Friday, March 22, 2013

Long run Friday

Today was my long run day! And I actually didn't wake up at 4:11 on the nose, like I usually do. Maybe because I wrote about it, I broke the cycle. But I was still up early, at 5:00. I just read in bed for a while before getting up.

I was sure I wanted to do the treadmill today, after last week's crappy run outside, getting chased by dogs. After the kids were on the bus, I set up the treadmill, put Sons of Anarchy on my computer, and started running. I wanted to hit a 8:44/mi pace average overall, because that's what I've done the previous few long runs, so I kept going back and fourth about every mile between 6.8 an 6.9 mph.

During the first mile, I started to feel that sharp cramp in my side again. I couldn't really figure out where it was coming from--it was just somewhere in my upper left quadrant. Today, I kind of thought it was coming from my back, and just radiating outward. I tried to run through it, because usually that works fine when I get a cramp, but this was different.

A mile and a half in, I stopped the treadmill and got off to stretch. I did some stretches for my back and abdomen, mostly, and after about two minutes of that, I got back on the treadmill. It was gone after that! I'm glad I stopped, otherwise it would have been a painful 12 miles.

I made it through two and a half episodes of Sons of Anarchy, and as soon as I hit 12 miles, I stopped the Garmin and just walked until that third episode was done.
I stretched some more when I got off the 'mill, hoping to prevent whatever cramp that was from forming again.

Oh, and for those of you that read yesterday's post and were asking how I increased my running speed recently, I did write a post about it. You can find it here. It's not a big secret--to run faster, I just run faster ;)

After showering, I sat in front of my laptop for a long time, preparing a few blog posts. Since I'm going to be gone tomorrow and Sunday, I have no idea if I'll have time to write (most likely not), so I have a couple posts ready to go live while I'm gone. Tomorrow, I'll be posting the before and after photos that people have e-mailed to me recently (a spin-off of Motivational Monday); and on Sunday, I have a guest post from a blogger-friend of mine that I'm sure you'll enjoy :)

I was actually so busy that I didn't eat lunch until 1:00, and I didn't even think about getting my cookie sandwich until this afternoon--crazy, I know! But I'd burned nearly 1,000 calories, so I sure as shit was going to get my cookie ;)

Jerry had to go weigh in at Weight Watchers. Did I mention that he joined? He was only about 10 pounds from goal when he joined--he's lost 80 pounds now! He has just one more pound to go until he reaches his WW goal. So we went to WW, and then to the mall to get my cookie.

I opted for the sugar cookie sandwich instead of the chocolate chip...
It was good, but I like the chocolate chip much better. After I picked mine out, Jerry got the chocolate chip one. As I was eating my cookie (I ate it while we were at the mall), I got irritated at Jerry for getting the same treat as me. I look forward to treating myself every Friday, and I ran 12 frickin' miles for that cookie! He doesn't exercise at all, and then ordered the same 23-PointsPlus thing as me. Childish of me? Probably.

We talked about going to a movie, but I just really wasn't in the mood to sit through a movie in the theater. I'm a little nervous about my class this weekend, and I just wouldn't be able to concentrate on a movie. So we just went home instead.

The boys are spending the night with my parents, so we were planning to have a date night tonight--it looks like we may just stay home. I have a VERY early day tomorrow... I am going to leave at 4:00 AM to go to Dayton. My class is at 8:00, and it's a 3 hour drive, but I want to leave early just in case there is traffic or an accident, or whatever on the way. So I'll be setting the alarm for 3:00 AM. Yikes!

I've been getting upwards of 40-50 spam comments on my blog PER DAY, and it's really a chore to keep deleting them (my spam filter only catches about half of them). Since I'm going to be in class all weekend, I won't be able to keep up with it. I'm going to turn the captcha code thing on for a few days (starting with this post). I despise those things, and I rarely comment on blogs that use them because I'm terrible at figuring out what the letters and numbers are, but I'll turn it off when I'm back home.

I'll probably post on Instagram and on Twitter while I'm gone, but I won't have another "real" post until next week. Wish me luck!

25 comments:

  1. Good luck with your training, I am sure you will do great. It should be fun to spend time with fellow runners! I really enjoy your blog and knowing that others struggle as much as I do with food and maintaining my weight. Keep up the good work!!!

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  2. Have fun in Dayton. The city is busy now with college basketball tournaments, so it's smart to leave early!

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  3. Good luck, Katie! Lots of snow forecast for central and southern Ohio Sunday, so be careful going home.

    Joan

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  4. Congrats to Jerry! I would have never guessed that he needed to lose 80 pounds.

    I get irritated when John snacks on things because he can eat more than I can LOL!

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  5. Good luck! Praying for safe travel.

    ...and on another note, can I just say how much I have enjoyed the fact that you are literally running for cookies? Makes me smile. :)

    Have a great weekend.

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  6. Have fun at your class and wave "Hi" as you pass Bowling Green Ohio :-)

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  7. Good luck with your class and the drive!

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  8. Great run! I almost snorted from laughter when I read "I sure as shit was getting my cookie." Hilarious! :) Don't get between a woman and her cookie!

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  9. I want to see a before and after pic of Jerry too! That is awesome, I had no idea he has lost that much weight. Good luck with your class.

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  10. I'd go with a chocolate chip too. It's like a sugar cookie PLUS chocolate bits added on. Much better than plain!

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  11. You are so inspiring! I'm hoping to see my numbers look like yours this year! Running and weight!

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  12. Good luck with your class! I'm sure you will do great! It will be fun to be in the class with all the other runners and talk "runner talk"!!

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  13. Good luck with your class!

    Jerry is doing awesome. Can't believe it. But just wondering why he joined ww? Is he doing a food plan or does he want accountabilty with his weight or what? But, anyway that is great!

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  14. Good luck with the drive and class!

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  15. Ouch about the cramp. Have you tried the "running with a stone" trick? Apparently it helps take the focus off the cramp, as thinking about it makes it worse.

    I lol'ed about your reaction to Jerry's cookie choice. I totally get it! Well done on his amazing weight loss too, he'll be at goal soon no doubt.

    P.S. I love that you eat all your points. I'm the black sheep in my meeting I think, we were asked the other day "does anyone eat their activity points?" & I was the only one who put my hand up! I don't always eat them, but sometimes I do. I still managed to lose 22kg though, so does it matter? The leader had a funny reaction (she's not my normal one), like it wasn't normal. Oh well lol

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  16. Good luck and have fun! I can't wait to hear about it! I have been getting way more spam than usual too.

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  17. Hey there! Have fun at your class! FYI - You might feel better about CAPTCHA after watching this TED talk (I promise, it's pretty hilarious and inspiring). It prompted me to get the Duolingo app for my phone and now I'm learning Spanish!

    http://www.ted.com/talks/luis_von_ahn_massive_scale_online_collaboration.html

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  18. Charlie has never had a weight issue his entire life. In fact, he's underweight, so he's always been able to eat whatever the f*ck he wants, whenever he wants. It irks me to no end, but I'm thankful that my kids have half his DNA- half a chance not to have to deal with what i have my entire life!

    Good luck and have a great time with Carly this weekend!

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  19. Have a safe trip and good luck!

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  20. Do you have a custom made stand for your laptop while watching it on the treadmill? I'm thinking maybe it would help me to get motivated on there but just wondered the best way to attach the thing.
    Have a great weekend.

    Linda

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  21. YES ...I would of been ticked too at the cookie choice and there is NO way I could run 12 miles to get it !

    You're going to do super at your class.... turst me ! Can't wait to read all about it.

    And YES, I eat every single last one of my activity points!

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  22. Safe travels! I chuckled at Jerry getting the same thing as you...too funny! ;) Can't wait to hear about the class!

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  23. Good luck with your class this weekend. I know you'll do great! My hubby doesn't "exercise" much either but he has a very physical job and works really hard around our acreage--when it's nicer outside. Today we're getting more snow--blech!! Anyhow I figure over the long haul he probably burns more calories in his normal day to day activities than I do "exercising."

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  24. Definitely helps to keep yourself motivated when doing any sort of exercise and a cookie reward seems good to me. Must give it a try!

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  25. I find this blog too funny. I am glad to know I am not the only one who uses exercise to eat sweets.

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