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First time for everything

Last Saturday was the Papa John’s 10-miler!

I was really looking forward to this race, even after a disappointing finish in the Rodes City Run 10k two weeks prior. And I knew this race would help me get ready for the mini-Marathon a month later.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a recap for you. For the first time in my entire running career (nearly 4 years!) I had to miss a race due to illness. 😦

I started feeling bad late Wednesday night. I had chills, felt feverish and my throat was really sore. I thought I was just getting a cold and that running with the sniffles would be no big deal. I also thought that since it was Wednesday, I had plenty of time to drink some tea, take some vitamins and “get over it.”

Thursday came, I got worse. I felt so bad Friday that I didn’t go to work. I debated all day and night about whether or not to run the next day but Friday night, as I laid on the couch feeling like death, I finally texted my friend Farrah and told her “I can’t make it.” It was hard for me to do that but I knew it was the best thing for me. The thought of running 10 miles in the cold, not being able to breath and not having much energy sounded like torture to me.

Luckily, my friend Chloe was able to run in my steed and she kicked butt! 🙂

I was really bummed Friday night but by Saturday afternoon, I was happy with my decision. Sometimes you just have to know when to say no. Sunday I felt my absolute worst and finally on Monday I went to the doctor — sinus infection! I ended up taking a complete week off from running and other exercise.

Now that I am feeling better, I am really excited about the Derby Festival mini-Marathon on April 30th. I’m glad I have 29 more days to get ready!

The "welcome back" run

After the mini marathon on Saturday, I took three days of complete rest in order to recover, physically and mentally from the race. I’ve also been getting attacked by allergies since Monday but it has also helped me focus on properly recovering.

I am happy to say that I had absolutely no complaints or injuries to report following the race or the days after. I think this is because when things started to hurt, I slowed down and do what I knew my body could in that moment but didn’t push it too hard. I would rather have walked the last few miles of the race and risk a later finishing time than hurt myself. That’s just me 😉

However, I was quite exhausted in general! So it was a welcome rest period.

By yesterday afternoon though, I was ready to get moving again! But I didn’t want to overdo it, so I did a short loop around the campus and lots of stretching afterwards. It was like giving myself a nice, gentle “Welcome back!” run.

  • Time: 14:31
  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Avg. pace: 9:41/mile

I remember in 2008, the first time I ran the Kentucky Derby Festival mini-Marathon, I took 2 weeks off from running because I had become burned out. Then I half-heartedly trained for a 5K at the end of May before giving up running totally for a while after that. We’re talking months.

I almost completely lost all that training. I could barely run a mile when I started again in the early months of 2009. I ended up walking the mini that year because my heart just wasn’t in running. I had to wait for that fire and passion to come back! Then in November 2009, I announced that I wanted to give running another shot and the rest is history 🙂

It took me what seems like forever to get back to this point, so I’m sure as heck not giving it up now!

I am planning on running a 5K at the Zoo next Saturday! I’m actually really excited that I can focus on my short runs again for a while. I’m hoping between the 5 or so races that I am doing this summer, I will see a PR in there. But if not, it will still be great fun 🙂

What is your typical rest period after a long race?

Rest? What is that?

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I do not like “rest” days!

It’s not that I mind taking a day off from running by doing another activity or taking it easy with my workout from time to time. I just don’t like those days when I’m not supposed to (or can’t) do anything!

Unfortunately, now that I am sick, I must take complete rest days. On Tuesday, the first day I felt ill, I took a 45 minute walk. But ever since then I have not done anything but sit, lay down, drink lots of fluids and eat some nutrient dense food (and some not-so-nutrient-dense, ha ha).

With a 10 mile race coming up next Saturday, I will admit to being a little nervous but I can say with a sound mind that I have done the best I can with my training. Life happens, things come up, people get sick, we run out of time, etc.

I don’t care if I have to run-walk this race or if my time is slower this year. I’m not hoping to do anything but show up and have a good time!

I will start reporting my workouts again when they start happening again. I’m trying to take little walks here and there while I’m at work but nothing too strenuous. Thank you all for your feedback on my last post!

Day 4 – Lazy Sunday

Not only I am sleepy today but my legs are sore from all the walking I did yesterday, so I’ve decided today needs to be at least somewhat lazy for me.

I’ve still got laundry going in the other room but I’m sitting here with my feet up and thinking of taking a nap once this post goes up 🙂

For breakfast this morning, I made pumpkin oats.

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I don’t know what it was but this bowl just didn’t blow me away. I think it might be the pumpkin, honestly. Perhaps I got an old can or it just tastes better when it’s in season?

Or maybe I need to cook them with some non-dairy milk instead of just water? Hmm…

This bowl contained 1/3 cup oats (cooked with water), 1/3 cup pumpkin, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp chocolate chips, 1 tsp pancake syrup and 1 tbsp peanut butter.

I also tried another Starbucks VIA product today that I got as a sample while I was there yesterday doing the taste test.

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This Italian Roast was okay but I definitely prefer the Columbian, so I am glad those are the ones I purchased yesterday with my coupon. These are something I probably won’t make a habit out of since a pack of 3 normally costs $2.99 but I’ll definitely use my coupons first!

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Spiked with some Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla.

For lunch after church, my parents, Josh and I went to McAlister’s Deli, which I hadn’t been too in a long time.

I ended up getting the Pick Two combo of half a Greek salad (with no feta) and a cup of the vegetarian chili. It was delicious.

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I’ve been doing some thinking and research about soy. I’ve heard a lot of things on both sides, that soy is beneficial, helps prevent cancer, good for bones, etc. But I’ve also heard that soy is dangerous, can not really cause cancer but aid in it, and also screw with your hormonal cycles.

As a woman who has struggled with irregularity of my cycles for as long as I can remember, anything that messes with that jumps on my radar. We’re talking late periods, no periods (for months at a time), heavy, light, painful and not so much. Two are hardly ever the same which makes finding the cause pretty impossible. Since there is not a clear, definitive answer that I know of about soy and it’s relation to this, I don’t know that I will do anything other than be aware.

I don’t need to become so reliant on soy since I have decided to go vegetarian and now vegan. I think I do okay with my non-dairy milks (other than Almond Breeze which does contain soy) but it is in so many other products I use that I think I need to start paying more attention.

What do you guys think? Are you a fan of soy or do you avoid it? Why?

Thanks as always for your feedback and I hope you have a great Sunday!

Decisions, decisions

Happy National Hug a Vegetarian Day! If you have a veggie friend, give ’em a nice squeeze today and if you are a veggie, ask for them 🙂

I’m still feeling a bit under the weather today but not too bad. I’m taking the day off from exercise, staying hydrated and also drinking some really great herbal tea called Gypsy Cold Care from Traditional Medicinals. I swear that brand is the best stuff ever. It was what made me realize back in August of 2008 (the last time I was sick!) that I didn’t benefit from cold medicine at all (it actually makes me feel worse) and that lots of hot tea and vitamin C were what worked for me (for a cold anyway). So, I’m hoping if this is just a cold trying to come on, it will be true again.

So onto what this post is REALLY about.

Today I made an official decision…I am going to, officially, 100% start eating a vegan diet on October 1st. This is not going to be a one month challenge as September sort of has been. I’m hoping to keep it this way for good. I’ve been told by some that I “will never go back” once I really start and I can see how that would be true.

I mean, really…I don’t like meat and it makes me constipated and feeling run down. But I thought I had to eat it for protein. Dairy makes me bloated and gives me gas. But I thought I had to eat and drink it for calcium and Vitamin D. Eggs never fill me up when I eat them for breakfast which is rare anyway. So really, this is not a hard sacrifice to make. It makes so much sense, I can’t believe I never fully realized it before. Now that I have the knowledge and the tools, I can do this the right way.

I know many people make this decision based on animal cruelty and unethical practices of the various industries, and I totally appreciate that. While it is not my #1 motivation, I am glad that by choosing this diet, I’ll be aiding somehow in that fight as well.

What will be a challenge and a sacrifice is continuing to check labels and research products and restaurants to make sure they can accomodate me. I’m actually having dinner at Taco Bell tonight, which in the past would’ve sounded completely gross to me and I’ve turned my nose up at it to my husband several times (sorry honey). But, I recently read the “Food Facts” (under the Our Food tab) statements on the Taco Bell website and also found some options on this Vegan Eating Out website too.

I’ll also have to let my girls in on the news so we can plan our Wednesday night potlucks accordingly. I don’t expect everyone to change everything for me, so I know there may be times when I have to peel the cheese off or skip dessert and that is okay with me. I don’t want to inconvenience anyone. Luckily, our friend Margie is a vegetarian so our meals are always meat free 🙂

Anyway, this is my decision and I know why I am doing it. This way of eating is not for everyone. What matters is that you find what works best for you and not to settle for anything you think you “have” to do.

Happy Friday 🙂

R & R

Hello! I hope wherever you are that you are having a great day. It’s rather rainy and cloudy here, perfect day to stay in the house catching up on rest and relaxation!

I’m rather sore today so exercise of any kind is the furthest thing from my mind 😉

Last night for dinner, we went to the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate our friend Beth’s birthday. I started off with a couple pieces of bread (no butter) because I was hungry by the time we got there!

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For my dinner, I ordered the Fresh Vegetable Salad with no cheese. It came with Asparagus, Green Beans, Tomato, Cucumber, Roasted Beets, Apple, Edamame, Radicchio, Romaine with Pomegranate Vinaigrette.

This was an “appetizer salad” but man it was huge!

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Here is a pic of me and some friends at dinner, including the birthday girl on the right 🙂 I look like I have something coming out of my head, no? Check out the huge salad bowl!

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I ate the whole thing 🙂 It was delicious and I wasn’t too full when we left either. Lots of friends ordered some amazing looking cheesecake, but I am just not a fan, even before I stopped eating dairy.

We had another birthday party to get to, but I managed to stop at Starbucks to pick up a tall soy pumpkin spice latte! This is only my second one so I think I am doing okay at moderation!

While hanging out with friends and watching the UFC (which was so disappointing-yet another guy I like lost) I snacked on some tortilla chips.

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I was proud of myself for passing up dessert at the restaurant and not eating any birthday cake either. But honestly, I did not want it and the pumpkin spice latte helped too I’m sure!

I also had some peppermint tea before bed. It’s my favorite!

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This morning, I woke up and made some hot cereal with peanut butter and sliced pears.

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Now that I’ve had a day or two to think about it…I do prefer almond butter! I never thought I’d say that in my life. But MaraNatha did it for me. I’ve heard Barney Butter is good too but I can’t afford it (the one place in town I can find it has it selling for $9 a jar)!

I drank some coffee with Almond Breeze and a second cup black. I got a bit hungry at the end of Sunday School and I forgot to bring a snack so I had a blueberry muffin to hold me over.

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I have no idea if it contained dairy but I’m almost sure it did. Oh well.

For lunch, Josh, Mom, Dad and I went to Zaytun’s Mediterranean Grill, which was so exciting to me as this is my favorite type of food. This was my third time visiting, as I have been once with my friend Aleta and another time with Mom.

I ordered a vegetarian platter that came with hummus, Baba Ghanouj and falafel. Doesn’t get much better than this!

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I ate all the hummus (with 4 pita slices) and 2.5 of the falafel balls (I made Mom try some). Josh got this really huge meaty gyro, which he said was okay. I was proud of him for trying it though. He’s just not as into it as me 😉

When we got home, I ran a couple of quick errands and then had a piece of organic dark chocolate for a snack.

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I’m doing my best to stay off my feet today but I think it’s time to switch the laundry around so I’d better at least do that, ha ha. Hope you have a great afternoon, be back later with dinner!

Stress (mis)management

Yesterday started off great! I have had a lot on my mind this week, so I’ve been somewhat distracted to say the least. But I wasn’t letting it get the better of me.

Breakfast – Banana-soymilk-chocolate instant breakfast smoothie; scrambled egg in a pita pocket.

Mid-morning – Decaf coffee with Silk creamer (not pictured); Kashi pumpkin spice flax bar, which totally held me over through the morning and a walk/run and a yoga class!

Took it easy on the walk-run, alternating 1-2 minutes of running with 2-3 minutes of walking. Worked up a sweat but didn’t wear myself out. Yoga was great, as always and I love my instructor. We did a chair-supported shoulder stand today!

Lunch – veggie burger on English muffin with cheddar veggie cheese and ketchup; V8 juice; mixed veggies (raw); hummus; raisins.

Very late afternoon snack: soy yogurt with Kashi Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax cereal (wow that was a mouthful. Seriously one of the best snacks ever!

This snack held me over so well that when we went out to eat for a family birthday, I still wasn’t hungry! I ordered a bowl of beef vegetable soup, which I eventually ate. It was a weird feeling! I think it’s stress…

When I got home, I felt a little hunger, so I ate some chocolate graham goldfish, always a nice treat or snack 🙂

I headed upstairs for the night with a cup of ecinacea tea with a splash of soymilk and honey. I was ready to relax, unwind and hit the hay….or so I thought….

I COULDN’T SLEEP! My mind was on overdrive as soon as I laid down. I have been trying to figure out what I want my next career to be (or my first really, I have just a job now) and it has been taking it’s toll I guess. I want to be a trainer or a nutritionist, or both, or perhaps something else, I don’t know. And I am being flooded with information about certifications, degrees, etc. I am overwhelmed at the moment! But it’s also exciting to think about…just not when it starts interrupting your sleep!

I finally got up at midnight because my stomach felt like it was eating itself (ew) and I made 2 Gingerbread Pop Tarts (the last two, thank goodness!) and ate about 2 tbsp of peanut butter out of the jar. I also watched the latest episode of 90210, I needed some mindless entertainment.

I think that helped because I went to bed and slept the rest of the night, just a shorter time than I would have normally. I feel better today but yesterday was definitely tough.

Note: I only ate because I really felt hungry. I was really stressed too, which can lead to emotional eating – especially from me, but I was able to fight it until I started to feel physically sick.

Now, once I started eating something, my emotions did take over a little bit (peanut butter, anyone?). But I re-gained control and took myself to bed 🙂

Hope everyone had a good week and enjoy your weekend!

What happened Brett?

So the Jets lost majorly last night…my husband is a huge Jets fan but I am slightly annoyed by Brett Favre and all his “I’m retired”, “I’m coming back!” ways so I found it kind of funny (sorry). But as always, Monday Night Football was enjoyable 🙂

Yesterday for breakfast, I made a yummy, creamy smoothie of 1 cup soymilk, 2/3 cup frozen strawberries, and 1/2 packet of Jay Robb’s vanilla protein powder. I also had two eggs poached on a whole wheat English muffin.

When I got to work, I wasn’t feeling so hot so I kind of just sat here for a couple of hours. I think I wore myself out on Sunday with running and doing hours of housework. So I took yesterday as a rest day.

Mid-morning snack…decaf coffee with Silk creamer and a Kashi nutrigrain-type bar…taste just like it, but much better ingredients!

I had lunch with my aunt at Cracker Barrel yesterday…I ordered the chicken ‘n dumplins with carrots, green beans, applesauce, and corn bread muffins! My eyes were WAY bigger than my stomach…I ate all the veggies, 1 bite of corn bread, and 2 bites of applesauce; only about 1/3 of these dumplins went anywhere!

Luckily, I have leftovers for another meal, always a good thing! After lunch, I was quite full and it held me over for more than 4 hours, which is so unusual for me! I was glad though. I went for a walk over to the bank and bookstore to get up and move my feet for a few minutes. I didn’t want to be a complete bum! 😉

Before I left work, I had a Whole Soy & Co lemon yogurt (WOW, love it! Very flavorful but not too lemony, just right) and a peach:

Dinner was awesome as usual…husband made some small barbecue pork chops (I have two here), with a side of broccoli and a piece of whole wheat toast with Smart Balance (I think I’ll get the kind with olive oil or Omega 3’s next time since I’m using it more now).

Then we had our group over for MNF. Surprisingly again, I did not get hungry or even have a craving for anything other than water until 4 hours after dinner! I had a cup of decaf coffee with soy milk and a squirt of honey; then I had this banana with some peanut butter.


Even though I went to bed late, I still had a very comfortable, restful sleep and I am feeling much better today than yesterday. Sometimes it pays to rest, I just have to force myself to do it sometimes! 🙂

Happy Tuesday!