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2008
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Location:

Washington,DC,USA

Member Since:

May 01, 2008

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

One marathon: 4:08; Half marathon PR: 1:48:30; Ten-miler PR: 1:23; 8k PR: 39:00; 10k PR: 46:51

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Lose 10 lbs. to get in shape to run faster and --> Qualify for Boston!

Race calendar:

May 18: Capitol Hill Classic 10k (50:23)

June 14: Lawyers Have Heart 10k (48:20)

July 12: Caribbean Sounds 10k (50:23)

July 14: Bastille Day 4-miler (30:55)

July 27: Riley's Rumble 1/2 Marathon (1:48:30)

(Stress fracture/broken jaw break)

Nov 9: Veteran's day 10k (46:51!!!)

Nov 27: Alexandria Turkey Trot 5-miler

Dec 6: Gar Williams 1/2 marathon

Dec 14: Jingle All the way 10k

February 14, 2009: Myrtle Beach marathon? (goal: 3:40!!!)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Finish a 1/2 Ironman before I'm 40 years old

Finish 10 marathons in 4:00 hrs or less by the time I'm 40 years old.

Run the JFK 50-miler

Personal:

Just another single 30-year old Argentine girl living the American dream in Washington DC and trying to run faster. Graduated from Southern Utah University in 2003, then moved to DC. I have a full-time job as research economist for an association in the transportation industry and I'm attempting to get my Master's degree in Economics from Johns Hopkins, part-time, while keeping my sanity!

More adventures in my personal blog

Favorite Blogs:

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

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Ran with Mike from work at lunch

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From dutch on Thu, May 07, 2009 at 13:28:55 from 130.11.38.98

yo stranger--how you doin'?

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Ran on the C&O Canal after work, didn't feel good at all, my shins hurt lots - got home and iced it a lot.

Biked to work and back.

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Patriot's Cup Corporate Challenge 8k in George Mason. Team won 2nd place in co-ed division. Started slow, then picked up the pace after mile 3, felt like I was pushing strong.

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From josse on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 17:59:07

Good job on the race and welcome to the blog.

Nothing is impossible if you believe:)

From bundy on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 18:02:03

felizitaciones argentina! Bienvenidos al blog:) Buena suerte con Boston, seguro que lo hara.

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Easy run at lunch with Ashley

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From Sasha Pachev on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 16:22:36

Welcome to the blog!

From Kim on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 17:56:50

It looks like you are one of those people who look really good even while running! Nice race picture! Welcome to the blog!

From Walter on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 20:36:44

Welcome to the blog. I just got into doing triathlons and once you get comfortable with the swim you will do fine. Good to have some eastern company on this blog. Keep on keeping on!

From adam on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 21:00:17

Hey! welcome to the blog! I actually go to school in provo, UT, but I am in Dumfries, VA right now visiting family. I want to get a run out on the mall here one of these days. Are you actually in DC or in northern VA?

From Scott Zincone on Tue, May 06, 2008 at 23:45:43

Welcome to the blog! Nice to have another East Coast runner on here.

From Arie on Wed, May 07, 2008 at 12:38:34

Welcome to the blog and good luck with Economics (I'm an economist too). JHU is a great school. And of course good luck with your running goals.

From Lyman on Wed, May 07, 2008 at 18:44:09

Otro argentino. I'm half argentine (mom is from Mar del Plata). Me and the family get down to B.A. and Mar del once a year, just got back three weeks ago. My wife, Lorena, is from B.A. Buena suerte with the training. Great web name!

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From work on C&O Canal towpath to bench and back. Shins hurt :(

Biked to work and back.

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From Sasha Pachev on Thu, May 08, 2008 at 14:26:52

How fast are you doing those runs? I wonder if the reason the shins hurt is because the pace is too fast.

From Lucia on Thu, May 08, 2008 at 14:32:43

I've been having shin issues since December; I keep taking time off and starting with easy 3-4 mile runs for a few weeks, but the pain keeps coming back. I'm icing like crazy, stretching, and doing strengthening exercises... it's gotten better, but not gone completely. My pace is about 8 minute miles or a bit slower. I definitely don't feel like it's too fast... Any suggestions?

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, May 08, 2008 at 14:44:01

Lucia:

You've just raced 5 miles at a pace that was only slightly faster than 8:00. Your training pace should be a lot slower. Ease off to about 9:30 mile. There are several factors that affect your perception of pace - the three main ones I would single out are the strength of your cardiovascular system, the strength of your nervous system, and the strength of your muscles. What happens to most runners is that they judge how hard the pace is on their body by their favorite stressor, which is more often than not the nervous system impact. For an athletic young woman like you 8:00 pace does not produce a lot of impact on the nervous system. Based on how you raced, this is quite a bit of stress on the cardio since all you could do in an all out 5 miler was that pace. So your cardio is probably not quite getting the full benefits from this type of training, but that would not be related to the shins. I would imagine your shins are not yet ready to run 8:00 pace every day. Slowing down to 9:30 would allow them a chance to get stronger, while providing better cardio benefits at the same time.

From Lucia on Thu, May 08, 2008 at 14:52:12

Thank you Sasha! I will slow down on my next runs. (it's that devil, you know... I can't let people pass me by without a fight!) :)

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From office, around Jefferson Memorial, through US Chamber, White House, back on Pennsylvania Ave.

Shins hurt!

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From josse on Thu, May 08, 2008 at 14:00:01

I would see about having someone massage those calves out deep. Also ice them after you run and throughout the day.

From Lucia on Thu, May 08, 2008 at 14:30:39

Thanks Josse. I've been icing and masagging but maybe a professional massage would be good.

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Slowed waaaay down as suggested by Sascha. Shins still hurt... Will keep icing and going to run and swim in the swimming pool this weekend, and hope for the best.

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Easy run by RFK and Lincoln Park with Betsy/then Fragers alone. Shins hurt but not too bad.

Pool exercises for 45 minutes prior to the run.

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Ran with Betsy in the pouring rain, it was great! Shins hurt a little but not too bad.

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From office on C&O towpath. Felt great and took it easy the 3 miles out; then was chased by these fast college girls and HAD TO speed up a bit... Ran 2 miles back fast and slowed down in last mile. Took 50 minutes altogether.

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From office, C&O canal to Key Bridge, on the Mt. Vernon trail, back on Memorial Bridge, on Rock Creek trail, up P St. and back to office. Felt heavy and slow... Shins hurt a little but not bad.

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Reverse bridges run after work, over to P street, and checked out a little of the Potomac Heritage trail. Felt pretty goods, shins bothered a little but not too bad. Took 55 minutes.

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6 miles on C&O towpath after work - shins hurt quite a bit. did 5 miles easy and tried to run hard one mile... sad to know the hardest I can run a mile is 7:50, though I'm hopeful that the mile markers on the canal are a bit off... About 50 minute workout altogether.

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Biked 15 miles fast, to work and then to Kassandra's house.

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Ran the Capitol Hill Classic 10k in 50 minutes and change (plus a warm-up mile and a mile back home). Was able to keep 8-minute mile pace until mile marker 5 - then the hill reaaaally caught up to me. I bike up that hill every day on my way back from work, I've ran the hill several times but on the sidewalk; running on the street appeared a lot steeper! The fact that you could see the runners going up it was terrible. This was a new course; the years prior you went down one side of the capitol building and up the other side, so you didn't see the runners going up, and you didn't go down and up the same exact hill... I think it made a difference. My pace was 8:07, not that bad but 2 minutes off my goal. I know I need to be patient... eat better - that's a big thing for me, I know if I can eat less "empty calories" I could improve my performance. I have a sweet tooth and it's hard for me to say no to baked goods and candybars... 

Now there's another 10k coming up in June that I'll probably do and try to hit my goal again then. Until then, I'll keep focusing on improving my endurance and not so much speed yet. I need to be patient, I know it! 

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Ran to work from home in the morning in the pouring rain with my big backpack, after getting pretty much no sleep.

I'm very proud of myself.

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Ran to work from home after a stop in Union Station to find out that MY BIKE GOT STOLEN!!!! Very very sad. My car got stolen two months ago, which adds to the madness.

At least I still have my running shoes and my legs! Maybe that's God's way of telling me I should run more!

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From Lybi on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 16:57:58

Oh man! Sorry about your bike, and your car! I can't believe how pleasant/comfortable you look in your picture compared to that lady right behind you. Was that taken at the end of a race?

From Lucia on Wed, May 21, 2008 at 17:05:21

Thanks Lybi!

Yes, that was at the end of a race... which tells you I really didn't give everything I had there!

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After work on C&O Canal towpath, from work to Fletcher's boathouse. Ran very slow, about 10-min/mile pace. Took 1 hour.

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Same route as yesterday - Office to Fletcher's boathouse. Ran slow the 3 miles there, and faster the 3 miles back - took 55 minutes. I love this route! Shins hurt a little, and the back of my left heel hurts somewhat too. I need to go to the store and get some new shoes. Not sure if the Superfeet insoles help or not.

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Backpacking trip to West Virginia = 8 miles, very tough and mostly uphill, with very heavy backpacks because there is no water throughout the trail. No running, but my legs did get a good workout! Beautiful day.

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Moderately difficult hike, sometimes with light pack and sometimes without it, in West Virginia. We left our packs and equipment at the camping spot and set off for 7 miles out and 7 miles back to the site, very fast hiking, we were doing less than 3 miles an hour. Fun times.

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Backpacking out of our camping spot in West Virginia, 8 miles back to the car, with backpacks heavy but almost all the water gone so not as bad as before at all - mostly downhill but a few hills too. Then when I got back home I went out for a 6-mile easy run - the day was too nice to pass. My shin pain is still there but not too bad at all. I dream that one day it is completely gone!!! It'll happen, I know it! A great day overall, great ending of the 3-day backpacking trip. I feel already a little lighter, like my clothes aren't as tight as before. I'm going to weigh myself tomorrow morning... yikes!

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From Lyman on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 16:30:51

You've probably received alot of advice regarding shinsplints but there is a good article regarding shinsplits in the June 2008 Runner's World. You ought to pick a copy up if you don't already subscribe. Kudos for sticking to the training even when you have to deal with that constant pain.

From Lucia on Tue, May 27, 2008 at 16:54:58

Thanks Lyman, I'll definitely pick up a copy of that article!

From melosh on Wed, May 28, 2008 at 09:39:09

I'm new on the blog and i'm going aroud and asking if any one has tips on how to get rid of side aches during races and running.I am 11 years old.

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Short run after work by Anacostia park and around RFK stadium, back by the Congressional Cemetery. Felt I could go faster and further but brought my neighbor's dog, Cushlin, with me and she was very tired, poor thing - she's not used to running... But we made it back safe. Felt really good the entire time - shins not bothering much.

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From Walter on Wed, May 28, 2008 at 23:58:08

Hey lucia, good to see your blog. You are a very busy person! I saw your personal blog and it cracked me up. "How to Marry" was hilarious! It reminded me of a Saturday Night Live skit. Very funny! Hows your running coming?

From Lucia on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 08:30:05

Thanks, Walter! Yeah, I keep busy... but I don't know how you guys do it with families and all - I cannot imagine!

Running is good, except for my shin splints. I'm going to get new shoes soon to see if that helps.

You are one fast runner! I hope you beat that Sasha soon! And of course I've seen Napoleon Dinamite!

From Walter on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 13:56:18

yeah, I have had nagging injuries when I ran in saucony. I now run in asics nimbus 9's and its helped. go to a running store and have them help you. They usually can make good adjustments in running shoes with people.

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7.3 miles with Georgetown Running group, out on Key Bridge and back on 14th Street/395 bridge. Went out fast (8 min/mile) for first 4 miles, then slowed down to probably 9 min/mile. Felt really good. Shins hurt only a little.

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From melosh on Wed, May 28, 2008 at 20:09:34

Thanks for the advice.

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From home to work in the morning, with my little backpack. Went very slow, took 45 minutes including stop lights, etc. Shins hurt........ :(

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From josse on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 18:55:37

Are you still struggling with shin pain?

From Aaron-PSU on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 21:16:31

I found that if you freeze little dixie cups of water and rub them on your shins a few times a day it really helps after about a week. I love running downtown...especially near the mall.

From Lucia on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 23:29:51

Yes, shin pain is still there... seems to get worse when I try to increase distance/speed... so I just have to do it slowly, but I think I'll be OK.

I've been icing the shins several times a day for the past few months and though it helps, the pain always comes back... thanks for the advice though!

I live on Capitol Hill and work in Georgetown, so I'm very lucky to have the mall area as my back yard. Fairfax has some beautiful areas too though!

From josse on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 23:35:26

I use to deal with shin splints all the time. When I became a massage theripst I learned how to take care of them and don't usually get them anymore. I would massage the area as deep as you can every day or at least a couple of times a week. It will hurt at first but should get better the more you do it. You can massage them after you ice and it won't hurt as bad.

Also if your not start doing some stretches. I like doing downward dog (a yoga move) because if you do it right you get a good stretch from your neck all the way down your back side to your achilles.

From Lucia on Thu, May 29, 2008 at 23:38:25

Massaging is something that I haven't been doing - I will take your advice on that, Josse, and hope it will help. I do stretch a lot, and yes, the downward dog feels great! Thank you!

From josse on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 12:43:54

Something I forgot to mention is when you have a lingering injury I like to do an ice/heat thing. Ice for 5 mins and then do heat for 5 mins repeat if you have time. Do this a couple times a day everyday. this will increase circulation to the area.

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Lunch run from office, 4.1 easy miles with Mike, out the C&O canal, cross Key bridge, then on Mt. Vernon trail, cross the Memorial Bridge, back to office, then I did a little more around Georgetown. Went out really easy cause Mike isn't in great shape - had good conversation with Mike about training for our upcoming 10k that we're all doing with a bunch of people from the office, and about his twins, and about his weight loss success! The guy lost 60 lbs., starting by biking 10 miles to work every day and back, as soon as his wife found out she was pregnant. Very moving. He's younger than me but more inexperienced as a runner, so I feel I have some stuff to teach him (like not to run too fast or too far too soon, stretching techniques, etc.), a lot of things I learned from other more experienced runners on this blog too! Now I'm off to the beach for the weekend - looking forward to doing some barefoot running on the sand, but not too much. A few years ago I got tendonitis that way... I'm planning on trading barefoot beach running with trail running.

To any St. George runner that reads this, what do you guys do to run in the summer? Do you still run outside when it's super hot, or do you use treadmills? Here in DC it can get quite hot and humid, but typically I manage to run outside no matter what. Some don't think it's healthy, not only because of the heat but also the pollution levels...

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From josse on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 15:00:01

I don't live in SG. but it get really hot hear as well. I think your body can addapt to anything if you just work into it. When I run in really hot conditions I make sure I have water. I try to run early in the summer.

From Christi on Sat, May 31, 2008 at 00:05:54

Hey! I just linked here from Josse's blog- nice to meet you! Great running pic of you! I wish I looked that good in a race! I can answer your SG question- I try to run before 8am, (6am is ideal) but occasionally I am lazy and have to get out later. When I do go out later I HAVE to carry water and drink through out the run. Good luck with your training and school- you are a go getter!

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Camping weekend in Assateague Island! Gorgeous weather all day. The guys left to go to Frontier Town, a kid's amusement park a few miles away. I was good and decided to stay and go for a 2-hour run. I left the campsite and ran on the bike path for 25 minutes, then heard the rangers giving warning to everyone that a tornado warning was in effect in our area! So, I had to cut my run short to try to get back to camp and save our stuff from getting blown away or soaked! I took off my shoes and ran back on the sand. So nice! I ran for about 1 hour total, probably around 6 miles, against the wind! Got to the campsite in time to wrap everything in the tents in plastic, and then the winds were insane, everything was flying away but I was able to keep everything from getting too far... all by myself, I managed to switch back and forth between the three tents, staking them down one by one and then moving to the next one as soon as it was flying away, then moving to the next one... crazy! Rained lots. Then it calmed down. Everyone wanted to leave cause the sand was wet, but I stayed for the night. It wasn't bad at all! Overall, a nice run, though not as long as I wanted it.  

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Beautiful morning in Assateague. Woke up at dawn and went for a run on the bike path, then took off shoes and went back to camp barefoot on the sand. Again my run was cut short though, this time because I forgot my glide and started getting chafing between my legs and it hurt. Ughhhh... I'm also not sure how good it was to run in the sand, I started having some pain... It was a beautiful day though, and 8 miles isn't so bad.

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Woken up by my crazy cat Salem at 5... ughhh... Went for a recovery run for 50 minutes around my neighborhood, down Capitol Hill, up the hill, and back around the neighborhood, very, very slow - having some random pains in my knees and shins, but nothing to worry about. Just took it easy and stretched and they were mostly gone. Felt better after I was warmed up but decided not to go too far. I need to build up more distance in my daily runs though!

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From josse on Mon, Jun 02, 2008 at 13:06:54

These slower runs are just as important as the fast one. I am a big believer in recovery runs.

From Lybi on Mon, Jun 02, 2008 at 13:51:59

Great job, Lucia! Cats have woken us up a couple of times. Our neighbor's cats sometimes get into big fights right outside our window. It scares the bajeezers out of me every time.

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Ran in to work in the morning. Got new shoes last night, some Asics again... I get calluses right where the big toe starts, where bunions would form, but other than that I like the shoes a lot. I'll try wearing those, maybe putting on some moleskin to see if it helps with the calluses, and hope that the new shoes will help with the shin splints...

On a personal note, though I am very happy about being able to run as much as I have been lately without much effort, I haven't been able to keep my eating habits under control, and that is very frustrating. I am disappointed at myself! Why is it so easy for me to exercise, bike, run, etc., but I can't get my eating under control? I have no desire to drink alcohol, eat greasy food or meat, but I just can't say no to sweets, candy bars, cookies... and there are a lot around at work and in the house... I am generally a pretty healthy eater - I'm a vegetarian, I eat a lot of good cereal, grains, beans, tofu, eggs, lots of fruits and vegetables... but I get tempted very easily when my office mates eat junk food, and also when I come home and my roommate makes good desserts...  I'm an emotional eater mainly, and I've been busy and a bit stressed lately about work and school and life in general. I need to learn to not eat when I feel stressed! Currently I am 140 lbs, and for a 5'7.5" big-boned girl that is not unhealthy or anything, but I know if I want to run faster, losing 10-15 lbs. will help my knees work a lot better, and it will make me feel better too! Ok, no more ramblings on that... sharing makes the problem more real and makes me more responsible for my actions...

I plan on running around here another 5 miles this afternoon, or run back home. It's a nice day here in DC.

Ran back home after work, in the pouring rain - a bit faster this time, but still with backpack so not very fast

(New Asics shoes)

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From Jody on Tue, Jun 03, 2008 at 09:07:24

I have the exact same food issues - Work is the absolute worst for me. Junk, eating out, friends - it never ends well. What is interesting is we are built almost exactly the same, I am just 5 lbs heavier. I need to be stronger - it is the peer pressure everytime.

From Lori on Tue, Jun 03, 2008 at 10:00:32

I can really relate to the eating issues. I don't have to much trouble at work, but after I get home is my big trouble time. I'm usually hungery and I'm trying to get dinner ready for the family. My family (Husband, kids) are big junk food junkies. I try to get my husband not to buy so many sweets/ice cream but after 28 years of marriage it is just not going to happen. Some days I'm good, but most of the time I'm not. I'm older and a bit bigger/taller then both of you. 5'9 about 158-160. Like you said I know that I would be able to run better/fast and with out as much strain on my joints if I could loose 10-15lbs. Liek Jody said just need to be stronger!

From Maria on Tue, Jun 03, 2008 at 11:51:28

I'm with you, Lori! My husband keeps buying lots of meat (that I need to stay away from) and delicious pies, and ready-meals with lots of pastry (read "fat"). I'm not as tall as you girls, only 5'5", but I'm medium boned and I weigh 130-132 now, which is too much. I want to lose at least 5 lbs, but it's not easy at all!

From Lucia on Tue, Jun 03, 2008 at 11:55:22

Thank you for the comments, girls! It feels good to know I'm not alone on my struggle. We all are obviously in good shape and not "fat", but losing those last 5-15 lbs. to feel "perfect" seems to be the hardest thing, especially when everyone around us doesn't have the same concerns... Best of luck to all of you, and thank you for sharing your experiences! Let's be stronger!

From Lucia on Tue, Jun 03, 2008 at 12:00:22

Also I forgot to mention before that besides the weight loss, I feel very sluggish when I don't eat right. It makes such a difference during my runs when I've had only good food the day before or the same day I run. Otherwise my stomach feels heavy, or I'm burping or feeling abdominal pains... I will get this in control!

From Shauna on Tue, Jun 03, 2008 at 18:50:09

I have the same food weaknesses as you. It's hard to give up the sweets when you feel like you're eating so well the rest of the time, and running so much. I'm 5'8" and about 145 pounds or so, up from 135 last year, and I can tell the difference in my running. It's great to talk about this issue-hopefully it will help keep everyone accountable. You are doing great with your training!

From josse on Tue, Jun 03, 2008 at 21:10:56

Ok this is what I do when I get a craving for sweets (I love sweets but don't eat sugar). I go to my heath food store and buy healthy treats that are naturally sweetened and have no sugar. Also for me they have to be whole wheat or wheat free. Ok so these are not as good at first but over time you like them and get really sick if you eat the other stuff. Another thing is to make your own stuff with natural sweeters (like zylitol or stevia and there are others) and whole wheat (they make whole wheat for baking that is great). When you make stuff yourself you know what is going into it. This all does take some disapline but is well worth it.

I use to make bets with people when I wanted to go off sugar and I made them high stake bets.

From jill on Wed, Jun 04, 2008 at 13:56:47

Hey Lucia, Todo Bien! You are doing great, so don't search for perfection...focus on progress and making the day better than the one before! I can really relate! I find that when I stick to a meal plan ( a really well thought out plan that has enough calories and balance that I feel satisfied) I can more easily avoid the temptations. I have also made a new rule to only go out with friends twice a week, cause I know that going out makes me tired, and too quick to grab at crappy food. Also, I am 30, work for an Assn. and live in DC too! Funny how small the world is!

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Well, I didn't get to run the 10 miles I was planning... The storm outside was just too strong, and I thought it'd be dangerous to keep running, but I did ran home from work the long way. It took me a long time to warm up, but the last few miles I got to pick up the pace a bit. I love being that crazy runner out in the rain, on the empty DC streets! I got to se a huge tree down by the volleyball courts by the river, it's crazy to think that a few minutes before a lightening bulb was right there! Insane!

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Ran to work in the morning, the long way, so I could take a picture of the fallen tree on the volleyball courts. Beautiful day in DC after a terrible storm last night, though very hot and humid. I'm planning to run back home tonight the short way and make it an 11 mile day. I like doubles a lot, but I think I also need to have a few days with 10-mile runs at once.

Ran home from work in the hot and humid DC afternoon. Felt great!

(New Asics shoes)

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From Shauna on Thu, Jun 05, 2008 at 20:15:05

That's so cool that you can run to work! Do you have a shower or somewhere to get cleaned up there? I did an internship in DC in college and loved the walk-or-ride-public-transport-everywhere lifestyle. With your training volume, you will qualify for Boston with no problem!

From Aaron-PSU on Fri, Jun 06, 2008 at 07:39:18

It really was hot out yesterday, wasn't it? I ran around 1pm and felt the humidity sap the life out of me. You are really doing well with your training and logging plenty of miles. Keep up the good work!

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Ran to work from home, the short way, slow (46 minutes total, without stopping my watch for red lights, traffic, etc.) Very humid out, cloudy, hot but not as hot as it's going to get very soon!

Shins bother considerably... I need to do more stretches, massage, and ice...

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Ran three easy miles to volunteer at one of the water stops of the Race for the Cure run/walk, and back after the race. Since it's a short race and a very crowded one, I didn't want to run it, but still wanted to be part of it. My mom is a breast cancer survivor, so this race has a special meaning for me. It was quite emotional to see so many people rallying for a cause.

I also wanted to be there because my co-worker Shannon was doing her first 5k. She's so cute - she asked me for training advice, so I tried to help her out as I could. Now she says she's really loving to run and wants to do a 10 miler this fall - that's very exciting. I didn't get to see Shannon but I spotted another co-worker, Liz, through the crowd and was able to cheer for her.

The weather here is getting really, really nasty... it was very humid and hot today, and tomorow it's only going to get worse. I'm hoping I can beat laziness and get out to Rock Creek Park for some trail running. As I write this I am sweating like a pig because my a/c units are not installed yet... I have a feeling this is going to be a very hot summer here, but hope I am wrong!

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From jill on Sun, Jun 08, 2008 at 14:00:40

Lucia- wow- it is sooo gross out, isn't it!!! good luck running in this weather. I loved your entry of doing the double... that is so tough! :o)

great work volunteering too! Get your air conditioning installed!!!!!! Have a good week.

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Ok, so I'm disappointed and proud at myself at the same time... disappointed because I wasted a lot of time around the house doing nothing productive other than worrying about my life and stressing about whether I'll be able to keep running and working next week, when the summer semester starts, since i'm taking one class that meets twice a week. The house also takes up a lot of my time, since my roommate is gone - I have to take care of the lawn, keep the ants under control, give the cat some attention, get the a/c units out of storage and into the rooms, etc. It seems simple, but it stresses me out... So, I didn't go to Rock Creek Park for that nice long run on the trails up there, and for that I am very upset with myself. I really should've done that! Partly I was not feeling well, and it is ridiculously hot outside and inside (finally today I got a neighbor to help me with the heavy a/c units)... but I should've done it anyways.

Until around 6 pm I was just going to make it a rest day and not run... then i got mad and told myself I had still lots of time to go for a run, and if I went around 7 it would be a bit cooler outside. I didn't have time to make it all the way to Rock Creek Park, but I could go on the mall, which is good because it has a lot of water fountains on the way. So, I grabbed a gel, my keys, and off I went. For that, I'm proud. I beat laziness and went for a 9.4 mile run. I went slow and felt really sluggish at times, felt better after the gel but I think the heat and humidity got to me a bit. I am glad I went, cause if I didn't I would've made it into a pattern of not running when it's so nasty out. When I was coming back home I saw a sign that said it was 94 degrees outside, at 9 p.m. I have ran before when it's even hotter, but not so humid, I don't think. I hope I keep doing this. My shins hurt a little but I'll ice them and should be ok. Now it's a cold shower and off to bed!

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From Aaron-PSU on Sun, Jun 08, 2008 at 21:35:38

Great job Lucia. It's really hard to run in this soup that we call DC weather. More power to you for actually running outside instead of going inside like I did.

I also know about the work/running/school conundrum as I finished my masters in December. It's difficult to do, yet I found that running actually relieved my overall stress level. Good to hear that your shins seem to be doing well.

From Shauna on Sun, Jun 08, 2008 at 22:38:21

Great job for getting out there. I would LOVE to run on the Mall!!

You're right, it's hard to fit everything in with school. I ran sporadically in law school and actually ran my first marathon then (severely undertrained-not recommended). I'm sure you know it's a great stress reliever. You're doing great!

From Lybi on Sun, Jun 08, 2008 at 22:48:49

Yeeeeaaaa! A triumph! 9.4 miles is a lot better than 0. Lookin' good for Boston! Keep it up.

From josse on Sun, Jun 08, 2008 at 23:06:40

Don't beat yourself up, I look forward to sundays because it is the one day I don't feel bad or lazy for not running. You need at least one day off a week and should not feel bad at all for taking one. It's good for you:)

From dutch on Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 10:00:22

ugh...just a couple more days of this...

From Lyman on Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 18:56:20

Congrats on a 50+ mile week last week and for sticking to the run even under those awful conditions.

I still down because of last night's soccer game (Argentina 0 - USA 0). After I bragged to my co-workers that Argentina was going to blow it out they don't even score. That'll teach me to keep my mouth shut.

From jill on Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 20:23:37

Lucia- Girl, you rock- don't be so hard on yourself!!! I know that feeling of walking around the house being unproductive and beating myself up, but DON'T GO THERE!!! You are doing so great- and yesterday was so horrible outside! I am sure you slept like a rock! I am not doing the G-town 10k, because my dad is coming into town for vacation saturday, and sunday I have 14 miles to do with the group in RCP. If I change my mind, I will let you know. I just don't think I can fit it in. Talk soon- Take care of yourself!

From Bonnie on Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 20:32:21

Lucia -- great job to get out and get it done!! I am a "putterer" too (I might have just made this word up, but "to putter around the house" is basically doing what you did on Sunday - see, since there is a "word" for it it must be ok ;-) ). I am in awe of you for getting out there and doing it!

Bonnie

From Shauna on Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 20:42:01

I am the QUEEN of Sunday puttering! I slept 10+ hours Saturday night and took a 1-hour nap on Sunday afternoon. I only left the house once all day: to go to church and lunch. I was too lazy to even get in the pool! Let's have a contest: who can burn the LEAST calories on Sunday!

From Lucia on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 16:00:52

Thanks everyone! Now I don't feel so bad for "puttering" myself :)

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Ran to work from home, the long way (Pennsylvania to Mall around Jefferson to Rock Creek Parkway up to M st. ) - very hot already at 6:30 a.m. (84 degrees). Went very slow because of the heat and my backpack, took exactly 1 hour including frequent stops to drink and wait for stop lights.

School starts today... very nervous but hope to be able to run lots still. I just need to manage my time well.

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School was great! I think I'm really going to like this class.

After class the weather got ugly here - or did it? Without hesitating, after school I put everything in my backpack in plastic bags, changed into my running clothes, and went out to run home, from Dupont Circle. 4.5 very wet miles, including some sleet, lots of thunder and lightening, and I was back home. I've never felt so alive!!!

The bad news: my shins hurt quite a bit... I think I'm running too much and need to cut back a little. So I will...

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From Aaron-PSU on Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 22:33:44

You're doing a really good job considering the horrid conditions we're experiencing. Good luck with starting school again. I feel your pain, yet it's all worth it in the long run! :)

From jill on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 22:32:34

hey there! What a relief that you like your school... and maybe the shin pain is coimg at the right time--- here now as class starts so you can take your mind off running just enough to let your shins heal! Talk soon- Have a great Thursday!

From Distance on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 23:00:53

Felicidades! You overcame the elements and still manage to do everything. Work, school, and running. You are the ultimate endurance athlete. That is amazing that you have the dedication to put in your running with all your other goals. You are inspirational. I need your mind set.

I like the philosophy that it is better to be slightly undertrained than overtrained and injured. Good luck with the shins. I love when I find classes that I enjoy, you are lucky. And you know what, with all your dedication there is no doubt that you will be going to Boston!

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About 6 miles of running around Georgetown, including some hill work. Shins hurt quite a bit... Need to keep RICEing more...

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From Lybi on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 09:42:16

Oh no! Sorry your shins are flaring up. Do you have a way to cross train?

From Lucia on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 09:45:02

Yeah, I've been bad about cross-training since my bike got stolen - I'll be getting a new one soon, and I need to get out to the swimming pool until then.

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Ran from work to milepost 3 of C&O Canal and back, picking up fellow fastrunningblogger and fast guy Aaron on the way. A beautiful day in DC, a little on the warm side but not too bad. Went a little faster than usual to try to keep up with my running companion, but he wasn't even breathing hard no matter how fast I went. Still, I find consolation in having a faster marathon PR than him :) Just kidding - Thanks for kicking my butt, Aaron!

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Work got on the way and I couldn't go get my free socks... but I did ran home from work, for a double day witn 5.6 at lunch and 5 in the evening. Tomorow will be easy day, so I rest a little before racing a 10k on Saturday. Oh yeah.... my shins hurt..... icing right now!

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From Aaron-PSU on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 21:43:39

Wow...you ran again tonight too! That stinks that you didn't get your free socks. I ended up staying at work late too. Great job getting another double in. Let me know when you want to run again. I hope your shins feel better!

From barry on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 22:43:20

I just read about your shins. Please be very careful with them. i am dealing with the same thing and i have to stop running for a month to let my shin heal. I am also taking 800MG of ibuprofen three times a day and not running. I can tell you something that might help you. The doctor told me that shin splints are the muscle growing away from the bone. One thing the doctor told me to do, and i am doing it. I am using glue sticks and lining them up with my shin and wrapping bandage around them not to soft and not too hard. I hope you understand this. The reason why is because the glue sticks will help keep your muscle from moving away from your bone. So you can try doing this and see if this helps you out. If you are still feeling the pain try taking ibuprofen 800 mg 3x a day. And if it still hurt after that you should stop running. And try cross training. The best thing i have found to use is the elliptical machine. Please let me know if this helps and if it makes sense.

From Lucia on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 23:24:04

Hi Barry, thank you for your comment - You know, I went to see my doctor twice about this, and he never mentioned to me what you said. It makes a lot of sense! I did take almost two months off from running this year, but when I started running again, even though I went slow and short at first, the pain kept coming back. So I started running again, but still icing and doing some strengthening exercises and elevating my legs at night. I can live with the pain, I'm just worried that it will get worse and result in a long-term injury... How long do you leave the bandages/glue sticks on? I do need to cross-train more... I was biking up until a few weeks ago when my bike got stolen! Thanks again for your help, good luck with your shins!

From barry on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 23:47:22

When i wrap my leg with bandage and glue stick i leave it on most of the day. When trying to decide how long to leave it on depends on if it is hurting or not. If you have pain all day leave it on, or just use it when you are running. Also when you are running i forgot to tell you that to tighten the bandage up a little bit harder than if you are just walking around. But do not keep it that tight after you are done running. Also, i have heard stories about my friends running through the pain and being just fine and i have heard horror stories. Please let me know if you have any more questions. If i do not have the answer i will find out for you. Also, sorry to hear about your bike being stolen.. Barry

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Ran at lunch, from the office to the Old Post Office Pavillion to pick up race packets for tomorrow's Lawyers Have Heart 10k race in Georgetown, for myself and the rest of Team Roadbuilders! Wish us luck!

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From barry on Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 19:43:49

I was just wondering if you had a chance to try wrapping your calf today before running?

From Aaron-PSU on Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 22:25:02

Best of luck tomorrow Lucia. I hope you have a great race!

From Lori on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 11:06:07

Hope you have a great Race!!

From Lori on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 11:06:37

Hope you have a great Race!!

From Bonnie on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 12:23:50

Good LUCK!!

Bonnie

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Completed the Lawyers Have Heart 10k with team Roadbuilders! A big PR (48:20) and ran 7:47 miles! I felt that I went out too fast, and around mile 4 I was feeling it... boinking... so I took a gel at the water station and that wasn't that good of an idea - I think I drank too much water. It was hot! I'm thinking gels aren't worth the trouble for short races, cause it takes too long for them to pep you up... Live and learn... The last 2 miles were painful, I thought I'd have to stop running several times, but kept pushing on.

I was only 1 minute behind my fastest co-worker and team member, and the other four guys were more than 10 minutes behind me - I love being faster than those guys, even though they're not really training... they're younger and they're male, so they have natural "powers", while I have to work hard... it gives me something to brag about at work :)  But we all finished and had a nice brunch together afterwards, with three other friends that ran the race as well.

Now I'm wondering what to do tomorrow... if I should try for a long run in the afternoon (I know we're not supposed to race hard and do a long run back to back...) Maybe I'll take it easy today, go for a swim, and try to do a long run on Monday before work...

Happy weekend!

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From Bonnie on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 13:45:41

Congratulations Lucia!! 10K's are a hard distance for their speed and in the heat and humidity they are really a challenge!

Bonnie

From barry on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 17:44:19

Congratulations on your race, I am glad to hear that you did good. Also, instead of the running gel you should try (Jelly Belly) sports beans I use them for my half marathon race and I love them. I usually take one every mile or depending on how I feel one every half mile. Now on the shin problem the doctor told me to put some weights on my foot and lift with it on. I am glad you mentioned the other stuff because I will try using them. And the last thing I wanted to talk to you about was the heart thing. The reason I try to keep my heart rate around 150 is because I am working on my aerobic conditioning. Here I a website you can look and it will explain it better than I can. http://www.drpribut.com/sports/longrun.html I hope this helps. Thanks for your help and have a great day..

From Lybi on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 17:49:57

PPPPPRRRRRRR! Way to go! I love that you showed those guys you work with who's the Boss. :)

From Aaron-PSU on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 18:02:19

Congratulations on a new PR Lucia! You're well on your way to reaching your goals. You keep getting all us guys with your PRs! :) Keep it up.

From barry on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 23:08:07

I just watched a video on how to heal shin splints. I will give you the link so you can watch it and tell me what you think. http://www.metacafe.com/watch/787346/shin_splints_cure/

From Shauna on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 23:54:29

Way to PR!! GREAT job! And isn't it the best feeling to kick all those guys' butts?

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Went out to Rock Creek Park to run on the trails, with my ultrarunner friend and running coach Goat, in celebration of his 30th birthday - he slowed down for me which was nice, and it was such a nice day out, I'm glad we got to enjoy it (he was feeling lame for turning 30 - ridiculous! 30 rocks!) I thought we were going pretty good pace, but his Garmin doesn't lie... we did 11 miles in 1:56... pretty slow, but they were quality miles and I had just run that "Fast" 10k yesterday, so it wasn't so bad all things considered. Then we had some food by the Georgetown waterfront, chocolate cake included.

The Goat is an unbelievable ultrarunner - he finished the Western States Endurance Run (100 miler) twice, including one time in 21st place, and the JFK 50-miler in 25th place in 2007 - what a stud! He's giving me good advice about running smarter, and is a great source of inspiration. He trains with elite runner Michael Wardian once a week, which means he really can be fast! If these runs with faster guys don't make me go faster, nothing will!

I'm going to take Monday off since I have a lot of work and studying to do, but hope to run every day this week after that.

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From dutch on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 09:20:22

Nice work!

I haven't run there yet and would love to give it a try. Kind of a haul from East Falls Church, though...

Where are you from in Argentina?

From Lucia on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 09:27:03

I grew up in Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and Salta (we moved around a lot!).

The trails in Rock Creek are great - if you make it here at some point and want someone to show you around, let me know.

From dutch on Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 09:35:44

I'll definitely take you up on that--thanks!

You're a lucky girl. I was in Argentina last January for a month and was very moved by the whole country. Mendoza is a gem. I only went as far south as El Bolson, but it seemed like I felt more alive the farther south I got.

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Five VERY sluggish miles from home to work this morning... a BEAUTIFUL morning here in DC, though I was hoping for that fresh after-rain smell and instead got some fresh GARBAGE smell throughout the city... At least it's sunny and not too hot. It took me a while to warm up, as my legs felt tired from the weekend race and trail runs. My left hip feels tight, need to stretch it. My shins are hurting a little but not bad considering the weekend mileage. Now I'll try to run home after school tonight and log in 4.5 more for a nice double day!

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4.5 miles from Dupont Circle to home after school, on a GORGEOUS evening in DC - the full moon was high up, not too hot, not too humid - just perfect. My legs felt funny... hard to explain, just little pains here and there, nothing to worry about (I hope).

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From Aaron-PSU on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 14:13:46

Don't you love the smell of garbage in the morning? :) Have fun at school tonight!

From luzylew on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 17:21:57

I'm glad you liked the innervoice 'screenplay.' I lack traning and am never sure how far to run post race or how hard to push. I picked your blog as one of my favoirtes because I love how you write about all the different places you run around DC. My sister lives in Alexandria and I love to run when I'm back there. Keep up the blogging--it's like a mini vacation in DC when I read your blog(even the garbage smells). I'm going back in August and I'll have to do a 17 miler one of those weekends. Give me a tip on where I can 'sight-see' via that 17 miler. P.S. Running while in school-- now THAT is a challenge.

From Lucia on Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 10:11:00

Luzylew, I'm sure between me, Aaron, and Ben we can give you great running routes when you come visit in August. For a 17-miler, you can do a great loop seeing the mall, the C&O Canal, the Mt. Vernon trail, and the W&OD trail, running in VA and DC, and crossing the Potomac a couple of times. Let's be in touch! Keep up the good work and keep making us laugh with your blog!

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Ran home from work in the afternoon - juuuust as the storm was starting to develop. It was amazing. I left the office and the sky was cloudy and dark. It was raining a little and very windy as I was on the Rock Creek Parkway. As I ran by the softball courts before the Jefferson Memorial, the sun came out, and a full double-rainbow suuuuper bright was right in front of me - all the tourists were taking pictures, it was an amazing sight. Two bands of rainbow right in front, with the sky darker in between them, and the rest of the sky was blue. hard to describe. One of those moments I wish I had a camera with me... The rest of the run on the mall, i kept wishing it rained some more to cool off the air, but it wasn't that hot.

My legs felt really flumsy and didn't feel good up till the very end. I really need to get a new bike so I do more cross-training. Right shin hurt, left was OK.

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From barry on Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 23:08:09

I am sorry to hear about you shin, but it sounds like you had a good run with a view. I did want to ask you are you taking any ibuprofen? The doctor told me to take 800mg of Ibuprofen three times a day for a month, that helps with the swelling. Also I wanted to expand on something I told you earlier about resting and shin splints coming back. The reason why you get shin splints back after resting with no cross training is because the muscle is not flexible, so when you start running again the muscle will tear the first time you use it. But if you keep active with cross training the muscle will be more flexible and will not tear. I sure hopes this makes sense, if not let me know and I will try to explain it better. I hope this helps.

Barry

From Lucia on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 09:33:01

Thanks Barry! I have to say, I'm not a big fan of taking ibuprofen... I do take it sometimes when I feel the muscle swelling a lot, but think that maybe taking it that much and that often is not necessary and may be counterproductive (for me, that is - if your doctor told you to take it, I would of course follow his recommendation).

I hope you are right about resting and cross-training... Unfortunately for me, the pain still came back after resting and cross-training. But maybe I didn't do enough. Good luck!

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Ran home from work in the afternoon, the long way - gorgeous day, a few clouds, got sprinkled a little right outside the office but the rain stopped within a few minutes. Picked up the pace a little, feeling pretty good but right shin hurting.

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Another beautiful day in Washington DC - met fastboy Aaron during lunchtime at the C&O Canal for a 6-mile "fast" (for me) run to Fletcher's Boathouse and back to work. Thanks for slowing down for me Aaron!

It's interesting how until now I've always liked running on my own for the most part - but now that I want to get faster, running with faster people makes it easier to pick up the pace a little. When I run alone it's easier to slack off and get lazier.

A friend of mine and fantastic triathlete pointed out that the 2009 Boston maration is number 113th - 13 is my lucky number!!!

Now I'm ready, I think, for a 14-mile run tomorrow to the bicycle store in Alexandria to pick up the book I'll need for the course on bicycle maintenance I'll be taking. Some days I love not having a car! Makes me think more, plan better, and take advantage of my time better.  

Shins not hurting right now - followed Barry's advice and took 600 mg Ibuprofen this morning... Thanks Barry!

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From barry on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 20:55:31

I am glad I can help. I went to the doctor this morning for an x-ray to see if I had a hair line fracture on my shin. But on thing the doctor told me that was some good advice was to buy some paper dixie cups and fill them with water then freeze them for icing your shins. And as you are icing your leg tear off the paper and with some pressure ice the shins for about ten minutes. I am not sure how you are icing, but I though that was a really good idea. I hope this helps.

Barry

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My oh my.... what a crappy run I had! I made the mistake of heading out without much of a caloric/water plan... I forgot that there is no water along the Mount Vernon Trail, which is absolutely ridiculous, as it was built for bikers and joggers!

I started OK on the Mall, and took advantage of the water fountains there. Then around mile 5 I was hurting... I felt I had no energy and thirsty... had to stop and walk! I kept telling myself it was my mind playing games... after all, I ran last weekend for 2 hours without any gels and very little water on the way! Anyway... I got to Old Town in Alexandria, stopped at a CVS and got some Gatorade and some water - that was mistake number two... I think I drank too much too fast. So for the next few miles I felt sluggish with a full stomach - yet I must've been dehidrated cause I didn't want to go to the bathroom, even after drinking all that much. Finally, I made it to the bike store in Alexandria, got my bicycle maintenance class book, and bought a new bike, then I biked the 13.5 miles home, still feeling sluggish... I need to pay more attention to my nutrition, especially the night before a long run. At least I hope that was the problem...

My shins hurt about mile 4, then they stopped hurting.

Tomorrow I'll exercise in the pool a little. I am soooo happy with my new bike! I was going crazy having to metro to work all those days!

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From Aaron-PSU on Sat, Jun 21, 2008 at 23:57:27

It's great that you managed to perservere through all you issues with this run. Running through the little things will ultimately pay off in the long run.

Both you and my brother had bad runs today...right around the same distance too! Maybe you should have taken the day off like I did. :)

Don't let anyone steal this bike Lucia. :) Have a great Sunday!

From Maria on Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 10:40:45

Sorry about the bad run, Lucia! Hope you recovered by now.

Hmm, I thought DC metro was actually very nice, compared to dirty, hot and stinky NYC subway. I thought it was nice, clean and cool. What is it that you don't like about it?

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It was another beautiful (hot and humid, a little) day in Washington DC - I decided to take the day off from running, after yesterday's disaster... so I metroed and biked to Alexandria, 6 miles, to my first bicycle maintenance class. It was pretty cool - soon I will be able to fix my own bike, and "pimp my ride" :) 

I'll be tapering this week, cause I've had 4 weeks of 50-ish miles... I feel like I need to take a breather. And since I just bought a new bike, I can sometimes run to work and bike back and vice versa, and give my running muscles a break.

It's going to be a great week!

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From dutch on Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 13:43:27

Yikes...i bummer days like that are rough. Probably smart to chill for a bit and use your new wheels. What kind of bike did you get??

From lucia on Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 14:26:06

I got a Specialized Rockhopper - the same bike (newer model) I got stolen a month ago... With my luck, I didn't want to spend more than $500 for a bike... hopefully with my new lock it'll last me more than a year this time! I'm planning on getting hybrid tires to ride it around town, but wanted to have a mountain bike cause I love riding on trails (and can't afford two bikes)

From dutch on Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 14:36:17

Very nice! I'm sure you'll have better luck this time. I know so many people in DC with stolen bikes...so sad. Enjoy! (...and lock it up)

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Biked to work this morning on my awesomely smooth new bike, and decided to run home after work - again, storms were forming and we had some wonderful rain thoughout the 6 miles home. Another huge double rainbow formed again, in the same spot as the other day! It was beautiful. Then the sun came out for the last part of the run. I got home and picked up my friend's keys and ran over to her house and back for a total of 9 miles for the day, a bit more than I wanted but good quality miles - it's weird how long it takes me to get warmed up, it took me almost 5 miles to feel good, and the last 4 miles I was going pretty fast. The top of my left foot hurt a bit, as if I was getting tendonitis... hopefully not. My right shin hurt a little at first but not in the end.

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From Burt on Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 14:36:46

Lucia, sounds like you're getting some great work outs in. Have you thought about doing the Ragnar Relay in Washington D.C.? They're so fun!

From jill on Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 22:33:09

crazy woman! you are such an animal, Lucia! I so admire your energy! I am having a hard tim finding the energy and dedication to boost my mileage, but tonight was a new record for me- I ran alone through RCP- which I normally dont like doing. I loved having my ipod and cruising along.

These rainbows are making up for all this crazy rain. I have pictures of them... I just love the double rainbows! Have a great week, rockstar!!!!

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Ran home from work at sunset - a beautiful sunset. Not a good run though, my knees were in pain at first, then my left foot hurt a lot and I had to stop with 1/2 a mile to get home... I think I have tendonitis on top of my left foot, right where the foot and the leg meet... I'm going to take tomorrow off and bike only, to see if it feels better... PLEASE feel better little (ehem... I mean big) left foot!

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From Shauna on Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 00:43:27

Be careful! Taking it easy tomorrow sounds like a good idea. Take care of yourself!

From Aaron-PSU on Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 07:34:09

You're lucky to have such a nice route to run home every night. Take it easy on yourself today and feel better. Tendonitis really stinks, so make sure you're watching yourself. When I had tendonitis last year around the same spot, my orthopedist had me get rigid insoles and told me to take 3 aleve twice a day. Just a thought....I hope this doesn't affect the hike on Saturday!!!! :)

From Lucia on Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 09:48:03

Thanks for the tips, Aaron. I have rigid insoles but don't wear them all the time, I will now... and yes, taking ibuprofen should help with the swelling. Did you stop running, and if so, for how long? I don't think I'll need more than maybe 2 days... what do you think?

From Aaron-PSU on Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 11:04:38

Lucia - When I had my tendonitis, I was dumb enough to run on it for 2.5 months before going to the doctor and shutting my running down. I actually stopped running for about 1.5 months before I started up again. I'd say just take it easy, ride that nice new bike of yours, and see how the ankle/foot feels in a week or so. I obviously waited too long before I saw a doctor. There are plenty of good doctors in the area, it is just next to impossible to get an appointment with one!

From luzylew on Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 13:10:01

As much as I LOVE to read about your beautiful running grounds, from that shin to sore knees...it's probably time to give your body a little break (as much as I hate to do it, I would). I agree with Aaron up there. I get tendonitis frequently (in every set of joints I own). Aside from resting, glucosamine helps me, as does getting new shoes, or rotating shoes every other day (and also ibuprophen/naproxin for the pain and to stop the cycle of inflamation). You're smart to keep moving and get on your bike. I always love getting a massage when my body starts crying out for attention. But then again, I never tried to keep up the running when I was in school.....I'm sure you'll figure out what's best for you to recover. Good luck!

From jill on Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 23:39:36

hey lucia, before all this running, I was a cyclist- raced for a local team, so I can really relate to the joy of being on a bike! Take care of yourself and let your body heal. Your bike came into your life at the perfect time! Time to check out RCP and some of the great trails in our area! Talk soon... I will give you my ipod list soon. It is kind of ridiculous- i listem to a bit of everything! later gator!

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Took the day off, as many fellow bloggers suggested, to see if the pain in the tendon goes away... Biked home, 6 miles, and did some stretching and strengthening exercises.

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Day 2 of rest... Biked to work, then to school, then back home. Nice day, a bit on the hot side. Mannnn I really want to run! I feel like I haven't gone for a run in years, and it's only been 2 days! I'm tempted to give it a shot tomorrow morning and run to work - if my tendon hurts, I can jump on the metro... everything I've been reading indicates I have anterior tibialis tendonitis... and that I should rest until it stops hurting, the thing is I don't have pain really except when I run... Maybe I'll be strong and wait till Monday - Patience is not my best quality...

On other news... tomorrow is Friday!

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From Aaron-PSU on Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 08:48:50

Based on my experience with tendonitis, it's probably in your best interest to take it easy for a few more days. Don't be hard-headed like I was last summer. Use that bike to the fullest and remember that you're going to get some great exercise on the Saturday hike. Have a great Friday Lucia!

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Reaaaaally itching to run today, but decided to take more time off - I'm having these weird pain in my left knee... Biked to work and back.

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Went hiking to Shenandoah with 6 friends, including fellow blogger Aaron. We did the White Oak Canyon/Cedar Run loop, and it was great! We were going slow because some people in the group weren't in good shape, and then someone had a shoe issue (they brought brand new hiking shoes on their first hike ever on a strenuous 8 mile hike!) So it took us a total of 7 hours to hike BUT that includes stopping to take lots of pictures, and, more importantly, to stop and enjoy the water! The hike has some great swimming holes to jump into, and some rock slides to slide into more great swimming holes! The water was COLD but that's part of the fun, right? I think everyone had fun, and that's what matters. We had to share some of the jumps and slides with other hikers and families, but they were nice.

Excellent day, and the perfect warmup for finally a run tomorrow!

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From jill on Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 12:10:03

Awesome, Lucia! Have you ever hiked Old Rag Mtn? That is the only real hike I have done down here, and it is awesome.

Hey Kara Goucher (you know, olympic qualifier in 10,000m) - she also loves american rejects! So your ipod is up to olymic standards! :o)

Have an excellent week!

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"Reunited, and it feels so good!" That's how I felt about going back to running today! Amazing, and hot. My tendon didn't hurt at all, so thanks everyone for encouraging me to taking a few days off, as hard as it was. Ran 4 miles from home around RFK stadium and it was sunny and waaaay too hot, so I decided to go back home to drink some water and wet my head... then went out again and ran another 4 miles around the Capitol and back home. Could've gone a bit longer but wanted to take it slow on my first day back. My right shin hurts only very little. Other than the heat, I felt pretty good. It's going to be a great week!

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From Walter on Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 22:06:16

Thats cool your feeling good. I was interested about you taking a break to get water. I know that Paul Peterson does that in the morning. He'll run a mile and then go home, eat, stretch a bit and then go on his run. I still have to try that!

From Lucia on Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 23:26:03

It works well for me; I worry that I'd be tempted to stay home when I take the break, but that's never happened... so far, that is!

From Walter on Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 23:37:45

Yeah I know, Ive also heard from someone that they do a little yoga and then go out and the circulation in blood and stretching helps. Its amazing all the things people tell you huh!?

From Lucia on Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 23:40:38

Yes, it's amazing how much I keep learning about running, it never ends! Which leads me to ask you: what do you guys do for water during your long runs in Park City or elsewhere? I'm researching hydration packs and belts to see if I should use one - I've tried one of those belts with four little bottles but it just bounces around and bothers me... any ideas? I always get so thirsty during my long runs!

From Walter on Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 23:51:17

I hate carrying water so I try to run in places that have a water fountain. At park city there wasnt one so I kind of suffered. I know sometimes when I run with a different group of friends, they try to get a spouse or friend to drive a pickup with water jugs and gatorade and they have a board with clothespins that hold your empty plastic cup with your name under it. Its pretty awesome. But when your not that organized, you can drive before you run and set your water bottles every so often in a concealed place. Im lucky to run up by the capitol and the canyon has a water fountain every 2 miles or so. Im pretty skinny and dont have alot of body reserve so Ive got to drink on a long run.

From Metcalf Running on Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 19:04:00

I hate having to carry water, but when it's hot you it's best to hydrate. I have a hand held water bottle that is not to bad. There is a website that looks similar to the one I have. http://www.rockcreek.com/products/listing/item8861.asp?ref=tl_rc_bzrt

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Ran to work from home in the morning, the short way (Pennsylvania to the mall to Virginia Ave. up the Rock Creek Parkway - my knees were a bit sore at first, but they loosened up as I got warmed up. My left heel hurts a bit. I got stomach cramps around mile 3, which was weird... I walked a bit and felt better. Sluggish and VERY warm outside, but a good run overall. I was going to go again at lunch today but will probably skip it - I think I need to come back slower after taking those days off...

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From jtshad on Wed, Jul 02, 2008 at 14:31:04

Cool places to run! I was in DC in March and ran everyday on the Rock Creek Parkway and around the Mall!

You are running well, keep up the good training and you will rock your upcoming races!

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Ran to work from home in the morning, around the Lincoln memorial instead of the Jefferson because thought maybe my tendons were acting out again... but they seemed to be OK in the end. Right shin hurts a little but not bad. After work walked to school and after school ran home from Dupont Circle, for a total of 10 miles. The evening run was pretty speedy, i thought. A nice day, not as hot and humid as it's been lately. I'm really looking forward to this long weekend, I'm already mapping out all the cool runs I'm going to do, mostly on trails!!!

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Biked to work this morning. During my lunch break I ran 6 miles on the C&O Canal, 3 to Fletcher's Boathouse, where I had some water, and 3 miles back to the office. A gorgeous day and I felt great, I was able to go pretty fast, probably 9 min/miles.

Last night when I was going upstairs to my room I noticed my right knee doing a clicking noise, every time I went up a step. It did not hurt, but anything that has to do with my knee really scares me... I think anything else is easier to cure, but knee problems... for some reason those scare me a lot. I stretched it a little but still did the clicking sound. Went to bed and this morning it was still there. It's very loud, and only happens when I go upstairs or when I do a launge, basically when I put a lot of my weight on the knee and flex it. But, still did my 6 miles and didn't seem to hurt. I'm making an appointment with a doctor to see if he can give me some exercises or take an MRI to make sure it's nothing to worry about. I've been reading online about similar problems, and it seems that as long as it doesn't hurt, it may be nothing to worry about... let's hope so!

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From josse on Wed, Jul 02, 2008 at 15:27:16

Sounds like a good thing, I always tell people to get the knee checked out if something isn't right with if. Then you can have peace of mind you are not going to do anymore damage to it. Glad to heat the shins are doing better for the most part.

From Shauna on Wed, Jul 02, 2008 at 15:54:13

I agree-I'm scared of knee issues too. You are doing the right thing.

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Ran 6 miles from the office to Fletcher's Boathouse with fastrunning buddy Aaron. It was hot but not too humid, so we managed to have a pretty good run. After that, I ran to the White House, where I met with a friend to take an easy walk, and ran back to the office. A good running day indeed! Right knee is still clicking, but doesn't hurt. Shins hurt a little.

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BEST RUN EVER EVER EVER

http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/united states/dc/washington/364774250

Started from the office and went to meet my friend Greg to the other side of the Rosslyn bridge. Greg used to be a fast runner in high school but he's out of shape - he really surprised me by going a pretty good pace, but I insisted we slowed down so he could go the distance (he usually runs 2-3 miles). By mile 3.5 he had to walk a little, so we did. Jogged back to where i met up with him, and he went home, and I wasn't sure what to do... I wanted to do at least 10 miles, so I thought of doing another loop... but the Potomac Heritage trail start was right there... it was tempting, but I knew there wouldn't be any water until I got to Fletcher's boathouse, around mile 11 of the run. I had a water bottle with me but wouldn't be enough... or would it? Well, I figured I'd take the risk, and could always walk back if I had to. So, I ran the first 4 miles of the Potomac Heritage trail - really beautiful, right at the edge of the Potomac, and very strenuous/rocky at times. Also, sadly, very dirty. And the worst part is that I know most of the people that frequent that area of the trail are "my people", Hispanics who picnic over by the shore of the river and they have no respect for nature and leave all their trash around. I know I'm generalizing and a lot of us do clean up after ourselves, but it's just frustrating to know that some people are just completely careless. Anyway... Made it to the Chain Bridge, crossed over, and for a split second I was absolutely and terribly confused. Where was Georgetown and where was Arlington? Which way was the District and which way was Virginia? It was absolutely bizarre... there is a river right there, so I shouldn't have been confused. May have been a bit of dehidration... dunno, but thankfully I found my way to the C&O Canal, and a mile away stopped at Fletcher's boathouse to refill my empty bottle, splashed some water on my face and head, and came back to the office.

WHAT A GREAT RUN!!!  A total of 14 miles and change, 6 on the Mt. Vernon trail/bridges/Rock Creek Parkway/C&O canal, 4 on the Potomac Heritage Trail, and the last 4 on the C&O canal. What a great way to celebrate my first 4th of July as a citizen of this great country! Happy 4th everyone!

 

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From luzylew on Fri, Jul 04, 2008 at 13:44:43

Congratulations on a GREAT RUN!!! You were right to take it down a notch a few days to let your body heal. What an amzing run on such a great trail on this 4th of July. I think I'll try the Potomac Heritage trail when I'm there in August. Congratulations also on your first 4th of July as a citizen!! Enjoy the fireworks out there.

From Barry on Fri, Jul 04, 2008 at 14:11:10

Congratulations on you great run today. How are the shins and knee doing? Happy 4th....

From Aaron-PSU on Fri, Jul 04, 2008 at 18:20:27

Great run Lucia! I'm actually disappointed in myself that I didn't run with you today. You continue to do a great job in your training towards your BQ goal. Have a great first 4th of July as a new citizen!

From Maria on Sat, Jul 05, 2008 at 09:38:23

Great run, Lucia! I think I walked on Potomac Heritage trail once, when I visited my cousin (he lives in Potomac). It was absolutely beautiful, but I remember it was very civilized, a wide dirt path right by the river, with tons of people walking and running. Maybe it was some other trail,I'm not sure, but my cousin said that it goes for miles and miles, and I thought what a great place to run! Congrats on the first 4th of July as a citizen!

From Lucia on Sat, Jul 05, 2008 at 14:36:19

Thank you guys!

Luz, I'd recommend the Potomac Heritage Trail for an easy run/hike, but not if you're looking for a place to speed up. Just something to think about.

Barry, the clicking knee is silenced for now... shins are doing well, thank you for asking!

Aaron, yes you should've gone with me, but hey, we can do it another time.

Maria, you're probably thinking of the C&O canal towpath, it is a great trail and goes from DC all the way to Ohio, I believe (almost 300 miles). The Potomac Heritage trail is single-track, dirt, very overgrown with plants, trees, and with lots of rocky spots, and it is in the Virginia side of the river. And yes, it is beautiful!

Thank you!!!

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Another fantastic run - felt great this morning after that 14 miler yesterday and lots of stretching, so I metroed to Friendship Heights to meet my friend Ashley, who just won an entry for the Marine Corps; this will be her first marathon! We did 7 beautiful and a little muddy miles on the trails of Rock Creek Park, and back up on the National Zoo (that zoo hill is a killer!). Then she metroed back home and I decided I'd try to run home. So I did! Some more trails, up by my office (boy, I wish I had brought my office key so I could get water there!) and then the semi-long way home on the mall (sooooo busy!) and up Capitol Hill and down Pennsylvania. It is really humid here, we got a little rain, temperature is about 81 degrees. I have to say I'm really tired, but my legs don't hurt, thank goodness, and I'm very proud of myself! We stopped at a lot of water fountains and I had a gel just after mile 8, that seems to be where I start boinking...

Next week I have to focus on doing at least one day of speed work or hill repeats...

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From Maria on Sat, Jul 05, 2008 at 14:27:56

Wow, 65 miles this week - great job, Lucia! If you can keep this up and stay healthy. you will run a great marathon. Are you planning any races soon, to see where you are now? Do you have your tune-up half scheduled yet? Never mind, just saw your race schedule in the left pane.

From Lucia on Sat, Jul 05, 2008 at 14:38:10

Thanks Maria! Yes, I'm hoping my next 1/2 will tell me where I stand... I'm a bit worried because though I'm doing well mileage-wise, I lack speed... so I need to start doing more of that.

From Shauna on Sat, Jul 05, 2008 at 16:29:55

Lucia, great job on the high mileage! I think you will do better than you expect at your half. I came within one minute of my half PR last winter while running only easy mileage (35-45 miles per week). I bet you will set a PR. Definitely take a rest day tomorrow-you have earned it!

From jill on Mon, Jul 07, 2008 at 17:25:40

Hey - thanks for the comments on my blog- now on to you... YOU ARE ON FIRE!! You rock! I am so impressed and inspired! I am doing Riley's Rumble, so maybe we can make a point to say hello before or after. You rock, Lucia! I can not wait for the days when I can say that I run 60 mpw. I am finding it difficult to really build up mileage - but I think it is cool how you incorporate it into your lifestyle- like running home from friend's houses etc. Talk to you soon! Jill

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Biked to work, after work biked to the Smithsonian metro to meet with the Capitol Striders meetup running group - a pretty good turnout, there was about 15 people. A few fast guys went ahead of everyone, and I stayed with a girl named Danielle and two other guys. We went over the 395 bridge into Virginia, then North on the Mt. Vernon trail, back on the Memorial bridge - the two others went the short way back and Danielle and I went by the water, around the Jefferson memorial and back. I was going a bit faster than usual to keep up with Danielle, she runs faster but shorter distances. A very nice girl, we had some good conversation though it wasn't necessarily "conversational pace" for me. A good run to start the week!

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Biked to the office this morning, left bike in office, and ran 7 miles to Fletcher's Boathouse and back on the Rock Creek Parkway up P St. A very nice morning. The C&O Canal in the morning is great because it's completely shady, as opposed to the afternoon... Felt really good, no shin pain at all. My left heel hurts a little.
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My plan for this week is to run 55-60 miles. Same goes for next week, for a total of 3 weeks followed by one week of lower mileage, 50-55 mpw and up to 60-65 the following week.  

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Today is Argentina's Independence Day!

Ran after work, pretty late at night, got cooled down 1/2 way by a nice and short thunderstorm that dropped some rain. Felt sluggish most of the time and right shin hurts a little. Went by the Anacostia trail around RFK stadium, then East Capitol, around the Capitol building, up Capitol Hill and back around south east.

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From jill on Wed, Jul 09, 2008 at 22:38:06

happy independence day, argentina!

Hi Lucia- nice work! I feel like from your entry that it may have rained less in DC than where I was in Bethesda. It POURED on us! But it was soo much fun!Have a great day tomorrow- good luck with the shins. I hope they are feeling 100% tomorrow.

From Aaron-PSU on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 22:03:45

HAPPY BELATED ARGENTINA INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!!!

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Ran to the office from home, 5 miles, no backpack (I took some clothes to work yesterday). Felt sluggish at first and better after warming up. After work ran to the Georgetown Running Co. to pick up race bibs for Saturday's race, ran back to the office to leave them there, and ran home again without a pack. Left calf hurt a little and right shin, but overall a great afternoon run.

After reading Michelle's blog, I decided to copy her and blog my weight every morning, to see if that makes me more accountable to eat better. I was very mad at myself this morning after discovering that I've gained 3 pounds since last month. My weight this morning was 143 lbs.

As I ran to work this morning, I tried to think of something that would make me take my weight issue more seriously. I am so good at getting up early and running or biking, why can't I be as good with controling my eating? One of the things that came to mind is the analogy of me and the environment. I'm extremely conscious of the environment we live in and do every little thing I can think of to make sure I pollute as little as possible. The environment we live in is like a sacred place that deserves that we do everything we can to make it look beautiful and healthy for many generations to come. When I buy things, I try to buy things with as little packaging as possible to create as little garbage as possible. When I go to the supermarket, I bring my own bags so I don't waste them. I print as little as possible at work. I recycle.

My body deserves to be treated as well as the environment. As a sacred place that needs to be cared for and be kept clean and beautiful, and not to be trashed. I need to think of body fat as trash that needs to be cleaned (within healthy limits, of course). Just like I wouldn't dump polluted water into a clean river, I shouldn't intake unhealthy foods that will create pollution in my body and make it unhealthy.

A friend of mine tried to give me the analogy of a car - saying you wouldn't fuel your car with juice or water, you put gasoline only, otherwise it won't run! Well, I'm a girl and not a big fan of cars so that didn't work for me.

But the environment analogy may work. It has to work. I want to be healthier. I owe it to myself, to my knees that are supporting me through all good and bad times, and to my belly that is tired of having to hide all the time and would like to be shown off every once in a while and not be embarrassed to be seen in public. I owe it to the nice clothes I have in my closet that I cannot wear.

Alright, sorry about that ramble. If any of you readers out there have a good recipe for healthy treats, some nutty oatmeal raisin cookies perhaps, or a healthy apple crisp recipe, please send it my way.

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From Shauna on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 11:54:49

Lucia, I commend you for treating the environment and your body with the respect they deserve. However, it can be surprisingly hard to lose weight while training for a marathon. Your body needs a lot of fuel! My sister GAINED 3-5 pounds while training for her first marathon. If you gain/stay the same, it might be your body's way of telling you that you are at your optimal weight already. You look healthy and strong in your picture. Easier said than done though, right? I am a little obsessive too. Nutty oatmeal raisin cookies sound heavenly! I'll take a copy of that recipe too!

From Lucia on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 12:02:04

Thanks Shauna. The weight loss is not what I want to focus on but making healthier choices on food and having better eating habits. If I ate only when I'm hungry and stopped once I'm full, I'd go back to looking like the picture in no time and probably will run faster, and put less strain on my knees. Binge eating and choosing the wrong foods is what I need to correct to be happier, feel better, and the weight loss may come as a nice side effect. I don't think I'm obsessive about it, I'm just upset with myself for not being able to do what I know is best for me! Thanks for your comment!

From Metcalf Running on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 13:36:53

Lucia, I can totally relate to wanting healthier eating habits. Your blog entry sounds too familiar to me :) Eating only when I'm hungry and then stopping when I'm full is something that I have been trying to work on. I really like your analogy, I have been trying to think of food as fuel for my body and not just something that taste good. Maybe with a bit more support here we can all benefit :)

Lori

From Bonnie on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 13:53:45

Hi Lucia,

I have dropped 7 bls in the past two months making fairly simple changes to my approach to food:

1) Reduced my portions to 3/4 or more of what I was eating

2) Schedule as many meals as I can (including snacks), and not eat outside of those times

3) All snacks are healthy and low-to-no calorie (fruit or fiber)

I am pretty lucky in that I was skinny without trying most of my life and I have been a vegetarian since my 30th birthday (nearly 16 years now). Over the past 10 years my metabolism has slowed (age will do that no matter how much you exercise) and I find I just can't eat whatever I want anymore. However, it really is not that "painful" if you just pay attention to what you are eating - and make conscience choices about whether or not you need to eat something. You don't have to NOT eat the pie, you just have to decide whether it is worth it many times it may not be ... but if it is, then you should eat it.

Working and going to school while running the miles you are running are pretty stressful. You need to take are of yourself and make sure you don't beat yourself up too much right now ... you have plenty of time to do that when you in less stressful times ;-).

Bonnie

From Lucia on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 14:04:48

Thanks Lori! It's nice to know we're somewhat on the same boat.

Bonnie, I've also been a vegetarian, for 10 years now. I'm probably the only vegetarian in the world that started gaining weight after becoming a vegetarian and after starting to run and bike lots! Crazy! You are right that so much of it is mental - I should force myself to think for at least one minute whether I really need/want to eat something or whether I do it out of compulsion. Thank you!

From Lucia on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 14:06:06

Bonnie, I forgot to commend you on your weight loss! That's great!!!

From Mark Olson on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 15:05:55

Let me suggest to you a concept called Mindful Eating. I read about it in the Wall Street Journal a few months ago and I find it very interesting. There is a lot on the internet about it, so a google search on the term turns up a lot. Here is one example: http://www.mindfuleating.org/

From Mark Olson on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 15:08:03

I just read your comment about being a vegetarian for 10 years. Me too! (Actually, 10 years next March.)

From Lybi on Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 15:12:29

What a great analogy, Lucia! That is motivating. I have to struggle a bit to keep myself in check in the eating department. In my case, it is usually poor planning that leads to slips. I.e. there is nothing in the fridge, so let's eat out! So planning is key in my case.

Another thing to consider is that LOTS of people gain weight if they are not getting enough sleep. Sometimes if you're tired, but you can't take a nap, your body will pull a fast one and tell you that you are hungry when actually you just need a little more pillow time. Anyway, good luck in your 10K this weekend--you are doing great in your training!

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Morning weight: 141 lbs. It seems the posting yesterday and comments from fellow bloggers helped me relax a bit, and last night I was able to stay away from the usual binge, as I will tonight. One day at a time.

Went to bed early last night but could not get to sleep! My mind was racing with weird thoughts... My grandma, who is 92, won't be around much longer, and that's making me a bit sad, even though she's been pretty much checked out from life for the past 20 years, and I feel like I barely know her. She's the last of my grandparents. But my thoughts went from her death to something "worse"... I kept having nightmares awake about my older niece dying... That lead me to not get very much sleep, so I decided not to wake up early and run, but to bike to work instead and try to go at lunch instead. So I ran 6 miles on the C&O Canal. After work did 4 more, slow so I don't get too tired before tomorrow's 10k, around the bridges to Virginia.

After tomorrow's 10k, I'll be at 53 miles for the week, which is right around what everyone suggested I should be doing for a couple of weeks. I don't expect to do too well in tomorrow's race because I have to bike 6 miles uphill to the start line... should be fun though, and it'll give my friend Patrick some confidence to know that he can beat me :)

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From josse on Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 19:16:17

Good luck in the 10k tomorrow. Which one is it? You are doing so great and sticking to your plan.

From Lucia on Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 19:19:15

Thanks Josse! It's the Caribbean Sounds 10k, a very small race in Rock Creek Park, fundraiser for a disease called Sarcoidosis. Have a great weekend!

From Shauna on Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 01:23:19

Good luck tomorrow! I'll be anxious to read your race report!

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Ran the Caribbean Sounds 10k with my friend Trick.

Basically, we went down, down, down a loooong hill, and then back up, up, up, up the hill, and repeated. Lost the course once, the front runners were not happy about this; there were no markers or anyone showing us the way. Very sad.

I finished in 52:33, 8th woman, and 3rd in my age group (it was a very small race). A bit disappointing, but considering I barely slept last night (firetrucks, police cars, and ambulances were going crazy in my neighborhood), that the course was really tough, and that I biked 6 miles to the start line, it wasn't so bad. I beat my friend Patrick again after all!

After the race I biked home the longer and scenic route for a total of 16 bike miles for the day and 26 for the week.

Nap time!

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From Shauna on Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 11:46:44

Great job! It feels good to power through a tough race under not-ideal conditions. Enjoy your nap!!

From marion on Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 19:03:04

I think your race was fantastic! My goal is to have a finish like yours :D Great training week!

From Metcalf Running on Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 22:52:54

Great job on the race. Sounds like a very tough course, you should be proud of yourself!

Lori

From luzylew on Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 00:04:13

Who sleeps the night before a race?! You did great. A 10K is a hard race. Far to sustain a sprint, too short to find a good rythmn--especially when trying to find the course (I've done that too!). Good job.

From josse on Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 09:50:03

10k's are not fun unless they are on a screamin fast course:) Good job! Like Luz said 10k's are tuff don't let them get in your head.

From Kim on Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 10:03:13

Great job! You need to go in and mark this as a race report so it shows up in that section!

From Walter on Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 10:10:27

Hey, I dont know anyone by the name of trick. lol I have run races that were unorganized like that. It is the worst feeling when you run off the coarse and realize it. You just want to stop and have a cry. Good job on a tough race.

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I get by with a little help from my friends!

As I laid on my couch very lazily, thinking it wouldn't be a big deal to skip running for a day, I received an e-mail from my ultrarunner friend and great running resource Bryon, asking if I wanted to go for a run - how could I say no to him? So, he came to my house and we went to the National Arboretum in the middle of a very hot day, and ran some slowish 12 miles together. If you're in the DC area, the Arboretum is a sight not to be missed! It's not close to the metro or on the mall, but it's worth the trip. You can see all the state trees, lots of plants, flowers, and gardens, and feel like you're in Ancient Rome in front of the old Capitol columns that were brought there in the 1990s. A great run to start a great week!

On some sadder news, my grandma passed away this afternoon. She was 92, and was pretty much checked out from life for the past 20 years, dealing with some serious depression. She was the last of my grandparents left. She is now in a better place, and I'm sure she's looking at us from above and protecting us.

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From Benn on Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 22:44:03

So sorry to hear about your grandmother. Having lost all four of my grandparents before I turned 15, I know how big of a loss it is. You're in my prayers. What great friends you have. Glad you had somenoe to do a run with. Keep on truckin' runner chica.

From Shauna on Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 00:43:23

I'm sorry to hear about your grandma. I am extremely close to my grandparents, so I can only imagine how painful it is to say goodbye. It sounds like you're dealing with it very well.

Good run today! I never made it to the Arboretum when I interned in DC. Hopefully I'll make it there someday!

From barry on Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 08:13:38

I am sorry to hear about your loss. Are you ok?

Barry

From Bonnie on Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 17:59:55

Lucia, I am deeply sorry to hear about your grandmother.

Bonnie

From Aaron-PSU on Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 15:18:08

Hey Lucia...I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

-Aaron

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Ohhhh what a perfect day...
Morning weight: 140 lbs. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to NOT seeing that 4 in there...

Biked to work, 5 miles.

After work, meet my friend Trick and we ran 1 mile to the Key Bridge to meet up with my friend Dan. The three of us ran another 2 miles to Fletcher's Boathouse and signed up for the Bastille Day 4-miler, a very small local race. I'm not sure how many people there were, maybe 200? The course was relatively flat, on the Capitol Crescent bike trail. It was a tough race, I pushed myself really good, and finished in 30:55 - I cannot tell you how much I sprinted when I saw the clock to make sure I finished in under 31 minutes! Finally, Trick beat me, only by 30 seconds or so. He finished in 77th place and I finished 81st. Dan is very much out of shape and finished in 41 minutes and change. Afterwards, Trick and I ran back to my office for a nice and easy extra 3 miles, for a total of 10 for the day. My left tendon/ankle area felt a bit tender the last 1/4 of a mile as I sprinted... hopefully it's nothing...

Metroed home afterwards.

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Not feeling 100% today, so decided to take the day off. Biked home from school.

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An unplanned day off. Went to the doctor to rule out appendicitis... got a sonogram that showed nothing in the reproductive area (I've had cysts before), and then waited hours and hours and hours for a cat scan. I'd never had one of those - not that much fun. They make you drink this yucky milky stuff, like a gallon of it, and then they put an IV that makes you feel pretty weird for a few minutes... Apparently nothing jumped at them as dangerous; my doctor will probably check it out tomorrow and let me know what he thinks - now I'm feeling feverish but don't have a fever. It's not fun feeling sick...

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From barry on Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 21:45:40

I am sorry you are having such a bad week. But, do not give up yet the rest of the week will get better.

Barry

From barry on Wed, Jul 16, 2008 at 22:12:15

Also, i just received this and would like to share it with you. I hope it helps.

Barry, is your shin pain from shin splints? Jill, our running coach Donnie's wife, ran track at Baylor University. I had shin splints a few weeks before Boston last year and she taught me how to overcome them and how to never get them again. Here is the simple workout that you do.

1. Before you run do these exercises:

- duck walk with your toes pointing outward away from each other for 20 meters.

- duck walk with your toes pointing inward toward each other for 20 meters.

- heel walk with your toes pointing up for 20 meters.

- walk backwards on your toes for 20 meters.

- then do your other regular stretches or other drills and then do your run.

2. After your run do this simple exercise. Find a step or curb that has a hand rail or something you can hold on to and steady yourself. Stand on the step on one foot with your forefoot (have your heel extended off the step in the air).

Raise yourself and lower yourself as many times as you can until your calf muscle burns. I usually get about 100 raises in a set.

Change legs and with the other foot raise and lower yourself as many times as you can until that calf muscle burns.

Repeat this with each leg so you can get 3 sets with each leg.

You are done. If you do these pre-run drills and post-run exercise you will never get shin splints again and the shin splints you have will heal very quickly.

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Biked to the office and ran from there, on the C&O Canal, to Fletcher's Boathouse. Felt really really reaaaaaaaaaaally sluggish. Finished in about 1 hour. The inflammation on the right side of my abdomen is still there, but it doesn't hurt more or less when I run; hopefully my doctor will call me today with some news.
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Update: doctor called and said everything looked normal but I have some "free flowing fluid" in the abdomen - he said it should go away by itself, but if it gets worse, to call... Phewwwwwwwwww!!! (thanks everyone for your concern!)

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From Shauna on Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 12:10:00

Sorry you're not feeling well. Take it easy; you're doing great with the mileage!

From Metcalf Running on Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 12:15:24

I hope everything is OK. Even not feeling good your mileage is great!

Lori

From Maria on Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 14:43:06

Free flowing fluid in the abdomen - how bizarre... I guess it's better than appendicitis. Hope you feel better soon, Lucia! Take it easy if you don't feel good, no point in pushing when you're sick.

From Paul Ivory on Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 23:13:03

Lucia, bless you and your quest to regain your health. Being young and strong is certainly on your side. It is interesting for me to look at a few of your blog entries and descriptions of where you are running.

When I was stationed at Ft. Belvoir I used to run on the trail along the highway close to Mt. Vernon that runs up to DC. A beautiful trail. In 1968 I was stationed at Ft. Mead, MD. It was always fun to be stationed near the nation's capital.

Get feeling well and enjoy all those runs. Paul

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Ran to work in the morning; already super hot and humid at 7 am... Felt OK, sluggish and with some soreness on my left ankle, but got better as I warmed up.

I got my new Timex watch/heart rate monitor/GPS on the mail yesterday so I wore it, but don't know quite how to use the GPS yet (that, or I couldn't get a signal on the mall...) The heart rate monitor showed 140 when I was going slower and got up to 165 when I was going faster, but I never got too fast. My resting rate yesterday was around 60, but I forgot to check my rate this morning, as well as my weight...
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Went another 6 miles on my lunch break down the C&O Canal to Fletcher's and back. Feeling very good the first 3, then the heat got to me... 93 degrees and 43% humidity... feels pretty hot to me! Had to walk a bit before the last mile because of cramps on right side - I don't think it has to do with the free-flowing fluid issue... hopefully.

Happy Friday!

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From saamijeff on Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 18:09:36

I found that with my timex I had to start the GPS first, get the signal from it and then I can put on the heart rate monitor. If I do it the other way around it never will pick up the GPS.

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Twelve horrible miles this morning. Why, you may ask? One, I didn't sleep enough last night. Two, I didn't eat well enough last night. Three, it was ridiculously hot and humid cause I didn't get up early enough. Four, I kept having a cramp on the right side of my stomach, not sure if it's just a cramp or related to my not-appendicitis issue.

I ran 5 miles to Georgetown to pick up my friend Paul, who just started running again after a break due to an infection, so he was going to run slow as well. We did 4 miles on trails in Rock Creek Park, around the zoo, and up the Melvin Hazen Trail to Connecticut Ave. We walked a lot of it... neither of us was feeling well. Then we metroed back, him to Dupont Circle and I got off at Chinatown and tried to run another 3 miles back home from there... had to walk some of that too. Not a good day. Tomorrow will be better. Tomorrow, tomorrow, you're only a day Aaaaaa-WAAAAY!

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From Shauna on Sat, Jul 19, 2008 at 20:02:53

Good job for hanging in there and getting it done. Interesting about your cramp: I also had a cramp in the exact place you describe today. It almost felt like it was in my lower lung area going down to my stomach. I also was very hot, didn't sleep enough last night, and didn't eat well enough last night. It started toward the end of my run when it was REALLY hot. I bet it has something to do with the heat.

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Morning weight: 140.5 lbs.

Approximatelly 17-18 miles today (but walked some of it). Got up at 7 to beat the heat, but it seems a bit better than yesterday anyway. Tried on my new Nathan hydration pack and it is AWESOME, I don't even feel it!

Ran down Pennsylvania to the mall, around Jefferson, up the 395 bridge, up the Mt. Vernon trail to Roosevelt Island, refueled my water there and had a gu (took 1 hour to get to Roosevelt Island, around 6.5 miles) then got on the very difficult, rocky, technical Potomac Heritage trail for 4 miles to the Chain Bridge, had another gu 40 mins. after the first one, crossing into DC and down the C&O Canal. On the trail I passed two very fit runner guys, probably around 35 years old, and they didn't catch up with me until Fletcher's Boathouse - that was a nice confidence boost. By the time I got to Fletcher's I was not feeling much energy, very sluggish. I started walking a lot. I know it was mental, didn't feel pain and though it is about 90 degrees, I was drinking water and having gels... I started having very negative thoughts, that I can't do it, that I'm too fat and won't be able to get any faster, I can't do anything right, etc. Then they got a little more positive, like "I should join a training group for long runs so I can keep my pace, it's the only way I'll be able to do it" (which is weird cause in my 1st marathon I trained on my own and did well - but I wasn't training for any particular time...) I walked a bit when I got to Georgetown, and ran/walked the rest of the way to the Smithsonian metro and metroed home. My weight when I got home was 139. I'm trying to think if I drank too much during the run, if maybe I should've had more gels, or why I keep boinking very often at 12-14 miles, or about 2 hours into the run. I need to focus more on my nutrition before my long runs and throughout the week, and not worry so much about gels/water during the long runs.

Overall, a better run than yesterday, but have lots to improve on.

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From jtshad on Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 13:45:50

Great run, and what a cool place to run! You did great and good job getting your positive thoughts back to finish it off.

From Shauna on Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 17:21:20

Lucia, great job today! I have the same negative thoughts sometimes-you and I have a lot in common! I have a couple of suggestions: first, don't underestimate the factor heat plays in your performance. I am learning that firsthand this year. I would suggest starting your long runs closer to 5:00 or 5:30. I got out before 5:30 yesterday and started struggling at about 7:30 when it hit 90 degrees and also had to walk home. When you're running that long, your body heats up more quickly and staying cool is even more important. Also, nutrition during the week is very important, but so is fueling properly during the run. I take gels every 5 miles or so during long runs and drink water constantly, and it really helps. Aside from heat issues, I have never bonked on a long run (just in races sometimes!). You'll know you drank too much water if you can feel it sloshing in your stomach. Also, don't be afraid to slow your pace down a bit. The main goal for long runs is to just get the mileage in. Full disclosure: I sometimes have a hard time following this piece of advice!

Your running is truly inspiring: I basically chucked running completely while I was in law school (except my first marathon, for which I was severely undertrained), and I wasn't even working! The fact that you work, are in school, and still run 60 miles a week is amazing!

From Lucia on Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 20:02:20

Thanks guys. You're right, Shauna. I keep thinking I am tough and can run in the heat with no problem, but evidently, if I want to get faster, it's better to run when it's cooler outside. Sorry to hear you had to walk home too! So you take gels that often? I'll try that next time. I get some running advice from ultrarunners and fast people who run lots and don't even drink much water in 13-14 mile runs, but, they're in a different zone than I am. Thanks for the advice!

And as for managing so many things, it's very hard. I need to focus a lot, and keep my priorities straight, and focus my "free" time in what really matters to me.

From marion on Sun, Jul 20, 2008 at 20:56:37

WOW! Your run was so cool- around all those amazing places! WOW!

From HammerinHank on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 00:24:35

Lucia, you really have a lot of potential and you are located in a great running city. Check out the DC Road Runners Saturday Long Run (SLR) Group. They are a great group of runners who meet every Saturday morning at the Iwo Jima monument. A great support group. The DC Road Runners used to have a track workout in the early evening at Georgetown Univ. one day a week.

Check out this site: www.my-calorie-counter.com It helped me lose 23 pounds earlier this year... no problem.

Check out this site for hints on getting faster and staying injury free: www.ChiRunning.com

From Jeff (LAD) on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 01:17:05

Shauna is right on the money, Lucia. The heat is a major factor in slowing you down, overheating, etc. Not sure what your schedule allows and the safety of the area you run in, but from mid-July through August I do a lot of night runs here after 8pm. Sounds like you're getting some good advice from these others and some good links. I'd just suggest that you get a modest carb-load meal in the night before a long run. One thing to keep in mind for your B.Q. attempt. I qualified for Boston in my first Marathon this last April, and I was totally stressed about the time so much so that almost all of my long runs were done at race pace. I overtrained by doing too many miles at too fast a pace. And I've been dealing with foot issues ever since May as a result. Stick to the plan and keep in mind that all this heat training will transfer to faster times in better conditions come fall.

From Lucia on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 07:58:21

HH, thanks for the tips - I'm running an 8k with the DCRR; I'll ask about their SLR group. I don't have a car and the metro doesn't run early Saturdays, so I'd have to bike to Iwo Jima from Cap Hill... shouldn't be too bad, I'd be warmed up! Nice job losing 23 lbs., wow!

Jeff, running at night in my hood (aka, the Ghetto), wouldn't be a good idea... definitely better early morning... I just have to get up and go! And you're right that I need to slow down and not freak out. Thanks!

From Love2run (Christy) on Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 12:35:13

Lucia, thanks for the uplift. After yesterday I needed it, but when I read your daily entry, I felt like I was reading something I had written. I had very similiar negative thoughts and tried to talk myself out of finishing the whole 14 and then realized there is a reason I'm doing this and that is what I have to stay focused on. Also, I believe it will help for us to join a SLR group. IPods are great, but when you want to quit IPods won't encourage to keep going. Keep up the great work and

once again thanks for the support!

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No running today, not feeling too well and no time. Very stressed about school. Not a good day. Still, I biked to work and then to the bike shop for my bike maintenance class, for a total of 17 miles for the day.

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Biked to work this morning, after a very bad night. Went to bed late, had too many cookies before going to bed, and couldn't sleep. I'm not sure how I managed to get up this morning, bike to work, and run 6 miles to Fletcher's Boathouse on the C&O Canal. Started sluggish but picked up the pace in the last 4 miles.

Negative thoughts all around though. Thinking of dropping out of school. Or maybe taking a break. I already dropped one class last semester and lost $2500. I'm about to do the same with the class I'm currently taking, for a total loss of 5k, and the "k" unfortunately doesn't stand for kilometers. Very stressed, unable to concentrate, not sure what to do, very confused. My abdomen still hurts on the right side, getting just a little worse every day; that doesn't help me feel any better.

Wow, is this a Debbie Downer entry or what? Sorry everyone - tomorrow will be better, I promise!

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From marion on Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 09:14:44

School can be SOOO mentally exhausting. For some the answer is to take a break, for others, plow through.

You know, I love your picture. You look like you are just taking a stroll, and the lady behind you looks VERY tired.

Hey- if the cookies provide no lift- try watermellon. It has been my "drug" of choice lately. I've probably eaten 6 in the last month :D (along with a few cookies ;)

From Kim on Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 09:18:21

Sorry you are feeling such pressure right now! I can't even imagine how you feel! Good luck with your decisions! Do you have any family members who live in America?

From Metcalf Running on Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 14:30:30

Lucia,

I can't imagine all the pressure you are facing, but I'm sure things will turn out OK. From your blog I can see that you are a very smart and driven young lady. We all have our Debbie Downer days, but I'm sure you will make it though.

Lori

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 15:19:41

I'd say tough it out and finish the class - money waste is a bad idea. Then re-evaluate before investing any more money, see if maybe you can make money somewhere else while learning instead of spending it.

Fast Running Blog offers free mostly self-guided MySQL/PHP web development classes to those who are willing to learn while working on the blog projects. So on this one, you do not get paid, but at least you do not have to pay tuition. Maybe I should post an official announcement while I am thinking of this.

From jill on Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 16:02:02

hey girl.... so sorry to read this. Most of all I can relate to the food part. Please take care of yourself! And, it may be better to simplify your life now, rather than having a breakdown! Maybe cut back on a couple things- even school if necessary. I hate to say that, but maybe you just need time to get things together. The other option may be to cut back on running a bit to focus on school since you might be tired too. The cookies are just a way to comfort yourself from the stress. Sorry _ i can really relate to the food stuff. Hopeing you are feeling better and will forgive yourself for the cookies soon! Take care, Jill

From jill on Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 16:11:15

hey, I am back, I was wondering what was up with your side, and I read your month of blogs...Jeez Lucia! You have a lot going on! grandma, sleep, nutrition, pain, school... I guess I understand why you feel so stressed! BTW, I will be at Riley's and want to try to run my best-not run with my group. Would love to be able to say hello to you there!

From Lucia on Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 17:24:00

Thanks Marion. Yeah, a break is definitely in order. Watermelon rocks! I had some clementines this morning and they did the trick. But I'm stopping at the store for watermelon after work for sure.

Kim, all my family is in Argentina. I've been here almost 10 years, and went to undergrad here and did fine. You'd think I'd get used to being away from the family, but it is hard still sometimes.

Lori, the weird thing is, the pressure is self-imposed. Almost as if I set myself up for failure. Must stop doing that.

Sasha, as an "economist", I analyze the cost/benefits of everything. It may be the case that the benefits of my sanity right now are valued higher than the costs of the class... though it probably doesn't make much sense to others. Definitely will be re-evaluating before spending more. Good idea on the web development classes...

Jill, I still don't know what's wrong with my right side. It's getting just a little worse every day. I'm seeing my doctor again next week. Let's try to meet before the Riley's half!

Thank you for letting me share this with you, and for your concerns. Anxiety and depression run in my mom's side of the family, and as I get older I'm realizing maybe I got it too. Maybe therapy will help; I made an appointment for tomorrow.

I really believe it's a mental block, and not "real" stresses... If I didn't spend so much time worrying and feeling hopeless, I would be able to do everything I need to do for school, work, and running... it's a matter of not being a wimp!

Thanks again everyone... sorry about this long comment!

From Bonnie on Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 17:45:34

Lucia, I sent you a private message.

Bonnie

From Aaron-PSU on Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 08:33:36

Lucia,

I'm sorry you're having all those problems. Working, going to school, running, family, and generally the world combined together create the ultimate stressful situation. I went through some of the same issues last year when I was dealing with all-the-above. Needless to say, I have nothing but admiration for you for getting this far with all you've done and know that you'll make the right decision. Let me know if you want to talk, go for a run or hike to help ease the stress. I hope you feel better! :)

From Jim on Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 09:47:57

Lucia,

I did the Master's thing while working plus having a family and it's tough, no doubt about it. I did take a semester off when I knew I had some important dates that school would interfer with, so take some time off. The world won't come to an end. Plus you're young and have time to go back and finish. Say hi to Bryon for me. Ask him about working Windy Pass at Squaw Peak in 2005. He might have a good story or two.

From Shauna on Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 11:51:51

Lucia, sorry to hear about the stress. You are so much like me it is scary! I think you have done a great job dealing with so much on your plate. Don't be afraid to cut back where you need to. You will figure out where the priorities are and make the necessary changes. It's hard for us type-A perfectionists, but, with so much going on, it's impossible to be perfect at everything. When my sister is stressed, she goes away and spends a few days completely by herself: no phone, no computer, nothing. She calls it "solitude." It helps clear her mind, and the thoughts, problems, etc. naturally come to the surface so she can deal with them. I have never tried it, but it sounds effective...

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Ran the Steve Thompson 8k, organized by the DC Road Runners Club. Finished in 38:26, that's 6 seconds off my PR. Beat Trick again, and my co-worker Irving came as well and had a good race. Two mile warm-up before the race. I had my heart rate monitor with me; my heart rate while resting was around 55, then got to 140 during the warm-up, between 160 and 180 the first 3 miles of the race, and 190-199 the last two miles when I sped up... anyone knows what that means? I need to read more about it...

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From Lybi on Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 23:14:06

Why don't you have this marked as a race? Did you treat it as a normal tempo run or something? Good job getting so close to your PR!

From Shauna on Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 23:44:22

Great job: that's a smokin' fast time! About the heart rate monitor, the best way to read the data meaningfully is to know your resting heart rate and your maximum heart rate. Keep track of your heart rate first thing in the morning, before you get out of bed (and hopefully not jolted awake by the alarm clock). Keep track for three days, and then average the numbers together for your resting heart rate. I'm not as sure how to find your max heart rate. I have seen tests online, but I would post a question on the discussion board and have the blog experts weigh in. After that, you can accurately determine the correct heart rate zones (usually a percentage of your max heart rate) for various workouts. However, I wouldn't rely too heavily on heart rate, because it can vary so much, depending on stress, if you're tired, what you eat, etc. I always take my pulse at the very end of a workout and keep track of how long it takes to get it back down to 120. If it's within less than 5 minutes, I know I'm doing OK. If it takes longer, I know I ran too hard. Other than that, though, I don't rely on heart rate too much as a component of my training. Sasha said he only uses heart rate data for fun on an easy run and tries to keep it below a certain number, and I think that's a good way to approach it.

Wow, I have rambled! Hope there are some things you can take away from my jumble of words!

From Metcalf Running on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 12:15:38

Great race!!! And way to go on all the miles you have been doing!

Lori

From marion on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 16:05:16

Good job! I hope you are feeling better :D How was the watermelon?

From barry on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 23:36:16

I hope you are having a better week. Now about the heart rate, i think you need to do more aerobic training. If you have any questions about aerobic training please let me know. Have a good night...

Barry

From Lucia on Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 23:42:22

Lybi, I don't mark it as a race cause I don't like how it appears under my blog name all the time...

Shauna, thanks for the HR tips. Yeah, I too wouldn't take the heart rate thing too seriously. More of a curiosity for now...

Marion - I went for Honeydew melon instead - it was delicious. Thank you for the suggestion!

Barry, thank you, I am feeling better. Not sure what aerobic training is, but I think it means I have to run slower, keep my heart rate lower than a certain percent of my max during most of my running, right?

From barry on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 08:21:52

I found a web site on aerobic training. (http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/david54.htm) One thing you should know is when i had a trainer and even my cousin Kory who is on the web told me that I need to work on my aerobic training. My trainer told me that from him working on his aerobic training he was able to beat Sasha in races. And my cousin is now running 2:39 marathon. I know aerobic training sucks, but that is what i am working on now. I can keep my bpm around 150 at a 8:30 minute mile. I hope this makes sense, if not please let me know. Have a good day...

Barry

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Ran 3 miles from work to Columbia Heights to meet up with a group of friends, ran 4 miles with them, then metroed to the hill, then run to pick up some organic food for my roommate, for a total of 9 miles for the day. Felt pretty good. 

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From marion on Fri, Jul 25, 2008 at 15:32:38

Sounds like a great day! :D But isn't any day that you can run GREAT!!!

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Six miles after work with my friend Chris on the C&O canal to Fletcher's - unfortunately he had some issues and we had to stop and walk some. But he was making me go faster than usual for a while, so that was good. Biked home from work afterwards.

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Nine pretty fast miles with my friend Brian early this morning, on the Mall, across to Virginia and back on the Mt. Vernon trail. I didn't want to push the pace or the distance too much because I'm running a 1/2 marathon tomorrow and want to do well there, but I felt pretty good throughout the run.

My total miles for this week is just a bit short of 60, which is perfect. (note that I deleted the 3 miles I had logged on Tuesday which were really a 15 mile bike ride... Don't need them!)

My goal for tomorrow is to finish in 1:50, which is about the same I did in my half marathon back in December. That one had rolling hills and curves too; the one tomorrow should be harder and hillier, but I think I'm in much better shape than in December. Having said that, I'm not going to push myself too-too hard tomorrow... don't want to get injured and will listen to my body. Plan is to bring two energy gels and take one 45 minutes after starting and another one 30 minutes after that to fuel me up for the last 30 minutes. I'll also drink some gatorade if they have some at aid stations.

Most of all, I'm looking forward to meeting fellow fastrunningblogger Jill tomorrow as well!

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From Kim on Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 13:17:44

Good luck Lucia! Hope you have a great 1/2! We'll look forward to the report!

From barry on Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 13:34:54

Good luck on your race tomorrow. I think with all the miles you've been running that you can run a 1:50..

Barry

From Shauna on Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 13:56:35

Lucia, I think you will easily break 1:50. I came within 25 seconds on much less mileage than you a couple of years ago, so I know you can do it! I predict 1:47-1:48 range. The energy gels are a good plan! Looking forward to your race report!

Race: Riley's Rumble Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:48:15, Place overall: 17, Place in age division: 3
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This was a great race - it was humid in the morning, but not too hot and cloudy, otherwise the sun would've killed me... It was pretty hilly but nothing too bad. Beautiful countryside, in the farmland of Maryland, starting at the C&O canal by Poolesville. I felt pretty good at the start, but apparentlly I started off too quickly because a lot of people kept passing me... I rarely passed anybody the entire race. Drove out there with my ultrarunner friend Bryon and his girlfriend Lindsay, we had a nice conversation on the way there. The miles weren't marked, as this is a very small race, but there were plenty of water/gatorade stops throughout with such nice volunteers! I was feeling pretty good, and at around 45 minutes Bryon came the other way looking strong and he gave me a hi-5. I hit the turnaround point at 53:50, still feeling good. Then ten minutes later I felt I was bonking... I had taken some gatorade but had decided up until then not to do gels, to do gatorade instead, but I'm not sure that was a good idea. My friend John saw me at around mile 9 and yelled out my name, that was nice and made me smile!

Then a few minutes later this beautiful girl looks at me and smiles, and I knew it was Jill! She looked great, but just coming out of a big hill, so she looked like she needed a hug - forgetting that I was completely drenched, I hugged her and kept going. She probably thinks I'm a nutcase, hahaha! Jill, if you're reading this, I must say your pictures don't do you justice! you looked amazing out there! And sorry I didn't see you cross the finish like, I was carpooling and couldn't miss my ride back home...

At the next aid station, around 1:10 I had one of my gus and some water. I still can't seem to get the fluids/gels thing right... I didn't want to drink too much, but yet my mouth was always dry. I had part of my second gel at 1:30 to see if it helped me feel a bit better. Had some cramps the last 2 miles or so, but nothing too bad. Lindsay and Bryon were cheering for me by the finish line, and I was done!

I have to say I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't finish any faster than my previous PR (1:48:40), especially considering I hadn't really trained much before that one, but the hills were much larger this time, and the lonely countryside was a bit challenging mentally at times. But considering I didn't really taper or made this race a priority, and the fact that I haven't been sleeping well this past week, it was a good run. It's nice to know where I stand on my training. And I still have time to get faster, and I will!

----- Results are up: I was 17th girl out of 201, and 3rd out of 33 in my division!!! Not too shabby for me!

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From jill on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 12:06:05

The HILLS were CRAZY! Lucia, it is a testament to your strength that you call the hills, Not too bad! I felt this was worse than any marathon I have ever run! :o) I was just off today - feeling funky! It was AWESOME seeing you! I was running so fast for a mile after I saw you! Congratulations!!!! You rocked it! You did great! I think you must have been in the top 15 women when I saw you. Rest and talk to you soon! Be so proud of yourself! You did better than what you were expecting!

From jill on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 12:36:28

ok, i entered the distance! I think I will do the leesburg 20k on Aug. 10. I am not too disapointed about today- it was a great workout!! My thighs have to be getting stronger, maybe even smaller! You were just awesome. The mcrrc web site has a funny picture from the race. I am going to take a nap! I hope you are not running again today! :o) Talk soon!

From Mike on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 14:20:24

Great job and good race report! You beat your Short Term Running Goal of 1:50 in this race.

For the dry mouth, you can try chewing gum. I take a spare piece with me on a marathon. Not sure how well that would work with taking a gel though, since I don't use them.

Congrats again and keep up the good work, then you can meet the rest of your goals!

From barry on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 16:22:01

Congratulation, I think you did awesome. Have you tried taking sports beans for running? I use them in races and i love them. I usually take one every mile or more if needed. Something to think about. Anyway, good job.

Barry

From Bonnie on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 16:23:33

Congratulations on meeting your goal for the race (and the PR) Lucia, keep up the positive spirit! You did run faster than your previous PR, and factoring in the hills I think you are underestimating this achievement!

From marion on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 18:32:02

Fantastic race! I am in awe! Great job and great time :) Way to break that PR!

Barry- I like to beans too. Do you think they are as good as the gu? The gu makes me...well... barf :(

From Kim on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 21:24:29

Not too shabby at all girl! Way to go! Tom use to always like to take some Jolly Ranchers with him on long runs. I think I will try taking some with me next time. I also need to try the bean thing everyone keeps talking about. I've never seen them and eating beans while running has never appealed to me. Maybe they are different than what I am thinking. Anyway...Great job and thanks for sharing a fun race report!

From marion on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 21:45:29

The beans are made by Jelly Belly. They are a bit bigger and taste a little mineral-ie

From Burt on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 21:52:22

Congratulations on the awesome race and the awesome time! You rock!

From Lucia on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 21:55:40

Thanks for the messages! I do like the jelly beans, I'll have to try that next time. Also maybe gum/jelly ranchers would be nice for a change. Awesome ideas, thank you!

From Walter on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 22:18:30

Very very nice my friend! You are an up and coming BQer! Pretty soon you will be "Lucia" at races. At the starting line you will hear people say thats lucia! Keep up the good work.

From Shauna on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 23:03:49

Yeah! Way to PR! You also ran identical splits. That's quite an accomplishment to not slow down at all in the second half. More great races are in store for you!

From marion on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 23:14:50

Jolly Ranchers are my FAVORITE! I have my water belt LOADED with them. I keep a HUGE bag in my closet for running :D My baby found it and I need to relocate my stash ;D

From Lucia on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 23:17:02

Marion, that's so funny! I didn't want to say anything... but the biggest reason why I don't take jelly beans or blocks on races is because I eat them as soon as I buy them!!!

From marion on Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 23:43:18

I knew we were kindred spirits! :) That is one good thing about gu- it just sits on my dresser... FOREVER!!! (maybe my baby would eat that instead of my Jolly Ranchers? Naw.. he's too smart :)

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 09:53:12

Great race Lucia. 17th of 201 is fantastic! You're really getting fast with all your training!

From jtshad on Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 12:48:18

Great race and nice PR on a tough course.

From josse on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 17:32:07

I totally missed this, it was my daughters bday so I didn't check the blog. Great job! These harder races are what build us mentally. And remind us to push alittle harder in the next race. Notice the places that you struggled in this one and work on those in the next. I tend to really struggle aroung 9-10.5 in halfs. If I focus really hard through that section it is over before I now it and I can focus on a strong finish. Anyway I think you are running great and headed for a great marathon. Keep it up:) BTW we all play the what if game. Try to pull out the positives.

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Took the day off - biked to work from home, then to the metro from bike maintenance class, then home from L'Enfant Plaza metro, for a total of 8 biking miles for the day.

This week's plans are for a 55-60-mile week, and as suggested by many of you, a tempo/interval run during the week. My long run for this weekend should be 16-17 miles.

When I ran the Marine Corps marathon in 2006, I had a friend waiting for me at mile 13 with a banana. That worked out really well, I was hungry at about that time and it was just what I wanted. So I'm thinking about doing the same this year. One gel or jelly beans around mile 8, a banana around mile 13, then maybe two more gels or jelly beans spaced out, and gatorade and water throughout. I'll see if I can test some of it out during my long run this weekend. Anyone else out there eats solid food like a banana during marathons?

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From luzylew on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 11:55:29

I don't know if I could get a banana down, but oranges are great. I have trouble with the gel's...they make me have to go. But gatorade alternated with water throughout helps. It's good to experiment on your long runs. I'll be in DC in a week or so and will be looking for a good 17-19 mile route. Blog where you take your long run. I've read there's a running group that meets at the IwoJima monument every morning, but I don't know if that's a tight-knit, hard-core group, or just a bunch of runners who meet up there. I'm looking forward to running at least one of the days around the monuments (early, very early in the morning to beat the heat). Good luck with the 60 miles this week. So far I've only been able to capture 57. It wasn't bad!

From Shauna on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 12:39:29

I have never had a banana during any run. I would suggest trying it out during a long run to make sure it doesn't give your stomach any trouble. Although, if it worked before, it will probably work again. I think your fueling plan sounds good, but I would start even earlier, around mile 5 or so. I usually end up taking about 4 gels during a marathon, plus sports drink and water.

From Lucia on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 13:31:11

Yeah, I pretty much have an iron stomach... but maybe now that I'm faster it'll be better to stick to gels and gatorade and water. Thanks for the tip, Shauna. You're right, it may be better to start earlier.

Luz, the DC Road Runners meets at the Iwo Jima memorial for their Saturday long runs at 7 a.m. - http://www.dcroadrunners.org/ I don't know which group meets there every day though. They're a fun group, mostly older runners but fast boys at heart. I was thinking of joining their SLR, so if you decide you want to do it, let me know. I have a couple of long run routes saved on mapmyrun.com; I'll send you an e-mail with the link, or maybe I can join you on the run for a bit.

From luzylew on Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 18:27:07

Thanks Lucia. I'd love it if you'd forward me your mapped runs. I get there Aug 5 and stay through the 11th. My sister lives in Alexandria. It'd be fun to take a run with a fellow blogger! Or at least told where to run by a local. Also, my friend Amanda, who is moving to VA, is rounding up a group for the DC Ragnar in Sept. If you know of anyone interested, they are looking for 2 team mates...

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Four sluggish miles by the Anacostia river trail around RFK stadium. Not feeling too well, having stomach issues, so went home and took it easy.

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Ran to the office from work, feeling better. Did a couple of 200 meter interval at faster pace.
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Ran home from the office the long way, again doing some random 100 and 200 meter intervals. I think I like interval training! I need to figure out a more structured way to do it.

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From walter on Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 09:12:20

Thats always good to bust in some interval running on your daily grind. I have noticed it helping me.

From marion on Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 09:42:30

Great run! Glad you are feeling better!

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Ran to work from home with my bigger backpack. Shins hurt a bit. 88 degrees and very, very humid!

I lost track of weekly mileage and realized this was supposed to be a taper week... so I'm going to take it easy today and tomorrow, and have maybe a 45-50-mile week.

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From marion on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 11:34:30

I live to see the day that I say 45-50 is an easy low mile week! You are FANTASTIC!!!

From Sariah DeVard on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 14:30:09

Great idea! I'll do that... And thanks for the encouragement! I need it! and, p.s. how do i do that? post it on the discussion board? haha!

And you have some amazing goals! qualify for boston-you can for sure do it!

From Lucia on Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 14:37:02

No problem Sariah. Click on the link that says "discussion forum" (either on the top green part of the page or on the left-hand side), then click either "running" or "training review", and then on the top right side click on "new topic", enter your info, and you'll see that magically all the expert runners will give you their fabulous advice! It's like having your own personal trainer for free!

From dutch on Fri, Aug 01, 2008 at 09:10:48

Looking good! I've been MIA so long that I didn't realize the blog format changed a bit. Now that I know how to look at people's blogs again, I'll be checking in...

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Six miles at lunch on the C&O Canal to Fletcher's. Can you say HOT AND MUGGY???

Finished in 52 mins, not too bad for a 91 degree day with 51% humidity. I picked up the pace to pass a girl on the way back... then got greedy and passed another girl. Then I was so tired I had to slow waaaay down. But I showed them! :)

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From marion on Fri, Aug 01, 2008 at 14:51:42

Chicking chicks is always a good start to a great day. I wouldn't really know- I've only chicked elderly ladies.

Nice run- WOW for the weather!!

From Shauna on Fri, Aug 01, 2008 at 15:38:31

Nice run, great pace! I remember the days when I ran that fast and passed people all the time. That day will come again!

Yeah, that weather sounds pretty brutal. That's especially impressive that you were able to run so well!

From Maria on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 05:44:29

You are doing great, Lucia! Sometimes, I get greedy too and then have to keep my pace up to avoid getting passed back by the same people :). It can make running fun, unless you're on a recovery run!

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Nine slow but nice miles along the mall and the tidal basin. Feeling a little tired but pretty good. Weather is a lot cooler (77) this morning. Switched my long run to tomorrow so the mileage this week is not that great, due to bad planning... I do need a recovery week though, so next week I'll take it easy too, tapering for a 20k race on Sunday.

Going on a 20-mile bike ride this afternoon followed by some hiking on the Billy Goat Trail!

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From marion on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 14:00:14

Awesome day planned. I love reading about your runs and all the cool places you get to see. I try to remind myself that there are cool places over here too :)

From Metcalf Running on Sat, Aug 02, 2008 at 17:18:13

No matter how much I try you always beat my mileage... You are doing fantastic!!

Lori

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GREAT run with Ashley this morning! Not as hot as it's been, about 77 when we started. I biked from home to Roosevelt Island (6 miles) to meet with Ashley, and we ran on the island, then the Mt. Vernon trail, across the Memorial Bridge, down to Haines Point and back around, back to Roosevelt Island - got some gu and went back out to the Key Bridge, down the Rock Creek Parkway, across the Memorial Bridge and back to the island again. First loop was 11 miles, second loop was 4, then I did 2 more after Ash was gone. I think it was a good run for many reasons: first, it wasn't as hot; second, I had my Nathan pack with water and 3 tablets of Nuun (electrolytes), and I was drinking the entire way. Third, Ashley is a lot slower than me so I had to slow down for her which was good. Fourth, I had some shot blocks around 1 hour after the start, and some jelly beans after another hour. It seemed like the perfect combination. The only thing that didn't go as well was my need to use the bathroom 2 times during the run. I need to figure out what to eat the night before to make sure that doesn't happen during the race...

After the run, I biked 6 miles home. Total for the weekend: 26 miles of running and 37 miles of biking.

I forgot to mention my morning weight today: 138 lbs! Three more and I'll feel pretty good already. Then 7 more after that and I'll be at my ideal weight. I can do it! I've been reading Marion's blog and it's really inspiring. The blog helps a lot too!

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From marion on Sun, Aug 03, 2008 at 15:54:04

I am sitting here in SHOCK and AWE! Your mileage ROCKS! I can imagine all of the places you are running. I spend a lot of time convincing myself I am not jealous! I may lose the battle!

Great weight! You are smokin' all around!

I love your combination of replenishments. I had never thought of combining them like that. Are the Nunn tablets at a running store, maybe?

WAY TO GO!!! YOU ARE ON TOP OF THE WORLD!!!

From barry on Sun, Aug 03, 2008 at 17:01:12

Great job on the running and weight loss!! How are the shins doing? I have been doing the pre and post work out for shins and it is really helping a lot. Are you feeling better when you are running? I also know a running trainer if you are interested?

Barry

From jtshad on Sun, Aug 03, 2008 at 18:46:22

Wow, what a weekend of physical activity. Keep it up and you will continue to improve and be ready for your goal race at MCM.

From Lucia on Sun, Aug 03, 2008 at 22:34:39

Marion, you are the best cheerleader ever! Thanks for the encouragement!

Barry, the shins are doing really well - my doctor ordered a bone scan which I'm having this week; I'll keep you posted.

Jeff, I hope you are right! With such little time left to train, I'm starting to freak out...

From Shauna on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 00:20:34

A great long run and weight loss-it doesn't get any better than that!

Glad the fueling went well. One thing to keep in mind is that you will be working a lot harder in the race and will use up your fuel more quickly, so you probably won't need to take a bathroom break. Just make sure you go before the race, and DON'T drink too much water before a race!...If it's the other, just keep experimenting with your food and fuel.

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Morning weight: 136 lbs.

A sad, sad, sad, sad day. I had a bone scan done this morning, and the radiologist says I have a stress fracture on my left shin. Surprisingly, he said the right shin, which hurt the most, is only shin splints. I've been reading lots about stress fractures and unlike shin splints, everything I read says there's no way around it: not running is the only option. I made a follow-up appointment w/my orthopaedic surgeon to see how long he suggests I rest it.

So now the question is, what do I do? I know I can do pool running, maybe biking, and keep my cardio rate up. Can I still run a BQ marathon before the deadline? All answers that I'll need to figure out soon.

Thanks for reading, and I'll run vicariously through you all.

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From jtshad on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 14:59:55

Sorry to hear about the stress fracture. No running is the only option to let it heal fully. As far as the BQ, you have until about February to get one, so see how it is healing up after about 6 weeks of rest then start slowly back into training and see if you can target a January timeframe marathon (something like PF Chang Rock N Roll marathon in Phoenix).

Hope you have a speedy and full recovery.

From josse on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 15:03:50

So sorry to hear. I would crosstrain like a mad woman. And find out why you are getting these shin splints. You may need orthotics (but make sure you see someone who works on athletes). But it seems like you have had them for a long time and may need some help getting over them and staying over them. It is probably a good sign that your one with the stress facture doesn't hurt as much it probably means it is on the mend. Hang in there and ther will always be a BQer race. Get healthy and then worry about that.

From marion on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 15:03:55

CRAP!!!!!!!!!! POOPIE!!!!!!! SNOTTIES!!!!! GARBAGE!!!! JUNK!!!!! DANG IT!!!!!! (How's that for family safe language?)

I am SOOOOO sorry! So, so sorry! Good greif :(

As for activity- do what the Doc says, 100%, and do it with gusto, style and flair!!! :D

(The weight was great this morning :)

From Metcalf Running on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 15:26:50

I'm so sorry to hear about your stress fracture. Make sure you take the time to heal to 100% so that you can get back to running. I'm sure you will be able to get a BQer!

Lori

From Barry on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 21:16:04

I am so sorry to hear about your stress fracture. One thing that i have found that will help you is the elliptical. That helped me with my shin splints. So when you see the doctor ask if you can use it. Just look at it like this "It is just a bump in the road and i am going to get through this." That is what I had to told myself and it helped me.

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 22:06:37

Oh no Lucia! That is terrible. I'm sooooo sorry that this is happening to you. Just do what the doctor says so we can go running together again. I miss my Thursday/Friday running buddy! :)

From Kim on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 22:36:16

That is such sad news! I hope heals quickly! There are a lot of people having to do some cross training on the blog so I'm sure you will get some great ideas from them. Could this be the answer to your school question? Maybe it will be time to finish that class after all! Good luck! Keep on blogging!

From luzylew on Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 23:04:36

Oh Lucia! I am so sorry for you. But you will heal. I'm contemplating what it's like to not run right now myself because of a nasty tendonitis that I can't shake. I'm so sorry about the fracture, but at least now you know and can do something about healing it. I was really looking forward to meeting you for a run here in DC (I just got here). But maybe a bikeride instead? Take good care.

From Shauna on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 00:37:30

Lucia, I am so sorry to hear about the stress fracture. You have a great attitude about it, though, and that's half the battle. My husband might have one also, and he has been riding the stationary bike and going to spinning classes. I would also check out Benn's blog, aka Howling Commando. He bought a bike and is up to 60+ miles at a time.

And, PF Chang's as your BQ is a GREAT idea! That is my target BQ race, and it would be great to meet you!

Keep your chin up! And congrats on the weight loss!

From Lybi on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 01:13:15

Dang it! So sorry rocketwoman! (((Hugs)))

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Biked to work = 5

Will probably do yoga this evening, or another long bike ride.

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From Maria on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 09:13:35

So sorry about your stress fracture, Lucia! It will heal, but you need to do at least an hour of aerobic exercise a day to keep your conditioning. Ask the doctor if you can do elliptical, it's better than biking because you can raise your HR higher. Also, you definitely can aqua jog, but I don't know if you have a pool available. Hang in there, and you may still get a BQ for 2009!

From Lucia on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 09:19:01

Thanks Maria. I'll ask about elliptical - good to know it's better than biking. I do have a pool available - I'm not sure how to aqua jog... do I need to put weights on my feet, or how do I get around the resistance of the water? It just seems hard...

From Maria on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 09:38:04

I've never done aqua jogging myself, but I've seen people do it. To make it easier, you can buy a special belt (AquaJog brand or similar) and tie yourself to the edge of the pool at the deep end. Then you can stay in one place and not bother people who are doing laps. There are also special shoes you can wear, but I understand they are really optional and not that important. It's a great cross training, even better than elliptical, and you're right, it's quite hard. Most importantly, though, it can be insanely boring, so it's much better if you can find a partner. On the blog, Brent has done it, and also Nick aqua jogged a lot while recovering from his stress fracture. Also, Michelle Lowry does it once a week. I'm sure they can offer more detailed advice since my knowledge is all theoretical.

From marion on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 11:23:18

Good job! Way to go :) Hey have you ever tried yogatoday.com? Free yoga, new class everyday, three instructors. when do you get to the ortho dude?

From Shauna on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 15:52:35

My husband bought the belt. I don't know the brand, though. You need to be in water that comes up to your neck, at least. The special shoes add resistance, so maybe they are good for "speed" workouts. There are also hand things to add resistance. He only bought the belt, though. I saw a waterproof iPod holder in a magazine, with speakers. It was over $100, though. That might help with the boredom!

From Lucia on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 15:55:36

Awesome suggestions, thanks everyone! No need for ipod... I can entertain myself with my own thoughts :)

Shauna, if you don't mind asking your hubby what he thinks about the belt and the brand, I'd really appreciate it!

From Walter on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 17:47:32

You freakin crack me up Lucia!

From Lucia on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 18:02:39

Walter, you should've met me last year, before my house was broken into, my car got stolen and totaled, my boyfriend broke up with me, my bike got stolen, school wasn't as stressful, and I didn't have a stress fracture! I was a lot funnier then! :)

From Maria on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 18:03:15

Lucia - here is the brand I meant, it may be the only one anyway: http://aquajogger.com/default.htm

From Shauna on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 18:14:09

Lucia, my husband has the aqua jogger. He doesn't tie it to anything, so he ends up all over the pool and looks kind of funny. I think he likes it, but I'll ask him tonight.

From Walter on Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 18:23:16

Good lord, look at all the baggage you have to look forward to laughing at now! It takes grit! If you cant be an athlete, be an athletic supporter. (Ill put that as number 2 on the list of 12) Ive been through some crappy times too in the last 2 years. Mono was the worst for me because I had to completely stop all physical activities. Boring! Your strong and will bounce back.

From jill on Wed, Aug 06, 2008 at 22:33:36

Say it ain't so!!! So so so sorry Lucia! Look at your long term goal- you listed "learn to swim freestyle" maybe now is your time to comelete this goal? You are so super strong Lucia! You will get through this...http://running.about.com/od/gear/ht/howwaterjog.htm This is a web site to get you started on water jogging. I hope to see you Sunday! Talk soon.

From Walter on Wed, Aug 06, 2008 at 22:49:39

Hey yeah Lucia, Jill is right, you can prepare yourself as a triathlete like mwah! lol Im not sure how much 'lete' I have in the tri's but you can get addicted. Start swimming 2-3 times a week and do 10 lengths and build up to 1 mile. I did it during the winter and now look at me!? Just look at me! Ok thats enough look away!

From Lucia on Wed, Aug 06, 2008 at 23:39:45

Thank you everyone for the aqua jogging tips! Jill, you're going to rock Sunday. And yes, I'm in the process of searching for a good swimming coach in the area, this is a good time for that. I can swim breast stroke but never really practiced freestyle much, so I need to learn. Aqua jogging works the muscles but doesn't seem to get my heart rate up much...

Walter, you're one crazy dude!

From Walter on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 00:21:08

Hey, I cant swim or bike right now from my problems so if you're running vicariously through me then I need to be swimming and biking vicariously through you. I hope that didnt sound to sick! Ok so keep some sunshine on your face and our pr's will be new pr's. Alrighty then buh bye!

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Biked home from work, then went to the swimming pool for 1 hour of attempted aqua jogging... It's a lot harder than it seems. Thank goodness for DC's public pools that are free to DC residents!!! 

Tomorrow I have my docs appointment, we'll see what he says. I got some great tips from all of you bloggers so I need to start reading and finding more about all your suggestions to aqua jog and cross train, etc.  

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From marion on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 09:57:05

My fingers are crossed for you today! Good luck and let us know what he says!

From walter on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 10:39:04

Have you got any Neil diamond to cheer you up? lol Hello, my friend, hello! You know you have alot of friends on here that are cheering you on so for my 3rd recovery tip I emplore you to watch a little tv. Maybe I love Lucy perhaps? Or if you have a video store nearby you can watch a good movie like American Flyers. I like watching that one before a race. I hope that this 3rd tip was funny enough for you if not Ill have to repeat a step. You know the 12 step program is harder than it sounds, you should ask the author of how hard it is to make up!

From Lucia on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 11:26:04

Thank you my friends!

Walter, tip #3 is a great one - watch running/sports movies. You're doing great, just 9 more to go!

From Metcalf Running on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 16:27:41

Lucia,

Best of luck with the doctor appointment, let us know how it goes.

Lori

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Not good news from the doc. The bone scan shows shin splints on both legs, and a stress fracture on the left lower tibia. No running for 8 weeks, then I have a follow-up appointment October 6 and he seems confident that I should be able to start running again after that.

Thanks everyone for your advice on aqua jogging, I'll be doing lots of that, biking, and learning to swim! And volunteering for you runners.

Enjoy your runs!

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From marion on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 17:10:10

I am SO sorry! :( You are going to be such a great swimmer by the time this is all done! We want to hear ALL of your cross training adventures everyday! :)

From Kim on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 17:35:46

That is so cool that you are going to put some effort into being a volunteer also! You will be the best volunteer out there! Good luck in the next 2 months!

From marion on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 18:55:21

Hey, I just read you "other" blog- "More COWBELL" is our FAVORITE snl skit! We use that line all the time!

I'm sorry about your grandmother :( Mine passed away in May. (My mom's mom too.) It can be really hard.

From Aaron-PSU on Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 19:28:04

Wow Lucia, that really stinks. You'll be back on the trail in no time (8 weeks) and they will go by fast. Needless to say, you now have time to learn the freestyle stroke you've been wanting to learn! :)

From dutch on Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 09:31:45

NOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Crap!

Let me know if you need a pool buddy--I think I'm half fish.

From Kelsey on Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 20:15:17

Sorry to hear about your injury, that is the worst. And you were doing so well :(

Take care of yourself and you'll be back before you know it!

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1 hour aqua jogging before work. SOOOO boring!

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From walter on Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 09:37:33

Did they cast your foot or put you in a boot? Make sure your nutrition is good, you need calcium and alot of it. 8 weeks will fly for you just remember even if aqua jogging is boring, at least your keeping your mobility. Running is boring if you think about it. "You just keep your mind set away from the pain that ales you". (Walter Brown) So that will be my 4th recovery tip for the Lucias 12 step program for recovery.

From Lucia on Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 09:55:05

No cast or boot... I've been reading about stress fractures and apparently some studies show that leg braces help recover faster... I may call my doctor and ask him if I should wear one.

We'll have to get Sasha to publish your 12 steps right next to the top 10 excuses to miss a run!

From w on Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 10:17:34

Wow, I dont know if im worthy of that!? Yeah, you may want to try to wear a boot for a week at a time. Ive never had a stress fracture. Just a broken pelvis(23 places) and it took me years after that to be able to run again. So just remember it could be worse. Ok step 5 to recovery, IT COULD BE WORSE ATTITUDE! Im gratefull for my little stress fracture, now I can give my body the rest its been nagging me to give it.

From Lucia on Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 10:20:40

We're not worthy!!! (Wayne's World) :)

A "could be worse" attitude is my motto in life. Until now, whenever anything went wrong I kept telling myself "but it could be worse - at least I can still run". Now I tell myself "It could be worse, my family is healthy". Honestly, this is a very small bump on the road, thanks for reminding me. You're almost 1/2 way with the recovery steps!

From Walter on Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 10:51:56

I love Waynes World. that is funny.

From marion on Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 16:13:56

Cross training SUCKS and is VERY boring :) (yes, I am cracking myself up) I need a nap. Sorry ;D

From missee on Fri, Aug 08, 2008 at 18:23:09

I've never done aqua jogging, but I imagine it can get boring. Good thing you can entertain yourself w/ your thoughts and you can start talking to yourself so you don't feel so lonely! Yeah, people will look at you funny and the big man in the white coat with the big net might come to take you away, but that's ok!

Good luck. Hopefully your recovery will be speedy and successful. My running partner is just now returning to running and I've missed her terribly!

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A gorgeous day here in DC - perfect for running :(

Biked 5 miles to the office to meet up with my friend and co-worker Diego, Venezuelan guy who has become one of my best friends in the area and I love him like a brother. He was having trouble with his bike, so I took it to my bicycle maintenance class last week and fixed it myself! Changed a derrailour cable and moved a few things around that were misplaced and put some lube on his chain. We biked 10 miles to Carderock on the C&O Canal and 10 miles back. We were going SUPER slow but he's not in good shape, so as I was cruising about he was huffing and puffing and sweating behind... but we had a good time, talked a lot mainly about relationships (he recently broke up with his girlfriend so I'm acting as his therapist) and his best friend has a big crush on me so he was telling me how to handle it since I'm not interested in him... Aaaanyway, we biked back to the office, got some food, and I biked back home for 30 nice miles for the day. At least I managed to get outside on such a nice day.

I'll be taking the day completely off tomorrow and back to aqua jogging and biking during the week, and hopefully will find a coach to learn to swim freestyle, since I got some referrals.

Happy running!

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From jill on Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 13:29:35

yesterday was awesome lucia! beautiful weather and perfect for a bike ride- hope your day is going well. i am anxiously awaiting my time for leesburg 20k, much improved... but even with your shin splints and fracture, you could run circles around me! Talk soon.

From marion on Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 16:47:12

Cool day! I was about to email you and see where you had gone to. Glad to see you have been alive and well :) Great bike repair!

Have fun!!!

From Aaron-PSU on Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 17:00:55

Sounds like you're really finding different ways to get your cardio workouts in Lucia. I'm glad you have your bike so you can keep training. I remember Diego...he's a great guy! Hope you had a great weekend!

From Lucia on Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 17:04:26

Jill, the volunteer coordinator for the race never wrote me back, so I didn't want to make it all the way to the race to find out they didn't need volunteers... I'm glad to hear you had a good race, can't wait to read about it!

Marion, my friend was really happy with his bike fixed, it's a great feeling!

Aaron, I forgot you met Diego... I need to be careful with what I write about him now :)

From Aaron-PSU on Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 18:47:52

No worries Lucia...your secrets are safe with me. I seem to remember that you and I talked about someone else (not to be named) wanting to date you.

I like Diego quite a lot....he was a really nice guy!

From Lucia on Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 23:15:02

LOL Aaron! I really do say too much when I talk during a run!

Yes, we need to take him and the others on another hike soon... unless you're already in Denver!

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 07:47:32

Lucia...runs are good for that. Let me know when you want to go on another hike...I look forward to hitting the hills!

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Biked to work and back home...........

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45 minutes of pool running, couldn't take any more than that... I was able to get my cardio up to 120, I think.... I'm getting a hold of it the more I do it. I tried to do it without the aqua belt once, like Jeff (I think) does it, but man that was just impossible!!! Then I biked to work and a little more, 45 minutes on the bike and it's windy so the workout wasn't too bad... but considering that the past 2 days I've been eating like a pig (my roommate cooked and she had THREE desserts leftover... THREE DESSERTS!!!)... Then this week is restaurant week here in DC - most of the expensive, fancy restaurants in the city have a fixed menu of three courses for $35... so I went with friends last night to Mie N Yu... sooooo good! 

As I passed runners on my bike on the way to work this morning I wanted to be them so bad!!! I wanted to scream "I'm one of you! Really, I'm a runner too, don't look at me as if you were better than me!" Hahahah...

A friend is going to hook me up with a free 2-week trial for a gym close to work, so hopefully I'll get my heart rate up on the stationary bike soon...

Also, I signed up to volunteer for one of the Ragnar relay race teams here in DC - it's September 27, from Cumberland to DC, mostly on the C&O Canal, I think. Should be fun! 

Happy running! 

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From marion on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 09:18:36

Great workout! Great eating ;) I sure know how you feel :) GLad pool running isn't killing you yet :) Swimming, any of the strokes, will get your heart rate up through the roof. It's a killer. Man, after watching the 41 year old swimmer, her name escapes me, I think- where did I go wrong with my body? Oh yeah- 6 kids, being overweight for 16 years, no exercise for 16 years, eating EVERYTHING for 16 years. Ive' got 2 years to 41... waht are my chances? Not good, I'd imagine ;)

From Lucia on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 09:29:51

Marion you are too funny! Yes, I need to pick up a pair of goggles TODAY so I can swim (breast stroke) and make some calls to swim coaches and learn freestyle. Chop chop get to it, you may say... right!

Don't dwell on the past Marion! You are FABULOUS now, and an inspiration to so many of us!!! There's a reason why we are in this world, and that is to make an impact in whatever ways we can. The way you are affecting our lives is just as important as the olympic swimmer's gold medal!

From jtshad on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 09:44:07

Hang in there. Good for you for volunteering for the Ragnar race, those events could not happen without folks like you. You will like it, it is quite an experience (from every perspective I am sure).

From Lucia on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 09:49:40

Thanks Jeff - volunteering when you can't run is a must! Should be tons of fun, I'm looking forward to it.

From marion on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 11:38:52

I do love where I am now, I just want MORE, more more more!! Well, LESS less less!! :) I am going to go take a nap, or actually watch more olympics! I need more body image problems! Oh yeah and I'm slow too. Will this vicious cycle ever end? I don't think that is how vicious is spelled?

From Metcalf Running on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 11:56:46

Lucia you are doing so good at still trying to keep in shape. You should be proud of that! Ragnar should be fun. I did the on here in Utah it was killer, but fun.

Lori

From walter on Tue, Aug 12, 2008 at 12:05:31

Wow, are you actually following my 12 step program? I may not be able to make if funny if its so serious. I may have to call on help to finish my 12 steps to recovery program. Jeff I maybe asking you so start thinking and it cant be serious. ok? Its all in fun right Lucia? I guess it has to make sense though. Keep up that pool work soggy bottoms! (thats for my wall-e post)

From dutch on Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 09:40:56

Volunteering = good. I volunteered at the Ragnar Wasatch Back relay and had a blast. You'll love it. I have a team lined up for this year, actually, but had to bail on it. If someone reads this and wants to be part of a team/take over a team, let me know.

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Felt a sore throat this morning as I woke up so decided to sleep instead of going to the swimming pool... Biked to work, biked to my therapist at lunch, biked back to work, biked to the swimming pool, aqua jogged for 45 minutes, biked home.

Countdown to freedom: 54 days.

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From Aaron-PSU on Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 08:31:44

I love the countdown Lucia. You're turning into quite the biker!

From Lucia on Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 08:51:39

Biking is great - and dangerous... it's pretty amazing how much faster it is than driving or taking a bus for short trips - though the metro is still faster. Did you read about the new bike sharing program in the district? It was in yesterday's Washington Post. I hope it works!

From Aaron-PSU on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 15:41:57

I'm actually planning on buying a road bike, so I will find out soon enough. I did read about the new bike sharing programs...pretty neat idea. When I was down by GW hospital getting my physical the other day, I saw some of the bikes next to the hospital and was wondering what the heck they were! Now I know.

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Another sleepless night last night... tonight I'll have to resort to pills... Tylenol PM or something...

Biked to the pool this morning, did a 15-minute breast stroke warm-up, then 30 min aquajogging, then 15 minutes breast stroke. I did a few laps without the aquabelt. Holy cow it is HARD! I can only get to 1/2 the pool length, then float a little and then keep going... I was able to get my heart rate up to 120-130 but that's about it... plan is to join gym this evening - must do more cardio work!

Here is my top 10 inspiring running songs:

1. Eye of the tiger
2. Don't stop believing (Journey)
3. Whole wide world (the monkees)
4. Keep on running from my love (Stevie Wonder)
5. Move along
6. Flashdance (What a feeling)
7. Heart of glass (Blondie)
8. You sexy thing (hot chocolate)
9. Fame!
10: The final countdown (Europe)
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PM: 1-hour bike ride with the Luna girls, prompted by a hint by the beautiful and talented fellow fastrunningblogger Jill, then biked back to the office, showered, and went on a dinner date :)

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From jill on Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 09:21:35

Good morning Lucia! You are doing so great! All this aqua jogging, and biking is making you so strong! Good work! I also have puffy eyes, and am coughing a little bit. I think it is allergies.

Have a great day today!!! Do you know about Ladies night tonight on the potomac?

Conte's Ride and LADIES NIGHT!

Thursday August 14, 2008

6:15 pm - 9:15 pm

Location: Conte's Bikes and Potomac River Running

Street: 3924 Wilson Boulevard

City State Zip: Arlington, VA 22203

Phone: 703-674-6357

Notes:

Join the LUNA Chix at 6:15 for a one-hour, no drop casual ride before Ladies Night!

Then....Ladies’ Night with Potomac River Running & Conte’s Bike Shop!

A premier event designed just for WOMEN!

Topics Include: Fitness opportunities, Personal bra fittings, Seated massages, Skin care tips, Relaxation techniques, Women’s cycling & triathlon needs, Apparel for an active life, Complimentary food & beverage

Don’t miss out on raffles & goodie bags…AND Promotions & discounts for those that wish to shop!

Who: ALL WOMEN!

When: Thurs, August 14th

Time: 7:30pm

Where: Potomac River Running & Conte’s Bike Shop, 3924 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203

From Lucia on Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 09:33:06

Jill! I had no idea about ladie's night! I'm totally in!

From marion on Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 11:17:51

Cool party! I may hop on a plane ;D

Great workout Lucia! I LOVE your songs! All among my top 20 for sure. I have been running to a lot of Evanesesnces (sp?) and Kelly clarkson, as my girls have tons of their music on all of our comupters. The best part of having 5 music lovers in the house is a never ending supply of music!

Stay afloat!!!

From Metcalf Running on Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 11:22:58

Wow wish I lived by you... sounds like fun!!

My top 10 song list

1. Viva la Vida (Coldplay)

2. Pretender (Foo Fighters)

3. Calling You (Blue October)

4. Top of the world (All American Rejects)

5. American idiot (Green Day)

6. Beautiful Day (U2)

7. Move along (All American Rejects)

8. The River (Good Charlotte)

9. Times like these (Foo Fighters)

10. Better, Faster, Stronger (Can't remember the artist)

WOW trying to remember them without my ipod by me was hard.

Lori

From Lucia on Thu, Aug 14, 2008 at 11:32:46

Marion, those two have fabulous songs.

Lori: LOOOVED your mix! How could I forget about "Beautiful Day" Thanks for sharing, I'll have to check out some of those and add them to my mix!

From walter on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 10:37:11

Are you sure guys arent allowed Jill? lol Ill fly right now! ok heres my long awaited list for songs:

Fergie-Clumsy

Jason Mraz-Im yours

Jesse McCartney-Leavin'

Rehab-Bartender

Blue October-Hate me

Daft Punk-Harder,better,faster,stronger

Madonna-Give it to me

State of Shock-Money, Honey

Billy Idol-Hot in the city

Thompson Twins-You take me up

I hope the two last songs dont show my age too much.

Lucia, is your new perfume called "Chlorine"? It reminds me of the seinfeld episode. You should bottle it up. Call it Pool water by Lucia Walter. That sounds pretty dang good huh?

From Lucia on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 11:21:45

Walter you are too funny!

I love about half your songs and don't recognize the other half... will have to look them up. Billy Idol, Blue October, and Madonna are part of my repertoire as well.

The guy I share my office with actually complained this morning that the smell of chlorine was bothering him! What do other swimmers do?? I wonder if there's an oil I can coat myself on before getting in the pool to avoid getting the smell! It's awful!!!

From walter on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 11:32:04

I dont know any tips on taking chlorine out of your skin. I dont think the pool would want you jumping in with a coat of oil on! I would just use perfume. Then the guy in your office will be looking at you in a different light. Oh I forgot Barry white on my top ten!

From Lucia on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 11:36:24

Well, what help are you to me then, Wall-e? :)

My co-worker has to put up with me putting on lotion all the time, since the chlorine dries out my skin so much - seriously, there HAS TO be something I can do about this... Anyone knows of a fastswimmingblog website that can help me? :)

From walter on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 17:13:34

See your looking for a swim blog website. I told you we'd make a triathlete out of you. Putting lotion on in front of coworkers is harrasment! jk, what about your hair. I had to wash with conditioner everyday when I was swimming. Your hair gets brittle and right now that one of my key features. lol

From Lucia on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 17:29:18

I mentioned the lotion because it adds to the smell in the room, which is why I can't use perfume! Chlorine, lotion, food, ink... too many smells...

My hair is horrible! I had to buy a special shampoo - I'd never paid more than $2-3 for a bottle of shampoo but the other day I bought one for $10 so that it gets rid of the chlorine without leaving my hair as if I were a scarecraw! I need to buy a silicone cap to protect my hair, and I read something about a special soap that gets rid of the smell in the skin. Guys can get away with brittle hair but us girls have to have nice, "flowing" hair (George in Seinfeld!)

From marion on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 17:44:48

We swimmers (my teenage daughters- beautiful blondies) Slather their hair with conditioner before getting in the pool. It can be super cheap stuff. Then they shove their hair in their lycra swim cap. After they swim, they just wash their hair. No straw hair (like my boys) no green hair either. Also, if you get your hair wet with regular water first before you get in, the regualr h2o fills in all of the little cracks in your hair so the chlorine water won't soak in so much. The conditioner trick is the best. We used to use expensive chlorine removing shampoo until we learned the conditioner trick.

I hope this helps and keeps your hair so soft and flowing :) The straw hair thing on guys is a big turn on for me. I love the surfer swimmer dude look. It's what sold me on my hubby! I told him he should start swimming again so he could look like the US swim team, he said, "I do look like them.. in 20 years!!" :) This would be why I love him now :D

From walter on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 18:01:55

Lucia, I quote from silence of the lambs movie "the lotion is for the skin. put the lotion in the basket or your going to get the hose!" I have heard of putting conditioner in my hair under my cap before, that is a great tip. marion, you crack me up! my hair is getting there!

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Went on a one-hour bike ride with the Luna girls last night, prompted by a tip by the talented fellow fastrunningblogger Jill - thanks for the tip Jill! Girl's night was great! Got lots of free stuff and a self-defense class. Then came back to the office and after a quick shower I was ready for a dinner date :)  I figured since most bloggers are married they may get a kick out of reading about the dating life of a girl living in DC. The one thing that I know now for sure, that took me a long time to figure out, is that my significant other has to be somewhat athletic and/or like the outdoors! The guy I went to dinner with last night, whose nickname is "pink cowboy" because he was jokingly wearing a pink cowboy hat at the barbeque where we met, not only is a runner but he pretty much runs exactly my pace. The food was delicious and we had a great time - one of those nights you wish never ended, with the waiters waiting for you to leave to close the restaurant.

I managed to get up early this morning after not much sleep for one hour in the swimming pool: 15 minutes breast stroke, 30 minutes aqua jogging (including some "intervals" without the aquabelt), then 15 more minutes breast stroke.

After work I'm going on another slow bike ride with my co-worker Diego. He's one of those that I call "social exerciser" - he never does any exercise unless it's with other people. So it feels good to know I'm helping him out be healthier.

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From marion on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 12:16:30

Great workout! Super fun date! I really don't ever want to date again, but having said that, wonderful dates were so...well... WONDERFUL way back when.

You are a cross training FOOL!!! How does the leg feel?

From Lucia on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 12:22:11

Thanks Marion - I'm not a big fan of dates either. My thing as of late is to go on running/hiking/biking dates. More relaxed, you know? So after a few of those, a dinner date feels more natural and easier. That's why last night was fun :) I am learning to relax and have fun and not think of the guys as my prince charming but someone interesting that could become a good friend if nothing else.

The leg feels fine, I never really had pain at all, but I have to remember the fracture is still there and cross-train the heck out of myself!

From walter on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 17:07:34

Fear not Princess Lucia, I will rescue you from that evil dragon! lol Sorry for the sarcasm. I am that evil dragon.

From Metcalf Running on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 22:06:42

Sounds like a great time!!! You are doing great with all this cross training, I bet you will come back even stronger!

Lori

From walter on Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 22:57:08

Lucia, I hope he doesnt get jealous of you when you beat him in races! Thats good to be on the scene again dont you think?

From jill on Sat, Aug 16, 2008 at 14:32:03

AWESOME LUCIA! You need a good distraction!!!! A male may be just the right distraction for you!!! Whoo whoo! See you tuesday... I am thinking about my top 10 list of inspiring movies-

1.) Pre

2.)Breaking Away

3.) American Anthem (so 80's)

4.) Girls Just wanna have fun. (So so 80's)

5.) flashdance

6.) Seabiscuit

hmmm... I will give you a few more once I think it through.

From walter on Sat, Aug 16, 2008 at 14:44:23

I have a few for your list Jill,

American Flyers

Top Gun

Braveheart

Theres one on the boston marathon with Ralph in it thats pretty darn funny. I forgot the name of it though.

I figured since you touched the 80's moies

From jill on Sat, Aug 16, 2008 at 21:06:30

Walter, "Every man dies, but not every man really lives!" Braveheart!!! You are so right!

Now, poor Deena Kastor- so very sad!!!! And, what is this romanian front runner sniffing? Seriously? Why smelling salt at the half way????

From walter on Sat, Aug 16, 2008 at 23:46:01

I just got home from a water park, what happened to Deena Kastor? And tell me about the romanian.

From Lucia on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 02:37:12

I imagine by now you read it online or something... but Deena was injured and had to pull off the race at mile 3.

It's going to be a busy weekend for me, got lots of good movies to watch with your recommendations!

From walter on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 09:49:50

I always wonder how I would handle that situation if it were me. Im not even on that level she is on either, yet! But that is alot of training, prep work and for us money especially when its out of state let alone out of country. But I always worry about that.

From Lucia on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 10:02:19

My guess is that you, Walter, would just run the race until the pain was so excruciating that you can no longer keep going... am I right or am I right???

From walter on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 10:15:09

Yeah, honestly you have me pegged! I would start thinking about my immediate plans, like if I keep running and need a cast, 2am I going to mess up any future events? Ok good, Im finishing this sucker!

I ran a marathon after I messed up my IT band and Achilles and rehab it all the way up to two weeks before the race. I felt good and at mile 18 my leg was toast. I went up to a cop car and was using his car to stretch and he told me to just get in his car. I told him Id have to be hand cuffed with a good reason to get in his car. He just laughed. I walk ran the rest of the way in with a 3:20 time and if I wouldnt have finished, I would be less a man! lol

From jill on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 11:51:37

jeez guys, I go to bed for like 8 hours and you guys have 8 conversations going on at once! walter, its pretty insane to hear you say that with a bad leg you still finished 3:20. Walter, have you ever heard of sniffing salts? or anything during a race? I am just curious... Can you snort carbs?

Lucia, That is AWESOME that you were in Baltimore to see Phelps. I was up so late watching. He was in utter disbelief. He is such a well poised and articulate guy. So inspiring.

Happy weekend.. I am going to the public pool later - I love it beautiful pool and only 6$ to get in!

From walter on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 12:01:14

thats funny jill, you know I have heard of smelling salts. I havnt actually seen anyone use them in running, but Ill have to look into the carb snorting. lol I know that our muscles cramp up from sodium defisate. I read an article to chew tums before you reach the wall and it can help you through it. Im sure the gu's have the same thing also. Just a little salt pick me up.

Wow, 6 bucks for a shot of chlorine huh? Say hello to split ends and dry scalp.

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Fast 9-ish biking miles from home to Ballston, then 1.5 hours slow with my friend Sangeeta - she hasn't biked in a long time but enjoyed herself tons! It's great to have new biking friends - weird thing is, they don't exercise on their own... another "social exerciser". I'm trying to set her up with Diego so they can be work-out buddies... hehehe... shhhhhhhh they don't know it yet.

In the evening I went to a Raven's football game - my very first football game ever, it was fun. But the best part is, after the game they showed the men's swim relay where Phelps and the US swim team won the gold - it was great to watch that in a full stadium and on the big screens. Lots of fun.

Pool jogging and swim lesson tomorrow!

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From Lybi on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 02:25:23

Playing matchmaker, eh? You cutie.

How exciting to watch the Olympics that way!

Keep up the fabulous cross training--you're gonna come back stronger than ever!

From marion on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 17:01:29

You were there? They showed the croud on nbc! Cool! You are doing so great! come out and run my first marathon with me next year... you know in all your spare time!

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A beautiful day here in DC - after very little sleep last night (darn those olympics!) biked to the swimming pool, did some pool jogging before meeting my new swimming coach! Our first class went pretty well, I think, and I committed to 6 more lessons throughout this next few weeks. It's not going to be easy, but I think I can manage to learn freestyle... or so I hope...

Smelling like chlorine and with green hair, I met fastboy Aaron after his 15-mile long run for some crepes at Eastern Market, a walk around the neighborhood and some good conversation. We are kindred spirits in a sense: mountain people trying to escape the dreaded city life of DC, though he has a much clearer escape plan than I do.

Did some yoga at home when I got back, then watched some Olympics while making some cherry garcia ice cream with fresh Eastern Market cherries... YUMMM!

The plan for this week: keep up with the cross-training. I don't think I'll be joining a gym after all, since I'll be doing my cardio workout swimming (and spending lots of $$ on swimming lessons...). The plan is also to get more sleep - starting... nnnnnnnnow! 

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From marion on Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 23:10:02

Good night Lucia! Excellent idea! I am going to shove my angels in bed and hit the sack! NO TV- I will not be tempted to watch!!! NO TV no tv!!!!

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 05:42:45

What a great day, huh Lucia. It was great to see and mosey through the market with you! I've never been called a "mountain person" before. Thanks! :) I'll give you a call to possibly do lunch if I get out of my meeting at a decent hour today. Have a great week!

From Sunnyrun on Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 11:16:17

Thanks for your welcome! I too am dragging due to the Olympics, they are great to watch, but I need my sleep :)

From Kelli on Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 13:36:58

When you figure out how to get more sleep, please let me know!!!

And, I will copy and paste your comment here: YOU ARE QUITE THE ATHLETIC WOMAN!

From Nick on Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 13:51:58

Haha the olympics have been invading my sleeping time too! Don't worry about the whole chlorine thing...my skin seriosly smelled like chlorine for a month. Keep up with the cross trainin'!

From Matt on Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 16:48:34

Keep up the great work

From Brent on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 07:30:49

Lucia, are you a dead head, the ice cream flavor? The rools thing, there is a good story behind the spelling. Good luck on the swiming and green hair. Can your injury handle acqua jogging?

Stay Kool, with Garcia, B of BS Rools out

From Lucia on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 10:09:04

Hehehe... Brent, I actually thought Jerry Garcia was a football player till someone told me who he really was. I do like the Ben and Jerry's flavor though! My injury does not hurt at all, but the doctor told me no running... anything else is ok, that's why I've been biking, aqua jogging, swimming, etc. and will try some elliptical in a few days.

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A bit of a lazy day... which is funny, cause I still exercised a lot more than the average American (or Argentinean alike). Biked to work in the morning, then after work biked to Alexandria to try and find a swimming suit (ended up buying one that is too small... ugh...) then biked back home. It was a nice ride, the way there is a straight shot on the Mt. Vernon trail, a bike/jogging trail right next to the Potomac. The way back was the same way, then cross over on the 395 bridge, cut through the Waterfront and all the way down M street by the brand new National's baseball stadium. 18 miles of biking for the day.

I was going to do some core work but decided to watch the Olympics and eat too much food instead. Not very wise.

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From Aaron-PSU on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 15:48:04

Isn't the new National's stadium beautiful. There isn't a bad seat in the entire ballpark and the food is great. Keep up the biking while you let that leg heal so we can go running again soon!

I chose cookies over core last night, so don't feel bad!

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10 min aqua jogging this morning, followed by a kick-butte (yes, I said butte) swimming lesson. Learning to swim freestyle for a 30-year old grown up is going to be a lot harder than I thought, but this was only my 2nd lesson so I shouldn't get ahead of myself. I just can't seem to get the breathing right, I feel like I'm out of breath every few seconds, and feel soooo clumsy in the water! It'll get better, I know it... The plan is to go back this afternoon after work for another hour. Biked to work.

So now my hair is not so smelly but my nails look terribly yellow! If it's not one thing it's the other. My swimming coach was telling me that he is training for a triathlon, but that his favorite are duathlons, with only swimming and biking - he wishes there were more of that available cause his weakest skill is running. I was like... What???? So maybe when I can start running I can help him out! I mean, after swimming, running is a piece of cake!

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Highlight of the day: lunch with the uber-fabulous fellow blogger Jillzo! You think she's awesome just by reading her fastrunningblog, but you have NO idea of how amazing of a person she really is. THANK YOU JILL!!!

One hour at the pool after work - some jogging, some practice swim. Biked home from work.

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From marion on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 10:37:33

Super cool swimming lesson. My parents took the sink of swim approach with us as kids. We either swam or... well I don't know- we all swam :D You will get the hang of it, you really will. I am SO stinkin' proud of you! WAY TO GO!!! I think it is so cool that you are going to come out of this injury with a totally awesome new skill!

From walter on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 10:49:39

When I first started swimming my head was up and it was the same. I did a couple laps and the guy next to me stopped me and told me I looked like a baby duck trying to not drown! I was exerting to much energy and I needed to relax and practice putting my head in the water and breathing. I learned that when you just relax and slow your swim stroke down, you kind of glide and thats how I broke through the hard part of swimming. Now Im just learning technique and tips that help me go faster. Its actually quite addictive just like running, and biking. I always feel like Im cheating when I bike because I cover so much ground in such a short time. But for you, you absolutely need it to help with injuries and recovery.

From Lucia on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 11:06:12

Thanks Marion! Yes, it'll be great to feel like I didn't waste my time...

Walter, that's exactly my problem. I need to relax, slow down, and keep my head down. And be patient.

By the way, Men's soccer, Argentina: 3, Brazil: 0 !!!!!

From walter on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 11:21:29

viva argentina!

Oh I forgot to tell you I did run my butte off this morning! I have no butte! It hurts to sit! lol

From marion on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 11:29:33

GO ARGENTINA!!!! :D

From luzylew on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 11:33:55

I always wonder about the swimmng. I used to be really good at it, and somewhere along the line I stopped and now I can't ever get the breathing right. With running you really take for granted the freedom to breath whenever you like, but swimming. I may be here soon, so thanks for updating us on how the swimming's going. Also, you probably need a swim cap if you don't already use one. P.S. thanks again for all your kind words. I really appreciate it.

From Sunnyrun on Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 14:53:30

Great job - swimming is tough, not like running where you can stop and catch your breath and not have to worry about drowning :) Thanks for your words, I hit the bike this morning because of YOU.

From vEVEETA on Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 02:21:08

ouch on the Brazilians going down in futebol! But we still have feijoada! Go Brasil! Hey have any of you ever tried spin class for cross training? It is pretty good! Tcau!

From walter on Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 21:59:32

Hey, do those belegas socks have the fitted left and right foot socks? Are they thin or more cottony (if thats a word)

From Lucia on Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 23:18:43

The balegas are pretty thick and very soft (I guess that's what you mean by "cottony"?) and at least the ones I have aren't fitted for left and right... They're great socks!

From walter on Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 23:43:31

Im going to order a couple of pairs. Ive been racing in the super light socks I dont even know what they are made of cotton or what not but they have a left and right sock and they seem to only work in my asics ds trainers shoes.

You feeling on the up and up? I got a job today finally. An addition on the back of a Pre-School. The owner was drunk when he told me to get on it so I hope I dont show up tomorrow and he asks me what the crap im doing there. lol

My leg feels good but I havnt been putting any pressure on it. Ill keep you posted. Now get some rest! I keep forgeting your 2 hours ahead. Its almost midnight.

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Biked to work, biked to Courthouse after work to work out with my friend Duygu at her apartment's gym. Used the stationary bike and the elliptical, felt pretty good. Duygu is trying to lose some weight but is not very good at keeping focused on the gym... so I want to think that I helped her out a little. She was on the bike texting her friends so she was going really slow, so every few minutes I'd tell her to focus for one minute and work out at maximum effort... She said it helped her... and I got to use a gym for free!

Now I can't sleep..... again....

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From walter on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 10:06:13

Way to use your friends for a free gym workout! lol You sound like a good coach! You should take it up! Then you get the spa membership for free. Texting while working out huh? I had to take my daughters texting off her phone because it drove me crazy! Besides paying 250 bucks for last months charge, seeing some of the texts she was getting from a neighbor boy at the age of 13 and what he was saying made me mad.

Have you ever done a sprint tri? Now that your getting quality swim and biking in you should try it. I think they are so fun and challenging.

From Lucia on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 10:23:13

Yes, texting drives me crazy too! It can be useful sometimes, but for the most part, you're better off either calling or e-mailing.

Ahhhh the overprotective dad is showing now! Man those girls are going to be trouble! My dad went through it with all his four girls, he can give you advice :)

Definitely want to do a tri soon - after my BQ marathon for sure, if I can manage not to swallow the entire pool when I swim!

From walter on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 10:42:18

Yeah, get good in the pool and then wait till you have an open water swim to try out. Its a whole new ballgame there! I just about drowned at the Vikingman in Burley Idaho a couple of months ago. I'm glad I finished the swim on that. I was so tempted to quit.

Yeah, Im overprotective when I see a boys text say "I love how you pull your hair behind your ear and girls with dark hair and blue eyes drive me crazy" Ok give me your phone! I texted him back from my phone and said I guess you didn't know I monitor my daughters phone and what ever you say to her I want you to say to me. lol I asked my daughter if she new I could get the transcript of all her texts she had done, and said, would you be embarrassed if I read them. She said Yes. So I said ok then your texting privileges are over.

From marion on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 13:32:53

Dads are AWESOME!!! My girls are so afraid of us :) I made my girls pay for unlimmited texting. Texting is very annoying!!!

Great work out Lucia! I'm sorry you can't sleep.. Mine got way out of wack when I was not running. Now I m sleeping like a baby!!! :) Now that is a good baby, not one of mine. My babies NEVER slept!!!

From Kelli on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 13:39:20

You are a workout machine. If I can not run, I go to classes because it is the only thing that will get me moving---having someone tell me to do it!

I am lazy and do not want to go back and read through all of your stuff---so, for me the newbie, what happened and when can you run again??

From Kelli on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 13:43:21

I am an idiot. Sorry. I just read through your profile---got it! So you can run again, soon! Good.

And wow on your working and getting a masters degree. That is tough stuff!

From walter on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 18:18:23

Us fathers do what we can marion. I dont want to be so anal that my daughter wont talk to me again so maybe ill put it back on as a good gesture.

From marion on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 18:27:01

Ah- she'll be ok. They have got to know we are serious some times. And nothing bugs me more than when my kids start acting entitiled to everything. Oooo... I sence a soapbox starting up, so I'd better say... Good night, sleep tight and pleasant dreams to you. Here's a wish and a prayer that all your dreams come true. And now 'till we meet again, adios, aurevoir, alvederzain!!! (sorry about the really bad spelling) Lawrence Welk & vanilla ice cream every Sunday night at Grandmother & Grandads!

From Kim on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 18:38:36

Marion....you stole a memory right out of my head! I loved going to my grandparent's house for Lawrence Welk and ice cream! I also remember Little House on the Prairie there and lots of Linda Rondstat! I love grandparent memories!

Oh..and Lucia,,, you continue to amaze me with your cross training and great attitude!

From walter on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 18:42:22

Marion, what the heck was that! You crack me up. My inlaws would only allow that to be watched on sundays and the spoken word.

Then I came into their lives and now football and sports are allowed up there. Its funny, though how kids mold parents. My 6 year old insisted on a 60 dollar skirt from Aeropastle and when I told her no she started screaming! Holy crap I wanted to smack her. I stay far away from those places now. If they want me to go, I just wait outside.

By the way its Auf Wiedersehen. which is German and that is my second language. I wish Spanish was because its definitely more spoken here than Deutsch!

Lucia, we're trying to get you on the hot discussion board! I need to get some of my discussions dropped from there.

From marion on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 18:44:49

Kim- My daughter, for the longest time, called little House on the Prarie, "the show that makes you cry, Mommy" I still love to watch that on KBYU. and... Linda Rhonstat (sp?) is one of my very most favorite memories!

From marion on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 18:48:16

Sorry for the German massacre. I should know better, my hubby is 1/2 german and his whole family (get ready for another massacre) sprekken ze deutsch!!!! except me, obviously!

From walter on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 18:54:14

that was close, its: sprechen sie Deutsch?

I say: Ja naturlich.

By the way Little House is still the most wholesome show on tv. I make my kids watch it sometimes. I always end up doing the whole see they dont have a light switch like you do. They have to go outside to go to the bathroom. They dont have an aeropostale and pennys, and outlet chain malls to go to. They make their own clothes! I think thats why they quit watching it with me. lol

From Kelli on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 19:03:22

Walter---you ain't seen nothin' yet!! Aero (as us cool people call it) is cheap!! Wait until they beg you to go to Buckle and Hollister for the $100 shirt!!!

DO NOT GIVE IN, stay strong! Texting is STUPID and a very unnecessary EVIL!

From Lucia on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 21:02:18

Hey everyone! I just came back from the pool, drenched because I forgot my towel, and I'm all chlorinated because they're redoing the bathroom so I have no shower at home, only to find ya'll's comments! Very cool!

"La Familia Ingalls", as it was translated into Spanish, is the best show EVER. Oh boy did we love it! I bet you guys would think it's so funny when they double the voices in Spanish.

Kids can be so silly! Growing up, we lived for 2 years in a small town a few kilometers from the Bolivian border - everything was a lot cheaper there at the time, so the family would go up there to buy clothes every once in a while. I used to get so mad when my mom made me get clothes there, I wanted the expensive brand name Argentine clothes!

Now? I buy the cheapest clothes I can find (except for running clothes and shoes... sometimes I splurge there...)

So, Argentina is playing USA tomorrow in basketball... I'm a citizen of both countries, what do I do, what do I do???

Wall-e, YOU are Mr. popular, not me :)

From Kelli on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 21:06:47

I say cheer for whoever ya think is gonna win! That is how i do it (unless my kids are playing!)

Name brand is over-rated, isn't it? If I can not get it at Target, I do not need it.

And don't ya love when conversation go on in your Blog ALL DAY and you miss out on it?

From walter on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 22:04:07

Ok Lucia, Ive done that before. I got out of the pool went to the locker and said some obsense words as I dried off with the hand dryers. Do you know what that looks like standing naked getting blown dry? Need I say more? Not good.

Whenever 2 teams that I like play each other I route for both and whichever team wins is who I claim to be a part of! lol that way there is no down moments afterwards.

Kelli, Yes I could give a crap less what brand is on my butt. I do however like the way certain brands fit me and if it fits my skinny butte, then Ill buy it.

From jill on Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 22:27:09

Half pint here!!! Gosh, for my 6th birthday my aunt sewed me an apron and hat just like half pint's. I begged by dad to call me half pint.. i loved Little House on the Prarie. Remember grizzley adams too?

Ok, Lucia, great work.. sorry about no shower! Eeek... But you are a rockstar! And, I got your othr email - will respond tomorrow! :o)

Going to watch Olympics!!!

From marion on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 00:21:20

About the clothes, if I cant get it from target or old Navy- its out!!

My kids never take towels to swim team, ever.. but there is zero humidity. They just pop their hoodies and pj pants on and walk home. It saves on washing 4,000,000 towels a day around here! (that is an actual #, not and exageration) how do you spell exaggeration? egzageration? now I am not even sure how to say it. It is time for bed.. or maybe ice cream? Cherry Garcia! Ben and Jerry are my night time buddies!

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Biked to work, biked to the store, bought new swimming suit so I don't have to keep going to the pool with a green swimming suit (which was black but not color-safe so the chlorine turned it green). Biked to the pool, swam for 45 minutes, jogged for 30 minutes and biked home.

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What a perfect morning! If only I had gotten more sleep last night... but oh well...

Biked to the pool, swam for 30 minutes (I think I'm getting better!), jogged for 30 minutes (I'm getting better here too, now I can do a few laps without the aquabelt without feeling like I'm going to die), biked to work, and logged into my computer to find out the women's Argentine field hockey team beat Germany and won the bronze medal! Goooo girls! Now it's the men's basketball semifinal with my two favorite countries, Argentina vs. USA! Yikes...

I completely forgot to buy a swimming cap, and my hair is getting pretty bad... ughhhh... I'm going to a concert tonight and my date is going to be horrified :)

Best of luck to all my beloved Utah bloggers out there who are running a certain half marathon tomorrow! I'll be thinking of you all!

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From jill on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 09:33:06

Lucia- You are going to be scary-strong when you come back! See all this great endurance and strength you are building! You are awesome!

I wish you were able to sleep better! Sorry about that.

Talk soon- Hey, I carried the FIFA flag once for Argentina vs. Nigera World Cup soccor. It was great - those guys are amazing. However, I have to give it up for Team USA! I hope Shalane Flanagan & Kara Goucher rock the 5000 this morning. I am going to check for an update! Later Gator!

From peggster on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 09:49:23

Happy to see another fellow DC-ite on here!

Sorry to hear about your stress fracture--I had one several years ago, and it was almost the most frustrating thing ever. Although, swimming is a fantastic activity to stay in shape (and get in even better shape!). I swam competitively for 8 years and do it to cross train now--It's almost as addicting as running! What pool do you swim at?

Once you're back on your feet, the loop I ran yesterday that is a stellar run is http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=2194997

Basically, up Connecticut Ave to the Chevy Chase circle, down Western Ave to Massachusetts Ave, and down Mass Ave to dupont circle...probably my favorite loop to run in the city.

From Lucia on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 10:27:31

Jill, that's so funny that you carried the flag for a soccer game!

Pegg, I live a few blocks from Eastern Market, so I go to the Rumsey Aquatic Center, it's a nice pool. Yeah... as addictive as running... NOT!!! :) Where do you swim?

That looks like a fabulous loop, though having to stop for lights doesn't bother you? I run a lot on the C&O Canal and by the Mt. Vernon trail so I don't have to deal with traffic... but variety is the spice of life!

From Sunnyrun on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 11:06:00

Great work out! Get a cap, I wear one or else my hair would be green!! With the cap and goggles no one can recognize me, so who cares how silly I look. Have a great weekend.

From marion on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 15:31:40

You are doing SO great with the cross training! I will cheer everyone on for you at Hobble Creek tomorrow!

Hey - remember that even if you get your hair wet with regular water before your get in the pool, it will help with the damage. Think of your hair like a sponge, if it is already full of "good water" it can't soak up all the chlorine :) Be sure to keep a cheap conditioner in your bag to slather your hair with before you get into the pool, with or without the cap.

From Lucia on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 15:35:53

Marion, I've been wetting my hair and using conditioner like you said and it's been better. I do need to get a cap this weekend!

Thanks for the encouragement. Today was not a good day, I really really really wanted to run and got sick of the cross-training, of carrying a wet towel and wet swim suit and flip flops around...

45 days!!!

From marion on Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 15:45:03

Cross training is REALLY irritating! hang in there- I PROMISE it will end soon! and I bet your date will find you HOT even with frazzled hair ;) Just kidding, I bet you look GREAT!

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Biked to the office, then met a friend for a 20-mile bike ride on the C&O Canal - we went pretty fast considering he hadn't biked in a long time. Came back to Georgetown and had some pizza... and he talked me into having some ice cream... Who can say no to ice cream? Biked home after that for a total of 30 bike miles for the day.

Now I'm home watching the Olympic marathon runners, man those guys are fast! They just showed the Athens marathon race in which the Brazilian front-runner was attacked by a crazy priest and ended up finishing 3rd. Unbelievable! I had no idea that had happened - I guess four years ago I wasn't as into running as now. Poor guy. He seemed to have a good attitude about it - the Brazilian guy... the crazy Irish guy keeps doing crazy things and apparently they can't imprison him.

The Argentine kids got the soccer gold medal!!! That's the second gold for Argentina in this Olympics; the first one was a cycling event and a very impressive win. We also had a judo and a field hockey bronze, and the Basketball team has a chance to another bronze tomorrow.

WAY TO GO TO ALL THE UTAH RUNNERS on the two halfs you ran this weekend! Big thanks to Wall-e for running a spectacular half even when he was having some aches and pains during the week, and everyone please send good vibes to the great Jillzo who is running the hilly Anapolis 10-miler tomorrow! GOOOO JILL!

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From marion on Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 10:49:25

Great bike ride!! I now waht you mean about the olympics, I dont think I have ever watched so much running with so much interest. I guess it's be cause I fully understand how AMAZING what they are doing is! OOOoooo, I smell poop, I'd better go find the sorce :( YUCK!!!!

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Last night we had a gorgeous sunset here in DC - some clouds, a bit windy, so beautiful I had to stop in the middle of my bike ride home to remind some fellow DCers to make sure they didn't miss the sky at that moment.

Today is just as beautiful. I rode my bike to the office, then to the Georgetown swimming pool (it's a small outdoor pool but everyone there was sunbathing, not many people were swimming, so me and my coach didn't have trouble finding room to swim. I am getting SO much better! I did 10 laps, then he began to teach me the flip turn (HARD!!!!) and he tested how long I could keep my breath under water - I was able to hold it for 1 full minute. David Blaine here I come! :)

I'm eagerly awaiting for Jill to post her Annapolis ten miler results - It is very hot for a race, and humid, plus I hear the course is super hilly! But we all know she's one tough cookie!

I hope everyone in Utah that run several half marathons and full ones is getting some well-deserved rest and food!

43 days till I can run again! That's 43 days to improve my lung capacity, my freestyle stroke, and everything in between! My goals for this week are to continue to exercise at least two hours a day, either swimming, aqua jogging or biking.

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From Paul Petersen on Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 18:11:27

What a great attitude you have. Injuries are best viewed not as setbacks but as opportunities to become stronger.

From Lucia on Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 18:38:56

Paul, thank you for your comment, but most importantly, thank you for blogging about your condition - I learned a lot from reading your blog. Talk about having a good attitude, you definitely take the cake!

From walter on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 01:44:53

Nice swim soggy britches! Its good to have a comment posted to you by an Olympic marathon qualifier! I ran the TOU with him yesterday and he will be back to his fast as crap pace soon. I barely edged a 10k out on him a couple of weeks ago and yesterday he reminded me who I was dealing with! lol Im proud of you swimming so good! I think with your love of biking and when you get comfortable in the swim, you will be addicted to Tri's! I know there are not alot of runners that enjoy them. I find them very challenging and competitive.

From jill on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 10:14:24

Lucia- the kick turn is soo bad-ass!! you rock, sister- nice work. Who cares about your stroke? Just perfect the kick turn- that is what really counts. Just kidding, but seriously, I think the kick turn is what differentiates a true swimmer from a rec. swimmer. ok, ok, I will go post now on my hilly Annapolis run.

Jave a great week- I am in NJ today - and going to NH beach tonight- so i can't post again till next week! Boo hoo! talk soon chica, have a great week!

From Greg on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 14:02:12

Thanks for the encouraging words and the heads up about the bad link on my website!

I just was reading some of "Found In Translation". Your attitude and strength is amazing. Many people would bury their head and beg for sympathy when faced with some of your setbacks this year..yet you are smiling and bouncing back stronger then ever. I applaud you!

Thanks for reminding me to find the good in every situation, even when it doesn't seem possible!

From marion on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 14:47:01

You are just smokin' Lucia! Flip turns are the mark of a real swimmer. You maybe noiced that Phelps did not swim the 50. He wins on his flip turns and race savy. Don't get me wrong, that boy is FAST, but he wins becuase he is stinkin smart and can really play the game.

This is SO sappy, but I am SO proud of you!! You are very cool :)

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Too tired to get up early and go to the pool... but I managed to do 30 minutes of a yoga workout with Denise Austin. Then I biked to work, after work biked to the pool, swam for 45 mins, aqua jogged for about 30, and biked home.

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From Kim on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 10:31:56

Can you believe Denise Austin? How old is she? Way to work out with her! You seem to be handling the cross training about a good as I've seen anyone do! Way to adapt!

From Lucia on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 10:35:19

Denise is amazing, I love her workouts! She is 49 or 50 years old!!!

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Getting up this morning was TOUGH!!! But I did it... One hour in the pool, 30 mins swimming 30 mins aqua jogging. My silicone cap is working out well (my hair thanks you, Marion!).

I won't be able to work out any more this afternoon as I'll be going to Wolf Trap again for an 80's one-hit-wonder bands concert - Who remembers The Human League's "Don't you want me baby", or Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a place out there" and many others - should be a blast!  Oh, and I forgot to mention, Flock of the Seagulls will be playing "I ran (so far away)" - YUPPPEEEEE!

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From Kim on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 10:34:08

I just commented on your yesterday entry and then you added a new one so I will add here too.

Great things going for you at the pool! Way to go!

Better yet...have a great time at the concert! I'm an 8o's girl! The 80's seemed to have a lot of one hit wonders! Enjoy!

From walter on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 10:47:28

That sounds like my kind of quality time for recovering from a stress fracture.. That will be my next one of 12! I think Im on 8 right? Number eight: Hanging out at a 80's one hit wonders band concert! And doing the running man and getting away with it!

From marion on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 11:12:45

I LOVE the 80's!!! Cool work out and an excellent way to party tonight!! I love that song "I ran" I once LOADED the juke box with about a million quaters and selected that song over and over and over. Memories!!!! I bet the other customers wanted to KILL me ;D

From Kim on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 11:14:36

Don't the words to that go like this...?

And Iran, Iran's so far away!

From Lucia on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 11:32:06

Kim you are hilarious! You should've grown up with me in Buenos Aires, as my sisters and I tried to decypher what the songs in English meant... After I started to learn English and to understand what they actually said, I had some great laughs!

From Lucia on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 12:03:58

Eight down, 4 to go, Wall-e! Here's what I've got so far - let me know if I'm missing anything:

FRB's 12 Steps to recovery

1. Drink a recovery beverage of your choice and do the robot dance.

2. Learn to do something new that you didn’t have time to do before (in my case, swim)

3. Listen to Neil Diamond’s “Hello my friend hello” and watch a little TV

4. Focus on getting enough calcium, good nutrition, and “keep your mind set away from the pain that ales you”

5. IT COULD BE WORSE ATTITUDE! “I’m grateful for my little stress fracture, now I can give my body the rest it’s been nagging me to give it”.

6. Volunteer at races to support fellow runners

7. Listen to motivating music and watch motivating movies

8. Go to an 80’s one-hit-wonder bands concert!

From walter on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 12:13:33

Holly crap you are keeping good tabs on me Lucia! I should write these down because I just read over them and thought "did I really say that?" Heres #9: Watch the Olympic games or other sporting events related to your running and concentrate on their form, how they take breaks, how they hydrate, even how they prepare for the event. etc.

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This is a special report from fast-80's-dancing-blog.com!

My friends and I went to the Regeneration Tour at Wolf Trap last night - Five 80's bands under one roof for one night! It was a fabulous time. The highlight of the night was Flock of the Seagull's "And I ran (so far away)" Everyone stood up and was jumping and dancing around. Yes, that was probably great for my stress fracture... I couldn't help but to think to myself: "You don't run far away! My fellow bloggers and *I* run far away!" Hahahaha!

Other hits: Naked Eye's "Promises, promises" and "Always something there to remind me", The Human League "Don't you want me baby", and Belinda Carlisle "Heaven is a place on earth". Some people were properly equipped with 80's hair, clothes, and makeup.

Fun times! I got home late so I didn't wake up to go to the pool this morning.

Then after work I was pulled into a happy hour... and stayed there having fun with co-workers for too long... no pool but I did bike back home. My only exercise of the day was bike to work and back. LAME!

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From Metcalf Running on Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 09:57:19

That sounds like so much fun... I remember all those songs!

We should make you an advent calendar to count down your 40 days to running. I used to do it for my kids when we had a big vacation, or some special event coming. Make a paper chain and they could cut one off everyday to count the days LOL.

Lori

From marion on Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 15:20:17

HOW FUN!! We went to the Police in July and I couldn't help it and I danced ALL night! The 80's were awesome! The regeneration tour came here or is coming here. We chose the Police. Had to make a choice and I have a mini thing for Sting. Turns out he's pretty puny. Oh well- it was fab! I was listening to the Smiths this morning, "Girlfriend in a coma", one of the best love songs of our time ;)

Have a great day and FOR SURE make a paper ring chain to mark your return to running. It would be awesome!!! or radical, since we are stuck in the 80's! :D

"Do you really think she'll pull through?

Girlfriend in a coma and I, I know it's serious!"

From walter on Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 20:31:41

Dont you want me baby! Hey did they play 8675309? lol Dont get me started on the 80's! I dropped my 13 year old daughter off to school and she told me to turn the radio down and roll the windows up on my truck. So I switched it over to Sirius 80's and rolled the windows down and push the window lock and my daughter jumped out and walked fast to school. So I messed my hair up and yelled to her By Sarah! Funny. Maybe that'll get me out of the carpool now?

From luzylew on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 11:57:09

OH MY GOSH. You are so lucky. I would kill to bet at that little event. Flock of Seagulls? Belinda Carsile? The Human League? All favorites! That must have been so fun. It must have been good to dance the night away. I'll bet you're too young to have brought out your huge, asymetrical, red belt, oversize white men's shirt, peg-legged levi's and your red ballet flats.....Those were the days.

From Lucia on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 11:59:31

Luz, you're the best-est! I'm going to another 80's concert (a cover band this time, called The Legwarmers) and was wondering how to dress up! Your ideas are just perfect!!! Yes, the 80's rocked!

From Kelli on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 16:11:22

But, you have to do the hair, too, or it just is not the same!! Then post some pictures.

I noticed something funny in People magazine. Tom Cruise's wife (I can not think of her name) had this big, baggy jeans on and then she had them rolled over and folded up at the bottom. Please tell me that is not coming back in style!!!

From Marion on Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 17:09:56

For some GREAT clothing ideas, check out 13 going on 30 with Jennifer GArner. The kids have some GREAT looks. You must post the pictures.

Don't forget the "off the one shoulder" sweaters and the big plastic jewlery!

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More morning laziness...

Biked to work and to the swimming pool - swam for 45 minutes and jogged for 30 minutes. Took a 2-mile walk with a friend around the Congressional Cemetery.

The swimming session was good, I'm getting a lot better, but still can't master the flip turn. The jogging is getting better too, I can do it without the aqua belt for a lot longer now!

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From walter on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 10:07:23

Do you know I have been swimming for 2 years and I havnt mastered the flip turn yet. Most of the triathlons are in open water now so there is no real need to do that. I did one tri this year that was in a 50 yard pool. That was interesting! I wasnt used to going so long like that before my turns.

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Lazy lazy lazy... Got up at 6 when my alarm went off, fed my cat, put on my swimming suit... and realized I was just too tired. So I went back to bed.

Metroed to work too, NOT because it's raining but because I have plans after work so I won't be able to bike back home. I can't remember the last day that I didn't do ANY exercise at all, no biking, no swimming, no running, not even walking. But this weekend I should be able to swim in the ocean, and cheer for my friends doing the VA Beach half marathon!

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From marion on Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 15:59:14

Good for you! A day off it very improtant sometimes. A mini surprise gift to yourself! :) Have a great weekend! Why don't you hop on a plane and come out for breakfast this weekend :)

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My friend Chris and his mom picked me up around 11 am to head down to VA Beach. The drive was long but not too bad. We picked up the race packets and checked out the expo, then they dropped me off by the hotel where I was staying with Rebecca and took off to their hotel. I went down to the beach and did some swimming and aqua jogging - it's easy in the salt water cause you float naturally! Had some dinner and went to sleep.

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Woke up at the crack of dawn to meet Chris's mom. Walked on the beach a little towards the 1/2 marathon course, to meet Chris and Rebecca along as they were running. We saw them at mile 1, then at mile 10, where we waited for about 1 hour listening to a fabulous band play great songs from Journey, the B-52s, Madonna, and many others. It was a blast, we were singing and dancing all along. Chris finished in 2:01 and Rebecca in 1:49. Everyone agreed that the humidity was brutal, so they were both disappointed with their times. And since I've never done a flat 1/2 marathon, I kept wondering what my time would've been. Sigh...

Went swimming in the ocean afterwards, then Chris and his mom took off to the outer banks where they're spending the rest of the week, and I to dinner with Rebecca, her wonderful family, and with them to the B-52s concert which was FABULOUS! We danced (well, jumped around) all night long. Then to bed early. 

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From Aaron-PSU on Tue, Sep 02, 2008 at 11:29:37

B-52s, huh. I be that was a great concert. Should you be jumping on your leg???? Don't worry Lucia, you will be back running in no time and will sooon be able to run a flat half!

From Lucia on Tue, Sep 02, 2008 at 11:37:27

It was a great concert, they're a perfect beach band. I was jumping on one leg mostly... and it was on the sand, so the ground wasn't hard at all... :)

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Tried to swim in the ocean but the ridiculous lifeguards wouldn't let me get 10 feet off the shore! So the waves were breaking on me, I couldn't get far off the shore to get a good swim! Very upsetting... Took a walk with my friend Rebecca, and then her friend Lauren picked us up for the long ride home... The beach weekend is over :(  I have to say Virginia Beach is not my cup of tea (waaaay too busy) but I enjoyed the experience.

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Managed to get up with the alarm at 6 and took off to the swimming pool - did 30 minutes of swimming and 45 minutes of aqua jogging ALL WITHOUT THE BELT!!!

I'm 34 days away from back to running!!! Yuppeee!

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Biked to the bike shop and back home after work - 30 fast and hard miles!  

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From walter on Tue, Sep 02, 2008 at 10:03:17

34 more days till Im running again, 34 days till im running, you take one down and pass it around, 34 days till im running again!

So I was wondering, if you took your belt off, did your swimsuit fall off? lol

From Lucia on Tue, Sep 02, 2008 at 10:12:56

Wall-ee, you crack me up!!!

From marion on Tue, Sep 02, 2008 at 11:22:49

Sound like you had a fun weekend! Your swimming is really going great! EXCITING- you are getting to be within a month of running again. Hang in there! Injury plays major tricks on the mind- be tough!

From Aaron-PSU on Tue, Sep 02, 2008 at 11:31:09

Yay...about a month until my running buddy is back in action. I need someone to run with!

From Lucia on Tue, Sep 02, 2008 at 11:41:55

Thank you for the support Marion!

Aaron, it'll be a while till I'm ready to run at your pace, you are getting wicked fast!

From Kelli on Tue, Sep 02, 2008 at 14:42:31

I was just wondering how close you were to running again! But, no worries, Walter is running 90 this week so he has you covered!

From Metcalf Running on Tue, Sep 02, 2008 at 21:39:03

Keep it up girl... you are doing so good! I would be at the bottom of the pool if I took off the jogging belt.

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Ohhhh yes, for once I was able to count my laps of pool jogging, up until 16 laps, that makes 1,600 meters which is indeed one mile!  I was in the pool for 2 hours after work, one hour swimming and one hour aqua jogging, most of it without the belt. Why does that sound like an addiction? "Hi, my name is Lucia and I'm an aqua jogger" :)

Also biked to work and back, and to the pool and back, 11 miles. It was HOT out today!

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From walter on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 00:16:49

Hello aqua jogger! My name is Fartlek! lol ok sorry for making fun, you have called me some crazy names though! 33 actually 32 now in your time zone! so cool you just took off 2 days!

From marion on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 14:14:05

Hello Aqua Jogger, my name is Pokey, you know the orange red horse that belongs to Gumby? Well, he doesn't "belong" to Gumby, he can't, he is a "being" of significant importance and being "owned" would diminish his beingness. :) PETA, PETA, PETA! Ok, Gumby is Pokey's pet parent, actually I can't remember the newest PC term for a pet and it's owner, I mean care giver.

Very nice run and maybe we need a 12 step for the injured! I need a 12 step for most every aspect of my life! I think I need more of a 20 step program. I am special, you know! ;D

Have a GREAT day :)

From marion on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 14:15:32

I diddn't mean run run , I meant "aqua jog" and lap swim :) I am SO confused!!!! AAAAAAggggggHHHHHH!!!!

From Lucia on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 14:20:25

Hahahaha! It's OK, Marion, I knew what you meant :)

Walter is working on the 12-steps, actually! here's what we got so far:

1. Drink a recovery beverage of your choice and do the robot dance.

2. Learn to do something new that you didn’t have time to do before (in my case, swim)

3. Listen to Neil Diamond’s “Hello my friend hello” and watch a little TV

4. Focus on getting enough calcium, good nutrition, and “keep your mind set away from the pain that ales you”

5. IT COULD BE WORSE ATTITUDE! “I’m grateful for my little stress fracture, now I can give my body the rest it’s been nagging me to give it”.

6. Volunteer at races to support fellow runners

7. Listen to motivating music, watch motivating movies, read motivating books

8. Go to an 80’s one-hit-wonder bands concert!

9. Watch the Olympic games or other sporting events related to your running and concentrate on their form, how they take breaks, how they hydrate, even how they prepare for the event. etc.

Now we need 3 more! Any ideas?

From marion on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 14:28:41

hummmm...I am going to work on that one and get back to you. Hummmmmm....

From jtshad on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 14:33:09

Good job on the aqua jogging, have you grown your gills yet?

Are you looking for serious or funny steps? I will work on both and get back with you.

I like your number 4, especially the "ales" part as ales tend to put me in pain too (but not as bad as stouts). But they are good recovering from what "ails" me! :-)

From Lucia on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 14:36:08

Hahahaha! I should know not to trust Walter's spelling! Now if you could only get our good old Barry to write "sore" instead of "soar"... :)

As you could see, we're mixing both funny and serious steps!

From walter on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 18:21:01

Hey im not trying to throw anyone off here. I think when Sasha catches wind of my 12 steps he might throw me off the list!

OK here is # 10! Get a massage or get a stretch therapist to give you a nice 1 hour of work and have them show you some good stretches to be doing. You'll be ahead of the game being so limber! Runners are sucky at the limber thing. Yes that is a real word in the walter dictionary.

From jtshad on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 18:24:56

Nice Walter!

How about #11 (which is somewhat contrary to #4):

Have some food fun and eat some chocolate (in moderation of course!).

From walter on Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 18:34:48

That is a great one Jeff, so let it be written, so let it be done. I hope I dont get struck by lightning right now. So far so good. I may just have this wrapped up here soon Lucia. Then we can work on the other lists you have for us.

From Lucia on Fri, Sep 05, 2008 at 11:02:01

I don't think the steps can get anyone thrown off the blog! I like #11, Jeff, thank you! How about this for #12: "Plan THE perfect comeback to running! Research well and find the optimal amount and intensity of running for the weeks following your return to running so that you don't get re-injured and come back STRONG"... Thoughts?

From walter on Fri, Sep 05, 2008 at 11:06:53

Sounds like we have a 12 step program here! Whew, that was pretty labor intensive for my brain. Thanks Jeff and Lucia for helping me finish. Ok Now we can start our next one. Bring it on.

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Biked to work and back; then spent 1.5 hours in the swimming pool. I was going to do mostly jogging, but the pool was EMPTY, which is unheard of, so I felt like I had to use the lanes! I felt tired though, probably because I haven't been eating well. I'm thinking of joining weightwatchers online again - it's worked for me in the past, and since Marion and some other of the wonderful blogger ladies are in it, they may help me stay on track. The blog works so well to motivate me with my exercise, it may work to motivate me with food too!

After the pool I got home, cleaned up, and got to make food for tomorrow's Hill intern reunion - I'm meeting with a bunch of girls who interned on Capitol Hill with me ohhhhh... 5 years ago already, yikes! Should be fun. I made some corn empanadas and attempted to make Cherry Garcia ice cream but wasted 2 cups of cream, 2 eggs, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk because something was bad; probably the milk or the cream... i hate waste!

With all the cooking and cleaning I didn't get to bed till 1... so tomorrow will be a forced day off, as I really need the sleep... not really ideal, but it happens.

 

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From marion on Sat, Sep 06, 2008 at 12:09:53

Great water jogging :) You rock!!! Now seriously- from all of the pictures I have seen of you on your other blogs, you have NOT a pound to lose! You are beautiful and FABULOUS! I am DEADLY serious! You are one hot mama!

Sorry about the cherry GarciA! I will have a moment of silence for the downfall of the BEST DESSERT IN THE WORLD!!!!

From marion on Sat, Sep 06, 2008 at 12:15:05

Ok- I had my husband look at your pics and he says that you do not need to lose anymore weight! He says you can even drink whole milk if you wanted (Napoleon Dynamite). Plus as a side note from me- you'll lose your boobs. Is boobs a family safe word? :D

From Lucia on Sat, Sep 06, 2008 at 13:41:47

Marion, you crack me up! Thank you for your kind words. I know I'm at a healthy weight and I don't "need" to lose weight. But as you know, the fast chicks are typically a bit on the thinner side. A few pounds less and my legs won't rub together, and my belly and butt won't juggle like jelly so much when I run. Most doctors suggest a healthy weight for my height, 5'7", to be between 125 and 150 lbs or so; I'd like to get it to 130 or 135; that's within that range so I think I'll be OK. And the thing is, I will lose that much naturally just from eating healthier and not over-eating; I don't need to kill myself dieting... but my eating habits can get out of control easily. But yes, I will miss my boobs :)

THANK YOU again for your reassurance though!!!

From Metcalf Running on Sat, Sep 06, 2008 at 20:49:06

MMMMMM Cherry Garcia :) Sorry not helping, LOL

I know how it feels to "want" to loose a few pounds, but not really "need" to loose, I think it makes it even harder. I have been trying to loose 7-10 pounds like forever LOL!

Lori

From luzylew on Sun, Sep 07, 2008 at 17:03:33

You've been really amazing sticking to your stress fracture healing workouts. I'll bet it's been tough, but you are tough! I wanted to tell you, that I found out recently how much taking Amino Acids post work out make me feel. It's been a good discovery for me, since meat is less a part of my diet recently. I thought I'd let you know because, I do think I was 'missing something' and the extra amino's (proteins) have really helped me feel stronger (and calcium). I'm getting old and I can really feel the difference when I change my diet. I hope you're getting all healed up. Keep it up in the pool and on your blog's!

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Badly planned day. No exercise.

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Lots of rain, depressing day, did nothing at all but sit home reading and cuddling with my one and only friend in this world, Salem.

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Hiked the 5.5-mile Little Devil's Stairs loop in Shenandoah National Park with the handsomest, most wonderful hiking mate a girl could ever have: the unstoppable Pepper! Of course, his partner Aaron came with us as well.

Now if you think you've seen a good-looking dog, think again! I can guarantee that you haven't seen anything quite like Pepper. He is not only a looker, but also a great climber. The first 2 miles of the trail were quite steep and we had to climb some pretty difficult rocks! 

It was a beautiful day with great company. Now I'm ready for a week of swimming, aqua jogging, and biking. Giddy up!

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From marion on Sun, Sep 07, 2008 at 21:24:51

Ok- Pepper is a dog? and Aaron is his owner? Or is Aaron a dog too? I am very confused! I am glad you had a good hike! Hiking is fun with friends! Hiking with kids, not so much. CArry me! I'm hot. Water? More water? Are we there yet? Cute as anything, just not so much fun on a hike! :D

From Lucia on Sun, Sep 07, 2008 at 21:31:38

Sorry to confuse you Marion! :) Yes, Pepper is Aaron's dog, and they're both fabulous hiking buddies. And families hiking together are adorable... when seen from afar of course :)

From marion on Sun, Sep 07, 2008 at 21:55:33

Ahh ha! Thanks for the clarity! I am pooped out and apparently have some brain issues, probably from hiking with my kids ;)

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 12:19:40

Great hike Lucia. Pepper and I had a blast and are looking forward to the next expedition into the wild! Have a great week!

From Metcalf Running on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 12:37:11

Sounds like you had a great weekend!! I love hiking and trail running!

Have a fun week!

Lori

From walter on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 16:11:44

Nice steep climb for you! How was your foot coming down the trail? Thats when you can feel it the most if its bad. I am in serious mode again-kind of now so look for some serious miles.

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Feeling completely drained of energy today. Called in sick at work cause I literally couldn't get out of bed. I slept in, but still feel very tired, dizzy, and have a headache... I wonder if it could be that I'm allergic to bees? I got stang twice yesterday, but it seems the effects should be gone by now... Managed to get up, dressed, and go to the swimming pool for an hour, but did not have a good workout. Somebody on the blog suggested I should increase my protein intake and I think that may be true - so I went to the supermarket and got some tofu, tempeh, and made an egg scramble. I also need to be better at taking my multi-vitamin every day, and put some flaxseed oil in my food every day. I'm getting really itchy to run. I started running on the shallow part of the pool and it feels great! Less than 30 days to go!!!

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From luzylew on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 17:20:22

Don't forget the Amino Acids (I know they are essentially proteins, but taking them as a suppliment really has helped me get back in order). Also-- it's entirely possible you are having an allergic reaction to the bee stings. Since they tell you to take histimine blockers (benadryl)after you get stung. Allergiess do wipe you out like that. I wouldn't be suprized. Good job on the xtra protein. I probably spent a million dollars at the health food store, but I added flax-seed/fish oil, amino acid and a good calcium to my new diet and it has helped regain some of the stamina I felt I'd lost to red meat. Just thought I'd share in case it helps you too.

From marion on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 17:56:26

Yes- a good multi-vit will help :) Anemia can set in and kick you in the can ;) Protein is very important! Luz- where do you get the amino acid supplemtent? Flax Seed oil A+! Bee stings, D-. Bee (hee hee) ever so careful. Allergic reactions can take up to 72 hours to clear your system, longer if it is serious. Please watch your breathing carfully and get to an emergency room if needed. Where did you get stung? We have severe allergies around our house and I am a little hyper about them ;)

Good luck and way to go with the mermaid transformation! Shall we call you Ariel?

From luzylew on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 18:05:12

It's called Iron-Tek Essential Liquid Amino Acid (http://www.vitasprings.com/iron-tek-liquid-amino-complex-orange-16-oz-country-life.html ) I got mine at the Good Earth. But I'm sure you can get it anywhere they sell stuff like this.

From Metcalf Running on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 10:00:30

Have you been check for anemia? I can speak from experiance it is not fun... and it took me about 5 months of high doses of iron to get back to a normal level. Not fun:( so if you suspect it you need to be check as soon as you can so you can.

Lori

From walter on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 10:03:58

You know it amazed me that you didnt even mention that you got stung by bees on your hike! I hate those bees that dive bomb on you like that. They hate when you get in their territory or make vibrations on the ground. Do you think the stinger is still in you? Hope you feel better because you have been through alot! How many days are we at until you can run?

From Lucia on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 10:13:25

Luz - thanks for the info on the supplements. I'll look into that.

Marion, I got stung in my arm and in my belly! I think it was a yellow jacket and not a bee. She/he was pissed though!

Lori, I've been checked for anemia a few times and it was fine. I donate blood regularly and never had a problem - sorry that you went through that though, sounds awful!

Walter, 27 days and counting, I can't wait! Where's my plan?

This morning I had a rash in some spots, which makes me pretty sure my feeling sick yesterday was caused by an allergic reaction to the bee/wasp/whatever sting...

From Kelli on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 10:24:05

What is in the air? Apparently it goes clear across the country! Hope you are feeling better today. Way to work out even though you felt yucky. And sorry about the bee stings. I am paranoid of bees and I am not even allergic to them. I used to teach school and the kids would laugh at me when I had recess duty because I was always running around flapping my arms trying to get the bees to go away. They like my hair! Hate those little buggars!

From marion on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 11:11:05

My husband was attacked by a wasp a few years ago and was bit/stung 3 times. His leg got so swollen (the whole thing all the way to the hip) that he couldn't walk. It was pretty bad for a few days. Be careful- the next time it will very likely be worse. If you get into the doc, be sure to mention it so he can prescribe you a epipen to take hiking with you. I know I am an alarmist with allergies- but Aaron and Pepper would feel horrible if you dropped dead while on a leisurely hike one sunday afternoon.

PS- my husband subsequently murdered all of the wasps and their family and friends in the whole neighborhood. He was a madman with a mission. Sort of like when Anakin kills ALL the sandpeople who kidnapped and murdered his mother. You know I'd better go running before I get any weirder!

From jill on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 22:00:22

Awww... sorry you are feeling bad today! I would suggest chicken noodle soup... but.. well, maybe some tempeh noodle soup? I hope you are starting to feel better, but good for you taking the day off!!! Lets do lunch next week...! Talk soon.. sleep well.

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Feeling better today, but have a rash in my stomach and back. Crazy how a little insect sting can affect such a big person so much!

Biked to work and back, spent 1 hour in the pool, 30 min swimming, 30 min aqua jogging. I don't use the belt at all any more ;)

26 days!!!

I've been thinking of which race to run. I'm in between the California International Marathon in Sacramento, the Las Vegas Marathon, and the PF Chang marathon in Phoenix. My idea is to attept at either CIM or LVM (both December 7), and then if I can't qualify then, I still have 5 weeks till Phoenix... I heard the LVM is hilly, while the CIM is flat and has a high percentage of Boston-qualifiers... while Sacramento is not a city that excites me much, I do have friends there and it's not far from the California mountains and fun areas... Something to look forward to!

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From marion on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 12:45:57

Sacramento is really close to the most wonderful mountians! I love the Sierra Nevada range. If you can, plan to visit Lake Tahoe. It is UNREAL! We go there about ever other summer. We just love it. If you flew into Sacramento Airport, you could fly out of Reno. I grew up in California. My best friend lives in Sacramento. Next year, I'll run it with you :)

Have you taken an allergy pill for the rash? You need some benadryl or something. REally. Paranoid mom is coming out! WAtch out!!1 SHes NUTS!!!

From Maria on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 16:47:51

I highly recommend CIM! That is where I qualified for the first time. It is actually midly downhill, not flat. Weather is usually good for marathoning, and the crowds are not too bad (at least when I ran it in 2000). You can see race elevation profile on their website, but what you read is true, lots of BQs there. Also, lots to see around, as Marion mentioned.

From walter on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 19:02:48

Hey I dont want to smash your hopes for a pr but heres my suggestion. Run a half marathon at either of the two if they have them and then do R&R Arizona for a marathon pr. Or if you feel ready enough to do two marathons in 1 month period then go for it. I will probably be on the mend for R&R to help you pr or I may even be ready to run in Dec. but I doubt it. I have to have 6 weeks of recovery from my end of October surgeries. I know Arizona is a flat course and quick. 3:40 material for sure. you will have to see how you feel, just dont rush yourself from what youve gone through. You will split that thing wide open if you push it. Misty got one on top of her foot in October of 2005, let it heal then trained and ran october of last year and it opened right back up. She had to be casted and have a boot all winter. Now she is slowly getting back and she says every long run she does, there is some pain there. Not good! Be Carefull.

From Lucia on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 21:44:15

Wall-e: I'm thinking of CIM as a first attempt. That way, if I can't BQ then, I still have 5 weeks more to get faster and run Phoenix. And if I BQ at CIM, I can run Phoenix as a celebratory run! If I'm back to running October 6, I'll have 2 months before CIM... I'm thinking 2 weeks to get back to full-time running, 3 weeks of peak training, and 3 weeks of taper... What do you think, coach?

From walter on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 22:10:22

I think your a wild and wacky kid! Just remember to listen to your body. Every run you do to prepare yourself is worthy if it doesnt hurt you or give pain! Gosh I read this after I type and am amazed at how simple my logic is. lol You should plan on St. George next year and maybe even some others. Are you going to run Boston next year if you qualify?

From Lucia on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 22:21:05

Well, Wall-e, the thing is, my stress fracture didn't really hurt much at all! So I was listening to my body, but maybe my body wasn't talking to me loud enough... Yes I'll run Boston if I qualify. It's the 113th Boston, and 13 is my lucky number, so I have to! St. George is definitely a possibility - "some others" not so sure...

From Walter on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 00:19:39

Ok Lucia, you definitely know your body more than me thats for sure, thats why when we give you advice to take the parts that you know will help you and ignore politely the others. lol Ive done 2 Boston marathons, one in the 3000 category and the other in the 1000 category. Big difference! Its like starting at the front of a local marathon vs. the back. But I had a blast in both of them. They each had their challenges. Running to catch the faster guys and running from the others or in my case the cops! (Ill tell you the story later unless youve already heard.) See ya

From jill on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 22:21:03

Lucia, don't listen to him; he is nuts!! Kidding. I think you will know, Lucia, soon after you start up how the leg is. Go for the easier of the 2- the CIM - I would think that a hilly course would also not be good as you start back up. You are rockin' it- and I love that you are planning all this now- good motivation. See you soon. Can U do lunch one day next week? Sorry this week has been nuts!

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Survived my first day at the gym!!! I was in for 1 hour, 45 minutes in the elliptical, 15 minutes the bike. Biked to work and back, and to Rosslyn at lunch, so I got 2 hours of exercise total.

So, now that I have a gym membership, the plan is to do one hour at the gym and one hour at the pool every day, or whenever I can.

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From Metcalf Running on Wed, Sep 10, 2008 at 21:46:03

Great workout! 2 hours is usually more then I can fit into my schedule, unless I do part in the morning and then more after work. But I usually just work out after work. Good plan though!

Lori

From marion on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 13:14:17

You know it wasn't to long ago that I thought people who exercise this much are NUTS! I think I may have been right! :D You are the best injured person I have ever met! (that was a really stupid sentence) You are smokin' this recovery time. How many days left? 26-ish?

From Lucia on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 13:36:26

Lori, 2 hours is a "wish"... generally, since I bike-commute, I get at least 50 minutes of exercise "free", instead of sitting on a car/metro, so that's my big advantage. We'll see if I can keep this wish up....

25 days Marion, 25 days!!!

From marion on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 13:39:28

You can do it! If i can get 2.5 hours a day, you can get two. Biking to work is BRILLIANT!!! I am glad Sasha suggested biking for me. I have been taking my kids everywhere on the bike with the trailer. I am saving gas and working on my...bum :D have a great day :)

From Lucia on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 13:43:47

Marion, isn't that bizarre? I remember when the thought of running more than 30 minutes at a time was completely out of my field of vision... I just thought I didn't have what it took. And now look at us!!! We rule! Biking is great - saves gas, I don't get sick so much from riding the metro with people with colds, and I'm exercising! It doesn't get much better than that! My mom used to bike me and my sister to school, it was so fun!

From w on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 14:40:11

you are well on your way my friend.

From jill on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 22:26:52

Awesome Lucia! You are such an inspiration.. and you are also crazy! I am riding 70 miles on saturday, so I hope my butt is awesome by the end of the day! :o) You are just amazing! I am happy to know you. Talk more soon.

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Taking a couple of forced days off - sometimes you have to be there for your friends...

I decided (realized) that as many of you were pointing out, I should not run a marathon in December, but instead postpone it as much as possible to give my leg the best chance to heal and to have more time to get faster. So, I'll be running the PF Chang's Rock and Roll marathon in Phoenix, January 18, and hopefully will then have the chance to meet some of you fellow bloggers out there.

24.5 days and counting...

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From marion on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 16:17:08

Hey babe- if that is what you need to do, you must do it! It is WAY better to go forward slow(ish:) and do what needs to get done, than rush and blow it all to kingdom come. You are going to be GREAT!!!

Yeah!!! 24 days!!! Woo Hooo!! So where are you going to run on your first day back?

From luzylew on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 16:25:46

The 'forced' days off will only make you want it more. You'll be ready in January to 'rock-n-roll' AND you'll be glad you skipped pushing a December deadline (holidays, finals, etc.). Besides, it takes a while to get back into your groove (that is if you don't want to further injure yourself). It's mostly a about the journey, and only ocasionally about the finish line (at least for me).

From jill on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 17:11:30

Awesome! Now you have a plan you can focus on! R&Rs are so much fun! And, it will be nice and warm! Hope everything is ok for your friend!

Be well, talk soon.

From Walter on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 19:40:17

Wow, I am amazed at you! You always told me you know yourself better than anyone else and now you can BQ from R&R Arizona. I will make sure it happens. You will do fine! You are such the humanitarian!

From Aaron-PSU on Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 21:14:54

Lucia!!!!! I figured you'd end up going and doing that marathon. It seemed like it was the one you really wanted to do while we talked about it during our hike last weekend. Your ambition is contagious... I can't wait until you're completely healed so we can run again!!!!

From marion on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 14:33:08

Where are you Lucia? I miss you adventures!

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Volunteered in the morning with KEEN - playing with kids with disabilities in the swimming pool. I suppose that's a bit of exercise, but not really. Lots of fun though. I played with Matthew, what a sweet kid. Loved it.

Went boating in the Potomac that afternoon with my friend Mike - very hot day!

Went home and walked my neighbor's dog, Malcolm. What a sweet dog! He's no Pepper, but still is a very good looking dog. That's all the exercise I got. Not good.

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Hottest and most humid day EVER!  Volunteered in the morning for the Parks half marathon - had to get up at 5:30 to walk my neighbor's dog and drive to the water stop, close to Bethesda. I was on water stop at mile 10.5, and the runners came up this long hill and they all wanted 3-4 cups of water! We thought we had plenty, so we didn't ration... then we realized we were running out of cups! How horrible!!! We had pitchers and plenty of water, and the runners coming by at that point were walking, so we gave each one cup that we refilled as much as they wanted. A few minutes later a biker brought us more cup, thank goodness. I got to see local elite runner and holder of some American records Mike Wardian - I hope he likes it when people recognize him and cheer him on, I don't want him to find me annoying! We cleaned up the place quickly, and I was on my way home. Gave the dog another long walk and went off to bike on the C&O Canal to Carderock to meet a friend and hike the Billy Goat Trail. I'm the queen of that trail. I have yet to meet another hiker that can do it faster than I can :) hehehe... Aaron, Jill, any of you want to take a stab? :)

Biked home after that, for a total of about 6 fast hiking miles and 20 fast biking miles.  

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From marion on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 16:37:55

yeah! You are such a trooper! Ooo I'd hate to face the runners with NO CUPS! They'd... I dunno what they'd do!

From jtshad on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 16:59:42

Way to volunteer, these races could not come off without folks like you!

From Aaron-PSU on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 09:12:03

Great job Lucia. Sounds like you had a great time and avoided a potential cup-catastrophe.

I may have to take you up on the Bill Goat Trail...as you know, I'm quite speedy!

From jill on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 21:48:33

Lucia- I am going to philly this weekend to run the 1/2 there. Very excited and nervous and excited and excited. Not sure how I will do, but can't wait! Last Sunday - on this hellish hot humid day, I hiked Old Rag. Maybe we can do that in the fall.. I did speed hiking with 2 of my cycling buddies. Super fun- and felt it in my legs till wednesday! I would love to do billy goat w/ you! Let's push the pace and rock it! Hopefully see you next week for lunch - would love it if we can get togther again soon. Jill

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No sleep last night + conference in town = no exercise for Lucia. Baaaaad Lucia!

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From marion on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 16:41:17

you need a good county song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKfJ8yaIDq4

It has been voted "hot" by me and Kelli. Josh Turner and his wife did the video, which makes it even hotter ;D W had a bit of a song thing on my blog yesterday :D

From Walter on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 16:45:26

Hey Lucie, Im HOME! lol

I hear you with the no sleep from last night. My has to do with work also! Arent work problems the best!

From Lucia on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 16:48:07

A country song? I need a good country man! Hahahahaha! Thanks for the update, I'll check out W's comments on your blog.

From josse on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 17:14:51

Haven't had the time lately to check out all my favorite blogs. Sounds like you are getting in some crosstraining. Hows the stress fracture healing? Hope things are going well.

From Walter on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 19:07:00

Wow, Marion, that is a sexy video! I wonder what Id look like in a stetson hat and some wranglers? I dont sing worth a crap, but if I did it would be country.

From Bonnie on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 19:41:00

Every Lucia needs a break now and then!

From marion on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 19:44:09

I TOLD you it was HOT! Kelli posted it on my blog. I have a new crush ;)

From Lucia on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 20:14:23

You think that's hot? Check this out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91uFaTUlDQA

When I was a teenager, I was SURE the singer was going to come to Buenos Aires to find me and marry me and that we would live happily ever after :)

From Lucia on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 20:17:46

Josse, it's always nice when the elite girls stop by :)

I think (hope) my stress fracture is healing well - I have my follow-up appointment on October 6, and that's 8 weeks since I stopped running, so I think I'll be cleared to run. The thing is, I never really had a lot of pain on the leg, so I'm not sure how the doc is going to make sure I'm completely healed...

I'm going to get a nice massage in the next few weeks to make sure I'm all loosen up by the time I start running again.

From Walter on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 20:23:39

Wow, Ill say! I carumba! I I I. Did you see the mullet on that guy!? Lucia, you love the guys with a full head of hair! lol

Marion, Ive got to go take a cold shower! yikes! Tell Kelli she's a country bumpkin! lol

From Lucia on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 20:28:22

Walter and Marion, you're going to get us all in trouble!

Actually, I'm a big fan of shaved/bold heads (my dad, the handsomest man in the world, went bold very young, that may be why). But who can resist Luis Miguel's moves and voice ;)

From marion on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 20:29:45

WOW!!! That was AWESOME!! I am glad to see that the 80's were the 80's no matter what continent you are on! I remember the crushes of the 80's. I was totally in LOVE with David Lee Roth! I would have married him too. :)

Walter- yes- take the cold shower :D

From marion on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 20:35:41

Now- that 80's video is going to get us in BIG trouble. We need to have a 80's Race. You must come dressed as you were in the 80's. Hey- I would love to weigh what I did in the 80's. We could wear the dove shorts and the guys could wear the net tank tops! WOW! THat would be a blast! NO WALTER, the women CAN NOT wear the net tank tops. I remember the half shirts, but this mother of 6 shows her belly to NO ONE, especially while running ;)

From Walter on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 20:43:10

Wow Marion, you know me too well! I must put out that perv orra.

From Metcalf Running on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 13:33:08

Lucia,

Good to see that you are still around, I was starting to wonder about you. Hope your schedule gets back to normal soon. It sucks when life gets too crazy.

Lori

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1 hour at the pool after work, half aqua jogging (no belt at all, and now I can do several laps before having to catch my breath), half swimming (feeling very clumsy)

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From marion on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 14:22:46

"Look at this stuff, isn't it neet? Wouldn't you think my collections complete? Wouldn't you think I'm the girl, the girl who has everything?"

I just had to sing Ariel's song to my mermaid friend! :D (yes, I do know the words to the WHOLE song)

You are really on top of this whole injury thing. How many days left?

From Lucia on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 14:24:15

Awwww thanks Marion!

Ughhh... 19 days left, Marion, but I have been slacking big time lately - I need you to kick me in the butt!

From Metcalf Running on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 15:15:42

Lucia... you have done so well don't beat yourself up for a few days of slacking... it all equals out in the end.

Alfight Marion, you know all the words to the song... but what are the Ursula's pet eels names???

Lori

From marion on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 15:24:14

Lori- Please excuse the spelling, but Flox/flex and Jexom.

From marion on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 15:26:46

Sorry- here they are spelled correctly FLOTSAM & JETSAM. Ursula does not enunciate clearly! ;D

From Metcalf Running on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 15:30:20

I'm so proud of you... or did you Google it LOL :D not to many people really know their Disney trivia.

From marion on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 15:34:26

I did google the correct spellings. Spelling is not my strong suit! ;D

From Lucia on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 15:36:19

Man, I need to get a couple'o kids so I can catch up with the girl talk on this blog! Marion, can I borrow a few of yours? :)

From marion on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 15:44:15

Sure- My 2 year old needs to be potty trained, cutest thing on earth, my 5 year old could die from your pets and nuts, cute too, my 7 year old refuses to bathe, but he could swim with you, he's part fish and LOVEs cemeteries and bones, 11 year old Kate is iffy. we aren't sure she is going to survive the teenage years. She has just grow 1.25 inces in the last 2 months and eats more than the whole rest of the family combined. She probably weighs about 100 lbs. she's a button pusher, though. 14 year old, Ash is a primper. She is dressed to the 9's every day. Her hair is perfect and so is she. She's really the sweetest thing ever. anna, 16 plays the bagpipes, is a paralegal and in love with this total dork (I mean that in the nicest way). She's a Jr in High school and while she primps less than Ash, she's darling.

Who do you want?

From Aaron-PSU on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 16:54:48

Oddly enough, I knew the song and where it was coming when I first read it, and I have no kids! Maybe that means I need some. How long until I can run with my running buddy Lucia? I want to mark the day on my calendar.

From Lucia on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 17:00:30

October 6 is the magical day, Aaron! Mark your calendar!

I think Marion has enough kids for the both of us!

Marion, you sure know how to sell your kids out!

From marion on Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 17:06:41

What? I left out the really "good" stuff :) Like who wets their beds! They really are wonderful.. truly, and i would not sell a single one, but they sure are "real" kids and boy can that be a lot of "reality" in one's life! :)

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1 hr at the pool, 20 min swimming and the rest jogging in the shallow part of the pool. Not feeling too great. Too much work lately, too little sleep, too little exercise, too much food. Ughhh... it'll pass, I know. Only 18 more days!

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From marion on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 18:07:56

Crumb! I am sorry you are feeling under the weather :( You did great today :) Yeah- 18 more days!! That is less than 3 weeks- nearly two and WAY closer than it was yesterday :)

From Metcalf Running on Thu, Sep 18, 2008 at 21:55:02

Wahooo!!! 18 more days... it's getting so close!

Lori

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Biked to work, went to the gym for 1 hour after work, and biked home. Did 45 min elliptical and 15 min bike, doing intervals of 2 min at max effort every 10 minutes... my heart rate was around 140 in the lower effort part and got over 190 at max effort, so it seems to me I haven't lost much fitness quite yet.

 

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From marion on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 09:27:01

Nice riding! It is awesome that you can get all that done. Cross training is HARD to get in. You really get to appreciate how much can be done by just running.

From walter on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 10:02:04

How many days until I have to come up with a good program for you? Actually if you have a good program for training for a marathon, I can help with a few things to help you with it. Let me know.

From Metcalf Running on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 10:10:05

Looks like all your cross training has paid off. Your fitness level is great! Once you get the OK to run again you are going to be unstoppable!

Lori

From Lucia on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 10:29:16

Wall-e, 17 long days! I'm getting a massage on Monday (first professional massage ever!) with a guy who is also a coach and said he can help me plan my return to running, but I'd like to get more than one opinion if you don't mind giving me your thoughts. I've been reading about it and it seems that for about 2 weeks I should run every other day, 3-4 miles, and cross-train the rest of the time, increasing mileage slowly for two more weeks, and start running every day after that. That would mean peak training would be the last week of November to the first three weeks of December, and then taper until January 18 for the big dance! Any thoughts?

From Sunnyrun on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 17:04:00

Glad to hear your still doing great! Keep it up!

From Walter on Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 23:40:34

You know after my rehab on a nasty Achilles injury I was told by the therapist to just do 10 minutes. Then up my minutes by 1 every day. That seemed to be so slow but dont worry about your miles just your minutes. In fact keep your garmin at home and just use a stop watch. As soon as you are up to 30 minutes then you can start your training. Believe it or not, I started running 2 weeks before a marathon and made it up to close to 30 minutes and then ran the marathon. I was crazy but I did that 3 years ago. Dont push speed until you have a good base of miles. Cross training will keep your fracture at ease too. By the time you read this you'll have 16 days left. See how easy this is!? lol Cheers

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Biked to work, went to the gym after work for 40 mins in the elliptical, biked to the pool, swam for 30 mins, aqua jogged for 30 mins, and biked home. Whewww!

Good luck to those of you racing this weekend!

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From Walter on Sat, Sep 20, 2008 at 12:22:42

Good day for you in general! Ill give you an 'A' hows that sound? Ok then!

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Nada - took my neighbor's dog for a walk, went to a b-day party and danced a lot... but wouldn't count it as exercise...

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Biked from home to Ballston to pick up my friend Sangeeta and take her on a slow bike ride of her neighborhood - she is scared of biking... it's funny... I biked pretty fast on the Mt. Vernon trail, and tried to keep the momentum on the Custis trail but oh boy is it a hilly trail! I have to give kudos to Aaron for running on that trail so much, it really has some killer hills! After that I biked back to Roosevelt Island to meet a friend, we did some hiking around there and on the Potomac Heritage trail, it was such a beautiful day! Biked home after that - I probably biked about 25 miles and hiked 5 total. My quads were feeling it!

Tonight I'm getting my very first massage ever! The guy is also a coach, so he said he can help me plan my recovery phase. I look forward to it but I'm also scared - I'm not a big fan of strangers touching me, and I'm also very ticklish, which could make things interesting.

14 day people!!! 14 days!!!

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From marion on Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 09:43:44

Nice ride! Enjoy your massage!! OOooo so nice!

From Metcalf Running on Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 10:06:45

Lucia, that sounds like a great day... way to go with all the miles biking!I get massages from a guy that works up at the human performance lab at a local university. It's great, he knows how to get all the stiffness out. I think it can really help.

14 more days!!!! Yahooo

Lori

From luzylew on Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 14:14:28

I hope the massage went, well, not ticklish! I can't live without them and have to have one at least every few months. I hardly ever ride a bike for excersize (sometimes to work), because of how big my quads get. I hope that massage felt great! It will bring good, fresh blood flow to your legs. Good for healing! I hope it was a great!

From Walter on Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 18:45:45

Luce, maybe you should take your video of your childhood heartthrob with the mullet hairdoo and play it while you get your massage! lol That way it wont feel like a stranger massaging you! lol Ok Ill quit now. Buh bye!

From Jill on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 09:04:04

Lucia- I have the FUNNIEST story ever about a massage- and it just happened last week. When we do lunch I will tell you about it.. it was ridiculously funny. Ok, so you are rocking it- and only 14 days to go! Can you believe it? Nice work! I think you are going to be shocked when you see how well trained, and fit you still are when running. Talk soon!

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Biked to the swimming pool, aqua jogged and ran in the shallow part of the pool for 50 minutes and swam for 10 minutes. One of the lifeguards twisted his ankle really bad coming down from the high chair and they had to call the paramedics, poor guy, his ankle was really in bad shape and he was in pain. I met a fast runner who was also jogging without an aqua belt, he races 5k's but he had a hip injury. It was nice to chat with someone, made the time go by faster.

After work, I went to Ballston to get a sports massage - my first massage ever. It was nice. The guy is also a certified coach and works exclusively with women. He made a plan for me to get back into running after my injury that starts me by running 1 minute and walking 2, and increasing the run time progressively... over 10 weeks!!! He has me running for 20 minutes after 10 weeks of going back into it!!! It's just crazy! I told him no way - and then he said ok, maybe since I've been doing other types of exercise I should start on week 5 of his plan, which means starting to run for 4 minutes and walking 1 minute, and increasing to 20 minutes in 5 weeks... still, I really think that is waaaaay too conservative. My thought was that I would be able to do a long run of 10 miles after 4 weeks... I really feel so strong, I haven't really had a lot of pain in my leg (nothing even close to unbearable) which makes me think the fracture was in the very beginning stages and not very serious, and I'm taking the maximum time off from running that they recommend, 8 weeks, and I've been cross-training like a fish! I'm going to look for other opinions... I may end up not doing the Phoenix RNR marathon in January though, and run Austin in February instead...

Here's what I think I should do... starting with 10 miles/week and increasing to 45 miles/week during 9 weeks.

 Week of:  Running: Approx total weekly mileage
 (1) Oct 6 5 min run, 5 min walk, total 30 min running per day every other day, x-train all other days.   10
 (2) Oct 13 10 min run, 5 min walk, total 40 min running per day every other day, x-train all others  15
 (3) Oct 20 10 min run, 5 min walk for 1 hour every other day, x-train all other days  20
 (4) Oct 27  20 min run, 5 min walk for 1 hour, 4 days a week, x-train all others  25
 (5) Nov 3 10 min run, 1 min walk for 1 hour, 5 x week  30
 (6) Nov 10  No more walking breaks, run 5x week  32
 (7) Nov 17  same  35
 (8) Nov 24  same  40
 (9) Dec 1  Run every day  45

 

 

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From marion on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 12:49:36

I do not know stress fractures AT ALL, but I think more like you are thinking. You really want to look at other oppinions. Is your orthoped a sports injury guy? With my calf, i was really surprised at who fast he said I could be back to full mileage. he said 4 weeks tops. I'm taking 8 cause I am a chicken :) You for sure do not want to get reinjured, but you have conciderable fitness and training. You get some more GREAT information and then make your own choice.

Your workout was awesome! Was the massage good?

From Aaron-PSU on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 15:50:16

You motivate me....enough said.

From Lucia on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 15:57:09

Marion, the massage was very good. My doctor sees college runners all the time, so he may be able to tell me. They often don't take me seriously though, cause I'm not running for college, etc., so they don't realize how much not being able to run affects my life. We'll see what he says.

Aaron, 12 more days and you'll have your running companion back (the less cute and less hairy one, hahaha!)

From Metcalf Running on Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 21:12:40

Lucia, I worry that you are being to aggressive with your goals. Maybe I'm a worrier, but you don't want to re-injure your shin and be in the pool another 8 weeks. You have your entire life to run and accomplish all your running goals. My advise is get another opinion, and take it a bit slower then you would like in the beginning just to make sure you feel OK.

Lori

From Aaron-PSU on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 09:37:17

Lucia, I look forward to the day that we can run together again. Yes, my four-footed/hairy companion may be cute but he's scared of storm drains and tends to plop his butt down near them! I don't think you have that problem.

From Lucia on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 09:55:01

Lori, thank you for your comment - you may be right, and that's why it's good to hear what other people think. I value your input and will get other opinions like you suggested, thank you!

Aaron, I don't have that problem yet - maybe in a few years ;)

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Biked to work, after work went to the gym for 1 hour on the elliptical, and on my way home I figured what the heck, I'm going to the swimming pool... I swam for 30 minutes, then I was aqua jogging and this guy came and asked me if I believed in coincidences - He was the same guy who was swimming in my lane a few weeks ago, and at one point stopped and said "keep your center of gravity up, so that your legs kick higher up"... I thanked him, as I'm always looking for feedback to be better, since I feel so clumsy when I swim. So yesterday, he told me he had used me as an example with his employees as he was coaching them, sort-of a "pay it forward" thing, how sometimes just being nice to people and helping them for no reason pays off. Anyway, we got to talking and it turns out, he lived in Buenos Aires for a few years, a long time ago. It's nice to make new friends in the pool! After that, I biked home. Went to bed pretty late but got some good sleep that I really needed.

12 days people! I want to start the song "The 12 days of running": here's the first verse - you have to help me over the next few days...

On the 12th day of running,
the bloggers said to me,
slow down, don't re-injure your shins!

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From marion on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 12:29:02

On the 12th day back to running, marion said to me- "some guy at the pool has the hots for you" :D

From Lucia on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 14:20:03

LOL, Marion, I wish!!! I'm pretty sure he plays for the other team, if you know what I mean!

From marion on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 14:51:24

Oh CRAP!!! Are you sure? I mean was he making out with some guy or wearing a leapord print thong? I would hate that. Question #1 is he cute, #2 is he nice #3 is he single(maybe this is #1) #4 is he straight! DAting in the 80's was easier cause everyone was still in the closet! Well maybe not!

From Lucia on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 14:57:10

Hahahaha! I'd say #1, is he single, #2, is he straight, #3, is he nice, and #4 is he cute. Dating times are difficult, but I'm not willing to go with the wrong answers to #1 or #2 quite yet ;)

From marion on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 15:03:40

You are right! Never date an attaced man or a gay man. Your heart will be broken SPLAT! #3 is the MOST important! You can put up will all kinds of "crap" is he is kind. Actually you don't have much to deal with when they are kind and nice because being nice wipes out most of the garbage.

From Aaron-PSU on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 21:28:22

Hehehe...Lucia and Marion..you two are quite amusing. Here you go...

On the 12th day of running,

the bloggers said to me,

slow down, move to the mountains and run free!

From jill on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 22:54:34

On the 12th day of running

Jillzo put in almost 10 miles.

She has to keep uuuuu uupppp with you. (even if for just 1 mile!)

Talk soon_ I will sing it for you on friday!

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 23:01:08

My friend Ben Crozier one time wrote the 12 Days of Running With Sasha. Sarah and I responded with 12 Days of Running With Ben. It was quite entertaining.

From Lucia on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 23:04:13

Ohhhh and here I am thinking I'm soooo original! :)

What dates did this take place, Sasha, so we can look it up on your blogs and copy them... I mean, get ideas...?

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 23:13:05

P.S. Ben was still single last time I checked (a couple of months ago), and he was 17 when I was 20, so he must be 32 now. He served a mission in Argentina and speaks Spanish fluently. In fact, I learned from him quite a bit by asking him not to speak any English to me while we ran. About the first phrase I had to learn to communicate functionally was "Tengo que usar el baño, te voy a alcanzar" Eventually he honored me with the title "El Santo del los Baños" If you are interested, I can send you his phone number.

From Lucia on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 23:20:43

I am laughing so hard right now, and blushing too... I'll call him up and say "Hello, I'm calling on behalf of the bathroom saint, would you like to go on a date with me?"

From marion on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 23:22:55

Hey that sounds like the perfect line!!! go for it Lucia!

From Walter on Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 23:34:21

Holy crap, I wish I didnt check this so late tonight because Im thoroughly amuzed! If your gay buddy tells you to get your butt up while your swimming, its not a good thing! lol

Jill, whaaaat the heeeck? lol

Aaron, there you go! That sounds sensible!

Sasha, Im guessing your looking for the toilet right? lol

Lucia, that is the most original line Ive ever heard, Go for it!

From Aaron-PSU on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 09:17:29

I love how everyone is trying to play matchmaker for Lucia. Amusing...very amusing.

Lucia, You can borrow Pepper if you want. His cuteness + personality = magnet for cool people! Better hurry though..he may be moving out west sooner than later!

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 23:03:30

I wish I recorded it, but I was not keeping a detailed blog at that time. However, here are some of the days:

First was - Ben, you are going too slow. Afterwards, not necessarily in order:

I need to water a tree.

Let's do an acceleration.

I'll pick you up at seven.

Five mile tempo.

Ben, why aren't you married?

Five mile repeats.

Let's run in the canyon. (We ran in the Provo Canyon almost every day.)

No apostate running! (in reference to Ben's tendency to run on unmeasured trails at 8:00 pace or slower, but count the distance as if he had run it at 7:00 pace.)

Woo-oohhhh! (The noise I used to make to warn others that I was going to pick up the pace.)

Some of the lines of the response:

The first one was - Sasha, you are going too fast. Others:

This is too early.

My legs are hurting.

Girls don't want to date me.

Let's run on a trail.

If you could make money as a run up comedian, Ben would do this full time, and he would make millions. I never had problems with neural fatigue when I trained with him.

From Lucia on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 23:24:58

That is hilarious, Sasha! Sounds like you had some fun times training. I take it this Ben character is not on the blog?

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On the 11th day till running
Lucia biked to work and back onl-eee
She was soooo laz-eeeee!

One of my wonderful friends is a high school teacher, and he helps train the cross-country team. He asked the school coaches about my injury, and how I should go about my recovery. Apparently, they all agree that running a marathon in January is too soon, and they even think February would be pushing it... I really feel that the injury was probably not too serious to begin with because I didn't have much pain, and that I'm very strong from all the cross-training, so that I can really do the one in Feburary. But, with so many people telling me that January is too soon, and as much as I really want to get to Phoenix to meet Wall-e, Misty, Shauna, and the rest of the gang, I'm going to have to pass and think about my longer-term health. Booo-hooo...

The high school coaches also suggested to find out from my doctor what was the cause of the injury. The first time I remember having pain in my shins, in both legs, was right after I started running with a new pair of Sauconys, so I wonder if that could be it. But, I really think I increased my mileage too fast. Maybe both.

As I mentioned, my friend is a high school teacher. He is always so positive and excited about his job, he's making me think about a teaching career again. That has always been in my mind, but when I decided to go to grad school and was thinking of either Economics or teaching, I went with Economics. It may not have been the best choice, as right now I'm starting to believe. In this town where everything is so dominated by politics, international development, etc., it's hard to "think outside the box" if you're not interested in that stuff.

Yesterday I went online and looked at schools back West that have Master's in Education degrees... Colorado State is a good possibility - I have a good friend living in Fort Collins that could make the move easier for me, and who is having some pretty serious health issues (he is unfortunately going blind from a degenerative disease, among other things) so I know he would benefit from having me around too. And, since Aaron and Pepper are going to be in nearby Denver, it's a no-brainer, right? :)

Ok, I was just bouncing out some interior thoughts there. Now back to work!

Austin Marathon, February 15, 2009, here I come!

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From marion on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 11:21:51

Oooo- I LOVE Denver :) Hey- you'd be so close :)

On the 11th day of running

Lucia decided to be

a teacher in Colorado-eee!

and not run a marathon too soon!

and she rode her bike and was NOT LAZEEEE!!!

From Aaron-PSU on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 11:56:24

Lucia, I'm of the opinion that you are just like me. You don't mind this area, but you'd much rather be somewhere (like Colorado) that has more to offer. Teaching is a great profession and I think you'd be great at it. To me...it's a no-brainer like you said. Pepper said woof, aka...move to Colorado and be happy! :)

From Kelli on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 13:59:27

Oh look at you making plans already! Way to go. You will do awesome because you listen to your body! You can run the marathon and still not kill yourself!

What marathon is in January that you were shooting for?

From Lucia on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 14:04:25

Aaron - yes, we're on the same boat trying to get out of here... I don't mind the area, like you said, but I'm ready for a change and the mountains have been calling for a long time now. I think I told you I never changed my very first cell phone number (it's a Montana number) because I always thought it wasn't worth the trouble, "I'm not staying here much longer"...

Kelli, I wanted to run the PF Chang Rock and Roll in Phoenix, January 18. Maybe next year!

From Kelli on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 14:13:44

Well, the west will welcome you back with open arms!

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Biked to work in the morning, before the rain started - walked to the gym and did 1 hour in the elliptical, non-stop! Felt pretty good - no pain in the legs at all. Then I went to meet with the 12 Squirrels Gone Wild, the Ragnar Relay team I'll be volunteering for this Saturday. Pretty cool group of people - it's hard to go wrong with runners!

On the 10th day till running
Lucia went to the gym,
worked out, and sweated like a piiiig!

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From marion on Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 23:37:39

On the 10th day till running Lucia was an elliptical MAD woman!!!

This is getting so DANG close!!! Woo HOOOO!!!!!

From Metcalf Running on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 16:05:27

Lucia, you are so close tomorrow you will be in the single didgets :) YAHOOOO!!!

I did the Wasatch Back Ragnar race for the first time this year... it is crazy, you will have a great time and next year, you will want to run in it.

Lori

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The highlight of the day: lunch with the one and only Jillzo, Jillzo from the Blog!

1.5 hours at the gym after work tonight - 1 hour on the elliptical, 15 mins in the bike, and 15 mins doing strength/core work.

I was looking at other people's machines when I was on the elliptical, and everyone's heart rate was a lot lower than mine! I wonder if I'm pushing myself too much, and should train in the recommended fat burning zone instead... it just feels like I'm barely doing any work when I'm in that zone! I don't even sweat! I'll have to read more about it...

It's raining here... after the gym, I got on my bike thinking I'd bike home on the rain... but forgot I had switched to hybrid tires and didn't have my mountain bike tires - not a lot of traction with water. So, down I went - thankfully, the street wasn't busy so I didn't get hurt too bad - just a very bloody knee and a lot of pride hurt. So, I metroed home with my bike.

On the 9th day till running
Lucia's bike played a trick
she fell down on the streeeeeeeeeeeeet!

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From marion on Sat, Sep 27, 2008 at 11:10:33

What did the other bus riders say? You were all wet and bleeding? It's not funny, I know! I am really sorry you crashed! Darn it!

NINE MORE DAYS!!! That is SO close :)

Fantastic workouts! I don't know much about the heart rate stuff, but you really need to FEEL it! The others in the gym are wimps!!! ;D

From Walter on Sun, Sep 28, 2008 at 13:39:30

Luci doll, dont worry about what other peoples hr zones are you goofball! The more you exercise, the more your heart rate will sustain at a lower number. I always blow my dr.'s minds when they check my pulse. Have you checked your resting hr lately? Also your hr usually always shoots up to a higher rate when you jump on a machine and crank it up. Try slowly increasing your tempo and youll see that your hr wont spike and you will have more energy too. Walters words of wisdom.

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Volunteered to set up the finish line of the Ragnar Relay in Crystal City - then staffed the first aid tent , but as expected, nobody had any injuries/troubles, so I was able to chat with runners and chill. Nada mas. My knee hurts from the fall, hopefully it's not injured...

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Was supposed to volunteer at a 20-miler, but woke up with a terrible back ache. Not sure if it's from the bike fall or from yesterday's heavy lifting to set up the finish line stuff... or from stress from trying to figure out what the heck to do with my life and career. Thankfully, I hadn't signed up officially to volunteer and was just going to show up, so they were not expecting me. I did some stretches during the day and took a walk around the neighborhood, and it felt a bit better.

On the seventh day till running
the scale said to me
"You've gained a lot of weight!
You need to control your ea-ting ha-abits better
unless you want to look like a whaaaaaaaaale!"

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Comments
From Walter on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 09:29:36

Oh my dear little rocket girl, why do I have the feeling you are trying to kill yourself. lol Lets be careful out there ok!? Keep some sunshine on your face. cheers

From Matt on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 14:44:21

I will check what Brand mine is and let you know. They are a little sensitive but if you use it at the same time every day it registers pretty good. I have also noticed ankle sprains and temperature increases and decrease effect it but it is a good indicator how you do from day to day. Are you to dehydrated our over worked?

My boss swears by his and he went in and got a full-blown evaluation down and it was 2/10ths of a lb off of his scale.

I have varied from 167 lbs to 235 lbs in my adult life so I find it at least lets me know what I can realistically expect to drop and when things have gone to far. Also if you suddenly lose 8 lbs you can figure out real quick did I just drop 6 lbs of water and muscle or did I really lose some fat. Not many people want to loss muscle from body composition.

My boss swears by his and he wnt in and got a full blown evalutation down and it was 2/10ths of a lb off of his scale.

I have varied from 167 lbs to 235 lbs in my adult life so I find it at least lets me know what I can realistically expect to drop and when things have gone to far. Alos if you suddenly lose 8 lbs you can figure out real quick did I just drop 6 lbs of water and muscle or did I really lose some fat. Not many people want to loss muscle from body compostion.

From Lucia on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 14:53:37

Thanks Matt! Yeah, I try not to focus on weight too much either, and I am very muscular... but when I can't fit on my clothes, that's when I really start to worry...

I'm definitely not dehydrated; may be over-hydrated if anything. I might have been overworked - I think what happened in the past few weeks is that I haven't been getting enough sleep, so instead my body has been telling me to eat to make up for the lack of energy. I'll get it under control soon. Thank you!

Wall-e, I'm always smiling, and not trying to kill myself more than YOU!

From marion on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 15:09:04

On the 7th day 'till running Lucia started to have a breakdown ;)

She broke her back :(

she beat up her scale :)

On the 6th day 'till running Lucia smiled and relaxed and had a beautiful day and did not worry one speck about crappy day #7 :D

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 15:20:40

Hehe...you continually amuse me. If you really want to be lazy, I can chauffer you around in my fancy new car! It's going to be perfect for when I move to Colorado!

From Walter on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 21:16:17

Luce! I have the tendency to push my bodies capacity more then it can handle. My spirit is getting tired of it!

Aaron, What kind of car did you get and if Lucia doesnt want a ride, then come pick me up. lol We can cruise for chicks!

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 21:18:24

Walter, Lucia would probably only ride in my car if Pepper was in there too! She's using me to get to him. I got a 2008 Toyota Corolla Sport (Red).

From Walter on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 21:26:22

You know how women are Aaron! Too bad I didnt have a fancy Sports car and a cute dog to impress the ladies when I was dating. My wife must have been using me for my brain to get to me I guess? lol

From Lucia on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 21:29:32

Walter, did you mean to say "my wife must have NOT been using her brain when she married me"? Now you can LOL!!!

From Lucia on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 21:32:54

For your information, guys, I once wouldn't date a guy because he had a brand new red Porsche. I figured his priorities in life were NOT similar to mine if he had a car like that.

Now, if he had had a dog like Pepper... maybe I could've forgiven the Porsche :)

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 21:41:19

Pepper does have much more redeeming qualities than I do. He really makes up for all my deficiencies.

Adorable doggies are much better than nice cars.

From Lucia on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 21:47:34

Well, you know what they say, Aaron, dogs resemble their owners ;)

Congrats on the new ride!

From marion on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 21:54:05

Lucia- you are right on the money with the car thing. I tell my girls and all their friends that they want to date the guys with the ugliest pieces of crap cars. Those guys have confidence, they are taller than the guys with the flashy cars and they typically can at least jump start if it it dies. Crappy cars build character! ;) (cute dogs help, too)

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 22:01:26

Hahaha...Luck me then. Thanks! :)

Marion, I just traded my 16 yr old car in because she was about to blow an engine. Trust me, I LOVED my crappy car, but the new one is nice too.

Nothing can beat a cute dog.

From marion on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 22:26:00

Yes, all good men, after putting enough love into their POS's (sorry) deserve an AWESOME car! Forturnatly/unfortunatly my husbands idea of the coolest cars in the world are old Volkswagons! Notchbacks are his favorite.

Congratulations on your new car Aaron! :D New cars are VERY cool! Everytime I ride in a new sporty car I pray for my hubands mid life crisis to begin ;)

From Lucia on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 22:28:55

Marion you are just too funny! What is POS? I love beat-up cars too, and there's something very attractive about a guy who's secure enough to not care about having a beat-up car! No worries, Aaron, I know your old car wouldn't have made it to Colorado, otherwise you probably would've kept it!

From marion on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 22:42:50

It's a bad word Lucia :( It's "Piece of S___" :) Sorry- it's a red neck white trash term for the beloved form of transportation that we are suggesting breeds GREAT men :)

From Walter on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 23:24:03

Lucia, Ouch, very ouch! You really need to get running with all that aggressive talk! lol

From Aaron-PSU on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 06:22:57

I too was wondering what POS was. Dang Marion, don't call my former ride a POS!

Yes Lucia, the potential move was a primary driver in getting this new ride. That, and the interior is a dark grey/black so Peppers paw prints and hair won't show up! :)

From Lucia on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 09:23:45

Lots of blogging but not much running, Aaron, what's going on with you? Chop, chop, man, MCM is in less than a month!

From marion on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 10:18:37

I'm sorry Aaron. It's a term of endearment around out home. And remember it's that "kind" of car that gets the really HOT chicks :D

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Day 1 of back to focusing on nutrition! My goal for the week is to eat healthy and not over-eat as I have been. If I concentrate on eating when I'm hungry and not give in to office treats, I will be back to my normal weight in no time. I'm also going to attend a WeightWatchers meeting on Friday - the first meeting is free so what the heck, I'm going to check it out. Maybe having the incentive of getting weighed in every week and having to face others will get me motivated.

Morning weight: 148. Ouch. That really, really hurt.

Biked to work, 30 min elliptical after work, biked home, walked to Eastern Market with neighbors George and Amanda, walked back home.

Day 1 of focusing of nutrition over and went well. One day at a time, like the very wise Jillzo from the Blog said!

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From Matt on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 14:18:12

You seem pretty tall and the picture shows that you look pretty fit. Don't let weight be the only factor. You may have a lot of muscle on that frame. Can I suggest buying a body fat scale to measure your fat loss.

Keep up the good work.

From Lucia on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 14:25:20

Thanks Matt - my picture is from 2 years ago (I have it here for inspiration to what I want to go back to look like) I was about 15 lbs. lighter then. So, while I'm still at my healthy "range", to be a faster runner and feel better about myself (and not have to spend $$ in an entire new wardrobe), I'd like to lose 15-20 lbs.

I didn't know body fat scales even existed - I need to look into that - any suggestions on a specific brand/type? Thanks again!

From Lucia on Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 14:27:47

Weird thing - I meant to save this entry for edit until later tonight... I guess now I'll have to stick to what I wrote up there ;)

From Metcalf Running on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 10:07:46

I'm so with you on the weight thing. I'm within the healthy range but need to loose about 15 lbs. I think WW is a pretty good program, it helped me alot with portion control, that for me is probably the hardest thing. But we can do it right?

From Lucia on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 10:16:11

I think so, Lori! I've been trying for a long time and can't seem to manage my nervous eating at night especially... that's why I think maybe having someone to account to every week may help me.

I'm almost 5'8" and built big, but I was 130 lbs. not long ago and felt great and looked healthy, not too skinny at all.

From marion on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 14:17:24

Hey Lucia! WW is a great way to get eating under control. The meetings are wonderful. I never missed during my 82 lbs loss. I lead three a week now and it is really the greatest program for the average person. Be sure to track you activity really well. One thing that very active WW members forget is that they are VERY ACTIVE! The activity points you earn need to be eaten if you are truly hungry. And of course you already know, the points you eat need to be the best food choices you can make. With as active as you are, everything you put into your body needs to be the very best. Now, I am not saying that a night out once a week is taboo at all, but 80-90% of the time, your food needs to be the highest grade fuel! (you know this though ;)

You are going to be so much fun in the meetings! I wish you were coming to my meetings :)

From Lucia on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 14:21:40

Awww thanks Marion! I wish I could go to your meetings too! I've done the WW points system online before and know how well it works, but I think now I need the extra push of being held accountable at the meetings. I have to remember that analogy: my body needs the best fuel!

From Matt on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 16:10:01

I looked at my scale and the Brand is Tainta. It wasn’t to badly priced as I recall ( I think my wife got it at Bed Bath and Beyond or some other big box department store). You can program it for Height and weight and fitness level along with an athletic or non-athletic setting. Based off of lifetime fitness. It also spits out calorie levels for your weight and activity level. I can send you a picture if you like.

From marion on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 16:23:29

I have the Tanita too. There are many different makes. The problem with the body fat % is that it is based on averages of the population. The only true measure is in a tank of bodpod at a university or hospital. The weight is very accurate though. WW uses the "legal for trade" tanita's that are about $500. My home tanita is .2 lbs higher than the WW scales. I got mine from Amazon.com

From Lucia on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 16:44:55

Thanks Matt!

Marion, I'd use the scale to measure the changes in my body composition day to day; I wouldn't want to compare it with anything/anyone else (just like my heart rate!) Do you think all WW have that sort of scale? If that's the case, maybe I don't need to buy one and can just use the one they have...

From marion on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 16:52:10

It would be my guess that they do. I really like to weigh everyday too. I almost bought one of the Tanita professional ones but then my hubby, who pretty much NEVER tells me not to buy something said, "How much? (choke/cough) How many days a week do you work there? Couldn't you just use their scales?" He hardly flinched when I said I was buying the Tanita home scale for $130. By that point he thought it was a GREAT deal :)

From Matt on Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 16:58:44

My wife got me mine for my birthday about 4 years ago. I think it was in the $39.00 to $49.00 range at the time. It isn't professional quality but it does shoot an electric stimulus through your foot (which I can't feel) and based on the return time it posts the BF%. I have found things like an ankle sprain or temp (higher BF in cold less in heat) have a slight effect but for the most part it has been great.

From jill on Thu, Oct 02, 2008 at 23:25:30

beautiful lucia- your weight is a number. your feelings, sanity, and health is a real thing. One day at a time, and please dont beat yourself up. Everyone who writes to you on this blog believes in you. We saw your old numbers, heard your confidence. We all believe that you are defined by your strengh and confidence and the numbers will soon follow. You have been injured and your routine has changed. You will be back to your old routine and pace soon. Hugs! Jill

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Day 2 of focusing on nutrition went well. I got some wraps, spinach, tomatoes, hummus and tofu and made wraps both days for lunch, and have leftover for the rest of the week. Snacked on some clementines in the afternoon and made some quesadillas at home.

Biked to work, 5 miles, then after work I biked to the bike shop (16 miles) to take my ride for a few days at the spa (meaning, my bike is getting a tune-up). Then fast-walked the 2.5 miles from the bike shop to the metro and went home - it was pouring when I got home, I got so wet, and I have some leaks in my roof in my room. Ughhhh... 

Weight: 147. I cannot believe I'm in the 140s again. It is terrible.

On the 6th day till running
the bike shop said to me
you need to take better care of your bike
You've been riding it a lot more than you used to
and it's really suffering a whole lot
 

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Comments
From marion on Wed, Oct 01, 2008 at 11:26:28

Yeah- your down from yesterday! Great news! Your wraps sound divine!

I think the bike shop guys are NUTS! It's a bike, use and abuse!!! :) Are you all better from your crash?

On the sixth day of running Lucia... is just the coolest most beautiful runner I know and I am so excited that you get to run NEXT WEEK!!! When is your appointment!??

From Lucia on Wed, Oct 01, 2008 at 11:31:35

Hahahah Marion you know how to make me smile!

Appointment is Monday Oct 6 at 9 am! Can't wait!

My knee hasn't scabbed over yet, it's all covered with disgusting puss... yuck! Any idea what's the best way to make it heal? Should I let it dry out in the air, or keep it moist with Neosporin, cover it with bandages? I don't want to go to the pool with that disgusting wound!

From marion on Wed, Oct 01, 2008 at 11:37:18

Ooooo YUCK! Anytime it can be aired out is the best. If you are laying around- go for it, let it dry out as much as possible. But when you are out and about or sleeping, Neosporin and bandaged is the best thing. It's the best of both worlds :) If it is not scabbed over, you sould not go to the pool. No open wounds in public waters, although enough chlorine is drying and sanitizing. No baths either. Infection does not like dry and clean.

Oooo you poor dear!!!

From Bonnie on Wed, Oct 01, 2008 at 12:44:19

Lucia!! I won't be around to see your first run back -- I am very excited for you! Take it easy the first couple of weeks (please) ... 30-40 mins (no more) at a time.

I can't wait to see how you are doing by the time I get back!

The pounds will melt off in no time!

From Kelli on Wed, Oct 01, 2008 at 13:40:19

Oh no---tracking weight loss!!! I hate that (for me, not for you). Good luck with that.

Okay, so I really like hummus but I have never tried tofu. Is it any good? What does it taste like? I am more for throwing some ham and turkey on the roll up---but am open to new things!

From Kelli on Wed, Oct 01, 2008 at 13:40:53

Oh, and by the way, I live in the 140's, it is not such a bad place to be (unless you are like 4 feet tall, I guess!)

From Lucia on Wed, Oct 01, 2008 at 13:45:06

Kelly, health food stores typically sell "baked tofu" that's already marinated and ready to eat, you chop it up and use it just like chicken or sandwich meat, it's great and very tasty, you should try it out - tofu itself tastes like nothing, that's why you have to fry it or marinate it and cook it with something to give it some taste.

I'm almost 5'8"... I was doing so well losing a few pounds before my injury, it's nerve-wrecking, but what really matters is to be fit, right? I love passing the super-skinny girls on the trails :)

From Kelli on Wed, Oct 01, 2008 at 18:31:48

5' 8" and 147 is super skinny! BUT, I know what you mean about wanting to lose. I go up and down so consistently it is almost aggravating. Bet, hey, I am a well-tuned yo-yo!

Okay, next time I head out to stock up on my health food store stuff (the closest one is still a 20 minute drive) I am going to get some nummy tofu and try it out.

From Walter on Thu, Oct 02, 2008 at 09:25:37

Lucia, its just baby fat! You'll burn it up once you quit crawling and learn how to walk and run! lol No offense

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I miss my bike!!! Metroed to the gym in the morning, did 1 hour elliptical and 15 mins. core work and weights.

One of my favorite singers is coming to town in a few weeks, I can't wait! His name is Ben Kweller, and he has a son called "Run" that's pretty catchy - you can listen to it here: http://www.metrolyrics.com/run-lyrics-ben-kweller.html

Here are the lyrics:

Over hills
Over dales
I'll run with you
If it works
If it fails
I'll run with you

Since fifteen
I have ran
Everywhere
You can run
But together is much better
So let's run let's run let's run

Empty hands
Tired feet
I run with you
On the sand
Over concrete
I run with you

Since fifteen
I have ran
Everywhere you can run
But with you
It's much more fun
So let's run let's run let's run

It doesn't matter that they say we'll never make it
It's so strong that nothing can ever break it
You and I can tackle anything of any size
All anyone can ever want is a co-pilot
Someone to leave this town and
Up and start a secret
And when you sleep at night
I'll kiss you right between your eyes

Over hills, over dales
I run with you
Down the mountain
Through the trails
I run with you

Since I was fifteen
I have ran
Everywhere you can run
I'm not done with my traveling
So let's run let's run let's run
I'm not done with my traveling
So let's run let's run let's run
I'm not done with my traveling
So let's run let's run let's run 

 

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Let's see... what did I do, what did I do... Oh yeah - woke up early and metroed to the gym, did 1 hr elliptical and 15 min. core work and weights. After work, I went to pick up my bike - 2 miles of super fast walking from the metro to the shop, to make sure I made it in time before they closed! Picked up my bike (reunited, and it feels so good!), and biked the 2 miles back to the metro station (it was dark and I didn't have my helmet so I didn't want to ride all the way back home). At the bike shop I picked up a very expensive light that I hope will help me see better when I bike in the dark so I don't get in an accident, some fenders so I don't get so dirty when I ride in the rain, and some other stuff. Unfortunately, on the ride back to the metro I realized I need a new crankset... ouch, that's going to be expensive! I had them change the chain only because I thought the crankset would be OK, but I was wrong! I need to take better care of the chain from now on, since I've been riding it a lot lately.

Day 3 of focusing on nutrition (yesterday) wasn't so good. Day 4 was a little better, but not great. I'm craving eggs and beans, which I think means I need to increase my protein intake... and I need to eat before I'm super hungry. I read this article http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org/factsheet3.html and it made me think. I have some habits of several of those "disorders", but none really to an extreme, so maybe that means I'm pretty much normal for a woman... The night eating disorder is definitely the one that jumps at me the most, and I've known it's a problem for me for a while, and consciously try to eat more calories earlier in the day, which really helps. I'm lucky to work close to a pretty good supermarket, and that my office building has plenty of space to store food, so I can just buy stuff and keep it here to eat in the morning, so I don't have to haul it around from home on my bike all the time.

Last but not least, BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE RUNNING THE ST. GEORGE MARATHON!!!! I'll be sending happy thoughts for you, and looking forward to reading your reports so please post them quickly if you can!

On the Fourth day till running
Lucia said to the bloggers
Have fun at the Saint George Marathon!

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Comments
From Nevels on Fri, Oct 03, 2008 at 10:54:56

Congrats on getting your bike back; I know how frustrating not having proper equipment can be. From the description of your workout today, between walking, biking, and gym work, it sounds like your in better shape than you're letting on...

From Lucia on Fri, Oct 03, 2008 at 11:11:33

Thanks Nevs - I'm in great shape, no doubt about that. But, could be in BETTER shape! You're an ultrarunner, you must know the feeling of always wanting more, right?

http://www.forbes.com/sport/2008/09/22/endurance-race-training-forbeslife-cx_avd_0922sports.html

From Nevels on Fri, Oct 03, 2008 at 11:22:13

I know the feeling all too well.

Good article, by the way.

From marion on Fri, Oct 03, 2008 at 12:50:18

Nice moves today! and you only have 3 days left!!! What time is your appt on monday? Gaul-leee! I am so excited for you. About nutrition, the biggest thing to remember is to do a little better every day. You ROCK!!! :D

From Lucia on Fri, Oct 03, 2008 at 13:33:26

Doctor's appt. is Monday at 8:30, Marion, so think about me during your morning run!

Baby steps - I know, I know.... but I want it all and I want it now!!! :)

From Aaron-PSU on Fri, Oct 03, 2008 at 18:44:03

OOOOOOHHHHH....Only 3 days until you're back in the saddle! Exciting! I can work out of my Arlington Office until the end of November so we're definitely going to have to go for a trot or two. Whaddya think? Sorry no bloggie for me lately...crazy busy at work.

From Christi on Sun, Oct 05, 2008 at 09:46:48

Hey pretty girl! What a great example of cross training you are. Thanks for your support on my race. You're right... we'll see how I feel about marathons after a few weeks, its kinda like having a kid- after time we block out the misery and just remember the good stuff- LOL

From Kim on Sun, Oct 05, 2008 at 11:08:12

Thank you so much for the congrats and support! Good luck getting back to the running!

Thanks for the song too! Tom and I like that!

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Nada. Feeling lazy. Biked to work and back - and that's it...

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Feeling tired, lots to do in the house. Biked to Crystal City in the morning to pick up the Army Ten Miler package, which I couldn't use, including an upgrade t-shirt that is the smallest Medium size I've ever seen. So sad.

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Woke up at 6:40 on my own, after my alarm clock failed! I thought I'd be late, so I biked as fast as I possibly could to the Lincoln Memorial to meet up with Ashley, who ran 10 miles to the Army Ten Miler start line to do the race, as part of a 20 mile run before MCM. I made it there before her, and biked by her side, to make sure she made it. Then biked home; about 10 miles total.

Later, I biked from home to Mt. Vernon and back. That's about 40 long and hard miles. I was going super FAST, passing EVERYONE on the way. I like passing the hard-core bikers on their road bikes with my clumsy hybrid. It was cool, but I'm really pooped.

It was so fun and exciting reading everyone's race reports from St. George and Twin Cities! I am so happy for everyone who did so well in such difficult conditions! We have such amazing runners on this blog!

TOMORROW I CAN RUN!!!!!

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Comments
From Kim on Sun, Oct 05, 2008 at 21:31:46

Yeah for your run tomorrow! I get to rest tomorrow! :o)

From barry on Sun, Oct 05, 2008 at 23:28:48

I bet you are really excited about being able to run tomorrow! How far are you planning to run? Also, what did the doctor say about you running this week?

From marion on Sun, Oct 05, 2008 at 23:48:21

12 hours to go! AAAAAAhhhhhhh!!!! I can't wait to hear what he says :) WOO HOO!!!

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The doctor cleared me to run again! HAPPY HAPPY, JOY, JOY!

They took an X-ray of my leg and he showed me the new bone was forming. It's interesting: he told me the actual stress fracture wouldn't show on an X-ray, and that's why they order a bone scan. However, once the bone is healed, an X-ray shows the recovery and new bone forming.

Also some coaches told me that I absolutely had to find out how I got the fracture: bad shoes, maybe I need orthotics, bad form, or overuse. But my doctor told me there's really no way to tell, that stress fractures do happen even if you train properly, have the proper nutrition and shoes, etc. It makes sense to me. Still, since when I first started feeling the pain I was just starting to wear new Saucony's with Superfeet insoles, I decided not to wear those shoes and inserts again and stick with my good old Asics. I'm going to pick up a new pair soon to celebrate my return to running.

Of course I brought my clothes and will go for a run after work in the park today, starting slowly, 3 min. run/2 min walk for about 30 minutes - I can't wait!!!

Thank you SO MUCH to all of you bloggers who kept on encouraging me and putting up with me during these past dreadful 8 weeks. You really kept me in check and motivated. THANK YOU!!!

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Alright... and off I went! 3.5 miles in 40 minutes. Ran for 4-5 minutes, walked for 2-3 in between... I must say, it was easier than I thought it would be (to run really slow and take walking breaks)... meaning, I'm not in as good a shape as I thought... I could really feel my quads and my breathing wasn't as easy as I thought it would be, even after the 50 biking miles yesterday... So, a slow re-entry it will be indeed... It felt so good to be out there and enjoy a bit of the beautiful DC weather though! I love fall!

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From paul on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 10:03:11

Congrats. Enjoy your run today!

From Nevels on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 10:24:52

I, too, got a stress fracture shortly after switching shoes, and being the superstitious runner that I am, I am too scared to wear New Balance shoes any more.

Congratulations on getting back to running, and good luck throughout the rest of the healing process.

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 10:27:38

Lucia, That's great news!!! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to go for a run with you again. Let me know when you want to run and we'll hop to it!!. Congratulations on your recovery and re-introduction into the world of running!!!!! :)

From Lucia on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 11:04:29

Thanks Paul! Absolutely, Aaron! This week I'll go super slow at it, but next maybe I'll be able to speed up a bit.

Nevels: where was your stress fracture, and how did you resume training after you healed up? Any recommendations?

From Nevels on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 11:29:30

My stress fracture was in my third metatarsal on my left foot. I made the egregious mistake of continuing running on it for about a month, but then sat out for the next two months or so. When I started back, I was back to doing significantly shorter mileage at a significantly slower pace than when I had stopped. I did manage to rev my training back up after only a couple of weeks, which I knew was risky, but after a couple of recurrence scares, I got back into the swing of things. I would definitely not recommend ramping back up too quickly. If I were you, I would keep doing what you are doing; ease back into it with a good run/walk routine, and as you get more comfortable on it and feel that it is strengthening up, reduce the walking and up the mileage. In a month or two, you'll be right back where you were before the fracture. I guess the only thing I would recommend doing differently is paying special attention to stretching/icing/generally paying more attention to where the fracture was. You were most likely not working the muscles around that area, so they are liable to be a little weaker than they were in the past, so just monitor the area, and you should be fine. Again, best of luck with your return to running!

From Lucia on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 11:32:03

Thanks Nevels! I'm glad to hear you recovered well too. I'll definitely do more stretching and cross-training from now on. I've learned my lesson!

From marion on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 15:13:03

YEAH!!!! WOOOOO HOOOOO!!! I just got home from work! GREAT NEWS!!! Take it easy and enjoy every step!!! :D Big smiles and (((((hugs))))) Yeah!!!! Is that enough exclamation points?????

From Kelli on Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 18:59:30

Oh, I can not wait to come back and see how that run went! I bet you will be loving every minute of it, that is so awesome!

HAVE FUN!!! And get in gear so you can qualify for Boston and join us all there!

From Metcalf Running on Tue, Oct 07, 2008 at 12:52:44

YAHHHHH!!! So glad you can run again!!! Just take yoru time getting back into it. You don't want to re-injure! Fall is fantastic! Have fun!

Lori

From Marion\ on Tue, Oct 07, 2008 at 13:52:05

You're rockin' your rollin' your AWESOME!!! Great miles :)

From dutch on Wed, Oct 08, 2008 at 09:52:07

holy crap! congrats!! just in time for autumn goodness.

From josse on Wed, Oct 08, 2008 at 10:04:35

That is so great!!! One thing I did when coming back from injury was do a bike/run thing. I would bike first to make my legs feel tired then run. It would make it seem like I ran farther than I did and I wouldn't over do the running.

From Lucia on Wed, Oct 08, 2008 at 10:08:42

Thanks guys - that's a good idea, Josse. I'm planning on mixing runs with bike rides, pool jogging and elliptical for at least a month. It feels so good to be back!

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Lazy day, feeling a bit down and overwhelmed. Biked to work (5 miles), biked about 9 miles at lunch with a friend, stayed at work waaaay too late, and biked home.

This song was in my head, and I was the crazy lady singing out loud:

October
And the trees are stripped bare
Of all they wear
What do I care?
October
And kingdoms rise
And kingdoms fall
But you go on
And on....

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From Marion on Wed, Oct 08, 2008 at 10:38:07

Hang in there! You are a running again! It's good to be the crazy lady singing. You are in good company ;) I will sing for you..

You, light up my life,

you give me hope,

to carry on,

you light up my life,

and fill my heart...with..song..

Two crazy ladies singing songs loud and strong across the country from eachother! You really are an inspiration! You have worked so hard and healed so well. Welcome back runner girl! Welcome back ARGENTINE ROCKET!!!

From mikemac on Wed, Oct 08, 2008 at 17:06:12

Thanx Lucia!! I'm so glad that your doctor said that you could run again. Try not to work so hard!

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60 min. of run/walk, slow. Went after work to Montrose/Rock Creek park, it was a bit dark but not too bad. Felt pretty good, just a few aches and pains.

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From Lybi on Wed, Oct 08, 2008 at 23:24:24

Yea! I am so happy for you that you are running again, Lucia! You've handled this whole process with style, I think.

From your post the other day... I love fall, too. Must be nice to be where you can actually see the colors change. :) Here in Arizona, the only real change is that the bermuda grass dies and goes yellow. But at least it's not so stinkin' hot!

From Kelli on Thu, Oct 09, 2008 at 09:42:31

Great job!!! I know you probably just want to jump back in there, but take it nice and slow. Look at me, I think I am a doctor! But, I bet it is tough to pace yourself, although you are smart about listening to your body so I am sure you are doing great!

Here is to many more running days for you. What did you decided to do for your first race? One in January?

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Too much to do around the house before going to work - I'm leaving for Boston and Maine this afternoon, to visit an old friend and camp/hike Acadia National Park - I've never been there and I'm sooooo excited! I won't run tonight but will probably take a walk around Boston, and hope to run tomorrow morning before hitting the road. Back on Tuesday! Have a great weekend everyone!

Ps. Random fact about Columbus day - in Argentina, they call it "Dia de la Raza" (Day of the Races, race as in heritage/background, not as in running races) - they want to emphasize the fact that the European race and the Aboriginals "met" around that date.

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From marion on Thu, Oct 09, 2008 at 12:43:36

Interreesting Columkbus Day fact ;) Have a great trip and be safe ! Good luck with the running!

From Metcalf Running on Thu, Oct 09, 2008 at 14:45:31

Have a great trip!! I'm sure you will have a great time. Take lots of pictures!

Lori

From Aaron-PSU on Thu, Oct 09, 2008 at 16:06:48

Safe travels Lucia! You will absolutely love Acadia National Park. It is absolutely gorgeous.

From walter on Thu, Oct 09, 2008 at 23:45:57

Beantown baby! Im going in a week! You should have waited and gone up to Salem with us! How are you feeling? Im back in town home and back to the grind.

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Three easy miles on a beautiful morning in a great neighborhood in Boston! I got here last night and went for a short run this morning before packing up and driving up to Acadia National Park! Can you say FUN???

Drove to Acadia NP, went for a short walk around the beautiful campsite. It's so gorgeous here, the weather was perfect!

I've now officially been to 38 states, in a bit less than 10 years in the U.S.!

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From marion on Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 11:23:09

Enjoy yourself!!! i am so glad the run is feeling good ;) YEAH!!!! Be safe!

From Aaron-PSU on Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 12:09:16

I'm just a wee bit jealous!

From Metcalf Running on Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 17:29:09

I'm more then a wee bit jealous LOL I hope you post some pictures... have a great time.

Lori

From walter on Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 21:14:12

Where are you at right now? which city?

From jill on Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 21:30:08

awesome- lucia, I am from Lowell originally- north of boston.. you may pass it on the way! Lunch nect week, girl, we gotta catch up and i need your good energy on my ankle. :o(

Talk soon... Jill

From Kelli on Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 21:38:04

Glad the running is going well and that you are having FUN.

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Hiked about 5 miles, some very rocky difficult terrain up here (Acadia Mountain loop). I got frustrated with my friend Ivan for being too slow - I was really trying to go as slow as I possibly could, but can't compete with a guy walking around looking up at all times with his hands in his pockets! So we made a deal: I'd go as slow as I possibly could if he tried to pick up his pace a little... it worked for a little bit, but then surely enough he stepped the wrong way down a rock and twisted his ankle really bad. Poor guy, I felt horrible... but.... i have to admit, I was a little glad inside, planning all the miles I'd do the next day, since he wasn't going to be able to hike. I know, I'm bad. I'm going straight down to hell... BUT, I also know that deep inside HE was also happy that the pressure was off for him to do any hiking the next day, and he would be able to do whatever he wanted (which was our agreement from the beginning anyway, he just wanted to hike with me to be nice and so I wouldn't be alone). Anyway... we made it back to the car and to the campsite, he iced his ankle, we made some good food, a nice fire, and went off to sleep.

I cannot tell you how gorgeous Acadia NP is. I'll post some pics soon. I was wowed. Wow.

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From marion on Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 12:44:53

I was wondering if you were back yet. I was folding the MOUNTAIN of laundry and thinking, "I wonder when Lucia will be back?"

Sounds like a great trip,,, hahahha trip, get it? Sorry about his ankle ;) I will go to hell with you. Well drink margaritas and you can make cherry garcia ice cream. We'll sit in hell and eat, EAT EAT!!!!

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WHAT A DAY!!!! Ivan dropped me off at one end of the park, and we agreed he'd pick me up at the other end. He went off to wonder into the town to get food to make me dinner, as I went off for a speed-hiking/trail running all over. I think he was happy, and I was definitely happy. We are good friends and had agreed beforehand that since we don't have the same interests, we would each do our own thing most of the time anyway, so we could both have a good time and enjoy the park that we both have been wanting to see for some time. 

The hike/run was a magical experience. The views, the colors, the rocks, the lakes, the ocean, the island, the blue sky, everything was just absolutely perfect. I wanted to cry. I felt God's presence all over the place. I'm no longer a religious person who goes to church (though I was raised very Catholic), but I certainly am someone that experiences God's presence in every aspect of my life. With every step, with every view, I kept thinking "Thank you God for my legs. Thank you for my knees. Thank you for my eyesight, for allowing me to see the beauty that you laid out for us." I could hardly breathe of how happy I felt. I ran whenever I could (the terrain is super-duper rocky up there), and hiked the rest. I passed EVERYONE around. Not one soul passed me. I know some people think you can't enjoy the land when you go fast, but I disagree - you can totally do both! I don't need to stop to enjoy myself.

As I passed a couple hiking with a baby and chit-chatted, the guy asked me where I was from. When I said Argentina, he told me Jorge Luis Borges was one of his favorite authors. What a great thing to hear! I was expecting he'd say something about soccer, about the economy, about Evita Peron... but I just love it when people tell me about Borges, our Argentine gem in the international literature, and one of my favorites as well (not an easy author to read in case you were wondering...)

Ivan picked me up at the place and time agreed upon, we went back to the campsite and he made a fire and cooked some great dinner.

I found myself thinking something that every once in a while, when I feel lonely especially, I wonder: could I be with someone that doesn't like to hike/run/enjoy the wilderness? Could I just trail run and hike by my self some weekends, go camping alone, and come home to a significant other that enjoys staying home and read, cook, and then enjoy a meal together at dinner time? Even though I enjoy hiking and being outdoors on my own, it's such a big part of who I am, that I think the answer is no. In a relationship it's important to have "your own things", but some things you just need to have in common with your partner, and to me, hiking and enjoying the wilderness is a big one. I can run, bike, swim on my own... Relationships are all about compromise, but there are some things that are non-negotiable.

Thoughts?

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From mikemac on Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 23:24:02

I agree. Running is my time to get away and think, not that I need to get away because I have a wonderful life with my wife and childeren. But it is a time to clear my head. But you know what? It would be great to have a running partner (spouse) from time to time. Time to just enjoy one anothers company and talk. With all the hustle and bustle....that time is limited somewhat. Time to yourself is important but doing things together is where its at. Take it from someone who has been married for 24 years this Oct.13th. ME!!

From Aaron-PSU on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 10:34:41

Lucia, It sounds like you had both a spiritually and personally enlightening trip. I'll say it again, I'm a wee bit jealous. In my opinion, as tough as it may sometimes be, finding a partner for life should be about the commonalities you hold together. For you, I know that finding someone who loves the outdoors is very important. Also important is not only to how you interact as individuals, but where and what you want your future to entail. In my opinion, relationships also need to have what I would call "it". The "it" I suppose is that feeling of the soulmate. The one individual with whom you are eternally happy with and never want to be without. Time spent running, going to sporting events, volunteering, pondering, and doing things on your own is totally ok; we all need a little "me time" to keep ourselves sane. Mike is correct in saying that doings together is where it's at. These are all the expressed written opinions of Aaron and only Aaron. Sorry for using all the little " " words. :)

From Lucia on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 11:18:48

Thank you for your comments!

Aaron, I think you hit three very important points there. 1: commonalities, 2: future, and 3: "it" (call it chemistry, attraction, love, etc.) When I was married, although the 1 and 3 were great, the #2 was missing, and like you pointed out, it's a crucial point. When we're young and inlove we think that's all we need. As grown-ups we realize it's a wee more complicated than that, right?

From mikemac on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 15:45:43

You get out of it what you put into it....as long as you are not the only one putting in. (make sense??)

From Kelli on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 18:50:57

I have to add that differences are good in a marriage, as long as you are understanding and accommodating. I kind of feel like my husband has invaded my world by running with me---sometimes it really aggravates me. I try not to let it bug me, but it was my ME thing and now it is a WE thing. I love that he comes with me (and protects me from dogs and snakes and kidnappers!) but sometimes I just want to be ALONE!

From Lucia on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 18:59:23

That makes sense, Mike.

Kelli - I know what you mean. It's a balance between doing things together and on your own. It can be done!

From Kelli on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 19:16:45

We have been married for 16 years, so I hope it can be done! I seriously have to ban him from running with me every once in a while just for a break. But, life is a balancing act, and you just have to figure it out! The running together thing is fairly new to me, so I will get it worked out in my tiny brain!

From jill on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 22:27:40

kelli, your words are ringing true. My husband has woken me up at 5:30 am for the past 2 days. It is upsetting since this is my sport. we met cycling - we were both about 35 miles from home on a training ride, separately, and we met. It was wonderful for about a year- then he became more of my Coach than my buddy.. so I stopped. Now I am running. I want it to be mine. I dont want the same experience. However, 1, 2 and 3 are there. So, we must be doing somethign right! Talk soon kids! lucia, your posts about Maine are beautiful- I can feel your excitement! Talk soon.

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Last night it rained a little, but by the morning all was almost cleared. We made breakfast and hit the road - Hiked a couple of miles on the way and walked to dinner in Boston. My legs definitely feel the 12 miles from yesterday, and my ankles too, but it feels so great! I am so sad to be leaving this beautiful place. I have to come back sometime. If you haven't seen Acadia National Park and have a chance to get here, don't hesitate and do it. You won't be disappointed. Pictures coming soon!

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From The Howling Commando on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 10:04:06

I rode my bike through Acadia National Park many years ago, and actually biked from New york to Maine three years ago. Acadia truly is a magical place. The views are extroardinary. Got to see a meteor shower too.

By the way, your blog has an insane amount of columns. I think it just gave me a migraine and/or fits of seizures. That is crazy. Can I ask what's the point of keeping track of 400, 800, 1500, 3k, 5k pace unless you are an elite runner? The paces are so close anyways and for the average runner anything faster than a 5k or 10k race mile is considered a fast mile. Why keep track of them lol. Confusing!

From Lucia on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 10:14:52

Ohhhh biking from NY to Maine sounds like a blast! Meteor shower too? Wow!

I think you got my blog confused w/someone elses, maybe? Where do you see those columns? I've actually never measured my pace for those distances, and the shortest race I've done is a 4-miler... I think high school kids like to keep track of the shorter distances pace, but I agree that it wouldn't make sense for someone like me.

From The Howling Commando on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 10:48:46

Thanks for the advice, Lucia. Hm. Maybe it's just my browser? but I see separate columns on your blog for 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3k, 5k, 10k, lactic threshold, aerobic threshold, marathon pace, base II, base I, and regeneration as well as total miles, sleep time, nap time, and total sleep time. HAHA. It's a bit insane!!

I see that you are also thinking about the JFK 50 as a goal. That is one of my goals as well. I just hope that I could get my body to not crap out on me before the finish line!!

Again thanks for the link. I will have to go and read that blog :)

From Lucia on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 11:08:04

Ohhhh!!! I see what you mean about the columns... that was... ehemmm... a mistake from when I signed up for the blog. I didn't read the fine print, and got stuck with this format that I picked not really knowing what I was doing, and realized too late that I can't go back to the more basic format now, unfortunately. Sorry about your seizures ;)

I crewed at JFK last November and it looked like a great race - so now I want to do it... in a few years maybe... You seem to have the endurance for it big time, I doubt you'll have a problem at the race if you train properly.

From marion on Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 12:28:23

Hey Lucy lu! What a fun vacation! I can't wait to see the pictures!!!

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Biked to work in the morning, and ran home from work, taking a couple of walking breaks. 5 miles in 55 minutes. FELT SO GOOD!!!!!!  The moon was out, almost full, right behind the Washington Monument. So gorgeous! It was hot today - so I felt like I haven't missed running in the summer after all!

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From marion on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 09:41:11

Great run! What did the doc have you do to keep from reinjury? it does feel good to run again, eh!

From Lucia on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 09:46:27

It really was, Marion!

The doc wasn't much help... but I've been getting advice from a physical therapist and coach, got new shoes, and need to just start slow and build up mileage, cross-train, stretch lots, and lose 20 lbs (well, this last one is self-imposed, but nevertheless necessary. I really think I increased my mileage too fast and that's why I got injured, and also I think I was wearing the wrong shoes.

From marion on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 09:51:08

Stretching is HUGE!! and very neglected. THe 10% rule is a good one to follow for mileage increase. You are going to do GREAT!!! Slow and steady wins the race!

From walter on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 09:58:48

You are lucky with the heat right now! we instantly went into winter here! it sucks. Lucia, you should buy a couple pairs of shoes and rotate them. It will help with nagging leg problems. I have several pairs that I rotate and since Ive done that I havnt had problems.

So since you ran home after biking to work does that mean you have to run to work today and bike home? lol

From Lucia on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 10:02:29

We really are lucky with the weather, though it's supposed to be cold tomorrow. I like cold though.

I was rotating between some Asics and some Saucony's when I got injured... I think it was the Saucony's that hurt me, and I was wearing Superfeet too - I don't think I needed those. But yes, I'll get one more pair of shoes to rotate. Thanks for the advice Wall-e! You coming to pace me to Austin?

Now come on Walterboy, you know I need to take it easy for a while! No running two days in a row for one more week! Though you know I want to!!!

From walter on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 10:14:02

Thats funny but I had the same problems when I rotated from Saucony and asics. Asics seem to be my shoe!

Austin? I thought you were doing R&R Arizona woman? Im signing up to do that one right now. Although I really want to do Austin, but not this year. I want to come off of SGM and keep training hard for it to try and blast a good time. Is Austin what your doing then?

From Lucia on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 10:16:59

I really, really wanted to do RNR AZ, Wally... but everyone tells me it's just too soon and I'll get re-injured, so I'm waiting an extra month and doing Austin. I may still go to Phoenix to do the half, visit friends, and meet you, Misty and other bloggers... After your awesome performance in SGM in those conditions I can't wait to see what you can do in Phoenix!

Yup, Asics is IT for me as well!

From walter on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 10:30:31

If I run the full Ill just pace Trick or someone that wants to get a BQ. Then Ill start training hard for Boston.

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Here are some photos from my trip to Acadia National Park. Lots more here: http://picasaweb.google.com/lucia.olivera/AcadiaNationalParkMaine#

From Acadia National Park, Maine

From Acadia National Park, Maine

From Acadia National Park, Maine

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Biked to Bethesda from the office and back after work, then biked home. Another gorgeous night here in the nation's capital. Total 20 miles of biking. Not bad for a school night! Tomorrow I get to run to work! Hooray!!!

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From marion on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 11:08:39

BEAUTIFUL!!!! wow! What a perfect time of year to go!!! I can't wait to see th rest!

From Nevels on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 11:33:56

Nice!

From Aaron-PSU on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 13:50:18

Love all the pics Lucia! You're such a good photographer!

From Lucia on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 14:46:57

Thanks guys! It really is a gorgeous place. Aaron, we should get out to Shenandoah again for another hike/run soon, the foliage must be very close to peak, and it's been too long since I saw Pepper!

From Aaron-PSU on Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 15:10:31

Lucia, I'd love to get out there for another hike. Alas, my dang weekend schedule is full all the way up until the third weekend in November (15-16). Yes...I'm very busy and traveling a lot to see friends. Would either of those days work for you? Sorry I'm so busy! :)

From walter on Sat, Oct 18, 2008 at 12:27:25

Gorgeous area Lucia! Im even more excited to get out there on Friday! Yes! I told Misty you were going to babysit for me and she laughed! Alright! Its a done deal! How far are you from Boston? I will be there on Saturday morning until Tuesday. I forgot about all the great things like the Smithsonian, Lincoln memorial and all that great stuff to see around there. Maybe I could squeeze that in? Ill see.

From Lybi on Sat, Oct 18, 2008 at 12:31:13

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Lucia. In Arizona the colors don't change, they just intensify: brown to MORE brown.

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Six slow and beautiful miles along the C&O Canal after work. Gorgeous weather. Felt pretty good - did a couple of walking breaks too...

Biked to work and back.

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From walter on Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 23:30:16

We had some awesome weather also today. Maybe we're in for an indian summer! Hopefully. Good to finally see some running miles in the blog! Now we need to get Jill back to health! Keep it up Lucia!

From Shauna on Sat, Oct 18, 2008 at 18:46:23

Sounds like you had a great week. I loved hearing about your trip to Maine! I noticed your target marathon is Austin-yay! I love Austin, and I hear the marathon there is great. We were there for Austin City Limits a few weeks ago-good times! Glad to hear things are going so well for you!

From Kelli on Sun, Oct 19, 2008 at 19:40:07

So, how is the running feeling?? Pretty good? I know you are happy to be running and all, I was just curious if everything feels as good as it should! I HOPE SO!

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Calling all bloggers! Please keep this banged-up rocket in your prayers. I had a bit of a fender bender riding my bike this afternoon, fell, broke my jaw in two places, got 6 stitches on a cut, and chipped a couple of teeth. I'm at home and doing alright, but need to follow up with a specialist to make sure I don't need surgery to fix the jaw. I appreciate your sending good thoughts my way! Happy running!

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From Scott Zincone on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 00:25:06

Oh my goodness. Were you hit by a car, or just a fall?

Take your time healing and I hope everything goes well.

From walter on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 01:01:52

Oh my goodness Lucia! NO! We are not having a good year this year! If it makes you feel better, I broke my toe, lifted a jack hammer with my back and tweeked it today. I cant even sit! And I was bending down on thursday and when I came up something popped in my calf and I have a lump in the back of my left leg with a dark bruise around it! Im in pieces here! Dear Lucia, please take it easy and get yourself healed up and we'll do it again! Hope all is well.

From I.L. on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 01:39:45

Very sorry to hear the news. Best of luck in your recovery!

Were you hit by a car? I've cycled a bit in the Salt Lake City area, and I'd say many of the long time cyclists I know from SLC have been hit by a car at least once in their cycling "careers." I don't even hardly cycle in the city anymore because of that.

Again, all my best to you! Hopefully you will be all right.

From montelepsy on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 11:29:22

Great, now no one's going to care about my sprained ankle any longer.

Joking aside, I wish you a speedy recovery without any complications.

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 11:51:02

Wow Lucia, sorry you had an accident but I'm glad that you're still around! You are totally have a tough year, aren't you? Let me know if there is anything I can do to help, ok? You don't have to eat your lunch through a straw, do you? Get better soon!

From barry on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 12:36:27

I am so sorry. You will be in my prayers!! Did someone run a stop light or stop sign? How long are you going to be off work? I feel so bad for you..

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 12:44:59

Sorry to hear about that. At least you are alive and are able to type, and think enough to blog, that's a positive. Could have been much worse.

From Metcalf Running on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 16:50:49

Lucia, I'm so sorry to hear about your fall/accident, you will be in my prayers for a speedy recovery. You are one tough girl though and I know that you will come through this and be even stronger. Take care, Lori

From Lucia on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 18:41:56

For crying out loud Walter, how do you manage to beat me every time? You not only run faster but your injuries are always worse than mine! I shall beat you some day! Hopefully it'll be on the running :)

Thank you guys for your good thoughts! I'm having surgery on my jaw tomorrow afternoon, then will have to keep my mouth shut for several days... which will make a lot of people happy. Yup, Aaron, straws will be my friends!

And yes, Sasha, it could've been A LOT worse and I am very thankful for all the things that did not happen. The physical pain is not really what hurts the most in these situations, but not having my family around to support me is the hardest part. Thankfully I'm surrounded by great friends. And hey, I don't need any makeup to be Frankenstein in Halloween!

Thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts!

From Lucia on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 18:48:40

I wasn't hit by a car, I just got distracted looking at the beautiful scenery coming into DC from Arlington - there are bars on the bridge, and I leaned too far to the right, my handlebar got caught in one of the bars, and I went down. Hit the ground with my chin, but the whole bone shifted and broke up by my ear.

Walter and Montelepsy, I wish you both a speedy recovery as well!

From walter on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 19:05:52

Oh no Luce! You cant talk at all? Please send photos! lol Im not laughing at you just with you. You shouldnt worry about me im fine compared to you. I actually have been on a bike and was looking back and ran into a parked car and landed on the hood. It was utterly embarrassing! The man came out of his house and was worried about me more than his car thank goodness!

Hey, you know that goal you had to lose weight?

Well, maybe its an omen? lol Good luck and if you cant talk then type! If you cant be an athlete, be an athletic supporter! (my favorite saying) Cheers

From Lucia on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 19:09:44

Wall-e, that's the first thing I thought about when they told me no solid foods - weight loss! In Spanish we say "No hay mal que por bien no venga" - I don't know how to translate it... in all bad there's something good. Absolutely! Just in time for bikini season... in the Caribbean?

From walter on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 19:20:43

I hear you there Lucia, I know something good is about to come of all my horrid luck! Yours also! I know you are strong and will get through this quick. My sister went through that and it went by quick. Keep yourself busy like you always do and youll blink through it!

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 20:15:54

Hey Lucia, If you need anything at all, let me know. I can go buy you some straws. :) Seriously, if you need anything, email me and I'll be glad to help. I know you won't be able to call.

I was hoping that you'd be out there cheering us on at the MCM on Sunday. :(

From Lucia on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 20:19:28

Aaron, you think this will stop me from cheering? What are whistles and maraccas for? Ohhhh I'll be there!!! I'll let you know my spot so you can look for me. Is there a spot where you want me to give you anything? Let me know - I'll be happy to hand you your favorite snack on the way.

From jill on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 20:57:22

Lucia- please let me know where you will be- what hospital, and if you want someone to sit with you for a while. Also,if you need a ride home from the hospital, or want to stay at my house for a night - please let me know what I can do...Sending you good vibes my dear! So sorry!

From walter on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 21:04:01

You see how the blog brings us closer together!? We are all good at heart here. Thats nice of you and Aaron to help out. Im not trying to hint at any one here on my part. lol Good luck and best wishes Lucia.

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 21:09:22

Lucia, I need nothing special during the race, although thanks for offering! I have my cowbell ringer thingy from last year if you want to use that. I can always drop something off for you at your place on Friday too since I'll be picking my packet/schwag down at the expo.

From Lucia on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 21:39:08

Thank you Jillzo and Aaron, I'll be alright, your good energy is all I need.

Jill, you need anything for MCM? Let me know!

Aaron! You'll need more cowbell!!! Let me know what time you'll be in my hood.

From marion on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 23:06:57

NO NO NO!!! I go out of town and you let the road beat the crud out of you!!! I am SOOOOOOOO so sorry! I would come take care of you if I could. It is SO hard not having family around at times like this. You just want your mom to make you soup and do your laundry and dust!

Take care and good luck in surgery! I am praying for you. I am so sad you are hurt!!! CRAP!!!

From walter on Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 23:21:50

Hey Lucia, does this mean I dont have a babysitter this weekend? lol I guess Ill keep the kids with me then. Consider yourself lucky there.

From jill on Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 14:49:22

Give us an update when you can!!! Thinking of you!!!! I need your speed, that is all! Last night I had a dream that 2 hours into the marathon I took a coffee break at Starbucks! I know,I think I really do get distracted when running- even in my dreams! I will be okay! And, you will be okay too.

From walter on Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 18:13:02

Jill dont worry, I have those dreams also. I should ask a shrink what that means. lol

From Lybi on Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 18:36:25

Oh NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Lucia, I am so sorry to hear about your crash. Please keep us updated. I am worried about you! My sister in law broke her jaw and had to have her teeth wired together for 6 weeks. The human jawbone is one of the strongest bones in the body, I've heard. You must've really hit it hard. Time for some Rocket repair! I'm sending all the positive thoughts I can your direction...umph...let me know if they don't arrive.

From jtshad on Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 18:39:40

Lucia, sorry to hear about your accident, I wish you a speedy recovery and will keep you in my prayers!

From Lucia on Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 23:14:00

Thank you for your messages everyone! Surgery went well this afternoon, and I'm already home. Mouth is wired shut for about 3 weeks... maybe 2, or maybe more... I'm pushing for 2 of course. It sort-of feels like having braces. Not much pain at all, drugs are helping. I am so going to lose weight! I have such wonderful friends - my friend Marcella is staying with me tonight to make sure I make it alright, and my friend Bryon brought me a bunch of smoothies, soups, etc., delivery from a bunch of other friends. I'm definitely a lucky girl! I'll post some pics later on.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS! Run smart and ride safe!

From marion on Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 23:22:48

You are such a "bright side" looker :D You will lose those pounds you wanted to lose :) I am so glad you have good friends to love and take care of you! I would make you yummy soup if I were there! Take those drugs- you don't get any points for pain! I am SO glad the surgery went well!! Hang in there!!! Morbid, I know, but I can't wait to see the pic's ;)

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Post-surgery

http://picasaweb.google.com/lucia.olivera/Jaws#5259811854159348306

I have the best friends in the world

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From marion on Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 23:34:30

Ok- you look GREAT!!! Thanks for the pics! You do have wonderful friends! Ooooh honey, it looks like it really hurts! You poor, poor thing :) You've got to suck up all the loving you can! You let all those great friends take care of you so you can rest and feel better REAL soon! ((((((hugs)))))))

From kungfublonde on Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 00:11:33

Oh my gosh- I am so sorry about your injury!! I hope you are better soon, here's wishing you a speedy recovery.

And even all bandaged and scraped up, you still look beautiful - THAT'S true beauty!

From Lybi on Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 00:15:14

Boy, you make breaking your jaw look sexy! Soon it will be all the rage. Do you have enough painkillers? At a time like this, I hope you have several versions of "Pride and Prejudice" to keep you distracted. May you heal quickly!

From barry on Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 12:37:34

Ouch, that looks painful. How are you doing today? Almost a day after your surgery. When can you go back to work? Your still in my prayers.

From walter on Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 19:30:02

Lucia, I dont have words. Youve quieted the Walter! Wow! Get well soon! You could have just told me you didnt want to watch my girlies, this is a bit exteme. lol Take a pain pill and relax and hope to see less biking miles and more running. Cheers!

From Metcalf Running on Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 23:35:06

Lucia, I can't believe that you are smiling in the pictures. You are one tough girlie. Get better soon!!!

Lori

From mikemac on Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 00:16:59

Lucia, I am so sorry about your accident!! I hope that you will feel better soon.You really do have a lot of friends...and why not. You and they are lucky to have each others friendship.On the bright side , you did say that you wanted to lose some weight right? I dont know where you need to lose it but good luck!!

From montelepsy on Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 00:48:58

Scars are cool.

From jill on Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 09:43:01

Hugs. ouch.

Hope today you are feeling better. Can you give us a weight loss update too? Can you open your mouth at all?

Take good care!

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What a gorgeous crisp Auttumn morning here in Capitol Hill! The birds are singing, the trees are turning orange/yellow, my house smells like flowers, my cat is cuddling next to me, and my breath stinks :)

I'm feeling well, just some discomfort from the braces/dirty mouth, so I didn't sleep that well. Woke up around 5 and took some more of the pain medicine to help me sleep.

Ok, so here's an update:
Pounds lost since the accident: about 7
Today's weight: 141.5 lbs.
Number of inches my butt has fallen since I haven't exercised since Sunday: about 10
Number of minutes Lucia will walk/do strengthening exercises for today: 60

Have a great day runners!!! Thank you for your support! I'll be out and about before you know it!

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From Jim on Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 10:25:51

Lucia,

You do have wonderful friends. If only everyone had friends like yours the world would be a much better place. Heal fast and yes, scars are sexy.

From Marion on Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 17:33:52

I am glad you are sounding so up beat! Is is the drugs? I figured the weight would fall off for you ;) Up side to all things :)

Take care and don't do too much.

From Metcalf Running on Thu, Oct 23, 2008 at 21:30:38

Good to see that you are still so positive! But take it easy, so you can get better fast.

Lori

From walter on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 01:00:38

You are the Tom Petty song, I wont back down! My gosh, nothing can keep you down! Keep your head up high and laugh it off, I love that attitude!

From Dale on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 at 11:43:53

Wow, I missed your accident. Get better quick!

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Feeling good, people! Went to work this morning and saw my friend Paul outside the metro - "I would recognize that chin anywhere" he said as he smiled and gave a sympathetic hug. Everyone at work was also super nice, and I have more flowers than I have room for. Feeling the love!

Went to the doc that afternoon to get stitches removed - chin is looking better. 

The highlight of the day: a visit from fellow blogger and all-around-great guy Aaron! Now, the resemblance between Aaron and Pepper is pretty hard to believe. As soon as I opened the door, Aaron gave me a puppy look! It was pretty funny.

There's so much commotion in the city due to the Marine Corps marathon, I'm so sad I can't run it! But I'll be out there cheering on all runners, especially our fellow bloggers Aaron and Jillzo! You guys are going to rock the planet, and I'll be out there cheering you on in silence, with my purple wig and my cowbell! GOOD LUCK GUYS!!!

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From Kelli on Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 22:05:46

Oh my goodness. I just read your weeks worth of blogging and look what happens when I slack off!!! I am so sorry about your accident. Holy cow! Is your mouth wired shut or does it just hurt to eat, cause 7 pounds in less than a week is a ton of weight to lose. Are you starving girl?? I am always worried about the FOOD!!

Glad to know you are healing up well and wish you the best!

From marion on Sat, Oct 25, 2008 at 22:41:51

I need MORE cowbell!!! You are really an amazing gal, Lucia! I am SO proud of you for your all around fantastic nature! You are an inspiration and a trooper!

How much more weight have you lost? Don't go getting any ideas, Kelli!

From walter on Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 00:48:16

Hey Lucia, did you hear I gained your weight your losing! I guess I can thank you. Ive needed some love handles. I hope your feeling better and you were able to cheer for Jill and Aaron like this "mmmm, nnkmmmmmm mmmm! (Go guys go!) Hope the pain is disipating and the swelling is going down. I get mine next Thursday! 1 week of no movement and 3 weeks of rest and then Ill be running again. Ill get to take my 12 step program into personal effect! I want to do the MCM next year. If im not out of a job. Ill see ya later.

From Metcalf Running on Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 09:23:31

Good to see that you are healing! Have fun cheering on the marathoners you are such a sweet girl!

Lori

From Kelli on Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 10:27:56

No ideas, I am not going to go through painful surgery to lose weight! I am too much of a wimp!! Lucia already looked fabulous!!!

From Maria on Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 16:48:32

Gosh, Lucia, I missed the whole thing, having fallen off from the face of the blog. Best wishes for your speedy recovery! You have a great attitude (but I hope you can start eating solid food soon!).

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GOOOOOOOO JILLZO!!!! GOOOOOOOOOO AARON!!!!

That's what I wanted to say today at the MCM course today!

I went out cheering with my friend Jenny - we were wearing ridiculous purple and blue wigs (photos coming) - I had a cowbell, and she had her voice. The wigs were a hit! Everyone loved them! Hint: next time you go cheering for marathoners, wear a ridiculous wig! That'll put a smile on the runner's face for sure.

I was so sad to miss Aaron, it seems the phone alerts were waaaay off and he was running waaaay fast and ahead of me. At the last minute I got a request from a friend to hand him a banana at around mile 10, and some gu at around mile 20, so I had to follow him around and therefore missed Aaron. He is such a STUD and finished in like 3:40 something. GO AARON!!!!

Jillzo was looking fabulously beautiful as always and I was able to snap a few GORGEOUS pictures of her - I'll see if I can get her permission to post them. I saw her by the 14th St bridge, where, coincidentally, I had my bicycle accident exactly a week ago :(

I had so much fun cheering, even when I couldn't talk - just smiling and looking at the runners in the eye I think makes them understand you're supporting them and maybe feel better? I hope so.

CONGRATULATIONS Jill and Aaron - you both rock!!!

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From matt on Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 19:05:50

Congrads on the weight loss and getting back into the routine. You are dedicated and I have no worries about a strong come back. Just be patient.

From marion on Sun, Oct 26, 2008 at 19:05:51

You are such a great friend Lucia! I bet that was fun to see all those crazy runners ;)

From walter on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 09:39:52

Lucia, can you imagine running a marathon with your jaw wired shut!? ohhhh Thats great you went out! I really want to do that race. The weather here yesterday was amazing and the trees and scenery are just what I expected. Nice of you to be a cheer leader and it gives you that excitement and enthusiasm to get your BQ goals.

From jill on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 10:49:07

U R the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am going to post my photos, although your are much better and I look a lot more happy in them than in mine!!! I think Marion can see them on facebook since they are there... Talk soon You are the greatest Lucia!

From Lucia on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 11:08:19

I honestly had a blast cheering, sooo much fun! I'll post those photos here so everyone can see them, Jillzo.

Thanks Matt, Marion and Wall-e! My time will come soon enough, I know it :)

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Hellowwww everybody,

I had my follow-up appointment with the surgeon this morning. The good news is, the bone is healing well. The bad news is, the wires have to stay on for three more weeks, so 4 weeks total... probably... he didn't want to give me hope but I could tell that if all goes well, he may be taking them off earlier. But, as long as they help me heal better, I don't mind having them on. He said he rather not have me running and biking outside, that he doesn't want me to fall... so he suggested I do stationary bike and maybe some treadmill... we'll see, maybe in a few weeks I'll still go outside and just be very careful. I rarely fall during running anyway.

Here are some pics of our beautiful Jillzo during the race, and of yours truly cheering on the runners:

http://picasaweb.google.com/lucia.olivera/MarathonCheeringAndFun#5261831348165423842

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From marion on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 15:31:19

Bummer about the 4 weeks, but great about the healing. Bummer about the "no outside" but GREAT about the stationary bike and treadmill. (I am more likley to fall off of the treadmill than outside.) Just my two cents!

From marion on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 15:31:56

Lucia- you're HOT in purple! ;D

From Lucia on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 15:32:55

Marion, that's exactly what I'm thinking too, more likely to fall on a treadmill!!!

From Kelli on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 20:31:00

Oh, man! That is along time!! So Sorry. Is it just a pain in the butt to keep your mouth shut? Can you talk at all?? You need to go to some smoothie joint every day and get a different kind for each meal. Maybe they make a lasagna one??

Great pictures of the race, too!

From Lucia on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 20:37:33

Yeah, those kind of candy smoothies are dangerous, Marion! I have to be good and eat lots of fruits and veggies... even though it takes me forever to drink them, cause even the smallest bits and seeds get all over my teeth and block any liquid from coming in, so ever few sips I have to wipe out the stuff that blocks it and then I can drink again. It's a slow process!

Kelli, I can talk a little but it's hard to understand me. Thank goodness I don't have to talk for my job! Yes, I need to get some good smoothie mix with lots of vitamins and proteins and fiber. It really isn't as bad as it seems. I already love fruit smoothies and soups anyway. The race was really great - you guys should come out for it next year!

From Kelli on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 21:09:47

I would be totally fine with the eating, it would be the NOT talking that would do me in! I am a TALKER!!! But, I guess in this day and age it is no big deal---you have the computer and texting!

I did not think about the inside of your mouth and teeth! That is an interesting dilemma. You will need a good teeth cleaning when it is all over!

From Lucia on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 21:21:25

I'd like to think I'm not a big talker, but probably some people will disagree :) I'm a bit of an introvert so yes, e-mail and texting is my preferred communication method anyways! I already have an accent, so between that and the mouth shut, well, let's just say it's not a good combination! :)

From marion on Mon, Oct 27, 2008 at 22:34:35

I wonder if your teeth will hurt when you eat again?

From walter on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 09:02:45

Lucia, I can see your jaw is healing and the swelling is subsiding! I was wondering who was in the wig? jk funny! Great for you to support out there! Remember thats on my list of 12 recovery tips you know!? It helps you be a better person and runner!

From Lucia on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 09:05:35

Marion, I'm wondering if my teeth will be all dead... I'll cross that bridge when I get to it, I guess...

Wall-e, yes, thankfully I'm healing. Of course I had to be there to support the runners! I wonder what they thought too - this crazy-looking girl with a scar and a purple wig and a cowbell that didn't open her mouth, I just looked at the runners that looked at me on the eye and waved and jiggled the cowbell pointing at them... too funny!

From walter on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 09:22:16

I cheered a bunch of my friends into the SGM finish and I dont think they knew who was yelling there name! They all had that look of please let me finish on their faces!

From Kelli on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 12:22:13

BULL Walter! I totally knew who you were, and i smiled and waved back!

From Lucia on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 12:25:49

hahaha! I have a feeling EVERYONE knows who you are, Wall-e!!!

From walter on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 12:49:38

Ok except for Kelli.

From Kelli on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 13:26:38

THANK YOU!! It was hard to recognize Walter as he was all bundled up in warm clothes.

From walter on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 00:49:39

They were warm clothes that quickly turned to wet and soggy ones! uggh!

From luzylew on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 11:05:51

I just read about your accident. I can not believe how much you have been through in the past few months. YOu're so tenacious though, it's inspiring. Thank you for keeping up the blog and letting us share in your energy. I can't believe how funny the wigs and cowbell....you've got spirit!

From jill on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 20:47:29

hey girl... are you riding your bike around, or are you nervous to get back in the saddle? Talk soon...please eat something!!! :o)

From Lucia on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 20:57:09

Jilly-oh, where is your MCM race report, girl?

I haven't biked since the accident... the doctor told me not to for about one more week - if I fall off now, my jaw is so weak it would be really bad. If I wait till it's a little stronger, I can fall and hit it (if it's not a really bad fall) and still be ok... but of course, statistically, what are the chances of me having ANOTHER bicycle accident now???

From walter on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 22:22:32

Lucia, I wouldnt press the odds with your luck and Im not the one with any luck either but I know when your down theres no where to go but up baby! I will be there in a few hours!

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YES I CAN!!! YES I CAN!!! I can run on the treadmill!!! I can run and exercise with a bunch of metal and wires in my mouth!!! Hooray!!!

Went to the gym after work and did 30 min on the elliptical, 25 minutes of run/walk on the treadmill, and some weights. The treadmill made me a little dizzy but it wasn't too bad... I really think if I continue training, I'll be able to run a marathon in February and qualify for Boston...  we shall see... let's not get ahead of ourselves, but I'm very happy to be able to exercise and feel good.

Morning weight: 140. Come onnnnn 130's... !!!!! I must say, I thought I'd lose a lot more weight with these liquid diet, but I'm glad I didn't - it's not healthy to lose weight too fast. I've been very good with my eating - lots of fruit smoothies and liquified bean or lentil soup, so I can get a lot of protein and fiber. It's very frustrating because everything gets in my teeth and clogs them, so the eating process is very slow, but I don't want to drink only juices or boost/ensure... i think real food is better...

Happy running!

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From marion on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 22:01:56

Nice moves lady! YOu are so AWESOME!! Hey you have got to get into our "worst 80's" photo contest! I am winning so far!!! Tomorrow I am posting a Sadies Hawkins photo of me and my husband from high school! EEeeek!

From Bonnie on Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 09:23:15

LUCIA!!! I just got back, oh my goodness, you are such a trooper! I was (am?) planning on getting my bike worked on so I can ride to work a few days a week, but now I am a fraidy cat! I would be riding all but 3 miles on a bike path (11 miles each way), but still -- wow.

Please take care of yourself, be patient, you will be able to run a marathon in February.

Bonnie

From Metcalf Running on Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 17:08:21

I can't believe you!!! You are inpirational! I'm glad you are feel ing well enough to work out.

Lori

From montelepsy on Sat, Nov 01, 2008 at 12:32:36

Eek! Haven't you been told not to run with scissors!

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The office closed early, so I was able to go for a run in the gorgeous fall afternoon on the C&O Canal to Fletcher's boathouse with my friend Trick, who I haven't seen in a long time. I had to run with my special scisors in case of an emergency to cut the wires of my mouth! It was fun running with Trick cause he is so shy and quiet - but this time he had to do all the talking, so he opened up to me a bit more than before. Felt great! Took some walking breaks just for precaution, but most of the time we were going at a good pace and I did the 6 miles in 1 hour.

Morning weight: 139!!! I am now at my pre-stress fracture weight. Yup, I gained 10 lbs after I stopped running, and now I lost them since the jaw fracture. I am NEVER going back to the 140s. NEVER. Did you hear that? Please hold me to it. I feel sooooo much better being less heavy. I still want to lose at least 9 more lbs, although 11 would be the absolute heavenly place, but at 130 lbs I know I would feel great. So why do I do this to myself and keep allowing myself to gain so much weight? I don't know. I'm an idiot. It's not just that I fit better on my clothes or that I look better when I see myself on the mirror, it's so much more, it's my confidence level that is better, it's my fitness, it's my not feeling subconscious about my huge butt bouncing around when I walk.

A bigggg shot out to our friend Wall-e who just had hernia surgery! Hang in there buddy, it'll all be better soon!

Gotta go hand out candy now, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

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From Sasha Pachev on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 16:27:42

Congratulations on being able to run again. Every small victory counts.

From marion on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 16:34:31

Running with sissors? :) I am so glad that you were able to run today :D Happy day!

Yeah about the weight :) Not the best way to get if off, but hey :)

XOXOXOXOX- have a GREAT day!!! Happy Halloween! :D

From Metcalf Running on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 18:46:26

Yeahhh for being able to run!!!

Yeahhh for weight loss!!!

Happy Halloween!

Wish I was with you on the weight loss thing... but I don't think I want a broken jaw to get it LOL

Lori

From jill on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 19:19:03

BOO!! :o)

From Lucia on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 19:27:56

Jillzo you are so silly :)

From Lucia on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 19:32:49

Thank you Sasha - I've been e-mailing with a friend who has some serious back issues and another who is getting some knee surgery; neither of them can exercise at all for quite some time. As far as serious injuries/broken bones goes, the jaw is not bad at all!

From walter on Sat, Nov 01, 2008 at 11:36:10

Happy belated Halloween. I unfortunately was unable to participate in the festivities last night. My first halloween in my life that ive missed out on. Im starting to get more mobile. It hurts when I stand up though. But the pain is dissipating. I can see how you can easily get hooked on Oxycontin. It makes me feel awesome!

From luzylew on Sun, Nov 02, 2008 at 14:06:26

I can just picture right where you ran along the C&O canal. I took a couple of hike/walks there when I visited my sister in Alexandria this Summer. It must be breathtaking this time of year. I am so, so happy that you can be out running again--even with a wired jaw and scizzors--what a miracle to finally be outside, no?. P.S. I hear you on the 140 lbs. issue...this entry read like a part of my own subconcious.

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Counting an 8-mile rocky, strenuous hike as 4 miles of running... went out to Shenandoah, did the White Oak Canyon/Cedar Creek loop. The colors are just undescribable. Went with my friend Brian, who even though he's lived in this area for a long time, hasn't done much hiking in those trails. It's weird how sometimes people don't explore the area where they live... I must say, I've lived in a lot of places in the U.S. and I have explored the surroundings as much as I possibly could - although I probably don't take advantage of all the great museum exhibits we get here in town.

The day was just beautiful, the leaves are either at peak or a bit past peak, and we even jumped into The Slide - we were told the water in the pool was 46 degrees!

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Six easy miles down East Capitol, to the Mall and back up. Another beautiful, cloudy day. Trees are gorgeous and I felt great - hamstrings a bit tight.

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From marion on Sun, Nov 02, 2008 at 21:53:06

Nice run Lucia!!! Keep stretching those hams! Tights hams are cute, but problematic ;) I am so glad you are recovering well! ARe you still running with sissors?

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 10:30:29

Good to see you're back to running Lucia. Marion beat me to it....make sure you're running with your scissors!!!!

From Lucia on Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 11:43:37

Actually, I forgot my scissors yesterday... I realized too far from my house and decided to take the risk, but I shouldn't do that anymore...

How are you doing Aaron, legs recovered and all?

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 14:10:58

Tsk-Tsk Lucia. Don't forget those scissors again, you never know what's going to happen when you are out and about.

Legs are doing much better. Thanks for asking. I may go out for a few miles tonight to see how the rest of me is feeling.

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I know I shouldn't have ran two days in a row... but it's so nice out, and my co-worker wanted to go, so I couldn't say no. Felt great, went at good pace, out on the Rosslyn bridge and back on the Memorial Bridge. I brought my scissors this time!!!

Did my very first spin class ever after work - 45 minutes, it was so hard, I thought I was going to faint like this:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we9_CdNPuJg

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From Kelli on Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 14:48:24

Just be careful!!! Glad you are enjoying it. It is getting cold around here again, maybe even snow!!

From marion on Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 15:12:00

Ok- please explain the sissors. I am sure you already have, but I must have missed it! xoxoxo

From Lucia on Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 15:16:53

Hahaha! I don't know if I explained it - I have these braces on my gums, on top and bottom of my mouth. They are held together by wires, so I cannot open my mouth at all. In case of an emergency, if I am sick and need to throw up, or if I can't breath and someone needs to give me CPR or intubate me, the wires need to be cut, and hence the scissors/pliers that I have to carry with me at all times. Funny, ha?

Kelli, snow sounds awesome!!! Enjoy!!!

From marion on Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 15:19:14

No enjoying the snow!!! Except while watching movies and drininkg hot chocolate!!!

I get the sissors now. CARRY YOUR SISSORS!!! :D

From Kelli on Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 15:21:14

Can you imagine throwing up?? AWFUL.

From Metcalf Running on Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 15:49:55

My oldest son had to have jaw surgery when he was 18. He stayed overnight at the hospital, and threw up with his jaw wired shut. He said it was the worest!!! I felt so sad for him. But thank heavens that is all behind him.

Great run Lucia, Be careful, but I"m so glad you are feeling well.

Lori

From Lucia on Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 15:54:43

Oh goodness... poor thing!

Lori, it's hard to imagine you have kids that old!!! You are so amazing!

From walter on Mon, Nov 03, 2008 at 21:52:48

Nice running Tex! I went to work today and I shouldn't have! I promise Ill rest more tomorrow. Tschuss! I am bloating like a dead deer on the side of the road. Thank goodness for my pain pills. But they make my head feel big.

From walter on Tue, Nov 04, 2008 at 18:45:42

My first spin class I took I sweat more in that hour than I do in a marathon! Your legs didnt go stiff while you were spinning did they? ha ha, I can just see you! lol

From montelepsy on Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 09:10:32

Alright another spinner!

From Lucia on Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 09:18:19

I'm not so sure about that... maybe I'll try to do one spin class per week... it was hard, even for a fast biker like me!

Nobody commented on the funny fainting goats video???

From montelepsy on Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 09:23:56

Walter did in his stiff leg comment. The goats are hysterical, btw.

From walter on Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 13:16:39

Yeah lucia, I was saying you fainted on the spin bike! lol My sis in law teaches spin and she is a spin nazi! I told her she's mean! My wife can kick my butt on those bikes she has a tough workout.

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A rainy yet lovely DC evening - ran in the dark along the C&O canal towpath... forgot my scissors... not smart - and not smart to run in the dark on my condition either, but hey, Wall-e is not running for me anymore so I had to get out there! Felt good - went slow for the first 4 miles, picked up the pace on mile 4 and slowed down the last one.

When I was changing into my running clothes I found something I hadn't seen in a very very long time: MY ABBS!!! I actually have abdominal muscles, I thought they were gone but they were just hiding behind layers and layers of fat! :)

Very happy to live in a country where elections can go smoothly and people's votes count! I voted for the first time in the U.S. today. It was very exciting, though I had to wait in line for 2 hours...

Do you realize how many people in the world don't have that? Whether you're a Republican or a Democrat, living in democracy is a gift - don't take it for granted!

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From marion on Wed, Nov 05, 2008 at 11:47:05

You are right Lucia. We are very blessed. There are SO many great things about our government that we take for granted.

Don't forget your sissors. Go put them in your running shoes right now! xoxoxoxoxoxo

From marion on Wed, Nov 05, 2008 at 12:59:19

Oh yeah- GREAT abs! Whoo hoo! I'd like to find mine! ;)

From Metcalf Running on Wed, Nov 05, 2008 at 13:06:17

My abs have been hiding for so long now I dont' know if I would even recognize them if I could see them LOL

I agree... we are so blessed to live in this country and I think we here in Utah are doubly blessed. I love everything about living here, I think it is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Lori

From walter on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 00:45:45

Wow you finally found your abbs! I hope I can find mine when I done lounging around! lol

From walter on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 00:47:32

By the way, hows the jaw holding up and are your scars starting to disappear? When can you kiss again? lol Im sorry, sometimes I think of the worst scenarios! cheers

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 08:57:37

Let's all begin a quest to find our abs!!!

Funny you ask, Wall-e, I've been going out on dates with two guys that I'm not sure about, and it's great having an excuse to get to know them better before kissing! It's pretty funny that they still want to go on dates with me, my scar, my metal mouth and scissors! And they have to do all the talking!!! Dating in your 30s is hard, especially in DC!

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 09:00:41

The scar is healing very very slowly - my chin is still all red. I'll post some pictures soon. The abbrassions in my hand aren't healed yet either. It sucks being old... remember when we were kids and the day after getting a cut we already had a scab? The jaw is ok - the wires come off on November 14 but the braces stay on; the wires are replaced by rubber bands for two more weeks. It'll be a liquid Thanksgiving dinner for me!

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 09:11:00

I must have missed it.. what happened Lucia?!?! Did you get into a royal rumble match with someone? :)

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 09:13:58

LOL! Benn, I fell off my bike on October 19 and broke my jaw in two places, got surgery October 21 and now I have these braces and wires that keep my mouth shut so that the jaw bone heals properly, so I can't open my mouth at all, I'm on a liquid diet for 6 weeks, and can't brush my teeth on the inside (ewwww) - it's uncomfortable but not painful - our friend Walter is definitely having it worse!

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 09:17:22

OH MY WORD!!!!!! That is insane!! I cant imagine what I'd do if that happened to me. ANd *knock on wood* I've had some close calls.

Two years ago when I was riding from Ticonderoga, NY to Old Orchard Beach, Maine We were coming down the Kankamagus (highest point in the White Mts of NH I believe).. and I was on my hybrid bike with a helmet and sunglasses, well it's downpouring and I look at my spedometer as we are rocketing around corners and we topped out at 45 mph! In the rain and we were just too afraid to touch the brakes and go flying over the side!

Also, this summer my average downhill cruising speed is usually around 40mph and I had a close call with a stupid dog that ran out in front of me. SCARY STUFF!

I hope you heal up soon! That is really bad luck :( And that stinks not being able to brush your teeth! hehe

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 09:26:05

Benn, that sounds so dangerous! But kudos to you for wearing a helmet. A broken jaw can heal, just like other bones, but your brain is what can really change your life (Someone very close to me had a brain injury from a bike accident - he recovered fully, but it took him 6 months and it was a lot harder than my injury. I'm blessed by my little broken jaw).

The funny thing is, like you, I've had my share of close calls, almost being hit by a car, going very fast on a downhill, riding on a busy street... but the accident happened when I least expected it, as I was riding on an empty sidewalk on a nice day and not going very fast. A moment of distraction and I went too far to the right, and my handlebar got caught on an iron bar and that was it. So, we need to be cautious but not stop doing the things we love for fear of getting in an accident, because truth be told, accidents can happen to anyone at any time, no matter how careful you are. Ride safe and thanks for your kind words!

From marion on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 09:33:09

Benn and Lucia- KNOCK IT OFF!!! No more dangerous stuff! YIKES!!!! ;D

About finding the abs, I think mine are still in there becasue they are SO SORE!!! NOw if I can just get all the LUB on top of them to go away, maybe I'd be able to actually see them ;)

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 09:37:35

I want to find my abs too! Maybe I should invest in one of those ab belts! Or at least get an air brush or some fake plastic ones to put under my shirt ;)

My downfall is my diet. I need to start logging what I eat and making myself cut out carbs. I.e. I eat like 4-5 bagels a day~! And then pizza now and then and sandwiches. Grr. I'm such a junkie :(

I think I have abs under my LUB too marion! How to get that LUB to go somewhere else though?! Without paying 10000 for surgery :( doh!

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 09:41:48

Benn, someone from the blog suggested www.my-calorie-counter.com and I've been using it since my accident and love it! It helps not only to count calories, but also to see how much protein, calcium and fiber you're getting in your diet so you can make healthier choices to meet your daily doses.

From marion on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 09:47:57

Benn- I just don't believe that you have ab problems! NO WAY!!! but my brother swears by eyeliner for great abs ;)

as for diet- carbs are essential for a runner- maybe not 4-5 bagles, 2 whole grain ones are not a bad idea. I started making pizza with 1/2 whole grain flour in the crust. The recipe is FAST and easy!!!

I would LOVE my LUB to go to my FLAT bum! If I could only figure out how to move the love handles and lub to my rear end, I'd be HOT!!! BAHAHAhahahahaha!!!

Lucia- that site sounds GREAT!!!

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 09:49:19

Yeah I think my downfall is that I loved when I was doing 40-50 mile weeks. I could eat anything I wanted and not gain a pound, but then when I got injured all that weight started piling on because I just couldn't stop eating :(

I'm going to try that calorie counter, Lucia! Thanks!

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 09:49:24

Marion, you crack me up!

The site is not as easy to use as Weight Watchers, but it's free... :)

From marion on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 09:59:54

Yeah Benn- when I was out with injury I had to be SO careful about my eating. ;)

Lucia- Hey you need to use whatever will work for you and what ever is FREE :D Yeah for FREE!!! Become a lifetime member and then WW is FREE ;)

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 10:09:50

So since I ran this morning and I wanted to eat something, I chose 2 x 100% whole wheat toast with a bit of peanut butter. Is that a pretty good choice? oh and a coffee with skim milk.

From marion on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 10:12:06

that is an excellent choice! Throw in a peice of fruit and you have PERFECTION :)

I am off to run. It feels like I am gettin ready for war! 8 million layers!!! ERG!!!

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 10:15:10

HAHAHA sweet! 8 million layers?!?! WoooEee! Wage war against the snow beasts out there! *sips my coffee* You're making me cold! I might try to do another mile before class tonight as a reward if I fnish this paper in time.

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 10:21:38

I'm so jealous! I love running in the cold and snow!!!

Have you tried a banana and peanut butter sandwich? It is soooo good!

Happy running kids!

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 10:28:13

I tried that once and I agree, mMMmMMmmm! Good eats!

Hands down though my favorite sandwich of all time has been and will always be Grilled Cheese :-D

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 10:30:03

Aughhhh (mouth watering sounds)... definitely heavenly... The only two things I miss from this liquid diet are cheese and bread... you can't liquify cheese and bread! Oh, or candybars, ha!

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 10:34:55

you can't? I always thought you could take some milk, some vanilla Ice cream and a snickers and throw it in a blender for a bit and presto change-o instant awesomeness!

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 10:43:47

Yeah, you would think... but the pieces of peanuts/chocolate don't blend small enough and get caught in my teeth... it's funny and annoying! Weirdly enough, pasta is very easy to blend. Liquid pasta with sauce, mmmm!

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 10:48:29

HAHA. Man that's nuts :) I bet you feel like you're an astronaut or something for NASA having to eat everything all like that. Just think how great it will be though once you get those things off! You should have a party with all your fav eats!

From marion on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 11:20:38

Benn- you inspired me. I am having homemade whole wheat bread with peanut butter and a bit of honey from my neighbors bee's! Umm- now I am off to a funeral :( Have a GREAT day!!!

From Kelli on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 14:30:10

So, how much have you lost on this liquid diet of yours??

I think I have abs, but after 5 kids and 3 C-sections, they might have completely disappeared!!

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 14:35:04

It's weird, Kelli - I've only lost 12 lbs. I had gained 10 when I stopped running, so I've really only lost 2 lbs since the summer, but my clothes fit again. I think what happened is that I gained muscle in my upper body with all the swimming and biking, and that's why even though my weight is not that low, my smaller clothes fit again.

Yeah, I think your abs deserve to be resting... they served a very good purpose!

From Kelli on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 14:47:46

Na, my youngest is 3, so they have had enough rest!!

12 pounds. WOW. While I still would not recommend falling off of a bike and having surgery as a weight loss method, we have to see the positive here! One accident and its resulting weight loss made up for another one and its weight gain.

I am glad to hear you are out running again. Be careful, bring the scissors, and enjoy your abs!!

How do you go on a date when you can not talk?? That is kind of like marriage!!!

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 14:52:45

Wait! Hold the phone! When I go on dates with Emmy we usually get in trouble for talking too MUCH! You mean things change when you get married/!

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 14:54:15

LOL!!! Look, Kelli, you're scaring poor Benn! :)

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 14:55:16

I actually think some guys really like being with girls that don't talk, they are the ones that like hearing themselves a lot :)

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 14:57:50

Oh well I am a good listener (Most of the time). And I actually like listening to people more than talking. Like in school I learn more that way I find. It's easier to formulate my ideas after hearing stuff and thinking it over. I hope I can still talk and listen when I'm married!

From Kelli on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 15:07:28

After 16 years and a lot of running together, there is not much to talk about!! I make it a point to save things for dinner, otherwise we look like all of the other old married couples who have nothing to say to each other!!!

Ben, it is not that bad!! You will have all sorts of stuff to talk about for a LONG time.

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 15:09:29

Of course you will, Benn! Here's what you can do: stick to running marathons for now... after a few years of marriage, when you're running out of things to talk about, and when your kids get older, then you can run a lot more and try some ultras (like Jim). :)

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 15:11:28

AHaha OHHHH Now I get it. THATs why they all run ultras?!?! hahaha It makes perfect sense now!

:-D Girls are funny amazing things. I dont' know if I will understand them. But if there is one thing I've learned it is that boys are even weirder !

From Kelli on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 15:13:19

Well said!! And, get used to listening, that is all us married women need (especially when you get 3 or 4 kids running around and no grown ups to talk to)! You will be the most excellent husband.

From marion on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 15:36:25

Benn- you'll be great at marriage. The trick is to love her no matter what she morphs into ;) Ask any man- women change all the time, without warning. The rules are never the same from moment to moment, even though WE as women understand them, you're out of luck ;) Just know that life changes us all and when you marry, you marry for ALL that life has to offer! All of the greatest thing under heaven come from loving and caring for our families, every single day, good, bad and especially the really bad ones.

Sorry, I just got back from a very inspiring funeral. My friends husband died on Halloween. He is 2 days older than I am. I am feeling a little sentimental :)

From Kelli on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 15:38:02

How sad Marion!! Do they have kids?

My husband called me Sybil once. NEVER do that!!!

From marion on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 15:41:03

They have four. :(

Kelli is right Benn- no matter how nuts you think Emma is, NEVER tell her! It won't help! Trust us! :)

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 15:43:29

LOL!!! Very true - and I love the other piece of advice that you brought up before, Marion, that seems so obvious but is very easy to ignore: NEVER sleep on the couch!

From Kelli on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 16:00:01

Well, when he called my Sybil, it shocked me right out of being crazy. Now I call myself Sybil. I tell Scott to back off, it is a Sybil day. My kids are clueless, but he knows what it means!!

Now I have discovered the problem. I sleep on the freezing cold leather couch every night!!! (Scott snores and scratches his throat and breathes like Darth Vader. I get so sick of listening to it! I have asked him to buy me a bed for Christmas and we will put it in the playroom!!)

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 16:04:38

Awww :( Yeah I snore too I think but I try really hard to fall asleep AFTER Emma and her family so I don't wake them up hehe. It used to be really bad as a kid I had sleep apnea and a hole in my heart to boot, but running I lost like 40 lbs and my snoring got a lot better! I just hope I don't make her want to go sleep in the playroom or something though!

From Kelli on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 16:08:43

She might kick your butt to the playroom!! Some of our kids' toys are possessed, so maybe i should buy him the bed!

Maybe she is not a light sleeper...then you will be in luck! Or buy her earplugs for her wedding present!

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 16:12:26

Oh yeah she's not a light sleeper at all. Like one time I got to her house and she was asleep and I opened her door which was squeaky .. still passed out. Then her cat came running in and was like walking on her head and she still didn't wake up haha. Once she's out she's like a sack of potatoes. (well maybe feathers! because I am not insinuating she needs to lose weight! i know how girls take comments and distort them! ;P )

From Kelli on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 16:22:35

Wow, you do know women!

Okay, all will be well. She will not be able to hear you (but it will be up to you to listen for predators trying to break in and steal the cat.)

From marion on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 16:25:24

My husband sleeps like a ton of bricks. One night I had been up, as usual, with a crying baby. I had fed him about 20 times and he wouldn't sleep or quit crying (he was about 8 months old). David just kept on sleeping as I was becoming more and more upset. Finally I was SO mad I put Ford back in his crib crying and decieded that I was leaving! In my head, David was pure evil and the worlds biggest jerk for not waking and helping me with our son (remember, he is sound asleep and totally unaware of any problems). So I put on my robe (no shoes) it's winter. I grab the keys and am OUT OF THERE! I get outside to the car and realize that I had the keys to the church and NOT the car or the house! I am locked out in the cold with no shoes, no clothes, just my robe. I am SO mad that I refuse to ring the door bell to have David let me in. I contemplate walking to the church and just sleeping there, but that freaks me out. So I go into the carport and freeze for an hour before I realize that I can unlock the side door through the dog door. I went back in and crawled into bed and DAvid never knew. When I finally told him, he laughed so hard I thought he might split! So the moral of the story is if you are going to leave in the middle of the night, get dressed all the way, get the right keys and make sure the person you are fighting with knows about the fight.

In case you don't know Benn, women can have a fight with a guy that he is totaly unaware of! ;)

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 16:27:43

That is one heck of a story Marion! You just don't cease to amaze me! And you are so right that we can have fights without the guy having a clue!!!

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 16:33:26

MAN SEE Girls ARE CONFUSING!! how can you have a fight that both people aren't aware of (assuming that each member is awake of course) haha that was one funny story, Marion!

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 16:34:52

You think this is confusing? You've seen nothing yet, my friend! You're in for a rollercoster ride!

From marion on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 16:35:13

I've probably ruined all of your fanatsies about marriage and having children :) sorry guys! ;D

ps- Ford was asleep after about 10 min of crying in his crib. His bedroom window is right by the carpor door.

From marion on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 16:37:41

Benn- women are amazing creatures that make no sence to men. It's a REALLY good things that men REALLY like women (most anyway) ;)

From Kelli on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 16:38:42

Marion, you crack me up! I can HEAR you telling that story. MEN!!!

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 16:40:29

Absolutely the contrary, Marion! I think sometimes couples that have good marriages don't want to share their "bad" stories/moments, they worry their kids will be upset if they argue in front of them, etc... but in reality, it may be good for younger unmarried people to find out that even good marriages have tough spots and difficult moments/arguments, and that what matters is that they get over them. I think partly why my ex-husband and I couldn't make our marriage work had to do with the fact that we both thought our respective parents had the perfect marriage, so we thought ours would be the same, and when things became difficult, we thought we weren't meant for each other, instead of realizing that marriage is difficult and that all couples have problems and work hard to solve them... I hope I'm making sense here... So, bottom line is, your story really helps, and it is hilarious!

From Kelli on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 16:41:45

Well said, Lucia!

Do you think Emma may come hunt us down and smack us???

From marion on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 16:51:13

You are TOO right Lucia. Life together is not easy. There are very hard things. Being married does not mean fairy tales. Being married means that you have covenanted to become a family. You may not be blood realted to start(hopefully ;), but you become blood. David is my family. Do I like him all of the time- NO WAY!! Does he like me all of the time- DOUBLE NO WAY!! But we are a family with all of our little munchkins!

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 22:00:48

I can't wait to have little MUNCHKINS!!!

From Jim on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 13:06:18

Uh oh, I saw my name being used in vain and now I have to respond. I've been married 28 years and we usually have things to talk about, like our grandson and how we don't get to see him nearly enough, all the critters we have living with us, work stuff, what to have for dinner, etc. But a lot of times we don't have anything to say to each other and that's no big deal, we're comfortable in our silence. When we do talk, I bore my wife with running talk and she bores me with horsey talk.

From Jim on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 13:07:36

Have to add a comment about the abs. I always have told my kids that I have a six pack, it's either underneath the table muscle or in the fridge!

From Lucia on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 11:23:45

Jim, did you start running ultras when you were young? How did your wife feel about it? After seeing Horton's wife cry in his movie, it dawned on me how difficult it must be for someone to have a family and train properly for ultras... what are your thoughts or advice for young runners that are considering ultras?

From leslie on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 18:08:11

I don't need to read my novels any more, this was great reading guys!!! I loved it and all your thoughts on marriage. Very entertaining and enlightening!!! And I am waiting for Jim to respond to Lucia's question. So how long were you married Lucia? And Benn when are you getting married? Kelli and Marion you both crack me up!!!

From Lucia on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 21:06:26

Leslie, this blog really is better than therapy! I was married for 6 years, and I learned so much then. That's why I always say to my friends, I can tell you everything about what NOT to do in a marriage if you want it to work! You and the other wonderful ladies in the blog, on the other hand, can tell Benn what has worked for you!

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Six very slow and sluggish miles on the C&O Canal at lunch. It is absolutely gorgeous out. Weather is perfect. Cloudy, colorful, just precious. Yet I felt very sluggish... I managed to pick up the pace for miles 4 and 5, barely keeping 8-minute miles. I don't expect to hit a PR on Sunday's Veteran's Day 10k, sadly... but there's the Jingle all the way 10k a day after my birthday (December 14) and we will see what a 31-year old Argentine girl can do then!

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From walter on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 18:32:01

So what can we get a 31 year OLD lady on her birthday? I live pretty far away to throw a party! Maybe I can get some locals to do it for me? hint Hint.

So I breathe through my mouth when I run and I wondered about you when you said your back at it. Is it difficult? I have a friend that would put water in his mouth and try not to swallow it the entire run. Now that is weird!

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 21:12:00

You can get me the funniest comments ever, Wall-e!

For the most part it's ok, I breathe through my nose or open my lips and let air through my teeth, but when I try to go faster I can feel that it's not as easy to intake oxygen.

You have weird friends wall-e!

From Metcalf Running on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 21:37:00

Lucia... way to go on getting into the pants!!!! Was that family friendly??? LOL

Lori

From walter on Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 23:31:00

Ok I do have weird friends. Why do you think they like to hang out with me so much! huh?

Lucia, I guess I should let you know that our number 10th ranked football team, the Utah Utes are still undefeated tonight! they took out TCU 13 to 10 with a late touchdown to seal the deal with 47 seconds and an interception to win it! Very awesome game, I wished I had it in me to go sit or stand in the cold, but I didnt so I gave my ticket to a friend. I will be at the BYU/Utah game though! GO UTES!

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Six GLORIOUS miles along the National Mall, by the Potomac river, all the monuments, and up the Old Post Office Pavillion to pick up my race packet to Sunday's Veteran's Day 10k. Running on shorts and a tank top and feeling super hot - it is summer again down here! I was thinking of poor Marion and others in Utah running in the snow already... though I do like running in cold weather...

Team Roadbuilders only has 3 memeber for Sunday, unfortunately I couldn't get any of my co-workers to run the race. Lazy bums... I'm not sure how much my closed mouth is going to affect my speed - I can feel that I don't intake oxygen as easily with my mouth closed, plus this morning I had a bit of a congested nose... if it's not too cold, I should be OK breathing mostly through my nose. My friends Brian and Jenny are going to be running with me - Brian is fast but wants to stay with me and carry my scissors - so he will be my Scissor Boy! Jenny is a bit slower than us, but maybe since I'm running injured she'll be able to keep up with us. Jenny is thinking of running the Myrtle Beach marathon with me, since it's on her birthday. It will be awesome! Did I mention how much I love my running friends???

Wish me luck on Sunday and happy running!

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No running today, went for a walk with my friend Ed and his daughter Shana by Eastern Market. Now I have to clean up the house and pick up all the fallen leaves outside. Fall in DC is simply glorious - except when you have to pick up the leaves from the floor... ughhh...

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From walter on Sat, Nov 08, 2008 at 15:21:29

Thats one thing I remember most when I lived in Ohio is all the leaves. Dont really have that problem here in the desert!

From Kelli on Sat, Nov 08, 2008 at 16:35:49

Or with the wind, it blows all of our leaves to the neighbors!!

You should give us some pictures of fall, we kind of skipped it hear this year.

Have fun cleaning, I just finished.

From montelepsy on Sun, Nov 09, 2008 at 04:49:39

I know what you mean about DC in the fall. I stayed in Old Town Alexandria throughout Oct in 03. The trees were amazing.

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Broken jaw + metal braces - 12 lbs. + awesome pacer = PR!!!!

My previous 10k PR was 48:20, and I ran 46:51 today. Hooray!

Wowowowowow! What else can I say? It is a gorgeous morning here in DC, not too cold, not too hot, probably about 50 degrees. I biked down to the tidal basin with my friend Brian, who graciously offered to stay with me the entire race. He coaches cross-country at a school near Manassas, so he knows a little about motivation... I was excited.

And off we went, and we hit the first mile at around 7:25, so I thought yikes, I should slow down... but then I thought, maybe I can keep up this pace? The second mile was just about that, and so was the third - and then I saw a hand coming at me and it was my friend John coming on the other side of the road giving me a high five, just the energy I needed. The fourth mile was a bit slower, around 7:40, then around mile 5 I started to get a bit tired - then Brian told me we were so close, that I should just focus on giving everything I had and try to pass one runner at a time... so I did - and just when I thought I had nothing left, I sprinted to the finish line.

It felt soooooo great to hit a PR on this conditions. A huge accomplishment.

After the race I saw my friends Chris and Brent - it's always so great to hang out and chat with other runners after a good race. They even had hot chocolate, so I was able to eat something!

It really was an awesome finish, only 11 days after starting to run again after my jaw surgery, and 3 weeks after my broken jaw accident. I think once the braces come off I'll be able to do great things!!!

Thank you all for your support and happy Sunday!

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From montelepsy on Sun, Nov 09, 2008 at 11:24:03

Holy moly! Nice job!

From Kelli on Sun, Nov 09, 2008 at 15:31:21

Great job on the PR!! That is a great race considering all you have been through with your two injuries and how it hampered your training somewhat! Imagine what you will do if we can just keep you out of a body cast!?!

CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!!!

From Bonnie on Sun, Nov 09, 2008 at 17:45:46

WhoooHooo! Great job Lucia!

From jtshad on Sun, Nov 09, 2008 at 18:03:36

Wow, great race and PR! Way to run strong after all the recent occurrences, shows how mentally and physically strong you are!

From barry on Sun, Nov 09, 2008 at 21:08:31

Great job on the race, especially after all you have been through! Keep up the great running.

From josse on Sun, Nov 09, 2008 at 22:20:54

Great job!! I missed the broken jaw thing. Sorry that stinks. But it looks like it didn't slow you down at all.

From walter on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 01:22:53

Nicely done! I did your race strategy in St. George marathon. I concentrated on the next person in front of me until I couldnt catch anyone else! Good PR! See I guess you dont have to worry about your breathing!

From The Howling Commando on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 07:34:29

YOU ARE AWESOME LUCIA!!!!! AMAZING!

From Lucia on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 09:48:11

Thank you guys! I'm still in disbelief. The McMillan running calculator translates that speed/distance into a Boston-qualifying marathon for me, so I'm very happy. I can't imagine what's possible once the braces come off! Provided that I don't gain those 12 lbs. back, of course... which I won't, I WON'T!!! Have a great day!

From Metcalf Running on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 10:15:06

Way to go Lucia, that is an awsome time!! Great PR... you are doing fantastic! With all that you have been through and you still pull out a great time! You should be so proud!

Lori

From Nevels on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 10:18:17

Congratulations, and good job staying focused during those critical last couple of miles on the way to a massive PR!

From Shauna on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 18:10:28

AWESOME!! Congrats on the PR!!! I just got caught up with your blog, and I am so sorry to hear about your accident. It sounds like you are recovering well and makes the PR that much more impressive. You rock!

I hope you make it out here for PF Chang's, although I will probably only do the half.

From marion on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 21:49:30

LUCIA!!! Way to go!! You are SO stinkin' AMAZING!!! Holy COW! Did you get any strange looks running with your wires and sissors? ;) I guess with a 10K you don't need any hydration? What did you do?

You are a Argentine ROCK STAR!!! WAY TO GO!!!!

From Brent on Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 19:26:09

Lucia, you have the right handle, Rocket, nice PR, 1,000 commando points for the PR and hanging on. You are a fast Chicka, I expect great races for you in the future.

Stay Kool, faster and faster, B of BS Rools out

From Sasha Pachev on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 13:33:38

Congratulations on a PR. I think if you can go injury free for a couple of years you could run around 3:15-3:20 in the marathon. The speed is there.

From Lucia on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 13:36:47

Thank you Sasha! Unfortunatey that is a big "if"... I'll be happy with a 3:40 in the marathon...

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Another gorgeous day here in DC - a bit windy but so nice.
I'm back on my bike commute! Yeah! So I biked to work - and after work I ran home, six easy miles, a recovery jog you may say. The moon was up high, the wind was blowing, it was cold but not unbearable... just beautiful! Felt great except for a little pain on the bottom of my left foot - I think I need new shoes. Heck, I deserve them, don't I? :)

Walter, you were with me on that run, along with my other friend who just had hernia surgery! I tell you, it's not easy to run with all that weight from you guys on my shoulders!

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Since my bike was at work, I ran to work, but I didn't want to push my luck (I'm probably already doing it by running every day), so I went the short way. I brought my crappy Timex gps and it said 4.5 miles and change - so mapmyrun.com is not far off at all! It's a gorgeous morning - one of those that make you feel lucky to be alive. My runs are so beautiful, straight down the mall with the Capitol on one side, the museums around, the Washington Monument straight ahead, the White House, the Watergate Hotel... I've been here for 4 years and still marvel of how lucky I am to be here. Wow. Wow!!!

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From marion on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 10:16:43

That sounds do wonderful! I am so glad that you are running strong! It makes my day!!1 :) Have fun at work today! When do you go back in to the Doc?

From Lucia on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 10:27:37

Thanks Marion! I go back to the doc on Friday - wires come off but braces stay on, wires are replaced with rubber bands so I'll be able to open my mouth a little more, maybe even brush my teeth and tongue? That will feel like heaven... Two more weeks with the rubber bands and on a liquid diet, and then the braces come off. I'm worried I'll go back to running slow, maybe the metal was the source of my speed? Hahaha!

From marion on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 10:45:40

The metal being the source of your speed is an interresting therory, but not too likely! It's probably the danger of running with the sissors! :)

From Metcalf Running on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 14:03:30

Lucia,

It's been a long time since I've been to DC but your runs make me want to visit soon.

Glad to know that you will be getting the metal out, the rubber band should be better.

From Kelli on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 14:34:25

It does sound like a great run with great scenery!! Yeah for the wires coming off---I bet you are DYING to brush your teeth!!!

From Lucia on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 14:37:34

Lori, if you make it out here you have a place to stay and the best tour guide you can imagine!

Kelli, dying is an understatement, trust me ;)

From montelepsy on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 15:39:05

Speaking of tour guides, Rachel has a family friend who works with Park Service. He was able to get me into Robert E. Lee's attic (off limits for the general public). You can see graffiti from the soldiers who stayed there in 1860-something. I love all there is to see there.

Probably the most impressive thing I saw in DC was a street performer using about ten plastic paint buckets to play the drums.

From Lucia on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 15:44:56

Wow that is very cool!

Yes, I have seen much more impressive things outside of DC, like Patagonia, Glacier National Park, and some amazing petroglyphs in Utah and Arizona. But... DC is DC, and it's just kind-of cool to pass a few feet from where the President and his cabinet make decisions that affect the entire world every day, and where the laws that will govern us all are passed...

If you want to see some fabulous street performers, go to Buenos Aires!

From walter on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 20:05:32

Do you ever stop to think while your running, man, this has history all over it! I would love to run there. Ok your officially making me jealous. I must do some Marathon searching for next year. MCM has got to be on my list.

From Lucia on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 21:11:46

Yes, you can do Marine Corps or the National Marathon in March. Of course the Marine Corps is much bigger and famous... It's a must do!

From walter on Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 00:55:06

Ok Lucia! I Will! Ill start watching airfare and see if I cant make a trip of it next year.

From montelepsy on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 04:14:47

Happy Citizenship Anniversary!

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I really, really, really wanted to run this morning... My alarm went off early cause I wanted to bike to the gym and do a spin class... but I didn't get up. I kept thinking I could just go for a short run and it'd be ok... but I knew I should'nt run every day... so I just biked to work and back home. The bike ride at night is a bit scary, but hey, I fell during the day and on an empty trail, so what's up with that, right?

A beautiful day in DC. Check out the view from my office window:

http://picasaweb.google.com/lucia.olivera/BlogSlideshow#5268141389181580786

Not sure how to add pictures here - anyone have any hints for me???

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From montelepsy on Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 02:00:35

From Rachel's blog: When I'm typing a blog, there is an icon to insert pictures. (upper right/middle-ish area) I click on that. Then I enter the url of the photo (from photobucket or flickr or myspace- I use all three!), and click preview. If it looks good, I just hit "enter" and voila!

From Lucia on Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 09:13:02

I've tried that, but it doesn't seem to work with Picasa... maybe next time I'll try them from myspace... Thank you!

From montelepsy on Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 09:40:31

Right click on the picture. Click on properties. Copy the location.

Fatlip out.

From Lucia on Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 09:43:25

Hey, that worked!!! Thanks Fatlip!

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A rainy and cloudy day here in DC - still gorgeous and not too cold though. So I ran to work with my little Nathan pack. My right shin was hurting a little... please oh please shin splints don't come back!!! I'm going to cross-train tomorrow and run on trails on Saturday, and cross-train again on Sunday... must remember to take it easy and not run every day even though I really really want to! Oh, I got new shoes! Yeah baby yeah!

Another photo from my office window - jealous?

http://picasaweb.google.com/lucia.olivera/BlogSlideshow#5268141398249161954

Today is my 1-year citizenship anniversary, and as every day, I feel so lucky to live in this wonderful, if not perfect, country with all of you wonderful people! Happy day!

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From Nevels on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 13:25:13

Nice picture, and congrats on the anniversary; this truly is a great country.

From Metcalf Running on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 13:40:43

Love new shoes... I"m just going to go get new ones on my lunch break!! OH yeah!

Congrats on the aniversary! Yep we are all blessed to live in such a great country.

Lori

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 13:42:24

I have to say that I'm jealous. My "room" has 3 basement jailcell window things. :( No views at all lucky!

From Nevels on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 13:45:11

Got me beat; my office is a windowless basement room. On days with too much work/homework, I don't see the sun at all!

From Mark on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 18:38:06

Congratulations on the one year anniversary! It's too bad that many people who have been here longer aren't as appreciative.

Those are some great views from your office.

From walter on Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 22:20:56

Wow, that is soooo freakin nice! Is that a pool down there at the bottom? I looked at your other photos too! You have been to more places then the majority of people will ever dream of! Happy anniversary mi amigo! Nicely done. Be careful on getting too much done on your training. baby steps! baby steps. You know, the best I came off an injury was when I did the 1 minute rule! That is dont run more than 1 minute longer than you did the previous day. That forced me to slowly get back into it. It really helps.

From marion on Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 09:52:31

Happy Anniversary to you,

Happy Anniversary to you,

Happy Anniversary Dear Lucia....

Happy Anniversary to you!!!

What a beautiful view. Rest those shins!

XOXOXOXOXO

From Kelli on Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 10:56:53

That is one heck of a view, I am very jealous!!

Happy Anniversary, and ditto! This is a great country.

I wonder why so many love new shoes?? I get so very attached to my old ones that I wait way to long to get new ones. Have breaking those babies in!

From Inimitable Mother on Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 11:01:41

Happy Anniversary, Lucia!! It is a wonderful country.

I love new running shoes, too -- the smell of them before wearing them the first time, and the "springiness" of wearing them for the first time after a really old, dead pair!

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Right shin hurt from yesterday, so I biked to work and back - a rainy and cold day in DC...

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Nada... zero... zippo... Well, almost nothing... didn't do anything during the day - not feeling too well. The doctor cut the wires yesterday and replaced them with rubber bands. So now I can open my mouth a little bit. Let me tell you, after almost 4 weeks of not using your jaw muscles, opening your mouth feels like running a marathon! So I took some ibuprofen and felt better.

Tonight I went to see one of my favorite Argentine bands of all times to the state theatre: Los Enanitos Verdes (the green dwarves). They were un-be-lie-va-ble! Even though I couldn't sing out loud and scream as I wish I could have, I had a blast. I jumped higher than I thought I ever could.

Here are some pics of the concert (thank you Mike!), one with my friend The Razor (how's that for a nickname, Walter?)

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From montelepsy on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 10:21:31

Congrats on getting your mouth back! Razor? Is he a knife-fighter or does he get around on one of those two wheeled kick scooters?

From Lucia on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 10:27:29

Hahahaha! He certainly looks like a knife-fighter! I think he was a bus-boy a long time ago and they called him "Razor-fast"... yeah, the name is better than the explanation... He definitely should use a razor to cut some of that hair!!!

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A cold and windy day in DC - biked 34 miles with my friend Will, who had hernia surgery a few weeks ago, but felt well enough to bike a little. We biked 20 miles together, and then I biked 14 more to get home. Not too shabby for a lazy girl like me! The weeping willows were soooo pretty on my way back home, I had to stop and snap a photo for everyone to see. Here they go. (again, thanks Mike!)

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From walter on Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 22:50:12

Wow, those trees are really moving! so you biked with will and hes only a few weeks from his surgery? Tough guy! I should try seeing if I could ride a bike. Or go see if I can get back to swimming.

From montelepsy on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 01:07:55

34 miles on a bike seat sounds like torture. You and Will have tough buns.

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 09:45:55

Just watch out for those killer bridges!!!

From Metcalf Running on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 09:55:05

I agree with the tough buns LOL I dont' know if I could sit after a ride that long.

From Lucia on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 10:01:41

I forgot to mention I don't have padded shorts or seat - being a Latina has its advantages: natural padding!

Walter, yours was double hernia surgery so you need double the time to recover! My friend rested for 3 weeks after surgery... you may need a little more time...

Aaron, I get goose bumps every time I go close to the 14th St. bridge, I tell ya... What's up with you? Not running much?

From montelepsy on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 10:18:01

Hmmm... Are there any exercises to develop a latina butt? I could sure use one during spin.

From Aaron-PSU on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 10:19:17

Hey Lucia, As you should get those goosebumps. Just BE CAREFUL!!!! You need to start off 2009 totally injury free. :) Not much going on for me...searching/interviewing for new jobs, both here and in Colorado Springs. Yup...still trying. I've been slacking lately but do need to get back into running, at least for the pure energy it gives me on a daily basis. Oh, and I don't want to lose to you at the Jingle all the Way, do I? hehe

From Lucia on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 10:25:13

Nope, you have to be born in latin America - it's the only way :)

From Lucia on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 10:26:10

Aaron, keep on trying and something will work out! Also, I have a feeling you can beat me at the 10k even if you don't run for 2 weeks before the race!

From montelepsy on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 10:27:40

Then I'm stuck with this chinapino butt that hurts when I think about a bike seat.

From The Howling Commando on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 12:48:54

34 miles?! :) Awesome ride chica! Way to go!

From walter on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 21:31:43

You know, the more I look at those photos you have posted the more eirie I find the second photo! Ive been in a weird mood lately.

From Kelli on Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 21:52:15

Beautiful trees! And not too shabby of a work out. You are so NOT lazy!!!

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Bad Lucia, Bad! Biked to work in the cool DC morning, but got a call from a friend from out of town to meet for dinner... so I failed to run in the evening or go to the gym. Not good. The worse part is, she was super late! I could've run 4 miles or gone to the gym for a few minutes if I had known she would be late. It is so disrespectful when people are late! I hate it hate it hate it! Ok, let's change the tone... happy, happy, joy, joy, happy, happy, joy, joy... It was good to see her anyway, and she's gone through A LOT in this past year. And I thought I had bad luck... She had to have back surgery twice (the first time didn't work) and then got gastric bypass because she had to lose weight fast and didn't have the will to do it the normal painful way like most of us... she had A LOT of complications from the gastric bypass surgery and ended up almost dying a couple of times. It's nice to see that she was able to overcome everything and she's looking good now, though she's still not exercising... some people just never learn... I'd pick an hour at the gym and eat a banana on the road to sitting down for dinner for an hour any time!

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It feels soooo cold in here! It's nice and sunny though... 36 degrees...

It wasn't easy getting up early this morning but I did it! And ran to work, the semi-long way. My right shin hurt a little at times but seems OK. I'm just not going to run every day for the next week or so, and be very aggressive with the cross-training. Oh, and the ultimate healing celebration takes place this Friday: The Legwarmers, my favorite 80's cover band, is playing in Falls Church, and the doc says I can take the rubber bands off and only wear them at night starting Friday, so I should be able to sing along a little! Jillzo, Aaron, if you're around, it's a show you won't want to miss!!!

I'm going to bike home tonight. Didn't bring gym clothes but I WILL BE GOOD and do some strengthening/core exercises when I get home I WILL I WILL I WILL!

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From leslie on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 15:01:25

Your concert sounds fun!! We are going to the Australian Pink Floyd Concert Thur! Yeah! We both have a fun weekend ahead of us.

Sounds like you are healing up great! Great News!!! Be careful young lady!

From Metcalf Running on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 15:52:14

Good to hear that you are healing well, I hope you have fun at yoru concert... it sounds like a blast!

From marion on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 16:51:10

HAve fun! I am so glad that you are doing so well ;)

From montelepsy on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 17:10:35

The Legwarmers sound fun. I recently (past couple of years) got over a mental block that didn't allow me to enjoy sissy 80's music. Now I run, I run so far away...

From Lucia on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 17:12:53

A Flock of Seagulls!!! I went to see them this summer, believe it or not they still rock! Glad to hear you got over the block Mike, I don't think I could handle running without 80's music!

From Lucia on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 17:13:49

I love Pink Floyd! Sounds like a blast! Don't go too crazy Leslie, and take lots of pictures!

From montelepsy on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 17:24:08

I hit Lactic Threshold for Seagulls! I owe it to Rachel's influence and her all-over-the-place taste in music.

I've got Pink Floyd on the ipod too. Kudo's to you Leslie for having similar tastes to mine. It's quite an accomplishment.

From leslie on Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 18:04:21

Yeah Mike, we are pretty cool!! :) We went to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra last week and it was unbelieveable. Everyone needs a CD of them for Christmas!! It is about all I listen to during the holidays!

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Shin doesn't feel right... contemplated running to work but biked instead - 27 freaking degrees outside, so cold! I'm going to a spin class after work, but felt like blogging about other stuff.

It's sort-of a sad day. A young guy friend of mine decided that after only 1 year of marriage, it's not working for him. Very sad. He's such a great guy and his wife is wonderful. They had what in my mind was the perfect American dream: both very young, good looking, educated, successful, they just bought a house together... so disappointing. Since I can't keep my mouth shut and I kept seeing him walk around the office teary-eyed, I asked if he wanted to take a walk and chat a bit. He knows I was married before, so I can offer my "what not to do" advice. We talked a while ago and one of the first things I said is "go to a counselor NOW" - cause I wish I had when me and my ex starting having trouble, instead of waiting for a long time. So they started going, but it seems that he's made up his mind and wants out. My thoughts: on one hand, if you already know you want out, get out now before it's too late and there are kids on the way, and you are both still young and re-building your lives won't be so hard. On the other hand, are you just bored with yourself and need to do something to keep you occupied, or is this about her particularly? Is this going to happen with every girl you meet and like, after the chase is over and you're set in a routine, you'll want to get out? Who knows... he seems to think it's the first. I hope they both figure things out and are happy in the long-run.

Continuing on relationship news, one of my best friends and co-worker is thinking of getting back with the girl he dated for a year. I guess that's good news, although he is really scared because she really hurt him and was very pushy about moving the relationship forward, but they are taking the right steps to healing, doing counseling both individually and as a couple, and may be very happy together in the future. He is one of my favorite people in this world, like an older brother to me, and I really, really want to see him happy.

Last but not least - I'm rehearsing the words in my head that I need to say tonight to possibly the nicest guy that has ever pursued me... this guy went above and beyond trying to get me to go out with him with flowers, teddy bears, books, running, hiking, biking, picnics, dinners, movies, and everything a guy can do right in a "courtship" to get the girl... He was so nice to me during my accident and all... but what's tough for me is figuring out if I like HIM or if I like the way he makes ME feel with all that. And I realized it's the second, and that's not enough for a relationship to develop further. I know it isn't really a big deal, but he seems like a very sensitive guy and I hate being the bearer of bad news... I'm sure he'll find a girl that appreciates him, someone smarter than me. Or maybe I'm just too closed-off and guarded to be in a relationship right now? I'd like to think I'm not - and he was just not the right guy for me.

Sorry, this was more of a diary entry than anything. But I figured it may be a nice distraction for all of you married people out there. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Ran from the office to the gym, 1 mile, did a 1-hour spin class, and ran 1 mile to the metro stop. Right shin bothers me a little... grrrrrrrrrrrr....

I made the nicest 36-year old man I know cry on the phone this evening. I'm going straight to hell.

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From leslie on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 13:22:22

Thank you for sharing, you are so thoughtful, you definitely have your head on straight. I thought that was an interesting comment on how - after the chase and things settle down do you have what it takes to stay in a marriage and put up with the daily routine of life. Interesting, I have 2 sons that both were married for a short time, that could have been a part of the problem. What I was impressed with most was your comment about do I really like HIM or the attention he is giving me. I am still a newly wed, I think I lucked out the second time, but I wasn't as thoughtful as you, you are a smart girl and I am sure you will never settle for anything less than you deserve, THE BEST! You are right it was a very enjoyable entry for us old married folks. It gives us a something different to think about. I am sorry for your friends, they are lucky to have you in their lives. Keep us posted, so was this the fellow taking you to the Legwarmers Concert? He will be sad, sounds like he is head over hills for you, that will be a very tough job, good luck!!

From Metcalf Running on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 14:00:42

Funny to read your entry, I just got told by a friend today that she has filed for divorce, they divorced once... then got back together... now 10 years later are divorcing again.

I think some people always wonder if the grass is greener else where, you know what I mean. Or if there has been trouble, they can never get over the issues and more on. I was talking to her and she said, things will never change. She explained that she has always felt that she needed to change for him to love her. She can no longer be anything else but herself and really isn't that the best you can do, is hope to find someone that loves you just for you.

From Lucia on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 14:11:02

Leslie, the concert is a girl's night so he wasn't even aware, so at least that's not a big deal. I've also been on the other side (with someone that seemed just perfect for me and he didn't want to be with me) and know how painful it can be. He'll be ok. It's always nice to hear of a nice love story like yours. I hope your sons are also on the mend.

Lori, so sad about your friend! My ex and I did that dance for several years (separating and getting back together). It is so tough to really know when you should keep trying harder and when it's time to give up!

From marion on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 14:53:54

If you don't "like" him, cut him loose. There are those guys who do everything right, but there is no magic. You've got to be HOT for him ;) My head hurts and I cant think- Have fun and hang in there! xoxoxoxo

From Kelli on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 15:18:11

WOW!!! That is some serious stuff. It is so sad to see marriages dissolve, but worse to see them continue on too long and too unhappy! I think there is a lot to be said for trying everything before quitting, but sometimes it just does not work. It is a sad, sad fact. But, at least there are not kids involved, that makes it messy and hard and even sadder.

Good luck tonight. I do not envy the task ahead, that will be rough. BUT, I am sure you will be as sweet as ever and, in the long run, it is for the best.

What a bummer of a day for you. You need to SPIN like crazy and get all of the sadness out!

From kungfublonde on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 15:18:29

I'm sorry you are in such a crummy position with that guy. It's so hard to hurt someone that way. Just remember the very best thing you can do it be honest with him and not lead him on. As much as he doesn't want to hear you turn him down, he will absolutely appreciate you letting him know you don't feel the same way about him.

As for your friend who wants the divorce, that's even tougher. I obviously know nothing about this guy or his marriage. But assuming he got married for all the right reasons, here is my advice (for what it's worth). Even though the marriage is only a year old, it still deserves all they've got. They fell in love once. Why? I say take a little time apart and then they should date again. Go back to the time when they decided they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. Sometimes young people freak out after marriage because it hits them that this is THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. If he can get out of that mindset (assuming he's in it), and get back to what made him fall in love with her to begin with, he might feel like they can have the future together he once so strongly believed in.

Also, it would be good for them to spend time with other happily married couples. When a married person spends a lot of time with single people, they start to see all they don't have (freedom, mostly), and lose sight of all they DO have. But when they are around other couples who are happy together, it can help them focus more on how great their relationship really is. Also, spending time with couples who have been together a long time and are happy can help younger couples see what they can have. That amazing relationship that builds over time.

If his marriage really is over so quickly, maybe he didn't really want it to begin with? Maybe he got married for the wrong reasons (which can be an honest mistake, I'm not trying to insult him). I hope that he and his wife can work things out in a way that is best for both of them. He is young and he can recover from this and move on like you said. And if that happens, I just hope it can be with the knowledge that he truly gave it all he had.

Um... so yeah. That's what I think :) I hope I didn't make you regret posting that diary entry!

From Lucia on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 15:40:10

Rachel you are DEAD ON here. He is totally blinded by the "rest of our lives" "I want my freedom" mindset, and forgetting all the good things. I asked him that question, why did you get married, what made you fall inlove, what did she have that other girls don't, etc. And your suggestion of spending time with other couples is also a great one, they're so young, not many of their friends are married. We have a lot of great, happily married guys here in the office that he can talk to - but you know how guys can be, very reserved and macho-like and not wanting to talk about their feelings... sad!

Marion, you're right... I'm definitely not there after all this time, so I have to let him go. Sigh... he is really a great guy.

Thanks Kelli, I will!

From artichoke on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 23:19:24

What part of Argentina are your from? My son lives in Formosa, way up north.

From Lucia on Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 23:40:56

How does your son like it up there, Artichoke?

I'm from Buenos Aires but lived in Salta growing up - that's West of Formosa.

From montelepsy on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 09:55:10

I only like movies with happy endings. I don't have the emotional fortitude to deal with all this sadness.

Poor guy and poor you and poor me.

From kungfublonde on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 10:49:40

You aren't going to hell for being honest. All the girls who lead guys on though...

From artichoke on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 22:52:20

He loves Argentina, but said it's very muddy in Formosa whenever it rains. Pero por la mayor parte le gusta muchisimo!

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A beautiful, cloudy and slightly windy morning in DC - 36 degrees outside. Perfect for a run to work. So I did. Woke up a bit late so I had to take the short route, but it was good cause I'm worried about my right shin. It hurt a bit but not too bad.

I'm wondering what muscles does a spin class work? Why don't I feel sore after a spin class? Or is it mostly the cardio that is exercised and not so much the muscles? I feel like I'm using the right tension... maybe since I bike so much my muscles are already worked up... 

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From Burt on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 09:53:58

...or maybe you are a rock star!

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 10:33:05

Well that goes without saying Burt! :)

I do feel it during the class, don't get me wrong... I'm out of breath and going as hard as I can at it, but unlike with running, the next day my legs don't feel sore or tired...

From marion on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 11:37:13

I have no idea about the spin classes. I am afraid to go :D But hey- waht a bout the shin? Have you checked into it to make sure you aren't getting reinjured? (sorry to be a poop on your parade)

From kungfublonde on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 11:40:42

Burt is right, you're a rock star. But spin class doesn't make me sore either. Except for my knee- it totally kills my knee. The class is a lot of work for me, but I'm never that "good workout" kind of sore the next day. If I set the elliptical on high resistance and a high incline, THEN I get sore.

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 11:43:04

I know, Marion... I think I'm going to give it a bit more time and only run every other day for another week to see if it gets better. The pain is different than before, and on a different area of the shin - doesn't feel like shin splints, so if it doesn't get better I'll go back to the doc, or just rest it and cross-train on my own for a few weeks...

Rachel, that means we are both rock stars!

From montelepsy on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 11:44:37

It makes me sweat a lot and hurts my bottom. I think it's supposed to work your quads, though.

From Lucia on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 11:47:20

Mike, are you refering to spin class or to when Rachel asks you for money? Hahahahaha!

From marion on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 11:54:21

Bahahahahahaha! Lucia, you are FUNNY!!!

From montelepsy on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 11:55:44

You're silly!

From kungfublonde on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 12:09:04

...why would I ask...?

From walter on Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 23:02:25

You need spin classes to help your cardio. Its got less pounding action to help you take a day or two out of your running schedule which is good right now with coming off your injuries. I know you want to go out and get 80 mile weeks, this will keep your mind off those miles and help you transition into running more miles. Go get em tiger!

From Kelli on Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 21:10:25

I so want to try a spin class!! I bet your body is just used to biking---you bike a lot. Plus you are just a very in shape woman, nothing makes you sore!

From walter on Sun, Nov 23, 2008 at 18:57:42

Luce, what the heck happened to our buddy Jill? Did you go to lunch with her lately?

From Lucia on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 08:53:36

Kelli you should totally try one, it's fun - just make sure the instructor doesn't put on country music!

Wall-e, I don't know whasup w/Jill, I e-mailed her but haven't heard back. She's probably busy with the holidays and stuff. I'm glad you are doing better! You'll be running soon, and my braces will come off in one week, December 1, freedom day, yeah, 12 days before my 31st birthday!!!

From walter on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 09:30:35

Wow, too bad you couldnt get them off before Thanksgiving.

From Lucia on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 09:32:49

No joke! They're bothering me now more than ever, cause I can open the mouth, eat and talk more, so the braces rub more against the gums and walls of my mouth and I have sores all over... naaaaaasty, eeeeek! But, on the other hand, brushing my teeth is heavenly!

From w on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 10:31:29

You can buy some wax to put on the metal so it doesnt rub on your gums. They sell it at pharmacies.

From Lucia on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 10:46:04

Dub, I got 3 packs of that and my entire mouth is coated with wax. Too bad it doesn't quite smell like a candle...

From w on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 10:58:42

Maybe you can stuff a wick in it and have a little decorative mouth! lol Dont kiss any guys with braces right now. You will lock! ha ha

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Went to the gym after work, ran 2 miles on the treadmill and did 30 minutes on the bike and some weights. Then showered and got ready for the Legwarmer's show!!! It was so much fun, I love 80's cover bands!

My co-worker Diego was told he has high cholesterol. So I said he should exercise more. He said, of course, "I don't have time". I said, what are you doing today after work? He said aren't we going to the Legwarmer's show? I said yes, but what about after work and before the show? He said he was meeting friends for drinks... aha! - so you have time, you just choose not to make it a priority! Once you make working out a priority, you find time to do it, even if it's a little bit a couple of times a week. Am I right or what? It just takes a little planning, and yes, sometimes in the morning I hate having to haul work shoes, running shoes, and workout clothes everywhere, but it's worth the trouble to be fit!

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No running but walked about 4 miles with a friend down to the Congressional Botanical Gardens, where they have the best toy train/christmas village display in town, then walked over to the American History Museum which just re-opened, and my association sponsors a transportation exhibit that is very cool. Then walked home. A nice relaxing day.  

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Ran to the office to pick up my bike. A beautiful day!!! Soooo sunny! A friend picked me up from there and we drove to Leesburg to bike the last 15 miles of the W&OD trail. Sooooo pretty out there, I loved it! We were going very fast which I love, and I got to show off how strong of a biker I am. I really want to do a mountain bike race soon to test myself against other strong chicks. We biked 30 miles total, and I ran 4.5. Not a bad day!

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From montelepsy on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 08:55:00

Show off!

From marion on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 09:41:48

AWESOME!!! It is really fun when you are showing off in front of friends!@ Go girl!!

From Metcalf Running on Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 10:38:02

There are lots of mountain bike races in Utah... you should visit and try it out. Moab is a blast to bike around.

I like the though of moutain biking but when I get to it I'm a big chicken and usually crash :)

Lori

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