Things that are "how exercise can improve your mood"

Tuesday, April 28

So a few weeks ago, I wrote a post called "Things that we wished we could change." While I was writing it, I kept thinking on how I haven't been running or doing any other type of exercise for that matter. I just felt down, depressed, and not wanting to do anything. Normally I am NOT like that. I am the type of person that always has to be doing something, and not usually that lazy.

My motivation for running and exercise had been completely gone! I didn't even want to do my exercises that my Chiropractor gave me (and they aren't that hard either).

After my Chiropractor told me that I could start running again (in the middle of March), I started going on weekly Saturday runs, just to work back into running. I was also trying to keep my fitness level up, but even then I still wasn't really "feeling it."

The middle of April I went out and ran with my friend Alli. We only went 3 miles and it felt pretty great. We ran an easy run, because it had been several months since she had ran, and it had been several weeks since I had been able to run a full 3 miles.

I did notice that after I had ran with Alli, I felt a lot better. Happier that I had been out and with a friend. I felt like I was in a better mood.

In that few weeks time period I came up with 5 things that helped me get my love for running back:

1. Realized that I needed to get my booty in gear for this marathon - so I spent some time working on redoing my marathon training plan. I think it will be better and it will help me to not injure myself down the road.
2. Running with friends - it was great for her cause she could vent, and I could listen to her. She was able to keep up with me and I was able to keep up with her. I forgot how much I loved running with people (need to get Chase back into running - so he can be my running buddy again).
3. Remembering how good I felt after running - My body didn't hurt, and I seemed to have a bit more of a runner's high.
4. Reading inspirational quotes and blogs about running and exercise - wanting to find small exercises to try out.
5. Forcing myself to go out and run, even if it's just a mile. Because a mile is better than sitting on the couch all day wondering where my running mojo went to.

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Looking back on my running and exercise this week. This week I should have been in a really crappy mood (time of the month crappy). I exercised for 4 days this week and felt great, even though I am exhausted. I can tell from the exercise this week that my relationships with my dogs and hubby have been better. I don't seem to be stressed as much either.
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Things that are Week 2 of Marathon Training

Sunday, April 26

This week has been pretty great! Yes I have been sore! Yes I have been exhausted, but I feel SO good (aside from the sore throat and the head that feels like it's going to explode)!

Monday: I went to Barre class for 50 minutes, and went swimming for 30 minutes (only swam 600 meters). I want to be able to swim a 50m freestyle without having to stop because I can't breath. So I am working up to that. I think once I can swim a 600 without stopping I will slowly start increasing that and maybe throw in some other swimming drills.

P.S. I was really worried about my hair being dyed blonde and swimming in the chlorine pool - I finally asked my hair dresser and she said as long as you get it wet and spray it with leave-in-conditioner before you put your swim cap on you'll be fine and it won't turn green. I'm praying she's right! :)

Tuesday: Ran a 3.2 mile run after work. My average pace was 12.31 and it took me 41 minutes. My calves were killing me the first 1.5 miles. It wasn't until after they warmed up and I stretched again that they felt better. I got a few horns that honked at me while I was running (I really hate when guys do that), I was a little scared at one point, because it looked like they were going to follow me. Whenever I run alone now, I be sure to always carry pepper spray with me.


Wednesday: I played soccer with a co-ed team (and will be playing with them for the next 5 weeks). It was a lot of fun! Sprinting for the ball is always hard, it got easier at the end of last season (in October), but I was exhausted by the end.


Thursday: Speed work. I tried doing a tempo run. I only did 3 miles, 0.75 warm up, 1.5 at 10.42 pace, 0.75 cool down. It was hard at first to try and keep that pace, I actually had to slow down for a little bit during the pace, and then pick it back up. I didn't want to push it too hard, because of all the runs I will be doing in the future.

Friday: Rest - I was feeling pretty icky on Friday. Like I woke up with my head feeling like it was going to explode, and I sounded like I had a frog in my throat. I ended up working a half day, and slept the other half. It felt so great to get some much needed sleep.

Saturday: I ended up not running due to a frog in my throat that led to coughing and still not feeling good. I will probably replace a shorter run next week for a long run - if I am feeling up for it. I am definitely trying to take it easy. I know my body needs rest and lots of fluids.

Sunday: Rest day. Spent the day resting and recovering from something going on in my chest and head.
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Things that are National Infertility Awareness Week 2015

Friday, April 24

So this week is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW for short) - yeah! I'm a little late! But better late then never! Last year I felt like I needed to share everything about infertility during that week. I posted the majority of it on Facebook. This year... I'm just going to stick to the stats that are most important: This marathon training is really taking over my life! AHH


Infertility.about.com says:
  • Infertility is misunderstood
    • The media spreads myths about infertility (that mainly women are the cause for infertility, or that stress causes infertility- which both are NOT true!)
  • Infertility affects 1 in 8
  • It would be cheaper in the long run if states would allow infertility to be covered on insurance (infertility coverage is only available in 15 out of 50 states - and would only raise our rates $5 a year)
The whole point of NIAW, is to get those of us who have been suffering in silence to let friends and family know our struggles. Because we need the support from them. We don't need people to tell us to "relax," we need people to uplift us and help give us that strength when we have hard days, and to not criticize us for complaining about our struggle.

If you need help with knowing what to say or not what to say you can check these sites out:

"What Not to Say to Childless Couples"

"25 Things to Say (and Not to Say) to Someone Living with Infertility"

Or my post on:

"Things you SHOULD Say to an infertile couple"



If you want to see more about infertility and some great infertility quotes check out my infertility board on Pinterest:

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Things that are Starting Marathon Training and Week 1 of Marathon Training

Sunday, April 19

I realized last week that I am terrified to start training for the marathon I signed up for in September.

I keep putting off starting to train for it. I procrastinate when I don't have a real plan set in stone for things.

Upon that realization I also realized that I only have 24 weeks till I run 26.2 miles! That means I only have 24 weeks of training! I now know that I don't have much time, and I definitely need to let my body build up mileage for this race, because I am so prone to injuring and re-injuring my legs!

So I changed up my training plan. I took out the 3-20 mile days that I had, and I added a 22 mile and one other 20 mile. All I really need is to be on my feet running/walking for that long.
 I also tried figuring out what a good time for me to finish the race and what would be a good pace for the marathon. I figured that if my goal for my first half marathon was 2.5 hours, then I could set a goal for the marathon to be 5 hours (5 hours seems so long).
 I even went to the point of creating a pace wristband:



The goals I have set are:

1. Finish the race
2. Finish in 5 hours

I think those are very good goals for my first marathon. I don't know why I didn't look this up before, but the course is pretty much downhill the WHOLE way! So I should be good, just need to make sure my body will be able to handle 26.2 miles of downhill...

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Week 1 of training called for:

Monday: cross train
Tuesday: 3 mile run
Wednesday: Bike
Thursday: 3 mile Pace
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 4 mile run
Sunday: Rest

What I actually did this week was a lot different.

Monday: went on a bike ride, and then did a few different workout videos from Blogilates (I really like how upbeat she is, and she has helped me make sure I am doing the exercises correctly).

Tuesday: I woke up early and ran 2.6 miles. Mapmyrun.com told me it would be about 2.8 miles, obviously there was a .2 difference somewhere...

Wednesday: I was supposed to play soccer (cause I'm on a co-ed team) and our first game was supposed to be that day. However, Utah decided that we were going to have a snow storm that day, and the game got cancelled. INSTEAD! I had a friend ask if I wanted to do a Barre class at our rec center. Uh, yeah! So I did a 50 minute workout of Barre and then went swimming for a 1/2 hour. I probably overdid it, but I had a lot of fun. I only swam a 600m, and about died trying to breath!

Thursday: I went running right after work, and only did a 2.2 mile run. I am slowly going to work up to my pace time on the treadmill (somehow I cannot keep my pace on while running on the treadmill). So this is how I broke it up, .25 warm up, .5 pace, .25 slower pace, .5 pace, .25 slower pace, .25 pace, and then I did a cool down. It took me 34 minutes to complete that run.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: I ran a 4.2 mile long run. My average pace was 13.49, and it took me 59 minutes. I walked a lot because my calves were just burning! I'm not used to running in Altras again, and I need to work back into them again, and do a lot of stretching/foam rolling them to get them to loosen up.
Sunday: Relaxing all day and going to do a lot of foam rolling and stretching to be ready for the next week.

I hope my running gets easier and I can really work on strengthening my muscles that I use for running. I also need to start cutting back on the soda! I was doing so great at only drinking it on the weekends, and now I'm back in my old habit! Hopefully I can really start cutting down this next week.
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Things that are the 4th Annual Elevate 5k

Saturday, April 11

So I love to run! I started running in 2011, briefly (I say briefly because I wasn't consistently running). I trained and ran 3 races that year. In Spring of 2012 Chase told me his work SecurityMetrics was the main sponsor for the Elevate 5k, which was for charity. This will be my 4th year running the race! This is one of my favorite runs. Mainly because it has helped many families!

In 2012 I ran it with a friend and Elevate was able to raise $20,000 for several families battling cancer. Chase dressed up as Iron Man for this event, and he was SO excited to get so many pictures with kids! There were also over 800 runners - their first year doing a charity race!

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In 2013, Chase ran with me, AND he dressed up as Iron Man! It was his first time to actually run it. It was also our first race to run together - like the whole time.


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In 2014, They were able to help I think 6 families (I could be wrong). They raised $44,000, which doubled from the previous year. 

I ran with several friends:



This year they are helping: 





I don't know the families personally, but I know they would appreciate any help!

All I am asking is for you to register for the race, or donate to one or all of the families. 

Here are the details for the upcoming race:

Date: Saturday May 9, 2015
Time: Gun time is 9 am (though they started a little late last year)
Where: SecurityMetrics in Orem (1275 West 1600 North in Orem)
Cost: The cost is $35 (it doesn't look like the price will increase)

They will not have packet pick up the day of the race.

You can register or donate here:
http://www.thecraigperryfoundation.org/elevate-5k-registration--donations.html


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Things We Wished We Could Change

Saturday, April 4

It's gonna get real on the blog today. This time I will probably share too much about me, for you. So if you can't handle it, I would suggest you may want to not read this post.

First off, these past 2 weeks have been a little crazy. I always seem to say that, but I am definitely worn out and heartbroken (I'll get to that in a minute).

So at the beginning of March we got an email from one of our nurses from the clinical trial we're in, telling us about an infertility seminar that the clinic was putting on. I ended up going late, and was able to talk to one of the nurses who is helping with the study. I asked her about his semen analysis (SA), because the first 2 were so low and didn't understand why it had jumped up to normal levels. She told me that we probably have the actual medicine and that we should start trying like crazy. She reminded me that we need to try every other day. At that point I was at day 7 in my cycle.

We waited until day 11 to start trying, and I usually ovulate around day 17. I started using ovulation predictor test strips. It got to the point where I was taking pictures, daily, of the strips so I could determine if the line had gotten darker (am I really that weird? why yes! I am that weird).

I started cramping the day after ovulation and I thought "Great! Could this be implantation cramping?" It turns out that implantation doesn't occur until several days after ovulation - that's if the sperm and the egg actually get together. Well I started cramping on and off for several days (5-6 days) after I ovulated. "Aunt Flo" (AF) usually visits me around day 24-25, well the following day (day 26) I started spotting, I knew at that point I wasn't pregnant. Chase was still was trying to have hopes that we would still be pregnant - if we actually were. But after Tuesday we are definitely not pregnant after trying on our own.

With that said: I am heartbroken, I am numb, I don't know how to feel, and I can't cry. I feel all alone! No one knew we were trying this cycle. I felt like the world was silently moving forward while I looked back wondering what happened, feeling alone without a friend to share my pain.

On Tuesday, I kept getting an impression to message a friend and briefly told her what happened. I feel she has been an inspiration to me, and even though I don't know a ton about her (like not even her birthday), she's the one I knew I could trust with my feelings. I will briefly share what she said, because no one could have said it more perfect! She told me that there wasn't anything she could say that could ease my pain (which is totally 100% true!). She reminded me that I needed to rely on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Something that I have forgotten recently. She also gave me a song to listen to, which I will share because it is just so humbling:

 

Since then I have been praying more, and trying to feel that love that the Savior provides. That's all that I can do now to help get me to feel again. Yes, I am still in pain, but I don't feel so alone, and I felt strong enough that I could share my story, because I can't be silent about my pain anymore!
With all that said we still have another SA coming up and are hoping to see if the levels are still normal. Even though his levels showed normal and we tried one month, the average fertile couple still only has a 22% chance of getting pregnant each month. That means we could still have a chance at getting pregnant within the next 4 months.

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