Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I will go on record and admit that my favorite position is facedown. I just find that staring at the ceiling is not very comfortable and after an hour or so on my left or right side, my hip starts to get sore (partly why I hated pregnancy so much!) You can judge me if you want (I know it's a little immature for a 33-year old woman), but I'm not ashamed of the fact that I'm a tummy sleeper.
This is exactly how I look when I sleep...except I'm usually not smiling if you take my picture while I'm doing it.
Seeing as this is a rest day for me (I feel GREAT, by the way! Almost fully recovered! Yay!), I thought you'd like to learn some interesting facts about your sleep position. Learning, folks. It's a good thing.
[For legal reasons, I need to tell you I totally swiped this information from another source and I'm only allowed to use a few lines from it, but the full text can be viewed here: www.livestrong.com/article/109972-sl
eeping-positions-mean/ As usual, though, the color commentary is TOTALLY MINE - see what I did there? My commentary is in ALL CAPS. FYI.]
We are constantly communicating how we feel, what we're thinking and our desires even when we're not speaking... Even while sleeping, we are communicating our true selves...
THE FETAL POSITION
This is the most common sleep position. [WHAT THE WHAT? THIS IS SO UNCOMFORTABLE!]
Out of the 1,000 people surveyed, 41 percent slept in this position---51 percent of women. [SERIOUSLY? IF YOU FOUND OUT YOUR PARTNER SLEPT IN THE FETAL POSITION, YOU WOULDN'T BE A LITTLE CREEPED OUT??? OH NO...I JUST ALIENATED 41% OF MY WOMEN AND 51% OF MY MEN READERS. SORRY TO THE 4 OF YOU!!!]
Those who sleep in the fetal position are described as being very emotional, artistic and sensitive with the capacity to have intense relationships. [LIKE...I DON'T KNOW...A BABY???]
An interesting finding for the ladies: Women who enjoy slumber in this position tend to have a greater capacity for multiple orgasms. [WAIT, WHAT? I MIGHT RECONSIDER THAT FREAK REMARK.]
Gregarious and brash people are said to sleep on their stomachs with their hands around the pillow and their heads turned to one side. [OMG, THIS IS ME!!!!]
They can be thin-skinned underneath their outgoing exteriors and dislike criticism or extreme situations. People who regularly sleep prone are stubborn, persistent and goal-oriented...if you've suddenly begun to sleep in this position, there might be something you're afraid of. [UHHH...YEAH...THIRTEEN POINT FREAKING ONE]
Sleeping face to face in a hug is the ultimate in intimacy. [AND BAD MORNING BREATH]
Couples who do not stop sleeping this way might have underlying issues of co-dependence. [OUCH]
This position is uncomfortable to maintain throughout the night for most couples. [YA THINK?]
SPOON [FAVORITE FAVORITE FAVORITE]
Many couples spoon while they sleep. That's when both partners are in a semi-fetal position, one behind the other with the front of the "spooning" partner touching the back of the partner being "spooned."
BACK TO BACK
Couples who sleep back to back with their bottoms touching have a sexual bond but are both independent and confident individuals. [THIS TOTALLY REMINDS ME OF AN EPISODE OF 'MODERN FAMILY"]
I could end this blog with the question of what your favorite sleeping position, but I would be lying if I acted like I really cared. It was really just an excuse for a clever title and intro...haha.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Wow. So, I'm surprised that, as I write this, I am STILL recovering from this weekend's running workouts. I was brutally exhausted yesterday and didn't actually get to bed very early - stayed up to watch a movie until midnight (bad choice).
Woke this morning and had more trouble than usual getting out of bed. Because of how completely wiped out my body was after a 5-mile followed immediately by a 3.1, I decided today should be my easy 3-mile cross-training walk instead of the normal 2-mile run.
I wasn't prepared for an easygoing walk to feel grueling. And, at the same time, I could barely stay awake through it. Somehow managed to get ready for work (after yelling at my kid and husband for no reason) and made it to work...late, of course. Pretty much had a breakdown at that point emotionally. Poor hubby was so confused and asked, "What is happening right now???" Normally, I close up real tight and just put a wall up at this point...but today I tried to think about what was really going on in my head. I responded to him with a pretty long list of things that were bothering me...one of the biggest being that I was upset because my body was not responding to my weekend training the way I'd like it to and that I hate this feeling of being rundown and of knowing I went too far and that I didn't take care of myself the way I should have.
Long story short, I apologized to all parties and things are fine now. But, man, has this been a long day. I decided tomorrow will be another rest day. I just need another 24 hours to come out of this haze of exhaustion and I will definitely be going to bed early tonight.
Truth be told, I do feel a bit better after several hours of focusing on other tasks and I don't know how I was able to do it, but I had a VERY productive day at work! I am more and more thankful that the half marathon training program I have chosen is rigorous, but also has one day per week built in where you are allowed to "bail" if you want to. Tomorrow, I have decided to exercise my freedom to blow off that run because my body needs more time to recover. I know this is the right thing to do.
Deep down, I also wonder (and I have absolutely no experience with this whatsoever, so I'm totally just pulling this out of nowhere) if my lack of a refueling system on my long run Saturday has prolonged the effects that I have seen on my body. I went out there with no breakfast beforehand and no water or food/gel/fuel for during the run. Is it possible that this could effect my body for more than just the few hours before, during and after a run? I'm just curious.
Another lesson (always lessons...no matter how crappy you feel!!! Keep your eyes open for them!): I started to eat some cottage cheese this morning,..even though I didn't really feel that hungry. Suddenly, I felt ravenous and I could not get enough of that stuff. PROTEIN, people! It was like my body took over and said, "YES! THIS! MORE! NOW!" I must have had an entire two servings. It was SO good.
All the while, I'm eating and feeling stronger and thinking, "Oh geez, Leah...DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
So, yeah...sometimes when you feel tired...it's not just that you're tired. Protein helps.
I reserve the right to claim that I had brain fuzz and that's why it didn't even occur to me that I should eat. Haha.
Sorry to be a downer, guys. I have a great feeling about tomorrow, though. It's going to be better...I can just feel it. And I have no doubt I'll be back at full strength again Thursday, raring to go with some sort of brilliance for ya!
Have a lovely night. And enjoy the view on NBC!
Mmmmmhmmm...you're WELCOME, ladies!!!!
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Yesterday, I blogged about my longest run so far, the 5 mile. It went pretty well. No serious pain or anything and no soreness afterwards. I'd be lying, though, if I said it was a super easy run. In fact, I've been thinking a lot lately about how I have shared the highs in my blogs, but not necessarily the lows. Truth be told, I have had a great experience with running so far (for the 3 months or so that I've been seriously engaged in training). But, like any sport, it is not without its aches and pains.
At mile 3.8 yesterday, it felt like my quad muscle suddenly woke up and said, "Hey, wait a second, lady!!! We've been moving for an hour. Did you know that? I don't want to do this anymore." At that point, I had a little conversation with myself, asking myself if this was actually PAIN that could lead to possible injury OR just tiredness that I could push through and stretch out after my run. This is such a difficult balance and I can't say that I've mastered it. I mean, what can any of us do but listen to our bodies the best we can? Sooner or later, there's going to be a time where we take a risk. And pray like hell that you make the right choice.
By definition (according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary), an "athlete" is a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.
When do you choose stamina over caution? I don't know. I'm asking you. Haha. This is one of the biggest lessons I'm working on learning right now. With so many past injuries from my freak roller skating accident, I might have a greater fear of injury than most people in my situation. As a result, I might tend to baby my muscles and joints a bit more...fearing the pain that might result if something goes awry.
Been watching the Olympic Trials this weekend? Watching stuff like that just confuses the heck out of me in this area. LOL. I also watched a movie called "Spirit of the Marathon" last night (it's free to watch on hulu.com!) I'm not kidding...my knees started to hurt just WATCHING that! How on earth does anyone run 26.2 miles? I cannot wrap my brain around this at all!
And then...I did something that shook me to the core. I watched a video of the course I'll be running for my first half marathon on October 20th. Here's a link...
You don't have to watch the whole thing...you just need to get about 3 minutes in before you start to feel the same emotions that I began to feel while watching it. No joke, guys...the longer it went on, the more fear built in my heart. I thought to myself, "Is this EVER going to end?! This is SOOOO far!"
I'll be honest. This is the first "wall" I've hit in my running. Not the wall that you hear about around Mile 8 of a half marathon...but a mental wall. When I hit this wall, the floodgates of fear and self-doubt were opened...
What am I thinking?
How can I do this?
There's no way I can last that long.
How can anyone make it?
What if I'm just kidding myself?
Am I freaking insane?
After this mental breakdown, I needed some help from a few close friends. Sent the APB out to my Team (A)cross the Miles of Spark runner buddies and they were able to give me some positive fuel for this battle. Some answers to the questions and negative thoughts.
You're going to unleash the beast, that's how. Picture me there cheering you on.
You got this...no worries. If you are at 5 miles now, I would bet my paycheck on you finishing with flying colors.
When what you do brings with it the taste of glory, nothing else will ever satisfy. You train to finish and endure because finishing means so much.
You have 4 months! Think about where you were on Valentine's Day...both mentally and physically. How does it compare to today?
Well, when you put it that way...on Valentine's Day, I was in a place of self-hatred. I had no confidence. I could not even run for 15 seconds. I couldn't even SHUFFLE for 15 seconds. I hadn't even THOUGHT about doing C25K. I wasn't eating right...I wasn't doing anything. I have come quite a ways in 16 weeks. So...what could I do with another 16 weeks? I suppose we'll see. Haha.
This morning, it should have been a rest day for me, but I got out there to support my girl, SNEVIL1 as she ran her first 5k race. MOM2IAN and I both started our 3.1 mile run at the same time that SNEVIL1's race was starting. We like to support each other this way when any of us has a race. It's fun and it's nice when you are the one running the race to know that there are friends out there running "with" you.
Standard Team (A)cross The Miles Thumbs Up Pic
I was not sore after my 5-mile run yesterday, but I was tired. I knew going into this that it was not going to be the easiest run. I even considered just walking it. But, honestly, I just wanted to do it and do it fast. Haha. So, I did the 3.1 miles. It was...tough.
If I wasn't feeling the 5 miles before that run...I certainly was feeling it afterwards. Basically, from the time I got home until now...I've been feeling 8 miles worth of running on my body.
This is a side of my running that I don't usually show you.
These bags of veggies moved from my thighs to my knees, to my shins to my ankles.
When I talked about hard work yesterday, I wasn't pulling your leg. At 2.1 miles today, my quad and knee in my left leg said, "THAT'S ENOUGH OF THIS!" And I walked the last mile. Because they so forcefully asked me to.
Know what else? I took an ice bath this afternoon, for the first time in my life. It was SHOCKING to the system, but oh maaaaan, my legs and arms felt SO much better afterwards.
For me, though, even with soreness and ice and ibuprofen and whatever else comes down the line, I still find the sport rewarding. Even in this exhausting weekend of running, I've learned invaluable lessons.
1. I discovered that late in my long run, I call upon my core and arm muscles to get me through to the end. And, guess what? They need some serious work. So...I will be adding arm work and core work to my rest days. So crucial!
2. Yet ANOTHER reinforcement of how important REST DAYS are! I don't think, from this point forward, I will ever run on a Sunday after a Saturday long run...ever again. I love my Team, but...it's obviously too much for my body to handle. And I simply can't risk injury.
3. I definitely need to work massage money into my budget. No joke, y'all. I went up to serve Communion in church today...and promptly had a lower back spasm. THAT was awkward.
4. Perhaps the most important lesson from this weekend: I can no longer afford to focus ONLY on my physical training. If I expect to endure through 13.1 miles, I need to begin my MENTAL training, like, YESTERDAY. And, as it turns out, I did begin yesterday. It starts with realizing that there will be aches, pains, negative thoughts...and it is my job in training to figure out how to respond to all of it. Whether I yield to it or push through it...is going to be the key for the next 4 months of training.
Wish me luck. No...no luck. Wish me wisdom. I'm gonna need it.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
This morning was a 5-mile long slow run. My longest distance attempt so far. I started out with a 0.3 mile walking warm-up and ended with a 0.2 walking cool down. In between, though, I was able to run 4.5 miles non-stop.
Perhaps you thought you'd find some helpful tips and tricks here for enduring 4.5 miles (similar to my previous blog, "How I Ran 3 Miles Without Stopping"). Maybe some pointers on running form or speed or ideas on how to drink or fuel to keep going the distance. I hate to disappoint you...this is not my typical inspiration-filled, informative blog.
But I WILL share my secret for the 4.5 mile non-stop run. Ok, gather in close now...wouldn't want this to get out...it's just you and me, right?
That's all. One day a week of cross training (I do a 3-mile easy walk) and 4 days a week of training runs (2 miles, 3 miles, 3 miles and a long run of 4-6 miles). No exceptions - no excuses. 7 days a week of paying attention to and logging food - nothing fried, very little sugary stuff and more veggies and protein than you can even imagine...with some whole grains and good carbs mixed in as well.
Consistency and, to be honest, a whole lot of stubbornness and a little bit of sass.
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