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Getting back on TRACK!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Workouts - running awesome, hooping awesome, ST - nonexistent.

I'm getting a group together here at work to do some body weight ST on non hooping days so I can try to get myself on a routine with that.

Food - went nutso. Scale was not happy this morning. I tracked a few things earlier this week, then didn't, today I'm going to try to track everything. Lunch will be odd because I have some leftovers of stuff that I do not know how to track, but it's a cucumber salad - minimal calories in that beast, mostly it's spice and cucumbers and onions, rice wine vinegar and a bit of sesame oil. I probably won't eat much of it because it puts my face on fire. HAHAHA I went a little too heavy on the spice. (Sriracha sauce and cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes....)

I don't need to be lugging any extra lbs while I'm running! If they are coming along they better be there to WORK (AKA muscle) - and clearly without the ST I'm not bulking up. Women don't bulk up anyway and I'm not even trying, so it's definitely not muscle... hahaha. Plus I think this morning's number was a fluctuation because I've weighed recently at about 4lbs unde what it said today.

BUT STILL. It's the kick in the butt I needed to really get my food in order.

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/14/2011 5:54PM

    cucumber salad. gross. i hate the smell of cucumbers. bleh.

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SKYFYRE 10/14/2011 2:53AM

    I think it is awesome that you are roping in your co-workers to a ST routine! Go Girl! Your cucmber salad sounds yummy! Have you ever had the seasoning "Tajin"? I like it on watermelon, cucumbers, mago, pretty much all fruits and veggies. It is chili peppers, lime and salt.

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MARLIE13 10/13/2011 11:05PM

    Woot! Sounds great! Iíve been contemplating doing my ST during my lunch breaksÖif I can manage not to sweat much. Lol! That salad sounds amazing, btw. Recipe?

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DIZZYKITTY 10/13/2011 4:22PM

    WOO, glad you're still going strong, I've been off SP for far too long! You look fab :)

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MBSHAZZER 10/13/2011 4:00PM

    That cuke salad sounds awesome! I love sriracha!

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JOPAPGH 10/13/2011 12:30PM

    Sounds like a plan. I'll be focusing on my nutrition tracking and weight after my first marathon next weekend.

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HOPERY 10/13/2011 11:24AM

    I am tracking with you, only not the spicy cucumber salad. emoticon

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A running machine!

Monday, October 10, 2011

A running and trombone playing machine!

Last week I had a lot of rehearsals and a gig Friday night - it went great, but I was soooo booked. I ended up taking Friday off - not intentionally - called in cause I thought I had some personal emergency to take care of in the AM but that ended up taking like 5 min so I just didn't call back in to take it back! HAHA. So I stayed home, cleaned my closet, made a tutu, watched "Make it or Break it" (gymnastics ABC Family drama - hahaha) on Netflix and just chilled out.

Until it was time to go to my gig - we were asked to arrive at 6:30-6:45 - I got there at 6:45 worrying about being late and only one other band member was there. The event started at 7:30 - but we find out we're the last song on the program, and guess what... we didn't go on until around 10:30. So we waited around for nearly 4 hours. We were all STARVING by the time we got to play. HAHAHA.

Saturday morning headed out for a planned 14 miler, which turned into 15 because it was a little long and when we got back to the cars we were at 14.8 so we ran around the parking lot until we had 15 and called it. (me and my RB Yvonne)

We also planned to do 5 miles of trail running on Sunday AM - turned out to be more like 2.4 miles on the trails and 2.5 on the road - we parked outside the state park, and then ran up to it and then got on the trails. The trail was perfect for our newbie trail runner degree of difficulty - it was interesting enough to be challenging, but not HARD - it was mostly flat and lots of smooth parts, mostly singletrack but not very technical. Some rocky parts, but mostly just packed dirt and leaves with a few roots, so very runnable throughout. We got stopped at one part cause we emptied into a picnic area and couldn't see where the trail pickd back up... so we just turned around and ran it the other direction and it was more obvious where to go from that side for some reason. HAHA.

This trail was rated (scale goes - very easy, easy, more difficult, difficult, very difficult) at "More difficult". There is an "easy to more difficult" trail that links up with this one that we are planning to run in the near future as well.

Then Sunday afternoon I did a 5K for fun. :) Paced at about 10:43 which is close to 10K pace, planned to be closer to HMP but ended up being a bit speedier. The course was a tad short so I finished a bit after 32 min. It was lovely but did get a bit hot toward the end.

Soooo 39.56+ mile week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOWIE KAZOWIE!

This week will be lighter - racing a 5K on Saturday with aforementioned tutu.

I need to get my food back to normal - it's been kinda all over the place. Tracking is needed.

Time to go HOOP!

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SKYFYRE 10/12/2011 11:53PM

    Dang Girl, that is a LOT of miles by foot!!! And I love the run where you ran around the parking lot to get your 14 instead of calling it a day at 14.something! (I owuld totally do the same thing!)

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SEEHOLZ 10/11/2011 8:12PM

    Doing great I see, you crazy trombone playing running machine, you! Isn't running fun with a buddy?

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REEKU731 10/11/2011 8:11AM

    WOW that's a ton of mileage!!! You're doing a great job my friend!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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MBSHAZZER 10/10/2011 7:15PM

    WOWZA! Great job racking up the miles, Dana!!

Also, I had this weird vision of you running while playing the trombone. Nothing like a little multi-tasking!

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WAVEDANCER7 10/10/2011 1:55PM

    Awesome week! You need to go out and do a .44 mile run to make it even ;) Congrats! Pics of tutu please!

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HOPERY 10/10/2011 1:17PM

    You are a total machine! Great job!

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JOPAPGH 10/10/2011 1:15PM

    Nice miles! I'm with you on the food tracking. I'll get back to it, after my first full on 10/23.

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/10/2011 1:10PM

    what a great week girl!

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I'm alive!!!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Running a lot, working a lot, playing trombone a lot, eating a lot...

but still hanging in there!!!!

Work has been absolutely nuts and no internetting is a priority to make sure things are getting DONE.

This is Shark Week and it is driving me crazy I'm super bloated. Sorry guys. Had to share.

Upcoming races: 10/14 - Liz Hurley Ribbon Run 5K - it's to raise money for local breast cancer treatment/supplies/whatever. My friend and I are wearing pink knee socks, tutus, and hair bows w/ pigtails. I'm excited!

11/12 - Soldier Half Marathon - my sister's first half! WOOHOO!!! I'm going to aim for sub 2:30

12/11 - Latin Music Miami Beach Half Marathon - I thought I wasn't going to be able to go due to finances, but my family is helping me go as a Christmas gift. YAY!!!!!!! I will meet some sparkers and some Runners World Online friends and I'm way stoked about the race itself because Latin Music for 13.1 miles? This zumba addict and Latin Music playing jazz trombonist is THRILLED about that prospect. :)

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CLOVERR1 10/5/2011 12:45PM


I'd LOVE to meet you for your Sunday morning trail run. Meet at the Hikers parking lot at Monte Sano? I'm working at the library this weekend, so Saturday is out for me schedule wise but Sunday is ok before working in the afternoon. :) Thanks for the pep talk, I needed it.

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HOPERY 10/3/2011 9:16PM

    Woot for Miami!

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SKYFYRE 10/3/2011 5:33PM

    Hey Dana! There seems to be a lot of this going on: LIFE!!!! Sounds great! The run schedule also sounds great! Enough to keep you running through winter wether you want to or not! I am stoked you will be able to continue with your Marathon Bars rep status and go to the Miami Half! Yahoo!

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CLOVERR1 9/30/2011 2:09PM

    Sounds like you've got some good races lined up for yourself!
Yay for pinking it for the Liz Hurley run; I'll be in Nashville for another ultra run that day, but I do have my hair dyed bright pink again for October.
Hope we can manange to at least "run into" one another ocassionally at the Thursday group runs!

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SLEEPYDEAN 9/30/2011 12:19PM

    Hey, I played trombone in school - as if being a girl playing it wasn't enough to attract attention I was this tiny below 5 foot tall little thing carrying it around all the time. haha

Looks like a great schedule to finish out the year. Good luck getting in your training amongst your busy schedule.

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MARLIE13 9/29/2011 10:50PM

    Sounds like you a crazy GREAT busy! Love the pink outfits. Canít wait to see pictures!! Ooh and that is soo so SO awesome that you get to do the Miami marathon still. Thatís an awesome family that you have!

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SEEHOLZ 9/29/2011 5:54PM

    I am so super excited that you do get to go to Miami! I know how much you wanted to!!!

And, just for running A LOT.. that's always an awesome thing in my book.

Trust me, I can relate to the internet thing... boo!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/29/2011 5:45PM

    that is great about miami! merry christmas!!

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KNH771 9/29/2011 2:08PM

    That's quite a schedule! It's wonderful your family is helping you out. emoticon

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WAVEDANCER7 9/29/2011 12:24PM

    YAYYYY!! So glad you are able to go to Miami. Not to mention Miami in December! What more could you ask for?! Awesome stuff. Good luck at all of them!

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KKINNEA 9/29/2011 11:11AM

    The Latin music HM sounds like fun!

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MBSHAZZER 9/29/2011 11:06AM

    YAY, Dana! so glad I will get to meet you in person. Sorry I have not been more helpful with the transport, but I rely on my feets! :D

Glad to hear you are still alive!

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JOPAPGH 9/29/2011 10:01AM

    Can't say I have ever heard the "Shark Week" reference before. Live and learn.

Have fun at the Latin Half. Mambo and salsa all the way to the finish!!

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NYC_NATIVE 9/29/2011 9:11AM

    LOL'd at the "Shark Week" reference. The Latin Music Half Marathon sounds especially fun! Keep chugging away...

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RUNTRILAUGH 9/29/2011 9:11AM


and congrats on getting to go to the miami run!!!!

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REEKU731 9/29/2011 8:46AM

    Oh that all sounds SO fun!!! I hope you get a pic of yourself during the Ribbon Run!!! Your outfit sounds super cute!! And OMG - I think that latin run would cause me issues....I wouldn't know whether to run or Salsa!! haha!!! I can't wait to hear ALL about your adventures!!!

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Friday, September 16, 2011

So I feel like I should blog.

Eating has been kind of willy nilly.

Weight has been holding steady.

Running has been going going.

Did a post run routine from RunningTimes last ngiht and I really liked it so I think I will try to keep doing that. Mostly like hip mobility/strengthening and core stability and some hip stretching. Which is all the stuff I need!

I did hill repeats last night for the 2nd time ever and 1st time this year. Good stuff. going long with 13 tomorrow.

That's about it for now. Hope to be super on track next week food wise. I feel like I'm just getting back to a normal routine right now still. First weekend that I'm gonna really be staying at home in a WHILE! :D YAY!

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WAVEDANCER7 9/20/2011 5:21PM

    Keep up the good work Dana. Still rockin it.

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WHATAGRL42 9/18/2011 12:46PM

    willy nilly.... a good way to put it. Some days, I'm an example to behold with my food choices and portions/daily calories. Other days, uh, not so good. Last night I made this SUPER vegetarian lasagna with whole wheat noodles and all the veggie from our CSA to pop into the oven, only to be distracted by my parents into joining them at this pay-per-view event to watch the Mayweather/Ortiz FIGHT (I detest boxing).

And dinner became nachos with all the fixings, a half an apple fritter (hub and I shared), and a beer.


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SKYFYRE 9/16/2011 4:54PM

    YEAH! I love weekends at home!!! Have fun on your home Half marathon!

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MBSHAZZER 9/16/2011 1:56PM

    Have a great weekend!

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HOPERY 9/16/2011 10:48AM

    Sounds like you are still doing awesome. Um, I'm thinking that if you only do hill repeats once per year they aren't going to be that awful helpful. LOL Would love to have a copy of that routine.

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Lopsided Lady

Monday, September 12, 2011

So..... I think I have figured out my biomechanical issue.

I kept feeling something was out of alignment, right?

At that race I volunteered to hand out marathon bars I got a little consult with a Chiropractor that did an alignment check - my right shoulder and hip were lower than my left.

This can supposedly potentially be an alignment issue in the back, but is commonly a leg length discrepancy. I was standing w/ my running partner on Sunday and told her I thought that was it and she looked at my hips and to get them even I had to hike up my right hip and my heel was off the ground.

I'm going to do some self analysis in a mirror as suggested but considering the symptoms and my own feelings I really think this is going on:

"1. Iliotibial band syndrome (pain on the outside or lateral part of the knee).
2. Piriformis syndrome (butt pain, not to be confused with sciatica, where the pain runs down the back of the leg).
3. Hip pain.
4. Low back pain."

I have had all of these. All on the left side, which is the "longer" side.

"Step far enough back so you can place your thumbs on the bony points in front of your hips. Can you tell if one thumb is lower than the other? Is it on the same side as the lower shoulder? If so, chances are you have an acquired or functional shortage. This commonly happens on the same side as your dominant hand."

My shorter leg (self diagnosed) is my right leg, same side as my dominant hand.


"In addition, this functioning shortage puts a mild tweak into the sacroiliac joint, further compounding the motion inefficiency. A visit to a chiropractor will help, but only temporarily."

Well I think I'm gonna skip the chiropractor for now then...

If the difference is more than 1/2 an inch, then I apparently need more help. If it's like 1/4" then I can try a cork heel lift apparently and that should help. There is also mention of stretching and conditioning... I really gotta get back on my grind with ST.

Now that I don't have a race for a long time, I'm less nervous about re-integrating ST. I was worried about taxing my body and getting sore right before a race effort, but my next race effort shouldn't be until like 11/12 - I plan to race but as a fun run a 5K in October - not worried about that, plus that's about a month away anyway.

I have been slacking on my PT which involves hip rotational and stability exercises - the description of an aquired leg discrepancy talks about hips rotating:

"Contrary to popular belief, the acquired shortage is a pronation problem, first and foremost. The reason is that, while you may look identical on both sides of your body, the left and right don't work exactly the same. The same goes for pronation. As you develop, the brain picks up on the patterns of two feet, recognizing the slight variation in gait. The body compensates by rotating one of the hip bones (called the ileum). The ileum can rotate either backward and downward (called PI Ileum for posterior inferior) or forward and upward (AS Ileum for anterior-superior). This pulls the leg higher into the hip socket, causing the leg to function short, changing the alignment of the muscles around the hip and spine. Unfortunately, this causes those muscles to work unequally and inefficiently, and ultimately causes pain."

Anyway. More stretching, more single sided exercises to make sure each side is getting the same workout, more core and stability strengthening is all in order.

And maybe a chiro visit at some point....

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MARLIE13 9/16/2011 8:48AM

    I don't think I've had enough coffee yet this morning to completely understand that, but I certainly don't want to be haning around with anyone that is lopsided!!! I suggest you get yourself fixed ASAP!

Reminds me...I went to a chiro when I was 12-13 for my migraines...we were trying everything but going to a Western med doc for some reason? He said my one leg was longer than the other, adjusted it, and then told me to be careful because even stepping off of a curb incorrectly could pop it out. HAHA!

Sounds like you have a good handle on what needs to be done!

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TRACYZABELLE 9/14/2011 8:26AM

    hey lady lets get you straightened out! I could use a good adjustment too I am standing too hunched over!

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SEEHOLZ 9/13/2011 6:00PM

    I so have the same thing- on my right, which the only thing that's weird is that the right is my dominant hand. I am odd I guess. My leg length discrepancy is not actual, but due to the whole hip rotation thing. That's what I mean with the hip rotation. I didn't do well with a heel lift though. Be super careful, as it can screw your alignment up even more and make things worse- aka dependent on the thing etc.

I think my orthodics help with my pronation issue, but the only thing that might "fix" is is tons of PT exercises and continually trying to train my body to go against what its "natural" overcompensating ways.

I am curious to see your path though- I absolutely love my chiro by the way. And my insurance covers her, so makes it a lot easier to go :-)

Good luck!

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MBSHAZZER 9/12/2011 6:43PM

    How awesome that you investigated this yourself! Super sleuth! I hope you find some relief from your issues soon....

BTW, did you get my email about the Day's Inn?

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WAVEDANCER7 9/12/2011 3:46PM

    How interesting! I hope you figure it all out soon and embrace the inner lopsided lady! ;)

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/12/2011 3:29PM

    welcome to my world! you can be a freak like me. my right is the longer and all my issues are on my right side. i wear my lift on the left side. if i wear flat shoes too much without the lift and i am walking lots it does more damage than running without it though (since you run more on your toes). chiro does get me back in alignment but at $40 a pop a girl can only go so much. i am slacking with the stretching too. need to get on that!

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SEESTARS 9/12/2011 3:14PM

    I wonder if this is why I have so much right hip pain? I thought it was just because my right leg has never caught up in strength to my left after 3 knee surgerys. I'm gonna check this otu. Thanks for posting!

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SKYFYRE 9/12/2011 12:54PM

    I big time identify with this, and for YEARS I have been telling myself that I need to stretch daily, but then I do not. I also need to work on my core. WORD.

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REEKU731 9/12/2011 11:31AM

    I am the same way - my right hip lies lower than my left. This is mainly due to favoring the right side (since I'm right handed) and can cause knee issues, which have mostly been on the left side. Yoga really helps me try to keep everything aligned - it seems to help a lot!! Best of luck and just remember that you aren't the only lopsided one out there!

Lopsided Ladies Unite! haha!


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