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Marathon Training Wk 3... Here I come!!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

I am feeling really great about my marathon training so far. The weather this last week has NOT been cool! I have run or biked through the rain. I can't say I enjoyed doing it, but it really made me feel great afterward. Not just because I did my scheduled exercise, but also because I felt like, "YEAH, TAKE THAT, RAIN!! You can't keep me down!!" LOL

I haven't experienced any pain in some "problem areas" I was having before this summer. As much as I hated taking the time off for being sick, and as much as I kick myself for not getting back into a good exercise routine quickly thereafter, I think the extended break really, really did me some good.

I had been having some pain behind my left knee, and also in my left hip, but I haven't had ANY of that, not even after my 13- and 14- milers that I did last Saturday and the Saturday before. My goal for this marathon is really to train smart and take care of myself better. I got a little "stupid" with my half marathon training, did my own thing, pushed myself too hard... For example, one week, to "punish" myself for pigging out on the weekend, I made myself run 10-milers 3 days out of the week, 3-miler tempo run a fourth running day, and 16-miler for my long run.... Yeah, it was really too much. I think that is where my problems came from, simply overdoing it, and also not taking adequate time to stretch and take care of any areas that were nagging me a little.... Don't want to make those same mistakes again, especially since they seem to be gone now!! Gonna watch closely, and pay close attention to my body, and take care of myself.... I only did 10.5 miles today, to give myself a little bit lighter of a long run.

Here's week 2's plan/actual:
Sunday: Rest (as usual for me!)

Monday: 6-mile run, S/T
Actual: ran 10K (6.2 miles), did BodyPump

Tuesday: Biking, 30-45 min
Actual: Biked 60 min, 20 Km

Wednesday: 4-mile run, S/T and biking to/from gym
Actual: 4-Mile run, BodyPump (S/T class), Biked to/from gym = 35 min total, 12.6 km

Thursday: 7.5-mile run
Actual: I actually typed that wrong last week, it was supposed to be 7.5 km not miles - I ran 7.5 km

Friday: Biking, 30-45 min
Actual: Biked 32 min.

Saturday: 10-mile run
Actual: ran 10.5 miles (16.9 km) a little bit faster than last week's 14-miler.

Plan for Week 3:
Sunday: Rest
Monday: Run 7 miles
Tuesday: Biking 30-60 min
Wed.: Run 4 mile + 5 20-sec strides, Biking to/from gym, BodyPump (S/T)
Thurs.: Run 6.45 miles (with intervals packed in there)
Friday: Biking 30-45 min
Saturday: 15 miles

So, here we go, Week 3!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 11/7/2010 7:22AM

    Good for you to go in the rain. I find myself going to spin class when it rains and decide it is the same thing as running. I need to do more cross training instead of running outside all the time. I have found my knee likes me better when I do that.

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MBSHAZZER 11/6/2010 10:25AM

    Great plan!! Slow and steady is definitely better. You want to be 100% healthy at that starting line!

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FISHING88 11/6/2010 10:23AM

    Wishing you the best in your training! Sounds like you are training wisely and using a great plan!

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I REFUSE to be a Yo-Yo Dieter!!

Friday, November 05, 2010

I was talking to my sister today on the phone. It's sadly been a while since we talked! I don't keep up with my family as much as I used to before my twins were born 2 years ago...

Anyway, she was saying she saw some of my more recent pics on FB and said I look SOOOO SKINNY!! She said I look totally different! Which made me feel really good, I must say.... Let me just insert a comment here: I am 30 years old, and in the ABSOLUTE BEST shape of my life, not just in my weight, but fitness level and eating lifestyle-wise.

So, then we were talking about eating "junk" and she said, "Oh, you are so tiny, you could afford to cheat a little!" But the truth is, that I am trying to be really good right now, to get my weight back down from 130 to under 125 again. I felt funny saying it, because its just 5 lbs, right? I mean, it seemed a little weird to be verbalizing my worry about a few extra lbs, especially when I am pretty thin.

If you have read any of my older blogs, or been a SF of mine for a while, you would know that I was sick this summer, which REALLY dampered my fitness. After floundering around for several weeks, my weight peeked over 130. I knew it was time to do something and get serious again. Now, some of you may read that and think, "I would KILL to be 130 lbs!!" But you see, I made a commitment to myself after I had my twins that I wanted to get my weight UNDER 125, and KEEP IT THERE! But what is 5+ lbs? Right? I mean, should I really worry about such a little amount? That is what I kept asking myself a couple of months ago, as my weight kept creeping up due to poor eating (NO tracking), and my sporatic exercising. Do 5 lbs really matter?

The answer is, "YES!" And not because I am addicted to the scale, or obsessed with the number, but simply because I made the commitment to myself, that this is where I want to stay. It is for me. It is not for my husband - thank the Lord in heaven for a wonderful man who loves me and thinks I am beautiful no matter what size I am.... But this is for me. The scale is just a gauge - just like I cannot judge how fast I am driving just by how it feels, nor can I judge how many calories I eat simply by how satisfied I feel. I need a gauge.

At 125 lbs, I love my figure. I can wear clothes that I used to shy away from. I do not wear extra weight well - I gain it all in my hips and stomach, and it is HORRIBLE trying to find clothes that fit and look nice. I love being at my goal weight! And this is where I want to stay.

Does that mean obsessing about 5 lbs? Well, if you call monitoring my weight closely, and taking action against those 5 lbs "obsessing", then yes.

All I know, is that I have seen too many people who I love and care about struggle with their weight (my mom and the sister I talked to today being a couple of them), and I simply do NOT want to be one of those people who loses, and then gains the same 20+ lbs over and over. I have always been a HUGE eater! I love food! Maybe it runs in my family, or maybe an emotional trauma triggered it, but it is a CONSTANT struggle for me to keep my eating under control. But I want to be constant. I want to be consistent. I want to be in control. I want to look great. I want to keep it here. I want to stick to my goal that I set at the beginning of 2009 (which I reached in Oct. 2009). I do NOT want to search out larger clothes because I have failed.

I refuse to be a yo-yo dieter. Does that mean my weight ALWAYS stays where I want it? No, I mean, I splurge here and there, eat yummy goodies, go over on my calories... but I don't beat myself up and go into a binge, creating a bigger and bigger problem. I DO something about those unwanted pounds, before they turn into 15.... and then 20.... and more.

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YJNANA 11/5/2010 5:10PM

    There are a whole lot of people that feel Exactly the same way you do. :)
Sometimes I don't say anything, because its to Friends that need to lose or are gaining and losing 20 lbs.
But you have the right idea and you are a Success :)
You will be an inspiration to your family and Friends.
It takes Work, thats all there is too it, it won't happen unless you put in the effort to live a healthier Lifestyle. Great Blog :)

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ELASTI-GIRL 11/5/2010 4:51PM

    I hear you on the hips and stomach - I carry my weight there too. Sooo hard to look good in anything when there's extra weight there. The only way to hide it is to wear a tent, which is so slimming, doncha know. Not.

Congrats on your focus! I agree that gaining even 5 pounds can totally freak you out when you've worked so hard to lose weight. My post-marathon weight jumped about 3 pounds just from trying to adjust my calorie intake to reflect less calories burned, and I was FREAKING OUT!!! Not a bad thing if it gets us back on track, especially when we're wanting to focus on life change, which requires consistent (not perfect) lifestyle choices. I've lost 2 of the 3 pounds I've gained and look forward to eventually being at goal.

So freak out, baby!! In a good way :)

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AOGOAE 11/5/2010 2:46PM

    5lbs can be huge- especially when you are small already. At 5'2'', 5lbs is a whole size difference for me. You can feel the difference so much more when you don't have much to lose.
She's right, you can "cheat" a little- but not a lot!

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 11/5/2010 2:33PM

    You live inside your own skin so how you feel trumps what others think, in my opinion. And all the wonderful support and acceptance from your husband - well, that's as good as gold. As long as all indicators point in the direction of being healthy, not just thin and in good shape but healthy, I would just accept the comments from others with love and stay on the course you've set for yourself.

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Yep, that's right, screw it!

This morning, as soon as my 5:20 am alarm went off, my hubby turns to me and says, "It's pouring outside." Sure enough, it was raining. I don't run when its really coming down outside. I run when it is just drizzling, I'll even run when its snowing hard outside. But when the rain is coming down hard, I don't. I'm sorry, I hate getting drenched to my very core. PLUS, I was tired from last night's AWESOME BodyPump session, and biking to and from the gym.

But I HATE, and I mean DESPISE, not running on a day I have planned to run. Don't get me wrong, on my rest days, I rest it up and LOVE it. But when I have planned a run, and can't due to weather, or sickness, or injury, or something spontaneous like that, it REALLY bothers me, and I cannot just let it lie.

So, all morning, I was scheming up how I could get out and get that run in. Kept watching the sky.... more, and more, and more rain coming down.... kept hoping that later it would clear up....

I put my twins down for their naps, and made sure they went to sleep. Just then I see Mikah (my son) coming home on his bike from school. I looked at the clock, and thought, "Ok, I have JUST enough time to get my clothes on, get out the door, get that run in, and be back by the time my other son comes home on the bus." But the rain... It was still coming down. Not heavily, but still....

So, I said, "SCREW IT! I am going! Rain and all!"

I warmed up Mikah's lunch, threw my running clothes on in a fury, grabbed my gear, made Mikah a to-do-list while I was gone, and RAN!!

Got my 4.5-mile interval run in, and while it was NASTY, and I mean, NA-HA-STA-HEE out, I had fun running those intervals!! Even got home, and got a fast shower in before Aiden's bus pulled up.....

Aaaahhhhhh, that feels good.

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JUSTTRIING 11/4/2010 8:38PM

    WooHoo, way to let your love for running win out!

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SEEHOLZ 11/4/2010 2:40PM

    I've always been a believer that you can adjust to the weather with the proper gear--- so good for you!

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SMP685 11/4/2010 1:26PM

    The whole time I thought you'd say, I am not going...and thought in the end you meant screw it, like "screw it, I am not working out today..." But emoticon, you're my hero today.

I woke up thinking ewww its nasty out, but I still walked to the gym, and got my workout in too...and yea you're feels soooo gooodddd!!!!

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NICOLE12-01 11/4/2010 12:33PM

    AWESOME!!! I've definitely learned that sometimes when we think the run is going to be HORRIBLE, it turns out being great! It's not easy to step foot outside when it's raining. I HATE to do anything in the rain...cold...snow...and I usually don't! GOOD FOR YOU for doing it anyway and having a great run!

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SRVFREAK176 11/4/2010 11:51AM

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    That is amazing!

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SPARTANPHOTOG 11/4/2010 11:06AM

    WOW! Okay that's serious determination! Awesome! I guess I'm getting off this computer and going for a run :) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EMSJOURNEY 11/4/2010 11:01AM

    VICTORY!! =)

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MARATHON_MOM 11/4/2010 10:57AM

    Very nice!! I don't do hard rain either.... Those are the days I use my crappy dreadmill. LOL
Way to go!

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AK28STAR 11/4/2010 10:55AM

    Way to go!

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/4/2010 10:53AM

    WOW - that my friend, is dedication!

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JANETRAE45 11/4/2010 10:50AM

    I am new to the site and have alot of weight to lose but have always wondered how one gets started running. I hate walking as an exercise but running sounds so much better. I have to lose weight before I could start but sounds awesome to run in the rain!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/4/2010 10:50AM

    You rock WOMAN - you are my hero today, and aren't you glad you did? emoticon emoticon emoticon I really don't have an excuse for not walking in the drizzle today after reading your blog.

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EDWINA172 11/4/2010 10:49AM

    You rock! That is awesome. I hate putting off a planned run too. You took charge and made it happen. What an inspiration you are.

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Week 1 Down.... 17 Marathon Training Weeks to Go!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Well, this week was a bit of a bummer - due to the back problem, I missed one day of running (not too shabby) and a few other workouts (biking and S/T). But that issue is gone, and the allergic skin reaction I had to the meds is clearing up very nicely.

What I actually did last week:
Monday (today): 5 miles (4 miles easy, 1 mile @ 10K pace) + S/T @ gym
Tuesday: X-training (biking), 36 min
Wednesday: nothing
Thursday: 6 miles (with intervals packed in there)
Friday: nothing
Saturday: 14 miles easy pace
Here's a couple pics from my run:

This was taken just before I finished. My run was mostly dark this morning.

This is actually a picture of the street I live on, with the beautiful pink sky in the background!

I figured, since I skipped one run, plus some biking and one S/T session, I would go longer today than the 9-10 miles I had originally planned. Went good, and I am very pleased to do 14 miles. Even if I did have to get up at 4:45 to get back before the hubby left for work! emoticon Next week, given all goes well, I WILL pull that long run back, and have a bit of an easier week.

Next Week's Plan:
Sunday: Rest (as usual for me!)
Monday: 6-mile run, S/T
Tuesday: Biking, 30-45 min
Wednesday: 4-mile run, S/T and biking to/from gym
Thursday: 7.5-mile run
Friday: Biking, 30-45 min
Saturday: 10-mile run

I am so proud of myself - I even started a marathon training diary! I went and wrote out my entire 18-week plan, as to how I want to do it, even considering the dates as to when I will be running the long runs, what will be going on, holidays, other appointments, and such. I taped the original plan inside my notebook, so I don't lose that too. I included space to make notes as I go along... Here's my plan:

My little girls got ahold of it already, and scribbled a little on the first page....

Anyway, writing it all out, I got to see what scheduling challenges I will face, and already think about how I can address those challenges, and still get those long runs in. I am a lone runner, I do not train with a group. I know this is going to be very challenging, but I think it will make the finishing of the marathon all the more sweet!!
emoticon I'm ready for the challenge!!

So, that's all for today!! Wishing every one some happy running!!!

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SMILESRME 11/4/2010 8:52PM

    You have:

BR>good humor
good health
fellow Sparkers
the Lord

that all equals success!

Joy Julia : )

(I don't know why this post is coming up in different spellings than how it was written! sorry.)

Comment edited on: 11/4/2010 8:54:52 PM

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MAJTMS 11/4/2010 12:41PM

    wow, I can't imagine training for a marathon alone. I am training with a group, although I only run with the group on Saturdays, but that Saturday run is what gets me through those other solitary runs.

Good Luck!


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SEEHOLZ 11/1/2010 2:56PM

    It's on.. you are doing this full force!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/31/2010 9:48AM

    I am getting ready to start my marathon training too. I can't wait to see how we do the next 18 weeks. I agree with writing it down helps so much. I also set up reminders on my computer for my long runs.

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LIFE-OF-LEISURE 10/30/2010 10:31AM

    I'm glad you're feeling better!
I'm training for a 10K by myself. I like your journal idea. I was thinking along the same lines, but haven't committed it to paper. yet.

I was reading SOMEWHERE about someone having a lighter run week because of issues and it actually helped them in the long run.
it was a bit of a rest and it helped them focus on what they wanted to go and how to do it. Much like it did for you!

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IDOLIKESUSHI 10/30/2010 8:46AM

    Great job. Keep up the motivation!

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MOMONTHERUN1 10/30/2010 8:34AM

    Good for you! You're doing awesome!

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My Stupid Back... AGAIN!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Ok, I know you all are probably really tired of hearing about my stupid back... LOL But I am not out of the woods yet with this ordeal, it seems! Seriously. And I am really not one of those people who complain about every little ache and pain.

But it seems, I am NOW having and allergic reaction to the "elephant tranquilizers!" (a.k.a. muscle relaxer) My skin is super sensitive covering nearly the entire right side of my back, and wrapping around where my ribs are on the right side. It hurts to touch it. I felt this pain the morning after I took the meds, but thought the skin/tissue must be sore because I had massaged it pretty aggressively... But then last night, on my way home from my class, I noticed it was significantly worse (and I hadn't massaged anything), and it hurt on my ribs on my right side. Like even leaning against the seat in the car hurt. So, I came home and inspected my back, and I have a rash on my right side.

I am usually not allergic to ANYTHING! But there was this one time a few years back, now that I think about it, when my sister was visiting me here in Germany. We had driven to Amsterdam (about 3 hours drive away), and stayed a few nights in a hotel. We tramped around the city all day, and my sister, who has back problems, had this back muscle relaxer (over-the-counter) medication that we both took that night. I didn't really need it for my back, but thought it would help me relax and sleep better. The next day, I went and worked out in the hotel gym, and as I was working up a good sweat, I had to keep scratching my neck. Over the next few days, a very big rash broke out on my neck, and flared up really bad.... Yep, allergic reaction, per the doctor I went to see. And she even asked me if I had taken some kind of medication, particularly that kind.... hmmmmm.

I seriously did not think about this instance AT ALL until yesterday. So, I think it would be safe to say, I should avoid muscle relaxers in the future!! Yay, that it helped, but BOOOOO that it caused a new problem!! I am putting ointment on this area, and it seems to really be helping. Already feels much better than last night.

Stupid back!! Stupid elephant tranquilizers!!!! LOL

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SEEHOLZ 10/29/2010 5:12PM

    Ummm, I'm dealing with poison ivy... appearantly I'm extremely allergic, as I didn't even catch it outside.. must have been from touching something that someone touched who got into contact with it.... it sucks!

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JENN26POINT2 10/29/2010 2:16PM

    I hope you feel better soon.

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AOGOAE 10/29/2010 9:30AM

    argh, what the heck? you're probably allergic to the medication type, but there are lots of different types so make sure you figure it out before next time!

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