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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Getting My Running Mojo Back

Okay, so a little running update. I have been running, but I've been running sloooooowly. I'm alright with that, though. Ya know why? 'Cause I'm running!

This half-marathon training has been a lot tougher than last time. Sure I'm doing Hal Higdon's "Novice 2" training schedule this time instead of "Novice 1" like last time, but I do feel like I have so many more challenges this time around. Last time I had my "I-just-had-my-last-baby-and-I'm-gonna-get-my-body-back" mojo. Plus, I was training with the double-Bob, so I was so much stronger.

And this time, I've had all these weird allergy things plus the mental setback of not running for almost an entire year {not really sure if it really was a year or not}. And the cherry on top, my knees have been hurting. Wah...wah..wah..
"runners knee", "knee pain", "pain in knees when running" "Half Marathon Training Schedule", "Hal Higdon Novice 2 Half Marathon", running, half-marathon, "hal higdon", training
Ugh, I can't believe I'm showing you my slow paces. Embarrassing! 
Okay, so after many weeks of feeling sorry for myself, I gotta say, I was sick of my whiny thoughts. SICK!

So I went and bought new running shoes because it was time. Knees still hurt. AND I was getting a blister on my heel after the first couple of runs {and after trying on every single shoe in the store that would fit my Flintstone feet}. So ya know what I did...

"Cutting off heel of running shoes", "blister on heel", "running shoes", "running blisters"
Boom! I cut that bad boy off, and it felt really good. Ya know why? Because I was taking charge? I wasn't being a victim. {That worked like a charm, by the way.}

Okay, so at this point my heel was feeling better, but I was still feeling it in my knees.

So I had posted a question on the FB wall of my favorite running Podcast hosts on Another Mother Runner about what I should do about my knees. Most everyone was like, "Go to a physical therapist." And I was all, "Wah, wah, I have a high deductible and don't want to spend God-knows-how-much when I can just switch sports...wah, wah." (Feeling a bit victim-y again.)

So finally someone was like, "Uh, just google 'runner's knee exercises'." And I was all, "Ohmuhfreakingosh, why didn't I think of that?!"

So I did, and O-M-G, those muscles needed it! AND I started running on the treadmill AFTER my yoga classes instead of before. And guess what?! NO KNEE PAIN!!!

Okay, granted, I haven't had a run over 6 miles since I started the exercises and yoga, but I was having pain even after 1 mile, even when I was wearing my knee bras patella bands. I have my first long run this weekend, 11 miles, so I'll let you know on FB how it goes.

All that to say...I am getting my running mojo back because I had a taste of what it would be like to have to give it up, and I mourned it. I didn't want to give it up.

Anyone else out there training for something that you want so bad that you'll do anything for it?!

Monday, August 19, 2013

A Word About Wheat

"Wheat allergy" "wheat allergy symptoms"
If you "like" Annie's Blessed Nest on Facebook, then you'll know that I am on a wheat elimination diet to see if wheat is one of the allergens wreaking havoc on my immune system. (I don't have gluten sensitivity, so I eliminated all wheat, even oats.)

Well, to say that I went on a wheat elimination diet so nonchalantly is deceptive. There was nothing nonchalant about it. It was freakin' hard. I'm a bit of an addict. The first 3 days I lost 4 pounds worth of water-weight because I had just gone on a wheat bender the weekend prior.

So my symptoms that I was/am trying to determine a cause from were bloating (seriously, I looked about 12 weeks pregnant by the end of the day), sinus headaches, muscle aches, and fatigue.

I had completely eliminated wheat, and then on Saturday night we went to a Mexican restaurant, and I ate the corn tortilla chips they put out on the table. Well, unbeknownst to me, they had wheat in them. Dang it!

So the next day I was SOOOO tired, and I thought it was just from end of summer blues. But no, I was so tired I had to take a nap. And y'all, I don't ever "choose" to nap. If I'm napping, then it's necessary. I also had a nice little sinus headache to accompany the fatigue.

And today...I told the kids we were going to the gym at 1:00...then 1:15...then 1:30...then I was napping on the couch by 1:45...with a sinus headache.

So the good news is, I think I may have an answer to my wheat question. I'll continue to eliminate it and maybe check again after another month or two.

Oh and y'all, that gluten-free bread mix that's in the gluten-free section of the grocery store, do NOT..just do not. It's disgusting.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tipsy Tuesday: Potty Train Backward

So if you haven't been around for a while, Tipsy Tuesday is just like it sounds...a tip I give...on a Tuesday. What?

This one is gold, people, GOLD!

When this little guy wanted to start going potty like his brothers (but before he was ready to potty train), I would always put him on the toilet backwards.

Really, I was just *done* with that stupid little Elmo potty seat (don't even get me started on the little potty that you have to empty the pee and poop from). It's so gross to touch, and I didn't want to deal with it because they'd never get their little penis's to point below that so-called guard, and there'd inevitably be pee everywhere, well, at least all over the top of the seat.

But when he just sits backwards, he doesn't fall in, and he kind of holds himself up, too (what, we're washing our hands after anyway).

So when we started potty training him, he wanted to sit backward and I let him. Now, wherever we go, we don't have to bring that ridiculous pee ring (like I did as a noob mom with the first two). He can go potty and not be afraid of falling in.

Boom! Third time's the charm.

And of course, the NUMBER 1 TIP OF POTTY TRAINING is to put them in underwear and don't turn back. No Pull-ups, no diapers. Just do it. ;)

ETA: I don't have any experience potty training girls, but I don't see why this wouldn't work with them, too. Anyone done it?


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