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The taper

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I've read a lot about the taper crazies and how difficult it can be for people. Luckily I've been super busy with end of the school year wrap-up and planning & hosting my parent's 40th wedding anniversary party last Friday. It was a blast and so worth all the work. Yesterday I packed up my classroom and finished report cards.

And here we are today. I'm writing this blog right now to force myself to just sit. Rest. Stop running around. Drink water. But, wait! I could organize that upstairs linen closet! Or clean under my daughter's bed! I'm pretty sure my car should be vacuumed!

That's how I've been acting all day. Taper is kinda like being 39 weeks pregnant. That need to "nest." But now both kids are napping and I need to rest too. I'm trying to think like a Spark commenter. If I was reading someone else's blog, what would my advice be?

That line of thinking has helped me step away from the scale. I will not weigh myself this week. Or next week. That doesn't mean I'm going free for all with food. I will eat like an athlete. I will do my best with a 4 day carb load. Smart carbs. I can do this.

I'm feeling pretty good. Since I've been so busy I haven't had a lot of time to think about the race. Overall, I feel mentally and physically ready. As much as you can be...

It's supposed to be 64 degrees. perfect. 88% humidity which is a little high, but I'll take that over 80 degrees.

We leave Friday morning and the race is Saturday. My in-laws are coming to stay at our house with the kids. This is all so real! Ahhhhhhhhh! I have to go find something to dust now.

  
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HEALTHYOTTER 6/16/2012 2:12PM

    Pulling for you! Hope the race goes well.

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 6/14/2012 3:44AM

    Good luck with your race!

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 6/13/2012 9:08PM

    Woohoo taper week! I love that you think like a Spark commenter, I should do that more often when I talk to myself :)
I know you're going to rock that race!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 6/13/2012 8:01PM

    hahaha-did you dust something?

It really truly is for real and it's all going down in just a few days. I am totally livin thru you on this one. I cannot wait to hear all about your race. I will be thinking about you all day Saturday.

Great weather, great preparation, great childcare, great training...sounds like you are gonna have a fabulous day.

Let me know how it goes.
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RUNNER4LIFE08 6/13/2012 10:13AM

    Tapering is so hard after all the training you have been doing. It is hard to not run and just relax when you feel like you should be out there. But the taper is well worth it when your legs will be at their best!

Good luck to you this weekend!!! Can't wait to hear all about it.


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JOYFULSPIRIT920 6/13/2012 8:47AM

    Ah the taper... it's tough to rest when you are so full of energy.
I just know you'll do great on race day!
My only piece of advice... take it all in. Enjoy it to the fullest! High-five as many spectators as you can without slowing yourself down. Revel in the moment. YOU are in the middle of reaching a DREAM - a GOAL! Don't focus on time or pace as much as you focus on WONDER of the whole 26.2 miles.
All that to say, Rock it girl!!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 6/12/2012 6:30PM

    What a great plan! Even though I didnt get to run my race I still did the entire training and the taper was tough!! You will do fantastic!!!! emoticon

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MYNAMEISSMILE 6/12/2012 6:27PM

    I'm excited for you and excited to hear your report after you finish! Have fun, and I know you will just love it and do amazing. :)

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PINKBEANBOO 6/12/2012 5:29PM

    Good luck with race - but first good luck with tapering. You can do it!

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JEREMY723 6/12/2012 4:31PM

    Have a great time! To echo MICHSTATE, just make a higher percentage of regular amount of food carbs, don't increase total amount of food.

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KJDOESLIFE 6/12/2012 3:52PM

    Good luck on your race!

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MICHSTATE 6/12/2012 3:12PM

    Please don't do what I did with the carb-loading....I ended up eating too many cookies, crackers, and tortilla chips, which upset my tummy during the race and slowed me WAY down!!!! Go for healthy carbs!!!!!:-)

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FITFORMYFAMILY 6/12/2012 3:06PM

    Please, please send some of that extra energy my way! Or, fine, go ahead and be wise and store it up for 26.2. emoticon Can you believe that... 26.2?!? You are so ready for it, too! I am SO excited for you and happy that the weather report looks good. I truly wish I could be there to cheer you on!

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SHRINKINRUNNER 6/12/2012 2:36PM

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 6/12/2012 2:29PM

    You are going to do just FANTASTIC, perfectly FANTASTIC! Enjoy this!! :)

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REDRUNNERMOM713 6/12/2012 2:20PM

    I'm so excited and happy for you!! You have trained so hard and will do great! Couldn't ask for better weather for your race. Just think of all of us in Sparkland cheering you on!!!

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DZSWEETIE2005 6/12/2012 2:15PM

    You're gonna do so awesome! Can't wait to read/see all about it! :)

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MBSHAZZER 6/12/2012 2:09PM

    Which marathon are you running? Sounds like perfect temps! I may be the exception, but I LOVE THE TAPER!!!

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biking and swimming and running, oh my!

Monday, June 04, 2012

emoticon I love June. End of the school year, time at home with the kids, usually not crazy hot yet, the whole state is excited about summer. It's so great to see people out and about.

emoticon We've been biking as a family a ton lately. Not the toughest workout, but super fun. We've been exploring different neighborhoods and find a different park to stop and play each time. We sometimes stop for ice cream too. Summer is the best!

emoticon I got in my first real road bike experience last week. 12 miles. I loved it, but I'm still not confidant on the bike. I get scared when I get going with any sort of speed and I'm constantly worried about cars. Some idiot texting and driving or something. I'm going out with a group next week on bike trail for a 20 mile training ride so I hope that helps.

emoticon I met my goal of getting in one swim a week in May. I'm really proud of this because I didn't know how we were gonna make it work and we did. And then yesterday instead of doing my long run in the humidity, I went and swam 1 MILE. I swam a freaking mile. My shoulders feel awesome. Next week I start my 3 swims a week, one will be in open water. No ends to grab onto. No lane lines to watch. This should be a new challenge!

emoticon And then there's running. I need to take the time to blog/journal all the ups and downs that marathon training has been. It truly has been an incredible journey. I don't care how cliche that is. I've done a few long runs with my new best running buddy, one of the Irongirls. We've gotten very close in the past few months. Training will do that to ya! She took me on this crazy HILLY 18 mile run and we had a blast, talking the whole time, good pace. Then the next week we barely made it 12 because of the weather. I was dehydrated and crabby and awful. That was supposed to be my 20 miler. oh well. smart thing to do is add an extra week into a training schedule so you can make up workouts. The next week I did 20 with DH. It was hot again. I did not hydrate well again. I walked the last mile and was almost in tears by the time DH came back with water. (I had sent him ahead around 17.)

That was a real turning point in my training because instead of getting upset with myself about a "bad run" or doubting my ability to run 26.2, I celebrated. I mean, I had just run 20 miles. That's pretty incredible. And I definitely gained some mental toughness because of the experience. Now I'm not worried about the weather for race day. I know I can do hot. It may not be pretty, but I can do it. I also have 2 time goals now. I know what you're going to say; This is my first and the goal should just be to finish. Obviously that is the primary goal. But I have times in my head too. One for over 70 and one for under 70 degrees.

Other running news...
emoticon last week I ran 5 miles in 40 minutes. I barely said a word the whole time. I just told DH that I wanted to push the pace and he' have to entertain me. He did that AND pushed the double stroller. He's incredible. And I'm getting faster.

emoticon This morning I got up at 4:30 to get in that long run that I missed yesterday. holy dedication to this race. The first half of the run was horrible and i mean, horrible. And the second half was beautiful and energizing and made for the perfect start to a week. I love how a run can do that; just flip itself around and surprise you.

emoticon The marathon is in 12 days. Hello Taper! I love you.

emoticon emoticon Happy June to all of you! emoticon emoticon

  
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GODIVADSG 6/11/2012 4:46PM

    Congrats on your marathon journey! I love what running does for us. It will be so exciting crossing that finish line. Read as many motivational blibs as you can the next few days. You must keep your mind prepared for the challenge. Your body is more than ready! Run happy and know I will be cheering for you from Texas!! Great going on the road cycling and swimming! Enjoy your run... you have trained well!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUGIRL06 6/6/2012 9:15PM

    How exciting! Glad you didn't let a little dehydration get you down. You just now know how to prepare better for race day! Have fun tapering!
~Ang

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FITFORMYFAMILY 6/6/2012 11:22AM

    You sure have an exciting week coming up! No school, first big bike ride, increased swims, and a marthon?!? That's amazing! I hope you enjoy ALL of it! You rock!!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 6/5/2012 8:23AM

    Happy June to you!

A mile in the water is a-m-azing!! You are doing it girl. And mileage in the open water?? You must blog about it and about the marathon training experience too.

Ha-love that you love the taper. You are so close now. This is all so exciting.

So great that you made a new bestie in the process of this all. Happy happy!

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 6/5/2012 12:38AM

    Wow! It's coming up! I love June too, except it's getting too hot down here in Texas! Sounds like you're on a roll with you training, way to go!

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MICHSTATE 6/4/2012 7:53PM

    Oh my!!!! It's getting SO close!!!!! You are going to do awesome!!!!!!!!!

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A-STRONGER-ME 6/4/2012 7:05PM

    emoticon We all know that!!

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OFFDREA 6/4/2012 5:30PM

    12 days!!!
Good luck in these remaining days. I can't wait to read your race report!!!!

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EUEK098 6/4/2012 5:26PM

    Good luck on the marathon, you did an 8 minute mile, that's awesome, and keep hydrated on your marathon day.

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PINKBEANBOO 6/4/2012 3:31PM

    12 days - eeeek! It is going to be great!

Happy June to you, too emoticon

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help me edit please!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I wrote up a little something about my marathon story. It's supposed to be under 300 words. This is 309. Any suggestions for editing, adding, taking out, changing, etc.
Thanks for any help!

I grew up watching my dad run. I rang cow bells on Summit, held ďGo! Dad! Go!Ē signs for many fathers to smile at, and tried on all his medals in the basement when no one was watching.
I gave running a few halfhearted tries in my teens and twenties. It wasnít until after my second child that running changed my life. I needed something more effective than hours in the gym to get that baby weight off. My husband helped me fall in love with running. He pushed the double jogger AND coached me. We planned runs around naptime and gradually increased distance as we explored our city. That runnerís high finally clicked in. I was hooked.
A year ago we celebrated Fatherís Day with the Lake Como 5K. My siblings, their partners, two joggers, 4 toddlers, and of course my dad. That was my first race. Now I was really hooked.
My dad has run so many marathons that he claims to have lost count. I wonder how thatís possible. He swears that Grandmaís is his favorite. He knew I had the racing bug so he reserved a place in Two Harbors way back in August. Since then Iíve run 4 half marathons, been a good MN girl training outdoors through this mild winter, and learned about fartleks, GUs, compression socks and foam rollers.
On June 16 I will be running my first marathon with my husband and my dad. My sister will run her first half marathon. My sister-in-law would have liked to join us but she is due with baby #3 on race day. This is sure to be a great day for my whole family.
I love racing: the energy rush, the community of people doing something healthy together. All of that is more important than any amount of baby weight that I lost.

  
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AMBER281 6/2/2012 11:35AM

    Great story.
Thanks for sharing!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 5/27/2012 9:36AM

    Even though I feel like I know this already, I still so enjoyed reading it. Happy family life. I've said it before...I wanna be to my girls what your dad has been to you. How did this article come about? Have a great Sunday:)
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ONEKIDSMOM 5/26/2012 9:24AM

    Woo-hoo! Won't edit, just read it, and LOVE it! Spark on!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/22/2012 10:49PM

    Looks like you got it edited! And I love it!!!!!!!!!! Go Dad and Hubby!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 5/22/2012 4:35PM

    THANK YOU! took Trish's suggestions, made some of my own, got it it 267 and sent it in to the media coverage for the race.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 5/22/2012 4:17PM

    This is just a little rewrite of paragraph 2 that I think makes it flow a little better. With Trixie's other suggestions, it comes to 282...

I gave running a few halfhearted tries in my teens and twenties, but it was after the birth of my second child that running changed my life. With hopes of losing baby weight, I decided to explore running instead of spending hours at the gym. My husband - running partner, double jogger pusher, and coach - helped me fall in love with the sport. We planned runs around naptime and gradually increased distance as we explored our city. That runner's high finally clicked in. I was hooked.

It might be helpful to somehow include that spring 2011 was the start of your running. It would show how far you've come so quickly, which says even more for your love of it.

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 5/22/2012 3:23PM

    I like what Trixieruns did to edit this piece. That third paragraph just didn't flow well...........BUT............ I LOVE THIS STORY!!!!!!! Great job!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 5/22/2012 3:07PM

    Suggestions.... Maybe take out:

"My sister-in-law would have liked to join us but she is due with baby #3 on race day."

Would your SIL be upset if you didn't add this piece?

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LEASIM1231 5/22/2012 3:00PM

    Really well written! It is hard to find words to take out. Perhaps "younger days" instead of "teens and twenties" -1, Maybe take out "He swears that Grandma's is his favorite"-7, "With my husband and my dad" take out 2nd my =-1=-9 :)

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TRIXIERUNS 5/22/2012 2:53PM

    I got it down to 275.

I grew up watching my dad run. I rang cow bells on Summit; held ďGo! Dad! Go!Ē signs for all the fathers to smile at; tried on his medals when no one was watching.
I gave running a few half-hearted tries in my teens and twenties. It wasnít until after my second child that running changed my life. I needed something more effective than hours in the gym to get that baby weight off. My husband helped me fall in love with running. He pushed the double jogger AND coached me. We planned runs around naptime and gradually increased distance as we explored our city. Finally, the runnerís high clicked and I was hooked.
A year ago we, my siblings, their partners, two joggers, 4 toddlers, and of course my dad, celebrated Fatherís Day with the Lake Como 5K.. This was my first race and ow I was really hooked.
My dad has run so many marathons; he claims to have lost count. I wonder how thatís possible. He swears that Grandmaís is his favorite. He knew I had the racing bug so he reserved a place in Two Harbors way back in August. Since then Iíve run 4 half marathons, been a good MN girl training outdoors through this mild winter, and learned about fartleks, GUs, compression socks and foam rollers.
On June 16, I will be running my first marathon with my husband and my dad. My sister will run her first half marathon. I love racing: the energy rush, the community of people doing something healthy together. All of that is more important than any amount of baby weight that I lost.


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A-STRONGER-ME 5/22/2012 2:53PM

    look at P3

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why am I not skinnier?

Monday, May 14, 2012

This is the title of my personal pity party I've been having too often lately. Now, I'm not fishing for compliments. Or needing anyone to tell me that I don't need to lose any weight. I am pretty confidant with how I look and feel and have for about a year now. I feel even better with what I can do. I am an athlete and I love it.

But... why I am stuck at 148? I know that I'm a different 148 today than I was last July. Clothing and measurements prove that. And I really don't want to lose a lot more. 5 pounds. 2 pounds even! I just want to wear that pair of size 4 jeans that are hiding in my closet. I just want to look a little better. There are some pinchable areas that I don't like.

Here's the deal: I know why I'm not losing any weight. I don't want it bad enough. I am in training mode, not weight loss mode. I indulge in the extra piece of chocolate or cookie or homemade bread. I don't binge or overdo it, but I'm not creating that deficit. And I am fully aware of it. For the most part, I can predict my weigh-ins. I know when it's an up week or down week. It's been almost a year of bouncing around this weight so I'm familiar with the numbers. I know what it takes to see 147.4 and I know how very easy it is to jump up to 149.8. This maintenance business isn't easy!

And here's when I get snotty. And judgmental and whiny. While yes I certainly have had more sweets in the past few months or the extra helping at dinner, I eat incredibly healthy. Super foods, lean proteins, whole grains, good fats. And I am crazy active. I ran 18 miles on Sunday morning and it felt great. I teach HIIT classes, which forces me to regularly get in ST. (finally!) I swim once a week, I go to Zumba or Bodystep once a week for fun. I bike with my family at least twice a week. I have a job where I am on my feet and moving for most of the day. I have 2 toddlers. I get home and am chasing them around the backyard. I'm gettin those fitness minutes!!

We rarely get fast food or even eat out for that matter since DH is a chef and cooks incredible healthy and delicious meals at home. This weekend I didn't want to clean the kitchen so I biked to Jimmy John (sub shop) I got us turkey on wheat bread, mustard instead of mayo. Hold the cheese, and add avocado. A pickle instead of chips. No pop. I know this is not how most Americans order their fast food. And for whatever reason it irritated me last week. I don't want to judge what other people order. I don't want to be that annoying person peeking in your grocery cart. But sometimes I am. And that's when I start to wonder; why am I not skinnier? I mean, for the amount of things I say no to, shouldn't I be thinner?

I know this is awful, but I can't help it. At my workshop last week, my team went out to lunch and got hot dogs and onion rings. I stayed behind, went on a walk and ate my packed lunch. And I'm glad I did. That food would make my stomach hurt and I would regret it the next day. But I was still annoyed. Annoyed that other people can eat whatever they want when I am so very careful every single day.

Vent over. My guess is that other sparkers feel this way too. We're doing SO much and working SO hard. Why aren't the results bigger? I guess if it were easy, everyone would do it, right?

Ready for my positive spin? Yes, I'm still at 148, but I have not gained anything since marathon training began. From everything I have read, it is nearly impossible to lose weight while training for an endurance event. AT least I haven't gained the typical 5 racing pounds. Maybe all my "nos" are paying off. And I know I'll go up the week before the race with a serious carb load, but I also know I'll go back down again.

June 17: back to weight loss mode. For one week. Then it's triathlon training mode. Oh well! This whole racing lifestyle is way more fun than being a size 4 ever could be!!!

  
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MATTERJT 6/2/2012 10:28PM

    I'm not sure how tall you are, but you look very thin to me and you look amazing. I almost think that a size 4 would just be too small and might actually make you look unhealthy. I think you should be extremely proud of yourself for everything you do already. I wish I had the time to do all the things you do, while still balancing marriage and kids. You are amazing and should be proud of yourself. :-)

HUGS!!!!!
Tina
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GODIVADSG 5/25/2012 4:58PM

    I so understand your pain! You are not alone. Good job at not gaining weight during marathon training! I did when I ran my first marathon last year! Great job at putting yourself first! Run Happy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ICHBINDOOF 5/19/2012 5:25PM

    I really have to agree with what Meg said... Would it be maintainable and realistic to get to a size 4?

That aside, I definitely feel everything you said. I've been working so hard to try to get those last few pounds off but it seems all that hard work just ends up with me maintaining. It makes me wonder if maybe were missing something?

In all reality though, in a way I am glad that I have to work hard. I'd be willing to bet that most of the girls who can eat whatever they want and don't work out or tone can't do half of what we can. For me, having to work so hard is what taught me to be dedicated and pushed me to test my limits. As jealous as I am of those skinny girls that do what ever they want I feel much better about my hard work and dedication and would rather go the super healthy route than eat the junk any day of the week.

losing 5 pounds or now, you are an amazing athlete and look amazing, don't stop doing what you do. =]

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WANT2BEFIT10 5/18/2012 1:45PM

    I feel your pain. I do know that you are amazing, fit, and strong...you are going to run a marathon in less than a month! If you had to choose, I think you'd pick being as fit as you are now over a number on a scale. You are doing something that most people will not even attempt. emoticon

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A-STRONGER-ME 5/16/2012 8:42AM

    Why size 4? Why is 4 better than 6?? Myabe - just maybe - you are right where you need to be. And ya got there the right way!!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 5/16/2012 8:17AM

    I'm not at the point yet where I'm in this predicament, but I have been at the place where I didn't know what to do with maintenance................so I didn't maintain. You are an athlete, and you are in training. While seeing that number at a certain level is a goal and is *nice*, you are fit, healthy, and of a size that your body is very happy with......that you are maintaining. I love the last sentence...........fits even for us biker people who do it more for distance than racing!!! emoticon

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REDEFINING_ME 5/15/2012 2:01PM

    I am so right there with you, at least when I'm not pregnant. And I hover right around the exact same number. Is it really too much to ask to actually see that '145' on the scales once in a while?? It drives me crazy and I constantly obsess over it. But like others said before me, your last line really does sum it up. I'll be asking you to remind me of this exact same piece of advice in a year or so, but don't sweat the small stuff, like 3 or 4 pounds.

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KANSASROSE67 5/15/2012 1:28PM

    I totally get this blog! I have felt the same frustration plenty of time. But really, no one, and I mean NO ONE, can tell by looking at you or me what we weigh or what size is on that tag. I think it's better to enjoy life, enjoy being fit and healthy and active, than to keep striving for an "ideal" that may not even be realistic. Most of American's women would give anything to look like you!

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SPRINGHAZE 5/15/2012 12:47PM

    took the words right outta my mouth. SAME thing goes through my head ALL THE TIME!

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MBSHAZZER 5/15/2012 12:22PM

    Yeah, I hear you. I am by far the largest of my friends, but I am also the only one who exercises, eats right, drinks VERY moderately and doesn't smoke. So, at least there's that! :D

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MEGSMILEY 5/15/2012 11:46AM

    You know- I hate to say it- but I think hollywood has f*cked us all up a bit.
148 and a size six is AMAZING.

No judgment from me, because I get the same feelings (at least I did before I got pregnant- because now I am just getting bigger... HA)...Why can't I be one of those waify or lean girls? I eat right and work out tonnes= IT'S NOT FAIR.

But very few women are actually built like that and some of the women looking like that (many, in fact) are using disordered eating or excessive exercise to maintain that- or are constantly in weight-loss mode and vigilant about every bite they put in their mouths...

If you want to carve off a few pounds, go for it- but in general, unless you are prepared to deny yourself the joy of indulgence in the odd dessert, you may not be able to stay at that weight. 148 and a six 6 is FIT and awesome... 142 and a size 4 might look extra hot in the mirror- but may not be realistic to maintain longterm, without really denying yourself some basic pleasures... so the question I guess is: Is it worth it?

I'm all about getting into great shape- but I see people on here who look and feel amazing and healthy flogging themselves for not getting to that magazine ideal--- and frankly- those people in magazines and tv DO THAT FOR A LIVING.

I throw my support to you and I certainly understand your thoughts- because, like I said, I have them too... and I actually had an eating disorder for many years as a young adult- so I understand it more than you know... but...

that way lies madness!

Whether you do or don't lose 5 pounds or 2 pounds... You're hot, gurl. :)


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TRIXIERUNS 5/15/2012 11:29AM

    I understand so well how you feel. It feels so unfair sometimes. Just 5 lbs, that's all I ask.
But really -- your last line sums it up so well. You go girl!

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SUGIRL06 5/15/2012 11:01AM

    Wow those same exact thoughts have been going through my head lately too! Why is it that I have to be good every single day just to maintain?? So frustrating but remember its about health, not always about the pants size (but oh how I would love that next size lower, or even for my jeans from last summer to fit again!).

On another note, I will not gain while I marathon train! I am telling you now!!! Haha. I have started being more strict with my tracking (because of all the things you said above). I figure I need to lose weight now before training starts. And once training starts, I can't turn to that "I run so I can eat whatever I want" mentality. I have to be diligent about my tracking up until race day!
~Ang

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RUNNER4LIFE08 5/15/2012 10:00AM

    I loved your last sentence! Just keep up with that positive attitude and try not to let the scale dictate your mood because you are doing great. Living that healthy lifestyle.

I find this ironic because my friend and I were having this same conversation last night. I was telling her that I think something is wrong with me because I have been around the same weight for over 2 years. The scale just won't go down. I am losing a little with inches and my body fat has definitely gone down but the scale won't budge. I am having my thyroid checked next Monday but if that comes back ok, what then?

It is very frustrating especially when you work out so hard. But never give up and keep on pushing on.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 5/15/2012 9:25AM

    Your last line says it all...the racing lifestyle is WAY more important/exciting/cool than being a size 4 could ever be.
On the flip side...I hear ya sister.
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LORI-K 5/14/2012 10:37PM

    You KNOW I totally understand this predicament. I have no answers for you. Or for me. All I can say is we need to just keep going and keep doing what we do.
We are fit and healthy. The rest will come.
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MYLADY4 5/14/2012 10:16PM

    Oh I so hear ya. i have been trying for 6+ years to get down to where I want to be. Even ran a freeken half marathon (yes I did gain but did not over eat) and nothing.

But I (and you) will never give up. Giving up means failure and as long as you are still trying you cannot fail.

Good luck on you half and then on the tri training.

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OFFDREA 5/14/2012 9:38PM

    Im right there with ya darlin! Im still rocking that plateau and I think its coming up on a year now. I feel for the amount of work I put in I should be WAY thinner. Where is that damn size 8 I am pining for!!!!
You are allowed to feel this way.
You are an amazing woman, you inspire SO many people and it sounds like you are an awesome Mom to boot. Be proud of everything you have accompished. You may not be where you want to be, but you are where so many would love to, and you damn well deserve it!!!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/14/2012 8:54PM

    emoticon=me racing +5! PAss the bagel! DANG! You are right though! I feel the same way sista! emoticon

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 5/14/2012 7:54PM

    As you said, us Sparkers feel the same! My fiance has such a great outlook on working out and eating healthy- he really does it just to feel better! Sure he wants to look good for our wedding, but not as badly as I do! For him it's just about being fit, strong and healthy! Sometimes it rubs off on me, but most of the time I just wish I was skinnier! And I sure do envy those girls in my class that snack on Combos and Reese's and are still so petite (of course that might be all they eat during the day, who knows)!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 5/14/2012 7:35PM

    I can't come up with a good response to this blog without complimenting you. You already know what I think!

The way you eat and move and the true enjoyment that you get out of all of that is totally admirable and inspiring no matter what your numbers are!

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TARANITUP 5/14/2012 6:16PM

    I could have written this blog!!! I'm so with you on everything you said... ahh I really want to get down my last 5 lbs but it seems almost impossible for me!

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MICHSTATE 5/14/2012 5:28PM

    I totally understand where you are coming from about this!!!! I was hoping to get close to my goal weight by my marathon, but that is not going to happen!!! I guess I should be happy with not gaining also, but I'm not. I am going to have to get stricter after my race in 2 weeks... I have a couple of Warrior Dashes this summer, and I want to feel comfortable in a skimpier outfit if it is hot in August (of course, it will be!!)

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REDRUNNERMOM713 5/14/2012 5:25PM

    I feel your pain! I've had those same thoughts many times. "This whole racing lifestyle is way more fun than being a size 4 ever could be!!!" I LOVE this line because it shows how much you love your new lifestyle and that it's not all about the number on the scale or the size of your clothes.



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ABILUCHA 5/14/2012 5:17PM

    I hear you, sister. It is a st*tload of work, and sometimes it just doesn't seem fair when you see what other people eat. But just enjoy your training and let it go! (that advice goes for me too - LOL)

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PINKBEANBOO 5/14/2012 5:14PM

    I could have wrote your first 2 paragraphs.
Part of my answer as to why I'm not skinnier is also because I don't want it bad enough. The other reason...I eat like crap! Actually, those go hand in hand, don't they.

I'm glad your having fun with training. And I agree - it is better than being a size 4!

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The amazing race

Tuesday, May 08, 2012


bummer, can't rotate here. It's not sideways on my iphone. oh well...

This is right before the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon. I'm in the middle of my Irongirls!
Since I had such a crappy run at Get Lucky in March, I signed up for this so I would have one more racing experience before the marathon. wow, what a good call that was.

A bad run can really get to you mentally. I did my best to put a positive spin on it, but it rattled me. Sunday's run did the opposite. I think I am still on a high.

I started slow. Behind the 2:00 pacer and made myself stay there for more than 2 miles. There were so many hills. Short hills. But steep hills. And just when you finished 3 hills and thought it was over you turned and hit another set of hills.

The course was along a beautiful residential area for parts, lots of water, gorgeous houses, people sitting in their driveways with coffee cheering us on. Very cute. I don't know this area at all and I have always said that I like running familiar routes. It surprised me how much I liked running the unknown.

Anyway somewhere before mile 3 it was getting super crowded and I realized that it was because I was so close to the pacers. The 2 hour HM is a major milestone so it was a busy area. It was sooner than I told myself I would step it up, but I didn't like being so crowded. So I took off. And I am going to brag here: I flew! I just kept passing people. I felt great and all of a sudden we're at mile 5. I thought back to how dead I felt at mile 5 at Get Lucky. This time I felt great! So I had a Stinger waffle (you must try these!!! so much better than GUs for me) and then kept flying.

I'd set my sight on a girl with a cute outfit and run her down. And then another. And another. So many Lulu tops to choose from!! This is how I entertain myself. There were lots more hills. And then there were more hills and then we're suddenly at mile 10. Since I was feeling so great I thought I might catch the 1:55 pacer. We started in waves so I was 5 minutes behind that group's start time so I knew it was a stretch.

I took a GU, well part of a GU and kept kicking it. Yes, up and down more rolling hills. Then my shoe came untied and I gave myself to the count of 5 to fix it. I still felt great. I pushed a little too hard around mile 11 because I had to pull back. But the end was great and I was so happy and I immediately saw my Irongirls and they were screaming all crazy for me. Apparently the 1:55 pacer had just come in before me and they knew I wanted under 2. 1:54:08. I like to finish in the top half of my age group and that was top 25%. I'm sure I've already said it, but I am so so happy. With the time, the experience, the way I felt during the run, the finish line feeling and how I feel about it now. It was an awesome race day.

All the experts say start slow. Everyone on Spark says to start slow. I finally started slow. And it worked. go figure, right?!

This is why I run. This is why I race. The energy, the strength, the community, that runner's high. love it.

  
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MYNAMEISSMILE 5/14/2012 5:17PM

    I can now say that 1:50's is my standard HM time. And I've noticed after mile 5 the miles just fly by.
The hubby has taken to counting the females ahead of me so I know how many ladies I need to pass! So much fun.

Also, I'm going to look for this 'Stinger waffle'. Sounds interesting.

Congrats on an excellent race and finishing time!!

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OFFDREA 5/14/2012 3:43PM

    This is such a great race report, Im reading it with a huge grin on my face. Im glad you were able to get a good experience in before the full. Keep kicking ass!!!!!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 5/14/2012 8:20AM

    go Maura go!
you look fabulous-nice legs;)
I am so happy for you.
This IS exactly what you needed to boost your confidence.
You are gonna rock the marathon.
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FITFORMYFAMILY 5/11/2012 9:31AM

    You rock, Maura!! I'm so glad that you decided to do this race and that is was so fantastic! I'm also glad that you have such awesome live support with your family and your ironman girls. I wish I could've been there to cheer you on, too.

It's so funny that your race strategy includes tracking down the girls with cute outfits. How fun! Hopefully there are plenty of well-dressed runners at your marathon! emoticon

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 5/10/2012 10:49AM

    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!! I'm so proud of you! emoticon

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 5/10/2012 7:46AM

    Wow you are AWESOME!! And you look BEAUTIFUL!!
Great job. I'm so jealous. I haven't been able to break the 2 hr mark yet. But I'll get there one day. :)

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 5/9/2012 11:59AM

    Congratulation! I'm so happy to hear you had such a great race! emoticon emoticon

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LILPAT3 5/9/2012 11:01AM

    Congratulations! Keep up the outstanding work.

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REDEFINING_ME 5/9/2012 9:49AM

    What a great experience!! I swear by starting slow!! emoticon

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RUNNER4LIFE08 5/9/2012 8:46AM

    emoticon job on your race! emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/9/2012 8:40AM

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!! emoticonLove the skirt!!!!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 5/9/2012 1:56AM

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GRANDMAPATTYV 5/8/2012 10:28PM

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What a Runner's High!!! Great run!

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MYLADY4 5/8/2012 8:53PM

    OMG, that is flying. Great job and wasn't it great weather for a race.

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WENDY27 5/8/2012 8:47PM

    emoticon Awesome job!!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/8/2012 8:33PM

    Go speed racer

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MICHSTATE 5/8/2012 7:43PM

    Totally awesome!!!!!! You were cruising!!!!!

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SUGIRL06 5/8/2012 6:44PM

    Way to go!!! Sounds like a really great race. Sometimes you need that :)
~Ang
PS. Just tried my first Stinger Wafer last week! Yum!

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RUNBAREFOOTMAMA 5/8/2012 5:35PM

    I love race reports, and this was an good one. emoticon Congrats!

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PINKBEANBOO 5/8/2012 5:34PM

    That was a great race!
Congrats, Speedy. emoticon

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