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I missed getting a 3rd place metal by 39 seconds, but I still had fun

Saturday, March 05, 2011

I knew I wanted to run a race this weekend. I had a choice to run the Doral 5k (right down the street from my house) or the Karhu 5k (Miami Beach). The deciding factor came down to the starting times. The Doral 5K started at 8 am and it was 5 minutes from my house and the Karhu 5K started at 6:30 on Miamia Beach. So the Doral 5K it was.

The weather was perfect for a run. A little windy, but I sweat a lot so I really enjoyed it. I start off a little slow at the beginning and gradually pick up speed. My goal was to finish under 30 minutes and I did. With each race that I ran, I have shaved off about a minute per mile. Here are a couple of photos of my progress and times:

January 29, 2011 Tropical 5K- 33.32 min (11:46/mile)

Feb. 20,2011 Carnaval 8K- 53.06 min (10.41/mile)

March 5,2011 Doral 5K- 29.08 min (9.23/mile)

So getting back to the race, I ran the race in 29.08 minutes. I felt pretty good after I finished. It was a small race, and to be honest I did not even think I would get a medal. I just wanted to do better than my last 5K. I drove home real quick to pick up the kids and quickly checked the times before the ceremony. I missed getting a third place medal by 39 seconds. That's okay I had fun anyway. Next year I will be 40 and the ladies in that age division are good so I am going to have to run a little faster to get a medal next year. Lol!!!!

Sunday is a rest day and then I'm back to running on Monday. Woo Hoo, I can't wait to run the Ocean Drive 5K on the 19th.

Having fun getting in shape.

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ELIZACG9 4/25/2012 7:45PM

    Whoo Hooooooo your amazing lady! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 3/7/2011 2:37PM

    WHOOOOO!! Daphne, you are doing GREAT!!!! Awesome job! Glad you enjoyed the race!

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CURLYGURL68 3/6/2011 11:24AM

    Congratulations, You posted on my blog yesterday recommending the slowest loser thread. We are practically neighbors, I live by Fontainebleau.

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KKP4673 3/6/2011 12:32AM

    Way to go!! AND I love it that you're not just ending there!! Your new swimsuit (yes, I looked at your pic's), is going to be an awesome one!! You look Mahvelous, darling!!

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SUZYMARC 3/5/2011 8:12PM

    emoticon You are doing so great with your racing and shaving time off each time- emoticon

How has running 5k races changed you life and helped you stay motivated to continue on to the next one?

I just started the 5k Your Way SP program and adding jogging to my normal walking workouts. One of my goals is to enter 2 5k races and depending on how I do with the SP 5k training entering as a walk/jog participant. Any pointers?

Could you recommend to me a decent watch style heart rate monitor- since I have come to the conclusion that I need one to train properly with the intervals. I believe your opinion might help point me in the right direction.

PLUS one last thing- Your inner spark sure does shine bright in that smile of yours. Keep it up!

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    Good work

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MISTYRIVER64 3/5/2011 6:49PM

    Congratulations - What a wonderful feeling you must have had - By next year you'll be the one the others are following! Keep up the great work.
And by the way - your photos are fantastic!

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I had a great run

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Today I ran the Carnaval 8k. I was not sure how I would do since I have only run a couple of 5ks. I want to run a couple of 10ks so I thought this would be a nice introduction to a 10k. My goal was to finish in under an hour, under 50 minutes was a dream. So proud of myself; I finished in 53:06. Woo Ha!!!!! I'll take it.

I got off to a slow start. I was near the back of the crowd. Once I crossed the start line, the bobbing and weaving started. One lady was walking and I was trying to squeeze by her and I did say "Excuse me". Her reply was "You should have been in front of me if you knew you were going to run". I kept bobbing and weaving; no reply was needed for her comment. Wow, is what I was thinking. This is a race and it is for a good cause.

I don't know if this is common, but cardio wise I feel really strong. Once I find my rhythm, I feel like I can run for a while. But after running a couple of miles, my legs started to feel heavy. However, I just keep putting one foot in front of the other hoping that my legs would catch up with my lungs. I did get a cramp on my right side around mile 3. As I ran down the ramp and turned into the park, I picked up my pace and ignored the cramp. I am so glad that I did not stop because the cramp went away before I crossed the finish line.

I met up with a friend and her husband before the race. They both did well. And right before I was getting ready to leave, the mom of a Spark Miami teammate approached me and asked if I was on Sparkpeople. The night before I briefly hopped on to see if I could meet up with others that would be running today, and I gave a description of my clothes. It was so nice to meet someone that you only get a chance to read or make posts to in person. I hope to meet others as I continue on my running journey.

I am still on my "runners high", but the real world is waiting for me to make dinner and finish the never ending laundry.



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MBSHAZZER 2/21/2011 6:57AM

    Awesome job, Daphne!! I'm so sorry we didn't get the chance to meet, but we'll have to do so at the next race. Also, it always blows me away at how rude people in Miami are!! Sorry you had to deal with that walker, but at least you put her behind you!

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GLENNYB 2/20/2011 7:16PM

    Congrats on your finish! Hope you had a great time! I always find races to be quite addictive!

I know what you mean about the walkers. Sometimes its really annoying - and THEY probably lined up in a timed area and then were all snooty.

This doesn't happen a lot in smaller races though but I've even seen whole lines of walkers just taking up the whole track!

Anyway fantastic work! I'm doing the shamrock shuffle 8k in chicago and am also targeting doing it in less than an hour. Last year I was just over. Here's hoping!

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KKINNEA 2/20/2011 6:33PM

    Great job Daphne. Smart strategy to tackle the 8K to ramp up to the 10K and really great time on your finish!

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RHCOOKSON 2/20/2011 6:28PM

    emoticon Good for you!

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I ran the Tropical 5k in Miami today!!!!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I had a great day today. I woke up early and drove to the Children's Musuem here in Miami for the Tropical 5k. I am going back tomorrow to watch and see if I can cheer on some 25 to 30 sparkers running the ING marathon and half marathon.

This is my second 5k. I am so proud of myself because I did not stop and there were a couple of moments when I wanted to. I just kept going and was hoping to find a person or group that I could tail but that did not happen. I was so impressed to see a lady who had to be in her 70's doing GREAT. But I also saw a guy down on the ground and a couple of people performing CPR. I hope he made it. This was about half a mile or less from the 3 mile marker. Even though it is only 3 miles, a lot of things can go wrong if you are not physically and mentally prepared for it.

On a happier note, I finished the race in 33 minutes and some seconds; not exactly sure because I saw my results on the board at the race, but when I came home and checked online they were not listed. I sent an email and hope to get an answer by Tuesday when someone is back in the office. I did have an idea about the time; I started my time on my IPhone when I began the race. I shaved 4 minutes off my time from the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day. Yay!!!!

I ran the race by myself, but I did start a conversation with a lady in the line to use the port-o-potty before the race. I guess I felt an immediate connection to her because we are both from the midwest. She came down from Michigan to run the race. It was a last minute decision to do so (Monday night to be exact). I wished her well and ran back to my car to ditch my running pants and long sleeve shirt before the race started. Funny thing is I saw her after the race. She finished about 3 minutes behind me. We walked and talked some more to the food tent and I had the opportunity to tell her about Spark. She was so excited; if there was a computer nearby, she would have checked out the site. Well that's it for now.

Daphne in Doral

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JUDITHROXANA 2/17/2011 10:09AM

    Awesome job shaving 4 minutes off! You are getting stronger and healthier every day! I do want to start doing the 5Ks, I may be ready now I think, even if I walk a lot of it! Thank you for all the support, you are doing FANTASTIC and you are an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 1/31/2011 7:16PM

    AWESOME job, Daphne!! Glad you got out there and did it! :D I sure hope the guy that was having CPR is OK.

thanks for your comment on my blog and all of your support!

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AMYGEM28 1/31/2011 9:47AM

    wow, you did awesome, seems like you have the same problem as me because i cant find my time either, but i know it was around the 42 min area.
i saw that guy as well getting the cpr, really hope he is ok.

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In my size 10 jeans....standing room only

Friday, January 28, 2011

As I continue to lose weight, I reach into the back of my closet to see how close I am to getting back into my old clothes. About three years ago, my father-in-law felt pity for me because I gained about 10lbs. in a short span of time and I did not have anything to wear because I was always a size 6 and I had to go up to a size 10 and eventually a size 12. Well I pulled out a pair of Tommy capris (size 10) today and I could get my legs in (and they were not snug), and zip them up (no struggle to do so). Okay so here is the problem; I just can't sit down in them. Baby still got back. Lol!!!!! It felt good to parade around the house for an hour. Oh well, back to the back of the closet they go. I would have taken pictures but I do not know how to download the new camera.

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DORAL33178 11/25/2011 2:16PM

    Hello BETS1234. I think it is common for your motivation to come and go. I have had my moments. One way to change things up a bit is to add strength training to your workout. Start out slowly with 10 to 20 minutes twice a week. I just read about this this morning. Lifting weights for women does not add bulk to our bodies; it does the opposite. You tone you muscles which in turn causes you to lose inches. Have a look over the Spark fitness videos to see which exercises you can you. Another thing to do is count your steps....aim for 10,000 a day. If 10,000 a day is too much then start out slowly aiming for 5,000 a day. Do this consistently for a week and then add 500 more steps a week, etc... I hope this helps. I walked for months before I ran and I did strength training twice a week.

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BETS1234 11/24/2011 8:18AM

  I remember so well when I finally fitted into a size 18WP-this seems a lot - but the journey to the size 18wp was from a 22wp. Now, it seems like the weight is coming off so slowly, I seems to catch myself not caring again. I have often wanted to try running but I have bad knees. I walk on the Treadmill at a maximum of 2.0 miles per hour but the weight is still just a crawl. Can you give me any suggestions on how to get this weight rev up this weight loss?

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FLORIDAGHOST 1/28/2011 10:34PM

    I think it is so fun to dig out old clothes and try them on to judge the distance we have come and/or still need to trudge through. Keep going, don't give up! You'll get there and those size 10 jeans will fit you when you sit down in them, too. Remember one thing all the way along the trail - YOU are a WINNER!

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MSBRWNEYEZ2U 1/28/2011 10:26PM

    Kuddos to you! That's awesome and encouraging to hear. I too am a 10. I have dropped from a snug fitting 12 down to an almost loose 10. Keep up the good work and you will be in those 10 comfortably (sitting too) in no time! emoticon

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5th month anniversary

Thursday, January 27, 2011

So it all began 5 months ago while I was reading my email, I stumbled across this promotion on mypoints that read I would get an extra amount of points for signing up; and so I did (for the points of course). Well little did I know it would mean the beginning of a new me. Now of course I did not hop on Spark right away and start working on losing the weight. I kept doing what I was doing. Nothing. Well the weight kept creeping up. When I signed up in August, I was 176lbs. I somehow ended up weighing 184lbs. and knew then that I could not do this on my own. So as I started to click on the emails that Spark was sending me, I realized that the material was actually interesting. I felt the need to click on and see what they were talking about.

I am so glad that I found a place where I can post about my weight loss/gain and get the support I need. And I really really thought I was eating healthy. I was, but just TOO much of it. My portions were two to three sizes bigger than a single portion. And I thought I was exercising, but I was not doing enough to work off the amount of calories I consumed. Hence the weight gain.

Thanks Spark people for making me a healthier person today than I was 5 months ago.
Here are some of the things I am doing better now because of this website:
* my cholesterol is lower
* my blood pressure is lower
* I am making healthier foods
* I am eating a minimum of 5 fruits/vegetables a day
* I am pushing the car keys to the side and walking to run short errands in the neighborhood
* I am walking more and starting to run again
* I have more energy
* I realize how important 8 hours of sleep is to my body
* I drink a minimum of 8 cups of water a day
* the amazing support here
* I weigh 170lbs. and still losing

So here's to another 5 months with Spark. I will eventually get around to adding pictures. I am one of those "technically challenged" folks who does not know how to upload photos with the new camera my husband decided we needed. Well that's if for now.


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MITECU 1/27/2011 11:01AM

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It's funny how all of these healthy habits become part of your everyday routine and so you follow them without thinking about them.

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