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carb loading, last min preps

Thursday, May 03, 2012

hi spark

not feeling spark like

gotta get my carbs in for the reserves.....
i forgot at the 18 miler, and paid for it ;p

go some last min things...
extra paranoid about spraining anything

really excited....only it's gonna be HOT day, well at least for me.... 75 ish

i like running in 50s

i checked out the elevation....yikes hahahaha huge hill right smack in the middle.

this is the course around pittsburgh...the whole thing

this is the elevation

hmm....yeah ;p

nuff said...before i freak out hahaha

i will post my prep over the wknd ;p

spark on

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BRIAN36 5/4/2012 1:59PM

    The hill isn't any worse than JASR, you'll be fine.

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FUNGIRL81005 5/4/2012 12:15AM

    emoticon emoticonAWESOME!!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/3/2012 9:20PM

    I know you can do this!!

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    Looks like fun!
You'll be great!

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MASRITE 5/3/2012 3:15PM

    You're going to do great and kicka$$. Have faith in you. Can't wait to hear all about it. maybe you'll inspire me!

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/3/2012 3:11PM

    You are going to do GREAT--just run your own race and don't let the excitement and crowds push you too fast too early. That elevation chart reminds me of some races that I've done (half marathons, that is!) and the hills often look worse than they really are. YOU GOT THIS!

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BAILEYS7OF9 5/3/2012 3:01PM

    Ignore the elevation unless you are in CO! my elevation looks like that on flat runs! Seriously.


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PRACHI17 5/3/2012 1:49PM

    You can do it !
Good Luck!

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VENISEW1 5/3/2012 1:46PM


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NATPLUMMER 5/3/2012 1:35PM


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    Your going to kick butt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CBAILEYC 5/3/2012 1:24PM

    You're going to do great! Enjoy the experience!
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BECKY3126 5/3/2012 1:23PM

    I find people like yourself who can run marathons to be huge inspirations. I have never in my life been a runner, and this year I decided to change that. It has proven to be one of the hardest things I have ever taken on. Besides just getting my body/legs to adjust to the impact, it has proved to be quite the mental challenge to get my mind to convince my body to cooperate.
Then about a month ago I suffered what I can only imagine is a stress fracture in my foot that has completely taken me out of it for the time being. The few times that I have even attempted to jog/walk briskly it flares up all over again.
As someone who obviously does this on a regular basis, is there any advice you could give a newbie like myself? I was really hoping to do my first 5k in a few months.

Good luck on the marathon!!

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COMEONMA 5/3/2012 12:54PM

    Congrats on heading to the marathon!
I was out supporting some friends this weekend who ran here in Rochester and had a couple signs.

think about these as you go through the course and hopefully they will bring you some motivation!

Run Total Stranger, Run!

Where are you all going?

You look great, Beth, Jennie, and "insert name here!"

and the best I saved for the last 2 miles........

Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever..... You've Got This!

good luck on the race and remember to enjoy it!!

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marathon jitter, composed my own music, color me rad 5k!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Hi spark

5 more days....

Meanwhile to distract myself...
I finally record the song I composed years ago.

It was an assignment from a friend.
and I never went through with it ;(

Its really really rough. Recorded at home with video camera.

Lol phone won't put up the link


I will do it at home. But its in my YouTube channel

We had our first harvest of veggies and my DD had the honor to cook it!
The channel is my garden outlet ;)

On another note...spark jasr ppl put into my attention the color bomb 5k!

Its coming to Pittsburgh!

My DD and I are so in! Thx bob!
Aug 25, I think

I can't remember the name but ppl throw colors at u ;)

Color Me Rad

Will post that u when I get home ;)

Spark on!

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MASRITE 5/2/2012 7:58PM

    You play very well. Enjoyed the video of your garden. Checked out the Color me Rad site. Looks interesting. Can't wait to see your pictures of that!!

You're going to do great in your marathon

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CINDYHN 5/2/2012 11:05AM

    I just did the color run with my daughter, it was just a really FUN run!!! Wear some fun sunglasses so it doesn't get in your eyes!!! :)

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AMBER281 5/1/2012 11:43PM

    Great video!
Thanks for sharing!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/1/2012 8:34PM

    See you at Color Me Rad!

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/1/2012 4:18PM

    Listened to you playing the piano - you're very talented! I have your music stuck in my head (in a good way) now! :)

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NATPLUMMER 5/1/2012 1:51PM

    You did a great job...both with the video and the music!!
I was going to the Color Run in San Francisco but it was sold out. I see that they have a Color Me Rad in San Jose....I'll have to sign up for that one....it's much closer to home :-)

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GLADGAD 5/1/2012 1:36PM

    Thoroughly enjoyed the composition. It went beautifully with the garden video. Loved the chickadees!

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RUN_KAY_RUN 5/1/2012 1:22PM

    i checked out the color run page- that looks awesome!!!

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    Color me Rad/The Color Run run's are supposed to be fun! can't wait to hear about your marathon!

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SKEETOR 5/1/2012 12:20PM

    Thanks for sharing the video and your music! You are really talented!

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LIBBYFITZ 5/1/2012 12:11PM


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thank you for your support and spring garden pics

Thursday, April 26, 2012

hi spark

thank you again for your awesome support!
sorry I have not, but I will after the marathon....
I am coming back...after the rest that is...

I m going to kick start the weight loss again

marathon training hasn't been kind in my weight loss journey
it's down right depressing.

I am tapering, hydrating....and just plain nervous excitement all over right now.

I saw the course, it's almost identical to last year in the HALF and the last half ends with almost the Great Race route...so familiar course ;p

the weather has been icky and iffy....one min 30 another 70! hoping race day is 40-50 hahaha

I know some of you might be thinking...why not weight loss now???

my body...I just can't.... don't want to risk injury!
I need to fuel my body what it needs to run!
rest my body so I can run....


I am looking at after the race.
I am going to run 3-5 miles. maybe 10 if I feel like it

I am going to restart p90x (NOT DAILY)

Something sustainable for life.
I have to remember...and this training has gently reminded me

I went for CAN'T WALK...to RUN.....so don't want to NEVER WALK AGAIN!

I am comfortable with ME
only I am "bigger" than at my "peak" so my clothes don't fit (sweats all day)

but way smaller than when I started!

by no means am I HAPPY.

I need to find where I am happy!

THe first year when I took all those pics...like I said they were sucked in...and it was a huge mental blast to find out....in real life I don't look like that

but I worked through it!


well, my sis added me on google plus on my phone.....and it has SHARED photo album feature

I haven't figured it out....does it SHARE EVERYTHING to the ppl you wanna share?

that is why I haven't taken any pics, until I know for SURE that my bathroom pics are for you and me only hahahaha!!!

ok on to some garden pics....

OH Pooh! my $300 desktop can't upload the silly pics!
I hate technology!

ain't it supposed to get EASIER!

have I mentioned I went back to a paperback address book and record keeping!

sorry i'll try in the morning, it usually works better in the morn


bok choy

silly me... used my nikon...too big a file ;p

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VENISEW1 5/1/2012 12:03PM


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WANAKA 4/27/2012 11:34AM

    You'll get back on track, no doubt. Good on you for listening to your body....don't need injuries!

Love all the pics! We haven't planted our veggies yet....need to soon. (but the stupid weather keeps changing)

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NEVERMIND2010 4/27/2012 9:07AM

    You have your priorities right - now get ready to kiss *ss and take names in that race!

I *have* to ask - how did you make the leaning flowerpot tower? That is so cool! I want one and so does DH!

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MYSPARKLER 4/27/2012 8:55AM

    I love the garden pics. Looks like everything is off to a great start!
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RUN_KAY_RUN 4/27/2012 7:33AM

    i love your garden pics!! i wish i could grow some veggies but the only "yard" space i have is a tiny porch that doesnt get a whole lot of sun! i had a pretty potted flower last year but i ended up killing it and then the poor thing fell off the porch lol! maybe i can just go to the farmers market instead :P and i think youre right about the marathon- keeping your body from becoming injured is a top priority! give your body the energy it needs to take you through your training and the race, and weight loss can come afterward :)

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JAMIELOGICAL 4/26/2012 10:57PM

    LOL. Were you high when you wrote this blog? Hehe! It sounds like you have a lot on your plate with marathon training. You should probably focus on that until the race and THEN worry about getting back to your weight loss. Good luck in the race!

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LORI-K 4/26/2012 7:58PM

    Way to go on your training! You'll get that weight off after the race. You're right...concentrate on the fuel and the rest!
Love the garden pics. Beautiful.

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NATPLUMMER 4/26/2012 7:53PM

    Once the marathon is over you'll be able to get back to the weight loss. Many people gain weight during marathon training.
No more extremes....just take it one day at a time and enjoy yourself along the way.
Beautiful garden :-)

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VENISEW1 4/26/2012 5:41PM

    emoticon emoticonJust signed up for my first 5k for the year & am looling forwand to doing my second 10k ever this summer as well as my first half mararthon. Thinking about doing a full one and a triathalon someday. emoticonon your training and aspirations as well.

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marathon, marathon, marathon

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hi spark


Confirmation ticket in the mail....

Race number received ....

2012 course layout email....

Race Convention guide email....

Gosh...its happening

I'm freaking out lol

Less than 2 wks...

Going to do a bunch of hills and short runs til then

May 6, Pittsburgh marathon, 26.2 miles

Ready or not....here I go lol

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HEALTHYPRIYA 4/25/2012 9:58PM

    yay !!!

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MASRITE 4/25/2012 7:28PM

    So close. Almost here. Can't wait to read all about your experience!!

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ONELOVED15 4/25/2012 3:59PM

    I'm so proud of you, I really wish I could run!!

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PIXIEMOM13 4/25/2012 3:09PM

    Woohoo! I'm excited for you! You're gonna rock it!

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CURVYDIVA86 4/25/2012 2:07PM

    Yay! You are gonna rock it!! emoticon emoticon

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CBAILEYC 4/25/2012 1:57PM

    Awesome! You are doing it!
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TRAVELGRRL 4/25/2012 1:37PM

    Be sure to follow your training guide and BACK OFF the last week or two! You CAN overtrain you know!

You are Ready!

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KKINNEA 4/25/2012 1:11PM

    You've got this, girl, can't wait to read all about it!!

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/25/2012 12:54PM

    Super exciting!!! Can't wait for the race report!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 4/25/2012 12:51PM

    How exciting!! Yay you!!
Don't forget to taper taper taper :)

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JULESRULES78 4/25/2012 12:49PM

    How exciting! Good luck! I am on pins and needles for you! BTW, this is going to require a sports bra emoticon

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 4/25/2012 12:35PM

    I am SOOOO excited for you!!!!!! Good luck!!! Make sure to take pictures for your post-marathon "i did amazing" blog!!

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ABSOLUTZER0 4/25/2012 12:32PM

    You're going to ROCK IT! I look forward to hearing about your experience! Woohoo! #GOGETIT #BeYourOwnSuperhero

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/25/2012 12:02PM

    Very excited for you--just listen to your body and go at your own pace. You got this!

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    Cannot wait to hear about it!

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JAMIELOGICAL 4/25/2012 11:07AM

    Wow. I can't imagine being able to run a marathon! I am so excited for you! I read a great book called the Non-runner's Marathon Guide for Women, which was hysterically funny and incredibly terrifying. I think I'll stick with 5k races for now!

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    I am so excited for you!

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GMWSR15110 4/25/2012 10:35AM

    Good luck! You can do it!

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What do to with radishes?? I planted them....

Friday, April 20, 2012

hi spark

yeah.... lol putting the cart infront of the horse

but never cooked with radishes bef.

any suggestions?

my hubby loves it in salad raw.

what part of the radish can you eat???

planted it so I can harvest something ;p

any suggestion or sites with

helpful tips of what part of the plant I can eat, would be appreciated!

I have tried the greens of garlic, onion (MAN, they are GOOD)

can I eat the greens of:

beet (ALL of plant)
radish (ALl of pant)
carrot (ALl of plant)
broccoli (younger plant: Leaf, stem; fruit and flower)

just curious....

other plants I am growning

tomato (leaves is a NO, contains alkaliod)**
potato (on POISON list for stem and leaves and green potato) **
cucumber (young plant - stem, leaves; fruit seed and skin)
pumpkin (leave, stem, flower, seeds, fruit and skin) * same for squashes
corn (Stalk, husk, cob and unfurled tassels for cooking)
chilli pepper

Beans and peas: leave, pods, fruits


I know you can eat the parts you buy at the store, but are the rest of the plants safe?


PS: I did a quick search too: I will mark on my blog the result

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JULESRULES78 4/25/2012 1:02PM

    I diced up radishes and added it to my macaroni salad along with carrots, onions, celery, and cucumber. It turned out pretty good.

Thanks for the info! I didn't realize how much of the plant I was wasting! I am going to try to eat more!

I brought broccoli sprouts the other week because they were the only sprouts in the store. Very good. I even had them in a toasted breakfast sandwich with peanut butter and banana. Don't knock it till you try it.

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ACIDCOOKIE 4/25/2012 11:38AM

  I just ate beet greens last night! Cut them off, clean them well, cut them into smaller pieces, and saute in some olive oil & garlic for about 5 minutes. I put them on top of a vegan burger made with the beets.

I have also used carrot greens to season cooked carrots -- they taste sort of like parsley. They are not really good on their own, but work as a seasoning.

I have not eaten zucchini flowers, but my friends who grew zucchinis would batter & fry them like tempura. There's probably a healthier way to enjoy them too.

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MASRITE 4/23/2012 11:46PM

    Didn't realize you planted so much. How great is that!!

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ECHAVEZ2 4/21/2012 6:30PM

    Wow! YOu are busy. Great selections in the garden! I've never cooked with radishes; only raw and in salads. I would wonder if they may be good in a soup? emoticon

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LARIESHA 4/21/2012 12:24AM

    I like raw radishes on my salad.

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    I have always eaten my raddishes raw. I love them on a veggie tray, just cut them into coins (slice them as thin or thick as you like) and in salads.

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FITSPOGUY 4/20/2012 6:46PM

    Dang there is a lot of good info here both in your blog and in these comments!!!

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ANARIE 4/20/2012 6:24PM

    I wouldn't eat carrot greens. They don't taste good, they might be mildly toxic, and many people are allergic to them. Beet greens are excellent; I think I like them as much as the roots.

Radish greens are edible but don't have a nice texture. They're kind of prickly or fuzzy. I have made soup out of them, but it wasn't spectacular. I put them in the category of things to eat if you HAVE to feed yourself from your own garden because you can't afford groceries. However, if you let some of the radishes "bolt" and flower, they form seed pods that are delicious raw or stir-fried. They taste like a cross of radish and snow pea.

Broccoli stems are nice; peel them a little and slice them to use just like you use the tops. The leaves are edible, and the flowers are pretty as a garnish-- although if you have a regular garden, you should leave the flowers for bees. They really like them.

Grape leaves are edible, although personally I don't like them. Pea shoots and tendrils are fabulous and sell for upwards of $10 a pound in gourmet markets.
Egalitaire already talked about squash and pumpkin blossoms. Pumpkin and watermelon seeds can be roasted and seasoned like nuts.

That's about it. The rest of the plant parts might not be toxic, but they're not good to eat.

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EGALITAIRE 4/20/2012 5:01PM

    An addendum,

Squash, pumpkin and zucchini flowers can be harvested and sauteed in butter and garlic, however, the flower is the precursor to the fruit, so if you take off the flower you lose the fruit.

Which can be a good thing with zucchini as they will over-run the place.

Have fun and experiment.

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JCWATL 4/20/2012 4:49PM

    I have roasted radishes when I have too many but I don't really like it. Just sliced into salads is the best! Not just green salads but pasta salad, tuna salad, egg salad or potato salad.

Pick them when they the size of a largee marble. They'll grow to ping pong ball size or bigger...but they get bitter!

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EGALITAIRE 4/20/2012 4:46PM

    Wow - congrats on getting a garden going. I have been traveling too much in recent years to do one justice, but I am definitely envious.

Never tried carrot, radish or broccoli greens, beet greens are definitely good. I would think carrot and radish are probably edible but would have a rather strong, maybe even bitter taste, so not sure how to use them.

Radishes can be eaten raw just like a carrot stick - the ones from your garden will probably be much sweeter than those from the store. Pick'em wash'em and eat'em, just like carrots.

I make a salad with cucumbers, radish, green onions, cilantro (all chopped) and grated ginger - mix in a little homemade mayo - great lunch salad.

Broccoli stems are very good stir fried or eaten raw - they have a woody skin, but peel or slice that off and the core is sweet and tasty - better than the florets - IMO.

Let us know how it all turns out - the radishes will probably be ready first.

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/20/2012 4:22PM

    I've never been a big fan of radishes, so I don't have much in the way of suggestions. I do know that radishes are completely safe to eat, though; the whole thing!

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NATPLUMMER 4/20/2012 4:06PM

    A quick google search says, yes, beet radish carrot and broccoli greens are all edible.
There was a recipe for radish green pesto and I saw you can grill or roast the radishes for something different.

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