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Just got back from running...

Monday, April 25, 2011

... and MAN running with boys kicks my butt!


No where near what some other ladies who regularly run with dudes do, but I was the only chick today. I was running on my own out about 8 min and back 10 when I ran into the 2 guys who also help lead c25K work running groups, so I turned around and tried not to rush up behind them but ended up behind them anyway.

Then we were coming up on someone so I sped up to pass them and I guess they took that as a sign to book it to the end of the trail so I was chasing them trying not to let them smoke me and got down to a 7:44 min mile pace for a few seconds there! (YAY Garmin for making me feel good with a pace I can sustain for just a few seconds - hahaha)

Then I managed to slightly turn my ankle walking to my car to get some water (DOH) so I walked it off/shook it out a bit until C25K'ers showed up.

So the people that came were:

1) dude that was barely beginning workout regimen and planned to do a mostly walking workout and
2) dude that was returning to running after a brief layoff before which he was: military running every day 3-5 miles, XC and Track HS-er

So.... I ended up running with #2 and the other guys mostly walked with #1. #2 was trying to kill me I think - honestly we weren't running that fast in the grand scheme of things, but left to my own devices I fall somewhere between 11-12 min mile on a good day, and more like 13-14 on a super easy LONG or bad day.

We were averaging around 10:39 for the whole run -time. We ran out 10 min, took a 2 min breather, and then back 10 min . At one point he was egging me on to pass someone and when we did I got down to sub 8mm pace again for a few seconds. That turkey!

Anyway - covered about 4 miles today, MOST of it running - only about 5min total walking time, so I'm pretty happy with that - I'm gonna definitely be taking it easier on Wednesday!

I also ran 20min yesterday for the first time straight.

After workout today - I did Freestyle Trainer - just a bit. 2 sets each of chest presses and rows to hit front and backside upper body, then one set per leg of single leg squats and one set regular ( all assisted w/ the straps). With the squats it's more of a, go deep backward like you should w/out worrying about falling over cause you can always lean on the straps if you need to but don't if you don't have to kind of thing. Single leg definitely needs more assistance for me than that, but regular I was mostly on my own like I should be. Just waiting to take a shower now. :)

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MARLIE13 4/29/2011 11:13PM

    I love running with boys for that very same reason. Sounds like it was a great run!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/29/2011 1:13PM

    Wow, you've gotten really fast!!

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SKYFYRE 4/29/2011 12:46AM

    Go Girl on the running!! Fantastic Effort and Accomplishment!! I find running with boys the same way, I will want to pace myself but then they get so uppity and competitive that I end up trying to keep up Lol! Well, it sounds like a fun time, actually, and I am glad that your ankle is fine and dandy after all that!

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SEEHOLZ 4/27/2011 4:14PM

    Awesome progress Dana and way to go to smoke that run!

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FREGGIEQUEEN 4/27/2011 9:43AM

    I hear ya! My husband and I have been doing C25K together and it's a struggle to stay by his side (I'm sure it's hard for him to stay by mine, too haha). I know that, without him, I wouldn't finish nearly as fast. Heck, I may even have given up by now, but instead we finished our unofficial 5K yesterday in under 28 minutes. I'm grateful to have him pushing me on!

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S318830 4/26/2011 6:14PM

    Nice job! I love reading running stories.

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KSGROTHE 4/26/2011 4:50PM

    Way to go on your running and your Freestyle Trainer workout! If you keep running like that, you'll easily have a PR at that 5K!

- Karen

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NOELLIEMAE 4/26/2011 3:11PM

    rock on! sounds like a great training run ;)

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MBSHAZZER 4/26/2011 9:27AM

    WHOOOHOOO! Sounds like an awesome run! And it sounds like all of your parts were holding up!

Boys can be so weird about girls passing them. I was running a HM in October and I guess I passed some guy early on. Much later, as he passed me, he tapped me on the shoulder and made some snarky comment. I was like, "oh, a$$hole much?!"

Anyway, sounds like a great workout!

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/25/2011 11:15PM

    those boys can get us in trouble! sounds like a good workout though.

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WAVEDANCER7 4/25/2011 10:43PM

    What a turkey! emoticon HAHA! Way to keep up with the boys! Sounds like having so many running buddies is helping you with time too! Congrats lady! Keep up the hard work!

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MSSUNBUG 4/25/2011 9:34PM

    Nothing like running with boys to up the pace! I did eight miles with the husb on Sat at a 8:50 pace, something I feel like I could never sustain on my own. It's great that it pushed you! Glad no injuries though. :D

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Doing pretty good!

Friday, April 22, 2011

I've been tracking everyday, went over by like... 12 calories yesterday, so I'm calling that a win.

I turned down cookies.

I gave myself the first afterdinner treat this week - 1/2 serving of Ben and Jerry's that my MIL bought specifically for me! I tried a new unique method - I put the whole thing on the scale and weighed it, and then I figured out what it would weigh at 50g less (about 1/2 serving size) and ate it until it got to that weight. HAHAHA. No muss no fuss.

Turned down an offer to split a pizza from this AMAZING pizza place for lunch - my DH and I might want to do some splurging of our own this weekend so I'm saving it for him.

I didn't do ST last night because he emailed me saying how he was looking forward to seeing me before I went to band. :) awwww how could I turn that down? He didn't know I planned to go to the gym, and I didn't tell him because I didn't want him to feel bad. It was very nice - I manged to shower and make and eat dinner before heading to rehearsal and it made rehearsal very enjoyable! I may not do that every week, depends how fitting in my 2nd ST workout of the week goes today or tomorrow. I'm thinking I might just go do a Freestyle Trainer workout again after my run today vs. going to the gym this week.

2 full body workouts = good enough for me!

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/24/2011 6:08PM

    sweet henry! way to turn down a cokie. hope you are having a great easter.

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MBSHAZZER 4/24/2011 8:46AM

    You're on fire this week, Dana! Hope you enjoyed some quality time with the hubby this weekend!

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MSSUNBUG 4/23/2011 10:32AM

    Sounds like a lot of balance and just being in touch with what you actually want and value--that's such a gift to experience. Hope you have a lovely weekend and some nice splurges with the man!

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SKYFYRE 4/22/2011 10:29PM

    Strong work on fighting temptations!! I am so weak around work food that I had to enact a no eating it unless I brought it VOW! Hahaha! I think you are a sweetie for heading home for some time with your DH! Way to enrich your relationship! Whatcha got planned for indulgences this weekend?! A yummy Easter dinner?

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MARLIE13 4/22/2011 9:54PM

    Yay on turning down cookies and awww...Henry....I love that you didn't tell him.

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 4/22/2011 3:34PM

    I'm happy to see I'm not the only one fitting in time with the hubby and giving up exercise occasionally to do that. Good for you! I still read your blogs from way back to get more motivation - so thanks for always "blogging"! ~ Carolyn (from your old team - Totally Tuscaloosa :-(

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NOELLIEMAE 4/22/2011 2:30PM

    awesome :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/22/2011 2:12PM

    Glad to see you're in this great happy place!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 4/22/2011 1:17PM

    emoticonGreat Job. Happy Easter!

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HOPERY 4/22/2011 1:06PM

    I cracked up at how you ate the ice cream! Told hubby, and he said you did it right because Ben and Jerry's is not meant to be eaten any way except right out of the container.

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Happy Easter! You are a rockin' Bunny!

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SEEHOLZ 4/22/2011 1:05PM

    Great update! Happy Easter Dana!

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SOSMEGOD 4/22/2011 12:47PM

    Good Luck!

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/22/2011 12:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

LOL ive done that weighing thing manyyyyy a time

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Still Moving Along...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Soooo tonight is a NON LATE NIGHT YAY - hooping&zumba very soon, and then straight home.

We've been having awkward living arrangements due to some work being done in the house and as of last night we're back in our room! YAY! In our bed! YAY! With (almost) all our stuff back there! YAY! hahaha. So that is nice.

I'm tracking right now again, trying to really stay on track - I need the food tracking I think.

Yesterday I stayed home from work to help with the moving our stuff around, but I still headed to the park to meet the running group for C25K and had a lovely run, including a SPRINT TO THE FINISH! I noticed those ahead of me had a much faster turnover - do you know how HARD IT IS to make all the legs of this 6'2" frame turn over fast??? hahahaha my stride got nice and open, but my legs just weren't pumping as fast as I would've liked. Still it was overall a good run AND I headed to the other end of the park as planned and did a little ST w/ my freestyle trainer straps. WOOT!

I am feeling the burn today - wasn't quite really a big full body workout, but I had somewhere to be afterward (which usually isn't the case on Mondays) so I kept it to some upper body exercises and one set of single leg reverse lunge squat thingies. Well I definitely am feeling it un the upper body areas I worked, and my butt, and from the painting I did last weekend in the house my inner thighs got SUPER sore and my hip flexors somehow are sore a touch, maybe from the sprinting yesterday, in any case- loving it.

Can't wait to hit the weights Thursday night. :)

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MARLIE13 4/22/2011 9:35PM

    Yoga time! emoticon

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SKYFYRE 4/21/2011 5:19PM

    Have fun ST'ing tonight! Glad to hear you are back in YOUR space! I have been tracking the food too, it really keeps me honest ;)

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 4/21/2011 1:01PM

    Sounds like a great run.

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/21/2011 12:36PM

    Awesomenesss. :-D

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MBSHAZZER 4/20/2011 12:39PM

    HAHA! I totally didn't think of how hard it must be to have fast leg turnover when you have long legs! Mine are little stubs! LOL!

Sounds like you are doing a great job keeping moving! Hooray on getting your room back!

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SWEETZMIX 4/20/2011 10:09AM

    Nothing is better than your own bed!! I know the feeling!

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NOELLIEMAE 4/20/2011 9:34AM

    HEY! Sounds like you have been crazy busy! Glad you got your room back. Nothing feels better than sleeping in your own bed!


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MSSUNBUG 4/19/2011 9:12PM

    I've been focusing on cadence while running--my training program has me working with a ChiRunning instructor, AWESOMEEEE!--and like everything else with running, it's been a gradual shift. I actually run sometimes with a pocket metronome to help me focus on that!

Good workout!

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HALFWEIGHT 4/19/2011 8:26PM

    Great job! Thanks for continuing to be an inspiration to me and so many others. You have helped me to lose 22 pounds so far, and I have no intention of turning back. :-)

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KASHMIR 4/19/2011 7:27PM

    I've sped up my turn over by shortening my stride...more of a Chi running type deal I guess...It seems to be helping as I've also sped!

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KSGROTHE 4/19/2011 6:27PM

    emoticon for NON-LATE NIGHTS, getting back to more normal living arrangements, tracking food, and a good workout last night!
Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/19/2011 6:04PM

    yeah for soreness!

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SEEHOLZ 4/19/2011 5:51PM

    I hate sore hipflexors-I realized I hate soreness.. with some exceptions, because I go on auto-injury pilot.

Glad you get to sleep in your bed again- must feel soooo good.

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Confession: I ate ice cream for dinner...

Friday, April 15, 2011

... twice this week.

Good for me I didn't double up calories by ALSO eating my normal healthy dinner - do I get points for that?

My other food has been pretty on point but I have really let the shark week voices and stress talk me into some poor quality food at times this week. Just tracked last night and looks like I was about 100 calories over range.

I was also about 100 over the day before. I think Tuesday I didn't track, but also ate dessert for dinner instead of real food.

I still haven't incorporated Strength Training into my routine. I'm trying to think of a foolproof plan that will let me do full body at once and I'm thinking maybe just 2x a week full body ST? Monday and Thursday?

Thursday can be at the gym between work stuff and Gospel Group. I've been trying going home between and it was nice one week but this week I ended up staying home. Probably good for me, it was a good emotional recharge to spend some fun hang out time with DH. I was thinking to try to make sure I'm not adding extra time EVERY day of the week - so like Tuesday I get to go home earlier (home around 7) and also Friday get home a little earlier (same) then I maybe will feel more motivated about the days that I'm out doing things more, longer. If I wasn't out so late with band two nights a week, I'd consider doing ST in the morning, cardio after work - but I think it's unrealistic for me to plan waking up earlier. I don't think I would do it.

So! Monday after running, ST in the park w/ my Freestyle Trainer Straps.
Thursday after Zumba, ST at the gym w/ weights and whatnot.

I think accomplishing the goal of regular strength training will REALLY give me a boost. I was discussing with a co-worker yesterday how AWESOME Making the Cut is and I was thinking longingly of those workouts, believe it or not. HAHAHA. How they hurt so bad, but felt so good... I miss that I used to push myself that hard in the ST arena. New Rules of Lifting for Women, for example.

I also love how great I felt on Saturday after aquajogging and then yoga - I will definitely be continuing that! Probably eventually transitioning to road running, but we'll see.

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/19/2011 5:03AM

    emoticon have u done jillian michaels no more trouble zones? you get a full body workout with it!

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KENSINGTONC 4/18/2011 9:33AM

    Just checking in with my favorite Spark motivator! Looks like you're doing well - and I'd say YES you get extra points for not eating in addition to the ice cream! ;-) xo Liz

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MBSHAZZER 4/16/2011 6:31PM

    One of my biggest struggles is balancing my workouts with my BF time, esp. since I spend so much time at work. I know you'll find a routine that works!

Oh, and BTW, I had sesame balls TWICE this week! HA!

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DOWNTOWN02 4/16/2011 1:16PM

    I will have to check out Making the Cut..I keep hearing great things about it...the good thing with ST-ing is you can get a way with eating more ice cream cals! I am slowly getting back into ST-ing hard core again..its a slow process but I am excited for you to do it as well..You wont regret it!!!!

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KIMTASTIC! 4/16/2011 12:58PM

    Mmmmm, ice cream. Wow, you're a busy girl. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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SKYFYRE 4/15/2011 6:59PM

    I hope the ST does give you that extra boost! I forgot about your strappies since you haven't mentioned them in a while, yea! For getting them back out again! I hope the new schedule works for you! I am impressed that you go to yoga after AJ'ing!!!

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SEEHOLZ 4/15/2011 1:48PM

    I do ST once per week full body and then once or twice per week mainly lower body with some upper body--- lately, I've kept it loosey goosey, which normally is not good...but with all the ailments, my muscles needed extra rest, you know?

I like sneaking extra ST in... like a set of push-ups before bed etc... a random set of dips etc. It works for me and I also do once per week, sometimes twice... more of a core/Pilates, leg circles type routine, to strengthen the smaller muscle groups. That's another reason why I justify less with more focus on my problem areas- eg, weak hips etc.

My point is--- maybe a plan is too much to start with, but starting with something is going to make all the difference, you know?

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WAVEDANCER7 4/15/2011 12:52PM

    Can i get an AMEN for the second to last paragraph. That's all me right there. I need to ST again. It makes me feel so good. I remember when i was doing MTC and kicking butt in the gym. Now my butt is a little too jiggly! Confession- i had ice cream for snack yesterday and the day before. Mint chocolate chip and i added m&ms to it. Fat kid moment!! ;)

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/15/2011 12:48PM

    right now i a am doing st full body 2x per week. i like it so i suggest it! although icecream for dinner is not the best choice at least you didn't double up and eat dinner too. it is all about balance. (i am trying to justify the popcorn i will have for dinner tomorrow night at the movies lol). nrol4w like tha above poster does suggest 3-4x per week but it is full body so you could do it 2x. i like jillian's push/pull method better though. maybe you could do jillian style circuits a couple of times per week?

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WOLFKITTY 4/15/2011 10:54AM

    Good to know your limits (and get enough sleep) about not getting up earlier!

You're still fitness-minded, head in the game! :D

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GRACEFULIFE 4/15/2011 10:39AM

    Yep, I'm doing NROL4W right now, and I do it 2x/wk. Love it.

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HOPERY 4/15/2011 10:23AM

    Ice cream? Yum! Doing good considering the week. I think getting back to the strength training will be good. I'm all intrigued by the bands. Need a pic of you using them.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

I've been waiting for this trophy for a long time - 40,000 sparkpoints reached today. :) WOOHOO!

It's finally the gorgeous SILVER trophy. Of course, now I have more to reach for - the gold and then whatever those montage trophies are at the top.

Running was sooooooo great yesterday for me - my poor C25K'ers are some getting injured or having a hard time keeping up with the program (I don't think they're doing 3 workouts a week all of them so I dunno if I should keep moving forward with what workout I'm leading), but some are doing well so I don't want to lag behind either - it's a dilemma, but I'm trying to do my best to enjourage those with pain not to push to hard and to rest and recover any injuries before starting to run again, and to pick back up slowly.

Tonight I've got hooping, zumba, and then Gospel Band Group thingie. New choreo tonight for a couple of songs maybe - I might just do one of them, not sure yet - I might want to save the other new one for a rainy day. :) I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE WEEKEND!

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MARLIE13 4/16/2011 12:11PM

    Congrats on your shiny new trophy!!! Lovin that the runnin is gunnin for ya! (Not sure what gunnin means exactly but it worked in the sentence so DEAL!) emoticon

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KASHMIR 4/15/2011 8:59AM

    Woo Hoo!

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MBSHAZZER 4/15/2011 8:57AM

    I'm soooooo with you on the weekend thing!

Glad to hear the C25K is progressing!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/15/2011 12:47AM

    Congrats, Dana!

I kind of like the silver garland one I just got recently. I like it so much I have been kind of lax on spinning the wheel or collecting points after reading articles. I'd like to stay on this one for a while.

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SKYFYRE 4/15/2011 12:40AM

    emoticon Speaks to your commitment to a healthy lifestyle!

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BRE7482 4/14/2011 8:50PM

    Yay for the new trophy! I don't think the slower ones would mind if you went ahead. I'm extremely slow compared to the 5k people I train with (they've all done 5ks before and some have even done marathons) and simply knowing they are there...even if it's a distance ahead of me...still keeps me encouraged.

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KSGROTHE 4/14/2011 6:26PM

    emoticon on the new Spark Trophy! emoticon

I'm glad that you're doing so well with your C25K training! You must have done well on your injury-recovery plan!

Have fun at hooping, zumba, and gospel band tonight!

- Karen

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ANEPANALIPTI 4/14/2011 4:56PM

    woot! congrats on the trophy and i hope everything goes ok with your group!

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