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Chatty Cathy...

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

I know, I know - it's either feast or famine wiht me - lots of blogs, or none for weeks LOL Bear with me.

I work in IT - computers, software, hardware, technology. I read an article this morning at Tech Republic that states some of the best leaders are introverts.

I'm an introvert.
"They think first, talk later (In other words, they think before they speak.)
They focus on depth. They are drawn to meaningful conversations, not superficial chitchat, and they know how to ask great questions and really listen to the answers.
They exude calm. In times of crisis, they project a reassuring, calm confidence
[!!! OhYea!]They prefer writing to talking. This comfort with the written word often helps them better articulate their positions and document their actions.
They embrace solitude. The need to get away from people and recharge actually fuels their thinking, creativity and decision-making and, when the pressure is on, helps them be responsive, not reactive."
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I think I for too long have confused and confounded being an introvert and being shy. They are not necessarily interchangeable.

My 10 lbs - 10 weeks team has a challenge this week of connecting with people - make a date with friends, interact with others socially, etc. A month ago, a year ago, I'd have balked or made some lame excuse not to try. Now, I find I'm seeking out opportunities. The running group - I know four people's names so far, and I've chatted a bit with other folks - normally not like me at all. The gym, and Zumba - you couldn't have PAID me to go do something like that by myself.

I'll continue to be an introvert - I do need my centered quiet time to recharge and regroup. I'm going to have to give up the 'shy' bit though. Shy should be replaced 'lacking self-confidence'. Shy should no longer be used as an excuse. Shy is simply going right out the window.

Maybe it's because I'm older. Maybe it's because I've released nearly 60 lbs now. Maybe it's because I can't be bothered to give a flying fig what someone thinks of me now. Maybe it's because I'm finally getting out of my own way and finding a spot in the world to stand firmly and say

"This is me - take me or leave me, your choice. I am awesome, and I am not going anywhere!"

You all have helped me make this stand and find my voice - not just here with words, but out amongst people and places in the real world. I am grateful!
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MRSBENNETT2 3/9/2011 2:44PM

    I love the picture of you on the blog. It's an "I'm in action and on my way" photo. Full of life and vigor!
There's sure nothing wrong with thinking before you speak. That's the biggest difference between hubby and I, and it tends to cause problems. Mainly with him because he finds himself in so much hot water after blurting something out.... emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 3/9/2011 11:58AM

    An another epiphany for Candy. You have such a lovely personality and to see it shine through even more is just amazing. But you knew how I thought of you right from the beginning! Wow, you and I been sparking for 10 months together. How time flies when you are having fun!!!!


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HEALING_LORI 3/9/2011 10:53AM

    You make me proud to say that I'm an "introvert"! This really does describe me! I do like to think before I speak (which makes me seems very quiet and shy) and I do need to get away from people now and again to recharge my thinking (which makes me look antisocial)! I have always been labled as "shy" and I think all the labeling has made me believe it too! I am pushing really hard to step out of my bubble and prove to myself that I am not shy.... I am an "introvert"... and proud of it!
Thanks Again Candy!
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    Well, we could see your awesomeness all along, because it shines through the computer screen every time you write something! I think you hit the nail on the head with the shy vs. introverted dialogue. I'm so happy to see you're growing and discovering new things about yourself...what an amazing part of the journey! And BTW, I love that pic of you in your running gear! You look FAB-U-LOUS! Thanks for the blog. I personally will take ya just the way you are! Mwah!!! Christine

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ROBBIEMARIE 3/8/2011 8:52PM

    As a self titled introvert myself I can relate. I think one of the nicest things about SP is that I have been able to reach out to others for advice and companionship on this journey in a non confrontational manner. I agree that as the confidence in the newer me increases it has become less intimidating to reach outside my comfort zone in other respects.

Nice blog, girl!

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DITZYCHICK 3/8/2011 7:11PM

    As a introvert myself, I loved this information and can't wait to tell my husband!

You're doing such a great job getting out of your comfort zone and it's obvious that you're loving every minute of it! Don't hold back girl, the whole world is waiting for you!!!

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RIGBY31 3/8/2011 4:13PM

    Just like we need to feed our bodies right and exercise regularly, I think there comes a time to feed and exercise our hearts and mind. And your statement that "you're not going anywhere".... girl I'd say you are on a tremendous, adventurous journey that will take you to the outer limits!
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WALKAWAY 3/8/2011 3:19PM

    Can't agree more. You are emoticon


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GAYLEP67 3/8/2011 1:53PM

    It's funny I just had this conversation with my work husband...he said "You're quite the split personality. There are times when you are so confident and other times when you're so shy." I told him not to confuse my lack of self confidence with shyness and then it might make more sense to him.

As for your statement of "take me or leave me" - no brainer honey! I'm taking you just the way you are!!!



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KAREN42BOYS 3/8/2011 1:25PM


what a glorious post. this whole inner healing that can come with facing our food issues head on, well, it's just such a blast and a blessing to see happen!

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IMPAWZIBLE 3/8/2011 1:07PM

    Congrats on your big accomplishments!! I still don't think I have the confidence to do Zumba alone haha. :) And very true about the good points of being an introvert!

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BAILEE_GRAVES 3/8/2011 12:55PM

    I'll take ya honey!!

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Not bad for a Monday...

Monday, March 07, 2011

This, I like!

That's pretty darned good!

I got home a little while ago from my first Zumba class at the gym. I went by myself, knowing no one. I wondered, on the drive to the gym, who had taken over my body and what had happened to the old/real me! LOL I guess I'm the new improved me.
I'll take it!

Tomorrow, I run. Wednesday, we do our ActiveTrax eval, then Zumba. Then Thursday I run, and Friday is a free-for-all. I'm off that day, so I think for sure we'll hit the gym and see what other mischief we can get into LOL

It wasn't a spectacular Monday, but it WAS a good day. I like good days. I'll take more of them, please and thank you!

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REALLY_ROBIN 3/8/2011 4:42PM

  I can seriously see you going to a class on your own. You fit in anywhere! I love that about you! Sounds like great plans for the week...keep it up GF!!!

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NUTSNUTSGETEM 3/8/2011 11:44AM

    Did you plus those numbers? They're too perfect! Seriously, nice job!

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ANNESYLVIA 3/8/2011 11:35AM

    I absolutely love Zumba! I find it not only a great cardio workout but the stress just flows right off my hips onto the floor!!! It is a mind and body workout for me (like yoga but with sweat!).

Next try spinning or kickboxing!

Anne ((hugs))

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WALKAWAY 3/8/2011 9:47AM

    emoticonfriend. Good Mondays beat the heck out of bad Mondays. emoticon

Hope you have a great run today. emoticon


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KASHMIR 3/8/2011 9:34AM

    Sounds like a great monday to me!

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HEALING_LORI 3/8/2011 9:24AM

    So proud of you Candy! I'm still working on my courage, but I know I'll get there too! You go girlie!!!

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MRSBENNETT2 3/8/2011 12:17AM

    Zumba sounds like a blast! congrats on eating well too...hubby is off this week so my plan has gone to heck in a handbasket. :-O
I read the other day where an office building in Canberra had to stop holding Zumba classes because it was literally rocking the building and folks were fearing for the structural safety...I thought that was funny!

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GAYLEP67 3/7/2011 11:29PM

    Shy girl going to Zumba - I LOVE IT! Good on you, Candy!! I hope you keep having good days too...


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DITZYCHICK 3/7/2011 11:22PM

    Hey...I thought you were introverted? Way to get out of your comfort zone, this new you is obviously working for you!!!

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KAREN42BOYS 3/7/2011 10:56PM

    Happily out of your comfort zone and eating well? Sounds like a banner Monday to me!

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STEVES6 3/7/2011 10:55PM

  sounds good to me

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DESPERATEGLEEK6 3/7/2011 10:52PM

    that's awesome! glad u had a good day!!


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Looking forward...

Saturday, March 05, 2011

I firmly believe we must look back, not to dwell on the past, but to learn from it, so we can move forward. So, here's my look back, so I can look forward again.

Last week I did crap-all for fitness and ate far beyond a reasonable range. I ran on Wednesday, then again today. That's it. I ended up at the mid-to-upper range of my calories, which would have been fine, had I been actually burning any calories, but I wasn't. Even with reasonable differentials, I still gained a bit over 1 pound.

There. It's said and done, and I'm moving on.

I have my menu planned out for the coming week, as well as the corresponding grocery list. I did not do this last week. I did it the week prior, and had great success. I'm learning.

I had the Galloway group run today. We did an easy 2.5 along the Springwater Corridor, which was nice - I'd never been before. I ran with different people this time and found myself in the middle pack, which was pretty awesome. Kathy was the sweeper, bringing the last runners along, so we had a silly high-five at the turn-around as we passed. Super sweet lady.

We're doing one more 'free' run, next weekend, along the Riverwalk. I'm still super stoked about this group and will for-sure be signing up. It's a training group for half/marathon, but of course you don't HAVE to run a half/marathon. The seed has been planted though. The Portland Marathon is in October, but the half is already full. The Seattle Rock'n'Roll half/marathon is in November, so that might be something to work toward.

I was content to work on running 10Ks this year, with the first coming up the first weekend of April. We'll be in Texas at that time, though, so I'll be transferring my registration to daughter Courtney, and we'll do the same with Bill's 5K registration, transferring it to her S.O. Steve.

Anyway, back to the group. Aaron (the leader) did a question/answer period after the run. Someone asked about the weekly training schedule. He said basically Tuedays and Thursdays, run for 30 minutes, and Saturdays we'd do the long runs. That was surprising to me, and made me a little fidgety. I'm used to working up toward increasing my distance, when I'm actually running! and lately I'd been doing 4, 4.5, and 5 miles. 30 minutes would only be 2 miles or thereabouts. I suppose it would be good to focus on drills for speed, etc. instead of just plodding along to make mileage.

Any runners out there, who run with groups/training plans - what are your weekly running schedules like?

Another thing Aaron offered was that Jeff Galloway would be in town the first weekend of April, and the group will be running with him on April 3. Again, I'll be out of town that weekend, so I'll miss it. In a way, that's good, because I won't have to choose between running my first 10K and running with Jeff Galloway LOL

We're leaving for Texas on March 25. I'll have to do my final weigh-in for my Spring 10 week challenge a day early. I'm close to making my 10 lb release goal - well, I was closer until I gained this week, but I know I can def do it by the end.

The week and a half in Texas will be challenging. We'll be staying at Katie's house (SIL) the first week in Houston. Then we're going to Dallas for 3 days for time with my sister and her family. I haven't seen them for 5 years, so it'll be nice to see them again. They're moving at that time, so we'll be in a hotel for the few nights we're there. Portion control MUST be the name of the game, and making the healthiest choices I can. I'll also have to figure a way to get my running in, and some kind of other fitness. I can't let being away from home totally derail me.

I'll likely turn off email from Spark during this time. We'll take the laptop, and I'll have my Crackberry, but I don't begin to imagine I'll be able to keep up at that time. I have three weeks, though, for a good strong finish to my challenge and making headway before I go.

I think that's everything. All week long I'd have a thought, think about jotting it down, but then get distracted before I could.

Here's to getting back on track and kicking big bootay this week!

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    I'm very glad to see that you are not letting a less than stellar week derail you. You've come too far for that. As for the travel time, sounds like planning ahead will do the trick. Does the hotel in Dallas have a gym? I do hope you and Bill enjoy your time away. It's always so nice to see family. I worked in Richardson, TX, for one summer and really liked it. Maybe you can get online and see what is near the hotel for food options. At least it will be warmer in TX for those early morning runs! We'll miss you on here, of course, but have a wonderful time. Here's to making your challenge weight by the time you weigh in! emoticon That's water in them there glasses...yeah, right! LOL You can do it honey! emoticon

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HEALTH4LYFE 3/7/2011 8:51PM

    emoticonI know you can! I do want to split that pot with you!! emoticon

I have a running schedule which does mileage instead of time. We are on a schedule to train for a half right now. In fact, it is in less than 2 weeks! emoticon emoticon If you want me to e-mail you the schedule, let me know.

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ROBBIEMARIE 3/7/2011 8:14PM

    You are so wise and I could learn a thing or two from you! The past is indeed the past. It can't be changed but we can pick ourselves up, dust off our reducing behinds and get going again. I'm so happy that you have found a great running group for yourself. Sounds like you have a wonderful plan ahead of you on so many different levels.

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DITZYCHICK 3/6/2011 1:27PM

    I'm completely with you on learning from our past. Sometimes it's hard to look back and not feel frustrated with poor choices, but dwelling it really only makes things worse. Just take a peek in reverse, the full speed ahead!!!

I really enjoy reading about your activities with your running group. Sounds like you've found a place that brings you much happiness and I look forward to hearing about all your experiences!!!

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ANNESYLVIA 3/6/2011 9:06AM

    emoticonabout the weight gain. But I see it did not break your spirit. Great attitude but that is what I come to expect in you my friend.

Well, I am not a runner but it seems to me whether it is running or kickboxing or etc... any aerobic exercise must change up because the body adapts. In kickboxing the routines change so may be this change in routine with your usually running is a good thing.

Take care, Anne

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BAILEE_GRAVES 3/6/2011 1:36AM

    I'm with Gayle. All you can do with the past is learn from it! And who hasn't had weeks like that? I've done horrible exercise wise since Wednesday. Every day I say TODAY is the day I will do better.

I am so jealous about your running. You're doing awesome and should be so proud of yourself. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you're gonna do super!!

Have a wonderful time in Texas with your family. And it sounds like you don't get to see them very often so try not to beat yourself if you don't eat or exercise like you think you should or if you put a couple of pounds back on. If it happens it happens and you get back home and get back on the track (in more ways than one!!) Just enjoy being with your family.

Be sure and holler before you leave!!

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CHAZERAY 3/6/2011 1:33AM

    You are doing fantastic. Even the best athletes have bad weeks, and they have learned to just shake it off and move on. I think it is fantastic that you are going out of your comfort zone and trying a group run. You should be so proud of yourself. Just think, would you have done that 2 years ago or even just a year? Progress is progress. You go girl!!

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MKKAYA 3/6/2011 12:47AM

    Your doing great!!! as for a training schedule - I would follow what they say but if you feel like you need to run more during the week do it! My training schedule is a bit more aggresive but I have run 5 half's so far - my body is accustomeed to ruuning lots of miles . You want to increase slowly. the most important run in half training is that Saturday/Sunday LSD run. don't miss that one!

I usually run on Monday/wednesday/saturday - I get an extra day's rest before LSD runs. You can ask me anything you want. I am no expert, but I did run 5 halfs last year and have 8 on the schedule this year including Seattle R&R in june - you are thinking of Seatte Marathon/Half in November. there is always Victoria on the same day as Portland. I did it last year and will be doing it again this year with some spark friends..


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FRUITYFUL 3/5/2011 11:45PM

    It sounds like you have a great plan for when you are in Texas. Great job planning your meals for the week! I've never been able to do that.


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LMLOPEZ 3/5/2011 11:31PM

    Candy, sounds like you know exactly where you are. :)
Have fun in Texas, you'll find a way to get your exercise in. emoticon

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WALKAWAY 3/5/2011 11:09PM

    LOL, we must have been typing at the same time about our challenging week.

But your right, no looking back, just dust ourselves off and move on. Learn from the lessons. I need to work more at meal planning as by Thursday evening I really don't care what I put on the table. That's not good. So plan, plan and plan.

Glad to hear you had a great run today and are enjoying the new group. Sounds like fun.

Have a great weekend friend. Here's to moving forward. emoticon

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GAYLEP67 3/5/2011 11:06PM

    Learning from our past is a wise path to take. Moving on when we stumble a little is also incredibly important so that we don't get derailed each time. Souinds like you're all over these things! So proud of you for meal planning and making your shopping list - so valuable. I still haven't managed to get to that stage yet even though I'm cooking 3 full meals/day now for my Mom. I guess I am planning...just in shorter spurts (2 days at a time).

I love that you've become a runner. I look at your before and after pictures and your transformation is quite something. Your excitement pours through your blogs and I am thrilled when I read how excited you are about your training and your upcoming runs. You are certainly working this new lifestyle Candy. You keep going girl!!!



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Conquering Fears...

Saturday, February 26, 2011

When I first started my Spark journey, my intro on my Spark Page stated that I wasn't usually one to share much about myself. Considering we've discussed my backfield being in motion (or not, as the case may be!) I'd say I've gotten beyond that.

I like to say that I'm shy by nature. I'm also lacking in self-confidence. I'm uncomfortable in new situations. I'm awkward when meeting new people. I get tongue tied and blather on inanely. I built a wall around myself with my fat and kept the word away. Without being conscious of it, I had built a safe cocoon.

Now, it feels like a straight jacket, and I want out.

I overcame a fear this morning, and it resulted in something that still has me jazzed.

I blogged not long ago about being lonely and wondering if I'd ever find someone to run with. Karen42Boys pointed out, astutely, that if I really want someone to run with, I'm going to have to go out and find them.

What? You mean a running partner isn't going to come to my house and stand next to me, running in place, in my basement, while I'm on the treadmill? Pfft, what's the point then??

Not long after reading Karen's brilliant comment (why hadn't that occurred to me before, I can't say) I read in a newsletter that the Galloway training group would be having three free runs, the first being this Saturday at the Foot Traffic Race Event Expo.

What? A running group comprised of people who use the run/walk/run method in races, from 5Ks to Marathons? Dude, I'm SO totally there!

Only, it was 18 degrees this morning, and not likely to warm up above 35 before 9:30 a.m. I've never run in that kind of cold. 32-35 has been the coldest so far. I have layers. I have the right clothing. I have the right shoes.

I also have fears of putting myself out there in a brand new situation with people I don't know. What if no one talks to me? What if I get left behind? What if I'm too slow? What if they tell me I can't go back? What if they tell me I should stick to walking? What if, what if, WHAT IF????

What if I don't go? I'll regret it.
What if I don't go, and don't find out when the next free runs are? I'll regret it.
What if I don't go, stick to running by myself, and lose my Spark, my need to conquer the fat and fear and doubt? I'll regret it.

I do NOT regret it. I went.

I went, and there were a TON of people in the little store, in the tent outside, milling in and out, dressed in running gear, street clothes, all manner of people. Some people were just getting back from a run. No one noticed me, which was a good thing. There was no pointing and snickering behind hands (as if, I really need to get a grip, don't I?) One gentleman, manning a table in the outside tent, spoke and smiled, asking how I was holding up in the cold. A simple kindness that meant a lot.

So I milled around inside, eavesdropping (I can't speak to someone I don't know first, let's not push the boundaries of sanity here!) and heard people talking about run/walk/run, and stalked them after that, until they moved outside.

I followed the group, and there were about 20 people or so. They explained the route, the interval of 1 min run/1 min walk, and we set off. I put myself at the back of the pack, as per usual, and ran behind a pair of young ladies. The gap between us and the main group grew, until I was dogging the girls' heels a bit too much and managed to weave my way past. I was on my own then, between the main pack and the slow pack. There was a coach at the front of the run, and another coach at the back of the run, so no one would get left behind.

I set my timer, and ran my intervals, and noticed a lady in the back of the front pack drop back behind and slow down. I caught up with her, and we started talking and walking and running together.

It was Katherine, THE Kathy from the Hood to Coast movie. Dude, I got to run/walk/run with her! Seriously, this amazing woman who has run marathons and Hood to Coast and died at Myst and was revived and survived and kept on going after her recovery - this is the woman I met and talked with and laughed with and RAN with.

The route was 2.2 miles. I mapped it on my Fitness tracker. Today is supposed to be my 5 mile run day. I would not trade a solitary continuous 5 mile run for that amazing 2.2 mile group run and another 2.8 mile run later today. Not for anything.

The next Galloway run is next Saturday, meeting up at OMSI. I think it'll be warmer then LOL I hope. Doesn't matter though. Nothing short of a medical emergency will keep me away. I'm there. I'm SO there it's ridiculous.

What was I so scared of? Right now, I couldn't tell you. I've found my running family - yes, Kathy and I were the last runners to make it back to Foot Traffic. That's ok - we agreed we'll run together next week, and I can't wait.

***Edited to add***
For those of you not familiar with Hood to Coast and my love-bordering-on-obsession with the event and movie, here's a link to the movie's trailer.

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    Oh Candy, I just love it when that kind of stuff happens! Obviously there was a purpose in you meeting THE Kathy. If that's not inspirational and a sign that you did the right thing, honey, I don't know what is!!! Yeah, you're not gonna convince any of your Spark friends that you're shy! As others have said, it's funny how so many of us can be much more outgoing in the virtual world. I'm thrilled for you that you've found a running community...who knows where this might lead??? At the very least, the weather should be warming up as the months progress.

Totally different note: I've finally figured out what I want to send you to wear when you are doing your races, but I have to make it first. Don't worry, it won't burden or interfere with your runs in any way. And I've got something else I want to make for you as well, but that's going to have to wait until we move and I unpack my craft stuff. I don't dare deal with my craft stuff right now, and I'm hoping we're going to be packing up in the next few weeks. No jobs for us just yet, but Mark has a lead, so we're hopeful. Thanks for sharing this amazing experience along your journey. You totally deserve it!!!

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JANICEMC 3/1/2011 6:58PM

    Wow: What a great story. And it's YOUR story. Pretty cool. I'm glad you found the nerve to try something new. It's hard putting yourself in those kind of situations. That's so cool that you did it. Runners tend to be really cool people. I've belonged to several running groups in the past and there always seems to be a sense of camaraderie even with total strangers.

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COOKWITHME65 2/28/2011 8:30PM

    I'm so proud of you Candy. I'm so glad you went. I'm going to search for something like that in my area. Loved the trailer. I wonder if it will come out on DVD.

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WALKAWAY 2/28/2011 6:19PM

    emoticonmy friend. That is so cool. I'm so excited that you've found a running partner. Keep it up. I have no doubt that you'll be running in the Hood To Coast. WOOHOO! emoticon

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KASHMIR 2/28/2011 1:14PM

    That is so cool that you found a running partner, AND that it's someone as wonderful as Kathy!

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HEALING_LORI 2/28/2011 9:21AM

    OMG Candy ~ You have a way about you, that really gives me true inspiration! I totally, "TOTALLY" know how it feels to be shy and lacking self confidence. I too have seen free running groups at "The Running Room" and have so many times have told myself I should try that, but like you the "what ifs" completely take over me! From "what if I can't keep up?" to "what if I wipe out and feel like a comeplete fool?".... like you - they are non stop! Even right now when I think of it, it makes me very nervous and really quite sad! But seeing you make this big step and how well it went, gives me the push and want more than ever to step out of my cocoon (which really is more of a staright jacket). It's scary but you've proven that I can do it too!
I am soooooo HAPPY for YOU!!!! Whhooooohooooo!
Thank You ~ Thank You ~ THANK YOU!
(oh....and I still am dying to see the movie too..... I keep checking to see if I can find anywhere in Canada that it is playing!
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GAYEMC 2/27/2011 7:53PM

    I never would have guessed you to be shy. I'm so glad you decided to go to the run and build your self confidence! And meet Kathy (her son and mine were on the same little league team years ago).

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GAYLEP67 2/27/2011 11:06AM

    Oh Candy! I can SO relate to the shyness (although it's funny that none of us are so shy sounding in the virtual world, are we?). I go through some serious anxiety anytime I'm in a new setting or somewhere where there's no one that I know (aka no safety net for me). I am so proud of you for pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and ensuring you had no regrets. And look at the reward you received! It was thrilling to read about you meeting Kathy and I was sitting here cheering for you as I read your blog. You continue to be a motivator and an inspiration to me and so many others every day.
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LMLOPEZ 2/26/2011 10:15PM

Awesome, Candy! So proud of you-sounds like fun!
Wish you lived closer, I can only " virtually" run with you and it's not the same :)

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IMIN2GENES 2/26/2011 8:05PM

    Thanks for sharing your remarkable experience! This was quite inspirational!


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ROBBIEMARIE 2/26/2011 7:16PM

    Candy, I am so very proud of you. I can imagine you showing up with all those what ifs doing somersaults in both your mind and your belly. Yet you pushed beyond your comfort zone and were so wonderfully rewarded. You really seem to be finding a new exciting person within your own skin. This woman is so filled with a new zest for a healthy and vigorous life. She is one amazing woman!!!

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TRUDYLOO 2/26/2011 7:01PM

    So - I'd never heard of that movie. I clicked on your link and watched the video of Kathy and her team.... WOW! What an inspiration - and how remarkable that today - of all days - you went! Was she surprised you knew her? Congrats on your perseverance! emoticon

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DITZYCHICK 2/26/2011 6:34PM

    Gotta tell you...I started reading your blog and you were so describing me in your first two paragraphs! I'm very proud of you for overcoming your fear, for putting yourself out there, and finding a fit. I can tell that it has brought you great joy and a sense of accomplishment and you're going to really thrive with this group! If you would have let those fears overcome you, then you wouldn't have found that joy. GREAT JOB!!!

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RIGBY31 2/26/2011 5:53PM

    OMGosh... para. 2 and the "what if's" are totally me! You voiced my mind, girl! I downloaded the c25k program today. I am slowly headed in the right direction (as in out the door, down the street, running etc)... scared. But you give me courage (and I'm not just saying that... I am afraid to fail at this, injury, whatever). Good for you, putting yourself out there.

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BAILEE_GRAVES 2/26/2011 5:33PM

    OMG you made me cry!!!

I am so frickin' proud of you!! I know I put myself "out there" alot here on SP but I really am very introverted and shy as well so I know of what you speak. And I know just how much courage it took (just against the cold itself) for you to get out there this morning.

Then to get to run with someone like Kathy!! I am so jumping up and down for joy for you right down darlin!!

There are not enough emoticons for me to put on here to tell you how proud I am of you!! YOU are an inspiration and I'm so dang proud of you I could just bust!!!

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KAREN42BOYS 2/26/2011 4:37PM

    Oh, candy! What a spectacular post! You faced your feelings and fears head on, and then you had a life changing adventure! I am just tickled I got to have a place in the story! I love how our journeys overlap.

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ANNESYLVIA 2/26/2011 4:27PM

    Aah, the wonders one encounters when stepping outside their comfort zone. When opportunity knocks Candy answers. emoticon

FYI: I miss the blogs like your backfield dosy! You are one of the reasons I kept coming back to spark. Thank GOD because now I loss 30lbs and only 15lbs or so to go!! Thank you my friend.


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    Awesome! Enjoy your run next week. (I was too much of a cold wimp to go out today).

So instead I went to the Saturday morning studio cycling class today at my gym and ran into a woman I've known from class there who is also in software...but since she's been busy and I've been normally running on Saturdays, I hadn't seen her in months. But we talked after class....and next Saturday I'm going to go to that cycling class and we're going to run the loop from the Riverplace athletic club to the Broadway bridge and back after class. It will be fun to run with I'm making next Saturday my cycling + running day.

It is nice to make connections with inspiring people. So here's to running with others once in a while....and enjoying this spark journey.

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HeartBreaker Half, 10K, and 5K...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

It was really really cold this morning, and Bill and I both asked each other if we'd lost our minds, since we were paying for the privilege to head downtown to run and walk 3.1 miles with a bunch of other nuts in 32 degree weather!

It was the usual crew - me, Bill, and daughter Courtney were running/walking. Her S.O. Steve, and her mom and her S.O. Laure' and Tim, with cheerleader bulldog Otis (yea, there are a lot of us) were also present to cheer us all on.

For the inaugural event, the HeartBreaker Half was well-organized! We gathered at World Trade Center 1, where the vendors were set up and tables with portable outdoor heaters were available. We huddled, when we could, around the heaters to try and stay a little warm before the race.

The Half marathon started at 8 a.m., but we didn't have any of our crew running in it. Courtney ran the 10K, I ran the 5K, and Bill walked the 5K. We had different start times and locations, so we were able to see Courtney off on her venture. At 9:00, she took off near the front of the pack, and headed out to the south. After that, we had a half hour to line up for the start of our 5K.

With the sound of the airhorn, we were off. As in the past, we stayed toward the back, hugging the right side, letting the crowd thin out around us without impeding anyone's efforts. The description of the run (there was no map available) said the first 1.15 mile was a gentle uphill. Perhaps we want to discuss the nuance of 'gentle' LOL It wasn't a drastic uphill, true, but I don't have a lot of experience with hills (yet) so it was a struggle going out. I walked more than I intended that first mile, but by the time I reached the mile 1 marker, I was on a 14 mm pace. Awesome!

Then, I came face to face with why they call it the HeartBreaker. 0.1 of a mile worth of hill, straight up. Yea, I walked it LOL But once I reached the top, I took a bit to catch my breath, then got back into my interval running.

Turns out, running in 32 degree weather was worth it!
Candace Bailey 5282 0:42:52 13:48 22 / 27

In case the c&p loses the spacing, that says that my chip time was 42:52 minutes, which equals a 13:48 pace. Yea, I cried when I read that. I thought I'd done well, around a 14.5 pace or so, but that just blew me away. I'm thrilled with this progress from last Dec., when I ran my first 5K in 45.

The rest of the run was downhill, so I'm sure that balanced out the amount of walking I did heading up the hill. It was pretty cool to head back down Naito, past the place I'd ordinarily turn in to head to work, watching the traffic get backed up while we finished. I felt for the drivers, unaware as I'm sure they were, that they would be held up for quite some time before they could go on their way.

The other awesome thing about the HeartBreaker is the fact that everyone - half-marathoner, 10Ker, and 5Ker - received a medal for finishing.

Admittedly, I'm thrilled all the way around - with my time, with having a good time, and getting bling for it - has been a great experience. I'll definitely be back to the HeartBreaker. Next time, the 10K!


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TRUDYLOO 2/25/2011 5:04PM

    What a fantastic blog post! Congrats on your time! And congrats on persevering through the cold! The couple of 5K's I've entered - also give you medals - even if you just walk - like me - but it is amazing how motivating that medal it! I'm really excited for you! Keep going! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JHARTSCOM 2/25/2011 4:16PM

    Way to go "GIRL"! emoticon emoticon

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RIGBY31 2/21/2011 9:58PM

    I love your blog! I love you do this all together. And the medal! You are a champion racer... good for you!

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ROBBIEMARIE 2/21/2011 9:21PM

    You did emoticon and I am so very proud of you! Your running is coming along so incredibly! Love the bling. Nice that everyone got one!

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    Way to go!

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ANNESYLVIA 2/21/2011 11:24AM

    emoticonto go Candy.

Ah 32o. It was 26o here yesterday and snow last night. We have about 3-4 inches of snow. I am glad it was a little better weather for your run.

It is called World Trade Center 1? I worked in WTC #2 in NYC when it still existed. Still not comfortable hearing the pharse.

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DITZYCHICK 2/21/2011 10:44AM

    Fantastic!!! Looks like this one posed some challenges for you, but you pushed right over those hills with a great time. Enjoy your moment and accomplishment!!!

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MRSBENNETT2 2/21/2011 2:33AM

    Good for you! Brr...32 degrees....I can't even comprehend that anymore! Mom says y'all might get upwards of six inches snow this week. emoticon You should organise a team from your workplace and do Hood To Coast!

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GAYEMC 2/21/2011 12:37AM

    Way to go Candy! You did a great time! And it wasn't rainig.

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CLARABRUNNING 2/20/2011 10:56PM

    So proud of you twin! You did awesome! I've had hills like that when the course was described as "mostly flat" which made me want to roll the race organizer down one. :)

Doesn't it feel amazing to have shaved so much time off of your total time? My first 5k was 45 something, the second one was 44:27 and the third one was 42 something...the last one in October was 40:04 running the whole way. I'm going to break 40 on the next one!

And so are you! You ROCK sista!


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HEALING_LORI 2/20/2011 10:51PM

    So happy for you Candy! Another run under your belt with a great time! Congratulations to you and your family!!! I know all about the cold up here in Canada... today was -10 celcius (-20 with wind chill) I'm guessing thats 0 fahrenheit?!?! Glad you stuck it out! You look amazing with that medal of yours!

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CHAZERAY 2/20/2011 10:41PM

    Great job; I am so happy for you. I like your new bling.


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WALKAWAY 2/20/2011 10:28PM

    emoticonmy friend. I'm so excited for you. You are emoticon

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LMLOPEZ 2/20/2011 10:13PM

    Yeah Candy!!! So nice-you look fabulous with that big smile and the award!!
Glad you had fun. I learned you need to dress for 20 degrees warmer than it really is when you run; I did well during my run in 40 degree weather but it's the WAITING to get started that makes you freeze!
I'm just learning about hills as well. Someday we will learn to love them emoticon

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KAREN42BOYS 2/20/2011 8:55PM

    yo, you ran in freezing temperatures and got a personal record! stellar!

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BAILEE_GRAVES 2/20/2011 8:38PM

    Oh Candy this just filled me with pride for you!! (and your dh and daughter too!!) You should be so proud of yourself!! Such an incredible time!!

Living here in the mountains I know what you mean about the hills. They killed me the first time I ran/walked a 5k. Thought I was going to die! But as they say, everything that goes up....must come down.

SUPER SUPER SUPER congratulations to you guys!!!

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