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What is a date?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sometimes I wake up crabby for no good reason.

Maybe it is just the stress that is getting to me. Probably. It is the time of the semester that I look like this poor guy!

It could also be that my sore throat turned into the common cold which is turning into a chest cold. Can I stay in bed all day, pretty please? I am not feeling the most motivated to work out even.

It could be the societal pressures.

A guy and I have been hanging out lately. We went to this Christmas village of lights last night. We both had a great time. We smiled, laughed. He offered me his hat because I might be cold. It was rather sweet. He knows I am a poor college student and he has a secure job so he offers to pay for me. In fact, he paid for parking.

Are we dating? That is what my mom wants to know. I have no idea. Why can't a girl and boy hang out and just enjoy each other's company. Because I keep being asking, my analytical side of me kicked in and now I want to know.. are we dating? But than again why do I need the label?

What does it even mean to date?

Well, according to wikipedia, "a form of courtship consisting of social activities done by two persons with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship."

I accepted that we probably are. I do like him. But, than all this anxiety seems to come flooding as soon as I start analyzing.. just what I was trying not to do.. and that's what I don't like!

Maybe I should work out but the thought of being on a machine makes me want to run away. I know I am in a mental plateau but today I don't have enough energy to put me beyond it or care.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/30/2011 12:27PM

    First, hope you're feeling better soon! The cold I had just kept hanging on, but finally did go away.

As for dating . . . well, maybe your time togehter could fit with the definition of a date, but if it makes you anxious, don't label it!! No need of it to be labeled. At least IMHO. I agree . . . I think the idea is just enjoy the time together and wherever it leads, that's where it goes.

Oh, try some Vicks Vapo Rub on the soles of your feet (then put socks on, of course). That really helps to clear up congestion.


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/30/2011 9:54AM

    I met a guy recently too. We've kayaked twice together and most nights he calls and we chat for about an hour about kayaking and other things.

It is kind of awkward when it's in an ambiguous phase, isn't it?

Maybe it helps that I'm in my 40s now and I can just relax and enjoy the ride, wherever it goes.

Relax if you can. It's all good.

Comment edited on: 11/30/2011 9:55:09 AM

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STEVIECAT4 11/30/2011 9:22AM

    Well, keep hanging with him and if he builds up the nerve to kiss you, you'll know you are now dating! How's that for a good sign!


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EJOY-EVELYN 11/29/2011 11:11PM

    Like a fig . . . I just want to eat it up! (smile, smile) Hope you're feeling better soon. Glad you got to see the village of lights!

Oh how glad I am to not have to think about the seriousness of your question at this late stage of my life. College days were, indeed, filed with angst - lots of questions, and never knowing for sure what relationships would develop further.

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PATRICIAANN46 11/29/2011 8:39PM

  Hi Savannah.........
I love your blogs!!!!! It's just like going back in time.........remembering my college days and the angst of relationships.

First of all.......take care of your cold and don't do anything that would make it worse. Second.......and this may be harder advice to follow......try to enjoy the relationship you have right now with this guy. Live in the moment and if the next moment or day or week is different, deal with it then. Just enjoy NOW because NOW goes by way too fast and then you are my age wishing that you would have appreciated NOW when it was happening. Does that make sense????? I hope so.

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HDHAWK 11/29/2011 6:47PM

    Take care of the cold and let the relationship go where it wants to go. No pressure.

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/29/2011 5:13PM

    Enjoy the relationship for what it is, and do your best to ignore the questions, because in the end, they don't really matter; sometimes it's best to not try and label things. If the cold is going into your chest, don't try and work out too much; give your body time to rest and recover, and make sure you're getting plenty of fluids. It's tough to take time to get well when you're in the crush of school, holidays, and everything else, but take good care of yourself--you WILL make it!

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NATPLUMMER 11/29/2011 4:43PM

    I'm sure it's a combination of everything.
Dating...probably.R>If that cold is turning chesty then step away from the machines and rest.

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SPARKCHANTAL 11/29/2011 4:33PM

    hi mango!
all the while i lived an american life, this 'dating' thing was pure stress. can't say why, but the silly questions and all the labeling made it so, i guess, just like you described.
now i live a german life, it's a different society. going out is not such an issue, you go out with someone just to have fun, and your thoughts revolve around that.
so... why not turn a deaf ear to all the 'tusheling' (gossiping, speculating, talking behind backs...) and just enjoy the guy's company. let everything just fall in place, develop as it wants.
not so easy... but you're tough!
power to you

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Wanted: A goal

Saturday, November 26, 2011

In the last few months, since my first half marathon, I have been goal-less. emoticon This is like getting in the car without a destination. They say you need a plan to get to your goal. In fact, if you don't have a plan, it's like not having a map on a road trip. But, what about the destination?

So, today I decided I want to train for a half marathon, even if I don't run it. I need something, ANYTHING, to work toward. I could work toward another weight loss goal but it doesn't really energize me. So, starting next week (or earlier) I am in training for the 2012 Get Lucky Half Marathon. The magical day is March 17th, St. Patrick's Day, during my spring break! emoticon I have just enough time to train with some breathing room.

In the next few months, I have alot of "exercise" stuff going on and started putting it all together. Check it out.

Nov 27th - Training starts
Dec 23rd - Fall Semester ends
Jan 3rd - Running Coaching starts
Jan 22nd - Spring semester starts

So what, right?

Let put this in better perspective. I will be training for my half marathon until March than add in that I will be the coach for the 5K beginner until the end of June. While I am doing that, I will be taking two courses. One is track and field so I will be running and other stuff on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Than, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, I will be teaching Group Fitness to the freshman health class. emoticon

Uff-da! (Yes, I used a Wisconsin cliched term. No, we do not talk like that!) That is alot of running. Obviously, a concern is about overtraining. I, honestly, think I will be fine. I can always drop the half marathon training if I it is too much. Also, I am thinking of making Sundays mandatory rest days. And, if I HAVE to exercise, than, at most, I will swim! emoticon Also, I have three weeks of breaks where I don't run those weeks. I hope it will help me to not overtrain!

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GONABFIT 11/28/2011 10:10AM

    I know what you mean... After I ran my big races I found myself floundering around wondering what to do next. I have started setting new goals for myself too! Best of luck with everything!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/27/2011 9:56PM

  Hi Savannah.......
Oh, how I envy your youth and energy. You are wise to keep goals as a part of your motivation. Everything you are doing is great training and you will end up "More than ready" for your "Half Marathon." In fact, with all that training, I will probably read about you winning the Iron-Man (Woman)!!!
Take care of yourself.

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NATPLUMMER 11/27/2011 2:18PM

    Yikes!! That's a lot of running.

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KEK_KEISH 11/27/2011 11:05AM

    Lol, I went to college in Wisconsin!!
But you're totally right--you have to have a game plan to act on! It sounds like you've covered your bases in that dept. I hope you finish off your training & complete that half-marathon.. I am training for a small triathlon myself!

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/27/2011 12:18AM

    I take it then that you have completed all your 5Ks for the year? Running is a great goal and works well with the training you provide others.

Being primarily of Swedish descent, I feel a smidge guilty when I use uff da, as it is Norwegian American in heritage. This Wisconsinite uses it regularly!

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SAC-6582 11/27/2011 12:15AM

    I am the same way. If I don't have something to shoot for I'll start drifting and thatís a bad thing. I've come too far to do that. It looks like you will have a very full schedule. But with your determination you'll do it. It's better to aim high and miss than aim to low and not stretch yourself.


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GETSTRONGRRR 11/26/2011 10:08PM

    Long terms goals are great. In my marathoning days, I would do 2-3 a year, so that kept me on a pretty good cycle.....nothing wrong with what you're doing....soon you can pick HMs by location and plan vacations around them.....that's when you'll know you're really hooked!

Good luck and enjoy!

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MYLADY4 11/26/2011 9:33PM

    Awesome plan. My sister is going to try and train for a half marathon too. Make sure you take the rest days.

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LESLIESENIOR 11/26/2011 9:33PM

    Wow, wow, wow. I'd say you have very enthusiastic goals. Good for you. You are wise and motivated.
I love that part of your goal(s) will be helping others toward their fitness by coaching and teaching. Sharing your experience is such a great way to keep your head in the game.
Cheers to a great winter and spring for you!!
Leslie in California
(We don't all talk like "valley girls" either, but regional dialects are fun to enjoy.)

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Running Group: Planning Meeting

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Warning: This is a bit of a frustrated vent.

Tonight I had the first meeting with the two personal trainers for the Running for Life program. Run for Life is a program that trains people to run a 5K, half marathon or a full marathon.

Boy, am I frustrated. Long time ago, a different personal trainer mentioned how I would be a good trainer because going through my own journey. I didn't think much about it until today.

The main personal trainer talked to me like I have never ran a mile in my life. Also, she seemed more concerned about the endurance runners than the 5Kers. When I did bring up the issue of the 5Kers having to purchase outdoor running gear. Her response was they will have to commit.

I just feel she cannot relate to beginner runners. I have an issue with this. But, I will work with it. I am in charge of the 5K runs.. I think! Right now, I want to walk away because she doesn't seem to "get" her clientele! I have an major issue with this!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/24/2011 10:03PM

  Hi Savannah........
I think that if you relate your own experiences to her, she might see it in a different light. All you can do is try. If she doesn't "Get It", is there someone else you can talk to?
Good Luck.

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MYLADY4 11/24/2011 7:08PM

    Well, good luck on "educating" her and hoping that she sees how valuable you will be to beginning runners.

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PSALM42 11/23/2011 4:08PM

    Maybe just try to talk with her again. I have to admit that I regularly ran 3 miles several times a week throughout high school (and maybe middle school, can't remember) with my mom so it wasn't a big deal. When I pick up running again after having a baby I usually start at 3 miles rather than work up to it. So, not to defend her, but it just doesn't register the same with some people- I'd try to explain it again. You'll do great!

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NATPLUMMER 11/23/2011 2:48PM

    I totally understand your frustration. Some people really just don't get it. Was she never a beginner at anything?? You'll be great at helping the 5Kers!!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sometimes when I run, I am in my endurance mode. This means I can run slowly for hours and well, I do.

And, in other times, I am in my sprinter mode. This means my legs want to go FAST. It reminds me of a horse itching to sprint. Today I did that. I let my body go. For two laps, it felt great! Than, I found myself wheezing and a burning lungs. Okay, Savannah, you might have gone TOO fast. I continued to sprint/walk while wheezing. When I was younger I had bronchitis. Again, the wheezing will go away eventually!

I am now done running for at least 10 minutes and still wheezing. I do know that this may potentially be an exercise induced asthma attack but it will go away soon enough. Also, I did do errands for 20 minutes before hand. That means the lungs were in cold Wisconsin air and I wasn't even inside a building for 5 minutes before I started sprinting, haha.

But, I don't regret doing fartleks (sprint/walk) because I think I needed to feel FREE! The slow running was driving me NUTS and I was bored! I had fun today!

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VICIOUS421 11/22/2011 10:53PM

    LOL I thought it meant something else!!!!! Like your explanation better!!!!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/22/2011 5:04PM

  Hi Savannah......
You have broadened my vocabulary. I now know what a "Fartlek" is.
You are making exercise FUN, which means that you are more likely to keep it a big part of your life.
Take care.......

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/22/2011 2:32PM

    Our metabolisms loves a good shakeup more than anything. Same ol' same ol' may lead to lethargy. I occasionally try to speed walk a little within my regular walks, but I don't do this nearly enough. When I saw your title, I expected a follow-up to yoga where the release of air by the body during a session is so natural.

Now you've introduced me to a new term that I felt the need to Google as well. It also goes well with my Swedish roots. WooHoo! Here's Wikipedia's definition: Fartlek, which means "speed play" in Swedish,[1] is a form of interval training which puts stress on the whole aerobic energy system due to the continuous nature of the exercise.

Thanks for a thought-provoking blog.

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NATPLUMMER 11/22/2011 1:59PM

    It's good to change up the runs for fun :-)

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Before this weekend, I was considering in giving yoga a chance. I am not a huge fan. Than, this weekend and today happened. I found myself at the gym.. with no requirement than to move the body. I did a bit of this and that with a busy gym. 5:30 was approaching and decided to get rid of the stressfulness and go to yoga.

It was wonderful! It really did help me re-center myself, letting go of any stress I was holding onto. A hour later I am still relaxed. I wish they did yoga on other nights besides Mondays. It makes it hard to get there on time when class ends at 5 pm twenty minutes away.

It's ironic because I never liked yoga. I needed calorie burn. But now.. I exercise for my mental state than anything else. Perks of the maintenance stage? I think so! Now I don't have to have a HARD work out every time.

For those that left a comment on my last blog, THANK YOU! It is nice knowing you guys still listen to me even when I have a bad day! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 11/22/2011 1:15PM

    I'm glad it helped :-)

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RUNFORICECREAM 11/22/2011 10:21AM

    There sure are those days for nothing is better than yoga! Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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FUNFROG79 11/22/2011 8:50AM

    I never liked yoga either until I tried Biggest Loser yoga with Bob and after a week I felt more flexible and stronger. I still don't love it, but it is definitely beneficial

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/21/2011 11:42PM

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PATRICIAANN46 11/21/2011 11:36PM

  Hi Savannah.......
I love Yoga for just the reasons you mentioned. When I get stressed my spine tenses and it spreads out to my entire body. Then I also get headaches which often turn into migraines. Yoga really helps me to relax and it lasts for hours.
Glad it is helping you too.........

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VICIOUS421 11/21/2011 11:34PM

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CALIFGOLFER 11/21/2011 9:16PM

    I am planning to start yoga myself -- I know the focus on stretching and balance would be god for me.....

They offer a class at the gym I just joined. If you found it so effective, I know I will too. (Hope it's a good teacher) I'll let you know.


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EJOY-EVELYN 11/21/2011 8:50PM

    Ah yes . . . definitely a reward for maintenance. Although I find it's a reward for those of us who are a little more limited in what we can do "cardio" wise. I'm a Qi Gong and Tai Chi girl and hope to someday go to China where I can see and participate in a little Tai Chi for myself. It's all about balance and mine has improved dramatically.

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