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Some thoughts for Friday

Friday, May 15, 2009

This morning I have a bunch of stuff that I'm thinking about, so here goes.
Today I have an appointment with the dermatologist. I have been blessed with the good teeth from my father's side of the family, but unfortunately I have also been "blessed" with the bad skin. It's under control now and I'm happy with my skin, but high school was horrible. Having acne is a far worse problem than you'd ever imagine if you've never had to deal with it. Sure, a zit here and there is part of life but having it all the time SUCKS. I tear up when I watch Proactive commercials because I know what it's like for those people.
Tonight I am going to visit my brother and my dog; my mom is in Egypt, so I have to make sure that my brother is watering the plants and that my dog is doing ok. He is an old, blind dog and he is my baby. I am so excited to visit him.
My brother and I are going to see the new Star Trek on IMAX tonight. I don't even *like* Star Trek but I've heard really good things about the movie. I figured I might as well see it on IMAX if I'm going to be right near one anyway.
I'm going to try to get a little run in this afternoon/evening around town. There are no bears around my mom's house, so I can run in the evening without worrying about a bear coming to get me. Around my house, not so much. A bear could pop out at any time. And even though I know black bears are kind of scared of people anyway, there's something about a 200+ pound animal that is just a little frightening.
I discovered a HUGE eating trigger for me - procrastination. I wrote a paper last night after procrastinating with almonds, Wasa crackers, raisins, turkey breast, etc. Nothing really horrible for me, but just too much of it. I need to learn to just do my work and get it over with.
Off to brush my teeth and get on the road. Happy Friday!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 5/15/2009 9:23PM

    A lot of your post made you smile.

My cousin and a few close friends have dealt with serious acne (one past the age of 40--oy!). I can only imagine.

Sweet to think of you visiting your dog. :-)

I'm on the fence re the ST movie. I *kind of* want to see it... (I kind of like ST, and I'm sentimental about it because *my* brother was a big ST fan), but I'm not sure if I "approve" of the direction they're going in this movie.

How's the foot?

I'm *terrified* of bears, too. (More so of mt. lions, though, and apparently, there was a sighting of one relatively near my son's school today--eek!) A bear would really increase my running speed. ;-)

Interesting trigger. Any emotional content in the procrastination?

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RICE - Part II

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Today I told the Phys. Ed teacher about my foot pain, and she suggested that it might be an arch issue. My feet are just not used to all this running, so I believe that she might be right. I stopped for some arch supports (the Dr. Scholl's gel ones - the pain is not too bad, and I'm trying to take good care of my foot) after school today, and I think I'll try wearing them tomorrow. The back of the package says that I can wear them in sneakers so I might try running a little bit tomorrow afternoon to see if they make my feet feel any better. Maybe I'll even go for a little jog tonight to see.
Went swimming this afternoon. I think the timed breathing of swimming is helping me to breathe during my runs. I'm rarely gasping for breath when I run, except if I am having an "off" day. I can't really gasp for air while I swim, unless I want a lung full of nasty pool water.
Tonight I will be watching The Biggest Loser season finale. I LOVE to see how the contestants changed since the beginning.
Off to work on a paper...

  
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EATNBOOGERS 5/14/2009 5:17PM

    I have super high arches (and I train carefully as a result)... if it's an arch issue, definitely go easy. Icing helps, support helps. I also try to avoid concrete as much as I can (trails, cinder tracks are great). Increase your mileage *slowly* and carefully... I think the guideline is not more than 10% per week. Good luck!

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JESSIEW84 5/12/2009 7:14PM

    If you aren't used to running did you get the propper running shoes? Go to a sports shoe store and have them fit you to a pair of shoes. Some shoes have higher arch support than others which could really help you. If you're wearing shoes that don't work for the way your foot hits the pavement, Dr. Sholl's won't help as much as a pair of shoes that fit right.

Another thing...are you lacing your shoes too tight in certain parts? You might try lacing them differently.

Good luck.

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RICE

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I have a bruise on the top of my foot. I'm not sure how it got there, but it's there. And it hurts a little bit.
Usually I am very stubborn and the earlier, less body-aware version of me would ignore it and hope it went away. But I decided to follow RICE for my foot. And by god, it is working! It feels much much better.
This afternoon is a swimming day. I need to rest my foot.
Have a Sparky Tuesday!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 5/12/2009 8:43AM

    You're smart to be careful about this. Icing works wonders, too--and it's good that you're remembering to do *all* parts of the RICE.

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Eight days to go!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

My first 5K is on May 17th. I am SO excited. This morning we did a trial run through the course. I kept pace with one of the trainers; she is going to be my pacer at the race. She doesn't have any clients that are running, so she told me that she would run with me. Yay!
I finished today in 25:50. Huh. It *is* a fast course, I suppose!
I think the top of my foot is bruised a little bit. This week I'm going to try icing it and also I'll look for some sort of compression band. RICE.
Not weighing myself every week has been good for me. It's helping me focus on getting my 5K time down and also getting the miles in. I even saw a little shadow on my tummy today, like an indentation, and that made me really happy. So if I see that shadow, I guess it doesn't matter whether it is at a certain weight number or not. I'll check in on the scale in about a week or so, just to see where I am, but I'm not going to obsess over it. Feels so liberating!
Today is going to be a wonderful day!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 5/10/2009 4:38PM

    Wow, good for you! So fast!!!

I don't really like the way icing feels, but it is *so* effective. If you are concerned about an injury, by all means, *do* ice.

I love those mysterious shadows. :-)

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Wahoo! New shoes!

Friday, May 08, 2009

I have a really ancient pair of ASICS and a pair that I bought back in January. Today I decided to retire my ancient pair and add a second "good" pair to my closet. I went to the local running store and bought a pair of Brooks Defyance. I immediately put some more quarters in the parking meter and ran three miles. The new shoes are wonderful. I really like them. It was nice to have someone give some suggestions for shoes. However, I did feel better when the sales guy said that the ASICS were the right shoes for me anyway. The Brooks are a different feel... they are a bit lighter and I feel like there is less shoe around my foot. It will be nice to have two very nice and different pairs to run in.
I almost bought a "Runner Girl" sticker for my car, but I think I will wait and have that be my reward for finishing my first 5K, which is next Sunday! I am SO excited. Tonight's run was a bit easier than it was last week, and tomorrow morning we run the route again, so I am hoping that it will be even easier tomorrow.
Tonight I will go to the gym and do some upper body stuff. It's getting warm... sleeveless season is almost here.
Happy Friday!

  
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EATNBOOGERS 5/10/2009 4:41PM

    I love new shoes!

Here's a tip for you... you might want to keep track of how many miles you put on a pair of shoes... there are various recommendations about how many miles are okay before you retire them. (I tend to be a slacker about this, and it's part of the reason why I finally started logging my miles--yes, to keep from overusing my shoes and injuring my feet.) Runner's World (online) probably has some recs... 300 mi rings a bell, but everyone's different.

Another tip... if you find a model of shoe that you *really* love, think about watching for sales on it and buying a pair (or 2) to keep in reserve. Sometimes, the models change in bad ways, and when you go in to get the "new and improved" version, the toe break is different or something else is different and you're back to square 1.

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