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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Monday was the last warm day we are going to have for the next 4-5 months. I rushed home from work so I could get in a quick run before the sun went down.

I made it a half mile before I came across a woman walking a German shepherd on a leash. It was a somewhat narrow sidewalk, so I got ready to run in the road to pass. The woman saw me first, and moved to the side courteously so I could pass. The dog sat and she praised it.

And then the second I ran by--BOOM--the dog's teeth sank into my butt.

It's funny now that it's been almost a week, but what I was feeling at that moment was confusion, pain, and a good amount of fear. The woman was just as horrified as I was. I received the dog's immunization records so I wasn't worried about rabies or anything, and made sure to clean the (very small) teeth puncture marks. The worst of it has been some really ugly bruising, which was very painful the first day or two.

I love animals. I did not report the owners for the bite. It was scary, but I've heard horror stories of runners being SERIOUSLY injured and even killed by packs of loose dogs that had irresponsible and neglectful owners. So, I consider myself insulted by the dog, who for some reason didn't like me, but I'm not going to make a big deal of it. The owners were extremely apologetic and seemed just as shocked as I was that it even happened.

So, this put a damper on my running for the week--you never realize how much "bouncing" occurs until you have some swollen muscle tissue. However, I powered through and still went to two classes at the gym over the week. Tomorrow I attempt running outside again, and this time, when I see someone walking a dog, I am crossing the damn street.

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OBIESMOM2 11/25/2013 12:23PM

    ouch! I cannot imagine.

I'm a dog person and I recall seeing a lady on the beach with a German shepherd. I started to hold my hand out to pet the dog when he walked up to me and she said "that's probably not a good idea." Which makes me think she'd had issues with the dog being aggressive WHY would she take him to a public beach?

My dogs are all very people friendly, but I always make sure that I keep them at heel when we pass people, and leave a LOT of room. Obie is a big boy, and some people are scared of him. They don't know he's just a goofy Golden Retriever.

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/24/2013 4:03PM

    I am so sorry to hear that! What an unpleasant surprise! How kind and forgiving of you not to report it.

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ZRIE014 11/24/2013 12:45AM

  that is why I live here in oceanside, ca.

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Well, I did it! I ran a half marathon on my birthday, which was on October 26. I turned 26 years old. I feel pretty great about it! It took me about 2.5 hours to finish. I'm not a fast runner, but I still feel great about finishing. It was a beautiful course on Cape Cod and the weather was PERFECT.

I can't believe that just a year and a half ago, I weight 205 pounds and declared that I would never run more than a 5K. I guess I've caught the running addiction! Now I'm looking for another half I can do in the spring, and I've even been toying with the idea of a full marathon.

Now, though, it's time to focus more on my weight. I haven't lost a darn thing because I was focusing so much on my training rather than calories and weight. I do have to say that I think I look better than I ever have since I was in high school! But I would still like to get down to 150. So, today, I joined a local gym that is quite inexpensive, has tons of treadmills and offers group classes. That will keep me going through the cold, dark winter days!

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BLUENOSE63 11/5/2013 6:21PM

  Congratulations! You should be very proud of yourself and good for you for joining a gym. If you continue to run regularly, the gym classes offered will be great for cross training and strength training which are very important to running injury-free.

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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Busy busy busy! The third week of summer camp is beginning tomorrow already. I'm still hanging around 170 but I can run 7 miles now! I started tracking my food again on Friday and I have no excuses not to at this point. I have the SP tracking app on my phone and I have at least a 20 minute break between most of my Drama classes that I'm teaching at camp. I've also found support in coworkers who share similar goals, and we've decided to form a "pact" of sorts to hold each other accountable.

You would think it'd be easy, but at this camp, the employees are given lunch everyday! It's a great perk because I don't have to think about packing a lunch the night before, but it's easy to get carried away. Plus, sometimes for us vegetarians the only things to choose from are salad, PB&J, or a cheese sandwich. So it's easy to justify one "extra PB&J" because I didn't get to have the chicken tenders, etc.

I started using protein powder this weekend. I already concocted an awesome recipe for a protein "frappuccino," using a frozen banana, soy milk, instant coffee and chocolate protein powder. It's going to be the way I start my morning from now on!

In running news, I finally registered for a half marathon in October, and I'm up to 7 miles on my weekly long run. I think I'm doing pretty well considering the heat--which I historically do NOT do well in. I sweat so much! I get some looks while I'm out running, but I don't care because it makes me feel great when I'm done.

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SRBSRB26 7/8/2013 8:43AM

    Way to go!

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TXPATRIOT 7/7/2013 11:43PM

    Awesome!! I'm registered for my 1st half marathon at the end of September.

I'm with you on the heat. If I don't get out by 10 am, then it's been treadmill time for me.

I would love to virtually cheer you on!


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Hitting the Reset Button

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Well, it's the middle of May in 2013, and I really haven't lost any weight! The funny thing is I feel that I'm handling this well. I'm not discouraged or depressed about it. In fact, I think I'm pretty satisfied with my progress and appearance. However, there's this nagging thing in the back of my brain that's wondering, "If you're running almost 13 miles per week...WHY aren't you losing more weight?!"

And while I'm by no means in trouble or "on the decline," I still WANT to lose another 20 pounds. Why? To reach a "healthy" BMI, to fit into smaller clothes/look better, and so I can say that I reached my goal!!

I met a woman at a party yesterday who, within minutes after meeting me, began talking about her weight. "I weight a lot! I'm a solid 171 pounds," she said. While I'm sure she didn't mean to insult me because she was only referring to herself, I felt a little slighted. My boyfriend, who knows my weight, replied "Well...that's not that bad." I said nothing but just smiled and nodded.

The old me would have joined in the self-pity party and put myself down about my weight, as well. Not anymore. I have put too much effort into improving my health in the past year and a half to wave it all off with a self-deprecating comment. I hope that woman gains happiness soon.

So now, where am I at? I'm still 170 give or take on any given day, depending on hydration, what I've eaten etc. I've been running a ton...I did my 10K a couple weeks ago and finished, and wasn't even that tired or sore afterward. I've been running 6 miles once every weekend, with a couple of 3 milers that I try to fit in during my weekdays. There are a couple of things that I could think of that are setting me back:

1. Food. My best friend who is also a personal trainer told me that a lot of people who train for half marathons actually gain weight while training. This is because they run so much, that they often overeat to "account" for lost calories. I think I've been doing a little of this myself, although my training for the half has not even yet begun! I need to be better about tracking, making better food choices and NOT eating out of boredom or stress.

2. Types of exercise. That whole thing where your body gets used to the exercise you do....yeah, I think that's happening. My problem: I love running. It's the kind of workout where it doesn't feel like a workout. All I need are clothes and sneakers and my iPod, I don't have to drive or take public transportation anywhere, and it's free. I guess I will have to work on this one! I own a bike, I could start riding it more...the only issue is WHEN?!

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/25/2013 8:55PM

    How is your summer going?

Great work on what you've accomplished as a runner! I know the feeling. I know a lot of people struggle to lose weight when training. I have had that issue too when running a lot. I am just starting to train for a half marathon in November so I have to watch my intake. How's your progress? Have you found any foods you think work/don't work? Have you found other activities you enjoy (almost) as much as running? I know it's hard. I love running too! Recently, I discovered Jessica Smith's workouts on YouTube and I have loved her encouragement and variety. She has great strength, stretch, dance, and other cardio for more variety/cross training when I am not running.

I recently got a bike and I love it. Went for my longest ride yet this past weekend. It is a nice change. If you are able, I recommend getting a bike.

Keep up the awesome work! You're doing a great job training as a runner and I know it does take some tweaking to find the right balance of other activities, the right fuel, and running.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

For those of you who don't know--whoever out there reads this--I live in the Boston area. I live a good 4 miles outside the city in a smaller suburban city. None of my friends were directly affected by Monday's event; however, it's had me thinking a lot over the past couple of days. My college is located on the street that these bombs were set off on. I used to work two blocks away, and had rehearsals almost exactly 25 feet from the first blast site. Myself and millions of other young people spent their late teens and early 20's on that street. So, while I currently lead a much quieter life, this event has hit me somewhere in the part of my brain/heart that holds my most cherished memories of my college years.

That being said, I am on vacation and have plenty of time to sit around, browsing Facebook and watching the news--almost mindlessly. What was driving me crazy until today was the fact that there was nothing I could DO. I've thought about getting on the bus and going downtown; and then decided against it. Then I saw this link on Facebook.

If you want to help those affected by the Marathon bombings, please click the link above and join. It's free, and all you have to do is track your runs/walks/swimming laps/bicycle rides. When you track your exercise, the web site will automatically donate a certain amount of money to the "One Foundation."

Personally, I didn't know what to do with myself yesterday, and so I thought, "I'm going to do it. I'm going to go on my 6 mile run, right now." So I did. While I ran, I thought about Boylston Street--about the Walgreens where I've had to run in for supplies many times, Copley Square with its cool fountain that I used to stick my feet in on mercilessly hot days, the Japanese restaurant where I had one of my first dates with my boyfriend, and of course the many bars and restaurants where evenings were spent with friends.

My 6 miles felt just fine. The weather was perfect. And today I feel even better knowing that my runs can have a more concrete benefit for others.

Now I have to get back to studying--I'm taking an MTEL exam in Boston tomorrow and I don't want to fail.


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