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My first and hopefully last fall... my toughest run yet

Sunday, March 06, 2011

So today I went for a run. I went today instead of tomorrow because the weather was supposed to be better. Had I been planning it out, I might have known...
Anyways, I was probably not as hydrated or nourished as I should have been, but didn't really give it much thought. I also have not done more than 6 miles since January. Somehow, I thought I might pull off 7 or even 8 miles.
So I started out and it wasn't long, maybe mile 2, before I was feeling really tired and out of breath. I'm not sure if I'm still just not all better from having a cold or what was up. So besides that I was also feeling tired early on. I pushed on though, knowing I ought to at least go 4 without much trouble.
Well I got to about 2.5 miles and fell. I was so surprised that I literally, chuckled in embarrassment that someone might have seen it and jumped back up and kept going. I was running on the sidewalk, which is quite uneven around where I live, but doesn't usually trouble me. I think maybe the tiredness made me not so alert. So anyways, I fell down and jumped right back up and ran a few houses down the street and washed my arm off with snow. Thankfully, instead of landing on the hard sidewalk I landed on someone's muddy lawn. I had lots of mud on my arms and clothes and later found out, I had a bit on my face.
So anyways, I decided I would call it a day but when I got to my street I couldn't make myself stop, even feeling tired and being muddy I made myself keep going. I ended up getting close to 5 miles in before heading home and even faced the fear of people seeing me in muddy clothes.
During the last lap, I felt like I was really pushing it and told myself to remember that feeling and to remember how hard it was come half marathon day, because I want to remember that even if things get tough, I can do this!
I really wasn't too upset about falling. The old me would have given up and walked home, but the new me, was thankful to have not sprained an ankle or broken a bone and took advantage of that fact and decided to make the most of my run and keep on going.

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CDK210 3/6/2011 3:27PM

    glad you weren't injured in your fall, and kudos for continuing on. five miles is awesome. and dirt adds character ;)

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LUREAH21 3/6/2011 1:55PM

    Yes, I do Gwen. I did 2 puffs off the inhaler before I left but maybe I needed more. I don't usually before running outside unless I know I'm going on a longer run and I never puff during a run. With the weather being warmer though, maybe there are more allergens in the air outside. I really don't know. For me the basement usually triggers the asthma, and I don't have horrible asthma at all, just get a little cough when exerting myself.

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DINGALLSTOO 3/6/2011 12:52PM

    OUCH, glad you're okay and yeah for continuing

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LADYGWEN25 3/6/2011 12:26PM

    You may have a touch of the family illness.. I'm having the same issue... Not as full blown as what they have but i can tell my body is fighting it... You have exercise induced asthma, right? do you carry your inhalers on your run? I know my sister has to use hers prior to a run to help with lung function..Get some rest...sounds like you need it..Proud you pushed through..Sometimes the mental training is as important as the physical trraining. :) GREAT JOB!

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BAM-MA 3/6/2011 11:17AM

    Glad to hear that you weren't hurt! Great Job getting up and finishing the run!

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LUREAH21 3/6/2011 9:46AM

    Thanks for the comments! I'm thinking the run was hard because of water a little bit, but even more because of nutrition. When the run ended I was starving. I tried some GU Chomps during the run, but as it was close to lunch time and I hadn't had lunch before I went out... I did have breakfast and some simple carb snacks though. It's so hard to know. I have also had a hard time breathing well during my runs lately. Everyone in the family has been sick with a virus but me, so maybe I have a touch of it and just don't feel it until I run?
Hard to say, but I'm going to keep on keeping on. :)

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DDOORN 3/6/2011 9:01AM

    Kudos to your determination...! It can be so easy to allow embarrassment to hold us back from accomplishing such great things!

Sounds like you learned a thing or two about hydration also...! :-)


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FRECKS96 3/6/2011 8:48AM

    It does take tough runs sometimes, to help conditions both our minds and our bodies. Believe me, I have had my fair share in my short running career. Congrats to you for getting up and pushing through!

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Blah runs

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

I'm having some hard runs this week and I think it's either because I'm tired, not getting to bed early enough or because I increased to 7 this past weekend or maybe it's just how much I hate the treadmill. Oh and then of course I'm also coming off of a little school break.

In any case I'm going to keep my runs this week a little on the low mileage side. I'm going to get to bed earlier than I have been too. I'm also going to try to increase my wake up time bit by bit to see if I can start running in the morning outside.

It's so hard to figure out a good running schedule, especially since my DH runs too and we have 2 children at home.

I've never been a morning person, but maybe that can change emoticon

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LADYGWEN25 1/6/2011 8:34AM

    i agree.. sounds like a combo of things.. Maybe you can split your run? run 1/2 in the morning...1/2 in the evening... I'd also get to bed early..maybe make the longer runs your ONLY workout this week.. to give your body recoup time... Personally i like candy canes for my long runs..I can snap a piece off and pop it in between my cheek and gum and just suck on it.. Not the best fuel.. but it does work for the 8 mile runs. Have you tried the GU gels yet?

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DDOORN 1/6/2011 8:26AM

    Increased to 7 miles...? Whew! No WONDER! lol! Yeah, TOUGH to get my butt in bed at a decent hour!

But kudos to you for pushing yourself nonetheless!

I am savoring the ever-increasing amounts of sunlight during the morning while on my treadmill.


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LUREAH21 1/6/2011 8:16AM

    Thanks! I woke up this morning with a bit of a scratchy voice and a bit congested too. I did that on Monday too. I must also be fighting something.
I think I'm going to try out some sort of fuel on my next long run which wont be until a week from this Sunday since I'm planning on taking the long run off this week. I'm curious about the jelly bellys and pretty sure I can't take anything in the form of liquid.
Last week I just ate a sugary granola bar after 60 minutes or so.

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FRECKS96 1/5/2011 6:54PM

    I hear you on running being harder this week. And I think it probably has to do with a combination of all the things you mentioned. Also, make sure you're eating enough to fuel so you don't bonk.

Good luck getting a schedule nailed down. It is tricky.

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Thank You SparkPeople

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I have lost a total of 49 pounds since I started this journey over 2 years ago! What's even more amazing is that the last 20 pounds was with SparkPeople, I have only been sparking for about 6 months!

So while my loss has felt slow at times, it's actually been quite fast in comparison to what it was before I started sparking.

As a reminder as to how far I've come I changed my ticker to the beginning weight of where I was originally and gave myself a I Lost 20 Pounds With SP award.

I know that I shouldn't place too much of an emphasis on the numbers but I can't help but be excited, I weighed in today at 133, I haven't been in the 130's since the late 90's.

What's more is that I have never been an athlete, I was always the last to be picked to be on a team and here I am proving myself to be actually physically fit. I went from a lifetime of not wanting to do any physical exercise to craving it and looking at every household and outside chore as an opportunity to build more muscle and/or get more movement.

I think I'm going to buy a SP shirt today!

Thank you Julie for sparking Cookie who sparked me!!!

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KANSASROSE67 11/17/2010 11:49AM

    Great job so far...keep up the good work!

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LUREAH21 11/17/2010 8:12AM

    Thanks everyone! My goal is actually 125, my original goal was 130. Once I hit 125 I think my goal will no longer be number related but just related to toning up, if I go lower so be it.
Since I am not quite 5'1 125 is pretty much mid range for me and feels like it should be doable. Although, most of my adult life I haven't been below 130, so we'll see :)

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MILMOM2000NEW 11/17/2010 8:06AM

    Congrats on your loss thus far! You are rockin'! Keep up the great work!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/17/2010 7:35AM

    emoticonYou've accomplished a lot, great job. You've definitely earned the sparkpeople shirt, wear it PROUD !!!

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DDOORN 11/17/2010 7:32AM

    Bigtime congrats to your accomplishments!

Just imagine who YOU'RE Sparking now...? :-)

Don 2 or 3 SparkPeople shirts...I'm always doing something that either rips or stains mine...need to buy me some "back ups"!

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FRECKS96 11/17/2010 7:29AM

    Aw, YAY!!!! And you're welcome! Congrats on your progress. I know what you mean about the exercise, it's amazing how quickly our bodies adapt. Keep it up!!

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LADYGWEN25 11/17/2010 7:23AM

    Great Job Tracy!!! And i agree with the numbers idea.... But i'm jumping up and down right with you! Sometimes when you haven't seen something in such a long time.. it's good to acknowlege it. Enjoy your success and you changed life! I agree get the T-shirt! It's an awesome reward for an end goal.. I've been waiting to do the same. It gives me time to figure out how i can put my weight loss number on the

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COOLPOODLE 11/17/2010 7:16AM

    Yea!!!! Congratulations. Mid 130's is my goal!!!! Glad to see you made it emoticon

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Great article on dark chocolate with cited resources...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I enjoyed reading this article because there were actual cited sources and because it says how good for me dark chocolate really is :)

I'm noticing a theme among my last 2 blogs ;)

Health Benefits of Chocolate Unique to Dark Chocolate

One of the biggest challenges people have with any diet is the denial of their sweet tooth. This denial can continue until a person’s will is broken and they have to cheat. They have to indulge the craving. This often leads to overindulgence and a lack of motivation to continue the diet. The culprit in all of this is often sweets. Who can resist the call of a sugary and sweet delight after living in a prison of bland diet food?

Researchers, however, may have found a light at the end of the tunnel and a momentary escape from the dreariness of health food. Recent studies have found several health benefits of chocolate. Maybe there truly is such a thing as healthy chocolate.

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BAM-MA 3/1/2011 10:28AM

    I understand your connection to chocolate. I am the same way. I came up with this recipe
pe-detail.asp?recipe=1482385 that you might want to try. If the link doesn't work, you can go to sparkrecipes and search for Bam-ma's cookbook "recipes I have made/ Chocolate Hazelnut Macaroons"

I make a batch of these and freeze them in single serving snack bags. Then they are not in plain sight so I don't eat them all at once, but when I have a craving, I can grab one pkg and only get about 57calories and limited sugar, but get my chocolate fix. They aren't your grandma's macaroons!

Comment edited on: 3/1/2011 10:30:37 AM

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DDOORN 11/13/2010 9:22PM

    The key for me would be limiting myself to just about ANY sweet, chocolate or otherwise...!

I continue to struggle with that and am always most safe when it just ain't


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LUREAH21 11/13/2010 10:05AM

    LOL, Gwen I read the same article while pregnant with Sarah
Oatmeal Choc. Chip is my favorite sweet ever, I can't help myself around them.
I made some with whole wheat flour, walnuts, flax, etc. As healthy as I could basically and then froze them on a cookie sheet in little balls, so I would be forced to pull it out of the freezer and bake it before devouring.
Making the last 4 for the kids today :)
I'll check your recipe out too :)

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LADYGWEN25 11/13/2010 9:21AM


AS a fellow chocoholic.. and i refuse to say reforming because hey.. I LOVE chocolate...I appreciate the food theme.. CHeck out the Oatmeal chocochip cookie recipe in my ladygwen25sparkbook of recipe's...IF you have a choco craving.. THAT helps cure it for the day for me!

ANd here's a funny side note for you... When i was pregnant with David... one of my fellow coworkers once told showed me and article that said consuming chocolate while pregnant would prodice a happy baby... And i was teased because of my chocoholic ways that i had enough chocolate stored up in my body i could produce lotos of happy babies..

Oh i think i found the article!

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Interesting Article...The Best After-Workout Drink

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Chocolate milk can help your body preserve, repair and replenish muscle—and improve your performance the next time you work out."

I wonder how true it is and if it would be the same with a cup of chocolate silk :)

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PASTAFARIAN 5/12/2011 10:29PM

    After the Frederick Half Marathon last weekend, they gave everyone chocolate milk. It had a huge amount of sugar in it. Even the author of the article you cite said she prefers to mix her own with just a little sweetener. So I would not go out of my way for chocolate milk, at least not the commercial stuff.

PS: Good luck on your upcoming race!

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DDOORN 11/11/2010 10:35PM

    I've heard this about chocolate milk as well. However I've heard that this applies to significant workouts, long runs, cycling, etc. I don't think it's as important after shorter, less intense workouts.


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NIKANN7493 11/11/2010 12:07PM

    I have heard that it is important to have protein after a workout as well... it also helps replenish the body.

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LUREAH21 11/11/2010 9:55AM

    Cool Julie, I'm going to have to look into the silk thing, I don't drink milk :(

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FRECKS96 11/11/2010 9:46AM

    I would bet that Chocolate Silk would NOT work the same as chocolate milk because it does not have the same protein content. That is the part of the milk that makes it so good for restoring/repairing your muscles.

I have heard that chocolate milk is the ideal post-workout drink from numerous sources though, so I'd have to believe it's true.

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LADYGWEN25 11/11/2010 9:33AM

    ok i knew there was a reason i loved chocolate. ;)

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