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Wookiee Chaser’s 10K – Day 2

Star Wars 10K – Darth Vader

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3:15am – What on god’s green earth is going off and why so God Damn early! I roll over and look at my phone its blinding bright with a note saying, ‘Get up Sucka you got miles to log!’ I roll over and stare at the ceiling trying to conjure up why I keep doing this to myself and I remember, ‘For the Love Of  Running!’ I get up, and drag my butt to the bathroom and change. I grab my energy drink my ‘NEW YORK’ Bagel and peanut butter cup and head out. I get out to the buses and I see a long line.. and all I could think to myself is crap.. I hope they aren’t sending one bus at a time.. and sure enough that is exactly what they were doing. But, I think someone had to have said something because within 10 mins 2 double busses showed up and we were off…

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Wookiee Chaser & The Star Wars Darkside – Day 1

IMG_0755Where to begin…. So part of me getting back to running was to sign up for a race that I would be full heart in and ready to go. That race would become, the Star Wars Darkside Challenge down at Walt Disney World. I was so nervous about taking on not only a 10K  but a half marathon as well. With my knee still being questionable, I knew that if I stuck to my running plan that I would push through with no issues. At least, I had hoped! There was being stoked, to being in pain, to the real reason I had come back to Disney.  Here is how it all went down. and it all started with an Upper Respitory Infection the day before I flew out. Thank god for working in the medical field.. Got my Z Pack and Away I went!

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7 Ways Exercise Relieves Stress

How Does Exercise Relieve Stress?

If you don’t have a very active lifestyle, and often feel strangled by stress and depression, you may want to take note.

Here are the main ways exercise and stress are connected:

Body Systems

When stressed, each of your body systems (cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, muscular etc.) need to interact efficiently for you to respond well. Exercise helps your body systems practice interacting with each other, in a healthy way. This directly leads to a better overall response to stress.

Endorphins

These are your natural pain killers that give you a “high”. Although more research is needed, there’s no doubt that long periods of moderate to high intensity exercise, does have a happy affect on your emotions.

Fight or Flight

This is your natural reaction to any stressful situation. The problem is that much of today’s stress doesn’t require either physical fighting or running. But your body still provides the chemicals for it, which can be harmful if they remain. The best and most logical way to clear the chemicals, is to actually do some exercise.

Rhythm and Flow

Some exercise, like running and cycling, lets you get into a rhythm. That rhythmic flow of a repeat action relaxes your mind. It’s a bit like focusing on nothing and everything at the same time. It’s your time. Just make sure you keep an eye on where you’re going!

Socialize

Any sport or exercise with friends, gives you the chance to socialize, that you may not normally get. “Having a laugh” with friends is more than just fun. It gives you a chance to share your problems, and know that someone is there if you need them.

Better Sleep

Lack of sleep often leads to a vicious cycle. You become more stressed and anxious during the day, which means it’s even harder to sleep at night. Exercise not only helps break that cycle, but can lead to a positive cycle instead. When you sleep well, you’ll have more energy in the day and be more productive.

Organize your Life

Stress is often caused by a lack of organization and planning, whether it’s in your work life or home life. Following a workout plan, where you set yourself goals and ultimately have a sense of achievement, will help you transfer those skills to the rest of your life.   

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Down But Not Out!

 So here’s a littleimages update on what’s been going on!  Vacation started July 27th as we headed down 95 south towards North Carolina. 2 hours into the drive I felt my legs cramping up so I went to stretch my leg.. Upon doing that I felt pinch and a crack…  I knew this wasn’t good.. At the next rest stop I’d get out and walk it out hopefully easing the pain.. Through out the drive I had a stiffness and soreness on the interior of my left knee.. We get to our first destination, Roanoke Rapids. And I have a hard time walking for a moment until I warmed up my knee. We got in to the hotel and I elevated my leg and took some Alieve.  The next morning, I woke up and I was okay not to much pain. 

 Once in Topsail Beach.  I noticed that I still had stiffness in my knee and a weird pain in the interior of my knee. I ran a few times while down there but there was one night where I woke up in sever pain clenching my knee.. All I could think of, ‘NOT MY MCL! PLEASE NOT THAT!’  I again took some Alieve, elevated my knee and went back to bed.  That evening while cooking dinner I twisted the wrong way and well Down I went, clenching on to the counter in pain. 

  So with that, I haven’t been running in 2 weeks trying to let my knee heal some.  Today, is the first day in 2 weeks where my knee isn’t killing me.  I am still gunna make an appointment with an Ortho but even that makes me nervous. 

 In other news..  I am going back to school for my RMA ( medical assistant ) !!! 35 and I am going back to school… Nervous as all hell but  I got this!! This is my year! 35 is the new 25, RIGHT? right! lmao. I am also getting a second interview with Lululemon on monday! I never thought I’d ever work there but I am stoked..

Progress……Not Perfection!!!

 

 

My life started over in January 2012.. Has yours? When did it start? or when are you gunna make that change and get off that couch? Ask Yourself, Is my life worth fighting for? There is no gimmicks, there is no easy way out, and there totally will be some tears!!! Let’s make today the start of your new life! Find yourself… Find that PMA ( Positive Mental Attitude )
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Day 1 Week 1 Marathon Training!

Before my run today!

Before my run today!

So HOLY CRAP IT”S HERE!!! It’s really here.  This is where my life get’s serious and all the BS is left behind. I’d be lying if I didnt say that I started to cry last night thinking about where I have come from, what I have accomplished thus far, and where I am about to go.  OMG I AM RUNNING NYC WITH #MYRUNNINGFAMILY!!!! Get Stoked..  But first,  I Thank God for my #SoulSister  Amy ( aka: THE AWESOME MOM ) For making me get off and out of my Couch Monster position and hit the streets running..  Cus man, I was not and have not been feeling it lately since I hurt my foot! But I did it. So up first 4 mile run! I ended up doing 3.34 miles instead because my headphones died out pretty much 1/4 of the way through. and I’m sorry I need to listen to my jams when I run. It gets me 110% out of my head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week One – Day 1 Stats Motivational words by the Man himself

4 mile run – 3.34

SW: 208

Time: 49:20

Pace: 14.52

REVIEW: Mizuno Prophecy 3’s

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Since November 2nd after purchasing my Prophecy 3’s I’ve been rocking them like they were the shit…. Well, that was until I ran my first Half of the year and that totally changed my mind. But before I get into that, let me give you the good stuff that I liked about them. The Design is EPIC. I love the coloring, The idea of taking a Japanese blow fish into consideration on the markings, and they truly are a comfortable shoe for low mileage…… Now, that brings me to the bad of these shoes.  Since March I have ran 6 halves… Pretty much all back to back. PR’ing every single time I ran. But thank god I had paced myself faster in the first half of a race because by mile 10 I felt as though I had no shoes on my feet and I was straight hitting pavement barefoot. IT SUCKED.. It was not comfortable what so ever. At the Long Branch Half I was pacing pretty friggin good and I was digging the vibe through out the whole entire race and at mile 10 my feet fell apart….. 2 weeks after that I did that Brooklyn half and by mile 9 my feet had enough. I felt something pop in my foot and Game Was OVER!!…. I had to walk the rest of the race..  I was SOOOO upset! and my feet, well they are still recovering.  I guess for now these sneakers will become more of an everyday shoe than a running shoe. I was soooo hoping these would be my IT!!!

 

– on a side note, I did call mizuno to see what they could do for me… and well, never got a phone call back nor an email. Sweet!

A Fresh Start

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My Cousin Donna And Her Hubby Juan – Brooklyn Half –

Today  I move forward… Not looking back at all the things that upset me nor hear the words that tend to break me. Plus I don’t have the patients to transfer all of my files over from one blog to this one. LOL  I needed a fresh start.  Plus I wanted to get away from Facebook for a while and Instagram as it was truly taking over my life. I found that I was losing track of my workouts and I just wasnt focused enough. Plus, I get to upset over things that I read that people post.. and I’m honestly over hearing how certain people have “issues” with my posting.. So much so, that it all gets back to me! It’s cool, what ever, keep talking.. I gotcha number.

Anyway, this is now going to be my place of recapping my MARATHON TRAINING!!!!! Yes, you heard right! 26.2 miles of pure ‘OMG what the hell did I get myself into!’ blogging…  I’ll even touch upon product reviews, things I love and hate.. How I’m feeling.. To things that really grind my gears. To fun stuff like, vacation, cooking, baking, my animals, adventures, and my love hate relationship with weight loss!  I might even get emotional from time to time. But it’s all good cus I need somewhere to vent where I honestly don’t care if I place BOTH of my feet in my mouth! Because one thing my momma taught me is to, ‘Say what’s on my mind because if you don’t, you might as well be lying!’ So If you take offence to easily, I apologize in advance. Deal! 😉