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I just ran 4 miles, why can't I swim 4 yards?

Saturday, June 30, 2012

I ran a 4 mile race last Saturday with a few friends (see my last blog) and we decided to make post-race a beach hang-out day.



There was a sandbar out in the ocean that my friends and I wanted to swim out to. However, it was a bit of a distance out there. Now, I can swim. But I only ever learned how to do the crawl and the backstroke. My friend tried to teach me how to do the breaststroke with my head out of the water (I wear contacts so I wasn't dipping my head into the water). So I tried doing that.



Oh boy was that HARD. Like REALLY, REALLY HARD. Like this is the HARDEST thing I have done ALL DAY kind of hard. Like this is way too hard, forget this sandbar nonsense. I just ran a 4 mile race! How come I can run 4 miles in less than 45 min but swimming 4 yards makes me feel like I want to die? It gave me a new found appreciation for all those Sparkers out there who use swimming as their primary form of exercise. Yes, BOSS61, I am thinking of you.



Well, there goes my dream of doing a sprint triathlon. I thought I was pretty physically fit. What a humbling experience.



Up until then, I had considered myself "fit.' I am at my happy weight. My BMI is safely within the normal range. And whenever a medical professional takes my history now, I can honestly answer "why yes, I exercise 60 min five times a week." Then they nod approvingly. This is much preferable to before when I'd answer "no" and then have to listen to my doctor tell me why it's important not be overweight and why it's important to exercise. As if I didn't know all those reasons already.



Since I got back on the fitness bandwagon in January, I have noticed that exercise has gotten easier and easier. My preferred mode of exercise was always the elliptical machine and although I still use it, it's simply not as difficult for me to do anymore (and yes, I keep upping the resistance). Back in January, a 20 minute, one mile Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds video would have my heart racing and leave me drenched in sweat. But a month later, the video was no longer difficult. So I started doing her Walk/Jog video. But again, a month later, it was not challenging enough anymore. So I took up running in March. When I started running, I barely ran faster than my fastest walking speed. Now I can run a mile in just over 11 min. When I started running at the Duck Pond, it took me almost 20 min with walk/jog intervals to make one loop around. Now? Just 10 min.



I'm getting fitter and fitter every day so why can't I swim? Oh yeah, that's right. I'm fit enough to run. I'm fit enough to kickbox. But I haven't trained for swimming. That's a whole 'nother ball game. Silly me. If I knew that I couldn't just start running 5Ks without training, what made me possibly think that I wouldn't need training in order to swim? There's a lot I need to do before I can become "swimming fit." So the new fitness goal is to be more rounded when it comes to fitness. And to be able to swim more than 4 yards without getting winded.



Just because I'm fitter now than I was in January, it doesn't mean I've come to the end of the road when it comes to exercise. I have to continue to push myself. I'll never be 100% fit. I'll always be "fitter than I was a few months ago."



We can never truly achieve fitness. Itís not a destination but a journey.



(By the way, I can't claim credit for that lat line. I'm paraphrasing GIRLALLIN who is paraphrasing John Bingham. You should check out her last blog "I look like a Dalmation" as she touches on a similar topic there.)

  
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JESSEATSTWEETS 9/14/2012 1:32PM

    Great blog! I'm in the opposite boat! I swim 1-2 miles a day, but can run, ummmm, half a mile? In 10 minutes? LOL!

I signed up for a "Tortoise Triathlon", in which I have 6 weeks to accumulate the miles: 26.2 running, 112 biking, 2.4 swimming... I found myself looking at the numbers going, uh, can I SWIM 26 miles and run 2 instead? But I started working on this whole running thing, and it's a little easier, little faster, each day... Just gotta keep at it!

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XRSIZE18 9/14/2012 11:10AM

    :) I just completed my first 5K and I remember when I first started - not even able run a 1/4 of a mile.

You've come so far, been an inspiration to many. I look forward to hearing about your swimming adventures and being inspired by your progression.

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CLOVER2 7/6/2012 8:33PM

    I know how you feel. I've reached a point where if I can't go five miles in a walk I feel cheated. Then I got a bicycle....whoops. What ARE those? Oh yeah, the muscles you HAVEN'T been using when you walk! Ohhh.....those. Okie dokie...
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HEALTHYLISA 7/4/2012 11:33PM

    I love to swim and it helps that we have a pool. I taught my kids to swim when they were little and we still work on different strokes and floating. Both of my kids, age 8 & 10, swim well underwater, dog paddle, breast stroke, backstroke. My son is working on floating ....poor kids backend sinks LOL ! My daughter swims across the 30 ft pool underwater and is working on making it twice without coming up. I also love to get in pool and jog and use arms to push myself through the water. It is fun to challenge each other too. With practice you will enjoy swimming and will enjoy learning all the strokes and will love practicing. emoticon
and congrats on your run ! A 10 min mile WOW ! I wish but I have started training your way to 5k walk/jog so who knows maybe one day in the very distant future emoticon emoticon

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FUN2BAROUND 7/3/2012 8:22PM

    As others said it just takes practice. And from what I have observed in your blogs, you've got this!


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RABBLERRABBIT 7/2/2012 2:17PM

    Hey, thanks for the shout-out. It made me grin. I nodded my head throughout your entire post (not knowing the last bit was coming), thinking, yep, yep, I can lift like a champ but my cardio has gone to hell in a hand basket. Or would that going to hell riding a pallet jack? When my cardio was good (ish), my push-ups were shameful.

And it never seems like one can count on it being a "good" day until one gets going. Some days I want to work out and 10 minutes in, I'm defeated. Other days I do the 10 minutes and then I'm fine. Provided it's/I'm not too hot, cold, humid, hormonal, lonely, crowded, distracted, bored, busy, self-absorbed. Oh wait, that last one is always the case.

Good for you that you challenged yourself to try the sandbar: I have always been a nervous swimmer - I love the Dimitri Martin quote, "Swimming is a confusing sport, because sometimes you do it for fun, and other times you do it to not die. And when I'm swimming, sometimes I'm not sure which one it is. I gotta go by the outfit. Pants - uh oh. Bathing suit - okay."

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GRANNYQUINN 7/2/2012 11:30AM

    Upper body strength, I swim all the time, but, swimming in an ocean is harder than in the pool. Try going to a local college , and get your laps in at the pool. Great workout.

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CHEFMOM1199 7/2/2012 9:17AM

  I had to read your post because of the title. I have been walking 6 miles a day and feel exactly the same way about swimming. It is a fantastic form of exercise and I am taking a lesson tomorrow! I haven't swam since I was a kid (when it seemed effortless!) I keep telling my husband that I don't think I can swim one lap - but I remember when I started walking in February I could only walk a half mile around my block. Take baby steps and you will be able to do it - I can't wait to hear if you take it up - talk about being toned everywhere!!! Good luck1

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FLEURGARDEN 7/2/2012 8:57AM

    I used to swim like a fish when I was a kid, and it never seemed like exercise. Then, after decades of not swimming, it was very humbling for me to realize I couldn't swim a length of the pool without my heart pounding out of my chest while I gasped for air. I know we can both get swimming fit again if we just work at it. :-)

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ANDSHEEWAS 7/1/2012 10:01PM

    Don't see it as a negative. See it as a new challenge! Your body needs to learn a new movement pattern and a new skill.

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BEYOURBEST1 7/1/2012 5:01PM

    You can do it! Just train for it. Your jogging will give you more endurance with your swimming. One thing helps the other, but does not replace the training.


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KATHRYN1955 7/1/2012 7:55AM

    Well, I can swim for 60 minutes at a stretch, but I couldn't run for 5 minutes to save my life!! Because of some neck strain, I do a variety of strokes and exercises...some intervals of dog paddling real fast!! It is also a great exercise for the core muscles. If you really want to do more swimming, my advice would be just to get in the water where you can't touch bottom and just start moving in whatever manner feels comfortable until your muscles get used to the new movement. I plan to get some of those webbed hand thingys to increase my resistance. The great thing about swimming is that you can't get overheated!!!
Happy exercising!!!
Kathy

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CANDOK1260 7/1/2012 7:26AM

    swmiling is a hard sport. if you really want to do this. get some lesson it take a while but you can do this, congrats on the weigh loss

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LRSILVER 6/30/2012 10:21PM

    Good luck with swimming

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HEALTHYOTTER 6/30/2012 6:55PM

    Just like walking before you run (the very impressive time of 4 miles in 45 min), swimming is practice and building. I'd bet you CAN do a tri; most of the online training programs are 8 weeks. For most runners, swimming is the hardest part of the tri. I started swimming first, so find the run training to be a bear! I started swimming a couple lengths of the pool, nice and easy with my then 5 year old daughter. 3 months later, I could swim a mile doing the crawl.

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The Run Around the Lake - race recap

Sunday, June 24, 2012

After I took up running, I set a goal for myself: to run one 3 mile (minimum) race per month between April and September. I signed up for races as a way to motivate myself to continue to train and run. I was worried that during the summer, I would slack off due to be being busy with social stuff and that I'd blow off running because "it's too hot." I have a race booked for July, one I plan on for September, and I'm still trying to figure out which race to run for August. Yesterday was race #3 (June).


It was the 28th Annual Run around the Lake in Ronkonkoma, NY (Long Island). This year, the 4-mile race was in honor and memory of Navy Seal Lt. Michael P. Murphy. I was not familiar with his story until a friend of mine told me (the same one who told me about the race). He was a local guy who died while serving in Afghanistan and was awarded the Medal of Honor. It's a sad but heroic story. It always sucks when one of the good guys is taken from this world too early. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_P._Mu
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A lot of the people who participated were military personnel.




Pre-race




Yes, they ran in full uniform and with heavy backpacks. I'm in total awe of these guys.



The race is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ronkonkoma and proceeds go to the various charities that the rotary club supports. I even got a really cool commemorative T-shirt out of it. The T-shirt had the name of the race and a picture of Lt. Murphy on it and was made out of moisture-wicking material. Unfortunately, the only sizes left were men's large sizes so it's really big on me. It's so big, it won't even fit my husband (he's a pretty skinny dude) so I have to figure out who I can give it to. I don't want to waste such a nice shirt.



The race was a bit far for me but the reason why I participated in this one was because my friends were doing it (they're local). I figured that we'd drive out there, I would race and my husband would hang out with his friends while I ran. (It's rather funny that it's the wives/girlfriends who run and our husbands/boyfriends who drink beer and wait for us. I'm not joking, they had beer at this event). Then we'd all make a beach day of it afterwards.




Before the race, on the beach of Lake Ronkonkoma



Our recent extreme heat wave had broken the day before but it was still a pretty hot summer day. Temperatures were still in the 80s. They had three water stations along the route after each mile marker and I stopped each time because it was just too hot. The last time, I wasn't even thirsty; I just dumped the water over me to cool myself down. I shouldn't complain too much; at least I didn't have to run it in full uniform and gear. I'm totally in awe of all the military men who ran this race like that. They run faster than I do without all that equipment. They are BAD A$$.



Despite its name, we didn't actually get to race exactly next to the lake. It was a road race and we were only running on roads alongside the lake for maybe 40% (or less) of the race. It would have been cool (both visually and temperature-wise) if we could have raced 100% along the lake. Most of the race was through residential neighborhoods so all the locals got quite the entertainment that morning. One guy (bless his heart) took his garden hose out and sprayed it over the side of his porch. Myself and many other runners bee-lined for the water. It felt glorious getting sprayed with the cool water.



This race was much smaller than the other 2 races (Bronx Zoo 5K, Wall Street Heart Run) I had participated in. There were only about 900 runners. But that was actually a good thing. Since they closed off the roads for us, we were able to expand out early. I liked that very much. The other races, I always got into traffic jams with the other runners. I also liked that at the 3 mile mark, they had a gigantic American flag hanging off the extended ladder of a fire truck. That was a pretty awesome sight. Too bad I didn't take a picture of it.



Due to the heat, I was definitely feeling exhausted much earlier than I usually do when I run. It also didn't help that there were some hills at the very beginning. I finished each of the first miles in less than 10 or 11 min, but that last mile was KILLER. The last mile was all up hill. They weren't big hills but it was enough to tire me significantly. Since I was already feeling pretty tired, I started doing walk/run intervals after the second mile. But I had to take more and more walking breaks as I progressed. Every time I encountered a hill in the last mile, I walked. I knew I was doing the fourth mile really poorly. At the pace I was going, it would take me 15 min to finish that last mile.



In that fourth mile, I was totally ready for the race to be over. I was tired. I was hot. I was taking shorter and shorter run intervals to deal with that. I was about to go into another walking interval when I started to see runners who had already finished. I knew that meant I was almost at the end. So I pushed through. I kept running and didn't take any more walking breaks. When I saw the turn into the driveway to the beach that was the last leg of race, I kicked it up a notch. It was hard but I somehow managed to find it within me. And I saw my husband waiting there, ready to take a picture of me crossing the finish line. And since we were chip timed, they knew who we were as we crossed so as I was coming up to the finish line, they announced my name. That was HUGE rush and really helped me to sprint to the finish line.



Guess what? I finished this 4 mile race in 44:28.19 with a pace of 11:08 min/mile. I've only participated in 2 chip timed races but 11:08 is an improvement over my previous pace of 11:17. Given the heat, I did not dare to hope that I could possibly finish in less than 45 min. And yet I did. It might have been hard but I did it!




My friend Kathryn coming into the finish line. We ran the Bronx Zoo 5K together. She finished in 33 min. We were all so proud of Kathryn.




Kathryn's friend Beth at the finish line, who also ran the Bronx Zoo 5K with us



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Me, coming into the finish line.




These guys must have known Lt. Murphy




Megan, the friend who got myself and Kathryn to run this race. This was her first race and we're really proud of her 52 min time. Her goal next year is to finish in 45 min.




Post-race. They had a lot of bananas left so we all took some home.


ETA 6/27/12: They e-mailed us some links to race photos that the race photographers took. There are 2 albums:

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What's funny is that I only see Megan in one photo in the first album and I don't see any of my friends or their friends in the other album. However, there are tons of my husband, haha!


  
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GRANNYQUINN 6/30/2012 11:16AM

    Very nice blog, wonderful for you! Keep up the good work.

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RABBLERRABBIT 6/25/2012 6:30PM

    It's been a long week and your blog put a smile on my face - and I teared up, too - all those people out running in honor Lt. Murphy. You look wonderful and your time was fantastic - your determination in gutting it out in that heat (it was just as hot down here, and we picked four people up from the parking lot at work) is INSPIRATIONAL! I hate, hate, hate running/walking/breathing in the heat! Congratulations!!!

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FUNKY5RED 6/25/2012 9:27AM

    Congratulations on a great race and improving your time! What a special race for a great cause. Keep up the good work!
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 6/25/2012 8:39AM

    Go you! emoticon

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JENN03275 6/25/2012 7:21AM

    Great job!!! It is very hard to run in the heat! Both my races last week were in the 80s-90s. It's always fun to kick it up going through the timer!!

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ODAYSKI11 6/25/2012 6:59AM

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CLWALDRO 6/25/2012 5:53AM

    It looks like you had fun as well as getting in your run for the month. It is too HOT in AZ to run in the summer as this week we will have temps between 108 and 112.
I have seen the military train in full gear for the PT tests they must pass to keep rank. It is still impressive.
Thank you for sharing the pictures and your fun time

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LRSILVER 6/25/2012 5:10AM

    Congratulations on finishing the race. It is great that you did it in spite of the heat!


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ECOAGE 6/24/2012 11:07PM

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Have you looked for a local running club? My local running club gives awards for completing a series of specific races. One series is sponsored by area pubs. Another series requires progressive distances. It's a motivating way to get involved with regularly schedule races. And you get to know some nice people for practice runs.

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PINKNFITCARLA 6/24/2012 10:34PM

    Congrats on a difficult race in the heat! I love races with friends. My local spark team does a lot of fun events together. We've been meeting and doing things for over 2 years now. Keep up the great work!

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Summer 5% Challenge Commitment

Thursday, June 21, 2012

We're supposed to post this as an update to our SparkPages but I really hate how tiny the text and space is on the side of SparkPages. I don't find it aesthetically pleasing. Until SP decides to change the layout, I'm not going to fiddle around with those parts too much.



I participated in the 5% spring challenge as a member of the Cats team. For those of you who may not know, the goal of the challenge is to lose 5% of your starting weight over the course of 8 weeks. The spring challenge was perfect for me because the 5% weight loss got me very close to my goal. In fact, I not only lost 5%, I actually met my goal weight. When I started the challenge, I was in the middle of a weight loss plateau. I credit participating in the challenge and picking up running with helping me to break through that plateau.



Q: Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go?
A: Yep! I have pretty much everything already as this is my second challenge but there are a few more things I think I might pick up since fitness accessories are almost addictive as regular accessories. With this recent heat wave, I think a new moisture wicking tank top might be a good idea and some short running shorts. Iím also thinking of getting a CamelBak. Google it, youíll understand why itís called that emoticon



Q: What is your exercise plan?
A: Run ~3 miles 2-3 times per week with either walking or the elliptical as my cross-training activity on the in between days. Take 1-2 rest days per week.



Q: Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods?
A: I'm not really following a "diet" anymore. Even before when I was in weight loss mode, I didn't do a "diet." I ate sensibly, which is what I will continue to do. I will continue to track my food and eat balanced so that I get enough fat, carbs, and protein (I struggle to eat enough fat). How much I eat each day will be dictated by how much physical activity I do that day.
I'm not really a fan of SparkRecipes or recipes in general. I like experimenting and letting my imagination run wild. With it being summer, fresh produce is easy to get so I imagine there will be a lot of creative salads and stir fries this summer. I also do plan on eating (even) more fruit in my daily diet than normal due to everything being in season. Can't exactly stock up on fresh fruit emoticon



Q: Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
A: Without a doubt! emoticon

  
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 6/22/2012 9:45AM

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KATHRYN1955 6/22/2012 8:07AM

    Great planning....that is at least 75% of the battle. And congrats on reaching your goal weight! I am still working on that first 5%....have gotten a little lost over the last week, but am going to blog abut that!
Take care,
Kathy

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BOSS61 6/21/2012 9:26PM

    Great blog - congrats again!

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SAL2525 6/21/2012 5:40PM

    Awesome job! Love your blog! Sal

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1CRAZYDOG 6/21/2012 4:59PM

    Good blog.

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KA7MONTOYA 6/21/2012 4:13PM

    Losing 5% of your weight loss goal is something that I think everyone of us can to because it's attainable. And having an answer for every question listed above shows that you have a well thought out plan. And with the summer here I love the idea of fresh fruit! emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 6/21/2012 4:09PM

    Ya know, I hadn't even thought about just trying to lose 5% until I read your post. Thats a really great idea. I need to lose 106 lbs and its so discouraging that I hardly even try but 5%, well that would only be 11 lbs. Or if I lost 5% of my total body weight it would be ..yup, still 11 lbs. What a great idea. I think I am going to go for it!!
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Quick update

Monday, June 18, 2012

Thanks guys for all the get well wishes! I'm still not 100% today but I'm slowly but surely improving. I still have a cough that comes and goes but it sounds like it's breaking up now. The unfortunate thing is that I'm still a snot factory. It's seriously disgusting how much mucus one person can produce. I went through 4 (!!!) tissue boxes this weekend.


I went back to work today and because of all the walking I had to do, I had a feeling that I would be OK if I ran tonight. I tried to keep it short and not push it too much. So I ran 2.37 miles in 26:14. When I was done, I was screaming in my head, "I'm back!", and doing the happy dance. Of course, my run was not perfect: I still had to blow my nose during each walking interval. But honestly, how is that different from when I normally run? Overall, I felt great!


The funny thing is, it didn't feel all that hard to get back into running. Before, when fitness wasn't such a regular part of my routine, if I went a few days without exercise, it was always so hard on my cardiovascular system to start up again. Missing workouts always made the next workout that much harder. And of course, that's one of the reasons why I never stuck with them. "Exercise is too hard. I'm going to give up." Well, duh, of course it was hard. This is one of those "practice makes perfect" kind of things. It's never going to get easier if you just quit.


During my cool down and stretching, I realized that I have less tightness in my IT band and calves than normal. I might have been pushing a little too hard last week because all my muscles felt tight. So it was also a blessing in disguise that I caught a cold and gave myself the rest my muscles needed too.


I've been itching these last 3 days to go for a run. I know that R&R was what my body needed to get better but I realized after today's run that I was BORED these last few days. I realized that I hate sitting on my butt and not doing anything. Oh, how times have changed.

  
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HEALTHYLISA 6/21/2012 2:17PM

    I am glad you are feeling a little better and getting to exercise ! emoticon

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    Glad you are feeling better! emoticon

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GRANNYQUINN 6/19/2012 4:04PM

    Good for you!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/19/2012 10:30AM

    Very glad to hear you're back!!!!!

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CANDOK1260 6/19/2012 9:58AM

    Hhappy you got your run in ey there!! Ready to get off to a great start!!
Go Cats!!
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OFABULOUSME 6/19/2012 9:08AM

    That must be a great feeling! Way to go.

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FLEURGARDEN 6/19/2012 7:28AM

    Glad you're feeling better. Isn't it funny how we used to look forward to sitting on our butt at the end of a long day, and now we find it boring?

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LRSILVER 6/19/2012 7:09AM

    Glad you are feeling better. I agree that exercise makes me feel better. Have a great week.

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MIRAGE727 6/19/2012 6:28AM

    So glad you're feeling better. Just make sure you're not pushing too hard and have a relapse! But considering you've had so much congestion that was a crazy good time. I'm curious as to what type of intervals you did throughout your run. Please share.
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Also you mentioned tightness in your IT band and calves. I wondered if you use "The Stick" or a foam roller to message them out afterwards. It really helps a lot. It also helps if you cramp up too. Thanks for sharing. Great blog! You're back, Runner!
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ROOTIHAUSMAN 6/18/2012 10:38PM

    Glad you are feeling better and that exercise makes you feel great! I have learned that exercise makes me feel better about everything in life. I was made to go go go not sit on my butt and relax all the time. Glad you are back!

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Learning not to feel guilty

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Who catches a cold in the summer time? Apparently, I do.


Friday morning, I woke up feeling like I had been run over by a truck. I had a sore throat and terrible nasal congestion. The nasal congestion was giving me sinus pain and a splitting headache and the splitting headache made me feel dizzy every time I moved. I took the day off from work to recuperate and to see the doctor. Luckily it's just a cold and not a sinus infection so I don't need antibiotics. But between the cold and the cold medicine, I was knocked out all day Friday.


Wanna know what that does to my activity level? I'm normally quite active due to the fact that I walk to work, I have a pretty active job, and I do some form of exercise (almost) every day. I normally average 15,000 steps per day. Since I bought my pedometer, the most steps I've ever tracked was 28,982. One day, I'd like to see if I can crack 30,000. Yesterday, I took a whopping total of 1,622 steps. Today, with no exercise I'm already at 8,126. What a huge difference.


And of course, I've been waiting for the weather to get nice all week so I could go running. But I was in no shape to do that yesterday. Being sick and stuck indoors when the weather is gorgeous is like getting a broken toy on Christmas or some other thing that's really lame. That's how much being sick during the summer SUCKS.


Yesterday I was feeling pretty guilty about not exercising, specifically for not running when the weather was perfect for doing so. I am feeling much better today. I'm still feeling kind of crummy but less crummy. I still easily tire but at least I'm not passed out. So today I thought I might test the waters with a walk outside (at least to enjoy the weather) but unfortunately just don't have the time. Obviously, I was well enough to run the errands I needed to do. But between the errands and the fact that I'm about to head out to cheer on a friend in a roller derby match, I just ran out of time today.


So yes, I am learning not to feel guilty when I don't exercise. Isn't that such a funny statement? Once upon a time, I sat on my butt all day, all week, and all year long. But now exercise is a habit of mine. It's just part of my routine. Not exercising feels like forgetting to shower. It feels gross. It feels wrong.


This morning when I started beating myself up over not exercising, that's when logic FINALLY kicked in. In all other aspects of my health, I live by the rule of "LISTEN TO YOUR BODY." I eat when I'm hungry even if I'm over my caloric budget because my body is telling me it needs more nutrition. I don't eat when I'm not hungry even if I still have some calories to burn. Why eat those extra calories just to eat them? I stop any exercise if I feel like I'm pushing myself too hard to be safe. I take rest days when my body tells me to. So listening to my body when it's sick is the same thing. I shouldn't push myself just because I'm going to miss a few workouts. I need time to recover.


And summer hasn't even officially started yet. There will still be beautiful weekends for me to go running or biking and to enjoy the sun. And I've still got a week before my next race. It's plenty of time for me to recover and get in a practice run before the race. Relax, Jen, relax. So what if you're sick during the summer and can't exercise? It's not the end of the world. Just go have fun at roller derby tonight.

  
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 6/18/2012 5:36PM

    Hope you feel beter soon.

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LIFEASMRSA 6/18/2012 1:20AM

    I'm glad you're feeling better! We all need a break once in awhile especially if you're sick!!!

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LRSILVER 6/17/2012 4:31PM

    I am glad you are feeling better. I am happy to hear you are listening to your body. It is so crazy for me too, if I don't exercise for a day I am racked with guilt. Previously I could do nothing for weeks; no guilt.

I hope you are soon back to feeling 100% and I bet your body will feel better for the rest you gave it.



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PIPPAMOUSE 6/17/2012 11:06AM

    I'm glad you took the time off to let your body feel better and I am glad you are feeling better!

I have been right there with you this past week of not feeling good and not working out and then feeling guilty about it. I had to have that same realization about listening to my body and letting it get better.

Glad you are feeling better!

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RABBLERRABBIT 6/17/2012 10:58AM

    First, I hope you feel better soon. For one, being sick, not only in the summer, but on the weekend, is terrible.
Second, about feeling guilty? I think it's a phase we "new" exercisers are going through. When I miss a day or two, I can really feel it when I resume because my "base" of fitness isn't there - three steps forward, two steps back. When I talk to people who've been exercising for years, or who make it their occupation, they'll recommend taking not just a day, but an entire week off. They're in it for the long haul.
Good for you for listening to your body. There is no "chicken soup" emoticon -- this is as close as I can get! emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 6/17/2012 8:43AM

    Glad you're listening to your body and giving it the rest it needs to get over the cold. Hope you're feeling better soon!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/16/2012 9:28PM

    Isn't it funny how things change . . . you go from being "allergic" to exercise to feeling guilty when you don't do it. I hear you.

Glad you took the time to take care of you and are better. NO GUILT . . . you did what you had to do!

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