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50 Days Until The Disneyland Half Marathon...

Friday, July 13, 2012

This morning I ran 4 miles. The first quarter my knee still felt achy then was fine the rest of the way. So I decided to go to the chiropractor for an alignment. My left hip was higher which made my left foot shorter so he said it was in turn pulling on my hamstring! I got adjusted, accupressure and ultrasound on my knee. I am all evened out now!

I have decided to pop by his office every week until the big day to help prevent injury. I will also continue hot yoga.

Happy Friday!!

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    Smart move! (I used to work for a chiropractor.)

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51 Days Until the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

I haven't had time to go on the computer and blog in a few days. My husband and I are hosting 2 Chinese Exchange students. They know minimal english and we are having the best time. We all laugh all the time as we try to figure out what eachother are saying. My husband and I found the translator in our cell phones the first night (thank God!). The apps have been a big help. Pictures are also. We are out from early in the morning until late at night with the girls. This morning we let them sleep in, so I got a nice 34 minute run in.

It is the first run I have done since Friday when my knee hurt. I have read enough articles through SparkPeople, Jeff Galloway and Running Magazine to know to "cool it" until it felt better. I didn't want an injury that would prevent me from running the 1/2 marathon. I have to admit, it was hard not to run. But, after foot surgery last fall, I knew to take a break. I did swim Saturday and did hot yoga Sunday. Wednesday I was going to run a couple miles at lunch break but it rained. So, today was my day.

How did it feel? Well, before I went out, I decided I would run to the first hill - which is the steepest, walk fast up the hill then run the rest of the way if my knee didn't hurt. My knee felt "irritated" the first part I ran, then was fine walking up the hill and running the rest of the 3.4 miles. It has felt fine all day and isn't making a cracking/popping sound anymore. I don't know if it was just a little out of alignment?

So, I am going to get up early again tomorrow and see how it goes. I have to get two more runs in this week, one is supposed to be 6.5 miles. My mom, who has run several marathons, suggested running on my treadmill. She noted that I have been running on concrete and asphalt and that it may be irritating my knee. The treadmill is a lot friendlier to my body. The best part about training is all the excellent ideas and advice I get from fellow runners!

Quote of the Day...
"Remember the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running."
-Sarah Condor

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    I'm glad you're being cautious about your knee. I hope it still feels okay after this morning's run. I'm sure it'll be hard (=boring) for you to do the treadmill after so many outdoor runs, but it is definitely easier on the legs. I've found that a balance between the two feels best. If I do too much treadmill time, I end up with shin splints when I finally get outside.

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SABLENESS 7/12/2012 9:50PM

    You are wise to listen to your body. Even for walking, I try to walk on grass as often as possible.

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How I got to "56 Days Until The Disney 1/2 Marathon"...

Sunday, July 08, 2012

As I was running, I decided to blog daily about my training to help keep me focused and give me something to think about as I run, and maybe motivate others to try running, or running farther.

I wasn't always a runner, in fact, I just started running a year and a half ago, when I was 47. One of my friends had lost a lot of weight walking, then running 30 minutes per day. She posted her walks/runs every day on facebook. It motivated me to start.

I started by imagining myself running when I first woke up in the morning. I would visualize and imagine how it felt to run. I did this for several months. I then started walking on my treadmill. I kept a hallmark calendar book (the one you can get for free at any Hallmark store). Every day I would write how long I walked, how many miles I walked and calories burned in the book. This kept me motivated to fill in each day, and celebrate when I walked faster or further.

At first I would walk while I watched the evening news. I told myself that I would rather do that than sit on the couch and watch the news. I started staggering two minute jogs into my 30 minute walk, then I slowly started increasing my jogging time and decreasing my walking time. I then started using my IFIT module with my treadmill. I ran my first virtual 5k and then went through several Jilian Michaels workouts using the IFIT Module. I can still hear her voice telling me "I can do this" when I am running and feel like cutting it short or walking!

Two months later I bought a Fitness Magazine to keep me in the right mindset.
It was there that I noticed a ad. I joined that day, and started tracking my walking/running miles, calories burned and times. I read tons of articles, and created my goal list. I tracked my food and water intake. I made several Sparkbuddies who helped - and still do - keep me motivated to keep going. The first summer, I ran five 5k's and a one miler. This was huge for me. I had always gone and watched everyone else run while I handed out water, thinking I would NEVER run a race - and here I was running them!

I have a free RunKeeper app on my iphone which tracks my distance, speed, time and calories burned. Every once in a while, while I am running, a woman's voice pops in and tells me how I am doing. I used this to create my running playlist, which I will cover in another blog.

So, last fall I created my list of goals for 2012. I again listed five 5k's, and a one miler, but also added Delaware Marathon Relay Team (6.55 miles) and a Disney 1/2 Marathon. This was an optimistic move - at the time I created my 2012 goals, I was down with bunionectomy surgery. The surgeon assured me I would be running again by January, 2012. So, when sign-up time came, I registered in a Delaware Marathon Relay Team and the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon being held September 2, 2012.

I did start running again in January, ten weeks after surgery! I have trained this Spring for my goal races one by one. They all build up to the next one. I actually ran a 10K before the Delaware Marathon to help lead up to it. I have already ran four 5ks this year.

Now I am preparing for the Disney 1/2, with 56 days to go.

So, how am I preparing? First, I read Jeff Galloway's Half Marathon book and am using ideas obtained from his book. I did try the walk/run method, but found that for me, I am better running the whole time. Right now, I run 3 to 4 miles four days per week, and a long run 1 day per week. This week the long run was 5.5 miles. Next week my long run will be 6.5 miles (adding an extra mile each week). I run in two different areas. One area is flat, the other has various inclines and hill through out. Sometimes I run in the morning (the hilly run), other times during lunch break (the flat run). I have found it helps to have variety.

Friday my left knee hurt after the 5.5 mile run. All week I have been feeling like my legs are "tight". So, yesterday I traded running for swimming. Today I tried "hot yoga" for the first time. My knee feels a lot better. So, I am going to intertwine the hot yoga into my schedule. I am also going to visit the chiropractor and get an adjustment. - I recently had a pin from foot surgery removed from the bottom of my foot and think I was overcompensating with the other foot so my body is probably out of whack.

This afternoon I am going to figure out my running/yoga time schedule for the week. I put my schedule in the calendar in my phone with a 10 minute alert. The temperature is supposed to cool off after today, so I am looking forward to several lunch break runs this week.

Until tomorrow...

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
-John Bingham

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SABLENESS 7/10/2012 7:03PM

    emoticonYAY! emoticon emoticon emoticonYou're doing great!

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INFLATED 7/10/2012 7:05AM

    One thing I like about you, you are consistent. You will meet and exceed your goals because you have drive!

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KAREN_NY 7/9/2012 1:52PM

    Love your planning, and how you're able to view your progress. You've come a long way, baby!!!

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    This was fascinating to read! I didn't know the beginning of your story. It makes me admire you even more than I already did! You are definitely an inspiration to me.
I'm glad you liked the hot yoga. I hope that adding it into your routine will keep your knee from giving you any more trouble.
I look forward to cheering you on as you count down to Disney!

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PEACOCK15 7/8/2012 2:37PM

    Good For You! I did the Princess 1/2 this year in Florida; it was my first 1/2 after many 5k's and was a blast! Good Luck to you on this journey!
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MAMMER3 7/8/2012 1:08PM

    Wow reading your blog totally inspires me, I am walking now just to keep fit while I am pregnant but I gave up running and miss it a lot. I can not wait to have some time to myself leave my kids with my husband and have the hour or hour and a half to myself to jog!!

Your amazing enjoy every moment of Disney!!!! emoticon

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JUDYPOPPINS 7/8/2012 12:49PM

    emoticon training is the key and how exciting for you!! Love your quote, too!

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What's up...

Friday, June 29, 2012

Ran 2.6 miles this morning with my brother - definitely the most humid run I have done to date!

We booked our room at the Disney Hotel for the night before the 1/2 marathon Labor Day weekend. It is 1/4 mile from the starting line. We have to be there by 5:45 am. I bought the"pasta in the park" tix and theme park tix last week, all I have left to book is the plane tix. I am going to try to fly out earlier in the week. Still not sure if I can get out there early.

Tonight we ate blue crabs with my mom and hubby where my son works. It was really nice and relaxing. Blue crabs are already plentiful, I should be able to catch them in front of my house in a couple weeks. They are delicious when they are fresh.

My veggie garden is doing well. I already have jalapeņos and banana peppers. My first zucchini of the season is almost ready to pick and my cherry tomatoes are ripening. I have an abundance of basil, cilantro, and parsley. Tastes great in all of my dishes! I love fresh veggies!

Tomorrow I am going to NYC with my brother and mom. We are going to see Mathew Broderick in his new musical "Nice work if you can do it". I think we are also going to have lunch in Little Italy. Lots of walking, though it will be a scorcher! I am going to wear a sundress and try to keep cool. I may meet up with my Goddaughter at a Starbucks after the show.

I am enjoying my days off! Have a great weekend!

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EDENZMOM 7/5/2012 7:52AM

    Have a great trip!

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MAMMER3 7/4/2012 7:04PM

    I am so jealous of your garden, I have the opposit of a green thumb and honestly have just been scared to try. You are going to have an amazing time in NYC enjoy every moment its humid but who cares so much to see and do you wont notice it.. much ;)

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RIVADERCHI 7/4/2012 1:14AM

    Woo Hoo! Have fun at all the upcoming activities w/family, enjoy the show! I saw a documentary about the building of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge--very interesting! Talk to you when you get back! Have a safe 4th of July! emoticon emoticon

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KAREN_NY 6/30/2012 10:03AM

    Sounds fantastic on all points!!!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 6/29/2012 11:05PM

    That all sounds wonderful, except for the humidity during the run. I'm glad you didn't try to do a longer run. Have fun in NYC tomorrow!

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Great Dr visit...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Well, today was an awesome day. Had my annual gyn visit - one of those things we hate to do, but, as we walk out we feel relieved to have done. My gyn came and told me she was happy I had lost weight ( never had said a word when I was heavier!). She told me I was peri-menopausal and needed to add calcium and vitamin D to my diet since I was a "skinny white girl"!!! (at higher risk for osteoporosis). I was stunned and flattered that a Dr said that to me. I would love to lose more weight, but if she feels I am good, I am good. She said she was happy that I lost weight - I could not believe it-no other Dr has ever said that to me before!

So, I ran right out and bought tums (calcium). I have to consume 1200 mgs per day. I also bought vitamin D. I need 100O mgs per day. I am going to track both nutrients daily to make sure I get enough of both.

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RIVADERCHI 6/29/2012 6:38PM

    Yay, R.M.! I hope you told her about your recent athletic activities! You rock! It's nice to have that validation that what you are doing is good for you! Keep up the good work! I'm so happy for you! You sound giddy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Yay for the confidence boost! And for following the advice she gave you! I still stink at taking my vitamins.

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MAMMER3 6/28/2012 2:10PM

    The first person who might have said it out loud but I am sure a lot of people are thinking about it!!

Skinny white girl!!!

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SABLENESS 6/28/2012 1:16PM

    Hey, skinny girl! Congrats!

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WATCHMEGO! 6/28/2012 9:09AM

    Awesome visit!

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