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It's Not All In My Head!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A very welcome email from my doctor this morning - my Vitamin D is definitely LOW and she has prescribed an additional 1000 IU a day for me with more calcium.

On Friday after my appointment, I had already decided myself to start taking 400 IU a day, vowing that I would stop if she told me to. I swear that even with 2 days of the added supplement, I was feeling a BIT cheerier than I have been, but thought I had to be crazy to think so. Since she is now recommending I take MORE - I'm thinking I'm not so crazy after all.

Osteoporosis runs in my family, so I'm not going to take any risks with this. Not only is it mood degeneration, but it's also bone degeneration (thus my need for more calcium as well), so I may as well take the supplements I need now and be able to continue my healthy lifestyle long into my future with healthy bones and teeth to match.

This is good news indeed. With a little mood lift from the added Vitamin D, a warm-up in the February Freeze we've been having lately outside, and a bright and sunny Sunday, I feel like Spring is just around the corner!

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    Glad you are feeling better and this is helping!

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JENJESS48 2/14/2011 3:21PM

    Simple solutions are the best- and you're getting a twofer! I'm glad you're already feeling better.

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LAURIETAIT 2/14/2011 1:11PM

    Vitamin D supplements helped to relieve my chronic back and joint pain and allowed me to start Sparking in earnest. I'd never realized that anxiety attacks and heart palpitations were symptoms of low vitamin D. I think maybe my daughter is deficient too. I'll have to get her to check. Thanks.

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WYND10 2/14/2011 10:16AM

    I am glad you're feeling better!

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NANASAMM 2/14/2011 7:58AM

    Our bodies talk to us...we just have to listen. Glad you listened and are feeling cheery! Enjoy the day.
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KRAWRS 2/14/2011 12:05AM

    Just curious.... how did you know you needed more Vitamin D?
I wondered only because it turned out I needed more (LOTS more!), but I didn't find out until I had been dealing with a lot of things at once. Back pain issues, anxiety/panic attacks (when I'd NEVER had them before), heart flutters in my chest...
I thought it was just me, because it started happening when an extremely emotional event triggered it... luckily hubby made me go to the dr eventually, and even as stubborn as i am, i couldn't argue against it.
its amazing what a vitamin D deficiency can do... feeling worlds better now!
So glad you figured out your problem and can take steps to fix it... and of course its not in your head! We know our (minds and bodies) better than anyone else! We just forget to listen to them sometimes. :p

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JRZG8R 2/13/2011 11:51PM

    Interesting. Glad you found this improvement.

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JMEPAYNE 2/13/2011 6:10PM

    vitamin makes such a huge difference!

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-POOKIE- 2/13/2011 3:33PM

    emoticon Good to get things diagnosed and sorted!

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JO*ANNE*IE 2/13/2011 1:39PM

    Great reminder, Sweetie! vit D plays a vital role in our physical and therefore, our emotional well-being! Thanks for sharing this emoticon

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AUTUMNPOTTER 2/13/2011 1:12PM

    Walking home from church this morning I saw a bunch of red breasted robins in the tree near the hardware store. Maybe the groundhog was right predicting an early spring. It is more than welcome.

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KRAZYKATT 2/13/2011 1:12PM

    Our bodies know what they need, don't they? I'm trying to develop the relationship between mind and body. It's always nice to get that validation from the doc!

I'm glad you're enjoying your sunny day! emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 2/13/2011 12:59PM

    Good news from Doc, Awesome!

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Now THAT'S Impressive!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I was a lazy bum yesterday. Opening Night of my show on Friday night meant we partied until 6AM! Needless to say, I did not make it to my 9:30am Zumba class on Saturday morning. I didn't move off the couch all day. I didn't shower. I didn't even stretch. I was Disgusting with a Capital D. Ugh.

Today started out very similarly. But I was determined NOT to make it Day 2 of couch lethargy considering I'm about to sit for 3 hours or so and watch the Superbowl. I had to get out and go for a run.

The weather in Chicago sucks. It's dark, it's snowing AGAIN, and though it warmed up a bit, that has only contributed to lots and lots of water from the melted snow in the streets. Massive, cold, slush-puddles at every corner.

Not 2 minutes into my warm-up walk, my feet were SOAKED. This was not going to be a fun run. I still can't run the sidewalks because half of the people in my neighbourhood don't believe in shoveling. Most of the sidewalks are still partially covered and are "single lane traffic" only making it difficult to get past Sunday walkers coming home from brunch. So I ran down the middle of the streets, dodging cars the whole way. Every time a car passed me, I got slushed. Yey fun! The best was the fire truck at mile 4.02. I could see the end of the street that would end my run. The only thing between me and the finish line was that big red truck. As he came towards me, I quickly realized that he wasn't stopping to let me by and he was very clearly larger than any of the cars I'd gone head to head with so far, so I jumped into the snow bank, resulting in a full leg soaker to let him by. Lord have mercy. But I finished my run!

One of the best things about today though - despite the snow lashing my face as it came down, the sopping wet feet, the slush, the cold damp weather, one of my shoelaces coming untied mid-run - was a young family with a baby who watched me run past. As the mother was strapping her little one into the car seat, she looked up at me, smiled and said loudly enough for me to hear over the music in my headphones: "Now THAT's impressive!" I took out one ear phone, grinned back at her, gave a breathy "Thank You!" and kept right on running. Determined more than ever to get through this run.

Sometimes the voice inside you is strong enough to carry you through. Most of the time, my voice is pretty powerful at talking down the negativity that makes me want to quit early, or not even get out there in the first place. But on days like today, when the external forces are screaming at you to stop, it's equally as important to listen to those outside voices to draw the strength to keep going. I am very grateful for that woman today. She gave me energy and a renewed spirit and that was exactly what I needed at that point in time. I finished what I set out to do - a 4 mile run in under an hour - and I'm better off for it. And she's right, that is DAMN impressive!

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HEARTANDMUSIC 2/12/2011 11:31PM

    That is impressive! Way to go!

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TEENY_BIKINI 2/11/2011 6:49PM

    Let me get this straight...

You ran in freezing weather, soaked, slush and water everywhere, and you dodged a truck to finish!

Um... impressive. Yes, definitely IMPRESSIVE!


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ON2VICTORY 2/9/2011 5:47PM

    nice job making it happen!! way to go...

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WYND10 2/8/2011 1:22PM

    DAMN impressive for sure!

You're amazing :).

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KSGROTHE 2/7/2011 5:36PM

    emoticon on overcoming the obstacles (cold, slush, lack of sidewalk space, traffic) to get your run done! That woman was so right - That *is* impressive!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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LAURIETAIT 2/7/2011 3:01PM

    Impressed the heck out of me! But please avoid anymore head to head confrontations with fire trucks!

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MUSTANGMISSY 2/7/2011 2:55PM

    Truly not an exaggeration! Definitely impressive. Thanks for the motivation to get off my butt once again and back onto the wagon.

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SARAWALKS 2/7/2011 1:33PM

    Wow! emoticon and how nice that someone noticed! (even if the blipping truck didn't cooperate)
I so remember that slush.
You're inspiring me to get out and run some intervals today! It's slushy here too but nothing like what you have.
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KT-NICHOLS-13 2/7/2011 1:02PM

    Awesome job.

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KATH02 2/7/2011 5:58AM

    That's amazing! no more whining for me!

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MEADSBAY 2/6/2011 10:43PM

    I love when a perfect stranger gives me a gift like that!

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MELTEAGUE 2/6/2011 8:20PM

    now that IS impressive! good for you for getting off that couch! emoticon

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    That's great! I'm glad you listening to yourself and got out and ran! I remember this past summer when I got out and walked when it was 100 degrees, I got a sunburn and blisters, but I got out and did it anyway! :)

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JESSALYNN2006 2/6/2011 6:44PM

    that's awesome... good for you in sticking to your plan and getting it done. If you can do it after the onslaught of snowocalypse no one should have a weather excuse for not exercising.

congrats on finishing in under an hour

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Shoveling the "Chicago Snowpocalypse 2011"

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

You can ask my brothers (who were usually the ones responsible) but I don't think I've ever shoveled a day in my life. What can I say - I got bored sitting at home and I needed to get some exercise today :) Also - I LOVE SNOW! It's the Canadian in me. I especially love the silence of snow - after it snows it gets all quiet outside. And today the sun came out after the crazy storm. Just beautiful!

I'm disappointed that I didn't take before pictures. It was pretty epic! Also that I didn't turn the camera around to get a shot of me after shoveling for an hour and a half - haha!

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NANASAMM 2/13/2011 4:27PM

    I'm impressed. The only time I pick up a snow shovel is when I have to fling some dog poo! You definitely deserve a break!

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ON2VICTORY 2/9/2011 5:44PM

    you should see what we get in the UP of Michigan lol..... you did get in a great workout though and certainly the right to take a loooooooooong break! PS... what a great neighbor you are!!

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ROBINTRACKS 2/3/2011 2:17PM

    Jenn -- Just watched your snow shoveling video, and phew, I'm exhausted! We too have gotten our share of snow here in Washington State this year, so I KNOW the shoveling workout! Thusly (is that a word?), I am impressed! That was ALOT of snow! Hope you went inside and took a nap after that....I know I would have been laying on a heating pad, curled up with the dogs, and snoozing for a couple of hours!

You did good!

Stay warm,
-- Robin
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LOTUSFLOWER 2/3/2011 12:21PM

    You are too cute!

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LMLOPEZ 2/3/2011 12:09PM

    Here in the suburbs we like "Snowtorius BLZ". Gotta laugh or you'll cry when you gotta rely on the car to get you to work (no rest for the nurses!!!).
Great job on the shoveling!!

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SARAWALKS 2/3/2011 9:50AM

    I love the quiet too! I lived in an apartment building in Chicago so never had to shovel my snow. But we do plenty of it here in PA! You definitely deserve your rest today! emoticon

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RIGBY31 2/2/2011 11:46PM

    You didn't just shovel the snow, you got it the hell out of there! Girl, mighty impressive (and what a kind neighbor).

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DIASTER 2/2/2011 11:00PM

  It is so pretty, and what a good job you did. Surprised how much there is, didn't see a snowman though.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 2/2/2011 10:35PM

    Awesome job! You earned that rest. I secretly miss the snow...
Hope you tracked all you hard work.

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BEADLADY37 2/2/2011 7:41PM

    WoW! you go girl!

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MORRIS1989 2/2/2011 7:25PM

    Great video and you burn calories too! Hopefully we won't get anymore snow.

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TEENY_BIKINI 2/2/2011 7:17PM

    Holy smokes! I think you got your cardio and mine as well.

And you are the nicest neighbor like ever.

It is pretty though...

Great work!


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MRS.PRINCIPAL 2/2/2011 6:44PM

    I am in the suburbs! Tracked 40 min of shoveling- wow the calorie burn! Stay warm, supposed to get really cold! At least you weren't stuck on Lakeshore Drive!

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LAURIETAIT 2/2/2011 6:14PM

    I just shovelled a big snowfall here in Manitoba on Friday but I had my son's assistance. We just did the driveway. You totally have me beat. You definitely deserve a night off with a movie.

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MEADSBAY 2/2/2011 6:07PM

    That's a lot of snow and shoveling.
I had 7 brothers growing up and then 2 sons, along with a DH, and then a daughter who loved to shovel with her dad, so I must also admit to rarely touching a snow shovel in my life (or a stick of firewood, either).
I was always in charge of the post shoveling cocoa.


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MANLEYSANDY 2/2/2011 5:00PM

    Great video! And great exercise!


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WYND10 2/2/2011 4:58PM

    Wow. That's a lot of snow. ;)

You did a magnificent job my friend. Your badassness is secure :).

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AMANDAMORGAN7 2/2/2011 3:15PM

    Way to think outside the box for exercise! Shoveling is a lot of work! We didn't get nearly as much snow here in iowa as you guys did but we still have about a foot to shovel! We are calling it snOMG!

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AJOHNSON27261 2/2/2011 3:14PM

    I am a travel agent I have been reaccomodating travelers in Chicago for the past couple of days. It has been crazy! I live in North Dakota and I feel like every winter is like that storm emoticon

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My Bad Ass Just Got Whooped

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I didn't run this morning. Last night on Facebook I was all like "I don't care how much snow we get tomorrow, I'm going to run anyway." Well, the bed beat me again this morning and I stayed tucked in late enough that I should have just taken a day off instead of attempting to make it to work on time-ish. However, I did finally manage to rise, shower and get my butt out the door.

We got a BIT of snow overnight, certainly nothing to write home about, but the major dump was scheduled to show up this afternoon.

I should have gone running this morning. I should have stuck to my word and all my Facebook crowing. Because now the snow HAS come, and it's coming down hard, and I might just get out a quill and parchment and write home because it looks pretty bad out there. Doh!

I could suck it up and be a bad-ass and strap on my shoes and my YakTrax when I get home and go anyway. I could. But chances are PRETTY GOOD that's NOT going to happen. It's dark. It's REALLY snowing. Cars are sliding all over the street. I really don't want to put my cute hiney in the middle of all that mess and go face to face with a plow.

But I feel guilty so I'm writing this blog. Today will officially be the first day that I COULD have gotten out there and done something this morning and because I didn't, now have forfeited my chance to get my cardio in today. It's not going to kill me. But I actually feel bad about it. Today I let the weather, and the dreariness, and the winter get to me. And I thought I was above that.

Sigh. I might try and find a Spark video and do something at home, but it's just not the same. My bad-ass just got whooped. By a bunch of fluffy white stuff. How sad is that?

What does everyone else do when they're snowed in?

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TEENY_BIKINI 2/2/2011 7:21PM

    Hm... I am stumped - so I am ordering a rowing machine to get a full body workout. I have hand weights and all that jazz - but the lack of sun is starting to get to me so I am gonna have to be extra creative.

Looks like you are getting all the cardio you need with shoveling.

You rock!!

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LAURIETAIT 2/2/2011 1:01PM

    Does your apartment building have a few flights of stairs? That is a pretty good workout. Lots of cardio and kind of the equivalent of doing hills. I have a friend that makes this his winter workout during inclement weather. Lots of that here in Manitoba!

I also like Women's Health Total Workout in TEN with Amy Dixon. It has 4 segments, cardio, upper body, lower body and core. It's pretty intense.

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SLFRISBEY 2/2/2011 9:39AM

    Yesterday was suppoed to be yoga day but getting home was quite the challenge! I left the office at 2:30 and didn't get home until 4:00 and it's usually a 30 minute commute! I have a cardio/st day today. Good news, thanks to you, I have a cardio plan, but not sure how to do the ST part yet as I have almost nothing at home! We will see, at least I am safe at home and watching the snow keep coming down!

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CALLIKIA 2/2/2011 5:42AM

    Okay, so bonus to you for feeling that "all or nothing" and then moving past it in order to get your cardio in! Plus, it sounds like you found something that will keep that excuse monster at bay when the snow buries you in! ;)

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ELAPOINTE 2/1/2011 10:09PM

    um, you couldn't have PAID me to go out in this snow this morning to work out - or this afternoon when i got sent home early from work due to the snow (paid, btw!!). knowing what my car was doing meant i knew danger enough to stay in. good thing you did too! its nasty here in boston...the sidewalks aren't cleared so i'd have been in the road - nope! and the last time i drove to the gym and there was a storm two idiots boxed my car in and i was stuck in the parking lot for an hour! good job finding a video! i'm planning on boot camp tomorrow if its still nasty out there...and i'm seeing in the forecast that it will be - they're calling it "the one-two punch". its the worst winter since 1997 here...and 1978 before that...dear groundhog - please say spring is a'coming! (he never does though...stupid groundhog). ps, you're a rockstar!

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KITHKINCAID 2/1/2011 10:00PM

    Holy Moses - I ended up doing this video:

I did all five of the 10-minute segments in a row and by the end I was POURING sweat. I may try some of the other 10 Minute Solutions videos if I can't get out for runs this week. They seem to have quite a few on Netflix instant play that look interesting!

This snow is threatening. It sounds like it's going to come through my doors and windows any second and the lights just flickered. Glad I skipped running tonight. Still busting my butt that I skipped running this morning when I could have though!

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LMLOPEZ 2/1/2011 9:47PM

    Um, Jenn, you don't need to run in this stuff to get your cardio in. Just stand outside in this 60 MPH wind and try to stay upright!! LOL!!
Tomorrow evening when the plows go through think about it then. I am heading to the indoor treadmill! :)

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AUTUMNPOTTER 2/1/2011 9:10PM

    I hear you I don't know who ordered all this snow but it was not me. I set a goal in January to make it to the gym three times a week and aside from the first week the snow has prevented it every week since. And that is including the two snowy days I went anyway and was alone in class with the teacher. We are supposed to have 20-24 inches tomorrow morning so yet another week when I will fail at making it to the gym for my Wed. routine. I'm so done with the snow till like December.

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LOTUSFLOWER 2/1/2011 8:06PM

    First of all, that snow is SCARY out there. I'm glad your cute hiney is NOT out in that stuff, what did you call it, fluff? I'm sorry, but from my window the snow looks like little missiles propelled by the wind :) Be safe. First and foremost. You are NOT beat. I say go to the free Spark videos, do the 10 minute kickboxing one with Coach Nicole. You will feel better. Trust :) I love Leslie Sansone too, and on her website she has three free example videos - beginner, intermediate and advanced. In the advanced there is even running involved - yes, in your living room, but it is a good workout. Her website is and go to "try it" or something like that. I did that today, I wanted to run on the treadmill at work, but because of the snow the building closed early, and my gym was closed too, so I did 2 miles with Leslie and the Spark bootcamp video. Not as great as a run, but it will do :)

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JENJESS48 2/1/2011 7:55PM

    I put the bike in the stand and use it as a stationary bike or do videos on Netflix. But today I wussed out, too. I just wasn't feeling good. And it's okay to let it slide once in a while - it just can't become a habit. You really shouldn't run tonight; it's just not safe. Try a SP video or a Netflix video instead.

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THEAPPLESASS 2/1/2011 7:15PM

  i've been walking my dog a few times...trying out workout videos on netflix... i usually do a few sessions a day because im starting to get so BORED!!

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SARAWALKS 2/1/2011 7:03PM

    I do Leslie Sansone Walk At Home videos!
They are quite challenging - best to pick the intermediate ones - look on Amazon!
Or at your local Target or Walmart.
I did 5 miles of these today, calorie burn 350 or so...

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Coffee Makes Me Run Like A Crazy Person

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I don't usually run on Sundays. I don't usually drink coffee. Today I did both.

Since I skipped my regular Friday long run and subbed in walking 2.5 miles to work instead, I was actually really craving a run today (Ok, maybe it's not the coffee - maybe I just AM a crazy person - did I just say I was "craving" a run? Woah). So the plan was to allow myself to sleep in for as long as possible (Mission Accomplished - I didn't wake up until noon today), have a sexy breakfast, and then head out for a nice long, leisurely jog to see if I could accomplish my 8K distance (5 miles).

It's a dark day here today - very overcast and threatening snow. We've already gotten a winter weather watch warning (how's that for alliteration?) in effect for Tuesday-Wednesday. They say we're in for a doozy of a snow storm again - lovely - so I best be getting a good run in today anyway since the conditions were pretty near perfect for running weather - 30 degrees, clear streets with only a few slushy patches, and overcast so there isn't glaring sun in your eyes - and it could be dicey over the next week. Maybe I'll finally get to used my YakTax.

Anyway - the cloudy skies allowed for a very late awakening this morning which was lovely. It's what's made it so hard to get out of bed during the week too. When my room is still dark, I think it's night - therefore, I continue to sleep! Haha. After finally rolling out of bed, I padded to the kitchen to make that sexy breakfast. Two toaster waffles - one with peanut butter, the other with Nutella, a tangelo orange, 6 strawberries and a large cup of coffee with a new skinny caramel macchiato creamer...mmmm. Even though I don't usually drink coffee, especially at home, I had a coupon for a free bottle and it looked delicious so I got it. I usually only get coffee one other time a week. On Wednesday afternoons before I go swimming, I get a decaf grande skinny latte from Starbucks. The warm milk tides me over for a late dinner post-swim and the little bit of caffeine gives me a boost to get through my tough workout after a full day at work. Since I feel a definite difference between when I do and don't "fuel" like this before I go to the pool at night, I decided to try it as well on my run today to see if it made a difference there too. Umm, yeah, it for sure did.

Firstly, running mid-afternoon after you've had a ton of sleep and a proper meal is way different than running first thing in the morning on only a banana - which is my usual routine. I noticed this on Christmas Day when I did a 5 mile walk/run down the lake and back. My energy was amazing that day as well, so I knew I was in for a good time today too.

Secondly, the coffee just gave me a wicked boost of energy, and it was all I could do to keep telling my self to SLOW DOWN before I burned myself out after 2 miles.

I decided on a couple of different mantras before I left for my run that have been working for me lately. Besides "SLOW DOWN" which I actually use a lot on my long runs, today I also used "You Have All The Time In The World" and "Push It Through". "Push It Through" works really well for me if I'm feeling tired or if I'm having any pain. Whenever I say it I do that meditation technique of imagining a wave washing through your body from your head all the way down through your feet and out on to the ground. Usually this technique is done laying down, but I've been able to use it a lot on my runs as well. Every time my foot hits the ground I push a wave through my body and out onto the pavement. It's been extremely effective for pain in my legs. "Push It Through" and I can usually wash the pain or the tenseness or cramp out of my leg and out through my feet. "You Have All The Time In The World" was really nice today. Kind of like "SLOW DOWN", it reminded me that I was out to have fun today and relax and that I really wasn't trying to set any records (even though I did). And I could actually use it today and know that I was speaking the truth because I really don't have anything else to do today (except maybe a couple of loads of laundry) so I really didn't have to be in a rush, which I often am if I run before work. So that made a huge difference in knowing that I didn't have anywhere to be except right there doing what I was doing.

So of course you want to know how I did right? Haha. Well - I did what I set out to do. A full 8K, 5.02 miles in just over one hour, 1:02:50. BAM!!!

I got emotional again when I finally stopped running for the first time since I hit 5K for the first time back in November. That's an amazing feeling to have. When you accomplish something that is so huge, so life changing, that your emotions just let go and you cry like a baby in the middle of the street. I am changing my life. I have mantras for creeps sake. HAHA! What the heck is that? I've lost almost 80 pounds and I can run EIGHT FREAKING KILOMETRES!!! FIVE MILES. Holy crap. I am disciplined enough to run that far, to control my breathing and my body and my mind for five miles. Just a year ago I wasn't disciplined enough to press the power button on the remote control to turn off the television on a Sunday afternoon. THAT was the crazy person, not this. This person that I am now is FAR from crazy. This person is disciplined, and steadfast, and determined and beautiful. This person is the person I want to be, the person that I need to be.

I don't know that I want to pick up a coffee habit again just so I can run faster and longer, but at least it's worth it to know what it does for my training. I'll go back to my tea for the week I think, but I might make a treat of it on weekends as long as I'm running. It doesn't do much for my sleep (I'll have to see what happens tonight when I go to bed) but I'm hoping the strenuous exercise will counter-balance the caffeine consumption and I'll sleep like a baby. But for now I am just so proud of myself for what I was able to do today. And a full 3 months before I have to run my 8K Shamrock Shuffle too! It's my goal to be running at least a 10K by that point though, so that's the next goal. Now that I know I can run 5 miles, 6.2 will be a piece of cake right? Right?

Time to hit the showers. And maybe get to that laundry now. I have a BUNCH of sweaty running stuff to clean - and it's SO worth it! emoticon

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WYND10 1/31/2011 9:00PM

    FANTASTIC!!! You're doing amazingly!!! So happy for you :).

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LAURIETAIT 1/31/2011 6:47PM

    8K! In the winter! A personal best! Amazing! You totally rock! I'm so proud of you. You Shamrock Shuffle is in the bag.

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DIASTER 1/31/2011 5:31PM

  What a difference a year has made in your blogs! It has been so inspiring to follow your journey, Keep up the wonderful job. You are so worth it!!!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/31/2011 12:30PM

    "This person is disciplined, and steadfast, and determined and beautiful. This person is the person I want to be, the person that I need to be. " ... YOU GO GIRL!! You are amazing!

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SLFRISBEY 1/31/2011 11:00AM

    I am so proud of you!!! That's awesome! I can't wait to do the next 5k and feel the emotion of actually RUNNING a full race!

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DORSVENABILI 1/31/2011 10:44AM

    Awesome! I am truly inspired. I'm also impressed with anyone who runs in Chicago in January. I'm terrified of the ice patches. Be careful out there.

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-POOKIE- 1/31/2011 5:19AM


Caffiene can make me hyper, as does sugar and some colouring!

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PELESJEWEL 1/30/2011 11:39PM

    I remember when you first started at spark and was swimming but not running...and I'm glad I checked in tonite to be able to say WOW!! 5 miles! You should be very proud of yourself!! Look how far you've come in such a short time! You are doing it girl, and it is just beautiful!

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MEADSBAY 1/30/2011 10:10PM

    I treat myself to a cup a week or so and find it really boosts my workouts, too!
You are doing sosososososo emoticon

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MOMTO6PLUS2 1/30/2011 9:32PM

    Wow!!! I am so glad that I popped onto SP tonight-- I skimmed through the updates and see such awesome running news--

So, your run-- super cool. And Nutella for breakfast on the waffle??!!! Uber cool! Imma do that too ;)

Spark ON!


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SARAWALKS 1/30/2011 9:03PM

    Whoa! I'm impressed! emoticon

I will be happy if I can ever do a 5K much less an 8K! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I drink coffee all the time but it doesn't seem to do that for me. emoticon

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RIGBY31 1/30/2011 8:28PM

    Fantastic goals you have set, accomplished and are just smashing through to the next! That's power, woman!

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YOGINI18 1/30/2011 7:57PM

    emoticon Sounds like you had a pretty fantastic run!

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LOTUSFLOWER 1/30/2011 7:43PM

    I am so proud of you!!!!! You are doing so awesome. Now I need to catch up, lol!!!! Piece of CAKE!!!!! I love how you slept in, too, had your sexy breakfast, had coffee, then ran. That sounds so wonderful!!!

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