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Road (and a little track and XC) racing at the masters level.

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Comment on A cheery hello from the bowels of failure and disappointment by threlkeld

Sat, 22 Feb 2014 19:45:09 +0000

Hi all -- Just saw these comments since I rarely visit my own blog anymore, let alone post. Thanks for the thoughtful (and in Amy's case, detailed!) posts. I'm now on month three of doing no exercise whatsoever. The good news is, with the exception of slight tightness in my left hip, the ailments that have plagued me even just walking around (hamstring, achilles and PF) for nearly two years all seem to be gone. I hope. So I'm going to start exercising again. I am starting at zero in terms of fitness. But I am starting. I'll be working on gaining basic aerobic fitness again, with an emphasis on non-running fitness: exercise bike, elliptical (and weights). Will then start running 1-2 days tops until I'm back in reasonable shape. Then I'll focus on being able to run consistently while avoiding injury. Competition (and the hard training required) is a pipe dream. But it's still a dream. I miss running so much.

Comment on A cheery hello from the bowels of failure and disappointment by Amy

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:10:47 +0000

I am new to your blog,… I admire your perseverance! Do NOT ever give up! At various seasons in my running, I've had to literally STOP running for months… IT band in 2002, severe hip flexor tendonitis in 2006 (with arthroscopic CT scan to rule out hip capsule tear), ankle tendonitis 2009 which eventually in 4/10 I had MRI showing tear, and got surgery with no weight-bearing for 8 weeks, then tons of PT to resume running 5 months later… ran 1st marathon in years in fall 2012 and going back to Boston this spring. Right now, I have some chronic hamstring stuff which I'm nervous will not work itself fully out before I begin training. YET… I've seen an ART (Active Release Therapist)/ chiropractor and it's helped a lot and have done some pilates-based PT, too. I'm noticing that when I really devote the time to the core, then the hamstring/adductor muscles stay loose enough and I run pain free… stop for a sec… BOOM… pain is back. I sit, too, with my job and if I lean forward to type something into computer… boom, hamstring tightens up. I wonder if any ergonomic type checking for you might help… our posture totally impacts our muscles in the legs, hips, and back. Anyway, you might know all this and have been trying things… oh, wait… I also have friends who do "aqua-running" as they recover from injury… they swear by it! Anyway… you might know much of this… and yet, I feel for you! It can be sooooooo discouraging to feel like you have to (or literally actually have to) give up running for a season. I recall crying as I sat outside my sports med facility at Duke, looking down at the track where Kenyans were practicing, and thinking, "I might NEVER run again…" some hard times. And, like you I have had some pretty big, nearly relentless personal struggles in work/relationship realm, that also have made it tough to have the mental toughness to want to push through and be committed to my core work so as to run pain free. It's tough. DON"T give up, though. I hope that you can figure a plan for really getting at the essence of what strength discrepancy/instability issues are occurring so you can come up with a more effective plan for healing up FULLY before you build up mileage. Although I don't know you, I certain hope you WILL return to running pain free and enjoying some super races. Keep your chin up!

Comment on How to lose weight when you’re 46 years old and genetically disadvantaged by Amy

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:51:22 +0000

As many of us who stumbled onto this website, I am a 45 year old (soon to be 46) runner who is entering peri-menospause and my metabolism feels as if it came to a screeching halt. 5'8'' and ideal weight for me is usually 127/128 (couple pounds lower for races, but not much or I don't look healthy). i have struggled in the last 1 1/2 year with the moment I eat much of any carbohydrate in the form of breads, rice, healthy crackers… BOOM… next day up by 2 lbs,… if I have any more the following day… BOOM… another 2 lbs… and suddenly I'm 133-135. Sure, this is not earth-shattering compared to all the serious things happening in our world these days…yet, carrying an extra 5 lbs sucks on both speed workouts and long runs. I have been dealing with some hamstring stuff, so only ran 2 1/2 marathons this year, but will be gearing up for Boston Marathon training soon. Honestly… I am at a loss as to what to do. Period came 2 cycles late this week, water gain crazy big… so some of this I know is metabolism related. I want to get and STAY at 127/8, and not yo-yo over and under 130 like I'm doing these days. And, I also want to have a game plan for when I do increase intensity of training (speed, hills and distance) for Boston. Questions: 1- what have you done when you are in training? 2- have you added any specific strength training that you've noticed helps with increasing metabolism and keeping the waist/hip fat & bloating (my prob) stuff in check? 3- have you got to a point where you can enjoy an occasional glass of wine and/or dessert without BOOM the weight increase that then "sticks" versus slight fluctuation that drops right back to baseline? 4- have you aimed on any certain BMI? Thanks so much for any input you might have. Like you, sure I realize that this "season of life" makes weight-maintenance harder unless you are born with an insanely high metabolism… YET, I too want to get back to my weight that simply feels healthy for day to day living, for which I look better in my clothes, and for which I can run faster (5 lbs makes a huge difference in terms of speed). Warm wishes for your healthy weight maintenance goals and for some great running! :-)

Comment on A cheery hello from the bowels of failure and disappointment by Ewen

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:16:25 +0000

What's 10 pounds? I'm sure you'll get the weirdness sorted eventually. Hope it's in time for your base-building for the 2015 5th Ave Mile.

Comment on A cheery hello from the bowels of failure and disappointment by Karen Collins

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:15:20 +0000

don't gooooooooooooooo...............................

Comment on How to lose weight when you’re 46 years old and genetically disadvantaged by threlkeld

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:08:07 +0000

You know what you need to do. :) Do it. Or don't. Good luck!

Comment on How to lose weight when you’re 46 years old and genetically disadvantaged by Jill

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 04:16:15 +0000

I feel my best when I weigh around 130...right now I am about 157 and am disgusted with myself. I'm always tired and my joints and muscles are achy all the time. I need a work out buddy to stay committed to an exercise plan but I'm going to start slowly first thing in the morning. I'm wondering if I can lose weight if I ate around 1200 calories a day. I'm 5'6" and am 47 years old. I think I'm addicted to food or at least sweets!! I hate getting old and feeling tired when I get home from work. It's really hard to motivate myself to go exercise!! But I've got to do here goes. Any advice?

Comment on How to lose weight when you’re 46 years old and genetically disadvantaged by Lisa

Sat, 28 Sep 2013 15:44:32 +0000

I also am 46 years old and am disgusted with my weight. I was always 115-120 and accepted the 130 over the last few years. My scale broke and I just bought another...yes, 142 was the weight. I have been eating what I want and not paying attention. I am now on a strict diet - supplemented with a multi vitamin, vitamin B, iron, ..greens and protein in the morning, fruit and veg throughout the day with a nice salad and protein for lunch..lots of water and I snuck a glass of wine last my coffee (3 cups a day). Exercise every day - either walking, hiking or working out. It is so difficult to stick with hand looks edible also at this point..but I am down to 130 and already feel my confidence building....will stop at 120 and be much more responsible with my weight. Good luck everyone on your journey. Just think how great you will feel. It's so worth it.

Comment on How to lose weight when you’re 46 years old and genetically disadvantaged by Vicky Heaton

Wed, 07 Aug 2013 00:13:14 +0000

I am on the same regiment! It is working for me too! I am 51. I started out at 157lbs and I am currently at 141lbs. I have too started slow. I did not balance correctly. But with trial and error, the weight has started to come off. I have been at this since the middle of June and it is just the beginning of August. I cant tell you how much better I feel. I still have a long way to go but I am on the right track. I consume a balanced 850 calories a day and fast walk 1/2 mile and slow jog on the treadmill 1/2 mile. I am just now starting to do this 2 times a day. I haven't had the energy before. Thanks for the post. I really has encouraged me to keep this up.

Comment on How to lose weight when you’re 46 years old and genetically disadvantaged by funfitandfabgirl

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 19:22:57 +0000

Finally, what I have learned to be the truth! Thank you for speaking it. Major reduction of calories. I'm 46, very active and a clean eater. In the past year, after recovering from a back injury, I've been finding it almost impossible to lose weight. I know it's hormonal, because my bust size went up a whole cup and I'm getting those yucky brown spots on my face. While Im not over weight, I'm just ten pounds heavier than Id like to be. I'm 5'9 and athletically built, weight is 175. I've been very consistent with eats and working out for about six months now and this goo isn't budging. It SUCKS!! I had a major loss of 4 pounds doing a stupid cleanse, but it did remind me of how much I eat, even if its the right food. I agree I need to go rouge and drop those calories to under 1000 on my non workout days. I can do it. Won't be a stretch, cuz my eating is good, just too much of it. Thank you for saying what few sites will say to the over 40 active woman......drop it like its HOT! The calories and the weight. Strength and Honor!