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What did I learn?

Thursday, September 06, 2012

I so didn't mean to scare my Spark Friends with my last blog!! But after thinking some things through, here is what I learned from the Not-S0-Great-1/2.

1) Be careful of well meaning advice

2) Stop trying something new for a race instead of when training (usually involving loops)

A person I trust was trying to help me out with the problems of gaining weight after each 1/2 marathon.

It was basically to stick to my calorie count. **If** I thought (and I was really sure) I needed more after I was done then to go ahead, but not go overboard.
I'm sure that the advice wasn't meant to cause as much havoc on me as it did. But my pre-race dinner was new. It didn't have nearly as many carbs as I normally have done in the past.

Immediately post race I would normally have my chocolate milk and then, within the next 30 minutes or so, a turkey & cheese sandwich on a roll.

I skipped the sandwich thinking I would wait until I got home and see if I was still hungry before dinner.

I think these two things were what was the major downfall of my race.

I also changed my Camelbak setup for liquids. I still had everything, but my G2 was in a bottle in my pack and not "on tap". I drank less than I normally do when I take a wee bit whenever I feel like it.

These were the only things I did differently, but it was enough to make me feel icky.

So back to the same old until I can figure out what will work for me AND not make me gain 3-5 lbs after each race.

Next weekend is the 3 Day Walk. I'm not concerned since they have an amazing set up for taking care of the walkers. I still won't be trying any major new things though.

Lesson learned.

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EMMYLOU010409 9/7/2012 4:14PM

    Good for you, way to listen to your body! :)

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SWAZY33 9/7/2012 11:07AM

    It doesn't seem to me that you were eating anything crazy before/after races?? chocolate milk and turkey sandwich sound like a great recovery meal. That is so strange that you would gain weight? Is it just a temp thing? Maybe swollen muscles? or does it stick?

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BLESSED2BEME 9/7/2012 11:04AM

    Makes sense. I understand now. Thanks for explaining.

Does the 3 to 5 lbs weight gain go away again? I wonder if it is just your body compensating for all the work you put it though. Afterall 1/2 marathons are not for wimps. (I am a wimp BTW)

Thanks for sharing your lessons. I learned a lot. I need to work on what I eat before and after a race even though I just do 5Ks.

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    Very wise pieces of advice.

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Labor Day 1/2 marathon-ish

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

I'll start with the fact that I once again broke a rule and tried something new. You would think that I learned from the last time.
I've been pretty bummed about the fact that I would gain weight after each race that wouldn't go away.
So I took some advice and changed my pre-race dinner and the snacks I had in the car for afterwards.
It started out fine. My heel was still bugging me some, but it wasn't bad enough for me to bail.
There were a couple points of feeling scragged and I thought to myself "If I cut through here then I can join up with them across the way." But no, I couldn't do that.
Around mile 10 they had us walk by the finish line....keep going....and then loop back. For some that might have been a good thing, for me by that point it was not. But I kept walking....for about a 1/2 mile. I pretty much realized that I was done. Like done, done.
And after stretching some and then stopping because it made me feel a bit light-headed, I walked to the finish line. I was planning on going around since I didn't really do the whole race. But when I turned the last corner it was roped off and lined with people. At that point I was too tired and just didn't feel like explaining myself. I took the medal.
I headed towards the Naked Spa since they have a 60 degree pool that is awesome post race. I walked into the humid room with all 4 pools and 2 saunas and everything hit me. I went into the bathroom thinking I was going to be sick. I wasn't. But when I went to throw water on my face my knees decided that they were tired of holding me up.
So there I was....buck naked on the floor of a bathroom.
Not sure how long I sat there. I did have to laugh at the thought of needing to be carted away....naked and still in desperate need of a shower.
Once I got rid of the fuzziness I went straight to a shower that had a chair and cooled myself off. Drinking my G2 off and on while doing so. I immediately felt better, but stayed there for another 5 or 6 minutes.

After that and a soak in the pool I felt great. Maybe I just felt normal, but after that ickiness it felt pretty great.

Now I know that some of you will say I should have gotten help. Maybe I should have, but sitting quietly and gathering myself up without people constantly asking me questions seemed to be the best solution for me. At least that is what my brain was telling me every time I asked it how it was doing. Please note, that I didn't think I *actually* had a conversation with my brain.....

After getting home, and ignoring the advice of post race food, I was able to walk through all the things that were different this time.

Lists are being made for sure!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 9/6/2012 5:00PM

    Glad you are ok. I have had times where I didnt feel good and didnt want other peole around me. You finished the race :) Good job!!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/6/2012 11:57AM

    Um, I'd opt to sit and wait a bit before asking for help under those circumstances, too; glad you're doing okay now! I *hate* races that have you go close to the finish line well before you're done. It is hard to hear the cheers and noise of the finish when you still have miles to go! Hope you figure out what it was that caused you to feel so bad so you don't ever have a repeat performance!

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SWAZY33 9/6/2012 10:48AM

    Some scary moments but so glad that you are Ok. I felt dizzy at the gym once and mentioned it to trainer who said...go let the nurse take your blood pressure and that's where it all went bad.. She TOTALLY over-reacted and called a code on me and the entire medical staff rushed into the office. I was so mortified as I felt fine at that, I'm totally with you "waiting it out"!
Do you think you need to eat more before race? Was the change that you ate less? Still 10 miles!! is AWESOME!!

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BLESSED2BEME 9/5/2012 4:59PM

    I have to admit that I am worried. Please share with us what you learned about this.

I believe in trying new things so...I'm confused about your first statement.

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EMMYLOU010409 9/4/2012 9:14PM

    Okay, no more scaring us like that. And perhaps no more following whatever advice it was that made you so lightheaded and weak you couldn't finish the race!

I don't blame you for not asking for help. I'm definitely the time to sit (or lay sprawled on the floor) until I can handle it myself, not being bombarded with questions and the like. Now, of course, in the event that way too much time has passed and I still can't get up, I might think about asking for help...

Eat right, stay focused, think positively, workout well! You can do it!

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    Ugh, I'm you were able to collect yourself!! You had me worried there for a second!!

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Oh, there you are Perry

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I was sent this by a friend that also doesn't have kids.

We have no good reason why we know this is extra cute...

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LUCKYPRESENCE 8/30/2012 10:30PM

    OMG!! How SQUISHY and cute :)

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 8/30/2012 4:57PM

    SO freakin' cute!!

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    Cuties - there's just something about small critters that make us go "aw!"

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BLESSED2BEME 8/30/2012 4:06PM

    Very, very adorable:)

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GRACEISENUF 8/30/2012 3:18PM

    Can I squeeze one PUHLEEEEEEZE?


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AJWALKLEY 8/30/2012 2:04PM

    Oh man! I want them!

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Can I get this shirt??

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

If you ask my friends they will tell you that this describes me a little too well.

I may or may not be known to threaten and, on occasion actually lick the face of certain people to get them to....whatever it is that I want them to do.
Judge if you want, but it works....

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SWAZY33 8/29/2012 10:29AM

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DRUIDPRINCESS 8/28/2012 6:08PM

    Love it! Thank you for making me smile this morning!


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GRACEISENUF 8/28/2012 6:01PM

    I take your threats seriously.


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RWILSON19 8/28/2012 5:05PM

  So very true!

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BLESSED2BEME 8/28/2012 3:44PM

    My husband does that to me when I cover his mouth with my hand to shut him up too! Are you two related?

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NANAW12001 8/28/2012 3:20PM

  My son would love this shirt.

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LADYPIXEL 8/28/2012 3:10PM

    That suits me, too... if only because I've done it. :P And my daughter does the face-licking! I can't go quite THAT far, but I burst out laughing every time she does it.

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Clean up on aisle 5!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Just took some time to update my SparkPage.

The background is my new motivation. I'm working on being able to go to the Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon in Edinburgh.

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This mean keeping the finances in order and making sure I lose weight. I mean SURE I can do a 1/2 marathon, but who wants to fly for 10 hours being squished in the airplane seat????


I hate deleting people off of my friends list, but I moved up the people that I hear from regularly to the top so it will be easier to get back to doing the Dance Parties!!

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Okay, one thing done today that I can check off. Let's see how many more I can get done.....

Have a great Monday!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/28/2012 3:30PM

    That is one race I'd love to do as well. Don't think it's possible for next year, but you never know!

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BLESSED2BEME 8/27/2012 2:54PM

    Love your updated page! Great goals too:)

I think sometimes we have to do a 'cleanup on isle 5' of our friend list. At least I do. When I end up with too many and in that group, people that i don't hear from or interact with, I feel better after I widdle my friend list to a manageble size for me. Perhaps it is OCD on my part though:)

Have a party rocking week my friend!

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EMMYLOU010409 8/27/2012 1:15PM

    Monday, Monday... Your positivity will get me through today! Stay focused for your Halvsie!

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GRACEISENUF 8/27/2012 12:08PM

    The countryside looks gorgeous.

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SWAZY33 8/27/2012 11:38AM

    That is an awesome goal to get to that half. Do u have family or other ppl there or is it just a wish list place? Looks like a beautiful place to visit and of course do a half marathon!

GO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 8/27/2012 11:23AM

    How awesome would that be?!?!?! SOOO excited for you!!!

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DMF2012 8/27/2012 11:19AM

    Awesome background - hope you reach your goals!

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