runner problems · Running · Training · weight lifting

My First Post Using My HTML Skills

My First HTML Post

My Blog

So I am really enjoying being able to practice code on this blog. I think the HTML part is fairly easy, especially since it has the link and image code built in. I want to practice all day and all night with this website. Wow I’m really impressed with myself that I can do this. I know CSS is going to be harder but I can do it. I just need to take it a little bit at a time.

Codecademy

This is the best site IMO to learn code. It walks you through it step by step and it even lets you take quizzes which will test your understanding as you complete the sections. I scored a 66% on my first quiz, which isn’t bad for a beginner.

WordPress

I know WordPress offers editing of users’ HTML and CSS codes as well, but I find it is easier to do on Blogger. I think on WordPress you have to have a paid account in order to be able to edit your code. On Blogger (here) you can do it for free.

Thanks for reading my post. I am slowly starting to get the hang of this. I had fun making this post. The more practice, the better. #CodeOn

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Alcoholism · Health · Running · Sobriety · Weight loss

Happy Good (Sober) Friday

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Happy Good (Sober) Friday to everyone. It’s a great day for me. I am cutting back on my drinking, and it’s exciting to finally have a handle on something that was a succubus in our lives.

Alcohol is one of those things that is supposed to make normal things ‘fun;’ parties, dances, sporting events, you name it. But the more you drink, the less fun your life becomes. In fact, it can turn into a real train wreck. Your health is affected, and your behavior changes dramatically. What was once a sweet, shy little lady who loved the Lord and enjoyed peaceful evenings in front of the TV is now a hateful, angry, loudmouth who isn’t happy unless she gets her way.

The bottles fill up the recycling bin, which is of course embarrassing, but the cravings are so fierce that the need for another drink trumps the embarrassment.

Life becomes a real ordeal; friendships are destroyed, and other relationships are tarnished because of the habit. It’s never a good scenario, and it doesn’t have a happy ending until someone gains control of their habit. Which is what I did. I decided enough is enough. It’s time for me to gain control of my drinking and say ‘yes’ to a happy, fulfilled, blessed life in the Lord. So here’s what I did:

Red wine is my drink of choice, so I decided to cut down to one glass a night. Just one (actually, two 4-ounce glasses with dinner) and nothing else. Last night was my first night, and today I feel amazing. I am so thankful that God has answered my prayer and has helped me curb my excessive drinking habit.

I finally feel in control, and I know my health will benefit greatly because of it. I am ready to tackle things that were too hard for me before like weight training, losing weight, and getting in shape. I’m excited about what God is going to do in my life now. The possibilities are endless.

Disclaimer:

If you or someone you love has an alcohol problem, I urge you to pray and ask that the habit be broken by God’s healing grace. However, most people who are excessive drinkers need professional help. I urge you or your loved one(s) to seek this help, because it is the safest, and most effective way to break the addiction. I will have resources available at the end of this post.

Even though being sober means cutting out alcohol 100%, I decided it was best for me to cut back for now; that way I don’t feel deprived. I’m drinking wine the way I used to: slowly and gracefully. So I can still enjoy the taste and not have to worry about cravings when my husband is also having a glass of wine or a beer.

We also have whiskey and vodka in the house; but I’m less likely to overindulge in those, thank God. Maybe this weekend I’ll have a shot with my husband while watching a game. I learned the hard way that I can’t drink wine and then have a strong drink: it makes me crazy. So it’s either one or the other. Since I am cutting back anyway, that seems like a good idea to me.

I’m so thankful to God for His healing grace and love. He has been so patient with me through the difficulties, the pain, the shame, and the body image issues (I’ve put on 20+ pounds thanks to this habit), and I’m ready to give my all to Him so He can heal my body from the inside out.

The body is affected greatly by alcohol; and all of them lead to health problems. Here is an article that I read yesterday online about how excessive drinking affects every area of the body. It was a real eye opener. I’ve experienced a few of these and it’s not fun. I’m praying some of the damage will be reversed as I begin to take better care of my body with vitamins, nutritious food, exercise, and medical care.

Easter is going to be a special weekend for me indeed, because I’ll be sober enough to enjoy it. It’s going to just be the two of us, so no church functions, but we’ll get out and enjoy the fresh air and God’s creation. I’m looking forward to it, and I feel so blessed to have this new leash on life.

Alcohol abuse is a real thing; and it requires medical care if someone has been an alcoholic for a long time. It’s a disease. And if you or your loved one is struggling with alcoholism, I urge them to seek help right away. Here are some resources for you, and I pray that it is helpful to you.

Schick-Shadel Hospital in Seattle

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Find The Best Rehab For You

Top 10 Rehab Centers

Disclaimer:

This post is purely personal experience and opinion. I am not a professional, nor do I claim to present myself as such. The information herein is completely taken from my point of view, and is not intended to replace professional medical advice.

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Running · Training

Going From 60 to 0: Running on Tired Legs

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Running on tired legs is not ideal. Ask any runner and they’ll tell you that it’s nearly impossible to run effectively on very little sleep. Yet, that’s what I did this morning and it didn’t go as well as I would have liked.

I woke up this morning about 4:00 AM, and I couldn’t go back to sleep. So I decided it was time to get up for the day (I usually get up 3 – 4 hours later than this). I headed out for my run after my husband left for work, and my body was dragging. My legs felt heavy and I had virtually no energy. I had to take walk breaks a lot.

The weather was cloudy and cool, with overcast skies. The temperature about in the 40s, which would have been perfect if my energy levels were higher and I could actually feel like I was doing something.

I chose an out-and-back route, and ran a mile in each direction. And even though the course was flat, I still had to walk every 0.01-0.10 of a mile. It was brutal. All I wanted to do was get home and take a nice hot bath, which I did.

No amount of coffee today has been able to help me regain my energy, so I’ve been doing research online concerning some things I’d like to pursue. Life slowed down for me today, which is helpful because I can’t give my 100%.

Even though I feel like I’ve gone from 60 to 0, I will have a nice, nutritious meal with my husband when he gets home, and that will help me to refuel. Plus, I’ve got some things in the works for days where I can’t run, and I’m excited about that. So stay tuned. (:

Proven Energy Boosters for Runners.

Here’s a few of my favorite energy boosters that are great for refueling, hitting the wall, or just rewarding yourself for a job well done.

5 Hour Energy Drink Shot, Berry, 12 Count

5 Hour Energy is a great way to get an instant boost of energy while on the go. They come in a variety of flavors and give the body a hit of caffeine and B vitamins, with no added sugar. I like to drink these when I need an extra boost and I’m away from home. It’s too bad I didn’t have any on hand this morning; I could have really used one.

Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews, Fruit Smoothie, 1.8 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Honey stinger chews come in a variety of flavors, but their most popular flavor–the fruit smoothie–is delicious and offers a delicious combo of mixed berry, cherry, and orange. They combine multiple carbohydrates for energy (sucrose, fructose, maltose, and glucose) to keep you energized during your run or other fitness activity.

Always good to have these on hand, especially when you’re feeling sleep deprived, you have a big race coming, or you just need a little help getting the legs moving. I like to carry these in my pocket when I know I’m going to hit the wall later on.

Clif Bar 12 Bar Variety Pack, 1 Bar of each Flavor

I love nothing more than eating a Clif Bar right after a long run. The chewy texture with the delicious flavor is like sweet victory. And there are so many flavors to love, that I can’t pick just one, so I like the variety pack.

Clif Bars are great to nibble on when I’m going for a really long run, or if I’m hiking with my husband and I happen to crave something sweet. They are certified organic too, so I can feel good about what I’m eating while on the go.

What are your favorite go-to energy boosters?

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Playlists · Running · Training

20 Songs Perfect For Your Long Run

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Are you ready for your long run this weekend? If not, turn on some music and get your adrenaline going. Or, pick some songs from my playlist that I’ve put together just for you.

These are just a few songs that I like to jam to when I’m running, especially if my run is going to be longer than 10 miles. I believe these 20 songs are perfect for your next long run!

U R a Fever ~ The Kills

Danger Zone ~ Kenny Loggins

Right Now~ Van Halen

Light Em Up ~ Fall Out Boy

Freedom ’90~ George Michael

John Mellancamp ~ Wild Night

Holiday ~ Green Day

Pour Some Sugar on Me~ Def Leppard

Can’t Get You Off My Mind~ Lenny Kravitz

Nicki Minaj ~ Super Bass

Thunderstruck~ AC/DC

Uma Thurman~Fall Out Boy

Crushcrushcrush~Paramore

Side to Side~Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj

Learning to Fly~Pink Floyd

Runaway Train~Soul Asylum

You Spin Me Around~Dead or Alive

Two Princes~ Spin Doctors

Bye Bye Bye~NSYNC

Download a few new songs to your phone and let me know what you think. Which ones were your favorite?

 

Running · Training · Uncategorized · Weight loss

Running Past The Finish Line

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Excuses, Excuses

For the past few years I’ve wanted to run a marathon, but I wasn’t prepared to put in the work. The long, difficult training seemed to be too daunting for someone at my age, who is passed her prime and who is carrying a few extra pounds. I also deal with ankle pain from time to time, thanks to a serious bicycle accident 3 years ago. But these are all just excuses. Excuses that I let take root in my mind. The roots of these excuses permeated my thinking, and crowded out any motivation that I had to continue training for the marathon. The roots dug deep into my psyche, allowing no room for progression or success.

Running I Shall: Train I Shall Not

I did continue to run, but train I did not. I would start a program, and then stop. I did this multiple times; and once you make the same mistakes over and over again, it becomes a decision. I decided that a marathon wasn’t for me. The tree began getting stronger, and the roots embedded themselves deep into my brain; the excuses became decisions, reasons, and alibis.

Then one day something clicked.

The reason my body wasn’t ready to train for a marathon was because it wasn’t strong enough. After my bicycle accident in 2014, I started running very slowly until I could run 10 miles comfortably. I got back on the bike and enjoyed hiking with my husband. But I did virtually no strength training. And my running suffered for it.

No More Running For Me!

Fast forward to 2017, and my thin, lean body became a study in fat collection. I put on 20 pounds, and most of it rested in my gut. It made it very difficult to run, and I basically gave up in March of this year. “No more running for me,” I said. “I’m done–now I just lift weights.” When I made this announcement, I pictured my Facebook friends looking at their phones and rolling their eyes, because they knew I was full of it. They knew I would return to running.

And by golly, they were right!

I just finished a nice, relaxing 4 mile run, and the endorphins are flying all over the place. I feel great, and I’m excited about my training plan that I am now following. I’m determined to see this thing through because I’m not getting any younger (I’m now part of the over 40 crowd), and it’s either now or never. My only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner. That I let the excuses take over my mind and crowd out the reality that I do love running, and I always will.

Run Past The Finish Line

I know that once I run past that finish line, all the hard work will be worth it. I will have achieved a goal, and it will feel awesome. There’s no try: lace up, show up, and go!

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Running · Training

Compression Socks Anybody Can Afford

Compression socks are perfect for runners, and anyone who has soreness or circulation problems. There are a few companies out there offering compression socks for runners, but they cost over $50 a pair! And if you are frugal like me, it’s important to save money on running gear when you can.

Luckily, I found some compression socks that are half the price of those other socks. These graduated athletic fit compression socks made by Physix Gear Sport are only $24.95, and they are on sale right now at Amazon! They look cool too, which is also a very important detail for us runners. 🙂

These athletic fit socks offer a double stitch heel design, so they are made to last and last, no matter how many sweaty runs you put them through. And speaking of sweaty runs–these socks provide anti-bacterial fabric so you can rest easy that they are not going to stink or fall apart. You’ll likely want to wear them all the time, because they are so comfortable, and are perfect for reducing swelling, varicose veins, and blood clots.

These compression socks are not just for runners; they are also great for nurses, pregnant women, and anyone who is concerned about circulation during air travel. Both men and women can enjoy these socks, and enjoy many pain-free miles while running in style.

I love these socks because they are so comfortable, but also because they make my legs feel amazing. I wouldn’t buy any other compression socks, because I love saving money and receiving the same quality and comfort as those other socks companies.

Why These Socks Are The Best:

  • Instant Results ~ You’ll notice improved circulation immediately
  • Won’t Slip Down ~ Hate pulling up your socks during a long run? When you wear these socks, you’ll never deal with slippage again!
  • Moisture Wicking Material ~ Guaranteed to keep you dry and avoid stinky socks and feet after your run
  • Perfect For ~ Athletes, nurses, and anyone traveling by plane or looking to improve their stamina and recovery
  • Quality~ These socks offer a blend of nylon fabric that fights bacteria and moisture for optimum comfort

Bonus:

Your order comes with a free ebook that gives you all the information you need before using, washing, and caring for your compression socks.

Compression Socks For Men & Women $24.95 Order Now!

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