Sunday, March 17, 2013

Recommitting after falling down.

Hello friends!

My plan this weekend was to run 18 miles on Saturday. Well...I only ran 10.
I was so mad at myself for not pushing through and completing 18! My sisters and I were having a baby shower for another sister, and I was just thinking of all I needed to do. Also around mile 6, suddenly the back of my ankle started hurting real bad. This was a new ache, I'd never had that before! I kept going, but it was hurting pretty bad by mile 10.
 Both of those were my excuses for quitting early. I know 10 miles is good, but with only 5 weeks until my marathon, I need to get in more miles!! When I got home I 'googled' the pain in the back of my ankle, and discovered that's my achilles tendon. As soon as I read that, I said "ohhh noooo!!"
 It's still sore today, but is much better. I do wonder if I would've even been able to do all 18 with it hurting anyway.

  Like I said, I have 5 weeks until my first marathon! I'm running the Carmel Marathon, in Indiana. They say that it's a fast, flat course, perfect for first timers. I'm so excited, and have confidence that I can do it!
  As for my weight loss, I've lost 33 lbs since last June. But I have not lost ANYTHING this year. This is SO aggravating! It makes no sense to me how I can be training for a marathon, run 25+ miles a week and not lose a pound!
 Now for the bad news, I've put back on 8 lbs!! How? I have NO idea! But I'm just sick over it. Again I wonder, how can I be training for a marathon, taking spin and boot camp classes, do a weight training dvd 4 days a week and GAIN weight?? I am taking my measurements, and have lost a few inches, but not a lot.
 I know one thing I just need to give up is ice cream. That is my weakness. Other than that, I eat very healthy, no junk food, fried food- none of that. I do find myself thinking a lot "I just ran 5 miles, I can eat a few extra bites..."
 I SO badly want to look like her.


And I know I could!! There is no reason why I couldn't have that body. I want a flat stomach and muscular arms.
 Even as I ran my 10 miles, I could tell I've gained weight. I just felt 'heavy'. I always complain about being a slow runner, I know I would be faster if I wasn't carrying around an extra 30 lbs.

  So, I'm re-committing!! Starting today- no more ice cream. I have to completely give it up. I love froyo, so may still have that occasionally. I wish I had a meal plan to follow, I feel like I do better when my meals are planned out for me. (I think that's why I did so well on Nutri System, because there was no guessing what I would be eating!)
 But I know I can do this. I just have to remember what it is that I want. I have to remember that ice cream is not worth it. I can do it. I WILL do it. I'll stand back up, shake myself off, and keep on going.
  I'm thankful that I have this blog and I have all of you to keep me accountable. I'm so glad I can share my struggles and failures without the fear of being judged. Here I go again! :)


katie

42 comments:

  1. It is frustrating that you did not get your run in, but I know you will next week. Some weeks are just better and some are worse. I didn't realize your run was in Indy (Carmel). I lived grew up right near there, but wasn't a runner when i lived there. Indy is such a fun town. Hope you're making a weekend out of it.

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    1. That's so cool that you grew up near there, I did too! I do love going back to visit. I'll be staying with some friends for the weekend, I can't wait!

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  2. wow thats amazing! I hope to be able to run that much one day. Right now i only been running for a week and sticking to it, so far i am running just a mile to get my body use to it and beat my time each time. One day...

    xoxo Lisa

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    1. Good for you, Lisa!! Stick to it, and you will absolutely get there! If I can do it, you can too. I remember the days where I could hardly run a mile! Don't give up!

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  3. Keep training hard and make small tweaks to your diet until you unlock your weight loss formula. I don't know how many weeks I have said the exact same things you have. Your working so hard I guarantee you only need one or two small changes and you'll see results on the scale. Keep up the hard work!

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    1. Thank you, Joe. It is SO frustrating! I'll do that though, I've got to figure this out!

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  4. Sorry to hear you have a new ache! I'm with you... have really bad pains in my legs with only 6 weeks until my marathon. Achilles tendon pain is usually from tight calves, I dealt with that a lot when I danced ballet and when I transitioned to minimalist shoes. Do you have The Stick or a foam roller? Great for calves! And for the weight... I have the same frustration! I always gain during marathon training no matter how closely I watch my diet. My guess (and this is just my own little theory) is that the stress of training messes with cortisol levels in the body, and when we have too much cortisol that's a recipe for weight gain, especially in the mid section (me!). I'm just continuing to be careful with my nutrition, cutting sugar (except during runs) and doing strength work. I bet you'll lose it right after the marathon!

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    1. I do have a foam roller, which I never use! I was actually wearing compression socks, so I don't know why my calves would've been tight. Who knows, my body is just weird!
      That's crazy that you gain during training. It seems like it would be the opposite! Your theory makes perfect sense though!

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  5. Sometimes those little aches are there to remind us to make sure we are stretching and recovering properly. It could be your body's way of saying "hey! I need a lil break". Don't beat yourself up too badly. Not ALL runs will be perfect and it's much better to have a "DNF" now during training than during your race. You've been killing all your workouts! Make sure you are foam rolling/ using the stick - highly recommend either or both! I tend to gain weight the harder I workout as well. Those few extra bites add up, but I have read multiple places to not be surprised about gaining a few Lbs during marathon training since the "marathon munchies" kick in. Is it possible to spend Sunday to meal prep? You'll notice a huge difference in your eating habits if it's already laid out for you :)

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    1. Yes, I would much rather have a DNF now, rather than during my race. I don't care if I have to crawl, I will finish my marathon! :)
      I have a foam roller, which I never use. I will now though!! That's a great idea to meal prep on Sunday. At least I need to figure out a menu, and have it in writing. Thanks, Beka!

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  6. Dont be so hard on yourself! Stick with your training and im sure it will all get better soon! I have had days like that... go out for long run and next thing I know I have only finished half of what I wanted. Damn injuries! I feel like weight loss has a plateau.. it took me 3 months to see or feel any changes.

    Good luck and stick with it!

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    1. I do hate it when that happens, but I guess they can't all be perfect. :) Thanks, girl!

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  7. Don't beat yourself up too much about the weight gain. I know it's frustrating, but a lot of people gain weight when training for a marathon. Also, since you mentioned that you have lost inches, it's possible that you've lost fat while gaining muscle, which could account for some of the extra weight. Good luck this week!

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    1. I've heard that too, it seems like it would be the opposite! Thank you, Maureen!

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  8. During my 18 mile training run I discovered what my IT band was!! It totally freaked me out. How was I going to run my 20 miler the following weekend??? I got some good advise and foam rolled and can say that my IT band never bothered me for my 20 miler or my full. Take care of yourself and listen to your body!! Since joining the gym in January I have been really struggling with my weight. With any change in exercise I think it is to be expected!! Thats why I love blogging too!!

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    1. Wow, that's great that you didn't have anymore trouble with your IT band! Sounds like foam rolling is the way to go!

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  9. Seems to me that you are doing awesome with your weight loss!! I am sure you have heard this numerous times, but water, water, water will make the pounds fall of you. I quit my Mello Yellos (gosh I could taste one as I typed that) about a year ago and in 3 months I lost 5 lbs just by drinking only water. Now I do have my 1 cup of coffee in the mornings, I have to have some form of caffiene, I tried cold turkey, the migraines wasn't worth it!!
    I am so excited to be following you!!! Are you doing the KY Derby Festival by any chance?

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    1. Thanks, girl! I actually never drink soda's. I used to be addicted to diet cokes, but have cut them out too. Now all I drink is water and 1 cup of coffee a day too! Like you, I tried giving that up, but the headache wasn't worth it!
      I'm not running the KY derby mini, but I am doing the Triple Crown. This Saturday is the 10k, and then in 2 weeks is the 10 miler. Are you doing the mini?

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  10. You are amazing, do not ever forget that.

    I do understand your frustration both in the run and in the weight loss. I have gained back quite a bit as well so I just need to reevaluate and move forward...easier said than done.
    Try to focus on all the great runs you have had lately, bad runs happen but they are not the norm for you! Again, easier said that done but lets go back to the fact that you are amazing..... :) XOXO

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    1. And that is why I love you, Gigi!! :)
      That's a good way to look at it, 99% of my runs are good, and I finish them all. I guess I can't let a bad one get me down too much. Thanks, girlie. xoxo

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  11. The more you lose, the harder it gets. Don't give up though! Count calories, set goals for yourself, and mix up your workouts a bit. Running is great for burning calories but strength training will give you more lean muscle, which will burn more fat over time. You may gain muscle weight here, but will end up looking leaner and more toned.

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    1. I do try not to focus so much on the number on the scales, because I know muscle does weigh more. But when clothes are getting tight again, that's when I start getting worried! I think mixing up workouts is a great idea too!

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  12. Katie- you are fantastic! You have come so far and you have worked and CONTINUE to work SO hard- believe in yourself!!
    I have never talked to any runner who did not GAIN weight while marathon training. Training is tough stuff and it's hard on our bodies. Also, because of our long training runs, our bodies start to adapt and store extra glycogen because we are constantly expending so much. Marathon traiing is actually NOT your friend when you want to loose weight. (I hate that this is true. It's so frustrating! It's like, hey! I'm running my butt off and all it's doing is GROWING, but not in a good way!!)
    I have been at a complete plateau since November. In November I hit 50 pounds total loss, and the scale has not budged since then. 4 months of STUCK! In fact, I'm up a few pounds since I began training for 26.2
    Don't give up-- and remember that you are healthy and strong and that's what matters! Continue to make good choices and you won't regret it!!

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! That is just the craziest thing ever! But that does make sense how our bodies store glycogen. At least now I know what might be causing it!
      That's so awesome that you've lost 50!!! Let's break this plateau, girl!!

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  13. I've read that LOTS of people gain weight while training for a full. I am doing EVERYTHING in my power to prevent that! I'm only up about a pound and am in the 12th week of my 18 week plan. I can always pin point where the weight gain comes from and its either poor choices, too big portions or feeling 'entitled' to a food because I just ran 'xx' miles =) I've made sure to drink 5-7 16oz glasses of water a day and keep my calories low most day (1,500-1,600 but allow 2,000-2,300 when I run over 15 miles) and that seems to be helping. I'm sure you'll get it figured out. Praying for your achilles!

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    1. Thanks, Anna! That's great that you've only gained a pound, I hope it stays that way! I think my problem is feeling entitled to extra food. No more though!!

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  14. I'm also a sponsor on "What Jean Likes" blog - so I thought I'd go through the list & follow those that I wasn't already following. You have a wonderful blog!! I'm your newest GFC follower - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back: godsgrowinggarden.com
    Thanks
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    1. Thanks so much, Angie. I'm following back!

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  15. Sorry about the run, don't get too upset it happens to us all. Way to recommit, I have the same problem run and decide it means I can eat extra! I have coached many first time marathoners and while a few have lost weight during training most don't but overall are gaining muscle and losing inches.

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    1. That's really good to hear. I'd think it would be the opposite though! Only a few more weeks and it'll all be over until October, hopefully I can get back to losing soon!!!

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  16. I was having trouble with weight too during my current (first) marathon training and what I'm about to say will make no sense - you need more calories. I wish I was joking. I upped my calorie intake and have (finally) lost a little weight during this process. I don't make up for it in junk though. I also drink 4.5-6L of water a day.

    Thanks for linking up! I can't wait to continue to follow your journey!

    xoxo,
    Ashley @ The Preppy Runner

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    1. Really???? Honestly, I have wondered before if I need to eat more! (Healthy things) I don't keep exact count of my calories, but just guessing most days seem to be 1000, no more than 1200. Maybe that's the trick! Thank you, Ashley! :)

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  17. First of all, don't be so hard on yourself. My husband and I both agree that you look pretty great! :) You're working out a lot and running a lot and eating pretty healthy. You've got to remember than muscle weighs more than fat, so that little number on the scale may go up, but it doesn't necessarily mean what you might think.

    As for your run, sometimes we just need to listen to our bodies, and as runners, sometimes that is the hardest thing to do! You did great this weekend - stopping when you did. Imagine what could have happened if you'd kept going. You might have seriously injured yourself to where you couldn't run in the marathon in a few weeks. I hope that with some rest (and RICE) it's feeling much better already.

    Ok, enough of my short novel. :) YOU are a ROCKSTAR!

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    1. Thank you to you and your hubby. :) I really should probably stop weighing until the marathon is over. It is definitely hard listening to my body sometimes, especially when my mind wants to keep going. It is feeling all better now, so I have no idea what caused it to start hurting!
      And you can write me a novel anytime!! Thanks, Clarinda!!

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  18. Katie, You're doing great girl! I recently got a nutritionist because I was working out so hard doing high intensity workouts and eating well and not losing a single pound. What I found out quick was that I was working out TOO hard. If you have a heart rate monitor, use it every single time you workout. Go hard 1-2 times a week, meaning get that heart rate up! 80-100% of your max heart rate. But only a couple times a week until you reach your desired weight. When your heart rate reaches your anaerobic threshold, it burns mainly carbs and NOT fat. If you combine lower intensity workouts (such as jogging slowly--dont worry about speed and getting that heart rate up) for 45 min-1hr, you will burn MORE fat and see results more quickly. If you are getting your heart rate up to zones 4-5 (meaning 80-90% of your max heart rate) you're burning mostly all the carbs you've taken in and that fat burn zone is not even being touched. Try to aim for 60-80% max heart rate for 3-4 of your workouts per week to get the maximum fat burn!

    Check out this website: http://www.polarusa.com/us-en/training_with_polar/training_articles/improve_fitness/exercise_zones

    YOU CAN DO IT!!! :)

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  19. I actually have a HRM, that I never use! I will start using it. This is awesome info. Thank you so much!! I'll check out the website. (Who are you, btw??)

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  20. I know what you mean about feeling heavier and slower. It seems like just a few extra pounds makes a big difference when you run and you feel it with every step. Good luck with your continued weight loss journey!

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