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July should be a little calmer!

Sunday, July 01, 2012

June started off with me recovering from surgery (appendectomy) and got crazier from there! Work was really busy--vendor visits, boss in town, business trip to San Francisco for a few days. Home life was busy, too--College World Series, Olympic swim trials, start of the CSA (community supported agriculture) program, endless social events! I was thrilled to turn the calendar to July and see almost nothing on it!

Now that I've recovered from surgery, I am completely refocused on my fitness. My running has not been consistent for the last year or so due to knee and foot issues. I am seeing a LMT who specializes in active isolated stretching and I think I'm benefiting more from that than I did the physical therapy for plantar faciaitis. My running is better and I'm committing to more consistent strength training, too.

With the start of the CSA program (first time hubby and I have participated), we've got a lot of veggies in the house, which is GREAT. I'm finding it easier to eat better when the fridge runneth over with fresh produce!

I have maintained my no-soda streak. I haven't had any soda (diet or regular) since February--Fat Tuesday to be exact! YAY!

I feel like I'm back on track. That said, I would welcome any and all encouragement and would love to have some accountability partners! Feel free to check in and hold me accountable any time!!!!!

I hope all of you have a safe, fun, and happy 4th of July!

  
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MBSHAZZER 7/4/2012 11:50AM

    Rhonda, you are doing GREAT!! No soda, lots of veggies.... sounds like you are on a roll. Good luck with the LMT, I am wishing you many happy and pain free miles!

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BILLALEX70 7/2/2012 8:21PM

    Rock on my friend!

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VITCHY-VICKI 7/2/2012 7:36AM

    Rhonda so glad the surgery went well and your back on track - NO soda that is great I have not had one now for 4 years unless it was in some drink I had and didn't know it - glad your back to getting in to a exercise routine again - hope you stop by the chat room in NE soon we all miss you - Keep up the good work your doing great
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TIGGER622 7/2/2012 7:29AM

    Rhonda you are the best!!! I am so glad to hear that you are all healed up and the PF is on the mend!!! YAY!!! Thank goodness for that new stretching thing! I should tell my pops about that... Anywho - we can keep each other accountable... my eating has been terrible! Working out more than ever but the eating!!! UGH! Let's do this girl!!! Love you!

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RUNNINGAL425 7/2/2012 7:06AM

    So glad to hear that you are doing well!

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ETTEZEUS 7/1/2012 7:15PM

    That is awesome about the CSA. My stepdaughter is the head farmer at one in Ohio, where we are right now. Wow! The veggies in this house are awesome. And I've tried a few veggies I never even heard of.

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JAM2DREW 7/1/2012 5:11PM

    Congrats on all your accomplishments. How did you give up pop? I still drink diet and always think that I should give it up but haven't. I don't drink coffee so I consider it my equivalent.

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Trek up the Tower; Omaha, NE 02/26/2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Yesterday morning, I was one of 1,417 people to participate in "Omaha's Premier Vertical Challenge" by climbing 40 flights of stairs in the First National Bank of Omaha building. The 5th annual Trek up the Tower is a unique event in Omaha and is a fundraiser for the Wellness Council of the Midlands.
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The building is the tallest structure between the Sears Tower in Chicago and the Republic Plaza in Denver. It's 40 floors, 870 steps, 633 feet.
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This event sells out every year and it's the fifth year in a row the event has been held. It's a lot of fun and the t-shirts are usually pretty funny. One year the shirt said, "Why work out when you can work up?" and last year the shirt said, "The only way out is up!" I participated the first time in 2009, but skipped it last year--I had a half-marathon in New Orleans a week later and didn't want to risk being injured or overly sore for my destination run with other Sparkers!

The first 10 floors aren't too bad, but then it's all suckin' wind from there on up! OMG, it is a challenge. My strategy (if you can call it that!) is just to keep going and don't stop! Even though I know I'm slowing down, I just keep taking one step at a time. Or two, if I can!

They have a climber start about every 5-7 seconds, so most of the time you're the only one in the stairwell unless you're passing someone or someone's passing you. It's not like there are hundreds of people jamming into the stairwell at one time.

There are two water stations along the way and there are volunteers on almost every floor cheering you on. I really wish I could have thanked them, but I needed every ounce of energy to keep my fanny moving up the stairs! So, if you're reading this and you were a volunteer for the event, THANK YOU!

In 2009, my time was 10min 48 sec. I set a goal this year for under 10 minutes. To meet that goal, that meant I had to climb 10 floors every 2 1/2 minutes. I had my GymBoss timer with me so I could see if I was keeping up with my goal pace.
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My time was 10 min 9 sec. I didn't quite make my goal, but I shaved 39 seconds off my time from two years ago.
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Of the 1,417 participants, my time put me in 729th place and I was 69th out of the 187 women in my age group. Overall, I was pretty happy.

The winner's time was 4 min 34 sec. Amazing! Here's the link to the Trek up the Tower website if you want to take a look!

trekupthetower.org/

  
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KMVBBAM 2/8/2012 11:52AM

    Wow, hopefully in a few months I'll be fit enough to try some challenges around the area...great job!

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ETTEZEUS 3/3/2011 9:39PM

    Great job Rhonda! It sounds like a lot of fun too!

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MBSHAZZER 3/1/2011 5:42PM

    Rhonda, that sounds like FUN! I'm glad you put in that part about the staggered start because I was imagining a huge fire hazard in the stair well! Nice job on the big "PR"! LOL!

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SCARECROWISCOOL 2/28/2011 5:29PM

    Great job!!!! (do you walk back down the stairs or can you ride the elevator??)

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TIGGER622 2/28/2011 12:12PM

    WOW!!! I can't believe 4 minutes!!! You did awesome!!! My glutes are killing me just thining about this!!! WAY TO GO girlie!!!

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IMSMILEY88 2/27/2011 9:12PM

    That's TERRIFIC! I was going to do a climb like that in the Dallas/Ft Worth area in January, but decided to run a 10K instead. I hope to do a run 'up' sometime, though! What a wonderful challenge!

Congrats on shaving some time off, too!

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RHONDALYN10 2/27/2011 8:03PM

    That is AWESOME! Maybe I will have to make a road trip home to Nebraska for this event!

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BILLALEX70 2/27/2011 5:38PM

    Great job Rhonda!

4:27!? My jaw dropped open when I saw that! Unbelievable!

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DEEJ4FITNESS 2/27/2011 5:11PM

    WOW Rhonda, that had to be quite the challenge! Not sure it's one I'd be up for but GO YOU girl for going for it not once but TWICE!! I'm more than IMPRESSED!

I remembered you said you'd be doing this but couldn't recall when!! You continue to inspire me with your adventurous spirit!!

That's an excellent time considering the feat!!!!

HUGS! ~Deej

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/27/2011 4:11PM

    emoticon emoticon Well done! I am tempted by this kind of a challenge... but this year I'm committed to the half marathon May 1st... maybe next year?

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JERIBERI1 2/27/2011 3:43PM

    Woo Hooooo!! That's pretty amazing!

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/27/2011 1:53PM

    emoticonon walking the emoticonthat is a lot of steps you did great maybe one day I will try that
Congrats again
Vicki

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TIME4COFFEE 2/27/2011 12:33PM

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I'm totally impressed with you being able to do this!

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ING Half-marathon; Miami Beach, FL; January 30, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

On January 30th, I completed my 7th half-marathon in Miami Beach, FL with 20+ other Sparkers. It was a bit of a reunion with the group that met in New Orleans in February 2010, but some new SparkFriends joined us, too!

I arrived on that Friday--Deej, Tammy, and her hubby/honorary Sparker, Danny, were on the same flight from Atlanta to Miami, so we shared a cab from the airport to our hotel. After getting settled and exploring the beach a little bit, we met up with the Spark group for dinner at a Greek restaurant. The food was great and it was Sharon's birthday!


Deej and me at the Greek restaurant

Saturday morning, I took a walk along the beach with Christy and Beth. What a great way to start the day! We met up with the rest of the group and had some breakfast before heading off to the expo to pick up our race packets.

More exploring, shopping, beaching that afternoon. Dani (FINALLY!) got in from Chicago that evening and we went out to dinner with Deej, Jill, Beth, Christy, and CJ at a bistro that was close to our hotel. The service was slow, but the food was good and the company was outstanding!

We made it an early night because we had to get up at 4am the next day to catch the shuttle by 4:45 to take us to the start line. Dani and I were assigned the same corral, and that's where we met Lewis. Lewis was 80 years old and has completed 9 full marathons. Go, Lewis! What an inspiration!

The course was beautiful! Lined with palm trees and cruise ships! Wow! Dani and I ran together the whole race. That was the first time I've run a race with someone and it was great! It was nice to have someone to talk to and keep me going. Thank you, Dani!


Dani and me after the race

After the race, we met up with all of the other Sparkers. We hung out for a while and we wanted to wait for Sharon and Carolyn who were doing the full marathon. For Carolyn, it was her first! Woo hoo, ladies! You should have seen these two at the end of the race. They looked GREAT! Like they could have run it again right then and there!

Our post-race glycogen-replacing meal was pizza--on the beach! Dani, Deej, CJ, Christy, and I ordered pizza and took it to the beach. The weather was perfect and we talked and ate pizza and rested a bit. Now THAT is a post-race celebration!


The beach. We don't have one of these in Omaha.


A cruise ship leaving Miami, heading for the Caribbean.

Christy and I did a little shopping and found a place for all of us to have dinner. After dinner, it was back to the hotel for the good-byes. Those are no fun.
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Early day on Monday to get to the airport. My wonderful hubby picked me up. We were having freezing drizzle and I got back home right before that massive winter storm hit most of the country that week.

Thank you, my wonderful SparkFriends--Dani, Deej, Gail, Tammy, John, JoPa, Suezette, Jill, CJ, Christy, Beth, Sharon, Carolyn, Edwina, and honorary Sparkers--Danny, Dave, and Larry--and others whose names aren't coming to me right now, I'm sorry! Thank you for a wonderful race weekend!
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ROOT4HOME 2/28/2011 1:56AM

    What a great time, race and running w/Dani!! How fun!! Love the pic's and blog!! Can't wait to see you in a few weeks! Woohoo!!!

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IMSMILEY88 2/27/2011 9:14PM

    It sounds like a wonderful time! I'd love to meet up with some SPers sometime. What a great way to spend a weekend! Congrats on your race, too!

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DEEJ4FITNESS 2/27/2011 5:06PM

    So glad I went snooping around LOL just now saw this!!

What an incredible time we had! Another Spark memory to add to our collection!! I so loved having a little more time with you this time around; could have stood a whole lot more!!!

Looking forward to JASR & our many Spark adventures to come!! (guess I'd better get around to editing & posting my Miami blog.... hmmmmm)

Love ya girl!!
~Deej

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ETTEZEUS 2/23/2011 5:41PM

    Next up....JASR!
Woo Hoo!

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/23/2011 7:31AM

    I am jealous!!! SOUNDS LIKE IT WAS AMAZING!

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JUSTTRIING 2/21/2011 9:14PM

    How exciting. I hope I get to go to a race with lots of fellow sparkers sometime. Looks like you had a great time.

WooHoo on completing another HM! WTG!

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BILLALEX70 2/21/2011 7:12PM

    I do wish that I could have made the trip, but not this year. It's awesome that you and Dani got to run together!

After the winter we've had I'd love to have a warm weather getaway, so maybe next year. Hope we can cross paths again in the near future.

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MBSHAZZER 2/21/2011 6:51PM

    Rhonda, I'm so sorry you had to return to cold weather, but I was DELIGHTED to be a part of your winter warm-weather getaway! It was so good to see you again! Congrats on a great race!

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TIGGER622 2/21/2011 5:22PM

    YAY!!!! Thanks again for running with me, you really got me through that one! Miss ya girl!

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TAMTAM64 2/21/2011 4:28PM

    I will now be looking for you in every airport! LOL It was so neat to see you at the airport & get to meet Deej there also.

It was wonderful seeing you & I am so thankful I got to spend a little more time with you. There really is never enough time to visit with everyone!!!

Can't wait for our next get together!

Tammy

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BOBBYD31 2/21/2011 4:04PM

    rhonda those pictures are awesome and what could be better than pizza on the beach with your friends. one month till JASR!!!!! i can't wait to experience running with my friends

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TIME4COFFEE 2/21/2011 4:03PM

    More great pics and blog Rhonda! It's wonderful that you are able to do these marathons and have wonderful experiences in new places with new people. It's great that your husband is so supportive too.
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JOPAPGH 2/21/2011 3:45PM

    Great to meet you in Miami. Hope to see you at a future Spark race!

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JOPAPGH 2/21/2011 3:44PM

    Great to meet you in Miami. Hope to see you at a future Spark race!

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SCARECROWISCOOL 2/21/2011 3:21PM

    Looks like you had a GREAT time! No bra throwing this time?? LOL

(how is the gas mileage in Miami?? gotta be terrible. )

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Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Half-marathon--December 5, 2010--PR!!!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Well, better late than never with this blog, right?

On December 5th, I ran my 6th half-marathon in Las Vegas with a group of Sparkers! I love Vegas--there's so much to see and do!

I stayed with Coach Nancy and her friend, Mimi, at the Venetian--my favorite hotel on the strip!

The course was fantastic--flat, as you might imagine. I got a PR (personal record) there--2:45:10.

Other highlights included:

The water show at the Bellagio. "Luck Be a Lady"--Frank Sinatra--playing in the background. You can't get much more "Vegas" than that!


We visited the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop--where the film the TV show, "Pawn Stars." There was a line to get in the shop, so I called my hubby while we were waiting. I was so excited! I said, "Guess where I am?" He said, "Ummm. Drinking in a casino?" Ha ha, he's so funny! Good guess, but wrong. I said, "No! I'm waiting in line to get into the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop!' He said, "Are you shopping or pawning?" Ha ha. Again, he's so funny! No one from the show was working that day--I guess if you're the Old Man, Rick, Chumlee or Big Hoss, you get the weekends off. It was really neat to see the shop though!


Coach Nancy and me after the race


And, oh YEAH! This deliciousness needs no explanation. Bret Michaels provided the post-race concert. He sang maybe one or two of his solo songs, but the rest were Poison songs. About 45 minutes into the concert, someone threw a sports bra up on stage. Bret walks over to the bra and he's probably thinking, "Hmmmm. Not really like the bras they used to throw at me in the '80s." Anyway, he starts laughing, picks it up, and puts it on the microphone stand and it hung there the rest of the show. (Oh, and just for the record, it wasn't mine!)

A race with Sparkers, a PR, and Bret Michaels--this half-marathon could not have been any better!

  
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ANEPANALIPTI 2/23/2011 7:56AM

    VERY NICE GIRL!!! IT SEEMS LIKE IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!! :D

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SHRINKINRUNNER 2/21/2011 11:29PM

    emoticon emoticon We always love having you here! (I am born, raised, and still living here in Vegas lol) Always remember whatever you put your mind to you can achieve!

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MIAMIA7 2/21/2011 5:40PM

    Woohoo Rhonda! Great race. Great friends. Great town. What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, Bret Michaels!

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SEABREEZE65 2/21/2011 5:04PM

    W
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This is so awesome. I gotta put Las Vegas HM on my list of to dos!

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TAMTAM64 2/21/2011 4:36PM

    A sweaty sports bra... come on, the lady could have done better than that!! LOL Hope she wasn't topless... hehehe

Congrats on that new PR! You totally rocked the Vegas half.

Tammy

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VITCHY-VICKI 2/21/2011 1:36PM

    that is cool wish I could have gone glad you has a good time
Vicki

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THINBUCKEYE 2/21/2011 1:28PM

    Good job on the race. Sounds like you had an awesome time, too!!! That half-marathon is on my bucket list for either this year or next. Well...hmmm...wonder if anyone interesting will be there for me to throw MY bra at. LOL

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TIME4COFFEE 2/21/2011 1:20PM

    Great blog Rhonda! It sounds like you had a fabulous time and did great with the PR.
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SCARECROWISCOOL 2/21/2011 1:15PM

    YAY!!! Sounds like a blast!!

(I would totally through a bra at Bret, but not a good sports bra... those babies are too hard to find!)

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JOPAPGH 2/21/2011 1:08PM

    Nice blog! Does this mean you are working your way to the Miami race report?

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Trek up the Tower 2011

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Yesterday I signed up for "Trek up the Tower", a sprint up the stairs in Omaha's tallest building--33 stories. The event will take place on February 26th next year.

The last time I did it was in 2009. My time was 10 minutes and 48 seconds. I didn't participate in 2010 because it was the weekend before my half-marathon in New Orleans and I didn't want to risk injury or be in pain for the race!

This time, my goal is to finish in under 10 minutes. I registered yesterday so I am committed!

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SP_COACH_NANCY 1/8/2011 11:31PM

  I've always wanted to do one of these!

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DEEJ4FITNESS 11/15/2010 10:45PM

    Awesome Rhonda!!! You'll rock this one too :) that's amazing!! Nothing like that around here; will be so excited to follow you; how will you train??

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SCARECROWISCOOL 11/9/2010 12:26PM

    That sounds like FUN! 10 minutes sounds totally doable for someone as fabulous as you!! emoticon emoticon

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BILLALEX70 11/8/2010 5:40PM

    WooHoo!

Go get 'em Rhonda!

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MBSHAZZER 11/8/2010 5:01PM

    NEAT!!! Sound like fun!

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TIGGER622 11/8/2010 4:41PM

    SO COOL RHONDA!!! 10 minutes is so so so so fast!!! get those glutes and quads ready!!!! WAY TO GO!

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ROOT4HOME 11/8/2010 10:33AM

    I believe you WILL run it in less than 10min too!! emoticon emoticon

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RUNNINGAL425 11/7/2010 11:23PM

    That is so cool! Do you go up only, or is it up and down?

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THECRAZYMANGO 11/7/2010 9:31PM

    WOW! That is impressive! It would take me forever to do that many flights.. emoticon Good luck!

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/7/2010 9:03PM

    OH GOODNESS!!!!! You go girl. :-)

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/7/2010 4:10PM

    33 stories! Wow, what a climb. I do 4 flights from basement to my floor in the office building and was feeling good about my fitness level that I no longer huff and puff doing that! You are an inspiration!

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GOHUSKERS2 11/7/2010 3:57PM

    I'm assuming you have to run down too? LOL I little vertigo would put a hex on that....but I know you can do it and I'm sure you'll beat your time. Good luck. You're a winner Rhonda, that's for sure!

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MILLISMA 11/7/2010 1:45PM

    Yup, and if I tried that I would be committed! You can do it and bet you beat your time.
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MILLISMA 11/7/2010 1:45PM

    Yup, and if I tried that I would be committed! You can do it and bet you beat your time.
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ETTEZEUS 11/7/2010 1:27PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun!

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MICKI_S 11/7/2010 1:11PM

    Very cool. My husband and I are doing the Fight for Air Climb in Boston in February. Good luck and safe training.

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TIME4COFFEE 11/7/2010 12:14PM

    That's a cool event....for YOU! I'm pretty sure you can meet your goal, you're so dedicated.

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DKRETSCH01 11/7/2010 11:42AM

    Wow that's different, I've never heard of that type of race. Good luck on making your goal!

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JUSTTRIING 11/7/2010 11:31AM

    You are my hero Rhonda. I hate running stairs.

I know NYC has a race like this too where you run up the Empire State building. One of my friends was considering applying. I wished her luck but said there was no way I would be joining her.

Can't wait to hear how you do.

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