Tragedy and Training

Sunday, January 08, 2012

It has been a rough couple of weeks for my family. Without going into a lot of detail, my husband's brother (age 37) was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and my husband's grandma died. We have been on an emotional roller coaster that seems to change everyday.

That being said, I have found that sometimes working out and running has helped me deal with all these emotions, but sometimes being alone outside is hard because all I can think about is the stuff going on. I ran my fastest mile ever the day after I found out my BIL had cancer, but then began crying so hard, I had to stop.

I am running a half marathon in October in honor of my BIL. It made me feel good to actually sign up for something. I am also planning on doing a half at the end of April (my first). I am looking forward to getting back into training, as I haven't had a running plan for a couple of months. That being said, I need some advice for what program. I am leaning toward a three day a week approach, with one speed session, one tempo run, and one long run. With winter and weather conditions, I need to be flexible. If you have any programs or ideas for training, please let me know. I have run several 10ks this year using the 3 prong approach, and they seemed to work for me.

As far as eating goes, I have been not eating much. My clothes actually feel loser. I constantly have a nervous pit in my stomach that never seems to go away. When I do feel like eating, I want foods like ramen noodles!
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  • MIRAGE727
    Fuel properly, train well, and go strong with those you've lost in mind and heart and in respect to those that can't. I've been doing that for a long time and now more that ever in my lifestyle and journey. I hope it can help you. Remember always you are not alone! Wishing the best in peace, love, and understanding!
    3386 days ago
    Take care of yourself! You're right that exercise is such a huge help during stressful times, but make sure you're not overdoing it.

    In 2003, my family had The Bad Year, so I can sympathize. Make sure to take time for yourself, in the midst of caring for everyone else.

    I'm here for you, if you need a shoulder!

    3386 days ago
    Take care of yourself so you can take care of those you love. I am so sorry for all this heavy sadness. One day at a time is all you can do. Hang on to each other and be strong. Bless you all.
    3386 days ago
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