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"I don't have time to stretch!" Excuse Me?

Monday, November 01, 2010

Head strong to the point of stupid - that's my assessment in regards to my stretching or lack there of. I'm the first to admit that I don't stretch as I should and I should now more than ever due to running. Even my massage therapist makes comments about my leg muscles being in distress and getting more out of my workouts by stretching. I usually shake my head, smile and say okay and then resume to my normal non-stretching routine. Why don't I stretch - I hate taking the time is the real reason. See, head strong to the point of stupid.

Well last week my left leg said no more. It locked up on me, cutting a run short and left me in tears one day. Friday night I got out my exercise band and got down on the living room floor and stretched for a good 15 minutes. The Mr even helped out. It was pain pleasure moment as I felt my left leg muscles unlock. I've repeated the action everyday since, twice a day.

Sunday morning I walked up to the gym and before doing anything else I grabbed a floor mat and stretched out - an amazing feeling! After my stretching I put away my iPod and set out to run my 5K. My legs felt strong and steady - better than they have in a long time. I ran. Without music, I had nothing to focus on but time, tenths of a mile adding up, and my body. Shear will and determination carried me through that 5K. Yeah, that's right I ran a 5K without my music! I ran a 5K without my music! After my run I stretch again. During my trip home I decided to to walk/jog - yup felt good.

I'm over the "I don't have time to stretch" talk and into the "Hold on, I've got to stretch before I do that."

  
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WILD22 11/1/2010 8:42PM

    I too have just started taking stretching more seriously. I felt better the very first day. Good work on the run!! You know how I struggle without the distraction. I have started running outside in the dark with my puppy so I need to be able to hear if a car is coming. The key for me was running outside. I love it!!

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 11/1/2010 8:21PM

    I should stretch more often too. Good for you for following through on your stretches.

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KITHKINCAID 11/1/2010 4:30PM

    Girl! SO glad you came around to the stretching. I wouldn't still be running if I didn't stretch. I have a routine that I do EVERY morning, even when I don't run. I do it when I get out of the shower and am all warmed up. It's my personal time every day and I love it. Coach Nicole has a really good video on stretches for runners. I started doing these after all of my runs and they got rid of my calf, hamstring and shin pain. Do it! Seriously.

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Our Little Bit

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tonight Mr and I went out to the running trail for a brisk 2.5 mile walk. My left leg has been knotted up in pain this week - the result of a bad pair of shoes (they've been tossed) and no stretching - so I didn't want to run. The pain was bad enough yesterday that I did have to cut my run short. I finally got it stretched out tonight, that was a hurt so good moment.

This was our view when we started out.


Our pace was spot on and I felt the urge to run a couple of times but held back due to my leg, the muscles were on fire. On the home stretch we suddenly heard a tiny little peep and then other and another. Mr and I looked at each other and said, "kitty!?" Yup, there in the middle of God's Country was a kitten. It was obvious the kitty had once been a pet and I was instantly angry, I grew up in rural Iowa on a farm and learned early that people can be cruel and dump animals. In my mind I truly believe there is a special place in he11 for people who do this! I digress, we tried for 15 minutes to capture him but he was quick on his feet so we head home.

Not 15 minutes later we were back on the hunt not only for kitty but for Mr's iPod that slipped out of his pocket while chasing the kitty. The trail closes at 8:00 p.m. so we had 30 mintues to get in and out before our car was locked in for the night and we would have a nice long walk back into town. We were armed with flashlights, a cat carrier and a can of wet cat food. I found the iPod in the first spot I looked, YES! Then we heard the peeps again. I quickly opened the can of food and in less than 5-minutes I had kitty in hand. YES, let the purring begin.

We made it back to the car in minutes only to be stopped by a passing car. We recongized the passengers from the trail - they had come back to try to rescue Little Bit! So much love. Little Bit peeped all the way back to town. Thankfully, we made it to pet store before it closed, as we ented Little Bit peeped a hello. The sales staff listened with great interest of the rescue and handed us free bags of kitty food and told us to come back tomorrow with the kitty so the on call vet could give shots, flea and worm medicine. Score! We bought a litter pan and headed home.

I worried that our 16-year old cat would have a fit - she doesn't play well with others. So far she doesn't give a hoot about the little noise maker in the bathroom. He's home now!

I never dreamed of finding love on my trail but who couldn't love this face?


  
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SGRAY478 10/30/2010 4:46PM

    I agree about the special place you-know-where for people who do mean or cruel things to animals. So glad that Little Bit has you now!

He is such a handsome boy! I wish my Carter was that small again!

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KITHKINCAID 10/30/2010 3:08PM

    Oh my gosh he looks just like my little girl cat Bella :) So sweet. So great you guys went for a walk and found him! Precious boy :)

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KELZIEROSE 10/30/2010 3:27AM

    Oh bless! I work for our local SPCA and the amount of cats we get in is ridonkulous! I think it's great that you're keeping him. He's so gorgeous, looks a little like my Bug!

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Shocking News!

Friday, October 29, 2010

It's Friday, weigh-in day. This week I didn't give much thought about my weight or about stepping on the scale. I just went about my business and kept it real. I got up earlier than usual, said hello to kitty on the way to the scale, turned the light on and then the scale. I was indifferent as I watched it come to life, I had no expectation and knew whatever the number was I would adjust my SP ticker accordingly. I stepped on up and waited for the number to settle. I stood very still, my mind went blank and then I started to talk to myself - out loud. My weight today is 230 lbs. I didn't know what to do with that number ... last week I was at 234.5. I'll follow the same pattern this coming week - I'll go about my business, keep it real and not obsess about the number on the scale.

230, BABY!

  
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WILD22 11/1/2010 8:44PM

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KITHKINCAID 10/30/2010 12:46AM

    4.5 pounds? WAY TO GO!!!

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TONYAWC1976 10/29/2010 8:03PM

  Can't wait to get down there. Had a set back and gained everything that I had lost back, but I am on track. Congrats on the good scale relationship. It is nice when it is nice to you.

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EMSJOURNEY 10/29/2010 8:02PM

    waaaaahoooo!!! good job, woman! have a GREAT weekend! =)

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SPARKGIRL285 10/29/2010 8:00PM

    Congrats!

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PARAMAGIC66 10/29/2010 8:00PM

    Congratulations!!!!! I love it when my scale surprises me. It starts the day off right. Keep going. emoticon

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Feeling Cagey

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fall weather is here and I feel cagey. I'd rather be outside in the crisp, clear, clean air than caged in an office, at home or at the gym.

Last night was no exception. My workout schedule had me either cross-training or walking instead of running but I was not in the mood for the gym. I ended up at the beach for a 2.5 mile walk with Mr. We walked on the sand which made for a more challenging workout. I stayed away from the loose sand due to an ache in one of my knee's though. There were others walking and a few sand runners. I was so jealous of the sand runners, I wanted to join in. One guy was even running barefoot!

Our journey began close to sunset and ended in complete darkness. Here is a photo of the sunset we enjoyed.



  
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KITHKINCAID 10/27/2010 1:44PM

    Jealous. I would love to live close enough to a beach to walk it at sunset. We have beaches in Chicago, but I don't live close to them.

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ENDUROVET 10/27/2010 1:02PM

    I know what you mean about wanting to be "OUT" in this beautiful fall weather!

Yesterday was a difficult "day of rest" for me, but I needed to take it easy on my sore R heel...

Beautiful sunset!

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Put it into the universe and watch what happens

Friday, October 22, 2010

Put "it" into the universe and watch what happens. I'm having to train for upcoming 5K without music (last night was the first night) and I wondered how that would feel. Uncomfortable is the best word I can come up with. My mind was all over the place and my body was off, along with my pace. What to do?!

I am a fan on Face Book of The Couch-to-5K Running plan and today they posted an article entitled, How to Focus for Your Upcoming Event. Here is a link to the article, which is a short, easy read with some great tips.

www.active.com/mindandbody/articles/
How-to-Focus-for-Your-Upcoming-Event.h
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I can even apply some of this to other parts of my life. I need to take a few minutes and make notes about my specific goals and concentrate on the positive.

  
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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 10/22/2010 6:26PM

    Thanks for the links and the interesting reading.

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