Today is the first day of my half-marathon training.
12 weeks, one goal, here we go!
Today is the first day of my half-marathon training.
12 weeks, one goal, here we go!
Last week I headed to the Dr. to get a physical. I haven't had one, like in, never. Okay maybe not never, but it has been since my basketball playing days 16 years ago. Man writing that down just completely made me feel old! Sorry major digression started there.
Anyway...we discussed my aches and pains that he looked into last year. Yes, I am still dealing with all of those issues and probably a couple more. We brainstormed for a little bit on ways we could figure out what is wrong and how to naturally deal with it.
I am adamant about NOT taking medication unless it can be 100% declared I have a medical reason too. And he understands and respects that decision. I love my Doctor for that reason! He keeps up with the latest homeopathy and naturapathic research and is always open to those options instead of turning to medications to cover up conditions.
This is where we stand:
So this appointment left me feeling discouraged all over again! My only hope was that he took more blood and that something would show up. He took a blood test that checked out my TK levels. I am not a doctor but from what he explained to me I guess TK level in our blood tells us if our muscles are recovering at a normal rate or not. I guess the higher the TK levels the harder it is for you muscles to recover. Which would give us some answers on why my muscles ache and I have a hard time recovering from my runs.
Well, I got my blood work back and EVERYTHING came back normal except...
I have high cholesterol! Go flippin' figure! My bad cholesterol was high along with my overall! Which is so funny in a not-so-funny ironic twist! I eat better then most people I know. Right now, we don't need to manage it with medications just diet and exercise! HA! Because I don't get enough exercise and don't eat right already! Oh well! It is what it is I guess! I am trying to reevaluate other options to add to my diet, but really everything I am reading, I already do!
So his advice to me? This is good stuff people and why we pay him the big bucks:
"No matter what you do Cortney, DO NOT stop running! That is the best thing you can do for yourself until we figure out what is wrong with you!"
There you have it people! I guess I am stuck running until I die! On the days my pain is too much, I should go running. On the days I feel good, I should go running. Running, running, running. Running will keep me strong and flexible until we figure out what is going on!
I guess it's a good thing I have been running? Right?
Does this mean my insurance will pay for all my running shoes and clothes? HA!
Many months ago, my wonderful friend Celia started up running, in part due to me starting up running and she also felt that God was leading her to get in better shape. Me and God - we are totally in sync like that! How cool is it that many of my friends and acquaintances have started up running because I gave it a go last year and blogged about it! I think that is pretty cool but anyway... She had mentioned that she wanted to do her first 5k doing the Color Run. Have you heard of it? I hadn't either until she sent me the link. But you pretty much pay to run and get PAINTED! How flippin' fun! And what's even cooler, the money that you pay goes toward a local charity (of the city that the run is held in).
A couple of months ago, we noticed that there was a Color Run coming to Cleveland, and because we didn't know if there would be any more coming to Ohio, we jumped on it and registered and figured we could make a girls weekend out of it! And of course, after we paid, we found out there would be other Color Runs coming to cities closer to us. But our charity for Cleveland paid for a new playground at a local school - which is dear to my heart!
Oh well, we decided to make it a weekend of fun, running, eating, drinking, napping and some time away from the kiddos! Music to my ears.
I am so proud of Celia, she finished her first 5k, her first race, and I got to do it with her.
Here are some pics from our weekend. And if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you will have seen these already. But I did want to share with the rest of my readers what fun we had this weekend.
During (isn't Celia adorable!):
If you have never run a 5k before, this is a great one to do! It's atmosphere is like a music festival. And it's NOT a timed race. The point is just to go out and have a lot of fun getting messed up! It does give you an idea of what a 3.1 miles race feels like but if you want to get covered in paint then you pretty much have to walk through the stations. It's a bottleneck during each painting station. But I think it's a great way to ease the tension of your very first race, you get to have fun and it's an experience that you can really enjoy with your friends!
I know I thoroughly enjoyed doing this with Celia! We had a blast! Although the clean up wasn't as fun! There was paint in parts that I didn't know how it got there! And you pretty much have to scrub 2 or 3 times with soap AND a washcloth to get it almost all off! I did panic slightly when the paint didn't come off with just soap and water. But a good scrubbing was enough to be presentable out in public again ;-)!
Thanks Celia for letting me run with you! You are no longer a 5k virgin! So very proud of you! Can't wait for the next 5k we do together!
Question: Do you like to run by yourself or with a running buddy? Celia and I had this discussion and she prefers to run alone. I kinda like it both ways. I do LOVE running with my running partner Bekah, but sometimes it is nice to run alone in the quietness of your own thoughts! What do you prefer?
With summer in full swing, my schedule is still working itself out! So I didn't get to write my weekly summary last week on how my running is going. With some of my birthday money I purchased some new shoes! They are the same make and model as my previous pairs (probably the last 3 pairs I have used). I went to my local running store and got fitted again just in case anything has changed with my feet and nothing has changed so the same pair was recommended.
Aren't they pretty? But unfortunately, as my luck usually is, I will have to return them. The first run in them, my feet blistered up and my soles near my toes felt as if they would blister. I gave them 3 tries. And after my first blistered "healed" I ran in them the second time and a third time. I though my water blister healed but after that area started hurting a few days later, I took a closer look and found that I not only had a massive water blister, I had one underneath the original and a third under the second. Are you following with that? After cleaning up the mess, I was left with a bloody hole under the 3 blisters. Lovely, right? So off I go today to replace my newest pair of shoes. It's not that I hate the return process, the running store I go to guarantees all their shoes and they should for the price I pay for them, but I have to go with both kids in tow which is always such a blast! Wish me luck.
I also decided since I am running at a slower pace to work on my heart rate, I would start running longer times. Since my official half-marathon training doesn't start until the last week of June, I will focus on running for a least an hour a few times a week. These runs will be probably done on the treadmill so I can keep my pace steady to help work my heart rate. I will also do some shorter "fun" runs outside where I won't focus so much on my heart rate but just focus on what feels "right".
With the warmer weather already in full swing, my schedule will change next week. I'll start getting up with the sun so I can get a early start on the heat and so my workouts won't conflict with taking the boys to the pool! Blerghhh! But I think I would rather get my runs in and out of the way so I don't have to worry about missing any workouts!
Isn't it amazing how just a few new clothes makes you feel? For my birthday my mom took me shopping and told me to "get whatever I needed". I was like "score" but I took it conservatively and I couldn't find a few things that I needed so I didn't just buy things because I could. I ended up with 2 new pairs of shorts and 4 shirts. She joked afterward that, "you took it easy on me, that wasn't too bad". But the fun thing was that everything I tried on fit! Isn't that the best feeling ever. Although I still had to buy the shorts one size bigger then my goal, but it was still so nice for things to look nice on you instead of trying to hide the bumps and bulges. Those are disappearing slowly, but they are disappearing.
And all week I felt like a new person. The weather has been beautiful and warm and I had nice new clothes to wear that I felt great in.
For Mother's Day Jeremy got me a new running outfit. It's bright blue and pink and completely matchy and I love it! I haven't worn it yet, really because I haven't run outside in the heat and it's more of hot outdoor running outfit. There is nothing like new workout clothes to motivate you into working out even more! Right?
I don't know about you, but my birth control completely screws up my system. Unlike everyone I know who has complications with b.c., I take it mostly because it keeps my hormones in check. I am completely wonky without it, and for some strange reason it keeps me from going crazy, which is the complete opposite of everyone I know. But the one bad side effect I have a difficult time losing weight when I am on it and it makes me retain a boat load of water.
When I am seriously watching what I am eating and working out this is the pattern that my body does when it's on b.c. I WILL NOT lose any weight for the 3 weeks I'm taking the pills and then all of a sudden, when my period starts I lose 2,3,4,5 even 7 pounds in the week, as what happened this last week. I lost a whopping 7 pounds! Then the following 3 weeks I will either gain a couple back (in water weight I'm assuming since my rings won't fit the first day back on the pill) or stay the same. Then the next period I will lose how ever much I lost during the month. It's crazy and frustrating, but I have to continually remind myself that it's the b.c. not my effort.
I felt great last week. My wedding band which I can't wear normally, fit beautifully and I got into another pair of my size 6 jeans (which really is my weight loss goal). I was feeling AWESOME and more confident. But come Monday, my ring didn't fit and I haven't tried on my jeans this week yet since it's been warm. Oh well! Such is life I guess! Maybe after next period...
I've been running my usual 3 to 4 miles 4 times a week. But Sunday instead of running a long run, I ignored the heart rate monitor and ran. I still have a goal of running a 5k in less then a 10 minute mile. To many, many of you that is your "slow" pace, but for me that is a huge strain considering I'm just not built for running ;-). So I headed out the door on Sunday night, in the misty cool air (which felt amazing) and ran 3 miles. I ran it with an average 10:15 which I am super happy with right now. It's still not my 10:00 minute goal but I'm getting stronger and just like my weight, I'm improving, slowly but still improving.
Well that's how my week has been. How have you been doing. I love hearing from you and you don't even have to be trying running as your healthy goal. If you have hit some milestones in other healthy endeavors, please share. We are in this together ;-).
And on that note, have you "Liked" my new Facebook page! If not I would love for you to hop on over to Facebook and "like" me.
Last weekend was the Flying Pig in Cincinnati. Did I run it? No! I wanted to register for the 10k but when it came right down to it, we couldn't swing all the little details like money, hotel or no hotel but get up at 3 am, take the boys or leave them at grandparents, etc. And really I forgot about it until Sunday when many of my Facebook friends were posting pics and statuses about it. I went out to run on Sunday morning and about three miles in I decided since my original goal was to run a 10k that day, I would go ahead and give it a try. Considering that I am running soooo slowly these days while trying to figure out this whole heart rate monitoring crap, I figured "what the heck?"
Knowing that my longest run has been 5 miles I knew there was a good chance I could run the 6.2 miles. And you know what? I did it! I ran 6.2 miles and after I was done, I felt that I could do some more, which is the goal of focusing on your target heart rate. My knees were a little bit sore, but on Monday morning I didn't feel any different then I do any other morning. I even went on a family bike ride and played putt putt that day too!
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was giving up coffee to see if it would help either in my running or my weight. I can honestly say I don't really miss having my sweet french vanilla french roast Starbucks coffee every morning. I do have a cup of green tea each morning, because I'm not quite ready to give up caffeine. And there has been a few stressful, tired afternoons that I craved a vanilla latte, which one day I broke down and purchases an iced vanilla latte. Do I notice any difference? No, but I'm still not consuming those extra 15 grams of sugar each day, so I feel good about that. Who knows, I may go back to my beloved coffee, or I may be a permanent tea drinker.
This week I also tweaked my diet slightly. I am consuming a few hundred less calories each day then I have been to see if it will kick start the final decline of my weight. I don't do "low fat" or "no fat" diet foods. I don't agree with them, so finding healthy, naturally low calorie foods has been more my focus this week. And I AM NOT about dieting either. I will not starve myself! And of course I did have a few days that I ate my weight in cookies, donuts and cupcakes - yep - I admit it. This weekend I just gorged. And when I got my fill on Monday, I was over it and back to the grind.
So that's where my week has been. Another goal down for me (running a 10k). How have your been doing this week? I would love to hear from you. And on that note, have you "Liked" my new Facebook page? If not I would love for you to hop on over to Facebook and "like" me.
This weekend we purchased a Garmin 210. I headed to my local running store and after speaking with one of the associates (a very nice man but a little high strung - ha - maybe I should say passionate), we decided on the 210 model. The running store didn't even carry the 110 which is what I was planning on purchasing because it received poor ratings. After telling him that I just wanted a basic, easy to use model he showed me the 210, The Nike+ Sportwatch, and the Timex Ironman. I chose the Garmin for several reasons but it came down to the fact that Garmin has been the leader in GPS and has been around much longer than the other brands and I was promised it was the easiest to use. So far, I would agree. You pretty much strap it on, go outside and hit start! I am still playing around with it - I call it the "newlywed" stage. So far so good! Remember from last week, I decided to start training for my first Half Marathon focusing on my heart rate. I was super excited and curious to see how using my target heart rate would change the pace of my runs (the Dr. that was doing the seminar last week mentioned he went from a 5:30/ mile to a 9:30/mile when he changed his training but withing a couple of months he was back at his previous pace). So on Monday, I strapped on my Garmin and set off on a run. My running partner Bekah and I were SHOCKED to say the least on what we saw on it. We pretty much had to slow down to almost a 13 minute mile. At some points it was slower than that. CRAZINESS. We could walk just as fast - ha! We were going up a hill and down a hill as part of our loop we were running so we chalked some of that up to that. But it was crazy to see how much my heart rate fluctuated while trying to adapt and keep it at my target.
Tuesday I tried my hand at running the indoor track to see if that would help me get an idea about my heart rate changes. And to see if I could keep my heart rate more consistent. I was disappointed again because as much as I tried I couldn't run any given distance while keeping the heart rate stable.
On Wednesday, I tried my hand at the treadmill. I figured the treadmill surely would keep me stable, at least I was hoping it would because really I was starting to worry that something was seriously wrong with my heart! No joking! Finally, I was able to keep my heart rate stable. I was able to run 3 miles at a 11:15 to 11:30 pace and the fourth mile was around a 12:15 t o12:30 pace. Although I am still shocked that my pace slowed that much it is still much better than our outdoor run and convinced me that my heart was not screwed up! HA!
Another crazy thing is, it doesn't feel that I am working that hard while we have been experimenting with the heart rate ranges. At one point my heart rate was around the 85%of my max and I could hold on to a conversation with Bekah. I feel like I'm lolligagging with my heart rate at 65%. No wonder why I felt like crap after the last couple of runs last week. I must have been running almost near max.
Something I haven't really talked about it my goal of losing weight. I have a hard time keeping a steady weight. I have a hard time keeping weight off (after having kids). In January/February I made it a goal to lose 20 pounds before summer. I have lost 10. And let me tell you how difficult it has been along with being very discouraging. Although I have lost 10 pounds NOTHING fits yet. I have one pair of jeans that I wear over and over again and a couple pairs of shorts that I can squeeze into. But I keep pushing on. This week I gained 2 pounds overnight. After being excited that I had lost 12 pounds and had only 8 pounds to go but apparently my body LOVES to play games with me. I'm pretty sure that the 10 pounds came from my chest! HA, or my toes or fingers. Actually not fingers because my ring still fit the same. Sorry I got sidetracked there.
It's discouraging. But I've had blood work done and my thyroid is healthy so apparently this may be a very LONG road ahead. My new goal is to be at my goal weight before my official start of marathon training in June. Because there is no way I can "diet" during those training months. Actually my goal is just to get back into my size 6 wardrobe. I don't really care about what the scale says. I just want to be comfortable in my cute size 6s that are teasing me in my closet. It has been too long, cute clothes, but I promise I will use you soon!
There you have it. What an interesting week in my endeavors to get more healthy! How have your been doing this week? I would love to hear from you. And on that note, have you "Liked" my new Facebook page! If not I would love for you to hop on over to Facebook and "like" me.
Up until this week, most of what I have written in my Running Journals has been mostly positive, well except for the minor "accident" I had in the woods. I have had a breakthrough experience with running (or so I think up until now but that may change say, oh around September when I have to run 13.1 miles) and it has been an encouraging and exhilarating ride so far. But we all know that there are downs along the road of ups in anything new we try. And I can say this week was a down week. My joints "flared" up. Running has definitely improved my joint pain and I haven't experienced the deep hurt of my joints for a couple of months. My runs this week have been challenging, painful and disappointing. On Tuesday I put on Facebook that I didn't want to run and many of my friends encouraged me to get on out there, just like I encourage them when they don't want to. But this time was different. I really felt that my body was just not up for it. And I was right. Although I got my 3.3 miles in, it was unpleasant and difficult through the whole experience. And of course afterwards my joints throbbed and my body ached.
I am slowly learning how to listen to my body. Figuring out if it is my body telling me to rest or the lazy beast in my head telling me to sit one out. I should have sat one out Tuesday.
Discouraged I went to yoga on Tuesday night and as it turned out, I was the only one who showed up which was a God-send because the yoga instructor (knowing my history of joint pain, feet pain and poor circulation) spent the hour and a half really just stretching me out and really trying to help ease the pain I was in. She even gave me an amazing foot massage while my job was to "fully relax". It was a-maz-ing and very uplifting.
There was a mini-class on how to train for marathons, sponsored by the Air Force Marathon on Tuesday also which I didn't attend but my friend and running partner, Bekah, did. Oh boy! If the yoga class wasn't encouraging enough, what she brought home and shared with me was over the top!
The Dr. who did the presentation explained how he trains - it is totally heart rate based. And his medical hypothesis that he used makes so much sense to me. I do love a good ol' fashion science lesson, you know. About 12 years ago, he came across the idea of running based on your target heart rate. This will most likely cause your pace to go down right away. But here's the cool science part of it: your goal is to strengthen your heart. As you heart gets stronger, your pace will automatically increase keeping your target heart rate the same. And isn't this why I started running in the first place? To become healthier for my family?
This totally makes sense to me! And it excites me because of this: he said the goal of running is when you finish a run, you should feel good enough to want to do it all over again at that moment. You shouldn't feel strained and beat up (which I was feeling all this week!). And according to him and his research, that is exactly how you will feel after most runs if you focus more on your target heart rate and not on distance or tempo - of course the exclusion is when you are training for a race and are on a race schedule and have to push yourself.
The other big "ah-ha" moment was that he said we should approach running like our kids do. Running for kids is play and fun NOT exercise. And our bodies are designed to run if we treat them right. Which is funny because Evan asked me a couple of weeks ago after I told him I needed to rest because I just exercised, he asked, "Mom, running is exercise?"
But unfortunately now I need a heart rate monitor. And because I don't want to run with my phone AND heart rate monitor I really want one of these bad boys - the heart rate monitor and GPS watches (yeah the least amount of money you will drop is $250!) . Swooning though! I have seen great reviews for both the Garmin 110 and the Timex Ironman Run Trainer, so if either one of these generous, outstanding companies (no I am NOT just saying that to earn brownie points from them) would like to sponsor my running endeavors this year I would completely oblige.
Thankfully Bekah took great notes and there is so many things I could go on and on about but I will only give you one more bullet point from the presentation. SUGAR is the #1 killer of good runs! Although I do not consumer as much as an average American does, I do consumer about 80 grams a day (averaged the last 2 weeks). To put this in perspective for you, women should only eat 24 grams and men should consumer less than 36 grams. ONE soda has a whopping 76 grams!!
After evaluating my diet - I have been using the MyFitnessPal app for several weeks now, so I knew quickly what my average intake was - I had to figure out how to pare down the sugar in my diet. I eat an abundance of fruit which impacts my sugar intake, but my biggest downfall... any guesses...
My can't-live-without-my-morning-cup-of-coffee with my Coffee-Mate Natural Bliss Vanilla creamer. I usually use about 3 tablespoons (that's when I make it I think Jeremy adds more when he pours my cup). Three tablespoons has 15 grams of sugar in it! :-(.
Do you know how badly that hurt me when I saw the nutritional information! So, upon thinking about it more and after watching waaaayyyyy to many Netflix documentaries about food and our food system (which is another post I am working on for next week), I am going to try to slowly wean myself from coffee. Yep you heard it hear first folks - I have completely lost my mind!
Will I succeed? I honestly don't know. I know I am addicted to my coffee. Shoot I have been drinking it now for 20 years! I started on it young due to migraines and it was the only thing that helped when I was 13 years old!
So I have had a very long love affair going with my morning cup of joe! So to help wean me off of it, I am starting to drink this:
Pomegranate Green Tea :-/. It is sweet enough that I do enjoy it without any sweetener. So I'm going to attempt it. And I thought signing up for a half-marathon was crazy. I think weaning myself off coffee may find itself more challenging then a mere 13.1 miles.
So that is how I'm doing this week! It's been a long, tiring week but with some encouragement at the end and something new to try with my runs which gives me a new, brighter, "Let's go get 'em" outlook!
How's your healthy endeavors going? I would love to hear about them! Oh and if you have a GPS/Heart Rate monitor you love, let me know, would ya?
Hey guys! I've let two weeks pass since my last update on how the ol' running is going. Many things have been incorporated into my healthier lifestyle that I am trying to achieve. The first thing that I am excited about is that I got my body fat and BMI assessed by our local Health Network. The results weren't the exciting part unfortunately. But I was excited to finally get a real number to work with, evaluated by a professional who knew what they were doing. My BMI fell in the "healthy" range. Which wasn't a surprise since you can figure that out on any computer. Although I would like to see the number drop a little bit considering it is still in the higher end of the "healthy". My current BMI is 23.6 (the range is 18.5 - 24.9).
What I was most concerned about was my Body Fat. I do have the nice "tire" around the belly so I have been extremely concerned about the impact of having the bad fat in relation to my health. So I was prepared to hear the worst. My body fat % is currently 26.1%, which falls in the "above average" range (25-29%). My goal is to obviously get that number into the normal range of 22-25%. I knew going into the appointment that most likely my Body Fat % would be high, so I took that number as a starting point and instead of being discouraged I am encouraged that I get to do the same test in 8 weeks and hopefully that number will decrease.
I would highly recommend getting these two tests done. And I am pretty sure your local Rec and YMCAs can do it for you. I got mine done at the Rec for $5! Can't beat that. I think it's important to know these numbers as you try to get heatlhier. Because as much as we worry about a certain number on the scale, that's not the most important number to remember! You can be skinny and still not healthy!
While I was there, I was given a couple of recommendations that I have implemented already. The first came as a surprise. I was explaining my health concerns about my feet and joints and the lady who was helping me out strongly suggested yoga. She mentioned that she has arthritis in her feet and was given the suggestion years ago to try yoga and within a few short weeks of yoga, her pain is no longer an issue. Heck, I am up for trying anything.
So I signed up for a beginner class at a local yoga studio. And I thoroughly enjoyed my first class last week. In part due to the fact that out of 8 who signed up, only 2 of us showed up which gave us a semi-private class with more one on one instruction. I am hopeful because the instructor seemed to truly be concerned about my feet pain and told me that she would do everything she could do to try to help. She did notice that my feet were cold after the class and was concerned about my circulation. So this week's class will try to improve that problem. Which is interesting because that is what I've told the doctor's was my guess on what my problems stemmed from. And none of them have been too concerened. So we will see. I look forward to giving you guys the low-down about how this 4 week class goes.
The second suggestion that was given to me was to change up my workouts. I typically do my cardio first then weights. Instead, she told me to do 10 minutes of warmup, then do weights, then go for my runs. Which after she explained why, totally made sense to me. Doing weights before fatiguing your body will allow for heavier weights, more reps and the cardio afterwards will release the lactic acid build up which will keep your muscles from hurting more. Building stronger, leaner muscle will in turn burn more calories daily and also will keep my body strong during my running training and decrease the chances for injury.
And lastly I am starting to believe that I am becoming a runner. Although my mileage is increasing, I still doubt my abilities each time I start a run. It's crazy, because I know I can run more than 2 or 3 miles because I have been consistently doing it now for over a month, but with each run I take, that first 2 miles I don't think I can do it. So I have this little discussion with myself. Each run I take, I determine that I will at least run 2 miles before giving up. And after the 2 miles, if I can't go any longer, I give myself the permission to quit. The funny thing is, that with each run, once I hit the 2 mile mark, I know I can keep going. So I haven't actually given up yet at the 2 mile mark. Which doesn't mean I won't ever. But it does mean that I am getting stronger and that I need to continue to build confidence with each run I take.
Here's my latest tracking of mileage:
And it's still a work in progress. Although it's not where I would like to be, it is still encouraging to see the numbers gradually improving. And heck, it's beats not doing anything at all. So if you have started running, which I know a couple of you have said you were going to, and have a smart phone, get the RunKeeper app. I love this app because it keeps track of all the stuff I'm interested in right now (distance, time, elevation, pace). And it's also social media-isque. We can follow each other which would be fun. So if you use it, find me so we can encourage each other!
That's how my journey is going, I would LOVE to hear how yours is going? Leave me a comment -yo! We are all in this together!
I had an incident this week. An incident, that to many, would be too embarrassing to write about. But really it's life. And life sometimes is embarrassing and when it was happening, I was laughing that "I totally need to blog about it." So I am. Because many believe, us bloggers, only write about the wonderful things we do so that our lives look perfect. Believe me, as much as I would love for all of you to think my life is perfect, it is so far from perfect, I might as well give you a good laugh today on my expense. And another similar reason why I am going to let you in on this little secret, is because some of you have left comments and wrote the sweetest emails to me about how I have encouraged you to get fit and healthy. And since I have been letting you guys in on my Running Journals, I guess I should let you in on even embarrassing parts of my running chronicles. So with all of the said, to my mom, dad, mother-in-law and father-in-law, you may want to stop reading now, so that you won't be embarrassed that I am going to go where none of you would think I would ever go in writing. Just warning you!
You all know I have some crazy physical issues that no doctor has yet to diagnose. I have some annoying joint pain and muscular tightness but I also have abdominal issues that cause me to be nauseous probably 50% of the time (along with digestive issues and I will let you come to your own conclusion on that one).
So on Monday I woke up with these said "digestive issues". I was nauseous all day long. The funny thing is, I have not eaten out for 2 weeks and everything I have eaten the rest of the family has eaten. So my issues weren't food poisoning issues per say. I felt bad enough that I chose not to work out. Monday night continued my nausea spell and digestive issues through until Tuesday morning. The digestive issues seemed to be slowing down and I planned on doing my outdoor run later that day with Bekah. I was still pretty nauseous but continued eating throughout the day and staying hydrated.
When it was time to run, we decided to run a bike path nearby. It was our first time running this bike path so we didn't know exactly what was in store for us. And really, WE HAD NO IDEA what was in store for us this day.
When we began running, I joked with Bekah about my "issues" and that I may be letting "them fly" as you would say. She laughed because there really isn't much that embarrasses us in our friendship and her being a runner, she has experienced much more that I could be embarrassed about.
So about 2 miles into the run, my stomach started making some funky noises. You know - THOSE noises. I laughed it off and told Bekah that she shouldn't make me laugh because I may not be able to hold it in and since were still about a mile and a half from the car, we kinda just had to keep on moving. Two and a half miles through, I still feel a little weird but not anything that I was too concerned about. Still making jokes!
Three miles in, I start feeling pretty sick, but we had one option, keep running because we were not close to ANYTHING. Unless I wanted to veer off the path, head through the "woods" and go knocking on someones's back door. And at one point, I seriously thought about it.
At this point, I really wished there had been a disgusting, not been cleaned all winter Porta-potty, somewhere on the side of the path. But we knew better.
Three and a quarter miles. The end is in sight and I think I am going to at least make it to the truck. At this point, I even joked that I hoped I still had the boys training potty in the back. HA!
But then it HIT!
The path ended but we were still a good distance to the parking lot where the truck was.
I started frantically searching for any piece of real estate that I could hide behind, because I WASN'T OKAY! Panic set in. What if the teenagers on the bike came riding by, or the old man who was rollerblading (who had shaved legs and short shorts on) rode by, what if the family with the kids wandered by, or the elderly couple that was out for a afternoon stroll, because these were all people we passed the first time.
All there was, was trees and shrubbery. I started searching for any opening that would allow me to get into the deeper into the shrubbery so that at least I was some what covered.
Then the pain went away.
A huge sigh of relief.
Unfortunately that sigh was interrupted with the emergency pain of getting close to poopin' my pants. I yelled at Bekah to run to the truck to get wet wipes - you know "run as FAST AS YOU can, even though we just finished a 3.5 mile run".
I literally dove into the shrubbery, trying as best as I could to notice if there was poison ivy or not but at that point it was more to know if I would be getting it instead of trying to avoid it.
I found a larger tree and dropped my drawers. And it was a good thing I did at that moment because I was SICK. IT just kept coming and coming. Which I still don't understand because remember, I had been dealing with this for 2 days already, so really I don't know where it was all coming from.
But after I finished a had to stay squatted in that position until slow poke -just joking Bekah did amazing but it felt like ETERNITY until she got back. All the while having to look over my should in hopes that no one turned the curve and got a scary surprise. Or the people working in the office building a few hundred feet away happened to look out their windows.
After an eternity of squatting like a bear in the woods, Bekah got back and threw the wet wipes at me and retreated back to the intersection of where people may enter the path so she could direct traffic.
After I exited the shrubs, she asked if I was okay and mentioned I shouldn't be embarrassed. I informed her that I wasn't embarrassed at all, because really it could have been worse. I mean let's face it: we could have went for a run in a neighborhood where there was no where to hide, we could have ran at a local park we like to run at the is just pretty much an open field, someone could have been on the path and passed me during the ordeal, we could have driven one of the other vehicles that didn't have wet wipes. I mean the list could go on, so in reality, I was not embarassed that Bekah had to see me in this state.
After I assured her that I wasn't embarrassed she said, "okay good because I was totally laughing hysterically all the way to the truck but I didn't want you to know that." Shoot I was laughing hysterically until I realized that if I am having these issues now - what's going to happen when we start running our long runs in preparation for the half or EVEN WORSE during the half!
When I decided to write about this, I texted Jenny immediately because she is the master of blog titles. She's kinda funny and brilliant like that. And the funny thing is, she just wrote a post about that last week (Titling blog posts not poop). Here is the text convo, again for your laughing pleasure. And I am extremely surprised she didn't make some sort of snarky comment that I totally deserve this since, you know, it involved running and all!
And as if this wasn't enough, I sat down yesterday to read my new Runner's World and what do I find:
I like to think I have joined an elite group. And trust me, the TP is in the truck along with some poopy bags! HA! And if you ever have the pleasure of running with me you've been warned ;-).
So how have your runs been going? (No pun intended, okay fine maybe a little)
Well people, I left you hanging on Monday whether or not I finished the 4 miler without walking! Because you know, I made the most ridiculous wager that if I did I would sign up for the Air Force Half Marathon. Well...
Yeah I think I have officially lost my mind!
BUT if I can do this anyone can! Can't wait to share my journey with you guys!
And a special shout out to Stacey who left me the most craziest comment on my last post! It's crazy to think that I could inspire anyone to get healthy and especially to get out and start running! You go girl!! Eek! We are in this together! Can't wait to hear how you are doing and of course you will need to let us know when you sign up for your first race ;-)! YOU CAN DO THIS! This is what she wrote:
You have inspired me to start running! Seriously, I just looked up the Couch to 5K program and I'm going to do it. I am so out of shape and need to lose a few pounds, and I'm sick of it. Although we don't have a treadmill so I'm trying it on my elliptical. And eventually, I would like to run outside. Keep me updated on your progress!
I am getting stronger and more confident! I think this may be a journey that I am willing to continue. I am starting to see some benefits of pushing through the cardio wall into running. Two months ago I finished the Couch 2 5 K program on the treadmill. Since then I bumped up my workouts to 5 days of running each week on the treadmill. Last month, good friends of ours moved from Virginia to about a mile away from us! They are runners, as in, marathon and triathlon runners! So my friend Bekah has pushed me from the treadmill onto the streets. She agreed to run the First Four 4 miler with me this last weekend. You know, 5 months after having a baby and moving halfway across the country. I love it! She figured she could get up to 4 miles in two weeks and be able to run it with me - I HATE HER! Ha! So for 2 weeks we ran 3 times a week together. This completely built up my confidence running outdoors. We slowed it down and worked on running an 11 minute mile to build up my outdoor endurance.
I am learning that you have great days, that you feel like you could run forever and days that within 10 steps of starting you know it is going to be AWFUL! What I am starting to really enjoy is the mind game that goes on during a run. The only person you have to compete with is yourself.
But I think within the last two weeks, the running bug may have hit. With each day, I am getting stronger and more confident. I started thinking, why stop at 5ks? Why not move on to 10ks or even scarier a Half Marathon. EEEKKK! Just saying that makes me vomit a little bit in my mouth.
I made the mistake of saying this thought process out loud with our friends, and almost instantly I verbally committed to running the Air Force Half Marathon in September with them. Ummmmm........
A few days later, this text convo happened...
So the thoughts started swirling. " Can I do this?" "Am I setting myself up for A LOT of pain, discouragement and disappointment?"
I'm not gonna lie - it SCARES me to commit to doing something like this! But I so want to be one of those bada$$es that have the 13.1 sticker on my truck! 26.2? Um, no thank you!
On the starting line Sunday, I said, "okay guys, if I can run this without stopping I will go home and register for the half."
Why would I say something like that? Because I am so darn competitive (and stupid)!
So check another goal off my list - get my first 5k under my belt. Of course, I kinda skipped the "5k" and challenged myself to do the 4 miler.
So did I finish without stopping....to be continued.
I made my goal of working out 3 times a week. I worked out three days plus a night of EAActive with Jeremy. I did at least 40 minutes of cardio (walking, running and/or elliptical) plus weights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. My workouts are becoming longer in length now that my endurance level is getting higher.
Jeremy wants to get in on the action and making a goal to do EAActive with me on the nights I don't work out. This was his idea and since it doesn't hurt to get in a little more exercise for me, I am going along with it!
A nice advantage of me trying to get healthier, is that we aren't spending money going out to eat and stopping to get snacks (this one is my fault since "snacks" included my Starbucks/Caribou runs and the kids got a cookie), which this aspect is making Jeremy much happier :-)!Our grocery budget has increased but our "Eating Out" budget has decreased.
I did pretty well this week on eating healthy, except with the harder workouts, I am more hungry. I ate when I was hungry and found myself snacking a little more than I should have. BUT I WAS HUNGRY - ha ha! So hopefully, my body will adjust a little more this week and I won't be as hungry!!
I sorta-convinced Jeremy that he needs to make a conscious effort to eat a little healthier! Jeremy has a wonderful metabolism. He can eat and eat and stays thin. He has the habit of eating out many work days. So I encouraged him to take lunch meat and condiments to work so that he has food there. He doesn't necessarily need to lose weight, I just worry about all the junk he eats. He only ate out once this week! Which is such an improvement! And even turned down a few impromptu lunch invitations from co-workers.
I didn't try anything new this week! I went with dinners that I knew my three boys would like. I made the Beef Enchilada Pie for Jeremy since this is one of his new favorites! I also tried Trader Joe's whole wheat pizza dough and used low fat cheese on our homemade pizza. It was soooooo good! The boys ate it up and I didn't feel as bad knowing that the ingredients were much healthier than ordering out! That will be showing up on my menu plan often!
Okay, I have a confession to make! I feel like crap! I wish I could report that the changes I have made have done miraculous things to my body, but it hasn't, yet! With working out during the boys naps, I don't get any "down" time. So by the end of the day, I am just plain beat! Also it has affected my daily chores schedule too. Which I am trying to work out the kinks. I try to get the mandatory things done like cleaning the kitchen and picking up the main floor but the bigger items that need to get done (laundry, cleaning the bathrooms etc.) have fallen behind. Hello, I ran out of clean underwear this week (I know TMI but that is how bad it got this week!)
Besides the losing 2 hours of "me" time and the extra time cleaning, Carter is going through, let's just say, hmmm an "I need to be held ALL.THE.TIME" phase. So most cooking and cleaning has been done with a 30 pound weight on my hip! Which has accounted for the lack of cleaning and increased tiredness also! As much as I love being needed, I am hoping that this phase finishes soon, because the dust bunnies and the dirty clothes are about to finish me off! Because right now, I would rather have a slightly disheveled house than a screaming, tear faced child following me around!
I know that eating healthier and working out, is the best thing for me! I won't be giving it up anytime soon, so trying to figure out how to make it all work is next on my "to-do" list! I am making Doctor's appointments this week for a physical and an eye appointment (since my headaches have increased), just to make sure that my extra tiredness, achiness, insomnia, irritability aren't due to another reason!
Pounds lost: 2.6 - WOOT!
Your turn! Let me know how you are doing on your "healthy" goals!
I can say that I had a great week this week, until Friday night came, then it went way, way down hill, and fast! But tomorrow is a new week and I will begin again. Jeremy and I had a date night Friday night to one of my favorite restaurants and I admit it - I gorged! And it was good. But I didn't stop Friday night, it continued into Saturday and finally today! I think since Jeremy is home, I am not on my "normal" schedule and it just throws me for a loop and I lose all self discipline. By the way, I'm paying for it tonight! I feel terrible!! I am swollen and bloated, so I do have another reason not to eat this poorly for a long, long time!
I tried several new recipes. Here is the break down of what the peanut gallery thought of the new food choices.
So I didn't have the luck of last week, but this is a learning process, right?
I did a great job in this aspect of my Boot Camp! I am up to running a 1 1/2 to 2 miles each time plus a 10 to 20 minute elliptical warm up! So I am burning around 400 calories in just cardio. I also did weight training 3 times this week.
I lost 4.2 pounds (total so far) by Friday, but after this weekend my weight fluctuated back up. I really think it is water retention due to the large amounts of restaurant foods we ate. But then again, I may have just gained back that weight! I am not too disappointed, and can't wait to get back on track tomorrow! My body definitely feels better when I eat healthier!
Last week I started my quest to get back into shape and lose the weight that I have packed on these last few months. As a part of my accountability and a promise I made that I would let you guys know how the new recipes panned out, I want to share with you in this post how my week went.
I tried several new recipes. Here is the break down of what the peanut gallery thought of the new food choices.
So I was 5 for 5 on the new recipe selections. Can't wait to try some more out this week!
I worked out the 3 days that I had scheduled! I did cardio for at least 40 minutes each day (combination of elliptical and running because I have workout ADD) and did some weights. My goal was to burn 250 - 400 calories each time and I succeeded even though on Friday I took it a little easier because my feet were ACHING!! I guess I worked so hard the first 2 days that my body rebelled by the end of the week. I also spent A LOT of time on my feet with the cake preparation, which may had an impact also. But needless to say, I achieved this week's goal of working out 3 days.
I lost 2.8 pounds this week. I did cheat Tuesday night - I had a glass of wine with dinner! And I cheated on Friday night by having a icing-less cupcake and half a bag of mini rice cakes - but I WAS STARVING for some reason. I am assuming it was because of the stress I put on my body all week and the stress of the cake being picked up. But other than that I wasn't hungry with my meal plan and 2 small snacks a day.
I didn't do well on sleep this week. I was up until 1:00 two nights this week working on "the cake". But at least I didn't waste my time on the computer :-). So I think that goal was partially made - ha ha! I couldn't believe that I went almost 3 days without checking my google reader and Twitter.