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Day of the Dead Run - 5K - Before the race (weight @ 141)

From early in college, weight probably 130-135. I was skinny then! Horse weighs more. :)

Pics from backpacking trip in early January, weight @ 159 lbs.


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When I started sparking, I was overweight and had trouble finding time to exercise. I ate what I wanted and it was catching up to me. Sparkpeople helped me learn to eat the right portion of healthy, tasty food. I started running in January of 2011. I slowly added miles, using the 5k plan for running I ran my first 5k in July 2011. I added distance, trying to get faster, until I was doing 6 miles each Saturday. I ran the Day of the Dead 5k in 25 minutes and 26 seconds, my personal best. I've lost 20 lbs, although the last few lbs are off and on. I joined Complete Runner training program in Raleigh and on April 2012 I ran my first half marathon! I think I can say I'm a runner now.

What's next? I'm biking the 24 Hours of Booty in Charlotte on July 26-27th to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation. I'm also running the RockN'Roll Marathon in Savannah on November 3rd.

My Races
7/9/2011 Denny's Challenge, Cary, NC time-35:30 (first 5k)
8/20/2011 Downtown Rocks and Runs, Mount Airy, NC time-30:51
10/22/2011 Day of the Dead Run 5k, Raleigh, NC time-25:26.8 (I'm faster with face paint!)
12/3/2011 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis 5k, Raleigh, NC time-27:46
3/12/2012 Run for the Oaks 5k, Raleigh, NC time-27:21
04/15/2012 Run Raleigh Half Marathon, Raleigh, NC

05/05/2012 Philosopher's Way 15k Trail Run, Chapel Hill, NC
06/09/2012 Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, Raleigh, NC
07/14/2012 Denny's Challenge (This was my first race last year and I would love to do it again for my birthday)
July 27-28 2012 24 Hours of Booty, Charlotte, NC
Goal: Bike 100 miles
11/03/2012 RockNRoll Marathon, Savannah, GA

Member Since: 2/25/2010

Fitness Minutes: 19,948

My Goals:
Train to bike 100 miles at 24 Hrs of Booty.

Train to run a Marathon.

My Program:
Run three times a week, bike three times a week. Strength train on running days.

Eating veggies and fruits and less sweets.

Personal Information:
I'm from Stokes County, North Carolina (North of Greensboro). I went to school at UNC Charlotte and worked for a while down in Columbia, SC. Now I'm living in Raleigh, NC with my sweetie.

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I like photography, too.

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  • v CLALIZ
    Hi Elinor! So I feel like I message you a lot and thus bug you... But I know you like 5Ks, and I came across this one that you may like, I am thinking about running it, sounds fun! it's on 10/22 at 8am, not sure if your weekend is taken or not but thought I would send it along!

    Happy Tuesday!!!
    1854 days ago
    Welcome to the Half Marathon Sparkteam. I look forward to hearing from you. Join in the team forum discussions, there is lots of great information and support from a great team that loves to run!. Happy Spark Running!


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  • v CLALIZ
    I know you are a busy girl, but wasn't sure if you knew about the International Raleigh Festival happening 9/30-10/2, I heard is fun and the husband and I were planning on going anyway and I got this Amazon deal... So I thought I would spread the word on the events happening in the city LOL! emoticon
    See ya Sunday!
    1861 days ago
    Thanks! Good luck to you

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    1877 days ago
  • v CLALIZ
    Thanks for the Friend Add :D I see you are training for a 5K, how fun! I know you will be able to run a half marathon soon! I actually like them better than shorter races, not sure why, it does take a lot more time but they are fun I think it's the fact that you can "space out" and forget that you are running yet you are and well 13.1 miles is definitely an accomplishment I am proud of! YOU CAN DO IT!
    1904 days ago
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