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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

How could I forget???

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W5VEOTX 7/13/2011 10:20PM


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TALOEFFLE 3/9/2011 11:37PM

    Wow the fact that your medal was won in Germany makes it even cooler!!!! What an experience. So few people know what that is like, maybe someday i will be one of them:) Ps. You are a very beautiful lady so friendly in your voice too!

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ELISA322 3/9/2011 10:59PM

    Great medal and video! So neat to hear you talk. :) I agree, you're just as bubbly as I imagined you to be too!

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MJASR5 3/9/2011 12:57PM

    Very nice! Congratulations again!

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RFOX141 3/9/2011 7:17AM

    Darcy..this is so cool!!! You're voice is just as spunky and bubbly as I imagined it to be. I'm going to have to get back on SP more so I can keep an I on ya! :)

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MACMEISTER 3/9/2011 3:38AM

  Cute Vlog Honey! I am so proud of you

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RUNNINGITOFF 3/8/2011 1:31PM

  I love the bling! :) Very nice.

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SMILESRME 3/8/2011 11:30AM

    Gotta love that bling around your neck! Yeah! Congrats on your run and finish of your marathon! You rock girl! I wasn't able to read your blog about it until today, and I just felt like I "ran" along with you. What a feeling of accomplishment for you. Keep on going Darcy! Your excitement is contagious!

Joy in the journey!
Julia : )

p.s. I just ordered and received a photo of me crossing the finish line in my first half marathon last fall. I loved that feeling of accomplishment too!

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ABSOLUTZER0 3/8/2011 10:48AM

    Awesome! Congrats! MY MEDAL! *smiles*

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RHONDALYN10 3/8/2011 10:32AM

    WOOHOO! Love the medal! Way to go!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 3/8/2011 10:28AM

    Woo Hoo! On your marathon medal!!

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RUNNER_TIFF_07 3/8/2011 10:27AM

    Love it!!! Congrats :)

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AMOHAME2 3/8/2011 10:22AM

    it's so beautiful and SHINY!!! Wear it with lots of pride!!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 3/8/2011 10:12AM

    emoticon emoticon WOO HOO!!!!!

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REMEMBER2BME 3/8/2011 9:49AM

    I jusr read a VERY sad blog. Thanks so much for this. You made me emoticon!

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MAJTMS 3/8/2011 9:45AM

    NOW I'm getting excited about my marathon! Thanks for sharing your post-marathon excitement!


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ROOT4HOME 3/8/2011 9:35AM

    Very cool medal, Darcy! I don't think I ever saw a v-blog of you're so pretty and love your energy!

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Sending out some Spark LOVE!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

To all of you who have cheered me on, THANK YOU so much!! (I hope this works!)

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LAUROCHKA 3/11/2011 3:52PM

So lovely to see you on video! emoticon
Thank you for also being an inspiration!
I totally remember one of your training blogs about having to ge upreally early (like 3am!) to fit on a long training run and I remeber that every time I don't fel like running. I think - well Darcy was so dedicated!
You totally deserved all our support. Well Done you!

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ELISA322 3/9/2011 11:02PM

    "Comin at you... in video form, yo!"


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RFOX141 3/9/2011 8:35AM

    You are SO sweet!!! I just cried watching your video. I feel like I owe so much of my inspiration to you...not the other way around. That is the nicest complement. You just made my year!! I love you too girl! Now I definitely have to get back on here. lol! :)

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MACMEISTER 3/9/2011 3:53AM

  You are cute! I love you!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 3/8/2011 11:22PM

    You are soooooo on that HIGH after the big run! You deserve it so much!! emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 3/8/2011 10:41PM

    HI!!! good to finally meet you!!! woo hoo for your marathon. your web cam is so much better than mine, mine is always wanting to auto focus so I blurred out a few times on my vlog. isnt Spark great!. so niec to meet you "in person".

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BETHSTL 3/8/2011 9:28PM

    YAY you VLOGGED :)...isn't it fun :)

So glad you have had such a wonderful experience here on Sparks!

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    You're adorable! Loved what you had to say about the marathon. Congrats on your wonderful success, and thanks for the inspiration today.

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ROOT4HOME 3/8/2011 9:43AM

    You're so sweet! Thanks to you and others here on SP, I know one day I will run a marathon and I'll be bugging you for advice! lol!! But seriously, you were AMAZIING in your training and race and it's so great to see you on video! Somehow, I feel like I've known you for so long! Big hugs!!

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MOMJMGR 3/8/2011 9:35AM

    Thank YOU for sharing your journey!! You are awesome!!

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AMOHAME2 3/8/2011 8:56AM

    I love it! Spark has definitely been a huge part of my success as well, and pretty much the number one factor in my taking on the marathon! I'm so excited to be able to join the ranks of the marathoners, and following your training journey has inspired me SO MUCH!! So THANK YOU!
And for the record, your blogs are NOT boring!!

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REMEMBER2BME 3/8/2011 8:55AM

    I so much love your vlog. It just feels like I get to know you better. You are too sweet. I just love it. We all enjoyed your marathon so much! It felt like I was there with you. You look great btw. I thought sure you were going to share the medal. Next time. You gotta show us.
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RUNTRILAUGH 3/8/2011 8:46AM

    This is awesome!!!! Most of those words could have come out of my mouth, but not that well!!! This is a great site, isn't it??? You did GREAT balancing life and training to finish your race!!!!!

Can't wait to meet you in July!!!!!!!


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JUNEBUGABEE 3/8/2011 8:43AM

    You are so cute! Thank YOU for sharing your experiences.

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Musings on being injury-free.

Monday, March 07, 2011

So, I ran my first marathon! And I trained and ran it free of injury. This is not something I take lightly, nor do I feel like I have all the answers on staying free of injury. I consider this a gift, and I am thankful every day for the strength and ability God has blessed me with so that I can run.

When I started training for this marathon, I said to DH, "I do NOT want to kill myself or my body to do this!" And I meant it.

I had been a little naive and careless in my training for my HMs between Aug. 2009 and April 2010. I had developed some extreme tightness at one point in my left butt cheek (didn't know what it was at the time), and though the pain left and the tightness improved with stretching, the stiffness didn't go away. Then, I had pushed myself too hard one particular week, and I ended up with a pain behind my knee on the inside that didn't go away for about 6 months.

I kept running. I kept thinking it would just go away eventually. I even took weeks off of running here and there, but it didn't go away. It wasn't so painful as it was bothersome. I thought these discomforts were just the price to pay for being a runner.

In May of 2010, I started training for a full marathon that was scheduled in August 2010. I remember these discomforts bothering me, obviously they were aggravated by the extra mileage, and I remember thinking (I am not proud of this now), "It's ONLY pain!!!!" I know it's horrible, and I admit now that I was being foolish.

I ended up rethinking the marathon thing about half way through my 18-week training plan, and then got very sick a week or so later, which REALLY blew the marathon ambition out of the water! The sickness, which knocked my on my BUTT for WEEKS, was actually a blessing in diguise. The knee issue (which I STILL don't know what it was, because I can't find ANY knee diagrams that label that part of the knee) COMPLETELY cleared up.

When I started out training for the Kiel marathon, I made a commitment to myself to strive for safe training. Being safe, being cautious, listening to my body became TOP priority.

When an irritated IT band raised its ugly head shortly into my training, I was really disappointed, but that too became a HUGE blessing. It motivated me to buy a foam roller, and to do a TON of reading about all sorts of runners' ailments!! I gained a VAST amount of knowledge in the past several months. Best of all, I took care of my own IT band issue, as well as the tight hip and butt cheek issue (piriformis-related??), and I have never heard again from the knee issue I had before!!

I have completed my marathon training, and running the marathon, INJURY-FREE, and have never felt better as a runner!!

I do not claim to have all the answers. I have sort of found out what works for me, but I know it may not work for everyone. I know there are a lot of philosophies and running tips/guidelines you can train by, all claiming to keep you injury free. I've stated this before, that I think that even if you follow all the "rules," you can still end up with injury or physical problems related to running. The truth is, we are ALL pushing our bodies to the limit! Something is bound to rear it's head here or there!!

Here are some things that I THINK work for me, though:
1. Foam rolling/Trigger point release therapy - this has totally taken care of my tight hip and hamstring! I believe getting my hip loosened up was ultimately what took care of the IT band, though I did other things as well to help it.

2. READING, READING, READING all the info I could about my own discomforts and how to help them/ prevent them (causes, preventative exercises, stretches, etc.)

3. Listening to my body carefully. Taking action at the first sign of something (not necessarily stopping running.)

4. When I was increasing my mileage on my long runs drastically, I kept my long runs (painfully) slow. I hated it, but I forced myself to go really slow.

5. Strength training, strength training, strength training!!! I do ST, and I push myself hard on weights. I have read over and over, from multiple running sources that strengthening the muscles around problem areas is one of the BEST ways for runnings to avoid injury. In several sources I read about IT band and piriformis issues, exercises for the hip abductors were highly recommended. But I found that core ST was also highly recommended, because often times, runner's problems develop from weak back muscles which can lead to misalignment and bad form....

Just thought I would share my thoughts on this. I am incredibly grateful for the gift of running!

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MOMJMGR 3/8/2011 9:41AM

    I have had similar problems with IT band and have learned the hard way to listen to my body and recover like I should instead of ignoring the pain. I so agree with gaining the knowledge through reading, foam rolling, and ST! I am doing all of that right now as I weight for my Stress fracture to heal from NOT listening to my body. I am so happy for you to have completed this goal injury free!!!! That is HUGE!

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MARLIMOO 3/8/2011 8:53AM

    Amen. I did stop Strength training- they way I was, but I STILL work my shoulders, and arms as I will need them to be strong to carry me as I battle the marathon. Not to mention my core.

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APIRLRAIN888 3/7/2011 1:32PM

    INJURY free is great! keep on top of it! me too....hoping for that

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ETTEZEUS 3/7/2011 12:16PM

    Woo Hoo!! I ran my first marathon injury free also!
Actually, I've never had a *running* injury...the one I have now is due to a fall and rolling my foot.
so I still consider myself injury free.

You have some great tips!

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AMOHAME2 3/7/2011 12:13PM

    Thanks for this blog! I think I needed to hear about the up side of the painful decision to take a break from training. After my little injury scare last week I've begun to realize how important and amazing it is to be injury free, and that's not something I should ever give up because I'm too stubborn to stop running!
I totally hear you on those painfully slow long runs, but they're really helping me so far!!

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JENN26POINT2 3/7/2011 12:10PM

    I am terrible about taking care of my running body. I don't stretch enough, I don't roll very often, I don't do my core work and I certainly haven't been ST. I know that all of these things are necessary if not required, but for whatever reason, I'm too lazy to do them. I imagine the only thing that's going to sink that knowledge into my head is to get a serious injury that lays me up for a long time. I hope not, of course, but I don't do what I'm supposed to do, and then I complain when things hurt... What can I say? I'm an idiot and one of these days it's going to come back to bite me. I just haven't found that same motivation and discipline you have found. I hope I find it soon.

Congrats on finishing your first full marathon pain free! That's amazing!

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RUNTRILAUGH 3/7/2011 10:57AM

    Great blog, and great tips!!!!!!

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    Great blog! Such great tips for a beginning runner like me. Thanks for the inspiration today, and congrats on your wonderful success! emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 3/7/2011 8:21AM

    Great blog, very straight forward. Being injury free has always been my largest goal. You are motivating me to look into one pain again off again thing going on with my left foot toes. Thanks for that!

Next, updates on how things are at the restaurant. How are things going?

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    I was just thanking my lucky stars yesterday. I'm injury free for the first time in a long time. It's been holding me back for months. Like you, I learned my lesson in 2010. After trying everything but resting, I finally rested for MONTHS and the problem magically disappeared. It's easy to convince yourself when a little chronic aggravation is there that it's just a little pain, I can tough it out, it's no big deal. Then it gets a little worse ... still no big deal. There is a fine line between toughing it out and being stupid. I guess I'm not sure where that line is on myself just yet. heh.

I'm always reminded of a bit in the book The Daniels' Running Formula by Jack Daniels. He trained high school kids up to Olympic runners. He said that he believes no one was ever limited by their genetic potential, but the majority of the people he trained ended their pursuits prematurely because of injury. His training plans completely revolve around not getting hurt. I try and apply that lesson to all of my physical endeavors.

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Saturday, March 05, 2011

The last few days, I have been honing in on my new running goals.... aka - RACES! I am registered for a 30K on June 18th here in Germany, then I wanted to do a second marathon (the mountain-climbing one) in October. I have also been planning to go to the States (Florida) in July, but wanted to do 2 10Ks on July 9th (my birthday) and July 16th (one that is really small and local, that I REALLY wanted to do!).

The problem was, while 10Ks are fun, I had to work them into my marathon training for the marathon in October. PLUS going to the States for 2 weeks in July/beginning of August... Where would I run? How would I get those long training runs in? Would I even WANT to run a 20-miler in Florida heat??????

So, I ran it by Runtrilaugh (Wendy), that I was planning to come over there in July, and she suggested the Make It By Midnight Marathon in Macon, Georgia. It means I miss out on my local 10K.... But meeting up with Sparkers to run a MARATHON?!?!?! HOW COULD I SAY NO?!?!?! So, I signed up!!!!!

WOOOOHOOOOO!! Marathon #2, HERE I COME!! Then last night, I ALSO signed up for my mountain marathon in October! So there is marathon #3, if all goes well!!!!!

This works out much better, I think, to be training toward a marathon in July, then using my visit time in the States to recover a little, and then picking up training again for the 3rd one in October. I think this is a great plan.

But what I am excited about most of all is meeting fellow Sparkers!! I was so BEYOND excited last night, I felt like I was gonna barf!! My sweet hubby, who is SUPER supportive, was just looking at me like I was CRAZY! (He is just *slightly* aware of my running AND SP obsession!) I'm so excited to meet Becki and Wendy and Suezette (the ones I know are registered for this so far)!!! This is just so awesome for me!

HERE I COME, my fellow Sparkers!!!! I CANNOT WAIT!

(Yes, I am a *little* crazy. And yes, if you think I am "a machine," you are probably right. My hubby calls me that ALL. THE. TIME!!)

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RUNTRILAUGH 3/7/2011 8:40AM


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    I wish that I had half your energy.

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MARATHON_MOM 3/6/2011 8:42AM

    Don't worry.. I am so excited about meeting you in July, I too feel like I might barf! LOL!!!

Can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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REMEMBER2BME 3/5/2011 2:27PM

    I am still thinking about the Macon race. We'll see. I know I need to decide soon. Sounds like you have a great plan pulled together.

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ELISA322 3/5/2011 11:12AM

    LOL about wanting to barf because of the excitement! That is so funny. I almost spit out my coffee when I read that.

That is wonderful that you'll be coming over the states to meet up with some sparkers! And you are a machine, wow.. a MOUNTAIN marathon?? That is insane.

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LOREENYK 3/5/2011 10:43AM

    Sounds like it's going to be a great year! And running a marathon with some fellow Sparkers!! That's going to be such BLAST!! I'm happy for you

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JULIEIRENE 3/5/2011 8:45AM

    That is AWESOME! That Make It By Midnight Run sounds so fun! Wendy was telling me about it too - I need to see if I can afford it. I'm not up for a full yet but would love to join in for the Half and then cheer the rest of you on!

I am so impressed with your long-term planning for your races and training. I am starting to realize that I need to take that approach as well to figure out how to fit it all in both physically and financially. You definitely have an exciting year ahead! :)

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SEEHOLZ 3/5/2011 6:25AM

    If you are healthy and happy, why not? You only got this one life and you got a passion for running- it's funny to me to see how you also got bit by the marathon bug - hahaha!

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LAUROCHKA 3/5/2011 6:09AM

    Sounds like an AMAZING plan - go you!

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I have GOT to snap out of this!

Friday, March 04, 2011

I know I just ran a marathon last Saturday, but I have been eating like a huge hungry BEAR!! (If you wanna read my blog about that, here it is:
) I'm pretty sure I am using the "I-just-ran-a-marathon" excuse a little too much!! I am hungry all the time, and my friend was here, so I HAD to have her try all the yummy German stuff, right??? And of course eat it myself. Oh, all the wonderful assortments of German chocolate.... Yummy!! Plus all the yummy Bratwurst fresh off the stand!

The craziest part about it, is that I have TOTALLY not cared!! I have been eating and eating, and enjoying every minute of it. This is not an attitude I recommend to others, especially if you are trying to lose weight...

Well, this morning, I braved the scale.... yeah. Not pretty. And it is not really about the number on the scale. It is how I feel. I feel pudgy and flabby, my pants are DEFINITELY tighter, and I just FEEL like I have been eating junk. When I follow my "normal" diet, I feel so great. Eating lots of veggies, and steering clear of the sweets and junk just FEELS GOOD!

So, TOMORROW ( emoticon I know, that is the CLASSIC, right? "Tomorrow, I will....") I am gonna jump back on my healthy eating and lifestyle!!

First of all, my body feels great - no aches, pains, or discomfort whatsoever as far as I can tell - so I would like to go for a run/walk tomorrow. Nice and easy and slow.

Secondly, I need to be cutting out all the sweets, so TOMORROW, OUT THEY GO! Well, actually, I don't have any to speak of in the house, because I typically don't keep sweets around, so I guess I will just NOT BUY anymore... And no more cookie baking!! That was a real kicker!

Thirdly, I know, not only do I need to cut the junk/sweets, but I need to get back to tracking. I haven't tracked any food in over a week!! Tracking is ALWAYS the key for me, so I need to get back to that... TOMORROW!

Fourthly, WATER, WATER, WATER!! I have noticed that not drinking very much water REALLY kills my inhibitions when it comes to food, ESPECIALLY sweets! And I just FEEL CRAPPY! So, starting TODAY, not tomorrow, I am pumping up the water... reaching for my water bottle now...... drinking...... aaaaahhhhhh!

Ok, now that I have had a little water break, that pretty much sums up my plan!

emoticon My next RACES!!! After I posted my blog yesterday, I checked out a few websites, and found...... THE REGISTRATION IS OPEN for my next marathon that I want to do!! WOOOOHOOO!

The picture (I hope it posts nicely) is of the marathon at the top of the mountain!! The sign there says "Brocken (the name of the mountain) 1142 m (elevation)." CRAZY! Running a marathon AND climbing a mountain, but I really wanna do it!! That is gonna be such an amazing challenge, I think. It really is called the most difficult marathon in all of Germany. Even states that on the website, with a big warning about the challenge of this race. hehehe... I know I am nuts! The registration is also open for one of the 10Ks I wanna do in July, so that is a definite.

So, onward to the next challenges!! 2011 is gonna be an awesome year!

Spark on, my friends!! Have a GREAT weekend!!

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SEEHOLZ 3/4/2011 7:55PM

    I am glad you took a little time out to just "enjoy" yourself without a care in the world - you are smart about it and don't let it go on for too long, but it's good for your body mentally and physically to just let go for awhile- good for you!!!!

And, that challenge sounds super exciting, too. Glad I finally got to catch up on your blog- good one for sure :-)

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    I think living a healthy lifestyle is being able to do what you've done but knowing that you can indulge once in awhile if you get back on track and regain focus again. I know you will do just that!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 3/4/2011 2:06PM

    I get like that after long runs! your body need to to adjust and rest!!! you just ran a marathon, heard you need a mile a day rest after that!!!

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REMEMBER2BME 3/4/2011 2:05PM

    A big emoticon to you. No worries. And yes, running a marathon AND climbing a mountain is crazy.... just perfect for you.
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LOREENYK 3/4/2011 11:12AM

    I am a little worried about this too. With my marathon in Rome (is it really only 16 days from now???) the "after party" will be 12 fun, food and wine filled days touring the country! I will try to be good, but I'm not making any promises!
Cheers, Loreen

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AMOHAME2 3/4/2011 10:45AM

    I'm doing the same eating thing right now, but using the excuse of "I'm training for a marathon!!" way too much! My mileage isn't super high yet so I can't really use that excuse as much as I have been! AND that excuse doesn't apply to all the cookies and chocolate I've been eating. I'm pretty sure when they say we as runners need to eat more, they meant more veggies, grains, proteins, that kind of stuff!

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ICKA_2 3/4/2011 10:39AM

    I did the same thing after my half marathon. I ate so much more than I really needed because I thought "hey, I just burned like 3000 calores." Good luck, I'm sure you'll have no trouble getting back into the groove!

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SLEEPYDEAN 3/4/2011 10:17AM

    I'm sure once you get back into your routine and get to running, Body Pump, etc. things will shapen up.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 3/4/2011 10:07AM

    You rock!! I love reading your blogs and how you think and look forward to the next challenge.

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JUNEBUGABEE 3/4/2011 9:59AM

    That does look seriously intense-- my half marathon had a similar elevation: 0-1600 ft over the first 8 miles. They also had to put a picture of it everywhere just because how crazy it is.

Now doing that for an entiiiiire marathon? THAT is a challenge. But I think challenges are good for us. You can do it!

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NYC_NATIVE 3/4/2011 9:46AM

    That marathon sounds like fun! (To me, anyway, lol. I'm increasingly enjoying hilly races and runs.). It took me over a week after my marathons to get back to a normal eating pattern. But it sounds like you're on the right track already - keep it up!

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RUNTRILAUGH 3/4/2011 9:45AM

    Sounds like you have done just what you needed to do this past week... I'm sure the "gain" is not true poundage, but likely retention, and once you "restart" it'll come right off!

That marathon sounds incredible! Its the same one we talked about yesterday, right????

Have a great Friday!!!!

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    There is a lot of evidence that indicates that taking a full on "break" is not only important psychologically but also physiologically. So maybe you don't use the marathon excuse, maybe you simply plan to take diet breaks. Just like you plan your training around your event, you may plan your breaks much in the same way.

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