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Hurts Sooo Good

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Well, this week I've really upped my fitness minutes. I added alot of core and strength training and spinning to the running (even cut back a little there). Yesterday, my obliques hurt so bad it felt like I got kicked in the ribs, but today they are better and now I can feel the tenderness in my backside and other muscles that don't get used as much when I run. It's sore, but it's a GOOD sore. Hope I can keep it up, but am starting to look at this weeks schedule to see what I can add in without overdoing before next Sunday's race. I'll probably look to do just a couple very short light workouts on Friday and Sat (and nothing that could make me too sore Wed/Thurs).

Picked up my race packet today! WOOHOO!!! We will be chip timed and the shirt for this race is probably the nicest tech T-shirt I've ever seen given out for a race so far. It's kind of a limeish green with autumn rust logos (odd colors), but will be great for high visiblity when running in the predawn and dusk hours. After the race they will be having their fall festival and a $5.00 pancake breakfast and there will be photographers there to get shots of the runners crossing the finish - it's kind of pricey, but if mine comes out well I may have to splurge - time for a new shot for the Spark page.

Tomorrow is hectic - like every day, what's new, but it's Sunday WOOHOO! I'm probably going to do the late service at 11AM, since we have a luncheon after, so I'll see how I feel and if I think I can get in a strength training class at 8:30-9:30 and bring a change of clothes for church. Then after the luncheon, (around 2:30) head home to pick up the books etc for the last week of Financial Peace University and the pound cake I'm bringing to the class...out of there by PM and home to cook dinner. Might get in a short run, if not, Monday is a short day 12-5 at work, so I can get to Spinning at 9AM, possibly Yoga at 10:15, and if I bring a change of clothes, I can get to work at noon to 5 and still make Bible Study at 6-8PM. Sounds like a plan. MAYBE?!?!?!

  
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ON2VICTORY 9/27/2010 9:33AM

    wow, sounds like this is going to be a fun one. yummy pancakes! woo hoo!

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SPARKIE1964 9/26/2010 6:08PM

    So proud that you're doing another race...Is this a 5K too? Can't wait to see the new photos...

I know what you mean by "Hurts so good..." I'm right there with ya after Thursday's body conditioning class which I'm just starting to recover from, but not 100%. Haven't ran since Wednesday, but plan to go for a walk as soon as my stomach settles from dinner & may do some running. Feeling exhausted from a busy work month which doesn't look like it's going to let up any time soon. But, it's all good...

Cheers,
Liza

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SPARKIE1964 9/26/2010 6:08PM

    So proud that you're doing another race...Is this a 5K too? Can't wait to see the new photos...

I know what you mean by "Hurts so good..." I'm right there with ya after Thursday's body conditioning class which I'm just starting to recover from, but not 100%. Haven't ran since Wednesday, but plan to go for a walk as soon as my stomach settles from dinner & may do some running. Feeling exhausted from a busy work month which doesn't look like it's going to let up any time soon. But, it's all good...

Cheers,
Liza

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RUTHIEBEAR 9/26/2010 4:54PM

    I want to see that picture! emoticon

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IZZYBEBOP 9/26/2010 10:45AM

    I'll be rooting for you to finish the race good! You're awesome to be doing this and hope you get a picture! Busy day for you that's for sure. Have a great one!

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LKEITHO 9/26/2010 8:32AM

    Wow! Sounds like you have a busy day ahead of you! Have fun!

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Trying to Fan the Spark Into a Flame

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Today is Autumn. Summer is over. It's not thata I don't like Autumn. Actually, fall is one of my favorite seasons and there is only one little thing that disturbs me about this time of year. That is that it will soon end and it will be winter...long, cold, deary winter. Year after yeara it is the same, at least since I've moved to Illinois....the cold and dark really depresses me. Add to that, the fact that my fitness regime is already thrown off and I've been in a panic that the Spark would die altogether and not only would I not keep making progress, but soon I would enc up right back where I started. I simply cannot let that happen. Our local park district has a special off going on this month. It's one week free use of the facilities. That's all the weight, cardio equipment and the tracks (2 indoor tracks) - one is 10 to the mile and the other is 6 to the mile. Much as I don't like the idea of running around and around in circles, believe it or not, it sounds like it would break up the monotony of the dreadmill this winter. They also includes a variety of classes, from six-pack abs, to yoga(seveal types), to kick boxing, to spinning, to zumba, group strength, pilates, step, cardio mix etc etc etc. The only issue is that the cost is $33.00 a month, and although I can swing that now, when work drops off, I may not be able to, so I hesitate getting locked into the one year contract. They still offer the opportunity to use the facility, but it is $8.00 a day for total access (except tennis, aquatics and steam/sauna - which I could definately live without). Track only is $2.00 a day. I'm trying to resign myself to the fact that if I budget, maybe I can alot myself the $33.00 and do a couple of full access days a month and do 3 classes those days to mix things up and learn something new to take home, and the rest of the monthly budget, can go to the track fees for my longer runs. I'm going to try begging at the end of the week and see if they will work something out on a quartely basis so I won't be locked in so long, but it's the city's park district and you know the old saying....."you can't fight city hall." Anyway, between that and the running club on Saturday, my fitness minutes will be WAY up this week...then I'll slow it up toward the end of next week before the race on the 3rd. After that...who knows, but I would really like to still do a 10K before the end of the season, and I would love to get the body fat % down and increase the core strength in particular.

  
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LKEITHO 9/25/2010 2:05PM

    Sounds like you at least have some good resources if you need them. As you say, the track is not too exciting, but it is a nice break from the treadmill now and then. Or, you could just move to Arizona! Still above 100 degrees predicted here all next week.

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SHAWFAN 9/24/2010 8:58AM

    Sounds like you have a plan. Hope you put it into action. emoticon

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SPARKIE1964 9/24/2010 8:19AM

    I'm feeling nervous about winter for same reasons, especially since I recently embraced outdoor running which I love this time of year. I've seen people running or speed walking early am in the malls if you have one nearby. Could also invest in inexpensive free weights and follow ST exercises or videos at home. You can do that 10k which might inspire me yet again!

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Finding Joy in the "Simple" Things - Benefit of Spark #794

Monday, September 20, 2010

So, today I was getting ready for work, toothbrush in mouth, bag on shoulder, socks and shoes in hand and running (almost late) as always. As is dashed around the kitchen, multi-tasking so that I could put a lunch together and get out the door, I thought it would be easier to get things done, ie., coffee poured and water bottle refilled without the socks and shoes in my hand. I'm really bright that way, you know. I looked over to the chair, which already contained the lunch box that I was filling, so instead of taking the lunch box off the chair, I figured, why not? try to put on the socks and shoes without having to sit down or lean on the counter. Now, balance is not one of my strong suits, but along with the running and some strength training, I've been doing either pilates or yoga once a week for flexibility and core strength. It's tough, because as I said, I don't have the best balance. So, I stood up straight, took a slow deep breath and lifted my left knee, bending forward and put on my sock, then my shoe, and then tied it!!!! WOOHOO - without putting my foot down OR grabbing onto anything for support. Then I did the same with the right side!!! Sure, there was a slight wobble, but I did it. t sounds like such a simple thing, but try it....for those of us who are balance challenged this is a HUGE accomplishment! Just another of the many benefits of the Spark lifestyle. Check it out, it is really a hoot!!!

  
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FICTIONRUNNER 9/21/2010 8:33AM

    You paint a great picture. As another always 'almost late' person, I've been there. Great job! And, yes, the simple things are absolutely wonderful. emoticon

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GATORJOY 9/21/2010 6:38AM

    Yes! I know about a balance problem and I am very glad to see balance improving for you! I too have a balance deficiency and I am using yoga as well. It is good to know that it truly does improve! emoticon

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GATORJOY 9/21/2010 6:37AM

    Yes! I know about a balance problem and I am very glad to see balance improving for you! I too have a balance deficiency and I am using yoga as well. It is good to know that it truly does improve! emoticon

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SPARKIE1964 9/20/2010 8:02PM

    I've recently done the same thing successfully which is huge for someone like me who has also had balance issues (ironic for a Libra)...Big congrats on a not so small feat my friend!

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NELLIEC 9/20/2010 7:40PM

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That sounds wonderful!!!

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Running (or not) on Empty

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sometimes you just have one of those days....and today wasn't really a BAD day, but it was busy, like every day and maybe I just didn't have time to take care of me like I probably should have. It's now 9:45 and I need to get to bed to be up early for lighting run through at 7Am at church. I should be in bed, but I just need to blog this feeling out because for the first time in a long time, I WANT CHOCOLATE!!! Not in a, I did well today and can enjoy a small piece of chocolate for a treat kind of way either, but in a I'm feeling kind of sorry for myself and want to indulge in something horrible since I got not fitness in for two days now and tomorrow doesn't look promising and is this turning into a trend? and I'm going to get fat and lose everything I've worked so hard for and I don't know where this is going, but it's just been a week of trying to readjust my schedule to make room for the fall winter activities and I'm trying to wing it (and as far as I can tell doing pretty well) without tracking every item I eat. I've done some spot checks, and I'm staying within my ranges pretty well, but I think I'm missing that feeling of control that came with tracking....and I miss the points and the points and the streak for water drinking. Even if other areas of my life are feeling a little uncertain, I knew I had that part down. Am I rambling??? I feel like it...If this blog isn't rambling then you should be inside my head....there is definately some rambling going on in there!

I think I need a short break and a treat, maybe a manicure tomorrow. The entire rest of the day is go...go...go, so maybe between church and class in the afternoon, I'll skip over and get the nails done (and eyebrows). That always lifts my spirits. Hey, and it's Sunday too - that's right, my FAVORITE day!

Okay, I got the electric blanket on the bed yesterday, it's probably preheated by now and I picked up a book on Running for Women at the library the other day. I think I'm gonna crawl in the toasty bed, read a little, try and get a good nights' sleep and tomorrow will be a BRIGHT, NEW, SHINY, WONDERFUL DAY!!!

Note to self - schedule nice, loonnnng, run for Monday. emoticon

  
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SPARKIE1964 9/20/2010 10:03AM

    Sometimes we need to take a break and indulge ourselves with a treat. Maybe try dark chocolate which is good for you too. Knowing you, I'm guessing you got back into your routine today. Tracking seems like a lot of work sometimes, but the feeling of being in control is worth it. You have accomplished much this year to be proud of you. You can do this!

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MUSTBHEALTHY 9/20/2010 2:03AM

    Hi, hope you do manage to get some kind of work out in so you start to feel better.

Just thought I'd remind you of the 'quick track' option. You still get your streek days and full points just for logging water and 5 fruits or veg. You can also track your workout mins easily.

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ON2VICTORY 9/19/2010 12:34AM

    I have let some time go by since my last long run, appx 9 days. I have felt in times past that I would go totally backwards and lose it but it has not happened. if anything, I come out stronger after some recovery time 6-7 days. as a matter of fact, I went for my first long run since 9 days ago and it morphed into a full half distance. i was only planning on doing 10 but i cranked out a 13.1 mile run in 3 hrs, @ a 14 min pace.

my point is that I was gettin all depressed about my schedule at work totally dominating my life for the last few months but in spite of the delays, i have done my best and been my best.... you will too. you care about what happens, its when you QUIT caring is where the trouble really starts, not when you are simply worried about what MIGHT happen.

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FLICKER70 9/18/2010 11:19PM

    It looks like maybe thing have been going fast and furrious for you. It doesn't hurt to miss a day or two and it is definitely a great idea to treat yourself. If it brightens your day it may also motivate you to carry on with your goals. We all know you can do it. We have all had those times when our schedules run us low and off track. Good luck getting back in motion and best wishes for a wonderful day! you already know you will get back in track, you just need to treat yourself. You go and pamper the woman who needs it. Happy Sunday! emoticon

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Learning Acceptance Through Running

Friday, September 17, 2010

I continue to learn so much from this program....and it continues to better my life in so many ways. All my life, I have expected perfection from myself, and more often than not, when I failed to achieve my own lofty goals, I would give up. I am really learning though! Running has been a major part of that education process.

The other day, I went with my buddy to the race site to train there and the run was much worse than the first time we ran it together....many factors may have contributed to the lousy run, but part of it, I have had to accept, may have been that it was just an "off day". My buddy is busy the next couple of times we were supposed to run together, but instead to sitting on my behind or doing the simpler and much more enjoyable flat land runs near home, I went out today and tackled the course by myself. I am very glad I did. I didn't manage to make the 5K in under 30 this time, but I was darned close (30:22). I've only managed a sub thirty on that course once and it was with my buddy who is 17 years younger than me. The last 1/4-1/2 mile, I ran part way with another gal who was out there training. She will be running in the race and is an avid runner (like marathons, ie., Chicago, Boston etc). She said she likes to run that course due to it's difficulty because it helps her to prepare for Boston, which she says is quite hilly. She also gave me the locaton of another running store not to far from the course that has running programs for FREE on 3 nights out of the week and Saturday mornings. They even bring in a yoga instructor once a month to teach us Yoga for Runners.

After we finishsed our run, she taught me some stretches, which I usually skimp on and then I went and checked out the store. It is the best one (if not a little small, very knowledgable), and got the schedule of the runs and training and will try to take advantage of joining in with the groups to keep my motivation up through the winter months and learn some pointers.

Got the license done today and the library card and dinner....and lighting practice tonight. Don't work until late tomorrow, so I'm planning on trying to do some extra strength training, maybe check out the FREE week at the Community Center and maybe even get in a short 3-4 mile run.

All in all a pretty good day!!!

  
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CRAZYLIZZIE 9/17/2010 9:29PM

    Way to go, and best of luck in your race. Is it your first one? You'll find that the atmosphere and the energy might just be enough to carry you in under 30! Best of luck!

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DELPHYNE 9/17/2010 10:02AM

    Way to go!

That running group sounds great! I wish I had access to something like that. Very cool.

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SEABREEZE64 9/17/2010 9:22AM

    Great time! WTG!
For me, I MUST let go of perfection in order to have PEACE in my life.

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IMSMILEY88 9/17/2010 8:37AM

    I just completed C25K a few weeks ago and ran my first 5K on Saturday. It sounds like you are learning a lot and got some good information from your run. Keep it up!

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WOMANCHEF 9/17/2010 7:10AM

    Running is amazing - I'm glad you are having so much fun with it. I'm running my first 5k next weekend. emoticon

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BLUEEYES1962 9/17/2010 7:01AM

    I am just starting the C25K program and it is so nice to read about your runs! I know someday I will complete a 5K too! emoticon

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BLUEEYES1962 9/17/2010 7:00AM

    I am just starting the C25K program and it is so nice to read about your runs! I know someday I will complete a 5K too! emoticon

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BLUEEYES1962 9/17/2010 7:00AM

    I am just starting the C25K program and it is so nice to read about your runs! I know someday I will complete a 5K too! emoticon

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