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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The streak ends today....I am sad, but don't know what else to do. Unless I see indications of a significant recoevery in the next couple of hours, the fitness streak ends today. emoticon Sunday should have been an indication to me. I usually reserve my LSD runs for Sunday, since I am always off work that day, but when I went to run, I just couldn't get my rhythm. Every step was a struggle and that is not normal for me...and I WAS keeping my pace SLOW. I also had an insatiable appetite...going over my calorie maximum by 100+ calories. In fact, for the whole last week, my appetite has been voracious!

Yesterday, I felt a bit better, more energetic, and was supposed to do a short 3-4 miler with a running buddy. This would've been one of her longest and so I knew that it would be a sloer run. I ate a good breakfast....oatmeal, dried fruits and nuts and milk and headed out. By the time I got to the center, I found out that she couldn't run, so decided to use the training day for me to "catch up". I started out fast (for me) doing splits of 8:46 for mile 1, 9:08 mile 2 and 8:33 mile 3, for a 27:17 5K time.....my best so far this year. I still felt good, so I decided I could slow it up and go for the hour run or 10K whichever came first. I did slow my pace - ALOT, doing my next three miles with splits of 10:24 - 10:46 for a total of 6.2 miles in 1:00:02. I was
pretty happy with the session. Drank about 24 oz of water and had a small granola bar on the way home and then had 1 cup of yogurt with a half grapefruit and some Kashi nuggets on top. Then, I got ready for work and headed out. Within the next hour or so, I started to get a headache....the nauseating kind. It almost felt like a migraine, but no aura and it didn't seem to get as intense as a migraine....close though. I kept pushing water and had some green beans with ham and an apple for lunch, and by the time I got home, the headache was getting worse. I made a sandwich and salad and tried to take some excedrine and lay down to get rid of the headache which by now WAS migraine intense. The next several hours were HELL!
I was nauseated, couldn't hold anything down...kept pushing water to avaoid dehydration, but still, this AM, the headache was still there...not as intense, but pretty debilitating. I've never had a migraine hang on that long, so now I am thinking that the cause may be an electrolyte imbalance.

On many of my longer runs, I have noticed that afterwards, I am just plain old exhausted, like needing a nap, or have a dull headache or both. Also, I am feeling a bit of mental "slowness" after the longer runs, but that soon passe as I make sure to eat some protein with a little carbs and fat after the run (with in 15-30 minutes). This one was the worst though. The runs aren't THAT long, but I am wondering if Maybe I should be fueling somewhere during these runs or if ther is something I can do to retain my hydration levels. This morning after pushing the fluids - including water and gatorade and eating honeydew and yogurt and a banana muffin, my BP was still only 90/48 with a pulse of 61....leading me to lean toward the electrolyte imbalance theory.

Have any of you other runners experienced anything like this and do you have any suggestions. I am trying to build up my training to prepare for a half-marathon in September, but if I am experiencing these issues at just 10K, I am starting to question the feasability of that plan.

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CINDYCHARLENE 3/23/2011 12:19AM

    Wish I had some answers for you. I can pray you will find them tho. Love, Charlene

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DORIS32 3/22/2011 8:13PM

    I am preparing for a 10K and a Half also.. so I understand and hope everything goes well for you and that you can get back on track and feel better.

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KKINNEA 3/22/2011 3:59PM

    I had an electrolyte imbalance problem early on that grounded me for a month. Sounds like you're doing eveything right. For longer efforts, I carry water mixed with Propel powder to ensure the electrolytes are there for me.

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RHONDALYN10 3/22/2011 3:04PM

    I wouldn't throw out your 1/2 plans yet. I am thinking you are on to something with the nutrition/hydration issue. Is it possible you are doing too much exercise during the week? Maybe you can cut back and just focus on the 1/2 training for a few weeks and then slowly add more back in. Best wishes!

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LKEITHO 3/22/2011 2:54PM

    Sorry to hear you had problems after this run. I wouldn't give up on your training yet, though. I've had issues like this before, and it usually turned out that there were other things going on that were contributing to the problems for that particular run. Once I figured that out, I was able to avoid the issue for future runs (or if the problem was not avoidable, like impending illness or something at least knowing what caused it). Keep going slow and easy for now and build back as you feel ready. You'll get back on track!

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SKINNYPANDA2015 3/22/2011 2:42PM

    Hmmm. Are you taking water/gatorade with you when you run? You should be drinking fluids on runs longer than 60 minutes. It's also recommended to use GU or some other carb replenisher on longer runs. Frankly, I have never used them because I seem to do ok with just water, but others swear by them. If it is an electrolyte thing, maybe take along a water belt filled with gatorade and some GU packets (or some other energy gel).

Good luck!! I actually fainted a month before my half marathon because I ate pizza and drank wine (which I don't usually do), and all the sodium completely dehyrated me. So...watch your sodium intake too.

Good luck!

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What's Up With This???

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I'm not sure what's going on, but this past week, I have done lousy at nutrition....and this week is not starting out any better. PLUS, I barely got in my 33 mins of cardio w/ a 3.2 mile run. It was a struggle all the way....then home to eat and eat and eat some more. Like I never heard of "Just Say NO!!!"

I don't know what has been my problem with food this past week, but it needs to stop HERE! If I average the week, I come out within my ranges, but in actuality, I was over 3 out of 7 days. Not by alot (100 or so calories each day that I was over), but that will start adding up if I don't watch it. Praying that my peanut flour comes in this week. Maybe that's it!

It's almost ten and I'm hitting the sack and up early to get some serious fitness in with another run - either longer this time or some strength training or pilates on top of the run. Need to get it back on track.

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TEAPOT57 3/21/2011 10:30PM

    Well your not the only one over in calories. I am over for Dr. Oz's but okay for Sparks. My weight just keeps going up and down and Dr. Oz's thinks it's because of going over in my calories. It's hard to keep my calories under 1270.
Your body is probably trying to tell you something . With all the exercising you do you probably need more calories.
Listen to your body.

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TEDDYBABE 3/21/2011 9:19PM

    Haven't you had a crazy schedule lately. Maybe your system is telling you its on overload. You will be back on track in no time pretty lady.

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CYCLINGSANDY 3/21/2011 2:50AM

    I am still so imptressed with your committment to running and fitness. I am still considering adding that to my workout regimen.We'll see. God bless you for a better week this week.

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BLESSEDMAZARS 3/20/2011 11:53PM

    Sounds like you just need to have an adjustment week. Now it's off to the races. You go, girl! emoticon

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CINDYCHARLENE 3/20/2011 11:42PM

    Oh THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for letting me know that you are human. I was beginning to think you weren't. Tee Hee. It was a scarey thing.

A good boss lets their employees take a break now and then, so when they return they are up to par with their performance. Just look at this as "Taking a Break" this week. It's like runners who take a walking break. You did yourself a favor whether you know it or not.
Love, Charlene

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Slow Down This Week

Saturday, March 19, 2011

So, I'm winding down the ridiculously hectic week and entering a mildly crazed one. I had planned on doing 60 minutes of pilates today and the 60 mins of spin, but lounging around just felt tooooo good this morning. I even contemplated going back to bed for a few minutes (dogs got me up early - on my morning to sleep in - grrrrrr). I didn't though, and I did go to spin, which, though I still struggle with, I did better that I ever have. I know I'm getting stronger, but gosh, this takes time. I am so much NOT a patient person. The day before, I did a 5K and then a 6 pack abs class and two days before that, I ran, then abs and then group strength. I am finding that when I am going to double up, I need to be smarter about my choices. I probably could have done both today, but my body is just crying for a break and tomorrow will be a long run day.

Due to the demands on my time this past week, I only had about 433 minutes of fitness for a little over 3000 calories burned. In addition, too many days I was higher than I would have like on my nutrition and two days I was over by about 100 calories. Next week, the schedule is lighter, so I need to kick it back up and get in those miles and some extra ST. I didn't do any yoga or stair climber this week either, so those need to get scheduled in as well, or get out and hit some hills.

Today was a good day to rest up the body a bit though and spend some qulity time with friends...I just wish that everything in our culture did not revolve around food. Even when tryinng to cut back and or make wise choices, our way of life in this country seems to be one of overindulgence....even when we know better.

Oh, well, it's just another part of life, and life goes on. That being said, my life goes back on at 5AM to be a lighting run through at 7 and services untill 12:30, so off to bed I go.

Keep Sparking everyone - good luck to all of you running races this weekend....both real and virtual. I will be doing a virtual 10K and mile tomorrow. See you on the message boards.

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CINDYCHARLENE 3/20/2011 1:04AM

    You are absolutely fabulous! I am so happy for you that you are able to be so diligent in your physical workouts. I have no doubt you are reaping the benefits of your active life style. Love you, Charlene

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Yet Another Lesson Learned

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

As most of you have realized, my schedule this week is particulary crazy, so today, I had some making up to do in the fitness arena to keep up with my goals. I worked from 7-4, and had planned to get in a 5K prior to my abs class and strength training (okay, not one of my brightest plans....but it looked good on paper). I got to the center just in time to get changed and get in just over 20 minutes of speed work and then got in those classes. They were much tougher after running. Don't think I'll be trying that again anytime in the near future.

Tomorrow, I have on my schedule to run AND do a Butts and Gutts class. I think I'll amend that to just run and pray that the weather we had today will hold so that I can get in a nice long run (hopefully and hour or so) after work and before I go to lighting practice. Of course, it's 8:30 now and I have to get the gym bag cleaned out and reloaded for tomorrow and set up coffee so that I can be up at 5AM or none of this is going to happen.

Nighty, night all!!! Have a Happy St Pat's Day emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDON'T DRINK TOO MUCH BEER....LIMEADE OR CELERY JUICE WOULD BE A GOOD SUBSTITUTE!!! emoticon

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CINDYCHARLENE 3/18/2011 11:36PM

    My goodness, you make me tired just reading your schedule. "Butt" no "Gutts no glory. LOL.

Great going! By the time you are Jack LaLanne's age you will still be going strong like he was. Do you know of him? I used to watch him on TV when I was in my early twenties and I thought he was old then ha ha.

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RHONDALYN10 3/17/2011 9:04AM

    Butts & Gutts just sounds painful! Hope it was a great class! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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TEAPOT57 3/16/2011 10:52PM

    Happy St. Patrick Day ! Good luck tomorrow with your schedule.

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BLESSEDMAZARS 3/16/2011 10:37PM

    What a plan! Hope you get it ALL done! :)

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MARITIMER3 3/16/2011 9:39PM

    Happy St. Patraick's Day and good luck with your fitness.

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Just One More Hour....Please!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Seems that life just doesn't give us enough hours. If I could just have one mo9re hour in the day - okay, maybe two, or three.... Today was get up, make b'fast and pack a lunch and my workout stuff, go to work, get out late, make it to the fitness center for just enough time for a 1.1 mile run before pilates, come home make dinner, eat dinner, Spark for about an hour while checking and responding to emails and clearing the junk out of the email box. I'm already late getting into bed and got to get to sleep so as not to blow my 7-8 hour sleep streak. Plus that's the only way I'm going to keep up this insane schdule. Hoping that this slight weight gain over the past couple of days goes away quickly....it's ticking me off. I'm working too hard to see the numbers on the scale go up. But, I know that I just need to keep tracking and doing the right thing and eventually, they will head back down.

Hope to have a few extra moments this week to actually be able to huddle and post to my team pages, but that is not happening today. Miss you all on my teams and hope to see you soon! Night all!!!

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LLLAWSON 3/16/2011 8:15AM

    Sounds like you accomplished alot!! You'r right, you need your rest to accomplish the things you want.

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MIMIKK7 3/16/2011 7:25AM

    I am sure if we had more hours in a day we would just pack those hours with more tasks. emoticonYour schedule is mind boggling. I hope you get some downtime soon. Hang in there! emoticon

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TEDDYBABE 3/15/2011 10:32PM

    You have a crazy schedule. Hope it can ease up for you soon. Hang in there!

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