Now that we are consistently running more than an hour (especially on our Saturday runs) we need to start adding calories. This can be in the form of sports drinks vs. water (which also have some electrolytes, though not enough to replace your electrolyte losses), sport beans, GU, power gel, power bars, etc. Or, the old fashioned way is to eat real things. You have to determine what works for you, one year for me it was pop tarts, I was sick of everything else. I don’t mind power bars and GU, but it’s is really individual. The only thing that is definitely true for everyone is whatever you choose should be easily digested and fairly simple.
Sick and tired. Somebody turn the lights on…somebody tell… OK enough singing. Kids, I have been so sick this week and because I am a glutton for punishment, I still force myself to go to work because of the deadlines that hang out there. It hasn’t been helpful because my training is the one that suffers. I have only been able to get my body to do one workout since Sunday….and now its thursday. I ran with my middle school training group on wednesday and participated in a pacer activity and 15 minute run, but I was wayyy winded, so I decided that the elliptical would have to do.
Tonight I’m going to Brookline High School to listen to a presentation on how the mind heals the body. WOAH, exactly what I need! I will definitely come back with a recap. Here is the event info:
“On this evening, we will take a closer look at the mind/body phenomenon, explore the possible relationship between daily stress, emotions, and chronic illness, and discover how we can use our mind to heal our body.”
This is exactly what I’ve been going through this year and it needs to stop. Seriously! I am queen of optimism and good times; I never let some tough times get me down. However, my stress levels are significantly impacting my work and home life productivity. Seriously, its not ok.
I’m ready to go from this….
As you all know, I’m training with Team in Training for this here marathon in San Diego. I signed up for the marathon originally on a whim; a manic moment because I was struggling with my own personal life and wanted to prove that I was stronger than those difficult times. However, as I have become more involved with the LLS organization (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) I realize that I want my training to be more than proving to others that I can push myself.
When I partnered with the organization, I found an overwhelming support network of people who are working together to raise awareness and funds to cure blood cancers. As the training has progressed, I have been working with TnT and receiving more information about families that have benefited from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s efforts. However, it is at this time that I wanted to share a story of a family who fought so incredibly hard to win the battle over Lymphoma, yet lost the fight in the end.
“Geoffrey Armlin is 18 years old from Middleburgh, NY and is a talented musician. He plays guitar, piano, drums and is learning to play violin. He loves the outdoors, camping, rock climbing and paintball. Geoff was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Burkitts Lymphoma in March of 2010 and on October 31st he relapsed. Geoff was accepted into Utica IT as a math and linguistics major, but because of his treatments, he’s unable to attend.
The Armlins are a very tight knit family and Geoff is the oldest along with 4 brothers (Geoff’s twin, Jarod-18, Jon-15, Jacob-17, Floydie-9) and sister, (Jaylynn-7). Tammy (mom) and Floyd Jr. (dad) along with the rest of the Armlin family are staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Albany while Geoffrey is being treated at Albany Medical Center.
Tammy reached out to FLY 92.3 to see if we could play Geoff’s favorite band, Second Hand Serenade, because he is such a big fan of their music. We made arrangements for the lead singer, John, to give Geoff a call. They spoke for a while about music and it was a thrill for Geoff.
Upon hearing the story of the Armlin Family, three local businessmen and very close friends of FLY 92.3, realizing that time was of the essence, decided to pool their resources together to grant this family an Insta-Christmas. Al Hannoush, (Hannoush Jewelers), Bobby Mallozzi (Mallozzi Family of Restaurants and Banquet Halls), and James Goyette (Mohawk Honda), as we affectionately dubbed “Armlin’s Army”, have received the family’s “gift list” and are in the process of helping them celebrate an Insta-Christmas.”
Despite his efforts and unparalleled optimism, Geoffrey died on December 9, 2010, at the young age of 18. His family has set up an organization in memory of his life called Armlin’s Army, which is a nonprofit organization that raises money for families of seriously ill children and lessens the financial burden of dealing with these diagnoses. I encourage you to check it out, or pass on the information to others who are in need of support. You can also became of fan of Geoff’s community page on facebook.
In the meantime, I have asked the family’s permission to dedicate the last 10k (6.2 miles) of my marathon to Geoff. (And don’t be surprised when you see me slip into a shirt with his face on it at mile 20!) His story is exactly why I am running my marathon with Team in Training; so that families like the Armlins do not have to suffer the loss of a child due to a blood cancer diagnosis. The money you donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is used to support families throughout the diagnosis of a blood cancer. It also raises the money to be able to find a cure. If you could please visit my donation page and make even a $5 contribution, you have no idea whose life you could potentially be saving or the cures that could become available.
I am sick, my loves, so if you’ve noticed a lag in posts, its because I don’t really have the energy to think of creative and witty things to say. However, there is kind of a big deal contest happening at http://www.skinnyrunner.com/ entitled http://skinnyrunner.com/2011/03/28/the-biggest-giveaway-in-the-history-of-the-world/#comment-44048. I posted the whole link so you knew how important the link was. Go ahead and click, and sign up for the contest. I know I know, I’m blogging about it because she told me to, but I’m also blogging about her because she runs in makeup…which would only make her my biggest idol and hero ever. Plus, she wears a ton of pink and doesn’t make excuses for it.
As for me, I need a day off from training. I really don’t feel good and am starting to sound and feel like when you unplug a robot. You know, because we all unplug robots so often. I might try to hit up the gym later, but it took every ounce of energy I had to stay awake enough to go to work. Let’s review: Thursday I did some cardio and weights, friday-5 mile run, Saturday 6 mile run, and Sunday a 4 mile run. The mileage gets upped again this weekend.
In honor of Grace Potter being at the House of Blues, and me missing it. Here is a little track from my ipod playlist.
Sadly, I was a bit underwhelmed when I got my fuelbelt in the mail today. I don’t know why I thought it would be super awesome, like the best thing that ever happened to me. I mean, its going to keep me hydrated and I can stick snacks in it, but, um, its so awkward and clunky. I was also hoping to wear that bad boy around my hips, but realized its supposed to go on your waist. Fuelbelts are basically the runner’s equivalent of a fanny pack. Yayyyyyyyy……
Wellllll I’m tirreeeddd today so I’ll just talk briefly about my food choices on this fine Wednesday, as well as an event I’m participating in with some really awesome middle school athletes. First, let us discuss my sweet eats. Actually, let’s just talk about breakfast and dinner because lunch was just leftovers from my evening out with Sara aka Baby Snake last night.
For breakfast, I’ve realllly switched things up by having annnn…wait for it…wait for it…