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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

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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

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
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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Treats Not Tricks This Halloween!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

I took my monthly measurements today. I only lost a few pounds all month and have been cycling the same few pounds for a while now. But the good news? I'm down 9 inches! People have been saying I look better, but I thought they were just being encouraging. Maybe it's true? Dare I hope?

Happy Halloween, everyone! emoticon

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RAVEN1025 11/7/2010 10:41PM

    That is fantastic!! I am so proud of you for being so determined. You are very inspirational!

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FUNFROG79 11/5/2010 12:12PM

    WOW!!!! emoticon

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Cat, that is fabulous! Congratulations! Keep up the great work!


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BEAUTIFLDZSTR 10/31/2010 6:59PM

    INCHES ARE GREAT and you know it lol.... emoticon

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PROF.MCGONAGALL 10/31/2010 12:14PM

    Now that's what I call Transfiguration. Nicely done! Five points to Slytherin!

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ANGELICASASSY 10/31/2010 12:09PM

  OMG- 9 inches and a few pounds is awesome! What a great month! I am sure people are noticing how fab you are looking! Congrats~

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DISPATCH91 10/31/2010 10:06AM

    emoticon 9" that is outstanding!!!!! So Happy For YOU

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ENDUROVET 10/31/2010 9:46AM

    Congratulations! It's like everyone keeps telling me, that I LOOK thinner even though the scales are EXACTLY the same...
(in my case it seems to be a case of everything settling south ;-)

Keep goin'!

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AMUNET_RA 10/31/2010 9:30AM

    Yay!!! emoticoncongrats, sexy!!!

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1MIN17SECB412PM 10/31/2010 8:29AM

    DANG, Cat!! 9 inches is... OUTSTANDING, girl!! Do you measure the hips, waist, bust, and thighs, calves, upper arms too?!! I use that SP weigh-in, and it's got all that, except the bust/chest, but there's a place you can add extra measures + they've even got the neck measure... anyWHO... *\o/* YOU GO GIRL *\o/* and don't worry about that creepy scale cuz' it's probably been *bewitched* this entire month anyway!!
::hugs n' kisses::

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HOPEFULANGE 10/31/2010 6:40AM

    9 inches!?!?! WOO HOO!!! Good for you!
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SAFETYSUE 10/31/2010 2:17AM

    Happy Halloween, Love your site..very festive!!!!
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CEGRUBE 10/31/2010 1:48AM

    Wierd! I'm losing quite a bit of weight, but not many inches. What's up with that? Wanta trade? emoticon

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MACKANDME 10/31/2010 1:40AM

    emoticonGreat Job! emoticon

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Hershey Weekend

Sunday, October 10, 2010

One needn't be insane to travel 30+ hours for a weekend just to turn around and travel 30+ hours back, but is sure helps! I signed up for the inaugural Hershey Half in gorgeous PA when the knee seemed to be doing better. I hoped to see FLORIDAFAN and DANI1855, and FOODGIRL even thought she might come. (You know that combining racing with seeing Sparkfriends has become a bit of a passion of mine - hee hee!) Sadly, the knee is becoming a much longer-term project than originally expected and seems unable to fully heal. As people got busy and plans changed, it looked like Hershey was going to fall by the wayside.

Then Dani said she was definitely going to run the race - her first. We don't get to see each other all that often, and I wanted to be there to cheer her on. I arrived in Philly late Friday and started the two-hour drive to Hershey. I passed the exit leading to my mother's house and almost surprised her but knew I was too tired to be companionable.

Those of you who read my last blog know the news that awaited me in Hershey. My grandmother had died. Instead of going to Hershey Park for the day while waiting for Dani to arrive, I called my parents. I thought they might be caught up in making arrangements, but they were really sweet and drove out to Hershey so we could be together. We ate lunch in a diner, served by a cheeky waiter and then decided to go to Chocolate World.

We took the tour and then made out own custom chocolate bars. It was quite the experience. We selected the innards and toppings and even designed the packaging!

Dad mugs for the camera

The parental units show off their creations

Next, we wandered over to the café, where we selected toppings for our ice cream. The portions were enormous!!! It's honestly no wonder Americans are fat - sheesh! While we waited for our confectionery masterpieces to arrive, we were invited to paint the paper tablecloth. Apparently a treat for children, the waitress recognized that we were children at heart. emoticon

My little Picasso

M&D living their second childhood

Dani and her entourage arrived. DH and the kiddies stayed in another hotel, while Dani stayed with me so we could catch up on girl talk. emoticon The more we talked about the race, the more excited I got. You all know what a raging bling ho' I am, and we speculated that the medal would be a chunky silver hershey kiss. Cool, right?

The forecast was for gray skies and rain, but Sunday dawned blue and bright, and the clear, crisp, autumn weather was a delight after months of 90+ weather in Beirut. A fun fact about the Hershey race: instead of planting the walkers in the back and letting us make do, this race allowed walkers to begin in the front with a head start. Dani was feeling strong and felt she would be able to run, but the head start got me to thinking. So I decided to start with the walkers and see how things went.

The course was fast, flat, and gorgeous. We walked through the park, under the enormous rollercoasters, and the little zoo. Part of the course was on the main street, and I saw a minister standing in front of his church, his arms clasped behind his back.

"Pray for me, Father", I called.

"I will", he answered solemnly.

Aren't the streetlamps darling?

Dani passed me in mile 7, looking fantastic. She jetted off, finishing in a mere 2:14. I felt great until mile 12, when my knee decided it had enough and pooped out. I was so close to the finish line, I couldn't bring myself to bow out and soldiered on.

Dani and her family were waiting for me at the finish line, which I finally crossed at 4:09.

Afterwards, Dani and I luxuriated at the Hershey Hotel Spa.

hee hee - with our bling

sipping hot cocoa before our cocoa massages

We headed home after that, and I enjoyed a quick visit with the 'rents before starting the long trip back. Lufthansa refused to change my ticket, so staying for the funeral wasn't an option, but I'd like to think that Nana knew I was near.

Congratulations, Dani! emoticon

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TWINTS 10/29/2010 12:36PM

    Awesome job!! Loved how you packed so much in a little bit of time. Though, I am sorry you couldn't make it to the funeral. BTW, you're parents look like nice ones! emoticon

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ENDUROVET 10/27/2010 1:10PM

    Congratulations! This makes me want to pick out a "destination half"; haven't done one in a LONG time...

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ANGELICASASSY 10/23/2010 11:08PM

  Hey, this sounds like a fabulous time! I am soo happy that you did this and had a great time!

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 10/15/2010 5:06PM

    I totally want to climb that pole and eat that kiss!

emoticon on crossing the finish line! You look GREAT in the hot tub! emoticon

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DANI1855 10/14/2010 11:22PM

    I want to thank you again for an awesome weekend! You know I wouldn't have done that without you giving me a little nudge. I still feel great about myself for finishing the race and I look at the medal often for inspiration. I am even keeping it in the kitchen so it's handy to look at. Although I keep thinking I should take it upstairs, it's nicer to have it nearby. Am I at risk for becoming addicted to bling like you?

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MAPLELEAFMOM 10/13/2010 1:53PM

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It sounds like it soo much fun!! How cool that your parents were there too :) I hope your trip back was as good as it can possibly get !! Take care of that knee as I can't wait to hear how the Disney race weekend is !!!


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WINDSONG~ 10/11/2010 3:52AM

    What wonderful memories.

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FLORIDAFAN 10/10/2010 11:30PM

    So glad to see that you parents were able to spend the day with you! Thanks for another race recap and one day we shall meet again!

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WILDRICE99 10/10/2010 10:06PM

    emoticon Way to push through the pain! Congratulations on completing the race. That's what this journey is all about...Perseverance.

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DISPATCH91 10/10/2010 9:51PM

    Thanks for sharing Cat.

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1MIN17SECB412PM 10/10/2010 7:19PM

    *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S* to both of you, Cat!! To you, and Dani. My condolences to you for your loss. I am certain your Nana & *Stuffy* were peeking from just beyond that curtain of time when you got your next CHUNK A' BLING too, Cat!! emoticon

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RAVEN1025 10/10/2010 5:53PM

    Congrats! I love the photos of your trip, your parents are pretty cute.
Do you have a close-up of that bling?

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SLCOLMAN 10/10/2010 10:55AM

    You are amazing!! I love that you just did it and finished even with everything going on!! You rock!

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DOTSLADY 10/10/2010 10:37AM

    emoticonness GF! I don't know how you do it, but it must be in the genes. ;0) I'm so proud of your commitment to (fun) finishing races and such. I hope to be like you when I grow up, graduating from 5Ks to more. ;0)

Cocoa rubs - never heard of it, where've I been? I've never had one, but if it's anything like smelling hubby's empty mug of raspberry flavored coffee right now, it's divine. (I don't drink coffee any more, but I sure love the smell. DH couldn't find any non-flavored coffee so he had to make due with a holiday gift from SIL who is friends with coffee makers in SoCal ... flavored coffee could have gluten, so it has been sitting there.) Anyway, tmi on the coffee. lol

I'm so sorry about your grandmother. It's sad to lose someone you love. How nice you have memories with her and had a relationship. I barely knew mine as we were always moving. She sounds special and someone I would have liked. Like you.
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JHADZHIA 10/10/2010 8:52AM

    Way to go finishing the race in spite of the knee. What a lovely time with your Spark friend and your parents! Americans sure know how to create a fun atmosphere. Enjoyed seeing your photos! What wonderful memories. Something positive to remember in a time of sorrow..
Sorry you weren't able to attend your Nana's funeral :(
Hope you wern't too sore with your knee on that frightfully long trip back :(

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ESBELL 10/10/2010 8:43AM


What a wonderful weekend you had! The time with the parents sounds like so much fun! And the race sounds absolutely gorgeous! Add another one to my "to-do" list!

I'm glad you had a safe trip back. Sending lots of healing vibes for that knee!

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FUNFROG79 10/10/2010 8:15AM

    Congrats! What a fun race! A coco massage....lovely! How's the knee now? Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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50FITNFUN 10/10/2010 7:57AM

    emoticon emoticonCongrats to both of you on the finish of the Hershey Half!! What an awesome weekend it turned out to be. I'm very sorry to learn of your Nana's passing and the timing of it all. But still, I think she was with you every step of the way to the finish line. It was great that the "parental units" were able to visit you in Hershey and enjoy a day during such a trying time.

I thought you had written that race off and weren't even making the trip. I would have come up for the day to cheer you both on to victory. It looks as hough you and Dani had great fun in the lap of luxury. Do share what it was like to have a cocoa massage...PLEEEZE!! I've fantasized about having a weekend retreat to Hershey with all the spa treatments. That must have been a great treat to indulge in post race.

So, how is the knee treating you since doing the race. Did you aggrevate it further or did it hold up to the rigor? Are you still planning on anoher surgery?

I'm so glad you shared the events of the weekend and the photos. It ws great fun to read it all and the look on your face as you crossed the finish line is priceless. emoticon

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