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Albany Marathon, 3/1/14 "ALMOST THERE......!!!!!" Mile 25.8-ish

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YES!! I have decided to revive my Sparkpage after being MIA for probably over a year. However, my schedule is very very demanding, so I may not be able to answer much on here, or check out everyone else's blogs, or reply when I get messages. I hope I can still be an inspiration & encouragement to others....

A little about myself:
I've been a long-time runner, but always struggled with my weight. It took me a long time to realize that absolute importance of nutrition. After having my twins in 2008, I found myself at my highest weight ever.... 175 lbs. It was time for an overhaul. I started following the Maker's Diet (which is not really a diet at all, but a clean, healthy way of life), & slowly started running again. It was a long haul, but the weight DID come off. I still struggle with not letting bad habits creep back in, but I KEEP WORKING AT IT!

Since then, I also have started doing long distance races. I ran my first HM in 2009, & my first marathon in 2011. I love running events, & love the motivation it gives me to challenge myself to new distances & improving my times.

Member Since: 7/24/2009

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My PRs:
5K (non-race) - 22:55
10K - 46:16
HM - 1:43:12
30K - 2:44
Marathon - 3:47:44

My Program:
Running (and lots of it!):
4-5 days weekly (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Sat)
Saturday: Long run

Strength Training:
2-3x a week

MY DIET ROCKS!! I follow the diet philosophies of Sally Fallon and Jordan Rubin (Maker's Diet). I believe in eating a holistic, natural diet, aimed at being healthy, not losing weight. I eat a high-protein diet with lots of vegetables and fruits and only 100% whole grains, mostly organic stuff, and as free from chemical additives and flavor enhancers as possible... well you get the picture! LOVE IT!

Personal Information:
Darcy Brinkmann
31, Wife and Mother
4 children - 2 sons (11 & 6), twin daughters, (3 y/o), living in FL.

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"Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there." - Josh Billings, 1818-1885

"In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength and my refuge, is in God.
Trust in him at all time; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. "
- Psalm 62:7-8

"Opportunity is missed by most people, because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas A. Edison

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  • v WHOLENEWME2018
    Thank you for adding me as a friend!
    375 days ago
    I had my knee surgery in May of 2014. I ran (well, mostly walked) one race after that - Did Space Coast trying to keep that medal thing going.... but after I was in so much pain afterward, I just stopped running altogether for a while.
    I ran short runs here and there, stopping when it started to hurt.
    Lately I have been focusing on strength training. I'm in the gym every morning, 5 days a week... weights and some cardio. Cardio is either run/walk intervals on the treadmill or elliptical.
    Last month, I really started to focus on the running more, because I actually DO miss it. So far, I haven't had any pain at all. Hopefully that will continue.

    I love Soldier. I did it every year since it started for the first 5 years - until the knee thing. But this year, I want to be back there. I've never done the half. Should be interesting. LOL
    381 days ago
    It was so great to see your comment on my blog!!
    I registered for the half at Soldier! I hope you do it, or at least the half... I'll get to see you! It's been so long!
    I'll also be doing the half at Space Coast the following week, just to get that 3 year special medal. I did the first 2 years of the series and then stopped running because of my knee surgery... so I had to do it this year since it's the last one, to get at least the 3 year medal. I started out going for the 5 year - but oh well ---- life happens.

    Maybe one day, I'll build back up to marathons... may even start lengthening the runs up to close to that distance this year... it depends on how my body holds up.
    381 days ago
    Ditto Sun_N_Sea.! I love your quotes on your page.
    987 days ago
  • v SUN_N_SEA
    Hello! Hope you don't mind I've added you as a friend! You're a total inspiration... from your progress, to determined spirit.. that's just what I needed to see right now! Keep on going, you're amazing!

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    1425 days ago
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