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since I was relegated to an air cast and had to totally stop running in order to heal a stress fracture.  Luckily, I went to the doctor early and the diagnosis was good so I am just counting the days until I can try to run again.  Meanwhile, I have been doing some cycling classes at my local gym.  The problem being,however, that there are no classes for early birds like me.  Solution:  I stumbled on a site called IAmplify and can download cycling workouts on my Ipod.  The instructor is Matthew Reyes, apparantly well know in the Brentwood, California area where he teaches “a star-studded clientele”-wow, think of it.  Me, a West Virginia born gal being trained by the same man who works with “star-studded clientele”-hee,hee!

Anyway, his workouts have kept me going and I am still steadily plugging away at it, trying not to lose too much ground while I wait for the okay to run again. 

Today I was feeling a bit adventurous and decided to try my hand at swimming laps at the gym.  It wasn’t like I had never swam before; I took the mandatory lessons as a kid (even though my father is deathly afraid of the water and we almost never went swimming) and worked my way up to the “advanced” class.  Hmm-how many years ago was that?  I started out with a 30 minute cycle ride with Matthew (he took time away from Brentwood just for me!) and then headed to the shower, changed to my suit and off I go-dove right in, I did!  Yikes-the words “heated pool” obviously mean something entirely different to the staff at my American Family than it does to me.  The chill caught me off guard and it took me a little while to make up my mind to follow it through.  “How far should I swim?” I pondered, looking down the lane.  I had no idea how far one length of the pool was so I decided that ten laps sounded like a good number.  Donning my newly purchased goggles, I pushed off and set out for my first official lap in I don’t know how many years.  I made it down once and touched the wall, stopped to choke and gasp for breath, adjust my goggles and look around.  Nobody saw that-good stuff.  Maybe I will just run back to the other wall and see how that goes.  So I did; walk a lap, choke and swim a lap, walk a lap, choke and swim a lap.  Meanwhile, an older woman climbs into the lane beside me and glides effortlessly past, making it looks like child’s play.  BITCH!  But I stuck with it-run, swim and choke, walk, swim and choke. 

As I hauled myself out of the pool at the end of the 10th lap I began to doubt my sanity.  What drives me to do this?  Will I be fool enough to try again?

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With an official diagnosis of a 90% tibial stress fracture (right leg only), I may yet realize my dream of running a marathon.  I will only need to wear an air cast for three weeks, then one more week of no running after that, then to the doctor to have my running form video taped for analysis.  I am hopeful that whatver caused the stress fracture to begin with will be identified and, with only minor adjustmusts, I can return to training.   Meanwhile, my family will be well represented in the SunTrust Marathon.  My trainer husband coach is running the half marathon tomorrow while my sister-in-law will be running the full.  My neice and her boyfriend will be running the 10K.  I made my husband promise to shout “this one is for Kimmie” as he crosses the finish line.  Meanwhile, I will be teaching a class for UVa all day Saturday-bummer!  If I can’t run the race I would have at least liked to have been there to soak up the atmosphere and bask in the accomplishments of my family.

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You know you are in trouble when your life starts running you and you find yourself being reactive instead of proactive.  I can’t quite put my finger on the exact date or event, but somewhere over the last few weeks that is exactly what happened to me.  I don’t know about you, but once I start down that slippery slope its hard to get my footing back.  Although my training didn’t suffer (it was the one thing that I was able to be consistent about) most other things in my life did.  I had several episodes of “anxiety attacks” on the way to work or even just preparing dinner or doing the legwork in preparation for the extra class I am teaching each month.  These anxiety attacks can sometimes put me into a state of “melancholy” and before you know it, I am crying for no reason and feeling like my life sucks.  The reality is, it doesn’t suck-far from it; when you are in a “blue” moment…oh heck, I’ll just say it…when you are depressed  it skews the way you see the world.

Tomorrow is a big day for me-I will be running a 5K with an actual pace in mind instead of just “surviving” it.  The race benefits the Children’s Hospital of Virginia and begins at 9:15.  My husband coach trainer running buddy friend had been working with me and my pace has been around 9:40 for my last two runs.  I don’t know if I will be that consistent tomorrow because he won’t be there with me (son has a soccer game and he’s the coach) but I have asked my 19 year old to go with me and wait at the finish line to cheer me on. 

Wish me luck!

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This recipe can be found on page 323 of Dr. Robert K. Cooper’s “Low Fat Living; Skillpower not Willpower”.

Ingredients: 

1 can (15oz) black beans, rinsed and drained

½ green pepper, chopped

¼ c frozen corn, thawed

1 tomato, chopped

¼ c finely chopped red onions

3 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp canola oil

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 teaspoon sugar or honey

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 tsp garlic powder

Black pepper

Hot pepper sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.       In a large bowl, combine the beans, green peppers, corn, tomatoes and onions. Set aside.

2.       In a small bowl or cup, mix the lime juice, oil, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar or honey, chili powder, garlic powder and black pepper and hot pepper sauce to taste.

3.       Pour over the bean mixture and marinate at room temperature until ready to serve.

 

This is great served room temperature or chilled like a salad.  Warm it up, however, and it makes a great soup as well.

Calories

121

(1% from fat)

Fat 3.8 total

(22% of calories)

1.6 g. mono

.9 g. poly

.2 g. saturated

Protein

7.8 g.

 

Carbohydrates

21.2  g.

Fiber

6 g.

Cholesterol

0 mg.

Iron

Not reported

 

Sodium

381 mg.

Calcium

Not reported

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This recipe can be found on page 346 of Dr. Robert K. Cooper’s “Low Fat Living; Skillpower not Willpower”.

Ingredients: 

2 large baking potatoes

2 large yams or sweet potatoes

1 large clove garlic, minced

2 tbsp nonfat sour cream

1 tbsp nonfat mayonnaise

2 tbsp nonfat milk

Black pepper

Salt (optional) 

 

•1.       Peel and cube potatoes

•2.       Place potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan.  Add cold water to cover.

•3.       Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and cook until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well.

•4.       Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, milk; add pepper and salt (optional) to taste.

•5.       Beat or mash to desired consistency, adding additional milk as needed.

 

Calories166(1% from fat) Fat0.2g saturated0.01g mono0.08b poly   Protein3.3 g 
Carbohydrates38.2 g Fiber1.9g Cholesterol0.1mg
IronNot reported  Sodium 71 mg CalciumNot reported

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

What better reason to take a day off of training?  The ultimate coach knew that rest was a good idea thousands of years ago.  If it was (is) good enough for him, it is good enough for me.

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Ahhh, the high from this morning’s running time carried me through well into the afternoon.  Alas, all that glitters isn’t gold….and 29:42 isn’t really 29:42.  What do I mean by that?  Well, let’s suffice it to say that I have been operating under the delusion that the route I have been running is a full 3 miles long.  My coach (yes, I have one!) pointed out that I have miscalculated my running distance and that I have actually been running only 2.8 miles.  That means that I did not run three miles in 29:42 like I had originally thought. (That was quite scholarly of me, wasn’t it!).  Let’s see, two cipher five knot three cipher seven divided four equals…….failure!  (If you have no past affiliation with the Beverly Hillbillies, you won’t even begin to get that joke!)

Does anyone else hear that hissing sound?  What could that be you ask?  It is the sound of the air slowly escaping my personal balloon.

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