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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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TDWANDD2MYK9 7/30/2012 2:13AM

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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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SERASARA 6/28/2012 5:32PM

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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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IAMAGEMLOVER 6/28/2012 1:10PM

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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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    Loved the comments!!! 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!




Mmmmmhmmm...you're WELCOME, ladies!!!! emoticon

  
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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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Me Likey!

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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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Why I Run (In Picture Form)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Blog has been pretty heavy these last few days. Figured we all could use some light fare today. I mean, it is Monday and an inordinate number of my buddies are just exhausted today and have brain fuzz (including myself). I don't know if there's a solar flare that's messing with everyone today or what, but the general consensus is that we are in need of some motivation.

So...enjoy, friends! Some awesome pics...with color commentary from yours truly, as usual.


I would add...are you going to take a rest day? Or are you going to be a stubborn ass?


Thus, proving we are a) insane and b) sadomasochists.


I'm just going to say...I love this sentiment. But if you want to really "sell" running, maybe don't use a photo of a guy who looks like he's about to puke. Just my opinion. I'm no ad exec.


This is absolutely 100% true for me. Thus, proving that I am most definitely in my own little world. And I'm OK with that.


In all seriousness now...this is the most important lesson I am learning.

  
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ALIDOSHA 10/16/2012 4:42PM

    Great indeed. Thank you.

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CHUM48 9/24/2012 6:36PM

    Great feelings regarding running! I am sorry I can't participate in running! I am so glad that you can!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/17/2012 11:01AM

    I can't run but I enjoyed your photos.

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WAHSH40 7/10/2012 4:58AM

  GREAT

VERY INSPIRATIONAL

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 7/8/2012 3:59PM

  Thank you for the inspiring pictures.

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WRITINGDIVA1 7/7/2012 2:25AM

    Thank you for sharing. I ran for the first time today and my knees aren't killing me. It was only for a couple of minutes, but it was a start. Your blog has been a big inspiration for me during this time.

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TEACHEROF4TH 7/6/2012 7:14PM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Thank you! Run safe, run strong!

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BIRDLSLAURIE 7/3/2012 2:34PM

    Yep! That pretty much says it all! Thanks!

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MELMAR05 7/3/2012 12:05PM

    You just run... This makes me feel better bc I don't think of myself as a runner. I'm not good; I have to stop and walk a bit from time to time; treadmill is easier-can go farther w/o stopping. The road is definately a challenge. Thanks- fun blog:)

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JERICHO1991 7/3/2012 12:02PM

    I'm a biker, walker, and elliptical jogger, but this is an inspiring tribute to the benefits of running. Thank you.

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MLEEPEARCE 7/2/2012 10:39AM

  Running is my sanity and keeps me mentally and emotionally moving through life. I'm currently injured with hip bursitis and this blog has brightened my day. emoticon

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REGILIEH 7/2/2012 1:50AM

    TY!

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DRPOOH63 7/1/2012 10:18AM

    Great pics and great thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

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PMFISH 6/29/2012 9:13PM

    Way to go lady! Thanks for sharing and congrats on your motivational blog. Keep up the good work.

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TRI_BABE 6/29/2012 6:56PM

    I was going to say the same about rest days. LOL!

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TERRYT55 6/29/2012 4:33PM

    So very excellent!

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DIZNENUT59 6/29/2012 1:00PM

    Nice blog..I really..really want to run..starting run/walk..I will do this!!! Pics helped..thanks!

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STIFLEDSARCASM 6/29/2012 12:43AM

    This is making want to start running more and more.

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DRB13_1 6/28/2012 11:46PM

    very inspirational

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FATHINSN 6/28/2012 10:53PM

    I love how you commented each picture, especially the one quoted by John Bingham - I agree, they should use more lighter, positive picture than the one with that person looks going to give up, hehe.

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BUTTERFLY1425 6/28/2012 9:21PM

    Running helps me control stress after a bad day at work, it helps me organize my thoughts to deal with my personal relationship with others. I run because I can not catch-up to myself. It is something I can do on my own and my own pace. It becomes easy with time! Try it.

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LADYBUG1107 6/28/2012 8:41PM

    I love the pictures!

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CYPATAYLOR2 6/28/2012 7:25PM

  Nice job in motivating all of us. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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JESSZZ123 6/28/2012 5:49PM

    Love it! Thanks.

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SHEL_V2 6/28/2012 4:47PM

    Babysteps... aspiring to run a lot is still scary to me, so I just aspire to run a little faster and farther on the treadmill in air-conditioned comfort. I love my VibramFiveFingers, and I'll eventually run more outside just to show them off.


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TERRIJ7 6/28/2012 4:27PM

    I freely admit that I'm among those who don't get it. I'm trying to learn to run a little with my walks but cannot comprehend that I will ever enjoy it. For now, I just have to settle for enjoying the benefits it brings while detesting the process...kinda like childbirth, if you ask me :)

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DANNIEGEE 6/28/2012 4:03PM

  I love this blog! Running is great! It gives a great unexplainable top of the world high.
I miss it so much. Did quite a bit of it in my time; unfortunately for me I had an injury and my knees gave in. Now I bike but it's not the same as running.

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WEBMOMONTHERUN 6/28/2012 3:53PM

  These are outstanding picquotes, love them all! Thanks for sharing!

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HFAYE81 6/28/2012 2:21PM

    So perfect!!! emoticon

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DWAN1969 6/28/2012 1:50PM

    I Love IT !! And I had to save those pics! Thanks for sharing!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 6/28/2012 1:50PM

    Love it - I am just a beginner - trying to run - thanks for the inspiration!!

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ONTHERUNMOM4 6/28/2012 12:57PM

    Where did you find these? I want to make one my desktop background! I love them! Thank you so much for sharing!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 6/28/2012 12:45PM

    Hahaha I laughed out loud on the comment about not using a photo of a guy who looks like he's about to puke! So true! And the sentiment itself was true!

We may not have a "save" button but there is a "share with others" and one of the options is to email, and I email people's blogs to myself all the time! Don't know if that saves it the way you wanted to save? Or another thing I do sometimes is to copy both the blog URL and the blog itself and paste it into my daily SP journal so I can re-read it whenever...



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    Nice one !



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JEANNETTE59 6/28/2012 11:07AM

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    Love it

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CHRISTINECAN 6/28/2012 10:06AM

    I wish there were a SAVE button for people's blogs like there is for Spark articles and exercises. This one would be one of my saves.

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WALLINMW 6/28/2012 9:54AM

  Stay motivated!

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    love it! emoticon

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ZANNBEE 6/28/2012 9:36AM

    Loved this! Thank you!

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MELOSPARKLE 6/28/2012 9:33AM

    Awesome!

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JANIED10 6/28/2012 9:24AM

    I love it! It is so hard to explain to people why I love to run and why i really want to get back there. You just motivated me out the door this hot morning. Thanks!

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DTYUNGU 6/28/2012 9:18AM

    bloody brilliant! (in an english accent)

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PURPLEPIZAZZ 6/28/2012 9:13AM

    Love it! Seriously I LOVE THIS!! I am new to running, just started a week ago and I'm training for my first 5k. Your post has inspired me greatly! Thanks for sharing.

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NCHRUCHILL1 6/28/2012 8:40AM

  Very inspiring, especially because I have just taken up the challenge. I've always wanted to "be a runner".

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KAYYYDEE 6/28/2012 8:40AM

    Love it!

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JPEARL127 6/28/2012 8:37AM

  I especially like the final picture, because it not only shows a trail going into the distance, it shows or speaks to me a journey, and I am definitely on a journey to a better me and a better lifestyle.

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It's Not All Puppies and Rainbows, You Know

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...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM-SNHXxdoY&
feature=youtube_gdata_player


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.


  
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ALIDOSHA 10/17/2012 4:43PM

    Thank you for sharing your own fight to achieve your goal step by step. I felt it was an encouragement and example which I've needed so much. Best luck!

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CHUM48 9/21/2012 12:29PM

    Awesome blog! You are certainly on the right track and building wisdom! You keep it up!

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MISSLISA1973 6/30/2012 10:51PM

    Blogging and a great trainer will definitely help with that. emoticon

Someone (fairly reputable, I believe... a massage therapist if I remember correctly) once told me that a little raw apple cider in bath water helps with the muscle pain/tenderness.

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ANGELBABIES2 6/30/2012 11:29AM

    emoticonThanks for the wonderful blog emoticon

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ILOVEJIM851991 6/29/2012 9:13PM

    take care I always was most concerned with pain in the shins that would be shin splints or if it gets real bad it could be a stress fracture.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/29/2012 11:18AM

    GREAT Blog! THe mental work is important too! For me,t hat's what I use my blogs for.
Thanks for the inspiration! Keep up the great work!

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JENNAAW 6/29/2012 8:52AM

    Love your inspirational post! You seem to be such a lovely person. I am awestruck by people who run (and especially participate in races) before they reach their goal weights. I used to love distance running 40 years ago, but today am having a hard time starting up again because my knees get sore and "crunchy" each time. I think I have to start very gradually because of my age, and am quite certain I will be able to run better after losing another 15 lbs.

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WILSON1926 6/29/2012 6:12AM

    Thank you for this.............You write great blogs and I look forward to reading what you've written every day.

Good Luck
Michael

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PATRICIAANN46 6/28/2012 10:28PM

  I don't think that I need to wish you luck and it sounds like you already have lots of wisdom. As one who has also faced serious injury, I am VERY careful to listen to what my body is saying. Who knows better how it is feeling than our bodies and the only way to communicate to us that we need to STOP what we are doing and rest is PAIN. You are doing a great job. emoticon

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FRACKTHATNOISE 6/28/2012 9:49PM

    Thank you so much for this inspirational blog.

THANK YOU.

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OLDPUEBLOLADI 6/28/2012 7:31PM

    WOW!!! Thanks so much for sharing, such wisdom and ohhhhh, how you inspire me to keep going...ICE BATH!!! That's awesome...I hear that also really helps with weight loss... emoticon
Wishes of WISDOM your way!!!

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ANDYLIN90 6/28/2012 5:17PM

    I love the honesty of your blogs...you are very wise.

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TMOORE073 6/28/2012 2:33PM

    I love your blogs! As a runner myself stay positive. You are going to have rough days & you are going to have great days. Like you could run & run forever. I promise it does get easier. You are doing a fabulous job! WOO HOO! You do have to give yourself breaks. I just wrote in my blog today about injury. You have to adjust but it's ok. Being consist ant & finding other ways to stay active even if it's only for a bike ride, at least your still moving! I have no doubt in my mind you are going to finish your race with flying colors! Good Luck I will be pulling for you all the way! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CMINETTER 6/28/2012 11:15AM

    You got that far in just 16 weeks. WOW! Given another 16 you will be extra emoticon.

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THEIS58 6/28/2012 11:08AM

    great blog - great lesson about mental work!

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MORNINGWALKER 6/28/2012 11:04AM

    I walk....you blow me away running!!!!
You are going to succeed, you have it in you!

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DJSHIP46 6/28/2012 10:04AM

    You will do it!!! Listen to your runner friends and just keep going forward awesome lady! Thanks for sharing your journey!!!

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WALLINMW 6/28/2012 9:55AM

  Stay motivated!

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JPEARL127 6/28/2012 8:32AM

  Your idea of joining a SparkFriend in a run is really a neat idea--it gives a sound reason and motivates you to push through to the finish because you know she is also going through the muscle fatigue. Good job knowing and listening to your body's pain, too!
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INGMARIE 6/28/2012 8:28AM

    emoticonway to go
I love running, had to stop for a while, but i will be back running soon.
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LAURIE5658 6/28/2012 8:08AM

    With the running routine you have and the respect you have for the activity you will be running until you are 90! How awesome is that!

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KELSEYRF1 6/27/2012 5:13PM

    You are such a wonderful motivator! I am just starting running and can only do 2 miles without stopping, but your blogs definitely keep me inspired. Even though it's frustrating to "run" about the same speed as most people power walk, I know I can keep pushing myself to improve!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/27/2012 3:39PM

    Keep up the great work....

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GAYLE119 6/27/2012 12:34AM

    wow! I guess I hit a roadblock because I can't see myself doing that! Of course, I can't even stand up for more than 3 minutes right now! You are definitely my inspiration! Good luck AND good wisdom! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REENIE131 6/26/2012 9:38PM

    You're right, you need to work in massage. It'll do wonders. I'm a nationally certified massage therapist and if you were in my area (metro detroit) I'd give you a discount!

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BONIFIANT 6/26/2012 8:09PM

    The fact that you have come so far in 16 weeks is really and encouragement to me. Thanks for sharing the nitty gritty as well as the success.

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 6/26/2012 7:23PM

    I'm not a runner (yet - maybe someday. I haven't gotten up the courage to start) but I started a long distance walking program a few weeks ago. I could walk 3 miles - no big deal. Never tried 4 miles. But then I was scheduled to walk 4 miles. Then 5 miles. I was sore! Then 6 miles - a little harder. Then 8 miles, which was HARD. Then on Sunday this past weekend we walked 10 miles! It was hard for me to find more roads in town to go on to make it up to 10 miles but my sister and I did it. We slowed down about mile 8, both of us getting really sore. But then her husband gave us some motivation - he and my sister essentially bet that we would be done in either 25 minutes (sis) or 45 minutes (BIL) and we were at my house in 23 minutes. We took off! It hurt a lot but we did it and then I took the day off yesterday.

Today it's only 4 miles but I know now I can do it. YOU can do it too! Keep on going! :) Thanks for the motivation!

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SHIRE33 6/26/2012 7:04PM

    You are doing the right things, listening, pushing a bit, but not being too hard on your body.

And do be willing to hear what you don't want to hear -- that your body needs you to back up a bit, slow down a bit, if that's what it needs. It might not! But it might, and I'm thinking that you want to be a runner for the long term. Running any one race any one distance isn't nearly as important as being healthy and sound enough to keep ON running for the health benefits.

I go through this myself week to week. I'm starting a new app called Easy 10K by Jeff Galloway. I'm doing the "improve your time" part of it, a 10-week program. It has speed work and also a long run that's longer than my normal -- I usually do 6 miles for that, and at some point this one has me going 10 and then TWELVE. I am going to play it by ear. It's fun to do a program (or train for a race), but it's not worth inducing a side-lining injury. At least, not to me.

Your body will know. : )



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JESSZZ123 6/26/2012 3:39PM

    Really awesome! I love reading your blogs; they are so inspirational, even if it's the good and the bad things. Keep it up!


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HAPPYKITTYNZ 6/26/2012 3:19PM

    Cool blog!! ahh you make ME wanna be a runner again hehe. That's amazing to think you came so far in 16 weeks.. and you're very right to point out that your capabilities will grow.. so long as you just keep at it, :)

- I was reading an article on here by Dean Anderson, one of their behavioral psychologists, and he said to talk to yourself like you were coaching a friend..
would you tell your friend who is doing the 5k race that she is insane.. that she can't do it? of course not!

Try and stomp that fear when it comes up and reward yourself when you do!! :D Well done!!! very inspiring :D


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COOLHEELS 6/26/2012 2:59PM

    I, like you, never thought I could run a marathon. What are those people, crazy? How can you possibly run that far? Then a couple of years later I did it. I focused on the process of getting there rather than letting the distance overwhelm me. I won't lie, it hurt. But it was also exhilarating at times. One of my happiest moments, probably better than the actual race, was the day I completed my longest training run of 20 miles. I remember sitting in front of the fountain at a local park at the end of my route thinking I DID IT!! All the wisdom of training says I am ready, race day is the reward.

Best wishes and God bless you as you prepare for your half marathon. You are entering this process with full knowledge that it will have both highs and lows, and that will ultimately be a big part of what will make you successful.

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LITTLEROX20 6/26/2012 2:56PM

    It's hard to Your mind is telling you to go for it and your body is holding you back. We always have to keep in mind that it's a marathon, not a sprint. Work at your own pace and know you are in a better place than you were 16 weeks ago! emoticon

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DESIDERATA~GIRL 6/26/2012 1:39PM

    Thank you for this great blog - it's very brave of you to show the negative aspects of running but I'm glad you are still at it and gonna do the half marathon! Way to go!
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ON2VICTORY 6/26/2012 1:35PM

    you are paying your dues with grace and style... you got this,.

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MAKAPUUMAVEN 6/26/2012 1:23PM

  Great post! I love the conversation with the quad-that is so real to me. So is the fear of the event. Thank you for sharing that-it has inspired me to get out and put the time and occasional pain (the good kind) in today to achieve my goals.

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GOOSIEMOON 6/26/2012 11:39AM

    emoticon You CAN do this!

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MIKENIKES 6/26/2012 9:47AM

  I just wanted to give you some encouragement - you CAN do a half-marathon! As long as you stick to your training (even if it is difficult) you will be able to make it. I ran a half a few years ago and I ran every single practice run on my schedule and it never got easier (mentally at least). But race day came and I ran the entire race without stopping and it was FUN! Trust your training and remember that race day is the best run you will ever do with people cheering you on!

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FITFOODIE806 6/26/2012 9:14AM

    Seriously incredible blog. I love what running can do for us. And yes, it sure canbe painful, but it's so worth it. I agree with all your friends, you can do 5 now, so you willbe amazed when you're suddenly doing 8 fairly easily, and then 10 and then holy crap! You just ran a Half marathon. I'm giddy for you.
Wishing you wisdom and strength.

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NMGRANNY 6/26/2012 8:51AM

    Great insight! You CAN do this. Do your training and trust in it. You've already learned the hard way just how important rest days are. There's no way to describe the feelings you'll have when you cross that finish line. emoticon

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    Good for you !
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THEIS58 6/26/2012 5:52AM

    Totally inspiring!

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AWOOD1973 6/26/2012 3:25AM

    Great blog! We don't expect you to have all ups, without having "some" downs! Like I said..., you always know how to keep it real!!

Glad you are learning to listen to your body! emoticon

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How I Ran 4.5 Miles Without Stopping

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?

HARD WORK

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.

Disappointed?

  
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LANGHAM71 6/25/2012 3:54PM

    I have a friend who struggling with running...

I gave her the first advice I learned from you..."run at a slower pace..."

They were amazed that it worked and increase their length of running time...

Now, I am going to pass on this advice along with your next Blog "Why I Run..." with pictures and commentary...

And YOU are so right, I couldn't explain why I run to her...I guess they have to do to find out...LOL

THANK YOU!

Awesome Blog!



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ZANNBEE 6/24/2012 5:14PM

    Great blog. Way to go!

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    That is so emoticon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 6/24/2012 4:56PM

    So proud of you, my little muffin!!!
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(pretend that is a muffin and is smells SO good!!)
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GATEAUX981 6/24/2012 4:38PM

    that is AWESOME.
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RUNNER12COM 6/24/2012 4:19PM

    Hard work is the secret? You bet!

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AWOOD1973 6/24/2012 4:07PM

    You did it!!! Congrats on your hard work! It's taking you places you've never been!!!! :-)

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XMAS2012 6/24/2012 12:45PM

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MIZMAC4 6/24/2012 12:39PM

  You are my inspiration. emoticon

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CINDHOLM 6/24/2012 12:27PM

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LILYPAD12311 6/24/2012 12:26PM

    YEAH! Way to go girly!!!! Very proud of you,,,,,, you are just the little energizer bunny! you keep going and going! LOL

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/24/2012 12:19PM

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SLIMLEAF 6/24/2012 8:31AM

    Well done on your hard work - it's obviously paying off.

I am glad that you said the 'secret' to weight loss is hard work because I'd thought that sticking to my calorie limit was 'impossible' but if it's merely 'hard work' then I know I can do it!

Spark on!

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POKEMOM2THREE 6/24/2012 7:51AM

    ... just telling it like it is~ you commit to the work, you reap the rewards. Congrats on your run, girlie~ you ROCK! Mini here you come! :)

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SWEDE_SU 6/24/2012 6:58AM

    you got it! emoticon

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LINDAK25 6/24/2012 3:48AM

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Fantastic!

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123ELAINE456 6/24/2012 3:07AM

  Awesome!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 6/24/2012 2:59AM

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SSHANTI 6/24/2012 2:59AM

    Oh no worries, I think this post was great, not disappointing at all. When I first got back on a bike 2 years and 4 months ago, it took me nearly an hour to ride 2 miles around the local lake. Because I was that badly out of shape. I had to stop a bunch of times and sit down. I had to walk up the hills, I even fell over several times and got covered with scrapes and bruises. Fairly large ones too. My Android phone kept track of my horrifying performance. My average moving pace? Well let's just say my Droid laughed at me and leave it at that shall we?

That was then.

Thursday I went out for one of my regular rides, and I decided I'd go for a slow, gentle, recovery ride. 12 miles and less than an hour later I was embarrassed that it wasn't all the slow. Mind you Monday had been a short speed ride and for the first time ever I'd gotten up above a 14 mile per hour average pace by pushing myself for three fast miles. Mine you I'm on a bike, so getting there isn't unrealistic. I have friends who go faster and farther everyday than I do. But for me, looking at my stats and seeing a 14.6 mile per hour average pace was like winning the lottery. It was also a long way from that first day of taking an hour to do two miles.

My secret? Same as yours. HARD WORK and keeping at it.

Since March 27th, 2010 I've ridden 1708 miles (yes, one thousand, seven hundred and eight miles on a bike) in 2 years and 4 months. And while it was hard work to keep improving the length and speed of my rides, it's been so worth it!

We're doing great we are! You're so rick in it!

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WANNABFIT34 6/24/2012 1:50AM

    Mularkey you must have some secret formula...Awesome way to work your butt off!!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 6/24/2012 12:45AM

    Great job!

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ZENSTEPH 6/23/2012 11:56PM

    Awesome!

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TIFFY0906 6/23/2012 11:46PM

    emoticon - emoticon on your run

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OPTIMIST1948 6/23/2012 11:44PM

    Great work!

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DANILYNNG 6/23/2012 10:45PM

    Yep, hard work. This running stuff isn't for wimps, ya know! emoticon

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VANBSJ 6/23/2012 10:35PM

    Awesome job!!! Thanks for the encouragement, too, to just keep working hard, and it'll all work out in the end!

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KALANTHA 6/23/2012 10:32PM

    Not a bit! Thank you for sharing your secret of success!

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JENNNY135 6/23/2012 10:27PM

    It is hard work, but the pay off is priceless. You'll notice your hips sliming down, your butt stronger and last but not least you'll start getting shapely legs.

I just love hearing about your progress.

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JENNCABA 6/23/2012 10:20PM

    emoticon emoticonYES !! Hard work and NO Excuses. !! emoticon That is exactly was has kept me on the right path towards my goals emoticon emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 6/23/2012 10:12PM

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THISTIMEMYWAY 6/23/2012 8:34PM

    Consistency is right! ok I just finished 6 days of consistent run/walking every morning. Thanks for keeping it real emoticon
I must persist. My first goal is to run 20 minute straight. Not there yet. Before I would run/walk and then wouldn't train for a week and then lost my momentum and then start again. This time I will continue!
Keep your blogs coming. You are very inspiring and helpful.
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GUITARWOMAN 6/23/2012 8:33PM

    Wow, that is fabulous!


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1TRULYBLESSED 6/23/2012 8:24PM

    Disappointed? Heck, no!! I'm just bustin' out PROUD of you for doing the hard work it takes to make long-term changes, rather than looking to the latest fad diet, supplement or workout ("Flat Belly In 3 Days!" -- yeah, right! And it'll LAST for 3 days, too, if you're lucky!). Have a question, though: how do you manage to keep it up without being waylaid by injury? 'Cuz, even 'tho I'm careful to warm up, cool down, not push too hard while running (like you, I do something closer to a shuffle!), and stretch well afterwards, I STILL managed to pull a hamstring that's taking forEVer to heal! Argh!! emoticon

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MOM-MOM8 6/23/2012 8:23PM

    emoticon and wonder words of wisdom for all of us.

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SHIRE33 6/23/2012 8:18PM

    That's exactly it. I've lost 83 pounds doing that and intend to continue to 105. And then I'm going to maintain by doing what worked to lose it. I don't want to sound cocky, just sure. Hard work. Consistency. Ignore the day-to-day. Just pick up each morning with a plan to do the right thing. Every. Single. Day. Sometimes I screw up. Next morning, back to plan. It used to be such a mystery to me. How could I not see it? Hard work. Consistency. That's about it.



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SNEVIL1 6/23/2012 8:17PM

    Woohoo!!

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MAMALOVEBUG 6/23/2012 8:14PM

    Way to go!! I am so happy for you for this accomplishment!!

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PARKERB2 6/23/2012 8:14PM

    Sounds good to me. You are definitely not a disappointment. Have a great night.

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