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It's Official ... I will run for Chocolate & Champagne

Friday, April 01, 2011

It's Official ... I registered for the 5k on June 5th!

The See Jane Run 5K 2010 was the first one I participated in. I'm excited to return to the event and course that set my feet on the course of running. I wept openly when I crossed the finish line last year because I had simply participated and finished. This year I may weep again out of joy and knowing I've accomplished more in one year than I ever dreamed possible.

My conditioning is going great and I'm looking forward to a run on Sunday morning.

From See Jane Run Website:

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."

About the Race:

This is not just any race. This is a celebration of women of all sizes, ages and fitness levels. Take in the scenic beauty of Alameda’s Bay Trail and breathtaking views of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge.The course is very flat, really! The post finish expo includes champagne, chocolate, shopping and fun! Note: The kids run is open to both girls and boys. Sign up quickly before the race sells out!

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WILD22 4/4/2011 8:31PM

    I will have to get my butt down there and run with you . Maybe next year. No plans for California this year. Next year we will be going for sure though!!
Happy training. You are a strong determined woman and I am motivated by you daily! emoticon

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KINSBAILE 4/4/2011 11:52AM

    That sounds like a LOT of fun! I think you'll do EXCELLENT! Woot!

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ENDUROVET 4/2/2011 10:33AM

    Cool... I'm SO jealous - of course I knew how much I liked running, but I miss it now as I try to build up my arches...
(Hubby & I took bikes out Thurs which was fun)

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TEDDYBABE 4/1/2011 8:09PM

    Let me be the first to congratulate you! Awesome KT!

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March Report Card ... April Plan

Friday, April 01, 2011

March Plan:
Match or better my February mile totals (48.95 miles)
Match or better my February sit-ups, 60 a day minimum
Push-ups on the exercise ball, 20 a day minimum
Complete SP Bootcamp sessions, 4 sessions a week minimum
Attend 5 of 5 step classes
Attend a minimum of 14 zumba classes
Attend one belly dancing class
Meet with Doc to discuss current supplement program - it's not working, again
Become an absolute task master when it comes to consuming/logging food intake

March Fitness Results: emoticon

37.38 Miles by Foot (walking/running/elliptical)
1,660 Sit-ups
1,262 Push-ups
19 BootCamp/Strength Training
5 of 5 Step class
16 of 16 Zumba Class
Run - I started running again!

I did not attend a belly dance class.
I did meet w/ Doc about the current plan. We are assessing the situation and waiting for test results to come back.

My mini rewards given in March:
A Greek Salad from Daphines ... My all time Favorite
A hour massage ... felt amazing
A new pair of Jox Sox ... walking on clouds

My plan for April is simple. Continue the path I'm on. I feel good and I love my routine. I live and breath my workouts and I love each one.

With my new inserts I am able to run pain free. I'm conditioning right now and run a mile faster than I ever did before. I am happy!

My challenge for April, adding planks to my strength training.

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JENJESS48 4/1/2011 6:26PM

    emoticon You totally rocked March - April had better get ready for you, cuz here you come!

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MANLEYSANDY 4/1/2011 4:03PM

    I hate planks! So good for you!

Keep up all the good work....you are awesome!

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KINSBAILE 4/1/2011 12:54PM

    Wow, you had a GREAT month! Boy you have me beat on the ST.

I need to get that going ASAP.

I don't like my bat wing arms!!!


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Day 2

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Even with my fear of foot pain and leg cramps I started to run again. I've had to restrain myself - it seems I'm an all or nothing when it comes to running. My fears were realized after my first session back on Sunday. I stretched. Then I had an exclusive pity party for one.

At Zumba on Monday night I felt nearly crippled but managed to bang out the entire 60 minute class although I felt at a lower intensity.

Tuesday afternoon I darted out of the office early so I could stop by the (my) shoe store before heading to the gym for a mile run and 60 minute bootcamp. I explained the immediate problems and from there we determined the support in my current runners is not enough. They fitted me with inserts that will work in my dress, walking and running shoes. I walked on. I ran that one mile and then I completed the bootcamp.

Day 1 ... Little foot fatigue. No leg cramps.

Day 2 ... I've worn my runners all day with the inserts. No foot fatigue. I have Zumba tonight and I'm hopeful that the inserts will keep my feet healthy.

As much as I want to run tonight, I won't. Tonight is NOT a running night - that happens tomorrow before Zumba and again on Sunday.

Day 2 my feet feel healthy again.

As an added "gift" to myself, I also bought a pair of Jox Sox to try. They help with that all to familiar moisture when running. If I like them I'll go back for a few more pair ... I still have Holiday gift money to spend so I'm buying something that will propel me into the future.

Again, I have a renewed hope for running again. My 5K in June looks promising and I know I'll achieve a personal best! I might take the long way around things but I get where I need to be in the end.

EDIT: I decided to wear my new Jox Sox's with my inserts tonight. WOW! That totally blew my mind. I had Zumba class and walked home ... all without foot pain and now cramping in my quads. If tomorrow goes as well as today I'll be stocking up on Jox Sox. I may have found the magic key to my workout success w/o pain!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 3/31/2011 11:59AM

    The inserts are by Super Feet and made in the U.S. and cost me $20.

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ENDUROVET 3/31/2011 11:19AM

    Inquiring minds must know - what kind of supports??

I have three different pairs of orthotics in my closet: 2 custom-made, 1 store-bought... None of 'em seem to help long-term...

Only 5 more hrs until I see my podiatrist!

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I'm a fighter

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I'm a fighter.

I don't curl up in a ball and hide when things get tough. I might recoil a bit but I never hide. I'm a fighter.

I don't sleep my troubles away or even hide under a blank. I'm a fighter.

I won't be boxed in or trapped. I'm a fighter.

I will love myself. I will love you. I will always support you. When I feel down and low I'll feed off your victories. I'll embrace your love. I am a fighter - for you and for me.

I AM a fighter! I WILL overcome. I WILL win. I gotta keep moving! It's what a fighter does.

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DIVALOUNGER 3/27/2011 2:47PM

    I almost forgot, I am working with the anti-inflammation diet--

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DIVALOUNGER 3/27/2011 2:47PM

    Love the Kitty! Hang in there and keep going!

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WILD22 3/24/2011 11:33PM

    Roll with the punches baby That's what a fighter does. Sometimes they do need to go to their corners to regroup. I will always be in your corner cheering you on. My money would be on you! emoticon

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ABB698 3/24/2011 12:50AM

    You are definitely a knock out! emoticon

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TEDDYBABE 3/23/2011 9:07PM

    A fighter and truly an amazing lady! (love the kitty pics)

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ENDUROVET 3/23/2011 5:21PM

    I guess I consider myself more of a LOVER than a fighter, although most of the time my friends would label me as crotchety curmudgeon!

(Thanks for recent comments; knowing that someone's reading means a lot)

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TINAT247 3/23/2011 1:57PM

    You're awesome!!!!! And we're in this together, glad you're in my corner!


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KINSBAILE 3/23/2011 12:56PM

    Awesome blog! You are a fighter!

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MIQUEY73 3/22/2011 9:49PM

    Love it!

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KITHKINCAID 3/22/2011 1:40PM

    Yes! I love your kitty - he's so cute!

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If tears were rain drops

Monday, March 21, 2011

If tears were rain drops my world would be flooded.

Lunch with the boss left me silently stunned after being told I'd be loosing my assistant, 10%, if not 15%, of my pay due to the firm being in financial trouble. After 10 years I can see the writing on the wall and the stress on the faces of the powers that be. My boss is a poor money manager and a man with big dreams - add that to a market in the tank and the conclusion is crash and burn. I'm a realist. He's a dreamer.

My reaction was cold. Indifferent. Stone faced. Suddenly the "we" became "yours." I disconnected. He watched uncomfortably. I let him wonder.

I am the sole supporter of my household. All things money revolve around my income and all future plans revolve around what is - not what could be or might be. Things will change. Expenses cut. Luxuries, all be them small, will be stricken from the budget. It's gonna get tight and uncomfortable for a hot minute. Yet, my silver lining ... I still have a job and a smaller income. I still have my Saturday job that pays for the little extra's.

I have yet to tell the Mr. He's on his way to the office now so I can break the news to him face to face. Plus, he has to bring my gym bag. If I could escape to the gym right now and loose myself in a Zumba or Step class I'd be most happy. Yet, I must wait for that happy release to come.

As we returned to the office the tears started to flow. The stone turned to water and if tears were rain drops my office would be flooded.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CALIKIKI 3/23/2011 3:51PM

    I am so sorry to hear your news.

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KINSBAILE 3/23/2011 12:54PM

    Sorry to hear this news. :( I am grateful that I have a good job.

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ENDUROVET 3/23/2011 12:34PM

    Damn! Sorry I don't have anything profound to say, but hang in there babe...

(My DH had an unexplained & unexpected termination just last Fri, we're still in shock)

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MIQUEY73 3/22/2011 9:11PM

    So sorry!!! {{HUGS}}

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MANLEYSANDY 3/22/2011 2:16PM

    I am sorry to hear that! Stay strong!!!

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KITHKINCAID 3/22/2011 1:02PM

    So sorry honey. The world isn't being very kind to you right now is it? Find strength in the struggle, I'd say - but you seem to have struggled enough! Sending good vibes your way - however much that helps.

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WILD22 3/22/2011 12:42AM

    You have my shoulder if you need it. Everything happens for a reason. There must be something else in store for you.

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MADDIE10281 3/21/2011 10:15PM

  I was laid off last summer after giving my employer 20.5 years. What I learned was that while I was faithfully going to their job everyday, i had made them my source. God is my source and will provide when no one else will. God Bless You

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TRENTDREAMER 3/21/2011 9:29PM

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Really sorry to hear.

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HORSECRAZYKK 3/21/2011 9:27PM

    Oh dear KT. This is bad news and so many are finding their world changing very drastically. You are strong inside and it shows. A women facing adversity and you were able to see the good in all of it. And that is what you have to do. You will make it through this.
A hearty hug from Virginia!

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TEDDYBABE 3/21/2011 9:08PM

    Oh friend, so sorry to hear this. Seems like tough times just coming everyones way lately. When will all this stop. Your silver lining will always be your survivor personality. I am truly sorry. Wish I could do more, but the shoulder is always here. Hugs.

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SOFT_VAL67 3/21/2011 8:32PM

    this sucks!!! i am so sorry for this happening to you and to so many others in this country right now.....where is that silver lining for this whole country....
i am glad u can still feel like working out, most ppl would be in bed with covers over head....
i am sometimes a pessimist, but i am going to say, sometimes doors close, others open...i hope you find this to be the case.

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JENJESS48 3/21/2011 6:45PM

    I'm sorry, honey. You'll find a way to make it through.

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BBGYRL4 3/21/2011 5:50PM

    I'm sorry to hear about what happened at work. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers and I hope that things get better for you soon. emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 3/21/2011 5:47PM

    HUGs and glad you could find the bright side, you have a job ect. I know what you are feeling sort of. I have to go for a 2nd mamogram and I am praying there is nothing wrong. Not just health wise but I too am the soul worker in our family now due to hubby having severe depreesion anxiety. so add not having an income come in and eeeks.
So between worrying if I have cancer and how we wil pay the bills. I do totally understand where you are coming from

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