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Kinda.. sorta..

Monday, March 12, 2012

So I'm kinda sorta back. I don't feel like I'll be going great gangbusters exactly, but easing back into Spark-life such as it is.

It's only been two weeks but it's felt longer and shorter, both. I've only started tracking nutrition again on Friday. Prior to that I didn't track, and didn't much care.

I've been recovering from oral surgery the last 11 days. Since then I've been on soft foods while my dental implants heal. That's been very frustrating for me as the oral surgeon said it would be 'a few days' of recovery and it was more than that. Much.

14 days of inactivity are also behind me. I'm hoping to make it to the gym today after work. I missed an 8 mi long run this weekend with the Tribe but I just wasn't up to it. I'm hoping to .. not make up necessarily.. but to work my way back up to where I was prior to the break.

JASR is in 18 days, and I'm very much looking forward to that. Not only because I'll get to see some Spark friends again, but mostly because my sister and niece (remember Ms. Poppy?) are going as well, and this will be our first time running together. I'm super excited about that, and the fact that after the JASR weekend I'll be heading "home" to W.Va. to see my daughter, her boyfriend, and my mom for a few days. It'll be my first time back east since I moved here to Portland 6 years ago.

So while February was a kick-*ss fitness month, March has not been much of anything at all except recovery. Hopefully I can salvage the rest of the month, both physically and mentally/emotionally. The break was due to simply defeating myself in terms of numbers. The scale was up, the eating was wrong, and the attitude was poor. It's behind me enough now that my head and my heart are focused on the same goal and I can find .. earn .. success again.

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KAREN42BOYS 3/15/2012 7:47PM

    Ouch, teethies, ouch!

Well, let's just kick butt together.

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LMLOPEZ 3/15/2012 11:14AM

    Aww, Candy-I sympathize with you, i HATE mouth stuff!!! I don't even lose weight despite tooth issues :(
Hope your recovery speeds up. Welcome back even if it's kinda sorta. Do what you can, and let yourself feel what you need to feel to get to where you need to be. We're here waiting for ya...

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IMIN2GENES 3/14/2012 8:51PM

    Glad you're back! Sorry to hear about your lengthy recovery. No fun! I miss you when you're not around but totally understand. You've got to take care of you!

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AFMARVIN 3/14/2012 3:00PM

    Glad you are feeling better, had to have some oral surgery myself a couple years ago and it was the worst! Take care of yourself and you'll get back on track soon. emoticon emoticon

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LYNNANN43 3/12/2012 11:49PM

    Heal quickly, Candy!

I can't wait to meet you at JASR!!!!! emoticon

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GAYLEP67 3/12/2012 11:15PM

    It's not success AGAIN, Candy. It's a continuation... While it may not feel like it, you're constantly evolving even if it's a little two steps forward one step back sometimes. Glad to see you back and hope you're feeling better soon. Prolonged recovery can be draining but I'm sure a good dose of Ms Poppy will help to bring you along!

Missed you a lot!


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ANIMAL_L0VER 3/12/2012 11:08PM

    Glad to hear you're back (even if sporadically) and hope you're feeling better asap! Let us know if we can do anything to help you ease back into spark... we're here for you!

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BOBBYD31 3/12/2012 10:06PM

    hope your feeling better, what a great reason to come back- a race and family

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ANNESYLVIA 3/12/2012 5:17PM

    I hope the recovery speeds up a bit for your sake. Definitely ease slowly back into exercising.

Good luck on your family adventure run!

hugs, Anne

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REALLY_ROBIN 3/12/2012 4:59PM

  So missed you and am glad you are back. I totally understand though, I've been much in the same place! I'm just hoping as the weather gets motivation goes up! So hope your healing continues and that your time with your sis, Miss Poppy, and going home all goes well. Hugs...Robin

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    You are definitely missed when you're not around, but everyone needs a break now and then. So sorry to hear the surgery recovery has taken much longer than expected. That is never fun.

I hope you have an absolutely wonderful time on your trip to W.Va.! 6 years is a long time to be away.

Keep on keeping on, girl. You'll get back on track and kick a$$ again. This is just another curve in the journey. As always, I believe in you.

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WALKAWAY 3/12/2012 3:29PM

    So glad to have you back. Hope you get to feeling emoticon soon. emoticon

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ANNIEAPP1 3/12/2012 3:22PM

    Glad you're back! Thanks for adding me as a Sparks Friend, too. AND thanks for the congrats. It is much appreciated.

Be kind to yourself, and take it easy. Your convalenscence was unavoidable. Pretty soon you'll be back to speed.

Have a great day and enjoy the sunshine (hope there is some where you live - over here it's 79 degrees!!!! - hard to believe for March, but I'll take it! tomorrow they're predicting 80+).


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GETFIT2LIVE 3/12/2012 2:38PM

    I have missed you! It sounds like it hasn't exactly been a fun time for you, but I am glad that is behind you now. Easing back into things is smart; JASR should be a lot of fun! Take good care of yourself, okay?

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FEISTYOWL 3/12/2012 2:17PM

    Oh I'm sorry to hear about the recovery that has taken much longer than expected. I think dental work can affect so much more than we expect it to. I hope it continues to improve, maybe a little quicker now.

Have fun on the run in 18 days - that sounds like a blast!

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DARK_CINDERELLA 3/12/2012 1:05PM

    Don't forget the best part about get to meet MEEEE!

Ok, enough about me, let's talk about you. So glad JASR is so close; I'd love to give you a great big hug right now. I know what it's like to hit the not caring point, and it's not fun. You don't care, but you wish you did. You hit the nail on the head when you identified it as self-defeating. But the part that makes you amazing? The fact that you only took 2 weeks to figure it out. Even if you're not "gangbusters," you are pretty incredible. I also don't think it's any surprise that this comes on the heels of a kick-butt month........

One more thing: ARE you healing from the surgery? What kind of oral surgery? And have you followed-up with anyone? Sorry.....just my nurse-self coming out.

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CJANNESS 3/12/2012 1:01PM

  Welcome back! Hope you are feeling better soon!

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PIXIEMOM13 3/12/2012 12:27PM

    Glad to have you back!!

I may have to add JASR to my list for next year..heheh.. i'd love to meet you and a bunch of other sparkfriends!

Hope you are feeling better.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 3/12/2012 12:09PM

    I'm hoping that your feeling more like yourself every day. That dental thing can be tough. Why does it have to hurt so much?! Ugh.

I'm excited about your trip home. I hope you have a safe journey. I cannot wait to hear all about your trip!

I'm cheering for you!


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PARASELENIC 3/12/2012 11:54AM

    ZOMG I missed you!

Take your time to heal, these things happen in life, where you can't track and exercise. But you are back on track, on your own terms, in your own way. I'm excited your back, but I totally understand the need to ease back into it. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you get back into it.

(And also, if you get back and want to join up again, please know that postal would love to have you back whenever you so desire!)

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ROXIT22222 3/12/2012 11:51AM

    Welcome back! I still blame it all on the ground hog! Where is our spring? Ease back into it slowly. (maybe take a look at my blog 'back to basics' if you haven't seen it yet). You are not alone on this struggle and soon that sun will be shinning. :)

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MRS_EVA_K 3/12/2012 11:46AM

    bless you. I hope you get to feeling better. The thing is sometimes we need downtime and it sounds like you just needed some. I'm glad to see you sorta back and I hope you enjoy your JASR weekend.

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LISA01605 3/12/2012 11:33AM

    It's great to see you back! I have been struggling a bit myself lately. Going between super motivated and not caring. Sounds like you have a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks and at least the surgery is behind you!

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Just a little break..

Monday, February 27, 2012

So I'm opting to take a bit of a break here.

February has been a conundrum for me. Successful efforts fitness-wise for the most part, but not so much for everything else this last week or two. Rather than driving myself even more nuts over it (and believe me when I say I have already gone 'round the bend over the weekend and I am tired of it) I'm just stepping back a bit.

If you need me, I'm here, you know how to reach me. Heck, I may still contribute my mileage on our collective journey down the Amazon, and I'll be keeping an eye on the SparkPortland team, but otherwise.. I'm taking a breather. I'll miss ya 'til I'm back!
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KAREN42BOYS 3/5/2012 7:29PM

    Ah, here I am starting to resurface and now it's your turn. You take care of yourself the way you need to. I'll miss you but I get the need for a break.

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    Totally understand. Do what you need to do for you, and when you come back, I'll tell ya about the HOUSE we just bought this week! First time homebuyers, so I'm WAY too chatty about the new place! emoticon Looking forward to your return. emoticon

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ENDUROVET 2/29/2012 6:04PM

    I know how you feel... I was feeling stressed-out, but thankful for Leap Year since it enabled me to just barely make it over the wire for my 600-min monthly Fitness goal.


Rest up & know that we value your input & commitment...

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ANIMAL_L0VER 2/28/2012 10:27PM

    I completely understand... we all need a break from things once in awhile. Know that we'll miss you and look forward to when you do come back. Let us know if you need anything!

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ROXIT22222 2/28/2012 7:53PM

    emoticon And I was just trying to figure out how to write a blog of a simaller nature. I will be looking for you at the shamrock run! Message me if you need any support or encoragement. I'll be on to read blogs from time to time.. just don't have the raw raw to give in my own blogs right now.

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ANNIEAPP1 2/28/2012 2:41PM

    I just added you as a friend, but I can wait until you're back. (Timing is everything!)

I hope you have a wonderful, refreshing, recuperative sabbatical.

Be kind, be good to yourself. You deserve it!!!


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IMIN2GENES 2/28/2012 1:27PM

    Be right here when you're back with recharged batteries! Take care of yourself and enjoy the break. Lots of hugs and happy thoughts being sent your way!

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TERRYT55 2/28/2012 12:36PM

    I'll miss you but know what you mean........take care of yourself. emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 2/28/2012 9:49AM

    I'll miss ya but I totally understand. I'm sending loads of hugs your way. Don't forget to take care of yourself.


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SEABREEZE65 2/28/2012 7:14AM

    Take it easy!

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DARK_CINDERELLA 2/28/2012 5:59AM

    I will miss you online, but I will look forward to actually seeing you in 4 1/2 weeks! YAY!

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ANNESYLVIA 2/27/2012 7:38PM

    Rest up my friend, and clear your head.


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GAYLEP67 2/27/2012 4:23PM

    Do what you need to do, sweetie... Know that I'll be here when you decide to return.


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FEISTYOWL 2/27/2012 3:43PM

    emoticon will miss ya - keep on keeping on.

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/27/2012 2:38PM


Do what you need to do for you, but know you will be MISSED big time around here. Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you, okay?

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/27/2012 2:34PM

    Sending you some hugs. emoticon emoticon emoticon

It's great that you recognize a need to change things and and that you are doing what you need for you. Of course we'll all miss you, but I understand. Take care!

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REALLY_ROBIN 2/27/2012 1:48PM

  Sending you lots of good thoughts and prayers. Be good to yourself! Hugs...Robin

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PARASELENIC 2/27/2012 1:07PM

    Take all the time you need, and feel free to post a blog sporadically whenver. I will miss you dearly but totally understand the need for a break.

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MRS_EVA_K 2/27/2012 1:06PM

    Be safe and we'll see you when you are ready.

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PIXIEMOM13 2/27/2012 12:55PM

    ((Hugs)) Well I know I'll miss "seeing" you post..but if a break is what you need, then I hope its all you need it to be. (Yeah, clear as mud, I know).

Wishing you the best!


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IRISHBEANERGAL 2/27/2012 12:52PM

    Candy.. you know you have my full support to do whatever you feel you need to do. But know you will be MISSED GREATLY...

Keep in touch.. you have my phone number, please use it if you feel so inclined. And/or contact me via sparks.

Take good care gal!


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Interesting articles...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I just read an article on the NY Times website:

How Exercise Fuels the Brain

Recently, Coach Nancy had a blog post or two about endurance athletes and carbs:

Why are carbs getting such a bad rap?


Still unsure about a runner's needs for carbs..

So there you have it! This all comes down to good news, much to my relief (I've been on a carb mission lately it seems)--- carbs are so very much my friends! Not only for fueling my body, feeding my muscles for all the hard work I ask of them, but also for helping to keep my brain sharp! Yes yes, as with anything, carbs must be taken in moderation (and should be in the form of healthy whole carbs, not refined or processed), but it's good to know that they are not the enemy and don't have to be avoided.

Viva la carbs!

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SPEEDYDOG 2/25/2012 3:00PM

    Very good info, Candy. I have a book called "Power Eating" that is aimed at strength athletes. The most important nutrient? Carbohydrates! This author knows her stuff. She says that you cannot workout hard enough without the proper fuel.


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ANIMAL_L0VER 2/23/2012 8:28PM

    I heard a teenager at the gym yesterday saying to her friend, "I still eat, I just don't eat any carbs anymore, ever." I wanted to shake her and say "You stupid girl, your body NEEDS carbs the same way it need exercise!" But then I realized that she's a teenager and there's probably no getting through to her and she'd probably say "get your hands off me you fat old hag! You don't know anything!" emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/23/2012 2:45PM

    Very interesting--thanks for sharing! I am a big believer in eating a balance of carbs, fats, and proteins. It just doesn't seem healthy to eliminate or drastically reduce any one element.

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BESTCK 2/23/2012 12:29PM

    I agree with you. Balance is required. You can't live without carbs or protein or fat. It's just walking that line that's difficult.

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FEISTYOWL 2/23/2012 9:59AM

    thanks for sharing these. I liked the one about exercise improving the function of the brain - fascinating stuff!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/22/2012 8:16PM

    Thanks for sharing the links. I don't believe in eliminating carbs or fat (healthier fats) but I never know who to believe about the %s. I sometimes play with what Spark recommends but not enough to know if it makes a difference. Add to that, I may exercise a lot but definitely not at an endurance level.

Love that you shared some good reasons to keep enjoying those carbs!
It's all about the balance, baby!

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IMIN2GENES 2/22/2012 7:47PM

    Yep... all things in moderation it seems. Thanks for sharing this!

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PARASELENIC 2/22/2012 4:33PM

    The only reason to eliminate something from your diet entirely is due to an allergy-- as with all things, moderation is key, and if you have a healthier option (whole grain vs. processed) go for it!

Low carb, low fat, cabbage soup fer criminy-- all these diets do is cause you to yo-yo.

Enjoy your carbs!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/22/2012 4:01PM

    It's always a little scary to me when people get the idea fat or carbs are the bad guy and try so hard to nearly eliminate them from what they eat. Calories In to Calories Out is important to consider, but no matter what, our bodies need all three main nutrient kinds and a mix of all the vitamins, minerals, and such that food provides.

Good information!

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Weekend Recap.. longish.. with pics!

Monday, February 20, 2012

My goodness but it was a busy weekend, all in good ways!

Friday night, we DID make it to the gym. Sometimes at the end of a long week it's tempting to say "I'll go tomorrow" or "just do a few things here at home" but not last Friday. It was raining pretty hard, so we decided to forgo the walk and drive down instead. An hour later we were pumped up! Heh. My program is progressing now such that I'm beginning to lift a bit heavier and I'm actually feeling the effort in my muscles, and not just breezing through it. I like that very much!

Saturday started off a bit drizzly, but when I checked the forecast on it claimed there'd be no rain from 9 to 12 or somesuch. The Tribe was running the first Magic Mile of this training season Saturday morning and I was feeling good and ready for it. I just wasn't sure what to wear. I left the house in plenty of time, without taking my rain jacket, trusting the forecast. About 10 minutes into the drive, it is POURING the rain. Sigh. Ok, fine, I turned around and went home to get my jacket. I'll do a lot of things, but running in the pouring rain without a jacket is not one of them!

I race home, get my jacket, slide back into the car and head for the meeting place. It rained pretty steady clear up until.. want to guess when? 9 am. Seriously. It stopped as I reached the meeting place, and didn't rain another drop after that LOL You can bet I took that jacket with me anyway. If it was important enough to go back and get and make myself a bit late for? It's going with!

The Tribe does an easy 1 mile run to a high school track to help warm up for our Magic Mile. Once there, was do two laps (800 m) and then do a couple of sets of acceleration gliders. Then we get down to business and do our thang. I've been doing my weekly maintenance runs at a :45/:45 interval, and it feels pretty good, so that's what I did the laps and my MM in. It worked out well, even though I ended up running alone. Well, I was the slowest runner there so of course I was running on my own, but on my own interval as well.

The previous Saturday Susan had gotten stuck running with me (my definition, not hers, she was great about it!) in my less than stellar shape. This Saturday, she cheered me on (she and Holly were keeping time for us) and was congratulatory for finishing my MM spot on 12 min/mi. I was so pumped and proud of myself. I kept my focus, I ran MY race, I ran with my music which really seemed to be the key, and I kept my head in the game.

Anyway, we did another cool down lap, then ran back to the cafe where we met. Holly, my gal pal from last season, actually led the team through winter training, although we'd been missing each other for various reason through the last several outings. We finally got to catch up and chat a bit and it was great to see her again. She's improved leaps and bounds over the winter and has gotten much more speedy. I cracked wise while running the MM that we needed to recruit more slow people so I'd have someone to run with! Ha!

Once I got home and cleaned up we headed out to the Race Center Expo at the NE Foot Traffic. I like to think of the NE Foot Traffic as 'ours' because it's only 2 miles away. Yes, we've walked/run down to the store before LOL It's a great landmark and destination! Anyway, we hit the expo to pick up my bib and shirts, and Bill decided to register for the 5K. He enjoyed doing the Fanconi last weekend enough so that he wanted to do it again. That's what I love about running - once you start, even if it's just a little bit of running, and you get out amongst other people doing the same thing having fun, you want to keep doing it!

Jeff Galloway was at the expo and at the Tribe's table. I stopped by and did my usual which is - if you're famous or important, I can't talk to you, I'll fall over in a faint. It's silly, but it's how I am. So I chatted with Holly and Aaron a bit more, and watched Jeff talking with someone else out of the corner of my eye. That was close enough for me! LOL

The Heartbreaker had an option to purchase a separate tech shirt, in addition to the cotton tshirt you got for registering. I took that option and ended up with an awesome red tech shirt for the race!

Bill would have to wait to pick up his shirt after he finished the 5K, and that was fine. We finished up at the expo (where Bill happened to find a nifty reflective vest for half off) and headed out for the rest of our errands, which just happened to include driving the majority of the route for the Rock'n'Roll Half! OMG! I'll have to blog about that separately, look for it soon!

We hit a few stores, then decided to head to Sweet Tomatoes for lunch. It's clear on the other side of town from us, but we've enjoyed eating there enough and there are enough options for me being conscious of what I'm eating that it's worth the drive.

Sunday dawned overcast but dry. Whew! We'll take it! We got ourselves ready and together and did the obligatory pre-race photos.

Red tech shirt!

New reflecto-vest.

This was the second year for the Heartbreaker and they had learned a few lessons and changed a few things up. The Half started at 7:30, and then the 5K started at 7:40. The 10K wouldn't start until 8:40, to give those people who wanted to run BOTH the 5K and 10K a chance to do so. Nice!

Bill headed out to do his thang, and I walked off in the other direction. The race was near the waterfront, so I just walked down to the Steel Bridge and back. As I did, the Half runners began trickling back downtown from their out portion. One guy by himself at first, and then the flow picked up as time went on. I got back to the finish line in time to start cheering for incoming 5Kers and waiting for Bill.

There he goes! His Garmin said he finished in under 50, which was his goal. He did more walking than running, but enjoyed himself none the less. Nice job!

We handed off the backpack (*note to self - don't carry three different water bottles to a sponsored event where water is readily available!) and I lined up for the 10K. Since I'd run pretty hard the day before I told Bill, and myself, that I'd run the 10K easy, doing double walking intervals to keep from straining or injuring my legs. Good solid thinking.

Of course I didn't follow my plan.

Well, not entirely. I took off with the crowd, which quickly thinned out. It seems like there's always that ONE walker just ahead of me, who does nothing but walk, but manages to always remain ahead of me even when I'm doing my running intervals. WTH? LOL Whatever. I'm doing my :45/:45 intervals and enjoying myself. Nothing hurts or aches, so I'm fine. I do remind myself at the first twinge or sign of an ache, I'm slowing down!

As I'm running, I'm playing cat'n'mouse with another lady who is also running intervals. We bounce back and forth for a while, chatting off and on, until she falls into step with me. She had been running 1/1 intervals, but slowed down to match pace with me. Her name is Katie and she is a super-nice lady! We talked about how we started doing intervals and how long we'd been running. Now really, this is the first race I've been in, by myself, where I met up with someone to chat with. I've always heard of people doing it, but never experienced it myself. It helped the time, and miles just fly by. All of a sudden we were at mile 3! Wow! It was like the blink of an eye.

We chatted partway through mile 3, and then I had to let her go. I was starting to run down, so I opted to implement my double-walk intervals. See, I'd had a relatively good breakfast (Van's Lite waffles with homemade nut butter) at 6, but nothing else since. I'd brought grapes with me to eat while waiting for Bill, but I'd forgotten to munch on them. My tummy was telling me that it was hungry, and we were only half way done! Doh!

Ah well. I did the :45/1:30 interval until around mile 5, then picked it back up again. Every time I run an official race 10K, I finish in 1:23. This time is no exception LOL I finished in 1:23:23, which, considering I doubled up on the walk intervals? I'll take!

Bill snapped this of me on my way to the finish line.

As you can see, I still have PLENTY of work to do. Grrr.

Ugh! Ah well, it is what it is, until it ain't. Some day it will be at least smaller. I doubt it'll ever go away completely, but I'll have to remember to wear snugger running capris to keep it under better control LOL Do they make a running Spanx? Heh.

As I'm crossing the finish line, I hear a shout and look over and there's Aaron, the Tribe's leader, high-fiving me as I finish. Yay! Bill meets me at the end of the chute to hand over the water (one of three bottles, thanks very much! Oy!) and says 'I want to show you something' and starts unzipping.


He whips out this beauty!

That, my friends, is the award he received for placing 2nd in his age group for the 5K! WooHoo!
I was so proud of him. He was a bit sheepish as there were only 2 in his age group LOL but I explained it didn't matter if there were 2 or 200, he had beaten EVERYONE who slept in that morning!

The Tribe runners who had competed in the Half had also finished by that time, so there was nothing left to do but brag about Bill (he got lots of Attaboys! and congrats), praise our runners who had finished strong, and head home on the Max.

I'd say that was probably the best 3 hours we've spent downtown together in a long time! It was so good to get home and get warm, though. While Bill cleaned up, I pulled together our menu and grocery list for the week, got my own shower, and headed back out again. The initial plan had been to go to Chang's Mongolian Grill because really, it's like the best possible option for a yummy veggie dish completely created by me and cooked by someone else! Instead, we got our groceries and Bill decided he'd rather have a burger from Red Robin.

That ended up working for me, because I'd been craving fish and chips for a while now. We both got what we wanted for lunch and I can absolutely say my mouth enjoyed the meal! It was yummy, although my tummy was not as thrilled with my pick. Ah well. I ended up having a light dinner later on last night and it all worked out well.

As I've started upping my mileage for the week, my calories are going up as well. Right now the top end of my range is 2000. Wow! I'm usually safely at the low end of my range (we're not counting yesterday LOL) which is fine by me. My BodyBugg reports that yesterday, with all we did, I burned over 4000 calories!

I'm going to try really hard to 1) not let it go to my head and blow my eating out of proportion this week and b) think I can coast on Sunday's burn alone. Sunday is done and gone, in the books, and it's time to move on! I've got plenty more cals to burn the rest of this week.

And, I've got plenty more to blog about but I'll have to save that for another time, as I've rambled on more than enough already. If you've made it this far, thanks for coming along on our little weekend adventure!
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AFMARVIN 3/14/2012 3:06PM

    By the way, I got some "shaper" capri workout pants at Fred Meyer, I liked that they had a wide strong waistband. I always clip my music player on there and it was making my other pants fall down.
They do a nice job of holding things in without being super tight.

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TAOLOSER 2/26/2012 2:13AM

    That is awesome! Congrats to the both of you!

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/23/2012 2:38PM

    You did AWESOME, and how cool for Bill to do so well, too! Don't nitpick yourself to death in pictures, though; you are looking great. Workout clothes are not exactly flattering for most of us, last time I checked. WOO HOO on a wonderful weekend and a great race!

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    pfft.. .my Eunice is bigger than your Eunice and can beat up your Eunice.. I'm sure of it emoticon

You look great gal... each step brings us closer to a "Eunie" ( 1. Eunie - a smaller version of Eunice LOL). Pretty soon it will be "Euuuu" (eeewww? lol)


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MUSTANG_SALLY2 2/22/2012 1:10PM

    What's the big deal about burning 4000 calories. I'm sure I did at least that many last YEAR! Holy smoke! I'm so proud of you! I didn't know you could do that!

^5 to Bill for that medal. And just think, he wasn't even signed up ahead of time! Wow! Too cool.

I love hearing about your running. I want to want to be a runner. (Not a type-o.) But I simply don't. I had to run to play sports in school but wouldn't have other wise. Maybe some day?

Keep up the great work. I'm really proud of you!


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SEABREEZE65 2/21/2012 6:09AM

    You are doing great! And congratulations to Bill too!
Love all the photos!

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SPEEDYDOG 2/20/2012 6:45PM

    Hi Candy,

Congratulations on your fast Magic Mile. Your blog was fun to read. I am glad Bill got a medal. I know what you mean about bouncing back-and-forth with a particular runner. When I was running the diabolical Leadville 10K about the only thing that kept me going was a little group of runners I sort of fell in with.

I am glad you had a great experience. And yes, Grr,I have a lot of gym work to do too. BTW - I think you look great!


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ANNESYLVIA 2/20/2012 6:42PM

    Wonderful experience you both had. I wish you two many more.

Burned 4000 calories!?!?!?! OMG!

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TERRYT55 2/20/2012 5:16PM

    Great blog and pictures. Sounds like a good time was had by all (-:

Congrats to Bill, you are so right about beating everyone who stayed in bed.

I love 10k's, they are just long enough to have a great race and not feel like the walking dead for the rest of the day


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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/20/2012 5:01PM

    Loved your blog! There are lots of Woo Hoos for you and for Bill too!
You are doing awesome... you made it to the gym on a Friday eve and for feeling the difference in your muscles!

Very cool that the rain clouds parted just in time for your run Sat. The way things go for me, if I'd used rain as an excuse not to would have stopped just after the point of not being able to make it at all. If I wouldn't have gone back for the jacket, it would have kept raining. So the entire city/area should thank you for your choices. LOL!

Congrats on your 12 minute magic mile and you your 1:23 10k! I think you 10k time is terrific!

And whoa on the calories burned! I'm curious if you feel extra hungry today? I totally think you earned going over a tad (when I don't really think it was over considering that awesome deficit).

I'm really happy for you and it's great to hear your joy back in your blogs!

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CK-DUBYA 2/20/2012 4:44PM

    Congrats! That is amazing!

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MRS_EVA_K 2/20/2012 3:37PM

    Stop picking on yourself! You ran a 10k and burned more calories than I'm allowed to eat in 2 days according to my tracker. You are awesome Candy!

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PARASELENIC 2/20/2012 3:06PM

    I'm so impressed by your calorie burn and your activity this weekend!

One nitpicky thing:

Pictures lie. They lie SO BAD. I know that if I had a picture of myself, I would do the exact same thing to myself, but:

You did a 10 k this weekend, you burned 4000 calories in one day!! Your teeny whisper of a poochy, it's on it's way out.

Great job, and personally, I think you probably see more there than what really is-- honestly bailey, I see a very teeny little poochy on a very strong woman-- with some serious leg guns.


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CJANNESS 2/20/2012 2:46PM

  Way to go Bill!! thats so awesome! Sounds like you guys had a fantastic weekend, keep up the good work!!!

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    Most excellent! It sounds like it was a great weekend for you both! As always, thanks for sharing and for the pics. One of these days Mark and I are going to sign up for our first 5K, but my participation will be of the walking variety, thank you very much! emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 2/20/2012 1:54PM

    Sounds like you had a great time, and congrats to Bill on his award, that's awesome! You're doing great and should be so proud of yourself, regardless how much "more work" you have to do !

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FEISTYOWL 2/20/2012 1:30PM

    Awesome job on the 10k.

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BESTCK 2/20/2012 12:54PM

    Good job, you!

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GOINGBACKTO180 2/20/2012 12:11PM

    Awesome job! Nothing wrong with being consistent at 1:23 :) Enjoy the post-Sunday burn and hopefully you'll see its effects all week!


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ROXIT22222 2/20/2012 11:39AM

    WAY TO GO BILL!!! That is awesome! YOU DID GREAT TOO! I'm so glad it didn't rain on you for the race. I'm curious as to where you did your MM at? If it was down town or not. I saw a group of runners running down by where we were on Sat around 9:00am Could of been headed to a high school track...

I'm glad to hear that you drove the rock n roll race rout. I'll be looking forward to that blog and to get your opion of it. I Drove half of it. (the first half) I still need to go and drive the shamrock run rout.

Way to go!!!!

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LOSE4LIFE47 2/20/2012 11:24AM

    Keep up the good work. YOU CAN DO IT!!

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Sometimes I need a personal reminder - from myself TO myself - of just how awesome I am. That sounds conceited, doesn't it? Well, so be it. I am awesome, and I'm getting awesomer by the day. Even bad days contribute to the level of awesomeness because without the lows, the highs wouldn't be nearly as joyous.

The far left image is my Before picture.
The far right image is my Today picture.
Approximately 26 months and 60 lbs.

18 months. 30 lbs.

I think the haircut only accounts for about .5 lb loss LOL

Not a lot of changes to see, but Bill finished faster in 2012 than he did in 2011. Still neat to see side by side.

I had one of THOSE runs last night. The kind of run you hope for every time you get out the door and onto the pavement.
New tunes on my playlist for this training season.
New jacket that has zip-off arms to convert into a vest. It's a bit big on me, but it has pockets for my phone and any other necessities, and it breathes as well as anything else I've had so far.

Most importantly, a new focus. See, I'm going to be facing this in 13 weeks.

I know, it doesn't seem like all that much, but to me, in my mind, right now, It Is A Big Deal.
That's right, it says there's an elevation gain of approx. 338 ft. That may be nothing to lots of people, but it's a bit intimating to me, so I'm focused on getting strong, improving my breathing, and my pace/cadence. The route I usually run for my 3 miles is a bit of an uphill, and usually I have to do double walking intervals, panting my way back up to the top of the ridge. Last night, I stuck to my normal intervals, and while I was panting, I still felt strong and didn't double-up on my walking intervals.

The music kept me going and so did my determination. I finished strong, and felt so good. Top it off with a healthy delish veggie soup dinner and an early bedtime, and today I feel like I can take on the world. Here's hoping it carries me through the weekend.

Tonight - ST at the gym. I have that wonderful achy, I used my muscles hard, feeling going on in my back, chest, and arms from Wednesday. Aaaahhhhh yea, that's the feel of getting stronger!
Saturday - magic mile with the Galloway tribe, although most of them will not be there as they'll be resting up for the Heartbreaker Half on Sunday.
Sunday - 10K at the Heartbreaker. After I'm done I'll be sticking around to cheer on Tribe members who are doing the Half.

Yep, another back-to-back weekend, but it should be good. I won't push too hard on Sunday. I don't want to do too much and risk injury. Not when I'm feeling so RAWR now!
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

IMIN2GENES 2/21/2012 7:27PM

    As always, you inspire me! Amazing progress... and a half marathon to boot? Wow! I'm still working up to a regular wog. LOL!

Keep up all the great work!

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    Oh Candy, how I love reading this blog! You ARE emoticon, and it is NOT conceited to declare and celebrate that! You're not saying you're better than anyone're saying you're better than you used to be! Celebrate that baby!!! emoticon Those pictures are a great reminder of how far you've come! I can't wait until I've lost enough to really see it in pictures!

All the best to you honey as you run this weekend. Sounds like you're getting your old self back!

As always, lotsa love to ya! emoticon

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KITEFLYINGAL 2/18/2012 1:20PM

    Oh my gosh you are such an inspiration to me! I especially want to thank you for keeping your food log open I need variety, can't wait to make the green soup. I lost 114lbs here and kept it off till I went back to school @53yo.. between fulltime school and fultime work, i stopped logging my food.. gained back 50 and now 3 years later here I am again. I graduate in june tho so that stress will be gone.

I really needed to see your page, it just makes me more determined to get going again.
Thank you so much for sharing your journey

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GOINGBACKTO180 2/18/2012 1:08PM

    Very proud of you and how far you have come. You are definitely an inspiration to many, including myself. Thanks for reminding us all of the success you have had - it lets others know that it is possible with hard work and determination.

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SEABREEZE65 2/18/2012 7:58AM

    You have done so great. Keep up the good work!

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ANNESYLVIA 2/17/2012 8:42PM

    You look strong and confident...that is always sexy!
Best of luck on the next run.

hugs, Anne

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TERRYT55 2/17/2012 5:55PM

    Sounds like a weekend to really look forward to! I wish could join you.......

What kind of jacket did you get? I'd love something that had sleeves that I could remove.

You look fabulous!

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CK-DUBYA 2/17/2012 5:45PM

    I agree you are emoticon! Way to go on your accomplishments and good luck with the run! You'll do great!

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PARASELENIC 2/17/2012 4:53PM

    You look so beautiful in your current pic-- and what a huge difference!

And congratulations on a 13 mile run! Half marathon holy cow. You're a total inspiration to me. Ima get through this 5k first, and then maybe I can work up to a half marathon, too!

Wow. You should be proud, and you are awesome-- you should tell yourself that everyday. wow.

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TURTLERASKIN 2/17/2012 4:32PM

    Yes, you are awesome (so am I -- see my profile pic), and we do need to remind ourselves of that sometimes. Holy cannoli, lady, you've changed so much! Not just the pics and the haircut, but you've turned yourself into one heck of a runner!

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BOILHAM 2/17/2012 4:10PM

    Love your enthusiasm and optimism. emoticon

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YELLOWDAHLIA 2/17/2012 2:50PM

    The photos say it're awesome!!

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ROXIT22222 2/17/2012 2:47PM

    You are awesome! Those photos are great. I should do another photo shoot blog. I think it my help motivate me to see the difference.

Regarding the elevation on the half... Have you driven the corse yet? Someone once told me that to drive the corse can help eleminate the fear of it. You really should drive the corse. I did a while ago and I know it's different in a car then on foot, but I never really found a HILL! Having said that you may find me cursing coach skinny B while running thru mile 4-6! :)

I'm glad you are getting the spring back in your step... I think I'm starting to find mine again... Spring must be just around the corner... It has to be... the rains are back!

psst... I saw it's going to be COLD and WET on Sunday! Be prepared. 1000 foot snow levels.

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LISA01605 2/17/2012 2:16PM

    What a difference! Pictures really do tell the story!

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LIVE4THETRAIL 2/17/2012 1:38PM

    See i knew hair had weight. Now wheres those clippers lol.

That is an awesome post. Your journey is truly inspiring to others out there taking those first steps. (Me included).

I am totally sure that you will truly rock that half marathon in 13 weeks.

Wishing you every success.


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ANIMAL_L0VER 2/17/2012 1:18PM


I love hearing about all your accomplishments!!! And you're right... the highs aren't nearly as good without the lows. Keep on keeping on!

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WALKAWAY 2/17/2012 1:14PM

    emoticon emoticonto go my friend. I can hear you RAWR all the way to my office! emoticon Have a fabulous weekend. emoticon

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MRS_EVA_K 2/17/2012 1:05PM

    You are awesome lady and there's nothing wrong with reminding yourself of it! Have beautiful runs this weekend!

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FEISTYOWL 2/17/2012 1:01PM

    I agree - you ARE awesome - who gives a rat if people thinks that conceited.

I love the new hair cut - it looks great on you!

Running up any elevation is a bit intimidating in my book (and I live at 5000 ft, but it doesn't matter going up 300 feet is 300 feet no matter where you are).

Hopefully you'll have some more great runs this weekend too!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/17/2012 12:55PM

    You ARE awesome and you are getting AWESOMER by the minute!

I feel like I'm awsomer just by being your SparkFriend...that the effect you have on many of us. And that makes you even more AWSOMEER!

And the your transformation is amazing! RAWR to you for putting in all the work to make it happen!

Woo Hoo on the great run. It's wonderful to hear your excitement back in your words.

Good luck with your training!

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REALLY_ROBIN 2/17/2012 12:53PM

  Woo your RAWR! don't look like the same person! Your transformation is very inspiring! And so is your determination! Sounds like you are going to have a great weekend! And your goal of the half marathon is awesome! You go girlie! Hugs...Robin

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