Archives for October 2012

Give Up or Get Up

 

I have shared a little bit about some of the things that have been going on in my life with you here on RWS, but there are also things I have yet to divulge. Some have been going on awhile and also a couple of “new developments.” I will share when I feel the time is right, but now is not that time.

One thing I have shared is my health issues as of late. First the sea sickness patch withdrawals, and now some heart issues. I got a Holter monitor yesterday, and get to take it off today and am also getting an echocardiogram today. The Holter basically monitored my heart for 24 hours with little electrodes stuck all over my chest and sides. Check it out.

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There is one on each side, one right below my bra line then two above. Didn’t think it would be appropriate to show those. Smile Hopefully I will get some answers soon. Also as I sit here and type, I am icing my foot/arch. Not sure what caused this one, or if it has to do with the calf pain I experienced at the Jazz Half marathon. (By the way thanks for all your suggestions! I will be wearing compression socks for Wine and Dine, won’t take GU Roctane with 2x’s caffeine, and will stretch really well….and may wear different shoes, just to experiment.

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Anyway, I have had a couple of hard weeks where issues just seem to keep piling up one after the other. I would be lying if I said I react correctly to these things every time. My natural, human reaction is to freak out, cry, and ask God why he is allowing these things to happen. Eventually, once I get the initial anger and frustration out, I am able to slowly look at things from a different perspective. It’s very difficult for me to do, because by nature I tend to look at the worst case scenario.

I have once again attempted to do what I KNOW I need to do (but it’s sssooo hard!) and that is give it over to God, and stop worrying about it. Anxiety isn’t doing anyone any good, and won’t solve any problems. I know, I know….easier said than done.

There have been times….I am ashamed to admit how many, where I have just felt like giving up. Where staying in the bed and covering my head in hopes that it would all just go away seemed like a good idea. I am aware that this is silly and not an ideal way to live life, but the thought has definitely crossed my mind. So, after a lot of praying, I have decided you DO have a choice. Give up, or get up.

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I am choosing to make it THAT simple. You can use get up in any sense of the word that fits your life. Get out of bed, get out the door on a run, get up and go to work, get up emotionally and change your attitude, etc. I am not a quitter when it comes to the physical sense, I think I have proven that to myself. Now it’s time to prove just how mentally tough I am.

1 Peter 5:7: Cast all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.

Are you feeling discouraged? Remember this. Everyone will feel disappointments in life, but you can CHOOSE not to be discouraged by them. You can choose to change your attitude, you can choose to be joyful no matter the circumstances, and you can choose how you respond to adversity. So what will you choose? Will you give up, or GET UP!!

I’m GETTING UP and going to try to go for a run today after my cardiologist appointment. Then I need to GET UP and clean the house!

QOTD: What helps you when you are feeling discouraged?

Happy Halloween, and Costume Look Back

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October could possibly go on record for being the quickest month ever, even through it is 31 days long. I feel like I blinked my eyes, and today is Halloween! I don’t think I am as “in tune” with this kind of ting anymore. When I was in school or was teaching I was very aware of holidays, parties, etc….but not having kids and working from home….not so much. Either way, we will hand out candy, we will watch Hocus Pocus (MY FAVORITE!), carve a pumpkin, and light my fall candles.

I have never been a huge Halloween costume fan. I rarely went to parties growing up, and never have I once donned a…err…”revealing” Halloween costume (no offense to those who do, just never interested me, nor did I want to spend money on a costume.) We always just wore things we had around the house. Totally boring right? I think I have been a football player 3 times.

Last year, we went to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party with some friends, and since she was very pregnant at the time and needed a wheelchair, we decided to go as Dr.’s/nurses bringing her into labor and delivery. So much fun!

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In 2010, we were back at Mickey’s Not So Scary, hangin’ 10

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In 2008, I was the football player and Bobby was a cheerleader

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Halloween 2007, yup. Same scrubs. My family went as the cast of Grey’s Anatomy, with name tags mind you.

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Creative no? We just can’t help it. By the way, how totally young does Bobby look in the 2007 photo? My, my, how we have aged in five years. I totally envy people who come up with cool and creative costumes every year, but it is just not my gift. Maybe one day I will be that awesome mom who makes her kids Halloween costumes. We can dream, right?

Be sure to check out last year’s Halloween post:

Halloween in Pictures

I hope you all have a fun and safe holiday!

QOTD: Favorite costume you have ever had?

Disneyland Day 4

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We spent the day after the half marathon, Monday, relaxing by the pool. Tuesday, we were ready to hit the parks again and we got up early to head to the extra hour that resort guests staying on property get in the mornings. We were determined to ride Radiator Springs racers, and so our plan was to get in right when it opened and head straight back to cars land….like everyone else in line! We grabbed breakfast in the concierge lounge and then headed to the park gates.

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We got to the gates with about ten minutes to spare, and as soon as the gates opened, we made it through and power walked to the back, and STILL had a 30 minute wait time for Radiator Springs Racers! Oh well, better than two hours right? As we were going in I managed to drop my camera. I was so angry at myself. It still works, but the zoom is a little rough and I have to turn the lens kind of hard.

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We went through the line pretty quickly, and finally up onto the platform area/last area you wait in the couple of minutes before you get on the ride….and it broke down. ug! Well….what do you do? Some people left, but we had already waited thirty minutes. I had to go to the bathroom, so we came up with a plan. I would go to the bathroom and then go get in line for fastpasses. (Even though the park opens an hour early fastpasses don’t start until the park actually opens to everyone.) Then I would get us Radiator Springs fastpasses for later then go back, and hopefully it would be working again, and we could ride twice!

Well it worked like a charm! I had to wait in the fastpass line about ten minutes, but by time I got back the ride came up after about five more minutes. Finally! I was so stoked for this one.

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The whole area is so well done, I was very impressed. I know Disney spent a ton of money on the whole Cars Land area, but it came out amazingly well, and this ride did not disappoint.  It had a kind of test track feel but was SO much cooler!

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So the ride starts out leisurely going along, enjoying the beautiful scenery.

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Then you pass by the gorgeous waterfall before going “inside”

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You go through the town which looks so, so cool, and then get geared up for the big race. Another vehicle pulls up next to you, and then the race begins, and you immediately head outside.

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You go around banked turns, over bumpy hill/drops, and it is so much FUN! Then the is another dip right before you cross the finish line!

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We took the following photo of another car after we had gotten off the ride.

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Totally worth the wait, and I was so glad we had fastpasses so we could do it again!

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We had time to kill before we could come back and ride, so we decided to check out some more attractions.

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We hit up Monster’s Inc which was really cute!

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We wandered around a bit and decided to stop for some lunch.

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After lunch we rode Soarin’, The Little Mermaid, and a couple of other things before heading back to Radiator Springs Racers, where we got to sit in the front.

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We went back to the hotel for a rest, and then headed back to the parks (this time Disneyland) for the evening. We loved the convenient hotel entrance from California Adventure, such a short stroll to the room!

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It had cooled off a little, for which we were thankful.

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We headed to Toowntown for a look around, and it is MUCH more well done than the WDW version was. I absolutely loved it there, everything was adorable.

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We checked out the home of the big cheese, and Minnie’s cottage, too.

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As we were leaving, the parade happened to be going by and I caught a glimpse of Mickey!

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We wandered around a bit more, riding Big Thunder and Pirates again, until it was time for our fastpasses at Grizzly River back at California Adventure. We purposefully waited until right before the park closed, so in case we got wet (even with our ponchos) we could just walk back to the room and it wouldn’t matter because it would be bedtime anyway. Well, things didn’t exactly turn out as planned.

We got on the raft, and started climbing up to the top of the mountain….and got stuck. We were stuck about ten minutes, and got to know the others in our raft really well. SmileWe finally started going again, and made it through most of the ride, and then we got to the best part, the big drop, and were stopped. There were two other rafts stopped in front of us (we were all being held back from the drop by gates that open and close to let the rafts go down) and then a boat came up behind us. Well, we sat…and we sat… and we sat. Before we knew it, it had been 45 minutes and we were still sitting there! Finally, someone came and told us they were working on it, and then they let the first raft go down. YAY! We were going to get to finish the ride! Not so fast. Another fifteen minutes go by…the park has been long closed by now mind you we can’t see or hear anything, rushing water all around and “mountains”. Again, someone came out and told us the ride was broken worse than they have ever seen and they were going to have to DRAIN THE WHOLE THING and get us out of the rafts and walk down the inside of the mountain and it would take a few minutes to drain….which it did. They waited until it was completely dry and had to bring in a ladder to help us climb out of the rafts! The below photo is of the dry riverbed outside our raft.

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Standing on dry ground where there is usually rushing water!

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Helping other people off the rafts

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Granted, I was annoyed I had been sitting in a raft over an hour AND I didn’t even get to go down the best part, but what can you do? Well, the woman next to us was with her probably 13 year old daughter. she started griping and complaining and saying Disney better give her a giftcard and fastpasses and all this other stuff. She said she was going to tell them they made her miss dinner and they needed to comp her even though it was a lie. I was SO ANGRY she was talking about lying right in front of her daughter. What kind of role model is that?!? So as we were getting out, they gave us all fastpasses for the next day and the lady starts in saying she wants a Disney gift card because she missed her dinner reservations because we were stuck on the raft. I was so shocked. Some people shouldn’t be allowed to have kids. We *thought* about telling the Cast Member’s she was lying but I left it alone.

The below photo is what the inside of the mountain looks like!

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After all that hoop la, we walked back into the hotel (which was luckily just outside the entrance to the ride!) and went to bed. It had been quite a day!

On my next Disneyland post, I tell about our last day, and riding Toy Story Mania five times in a row.

QOTD: Have you ever been stuck on a ride somewhere?

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Jazz Half Marathon Recap: AKA the Heartbreaker

 

Hang on to your hats, this is by far the strangest and most gut wrenching recap I have ever written for a race. It has a strange start and a strange end, so stay with me!

As I have mentioned on the blog I have been dealing with some pretty scary health issues since my cruise 2 weeks ago. I ran a half marathon 2 weekends ago and was very sick the whole race, ended up at urgent care that afternoon, then the doctor again later that week, and now a cardiologist today. I was seriously considering dropping out of this race, as I didn’t even know If I could get through it, let alone have a “good race.” However, I LOVE this course, and was sponsored by the awesome folks at Rebootizer, and I was feeling ok the couple of days leading up to the race so decided to give it a go, but not really expect much in terms of time.

Saturday morning, Bobby and I drove to the start in plenty of time for the 7:00 start of the race. We made it to the parking lot where Bobby stood in line for over ten minutes waiting to pay at the machine. It was dark, VERY windy and about 54 degrees, which is chilly for New Orleans! We ran to the start because I didn’t have my bib yet. There was a mix up, long story, so I had to pick it up there. We ran around the park area and finally found out where to get my bib. We ran to the port-o-potty lines, me pinning my bib on as we went. That’s when we realized the line was SUPER long and there were only TEN potties for thousands of people. Race #fail! I HAD to go to the bathroom, (TMI alert) not only because, well, I needed to pee but it was that lovely special time of the month and I needed to get to a bathroom. SO we stood in the cold, slowly inching up, as they called for the race start over the loud speaker. What can you do?

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I looked at my watch and we heard the start….still far back in the line. Oh well, at least we had chip timing.

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I decided to carry cytomax with me in a bottle because there were only 6 aid stations and only gatorade at the last three! Best decision ever.

We finally get to go, and run towards the start. We were with another guy who we had been chatting with in line, and there were no runners anywhere, we saw what LOOKED like a starting line and we started jogging toward it, asking bystanders if this was the start! It was ridiculous.

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The empty start line as we are running towards it

The first little bit of the race is an out and back for about a mile and a half or so. I told Bobby bye and have a good race and he took off. So….there I was….running…by myself….a few stragglers in front and behind me who also were in the bathroom lines. Then, on my left I saw going the other way….all the other runners! Basically everyone was staring at me in my bright pink shirt. Yes, I was “that girl” who missed the start of the race by about eleven minutes. Awesome.

My goal for this race was to start out slow, see how I felt, and then pick it up later. Well, that went out the window when I started to play “catch up”. Yes, yes I am aware I was chip timed and that it didn’t matter, but I feed off of others, and NEEDED to run with others. As it was I missed the big adrenaline boost of the start, which keeps me going at a good pace for awhile.

So I waved at Bobby as he passed going the other way, I wasn’t too far behind him, and made it to the turnaround. I made it back to the start area as the 5k was starting…which was at 7:30. I just had to laugh at how it was playing out. Not much else to do, it WAS pretty comical. So I eventually started passing the power walkers, and then the run walkers. I got slightly annoyed at the power walkers walking 4-5 people across the ENTIRE road forcing me onto the sidewalk, but in all fairness, the runners had all passed them…except for a few like me, but still…move out of the way!

I was feeling really good, but realized I was going too fast. My first 3 miles were in the low 9:40’s, and I made myself slow down. I also took the time to wave at all the police officers and thank them. There are a TON of blocks, streets, etc in NOLA and they had cops EVERYWHERE keeping us safe. I knew later in the race I would be more tired and not as likely to be as upbeat and talkative, so I was sure to do it early on while I could. I was listening to the Black Eyed Peas radio station on Pandora, and every song was a great upbeat song, perfect for running. I was having a great race, despite all my health issues of the past three weeks and lack of training.

I took a GU at miles 3 and 6, and was so thankful for my Cytomax, just to be able to take a couple of sips whenever I wanted. Typically running holding a bottle bothers me and slows me down but it was worth it. Miles 4-6 I made myself slow down and was running between a 9:55 and 10:05 pace, still feeling pretty good. At mile 6, the arch on my left foot started to hurt, which has NEVER happened before. I didn’t think a ton about it, and chalked it up to bad form b/c my right foot had been bothering me since my last race and I figured I was favoring it, causing the pain in the left.

Mile 7 took us into Audubon Park, which is a beautiful place to run with a golf course. It was getting slightly more difficult to keep the same pace, but I was still holding on at 10:00 give or take a couple seconds. We passed mile 8 in the park, and got to about 8.8 when it happened….my calf acted like it wanted to seize up and cramp (please someone tell me you know the feeling) I froze, and it thankfully released and didn’t fully seize. It scared the crap out of me though, and I got to the side and stretched my calves while I tried to get my breathing back on track from how much it scared me. I said a quick prayer for that to be the ONLY time it happened. Well, sometimes I don’t understand God’s ways, but things would only go downhill from here.

I kept running, but was cautious. Mad that I had wasted a good 20-30 seconds stretching. I hit mile nine, and as I approached mile 9.4ish, it happened again, but this time, it did NOT let up. Not only did my calf seize up, but the toes in my left foot COMPLETLY curled underneath my foot inside of my shoe, and I had no control. I immediately fell off into the median and to the curb. I ripped my shoe off, and had to pry my toes back straight. When the cramp finally released, (after about 30 seconds) I tied my shoe, stood up, and stretched both calves, losing about one minute total. Petrified, I started walking not sure what to do. There were no medics around…I was plenty hydrated… I thought about calling Bobby for help, but knew he was trying to PR and didn’t want to upset him. I thought about just letting him know I was having a bad race and would be awhile, but since the cramp had let up I just decided to try running again.

That mile (nine) ended up being about 11:00. I knew I had to make up time, so I pushed off hard, engaging my left calf….and it seized again. I couldn’t help it….I burst into tears. I was so angry, scared, and in pain. I could FEEL the PR. As I was running I was envisioning crossing the finish line, smiling, arms raised in triumph…and then this. Why. WHY?!? I stretched again, and took off, but this time, keeping my leg flexed/straight, trying not to “push off” or engage my calf. This worked somewhat, however I could only keep a 10:45ish pace doing this “hobble/run”. Every time I tried to pick it up…you guessed it, had to engage my calf, and cramping started. I had a few “almost seizes” where I felt like it was ABOUT to seize up but didn’t, but I also had three other times where I had to stop, and pretty much fall over onto the curb until it subsided, then stand up and stretch it out. My right calf did the “try to” seize thing 2-3 times, but it never actually did thankfully.

My Garmin was a few tenths off the whole race, not sure how many, so after I saw the mile 12 sign I wasn’t sure exactly how far I had to go, I was panicky and not paying much attention. My pace for miles 10-2 were between 11:30 and 12:10 I think. It just kept dragging on and on. I thought I had a lot longer to go, but then I heard cheering, turned a corner, and saw the finish line! It was about 200 yards away (I am TERRIBLE at judging distances so I could be way off here) and I looked down and saw I had 1:15 and I could STILL PR! Mind you it would be by mere seconds, but considering how this race had turned out I couldn’t believe it was still possible. I had PLENTY of gas left, I was barely breathing heavy, and other than my crazy calf and foot I felt FINE. I decided to kick it in and try for the PR. If you guessed I triumphantly sprinted to the end for a PR by the skin of my teeth….you would be wrong.

It was like you see in the movies…you know the ones where they are racing, everything goes to slow motion with the runner falling, and the only noise they pipe in is the beating heart of the runner, as they fall in agony then look up to watch everyone cross the finish. That was me. My “kick” turned into the worst cramp yet, toes curled under and it wasn’t letting go. I was in the middle of the road this time so I just flat out fell on all fours on the pavement. I didn’t care who saw or had to go around me. A sweet woman stopped and knelt down next to me. SO SO kind of her to stop just short of the finish to check on me. I had my headphones in so I’m not 100% sure what she said other than “are you ok I have been following and watching you.” I said my calf was cramping, but waved her on. So incredibly nice of her. I did the “runner’s stretch” on the pavement, hands on the ground, legs out behind me. I stood up, tried to walk, seized again. Wanted to cry, fall over, and just could NOT believe this was happening to me, and then SO CLOSE to the finish and a PR. The seconds ticked by, and I was finally able to “jog” very slowly. I am usually a sprint my butt off through the finish kind of girl, but this was a near walk. I finally got close to the finish and managed to catch Bobby on the side…video taping me, fabulous. I just looked at him with a look of death, then back straight ahead, and jogged through to the finish. Missing my PR by two minutes.

I got my medal, found Bobby, and immediately burst into tears. I didn’t care that people were staring. I was in pain, I was so disappointed in myself, and totally blew my chance. How did I go from running 9:40 miles to laying on the side of the road? This is a bad dream right? I was on track to PR by 5-6 minutes at least. I told Bobby the whole miserable story, and he felt awful that while he was PRing (which I am of course very happy about) that I was crying on the side of the road in pain. I stretched out my legs, dried my eyes, and took our after race photos.

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We got cold pretty fast, got some food, and walked for a bit.

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I heard someone yell “Heather!” and turned around and saw Jennifer, a fellow run pink ambassador!

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We chatted for awhile, I told her about my race, and she told me about her race in which she did really well!

We couldn’t tae the cold much longer, so we headed back to the car and headed out of town. I took my Rebootizer to help with recovery as well, which really works!

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Keeping it real, I was pretty ticked off the rest of the day. I didn’t understand why this was happening to me. I know God works in mysterious ways and has a reason for everything, but I was really starting to doubt anything good could ever come of this disaster, and I am still not sure exactly what is going on.

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So friends, I need your help. I would be lying if I said I was ok with this and wasn’t scared of it happening again. Something else I should mention is 2 weeks ago in the half marathon I ran sick, one of my calves (I can’t remember which) did the “try” to seize up thing towards the end of the race, but never did, and that was the only time it happened so I thought nothing of it. But now after this I am wondering if they are related. A lot of people are quick to say it’s low sodium or potassium, but here’s why it’s not:

1.) at the doctor last week when I was so sick they tested my potassium and sodium levels, both came back fine

2.) I ate a banana that morning (among other things) and had plenty of gatorade and water. Plus it was in the 50’s and I was barely sweating. If I was going to cramp, I think I would have during my summer long runs when I was sweating buckets!

3.) I had 3 GU’s during the race in addition to a bottle and a half of cytomax and gatorade, plus water.

PLEASE tell me I am not alone and someone else has gone through this. I have heard of calf cramps while running but not with the toe cramp too. Also, was the arch pain a part of that, a pre-cursor? Or totally unrelated? I woke up yesterday morning with my calves very tight and sore, and my arch hurting, with a big knot right in the middle of my arch, bulging out.

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Check out my left foot , right in the middle of the arch how it’s bulging out to the right towards my right foot? That is where the big knot is. I am open to any suggestions, advice, or reasons as to why this happened and how to prevent it in the future. Keep in mind I have run 15 half marathons and have NEVER had this happen ever, not even on a training run, except for that one time in my last half, that didn’t completely seize up. HELP!

I loved the race itself (aside from lack of potties) and am so thankful to Rebootizer for the chance to run this race. The product really works, and helped me recover after feeling sick, and also after the race and my training run. Be sure to check out their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for more news and info on this great product! If you have any questions about it I would love to answer.

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QOTD: HELP ME! Advice? stories of this happening to you? Solutions?

Weekly Recap: October Week 4

 

Well friends, another interesting week for me. I am still having some medical issues, and have an appointment with the cardiologist tomorrow, so please say a prayer everything comes back ok!

Because of some of the issues I have been having, Bobby and I took it easy this week. We also knew we were running a half marathon Saturday (yesterday) and so we didn’t want to tire ourselves out, and rest was probably best anyway!

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My newest bling

Sunday: rest

Monday: 3 mile run, upper body weights, 15 minutes stationary bike

Tuesday: 6 mile run, upper body weights

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: went for a walk

Friday: rest

Saturday: Half marathon

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miles run: 22

cross training: X’s 2

weights: x’s 2

I am home for another week then out of town again, then another half marathon (Disney Wine and Dine) so I will get in a couple runs this week, but then next week will be easy again because I will be out of town and “tapering” for yet another race. It will slow down at some point right? I kid. I love it.

Be looking for a recap of the Jazz Half marathon tomorrow. It has quiet an interesting ending, you won’t want to miss it.

QOTD: Do you taper before a race? Any race or just longer distances?

Number 15

 

Today is half marathon number 15. I am excited and nervous all at the same time. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I am trying not to “expect too much” out of my healing body. Waking up before the sun isn’t fun, the pain of the race isn’t fun, but I sure do love the feeling of the finish. See you on the other side of this one!

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I will be wearing the shirt in the above picture, sporting and supporting Run Pink! (Don’t forget if you want to register for the Woman’s half in Baton Rouge you can save $15 on registration by entering RPAHeather at checkout!) if you see me on the course of the Jazz Half or before/after, be sure to say hello! I can’t wait to share it with you, and am so happy to be running thanks to my great sponsors, Rebootizer!

Bobby is running too, but I will be going this one alone. Here’s to a fun one! Be sure to follow me on Twitter or instagram for updates! (@runningwithsass, or click on the icons on the right sidebar)

QOTD: Do you get nervous or excited for races?

Headed on Out

 

Morning friends! I am headed on out to New Orleans today for the Jazz half marathon! I ran this race in 2010 and really love it, and can’t wait to do it again, even if I am not in the best shape/health, it will still be a blast. New Orleans is an awesome place to race and I love this one not only because it’s smaller and less crowded, but it benefits Children’s Hospital.

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Don’t forget about my virtual run this weekend!! If you didn’t tell me you wanted to participate before, that’s ok, you can still join in! All you have to do is run between today and Sunday, and either blog about it and comment here, or post a photo on ZOOMA’s Facebook wall of your run and you will be entered to win PRIZES! Also, either e mail me or leave a comment I would love to know you completed the virtual run and include you (and photo!) in a round up post!

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The race will count as my virtual run, I can’t wait to tell you all about it on Monday!

(Also don’t forget if you sign up for ZOOMA Florida and enter code FLAMB4 at checkout you will save 10%!)

I hope you have enjoyed my posts about my Galaxy S3 courtesy of Verizon the past 3 months. I really enjoyed the phone! If you missed any, here is a recap so you can go back and see what they were all about:

Blogging Made Easier

Safely Go

Samsung Galaxy S3 Favorites

Chobani Dinner at Evoo

I Made It

Boston Bound

A New Ambassador

Thanks so much to Verizon for this amazing opportunity to be a part of a very cool program, I really enjoyed it!

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Don’t forget, It’s domestic violence awareness month, and every time you share a photo into the contest, Verizon will donate $1 to the national dating abuse hotline!

 

QOTD: What has been your favorite destination race?

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided
with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the
product.

Run Like a Princess

 

It has finally been revealed! The new 5th anniversary runDisney Princess half marathon medal is bbbeeaauutttiifffuuulll!

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(Photo from Facebook Disney page)

For those new to runDisney, they tend to bling out anniversary medals, and this coming year will be the 5th year of the Princess half. (You can check out my race recap from last year and of the Royal Family 5k) It includes 5 pink jewels and some awesome sparkle. I must have it!

But wait, there was more good news released by runDisney yesterday, a sweepstakes involving the Princess half, presented by Lady Foot Locker. All you have to do is go to RunLikeAPrincess.com for your chance to win instantly some cool runDisney prizes like gear, or even free race entries or pasta party and race retreat tickets!

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After last year’s Disney Princess half marathon

But, the grand prize (and I mean GRAND PRIZE) is amazing. If you win, you and three friends can have THIS:

  • Race entry into Disney’s Princess Half Marathon, Disney Royal Family 5K, or runDisney Kids’ Races
  • Pasta in the Park Party at Epcot at the Princess Half Marathon Weekend
  • Platinum level ChEAR Squad/Race Retreat at the Princess Half Marathon
  • Meet & Greet with Olympian and runDisney Training Consultant Jeff Galloway
  • Round trip airfare
  • $800 worth of Disney Dining Gift Cards
  • 3-Day Magic Your Way Theme Park Ticket
  • 2-Night stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • And the ultimate royal retreat the evening after the race… one night in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom Park

Spend the night in Cinderella castle in the CASTLE SUITE?!?! Amazing, amazing prize, well done runDisney and Lady Foot Locker! The best news is you can enter every day until the sweepstakes is over in November, so you have plenty of opportunities to instantly win or win the grand prize! I know it’s tempting to see if you win an entry into the race, but be careful it’s filling up quickly so make sure you register! Then go to RunLikeAPrincess.com and enter to win great prizes!

QOTD: If you were told you got to stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite, what would be the first thing you did when you got in the suite?

Jazz Half Training

 

Good morning friends! The Jazz half marathon is quickly approaching…as in three days approaching! I was hoping to be coming into this race at full health/strength, and unfortunately that’s not in the cards for me. I am much MUCH better than I was last week, and can’t wait to run through my beloved New Orleans, shouting to anyone who will listen about my awesome sponsor Rebootizer, and having a good time… but I also have to be realistic about my chances for a PR.

Running four miles on a seven day cruise then being very ill for eight days does not a PR make. Who knows, maybe I will surprise myself? One thing that has definitely helped in my training (and vacation recovery!) is Rebootizer. This stuff rocks yall.

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I started taking it immediately after getting home from my cruise, and while it normally takes me a couple weeks to feel healthy again after a cruise from all that sodium filled food and junk, I felt better as far as that goes MUCH quicker than normal thanks to this awesome product.

I started drinking one every day for the first six days I was back, and then as needed (pretty much every 3 days) since then, leading up to the race. It’s easy to drink, tastes good, and makes me feel great when my system needs a “reboot”.

So my training…

I have been running between 3 and 4 days a week (until the cruise + illness), typically an easy run of 3 miles, a middle distance 4-6 miles, a long run, and a 2-3 mile speed workout. It has been very warm here, so I am hoping this actually ends up helping me when the weather finally does cool off! The race day weather is supposed to be really nice though!

As far as Rebootizer goes, I have toyed around with taking it before workouts in the morning or after workouts. Honestly they both worked out great, I had no “stomach issues” on my run taking it before, and felt fine taking it after, too.

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So, some have asked when exactly is the best time to use Rebootizer?

Whenever is most convenient for you! Rebootizer is designed to fit easily into any lifestyle.
As part of a detox diet or wellness regime, you can use Rebootizer at any time of day.
For best results from single use, consume at the end of your dinner or after a party or evening out. You can also consume Rebootizer again in the morning to maximize the soothing effect of the product.

That’s why I love it! There is no right or wrong answer. It works great before or after workouts, after a night out on the town, when traveling by air, or anytime your system just needs a reboot! I feel it has definitely helped get me back on track after a cruise of eating junk for a week, and helped prepare me for my half marathon.

If you are running the Jazz Half in New Orleans Sunday, look for me! I may have some goodies and brochures from Rebootizer to hand out! Can’t wait to get another Jazz medal!

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Jazz Half 2010

Be sure to follow Rebootizer on Twitter, Facebook, and Instargram (@therebootnation) for the latest news and updates!

QOTD: What do you do when you have been sick and need to “quickly” prepare for a race or some other event? Are you racing this coming weekend?

Blogging Made Easier

 

Blogging takes up a LOT of time. First there is the blogging itself, research, picture taking, then there is social media presence, answering e-mails, etc. I absolutely love all the things that blogging brings, but if my computer or internet and phone speed are not working with me, it can make all encompassing “blogging” very very frustrating.

As many of you know, I am a Verizon Wireless ambassador and have been testing out the Samsung Galaxy S3 for the past couple of months. I have talked about how awesome the device itself is, and all it’s cool features, but I haven’t yet shared with you about the 4G LTE service itself.

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First of all, this service as expected is FAST! One of my biggest time sucks used to be trying to look at something on my phone and having to wait forever for a page to load, going outside on the porch holding my phone up trying to get more bars (oh come on you KNOW you have done it!) and then getting frustrated when a page times out or a call drops. I can honestly say I have been spoiled by just how fast this service is. There is no way my old service can “keep up” with this one.

As I have mentioned before my favorite thing is the mobile hotspot. One would expect a mobile hotspot to “work” but be very slow. Well I can tell you my friends, this is not the case. As a daily blogger, I obviously need to be on my computer a lot to get posts written, but sometimes I am just not home long enough to get this done, and am on the go a lot. The mobile hotspot and the speed of the 4gLTE service has made my new favorite, blogging in the car, possible. (Obviously not while I am driving!)

We go back and forth from Mississippi to Louisiana a lot, and I do a lot of traveling with work. Instead of letting this time be unproductive and a waste, I let my husband drive, and crank out a blog post while we are getting from point A to point B. I used to have to type it out and wait until I got somewhere to upload photos, or publish, but not anymore, and it’s awesome!

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So, especially for you my blogger friends, you should seriously look into this as a necessity to your job of being a blogger/social media lover and be more efficient with your time with 4G LTE!

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*Just a reminder that in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month (October), Verizon is hosting a photo contest to share the message of hope. Please enter their best photo symbolizing hope (taken with their Verizon Wireless smartphone or tablet, please). For each submission, $1 will be donated to HopeLine from Verizon. Visit this link for more information and to check out the gallery of inspiring photos so far.

*Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided
with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the
product.

QOTD: If you are a blogger, what is something about technology that has made your blogging life easier? If you aren’t a blogger, what is something about technology that has made life in general easier?