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Getting the Real ME back

Friday, September 05, 2014


Starting Again....

It seems like I have typed that so many times that I should be ashamed. But the truth is giving up is what I should be ashamed of.

After losing a good amount of weight and running 5k, 10k and a HM...
After knowing all the hard work I put into the accomplishments...

I still gave up and gained most of my weight back.

It started with my knees bothering me when I ran. It got to the point that I could not do a simple mile without having to give up. And that made me GIVE UP. I LOVED running so much that I felt that if I could not do it that what was the point in working so hard.

I know, I know, I know.... I told myself over and over that I should not let my success be dependent on one thing, but I loss that battle. I tried to get into other things like biking or just walking but nothing could motivate me.

So here I start again. Well actually I started 8/4. My daughter has been asking me for 2 months to help her with a meal plan and slimming down. And trust me I know the drill. I have done it a few times. But my mine just was not there. It's like an addiction. If you are not ready to kick the habit it not going to happen for you. So I finally gave in and decided to start. Why:....I have been sewing for myself all summer and decided I was tried of having to cut the pieces so big. I want to be able to make the smaller dresses and buy less fabric. It's not the best reason, but it got me going.

Of course when I decided to do this SP was the first place I thought of. I did look into MyFitnessPal but it just does not have the same feel to me.

I believe being here, blogging, tracking, following challenges, talking to others and making new friends will make a difference.

And who knows I may be able to build my strength back up to jog again. I have been reading up on what needs to be done to keep my knees healthy and strong and I plan to focus on that. And I truly truly truly hope I will be able to run again. Even if it's just 5ks I will take it. Running was just so good for my mind, body and soul.

Wish me luck.

I've been gone a long time, but I hope to be able to find some of my old friends and look forward to making new ones.

Right now my goal is....SMALL STEPS... to get the REAL ME BACK

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NETGYRL 9/5/2014 12:51PM

    I swear I could copy and paste this blog into my page. (except I only got to the 5k stage :) I agree with everything you said. The "why bother with anything if I'm not exercising" and the fact that if your mind isn't ready to get back to a health lifestyle there is no amount of wishing it so that will make it happen. I too have been gone awhile, gained most of my weight back, and decided (FINALLY!) I am ready to get my act together again. We have done it before, we can do it again, right? We know the drill. :) Good luck to you!
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    It can be really hard to have to give up something you love (ie: your running). My reactions were similar to yours. I have been working on reacting / responding differently to setbacks and losses as they occur. It isn't easy, but I think I'm getting better at it. Slowly.


I think your reason for coming back here is great! It is as good as any. Maybe even more honest than most. Sometimes really simple reasons can make all the difference.

I wish the best for you!

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JLPEASE 9/5/2014 11:25AM

    Yes, welcome back! We're all in this together.
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GRACED777 9/5/2014 11:14AM

    I wasn't here when you were last on here, but I still want to say, Welcome Back. It takes courage to come back when you've had a hard time for whatever reason.

I started here in 2013, but I have been getting more firmly established over time. Right now I'm participating more than I ever have, because the accountability is helpful as I seek to do what I need to now to hopefully gain less winter weight this year. Just finished losing last year's winter weight, and hope not to have to go through that again this year.

So, it's good to see you!

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RaceRpt: Richmond VA Half Marathon (my 1st)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

McDonalds Half Marathon
Richmond VA

I am sitting here wondering where I begin. There is so much on my mind it’s hard to get it all out.

The half marathon dream started in October 2009. I was coming to the end of the C25K program and was starting to look around for my very first race. At that time I was starry eyed for doing my first 5k. I was constantly looking online and through the SP running team threads asking questions and getting advice. I can remember reading member’s signature section and seeing all the HMs listed. I can remember posting that I don’t think I will ever be able to do that. Or, I am so far away from ever covering that much distance. But in the back of my head and deep down in my soul I was dreaming of being a HMer. I was hoping that some day I would get to have a medal (bling) around my neck. And thanks to all of my SP friends in my challenge groups and on my running teams that DREAM came true.

The week leading up to the race was nerve WREACKING. I was so ready to go that I had my bag packed on Monday to leave on Friday. I had been communicating with Mom2Alex2004 (Jill) for several months and as the days got closer we sent more and more emails. She helped to keep me grounded and let me know that I would do great; there was nothing to be afraid of.

When Friday came I was more than ready. I left my home around 6am and began my 4-1/2 hour journey. I was traveling alone, which if you know me was a big hurdle, but I was ready. Once I got to Richmond and was checked in at my hotel Jill came and picked me up for lunch. I was a little nervous about our first meeting face to face but she was wonderful. I can’t begin to tell you how open and welcoming she was to me. It felt like we had been friends forever. After lunch Jill took me on a tour of the HM route. This was a great way for me to prepare mentally and know exactly what to expect. The day of the race it was nice to know when to expect to turn and when any kind of hill was coming up. After the tour we went to the expo. There were a few times when I misted up getting my number and walking around, but all in all I held it together pretty well. I was more than a little excited to be able to buy the items that said “13.1” because I am now part of that wonderful group. I bought a magnet for my car, sticker, hat, and keychain all with my new title. The other fun part about the expo was getting to meet more sparkers. We got the opportunity to meet Health4lyfe and take pictures. We were also anticipating meeting LabLover but we missed her. It’s just so cool how running has changed my life. It’s has helped me lose weight; get through some stressful times; meet new friends online and face to face; and helped to break me out of my shyness. It’s not completely gone but I am more willing to put myself out there now because there is so much to gain from it. After leaving the expo we went back to Jill’s house where we had dinner and I got a chance to meet her husband and kids. IT WAS A GREAT DAY, WITH EVEN BETTER TIMES AHEAD.

The night before I thought I was going to have trouble sleeping, but after the adventure I had I was more than ready to go to bed by 10pm. I laid out all my running stuff, set the alarm clock in the room and set my phone alarm, just in case, and was out like a light. Jill was picking me up at 6am so I set both alarms for 5am. When the hotel alarm went off I turned it off and laid there waiting for my phone to do the same, but it didn’t. When I got up to check why I saw that the hotel clock had not been changed and it was actually 4am. UGH! Luckily I was able to doze off for a few more minutes before the brain decided it wanted to run at a million miles a minutes with thoughts of how everything will go. Me and Jill actually laughed about us both having dreams, the previous week, about mile 7. So that joke was running through my head first thing. So I was up, put myself together, ate my peanut butter on whole wheat sandwich and had ½ of a G2. I was so nervous I think I went to the bathroom 3 times before leaving that room. But I was ready and I was going to be strong, and then I got to the lobby and saw Jill and broke down crying. I was a little surprised myself. I had done so well the day before and then to just break down and start crying as soon as I saw her, it was surreal. It was at that moment I realized that I was really going to do this. I was going to run a HALF MARATHON. There was another lady from Illinois we met the previous day that was riding over with us also in the lobby. They both smiled and told me that it was going to ok and that I was going to have the best time of my life. They would be so right.

Getting to the event we parked a few blocks away from the finish line and started walking towards the start. It was COLD that early in the morning but it was a beautiful day. We all took pictures and walked around looking at the downtown sites. It was really nice having a hometown tour guide. After a trip to the potty and checking our bags we made our way to our wave. Jill had on shorts so she was really chilly and by that point my fingertips were freezing in my gloves. Also my toes and the balls of my feet felt like they were frozen. Talking to Jill earlier I told her that she did not have to stay with me. Since it was my first and that I would be doing run/walk intervals I did not want to hold her back. But she let me know she was here for me and that we were going to do this together (CRY). We were in wave 6, so when the first wave took off and we had to move up my stomach dropped a little. Then the next wave and then the next. When the wave in front of us took off my hands started to shake. We were next. I hugged Jill, took a deep breathe, started my music and then stepped across the starting mat into my DREAM.

The first 5miles passed by in a daze. I can remember it taking about 2-1/2 miles for my feet to defrost. I can remember talking to Jill. I can remember looking around at all the different people. Men, Women, Small, Heavy, Young, Old, Walking, Running…They were all there. I use to believe that only the “elite” ran half or full marathons. That it was a crime to even think about putting yourself out there if you were not skinny and did not run the entire distance. Oh how wrong my perspective was. Being on the course and seeing all the “athletes” was truly eye opening and awe inspiring. I was so proud to be part of that group. I was so into the environment and enjoying Jill’s company that I can’t even remember the first hour of music that played. I just did not hear it. I was in another world. AMAZING.

So when we first started we did a few 2:1 intervals to get my knees warmed up. We then increased to 3:1 to finish out the first half hour and after that we stuck with 4:1. This was a great pace and I could not believe how fast the 4min runs were passing. At home it would feel like forever, but there it was like every time I looked down the interval was over. I don’t think my head started to settle until we came into the park and passed the 10k split. I noticed mile 7 but I didn’t really acknowledge it at the time. We were on the back side of the loop through the park and there were a lot people out cheering you on and making noise. When we passed the 8 mile marker I looked at Jill and laughed. I told her we made it through the 7th mile strong and we are over halfway there. I found the perfect pace to settle into and told myself over and over “I can do this” that “I will do this”.

Miles 8 – 10 was where I started to feel a little discomfort in the back of my left knee. It was strange because it actually felt better when I was running then when I was walking. At that point I was rushing to get through the walking intervals. Jill was having trouble with her knee also so a few of the walks we extended to 2mins. I never really got tired or winded. I felt like if it wasn’t for my knees being sore then I could just keeping going. The good part was that there was so much activity on the back miles. There were tents with water, cookies, pretzels, cola and even beer. I pretty much kept to what I brought with me on my belt; G2, chewy granola bar and Gummie Bears (thanks Crystal). After crossing mile 10 I was in new territory. 10miles was my longest run to date. I blew that out of the water. I remember yelling 3 more to go. I remember all the people cheering and coaches saying, almost there, you are doing GREAT. Mile 11 was actually our fasted mile. Jill kept saying “can you feel the finish line pulling you in”. It was so exciting. The closer we got the more people were there cheering you on. At this point we weren’t really doing 4:1 intervals. We would run to a certain spot and break then run again. We took our last break a little over a half mile out. I looked at Jill and said “lets finish this” and we did. Coming down the final stretch we gave all we had passing some people and smiling all the way. I could see the finish line, it was RIGHT THERE. Right before we crossed the line Jill grabbed my hand, we threw our arms up and crossed the line together (CRY).

It was done. I DID IT… I AM A HALF MARATHONER!!!!!

Bib: 13851
Chip 2:52:26
(10k split 1:22:12)
AP 13:09
Place: 5208 of 6605
Age: 527 of 573
Sex: 2992 of 3278

It was such an amazing feeling I can’t even describe it. I cried then, I am crying now just writing this out. I have come so far. This time last year I could barely run 30mins straight, but now I am a HMer. I have been hurt and suffered with pain in my hip and both of my knees which put me on the sideline, but I am a HMer. Life has gotten in the way many times but running has helped me get through the rough times. I have met and become friends with some of the most amazing and supportive people I will ever know because of SP. I KNOW for a fact that if I had not found SP and had everyone holding my hand along the way, I would not be here, I would have given up. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love and appreciate all of you.

I know this was long, but thank you for taking the time to relive this journey with me.

Here is a link to the photo slide show

Here are some pictures:

Packet Pick up (Jill tried to catch me crying - almost)

My 13.1 Gear!

Health4lyfe / Dreamrunr / Mom2Alex2004


Post race PRIDE

Post Race Dinner - YUM!

I can’t wait for the next one. I am already starting to plan. Right now it looks like Pittsburgh in March2011. There is a 5k and 8.1mile walk/run, HM and 30k. Guess which one I am doing? Wanna come along, let me know. It’s going to be a big meet with other Spark runners.

“Half Marathoner”
Making her dreams come true

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ABSOLUTZER0 11/23/2010 10:07AM

    Glad you made your dream come true! Woohoo! Congrats! Your hard work has paid off!

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MGRIFFITH32 11/23/2010 10:02AM

    You ROCKED it! So proud of you! I did my first this past weekend too. Congrats!

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TIGGY76 11/23/2010 12:30AM

    Wow! Great job! You paint a wonderful picture of the atmosphere and experience. I'm guilty too of believing that distances/races like a half marathon are only for "elite" runners. You inspire me that someday I could do it, too! Congratulations on all of your hard work and your new "bling!"

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HILLRUNNER 11/22/2010 10:52PM

    Well done and congrats on your half!!
Missed meeting up with you in Philly...but who knows where we may be running next!
All the best to you and keep on putting down those miles!

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LORIAPO 11/22/2010 10:21AM

    I am crying for you and so proud of you & what you have accomplished
and I don't even know you!
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You did such a good job of writing your blog, I felt like I was right there with you.
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WOODMOM 11/22/2010 10:01AM

    Your race reports always inspire me to go beyond what I think I can do. Thanks for sharing and persevering to the end!

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ESBELL 11/22/2010 9:36AM

    emoticon What a beautiful experience you had! emoticon

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GOOFYGIRL48 11/22/2010 9:25AM

    This was so well written! And what an accomplishment! You actually had me crying by the end! I am so proud of you; so thrilled for you!
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WALKWITME 11/21/2010 9:15PM

    I felt your Emotions ! (tearing up too)

what a feeling I'm sure.

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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 11/21/2010 7:36PM

    Congrats!! You are AWESOME and a great inspiration!!


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LINDATHOME 11/21/2010 12:21AM

    Yep, CRY - you've captured the event perfectly in your words. I felt many of the similar emotions myself when I did my HM 10/16/10. I believe my next half is Hospital Hill (The Grandfather of all KC Road Races) in June 2011 -- care to make a trip to KC? When I did my first 5K in March of this year, there was a HM at the same event, and I thought it would never be something I could do - and yet, 7 months later, I DID IT. Girl you are A M A Z I N G!
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SWEETPEA05 11/19/2010 10:35AM

    What an inspiration you are!! Wow!! Congrats!! I'm puttering along w/ my 5k's and this makes me want to join the HM club. Maybe next year that can be my new goal. Right now, I just want to beat my 5K time. Best wishes on continued success in your running. Maybe some day we'll meet and run together.

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MOM2ALEX2004 11/19/2010 5:45AM

    :) Thank you for letting me share your first HM! Looking forward to the next one- altho I don't know if I'll forgive you for the dinner pic!! emoticon
You did a fantastic job- congrats!! (There ARE a lot of pics from brightroom!)

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FABAT402009 11/18/2010 11:15PM

    emoticon This is a good cry but your blog really moved me Jae!! I'm so happy for you and proud that you've done so well and in the process met so many great people who I'm sure will become life long friends.

You'r looking awesome and I wish you continued success come March 11!!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/18/2010 11:04PM

    congratz! I am u in oct 2009 ;p I just finished the c25k ;p
I hope I run in your footsteps! thanks you for sharing!

awesome achievement

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LYNNANN43 11/18/2010 10:59PM

    I'm still crying as I'm typing this! I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO proud of you!!!!!!!!!

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I'm still debating on which race to run in March. I wish there was a 10K! Pretty good gap between 8K & 8 mile. And I don't know how the weather will be for running outside this winter. Decisions, decisions!

I certainly hope I can hook up with you & Mary tomorrow!!!!! Meeting fellow SPers is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FLGIRL_4EVER 11/18/2010 10:02PM

    Jae you are such an inspiration. I am so excited over running nonstop for 1.25 miles in 17 minutes and bawling my eyes out, I can not even begin to imagine the excitement you must feel finishing such a race. YOU RAN A HALF MARATHON!!! You my darling are amazing, strong, and a blessing. You have given me such hopes to accomplish more with my running. Thank you is not enough!

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ALLDAY 11/18/2010 8:34PM

    Wow, what a great blog! I am so glad you had such an amazing experience. You had a great journey, keep on going the distance Jae!

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CRYSBROWN1 11/18/2010 6:49PM

    Awwwww, Jae, you had me almost tearing up! I knew you were going to do so well & I'm glad that you enjoyed the experience. You have come so far & I'm proud of how far you've come! CONGRATULATIONS on your first of many (I'm sure!) half marathons!!

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GOODMAR 11/18/2010 5:33PM

    That is GREAT!!! Nice job on your first half! I'm sure there will be more in your future! Way to go, and welcome to the flying pig marathon spark team!

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ANITAGOODBODY 11/18/2010 5:19PM

    I did my first one this year too! It is a feeling too big for words isn't it? emoticonCongratulations and welcome to the HM club!!!!! emoticon

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LEIARJ 11/18/2010 4:58PM

    Congratulations!!! That is so awesome! I am super proud of you! Keep it going!

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ERPARA 11/18/2010 4:44PM

    Awesome! You finished and it sounds like you will have great memories of this! Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing with everyone!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/18/2010 4:13PM

    emoticonSo proud of you. What's next? You need to set a new goal, keep things going. emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 11/18/2010 3:57PM

    Congrats! Way to Go!

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JCL129 11/18/2010 2:32PM

    After wiping away my tears, and shaking off the goosebumps....I can now give you a few huge emoticon

OMG....I am so proud of, and inspired by you!!!

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JACKIEP1961 11/18/2010 2:24PM


Wow, Jae, I am wiping away the tears. What an awesome story - it is easy to see why you have been MOD twice! You really are awe inspiring. Misting up again lol!

Jackie x

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ANNERBEES 11/18/2010 1:32PM

    Oh my goodness this is so emotional I am totally choked up!! First of all I am beyond thrilled for you!!! What a process this has been and your blog just walked us through it with you!! I did my 5K and was a little disappointed in myself for walking some of it and I had NO desire to do a HM!! You have now got me intrigued about the whole thing! And how awesome that you had another sparker to run with!! I just think that would be amazing and I hope I get to do that someday!! Thanks for the awesome blog and a HUGE CONGRATS to you!!! Now I will go get a kleenex.....tear.....sniff....LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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69NURSE 11/18/2010 1:21PM

    emoticonJae!! Welcome to the HM group. Although I am not a runner, I did do my first HM in October. Finish time was 3:06:23 for a walk/jog gait - not too shabby really for a 62 y/o NON athtlete. Sometimes I feel I should apologize for not being able to run it; there were not people along our way to really cheer us "walkers" on or many at the finish line. Everyone was there for the runners and many of them left once they came through. HOWEVER, I still managed to DO a HM which previously I would NEVER have considered. SP has made such a difference to me as it has to you and thousands of others. You look terrific and you have every right to be proud. Since I live in PA, I might consider the Pittsburgh HM in March. It is still pretty cold then, but hey you just have to dress for it right? I thought of doing one in AZ in Jan but am afraid the airfare is going to be cost prohibitive. Well, again congratulations and GREAT JOB. emoticon emoticon

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DRB13_1 11/18/2010 1:05PM

    Girl, You Look GOOG in that BLING!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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MARATHON_MOM 11/18/2010 1:01PM

    I am in tears, Jae! Congratulations!!! I am soo happy for you! YOU DID IT! YOU ARE A HALF MARATHONER!!!!

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PHDMAMA06 11/18/2010 12:57PM

    I'm so excited for you Jae!!! Thansk for such a great race report and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/18/2010 12:20PM

    So freakin excited for you, baby!!!!!

YOU ROCKED this!!!!


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TREASURINGLIFE 11/18/2010 12:07PM


- Michelle

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KEMPER67 11/18/2010 12:05PM

    Oh Jae! What an awesome blog - I have goosebumps, I'm crying, I'm sooo inspired! I also want to run a HM...March is not likely (although it would be so cool to do it with you), but I definitely want to set my sights on it for sometime in 2011. Before Sparkpeople and reading blogs from awesome members like yourself I would have never ever thought that would be something I would ever aspire to. Thanks for sharing your dream! emoticon

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HJFOGARTY 11/18/2010 12:05PM

    way to go!!! that is an amazing time for your first 1/2 - what a great time and with great people - you are such an inspiration! thanks for sharing and making us feel like we were right there with you all!

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SCS9261 11/18/2010 11:55AM

    emoticon on your HM! I am also thinking about what I want to do after c25k (I'll finish next week) and am thinking about a hm for this time next year. You've giving me hope and inspiration!

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SCS9261 11/18/2010 11:55AM

    emoticon on your HM! I am also thinking about what I want to do after c25k (I'll finish next week) and am thinking about a hm for this time next year. You've giving me hope and inspiration!

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It's Almost Here - VAHM

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I have been trying to type this blog for a few days now, but something was holding me up. I think once I put it out to the world it makes the whole experience a little more real. I mean it was real when I registered, and it was real when I started training, it was even real when I suffered through injury during the training, BUT now it's REALLY real.

Each day that I get closer to running my first half marathon my heart beats a little faster and my hands shake a little more. I have pretty much kept everything in check by telling myself that I am prepared and that it's doesn't matter how long it takes to finish, as long as I FINISH. This experience is all about me and how far I have come. I don't need to prove anything to anybody but myself.

I am sooo looking forward to this entire experience. I have been to many running events but never as a HM participate. It just has a totally different feel to it. Things will actually be geared towards me the HMer. And I finally get my first medal. I am teary eyed already, so I know I am going to be balling when I cross the line. Jill will probably have to pick me up off the ground.

And that's another thing about running. I have had the pleasure of being on the board with so many new people. Runners, new and old, who have taken the time to help me and encourage me along the way. I have made so MANY new friends. I have met a few and continue to look forward to meeting more. I am already planning my next HM and SP runners meet.

I am strong....
I am positive....
I can do this....

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LEIARJ 11/17/2010 11:25AM

    When is your race?!! It's such a rush!! You'll love it! Can't wait to hear about it. I'm about to start training for my 3rd.......the excitement never gets old!!

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KLASSIE 11/14/2010 7:50PM

    Yes you will!!! Yes you will!!!! I'm cheering already. Go for it. Have fun and congratulate yourself for all you have accomplished, and will continue to accomplish.

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AELARLEE1 11/14/2010 3:42PM

    So excited for you! You will do great! I LOVE this distance and it feels amazing at the end.

Wishing you the best race!

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JERIBERI1 11/13/2010 7:15AM

    Rock it!!!!

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CANDYGRAM36 11/12/2010 3:31PM

    You're an inspiration!! Can't wait to read your race report!

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SEEAMANDARUN 11/11/2010 9:30AM

    You've totally got this!!!!

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FABAT402009 11/10/2010 9:58PM

    You will do it and can't wait to hear about every detail!!! You've trained hard and it will all pay off the day of your HM!

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EMP1979 11/10/2010 4:28PM

    Best of luck to you!

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PRINCESSNURSE 11/10/2010 4:16PM

    You are amazing! Enjoy every minute of it--you earned it!

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DRB13_1 11/10/2010 4:15PM

    You will have a marvelous, fun time, you WILL finish, and you will have a great story to share afterward. You're ready and there's no pressure. Listen to your body and cross that finish line.

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LIFE-OF-LEISURE 11/10/2010 3:50PM

    woo-hoo! I am so proud of you!

I know when my turn comes, I will be bawling my head off. That's the way I am.

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MOM2ALEX2004 11/10/2010 3:34PM

    Don't worry- I WILL be there to pick you up! You are going to do great- trust your training (echoes of Coach Nancy & Rhynic & TamTam in my head). Read Lab-Lover's last blog- the message from the Runner's World coach is so true! AND, if you need more to read about the race, go to www.rrrc.org and click on the Miles and Minutes link at the top middle- it's (mostly) all about the Richmond Marathon/HM and there's some fun & poignant stuff.

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HYLYN2 11/10/2010 3:26PM

    ROCK ON!!! I'll be at the Richmond half this weekend( as a spectator). My sweetie is running the full marathon. I'll give my cow bells an extra jingle in honor of you! Don't worry about being teary, I get teary watching every one finish. Just enjoy the experience. The crowd at Richmond is very supportive and will give you lots of cheers. Good luck!!!!

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CHARLIE215 11/10/2010 2:38PM

    Good luck Jae!

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/10/2010 2:11PM

    YOU ARE GOING TO ROCK THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HM Trng Log Wk10/16 – My life flying by….

Monday, September 27, 2010

OK, so what happened to the weeks between week4 and week10? Well this strange thing called LIFE. So many things have happened since my last blog:
• My daughter left for college
• The twins started 7th grade
• My boss resigned and new one stepped in.
• My eating has gone from one extreme to the other.
• My duties at work have seemed to multiply with the shift of personnel.
• LIFE, LIFe, LIfe, Life, life!!!

So I am trying to take a deep breathe this morning, before my new boss sends me any emails.

But I can say that I have kept up with my running schedule, without much fanfare. I did miss one or two, or had to adjust my days a few times but I am pretty up to date.

This week I start week 10 of 16. So this means the miles are really about to grow. I am nervous. I am about to enter running mileage that I have never crossed before. To date my longest run is 7miles. This week’s long run is 7.5miles. And then I climb and climb and climb. I know I can do this. Last week was a cut back week (lower mileage for rest) and I found it strange that I struggled more with the 3mile runs than the 5miles. It’s like my body is saying “if you are going to do it, then DO IT”. So I am ready. Almost from the start of my running career I have been dreaming about this. Watching people I admire do the distance and cheer me on to complete it myself. Well its coming. And before you know it the 6 weeks will be over.

I am hoping that this clearing of mind and time is a sign of things to come. A sign meaning a little more breathing room.

My food has not been stellar but trust me it could have been MUCH worst. Seems like I have been in maintenance mode, and that is NOT where I want to be. So with my husbands help and my new 12 challenges I hope to get this in better order. I even joined my job’s 12wk BLC for a little extra kick. I have my week planned out for food and exercise. I am increasing my fruits and veggies and going to try and make sure I do 4-5 small meals a day. The snack breaks seem to help before. And of course I have to get back to the water. Now that it is cooling off it’s going to be harder but I have to make a commitment to myself.

Well that’s my update for now. If you stayed around, thanks for taking the time to check up on me. I really appreciate the support. It’s strange how sometimes when you need the help the most you drift away from the one source that can help you through. I am thankful to SP and all my friends. This time I got quiet, but friends helped me hold on until I could get a better grip. Previously this would have been the beginning of the end, but NOT THIS TIME!

Thank you,
DreamRunR – Jae
Still dreaming big (even on my feeling small days)

Here is an update picture of me, taken 9/4/10

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SAVINGHANNAH 10/13/2010 8:33AM

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CHARLIE215 9/28/2010 6:24AM

    You're looking great Jae :)

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TERJEGOLD 9/27/2010 11:55PM

    Your last sentence says it all. Leep dreaming big no matter what is presently happening. Way to go my friend!

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-PAULA 9/27/2010 4:35PM

    Thanks for the updated pic. You are looking good - all that running paying off. Keep up the good work!

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CRYSBROWN1 9/27/2010 3:17PM

    Love the pic Jae you look hot! Welcome back! You've got that right, just one step at a time, with all those changes going on I'm really proud that you've stuck with your program too!

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RUNTRILAUGH 9/27/2010 3:02PM

    Girl, I can totally relate!

But you are doing amazing! Keep going!

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KDONOVAN70 9/27/2010 2:30PM

    You are doing great! You can do this!

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MARATHON_MOM 9/27/2010 1:42PM

    You are going to ROCK on those longer runs! I can totally relate to your body seeming to revolt on the step back weeks. I've also found that to be true. This week, however, I am SO glad it's step-back! LOL
You are doing FANTASTIC!!

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CWYNN01 9/27/2010 12:06PM

    emoticon Keep up the great work!! You seem to be finding a balance between life & work. So hang in there Diva!!

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ROOT4HOME 9/27/2010 11:21AM

    You're doing great...and those longer runs... emoticon emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 9/27/2010 10:32AM

    Lookin Good! Nice Plan!

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RaceRpt: Pace for Prevention 5k

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pace for Prevention 5k
Wilmington DE Riverfront

It all started because I had an itch to do a race. I was clicking around on Friday through some of the sites that list races and saw that there was one the following day in DE. I had already run in DE so I could not update my map, but I had not run on the riverfront yet. I decided, why not? I called my husband to see if he had any plans and if he would take me to the race in the morning. Of course he was excited for me and said yes. The additional bonus was the after-race was sponsored by IronHill Brewery. Nothing like beer at 9:30 in the morning to get your day going right. (There is something really wrong with that previous statement)

Anyway, it was the perfect day to run. The weather as absolutely GOREGEOUS! I could not have asked for a better day to get my racing back on track. I registered when I got to the event and then just sat back and enjoyed the atmosphere. It was not packed but there was a nice crowd. The complex holds the stadium for a minor league baseball team, a few restaurants/bars and a couple business offices. Because it was pretty much self contained and there would not be a game till 6pm, we pretty much had the roads to ourselves.

Lined up and off we went. I did not push myself. I actually sat back and just enjoyed the fact that I was there. Like always I did look for someone to pace with that was close to or a little bit faster than me to keep me moving. I passed my family on the back side of the complex that has the riverfront. It was so nice to be running out in the open with the water instead of around and around my concrete area. After the halfway point I started the stalking and passing routine. Concentrating on someone ahead of me and trying my best to catch up and pass. This works for me because it keeps my mind busy and not focusing on how far I have to go. It also helps me naturally speed up. There was one lady that was pretty much in front of me most of the race and I sat back and waited for my time. I did catch up with her with less than a mile to go but she edged me out a little going around a corner and by speeding up. But once I saw the finish line it was over. I really pushed myself and passed her and a few other people getting to the line. I wish I would have started that a little earlier, and then I could have had a sub34min run. But I am happy. I am getting closer and closer to 30mins. Considering that I am just coming up on my 1year running anniversary; I fight with my knees at times and I am getting ready to turn 40; I think I did pretty dang good! Plus my avg pace was under 11:00, barely, but I get to claim it. I am super excited about that.

Results: New 5k PR
Chip 34:03
AP 10:59
Place: 145/206
Age: 5/9

After the race IronHill had a small buffet out of mini bagels, Danishes, fruit salad, etc. I did not have beer, but I did have a few mimosas. That’s oranges, so it’s healthy, RIGHT? We stayed for the medal ceremony and then headed on home.

All in All it was a wonderful day. Thank you for sharing it with me. Here are a few pictures.

Making her dreams come true

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WILLBOYWONDER 9/2/2010 10:26AM

    Wonderful. That's the beauty of Sparkpeople.com. We all are an inspiration to each other. Keep up with your hard work!!!!!

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WOODMOM 8/23/2010 9:55AM

    I love hearing about your races! It gets me excited about running. I'm going to do my second 5K this October 23.

You really did great and congrats on the weight loss, too! emoticon

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RUNNERAT45 8/20/2010 2:20PM

    Enjoyed reading your race report! Sounds like you had an awesome race! emoticon

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CFLOTT 8/19/2010 9:48AM

    Love your race reports! You're doing so awesome.

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SEEAMANDARUN 8/19/2010 9:36AM

    Woohoo! Your report makes me super excited to race on Saturday!

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ESBELL 8/19/2010 9:29AM

    Sounds like a great course & fun after party! I love the mimosa idea - OJ is perfect for rehydration!

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MSPLACEDAGAIN 8/19/2010 8:09AM

    Hi! I ran my first 5 K in the spring. It is about time to get out there again! Too bad the weather in central Texas is anything but perfect, 105 yesterday! I think I'll look to the fall.

Congrats on your time and your race!


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PHDMAMA06 8/18/2010 11:04PM

    Oops, double commented accidentally - sorry about that!

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PHDMAMA06 8/18/2010 11:04PM

    Great job on the race! You are making such amazing progress. I love the stalk & pass technique too and sometimes use that towards the end of the race to keep me going.

You look great in your pictures too!!

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CRYSBROWN1 8/18/2010 9:38PM

    LOVED your race report! YOU are making some great progress in just one year! I see that 30 min 5K very close in your future. You & DH look very happy, cheezing for the camera, I think he likes going to your races...

Ummmm, sure why not mimosas are perfectly healthy containing citrus & all!

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AELARLEE1 8/18/2010 8:05PM

    What a great post and race report! I laughed at "Nothing like beer at 9:30 in the morning to get your day going right. (There is something really wrong with that previous statement)" BTW, you look amazing! I hope I look that good when I run!!

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BETTY925 8/18/2010 4:50PM

    Awesome job! Congrats!!
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JACKIEPYETT 8/18/2010 12:57PM

    Great job Jaye - I always knew you had it in you.

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JHOPPER 8/18/2010 11:56AM

    How awesome!!! You should be really proud of yourself!

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MIPPY265 8/18/2010 10:40AM

    Great job on the race. Sounds like you kept an awesome pace throughout the day. Im glad the weather stayed nice for you and that it was a great place to run. Keep up the good work!!!

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ROOT4HOME 8/18/2010 10:22AM

    Jae- Great RR!!! It did sound like a perfect day for a race and you DID AWESOME!! Love how you "stalk & pass"! I use mental tricks too on long runs to help b/c otherwise it can get overwhelming! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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