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Why I Run.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Make no mistake, running is hard. I have to work to keep moving, sometimes it's more work than others. But no matter what, I feel better when I'm done, every single time.

There is something about getting out and feeling my body moving. I feel like I have accomplished something, especially when I increase time or distance... and it's motivational... I keep coming back for more. Sort of a strange glutton for punishment I guess.

I wrote this awhile ago, it explains it better than any other words I have.

because...

running...

my space

my time

working it out

breathing the air

prove it to myself

fierce competition

those hills

emotional

spiritual

blood pumping

body working

one with myself

whoever that is

on any given day

it is sanity

cleansing

healing

running

  
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ANNIEONLI 9/1/2011 5:10PM

    Makes me want to run now...was thinking about trying it for something new...maybe this is a sign....

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SUNSET09 9/1/2011 7:42AM

  This is the air I breathe! Great and you're probably looking good as a result! emoticon

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NTSOHLTHNT 8/31/2011 8:01PM

    I'm with you :-). Running is my drug of choice.

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OAKSHAVEN 8/30/2011 3:24PM

    I would love to go walking with you some evening--or maybe a lot of evenings. But no running for me, at least until I am in a LOT better shape than I am right now. emoticon

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MOMMY445 8/29/2011 10:26PM

    that is great! glad to hear that you enjoy running so much! have a terrific day!

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The Attack of the Brainsucker Virus...

Friday, August 26, 2011

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Just keep plodding along I guess. It's been a rough week. My eating hasn't been bad, but exercise has been a continuing challenge for me. Last Friday I started coming down with a mild, but very annoying cold virus of sorts. I had one like it a few years ago, it doesn't make your head fill up with snot, but you are extremely tired and have drainage that makes you cough and you can't concentrate on any one thing for more than 10 minutes, if that. And it lingers... recovery is very slow.

As my dad always used to say, "If you treat a cold it will last 7 days, if you don't do anything it will last a week." So, I'm on day #8 and still coughing and feeling draggy, but my concentration is better, though tasty or shiny objects are still a challenging distraction... oh wait, that is the way I always am... emoticon Recovery is going, but it's been a challenge to my trying to get back on track for my exercise routine. I'm so tired in the evenings, it's about all I can do to drag myself out for a walk with hubby.

I got myself together last night, though, and did 7 cycles of 1" walked and 3" run. It actually felt great to get out and move after 2 days of sick and tired sedentary-ness. Good news is that I really didn't have any trouble with it, but my average run time is back up to 10"/mile... meh. I guess being sick has more to do with that than lack of running since I have managed to keep up running 2x/week.

I have also seriously entered the 5K Your Way since the APFT is coming up in October. I am also planning to go to Chicago for the Hot Chocolate Run in November. So being ready is kind of important for both events.

Time is flying by too, I can't believe my son is back to school for his 2nd week already. My daughter is at 33 weeks in her pregnancy. Summer is basically done and we are knocking on Fall's door already, which means the deployment is looming ever closer. I still have mixed feelings, mostly regretting missing family but looking forward to the adventure in many other ways. I have to get an apartment by myself, which is something I have never done... I have to furnish it, etc. I have done all this stuff with my husband, but never on my own. Weird.

I had all kinds of profound things to blog about last night, but got too sleepy and played Sims Social on Facebook instead and then went to bed. emoticon Silly stupid game... I swore I'd never do an online game like that, but it's fun and good for those brainless evenings.

I know exactly what I'm doing (except the unplanned ones) every weekend until I leave... free, Bethel Sheep & Wool Fest/free, Chicago, Army, Army, Archon/Army, Army, Army, Army. Army, Chicago, free/MIL visit, Army, Thanksgiving, gone. This is unusual... you'd think I was going to prison or something.

It looks like we will finally be getting my husband's car back from the repair shop after 3 months. It's just been one thing after another and we only had it for 3 weeks before it blew up. I don't think we will ever buy a used car again!

But life goes on. I hope all my East Coast friends stay safe and well through the blow that is coming your way this weekend!

  
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ANNIEONLI 9/1/2011 5:09PM

    This time is surely flying by! It's Sept 1st already!!
Keep on moving forward and plod on...hope you are feeling better by now!!!

And we weathered the storm just fine...but you already knew that! emoticon

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OAKSHAVEN 8/28/2011 1:39AM

    Oh, and the reason I got on your page in the first place: 50,000 fitness minutes!! Wow. I can't even imagine that!! emoticon

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OAKSHAVEN 8/28/2011 1:37AM

    Marathons or not, I think you need to give yourself a little time to recover from this virus. They can be so draining. All of us in the States are a little weird about illness. It's as if it is a personal failure of some kind that we have to ignore in order to be "worthy". It's nothing of the sort. It's just a little chip of foreign DNA that is causing random havoc in our bodies. OK, lecture ended. Now, rest up until you really FEEL like doing something vigorous. emoticon

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COOP9002 8/26/2011 12:35PM

    Hope your feeling better soon.

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Still fighting the lack of motivation...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

That week in Florida was a month ago and I'm still fighting the I-don-wannas... but I am using logic and education to overcome them as best I can. For the most part, my eating has been very much on track... but I have been fighting to get my exercise levels back to what they were between Army AT & the Florida trip... it's been a slow rebuild, but I am more or less forcing myself to do it, and it's transitioning slowly from "have-to" to "want-to"... I should be back on track for calorie burn this week.

I always use RunKeeper to track my running & walking activities. I have also started manually entering the estimated calorie burn from there rather than using the ones on that Spark has. I figure the RunKeeper estimates are probably closer to accurate since it also tracks changes in elevation and the like. There are some fairly good hills in my neighborhood, not long for the most part, but respectable... and of course, my run intervals always seem to match right up with them. I was 3 for 3 today on the hills... esp the long St. Charles Rd one. I think I much prefer running up a shorter, steeper grade than a longer, shallower one... it's done faster and I can kind of sprint it... instead of feeling like I'm plodding.

I am very happy about one thing though, the long slow grade on St. Charles yielded a pace 3 seconds/mile faster than my average pace over all... so my "plodding" isn't really plodding at all... my overall average is a 9:38 min/mile pace.

My rebuilding goal is getting my overall endurance back up to where it was for the last APFT in May... my running time is fine, I just need to stretch my running intervals out and I'm getting back at it... I just upped to 2:30 running/2:30 walking today from a 2 run/3 walk for the last week. I plan to do another one like today and then change to a 3 run/2 walk next week. When I get to 5 run/1 walk, I will change to distances and will be ready to run October's APFT and November's Hot Chocolate Run in Chicago.

It's looking like we are going to be jumping right out of the frying pan and into the fire when we deploy to Texas, it's a big scary new job, but I know I will rise up and face the challenge. Without my family there, I will probably cling to fitness and eating right to stay sane. It's been one of the most consistent coping strategies I have found in the past few years. I am 70% looking forward to the year at Ft. Hood, but 30% of me is going to miss my family so much... my hubby, kids (incl. Son in law) and new granddaughter... I will miss her birth (most likely) and have to be gone when she is just 6 weeks old and miss her first Christmas... sigh. I'm just trying not to dwell on that stuff too much... it will make me crazy and depressed. However, I am looking forward to doing the San Antonio mission trail as a photo safari... and I know there will be neat stuff to do down there. Hubby and son will be coming to visit for Christmas, we are considering going to SeaWorld San Antonio for Christmas Eve. (Hubby and I had a great time there last Thanksgiving.)

Life just seems full of challenges lately.

  
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ANNIEONLI 9/1/2011 5:08PM

    Came by to catch up with you...mentally get back into my own game too...I've been missing you too!!!

We all lack motivation from time to time...I'm in that time right now...I know this too shall pass!

On to your next blog! lol!

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COOP9002 8/18/2011 3:15PM

    Awesome job on the training. Hopefully, you'll get an opportunity to spend some time with your family in the near future. Thanks again for giving yourself in the service of our country.

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CED1976 8/18/2011 12:56PM

    you are doing great with your training. 9:38 is definitely nothing to sneeze at! you go! and emoticon on the transfer too. we were air force rather than army but we always found texas a mixed blessing. i loved the heat (i hate cold weather!) and having early springs and late falls absolutely thrill me and the long growing season for my garden are absolutely divine! not needing a lot of winter clothes saves on space and $$, like i said a definite mixed blessing. the main thing i didn't care for i think has changed since we were last stationed there and that was the inability to purchase any thing but food on sundays. that could be a pain when i ran out of spic & span or needed a new toilet brush. but all in all live there can be really good. enjoy! and your are sooo right about the walking. i don't know about the trail you mentioned but when you get done with that trail take your hubby for a nice long walk down the river walk at night and enjoy a little nite life, maybe a little of the fine dining and music to celebrate all your great work! emoticon

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I'd rather wear out than rust out!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

I spent the last week at an Army training that was truly "death by powerpoint"... 8 hours per day for 5 days sitting on hard plastic chairs watching powerpoint presentations. We also had homework assignments, some very long and brutal... so that I wasn't getting done until 9-10 at night. It was an intense week.

The best thing I could have done was to work out, but I was so tired at night that I literally fell over nearly every night. So, suffice it to say, I had a week with very little body movement and now I'm paying the price for that lack of movement. I am stiff, sore, and just don' wanna'... and I don't like it. So I will get back to movement this week... Already did a 2 mile walk with my honey this morning... and I will be doing a video with Jillian at some point today and maybe hit treadmill too.

I was reminded firsthand how you sort of just rust in place if you don't move the body.... it's very unpleasant. But it's also so easy to fall into the bad habit. Luckily this was a temporary thing... I just wish the summer heat would back the heck off. Hubby and I walked this morning and it was 80 at 8 am... that is crazy. We didn't make it as far as we would have liked, but I feel like I will have to do some big rebuilding after the week of inactivity. Even though it was hard to get started, I still felt better after the walk... almost like my joints got lubricated.

So keep it moving out there! You will be happy you did!

UPDATE: In addition to the walk this morning, I managed 25 minutes of circuit training (Jillian Michaels!) and a few minutes of yoga too. Though it was hard, my body is cheering!

  
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COOP9002 7/26/2011 10:15AM

    It's interesting how not moving can cause you to feel even more lethargic. Nice post.

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KAYOTIC 7/25/2011 9:40AM

    You'd think Army training would involve some movement at some point, no "drop and give me 20" drill Sargent barking at you?

Hope you cool down soon, and good job on getting that Jillian workout in!

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ANNIEONLI 7/25/2011 8:23AM

    I hear ya! Summer has been brutal...but I too am with you on the rusty feeling one gets and that moving is better than not! I'm back to moving right along with ya!!!

Enjoy!!!

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NMMAMA2011 7/24/2011 2:45PM

    Oh, death by powerpoint -- there is probably some circle of hell for that!!! emoticon I am glad you survived. You are already on the road to recovery with your fitness goals. Go kick some Jillian behind and then enjoy your evening at home with your honey!!! Glad to have you back! emoticon

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Jillian can't kick my butt so easily as she used to...

Friday, July 15, 2011

This has been a hard week, mostly in terms of energy and motivation... it just kind of wasn't. In many ways, I felt like I was just plodding through the week... but I have managed to get through 2 of my toughest Jillian DVDs without a great deal of hardship... those being "Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism" and "No More Trouble Zones". I did have to modify a few parts of them, mostly because my shoulders can only do so much... they are notably weak at times, but I did get through both of the workouts.

The last few days were the coolest we are likely to see temperature-wise for some time... but I had no motivation to get out of my chair and run... it was just an awful *blah* feeling. I did stay in calories on those days... so that was a good thing. The part of me that wants to run seems to be sleeping until it cools off. The hot it just too much right now.

I'm also gearing up for a lot of Army stuff in the next few months... I have drill tomorrow and if we go as planned, we will be out in 95 degree heat doing land navigation. Then Sunday I leave very early for Florida for a week of training... it's supposed to be cooler there than here in Missouri, so I may be able to get out and enjoy some running time.... I hope so.

I got my first orders for mobilization to Texas... though I knew it was coming, it still makes it even more "real" so to speak. I think that is why I was a little blue this morning... but a great song called "Follow Through" by Michael Hedges... I really needed that song.

If darkness and pressure try to turn your story downó
look back, think hard about how that story really sounds
Then you can be a dreamer
You can be your dreams come true
Let imagine lead, reality will follow through

It will follow you if you follow through

So much going on, barely feel like I can keep up.

  
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COOP9002 7/16/2011 10:55AM

    Nice job on putting Jillian in her place. Saying prayers for you and your comrades as you prepare for whatever is next.

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ANNIEONLI 7/16/2011 7:32AM

    Hang in there chick!!! One day at a time with everything and things will get done and your head will stop spinning eventually.

AND ROFLMAO!! About little Miss Jillian! You showed her! LOL That is some accomplishment!

We are getting some heat here now...so enjoy the break that you have....running + summer is very hard - I give tons of credit to you!!

As usual - you are emoticon and a most treasured emoticon

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NMMAMA2011 7/15/2011 11:19PM

    Good job kicking some Jillian behind! I have a love hate relationship with her. I hope your travels to FL go well. How long will you be deployed? Does TX really mean preparing for deployment overseas? Sending positive energy vibes for you -- you will need some extra energy this weekend!!!

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