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  1. Friday I took the day off. There was a meeting at school for DD -- she has had a drop in grades in the last month or so -- and I wanted to make sure that I had as much time as was necessary for the meeting. And I have some school work of my own to do. And I had to deal with a work issue that needed a couple of hours of work and a lot of thinking. I was feeling more than a bit stressed after all that. It was a nice day, though. Upper 50s, no great wind, some sun. And I had the day off. So when DH came home to go to his physical therapy appointment, I put my workout clothes on and headed out the door. I made it 3.75 miles before DH finished his PT and came to meet me. And then, because I was still feeling good, we went home and I took a shower, and then we walked downtown to get supper. We actually went first to the running store to get a little green nubbly ball for DH to use on his poor aching heel. And then we found some supper. Which took far longer than it should have, because I really did want fish and chips and DH really wanted to just go eat at Cava like we always do. It took a lot of negotiation and extra walking to end up where we did. It was upwards of 7 miles between the formal workout and the dinner walking and the fish was excellent. ;-) DH was walking slowly because of his heel pain, and was surprised the next day when the combination of that and the little nubbly ball seemed to have really helped. I hope it does -- he's really been suffering from that. He even skipped his regular workouts some of last week, in addition to not running. And on Sunday, he slept for two extra hours in the morning. I really should have grabbed something other than my iPod before I cuddled up with him, because I was awake the whole time. That's okay, though. I knew that he would wake up if I got up, and he seemed really tired. I'm hoping that was part of the healing process. Anyway, we did eventually get ourselves up and out. Since it had been snowing and cold in the morning, it's just as well that we went out at noon. We did the same run I'd done on Friday and then continued for another mile or so to a little shopping center that has a salad place we like. (Chop't, for those in the area.) DH had suggested that we do that, and then backed away, but hey, we did it anyway. And I learned that it is not possible to run comfortably with a large salad in my stomach. Obviously I suspected that would be the case. Because of DH's heel problems, I wanted there to be a lot of walking on the trip anyway. So we walked almost the whole way back. Even so, by the time we returned, DH was having a good bit of heel pain again. He iced his feet as soon as he finished showering, and then worked them with the nubbly ball. Later in the day he tried out an ice bath for his feet -- up to about the middle of his shin. There was a good bit of howling and shrieking involved. I'd say it hurt a ton. Two hours later when we went to bed, his feet were still cold. However, this morning he said his feet hurt less than they had last week and he was able to do his regular workout this morning, so maybe it did some good. I just sent him a reminder to ice his feet again while he's sitting at his desk today. As for me, I feel fine. Nothing hurts. I'm not surprised, as Friday and yesterday were both much lighter workouts than I've done recently, and I missed last Tuesday because of the snow. I bet I'd run my best 10k ever if I ran it today. (Yes, I know. I've never run a 10k before. So it would be hard not to!) We may miss the 5k that DH wanted to run next weekend, and I'm fine with that. It's a really long way from the house and I'm pretty sure DD, who will be with us next weekend, will not want to ride along. ThyPeace, could really be happy with run-walks like these for years and years. They're just ... nice.
  2. So yesterday was a snow day for DD. DH stayed home and teleworked and sent occasional updates. DD spent 2.5 hours out shoveling neighbors' walks and drives with some of her friends. They came back with what must seem to them like a lot of money ($130 to divide between them) and exhausted bodies. By bedtime, DD claimed that she could not raise her arms. This morning there was a 2 hour delay, and though DD got up at her usual time, she took a 30 minute nap before school and eventually asked me for some ibuprofen. She perked herself up enough to go to school, but I bet she'll sleep well tonight. That's a level of effort kids don't get very often these days. She does gymnastics classes, but even that didn't prepare her for this. And I thought I had a pretty sedentary childhood... ThyPeace, spent about an hour shoveling herself, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Especially the part where I was making a path for all the melted snow to get to the storm drain. That was kind of fun.
  3. So here it is, Tuesday. Only one run to report, from Sunday. It was cold -- 25 degrees. But also sunny and not much wind. So I dressed warmly. Walked a good ways -- maybe a total of 3/4 of a mile -- to warm up, and then started running. Timed myself from about 0.25 miles from when I started walking, which is my usual start point. The measured run from there was 7.25 miles. Of course, "run" really means a combination of running and walking throughout the whole thing, but hopefully we all know that by now. Anyway, it was a really nice time. DH had offered to take DD to her morning activity, and they set off a couple of minutes before I did. There was no hurry to get to another event, and no reason to push myself hard. Best of all, my legs had finally start hurting a good bit less than they had been. So once I started off, I just kept moving, running when I felt like it and walking when I felt like it. I ran more than the previous week and, even though I went longer, it took the same amount of time or a little less. Plus I knew where I was going, so spent less time looking around. 1:32:29 for 7.25 miles, for a pace of 12'45". (Boy it's hard to put the quotes before the period, but I think that's right in this case.) And I came home feeling as though I could do the whole distance a second time, though probably not as quickly. So hey! Maybe I could do a half marathon in 3.5 hours. (The McMillan running app says I could do it in 2:53. That's optimistic!) I was definitely feeling some aches in my legs by the time I was done, but still felt like I could run more. The rest of the day I was a little tired, but made it through without any great difficulties. Except for some really big hunger, yowza! This was the first time I actually tried to do a preWO and postWO meal the way they are stated in the Whole30 stuff. Left me starving! So I ate a big next meal and felt better after that. I am not running today. It's snowy and slippery and that just seems like a really bad idea. So I'll do some shovelling later and call it a workout. The 20 minutes it took to clean off my car was a good upper body starter for the day. Though we only have a couple of inches of snow, it's very wet and heavy. And a layer of ice on top just to make me work harder. ThyPeace, and I had to get up early to send out the delayed opening notices. 4am is not my favorite time of day, especially right after a time change!
  4. Hmmm. So.... I am not an expert on weight lifting. Nor on the Whole30. So take what I say with a grain of salt. And a large dose of other expertise, if it happens to stop by. So with that said, I'm going recommend something based on my experience with food and running. (I know, not the same as weight lifting. But you should see me run. It looks a lot like an ugly form of weight lifting.) I think you may have reduced your overall food intake too low, and possibly specifically your carbohydrates. One starchy vegetable per day is probably not enough. Starches at each meal are probably about right, but may still be low if you're not eating any fruit. There is a relatively easy way to test to see if this is the case: Increase your food intake by 50% for a couple of days. If you get your strength back, or some of it, you have found your culprit. If you want to play with it further, then I'd try varying the amounts of individual macros, but I would do the overall food levels first because your body will convert foods as needed to get to the stuff it really needs. 50% may seem like an enormous increase in food, but hey, when was the last time anyone told you to load up like that? And it's only for two days, not for a year. With the variable work schedule you have, I'm not terribly surprised that you have some sleep troubles. If you're waking up tired, your very best bet would be to go to bed earlier rather than sleeping longer. However, that probably isn't possible every day for you. So instead, increase your sleep everywhere you can. Turn off the electronics by 10pm (yes, I know that means no electronics for the last couple of hours of work, which is probably not always possible) and start getting your eyes adjusted to darkness. If you can't do that, adjust your electronics to shift to dimmer, redder light (f.lux is a nice app for that). Newer smart phones have automatic settings to reduce brightness as well -- it's a good idea to try that out. ThyPeace, not a born runner, but runs nonetheless.
  5. Another week, another few runs. On Tuesday morning, I felt totally awesome. My hip didn't hurt, my feet didn't hurt, absolutely nothing hurt! In retrospect, I should have known that didn't bode well. I was aiming for a 3 mile run and left the house just feeling like I could fly. So... fly I did. I didn't go out slow. I went out like I could sprint the whole darned way. Which, it turns out, I cannot. So I walked a bit. And then sprinted some more! And then walked. And kept doing that for the entire three miles because I literally could not slow myself down. So.... sure. It was a speed workout. I am going to pretend that I meant to do that. Wednesday morning I was a little tired, and my calves were letting me know they were thinking of being sore. But I still felt good! So I did an indoor endurance workout with lots of running in place and A-skips and butt kicks and stuff like that. Because why not, right? Oof. That afternoon, I still felt good and it was a beautiful afternoon, so DD and I walked to our downtown area so she could go to the art store. DH met us there and we all walked home together. Yesterday morning was supposed to be the morning that DH and I go walking together. But... his heel had been really bothering him since his fast run on Sunday (remember that thing where he did it in an hour and it took me 90 minutes? yeah, that one) and was still bothering him then. So we relaxed and didn't work out at all. I went running last night instead, the first time in forever that I've gone running in an evening and he didn't go along. This is the third time I've done this same course on a Thursday evening. I am getting slower rather than faster. Last night, though, I know of at least two errors I made. The first, well, remember the sprinting and the calves I mentioned? Oh my goodness gracious, the agony. Nothing injured, clearly. Just incredibly sore muscles. And not so much my calves as the muscles right below the calves, whatever those are called..... the soleus! That's the name. And now that I know the name, I can look up what causes pain in it. Ah. Yes, running uphill. Because the other thing I did on Monday was to reverse my usual route, meaning that I run up the half-mile hill that I usually run down. I'm pretty sure it helped with all the right-side aches I've been having, too, because running clockwise around our campus leads to running a long way on a sidewalk that slopes such that my right leg is uphill. I still think the bone broth helps a bunch, too. So I did my run 4 mile last night in 53ish minutes. Oh, and it didn't help when my brother texted me about his son wanting to FaceTime DD, who was at her other house. That took a few texts to get coordinated. (His son is 2, so we still facilitate the calls...) While I was walking and texting, there was a guy who passed me on the half-mile hill. Which I ran downhill this time. He wasn't running very fast, so I just tailed him. It was an interesting feeling -- I've never been able to just keep up with a guy before. Of course, I couldn't do it forever, which leads to the second mistake I made. I dressed too warmly for the temperature. I wore my warm running tights (Nike Warm. Easy name to remember.) instead of the other ones, and I was far too warm in them. Easy enough to take off the long sleeve shirt and tie it around my waist, but it's a lot harder to take off running tights. Not to mention indecent. He went a different direction at the corner and I figured that was that and I started walking because I was boiling hot. And then he passes me, still running! Hmmm, I thought. And kept walking. Once I started running again, darned if I didn't start catching up with him! And so it went for the next mile or so. I'd catch up when I was running, he'd pull away when I was walking. That lasted until he finally pulled up and started walking; I'm guessing he was done with his run at that point, while I still had half my run to go. It was interesting to observe someone else's running pattern for that long. I noticed how he slowed down every time his head dropped, and how one foot didn't land quite flat, and one arm didn't swing quite the same as the other. Made me think hard about my own running quirks. I hope it helped me run a little better. I know it kept me running longer than I would have otherwise! ThyPeace, it's supposed to snow next week. I may have to take a few days off.
  6. It's good that you feel better than you did. How are you doing with your pre-workout meals? And actually, a sense of the structure of your day and a listing of what you're eating when would be helpful. ThyPeace, and also, are you staying hydrated and how's the sleep?
  7. If you're drinking Energize by Beachbody, here is a link to the ingredients list: The first ingredient is beet sugar, which is not a compliant ingredient. Stevia is also not compliant. Essentially, it's lemonade mix with some electrolytes and caffeine mixed in. I'd say you will need to either find something else to use before your workouts or decide not to do a Whole30. ThyPeace, sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
  8. It seems to me, though I am definitely not an expert, that you should be eating a template meal at that point, making absolutely sure to get enough protein, and making sure that you eat enough to satisfy you, but not stuffed. How long between when you eat and when you go to bed? ThyPeace, could be that your breakfast and lunch will need to be larger relative to your other meals.
  9. What a lovely day yesterday was. DH and I had gone to see Logan the night before, had salads beforehand, and did a little shopping for work clothes after. We went clothes shopping (for me) because DH was tempting me to get candy, and I didn’t want to. I learned that my previous regular size – a 14 – is too big for me, and the 12 is not even a little bit tight. I don’t think I’ll ever wear smaller sizes, though, based on where my bones are and how tall I am. That’s okay. A 12 works fine, and the NSV was kind of fun. Anyway, we both woke up relatively early, but lazed around in bed because it was 23 degrees and neither of us wanted to go out to run at that temperature. A couple of hours later, it was 30 degrees and we decided to go ahead and brave the cold. Luckily, it was sunny and there was little wind, making things a bit more bearable. I told DH not to stay with me, because my goal was to do his long route, but I was going to walk a long way before running at all, and was going to walk as much as I ran. He started running at our usual spot, while I kept walking. I walked for almost a mile before I ran at all, and the next two miles I ran when I felt like it and walked a lot. Particularly on downhill sections, because my quads were hurting very soon after I started running. Once I got down into the park that I was aiming for, though, it was just too nice not to run. No wind at all, sun shining on me, a completely level path in a really pretty spot – there was just nothing to keep me walking. So I ran, but still not all that long and definitely not fast. Maybe a mile, then a walk break and another mile. I found the most ridiculous water fountain down there. It shot water a good 15 feet in the air. Drinking from it was not very practical. If it had been warmer, I probably would have played more. As it was, I just kept going. I continued alternating running and walking, never working really hard, and eventually I came out of the park and did the next two miles on sidewalk to get home. Total distance was 6.62 miles, the farthest I have ever gone in one stretch. Total time: 1:30:24, so a pace of 13’48”. Which you know, is not the slowest I’ve ever gone. More importantly, now I know I can do more than 10K without being in agony afterward. (I ran 6.25 miles in December. Ran the whole way, hurt for days afterward. I think I wrote about that somewhere in this thread.) The rest of the day was similarly delightful. DH got home half an hour before me and started the laundry and took his shower. There was still plenty of hot water for me, and then, well, afternoon in winter with nothing to do and DD elsewhere? Let’s just say it was grownup time and very nice it was, too. And there were naps! And after that, we eventually remembered to eat a bit (I’d eaten a bit before the run, too, and a little protein after the run), and then went to church. Rounded out the day with salads, popcorn, and grapefruit. Because hey, why not? And in my current life, popcorn is a nice treat, which is so much better than the days when we would “treat” ourselves to things that hurt our bodies much more. So it was just an absolutely lovely day, which rounded out a really nice weekend. Next weekend will be much more busy, because we’ll also be shepherding DD to her various events all weekend. That’s okay. She’s pretty fun to be around these days, too. ThyPeace, and today, my hip hurts even less than it did yesterday. More bone broth and long run-walks for me.
  10. Oh, and thanks for the reply, fairyfreak! Yes, you should start running. Don't wait until spring. Start today. It's easy! Just put on comfy shoes and go outside. Dress for the weather and walk the first few times! It's really not scary and well worth it. And no, no hot stone massages yet, though I've gotten hot towels, hot massage beds, and plenty of other heat sources. Love me some heat! ThyPeace, will have to try stones sometime!
  11. Well, a few running successes to report this week. On Thursday morning, I did my usual long walk (3.5 miles with a shower and breakfast during a break at mile 1.5). Because it was forecast to be cold and possibly snow on Friday evening, DH and I did our run that evening instead of Friday evening. And you know, it worked fine! I noticed in the morning that the long walk did my body's aches and pains some good; it got everything really warmed up with out stress. Which actually lasted for much of the rest of the day and made the run in the evening feel better, too. What's funny is that even though I ran less and felt better about it, it was 2 minutes slower than the same distance last week. Oh, well. I'll take it anyway for the feeling-better part. Friday, I was Just. So. Tired. though! I sincerely wished for at least another hour of sleep and maybe two. Did not work out that day, nor on Saturday. On Saturday, DH and I volunteered at a local, small (I think they said 300 runners showed up) marathon/50k trail race. We were at the aid station at mile 20, and were out in the wind. And oh man, it was COLD! I was refilling people's water bottles, and even with my gloves on, my hands got so cold that my Reynaud's syndrome triggered and I couldn't feel my fingers for a while. Luckily, they had a box of handwarmers as part of the aid station, and someone handed me a couple when they realized how cold I was. That helped immensely. (It was so cold that the dispenser on the Gatorade tank was frozen shut. DH, who was giving that out, had to ladle it out with a cup.) It was interesting to get a look at the gear various people use and the things that they eat. The aid station had PB&J and grilled cheese sandwiches, bacon, tater tots, chips of various kinds, Swedish Fish, M&Ms, cookies, Twix, and a few other things. We came home with popcorn and animal crackers. (We ate the popcorn. Animal crackers are going to my office.) Various people came through with their own food, mostly gels and bars and things like. I saw one person with a boiled egg and what might have been dates in her baggie. I'd have asked about it if she hadn't been, you know, in a race. As for the gear, well, it seems like the hydration packs with a zip-loc are the easiest to open and refill, though of course I didn't get to see which ones actually work best. I also noticed that many people didn't want their packs filled all the way. Then again, people who were carrying water bottles were commonly not out of water when they got to us either. I'm sure that would have been different if it had been warmer. The water bottles ranged from someone who was just carrying a regular 16 disposable water bottle to some really high-tech collapsible bottles. The small ones that were shaped to fit a hand seemed like the most practical, as well as the most common. I also liked the vests that some people were wearing. They held water bottles on the front and I think had small packs on the back. Several of them also had food pockets. I helped a couple of people with their electrolyte powders. That was really hard with everyone as cold as they were. Just opening the packets was almost impossible -- one of the workers finally had to use his teeth on one. (He knew the runner and she didn't seem grossed out, luckily.) We were the second shift, so missed all the really fast folks who had support teams doing that stuff for them. The whole running club seemed to be one big support team for everyone else, though. We did pretty much whatever we could for whoever needed it. Since we were at mile 20, there were a few (three? four?) who dropped out at our point. I'm not sure what all the issues were, but one poor guy was cramping up badly and once he stopped moving, got pretty cold. First time I ever saw one of those foil emergency blankets in use. I hope it helped. I was going to put him in our car, but an aid vehicle came to pick him up and take him to the finish. It was a really interesting experience, and one that I hope to have again next year, and maybe at some of the club's other long races this year. It was kind of fun. And on that note, though I haven't gotten to today's run, it's bedtime. I'll write more soon. ThyPeace, should probably actually do some of the club's workouts, except that they are all inconvenient times and locations and I run because it's the most convenient exercise ever. Sigh. One step at a time.
  12. Hiya, Hangman_mi! Welcome to the Whole30. You're right that as you increase your activity levels, your endurance will build up. However, doing that at the same time as starting a new diet can sometimes present some challenges. I suggest being really gradual with your gym work buildup. I am also 49, and I can say for sure that working out now is not quite the same as working out when I was 30. The major difference being that I need more rest and recovery time, and warming up has become absolutely critical rather than just a nice idea. If you want to get back to the point of 2 hours of intense activity, I suggest starting by seeing what you can actually do for two hours. Can you walk for two hours, or do two hours of yard work? If you can't, then that's the place to start. Intermingling that with short bouts of higher intensities (jogging, digging, racquet ball, whatever) will build your endurance. Expect it to take a while, though. If you try to rush it, all the little niggling aches and pains can quickly turn into injuries. (Yes, I learned the hard way and probably you will too, but at least you'll have warning and know to lay off faster than you would have otherwise.) I will also say that for me, getting enough protein and building blocks (bone broth is my friend) is really important for recovery. I have had to more than double my protein intake since I started this whole process, and am still struggling to actually get to amounts that work optimally for me. ThyPeace, it's worth it, though!
  13. Hi Nikki, I'm sure someone will be along to remind you that you're not supposed to step on the scale during a Whole30, but I'm not going to focus there. instead, I'm going to focus on your worry -- that if you slack off at the gym, you'll go back to being morbidly obese. (Probably, if your mind works the way mine does, in less than a week of eating three corn chips and two chocolate chip cookies). And it's a reasonable worry, if overblown. I have proven to myself twice so far this year that I can gain ten pounds in a week. For me, grains in the form of bread are a key indicator of my weight, as are other highly-refined foods. Now that I have done a few Whole30s and eat much more cleanly even when I'm not doing a Whole30, I know that my weight will go up when I have a creamed soup or a chicken curry. Heaven help me if I have beets! So -- that 10 pounds is an indicator that your body is reacting differently to something you're eating, and specifically that it is processing your food differently. "Different" can mean a lot of different things, from your digestion speed to the amount of liquid required for digestion (a lot!!) to a whole bunch of other things that I don't know because they're about you and not about me. When you are done with your Whole30 and your life reverts, there is a really good chance that you'll gain all that weight back. And that's where I really want to point something out: don't panic if that happens. A "slow-roll" reintroduction may help you figure out what changes have helped you the most. That will then help you decide what you want to work to keep doing and what you don't. For me, for example, bread as a part of regular meals tends not to be worth the adverse impacts. My husband's home-baked treats for special occasions are worth it. Halloween candy, while not worth it, seems to be a temptation I have not yet learned to get rid of. But I am learning to limit it to one day, rather than two weeks of fun. ThyPeace, The important thing is to learn and do better than you did before, not to be perfect!
  14. FLrunner, glad to hear you have access to a sports doc who can point you in a good direction. As for me, I run a little. I'm a brand-new beginning runner. I've never been an athlete; I was the fat little kid picked last in every game. (But I could take 'em in the pool...) I got in shape in college and in my 20s and early 30s, but then life happened in the form of a kid and a spectacularly bad breakup. Three years ago, I was completely deconditioned, my blood chemistry was out of whack, I weighed more than 200 pounds (I'm 5'9"). There was a lot that had to change, but I finally had the time and energy to devote to getting healthier. I started with changing my eating and sleeping habits (actually, I started by getting a new job and doing other things that majorly reduced my stress levels). Then I started walking and doing old aerobics videos when DD started middle school. A year ago, DH took over my workout space and time so that he could get in shape too. So I started going outside. When it got cold, I ran a few steps to warm up. And now, well, I'm learning to run. I have a thread about it here in the Whole30 for Athletes area. Right now I'm struggling through various aches and pains while trying to get enough endurance to survive the 10K I signed up for in April. I have no interest in being the fastest in the bunch -- there are too many years of being the short, slow, fat kid in my past for me to even consider competing. I just want to finish and know that I can do it. My long-term goal is to run a 5k, do 16 pushups, and 16 body squats when I'm 100. (I'm almost halfway there.) My nutritionist wants me to add a pull-up into the mix, but I currently think she's crazy. My first goal before all others is to be cautious and avoid injury. Even so, I have various aches and I struggle a lot with whether I'm pushing myself too hard or not hard enough. So I totally admire those who do the really long distances. For me, well, it's been maybe nine months since I was wildly happy at having run a mile continuously in less than 12 minutes, and six months since I ran/walked my first 5K. I have a lot left to learn and a lot of training left to do. ThyPeace, good think I like learning!
  15. Yesterday was 3 miles at 35:28 or some such, so just under a 12 minute pace. I managed to run the whole time (except when I stopped for a traffic light) without significant amounts of pain. Yay me! That's what I'm looking for. So apparently my shoe inserts help more than I had thought. I should order a new pair. They're starting to rub the soles of my feet a little. ThyPeace, also notes that it's far less scary to decide to run 3 miles than it is to decide to run 4 or 6 or 7 miles. I need to work on that.