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More than just a race!

Friday, April 13, 2012

I've been trying to think of a JASR blog... I've read so many wonderful blogs, looked at so many amazing pictures... I have to say that this year's JASR was just unbelievable. It inspired me in so many ways... Since JASR I have:

emoticon bought new kicks that are going to help me run better. I got to be around runners who took their gear very seriously, and I was inspired to take more of an interest in my own. I also bought a new running skirt and jacket/vest out there, and I'm so excited to be wearing the skirt tomorrow on my run!

emoticon I was inspired to take my actual *running* more seriously. I made a running date with a Tough Mudder teammate (well, two - we have our second one tomorrow!), and I went back to running with the local running club. And I was SO thrilled to have gotten in 4.25 miles with them on Thursday night!

emoticon My nutrition has greatly improved since I got back. I realized that the only way I could truly enjoy the occasional blizzard (or five) would be to watch what I'm eating the rest of the time and track everything.

Penny, if you can find the time to run with a little Roo, then I can surely find time to run myself!
Anne, if you can find the time to run with 11 kids, I can certainly find time with *one* husband who works the opposite shift as I do!
Anne and Bobby, if you can find the time to run while planning and organizing such an amazing event, I can find the time to run!
Lynn, if you can find the time to run while arranging surprise visits (!), I can certainly find the time to run.

I just can't begin to put into words how inspiring you all are. You make me realize why I love to run. It's not just about PRs and logging miles, but it's about the friendships and the joy of being around people who, even though they may be far far away, "get" you like anyone who might be your neighbor.

I love you all and don't know what I'd do without you.


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BILLALEX70 4/14/2012 6:07PM

    emoticon great recap of the weekend!

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ROSET491 4/14/2012 4:25PM

    Great Blog!! I'm going to really have to try to get there next year!! How far is it for you??

Keep up the great work!!!


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    No, you can't put Brad in a jogging stroller BUT if he's working while you're running then you know he's taken care of. :)
Such a great blog(again!!) and I'm glad to see all that you got out of the weekend. it still seems surreal to me that I got to meet all ofyou!!!! WOW!!!!

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CFMOSS 4/14/2012 6:45AM

    Your reflections truly indicate how uplifting the race was and hrmmmmph not all that far from me.

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RUNNINGWILD 4/14/2012 2:39AM

    emoticonYes you can!!
But, in your defense, you can't stuff Brad in a jogging stroller emoticon

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Oh, happy run!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

So those of you who've been injured at some point, you know how exciting it is when you get back to running and feel really good. Tonight was one of those nights for me. After Girls On the Run, I went into town to get some rice protein and gluten-free snacks. Then I headed out to meet the local running club. I haven't run with them in over a year! I have been really nervous about my knees - the runs are usually around 4 miles, and I've been so scared that my knees would act up.

Tonight I ran with my running mentor (I think of him often when I run) and we kept it at a nice, easy pace. I wasn't worried about keeping up with the group, and my mentor is really really amazing about keeping me motivated no matter what my pace. So we're running for a while, and I don't notice my knee. We run a little more, and I STILL don't notice my knee. We finish, and I STILL don't notice my knee! Hurrah! I was walking on clouds. I almost cried, I was so happy about tonight's run!

I *did* just get some new kicks last week, and I really think they are making a huge difference. The extra cushioning in them (ASICS Gel-Kayanos) is amazing. I didn't realize how much lower back pain I was having until I ran in these shoes! I am SO happy with them. So I'm being really diligent about tracking my miles run in them, and I plan to get a new pair when I get to about 100 miles or so; I can rotate the new ones in.


Today's eating was really pretty good!

- water water water (I am slacking on this again)
- stick to my eating plan (I am doing really well with my eating lately)
- morning swim
- send in college application (I have decided to go back to school to get my Curriculum Supervisor's Certificate. Brad is helping me pay for the classes, and this way I can be on my way to working in administration!)

Happy Friday Eve!

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MCCOURTT 4/13/2012 3:25PM

    Congrat, on the run, it is hard to get back to it after an injury. To many more runs emoticon

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    HOORAY!!!! No sore knees!!! That makes me so happy!!
And congrats on going back to school-you're brave!! You'll do awesome!

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GIANNA345 4/13/2012 11:37AM

    Good work! Keep it up.

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CASSIOEPIA 4/13/2012 9:33AM

    So much good news in this blog!!! Congrats on going back to school - love it :)

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CFMOSS 4/13/2012 7:12AM

    Glad the knee is doing better; take care of it - it needs to last you many years! and kudos on the activities of the day especially the college app for admin study. Go Girl.

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CAMROLA 4/13/2012 12:12AM

    Such a great feeling! Glad you had such a good run! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/12/2012 10:09PM

    Glad you had a good run! Those goals sound good! Keep up the great work!

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BILLALEX70 4/12/2012 9:10PM

    I always love my Kayanos!

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You know you're healthy when...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

you come home, see asparagus in the fridge, and think "Wow, this would make a really great snack."

Came home from school today, and I was SO hungry. I knew I was going to have a stuffed pepper for dinner, but I couldn't wait until it was heated through! So asparagus was my treat. Crazy.

Today was another really good day! I dragged my arse out of bed this morning (it's very hard to get up at 5:00am after not setting an alarm for five days), got in a 30 minute run, and had a good day with the kiddos at school.

- pack lunch for tomorrow
- prep dinner for tomorrow night
- get clothes ready
- journal for a bit

Hope it was a fantastic day for you!

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DEEJ4FITNESS 4/11/2012 8:56PM

    WOW! You're an inspiring lil' ball of energy and I loves ya bunches!!! MMMMmmmmm need to buy me some asparagus! I'm out :(

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TORTUETOO 4/11/2012 2:18PM

    Love it! I could eat asparagus 7 days a week. Luckily, so could my beau, so we have it a lot. :)

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MUFFIY831 4/11/2012 9:39AM

    Love it, and I love this time of year when it's fresh and amazing. I had some for dinner the other night!

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CFMOSS 4/11/2012 7:17AM

    yummy snack - we had absolutely wonderful asparagus made by my husband's aunt which was served cold (my college daughter and her college friend took the leftovers gladly) hmmm....wasn't too smart on letting them go.

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LYNNANN43 4/10/2012 11:55PM

    asparagus... so better than a York Peppermint Patty... but don't seeing exchanging them soon. LOL

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GOEGIRL 4/10/2012 8:40PM

    lol - love it!

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/10/2012 7:59PM

    Wow, asparagus would make a great snack - you're hardcore healthy, lady! :)

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JAZZMINE 4/10/2012 7:51PM

    Wow! You are doing great! I wish I could get up that early to exercise!


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DRAGONCHILDE 4/10/2012 7:32PM

    Isn't that a great feeling? I've been staring at the bags of chips in my cabinet, and seriously thinking, "I have nothing for snacks. I need to go to the grocery store." Because I was craving hummus and veggies.


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JAZZ20 4/10/2012 6:27PM

  My daughter makes a killer asparagus dish. I enjoy it every time she prepares it. No creamy sauce or anything. Yum.

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    Sounds like a great day,Carrie! How was the run? knees okay?
My day was pretty good-waiting to still get in a walk,though.....

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BRIAN36 4/10/2012 6:17PM

    Asparagus is my new favorite. Wish someone else in the house liked it.

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Great start to the week!

Monday, April 09, 2012

Today was one of those days where, as I'm winding down and getting into relax mode, I think "wow, what a super day!"

- I helped Brad with his hurt back. I gave him a little deep back rub, made him wince, and gave him some advice. I guess I've learned a lot about the body!
- Did a great workout at the gym. Wanted to do a full circuit, but my knee wasn't feeling the lunges. Rather than kill my knee, I changed it up a little bit and felt really good when I was done. My pushups are really improving!
- Got a new lunch bag! My old one was starting to get a little rank, so I treated myself to a cute new Vera Bradley lunch bag. So fun for spring!
- Went grocery shopping and stocked up on dairy- and gluten- free food. I don't have a medical reason to try this new diet, but I have to admit that I've been feeling really good since I've started it!
- Cleaned up a LOT around the house. I got tons of laundry done, vacuumed our downstairs, and simmered some chicken for lunch tomorrow. All that's left to do is cook the quinoa pasta and pack up my food.
- Planned my eating for tomorrow. I think I'll work on the rest of the week a little later tonight. Brad is working like CRAZY for Passover, so I'm mostly on my own this week. But I've been doing so well with my eating that it's really a good motivator for me to continue my good eating.
- Ordered some new Buff headbands. I bought one out in Pittsburgh and I LOVE it. One of my Bondi Bands is starting to tear a little bit, so I needed some new gym hairbands. I highly recommend Buff!
- Looked (again) into getting certified to be a personal trainer. There is a session coming up (where Brad works!) at the end of June, so I think I'll aim for that one. I don't have time right now to study for the one coming up in May (which is at my gym!), so it will have to wait. I'll have some time to really think about it and get a better idea of what my job situation will be next year.

Time to fold the last of the laundry and plan the rest of the week!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 4/10/2012 12:41PM

    Carrie-I notice a difference,too when I cut way down on dairy...the cheese seems to get to me.
YAY!! to new headbands and helping hubby(hope he's getting better) and thinking about personal trainer cert.!!!!
Have a great week!

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CFMOSS 4/10/2012 7:00AM

    Indeed a good day. Like the new lunch bag - that's a perk to make you smile at lunch eating your dairy free, gluten free lunch.

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/9/2012 9:17PM

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CAMROLA 4/9/2012 7:30PM

    What a fab day--good for your for continuing to try new things and teach yourself... you inspire me all the time!


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GIANTPANDA 4/9/2012 6:25PM

    Sounds like an awesome day! So glad you are trying dairy and gluten free. It really can make a surprising difference. emoticon

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Slightly disappointed

Saturday, April 07, 2012

On Friday morning when I was at the gym, my trainer asked me if she could give my e-mail address to someone from the local paper. They were writing an article about the Tough Mudder and events like it around here, and they wanted to know if anyone at the gym was training for it. I thought it sounded totally great and agreed to have my e-mail address given out. But today I saw a copy of the paper, and it said "Coming tomorrow..." the article about the TM. Bleh. Looks like they aren't going to e-mail me about it. So that *was* my exciting news, but doesn't look like it will be anymore.

Oh well.

This morning I went for a 30 minutes swim, and then an hour long hike this afternoon. They day was just too beautiful not to get outside!

I did pretty well eating today - just now, though, I ate a bunch of rice chips and finished off the trail mix (which thankfully wasn't *that* much).

Tomorrow I think I'll surprise my mom by going to church. I wasn't going to go, but hubs suggested that I go as the nice daughterly thing to do. So I'll get up a little earlier than I planned and head down to church.

Off to get ready for tomorrow and then take a hot bath...

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CAMROLA 4/8/2012 10:04PM

    Maybe they'll get you in time for the main event!

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GIANNA345 4/8/2012 9:22PM

    Maybe you'll be surprised!

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GOEGIRL 4/8/2012 1:16PM

    :o( You totally deserve to be famous. I hope they're just saving you for the story AFTER the race.

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CFMOSS 4/8/2012 7:34AM

    Well a hug to you this Easter morning. Hope your church has music which is lovely.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/8/2012 7:05AM

    You are a good daughter!

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/7/2012 11:43PM

    Well, that sucks. They most likely ran up against a deadline, or got what they needed from someone... or what they wanted to hear.

Journalism's a bit hit or miss. Maybe see if there's a local independent paper you could hit up with an offer? They're usually starving for good material and sources!

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LYNNANN43 4/7/2012 10:35PM

    Sounds like the Good way outdid the Bleh.

Have a wonderful Easter! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 4/7/2012 10:12PM

    Sorry the article didn't turn out how you wanted! Hugs

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