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A timely Biggest Loser episode & ITBS disappointment

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

My last blog was about accepting that I was on a plateau and fighting my way through it with the knowledge I have while waiting for a metabolic assessment. Last night's Biggest Loser episode showed a discussion between Bret and Courtney. Here's the link if you want to watch it. Their discussion begins at 12:25 and ends at 13:40 so it isn't even 2 minutes long.

Bret is talking with Courtney about exactly what many of us are going through. He says the science behind a plateau is that your body will lose weight on a high burn with low calorie intake for the short term. Then it says "hey whoah. I'm starving." And your body begins to hang onto every calorie it gets. I don't believe we have seen this on BL before. But Courtney is different because she came to BL after a 100# loss. She's been on this journey a lot longer than the 3 months on the ranch. Most people do not understand that is how BL works so fast. A drastic reduction in calories with huge burn = crazy losses. Bret tells Courtney that she has to increase her calories and reduce her burn to get her body to allow weight loss to happen again. This is exactly what I have just figured out for myself. And bless her heart, even though she worked her butt off, she lost just 1 pound. But she took it in stride because she knew she did everything she could. Everyone else was crying. Including me. I know how that feels. Running the numbers for March I have a total deficit that should have been a 5.5# loss. Instead I lost ONE pound. Frustrating, but I am not defeated. This too shall pass. Eventually.

Next topic of discussion... I am really disappointed that at this point in my half marathon training (3 weeks away) I have developed ITBS (iliotibial band syndrome). It's a very common issue for runners that causes pain due to tightness in the ligament. Recovery can be weeks or months. I don't know what this will mean in terms of my race on 4/30. I went to my GP this morning just to rule out any joint or ligament tears. He gave me an Rx for Motrin and said no running for a week, then come back for an MRI if I still have pain. I did get a lot of helpful suggestions and a little hope from my fellow Spark runners. Seems like every runner deals with this at some point, but since I was so busy thinking I was awesomely invincable, I didn't expect to get hit with this race killer. Others have said that it happened to them for the first time after years of running so now I know it can happen now matter how well trained you are.

On a positive note... my blood pressure was 100/68 and heart rate 52. The new young skinny nurse says "Wow that's REEEALLY healthy. I mean that's sooo awesome." And she's looking at me like she can't even believe it. I can see the question mark over her head that it just doesn't fit. I asked her what it was the last time (2007 haha, I'm seriously never sick) and she says "118/78 which is still good, but today is REEEEALLY good". Then she has me get on the scale. It's 180. She says "Don't worry, that scale lies". I resisted the urge to punch that skinny b**** and instead said "what's on my chart for last visit?" She says "238. Oh you've lost some weight". Yes I have. A little more than "SOME".

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HEALTHYME47 4/9/2011 5:23PM

    Someone needs to tell that nurse, "No commentary at the scale". Who needs to be judged while they are being weighed, even if she was trying to be nice. Good job on the blood pressure numbers!!!

I had sore ITBS when I used to run a lot, too. I'm sure you know all the stretches (like standing up crossing your legs and touching your toes), applying heat before your run and ice after. You'll keep your cardiovascular fitness if you substitute a few elliptical workouts for running days too.

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MAGGIE805 4/8/2011 10:30PM

    Sorry to hear about the ITBS and I hope it heals quickly. Best of luck with the MRI.

As for the pretty, young nurse. She's not stayin' pretty and young forever. Yay you for get the BP down and for working so hard to get to where you are today. That is amazing! :)

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MYLADY4 4/7/2011 9:21PM

    I was shocked when Brett said that too the other night. I think that this is so true so I am trying to eat more. We will see what happens.

Hope the ITBS heals quickly and great one for the nurse. My daughter is going to become a nurse and I hope she has better manners then that, I HOPE!!

Good luck

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EDCHICK 4/7/2011 11:51AM

    Way to go on your blood pressure and weight loss!

Plateaus can be frustrating one of the first times I got down around 200lbs I had hit a 3 month plateau nothing I did would break it.

I hope your leg starts feeling better!

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CTUCCI 4/7/2011 8:48AM

    LOL - love the resistance of squashing the nurse. LOL

Ok - so know this, you are healthy strong and powerful. When you started this journey you could not run a mile let alone think of training for a half. You have a set back from the ITB thing, yes. You can also over come it! I have been there my friend. Stretch, stretch, stretch...slow down a little bit and it will heal. Oh and the stretch stretch stretch some more. :-)

My favorite stretch is standing sideways to the wall about 2 ft away - offending ITB hip on the wall side. I cross my bad leg foot over top of the good leg. Put my hand on the wall at shoulder height. Put all of my weight on my bad foot and deeply lean my hip into the wall. My hip might dip as low as a foot from the floor while I push hard with my bad hip. It hurts like you know what...but, afterwards it really does feel a lot better. I do that stretch before and after every single run whether I hurt or not...when I do not do the stretch, ITBS comes back in just a short while, if I do it, I can run almost pain free.

Hope it helps you!

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TEDDYBABE 4/7/2011 5:58AM

    First of all, so sorry you tangled up with a dimwit that couldn't recognize your numbers up front and give you the credit and accolades due. Shame on her. Second of all, you really are so good at persevering adversity, I know you can work through both the ligament issue and the plateau. Such a learning curve on so many levels. But its so worth the effort. We are all enjoying the journey and I thank you for letting me share in yours. Take care friend, you are doing great!! Hugs!

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FLOWER1967 4/7/2011 4:45AM

    LOL.....skinny b****...thats funny....she has no idea ....LOL

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THEHONESTME 4/6/2011 9:28PM

    Oh man! I DVR'd BL... now I know who goes home!!!! J/K, actually I read it on another sparkers page before I got here. I liked Courtney a lot -- I can't wait to watch the whole episode though so I can see the discussion between her and Bret. And, yes, it sounds like what's happened to a lot of us here on spark -- it's a hard concept to wrap my brain around and probably why I lose but end up gaining it back -- I don't change my habits instead I stay on the low cal/high burn diet! Thanks for sharing.

Now, on to the skinny Beeotch! People like that really annoy me! I dated a guy once who told me he liked a woman with extra meat on her bones... was that supposed to be some sort of compliment???? Hit the road, Jack! Take the low road with Lisa's nurse -- SEE YA, bucko!
Thanks, I haven't thought about that jerk in a long time -- maybe I should look him up and say 'who has extra meat on their bones now' LOL

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JICASMOM 4/6/2011 9:09PM

    UGH!!!! Are you kidding??? You are so close!!!! I am hopeful you can heal quickly and pick up where you left off... Fingers crossed for you !!!

Way to go with your blood pressure and all that weight loss!!!
You continue to be a role model to me!!! Healthy is soooo much better than that skinny b----- nurse!!!! Lol you are a great writer!!!

Thinking of you!!! xx

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FIT2SWING 4/6/2011 5:43PM

    Its good to not punch the nurse... There's a sign at my doctor saying "Don't worry, the scale likes no one." But that's an awesome improvement. I remember during my Gym class I had to get my cholesterol and Blood Pressure taken, and it was good I had a 1 to 1 ratio on the cholesterol which I was told was good and unheard of and I was either very stressed out or had high blood pressure. the BP thing was taken 1 week before finals. I was willing to bet it was stress but I still called my doctor from home and asked what my chart said. It was stress, but she said that was still a bit high for stress, and to come in after finals for a check up.

I was going somewhere with that but I don't remember where....

Awesome weight loss!

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MCLAFLIN 4/6/2011 5:06PM

    Totally loved your story about the skinny nurse! You are probably in better physical condition than 90% of the "skinny" people out there! So many of them are just that, skinny. They don't exercise and they don't eat. WTG! If you don't lose another pound, you are awesomely healthy! (You will start losing again, I know it!)

So sorry about your running setback. It is good to know that lots of runners deal with it, but not so good that the recovery is slow. I'm glad you have the running community because they probably have advice just as good as your GP. Maybe you can still do the EM and get some good cardio in.

We are all eagerly waiting for that appointment with Dr. Don. I cannot wait to read the blog with everything he tells you! You will get off that plateau and drop weight like you did before.


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DRB13_1 4/6/2011 4:39PM

    Aren't we just TOO proud of Courtney? She's amazing.
Hope you can recover from the ITBS soon - with chi running we stabilize the core to reduce that "side to side" motion that can really stir it up. Good luck with future training and recovery.
Love, love, love your story about going to the doctor and dealing with the nurse taking your vital signs. They need to put your photo up as role model for all other patients to follow! emoticon EXCELLENT!!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/6/2011 4:26PM

    Sure hope the ITBS settles down quickly so you can do your race without problem, take good care of yourself! As for that little twit nurse, don't ya wish you could get away with smacking someone like that--238-180 = 58 pounds, HELLO! that's not SOME weight, that's a LOT of weight!

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    I'm glad I read this blog. I haven't reached a plateau yet, but I know the time will come. Now I know what to do about it. Eat more! lol emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 4/6/2011 1:49PM

    How cool to throw that in that skinny nurses face. You lost "some" weight & have awesome bp. You should have asked if she'd like to race you around the block! emoticon Minus the ITBS problem.

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BECKY_LYNN84 4/6/2011 1:42PM

    I can't wait to watch BL from last night. I didn't get a chance yet.

Sorry about the IT Band issue. Have you tried a foam roller? I have one and occasionally use it. But when I do it hurts soooooo good! Good luck, you will still kick butt at that race! :)

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MACKANDME 4/6/2011 1:36PM

    Sorry and I hope you break through this and hit your goals!

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Plateau acceptance and Metabolic & VO2 Max testing

Monday, April 04, 2011

Well it took a really long time, but I have finally accepted that I am officially plateaued. Denial sucks. So much time wasted and frustration endured by not making changes. It isn't that nothing is happening. I have made a little progress since February 1, but certainly things have changed in terms of pounds lost. ONE pound from Feb 1 - April 1. Two whole months of counting every calorie and working my buns off -except they are still there, just a half inch less of them. Haha.

I have been questioning the correct amount of calories for my workouts and BMR since Feb. A nutritionist and trainer both told me that my range was fine at 1450-1600. I was averaging daily at 1550. They said "Are you hungry?" No. "Do you have enough energy to complete your workouts?" Yes. "Then you don't need more calories". But I protested that I was burning a lot more as the miles added up and my weight wasn't going down and 1550 was exactly my BMR -shouldn't I eat more? "No". It wasn't as much that the scale wasn't going down. It was that it would go down 2 pounds, then go back up the next week. Up and down the same pounds for weeks. And there was a pattern. It went up after my long runs (weekend), then slowly went down by the end of the next week only to rise again. I was keeping it cool though. I knew I wasn't actually gaining weight because I wasn't eating an extra 7000 calories to cause that gain. Something else was going on. I started reading "Sports Nutrition" by Nancy Clark. In the first chapter it says "endurance athletes, even when trying to lose weight, must consume a minimum of 1800 calories per day to prevent their bodies from going into starvation mode and shutting down their metabolism". Well I don't know what the technical requirements are to be considered an endurance athlete, but surely running two hours for half marathon training qualifies?? So there was the answer from the expert. I was under-eating. The nutritionist and trainer can suck it. I increased my calories for the last two weeks to 1650-1800. I lost one pound the previous week, but nothing last week. I probably need more calories, but I don't want to overdo it on the increasing. I need to get a handle on this!!

Lots of reasearching later... I found New Leaf Fitness. A company that makes a nifty device that measures your oxygen uptake and CO2 output to determine your resting metabolic rate and it can also be done while exercising to determine your correct heart rate zones -something I have really been wondering about because my zones definitely do not match up with the standard charts. (I can run in the anaerobic zone for an hour and supposedly 10-12 min is max). Even niftier... the data can be uploaded to my Garmin so that it calculates my calories based on my actual metabolic data. Very exciting stuff. However, since I live in the boondocks, there is only one of these doohickeys in the state and it is at a college an hour away. I'm excited there is one so close! It took some doing to track down contact info which turned out to be the cellphone of the Chair of the new Sports Med & Exercise Science dept. Dr Don was excited to talk to me about his new toy and all of the wonderful things it does and how he can help me with my weight loss and training. When the testing is finished, I get a print out of the results with a custom program for optimum results for my nutrition and training performance. He is a PhD retired from NASA with a long list of crazy exercise, VO2 Max and sports nutrition research projects and books on his resume. So I am feeling super lucky to have found him! But here's the BUT... He cannot see me until May because they are in lab projects now then finals. Bummer. I told my DH about the New Leaf device, Dr Don, the plan and weeks more of waiting. He says "yeah that sounds pretty good. How much is it?" "$250" "Wow". I don't care. It is so worth it to me to get the answers. DH suggested I check Dallas because surely there is one there. Yep, bunches of them at Lifetime Fitness locations. Oh how I miss the amenities of the city. He is going there this weekend for a NASCAR race and said I should go do it there. I am tempted. But I think working with Dr Don is worth waiting for even though I am a terribly impatient person. He has a PhD in this stuff and I assume he knows his shizznazz rather than a trainer that has been taught to push the ON button. Ok, no offense to trainers, but seriously... seems the "value-added" benefit of a highly educated and published ON button-pusher is worth having a little patience.

So I am excited and at the same time bummed that I have to wait for the magic answers. In the meantime I will up my calories a little more and keep on truckin'. Half marathon is now less than 4 weeks away with lots of miles to do between now and then. I really wanted to be at 170 by race day so this plateau needs to get over itself and move on. Lighter is better!

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TRESAMCKENNA 4/19/2011 11:21PM

    I did the test at Lifetime Fitness and was very pleased with the results. There are only a few trainers that have the specialized knowledge and training that go along with the Metabolic Heart Rate test. It's so much more than just pushing the "on" button. My trainer was so incredibly informative and gave me a lot of good information and printouts (including cardio workouts) but it boils down to working out within YOUR heartrate zones. I can also work out for extended periods of time in the anaerobic zones, but I don't burn fat in zones 4 or 5. I have to work out in zones 2 and 3 to lose ANY weight. After working out super hard (too hard, too intense)and not seeing results, I finally spent the money and took the test. Super frustrating, but having taken the test and determined where my zones are, at least I can make the time I spend in the gym work for me. I say go to Lifetime and get the test done. You'll need to retest in 6 weeks anyway, and by then all your zones will have changed...maybe then you can go to Dr. Don for additional information. Good luck!

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HEALTHYME47 4/9/2011 5:19PM

    This is very interesting. I belong to Lifetime Fitness and my trainer occasionally brings up this testing, but I've been resistant, worrying that I already spend too much money on personal training and other things. But if I were working as hard as you were and not seeing the results, I would definitely do the testing. All of these calorie recommendations are just estimates based on the general population, but this will give you the exact numbers for YOU. I'm glad you'll be doing this and I'll be very interested in hearing the results.

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JICASMOM 4/5/2011 5:13PM

    UGH! I hate to wait for something you can just about grab... I say wait... even though it would be so hard for me. I think you know the reasons why and I think in the long run, (ha, no pun intended) you will be happier.

I am so excited for you. I am interested in what comes of this... good luck and you are awesome no matter what!


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BECKY_LYNN84 4/5/2011 2:37PM

    I hope things work out for you soon. Isn't it just weird about the under-eating? We will see how this week goes for me. Good luck and keep us informed on how this thing works for you! :)

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SHRINK71 4/5/2011 11:25AM

    Frustrating to have to wait so long, but waiting for the RIGHT appointment & so much better than settling for anything less. Just keep at it until then. You will do great.

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PINKBEANBOO 4/5/2011 11:22AM

    That is very cool. If you have the patience to wait for Dr Don, I'd wait. It will be hard but is probably the right choice.
I can't wait to hear about your experience.

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TERESA159 4/5/2011 10:28AM

    This is sooooo interesting!!! I am going to check into it too because I had also been following the guidelines for calories and doing everything right and not losing for a while. Then, I found that if I put in how many calories I burn a week into the tracker, it upped my calorie range by about 300 calories. Then my doctor said to eat two days on the low end of the range and one day at the high end and I started doing that. Since then, I have been losing, very slowly, but losing. I have always suspected that my numbers aren't normal, would love to know for sure. What a great tool! Knowledge! Thanks for the post.

BTW, which model Garmin do you have that can do that with the calorie burn?

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TEDDYBABE 4/4/2011 10:33PM

    Great blog. I don't think Dr. Don would mind if you got your gizmo in Dallas, got a head start on using it, etc. came up with some really important questions and points and still kept your meeting with him in May. Meeting would just come from a different angle. Great that you located this info Can't wait to hear more. Learning curve here for me. I have the same issue with the plateau and the same up and down and the SAME pattern. Good luck!

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MAGGIE805 4/4/2011 10:24PM

    Very cool!!! Sounds very hi-tech and if it gets you some answers than go for it. I think they have several of these over at Stanford which wouldn't suprise me. You'll have to let us know how it goes. :)

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PELESJEWEL 4/4/2011 9:49PM

    emoticon Very cool stuff and I so admire your tenacity! Thanks for sharing!

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MSEBENS 4/4/2011 9:31PM

    This sounds so much like my own plateaus. I have really struggled with the balance between weight loss and a love of endurance running. I would love to hear how you break through this plateau and what calorie/running balance you find that works best for you. I know we are all different, but I constantly feel like it is difficult to figure out whether I need to move those calories up or if I'm actually eating too much!

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MYLADY4 4/4/2011 9:17PM

    That is so cool that you found this Dr. I have thought about it but never persued it. I have to agree that with all the training you are doing, the calories might not be enough. I just upped my intake the past 2 weeks and lost 5 pounds the past two weeks, versus 5 pounds the previous 10 weeks. It was not much, just about 200 extra calories a day. I think I ran into the same thing last summer. Hoping that thanks to BMF this summer will be different.

Good luck

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MCLAFLIN 4/4/2011 8:48PM

    You are certainly thorough! That is exciting that Dr. Don is only an hour away!

I looked at some of the information on their site, and it is interesting. It is so tailored to YOU! That also helps me in my decision for a new HRM. I probably won't ever have the test done, but one never knows.

I agree, you should try adding calories a little bit every week. Then you can see just how it affects your loss. I cannot imagine working as hard as you are and losing a pound in 2 months. You are certainly determined! But I knew that already. If anyone will get to their goal, you will do it.

Can't wait to see how this all works out. You know the days in April will slowly drag on. Sorry, just had to point that out!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 4/4/2011 7:51PM

    Very interesting! I am going to check out that gizmo and see if there is one nearby me. I am having similar plateau issues, but mine has been MUCH longer. Thank you for sharing!!!

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RAINEMARIE214 4/4/2011 7:43PM

    I had one of those tests done at a Lifetime Fitness, when I still had my membership there. It was interesting to see my resting metabolic rate. It was lower than I had hoped it would be, but it was good information to know! The BMR was actually comparable to what SP said it was too!

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THEHONESTME 4/4/2011 7:36PM

    I'm really impressed -- you know your stuff!! So cool that you were able to hook up with Dr. Don -- and he's only an hour away -- YAY! Too bad about the wait, but sounds like it will be worth it in the end.

I totally agree that you need to up your calories. Isn't it funny that we know our bodies better than most nutritionists or trainers. Gotta give yourself credit and listen to Numero Uno!


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FLOWER1967 4/4/2011 6:26PM dont muck around do you ? You've done your research.... Good for you for looking for another avenue. Please let us know how you go...Id be really interested to find out.
Just re read your post....this Dr Don sounds AWESOME ! If he worked for NASA then he DEFINITELY knows his 'shizznazz' (?) LOL And the price is FANTASTIC !!!!

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FIT2SWING 4/4/2011 5:53PM

    The way I broke threw my plateau was accepting it and setting a goal that has nothing to do with weight loss and everything to do with getting in shape. Half Marathon. 5K is one thing, 10k is hard. But a Half Marathon requires work. And you can't half ass that!

Your research sounds interesting. I think I'm going to revisit this.

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CRISSYCURRY 4/4/2011 5:46PM

    Sorry about the plateau! Been there, done that. I tried several things but the main things that helped me were calorie zig zagging and changing up my workout routine. I hope you find what works for you!

And let me know how the meeting with Dr. Don goes! Which school is he at?

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LJOHN44 4/4/2011 5:41PM

    Wow, that sounds cool! I'd stick with Dr Don too, especially since he sounds so enthusiastic.

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How a plan for 10 miles became 11. (pics)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

So yesterday I had a plan to run 10 miles in my training schedule for the half marathon I am doing 4/30. I have adapted a schedule by Hal Higdon to fit the mileage I was already on, which stretched out the increases by smaller increments instead of the 1 mile per week in his plan. I have repeatedly read that you should not increase mileage by more than 10% per week and I don't want to risk an injury. Also, his 12-week plan takes a runner to 10 miles (week 11) with the race the next week. I wanted to be able to run 12 before the race -again 10 to 13 is a big jump. If I was 10 years younger and 20 pounds lighter I probably would have the confidence to follow that plan, LOL. It seemed a little aggressive for me and also started at a lower mileage than what I was already doing.

I started thinking about a half marathon after Christmas in Dallas (with the in-laws). I wanted to run the Dallas Rock & Roll Half 3/27. Then I was sidelined with an injury at the first of the year and it shook my running confidence. I went from invincible Rock Star to injured (and pouting) Bench Sitter. I didn't register for the race because I didn't think I would be ready. I realize now that I could have slipped in walk intervals if needed and I wish I was still doing it because it looks like a lot of fun. But on to Plan B! In Feb, I registered for the 4/30 Renaissance Half in Madison, MS -an hour's drive away. I've been training consistently and cautiously as I build my miles while continuing to crosstrain on non-run days.

Friday night I carefully mapped out 10 miles on I always run at the Vicksburg National Military Park. It's near my house, beautiful, safe, peacefully empty and the road is flat pavement. Except it is very hilly! There are 3 main loops with a few cross roads that create different routes and mileage.

Saturday morning off I went with my fuel belt filled with 1 bottle of G2, 1 of water and a GU in the pocket. It was thankfully overcast and just under 70 degrees. I wore my compression shorts for the first time (normally capri tights) along with a sleeveless top and my visor to keep the sweat out of my eyes. It was all good except very humid and sweat was rolling down my arms, haha. So I'm running along for miles ... and now I'm running around a circle at the end of the road. Crap! I was supposed to turn somewhere?? There was no sign! I was supposed to be on a road that led to the Cairo Exhibit. Last week I ran the other direction to the Cairo then turned around. Now what? Backtrack half a mile to see a sign now facing me "USS Cairo Exhibit-->". The entire park is a one-way drive. I did note as I was running that it had changed to a two-way and thought that was weird. Ha, now I get it. Visitors drive the road down to Grant's Circle (which was really nice) then loops back to the spot that turns them toward the Cairo. Anyway, I was a little miffed that there was no sign telling me to turn and now I added another mile to my route. I debated just going back the way I came to stick to the 10 miles, but I trudged on. Glad I did because it was a lovely view. I even saw a pair of turkeys and the Wisteria was blooming all over the place.
This was a view from the top of a hill. You can see the Mississippi River in the background. Those white things sticking up are the tops of the pavilion covering the Cairo. And yes that is a real cannon next to the blue marker sign.

This is the USS Cairo. It was a Civil War Ironclad Gunboat that sank in the river and was found in 1956. It was salvaged in 1964 then restored and rebuilt at the park in 1977. There's a museum building to the right of it that has the only restrooms and water fountains on all those miles. Potty break!

This is the US Cemetery across from the Cairo.

By the time I passed this stream I really wanted to jump in. But I had many hills left to climb and wet shoes would have been a drag.

Remember last week I did 9 miles? Funny thing was no sooner did my Garmin beep to let me know I had finished mile 9... my body said ERRRRKKKK!! (The sound of screeching brakes). And my brain said "hey, what's up with that?" Body said "Ok, this is the end. We just did this last week and this is where we stop." Ah, but the brain prevailed with logic. "Look, body. We have 2 more miles to go thanks to that missed turn. Walk it or run it -we still have to go the distance to get home. Running will get you to the food quicker so suck it up and move those feet!" And the body said "Food? Hells to the yeah, I'm in." 11 miles, 1,054 feet in elevation climbs and 1,226 calories burned.

A huge egg sandwich, coffee and shower... and I'm off to work to party with a bunch of 7 yr old girls. I don't look like those 11 miles killed me, right? Note to self: remind assistant to tell me she's taking a pic so I don't look so goofy.
Today is my rest day. I'm taking that very seriously.

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NEEBREW 3/30/2011 8:52PM

    Wow! That is AWESOME!!! I'm so VERY inspired by you. Thank you so much for sharing pics of your run... I almost feel like I was there (except for the aches!)

My first half is on 4/30, too. I can't wait to hit double digits on my mileage... maybe this week!!!

Renee :)

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KANSASROSE67 3/28/2011 3:33PM

    Love your pics and blog taking us with you! It snowed again here this weekend, and I am in total envy of your run among blooming wisteria!!! I love it and can't get to bloom for me.

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BECKY_LYNN84 3/24/2011 3:33PM

    Awesome job!!! I'm jealous right now (of the mileage AND of the green grass and warm weather LOL) but very proud of you! Keep up the awesome work and you will totally rock that half marathon in a month!

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PELESJEWEL 3/22/2011 8:32PM

    emoticon You look FANTASTIC!! Super energy flow, love that last pic!

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SHARJOPAUL 3/21/2011 8:26AM

    WOW! Great run!
You will be ready for that 1/2 marathon the way you are going.

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THEHONESTME 3/20/2011 10:15PM

    Great blog! Fun to read!! I think your assistant did an awesome job -- you're so young and pretty -- and YAY to you for finishing the run with an extra mile under your belt. I can't wait to hear more!!

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BRSCLS 3/20/2011 10:02PM

    I love your blogs you are an inspiration. I think you were meant to take that route for many reasons. You will do great in the HM. What is your work? It looks like lots of fun!

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LJOHN44 3/20/2011 9:18PM

    You are awesome! I love to hear about your runs! My husband & I enjoyed the pictures too!

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MAGGIE805 3/20/2011 8:31PM

    That is so awesome! I just signed up for my first HM in August and my body still puts on the brakes around 45 min. Grrrrrrr. I have a lot of work ahead of me.Beautiful pics and enjoy the rest of your weekend. Looks like you're having fun already. :)

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JICASMOM 3/20/2011 8:04PM

    You r my role model. I only wish we lived closer so I had a long distance buddy to run with... I so want to train like that! You are my inspiration!!! Yes, you are adorable and you DO NOT look exhausted whatsoever!!!! You rock!

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MCLAFLIN 3/20/2011 6:37PM

    First of all, you look so stinkin' young! You better get a new pic taken for your license! No one will believe your age.

I hope you inspired more people to visit the park. It truly is beautiful. My family are complete history lovers, and we enjoyed our stop in Vicksburg so much.

Your run rocked, and I love how you took us along with you. I look forward to your blogs, and you did not disappoint this time! I totally relate to your body not wanting to go on. Today I have been drained, and was glad it was a day of rest for me, too! Keep that humidity in the south, where it belongs! Just one more reason why I love my workout in the basement!

Hmm, just hit me, how many fitness minutes are you ahead of me now? That extra mile was totally NOT fair! lol

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MSEBENS 3/20/2011 6:01PM

    Mind over matter! It's wonderful to add a little mileage and enjoy the scenery along the way. I know that feeling where your body thinks it has done all it can do. It will thank you for it next week though! Great work.

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 3/20/2011 4:58PM

    What a great blog! I was right there with you, cheering and fully enjoying those scenery photos. Good for you! I can't wait to hear all about your half marathon after you run it. You're going to do great. I am glad you decided to take care of your injury. One thing I know as I get older - I don't want to do anything to hurt myself. Better to heal completely than to risk further injury.

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PINKBEANBOO 3/20/2011 4:52PM

    You look super cute after a great run!

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SHRINK71 3/20/2011 3:46PM

    SO awesome!!! You will totally rock that half marathon at the rate you are going!!!
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CRISSYCURRY 3/20/2011 3:28PM

    I should've been following your plan all along. LOL - I can't wait to run there on Saturday!!

And where do you work??

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SEABREEZE65 3/20/2011 3:08PM

    Love it!!! I definitely like the idea of injury free!

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P0KERS0PH 3/20/2011 3:04PM

    Great work!

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ME40ME 3/20/2011 2:56PM

    loved your story. I ran this weekend and it was suppose to be 7 ended up being 9 miles. I walked the last for my first half marathon in May. I am doing the add a mile each week training but wish i wasnt. your story was inspiring to me..i can relate to all of it. you doing well and looking good!

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TEDDYBABE 3/20/2011 2:25PM

    Oh great blog. Your are doing so good. I love your plan and think your injury free routine is a great approach. Loved the part where body comes to a screeching halt or tries to, I go through that also. Think I will lure mine with treats later also! Beautiful countryside. It has been a bit humid in the south lately...but they say sweat is good for our complexion. You are going to do great at your HM. Keep up the good work! Loved the blog.

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9 miles with an elevation gain of 780

Monday, March 14, 2011

Not gonna lie. This run had some beastly hills. Here's part of the elevation map. Garmin uses flash so I can only get a snapshot of part of it, but you get the picture here. On the left edge what appears to be green vertical dots are actually the elevation markers in 100 foot increments.

Total elevation gain was 780. All of the park roads make loops and the biggest single loop is over 10. I didn't have time for that because I had to be at work at 2 -so I did a down and back following my Garmin and u-turned at 4.25 miles because I can run the .5 from park to home to finish the full 9. You can see the whole report here if you're interested:
The climb from 4.5 to 5 was 163 feet. It sucked. Bad. I walked the last 50 yards or so. And I'm still taking full credit for running it because I deserve it, LOL.

It was a toasty 75 degrees and I was carefully metering out my 2 little bottles of fluid. I'm still experimenting with nutrition on long runs. I'm not hungry, but I am afraid of crashing. So far I like the Clif Shot Blocks and do not like Gu because I have to drink so much to get it down. I can eat 3 blocks much easier and it's like square gummy bears -what's not to like about that!

Finished the 9 right on time to grab some lunch, get cleaned up and head to work for a few hours. DH & I went to a Crawfish Boil for dinner. After burning 1041 calories on my run, I did not hesitate for a second to have a second beer with those spicy little tails! Yum, yum!

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TEDDYBABE 3/20/2011 11:52AM

    Don't you love your GARMIN. Great run and yes count all of it! You deserve it and that second BEER. Way to go girl, you inspire!!

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PELESJEWEL 3/17/2011 9:09PM

    emoticon My HERO!!

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HEALTHYME47 3/17/2011 10:02AM

    Oh yeah, you totally earned that beer. You are so impressive. That's neat the way the Garmin tracks the elevation for you...what kind of gadget is it, is it like a watch? Anyway, looks like a killer workout but good for you, you are awesome!

BTW, my husband and I have those "fuel belts" - have you seen them? They carry 6 oz bottles of water and the way they are spread out you don't feel them bouncing around.

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JULIE2719 3/15/2011 10:52AM

    wow - excellent job!

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MCLAFLIN 3/15/2011 9:45AM

    The first time I went to that park, the Cairo exhibit wasn't there. When we took our kids two years ago, we almost didn't go on the road that went past it, but for some reason decided to go. When I saw the big white tent, I knew it was something new. It was one of my our favorite parts of the park. I remember seeing joggers and walkers all along the way, and just think, now you are one of them! lol

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SHARJOPAUL 3/15/2011 9:00AM

You go girl!
I'm envious, wish my knees would still let me run.

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THEHONESTME 3/15/2011 8:11AM

    Two words for you: HOLY CRAP!!!

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JICASMOM 3/15/2011 6:00AM

    Wow!! Those are incredible hills!!!

I just checked out your garmin info. Incredible!! You rock!! You must be so proud of yourself!! I am in awe!!!

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CALIKIKI 3/14/2011 11:31PM

    Woo hoo! Yay you!

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MAGGIE805 3/14/2011 10:47PM

    I have yet to get a Garmin. I would a little nervous to see what my grid would like tackling the hills near my house. Probably off the charts.

Way to tackle them, girl!!!

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SHRINK71 3/14/2011 10:42PM

    You definitely deserved that beer!!! Look at you go! Awesome run!

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LISAINMS 3/14/2011 10:13PM

    Crissy: Yes, that's the military park. Starting from the entry arch, going against traffic flow (counter-clockwise). The first big hill is the Louisiana Monument. I ran to the Cairo exhibit and back. If you want to do 10, run the full route from the gate going with traffic to the Cairo then up the hill and past Graveyard Rd to the Louisiana Monument and around to the entry. That's 10.5 miles.

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MCLAFLIN 3/14/2011 9:03PM

    And all this from a 45 year old? lol Great job!

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CRISSYCURRY 3/14/2011 8:53PM

    Is that at the military park? Ryan and I plan to run 9 or 10 there on the 26th!! And by the way, great job! I love Hammer Gel, especially the vanilla!

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BECKY_LYNN84 3/14/2011 7:40PM

    Awesome job!!! You go girl!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/14/2011 5:46PM

    Holy moly, that is some elevation gain--I'd take full credit for running it, too, LOL! Well done; I'm interested to hear your preferences for refueling since I haven't started trying things out. I'm just now doing long enough runs that I need to start thinking about it. You earned that second beer, no doubt about it!

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PINKBEANBOO 3/14/2011 5:36PM

    9 miles & killer hills. You are da WOMAN! emoticon

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

LOL, I should have thought about taking this pic before I ran this morning. I didn't think about it until a walker passing the other direction said "I think I could be a runner if they served margaritas along the way!" Then I remembered your race and decided you need one of these, too. Sorry about the sweat!

Good company with nice products!

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MAGGIE805 3/11/2011 10:05PM

    Love this shirt! I have to get me one. Does the sweat cost extra? Lol! :)

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TEDDYBABE 3/11/2011 9:56PM

    Oh yes I am with you on this. And green love the green! Lol

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/11/2011 2:20PM

    Love the stuff from OneMoreMile, I want a dozen more 'cuz there are so many good ones! I have one that says 'Running is a mental sport and we are all insane.' Wore it to a race and got a lot of grins and nods on it. The sweat just shows you had a good workout, LOL!

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SHARJOPAUL 3/11/2011 9:34AM

    Love the shirt. Maybe if I had a couple of margaritas before I wouldn't notice my knees hurting.

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PELESJEWEL 3/10/2011 10:59PM

    Great blog! And really great shirt! emoticon Awesome sweat!

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JICASMOM 3/10/2011 9:24PM

    I LOVE this shirt and HAVE to get one!!!! And the sweat.... I am jealous b/c it looks like you had an AWESOME run!!!

I think you need to sign up and run my Tex Mex race with me!!!!!!

Love the shirt, love this blog!!! Thanks for giving me a smile!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

How far did you run and what was your time??? You rock!!!! xx

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FLOWER1967 3/10/2011 6:13PM

    Hahahah....this is SOO funny...Janelle def needs one of those !!!

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HEALTHYME47 3/10/2011 4:48PM

    AWESOME shirt!!!!!

P.S. you look like you are about 17. Wish I had skin like yours.

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MCLAFLIN 3/10/2011 1:39PM

    Thanks for the laugh! Some of my favorites (even though I'm not a runner, nor could I ever be because of my knees):

I know, I know. I'm almost there

Does this shirt make my butt look fast?

If you see me collapse, pause my Garmin

These shirts make me wish I was a runner!

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LISAINMS 3/10/2011 11:58AM

    Ha! Lucky for you viewers, it was 40 degrees today and this is barely sweaty.

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SHRINK71 3/10/2011 11:55AM

    LOVE the shirt!!! ... and the sweat on it is nothing less than inspirational. No apologies necessary!

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