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A 6.2 Gummy Bear Hydration Experiment

Sunday, July 01, 2012

So, yesterday I ran my longest distance yet - the elusive 10k (or for us Americans, 6.2 miles). Not only was it a distance I've never attempted (the longest I've run before this was 5 miles), but it was also my first run experimenting with my new hydration belt and with some sort of fueling system. The hydration belt was excellent...very comfy and the extra weight was not a bother at all. Trickiest part was getting the bottles off and on, but I think I've got the hang of it now.

I figure if I'm going to work on fueling, I'd best start experimenting with race day breakfasts too. My stomach is very sensitive and I've had quite a bit of trouble over the past few weeks with getting it to a point where I can get a full run in without major discomfort, if you catch my drift.

Because of the stomach issues and the fact that I had to add an entirely new route to my run (because my trail only stretches 4 miles roundtrip), I was very nervous. I had no idea what to expect from such a long distance and, frankly, I worried that it would be a grueling run.

I woke up at 6am, ate a small banana with a couple tablespoons of peanut butter and drank a glass of water. Prepped my hydration belt (just water this time - wanted to know EXACTLY what was causing it if any stomach issues occurred) and my experimental fuel of choice, which was gummy bears. Seems like a good way to start...with something that I know for sure won't make me gag. Haha.

I went out at 6:30am, so heat was not really an issue at that point (the temps did get up to 103 degrees yesterday, though, so I'm very glad I went early) but there was some wicked humidity in the beginning of my run. In addition, with the new route, there were some mild hills in the first mile of my run.

As promised, I had committed to the Galloway Method of taking short walk breaks every so often...to keep my legs fresh and hopefully reserve enough energy to pull me through the entire run.

Here's a step-by-step breakdown of the run:

Easy 5-minute walking warm-up (about 1/3 mile)
At 1/2 mile - took an early one-minute walk break
At 1 mile - took a one-minute walk break
At 2 miles (30 mins in) - took some gummy bears and water; about a 1:30 walk break
At 3 miles - took a one-minute walk break
At 4 miles (60 mins in) - took some gummy bears and water; about a 1:30 walk break
At 5 miles - took a one-minute walk break; took water
At 6 miles - walked remaining 0.2 miles to cool down

Aside from my short walk breaks, I ran the entire distance. Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes. That's on par with my normal time, considering it usually takes me about 1 hour to run 4 miles (without walk breaks). Interesting.

But walk breaks are for naught if I was feeling like I was dragging, right? Well, as it turns out, I checked my run app and would you believe it??? My FASTEST mile was Mile 5. I was clipping along at a 12:20 pace, which is much faster than my normal 13:30. In addition, my long slow run pace is generally a lot slower than my normal pace and around a 15-minute mile. But, because of the walk breaks, I just could not go that slow...I kept trying to slow myself down to that pace and, finally, at about a mile in, I gave up trying to slow down and decided to just go with what felt comfortable for my body. As it turned out...for most of the run, my pace was around 13:20 (and it felt SLOW!) But, in the end, it all averaged out the same.

I had absolutely NO stomach issues. Gummy bears rock...and, yes, I did feel the surge of energy after taking them and some water. That was pretty cool. I felt near the end that I could have maybe benefited from some electrolytes so I will add that next week and maybe try a different fuel source...perhaps Sport Beans or Chews. (If you're clever, you will have noticed that I am saving gels for last...because, well, they sound DISGUSTING. Haha.)

I had a bit of soreness in the arch of my left foot, but I iced it and it went away completely. This morning, I woke up and had absolutely NO soreness at all. I felt GREAT! After last week's colossal exhaustion, this is just so exciting for me!!!

In addition, this was a great mental hurdle for me to overcome...to know that I am able to do ALMOST half of a half marathon with very few issues at all brings me more comfort than you can imagine!

Next week is a 7-mile run. I start the "official" half marathon training program (from "Run Like A Mother") tomorrow morning.

Geez...I never in my life thought I'd be EXCITED about running 7 miles. WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME?! Haha.

Have a great week, y'all! Stay healthy and positive! And make good choices! (a.k.a. I better NOT be finishing my 4 miles tomorrow morning while you are finishing a second donut!!!)
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CHUM48 9/28/2012 2:43AM

    great direction for someone who is looking to run and has the issues you do! great blog!

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    great blog

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OJIBWEEQUAY 7/10/2012 9:34AM

    I liked anything gummy before now I gag and choke( I run much faster and longer now)! I prefer Gatorade fuel series...t#2 try it out. Nothing like the gels! Keep at it girl! Soon 10 min miles will be slow! emoticon

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TAMMIEANN76 7/7/2012 3:20PM

    Thank you for sharing. I'm just beginning to start trying to run, thanks for the encouragement!

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KRISKECK 7/6/2012 3:41PM

    Awesome blog! Doesn't it feel great to do a personal best or meet a challenge you set for yourself? If I eat before a run, I like yogurt and bananas, which I do if I'm running mroe than 4 miles. And I am partial to the GU Chews, like gummies but with the electrolytes, as you mentioned. Keep it up! Great job!

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/5/2012 5:04AM

    emoticon on making the new distance! I can't imagine how good that must feel : )

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GCSEATTLE 7/4/2012 11:12PM

    It's hot out there - be careful! Thanks for sharing the good news about gummy bears. They are packed full of carbohydrates and some brands have added vitiman c. emoticon emoticon

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EMMANYC 7/3/2012 7:41PM

    If you like gummy bears, you also might want to check out Honey Stingers (which are organic and have a little bit of protein and fiber as well).

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MCJULIEO 7/3/2012 3:15PM

    You SO rock!

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ZELLAZM 7/3/2012 5:37AM

    You're inspiring me to get back to running! I've been having a few knee issues but I think I'm ready to get back to it.

Have you tried dried fruit for energy along the way? I take a few dried apricots in my pocket and they work well.

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MISSLISA1973 7/2/2012 11:04PM

    I am interested in learning more about hydration belts. Some people talk about stashing water along their routes, but I'm just not comfortable putting water bottles in odd spots around the city. Plus I like to find places to run where I can't drive, so I'd be doing the route twice, which seems silly (and hot!)

I do like the gummy bear idea. I might have to try that!

My stomach has been bothering me since this afternoon. I'm not sure if it was the heat (I walked outside today, but not too fast and not for very long and I went inside in between stints), or something I ate. I took a long nap when I got home from work and it helped a little, but it still feels off. Makes me nervous about tomorrow (training class day). I hope I'm not getting sick! emoticon

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KAPELAKIN 7/2/2012 10:26PM

    I was *just* an hour ago reading a nutrition for runners book, and thinking I should pick up some gummy candies to start experimenting with nutrition on my long run day. Then I come home and read your so very timely blog! I think long run day is going to become an excuse to eat bite-sized candies - in reasonable amounts, of course!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticonon running the new distance.

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MARYJEANSL 7/2/2012 8:43PM

  Great news - and congrats on the new distance!

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REENIE131 7/2/2012 5:24PM

    Fantastic job!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/2/2012 5:16PM

    Great job! I love how careful you're being - training the smart way! Enjoy your 7 miler. :)

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    Good job!

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PASTORMAE5 7/2/2012 4:42PM

    you are an encourager

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SUSIEMT 7/2/2012 4:05PM

    Woo Hoo To You! Keep up the good job!

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    I bet you can burn carbs just eating those gummies.

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NEWTINK 7/2/2012 2:10PM

    Great Job .... I would have never thought of gummies lol but hey if it works then do it.

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/2/2012 1:51PM

  Hmm... that's ordinal to me.When I was in Jr High, some ate a spoon of honey or bread, but that is outdated, and probably won't work for that sort of distance.I am amazed that you are doing this , in such a brief period of time ( that you've been doing this sort of exercise) emoticon

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DANILYNNG 7/2/2012 1:44PM

    Great job!! emoticon

As for future fueling options, I'm partial to PowerBar Gel Blasts... you can get them on Amazon on an auto-ship schedule!

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SAINTBETH 7/2/2012 12:31PM

    Good job! I love that gummy bears fit into a healthy diet & fitness program!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 7/2/2012 11:46AM

    Yum I love gummy bears!

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    Awesome job!!! Glad the Gummies worked well for you!

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LAURIE5658 7/2/2012 9:55AM

    GU chocolate outrage tastes like brownie batter and still holds as one of my faves. Don't be afraid of the gels because they do rock IMHO.

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GOULDSGRANITE 7/2/2012 9:55AM

    Wow - thank you so much for the detailed insight into your run! You make me feel positive and hopeful that I can take that first running step soon!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIMIDOT 7/2/2012 9:46AM

    You sound so excited! I get excited for you. Thanks for sharing. And I promise, I won't be eating donuts tomorrow morning. lol
Have a great run!

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2BEABETTERME 7/2/2012 9:45AM

    Woo-Hoo! Awesome job! I hope to get to that point soon!
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DJSHIP46 7/2/2012 9:30AM

    Way to go!!! Your successes continue to bring me hope that I may run again someday!!! Thanks you :)

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57 Days

Friday, June 29, 2012

I can't even tell you how many times over the past few weeks I have thought to myself, "Who ARE you, Leah??? Where did this person come from? When did you change so much? How did this even happen?" In a GOOD way! Haha.

So, I thought, "Why not try and figure this out?" I went back and started to read all my old blogs...because I distinctly remember there being a turning point where something permanently changed and I never looked back. It was really fun going back through old blogs. The funniest for me was when I got all emotional and thankful over FOUR comments on a blog. HA! Seems crazy to me now...

Anyway, the progression is very interesting and I thought it would maybe be encouraging for some of you...to show you that, no matter how overwhelming your odds are (whether you have to lose 108 lbs - like me) or you just can't imagine walking more than a mile...THINGS CHANGE, FRIENDS. And sometimes, when you least expect it, they change quickly. You CAN turn your entire life around in a short period of time...I am proof of this. It's not easy...but it is not as difficult as I always thought it would be either. Need proof? OK, let's begin...

FEBRUARY 27, 2012

So, yesterday I was at my "Made To Crave" Bible Study (week 2) and was telling my group that I feel like my issues with food/health have kept me from victory, specifically in the fact that I feel like I can never do anything fun again because I'm afraid of re-breaking my ankle and elbow. It makes me very upset and I was sobbing as I told them, "I can't even run! I've tried and I just can't do it!"

But, I've always wondered if I really physically can't run or if it was just a mental block, completely based on fear. I suspected it was the latter.

Yesterday I took my kids for a walk. About halfway through our 1.5 mile walk, I said to my daughter, "Should I try to jog to that sign? Just to see if I can do it?" I actually jogged!!! My daughter was behind me and she started shouting, "Mommy is jogging!!!!! Oh my gosh!!!" After that short distance, I felt like I wanted to jog again! I ended up jogging, then walking, then jogging, then walking...the entire way and I felt AMAZING!!! No pain. Just sweet, sweet joy.

I am beyond excited about this. And now I want to go again today!

MARCH 13, 2012

Apparently, there's a runners' store in town that will do all the measurements on my feet and even watch me run and figure out the perfect shoe for me.

The real shocker here is this...WHY do I want to spend so much time to do this? WHY do I want to go to this store and have some stranger watch me shake my fatness and have him fit me with what is sure to be a SUPER expensive shoe that I probably can't afford and then WHY do I WANT to do this Couch 2 5K so badly and eventually sign up for a 5K and, later on, who knows what? I HATE running. Right????

It is shocking even to me. I don't know where this desire came from.

MAY 2, 2012 (57 DAYS AGO!!!!)

I've read a LOT of blogs over the past couple of weeks. As you know, I feel specifically drawn to the stories of SparkPeople that have lost 100+ lbs. I began to see a common thread in many of these success stories: running. And not just running when they had walked enough to shed a ton of weight...running when they were STILL out of shape. When they were STILL over 300 lbs, over 250 lbs. Running a 5K non-stop at 230 lbs. It has quite literally blown my mind!

And, I don't know...I just thought, "If these people have done it...then I can do it." I can't keep making excuses.

Sunday morning, I knew I'd have a 6-hour car ride in front of me. At 7am, I went and started over with Couch 2 5K. But, this time, I ran all the running intervals. I cut my personal best mile interval time by 3 whole minutes!!! I was THRILLED! I felt SO GREAT! Yeah, it was a rough run, but not as rough as I thought it would be.

This morning, I woke up at 5:30am to take care of my 4 year old. He went back to sleep and I realized I was wide awake and just ITCHING for the sun to come up, so I could go for another run. I cut my mile interval time by another minute this morning. But that wasn't even my biggest victory today. The victory today was that I was able to breathe! I focused on my running form and, do you know, that made things so much easier?! I wasn't in pain. It was exponentially easier than it was on Sunday.

This is just TWO DAYS of work, folks. And I already feel like it's getting easier. I just can't tell you how amazing I feel. This running thing, once you get the hang of it, is really quite addicting.

If you only knew me two years ago, you'd understand how shocking this is. I am the girl who used to HATE any exercise. I am the rude person that would post on my runner friends' Facebook statuses that running is disgusting. I am the one who would say, "Who cares if I'm overweight? I'm already married and at least I'll die happy (eating delicious things and living life to the full)!"

But I so wasn't living life! And, to have this chance to truly LIVE...well, I refuse to take it for granted. I just can't wait to see what's ahead!!!!

JUNE 28, 2012 (TODAY)

It has only been 57 days since I wrote that. Less than two months, you guys. Tomorrow morning, I will run my longest distance yet - 6.2 miles. And I plan on running the entire thing...with a total of 15-20 minutes of walking interspersed throughout the entire run.

57 days ago, I was thrilled to able to run a 1:30 minute interval. Tomorrow I will run for over an hour.

57 days ago, running in a 5k race was a pipe dream. Something that could only happen "someday". Today, I have run and finished two 5k races.

57 days ago, I thought, "Maybe when I've lost a bunch of weight, I'll be able to do a 5k".

Tomorrow, I will run 10k as a part of my training for a half marathon...which I will run just 15 weeks from now.

In light of these facts, it is understandable that I am constantly looking in the mirror and asking, "Who ARE you?!" Well, I have some ideas:

I am Leah.
I am stronger than I ever imagined I could be.
I am a healed woman - physically, mentally, emotionally.
I am tenacious and empowered.
I am beautiful.
I am not afraid anymore.
I am not giving up.
I am blessed.
I am a runner.

  
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MRSWEEKS01 7/5/2012 4:12PM

    This is my day one.... I want to start and don't know how and where to begin. Thank you for being my inspiration and being real in all of this.

You are showing me that I can do it too.... and should just lace up my shoes and get out there (or on the treadmill!).

Thank you - and here's to day one!

Gina

(from the PCOS Facebook weight loss page)

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VSQUAREMOM 7/4/2012 2:49PM

    Oh my gosh! It's like you read my mind, with all the whirling thoughts about how I can't, why can't I lose, what do I do?

So, I am headed out to walk to the park and back. It's 3 miles round trip. Part of this, even if it's only a few steps, will be running. Thanks so much for the encouragement!

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JSTHIESS 7/3/2012 11:42PM

    Just what i needed to hear. Thank you:)

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JANISBECK 7/3/2012 6:01PM

  thank you for inspiring me to try again


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ANGRITTER 7/3/2012 5:27PM

    RUN, LEAH, RUN!!!

So happy for you, and hope I can follow in your footsteps. I have an entire person to lose - 50 pounds at a time as a goal. I have only started and I can already tell a difference in the way I walk. I have broken my back, my neck, my shoulder, both ankles (one twice), my wrist, my fingers, etc. I am a hazard to myself.

Just doing my strength training daily and riding my reverse-flywheel recumbent bike uphill is already changing a lot of things about me. I may never be able to run a 5k due to arthritis (RA) and because of the previously broken bones, but I WILL make sure I can run far enough to get away from someone trying to hurt me. That is my goal right now - to get out of the way of accidents and trouble. It's a crazy world, so I set crazy goals.

You are an inspiration and thanks for sharing your story!!

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CLLOVE 7/3/2012 5:05PM

    I am new to the sparkpeople journey and have been inspired by your story. Thanks!

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LUCINDARW 7/3/2012 4:29PM

    Thank you for your blog! The hope and inspiration from you are great!

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NORSEGODDESS34 7/3/2012 4:11PM

    From one Leah to another, you are so inspiring! Thank you for writing about it all and making me realize that I'm the only one holding me back and that I CAN do it. THANKS SO MUCH! emoticon

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TAURUSGIRL3 7/3/2012 12:25PM

  Thanks for sharing! You are such an inspiration to me! I have always wanted to be a runner and you give me hope that I WILL be a runner too!


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FOREVERFITCHICK 7/3/2012 12:12PM

    Love that you continue to share your journey! I can't believe what we can accomplish in such a short time frame. Your bravery, your personal empowerment and your ability to share inspire me!

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CONFIDENT16 7/3/2012 10:41AM

    AMAZING!!! Great job and wonderful progress!! You have inspired me to start running. I, my entire life, was the fat girl that hated any sort of movement...even movement to get up to find the television remote! Thanks to you, I'm in the 4th week of the C25K program, and I'm almost in disbelief how much I've accomplished thus far! You helped me find my inner motivation, so thank you so much and keep up your hard work! emoticon emoticon

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LINCOLNMOM123 7/3/2012 10:16AM

    I have had weight problems since I was about 10, and knee problems since about 14. I have been really interested lately in running 5k s because there have been some really fun looking ones lately. I had the same mindset that maybe when I loose some weight and get better in shape it will be easier to run.
Thank you for this post, it was very inspiring, and I think I will keep giving running a shot!

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CATDUG19 7/3/2012 9:54AM

    Beautifully written and so true. We all have the power to do whatever we want if we believe we can. I love following your story so keep it up.

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KRISTIN501 7/3/2012 7:38AM

    I want you to know that this post made me cry. I am right there with you, I just began running as well, and I have to say, that you are right. After years of telling myself I can't do this, I found out that I truly can.

I will run my first 5k in September in Chicago and I am so excited I cannot stand it!'

Thank your for the courage you gave me to release my inner runner!

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LIZALOT 7/3/2012 3:03AM

    You really are truly amazing!! What inspiration! Thanks so much

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MCFHARPIST 7/3/2012 2:03AM

    You are soooo lucky to have taken this turn at such a young age. I only wish I could have been sparked at your stage in life. Better late than never, but the earlier the better!

Spark On!

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CHANGINGEMMY 7/2/2012 6:31PM

    Amazing! You've accomplished so much already. I've always wanted to be a runner but have always thought I couldn't, you've proven you can!! Thanks for the inspiration to go at it.

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BLESSED2BEME 7/2/2012 4:13PM

    Oh my gosh! Such inspiration. I started at 200 lbs. I gained a ton of weight after I retired from the Air Force. I swore I'd never run again (that was 8 years ago). Now I am running for me - not anyone else. I've lost 15 lbs but still have a long way to go to be 'healthy'. I'm doing it right though...slow and steady. I can't run as far and fast as you but I'm getting there.

Thanks for the encouragement through your blog and journey!

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CRZYMOM04 7/2/2012 2:27PM

    You are so awsome thanks for sharing

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MYVOYAGE 7/2/2012 1:00PM

    Thank you for sharing! Very inspiring...for those of us who struggle with the motivation to excercise...this blog is inspiring! Thank you!

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BERI03 7/2/2012 11:28AM

    You are amazing! emoticon

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KINKONE 7/2/2012 9:27AM

    Great post. I needed to read this; now I'm pumped to stay the course! Thanks!

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DEB_LEA 7/2/2012 8:30AM

    Thanks for sharing your story & good luck with the running!

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/2/2012 6:25AM

    Wow, I didn't realise it had been such a short time. I swear every time I read your blog I just want to get up and go run round the block, it's that motivating.

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SHINYZALATA 7/2/2012 5:57AM

    This is really amazing and inspiring :D emoticon

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THEIS58 7/2/2012 4:45AM

    Inspiring!

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SHARPISTOL 7/2/2012 1:48AM

    GREAT BLOG! Thank you for sharing! And continued success!

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TECHSUN 7/2/2012 12:52AM

    You'll male that 5k.

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ANEWME423 7/2/2012 12:15AM

    emoticon emoticon for your blog. I just restarted C25K myself and your blog really helped to stoke my motivation. You rock!

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PLATAS0827 7/1/2012 11:45PM

    Truly Amazing.. Thank you for sharing..

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COLLIMA 7/1/2012 11:32PM

    Leah,

You are truly inspirational! I have always daydreamed about being a runner myself, but I just cannot bring myself to actually do it....

I do use the treadmill because it keeps me on track in terms of time and consistency (I just can't lollygag on the treadmill once I set the pace!), but still cannot actually do anything resembling running!

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However, I do walk really fast! Enough to work up a sweat!

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GBAUM0432 7/1/2012 10:55PM

  Great post

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BOOKWERME 7/1/2012 10:44PM

    emoticon Wishing you continued success in your transformation!!!

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PLYNSN316 7/1/2012 10:40PM

    So proud of you!!!!!!!! You are an inspiration and an amazing woman!!! BE PROUD! BE STRONG! BE WONDERFUL YOU!!!! emoticon

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SUNSHINEGIRLAZ 7/1/2012 10:33PM

    I think this is the most inspiring thing I've ever read! We are all truely blessed to be able to read your journey! Thank you for sharing! I pray you're blessed beyond measure in your goals to come! emoticon emoticon

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BRENNI71 7/1/2012 9:35PM

  Thank you Leah! Sooo Inspiring!!! Yay, Leah.... I know something you left out... You are an Athlete, inspiring others to be athletes too!!! emoticon

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LISA_FRAME 7/1/2012 9:14PM

  good post

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CURVYELVIESAYS 7/1/2012 8:02PM

    What an awesome and inspiring blog emoticon

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TKJUDGE 7/1/2012 7:52PM

    Reading this blog makes me ready to start running!
I got the app on my phone just haven't used it yet!!

Thank you for sharing your story...it's an amazing one so far!!



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JSTETSER 7/1/2012 7:25PM

    Praise God for what HE is doing in your life!!

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RABBITART 7/1/2012 7:17PM

    Keep the good work!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/1/2012 5:42PM

    what an inspiring post....

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DSING1770 7/1/2012 5:37PM

    Such determination!! Way to go!!



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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 7/1/2012 5:29PM

    Like you, I hope my attitude change is permanent. Everyday that I do it, move more, eat less, make good choices, is a GOOD day, and one day closer to doing it forever! I am never going to say never (as in I'll never weigh as much as I used to), but I'm going to do my darnedest every single day to make sure it doesn't happen.

You have made amazing changes in the last months--I love to read of your progress and your determination. Keep up the good work! You truly ARE beautiful in every way!

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PRETTYGIRL1122 7/1/2012 4:49PM

    What a inspiration, I'm just restarting my journey and hope I can have half the success you have!

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Walking Right Into A Faster Race Time

Thursday, June 28, 2012

I've been reading a great book by Jeff Galloway, "Galloway's Book On Running". Does that title sound arrogant? Actually, far from it. Galloway was an Olympic runner and winner of the first Atlanta Marathon. He's been called one of the fathers of running and his book has been called one of the greatest books on the sport of running. I'm still working on it, but you know...I think this description might be accurate.

One of Galloway's biggest tips is using walk breaks in a long run. He talks at length about how strongly he believes in the ability of walk breaks to actually DECREASE a person's race time.

"Most runners will record significantly faster times when they take walk breaks because they don't slow down at the end of a long run. Thousands of veterans whose goal is to run faster have improved by 10, 20, 30 minutes and more in marathons by taking walk breaks early and often in the race. You can spot these folks: they're the ones who are picking up speed during the last 2-6 miles when everyone else is slowing down."

How is this even possible? How does this work? I was skeptical.

"By varying use of your muscles, your legs keep their bounce as they conserve resources. Walk breaks keep you from using up your reserve resources early. By alternating the exertion level and the way you're using your running muscles, these prime movers have a chance to recover before they accumulate fatigue."

So, as it turns out, my trainer and I discussed this at length as well. After hearing it from him, from Galloway and also from ABSOLUTZER0 when I spoke with him a couple months ago, I figured it was time to test this theory myself.

This morning, I was coming off of two rest days. I was FRESH and ready to go. Listen, if there were ever a day I could knock out four miles without a thought and barely feel it, it would be today! My body was primed for this and I was positively itching to get back out there.

But, in a few weeks, my mileage on my long run is going to start getting into the 8-10 mile ranges and, at that point, I seriously question my ability to run the entire thing. And, even if I could do it, would I even want to? It sounds like a recipe for injury to me.

So, 1.3 miles in, I took a one minute walk break. Probably a 19 minute pace. JUST ONE MINUTE. No big deal. It was a little difficult to start back up...but, listen, it took me a full 3/4 of a mile to get into a groovy pace when I started the run. After this walk break, it didn't take nearly as long to get BACK into the groove.

Second mile was great and at the end of it, I was happy to take a one minute walk break. After that break, you guys, I TOOK off! That third mile was the absolute best. I just can't describe how great I felt! I was flying (I mean...by my own standards) at about a 12:30 pace. (Normal pace is 13:30).

I definitely had to FORCE myself to take that last one minute walk break at the end of it. I could have gone forever!!! Still...in true scientific form, I went ahead and took one last one-minute break to walk (again...18 to 19 minute pace). Then, easily ran the last mile. This is the time when I begin to feel fatigued and have to mentally work myself really hard to keep going to the end. This time, I trotted up that hill on the way home and was running happy when I hit my driveway.

LOTS of sweat today. Weird. But here's the CRAZIEST part...my time was a full two minutes faster than the last time I ran the same distance (without walk breaks). By golly...I think there is something to this!

I don't even think I'd consider this "intervals" because the one minute walk breaks are just SO miniscule and short...and they really are pretty slow...completely focused on quick muscle recovery.

If you're interested in this, stay tuned because I am going to work these short breaks into my 10k distance on Saturday, so I will definitely report back on that!!!

  
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KIRSTAB 7/3/2012 11:45AM

    I really appreciate your blogs about things that you've learned from this book. I also still can't wrap my brain around the fact that I enjoy running now and just can't bring myself to read a running book. But I have learned so much from your blogs about this book and am thankful that you're sharing what you're learning. :)

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MARYRUN1 7/1/2012 12:34AM

    Great job !! I used the Galloway method when I first started running..... And it works (: keep up the great work, it will pay off !!

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NDKARIKARI 6/30/2012 4:43AM

    awesome awesome blog, and a huge congrats to you for your perseverance. Clearly, it is paying off!

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EDDYMEESE 6/30/2012 12:14AM

    Hm! I've tried this in the past but walked briskly...I should try the slow walk! I know multiple runners who run ultra-marathons and they swear by walk breaks!

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JANIED10 6/29/2012 10:58AM

    I find this interesting and may just have to get this book. I just started back up running and am using the 5k programs that are run/ walk intervals. I may have to continue this idea as I get further along. Thanks.

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CINDYSDAY 6/29/2012 10:07AM

    Thanks is great that you found this out! It shortens your time and you feel better too!

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PASKALINI 6/29/2012 9:19AM

    Now I don't feel so bad taking quick little walking breaks THANKS!!

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KBRADFORD88 6/29/2012 8:33AM

    I did/do this and it works. It is crazy in fact my run walk 1/1 are only 1 minute slower than I was when running the whole things and pooped. I think he's a genius. Keep at it. You'll be amazed. And you;ll feel amazing after. Go girl emoticon

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MENHALLS 6/29/2012 8:30AM

    I'm a big fan of walk breaks too. The hardest thing for me was to not view them as a "failure" to run the whole ___ miles.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/29/2012 7:35AM

    Sounds interesting! I look forward to your report!

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XTINEMAS 6/29/2012 7:05AM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing, I might try this because I've been trying to increase my pace and seems like I'm getting no where. Thanks.

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PASTORMAE5 6/29/2012 12:08AM

    great job. you go girl

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KALANTHA 6/28/2012 10:27PM

    Fantastic! I bet you're going to make great progress!

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GOING-STRONG 6/28/2012 10:08PM

    I'll be very interested to see how the walk breaks work for you as you go into longer runs. I found that my time increased by 10% when I used walk breaks but I did enjoy them lol. Spark on!

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MOMJULIEC 6/28/2012 9:19PM

    I am a beginning runner and am so glad to have this information! I have completed a total of 3 5Ks. In each one I did a combo of walking and jogging. I've just recently started following the SP 10K your way training program. So glad to know that walking is something that I should be trying to include, rather than to eliminate.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 6/28/2012 9:09PM

    Glad to hear that you are fully rested and have found something that seems to work so well for you!


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KMSIMMONS1 6/28/2012 7:39PM

  Thanks for sharing this. I try to not let walking bug me too much. If it enhances the expeience then it's a GOOD thing.

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SLIMLEAF 6/28/2012 7:38PM

    I found this really interesting and look forward to hearing how you get on with your 10K run at the weekend.

Happy running!

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FITFOODIE806 6/28/2012 7:23PM

    High five! Glad you had such a great run.

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/28/2012 6:49PM

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LINDAK25 6/28/2012 6:47PM

    Wow, how cool is that? Have a great race! I can't wait to see if it makes a difference.

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 6/28/2012 6:46PM

    Thanks. Great info.

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XTINA46 6/28/2012 5:16PM

    I love the way you are learning, trying, reading, thinking, and working through different ideas and scenarios about running and the body as you push towards your goal. Curious mind, determined spirit: you can't beat that! You're gonna find the winning formula that's just right for you!(Plus did you know that you lose more weight when you take walk breaks than if you just run at a steady pace right the way through?)
You are going to sail through that half marathon-- you'll see. :-)

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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/28/2012 4:45PM

    I always have a walk break. I run 10 minutes & walk 1 minute. I find that 1 minute gives me a chance to catch a breath, take a sip of water & it helps me to focus on something beside the mileage. Like only 3 more minutes than a walk. It just helps to break it up any run. Absolutly love my walk breaks.

Keep up the great work!!!

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SWEETEYES0601 6/28/2012 4:43PM

    Wow! That's really great to know. I'm going to give that a whirl this weekend! Thanks!

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MOMMARUNNER77 6/28/2012 4:22PM

    I have done walking breaks for my first few halfs running for 10 minutes and walking for 1 minute, the walking breaks were nice. I would say I prefer not to do walking breaks, unless I need to. Play with what works for you.... for your first half try with walking breaks, and see how you like it.

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ANONSI 6/28/2012 4:12PM

    I usually only run 5ks, but I do take walk breaks. I know it makes me faster than if I just run it straight, for all of the reasons you list in your blog. It gives you a mental and physical breather before you have to pick it back up again. You'd be surprised what even 30 second walk breaks can do for you.

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SNEVIL1 6/28/2012 3:55PM

    So he says the walk breaks increase your time or decrease your time?? It sounds like it increases the time because you don't use as much of yourself up and it seems to really have worked for you. I'll have to give this a try. I definitely used walk breaks during my 5k lol

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/28/2012 3:53PM

    Awesome! Love Jeff Galloway! There is a Spark Team for that. Keep up the great work! emoticon

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DENNETJ 6/28/2012 3:51PM

    I cannot wait to hear how this works out. I have a 5K coming up and I was worried that the whole time would be too much to run but if even one minute walk breaks can help I think I can make that happen easily enough.

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PRINCESSNURSE 6/28/2012 3:49PM

    I use the Galloway method and I am faster with the walk breaks than when I run 100%. Strange but true!

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MUSICALLYMINDED 6/28/2012 3:46PM

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What's Your Favorite Position?

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]

HONEYMOON HUG
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.

  
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CHUM48 9/26/2012 10:23PM

    Awesome, thanks for giving me a smile!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/15/2012 9:58AM

    Very funny.

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DEBK0923 7/10/2012 1:09PM

    great blog, and funny

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EFFRAYECHILDE 7/4/2012 12:16PM

    This blog is so funny. I sleep usually in the fetal position coupled with my man spooning me. One of my doctors once told me that whatever position you were most in the womb. Is the position that you are most comfortable sleeping in. I am a twin and my twin slept like a runner taking up all the space in the womb, so I was always in the fetal position. Seems odd. But, I just find the fetal position really relaxing when I sleep.

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LANNIEMANUEL 6/30/2012 9:49AM

    i try to sleep back to back but like jeannette59 my pooches spoon my legs. so does that make me a back to back or spoon?

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BLUEJEAN99 6/29/2012 4:58AM

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JIBBIE49 6/28/2012 9:01PM

    emoticonWonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail again. What a star you are. emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 6/28/2012 5:58PM

  What about people who change positions during the night?

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JEANNETTE59 6/28/2012 5:18PM

  emoticon What does it say if you have a four-legged fur-baby crash your slumber party?

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BIRDLSLAURIE 6/28/2012 2:50PM

    Funny and interesting. Maybe I shouldn't admit it (please don't judge) but I'm a fetal position sleeper. This seems to be the most comfortable for my shoulders and hips...and yes, I am an emotional person!

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BLUE42DOWN 6/28/2012 2:24PM

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And of course I don't sleep in any of those positions. I might call my position "sprawl" or "runner" - half on my side, half on my stomach, one leg lifted and out in front of me, the other straight and somewhat behind. Think of someone running and lay them out on a mattress and you've probably got an idea how I look.

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MOMMY445 6/28/2012 2:12PM

    what a great blog!

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RUBEE22 6/28/2012 12:26PM

    haha awesome blog! I'm a stomach sleeper as well, any other position is uncomfortable except maybe the spooning : )

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HEARTS116 6/28/2012 11:48AM

    So cute!! emoticon

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SHOAPIE 6/28/2012 10:57AM

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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/28/2012 10:32AM

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/28/2012 10:18AM

    Wow, that's pretty accurate in my case! I never knew the way I conked out could mean so much.

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REENIE131 6/28/2012 10:11AM

    Great blog, and even though you don't care, I'm going to tell you. I sleep like you, and one of the happiest things for me, at the end of each pregnancy (aside from, you know, the baby) was being able to lay on my stomach and sleep. Granted it was only for about 10 minutes at a time, but it still counts!

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MARYBETHMORGAN 6/28/2012 10:06AM

  Very cute blog!

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CAROLZ1967 6/28/2012 9:38AM

    Very cute and funny! :-)

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/28/2012 9:25AM

    On my back or in the fetal position for me! It's just so comfy. :) Sometimes, my husband and I will do the honeymoon hug until it gets uncomfortable or one of us rolls over in our sleep. I could never sleep on my tummy - doesn't it hurt your neck??

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VOLLEYGIRL77 6/28/2012 9:02AM

    Tummy sleeper all the way

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JANEMARIE77 6/28/2012 8:47AM

    well now you will never know very cute thnaks

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KAYYYDEE 6/28/2012 8:35AM

    Loved this! I am a fellow tummy sleeper...with one leg sticking out from under the covers. I swear, two seconds after I lay down in this position, I'm out. I can't spoon or be anywhere close to hubby when I sleep. I get way too hot.

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FARIS71 6/28/2012 8:26AM

    You are hilarious!!

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MRSTABER 6/28/2012 8:24AM

    Depending on the night, it could be any of them! lol

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SHOES17 6/28/2012 8:17AM

    Cute blog- Humor Helps!
We spoon...lol You started the thought, so I had to reply!

I usually make us flip three times before I go to sleep! We always end up laughing! emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 6/28/2012 8:13AM

    Well, since you don't care I won't tell ya! emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 6/28/2012 7:05AM

    ha ha, love it.

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TERRIJ7 6/28/2012 3:45AM

    I move so much throughout the night I think I hit all the positions at least once.

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ON2VICTORY 6/28/2012 3:45AM

    i think im too busy sleeping to know... well i take that back... if the company wanted me to sleep, they would have issued it to me.

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EDDYMEESE 6/28/2012 12:31AM

    Lol, we totally sleep back-to-back!

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SPARKL3 6/27/2012 11:54PM

    It's late and I'm very sleepy....YAWN.....Let me crawl into bed and I'll find out..... emoticon G'night............

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JEANNINEMM68 6/27/2012 10:25PM

    Fetal position are you serious??????? the only time I get like that is when I have bad stomach cramps.

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GOING-STRONG 6/27/2012 7:32PM

    I also find it hard to believe that the majority of people sleep in the fetal position... stomach sleepers unite! Ha Ha!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 6/27/2012 6:28PM

    For legal reasons, I don't think I can disclose my sleep position...
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LINDAK25 6/27/2012 5:46PM

    Wait! They didn't mention people who sleep on their backs with their hands at their sides or resting on their stomachs! I like to sleep on my stomach, too. Some of those positions sound awfully uncomfortable! Loved, loved, loved your commentary! (Oh! No! I'm turning into one of those people who use exclamation points all the time!)

Thanks for the laugh!

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BPPRESKO 6/27/2012 4:48PM

    Love this article. Made me think..we used to spoon until HE started snoring! Now, we are butt to butt! emoticon

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BIG_BEAR73 6/27/2012 4:23PM

    ha ha ha

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GUITARWOMAN 6/27/2012 4:08PM

    Really funny blog, I love your sense of humor.

It could get wilder and weirder if we talked about sleep accessories....

I wear wrist braces for carpal tunnel syndrome and a velcro strap for my cute lil' fitbit so I can measure sleep hours.

Sigh....


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DIANNEMT 6/27/2012 3:24PM

    Sleep apnea "stuff" dictates you sleep on your back. And these Sleep Number beds help with the pain in the hip/shoulder.

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DJ1SKYWALKER 6/27/2012 2:54PM

    I start out on left side, in a half fetal position (sorry), then I end up on right side. I have sciatica and it feels better to curl and stretch :-)

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DENNETJ 6/27/2012 2:44PM

    LOL!! These made me laugh. Your add ons mostly :) I too and a stomach sleeper that seems to have all those traits and a hurt shoulder to go with it. Guess I lean more on my right shoulder but it is really hard to "learn" a new sleeping position when you move there on auto pilot at night.


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PRAYINGSUZIE 6/27/2012 2:11PM

    Lol! I love all the comments from other readers! I sleep on my side mostly but when my dh is in bed we are spooners and back to back. He says that he is too hot too! Glad I am not the only ones that has that problem!
Suzie

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SWEETEYES0601 6/27/2012 2:00PM

    1TRULYBLESSED, I am right there with you! I sleep on my side, my back, spoon, etc. I loved the comments and think this was a great idea for a blog! emoticon

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This Is A New Level of Tired

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!




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LYNSEY723 6/27/2012 2:50PM

    Thank you for sharing! I too am learning to listen to my body, it sure is harder than you'd think!!

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CINDYSDAY 6/27/2012 11:34AM

    I am glad you are doing better! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 6/27/2012 11:24AM

    Sounds like you really need a rest day! Take good care of yourself!

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GODIVADSG 6/27/2012 9:53AM

    Fuel and hydration is key. Think about it this way... if you are a morning runner and you get up right away and out the door, your body has been fasting for 8 hours of sleep.... it needs energy to run. When I am distance training I usually will get up 2 hours before my long runs, eat and lay down until the run! You will find the perfect combo of food for you too. Mine is Fage 0% fat with a TBSP honey and cinnamon. Some times I will put in 1/4 cup of old country style MUESLI by Red Mill. That is my breakfast before a BIG event. Rest is a major component as well. If you know you are doing a long run the next day make sure you get rest! Expect to be EXHAUSTED as you learn to run distance. I clearly remember the first day I ran 10 miles. I got in the shower right after, washed my hair my face cleanser (ACCIDENT!!) and dried off and sat on the couch in a towel for about 2 hours... felt too tired to even brush my hair! The good news... it that it gets better and easier with consistency! Good call on the rest.... Running=learning.... and it is not always learning about the sport!! Keep it up! YOUR NORMAL!!!!!!!!!

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1GODGIRL 6/27/2012 7:41AM

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GUITARWOMAN 6/27/2012 7:17AM

    Great blog!

And the gentlemen........nice!

I think our bodies do crave protein. I have experienced it as my bones in my foot knit together....have you evern craved a chicken leg? Healing, healing, and more healing!


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DOTTIESPLACE 6/26/2012 11:28PM

    I think you've figured it out and I think that you are right on the mark with giving yourself another day to rest. Take excellent care you need that body for the rest of your life!

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PRAYINGSUZIE 6/26/2012 10:55PM

    Thank you!

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GOING-STRONG 6/26/2012 10:44PM

    ummmm yes...some pretty nice photography you posted.

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LINDAK25 6/26/2012 10:38PM

    Thank you for the pictures (yummy).

Well, I don't run, I walk, but I overdid on Saturday and it has taken me until today to not feel achy and my left knee will not let me walk faster. I like to do intervals on the treadmill, but not today. I think the rest day will do you good and it will NOT set you back. It's good you're learning what your body needs. It's tough but that's why it's called "training," right?

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WRITINGBLUEHAWK 6/26/2012 8:45PM

    You are doing wonderfully well and working hard. I'm sure extra fuel is all you needed for such a tough workout.

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FITFOODIE806 6/26/2012 8:27PM

    I was just thinking, maybe she needs to drink more water or fuel better, and then, bam! That's what you figured out on your own. From my experience, with running the answer has almost always been: nutrition. Once I started adding more miles, I also upped the water a crazy amount. Hope it works for you too. For now, very smart call with rest!
And thank you very much for the swimmers!!

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XTINEMAS 6/26/2012 8:11PM

    Yeah, I think your body is just rebelling, you put your muscles to work overtime but don't give them the protein they need to repair, lol. Anyway as you said it's a learning process, you are doing great! Just make sure you are getting enough rest mandate of course, plenty of proteins!

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HEALTHY4HIM 6/26/2012 7:33PM

    Although i have never done the distance running that you are doing now, with almost 3 years of running behind me what I can say is that there are always days when your run feels great... and days when your body lets you down. Sometimes you can explain it ... sometimes not.

Good on you for listening to your body and making good decisions! May tomorrow be fabulous for you!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 6/26/2012 7:17PM

    Listen to your body!

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GOSPARK45 6/26/2012 6:55PM

    You're doing the right thing. Give yourself time to heal and you'll be right back on track. Good luck!

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go" -T.S.Eliot

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KERRNEL 6/26/2012 6:42PM

    Gotta fuel, like most folks have said! Not sure I'd recommend doing a 5mi and then 3.1 the next day, that's a little too much if you ask me for someone who's doing 5k and 10k's. Even though you may not feel it the very next day, you need to let your body recover at least one day. Either no absolutely nothing, or low-impact cardio like elliptical or go for a bike ride.

It's all a learning experience, so at least you recognize your limitations at this point so it won't be something to get down about. Just understand it and plan future runs accordingly.

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KALANTHA 6/26/2012 6:22PM

    You're learning to listen to your body! That's a GREAT thing! I'm sure you're making the right decision in giving yourself more time to recover and that you'll be back to full speed on Thursday.

Sweet Dreams!

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DIANNEMT 6/26/2012 6:13PM

    I think I overdid today so did have what I thought was a lot of protein at supper. Tracker didn't think so but I think it was. I am being very careful with my snacks, too.

Tomorrow is a class--and no running...

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STARSUB99 6/26/2012 5:48PM

    Fuel - you gotta have fuel to run the engine - I never go out to walk without water - most times I don't need it till I'm done - but it's good to have for times when you get half way through and are parched.

I agree with you on the protein. It makes a huge difference on how tired I feel - not enough protein messes with the metabolism so make sure you stay on track with that one.

And don't be so hard on yourself. If you overdo it - you learn more about yourself and your limits. Just take a day to recoup and then get back at 'er.

You are doing awesome - keep to the path - it will lead you to success.

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/26/2012 5:37PM

    Lessons, lessons.

I've never heard of the effects of not refueling or hydrating during a run lasting so long but I would stay open to the possibility...

You're doing great. Don't be hard on yourself for not knowing that a 3.1 mile run should not follow a long run...you are learning what works and what doesn't for your body. I think we all need those rest days.

Your blogs are always enjoyable to read. You're not a downer. You are learning and teaching others from your journey. I never miss a blog. emoticon emoticon

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FLYSHOPGIRL 6/26/2012 5:36PM

    Everything is a learning experience. :) I'm struggling with tired and the need to eat more protein. I'm trying so hard to eat vegetarian, but it is hard!! And I know I am not getting the protein that I need...

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XTINA46 6/26/2012 5:17PM

    You're doing great-- although it may not always feel that way! You have to remember that you are CHANGING on lots of different levels -- inside and out -- and that takes immense energy! You are going through lots of emotions - elation, determination, apprehension (about the 1/2 marathon coming up)- and all of those feelings use up a huge amount of energy too. Plus you're not taking care of your body (not enough rest, not enough protein etc). So.. just give yourself a break !! slow down and really really savour the rest days (and don't think you are getting "behind"): you are progressing faster than you think -- and if you don't give your body what it needs (rest, food etc) it will bite you in the ass with an injury!

I totally know what you are going through in terms of stress (Physical and mental) --I am getting ready to walk 144 miles in 12 days across Africa in August -- and I'm 65! old enough to be your mother! I'm thinking, how on earth am I going to walk 12 miles a day for 12 days straight?). Answer: one day at a time, one foot in front of the other, with lots of deep sleeps in between. :-)

I am totally rooting for both of us! and I know we will do just fine! :-)

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SCOTTPILGRIM 6/26/2012 5:12PM

    Don't be down! I'm no expert, but I think that's normal. I remember going through exactly the same thing. You just feel like you're made of lead, and have to push SO HARD to stay on track.

I think you should take the rest you need and not feel guilty at all, knowing that it really does get better and easier. Your body is on the steep part of the learning curve.

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POISONGIRL999 6/26/2012 5:10PM

    You are human and have bad says too. None of your blogs are ever "downers" , just a real person going through real stuff.
I hear you on the protein. When I started P90X, about 3 weeks in I was getting run down and even stranger (sorry if this is TMI, but we are all adults here) I started spotting. This freaked me out. So I did what any normal person would do, I googled it. You thought I was gonna say call a doctor huh? Anywho, google was very helpful and it seems when women up their physical activity but don't get enough protein the body revolts. Hense the spotting. So yeah, GO PROTEIN!!!

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1TRULYBLESSED 6/26/2012 5:03PM

    Not a downer at all, Leah -- just your usual, brutally honest self, laying it out like it is. And that's the way we like it. Fact is, I'm feeling pretty much the same way after somehow pulling a hamstring muscle and as a result having to give up my running for a while (Dr. DH's orders, dang him!). Just when I was really making progress...

As for the protein, yeah, my body sometimes has to remind me that I need MORE! MORE! MORE!

Thanks for continuing to share your lessons learned. And, stay strong -- after all, tomorrow IS another day! emoticon

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CINDHOLM 6/26/2012 5:03PM

    Time to Relax!! And take care of you!!

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GBAUM0432 6/26/2012 4:59PM

  Tomorrow's another day!

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