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Tragedy and Training

Sunday, January 08, 2012

It has been a rough couple of weeks for my family. Without going into a lot of detail, my husband's brother (age 37) was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and my husband's grandma died. We have been on an emotional roller coaster that seems to change everyday.

That being said, I have found that sometimes working out and running has helped me deal with all these emotions, but sometimes being alone outside is hard because all I can think about is the stuff going on. I ran my fastest mile ever the day after I found out my BIL had cancer, but then began crying so hard, I had to stop.

I am running a half marathon in October in honor of my BIL. It made me feel good to actually sign up for something. I am also planning on doing a half at the end of April (my first). I am looking forward to getting back into training, as I haven't had a running plan for a couple of months. That being said, I need some advice for what program. I am leaning toward a three day a week approach, with one speed session, one tempo run, and one long run. With winter and weather conditions, I need to be flexible. If you have any programs or ideas for training, please let me know. I have run several 10ks this year using the 3 prong approach, and they seemed to work for me.

As far as eating goes, I have been not eating much. My clothes actually feel loser. I constantly have a nervous pit in my stomach that never seems to go away. When I do feel like eating, I want foods like ramen noodles!
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  • MIRAGE727
    Fuel properly, train well, and go strong with those you've lost in mind and heart and in respect to those that can't. I've been doing that for a long time and now more that ever in my lifestyle and journey. I hope it can help you. Remember always you are not alone! Wishing the best in peace, love, and understanding!
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    3207 days ago
  • SUSIQZER
    Take care of yourself! You're right that exercise is such a huge help during stressful times, but make sure you're not overdoing it.

    In 2003, my family had The Bad Year, so I can sympathize. Make sure to take time for yourself, in the midst of caring for everyone else.

    I'm here for you, if you need a shoulder!

    3207 days ago
  • BIGLITTLEWOMAN
    Take care of yourself so you can take care of those you love. I am so sorry for all this heavy sadness. One day at a time is all you can do. Hang on to each other and be strong. Bless you all.
    3208 days ago
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