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Quick pop-in to tell you who won the Nuun Giveaway!

The Nuun Giveaway Winner is (chosen by Random.org): #13 - Tiffany! Lucky 13! Please email me at Kerrie (at) sanitydepartment (dot) com, so I can get you your Nuun!

In other news: I bought the binder from Precision Nutrition. Making my way through it, and started incorporating some of the things I’ve learned. I’ll share more later. For now, enjoy your Wednesday night TV…whatever is on. I watch everything on DVR or Hulu…

You don't need to run to be fit

Do You Have to Run to Be Fit?

Dudes. In short, no. You don’t have to run to be fit.

If you love to run, which I do love to run…sometimes, then by all means, do it! But it always baffles me when people are like, “Oh, I should run,” or “I should start running to lose some weight,” or “I want to get in shape so I guess I should run, but I hate running.”

If you hate running, then why do it? If you hate it, are you going to stick with it? (I’ll give you a hint: no.) Because you don’t need to run to lose fat. (Fat loss is really the goal. We can all agree on that now, right? When you lose weight, you want/hope it’s fat you’re losing, not muscle.)

Me, I do love to run…when I’m in love with running. And when I’m in love with it, I’m really in love with it! Can’t get enough. But, I eventually burn myself out because running puts stress on my body. I’m no spring chicken (what is a spring chicken anyway? I’m picturing a little yellow chick with springs on its feet). It also takes a ton of time.

Which is why I haven’t been running for over two weeks. But no big deal. I’m not even worried about it. I don’t need to run to stay healthy. I don’t need running to help me reach my fitness goals.

Right now, I want to be strong. I don’t feel like running. I have no interest in running. I am interested in getting fitter, though. And anyway, if I want a lean body, running doesn’t help me achieve it. Okay, well short sprinting sessions do. But not distance running.

That is just me, though. Everyone is different, of course. Anyway, I thought it might be interesting to show you what I am doing (not running) and how it’s affecting me.

Here’s what I have been doing for exercise and nutrition:

Weights 3x/week. Workouts are all done at home with dumbbells and consist of a 20-minute Metabolic Effect circuit, or a Lift Weights Faster challenge from Jen Sinkler (usually less than 10 minutes), or another similar circuit with heavy weights (like one from this article from Precision Nutrition).

Walking. I try to walk at a minimum 30 minutes a day, and longer on non-weights days. I’d like to get in an hour or more. Sometimes this is hard to squeeze in, so I do 15 minutes here, 10 minutes there, etc.

Nutrition. Since I’m working out less, I don’t need to eat as many carbs as when I’m running. I’m trying to drink more water: aiming for a 100 ounces, but have been getting about 80. A typical day of eating looks like this:

  • Pre-workout (6:15 a.m.): BCAA drink
  • Post-workout (7 a.m.): A small piece of homemade protein bar (mix of whey protein powder, peanut butter, Scottish oats and almond milk)
  • Breakfast (8:30 a.m.): egg white omelet with spinach with some cheese and a piece of Ezekial toast with water and/or small black coffee
  • Snack (10 a.m.): Celery or apple with peanut butter or nothing depending on whether or not I’m even hungry before lunch time
  • Lunch (noon): 2 cups of romaine, a bunch of grape tomatoes, red onion, 1/4 of an avocado, meat (leftovers or ground turkey I cooked up on Sunday), 1T sour cream, 1/3 cup salsa. 1-2 squares of dark chocolate and a small cup of black coffee
  • Snack (2 p.m.): Celery or apple with PB if I didn’t eat it before, but I’m not usually hungry yet
  • Pre-dinner snack (4 p.m.): Sliced red bell pepper dipped in Wholly Guacamole. Or some more of my homemade protein bar. Or almonds.
  • Dinner (6:30 p.m.): I try to make it centered around a lean protein (like chicken or ground turkey) with vegetables (been making the frozen Normandy blend from Costco lately) and sometimes a small amount of carb (like brown rice or a sweet potato or quinoa). And I’ve been having a lot of froyo after dinner lately it seems like.

And here’s what’s happening with my body:

  • I’m not hungry all the time.
  • Cravings have decreased dramatically.
  • I get hungry, not OMG-I-need-food-now hangry (except sometimes in the morning).
  • Stomach/”love handles” beginning to shrink.
  • I noticed today, that I could easily buckle my belt with the next hole.
  • I’m getting more sleep.

Here’s what’s happening mentally:

  • I’m not thinking about working out all the time.
  • I’m working harder during my workouts.
  • I’m enjoying catching up on TV while walking on the treadmill. (OMG ANTM Boys & Girls Season 20 marathon FTW!)
  • I have more time to play with my son.
  • I’m meditating (what?).
  • I’m happier, in general.
  • I’m relieved I don’t have to run in the dark in the early morning hours.
  • I’m happier with the way my clothes are fitting.

So, if you find yourself feeling burnt out on running, have not fear! Switch it up with weights and walking, and don’t stress.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Why if you didn't run anymore? A runner's identity crisis

What if You Didn’t Run Anymore? A Runner’s Identity Crisis

I haven’t run in over two weeks.

Are you injured?

No.

Too busy?

Nope.

Too tired?

Nah.

So, what’s your problem?

I don’t know. I just don’t feel like running.

Do you ever get like this? This is not the first time I’ve gone through this, and I’m still not comfortable with it. I just feel weird about it.

WHY DON’T I WANT TO RUN? I AM A RUNNER!

I was listening to a podcast I love, TheFitCast, and the host Kevin Larrabee was interviewing Molly Galbraith of Girls Gone Strong. She’s a trainer and a lifter. But last year, she hurt her back and couldn’t lift. She suffered from chronic back pain, and she said, an identity crisis.

On the  podcast (Finding Moderation with Molly Galbraith), she explained how she felt not lifting. To prarphrase, she said: If I’m not the strong girl, if I’m not the lifter, then who am I?

Holy shit, that’s me, I thought. Just insert running instead. If I’m not signing up for running races, if I’m not the running girl, then who am I?

See in 2009, I started running to get my body back. To feel like the athlete I once was again.

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In July 2009, a couple of weeks before I began my comeback (running).

I started to lose weight and I quickly came to identify myself as “a runner.” I’ve been the runner for 5 years now.

But, what if I didn’t run anymore? Because I just don’t feel like it right now.

Which is why I’m a little…lost.

I still want to be fit, and I’m working out (with weights and walking) and being healthy. But in the back of my mind, I felt like I was letting someone down.

Who?

Me.

The problem is how I was identifying myself. As a runner.

But, guess what? That’s not a very balanced life. I’m more than a runner.

I’m a wife. I’m a mom. A daughter, a sister, a friend. I’m a creative person. A writer. I’m a hugger. An over-thinker. A reader. A movie-quoter.

And I’m an athlete because I enjoy lots of athletic activities, not just running.

Maybe it’s time for me to stop thinking of myself only as a “runner.” Maybe it’s time to focus on my being as a whole, not just one side of it–to do whatever makes my life happier and healthier. Maybe it’s time to just be…Kerrie.

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Last week on 1+ weeks of no running. Unnecessary detail alert: picture taken before I went to my neighbor’s house to witness the wedding of two strangers in his back yard…on a Wednesday.

What do you do when you feel lost with running?

Wait! Don’t go before you enter my Nuun giveaway. :)

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Nuun Hydration Now at Costco! (Giveaway)

Nuun Hydration now at Costco!

You guys know how I feel about Nuun. Great product, great company, great people.

So I was super happy that they got Nuun into Costco to make it easier for me to buy it since I’m at Costco basically every other day, plus it exposes the product to more people.

Here are a few things I picked up at Costco recently:

Costco now carries Nuun Hydration!

Veggies, organic canned tomatoes, Nuun…and butter. Don’t judge!

Nuun is available at Costco locations on the West Coast for the time being (CA, OR, WA), but if lots of people buy it, maybe Costco will pick it up nationwide.

The Nuun box at Costco contains SIXTY-THREE TABLETS for only $18.99. Dude. That is a steal. The box has 21 tablets each of lemon+lime, tri-berry and strawberry lemonade.

In case you’re not familiar with Nuun…it’s an electrolyte tablet. You simply drop one into 16 ounces of water (or break it in half–it’s perforated–and put half in 8 ounces if you like), and let it dissolve. Voila! Electrolyte drink FTW.

Nuun comes in all sorts of flavors (my favorite is probably strawberry lemonade if you held a gun to my head and made me pick, but let’s hope that day never happens because…well, fruit punch and grape are pretty freaking good, too).

Nuun also has no sugar, only about 8 calories and tastes amazing after a run. The best part is that it doesn’t get all sticky when you spill because you still suck at drinking while running.

Visit Nuun.com for more info, nutrition FAQs and all that stuff. Okay, now for a giveaway! It’s been ages, people.

Who wants some Nuun? Share this post (via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, handwritten letter or face tattoo) then leave me a comment letting me know you did (face tattoo people need to send me a photo, though).

Giveaway will end Monday, Sept. 22 at 11:59 p.m. (PST). US residents only.

Full disclosure: Nuun gave me a Costco gift card to purchase my box, which was super awesome. But, c’mon. Who are we kidding? We all know I was going to buy it anyway.

I Thought I was Injured

Something weird happened to me Saturday and I’m sort of hoping wondering if this has ever happened to you.

Have you ever felt relief when you thought you had a running injury? | Mom vs. Matahon

First, the normal stuff: I went for an hour-long run around the lake near my house (pictured above) on Saturday. Nothing to write home about. I kept my pace in the 10s, I tackled the big hills twice and I ran into a neighbor on my way home with 5.75 miles to add to the week. No weird pains or tightness.

Now, the rest of the day: We had a meeting/party/dog club thing to go to on Saturday about an hour away from our house. I got back from my run a little later than planned and had to rush to get ready. I did not have time to stretch much, but did a few anyway.

In a rare moment of “I should dress nice,” I put on my favorite pair of red ballet flats. They have no arch support whatsoever, but are super cute with a silver buckle and everything.

The dog club party/meeting was longer than I thought it would be. And I was on my feet more than I thought I’d be.

It was a few hours into the meeting when I noticed it: a deep, bone-jarring, shooting pain in my right shin when I bent down to help my son dry off from the pool. Hmmm. What is that? Maybe just a random spasm? What did I do to myself.

But the pain kept zapping me as the day went on. By the time our hour-long ride home was over that night, the pain was shooting up into my knee, and down through my ankle into my arch.

And it continued to get worse the later it got. It was bad enough that I didn’t want to put any pressure on my leg, and I had to limp around. It was bad enough that I resorted to Ibuprofin and bed.

It was bad enough that I thought I was done running…for good. I did it again. Fractured myself. I pictured myself in a boot, but tried to shake that out of my mind because those things do not look fun.

I can’t run. My running “career” is over. I texted a couple friends because I thought it might make me feel better to say it “out loud.” But here’s the weird thing: I actually didn’t feel that bad about not being able to run.

The most overwhelming feeling I had when I thought I was injured was relief.

RELIEF? How is that even possible? I love running. And I’ve just gotten excited to run long again! Why relief?

Has this ever happened to you?

(PS: I’ll let you know what I think the pain was and why I think I felt relief at the thought of being injured in my next post. Mom duties beckon.)

Stickin’ it to the Van: How Many Stickers is Too Many?

How many running stickers is appropriate on your vehicle?

The other day, I saw someone with “13.1,” “26.2,” “50K,” “50M” and “70.3″ stickers on their car. I think there were more, but the stoplight wasn’t long enough to read them all. Overkill much? I get it, you’re an endurance freak! Fine. I’m jealous of you!

Speaking of freaks, I totally cried when I traded in my ’04 Odyssey for a newer one on Sunday. When the dealer drove my old minivan off into the sunset (literally, we were there till 9 p.m.), he also took my “13.1,” “Nuun” and “I <3 to tri” stickers with it.

Luckily, my “26.2” is a magnet (thanks, Mel!). I slapped that sucker on my new van right away and, I must say, it looks pretty damn slick.

I won’t replace the “tri” sticker because clearly I don’t love to tri or I would have done more than one of them in two years. I’ve been driving a lie! I like to tri. I would-do-it-more-if-I-wasn’t-such-a-chicken to tri. Do they have that sticker somewhere?

But the “13.1″ sticker is sort of a tricky one. I don’t know if I need to replace it. What do you think?

I’ve run a bunch of half marathons. Enough that I don’t know how many. But, I mean, it seems obvious I’ve run 13.1 since one must cover that many miles in order to get to 26.2. But I’m no math wizard…

Likewise with 50K and 50 miles. If I ever run those distances, should I take my 26.2 off?

These are the things that keep me up at night. Well, these and When is the melatonin going to kick in? And, If it flooded, could I use my bed as a boat?

Lady Runners: Don’t Get the Bob Haircut

There are two things all ladies should know.

One is don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.

Two is don’t get the bob haircut. Especially if you’re a runner.

The thing is impossible. There is no way to keep it from tickling your face while you run…unless you use 100 bobby pins. And, do NOT tell me that the “bob” in “bobby pins” did not come from a woman trying to pin back her hair for a run. Totally makes sense, right?

There are two things that sorta work for the bob while running (and neither is great): 1) a hat, which is fine when it’s cool and rainy, but SUCKS in the heat of the summer; and 2) tiny pigtails and a huge-ass headband.

I tried running sans anything, just letting my bob fly au natural. I didn’t like it one bit. First of all, it made me slower. Yep. Pretty sure. Second, my head was all sweaty so the flyaway hairs stuck to my cheeks and stuff. Gross. And it totally distracted me from looking at my watch every 30 seconds.

Well, ladies, today marked a very special day. I ran without a hat, pigtails or a headband!

Yes, my hair has finally grown out  enough for a ponytail after a whole year plus one stupid “trim” that basically put me back at square one of bob-growing-out-ness. And I don’t need a hat to keep the front and sides tamed. I only need to separate the front of my hair into three sections, then braid and add some more hair to each section when it’s in front and then stick it with like three bobby pins.

It wasn’t as easy as it sounds since I didn’t know really how to braid the front of my hair till like three days ago. And I’ve never been able to French braid. French bread. Yes. I’ve actually made it. French braid. No.

Luckily there is this thing called practice, and guess what? Totally works. Proof:

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But it would be so much easier if I could just pull the whole thing back in one swift ponytail motion.

So, ladies, remember:

No cowboys.

No bobs.

Now, go run.

 

(PS: If you want to know about my workout, check it out on DailyMile. Today’s AM run was hills. PM run was with coworkers. It’s boring me to death to write about every one.)