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Winter is still clinging on

Saturday, April 02, 2011

This is what I woke up to this morning and it's actually gotten worse since I took this picture. We are expecting ~ 10 inches to fall this weekend. I've already been out to shovel my driveway and my neighbor's driveway. They are conveniently out of town and it's the neighborly thing to do!

On the bright side, I rested up my foot last night by icing it and keeping it elevated and it's feeling a lot better today. It's still swollen and red but not nearly as sensitive. I plan on just puttering around the house today and taking it easy. I may hit up a spin class tomorrow depending on how my foot feels. At least the warm weather isn't begging me get out and run.

Not much to update this morning. I'm write more later.
Keep warm and keep running!


Happy April Fool's Day

Friday, April 01, 2011

Ok everything seems to be going wrong for me this morning and it's probably because it's April 1st. I was going to write a whiny Blog this morning but NO, not this morning. I did want to mention that my toe is stil killing me. I woke up at 2am last night and it was throbbing. I had to take some ibuprophen to help ease the pain and help me sleep. It's a bit swollen and yesterday's run probably didn't help much. It's strange because I felt fine for the entire run yesterday. It only started hurting later that night. So in response to this, I'm going to take it easy for the rest of the week. I don't want to run 21k with an injured toe. Fortunately it's only bruised so it will heal just fine. It's not something serious like shin splints or a fracture or something bad like that. It'll be fine in no time I'm sure.

I looked up Hammertoe on Google and saw some pics...gross! Yeah, no my toe isn't nearly that bad. Surgery isn't required! hahaha

I can't believe the race is NEXT Sunday! I'm getting nervous already. I also have a running partner now is it'll be more enjoyable for me. I hope she's ready for it or that I'm able to keep up with her. She's pretty fast and competitive. I'm sure it'll be a sprint to the finish. lol

We're expecting another 20cm of snow Not going to whine.

More updates to come through the day.
TGIF everyone!

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HJBUMP 4/2/2011 3:18AM

    Sorry your toe hurts so bad. :-( You're right...just take it a little easy and I'm sure you'll be fine when the race rolls around.

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REEKU731 4/1/2011 1:06PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your toe hon!!! Rest up and feel better before your race!! I hope you have a great day! I am not a fan of pranks, so April Fools really isn't fun for me - hopefully I can avoid all the craziness!

Have a great Friday and rest up my friend! I'll keep my fingers crossed you don't get TOO much snow!

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CHRISTINA791 4/1/2011 12:45PM

    Ouch! Take care of that toe, and good luck with it.

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BMORGANSON 4/1/2011 12:25PM

    TGIF! :)

Wow, that's some serious pain if it wakes you up. :( I hope that it heals soon; just give yourself a decent rest. It's not the ideal timing but I think it's best to let it heal some more before your race.

It's only 9:30am for me and already I've been fooled once! And I TOLD myself not to let anyone fool me today. emoticon

I hope you have a great Friday!

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PR 5k run!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Just a mini note here for my reference. I ran my 5 km loop in 20:55 today! That's my fastest run to-date. I'm not going to say that I felt overly strong because I was sucking wind nearly the entire time and I got a stupid stitch again at like 2km and it lasted the rest of the run. I tried to use the ChiRunning technique by keeping a steady cadence, lifting my ankles, keeping my arms and knees relatively low and relaxing my shoulders. It's tough though trying to avoid lifting my knees and landing on my heels when I'm trying to run fast. I'm learning though.
I wasn't really planning on running today but I thought I'd just get some speed training in. I'm going to try to get in the P90X Legs and Back shortly.

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MOTIVATED@LAST 3/31/2011 10:36PM

    20:55? That's an awesome 5K time!!

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Losing weight again!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

It's only been a short time but my weight is already coming down! On the weekend I weighed myself and I was a bloated, nasty 174.5. Since then I've completely changed my eating habits and started getting more active and I saw 169.2 after my run yesterday. I know I was dehyrated but I was SO happy to see the 16x on the scale. I rehydrated last night and this morning I was 171.2. I don't mind because I know how much of that weight is just water and I know that what I'm doing right now is going to lead to healthy weight loss.

My short term goal is to be able to run my HM in the 160s. My brain doesn't think that I can run well in the 170s and I believe it. I think back to last summer when I was 162 and I wish I was there again because I was so comfortable with myself and I think running this upcoming race would be easier. There is no way for me to safely drop 10lbs in 2 weeks so I'll just have to work with what I've got. Since this is my first HM, I plan on taking it easy and using it as my benchmark for future races. If I can break 2 hours I'll be thilled but I am not going to push too hard. There is no need to injure myself on the first race of the year.

On the sucky side of things, I think I am suffering from a bit of Hammer toe on both feet right now. The 2nd toe on the outside of each foot is bruised so walking is a bit uncomfortable. I think I did it when I was running on the treadmill last Saturday. I was running way too hard for too long. Lesson learned. I only hope that they heal before the race. My blister wounds are getting a lot better though. They didn't really bother me during yesterdays 10k. For the race, I'll wrap those 2 toes (toe next to big toe) with a comfortable bandaide.

Today's weather is kinda crappy so I won't be running this evening. I was thinking of doing a quick 5km for speed training but if it's raining then I won't be going out. Instead I may do P90X Legs and Back for ST.

Alright, back to work.
Thanks for reading. I'm sure I'll write more tomorrow or this evening.
Have a good day, Sparkers.

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REEKU731 3/31/2011 2:42PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your toes! I hope they get better soon!!!

YAY for your weight loss!!! You have done an amazing job getting back on track and I know you will stay there!! You WILL run that HM in the 160s - I know it!!


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BMORGANSON 3/31/2011 1:50PM

    Congrats on the weight loss. :) It's always rewarding to see those results when you are doing the right things. It sounds like you are on a path to see more loss before your race.

I hope your toes are feeling better when the race comes around. I had problems with blisters and pain in my feet awhile back and was a bit embarrassed to research and find all I needed to do was get shoes at least 1/2 a size larger than my normal size. But as you say, lesson learned!

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MILLER*TIME 3/31/2011 12:46PM

    so it's probably not funny but just the image I made in my mind of "Hammer Toe" when reading made me bust out laughing.

ahem, k sorry.

Good luck with your HM! I have to agree with you on the "brain doesn't think I run well in the 170's and I belive it" cause I'm the same way!! I truly feel like I perform better when I'm in the 130's than right now at 141.... crazy since it's just a LIL amount of weight but hey!

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SUKOTO 3/31/2011 10:55AM

    To be honest it's a bit boring and not too challenging (leg part) but it's good to include lower body work for a well rounded routine. I'd prefer to do a good Plyo video from Insanity.

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FANGLE 3/31/2011 10:53AM

    Legs and Back is one of the only p90x videos I have yet to do, how is it

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Oh I love to SPIN!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Just a quick note on how much I love Spin Class. It's a killer workout, you burn a ton of calories, you sweat like a pig, what more could one ask for. If you have a chance to get into a class or 2, do it! I highly recommend it.
I feel like a whole new me! I'm making good eating choices and I'm being as active as I can. I'm determined to get back into the 160s by the 10th. Just 2 lbs away. I can do it!

Night y'all.

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ANNE7X7 3/30/2011 10:25AM

    You bet you can!

I've only been to spinning a few times and enjoyed it a lot. Keep it up!!

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DIAMORROW1 3/29/2011 10:17PM

    Sounds interesting. I have been thinking about trying one.
Thanks for the endorsement!!

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