The Adventures of Now

exploring the mix of fun, fitness & health…as a diabetic

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So this is happening.

As of the moment I have 13 miles planned for that day as part of my NYC Marathon training, so why not? I need another 1/2 to redeem my MORE/Fitness. Plus, I recruited one of my friends to do it with me (ok she ran Boston a few times so I say “with me” lightly) and it’ll be a hometown race of sorts as I grew up in Southampton and worked in East Hampton. Not to mention I stalked this girl as she trained for the full last year. Also, September is my favorite time of year out there. Apparently we were just in time as I signed the afternoon before registration closed and got her to sign up the morning of. 

Yay for goals & running with friends.  Hope my dad know’s he’ll be driving me to the start…


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New Beginnings

Ah life.

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In the past two months I’ve:

– moved apartments

– was let go from my job

– completed my 1st 1/2 marathon 

– joined an outdoor league with my soccer team

– dealt with shin splints, groin strain, hip flexor silliness, IT Band issues & hip pain …. but not a stress fracture

– did early morning runs in Central Park

– ran a 5k on my birthday (in which I was 1st, last & only place since it was my solo birthday 5k).

– had plenty of brunches

– tried plenty of new coffee shops

– went to Hoboken for the 1st time

– exercised some serious self-control in not visiting 16 handles daily despite being closer to it

– put to use the fact that I’m now closer to Target …. but made do with the fact that I’m now further from a Trader Joe’s.

– finally used an oven (it’s only been about 2 years) and have worked on more “real” dinners.

– raised money for Team for Kids (only just begun!)

– started practicing yoga 5 day / week

– baked! (happening.right.now. vitalious chocolate muffin tops in the oven hopefully not sticking/not burning / rising  … all that usual stuff)

– signed up for my 2nd Girls on the Run 5K

– volunteered / will be volunteering at some kids activities with Urban Girl Squad

– met with a nutritionist … and started food journaling again. Sort of.

– learned how many supporters I have, even if it’s easy to forget  … and there’s quite a few!

– donated over 100 items … and got rid of almost as much

– played decorator, handyman & dyi-er … I think I’m most efficient at handyman.

– met new friends, connected with old ones and made fun dates with current ones.

I smell the chocolate tops….that mean it has to come out just as good right?!

– focused on my health … the specifics and the general.

– took a break from my magazine addiction

– started reading books….from the library

– got on the Tone It Up bandwagon (sort of)

– spent time with family

they didn’t burn! off to go see how they taste (I mean I couldn’t have screwed up a prepackaged mix that badly could I?) 

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Dear blood-sugars: this is not how training is going to go.

96.

A perfect blood-sugar for a morning workout.

Not low but low enough to prevent a  nasty spike from activity & lack of insulin.

After yesterday’s lackluster start to training I was looking forward to a 3 mile redemption run – my first run for my first training plan for my first 1/2 marathon. Big deal folks. Ok not so much, but I wanted to really push myself for those 3 miles.

A treadmill run, my mind over body usually dictates the speed & incline and I set for increasing both every 1/2 mile.

Spoiler alert: DNF . #fail.

At 1.5 miles when I was just about to bring it up to under a 10 min mile (an old average that has been lurking in the shadows lately) when it started going down hill. By the time I neared 2 miles I knew it was over. It was all I could do to grab my stuff, wipe down the machine (holy sweatiness) and try not to crawl back to the locker room. I couldn’t tell if my blood-sugar was 40 or 400 (more like 140). On machine it was perfect, internally not so much. I had that dizzy/nauseousness thing going on.

The diabetes has made me super sensitive to how my body is feeling all my life – but here’s the thing: runners get dizzy & nauseous (not usually at 2 miles at 11/12 minute pace…) – I’m going to have to learn what’s the diabetes & what’s normal / push through it / needs to be addressed differently (looking at you dehydration) running trials.

That’s part of this “adventure” – some mega research to do / support team to build.

So stellar start right ? Well when I step away from my pity party I realize that there’s going to be sucky days made far suckier by the diabetes. But that’s partly why I’m doing this – for when I can punch those moments in the face with those awesome days & accomplishments.

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Plus I feel a teeny tiny bit better with the fact that my glutes are feeling yesterdays strength training (I did something right?) and I have soccer tonight, a little unconventional but I’ll pick up that last mile.

Not to mention this has only just begun …

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Favorite Finds

Happy Peanut Butter Day!

I currently am completely out of nutbutter (the whole ruined grocery shopping thing yesterday). I know, it’s a miracle I haven’t started having withdrawals yet.

Here are 5 reasons to love peanut butter from Yum Sugar – I have a few  several  more I could add.


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Day 1 : First Training Plan

Today started my first day of a training plan.

Ever.

Strength training. ugh, my weakness.

Yesterday morning I came home after meeting a friend before setting out for a day of errands and a yoga class. I was hit with such a wave of exhaustion that after downing two homemade iced-coffees all that was happening was a nap. And than I woke up low. Goodbye productive day. I was basically wiped out until I went to bed that night. No errands done, no healthy food stocked, no outfits scoped out for the new week or papers lined up in order. Instead it was all left in a mess. Including my plan for strength training today.

And I am not about to put together a plan at 5:30am.  

Plus there was a debate going on in my head if Pilates counted since I discovered last week that my favorite instructor teaches Mondays at my morning gym.

I did 15 min of that side-stepper machine and then after some stretches (the foam roller was hiding) I went to the machines.

Leg Press : 3 sets of 15 @ 115lbs 

Hip abductors: 3 sets of 15 @ 70lbs

Hip Adductors: 3 sets of 15 @ 70lbs

 

And that was it. Bloodsugars were still hating me and even though I wasn’t  I felt low  – a low hangover? Enough for me to call uncle and wrap it up.

So day 1 – not off to a great start. I need to put together a proper strength training plan (yadayadayada – I  know I say this often), ideally I would like to not be using the machines, it was my lazy / no thinking plan.

Tomorrow is 3 mile run – I should know how to do that. 

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Your turn:

Any favorite strength training exercises?