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I ran from church!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

No, it's not what it sounds like. emoticon After church I ran home. It was a little over five miles and I thought I'd better figure out this leg thing. Yes my left leg still complained, but I stopped and stretched when I needed to. I ran it in 58 minutes.

The time was slow to me, but I felt really good! Once again, I tell myself time doesn't matter and at this point I'm just focusing on finishing the two days. I know I will. I have no doubt. Really I'm thinking this is my body's way of "making time irrelevant."

Part of me think this could be some kind of psychological mind game that I'm playing on myself. I was better yesterday, but when I started running today, back came the ache. I have a game plan for the week and then next Saturday I'll be out and running.

I know it will be a good run. It's on a nice flat trail with crushed rock to run on. It's in a beautiful setting with lots of great scenery to look at. This is my time to really enjoy a run and not get caught up in competition. Like I said this may be my body making sure I get exactly what I need!

P.S. I enjoyed the run so much this morning, I may start running from church every week! emoticon Happy moving!

  
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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/30/2014 6:33AM

    My reaction at your title was that it was better than running TO church (unless you have shower facilities)

However, your pastor's reaction might be - Oh no! Is it something I said?

Hope the leg improves quickly.

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KPETSCHE 9/30/2014 3:24AM

    I'm sure by the weekend you'll be ready to attack both of those half marathons! Take it easy this week and enjoy your runs. I kind of wish that I would have signed up for them but I just have too much going on right now. I'll be thinking of you, though.
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GHK1962 9/29/2014 4:11PM

    Heh ... I totally misread that title. I think you will have an awesome 2 days of run.

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KELLIEBEAN 9/29/2014 10:25AM

    That is fantastic. I hope the leg is feeling okay today!

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KALIGIRL 9/29/2014 8:38AM

    Cool!

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KANOE10 9/29/2014 7:30AM

    Fun way to end church!

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123ELAINE456 9/28/2014 8:34PM

  Awesome!!! Great Way to get home from Church in Nice Weather. Good Luck.

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BETRHO48 9/28/2014 7:53PM

    emoticon That's great news. I am so excited for you to be able to run like you are doing. Not everyone can run.
~Beth

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LESLIELENORE 9/28/2014 7:07PM

    emoticon That sounds like a good way to get home again!

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BLUEJAY1969 9/28/2014 6:38PM

    I am sure you know to go see the doctor if the ache gets to the point that it's really interfering so I won't say it....... LOL! Well done on your run!
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Jeanne

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/28/2014 4:44PM

    Nicely done!

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A few pounds heavier.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

When I originally lost my weight I went 3 to 5 pounds under my goal. It was not a good thing, for me anyway. I looked unhealthy and had the "lollipop look." That's when your head looks big because your body is too skinny, like a lollipop.

I have since maintained my weight, which includes that 3 to 5 pounds. I'll admit, at first I was freaked by the number on the scale. However, I have learned that 3 to 5 pounds means health. I look better in clothes...I now have a butt! I feel stronger and have muscle tone.

My original goal weight was 140 lbs. My weight range is now 135 to 140 lbs, and I have successfully maintained around 137 lbs. I find that if I start eating too little, my energy level decreases and I just feel sluggish.

Maintenance is an ongoing learning process. As I age and perimenopause progresses into "real" menopause, I know more changes are bound to occur. My metabolism will continue to slow and my required calorie intake will need to be adjusted.

I am ready! I have learned so much on this journey, but one lesson that really mattered to me is that a few pounds heavier can be a good thing!!

Happy moving today!

  
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JEANKNEE 9/28/2014 8:02PM

    Thanks for your blog. Establishing a healthy and maintainable weight is important to me.

I have yet to establish a sideways trend. Keep hoping that it is about to emerge. But just when I think I have it, my weight drops more. I continue to boost calories and am doing my best to notice how I am feeling...Am I fatigued? Feeling sluggish? Not as alert? Feeling weak? The answer to those questions remains "no."

However, I find myself doubting my ability to accurately answer those questions. I am hearing an awful lot of "You need to eat more!" "You're wasting away!" "You need to quit running!" "You're exercising too much!" and the list goes on...

For the past 3 weeks I've averaged in excess of 1800 calories per day and am running about 9 miles per week (+/- 1 mile).

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KANOE10 9/28/2014 8:46AM

    I did the same. I increased my lowest weight by a few pounds and developed muscle. It is better for me. You are doing a great job on maintenance.

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BLUEJAY1969 9/28/2014 7:10AM

    I'm glad you decided that you needed to look healthy instead of skinny! It's a small difference with a big outcome!
Hugs,
Jeanne

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GHK1962 9/27/2014 10:28PM

    I like reading your blogs ... Its nice to see. When I read them I often get a sense of how life should be. You go for it ... but you're grounded too. :)

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123ELAINE456 9/27/2014 3:16PM

  Sounds like a very good thing to do. Keep IT Up!!!

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LESLIELENORE 9/27/2014 2:28PM

    I lost too much at first also. My problem is that I didn't just regain the 5 pounds I needed for health, but a bunch more too. I am getting it under control though.

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MEXGAL1 9/27/2014 1:25PM

    good for you to accept that a few more pounds means "healthy".
I am still working on that one.
Enjoy the rest of your week end.
Sallie

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WIFE48 9/27/2014 1:16PM

    Sound like you have it figured out. emoticon

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SNS1968 9/27/2014 11:39AM

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TORTISE110 9/27/2014 11:38AM

    I am still struggling with this one a bit, but I do know finding that sweet spot is important. Thank you for highlighting a maintenance problem that I think many of us have.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/27/2014 11:36AM

    Totally agree... lowest achievable is not necessarily the "right" healthy weight for a person. And only time, experience and looking at other factors, like strength and general health tells us we're "there". I'm glad I found my couple of pounds that I was under my range and I feel a whole lot better where I am than that couple of pounds lighter. emoticon

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Satisfaction!

Friday, September 26, 2014

I still get questioned on my way of eating. The "obsession" with logging what I eat and how much I exercise. The "research" that I do before going to a restaurant. The lack of "drinking" my calories. I'm sure many of you understand.

I now just say, "This is the way I am." I will continue to do what gives me satisfaction. Satisfaction in the way I feel. Satisfaction in the way I look. Satisfaction in my peace of mind. Satisfaction in knowing that I am honoring the body that I was given. Satisfaction that I will be here as long as I can for my family.

Isn't that what everyone really wants, satisfaction? I can relate it to almost every aspect of my life. I can't always control things, but I do have the satisfaction of knowing I am controlling what I can!

Wishing you all satisfaction!

  
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KALIGIRL 9/29/2014 8:55AM

    Here's to satisfaction!

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123ELAINE456 9/27/2014 12:53AM

  Well Satd.

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/26/2014 8:05PM

    Good for you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/26/2014 7:09PM

    Satisfaction, contentment, happiness! My wish for all!

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BIGPAWSUP 9/26/2014 6:42PM

    Absolutely awesome!!! You are an inspiration!!

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BETRHO48 9/26/2014 5:52PM

    emoticon Excellent responses to those who criticize or question.
You are responsible for you and must do for you what you think is best.
Great job!
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~Beth

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QUINNDOWLYN 9/26/2014 5:40PM

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JCLJR4547 9/26/2014 4:54PM

  great attitude.

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LESLIELENORE 9/26/2014 4:51PM

    What a great perspective! I am much happier now, than before making the changes... even though not everyone understands.

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An easy run. Well, sort of.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I went out for my first run since my HM on Sunday. I went a little under 3 miles and it felt pretty good...until my left leg started complaining. My hamstring, shin and the outer thigh muscle all had something to say.

Then, it hit me. I had changed "my style" of running during the race. I usually walk hills, but during the race I ran them. (Darn competitiveness. emoticon ) They weren't very big, but I guess a hill is a hill.

At this point I have about 12 days until my Double Half Mary races. I will take it easy and let my body rest and heal. I will run easy and listen to my body. I know that if I push myself now, I'll regret it later. I have been told by numerous people that time is NOT a factor on the Double Half Mary. Completion and a sense of accomplishment is what one strives for. I keep telling myself that.

I know that these two races will be beautiful. Lots of scenery and a great trail to run on. I will push time out of my mind and just run for the enjoyment of running. I'll run to see nature all around me. I'll run because I can!

So get moving and happy running!

  
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MEXGAL1 9/26/2014 2:51PM

    Rest up and take care of those muscles for the upcoming runs.
Best of everything to you.
Sallie

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GHK1962 9/26/2014 1:14PM

    Ok ok ... so I know you have mentioned this next run you are on ... but what I didn't realize is that it is 2 runs? Hence the "double" in the name?

At any rate, it sounds like it will be a wonderful run ... will look forward to hearing about it.

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ALICIA363 9/25/2014 9:04PM

    Here's to completion and a sense of accomplishment!

I feel much better about slowing to a walk on interval 5 on a hill Tuesday now that I've read this. Like JEANKNEE, I'm learning about running from people writing about it on Spark.
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123ELAINE456 9/25/2014 1:30PM

  Rest and take it easy. Talk to a trainer and let them guide and help you. God Blessings Always. Have a Nice Day. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!Take Care.

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BIGPAWSUP 9/25/2014 10:51AM

    You are amazing and you're going to be great.

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JESS0107 9/25/2014 10:26AM

    You have to do what is best for your body and I'm so glad to hear that you are listening to it!! I hope you have fun at your race and many more to come!!

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GLORIAMAJDI 9/25/2014 9:55AM

    Hills.....we have a lot of them here so there really isn't a choice but to run them. But sometimes they get me! Take it easy - easy runs, ice, foam roller, etc....you will be ready for the Double Mary. emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 9/25/2014 8:20AM

    I hear ya, I head out some days telling myself, just take it easy today, enjoy the scenery, forgot time. THEN, the nice map-my-fitness lady anounces my time and my body says 'forget that noise, let's get it in gear.'

I hope your muscles stop talking to you and feel better soon.



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KANOE10 9/25/2014 7:21AM

    Good idea on letting your body rest and heal. That is a good training step. You love to run.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/25/2014 7:05AM

    Rest easy. Massage. Stretch. Become coiled spring, and control the uncoiling! emoticon

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BLUEJAY1969 9/25/2014 4:11AM

    I am wishing positive healing vibes your way - and sending up a emoticon for you while I'm at it! I'm sure that you will take good care of you so you can enjoy the Half Mary!
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KRISZTA11 9/25/2014 3:24AM

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I hope your legs will be well rested and fresh for your next race.
The Double Half Mary means you are going to run 2 half marathons?
If so then it is a good thing time is not a factor, just finishing is a huge accomplishment in itself. And you are Super Woman if you enjoy it!
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JEANKNEE 9/25/2014 12:30AM

    As a new runner I appreciate those of you sharing your running experiences. I am learning from all of you. Initially, I didn't realize that there were different styles of running.

As part of my training hills were introduced a couple of weeks ago. After each of my hill runs my body has had something to say. Each hill run has been followed by non-run days. I remain injury free and hope to remain so.

May you continue to run happily! Looking forward to hearing about your Double Half Mary races.

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Feeling great!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Now I know that my Half Marathon was a success! I feel great! I'm a little sore, but nothing major and it's subsided quickly. I'm taking Monday and Tuesday off and I'll go for a short run on Wednesday.

I've already talked to my cousin about the Oklahoma Memorial Marathon. This year my oldest wants to join my cousin and her son doing the relay. I'll only be running 7.1 so it should be pretty easy. My daughter will be running a 5K in it, so she is very happy!

A friend wants to run the Lincoln 1/2 next year and I told her I'd do it with her. So I have two races set up for next year. I won't do as many as this year, but I will run some.

THANK YOU for all the support. You all are emoticon ! All of you is why emoticon !

  
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BIGPAWSUP 9/24/2014 6:50PM

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IWILLDOTHISTOO 9/24/2014 2:20PM

  Wow, you truly are bringing out the athlete in you! For sure you can consider yourself a runner!
Good for you...you are doing awesome.
Sallie

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KALIGIRL 9/24/2014 8:22AM

    Glad to hear it! emoticon

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KANOE10 9/24/2014 7:48AM

    Great job on the HM. How fun to have future races..

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GHK1962 9/24/2014 12:47AM

    Heh ... mega cool with the kidlet doing runs too! And I read a buncha the other responses ... and I have to agree ... you are inspiring!

:)

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JEANKNEE 9/23/2014 11:31PM

    Happy to hear that you are feeling great following your half marathon.

...and lining up races for next year. Oh yeah, you're feeling just fine!

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123ELAINE456 9/23/2014 9:04PM

  Awesome!!! WTG!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/23/2014 8:27PM

    Speaking of emoticon , I think the dictionary was updated to put your photo next to the word... you've done amazingly well with a very demanding race schedule this year, and remained uninjured. WAY TO GO! Wisdom AND Beauty, rolled up together. emoticon

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BLUEJAY1969 9/23/2014 8:15PM

    You are setting such a great example for your kiddos! It's so great that your daughter wants to do the marathon too! How excellent are you feeling these days having accomplished so much??? Awesome work!
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JANTHEBLONDE 9/23/2014 7:59PM

    I think you are doing spectacular! That is awesome that your cousin, her son, and your daughter is going to run the Oklahoma Memorial Marathon. You put the Sparks in Sparks! You are with Sparks is all about!
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