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Big day tomorrow!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Slightly nervous and very excited. :)

TEN MILES.

This will be the first run of double digits!!!

I mapped a route -- now all that awaits is to fuel up, sleep well, and ROCK IT.

:D

For the record -- cals within range again yesterday, so far so good today, and today is a 100% OFF day from exercise and I need it and it feels great. :)

  
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KJNE8O 9/6/2009 9:33AM

    Good for you! You did great on the run!

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TAKEONME48137 9/5/2009 7:38PM

    It looks like it went well today. Congrats! Keep it the good work!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/5/2009 6:56PM

    Rest, then run with a passion. Good for you... here's to a perfect 10.
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RUN_LIFT_EAT 9/5/2009 1:09PM

    Can't wait to hear about it! Yay!

PS: Finally got some Ted Leo, haven't worked out with it yet but when I was previewing it I REALLY LIKED IT! So I am excited! I cannot believe I hadn't ever listened to them before now, I love mod stuff!

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SKYFYRE 9/5/2009 12:57PM

    Wahoo! Have fun on your run!

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RHALES199 9/5/2009 12:31PM

    Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/5/2009 12:09PM

    Hope it goes well . . . Wait, this is Dana . . . Of course it will

ttyl

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LADYIRISH317 9/5/2009 11:04AM

    You rock! Enjoy every step.

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LASHERTHECAT 9/5/2009 8:45AM

    Run, Run, Run!! emoticon

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AMYTAIF 9/5/2009 5:00AM

    good luck good luck good luck!:)

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MISSY_MAGOO 9/5/2009 12:11AM

    woohoo! 10 miles! Can't wait till tomorrow to hear how it went :)


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LIMELITESHINES 9/4/2009 11:25PM

    WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! You're gonna rock it. Totally rock it! And I'm right behind you. (by a few miles) . . .but still on your heels! hehehe

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SPARKNMOM 9/4/2009 11:10PM

    Woohoo...10 miles!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/4/2009 9:57PM

    good luck tomorrow. take your time.... enjoy the view. when you get home make sure you eat or drink something right away. i find i don't want to but if i don't i go calorie nuts later or the next day. sometimes i just have a glass of chocolate milk.

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MDTWEETY 9/4/2009 7:55PM

    Woo hoo! You are well on your way toward that marathon!! Nice...

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AUNTIE65 9/4/2009 7:15PM

    Very Cool!!! I will join you next week - I hope!

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KSIGMA1222 9/4/2009 7:03PM

    Yes, yes come, come over to the double digit side Dana, and feel the full power of the run! emoticon

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MISSJCISRUNNING 9/4/2009 6:57PM

    Double digits is an amazing milestone!!! Savoy the moment!!! Jackie!!!

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CALGALFOX 9/4/2009 6:57PM

    Woo hoo on the 10! I've been increasing my miles too, it's pretty fun, huh?

Wishing you a fantastic run!

Carol

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TELERIE 9/4/2009 6:50PM

    Enjoy the run with your new awesome gear. I love my running tights! (Never thought I could wear them in public, but now I don't think twice about it!)

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MARKAMURKA 9/4/2009 6:34PM

    Joined recently, you are an inspiration. Love your blogs, congrats on your cool 5k time. I have the same shoes they are very comfortable,I love them. They can definitely run a half-marathon with you. Even more.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 9/4/2009 6:26PM

    Go for it!

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STUFF! PICTURES! YAY!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

So... my package came early! YESTERDAY! :D WOOOOT.

Let me just say.... the shoes are more gorgeous than I had any idea they would be! Check it out!!!!



Look at this little flower detail!!!





ANNND My amphipod belt!!!!

Bonus 10.5oz modules! (they have the clips on them you just can't see it in this picture...)


MY TIGHTS! :D They're Adidas Supernova Long tights -- they're in... climacool? fabric, got a zipper toward the ankle, mesh insets behind the knees and back waist... soooo fab. I tried them on and they fit soooo perfectly!
Front:

Back:

(see the knee insets and reflective stuff and zippers???)
Back detail:


WHEEE!

OK so I went for a run this morning in the new shoes and with my belt -- I also tried the banana nuun for the first time today. Shoes - YAY, belt - YAY, nuun - ok sure why not. :) HAHAHA.

The nuun tasted like fake banana goodness. I really like faux banana flavor -- it's not like real bananas but it still tastes good in it's own way to me. ANYWAY - I'm assuming it did it's thing and replaced electrolytes? *shrug* But it definitely agreed with my stomach and whatnot.

OH speaking of something that agreed with my stomach... bonus picture of some delicious creation I concocted! :)


DH suggested putting cheese and fruit on the tortillas like fruit quesadillas... I decided that our shredded mexican four cheese blend cheese wouldn't really go well for that and wasn't too hot on the idea, so instead I toasted up the corn tortillas in the skillet first, then spread it with LAUGHING COW SWISS cheese, arranged the fruit (nectarines, plums, and blueberries for prettiness), and drizzled them with honey. :D SO GOOD.

Well that's it for now -- off to go do some ST, watch some TV, and eat something!

  
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WOLFKITTY 9/8/2009 5:46PM

    Love the new shoes!! And I'm certainly going to try that fruity tostada as a dessert (or something) idea. Sounds pretty good to me!! --Oh, maybe a breakfast.

Jocelyn

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 9/4/2009 12:23PM

    Love the shoes! And tell your DH that his idea for the tortillas is awesome. I'm going to have to try that!

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NATURALLYME126 9/4/2009 10:25AM

    I like your shoes D. What is that food though? It looks DELICIOUS! :0)

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EOSAURORA84 9/4/2009 9:56AM

    that little concoction looks good..yum

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/4/2009 7:00AM

    That belt looks like the answer. Sounds like you are set to go for that long run tomorrow.

Have a great weekend.

ttyl

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JESPAH 9/4/2009 5:53AM

    Ooohhh ahhhh the sneaks are fab!

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MISSY_MAGOO 9/4/2009 12:47AM

    Cool stuff- I'm guessing you've got very happy feet in those shoes! And what a pretty snack!

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_RAMONA 9/4/2009 12:28AM

    YOU are having waaayyyyy too much FUN... Keep it up! LOL! And I've gotta try that snack... it looks wonderful!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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ZORAHGAIL 9/4/2009 12:19AM

    So cute! Let us know how the amphipod belt works out. I think that's what I'm going to go w/ for my first half.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/3/2009 10:35PM

    Love, Love, Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing them. I bet you glow in the dark when you run with all the reflective material.
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RHALES199 9/3/2009 9:50PM

    COol Stuff!

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KJNE8O 9/3/2009 9:45PM

    It all sounds so good! Packages AND the fruit tortillas :) AWESOME!

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AMYTAIF 9/3/2009 4:34PM

    love your pretty shoes and all your new, cool stuff:). and your fruit quesadillas are fun:). i may have to add them to next weeks menu:).

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CECE0330 9/3/2009 4:26PM

    Those shoes are awesome! (And so is that tasty looking snack you have going on there!)

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TRUE_TEXAN 9/3/2009 4:13PM

    Whooohooo! I used to have some Brooks Adrenaline but they just didn't work super for me... I am in Asics now and loving those. Still struggle with shin splints sometimes. And the tights.. you go girl! Whooot! I have a fuel belt with only 2 pods on it but it works ... just on those really hot long runs I run out of water.. ugh! Congrats on the package! Happy Running!

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LAURIE5658 9/3/2009 3:50PM

    Oh! Oh! I see hidden Mickey's in your dessert. Its a Disney freak thing.

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AINTSKEERD 9/3/2009 3:41PM

    Even when you order something (and pay for it) yourself, once it finally arrives it's like getting a present. How exciting is that? emoticon
Dessert looks delish, too!

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LIMELITESHINES 9/3/2009 3:35PM

    We share our love for a certain brand of shoes too. I recently bought myself a pair of Brooks (though not quite as cute as yours! I don't have the flower detail!) . . but I LOVE them. Compared to my New Balance . . I feel light as a feather in them (and that's quite a feat!) . . .
also . . kindof funny. Do yours say "MO GO" on the sides in a tiny round thing (almost in the middle?). I just noticed mine say that yesterday. And one of my nicknames is Mo. HOW APPROPRIATE!! hahahaha Mo Go! (the friend who gave me that nickname almost died when I told her.) hehe

YUMMY SNACK btw. I LOVE laughing cow cheese!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/3/2009 1:57PM

    i love the flower details. oh my that food looks so yummy! i am sure your butt butt will look great in the tights lol.

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SEEHOLZ 9/3/2009 1:42PM

    I love the cottage cheese- I think I'm craving some!
Oh and I tried the shoes on before, but opted for another model-
I'm a fan of tights- especially in cold temps!
Way to rock a workout- I think gear does make a difference btw!

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ELFITZPA 9/3/2009 1:18PM

    GUN RUNNING STUFF - my favorite!! I only recently started wearing tights and now I'm hooked. I love the way they hug your legs. Enjoy!!

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LUCYA8 9/3/2009 1:16PM

    oooh -- gear. It's been sooo long since I bought some new duds -- I'm still actually wearing the sports bras I bought for HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS TEAMS. Can you believe that? I'm sure they're not doing too much for me, compared with new ones, but they seem to get the job done and still fit perfectly, so why not? Once I have an actual income I might spring for a brand spankin' new one. And shoes! What model are those? They look great! I've slaughtered mine since I got them last January, putting way too much mileage on them and generally trashing them, so I'm due for some new ones too. YAY! I love the tights. I've actually (believe it or not) gotten really into wearing leggings -- just around, as pants. It's fun and they look pretty darn good actually, and I love the motion freedom -- When I wear leggings around I feel like at any minute I could just bust out dancing, or leap into the air, do do flying splits. It's a good feeling.

Take care you and keep making amazing-looking snacks for yourself, to reward all your heavy-duty work!

xo, L.

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MDTWEETY 9/3/2009 1:14PM

    Don't you just love getting packages?! Your tortilla/fruit thingies are so pretty! Almost too pretty to eat. :)

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MBSHAZZER 9/3/2009 1:13PM

    OMG, those tortillas look SO FREAKING GOOD! Enjoy the new shoes; I had a pair of Brooks Trance a while back and really enjoyed them!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 9/3/2009 1:03PM

    Oh yeah, those fruit tortillas look awesome! PB or almond butter on one with sliced banana and blueberries are good too!

I love all your new running gear! That said, I will be even more impressed with the shoes when they are FILTHY from running - woo hoo!

I used blueberry pomegranite gu chomps and berry nuun for my tri. I am really impressed with the nuun tablets, so much better tasting than G2 and no sugar! I'm a big fan!

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DDOORN 9/3/2009 12:47PM

    Yummy snack! Great to treat your body to new gear...!

SPARKING away as ever! :-)

Don

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LASHERTHECAT 9/3/2009 12:32PM

    Looks like a tasty snack... Love the new shoes!

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HJFOGARTY 9/3/2009 12:25PM

    way to go with the new stuff - and thanks for sharing - I love reading about all the excitement you have! enjoy

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PATRICLES43 9/3/2009 12:19PM

    I am jealous! I ordered new shoes and I am still waiting. Congrats on the new stuff, and the fruit quesadillas look delish.

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SWEETZMIX 9/3/2009 12:07PM

    Cool workout gear. I know it must be exciting to have the new stuff. I know I would!! And that fruit just looks sO yummy. Pleas excuse me while I drool at my desk. lol

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TAKEONME48137 9/3/2009 12:02PM

    Shnazzy clothes and shoes! And those Amphipod things look quite convenient. I think I might have to look into them sometime. Also, I'm weird about mixing fruit with cheese, but those tortilla things look delicious....and now I'm getting excellent ideas in my head for tasty healthy quesadillas. =) =)

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SKYFYRE 9/3/2009 12:00PM

    You are cracking me up with the pictures of you shoes! Ha! Oh and as you were talking about the banana nuun I was looking at your peachy disks thinking OMG, if that is NUUN I WANT SOME! Hahahahahaha! Well, thanks for the recipe! Congrats on picking such fantastic running supplies!

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KARVY09 9/3/2009 11:53AM

    Congrats on your new purchases! They look GREAT. And those fruit tacos look so yummy- made me hungry!
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ZENA_MARIA 9/3/2009 11:50AM

    Your excitement is infectious! Glad everything is going well for you!

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Feeling on track!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Last night I got to bed at a decent time and woke up just perfectly with no alarm at 8AM. :D YAY SLEEP!

I went and ran my 4 miles and had just enough time to shower, make lunches, and eat something to get to work by my 2 hrs early time. :P

Then I practiced trombone and Japanese before doing some internet business. WOOT - I had skipped the trombone practicing on Monday cause I just wasn't feeling it.

TOM is really kicking me in the guts today, but at least it should be under control by Saturday when I do my long run.

Came in within range for yesterday and I'm in good shape for today as well. :)

Speaking of which, it's snack time.

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/3/2009 1:36PM

    Sounds like the start of a great day.

ttyl

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KAYAKID 9/3/2009 10:53AM

    Dana, You had a great day! hope tomorrow smiles as well for you -
Mike


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LIMELITESHINES 9/3/2009 10:36AM

    OK so I have to say that I'm HORRIBLY jealous that you could 1. wake up at 8 am. 2. run 4 miles, do all your prep with plenty of time to 3. make it to work TWO HOURS EARLY.
What time do you start work. 3 pm? LOL I have to be AT work at 8 am most days. *sob*
So if I wanted to get up, run, shower, make lunch, etc . . . I'd have to get up at 4! (it takes 45 minutes to drive to work.) boo! But I'm working on getting there! :)

Keep that positivity going. and YAY TROMBONE! *grin*

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KEAKMAN 9/3/2009 9:06AM

    Sleep sounds divine right now. I hope to get some soon! So where's the video blog of you playing your trombone???

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SKYFYRE 9/3/2009 7:44AM

    You can do it!!!


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DDOORN 9/2/2009 10:09PM

    One thing that has taken a hit since living a SparkPeople lifestyle is my guitar...!

I've grown so rusty it's terrible! Will have to find a way to shoe-horn some time for this sometime...

Don

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WOLFKITTY 9/2/2009 7:39PM

    You are sooooo multi-talented Dana!!! It's awesome!
HUGS!
Jocelyn

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100MILLBUTRFLYS 9/2/2009 6:41PM

    It would seem that this TOM cycle for many is just a major PITA! ugh. I hope you're feeling better soon! I totally feel for ya on this one.


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HOPERY 9/2/2009 5:47PM

    Bunnies on track!!!! Woot!

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 9/2/2009 5:26PM

    Wait, you're learning Japanese too?! Is there anything you don't do?! You're amazing!

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SPARKNMOM 9/2/2009 5:00PM

    Yay for being on track!!

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LUCYA8 9/2/2009 4:51PM

    hey sweetie -- thanks so much for your comment (you're my first comment ever!) -- I'm so happy that you like it. I plan to post a lot of recipes, meals, workout ideas, and a lot of the information I'm learning as I train to become a personal trainer/wellness coach (!) this year. I hope you'll keep me posted if there's anything you'd like to hear more about, or anything you'd like a post on. I'm very accommodating! It's great to be in touch, and fabulous to see that you're in such great shape! I remember when you said you didn't think you'd be able to run 2 miles -- and now look at you go! Rock on my dear, Luc.

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TAKEONME48137 9/2/2009 4:34PM

    Sounds amazing! I hope you continue having a great day! =)

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KJNE8O 9/2/2009 4:23PM

    Dana - what kind of job do you have that you get to sleep in until 8 am!!??!! But otherwise sounds like you had a great day - hope TOM feels better soon.

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MISSJCISRUNNING 9/2/2009 4:10PM

    Way to go Dana!!!

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LUCYA8 9/2/2009 4:09PM

    sounds like you're going great! I love that you're learning japanese -- I've been studying up on my arabic pretty hard core recently, getting ready for my new degree program to start (busy days!), and would LOVE to get back to music practice someday -- it's been sooo long since I played piano.

Isn't it wonderful how once you get your fitness levels up, it just seems like you also have so much more energy for other things as well? It's like getting a few more hours each day!

btw -- come check out my new blog I've just started (to learn how to put one together, and to explore layout)! It's at http://springonions.wordpress.com. I'd love to hear what you think and get any suggestions you have on what would make it better/more helpful.

It's always so nice reading your blog, even when I don't comment. Lots of love!

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SEEHOLZ 9/2/2009 3:57PM

    Sounds like a great day! Way to go!

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GREAT run today! :)

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

So - we're doing good.

I kinda broke one of the rules today -- I went to get groceries. BUT! I also took a nap. So I compromised a bit because we really needed some things and otherwise my lunch was going to be tough to come up with today.

ANYWAY.

Stayed within cal range again last night -- woohoo! 2 day streak now, and today is looking good so far.

I already know when my cheat meal will be this week - we're going over to a friend's house for FOOTBALL watching and there will be cooking out and whatnot. I don't anticipate eating unhealthily -- the hostess is trying to eat healthy herself -- but I also don't want to have to think about calories in things that other people prepared, ya know? So anyway. That's the plan thus far this week.

This morning I had a really good row!!! The boat I'm rowing with for the next few weeks is essentially the MEN and me and another chick. This girl is my favorite to row behind and someone I really like in the club, so it was really fun. It was kinda weird because I was in the BOW seat -- meaning at the very end of the boat, the "front" directionally, but the back as far as how we're facing. Apparently it's harder to balance out there, and another challenge is that when rowing you have to follow the stroke seat -- who is all the way in the stern of the boat, AKA complete opposite end from bow -- so being in that seat means you have to pay WAY more attention due to the possibility of everyone in between you not really paying as good of attention to stroke to make sure there's not some ripple effect causing phasing in the stroke down the boat. ANYWAY.

It was fun!! :D We rowed all 8 for quite some time today and it was actually better than I've experienced, even though we were in the heavy unweildy boat with the heavier wooden oars. We also couldn't help but smoke the other boat (which was all women) on every single thing. Sorry, ladies! ;) HAHAHAHAHA.

I was actually a little bit chilly this morning! I wore a long sleeved T over my normal T-Shirt and lost it halfway through the row, and then partway through my run I got chilly again and just powered through.

My run was AWESOME. 3 miles -- felt soooooo short. I was listening to The Pixies and just having a great time. I ran without a care to my HR today, just running as hard as I felt like it and came in JUST under 11min miles. It only felt like I was running hard toward the end because the end is mostly uphill. The rest just felt free and easy and speedy. :) hehe.

Tomorrow is 4 miles, Thursday 5.... Saturday 10. WOOT.

Oh and my package is on time scheduled for delivery on Thursday - YAY.

  
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KEAKMAN 9/3/2009 9:08AM

    Isn't it wonderful to be able to say "3 miles is a short run"?!? My DH loves hearing me say "I'm only going to run 3 miles - be back soon" Did you ever think you would be saying those sorts of things? Isn't it a BLAST?!?!

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RHALES199 9/2/2009 10:21PM

    sounds like you had a pretty good day, depsite TOM showing up! AWESOME!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/2/2009 6:10PM

    It still just amazes me how much you can do in a day. I can't imagine being as busy as you are.

You are the bomb!!

ttyl

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 9/2/2009 1:51PM

    WOW! You're a machine! I'm so pumped for your marathon. You're going to rock it!

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SKYFYRE 9/2/2009 10:49AM

    You are already up to 10 miles?! Yowzah! Your marathon training is moving right along! Glad you got a challenge in the row boat, balance is something I could use to work on! Great day!

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MDTWEETY 9/2/2009 8:15AM

    Good job on your run!! So, I'm wondering - have you noticed a difference in your body/muscle tone from the rowing at all yet?
Have a good day!

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KJNE8O 9/1/2009 8:54PM

    Great run and row - awesome!

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SWEETZMIX 9/1/2009 7:58PM

    GO DANA, GO DANA!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/1/2009 6:33PM

    i'm jealous of your run and your marathon training. keep up the great work dana.

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TAKEONME48137 9/1/2009 6:08PM

    Football!!! I can't wait. This weekend will be epic. Awesome on the row and run! The running sounds challenging, but fun. =) And yay for the Pixies! =)

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LASHERTHECAT 9/1/2009 6:07PM

    Glad your week is going well.

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KIMCATUS 9/1/2009 5:29PM

    As always you have the best blogs...and you totally rock! I know you know that cuz I've told you like a milliongabillion times...but still...

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SKINNYSOON13 9/1/2009 5:12PM

    Love the Pixies! Haven't listened to them in a long time, but I do have a song in my blog playlist :-) I should put some of that on my "iPod"!

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SEEHOLZ 9/1/2009 5:08PM

    Great streaking going on there!
And I just love those runs that feel easy! So enjoy that feeling all the way girl!

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S318830 9/1/2009 4:58PM

    Awesome! I love that you're doing the rowing. And congrats on having such a great run!

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MSSUNBUG 9/1/2009 4:48PM

    Congrats on your streak of staying within range! Way to go!

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LIMELITESHINES 9/1/2009 4:47PM

    Sounds like another awesome day. Woohoo!! :) I love all the info about rowing . . . I might have to add that to my list of 'things to try'. :)

I can't wait until a sub 11 min mile feels "free and easy" hehehe . . . awesome job!

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WOLFKITTY 9/1/2009 4:05PM

    Congrats! :)

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BRUIN2 9/1/2009 3:59PM

    Way to STREAK!!!!

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MARKDORENE 9/1/2009 3:51PM

    good job.

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KARVY09 9/1/2009 3:51PM

    Oooh, I'll have to add the Pixies to my playlist. Sounds perfect for a run!

Good luck with your longer runs and rowing!
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DDOORN 9/1/2009 3:46PM

    Three cheers and a triple woo-hoo for running "free and easy and speedy!"

Sounds wonderful! :-)

Don

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Feeling More Positive and a Revision to my Plan!

Monday, August 31, 2009

So -- first the revision. I am thinking I will do two full body ST days a week instead of my previous plan -- Monday and Thursday. This will allow me not to have to do anything post longrun besides a possible row, and still give me one FULL off day the day before my long run. I think this is the best plan! WOOT. :)

I started this morning. Not as crazy intense as I used to prefer to do ST -- but I hit the basic areas. Lower Body - Deadlifts and Sumo Squats, Abs - Reverse Crunches and Weighted Crunches, Upper Body - combination bicep curl + overhead press, lateral shoulder raises, single arm rows, lying single arm tricep extensions, and chest flies. WOOT. Thursday's will be even better because I kind of threw this together on the fly.

My run Saturday went GREAT. I took a nap in the afternoon to help recharge. I ate smart and healthy and not too much all day to help me feel fueled, but not heavy. The ONE bad thing about the run -- I really should have had more water with me.

I tried a new on the go fuel, nothing intended to be used that way, but these Florida's Natural Fruit Stiks. :) Blueberry, strawberry, and orange. They're really good -- but they stick to the wrapper a bit, so not super easy to open, but once they're open they're pretty good, don't stick to the teeth, all that good stuff. Will still be trying sportz beans and gu in the future, but for now I had to get something to have and there we have it.

As for the water -- I finally ordered my running stuff today!

I went to The Athlete's Foot on Saturday and saw that wow, they DO carry like a full line of Brooks running shoes!!! (And Asics, and Saucony's, etc., and have them shelved by type of support...) I was actually really surprised that the feel in the store was unlike any other Athlete's Foot I've ever been in. Usually I go into an Athlete's Foot and feel like it's a store geared towards those guys looking for the latest kicks and basketball shoes, people looking to be cute. This store felt like a RUNNING STORE. They had gu! Nathan Hydration Packs! Lots of running shorts and socks and it was just really interesting...

I went back Sunday w/ my socks to try some stuff on. Decided I love the feel of the Brooks Adrenaline 9 and that'll be my baby. I also got measured again -- when I got measured at another store recently when visiting my inlaws the measurements came back about a full size SMALLER than I thought I was... it was bizarre, but I watched the measuring and that's what the tool said! (I know think his tool was WRONG) because I got measured again and came back as what I THOUGHT I was. Plus that guy at the other store had to immeditaely go back and get bigger shoes because his size from the measurements was too small. :P So anyway -- I'm not down a size in shoes! That was a REALLY important thing for me to know before making any decisions about what to buy.

The sales associate was very knowledgeable and helpful so I feel kinda bad that I'm not buying from their store... but oh well. Gotta do what I gotta do. I could buy the shoe for almost $40 cheaper online and they didn't even have the right width in the store right then anway. SOooooooooo -- I placed my order today for:

The Adrenaline shoe
Adidas running tights (WHEE!!!)
Amphipod Runlite 4 bottle thingie
2 extra modules w/ 10.5oz bottles

So I can either replace two of the standard 8oz bottles w/ the 10.5 oz bottles OR if I get REALLY CRAZY I can run with 6 bottles. :D HAHAHAHA When I tried on the Nathan in the store I got sold on the amphipod because it can be adjusted and custom configured. The Nathan had the awkwardly placed bottles I read about in the online reviews. I'm sure I could get used to it, but why bother?

So the best part -- free 2 day air shipping. OH YEAH. So I should have these babies around Wednesday! WOOHOO!

I ordered from runningwarehouse, btw.

So my weight is still the same today (an unknown number that I am not sharing for the time being), but my waist is down some in measurement and I forgot to consider last week during freakout session that this week is TOM and I'm usually up 4-5lbs prior to TOM. Not saying that is the case necessarily right now, BUT there is a possibility it may go down after this week more than a lb or so. So that is somewhat encouraging as well.

The Athlete's Foot didn't open for an hour after I arrived at the shopping complex, so I did some clothes trying on at Old Navy and another clothing store I've never tried - very cute boutique-y feel but kinda large (Az well?) Anyway. I tried on some stuff, still fit into the sizes I'd normally fit into, felt pretty good about that. So it wasn't depressing at all, which is good -- I was like Dana, do you really want to do this right now??? And it turned out to be a little bit of a confidence booster. You didn't BLOW UP OVERNIGHT!!! You're up a little and it's OKAY! :)

Not to mention the major accomplishment of my run on Saturday! :D I didn't get to bask in accomplishment as much as I would have liked because I made us late to go to our friend's house and it was rush rush, hurry hurry, make a salad, oh you made us late. HAHAHA. So my run was getting kind of a bad rep -- but I was supposed to run 8 miles and actually went about 8.5!!!!!!! HOLY COW!!!!!!!!!!! :D This Saturday's long run is to be 10miles. :) I added a new path and part of town to my running repertoire and I really enjoyed it, so it's good to know a new place I can string on to my "favorite run". It added about 2.5 miles! So that's cool.

I definitely started to feel my body getting tired and a bit sore toward the end of my run, but no sharp pains or anything bad like that, so that's good. I stayed within ranges on Sunday -- definitely went a little over on Saturday night, but I'm actually quite alright with that because I burned a ton of calories on my run. (ended up being over my cal's burned for the week by like... 800? or something?) I tracked it to what I could eat to stay within range easily prior to going over, but then I ate a bit more than that in actuality, but nothing crazy. I didn't make myself overfull. I think I actually just listened to my body and ate more in a smart way so I feel very positive and proud of my actions.

In general, I'm feeling much calmer and happier about where my body is right now and my plans for the future.

OH!!!!!!!!! AND ROWING!!!! The line-ups were redrawn again and as it stands I will be racing in a women's boat and a mixed boat in the more local race that I made top priority, and pending fundraising opportunities there is a chance I could race in another one as well but we'll see. I'm just excited because I never considered the possibility of racing on the same day in two different boats -- I hope I read the lineups right! HA :D

So here's to a great week!

  
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100MILLBUTRFLYS 9/1/2009 11:22AM

    ahhh.. nothing beats a great pair of shoes!!! I remember buying the pair of Mizuno running shoes last year because i needed something that fit and would help me support the extra weight of being pregnant.. OMG!! I LOVE those shoes and they hold up so well! to me worth the $89 investment.

Well have a fantastic week and awesome job on your run!!
♥Cheers♥

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EOSAURORA84 9/1/2009 10:08AM

    you are quite the busy bee...how do you have so much time to do all this in a day???
Good luck on the training.

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TELERIE 9/1/2009 9:49AM

    Woot for new running stuff - isn't it exciting! I love my running tights, and I got some running capris as well - I've basically _lived_ in those this summer. Time for the tights now, as it's getting colder. So glad you're up-beat and wonderful, Dana - all's well!

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FITTYTIF 9/1/2009 12:36AM

    Your blogs always exhaust me but also give me that energy boost I need. Thanks for the motivation

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SKYFYRE 8/31/2009 6:48PM

    Dana, Congrats on a fantastic run!!! That is awesome! I am also proud of you for being able to get this perspective on yourself!Sometimes we just need to have a day with some mirror time to find out we aren't all that bad! Anyway, great motivation: 8.5 miles! And I will check out the amphipod, sounds interesting!

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SPRING4FAL 8/31/2009 6:37PM

    Awesome!! I am glad that you have so many upbeat things to report!!! WHOOO HOOO!!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/31/2009 5:53PM

    so proud of you dana. you will rock that 10 mile run coming this weekend.

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LIMELITESHINES 8/31/2009 4:27PM

    WOW. What an awesome weekend. Running, rowing, life living, shoe shopping WOOHOO! :) Oh and you're SO gonna rock those 10 miles. :D

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WOLFKITTY 8/31/2009 3:20PM

    emoticon Cheers to a good week!!

Jocelyn

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TRECECOOKS 8/31/2009 2:40PM

    Spent a bunch of time catchin' up on your blogs, hon. Keep on keepin' on and you'll be where you want to be. No matter what, you know you are better off than 2 years ago, if not last year.
Thanks for stopping by my blog; made me smile to see you'd been there!!

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TAKEONME48137 8/31/2009 1:59PM

    Yay! That all sounds awesome. Hooray for new shoes! What are the amphipod things? The rowing stuff sounds like fun!

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RHALES199 8/31/2009 1:57PM

    WooHoo! you go, girl!

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LANC92 8/31/2009 1:55PM

    Dana, most of the experienced runners I know only do ST two times a week while training for a marathon. I even have one friend who will not do any lower body ST while training - only upper body and core work. Marathon training is a huuuuuuuge thing! It's lots and lots of mileage. Seriously, your body can only take so much. After all, we are not professionals who do nothing but workout and and get massaged lol! We have jobs and families and other responsibilities. Also, each time you add a bit of mileage to your long run, you'll find out that you start to fatigue right where you last long run ended. That's because you've never gone that far before! This is what helps you to build up your endurance. I'm glad to see that you are practicing with different kinds of running fuel. Very important that you figure out - before your actual race - what works for you. I never could drink Gatorade or eat Gu - both made me sick, sick, sick. But PowerAde, Shot Bloks, and pretzels work wonders for me. Keep up the good work!

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DDOORN 8/31/2009 1:22PM

    Good for you to keep tweaking and re-inventing yourself!

I'm sure you'll be seeing results soon!

Don

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BOVEY63 8/31/2009 1:17PM

    Congrats on the 8.5 miles and good luck with the 10 mile and boat race.
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