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Monday, October 04, 2010

I kind of shocked myself today thinking I need a fitness goal (half marathon is a pretty far off). Until recently, I'm not much of a goal setter. My goals of 5 and 6.2 miles changed that. I enjoyed having a plan and something to work towards. I went to the gym today (a little dreary to be going outside) and got on the treadmill. Did my usual 3 minute warm-up to Queen Latifah's "Champion" and then set the treadmill for 5.7 - that's a 10:30 mile. I kept it up for a mile - even moved it up to 6.0 for a quarter mile. So I've come up with my new goal - 3 miles in 30 minutes. I know that the treadmill is different than outside but I'll take what I can get. I am not sure if one month's time is adequate enough to meet that goal but I'll give it a shot. I'm also contemplating swimming. I've only tried it once and couldn't do much.

Non-scale victory - my one ring moved the whole time I was on the treadmill. It's been a little loose for awhile but I thought it was weird that it was moving so much. The other ring on that finger was re-sized before so, for now, it's keeping the bigger ring on my finger.

I am striving to lose at least one more pound before Friday when I go to the doctor. I was there in mid August and need to go back (dang thyroid) so having lost about 5 pounds in about 6 weeks would be nice to show the doctor. Also, I will be getting other bloodwork back. I've never had bad numbers before but I'm curious how good they will be.

That's about it for now. I am going to go make some steel cut oats (my new found favorite breakfast)

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COUNTING_DOWN 10/5/2010 7:19AM

    Britt, you know what is cool? A few months ago, you wrote about 'I wonder if I can do this'. You weren't sure you could run, you weren't sure you could be an athlete. You didn't believe in yourself. You said you would never be fast. You know what has happened? You ARE an athlete! Now you ask yourself 'how good can I be?'. You go girl!

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CARILOUIE 10/5/2010 6:33AM

    Ooooh I love steel cut oats. I'm sending Good Bloodwork thoughts your way!

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BOBBYD31 10/4/2010 10:22PM

    might be a doable goal but better to be safe than sorry so slow down if you start having problems. once i got into a swimming routine i loved it which led me to do 2 triathlons this summer

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ECASPERS 10/4/2010 10:20PM

    Wow - 3 miles in 30 minutes - I was good doing 3 miles in 45 minutes. I bet you get great results on your bloodwork Friday.

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JOPAPGH 10/4/2010 10:08PM

    What great progress in so many areas! Are you running the Pittsburgh half in May?

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LYNNANN43 10/4/2010 9:53PM

    Love the new goal... 3 miles in 30 minutes! Might have to borrow that one from you;-)

emoticon on the NSV!!! Fingers don't lie!

I hope your bloodwork turns out well on Friday:D

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The Great Race

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I guess it was official name of the 10K this morning, but also an unofficial name for mine :)

I started writing a long blog about my dilemma with clothes, my yucky stomach this morning, etc, but then thought no need to bore anyone - I had a goal to run one 10K this year and I DID IT! Struggling in January on the treadmill to do a half a mile is long gone. I planned, trained and met my goal. Even up until yesterday I was giving myself that small out of "walk if you have to" but I didn't. My time was under 12 minute mile, not by much - but it was. For once, I'm really OK with not going faster (I really don't like being a slow runner.)

I love my long sleeve t-shirt they gave out for the race. It's navy, I like myself in navy. I may have gotten too big of a size but Bonnie got a M - I'll wear hers if I have to. I can't wait to wear that shirt, knowing that I DID IT!

Next big goal is the 1/2 in May. I think I'll stay around the 4-5 mile mark for runs this fall. Then build up starting in January.

Thanks for the well wishes - I thought of so many of you today. Your own successes helped me in more ways than you ever know.

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SBHPATRICK 10/7/2010 8:52PM

    Britt, congratulations on achieving a tremendous goal! 40 IS fabulous! :)

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CAROLANN27 10/3/2010 5:30PM

    Hi Britt,

Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. And congratulations on achieving such a lofty goal!! You must feel like a million bucks! I want to see a pic of you in that long-sleeved shirt too.


PS I was so excited for you when I saw your 60 pound loss sign!!

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TOFUCUTIEPIE 9/27/2010 10:42AM

    Good for you! I chickened out of it this year (I was only going to do the 5K but it would have been my first). GREAT JOB!

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D_CLEM 9/27/2010 9:28AM

    Congrats! We had perfect race conditions yesterday! I ran the 10K too.

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COUNTING_DOWN 9/27/2010 8:24AM


What a joy to read this post. You did it! You can relax knowing that you met your goal, and you will now be conditioning yourself for your next one. How cool is that?

Be sure to post a picture in that new navy long sleeve shirt....we all want to see. I'm a few months behind you, and you are like a guidepost to the rest of us. Woohooo for you!

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JEWELS571 9/27/2010 12:19AM


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DEB73072 9/26/2010 9:05PM

    Wow that's awesome. Congrats to you. You are a motivation for me to get my butt to run a race!

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PAPAMIKIE 9/26/2010 8:42PM

    Way to go!

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AMBOMAE82 9/26/2010 8:35PM

    Wow! Great job! You are an inspiration!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/26/2010 8:27PM

    awesome! I was there too. first 5k! glad to see a lot of sparker making up the 14000 participants

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DARK_CINDERELLA 9/26/2010 8:23PM

    Amazing! Way to go!

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BOBBYD31 9/26/2010 8:19PM

    awesome job britt!!!

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LYNNANN43 9/26/2010 7:59PM

    You did it! You did it! I'm so proud of you!!!

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I made a PR today on the 5K! Time to start training for my first 8K!

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MYLIFEROCKS 9/26/2010 7:54PM

    Hi Britt!!

Wow, way to go my friend!!! That is awesome and phenomenal and fantastic and glorious and amazing and wow!!! emoticon

You remain an inspiration. Look forward to seeing a photo of you in your navy shirt...YOU DID IT!!!


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HARMONYBLUE 9/26/2010 7:45PM

    Congrats. But for the record, you never bore us with details! I can't wait until I can maintain a 12 minute mile race pace. You are an inspiration. On the next goal!

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ECASPERS 9/26/2010 6:59PM

    Congratulations! Great Job! You are an inspiration. emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 9/26/2010 6:35PM

    Congrats! That's wonderful. YOU DID IT!

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WOMANCHEF 9/26/2010 4:26PM

    Great job! It is so great that there were so many of us Sparklies at the race today. emoticon emoticon

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 9/26/2010 4:19PM

    Congratulations!!! You've definitely earned the shirt and the pride of a job well done:) Keep on runnin'

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DJS-DEBBIE 9/26/2010 3:53PM

    Way to go, Britt!! We were looking for you but there were just too many people there. What a great race! (pun intended)

Wear that shirt proudly!
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IONA72 9/26/2010 3:52PM

    Oh Britt we are so proud of you WELL DONE it is a great feeling to know you have achieved your goal. My work friend wants me to do a half with him next year but it is a scary thought. I always worry about injury setbacks.


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Quick blog on my 5K

Saturday, September 04, 2010

I had anotherPR today- 35:03. So close to under 35 that I was hoping. Really, I was secretly hoping for 33 but it wasn't in the cards.

We ran the whole thing, with a sprint at the end (Bonnie said 33 minutes so we ran faster to try and finish at 35). I was slightly disappointed in the time because I felt like we were at a better pace. We were passing and weaving around people and it felt good. Our pace was a little slower in the second mile so we must have lost a bit of time there.

So in 2008 our time for this race - 38:45
2009 this race 42:40 (we weren't exercising so there was a lot of walking)
This year- 35:03


The race itself is a nice one - it's at Heinz Field - got to love the Steelers. They open the "Great Hall" and we can walk around looking at the Steeler greats' memorabilia. The weather was a bit weird (one of those hot in the sun/cool in the shade days) but I dressed OK.

We ran into three other Spakers (Lynn, Debbie and Andrea) and then saw Lynn afterwards and had some time to chat.

It was also nice that my parents walked it. My dad probably could walk as fast as we ran but he stayed with my mom. They finished in under 60 minutes - I think my mom was happy with that. She said she usually does 1.7 miles in 30 minutes on the treadmill, so when she finished at 55ish, she was happy. I don't know if she's signing up for any others any time soon.

OK, maybe it wasn't a quick blog.

I love feeling more fit every day. This past week has been a good one for me physically. I am going to do measurments in the morning so I hope that things are going to pay off.

I feel like I'm taking up less space in the world. It's a weird but good feeling.

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IONA72 9/5/2010 2:47PM

    Fantastic Britt well done I was thinking of you as I set off in the 10K!! Bring on the half marathon!! emoticon

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KGLOVER71 9/5/2010 11:22AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Congrats on the PR! I'm running a 5k on Saturday and I'll be thinking of your awesome example.

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MSSUNBUG 9/5/2010 8:58AM

    I know what you mean about taking up less space. I feel that way physically, emotionally, and mentally. It's nice to feel simplified.

Congratulations on a PR. 35:03 is just seconds away from being under 35, so no use fretting over those few seconds. :-) They'll be gone by the next time you run a 5k, I'm sure!

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DJS-DEBBIE 9/5/2010 3:56AM

    You are doing great! Congrats on the PR!

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SBHPATRICK 9/5/2010 1:01AM

    Congratulations on a personal record!

It sounds like a great race and I'm sure Heinz Field is a terrific location, but alas, I'm a Bengals fan. I hope we can still be friends. :)

Here's to us both having rockin' Septembers!

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LYNNANN43 9/4/2010 11:55PM

    You should have copy & pasted the pic of you & Bonnie from today! LOL

I can't believe we ran into each other twice today with all of the peeps there! WOW!

emoticon on your time today! 7 minutes less from last year!

I didn't realize you were training for a half too. I'm so sorry I got that wrong in my blog.

Best of luck on your training!!!!!

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CAROLANN27 9/4/2010 11:50PM

    I love that you and Bonnie are shaving down on your times. Exercising really makes a difference, doesn't it? It's cool your parents participated too. Congrats to all of you.

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COUNTING_DOWN 9/4/2010 10:48PM

    Woweeee zzzowwwee! Just a couple of months ago:

-you couldn't run 3 miles
-you said you would never be a fast runner
-you skipped out on your running sometimes
-you weren't sure you were ever going to like running


Way to go!

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BOBBYD31 9/4/2010 10:39PM

    hey congrats!!!! awesome how your are dropping your times. keep up the good work so you can get that 33 at Just a Short Run in march

very cool your parents did that too!!

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PAPAMIKIE 9/4/2010 10:26PM

    Good going!

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OUTDOORGIRL70 9/4/2010 10:18PM

    emoticon to you & your parents

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Another first this morning

Thursday, September 02, 2010

I haven't come up with a plan for the month of September when it comes to running so I'm just using the one I had to reach the 5 miles. So today was a 2 mile run. It's staying darker longer in the mornings so I'm not entirely comfortable looping the side streets of my neighborhood - they are the somewhat flat ones. The main street, as I've described before, is basically a hill up. There's a few valleys and a little flat. But with valleys come hills on the way back. :) One great thing is the big down hill back is near the end of my run so it's smooth sailing for a half mile or so.

I headed out this morning and didn't warm up as far as I usually do, I figure I'd be walking some of the hills so I'd better run on flat while it was there. I get to the first hill and kept on runnning. At the top, I kept on running. Next hill - run. Next hill, run. You get the picture. I ran the whole 2 miles of a lot of hills!! Another first for me!!!

Needless to say - I couldn't even run the first hill before. There were times I'd walk the first one and then run most of the others but that first hill is not very friendly.

As I was headed back down the not-so-friendly hill, I was almost as happy as the 5 miles. Stress almost ;) I kept telling myself it was a slow 2 miles but I ran it all and that's all that matters.

I went to go get dressed today and tried on one of Bonnie's shirts. I took it off the hanger and thought that I wouldn't get past putting my arms in it. Well, I'm wearing it today. I am not sure if it's the most flattering on me but I am wearing it anyway (parts of it look good0. Size M in a shirt that is poly/spandexy makes me happy.

It's also taking me longer to get ready in the morning. I seem to be looking at myself a lot more.

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DARKTHOR 9/30/2010 11:44AM

    That's fantastic! Anyone who is running hills is impressive in my book!

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SUSIEMILO 9/30/2010 9:57AM

    SO proud of you!!!

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DJS-DEBBIE 9/4/2010 7:51PM

    You are doing great and looking good!!

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SBHPATRICK 9/3/2010 10:53PM

    So awesome! Look at yourself all you want - you're beautiful and deserve the scrutiny. :) Have a great Labor Day weekend!

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COUNTING_DOWN 9/3/2010 9:08AM

    Way to go! From telephone poles to hills. That is just plain awesome. You are stronger each and every day. If you haven't been measuring inches...why not start? They are going to keep on going down. Woohoo!

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CAROLANN27 9/2/2010 8:53PM

    Good for you!! Thant's fantastic. Love your story about the shirt!!

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MSSUNBUG 9/2/2010 6:43PM

    What a great accomplishment! Hills are great practice to build your running and improve your times on road races. But I think hill running contributed to my knee injury a little--not to be a downer or to sound like I'm implying that because it happened to ME, it will happen to YOU--but just be careful to make sure you're practicing good form on those hills (like I wish I had!).

You're doing great with all this running, and your body is clearly showing it. Congrats on the size M top! I'm jealous that you've got two closets to dip into. :D

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BOBBYD31 9/2/2010 1:43PM

    way to go on running, m shirt and realizing how your body is changing!!! congrata

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KGLOVER71 9/2/2010 1:32PM

    I love your posts. They make me happy! Way to go. emoticon

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ECASPERS 9/2/2010 1:22PM

    You are doing a great job! emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 9/2/2010 12:35PM

    Sweetie, good for you, as beautiful as you are you should be looking in the mirror more often and admiring the beautiful young lady you are emoticon emoticon

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NEWLIFE103 9/2/2010 11:51AM

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MEXGAL1 9/2/2010 11:44AM

    good for you, good for it!

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YAY Me! I ran 5 miles today

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Yep, I did.

We chose to go to a trail by my parents that's basically a flat one. I thought it was more tree covered but oh well. We got a later start than we planned (the dog lets us sleep in the one day getting up would have been OK) so of course it was warmer than we had liked.

5 miles is kind of far (takes me 15 minutes to drive 5 miles to work). I am happy I did it. I did walk about 3 minutes of it (excluding the 3 minute warm-up) but I'll take that. It was about a 12:30 min/mile. Many times I thought, this isn't too bad. Other times I looked at my HRM and thought, I am not going to make it. My legs were perfectly fine (well for running) it was the breathing that I struggled with at time. I kept trying to remind myself that even the seasoned runners don't breathe easily. That's part of running.

I'm not sure if I'm happier that I actually ran 5 miles when a few years ago I couldn't run for a minute. Or if I'm happier that I set a goal, got a plan and accomplished it. I guess I have the right to be equally happy :) I don't set goals/follow plans too well. I mean, I do have goal weight and plan but to me it's a little different because it's a long process and I don't have control over what the scale says. This whole exercise thing being so tangible makes it so exciting.

I wrote the other day that a few years ago, I couldn't/didn't run between 2 of the light posts on the trail. Bonnie counted the lamp posts today (she forgot her IPod so she didn't have much to do) - average was 15 lamp posts per mile!!!!! from 2 to 75!!

I have a 5K next weekend. I'm hoping to do a 11ish minute mile and I think that's doable.
I have a 10K scheduled for the end of September. I have the month to add a mile - also doable.

Thanks to all my SparkFriends who support me in my journey. I think of you often when I'm running (and other times, too). I would love to name the ones who pop into my mind often but I know I'd miss one and hurt his/her feelings. Just know if you've pushed yourself to keep improving, I thought of you recently.

I know I'm capable to do more than I ever think I can. Believing in myself is becoming a little easier when I accomplish big goals like I did today.

One last thing, I already bought the charm for my bracelet - Feeling Groovy is the name. I love the name and the reminder that I'm becoming the person I was meant to be!

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CAROLANN27 8/30/2010 5:21PM

    I LOVE your blog. You sound so happy and proud of your great accomplishments, as well you should be! It's really a lot more than just losing weight, isn't it? Congratulations to you!! 75 light posts . . . Wow!

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SUSIEQ911 8/30/2010 10:57AM

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SBHPATRICK 8/30/2010 9:55AM

    That is AWESOME! Congratulations on a major accomplishment! I can't wait to read about the 5K and the 10K at the end of next month. I'm so happy for you - YAY YOU!

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DARK_CINDERELLA 8/30/2010 6:45AM

    Wonderful! And yeah, you have every right to be happy about either situation! Pretty soon Bonnie is going to have to watch her back. ;)

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DJS-DEBBIE 8/30/2010 3:48AM

    Lynn Ann and I are riding down together. I am walking but I hope we can hook up with you and she can run with you.

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IONA72 8/30/2010 2:14AM

    Hey friend you have made such a lot of progress, well done, I'm proud of you! emoticon

Before you know it we will both be running marathons!!!! lol emoticon

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PALOMARES05 8/29/2010 11:20PM

    w00h00 congrats girl!!! I'm proud of you!!! Keep up the great work. I have a 5 mile race on Labor Day...and I'm excited about doing it...I did 4.5 this Saturday and felt so confident...good luck!!!

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ECASPERS 8/29/2010 9:34PM

    Wow - you have done great. I am lucky to do a combination run/walk 3.5 miles in 50 minutes - a 14.5 minute mile. It is amazing you have done this. Great job!

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MSSUNBUG 8/29/2010 9:02PM

    Congratulations, pal. You have every right to feel happy--on both counts! Way to go!

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LYNNANN43 8/29/2010 8:58PM

    Way to Go!

We run about the same speed. Maybe we could start the Steeler 5K and push each other a little! Let me know!


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AMBOMAE82 8/29/2010 8:49PM

    This is so inspiring! I love it! Today I ran for 5 minutes and I felt so accomplished! I thought of a lot in those five of those things was the future. Would I ever be able to run a 5k? This morning I wasn't so sure. After reading your blog I know I can! Thank you for giving me a little extra hope! Congratulations of your great accomplishment!!!

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