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"Somewhere.. someone busier and more tired than you.. is running right now."

My name is Stephanie and I'm a 30 year old chemist residing and working in a suburb north of Baltimore MD. In 2007 I made a decision to commit my life to a healthy and active lifestyle. Exercise has become my passion and I love how it makes me feel!

I joined SparkPeople soon after embarking on a mission to drop some weight so that I could fit into the bridesmaid's dress I bought for my cousin's wedding. (The size that fit in the store, and that I ordered, turned out to be too ...
My name is Stephanie and I'm a 30 year old chemist residing and working in a suburb north of Baltimore MD. In 2007 I made a decision to commit my life to a healthy and active lifestyle. Exercise has become my passion and I love how it makes me feel!

I joined SparkPeople soon after embarking on a mission to drop some weight so that I could fit into the bridesmaid's dress I bought for my cousin's wedding. (The size that fit in the store, and that I ordered, turned out to be too small when I picked it up.) I accomplished this by following the Supreme 90 Day Challenge and met that goal on 8/18/11!

After I finished S90, I was looking for a new challenge- so I signed up with Team in Training to run the 2012 Disney Half Marathon. Through TnT, I raised ~$3,700 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and ran my first 13.1 miles.

The race sparked my love for distance running. I have since run
4 more half marathons, 8 5Ks, and 2 10-milers. In the fall of 2012, I signed up for TnT for another season, this time to run my first full marathon. I was able to raise another $3,500 for the LLS. I hurt my knee after a 20 mile training run.. and had to race injured. I finished the race in just under 7 hours. It meant so much to me to finish.. because sadly, my grandmother and honored patient lost her battle with leukemia only two days before my race. Needless to say, it was a very emotional finish.

In the spring of 2013, I took a break from racing (but not from running!) to focus my time, money and energy preparing for my wedding, which took place in October. But now that all that's behind me.. I'm ready to get back to it! I have a pretty full race schedule this year.. one that I'm hoping will include my 2nd full marathon. Stay tuned!

Races UP and COMING:

*Baltimore running festival 5K and half marathon 10/18/14
*Marine Corp 10K 10/26/14
*10K Across the Bay 11/9/14
*2014 Celtic Solstice 5 miler (not registered yet)

2015 Disney Marathon Weekend, Dopey challenge
*Family 5K Fun Run 1/8/15
*Minnie Mouse 10K 1/9/15
*Disney Half Marathon 1/10/15
*Disney Marathon 1/11/15

ONGOING:
Currently, I do HIIT workouts in the morning with Bodyrock.tv. I also take Cardio Kickboxing, Yoga, and Bodypump classes at my gym throughout the week, in addition to running (both on the treadmill and outside), and occasionally the elliptical, and swimming.

I also keep a blog at www.purplerunningpug.wordpress.com.. come follow me there :)

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Member Since: 5/31/2011

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My Goals:
-To race a sub 2 hr half marathon.

-To lose 20 lbs (as of 2/3/14)

-to run the Dopey challenge at the 2015 Disney Marathon Weekend.




My Program:
I track my food intake using the online tracker tool. I recently joined Weight Watchers and use their online tools as well.

I'm working out 5-6 days/ wk- my normal fitness routines include morning workouts with Bodyrock.tv, and evening workouts involving a class at the gym (kickboxing, yoga, or Bodypump), running (outside or on the treadmill) and sometimes the elliptical. Our gym just opened a new aquatics center.. so I've been trying to get in a swim two days/wk as well.

Long runs on the weekends.. depending on what I'm training for. I plan on using the Jeff Galloway training program to get me through the Dopey challenge.


Other Information:
"I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance...
Never settle for the path of least resistance...
Living might mean taking chances but they're worth taking.
Lovin' might be a mistake but it's worth making.
Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter...
When you come close to selling out .. reconsider.
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance.
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance..
I hope you dance"

"Don't lose your way
With each passing day
You've come so far
Don't throw it away
Live believing
Dreams are for weaving
Wonders are waiting to start
Live your story
Faith, hope & glory
Hold to the truth in your heart"

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ROXYZMOM
8/18/2014 12:10:40 PM

Ask about it at your next appointment. I would love to know the answer too.



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FIFIFRIZZLE
7/17/2014 12:35:11 PM

Hi there! Looks like you and I are about the only active members who joined Spark people in June 2011. Yay us for keeping at it!
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ROXYZMOM
6/22/2014 7:20:30 PM

Mine hurt even if I was sitting. Sounds like a stress fracture.



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ROXYZMOM
6/21/2014 9:49:24 PM

I had a bunionectomy which would take longer to heel because he had to break my big toe and realign it. I don't think a cyst removal would take that long, probably just til stitches are out.

Are you sure you don't have a stress fracture?



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ROXYZMOM
6/19/2014 9:54:50 PM

No lump - he said it was in my bone (big toe). He didn't know it was there until I had surgery. My whole foot hurt across the top from it.



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