It was all wrong, but it’s alright.

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I’ve been doing this running thing. Sort of. I am making progress and doing better than I thought I would be, considering it was only last summer that I was barely exercising and in so much pain because of my herniated discs in my back.

With all this training, comes a lot of issues. Like toenails. Mine are black and blue and I am guessing they will soon fall off. Ew. Training requires a lot of planning. You may think that you just put your shoes on and go… but, oh no. That would be too easy.

Hydration. It’s easy to go without water on the shorter 3-4 mile runs, but when it gets to be longer, I need fluids. Carrying a water bottles sucks and makes me feel unbalanced. I have an old fuel-belt thing that I bought years ago and never used… only it won’t fit around my hips and it annoys the shit out of me having it around my waist. I tried Erin’s clip-on water bottle thing, only it pulled down on my pants and splashed water on my legs. Ended up ditching it at a sign about two miles into my 10-mile run. Propel is not my friend. Chocolate milk is my best friend.

Weather. One day it’s sunny and perfect, the next it’s blizzarding. Or the wind is blowing 50 mph like today. Saturday was freezing. My iPod touch wouldn’t work right. My nose was running. I was so cold I thought I may have peed myself a little. I ran back to my house after 4.5 miles to check. The verdict is still out on that one.

Food before, after, and during runs. I could read and read on this subject and STILL not know what the hell to do. I tried the Gu gel approach last weekend. The texture tends to activate my gag reflex. The taste leaves much to be desired. Maybe it’s an acquired taste?

Clothing. I only have one bra that I like to wear while running. The rest seem to let the girls go wild. I’m trying to avoid injuries, so I had to breakdown and order a few new ones today. I am also experiencing some rubbage under my armpits, so I have placed an order for Body Glide. Doesn’t that sound fun? And pockets… a must have, because I have to bring tissue for my runny nose, my phone in case I die, somewhere to put my iPod, store the Gu, the gloves, the barettes, and everything else I might need in my 2.5 hours of running.

Who knew??

P.S. I did 10 miles on Saturday and am living to tell about it.
P.P.S. I’m $1200 away from my fundraising goal. Want to help?
P.P.P.S. Erin, Kelly, and I are having a fundraiser at the Evil Olive on the night of April 24th. It will be fun, I promise! Come visit us!

Ignore the swollen sausage hands.
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  • jen

    great minds think alike. I could have just as easily written that post…except I didn't get to 10 miles (or any) on Saturday. I just ordered my One More Mile tee I won with Christie and I picked the Dear God tee!!

    luv ya hooker!

  • Chubby Teacher

    I love that shirt!! Where did you get it?

    I did a half last year, but only was able to jog the first 8 1/2 miles. I got past by and grandma (her grandkids were screaming GO GRANDMA from the sidelines) and a woman with one leg. I wasn't too terribly upset about the woman with one leg, until she was walking up some stairs to leave the race, and apologized for going so slow. Apparently her prosthesis was new, and she hadn't quite learned to navigate stairs.

  • Jen

    I love One More Mile!!! My car magnet "Toenails are for sissies" is from there. I also love "Does this shirt make my butt look fast?"

    Way to go, Lissa! Try Shot Blox or jellybeans for nutrition. And the hydration belt is uber annoying, but I figure it's better than dying of dehydration :) You really do get used to the sloshing…

  • april

    I am SO proud of you guys!! So proud.

  • Heather D

    I love that shirt. Oh my lord.
    You are so funny. I am having many of the same issues. I ordered shorts, and everyone said they wouldn't ride. But oh yes, my thighs are eating them…FECK.

  • cmoursler

    I love the shirt.

  • Karena

    LOVE the shirt! I keep meaning to order a couple for myself! I've been wondering about the whole Gu etc. refueling. I hear it's a matter of trial and error, and what works for one person makes another heave. Good luck finding what works for you!

  • Bacardi Mama

    I am so proud of you hooker!!! You rock!!

  • Brooke

    love the new shirt! :) i was last place the first 5 miles of my half :P thankfully i passed the old lady in the back brace by mile 6.

  • imadramamama

    LOL! That shirt is awesome!

    And can I just say, that you are STILL RUNNING! Despite all the little nitpicky things, you are not sitting at home. You are RUNNING!! WOOHOO!!

  • T

    Hooker, you crack me right up and that's a good thing! You made me laugh *and* you make me want to get back out there!

    Keep up the great work. Everything will sort itself out in time!

  • Crooked Eyebrow

    You are my hero

    I am so very proud of you.

    xoxo