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My Adopted Son

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

So I've got this awesome son. But he's not actually my son. He's in college here in Bloomington. P.S. I am NOT old enough to have a kid in college, thankyouverymuch!

This young man is named Kaleem and he is the sweetest, most driven young man I've met in a long time. He just joined SparkPeople last night (KRMCGILL1). He already has 3 blogs. Talk about my little protege! Haha.

Here is a bit of his story (hilarious blog title, btw):

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994336


Please go add my buddy and give him all the wonderful support you have given me!

  
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  Awesome. I have check him out and added him to my friend list to. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Looking forward to his blogs too.

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    How wonderful for both of you! The virtual spark friendships are great, but having someone in real life to offer support and all is even better! Good for y'all!

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EATVEGAN 7/31/2012 11:16PM

    I'll check him out. Nice that you're taking an interest.
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KALANTHA 7/31/2012 9:07PM

    I'm on it!

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    Already checked them out and added him to my friend list. We've got his back. emoticon

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    I will check him out, for sure! Very nice to get us all on to him - he will have some extra support... You just sparked me!!

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    I am going to have to go check them out!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 7/31/2012 5:34PM

    Awww how sweet. I will go check out his blogs now!

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    I'm looking forward to his blogs too!

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    Keep spreading the Spark! Now I have 2 interesting bloggers to check in on!

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    Thanks for letting us know about him!

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    Thanks! He and I are now Spark buddies. Yay!!! emoticon

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    thanks for letting us know about him! I went and left him a welcome message.

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    Will check it out, thanks!

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Injury = MORE Working Out???

Monday, July 30, 2012

OK, first things first...yesterday I did the Olympic Workout, Day 2. I actually stayed up for the entire prime time broadcast last night and ended up getting a total of 50 minutes of strength training in. Here's the breakdown of what I did between 8pm and 11pm:

60 seconds high knees
30 tricep dips
45 supermans
20 mountain climbers
50 squats
30 bicep curls
20 reverse crunches
10 push-ups
3 (yes, THREE) 60-second planks (UGGGHHH!!!)
45 second wall sit
30 seconds of punches
10 bridges

I was pretty beat by 11pm. In fact, I snored all night because I slept so heavily (my husband had to keep shaking me awake). HAHA!

This morning you KNOW I was feeling it! I had to get up early, though, and head to physical therapy.

This therapy session was specifically for my posterior tibial tendon, which my ortho says is too weak to support my running. I met with my good old Physical Therapist, Tom (who taught me how to walk for the second time after my awful accident two years ago).

Honestly, I had considered skipping this appointment today because I thought, "Surely, there is nothing Tom can do for me until the MRI comes back Thursday. This will be a waste of time."

SO glad I went. Tom is just BRILLIANT, folks! He taught me more about my body and running in 20 minutes than I've learned in the past few weeks as I've devoured over 40 issues of Runner's World Magazine!

I was really touched at how very excited he was to hear about my running and my weight loss. He was genuinely proud of me and he told everyone else in the office how well I was doing and reminded them of my accident two years ago. It was very sweet. And it made me feel pretty great. He also helped me to understand how my body absorbs the shock of my extra weight when I run. And, I can't believe I never thought about this...but, as I have an extra 80 lbs or so on a normal runner, I am obviously going to break down running shoes faster. He suggested I purchase a new pair, with guidance from the experts at the running store. I could have been offended, but honestly...it was like, "DUH!!! Of COURSE my extra weight is going to affect my shoes more." Just this one piece of information was SO HELPFUL!

Then, he showed me how my right ankle does not have the range of motion that it needs to run correctly. I was, frankly, shocked. I hadn't realized there was so vast a difference between the work my left and right ankles were doing during a long run. Wow.

He showed me two stretching exercises that will help me gain more motion in my right ankle and will make my tendon and smaller muscles stronger so I can run with less pain.

Oh man...I could have kicked myself, you guys! Why? Because my wonderful trainer (ON2VICTORY) has been telling me to do these exact stretches for MONTHS now! And I didn't listen to him!!! Geez!

I got the all clear from Tom to do any exercise except running (or anything that involves my foot pounding on the ground) and I am scheduled to go back a few times for follow-up and functional strengthening. As he walked me to the check-out desk, we passed my ortho and Tom said to him, "I think we're gonna win this one!" I can't even tell you how encouraging that was to hear!!! I could have cried!

So, now I have the MRI on Wednesday and will meet with Dr. Reeves on Thursday to discuss the findings from that.

But that's not all!!! I immediately left that office and went to the gym and cranked out 30 mins on the elliptical (harder on my quads than I remember...good workout) and 30 minutes on the stationary recumbant bike (now THAT was a killer workout!) Burned about 300 calories and felt wonderful getting a good sweat going. Not the SAME as running, obviously...but it was nice to be able to DO something.

I'll be doing the Olympic Workout again tonight. I am in much better spirits now and I am a little in awe of the fact that I am now doing MUCH MORE exercise now that I'm injured than I was doing before...when I was running 20 miles per week. I'm pretty sure I'm going to mark that as a success!!!

  
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JIBBIE49 8/3/2012 5:50PM

    Keep going. Great to see you featurted again in the Spark Mail. You're a STAR.

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    WOW THATS ALOT.

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MARYJEANSL 8/3/2012 12:14AM

  So glad to hear such positive things from your therapist! Hang in there - you are doing so well!

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    So Excited that you have a doc with a person interest. So many just give you drugs and pass you on. Great to have one that cares about you........You will get there.

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MARIANNELK 8/2/2012 10:30PM

    Glad that Tom was so very helpful in your recovery & running problems. I know you will be stronger than ever when you are cleared to run again! Good Luck. I'm certainly rooting for you! emoticon

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    Ha! I said to use this time to work on other types of exercise. You are and loving it and being successful.
I KNEW you could do it when you set your mind to it. Just have to remember this when you get back to your running. I know (heard) there is nothing like it but- a well-rounded fitness plan is the best.

Also Glad to to that he was so knowledgeable and able to explain how everything works. Now I want to know.

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    So happy you have a good provider and hope! Great job doing what you can do for fitness and I hope you can get back to your passion as soon as your body is healed!!!

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TMOORE073 8/2/2012 11:29AM

    Hi!
I am so happy that you didn't cancel your appointment. Look at all the good information you got and all the good news! I have been thinking about you everyday & hoping everything is going good for you. I am really excited that you are still able to workout hard but you just have to change it up a bit. Sometimes change is a good thing. As I know from starting swimming. It does give our bodies a break to do something different physically & mentally. I hope all goes well tomorrow with your MRI. Will be praying for ya. There is hope. I started running again this week. You know about my sore knee. I have taken it very slow but been running know for 3 days straight! Woo Hoo! Still keep it wrapped up thou. Please keep me updated on how everything goes ok? God Bless!


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    great blog

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 8/2/2012 10:50AM

    Thanks for sharing your story , I was in a accident a little over a year now and can't workout at all till released from the doctors and just eating is so hard for weight loss only. Thanks for sharing it gives me hope !
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GINA180847 8/2/2012 10:47AM

    Sure glad you are feeling able and that you are getting the help you need.

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PENNYPACKER3 8/2/2012 9:52AM

    whew what a work out!

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    Keep going girl!!!

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    I was getting tired just reading the blog. emoticon
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WILMA42 8/2/2012 7:42AM

    WOW - I am so glad I found your post - just had an MRI for a runnng aggrivated injury and am finally getting the OK to be be back at the gym today for the same sort of routine you described -- hope things continue to go well -- I am learning that its when I hit the "bumps" and have to move out of my comfort that I am challenged to grow -- wish I had the foresight to realize that 4 weeks ago when the running was put on hold but better late then never

Happy Days to you :)

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PENOWOK 8/2/2012 7:41AM

    What fabulous news!! And you have a wonderful PT to really help and support what you are doing! Good for you for listening!

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LRSILVER 8/2/2012 6:58AM

    It is a tribute to you that you are modifying things so that this injury does not stop you from moving forward. Kudos!!

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SSHIRLCAL 8/1/2012 11:11PM

    Awesome love bring hard

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 8/1/2012 10:20PM

    Great news! Keep up the awesome work!

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    good work!

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SJKENT1 8/1/2012 9:20PM

    shouting out YEAH!!! and hallelujah!!!

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LYNNIERN 8/1/2012 8:56PM

    Great Blog, Tom sounds like an awesome guy to have in your corner. Hope everything goes well with the MRI.
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ANGRITTER 8/1/2012 7:54PM

    I can only tell you that I came across your blog by just going to the blog pages and was going to try to cheer someone up or even cheer them on. Am so glad I read your blog because it made me cry. You see, I had an ortho appt today as well, but for a broken fibula and severely sprained ankle. My appt was a vast difference from yours. I blogged about it but am not going to go into the details on your page, but I wanted to let you know that I am so happy that Tom was so wonderful to you. Wish anyone I had met today was as nice as Tom. Actually, there was one lady who showed us which way to go to find the doctor. She was sweet. That was the last pleasant experience I had today in the 6 hours I was away from home. I didn't smile until I came home to my dogs.

Count your blessings and best wishes on a speedy recovery. You'll be running soon yet!

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    Thank you so much for this blog! Very interesting!

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    You are a WARRIOR, girl!



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SHIRE33 8/1/2012 6:04PM

    So great to hear! Some would just use injury as an excuse to give up. Not you! Very inspiring. : )



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The Olympic Workout

Sunday, July 29, 2012



OK, did you guys see the Olympics Game on the Daily Spark? If not, here is a link:

www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=the
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I saw it and, being a self-proclaimed Olympic addict, decided, "THIS is for me!"

I made a quick decision to only follow the game during Primetime coverage, because if I do it the entire time I watch the Olympics (all day and night), I will be immobile by Day 3. Haha. I also had to alter a few of the exercises for my ankle injury.

The best part, though, was that my kids joined in the fun, so the whole family got a great workout as we watched the Olympics! I can't imagine how strong we will be after two weeks if we keep this up! And we intend to!

Last night, I did:

10 push-ups
30 sec downward facing dog
30 sec jogging in place
30 single leg hops
10 tricep dips
45 Supermans
10 bridges
20 mountain climbers
20 bicycle crunches

And...I went to bed early. So, that was between 8pm and 10pm. HA!

Anyone want to join me? It really is fun!

  
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    I wouldn't be surprised with the attitude you have that you'd be more fit with this new injury than you would have been without. It seems like you're spitting in its eye. emoticon
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NEWCHINELO 7/31/2012 7:49PM

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JAXMOMMY 7/30/2012 11:38PM

    Thanks for the link. I noticed the title and never got back to it. Haven't been watching, but this will get me watching and exercising!

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CICELY360 7/30/2012 11:34PM

  I saw the blog. I walk on my treadmill during early morning tennis.

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/30/2012 11:21PM

    OMG, I love this, thank you so much for sharing!!!

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    emoticon It makes it extra special that the kids are doing it too.

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    It DOES sound like you had a lot of fun!! Are you doing it for the entire Olympics? All I can add is:
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MARYJEANSL 7/30/2012 2:57PM

  Sounds like a great way to enjoy the Olympics.

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LYNSEY723 7/30/2012 2:55PM

    I saw this and totally want to try it!! We have been recording all of the Olympics that our DVR can handle. Way to go! Keep up the great work!

PS... I hope all goes well at your appointment on Wed!

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    woo hoo! way to go!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 7/30/2012 12:26PM

    Awesome!! Might have to try that!

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DEBK0923 7/30/2012 11:47AM

    good job, keep it up

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BIRDLSLAURIE 7/30/2012 11:23AM

    I read the blog as well. This is a way to make a workout feel more like a game. Good job for putting it into action.

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PATTISTAMPS 7/30/2012 10:20AM

    Good for you! Can't wait to hear tomorrow's tally!

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LAURIE5658 7/30/2012 10:16AM

    Work it, girl!

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LELERS 7/30/2012 9:45AM

    That's so cool! No, I hadn't seen that posting, so thanks for sharing it with us! I can't wait to watch some more Olympics!

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JENNAAW 7/30/2012 9:42AM

    I can't do most of those exercises, but that is awesome, keep it up!

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NEWMOM20121 7/30/2012 9:33AM

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DJSHIP46 7/30/2012 9:16AM

    What a great idea:) My shoulder won't let me do dips and exercise in the evening keeps me from sleeping... But I'll be with you in spirit :)

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FARIS71 7/30/2012 9:05AM

    I will for sure have to check it out!

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MIMIDOT 7/30/2012 8:44AM

    Good for you! Keep it up! I don't know what half of those exercises are. Guess I should look them up.

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    Great

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123ELAINE456 7/30/2012 7:02AM

  Awesome!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Keep It Up!!!

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LANNIEMANUEL 7/30/2012 7:00AM

    way to go. and the kids with you is incredible.

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SASSYLJB 7/30/2012 6:31AM

    Our family has only watch a total of 30 mins of the olympics. Our TV was on very little this weekend!

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COLOR RUN INDIANAPOLIS!!!!!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

So, I didn't go to bed until midnight last night because of the Olympics Opening Ceremonies. Got up at 4:30am to head up to Indianapolis for the Color Run. I've really been looking forward to this race for months and, even though I knew I'd just be walking it, I was determined to enjoy it to the full...seeing as it could be my last race for awhile.

Rode up with some good friends, Josh and Christina. Plenty of laughter on the way up...which lasted for the entire day. Here we are BEFORE the madness:





My buddies were so great and walked the entire race with me. They never left me for a second and, in fact, they ran backwards for much of the race. 1. Because it was pretty funny. 2. So they could entertain me. 3. So they could entertain other runners. 4. Because, well...they are kind of weird.



I have to admit, I had some misconceptions about this race. The first was that it would be an organizational nightmare, since we were still about 2 weeks out and had not received one single bit of information about packet pick-up or, well, ANYTHING. I thought, "What kind of a crap operation IS this?" I started to worry about the $45 I'd sent into the void to register. As it turns out, these guys have got this race down to a SCIENCE.

A week before the race, we received all our pre-race info. They had TWO full days of packet pick-up and we got a lot of great swag: a tattoo, headband, t-shirt and packet of color for the finish line party. In addition, when I registered, I got a free subscription to Runner's World Magazine. Sweet.

Was very worried about traffic, as Brickyard 400 was also today and there were 11,000 runners. Parking was anticipated to be a NIGHTMARE. Turns out...we drove right in, parked and had no trouble whatsoever. Totally free parking and I honestly NEVER felt like crowds were an issue at all!!! Literally NO issues with waiting or anything. So great!

At the starting line, they had the standard port-o-potties...but with a small twist.



Shockingly, these were actually kind of clean. And, I have got to say...mentally, it is a lot less detestable using a pink port-o-potty than a dark, nasty black one. Or, maybe I'm just mental. Lol. Is anyone else getting great ideas for slogans for these? Along the lines of "Crap on Cancer!" No? Just me? Whatever.

I also kind of assumed that color would be thrown on us the entire 3.1 miles, but it was actually set up so that most of the run was normal, then there were several stations along the way where you'd get each different color thrown on you. SUCH A BLAST!

The walk was just great...I hadn't really worked out at all since Tuesday...no real cardio since last Saturday. It felt REALLY good to get out there and get some exercise! My friends were cracking me up the entire time and it was really the most fun I've had in quite awhile!

At the finish line:







I can't tell you how great this day was. A picture's worth a thousand words. The only thing I can say is that I was really wishing my 9 year old was with me. She would have LOVED it! I made a mental vow that it would be WORTH the money to pay for the entire family to do it next year.

So...when the Color Run rolls through YOUR town or close to it (it's worth a two hour drive), you are going to sign up and sign up early, right????

  
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    Awesome!! It looks like you had a blast!

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MANILUS 8/2/2012 12:40PM

    That is awesome how they threw colors as you ran, you are courageous to walk it and so lucky to have such friends for support!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 8/2/2012 8:50AM

    What a great time. I hope to get the do the one that they host in Atlanta next year.

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ROX525 8/2/2012 7:35AM

    What a great time!!! Good for you.

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JILLIANISREADY 7/31/2012 9:54PM

    Looks like you had fun!!! It is coming to Grand Rapids sunday!!! I am so excited for it. I wasn't able to register but I was able to get a spot transfered to me.. I am so ready!!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/31/2012 9:05PM

    This just looks like so much fun.
Glad you had a great day!

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KELBEL561 7/31/2012 9:00PM

    AWESOME! I just signed up for the run in Florida! I am so excited now after reading about your experience!

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SHIELDAC 7/31/2012 8:05PM

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MARGARITTM 7/31/2012 2:22PM

    I am lobbying for one to come near me!

Looks like a blast!..........of colors

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KENZYE 7/31/2012 1:49PM

    proud of you.

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JAS9096 7/31/2012 12:20PM

    I'm glad you got out and did it, and I'm so happy for you that your friends were there to keep you entertained! :) looks like a blast

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SHAWNY2 7/31/2012 11:09AM

    I knew several friends that did this very same race. Sounds like so much fun! Glad that you had a great time!

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SNAPSHOTSTACY 7/31/2012 10:37AM

    I'm already signed up to do our local one next month! So.Excited!


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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 7/31/2012 10:26AM

    Wonderful Blog about a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing!

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BUFFALOKAY 7/31/2012 8:29AM

    You've convinced me to find a Color Run at some point.
Thanks for sharing your experience.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/31/2012 7:13AM

    LOVE it! I did the Omaha Color Run, and it was great. Congrats on having fun while supporting your fitness.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 7/31/2012 7:03AM

    What fun! I'd never even heard of a color race before and now I want to be in one. Wanna join in? Thanks for a light-hearted blog of your adventure. I'm so happy you aren't a couch tater!

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    Looks like you had tons of fun for a great cause! GO YOU! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEJIM851991 7/30/2012 11:27PM

    Crap on cancer is a great saying for the pink port-a-potties. It sure looks like you had fun

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BLOOMING52 7/30/2012 10:18PM

    Looks like fun!

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    This is awesome! looks like you had tons of fun! Way to go and what cool, nice and awesome friends you have. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JSTETSER 7/30/2012 7:32PM

    amazing!

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SKINNYMISSKASEY 7/30/2012 6:44PM

    Looks like you had a great time! I wish there were one near me!

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BLESSED2BEME 7/30/2012 6:26PM

    Its coming here for the first time to our area this fall and I CAN NOT WAIT!



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BRASKIN 7/30/2012 6:07PM

  thanks for showing me what I'm in for.... have the new york color run at the end of august! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 7/30/2012 5:20PM

    Glad you had such a great time and was able to do it, even if you had to walk it instead of running it. I would love to do one. I think the closest one I heard of was about 4 1/2 hours from me which means motel and all that. Which I would love to do, just have to find out when there is one when I can actually afford the travel, lodging food. But it's definitely on my to do list. Thanks for sharing your experience and I'm glad you have such awesome friends!

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WAINSCOTT2 7/30/2012 3:47PM

    I'm doing Color Me Rad at the Fairgrounds on Sept 8th. It's my first race ever and I'm super pumped about it! Seeing your blog made me even more excited!

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GUITARWOMAN 7/30/2012 3:30PM

    What a blast!


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    FUN!

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CRAZYGIRLSAM 7/30/2012 3:01PM

  This makes me so excited for the one I'm doing to September! And that whether I walk it or run it I'll have a good time!

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LYNSEY723 7/30/2012 2:52PM

    Looks like a blast!! I'm so glad you were able to at least walk it and not miss out on the fun! :) Way to go!

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JAVSMOM88 7/30/2012 2:35PM

    Thi looks like so much fun! I have to see if there is one close to me.

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JASMINELOU 7/30/2012 2:33PM

    Thanks for sharing, it looks like soooo much fun. I can't wait, signed up for Des Moines in October!

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JLJOYNT 7/30/2012 2:04PM

    Looks like you guys had a blast!

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NYCMEGHAN 7/30/2012 12:55PM

    I'm meeting some friends in Richmond for the color run in September. It'll be my first color run and I'm now looking forward to it even more after reading about yours! Thanks!!

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MOMMY445 7/30/2012 12:51PM

    woo hoo! way to go!

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LAURENBNJ 7/30/2012 11:29AM

    I'm signed up for one at the end of August. I'm excited! Sign up early everyone - my race sold out in about a day!

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LNELSON56 7/30/2012 11:06AM

    Looks like a blast!! Thanks for sharing. We have one in Orlando in December....Can't wait emoticon

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HHB4181 7/30/2012 10:48AM

    So fun!!

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CLHENDY1 7/30/2012 10:27AM

    Looks like so much fun!!! I'm participating in the color run in richmond in september. I cannot wait!!

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LESSISMORE2010 7/30/2012 10:23AM

    I hope to be able to do this in October! Looks like you had a blast!

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PASKALINI 7/30/2012 9:51AM

    looks like such a blast! Glad you enjoyed yourself :)

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LJCANNON 7/30/2012 9:38AM

    emoticonCongratulations on the Run and on having such AWESOME Friends!! I did the Color Run in Oklahoma City a few weeks ago and it was a blast.
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The Plan

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Did some research last night on the possible injury (requiring MRI next week) and it had me kind of in a tizzy because the symptoms so exactly match what I am experiencing. I had not realized how serious this type of injury is and now I understand why the doc did not answer my question and, instead, resorted to saying "blah blah blah blah". Basic breakdown: it would mean at least 6 weeks either in a boot or cast, on crutches. That's kind of a "wait and see if it heals" approach (which I'm sure they will do first). IF it does not heal (and this type doesn't usually heal on it's own, then surgery is needed, which means at least 6 MORE weeks on crutches.

That realization was just crushing to me. It would eliminate all possibilities of every race I've registered for and my half marathon. Although I know this is necessary if I ever want to be a runner again, I was somewhat devastated and I shed quite a few tears last night.

My mind quickly began to go to battle - it was like the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. I had some great SparkFriends (and local friends and family) texting me and trying to calm me down. Their words helped, but this is how it went down:

DEVIL: I feel like all my running dreams are slipping away in front of me. This condition leads to arthritis.

ANGEL: Oh wait...people have gone on to run marathons, but it requires surgery.

DEVIL: I am going to gain all my weight back! I don't want everything I've done to be a waste or to slip away!

ANGEL: I'm the one that determines whether that happens. I have a choice.

DEVIL: This is like an awful re-run. It's exactly what happened with my last accident. I lost all control over my eating and exercise habits. And don't forget the depression.

ANGEL: I feel like I'm strong (and it helps having hundreds on SP & in real life rooting for me)...

DEVIL: ...but I also think about it and feel the fight draining out of me. Just want to curl up and sleep the 6 weeks away.

ANGEL: But what a great chance to motivate the Spark masses. What if I DIDN'T give up? Wouldn't that be AMAZING?

And then....I fell asleep. Haha.

This morning, I woke up to the choice. What will I do with the next two weeks? I am extraordinarily lucky (blessed) that I am on vacation for the next two weeks...so the P/T and MRI and doc visits will not interfere with my work at all (although, they will interfere with my carefully calculated Olympics-watching schedule. *SIGH* haha)

Here are the facts:

I believe this is an OCD injury, as the doc believes it could be.

The treatment is like a fracture and will require a boot or cast.

I have the next week to get whatever exercise in that I can in the water, then who knows?

I am off work, so I have all day every day to work in fitness. I would be a fool to not prepare my body for what lies ahead.

My choice is to give up...or to make a plan. I choose a plan.

SO HERE'S THE PLAN:

JULY 30 - AUGUST 3

Monday:
8:20am - P/T for tendonitis
12:15pm - 1:00pm Core Strength Class
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics

Tuesday:
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics

Wednesday:
11:30am - MRI
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics

Thursday
1:20pm - MRI Follow-Up with Doc
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics (?)

Friday
12:15pm - 1:00pm Core Stretch Class


AUGUST 6 - AUGUST 10 (assuming removable boot, not cast)

Monday
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics

Tuesday
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics

Wednesday
12:15pm - 1:00pm Core Strength Class
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics

Thursday
5:30pm - 6:15pm Deep Water Aerobics

Friday
12:15pm - 1:00pm Core Stretch Class

In addition, I'll be jumping back onto the South Beach Phase 1 diet for the next two weeks to get my weight going in the downward direction and get my body accustomed to making healthy choices (kicking that sugar craving and carb craving).

I feel this plan will give me a great base for whatever lies ahead. And, at this time, I really can't plan more than two weeks' out...as the next two weeks will hold enough challenges on their own.

I'm sure some people couldn't care less...but I write it down because once it's out there, I am more likely to stick to it. I ask that you check in on me and ask how it is going...if you happen to think of it. Especially next week Monday through Wednesday when I will most definitely have the chance to follow through and when I will be going through the heaviest carb/sugar withdrawal.

Thanks, as always, and have a beautiful day!

  
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GABBY98_80 4/24/2013 8:11AM

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JOANNHUNT 12/9/2012 3:29PM

    emoticon plan. Don't give up, You can do it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1954MARG 8/26/2012 9:41AM

  You can do it.

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EATVEGAN 8/17/2012 4:15PM

    It wouldn't be Leah if there weren't a plan. You go, girl. emoticon
Janet

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JUDYAASH 8/17/2012 3:53PM

    I know you can do it!!! emoticon

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IT-IS-WHATITIS 8/1/2012 10:21PM

    Very inspirational blog! Wishing you a speedy recovery!!
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LUVTOBOWL 8/1/2012 3:08PM

    Aww LD, I understand believe me, but you know what? I know you are a strong woman and are going about this the right way......putting your plan together which will lead to "action" for you. I wish you all the best, I know you can succeed. emoticon emoticon

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FUZZYBEEZ 7/31/2012 10:37PM

    After my news today I can totally understand how you felt today. I may be having to have spinal surgery quite soon. That'll lay me up for several months afterwards while healing. I knew it was coming in the distant future but new information today may make it important to move ahead with surgery NOW. Which means exercise like crazy before surgery, then pray that I don't put the weight back on while recouping. I find out what the next step is on Friday, August 3rd.

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HLTHYETER 7/30/2012 9:34PM

    Sounds like a good plan. NEVER GIVE UP!

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LLEWIS6879 7/30/2012 3:26PM

    Looks like a great plan!

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CYNTSATIONAL 7/30/2012 3:24PM

    Sending up healing prayers for you. Feel better soon. Keep SPARKing!
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GREENFAIRY390 7/29/2012 11:28PM

  I'm sending you healing.

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BUZZITYBUZZ 7/29/2012 11:28PM

    Really sorry about your injury. You have got spunk and determination. I love that you have a plan. But please check with your doctor that your plan won't prolong or hamper your healing. You mentioned a cast and then deep water aerobics, won't this affect the cast or your sutures? I don't know much about these things but confirm, ok? God's guidiance and blessings.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 7/29/2012 7:50PM

    emoticon Sorry to hear your injured. I love that you have a plan to get through the next couple of weeks.

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BBECKER1955 7/29/2012 12:50PM

    Blessings, may you heal fast and well.

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4RASCALS 7/29/2012 3:32AM

    So sorry about your injury. Your plan sounds well thought out. You are a strong person, and will come though this as an even stronger person. You may miss your races, just a temporary setback. Your health is priority now. Your journey is taking a detour, but it's far from being over. Hang in there. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep us updated on your condition.
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DMSGLASS 7/29/2012 1:23AM

    You could sit back and have a pity party or you can live life. You have chosen to live your life. emoticon emoticon

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WARMSTRONG2 7/28/2012 9:50PM

  Just because you have to take a different path does not mean the journey is over.

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KOMTRIA 7/28/2012 9:05PM

  I love that you aren't playing victim. Sure you don't like it but you are working with what '"is". Very impressive.

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CAROL494 7/28/2012 8:02PM

  What a great, well-thought-out plan! emoticon emoticon

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COLETTEISGREAT 7/28/2012 6:56PM

    I love that you've got a plan!

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PBOELSING 7/28/2012 4:56PM

    Running is quite the high (so I'm told) but there are lots of other programs to try. Mixing things up like the Run/Walk Combo style mentioned previously sounds like a great way to keep going. But first get thru the first couple weeks. You can do it.

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TERRIPAL1 7/28/2012 4:50PM

    I have faith in you , and your plan go for it!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/28/2012 2:32PM

    There are many roads to Rome. Your destination is health. You were using running as the path. But there is construction. And just like when you are in thecar, you can chooseto sit in traffic and sulk, or you can get on a side road. It maybe a longer route, but, the scenery will be different, perhaps prettier. You may find something, lovely, perhaps a field of sunflowers that you never would have on that other road. Keep the destination in mind and open yourself to the possibilities.

You cant change what is happening, but you can change how you feel about it.

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GUDDIGO 7/28/2012 2:12PM

  I love your attitude and planning

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DRB13_1 7/28/2012 1:59PM

    you've got a plan
you've learned from prior experience (and the angel has better debating skills than the little devil on your shoulder)
you will be a success

hope the changes allow better than expected healing and improvement
and try not to stress too much aboout "what ifs" - there is a South African in the Olympics this year running with prosthetic legs. There will always be a way to live fully...as long as we are breathing...

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SHIRE33 7/28/2012 1:53PM

    Love your approach.

I just read that Jeff Galloway (famous runner) just ran his first marathon after fracturing his HIP. He has a walk-run combo style designed for people who want to run but do it injury-free or to come back from an injury or who just like the style. He uses a lot of walk stretches in his runs. But he RUNS and he participates in tons of races and has a great time. If you get to the point where you can go again, I'd highly recommend you check it out to keep you going!

Can you bike at all, once you're healed up? I adore spin classes and love getting out on my bike. It's my favorite cross training. Maybe that's another option to go along with your water program.

Wishing you all the best news on your ankle.


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JAS9096 7/28/2012 12:44PM

    Good for you for not letting that nasty little devil win out! :) Just defeating him and forming a plan is so motivating.
I hope everything goes well!

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GINA180847 7/28/2012 12:29PM

    This is a difficult thing in your life but you seem to be handling it correctly. Some things are just hard to do and are so much more satisfying when we achieve them. You have a plan (a good one), stick to it and the rewards will come, slowly but they will come.

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MANILUS 7/28/2012 11:02AM

    Don't give up, do everything within your capacity for fitness and nutrition, so when you recover, good to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ANNEMOC 7/28/2012 11:00AM

  Don't let this slow you down adaption is the key to long term success! emoticon

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BLOOMING52 7/28/2012 10:29AM

    You can do it!

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BLEGNER1 7/28/2012 10:21AM

    Tell that devil to go back where he belongs because his mama is calling and not you. You can do what you set your mind to do. May have to improvise a little along the way, but you will get there if you really want to.

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BERI03 7/28/2012 10:10AM

    Never Give Up! Never Surrender!
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LEANMEAN2 7/28/2012 8:14AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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IN102WIN 7/28/2012 6:57AM

    Love the plan and because you wrote it down.... you'll have a greater chance of actually following though with it!!! Go LDRICHEL!!!

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JSTETSER 7/28/2012 6:24AM

    The best is yet to come!

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THEIS58 7/28/2012 4:37AM

    Good plan! I admire your courage

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LIMIG2 7/27/2012 11:14PM

    Inspirational

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JERICHO1991 7/27/2012 11:10PM

    Very impressive organization/detailed game plan. Whatever happens will be a long term blessing for you, I'm sure.

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