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Monday, June 10, 2013

So I had a big weekend, travelling, concerts, the whole nine yards.

First was the Dealer.com YO! DDC Raps Party. Yeah, my husband's work has huge elaborate theme parties for it's employees. We missed the best acts, but I still had fun.

The next morning, I ran a 10K. It was fun - no PR, but a good hard effort for me.

And then we went to NH to go to a show of Old Crow Medicine Show and the Avett Brothers - which was sooooo awesome.

That's all of them together - they did a super epic encore at the end with everyone. :) It was great!

Then back home for a brass band concert - no big pictures for that, but it went well. I had a solo in the James Bond Medley. :)

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TRACYZABELLE 7/16/2013 12:47AM

    I have been absent but I am back! Great to see everyone again

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STRIVERONE 6/10/2013 7:40PM

    I like that. Heading over to take a look.

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Another Long Time Update

Thursday, June 06, 2013

So I've been tracking my food pretty consistently lately. My weight isn't exactly dropping, but I haven't gained since the initial jump after going off BC still.

My gym going has become quite regular, my running is a little less. Still dealing with some heel pain. I've been going to a PT now, yesterday was the second time. I've been getting some graston done and I have exercises to do with my foot to try to make it stronger and stuff. But they're talking about doing some iontophoresis maybe to try to break up my heel spur.

So anyway, I haven't been running as much, but I did run in the marathon relay here a couple weeks back and I've been super busy with music stuff, too.

I am running a 10K on Saturday morning, a little nervous about how that is going to go, but then I have no races on the schedule again until a couple of half marathons in September and I think that's a good plan. So I can get fitter.

I'm also seeing a Naturopath that specializes in Women's Health next week to try to get a handle on the hormonal issues. So I'm pumped about that.

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GORIANA 6/7/2013 12:00AM

    Good luck.

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SEEHOLZ 6/6/2013 1:15PM

    It sounds like you found some good people who'll help fix you up! That's HUGE!!!!

I remember when I gained weight because of all that hormonal imbalance-UGGHHH!!! I still have not taken it all off, but that's because I don't try hard enough and I'm okay with it for now. These last 10 lbs.... we all know about those-LOL and all the mental and physical "gymnastics" associated with those.

As for running... it sounds like you still can run regularily, so you are maintaining a base to build onto--- that's HUGE!

You sound in a good place- I like it!

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MBSHAZZER 6/6/2013 11:59AM

    Glad to hear all is well, Dana. Enjoy the 10k!

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FITGIRL15 6/6/2013 11:52AM

    Good for you, Dana!

Maybe you need to take a break from running for a while, so the foot can get a rest and heal. (I know, I know.... Easier said then done!!!! But there are so many other ways to get your fitness on that are less damaging on the body! ... I'm a non-runner, how can you tell?)

Let us know what the Naturopath tells you! Sounds like it will be an interesting session!

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Too long, no post!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Thanks, sparkfriends, for commenting and getting me to blog again. :)

Things have been going pretty good. I've been tracking, I've been hitting my gym classes.

And.... I ran that half marathon last weekend!

It went much better than I could've expected - apparently experience can pay off for some things when training isn't as good as it should be. I ran 2:28:50 garmin time, 2:29:10 gun time (no chip timing) so another sub 2:30 marathon and only less than 2 min off my PR and all my fastest times from last year. I'm super thrilled honestly, considering the lead up to the race and the fact that I'm heavier than all of those races.


So I just need to get really fit and run another one so I can finally get a PR!

Today's class is CXWorx - really love that class.

I found out that BodyPump is actually on THURSDAY not WEDNESDAY but I WENT on the week I posted that schedule on Wednesday anyway, there wasn't a class I felt good about, so I went home, and I still went to BodyPump the next day!

I didn't go last week because although I figured I wouldn't PR my race (came pretty close!) I wanted to try my best, and didn't want to risk being too sore.

So now I have big races behind me, I have a race in late May, but it's a marathon relay so only 6.3 miles for my leg - I don't have to worry about running so much, and can really embrace my tactics. I already had, but I worried about the half marathon. Now I can do it with no worries.

I'm still not pregnant, but my period is becoming regular so that is REALLY good news. Hopefully soon my skin can kinda get under control. It doesn't look SO bad, but I'm not used to it having ANYTHING going on so it's very annoying to me.

I think that covers everything. I'll probably try weighing in again a week on the other side of my period.

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SEEHOLZ 4/15/2013 4:39PM

    Nice job Dana! and yeah for starting to feel "regular" too- that's huge!

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MBSHAZZER 4/15/2013 12:29PM

    Congrats on a great HM!!! WTG!

Also, good news that you are so regular. It took me a few years to get regular after going off BC (NBD as I wasn't trying to get pregnant).

Don't be a stranger!

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FITGIRL15 4/15/2013 8:43AM

    When I stopped my BC pills in attempt to get pregnant, my skin also went haywire! Hormones are such a huge factor to clear skin (see Teenagers! LOL)
I hope all clears up soon and that your period being regular is a very good sign!!!

HUGS to you!!!

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

So I did go a little haywire for Easter treats... but I'm here. I'm tracking today, and I'm not going to let my setback set me even further back by letting it disuade me from continuing to try.

I can do this.

I made a new workout schedule for myself with a gym class most days of the week, and I will run when I want to in addition to that.

Monday: CXWorx - this is a Les Mills core and lower body class and it was GREAT. 20min intense ST. I'm so sore.

Tuesday: Zumba! :) YES, I went today. I also ran 2+ miles on the treadmill before Zumba class to work out some soreness and also because I knew I wouldn't do it after so I wanted to be sure I ran today.

Wednesday: Bodypump - not gonna lie, considering how sore I am, I'm a bit scared of doing bodypump tomorrow but I've got to keep this thing going! I plan to run before class as well tomorrow, more miles than today.

Thursday: Gentle yoga (will also run a short run - Ready, Set, Run! is on this day!)

Friday: Optional classes - 9:20 CXWorx 10:30 Zumba - so we'll see what I feel like. I'm thinking I'll want to do CXWorx again... but maybe I'll save it for next week and not do any classes Friday afterall.

Saturday: Longer run

I REALLY want to finally get back in a groove.

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FITGIRL15 4/14/2013 11:44PM

    Did you find that groove???

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SEEHOLZ 4/12/2013 5:14PM

    How is it coming along? Still going strong?!!!!

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MBSHAZZER 4/3/2013 11:00AM

    Sounds like an awesome plan, Dana!

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/3/2013 7:58AM

    Great plan! Keep on keeping on!!!!

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PEZMOM1 4/2/2013 9:10PM

    Sounds like a great plan.

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Feeling Better

Thursday, March 28, 2013

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the comments and sparkmails after my blog yesterday. They were much needed and appreciated. Sometimes the positive self-talk can only help so much and it helps to hear it from someone else (even if it's the same exact speech) somehow hearing it from someone else when you're down the the dumps makes it seem more valid. I guess I just needed validation that it's going to be ok.

After that post yesterday, I felt myself let go and forgive myself (which brought more tears) and I also went for a run.

It was hard to go. I felt paralyzed about my injury - worried that going on the run would hurt or make it worse. But I did it anyway. It was a GREAT run. Sure my PF felt it more afterward, but it didn't hurt at all during the run. I ran with Roscoe to keep things light but he kept going, so I kept going. It was his longest and one of my longer ones in recent times at 5 miles.

I forgot to mention that last weekend I also set a 10K PR. It's still a little soft compared to my half marathon PR, but given my training and the hills on the course, I was really skeptical of my chances of PRing going into that race. But I decided to really go for it, and I got it! I was sooooo happy.

So after that blog, I talked to my DH about it a little bit, too, and he was like - but you just ran a PR! And he continued to encourage me that I would get through this. He is the best!

So between him and you guys, I was really convinced to just let go of what I can't control and continue to be diligent and to do my best.

Also, SEEHOLZ mentioned a change of routine. Yes, I am still working on a new normal routine for myself which includes regular gym time. When I was losing weight, I was always going to the gym regularly. So this will be an important component of my new routine. I also wasn't running as much. I think I will still run more than I did then, but it will be more of a maintenance routine and less building to a big mileage load. My focus isn't on running right now.

I will still run and enjoy myself, but I think (pending any major changes later in the year, it's still early) that 2013 will be a marathon-less year, just like 2011 was. I can run a good half marathon off of a less intense training load, but I won't run 6 of them like I did last year either. We're also focusing on keeping my races local, so that will be fun.

I CAN DO THIS! This will pass and I will make it through this! Just think, if I throw in the towel on it all AND the hormones are having their way with me, I will just spiral into a blobby oblivion. I need to keep at it if just to combat the worst of it while I normalize.

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SEEHOLZ 3/28/2013 9:35AM

    yeah for feeling better! When I saw your awesome post on DM yesterday, I had a feeling things were looking up :-)
I'm so glad that things are looking better today- for me, sometimes all it takes is a good workout and a good night's sleep :-)

And, it takes guts to forgive yourself and trust that things will be okay- so go Dana!

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MBSHAZZER 3/28/2013 9:16AM

    Dana, so glad you are feeling better! A lot of how we feel is truly about our outlook. I know it's hard to put on a happy face when you are not feeling it, but sometimes that's what needed to make the inside catch up with the outside.

Also, as to PF, you know I have a permanent case of it, right? It almost never goes away, but strangely, doesn't hurt at all when I'm running, so I just run with it. The trick to running is to figure out what is an injury you MUST rest versus one you can run through. Not easy to do, but you'll figure it out.

Also, running has ebb and flow. The nice thing is that it's always there for you, and whether you run 15 miles a week or 15 miles a day, you are still a runner. I have periods of time, like when I was working full time AND in grad school, where running and racing took a back seat to other stuff. That's OK, and I think it makes us appreciate running a lot more when we come back to it "full time" :D

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