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HTC obsession? Hmm..... Lotsa links..

Friday, August 19, 2011

As some of my friends who have been around a while know, and those of you who are new are about to find out, I'm a bit obsessed with Hood to Coast - the mother of all relays!

Here's my blog about showing up at one of the exchange points last year and meeting some SparkPeople.

This year, I'm a volunteering on behalf of our Sparkin' Hood to Coast team, and will actually be working Exchange 14 this year. Yay!

Then.. our Coasties and Ghosties HTC team put out a call for more ghosts. Ghosts run the same distance, at the same time, as the Coasties.

I signed up to ghost Matt, Z's husband, Friday evening at 8:17 p.m., for 7.25 miles. I figured I'm supposed to run 11 miles on Saturday with the Tribe anyway, why not simply do it Friday night, with/for Matt?
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Here's the leg Matt will be actually running:

Bill and I plan on driving out to Exchange 14 this weekend to get an idea of where we need to be next Friday morning. Then we'll continue on, so I can get a look at Leg 15 to know what Matt will be going through.

As if that's not enough.. and it's NOT LOL I also ordered the Hood to Coast movie on DVD!

It arrived Wednesday! Hooray!
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Bill took me to see the movie when it was in theaters back in February, I think it was. Loved it! Totally loved it, and was in awe of the teams and the stories. Fast-forward a couple of weeks and I went to the Galloway Training group run for the first time and met THE Kathy who was featured in the HTC movie.

She is the most awesome lady ever. So sweet, welcoming, and friendly!

I've been fortunate to be able to run a few more runs with her, and to watch her determination and drive to run run run. She'd mentioned that the makers of HTC the movie were doing follow-up interviews with her and the others, so I was looking forward to seeing the new footage.

It did not disappoint! 90 minutes of additional footage - outtakes and deleted scenes from the movie, the follow-up interviews, the making of the movie.. and HTC shout-outs from HTC 2008 and 2010.

I watched the shout-outs last night, and when they showed the shout-outs from 2010 I paid careful close attention. I'm glad I did.

That, my lovelies, is one half of the 2010 Sparkin' HTC team! I recognize Coach Nancy, and Mike. I recognize the other ladies, but do not know their names. That's a picture of them yelling 'go SparkPeople' while the DVD is paused on my TV LOL

Call me nuts (that is, if you haven't already) but I get the feeling that I have a HTC run in my future. Like, for reals. I've talked to a few people here at my work who are on a HTC team (The DEA Lightning Slugs) who are running, and they said there'd be a spot for me on their team next year if I was interested. That's awesome, truly. If I do it, though, I'd totally want to do it with SparkPeople. They.. YOU!!! are the reason I run... are the reason I have this obsession LOL.. are the reason my life has changed completely.

So, forgive me if I seem a bit myopic in the coming week. Seven days. Friday, August 26, 24 runners and countless ghosts will set out on an epic 2-day adventure, united by SparkPeople. I'm going to be a part of that adventure, and I cannot wait.
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TURTLERASKIN 8/21/2011 8:29PM

    Well, of course you should run with the sparkers! That sounds totally cool, and I'm glad you get to ghost this year (although I'm not 100% certain what it is, I am 100% certain I'm behind you!).

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ANNESYLVIA 8/20/2011 9:04PM

    For reals huh? Terrific that you are that inspired by something to keep you going. I don't really have that. But I do enjoy working out, whether it is running, kickboxing, Zumba, swimming or spinning. And of course I really like the strengthen part too!

Enjoy volunteering Candy!

hugs, Anne

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ETTEZEUS 8/20/2011 8:50AM

    Nice blog!
Hope I get to meet you out there.
I'm running on Kate's Team. Legs 5, 17 and 29.

I leave Wednesday!

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CASSIOEPIA 8/20/2011 8:37AM

    I think that is Maria (GLOBETREKKER) to the right of Mike (4th from the left).

I love your blog Candy, and remember how excited I was last year. It drove me crazy when there was no cell coverage. It would be so cool to go out to an exchange and meet the runners!

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GAYEMC 8/19/2011 10:10PM

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, the spark team from left to right: Penny, Nancy, Kim, Leah, Mike, Polly. I remember meeting you and Bill for the 1st time at the exchange last year. LMBO, just read your blog from then, you were so excited to do 4 miles in 76 minutes. And now you're a half marathoner!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/19/2011 3:39PM

    Now I know what HTC is and it sounds very cool! Have a wonderful time! I can see why you are so "obsessed" with it, and I can't wait to hear more about it!

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WALKAWAY 8/19/2011 2:33PM

    I sooooooo excited for you. How fun. And ya, I see a HTC in your future. When that happens I'll make a trip from Eastern Oregon to cheer you on! WOOT!

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ZORAHGAIL 8/19/2011 2:30PM

    Love it Candy!

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As plain as the nose on your face..

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Or in my case, the shoes on my feet!

I blogged yesterday about my weekend, along with tidbits of trivial info. One such tidbit related to how I felt participating in Zumba classes was doing more harm than good for my legs, and making it very difficult to run the next day.

BigMamaT left a comment for which I am grateful. The best part was this:
3. What kind of shoes do you wear for zumba? There are special Zumba shoes that work well(so I've heard) or Tennis shoes that have the round circle on the ball of the foot help with easy sliding and twisting)

Y'know, I didn't stop to consider my shoes. They're older generic tennis shoes. They're not runners. They're stiff. When I first got them (well before I was Sparked!) they were stiff, and not that comfy, and I rarely wore them. For reals!

But my feet lost weight, so I decided to try the shoes again. I mean, we can't let decent shoes go to waste, right? Well, they're still stiff. They're broken in, it's just their nature I suppose.

I hadn't given them much thought until last evening. I was walking to the gym (I will always rather walk to get my cardio/warm-up out of the way than use a treadmill or bike, call me crazy!) and realized my legs were starting to hurt.


Really?? Yea. My shins started aching. I was pickin' em up and puttin' em down with a quickness. I don't lollygag about when I'm walking to the gym. I'm hot-footin' it! It dawned on me, thanks to BigMamaT, that it's the stinkin' shoes causing the problem!


There was much rejoicing with this thunderbolt of realization hitting me!
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Yes, I've worn other shoes in which to Zumba. Yes, Zumba is now also a verb as well as a noun. BigMamaT is right - one needs the ability to slide and swivel and shake and shimmy and twist and shout (shout!) while Zumba'ing. My shoes were preventing me from doing these various required moves.

Think I didn't shed my shoes for Zumba class last night and slide around in my socks? Oh yes I did!

I danced, I shimmied, I turned around, I wiggled, I shook my groove thang like I stole it!

My legs are happy today. My spirit is happy. I don't have to stop making a fool of myself in public while I fling myself about doing my version of dancing!

On a related, but not, side note....
I love you all to pieces. Some of your comments had me going 'pfffffft!' though.
I did 10 miles, yes. I was beat at the end, and how!
I do a run/walk/run interval of 30 seconds/30 seconds (with a few 1 minute/1 minute intervals thrown in for variety!).
I am slow. It took me 2:20 to run that 10 miles. That's an average 14 min/mile.

Many of you can WALK faster than I can run.

Do not be intimidated by that number. 10 is a big number, sure, but it is certainly within your reach, your capabilites!
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MAKING140BY40 8/18/2011 5:29PM

    I LOVE the line, " I shook my groove thang like I stole it! " emoticon

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GAYEMC 8/17/2011 8:10PM

    You wore me out reading about your 10 mile run. I am so impressed with how far you've come! I'll be euphoric when I can run that first mile. Glad you found an answer to Zumba. I hear it's so fun, one of these days I'm going to check it out.

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MALKS_ARIA 8/17/2011 6:12PM

    Glad You had an "ah-ha" moment!! They make a big difference :)


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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/17/2011 4:32PM

    I cannot walk a 14 min. mile... yet and I sure as... well, you know... can't run it. I'm still impressed by the number 10 no matter how you achieved those miles. I walked 8 miles once and was thrilled and excited by it but have not done it again since. It's on my list. LOL

I'm glad you figured out the Zumba thing. I'm glad you love it but it was not for me. I bet you had a blast sliding around in your socks! Woohoo!


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KAKAKALI4 8/17/2011 2:25PM

    Okay .. first I have been complaining about mine for a while, but don't want to get new ones till I get some really nice ones! But I had never considered doing it in my socks .. I think i will try that on Thursday .. I bet that was awesome! I am glad you found a way to LOVE THE ZUMBA .. cause it is AWESOME!

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STACIEPETE 8/17/2011 1:45PM

    I'm glad it was the shoes! You know, Zumba sells these bands that you can slip over your regular tennis shoes that help with slipping and sliding. People in my Zumba class swear by them. You should check them out. (I'm sure they are cheaper than special shoes).

Also, get a fun belly dancing scarf. You'll feel silly in a good way, and it'll make you wanna shake your hips more! :)

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TURTLERASKIN 8/17/2011 11:48AM

    Oh, thank goodness you figured out it was the shoes! Banish them to Goodwill, and let someone who doesn't intend to wear them for exercise benefit from them!

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BLACKROSE_222 8/17/2011 10:37AM

    Great way to figure that out! I love Zumba, but don't get there nearly as much as I should (like never). Congrats!

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LILLYPILLY24 8/17/2011 2:22AM

    I think I love you.

This is just such a wonderful blog. Thanks also for the encouragement (realistic voice) about the number 10. You're rocking it, though.

I'd love to do my very first zumba class with you!!!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 8/17/2011 12:09AM

    First - I'm glad you got the shoes figured out. I love the image of you sliding around in your socks in Zumba!

Second - a 14 minute mile is nothing to sneeze at! And maintaining a 14 minute mile pace for 10 miles is nothing short of heroic to me... You are doing a great job - so pffftt right back to you!



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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/17/2011 12:07AM

    You are just so awesome! I'm so happy that Zumba is working out for you.

Keep on shaking your groove thang like you stole it!
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LMLOPEZ 8/16/2011 11:39PM

    Candy, I can just picture you jumping around in Zumba with your new shoes on. How fun!!! Glad you got the troubleshooting done.
And don't discount the 14 minute mile. You did it and at a pace that works for you; let me tell you don't take it for granted what you can or can't achieve. Can't wait to run 10 miles!!!
Zumba on, girlfriend!!!

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WALKAWAY 8/16/2011 11:23PM

    emoticonfinding out what was causing the leg pain.

This spring when I started walking again I grabbed a older pair of shoes to set out on my first few walks - got up in the middle of the night for a trip to the bathroom........ emoticon........holy cow........I could hardly walk, for about 3 days. emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 8/16/2011 9:40PM

    Nice job to find out that shoes are the answer to the riddle!

And I love that you embrace your slowness. I do that too (although at first I didn't). I may not be fast, but I am totally off the couch while I'm doing it, and I rejoice in that!

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    Glad you found the answer! emoticon

I am finding that my shoes make the difference!

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CHAMILTON50 8/16/2011 8:43PM

    emoticon Great blog.... THANK YOU! And THANK YOU to BigMamaT for her advice. I have only done Zumba once with Wii and found it quite difficult for many .....but....socks would be soooo much easier in many ways. I'm gonna give it a try!

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MINKABONET 8/16/2011 8:31PM

    What a fun blog! "I shook my groove thang ... " LOL

Great for you. Glad you're back to having a good time.

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PIXIEMOM13 8/16/2011 8:15PM

    Glad you figured it out about the shoes!

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 8/16/2011 7:22PM

    Good to know. Also you reminded me I had an u.written goal to try Zumba. Ha! You go girl.

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GAYLEP67 8/16/2011 6:52PM

    So now I'm waiting for your VLOG showing us how you Zumba!! I am glad that BigMamaT was able to shed some light on your Zumba challenge and loved your "my spirit is happy" comment - it made me smile and filled me with joy for you.

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IMIN2GENES 8/16/2011 6:13PM

    Can I count all the laughter as fitness minutes?? You crack me up girlfriend!

I'm so glad you figured out the problem with Zumba. Shake your booty! I've got this picture in my head of you sliding around in your socks! LOL!

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KIMSPDX 8/16/2011 5:15PM

    Yay! So glad you figured out it's the shoes so you can keep Zumba-ing. It looks like lots of fun--it's on my "going to do that" list for when I can do more than 15-20 min. of light exercise at a time.

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Good weekend.. great week?

Monday, August 15, 2011

I must say, I do like our 9/80 work schedule. It allows for every-other Friday off, and this past weekend was one of those 3-day weekends for me. Sometimes, they fly by pretty quickly and it doesnít seem like I had any time off at all. This one though, was just right (a la Goldie and the Three bears)!

Well, mostly just right. I did nada on Friday. We took Maggie to the vet for her check-up about her ears (theyíre all clean and clear now, yay!) and to get the results of her bloodwork to make sure the Phenobarbital was at an acceptable level in her blood Ė it is. Sheís a healthy lil furbaby now, so weíre very pleased with that.

Afterward, I actually found myself taking a nap Ė practically unheard of! The previous week had taken its toll on me though. Wednesday and Thursday, we had out-of-town staffers in town, so my usual schedule was thrown off. No Zumba or ST on Wednesday (more about Zumba later) and no run on Thursday Ė I ended up getting home far too late to accomplish either one.

Whatís that? Well, yes, I could have still gone to the gym Wednesday, or run Thursday night, we have reflective vests and flashlights, I could have managed, (insert whiny voice) but I was tired (end whiny voice).

It carried over into Friday, and I snoozed more than I should have. It was good, though, because I had to get up early Saturday morning to attend the Pineapple Classic 5K obstacle course with Team Kevin.

Team Kevin Ė pre-race.

Team Kevin consisted of (left to right) 4My2Kidzís daughter Syd, me, 4My2Kidz (Molly) and her sister-in-law, Kirsten. Kirsten was married to Mollyís brother, Kevin, who lost his battle against Leukemia several years ago. We participated in his honor, and had a great time. We had to carry a pineapple the whole way Ė Syd named it Jackson. We had lots of fun, and it wasnít nearly as hard or muddy as the Mud Run was, thank goodness!

Team Kevin Ė post-race.

We donít look much worse for wear, but we were wet and gritty, and happy to be done!

Guess what I did after I got home from that??!?!

Yep, another nap.

Ah well, I guess my body needed it. I did rise finally, and Bill offered to take us out for dinner. Sure, why not? Iíd blown the end of the week with eating out Wednesday and Thursday with the out of towners, and with getting a pizza on Friday from Papa Murphy, why not make it a four-day streak of bad eating? We hit SuperKing buffet down on SE 82nd and enjoyed very much. I .. ok, Iím not going to fib. Yea, I had fried things as well as healtheir fare. Meh. It happens.

Life happens, right? I mean, thatís what I tell so many people when they feel guilty or disturbed by their transgressions, whatever they might be. The same applies to me. I donít feel all that guilty, really Ė and that might be a problem! HmmmÖ.

So I had several Ďbadí days in a row Ė off-plan days, non-productive days, blah days, fat days, less than stellar days, or just.. days. How do we counter-act less than great days? We do something about it.

I got up at early Sunday morning and went for a run. Iíd told Bill that I was going to get up at 4:30 (regular time) and head down to where I work to run the waterfront and Springwater trail to get in my mileage. The Tribe ran 9.5 on Saturday, but Iíd missed it to do the Pineapple classic instead Ė and it was worth it! I needed to get my mileage in though. Bill thought I was nuts to get up at 4:30 just to go run, and I acquiesced and instead got up at 5:30 LOL Eh, it was worth it. I downed some cream of wheat with peanut butter and banana, got dressed, and headed out the door.

Itís been a long time since Iíve done a long run by myself. Iím spoiled by the Tribe! I had a route in mind, though, and it worked out quite well. I parked at work and took off. I ran from the far end of the waterfront, past all the bridges (and that was awesome, so see thousands of Bridge Pedal bikers riding along all the bridges and even on the freeways!) across the Steel Bridge over to the Eastbank Esplenade, out past OMSI onto the Springwater trail, then back again. I ended up with 10.5 miles in all, walking a half mile to warm up and cool down in the end.

It was fabulous. Nothing hurt. See, after having a great calorie-zapping Zumba session Monday night, I could barely run Tuesday afternoon. I mean, it felt like my legs were painful lead Ė they were heavy and draggy and achy and just plain hurt. Iím worried that the twisting and turning that Iím doing in Zumba is starting to effect my legs negatively. If thatís the case, Iím going to have to ditch Zumba until after the Girlfriends Half in October. I canít hurt like that and keep training and gaining mileage and conditioning.

So to start off running pain-free Sunday morning really was fabulous. My legs felt good. Nothing hurt or ached. I think my only complaint is the way I breathe. Well, and my form, but mainly my breathing. Iím breathing fine, donít get me wrong. I just sound like Iím going to die! Wheezing and gasping and puffing. Other runners barely make any noise as theyíre running. Me, I sound like a freight train or something. I donít feel BAD as Iím running, but I sound awful!

As people ran past me (lots of people do, often, and Iím alright with that) Iíd see if I could mimic their stride Ė kicking back more, running at a faster pace, shuffling along, a little bouncy, a little stiff. Whatever. I always think I look very sloppy in race photos, mostly because.. I am! My form can barely be called a form because itís just not good. So for the majority of the run I was thinking ďneat and tidyĒ and ďtight and steadyĒ trying to not swing my arms wildly or let my feet flop around. Maybe at some point, Iíll splurge and hire a running coach for a couple of sessions to see what they can teach me and train me about better running form. Iím not hurting myself (Iím knocking all kinds of wood after typing that Ė does pressboard count??) so itís not dire, but Iíd like to represent just a little better.

10.5 miles later, I headed home. I felt so good, and still nothing hurt. I wasnít quite as lazy as the previous days Ė I didnít nap yesterday! Yay me! I did a few chores around the house, caught up with laundry, played with the puppies, helped with dinner, etc. Nothing spectacular, just normal Sunday things, but all the while I was very grateful that my legs felt so good. I donít want to go back to the pain I had from overdoing it last go-round. This, though, was what running is supposed to feel like Ė a sense of accomplishment, a bit of self-pride, satisfaction in getting it done, and eagerness for the next long run coming.

Today is Monday, and Iím hoping starting off this week with that great run will help set the pace for the rest of the coming week. Good food, good fitness, good attitude. May it be so!

Iím 43, getting fit, and being fabulous!

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ROXIT22222 8/18/2011 8:55PM

    I'm so behind in reading my friends spark blogs. That is great that you got a 10 mile run in. You run like I do. (as read in the other blog) The run walk run walk run... I'm at 5 miles when I go. I am gearing up and thinking of the rock n roll 1/2 in May. Keep up the great work. You are looking good!

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AFMARVIN 8/16/2011 4:04PM

    Look at that picture! You look awesome, keep it up, I love reading about your exploits.

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HOTRODSANDY 8/15/2011 9:34PM

    Wow! 10.5 miles is amazing! I've been tempted to try 4 miles. But haven't gotten the courage yet. You're an inspiration!

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GAYEMC 8/15/2011 8:53PM

    Glad you enjoyed the Pineapple Classic! (I did the Crawfish Crawl). I also napped on Saturday which I hardly ever do, must have been something in the air, maybe the clouds? Sounds like Sunday was a nice run also, glad you are pain free after a long one.

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MALKS_ARIA 8/15/2011 6:45PM

    You are DOING it!!!!

Wowsie Lady!!! What a great job!!!

Keep up the great work!!!


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    You look fabulous!!

You are my hero! I am not able to run 10 miles yet, but it is in my future.

Have a great day!

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DOUGZ69 8/15/2011 4:23PM

    OK, so what have you done with the lady I used to converse with last year? Holy Smokes! You are an inspiration. I am now in the Portland area (Tigard). Someday when I can get back to a point where jogging could be option maybe you can point me in the direction of some of these types of groups in the area.

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WALKAWAY 8/15/2011 3:06PM

    emoticon emoticonon the 10.5 miles. You are emoticonand look FANTASTIC.



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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/15/2011 2:37PM

    You look fabulous! I'm so proud of you for such a long run. I simply cannot imagine it. Some day maybe.

I keep trying to tell myself this is my life. It's about choices. If I decide to splurge so be it. It's not going to derail me because it's just another day in my life. I'm not going to live the rest of my life never eating anything fun or taking a nap. It's all got to balance out. That is my dream. To live a balanced life, just once, before I die. I'm working on it.

Keep up the great work!


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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 8/15/2011 2:34PM

    Oh my gosh Candy I am so very proud of you. Your pic is gorgeous, your attitude perfect. You are living and living healthy. Yeah, eating out and life's interruptions happen. No since in beating oneself up and you didn't. Yeah you! I'm glad your legs are feeling good and you have a sense of accomplishment. Good thing you blogged about it. Now when one of those off days comes along you can flip back to this blog and remind yourself it will pass soon. Congrats on all you've accomplished and I look forward to reading about your coming goals.
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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/15/2011 2:32PM

    I know how hard it is to stay on plan with work functions and extra meetings and what-not. You must have needed the rest and it's wonderful that you were able to take naps! I'm a jealous about that.

You and the rest of Team Kevin and Jackson the pineapple look fantastic. It sounds like you had a fun time for a worthy cause!

I can't believe you considered getting up at 4:30 on a Sunday for a run. 5:30 seems a little better and it must be peaceful and nice to watch the city wake up. I'm so in awe of you running 10.5 miles...that is amazing! And you felt good and your legs didn't hurt...can't get much better than that!

You look great and you ARE fabulous; but I think you should change the caption below your pic to "I'm 43, I'm fit and being fabulous!"

Have a wonderful week!

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GAYLEP67 8/15/2011 1:26PM

    10.5 miles!? You are amazing!! I'm glad to hear that you're letting yourself off the hook for the food splurges. You're absolutely right - life happens. Besides, with all of this activity, the odd splurge is probably okay. Happy to hear that you're listening to your body and giving it a rest when it warrants it. You're looking FABULOUS!!


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BAILEE_GRAVES 8/15/2011 1:23PM

    GETTING fit?? BEING fabulous?? Honey, other than that "brain thing"'re there!!!!


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WCALDER 8/15/2011 1:02PM

    10.5 Miles??


WOW!!! Great job!

Sounds like your weekend went pretty good! I haven't graduated to running outside for longer than a few minutes yet, so 10.5 miles is HUGE!!! Keep it up!!

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BIGMAMAT 8/15/2011 12:44PM

    Wow! My beautiful sparkfriend. I don't know where to start.

1. Cream of wheat with peanut butter and banana sounds awesome! emoticon

2. Naps are wonderful! emoticon

3. What kind of shoes do you wear for zumba? There are special Zumba shoes that work well(so I've heard) or Tennis shoes that have the round circle on the ball of the foot help with easy sliding and twisting)
4. You are running 10.5 miles now???? emoticon emoticon
5. You're AMAZING and you look BEAUTIFUL!!!!! emoticon

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IRISHBEANERGAL 8/15/2011 12:42PM

    You look great - nice picture! And 10.5 miles? That's fantastic... I am intimidated to go running with you now - just puttin' it out there!

Congrats on your new outlook.


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PIXIEMOM13 8/15/2011 12:36PM

    Woohoo, you look fabulous!

I can't even imagine doing 10.5 miles. You have my sincere and utter admiration!

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Month of the Spark!...

Sunday, August 07, 2011

I've realized that I'm going to be lucky enough to not only start my August off with a dose of Spark, but to end it that way as well.

Yesterday, August 6, was the Race for the Homeless 5K/10K in Vancouver, WA.

Kashmir had mentioned she and some other SP were going to be there, so I jumped at the chance to reconnect with them and signed Bill and I up.

Yes, Bill has learned to accept those moments when I start off a conversation with "By the way, I've signed us up for....." emoticon

Even though I did a successful 8 mi run with the Tribe the weekend before, I was still taking it relatively easy on my legs this last week during my maintenance runs. Tuesday, my legs hurt a great deal starting out. The only way I can think to describe it is as if I have to 'break the tension' in my knees in order to get to a normal running gate/speed. That may or may not make any sense to you, but it works in my mind LOL Think of the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz - they had to get his limbs actually moving before they could continue to move even more.

Anyway, Tuesday was a rough start, but by the end of the 3 miles I felt pretty good. Thursday started off not hurting as much, but I cut it short to a quick 2 out of simply being very tired from the week.

Bill would go out with me, but didn't finish either run, cutting each one short. We had a couple of conversations about walking vs. running, and what I expected of him vs. what he expected of himself. For those of you who don't know me and Bill well, he's 20 years older than I am. While in the bigger scheme of things that has no real bearing, when it comes to running, it does bear some consideration.

I'm slightly obsessed with running. He does it, eh, now and again, it's sorta fun, but it's a way to participate with me. Or, as he puts it, to try and keep up with me. I truly appreciate this from him, I do. But, I keep explaining to him that even with all the heart and desire in the world, it's not enough to not put in the miles and time for training. He can't expect to just show up and do well without putting in the prior effort. Maybe that's more about being stubborn than it is about being older, although his knees are also 20 years older, and they certainly feel it even if he isn't willing to admit it.

Aaaaanyway, we were going into the 5K on Saturday to run it at Bill's pace, to run it together. This means I get to nag him... erm.. encourage him to keep moving, keep going, don't slow down, don't race off, just keep a steady pace and continue moving forward.

Ready to Run!

Ready to Nag!

We left the house Saturday morning about 30 minutes earlier than needed. Heh. That's so us. We got to the site around 6:30, and check-in wasn't until 7. We walked around the grounds of Ft. Vancouver for a bit and it was so very nice! I'd never been there, had no idea it even existed, so it was awesome to get to know a new place. I believe it's also the location of the Start/Finish for the Girlfriends Half in October! W00T!

We walk around, up and down, warm up our legs, jog a bit, breaking the tension and getting things moving smoothly. Finally it was time to get our bibs and shirts, so we commenced our racing adventure. Taking our tshirts back to the car, we saw GayeMC. After hugs and laughs, she went on her way and we hit the car and headed back.

We hung about with Gaye, then HotRodSandy found us! She introduced us to GOOFIERNU as well, and we chatted a bit. KEakman arrived, and had HTC shirts for us - woohoo! Then Kashmir arrived, along with her son, and other friends. We ended up with a nice little huddle of talking laughing people, and it struck me how awesome it was to have found myself as a small part of a running community. Yes, SparkPeople ties us together, but running takes us offline and outside, and that is awesome.

As we continued milling about, we headed over to check out the 5K route, and were stopped by a loud 'hey!' and there was Courtney! She and several of her workmates were running the 10K, but neither one of us thought to tell the other one about the event, and yet here we were together LOL It was great to just run into her, pardon the pun.

More milling, more chatting. What a great way to spend a Saturday morning! Finally, the runners were called to the starting line to start the race. Bill and I, and Sandy and Gaye all headed for the back of the pack. I could see Kate and Robin and their gang a bit ahead of us. Finally, we were off, and headed down a slight hill to start the out and back route. Bill of course took off like a bat out of .. well, he just went out fast. I jogged slowly behind him until we reconnected and he was out of breath and I was ready to keep him moving LOL

We did our 30/30 intervals, and watched the herd of runners surge on ahead. Slowly but surely Sandy caught up and passed us, doing fantastic! The route was absolutely wonderful - one of the nicest I've ever been on. It ran through a field, where I think Bill had the hardest time with his breathing (allergies?) then up and over a bridge that crossed the freeway, then onto a part of the river walk to the turn around point. Gaye would catch us up, then we'd pass her, then she finally overcame us and we trailed her to the end. It was fun to cheer on people as they passed us coming back the other way as well.

The last part of the run was back up the hill we started down. I watched as Sandy, then Gaye made their way to the finish, and kept encouraging Bill to keep moving, don't stop. He was tired, but managed to finish off the run at a run. 48 min. later and we were done.

It was wonderful to have seen everyone, and to put new faces to names, all for a good time for a good cause. There was much watermelon munching and after-action talk. All good things must come to an end, though, so we all parted ways until the next gathering. Sandy and Gaye are also volunteering for HTC, so we'll be seeing them again for that great event as well.

Once we got home, we didn't even bother to go into the house. We grabbed our water, and headed off to the gym. I felt so good from the 5K still that I continued little runs to the gym for another 1.5 mi. We don't usually hit the gym on Saturday, but had opted out of our Friday evening workout for dinner out instead. It was noisier than usual, but we had a great ST session and headed back home again. Still feeling good, we goofed around with more brief spells of running back home another 1.5 mi.

THAT to me is what Spark is all about. We ran when we wanted to on the way down and back, because it was fun, we felt good, we were enjoying each others company, no push and no pressure, just pure enjoyment of our lives in that brief moment.

The rest of the day was spent doing the usual - a few chores, a few errands, and simply feeling good. What a great day.

Next weekend, I'm running the Pineapple Classic 5K w/ 4My2Kidz and her daughter and sister-in-law. It's another obstacle course, so that should be interesting!

A week and a half after that, IrishBeanerGal will be in town briefly, so we'll get to meet her as well. Yay!

Then life starts to revolve around Hood to Coast on Thursday, Aug. 25. People are coming into town to form the Sparkin' HTC and Coasties and Ghosties HTC teams. We're fortunate to be invited to gather with some of the teammembers Thursday evening before the grand event. I can't wait!

Friday we volunteer at Exchange 14. I've got an 11 mi run scheduled on Saturday with the Tribe, and I'm hoping I can do the run and THEN head to the Coast to see our teams finish. Two days after that, my Mom arrives for two weeks.

I hope I survive August LOL

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LISA01605 8/11/2011 10:21AM

    That sounds like such a fun day with your husband and so healthy! My husband and I used to work out together but he kind of dropped off. I want to get him back into it. It was fun and good for us. A lot better than spending time together by vegging on the couch! Good for you!

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    What a fabulous month! I do hope you have a blast with all the races AND with your mom! I'm jealous on all counts! Have fun! emoticon

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REALLY_ROBIN 8/8/2011 9:12AM

  What an awesome new picture!!! You're looking hot their Momma!!!

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GAYLEP67 8/8/2011 12:04AM

    Oh my gosh Candy! Just reading about your August poops me out! LOVE the pic of you (and Bill's too). How is your new "do" holding up to the runs? I think it's absolutely wonderful that the two of you do these runs together. August sounds busy but I know you'll tackle it all without batting an eyelash!


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LMLOPEZ 8/7/2011 10:51PM

    Candy, can't believe how much your outlook has changed since you first started. Sounds like not only August is gonna start and finish well, but so are you and Bill!! Great job and great fun.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/7/2011 10:48PM

    You are amazing! I love reading your blogs and hearing how awesome you and Bill are doing. Congratulations!

You two make a cute couple! emoticon

I hope you have a little time built in to Aug. for some rest and relaxation.

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    You're a busy girl! Hope you save some room to run/walk when I get down there at the end of August!

Way to go!

~Irish emoticon

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ROXIT22222 8/7/2011 8:02PM

    What a great day you had. Way to go!

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GAYEMC 8/7/2011 7:27PM

    Thanx for reminding me how much fun yesterday was. I love the way you put it into words. And it was grat to see Bill feeling much better after the 7/4 race. I can't believe he actually did a race having a chest cold. That would not be me. Who is Irishbeanergal? We should talk about the H2C and going to Seaside.

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HOLLYL7 8/7/2011 7:03PM

    LOL re: the nagging! I've been trying to get my hubby to join me running with no luck =) You are a fitness phenom! Keep up the great work!!

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MALKS_ARIA 8/7/2011 5:11PM

    Woohoo! Sounds like running with Bill can be a good thing!! Keep up the great job Running and getting Healthy.


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ANNESYLVIA 8/7/2011 3:39PM

    Wow, your goals are inspiring! You will be to busy to even think about gaining weight!
Good luck this month on meeting your goals .... emoticon

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0PTIMI5TIC 8/7/2011 3:19PM

    What a great month you have planned! Sounds exciting and exhilarating! I looking forward to losing some weight and strengthening my muscles to run again. Thanks for sharing. It's inspirational!

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RIGBY31 8/7/2011 3:07PM

    Going to the gym after the race?! You two are awesome! You've got a racing schedule that is terrific. Go!Go!Go!

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KIMSPDX 8/7/2011 3:06PM

    So much going on! You're going to have a great August--how fun!

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    Loved the nag comment!

What a great day, sounds like you had a lot of fun!

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STACIEPETE 8/7/2011 2:21PM

    Wowzers. You knock my socks off. I can't wait to get this weight off my knees so I can run 5k for fun! And I know exactly what you mean about the tension. It's like someone tightened the rubber bands that are your muscles up while you slept, and you have to stretch them out again. Anyway, good for you, and you're looking fabulous!

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KIMBANN 8/7/2011 2:13PM

    I am just so incredibly impressed, chick! Running is something on my list of things to do (if only to get my day's exercise quickly out of the way!)

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PIXIEMOM13 8/7/2011 2:01PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun! And you're looking good! So does your husband.
Mine is happy to be a couch he will walk the Ft. McHenry 5K in Sept that I signed the whole family up for.. hehee

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Finally did it!...

Friday, August 05, 2011

I've been thinking about it, talking about it for a while now. I've finally done it.

That's me, earlier today. Disregard the fact that I look washed out and exhausted. Look at the hair. The bad sad bad (did I say that already?) hair.

That's me, after Lorraine worked her magic on me! Seriously, the woman understood exactly what I wanted; I had a picture that 4My2Kidz sent me earlier today (thanks Molly!) and explained I'm an athlete, I run, I Zumba, I sweat and I needed help.

It's like finding my hair's soulmate once again. My haircut looks like I feel now! I'm so stoked, and I can't wait to go to the gym to try it out as I'm lifting and sweating!

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 8/15/2011 11:23AM

    Very cute and fits you well! I expect you will love it. Check out your helmet fit before you get ready to ride again. I had to tighten mine down with my short hair cut, and also with wt loss. Who'd a thought I carried fat on my head?

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KIMBANN 8/10/2011 8:56PM

    Your hair is very pretty and just a little sassy - just like you!

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TERRYT55 8/7/2011 5:10PM

    You look TERRIFIC. Short looks good on you. Bet your head feels cooler!

Good for you!

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ANNESYLVIA 8/7/2011 3:36PM

    WTG!: You look terrific! And I love the new profile too!

I am okay with just putting my hair in a ponytail.

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DARK_CINDERELLA 8/7/2011 12:04PM

    Awesome! Gorgeous! You look like a new woman!

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MALKS_ARIA 8/7/2011 1:14AM

    Its awesome :)

I liked the longer hair, but I agree, it did not accent your face, and your figure nearly as much as the new cut does.... and you honestly look thinner .... and I think that's awesome!!



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WALKAWAY 8/6/2011 10:44PM

    I love it. I was ready to "whack" mine off at my appointment last night, but my hairdresser/friend talked me out of it. I'm probably going to wish I had when we get back from a motorcycle ride tomorrow in 95 degree weather. emoticon

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    GAW-JUS! But then again, you always look beautiful! That personality of yours shines through no matter what hairstyle you're sporting! I've gotta decide if I'm gonna get my curls cut off and try a straighter 'do again because the water here in western Ohio is SO hard that it makes my perm looks terrible! BTW, we're in Oxford, Ohio, near the Indiana border. Wheeling, WVa. was our hotel stop coming from Philly to here during the move. I did a summer internship near Lewisburg, WVa. back in the 1990's (yes, I visited the Greenbrier Hotel that summer).

Been thinking of you and that craft project I've kept on hold to make for you. I'm still unpacking the house a bit here and there when I'm not working or dealing with the family (which doesn't leave much time for unpacking!). Glad you had a great race today! emoticon Christine

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4MY2KIDZ 8/6/2011 2:32PM

    Yay! Doesn't it feel great? I couldn't imagine if I had to go running with all that hair I cut off. Yay you!!! emoticon

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    I absolutely LOVE the cut! Congrats on finding something you like- the smile says it all!


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DITZYCHICK 8/6/2011 10:45AM

    Looks great girl!!! And I'm sure you'll especially love it when it comes to your workouts! Love to see you call yourself an "athlete" absolutely are!!!

Keep doing what you're doing, you're amazing!!!

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LMLOPEZ 8/6/2011 10:27AM

    I love love LOVE the style. It fits you beautifully. How easy is that gonna be to manage with your active lifestyle!! Very nice!

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BAILEE_GRAVES 8/6/2011 9:55AM

    OMG I absolutely LOVE it Candy!! It looks wonderful on you. The style fits your face beautifully! And I can't imagine how "cool" it feels. Awesome!!

(she didn't cut out your third of the brain did she???)

emoticon you'z pretty ;)

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KMERRY100 8/6/2011 8:33AM

  You look great!!! emoticon

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ERLYWA 8/5/2011 11:41PM

    Wow, you look incredible! Practical purpose aside, that cut makes you look younger, too! :)

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GAYLEP67 8/5/2011 11:21PM

    BE-U-TEE-FULL!!! You look gorgeous, Candy! I love the new 'do' and it should be great for your new athletic lifestyle.


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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/5/2011 11:02PM

    You look adorable and the cut looks so easy to manage! Enjoy!

I wanted to get a short cut pre-Spark and I've decided to let it wait until a big reward.

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TURTLERASKIN 8/5/2011 10:53PM

    What a great pixie cut! It looks so great, and I can totally see you running and sweating in it! Way to go!

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GAYEMC 8/5/2011 9:50PM

    Oh Candy, how sassy you look! Can't wait to see it tomorrow. And it shows off that pretty face!

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0PTIMI5TIC 8/5/2011 8:51PM

    You look amazing! The new hair style has you looking like a happenin' gal!

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KAREN42BOYS 8/5/2011 8:45PM

    wow, look how your cheekbones are featured now! this is sassy, woman, get-it-done hair! and your eyes really pop like this, too! hooah!

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SKIPPY1311 8/5/2011 8:18PM

    You look great. Amazingly you look so much younger with shorter hair - who would have figured!

Im sure it will be a total boon for you not to have to spend so much time drying your hair etc after being at the gym. Just wash and go!

Take care and thanks for your continued support - I really appreciate it. x

Sheila x

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    You look great! Like an athlete!

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