Saturday, February 16, 2013

Resting on a Saturday afternoon

An NSV for me!  And one I just tried today because
bath sheets will not stay around me anymore. I can wear a
regular sized towel. When I was my heaviest, a bath
sheet wouldn't fit around me!
I have to BEST readers in the world.  Thank you all for your words of concern and encouragement from my last post.  I read my comments carefully and thought I'd respond to all of them in this post.  I love getting comments and please fell free to voice/express yourself however you feel fit. I welcome constructive criticism and have a pretty thick skin, so don't feel timid or shy.

I admit, I am a bit of a running fanatic.  You are absolutely right Paula.  I have replaced one addiction for another.  That being said, you really can have too much of a good thing.  Running is good for me, yes.  But pushing myself too hard can be counter productive.  If I was healthy right now, I don't think I would be as fatigued with my training schedule.  Not only was I keeping up the 5 days a week training, but I'm also doing physio 3x per week and stretching and exercises 2x per day.  That with my hectic work schedule has me tired.  Good point well taken Paula.  And just for the record, I would never kill you:)

You are absolutely right Steve, I am burning the candle at both ends.  And it will catch up with me in negative way.  I really want to run my half marathon pain free, so I have scaled back my training a bit early.  I am still running my long run tomorrow (20K or 12.5M), but I DID NOT run today.  You heard it here first folks.  I skipped another run.  I'm feeling a bit antsy, but I'll cope.  Lynn mentioned that I could be over training, and again, if I was healthy, I think I would be okay.  But Lynn, you could be absolutely right.  With my injury, I may be over doing it.  Thanks for the advice and food for thought Lynn and Steve!

I had a massage yesterday morning and I actually cried.  Not sobbing, but tears came out of my eyes.  I had another muscle knot in my calf, and Mark stripped it real good.  Much harder than he did the last time.  I have honestly never felt pain like that before in my life.  The downside was the pain, the upside is the knot is completely gone.  I had a great physio appointment yesterday. Graham stretched me out really good and when I left, I felt no pain in my hamstring.  I also felt no pain this morning when I woke up.  And I still feel no pain.  I am super excited that, fingers crossed, I may be running my long run tomorrow pain free!

Vanessa suggested that maybe I should change up my exercise a bit and try something new.  I have actually been thinking about this a lot lately.  I would love to try cycling in the spring, and I remember my gal Dawn talking about a cycling group she rides with or used to ride with on Sundays.  I may give it a try.  They ride with people of all levels of cycling, so it sounds like something right up my alley.  Thanks for the suggestion Vanessa!

And last but not least Connie!  I actually bought the dress with the $1000 gift card they gave me. Everything I wore was borrowed.  Shoes, accessories, clothes.  I wore the outfits for the show, and everything was returned to the store with original tags.  Well, with the exception of the Spanx. That they let me keep (thank goodness)!

This cracks me up!  I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little obsessed
with running a marathon...


  1. It does sound like you have been pushing yourself too hard, running 5 days in a row is enough to give you injuries. Just a suggestion but if you are like me and HAVE to exercise, maybe you could mix it up a bit and do another form of training 2 days and run 3 days? Maybe give the cycling a try, it is definitely my new love!

  2. We do love you and get concerned. I worried about you running on ice and snow, especially ice. We know how much you love running and it has been great for you. Still, changing it up and trying something different now and then might not be bad either. Hope the long run goes well tomorrow. :)

  3. When I started getting sore joints from too much heavy weightlifting, I started to alternate it with yoga. Diversifying your exercise is a long-term plan.

    I'm glad you put that lovely photo up on the side! That uplifts *all* of us. :D

    :-) Marion

  4. I love your nsv!!....and your fab. look amazing

  5. You look beautiful. Please be careful and take care of yourself. I am so happy, however, that you have found the way to lose weight and to maintain. What a victory!

  6. Your before and after pictures are wonderful to see. Congrats on your NSV :)
    Wishing you the best of luck with your run tomorrow!

  7. Very cool NSV! Can't wait til I get there! I bring my own towels to hotels because of that issue. You are such an incredible inspiration! And I am so glad you are feeling better after your falls.

  8. Love the before and after photos! Thats an awesome NSV! Love how you answered everyone in this post.

  9. Aren't the NSVs great? I remember when my towel fit me too. Hopefully your body has more of a chance to heal before your half marathon now that you will start to taper down soon. Watch out for the ice and cold Sunday morning.

  10. You are my hero Leigh, and I don't say that lightly. I am great at passing out advice, not always great about taking it LOL. You look great, and glad to hear you are going to switch it up a bit. I have the box set to record your show, can't wait to see it.

  11. I remember when I realized a regular size towel would fit around me! What a great feeling! Congrats on your NSV! And way to recognize that you may need to modify your workout.

  12. I can relate very well to the towel thing!