/2010 1:05PM

    Ok, don't run a few days before your race. Make sure you rest up and eat plenty of carbs. Wear the same clothes that you regularly train in. Don't try and make any big changes. If you train with music, use the same playlist that you normally use for your long run. Start in the back of the crowd and pace yourself. Dont' get caught in the middle stand slightly on the side of the crowd towards the back. You will be hyped up from excitement and you don't want to peter out at the end. Make sure you plan for the weather you can always remove layers as you go. Remember, when you run it feels about 20 degrees hotter than it actually is so plan accordingly. Also, make sure you are well hydrated. You do not want to get dehydrated. I did this for a race and it was miserable. I always drink coffee before my runs and take a few aspirin, this helps with joints and give you a little added boost. Make sure you fuel up well a few hours before your race. These are all pointers people gave me before my first 5K and they were all great. I am doing my 4th 5K next weekend so good luck and I hope it goes well for you!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/12/2010 12:44PM

    I am no expert by any means, but generally I have been told you want to taper your running before a race, and don't run the day before a race. With a 5K it isn't as essential because it is a relatively short race (so they say!), but doing your longest run early in the week and shorter ones closer makes sense so your legs are more rested on race day. The main thing is relax and have fun with it! Try not to get caught up in the excitement and start out too fast, just run your own race at your own pace.

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SAPPHIRE983 9/12/2010 12:20PM

    I will be running my first 5K on Saturday, October 2nd and I have no idea how to train except just run! I would like to know what the best training advice would be too! Good luck on your first 5K!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 9/12/2010 12:19PM

    Hey there! Thanks for asking this question - I don't have an answer, but am hoping someone will drop by with feedback. It will help me too!

I think I read something in Runner's World about this topic, so I'll check my old issues and see if I can find it...if so, I'll post it here!

Good luck with your race! Way to Go!!!
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Gutting It Out

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Sometimes it is not pretty and sometimes it is not fun but it always gets results

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HLPRATT 9/13/2010 9:14AM

    We all feel like this. Sometimes I can find more excuses than the time it takes me to exercise. Just hold out for that good feeling afterwards

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DOLLBABE56 9/12/2010 11:04AM

    What are you inside my head or something? lol I am definitely feeling this way. I overdid the exercise so much last Wednesday that I could barely walk until today. Seriously. So today I'm feeling a lot better, but I don't think I should run until tomorrow. Legs are still a little weak/wobbly/sore. It probably would help if I did run today. I don't know... but I'm making all kinds of excuses. Lately I have been doing my exercises later and later in the day. Putting it off. I'm making excuses. Tomorrow I think that I will try taking my run off of the treadmill. I think I will run early in the morning before the school traffic. I'll walk Poppet first, bring her home and head out. That's the plan. I hope I will stick to it. No. I have to stick to it. I don't want to throw all of my hard work away.

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JPRICE217 9/12/2010 6:50AM

    I have been there and I always feel better after I do so why do I fight it so bad. Good question. No answer

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/12/2010 1:06AM

    John, I appreciate your honesty so much! We all have those days when we just don't want to do it, whether it's running, eating healthy, working out, or just doing the stuff we gotta do. Sometimes you do just have to gut it out, but in the end it's worth it. As you say so often, YOU'RE worth it; this is a lifelong journey, not a quick fix, and we have to learn how to push ourselves to keep going when we have those days. Way to go on silencing the negative voices (or at least ignoring them) and getting out there!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 9/11/2010 8:16PM

    Congrats on your newest accomplishment!!! Awesome new PR!

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RACINGSLUG 9/11/2010 5:26PM

    I can't watch any of your videoblogs without feeling a little better. Your story actually reminds me of my first (and, so far, only) 5k run. I am a sloooow runner... that's why I'm RacingSLUG. My first pace when I started out was 18 min/mile. When I finally got up to running a 5K, it was my first day out, I had trained hard and was so motivated, and... everyone left me in their dust. I was bummed, seriously flagging, hurting, frustrated, terrible attitude. Then my husband looked at his stopwatch and said, ''You're actually running your fastest pace ever.'' It turned everything around. I actually started running faster, and I finished at a pace under 13:00 for the first time ever. The next day I went out and ran even faster than that.

I know what you mean about how it gets tough - I've been here about three years. I lost a lot of weight initially but I feel like I'm constantly battling the same 15 pounds lately. But more than ever your blog speaks to me on another level - a professional one. I just started my 2nd and final year of graduate school this week and it is a completely overwhelming experience, it is a very rigorous program where they demand nothing short of excellence both academically and professionally. The time schedule is positively overwhelming and it's hard not to constantly compare yourself to all the people who are better, smarter and more experienced. After just two days back in action I'm already exhausted and freaked out and wanting to make all kinds of excuses to bail. Your reminder to ''gut it out'' is just what I need right now, because this is going to pay off in the long run, just like anything else we invest our future in. I need to acknowledge the short term pains will bring long term gains. Thanks for helping me gain some perspective.

~Christy

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GREENFROGGIE9 9/11/2010 4:22PM

    Thank you for your inspiring words! & Congrats on your success!

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WEIGHTOSUCCESS 9/11/2010 1:53PM

    It's nice to know that your not alone with the whining fits and the I don't feel like it's emoticon Your tough, strong and a trooper!! Way to go on signing up for a 5k I can't wait to hear about it. I think I hold the official title to the worlds slowest runner but you know what ??? it's all good at least i'm out there moving and that's all that matters. Way to go on "Gutting it out" my friend. You deserve a great big emoticon

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HONORINGGOD 9/11/2010 1:22PM

    wow i needed that kick in the pants today.told PAULA we are going hiking today but i got the wawawa's i worked ,i'm tired , i'm sore well, thank you my friend i,m going hiking now.not after a nap ,or a movie,or sit sparking .love my sparkpeople but it will not loss the nexxt 100 lbs for but it will give me some great friends to motovate me . thanks again my friend emoticon

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RENA1965 9/11/2010 1:03PM

    Bravo for running! You surprised yourself to motivation... Just doing it does help...

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MKPRINCESS007 9/11/2010 11:38AM

    You are SO REAL! I love that about you! I love reading about Sparkfolks who inspire, who are winners in every sense of the word, but I do at times get weary from the cheerleading. Look, life is real. REAL real. Sometimes, not having roadrunner metabolism stinks. You get up and get going when you stumble. You push through when you want to forget it. That is the real deal. I could shower you with accolades, but man, you already know you rock in my book. So, enough said. You got your own sweet victory at the end of that run. That is all you need.

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Catching Up

Friday, September 10, 2010

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JPRICE217 9/12/2010 6:59AM

    I have got hooked on the internet with sparks I can stay on it for hours. Good to hear from you again I miss you while you are gone

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ROGUE_RUNNER 9/11/2010 2:39PM

    Ive actually stayed at that Hampton Inn in Buckhannon - it's a small world :o)

I agree about the T-shirt!! I have several and I love them!! I've also thought about how great it would be to do vlogg responses!

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DOLLBABE56 9/11/2010 10:59AM

    Funny you say that about our dependencies on the internet. Lately I have been spending more and more time on it - and I don't like the fact that I've become drawn into it. So yesterday I turned my computer off for most of the day. I didn't check my iphone either. It was rather freeing. Made a big difference in how I am feeling. (aside from being EXTREMELY muscle sore from my Weds. workout - lol) So I have decided to do my "sparking" and check my mail in the mornings and evenings, and let that be that. We'll see how it works for me.

Glad you are back. Looks like you have a couple of busy weeks ahead of you.

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WANDAH3 9/11/2010 10:37AM

    We really have got used to having our conveniences! Have a great weekend.

Hugs,
Wanda

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YOGINI_JACKIE 9/11/2010 9:47AM

    That's pretty crazy that they didn't have any internet whatsoever--I feel like that is standard for hotels, you know?

That's so awesome that you registered for your fist 5k! I would make sure you get a Tshirt--I'm sure there will be some no-shows or something and you can snag one that way. Missed you too! So exciting about your son's wedding coming up; I know you will have a great time!

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AQUABUNNY 9/10/2010 11:58PM

    we missed you, too! That hotel's lack of internet---would be soooo frustrating. We ARE pretty dependent on modern technology, though, you're right!



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CARTOONB 9/10/2010 11:56PM

    Welcome back! I totally get the t-shirt thing! It's your first official 5k. Of course you need a t-shirt! Good luck with all of the preparations and with getting caught up!

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HONORINGGOD 9/10/2010 11:29PM

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USFBULL 9/10/2010 10:59PM

    Way to go and welcome back, bet the views were awesome on that drive. emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/10/2010 8:07PM

    Welcome back, John! It drives me crazy when a hotel doesn't have Internet access, so I'm glad you managed to survive that. Interesting idea about posting a vlog response to someone else's blog; I haven't ventured into vlogs yet but have been thinking about doing one. Good for you on signing up for a race; I admit it, I want the shirt too from races, LOL! I'm sure you will do great, the main thing is to go out and HAVE FUN doing it.



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Making Adjustments

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

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JURI62 9/9/2010 10:52AM

    Enjoy the Ride (or run as the case may be)!

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LUNDIEP 9/9/2010 9:32AM

    I had the exact same thing happen. Weight was up, but measurements were down!

Love the "4 things" idea. Sounds like a good thing to "steal". :)

Have a wonderful week!

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MARCYNA 9/8/2010 9:06AM

    I haven't lost weight for months but I am not really worried as all my clothes are loose and my muscles are stronger, maybe it's true also for you and also stress may be a factor, anyway I'm sure it'll work for your best emoticon emoticon

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ROGUE_RUNNER 9/8/2010 8:54AM

    I love that Alabama song - Im going to go listen to it right now :o) Oh yay!!! We both came up with 4 things to re-focus!! It works - Ive seen the scale move :o)

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WANDAH3 9/8/2010 7:20AM

    If the clothes are fitting better and you are following the routine you have set for yourself...why are you allowing the scales to dictate how well you are doing???? Stress does have a lot with the fluctuation of our weight...are you sleeping well, that also plays a part...but seriously, the scales are only one means of relating how well we are doing.
Thinking of you and trusting that you are choosing healthy choices. Relax and enjoy the time of celebration.

Hugs,
Wanda

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BTINTERNET 9/7/2010 11:34PM

    The planning sounds good, and you should enjoy the time too!

We'll be rooting for you and we'll miss you! Have fun!

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AQUABUNNY 9/7/2010 11:05PM

    Actually, you said your clothes fit better now even though the scale said you gained 9 lbs...... maybe you've gained a little muscle weight?
My chiropractor doctor told me this last week when I was complaining about the scale moving so slowly:

"Hey, don't worry about that so much. The scale tells you a weight, but it doesn't tell you WHAT that weight actually IS."

Sounds to me like you're doing fine--beautiful pool by the way!

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HDHAWK 9/7/2010 9:42PM

    I completely understand the wedding stress as mine was Sat. I'm taking a few days to "catch my breath" as you mentioned and then I have to get busy again. I did the best I could to not be stressed and above all I let myself enjoy the special day. You do the same at your son's wedding. You have a great plan ready to go and after the wedding you will reach all your goals. I have no doubt!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/7/2010 8:16PM

    John, great plan; the most important thing to do is remember to HAVE FUN and ENJOY the time while practicing moderation on the food front. Your son only gets married once; this lifestyle change can accommodate the celebration that goes on at a time like this. It's not letting a celebration turn into an excuse for excess that is key, and I don't think you're at risk of that because you have a plan. Looking forward to hearing how it went when you get back! Oh, and scales do lie sometimes . . . but it's good to take stock on what we've been doing when the scale does not want to cooperate.

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RACINGSLUG 9/7/2010 7:26PM

    You seem like just the nicest guy. Planning for a wedding is no joke, it was four years ago but I remember the stress well. I really admire your willingness to stick to a healthy and sensible plan while still allowing yourself to enjoy this wonderful occasion for your family.

And I love that song by Alabama!

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MKPRINCESS007 9/7/2010 6:17PM

    Oh heck yes, you got it!!!!!!!!!! I love the fact that you are so rational about this......you are going to be busy, you are coming up to a life changing event, and you are not going to deny yourself the joy of champagne or a moderate indulgence. Yes, you can run anywhere. And you will. PLAN YOUR WORK AND WORK YOUR PLAN! Love it!
Oh, and with that pool........I would be swimming laps! If I don't see ya for a bit, I will know that you have got this under control. All good!

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JPRICE217 9/7/2010 4:45PM

    GOOD PLANE Just keep on keeping on

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LEANJEAN6 9/7/2010 3:38PM

    Gee--- Enjoy the wedding---- So happy that you are doing Spark--I find that just staying consistent, with keeping yer calories in the range, and exercise, and eventually things will happen---- Can you trust me??--LOL---

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GAILTHEGUARD 9/7/2010 3:30PM

  If you fall and skin your knee, just get back up and start over, it will all be ok! emoticon

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KSGROTHE 9/7/2010 3:24PM

    You have a very sensible plan! emoticon

Enjoy your son's wedding, and take care of yourself! emoticon

- Karen

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MSSUNBUG 9/7/2010 3:20PM

    You've done the one thing you CAN do--made a plan, set an intention. I find when bigger events crop up (um, hello wedding!) I am more tempted to stray from my typical routine or can easily brush things aside and say, "Eh, tomorrow!" Stay in touch with you. Remember that every choice that you make is an opportunity to bring you closer or further to/from the person you want to be, or the life you want for yourself. I already know your head is in the "right" space, but I offer this up as something that helps me.

Congratulations to you and your family for such a happy occasion to celebrate. My wish for you is that you enjoy every moment of it, stay fully present through it, and have a great time. Catch you on the flip side!

Lovely pool!

Sending love, peace, and other good things,
Melissa

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STORMTMB 9/7/2010 2:18PM

    John, I hope you enjoy the time with your family at the wedding. Just take one day, one hour, one minute at a time. You're going in to it with a plan and you'll do great. I'm assuming that your knee is doing better since you got through your run and didn't mention pain. I'm glad for you about that. Have fun.

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CATHERINEL66 9/7/2010 1:19PM

    Good for you for setting some do-able goals for the next 2 weeks. I know they'll help keep you centered so you're not feeling off kilter.

I've got some travel coming up, starting tomorrow morning. It's funny, I spent 3 miles this morning bitching and moaning in my own head about work stuff, everything I have to do, and my mother ... until I finally got over it!

I've still got a big to-do list, and some food anxiety about 2 days in Williamsburg and 3 days at the yoga ashram (vegetarian meals included) ... but what I CAN do is keep hitting my workout goals and be reasonable on food. And yep, I'm taking my laptop too!

Hang in there and make the sparking work for 'real life' -- cuz we're all living it!

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DOLLBABE56 9/7/2010 1:18PM

    I'm happy to see you have a plan. You are going do great in spite of all the stress. You have refocused. Good for you. Oh, and btw - I love the pool....

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YOGINI_JACKIE 9/7/2010 1:06PM

    Oh yes, the pre-wedding stress is real. Pat is planning a bachelor party right now, and the groom called him YESTERDAY to say that the date he had planned for weeks no longer worked. The wedding is Oct 2--how is Pat supposed to plan a new party now? I was mad on his behalf. Pat is so even keeled about the whole thing, which I suppose is best.

I totally agree that you need to enjoy yourself and enjoy your journey! Nice pool. Can I jump in? :)

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Frustration.......... It must be going around.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

There is that old adage that says if "You fail to plan, then plan to fail." Sometimes, even when you do plan this thing called reality gets in your way and just messes up your entire universe.

I was scheduled to run today. Today is my long day, three to three and one half miles. I laid all my clothes out last night and was all psyched up. I rolled out of bed this morning and noticed a "twinge" in my left knee. Some of that is just part of being fifty seven, I know but it didn't get any better. It didn't get any worse, just not better. We needed ice for later today, so I walked up to the corner market and back. Knee still hurt.

Now I am getting mad. This hasn't been the best week for me and I am going to be traveling all next week so I set my running and personal training schedule to reflect the travel. Not running today messed all that up.

It's beautiful here this morning. I took my lap top and came out on the patio to write this. I haven't been able to do that since mid-May. I should be running!!! I am seething.

I'm not going to run. I mean, my heart is saying "go,go,go." My head knows otherwise. My heart and head are fighting and I am getting hit with all the BS they are tossing at each other. I know I cant control this. It is what it is, but gosh I have had enough failure this week!!

There I feel better. Thank you for loving me.

Joan says I can go shopping with her today for shoes, and fall mums.

Smile John, smile

  
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IMJUSTDUCKIE 9/10/2010 7:26PM

    Smile, John, Smile -- LOVE IT!!!!!

Hope your knee is feeling better.

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SPARKENISTA 9/9/2010 9:24PM

    Long time no see! Hope you are well.

I know what you're talking about with the knee. I feel the same way, sometimes, not knowing whether to take the long walk or not. I've been reading what other Sparkers are telling you and they're right. A little rest can go a long way where inflammation is concerned.

Perhaps having a little chat with your doctor would be a good idea...

Very best,

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JUDIL62 9/8/2010 8:41AM

    Hang in there....Shoe and Mum shopping sounds fun to me:) Find the bright spot and you will feel better.

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SMOCKON 9/7/2010 2:20PM

    If your plans have to change for the worse today, they can also change for the better tomorrow! Maybe something will change in the rest of your week that will allow you an opportunity to get in that run, or at least some extra walking time?

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/5/2010 8:43PM

    The best laid plans of mice and men............................LOL. Some days it's just not going to happen. No need to torture a knee that is already mad.

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JURI62 9/5/2010 7:37PM

    Vent with us anytime. I'm glad you listened to your body.
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DOLLBABE56 9/5/2010 7:12PM

    Don't beat yourself up John. Maybe you need a day off. You know, give the body some rest. I know you didn't plan it but you may need to so you don't cause injury. If you aren't any better in a couple days "get thee to a doctor". Thinking good thoughts. emoticon

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CATHERINEL66 9/5/2010 5:10PM

    Ugh, I hear and echo the frustration here! It'll pass.

I know you're seeing the big picture and how far you've come (like not celebrating a reason NOT to run, LOL!). I get really irritated when my schedule gets sidetracked because for me it's all about the planning so I can fit fitness into life!

Hang in there. I'm sending your knee anti-inflammatory, healing vibes :)

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 9/5/2010 4:32PM

    You are wise to pay attention to what your body is telling you... things could have turned out really poorly if you didn't honor your intuition. Be extra kind to yourself, and we will still be here to support you!

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CARTOONB 9/5/2010 3:48PM

    You are listening to the correct body part(s)...brain and knee. Sorry that your plans have gone awry. Don't let it bring the whole week (or even whole day!) down.

Oooohhh! Shoe shopping! I wanna go! emoticon

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ADMULL100 9/5/2010 3:24PM

    Take a deep breath and take it easy. You will accomplish much more if you don't seriously hurt your knee. I'm praying for you. Be encouraged!!!! emoticon emoticon

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LUCYSRAIN 9/5/2010 2:44PM

    Deep breaths my friend...lol

Ky weather cant be beat today! Maybe Gods purpose for you today is to slow down and just be. Hey shopping for Mums isn't all bad emoticon

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MARCYNA 9/5/2010 2:23PM

    I know what you mean...I've just been into a very annoying week and the worst is still to come,
I've just learnt my dance class is scheduled from 20.00 to 22.00 - which means I will not be able to attend it,it's wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too late at night!!!
I may turn to a professional course which is at 19.00-but it's so much beyond my level!!!!
I was going to cry when I read your blog.
I can only say:
"John, the Lord has a hand on our heads and He will find a solution."
Lots of love, emoticon

Comment edited on: 9/5/2010 2:24:31 PM

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/5/2010 1:50PM

    Bummer, plain and simple. But think back just a few months; could you have imagined before you started running that you would ever feel this way about having to miss a run? It just goes to show how much you have really changed. Take care of your knee and enjoy the time with your wife today; it will pay off in the long run.

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EDWINA172 9/5/2010 1:11PM

    I have to say that I agree completely with STORMTMB. Whenever something happens to change my plans, that is the first thought that comes to mind. God is intervening. When I'm stuck behind someone who is driving 10 mph under the speed limit, I think, "God does not want me to be where I plan to be for a reason. I will trust Him." You never know, you may be delayed to avoid an accident. You may be meant to meet up with someone you would have otherwise missed.
When I can't run, I become frustrated (and I know that you are frustrated), but you have to give your body the rest it deserves, right?!


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EDWINA172 9/5/2010 1:11PM

    I have to say that I agree completely with STORMTMB. Whenever something happens to change my plans, that is the first thought that comes to mind. God is intervening. When I'm stuck behind someone who is driving 10 mph under the speed limit, I think, "God does not want me to be where I plan to be for a reason. I will trust Him." You never know, you may be delayed to avoid an accident. You may be meant to meet up with someone you would have otherwise missed.
When I can't run, I become frustrated (and I know that you are frustrated), but you have to give your body the rest it deserves, right?!


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AQUABUNNY 9/5/2010 12:03PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your knee, John--just take care of it, enjoy a little shopping for shoes and mums with Joan, and take care of YOU as much as you can, and I hope and am crossing my fingers that it is better tomorrow. It IS very frustrating when you can't work out when you really want to. And I know it is even harder now that your body is used to it and craving it. Best wishes--keep us posted!!!

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STARGLADE 9/5/2010 11:49AM

    I feel your pain, so to speak.

Sometimes hindsight's the only thing that lets us see clearly. In a few days or a week, you could well find yourself nodding, saying "Yep, that's why I wasn't supposed to run on that Sunday."

Enjoy the patio time with your laptop!

(I don't take my husband shopping, I know better.)

Karen

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CAHUNO2 9/5/2010 11:35AM

    Sorry! But I know what the aches are. I have them during exercise and when my knee hurts for over a few minutes I drag out the old knee brace. I've had this for about 20 years but I do baby it. I even wore my brace a few times when I was showing dogs!

Good Luck with the knee!! emoticon

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STORMTMB 9/5/2010 11:35AM

    I would say that God has intervened and there is a reason you shouldn't run today. I know all too well about plans being messed up due to things out of my control. You may never understand why... just look for an alternate workout method today and enjoy the time with your lovely wife. I'll remind you of the phrase that I hate the most... "Patience is a virtue!"

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DEE797 9/5/2010 11:20AM

    Your body is saying rest and that overrides your head at the moment. Your body will thank you later.

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MKPRINCESS007 9/5/2010 11:17AM

    Oh damn.........not fair. Ok, so let's put it in perspective. One or two days of rest can make a WORLD of difference in a knee that is screaming for some love. And, of course you know, that running on a bum knee is a recipe for problems. So, you are a wise man. I had a friend many years ago, where I worked and she was a rather philosophical sort (surprise I would hang with someone like that :). She used to say, when traffic prevented us from getting somewhere on time, or something would happen to change our plans, she would say "We are not meant to do this today.......we are being kept from something (difficult, unpleasant, unsafe, etc). I really took her words to heart, and think of that often when things don't "go my way". It helps me, hope it helps you too. Big hugs!

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BOURNBABE 9/5/2010 11:12AM

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KAT573 9/5/2010 11:11AM

    I am glad you feel better! Venting is important too! It helps to get us to the next step, so keep on keeping ON! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/5/2010 11:09AM

    Saying a prayer right now for God's healing touch on your knee, and His peace for your heart & mind!

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