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Marathon Training: Wk 6 recap... On To Wk 7!!

Saturday, December 04, 2010

All this week, I was feeling super good. I dropped all of my biking sessions due to snow, and focused more just on running. The extra rest days had me feeling good, and I felt like I was rocking my runs and having fun! I wanted to write a blog about it on Thursday... and then, I started feeling really sick to my stomach. And weak, dizzy a little, and a little out of it.... I felt like I was gonna throw up so badly, but didn't. Since that was all I could think about on Thursday afternoon, I decided to blog about something else. And yesterday, I felt better, although I still had some tummy upset (I'll spare the details...).

And then, there was my run this morning.... Don't even ask. My "shorter" 13-mile run I had planned was supposed to be easier and fun, Fast-Finish if possible. Sort of a taper this week, from my 16 and 17 I have done the last couple of weeks. But a Fast-Finish run, it was NOT! Horrible. And not just how slow I ran, just how I felt. And how I feel now - queasy and a bit sick to my stomach. Maybe its just post-long-run blah, but I think my body is still fighting something.

But all I know, is that I didn't want to cancel my run, especially since I wasn't feeling bad yesterday. It's weird: I usually notice it in my running when I am coming down with something even without displaying any other physical symptoms. In this case, I think that my body is fighting whatever it was that came over me the last couple of days... I have learned, that you just gotta get out there and try sometimes. Sometimes, I feel perfectly fine, and have this horrible, slow, wipe-out run... Then other times, I feel exhausted, and feel like I can't even run, then I get out there and totally rock, and several times under these conditions, ran a PR. Weird. So, I totally wanted to at least try.

Toward the end, I was just trying to keep putting one foot in front of the other.... Oh, and I do need to add, there was 2-3 inches of snow on the trail, which does slow ya down a bit. I wasn't too worried about the snow, and just took it easy and went by how I felt. But how slow I was running had to do with something more than just the snow. It was a weak finish, to say the least. But at least I finished what I set out for, and I am happy with that. Tomorrow I will definitely be soaking up my rest day.

So, here's what I had planned last week, and then my actual:
Sunday: Rest (Check!)
Monday: Run 6-8 miles FF, ST (BodyPump) and BodyCombat
Actual: Ran 6.2 miles (10K), BodyPump (ST) and Combat

Tuesday: Probably rest, but biking only if weather permits
Actual: Rested

Wednesday: Run 4 miles with 5x 20 sec Strides, ST, biking to/from gym if weather permits
Actual: 4-mile TR, and BodyPump (ST class)

Thursday: Run 6.25 miles with intervals
Actual: Ran 7 mi

Friday: Rest (Check!)
Saturday: Run 13-14 miles
Actual: Yeah, my 13.2 miles that I just ranted about.

Plan for Wk 7:
Sunday: Rest
Monday: 6-8 mile run, BodyPump and Combat
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 6-8 mile run, BodyPump
Thursday: 4 mile TR
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 10K race in Hamburg

I just wanted to get some moderately long runs in earlier in the week, since I won't do a long run. We will see how it goes. I am not looking to run a PR at the race, since my tempos are no where near where they were last year, or even 6 months ago. I am just going to have fun!! Looking forward to it, too, since this is the first race I have done since June!

So, Happy Running, Everyone!! And wishing all racers a GREAT weekend race!!

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SEEHOLZ 12/6/2010 9:47AM

    Have fun! Perfect attitude and good to give your body exta time to really push it, since it's fighting something...

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SMILESRME 12/4/2010 7:33AM

    Oh, I am so sorry that you are still feeling puny with the bug that is holding on to your system. That just isn't a good feeling, especially with how active you are. Kudos for sticking out your run however! That is worth celebrating, even though it was a tough one for you. That is going to happen as a runner. Those great days vs. the rough ones. Sure wish they were all the good ones!

You rock! Looking forward to hearing about your 10K next week too.

Julia : ) emoticon

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Free Personal Training??

Friday, December 03, 2010

Andre, my BodyPump / BodyCombat instructor, asked me on Wednesday night if we could work out a deal: I give him English lessons, and he will do a couple of personal training sessions for me for free. =) Me be likin' this idea!

For one thing, I would really like to tone up more here and there. I mean, I don't really need to drop more weight - at 5'5'' and 123 lbs, I think I am thin enough. And my cardio is right on - I really can't do any more than I am doing, training for a marathon! But I still have skin flab on my lower abdomen from my MASSIVE belly I had during my twins pregnancy (I might just add, "MASSIVE" is an understatement). Not to mention, my derriere could certainly use some work... Everything seems to sag more and more these days. That, and I have done a lot of reading about runners' injuries, and am finding more and more reasons to do ST, and make sure your core and other muscles are very strong.

So, I am thinking, I will try to take him up on the offer, if we can work out a good arrangement that fits in our schedules. Fun, fun!

Just for some back up, I have already ordered several workout videos that I am hoping I can work in - Jillian Micheals Yogo Meltdown, 6-Week Abs, and Shred It with Weights, as well as Jackie's Xtreme Time-Saver Training... My sister will be forwarding those on to me over here in Germany in the next couple of weeks.

Definitely looking forward to putting a little more emphasis on some ST!

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BAILEYS7OF9 12/3/2010 12:12PM

    Love the barter system!

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ETTEZEUS 12/3/2010 11:33AM

    I hear ya on the sag! My 49 year old body got the 3 B's on the sag....Belly, Butt, and Boobies! They're all needing some help! But I am working on it!

Hope you get that would be awesome for you!

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JENN26POINT2 12/3/2010 11:16AM

    I am working on incorporating more st to my days, even if it's just body weight squats and what not at home. Yoga works as strength training too. And I LOVE pilates!!

I saw your post about your ACE training materials. I'm working on putting the money aside for the American College of Sports Medicine training programs. It offers home study materials like at ACE but also has a 3 day workshop you can attend to get hands on training. I'm so lovin' it! I can't wait.

Enjoy your free PT!

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LAUROCHKA 12/3/2010 11:11AM

    Great plan! Good luck with the ST. If you've got the committment for a Marathon then no worries at all about committment to ST. You'll rock it!

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SEEHOLZ 12/3/2010 11:00AM

    I like that deal you guys made!

And it sounds like you're feeling better- yeah!

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SMILESRME 12/3/2010 9:16AM

    Looks like growth is expected on both sides of the deal here! Alright! The idea that donnakovac posted certainly makes sense, having all bases covered will benefit both you and the personal trainer. Sounds like it is worth a try!

Enjoy the challenge!

Julia emoticon

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TWINSMOMMY607 12/3/2010 9:02AM

    That sounds like an awesome deal!!

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    Depends on his English skills. Sounds like you're a lot further along in your fitness goals than he might be in his English goals. LOL!

But I will say that working out a flabby abdomen region takes a LOONG time. I've been relatively heavy on the strength training for about a year and my legs, chest, back, arms, etc are all showing nice results. Abs still have stubborn flabby bits hanging around. I've heard in some circles that it can take up to 2 years for the skin to start tightening up and abs to start filling in. In other words, PATIENCE is the key here.

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DONNAKOVAC 12/3/2010 8:14AM

    Sounds like a great deal, but I'd consider writing out the goals and expectations, just to keep you both on track. Even if all that is planned is hour for hour, one day per week, it wouldn't hurt to have it in writing. Keeps both sides committed. He may reach a point where he no longer needs the English lessons, too, so consider your plan for six to twelve months at a time.


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Yeah, Something is not right...

Thursday, December 02, 2010

I had an awesome 7-mile run this morning through the falling snow (SOOOO beautiful, btw), and seemed to be feeling fine. Got my day going, started my housework, no problem.

Then after lunch, my tummy starts feeling really weird. Not horribly painful, but slight cramping. I start feeling a little weak and out of it, so I laid down and took a nap for about an hour. Got up, and certainly did NOT feel better. I felt so queasy, I thought for sure I was going to throw up... But nothing has happened.... yet. I'm definitely not ok, though. Shouldn't surprise me, though - all my kids have had a little funk this last week.

I'm just glad tomorrow is a rest day. Hoping I'll be back up and running for my date on Saturday with Mr. Long-run. For now, I'm gettin' to bed early (early being 8:15!), drinking lots of tea and water, and hoping I kick whatever this is within the next 24 hours.

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PAMINHALF 12/3/2010 5:58AM

  emoticon you aren't feeling well. Get better soon.

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JENN26POINT2 12/2/2010 4:10PM

    Ewwww... it sounds like the flu! I hope you get passed this soon!

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PARKERB2 12/2/2010 3:30PM

    Maybe it's just a small thing and you will be over it by morning. Take care and Keep Sparking. emoticon

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MBOURKE8 12/2/2010 3:28PM

    Sending healthy vibes your way!!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/2/2010 2:46PM

    Oh no! I sure hope it is just a 24 hour thing and goes away for your date!!

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JENN_OSTER2005 12/2/2010 2:21PM

  Hope you feel better soon!

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My ROCKIN' cooking class!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Last night, I went to my cooking class, all excited to see what we were going to make! Usually we do a 3-course meal - an appetizer, main course, and desert... or two. We are trying to cover all the main forms of dough that the Germans use, so sometimes we do 2 different deserts... not so good for the diet, but we don't make enough for everyone to pig out.

My teacher starts to explain what we are going to do, and I was a little disappointed - we were going to work on setting up a cold breakfast buffet, like something you would see at a hotel or something. Germans typically eat bread rolls for breakfast, topped with different things like meat and cheese, Nutella, things like that. So we were going to work on arranging a meat and cheese platter, and arranging the buffet the proper way.

But THEN she pulled out some recipes - we were going to make granola!! And home-made Nutella!! And a few salad-type dishes, for instance, one with parma-schinken, (not sure what that is called in English) mozarella, tomatoes, and fresh basil. Plus a large fruit salad, to go with the granola cereal - that's how Germans like it - and a milky sauce to go with the granola and fruit salad.

My friend and I called for the granola, and I was dying to try to make the nut-cream, or homemade Nutella. First we started with the granola - oatmeal flakes, chopped almonds, chopped hazelnuts, cocoanut flakes, and a few other things. And then you just grill it in a pan, with just a little oil and honey! Then add the raisins later after it cools. SO EASY!! And you skip all the junk they put in the store-bought stuff!

Then I tried to make the nut-cream. We had some ground up hazelnuts, so I used that, plus some honey, cocoapowder, and butter. I used a small hand mixer to try and puree it up really fine. Well, 'really fine' didn't really happen, but it was still YUMMY! I brought the left overs home to my hubby, and had him try it - he LOVES Nutella... a true German - and he REALLY liked it!

Anyway, I am SOOOOOO gonna start making my own cereal from now on! It's so easy, and so much cheaper to buy the separate ingredients and make it yourself! My son loves cereal, but I hate buying it, because the stuff I think is healthy is always so expensive.... NOT ANY MORE! He already tells me I am the world's BEST cook ever! Now he will idolize me even more! HAHA

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SQUINKLY 12/1/2010 2:19PM

    I just came back from Germany and it was strange to see what they ate for breakfast! They did have great food though!

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SEEHOLZ 12/1/2010 10:00AM

    Ist das nicht Prociutto oder sowas? Mein Sohn liebt auch Nutella. Ich hab normaler Weise keine Zeit fuer so etwas, aber ueber Weihnachten koennte das schon klappen. Ich glaub er faende es toll seine eigene Nuss Nugat Creme zu machen...

Viel Spass beim Schmuecken!

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30 and Discovering New Hidden Talents.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I love cooking, and I think I always had an interest in it, especially in making things that were truly homemade, no boxes, no mixes, no canned pre-made sauces, but really homemade. But if you would have asked me 10 years ago if I had any interest in owning my own cafe, I would have said emphatically, "No!" Even further off was the idea that I might be good at event planning! I see myself as a total scatter brain, and quite unorganized. I have never been good at planning anything, even a party for myself!

But a couple of years ago, I started doing a whole foods, everything-made-from-scratch diet. I started cooking all sorts of new things, new dishes with new vegetables I'd never heard of, all sorts of different ethnic dishes, and loved it! Eating at home became so much more exciting, and eating out has nearly lost all appeal. Then I started dreaming a bit (I'm a HUGE dreamer!), and thinking that I'd really like to maybe have my own whole foods cafe one day.

Last February, I was asked if I were interested in cooking for our church banquet for approximately 120 people. My friend, who had been part of the events planning in the past, promised she'd help me plan it, that I just needed to be in charge of the cooking. Well, I had no experience, I mean ZERO, with this sort of thing, but I agreed. It went AWESOME! I loved every minute of it, cooking and putting my heart into it for those people!

Then I decided to find out how I might be able to gain the schooling and training to legally one day have my own cafe, because here in Germany, it's all about having the right piece of paper! I asked around, and found that learning home economics was a great way, and seemed most practical for me since I would not only learn the proper food prep and handling guidelines, and cooking for large numbers of people, but also learn practical housekeeping and all sorts of things that will help me now as a housewife and mother.... Planning and preparing for my dream, AND doing something to help me with my present "job"... Can't go wrong! So, I'm currently studying home economics... We have class tonight and will be cooking! Can't wait!

In addition to starting school, I volunteered to take over the event planning at my church for the 4 main food/celebration events each year.

One of those is what we call Adventskaffee, a celebration on the 4th Sunday out from Christmas - which was this past Sunday - and we celebrate by having a really Christmasy get together with coffee and cake. We set up a banquet-type hall, decorate, and people bring their cakes. This was the first event that the planning was really on me. My friend (the same one who asked me if I wanted to cook) gave me huge tips on what to consider, but let me make all the decisions. Plus I had a huge part in the actual decorations, which I have NEVER thought I was good at!! But I'm finding creativity that I never knew I possessed! I also hand wrote cards for each table in calligraphy writing with Christmasy Bible verses on them - "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given..." and so on, and a couple verses from
Luke too. I bought some really pretty napkins, and folded them all neatly and set them at each place. I had so much fun doing it, I only wish I'd taken pictures!! It was all a huge hit. I got tons of positive feedback about how everything looked, and how it was set up. Of course there were a few things I needed to do differently, but I'll know for next time. One of my good friends also told me she could totally see me having my own cafe one day!! Of course she knows that's my dream, so she might've just said it to be nice.

I don't know where all of this will take me. I don't know if the doors will open up for me to have a cafe or event-planning/ catering business, but I'm glad I have the opportunity to try new things, and find new strengths I never knew existed in me! Seriously, if you would have told me I could plan something like this, decorations and all, and pull it off, I would have laughed in your face!! Haha!

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SQUINKLY 11/30/2010 12:12PM

    How fun! I love to cook to but I don't do that much of it! Good luck! I hope you can make a living out of something you love!

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JENN26POINT2 11/30/2010 11:37AM

    I'm so glad you've found a hidden talent! I love event planning too. Not so much the cooking part of it (I'd almost prefer to have it catered) but I love setting everything up, making a great event and hosting.

I also discovered my dream through sparkpeople. My dream is to work in the weight loss and fitness world and possibly pursue an exercise physiology degree. We'll both see our way to our dreams and live the rest of our lives happy and healthy! (BTW, I'm 30 too... turning 31 in December). emoticon

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LAUROCHKA 11/30/2010 8:29AM

    Sounds great. Your Christmassy coffe day sounds lovely!
Well done and I hope your plans work out.

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