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success

Sunday, October 07, 2012

well, i did it! emoticon complete before my 52nd birthday. emoticon happy dance.
my training plans were slightly derailed due to to the smoke, but i did it anyway. i decided to just go at a pace i thought i could sustain. i walked less than a mile of the course, which was much better than i thought i could do. there weren't too many hills...i walked some fo them, because it seemed like a good time to break, anyway. i hit the 8 mile mark and realized i was going to make it. the tears started, and didn't really go away entirely until after i was done for a while. at 11 miles i realized i still had enough strength and energy, but it hurt. running would get me to the finish sooner, so i kept running. at 12 miles, i let loose and pushed myself as hard as i could. emoticon i think the last mile was my fastest (i should have used my runtastic...oh well!). i came across the finish line crying...it won't make for the best photo-finish, but i did it. emoticon i placed 33 out of 43 in my age division...i'm content with that for my first ever half marathon! i can only go up, right?
at about 9 miles, one of the cheerers said to me, "even if you're the last runner, you'll still finish!" there were dozens of people behind me (ok, there were hundreds ahead of me, but that's not the point!!!!) i was not encouraged, but some day i'll be able to chuckle about it!
i slept 11 hours last night (which would be a personal record, excluding illness). i'm sure i'll be sore for a while, but it was worth it.

  
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EBURGITE 10/7/2012 11:50PM

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BLITZEN40 10/7/2012 8:36PM

    Wow, amazing! HM runners always inspire me. Congratulations on your success! emoticon

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running again

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

i ran 4.02 miles in 51.24 minutes. emoticon it was soooo nice to be emoticon again. it was windy, but i'm pretty sure that's why the air was clear, and the skies were a beautiful blue...in the distance, the hills were shrouded in the smoky icky air that has been hovering in our valley. it's pretty startling to see it so clearly, and helps me understand why breathing has been challenging!
4 days to the emoticon.....hopefully it won't get cancelled. emoticon

  
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PJBONARRIGO 10/2/2012 9:20PM

    Glad to hear that you got a chance to go out and run. Hopefully, you will get to run in your half marathon on Saturday. The fires are pretty scary, take care and be safe. emoticon emoticon

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october

Monday, October 01, 2012

it's a new month. three quarters of 2012 is gone. time has flown by. i may not be where i'd hoped to be in terms of weight loss, but when i evaluate all that's gone on this year, i am content. would i be more content if the scale said what i planned? i'm going to guess i wouldn't. if i weighed 20 or 30 lbs less, i think i'd still be struggling with the same issues--am i good enough, thin enough, healthy enough? in all honesty, i don't think i could ever say "yes" to the first two, using my life-long measuring stick. i'm taking this time of stasis to find a NEW way to evaluate myself. that's kinda scarier than losing weight, but i know if i don't work on changing my internal dialogue that i'll lose a lot of the ground i've fought hard to gain. controlling what goes into my mouth is a lot easier than managing what goes on in my head. emoticon
this is a journey that i'll be walking for the rest of my life...it's worth it to go into it thoughtfully, carefully and with prayerful preparation.
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HERICKSON03 10/2/2012 9:03AM

    You show people that if you put your mind to something you do it. I can see that with how much weight you have lost. You are such an inspiration. emoticon

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EBURGITE 10/1/2012 9:19PM

    thanks, sandy!

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SANDYW1945 10/1/2012 11:46AM

    I couldn't help but visit your sparkpage. You have done a great job on your weight loss. I hope to see the pounds come off me too. Sometimes it's slower than we think we can, but we will do it.


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Sandy

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half-marathon plans

Sunday, September 30, 2012

my first emoticon is 6 days away. the unhealthy air has limited my training plans. i've struggled with a really bad attitude...feeling frustrated with being unable to run, and being unwilling to move to a different indoor activity...that adds up to crankiness because of lack of exercise. it's just generally been an unpleasant few weeks in the smoke all around.
yesterday, the air cleared, so i went out to see if i could do 10 miles, walking and running. i did it--10.38 miles in 2 hours and 45 minutes....it sounds incredibly slooowww, but i am just happy i made it. emoticon
it's unclear if the event will take place...they're monitoring air quality....i'm ready to do it if i can. my pace won't be great, but i'm hoping to say i did a half-marathon this time next week. emoticon

  
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EBURGITE 10/1/2012 9:08PM

    thanks for the encouragement, folks. i appreciate it. i hadn't even looked at my speed. before the fires, and ensuing smoke, i was running 12-13 minute miles, so i was a bit discouraged to realize i wouldn't come close to that. i guess the good news is that it will be easy to beat my time on this one when the next 1/2 marathon rolls around. =D

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PIXIEMOM13 10/1/2012 12:26PM

    I don't think it was that slow...and besides, you're likely to go 'faster' during the race... I know I did for my first! (Had done a full 13.1 mi once in training and it took me 3 hrs 2 min... but on race day I did the same distance in 2 hr 48 min) ;)

The important thing is you did a good distance..and at a decent pace..and one that will get you to that start line uninjured!

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TOWHEE 9/30/2012 10:37PM

    Your speed was a 15.8 minute mile, that's almost 4 mph emoticon . I'd say you were moving right along.
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Margaret



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fire again

Thursday, September 13, 2012

at last report, there were 95 fires burning in our county and the next. air quality prohibits running, yet again. i will persevere. so, indoor activity it is. emoticon

  


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