Posted by: Run For Life | 13 August, 2009

Little Victory

I ran this morning!  It was short and slow (a little less than 5k) but I did it and I feel so much better now.  Onwards and upwards.

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Posted by: Run For Life | 12 August, 2009

Not quite…

So I’ve done a little running around since I posted, just not as intended.  I was originally planning on going after work on Monday but I ended up having a ride along with the paramedics and then was wiped out when I got back.  This wasn’t too concerning because I was scheduled to come in during the afternoon on Tuesday.  Of course, I got called in super early and ended up working 20 hrs. and then had 4.5 hrs. before I had to be at work again. Needless to say, I now think I am functioning solely on caffeine.

I did get to wear my new compression socks today – I thought it would be a good time to test them out since I had minimal “off my feet” time in the past two days.  I also tried them out last week on a flight.  They definitely helped so I’m excited to dork out the socks with my shorts on a long run.  At the rate things are going it’ll be another year until that happens (jk.)  I have also reverted to my old (but good) eating habits this week and have noticed a positive difference so yay for small changes!

So here’s the revised plan: Get sleep.  Wake up and run.  I’m not allowing myself to do anything else until that’s out of the way.  The running gear is already laid out for the morning.  I figure I’ll do this every day until I am used to dragging my butt out earlier.  I don’t want any “rest days”  while I’m trying to gain some momentum in starting back up for fear of the never ending excuses.  You have permission to yell and berate me if I don’t run tomorrow.

Random: My friend Stef told me about this band a few years ago and now it seems they’re getting the recognition they should.  This has been stuck in my head for days!

Posted by: Run For Life | 10 August, 2009

Finally around

This summer has been just plain bizarre.  The good, bad, and the ugly have all come around in a weird pattern that has just drained me.  I feel disconnected with myself right now and to an extent with the people around me.  I took a little bit of time to unwind and then, of course, back to reality and something else happens that you don’t expect.

Honestly, I am ashamed to say that I have not had a solid run in a couple of months.  Ouch.  Yes, I notice a difference…I’m obviously not as fit as I was and probably more stressed.  I definitely needed some  time off because I was burned out…this much time however was not warranted!

Starting tomorrow I am putting on the runners again.  I figure I’ll just take it one step at a time and see what happens.  The crappy diet I’ve also adapted with the lack of exercise will stop and my normal diet will be reinstated. (Not an actual diet – I just mean my regular eating habits.)  Hopefully I’ll begin to feel human again soon.

I’m crossing my fingers that the end of the summer will go a bit better but if not I’ll keep rolling with the punches and try to not get knocked out by them instead. 😉

Posted by: Run For Life | 23 July, 2009

Nutrition Reminders

I’m sure you all know this but I thought I’d throw it out there anyway.  Not much is going on worth mentioning here but I figured it was time for some actual running related content. 😉

Pre-run

  • Milk products and my GI tract do NOT get along.  I have noticed this seems to be fairly common among athletes so be aware of this before you head out.
  • Aim for a small snack about an hour before you go out such as a banana or piece of whole wheat toast.
  • Avoid things with a lot of protein and fat in them.

During your run

  • WATCH YOUR HYDRATION!
  • If you’re going to be outside for a considerable amount of time you should have something that will replace electrolytes and a small amount of calories to keep you going.  Besides the typical gels or sports drink you can take in fig newtons, gummy bears, pretzels, jelly beans, or peanut butter and crackers.  I personally can’t chew and run at the same time so I stick with gels.

Post-run

  • Be sure to get in some form of replacement fuel in your body as soon as possible (I do best within 15 minutes.)  A lot of times I’m not hungry at all after a workout but I make sure to force it down anyway.  A smoothie, chocolate milk, banana with nut butter are a few examples.  Again, go for something easily digestible.  Then you can do your ice bath and start bandaging those blisters.
  • Have something else once you feel up for eating (before you get ravenous!) I usually like a meal such as salmon or tuna with brown rice and veggies.
Posted by: Run For Life | 22 July, 2009

Something different

Still no running but there has been lots of hiking, walking, and swimming instead.  I’ve really enjoyed getting back into swimming and am hoping I’ll be able to make it a part of my regular cross training.  I’ve got a run planned for tomorrow as long as the weather isn’t too hot…I’m more than ready to get back into the jist of things!

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I received an email about this so I thought I’d pass it along in case anyone is interested:

Chicago, IL— Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Team Lifeline Marathon and Half-Marathon and participants are graciously gearing up and warming up their muscles in preparation for their charitable participation in this year’s race benefiting Chai Lifeline’s Camp Simcha. The races take place on Sunday, December 6, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV and Sunday, January  31, 2010 in Miami, FL and participants have the option of running or walking in either a 26.2-mile or 13.1-mile race.

Once registered, participants must commit to raising funds for Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health network that exists to bring joy and hope to seriously ill children and their families. The funds raised by Team Lifeline marathoners benefit Chai Lifeline’s summer camp programs Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special. The proceeds from last year enabled 400 children to attend these incredible overnight summer camps that are designed to meet the unique medical and social needs of children and teens with cancer, life-threatening or lifelong illnesses.

As with years past, the increasingly rising number of participants are encouraged to take advantage of the unique resources and support from Team Lifeline—the innovative, endurance training program that prepares marathoners for the charitable completion of a half or full marathon. Each participant is equipped with customized training schedules, access to online coach Toby Tanser, their own personal fundraising web page and fundraising coach, furthering their ability to bring inspiration and optimism to many lives. Team Lifeline is so dedicated to the individual’s success that once the participant reaches the fundraising minimum of $3,600 (United States and Canada), they cover the costs of each participants’ round-trip airfare, three night stay in the official Team Lifeline Headquarters hotel, pre-race pasta party, post-race victory party and more.

About Team Lifeline

Team Lifeline is the innovative, effective training program that gets runners and walkers ready to meet their goal of finishing a half or full marathon. To join, participants commit to raising funds for Chai Lifeline, the international children’s health support network. Chai Lifeline’s mission is to enhance the lives of seriously ill children and their families through activities that offer friendship, good times, great memories, and emotional and social support. Ari Weinberger, a Chai Lifeline supporter, founded team Lifeline in 2006 because he was impressed by the amount of pre-race support he was given while he was training for a half-marathon for another charity. Weinberger thought that someone should be doing this for a Jewish organization—Team Lifeline was born.

For further information on Team Lifeline, please contact Falk Associates at contact@falkpr.com or at (847) 675-2580.

To register for the 5th Annual Team Lifeline Marathon and Half Marathon please visit www.teamlifeline.org or call (888) 4-TEAM.

Posted by: Run For Life | 20 July, 2009

Spiffy new stuff

One of my friends gave me a gift certificate to the Running Room!  How awesome is she?  So I picked up a shirt, water bottle holder, and some compression socks.  I cannot wait to try them all out – it’s pretty ridiculous how excited I am!  I am a dork, but a decked out running one at that.

Time seems to be flying by as of late and I feel like I’m not keeping up with it. The new stuff will serve as some extra motivation to get out there again.  I have been longing to hit the pavement but consciously decided to prolong the hiatus.  I had been functioning on survival mode for longer than I should have. With things returning more or less to normal my brain is mush and my body is physically exhausted from all the emotions that were kept at bay/lack of sleep/lack of good food.  I still am noticing a lag but it’s better than last week so 100% is around the corner.

I am a bit worried as to how much I should be running since my base has definitely gone away (as I’m sure some fitness has, too.)  I certainly don’t want to end up with an injury from pushing it because as we all know they are no fun.  Anyway, I’ve babbled on long enough.  I hope you’re all doing well!

Posted by: Run For Life | 16 July, 2009

I’m still here – wedding edition

The craziness is dying down so I’ll hopefully be back in routine soon and able to entertain you with running posts.

The wedding was beautiful and it was an absolutely fabulous day!  Her father was able to walk her halfway down the aisle and I’m pretty sure everyone there was crying since we all knew how trying the last little while has been.  Here are a few pics (and by a few I mean a lot):

Pedicures/manicures:

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Relaxing (who knows what we’re laughing at!)

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Get together:

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Rehearsal (complete with fake bouquet.)

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Night before the wedding:

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A great view to wake up to:

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Getting my hair done:

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Myself with the other bridesmaids:

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Helping with the veil:

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Checking out the bridesmaids bouquets:

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The bride getting her make-up done:

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The groom is nervously getting ready to go to the venue:

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Lacing up the corset:

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After this point my camera was put away.  The following pics are from friends/family.

Back of her gown as she and her dad walk the aisle:

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Ceremony picture:

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The following two pics Andrew took (they’re great you should click them to see the full version!)

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Awww, such cute newlyweds!

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Back to my camera (but family was taking the shots) This is at the gift opening (I have no idea what that look on my face is for.)

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A few days later we went to the Bay to spend giftcards (it’s so much fun buying stuff that isn’t with your own money!)  We were trying to get a pic of the five sails and cruise ship in the background.  We ended up with five pics of us and shrubbery.  This is the best one, haha. 😛

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So there you go.  I have more friends getting married this summer, one in two days, another in seventeen, and the last one in thirty days!  Talk about the summer of weddings!

I hope you’re all doing well.  I have well over 1,000 items on my Google Reader so I’m just going to start fresh because there is no way I’ll be able to catch up.

Posted by: Run For Life | 9 July, 2009

Still a no-go

Running, I miss you.  Please do not banish me from your inner circle.  I would also really appreciate it if when I actually do make my come-back run if you could go easy on me and not make me feel like I’m about to keel over.  That would be fantastastic.  I am sorry we haven’t been meeting regularly lately.

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It’s a beautiful day out, a little overcast and nice and breezy – PERFECT running weather but there is much wedding stuff to do today so I’m 99% sure a run won’t fit in.

Some AMAZING news is that my friend’s dad was released from the hospital.  He still has a long road to recovery but he’s listening to the doctors and I’m sure he’ll be glad to be home!  We’re thinking he WILL be able to make it to her wedding which is a lot more than we thought a few weeks ago.  The stress from that is obviously still there (more so for the immediate family) but it’s reduced a tonne.  I’m positive her wedding will be brilliant and more wonderful than she can imagine.

I hope you’re all doing well and getting more running in than me. 😉

Posted by: Run For Life | 5 July, 2009

Catch-up

I feel so disconnected from the world right now!  Things are going better health wise for my friend’s dad and we’re moving along with plans for the wedding, hopefully they’ll allow him to come for at least the ceremony portion but for right now he’s still on TPN, has a central line, etc. but he’s talking and doing a million times better than a week ago when we almost lost him twice.

In other news I have not run for WAY too long.  I actually have not done any of my workouts since uh, middle of June?  Whenever I last posted about doing one (I’m too scared to look back, haha.)  I feel like my fitness has plummeted but somehow my shorts seem to be falling off, the stress diet or more likely deteriorating quad muscles?   We’ll hope for the former even though that’s probably not the case…I am crossing my fingers I’ll be able to go for a run tomorrow.  I’ll let you know if that happens, for sure.

The good news is that I’ve been doing a lot of walking and have been able to do a couple relaxing things between hospital visits.  Went to the beach one day (where I got sunburned on my back despite ample application of suntan lotion) and relaxed by the pool for a couple of hours another day.  At the hospital I’ve taken walks with my friend when we’ve needed to get a time out.  Fortunately, Vancouver has had gorgeous weather recently so that helps.

Here are some pics so you aren’t completely bored:

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Flowers that we had to put in the family ICU room, so pretty!

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P1080028 I cropped out other people so they wouldn’t kill me for posting pics of them. 😉  This was Canada Day (hence the white and red outfit.)

Maybe I’ll be able to update you on RUNNING tomorrow (keep your fingers and toes crossed!)

P.S. I added the before and after hair cut photos in the previous post.

Posted by: Run For Life | 1 July, 2009

The run around

Note: My friend’s dad is still in the ICU but he is improving, thank you for your kind words.

I have not been running since whenever I last posted. Things have been so busy though I haven’t really noticed too much. Today we were able to go to the pool and have a little swim, soak in some rays, and destress a bit before going back to the hospital.

I completely thought I had published this post below a few days ago, sorry!

I’ll post pictures when I can.

Happy Canada Day!

Better late than never: Here’s my response to this week’s Take it and Run Thursday. I never realized how important recovery was until I over-did it. I also never knew how much I’d learn about myself when I began this sport.

Running has been put on the backburner but I’m hoping I’ll be able to squeeze in at least a little tiny run later on.

Completely random -I got my hair cut today and here are some before and after pics:

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