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Running Early?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Not so much. But the weather isn't getting too hot too fast this morning, so I'm taking my sweet time.

I got an awesome deal on Gaga's new album the other day - $0.99 on Amazon Mp3. YES. AMAZING! So anyway, I loaded that up to my running MP3 player, letting that charge a bit, I cut my new superfeet to fit in my new Mizunos and I'm gonna take them for a nice leisurely (that's what I'm going for anyway) spin around a nice loop road nearby.

Power Yoga was AWESOME yesterday. I'd been so focused lately on stretching my calves to make sure my PF and AT issues stay in control that I had been neglecting my IT Band and was starting to feel the pressure. Holley totally focused a section of class on first hips and then specifically outer hips - hello IT band happiness!!! She is a yoga psychic. I've only asked for a specific body part to be worked once, but without fail every other class if I felt something needed specific attention, she still did it. Even when it was my FEET. Someone else asked for feet help. HAHA. :D Brilliant!

Ate breakfast a while ago - waiting for more charge for my music and that to all settle and I'll be good to go! :D

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MBSHAZZER 5/29/2011 2:56PM

    Glad to hear the yoga was fantastic and I hope it wasn't too hot for your run. It's roasting here... I am definitely out the door before 6am or else it isn't happening.

Enjoy your long weekend!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/29/2011 1:54AM

    woot for yoga psychic!

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SEEHOLZ 5/28/2011 2:28PM

    Your power yoga recaps totally motivate me to want to go-NOW-LOL!

Great job Dana!!!

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CLOVERR1 5/28/2011 11:53AM

    I'm afraid Lady Gaga makes me gag. :( My favorite music to exercise to remains the Celtic punk of Culann's Hounds. :)

I am going to be fivefingering at lunchtime today; maybe the heat will help me keep it to a reasonably easy pace.

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/28/2011 11:16AM

    Hmm...my issue with Gaga songs is that they initially rev me up for running but then quickly wear off - possibly due to overuse (they get so overplayed on the radio). Hehe. That's amazing that you got the whole album for less than a dollar. She's unimaginably rich though, I'm sure, and can afford to let you have the album cheap, hehe.

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We Zumba-ed!

Friday, May 27, 2011

If it wasn't Memorial Day on Monday I'd be sure to be there. :P

But tonight I'm going to Power Yoga - YAY - and running tomorrow AM.

So at my church we have what we call "visiting teachers" - we all get paired up w/ someone and assigned ladies to visit and give a spiritual message and see how they're doing and whatnot once a month - I'm awful at this, btw - even at being the visitee - I accidentally stood them up a week ago or more. Anyway, we rescheduled for them to take me out to lunch at my favorite place, The Happy Tummy. The lunch is really for my birthday - that tells you how great we are at scheduling, since that was in February. They visited me since then but we weren't able to figure out a meal time (lunch or dinner).

So that's happening Saturday, then Sunday it's packet pick-up for the race, and Monday is race day!

And sometime this weekend I get to make another SHIMMER STAR hoop! :) YAY! I loove the silver shimmer star tape. It's difficult to work with and more expensive than some other tapes but it's sooo pretty, so I'm happy I get to make another one. It's going to be black w/ shimmer star tape and fluourescent pink gaffer tape. :D

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AUNTC321 5/27/2011 12:19PM

    I like the idea of a mentor / encourager from your church.

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WOLFKITTY 5/27/2011 12:16PM

    Cool! But then that RockIt Ballet sounds neato, too! :D

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HOPERY 5/27/2011 12:15PM

    Celebrating the Feb. birthday now sounds perfect. LOL Have a great race!

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MBSHAZZER 5/27/2011 10:21AM

    Enjoy the race, Dana. And a place called The Happy Tummy sounds totally awesome!

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4 miles!

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Another milestone - longest run since returning to land running. :)

It was soooooooo hot and sooooo tough to make myself keep going. It was energy draining. I had water but I just was like - this sucks. It was not one of those glorious runs - although it really did have it's very nice moments, too! Most of the way back was into a HOT headwind, but then sometimes in the shade it turned cooler and there was a nice moment of AHHHH - you know?

But I'm soooo proud I sticked it out because now I REALLY feel I'm returning to my running. :) I thought I was going mega slow, I hit some 13mm paces at times, but when I uploaded my garmin data I avg'd 11:47 on the way out (1.8something miles) and 12:20 something on the way back, for about 2 miles. So I was very happy with that!

I have my first race back to running on Monday - big 10K race in the community for Memorial Day, the added a 5K route at some point and that's the one I'm doing. I'm not 100% sure how I want to take the race yet - there have been some people training to run it, but I don't think anyone stuck with it enough to run the whole thing or maybe just had too far to go to train up to it because they weren't starting with a base level of fitness before the beginning of C25K, you know? When I started c25K for the first time, I had been walking 30-45min 3x a week regularly for 6 months and doing some strength training and was able to go straight through the program - but if you're literally COUCHING it to 5K, that could take longer.

There are a couple of people I think will run the whole thing, but one has been training w/ her mom so I'm guessing they'll run together. I guess I'll see if that other girl wants me to run with her, otherwise I'm gonna race it to the best of my ability.

So I'm planning to run either Fri or Saturday, somewhere around 3 miles but take the pace super easy. I thought I was trying to take it easy on Wed and I felt slow, but it looks like my thoughts being concerned about being late to band rehearsal actually had me pushing it more than I thought. Granted, I thought I was going slow but it felt draining cause of the weather and stuff. Whatever. I think I'm convincing myself that Saturday running would be better to avoid the hottest part of the day.... or I could get up early tomorrow? Either way NOT running tomorrow after work. So hot. hahaha.

Tonight it's either Zumba or RockIt Ballet! KEAKMAN kindly gifted me a LivingSocial deal for some classes at a local DanceTrance studio and I'm dying to try this class. They meet on Monday and Thursday, so if Zumba's cancelled, I'm going to check it out! Friday will be PowerYoga. OH YES. :) Saturday - Run andmaybeTRXoryogabutmaybenot.

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/26/2011 11:22PM

    rockit ballet sounds fun. good job with the running.

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MBSHAZZER 5/26/2011 12:37PM

    I vote for early morning running! :D It's way too hot otherwise...

Have fun at the race and congrats on your long run! You're making great progress!

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NOELLIEMAE 5/26/2011 11:03AM

    mmm. busy wek :) congrats on your long run! Hey- I'm signed up for the 10k but I think I'm goign to switch to the 5k... I'm not feeling a 6 miler this week... How is your foot?!

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Running today!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

That's all.

Dinner was too much volume of food last night, but top quality and delicious - made for really good shopping afterward because we were so full. HAHA. I feel very well prepared for healthy eating the rest of the week.

Almost hoping to have to cancel Zumba on Thursday so I can go to my Living Social deal at this "Dance Trance" studio and try Rock-It Ballet class finally. The class is also on Monday, so I could always do it and switch my runs around.

Tonight I'm going to try to get about 4 miles in, we will see how it goes!

New running shoes should be coming in today as well.

I got a running sponsorship with Marathon Bar, btw. :) I will not really be talking about that much here probably to avoid any appearance of solicitation or whatever - although I won't be selling anything. What's cool is I'll be getting some product samples and some Marathon Bar branded running apparel to wear in races.

I'm also planning to run the Latin Music Miami Beach half as part of my deal since they say I need to run one RockNRoll sponsored event.

Anyone considering that race???

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SWEETZMIX 5/26/2011 8:26AM

    Being sponsored = very cool!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/25/2011 6:07PM

    spopnsored? i don't understand. how did this happen? sounds cool. i have no idea what marathon bar is.

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MBSHAZZER 5/25/2011 1:50PM

    OMG OMG OMG!!! You do know I LIVE in Miami Beach, right?! I think I am running a marathon in Palm Beach the weekend of the RnR but maybe I'll move things around. SO EXCITED TO MEET YOU LIVE AND IN PERSON!!!!

ETA, my marathon is December 4, so I will be in town and ready to run with you on December 11!

Comment edited on: 5/25/2011 2:02:50 PM

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HOPERY 5/25/2011 12:05PM

    How cool that you are getting sponsored. How did you do that? That half sounds fun. When is it?

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So far, So good

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Still going good with my foot rehab. It's not really progressing since a couple days after my visit, but by that point I was pretty much pain free all the time so it's hard to measure progress from there! :) If I sleep without the sock I do still have heel pain when I first step down barefoot - but if I stretch before hand and step into shoes I'm good to go. I don't sleep overnight w/out my Strassburg Sock - just sometimes I fall asleep without putting it on and then have to wake up and put it on later. Living in the basement means our nighttime TV watching is done from bed so it's easy to do!

Last night's run - forgot Mr. G (Garmin) at home, left my MP3 player at work (was using it for hula hooping), so....... no watch, no music, no nothin. I wanted to keep it a bit shorter since I was still pretty sore from TRX class and also ran 3.6 last time I ran which was longer than any continuous running thus far this year, so I took the short side of the greenway. Mapped it when I got home and it was about 2.22 miles - no clue on pace. And that's ok!

My new Brooks and Superfeet came in yesterday, but the Mizunos aren't supposed to arrive until Wednesday - weird.

I still think I may need to see a chiro for my hip/pelvis area, but I'll wait until at least after this next Sportsmed visit to try to spread out these co-pay costs.

Tonight we're going out to eat at the local EarthFare - they are having these "GOOD OLDE DAYS" meals and I got a coupon for $3 off a second meal and a free side, and so hubby and I are having a date out for dinner and then grocery shopping. HAHA. Soooo romantical. It's not a healthy menu, but I know the quality and source of ingredients will be top notch so I'm looking forward to it. :)

I established some ground rules for my Zumba class with those class members who have gone before - if I don't have two people signed up (aside from myself) by 3PM on class day, that day's class will be cancelled. I linked to our editable excel sheets and offerred to add or remove people from the sign up if they email and request it. I think this will be the best way for us to sometimes continue to Zumba if people still want to, let me know if I should stay or plan to go to the gym instead, and not have me getting irritated and resentful because I stick around and people don't show. If classes get cancelled for too long straight, we'll scrap the program.

As much as I love it, I can't afford to spend the time on it anymore without there being energy given back to it. It was a great experience, but if it doesn't work out - I'm mentally/emotionally/etc. ready to move on. :) Who knows, this might be the way to really bring it back! But I kinda doubt it. At least now I have definitive parameters to give as a guideline instead of it being a completely emotional decision. I like that! No one has to feel like I'm giving up on them or mad or selfish - if they don't sign up, then it's done. Period. Expectations are established and consequences named.

When WAVEDANCER7 was visiting we discussed me getting certified for Zumba teaching - I definitely feel very prepared for certification given my experiences, but we just can't afford it at this time. I do intend to get certified when we can afford to only sloowwwlly regain the cost of certification with me teaching. Otherwise the cost output is just not financially feasible.

Well this blog is boring! HAHA. I guess I had it coming - not every blog can be a million fun pictures. :) Speaking of which - I have to admit, I think sometimes I photograph better than I look in real life. It's disheartening to have people who have seen me in similar or better shape rave about how great I look NOW in photos. I'm like, nope- sorry - apparently I'm extremely photogenic and real-life Dana is still a sloppy mess. I've always been photogenic and felt it was kind of a curse. Better to look best in real life! Right? Although Tyra did say on top model that for a model it was the kiss of death to hear that they look better in person - they should ALWAYS be able to look better in photographs. So maybe I should just think of myself as a model. HAHA.

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/25/2011 6:04PM

    i have read this too. no real comment thoguh.

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MARLIE13 5/24/2011 11:38PM

    I got behind in all my blog reading and commenting. I'm just poking my head in here letting you know I've been reading...and commenting in my head. Well, not so much commenting with anything that you would find useful. Most likely. I did totally get the ANTM reference though and was like, "Oh yeah, I heard her say that!"

Oh and good Zumba thinking too.

The end.

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SEEHOLZ 5/24/2011 4:33PM

    I would prefer your problem- I'm the most unphotogenic person in pictures. I try to tell myself that it's just the pictures and that I do look better in person, but sometimes I have doubts about that, too. I know a lot of people don't like pics of them- it's soooo cool to hear that you do! That's awesome!

I hear you on the cost of certifications- it's rough to have to pay that much money if you only work so few hours... that's the reason I never renewed my Johnny G- Spin cerfification. For teaching at the Y, it's suffient to have the Y cerfification, so good enough for me.

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MBSHAZZER 5/24/2011 1:29PM

    LOL at your photogenic comment! I think I look pretty bad in pics AND in person! We just had to get ID pics taken for work and HOOO BOY! Mine is horrendous!

I think going to the grocery store after eating a not so healthy meal is perfect! You will be motivated to stay on track with your list! Enjoy your date!

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SKYFYRE 5/24/2011 1:24PM

    I totally think that your new accountability program with the Zumba is AWESOME! I can see where it would be disappointing and frustrating and this is the perfect way to deal with it if you ask me! Have fun at the Earth Fare! Sounds like it is right up my alley! And I think that your photos are an accurate representation of you! You are photogenic, but I think you are one of those chicks that are gorgeous on and off film! And, Puh-leeze! "One hot mess" no you are NOT! emoticon

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NOELLIEMAE 5/24/2011 12:19PM

    I'm giving you a big WHATEVER!!! You are photogenic but you are also a very pretty lady ;)

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