Running Shoe Lacing Techniques

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I have high arches, and my feet get numb every time I run or do the elliptical. I am so excited to try out this lacing technique for a high instep. Thank you, Katierunsthis, for such an informative post!!

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When most runners purchase their running shoes from a specialty running store (You are not still shopping at those big box sporting goods stores, are you?) they are already cross-laced and ready to go. Or are they? Did you know there are different ways that you can lace your shoes to make them more comfortable or to help customize your shoes for your feet? Here are some of the more common shoe lacing patterns that help combat some common shoe issues. I tried to find the brightest shoe laces on the brightest pair of shoes I own so that you could see easier.

First, let’s cover the LOOP LACING LOCK. This technique can be used in a number of different lacing patterns to insure a tight and snug fit anywhere along the eye row of your shoe, depending on where your laces seem to be slipping.

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A Slight Setback

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Just a quick update!  I have yet to start on week 3 of the Couch-to-5K plan.  I intended to get this run in a few days ago, but our family has been hit by a nasty stomach bug.  As of today, we are all feeling much better, so it won’t be long before I am out running again.  Today it’s rainy, so we will be running tomorrow or Wednesday for sure.  I will let you know how it goes!  I’m excited to get started again, though the prospect of running for 3 minutes straight is a little terrifying.  🙂

I’m Loving Couch-to-5K (c25K)!

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My eating might not be on track yet, but I am very proud of myself for completing level two of c25K yesterday!  It’s a struggle for me to run, but I’m pushing through and I can feel myself improving every day.  You runners out there might laugh, as I have only worked myself up to a 1.5 minute run so far, but it won’t be long before I will be able to run a mile or two or three without stopping.  That’s super-exciting for me!  I have never run.  Even as a child, I was never in a sport that required running.  This is a big step for me.

I’m doing these workouts with my two daughters.  They keep me going at a pace that I probably wouldn’t choose for myself (much faster).  Yesterday I think we pushed a little too hard, as all three of us were nauseous by the end of our session.  🙂  In June, we run our first 5K race.  It’s called the Color Run, and it looks like a ton of fun.  As you run, people throw chalky paint at you, until you are totally covered with bright colors.  My goal is to be able to run (or, more accurately, slowly jog) the whole thing.

Tomorrow we head out to start week three of c25K.  I’m apprehensive because we will now have to jog for 3 minutes straight, but I’m sure I’ll get through it somehow.  I’ll update on how it goes!

 

One-thing-at-a-time mindset. How to break this??

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I’ve started a Couch to 5K program.  I’m really enjoying it so far (only on week 2), though it is challenging for me.  But I’m starting to get frustrated with myself!

It seems that I can focus on only one thing at a time…diet OR exercise.

If I get into a diet, I don’t focus on the exercise.  If I get into exercising, I don’t focus on the diet.  I just can’t seem to find a balance between the two!  Right now I’m really motivated to run a 5K and I am going to stick with my running program, but I probably won’t lose a pound because I am being so lax with my diet.  Hmmph!  Even though I was feeling pretty crummy yesterday, I made myself get my running workout in.  But then I went out and had a big dinner, chocolate and cookies for dessert.  I’m sure I ate way more than I worked off.

I’m hoping that this changes as I get more accustomed to the running.  Maybe then I will be able to stress less about that and start worrying more about the food I eat.  Anyone else have this same problem???

 

Tif has returned! DISCLAIMER: Graphic descriptions of watery feces found below. You have been warned.

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After a hiatus of over 3 months, I have decided to revisit, revamp, and reinvigorate this old blog!

My life has changed drastically in the last three months.  I wish I could say that I am 30 pounds lighter than the last time I updated, but, sadly, that is far from the truth.  In fact, I’ve actually gained a few pounds.  Nothing tragic, but I certainly wish I had continued my weight loss during the winter months.  I will just have to begin again from where I am at now.  🙂

I feel like I left everyone hanging with my last post, in which I was attempting my first (and last) juice fast.  That experiment lasted for two days.  It abruptly ended in the middle of the night, as I suffered through several rounds of  butthole-burning-diarrhea that couldn’t have had a pH above 1.0.  Seriously, pure lemon juice would’ve been more forgiving.  Sorry for the graphic description, but I warn everyone not to follow in my footsteps and suffer the pain of a searing sphincter!  The whole fast was a disaster from the beginning.  Veggie juice just isn’t too palatable when it is all you can eat, and it sure does a number on your digestive system.  😦  Yuck.  Never again.

On to other things…

In January, I began homeschooling my twin 9-year-old daughters.  They were desperate not to go back to school after winter break (due to constant boredom and frustration) and begged me to give homeschooling a try.  So, within a week I had fulfilled all of the legal obligations to school them from home, and we have been happily adjusting to our new lives ever since!  Homeschooling has been an amazing experience so far.  I love seeing my children flourish as they learn in the ways that are most beneficial and interesting to them.  It has been a crazy change, but we are finally establishing a rhythm that works for us, and I can start focusing on my personal goals again.  🙂

My girls and I have started training for a 5K race.  We are using the Couch to 5K program and are currently on Week 2 Day 2.  I am loving it!  It certainly is a challenge for me, as I have never run.  But I do love how it makes me feel, and I can feel my body changing already.  I am not as focused on the scale right now, so I won’t be weighing in each week.  But I am interested in seeing if any weight drops off by the time I have completed the 9 weeks of the program.  I will be sure to update my results then, if not sooner.

Good night, blog friends!

Juicing Experiment of 2013

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I’ve been hesitating to post about this because I really don’t want a ton of negative feedback to sway me, but I decided to just get this out there anyways.  This blog is all about me being open, honest, and laying everything out!

I was doing so well on my diet, lost about 18 pounds, and then went on a trip with my mom for a few days.  That trip totally threw me off course, and I just couldn’t seem to get back on track again.  Since then (the middle of November), I haven’t lost a single pound.  I haven’t gained, either, which is great, but my goal is to keep losing weight.  So…..I tried to get back on the diet, over and over and over.  I was failing every day, and feeling completely out of control.

And then I discovered juicing.

I read about it online and decided to watch the documentary Fat, Sick, and Almost Dead, which chronicles one man’s juicing journey to health.  I decided to give it a try.

I found a fabulous juicer (used) nearby, and purchased it.  My plan was to begin a juice fast (or feast, as it’s sometimes called—though I can tell you now that fast is the more appropriate term!) in January.  But my husband suggested I do a mini-fast with it this week first, just to see if I ran into any problems.

[editing to say:  I should have made this clear, but I didn’t!  I am calling this a juice fast just because that seems to be the term most often used.  It is not, however, a calorie fast.  That is to say that I am still consuming my regular calories for the day!  The idea behind this is just that all of my calories are now as highly nutritious as they can possibly be.  I am not trying to starve myself in any way!!!]

I am now on day 2 of my juice fast.  The picture above shows all of the fruits and veggies that went into my juice yesterday.  Here is a disgusting picture of the result:

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That orange foamy stuff on top hid the diarrhea-colored juice underneath.  I was somehow able to choke it down throughout the day, but I found myself ready to starve instead of drinking any more of it for dinner.  The taste was pretty overwhelming, probably because I loaded the juice with chard and kale.  The taste seemed to get even stronger as it sat in the fridge.  For dinner I made a juice entirely out of fruits (which tasted AMAZING)!  But it also sort of broke the rules of a juice fast.  For optimal health, the goal is to take in 80% vegetable to 20% fruit.  I did not do that yesterday.  I think I have to work my way up to that.

Yesterday I was pretty hungry all throughout the day.  I would drink some juice, water, or tea and the hunger would subside for a few minutes, but then it came back strong.  Other than hunger, I felt no ill effects yesterday.  My mood was much better, probably because I could tell that I was finally getting things under control again.  I also felt more awake for most of the day, though I did get tired earlier than usual and went to bed at 9:30.

This morning I woke up with far less hunger, but with a bit of a headache.  I feel a little bit foggy, but my mood is still great and I feel much calmer than normal.  I also feel more motivated and awake than usual.  A little more energetic, but the fogginess is keeping me from actually wanting to exercise.

I made juice again this morning, and this time I added more fruit and less greens.  It included:  4 carrots, 3 small chard leaves, 1/3 lemon, 1 orange, 2 small apples, most of a cucumber, and 3 celery stalks.  All of the fruits and vegetables are organic, which makes this a pretty expensive diet.  But it does feel good to know that you are flooding your body with tons of vitamins and antioxidants.

This week I plan to juice until Thursday, which would complete four days of juice fasting.  I am going away this weekend, and I want to give myself a day to eat before leaving just in case intestinal issues arise!

I will update with how this goes.  I don’t know if juicing will make me feel better or not, but I won’t know unless I try.  So, this will be my juicing experiment of 2013.  If this goes well, I may try for a lengthy fast in January.