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Virtual relay started 1/1/11 need 10,000 miles more for AROUND THE WORLD! HELP

Friday, September 30, 2011


We started the virtual relay on 1/1/11 just to cross the USA!
San Francisco to NYC!
Well we are at Japan!!!!!! 30,000 miles already!!!
We are making way back to San Francisco!
We need 10,000 by 12/31/11

If you Swim run walk bike kayak, hike anything!!!!
Please donate ur mileage here!

Tally up ur 2011 miles as of 1/1/11

Thank you!!!!!!!

Thanks PAPAMIKIE for ur hardworking keeping the tally

We just ask that u refresh and chk math!!!!

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My Marathon Training Schedule ;p

Thursday, September 29, 2011

hi spark

Thank you for all the feedback on programs

I found 3, and I could't decide!

So I merged the Hal Higdon's novice 1 with one I found on runner's world

Not sure if you can read it ;p

But it's merges the SPEEDWORK on runner's world, with Higdon

B/c i will be BORED if I don't add some speedwork!

I have 33 wks to train, so I will repeat some of the weeks ;p

This week: Rest, 3, 3, 3, cross, 6, Rest

SUN 9/25: 6 mile (10k race or Day 6 )
Mon 9/26: Rest (sick, recovery)
Tues 9/27: Rest (sick, Rest 1)
Wed 9/28: Rest (sick, Rest 2)
Thru9/29: 3 M (Day 1)
Fri 9/30: 3 M (Day 2)
Sat 10/1: 3 M (Day 3)

Next week I think I can follow the schedule ;p

what do you think!

lol and I decided to let my body rule (interval or full on the day)

It was a mental block

Oh I got me a neat FUEL belt!
from my HM experience definitely putting gatorade in it!

Is it me only, BUT I choke on WATER lol! Gatorade do much better ;p

Leaving you with my inspiration page of today!

spark on

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ROOBEARZ 10/4/2011 12:46AM

    I'm not a runner (yet ; ) but your plan sounds pretty solid!!!

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MICHSTATE 10/3/2011 2:24PM

    I have to respectfully disagree with adding another 20+ mile run. I did a marathon last year and the triathletes that I train with (Iron Man Triathalons, and they usually place!!!) said that one 20 mile training run was enough, so I didn't do the two that were on my training schedule and my race went really well!!!!

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HALFFAST 10/2/2011 8:39PM

    That looks about like what I'm doing too! I merged Higdon's Novice 2 program with something I found on Runner's World :) Now that I have almost a year to train I will definitely be tweaking some more ;) You'll have to let me know if you make it back this way (Lehigh Valley) and we can get together for a run!

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MKELLY72 10/2/2011 8:51AM

    I can't wait to hear about this journey. I have said there is no way I will do a HM, but I also used to say I would never run- period, but I have been loving the 5k's. You inspire so many with your new goals. You have taught us that we really can step out of our comfort zones and and proceed to GET COMFORTABLE in them.
You are amazing!

Comment edited on: 10/2/2011 8:52:40 AM

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DESYACV2 10/1/2011 7:37AM

    that belt looks great.... i'm so scare of marathons I don't know if I ever be able to run one..

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ECHAVEZ2 10/1/2011 2:47AM

    RElly incredible! Go for it with GUSTO!!

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SAMMBA 9/30/2011 5:20PM

    i need me a belt like that. =)

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MBSHAZZER 9/30/2011 4:39PM

    April, good plan. It's always a good idea to build some rest and contingency weeks into your plan. Also, I almost never follow one plan to the letter. For my first marathon, I took a runner's world plan and modified it a bit. After that, I have always just kind of done my own thing after doing some research on my own.

You hve plenty of time to get comfortable with the distance. YOu will LOVE it!

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SLEEPYDEAN 9/30/2011 2:07PM

    The half is as far as I go, so I can't give you too much of my own advice, but have you seen On2Victory's latest blog entries detailing his first marathon? He is writing to help others with the various aspects that go along with the race.

In the one I pasted below, he specifically talks about training and how useful it was to have multiple runs at that 20+ mile level. You may want to see about fitting in another week with a long run at 20 miles.


Happy training!

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LARIESHA 9/30/2011 11:11AM

    Looks like an awesome plan. Have fun with it!

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AMBER281 9/30/2011 10:43AM

    Sounds like a great plan!

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KINSBAILE 9/30/2011 10:27AM

    Sounds like a GREAT plan!

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BNSUHAS 9/30/2011 9:51AM

    That is great!! I'm very excited for you and cannot wait to see how this goes... you are going to do great!!

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IAMZBEE 9/30/2011 9:39AM

    Wooo!! Looks like a great training schedule. I'm looking forward to reading about your experiences. :)

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MISSMITSY 9/30/2011 9:09AM

    Awesome work, you're going to do great!

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NATPLUMMER 9/30/2011 8:46AM

    Looks reasonable to me. You're young and can run that many days in a week.
Nice fuel belt :-)

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 9/30/2011 7:33AM

    I have successfully used the Runner's World training schedules for all of my 1/2s and my full. Its fantastical that its free :)
Love the new fuel belt. I couldn't train without mine.
You'll do great in your race, I just know it.

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FLUFFYSUE1 9/30/2011 4:35AM

    emoticon love your plan.I was gonna do a marathon but i haven't got the time at the mo the kids do so much out of school.

I'm sure your gonna rock this traning schedule just keep focussed and listen to your body.

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NIKKIG125 9/30/2011 12:45AM

    Looks great!! I am toying with the idea of a half marathon next year! Thanks for the inspiration!

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 9/30/2011 12:19AM

    Looks great! I think it's great that you made this commitment, it'll keep you going when you feel like you want to stop! emoticon emoticon

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LYNNANN43 9/29/2011 11:22PM

    Lord, Girl, you will be READY!!!!!

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Marathon training day 1: pls advise, help pls

Thursday, September 29, 2011

hi sparkers

so today I embark on my Marathon journey!
may 2012, 33 wks away!

I am following halgon schedule.

ok so today was 3 miler.

advise follow script!

fought not to do 5 miler!

ok the the issue!!!

WTH Why can't I run 3 miles in FULL!!!



last time I ran 3 -6 moles in full was at pace 13-15 Min/mile!

my body for a while now wants to run at 10:35-12:35


today was
lap 1 10:45 nonstop
lap 2 walk .2 , ran. 8 11:05
lap 3 walk .2, ran .8 11:35


can I continue this til my body gets used to 11

or force myself to run 13 and run it in FULL?


program wk1 is 3, 4, 3, cross, 6


thanks you! I have a mental block about walking!
time to GET OVER it!!!

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ECHAVEZ2 10/1/2011 1:56AM

    Let your body make the final call....It's a learning experience and you will know what is best for you each step of the way. Rock it!

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COMPUCATHY 9/29/2011 9:02PM

    You're amazing! I need you here to teach me to be a runner! Keep up the good work! Thanks for your encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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RUNJEWELRUN 9/29/2011 8:46PM

    I gave you my .2 cents. Just take it easy whatever you choose to do. Everyone is different. Glad you have a plan :)

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FANGFACEKITTY 9/29/2011 1:09PM

    When I started I just couldn't do the walking intervals; once I start walking it is very hard for me to start running again. So I started not being able to run very far. My "plan" therefore had me jogging very slow to reach the initial distance (2 miles for me) and going a little further, each time, until I could run the full 5k at a consistent pace. Once I got the distance I really started focusing on improving speed.

If you start out at a fast pace you will burn out before you go the distance. My coach says if you want the speed for the short distances get used to running the long distances slower. The longer you can go, the faster overall you can run. When I jumped my distance from 5k to 10k I did see an improvement in my short distance speed. And you may want to try to maintain a consistent pace without big jumps in speed from one mile to the next on the long runs.

I respect the people who follow the run/walk/run plans but at the end of the day you need to do what feels right for you. There IS nothing wrong with walking, but it might not be for everyone.

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SALLY_MANDER 9/29/2011 12:40PM

    I use an interval (run/walk/run) training program for ALL my runs. I can't imagine trying to learn to run while feeling like I had to complete 3k/5k/etc. without stopping - I'd have given up running long ago!
I have a friend who has run countless marathons and HM's and still walks for one minute after every 5k, even if he doesn't feel the need to at the time.
Do what's right for your body - if you can't run as fast as you were running, don't worry about it - it will come. And if you haven't all ready, make sure you've read the whole training program (tips, etc.) not just the running schedule. A good program should cover all these questions/concerns you have and advise you on how to manage them.

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DOCTATITO 9/29/2011 12:09PM

    I agree with the other Sparkers that there's nothing wrong with taking walking breaks. I think the thing you need to do is decide whether you want to focus on endurance or speed. You could vary from workout to workout, week to week, or pick one for the whole time. And of course you have plenty of time to really work both. Good luck and happy running! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 9/29/2011 11:04AM

    thank! mental block!

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WORTHEYMOM 9/29/2011 11:01AM

    That's a part of inteval training girl - working your pace up and that is a great thing! You got time to improve your pace! Just be proud of what you are accomplishing!

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MKELLY72 9/29/2011 10:58AM

    I agree- nothing wrong with taking walking breaks. It takes time to build yourself up, and the intervals are really great for burning fat and making the body nice and lean:)
Listen to your body. Great plan- btw!!

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AMBER281 9/29/2011 10:45AM

    There is nothing wrong with taking walking breaks!
Good luck on your training. It will be an amazing feeling when you cross the finish line!

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NATPLUMMER 9/29/2011 10:20AM

    What is wrong with taking walking breaks? If you don't want to take them, then you should probably go slower until you get used to it.

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Change in attitude

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

hi spark

like my new page?

Remember my old background


Looked at my body or my sisters and said, this is doable!
so i worked towards that!

I will stop when I look like her!

I was afraid I will lose focus and just too skinny or stay fat!

Well it worked 8 months later

But I wasn't happy!

b/c I didn't learn the tools i needed to keep it up for life!

I didn't by some miracle know/learn to:

GAIN self-esteem
EAT Clean
LIVE healthy lifestyle

KNOW my Style

So this year is the journey to loving me!
thanks to my shrink peeps and challenge!

I have gained

FREEDOM from the Scale
FREEDOM from the Tape!

I am learning to accept me for me!


sucked in, best posture (same day)

I will use this year to learn the above skills now!!!

sorry for third post!

when I don't RUN/Exercise my FUNK comes back!

the self-loathing!!! so it's been 3 days.... need to get something in tomorrow!

keeping it real, it's only been a month...

still got tons to learn!

lets do this

spark on

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ROOBEARZ 10/4/2011 12:48AM

    Great thoughts and love the new background!!!

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MYSPARKLER 9/29/2011 3:50PM

    I love the background! It expresses health, fitness and most of all JOY!

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ECKOKITTEN 9/29/2011 3:22PM

    I love your attitude and your new page design!!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 9/29/2011 3:18PM

    Great change in attitude. It's all true. Love the new Spark Page!

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    Love the new image! Your enthusiasm is so contagious - emoticon

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KEK_KEISH 9/29/2011 12:55PM

    Great read.. If we believe, we can achieve!!!! emoticon

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IAMZBEE 9/29/2011 11:01AM

    emoticon emoticon

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 9/29/2011 10:36AM

    I love your story. You totally met your goal and now you are moving in another direction. I love your attitude. You have done such an amazing job.
Hope you get a nice run in when your feeling well.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/29/2011 10:22AM

    Love the new background. She seems active and joyous. Self love is the best thing we can learn in this journey.

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NATPLUMMER 9/29/2011 9:52AM


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JOYFULSPIRIT920 9/29/2011 7:18AM

    I think accepting ourselves, loving ourselves is the most difficult part of the journey. I find I am much better at controlling my eating & my exercising than I am at controlling my negative thoughts about myself. One day at a time, right?
Thanks for the blog!

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KJOHNSON011 9/29/2011 2:24AM

    woohoo lets go!

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ECHAVEZ2 9/29/2011 2:12AM

    You are on your way to a road of better living. Give what you got when you got what you got. Doesn' t have to be a lot, and then the lot you have need not be a not. You are already hot! especially when you trot around the lot and just being plain hot. You're a special one with hearts-a-lot and always giving what you got! Get it!.......just be hot! today.....tomorrow......and the many tomorrows ahead. You always make it real. GO! GO! GO!

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JADAKNOWLES 9/29/2011 12:47AM

    you look amaaaaazing! run until you can't anymore!!!!! emoticon

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ABB698 9/29/2011 12:20AM

    Go Girl, You Rock!

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DESYACV2 9/29/2011 12:08AM

    love it, great blog :).

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EVA_AISLING 9/28/2011 11:58PM

    Yeah! Just have fun! You know from experience that you'll be back up to speed within a few months, just doing what you love!

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what does healthy eating mean to a junk food junkie like me?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

hi spark

yeah, 1 month into my healthy eating!
major changes

changes that work!

1. watch me shrink pic

seeing results!
no! seeing what SODIUM does to ur body!
yes! if that is not motivation, right?


that is all it takes

learn where it comes from

avoid like a PLAGUE

.....trust me after a wk u don't want it

not wanting salt transfer to not wanting JUNK!

IF it has too much, u probably shouldn't eat it! most likely BAD for u!


tweak ur recipes. favorite ones
or make it yourself, healthier!

I found out why I like pringles
1. happy memories
3.repetitive movement

salty Chinese rice cracker! not the healthiest but fits the bill!


eat out, indulge
treat not cheat


try new things. who knew I liked Greek yogurt, beets!! wheat over white


what does healthy eating mean to u?

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ROOBEARZ 10/4/2011 12:58AM

    great blog! I'm trying to sig. reduce my sodium intake, too - Using Mrs. Dash, low sodium items, not adding salt - lots of fresh foods. healthy eating to me: My eating now is so much healthier - balanced, more veggies, fruits & lean proteins + H2O than ever before! : )

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ECHAVEZ2 9/29/2011 2:16AM

    what an amazing blog! Rock it!

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SOULOFADANCER 9/28/2011 8:01PM

    great blog@!!!

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BAILEYS7OF9 9/28/2011 4:55PM

    OMG. I made a jambalaya the other day w/ a small can of diced tomatoes. I have been really trying to buy the reduced salt ones.. this must NOT HAVE BEEN one of those cans! Monday am and this morning I was really high compared to normal... it's the sodium! Glad the left overs are gone from that meal!

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FLGIRL1234 9/28/2011 4:48PM

    I am new to the greek yogurt too. I couldn't believe how much protein it has! Good stuff.

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-CORAL- 9/28/2011 2:24PM

    To me it means getting all my vegetables and fruits, drinking enough water, eliminating processed foods and eating at the high end of my protein range. Bread and pasta imo is empty calories so I try no to eat too much of those, but moderation in all foods is the key. I track my sodium but I don't obsess about it because I don't eat a lot of processed food, and I also feel that I need more salt in my body because I sweat buckets when I exercise, which leaches salt out of your body.

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BNSUHAS 9/28/2011 1:12PM

    Very interesting... I often let tracking sodium become optional believing that getting enough protein and staying within my calorie range is most important... they really are all important though aren't they. Thanks for the reminder!

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ECKOKITTEN 9/28/2011 11:49AM

    Great Blog. I have a real sodium issue. I am always going over. I just eat so much processed stuff.

I am trying to learn how to cook more myself and move away from all of that stuff which will help. Little by little.

I really wish I could track it right in line with the calories, carbs, fat, protein so I could easily see which foods were giving me the most trouble without having to go through and look them all up lol. It is nice having the single total number at the bottom but it would help lol

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 9/28/2011 11:20AM

    I adore home-pickled beets (with eggs that turn purple!) and Greek yogurt with honey (better than icecream? maybe!)

as far as sodium goes - pizza just kills me - like for 4 days - I have a hard time eating it now because I HATE dealing with the aftermath

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 9/28/2011 10:48AM

    :) Thanks for this blog. It's important to remember to try different things and to treat yourself from time to time.

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MKELLY72 9/28/2011 10:36AM

    So right on the sodium. Our bodies get enough of that without adding any extra!! Variety is a great thing- definitely try new things. You never know what delicious things you might find!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/28/2011 9:42AM

    Healthy eating for me is cleaning eating with the occasional treat thrown in. It keeps me from jumping into the junk food head first. emoticon

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KASSIANDORA 9/28/2011 9:42AM

    I have such a hard time giving up salt! I make sure that I drink a lot of water instead.

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EDDLES08 9/28/2011 9:41AM

    I love Greek yogurt. I have done so many things with it. I even make a healthy breakfast banana split using Greek yogurt and frozen blueberries. Yum!!!

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NATPLUMMER 9/28/2011 9:39AM

    No beets for me, thank you ;-)

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