The Road Behind Me

Saturday, March 7, 2015

How I'm Losing Weight

I'm going on week 6 of my marathon training program and so far I have run a total of 5 days. My plan is a 6 day a week program. So now you probably see the problem. I've already come to the conclusion that I will be running the half marathon in Fargo instead of the full. I'm more than OK with this decision because a few of my friends will be running their very first half and I really want to support them.

Almost immediately after beginning week 1 of my plan I started feeling ill. What started as a sore throat, but was ruled out as strep, turned into body aches, exhaustion, headaches, and coughing. A second trip to the doctor proved to be a waste of time when the doctor sent me home with a mild pain killer. Hmm...not sure what that was for. After suffering 3 weeks with a horrendous cough and having chills and a fever I just couldn't take it anymore. I headed to the big city to see a professional who was a bit more qualified to deal with my illness. Third time is a charm. Turns out I have bronchitis. So after 5 days of strong medication and a few days of rest and I feel 90% better. 

Since being sick kept me from running every day I started limiting my caloric intake. Sticking to 1360 calories a day in an attempt to lose weight without exercise. I had to start somewhere. Brock helped me out by making me eight servings of his Cajun chicken pasta. He was kind enough to share his recipe.

Easy quick cajun pasta!
1.75 chicken breasticles 2 johnsonville cajun chicken sausages 1 16 ounce package of pretty much any whole grain pasta, I chose spirals, because they are fun. 1ish large tablespoons of louisana brand "cajun" seasoning 1 tablespoon of peanut oil for frying the chicken and sausages 1 green pepper diced coarse 1 orange/yellow/red/whogivesafuck pepper diced coarse 4-5 cloves of garlic minced. 1 medium onion diced coarse 4 stalks of celery chopped 1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes. a splash of cayenne sauce (I used Cholula because the person I made this meal prep for is a huge wuss face!...... Lori)
Dice/chop the chicken and sausages, sprinkle cajun seasoning on meat liberally, then sautee in peanut oil until cooked through. Remove from that pan and place in a separate bowl, sautee the veggies and garlic in the same pan until onions are translucent. Throw your pasta in bowling (aka boiling) water. Add the meats back into your pan of veggies along with the tomato, liberally sprinkle with cayenne sauce, and a bit more cajun seasoning. Simmer slowly. When pasta is done, drain and add to the pan of veggies and meat. Stir in, remove from heat, and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir before serving.
Total cost for this recipe was around $10.
I broke it down into eight servings. The nutritional break down is roughly; calories 285 carbs 42 protein 17 fats 5

Ignore that I'm a wuss face part. Since this is a lower calorie serving I also made myself a smoothie to consume with it.

Pineapple w/ juice, plain yogurt, spinach, strawberries, ice, and oj
I divided two batches into freezable cups with lids so I could grab one in the morning and by the time I ate lunch it was thawed enough to drink. 

I ran last Saturday and again on Monday and then it was back to the doctor. 6 miles on an indoor track and sitting in a steam room seemed to break everything up a bit. However, I'm sure running outside on Monday was probably a really bad idea. It was about -20 degrees and although I wore a mask I just don't think I should have been out there. 

So week two Brock made my lunch again. Of course I paid him to make these for me so don't think I'm that special. I know if you asked him he would prep your meals as well. This time it was one chicken breast, half a sweet potato, and veggies. 320ish calories looks something like this.

I break my calories up like this;
Breakfast- 300 calories
Lunch- 300-350 calories
Supper- 600 calories
Snacks- 100 calories

I use the "My Fitness Pal" app to track my daily calories and exercise. Depending on the type of exercise you're doing and what your goal is you may be able to consume what you've burned off through exercise. According to this app 40 minutes of running burns approximately 514 calories. So I might replenish some of these burnt calories with a Clif Bar, peanut butter bread, an extra serving of protein at supper, a salad, etc. Not cake or sugary desserts. Now don't get me wrong I do "cheat" occasionally. I don't overindulge but I will let myself have a treat once a week. I want my goals and choices to be realistic and sustainable. 

This is why I ask myself a few different questions when I change my eating habits. Will I be able to sustain this for the rest of my life? Am I ever going to eat sweets again? Can I consume 1360 calories a day and be satisfied? If I answer no to any or all of those questions I am doomed to fail. Of course I'm going to eat sweets again. I just have to know my limits. Sunday is usually by treat day when I indulge in something sweet. It's usually not much because I learn that after time I don't really crave the sweets as much. 

Tonight I indulged in Cold Stone Creamery ice cream. Yep a day early but I had a meeting and it was just there- don't judge. While good it really didn't do anything for me after 2 weeks without sweets. It actually made my stomach really upset and now I'm regretting it. Plus I still needed some food with substance since I skipped supper. Never skip meals. Don't be that person who says, "I'm doing good today. I haven't even had breakfast." Wrong. You need to eat at every meal, especially breakfast. 

I'm down 5 pounds over 2 weeks and that's without much exercise. So once I'm feeling better my activity level will pick up. I can't wait to get back to my normal schedule.

 If you'd like advice, a buddy, some motivation, or someone to prep your meals (not me but Brock) just let me know. We can start a challenge/support group or an individual accountability system for you. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Do Over

I am a worrier, an over-thinker, a semi-perfectionist, an all or nothing, a dreamer, and a protector. I think most of us worry and over-think things, but sometimes it can be more than overwhelming. We question life and wonder what else we should be doing. Like there's some greater mission we should be on. I feel as though I should be changing the world but I just don't know how. Do you?

So what do I worry about? I worry about who reads my blog and who doesn't. I worry about my social status and my lack of trend setting abilities. I worry about social events and why I don't get invited to certain ones. I worry about looking like a fool. I worry that I didn't do something right. Did I leave something unfinished?

Then there's my perfectionist side that wants to do everything right and be everything I think I should be. Let me just make sure this looks just right. I don't like to make things good enough, close, or usable. I want to make sure it's done right; the way they should be. My clothes need to be folded a certain way. The dishwasher can't be overloaded. Laundry must be separated. Everything has a place. I vacuum at least once a day and sweep at least twice. I can't leave the house until the counters are wiped down. And most importantly the toilet paper has to roll over the top- never under.

When I'm involved with a project I have to be all in or I want nothing to do with it. My biggest pet peeve is being a part of something that no one tells me anything about. I want to be involved and I'm ready for any task but then an event or meeting happens and I know nothing about it. There is no "i" in team people. There's we and we all need to be on the same page. There's also a leader who needs to step up and make sure everyone is included. That's why I like to lead and not follow. I just want to know what's going on.

Then this turns into over-thinking.

What's wrong with me? Did I miss a text or email? Did I make someone mad? Am I not funny enough? Is my hair too messy? Should I dress a certain way? Lose weight? Be more outgoing? Do they think I'm not going to follow through? Did they not really want me to be involved?

Then I go in to my day dreamer mode.

Well forget all the naysayers and haters because I have an awesome core group of friends that love and understand me. I don't need handfuls of fake friends. I'm going to travel and run all my destination races. I'm going to start backpacking with T and we're going to have real life experiences. Maybe I'll live like the Alaskan bush people and leave everything behind. Nah. Hahaha that was a good one.

I mostly worry about the world my kids will grow up in. Which is why I can't worry about all of these insignificant things. I'm not going to raise my children thinking the world is perfect and it revolves around them but I am their role model. They build their strong foundation with their parents. I want to teach them to be strong and independent. I want them to travel and see this grand world. I want them to love unconditionally. I want them to see beyond the small town life filled with drama and minor heartbreak. I don't want them to be over-thinkers or worriers. I just want them to be happy.

Live your life. Be who God made you. If you still aren't sure who that is than just do what makes you happy. That's the you you're suppose to be. Don't worry so much. Each morning starts a new day so have a do over. I'm going for a do over tomorrow.

And please remember that everyone wants to be included. So go out of your way to say hi or start up a conversation. You never know what kind of friendship you may build from a simple gesture.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Up and Running

Rain in January? Yep, I guess Minnesota weather is very unpredictable. Right now running conditions are a little slick but nothing we haven't dealt with before. Although I've only ever fell on a run once- well twice if you count the time I didn't see that hole. Actually I'm pretty sure Brock had something to do with it.

I felt so proud 
My marathon training starts next week so I've been trying to ease my way back in to running. My heel has been a little sore but not painful, which is excellent news. My plantar fasciitis may be finally going away!!!!! With a morning workout and an afternoon run I've been really careful with how much I stress my foot. I've been rolling, using my Strassburg sock, modifying some of my workout, and using my new AccuRelief device.

Tomorrow I'll try somewhere between 8-10 miles and if that goes well I'll be running 6 days a week for the next 20 weeks leading up to Grandma's marathon. This girl is pumped!!!!!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Hello 2015

Geez, it was kind of hard to get logged back in to my blog. Yes, it's been a while since I have written anything but with my plantar fasciitis (pf) there hasn't been much to write. More complaining than anything and no one wants to hear that.

There have been a lot of exciting adventures for me to talk about and lots of changes in the last few months. So, let me briefly touch on what I've been doing in my "spare" time. 

I purchased a 6 month pass from a local swimming pool so I could do some water running. Yes, there is such a thing. You basically wear a flotation device around your waist to keep your feet off the bottom of the pool and you run. Well you try to run from one side of the pool to the other...slowly...looking ridiculous. All the 50+ ladies were more than curious and knew from experience exactly what pf was. They are wonderfully sweet ladies who are 100% confident in themselves. So much so that they walk around the locker room nude while carrying on a conversation with you. Where the heck are you suppose to look? I swear the one lady has nicer boobs than me and she's twice my age. Hey I couldn't help but look when she was talking to me and I assumed she was dressed. Very nice lady.

My crafting hobby headed in a new direction as I was offered a space to rent for my tutus at a local store named Tattered.

I'm not rolling in the cash but it's a good way to get a little more exposure for my little 5Pinkfairies business. Plus I've expanded my crafting ideas/abilities a bit more. I love to learn!

I've also been given some awesome opportunities to take photos for various occasions such as MCC's production of Beauty and the Beast, our church directory photos, my good friends family Christmas cards, my own families pictures, and recently a photo shoot that included a 3 week old baby. I love photography but it is stressful when it has to be organized. That's why I will never do it professionally. I usually won't say no when asked but I definitely draw the line at paid for professional quality photographs. I want to do my own thing and have fun with it. That's what makes a good photo. Get me nervous, on a schedule, or expect high quality and I guarantee I will screw those photos up. 

Oh we also have a beautiful little girl who we are sponsoring through Compassion. Her name is Rachidata and she lives in Burkina Faso which is located in Africa. She is the same age as one of my daughters and we're so excited to get to know her. She sent us her first letter but we were saddened with the news of her father passing away. She asked that we pray for her mother, brother, and herself. We continue to pray for Rachidata and hope that by sponsoring her we can give her hope and help in her future goals.

Now I must touch on the running part. Although I haven't run more than 4 miles since October I still have lots of races planned for 2015. All which include possibly becoming an official "Marathon Maniac". That means finishing 3 full marathons within 90 days. BAM! Well there is still that pesky little pf to worry about but I'm staying positive. I did just complete 5.5 miles Friday and 6 Sunday with not much pain in my heel.

My wonderful husband bought me a GoPro camera for Christmas so I plan on using that a lot on my runs and blogging a bit with it as well. There's a strong possibility I will be visiting 3 different states this July so there will be tons of adventures to record. And there may be a skydive happening in my near future but there are a lot of things that need to fall into place first.

I more recently was introduced to Laura Parson who will begin her attempt to break the female record for crossing the United States on foot June 1. She will need to run 3,030 miles in less than 68 days to break the record. Her run will begin in San Francisco and finish in New York City. Along with attempting to break the female record for a Transamerica run, Laura is also running to raise awareness and funds for RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network). It’s a cause that she is very passionate about so by running she is hoping to talk about organization as much as she can. As you can imagine there are quite a few items Laura will need for this venture to be successful, and without the help from donors and sponsors her journey will be much more difficult. I volunteered to help Laura find sponsors and donors to make her awesome adventure a little easier. If you want to help please check out her blog site here. Right now transportation is the most important resource for her. It would be ideal to have a camper for this long journey along with a few drivers taking shifts. I wish I could get enough time off of work to go with her but it's just not possible. I will definitely be following her progress all summer so stay tuned for more on the 2015 Run Across America.
Got her in The Watch

Friday, September 19, 2014

I want to be a Runner

If you haven't seen my many Facebook posts about my plantar fasciitis then you wouldn't know that I haven't done much running in the past 3 weeks. It sucks. It was part of my daily routine and a huge part of my life. Now I'm struggling to find my happy pace...or any pace at all. 

This week a group of friends and I started the Beachbody T25 workout. It's helped to relieve some stress but it hasn't been very easy on my foot. All the jumping and being on the toes not only makes the muscles in my foot sore but also the plantar fascia. It's nice to feel the dripping sweat and sore muscles but I NEED to run. 

I wasn't one of those runners that thought, "I'll never get injured." I was the runner that thought,"Plantar Fasciitis won't happen to me." I thought maybe a twisted ankle, back injury, pulled muscle, but never this. Not that any of those injuries are any better but this is my foot- my main tool in the process of running. Yes, I sound like a big baby. Yes, I know there are a lot of people in the world who struggle more than I do. Yes, I am stubborn and need to let it heal. However, I can not allow myself to give up or quit. I have a goal of completing the Wild Duluth 50K in October and I don't know how to give it up. This is something I've wanted to accomplish for a long time and I know it will be there next year but this was suppose to be the year. Actually this whole running year has been pretty bad for me. Fargo was embarrassing and miserable. Alaska was awesome but a little slower than I wanted. Wild Hog has been downgraded. I've gained weight. I've lost speed. My stomach issues have only gotten worse. I surrounded myself with everything running and now it's all being "rubbed" in my face. Facebook is full of running posts, my friends are becoming more active, and people ask me running questions all the time.

"Are you racing this weekend?"
 "Are you doing the Color Run this weekend?" 
"Are you going to any other states to run?"
"Are you planning this race?"
"Are you helping with that race?"
"You wanna run?"
"Did you run today?"
"You probably already ran like 15 miles today, huh?"

I get it. It's awesome that people know me as a runner but this is the worst time to finally get that type of attention. Any runner who has been injured knows exactly what I am talking about. It's like a painter who can't paint, a photographer who can't take photos, a director without a cast, a baseball player without a ball, etc. Something is missing and I don't like it. 

So true.

I get it. Some of you are rolling your eyes and think I'm being dramatic. OK, I am over-exaggerating a bit but seriously I miss running and I want get back out there. There are some things that can't be replaced and this is one of them. Biking, swimming, and lifting weights are all good workouts but they just can't be compared to running. Who feels my pain? Please share your injury experiences with me so I know I'm not alone. 

*Throwing myself a pity party.*

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wrong Directions

A few weeks ago I ran a local 10K and walked away with a first place medal and plaque.

 It definitely didn't play out the way I thought it would but it all worked out in the end. My official time was recorded at 1:01 and I'm sure some of you are thinking, "What the what." I know it's not the most impressive 1st place time for a 10K, so let me explain.

This was my third year running this particular race so I'm fairly familiar with the course. However, this year they changed both the 5K and 10K course. Why? To mess us all up. Just kidding (kind of).

At the beginning of the race, like most races, we were all given instructions/directions for both courses. We were told that the 10K was actually 6.4 miles and then the directions, roads, and trails started pouring out into blah blah blahs. I understood the first set of directions which got me to mile 5, but after that I depended on volunteers and signs. 

When we started there were 3 men and a woman in the lead. I set my sights on the woman and knew I had to eventually pass her to get any kind of place for this run. Within the first 1/4 of a mile we hit our first hill. I was slowly closing in on the female, which surprised me. I kept thinking that she would eventually catch up and blow right past me. So I had to keep a consistent pace and keep an eye on the competition. 

It was hot and humid and we had an agonizing 2 miles directly in the sun. I was very thankful I grabbed my water bottle at the last minute. I was drinking and dumping water on my head to try and cool down. It really was brutal. The men were only 1/4 of a mile ahead of me which lead me to believe the heat was taking it's toll of them also. Once we turned on the bike trail there was some relief from the heat. That's where I thought my competition would catch up. 

At the top of the bike trail was a volunteer with water. I got my empty bottle ready to make a trade. I saw hubby in his truck waiting for me and I waved. I made the water trade and headed straight across the road to continue on the bike trail. The 5K runners were headed towards me clapping and telling me to keep it up. I was feeling great and knew I would be crossing the finish line shortly. Then I hit a fork in the road. I started asking the volunteer who was sitting there which way the 10K was suppose to go. He just looked at me so I frantically started asking, "10K? 10K?" I had to stop and take an ear bud out. I heard someone say, "You were suppose to turn at the top of the hill." Panic set in but the volunteer pointed one way for the 5K and another way for the 10K. So I headed up the unbelievably steep trail he pointed to and started to worry that I went the wrong way. The guy who gave me the water never said anything about turning. I was close enough to him that he could have told me or yelled to me to turn.

 Then I saw her. Coming towards me was the woman who had been behind me the entire race. I threw my hands in the air and asked, "What's going on?" She told me I was suppose to turn at the top of the hill but to keep going and get my miles in. She said I had been ahead of her the whole time and that I had it. So I kept going. I was mad and confused. I looked at my RunKeeper app on my phone and saw I was at mile 5.5. I hate this app. I was going to keep track of my mileage until the end so I could get the exact 6.4 miles. That way I could show the race officials that I at least covered the miles. Well of course the app finished the run, saved, and closed. Stupid thing! I tried to restart it so I could at least keep track of one more mile and use it as proof. "UNEXPECTED ERROR" three times. Forget it. I decided to run back where I met the water guy then up and down the hill and back to the finish. I'll probably get disqualified. Why didn't that guy tell me to turn? I was ahead of that woman the whole time. Why? What if I don't go far enough?" 

Once I got to the bottom of the hill, about 100 yards from the finish, I stopped. I debated whether or not I should wait for the woman who had been behind me. I looked for her but there was no sign that she was coming in anytime soon. I didn't know what to do. I start running slowly until I could hear everyone yelling for me to finish strong. I felt defeated as I slowly crossed the finish line. Immediately I said, "I'm pretty sure I'm disqualified." I explained what happened and there was a bunch of commotion. I was asked if I was in front of the pack. I said yes thinking they meant the pack of women. Then I asked if the men had come through and they said no. Whoa! Something wasn't right. I wondered if I shorted myself on the mileage. I had been at 5.5 miles when my phone stopped and knew I was at least close to 6.1 if not over. I was told I'd be added in right after the males crossed the finish line. All I could do was wait. It seemed like forever before the 3 men and 1 woman came running down the path. I didn't care about the men I just wanted to apologize to the woman. She was so nice and understanding. Turns out one of the volunteers (guy that was sitting at the fork) told them to go straight instead of right so they went a mile too far. When the men came in at 1:00 I was written in right after at 1:01. That's a 7.5 mile time. 

The woman said her name was Kathleen and she was from Boston. Small world meeting a fellow east coast resident (NH is like a neighbor). She told me I deserved to win because I was ahead of her the entire race and she was pacing off of me. I still felt horrible. I should have turned around and ran with her once I knew I went the wrong way. Apparently hubby honked to try to get my attention but I had my Yurbuds in and was already too far down the trail to hear it. 

In the end we all the 10Ker's joked about doing our own race and the one volunteer felt so bad about sending us the wrong way he never came to the award ceremony. I wasn't angry with him but volunteers really should know the course. A simple point of the finger in the right direction is all I need. It also would have helped to have the 5K and 10K bibs different colors to easily identify them to the volunteers.

I offered Kathleen half of the plaque but she just laughed and told me I earned it. That's why runners are so awesome. We all did an awesome job and shrugged off the wrong turns. No anger, resentment, poor sportsmanship, or flogging. Another one in the books.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Wild Duluth 50K

Today I officially start training for the Wild Duluth 50K…with 0 miles. Yep, the first day of the plan is a rest day. It may sound unusual but Monday’s are scheduled this way because the weekends are back to back long runs. So, once this plan kicks into high gear Monday will be a welcomed day of the week.

"Extremely rugged, single track trails overlooking Lake Superior through Duluth, MN. This is a very rugged trail with many rocks and roots to trip runners, steep climbs and descents. Please be aware of what you are preparing to run. A spectacularly beautiful, supremely challenging course."- Run Race

This will be my very first ultra and although I'm a bit nervous I'm also really excited. I covered the 50K (30 mile) distance a few years ago and have completed 4 full marathons but haven't done much trail running. The marathon I ran in Alaska had a lot of trails but nothing like the one I'm going to experience in October. 

There will be a lot of hills and soft ground to train on in the next few months. Yay! I love being away from the pavement and right in the middle of all the foliage. This is one of the trails I'll be spending a lot of time on. 

Something tells me I need to find more rugged terrain. I watched a video from a previous Wild Duluth race and I'm not gonna lie, I whimpered a little bit. I haven't been able to find that exact video again but here's what I can expect. 

Yep, I'm so ready for this!