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Taper Madness!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Inability to focus, seeking all distractions, fantasizing about buying every running thing ever...


Food has not been tracked, but I am slowly but surely making good adjustments in my food this week.

Last night I went to the local Community Band for the first time! YAY! :D It was so fun and I got invited to go to this Big Band - I have missed playing jazz SO MUCH that I am mega stoked about this. I was dreaming of playing in a jazz group again so when the Bass trombone (and my contact to) community band asked me if I was interested I was like YES! And he kinda recruited me toward his group - he's the director. So I'm heading to that rehearsal tonight AFTER a short run. It's getting so cold here. Good for race day, not so motivating for these last little runs before the big day! :P 8 is the LONG RUN this week. EIGHT. That is like. Not even a third of the marathon. hahaha.

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MARLIE13 12/2/2010 10:35PM

    ` Ugh...my cat just deleted what I wrote and opened up Microsoft Word. What I was saying is that I too think it's funny that eight miles is your short run. I remember those days. Saying " those days" makes it sound like forever-ago. loL! Very cool about the community band. I haven't heard ours play here...I'm curious as to the quality. Keep it up girlie! Stay distracted but on track!

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KEAKMAN 12/2/2010 10:22AM

    Glad you found something to occupy your mind while you are tapering...maybe that's what we all need to do: embark on something new during taper weeks! Enjoy your short long run!!

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TRACYZABELLE 12/2/2010 2:34AM

    That is so cool! I used to play in Christmas brasss each year even after I graduated high school.. I played french horn and xylophone

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 12/2/2010 12:55AM

    Enjoy the band. Glad you are running even in the cold. Good going.

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SKYFYRE 12/1/2010 7:13PM

    I love that 8 is your short run, you are an athlete!

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MBSHAZZER 12/1/2010 4:51PM

    Glad you have your trombone to distract you from the taper crazies!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/1/2010 1:59PM

    music is a good way to distract. cost less! you can make it thourgh this.

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KSGROTHE 12/1/2010 1:42PM

    I'm sure you'll get through your Taper Madness!

emoticon for getting into a community band! I don't know if I told you that I played trombone in high school, but I haven't played since then. I think it's great that you are seeking out venues to play in!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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SEEHOLZ 12/1/2010 12:58PM

    Somewhere in the distant past I used to think 8 was short, too....
now 5 is long... hahaha.. and my foot pretty much resents too much distance.

That said, I'm glad that you're taking the taper madness in stride- and focusing on Jazz... what a great timing for a distraction, right?

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ZORBS13 12/1/2010 12:10PM

    I joined a community band a few years out of university, and the conductor was such a moron - his idea of "practice" was to play the same passage over and over again, full band, up to speed always. I was like, dude, ever heard of asking just ONE or 2 instrument groups to play, in SLOW MOTION?


If you want a reality check for taper madness, be glad you aren't the OP in this thread:


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12 miles in a bit -but first some CUTE pictures to cleanse the palate!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving was fun. :) I went to TN and visited my Uncle, along w/ my DH (of course) and immediate family minus the brother who is currently still serving his mission.

When we were walking around downtown there were some cute places to take some photo ops so I will share! :)

First: Me and the siblings with our Black Friday shopping hauls - CHECK OUT MY NEW HANDHELD AMPHIPOD! :D WOOT!

OK so downtown: Cool doorway!

The family - this is the one where 2/5 are looking at the camera and none of the people that aren't look crazy. HAHAHAHA. There are some others where one or the other looks better but then someone else looks totally nutso.

This one we were discussing us being at a movie premiere being caught off guard by the paparazzi. haha

DH and I took some cute photos in front of the undertaker's station - this one does not happen to be one of them. My sister was directing us like, you're dead, this is the last stop, end of the trail, so I made a dead face and DH is apparently REALLY STOKED to be at the Undertakers. hahaaha.

Then, some stairs that go up and down for apparently no reason - an old door was covered we assume! :)

OH! My mom just uploaded her pictures to facebook! She took some of me hula hooping:

And here she is hooping it up! :)


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RUSSELLORAMA 11/30/2010 11:44AM

    That looks like so much fun! And I love your plaid coat, it's adorable!

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KEAKMAN 11/30/2010 8:00AM

    YEAH!!! What a fun way to spend the time together!!

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TRACYZABELLE 11/30/2010 5:01AM

    You all are too cute! Looks like a lot of fun was had

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SKYFYRE 11/29/2010 12:09AM

    Looks like a fantastic time with family!

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SKINNYSOON13 11/28/2010 11:00PM

    Daa, we're like TWINS! :-) I have a sibling in TN and a brother on a mission :-D LOL Where's your brother? Mines in Fort Worth, Texas.

Always love your blog - glad to see you're still busy at it :-)

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MBSHAZZER 11/28/2010 4:19PM

    Looks like a fun time, Dana! Was that doorway super short?! You look FABULOUS!!

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KSGROTHE 11/28/2010 3:42PM

    Cute pictures! You look great! And you look like you're having so much fun!

Keep up the good work! And keep sharing the cute pictures! emoticon

- Karen

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/28/2010 12:32PM

    i love the no door stair pictures. you look like you had a great time with your family. a family that hoops together stays together i have heard.

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MARLIE13 11/28/2010 11:37AM

    You perked me up, but don't take away my coffee yet. I LOVE the pictures! The doorway one is awesome! You have to let me know what you think about your handheld. I thought about getting one of those but chickened out at the last minute. Are you using it for the marathon or will you still go with your belt? Where was this undertaker's station? I don't get it. But FUNNY your death face vs H's stoked face. lol! Oh and I love the steps that go nowhere pics...too cute!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/28/2010 11:05AM

    These pics are adorable!!! emoticon

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HOPERY 11/28/2010 10:55AM

    You perked up my morning better than my coffee! I love the one of you in the doorway! You looks hots! Your hair has gotten so long and looks all silky.

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MUFFIN TOP CHALLENGE - Before Photos 11/28/2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Copied from ANEPANALIPTI's blog. :) OK HERE IT IS. It's not pretty - BE FOREWARNED!

Description of the challenge:

"We all have them- that pair of too-snug jeans slung in the back of the closet after frustrated attempts to button, zip, or even pull them up past your knees. I know I have tons of them. The same jeans that once were loose are now threatening to find a spot alongside the others in the "reject pile" in the dark recesses of my closet.

But NO! I will not sacrifice another pair of snug jeans. Instead of blaming the jeans for magically shrinking two sizes in the dryer, it's time to shrink the muffin top!

To join the muffin-top challenge, it doesn't matter what size, shape, fitness level, etc you're at. All you need is a pair of jeans, pants, or even skirt that's buttons are dangerously close to popping off.


Take a picture & Take your measurements. Stop focusing on the numbers on the scale and watch your tummy & hips shrink into those blue jeans!

Pick a pair of jeans that you've been hoarding in the back of your closet for that magical day when they become two sizes LARGER instead of smaller :P


Take progress shots. Journal. Tell us when you're finally feeling some slack in the waistband or you have to start wearing a belt so they don't fall down!

Take your measurements and you'll really start seeing results. A quarter inch, a half inch, a WHOLE inch! Celebrate in your success! You'll definitely be able to see it in the mirror and feel it in your jeans!



Do a woohoo dance! Enjoy those sexy curves filling out those jeans, but not threatening to bust the seams haha.

But it's not over yet...if you're ready to move on, find another pair of pants you really, REALLY never thought you'd squeeze into and start over again! Keep taking pictures, taking measurements and see REAL results- not just numbers that can fluctuate daily on a scale.

Get it, Get it! "

I'm EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Measurements: (All measurements EXCEPT the muffin top taken without the offending jeans on, FYI.)
Waist: 32 inches
Muffin Top: 42 inches
Hips: 41.5 inches
Right Thigh: 25 inches
Left Thigh: 25 inches

If you're interested, JOIN!!!

The challenge requires an update every month, so near the end of December I will post updated pictures and whatnot. :P

It's so sad that even though my waist is 32 and hips 41.5, these jeans are so small they are squishing all my hip fat up to create a muffin top of 42 inches! HAHAHAHA. and see how flat my butt is from the side in these right now? Yeah. Anyway - I remember my measurements USED to be:

Waist - 3o-29.5 around there
Hips - 40
Thighs - 23

So I know what I need to do to make these fit comfortably again. The measuring tape DON'T LIE.

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CALYST01 12/8/2010 10:06AM

    I wish I had seen this a few days ago before committing to other challenges!!!!

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CALYST01 12/8/2010 10:05AM

    I wish I had seen this a few days ago before committing to other challenges!!!!

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CALYST01 12/8/2010 10:05AM

    I wish I had seen this a few days ago before committing to other challenges!!!!

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SEEHOLZ 11/29/2010 11:41AM

    While I'm not doing a MT challenge, I did start taking "bikini" pics... and will compare weekly-- probably not post for awhile... like after I see progress, you know?

But, I might try this with these one jeans I got... to see how I progress.. great idea!

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SKYFYRE 11/29/2010 12:12AM

    Oi, this would be good for me! Way to be brave, yet again Miss Dana. And- you aren't really too far from these being just right! Cheers!

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/28/2010 10:00PM

    i may just have to join you since this is my problem area and i am in the DANGER zone of having to buy new jeans.

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VABCHLOSER 11/28/2010 9:35PM

    I love these muffin top challenges that are popping up!! I am so going to join in!

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LYNNANN43 11/28/2010 7:26PM

    You're so brave! NOT an easy thing to post!!!

My waist is down to 32" too and I still muffin:(

Best of luck with your challenge!

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CARRAND 11/28/2010 3:06PM

    You're a brave lady! That belly fat is so hard to lose. I've gotten my hips down to 37" but my waist is still at 30.5".

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KASHMIR 11/28/2010 12:44PM

    Yay Dana!!! I'm betting that muffin top is gone in no time, and those jeans will be fitting just fine.

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MARLIE13 11/28/2010 11:39AM

    Yep, braaaaavvvveeee girl! But I don't think anything less of you...more actually. I took some pictures just like this before I even heard of the challenge. WILL not. BE posting them! Much admiration goes out to you. kick some butt!

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/28/2010 10:59AM

    emoticon emoticon

YAY!! I'm so glad you posted it!!! We are so rocking this challenge. emoticon emoticon

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HOPERY 11/28/2010 10:36AM

    I'll have to think about joinig in on this one, but I would find posting the pics terrifying. You are so brave! But of course being a marathoner, you don't need me to tell you that.

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EDEACONTX 11/28/2010 10:19AM

    I give you props for posting those pictures. I'm so self conscious as it is. Thanks for giving me the confidence to join in. Good luck on your journey!

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Did my 20, ankle is fine

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The bottom of my right foot is a little bruise-y from where the brace went across my arch, but otherwise I feel physically good.

Plan was to start out and turn it into a shorter out and back if things didn't feel good, take a shorter taper and run another big one later, but things worked out today.

I was overly emotional at the end of it -- for some reason this run got very mentally challenging toward the end. After I passed mile 19 I was like, HTFU and get going! My last mile split doesn't look super impressive because I started that last mile a bit slow, but I definitely picked it up - especially in the last .6 miles - (I ran 20.1 - ) - I went from a slow point of 14:27 down to a fast point of 11:17 min miles in a steady speed up during the last half of mile 20, then I slowed a bit for the last .1 as I ran uphill into the parking lot to visit my car, clocking an average pace of 12:42 for that tenth.

I was aiming for 14 mm during the entire run, and had a few miles that came in slower than 15mm, but honestly the first was right after I passed my mile 16 point, this lady started talking to me from her driveway about how she has done 2 half marathons and wishing me good luck and stuff. It was nice, but it went on a little long - I was kinda walking backward like ok, I'm moving on now... so mile 17 is one of those long ones. After mile 17 was the final aid station provided by my training group and I filled many of my bottles w/ water, stretched my calves, and told myself about how I only had a few miles left... so mile 18 has a slow time as well because of that stop. After I reached the mile 18 marker my split times get a bit faster for mile 19 and 20, progressively, and then finishing that last bit at the faster pace as I mentioned already.

So I KNOW that there was more of a mental struggle (and a chatty runner lady) in those slower miles than anything else. OH I only mentioned two - the first of the 3 slower miles was mile 14 (I took a brief stretch and walk right after crossing the 13 mile point of my run).

I am very grateful to those of you who supported my skipping this run if needed - the confidence and the cautiousness is very much appreciated because I know it would have been hard for me to turn around and go back if I needed to, but I really didn't need to. I appreciate everyone's concern and support, though! :)

Now it's time to TAPER IT UP! :D WOOOOOT!

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SKYFYRE 11/23/2010 3:33AM

    Sounds like a great run all together Dana! Funny about the chatty Cathy on the run- she probably was inspired by you and trying to talk herself into doing a marathon like you! Next time tell her to leave some G2 out for you! heehee!

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MARLIE13 11/22/2010 11:19PM

    oOOOoohhh! I'm so glad that your ankle held up well for you. You have done such a good job throughout your training. Yay for the taper!!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/22/2010 5:52PM

    ARE YOU HUMAN?!??!?

WAY TO FREAKIN GO you inspire me so much!

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MBSHAZZER 11/22/2010 2:16PM

    Enjoy your taper Dana! You are going to ROCK this marathon!

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TRUE_TEXAN 11/22/2010 1:07PM

    Awesome job! I can't even imagine running that far right now but maybe one day!

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KSGROTHE 11/22/2010 3:41AM

    emoticon on your run!

Sounds like you're ready for that marathon! emoticon

- Karen

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KEAKMAN 11/21/2010 4:59PM

    WOOHOO!! Taperville here she comes! (and keep on babying that ankle!)

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KASHMIR 11/21/2010 4:47PM

    YAY DANA!!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/21/2010 3:03PM

    so glad your ankle is better. now you can enjoy your taper!

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BRUIN2 11/21/2010 3:01PM

    YAY - glad your ankle is feeling ok. And glad you did such a great job pushing through the mental challenge!

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SEEHOLZ 11/21/2010 2:31PM

    Wohoo-- you are ready for taper girl! This was huge and I'm glad the ankle is okay :-)

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MILDLY sprained ankle. WAH!

Friday, November 19, 2010

I'm confident I will be ok for the marathon - I mean, I walk painfree, no limp, only mild pain with certain specific movements (which are not general running movement) so I'm not really worried about it long term.

BUT - 20 miles on the schedule for Sunday and I'm uncertain as to how I'm going to proceed with training.

OH so I was having a great run on Thursday morning and stepped on a stick that blended in w/ the path (kinda all silvery/speckledy like the pavement) and rolled the ankle, btw. I didn't ever really say that. I was almost to mile 2 of a 4 mile out and back - so basically I had to go almost 2 miles back to get to my car. It sucked.

But anyway, I got home, iced it, put icy hot on that sucker, wrapped it up, and was fine. I don't have it wrapped today and I think there is some very very minor swelling on it - it's so small I'm not 100% sure I didn't imagine it, but I put my leg up and I think it went down? HAHAHA. Either way - not painful to walk on, etc.

So I think I will keep icing and elevating today and tomorrow, rest up - pick up a basic ankle support, and then still run on Sunday. But I am not 100% deciding on ANYTHING - I'm letting my body tell me what to do and not my brain.

So even if I run on Sunday, I will listen to the ankle and if it says stop, I will stop. But I honestly expect to be fine. If not, I can do 20 next week and do a 2 week taper instead. But that's a backup plan!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/21/2010 1:23PM

    Ouch! :( Sorry to hear.

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MARLIE13 11/21/2010 12:16PM

    Oooooh the suspense! Is she running 20 today or not?!?!?

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/20/2010 7:41PM

    SKIP IT!!!!!!
i know you want to do the 20 miles but doing the MARATHON is so much more important to you. i would stay clear away from impact. why not go ride a bike at the gym for a 2-3 of hours or do the elliptical. i know it sucks and isn't as fun as running. maybe a good median?

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/20/2010 4:09PM

    I'm keeping you in my prayers girl!!!

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KEAKMAN 11/20/2010 10:06AM

    Seriously think about skipping that 20 miler. You KNOW you can do the distance. And you also know that running 20 miles puts a certain amount of unusual pressure on your body. Only run it if you are feeling 100%. Why risk the marathon for a training run? I like the 20 miler next week and a 2 week taper better.

(and I know you didn't ask my opinion, but I don't want to see you run injured in a few weeks)

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MBSHAZZER 11/19/2010 4:12PM

    Hope it works out Dana. You have a great plan, so things should be OK.

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SEEHOLZ 11/19/2010 2:55PM

    Sounds like a plan to me-- if you do the ankle support, let me know what you think. I tried it and it felt like that foot was higher and I was all out of whack... maybe I should have worn them on both ankles... not sure. But, of course, hope you don't need it!!!

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