Wog This Way

Wogging My Way To a Healthier Me

Fear of the Unknown Race Course

 

I have a half marathon in nine days. My training has been lacking, mostly because oh my extremely tight calves, and doctors orders to reduce high intensity exercise. I know that I can complete 13.1 miles, it is in me and I will.

The thing that screws with me about Fueled By Fine Wine is that they change the course every year. It takes place during a hot time of year (that is subjective since I live in Oregon), partially in vineyard and partially on asphalt, and is uphill for very long stretches. When you can mentally see yourself on a course, it takes one more stress out of it all. Now, yes they publish the course, but it is convenient to go run it ahead of time, I have drive pieces of it. It is different than imagining the course under your feet, this is one of the ways I take away the stress before a race. So, Fueled by Fine Wine really screws with my pre-race anti-anxiety precautions, but luckily not my enjoyment of wogging a half marathon.

Do you have a pre-race ritual?

 

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Queen of the High Road Half Marathon Recap

Saturday Morning turned out to be a cool and wet one, while it wasn’t raining when we arrived at the park for the start. It did start raining shortly after that.

The Queen of the High Road Half Marathon is a local race, that is put on in Wilsonville, Oregon, by the Sole Sisters. It is without an official chip time, they encourage women of all abilities to just prove to themselves they can cross the finish line. This is my 3rd year participating in this race, and many things have changed. My first one I had a stress fracture in my right foot, took off my walking cast , and participated against doctors orders. Last year, I was told by a podiatrist I shouldn’t be competing in distance races due to excessively tight calves, against doctors orders I did it. This year, my doctor didn’t pretend she was going to stop me from doing it after being diagnosed with adrenal fatigue. She just advised me that it might affect how quickly I recover, and I noted that.

The first year we did this, my personal trainer, Suzie, her daughters, and another client, where the only other ones besides my mom and I. This year she had a large group of women sign up to join, unfortunately the excuses and no-shows happened. Sadly, people forget to believe in themselves, and allow the fear of the 13.1 to overcome them.

We took off into the pouring rain for the first few miles. I don’t wear rain gear, or long sleeves. My outfit consists of a tech shirt and capris, the water will dry I always think. It’s a familiar course and minus the impending blisters I felt good. I stayed with my mom and her friend for the most part of the course, making sure to really concentrate of taking in plenty of Shot Bloks and watermelon Nuun. I figure if I am going to be wearing my body out, I gotta be full of fuel to keep me going.

When we were headed into the “canyon” which is a lovely straight down and switchback up on a paved trail at mile 11.5 I had a moment. I suddenly realized although my feet hurt and my legs were kinda tired, I felt emotionally and spiritually great! This was a big change, and I hope this means my thyroid and adrenal fatigue is improving.

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As we headed down the last road back to the park, we were feeling pretty good. This was Ruby’s  first half marathon, so we all wanted to cross together.

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Then we are crowned “Queen of the High Road” as a medal. My mom, Ruby (her friend), and I.

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That’s my mom on the left in the matching red “Tym 4 Me Fitness” shirt (my personal trainer),and her friend, Ruby, in the black shirt talking to us. I was making sure my tiara was on properly. So important 🙂

It did end up drying out after the first few miles, and was nice and overcast. So my paleness stayed unburnt this year!

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Good looking group! So, proud to have been along side women that were completing their first (of I am sure many) half marathon!!

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Different Ideas of Taking it Easy

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I’ll be doing 7 miles for my half marathon training today. That’s taking it easy to me. I have two back to back half marathons May 18th & 19th. That’s not resting, but it’s something I look forward to all year long. I have throttled back the weekly workouts. I have gone to water aerobics Tuesday & Thursday. Rested Wednesday, skipping normal personal training, which I did Monday. Yesterday, I rested again, it was beautiful and sunny out. I just have to make a concerted effort to relax, and not push my body too far. Have to allow it to repair itself.

What’s your favorite way to unwind?

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Finding Hope the Natural Way

During my appointment with the naturopath, it was the first time I was listened to. She actually got upset when she heard how other doctors had treated me. She spend TWO HOURS going over my medical history. I think the last time I spent 2 hours with a doctor, I was in surgery. It was amazing to have her listen and take notes, going over everything she could imagine. Then stopping and saying, “Well first off, you’re not just meant to be fat. It sounds like your poor body is exhausted.”

After some discussion she suspected adrenal fatigue and low cortisol  levels are wreaking havoc on my body. I had extensive testing done, blood, urine, and saliva, that verified I was very far down that road of adrenal fatigue, with my cortisol levels on empty and my thyroid conserving every last calorie I am ingesting.

What now?! A lot more changes than I expected, including throttling my exercise way back, gluten free, dairy free… It’s like all my favorite things are being taken to make me feel better. I am OVERWHELMED, and it all makes me wanna take a nap. Which I hear is a natural response to having adrenal fatigue, maybe I’ll just curl up in a sunbeam and nap like that lil kitten.

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I know I have a long road ahead of me, and I will share, because I am sure there are others out there who have been told they’re not doing enough, when they’re doing TOO MUCH!

Where if your favorite place to nap?

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Been Sitting on Top of This Plateau for Awhile…

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I found this graphic and yelled YES! This is what I always tell myself (and my trainer). I am not going up, I am just staying still on the scale.

Unfortunately, this goes on for long periods of time for me. Six months to a year had become a reality. It was frustrating, I’d add more protein, change the workout, zig zag calories, you name it I would try it. The scale stood still, my measurements didn’t change, and my body fat didn’t decrease. I went to the doctor a year ago and was told, “Some people are just fat people, you might be one.” I left that appointment in tears. This is a defeated place to be, but I kept right on with my healthy eating and my constant working out.

I googled, and read, and finally thought maybe I should see a naturopathic doctor. I am blessed to have my husband’s insurance that decided to start carrying alternative healthcare so it wouldn’t cost me every last time to seek this out. I started reading up on them in the area. Some of them down right scared me, with their we’re taking you off all traditional medications, acupuncture,  living off the grid. I was looking for alternative healthcare, not completely leaving the bounds of any traditional medicine. A chance meeting with an old high school friend, left me with a recommendation for someone who thank the lord  is covered by insurance!

I probably scheduled the appointment online 50 times, but I’d always hit Cancel before Schedule Appointment. It was too scary. What if she was mean? What if she too believed I was destined to be fat? What is work was upset I needed to leave early? I had a million excuses, but my mom just said SCHEDULE IT! I did, and it was the best decision!

Have you busted through a weight loss plataea? been blessed to never have one? hanging out there right now?

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