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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Yesterday I was RAVENOUS. Not just a little bit, but a lot. And I ate a lot. I'm not sweating it too much - it was one day and I'm back on track today, but still. I definitely notice it, though... today I feel a little more poochy than I did yesterday.

I am subbing today, and then I'm headed to the gym for some upper body stuff. I want to give my strength training the same love as I'm giving my running. And my running is coming along really well. Yesterday I did 7 miles and it felt so good. I took along an orange Hammer Gel and had it about one hour in. It definitely did the trick. I made it to my mileage, no problem. I felt as if I could have kept going, but I am really making an effort to be smart about my training and not overdoing it. I don't have a Garmin (yet - when I hit 50 miles this month I'm treating myself), but my pace was pretty consistent. I use Map My Run, and it showed that my miles were all within about 20 seconds. Not too bad for going by feel alone!

- drink all my water
- keep my eating in check - I honestly think yesterday was my body not knowing what to do with itself because it just ran 7 miles. I think the plan for the next long run is to eat more food, sooner after I'm done. I didn't have very much after my run yesterday, and I think that had something to do with my eating spree.
- work hard at the gym! I don't like to waste my time when I'm there.

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SOUTHGOINGZAX 2/15/2013 1:07PM

    I had a day like that yesterday - I could not stop eating! Oh well, though. Today's a new day.

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MCJULIEO 2/14/2013 12:56AM

    You GO!

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CRAFTINWIFE 2/13/2013 7:57PM

    emoticon emoticon (earn that Garmin!)

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WE_PA_FIT 2/13/2013 9:05AM

    im doing upperbody ST today too. way to go on the 7 miles!!! it may help to log your food as well as your miles and see the correlation so you can fuel and plan accordingly...

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BILLALEX70 2/13/2013 7:48AM

    When I was training I was always hungry, but that lead to weight gain. Keep an eye on your intake!

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RIDLEYRIDER 2/13/2013 7:44AM

  The over-hunger feeling was probably your body reactlng to the extended run. You are right to not dwell on it and get back on track today. Good job!!!

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BLUENOSE63 2/13/2013 7:44AM


When you eat a carb, eat a works great to keep your caloric intake where it needs to never want to get to the starving stage.....your body wants food and is just burning extra on those days you seem to be ravenous

I get those days every now and then and those are the days I eat as much of the good food as I want.

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The finger-crossing worked!

Saturday, February 09, 2013

There's a little bit of excitement around here! Someone is interested in renting out our house! On Wednesday night we had someone come look at it with the realtor. Yesterday they called with a couple questions, and the realtor told us that they'd be filing out an application! I am SOOOO excited. I wasn't sure how I was going to react - I was getting nervous about all kinds of stuff - could we afford to move? How was school going to work out? All kinds of stuff. But I felt nothing but excitement when I heard that someone was interested!

So now the waiting begins. I REALLY hope it all works out - the application comes back OK, they are decent people, all that.

Classes are going well. I have been running regularly down at my mom's house, and every day my eating seems to be improving. I've been taking food along with me so I don't have to go out to eat every meal, and it's working out!

My half marathon training is going really well, too! My longest run so far has been six miles, and it was a really good run. Everything felt good! While I know I have to work on my long run nutrition a little bit, I feel more confident every day that I am going to do great on my first half. Yay!

- lots and lots of water
- swim and upper body if I can get out of the snowy driveway, which i think will be fine later this afternoon
- schoolwork (lots of reading)
- try not to get myself too crazy about the potential renters

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LYNNANN43 2/9/2013 9:55PM

    Whereya moving to, Carrie?

Goodly luck with the renting, the classes and the HM training! emoticon

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Snow day?!???

Thursday, February 07, 2013

I feel like a little kid - I'm waiting to hear if there is a snow day tomorrow! But I'm excited for it in a different way as an adult - it means I get to spend a long morning at the gym working out instead of going in to sub. Ha!

Today's eating was not all that great. I felt SOOOO hungry today. Perhaps I need to take another look at how many calories I'm eating a day. My brother and I went out for lunch - I had chicken and waffles (MMM) and chocolate cake with peanut butter icing. The cake was really good, the icing was only so-so.

I did manage to get in a 2.5 mile run and another 2.5 miles walking the dog this afternoon. I tried some new eating today - on the way down to my mom's house, I stopped for a bagel. It was over an hour until I was going to run, so I thought I'd be ok. Well, 2.5 miles in, I was *not* ok. It's funny how my stomach seems to be getting more sensitive the more I run... maybe it just likes its routine. But anyway, it was only supposed to be a 3 mile run, so I wasn't *too* bummed about having to cut it short.

I think I will treat myself to a hot bath tonight. I was out in the cold A LOT today, and I just have this chill I can't get rid of. Snow day waffle and a little Maury tomorrow...? I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Looks like I'll have to sleep with my pajamas inside out tonight.

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BILLALEX70 2/8/2013 1:35PM

    Be safe!

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DRAGONCHILDE 2/8/2013 9:30AM

    Snow? What is this thing you speak of? emoticon

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JOYOUS1917 2/7/2013 9:47PM

    Take care of you. Getting chilled at our core is no picnic. I think sometimes it's because we didn't get the right balance of food before we took off and sometimes it is because we did not dress well enough. I know I need wool. My ski mask is 50% wool from Sweden, My long jjohns are wool I get them from the Vermont Country Store, wool socks from there also, I wear a wool hat for we can lose 30% of our core body heat up through our hair. The sheep ARE NOT wrong! I've even gone to bed in a wool dress and wool socks with hat....of course I was living in a cabin at 10' with a wood stove and dirt floors. emoticon

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26BETH 2/7/2013 9:44PM

  I'm praying for a snow day too. I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I am having a skinny day today. The scale was kind to me (although, I have to admit, it wasn't really a surprise as I've been working out like crazy and doing really well with tracking my food), my outfit makes me look very small, and even my ankles look good. Ha!

I ran six miles yesterday. It was freezing outside, the clouds didn't open up AT ALL, but I felt great! I took it easy - I listened to my body, paid attention to my breathing, slowed down when I felt I was pushing too hard... yesterday's run really made me feel like I'm going to be able to run this half marathon in May!

Running in the cold sucks. But it's really making me look forward to spring. I think for the last few years I've just been taking spring running for granted. But not this year. I've stepped up my running, getting out there in all kinds of crazy weather, and so spring is going to be extra-glorious for me this year. I can't WAIT until the first day I can wear a running skirt, sleeveless top and my arm warmers!

- drink lots of water. This winter has been extra-hard on my skin, so I need to get some hydration back.
- cross train and strength train at the gym. I'm planning on some swimming and some whole-body circuit type stuff.
- read my school law assignment. I have SO MUCH reading to do this semester. I guess that's what happens as a full time graduate student. I do NOT want to fall behind. Luckily, I love to read non-fiction and research articles. Yes, I am an education nerd.

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    love days like these! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 2/6/2013 2:21PM

    Yay for you!

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CRAFTINWIFE 2/6/2013 1:16PM

    emoticon emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 2/6/2013 9:22AM

    I love HAPPY blogs!!!!

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MUFFIY831 2/6/2013 8:51AM

    Yay for skinny days! Sounds like you're doing awesome. Keep up the momentum!

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CFMOSS 2/6/2013 7:33AM

    I am so glad to read about all of your positives and successes; you've been on my mind in the past 6 months mostly because my daughter is a new teacher and she's been subbing - she hasn't gotten a classroom of her own and wants one dearly, but PA is tough (actually education is tough) but she's also considering more education because of the classrooms she's been in. so...that all being said you've been on my mind and I'm glad that you are having more moments of wholeness: body mind spirit.

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Hard core running!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

I truly feel like a real REAL runner today. According to intellicast, the temperature was 17F when I went for my run this morning. And you know what? I was hardly even cold! I was when I started, of course, but by the end I was perfectly toasty. All morning I was groaning about the run I had to do... it ended up being a fantastic 3.55 miles. I took a little drive so the second half would be downhill - I think this may end up being one of my new favorite running routes. There were three cars on my whole trip, two wiener dogs, and a border collie. The sun came out on my way back and I could even take my neck gaiter away from my face!

For 17 degrees I wore:
- UnderArmour compression tights (Cold Gear)
- fleece-lined running pants
- sleeveless top
- UnderArmour Cold Gear mock neck
- wind-proof jacket
- hat, mittens, neck gaiter

It was perfect! In fact, my hands got a little warm at the end, but it wasn't bad. I can't wait to bundle up and do it again.

- pack my school stuff for the next two days
- drink lots of water
- get some healthy snacks ready to take to my mom's house

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MUFFIY831 2/6/2013 8:53AM

    That's impressive. I give up on outdoor running in the winter and hit the dreadmill. Good for you for sticking with your plan - and gearing up accordingly.

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    Good for you - I hate running in cold weather...I can handle 30-degree temps with no wind, but much lower than that and, while I do it, I am miserable the whole time. Hates it.

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CFMOSS 2/4/2013 7:18AM

    Good run even if it sounds a bit nuts to me. Keep up the good journeying.

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    emoticon I actually like running in the colder weather better than hot! Glad you were able to get a run in. It was a little warmer here in Wisconsin for running but, the road I live on is still pretty icy, so I'm stuck to running on the treadmill.

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DRAGONCHILDE 2/3/2013 6:14PM

    That is fantastic! Cold should never be an excuse. (Well, I suppose we can make allowances for sub-zero temps, but otherwise...)

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    I am happy I have gear to run outside in the winter. I would have a lot more if I hadn't been pregnant. Next year I will be out there more.

I wonder if doing some jumping jacks to get your body warmed up before you start the run would help with the chillyness at the beginning.

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COOP9002 2/3/2013 3:06PM

    Way to go! I tend to wimp out these days and run inside when it gets that cold.

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/3/2013 1:51PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUGARSMOM2 2/3/2013 12:39PM

  sounds like it was pleasant day for you . good job .

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    hooray!! this sounds like a great run! i'm so glad you are still running strong and doing so well! emoticon

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