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Every Journey Begins with One Step

In my case, it began with 87423 steps (or however many were in today’s c25k workout)

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I’m on week 2 day 2, and did great! Converting to the midfoot strike running is awkward, I feel like I really have to concentrate on running, and that I’m braking and hitching as I run. My calves feel awesome though! (They’re screaming at me right now, calling me a delusional traitor)

Tonight’s agenda, once my delicious dinner digests, calls for yoga from the Loverly Sarah Beth she is my muse, I want to be like her when I grow up!

I also will do some of the isolated muscle workouts Mrs Countdown From 50 has laid out this week for our 8 week fitness challenge!!!

I guess I should post today’s weight, since it is the 1st day……

193.8!

I will have my hubby take measurements this evening, and will post them as welllllllllll.

I have a little over a month until the COLOR RUN in Cleveland, and I am SOOOO excited!!!! It also means a little over a month until I GRADUATE, and until my FAMILY comes to visit!!! (I haven’t seen them in almost 2 years) I’m more excited about seeing them, I think, then I am about graduating!

We are also buying kayaks in the not-so-distant-future, and will add that to my daily workout. MMMMmm I cannnnot WAIT, I can see the lake from my house, and it will be nothing to carry a 50# kayak across the street every day. I am so incredibly excited about that!

I think we have decided on this make/model… I’ve read a million reviews, and think this is where it’s at….

Old Town Dirigo 120

In sunrise,of course 😉

Off to digest, and do the laundry!

BE WELL! BE STRONG! BE YOURSELF!

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My 8 Week Fitness Challenge Goals

I am participating in Countdown From 50’s 8 Week Fitness Challenge (< go there for the details and to sign up!!)

Basically it consists of 8 weeks of varying fitness, eating and motivation challenges to kick your butt into shape. It starts SUNDAY.

Our first homework assignment is to come up with attainable and realistic goals to shoot for during the 8 weeks, and in the long run….. so……….

I want arms like this

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Toned, not BULKY, feminine, pretty…..

I don’t want my thighs to touch. I want to be able to wear a denim mini skirt without feeling self conscious, or rubbing myself raw in the process…. I want lean legs. I have short legs, and want them to look longer, leaner…

like this:

lean-legs-tight-butt

 

HELL If I could gear toward something like this:

fitcurvyI’d be a happy camper 🙂

But really……

My long term goals are as follows-

Lose 50 lbs (I am at 195 right now, I would like to hit 145)

Run a half marathon (December 1st is the Space Coast Marathon/Half, my goal for this year, it’s a big one, since it’s a DESTINATION race to my beautiful homeland in Florida)

And be able to do this pose:

Makes my mouth water...

Makes my mouth water…

Whew!!!

Is it hot in here??? (That is so damn cool I can NOT get over it)

 

Anywhoo…. my Short term goals are….

By the end of 8 weeks:

…I will have lost 20 pounds. At 4 weeks, if I am not around -10#, I will revise whatever it is I’m doing…

…I will have my fitness time down to a habit and not a chore. I enjoy exercising now, and want to channel that positivity toward a routine, NO EXCUSES!

…I will be eating healthier (I can’t WAIT for the garden to mature! For Farmer’s Markets! For FRESH, IN SEASON veggies!!!) and making healthy choices all the time, instead of gorging and glugging away my hard-earned work…

… I will be able to run a 5k without going into cardiac arrest, or exploding from every orifice of my body….

… I will be a motivation to others to ditch their unhealthy lifestyles and serve as an ambassador to healthy living!

 

All attainable, and realistic.

READY FOR SUNDAY!!!!!!! I am excited. I think…….. maybe….. I will post some before pictures of my wonderfully hot bod….
braille

 

Maybe…… 😉

 

Hindsight is 20/20: New Runner Tips

I am a new runner. I am painfully stumbling and fumbling my way through learning the ins and outs, do’s and don’ts of this lifestyle.

So far, not so good.

FIRST MISTAKE: In a cheap (and so stupid) ditch effort to save some money (full time nursing school zaps your moola) I’d been running in used, worn and tired shoes.

SECOND MISTAKE: I did not have strong legs going in to this (I’m building strength by running, right????)

THIRD MISTAKE: I was going to start my cross-training within the next week, but really had to start a month ago.

Right now I am currently bumming what I believe is tendinitis… one pretty nasty case in my Right knee, and a mild come and go one in my left. Today marks 9 days off from running. I’m going crazy, especially with the power exhibited behind the runners throughout the world in response to Boston. I want to  show my support and channel my emotions and grow strong, But I gotta do what I gotta do.

RICE is my friend. (and… dare I say it……….. my legs are feeling better!)

Here is what I’ve learned so far…….

#1- DO NOT WEAR CHEAP SHOES!!!!!!!! You get what you put into your workout, unfortunately, and I used crap shoes and got CRAP KNEES because of it. APPARENTLY…..  when you run, your knees take on 2-3 TIMES your body weight, one at a time. (Doing the math in my head…. carry the two…..) that means for me personally, at a ‘cough’ healthy 195 pounds, my poor poor knees each take on a mere 585 pounds with each step. That’s the equivalent of my one little knee carrying the weight of a male lion. I’m talking the f*ing King of the Jungle.

Hey, at least it's some majestic animal

Hey, at least it’s some majestic animal, I’ve got a ways to go till I’m at elephant seal…

The cushioning technology in running shoes offset the weight, absorbing 2.5 times the weight of the lion, reducing the force emitted on the cartilage of the knees. The Wedding Singer is flashing in my head right now…

“Things that could’ve been brought to my attention YESTERDAYYYY”

(I’m just kidding. I take full responsibility for my dumbass attack)

SOLUTION: Get fitted for a pair of shoes based on your running gait, and have it professionally done at a place like:

The Running Zone

They know what they’re doing. They will watch and often videotape how you run, analyze and examine your gait and match you with shoes perfect for your individual step. If you are in Melbourne, Florida and need a really great (and I mean really, really great) running store experience, check them out. Heck, check them out anyway, right meow. Ever heard of the Space Coast Marathon? That’s them. (They are also my wonderful cousins, who I don’t talk to nearly enough but think of all the time)

I grew up on Florida’s gorgeous space coast

The beach up the street from my house growing up.... sigh,,,,,

The beach up the street from my house growing up…. sigh……

 and dream of running the Space Coast Marathon someday, and am going to train for the Half this DECEMBER. I live in Northern Ohio (I can spit and hit Lake Erie, no really) and am so envious of their beautiful weather all the time, and the million and a half 5ks every weekend down there. I took the weather for granted when I lived there, and wish I had been into running when I lived there. Maybe someday I’ll move back (My hubby LOVES it there, but is fearful a hurricane will sink the peninsula)

I’ve never been to RoadRunner Sports, but my friend and I are going to take a road trip down there this summer to get me refitted for shoes (I’m an Ariel) The downfall is the closest one to us (and the only one in the STATE for that matter) is in Columbus, about a 3 hour drive. But apparently it’s worth it! (Still, if you’re in Florida, make the trip to my beautiful homeland and check out the Running Zone and run in one of their 5ks, they are so good and family oriented)

I’ve been researching tips how to not SUCK when I get back on the road, and find myself on Cool Running’s site… Here are their tips for narrowing down the most appropriate shoe for you (It’s a rundown of your foot and step characteristics, what to expect when you are professionally fitted, and some technical jargon so you’re not standing there with your thumb up your nose while the sales associates talk to you.)

MISTAKE #2: STRENGTHEN THOSE THUNDER THIGHS

Again, a huge mistake thinking I could nail jello to a tree. I have relatively strong legs, but not enough to compensate for my sh*tty shoes. Or the lion.

Again, my couch-bound ass has scoured the internet trying to figure out what I did wrong, and how to not F it up again. Here’s what I’ve come up with, it’s really quite simple.

Your knee is a hinge, surrounded by strong leg muscles. In order to support your knee (and lion) you need to have a strong foundation to prevent common running injuries. The quads and hamstrings help keep your knee in proper alignment, preventing torque injuries.

I AM NOT A DOCTOR, NOR AM I SWEARING BY THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION

Take it for what it’s worth, do your own research, try what’s best for you. This is what I’ve found…

SOLUTION: Active.com has a section on exercises used to strengthen the hip flexors (a common weak link for many runners) and leg muscles…

MISTAKE #3- Cross Train!

This basically reiterates #2, strengthen the muscles in those legs, work muscles not used while running, and help prevent injuries!

I am going to start elliptical training, and once the WONDERFUL Ohio weather decides to snap the F out of it and warm up, I’ll go across the street and swim in the Lake. People in Ohio don’t really have swimming pools (at least no one I know) and the local high schools want to charge be a rotten $200 for a pool pass. Harumph. I’ll swim in the lake. I also love to BIKE!!! So there’s my cross-training.

Now…. all that information is there…. I JUST HAVE TO DO IT.

And remember- I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun!

Run Strong my friends!

Grumpy Cat Ain’t Got Sh*t on Me Today!

I apologize for the negativity in what you are about to read. I’m trying to be positive, you know, all “I am radiant there’s sunshine shooting out of every orifice teeheehee!” But today I am a dark rain cloud. Not a little black rain cloud, no no Pooh Bear, I’m a full-fledged F5 Tornado, hurling rusty farm machinery at Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton.

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Giving that cat a run for his money. Although I’m sure he would revel in my dilemma, the bastard

I totally jacked up my knees. Both of them. A Bilateral pile of horse shit. I blame my old shoes. I blame the economy. I blame nursing school. I blame myself for being stupid and cheap and trying to filch it until I can afford a nice pair of shoes. Bah. BAH! (shaking my fist at the universe)

As an almost nurse, we’ve been taught to instruct (“For we are nurses”,  my instructor says in a shrill voice, “we do not ENCOURAGE, we INSTRUCT!”) our patients to go to a physician to diagnose presenting ailments.

Cut to me feverously smashing away at the keys, googling my signs and symptoms.  Meniscus sprain? Tear? Obliteration? Runner’s Knee? Popliteal Deconglomeration? (okay I made that one up)

Basically I should go to a doctor and get a barrage of tests done to see what I did. I think I strained it. Sprain? Strain? I can’t remember the difference right now.  sTrain= Tendon. Is the meniscus a tendon? I think so.

RICE. No no not flied lice (tastes nice!!) Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation. My anagram goes something like this though:

RAGE

IDIOT, (Stimpy you)

CRY (SOB, WAIL)

EVISCERATE (EVERYONE)

So I’m going to take a week off from my training (maybe more depending on the extent) And take it easy. I can hear my mother’s voice a mere month ago when I told her I was going to start running…

(Cue thick New York accent) “Sarah, don’t run, save your knees”   Yeah yeah whatever mom okay.

I’m waving at you right now mom. And smiling. (By waving I mean flipping the bird and by smiling I mean flipping the bird with my other hand) Love you mom. Mean it. (I really do love my mother she is amazing and, dare I say it, a bit clairvoyant?)

So in order for me to keep up with the wonderful progress I’d been making (that part wasn’t sarcasm, I’ve lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks from diet and exercise!) I’m going to have to do some low impact take-it-easy exercises, like yoga, ab and arm exercises and a lot of sex (so not low-impact)

grumble grumble grumble…….

Anyone have any setback stories to share to get my hopes up? Advice? Anything that doesn’t involve amputation and or bilateral knee replacements/ACL surgery. (I am a worst-case scenario thinker….)

 

 

 

 

 

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