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Sunday's Run

Monday, June 15, 2009

Wow, it is so exciting that so many people showed up to yesterday's run. And with so many people at such varying levels I never felt isolated at any time. Well, my husband stays with me instead of running on his own, which is a true sweetie, but it was nice to be able to leave one group and catch up with another. We got to visit with almost everyone that way.

But on a high-note, I jogged my entire first mile!! I haven't done that since elementary school!!! WOOHOO! And my shins cooperated! I don't know why they decided last night was okay and not any other night, but I'll take it! I iced them when I got home and they barely hurt at all today. I didn't even notice that they hurt at all until Ivoriann asked - I ran my hands down my shins and there is barely ANY pain. I'm so stoked. Hopefully I can continue on at this pace so I can actually JOG my first 5K in July.

Last night was a night of firsts for many, I'm so proud of everyone that came and did their best!!

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APRIL849 6/16/2009 12:29AM

    I can't believe I did the entire Couch to 5K program. I really thought the running part would be harder than it was. I'm not saying it was easy for me, but it certainly wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. And the second time around was easier than the first. I can't believe I did it either. I'm proud of all of us. And that's awesome that you ran your entire first mile! I can't wait till I can do that. I didn't have much pain either on my shins. I went to bed last night with a heating pad on them, so maybe that helped. My knees also don't hurt as bad as I thought they would. (I have arthritis in them).

Way to go team and Kathy!!! This truly is an awesome team!

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GMEAN2055 6/15/2009 7:18PM

That is great. I am proud of you. I had a good time also. I am so happy that there was such a good turnout. I will miss you guys the next couple of weeks.


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JESTERJIGGER 6/15/2009 3:50PM

    That's awesome! I'm glad you're barely feeling them today too, what a great sign.

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ETTEZEUS 6/15/2009 12:09PM

    I hate to be the one to burst your bubble sweetie but your first mile was in reality
1.25 miles!!! You freakin' go girl!!!
I'm so happy for you and your shins!!

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SHINAKO 6/15/2009 11:48AM

    Awesome job, Kathy! It's great to break through those hurdles, physical or mental, and get what we want done! I've got no doubt that you'll be jogging in the 5k!

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HISTOMOM 6/15/2009 11:00AM

    Way to go Kathy!!! Running that first mile is excellent!!! You go Girl!!! Sorry we did not really get to talk last nite...maybe next week. emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/15/2009 10:44AM

    Thanks for the post. It was fun. I enjoyed it and I kept up pretty well with the first groups, considering you were running part of the time. I was only a little bit behind you all. Made me feel good.

Glad you are not in much pain today Kathy. Icing the legs was a good idea.

Lib, you are doing great. I'm so proud of all of you. I know what you mean the mind is willing but the body is weak. (well, I borrowed that from Scriptures) emoticon

Have a great week!

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IVETTE_S 6/15/2009 10:43AM

    Woohoo Kathy!!! I get so excited when I hear a friend has started running. The first mile is the hardest. You did it!! Maybe all your shins needed was to get stronger and now they are. Way to go!

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LIBERTYGIRLFLA 6/15/2009 10:30AM

    So awesome. As a fellow buddy struggling with an injury (knees), I can appreciate the accomplishment when you can do what you know you can without the injury cutting you short.

It's so frustrating when I know my muscles and cardio vascular system are willing and able but the friggin' knees won't cooperate!

You did a great job! emoticon

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ouch Ouch OUCH!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

My shins hurt so much this evening. I'm such a glutton for punishment. I walked through Wal-Mart last night for grocery shopping. No problems there. Well, I want to exercise darn it!

So we went out and played a little soccer and I refuse to just stand there...I gotta chase the stinkin' ball. I knew from the start that it was not going to feel good, but OMG they hurt so much now! So I sit here with ice packs, hoping they'll help. I just want these stupid shins to stop hurting so I can exercise the way I want. As an adult, I'm not using to not getting what I want and this sucks.

WAAAAA! Get me some cheese! I need it to go with my WHINE!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 6/10/2009 10:48AM

    Thanks everyone! I sat with the ice packs for about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes last night and they do feel better today.

I can't take Ibuprofin right now because my fertility doc said it can be a fertility inhibitor - Tylenol only - so I'm glad the ice packs helped.

I'm going to go see either a sports doctor or a physical therapist to see if they can help, I hope they can! Resting is for the weak!

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HISTOMOM 6/10/2009 7:14AM

    Kathy...hooonneeey.... I hope your shins stop hurting you soon!!! Like the others said ...rest those shins...they'll get better!!

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ETTEZEUS 6/9/2009 10:40PM

    No problem! That's what I'm here for! Hee Hee!

Now, seriously, rest and ice the shins. Give them a couple days off so you can run/walk again on Sunday!

Have you considered playing soccer on the balls of you feet? It works for running.

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KATHY_NATURELVR 6/9/2009 10:35PM

    Thanks Suezette, you're a real friend!

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ETTEZEUS 6/9/2009 10:31PM

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Is that enough or do you need more???

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JESTERJIGGER 6/9/2009 10:19PM

    I hear ya! That really sucks though, I was hoping your shins were all better. I hope the ice helps. Have you been able to call the specialist? I hate that shin splints take so long to heal...I hope this is just a temporary set back. Don't forget to take something like Advil to help with the inflammation!

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GMEAN2055 6/9/2009 9:41PM

I am with you there, even though I don't have shin splints but I do have leg pain. I did a 3 min run and 2 min walk for 28:15 and did 2 miles tonight and my leg hurt a little, gut I didn't stop. Can home and iced also.... Its a drag with injuries. What you need to do is rest, ice, stretch and RELAX a few days or it might get worse and you will be down longer...Please be careful


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TEDYBEAR2838 6/9/2009 9:24PM

    Kathy, you made me laugh out loud emoticon, But I am so sorry that your shins hurt.


What did Dr Phil say "When you choose the behavior you choose the consequences". Why did you do it if you knew it was going to hurt? Well, why do I / we eat something that we know will make us go over our daily limits. Life I guess.

I do hope you will feel all better real soon!


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Friday, May 29, 2009

Oh, thank God it's Friday! Shortened holiday weeks seem to go by so slowly. Oh, in case you didn't see it, I did post some pictures from the Memorial Day weekend on my Facebook account. I made them public so you don't have to have an account to see them.


A couple of these are also at the bottom of this blog. I didn't take near as many pictures as I ususally do. I wanted to get pictures of everyone at lunch and of us kayaking but I've been in a bit of a funk so it's not as easy for me to pull the ol' camera out - instead it sat on the table.

I do plan on taking some pictures on Sunday's run though and will post them as well.

Well, I'm 3 days late and am expecting ol' Aunt Flo any day now. Otherwise described as emoticon in some of my old posts. I wish it would just start and put me out of my misery!!

Weekend plans include driving to Orlando on Saturday to see my very pregnant friend (which is very difficult for me) and maybe some hiking at Wekiva with my hunny. I love hiking out there, we've seen some gorgeous deer out there. Sunday, is the beach in the AM with an old friend and running (more like WALKING) in the evening with homework squeezed in there somewhere. If I'm really smart, I'll get it done today at work since it's so freaking slow.

Anyway, hope everyone has a great weekend.

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    Fantastic pictures. You're so talented! Thanks for sharing them with us.

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/29/2009 2:27PM

    Hi Kathy, that mushroom rice and bean thing looked good. What was that? I could have gone for that but would like brown rice, I don't suppose I can get brown rice there?

That's right it is the weekend. When you don't work one day is like the next mostly.

I thought the pictures of the flowers were gorgeous! Are they orchids? I'm flower challenged.

Nice to read your blog. I just subscribed to it. Thanks for the tip on how to do that.

Have a great weekend visiting and hiking.


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ETTEZEUS 5/29/2009 1:59PM

    Nice pictures. I went camping and canoeing at Wekiva a very long time ago. That was when people were still allowed to live in their houses there! (I still can't believe they were kicked out of their homes. Do you remember that Kathy?)

Were you coming to run with us Sunday or were you talking about doing it with your friends in Orlando? I got confused there. (NO comment! LOL)

Sounds like you are going to have a nice weekend!

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JESTERJIGGER 5/29/2009 1:19PM

    Pretty pictures! That flower is gorgeous.

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MBUZZY 5/29/2009 11:38AM

    Cool pictures! I hope you have fun this weekend!

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Memorial Day Weekend

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wow, I have been feeling so much better the last few days. Maybe I just needed some time off work, but I believe that it has to do with the help of some good friends.

I had a great Memorial Day weekend; I spent the majority of it with my Spark friends including Suezette, Stephanie and Craig...and of course my wonderful husband.

Most fun day of all was the busy day yesterday. We started out on a nature tour - led by my hubby - in search of a "wild" alligator. Jason is a natural leader when it comes to wildlife; he has so much knowledge to share and is really good at doing it without making anyone feel inferior.

After that, we had a great lunch at Mulligan's in Vero Beach.

Oh my goodness, the food was SO good and I ate way too much. Good thing we had a kayaking trip planned in order to work it off.

We got to the launch and headed off on our first trip out and we had the BEST view of several dolphins. We were within 20 feet of two at one time. It was fantastic.

Some storm clouds threatened so we decided to head to shore to give the storm the opportunity to decide what it was going to do. It was funny because we waited on shore only for it to settle down, and as soon as someone put their kayak back in the water it threatened us again! It had to have been Suezette calling the storm gods, because every time she set foot in one, it thundered. After about a 1/2 hour to 45 minutes of waiting around, we decided to set out again. Of COURSE that was when Mother Nature said, "I told you" and finally dropped the rain on us while we were out. We got pretty wet but it was still so much fun. There was a beautiful marina right there and we got close to some pretty huge boats.

After we got the rental kayaks back to the company (he was waiting at the park for us to give him the go-ahead) and our kayak strapped back on my car we headed off to Suezette's house. I think the initial plan was to just pack up and head home because it was after 6 by the time we got to her house but she invited us in for coffee (YES!!) and we all sat around talking until well after 9:00. It was truly a great day. I only wish I had taken more pictures!!

All this AND I walked/ran a 5K on Saturday (followed by lunch with my Spark friends, Lisa and John, Charlene, Stephanie and Craig, Suezette, and Nicole with her 2 sons Antony and Michael) and walked 2 1/2 miles on Sunday after getting the rest of my homework finished up.

I'm not sure if exercise will happen tonight, I have two meetings at two separate school campuses in Orlando but I'm on a roll!

Thanks for stopping by, catch you soon!

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JESTERJIGGER 5/26/2009 10:41PM

    Yeah, I posted pics...no text, I figure everyone's going to know the story from Kathy's blog and if anyone asks I'm sending them here!

I can't wait to do it again though!

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ETTEZEUS 5/26/2009 10:21PM

    Can I just copy and paste your blog to mine as it basically sounds the same with the exception that I would add MY HUSBAND joined us for lunch and kayaking....LOL

Jason IS a natural tour guide! He did an awesome job! He was also great help in explaining a lot about the kayaking. I think I got a really good feel for it and now that I know how to *steer* I feel much more confident. The only part of the kayaking I didn't like was when I thought I was going to hit the *alligator*. My heart stopped beating! I thought I was a goner! Damn that rope......ROFL!

My weekend continued today! I went to see Star Trek and the went to lunch at Applebee's with Lisa. Came home and CRASHED!

No exercise for me today!!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 5/26/2009 9:55PM

    Oh! Yes, we did find alligators!

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UNIQUECHAR 5/26/2009 5:49PM

    Sounds like you guys had a great time yesterday! I've never been kayaking. Sounds interesting! Did you find the wild alligator?

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SHINAKO 5/26/2009 5:30PM

    Wow! Up until you mentioned going to visit Suzette, I was going to ask if you Launched from a park in Merritt Island. When Mark and I were playing there, a couple came up and launched their kayaks. It was at about 3pm, though, so I guess you'd have had to high-tail it from Vero to MI to get there.

Must've just been something in the water.


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HISTOMOM 5/26/2009 3:16PM

    kathy...I am so glad (and jealous..LOL) that you had a great weekend. The highlight of mine was the 5K....it went down hill from there!!! emoticon.

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Behavior - my own emotional turmoil

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Well, I've been in an odd "mood", shall I call it, the last few weeks. It must be hormonal. Let me see if I can define it without being all over the place. Be forewarned, it's a little intense so stop here if you don't want to hear it!

With the exception of the last couple of days, I've been keeping on top of the threads but haven't posted much. I seem to have snapped out of it the last couple of days though. The reason I don't typically post is because I feel like I'm either coming off as a know-it-all or a little self-centered or something and because I get to feeling that way, I back off the threads. It's not anything that anyone else says; it's just how I make myself feel. And sometimes I get so caught up in ME that I forget to listen to others so sometimes I just have to force myself to stay quiet and listen - which typically isn't a problem when I'm in a live group setting but it feels differently when it's being typed rather than spoken. On the boards, I usually feel like people are interested in what I have to say, but that's hardly ever the case in person unless I'm in a very small group. It must be a self esteem issue - because I know I have plenty of those.

And I don't have one of those personalities that attract people. I think used to; I used to be so friendly and everyone thought I was "sweet" and that I smiled a lot (although I think I've always tended toward the quiet/shy side). But I believe I had too many years with my ex - which compounded the feeling of unworthiness or like I wasn't wanted so I've become more withdrawn than I used to be. Now I don't know how to engage in interesting small talk and I get very tired of asking about the weather.

I do feel very left out of the running group. I want so much to be a part of that team but I feel like I'm always so busy (or tired!) that I don't have the time to dedicate to improve my running times (and I am VERY competitive). As if I could really run after that last disaster - why did my shins hurt so badly?? This is another deterrent for running even though I want to so badly. When the rain passes, I'm going to go out and try again.

Sorry for the intense post; just had this feeling that I needed to get this out there. I'm very critical of myself and would like to overcome it but am not sure how to. When I was losing weight and starting school I felt very good about myself but that didn't last even though I know I'm doing well in school. That's another topic I don't really discuss much for two reasons - it's hard to feel like it's a "real" school because I don't go to campus like the younger students (darn it all, I feel so old!) and I don't want to feel like I'm bragging over my GPA (would it really be that good if I was going to school on a campus?).

And then there's the whole pregnancy thing - something that is seemingly so simple to so many people is so hard for me to do. And I feel selfish for feeling so bad about this because I do have one child; even though she's nearly grown! But I have always wanted two children and I would so love to start this journey again. I just don't believe it is going to happen.

Anyway, I'm done whining. I'm such an emotional wreck these days - it HAS to be hormonal! It's hard to believe what an impact our hormones can have on our thought processes. Come to think of it, I've been kind of all over the place since I went off the birth control pills.

Hopin' everyone else is having a good day.

Take care,

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    You know we love you, Girl! Believe me, you're not the only on who has bad days, weeks or even months! That's why we're all here for each other.

You are awesome and we miss you! Hope to see you on the 13th!


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ETTEZEUS 5/26/2009 10:11PM

    Hey, I finally read this....LOL
After this weekend, you know I'm here for you and you have both my home and cell number.

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JESTERJIGGER 5/19/2009 9:20PM

    Oh, Kathy, my heart just aches for you. I wasn't sure whether to mention it or not, but after your post I feel that I should since you sound like my long lost twin. I too am super competitive, very unhappy with my current fitness level, trying hard to keep some shin soreness from turning into full blown shin splints, worry that I come off as too much of a know it all considering I'm sort of new to the SparkPeople thing but have a lot of running experience with running from high school track/cross country, and am struggling with trying to conceive. I got pregnant in September, I had my first doctor's appointment at 11 weeks, so excited because I was almost to the 2nd trimester, except the baby didn't have a heartbeat. It had stopped growing almost 3 weeks prior. It was my first pregnancy and we were crushed. I didn't do anything for months after my D&C in December. Christmas was ruined. February I had positive pregnancy tests for 2 days, I was elated, but then my period started two days later (four days late total) and it was even worse than the miscarriage. I proceeded to gain 10 pounds over the next month through emotional eating.

Anyway, I just wanted to offer my hugs and say that I understand how you're feeling. And I do much better in small groups than large too...I'm a huge introvert. Even if you can't run I think you should still come to Sunday evening runs, if you can, not everyone can run right now anyway and it's fun just hanging around a bit at the end of the run, visiting.

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GMEAN2055 5/19/2009 8:26PM

It was nice of you to share this information even though it was hard. I would really like to get to know you better so maybe I can be of some help. It is hard typing with people who you do not know. I am hoping these get togethers will make it eaiser to hold typing conversations.
I have and still have many injuries from running. If you want to meet up at the park I will walk with you.. I miss running and have improved my time and now I am starting over, but I look at it as "least I can walk for not". Be patient and don't be so down on yourself....you are a good person and have alot to offer......Time will come.


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SHINAKO 5/19/2009 3:07PM


We all get these periods of "I feel like I'm unworthy" or "I don't fit in." Believe me, since coming back to SparkPeople, I've felt really left out of the BB group! I know it's no one's fault, I just have a very crazy schedule and so little actual "free" time. Even so, it's easy to feel left out of the fun.

I often post because of the SparkPoints I want to achieve, or I've got a question I'd like to ask. 9 times out of 10 I'll end up feeling dumb for asking it, even if the people responding are doing their best to be helpful. I think that's the way it is, though. Because it's just words on a computer screen, you're not REALLY there to see people's encouraging smiles, and it's always easy to assume the worst.

It's wonderful that you were so open about this though. I'm very glad you're not keeping it bottled in. I'm a big proponent of not keeping things bottled in (though sometimes I don't practice what I preach...) Because, if you keep it bottled in, who knows what could happen?

Best of luck!

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HISTOMOM 5/19/2009 1:08PM

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Kathy...please just know that I think that you are an interesting person and I always want to hear what is on your mind..even if it just the weather emoticon.
Maybe...you and I could get together on a weekend day/eve. and "run" together..
I don't often feel like I fit in (just my feeling not anything anyone else has said or done) with the running group, because they are all so much further along than I am.
We don't live that far apart...we need to get together and make small talk emoticon.

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