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Pamper me

For the past 10 days, I have been house/dog sitting. Right before I took on this responsibility, I was at the peak of my not sleeping/exhaustion saga. I worried sleeping in a strange bed would aggravate it. I also thought, however, that maybe my body would feel like it was on vacation, so it would learn to sleep better. Well, I believe my body thought the latter because I have slept better and better every night. Tonight, I go back to sleeping in my own bed, and I hope I have retrained my body how to sleep again. Cross fingers!!

My weekend was incredible. I need weekends like this past weekend more often. I took care of myself all…weekend…long.

Friday night, yoga. It was a really, really nice day, so class was on the smaller side. I prefer a smaller class…not quite as hot.

Saturday: walk with dog, chiropractor (living social deal, AND he happens to take my insurance!! I will be going to see him regularly), 6 mile run, lash appointment, 90 minute massage (my friend does massage and she gave me a great rate. The massage was awesome, and we got to catch up while she massaged, so it was a perfect 90 minutes, actually).

Sunday: 9 mile run, red light therapy (I will discuss this more), mani/pedi

So, red light therapy. I heard about it for the first time last week at girls night. My friend, Kara, told me about it. She goes to a tanning salon for it. It is supposed to promote collagen production, resulting in a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles. On top of that, it is supposed to help with depression, help relieve pain, help get rid of acne, scars, and the list goes on, and on. Then one of my other friend’s piped in that she gets it, too! Funny…I went to an event a couple of months ago and in our goody bag, among other things, was a coupon for one month of tanning. I was like, um…I don’t really want to go tanning anymore in my old age. 😉 BUT, I will try this red light therapy! So, yesterday, before my mani/pedi, I went to the tanning salon to cash in my one month of “tanning.” It was very relaxing. I am going to try to go every day. 🙂

Here’s some good info on red light therapy: www.mauibeachtanningsalon.com/red_light_therapy

I have another chiropractic adjustment this week, and my first acupuncture appointment Friday.

Also, I got my lab results back from the naturopath. The first series of results were all normal, but the second series showed some “minor tweaking” needed:

My thyroid needs some support. My cortisol (stress hormone) levels are high. (I actually laughed out loud when I read this…and I couldn’t stop laughing!! Kind of like when I went in for my appointment and she looked in my eyes, and said, “Your adrenals need some support. You’re tired.” Gee, thanks for telling me, I.had.no.idea.) My vitamin D levels are on the low end of normal (BUT, they’re normal!). My adrenal glands need some support. My red blood cells are low, which indicates a B12/Folic Acid deficiency.

So, I am going in Thursday for a follow-up, and “treatment options.” Hmmm….

So, it seems like I am spending a lot of money on myself, but I really am not. Most of this is covered by insurance, and although I have to pay a $30 copay for each visit, it all evens out. I have gotten rid of other things in my life (alcohol, Nicorette gum), to make room for these more important things (acupuncture, chiropractor, massage).

I start week 11 of training this week. 16 mile run Sunday. Wow.

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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Happiness, Running, Yoga

 

Spring has sprung!

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful Spring day. It was in the mid 60’s, sunny, and everything is in bloom! I LOVE this time of year!

Baby H and I went and took the puppy for a long walk in the early afternoon, and then Baby H and I went to the park for the rest of the day. I wanted to stay outside as long as possible…we were both loving it.

I had a 7 mile run last night. It’s interesting when I get to a certain part in my training that 7 miles is an easy run. There is almost no planning involved and I just head out the door to run 7 miles. It was a beautiful evening, and I ran in a short-sleeved shirt…Love that.

So, last night was the second night in a row where I fell asleep naturally. It took me a little while, but it was less than an hour and I remained relaxed. I have been working on some visualization prior to sleeping: I take all the crap from the day and throw it in a garbage bag or a box. I stuff it down to the bottom and then I throw the box over a cliff, or whatever I envision. I do not allow myself to think about anything I stuffed in the box. If I do, I have to climb down, get the box (or bag) and put the crap back in. Climbing down to get it is quite exhausting, and I have usually fallen asleep before I get there. 🙂

So, I know I keep talking about the past year, and how it’s finally caught up with me. A LOT of change has happened over the past year, and my focus has been on staying strong and moving forward. Now, since everything has FINALLY calmed down, I have the energy and time to focus on taking care of myself, and my body is definitely letting me know it needs to be taken care of, so that’s what I am doing.

Last week I went to the naturopath.

Last weekend I had a massage.

This week I had Reiki

This weekend I visit the chiropractor and have a massage.

Next week I have acupuncture.

And I continue to go to yoga.

I am my number one priority for the first time. It’s different, but good. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in Children, Happiness, Outdoor fun, Running, Yoga

 

Reiki me

Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve written. Life has been busy.

Since Friday, I have been dog/house sitting for a friend. My furry friend is an 18 month old Cockapoo (cocker spaniel/poodle mix). He is cute, and a pretty good boy. He sure is different than the last dog I spent time with. This dog never seems to get tired! He’s a runner, which is cool. He and I went for a 6 mile run last night, and when we got home? He wanted to play!

I was introduced to Reiki last night. “Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.” http://www.reiki.org/faq/whatisreiki.html

My friend is training to become a Reiki administrator (??Not sure what they’re called??), so she gave me a treatment last night. The past year has caught up with me BIG time, and I definitely am feeling the effects. Seems my “life force” is low. She went through all my chakras, and mended them. 🙂 I don’t think one session is going to fix me, but I am definitely open to more Reiki. I will say, that I was uber-relaxed last night, and fell asleep without any sleep-aid; the first time in a long, long time. 🙂

I am in week 10 of marathon training. Week 10 of a 20 week training program. I ran the most I have ever run, 14 miles, on Sunday. And, I felt the best I had felt in a long, long time. Must have been the power of girls’ night the night before. 🙂

Spring is here…my favorite time of year: warmer, longer days, tulips, and sunshine. My number one priority these days is taking care of ME, and it’s a really big job…I am high maintenance. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in Happiness, Outdoor fun, Running

 

Daaaaaasssssssshhhhhh!!!

I am training for a marathon. LONG distance. I know I’ve said this before, but I am NOT a sprinter. I dread my interval sprint training, and although I can run my mile sprints pretty fast, I despise them.

Yesterday was the St. Patty’s Day Dash. I signed up a while ago, and made plans to run with a few friends. I have been battling a cold the past couple days, and have been feeling really, really, really run down. I had a 7 mile run Saturday, and it was a struggle. I feel like for the past month,  my runs have been a struggle. I think the past year has finally caught up with me and it is barrelling down hard. Ugh.

Anyway, since I was looking forward to the run, and I had to deal with DST (along with everyone else, of course), I opted for a mellow night (the norm in my life anyway), and went to bed early, while it seems the rest of the world was celebrating St. Patty’s Day.

So, up bright and early yesterday morning…to rain. Poop. Oh well, I made a commitment, and this race was basically a sprint for me. Piece of cake. Well, there were some people who no-showed, which didn’t surprise me (late night celebrating+rain does not equal excitement to run early), but the person who showed up was the person I REALLY wanted to run with anyway…my pace runner…a professional (or damn near) runner. I needed someone to push me!

Ooooooh, boy, I was pushed. I am used to starting S-L-O-W and finishing strong, but that was not the case yesterday. We started fast! Our first mile was 6:45, and I could tell right away I was not 100%. It was a struggle to stay up with my friend, but I managed to stay not too far behind, and maintained a pretty fast pace the whole way…until the end. I lost steam at the end, and instead of my usual people-passing at the end, I was getting passed left and right…men and women. 😦

I finished the race at 26:46. I think it was 3.7 miles? I was too beat to really do the math. I actually felt like I was going to barf.

Instead of partaking in the post-race debauchery, we decided to go home, shower and go to a mellow brunch. MUCH more my style. 🙂

As I was getting ready for breakfast, I went online to check out the results of the race, AND….I placed 2nd in my division! Completely unexpected! I am absolutely shocked. Even if I was 100%, I don’t think I could have knocked out the 1st place girl, but maybe next year???

So, here are my stats:

7:03 minute mile

319/7149 overall

2/530 division

52/4056 women

It felt good to run a race that was over quickly, and to know that even though I am not a sprinter, I can still kick butt! It’s my competitive nature. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in Running

 

Skiing!

(I wrote this on 2/28, and forgot to publish it! OOPS!)

The peppers turned out AMAZING! And, there were lots of leftovers. Yummy!

So, I seem to be back on track, training wise, except I skipped a 5 mile run yesterday…to go skiing! It was totally worth it. I figured since it was only a 5 miler, I could forego it for a day up skiing in fresh powder. I am very happy with my decision. I went to Alpental, and not only had they gotten 4 new feet since Tuesday, it dumped all day long, too. The visibility sucked, but we were skiing on fresh, soft, fluffy snow. It was quite a treat. We skied hard, and I am sure I expended quite a bit more energy than I would have with a 5 mile run.

Saturday night, I made dinner for a small group of friends. It was a wonderful evening. This is what I made:

Salmon Lasagna

Ingredients

2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used butter instead)
1/4 cup flour
3 cups milk
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
18 ounces frozen creamed spinach thawed (I used chopped spinach instead)
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
15 ounce container ricotta cheese (I used cottage cheese instead)
8 ounce package no boil lasagna noodles
15 ounce can salmon drained and flaked
(I added one zucchini)
Directions

In saucepan heat vegetable oil over medium heat until hot then stir in flour and cook 1 minute.
Gradually stir milk into flour mixture stirring constantly until mixture boils and thickens.
Stir in parmesan and pepper then set white sauce aside.
In medium bowl mix creamed spinach with mozzarella and ricotta.
Preheat oven to 375.
Spread 1/4 cup white sauce to cover bottom of rectangular baking dish.
Arrange 1/3 of the lasagna noodles over sauce overlapping to fit.
Spoon half of the ricotta mixture over noodles then top with half the salmon.
Repeat layering once then top with remaining lasagna noodles and remaining sauce.
Cover baking dish with foil and bake lasagna 40 minutes.
Remove foil and bake 15 minutes longer.

It was delicious! And, again, lots and lots of leftovers. 🙂

I start week 7 of training tomorrow. Tomorrow is the first day of March (YAAAAAAAY!!!)

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in Food/Restaurants, Outdoor fun, Running, Skiing

 

My bruise-free life

Uh oh. My IT bands are flaring up. 😦

I finished up week 7 of training yesterday with a 12 mile run down at the beach. It was a beautiful day! The majority of the run went great, but right around mile 8, I started feeling the twinge on the outside of my knee. I haven’t felt that twinge in a while…not since my first few half-marathons. I was pretty bummed out, as the pain increased and I still had 4 miles to run. I powered through it, and still managed to finish with an okay time for a training run. But, man, I was in pain.

I do NOT want to deal with IT band pain, especially this early on in training! I must foam roll more (it really, really, really hurts), and stretch more.  Training isn’t going to get any easier. When training for a half-marathon, 12 miles is the longest training run I do. For full marathon training, I already am running 12 miles in week 7, l and I still have 13 weeks to go! Yikes! Tuesdays are usually my easiest runs, but tomorrow I have 6 miles.  A lot after 12 miles. I really hope my body can take all this training.

On another note. Everything else in my life seems to have settled down, THANK GOODNESS!!! The past year has been non-relaxing, definitely not boring, extremely difficult at times, but it all needed to happen for me to be the person I am now. Someone I like SO much better than the person I was a year ago.

I moved March 20 of last year, so we’re coming up on a year. I got a new couch about a week after I moved in. It was a couch that required some assembly. The directions specified it was a two person job, but, being the new independent person I was, opted to put it together alone. It was hard, and I did it, but not without dropping the couch on my toe. I bruised my toe nail, and over the past year, I have watched that large black spot on my toenail slowly grow out. Yesterday, I cut my toe nails, and I cut that bruise off. Bye-bye bruise, and bye-bye past. Good riddance! Now, on to my bruise-free life. I am very excited. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Happiness, Running