April 21, 2011

My Hollywood 11-mile run

I realize that what I'm about to write about may make some (most?) of you roll your eyes. But drastic times call for drastic measures, and after a terrifying experience on the scale yesterday, I am officially in drastic times!  My weight has been on an upward trend the last couple of weeks, and that is NOT cool--I'm supposed to be LOSING weight.

I leave for vacation tomorrow, and I was just feeling really crappy about my weight, so I decided to do something a little drastic--I bought a bottle of the Hollywood 48-Hour Miracle Diet. Yes, laugh your ass off, I don't care.

It was on sale for $10, and I thought, "What can it hurt?" A juice fast for 2 days will drop a lot of this extra water weight I packed on the last few days. Now, I know that the H48-HMD is not magic... it is simply fruit juice. But if I'm paying $10 for a quart of this stuff, I'm much more likely to stick with it for the whole 2 days.

I normally don't do fad diets, but I know that I'll at least feel better about myself starting my vacation if I don't FEEL so fat.

Since I had this brilliant idea just yesterday, that meant today was going to be Day 1... and Thursdays are also my long run days. Which meant fueling an 11-mile run with just a cup of juice! However, I think all the crap I ate yesterday was still sitting in my digestive system, so I'm not too worried about it ;)  I actually felt pretty decent during my run (as decent as one can feel while running 11 miles). 

I parked at my friend Renee's house and ran out 5.5 miles, then turned around to head back. On the way back, I impulsively cut down a different street--aptly named "Hollywood". I actually hit a dead end(!!) which is NOT cool when you're on a long run. I didn't want to do a tenth of a mile more than I had to.

It ended up adding 0.13 miles to the run, so all-in-all, I ran 11.13. I got bad stomach cramps during mile 4, and I prayed they would go away quickly. They did. I kept my heart rate at around 156, and my pace was terrible. My pace just keeps getting slower week after week. Today my average ended up being 9:49/mi. I really need to start doing some speedwork every week.

I'm completely exhausted right now, but I still have to pack for vacation. I have a ton of laundry to do first, though. I just want to lie on the couch and recover! I'm actually starting to look forward to relaxing in Tennessee. I really don't feel like DOING much on vacation--just relaxing. I am going ziplining on Monday, and I'm kind of nervous about that. I'll see if I can get pictures to post.

I'm bringing my computer with me, because the cabin we are staying at has free wi-fi, so I'll and try and post there.


  1. Vacation will be fun. I'm jealous. I'm looking forward (?) to surgery next week and then just had an e-mail from in-laws who want to come visit NEXT weekend. That is never much fun and especially when I'm still going to be recovering. Oh well.

    Hope you can get a chance to just have some fun in Tennessee. Ziplining looks exhilirating, but I would be way too scared to try it.

    I have been sorely tempted to try some of those "get rich quick" schemes in weight loss lately too. I stop at that section when I'm in Walgreens and look at all those pills and cleanse packages and wonder, "Would those work?" A lady at work has lost quite a bit of weight with those HCG drops, I've even considered those. But I think in the long run the best pill/juice/cleanser is our own will power. Easier said than done--I know.

    Have a great time on vacation, enjoy your juice. Hope it works!

  2. Have fun on your vacation.....it sounds glorious!!!!!

    The Zip lining sound so exciting, I personally am scared shitless of heights so it's probably something that I would never do.

    Hope the juice is doing the trick for you, as I am feeling your pain and don't want to see you have to go through it again.....lol

    Can't wait to see your pics from vacation.....

  3. I'm not going to roll my eyes, but I want to let you know my two cents. I don't think taking the juice cleanse is a big deal, because many people do different types of fasts all of the time. I do think, whether you take this seriously or not, you seem to be leaning towards an unhealthy way of viewing and dealing with food and exercise. I know you are not happy with your current weight, but running 11 miles on juice only?! This to me is not healthy. I also noticed on your previous posts that you exercise even if knee hurts or with stomach cramps, etc... Pushing yourself too hard could later backfire with permanent injury. You had episodes of dizziness last year and recently. I know you linked them to a couple causes, but you never know when this could be from your "healthy" lifestyle. I think you have come a long way and hope you reach your desired goal. I just hope you do it the smart way, because your health is the most important! Sorry for the long post. Hope you have a good time on vacay!


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