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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

I'm 33 today. I don't feel old or young or anything really significant about my age. I just feel content. I went to a 6 am yoga class this morning and it was the best gift to give myself. That hour of calm and quiet is exactly what I need in my life. I am a go, go, go person and I need to force myself to slow down. Yoga has helped with this. So have my Spark blogs. They make me reflect, which is important to do, but I rarely take the time for it. So this is me being calm and reflective.

One year ago I was overdue, crabby, exhausted, excited and anxious. Oh, and overweight. When I think about what has happened in the past 365 days I am overwhelmed with happiness. I could gush with cheesiness because I truly do feel that good. Running has strengthened my marriage in a way I never could have imagined. My energy bounces and I tumble & play with my kids in new ways everyday. I am joyful WITH them, not just by watching them. I feel active and alive.

When I got home from the gym my DH had a candle in my steel cut oats and the 3 of them sang to me wearing silly birthday hats. Is that not the cutest gift ever? And then we also had cupcakes. For breakfast! See? Life is good.

Before you eye roll and think: make me puke, she's one of those perky/happy/my life is perfect girls, please know that it hasn't always been this way. 3 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter, we were living in a 1 bedroom condo with our dog. Units around the building were foreclosing. There was no way we could sell. It was financial hell and I cried a lot. I went to the gym a lot too, but I also ate tons of crappy diet food and ice cream. Not smart. I was not mentally or physically all that healthy.

10 years ago I was probably in a bar. I worked out then too. But I ate even more junk. Drank way too much and basically acted like I was still in college. I would have laughed if someone would've told me that I'd run a half marathon someday. In my early 20s I thought I had all the answers even though I was making horrible choices daily and involved in an abusive relationship.

And today, life still isn't perfect. I guess I have learned to roll with the imperfections and make the best of what I have right now. Of course, I have some stressful moments, but I tend to look at things as glass half full. I know I have it pretty good and I want to be mindful and grateful.

I am healthy. My family is healthy. I have finally figured out what a key role nutrition plays. I have found new ways to exercise and make it a part of daily life and something I can do with my whole family. All of these are factors in why my life is good today.

I hope I wake up and go to yoga when I'm 53 and 73. I want to run with my husband the day I turn 43. Possibly, I'll cuddle my own grandbabies in my 60s. Who knows? One thing I do know: life doesn't go according to plan. So I better me fit and ready for whatever lays ahead.

My wish for myself this year is to continue to make choices that are good for me. I want to challenge myself mentally and physically. An action research project, marathon training, and group fitness instructor training are all on the calendar. These will make me be a better person, a better mom, a better wife, friend, sister, teacher, etc.

Make a good choice for YOU today. It ripples onto everyone around you.

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RUNNER12COM 12/1/2011 3:48PM

    What a perfect blog. You are truly growing wiser and the best of your life is still to come!

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A-STRONGER-ME 11/8/2011 5:35AM

    Why not put Motivational Speaker on the list - you are KILLER!!!

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 11/3/2011 1:29PM

    Happy birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon

My wish for me is to find contentment like you! Sounds like a great life to me (not that I have anything to complain about, just still working on finding the balance)! May your life always be filled with love and happiness!

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SUPERMOM8482 11/3/2011 9:06AM

    Happy birthday a day late!!! This was a wonderful blog made my heart smile thank you :)

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TULIPAN2 11/3/2011 5:11AM

    emoticon Happy Birthday!!! You gave yourself (and your family) the best birthday gift - happiness, health and content!

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TAFODIL24 11/2/2011 9:04PM

    emoticonHappy Birthday ~ and it's ok to feel alive and happy and beautiful and sexy and overjoyed with life ~ thank you for sharing your story. I wish you many years of happiness ~ enjoy your special day! Your family sounds beautiful. emoticon

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RUNJEWELRUN 11/2/2011 8:57PM

    Happy Birthday!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 11/2/2011 7:44PM

    Happy Happy Birthday!
I love reading blogs about how happy & content & joyful life is, please never stop sharing :)
You are very blessed, revel in it.
You have put a lot of heart & work into all that you have today, so celebrate all your success. Your life goals sound amazing.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 11/2/2011 7:12PM


Well, nice of you to join me here(we're the same age today!)LOL
Love the blog, LOVE the candle in the oats, love the yoga in the morn, love the love you have for your very happy life.

Never apologize for lovin your life, shout it from the mountain tops and let the groucho's roll their eyes.

I hope you have the year you want. It's been nice to watch you succeed month after month and you have done it!!!! You're an inspiration.
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ONE*BUSY*MOM 11/2/2011 6:32PM

    First of all, happy, happy birthday! I'm so glad you've reached a level of contentment in your life.

Second, don't apologize for being happy. I think it's too easy for us to be negative on SP because we are always worrying about our weight, our health, and everything else bad in our lives. I love reading these good blogs, ones where we count our blessings and know how lucky we are.

Finally, I loved the candle in the oatmeal story. How sweet!

I hope you have another wonderful year and thanks so much for sharing.


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MEGSMILEY 11/2/2011 6:25PM

    What an amazing blog! Happy birthday!!!! I am so glad you are deeply content and have found balance and health... We are the same age by the way... And your oldest child might be my son's age (he will be 3 in January).
Anyway- you are inspiring and have such a wonderful attitude. I am glad to have you for a spark friend. Hope the rest of your day was just lovely!

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KKINNEA 11/2/2011 5:53PM

    Happy birthday and great job on your fit journey!

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ALL4MYSPIRIT 11/2/2011 5:36PM

    emoticon emoticonHappy Birthday! emoticon emoticon

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AMBER281 11/2/2011 4:18PM

    Happy Birthday!!
Thanks for sharing.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/2/2011 4:09PM

    Happy birthday!!!!! Great story

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RUNNINGMOM_OF_3 11/2/2011 3:58PM

    You just made me cry...

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OJIBWEEQUAY 11/2/2011 3:55PM

    emoticonwhat a great birthday so far!!!!!!!! Have a fantastic 33rd year friend!

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My first HM

Sunday, October 30, 2011

It was a pretty good run for me. I definitely learned a lot. I continuously have to tell myself that I'm a runner. I still don't see myself as one. I feel like such a rookie and some of my choices yesterday prove that I AM a rookie. And that's OK.

My antibiotics had kicked in. The fever and body aches were gone, but I was still a little sore. I hadn't slept well all week, hadn't worked out all week, nor did I eat the greatest fuel foods the day before the race. Let's just say I was not in my best shape. I changed my outfit the morning of the race, I never made a race playlist and I didn't get around to making homemade protein bites for before the race. I was breaking cardinal racing rules all over the place and I paid for it.

Since I was sick and it had been a rough week, I knew that I should throw my goal time out the window. I ran the 10 miler in 87 minutes (8:44 pace). So my goal was to finish in under 2 hours. Ideally around 1:55. As my DH was driving me to the race he gave me a little pep talk and then asked about what I thought my time would be. I said, "You know I wanted under 2, but now I guess I don't care. I just want to finish." He laughed and told me I was lying. He was right. I still wanted under 2.

There weren't corrals for this race, just banners with pace times. I liked this better. I made my way up to the 9 min/mile banner and stood a little bit in front of it. I was surprised by how close this was to the start line. I was surprised by how fit and runneresque all the people around me looked. See? I still don't see myself as one of them. I was giddy and in awe. I hope I never lose that starting line feel.

I saw the 9:00 pacer. I told myself to stay in front of him for as long as I could. I thought that if he passed me I would do my best to keep up and that would get me a 2:00 time. I felt like it was a realistic goal since this was a speedy course. Mostly flat and lots of downhill.

It was a beautiful morning. We started at the Cathedral in St. Paul.

I am happy to say that I did not make the racing mistake of starting out too fast. I ran at a pace that was comfortable to me and tried not to let all the people passing get to me.

The first part was down Summit past all the old mansions. I felt great and had time to take in the gorgeous fall views.

After the initial high wore off, I missed running with my husband.Then my pants were starting to fall down, which didn't make sense because I was wearing my favorite running capris with a drawstring. Then I realized that the cute orange & black polka dot knee highs that I bought to be festive, were pulling my pants down!! No, I hadn't worn them running before. I planned to wear them on an easy run on Thursday, but I was sick. I knew better than to wear something new on race day, but I did it anyway. rookie mistake! I had to jump onto the curb at the first water station to pull the stupid socks down. And, duh!, Target knee-highs are not made with moisture wicking materials. So my feet were too hot and then too cold the entire race. And I got blisters, which has never happened before. I'm pretty sure I learned my lesson. I also had a little problem when I took off my throw away fleece and my ipod armband came off with it and everything got unplugged and tangled. Definition of hot mess right here!

Enough about my wardrobe malfunctions. Back to the race. I usually hit a teeny wall around 6 and I thought about that after the 5 mile marker. Then all of a sudden I was at the mile 7 marker. Things were going well. Somewhere after that I started to get tired. I had noticed 2 girls in hot pink shirts awhile ago and was doing my best to keep up with them. There was A LOT of self talk going on at this point. The pink girls got way ahead of me at times, but I kept them in sight. This is a racing tip from my dad.

I did not eat enough calories on Friday night or Sat morning. I was hungry and feeling spent and we were only at mile 10. I took Powerade (which I hate) at a water station just to give myself something. Another racing no-no. Don't drink things your body isn't accostumed too. The last 3.1 was super tough for me. Every step was hard. I was pushing as hard as I could at mile 12 but I wasn't going any faster. I did manage to pass the pink girls, which felt great, but I couldn't sprint to the finish line. When I saw 1:57 on the clock I was overwhelmed with happiness and pride.

I never saw the 9:00 pacer. That meant I ran a consistent race at my pace. I don't have a Garmin (wish I did!) so throughout the race I had no idea what my time was. When I saw that finish clock, I felt amazing. I also felt awful. I was shaky and a little dizzy and immediately gobbled up a banana. My body was spent.

I am addicted to racing. There is a St. Patrick's Day HM that I will be signing up for. I love the energy of a race and the feeling of being part of a running community. I learn a lot with each race and know what I need to do so the next race goes better.

Chip time was 1:55:02. (8:47 pace) I am overjoyed. I cannot believe that I met my original goal after the craptastic week I had. I need to experiment with fuel during runs. I clearly needed something at mile 10. I'm not going to play the what if game with myself. Instead I am going to focus on what I can do to become a better runner and make sure my next race is even more enjoyable.

wow, this got long. I will reread this before my next race so I will never make the same mistakes again. And maybe someone else can learn something from this. If you're still reading, here's me in the ridiculous socks.

At least I can wear them to school tomorrow and the kindergarteners will love em. And that cutie is telling me to run like a witch!

Happy Halloween sparkers!

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FLGIRL1234 11/11/2011 3:30PM

    How inspiring that after everything that went wrong you still pulled it together and rocked your goal time. Total inspiration.

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TREP13 11/3/2011 10:22AM

    Congrats on running your first HM!!! I ran my first a month ago and I made the rookie mistake of having a new iPod armband on. I fidgeted with that thing almost the whole time. I will never make that mistake again! Congrats on reaching your goals and logging an excellent time even with the distractions of your socks and your crappy week preceding the race. You rock!

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HEALTHYL1 11/1/2011 11:47AM

    Great job!!! emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 10/31/2011 10:11PM

    Congrats! You did terrific! I love the energy of a race, too. I just finished HM #2 & have #3 coming up. I learn from each race, too! Anyway, I am so happy for you. Great job!

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KJDOESLIFE 10/31/2011 4:38PM

    Great job and great time!!!

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MELPHILLIPS741 10/31/2011 2:35PM

    ...Good for you, that is an awesome time!! I completed my first HM ( Many years ago ) in 2:08 so that time is fantastic, esp seeing as you were sick prior to!!! Loved your blog, I have to start doing HM's again, I'm in much better shape now!

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MEGSMILEY 10/31/2011 12:35PM

    Way to go!!!! You looked so cute in your outfit (even if it did lead to wardrobe malfunctions)... Your little one is also adorable in their halloweeen stuff...
So impressive that you ran this, despite being under the weather, and did so well too!

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KKINNEA 10/31/2011 11:36AM

    You totally rocked it! I never even saw you because you were waaaay ahead of me. Glad you got the mile 10 station - I thought there would be more tables and I missed it entirely then suffered the last 5K myself. Great job!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 10/31/2011 11:30AM

    You really make me want to be like you! So many people would have given up if they'd had a week like yours. I'm glad you didn't, because I know how much you really wanted it. Congratulations on an incredible race! And just think about how easy the next one will feel in comparison.
You look great and your little witch is a super cutie!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/31/2011 11:22AM

    You amaze me, crappy week and all and you still rocked out your time. You're awesome. And your daughter is a cutie girl! Congrats on your super HM time.
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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 10/30/2011 9:12PM

    You're amazing! I was going to say that I can't believe you ran your first HM after such a crappy week in such an awesome pace, but actually I can, because you're a rock star!! Definitely experiment with fuel during long races, I use energy gels that I mix in with water and carry on a belt and that works great for me. I know exactly what you mean about belonging to a running community and the energy from races, it's totally inspiring and wonderful! Congrats on a great race, and here's to many more! emoticon emoticon
P.S. I love those socks and your daughter is simply adorable! emoticon

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REDRUNNERMOM713 10/30/2011 7:36PM

    You ROCK girl!! What an awesome time despite you have such a crummy week before. You continue to inspire me!! I can't wait until I can run a half! So happy and proud of you girl! emoticon emoticon

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HLTHYRNRMOM 10/30/2011 2:31PM

    WAY TO GO! I think I learn something every race! Love that you caught the race addiction!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 10/30/2011 2:26PM

    Awesome! If that's what you do after being sick I can't wait to read about a race when you are healthy. You totally rocked it! Congrats!!

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DELERIOUS64 10/30/2011 1:29PM

    Dang girl, Even with all your issues you had a GREAT finish!! Now that you learned what not to do you need to run another one. BTW, you definitely are a runner!!

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MICHSTATE 10/30/2011 1:13PM

    Wow!!!!! Congrats!!!!!! That is an amazing time!!!!!!!!:-)
And, by the way, you are very fit and runneresque!!!!!!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 10/30/2011 12:22PM

    At least the socks are super cute! I can't believe how fast you ran despite all your circumstances! That really shows your true athletic mind set. You are so strong! You should feel amazing! I am also ranting to sign upbfor every half I see! Definitely gonna do a Shamrock one here in the Sac. area. Your little one is freakin adorable! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 10/30/2011 12:00PM

    Wow, great job! You did so awesome making your goal time even with all of the obstacles! And never beat yourself up about mistakes... there is no better way to learn what works and what doesn't!

So glad that your first half marathon was such a good experience!Congratulations!

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LINDAKAY228 10/30/2011 11:32AM

    So awesome! You met your goal in spite of a lot of issues this week. Maybe the rest from being sick and not running was actually helpful to have what you needed to do this. Who knows. But anyway congratulations on such a great even!!

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ALL4MYSPIRIT 10/30/2011 11:19AM

    emoticon Well done! I'm super proud of you going out there and getting it done and you killed it!

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A-STRONGER-ME 10/30/2011 10:40AM

    BTW- will you please think about coming back for Round 18??

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A-STRONGER-ME 10/30/2011 10:39AM

    OMG, Maura, you have DONE IT AGAIN!!!

What a great race, and blog and the cherry on top is you did it coming out of a craptastic week (I am gonna steal that phrase - as I have had a few)

I agree with not playing the "what if game" and focusing on what you can do to become better,


PLEASE celebrate THIS ONE simply for the success it was!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/30/2011 10:27AM

    Woah!!!! That is super fast u rock ! Sub 2 !!! So impressed u rock my friend and first HM!!!!!!!
u inspire me

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 10/30/2011 10:21AM

    I am SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need to take some of your running inspiration and apply it to my bike......!!!!!

YOU ROCK, MAURA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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good news/bad news

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I just have to say how much I love sparkpeople. I type one little status update about getting sick and the support and genuine care comes pouring in. Thank you sparkfriends. I am overwhelmed and touched by how much a website can mean to me. So here is my generic "Thank you" to the many friends that are important in my life .

And here's the history & update:
I had recurrent mastitis with my daughter and it was a huge factor that held me back from getting back into prepregnancy shape. My son was born Nov. 5 and I hit the gym immediately after my 6 week check-up. I was determined not to let the same thing happen again. Plus, breastfeeding was going soooooo much better. It took me about 4 months to get back to pre-pregnancy weight and it was NOT easy. I worked my booty. (Don't you dare say that breastfeeding melted the pounds off. That is a big fat ugly myth!!!)

I kept working and was at pre-1st-pregnancy weight at 6 months. Since then I've lost 7-8 more pounds. Aww, man, that means I have lost 7 or 8 pounds in the last 5.5 months. boo. But, ya know what? I will not let that get me down today. I am going to reread the first line of this paragraph and be proud of that. booya! how's that for glass half full?

As for the mastitis today... I have NO idea where this came from. We are in a very gradual weaning process and he has only been nursing once a day for a short time for the past few weeks. I'm annoyed and frustrated and I burst into tears at Urgent Care and I'm pretty sure the doctor thought I was cuckoo.

Not now. Not today. The half-marathon is on Saturday. That's less that 3 days from now. I know how the antibiotics work. I know how long it takes to feel normal again. I barely even attempted to kick this infection with natural remedies. (I usually do and have been successful) But today my main concern was that I need to feel OK by Sat at 8:30am.

The bad news: I'm in bed in a fair amount of pain and there is no way that I will get my last easy run in today or tomorrow.

The good news: I wasn't ashamed to step on the scale at the doctor today. I didn't worry about what she thought of my tummy. I've got some ab definition under those stretch marks and I'm damn proud!I also have a little flab and that's OK too.

The better news: I'm running that beast on Saturday. I don't care if I have to jog super slow or walk. I will high five every spectator and have a blast being part of a running community. This is my life. And I like it.

The best news: My sparkers will cheer me on no matter what. Thank you for being here for me.

And the bestest news of all! I am resisting the urge to tell DH to go get me a pint of Ben & Jerrys. Now that I wrote that I can't go do it.

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RUSSELLORAMA 10/28/2011 9:12PM

    I hope your race goes well. Mastitis sounds awful!

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GUITARMAMA80 10/27/2011 10:54PM

    Gah, I hate mastitis. Hope you're feeling better soon! emoticon

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KKINNEA 10/27/2011 2:30PM

    Yes!! Hope you will at least be able to come and finish the race! Maybe I'll get to see you there for (careful) sweaty hugs :)

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 10/27/2011 7:48AM

    Great attitude. I've run races sick, you just have to change your goals, I went from hoping for a PR to just being content to finish. You'll do great, I'm sure of it. Let your body rest & heal, you'll be fine without your taper runs this week :)
Hope ya feel better soon!

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SPACELION 10/27/2011 6:18AM

    You are seriously SUCH and inspiration! I love how you just keep going, screw the circumstances trying to get you off track, because damnit it will get done! You're bloody brilliant. Good luck with the race, I can't wait to hear all about it.

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TULIPAN2 10/27/2011 3:42AM

    You'll be great on Saturday!!! And by that time your body will adjust on antibiotics and you'll be great. I wish my friends ( with baby's)had your determination and will power.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/26/2011 11:42PM

    Oh no! This sucks but your attitude is purely positive. Think healing thought, think healing thoughts-haha!

And no..great luck with Saturdays race-baaah, you need no luck, your all trained up and ready to go with an extra supportive bra-LOL.

Seriously, I hope this heals mega quick for you.

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 10/26/2011 11:40PM

    You're absolutely right that we will cheer you on no matter what! You are one super woman and I love your determination! Whatever happens on Saturday, just remember that you are powerful and so incredibly inspiring! Rock on!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 10/26/2011 10:29PM

    I probably would've cried, too. Your frustration is very understandable. Hopefully the antibiotics work very quickly and you'll be out of pain soon.
I can't wait to hear about your HM. No matter what your final time is, I know I'll be sitting here feeling inspired by you as I read your blog.
In the meantime, lots and lots of water, k?

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MICHSTATE 10/26/2011 9:58PM

    I remember that you posted about having mastitis when I had it a while back. Hopefully the antibiotics will kick in quickly! I was surprised that I started to feel better after one dose even!!!
Dont worry about the race, you will do great!!!!! The runs this close to the actual run aren't really that important anyways, what matters more is what you have already done!!!!!! You ate going to rock this!!!!!! Have fun!!!!!!:-)

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REDRUNNERMOM713 10/26/2011 9:46PM

    Good luck on Saturday! I hope you have a blast! So sorry about the mastitis. Can't wait to hear how your race goes!! Hang in there girl!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 10/26/2011 8:47PM

    I love your dedication! Getting back to pre baby and below!! woot!! You are gonna rock that half! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 10/26/2011 8:22PM

    Hug! Mastitis sux!

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DELERIOUS64 10/26/2011 7:30PM

    You're gonna do great on Saturday! Have fun, I can't wait to hear about it!

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ALL4MYSPIRIT 10/26/2011 7:26PM

    You can do this!

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VICLAF 10/26/2011 7:24PM

    Awesome enthusiasm!!! No matter how long it takes you, nothing will stop you! YOu've worked really hard for this!!

Also...7-8 pounds in 5 months...I only wish...I've been battling the same 2 pounds since March...bahaha..arghh....

od luck and hang in there!!!

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A-STRONGER-ME 10/26/2011 7:05PM

    OMG Woman - NOTHING holds you back. Can you bottle some of that and send it to me, pretty please.

You are a tremendous inspiration and I look forward to your posts!!

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believe in the run

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I started running last Spring as a way to workout with my kids. I couldn't spend endless hours at the gym like I did pre-babies. I *could* push them in a double jogger and burn some major calories. I had no idea that such a love affair was growing.

I love that anyone can run. Sure, it can be a really expensive sport. But it doesn't have to be. I don't have a lot of gear. None of my running clothes match because I buy them on clearance. I have no idea what gus or gels or belts or compression socks work. I've never bought any. That doesn't mean I won't at some point...

Anyway, I love reading all the C25K blogs and status updates in the Spark universe. It's motivating and impressive. Anyone can run.

I love running with my husband. Our bodies don't look like this, but our smiles do. Our dates used to be about wine and food and bars. I would never have guessed that this is how we would spend our time together. If someone would have told me 5 years ago, (hell, ONE year ago!) that I'd be a runner, I would've rolled my eyes. phstttt.

I ran my first 5K in June. Next June I'll run my first marathon. I was in pretty good shape before I started running. It's not like I jumped off the couch and did all this. It's been a process and I know my process is faster than some. Some people have told me I'm taking on too much too fast. Disagree. I'll leave it at that.

The 10 mile race was so much fun. I immediately went home and looked up the Monster Dash half marathon at the end of the month. It's $80 times 2 for DH's entry fee and arranging for someone to take care of the kids and it was too much. I was bummed but decided to keep training like I had been. 3 runs a week: 1 long run of 8 -11 miles, 1 easy 5 mile, 1 hills 4-7 miles. My plan is to repeat through the winter (akkkkk!) and up training 4 months before the marathon.

I know that anyone can run a a marathon with the proper training.
Want proof?

This is Fauja Singh. He's 100 years old! He ran Toronto and it was his 8th marathon. Ah-maz-ing. He makes me happy to be healthy and alive. He reminds me:


Today I am going a run with a friend that is recently divorced. She's had a tough year. We will run together because we can. She may have lost a lot, but she has two strong legs and we will celebrate that today.

And now for the happy ending, I WILL be running that half marathon next Saturday. A gym friend gave me her bib because she is hardcore and is flying to DC to run the marathon. Good thing I kept up with my training, huh?

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/22/2011 7:00PM

    I'm happy for you emoticon

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A-STRONGER-ME 10/20/2011 9:26PM

    GREAT - as always!!!

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TAFODIL24 10/20/2011 9:12PM

    You are an inspiration ~ thank you

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FITFORMYFAMILY 10/20/2011 4:34PM

    I was feeling kind of blah this morning. Then I saw that you had written a blog and I felt better, 'cause I know you always make me want to push harder. Then I actually read your blog, and felt even better. Thank you for sharing! I can't wait to read about the Monster Dash!

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KKINNEA 10/20/2011 1:15PM

    Glad you're in for Monster Dash - I think the course will allow for some speedy times. Are you doing Grandma's in June?

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REDRUNNERMOM713 10/20/2011 12:57PM

    LOVE this blog!!!! I'm a run addict too and love the way it makes me feel! Some runs are struggles, but they are still runs and the crappy runs make the great runs just that much sweeter! So happy you get to run in the HM this weekend! How exciting! I can't wait to hear how you do. I love the pic and message of the girl running stairs. That might be my new motto when I'm struggling through a run!

And I agree with DZSWEETIE2005 - YOU know your body and how far you can push it. Everyone is different so as long as you listen to what your body is telling you, all is good!

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PHD140 10/20/2011 12:51PM

There will be a day that I can no longer do this, but today is not that day.

'Nuff said!

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 10/20/2011 12:38PM

    It's been a while since I've felt like this about running. I'm still running and training for my half in January, but I remember last year when it was such a great feeling to run. Thanks for reminding me what a gift it is and that I can get there again! And have a great time running your half, glad you're able to run it after all!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/20/2011 12:09PM

    I love this blog!!!!! It speaks to me! My first marathon in next may ;) let do this

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KJDOESLIFE 10/20/2011 11:56AM

    Very cool! Good luck on your upcoming race and the marathon next year!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 10/20/2011 10:45AM

    Yeah, Yeah Yeah!!! Right place, right time, with the right friends emoticon
I am so glad you get to run that half!
I love this blog! It is so true!! I often am thanking God that I CAN run, that I have legs and they work and that I can get out there and do it- and I am going to RUN until I can't anymore. I know I am headed toward knee replacement sooner than if I didn't run (my doc told me), but I can run now and it MAKES ME HAPPY! So what the hell are we here for, if not to enjoy what we do???!!??!!
THanks for this blog!

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MICHSTATE 10/20/2011 10:41AM

    WooHoo!!!! Goof for you!!!!!!:-)

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DZSWEETIE2005 10/20/2011 10:06AM

    This is a great blog. I haven't gotten in to running as much as you. I do it sporadically, however I can appreciate how great it feels. You've accomplished alot. And makes me appreciate how far i've come in my own journey in different ways!

I have to ADD that YOU know your own body and how far you can push it, so anyone else's "two cents" are overrated! Can't wait until next June to see your race pics and the Marathon blog!

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some girl power on a Sunday

Sunday, October 16, 2011

I don't have much to say so I'll just dazzle you with pics

Isn't that the truth?

I used to say that my will power wasn't strong enough. We've all heard it a million times, "I don't have any will power." Yes, we do. We just choose to use it or not. Last night I exercised my will power. I ate one chocolate covered caramel that guests brought over and threw away the rest when they left. It was a conscious decision. That's will power. I could've done that a year ago, but I made the choice not to.

YES! I used to silently dream about being a runner. I listed lots of reasons why I couldn't. My silliest excuse was because I have a large chest. I know, that's ridiculous. But that's what I told myself. After years of quiet thoughts, I spent the money on a good sports bra and now I run 20 miles a week. OK, fine, sometimes only 12. But the point is I CAN RUN. and so can you.
I have 9 miles planned for today. I'll pretend I'm here:

That's Prague in case you're curious.

I keep making strength training goals/plans/little thoughts in my head about how I need to do more because you need ST and everyone on Sparkpeople is STing and it's the right thing to do and and and... but I just don't do it. I don't like weight lifting. I don't like the machines at the gym, I don't like free weights in my basement, I don't really enjoy Bodypump class. here's my thoughts on fitness: Find something you love and you'll stick with it. If you don't like it, it will not become part of your lifestyle. I need to admit to myself that weight lifting is not something I enjoy and THAT'S OK. There are other ways to tone and strengthen your body.

Yoga is my ST. I'm starting to really get into it. It reminds me of how I felt when I started to fall in love with running last Spring. And they seem to compliment each other.

Well, I guess I had a lot to say. Thanks for listening.

What works for YOU?

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FITFORMYFAMILY 10/16/2011 11:51PM

    Your blogs are so good for me! Thank you for sharing once again! I need to revisit this one often.
Your excuse for not running (in the past) is exactly what held me back, too. Good for you for finding a solution and working towards your dream!

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MICHSTATE 10/16/2011 4:02PM

    I do think that yoga and running are good complements to each other!!!!! A hot yoga studio about 45 minutes away from me did a "Runner's Workshop" this spring, but I wasn't able to attend, I hope they have another, I think it would be interesting!!!!
I felt the same way you do, when I was trying to do "Insanity", I just didn't like it!!!!! I ended up not finishing it because I figure there are a lot of things that I actually enjoy doing, why torture myself?!?!?
I love the quotes and pics!!!!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 10/16/2011 3:48PM

    Great blog!! I can totally relate to the pic that says "Your legs are not giving out. Your head is giving out. Keep going" My head really does hinder me sometimes, but I'm working on keeping positive thoughts flowing through it while I'm running. Hope your run today was great!!

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LIL_EZZY 10/16/2011 3:45PM

    That is wonderful to get through today. THanks.

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 10/16/2011 2:47PM

    Awesome! I love all the sayings you put on your blogs! Especially the be-you-tiful, awesome! And yes, yoga is great strength training and not to mention flexibility! Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 10/16/2011 12:50PM

    Awesome love interest too

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/16/2011 11:35AM

    The pose with the cheeka in the pushup position with her legs out to the side is C-R-A-Z-Y! Can you do that yet-hahaha! Have a great run and a great Sunday.
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DELERIOUS64 10/16/2011 11:05AM

    Another great blog. I LOVE the will power quote, I hope you don't mind if I use it.

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TAFODIL24 10/16/2011 10:32AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REDDIRTRUNNER 10/16/2011 10:31AM

    Nice emoticon
I still have to try some yoga. I've taken yoga classes a few times, but not in years. Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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