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A Balancing Act

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

When I was racing every weekend in November, I was thinking ahead to the big Goofy race weekend in Walt Disneyworld in January. I know I'm not ready, and I've almost accepted that Goofy is going to have to wait until another year when I'm healed and fit. Still, I had intended to go full monty this month, making training my top priority and go into WDW weekend in the best shape I can be.

At the same time, it's been a strangely crazy intense time in every aspect of my life. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is rumored to be handing over the case to the judge to issue indictments. For those of you who know what I'm talking about, things are very tense here right now. I'm working a lot to get as far as I can as fast as I can in case things turn ugly and works grinds to a stop.

After years of working in a dingy, grotty dump of an office, I finally found some cash and had it redone. Good-bye gross stained poop-coloured capet - hello gorgeous PVC flooring. So long furniture I -- literally -- swiped off a rubbish heap, and hello brand spankin' new fancy furniture. I have a big L-shaped desk with a matching triple bookcase, and a hot red sofa and matching chair. My old coffee table was, I kid you not, a lump of wood that we'd lacquered black. Now it's an ultramodern, super cool little number. Aiyeee! I also cleaned up all the random junk, and my office is clean, beautiful, and uncluttered for the first time in ... well, since I started. I've noticed that I have more energy when I work now. Isn't it funny that my environment affects me so?

It got me to thinking. My home and life are also cluttered, and they drain and distract me. I don't want to lose focus on my fitness goals, but re-doing my office has made me see how much my environment affects me.

I'm cleaning and decluttering my house. It's exhausting. I feel how unfit I am because I get tired so easily, but it's more than that. Just looking at all the "stuff" sucks the energy out of me. Don't get me wrong -- I'm not a hoarder by any stretch. It's just that I live in an open loft that has no storage space. Everything is out in the open, and it is just all too much.

Finally, I have a long mental to-do list. Constantly running it in my mind to try to stay on top of it is draining and distracting me as well. it just seems never ending. Again, it's not time management. I have great time management skills. What I lack is the energy to make the best use of my time.

Sooo, I'm trying to balance my need to clean and de-clutter my home with needing to get those things on my mental to-do list done with the fact that I only have a few weeks until I try to complete the race I've been gunning for since I first began training for races back in 2008. It isn't going to be easy, but I'm trying to make a plan to get a little further on each goal every day. I want to welcome 2011 feeling better about myself mentally, physically, and emotionally. emoticon emoticon

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RAVEN1025 12/15/2010 6:43PM

    I hear you! I've realized how much all the clutter affects me. I am working on decluttering our place.
I am happy you got to redo your office. It sounds hot! Best of luck with everything. You are amazing!

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 12/10/2010 1:16PM

    Celebrate your many accomplishments! As far as decluttering goes, I was a hoarder but last year I decided to experience the pain and let it all go. I don't miss any of it. Well, maybe this one sexy size 16 outfit I had. But, we have to sacrifice for the big picture. Be patient with your energy level. All you can do is eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. I find that sex increases my energy level. emoticon

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ANGELICASASSY 12/8/2010 1:37PM

  decluttering is good! I am trying to do that as well!!! Good luck to us both!

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FLFITBEE 12/7/2010 4:01PM

    I'm exhausted just reading all that you are accomplishing! You are definitely making strides!

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SLCOLMAN 12/7/2010 2:08PM

    Good luck!! You can do everything you desire!! Just remember that even when it doesn't feel like it you are moving forward one step at a time! Eventually you will look back and be like "wow!!" I accomplished so much with my environment!

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    Environment has a HUGE impact on how you feel. I suggest, for your home and mental decluttering, that you write lists! I'm sure you're already a list sounds like it, anyway...but I LOVE seeing things crossed off...I feel more accomplished and productive. Also, for your home decluttering, try setting a timer for 15 on something until the timer goes off and take a break (I usually set the time for breaks, too...or I end up never getting back to work!!). You'll be amazed at how much you can get done in such small bursts...and you won't feel overwhelmed!

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ESBELL 12/7/2010 10:51AM

    Working on the decluttering will definately help in all facets of your life. Less stuff really frees up your mind! Good luck!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 12/7/2010 10:23AM

    I know exactly what you are saying..environment can elate you or suck the life out of you!! good for you for doing it...what a big difference it will make! As usual, you are wonderful..i am in awe of your training and perseverence!! Hugs

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DISPATCH91 12/7/2010 9:15AM

    Yeah on the new office and yes, clutter does suck the life out of you. If you get the time (ha ha) order the book off of Amazon "Does this Clutter Make by Butt Look Fat?" by Peter Walsh. He address being overwieght and clutter.

Baby steps until you can run like the wind with all of this. Don't get discouraged, just look at all that you have already done. You can do this.

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FUNFROG79 12/7/2010 9:06AM

    My husband and I are in the same process! We are trying to do a project every weekend to de clutter. Making over your work environment is a great idea! I wish I could have carpet and bright walls, but being in a MD office, it doesn't really fly! Great job! emoticon

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ENDUROVET 12/7/2010 9:03AM

    Sounds great! & I know EXACTLY how you feel, w/the clutter sucking the life & energy out of ya...
Unfortunately, seems like "Life" always interferes in my clutter-busting efforts - getting ready to post about MY supposed "day of rest", last Sunday...

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FLORIDAFAN 12/7/2010 8:29AM

    Way to go! I find with my youngest when the house around him is in choas (like now with Christmas stuff everywhere) he tends to melt down more. Good luck with the house, it will all work out in the end and you will have a great enviroment around you!

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BRAVAH 12/7/2010 8:05AM

    Dear Cat!

Wow! Good for you for re-doing your office. That is a huge start. Yes, noticing that you also need to do the same for your home... well, at least the office is done, right? I hear you about just getting up the mental energy to do things. That's why I'm sparking right now and not tackling the projects I need to do. The irony is that I could be out skiing, but I'm not, because I have too much to do here - and I'm not doing that either. So, I admire you for getting your office done. That is a great accomplishment.

Best wishes for your race goals. I know that you can do it. You have already accomplished soooooo much!


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JHADZHIA 12/7/2010 8:04AM

    Having a makeover is always a big boost! Your office sounds wonderful now (not sure about red furniture LOL wouldn't be my choice). Sorry you don't have the energy to tackle your house. All you can do is whatever you can, one step at a time..
Good luck with it.
Stay safe..

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HOPEFULANGE 12/7/2010 7:49AM

    De-cluttering sounds like a good idea! You've got the right attitude and the determination - I know you can do it all!

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Philadelphia Half Marathon

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Continuing my race-a-weekend pace, I raced the Philadelphia half on Sunday. I had such a severe migraine the day before that I was unsure I'd race. I went to bed in the afternoon, slept through dinner, the night, and my 3 a.m. get up time, waking instead at 4:45 for a 5 a.m. departure! Yikes! I dashed around, and my poor mother drove me into the city at o-dark-hundred. I didn't even have time to get nervous, but I did start to feel excited when I saw Boat House Row.

I lined up with nearly 23,000 other runners next to the Art Museum, where Rocky famously ran up the steps.

Mayor Nutter greeted us at the start and made it clear that Philly is aiming to win the coveted Best Host City title this year. I was in the last corral (surprise), but the race was very organized (lots of port-o-loos at the start!), and my corral crossed that starting line 30 minutes after the first wave. Walking purposefully through Center City, the spectators were kind of done with the cheering and we looked sort of lame just walking or shuffling after the faster runners had dashed by. Still, I was stung when a stereotypically attired South Philly chick loudly complained in a nasal voice, "Look at them. They aren't even running!" I wanted to step off the course, grab her by her faux leopard lapels, and give her a shake!

Most of the spectators were super friendly. One man was handing out bananas. Down on the waterfront, I ran into some revolutionaries, dressed in period costumes. (Yeah. No idea, but they looked cool.) One of them was eating a famous Philly soft pretzel -- and he gave it to me! Sweet! Having not eaten either dinner or breakfast, I was really feeling the caloric expenditure!

The race route was fast, hilly, and scenic. We ran all on the waterfront,

up some beautiful old streets,

past Betsy Ross' little house,

past the Liberty Bell and City Hall, along some delightful shopping areas that made me want to peek in all the windows as I passed them, next to the zoo, through stunning Fairmount Park, and down along Boat House Row before finishing where we began.

Great race! The volunteers were amazing, there was great race support, even though I fell behind the pace car. Technically, the roads were open, but there police at every intersection, and they'd stop traffic so that I could cross. The sag vans never even hassled me. They were just there for runners who couldn't continue. The pacing monitors who were on bikes were super enthusiastic and encouraging, and even when they broke down water stations ahead of my arrival, there were always cups of water remaining for laggards like me.

When I crossed the finish line, I received a gorgeous medal - and in true South Philly fashion - it was wrapped in plastic to keep it from getting dinged or nicked. I've never seen that before, but it's a great idea! Most races offer a slice of orange or a piece of a bagel. In Philly, every person who crossed the line was greeted by a team of medics with trolley beds waiting. The medical tent was right across the line - along with more port-o-johnnies. We then received a BAG of food - including water, two bananas, and a Philly soft pretzel. WOOT!

The blues band playing just beyond the finish line was terrific, and I examined my many bloody blisters as I listened to them. My wonderful Philly friend met me at the finish line, gave me her coat because I was hypothermic, and then got the car and drove right to me so I wouldn't have to take another step.

Philadelphia really is the city of brotherly (and sisterly) love!

My friend I ate lunch and then headed over to the Four Seasons for massages. I so needed one, too! And then we were off to see the new Harry Potter film at the local IMAX. emoticon

No complaints. It was a wonderful weekend! Oh, and I burned 7000+ calories for the day!!!

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SCHNOOGLES 12/23/2010 11:08AM

    WAY TO GO!!!! I'm so proud of you! When I get back into race form, let's totally do a race together somewhere!

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DOTSLADY 12/20/2010 12:29AM


How do you do it?! I love your descriptions of the events Cat. It makes me want to be there to shop with you (well, maybe even run one day?!). Love the Boat House Row. A pretzel sounds good right now ...

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SUETINGE 12/6/2010 5:09PM

    Cat, it sounds like you had a great race and you make Philly sound wonderful. I need to put it on my list of places to visit one of these days.

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IZZYBUBBLES 12/6/2010 3:19PM

    Looks lovely!! I've never been to Philly but your description of the race makes it seem so good, I might have to put it on my list! Congrats on finishing yet ANOTHER race - you're a racing maniac and I love it!

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NMUDDIE 12/1/2010 3:31PM

    You are an amazing woman! I wish I could take even an eyelash worth of credit.
I am, as usual,, very proud of you. emoticon

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DEBULACLARK 11/28/2010 5:58PM

    Great job Cat! I missed this blog.

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ABSOLUTZER0 11/27/2010 2:39PM

    Sounds like Philly needs to be on my list, too! This was an awesome post and you made me feel as if I was there with you! Woohoo! Congrats on another great race and experience!

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ENDUROVET 11/27/2010 9:48AM

    That's terrific - love your pix too! Unfortunately my camera was MIA for the Trot...

They were handing out coupons for $10 off our Dallas RNR Half in March, which I asked my boy to do w/me... He's undecided but I need to get myself registered before it sells out!

Great job!

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KARBRUCE 11/24/2010 9:23AM

    Wow - that is awesome!!! You GO you rockstar! emoticon

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FUNFROG79 11/24/2010 8:25AM

    Philly is on my list! I love Boat House Row! So pretty! Where's the picture of the medal? emoticon How was HP?

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BRAVAH 11/24/2010 5:06AM


Cat, you are a rockstar! Congrats on yet another fabulous race. Good for you! Keep up the amazing journey!


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ANGELICASASSY 11/23/2010 10:04PM

  you are a machine!!! goood job!!

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50FITNFUN 11/23/2010 8:30PM

    emoticonYou are on fire! I am amazed and in awe of your stamina and determination to compete in all these races. emoticon Like others beore me; I had last weekend off and wish I had realized you were doing the race. I would have definitely made it to cheer you on through the race. I grew up in the burbs outside of Philly and like to go back every once in a while. Loved the photos you took on course. Where's a shot of the bling you earned?? What's the next race on your agenda? Inquiring minds want to know. emoticon

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FLORIDAFAN 11/23/2010 2:27PM

    I wished I would of paid Attention!!! I actually had this weekend off and I could of run down to the city and cheered you on for a bit. I am def not a sterotypical South philly chick....LOL. I love to see Boat house row lit up.

Congrats again on another race Cat!

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SLCOLMAN 11/23/2010 2:03PM

    Amazing :) So excited to see you doing this! You rock!!

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WESTIEGAL1 11/23/2010 12:22PM

    What a wonderful experience and such beautiful scenery too! We visited Philadelphia a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing with us!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/23/2010 12:07PM

    I am so proud of are AMAZING!!! i'm glad you had of the bling, please!!!
Love you!

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MOM4407 11/23/2010 11:50AM

    Sounds like a wonderful. How did you get all those wonderful pictures while you were walking. Amazing.

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AMUNET_RA 11/23/2010 9:15AM

    Sounds wonderful (except for the stereotypically attired South Philly chick)!! Great photos, too!! Thanks for sharing! I'm so proud of you, Cat! What else is new?! LOL

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FORTHEGIRLS 11/23/2010 8:58AM

    Beautiful pictures! It sound like you had a great time and the race support was awesome. I think I may need to put this on my list. I'm a PA native and I've heard great things about both the half and the full. I have a friend who was supposed to run the marathon but got a stomach bug on Friday. Sad for her.

You're setting a blazing racing pace. What's next?

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Outer Banks Half Marathon

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

emoticon YAR!

As many of you know, I was supposed to be in Harrisburg this weekend. It would have been great, but some other year perhaps. In the meantime, on the spur of the moment, I decided to do the Outer Banks 1/2 Marathon because I was in Washington, DC for work and thought that North Carolina was "close". What can I say? I live in a country the size of a bread box, and it's distorted my sense of distance. emoticon

The expo to pick up my racing bib closed at 6 p.m. At 5:30, I was pulled over by an extremely handsome, very polite state trooper who courteously introduced himself before inquiring as to why I was doing 75 in a 45 zone. So I told him. And he let me off with a warning. emoticon Clearly this man understands women and their need for bling!

In fact, I didn't get to the expo until half seven, but thankfully, there were still a few people there. I got my bib and set off to find my hotel. Mapquest obviously hates me and sent me up a flooded back road, but I eventually located my temporary home.

I'd never visited the North Carolina before and was unprepared for how lovely everyone is. So polite! Such a cute accent! And everyone is very friendly here. I hadn't been sure what to expect, what with names like Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Pirates Cove! emoticon

I popped awake at 3 a.m. and got ready to race. I drove all the way from Sanderling to Manteo to park at the finish line and then shuttle back to the start in Kill Devil Hills and line up by 6:30. The weather was perfect, and the sunrise was one of the prettiest I'd ever seen.

Now it would probably be overstating things to call myself a veteran, but I have raced enough times to have a sense of things, and this was an interesting crowd. I am usually the largest competitor, and not only was I not the only super-sized racer, in general, it was something of a ... how should I put it? A crowd that knew well what biscuits and gravy taste like! They weren't *fat* per se, but they were all a but curvier than I'm used to seeing. The atmosphere was relaxed. We half marathoners knew that there really weren't pacing requirements because the marathoners were starting 13 miles and 20 minutes behind us, so there would be course support for us for at least six hours. It felt great not to worry about being swept for a change!

I started in the back, settled into a comfortable pace, and chatted with other racers. Nancy Griffin of Manteo cruised along with her son, who sported a t-shirt that read, "Nancy turns 64 today" and had an arrow pointing to her. He also carried a sign wishing her a happy birthday. I wanted to get a picture of them, but Nancy was moving, and I couldn't keep up! Somehow, during the race, I got ahead of them and never saw them again, but Nancy finished in 4:34, her son finished one second behind. So sweet.

For several miles, I chatted with Lana from North Carolina. She used to weigh 500 !!! pounds and was down to 300. She had attempted this race last year but failed on the bridge in the 10th mile and was seeking redemption. She seemed to be struggling, and after a while, I needed to move on. I waited for her later on but didn't see her again.

The course was flat and fast, and the spectators were very kind and encouraging. In mile 6, I got passed by the elite runners, who were in their mile 19!!!! Talk about humbling! Plodding on, I faced the bridge, with its steep incline late in the race. My knees were really unhappy by then, but thankfully, no blisters this time. Maybe I've finally found the right shoes?

In mile 11 for me/24 for the marathoners, a one-legged women raced past me. The crowd went wild. Someone told me that she was just recently voted off Survivor, so maybe you know who she is? Anyway, she looked great and was running easily, finsihing with a sub 4 time. Amazing.

In mile 11, I got a bit of a jolt. I saw some of the finishers wearing their medals -- which were completely different from last year's and not nearly as nice! I was so disappointed that I almost quit! No, I'm not joking. I actually walked off the course for a few minutes. Last year, we got pirate gold. This year, it was a generic sort of medal. So lame.

I continued because I've never quit, but I wasn't nearly as excited. I finished in 4:10 and checked out the after party. Fun! Lots of people in fancy dress, free beer, good music, and dancing in the streets.

Later, checking the stats, I saw her! Lana Lambert of Sylva, North Carolina - good for you! Lana DID finish at the 5:10 mark. It takes such courage and perseverance to push through pain and fatigue for more then FIVE hours. I am so tremendously proud of her and hope she likes that medal more than I do. Well done, girlfriend!
emoticonGO, LANA! emoticonGO, LANA! emoticonGO, LANA! emoticonGo, Go, GO! emoticon

Overall, the race was so much fun that I already signed up for the Flying Pirate next April, after I was ASSURED that the bling would look like this:

WOOT! Can't wait!

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DOTSLADY 12/20/2010 12:21AM

    emoticonYAR! emoticon emoticon emoticonWOW ... YOU A.MAZE ME! I'd treasure that medal regardless of its lack of goldness. You earned it. GREAT story/run/feat.

emoticonI'm so behind on my reading/sparking!

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ESBELL 12/6/2010 11:27PM

    Bummer on the bling - but what a cute race name! I have got to try that one one day - the course sounds great! And the after party - Arr-mazing (I crack myself up sometimes)

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IZZYBUBBLES 12/6/2010 3:23PM

    I just love your race reports - this is why I miss Spark and should come back. :-) Wish I was going to be in Disney World in January to see you and Dani again, but traveling just isn't always in the cards!

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RAVEN1025 11/21/2010 11:42PM

    You are so incredible! Also, even though I don't know Lana, that is an amazing story!
These are the kind of things I need to read to remind me to hang in there.
Love you darling! I am so proud of you!!!

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BRAVAH 11/19/2010 7:33AM

    Hi Cat!

Congrats! You always find the best races. So awesome! I'm glad that you finished the race, and didn't give up due to the lameness of the medals.

Thanks for your comments on my page. Yes, I avoided the confections in Basel... but the holiday season is upon us... and in Europe, that means outdoor markets with goodies and gluhwein! A definite pitfall for me too - however, if I limit amounts and get good exercise, I'll be okay. Best wishes for us all for this holiday season!


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GINGER_LOSTALOT 11/17/2010 5:59PM

    Whew! That was a close call on the speeding ticket.

I'm so proud of you that you didn't quit! You are Incredible!

Lana's story is sooo inspiring. I hope she writes about it! emoticon

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DRB13_1 11/17/2010 4:17PM

    Glad you got to visit our little piece of heaven here in North Carolina - yes, the people are (generally) friendly/lovely - and I know you must have been shocked if you thought it was "close" - the Outer Banks (OBX) aren't really close to anything! LOL If you liked that, try an event in the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill & I'll add Cary) or the Triad (Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point) in the future.
Keep going and improving, never stop. emoticon

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Doesn't matter what time, or how well others ran, it's you that mattered and you finished it.

Excellent work Cat, very proud of you

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ENDUROVET 11/16/2010 10:11PM

    Congratulations! I was trying to select a nice "destination half" for myself - time for a road trip...

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FIRENUT34 11/16/2010 9:28PM

    Good job at not quiting and finishing what you started. I saw that in you at the Disneyland HM in 2009. Can't wait to see you again in Disney in a couple of months.

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AMUNET_RA 11/16/2010 7:48PM

    I am so prfoud of you, Cat! What else is new!? ;-) Sorry about the bling (that part made me laugh...sorry!)

If you happen to do the Los Angeles marathon in March, feel free to swing by Las Vegas on your way, for some fun with Derek and me! emoticon

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DANIMITE2 11/16/2010 7:02PM

    If ever you think of walking off the course due to your lack of enthusiasm over the bling, just picture me shaking my fist at you! You've overcome too much and worked too hard on all these races to not finish one! You, my dear, are SUUUUUUPERCAT!

Can't wait to wear my bling with you in January!!!!

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DEBULACLARK 11/16/2010 5:21PM

    You always amaze me Cat! Good for you!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/16/2010 4:52PM

    You are just so wonderful!! i am so proud of you and all you can accomplish. I wish i could go do these things!!! I'm sorry your bling wasnt least you got more, right? is it always in NC or does it move around?
Sleep well my deserve it!

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HOPEFULANGE 11/16/2010 3:15PM

    Oh, that sounds so exciting! Glad you didn't walk off just because of a piece of bling!
emoticon Cat!!!

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SUETINGE 11/16/2010 2:51PM

    Wonderful recap, Cat! I'm so glad you had no blister issues this time.

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FLORIDAFAN 11/16/2010 2:33PM

    Congrats CAt on another piece of Bling! Glad no blisters this time.

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TINA*23 11/16/2010 12:56PM

    Excellent recap Cat!!!!!! It's made me more excited for next year!!!!!!

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ANGELICASASSY 11/16/2010 11:47AM

  Wow- great post and really motivating for me! I hope to be able to do a 1/2 marathon one day as well!

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SLCOLMAN 11/16/2010 11:18AM

    You are amazing!!

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JHADZHIA 11/16/2010 10:54AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Way to go!! Sounds like a great time! Good for you signing up for it again!!

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FUNFROG79 11/16/2010 10:40AM

    Love NC! Great job! You are an inspiration! emoticon

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DISPATCH91 11/16/2010 10:03AM

    Girl you do so amaze me. I am so glad no blisters this time. I recently read an article that says you should wash your socks inside out, the ones you use for walking/running. They also said to wear them for nothing else.

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KARBRUCE 11/16/2010 8:46AM

    Most awesome race re-cap EVAH! you GO girl!!!

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QUEMBEL1 11/16/2010 8:38AM

    Dear Lord, the world just got way smaller! I have met Lana Lambert from Sylva, NC. Her mother used to be married to my BIL. No lie! I just called Tommy to confirm.

Mile 11?!?! I obviously have no idea how long a half marathon is. I have toyed with the make it seem so glamorous...but I know, even if I got down to 116 lbs like the wii suggest, I would never be able to do it.

True story- we had to run a mile- one mile- in order to graduate from high school. I was younger and a whole lot smaller then and I couldn't do it. The coach would make everyone run a mile everyday until the last person- that would be me- made it. The rest of the class got aggravated as you can imagine. Then one day a guy in my class tells everyone that no one was to pass me. They all ran behind me, shouting encouragement so I couldn't give up. That's how I made it and I haven't ran since. lol

You are my hero! I hope I can be there cheering you on in April! WooHoo!


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Beirut Virtual 10k

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Thanks to everyone who read my blog yesterday and is either joining me or cheering. Thanks for helping turn a major frownie into a smile! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I finished in under two hours. For an aging chubby, that's pretty good. I texted back and forth with my racing friends the whole time. They all did great! Then I sat in the steam room and pretended they were all there, too.

I hope lots of you decide to run/jog/walk/stroll the Beirut Virtual 10k today. If 10k (6.2 miles) is too far, how about a 5k (3.1 miles)? Do what you can do, and post here to tell us about it so we can cheer for you, too!

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AMUNET_RA 11/11/2010 4:51PM

    One of these days I'll join you, Cat!!

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 11/9/2010 9:23PM

    You are inspirational! emoticon

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FUNFROG79 11/8/2010 12:05PM

    Congrats! You are fantastic! emoticon

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BRAVAH 11/8/2010 7:55AM

    Hi Cat!

Awesome! Congrats! That sounds like fun. Regretfully, any chance for a long walk for me has now disappeared under the snow. However, I will be in Basel this week and will hopefully get in some good walking there. Maybe I should plan out a route!

Good for you! I think this virtual race thing is a fabulous idea. And how nice to finish it up with a good steam!

BR>P.S. Thank you for your comment on my blog. You've had a lot of challenges with all your moving around. But you are doing so great to be so physically active. Keep up the great work!

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8THTIMEUP 11/8/2010 5:27AM

    I couldn't do it physically but I was there in spirit!

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ESBELL 11/8/2010 1:16AM

    Chose 10k - lots of hills, 94 min

Jack loved it - me.... not so much

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JHADZHIA 11/7/2010 11:57PM

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Mom and I hiked for two hours today, right there with you!!
No steam room after though *sniff* :((
Keep up the great work and wonderful attitude, its going to get you far!!

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1MIN17SECB412PM 11/7/2010 7:32PM

    I read your yesterday blog today, Cat. Looks like you had *F*U*N* anyway, girlfriend, and that's what it's all about!! ::hugs::

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ANGELICASASSY 11/7/2010 5:55PM

  Congrats! I only did 2 miles but I will aim for more this week.

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RUNNINGTOLIVE 11/7/2010 5:22PM

    Congrats darlin :)

I did 5 miles yesterday morning with my marathon training group. Does that count? (Worked out on elliptical and strength training today, but can't do two days of running in a row)

love ya!

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ENDUROVET 11/7/2010 3:43PM

    I beat myself up on the TM last night: 2.73 mi in 35 min...
(didn't have enough time to knock out a full 5K)

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DEBULACLARK 11/7/2010 11:44AM

    I did it Cat...1 mile walk, 4 mile leslie sansone walk/jog dvd and 2 miles ice skating...

Congrats on your finishing too!!!

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FLORIDAFAN 11/7/2010 9:52AM

    Congrats Cat...I would of loved to join in on your virtual run

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KARBRUCE 11/7/2010 9:10AM

    Look at you go! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/7/2010 9:09AM

    great job!!!! I got up and did 3 miles..i will do .1 i did the 3 in 45 mins (thanks leslie)

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FUNFROG79 11/7/2010 7:53AM

    Congrats!! emoticon

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To All My Sparkfriends: Run the Beirut 10k With Me!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

The Beirut races are tomorrow. Along with all my friends here, I signed up for the 10k. I didn't know how excited I was to do this race until the company's security chief said it was a no-go. At first, I thought I was ok with the decision, but as the day wore on, I just got angrier and more upset. I met one of my friends for lunch yesterday, still feeling salty and bitter two days later. We talked about all the cool things they were planning to do on race day, and it bothered me even more. I'm going to be traveling for the next few weeks, and she's transfering to another region before I return. So it's going to be a long time before we see each other again. The race was going to be our farewell hurrah.

All of the sudden, I found inspiration: just because I couldn't go to the start line and run the race didn't mean I couldn't *experience* the race.

My friends are all lining up tomorrow in downtown Beirut. ... And I am, too -- in the gym! We're going to use our mobiles to keep tabs on one another -- and I'm going to virtually race with them!

A 10k is 6.2 miles. Who wants to virtually race with me? Run, jog, walk, stroll the course and then post back to let everyone know how you did. C'mon, Sparkers - let's all race in Beirut tomorrow!

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FUNFROG79 11/7/2010 7:48AM

    Have a fantastic time! I wish I could be there! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 11/7/2010 12:40AM

    What a fabulous idea!! Way to go!! Mom and I would get that on one of our river trail walks. I am so lucky to be living in a place its safe to go anywhere. Enjoy your virtual race at the gym!!

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NIMAWEYGH 11/6/2010 10:58PM

    Cat I am not able to physically but I will be with you in SPIRIT cheering you on emoticon and watching what happens through you.

You are one remarkable woman. Go Cat Go! Rah Rah Rah

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DISPATCH91 11/6/2010 9:05PM

    I will walk with you in my heart. I will walk for real as long as I can. You are stored in my heart and in my prayers.

hugs, hugs, hugs

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/6/2010 7:44PM

    Good for you making a positive out of a negative!! I cant do 10 K i would not be able to get to school on Mon if i did..but i will do 3 miles with you!!! Hows that?
i dont know how i fell off your blog but i'm back on now!!!!

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L*I*T*A* 11/6/2010 4:22PM

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AMUNET_RA 11/6/2010 12:58PM

    What a great idea!!! emoticon I'll be cheering you on!!

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SLCOLMAN 11/6/2010 12:52PM

    What a great idea! :)

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ANGELICASASSY 11/6/2010 12:37PM

  hey 6.2 miles is more than I have ever done but I will do some running/walking in spirit of you guys and the 10k! :)

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FIRENUT34 11/6/2010 11:49AM

    I'm scheduled for a 4 mile easy run on Monday. Last time I was in Beirut was 1983 and had to wear a lot of gear. At least I wouldn't have to do it this time. I don't know if I can make it tomorrow via virtual or not. We will see.

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KARBRUCE 11/6/2010 11:43AM

    What an awesome idea!! I won't be running with you (I have a run with a friend on Monday morning) but I will be thinking or you!!

Be swift. Be fierce. Be yourself.


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DEBULACLARK 11/6/2010 11:27AM

    OK Cat!!! What time for EST? 8 behind?

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CJBAGGINS 11/6/2010 10:20AM

    Oh, good for you Cat for finding a way to take part, without contravening the security decision.

So, to join you, when do we begin? The time differences often confuse me.


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ESBELL 11/6/2010 10:20AM

    I will be there - it has been an awful week for me - so no speed awards, but Jack & I will hit the trails for 6.2 glorious miles tomorrow!

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