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These actions need to stop, right now!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Okay, this has to stop.

I can do so much better than I am. Honestly, I'm not even trying anymore. It's ridiculous. The last ten pounds are not going to melt off without trying. Hello, reality check. Tonight, I went out to eat at Applebee's and did not eat healthy. In fact, I got pasta. An old habit. And, I didn't even feel bad about it. Once and awhile isn't so bad.. but in the last few days, I know I have not been watching my calories or caring.

This has to stop. Seriously.

On top of that, I seem to be like, "Oh, it's okay... it for my half marathon training." Deep down, I know that is just a really lame excuse. If I don't get back to what I was doing, I WILL gain the weight back, a fear of mine. Maybe it will be easier once the end of the semester and finals are done. But, you know what? That is another excuses. Since starting this journey, I never let myself let the obstacles be excuses. I SO can do better. In fact, it seems I will have some extra time since I will be working less and three of my four classes have cancelled some of their classes.

Maybe I need to just say goodbye to the old me. Check out Mandisa's Say Goodbye! LOVE it!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 5/5/2011 10:52PM

  Hi Savannah.........
YOU WILL BE FINE!!! You are stronger now than you have ever been and have come too far to let things slide. You have developed a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE now and that is what will keep you on track.

Don't be too hard on yourself......... emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 5/5/2011 9:33PM

    You can do it! Just make the decision, & follow through!

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REMEMBER2BME 5/5/2011 6:07PM

    Great plan. I had to say good bye to the old me. I prefer the new strong me. I like the new you too.... so there : )

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SHELLEY81 5/5/2011 12:04PM

    You can do it!

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ANEPANALIPTI 5/5/2011 11:47AM

    I believe in u girl!

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FUNFROG79 5/5/2011 9:36AM

    Old habits die hard, hang in there! Step it up today and you'll be back on top! You've got this! emoticon

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PSALM42 5/5/2011 5:20AM

    Sometimes we need a meal like that- to remind us of the fact that we can splurge at times, and to remind us that those foods aren't the best fuel. Did you feel slightly sick at all in any way? I usually do and it helps me get back on the ball. Start with the next best choice and make the best choice everytime. If you do not make the best choice, don't go for a twofer and make another bad choice- make the next best choice. If you mess up, don't berate yourself... pick your self up, learn from your mistake and get back on track!

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CALCOUNTER4LIFE 5/4/2011 10:52PM

    Boy do I hear you! :)
You need some good protein meals.
You can do it!! Find some energy meals to spark you back into doing what you said emoticon. Have you ever tried Salmon cakes? They take a little effort to make, but if you can make a big batch full you can freeze them and they make for great energy snacks or for meals. I'm posting my recipe and how to on my page.
I've been having a rough start of a week with running.. stayed up too late and we all know how that is such a motivator buster. emoticon
But you are facing your mind enemies and well that's good! emoticon now do it!! lol.
I'm with ya! I got my butt to the treadmill late today at 8pm. I was mad at myself too... and just said eh, do at least a 20 min. walk and well it ended up being a 60 minute run with a 20 min. cool down walk. Just start again, and you'll feel better. And enjoy that great spring we are having! emoticon emoticon

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REVJVH 5/4/2011 10:22PM

    So, what can you change to make tomorrow a good day?

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 5/4/2011 9:57PM

    I know the stress of the semester end's finals cause a lot the old "us" to come forward. I, too, have struggled with the desire to eat during these past few weeks. Lean on us and we'll help lift you up past this as best as we can. We're here!

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TEDDYBABE 5/4/2011 8:53PM

    Re focus ! I am there with you and having the same battle. Taking it a day at a time. Step by step I am trying to get back on track! You can do it.

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MAGGIE805 5/4/2011 8:43PM

    Finals, work, and upcoming 12K stresses are getting me a little down too. Hang in there and we will get through this together. emoticon

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TURCOTTEP 5/4/2011 8:36PM

  you can do it

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I made a friend, Mom!!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Two blogs in the same day?! I think so! You guys are that special!

I'm just so excited that I have a new running buddy... well, maybe. We are going running on Thursday. On Thursday, we will see if it was a good fit or if I blogged her down, lol. I think we are going for seven miles. She is training for Grandma's Marathon. So this will be good! We both are super excited!

In other news, I am going home this weekend. I haven't been home for the weekend since New Year's so this will be good! When I am hope, if the weather cooperates, I hope to go for a 8 mile run. I already have it mapped out. We will see.

Hope you all have a FANTASTIC Friday and weekend! emoticon

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CALCOUNTER4LIFE 4/29/2011 3:46PM

    That's Great!!
I wish I could find a walking group around here. Maybe I'll post an add to encourage.
Hope you have a wonderful time with family. Keep running!
I'm your virtual running friend.. :)

did 2 miles yesterday and some light weights.. trying to get back in the swing of things.
Busy and finding it difficult to get to the computer to log my meals.. which always helps me stay in calorie range. Need to do that.
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STRIPEDTIGER 4/29/2011 3:27PM

    Enjoy!!! I read in "Run Like a Mother" when you are going up a tough hill repeat the mantra "kill the hill"

It helps!

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REMEMBER2BME 4/29/2011 2:38PM

    Too cool. I am curious to see how it goes. Have a great weekend!

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 4/28/2011 11:59PM

    have a great time on your trip home. I'll be seeing my mom in June and I can't wait!

I'm intrigued by the "grandma's marathon"

Sounds like something my speed emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 4/28/2011 11:45PM

    How great that you've got a running buddy!!! Woohoo!! :)

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    If I am remembering correctly, you weren't treated the best last time you were there. Just keep your skin thick, ok? Because YOU are VALUABLE! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 4/28/2011 10:52PM

  Hi Savannah........
GOOD FOR YOU "OOO-BOO"!!! It's always fun making new friends......especially ones that you have a goal in common with.
Have a great weekend at home too.
Take Care.

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SBLACKWELL93 4/28/2011 10:44PM

    I love hearing that pep in your step and that get up and go attitude. Keep it up hon!!!!!!!

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The SIX Mile Run.... Finally!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I am going to try to make this short and sweet.

I ran SIX miles today! emoticon I still need to double check that as it didn't feel like six miles... felt too easy, lol. I made a deal with myself... I was just do it without caring about the time. In the end, I figure I did ran it around 65-68 minutes. Ladies and gentlemen, that is with walking breaks with an overall pace around 11.33. emoticon

Do you know what this means?! My LONG run is done for the week! emoticon FINALLY!!!

One last thing the playlist that I made for today went on shuffle.. that was annoying but I still had songs I haven't listened to in a LONG time. It was a nice change. But, my left ear plug went out so I ran with the right one in while listening to waves crush against the rocks as I ran. Now that was relaxing!

Hope everyone has a GREAT day!

EDIT: I just rechecked and it is 5 1/2 miles... grr. Well, I am counting it as 6 miles because I walked to campus which is 1/2 mile one way. In my book, my legs got 6 miles. Next time, though, I know where I need to run to get my FULL six miles.

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PATRICIAANN46 4/29/2011 11:00PM

  Hi Savannah.......
I am so PROUD of YOU!!!

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FUNFROG79 4/29/2011 10:24AM

    What a way to start the weekend! emoticon

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SBLACKWELL93 4/28/2011 10:00PM

    See girl i knew you would do it. You just needed to have the right mind set and do it to it. That half ain't gonna be nothing now. Keep up the good work honey!!!!

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LUCYLU221 4/28/2011 8:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon JOB!!!!!
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We knew YOU COULD DO IT!!!!!! emoticon

So glade you had a great emoticon!!!!

Val emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 4/28/2011 4:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
Great job and Outstanding time!!!! WooHoo!

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MCCOURTT 4/28/2011 4:06PM

    First and foremost, you enjoyed the run, the distance was the distance. The fact that you just had great time with the run, mean longer runs will come even easier. The journey is what its all about in the end.

Wish I COULD run where I could hear the ocean.


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RUNNER4LIFE08 4/28/2011 4:02PM

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Congrats on hitting 6 miles!!! I bet you are smiling from ear to ear!


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    You did it in MY book! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRECKS96 4/28/2011 3:48PM

    Sounds like a great run, congrats!

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/28/2011 3:41PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on that long run, that is wonderful! Funny how some runs seem so easy and others that are shorter seem SO hard, but that's how it is with running. Great job!!

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STELA731 4/28/2011 3:37PM

    Awesome! I'm jealous! I wish I could run near the ocean.

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What does healthy look like?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

My counselor's favorite question is: "What does that look like?"

Without intending to, I asked myself, "What does healthy look like?"

Tonight, while working at the YMCA, I realized I was surrounded by healthy individuals leading healthy lives and realized this is what healthy looks like.

I define healthy as mind, soul and body. These people really are healthy. It goes beyond just exercising daily. It is so much more. After talking to a particular member, I realized they have heathy interpersonal relationships. These people do not have toxic relationships because, well, they don't allow it. In addition to that, they are regular church-goers.

I just found it interesting that healthy is so much more than what our scale tells us.

In other news....
I ran 4 miles today. It brutal. I fought boredom every inch of those 4 miles, and almost stopped at 3 miles... but you know what, I did it! There is a girl at the YMCA that has mentioned she would like to run together. She is training for a marathon. Even through I might be slow, I think I am going to take her up on her offer next week. How I figure it is her short run would be my long run... the thing I need a little extra motivation.. and we get to catch up! Woohoo!

Besides that, I was craving everything in sight after work.. mostly salt and protein things. You think something is missing out of my diet? I have been reading up on sports nutrition. I found another reason to track to my calories again. To make sure I am getting enough of what I need.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/27/2011 9:39PM

    Good job . . . you ran through the boredom! I think it sounds like a good idea to have a running buddy. What's the worst that can happen? It doesn't work out and you have to go it alone again. You can do this.

As for the balance of mind, body and soul . . . spot on. Imbalance in any makes for chaos and imbalance in your life.


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LUCYLU221 4/27/2011 7:07PM

    Sure is funny how all of those things just go together with a healthy you. The thing is we are happier when we feel good about ourselves. And when we feel good about ourselves we want to be around those who are happy and feel good about themselves too. And all that good energy makes for a healty us emoticon.

Dosent it feel good.

Keep up the great work. emoticon

Val emoticon

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KRISTINKP 4/27/2011 2:47PM

    Since I'm trying to keep to a low sodium diet for my blood pressure, my doctor recommended drinking SmartWater while exercising. It replaces the electrolytes I lose while running, without adding more sodium to my diet. I was getting headaches after long runs awhile ago, but I no longer do when I make sure to have my SmartWater on hand. Maybe it's all in my head, but it is sure working!! :-)

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 4/27/2011 2:43PM

    Great introspection, and thanks for sharing it! I've recently discovered something interesting along the same line. Having battled my wt and emotional well-being for most of my life, I had sort of developed a mentality that described myself as different. Maybe even defective. However, since I've been hitting the gym for several months now, I am running into all these people I know who also workout. All along I was thinking they were better, or gifted with great metabolisms, etc. Hehe it was defective thinking on my part! And I agree with you that healthiness is a balance of body, mind and soul. When one is out of whack it affects the others. I love that you are going to run with the other person training for a marathon. I envision a marathon in your future! One never knows...

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JOAN_HEO 4/27/2011 1:55PM

    I know when I was about 1/2 way through my 5K, I finished the race with another runner and it made things easier. I say try it. If it doesn't work out, no big deal.

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    I have been walking with another co-worker lately, and have a few pros and cons about it...


it motivates me; it is nice to have someone to chat with


I like my alone time; I don't always want to "chat"

It's hard to say, "Hey, I would rather go it alone today," so that makes it a bit frustrating.

You're doing GREAT! I hope you have a good rest of the week! emoticon

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STRIPEDTIGER 4/27/2011 9:23AM

    Boredom has been my biggest obstacle in running. It has been a real struggle at times and just when I've thought I had it beat. . . bam!. . .it's back to being something that I have to fight again.

The good news is that it's beatable!! Especially if you STICK TO THE PROGRAM instead of getting off track like I did.

GREAT job!! I have a running partner option that marathons (I never will) and I feel like a real slug around her but she's really sweet about it! :)

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/27/2011 9:00AM

    keep up the great work girl

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REMEMBER2BME 4/27/2011 8:37AM

    Great blog! Great observations. I think it sounds like having a running partner could be great for you. Food & nutrition in terms of fuel is interesting isn't it?

Keep up the great work!

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FUNFROG79 4/27/2011 8:06AM

    You are in a GREAT mindframe and you have a great attitude! Stick with this, it works for you! emoticon

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PSALM42 4/27/2011 7:56AM

    Running will make you more hungry. Eat more if you need to. My husband says he really craves salt when he runs. I wonder if it is because you need to replace what you've lost sweating out?

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WYOBZM 4/27/2011 7:41AM

    emoticon Sounds like you are discovering the secrets to a healthy lifestyle. Enjoy your quest!

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 4/27/2011 1:21AM

    salt and protein sounds to me like your body is telling you something. When I'm sweating a lot I tend to crave salt. I also get about 70 plus grams of protein a day.

You run sounds great. Nice that you might have a running buddy. And I love what you said about healthy being more than just a number on the scale. Absolutely right!

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KATHYM316 4/26/2011 11:55PM

    What an is true, that it's more then the scale..I am glad I was given the chance to read your blog. I now feel better. I fight with the scale and I need to realize that it's more then that.
I hope that you take that girl up on her offer, and you will do great.
Thanks again,

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I Need Support... HM Doubts!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

I need some serious support.

Right now, I feel like all the wind has been taken out of sails. This morning I tried to do my 6 mile run. The run turned into a 3 mile stop-and-go walk. This is not good. I needed to do my long run. How am I supposed to run 13 miles if I can't run 6?! *sigh* I am scared that if I don't get these 6 miles done soon, I won't be able to do the Half Marathon. emoticon

Honestly, I think it has alot to do with my emotions this morning. Before I even hit the trail at 9:30 am, I talked with my sister. She was talking about her youngest daughter. It made me really sad because I haven't seen her since New Year's. Than, I texted my other sister "Happy Easter" and she replied that it was a bummer I couldn't come down for Easter. On top of that, one of my friends sucked the energy out of me. Basically, she needed my support without even asking me how I am. Lately, she seems to always need my support and I get nothing in return. I find I do that with a few friends and so I am trying to be a better friend.

When I started to run, I was maybe going as fast as when I walk. It was such a struggle. So, I gave in. I than walked down on the rocks by Lake Superior. Listening to the water crash on the shores, I let the tears fall. Eventually, I walked back to my car.

Than, when I came back to my room, I did some homework than went to work. After work, I ran TWO miles. Even through it is something, my head is saying it is not good enough. You NEED to run the six miles. Part of me, just wants to give up. Throw in the towel. The other part of me is like I AM going to do this even IF I have to crawl over that finishing line. I feel like I am not going to be ready to run 13 miles on June 5th! In fact, if I had to do this over again, I'd want more time. With that said, I started right after I was sick for a month. So, I couldn't have started earlier.

So, those are my doubts.

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LUREAH21 4/25/2011 11:25PM

    I have had my share of bad run days and I think they make me stronger. A few things I've noticed about my bad run days, I either didn't get enough sleep or water the day and/or night before or I'm focusing too much on what's ahead of me.
Usually, the next run works out for me. Do an easy run for you on your next run day and just try to focus on the fun you get from running. Also, if you can start to think about something while you're running it might help. I often plan out my blog in my head and it's usually about the run, though I almost never end up actually writing it. It just helps me get through the hard spots.
Whatever you do, don't forget everyone has a bad run now and then.

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PATRICIAANN46 4/25/2011 9:35PM

  Hi Savannah..........
It sounds like you just had one bad run. There is plenty of time left to train and I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT!!! We all know what games our mind can play with our bodies. You had lots of negativity going on in your mind and it transferred to your body and sapped you of the needed energy.
Do you have a favorite song????? One that when you hear it your heart beat increases and you smile without thinking? If you do.......put it in your Ipod and listen to it when you run. Put all of that negativity in the garbage and be the YOU that you know you can be. Only positives when running........
I wish you the BEST!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/25/2011 8:53PM

    My dear girl. What I'm reading is a huge case of self-doubt. Have you ever heard of the self-fulfilling prophecy? If you don't think you can accomplish something you won't be able to. If you believe you CAN do something, and ignore those "coubting Thomas" voices in your head, you CAN accomplish it. I believe in you, Savannah. You CAN do this. You've been working towards this and you will do it!

You know., it is psychologically hard when someone sucks you dry. I just find that if that's how I'm feeling and this person just keeps unloading I will create a way to excuse myself. It's not easy, it's not fun, but when you have to, you have to!


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GETFIT2LIVE 4/25/2011 5:22PM

    There are bad runs, that's just the way it is--and emotions can wreak havoc on our ability to do anything other than cry some days! You can do this; it is mental almost more than it is physical. Hang in there and let it go, then go out fresh the next time and aim to have fun.

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DINGALLSTOO 4/25/2011 12:54PM

    you ran more miles than I did!!! I'm still at the walking stage, wondering if I can walk 5K. We'll never know if we don't try, and we won't be happy if we're always wondering. Keep on keeping on GF

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FRECKS96 4/25/2011 12:38PM

    So sorry you had such a rough run. But, you went out and added to your mileage-it sounds like you did 5 miles total-and sometimes that is even harder. You can do this. Keep your focus on why you want it and why you enjoy it. Run for the love of running, not to meet a time or distance goal.

Good Luck!

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JOAN_HEO 4/25/2011 10:31AM

    I'm guessing you didn't sleep well Saturday night, did you? Or you didn't get enough sleep. I struggle when I'm tired and it's very frustrating.

You have a month and a half so don't panic. I have faith that you can do this...YOU need to have faith in yourself!

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REMEMBER2BME 4/25/2011 8:14AM

    You can and WILL do this. I know, seriously because i have been there. I have crummy running days but we all have them. Some days I just do not feel it or have the rythem. You have time and you WILL have good days too. Allow yourself to have off days. Get back to that POSITIVE self talk. I find that it is 90% of it all. You ARE strong and you WILL do this. One day at a time little lady.

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WYOBZM 4/25/2011 8:13AM

    emoticon Stay relaxed and run by yourself. Nothing is worse than having someone take your energy.

Are you warming up? Walk the first 5 minutes and make sure you are hydrated and not overdressed.

Have you considered Jeff Galloway's approach. Run 2 minutes/walk 1 minute. States show you don't lose but 10-15 seconds a mile. He has a great web site.

WIth a solid base and the training you have, you will get your half done. You have six weeks. Stay strong. Let me know if you need a pep talk. You are committed and strong. School will be just have a little too much stress right now. emoticon

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SPUD1226 4/25/2011 8:01AM

    I had the same problem last fall training for my half. I had a bad run the day I was trying to run 10 miles-I started late, the trail was flooded and I wasn't feeling good. The next week I just told myself it was a race and I had to finish the 10 miles-I got up, got ready and hit the trail.
You can do this!
Best of luck.

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RHONDALYN10 4/25/2011 7:49AM

    You can do it. Go out with the mentality that you are going to go do it and have fun. Who cares if you end up walking more than you wanted? Maybe try intervals - run for 10 min and walk for 2 or something.....
Best wishes!

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PHYSEDTEACHER 4/25/2011 7:22AM

    U can do it! and walk if u have to , and run when u can!

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PSALM42 4/25/2011 7:09AM

    I think you can do it Savannah! I think maybe there is a lot mentally/emotionally. Try to not focus on those things while running because it will bog you down. Have you tried listening to music? You can make a playlist with upbeat music, and maybe your favorite right about the tme you find yourself struggling and need a boost? It is okay to walk for a little bit too. I find I have to walk briskly, catch my breath, and drink some water and then I will continue on.

I think you can do it!

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FUNFROG79 4/25/2011 4:09AM

    Hell, no, you won't throw in the towel! Everyone has bad runs, walks, swims etc. Sometimes you just have those days, it's a physical and mental struggle daily when training for any size race. Every half I did I never felt prepared. I always had an injury or got sick before the race. One half I hadn't run for than 5 a WEEK! I just showed up on race days and ran what I could and walked what I could. Just this past Feb I did the Princess Half and I have the flu the week before and didn't feel like I could do it. I planned on doing intervals of 2:1 of run/walk, but I ended up running the first 5 and walking the rest of the time. i STRUGGLED a lot during that race and sometimes to get thru I sang VERY loudly to whatever was playing on my MP3 player and got thru it. Sure, I must've looked crazy, but I pushed thru. You will too! Let go of this bad day and move forward! emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 4/24/2011 10:03PM

    I ran my first half last November. It was a nightmare, but not for any of the reasons I expected. My training also hadn't gone as I wanted and I wasn't at all fast and I barely eeked out a 10 miler before the race. I went into it expecting the possibility of failure. But, I didn't fail. I made it...I was second to last, but I made it! It was a nightmare for all the reasons the others who ran stated too...the course was too long before getting to turn, it was too hot, it was too windy, there wasn't enough water. I made it though!! Today was an emotional day and that will take a toll on your running. One thing I found that works for me when I am having a really bad run is to stop, stretch, take a couple breaths and then start again like it is a brand new run. You can do this. You have a goal and you are on track to complete it. Keep trying and I'd be willing to bet that one of your next runs will be absolutely awesome and you'll be wondering why you ever doubted yourself :). Oh, and I walked the last half of my half and still made it and still got the medal, all that matters is that you cross the finish line.

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LALAFLOWERS 4/24/2011 9:59PM

    Hey.. I'm running one that day too! Cool!

Yep.. it's hard some days. That makes the days that it's not so much sweeter!
Yes.. you should be running outside for 10 miles. That's what my plan called for today. (I'm on one that is meant to speed me up, I've run one at a race, and bailed on a second due to weather, and ran it at home in my neighborhood instead) But.. I only made it for an 8 mile loop, and walked most of the last half. I just couldn't run it.

But.. you've got lots on your mind, and lots of emotions bottled up. Get those out of the way, and you'll run.

Keep in mind, that when you signed up, there wasn't a clause that you had to commit to, that says that you will not walk at all.. nope. You'll walk, as much as you need to. You might to intervals, you might now. Then again, the atmosphere may well carry you to the end, running with a huge smile on your face. WHo knows. Just put in the best training you can. And enjoy it as much as you can.

HUGS.. you can do this!

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STLRFNS 4/24/2011 9:56PM

    Don't let one bad day psyche you out. Obviously, you set this goal for yourself because you felt you had the strength to do it. Everyone has a crap day - everyone has those folks in their life who are never there for them. Stop worrying so much - tomorrow is a new day. You can do it! emoticon

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MOMONTHERUN1 4/24/2011 9:49PM

    Don't give up! I ahve a half marathon this coming Saturday and I also have had my obstacles while training. I have been sick, had issues with work and also have had a sick child to take care of while trying to "train". I know that I will be walking some of this Half and I am ok with it. What counts is that it will be accomplished!

I only did 3.5 miles today and had to walk some of it. I should be running 10 miles outside by now, but I know that I will finish under the 4 hour time limit and I am ok with it. Every step you take counts!

Hang in there and don't allow other people to drag you down. I know that this is a lot easier said than done. Best of luck to you!

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MOONLIGHTKISS 4/24/2011 9:47PM

  Sounds like you had a really bad day. Dont make it worse by being hard on yourself. Do your 6 mile run next weekend, or during the week if you feel up to it. Try to make your exercise time you a special time for you and making the goals that you want to do. Good luck!

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SCOTTGARAN 4/24/2011 9:44PM

    Our mental clarity and emotions play a large part in our fitness success. I remember when I was trying to bench press 300 lbs, there was a real mental block. I could get 295 for several reps, but 300 just sounded like a lot, and I had a hard time getting it. Finally I broke through and surpassed it. It was all mental. When your in the 300's there is very little difference between 295 and 300. My mind was preventing me from success. Since then I have been able to surpass that goal, just as you will! Psych yourself up before the run, and six miles will feel like a warmup.

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HEALTH4LYFE 4/24/2011 9:36PM

    It's tough to run with all the emotional things you listed. If you are concentrating on them, instead of your stride, your breathing, how you feel, or your music to distract you, then you can drain your energy. Only you can decide if you are or are not ready to do your half. When I was training for my first half, my goal was to finish injury free and with a respectable time. No matter when you finish, you will have a PR! See how the next few weeks go, and if you need to, maybe you can defer your race?

Best of luck to you! emoticon

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