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Change of Plans

Monday, June 11, 2012

Well, I kind of freaked myself out today when I started doing some more detailed research of the Boilermaker Half Marathon (which I had chosen as my first half marathon on October 20th). Come to find out that this is the first year for this race and there are some monster hills. This wouldn’t necessarily be an issue (I’ve got plenty of time for hill training before October), but then I read that the pace required for the race is a 15-minute mile and, if you aren’t able to keep up with the pace, they will pick you up in the Sag Wagon and drive you back to the finish line.

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Well, seeing as my 5k average time is close to 14 minutes, that made me pretty nervous. That, in addition to hills, was a daunting thought for me. I spent a bit of time discussing this with my trainer and he gave me some VERY valuable information about choosing half marathons.

Apparently, if you are a novice, it is best to choose a half marathon that has a full marathon attached because the required times to finish are based upon the full marathon times. Whereas, if you register for a half that has no full attached, the maximum time to finish is usually based on an average (generally around 3 hours).

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Seeing as my trainer has run something like 8 half marathons and 2 full marathons and he still has not been able to break the 3 hour mark, I began to feel VERY uneasy about the Boiler Half being my first half marathon ever. I really do want to ENJOY my first big race and not be pushing my body too hard or worrying that I am about to be kicked out at any time.

It just so happens that a good friend of mine (who moved away a year or so ago) had asked me just this afternoon to run the Indianapolis Marathon. While I’m definitely not going to attempt a full marathon, there is a half marathon attached to this race (and a 5k!) and the max time allowed is 4 hours (or a 17-minute mile) – MUCH BETTER!!!

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I started to do some research and checked out the website and found this info, which was very appealing to me:

What Sets This Event Apart...

• One of the most beautiful Autumn Marathon courses you will find anywhere. The course has been described as “Enchanting” and “Surreal” by participants! “No ‘down’ spots along the entire course”. An amazing treat.

• The fantastic post-race atmosphere. After the race, hang out in the Beautiful Park Setting of the Former Army Parade Grounds of Lawton Loop. Enjoy music, fire pits, a free post-race meal, and a magical atmosphere where people simply want to relax, catch up with new and old friends, and enjoy their accomplishment on a beautiful autumn day.

• The Indianapolis Marathon and Half Marathon registration fees are some of the most reasonable in the country!

• We delight in paying attention to the details. Our Goal for participants: Exceed Expectations, Amaze Them!

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In light of the fact that this race is closer to me, it has great reviews, it sounds like a lot of fun AND I will get to re-connect with an old friend…I’ve changed my plan up a bit and decided to run this as my first half marathon instead. I still desperately want to do the Boiler Half Marathon, but I think it will have to wait until I am in a better space physically and mentally…maybe next year.

Best part is…these two races are on the same day, so my training plan still stands and I will continue to follow it just as it is already scheduled.

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Wish me luck!

  
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SNEVIL1 6/14/2012 9:59PM

    My first half marathon is on the 13th a few days before urs!!! I was doing c25k for my 5k in july, but yesterday i was able to do 3 miles so im kind of thinking about switching to the half marathon training instead. Do u think its too soon? How's training going for u????

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 6/14/2012 2:18AM

    (It is possible that someone else has recommended this in the 25 pages preceding me.... ;-D )

Some halfs and marathons allow walkers, so there are races out there that would allow for lots of time.

I am glad that you are listening to your body and heart, and creating a joyful experience for your race day. That's what it's all about! =)

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LILYPAD12311 6/12/2012 12:49PM

    Well,,, you have thought it through and made a good decision for yourself..... you certainly don't want to have the added anxiety of someone coming up from behind to drive you to the finish line emoticon Yes,,, I think you made the right decision ....... good for you! emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 6/12/2012 12:14PM

    The Indianapolis Half Marathon sounds perfect!

Best wishes for your training - and don't worry about hills - for every uphill, you get a nice downhill to relax on.
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JENNNY135 6/12/2012 11:54AM

    That's great news, you are probably feeling better about your choice. I hate that feeling of second guessing myself. Your first HM race should be enjoyable.



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MEH50BEWELL 6/12/2012 11:31AM

    This sounds like a fantastic choice. You will do terrific -

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MOM2HANDH 6/12/2012 11:21AM

    The Indy Mini sounds like a good first one! Can you get your $$ back from the Purdue one? Or transfer your registration?

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HEALTHY4HIM 6/12/2012 8:12AM

    Sounds like a great decision! Those cut off times can be daunting - when I was training for my first race (Disney Princess 5k)... the same "threat" was there. I joked with my friend that I had a great fear of the "Goofymobile" coming to take me away! LOL

Needless to say, we far outran the Goofymobile and had a great time getting our picture taken with his character for the rest of our trip!

If you ever have a chance to do a Disney race... take it! It was an exceptional experience!

Way to go re-evaluating and making a decision that suits you. I've got no doubt you'll conquer the Boiler in due time!

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SWAYDE 6/12/2012 7:49AM

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This sounds like a much more reasonable, fun and achievable goal! Woohoo!

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POKEMOM2THREE 6/12/2012 7:33AM

    a postponement, not a cancellation, AND you've added another race?!?! You realize how amazing you are, right? Still cheering for you here in the Fort! And just think~ now you have time to recruit runners for your Boilermaker Mini Team 2013! emoticon

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LINDAK25 6/12/2012 6:34AM

    This sounds great! Here's wishing you luck!

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WINNIE1978 6/12/2012 5:32AM

    It sounds like a very good decision to switch the race. It would suck to have your first half marathon be a bad experience.

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AWOOD1973 6/12/2012 5:24AM

    Awesome! Great job on your research! No sense in injurying yourself by possibly not having enough training. This sounds heavenly! Good luck!!! I'm sure you will be well on your way to Boiler Half Marathon! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 6/12/2012 3:41AM

  Good for you!!! A very smart choice for your first race. You can Do It. Keep the trainning up for it. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Day and Week.

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STRIVER57 6/12/2012 3:10AM

    i think this is a very wise choice! i am doing (with lizalot), the royal parks marathon in london in october, and it looks very gorgeous. hopefully after that i will have confidence that i might be able to get up to not getting swept up in the Firenze Vivicittà half next spring, which i want desperately to do but which requires you can do 2.5 h. my coach (an ex-sparkie) thinks i will get there.

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MISSLISA1973 6/12/2012 2:38AM

    My brother did the Indianapolis a few years ago. It was nice. I wasn't working out then or doing any running or walking at all, but I joined him for part of the race (he was running, but his knee blew out so he had to walk... I kept up up for as long as I could, which wasn't long at all). It really was nice. The weather was nice, which it often is in the fall. And it was in the park. I caught up with him deep in the woods (well, maybe not that deep... it was a few years ago). It was so quiet and peaceful! No city traffic where I found him. Later he was on some roads, I think, but all the traffic was blocked so there was really not much traffic to contend with in the parts I was at. I think you'll like it.

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BLUE42DOWN 6/12/2012 1:10AM

    Intelligent decision. No matter which you do, no matter how fast or slow, that you enjoy yourself is important.

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GOING-STRONG 6/12/2012 12:54AM

    Terrific!! Glad that worked out for you. Spark on!

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MARATHONDAD 6/12/2012 12:12AM

    smart choice

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LIZALOT 6/12/2012 12:12AM

    Definitely a good idea. I love their goals! and it sounds a lot more fun and a lot more doable.

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DANILYNNG 6/11/2012 11:16PM

    Sounds like a much better fit for you!

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MOMJULIEC 6/11/2012 11:03PM

    Sounds like a smart choice. Good for you!

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JENNCABA 6/11/2012 10:56PM

    Good Luck!! Have fun!!You will do emoticon emoticon

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MOMMYNOFFY 6/11/2012 10:44PM

    Glad your new plan is so cool! Good luck--rock that race emoticon

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NYMORNINGGLORY 6/11/2012 10:40PM

    Good luck! This sounds like a really smart shift ... well thought out, well researched ... and you'll still be able to train for a half marathon - but seemingly without the pressure that this other race would have put on you. Great self-care! Onward!

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SWEDE_SU 6/11/2012 10:40PM

    that sounds like a very good change of plans - the whole idea is to have fun, so you'll look forward to the experience and want to do it again. emoticon

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KBRADFORD88 6/11/2012 10:39PM

    Good for you having the ability to change directions. So wise. I'm so proud of you! Go Leah! Queen Leah rocks! emoticon

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I Need Motivation Too Sometimes

Monday, June 11, 2012

Truth be told, I've been feeling kind of BLAH ever since the Spring Into Shape Boot Camp Challenge ended. I am shocked at how much just an extra 10-minute exercise/strength training video every single day can change the way my body feels. In addition to my small slide in healthy eating habits, I feel like a huge lazy slob!!! And this doesn't even make any sense. For goodness sake, I ran a 5k race on Saturday! I have run 3-4 times per week for the past three weeks. There is no reason whatsoever that I should be feeling this way!

Still...it is what it is, you know? Because I *feel* gross doesn't mean I stop doing what I know is right. I keep eating healthy and I keep doing my scheduled runs and crosstraining workouts...no matter what.

I am not afraid that I'll give up. But there are times that I even need a little push to get me through a mental slump. And this is one of those times. What motivates me? Well, I know this will sound really silly and cheesy, but I really do get motivated by inspirational quotes and images. That's part of the reason I have so many in my SparkPage photo album. I suppose it makes sense if a picture if worth a thousand words...and images tend to stick in a person's mind.

So, I found some gems for you...and for me today. Tried to steer clear of the tried and true that we've all seen a million times on Pinterest or even on this site. The four that I'm including below are all new to me...so maybe they'll be new to you too. You can bet that these will be floating in my brain when my alarm clock goes off at 6am tomorrow and I head out for my morning run. Enjoy, friends!









  
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SUTERSPACE 1/26/2013 7:46AM

    I love this, thanks!

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ALIDOSHA 10/22/2012 4:41PM

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SPSPSP1 9/3/2012 3:05AM

    True!

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STAR327 7/30/2012 10:03AM

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CHERYLSBUTT 7/6/2012 5:30PM

    I need it too
Some days..doing it alone is not the way,...keep a buddy who checks on you and runs with you when you wont do it alone!

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LIBBYFITZ 6/30/2012 6:37AM

    Loved the photos :-)

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MARYM1962 6/28/2012 10:43AM

  good ones - will keep in mind today - especially the one with the crossed out excuses!

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LELERS 6/22/2012 3:26PM

    Love it!!

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ROJAKHAN 6/21/2012 10:23AM

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POMELO 6/19/2012 12:11PM

  There are only two feelings. Love and fear.
There are only two languages. Love and fear.
There are only two activities. Love and fear.
There are only two motives, two procedures,
two frameworks, two results. Love and fear
Love and fear by Michael Leunig

I just found this one this morning - and I thought it awe inspiring for all I do each moment of every day, all the choices I make, the things I do and those I choose not to do.

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JENNIFERSTAM 6/18/2012 10:05AM

  Great quotes

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TRISHMO1 6/15/2012 3:41PM

  good motivation quotes, I love them emoticon

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IAMLOVER2DAY 6/15/2012 11:01AM

    Good post. Thanks for sharing. It's all the stuff I needed to hear right now.

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ASDOBBER 6/15/2012 9:46AM

    WOO HOO!! Amen to that!

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SALLYNEAL 6/15/2012 6:09AM

  This in its self motivated me, welldone and stick at it emoticon

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PENOWOK 6/14/2012 10:38PM

    Yes, excellent stuff! Thank you!

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SNEVIL1 6/14/2012 10:02PM

    I have a motivational album in my phone of quote images and hot girls id like to look like lol. I also have hot pics of me when i was thinner to push me when i dont feel like working. These pics r going in my album. Thanks!

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SHAUNTEMC 6/14/2012 4:29PM

    Keep up the great work!! We all need motivation at times.

By the way, your background looks delicious!! :-)

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MISSILENE 6/14/2012 4:06PM

    Keep up the great work.

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4KWALK 6/14/2012 3:40PM

    Thank you. You couldn't possibly know how much I needed this RIGHT NOW. I was just plain discouraged and didn't want to go out for the daily walk and bike ride. Well now I'm going.
Thank you especially for the 1st and 3fd pictures

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TYMBERWOLFE 6/14/2012 1:56PM

    Here are some quotes for you!

"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."
Ayn Rand

"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward."
Victor Kiam
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Thanks for the great quotes!

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_CYNDY55_ 6/14/2012 1:51PM

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SSEARE 6/14/2012 1:24PM

  Your first quote made me sit up a little higher in my chair and go, "WOW." In my 60 years I have never thought of looking at what I do each day as exchanging a day of my life for it. This thought is so profound, I am going to frame it. Thanks for sharing these quotes.

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MOMMY445 6/14/2012 12:03PM

    such a great blog! have a wonderful day!

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CINDYBEL 6/14/2012 11:23AM

    We all need motivation. Thanks for the visual aids. emoticon emoticon

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SHOFFORT 6/14/2012 10:55AM

  Thanks for sharing.....it helps!

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KEEPITUP05 6/14/2012 10:39AM

    I have felt that exact way. I think once you are used to a certain level of activity you crave it if you stop or do less. Does that make any sense?lol I too like to see motivational pics! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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DENNETJ 6/14/2012 10:09AM

    I have been right there with you in not feeling motivated but I have not been up on rinning. I need to.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/14/2012 9:33AM

    Yes, they are excellent. Thanks for sharing!

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DEE797 6/14/2012 9:09AM

    I also have been having "one of those days". Thanks for an uplifting blog. Love the quotes. Wishing you success on your journey! emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 6/14/2012 9:01AM

    you are doing fantastic

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GOOSIEMOON 6/14/2012 8:06AM

    Loved your honesty and loved the motivation.

Have a great day!

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CINDYS513 6/14/2012 7:32AM

  I, too love a good quote! Thanks for sharing these! Keep up the good work!


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THEIS58 6/14/2012 6:36AM

    Love the analogy about what we do every day!

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LANIEA 6/14/2012 6:29AM

  You rock! emoticon

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 6/14/2012 6:29AM

    Having one of "those" days already and I'm finding that I'm feeling better just reading this morning. Thanks for this...............................

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SPRAYTOTES 6/14/2012 6:12AM

  I new to this but I'm starting to love it because of great posts like yours. We all have those days! What a great way to get over the hump, these uplifting tips are such a great way to deal with down times. I am going to look into the boot camp tapes you are talking about. I love to do in home tapes so any more info u could pass along would be much appreciated.

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LASTNOELL 6/14/2012 12:15AM

    I love that even though you're feeling less than great about yourself you know it's not necessarily a rational feeling *and* that it's no excuse to give up!! You go girl! I need to take a lesson from you! Love that you use quotes in your photo album to inspire & motivate yourself (& others). Keep up the good work! emoticon

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KEIPONY 6/13/2012 10:59PM

    Enjoyed the blog, I think putting photos/quotes on your sparkpage is a great idea

Thanks!

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GOLFLADY11 6/13/2012 9:47PM

    Great blog! I enojoy the motivational quotes and pictures as well. Thank you and keep up the good work!! emoticon emoticon

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 6/13/2012 9:39PM

    I can relate. Glad I read this today, gladder you posted cuz there are others out there like us!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/13/2012 8:52PM

    Great post

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TERESAKLE 6/13/2012 7:24PM

  This was a timely post:) emoticon

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ONEATATIME3 6/13/2012 6:40PM

  So much relates me! to tell you frankly i am also not feeling like doing it and the reason is stabbing pain in my heel. So i am taking rest giving my body time to repair but result is am feeling lazy whole day side effect of not working out!
I told myself today"KEEP EYE ON YOUR GOAL" and just KEEP GOING"!!!! emoticon

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QUIKSYLVER 6/13/2012 5:49PM

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NSPIREME 6/13/2012 5:44PM

    Thanks for the quotes. I hope they worked and you're feeling better!

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TERRIPAL1 6/13/2012 5:32PM

    Keep it up I love your quotes!

Thanks!

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BUFFALO63 6/13/2012 5:27PM

    Thank you! I finished P90X a little over week ago and I feel the same way. I notice I am kind of at a loss and with no "direction" I am slipping back to old habits like sleeping in, not exercising daily and worse my sweet tooth has reared it's ugly head! Thanks for the pictures, I had never seen them and I need something! I am going away for the weekend to San francsico for the US Open so I will be walking a lot! When I get back I am committing to something, either starting P90 again or maybe Insanity....
Thank you and good luck! emoticon

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MYDRAGONFLY 6/13/2012 5:04PM

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Time For A Re-Boot

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Warning: Embarrassing Confession To Follow

Some of you will remember that I started my healthy eating journey before I started with exercise or running. Once I had my food under control, I slowly began to introduce activity and somehow landed on running as my primary means of working out. To kickstart my health, I went on the South Beach Diet Phase 1. It was a really great time for my body, as I kicked all those sugar and carb cravings to the curb and lost almost 10 lbs in 2 weeks time. To my surprise, it wasn't just water weight. After I finished with the strict Phase 1 and decided not to transition to Phase 2, but to go with a somewhat less strict diet (basically, the SparkPeople diet - just doing my best to eat healthfully and stay within my daily calorie ranges), I kept the initial 10 lbs. off. And I've kept it off to this day.

On the Spark Diet, I lost another 5 lbs or so...bringing me to a total weight loss of 21 lbs. I was able to stick with pretty healthy choices and wasn't indulging in sweets or excessive portions.

But I went on vacation this past week. For the first half of the week, I didn't have much control over my diet because we were at a retreat center, which was stocked with food for us. We had to work with what we were given and, truthfully, there was a lot of convenience food and pre-frozen stuff. But...I did manage to work in as many veggies as I could and had a pretty great salad every day while we were there.

The rest of the week was tougher for me, being home. It was a slow decline. Started with a few extra snacks here and there...with the thought, "Just a little treat. I NEVER eat these anymore and I'm still controlling my portion. It's just one little extra." It staggers me to watch myself and see how QUICKLY I can just come undone when I allow a small indiscretion here and a small indiscretion there. Suddenly, I'm going through an entire day with an attitude of "whatever".

Please understand...I'm not one that thinks there are "good foods" and "bad foods". I do believe that everything is fine in moderation and that deprivation is not a good strategy for lifelong health. But each of us is different and, if we say we want to be healthy, we need to be honest with ourselves and KNOW ourselves...what our triggers are and how they might affect us overall and for the long haul. Some people might not need to be so strict with their food choices, because if they eat a small bag of chips, it's no problem. They'll just jump back into healthy choices, no problem. But I haven't been able to get to this point yet. So, I have learned that I NEED some rigid boundaries. If I am going to get what I ultimately WANT...which is a healthier, leaner and stronger body...I will need to take measures that might seem drastic to some.

The truth is...my weight loss has stalled - for the past couple of weeks (and not just stalled, the number is slowly creeping up...it could be just water weight, but knowing my diet habits this past week...I am not so sure). This is frustrating for me because I've been working so hard. And, while I completely understand the idea of a non-scale victory and don't base my total worth on the number on the scale, let's not kid ourselves. ONE of my goals here is to lose weight. And if it isn't happening for a significant amount of time, even as I am supposedly doing the things that I should be doing for weight loss, perhaps I need to re-evaluate my plan.

As I don't believe it would be wise to violate my rest days (I'm already running 4 days a week and I already have a good half marathon training program in place that includes cross-training on the off days), that only leaves one variable. My diet.

And seeing as the first go around with South Beach Phase 1 was so helpful, I think it could benefit me to revert back to that for a week or two. Nothing permanent...the author of South Beach would tell you himself that this strict of a diet is not sustainable over the longterm or advisable (the body DOES need carbohydrates...and a runner's body surely needs them!)

I'm basically looking for a healthy eating re-boot here. Another attempt to flush out the sugar that I've let slowly infiltrate my diet over time and to re-train my focus on vegetables and lean proteins. Because I did not have running as part of my equation the first time around, I consulted with a certified personal trainer that I go to church with to make sure this would be OK for my body. She informed me that, if I am eating plenty of vegetables, they will give me the carbohydrate levels I need to perform the runs that are on my schedule for the next two weeks. So, I got the thumbs up from her...which was definitely a big deal to me. Peace of mind.

We've all heard the car analogy, right? You take care of your car and give it good fuel, just as you take care of your body by fueling it with good things. I consider this a pit stop...an oil change to flush out the bad and clean everything up a bit.

How about you? What types of re-boots have you had to perform in your health journey? What has worked? What did not work?

  
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MOMKAT4310 6/15/2012 1:49PM

    When I need a re-book, I do a week of Clean Eating's Cooker 1 Plan. Pre-portion exactly what I will eat each day. I take it to work or anywhere I go. It helps me.

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MOM2HANDH 6/12/2012 11:26AM

    I'm going to second the 17 day diet, though the first phase is too limited on carbs for the running you're doing. It's a basic and healthy plan (the second stage is unlimited selected veggies and lean meats, two servings a day of fruit, dairy and selected "natural" carbs (think sweet potato, quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal)). I like that it's sustainable...and the basis for a future "healthy" diet.

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LILYPAD12311 6/12/2012 2:07AM

    You have nothing to be embarrassed of ... you are just finding what works for you and that can take time,,,,,, it took Edison tons of experiments before he invented the light bulb..... be patient with yourself,,,, new habit and a new style of eating is not easy to develop..... I have been where you are several times,,,, I have given up on diets that don't include carbs because there are certain foods that I just have to include in my diet,,,, so I just watch my portions.... it is really hard,,, but I re-boot by telling myself to get off my rear and keep running,,, and watch my portions. Everyone is different and you know yourself that best..... follow what works for you,,,, emoticon

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PLYNSN316 6/11/2012 3:58PM

    I'm doing a re-boot right now. I chose the 17-day diet (very similar to the south beach diet - there are different phases, the first one being the most strict). I'm on Phase II right now, and I have already cheated 1+ days on this plan and I'm only on Day 7 (of 17). I'm trying to keep in mind that a cheat here and there, although a weight loss progress slow down, is not the end of the world. If I'm on plan 90% of the time - that's great! So, I only have 11 more days to go (technically 10+ lunch & dinner), and my new goal is to work really hard on those 11 days to come back to center and remember why I'm doing this. GOOD FOR YOU! Thank you for being so honest and open with all of us! emoticon

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FATBUSTINMOM 6/11/2012 12:39PM

    I can really relate. No need to be embarrassed, or else I'll be embarrassed right along with you! I've thought about doing something like South Beach again for a week or two, but hesitate because I know how hard it is for me. I'll keep trying "my" strict boundaries for now, which is counting my calories faithfully, and if I can't stay consistent with it this time then maybe a plan like SB temporarily will be the solution. Good luck!

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 6/11/2012 10:23AM

    You are so awesome. THANK YOU.

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PINKIEPARADISE 6/11/2012 10:02AM

    You can do it! I know you can. There is nothing wrong with a reboot. Re assessing your goals when you feel them slipping is so very important. Praise yourself on realizing this and taking action now and not months from now.

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MEH50BEWELL 6/11/2012 9:24AM

    Certainly nothing to be "embarrassed" about. This is reality, your are being real with yourself. I'm right there with you. Reboot time!!!

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NYMORNINGGLORY 6/11/2012 8:41AM

    I've read this twice and am still searching for the embarrassing part! I think you are moving through this process the way that most of us do ... and goodness knows, it's not a linear process. You are learning as you go and in my eyes, the "setbacks" are critical to this learning process. You have already moved into solution-mode to figure out how to get back on track, and I give you a lot of credit for that ... and for reaching out and sharing your struggles with us so that we can all sit, nod our heads (because we've been there), and then reflect on how daunting this weight loss journey is. I hope the re-boot is just what you need - sounds like it will help you find your way once again (and honestly, it didn't sound as if you were terribly lost to begin with!) ... Have a great week and good luck getting back on track! emoticon

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1GODISMYROCK1 6/11/2012 2:02AM

    Leah, Please don't be embarrassed. I think the fact that you're being honest and admitting you blew it a bit IS going to be your re-boot. You're doing great. How good do you feel as compared to the start of this journey. You WANT that. You don't ever want to go back to where you were. I think though if you overloaded on carbs, you'd do yourself GOOD to go back to phase 1 for a week or to to clean out your system. It will surely help with the cravings. I slipped a little at a party yesterday and feel bad about it. It wasn't that I even ate a lot of it. It's how I did it and the fact that I went back for just "one more bite" 4 times. I don't like how that makes me feel. Except for a piece of fruit, I ate phase 1 all day.
You CAN do this!

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MONKEYBEE7 6/11/2012 12:59AM

    In a way joining Spark People was my reboot. I'm sure I'll have other reboots inside of my spark journey as I hit plateau's or find I am ready for new challenges. Thanks for sharing and I appreciate that you left us with a question...I like the interaction it sparks!

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SASHA521 6/10/2012 11:04PM

    I've been committed to just about 3 days of zumba per week, but know that I have to get fully back on track all around. I see areas where I can cut back calories and choose different meals if I planned better. I also know that I can add in more gym workouts with the zumba and strength training.
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123ELAINE456 6/10/2012 10:21PM

  You are on the right path. Just keep going and you will be right back to where you want to be. You Can Do It. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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GOING-STRONG 6/10/2012 9:41PM

    When I get either sugar or alcohol in my system then my healthy eating plan seems to fly out the window. They are definitely triggers for me so I avoid them as much as possible. I get a reboot by going to the store and making sure I have everything on hand to cook some healthy meals. I'll make a big pot of chicken/rice/veggie soup and a batch of bean burritos. Those can be heated up in a flash and last in the fridge for days! I also like to have dessert after lunch/dinner so I'll have warm applesauce topped with berries. Makes me feel like I'm livin large! Spark on!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/10/2012 9:26PM

    I'm looking for a re-boot. Very frustrated here.
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Terrific you're sensible about it all

Dear, I have to reboot EVERY DAY !
Sometimes twice a day !
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Have a Wonderful Week


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WINNIE1978 6/10/2012 7:59PM

    Good luck with your reboot!

I'm getting ready to do a reboot of my own! After a week of eating whatever I wanted on vacation and two weeks of no exercise other than the tons of walking on vacation... it's time to get serious again!

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HEALTHYIN2014 6/10/2012 7:55PM

    It's great when you really get to know yourself and works and doesn't work for you.
I also have to maintain a ridged eating plans, because I know that if I start having "just a little treat" I too will start to go to ..whatever...
Good for you in thinking through your plan and knowing what you limitations are.
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KEIPONY 6/10/2012 7:01PM

    Kiddos for you for understanding your limits, your body and what you can mentally do. For me, I can't be that strict on myself, I'll start binge eating really bad.

All of this is a journey, a new life style in which you learn your limits, expectations, goals and most of all know what you need to do to get yourself re-booted.

You might see if fall off during this marathon training!!

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STRONGCHOICE 6/10/2012 6:11PM

  One of the things I love about sparkpeople is that they teach to EXPECT some times of having to "reboot" when you backslide into eating more than you need. I have lost 25 pounds very slowly in the past year-focusing on fitness and lately more "clean eating." Do you still set small goals like sparkpeople suggests?

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HEALTHY4ME 6/10/2012 5:43PM

    Good for you... I have found 4 ls in a day and half but have aslso re started some arthritic meds and morphine so perhaps it is that. I was eating well and also good portions so not sure what is doing it. don't like it but am also goign to get back to real primal and a salad or green smoothie daily.
At least you know what it is and you are working on it. CONGRATS and in no time you will be doing it great again! HUGS

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WUBBY82 6/10/2012 5:38PM

    Oh Leah, I am so completely and utterly with you right now. Also for the past couple weeks. It's heartbreaking, knowing how hard we've worked. Just have to find that little extra 'oomph' to get back on track. Get your South Beach body, woman!

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MARATHONDAD 6/10/2012 5:30PM

    yes your human and not to worry. the fact you know what your weaknesses is are gives you something to work on. keep plugging away you will make it work

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 6/10/2012 5:24PM

    Being human is not an embarrassing confession, baby girl!
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Genesis Shelter 5k - June 9, 2012

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Raced my second 5k this morning. This race was hosted by Genesis Church, who runs a low barrier homeless shelter here in Bloomington in the summer. Our church partners with the Genesis Shelter, so it was not only a great chance for me to get more experience racing, but it was for a great cause too.

No surprise hills on this run. This was a "there and back" race and happened to be the exact route I run on for every single training run during the week.

So, while the course was familiar (memorized), I still had some issues going in. Remember that huge blister on my left heel? It literally covered my entire heel and I drained and removed the skin from it on Wednesday. It was slowly healing but it was still pretty raw. Yesterday, when I ran two miles (yeah yeah...I just couldn't help it!), I did all I could to take care of it (Vaseline, blister bandages, running socks) and it was bleeding when I got home. Ugh.

I've realized that the shoes I am wearing are not cutting it. They are Champion walking shoes that I bought from Payless for literally $8. They worked GREAT in the beginning...they have extra padded soles and they were really comfortable when I started with my short runs. But, as I've upped my mileage and kicked my training up to 4 days instead of 3, things have drastically changed. I am convinced my blister problem and the soreness in my feet and legs after a run definitely have to do with improper shoes. I am looking to remedy that this week because I am worried about future injury if I keep wearing these shoes.

Anyway, back to the race. I protected the blister as best I could this morning, but just kind of went into it assuming I'd be running with some pain in the heel.

I recruited three friends to run this race with me. My friends talked me out of using music this morning, saying they wanted to chat during the run...so I left my ipod in the car. I wasn't so sure about running buddies because I've never run with anyone before...I usually just run on my own and I prefer it that way. I was also worried that a race situation was not a good first time for running with a partner (or three). But...what are you gonna do? I resigned myself to the fact that this would just be a fun, easy run with friends and I wasn't going to break any time records or anything.

Race started and I was super slow (as usual). Friends took off and left me in the dust. I yelled out to them and said, "You're the worst friends ever!" haha. They came back and ran with me and made fun of me for a good mile. I told them to go on ahead and said I'd catch them when they wore themselves out and had to stop and walk. But they stayed with me for awhile. About two miles in, two of us started walking and the other two kept going and our group split. My friend, Jenny, and I alternated between walking and running and talked the entire time. Talking the entire time did make the distance go by faster. Still, with the fast pace in the beginning, I figured we were done for on time.

I was surprised to cross the finish line with a time of 41:35 - a whole two minutes faster than my first 5k time. Just 1:35 less and I would have hit my personal best. I definitely didn't win any prizes for time, but apparently the church received a bunch of extra donated prizes from the sponsors of the race, so they decided to "raffle" the rest of them off. I ended up winning a $5 Starbucks gift card. Ha!

My next race isn't until July 28th - Color Run in Indianapolis!!! I cannot WAIT until that race! I also officially start my half marathon training plan this coming week, so I anticipate that the Color Run will be an even better time than today's.

Keep on keepin' on, Spark peeps. Who else raced today? How'd it go????


  
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VOLLEYGIRL77 6/23/2012 10:02AM

    Yikes on the blister!! But congrats for another race!

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MARYJEANSL 6/14/2012 11:45AM

  Congrats! Running in pain is NO FUN!

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/10/2012 7:04PM

  My husband hiked Half Dome. The moleskin pads are the best for blisters. The good running shoes are costly. However, Big 5 has huge sales. If you try on shoes at a nice store, such as Sporting Authority, then try and get them at REI outlets.

There is also a few stores online, but allow you to take them back or exchange. I thought the one I remembered was Zepo or Zaps or something like this with ' Z". You can google it. Anyhow, this way, you can sometimes get 2/1 price.

Good luck.

I'm sure you can find out from the pros' how to deal with blisters.

Oh, one more tip, I figured out, I wear 2 thick pairs of sock, then my foot doesn't slid around, or rub up and down on the ankle or heel. emoticon

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TARAH85 6/10/2012 4:42PM

    I was just in B-town yesterday evening! I think I even saw a poster for your 5k on the way down there. Anyway, congrats on your run. That's so awesome that you were able to almost achieve your personal best! I wanted to share that I love Asics for walking (they're actually running shoes, but I'm not actually allowed to run because of my heart defects, so I walk instead). They're very expensive--I think mine were around 115$--but well worth the money. I've used mine in rain, snow and hail for a few years now and still love them. If you use them enough, they may be worth the investment.

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BLUE42DOWN 6/10/2012 3:59PM

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MOMJULIEC 6/10/2012 3:54PM

    Way to go! You inspire me. Thanks for sharing.

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JEANNINEMM68 6/10/2012 3:47PM

    Great job!!!!! I am very proud of you. I too have big problems with blisters on my feet. The shoes that I like are Avia. I really like them but since they were not avaliable when I need new ones I got a pair of Saucony. I really like these too. Hope you find some good shoes soon. Keep up the good work.

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Great job on the race. My favorite socks are Feetures. I did the marathon in them. I would recommend black because the white ones don't really wash bright white...but other than that they are great! Running shoes will make a difference. I wear Brooks running shoes. They are right for my feet, fit my arches. Have to find what fits your foot. Get fitted at a specialty running store. It will help a lot! You are a runner, gotta have the right gear! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
PS I've never gotten a blister from running. But I did damage a toenail in the marathon...It's growing back healthy but I did traumatize it, lol. Gotta keep the feet as happy as possible they are going to carry you to the next finish line!! Have a great next race!

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DIANNEMT 6/10/2012 2:39PM

    Get the shoes! You also need to trade them in every 400-500 miles. I just bought my 3rd pair. I will run in the new ones, alternating with the older pair till they hit their 300 miles (I don't always record the mileage) and then I'll use them as walk around shoes.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 6/10/2012 1:27PM

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Keep up the good work though. Sounds like you having tons of fun.

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MOMMY445 6/10/2012 11:17AM

    glad to hear that you are doing a 5k! you'll definitely need good shoes for it! have a great day!

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STEPH2444 6/10/2012 8:58AM

  You have to get a pair of New Balance running sneakers. I went to a professional running store and they fit me for them what a difference. I was also told to get special socks that were not cotton. I wear them all th time. I love them so much. Congrats to you on your 5 K. That time is great. Right now my pace is very slow but I can run the entire 5K at 49 minutes.


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BIRDLSLAURIE 6/10/2012 8:31AM

    You will be amazed at the difference when you get a running shoe. Congrats on your race and jackpot (the Starbucks card).

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JIBBIE49 6/10/2012 8:07AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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CROETHLE1 6/10/2012 7:05AM

    All the others are right, new shoes! I love my ASICS, expensive, but well worth it for good running shoes. They are like a hug for my feet :)

Great job on the 5K, keep up the good work
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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 6/10/2012 6:10AM

    Dang girlie...you have to get some new shoes!! No sense in risking injury! Glad it went well today. So proud of you!

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FATBUSTINMOM 6/9/2012 11:21PM

    Congrats! Great job! I'll be running a 5K race on July 21.

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AMEHHH87 6/9/2012 10:52PM

    That is great! I can't wait till my first 5k on July 4th! Reading your blogs about just running in general, and especially running the two 5ks, just makes me get all excited and pumped up about my 5ks that I have planned. I am signing up with a bunch of girls from work to run the Color Me Rad 5k in September, which is going to be soooo much fun! I think it's the same idea maybe as your Color Run 5k you were just talking about. Can't wait!

Well, keep up the fabulous hard work and dedication! You give inspiration to us all!

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GOING-STRONG 6/9/2012 10:34PM

    You DEFINITELY need to get as good a pair of running shoes as you can afford. I had pain in my hip after running for several months before I got a new pair of shoes and realized that with the new shoes the pain was gone! It is amazing how much difference a good pair of shoes (and socks!) will make in the quality of your run. Congrats on your 5k results and looking forward to hearing about the Color Run. Spark on!

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WONDERWOMAN 6/9/2012 9:03PM

    OMG!!! I cannot believe you are wearin $8 shoes from Payless. Girl - you are now a Runner with a capital R. If you want to keep running and not chance major injury, you need to invest (and yes I mean INVEST - they are expensive) in the right shoes. Go to a running store (or online - a couple sites have good tools) and get assessed for the right shoe and BUY IT!!! I can't believe how incredibly great you've done in those!

Great race report. I love reading what you accomplish every single day. Go get em at the color run. I want to do one so bad. I saw a bunch of girls walking around the Farmer's Market in Denver all colored up after their run when I was there.

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POKEMOM2THREE 6/9/2012 8:22PM

    Athletes need the right equipment, Miss Leah! Splurge on those runners~ you, my dear, have earned them. I am so incredibly proud of you. Every time I read of your progress, or your perseverence, I am floored. YOU ROCK! Congrats on your run! Now put your feet up, rest, and recoup, and have a great weekend! emoticon

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DANILYNNG 6/9/2012 7:45PM

    The fact that you've done all you've done so far in Payless sneakers just floors me. I'm afraid of what you'll accomplish in the right running shoes! emoticon

Great, great job today!

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HEALTHY4ME 6/9/2012 7:34PM

    I am doing the 5k walk for arthritis tomorrow am. First walk that is organized that I have attended. I have sciatica acting up and dr suggested I not walk it but I am goign to take it slow. I walked 5 k on tues as a practise and went in 47 mins but that wasn't with as much pain as I am having. I am determined to walk the 5k even if it takes me an hr.
I will rest, ice and take my morphine after the race!
CONGRATS to you and you take care of the blister!!! OUCH!

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DESTEEGIRL 6/9/2012 7:12PM

    Great job for persevering through the pain! I agree on the running shoes. I have found my walking shoes are heavy and my running shoes are much lighter and easier to run in.

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AWOOD1973 6/9/2012 6:14PM

    Awesome job on your time! Definitely DESERVE new shoes!!! Way to go!!

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LINDAK25 6/9/2012 6:12PM

    YES! You did it! Congratulations! I have to admit I don't run (I'm a candidate for knee surgery and the doctor would kill me if I ran), but I walk. I need to be fitted for better sneakers, too. Even walkers get foot pain and blisters. Worse yet, I wear the lightest socks I can find instead of sport socks, which I know is the worst thing you can do. I'm finally realizing that if you are going to commit to doing something then it'ss worth going all the way. So that means spending the extra money and being fitted for the right shoes for you and getting the right socks, as well.

That being said, I am so thrilled for you. You finished with a great time and ran without your music! Yes!

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KAREN42BOYS 6/9/2012 5:24PM

    Great report, and yeah dead running shoes hurt your feet. My last pair pronounced themselves dead with pain on top of my feet. Go to an actual running store to get properly fit. They may even have a running club with some nice slow people in it.
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SPARKL3 6/9/2012 5:09PM

    Congrats on your race today!!! Woohoooooo!!

Three words: Shoes, shoes, SHOES! And this time, expect to pay more than $8 for them! emoticon

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SUNSHINEGIRLAZ 6/9/2012 4:38PM

    Congratulations on your great time! Way To Go!!! I've heard a lot about how important it is to get good (costly) running shoes. Many people recommend going to a running store where they will fit you for free. Granted, they're very expensive ($60-$110), but it's worth it if you're dedicated to continuing running! I'm reading a couple of books about running which also mention running socks. =-) Hope your heel heals soon!

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JEREMY723 6/9/2012 3:33PM

    Highly, highly recommend going to a running shoe store. My first time I spent an hour at a New Balance store and the pair wasn't cheap, but was well, well worth it.

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MARATHONDAD 6/9/2012 3:17PM

    by nuskin for your blisters and yes buy new shoes. congrats on your race and good luck on the half training. remember if you have any questions you know how to find me

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KEIPONY 6/9/2012 2:50PM

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JENNNY135 6/9/2012 2:44PM

    Congrats again. You should also check for running socks, there are socks that minimize blister formation. They are more expensive but well worth it. And running shoes make a big difference too.

All the best for your next race.

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SWEDE_SU 6/9/2012 2:44PM

    get thee to a running store! there must be one in your area where you try on at least a dozen pairs of shoes and they watch your gait and pick the right type and you can run around the block and choose the ones that feel&fit best - you are a runner! running shoes!!

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But I Can't...

Friday, June 08, 2012

I have not run since Tuesday. I haven't really cross-trained either. I had scheduled a 3-mile crosstraining walk on Wednesday. Ended up taking the kids with me, thinking they'd be fine because they are young and in shape. They were not fine with 3 miles. Bunch of wussies! Lol. Actually, the problem was the 4 year old boy. Are you kidding me? The kid has so much energy we can barely keep up with him EVERY other time in life...EXCEPT when we go for a walk. Sheesh. Turned out to be a 1.8 mile walk or something...and a very slow one at that. I didn't feel like I got any sort of a workout at all, although I'm sure I must have burned some calories.

All that to say, I feel like a big blob and cannot WAIT for my 5k race tomorrow morning. It will feel SO great to go on that run. And the best part is...it is taking place on the same trail and stretch that I run in every single training run. No surprise hills this time! Should be a GREAT run.

Been thinking about the Boilermaker Half and reviewing my training schedule and, you know, when I look ahead at the next 18 weeks, I feel a bit nervous. The distances in training don't look terrible. And they certainly build slowly enough, but when I see that number of 13.1, I will admit...it scares me to death and intimidates me quite a bit. Knowing that once I pass the 10-mile mark, there will be all sorts of new things for me to learn (refueling while running, hydration systems, special diet restrictions and additions/subtractions, types of running gear, etc.) It seems like an entirely different world and, quite honestly, I think to myself at times, "Do I have it in me?" CAN I actually handle this? Am I really ready for this to be a SPORT? Am I an ATHLETE? Seriously? What if my injured body just can't handle this intense of a sport?

I just coughed up $5 and bought the July 2012 issue of Runner's World Magazine last night. When money is involved, you know I've got an addiction. haha. There is a great page this month (pg. 26 for subscribers) that touched me to the core. Written by Debra Witt, it is just a short little blurb, but it stunned me into silence.

What It Takes To Run A Marathon After 25 Surgeries

In 2004, Janet Oberholtzer, of Pennsylvania, was in an RV that collided with five semis. Days later, she came out of a coma, only to face 25-plus surgeries, many on her left leg. Her doctors doubted she'd run again, but Janet kept the faith, and by 2011 she was running half-marathons. In May, on the eighth anniversary of her accident, the 46-year-old ran the Bob Potts Marathon.

"I'm so thankful now that my legs carry me on a run." - Janet Oberholtzer

WOW. You know, my 5 measly broken bones don't seem like such a big issue in light of this story! My extra 89 lbs of weight seem like a mere blip in terms of hardship when taken into consideration. I'm young. I'm fairly healthy and getting healthier every day.

I receive so many comments on my blogs - many are telling me that I inspire them, etc. I love these comments. I also get comments like this:

I can't run and I'll never be able to.
I wish I could run.
I will try running when I have lost some weight.
I can't do it, but I'm glad you can.

Obviously, I'm not a doctor and I don't know everyone's individual situation. And, certainly, there ARE medical reasons for not being able to do a jarring activity such as running. And, frankly, some people just don't LIKE to run and there is nothing wrong with that either. People have gotta find what they LOVE to do...it's the only way they'll keep moving for life!

But I also wonder how many COULD do it...if they wanted to? How many just THINK they can't do it, but haven't really tried? How many just haven't decided that they want to take charge of their health and push their bodies to bring about change?

Like I said, I have no way of knowing. I just know that I hate that "C" word now. If anything, I have taught myself that there is no such thing as CAN'T. And I have just begun. Will you just IMAGINE the possibilities when I actually get GOOD at this sport after many months and even years of training?

So, on second thought, let's pull that 18-week program out again and have another look. Yes, this looks very do-able. No problems whatsoever. Let's MURDER this training schedule! Boilermaker Half Marathon, brace yourself...cause I'm coming for you in October.

  
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DENNETJ 6/11/2012 10:55AM

    It does take a lot to remove that C word from our vocab sometimes. I know I struggle with it all the time.

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AMYBUTLER10 6/11/2012 10:48AM

    Thank you.... I know I can.

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FARIS71 6/10/2012 5:03PM

    That's true - we can do anything we want if we are determined to do so. Never say never!

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PENOWOK 6/10/2012 12:36PM

    MAY EVERY RUN BE A WIN BECAUSE YOU DID IT!!

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NEWTINK 6/10/2012 7:56AM

    You are an inspiration. There are so many mornings that when I walk I think if she can run so can I. However the reality of the situation is that I am not able to physically at this moment who knows a hundred pounds from now my foot might co-operate with me and let me but right now it is just walking. But I am not saying that will be the same next year. However if I ever am able to You will know it I promise ...

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DIANNEMT 6/9/2012 10:02PM

    I have done 2 5Ks--I have never run before this past year--and I don't know if I want to continue. BUT I have DONE 2 5Ks so I am a runner if I want to continue. (I just got a new pair of running shoes....but we'll see what happens!)

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/9/2012 5:56PM

    You DO have it in you. You CAN do it. When are you starting your training for your half?
Refueling, gels, it's not that complicated...You'll get there.
So many of us CAN do more than we think.
I have been able to get my 5 year old up to 2 miles but they are sloooww and a lot of whining and "can we go home now?"
The trick to keeping her moving is racing her to the next tree/ stop sign/ corner, etc. She stays much more interested. Walking or jogging for a long period will only bore her. So I try to make it fun. Great that you were able to take the kids on a walk but it doesn't really feel like you got a workout....I know the feeling.
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HEARTS116 6/9/2012 4:46PM

    Great work!!

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FATBUSTINMOM 6/9/2012 12:26PM

    Good luck on your 5K today! Cant wait to hear how it went. How cool that you have been training on the very trail of the 5K race. About the half-marathon, I feel the same way you do! My main concern is my bladder, it's small! LOL. You are inspiring me to want to try one, though.

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BIRDLSLAURIE 6/9/2012 9:30AM

    Enjoy your run. I have run off and on for years and I am embarrassed to say that because I'm slow and don't have that graceful look of a gazelle. I huff and puff and struggle and yet I still want to do it. Thanks for putting some things in perspective for me because while it's not pretty I CAN do it. Good luck. Can't wait to hear about your race.

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BAMARSH8 6/9/2012 7:59AM

  When my children say "I can't", I always answer back, "Really? You can't or you won't?" Now I need to ask myself that....challenged anew!

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LEANSNOOPY 6/9/2012 7:50AM

  You're wonderful inspiration! Have a great run!


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ANGIEINTRAINING 6/9/2012 7:38AM

    If anybody can do it, it's you! Best of luck on your 5K!

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WALLINMW 6/9/2012 7:28AM

  great work!

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ILUVTTV 6/9/2012 7:21AM

    Hope you have a great run today!

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JIBBIE49 6/9/2012 6:32AM

    emoticonWOW, how grand to have your BLOG FEATURED in the SPARK MAIL. What an honor. You are certainly an inspiration to thousands of people. emoticon

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XTINEMAS 6/9/2012 5:55AM

    I've been running 5k races, started this year in February and I'm now eying a 10k race coming up on labor day. I recently printed out a training schedule for that so it's something to look forward to. You know, running is addictive, but it's a good addiction! All the best with your race today!!

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LIZALOT 6/9/2012 3:02AM

    Leah, your blogs are always full of inspiration and intelligence and kindness. It's true that not everyone can or even wants to exercise. I spent most of my life avoiding it, except when I went swimming, which I love. (BTW, a few years back, I went swimming 3 times a week and got up to 60+ lengths, and lost an amazing amount of weight. Put it all back on though...)

I'm thrilled you're signing up for a half marathon! Go for it!!!!

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STRIVER57 6/9/2012 1:48AM

    you are totally right that more people than think they can can run ... and also that people should choose something they enjoy as their exercise. the thing is, frequently you have to learn to do it before it becomes something you enjoy doing. i didn't enjoy running when i started ... but i loved the feeling of coming home knowing i had done something i really didn't think i was capable of. and i signed up for a 6K before i started even (in late April, for an early september race) so i had a goal and was able to say, and if i don't like it by then, i'll find something else. and the rest is history.
btw, i don't think you need to learn fueling and major food changes for halves. which is part of the reason i've chosen it. i eat pretty clean and i don't think those fuel bars and gels are real food. my running coach says a half is the longest distance you can run and still enjoy going out to dinner that evening! (she is btw an ex-sparkie who lost more than 150 lbs and has kept it off and loves exercise of all kinds -- she's also a soccer coach!).
have a great race!

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WONDERWOMAN 6/8/2012 9:37PM

    A very close friend of mine is actually friends with Janet and going to be running with her in a couple months. An amazing woman, isn't she?

You know...you are right, the truth of the matter is some people just can't manage to build to that distance due to injury, pain, or maybe just realizing it's not for them. And there is no shame in that. The goal is to be healthy and happy however you choose to do it. For you, I'm pretty sure you will and can run there. Don't play mind games with yourself getting there though. The longer distances are in the future. Work on each phase as you reach it. We are all still evolving. If only you could have seen what I was wearing for my first HM (I was not prepared and did not train for the drastic turn in weather the night before). This is one of the best places I know to get guidance and advice. I'm loving watching you grow and progress. Have a great race tomorrow.

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LINDAK25 6/8/2012 9:21PM

    Have a great run tomorrow!

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GOING-STRONG 6/8/2012 9:06PM

    Yes you can do it and you will! Spark on!

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IMSOOZEEQ 6/8/2012 8:09PM

    Your blog inspire me to keep pushing. I am not interested in running at all but that might change down the road. I have come to the realization that I can lose this weight and I can get healthy if I just keep my focus and don't beat myself up when I trip up.

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NYMORNINGGLORY 6/8/2012 7:16PM

    You are an INCREDIBLE inspiration! Just keep doing what works for you! I get so much strength from your blogs and status updates! I just left a comment on your feed ... saying I live for the day when I can get in a "quick 2 mile run" ... I think your progress is wonderful and I'm so grateful to you for sharing your journey with us! It really helps ... emoticon

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KAREN42BOYS 6/8/2012 6:12PM

    Tip for walking with kids -- let them bring their scooters. Suddenly it's fun to them, and they can just coast on them when they're feeling weary or feel like big stuff for zipping ahead but still not really being that far from you. :)

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FRESKA 6/8/2012 5:32PM

    hey, sorry your walk was lame. i would have started running and challenged them to keep up! ha. even the 4 year old. lol but if its not their idea its not as fun. but let them out with friends and they'll run all day!
hope you have a great race tomorrow!
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JENNNY135 6/8/2012 4:56PM

    Don't forget this is your race and no one elses. You can walk during the race, I do it all the time. Running is a mental sport and one way of making yourself stronger is challenging those preconceived notions we all carry with us. I can't do it, I'm too fat, I'm too old, I can't run the whole thing, I'm too slow.

So take one run day at a time, some days will be great and others will be awful part of the game. Just visualize the moment you cross that finish line and get that medal around your neck - it's all worth it.

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SWEDE_SU 6/8/2012 4:54PM

    you are such an inspiration - your blogs make the reader feel that anything is possible - and now i went and signed up for a half marathon too!

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PASKALINI 6/8/2012 4:49PM

    DO IT!!! MURDER THAT TRAINING SCHEDULE!!! Good luck and enjoy your 5k tomorrow!

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AWOOD1973 6/8/2012 4:45PM

    Good for you, purchasing that mag for a little inspiration. This has now lead us to be inspired by you! We know that you can do anything that you put your mind to... You already have proven it to yourself and will continue to get better with time!!! Great blog, Leah!! :-) Thanks for always being inspiring!!

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POISONGIRL999 6/8/2012 4:28PM

    You CAN do it. You are truly and inspiration. I look forward to reading your blogs so much.

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123ELAINE456 6/8/2012 4:20PM

  Awesome Blog!!! My age is against me on regards to running. Also health problems prevent me from even trying it let alone doing it. Smoking ruins your health and what you can do. So please do not start and if you smoke try to quit. Or Just Quit. You inspire so many people. This is the way to go. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Day and Week. Go Get Them. You Can Do It.

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SPARKL3 6/8/2012 4:14PM

    If you hate the "can't" word, read on.

I wanted you to know that this week I attempted to do something I had been afraid I could never do. There is a "mountain" (probably more like a bluff or a butte or something) that's here in my hometown. I hadn't climbed it since I was a young girl, and ever since, the mountain has always seemed huge and imposing. I thought it must be impossible for me to climb it now that I'm much older and (still) overweight. Well, I DID climb it this week---three times!!! I climbed it twice on Monday (the batteries went dead on my camera after the first climb, and I was bound and determined to get some pictures---so I went back up AGAIN, the same day) and then I climbed it again yesterday!! I proved to myself that I CAN do things that seem to be impossible!! I can't tell you how exciting that is!! And it's because of YOU. You always encourage and inspire me in your blogs to push myself past my own roadblocks.

What's next for me? Who knows?! I think the sky's the limit!! emoticon

I just wanted to take the time to thank you. I always look forward to reading your blogs for encouragement.

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GODIVADSG 6/8/2012 4:10PM

    I was lucky enough one year to train under an elite runner. He would always tell me to take one mile at a time. It works so well. Then I also got advice to take it 10 minutes at a time... don't look at miles look at time. Can you go 10 more minutes? Yes ,you can! emoticon I am living proof that you can go from walking a mile to running half marathons and a marathon! It just takes consistency. You have to commit. Some day's will be great running and some will not. You just do it over and over and over!! I love what running teaches me and the journey involved in distance running. You can do it! Keep reading Runners world. You will be inspired beyond measure. I know I have been and love that magazine! Run Happy!! emoticon

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HAWAII5YEARS 6/8/2012 3:22PM

    Okay, I didn't cry this time.
I did feel motivated, though.
I still won't be taking on any running at this point, but I feel like I may be able to tackle a 5 mile charity walk.
And tomorrow morning I will walk 5K on the treadmill as a tribute to you.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/8/2012 2:38PM

    We all fall victim to the "comparison" mindset, but the truth is, you just have to try and see if you succeed. And running is nothing more than really fast walking.

Right now, I have no marathon aspirations, but I'm putting away my "I'll never do that!" mindset because who knows what tomorrow will bring!

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AMANDA_C 6/8/2012 2:36PM

    Thank you for this post! I thought I was the only one having a rough week or so but you are the third or fourth blog today that mentions a rough week. I really want to start training for running again & just seem to keep putting it off.....

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SNEVIL1 6/8/2012 2:17PM

    I started looking at marathon training programs and got scared. I havent done a 5k yet so i guess its like my eyes being more ambitious than my legs lol. But why not one day!? I am 24 and have less than 40 more lbs to lose. I dont have kids and dont have any major ailments. Ppl do it with sooo many more obstacles. I agree that ppl r so quick to say thats great for u but i cant. Or i wish i had that time. YOU control ur own actions. YOU have to decide to make it happen. Cant wait to hear how ur 5k goes and please post how the half marathon training goes. If u like that program i mite do it too.

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