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My Love/Hate Relationship with Running
And so it love/hate relationship with running. I need to train for a 15k trail run in October (the same one I did last year), but I haven't been seriously running for a while.  I haven't been able to consistently run since I've been getting frequent work done on my tattoo.  But, with only one more session left, and a good two weeks (at least) before I go back and have to restart the tattoo healing process, I've decided to jump back into it. I want to do better than last year's 15k run, but I feel like I'm way behind on training.  I suppose we'll see how it goes. Wish me luck!

Do you run, too? Do you follow any specific plans for upcoming races? Please share!
I finished a 15K Trail Run!
Remember that 15K trail run I've been training for? Well, it was last Sunday!  I have lots of different emotions about it right now.  Actually, other titles I considered for this post were:
     Damn, I'm glad that's over
     Trail running is effing hard
     This is how I earned a donut and a beer today

Regardless, I'm proud of myself for persevering through these last couple of months. I've been pretty stressed.  It's not like I have a lot of free time to go run miles and miles every week.  But I did it. And it wasn't easy.  In fact, some days it was damn hard.  There were definitely tears.  There was even blood once. As of last Tuesday, I wasn't even sure I could run the race the following weekend because I had hurt my ankle.  So I iced it, took some Advil, and went for a quick run on Saturday to test it.  It seemed to be okay then, I was was just hoping that it would hold up for nine miles on Sunday.

And it did!  My husband was the one who talked me into this run, so the deal was that he would stay with me, though he could have easily placed in his age bracket. So sweet, right?  I finished in 2:02. Which is not fast. But it's better than I expected to do, and for that I'm happy. 

Dogwood Canyon was beautiful! It was a chilly morning--I couldn't feel my toes for about a mile into the run.  There were plenty of water crossings, lots of mud, and just enough hills.  We even saw a few deer dart across the path in front of us.

So here's a not so pretty picture of me after the race.  And, even though all finishers got a medal, I'm proud of mine.

Now excuse me while I take a week or two off from running.  Running and I are still friends, but we need a short break. At least now there won't be any pressure to get in a certain number of miles or make a certain time.  At least until my crazy husband talks me into another race...

Oh, and I will be eating a celebratory doughnut this week and treating myself to a massage this weekend!

How do you treat yourself when reach fitness/exercise milestones?
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DNA Test Results
Back in February, I talked about having my DNA tested by this company.  I was excited to learn a bit more about my ancestry and anxious to learn more about my health. 

The technology involved is amazing, and I've always been really intrigued by genetics.  Here are some things that I learned about my DNA:

I am of 99.7% European ancestry, 0.1% Sub-Saharan African, and 0.2% unassigned. I also learned that 2.9% of my DNA is from Neanderthals.  Awesome, right!? Of course, they offer way more information than this--I haven't even combed through all of it yet.

They also offer a bit of insight into your health.  They tell you what conditions or diseases you might be at risk for developing due to your genetic composition.  One thing I learned is that I am at a higher risk for developing celiac disease. 

They also let you know some conditions or diseases that you might have a lower risk for developing.  I learned that I have a lower risk for developing breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer's disease. 

Another section included in the report is about your genetic traits.  There are things like your probable eye color (as if you didn't already know) and hair texture and earwax type (!) and tolerance to lactose.  I learned that I am likely resistant to the most common strain of the norovirus, which is news that made me do a happy dance!

If you are at all interested in your genetic history, or maybe you want to learn more about your health, check out these kits.  Of course, there is no turning back once you read your reports. Learning whether or not you have the genetic markers for diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's can be scary and is not for everyone. But I believe that knowing what may be in your future is empowering.

What do you think? Would you do it? What would you be most anxious to find out?   
Uncharted Territory...
I try to be a very healthy person. I try to stay active. I eat crazy healthy foods-mostly organic and local and whole. I juice. Of course, there are vices. I luurve doughnuts. And I do like beer and wine. The husband has been even brewing his own beer. (Yum!)

Anyway, to supplement my overall well-being, I've decided to take another step. I had heard about personal genome sequencing a few years ago, but it was pretty expensive. Well, as you might expect over the course of a few years, technology has improved, and the price has decreased. So I thought now is the time to try it.

This company will map your DNA and share all kinds of information with you.  They can give you insight on your ancestry and family lineage.  They can also shed some light on what traits your DNA might give you, or health risks associated with your genes.  It's pretty cool, and I'm really excited about it.  All you have to do is spit in a tube and mail it back. Easy peasy.

My husband and I both did this.  We get our results in six to eight weeks, and I'll share a bit about what I learn once we have them!

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