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A Year Later-May 2010

5/15/10 Time 36:38

Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5K- a PR for me and a gold medal for my daughter!


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I am on a journey to improve my health after years of inactivity. Heart disease runs in my family. I lost my Mom when she was only 55 years old to a stroke and I, too, have some of the same issues, such as high blood pressure. I want to be around for my family and friends. In "The Spark" it says, "there is a simple test to help determine whether your mission on earth is completed yet: if you're alive, it isn't." I know God has a mission for me here, and I can do that better if I stay healthy.

My initial goal in May 2009 was to lose 15 pounds. I was only 2 pounds away from reaching that goal when life got hectic and I stopped everything. I looked and felt better than I had in years. Now I just want to regain those healthy habits and make them stick. Getting more physically fit and shapely wouldn't hurt either!

With God's help, I can do it!

15 Pounds Lost on 1/31/10
20 Pounds Lost on 3/7/10
Graduated Couch to 5K on 5/13/10
Ran my first 5K in 36:38 on 5/15/10

Member Since: 8/5/2007

Fitness Minutes: 13,685

My Goals:
-To maintain my weight within 3 pounds
-To maintain my clothing size 6
-To firm up my muscles
-To run my first 5K-GOAL REACHED May 2010!
-To lower my 5K time-GOAL REACHED
-To run an 8K -GOAL REACHED
-To lower my risk of heart disease
-To live a life worthy of the Gospel

My Program:
I will work on increasing my running distances by 10% each week and do speedwork once a week, using the Galloway method. I will train to run an 8K while also running faster 5K races.

Personal Information:
I live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. I enjoy hiking with my family in the George Washington National Forest, reading, knitting and running.

I am active in my church and serve as coordinator for the Harrisonburg Community Bible Study women's class.

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...Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal...
Philippians 3:13-14

"Don't ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, if you are not willing to move your feet. "
~ Unknown

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    I agree with you...those hills do make you stronger!!! I am going to keep on working at it!!! It makes you really look forward to the next race to keep beating that PR!!! Thank you for your always kind comments!!! emoticon
    2653 days ago
    Thanks for the comments on my feed.
    And trust me I know to go slow. I don't feel like being hurt again.
    I will be close but I doubt if I make it. Especially with my weekday runs being on a treadmill. I just can't seem to get as far on that thing as I can outside, within an hour.

    Have a GREAT one!
    2657 days ago
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    2669 days ago
    Thank you for your wonderful comments on my spark page!! You are a true emoticon !! Looking forward to the next race!! Hope you are having a great weekend!! emoticon
    2669 days ago
    thanks for the encouragement for the Turkey Trot. We will see how it goes!
    2672 days ago
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