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AZIMMER12 Posts: 2,958
5/18/12 11:10 A

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That sounds like a fantastic plan. Be sure to let us know how it goes!!

"When there's something you want fight for it. Don't give up-no matter how hopeless it seems, even when you've lost hope, cause years from now you're gonna look back and wish you gave it one more shot cause the best things in life don't come easy."

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5/18/12 10:00 A

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My Half Marathon is on Sunday!! I'm looking forward to it. Me and my friend are running it just for "fun" not really to race, which takes a lot of pressure off. We decided to run another half this fall, so we'll do this one as a "test" race!

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5/7/12 10:32 P

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So good to read this!

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5/7/12 10:29 A

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Susannah- Glad to hear that you have found something that worked for you. Way to go and keep it up! The weight loss will come in time. Just hang in there.

"When there's something you want fight for it. Don't give up-no matter how hopeless it seems, even when you've lost hope, cause years from now you're gonna look back and wish you gave it one more shot cause the best things in life don't come easy."

"If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right" -Henry Ford


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5/7/12 9:31 A

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So, I thought I'd follow up!

My running has been better (not perfect, but better). I ran 12 miles yesterday and it went AWESOME!! I found this awesome interval ap for the iPhone, and I didn't pay attention to pace or time. When the timer beeped, I just did the opposite what I was doing (run or walk). I ran for 4 minutes, walked 1 minute the whole time. I never pushed my pace, just ran comfortably the whole time (exept for one mile that I was trying to get away from some chatty gals). I thought for SURE that I was running close to 13 min miles, but I couldn't believe that I finished in 2:21!! That's 11:45 pace!!!

I just focused that I was doing it for me, an pace didn't matter. I finally feel ready for this race. I don't care what my finish time is, I just want to have fun!

So, tossing out the watch really helped. Remembering that I was doing this for ME helped. Yeah, it hasn't helped me loose weight, but oh well. I guess it got me into some sort of routine, so that's a start, right?!

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4/22/12 4:56 P

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Susannah-

I know how you feel. I didn't realize how much I was stressing about my upcoming half until I knew I couldn't run it because my PF kicked in. I hadn't trained as consistency as I could have because I didn't have the time. I'm now focusing on a sprint tri and much happier now. I hope that you'll find happiness in your running rather than dread. Hang in there and try to keep happy!

A.

"When there's something you want fight for it. Don't give up-no matter how hopeless it seems, even when you've lost hope, cause years from now you're gonna look back and wish you gave it one more shot cause the best things in life don't come easy."

"If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right" -Henry Ford


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4/21/12 10:16 A

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Thanks guys for the feedback. I think everyone is a little right. I had a little meltdown earlier this week, and came to the conclusion that I'm so stressed out in my life, instead of the running helping, it's adding! My training is feeling like something I HAVE to do, not something I want to do.

I know I need to take a hard look at my food intake too. I actually think I might be eating too much.

So, I'm working on changing my mental attitude. This race is for fun! I never cared about a PR, so I shouldn't care about pace during my runs either! I've tried running different routes...and found one running trail that is boring if you do all runs on it, but kinda fun once in a while (especially since there aren't hills!)

I don't think I'm "overtraining" technically, but I mentioned all my stress...I wonder if maybe my body is just too taxed in general. With the miles, and weight training combined? This week I didn't go to my weight class and I admit I'm a little more energized and ready for my 10 miler. Also, because of the weather, I'm trying a mid day run! We shall see if it helps? If nothing else, it feels more like I'm in controll.

Thanks again. Ill take all the help I can get!

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4/18/12 10:23 A

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My initial response was the food thing, but I think that's been pretty well covered so I have another suggestion: do something DIFFERENT!

Do you run on a treadmill? Try running outside. Or try running in a different neighborhood, on different streets, different terrain than you're used to. Or try trail running! Trail running is a completely different animal - it's hard, but I've never met anyone who doesn't like it as a good change of pace workout. Even if you have to drive to get to a trail, I would say it's worth it. Sometimes you just need the mental shakeup of some different scenery or something outside of your normal routine - when I hit a "blah" spot in my running, I find that really helps me.

Good luck

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4/17/12 7:51 P

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It's certainly not uncommon to lose the desire to run after doing a major distance event like your marathon - even if the event was a success.

But for this time around, I am thinking it's rest and fuel that you are lacking. You mention that you are near the end of your training, so you've likely been putting in some major miles. It is very hard to lose weight while increasing mileage.

Make sure you are getting enough rest in these final couple of weeks.

Track your food intake to make sure you are getting enough calories. If you haven't been updating your trackers with your increase in cardio (as the mileage increases), then your ranges are very likely too low. If you don't eat properly, your body will for sure get sluggish.

Good luck with the remaining time you have to train. And afterwards, like Maddy said, just find something to enjoy to bring back your love of cardio. It doesn't have to be running.



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4/17/12 7:20 P

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I agree, Bobby is a wealth of knowledge on the subject of food vs exercise (the more deeper technical stuff!). It does make sense if we don't fuel our bodies correctly, it can't funnction to the best of it's abilities. And don't forget hydration. At times it just gets all too scientific for this simple girl.

But can I throw another thought into the mix - your thoughts! You said it yourself at times you didn't want to or weren't enjoy running! Our minds are powerful tools and can hijack the best laid plans with these little hidden messages we don't listen too.

I have no expertise or knowledge on this subject, I'm just a little puddin' (but not for long) who up to six months ago (had an op) was running 10km x4 times a week on a treadmill. Yes a treadmill! And loved it! I'd even push harder to run faster or longer, I just couldn't get enough. I go to gym for safety reasons at 6am, I live in a small area, no street lights or footpaths, and tiny roads ~ safer on a treadmill in the dark early hours of the morning.

I wanted to do it, I built up my distance, I loved it and couldn't get enough. I was also losing weight! Double yippee!! Then came op, recovery and six weeks later I'm back at gym. I hated the treadmill. I couldn't run. No matter how hard I tried my body resisted and the km's just didn't happen. What was wrong with me? Girl stop being lazy, just press "start" and run!

So I flogged myself with classes ~ spin, pump, step, combat and still tried to run three times a week, thinking I had to build my fitness. I didn't listen to my body or my brain. I didn't enjoy the exercise, I was doing it because I thought I had to and I got heavier (that not eating enough and over exercising thing and cracking the sads every now and then and overseeing didn't help!).

What I'm trying to say ... I'd lost the joy of exercise. If your not enjoying it, why do it? Perspective, for me that's what it was all about. My gym membership expires in 3 weeks and I'm not renewing. I feel energized at making that decision. I'm loving battling the winds whilst riding my bike or feeling the sun on my face as I walk on the beach, or trying to jog (I'm a long way from running!!) from that tree to the next has put a smile on my face. I'm doing it because I want to, how I want to and not to some "I should do this" perceived agenda.

Life is about change, challenges and trying new things. I'm not saying you shouldn't run your 1/2, I'm suggesting to look a bit deeper at why are you doing it? Is it for the right reasons? Do you really want to? Seriously, will anyone lose a sheep station over it if you don't run? Maybe stop for a week or two. Get on your bike (or pinch the kids like I did). Go find the will, need, desire or love of exercise!

I'm working from home today so that means I'm ignoring the office till I've pulled on my shoes and head off for my 9pm walk/jog. The best part ... looking forward to every minute.

Just my two cents worth!

Edited by: MADDY65 at: 4/17/2012 (19:26)
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AZIMMER12 Posts: 2,958
4/17/12 4:51 P

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I know part of my problem was that I was not eating enough, espeically of good foods for the weight to be moving. Once you get over the 10k mark, eating and weight loss become different. I think it was Bobbie in our discussion thread that said you should eat half of what you burn, so if you are not eating at least half of what you burn you might be burning enough. You'll probably want to check in with Bobbie to get the right formula for that because I don't remember exactly what he said.

"When there's something you want fight for it. Don't give up-no matter how hopeless it seems, even when you've lost hope, cause years from now you're gonna look back and wish you gave it one more shot cause the best things in life don't come easy."

"If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right" -Henry Ford


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4/17/12 4:30 P

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I am sorry, can't help you, but feeling the same exact thing and experiencing the same. I can't wait to see the replies from others to see how to get out of this funk I am in. I have about given up doing any running..

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4/17/12 4:21 P

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I'm nearing the end of my half marathon training program. Its my 3rd HM, but other than a 5K a few weeks ago, I haven't run a distance race since my full marathon last May.

After the marathon, I sorta fell out of love with running (I'm not sure why, I had a great experience). Then last fall, I got a new job, and new weight gain to boot! So, a friend and I decided to run a half marathon this spring. At first the training went great...but now, I'm feeling sluggish during my runs. I don't enjoy the runs at ALL (and am literally forcing myself to keep running!) and I'm not loosing the weight I hoped I would. I think what I need is some words of encouragement! Or tips to get me through the the rest of my training.

I used to LOVE running. I was talking to a friend, and we've kinda pinpointed my struggle is that 1) this isn't a new challenge for me 2) its not doing what I'd hope it would do.

Is this normal? How do I get past it?

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