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Thoughts On Training & Transformation

Monday, October 01, 2012

For the past two days, I've been working late into the night on my Training Goals and Plan for the entire coming year. I figure, once I finish this half marathon, I'll take two weeks of complete rest for recovery. But then, November 1st is a great time to begin serious training and weight loss for the coming race season, which, for me, will begin in March 2013.

I've been following a very detailed process in setting up this training plan and I found it in "The Triathlete's Training Bible". There is SO much that goes into this that I never thought of, you guys! But I love that it walks you step by step through each week of the year and helps you assign total hours to each week for workouts. It practically sets it up so you CAN'T overtrain. I really needed that kind of help and those kind of limits.

The first thing I had to do was decide on my races for next year. Only then could I determine how my training should be focused and should ebb and flow throughout the year. So, I chose 10 races (two 5ks, a 10k, two half marathons, a full marathon, two 1-hour indoor triathlons and one sprint triathlon) - spaced out enough, of course, so I could avoid fatigue. If you really are desperate to know which races, I've posted them on my SparkPage.

It seems insane to plan this far in advance...but, if you think about how you need a certain number of weeks to build strength, endurance and speed before any given race, then recovery time as well and then you think that there are a total of 52 weeks in the year...and I've chosen 10 races that are pretty much packed into a 9-month time frame....you start to understand how short a year actually is!

I figured, while I'm at it (and while some of the races I just did are fresh in my mind), I should probably put together a budget too. If I know how much I need, I can just set aside a large chunk of my tax refund and have it be a race fund. No more scrounging for hotel money at the last second, you know?

I included every expense I could possibly think of in this budget (all race registration fees, any travel costs like gas and hotels, food for away races, extra spending at expos, 3 months of unlimited spinning in the winter Prep and Base Training phases, and a joint supplement that a personal trainer friend of mine has been begging me to try - she swears it will heal my tendinitis). All this...and I need to purchase a proper road bike for my triathlons. I am certain the bike I have now does not correctly fit me. Plus, it's a men's bike. Haha. Obviously, that's a big chunk of my budget (about $1500) and it's just a one time purchase. But...my grand total estimate came out to.....

DRUM ROLL

$5700 - for an entire year of racing and training

This is all individual costs and does not take into account any race coupons, roommates in hotel rooms at away races, etc. Also, I travel for my job twice a year and I rack up some pretty nice air and hotel reward points...so I'm certain that will alleviate some of these costs.

So, leaving out the bike...let's go with an estimate of $4,000. Isn't that an UNGODLY amount for a hobby?

Well...let's change tracks for a second. My good buddy, Michelle, bought me the cutest shirt for my birthday. I tried it on and put on my "skinny" jeans and happened to walk by the mirror this morning. I thought, "Hey, this makes me look nice." But then I did a little search through some old photos and I was literally floored at the difference between then and now.

My running buddy and I have talked about how our bodies are changing and, even if we don't believe it or see it ourselves, they are shrinking. I have had SO many comments lately and do you know what I think to myself while I thank the person who is gushing over my transformation???? "It's just the outfit that is an illusion. I still look the same. This person knows I've been working out so they are just saying that to try to make me feel good. I don't look that different."

And it's not even just with other people. My own mind refuses to move forward and acknowledge my size reality. I still get confused and feel like I need to order a 2XL shirt because the XL won't fit me. I have been wearing XL for quite some time now and have not worn a 2XL in months....but I can't seem to let go of that idea that I'll never lose weight.

But when I saw this photo...finally, guys....finally, I believe that I am changing.



That girl on the left was shrinking from that camera. And look how she was hiding herself under baggy clothes. The one on the right has nowhere to hide the flab. There can't be any trick lighting when the shirt is that tight. And I'll tell you something...my ass looked pretty awesome today too...but I couldn't get a good pic for ya. Sorry. The girl on the right is kinda sassy, isn't she? She is beginning to believe that she *might* be desirable and that people might actually look at her twice, rather than completely ignoring her.

How much is that woman on the right worth in dollars? How much would the woman on the left spend on diabetes or heart disease in a few short years if she didn't shape up and get with the program? How many years of life would she miss and what is the financial value of seeing her grandkids grow up? Can you put a price on her confidence and comfort in her own skin?

Is she worth $4,000/year and a whole hell of a lot of hard physical work in the gym and out on the trails?

Are you?

  
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 10/3/2012 6:15AM

    Your transformation is amazing and yes, if you have the cash I believe that this is the very best way that you could spend it. Hopefully everything will end up being cheaper in the end, but it is good to overshoot your costs and then be pleasantly surprised when they are lower. YOU ARE WORTH IT! KEEP PUSHING!

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ISABELLE31 10/2/2012 11:07PM

    Such an awesome before-and-during shot! You're definitely making great progress!

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DR8561 10/2/2012 9:35PM

    You are absolutely worth it! emoticon

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KIPPER15 10/2/2012 9:23PM

    You are so worth it. You look fantastic. I love the sassy attitude. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/2/2012 6:37PM

    the changes in you . . . PRICELESS!

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CALICOANNEFLINT 10/2/2012 3:52PM

    You are so inspiring! You look great and it's (you) are definitely worth it!

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ROSES4ME1 10/2/2012 3:16PM

    I have friends who are amazed that I pay for gym membership and even pay for a persona;l trainer weekly. But they think nothing of the cost of their medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. and surgeries for knee, hip and back problems. Consider the money you spend taking care of yourself a long-term investment in good health that will pay HUGE benefits to you and everyone you love. It is not a hobby - its healthcare!!



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AMARILYNH 10/2/2012 2:08PM

    OMG I loved your blog!!! YES you are worth it - and YES you are banking the future benefits in good health!! You look (and I'm sure FEEL!) awesome!! It would be insane NOT to plan ahead for those races - plus it gives you that much more time to look forward to them!! This is a blog for which a 'like' button isn't enough - we need a LOVE button!! emoticon

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PEGGYO 10/2/2012 1:33PM

    only you know for sure if it's worth it.

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GOULDSGRANITE 10/2/2012 1:04PM

    You're coming on strong girl!!!! Keep it up!! Fail to plan is a plan to fail! You are a winner, Leah. Really, at worst case scenario, that is under $20 a day. We are so worth it!

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GUITARWOMAN 10/2/2012 12:56PM

    What an interesting blog!

You are correct, you do look fit and firm.....

About the dollars....I think we women tend to put ourselves at the bottom of the heap when it comes to caring for ourselves......not good.

As long as there are enough resources to meet needs of family members and necessities such as food ans shelter, then you go for it girl, and spend $!

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LYNSEY723 10/2/2012 11:44AM

    Awesome blog - thank you for this!!!

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NEWSGIRL2177 10/2/2012 11:35AM

    Investing in yourself -- your goals, your spirit, your health -- is such a great message.
And you look awesome, chickadee!

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RICHILA 10/2/2012 11:23AM

    That glow of confidence is worth everything!
Spark On! You Got This! emoticon

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/2/2012 10:45AM

    Hi Leah;
WOW girlfriend you are looking Good all Your hard work & effort is changing you. You keep going strong, You are worth every penny you spend on getting healthy. Spending the money you say for a hobby is better than giving it to health conditions you don't want or need. I'm so proud of you and all the changes you've made in your life. emoticon emoticon

Many Blessings Debby

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PATTISTAMPS 10/2/2012 9:49AM

    WOW!!! You look FAB-ulous!!! Amazing what a "few" little runs, swims, biking, and strength training can do... LOL... I know you have worked hard for this, and you deserve emoticon for all that work. Yes, you are worth it. You were ALWAYS worth it!

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NILLAPEPSI 10/2/2012 8:43AM

    Wow!! You look great!!! And yes, you are worth it!! If you love your exercise program, then it's more than just a hobby.

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IAMFRANSGIRL 10/2/2012 8:33AM

    Way to go! You look so happy and confident!

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EBURGITE 10/2/2012 8:13AM

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GRUMBLEGIRL 10/2/2012 7:37AM

    Great commentary. You are investing in yourself. One makes an investment for a long- term payoff and that's exactly what you are doing. The benefits in this case far outweigh the costs, in ways that can't even be measured as you have noted above. Happy training!

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TAMMYINPA 10/2/2012 7:20AM

    emoticon As always, thanks for me making me think about "me" and want I and need in this part of my life.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/2/2012 6:42AM

    You have changed, and you look wonderful!

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TORTISE110 10/2/2012 5:54AM

    Just believe! You are awesome. Great photo and yes, worth the investment! Just think, you could have sat and eaten that money! Egads. Instead you used your resources to get healthy. emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/2/2012 12:29AM

    You ARE worth it. You're right--you can't put a price on that kind of confidence, transformation and sassiness! Work it!

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BUBBLEJ1 10/2/2012 12:17AM

    It all adds up, but when you think of all the money you would spend on fast food and medical bills (with a different lifestyle)... I still think healthy living is cheaper!

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KRYSTALLA 10/2/2012 12:09AM

    Great blog, you are worth it. Your health and happiness are worth it.


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GOING-STRONG 10/2/2012 12:01AM

    Sometimes it is very difficult to think that we are WORTHY and we think that our time, money and energy should be spent on others. WRONG! We are worthy and are entitled to live a healthy and happy life. Yes, $4,000 sounds like a lot but you will definitely get your money's worth... go for it!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 10/1/2012 11:20PM

    Oh yeah! I feel the same way about the 2XL shirts and now I'm in an adult LARGE with room to spare! It's really hard for my brain to compute. When I catch myself in a mirror, though, I see it. I still don't BELIEVE it, but I see it. Those are GREAT pictures of you! Rock on!

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JMARIES51 10/1/2012 11:20PM

    This is truly one of your best blogs that I have read. Your energy is totally different. You are seeing your value and not just in a dollar amount. You are seeing your value in a healthy happy person. There is no amount of money that can buy or pay for the feelings you were expressing. emoticon emoticon

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/1/2012 11:08PM

    I'd bid on you in that auction!
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COLETTEISGREAT 10/1/2012 11:02PM

    Awesome job!!! Is it worth $4000 to love yourself? You bet it is!!

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-VIXEN- 10/1/2012 10:58PM

    How inspiring! Yes, we are worth investing in. Invest in health or invest in doctors, pills, treatments and the like. Sounds like you have your priorities in order. Best of luck to you. :)

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KAIMANAOC1 10/1/2012 10:57PM

    Wow! Looking great! YES....you are worth every bit of that $4000 a year!


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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 10/1/2012 10:54PM

    Love the pictures and loved how much self confidence you have in yourself. Ur goals seem amazing and with the way your planning I have no doubt you will achieve all you set out for. I must say I always say how a marathon bug hasn't hit yet but after reading your ambitious goals I am thinking there might be an itch growing.

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F4F Race Write-Up & SPARK MEETING (w/pics)!!!!

Sunday, September 30, 2012



So, the race I've been waiting for for months finally occurred yesterday. The Fort4Fitness 10k. Not only was it my longest race ever (so far), but I had plans to meet up with SparkFriends that I have been chatting with, texting and e-mailing for months, but have never met in person. We came from almost every direction to get to Fort Wayne. From the North: RUNFOR3POINT1 (Brighton, MI). From the East - SNEVIL1 (Baltimore, MD) and SPARKL3 (Columbus, OH). And from the South - myself (Bloomington, IN) and ABSOLUTZER0 (Little Rock, AR).

Friday night, arrived at the hotel to greet Michelle (RUNFOR3POINT1), Laura (SPARKL3) and Sara (SNEVIL1). We all arrived around the same time...well, actually, Michelle and Laura did. But someone had to be late because they stopped for a Big Mac on the way and subsequently felt sick. I have no idea who would do such a horrific, non-Spark like thing!!!! Haha. Believe me, guys...I never heard the end of it! L.O.L. Sara arrived a little after me and we all took off to go check out the Expo and "health fair".



Ummm...expo was not the shiz...let's just say that. Really kind of a letdown, but it didn't matter to us. We got some free stuff and it was fun just being together...absolutely beautiful day and we had a ton of laughs.



You can bet we made fun of Michelle all weekend for "ONLY" running the 4-mile race while the rest of us ran the 10k. But, alas, who had the last laugh? Probably Michelle when, several hours after the race, a very cranky Leah stormed out of the bathroom whining, "Waaah, I fuc*king hate running! Why do I do this to myself????" And Nick subsequently burst out laughing and said, "Your blog is going to say that running is all sunshine and rainbows, though." Well, there. I'm nothing if not honest, friends. Haha.



After the expo, we chilled at the hotel sports bar and the girls got some grub while I drank an iced tea. No, not because of Big Mac guilt...but because I was not going to waste money at a chain restaurant when the race was giving us a pasta dinner for $3.75. I mean, come on now! Sadly, Laura had to head back after dinner. I still can't believe that lovely lady drove all the way out JUST to see us and to attend a crappy expo. Ha!

Nick (ABSOLUTZER0) didn't arrive until very late because crazy man drove a full 12 hours in one day! Wow!

Race morning was less than enthusiastic in our room. I think Michelle woke up about 25 minutes before her race. I thought we'd have to force her out of bed. The 10k started at 9am and her race started at 7:30am (tee hee). Of course, speed demon was done before we even GOT down to the starting line...35 mins 47 secs. Geez. She rocks! She hated running when she met me. I have now fully assimilated her. Well...maybe not fully...she has yet to tackle 10k. But...SHE WILL. Mwahahahaha.





And what better motivation could a person get before a super scary race than being cheered on by one of their running heroes? I can't tell you what a boost it was to have this guy there!



It was great knowing that Sara was running with me and that we are about the same pace. We figured we'd run the whole thing together. I almost left my ipod in the room b/c I rarely use one when I have a running buddy (truth is, I haven't used one for running in months), but I brought it...just in case. Before the cannon even went off to start the race, I was having ankle problems. Popping and pain. This was making me VERY nervous so I was a *little* cranky prior to the start.



Race started and I was seriously worried. Ran the first mile with Sara. Girl was on fire and I was just praying the pain would go away. I tried to keep up with her, but once I hit Mile 1, I decided to take it easy and walk for .25 miles. After that, I didn't see Sara until I finished. But it was OK. I was really glad I'd brought music, though. It was literally the only thing that pulled me through some patches. The crowds were really great in Fort Wayne and the community was so supportive.

Though the expo was lacking, the race was WONDERFUL! And I would just like to personally thank the city of Fort Wayne for stationing uniformed National Guard all along the course for my viewing enjoyment. What lovely scenery in the Fort. *sigh* The churches all came out and cheered on the runners...it was really uplifting. The weather was gorgeous.

The first 3.1 miles for me were pretty tough. I was no longer in pain after 1.25 miles, as my ankle stiffness had worked its way out and my body was feeling great. But, mentally...the distance was looming in my mind and I just kept doubting myself. Then, I'd immediately counter with, "Leah, you have to do this or you won't be able to do a half marathon in 3 weeks. Be strong!" At the 5k mark, the half marathon runners merged with the 10k and, you know...from there, my spirit was really lifted. I was so encouraged and inspired to see them and then to be a part of them and run next to them...it really helped me find that second wind and dig deep to keep going. In fact, once the halfers joined us...I think I only walked one or two times, for a very short period and then just to fuel quickly. I was able to keep running the rest of the race. In total, I probably walked about 1.5 miles total out of the 6.2 miles.

The best part of the race was the finish. Not because I was tired, but because you got to run into the minor league baseball stadium there and I was not expecting what I found there. The stands were packed with fans, they were showing all the runners coming in on the JumboTron and you had to run the entire outside of the field to get to the Finish Line. The crowds were cheering and it seems cheesy, but it was just a really special moment and I thought, "I am really proud of myself." I thought about how I will feel when I finish my half marathon and I can't even imagine it. I can't begin to imagine how it would compare to this finish.

I was telling Sara after the race, "You know...you say, 'I'm gonna run a 10k' and it sounds like nothing...especially when you are so used to being around runners." But, really...6.2 miles is A LONG WAY. It's NOT EASY AT ALL. It's actually REALLY HARD. We were both SO proud of ourselves for finding inside ourselves the ability to finish. We had both gone in with very little mileage (me due to injury and her due to busyness of everyday life). We both have our first half marathon looming (mine in 3 weeks and hers in 2 weeks). It was a really special moment for us.

We had both hoped to finish under or around 1 hr 30 minutes. Sara finished in 1 hr 17 mins 14 seconds and I came in shortly after her at 1 hr 22 mins 49 secs. We were both so happy with those results!



After the race, I caught up with my running buddy, Sarah (the one I picked up on the trail with a note!) This was her first half marathon and I'm SO proud of her!!!! We will run the half marathon together in 3 weeks as well.



Also met up with my assistant, Katherine, who I had pressured to sign up for F4F (she signed up for the half with very little training and she did great!)



SUCH a great race! And it really helped give me more confidence for the half that's coming up. I had some initial soreness in my ankle (expected) and also some tenderness in my left knee (unexpected). Iced quite a lot after the race and rested up a lot. Then, we went to dinner at a hibachi grill, which was really quite entertaining (at least for Sara and I).

Spent the rest of the evening watching "Big Bang Theory" and snoozing. Perfect.

It was a wonderful weekend. I feel closer to my Sparkies than ever and I'm really just thankful I got to experience all of it. I'm absolutely trembling with anticipation for the half...it will definitely be the pinnacle of my year and I wish I could run it tomorrow! OK...maybe not. This body is still PRETTY sore...and needs some recovery time. Maybe no workouts this week except swimming mid-week. I'd like to try 10 miles next weekend....but we'll see.

  
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JIBBIE49 10/8/2012 2:05PM

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

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LUVTOBOWL 10/6/2012 12:10AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon . You encourage me. Thanks

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HEARTS116 10/4/2012 2:17PM

    WHOO HOO!!! Congrats!!
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SJKENT1 10/4/2012 10:53AM

    I am so proud of you. I feel like we've been along with you on this journey! Congrats.... and go get 'em

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WALLINMW 10/4/2012 8:41AM

  Thanks for sharing. One pound at a time.!

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TDWANDD2MYK9 10/4/2012 7:19AM

    F A N T A S T I C!!! emoticon

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THEIS58 10/4/2012 7:06AM

    Just great!

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FIREFLY_MEDIC 10/4/2012 12:54AM

    looks like it was fun

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KPETSCHE 10/4/2012 12:11AM

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I've just started training for a 10K though winter is coming up and I doubt that I can stay focused on outdoor running through the snowy winter . I'd like to work into a half-marathon next summer/fall. You're doing awesome.

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 10/3/2012 4:22PM

  Yeah! Great Job!!!!

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OUBACHE 10/3/2012 1:17PM

    Great blog! I've just begun running 5Ks (have done 4), so I can relate to your enthusiasm. I hope to do a 10K and maybe a half next year. Running is fun!!! Yay!!! Congratulations on having such a fun race and a great finishing time!

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LUKENEMISAUNT 10/3/2012 7:59AM

  Good work!

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TIFFANYACHING 10/3/2012 7:28AM

    Fantastic job!

"And I would just like to personally thank the city of Fort Wayne for stationing uniformed National Guard all along the course for my viewing enjoyment." Priceless! Did the "no gun allow" apply to them too, tee hee.

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SLFGOLF 10/3/2012 1:01AM

    emoticon Quite an accomplishment and sounds like you had a lot of fun also!

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CICELY360 10/2/2012 11:49PM

  Good work

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REENIE131 10/2/2012 10:22PM

    Great job!

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FATHINSN 10/2/2012 9:27PM

    Wow, looks fun, the smiles on people's faces :D
But the scariest part is the sign about no gun allow, hehe.

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HHOLT6 10/2/2012 9:18PM

    emoticon how great! emoticon I loved the update! Congratulations to everyone!

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NESARIAN 10/2/2012 8:57PM

    Excellent! Sounds like so much fun. I am glad you were able to go!

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BLESSED2BEME 10/2/2012 6:43PM

    I wogged my first 10K last month and I was shocked that I got so inspired by the half and full marathoners that we merged with on our routes. I thought they would intimiate me but it was just the opposite. The 10K was more of a "I did it" feeling for me than any of the 5Ks I've participated in.

Thanks for sharing about your experience!

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MYBABYGIRLS 10/2/2012 12:08PM

    congrats! emoticon

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JO28352 10/2/2012 8:51AM

    Woo hoo!!! Congratulations!! emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 10/2/2012 8:49AM

    Great job, all of you should be so proud.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 10/2/2012 7:59AM

    Looks like you had SO much fun....

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EDOHERTY107 10/2/2012 4:03AM

    Congratulations. It sounds like you had great run at the race.
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CLUMBOY 10/2/2012 3:26AM

    so happy for you! emoticon

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KIPPER15 10/1/2012 9:36PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon AWESOME!! You rock!

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MOM-MOM8 10/1/2012 9:21PM

    emoticon on a emoticon race and a wonderful weekend with Sparkies!

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HEALTHY4HIM 10/1/2012 3:49PM

    Leah, this is just fantastic! SO very happy for you - you deserve to be proud of yourself, my friend! Well done girl!!!!!

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MINSOSTER 10/1/2012 2:24PM

    Congratulations! Sounds like you had an incredible weekend. So happy you were able to do so well with this race. Hope your recovery this week is quick so you are ready for to finish prepping for your next event.

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/1/2012 2:03PM

    Woo Hoo,
You did it I'm so very proud of you for setting your goal & achieving it & having fun with your Sparkie Friends. Congrats to all of you, keep going it will get easier the more you feel comfortable with doing it.
Take care & be well
Many Blessings Always Debby
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GINGERHAWK 10/1/2012 1:28PM

    Congratulations - what an awesome accomplishment! emoticon

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/1/2012 12:36PM

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Great job & Congratulations!!!

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LANEE24 10/1/2012 12:05PM

    You go girl!!!! Congrats on rocking out the 10k! My first 5k is Saturday, and while I've been running, I don't feel prepared at all lol. You know the poem Footprints? Well, let's just say, Jesus is going to have to give me a piggy back ride to run the whole thing! My goal is to come in under 1 hr. Prayers are appreciated ;)

Congrats again, and make sure you celebrate the whole week!!!! emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 10/1/2012 11:44AM

    Congratulations! I know you are proud of yourself, and with good reason! WOO HOOOOOOOO!!

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PRINCESSCHUBBIE 10/1/2012 11:14AM

    Congrats on an amazing run. Your blog has me inspired to run some races and maybe one day be able to run a marathon. Keep up the good work. You are doing emoticon

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EBURGITE 10/1/2012 10:56AM

    emoticon love the idea of hooking up w/sparkies...how did you find them??

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NEWSGIRL2177 10/1/2012 10:51AM

    Congrats!

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AMBER281 10/1/2012 10:43AM

    Looks like you had a great weekend and congrats on the 10k!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 10/1/2012 9:58AM

    Awesome!!

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RBETYOURASS 10/1/2012 9:46AM

    Awesome job! And how great to share the joy of a race with Spark friends!
Next time I wanna join yall!
GREAT JOB TO YOU ALL!
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SENIORSWIMMER 10/1/2012 9:42AM

    You did great! You were wise to do some walking. The big thing is you finished the course. Well done. emoticon

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MEH50BEWELL 10/1/2012 9:20AM

    Sounds amazing - Great job all of you!

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My First Spinning Class

Friday, September 28, 2012



Yesterday, I took my first spinning class. So, listen...here's how it all went down, folks.

Last Saturday, our city had a Wellness Palooza (super cool...I LOVE to see cities really focused on health, but that's beside the point) and I stopped by the Urban Cycle booth. Apparently, they are the ONLY spin studio in Bloomington, IN. This is so strange, considering Bloomington is a Mecca for cyclists. Ever seen "Breaking Away"? Yeah...that's HERE. Literally. Filmed in Bloomington. Indiana University has Little 500 every year, which is a huge bike race and it's a pretty big deal.

Anyhow, I met one of the spin instructors at the booth and he was so passionate about his class and so kind to us (like we'd been friends for years) and not at all judgmental or snobby. And suddenly it hit me that he was the perfect man for a dear friend of mine! I texted my friend immediately and said, "I found the perfect man for you."

After some Facebook magic, I managed to alert the instructor to the fact that I'd be bringing my friend with me to class on Thursday, while simultaneously getting my friend to pay for me to attend the class. Ha! Genius.

Yesterday, my buddy picked me up and we were off. We were both very nervous...obviously, friend was more nervous than me. Instructor was very professional (and very cute, btw). Friend was super impressed. I sincerely hope it works out for them because they really seemed to hit it off (we stayed after for about 10 minutes just chatting).

OK, the class. *SIGH* The class. It was like nothing I ever experienced before. SWEAT. Let's just say my wicking shirt never wicked so much! Holy MOTHER, that was hard! But also fun! I think??? There were a lot of special moves, like jumps and 3rd position, that my body simply isn't ready for yet (I didn't know it was possible for quads to burn that way!) but I never quit. Not once.

My bike kept on wobbling during the standing portion. I assumed it was because I was the heaviest one in the class, so the bike couldn't handle my weight. I told Instructor about it afterwards and he said, "NO NO NO! This bike is not stable! I'm so sorry!!! I should have noticed that! I feel terrible!" OK, well...that made me feel better. Haha.

When all was said and done, we burned 1,000 calories in one hour. Ok, hold up here....we need to repeat that. WE BURNED 1,000 CALORIES IN ONE HOUR!!!!! A THOUSAND!!!!!!! Are you freakin' kidding me?!?! Friends, I have found a way to train for tri during the winter and lose weight! Ding ding ding! I TOLD you it was possible!!!!!

So, I'll be shelling out $99 soon to buy an unlimited monthly pass. And, although the class times are not the *most* convenient for my schedule, I will find a way to go about 3 times per week. I'll add some swimming to my weekly routine and some weights at home and I think we're good to go for a few months. I think it best to give the old body a rest from running after my half marathon and stay off my ankle, drop some pounds and let it heal all the way.

One downside...nether region is super sore today. Might be TMI, but it feels like I had marathon sex all night and it's the saddest feeling in the world to realize that the pain is NOT from that! Haha. Maybe spring a few extra bucks for some padded bike shorts? Yeah...I think so.

  
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IRONBLOSSOM 10/2/2012 12:12PM

    I've taken spinning classes 3x now. The first time I hated it, the second time I felt lost, the third time I LOVED it. I learned how to use the rpm meters (an actually helpful instructor, go figure!) used a gel seat (SO important!) and could feel how much stronger my legs were than the previous two times. I'll definitely be back!

I highly recommend the gel seat though, 100% worth it.

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-SHOREIDO- 10/1/2012 8:36PM

    Thanks so very much for sharing your journey! Good job!! Your writing skills are motivation at it best!!!
Good job and Thank You again!!

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OPTIMIST1948 10/1/2012 7:51PM

    My gym canceled the spin classes because they couldnt pay for the upkeep on the bikes. Its a small gym and super cheap for me ($5 month) so I'll never switch, but when I read stuff like this I wish I didnt have economic handcuffs! Then I remember this is the largest pool in the area so that's nice.

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IN102WIN 10/1/2012 6:16PM

    Cool!!! I wanted to join a spin class at gym last Friday but I was really scared and no one was really helpful. I think I'll look for another class!!! You've made it sound fun!!!

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EARTHTONED84 10/1/2012 1:41PM

    I am so happy to hear you loved the class!!! It IS nothing like I've personally ever done...the amount of sweat that comes out of your body and the natural high you have after you completed it and kicked ass is totally worth the fight to get there!!!! I am soo happy for you!!!!!!! You'll have to keep us updated about your Friend and the Instructor!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAK25 9/30/2012 12:02PM

    1000 calories? Hmm . . . all righty then! Making a list:

find spinning class
padded bike shorts
google spinning to find out what jumps and 3rd position are.

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BESSHAILE 9/30/2012 8:24AM

    That is so cool!

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SOXFANNH 9/29/2012 6:15PM

  I LOVE Spinning! Try getting a $10 gel seat from Walmart, it makes all the difference. I'm glad you enjoyed it and can rest your ankle after your HM. Good luck with your training, before you know it you'll be jumping and burning even more calories!

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-SHOREIDO- 9/29/2012 4:04PM

    Great Blog......thans for sharing your up & downs whereever you may do them : )
Seriiously, it was a good write and informative.
Just one question and I could have missed this, which gym was offering the $99 pass? I think you found a good deal : ) Good job!! Let me know if you can so I can check here in south NJ.
gmondello Sparkpeople.com
OK to friend you?

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WARMSPRINGDAY 9/29/2012 8:56AM

    I'd love to take spinning, but don't know of a place close by.

Hooray for you in finding a way. I know all about working your schedule around making time for fitness.
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PRINCESSCHUBBIE 9/29/2012 7:54AM

    1000 calories an hour, wow, that's emoticon . Sounds like padded shorts would be good for the next class. LOL.

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LIFEISPURRFECT 9/29/2012 7:09AM

    Invest in the biker shorts - so. worth. it. So glad you found spinning. It's a great way to get some cardio in.

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GOING-STRONG 9/28/2012 11:24PM

    Glad you enjoyed your spinning class. I do spin class twice a week. You won't need padded shorts... just give it a couple of weeks and you will be tough!
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DINAOREILLY 9/28/2012 10:28PM

    OMG - I laughed all the way through your BLog...so funny...I have not yet had the courage to take a spinning class - they scare the heck out of me...but 1000 calories is MAJOR motivator to try....WOW...impressive and as for the nether region pain....:-) you had me howling with laughter....hugs sweetie...you are going to make...I know you will emoticon

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MOM-MOM8 9/28/2012 10:01PM

    emoticon work! emoticon

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KIPPER15 9/28/2012 9:55PM

    I have been wondering about spinning but the schedule locally dosen't fit mine right now. Maybe later. Glad you enjoyed it and that it will fit your plan. emoticon

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BUSYMOM911 9/28/2012 9:09PM

    Thanks for giving a review of spinning. I was wondering myself about it. Love to try it, especially if it is burning that much!

Hope all is working out for your friend. Nothing like finding "the one".
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PROUD-GRANDMA 9/28/2012 8:31PM

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JUNEAU2010 9/28/2012 8:08PM

    I have yet to try spinning, but I know it has a dedicated following! Good for you!

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HAPPYGIRL1000 9/28/2012 7:39PM

    emoticon Good for you for trying something new! I've never been to a spinning class at all, so I am very impressed. I can't believe you burnt a thousand calories in an hour, that's insane and wonderful! AND you played matchmaker to boot LOL!

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PATTOMMC3 9/28/2012 7:39PM

    Hope it works for you! I love biking but have never tried spinning....it's a thought for the future!

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ISABELLE31 9/28/2012 5:26PM

    Sounds like you found something awesome! Good for you!

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GIGGLEBOXGIRL 9/28/2012 4:38PM

    Hahaha.... I always have to wait a couple days between bike rides for the same reason! emoticon

Way to go for making it through the whole class emoticon

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FALLNTENN 9/28/2012 4:30PM

    emoticon plan for training and losing weight.

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JMARIES51 9/28/2012 3:56PM

    I admire your spunk and energy. Sounds like spinning could be addictive.
Hope things work out for your matchmaking business. just teasing.

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LOOKSLIKELILY 9/28/2012 3:07PM

    Spinning sounds like something I should definitely look into! It's great you've found a winter training method to see you through.

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PEGGYO 9/28/2012 2:53PM

    way to go

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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/28/2012 2:18PM

    I love spinning. I had the same problem with the seat & could'nt afford bike shorts. So I went to Wal Mart & bought a gel bike seat cover, worked great.

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CAROLZ1967 9/28/2012 2:05PM

    I did a class once and found it challenging too. Definitely burned a lot of calories! But I thought it was fun too. Padded shorts do help! :-)

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NILLAPEPSI 9/28/2012 1:52PM

    emoticon I emoticon your blogs, too!! I am totally addicted. I emoticon your candidness & honesty.

With great respect to the pain you may be feeling, I have to say that I was cracking up laughing at the last paragraph. emoticon I think I'd be making a trip to the sports-wear store before your next spinning class.

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JIM12490 9/28/2012 12:50PM

    good luck with the spinning. I love my time on the bike.

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GUITARWOMAN 9/28/2012 12:25PM

    Wow! 1,000 calories!

Good for you!

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LINDAKAY228 9/28/2012 12:12PM

    I've never tried spinning although I've though about it, but I have heard that it does burn massive amounts of calories! There is only one place in my small town that does now offer spinning classes and I may try it sometime.

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JENNNY135 9/28/2012 11:52AM

    Spinning is such a great cross training for us runners. So glad you enjoyed it. As a person who was ridden over 100km for two days (Ride for Cancer), you definately need bike shorts. I even wore two at a time. The female parts down there go numb atleast they did for me whenever I spin.

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EMMAEKAY 9/28/2012 11:52AM

    HAHAHA, oh my god, this whole blog was LOL-funny. Thanks for that.

Spinning is some SRS BSNS! But it's also a LOT of fun and a huge challenge. You're gonna love it and the instructor sounds like he'll make it a great time.

The saddle-soreness will go away with time as your body gets used to the abuse. I don't use padded shorts or a seat cover anymore, but I really needed them at first. The first time I tried Spinning I went without any kind of "padding" and my ... hoo-ha... kinda, sorta felt like it fell asleep! It was hilarious.


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REGILIEH 9/28/2012 11:30AM

    I am so addicted to your blogs!!! Love them! Love them! Love them!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 9/28/2012 11:17AM

    Excellent, Leah! You continue to impress me every blog post!

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FROMNEBRASKA 9/28/2012 11:09AM

    Do you use a HRM during your workouts?

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LANEE24 9/28/2012 11:07AM

    lol! Love your blog! "Let's just say my wicking shirt never wicked so much!"... that had me rolling! I've always wanted to try spinning, but I'm nervous about it... the class itself and the funds for it :/ But, I must say that 1000 calories sounds fantastic! Keep us posted on how your classes go!!!

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PATTISTAMPS 9/28/2012 11:05AM

    That does sound like fun - minus the butt issues, of course! I have been wanting to try spinning, but my knee makes me nervouse, and the doctor told me biking is not good for it... but it is much stronger now, and I may give it a try! I'll never know unless I do it!

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KENDRACARROLL 9/28/2012 10:57AM

    All I remember from spin class is that I kept sliding off the seat... It is a great workout though. Glad you enjoyed it.

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LEB0401 9/28/2012 10:54AM

    HAHAHA!

From personal experience, the first spin class I took was torture on my butt bones. Couldn't sit right for a week! So I bought a $20 gel pad for the seat. By the time I took my 4th class the cushion was hurting more than the seat was... So my advice is to wait a couple classes before you invest in padded gear. My instructor said the bones will develop caluses that allow you to bike without hurting. Plus those padded pants look like diapers! Not hot.

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CHSHULER89 9/28/2012 10:42AM

    Awesome!!! I figured you would like it!!! emoticon emoticon ! Hard work, but so worth it!! I love it! That's part of how i have been losing the wt since march. I still can't run cause i still have these pesky shin splints. Spinning is such a kickbutt workout! It's given me some of my great leg strength and now on weds a sculpting class with it! My schedule lets me do at least 2 days, i wish i could do 3. Rock on! Enjoy! Good luck with your friend,too!

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VICKYMARIEC 9/28/2012 10:41AM

    Hahahaha..thanks for the great laugh!

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NEWSGIRL2177 9/28/2012 10:32AM

    LMAO at that last part! Awesome.

I squealed when I saw this blog because spinning is something that's been on my list to do for a while, but I've been chicken about it because of my size.

Sounds like you had a great time and it clearly sparked something for you. This makes me want to try it, too!


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KBRADFORD88 9/28/2012 10:20AM

    You haven;t been wearing padded shorts emoticon OMG! Go right now and buy some immediately. I even bought a padded gel seat to take to class! So worth the cost.

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REMEMBER2BME 9/28/2012 10:19AM

    Sooooo cool. I have not done spin class for years and year. I remember I was doing step at the time so I thougt i was in good shape. i went to spin class and it totally knocked me on my rear. GREAT JOB!!!! You of course must purcase bike shorts though. They are very expensive but so very worth it and last well.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/28/2012 10:18AM

    Wow! WOW! emoticon

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I Know What I Want Now

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Well, I'm now 5 chapters in to "The Triathlete's Training Bible" and I still stand by my review that it is one of the most helpful books I've ever read and it could not possibly come at a better time for me. Biggest lesson so far: It's time to start using my head and training smarter.

I am now on Day 4 of no exercise at all. Surprisingly, I still hope to meet my 2,000 September Fitness Minutes goal. Truthfully, I've been doing very little moving in general the past few days, as I'm working on some hardcore recovery from my ankle issues this past weekend, as well as healing from a sustained period of about a month of what I now recognize as over-training.

Found a great quote this morning:

"During the hard training phase, never be afraid to take a day off. If your legs are feeling unduly stiff and sore, rest. If you're at all sluggish, rest.
Whenever you're in doubt, rest."
--Bruce Fordyce, nine-time Comrades Marathon champion from South Africa

Right now, my body feels wonderful! If it could talk, it would be thanking me with tears for the rest that I've given it.

I do have a workout class scheduled for tomorrow, which is my first ever spinning class. I'm pretty excited for that class...and also terrified. Haha. I'm sure it will be an interesting blog recap for you at least!

My ankle feels great! I wouldn't run on it today...or tomorrow, for that matter. But I feel confident that it will be OK for running the race on Saturday. This makes me so happy!

To avoid disappointment, though, I fully expect my tendinitis to flare up after that race (as it has with every long run for the past month) and I'm willing to give it as long as it needs after this race to heal up.

In terms of training for my half marathon, I am going to play it by ear. I was advised to try a 10-mile run at least once in the weeks leading up to the race. It just depends on my ankle and how it feels. I've resigned myself to the fact that I might not be able to get 10 miles in before my half. And that's OK. I still believe I can finish the race on October 20th and, well, my ONLY goal for that race is crossing the finish line.

I've also been eating to hunger at this point, with no worries about losing any pounds. I've tracked my food but not always stayed within my SP calorie range. I really am not worried about that right now. I'm more worried about balancing my carbs and protein and trying to find a calorie threshhold that makes my body feel energized. I have got to stop being hung up about numbers and do what feels right for my body. If my daily intake ends up being 2200 calories per day (with as many healthy and whole choices as possible, obviously...this is not a free-for-all), then so be it. I have not yet found a place where I feel satisfied or energized. This is troubling, but I know I will work it out with time.

I intend to go back to consistent workouts next week, but won't be working out every single day like I was before. I am going to consciously build in rest days. It doesn't mean I won't be working harder...I'll just be working smarter.

I've also come to a decision regarding the weight loss vs. training debate. It comes down to this one question: What makes me happiest? (aka: What do you WANT?)

You know...losing weight would be so awesome. Strike that...WILL be so awesome. But I LOVE what I'm doing with swimming, biking and running. The three disciplines fit so well together and they are so good for the body. I read in my Triathlon Training Bible that running, biking and swimming work almost every single muscle in your entire body!

Each of the disciplines does something different for me (running brings that endorphin high, swimming brings a deep calm and tranquility and biking builds my strength). I can't drop any of them and be happy. I want them all. So...I'm taking them all. But...I will systematically and precisely rotate my training to focus on specific elements of improvement in each discipline while generally maintaining fitness in the other two. This way, I won't just blow all my energy on all three and burn out.

What this means is...I've had to look really deep into myself and be OK with the idea that doing this will bring me joy and I have to be OK with the number on the scale, no matter what that is (or isn't).

But here's the beautiful part of all this...I really do believe I can have it all. Call me a dreamer if you will...but I actually think it is possible to train and see my body change...but in a much different way than I imagined.

I asked my spinning instructor about this because he has PROMISED I'd lose weight if I bought an unlimited pass and came to spinning 4 days/week. (I mean...it IS a perfect winter workout when I can't cycle outside!) He said this and I thought it was really helpful:

"I am not an expert in exercise science. I specialize in Dietetics, but what Dietetics did teach me is that if you workout heavily (anaerobically), you will gain muscle, which, in turn, will increase your basal metabolic rate. Thus, your body will need to utilize its energy stores (usually fat) for energy. With that said, your weight may stay the exact same, but your fat percentage can and will change, if a routine is adhered to.

With that said, please do throw away your scale. Instead, stick to a good routine that combines aerobic training (like spinning) with anaerobic training (resistance training). Your clothes will fit much better and, in fact, this is a better check to FAT loss than a scale, as muscle is much more dense than fat."

So, there you have it. Things I already knew...presented to me in a different way and I finally believe it.

And, if you think about it, how long can a body possibly cling to its fat when said body is burning 5,000 calories per week consistently and being fed healthy and whole foods as fuel over a period of years? At some point, that fat will be gone. Will it be as quickly as I might like? Probably not. But, from where I stand right now...I don't even care.

The other day when my friend asked me what I want, I told her I wanted to weigh less. She didn't believe me. She thought there was more. She countered with this question: "If you could do Ironman at this weight, would you be happy with that?" Well...OF COURSE! Who WOULDN'T be happy with just FINISHING Ironman????

Well, there's my answer. And it was right there in front of my face all along. Sheesh.

  
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SHANTRA 10/4/2012 9:44AM

    One of the things I have found the most difficult is the fluctuations on the scale when you start working out. I think you have achieved a terrific balance because it looks so natural. Way to go!

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EARTHTONED84 10/1/2012 2:02PM

    What a great blog. I am facing the same decision of weightloss or training for a tri. I completely agree with what you said about balancing carbs with proteins and staying active with aerobic exercises and strength training. Lately I have been feeling super hungry too and all I can do is just make the best food choice available to me. There are some times when all I want to do is eat bread. It's gross but I am in the process of training myself to look at other forms of nutrients and drinking a crap ton of water too :P I am going to have to go get that book.

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DR8561 9/28/2012 5:15PM

    I learn so much from you! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY4HIM 9/28/2012 1:22PM

    WAY. TO. GO!
SO happy you've found your decision, Leah.
That's all that matters... and you will find success in your choices - I have NO doubt about that!
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ROB704 9/28/2012 11:00AM

    great blog!

And the whole fat/muscle v weigh thing is a struggle - when you think about most of the messaging around this is about weight, not fitness. I'm going through it now - my weight is changing very slowly but I'm losing inches and wearing clothes I haven't in years. And I feel stronger than ever.

It screws with the brain!

Well done, well written, and just cuz I haven't mentioned it in a while - You ROCK!

Keep it up!

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CLUTTRELL8 9/28/2012 10:52AM

    I LOVE this blog!! : ) I could read it again and again. It's very inspiring. Besides the fact that I spy the spinning class every time I'm at the gym with curiosity and hesitation and wanted to know what you think of it... I'm so inspired by your attitude about getting fit and healthy and not worrying about 'that number' on the scale! Way to go! And thanks for sharing it! emoticon

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NDKARIKARI 9/27/2012 9:53PM

    AWESOME blog! You are super inspiring. You always make me want to retry something that I did in the past. I am seriously considering heading back to the swimming pool!

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REGILIEH 9/27/2012 9:50PM

    I am amazed with a family you have the time for all you invest in your diet and exercising, I am envious! Oh, and you have a job too, you are definitely superwoman. emoticon ALL!

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GODIVADSG 9/27/2012 3:02PM

    Spinning has always helped my cycling and running and it is fun!! Get ready to work... just like running and swimming it requires small steps first! Enjoy your sweat today... it does a body good!! emoticon emoticon

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LSPIZZA 9/27/2012 2:25PM

    You go!

I was not able to lose weight and train for triathlons or my half marathon. I needed the fuel to train. And there has to have been muscle gained as I have out on some weight but am the same size.

And I never finished a 10 mile run while training for my first half marathon. And I fininshed it officially in 2:39, but I had to stand around 12 minutes for a bridge to open and close (Murphy's law, ya know!). So I figure I met the goal of under 2.5 hours if I subtract that 12 - even if the offical race time won't.

I have another half to do in less than 3 weeks - no bridge in this one.:) But I don't think its happening since my foot is healing very slowly and more than 2.5 - 3 miles running makes it hurt and then I start limping. I think I will wait to try when I am really healthy.

I wish you all the best!

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FITFOODIE806 9/27/2012 1:31PM

    love! love! love! So glad you came to this realization. I think you are gonna LOVE spinning.

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PATTISTAMPS 9/27/2012 1:01PM

    You are amazing! I can almost hear your body singing from here!

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EBURGITE 9/27/2012 11:42AM

    proof, again, that most of this battle is in our minds!!! how we think about things is paramount to winning! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 9/27/2012 11:39AM

    There's being smart and then there's working smart. My 1st Tri training program was
1) Do something every day. Take 2 Nonconsecutive days off per week.
2) Do something DIFFERENT than you did yesterday.
3) Make sure you can comfortably complete the mileage.
4) Do a brick workout 1x per week. Choice of sports, but biking and running is traditional.

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LINDAKAY228 9/27/2012 10:49AM

    I'm glad that you've found something special in each of the 3 disciplines. Being at peace with yourself and feeling you are doing the most you can for your mental and physical health is so much more important than a number on a scale. And those rest days are definitely so important too!

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COCK-ROBIN 9/27/2012 1:39AM

    emoticon You're doing great! I really like your attitude. You will go far with it.

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/26/2012 11:36PM

    You are definitly looking at your body as the amazing machine that it is. We have to give it what it needs for it to give back!

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GOING-STRONG 9/26/2012 11:06PM

    What a great revelation! Now you have purpose, goals and a plan! Yay!

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JMARIES51 9/26/2012 11:01PM

    Wonderful and you sound so happy. That is how it feels to me.

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DONNA5281 9/26/2012 10:53PM

 
You now know what you want to do. Good for you!

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COLETTEISGREAT 9/26/2012 9:31PM

    emoticon Excellent decision!!!

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NILLAPEPSI 9/26/2012 7:58PM

    Now that you know what you want, go get 'em, tiger!! emoticon

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ISABELLE31 9/26/2012 7:42PM

    I love how introspective you are--it always leads me to think more about my thoughts and actions, too. :) I also love that you have surrounded yourself with people and resources that provide you with feedback--and that you accept the feedback even if it's not what you want to hear.

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JUNEAU2010 9/26/2012 7:38PM

    Sheesh indeed!

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LYDDIECAT 9/26/2012 7:31PM

    Yay for rest days! I was having an issue with my foot all spring and summer, but not resting it a lot. Along came the beginning of the school year (I'm a preschool teacher) with all its stress and long hours and I cut back on my workouts some, just because life was getting in the way,. With all the extra rest, my foot is healing up fast. It seems so simple looking back on it, but without that hiccup in my workout schedule, I'd probably still be suffering with a sore foot.

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GUITARWOMAN 9/26/2012 6:43PM

    Great insights! emoticon

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SPARKL3 9/26/2012 5:14PM

    It is SO important to discern what it is that we really and truly want. Go for it!

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35ANGELS 9/26/2012 4:49PM

    emoticon Good luck this weekend.

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AUSFAM 9/26/2012 4:30PM

    Wish you the best on your journey! Figuring out 'what you want' is the first step toward happiness!!!

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MARATHONDAD 9/26/2012 4:15PM

    couldnt agree with your decision more!!!!! I knew you would figure it out and good for u

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DIANNEMT 9/26/2012 3:37PM

    Good for you!!

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NEWSGIRL2177 9/26/2012 3:19PM

    Awesome. It's amazing how much we already 'know' -- it just takes one thing to make it click!

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LEIGHWOMAN 9/26/2012 3:06PM

    Having just trained for and finished my first triathlon, kudos to you for trying some new things!

One thing though, in regards to what your spinning instructor said and the "fat stores." If you're eating the wrong food, you will never burn fat. I was burning 6000 calories per week and not budging on the scale. My clothes weren't changing on me much either. I went to a naturopathic nutritionist and she put me on a paleo based diet, because we found out that my body was taking all carbs and sugar that I was eating it and spiking my blood sugar to burn only sugar for hours on end. Once I cut them out, the training got easier, I was more energized, satisfied on less food, and the weight just fell off.

I'm not saying you have the same issue, but I'm a firm believer that yes, you can have it all, but use the tools that are available to you. I think if you aren't seeing results, it would be worth at least talking to a nutritionist to find out if there is something in your body that's working against you, as there was in my case.

Just a suggestion. It sounds like you have a really good grasp on what you're doing, but I thought I did, too.

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HFAYE81 9/26/2012 2:55PM

    Awesome!!! Thanks for the keeping us posted, I love reading your blog!!! I can't wait to hear about spinning class! emoticon

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GOSPARK45 9/26/2012 2:46PM

    Sounds like a great plan. It also makes me feel better about laying off a couple
days when I just felt tired and a little sore. I felt lazy about it, but just didn't have the energy. I think my body just wanted some rest. So thanks for reinforcing that. I'm glad you're resting your leg. Here's hoping everything goes smoothly from now on. Like anything ever goes SMoothly, oh well.
Good luck, we're rooting for you.

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FITORFATNURSE 9/26/2012 2:45PM

    I agree! The scale frustrates me to no end. I know I've been working my behind off but the scale has barely budged. HOWEVER I can tell I've lost fat all over, esp. in my abdomen. My clothes feel looser, I can tell I've lost when I look in the mirror, other people have noticed. I love seeing the results, it gives me motivation to continue to be healthy. And p.s you CAN have it all!! never give up emoticon

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ESCHLETZ 9/26/2012 2:43PM

    You have a way with words. I've 'known' a lot of this stuff in the past too, but never really believed or fully understood it. The way you've put it makes it so much clearer. Thanks for sharing.
Good for you for listening to your body and allowing it to recuperate. And good luck on your marathons!

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KIPPER15 9/26/2012 2:42PM

    Being healthy at any weight is the most important thing you can do for yourself. If you are not happy, you will not be healthy. Pretty simple. Glad you are doing what makes you happy. It will all work out. (God's plan works always, ours work sometimes). Patience is a key factor too. I have a magnet on my fridge (one of many), that says God grant me patience, but hurry up. You will do this. emoticon emoticon

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LYNSEY723 9/26/2012 2:39PM

    Awesome blog! I'm so happy you have set your mind to what you want and are working to get it. emoticon emoticon

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Difficult Choices and Healthy Balance

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

So, I finally picked up "The Triathlete's Training Bible" by Joe Friel (which has been sitting on my night stand for a few weeks now). Truth be told, I hadn't even glanced at it because I felt a) overwhelmed by the wealth of information within b) a little bit unworthy to call myself a real triathlete and read a real book about training for said sport and c) a little prideful that I already had a good workout plan and system going for me. I reasoned I could pick up that book when race season comes around again and I actually need specific tips on certain aspects of racing.

After my annoying dizziness episode and two days of headache, I decided that enough was enough. I obviously have miscalculated something and I NEED help figuring out how to balance my training with my diet. Also, I need to know the truth about where weight loss fits into all of this...and, sadly, I have heard from more than one very credible source that it doesn't.

The book starts out with a quote that is pretty darn appropriate right now for me.

"Many dedicated endurance athletes don't need to be told what to do - they need to be told what not to do." - Scott Tinley, Professional Triathlete

I only got through one chapter before my eyes refused to open again. But, I will tell you right now that this first chapter (Chapter 1 Smart Training) touched on every single issue I've been having lately. It was as if the author had been watching my past month of effort and knew exactly what to correct. Crazy! It kind of makes me think I'm not the first overzealous brand new triathlete to hit the circuit and that brings me a small level of comfort. Haha.

In general, the entire first chapter discussed the fact that multisport training is like a puzzle, with the swim, bike and run training being the individual pieces (along with diet, rest and recovery and a few other pieces)....and the athlete's ultimate racing goals/desires being the overall picture. Just as you wouldn't attempt a 5,000 piece puzzle willy nilly without a specific plan of attack, you can't expect to train for triathlon without a detailed and focused plan.

The key to this chapter was that a training philosophy of emphasizing the least amount of the most specific training brings continual improvement. There was also quite a bit of information about moderation and rest.

Even with the details all worked out, an athlete must always keep the big picture in mind and stay focused on what they are working toward. So...what am I working toward? It hit me that this is what my friend meant at lunch the other day...what do I WANT?

Clearly, I am at a point where I need to make a choice between whether I want to focus on losing weight or focus on training. But I can't do both and expect my body to be at it's peak performance. I hate to admit this (but it's certainly no surprise to anyone) but my eyes were finally opened to the fact that I've been overtraining. I hate that. It's not like tons of my friends haven't been telling me this and I haven't been ignoring them completely. I don't know why it's so embarrassing to admit, but it just is. Also, I really love what I'm doing...so it's kind of tough to think about limiting or pulling back. But, there again, it's the BIG PICTURE that needs to be in my mind if I'm going to do this right.

Choosing between training and weight loss is something I have been avoiding...because I just didn't want to face this truth. I don't want to make that choice. However, it's a choice between two healthy options - lose weight or train for tri. I mean...that's a pretty sweet dilemma to have, as far as dilemmas go. Let's keep things in perspective here! My dilemma USED to be 3 Hard Shell Taco Supremes or a Mexican Pizza? And we all know the answer to that one, right? ALL OF THEM. Haha.

Seriously, though...you expect training to be hard work. You expect weight loss to be hard work. But you don't expect the hard work to come in the form of forcing yourself to exercise less or making a choice between two healthy options to find the MOST healthy for your own body.

So, I'm taking some rest time...because my body really needs some recovery time. I have ONE workout planned for this week...a spinning class on Thursday night that my friend already paid for so I'm going. For the rest of the week, I'm laying low, babying this ankle, eating as much as my body tells me it needs and sleeping as much as I can. As for my 10k this Saturday, we'll see how my ankle feels. If I can't run it, I'll walk it. If I can't walk it, I'll quit. A 10k race is not worth losing any momentum I could use toward my half marathon in 3 weeks. Although I realize this may be stupid, I AM running my half. It's the pinnacle of everything I've done this entire season and I will not quit that. Call me a stubborn ass, but that's just the choice I've made. I don't expect a fast time at all. And I'm fine with walking most of the half if I need to as well. But I will finish that one. If it takes me 5 hours, I will do it.

We all make our own choices. Some are wise. Some are risks. With everything, there's a balance. A balance of fitness and rest. A balance of smart and stupid. A balance of safety and risk. And we're all learning every day where that balance is for our own bodies.

Even facing difficult choices, I am so happy with where I am at right now. I wouldn't trade this new life for anything. In comparison to where I was last year, this is like paradise. To actually CARE about my body and think about what is best for it is kind of a new thing for me. All beginnings are rocky. But there will be a smooth path eventually. I have to believe that right now. It's really the only thing that keeps me moving.

  
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SUSIEMT 11/4/2012 3:21PM

    I hope those that read you regularly and have had the same dilemma read and understood what you said. You can lead a horse to water but sometimes they don't see themselves in that same situation. I am so glad I finally got to read this blog. You still rock girl! WooHoo to you!

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 10/4/2012 6:52AM

    Leah its it something amazing that you have come to a point that youre having dreams bigger than just losing weight which a year ago was prolly your biggest dream not even realizing there were other dreams inside you? It was a strange feeling when I got to the point that I didn't care if I lost anymore and was more interested in focussing on running.

Your dreams continue to inspire me to dream bigger and reach for any goal I find that may interest me.

We are all here to cheer you on as you reach for your goals.

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WHITNEYLD 10/4/2012 4:38AM

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FIRECOM 10/3/2012 11:15AM

    Just the word "triathalete" makes me dizzy. Very good blog and I thank you.

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ONCEASANDBROOK 10/2/2012 11:05AM

    I'm so glad to have found this entry! I'm really at the beginning of things, but it's really because I've overtrained in the past and have felt weight loss *and* training slip through my fingers. I have to remind myself that it's going to be a journey, and that committing long term may mean taking things slow and being good to myself. I hope that next year, I'll be in your shoes now!

Good luck with your ankle, your 10k, and your newfound clarity! I'll be following along. :)

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SLENDERELLA61 10/1/2012 5:38PM

    Best wishes for finding the right balance for you! Great blog. Absolutely deserving of the Popular Blog Award. Good going. And I appreciate your attitude, too. I'll be achieving my first HM on Nov 18. I expect to run most of it, but I'll walk if I need to, just as you suggest. -Marsha

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SHAZG321 9/30/2012 2:54PM

    WELL DONE! GOOD WORK

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LYNSEYS06 9/30/2012 10:36AM

    I enjoyed this blog very much! emoticon

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HEARTSTOPPER 9/29/2012 5:30PM

   
Good luck!



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THESLIMMERME1 9/29/2012 2:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon that you have a new perspective of things - emoticon emoticon

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MOTIVACTION2 9/28/2012 10:18PM

    Good luck!

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NESARIAN 9/28/2012 9:58PM

    You've come along way, baby! It has been fun to watch your growth during your process. emoticon

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THEIS58 9/28/2012 3:27PM

    So right. Thanks for sharing this. I learned this the hard way too.

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EARTHTONED84 9/28/2012 11:41AM

    Wonderful blog! What you discussed here is what I have been wondering...if it is possible to train seriously for a tri AND lose weight. Thank you for this earnest blog and I will definitely go and get that book to take a peek too. I think I will be making this same kind of decision very soon. I hope your spinning class went well too!!

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SLFGOLF 9/28/2012 1:02AM

    Great blog! I'm sure it wasn't easy to face, but in all things - moderation, even training and exercise. The rest will do you good.

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KARRENLYNN 9/28/2012 1:00AM

    Thanks for sharing, sounds like you have the right attitude. Good Luck





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SHADOWROSE45 9/27/2012 10:54PM

    Good attitude

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NKOUAMI26 9/27/2012 10:46PM

    Rest is always good.Good luck
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KAPELAKIN 9/27/2012 8:39PM

    As Nigel Tufnel says "It's such a fine line between clever and stupid, isn't it?" Same with training! FWIW, Slow Carb has allowed me to train and lose at the same time, so it's not impossible, at least at the HM level.

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JSTETSER 9/27/2012 4:36PM

    You are so right about balance!

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KRISTENMBATT 9/27/2012 3:16PM

    Yes, that is definitely a much better dilemma than the taco or mexican pizza dilemma! Ha ha! It's awesome to see how far you have come!

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MNWILDCIN 9/27/2012 12:47PM

    Thanks for sharing!
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AMARILYNH 9/27/2012 12:47PM

    No need to be embarrassed - over training becomes to most runners sooner or later. If you happen to be a type A it will almost certainly be sooner. Best of luck to you with the half marathon - stay safe!!

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 9/27/2012 12:15PM

    It is difficult to balance rest with activity. I have a personal struggle with this. Thank you for sharing such important insights. emoticon emoticon

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MYBABYGIRLS 9/27/2012 11:53AM

    Great attitude, great thinking! Keep moving forward! emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 9/27/2012 11:50AM

  It looks like you have a very clear view of your situation and are now enabled to make the best choices for you - congratulations! I wish you the very best on you half marathon.

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COACHMOMMY 9/27/2012 11:25AM

    I was going to comment on your weight loss dilemma before, but since I'm no expert on weight loss or exercise, I decided not to. After I read this blog, I just wanted to give you some encouragement! I lost 46 lbs. in 7 months almost 2 years ago and have been maintaining (mostly!). The only exercise I did while loosing was walking about 3 miles, 2-3 times a week (and an occasional long hike). I started a C25K training class after I had lost the weight and then started running pretty regularly after that (certainly not at your level, but 3-4 miles). I didn't loose much after that, but I'm positive that running was my "key to maintenance". It's still my main form of cardio!

So keep up the good work!

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DOTTY7267 9/27/2012 11:03AM

    Thank you - I had to learn the hard way as well, when I trained for my first 1/2 marathon.

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SANDYCRANE 9/27/2012 9:51AM

    Great blog, a real eye opener. emoticon

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FARIS71 9/27/2012 9:34AM

    As usual you rock. I am training for a half in Decmeber and need to keep in mind the balance needed to do that. I sometimes wonder if I will ever be satisfied - like once the half is done, what next? Will there always need to be a what next? I know it's important to have things to work toward, but will I be able to work toward maintenance? And you're right - these are awesome questions to be pondering instead of what super sized value meal I want. emoticon

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JLEMUS1 9/27/2012 8:29AM

    The ying and yang...balance is a good thing!!

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1935MARY 9/27/2012 8:08AM

    Great job. You are right. you have to find the balance in everything, emoticon for it to work.Instead of calling it quits on running the race, sit it aside for now . Maybe later down the road it too will become a part of your balance.

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BLOOMING52 9/27/2012 7:55AM

    Thank you.

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AJB121299 9/27/2012 7:40AM

    good job

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JO28352 9/27/2012 7:37AM

    Thanks for sharing! Sounds like you've reached the right decisions for yourself and your body. emoticon

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MANILUS 9/27/2012 6:54AM

    You have found the wisdom that comes from a rare place, training OR losing weight are the options.I learned that one the hard way!

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ON2VICTORY 9/26/2012 10:07PM

    Sounds like someone has really received some well earned wisdom. Good for you. Thanks for the inspiration

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MIDROAD 9/26/2012 11:48AM

    I just love your blogs. You write so well! Thanks for inspiring us all!

Blessings to you and yours,
Jeannie

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CZEIDMAN 9/26/2012 10:51AM

  Those are very tough choices. Hoping that your ankle holds up.

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DAISYBELL6 9/26/2012 8:05AM

    It seems that you have weighed your options and are making the best decision you can for you, your body and your health. Kudos to you! emoticon

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CLUMBOY 9/26/2012 7:13AM

    excellent thoughts. think of how much your mind has developed on this journey. very inspiring.

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MCFERRET 9/26/2012 6:38AM

    It sounds like you have done your research and are making good choices for YOU! WTG! Keep listening to your body and stay strong.

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JMARIES51 9/26/2012 12:51AM

    I was so happy to read your blog today. When you were talking about the dizziness, I was really wondering if you were over training or under eating. There can be so many reasons for a person to feel dizzy so I hope you find the right balance, and I am sure you will end up stronger physically and losing weight, all at the same time.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/25/2012 11:36PM

    I'm glad for you! And that book sounds good. Go for it!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/25/2012 11:31PM

    I was overtraining in the summer (and not eating enough!) and I wasn't losing weight that had crept up on me so I started upping my calorie range and eating more protein (thanks to you!) and I started to lose again. I think that you have to give your body enough fuel to have the most efficient machine working for you.

In the past month, I took a necessary break from training for races and I've lost a few more pounds, have been maintaining my weight fairly easily. Running for me gives me a goal, gives me motivation to improve. It is a balance to find how to fuel your body and your workouts, and lose weight... I lost the bulk of my weight before I found running so I don't know from personal experience... But I think that you're doing the right thing, listening to your body and friends and if something isn't working, change it. Experiment. Try new things. Eat more protein, eat less protein, drink more water. See what works. Find the balance.


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