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Sep 07

Runner’s World 10K…I’m Signed UP!

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | training

First off, I’d like to thank everyone who has been reading and enjoying my blog.  I’ve noticed a lot of page views since writing about my 6 pound weight loss, and the thought that I could inspire others to do the same is amazing!

On another note, I’m having some technical difficulties with the blog (comments not loading properly), so I’m using a simpler template for the time being until I find something pretty.  I look at a lot of blogs and they have really great designs…so hopefully I’ll find something that’s simple, clean, and attractive.

I’ve wanted to write again for days now but it’s been a busy week.  Monday was Labor Day and instead of taking a day off, I joined Black Girls Run for Boot Camp with Platoon Fitness!  It was awesome:  30+ black women (most of which had already run 3-5 miles) doing squats, lunges, supermen, all kinds of sit ups, and adding in some jogs in between.  It was brutal and my quads and glutes hurt for DAYS!  I haven’t felt that kind of good pain in ages, so I LOVED every minute of it.

I had a couple of pictures but the Facebook Group was recently shut down…so I can’t grab them.  I will once it returns.  I am slowly liking BGR a little more, but it’s still hard to not already have a friend who’s involved.  Sometimes I can be a little shy!

Despite the days of an aching body, I ran on Tuesday for about 2.7 miles, and while I actually felt really good, my foot didn’t.  I had to call my doctor again and let her know that while my left foot has signficantly improved in pain, my right foot still hurts after running.  I actually had to pull out my old ice pack for my arch…so that was unsettling.

My doc said I should talk to the sports medicine doc and see what he says, and in the meantime continue my “stretching” exercises for my foot.  So here I am getting the runaround.  My sports medicine doctor is not my favorite person…so I don’t really want to write a long message to him and get a blunt response as per usual.  I’ve been dying to see a PODIATRIST but they seem to refuse to allow it.  It’s really making me angry.  I think they would know what’s wrong with my foot more so than the other two.  Sigh.

In any event, for the first time since January, I am in training!  On Saturday, October 19, I will be doing my first 10K at the Runner’s World Half and Festival.  There will be a ton of activity on Saturday with a 5K, 10K, running seminars, and then the big Half Marathon is on Sunday.

The course sounds absolutely amazing.  I have never run a race outside of Philadelphia, so I’ll actually have to take a drive to get there!  I’m really hoping that I’m in good health to run my first 6.2 miler!

I am using Hal Higdon’s novice 10K training plan to get ready for the race!  So far I have stuck to the plan, but I need to keep up with strength training and cross training.  Yesterday, my boyfriend and I took a nice bike of about 10 miles, and today I need to do 40 minutes of cross training.

When I work with a training plan, I tend to perform very well in my races.  It provides me with the discipline I tend to lack, and I add each workout to my Google calendar so that I get a reminder at the start of each day.  I still track my runs on Runkeeper but have finally learned to turn OFF the audio cues so that I can just enjoy myself!

I’m very nervous about my upcoming 2 races, the first that I will have in 2013.  This has been a very difficult year for me.  I’m still fighting a lot of battles (don’t get me started on nutrition!), but running means so much to me and I will do whatever it takes to get healthy and strong again.

Sep 01

How I Lost 6 Pounds in One Month

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | nutrition

On Wednesday, after many delays, I finally had that follow-up visit with Danielle, my dietitian.  And guess what, I have good news to share!  From July 31 to August 28, I dropped 6 pounds!  

I am so happy.  This was NOT easy for me.  I was on a 1500 calorie diet…that’s not much to work with!  I had lots of temptation around me, but I had to learn to say NO.

I had a trip to NYC, a trip to Buffalo, my BIRTHDAY, and a house party all in the month of August.

When I got to the office, I got on a fancy scale where it gave a ton of numbers, such as weight, metabolic rate, % body fat, muscle mass, etc.  Everything was in the right range.  My fat was very low and my muscle mass was very high.  Woo hoo!

We went over my food logs and while Danielle made some corrections on my calculations of portions, she said I did a great job.  She just reminded me that other than veggies, never have more than 2 servings of a food group on one sitting.  So I will definitely work on that!

Now I’m moved up to a 1900 calorie diet.  I am SO relieved!  I was not going to be able to hold on much longer.  So my daily servings have increased:

  • 4 breads
  • 3 fruits
  • 4+ veggies
  • 3 dairy
  • 6 meats/meat substitutes
  • <2 fats

While it may seem like “I’m done, I reached my target”…I still have to keep doing what I’m doing, keep logging my meals and make sure I’m in line with what I need to be healthy.

I just wanted to share my success!  I have another month to see if I can maintain this healthy diet.  I certainly don’t want to lose any more weight.  I will be exercising a lot more because my favorite Boot Camp class is starting up next week and I just signed up for a 10K (more on that later)…so I will keep working with Danielle to stay on the right track!

Life is good!

Hooray for healthy eating!

Aug 30

Black Girls Run! Preserve The Sexy Tour Philly Review

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | review

Last Saturday, my sister and I attended the Black Girls Run! Preserve the Sexy Tour.  I follow BGR’s Philadelphia Facebook page, so when I saw a post about this event, I had to check it out.

I have wanted to truly get involved with BGR for awhile now.  I’ve never gotten around to running with the group, especially since I have my own Running Club that meets the same time and place as BGR on Saturdays.

So I thought this would be an opportunity to get involved, especially since my sister is now running too!


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Aug 21

The Asics GT-2000’s Gave Me Arch Pain!

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | injury prevention , running tips

In an earlier post I gave a review of the Asics GT-2000’s…the most beautiful pair of shoes I’ve ever owned.  Unfortunately, what started off so great came to an abrupt, sad ending.  I just took them back today.

Why?  Because I started to experience serious pain in my arches!  This has never happened to me in my entire life!  The Asics are so-called “stability shoes”…I overpronate and these shoes are supposed to compensate.  But my feet weren’t feeling that at all.

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