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Yay! I ran today!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Not to worry, my fellow Sparkies! I didn't push too hard. I kept it short and easy. It was more about getting out and getting fresh air, and also about getting my muscles moving, than about really RUNNING.

I have slept so much in the past few days, that last night, I had a HORRIBLE time trying to sleep. My body can only rest up for so long. Although I certainly don't feel like my energy is back in full swing, and I still have congestion in my chest, I am fever-free and feeling a bit better.

I knew the 10-miler I had originally planned for today was not really doable, so I thought, "Why not 5K? I could try to walk/jog for 5K, and just see how it goes."

When I started out, it felt pretty good, and I started to think about doing more, but decided to remain cautious and keep it at 5K. I walked for about 1 minute after each mile, just for a little recovery, even though my running was really slow anyway.

The coolest thing is that I FOUND MY LENS to my glasses!! My glasses have been a little broken since I had a bike accident over a year ago. The rim of my glasses hit the sidewalk and the lens fell out, and has never stayed in as well as it should. Last Monday, the lens to my glasses fell out, and I couldn't for the life of me find it. I even drove back over to where it fell out and searched up and down the sidewalk SEVERAL times to no avail. Then it snowed again. Good luck with that!! But today the snow has melted, and I just happened to glance over in the grass at the right time.... Lo and behold, THERE WAS MY LENS! YAY for not having to buy new glasses!!!!! And YAY, for being able to see again!!!!

So, I finished up my 5K, very excited about finding my lens! And also feeling very good that I got out today. Not really sure how I am gonna finish out the rest of my taper now that I missed my last "long run," but most of my runs on the schedule now are just 3 and 4 miles. I can handle that!!

SEVEN DAY, Y'ALL!!! SEVEN!! Next Saturday at this time, I WILL BE A MARATHONER!!!!

Happy Sparking to all!! Keep reaching for those goals!

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SEEHOLZ 2/20/2011 4:09PM

    First off, glad you're feeling better :-)

The whole lens story made me laugh- that's totally something I'd do.... wait to get new glasses and see if I can find the lens. Glad you found it.

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REMEMBER2BME 2/19/2011 6:55PM

    emoticon I take that as a great sign that you are doing what you are supposed to do. I am so impressed that you did not push to go further and how cool to find your lens. What are the odds?

OK, How many days until the marathon? I asked so you can say it.

SEVEN. emoticon

Continue to feel better and take it easy. emoticon

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IDOLIKESUSHI 2/19/2011 4:39PM

    You came a long way ... it must be so exciting to be so close to "the Everest" :)
Load on spinach these days. It`s awsome for muscle power and you need all the full force in those legs!
I`ll be cheering for you! xx

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CAROLCRC 2/19/2011 12:40PM

    So glad you are recovering well and ready for the marathon. And that you can see again!

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ELISAMLW 2/19/2011 12:16PM

    You can do it!!! I seriously cannot wait to hear all about it!

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REFOCUS92711 2/19/2011 12:03PM

    seven days!!!! Glad you are feeling better :)

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TEACHEROF4TH 2/19/2011 10:36AM

    You should be so proud of yourself on several levels!! Congrats on today's run, and BEST OF LUCK on next week's marathon! Run safe, run strong!

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MBOURKE8 2/19/2011 9:50AM

    I'm glad you're feeling better.... 7 DAYS!!! WooHoooo!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 2/19/2011 9:31AM

    you can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so excited for you!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 2/19/2011 9:28AM

    Good things are happening! How exciting to have your marathon in a week!

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HALFCRZY 2/19/2011 9:26AM

    emoticon Glad you're feeling better and can't wait to read your marathon report.

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Where do people get off....?

Friday, February 18, 2011

.... handing out HM/marathon training advice, like it is the one and only way? Why is it that some people think they have all the right answers? Where do some people get the feeling that they are certified to diagnose someone's physical ailment over the internet, and prescribe treatment?

This has been something that has bothered me for a long time. While most people here on SP are very kind, tactful, and respectful with their advice, there are some people, especially in the marathon training realm, who are just down-right rude. While I really love SparkPeople, and have gleaned so much running knowledge from being active on here, some people really go overboard.

It wasn't very long after I started my marathon training, that I started seeing some harsh advice being handed out, even someone insisting to me at one point that I had INJURED myself, and that I needed to stop running, when it ended up just being muscle cramps/spasms. The cure? Simple muscle relaxers. It wasn't an injury at all. At one point, this person even stated in their response something to this effect, "At the risk of sounding harsh...." Whoa. Wait a minute. If you even have to start a sentance like that, maybe you should just keep your comments to yourself!

In another situation early in my marathon training, I started having knee pain. At the time, didn't know what it was. I posted it in one of my blogs. Sure enough, I got a response from someone INSISTING that I needed to reconsider my training plan. i very politely thanked them for their advice, but expressed that I loved my training plan and planned to keep it that way.

**Let me just insert here, that the knee issue ended up being IT band, which I addressed with a foam roller, exercises and stretches, and it completely disappeared. **

Little did I know, this whole situation INFURIATED this person, simply because I did NOT agree with their advice. I got a very nasty email a few days later, much to my surprise!! This person simply couldn't accept that I didn't agree with their training "RULES."

Where do some people get off, seriously?!? There are so many training plans out there, all claiming to be the best, all claiming to keep you "INJURY-FREE". Which one is right? They are all so different. Some recommending speed training only after so many weeks into a training plan, some recommending NO speed training, some recommending the last long run 3 weeks out from the race, some doing the last long run 2 weeks out, some recommending the run/walk method.....

I mean, when it comes to physical problems, it is one thing to say, "Hey, I had a similar problem to what you are describing. This is what the doctor said, this is what it felt like, this is what I did to treat it. Hope you find out what the problem is and feel better soon!" That is helpful. But telling someone that they are training incorrectly, and posting angry messages when they disagree or don't do as you recommend??? Not helpful.

Oh, and about tapering - it seems to me that running your longest run 3 weeks out from the race is what is most commonly recommended here on SP. I could be wrong on that, but that is what I have noticed. My particular training plan had my last 20-miler out 2 weeks from the marathon, but I changed it due to advice from a fellow Sparker. I am not upset about that at all, but I did feel an ABLIGATION to conform. In the end, I did my 20-miler 3 weeks out, and a 16-miler 2 weeks out, and was planning to do most my mile-reduction in the last week pre-race. Was it really necessary to change my plan? Would I really have performed less optimal with my 20-miler 2 weeks prerace? Who is really to say? But I was even afraid to post that I did a 16-miler 2 weeks out for fear of the "advice" I might get.....

I think it is EVERYONE'S individual RIGHT and FREEDOM to choose the plan that best suits them. We are all adults here! We are all able to make these decisions for ourselves, and shouldn't be criticized by others for training differently! When it comes down to it, we are all pushing our bodies to the limit, and regardless of the training method, we could follow all the best "RULES," and STILL end up with injury!

Here's what I think:
1. ALWAYS running slow does NOT always = Injury-free.

2. ALWAYS waiting until the 6th week of marathon training to introduce speed work does NOT always = injury-free

3. ALWAYS running in run/walk methods does NOT always = injury-free.

4. ALWAYS running your long runs super slow does NOT always = injury-free.

5. ALWAYS doing a taper of 3 full weeks does NOT always = your best race performance.

6. ONLY increasing distance without increasing speed does NOT always = Injury-free.

While these things may HELP, it is NOT a guarantee. In fact, MOST injuries stem from preexisting PHYSICAL conditions in addition to the training, that only become obvious when we have pushed ourselves to a certain point. Things like:

1. Weight - obviously the heavier you are, the more impact your joints and everything will take, leaving you more susceptible to injury.

2. Unknown misalignment in back - we are all unique physically, and many of us are slightly misaligned and don't even know it. While this doesn't cause a problem from day to day, or with shorter running distances, it can cause problems later, when mileage is greatly increased, REGARDLESS of how slow.

3. Weak muscles - I have read over and over that weak hip abductor muscles, as well as abs and back muscles, can be the culprits. So STRENGTH TRAIN, runners!

4. Unknown bad running form - Studies have shown that a shorter stride will have less impact on your joints. For some people, it might be their stride; some people, it might be heavy heel strike; some people, it might be which way their toes are pointed (so I have read).

5. Overpronation/underpronation: Both conditions can leave you more susceptible to IT band issues.

There are probably more physical conditions that might be contributing factors.

So, I came up with my own rules about running and training. Here they are:

1. Listen to your body, first and foremost!! If you have concerns about pain or discomfort, see a doctor, and read all the information you can. Educate yourself, and be proactive. There are many things, like piriformis problems and IT-band-related knee pain, that can (in most cases) be easily treated to keep you running the way you love. Find treatment that works for you, and if worse comes to worse, change your running plan.

2. Find a training plan or method (whether you follow a specific plan or not) that best suits YOU, and how YOU love to run. Don't let anyone else govern your training method. By all means, please educate yourself on the best training advice, but in the end, the choice is yours.

3. Choose the taper period that best suits YOU, and don't necessarily do a certain time period because everyone else seems to be doing it.

4. Base your running goals on you and you alone, and always put reasonable expectations on yourself.

5. And by all means, please be polite and respectful when handing out your running tips. Just because you are "INJURY-FREE" doesn't mean you have all the right answers. You could've just gotten lucky.

It's all about RESPECT, people!! Respect people who may have a different approach than you. Respect people who may have a different opinion than you. Respect people who may like to run differently than you. Always hand out your advice and tips and personal experiences with a big dose of respect.

Happy running, EVERYONE!!

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SACGIRL 2/19/2011 9:03PM

    Great blog my friend! I 100% agree with everything you said...running is purely personal. While the action is the same for everyone, everyone has their own style, and method.

Thank you! emoticon

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SARASHAPESUP 2/19/2011 5:26PM

    Great blog, Darcy!!! You are totally right - what works for one person does not mean it will work for everyone! We're all unique people and have unique bodies.

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ELISAMLW 2/19/2011 12:22PM

    THANK YOU so much for posting this. Honestly, this is a big reason why I don't want to join a running association. I've run for a year and a half now with no injuries at all (I could just be lucky, but I like to think I've been smart and educated about it too) and my times and distance have improved. I really don't want to get unwarranted advice. Ugh. It's not like I'm training for the frickin' Olympics or something.

I wish the approach to running could be more like the approach to yoga... everyone has their own practice and modifications and no one jumps down anyone's throat, at least not in my experience.

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MOMONTHERUN1 2/19/2011 11:12AM

    Well said! I have also had this issue with other blogs that I have posted. One individual even commented something to the effect of "Haven't you heard of out of sight, out of mind?". Seriously??

I totally believe in the old saying "If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything". That is how it goes right?

I am on SP for support and advice, but sometimes I think that some comments should be better left unwritten.

YOU are going to be awesome in your Marathon and YOU are doing a great job training yourself!!! I am one of those people that don't have a specific training program for my Half, but I know my limits and you do too!!!

Keep running and I cannot thank you enough for this blog!

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CHERWHOAH 2/19/2011 10:34AM

    well said! Some people are just rude, and then to also write you a nasty email? that's so stupid. Thanks for the tips :)

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    I rarely give a damn about delivery. Focus on the content of the advice. Some people will put themselves in your shoes and try to think what they would do. So it may come across as harsh or argumentative. But just focus on the message and add the advice to your list of possibilities. Only you know your situation, no one else can possibly provide an accurate diagnosis. If you're truly concerned, seek professional advice from a doc. Until then, just use the advice here as possibilities for you to weigh on your own. No sense in getting upset by it. That's how I see it, anyway.

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APIRLRAIN888 2/19/2011 9:24AM

    wow agreed and not just for Marathon! I think SP needs to be more tactful sometime in responses ;p

BUT thank you for listing all the running info! WHAT is taper?

thank you for putting this together! and you are right!

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ELISA322 2/19/2011 8:41AM

    I so agree with you too on everything you said. This is a big reason I hesitated to post about my injury on the message boards. It's actually a big reason why I hardly post on the boards at all. Like you said, how are people on the internet going to diagnose my problem and help me? Also, the last thing I need is for someone to say I'm doing everything wrong. Don't get me wrong, I invite constructive criticism and helpful advice and feedback, but it appears some people don't know how to be respectful and pride themselves on being "blunt".

Another thing I believe that could cause injury is running on uneven ground. I wonder if that's what caused my injury. I was running on parts over the bike path and shoulder that still had a lot of snow and ice, even with the screws in my shoes I slipped and almost fell.

I also agree with speed. The first two years I hardly did any speedwork and still got injured a couple of times. When I injured myself last year before my HM, I was actually running my slowest pace AND even walking!!

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LAXMOM167 2/19/2011 7:16AM

    I agree with you 100%! I don't post my HM training plan because it is MY plan and I can just imagine what others might say!!! I have beat my times, remained injury free and had the best time running my HM so...I guess MY plan works!!!

Good Luck on you first Marathon!!

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RAWKNRUN 2/18/2011 6:54PM

  I rarely "Like" blogs but GIRL!!!! You NAILED IT, I had another sparkfriend seriously doubting her marathon training due to some comments by someone who had NEVER RUN A MARATHON! Anyways, glad you got it out there and by the way... ABOUT YOUR MARATHON!!! ;)

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NYC_NATIVE 2/18/2011 4:54PM

    The one thing I learned a while back is that there are SO many ways of approaching marathon training! It depends on your goals and your level of fitness. For ex., I would never dream of saying to most folks, "you gotta run 100 MPW to properly train for a marathon." Because for some, it's the ticket to a PR, and for others, logistically impossible and a roadmap to burn-out. The bottom line is that as long as the person is sticking to common-sense parameters, things will be fine.

Re: whoever wrote "At the risk of sounding harsh.." sometimes we need to hear advice that we don't want to receive, but is accurate. I've gotten advice about my training and form that I didn't take so well initially, but it turned out to be for the best, because it corrected a mistake that I was doing, or a misconception I had. Some people don't convey it as well as others, though.

On a last note, Darcy, if this person harassed you via email, you should report it to SP immediately. It sounds like it was a garden-variety nasty PM, so no action probably won't be necessary. But if anyone ever crosses that line, you and none of us have to take that crap!

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MYTURN11 2/18/2011 4:22PM

    I agree - good blog - I think they mean well but perhaps sometimes their egos might flair - best of luck to you!

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CAROLINEAT50 2/18/2011 3:58PM

    Great blog. You've made some wonderful points, and it sounds like you are doing everything RIGHT for YOU---which is the most important thing. Best wishes for a fast recovery from your cold (yuck) and for a FANTASTIC marathon! Can't wait to read about your experience! Thanks for taking the time to write this great blog.

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COCOMAC7 2/18/2011 2:06PM

    Great blog! I'm such a newbie runner and just trying to run because I love it and not to do it the "right way". I don't have a plan. I don't have any lofty plans for a marathon or half yet. It will come (I can feel the desire building) but for now I just run.

I try really hard not to offer advice that comes across as harsh or the only way to people. Blogs are just a snipet of information from another person's life so there are so many more things affecting our decisions that I think don't come out in blogs. Who are we say our way is the best when we only know 20% of the full story?

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CARMINACG 2/18/2011 1:51PM

    I always say, talking about weighloss, or excercise is almost as taboo as talking about religion and politics. Really its all about choice, and what we as individuals feel is best for us. All other comments, 'harsh' or not should just be taken mildly. If that wasn't the intention of the writer of the comment then that just looks bad on them not you. I wish you the very best of luck with your running plans and achievements!

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TWINSMOMMY607 2/18/2011 1:20PM

    I agree 100%!

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SEEHOLZ 2/18/2011 1:14PM

    I agree 100% with the idea that we are all individuals and ultimately, we need different things. While I am actually appaled at the fact that someone sent you a harsh message and thought their advice was best-WTF???? are you smarter and better than any of us???? I think sometimes people have good intentions, but bad execution, you know? While I love this form of communication, sometimes it's hard to express things exactly or some people might be rather thoughtless than trying to be bossy-- not sure, but just saying.
In any event, I'm sorry that people have made you feel like that, because this place is full of so much support and love and understanding, patronizing people is just soooo uncool!

Keep doing YOU! I have found that most of the time, sticking with our gut when following advice seems to be the way to go!

Btw, how are you feeling today?

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F1AMEDIVA 2/18/2011 1:08PM

    Agree!! I couldn't have said it better.

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REMEMBER2BME 2/18/2011 12:58PM

    First, I hope you are feeling better today. Secondly, this is interesting. This is the second blog or response i have seen this week that someone had a bad experience with people 'giving advise'. I guess I am very lucky, I have run into no issues on SP. I am hopeful that these situations are the minority and that you continue to enjoy sharing and exploring on SP.


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LOREENYK 2/18/2011 12:50PM

    Well said!
If I were to listen to "mainstream" rules, I would have thought there was NO WAY I could do a marathon with less than one year of running under my belt. (I started running June 2010 and my marathon is on March 20 2011). That is zero to 26.2 miles in less than 10 months! Do you think I followed the "rule" of not increasing your effort by more than 10% per week?
Thankfully, my husband has been a runner for 20+ years and we happened upon Hal Higdon's training plans when I signed up for Rome. We loosely followed the plan, adapting it to our schedules, working in some races when we were on vacation, recycling some weeks to keep the mileage up, etc. Plans are just that - plans! They are not written in stone!
I know that you wrote previously about being perfectly okay with a lower carb/higher protein diet, but I found out (through trial and error) that I needed to increase my carbs when my runs were starting to suffer. I think I have found a wonderful balance now, but not because of some "RULE" - it was because I listened to my body and adjusted accordingly!
Take care and have a great run!!!
Cheers, Loreen

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CAROLCRC 2/18/2011 12:45PM

    Whoa! That's one attitude I've never run into on Spark, which is one of the reasons I like this supportive website so much! Some people are very sure their way is the right way, and are extremely concerned when others don't agree - they honestly think they are putting themselves at risk if they don't agree. And in some cases they are. But to go get mad at someone and write nasty e-mails? That's just too over-confident for words.

I love all your points the don't necessarily = injury-free. I did everything 'right' for 2 years, and still ended up with an injury that has taken over 2 years to adjust to so that I can run distance again...

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NEWJEWELS4LIFE 2/18/2011 12:43PM

    emoticon blog! I totally agree! We are all different, we are built different, we work different so we all do things different. Love this blog! I had someone give me grief once for stretching after warm up before a run. So I tried without the stretching, it was awful. I went back to doing what worked for me!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 2/18/2011 12:43PM

    You have noticed also that people solicit advice and then freak out when it disagrees with them. They just really want people to tell them they are right. If people already know everything and don't want to listen to anyone else's opinions than don't ask. Good for you for standing up to the bullies!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 2/18/2011 12:42PM

    Well said.

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ROBYN168 2/18/2011 12:31PM

    I couldn't agree more.....anyone who wants to stick their $.02 in and then get mad when you don't comment....

Good luck on your marathon if you haven't run it yet.....

I live in a house of differing opinions. I love the run/walk, my hubby thinks it's awful.....we agree to disagree...and do our thing....

I say - whatever works for you is what is right.

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MAJTMS 2/18/2011 12:30PM

    Wow, I guess I am still such an innocent. People really get upset if you don't follow their advice? Wow.

Great blog and great message for life in general. Respect!

Hope you're feeling better today.


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GABBIEGIRL614 2/18/2011 12:30PM

    Agreed....and I think this could advice could be transfered to ANY sport and/or activity. It's all about the Golden Rule, right? I'm sorry you had to deal with all that. I would imagine it would start to take the fun away from the run. *hugs*

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AMOHAME2 2/18/2011 12:20PM

    Very much AGREE!!!

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REFOCUS92711 2/18/2011 12:12PM

    Grea blog! 100% agreed!

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GEOGIRL 2/18/2011 12:07PM

  Agreed, AMEN to all that you've said! Unwanted/unsolicited advice has left me perturbed more than once, as you've said we are all different and we really have to find what works for "us" and go with it. Train smart and listen to your body!

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SRVFREAK176 2/18/2011 11:53AM

    AMEN SISTA!!! THAT IS WHY I CHECKED OUT AND SIGNED OFF FOR A WEEK!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I WISH YOU LIVED CLOSE BY SO I COULD HUG YOU!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU , THANK YOU!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The verdict is in....

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I have the flu.

Yesterday, I went from feeling ok and doing a pretty great run in the am, to barely being able to lift myself from the couch in the afternoon. Although at one point I questioned if I REALLY felt THAT bad, that I should skip my BodyPump, it soon became apparent that I would not be going ANYWHERE. Even if I did manage to drag myself to the gym, I didn't have the energy or strength to lift a finger....

About mid-morning, I started feeling a little achy, but still not bad. I got in a nap right after lunch, and slept for almost 2 hours. I felt really cold, and had a long-sleeved T-shirt on, plus a thick sweater, plus a thick sweater jacket, PLUS a scarf! And I was STILL chilled! And my house is not THAT cold. By mid- to late-afternoon, my body was RAGING - achy all over, feverish feeling (though I didn't take my temp), and just not good at all. I had absolutely no energy or strength, and getting up to walk around was strenuous.

So, yep, I skipped BodyPump, and my run this morning. Tomorrow is a scheduled rest day, and I will have to see how I am feeling for Saturdays run. But like I said, I am not disappointed. I actually welcome the rest at this point. Gonna sleep as much as possible today and tomorrow, take it easy, drink lots of fluids, eat lots of soup, and hopefully, I will be back to myself in no time. I am already feeling a great deal better than I was late yesterday. My body is not raging like it was. I still don't feel great, but it is already much better.

ONLY 9 more DAYS!!! My big marathon debut is in ONLY 9 DAYS!! Just thought I would throw that in there. You knew I couldn't write a blog without mentioning that, right?!?!

Thank you, all my fellow Sparkers, for the encouragement and tips!

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GABBIEGIRL614 2/18/2011 12:39PM

    Oh no! Get well soon hon!

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ROBYN168 2/18/2011 12:32PM

    I hope you feel better quickly....lots of fluid is the key....

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SLEEPYDEAN 2/18/2011 10:49AM

    Yea definitely rest up. Hope you are feeling better today.

You are more than prepared for the big day!

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NAGLA929 2/18/2011 3:09AM

    Feel better, soon. Good luck in your upcoming marathon. emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 2/17/2011 5:59PM

    Take care of yourself!
You have a marathon in 9 days!!!

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NYC_NATIVE 2/17/2011 5:14PM

    Get well soon! I'm so excited for you, and your first marathon!!!

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CAROLCRC 2/17/2011 2:15PM

    Better to have it now and get it out of the way - how horrible if it had come a week later! Start back really slowly and don't push.

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TWINSMOMMY607 2/17/2011 1:13PM

    I am sending you a lot of chicken soup thoughts!!!

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MARATHONER340 2/17/2011 12:01PM

    Rest and take good care of yourself! You must be healthy for your race!!

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AOGOAE 2/17/2011 10:12AM

    actually maybe it's the perfect time to get sick- you MUST rest before your race and now you have to. muahahaha take that overachiever ;)
No but seriously, take care of yourself- the hard work is already done.

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REFOCUS92711 2/17/2011 9:39AM

    I can't wait for your marathon! You are going to do amazing! Just get some much needed rest and take care of yourself. You will feel better in no time :)

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RUNTRILAUGH 2/17/2011 9:25AM

    Lots of rest, fluids and healthy eating and you'll be marathon ready!!!!


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AMOHAME2 2/17/2011 9:21AM

    Glad you're starting to feel better already! Being sick is never fun, but like you said it's forced rest which is probably a good thing! I know for me, taper periods are always a little maddening because I have so much trouble suddenly RESTING. You're in amazing shape (you're running a marathon in NINE days!!!!) and your body is going to kick this flu to the curb in no time!!

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LAUROCHKA 2/17/2011 8:48AM

    Aw - definitely sounds like rest is the best plan.
Take care of yourself.

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REMEMBER2BME 2/17/2011 8:35AM

    Sounds like you are handling this the best way possible. Take care of yourself.

How many days until the marathon?!?
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APIRLRAIN888 2/17/2011 7:38AM

    gt well soon

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MARATHON_MOM 2/17/2011 6:24AM

    Oh no!!! Rest, Rest, Rest!!! Feel better really soon!

So excited for your marathon!! You will be all better soon and this sickness won't even be an issue!

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MUMMAMICHELLE 2/17/2011 5:51AM

    So even super woman gets the flu?? LOL. Rest up and take the time you need. You are so well prepared for your marathon the best thing you can do is make sure you get back to full health!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 2/17/2011 5:51AM

    Sorry you're sick. Get lots and lots of rest!

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SEEHOLZ 2/17/2011 5:51AM

    Yikes for feeling sick! It sounds like whatever it is, it is on its way out! I'm telling you, it's coming up sooooooo fast... so rest up all you can, while you can-LOL.

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My Vibrams are on the road again!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sooooooooo, 10 DAYS, PEOPLE, TEN DAYS!!! Yep that is right, my marathon is in only 10 DAYS!!!

Ok, now that I got that out of the way......

The last few weeks, I'll be honest, I haven't run in my VFFs at all. I really wanted to focus on my running and training for my marathon, so I kinda put the VFFs on the backseat.

But now I am tapering, my runs aren't so long, and I thought I would break them out... So, yesterday afternoon, I snuck out while my little ones were sleeping for a quick 2 miles. Then this morning, after much debate in my head, I decided to take them out for my full run, a short one, but still the full length.

I had 4.5 miles planned, but I was really tired and sluggish this morning (I think I am coming down with something, or my body is fighting something... I'll come back to that topic...), so it started getting late, and I figured 5K was good enough. After all, I am tapering, right? I think at this point, I can't really condition myself any more than I already am, so dropping a mile and a half off the run won't matter.

So, I set out. Actually we had a thin layer of fresh new snow from last night! So, I got to leave my Vibrams tracks in the snow. I probably had all the people wondering, "What kind of crazy tracks are THOSE?!?! Somebody out here walking around barefoot?"

Yeah, ok, so it was a little chilly this morning, plus running in the snow, so my toes did get a bit cold! They felt really cold at first, but after a mile, it wasn't so bad. I also did NOT have socks on with them. I need to try the socks out...

So, I did 3.3 miles this morning, 2 miles yesterday, and I might even try for 6 miles tomorrow, though that might be pushing it. We will see! All I know is that I have no foot, ankle, or calf pain from running in those. So far, it looks very good.

As far as me not feeling good.... yeah, my kiddos have been sick over the last couple of weeks. Nothing that seems too terribly serious - slight fever, lots of coughing and congestion, whiny-ness (of course!), tiredness, not eating as much as they usually do, and so on.

I have had some congestion lately, and felt more tired than usual. And this morning, I felt like someone was sitting on my chest! So, I definitely am fighting something. I really haven't come down HARD with anything yet, and if I do, I would actually welcome it. It would just mean a forced rest during my taper, which I think will only be better for me come race day! But I want to kick whatever this is fast, so it isn't plaguing me on race day. I can always feel it in my runs when I am fighting something, my energy level definitely takes a hit. I often notice it in my energy levels before I really have symptoms. Weird.

Well, Here's to taking care of myself over the next few days, and getting myself all well and ready to RUN, RUN, RUN!!! 26 POINT 2, BABY YEAH!!! Or should I say, 42 POINT 2!! Since we use the metric system here.... emoticon

Keep Sparking, Sparkers!!

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ELISAMLW 2/17/2011 10:04PM

    Haha, mine would be a size 10 so someone would think it's Bigfoot! lol!

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VIC616283 2/17/2011 11:36AM

    be careful using VFFs on the snow. Unless your form is so well-dialed-in that it's second nature, I wouldn't do it. I tried it, and my feet went numb from the cold so i couldn't fully feel the way i was striking and my form would break down without me knowing about it. The result: achilles tendonitis from not striking properly and keeping my heel off the ground too much.

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CAROLINEAT50 2/16/2011 9:17PM

    I hope you kick whatever it is that's trying to "catch" you! Rest up for this big event!!!!! I know you're going to do great!
Love your funny footprints in the snow.

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CAROLYN1213 2/16/2011 12:38PM

    It is common, near the end of your endurance training to feel like you are coming down with something. Those last weeks of training are grueling on your body. Your body starts craving eat, sleep, run, eat, sleep, run . . . and now sleep, eat, rest. Up your vitamin C and your carbs and get plenty of rest. In your last week you should feel like you are either sleeping or eating all the time. You will feel like you are eating too much. Don't worry about your carbs this week. Feed, fuel, rest, relax. You got this girl! It's all down hill from here! Cross the line, get your medal and celebrate!

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THETHINWIFE 2/16/2011 11:56AM

    I have some VFF's too! I looooove them.

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ERPARA 2/16/2011 11:39AM

    perfect pic :)
fight it off - you'll do great on your race!

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AMOHAME2 2/16/2011 11:24AM

    I love the footprint!! I'm sure a few people are wondering who the crazy barefoot person is, lol!!
I hope whatever your kids have either gets you quickly or leaves you alone entirely!! Getting sick right now would be okay, I just hope it's gone by next week! 10 days, WOW!!!

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MOMONTHERUN1 2/16/2011 11:09AM

    Very cool pic of your footprint! You're going to rock that marathon!!!

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SEEHOLZ 2/16/2011 9:57AM

    Nice job and I'm totally like you- I feel it in my energy level before it hits me, too... like you said, forced rest at this point is not all that bad.

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REMEMBER2BME 2/16/2011 8:34AM

    Feel better and totally cool pic!!! I love it!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 2/16/2011 8:33AM

    You're so close! I love your footprint in the snow. Take care of yourself :)

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JUNEBUGABEE 2/16/2011 8:21AM

    Good luck!! I can't imagine how excited you are. My first marathon is in a little under three months, and I'm already counting down the days.

Hope your sickness comes and GOES quickly, so you can be fighting fit for the big day.

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APIRLRAIN888 2/16/2011 7:55AM

    you know I found the first 3 miles a killer! once I cross the 4 miles marker! I can do 6-9 miles easy!!!!!

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SUGIRL06 2/16/2011 7:55AM

    Love the picture of your track :) That is too funny! Good luck on your marathon!!!!

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TWINSMOMMY607 2/16/2011 7:41AM

    I hope you feel better soon!!

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The Date, The Cafe, and (of course!) The Marathon!! (with a few photos)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

So, um.... about my marathon.... emoticon

I think I should just start all my blogs that way, since that is about how all my sentences start these days!!

But about that, MY FRIEND IS COMING!! She bought her tickets and is to arrive on Friday, the day before my marathon, and will stay with us for about a week. I am so EXCITED!!! It's so cool. I think we are gonna have a blast!!

The date I had with DH on Saturday was FUN! We NEVER eat out.... I mean, hardly ever. We just can't afford it, plus babysitting... Seriously, last year, I think we ate out a TOTAL of 3 times the entire year of 2010. I just cook, all the time, and I try to keep good variety to keep it interesting, and to keep it healthy.

So, because we so rarely go out, we had a hard time deciding where to go, since we haven't been to 99.9999999999% of the restaurants in our area. So, we finally decided on this Italien place about 30 minutes away. We got there, and it was a really cute little place. It was DEFINITELY authentic Italien, the waiter dude and the restaurant manager (perhaps the owner?) were Italien. It was so cute to hear them speak German with their little Italien inflection.... emoticon

My husband LOVES melon with Prosciutto ham, so he ordered that as an appetizer... They came out with this HUGE plate with about 7 slices of melon (at LEAST half a melon, if not MORE)... We were totally shocked! It was the size of a main dish... Here it is AFTER he already ate a few slices of melon with the Prosciutto...

So, we decided to ask them if we could take it with, since it was sooooo much food, and we wanted room for the main course. When we called the restaurant manager over, he comes to me, really concerned like, and says, "Senore, WAS ist LOS?" (What is wrong?) It was SOOOOO CUTE! Italien accent and all!

I ordered a filet steak from the menu, served with a honey balsamic sauce and steamed vegetables that was TO DIE FOR!! Delicious! And, unfortunately, I went overboard, and got dessert too, even though I was SOOOO FULL! I never order dessert at restaurants! NEVER! But those Italians, they had me swept away with their AWESOME FOOD!

Oh, did I mention, when we left our house, it was snowing hard? We haven't had any snow for week now, and it's been warm, but right before our babysitter came, the snow just started coming down. By the time we got out of the restaurant, this is what our car looked like:

That is after less than 2 hours!!! We had to drive home really carefully, so we decided to nix the after-dinner plans we had had to go play pool or bowling. It was all good. We had a great time! This is us, riding home:

And we even did a little something special together yesterday too. Nothing big, just here at the house, but still nice. I am very blessed with a wonderful hubby!

About the cafe, I snapped a couple of pics of the outside yesterday. Here they are:

I wish this one had turned out better, but I think you get the idea:

And the sign from the street - um, yes, that is the MAIN street through our village that you see....

Have a wonderful Sparky day, everyone!! Happy running and fitness to all!

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SEEHOLZ 2/15/2011 2:42PM

    Very cute pics!
Ich liebe diese kleinen Italienischen Restaurants... ich weiss genau was Du meinst, haha.

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FRANCLYN 2/15/2011 2:14PM

    So glad you'll have your friend there. Even when you have a strong support system at home, it is such a huge boost to your morale to have someone go to that much trouble to be with you on a day that you've worked so hard for.
I understand the not going out thing. Hubby and I reliably get one date a year - our anniversary. It feels so amazing to have a night for just US that it takes at least an hour for me to get over the feeling and just settle into the evening!

The cafe is adorable!

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MBSHAZZER 2/15/2011 1:53PM

    LOVE the pics! Looks like such a cute town you live in. Almost makes winter bearable!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 2/15/2011 12:16PM

    Sounds like such a wonderful time!!

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REMEMBER2BME 2/15/2011 12:02PM

    Thank you so much for sharing. It is sooo nice that you were able to enjoy and evening out with your husband. Yikes about the snow. And thank you, thank you for sharing picture of the cafe, how sweet. I just love it!!!

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MAJTMS 2/15/2011 11:45AM

    I can't imagine how wonderful the food must be! I miss real Italian food and yes, I love melon with Prosciutto ham too. As for 'everything' marathon talk, I find myself doing the same thing too, and my race is still a month away.

I can't wait to read your race report!


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TWINSMOMMY607 2/15/2011 11:29AM

    That is so awsome that your friend is coming out. You guys are going to have so much fun.

The dinner sounds fabulous, I am jealous!!

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GEOGIRL 2/15/2011 11:25AM

  Awesome blog and pics! Sounds like you had a wonderful meal out with your hubby, you deserve it! Oh YUM I LOVE Prosciutto and melon, my husband is Italian and his dad makes his own prosciutto and its to die for :)

Yay for your friend buying her ticket, you are going to have such a fantastic race!

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