I’m Back!

ok. so its been a LONG time since ive been on here. After leaving Canada I slowly stopped running. I say slowly because at first I ran and even did two 5ks but eventually I just quit. Ive tried here and there to pick it up again but ive never been able to get into the habit I had while I lived up there. So here I am trying again. I am in a totally different situation than I was when I used to write on here. Different country. Different job. School. Boyfriend. Hypothyroidism. Low iron. Narcolepsy. Yep, I have narcolepsy. This is partly why I have a hard time getting into that routine/habit. I rarely have any energy and I never know when im going to fall asleep. Since school started August 29 I had only run a mile once. My sister nagged me into doing a 5k this last weekend. I had planned on walking the whole thing but when we got there and I couldn’t feel my feet because I was so cold I decided I could run “just a little.” When I run I do it alone. Same when I race. I don’t want to carry on a conversation. I want to hear my breathing and my feet hitting the pavement. This is my time alone and I like it this way. Well, my niece was running with me and wouldn’t shut up so I picked up my pace thinking she would either fall behind or not be able to talk. I was wrong. She talked the ENTIRE 3.1 miles. Even through her labored breathing. So because I had picked up my pace at the beginning I knew I was going to get a good time so I kept it up and ended up with 32 something. I don’t know what the seconds were because their website isn’t working. stupid. Next time I run a race (or just go for a run) I will be sure to do it ALONE! So now because I ran this 5k (thanks to my sister, I guess) I have rediscovered my passion for running and want to continue. I already mapped out a 3.1 mile route so I can beat that 32 minutes. Since running the 5k I feel different. Can’t say exactly what it is I just do. My boyfriend noticed too, said I sound happy and im “bubbly.” So well see how this goes. But I should really get to bed now, I just realized its 3:24am..thank god I don’t have class tomorrow!



Whew! I’m tired! It’s been a looong day! On my own with all 3 kids all day and the boys are potty training (ugh!) they are not getting it! and they didn’t nap. so of course, no running for me today. wont get to all week. keli will be gone everyday getting donations for this benefit. I guess I could get up at 6 and run but I am NOT a morning person and then to be on my own with all 3 kids all day would be too much. Got to see what it means to “do calves” yesterday. Tried to learn how to “flip” them but i’m not strong enough so I just tackle them. I spent a lot of time on the ground and took a few dives through the mud. Also got my head ran into a pole. ouch.

Keli & Brayden


Me trying to “flip” a calf


A random picture of Tanika..isn’t she georgeous??

Me winning the 5k!

Biggest Loser Club Oyen 2010 (Those that showed up for the finale anyway)

Race Results

30th annual Medicine Hat Rattler Run

10k – Time – 58:32

Awesome Race!

Oh and I didn’t get sick!


Got lots done today:

  • swept the kitchen floor twice
  • mopped the kitchen floor
  • scrubbed the front of the cupboards (never will I have white cupboards!)
  • bleached the kitchen sink
  • scrubbed under the sink
  • changed all 3 kids bedding
  • washed and folded 4 loads of laundry..realized how much I hate folding bedding
  • scrubbed the bathroom-including sweeping and mopping the floor
  • vaccumed out the boys playhouse, living room, office, , upstairs hallway, and the boys room
  • swept the stairs
  • vaccumed the stairs
  • organized diapers and refilled wipe containers

So..I am seriously considering doing this challenge


Am I crazy or is it worth trying?

Great article

Made an appointment with a sports medicine doctor. Had a hard time getting one to see me though as my problem is not orthopedic. Found this article on www.thatsfit.ca The stuff in italics is what I added.

Runner’s Diarrhea: Why it Happens and 7 Ways to Avoid It


by James S. Fell Mar 25th 2010 9:00AM 

Dear Port-o-potty #0075:

Thank you for having toilet paper. Thank you not being disgusting. Thank you for being there when I really needed you.

Now that’s what I call a Dear John letter.

Seriously, if you’re eating right now, stop. This article could get ugly.

I often like to put my fitness advice into context, which is another way of saying I enjoy sharing my personal tales of exercise woe. On Tuesday evenings I take my kids to a 6:00pm karate class and this involves an early dinner. Because I always run while they’re in class I’ve learned the hard way not too each too much prior to heading out. Usually I eat half my dinner before the run, and the other half after.

But this one time not too long ago I forgot. See, I barbecued this salmon just perfectly and served it with a curry sauce. I couldn’t help myself. I scarfed the whole thing only 40 minutes before I was supposed to run. I looked at the clean plate and said, “Oh, crap.” Let me tell you how prophetic those two words turned out to be.

I dropped the kids off at their class and started running. I’ve had the occasional running bowel misadventure before, but about three kilometers into my route is a public washroom, and while I’ve had some discomfort running those last few hundred metres I’ve never felt serious desperation. You know, that kind of desperation that has you thinking about finding a bush to squat behind. I’ve done this MANY times.

Find out what happened and how to prevent the same thing from happening to you after the jump.

The problem became critical when I had to change my route because of a serious snowfall. I opted to not trudge through two kilometers of ten-inch deep snow and instead decided to head in a different direction into the relatively clearer suburban sidewalks.

Things were going along fine until about kilometre three. If I’d taken the snowy route I’d have been close to a bathroom so there wouldn’t have been a problem and you wouldn’t be reading this right now. Call it reverse serendipity. Instead, I was at least two kilometres away from the nearest bathroom. I tried running faster, but it’s awfully hard to clench and run at the same time, so I actually ended up walking with a grimace on my face.

I was convinced I wasn’t going to make it. I was seriously considering the bush option.

Then I saw my Port-o-potty savior like a glowing beacon of hope parked in front of a house that was under construction. I’ll spare you the details, but suffice to say that I could not have lasted another minute.

I think that’s enough “context” for one article, so how about I move on to what causes runner’s diarrhea and how to avoid it.

Why it happens
We don’t really know for sure, but can make some guesses. Also, it may be different causes for different people. One theory is that the jarring up and down motion along with all the leg pumping really gets the bowels worked up. There is also the fact that intense exercise diverts blood away from the digestive system and into the muscular and respiratory systems, which can also create gastrointestinal distress. Of course, having large portions of food in the stomach during running (or any form of intense exercise) is only going to make the problem worse.

7 ways to prevent it

1 The biggest tip is to avoid eating large and heavy meals immediately before running. .Everyone is different and you need to learn how to balance your own running digestion issues. On runs that I complete earlier in the day I can’t eat too much before hand or I’ll feel sick, yet at kilometre eight or so I can get mighty hungry and suffer an energy bonk, so I end up bringing a fruit bar with me to eat during the run. Having enough food in you to provide enough energy for your run and yet not so much that you experience gastrointestinal unpleasantness is a fine balance that you need to figure out through trial and hopefully not too much error. This doesn’t make any difference. I’ve tried both eating and not eating before I run and it doesn’t matter-I still get sick

2. If you do feel like you need a last minute energy boost, choose an easily digestible foods such as a piece of fruit.

3. Some recommend that you limit your intake of dairy foods right before a run. I don’t eat much dairy so this doesn’t help.

4. Make sure you are properly hydrated. Yes Yes Yes

5. If you have a long race planned, consider limiting both fatty foods and fibre intake the day before. Never even heard of doing this.

6. Design a running route that has a bathroom along the way, and don’t let snow deviate you from it. This is impossible. I live 15 miles from the nearest town so I always run on country roads. This is why i’ve used the bushes more times than I can count

7. Avoid large amounts of caffeine prior to running. Not an issue as I don’t consume much caffeine at all.

Of course, occasional runner’s diarrhea isn’t that big of a deal, especially if it’s a case like mine and simply the result of overeating beforehand. However, if things are chronic then you may wish to consult with a sport nutrition expert or perhaps even a doctor if you think you may be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. I have gone to the doctor-was told I need a colonoscopy and blood work done. I have an appointment in July with a sports medicine doctor. Hopefully I can get some answers. Until then, I am just trying to manage it.


Tried to run today..didn’t work too well. Sick twice in the first 1/2 mile and then I was in too much pain to run. And it’s not a pain you can just “run through.” I’ve run through pain many times before but this is a different kind of pain. Does anyone know what i’m talking about?? I don’t know what else to do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! And it can’t be that i’m doing too much because looking back I only ran 5.5 miles this last week. This is over a course of 3 days and I got sick 2 of those days. And the week before that I ran 14.5 miles (over a course of 3 days) and never got sick. The week before that I ran 8.5 miles (over a course of 3 days) and never got sick. I’m going to try not to run 2 days back to back to add plenty of rest days so my body can have time to recover. I’m also going to see a sports medicine doctor. I’ll have to wait till July though to do that. Again, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!