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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I told myself I would blog throughout marathon training so I could look back on my progress. Well, I also told myself I would cut back on internet time. And then I got an iphone. And then I discovered Instagram. oh lord, so many wasted minutes.

I digress...

Last week's long run was 14. Longest distance to date. We were supposed to run 14 a few weeks ago, but mapped it wrong and it was only 13.5. Talk about feeling deflated after an amazing run. 13.5 with my dad and husband. We're having a good time together. My dad hasn't run a marathon in quite a few years and he says this will for sure be his last. It's fun to talk running with him and see how little has changed over the years. Fartleks, GUs, slow long distance strategy are still the talk.

Again, I digress... the 14 was fine. The time commitment of marathon training has been an eye opener. Oh, it's Easter. All your family will be together. Too bad. You'll have to leave brunch early and go run for TWO and a HALF HOURS!!! Then shower and go rejoin the fam. It is serious dedication to a goal at this point. I did not want to run. DH was annoyingly excited, chipper, and ready for the miles. It's no surprise to me that this was not my greatest run of all time. I didn't want to do it. And this whole running thing, as my sparkbuds know, is much more mental than physical. I guess I'll call this a mental win. I ran the 14 without any tantrums and I felt good at the end. win.

This weekend is 16. I know I can do it. But like I said, it's the time it takes to cover these crazy distances that is starting to get to me. I don't think I really appreciated the true distance I was running until this weekend. It just felt LONG. far. really long. really far. And I know you're thinking, ummmmm, you signed up for a marathon. That's a pretty specific distance. No one calls it 26 miles. It is 26 POINT 2. We all know this right? But I'm not sure I appreciated it until now.

My other 2 runs each week are going really well. I think the long runs are somehow helping me keep up with my irongirls. We run 8 every Tuesday morning and last week and this morning I felt so much better throughout the run. And we've shaved 8-10 minutes off our time since we're not dealing with snow and ice.

Thursdays are still tough. I'm tired at the end of the day. I am so much more of an early morning runner. I wish DH didn't work at 5 am some days. I'd get up and run then if I could. There isn't much of a 5am babysitter market. weird, huh? Anyway, we're getting the miles in and that's what counts. And we're having fun doing it. And that's what really counts!!

I've given up on my goal time. I'm not doing the prescribed speedwork and I know that's needed to get there. I think finishing and having fun is my goal at this point. I can work on speed for a different race. There is no way I want to feel the disappointment of the Get Lucky Half. Just to make sure, I signed up for Lake Minnetonka HM on May 6 so I could get one more race experience in me.

Here's some random thoughts:
emoticon I don't like GUs. I like honey. Or the Stinger chews.

emoticon I ate far too many chocolate peanut butter eggs.

emoticon I want a Lulu running skirt.

emoticon For the first time in my adult life, I actually think I have nice legs. Go on now, sing with me, "and she knows how to move em!"

emoticon I'm maintaining around 146-148 and maintenance is HARD. I still have to say no to something every single day.

emoticon I'm going to wear a bikini this summer. There. It's in print.

emoticonI still can't do a single pull-up. But I'm working on it!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 4/11/2012 1:14AM

    What? no 5am babysitter around?haha

Finishing and having fun is a fabulous honorable goal.

Well there has to be some sort of payoff for all those miles logged and if it happens to be great legs and a bikini in the summer, well so be it sister:-) You deserve it.

Pullup ran 14miles Easter day!!!!!!!! win

You are one lucky lady to be training with your papa AND hubby...only in my dreams would that happen. I have a far off dream that someday I'll be running races with my girls..oh to dream.

I'm cheering you on Maura..I am living this marathon through you. You should blog more in the weeks to come as the race gets closer. Would LOVE to hear more.

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RUSSELLORAMA 4/11/2012 12:10AM

    A running skirt would be adorable on you! Good luck with this weekend's run!


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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 4/10/2012 11:34PM

    You are so awesome! Although I haven't run the distances that you're running, I can relate to the feeling of dreading those long workouts! But boy it feels good when it's over! I can also relate to not wanting to workout when your partner is all ready to go! Way to stick it out and go for it anyway! I think it's awesome that you got to run with your husband AND your dad! Amazing!
Random thoughts:
I love Stingers chews, they actually taste natural (and surprisingly they're not more expensive than GU chews)!
Woohoo for nice legs! I was checking my legs out too during my workout this morning ;)
Way to go on maintaining! That's always my biggest challenge!
Yes to bikini this summer- you're going to rock it!
Pull-ups are so hard! I'm aiming to get there someday too (remember how easy it was to do the monkey bars when we were kids? ridiculous)!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 4/10/2012 10:46PM

    Oh 16!!!!!! You got this! How wonderful to run with the hubs AND your dad! SO sweet! I do speedwork randomly but get nervous(getting injured scares me) doing it. I rock pushups but pullups? pssh! You rock that 2 piece this summer! emoticon

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JILLIANPRNCSS 4/10/2012 8:21PM

    I feel your pain, just wait till your 20 mile run. I told everyone I saw that day that I ran 20 miles even if they didn't ask. I do hate the time that we have to be gone from the family but I know that I am setting an example.

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OFFDREA 4/10/2012 6:33PM

    Maura you are kicking ass, seriously! It is really neat you are doing it with your hubby and family. I think back to HM training and you know what, the training was the hardest part. It is so long and so time consuming, but SO worth it in the end!!!!

I can't do pull ups yet either, although I haven't been working as hard on them. I hurt my forearm again and I can not do them when I have the pain. Boo.

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KKINNEA 4/10/2012 5:59PM

    I'll be running Lake Mtka half as well. I think you'll be quite able to handle the marathon when it arrives. My time goals are always very fluid since no one can truly know how you feel on that day unless you're elite and train all the time :)

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LADYBUG1107 4/10/2012 5:38PM

    Great job! You are very inspirational. It is hard to balance running and family.

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ICKA_2 4/10/2012 5:38PM

    It does take a long time!!! lol, but good for you for doing it and not skipping the workout, you'll be glad you did all your training when it comes time to run the marathon. =)

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 4/10/2012 5:14PM

    Thanks for the update, Maura. Honestly, I really admire people who run marathons and half-marathons, but I do wonder about the time commitment. I find it hard to get done everything as it is, but with all of that training, too? Wow, it's a credit to you that you can handle it.

Can I ask you, how do you handle it? I would like to get more miles in, but I'm just not sure how to do it and could use some pointers. I'd love to know what your day's schedule is like and who watches your kids while you're out for a run. I need to figure all this stuff out.

Congrats on how well the training is going. You've got this marathon in the bag!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 4/10/2012 4:56PM

    I think that's awesome that you are training with your DH and Dad! What great memories you are creating. I've never tried GU's or the Stinger chews. I've only used Sportbeans and they were pretty tasty. Congrats on the maintenance!! You are doing awesome and inspire me so much!

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PINKBEANBOO 4/10/2012 4:45PM

    That is exactly why I have no desire to do a full. It requires a huge time investment, which I am not willing to give. I highly admire the mothers who do it - YOU ROCK!

Regarding your random thoughts...
*Those darn peanut butter eggs are what gets me, too. Other candy any other time of the year doesn't have the power over me those eggs have. I bet I ate at least 20 in the last month. I'm so glad Easter is OVER.
*Nice legs - YES. I remember the picture of you in the shorts. I'd love to have legs like that.
*With the amount of miles you are running, you've got to be so hungry. I feel for you!
*Bikini this summer - YES & the world will thank you for it ; )

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MICHSTATE 4/10/2012 4:29PM

    Awesome update!!!!! I wish I could say that I liked my legs....maybe someday!!!!!

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THELILEA 4/10/2012 4:28PM

    I love this. Especially the list. Move those legs, lady!!!
You are right, those are crazy distances!! Wow, 14??? I'm so amazed. I honestly don't know how much time it'd take me to run 10 miles. Seriously, even if I maintained my best pace it'd be FOR-EV-ERRRR (channel Sandlot, please).
And, I'm RIGHT THERE with you on the pull up, and (maybe!!) bikini! Let's DO THIS!!

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Pics of the shorts!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Here they are: Gap size small. I should be smiling since I am feeling pretty fancy about how my calve muscles are lookin these days :)

And I already know what you're going to say. I know it's not a bad muffin top, but it is still there. Motivation to work harder!

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ICHBINDOOF 4/10/2012 10:29AM

    you predicted it- seriously you look FANTASTIC!! You are so fit lady. I don't see any muffins but I think I see some abs!

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AMBER281 4/1/2012 4:29PM

    Cute shorts!

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PINKBEANBOO 3/27/2012 12:31PM

    If there is a mini muffin there, who would notice it with hot legs like that to look at?

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THECRAZYMANGO 3/27/2012 12:11PM

    What muffin top?!!!!

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KKINNEA 3/27/2012 12:09PM

    They look good to me - rock them!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 3/27/2012 8:54AM

    I think you look amazing!! Way to go! All your hard work is truly paying off!!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 3/27/2012 2:42AM

    agreed, agreed and agreed again with all these comments. Pic out of focus? It must be cause I have no idea what you're talking about...crazy Maura is what I'm gonna have to call you from now on cuz you are:):):) You are HOT and your belly is lookin fabulous and i want your muffin top. Hugs to you, crazy Maura-haha!

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    Funky shorts! I love it! =]

And psh, muffin top.. PSH! I say! =p

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OJIBWEEQUAY 3/23/2012 8:23PM

    I love calves!!!!!!!!!!! Oh sweetie ill trade muffins emoticon emoticon

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LEASIM1231 3/23/2012 5:19PM

    More like 'what muffin top'-wanna see mine? :P It is just like 20x whatever you see...but, keep up the good work!!!

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A-STRONGER-ME 3/23/2012 4:52PM

    did you say there was a muffin. . .??

seriously - get your eyes checked!!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 3/23/2012 4:15PM

    I love that store. So cute....muffin top.

Keep up the great work!!!!!

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FITFOODIE806 3/23/2012 3:47PM

    ha! See?? I knew my sparkgirls would say that. I know that it is very very small. I don't really have that much more I want to lose. Just a little more please!

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 3/23/2012 2:30PM

    Umm yeah, don't see a muffin top at all! You look great!

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MICHSTATE 3/23/2012 2:20PM

    I don't know if the picture isn't clear enough, but I see NOTHING that looks like a muffin top!!!! Nice legs!!!!:-)

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/23/2012 2:09PM

    Ummm, what muffin top? Remember, we are our own worst critics. Honestly, I can't even see it. You look amazing!

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LORI-K 3/23/2012 1:47PM

    emoticon You look awesome!! Keep it up! The shorts are super cute!

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When your running shorts are too small

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Go for a run!!!!

I bought these shorts last Fall way on sale. They're a small. I thought I'd easily fit in em by the time it was shorts running weather. Well... I guess you could say they fit. But there is that teeny muffin top and I want it gone. My mediums are a little too big and make me look bigger than I am. These are gap shorts, the queen of vanity sizing, but still... I like that I'm almost a small.

Ok now Im annoyed. I actually took pictures for once and now I can't upload them. Any help? When I go to add a pic, the choose file icon isn't highlighted. I can't click it. Obviously this technology stuff is not my forte. (on iPhone, I never had trouble on PC)

The good news is that I got in all training runs this week. Thursdays are always the hardest for me. I would much rather run early in the morning but because of schedules and kids, Th after school is a short run. One thing that has helped is wearing my sports bra to work. I know it's silly but I completely plan my outfit around it. It's one way to make sure I keep the run on my mind.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 3/27/2012 2:46AM

    Planning is key to a healthy lifestyle...don'tcha think? Super job on getting all your training runs in this week...woohoo to yoouu!!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 3/24/2012 10:35AM

    Good job on getting in your training runs! And I saw the other blog with the picture of the shorts.... I do NOT see a muffin top!! You look GREAT!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 3/23/2012 9:45AM

    Great job on getting all your training runs in this week and fitting into a small! That's so exciting! emoticon

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JILLIANPRNCSS 3/23/2012 5:36AM

    I do that too, put on running clothes to walk to school. People always ask, "Did you run?" and I have to say that I am going to.

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/23/2012 12:04AM

    I think a small is GREAT, muffin top or no. I don't think I could ever squish my bottom into Gap smalls to save my life! Great idea about the running bra, too.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 3/22/2012 11:00PM

    Smart with the bra!! Tiny tush!!!!!

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GRANDMAPATTYV 3/22/2012 10:59PM

    You'll be in those smalls without the muffin in NO time.... with the weather getting nicer, the muffin will be gone! I completely understand having to plan your runs! and I don't have kids at home... but if it's not planned it's SO easy NOT to do the run!!! Keep up the GREAT work ~ patty

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A bad race is a good experience

Sunday, March 18, 2012

My first HM was in October and I got sick the week before. Was fine by race day and had a great run, had fun and finished with a great time 1:55:02. Since then Ive logged lots of miles. Even though this has been the mildest MN winter ever, I still ran outside every week. Something I'm proud of. 8 miles has become my easy run. Its week 7 of marathon training. Everything is going well.

I write a happy uppity blog on Wednesday morning, go for that hills run I mention, almost puke during it and the am sick the rest of the week. Uh oh. Is this mental? Do I do this to myself before races? I don't know. But it's sure not a habit I want to keep up. By race morning I am dehydrated, weak, not rested and nervous.

Of course I wanted to beat that 1:55. And how could I not with all the training I'd done all winter?! I knew it was a good time. I was aiming for 1:53. I started strong. I love the energy of a race. All the runners bouncing around and all smiles. It's such a rush. So, yes, yet again, I got carried away and ran the first mile too fast. Rookie mistake! When will I stop doing that? I was able to calm myself down after the first mile marker and find my comfortable pace.

Things were going OK. I start feeling pretty tired, worn out and ready to walk and look! We're only at mile 3. Uh oh. The rest of the race was a struggle.

It was a loop race so I'm at mile 5 and the leader comes soaring past us the other way. I thought it would be demoralizing to see runners that far ahead of me, but it was such a lift. His feet weren't even hitting the ground! Cool to see. And I got chills from my surrounding runners cheering for him. Luckily right when I hit a huge hill another group of elite runners was passing us and in it was the female leader. So beautiful!

Getting to the turn around was equal parts: yes! And oh sh#t! The 1:55 pacer was not far behind me at all. I tried to pick it up. I pushed as hard as I could. I thought about what I would want to write in a spark blog. And seriously, you,my spark friends, helped me push for another mile or so. But he passed me and I almost burst into tears as I tried so hard to keep up and just couldn't. It's an awful feeling watching your goal literally pass you by.

I wallowed for a bit. I even walked,which instead of helping just made me madder at myself. It was getting really hot and humid out. I was miserable. I took 2 waters at the stops and a third to dump on my head and then also drank a powerade. I was actually wishing for winter.

Around mile 10 a guy ran by me and the back of his shirt said: Do your best. Forget the rest. If I could've caught up to him I'd have hugged him. That shirt totally changed my attitude. I started repeating it to myself. I mean, isn't that the truth?! Do your best. Forget the rest.

At the last water stop I saw the 2:00 pacer. Ahhhh! Come on,now. My re-evaluated goal was 1:59. Now im gonna miss that too??! Pacer helped me push it through the end. Unfortunately she was a little behind schedule and had to pick it up for the last mile. Again,I couldn't keep up.

I ran as hard as I possible could that last mile. Came in at 2:01:18. (chip said 2:00:32) I felt a mixture of accomplishment and a little disappointment. Luckily, my running partner was right there at the finish to say lots of nice things. She said that this humid weather made it tough for everyone. No one is used to 73 and humid for a MN March race. It was 30 last week when we ran together. As I'm bent over saying, "that sucked! Missed it by a minute!" an old man stops and says, "chin up darling. It's good to have a bad race. Makes your next one better." we all laughed, I thanked him and I immediately felt better.

I feel good today. not sore, not tired. Writing this blog has been therapeutic so thank you for reading. I've thought a lot about why I didn't easily get 1:55 like I thought I would. Yes, I've ran all winter. But I have. Ran for distance. I've become a much better endurance athlete. I've done very little speed work and I know that is what is needed to get faster.

What a great experience. It has reshaped my expectation for my marathon. It wiped a time out of my head, which is a good thing. This year is about miles. Maybe next year will be about speed.

Do your best. Forget the rest.

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KKINNEA 3/27/2012 11:31AM

    Sorry I missed this back on race weekend. It was an ugly weather weekend for running - lots of the verterans I know were having issues as well. For a race like this, I use the exact mantra you closed with - as long as I'm under my own power at the finish line, I've won!

Come run New Prague - lots of hills but a great course with good amounts of downhill for coasting :)

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 3/27/2012 3:02AM

    Thanks for sharing, Maura! I hear ya about having a goal in mind and not meeting it, being disappointing. I think you figured it out though. keep on logging the miles this year. Your time is great and you are one fast chick...can you even imagine your speed after a few years of running? You're a-m-a-zing and I love your progression of running.

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MYNAMEISSMILE 3/22/2012 11:52AM

    Wonderful blog.
Your first marathon shouldn't be about time; it will just mess with your head. I think this half was an amazing eye opener, and I think just over 2 isn't so bad for a 'bad' race!
Keep up the great work; you are beautiful. emoticon

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JOIE501 3/22/2012 9:30AM

    You did awesome! Thanks for the encouragement also. I am just getting into running races and it is SOOO impressive that you can run for that long. Great job! Don't be disappointed at all. I hope I can work my way up there one day!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 3/21/2012 7:50PM

    What a great motto! I know I'll be chanting that to myself while I'm running. I'm sorry you didn't hit the time you wanted, but it's great that you can still say you learned something from it and that's what really matters right? Great job on your time!

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WORTHEYMOM 3/21/2012 2:22PM

    tears and goosebumps is what your blog just gave me! Thank you! Love Do your best and forget the rest! making a poster of it right now!!!

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PINKBEANBOO 3/21/2012 12:42PM

    It may have not been what you hoped for, but you still did AMAZING. I can't imagine coming in at 2:01. That is just seems crazy fast to me.
I do know how you feel though. I ended up dehydrated during my HM. The thoughts of "I could have done so much better" just beat us up.

I love the quotes. "Do your best. Forget the rest". "It's good to have a bad race. Makes your next one better."
I'm going to remember those.

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RUNNINGMOM_OF_3 3/21/2012 11:08AM

    Love you blog! You are so inspiring and just make me want to go out there and log mile after mile. Way to go!

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OFFDREA 3/20/2012 1:06PM

    Its too bad teh race didn't go as planned, but remember, YOU JUST RAN A HALF MARATHON! That ALONE is something to be proud of. Im glad getting it out has made you feel better. Congratulations on completing your second HM, that is impressive!
(and seriously man, 1:55 on your first one, you are a machine! my time was 2:13)

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    I am so sorry the race didn't turn out as you had anticipated, but I'm still super proud of you for running it after being so sick, and I'm glad that the man helped you see it all from a different perspective. Thank goodness for wisdom! And I know YOU think it was slow race, but I still think you're speedy... I'm hoping to be able to finish my 10-mile in under 2 hours and here you are talking about 13.1!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 3/19/2012 11:08AM

    You should be very proud of your results! Way to go, especially after being so sick. And he's right, you can use this to capitulate your speed work training!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 3/19/2012 3:14AM

    You did fantastic! I'm so inspired by you, Maura. You rock!

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 3/18/2012 11:16PM

    You are so awesome, seriously! Just the fact that you went out there and ran a half marathon after being so sick is incredible! And not only that, you finished it in such a great time! You really are amazing and inspiring! emoticon

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DELERIOUS64 3/18/2012 5:54PM

    Thank you for writing this! I was kinda feeling sorry for myself after my race today. I ran an 8k today and I think it was my worst 8k time ever. I live in Michigan and we have been having unseasonable HOT weather also.

BTW, I think 2:00 finish time is awesome, but espcially in the warm temps!!!

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GRANDMAPATTYV 3/18/2012 5:40PM

    "Do your best ~ Forget the Rest!" What a great mantra!! - You did a great job!!! Lots of us haven't even gotten the nerve to do a half! Keep up the Great Work! - You are AMAZING! - patty emoticon emoticon

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HEIDI-25 3/18/2012 4:43PM

    You did great because you did not quit. Proud of you!!!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 3/18/2012 4:10PM

    Oh this makes me feel so much better about my 16miler time! I know how you feel! My training runs are all PRs really but its disappointing to have a bad one! (I ran in 83 degrees) to hot, to little water! 17 will be nothin' I told myself! We got this Friend! Go you and you zero soreness! ATHLETE! emoticon

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AIMLESS07 3/18/2012 3:59PM

    Way to rock that race! If I have a bad race or a bad run I just remember how far I've come and how 4 years ago I couldn't even run a mile. You couldn't help being sick and did the best you could with the hand you were dealt.

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WE_PA_FIT 3/18/2012 3:12PM

    what a wonderful lesson in expectations and experience. thanks for sharing. a good AHA moment in the middle of your training. keep rockin those miles (at any speed)!!! emoticon

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MICHSTATE 3/18/2012 1:08PM

    I did the same thing in my 5K first 3/4 mile were at 6:45 min/mile pace, which maybe that gave me the side stitch!!!! I am going to have to force myself to start slower next time!!!!
You did awesome, Maura!!!!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 3/18/2012 12:08PM

    Well I think your a rockstar! I wish I could run that fast! IT IS ABSOLUTELY true about the warm temps & humidity, I live in Texas and depending on our sometimes life threatening temps my running group coach would adjust pace for the temp/humididty. Jeff Galloway talks about this too in his book, how to adjust your pace for weather.

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MYLADY4 3/18/2012 11:30AM

    Uhm 2 hours is a GREAT time in 73 degree heat. Was it that worm for your race in October? Heat plays a major roll in how fast some one runs.

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LADYBUG1107 3/18/2012 11:21AM

    Congratulations on finishing the race!

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MBSHAZZER 3/18/2012 9:47AM

    Congrats on finishing another HM! Great job! Don't worry about your finish time - running in heat and humidity when you are not acclimated to it is VERY difficult, so I think you did FANTASTIC!

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LORI-K 3/18/2012 9:44AM

    Awwww, I'm sorry you had such a hard race. But I still think you did awesome, and you should be proud! Heat and humidity are sooooo dang hard to run in! I know, I live it everyday. Plus you were already not feeling well. So with all of those factors combined, I think you did AMAZING!!
I wonder if that guy was wearing a P90X shirt? That is one of Tony Horton's mantras: "Do your best and forget the rest!".


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Fitness dates

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The only new years resolutions made this year was with my husband. 1 creative date a month. No dinner and movie type thing. We alternate who plans. It's been super fun so far. We were going to do a hot yoga date (thanks Tammy for the idea!) but then I read about an indoor trampoline park. Apparently they're the new thing and popping up all over the country. This branch is called Skyzone. They have open jumps, dodgeball, basketball, foam pits and Skyrobics classes!

If I could figure out how to cut and paste and add links and emoticons using an iPad, this would be a. Much more exciting blog. But I'm too lazy to figure that out right now. So you'll just have to trust me, or google Skyzone and check this crazy place out! I took my kids to Toddler time so i could see it and buy tickets for a class. The kids had a blast! And so I did I! I was sweaty when we left after playing for a hour so I enjoyed a guilt free ice cream cone with the kids. Total NSV for me.

The class was awesome. Insert tons of superlatives here. It was seriously that much fun. I felt like a kid. I laughed and smiled like a kid. The whole time! And here's the best part, DH liked it even more than I did! I didn't burn the 1000 calories the website said I could. I would guess 400, maybe 500. Push ups on a trampoline are hard. Mountain climbers running up the side wall of a trampoline are super hard. Running laps around a basketball court sized floor of trampolines is ridiculously fun.

The other part of our date was buying new iPhones. This will not help my "spend less screen time" goal. But I'm super excited. We got in the car and DH says, "Siri, what's the best running app?" made me smile.

Today it's supposed to be 70. This is a big deal people! I live in MN. March is the snowiest month of the year. I know I overuse the word ridiculous. But this is ridiculous! Perfect timing for me to have a week off work. I'm going to take the kids to daycare for their nap today (and i will have minimal mom guilt about it!) ThenDH and I are going to run our favorite trail. Hills galore! We haven't run it since Sept.

Next up is picking up the kids and getting the bikes and trailer out. The "chariot" as my daughter calls it. This is about to be a great day!

If you're annoyed by my fit and fun and everything is fabulous attitude, just know that I gained a pound this week. The same one that I lost last week. Oh, and I gained it the week before that. I'm sure I'll lose it this week because I have this little thing called a HM on Saturday!

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FITFRANNIEK 3/15/2012 3:43PM

    I love skyzone aerobics! it's so much fun! we have one here in st louis too :-)

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OFFDREA 3/15/2012 3:39PM

    That sounds like SO MUCH FUUUUUUUUUUUN!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG I am jealous!!!!
Can't wait to hear about your run next week!!!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 3/15/2012 12:27PM

    Skyzone sounds awesome! I wonder if there is a place like that around here. I'll have to check. So inspriring how active you are with your family! I hope you have an awesome day playing in the nice weather!

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WE_PA_FIT 3/15/2012 11:25AM

    what a great idea for date night!! wish mine would go for something like that.

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PINKBEANBOO 3/15/2012 11:13AM

    Awe, I loved this blog & I love being in love.

HM on Saturday - Woo Hoo! Kill it, then report back to us how it went.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 3/15/2012 10:57AM

    I just LOVE that you make fitness and nutrition seem so fun and exciting! You are very inspirational, my friend!

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MYNAMEISSMILE 3/15/2012 10:13AM

    So freaking awesome! I love that you got new phones, that you had such a great time with the trampolines, that you and the hubby are running (my fave) and of course the fit/fun attitude.
And a half this weekend? Very exciting! emoticon

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JILLIANPRNCSS 3/15/2012 5:59AM

    I love reading happy everything falling into place blogs.

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A-STRONGER-ME 3/15/2012 5:09AM

    what a great time!

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 3/15/2012 12:02AM

    This is so much fun to read, even without emoticons and links and stuff! Your great attitude is infectious! I love that you and your husband go on fitness dates and especially that you're passing it on to your kids! As soon as I finished reading your blog I looked up SkyZone and guess what? they have one in Houston! Woohoo! I am totally psyched to try it out! Thanks for the great idea!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 3/14/2012 9:12PM

    FUN!!!! HM! Saturday!!! Even more fun!We try and do different things also! Last week it was window shopping in our downtown and an 11am winetasting emoticon

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MICHSTATE 3/14/2012 8:55PM

    OMG!!!! What is not to love about thus blog?!?!? I am super jealous about almost everything!!!!! Just not the weather or I-phone, because we are having the same AMAZING weather and I am typing this on my I-phone!!!:-)
That trampoline place sounds amazing!!!!! I hope they spread to MI!!!!

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KKINNEA 3/14/2012 11:11AM

    I'm totally looking forward to 70 today - we have to take it where we can get it! I've heard about the trampoline places - may have to try that out.

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AIMLESS07 3/14/2012 11:11AM

    That place sounds like fun!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/14/2012 9:29AM

    I have been wanting to take my kids out to Skyzone but haven't made it out there yet. I think it is because of it being out in Plymouth... I don't like driving in a area I don't know very well. But it does sound like a blast and I know we all would love it.

Sounds like a great date though. Including the new Iphones!

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NANADERRICK 3/14/2012 9:26AM

    Love this blog. So great to know there are folks out there who sieze the day!!! Mind if I steal your creative date a month idea??? Could be just the thing DH and I need!!!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 3/14/2012 9:22AM

    AWESOME! Love this whole blog and I, personally, LOVE your "everything is fabulous" attitude, It's infectious.

Indoor trampoline park?? I would be there in a heartbeat if one existed here. I used to be a gymnast way back when, and absolutely enjoy bouncing around on it, alone and with the kiddos and hubby. Your descriptions of the fun had on your date made me smile-big smile-so happy you enjoyed yourself.

I just pulled the bike out on Monday and my bike trailer is actually called a chariot-haha! I hear ya on the weather, think about how north I live-we usually have snowy roads till well in to April and they are bikable right now-crazy cool.

Your hubby run sounds dreamy. I wish I had a drop off place in the middle of the day for my kiddos-lucky lady.

I don't own an iphone but I hear they are fantastic and I bet you're gonna love it.

Sounds like you are totally enjoying your week off-time well spent.

Hugs and more hugs...have a wonderful Wednesday.

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