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Jenni & Kailah, and all of the other girls who have sent me your stories today--I am undone by your vulnerability. Obviously, we need to talk about this. Jenni, that poem was raw and gutting and beautiful. Your story is impossible to grasp. I love you some more.
Yes, yes. If fb and youtube haven't filled you in yet, Misty Movee and I completed our race and we are ecstatic about it. But, as usual for me, there has to be more to the story than that. I was super nervous the day before. I should have taken that as a sign that I would succeed. As a performer, I know that the times I am totally obliviously un-nervous ahead of time are the times that I shock myself and bomb. Before my first half-marathon, I was totally not nervous. This time, freakishly nervous. Here's the deal, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2010 at Michelle Refuses To Be Last Again
Yeah, I knew that would get you to read this. And I do. But not from the race. No, training is going well. I have been doing all of the things I should be doing to be ready. I am doing the work and also the extra work that my IT band requires. I have learned how to manage a flare up enough to keep myself running. We are 4 days away and I feel excited to get 'er done. Don't mistake my tone here for over-confidence or even confidence. I am still a mess of a runner. I am... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2010 at Michelle Refuses To Be Last Again
The date is encroaching. I have about 5 weeks left of training. Up until last week, I had been unable to run past 4 1/2 miles without knee pain that made me have to walk. When we did our 9 mile run, I got really mad about that. So, I stopped every time it was time to run and stretched out and rubbed my knee. This made the 9 mile run take 7 hours (jk..sorta) but I did manage to run all of the running intervals, as painful as they were. I did some thinking after that. I remembered what... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2010 at Michelle Refuses To Be Last Again
Here's a running skirt. I guess they were invented to separate the boys from the girls (in running culture this can sometimes be difficult) or maybe so that running stores would have cuter stuff to sell. My friend Kim Vidaurri gave me one and I have only used it once on a backroad as I was afraid it would be perceived as a miniskirt, and I have a pretty solid "no miniskirts ever, ever, ever.." policy. I pretty much spent the whole run pulling it down as far as it would go without showing crack, to avoid violating my policy.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2010 at Michelle Refuses To Be Last Again
Wow, that is crazy! Why is the church the last to get the memo?!? I feel so fortunate to have parents and a husband who don't think that way, so I have never felt pushed down. I am raising 3 little men of God who will know the truth.
Such an important question, especially for a music motivated person such as myself. There is a soundtrack to my life with different mixes for everything I do. Boston's Greatest Hits can make me clean my house. Todd Warren's Breakthrough is what I make my bed and get ready for the day to. U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind is my loud road trip track. If I have to use headphones, Bon Iver is my favorite of all times. If it's a roadtrip with kids, we mix it up with Jet, Country Bears, Destiny's Child, The Proclaimers and The Darkness... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at Michelle Refuses To Be Last Again
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Mar 31, 2010
You have no idea how graphic and true that title is regarding the last week of my life. I made good on my deal (well, let's be honest, 80 percent good) with Misty Movee to go raw for a week in exchange for her signing up for the half-marathon with me. She did everything within her power to make me a success and I am so grateful to her! She made me all sorts of yummy raw bread and cracker like things, walked me through my raw shopping list and stocked me up with awesome recipes for rawness. Eating the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at Michelle Refuses To Be Last Again
I know, I know you thought this week's blog would be called "Michelle, Raw & Uncut". I had to push it back a week because a certain amount of thoughtful prep is required to go raw for a whole week. I am preparing this week and next week will keep up my end of the bargain, as my whole family will attempt to go raw for a week. I have to keep up my end of the bargain because Misty kept hers up! She did indeed join the running club with great fervor and success. She kept up with the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2010 at Michelle Refuses To Be Last Again
Barry and I and the kids are in for next week! I have compiled all of the recipes that you have listed on the blog and I might need a personal consulting time where I make a solid game plan. I will also need some help with the dehydrating stuff. Got any time for a consult? :)
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2010 on Day 59: Recipe Blast! Who's With Me? at RAW
Well, will she? This is the week we will find out. Misty Movee is one of my closest friends. You may have read about her in previous episodes involving my ill-fated hikes. We have been friends for a long time. Misty is an amazing woman. She is a vocal gymnast, a singer-songwriter, the founder of the arts community I belong to: Greenhouse Arts, devoted wife and mother of three and an up and coming raw foodist blogger. But there is one thing that Misty has been unable to do since I have known She has old skiing knee injuries... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2010 at Michelle Refuses To Be Last Again
As any woman who has delivered a baby knows, there are certain fundamental abilities that you never (or not without doing some strange twitchy exercises, thousands of them a day) get back. I am speaking of the ability to hold water. Quite frankly, I lost the ability to hold water under pressure as soon as I got pregnant. I had dreadful morning sickness and I can remember how shocked I was to discover that I had entirely peed my pants while puking one day. It has been the same ever since. Puking is quite a complicated event for me now.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2010 at Michelle Refuses To Be Last Again
Misty Movee, here are the answers to your questions. 1)How do you keep track of your time when you run the intervals? I'm running on a treadmill with the clock, but I am still having trouble focusing --I have a running watch. You can program it to set the intervals of your choice. My watch is set for a three minute interval and then a one minute interval and set to repeat. The watch beeps when each interval is over. 2)How do you keep track of how many intervals you've run? --the watch also keeps track of how many intervals you've run. The watch is called the Ironman Triathlon and I loooove it. I got mine at Target for around $50..00 3)Am I ADD or something? I'm having trouble with keeping track of what I am doing! --it is impossible for me without this watch. When I run in a group with it, we all get dependent upon that beep. Sometimes it's hard when we have headphones on, so I am going to search for an iphone app that has interval beeps that you can hear through your music. 4)When you say cross training, what does that look like? Here are the directions for cross training. Right now I am alternating between yoga and pilates and some sort of aerobic cardio. Cross Training includes activities that are non-running or walking. Cycling, swimming, pilates, yoga, strength training, elliptical trainer and spinning are great cross training activities. When Strength Training, start session by warming up with 10 minutes of cardio activity [i.e. cycling, elliptical trainer, or stairmaster] or strength train after walk-running. If you are new to strength training, begin with 1 set per exercise for 12-15 repetitions. The goal is to fatigue the muscle as you reach the repetition range or until you can no longer perform the exercise with good, controlled form. Stick with this program for at least 4 weeks and then progress to 2-3 sets per exercise for 8-12 repetitions. You may go as long as 45 minutes depending on how you are feeling. Let's run Misty!
Oh my precious friend. I totally know that I medicate with food. I call myself a "foodie" but I really mean "junkie." I am proud of you for going real time with pain. I have a lot of the same list, perhaps we should run together and talk about it. While gasping for breath, we can run straight to McDonalds. I smooch you.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2010 on Day 39: Honesty is such a lonely word... at RAW
Oh my goodness. I looooved this blog! So inspiring! I am definitely going to be adding some of his recommended ingredients to my green smoothie. Wanna go for a run? I wonder if your knee will start to settle and have less inflamation these days. Anyhow, right now I am just at the walk three minutes run 1 minute phase, so you could give it a try....I'm just sayin... xo
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2010 on Day 36: Running Raw at RAW
Here it is, the long-awaited, dramatic third chapter; the event the precipitated my great need to try again. As I mentioned in my very first blog here, I trained for about 3 or 4 months to run a half-marathon. Run is a term I use lightly. I signed up for a run-walk program. By the time we got to race day, the farthest I had gone was about 13 kilometers doing a routine of run four minutes, walk one. The training itself was rough on my desperately unconditioned body. My dear chiropractor and friend, Dr. Chris Mirabella, described it like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2010 at Michelle Refuses To Be Last Again
Jon, I'm sure you were attracted to that "Tamy" character. Thanks for the compliment, now we just have to find a way to have it make me some money. ;)
So, you're back for Part 2, are you? I don't blame you, this is riveting stuff. This is the part of the story where I made my decision about hiking once and for all. I mistakenly overestimated my interest in hiking and signed up for another fourteener. I think the group leader, "Smangela Smake" lured me into coming with her knowledge of how much I love doing things with groups of girls. She lied to me/assured me that I would do fine and I packed up my awesome gear and loaded into the van. I should have known that things... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2010 at Michelle Refuses To Be Last Again
Oh, this is a 3 part story worth telling. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll get grossed out. It's all here and verifiable. This week I will tell all 3 parts. All characters' names have been changed to protect their identities. Somewhere in my half-hearted pursuit of physical fitness, I decided that it would behoove me to climb some fourteeners. It seemed like a logical direction to point myself since I live in the middle of a bunch of them and most of my new friends did it regularly. The year my last baby was born, I attempted Pike's Peak with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2010 at Michelle Refuses To Be Last Again
Amy, let's do it! You are my most faithful running partner of all times. Perhaps I will blog about that next week.....
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Feb 4, 2010
Probably not, but I am going to work it into my athlete persona. I am currently typing with my feet in a vat of vinegar and water. I haven't had athlete's foot since I played volleyball in middle school. It makes me want to loofah my feet with steel wool. And trust me, it is not an indicator of how much I have been exercising. I have been doing well in the weight loss department, if you consider conquering the same 3 pounds 3 times in a row a success. I did yoga one day. I walked really fast while... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2010 at Michelle Refuses To Be Last Again
Wow Corbin. Thank you for taking the time it took to type so much truth at me! It is really good to read all of that and I will probably need to read it a few hundred more times. I realize that the lie that is perpetuating itself right now is, "You really can't do this. You so rarely succeed. You just aren't wired that way." I push against that every day. The one thing you said that I struggled with was the stuff about "empty the fridge, turn off the tv, take drastic measures, etc, etc." It's not that I don't believe in doing that, I just get afraid of myself. Sooooo many times I have taken extreme measures in my life, only to return to my vices with a vengeance in a relatively short amount of time. I end up disappointing myself. It's like I have learned to expect little from myself, via my own behavior. I almost would rather succeed at baby steps than try to impose drastic, seemingly-unsustainable changes. Does that sound like a cop-out? Be honest. Now, getting with Jesus...I can do. I do do. Corbin, I love you for talking me through this. Keep it coming.
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