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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

It's sweeping my workplace - I will probably be making more hoops again this weekend. :) It's very fun, so I definitely do not mind.

Last night and today's hoop classes were great - great turnout! And super fun. I got suuuch a great workout and had a blast at the same time and I think my class members did as well. (I did get some direct positive feedback from at least a few of the class members!) And I have a couple new songs to work with on Thursday which I am excited about. It's so great to be able to get a workout and have fun at the same time! :)

Tonight I can't wait to go running... I will have band after that, which is fun as well. Running is just something else. It's like... cleansing. I love it. I've missed it. I can't wait for next week's workout which takes us up to some intervals at 3 min at a time. :) Today is just 90 seconds on 2 min off.

I'm also soooo happy to have some real food in the house again. This morning I tried a new breakfast inspired by something in Clean Eating magazine - they had a breakfast banana split - Banana, Cottage Cheese, preserves/jam, peanuts -BAM! I used Greek Yogurt instead of Cottage Cheese, is Rasberry Habanero Jam we got from the Happy Tummy - so good. :)

Also tonight at 2AM - I am registering for the REALLY BIG FREE MARATHON - to take place November 2012. Plenty of time to train back up to a marathon between now and then, AND if I don't feel ready, they said I can switch to the half. WOOT! It's a unique concept - $50 deposit, you get it back for crossing the start timing mat at the race, you get mailed a check. OR if you cancel at least 3 months in advance. So lots of contingency plans there - switch to half or cancel if things go completely sideways. I'm excited because many SparkFriends will be there!

Go google it if you're interested. :)

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NOELLIEMAE 4/7/2011 12:01PM

    mmmm. marathon in November.... look at YOU busy chick ;) looks like you are going a million miles an hour as USUAL!

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HOPERY 4/7/2011 12:08AM

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KASHMIR 4/6/2011 5:06PM

    I'll be racing you to register tonight. Bed early with the alarm set to get up at midnight and register!!! I'm hoping we can all have a REALLY BIG SPARK MARATHON PARTY!

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MBSHAZZER 4/6/2011 4:33PM

    That free marathon sounds awesome! I guess they are counting on a lot of people not showing up in order to finance it?

Good call on the greek yogurt / cottage cheese swap. I have a "thing" with cottage cheese. 2 things actually. I'll share, since you can't tell me to be quiet! :D

So the first is that my mom would always eat cottage cheese inside half of a cantaloupe. That combo to me is just gross (sorry if it appeals to you!)... plus, it just screams "1970's diet plan" to me... to go along with your Tab and your Virginia Slims. EEWWW.

Secondly, the BF and I own a rental property that has a full house up front and a guest house in the back. BF always refers to the guest house as "the cottage" and I always make a reference to cottage cheese which cracks me up and causes him no end of annoyance. For example:

BF: "I was working over at the cottage today"
ME: "Were you making CHEESE?"

BF: "The tenant moved out of the cottage"
ME: "That's due to an overabundance of CHEESE"

BF, on phone to potential tenant: "It's not theyellow house in front, it's the green cottage in back"
ME: "Look for the CHEESE"


Also, the Raspberry Habanero jam sounds AMAZING!!! We got some mango jalapeno jam at the farmer's market and the sweet hot combo is great!

OK, my comment was longer than you blog post! Back to work for me. Can you tell I'm "working" on my taxes?!

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BRUIN2 4/6/2011 4:04PM


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Hoop Madness!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

I got to give 3 hoops to new homes yesterday, and two already today! Yay! One more hoop and I will have paid for the supplies it took to make this batch. *phwew*

Then any more sold are icing on the cake.

Tonight is another hooping class and then Zumba. WOOT! And C25K again tomorrow.

Last night it got stormed out, I was going to head to the gym and run 10 min around the track, but with traffic and the rain I couldn't get over to the exit! :P Stupid. Anyway, I took it as a sign that I should just go home instead. It was a lazy night -- the rest of my week is going to be on FIRE. haha :D

I need to get groceries tonight. Sooooo out of protein. No dried beans even. I was so going to soak and cook some beans last night but even that was out.

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BRE7482 4/6/2011 7:47AM

    The storm was awful, but hopefully it wasn't too too bad up there. I was thrilled not to have tornadoes. I agree with another poster "you are the hoop lady" lol! I'm going to have to catch up on your blogs because I did not realize you were doing C25K...must be because of your injury????

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SEEHOLZ 4/5/2011 9:15PM

    You are so creative- me making hoops.. sounds like a punishment, but I love when other people are into stuff like that- seriously!

Btw, I was thinking about adding some pool running as my cross training- as part of my "permanent" plan- might do me good - not the all super intense version all the time though- just sometimes when I feel it!

Next running meet will be extra special!

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BRUIN2 4/5/2011 5:27PM

    I don't think you're charging enough for those hoops.

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    you are the hoop lady! go get yourself some beans.

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MBSHAZZER 4/5/2011 1:55PM

    Get thee to the grocery store! :D

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Week 1 of C25K OVER tonight! :)

Friday, April 01, 2011


although I already started my hoop class, an announcement wasn't made visibly enough to draw participants that didn't already know about it directly from me.

Now they put an announcement up and the response is overwhelming! We will see how the classes go, but I think I will be making more hoops. I'm very excited to see how today's 12PM class is!

Then later after work - running! YAY!!!!!! :D It might be raining, but I don't care, I'm excited because this means next week - more running. Only one minute more total over the course of the workout, but still. HAHA. PROGRESSION! Because I've been able to maintain the workouts this week without anything feeling any worse, I'm really starting to build some more optimism about this whole thing. I hope that continues.

Yesterday I was convinced I was going to quit the gospel music group, but I wanted to at least go one more time... and now I think I wanna keep going. It's like before rehearsal I just feel so tired and I think why am I doing this? But then I go and it's worth it. So I need to remind myself of that and keep going I think. If over time it proves to really be more of a drain, fine. But I think playing my trombone more is a big positive, and everyone in the group is SOOOOo nice, and I like the music even if it isn't written out properly. (I get a series of letters and that's it!)

Also nice things - did my taxes, gonna get a good refund, AND just got notified of my merit increase for 2011 and it's good! YAY! :D

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CLOVERR1 4/3/2011 9:09AM

    You know, buddy, you have a GOOD life! :)

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/3/2011 6:42AM

    i love seeing you happy and i am so glad c25k is going well. :D :D :D

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FREGGIEQUEEN 4/1/2011 11:14PM

    Congrats! I'm finishing Week 5 tomorrow, and I can tell you, you'll be amazed at how far you can go in a matter of weeks! I didn't think I'd make it during Week 1, and here I am about to do my first 20-minute interval. Amazing!

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SEEHOLZ 4/1/2011 5:29PM

    Dana's going shopping-LOL! What a good feeling and great reminder to get my act together!!!

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SKYFYRE 4/1/2011 5:14PM

    Woohoo on your raise! Go girlie! Have a fun run!

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    what is a merit increase! ya for tax refunds. cha ching! that is so great about your class getting so much interest.

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MBSHAZZER 4/1/2011 12:17PM

    YAY, Dana! All good things on a Friday! Enjoy your weekend!

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2nd Day of Couch to 5K tonight!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Last night my heel actually was hurting a bit (bottom not achilles so PF style) and there were some technical difficulties that delayed the DVD Zumba class - so plans changed a bit last night.

I did some pushups and crunches with a couple zumba go-ers while one zumba-er tried to get the computer to work to play the DVD - WOOHOO! :D Then while they were DVD'ing I did some more ab-work (prior was a mega set of regular crunches, and mega set of oblique crunches, then during the DVD I did toe touch/clamshell crunches, bent leg lowering thingies from pilates) and some hip raises (single and double leg) and one set of tricep dips w/ bent legs from a table and then I just waited for the cooldown song to end.

Turns out it was just me and my super awesome friend Ashley at my class and she forgot her shoes. :( My IT band was feeling kinda weird and with the heel pain I was feeling unmotivated, and she was without shoes. And we were starting late due to the other class running over. After debating calling it a night, I came up with the idea to do a MINI zumba - it was perfect. Warmup, 2 songs, cooldown - 14 minutes and 158 calories later we had a great mini workout and fun and it was the perfect time to stop for both of us.

I wore my Strassburg Sock last night like a good girl and woke up with the foot/heel feeling good. :) I can't wait to get to run again tonight!

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NOELLIEMAE 4/1/2011 10:19AM

    :) just checking in! Looks like you've been busy!

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SKYFYRE 3/31/2011 4:34PM

    Woohoo, you are a go getter!

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/30/2011 3:05PM

    those socks are sexy!!! have fun tonight.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/30/2011 2:03PM

    My heel has been killing too... :( yesterday I did some yoga but I'm really looking forward to getting back to my running routine. I will have to research that sock you're talking about.

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MBSHAZZER 3/30/2011 1:22PM

    Way to push through with a mini workout! Something is better than nothing. Fingers crossed on all your aches and pains!

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C25K Day 1 - DONE!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

So yesterday work was suuuuper stressing. I was a bundle of nerves and stress and anxiety as it was time to go try running again for the first time since December.

Well... it went well! I'm not going to lie or decieve myself, I did at times feel my achilles. It was maybe a 0.5/10 at the end when I was walking the cooldown. While running, it felt perfect. As long as it doesn't get worse than that, I'm going to keep going! I think I'm accepting this idea that that part of my body may never feel perfectly flawless again like my right achilles/heel does. Maybe that's just not the way it will feel when I'm recovered. Maybe it'll just still feel weird most of the time and occasionally very mildly painful. If that's the truth - I'm ok with that.

I'm accepting a new zen form of patience with my running because I just KNOW (even though I don't have legitimate medical testing to corroborate this) that I'm not damaged to the point that I can't run. I mean I've been teaching zumba and aquajogging and doing all this other crap just fine, so why not? I know my achilles isn't broken, it'd be a lot more painful than just feeling odd and maybe a hint of pain that might be psychosomatic it was so small.

So knowing this, I do not have the same kind of impatience I had at first after the marathon. Going into the marathon my brain was focused on - recover fast, don't build back too slow, get that mileage base UP so you can do a better marathon next year, already knowing this one wasn't going to be much better than my first if at all (couple min slower in fact), so when I wasn't ready to run when I thought I would be.... I was gutted.

And then it was like - ok! Rest a week, then you'll be better! Cross train your butt off! And I think I was just delaying recovery. I finally said - ok Dana. You are limited to Zumba - only your class, not both classes - and aquajogging, and some ST as long as it doesn't aggravate anything. THE END.

And during the time I was working on those things, my attitude completely changed. I really needed to have this attitude change, I think, in order for my ultimate goals to really be reached. I have gained a patience about the marathon - I want to run another one but I want to be REALLY REALLY ready next time. Now that I know how AWESOME half-marathons are... I feel I can be pretty satisfied running-wise by getting a bunch of those in, and waiting on the marathon until I feel really strong with my running base first. If things go REALLY WELL, I'd like to think about Chicago 2012, but I'm telling myself no marathons this year. It's too soon to really build up the kind of base I want to prior to training again to do it this year. Next year might be too soon as well, and I'm ok with that if that happens.

Here are my guidelines I'm giving myself for my return to running:

1) Do ONLY COUCH TO 5K WORKOUTS to begin with.
2) ONLY add extra running once feeling confident that everything is feeling good and not being aggravated by the running I'm already doing. Until then, if I want an extra running workout - it'll be IN THE POOL! I can STILL AQUAJOG to get in a longer session!
3) IF the pain comes back and is really aggravated after doing all this, I will finally go see a doctor. I will feel ok about this because I will feel that I've done truly everything I can on my own, so I won't feel like I'm wasting money for a doctor to tell me to do something I could have figured out on my own.
4) Assuming things are feeling really good, eventually follow workouts from Pfitz return to running build up thingie -

It looks good to me because it builds up using time, and by the last set of workouts you're running 5 days 35-45 on weekday workouts and 55 on the weekend and suggests aquajogging or other workouts on the other days. I think building using time to begin with will be best, and not using mileage as my guide (although I will know what mileage I have run because garmin will tell me, so I can track my mileage on my shoes and all that good stuff - it won't be my target).

So while I feel optimistic based on how things went, I'm trying to restrain my emotional reaction so that I don't get let down if I can't continue as planned.

Other goals this week: Get my eating back under control. It's not crazy right now, but it's not exactly the way I like it to be, which is less willy-nilly. When I was sick I was not up to thinking about calories or anything. Then this weekend I had an extra splurge meal, so that's not good. That night, though, I picked up a copy o f clean eating magazine to help me plan some great clean meals. Gonna go shopping tonight!!! My pantry is SERIOUSLY lacking right now. My MIL is also going to let me use her breadmachine, so I am going to see how that goes - I'd love to just use that all the time and not buy bread (almost) ever again!

Also - figure out a Strength Training plan again now with the running and zumba being my only cardio (so no aquajogging filling every evening of the week!) - I also want to make a commitment to the gym every Saturday morning - maybe a long aquajog session earlier on followed by Holley's awesome yoga at 10:15. She is truly the best and I feel so WHOLE after finishing one of her classes, it's the best feeling ever. So far I have a plan to do a longer ab circuit before Zumba- I brought my yoga mat so I can just lay that down somewhere and get cracking. I think I'll do some single leg hip raises to work my glutes and hammies - SWEATONCEADAY mentioned thinking glute weakness was leading to some of her hip/back problems and I think that may be true for me as well. That's something I can easily do from a mat without extra equipment. And maybe I'll add in some upper body stuff, too. I dunno we'll see how the time goes, if I get bored doing ab stuff. hahaha. :D

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MARLIE13 3/31/2011 9:19AM

    I'm soooo so thrilled that you are running again. It will be interesting to see how your heel progresses. I like the idea that it's maybe in your head and you're hypersensitive to any little thing or twinge in that area. I mean, not saying it's in your head but just hoping that any last little remaining bit is...ya know?

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HALFWEIGHT 3/30/2011 1:16AM

    Haven't said it in a while, but you are just amazing. I love your posts, and they are a great inspiration to me. They just give me what a need to hear. You rock!

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KASHMIR 3/29/2011 4:40PM

    It was nice reading this....if for no other reason than to know I'm not alone in allowing a slow and thorough recovery! I've reached the point of accepting a slow rebuild of my endurance and ability and that half marathons are it this year. And even if your achilles is fully healed, you may very well be having some pains from it. I still feel my original SF, especially when it's cold out. And the newest SF will ache a little bit for a day or so after a long run, but never anything that feels like it's coming back. I sometimes wonder if the nerves in that area got so used to signalling pain that they are still doing so!

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KSGROTHE 3/29/2011 3:13PM

    I think you have a great plan to gradually build up your running! emoticon
Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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WAVEDANCER7 3/29/2011 11:19AM

    emoticon Congrats on the run!

I had a knee injury in high school and it has never felt the same since. Its definitely strong enough to exercise, it just feels a little... off. So as long as you keep an eye on it, I say, keep rockin and rollin chica!!

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WOLFKITTY 3/29/2011 11:03AM

    Dana, you're such an athlete! :) Did you ever expect that? Hope you recover faster and more completely than you ever expected!


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JEKRUNS 3/29/2011 10:52AM

    Glad the run went well! I too am suffering from some type of achilles tendonitis or pain. I noticed it helps when I do yoga, esp. my downward dog it really stretches that tendon.

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DWROBERGE 3/29/2011 10:48AM

    Congratulations. Everything is done one day at a time. You can do it. Go for it. Stay focused for success.

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MBSHAZZER 3/29/2011 10:31AM

    Dana, glad to hear the run went well. I think your attitude is great. You have to have patience when rehabbing an injury. You have your whole life to run, so in the scheme of things, a few months off is nothing.


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