Thursday, October 23, 2014

Talk me off of the ledge... or at least from the start line...

Remember a few months back when I started a thing called #PHM7 ... Project half marathon 7...

... & then my knee heard about it & said, Oh no you didn't... & gave me attitude that put me in my place...

Remember that?

Well, that half marathon is this Saturday.

The race atmosphere is taking over. 

Barriers are up all around downtown this morning.  I'm seeing pictures of people getting their stuff together.  Posts are all over facebook about it.

... & I'm ready to scream... or cry...

Originally, I was OK with having to back out of the race because I'm actually on vacation next week (YIPEE!!!)... & we had reservations to go to Gatlinburg... (fun)... BUT... yeah, life hates me lately.  Ricky had his knee injury & had to take time off work & the result?  We can't go to Gatlinburg because he has to work the first part of my vacation now.  (BOOOOO!!!!!)

So now, I will be home Saturday & my husband will be at work. I'll be at the house all by myself.  When there is a half marathon going on that I wanted to do.


I did sign up to volunteer at it.  I'm supposed to be working at the finish line handing out medals.  I mean, if there is anywhere to be, its at the finish line. I love finish line emotions.

But I haven't heard anything back from the organizers.  No directions, nothing saying who to contact, where to go.  Come on people, get with it.  If I hear nothing, I wont even attempt going because I'm not going to ride around downtown roaming... & how awkward to just walk out to the finish line on my own & grab a hand full of medals... I don't want to get tackled by security.

me waiting to hear SOMETHING

But I've been having crazy thoughts... registering for the race myself.

Today is the last day to do it. I have until 6 tonight if I decide to do it.

Now, granted, I haven't gotten more then 3.10 miles in the past few months.  But I have been working out P90x style... & my goal is just to walk it - not even try to run... but just enjoy the beautiful fall weather (its supposed to be perfection) & just inhale life...

... but I know I could really aggravate my body going into something not trained.

But it's walking...

I can do that - right?

Oh poop... I don't know what to do.

Just try & volunteer?  Go for it?  Or just stay at home with my coffee & knitting & watch for everyone's race pictures?

Decisions decisions

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday: inches matter

First, you all are the best.

I mentioned where I debated posting my first week of shame in weighing in... & the 2 lb gain... & you all were so supportive in reminding me its not the end of the world... & being real is what's important here.

& I appreciate some of your thoughts on focusing more on the inches & not the scale...

I really need to do that...

I have never been a 'measuring' person. Heck, I have trouble even measuring things for cooking.  Don't get me started on how many ounces are in a cup... my brain explodes...

& the only thing my measuring tape has ever been used on is my knitting to determine if my hats are long enough...

But I need to start focusing on that more.

I told a blog buddy that I can tell a difference in my legs doing the P90X3 - when I do certain moves on the floor, I can actually see my quads popping out more & my inner thighs not touch... as much... oh yeah, they still touch... but the gap is getting smaller.

& yet, the scale is still up there.

So inches matter... & I need to give them the credit of mattering.

My point, I need to get a good journal, a good measuring tape & mark this as well.  I may include that in a monthly Wednesday Weigh-In...

Until then, there's this week's weigh in...

Let me tell you, I was just expecting the worse.  Seriously.

Truth alert:  I didn't really watch my food much this week & I probably was the laziest I have ever been. I didn't work out one time on Friday, Saturday nor Sunday.  I see that blank spot on my work out journal & I'm berating myself for it... so I was expecting another plus sign...

but here we go...

10.21.14 Weigh in

Down a half pound.

Let me tell you, after the week I had, & what I was expecting, this was a miracle to me.

I'll take it... even though my goal number is still negative from where I started... but I'm not going to be negative-nelly on this... I'm going to be thankful for any loss I can get.

How has your week been going in working out?
Do you measure or weigh?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I've decided I don't like my Brooks....

OK, I know age is creeping up on me, which brings more aches & pains but lately, my feet are just aggravating me.

It's nothing new - not a new injury - something that just flares up every now & then. It involves those little bones on top of your foot.  They hurt so bad.  It almost makes my foot feel like I can't bend it because those bones are just so stiff & achy...

This is exactly where my foot hurts
... & dear Lord, please know this is not my hairy foot...

I went to a podiatrist about them years ago & he said I have a small area in between my bones on my feet that allows the bones to slide & get sort of out of alignment. There's a name for it... I call it pain in my butt...

He even told me, I bet if you have a sibling, they have the same issue.  I asked my brother the next time I saw him if he has issues with his foot like that... & yep... exactly the same. How weird is that?!?!?!

When I'm on my feet a lot, like after a wedding, I REALLY can't bend my foot with the pain.  It's quite aggravating.

So last night, it was what you want for every day weather.  Beautiful grey clouds where the sun peeks through, beautiful fall colors, but still 69 degrees...

I couldn't make myself do P90X... I had to get out in the air...

I choked up my knee in the world's tightest knee brace & set out to do a 5k. I didn't care how long it took me, I didn't care if I crawled - I was going to finish 3.1 miles.  It's been too long since I've done it.

I knew if I ran, I would aggravate my knee & my back & thought, I'm just going to walk it... & it was so beautiful, I didn't care if it took me all night long...

I so enjoyed being out on the road, breathing in fresh air, getting my heart pumping...


... but my dang foot...

Always something...

But I've noticed that ever since I've been using my Brooks, I've been having even more issues.  With everything really.

My knee... my back... & now my feet.

I got fitted for these shoes, but I always say I don't understand how some young kid can fit someone when they see you run for 10 feet.  I mean, of course you can have great form for 10  feet...

Talk to me when my knee & back are aching & I'm running all limp sided & hunchback like...

But since wearing these shoes, I've also been getting blisters so I know they are doing something to my feet.

On a side note - DO NOT GOOGLE anything with the words "hurt foot"... Goodness... there are some disgusting feet out there...

But Ricky needs a new pair of shoes as well, so I think I'm heading back to the store & wanting a new pair myself.  I'm not even sure I'll go with Brooks.  Maybe back to my old stomping grounds (pun intended?) of Saucony's... maybe another brand?

I just know these ain't working for me...
Do you have feet pain?
What's your favorite brand of shoes?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ups & Downs

Where we look at how the weekend went

DOWN // Started off my weekend with disgusting food that made me sick.  Grease is not my friend.

DOWN // Got about 5 bags of groceries... it cost $92.00!! What?  Eating healthy bites.

DOWN // Zevia - they raised the price for a 6 pack at the grocery to $6.99... 6 cans... over $1.00 each?  No way... If they go on sale - watch out, I'm stocking up.

DOWN // I worked out zero, zilch, nada... I was sick on Friday, had a session on Satur... know what - no excuses - I just didn't do it.  #lazy

UP // I did start my Saturday with coffee & knitting. That always makes me happy

Soft yarn makes me happy too

UP // I made crockpot vegetarian chili on Saturday. The anticipation of waiting for yummy food that smells delish ... makes the food taste even better.

UP // the trees were PERFECT for a photo session.  Especially because it was at a local orchard.  Apples & pumpkins everywhere...

DOWN // I can't believe how cool it was for that photo session.  Time for nose-running photography.

UP // This bride-to-be had the best outfits chosen for her & her fiancé. I love when people know how to put outfits together... some people don't... trust me.

UP // Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows on ABC Family all weekend...

DOWN// .... stupid commercials on ABC Family.  Some channels are ridiculous about them.

UP/DOWN // Made another beautiful cowl that I intended to make for Christmas - but I love it ... & want to keep it for myself

DOWN // I did not one bit of laundry... or cleaning...  #REALLYlazy

DOWN // Made out my bills & put everything up... & then went to the mail box & found 3 more bills in it. Are you kidding me?  It has to wait another week.

UP // I just found out I'm going to be off the entire week of Thanksgiving.  I'll take it.

DOWN // I hate Thanksgiving

This made me laugh

DOWN // Words can hurt... bad...

UP // Holding a baby makes the world a better place... & stronger arms... #doubleduty

UP // Baby skinny jeans!!!  I didn't even know these existed.  The cuteness is too much.

UP // Chili leftovers

UP // Lunch with friends after church

UP // Sitting in the backyard with my dogs.  They all try to rush & see who can get in my lap the first.  Happiness is being loved by animals.

UP // Walking Dead Night...  makes me happy once again I am a vegetarian. #thighmeat

How was your weekend?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Five: Fitness Tunes ... from rap, to Christian, to old school 80's

Friday Five:  Favorite Fitness Tunes

I always say I'm a person who can't function without music... I really can't. Its like my body shuts down when I don't hear music.  So to pick 5 is going to be hard, but here's 5 of my favorites.

1. Kanye - Stronger

I'm not usually a Kanye fan... but a song that has the words "Stronger" & "Faster" in it... oh yeah baby...

2. Awake & Alive - Skillet

This song gets me going... It has a bit of rock N roll that makes me want to pump fist as I'm running... & its a Christian group. If you don't have this song on your play list - get it ... now

Right Here... Right now ... Stand my ground... never back down

3. Mandisa - Press On (Remix)

Well hello... a song that is based off the scripture that is my life scripture... & the name of my blog? You KNOW its gotta be on my favorites. I have actually put this song on repeat & ran the entire time to this one song.  Good stuff... with a fun 80's kinda vibe.

4. Love Inc.  - You're a Superstar

OK... come on... the name alone should make you want this song.  I heard this song in Jazzercise about 10 years ago (or longer) & it stuck with me. I adore adore adore this song!!!

Reach for the sky... hold your head up high... for tonight & every night... you're a superstar!!! Don't you be afraid....

5. Black Eyed Peas - Pump It

I have probably more Black Eyed Peas on my running list more then any other group.  But this song... I can't listen to it even on the radio without getting up & moving... get out of my way when this song is on...

So what's on your playlist to get moving?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Well this just isn't starting off good at all....

So I had to go & open my mouth...

I had to go & say I wanted accountability...

& then my weight day came Tuesday.

I actually was supposed to post this yesterday but I was like, NO, I don't want to start this on a bad note.

But then I remembered the whole point IS for accountability... & I'm real.. a real person... with real struggles... & I know there are other people who have real issues & can relate, so I said today, screw it.. I'll post it.

My first weigh-in day... & I have a 2 lb gain.

101614 weight

Seriously?  This bites.

Now the accountability part.  I guess I have been eating a bit more after dinner then I should.

& I didn't get to eat well at all during the wedding Saturday.  Wedding days are usually just grab & go & eat if you can at all.  Which I would think would cause me to loose weight since I'm not eating & walking like 20,000 steps in a day.   But I can attest, my body ain't normal... its like opposite world... I think it throws my body off if I don't eat & do all that moving.

So the plan this week... watch the after dinner eating...

& I really want to incorporate walking with my P90X3 ... I want to get my body used to miles because I want to start running again in January 2015...

So bam... I gained weight this week... embarrassing... not shocking...

Here's to next week!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The basics...

I've been doing the P90X3 lately...

If you've ever done these videos, the first 3 weeks are the same work outs repeated every week.  I am in week 4 & was excited to do some new videos.  Well, so far, its looking like the 4th week is more of a stretch (yoga) & back to the basics kinda moves.

Last night was my Dynamix work out... & it involved a lot of moves I have done since the aerobic fun of the 80's...

Side leg raises
Inner thigh raises
Butt raises

We all know these simple moves.

But know what... my side leg raises & inner thigh raises?  I felt like it could have been part of a video work out called P90X Extreme Burn...

...Beachbody, if you take that name, I'll sue...

But it blew me away at seriously how bad the most basic moves could make my legs burn like that.

It's so easy to get in routine & forget to work the whole body...

Like when I was running, I didn't do any strength training - & I think that's what caused a lot of my injuries to start...

It all works together.

I was upset at first about this week's videos because I felt like I wasn't getting a good 'work out'... it felt like a cop out... not a big heart thumper, not a lot of weight training...

but I was reminded, sometimes its good to go back to the basics.

.... & reminded that it's always humbling to walk funny the day after....

Do you still do basic conditioning?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

One Year Later... & what have I learned...

that fun little app... Time Hop...

When I got my new phone 2 months ago, I was so excited because I could actually use it.  Just showing you how old my other phone was because it wouldn't work with my last one.  #vintage

& I look at my Time Hop within the first hour I'm awake.

Memories... they're fun...

& what do I see today? 

Media preview

One year ago today, I started this little baby... Press On & Run came to life.

I can't believe its been a year...

I thought about what I've learned since starting a 'fitness blog' - I put those in quotes because I use 'fitness' very very loosely when I talk about myself.

I learned I'm basically exactly the same with the exact same troubles.

Right under that picture of my blog, I had a picture of my knee with ice on it.

yep... I'm in the same place...


I'm still struggling with food & overeating
I'm still fighting injuries
I'm still beating myself up every time I get on the scale
I'm still going against aging
I'm still trying to find healthy ways of living

I'm still me... another year older

I've also learned in this past year a few things...
there are some awesome blog friends out there that inspire me.  I find myself looking at other Fitness Blogs (no quotes for you awesome peeps) & relate to situations you are in, or learn from life experiences that you all go through.   I've found amazing crafty things to try - I've learned which products I need to get & ones I need to stay away from. 

Mostly, I found support.

People that take time to read what I have to say, laugh with me, cry with me, understand my frustrations over things... & you take even more time to leave words of encouragement or of friendship just to say that you were here...

To me - that's priceless...

That makes me want to do this thing another year...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Ups & Down....

Where we look at how the weekend went
DOWN // My ears are STILL hurting... 1 week... when will this end?

DOWN // Went to a wedding rehearsal only to find out they were eating first... & I have a nursing mom with me. We couldn't hang around for a few hours... so much for seeing how the wedding was going to go.

UP // All weddings are usually the same anyways so no sweat.

UP // Got all my gear ready to go Friday night so no rushing around gathering it all up Saturday morning.

DOWN //... I still ended up rushing around

Me ... EVERY morning of a wedding

DOWN // I didn't plan ahead on breakfast. I had nothing in the house to eat before I left.  That's not good because I'm on my feet for about 12 hours & have no time to stop & eat throughout the day... I need a good start.  I did not get it.

UP // I had the sweetest, most excited bride.  She never one time complained about one thing.

UP // Rain held off... the biggest scare of a wedding photographer.

UP // I couldn't have asked for a smoother day for this awesome couple, their family & the bridal party.

So Happy!

UP // I love when the groomsmen are so relaxed & good in front of the camera.  When they are about having fun & having a good time, it shines through 100-fold in their pictures.  It makes the groom so much more relaxed too.

UP // I love a bride that has tattoos

DOWN // I really was steaming at the rudeness of the video guy at the wedding.  I have NEVER experienced rude people working at wedding... until now... I don't know if he does it professionally or if its a family friend who did it for them.  Regardless, he was rude in a suit.

UP // I was home by 7:30 on wedding day.  I sometimes don't get home until after 11 - but an early wedding means an early exit time.


UP // I was able to start uploading pics on Saturday night...

UP // & I was in bed by 10:00... exhausted

DOWN // I get so freaking WORN OUT after a wedding. I can't even explain.  I know how dehydration effects a body... solely because of weddings.

UP // I slept in on Sunday.  We missed church (not youth) & Ricky let me just try & recover. 

UP // I ended up knitting a baby hat before church... I made 3 baby hats all weekend.  Getting ready for my cousin's new baby.

UP // Got all my chores done I needed to go on Sunday after church.

UP // Fried Pickles

DOWN // Fried Pickles

UP // Editing begins on pictures!!!

DOWN // Bicep Tendon starts hurting from the get-go... editing & on the compuer all day is tough on me.

UP // WALKING DEAD BACK ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DOWN // I literally got nauseated in the first 10 minutes of the show... there's a reason I don't eat meat. I don't need to see throats slit to bleed out.

DOWN // I couldn't go to sleep... what the hey?  I guess all the coffee on Sunday to get me through the day to recover from the wedding caught up with me.

... & now, I'm on a Monday with 4 hours sleep... Dear Lord...

How was your weekend?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Five: Fuel

Friday Five:  Fuel

The talk is about food?  OH yeah... what fuels me for workouts & runs...
I'm going to go through a usual full food experience in my world.

1. Pasta

I'm all about carbs.  I used to be a a pasta-junky when I was on the low-food fad thing. But now I understand the whole carb thing, I don't eat it as often.  But the night before a race?  I'm all about pasta.  I really do believe in the glucose thing & it really helps me to store it up the night before.

I'll sign up for races just so I can gorge on pasta!

2.  Eggs

My normal routine for a race day is always eggs on toast, with cheese & the topper, Sriracha sauce.  I am usually not a spicy person but I love that sauce on it.  Just enough burn in my mouth to get the burn going on the road.

3. Lara Bars

I'm someone who gels make me sick. Not during the race.  They actually work great during the race.  But the following 2 days after?  Let's just say the word "TROTS" takes on a whole new meaning.  It messes my stomach UP!...

So anyways - when I do long races, I like to eat more natural foods that settle well with my gut... & my butt also thanks me for doing that.  TMI? ... sorry...

But I love Lara Bars.  I have been known to chop them up in tiny pieces & put them in my fanny pack (c'mon - that's what running waist bags really are) & then just grab a few bites every few miles.  I can really feel the energy from them.  All natural product.  Thumbs up.

4. Stinger Waffles

OK - so these things, I tried on my last race.  (forever ago mind you) I LOVE THESE!  They are yummy in a little container.  The bad thing, when you put them in your pouch & pull them out in a run, they usually crumble like a cookie.  I hate licking crumbs off my hands when they're full of sweat.  Doesn't mean I wont do it.

I want to try the gels since they are supposed to be more natural.  Hoping it doesn't upset my stomach like the other gels.

5.  Bananas

Yep... get me some sort of fruit with fast sugar in it after a race.  My blood sugar gets all wonky so I really do go for fruit right after a race.   there's a reason why there are usually 100 boxes full of bananas waiting for all the runners.  It always blows my mind how they get so many...

BONUS FUEL:  If its a big race, you better bet after I get that banana, my butt is headed to get a REAL MEAL.  The past few races, I've been heading to Jimmy Johns for a veggie sub.  Give me one more burst of carbs with that bread... yum...

All this talk... I'm ready for lunch....

What do you use to fuel during runs?