It’s A Food Thing: Back on the Bandwagon

I’ve been feeling awful lately. Granted, I’m coming off of a wicked stomach thing (food poisoning? 24 hour bug?) and migraines (which is a completely different post, but WTF head!? I had SURGERY to stop this!!) so of course my body is kind of rebelling against anything and everything I am doing. BUT – It’s more than that.

It’s got a lot to do with the foods and drinks I’m partaking in, and I know that.

I always feel my best when I eat right, and limit my crap intake. And while I love Amber – I’ve noticed that since she’s in in town and crashing at my place, our food and diet habits went out the window. Is it her fault? No, not at all. But as she puts it, it’s the “shiny new toy” syndrome that is most likely causing us to not do what we need to do. Throw in my ever revolving work schedule (seriously, can I not get one week that’s NORMAL!?) and our ever growing social calendar, things just fall by the wayside.

I’m tired of that, and am ready to feel better and that starts with my diet.

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Winter Running: What are YOU wearing?

runningcoldSo for much of the states, winter is officially upon us. As I sit at my desk in Florida, I see that so many parts of the country are already under snow. It’s something I don’t have the ability to understand – AT ALL – given that I moved down to Florida when I was 9 years old and have been here ever since. The only time I’ve been out of Florida and experienced snow since I moved here was when I had to attend my grandfather’s funeral.

That being said – when I’m asked “What do you wear on cold runs in winter?” my answer is very, very different depending on where you live, and where the snow is. For me, I don’t know how to run in the snow. I can only assume how to run in the snow based on what I see in the Idiots Running Club Facebook page.

This is a great reference for what to wear when it’s cold, based on where you are at. Runner’s World does a great job breaking it down based on location, and includes links to things that you can purchase online to help prepare you for the winter running you are certain to be doing. I mean, you ARE running this winter, right?

As for me? Here’s what I wear when I run in the winter.

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Stress – it’s a killer.

I keep disappearing. I didn’t mean to this time. Honest! Things just got a little out of hand. Crazy, even. I bet I know what you are thinking.

“Geez, Jamie, enough with the excuses. Just post your blogs like you said you were going to! This is getting irritating. I mean, ten days without a post? Lame.”

To be honest, it’s even irritating me. Life has been spiraling slowly out of control since the summer, and it kind of culminated into a complete meltdown this weekend where I cried, I yelled, I talked, and I cried some more. I was mad at my friends, mad at my husband, mad at myself, and in the process of having said meltdown I was able to figure some things out and make some tough but necessary decisions. I can’t discuss those decision just yet (but trust me, when the time is right, I’ll let you know) but they have helped me put things back into perspective. Here are some of those perspectives.

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Thankful for November

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Halloween is over, the costumes are tossed to the floor and discarded candy wrappers are scattered around. That can only mean one thing. November, the month where being thankful is key, has officially arrived.

I have a lot of plans for November. And a lot of them are fitness related, both physically and mentally. After the emotional break down I had last month due to just too much damn stress (of which, I’m certain I’m not free from) I feel like a serious change needs to start.

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RACE RECAP: Evergreen Cemetery Pumpkin Run 10 Miler

First and foremost, I want to apologize for not updating in so long. I hadn’t realized that it had been 9 days since my last post. Working at a frantic pace at work, and then shutting down for 4 days afterward, only to be thrown into the work mix again caused me to lose track of time. SORRY!

On Sunday, however, I participated in one of my favorite races ever: The Evergreen Cemetery Pumpkin Run. Every year, the cemetery plays host to two races: the St. Patty’s Day 10k/5k and the Pumpkin Run 5k/10M. They are also both on Sundays, which makes it easy for me to run them, even if I was working the day before.

There are a lot of reasons that this race is fantastic: the route is beautiful, the people are supportive, and best of all – it’s a Halloween race which means COSTUMES!

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Sometimes life catches up with you…

I missed my 9 miler yesterday, and to be honest with you… I don’t feel bad about it. I slept for 17 hours after getting home from work on Saturday due to sheer exhaustion. AND – I got a migraine in the middle of all of that mess. It was my body’s way of telling me “Hey, Idiot! You need to slow down for a bit and catch up on some rest. How’s now sound?”

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It’s not like I had any plans. Well, Dreamboat had plans. A group of friends were getting together to hang out, and I said if he wanted to go we could…and he said we’ll see how I feel. We were getting ready to go and a snarky comment under his breath from him to my “nothing is wrong” answer to his question caused me to snap at him and start crying. This, after we bickered about whether to go or not. I cried for a while, crawled back into bed, and no lie – less than an hour later, I was asleep again. I was apparently out so hard and needed the rest so badly that Dreamboat had to sleep in the guest bedroom because I took up the entire bed and wouldn’t move when he tried to move me.

Oops.

I woke up the next morning to a cold bed and a sinking heart. I knew Dreamboat was disappointed in me about the night before, but I wasn’t sure specifically why. (For the record, he won’t tell me either. He just says ‘it’s not important’ and that irritates me) But I woke up feeling a little bit better: my head was still somewhat achy, I was still kinda tired and lethargic, I was still overly emotional which happens when I don’t feel good… but I was better than Saturday.

But I wasn’t so much better that I thought 9 miles was the plan for the day.

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Running, Running…as fast as I can…

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October is meant for fall. Which means cooler temps. So why did I run 8 miles in high 80 degree weather, after spending three hours the day before outside where there was no clouds and it was WAY hotter outside? AND I got sunburned? Who gets sunburned in October!? And we aren’t talking like a cute sunburn – we are talking, holy crap call the dermatologist, you are going to die kind of sunburn.

Needless to say – it was awful.

Shortly there after, I had a friend who I am close to ask me if my time bothers me. If the fact that I’m so much slower than my other running friends really hinders my desire to run and if it makes me want to quit. At first I was offended. Was she being critical of my slow pace, in the dead of the middle morning, no clouds and God awful heat? But I thought about it before speaking, and after a bit – I realized that maybe she wasn’t asking to be critical.

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the start of this there. This is a continuation of that very post. (NOTE: I’ve been working on this post for a week now. Thanks for your patience! :) )

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