1st Half Marathon

lorraines 1st half marathonReminiscing about my 1st Half Marathon a couple of years ago. Photographed here with the overall winner of the race, I will always remember the beautiful words he said to me.  While I was in awe of him, and so happy to meet him, and be able to get a picture with him, he said to me, “We are both winners, just the same, we have the same medal, and we both worked hard to get it”  His words meant the world to me then, and still do now. My 1st half marathon was so meaningful in so many ways, but more than in just the usual ways, because I got a blood clot only a couple of months before. My dr at the time was against me running at all. I knew in my heart that I needed to do this and that it would make me healthier and stronger. I ran smart and made sure I hydrated and took my time not to look for a fast time my first time running that far. I had only started running about a week before the race and had never ran even near 13.1 miles before, but I was determined to do it and so glad I did. It was life changing and has kept me moving in the right direction. Trust your gut. Your gut loves you and knows you better than anyone. I have not had a blood clot since April 2013. I keep it under control without medicine. I have no medical need to require a Rx (I dont have a blood disorder, I should be able to live without Rx) My dr at that time recommended Rx for life because she was very cautious, too cautious for me. I knew there had to be another way, other than taking Rx, because the side effects were hurting me. I have a new much better dr now, who fully supports and admires my no medicine plan for staying healthy. It feels wonderful to have a dr who believes in me and my non traditional approach. I came up with the plan myself. I am not aware of anyone in the world who has ever done this, but I knew I had to figure out a plan to suit my specific needs. Whole foods and exercise is my medicine. #feelfitforever #ThankYouJesus

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REST, SLEEP, HEAL, THRIVE

So you want to sleep, you’re training hard, but you’re having trouble getting all the sleep you want and need.  Eating the right foods and doing the right things to aid restful sleep, is just as big a part of your training, as the training itself.  I have struggled with sleep many times over the years, for various reasons, such as when my kids were little.  But more recently, sometimes training, hard, has made it very challenging to go to sleep and to stay asleep, long enough to get the rest I needed and wake up refreshed and ready for another day of training. I found that If you don’t get enough restful sleep, your body will not be at its best to train its best.  Good sleep promotes faster healing and faster muscle growth, than without it.  Many people have a training plan, but not everyone has a sleep plan.  I think it’s a good idea to “plan” on sleeping.  Make a plan to get the best, most restful sleep you can, by making sure you avoid certain foods, activities and environmental factors that may inhibit good quality sleep.  The first part after that, is learning which ones effect your body.  Not all of these things effect all of us the same way.  Learning how to listen to your body is one of the very best gifts you can give yourself.  Our bodies tell us how to take care of them, if we learn how to listen.  We all need different things to feel our best.  Some of us need less sleep than others.  Some feel great eating certain foods, while others do not.  Here is a list of certain foods that aid in good sleep:   tart cherries or tart cherry juice, jasmine rice, plain yogurt, herbal tea (just make sure it does not have caffeine in it or soy lecithin).  Have a bedtime ritual that includes relaxing before bed. No TV, alcohol, chocolate, caffeine, or intense exercise before bed (you will have to listen to your body to find out what the magic number is, if its one hour before bed, or several hours before bed, to stop these).  Try to eliminate all of the light in your room, no cell phone on the nightstand, no lighted clock, room darkening shades can help too.  Make your room as quiet as possible. Use soft, slow tempo music to help drown out any noise or a fan works well too.  The most important thing to do for restful sleep every night is to quiet your mind.  Every night, lay down and think about all the things you ‘did’ accomplish and all the people you helped and how good you feel about how your day went.  This is not the time to think about all you still need to do.  This is not the time to think about any part of your day that did not go well.  Focus on the good and on being thankful. This will allow your body to rest.  It can be helpful to visualize your body resting.  Try to feel each part of your body going into a nice, restful mode, starting from your feet and then moving slowly upwards.  Don’t be surprised if you dose off before you visualize each and every part of your body relaxing, because if you do it right, chances are, with practice, you will be sleeping before you finish.  Last, but not least, it is important to make sure that during the day you are getting all the right nutrients so that your body is ready to sleep at night.  I am a fan of whole foods and do not suggest drinks or vitamins except for D3 if needed.  I really believe that any other nutrient deficiency you have can be addressed with whole foods. I was deficienct in some nutrients, several years ago, and healed myself with whole foods. The first thing you should do is go to the doctor, ask for a full blood work, but be specific, and make sure they test you for D3, magnesium, and other possible nutrient deficiencies that can wreak havoc on your sleep and on your health. Some people do benefit from supplementing melatonin but please be careful of possible side effects and certain people who should not use it to sleep.  Always check with your doctor first, before using or doing anything new. Sweet dreams. 🙂

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