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Hello from your puffy-faced friend!

Excuse my drug-induced post from Wednesday. My mom and dad have some videos of me. I need to steal their phones and figure out how to upload them. They’re pretty great.

I haven’t done much of anything the past couple of days. My face keeps swelling and bruising. I keep icing and taking meds.

The whole “only eating soft foods” thing is killing me. I’ve been living off of greek yogurt, soup, applesauce, ice cream, popsicles, and mashed up sweet potatoes.

Not an ideal diet for me.

I miss CrossFit, running, and the human race.

Oh, and I miss not looking like a total chipmunk.

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My company… so comforting.

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Arts and crafts time…

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Anybody see a bruise? Or is it just me…?

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Just icing my face…

What was it like when you got your wisdom teeth out? Or have you not gotten your wisdom teeth removed?

Run on.

Traveling ALL DAY. I’m still not home, I’m sitting in my sister’s basement in Manhattan… KS that is. The Little Apple, not the Big Apple.

So as most of you know, I have this crazy cyber-stalkish thing going on with my favorite blogger, SkinnyRunner.

Yep, no denying it. I think she’s smart and quirky and I love to read her posts. It’s like an addiction or something.

A few days ago, I got mentioned! YAY! Okay, well I sent in a few pics of me and Mirda from San Diego. She posted it. I felt special.

So HELLO to my new viewers, y’all are at home here.

In honor of SR and my sis, who I’ve spent the past week with & who is running her first half in the fall, I am going to reblog part of her advice from Feb of 2012 about running your first race. I love it, it’s GREAT stuff. It helped me get through my first marathon! Enjoy!

“So let’s dive in first with running tips; you’ve probably heard of these before, but I steal all my information from others so get used to it.

*Don’t try anything new on race day.  Nothing new: no new shoes, new food, new outfit, new pace, nothing new.

There will inevitably be someone who’s all “I did everything new on race day and still PR’ed.”  Great, good for you.  You want a cookie?

If you’re a new runner, there’s no upside in risking a blister, an upset stomach, or some nice chafing.  Why risk it?

Use a (training) long run as a dress rehearsal and treat it like the race: run your race pace, eat your pre-race breakfast, take in your race fuel, etc so you have a feel for how race day will be.

A gear tip: set out all your gear the night before, from shoes all the way up to headgear.  Plug in your electronics nearby your pile of stuff so in the early morning head fog, you won’t forget anything because it’s all together.

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(There’s a good checklist on that site too of all marathon gear you might need)

*Start the race at the pace you trained at, not your I’m geeked up and superstoked pace

Everyone does this – we get excited, nervous, full of energy and rip off the line running way too fast, but for first time racers, the faster you start, the slower you’re gonna finish.  Take it easy the first couple miles and then put the hammer down and finish strong.

*Take in fuel whether that’s energy drinks, gels, bites, etc

If you’re running 13 miles, I think you should be taking in calories somehow.  This goes back to doing your dress rehearsal run – figure out in training what type of fuel works best for you.  Some people have iron stomachs and could eat a traffic cone while others can only do one specific brand of energy drink.  Know what works for you.

Now, onto racing etiquette and courtesy:

*Start in the right corral according to the time you are going to run: not your wishful thinking time but a realistic time.

A huge complaint of pretty much all racers is when people don’t start in the correct corral because it makes everyone’s start more chaotic and less efficient.

For example, if this is your first race and you’ve been training to run a 2:00 half, then get in the 2 hr. corral even if you see some 1:50 people that you could beat or you feel really good that day.  Get in the corral that correlates with the pace you’ve trained at.

Whatever you do, don’t hop in the front corrals because you think it’s advantageous to start earlier.  not at all.  Almost all races have chip timing so your time doesn’t start until you cross the start line.

All that happens when you start too fast is that you get passed by a bunch of people (demoralizing) or you start off way too fast and then blow up at the finish.

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So pick a corral that’s realistic for you.  You don’t win a race in the first mile; it’s the last ones that are important.  And you can always speed up after the first few miles.

*If you need to stop, walk, stretch, whatever, move over to the side of the course, preferably the right side. 

Don’t ever just stop in the middle of the road -you could get hurt, someone could hit you from behind, etc.  Think of cars driving: if the one in front of you stops suddenly, there’s gonna be a wreck.  So gently move over to the side when you need to stop.  And it’s ok to stop and walk!

*When going through aid stations, you don’t have to grab the first cup.

In big races, there are tons of volunteers handing out cups every 2ish miles so don’t swerve over to grab the first cup you see; go on a little bit where it’s less crowded.  It’s less energy you’re having to expend and lessens the risk of colliding with someone.

*After you drink, look around before tossing the cup. 

It’s usually best to toss it to the side of the road and not just drop it at your feet.  If you see trash cans, try to aim for those. A drinking tip:pinch the cup together to make a little spout which makes it easier to gulp down.

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*If you have to hawk a loogie, look behind you before you do.  Move over to the side if need be.

*Thank the volunteers.

They’re out there just as long as you are but not getting any glory or endorphin high so try to smile or say thank you when can.

*At the finish, move on through it.

There’s going to be hundreds of people sprinting in hard behind you so grab your medal, water and space blanket and keep on walking a little further until you’re out of the crowd.  Then stretch out, sit down, get something in your system without being run over by other runners.

To sum it up, it’s important to start in the correct corral and then while racing, think of what you’d want the runner in front of you to do.  Would you want them to suddenly swerve right in front of you, toss their gel wrapper right over their shoulder, stop right in the middle and tie their shoe?”

Now back to me.

I love y’all, you’re fantastic. I plan on a 5:30am run, I have some errands to do (like applying for a job in the fall.. yay college!) in the morning and getting some awesome stuff ready for fundraising for TNT! Then when I get home it’s CrossFit time. No days off! … Well.. Today doesn’t count.

Run on.

Triple Workout Monday! 

I ran with Sam for 2.86mi and did 2 rounds of…

1 Min Jump Rope, 25 Squats, 15 Jumping Jacks, 10 Pushups, 30sec of mountain climbers, 10 push-ups, 25 crunches, 1 min butt kicks, 1 min bicep curls w/ static lunge, 15 jumping jacks, 1 min plank, 1 min plank ups, 30 sec dance sesh, 1 min military presses w/ front kick, 30 sec side shoulder raises, 30 sec front shoulder raises, 25 squats, 30sec burpees, 15 tricep dips, 30 sec bicycle crunches, 1 min plank

We went running on this beautiful (and muddy) trail close to the house!

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Sam and I's PROCompression! Mine is the neon green ones, obviously.

Sam and I’s PROCompression! Mine is the neon green ones, obviously.

After we got home, I got ready for workout round 2!

I did, 100 pushups followed by a 2 min rest, then three rounds of 20 jumping jacks, burpees, and squats.. ow.. then I did 60 sit ups at a comfortable pace.

Here is the updated schedule… WOD Indiana.

Here are the pictures of around the house I promised!

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The rest of the afternoon (after a long shower) consisted of shopping at the Lighthouse Place in Michigan City, IN. It was a really cool outlet mall with TONS of shops. I tried my best to stay away from the fitness stores (because that’s all I EVER shop for) and stuck to buying “normal people” clothes… I must say, I’m not a fan.

I’m actually really BAD at shopping. Like, really bad. I get overwhelmed with how much there is in stores. And when I try stuff on, I never like ANY of it because I would rather be in sweats.. or comfy stuff.

Or, while I’m in the dressing room, I just think about how hungry I am at the moment (like always.)

What was worse was that I really didn’t eat lunch. I had my breakfast after 10, so when lunch rolled around I was not in the mood for anything.

… the struggle.

On the bright side, my baby cousin Nicole won the cutest and most happiest baby alive.

Would ya look at her? Just look at her.

Would ya look at her? Just look at her.

Run on.

CrossFIT WOD:

Strength WOD- 6 UB Rounds Every 2min

1 Push Press
1 Push Jerk
1 Split Jerk

WOD- 8min AMRAP (3rds)

12 Shoulder to Overhead (135, 95)
12 Alternating DB Snatches (70, 50)
12 Calorie Row

Rest 2min, then…

4min AMRAP- Max L-Sit Hold (155 Sec)

 

As you may have read from yesterday’s post, today I am going to share the “secrets” of learning how to live a healthier life, and how to become a healthier you.

The media is all jumbled up these days with all of this crap that celebrities do to lose weight or stay in shape, or some doctor from who knows where created this dietary supplement that makes you shed 10 pounds within one week. (No lie, I was listening to the radio last night and an AD came on stating that if you took this pill for a week, you automatically dropped 10… Lies.)

Here is my very basic list of how to get in shape and become HEALTHY. 

1. Don’t trust everything you read. Heck, if you don’t want to, don’t trust this.

2. Eat WELL.

– Start packing your lunch every day instead of going to eat fast food. There, I just saved you about 300 calories. You’re welcome.

EAT BREAKFAST. You should get about 50% of your caloric intake JUST from breakfast alone. So to all of you people saying, “I’m not a breakfast eater,” find something you like. Do it now.

– Stay more towards the natural side of things. I’m not saying everything you eat needs to be organic, but cut out how often you eat from a package.

– Carbs aren’t all bad. You need complex carbohydrates in your diet. Whole grains, fruits, legumes, & veggies are all complex carbs. Stay away from simple carbs like sweets, products containing white flour, dairy (try Greek yogurt, it cuts the sugar in half and doubles the protein) & sugary drinks.

– Just eat. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like food. The trick is to eat things that are good for you. It’s okay to break the cycle every once in a while with something sugary and sweet. Heck, I do it all the time. But I find it best when I eat something every 2 hours. That way I don’t feel bloated, but stay full all day.

3. Exercise.

– Now, while diet is a HUGE factor in being healthy, so is being active. If you notice, I usually only take one day off out of the week to rest. Other than that, I’m pretty active. I’m not saying you have to go out and run 10 miles or do insane workouts at CrossFIT, but get ACTIVE. How many healthy people do you know that seem to be the healthiest people alive just from sitting around all day? NONE. Get out there! Or… Stay at home.

– Join a gym. this might motivate you to go because hey, you’re spending the money on it, might as well use it.

– Ask for help in training. For instance: if I were to just waltz into a gym, I wouldn’t know where to go or what to work out. But when you have a training schedule set up by a trainer, you know exactly where to go and how many reps to do or how many miles to run.

– Don’t be scared of weight lifting. Seriously. It reevs up your metabolism and creates the after-burn effect (the burning of calories up to 14 hours post-workout.)

– Don’t be scared of cardio, fellas. Yes, I’m talking to you weight-lifting-only guys.

– Do SOMETHING. Swim. Ride a bike. Walk. Dance. Something. Forreal.

4. Drink water. And LOTS of it.

– Keeps your metabolism going.

– Flushes out toxins.

– Keeps your organs running effectively.

– Helps you get super beautiful skin.

– Need I go on? So just DRINK IT.

5. Baby steps.

– Don’t worry if you don’t look like a super model in one week. Seriously.

– Like momma said, “All great things take time.”

 

So here is my short list of how to become a HEALTHIER you. So stop worrying about the gimmicks multi-media portrays to you. Do it right, and you’ll look like the bomb.com in no time at all.

Run on.

PS- Make sure you check out my TNT tab at the top of the page! I am training for my second season with Team in Training, and I need your help! I’m in the making of planning some awesome fundraisers. Stay posted!

Happy Rest Day!

Yesterday, I ran a 5K benefitting the Interfaith Housing System here in Dodge!

As you remember from my list, “10 Things I Suck At,” I suck at 5Ks. This was no different.

I kept a super slow pace of 8:23, finishing in 26 minutes flat. About the same pace I started out at for my first 8 miles of the San Diego Marathon. Go me.

The course was the course I used for my 5K, Race for a Cure, but backwards. There was a strong South wind so guess what, the course went straight South for a mile! It felt like I was running into a brick wall. Not necessarily awesome.

There were a lot of stops to get colored up! They used colored water, so if you threw it in the dryer once you got home, it would be permanent. I had them SOAK my shirt and my white PROCompression socks! By the way, PROCompression, I need new socks…

OH. And there were these two really annoying kids that would hurry and run as fast as they could to pass me, but then they would walk. Then when I would pass them again, they would get all upset that a girl was passing them, so they would sprint past me again, and then walk… etc. It’s safe to say I killed them in the end. I sprinted past them the last half-mile. ENDURANCE FOR LIFEEEE.

Here are some pictures from the race!

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Run on.

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