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Jackson Mock - Giving him my St. Jude Marathon Medal after the Race

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Gail & I after running the Mardi Gras Marathon 2010


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My story: I started running on August 11, 2006. I was unfit and so unhappy. I was burned out in my job, fat, and did not want to do anything or be with anyone. I realized that it was up to me to CHANGE me so I decided to start running with my husband, eat more healthy, and change my job. I found Sparkpeople in July 2007 and have been here ever since. I ran my first Half Marathon in November 2008 with an ankle injury. Afterwards, I had to take 4 months off from running to fully recover from that stress fracture. I started back running on March 1st, 2009 slowly but steady. 2009 was a great "comeback" year for me. I ran the St. Jude Half Marathon and got a new PR in Dec 2009. In Feb 2010 I met my good sparkfriend, Gail and ran my 1st marathon with her in New Orleans. Many sparkers joined us in New Orleans & I was thrilled to meet each one of them. It's a memory I will cherish forever. Since then I have meet many other sparkers at different races. I love running with my spark buddies!

It's amazing that I am still running. Running is the only exercise I have stuck with long term. Who knew I would love running!

Quotes I love:
"It only takes one person to change your life... YOU!"

"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare". Juma Ikangaa

"Nothing is easier than saying words. Nothing is harder than living them day after day" Arthur Gordon

"It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task, which more than anything else, will affect it's successful outcome" William Jones

"You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal" Charles Carlson

"You train best where you are the happiest" Frank Shorter

"It's not about speed and gold medals. It's about refusing to be stopped" Amby Burfoot

"Some runners judge performance by whether they won or lost. Others define success or failure by how fast they ran. Only you can judge your performance. Avoid letting others sit in judgement of you" Hal Higdon

"When I do the best with what I have, then I have won my race" - by Jay Foonberg - 72 year old runner.

Personal Best:
5K - 29:39 - September 29, 2012
10K - 58:14 - November 14, 2012
Half Marathon - 2:09:29 - November 5th, 2011
Full Marathon - 4:52:02 - December 3rd, 2011
Disney Goofy - combined time 7:30:41 - January 2012

Member Since: 7/10/2007

Fitness Minutes: 67,442

My Goals:
New Goals for 2012:

1. Run 4 x week - stay in half marathon shape!
2. Do cross-training 2 x week.
3. Work on my running speed!

My Program:
1. Run at least 4 days a week. I usually do something different everytime I run - easy, tempo, hills, or long run.
2. Strength Train on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Personal Information:
I am a Board Certified Renal Registered Dietitian. I work for a wonderful group of doctors. I am mainly involved in educating people about Chronic Kidney Disease and how to improve their health through diet and exercise.

I live in West Monroe, LA and belong to the West Monroe Road Hogs running group.

Other Information:
Favorite Running books:

1. Brain Training for Runners

2. Run Less, Run Faster

3. Galloway's 5K/10K Running

4. Born to Run

5. Favorite running magazines are Runner's World & Running Times

Favorite Food books:

1. Runner's World Diet for Runners

2. Runner's World Performance Nutrition

3. Nancy Clark's Food Guide for Marathoners

4. In Defense of Food - Everyone should read this book!

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    Hi! I just put out a post on sparky marathoners for anyone interested in taking over. :(
    1467 days ago
    Hi Tammy

    Thanks for adding me. I just started my page last week and was hoping to find some people who like to run! Of course, now I am hobbling around on this sprain so it will be a few more days for me. I was supposed to do a half marathon next weekend, but it's not looking good at the moment. We shall see.

    Happy Running!
    1471 days ago
    "Beautiful Woman Award! Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the wall of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out"
    1477 days ago
    Tammy, thank you SO MUCH for taking time to read my novel of a blog and for your sweet comments!! I had to LOL @ you as you shared how you laughed about my "embarrassing moment"; no worries, I laughed at myself once the cramping stopped and still do every time think of it!! :-D What a mess!!

    I appreciate your constant support and encouragement gf. I truly couldn't have survived the race without it.. I knew you guys were cheering me on & that carried me!!

    Look forward to following your training as you rock another Marathon :) you continue to be my hero!!

    Love ya!!! emoticon ~Deej
    1507 days ago
    :) Yes it is just me. It's part of me. Running - it's who I am, right? But for whatever reason, I've been spent.

    The exhaustion of the vacay - the stress of the situation (you know).
    The exhaustion of getting up for the 5@5.
    The exhaustion of the thyroid thing.

    Anyway, I have a plan in place now!! WOOT! There will be action to go along with it!!

    Thanks for your support!!
    1549 days ago
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