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For the fun of it...a progress picture (compared to my before picture)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

This is me in September 2009 after having lost 30 pounds (about 260 pounds):



This is me today at the pumpkin patch with Kaylee (at 165 pounds)



Have a fantastical day, everyone!!

  
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SCRAPPYLADYV 10/17/2010 11:19PM

    You are one HOT and HAPPY lady!!

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FITTNESS_SMILES 10/17/2010 12:56PM

    you look amazing. emoticon

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MOTIVATEDMB 10/17/2010 6:36AM

    Congratulations to putting your health first!

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BLISSFULBALANCE 10/17/2010 3:49AM

    Lookin' like a rockstar baby!!! Way to go on the weight loss and happiness - it shows!!!

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FITMOMOF7 10/17/2010 12:37AM

    Wow!!! Good work, you look wonderful!

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SHANNONC714 10/16/2010 11:57PM

    Congrats!

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ROCKNBUTTERFLY 10/16/2010 11:43PM

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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-SHIMMER-ANN- 10/16/2010 9:26PM

    Ya know, some people don't look much different after weight loss...BUT YOU DO!! You look sooooooooooo different, in such a good way. You look a ton younger, a little happier, and a LOT healthier!

Congrats, Lady :)

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MAIRESAURUS 10/16/2010 7:40PM

    Aw, you and your daughter are both adorable!

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BRENDY_28 10/15/2010 9:43AM

    wow! congratulations! :D so proud of you.

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CHERKYLE 10/14/2010 12:36PM

    I know you have probably heard this before, but it is amazing how much younger you look! I hope that is me one day!!

Wonderful job!!

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DIXIECHIC60 10/11/2010 9:39AM

    Dang girl, look at you!! So proud of you!! emoticon emoticon

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DIXIECHIC60 10/11/2010 9:39AM

    Dang girl, look at you!! So proud of you!! emoticon emoticon

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SHAPNUP 10/11/2010 9:35AM

    Oh My Gosh - You look Fabulous!! emoticon emoticon

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REINVENT_ME 10/11/2010 7:27AM

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/11/2010 7:25AM

    Awwwwwwww!!!!! You and your little girl are beautiful. :-)

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ANMRUNNER 10/11/2010 6:42AM

    WOW!! You are amazing!!!!!!

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WRENRAMON 10/11/2010 1:04AM

    WOW! That's amazing! What great, inspiring photos! And Kaylee is pretty darn cute!!

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 10/11/2010 12:20AM

  Oh my word!!! Wowza! You are one amazing person. Congrats on seeing your hard work pay off so beautifully.

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COLD_GOLD 10/11/2010 12:06AM

    wow! congratulations!

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ROOT4HOME 10/10/2010 11:33PM

    You look AMAZING!! emoticon

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PEACOCKXO 10/10/2010 10:21PM

    you look absolutely amazing my dear :)
congrats

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BLEIGH711 10/10/2010 9:57PM

    Holy cats! You look fantastic. Most of all you look truly happy. Good for you. Thanks for sharing this

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STRIVE4BALANCE1 10/10/2010 9:31PM

    Well, that is amazing! I hope you realize what an awesome thing you have done for yourself and your family! You look great, girl. Keep up the awesome work.

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ANDI571 10/10/2010 7:58PM

    You look fantastic. Congratulations on all of your hard work. emoticon

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REJ7777 10/10/2010 7:49PM

    WOW! You look GREAT! emoticon

And that beautiful little daughter of yours has a much healthier mommy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BGLEGACIES 10/10/2010 6:58PM

    Amazing transformation! You look great and very happy. Congratulations!

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WATCHMEGO2 10/10/2010 6:56PM

    What a difference a year makes!! You look so good!

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HIKERLEE29 10/10/2010 6:42PM

    You are such an inspiration. Great Job on your success so far you look amazing!!!

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MIECHI7 10/10/2010 6:33PM

    You have so much to be proud of! Awesome!

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ANGIE_1230 10/10/2010 6:28PM

    Wow! What a difference! You look great and so happy.

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MADEMCHE 10/10/2010 6:27PM

    You look fantastic Erin! Congratulations!

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PS343MAMA 10/10/2010 6:14PM

    Wow that is awesome! Your smile is beautiful. I can't wait until my cheeks aren't in the way of my smile anymore. lol.... congratulations on all of your success! emoticon

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RAINBOWANGEL99 10/10/2010 6:12PM

    You are so emoticon & inspiring. Well Done!
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P0KERS0PH 10/10/2010 6:09PM

    Awesome!! You look so happy!

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JMEPAYNE 10/10/2010 6:07PM

    how amazing! just think of how great it is that you are in amazing health while your daughter is growing up! you should be soooo proud of yourself!

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SHERLYN-WILL 10/10/2010 6:05PM

    YOU are gorgeous in both pictures, Really! To be honest you look like a whole different person! YOU look so so MUCH younger! I bet you feel amazing!

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SUGIRL06 10/10/2010 6:04PM

    You look 10 years younger! Amazing!
~Ang

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TANSHAN1 10/10/2010 6:02PM

    Wow!!! Super Duper!!

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-POOKIE- 10/10/2010 6:00PM

    You have done a really wonderful job!

Be proud!

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Half marathon pictures!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Me in the pink waiting at the start line (near the back, of course):



Contemplating...trying to not freak out ;o}



And off we go!



Slowly walking into the civic center after having just finished:



Me and two other Red River Runners from GF!

  
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IRISH_AGUIRRE 10/11/2010 2:53PM

  Fantastic!!! Congratulations!

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    emoticon This is a huge accomplishment!

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    Congrats!!! emoticon

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    WTG!!!

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SUGIRL06 10/10/2010 6:03PM

    Way to go!!!
`Ang

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/10/2010 5:36PM

    Where was it? Grand Forks?

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BRIAEL 10/10/2010 5:33PM

    Awesome achievement! Glad you posted the pics, you look so "fresh" after finishing. I think I'd look a complete mess. :)

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-POOKIE- 10/10/2010 5:33PM

    YAY! Well done!

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YASMINSHORTER 10/10/2010 4:58PM

    YAY! Way to go!!!!!
13.1 Now that's what i call an achievement!
Where's the next race?! lol!

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LARRYPHIPPS 10/10/2010 4:56PM

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, YOU CAN DO IT.

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My first Half Marathon Race Report (a few pics with more added at a later time)...

Saturday, October 09, 2010

I wish I could add pictures right now, but my sister took the pictures with her camera, and she went home :o{

Okay, so here goes:

Last night, I put together everything that I needed to get ready, including my outfit, my Bondi Band that says 13.1, my shoes with socks, my MP3 player in the jacket and my old-style headphones, my gloves (in case it was cool, which it wasn't), Biofreeze for after, my granola bars and bananas, gummy bears, GU gel (triple berry and strawberry banana), my Zensah shin/calf compression sleeves, etc. Here is a picture of that:



I set my alarm on my phone, and went to bed, figurately, at 11 p.m. Between 11 p.m. and the time I got up to get ready, I had about 3 hours total of sleep, because my mind was just racing!!! (no pun intended) Then, my daughter woke up crying at 5. She fell right back asleep 5 minutes later, and so did I. I had set my alarm for 6 a.m. because we were heading out at 6:30 to drive an hour and 15 minutes to Fargo, so I could be there at 7:45 (the race started at 8:45).

Well, apparently my alarm was set for M-F only! So, I went to check the phone, and it said 6:15! I hustled into the bathroom, got ready, grabbed what was packed, and made it outside when my sister was pulling up (she went down with me while the hubby stayed home with Kaylee).

I ate the banana and drank water while chewing on my granola bar on the way down. Definitely had to hit the bathroom a few times before the race!

There were so many more people there than I expected! For the 5K, there were 718 finishers, for the 10K there were 636 finishers, and for the half marathon, there were 779 finishers!!! The 5K started at 8, the 10K at 8:05, and we started at 8:45.

The weather was sunny with only mild wind, and the temperature climbed fast, starting in the 60s and reaching the 70s near the end (and I sure felt that).

I lined up near the back, since most of the runners really looked like they were not only well trained, but fast. I was impressed by the outfits and the gear that they had, and took note of the convenience of some of them. Due to the nice weather, I was not able to wear my jacket, so therefore wasn't able to carry my gummy bears, Kleenex, camera, etc. The fuel belt I saw some female runners wearing looked to fix that problem...may have to look at one! I just don't know if I want to wear my CamelBak for a race.

The first mile was nice with an even pace. We saw a guy dressed up in a cow outfit (snicker snicker). I noticed this mile went by pretty fast considering. I had my headphones on, but only as background noise. There weren't many spectators out which surprised me (Fargo is kind of known for their race supporters).

During mile 2, we saw a group of ladies who had signs...One said "Run like an angry Kenyan!!" Another said "That isn't sweat, that is your fat cells crying!" and even another said "Your feet hurt because you are kicking so much ass!" These were residential streets and we saw a few more people outside with their dogs, and a group of ladies and girls wearing costumes including a nun and a witch!

On mile 3, we entered the park, and had to run over a rickety wooden plank bridge, which seemed to sway as we ran over it and really freaked me out. We got some Powerade and water during this time, and I had only Powerade, but later wished I had both. I also walked during this water break. This mile was tough...I wasn't quite hitting my stride yet, and I knew there were 10 miles left to go, which seemed a bit insurmountable, though I knew I could do it.

During the next few miles (to about mile 6-1/2) we still ran through a few parks. I struggled to focus on the run, and my back started hurting, which wasn't fun. I never had that during a run. My back was hurt last week but I had rested it a lot and never ran while it hurt. Unfortunately, there was nothing I could do but keep going! Not like I can cut a run like this short, right?

The turnaround point was at 6-1/2 miles, and boy was that a welcome sight!! I turned to the girl next to me and said "C'mon, we're only halfway?????" but I think she was tuned into her music and didn't hear me.

I kept running through miles 6, 7, 8, and 9 when I really started to feel more than just back pain. Now I had developed a side stitch, or cramping. I never really had problems with that in my training as I had really honed in on my breathing technique, hydration, and pace. I think what happened here is my pace was a bit faster than I am used to, because overall I was feeling more fatigued than I usually did in a training run. That side cramp REALLY, REALLY hurt, and weighed on me. I forced myself to start walking and try to stretch out that cramp, focus on my breathing, and get my pace back to a sustainable one. At this mile, I picked up a chocolate fudge-like GU and just held onto it for when I felt I needed it.

Well, then came mile 10. I said to myself "You only have a 5K to run! You can do it!!!" But my body was starting to disagree with me. Usually it is a mental focus problem and I just need to push through, but this was more physical for me. My side stitch had only gotten worse despite every effort I could put into getting rid of it. My back hurt worse. And I could feel some blisters forming in my right foot, something else I had never had an issue with before. I wondered if it was because of the hills, which it seemed here were a lot of. I hadn't done much for hill training, so that hurt me a bit.

I then decided before the next aid station I would eat my GU Gel. I shall say this now: I am never having one again. I am giving the 2 I have away. The flavor? Not bad...pretty good actually. The consistency? Like the snot that runs down the back of your throat during a sinus infection or really bad head cold. Ugh. I about gagged and threw it up. I had a glass of Powerade and a glass of water, and staggered my running and walking for the next mile.

At mile 12, I made the decision to walk a bit more so I could work up some energy to finish out the race strong. Then, a lady came up beside me and a few other girls walking, and said, "You only have 1 mile left. You can run a mile! You need to finish this race strong!" I wanted to disagree, but she was right. I started out, and felt a surge of energy. I knew we were getting to the end, but I started feeling that energy slow down. I didn't let it. I continued running, pushing myself to go faster. I saw that guy in the cow suit again, and I said to him: "Aren't you hot in that?" And he said back to me: "Not as hot as you gals are!!!"

I headed over the bridge, knowing that after the bridge, it was a matter of ONE block before the finish line. I honestly at this point had NO clue about my time since I had no watch or cell phone. I thought...just please let it be under 2:45. I felt I had not made my goal of finishing under 2:30...not with all of that walking and slowed running!

I turned, and I saw the time clock. It said 2:18:11 when I crossed the line. I started crying...I never thought about the emotions while running. I didn't think too much about my journey. And that pent-up emotion....that emotion that I didn't feel during the race, it came out right then and there. I did it! I ran 13.1 miles, and I finished strong! I picked up a bag of baked chips, a half a banana, a bun, and was given a beef stick and a beer mug with water in it after the finish line. I got my medal, had my picture taken, and just sweated my way until I sat down with my sister.

My sister took a picture of me finishing the race, a picture after the race with a couple of guys from the running group I am in, and also took a few pictures of me starting the race. I told her to email me those pictures the moment she has them downloaded, but she is out of town for the evening, so I will try to get those on here tomorrow!

The official race results:
Time: 2:17:44
Pace: 10:31
Overall place: 525 out of 779
Division place: 47 out of 85
Gender place: 243 out of 440

A picture of my medal/bib and beer mug (it is Oktoberfest in Fargo and they sponsored the event):



I also got a long-sleeved cotton t-shirt which is really nice!

P.S. Found out the blisters on my right foot were caused by a rock that found its way into my shoe!



emoticon Love you all!! Erin

  
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AQUAPOWERS 10/13/2010 10:33AM

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Congrats on your first half....and a stong finishing time.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 10/11/2010 11:48AM

    emoticon job and emoticon on completing a half marathon!!!

That is a huge accomplishment and I am glad we were able to share in your experience through your blog.

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ROOT4HOME 10/10/2010 11:44PM

    WTG!!! Congratulations on an amazing race & time!! So happy for you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WISTERIALODGE 10/10/2010 7:56PM

  Way to go! 10:31 minutes are not bad! So you might not qualify for the Olympics, but you weren't shooting for that. Just doing it is a major victory.

The idea of 13.1 miles in mind boggling for me now. In my youth I was a long distance runner, but 3 decades have since passed. I'm considering training the C25K, which is something more realistic for me now.

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MADEMCHE 10/10/2010 5:01PM

    2:17! Holy smokes! Wow that is fast, you are awesome! So proud of you!

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/10/2010 2:25PM

    What a great race report!!!! Aaaaaaaaaaa nothing like a half marathon you did GREAT!! WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!! :-) :-) :-) :-)

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LJOHN44 10/10/2010 2:23PM

    Wow!!!! I read your blog then looked at your Spark page then I looked at your first blog-I can't believe the progress you've made, AND you ran your first 5k in May! AWESOME! You are such an inspiration!!! Keep up the good work!
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MOVINITMORE 10/10/2010 1:56PM

    You made me Cry on this one. I loved your race report you did so
emoticon emoticon!!Can't wait to see the pictures. You are one amazing person and I am glad your my SP Friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HALFPRINCESS 10/10/2010 12:47PM

    Loved this blog!! Thanks for the recap. I'm going to use the fat cells crying remark on the girls I work with that HATE sweating. emoticon emoticon

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_TRIXIE_ 10/10/2010 11:12AM

    Congrats on a great race! But OUCH! A rock in your shoe?! Yikes!

I'm not sure about trying Gu on my longer runs, though considering my "long runs" are only 5-miles right now, I guess I don't need to worry about it just yet!

Thanks for posting this recap. I'm trying to read all HM blogs I can for the inspiration. Congrats on the amazing race and thanks for sharing the pic with all the stuff you laid out the night before. That was super helpful!


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MADDEELOU 10/10/2010 10:56AM

    Congratulations, Erin!! You did so well. I am so proud of you. Can't wait to see the pictures. You totally rock!!!

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ON2VICTORY 10/10/2010 10:47AM

    I love the signs -- I have to chuckle because it seems like runners are the same. we lay out our gear before a race and take a pic. I did it for my last one, another SP buddy did the same and you did it LOL

You did awesome girl!!!!

good for you ... Sparkcheers for U!

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RAINEMARIE214 10/10/2010 10:38AM

    Congratulations!! You had an amazing race and finished with an amzing time!!! You are really inspiring!!!

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RDARLING 10/10/2010 10:23AM

    great blog. I wish soccer would have been later in the day so I could have been there cheering on the runners! I hate GU Gels too! YUCK!
Let me know when you plan to run a race in Fargo again, I would enjoy a spark meet!
You had a super finish time!

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POOKAQUEEN 10/10/2010 9:58AM

    Congrats! You did great!

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TWINSMOMMY607 10/10/2010 9:50AM

    What an inspiring blog. I ran in a 5k as part of a marathon and half marathon yesterday and it really inspired me to start training for a half marathon for next year.

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TANNERS 10/10/2010 8:52AM

    Erin I am so proud of you!! I love the way you are honest and sincere in your experiences. You did an amazing job!!!!

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KILTGUY 10/10/2010 8:37AM

    You're amazing. A great time!

On the GU thing - don't do anything new during a race. I'm using GU during long training runs, finding flavors I like, and know about the consistency.

Great job Erin! Looking forward to my February HM.

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WINDEE52 10/10/2010 7:27AM

    Reading blogs like this one makes me so exctied to do a half! Congrats on your momentus acheivement, can't wait to see the rest of the pics!

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SCRAPPYLADYV 10/10/2010 3:04AM

    emoticon emoticonWow!! Felt like I was right there with you! You are amazing!!!

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-POOKIE- 10/10/2010 2:37AM

    You are a star!

I loved reading that.

How wonderfully supportive people where for each other, thats so nice.

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LAURA95368 10/10/2010 2:23AM

    WOWEEE!!! That's awesome! Congratulations and I'm wishing you a speedy recovery. Great blog!!

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 10/9/2010 11:15PM

  Fantastic!!! You are amazing. Way to go!

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DIXIECHIC60 10/9/2010 9:53PM

    Awesome job.... I got exicted about my first 5k coming up when I read your blog... great pace also!! You rock!!!

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WATCHMEGO2 10/9/2010 9:09PM

    You totally rock girl! Such an inspiration!

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MATHISDJAX 10/9/2010 9:08PM

    Congratulations on your achievement. I am in awe. :D

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JULIEIRENE 10/9/2010 8:51PM

    This is just tremendous! I am so excited for you to finish this and can completely relate to the emotions and tears at the finish! So proud of you!

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LIL_EZZY 10/9/2010 8:39PM

    You ARE so INSPIRING. Way to go!!!

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JUST_SIMONE 10/9/2010 8:38PM

    Wow!!! Congratulations!

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NITELITE72 10/9/2010 8:38PM

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You did it!! Wow...and beat your goal with a great time!!

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GBTRIGIRL 10/9/2010 8:08PM

  Great job on the race!! You had an awesome time also!

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WALKWITME 10/9/2010 8:03PM

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I APPLAUD you !

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GSCOTTC 10/9/2010 7:55PM

    Great report. Congrats on the run and the fantastic time.

Scott

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FRANKLYAMUSED 10/9/2010 7:54PM

    My wife says WOW, just WOW!!

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Half marathon TOMORROW! *faint*

Friday, October 08, 2010

Yes, I admit that I am definitely getting super super nervous and excited about tomorrow!!! Such a long journey it has been. My ultimate focus was getting healthy and losing weight, but I admit that to be a runner was a huge goal for me.

My first "training" run was 3 days before my first 5K on May 21. I had avoided running during my training since I had believe that running would flare up my plantar fasciitis. Yeah, turns out I was wrong. So, I basically SKIPPED training for my 5K and then ran the whole thing but for a couple of seconds (when someone urged me to keep going). I ended up with a time of 36:42, which I felt so proud of!

Since then, I have lost 28 pounds, ran 3 more official 5Ks (times of 32:00, 30:19, and 29:15), ran an 8K (48:27), and have run 12 miles at once for my training (in 2:05).

I have run through sickness, had injuries that I had to take time off for, and have really learned what my body can do when I put it through the wringer! I have learned that I have the drive, the focus to accomplish this and I know I can do so much more. I am ready for this race. I am SO ready to take it on, and I have had SO many dreams lately about running across that finish line. Of course, in my dreams, I run it in less than 2 hours, which is ridiculously out of my league...but I can dream, right? If no injuries, I am hoping to finish in less than 2:30 for sure, but REALLY hoping for less than 2:10. I know that is a stretch, but I need to have that motivation, too!

I have a list in my head of what/who to think about when I hit any walls. My journey, my daughter, my husband, Weight Watchers, all of YOU fabulous Sparkers who have inspired me and kept me going!

I feel like I am just glowing with anticipation today. I read a blog today where she is doing a half tomorrow also and is emotional about it. I so know how she feels! I am just going to be a blubbery mess after I cross that finish line! You bet your butt I will have my arms high in the air with a silly happy grin on my face and my sister there to take a picture of that moment so I can cherish it forever!

And then....I will most likely sign up for the full marathon in May 2011 in Fargo. Because I am crazy like that ;o}

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KILTGUY 10/9/2010 11:02AM

    You have worked hard for this moment. Can't wait to hear your report later. Hope you have a great HM!!

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BRENDY_28 10/9/2010 7:57AM

    good luck! :D tell us how it went

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ROOT4HOME 10/8/2010 8:13PM

    How exciting! You'll do great! Just have fun and cherish every moment!! Ran my 1st HM on 8/1 and I too was very emotional afterwards! All the best and can't wait to read your RR!! emoticon emoticon

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TUBJUMPER 10/8/2010 7:51PM

    Good luck, you can do it!!! Tell us all about it afterwards please.

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LAURIE5658 10/8/2010 4:16PM

    I ran my first HM two weeks ago and have been on cloud 9 since. You did the training and you are ready! I was very very emotional also and yes, I hit The Wall. You can read all about it in my blog entry. I made it through and was so grateful to finally have a finisher's medal to call my own. As you reach the finish line, yours will be waiting for YOU!!!

Have a great time, fuel during the race and RUN BABY RUN!!! You will NEVER forget it!

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RUNTRILAUGH 10/8/2010 3:59PM

    You are going to ROCK that half tomorrow! Cant wait to read your race report!!!!

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JULIEIRENE 10/8/2010 3:42PM

    I am just so excited for you. I think the most exhilerating moment I've ever had was crossing the finish at my first Half. You sound to me like you're ready, so knock 'em dead! :)

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-POOKIE- 10/8/2010 1:38PM

    emoticon Good luck!

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MUSTANGMISSY 10/8/2010 12:46PM

    So excited for you! I'll be thinking of you.

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 10/8/2010 12:11PM

  I am so excited for you!!! Good luck on your HM. I look forward to reading about it. You will do great!

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TREASURINGLIFE 10/8/2010 11:39AM

    Erin - have fun and enjoy every single second of your race! You have done so well, and should feel so amazingly proud! Take your time, relax, find your stride and you'll do GREAT!!

- Michelle

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CATREBEL 10/8/2010 11:26AM

    Congrats on your first half-marathon! Don't be too excited and start out too fast and you will do great! This is your first so don't really worry about your time, just enjoy the experience. It is awesome! I look forward to reading your post-race report!

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RUNSWITHDEER 10/8/2010 11:21AM

    Go Erin Go!!!

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RDARLING 10/8/2010 11:15AM

    Erin- Are you running the Fargo Mini Marathon tomorrow? I was going to be a spectator but DS soccer game is at the same time!
I ran the half at the Fargo Marathon in May. It was a great experience! So many spectators cheering you on!

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CATEECHER 10/8/2010 11:04AM

    You are an inspiration!! I too want to be a runner and have made several attempts to start. I will get there! I also have dealt with the plantar f. and it is no fun. Still dealing with it but it has been better. Any suggestions that have helped you?

Have so much fun!!!! No matter what time you do it in it will be a great accomplishment!

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Just an update...

Thursday, October 07, 2010

I have been keeping myself STUPID busy these past few days because I feel these next few weeks it is imperative to do the best I can to reach my goal at Weight Watchers.

As of Wednesday morning, I have 5.8 pounds before I hit goal...believe me, I am seriously psyched about this!

I have been so focused on my nutrition and fitness that I am just happy and so proud of myself! I just wish I hadn't spent the month of September focusing so much on fitness that I kind of let the nutrition aspect fall to the wayside.

On Wednesday I did great food-wise, ended with 19 points (I am supposed to have 22). I had less yesterday because today is apparently a new tradition my mom is trying out and I wanted to be prepared by having a less-calorie day the day before. She is having "baked potato" day with ALL of the toppings you can think of. Chili, cheese, sour cream, butter, freshly fried bacon that is crumbled...yeah. I have a plan in place, though. I have had 11 points so far today with foods that would really fill me up (veggies and fruits along with cottage cheese and ham and stuff). I am going to have one potato, and I will have portioned out toppings. I will have my Weight Watchers book with me so I know exactly how many points this is costing me so I will NOT go over 11 points. I do have 4 activity points racked up from going to the gym this morning, so if I am still hungry when I get home, I can have an apple or some such thing.

I have written out my checklist of what I need to have set out tomorrow night so I will be prepared on Saturday morning. I will have spaghetti for dinner as my "carbohydrate loading." I am not worried since it wouldn't really be out of the norm from what dinner is usually like. I will make sure to take many, many pictures for you all! Expect a novel on Saturday ;o}

Of course, I just had to get TOM yesterday, but hopefully the worst of it will be over by Saturday morning (sorry if that is TMI for the men!). I just hate cramps. Then again...running seems to make the cramping go away. Hmm...maybe I'm onto something for the future!

Well, that's about it...just wanted everyone to know I am still alive, just keeping myself very busy with the baby, the house, and just staying away from food I shouldn't be eating!

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-POOKIE- 10/8/2010 5:19AM

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SCRAPPYLADYV 10/8/2010 2:37AM

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Have a great race!! Can't wait to see the pics!

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HKUHL77 10/7/2010 10:16PM

    Erin...great job :) Keep up the good work!

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BLARGNOOBMAN 10/7/2010 9:57PM

    Darlin, if you don't like Tom why don't you just ask him to go away? You shouldn't keep a guy in your life if he's just a hassle to you. No need to get cramped up from him...

kiddin ;)

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BRIAEL 10/7/2010 9:22PM

    Great to plan ahead, that should help keep you on target despite the temptation. :)

Remember to drink lots of water before you go, so you have that full feeling while all the food is available. :)

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SUGIRL06 10/7/2010 6:26PM

    Bake potatoes can make great meals! Good idea to bring your WW book with you! And good luck this weekend!
~Ang

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MADEMCHE 10/7/2010 6:19PM

    5.8 pounds before you are at goal! Holy crap lady that is awesome! So happy for you!! Have a fantastic run in Sunday! You are going to be great.

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