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The old girl coming into the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece. Yipee!

My new running buddy I met while running the London marathon (he ran for Diabetes UK)


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I am currently a 56 year old runner who trains for full marathons in other countries for the cause, The Canadian Diabetes Association. I am getting ready to climb Machu Picchu in Peru in July 2012. I tore my meniscus while running London, England and finding it difficult to get back in the swing of things after the surgery. I hike a lot and this seemed ideal. The "boys" are getting older too and I can see their ages catching up to both of them. I am renovating my house and right in the middle of the last floor. I volunteer at an animal shelter and merchandise for a good friend in the evenings.

Member Since: 1/18/2006

My Goals:
I would really like to see 160 - 165. That would put my BMI at the acceptable range.

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The biggest weight loss came from weight training & diet in the beginning. When I needed to up that energy to get off the plateau I was on, I started running. I eat fairly clean and like Tosca Reno tips in "Clean Eating." I went to night school and took the Personal Trainer and Nutrition & Wellness Specialist courses so that I could educate myself.

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My 30 year marriage ended 6 years ago. To get out of that bad place I was in, I started to run. While I dislike running, I hate what diabetics have to go through every day so I started to train for a marathon, running with Team Diabetes. I saw first hand what the disease did to my best friend, my Mom, when it took her life. I run as a tribute to her. My marriage ended and I got over it but not a day goes by that I don't miss my Mom. London, England will be my 5th marathon. I think I am going to try a half. I really dislike running (did I say that already?.) I have heart disease and asthma so I struggle with the running. My goal was to run 5 in 5 years and raise $50,000. I am happy to say, I have met all those goals!

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While I do own a TV, I am not a TV watcher but I really like movies and reading. I share my life with a Pyrennes/Husky cross, Tundra and a Rottie, Pheonix. Needless to say, I spend a lot of time going for walks.

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    Thanks for your comment on my blog... yup, the hair will grow back... I'm a nine year survivor of ovarian cancer, did the chemo, lost my hair, wore lots and lots of hats and scarves (never did the wig thing).... and today was my first chemo for stage I breast cancer after having a mastectomy a month ago.... so at least having had chemo before, I know what to expect in the months ahead.

    Sparks People have been very supportive... that's what I love about this site!
    2581 days ago
    Thanks so much for the encouragement! I admit that I'm slightly terrified.... :)
    2631 days ago
  • v LINDAKAY228
    Thanks for commenting on my pic. It was from a month ago when I did a half marathon at Shiprock NM. Now I did most of it walking but am working up to where I will be able to run it by next year. In the meantime working on 5k's. But I did the half marathon in 3 hours 6 minutes so I was happy with that time for mostly walking 13.1 miles!
    2633 days ago
  • v ROWAN532
    thanks for commenting on my blog..................... emoticon
    2638 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by... I am in Oregon.. near Mount Hood. We just have had a long winter!

    Your running is inspiring! :)
    2639 days ago
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