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How I Ran 3 Miles Without Stopping

Sunday, June 03, 2012

After my crazy fast run yesterday, I felt great. But, later on around bedtime, I started to notice that my entire body was feeling the morning's run. This made me a bit nervous, as today was supposed to be my Long Slow Run.

In a normal training schedule, I wouldn't schedule a back-to-back run anywhere near the Long Slow Run. I would definitely leave a rest day before my LSR. But, this week, things got a little wonky because I'm starting my official half marathon training schedule next week. So, my days were going to need to shift a little bit...also, I had wanted to run a distance of 5k "with" one of my SparkFriends yesterday...so that threw me off a bit.

This morning, the alarm went off at 7am and I was NOT in the mood. I think it's important for those of you who say you are inspired by me to understand that I have days where I want to be lazy and I DON'T WANT TO RUN!!! Yes, I am mortal. Lol.

But...to be honest...this is my first REAL LSR and I know that these are so important in training. So, I forced myself to put my running clothes on. I figured I'd feel better when I got out there. Took a VERY slow walk to the trail and was not instantly refreshed by the morning air, as I usually am. Still tired. Ugh.

Got to the trail and this is the part where I usually start running. This run would be different, though, because as the name suggests...it is to be a LONG, SLOW RUN.

I remembered the book I just finished reading (which I highly recommend for ALL beginning runners trying to lose weight) called "Run Your Butt Off". In this book, they introduce a running program for weight loss that gradually builds slowly (somewhat like C25K). But they had a test panel of people that did the program and reported back the entire 12 weeks. By the end of the program, every single person had become "a runner". There were a few that had a hard time getting into it the first few weeks. They said they hated running...even 3 weeks in. At that point, the authors and coaches gave them a tip...SLOW YOUR PACE. Amazingly, every single one of the participants reported that running was a COMPLETELY different story when they just slowed down.

This morning, I knew 4 miles would be tough. I determined to go as slow as possible so I could make it through the long haul. My feet were NOT wanting to do this. Ankles were a bit sore from yesterday. I started off running REALLY weird. It was a strange, limping run and I knew it was because I was being overprotective of my bad ankle.

I thought to myself, "Leah, this is going to get you injured...stop it now. Settle in." I say this to myself a lot in the beginning of runs (especially when I'm ready to say 'screw this today')...SETTLE IN. So I kept going...VERY slowly...literally felt like I was shuffling (barely lifting my feet of the ground) for AT LEAST half a mile. I almost felt like I was walking fast and not running. It took me a good LONG time to find a decent rhythm on this run...in fact, I hesitate to call it a run. The word "jog" is much more appropriate for what went down today.

I felt like I was going half my normal speed, but the clock didn't matter today. I finally was able to focus more on my music and forget about my feet. Then, I settled into a good slow pace and got into my zone.

This morning, I learned exactly what those test subjects from "Run Your Butt Off" learned. When I slowed down, running 4 miles was a COMPLETELY different experience. I never once found myself breathing heavily...never once got winded in the slightest bit. Just breathed normally through the entire run! Because I had no problems breathing and because my legs weren't bothering me since I was running so slowly, I just kept going. And I ran non-stop for 3 miles!!! It was about 1/2 hour!! I felt like I could have kept going indefinitely...but there was amonster blister on my left foot and I ended up walking the final mile.

Here's the most amazing part of all...when I looked at my run app later, it showed that my time for the 3.0 miles that I ran was 46 minutes. Um....what? I RAN the entire thing without stopping and it ended up being almost the same time as when I almost kill myself trying to run faster and taking walk breaks to catch my breath. You know, my trainer has told me this and told me this...but I guess I just never believed him. Sorry, Robert!!!

Kind of a mindblowing discovery actually. This is actually going to make me re-think my entire training strategy.

  
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KATHYGOULDSMITH 6/24/2012 1:03AM

    I am inspired because i am the slowest runner on the planet! Much slower than you, but hey! Im doing it.


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HOLLIROCON 6/15/2012 5:00PM

    I'll definitely keep this in mind on my next run.

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ZENSTEPH 6/12/2012 2:40AM

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing, it helps me feel better. I've been stuck at 4 weeks on a C25K due to shin splints, etc.

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TONYVAND1 6/11/2012 10:34AM

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    Well done to you for sticking with it! emoticon

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SHRINK_U 6/11/2012 2:13AM

    So awesome!

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KARLINJAY 6/10/2012 6:56PM

  Settle in...I am totally going to try using that tomorrow! Thank you and congrats!

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STRONGCHOICE 6/10/2012 6:01PM

  I am new to running and I just started reading that book. Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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SDORTON2 6/9/2012 10:31AM

  I am just gearing up to start running myself. I have never done this and hope to get a group together close by. Loved reading this post, thanks! I am really excited to get up and going with this.

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WINNIE1978 6/9/2012 6:43AM

    I've been running slow since I started running because I'm trying to build up my endurance... I'm not super worried about my time right now. I've also noticed that the days when I do go faster and push harder I still end up with about the same time/distance as when I just go slower and enjoy the run. Weird, huh?

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JENNAAW 6/8/2012 7:29AM

    Totally love your post; you are doing an awesome job! I would so love to get myself to a similar point!

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KBRADFORD88 6/7/2012 10:27PM

    slow runs work.

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ZZYYGGY2 6/7/2012 6:32PM

    Great job. Keep on running.

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GOING-STRONG 6/7/2012 6:24PM

    I'm a slow runner also... but every now and then I will do a run with intervals where I go as fast as I can for about a minute then slow back down to my normal pace. If I did that all the time I would HATE running. Earlier this year I was able to do a Half Marathon without any walking by taking a slow easy running approach. A year ago I never would have believed that possible. Oh.. wanted to mention that I got some special two ply running socks at REI. They were spendy (I think about $15-16) but they are blisterproof. Invest in a couple of pairs and you (and your feet!) will be happy you did.

Spark on!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/7/2012 4:48PM

    emoticon Very Nice!

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SANDEBUE 6/7/2012 2:55PM

    Can't run at all...never have....always hated running. I'll look for the book.

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CORINA-MOMOF4 6/7/2012 2:46PM

    WTG!! And congrats on training for the half marathon - I just ran my first half marathon this past Saturday!

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PRSPLACE 6/7/2012 2:41PM

    thanks for posting! very inspiring!

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NWFL59 6/7/2012 10:45AM

    Loved your description of how you felt and motivated yourself to push through and continue on. I can so relate to those feelings and find myself reacting to my own exercise program similar some days. Its a constant struggle but I enjoy the rewards once I'm done and in a more positive frame of mind. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PHOTOFIT 6/7/2012 10:16AM

    emoticonnice!

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SUSANSIXTYFIVE 6/7/2012 9:56AM

  I found your comments very helpful. I'm 65, I just started Spark People and I ran three times so far without any instructions. I was going very slowly but not feeling very good about my pace. I kept thinking that it wasn't really running if I was going this slowly and I couldn't help comparing myself to the many runners who would pass me by on the boardwalk. So, now I'm going to get that book that you recommend and run even slower, so that I'm not out of breath at all. Thanks so much.

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PATSYJ 6/7/2012 9:41AM

  THANK YOU for this reminder! I NEVER EVER could run when I was a kid as I was always winded and got side stitches. (I'm pretty confident I have asthma but slow running is possible.) I tried running again at 40 and the #1 thing that allowed me to actually enjoy running was to SLOW DOWN. And you are right, it feels like you could walk faster sometimes but as long as you can go slow and not stop. It is such an awesome feeling the first time I ran (I like the term plod rather than run) 2 miles without stopping. And your're right about time too - running slow without stopping vs. running fast and stopping to catch your breath = same time and more enjoyable! :)

I needed this boost today as i'm just getting back into running again. I will look for the book.



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MELOSPARKLE 6/7/2012 9:40AM

    GREAT job!!!

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LNTSMOM 6/7/2012 9:27AM

  Way to go!! I also just started learning to run and I'm loving it! I did my first 3 miles without stopping last Sat during my first 5K and now it just motivates me to keep going. Yesterday I ran 3 miles & shaved 2 minutes off my normal time. I do find my first couple of miles to be my hardest but after that I'm good to go.

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LDMCNIEL 6/7/2012 9:12AM

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/7/2012 9:05AM

    I've considered taking up running for a while but there's part of me that hates the thought of it. After reading this though, I'm seriously tempted to give it a go. Maybe if I can get my hands on that book.
Thanks for sharing, your blog's really inspirational.

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ANDRAYAYA 6/7/2012 8:50AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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VIRGINIASR 6/7/2012 8:40AM

  Thank you for an inspirational account that I read twice. As a 64-year-old-runner-wanna-be, I feel empowered.

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BUFFALOKAY 6/7/2012 8:08AM

    Thanks for sharing your discovery. Best of luck on the HM training.
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STEPHLOKI 6/7/2012 7:45AM

    LOL, you must have been so puzzled by this realization! I also remember being totally surprised that a slow run and a run-walk-run can give you the same results in the end.

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REGILIEH 6/7/2012 6:52AM

    WTG!!!

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NYKIMMIE 6/7/2012 6:42AM

    I just got clearance from the dr to start running,yeah. Thanks for the tip about the book,i will look at the library today. Awesome blog!

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SPIRIT42013 6/7/2012 12:52AM

    I use to love to run! I hope that I lose enough weight to be able to run safely!

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SRHALLIN 6/6/2012 10:23PM

    Awesome! Congratulations on running 3 miles in one go. I'm officially jealous! :D Great tips for beginning runners, though. I'll try them out as circumstances permit!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 6/6/2012 8:54PM

    That is great! I was running for a while myself until i hurt my foot. Want to start again if my ankle ever stops swelling up.

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WICHYWOMAN 6/6/2012 7:47PM

    Nice!! I've 'run' a half marathon earlier this year and did no formal training for it. My avg. mile was a 14 min. mile and I DID walk a good chunk of it. I've been quite frustrated with not being able to run consistently for more than short distances.
Your description is the first time I've 'got' it in going slower. People that say "Run slower" don't make sense to me b/c I think "how slow is slow?" I will try the idea of fast walking! Tomorrow when I go out.
Keep it up!! If I can do it w/o the training then I know you can!!!

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TUPPERWARE1 6/6/2012 6:36PM

    I think you should shout I did it.Way to go! emoticon

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SBNORMAL 6/6/2012 5:56PM

  WoW!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/6/2012 5:53PM

    great job

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THATWIFE1 6/6/2012 5:15PM

  That is AWESOME! I hate getting on the treadmill, and have started to run outside by my house has a huge hill n gravel and first day HATED it- I will do what you did- slow down. There is a run on the 30th- 3 miles-YIKES! But I'm going to make myself do it just to prove to myself I can! Thanks for the honest inspiration.

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    Way to go!! emoticon

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TISTEN23 6/6/2012 2:39PM

    Great!!! That is awesome, sorry about the blister though!!!

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    Finally a holiday for Runners! Happy National Running Day! emoticon emoticon

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Best Morning I've Had In Quite Some Time!

Saturday, June 02, 2012

So, it's no secret. Yesterday I was a little blue. The weather was dreary. A friend of mine is suffering a bit and I was sick with worry and didn't sleep well at all on Thursday night. Plus, I was just a little overwhelmed at work and it was a rest day, which does affect my mood. Just a blah day in general. But...slept very well last night and it is amazing what a difference that can make.

Woke up super early this morning and got my little guy up to take him to the Farmer's Market with me. He and I have never gone to the market alone together and he was literally shaking with excitement the entire time. He just loves this special time with his mama all alone! He helped me by choosing vegetables and paying all the farmers. Of course, they all told him how big a boy he was and how he was such a great helper for his mom. It was so much fun!!! And we got it all done by 8:30am.



Farmer's Market Bliss

When we got home, I sat him down with a bowl of that kettle corn and he watched a show, while I went out for a run (no worries...hubby was home! Lol!)

Oh my goodness, you guys. The temp outside was PERFECT this morning and everything was just bursting with color and freshness. I could not have engineered a more GORGEOUS day for a run. Once again, running "with" a fellow sparker who was doing a 5k this morning.



I had a good feeling going into this one. But I worried when I noticed I wasn't making much progress and 11 minutes had already passed. I worked on a longer running interval in the middle of the run and took a couple walking breaks to catch my breath. I was making decent time and was actually a little ahead. But I was getting tired. However, my run app indicated that it was still possible for me to meet my goal of a 40 minute 5k. I kept things slow and steady for as long as possible because I knew tiring myself out would not work. Near the end, I was walking and I saw that I had one minute left. I was exhausted...but, you guys, I could SEE the end and I had 0.1 miles left!!!!! So I just sprinted that last 0.1.

I made it in 40 minutes flat. I kid you not, I felt like I would hurl and when I finished, I splayed out on my driveway (which felt SO nice and cool). I was SO proud of myself. And nothing on my body hurts at all. I slowly cooled down and stretched out really well and just laid there on the driveway for about half an hour before going inside. What a rush!!!

Next on the Super Saturday agenda? Trying out Chef Meg's Raspberry Lemon Scones recipe.

Here is the recipe: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2066103


I've been dying to make these for weeks and I bought all organic ingredients and the recipe calls for whole grain flour. I brought Little Man in on the action and we created a photo journey of scone creation for you.

A note: if you are OCD like me and you are going to let a 4 yr old help you with this recipe, you must understand that your kitchen will be destroyed by the end of this. Just know this and accept this fact and be OK with it.

A second note: Let's just acknowledge the mess in my living room before I even show you any pictures of my son with said mess in the background. OK...moving on.

So, we started off trying to line a baking sheet with parchment paper.



Well, listen...Mama's a lil OCD, so we used tape and wrapped it like a present. Don't judge me!



Next, we got to put butter in a bowl and chase it all around with a mixer. Boy liked this game.



Then, we added sugar and made it look like mashed potatoes.



Then, eggs and vanilla and evaporated milk.



Most delicious-smelling step was adding the zest of one lemon. Man child about blew a gasket when I pulled that grater out of the cabinet. Super excitement! Don't judge...admit it, you *know* you get a *little* excited when you get to use the grater.



Dry ingredients time! And, since I bought my whole grain white flour in bulk from the co-op grocery store and I was trying to scoop it out of a flimsy little fruit/veggie bag, we got super dirty. Yay!





Let's throw it all together. Chef Meg says "mix just until combined". Uhhh...yeah right. This stuff was not coming together...so, we used our hands. It was crumbly. Then, she says "gently stir in raspberries". Into this crumbly mess of non-dough? Okaaaay.



Here's where this gets good!!!! So, it says "turn the DOUGH onto the baking pan and form an 8-inch circle".



At this point, it's really not sticking together because I honestly think we should have increased the evaporated milk JUST a little bit...by maybe 1/4 cup???

J-Man and I were confused.



Then, it asks you to cut into 12 pieces. Riiiiggght.



OK, hold up here. Do you SEE that little slacker in the right-hand bottom corner???! I had a heck of a time getting these things separated by half an inch. But I was all, "Okay, Chef Meg...I will trust you."



The finished product was an interesting texture, but of course, mighty tasty!!! Gotta say...yummiest 172 calories I've had in quite awhile!



Next time...MORE EVAPORATED MILK!!!!

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VBA2009 2/26/2013 9:20AM

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NANAGO1204 7/2/2012 5:04PM

    emoticon Looks like a fun time was had by all...especially those of us reading about it! Kids are a lot of fun in the kitchen...can't wait for my grandsons to old enough to help out! Well done!!

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ROJAKHAN 7/1/2012 3:28PM

    Yummmmy

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KATBOXJANITOR 6/23/2012 7:27PM

    Great reminder of the fun memories you can build while sharing wonderful experiences.



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DEBK0923 6/21/2012 9:25AM

    Those are wonderful pictures, good blog

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MARYM1962 6/12/2012 12:05PM

  WOW - what a busy day - I miss my LITTLE MAN - my grandson moved to the DC area and I am stuck in the Mid-South - he would have whipped up the scones all by himself (but he is 7 instead of 4 - he does a lot of things on his own but would have left the clean up for a grown up!).

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DANAK2011 6/6/2012 2:06PM

    You're an awesome mama! keep the spark going!

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1GROVES2 6/6/2012 12:18PM

    What fun reading your blog! I love all your descriptions of everything! You include every detail and I can feel your emotions through it...hey and your little man is a doll! Thanks for sharing, it was both a fun read and an inspiration!

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TODAYIAM 6/5/2012 11:04PM

    I love all the pictures! You are doing great and great time on that run!!

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DEARTOMYHEART 6/5/2012 2:27PM

  Great Job on your run!! What memories your little guy will have with his adorable mommy. I so miss those days. Thanks so much for sharing. Great Blog.. emoticon emoticon

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MARYHENNIG 6/5/2012 11:02AM

  Thanks for posting....that story will surely chase the blues away.

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MOMMABOOMS 6/5/2012 7:50AM

    Loved your blog. Thanks for the reminder of my younger days with my kids.

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GINGERPAWZ 6/5/2012 7:46AM

    I have memories of cooking with my now 12 year old when he was younger. Those were fun times. He still talks about being a chef when he grows up. We can have fun while teaching our little ones life skills. Hope you have an emoticon day with whatever you do.

Take care,

Sharon

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LSIG14 6/4/2012 8:14PM

  There is nothing better than the pure joy of cooking with kids - I miss those times so much. You certainly seem to have your priorities straight...living and teaching healthy ways while enjoying every moment of being a Mom! They do grow up so fast!!!

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PACKERMAN2 6/4/2012 7:23PM

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful experience. Your son is very lucky to have
such a multi-tasking mom. Some of my greatest memories are of me and my son or
him and his dad in the kitchen.

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HANOVERLADY 6/4/2012 5:00PM

    Looks like fun! My mom used to say "it all goes in one stomach" so I was not to worry if things didn't look quite right - it wasn't going to look too good in the tummy anyway. Taste is what matters!

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TARAH85 6/4/2012 4:21PM

    I am so glad you told us about your experience making those bars. I am totally gonna try them (with more milk)! They look awesome, and your son seems so great. Thank you!

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GUINSMITH 6/4/2012 2:35PM

    next time add a tablespoon and check you may need more than 1 of water humidity or lack of it can make a recipe vary from place to place. Scones are suppose to be crumbly but not too crumbly.

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PUDDLEBY 6/4/2012 1:52PM

    Your son thought you were making scones, while all the time you were really building memories (and kitchen skills!). Nice blog.

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BATMANSWIFE1 6/4/2012 12:15PM

  You go girl!

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VONBLACKBIRD 6/4/2012 12:04PM

    o what fun to cook with kids...Looks like it turned out great and a lot of fun for you both.

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BOBANDTY 6/4/2012 11:46AM

    I'm inspired to make these with my kids now! Thank you! emoticon

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    Your pictures make me smile!
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ROGERSBABE1 6/4/2012 11:07AM

    Wonderful!

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MIRANDA_LYNN84 6/4/2012 10:44AM

    WoW...looks like you both had a lot of fun. I enjoy baking with my children and just observing them and seeing how happy they are to have responsibilities such as pouring the milk and mixing the ingredients. emoticon

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CRINKLYMONKEY 6/4/2012 10:38AM

    This is such a cute blog with your son. These are memories he will never forget. emoticon
That is awesome about your time on your run/walk! You are doing so well. How long did it take to get to that 40 minutes? emoticon

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REDHEADMOM2U 6/4/2012 10:24AM

    beautiful day!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 6/4/2012 10:11AM

    Looks like so much fun.

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JENNIFERSTAM 6/4/2012 10:04AM

  Nice pictures added to blog

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ALMEEKER 6/4/2012 10:00AM

  Congrats on your lovely supermom morning!!! And what a lovely story with pics. I will most certainly excuse your messy living room, I see actual carpet, so it's not as bad as mine LOL.

I may be able to help with the scones a bit here, they are all about "technique" rather than "ingredients". Was your butter room temperature? With scones that can make all the difference, soft butter holds more dry ingredients than cold. As for the actual "mixing" business, you my friend need a pastry cutter. Handy little gadget with a handle on one side and wires on the other. Often a recipe will read "cut" the flour into the butter/sugar/egg mixture or "cut" the dry ingredients into the wet), it works a bit like a potato masher. You can certainly use your hands, but it's faster with a cutter. More milk might have been helpful to make a cohesive dough, but a scone is supposed to be rather dry (so you can dip it in your cuppa tea cheerio). Too much moisture in your dough will yield a hockey puck, the boy will love them, but not to eat.

Onto the circle of dough. Start with a ball then pat it down to about 1" thick and slice it into 12 pieces like a pizza (thereby avoiding the slacker in the corner). Although I've eaten scones in lots of different shapes, they are most often triangular or crescent in shape.

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DOTTY7267 6/4/2012 10:00AM

    You and your son made it look so fun. . .I almost want to do some baking myself emoticon

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VADAVICTORIA 6/4/2012 9:55AM

    glad you had a great morning! :)

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JLEMUS1 6/4/2012 9:51AM

    They look awesome...yum yum...

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/4/2012 9:19AM

    You brought a big smile to my face!

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HLOCHRIDGE 6/4/2012 9:17AM

    Such fun times!!! Treasure these moments!

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JLMALLETTE 6/4/2012 9:00AM

    Very nice/
love the pics of mommy and son time-precious!

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FARIS71 6/4/2012 8:35AM

    Awesome! I made banana bread with my 3 kiddos this weekend and totally understand the mess! And I can't wait til our farmer's market gets rolling for the summer. Last summer they didn't have too many farmers so each time we went we ended up getting baked goods instead. oie!

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DROPOFHONEY 6/4/2012 8:28AM

    Love the Blog.. haha the photos showing the progression of it really helped to visualize your story..

Congrats on the run and more congrats on doing it within 40 minutes..!!! emoticon

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WALLINMW 6/4/2012 8:28AM

  yay1

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RSTAPLE 6/4/2012 8:03AM

  Those look great!

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LEANMEAN2 6/4/2012 7:19AM

    It sounds to me like you're doing great, Mom!

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LRSILVER 6/4/2012 7:14AM

    Sounds like a great day.


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MSTAPLE1 6/4/2012 7:13AM

  Looks good!

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NAYNAY69 6/4/2012 7:07AM

    Wonderful!!!
I love baking with my Grands!

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Way to go Mom!

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CAROLZ1967 6/4/2012 7:05AM

    LOVE the photo journal of it. So great you let your son help! That's a tough one for me. I know I need to relax and let them.....but it's hard, thinking of the mess and extra work it causes. BUT I know the bonding and lessons they can learn from helping us are important and special. Maybe that should be a goal of mine this summer too. :-) You both will treasure these photos in years to come. Thanks for sharing!

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    Looks Like you two had a blast ! emoticon emoticon

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Farmer's Market Favs

Friday, June 01, 2012

Hey SparkPeeps. Today is Friday, which is all well and good. But tomorrow...tomorrow is the BEST day. Farmer's Market Day!

If you have a Farmer's Market in your town and haven't had a chance to check it out, I highly recommend it. Everything's fresh and delicious and a lot of it is organic too.

You might be surprised at what you can find there too. It's not all fruits and veggies. In fact, my favorite indulgences - and my very first purchases every week - include a fresh roasted cup of Egyptian coffee and a delicious asparagus egg tart or a homemade tamale with fresh green mole sauce. With deliciousness in tow, I begin my leisurely Saturday morning by taking one "lap" around to look at all the goods. Then, second time around, decide which items to purchase and take home.

Here are my Top 5 Farmer's Market finds - most of these I buy weekly. Because they are just SO good!

1. Spring Mix



I will admit...I have a special "salad guy". I don't know what it is about his spring mix, but I bought it one time last year and it was the most delicious and flavorful salad I've ever had! I'm talking JUST the green portion. After that one time, he never appeared again for the rest of the summer and I whined to my Farmer's Market Buddy, Christina, every single week, "WHERE is my salad guy???"

2. Heirloom Tomatoes



These sometimes look weird, color-wise. But they are delicious. There is just nothing like a fresh, Farmer's Market tomato. Well, maybe home grown...but if you don't have the discipline to garden (like me), Farmer's Market is your next best bet.

3. Green Onions



Green onions are standard and they are cheap in the grocery store. But you have never seen green onions like they have at the local market. They are, in my opinion, one of the best subtle ways to flavor a salad or really any sort of food. They are particularly great in eggs!

4. Goat Cheese



One of my favorite booths at the market is the goat cheese booth. There are at least 10 samples of different sorts of goat cheese, including CHOCOLATE (which actually tastes like chocolate cream cheese). So delicious! My personal favorite is garlic and herb. This stuff is pricey, but a wonderful splurge every so often.

5. Grass-Fed Beef*



*apologies to vegetarians if this grosses you out!

Just as I have my "salad guy", I also have my "meat guy". This farmer raises his cattle as grass-fed all the way up until just a couple weeks before slaughter and then finishes them off with corn. I simply can't say enough about his products. Absolutely the most delicious beef I have ever bought anywhere...hands down. And, while it seems expensive, when I actually compare it to grocery store prices, it's not too different. But, you know, steak is pricey...so it's maybe an every few weeks indulgence. The best part of this is that this farmer knows me and he knows what I like. He makes recommendations, but he always has my tried and true New York Strip ready when I walk up. That kind of service is priceless.

Anyone else have favorite Farmer's Market finds? I'm always up for trying something new!

  
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OPTIMIST1948 6/2/2012 7:47AM

    As I increase my gardening, I find I go to the FM less and less. Ours has a trout guy. Fresh and Smoked. Talk about indulgent: But its awesome!

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GODIVADSG 6/2/2012 6:22AM

    I wish I lived where you do! To run and eat!!! Wow! I too love farmers markets! I am trying to decide which one I should go to this morning! I don't live far from the gulf of Mexico and we have a fisherman that shows up with fresh fish! Hope your salad guy is there!! Grab and eat a bunch of greens for me today! emoticon

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MOM2HANDH 6/1/2012 10:43PM

    Yummy yummy yummy!! I'm going in search of fresh peas tomorrow. They taste so much better straight out of the shell. Mine in my tiny garden are already done :( I'm also hoping to score some raspberries! I get the spring salad mix from our CSA (and we're going to pick peas there this weekend). I need to figure out what to make with the beets we got last week!

Half the stuff in our farmer's market comes from trucks (not local) so you have to ask what is from here. Unfortunately my daughters' favorites are the flowers and homemade cookies :)

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AWOOD1973 6/1/2012 9:28PM

    We are going tomorrow. We have a lady that sells the most beautiful grape tomatoes. I can buy a large bag full for about $4.00, twice as much as I can get at the grocery store. We walked around and my oldest had all but 3 eaten...needless to say we had to go back for more!! :)
They also sell homemade beef jerk and awesome jams and jellies. Yum! My kids love going and walking around. We always leave with SOMETHING we can't live without! Lol

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MRSBUMP09 6/1/2012 8:49PM

    I am now on a mission to find a Farmer's Market in my area. I know my small town does not have one but the bigger towns next to mine should. Thanks for sharing and posting the pics.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/1/2012 6:22PM

    Yummy! My farmer's market is more botanicals than edibles, but I do love whenever my local grocery store has heirloom tomatoes in stock. There is just NO comparison between grocery store Romas or slicers when it comes to heirloom tomatoes - the flavor is amazing! They do have some sort of meat counter inside, but I've never really looked to see if it's local meat or not. Your description of your local meat makes me think I'll have to check into that!

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 6/1/2012 5:05PM

    Does THAT ever look GOOD!!!!!! Gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing. Farmer's Markets are the best. emoticon emoticon

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LINDAK25 6/1/2012 3:39PM

    I loved your pictures. My Farmer's Market doesn't have goat cheese or meats. However, we have bread, pies, cakes and cinnamon buns. Oh, and the man who makes copper bird feeders and bird houses. And a woman who sells beautiful pens her husband makes out of wood. While some of the produce is local, some of it is from South Carolina or Georgia. But they sometimes have things that are way out of season, which makes me think they're getting it from the grocery store. Many people just set up at our market when they have enough to sell from their gardens in their backyard. I've sold baked goods for our church (all proceeds went to the Women's Shelter) at the Farmer's Market, too.

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WINNIE1978 6/1/2012 2:03PM

    We don't really go to a farmer's market... but there is a large farm that opens up their own farm stand from about mid-June through October/November. I always LOVE it when they are open. I can leave with several bags of produce for less than $20... and it all tastes SO much better than stuff I buy at the grocery store.

I live on tomato sandwiches throughout the summer so the big beefsteak tomatoes are always my favorite find at the farm stand. emoticon

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GAYLE119 6/1/2012 1:50PM

    Now I'm hungry!! emoticon

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COOP9002 6/1/2012 1:19PM

    Thanks for sharing. The beef looks especially good.

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BECKY3126 6/1/2012 12:24PM

    One of my favorite things at our local Farmers Market is local Raw Honey. It is so good and it helps with allergies, so I make my kids peanut butter and honey sandwiches and it has pretty much made their allergies almost non-existent. I also love it in a cup of coffee instead of sugar.

Don't you just love the Market though? I love to do the same as you and do a lap first and see what everyone has first (plus get a few samples of tomatoes, watermelon, etc) and then circle back around to get my purchases. Last time I walked out of there with tomatoes, Hatch green chili peppers, eggs, organic chicken, red onions and a tiny box of homemade toffee sprinkled fudge (this is still sitting on my counter because you can only handle one tiny taste at a time...it is super rich and I am not used to eating sweets like that anymore). It was a great day at the market and I am looking forward to tomorrows trip too!

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Running For Life...In So Many Ways

Thursday, May 31, 2012

If you've been hanging around my SparkPage lately (I'm sure there are LEGIONS of you that have! pssshh), you may have noticed a couple changes recently. I'm not talking about my weight loss ticker or all the pics I keep posting (although, those are great and very motivational...I highly recommend checking them out!) Last night, I changed my "About Me" section to reflect my upcoming races. I've seen this on many pages of runners and tri athletes alike and I liked the idea of throwing my intentions out there for the world to see and keep me accountable.

More subtly, you might have noticed that, in this list of races, there are 3 half marathons...the first of which is MUCH earlier than I originally planned. Yeah, you're right if you're thinking to yourself, "Didn't you just run your first 5k ever?" Yep.

So, here's the explanation. I had signed up for a few 5k races over the next 6 months or so. But it was recommended by my trainer that I work up to at least 10k endurance at my own pace, but as soon as my body allows...to prepare for the Indy Mini next year in May. Last night I went online to see if I could maybe find some 10k races around me in the midwest, so I could gain that valuable race experience before going straight from a 5k into a half marathon.

And then it happened. I stumbled upon the MOST perfect half marathon for me. The Purdue Boilermaker Half Marathon on October 20th. I sat there and stared for what seemed like half an hour. My heart was a-flutter. Why? Because this is my alma mater. I haven't been back in years. I have so many special memories of my time at Purdue and the very thought of my first big race being on that hallowed ground...it literally almost brought tears to my eyes. There really wasn't any other choice. When I saw it, I thought, "I HAVE to do this." And that was that.

Once I realized that the training plan for a half is about 15 weeks long and that I'd need to put that training plan into effect literally...like next week, things suddenly got VERY serious. I have plugged in every single run and crosstraining day in my calendar from now until October. I'm not messing around, y'all. I refuse to go into that race unprepared and out of shape. I know racing isn't for everyone...but, for me, this is a sure way to keep me on track with my fitness goals and also, in large part, my nutrition goals as well.

In fact, this very morning, I was pretty angry at that alarm for having the nerve to go off so stinkin' early. Of COURSE the thought ran through my head that no one was holding a gun to my head and forcing me to go for a run today. But, right on that thought's heels came another..."Someone WILL be holding a gun on October 20th to start a 13.1 mile race that YOU have said you want to do. So...maybe you should get up and just do it."

Well...wouldn't you know? I got up.

And found I'd lost another pound. And set a personal best 5k time at 41:49. This was not an easy run. I had some stomach issues about halfway through, but I am rather proud to say that I ran the entire first half of that 5k without stopping. That's a big deal for me. It staggers me that my endurance has built up so quickly (literally about 6 weeks ago, I could barely run a 1.5 minute interval). This run this morning was really tough near the end...the last half mile was just sheer determination. But my gosh...I wanted to beat that 5k time from my race last Saturday and I was gonna do it, come hell or high water or the most miserable blister forming on my left heel. I pushed my body hard today.

And I feel amazing! I know a lot of non-runners that HATE running (ha...I was one for YEARS). They look at me like I'm insane and I know they think, "WHY are you doing this?"

[Warning: TMI alert. Stop here if you are overly-senstive]

1. Obviously, endorphin rush is pretty amazing. I'm gonna be honest and say that I do think it's better than an orgasm...because...the feeling lasts ALL DAY LONG. And that's pretty powerful as a motivator.

2. I thought about my Aunt Lois this morning, as I drew a deep breath in and felt my lungs expand...so clear and strong. I literally watched her die as she drowned in her own lung fluid. I don't mean to be crass, but I know that she would want me to take care of these lungs. And to use them to their full capacity...to enjoy life with my breath every day.

3. My legs feel INCREDIBLE. They aren't lookin' too shabby these days, either. *wink* After the injuries that I've seen...the strength that I feel just walking upright is inexplicable.

4. My entire body feels tighter...more compact and like it's finally all working together the way it SHOULD be.

5. My core is just about as fit as it's ever been. Crosstraining with weights, pilates, resistance band, jump rope and my own body weight have completely changed the way I carry myself physically and the level of exertion it takes to do so.

6. My heart. And I'm not talking about the one with blood vessels and chambers...although, that's working pretty nicely now too. There's a feeling of confidence that I've never experienced. Did you read that? NEVER...in my entire life. I have never loved myself, accepted my flaws, had faith that I could change the things about myself that aren't quite right...until now. When I say I'm a completely different person, I quite literally mean that.

And the most exciting part is...if all these things have happened and changed for me in just a short 6 weeks or so of running...what kind of a person will I be by the time I run that half marathon in October? I have no way of imagining it..but I can guarantee strength, confidence, joy and health.

And those are some pretty great guarantees.

  
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GOULDSGRANITE 6/5/2012 9:53AM

    You got me ready to run! Now I need help picking out running shoes ~ lol! emoticon

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KAPELAKIN 6/5/2012 1:13AM

    You are so inspiring! Good luck on your half and any other upcoming races. You're putting me to shame with waiting until next year to go for a half.

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ST8NLIFE 6/4/2012 3:21PM

  emoticon emoticon Good Luck with your training. You are amazing...I am adding you to my friend list so I can find you again! Thank you for the motivation!

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WENDYWHIT30 6/4/2012 3:18PM

    Go Boilers! That's so exciting - I think if it's the perfect goal. I might have to try and run that one next year (my alma mater too, just in case you couldn't feel my oozing enthusiasm). I'm trying to get back into running - I started back in 2006, ran a 5K and I think I signed up for the Indy Mini even before I ran the 5K. I remember getting a migraine the night I signed up for the half because I was flipping out that I had done it! Long story short, I'm about 50 pounds heavier than I was when I was previously running...turning it around with C25K again. So frustrated with my slowness, but I know speed will come. Good luck with your training and have a drink at Harry's after you fly through the finish line!!!

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LESSISMORE2010 6/3/2012 7:08PM

    LOVE this blog!!! You're doing amazing! Congrats on finding your perfect race!

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MELLYBEANS0919 6/3/2012 2:43PM

  Amazing! It made me smile reading it. You will do really great!

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TEESLIM 6/3/2012 9:40AM

  Very very well said.......you've summed up why I go to the gym everyday and run for 45 mins, swim 15 mins AND why I seldom, if ever, feel stressed.....congratulations....kee
p motivating

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KINDYW 6/3/2012 9:24AM

    Hey, glad I found your blog. I'm also from Indy..training for my first 5K (going pretty slow to be honest) and eyeing the mini next May. Good luck to you on the Purdue run. You must be pretty psyched that it is at your alma mater!

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TINABINA5 6/3/2012 8:42AM

    Way to go! You willkick Burt at Purdue! Spark on. emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 6/3/2012 12:23AM

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Thanks for sharing this very inspirational blog!

My first half marathon will be the Women's Half starting on Monument Circle September 1 (http://www.indywomenshalfmarathon.
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MOMJULIEC 6/2/2012 11:23PM

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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MANILUS 6/2/2012 1:25PM

    So happy for you!

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PAPPHEM 6/2/2012 11:32AM

    Good luck! With your enthusiasm, it will be a breeze! What training program are you using? I keep thinking about doing a half too and you may have just convinced me to try it!

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CMERUN29 6/2/2012 10:31AM

    I'm so happy that you've discovered a love of running. Good luck with all of your training and you will ROCK your half-marathon in October.

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JIBBIE49 6/2/2012 10:17AM

    Love seeing your blog featured in the Spark Mail. WHAT A STAR you are and inspiration to others!!!! emoticon

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KTISFOCUSED 6/2/2012 8:43AM

    Inspiring! Keep up the hard work and you're right you WILL look and feel amazing by the time you're ready.

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SWEDE_SU 6/2/2012 4:59AM

    you have the right attitude, and the right stuff. when i started training for my HM in 2007 (like you, going from nothing to the insanity of an HM in just a short time, because my DH said, why not?), i read something that has stayed with me ever since - once you have conquered the 3 mile (5k) distance, when you are training for, and then running that HM, these words stuck with me - "anyone can run 3 miles" - because if you have been running the way you are now, and as you train for that HM, the last 3 miles will always be there - and you *can* make it in, because anyone can run 3 miles.

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CHUM48 6/1/2012 10:17PM

    Good luck!

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TIFFY0906 6/1/2012 8:56PM

    Have fun training for your half marathon - I'm sure you are going to do great. I like your comment about the endorphin rush being better than an orgasm - I think I have to agree.

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KIPPER15 6/1/2012 8:37PM

    Good luck with your training and races

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MERAMIRE 6/1/2012 8:12PM

  Good luck! I am new to SparkPeople by reading Health magazine. I love this site. Keep on training!

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JEANNINEMM68 6/1/2012 7:15PM

    Good luck with your training. I know that you will do great!


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MARYJEANSL 6/1/2012 6:51PM

  Go for it - you are on your way!

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REGILIEH 6/1/2012 6:28PM

    WTG!!!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/1/2012 5:44PM

    Great job! Good luck!

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HEARTS116 6/1/2012 5:39PM

    So awesome! Keep it up!

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PCASEY7 6/1/2012 3:45PM

    Good luck with your training program - there's no stopping you now!

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BIRDLSLAURIE 6/1/2012 2:20PM

    Terrific! I am so impressed! emoticon

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VOLLEYGIRL77 6/1/2012 10:58AM

    Good luck!! You will do great!

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CAROLZ1967 6/1/2012 9:56AM

    Awesome!! Your blogs have gotten me to search for half marathons near me! I've found one for mid-August (hot though) and as I'm already running, I think I could do it. So I'm researching it and just might start training for it. Thanks for the motivation! :-)

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FARIS71 6/1/2012 9:39AM

    That is so inspiring. I'm a new-ish runner too and it really is amazing! I've done 5k's so far - perhaps I'll stretch my comfort zone.

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AMANDA_C 6/1/2012 8:56AM

    Good luck!

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CLHENDY1 6/1/2012 8:43AM

    You are so incredible and inspiring!! emoticon

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MRSTABER 6/1/2012 7:47AM

    You are so awesome and so inspiring! (Go Purdue! lol)

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NEWTINK 6/1/2012 7:32AM

    Your emoticon You can do this !!

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JANEMARIE77 6/1/2012 6:45AM

    go girl go

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GRAMPIAN 6/1/2012 6:34AM

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NCSUE0514 6/1/2012 5:28AM

    Best wishes!

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JENNIFERWEIDEN 6/1/2012 2:59AM

  I can't run because I have degenerative arthritis in the knees, but I feel the exact same way about a good hike, a great sweaty Tae Bo session, a long and fast bike ride with the kids, or any other activity that gets requires lots of energy and in the end gives much more energy back.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 6/1/2012 12:53AM

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Daily, You are more and MORE
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Only 6 WEEKS had made
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In practically EVERY area of your life -
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Girl, you never cease to AMAZE !

And INSPIRE !

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on your personal best 5k

And how COOL about the
marathon at your alma mater.
Is that fate or what ?!?!?!?!!!!
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Have a Joyous June

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BLESSINGS !

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GODIVADSG 5/31/2012 9:58PM

    You can so do this! Half marathon's are a blast. The journey to me is even better than the race itself. How many times a week will you run with your training program? When I did my first half I followed the marathon rooke program online. I found that site to be helpful with all sorts of hints. It's funny because today on my run I thought that since I have been running seriously (Nov 2008) I have run at least 4 days a week without missing a beat. Running is everything to me. In fact, I refer to my running shoes as my best friends! Run happy! emoticon

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DANILYNNG 5/31/2012 9:48PM

    You've got exactly the right attitude, Leah. You are so going to rock this race!!

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HEALTHY4ME 5/31/2012 8:07PM

    Fantastic!!! AWESOME and with an attitude like that there is no way you will fail. You are destined to run that run!!!
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Wait...I've Been Doing This Wrong For 3 Months?!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I had a rather enlightening FB conversation this morning with my SparkBuddy, MARATHONDAD. This was the gist of it:

ME: Hungry for lunch at 9:30am. Bad sign.

MD: Remember - when you start running more, you need to add more calories to your diet or you will get tired. You dont want your body to go into starvation mode!!!

ME: I don't know how many to add and still maintain weight loss. I've been confused about that. I am meeting my daily SP calorie ranges. Shouldn't I just do that and whatever I burn running is for weight loss? I am a little confused.

MD: The best way I've found is to work out how many calories you are burning in a typical week. Then, enter that into your goals on workout page (in the settings). SP usually uses this information to adjust your daily calorie needs for you.

So, I went through my past two weeks of workouts and averaged how many calories I burned per week. Sure enough, there was an area under my Activity Goals in my fitness section where I could enter how many calories I burn in a week. When I went back to my Nutrition Tracker, my calorie totals had been adjusted.

THAT'S WHEN IT HIT ME. LIKE A 2x4 IN THE HEAD.

I've been doing this wrong for 3 months!!!! NO WONDER those last 5 lbs have been so stubborn! Even though my calorie range has been too low (with my increased activity from running), I have been going OVER on calories without knowing it.

Let me explain...

Let's say my calorie range in SP is 1320-1690 per day.
And let's say I go for a run and burn 400 calories.

So, here I've been thinking that I can eat up to 1690 calories PLUS an extra 400 calories (because I burned that running) and maintain weight.

BUT NO....NO NO NO. OF COURSE SPARKPEOPLE is integrated across pages!!! I JUST realized that the 1320-1690 is already reflecting the number of calories I anticipate on burning every week!

It's already included in my calorie range!!

Wow...I don't know about you, but that just blew my mind. Even though I only go over about 200 or 300 calories per day...that adds up. That explains the stall in weight loss and why it's seemed so slow, even with all my extra activity.

Maybe it's just me...but I figured I'd better share that tidbit in case anyone else was thinking the same way I was!!!!

  
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VIVID1106 6/3/2012 11:58PM

    OMG thanks so much i was totally doing the same thing lol!!!

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DORAL33178 6/3/2012 11:55AM

    You are doing great. I figured this tip out a few months ago when I was training for my half. I kept going in the red on my fitness page so I started adjusting my calories burned weekly on my fitness page based on my Saturday long runs. Good luck to you in your half training. I had a lot of fun and actually looked forward to my runs. I was amazed that I was able to run further each week.

Good luck to you.

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PATSYB7 6/2/2012 10:37AM

    Thanks for the info! Sometimes the obvious is staring us in the face and we don't know it! I need to snack to keep my blood sugar level. Also, current studies show that if you eat lightly before a workout you burn more calories post workout. If you eat after a workout, you burn less calories post workout. Go figure.

Anyway, keep up the good work! :O)

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JANIED10 5/31/2012 10:35AM

    Good info for those of just starting on this site. Thanks.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 5/31/2012 7:44AM

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AWOOD1973 5/31/2012 5:30AM

    Awesome information! Glad you got that all straightened out! Now maybe your body will do what you want it to, and you will LOSE, LOSE, LOSE! :)

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PURPLESPEDCOW 5/30/2012 10:24PM

    I have done the same thing.

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SHECHAM 5/30/2012 9:16PM

    Thanks for this explanation!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/30/2012 7:52PM

    So glad you've got it now. I thought it was a little confusing, too. -Marsha

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PLYNSN316 5/30/2012 1:55PM

    I'm usually hungry between breakfast and lunch, as well, so I have a hard boiled egg and a piece of fruit. Or some yogurt, and almonds. Or munch on baby carrots if I want something crunchy. Keep up the awesome work!

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STRIVER57 5/30/2012 1:29PM

    just to say that like Emma, i need to include a snack in my planning or i won't make it to lunch either. one or two tangerines between 9:30 and 10:30, depending on when we get up, makes a big difference, and they are better mid morning than with breakfast. a few almonds sound like a good idea too. especially as tangerines are about to go out of season. of course apricots have come into season, and cherries.

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EMMANYC 5/30/2012 1:22PM

    Glad to hear you got it sorted out. Even with that adjustment, some tinkering might still be needed to get the program to work for you. For example, we often over-estimate calories burned and under-estimate calories consumed.

I try to think of my body as a laboratoryin which I conduct experiments, and I try to have the patience to run my experiments for at least 3 weeks at a time to see what works.

With respect to your morning hunger, I know that something counter-intuitive that worked for me was to eat less for breakfast but add a mid-morning snack. I usually work out in the morning before work, and I found that no matter what I ate, or how much I ate, I was still still famished at 10 am. So I decided to eat a smaller breakfast (225 calories - 1 cup of high protein/high fiber cereal and a 1/4 cup of lowfat milk) around 7:30 am (after my workout) and save some calories to have a mid-morning snack around 10-11 am (usually a piece of fruit and a very small handful of almonds, about 100-150 calories in total). That two-meal approach then carries me through to lunch. I also usually have a mid-afternoon snack and sometimes even an early evening snack, because my husband and I often don't eat dinner until 9 pm.

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LINDAK25 5/30/2012 1:13PM

    Good advise! You're so lucky to have the support to turn to. While you may have been eating too many calories, at least you're feeling good and meeting your other goals. One step at a time!

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 5/30/2012 1:02PM

    THANK YOU for explaining this! I always wondered! now I know!


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MPRILL 5/30/2012 12:56PM

    great information!

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MARATHONDAD 5/30/2012 12:28PM

    glad I could help you buddy

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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/30/2012 12:28PM

    Better to go into unintended maintenance than starvation mode, I think! And at least you found out now instead of a year from now. No worries! You'll get rid of that 5 lbs in a flash now! :)

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XTINEMAS 5/30/2012 12:22PM

    Thanks for sharing. Lucky for me, I've been sticking with the SP range suggested despite burning extra calories. It's only after reading your blog that I now realize why my calorie range went up sometime back. It was because I had adjusted my workout so I could burn more calories per week and now it all makes sense. As they say, we learn something new everyday!

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COVLOLLY 5/30/2012 12:14PM

    Thanks for the tip!!

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OPTIMIST1948 5/30/2012 12:10PM

    Ive been working some enlightenment with my new heart rate monitor. Blog coming as soon as I gset it all sorted out for,myself . Enlighenment is frustrating when you brood on it. Just move forward.

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