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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Part one: Preparation Don't go with the friend who throws water bottles at you if you manage to run more than 50 steps.

Part we go! Night 1

Warn the dog that instead of the usual 3 mile walk you will be going for a run. Put on 3 sports bras because mother nature doesnt need any help in making things go south. Set off at a nice brisk pace. Get to the corner and debate which tree is a good marking point for your first 'run'. Run to tree..check stopwatch to see that it says more than 30 seconds. If 31 seconds or more..pat self on back and walk slowly while waiting for your heart to check back to your chest. Get to main road that you have to cross.. Run across road. Collapse on other side. Continue walking. When breathing is normal and people arent stopping you to ask if you have ashtma..consider running again. After 10 minutes seriously consider running again. Tell legs you are going to run. Set watch..aim for one minute. Start running. After the longest minute EVER in the life of anyone..stop running. Tell dog to stop laughing at you. Continue walking. Get to the turn around point and start to walk back..vowing to get to the next street and run one block. Walk that block telling yourself the next block looks better.. continue in this theme until you are only one block away from home. See neighbour pulling out of drive and remember you told him you were running..start running in true althlete form. Wait for neighbour to drive past at incredibly slow rate. Wait for neighbour to pass the corner so you can stop. Stop! Sit down on pavement and put head in between knees as you are now hyperventilating. Tell dog to quit laughing again. Get up slowly and check watch. You ran an amazing 50 seconds. Pat self on back and go home. Manage to sit down on chair and remove shoes. Go inside and peel off clothes and get in the shower. Reward self with a little snack (ice cream.nuts. chocolate sauce) . You've earned it!

Part 3/ your second attempt at running.

Coming soon.

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ELFITZPA 12/11/2008 1:25PM

    THANK YOU for giving me a much needed chuckle!! Unfortunately it's eerily familiar, and it makes me think of each time I return to running after any considerable time off. Urgh!!

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LIBERTYGIRLFLA 12/11/2008 12:27PM

    Written like a professional humorist! Thanks for sharing.


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HISTOMOM 12/11/2008 11:40AM

    Absolutely HILARIOUS!!!! emoticon

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 12/11/2008 11:21AM

    Very funny, thank you!

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Space Coast Half Marathon nov 30th 2008

Monday, December 01, 2008

Well i managed to get to the starting line again this year..i had to stop myself from saying its 'only' the half this year because that somehow diminishes the importance of the event to me.
I met up with a walking group i found on yuku and 6 of us set off together. One lady and i pulled slightly forward.. by mile 10 i picked up the pace and i was hoping for a 3 hour 15 minute finish but i outdid myself and finished in a respectable 3 hours and 5 MINUTES!! WHOOHOOO. I'm thrilled.
The whole atmosphere was great and it once again was a lovely experience. I froze up a bit last night but this morning am moving just fine again.

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    Fantastic job and congratulations on your achievement! It's great that you surpassed your expectations on finishing time. What an amazing feeling for you!
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VEXTRESSM 12/1/2008 10:37AM


Great job! I also did the Space Coast half. It is a fun race, well organized and good schwag. I did not do as well as I wanted, due to an injury, but I finished.

I will definitely do it again next year.


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Tapering and prep

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Yes see i have to blog to avoid tapering madness which usually ends up with me shopping..however doing okay this week so far..i cant even believe that on sunday its the marathon..we have the dinner and packet pick up the night resonably calm but im sure ill feel sick to my stomach with nerves noce i get to the start line!

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 11/27/2008 11:31AM

    I know you'll do great, and I'll be thinking of you!

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Its coming!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The half marathon is only a couple of weeks away and im stoked! Im REALLY looking forward to it this year mainly because its 'only' the half (how i laugh when i look back at me then!! i remember clearly starting off with my 'im going to walk a full marathon' and embaking on my first 'long distance' walk of 5 miles and coming home and practically crying from exhaustion when i got home)..the full marathon was completed last year by me..and i was proud to get a decent time walking when at the starting line when asked what my goal was ,was to reply "im aiming to finish the same day i started"
This year has been SO much easier once i realised i couldnt commit properly to the full and decided to do the half... .my weight maintaining which im very happy about and i feel So much better. Ive also hooked up with a walking team on yuku and we are going to do it as a group,which again im looking forward to this year as last year i trained and walked the whole year by myself.
Aiming to finish the half in3 hours and 15 minutes max..a doable goal but once again like last year i am not going to beat myself up if i dont get there in that time.

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 11/12/2008 2:18PM

    I don't know if I'll ever be able to do a full marathon (very impressive!), but I'd like to do some more half marathons, starting with the one I told you about in February. It sounds like your training has been more fun this year, and that's great! Best of luck in achieving your time goal!

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hard work is starting

Saturday, August 16, 2008

okay well if i admit it to myself..its been hard work all along but right now I'm starting to get my mileage numbers up.. got up a little later this morning but still plodded away and got my 8 miles training 'walk' in.. was hard!!! trouble is its hot but hey its florida so i need to build up on that... on the good side the amount of water i drink in this heat..doubles.
Hubby's schedule changed so in the week i have to walk in the evening after work and after my daughters gone to bed.. the downside of this is that its usually a bit stormy and lightning so this week i missed on 2 days..which I'm going to make up on sundays.. one way or another I'm going to get my weekly minutes in.


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