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My first trail race

Sunday, February 10, 2013

It really bothers me that I can't use emoticons on an iPad. Can you please picture a cute pattern of snowflake, runner girl, snowflake, runner girl...

Yesterday I ran in my first trail race. In February in Minnesota! It's part of a very small race series and they had a Black Friday event with race deals. 10 miler for $13. I'm in! Plus, the timing was perfect for my HM training. 10 mile long run. Since it was a trail run, I had no time goal for this race. I'm serious! I just wanted to have fun and be challenged in a new way.

All the racing I have done has been in big events. Expos, packet pick ups, sweet gear and medals, 1000s of people. This was not like that. A small race has a much different feel. At the start, the race director gathered us all up in the parking line and said, "OK, we will start at this crack in the road." How great is that?! And then he really did say, "ready, set, go!"

I started with my friend and we chatted and everything felt fine. And then we got off the pavement and onto the trails. Uh oh. It was warm: 25 degrees. (I hope all my southern sparker friends think that's cute that I think 25 is warm :) well, it's warm for Feb. and the problem is that snow was melting a little. Which means slush. Which means no traction. Felt like we were running in sand. Whew.

My legs felt it. My friend told me not to worry,most of the runners were doing the 10k and that we'd get back to pavement in a little bit. When we got to the 10k turn around (3.1 miles) I told her to take off. I put my iPhone on and tried to let Kesha and flo rida distract me from how much my legs hurt. I had map my run app going so when it announced at mile 4 that my average pace was 8:15, I panicked. Slow down! That's way too fast for you! You can't keep that pace!

I know the app tends to be fast, 5-10 seconds off. But the time still freaked me out. I still dont believe that i can do that. Then I had to tell myself to shut up. Yep, I can be rude to myself. Here's the deal: my heart rate was fine, I felt fine. Wy should I let some little apple contraption tell me how to run? I know my body. Just run! Gadgets are not number 1 for me.

Back to the beautiful trails... I'm a city girl so this was fun to run out in open land and by some farms and ponds. There was one teeny dirt road lined with birch trees (my favorite!) and the wind was blowing the snow off and it was picture perfect. The turn around was back in this area. I was very surprised by how few people were in front of me. Small race!

5-7 miles went fairly quickly. I ran with some other guy for a bit and we chatted about winter running and the pain and the joy. The few runners I saw we're all mumbling about how tough this was.

I passed a few runners and then was all alone. I mean, alone. I couldn't see anyone in front of me and heard no one behind me. I thought, thank god, I do have this silly GPS contraption straped to my arm because I have no idea where I am. Ok, maybe gadgets are number 1!

I love the energy of big races and all the runners. I like to pick people to try to catch. It motivates me, it keeps my race pace going. There was none of that. This was a true mental battle to keep going strong. Lots of positive self talk here. It would have been very easy to get discouraged and slow way down.

A mile 9 one guy passed me and I was annoyed for a second, but then reminded myself that I was giving it everything I had. My legs were done. My head was staying as positive as possible.

At the finish line, my legs were jello. When they asked me to take off my timing chip (old school anklet wraps) I wasn't sure I could bend over. I needed to keep walking. Very quickly I felt amazing. My friend and I were on such a giddy runners high. That was an incredibly tough run: mentally and physically. And we did it!

She got 2nd in her age group so we stayed for the awards. I got 4th. So close to a medal! 4/16 in my age group. 12/37 women. I'm thrilled with that. 87:13 (8:45 pace) What's funny about my time is that it is the exact same, to the second, as my Twin cities 10 miler last year.

And while I'm happy with the time, I'm more proud of myself for staying strong and talking myself through some very tough miles. Running is so much fun!

Runner girl, snowflake, runner girl, snowflake.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 2/24/2013 10:34AM

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I wish I wasn't super busy in the last few weeks and read your blog before my 10 Miler yesterday. You are amazing and such an inspiration to me. My first run this year (10K) was a trail run in 22 degrees weather and my 10 Miler yesterday was a trail run in a rain (heavy, drizzle, heavy) Both events were fun and I learned a lot about my body & strength. 8:45...Wow wishing I can reach than someday (may be next year) I am just at 12:29 for now! emoticon & good luck for rest of the events this year. Cant wait to hear your accomplishments!! emoticon emoticon

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COXBETH 2/14/2013 2:46PM

    AWESOME recap! I love trail runs because you get to just tune in with your body - the conditions and the terrain make predicting your times or trying to beat your gadgets impossible, so you have to pay attention to how you feel. And small races help build that mental fortitude (and, apparently, the quads)...this race sounds awesome and fun and it's going to make you even stronger mentally AND physically when you are running your HM!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 2/12/2013 7:51AM

Way to Go!!
Woo hoo!!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 2/12/2013 12:33AM

    emoticon YES!!!!!!!!!

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SUGIRL06 2/11/2013 3:26PM

    Great job! I think that is how I felt after my Beach Run. I ran a 10 mile on the beach in August in the afternoon. This past year, it was 98 degrees at the start, sunny, and 80% humidity. Yes, insane. I did not run nearly as well as you (I was pretty out of shape at the time and besides, have never run as fast as you!!) but it was such a reward to finish it. One of the toughest races I've ever run and can't wait to do it again and conquer it! So basically, I know how you feel! Way to go!!!

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GINGERHAWK 2/11/2013 3:22PM

    Seriously, you never stop amazing me! First trail run and it's in wintry conditions and you still get an awesome time? Sweet!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 2/11/2013 1:47PM

    emoticon that is awesome! YOU ROCK!

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emoticon you have a great attitude! 8:45 pace, when I grow up I want to be like you emoticon

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REDEFINING_ME 2/11/2013 10:39AM

    I wanna be you when I grow up. emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 2/11/2013 2:19AM

    You are a running inspiration! And although I'm not a runner, I really enjoyed your blog!
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Snowflake, awesome runner girl, snowflake...

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MICHSTATE 2/10/2013 5:38PM


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    You are so awesome, Maura! Congratulations on tackling something new and doing such a good job of it!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 2/10/2013 2:55PM

    AWESOME!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon !!!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/10/2013 1:32PM

    Great blog and great race!
A warm 25* Ha Ha. DH is asking me to delay our Sunday "stroll" hoping it will rise above 42* Of course, we'll be moving a lot slower than your pace so I suppose it will feel colder.
Congratulations on a great effort and result.

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REDRUNNERMOM713 2/10/2013 11:50AM

    Great job! That's an awesome pace that I can only dream of. Great recap. Running is the best!!

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MYLADY4 2/10/2013 11:35AM

    That was AWESOME for running in the WINTER and on a trail. I had a race one that said that we think the starting line is around here, loved it. Glad is was yesterday and not today.


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GRANDMAPATTYV 2/10/2013 11:23AM

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That was Amazing!! 8:45 pace! WOW!!! and it was a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Keep up the Great Runs!! - Patty

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WINDSURFNERD 2/10/2013 11:19AM

    wow, you were able to maintain 8:45 pace for a TRAIL run *and* have a good time...that's amazing, you must be very strong! I really like smaller races because of that intimate/casual feeling keeps the focus on RUNNING. Great blog and race, congratulations!

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You are amazing!! 8:45 pace?? I only see that pace in my dreams, my friend! Way to go on a great run. And how fun that it was different than what you are used to. I could visualize the whole tale. Great report...thanks for sharing!
(And yes, this S Texas girl thinks 25 degrees is one degree off from sure death...LOL).

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ROXYZMOM 2/10/2013 10:14AM

    Very cool! You did great! Sounded like an awesome run - felt like I was there! Thanks for sharing!

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SWEDE_SU 2/10/2013 9:51AM

    wow! great job! sounds like a beautiful and fun race!

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CRYSBROWN1 2/10/2013 9:49AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Trail races are tough stuff as it is BUT in the Winter, REALLY tough stuff! You did awesome, and your time was very impressive for "warm" weather and snow too!

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WORTHEYMOM 2/10/2013 9:23AM

    that is wonderful! Congrats and simply inspiring!

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COOP9002 2/10/2013 9:20AM

    Great job! You should be proud of yourself for crossing the finish line.

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OPTIMIST1948 2/10/2013 9:19AM

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There ya go.

How funny that you started at the "crack in the road" - love it! Racing at its most pure.

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Speedwork & bulk meals info

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I got some questions after my 2013 goals blog. Good thing regular blogging wasn't one of my goals because I'd be failing miserably.

Speedwork #1
warm up as needed
Incline 2.0 to simulate outdoor running

0-1 mile HM PR -30 seconds
1-1.5 HM- 45
1.5- 2 HM-15
2-2.5 HM-45
2.5-3 HM - 30

This is a killer workout. I didn't make it through the first time. I had to jump off twice and stopped at 2.5 miles. You are definitely in the "uncomfortable zone" for the entire 3 miles. But! It gets easier. In 6 weeks, we will try the same paces for a 10k workout. Yikes!

Speedwork #2
Pyramids. This is a fairly common treadmill routine.
I warm up at 6.0 and then go up 0.2 every minute. The change of speed every minute makes this workout go by quickly. Climb to 8.0 and then back down to 6.0 (or whatever your starting point was) I love this bc on the up, 7.0 feels so fast and hard and then on the way down, it feels easier.
I do this twice. First round at 3.0 incline, second at 2.0

These are my numbers. Make it work for you! Start at 3.0 and go up to 5.0 and back to 3.0. Or any variation.

I would rather run outdoors any day of the week. But weather, ice, and childcare have forced me to make peace with the treadmill. And now I actually look forward to these killer workouts. I hope they're making me faster. I know they're making me feel strong. And that's worth it!

30 freezer meals:
I pinned this months ago and finally took the plunge and gave it a shot. SOOOO worth it. We found 15 meals and doubled each one. I started with one blog which led to another and another. If I ever take the time to compile them, I will share that. For now, my advice is to google "clean freezer meals". We stuck to all lean proteins. And we make quinoa instead of rice to serve with the meals. The kids are eating them!! It really is worth all the prep time. It's a great way to get lots of veggies in and to have healthy leftovers for lunches.

My HM is in 7 weeks and I am getting excited to RACE! I feel like its been so long and I've got that itch. I haven't stuck to my "advanced training plan" that had two 14 milers and I'm OK with that. One was supposed to be last week. It was 0 degrees; we ran 10 and called it good enough. Winter makes us stronger!

So I'm tweaking the plan to make it work for me and my family's schedule. Isn't that was life is about? Adjusting, rolling with it, lemonade outta lemons, whatever you want to call it. Stay positive and RUN!

Time to go to the Y. Have a great weekend sparkland.

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NUOVAELLE 1/29/2013 2:12AM

    I think your year has started in a great way! You're inspiring!
I really liked the pyramid treadmill plan and I think I'll try it, too, with different speeds, of course.
And, yes, that's what life is all about! Lemonade, standing up after falls, plan B,C...Z when plan A fails!

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OPTIMIST1948 1/28/2013 8:23PM

    What great ideas for treadmill workouts. Thanks!

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GODIVADSG 1/28/2013 6:48AM

    I smell Boston! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 1/27/2013 7:54PM

    I admire your perserverance! Great job!

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SARASMILING 1/27/2013 6:01AM

    YOU ARE AWESOME! Such an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/27/2013 3:52AM

    Thanks for sharing about the meals! Will have to give that a try. Keep up the awesome work!

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TAFODIL24 1/26/2013 8:55PM

    emoticon tips ~ thank you for sharing

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MICHSTATE 1/26/2013 5:29PM

    Awesome job!!! I don't know if I could run that fast at an incline!!! I have to admit to "forgetting" to ever increase my incline when on the TM!!! Whoops!!!
I am working on speed work too recently, I want to pr a 5 K in March!!!:-)

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CRYSBROWN1 1/26/2013 4:46PM

    Thank you for sharing your treadmill workouts, great information as I too and getting stuck on the treadmill more than I care to and with marathon training I am starting to get concerned. Great news about the meals, I will have to google that!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 1/26/2013 2:50PM

    I do the pyramid workout on the TM too! And just like you said, going up the speeds feel hard, but on the way down, easier. I have to do walking intervals in between though or I'd never make it, but I still feel victorious when I hit my goal each run! You will do great in your HM!

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MANDELOVICH 1/26/2013 11:59AM

    You are awe inspiring. I don't know what inspires me more, your training schedule, your cooking plans, or that you are also a mom. Amazing!

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CAVEPRINCESS65 1/26/2013 10:46AM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing; I am a newbee at running - will definitely try this speedwork routine at some point - when I get stronger & better. I am not at that level yet.
You are correct - life is about adjustment and what make it work
Good to have plan but often adjustments are needed to achieve our goals!

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2013 plans & goals

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I'm behind on getting these in print because I've been busy working on my goals! My first goal for 2013 is to read one fiction and one non-fiction book every month. Already done for the month!

emoticon Another goal is one DIY/pinterest house project. I'm into 3, including a race medal holder. I spray painted it. Now it needs some funky hooks.

emoticon goal 3: Healthy meals for the whole family. I am guilty of giving my kids cereal or mac & cheese for dinner far too often. These deserve better. I finally took the time to find clean, freezable, family friendly recipes. It took most of Saturday, but as a family we put together 30 meals. 30!! I highly recommend giving this a try.

emoticon goal 4: run 1,100 miles
and I want to run fast!
My current HM PR is 1:54 which is 8:42 pace. It was last May on a beautiful and extremely hilly course. Last summer was full of tri training, which made me a faster runner come Fall. At the Twin Cities 10 mile in Oct. I averaged 8:12 pace. And in December I added some treadmill speedwork to my weekly routine because of schedules and ice and life. At first, I HATED it. It's growing on me to the point where I may even say I look forward to it. Well, I look forward to the feeling when I'm done, that is. Not sure yet if it will make me faster. With all that in mind, here's time goals:

I know I can do it goal: 1:52 is 8:33 pace

weather is great, I really push it goal: 1:49 is 8:19

everything is perfect, long term running goal 1:45 is 8:01

DH and I will be running the Twin Cities Marathon on 10/6/13. My dad said that Grandma's was his last. It will always be very special that I trained for my first with him. The good news about him not running is that he is a cheering maniac and will pop up all over the course. I'm sure he'll run a few miles with me too. I'm already excited!

I ran Grandma's in 4:04, 9:19 pace. TCM is a more difficult course, but I will have a lot more experience and hopefully more speed by next October. I know I shouldn't give myself time goals until closer to the race. I know I should have the pace of my LSD runs, but if you know me, you know that I've thought about these times since the day after finishing my first 26.2

3:59 is 9:07
3:56 is 9:00
3:52 is 8:50
in my wildest dreams: Boston Qualifying time is 3:40, 8:24 pace
(or 3:45 when I'm 40! But it'll probably change by then) I don't expect to do this. I just want to know the times

DH and I gave each other race packages (4 HMS) for Christmas. It was an awesome deal and how cool will it be to celebrate throughout the year. He already ran one of his on 1/1. Next up is 3/16 we'll both run Get Lucky. I am officially in training mode again and loving it.

goal 5: swim and bike for cross training and new challenges and fun and peace. Right now I just want to get in the pool once a month. (January done!) I wish it fit in my schedule better, but it doesn't. I'll make bike plans once it's Spring. I tried to fit a spin class into my schedule and that also doesn't work right now

emoticon goal 6: keep up the ST! especially the heavy lifting. This is totally growing on me, just like the speedwork. Maybe it's because I'm changing up my routine. Maybe it's the new challenges. Maybe it's because they make me feel like a fierce bada$$! whatever it is, I'm gonna keep workin it.

emoticon goal 7: balance! I have already scratched a few races from my calendar. I love working out. I love training. But I love my family more.

emoticon goal 8: Stay in maintenance range. I hate that I am a typical American and am up 5 lbs. from Thanksgiving. Pants are tight and I don't feel my best.

emoticon emoticon I hope you are checking things off your 2013 goals. emoticon emoticon

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CAVEPRINCESS65 1/26/2013 10:36AM

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As I made 2013 is the year of running for myself - guess we have to train hard, run strong and have fun! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Best of luck on all your events this year!

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DMA215 1/24/2013 11:47AM

    Love to see such a well rounded list of goals! Time for me to set some goals for 2013 for every aspect of my life....a little late for new year's resolutions, but better late than never haha

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GAYLSMITH 1/18/2013 12:09PM

    Boy those are great goals. It'll definitely make for a a full year.

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DRAGONFLY126 1/17/2013 10:10PM

    WOW! those are some goals. It looks like you will achieve all your goals. emoticon emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 1/14/2013 4:04PM

    that is one impressive list of goals!

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GODIVADSG 1/14/2013 2:18PM

    Love the goals... and the part about loving your family! It is such a balancing act... looks like you are getting a hold on it though. I bet you will qualify for Boston... and I know for a fact that the treadmill can make you faster if you use it for tempo runs! There is no cheating on that thing!! Good luck and run happy... very happy! emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 1/14/2013 10:44AM

    Can you believe my goal list starts with book reading, too? I initially had a yearly goal of 50 for this year but with certain things having happened which prevented me from reading the past two weeks made me reconsider...
Your goals? Doable, exciting, impressive! I'm sure you'll do your best to reach them and you may even surprise yourself by exceeding your expectations! I'll be right here to support you and cheer you on in every way that I can!
Good luck and thank you so much for the inspiration!
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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 1/13/2013 11:14PM

    Everything sounds so awesome!

It put a HUGE smile on my face to read that you are looking into the Boston qualifying time. I just know that this is something you will accomplish:)

Thank-you for sharing all these goals. I love reading about them and look forward to hearing about your year.

Cheers sister!

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ROXYZMOM 1/13/2013 10:24PM

    Love your list - especially the balancing goal! already run fast!!!

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OPTIMIST1948 1/13/2013 9:44PM

    Wow. What a good idea. Im so tired of making things and having family look at me funny. Worth a snowy day...

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WINDSURFNERD 1/12/2013 5:43PM

    Wow, you're fast!

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AMSTERDAMAND125 1/11/2013 4:24PM

    Amazing. Love them all.

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REDEFINING_ME 1/11/2013 12:47PM

    Great goals!! I have no doubt that you will accomplish and exceed them all! You are such an inspiration! And wow on your times!!! Such a speed demon!!

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PINKBEANBOO 1/11/2013 11:17AM

    GO! GO! GO! GO!

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GINGERHAWK 1/11/2013 9:57AM

    These are fantastic goals - you are a rock star! It felt great to get my goals written down (though I can only seem to manage to tackle one at a time). I've seen reading on a couple of lists now and it makes me think that I need to add it to my next list - I love to read but rarely make time for it. Happy 2013!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 1/11/2013 8:42AM

    You have some great goals for 2013! emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/10/2013 7:47PM

    Well done setting and reaching for those goals! I can read the enjoyment and excitement you feel about the races! Happy for you! Love that you run with your hubby and also trained with your dad. I started running with my, if only my hubby would get on board! Great job on all you're doing. I know you'll lose those 5 lbs soon and reach higher and farther in your fitness.

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CRYSBROWN1 1/10/2013 7:21PM

    LOVE the goals! Very reasonable and attainable! I am always scared to list out time goals but I think laying it out there sets the bar - and I know you will achieve them!

30 recipes - that is impressive! I am guilty of doing the same thing with my fam, now I am trying to at least do Sunday dinners healthy for everyone. This is a great idea!

Here's to a great 2013!

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MANDELOVICH 1/10/2013 6:33PM

    Wow, you have some set of goals. You are awesome! I'm tired reading this...:)

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    My prediction: You'll meet all of your goals and exceed your expectations on at least a few of them.
Wow... having 30 ready-to-go meals that are actually good for you is HUGE! I'm super impressed that you took the time to get that all figured out. If you ever reel like sharing your list of recipes, I doubt I'm the only one who would be thrilled.
Oh, and good for you for seeking balance! Your kids will appreciate that!

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/10/2013 5:34PM

    Wonderful goals--big enough to stretch you but attainable, too. Way to go on getting started on them already!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 1/10/2013 5:09PM

    Great Goals!! Inspired me once again to get mine written down!

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LISAINMS 1/10/2013 4:49PM

    You are a bada$$! Keep up the ST it will pay off in injury prevention.

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JOPAPGH 1/10/2013 3:26PM

    That's a fast full! I have run a 1:50 half but only 4:15 full.

Sounds like a great plan. Train hard, run strong and have fun!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 1/10/2013 3:10PM

    Great goals! I too am a typical American! BLAH! Lets run 2013 down!

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MICHSTATE 1/10/2013 3:00PM

    Awesome goals!!!!!
I am concentrating on half marathons this year, I want to see how much time I can take off my PR too!!! I think I might need to wait until I'm 70 to BQ!!!;-)

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WE_PA_FIT 1/10/2013 2:50PM

    oh please show us a pic of your DIY medal rack!! I have one on my wish list.

THat's some AWESOME running, and amazing times!!

Guily of #2 too. THanks for the tip!!

I'm with you on #8!!! but am excited for this new year!!!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 1/10/2013 2:47PM

    Fantastic goals Maura! And it's great that you've already accomplished some of your monthly goals and it's only the second week of the month! I would LOVE to know some of the recipes you found. I've been spending lots of time looking at recipes too... for slow cookers, batch cooking, freezable, etc. I've tried 2 out and they just didn't turn out well, frustrating, but I'm still keeping at it. Can't wait to hear about your smashing all your goals!

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KJDOESLIFE 1/10/2013 2:47PM

    Great goals! This is awesome! A 1:45 HM is my dream time, too. ;-) Good luck this year!

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2012 races and searching for balance

Monday, December 31, 2012

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In 2011, I lost 40 pounds and discovered a love of running. In 2012 I kept running and added a love of triathlon.

The fitness moments I want to remember:
emoticon January: started teaching at the Y
emoticon February: braved the MN cold and ran outdoors
emoticon March: horrible HM that taught me valuable mental lessons
emoticon April: bought a road bike & started reading about tris
emoticon May: amazing HM experience with hills & rain
emoticon June: Grandma's Marathon, my 1st 26.2 in 4:04:16
emoticon July: Sprint tri, 1st out of the water in my age group
emoticon August: Olympic tri in 2:51, holy buckets! That was hard.
emoticon September: did a real pull-up
emoticon October: TC 10 mile in 81 minutes, 7 minutes faster than last year
emoticon November: started a triathlete ST program
emoticon December: crossed 1,077 running miles for the year

That's a pretty good year of events. What's even better is that I shared so much with people that I love. DH, my dad & sister, new & old friends.

I didn't lose any weight this year. But I did stay safely in a maintenance range. Much more important than the number on the scale (and I do care about that a lot!) is living a healthy, meaningful, balanced life. While that list of monthly events may seem like a lot to some, it's not everything I wanted to do. I cut back on races, I changed from an aggressive tri training plan to a beginners half way through the summer, I stopped teaching regularly at the Y. Now I just sub. I'm still trying to find that balance. And my guess is that it will be a forever developing process.

I know that I am lucky that so much of my social and family life is about fitness. There is no way that I would have accomplished these goals without their support. 2013 will be a year of more racing, more personal challenges, another marathon with DH, and unknown fun!

2013 will not be the year I tackle 70.3 (half Ironman distance). I don't want to dedicate that much time to training. At first I typed "I can't" and then changed it to "I don't want to." There is a big difference. It will not be the year I join the Thurs. night cycle group. My daughter has ballet & tap on Thursdays. And she is ridiculously cute and funny.

It's easy to get caught up in racing and want to do more, more, more. My hope is that 2013 is a year of balance. I will continue to challenge and push myself. But not so much that I burn out or miss too much family time. I'd like to write race recaps well into my 40s and 50s and continue to have this be my way of life.

Happy 2013 Sparkfriends!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 1/7/2013 8:42PM

    Happy 2013 to yooouuu!

balance balance and more balance-I hear ya sista-that is MY motto for the year. balance of everything I want to accomplish and not getting too caught up in the me things....since there are 6 of us in this family:)

I LOVE your list, you should be proud. I cannot wait to see what the new year brings you.

Hugs M

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AMSTERDAMAND125 1/3/2013 9:22AM

    Great job!! And your goals are perfect! Keep up the great work!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 1/2/2013 11:56AM

    You are an inspiration to me! Way to go on your 2012 accomplishments. I can't wait to see what you accomplish in 2013!

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OPTIMIST1948 1/2/2013 9:42AM

    Not only isyour list impressive, i love that you were able to identify something every month. Continue to improve every month. I have no doubt you could half iron *if you wanted*. But you would miss Thurs ballet. We all make sacrifices. Dont throw your happy family memories out in favor of athetics, thats a foolish sacrifice. Balance is awesome.

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/1/2013 8:45PM

    Wow, you accomplished something significant every month! Great year! Happy New Year.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 1/1/2013 3:39PM

    emoticon on a emoticon 2012 emoticon
Wishing you more fun and accomplishments in 2013
emoticon for an emoticon year ahead of you!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/1/2013 2:30PM

    Best wishes for much balance in your life!!

Note: Don't just wish for your 40s and 50s, wish for your 60s, 70s, 80s, too. I didn't start running til I was 61. Retirement is a great time for running!! One of my favorite books is Galloway's Running Until You're 100. I just may do it! You can, too.

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MANDELOVICH 1/1/2013 6:09AM

    What a wonderful, positive journey you've been on. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 12/31/2012 9:26PM

    Amazing year!!
Go Girl!! 2013 is awaiting you!!

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CRYSBROWN1 12/31/2012 2:34PM

    You had a great year in 2012 that is for sure! I really really like your perspective on some of your goals. I love that you prioritize meaning family is #1 but are able to still push yourself as well. I feel very much the same about going for a full IronMan, I cannot miss the kids soccers games...right?! I wish you a wonderful 2013!!

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ELISAJANE57 12/31/2012 12:15PM

    That is awesome! It sounds like it was a great year for you! I'm in a similar position with my life and my fitness too. Sometimes I think I get so hooked on exercise that I don't put in enough family time. I can stay fit and also find a way to enjoy my children while they are young and need me. It's so easy to get caught up in all this fitness and racing stuff, and at least it's a healthy addiction, but I do think it is a good idea to cut back sometimes and do what you feel is right with your life. Happy New Year!

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HEALTHYL1 12/31/2012 11:41AM

    What an inspirational blog! Loved reading your fitness moments. I am searching for balance in 2013 as well. Cheers!

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REDEFINING_ME 12/31/2012 11:23AM

    You both amaze and inspire me! 2013 is going to be emoticon !!

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WORTHEYMOM 12/31/2012 11:11AM

    You are amazing and truely an inspiration! Balance is the key in 2013 for me too!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 12/31/2012 11:10AM

    I have no doubt that 2013 will be a year of balance for you (with a few accomplished challenges mixed in!) :) Happy New Year to you & your family!!

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SWEDE_SU 12/31/2012 10:33AM

    wow! your accomplishments are emoticon ! you are right about balance; by it's very nature, it is a process. and it is so easy to get caught up in our commitments that our lives can tilt one way or the other. the journey is all about striving to get the balance right. good luck and have a wonderful 2013!

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MICHSTATE 12/31/2012 10:30AM

    Awesome job!!!!:-)

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LADYBUG1107 12/31/2012 10:12AM

    Congrats on a great 2012. Have a great 2013.

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CHOCOHIPPO 12/31/2012 10:11AM

    How wonderful that you've accomplished these great athletic feats. Even more wonderful is your insight and willingness to keep things balanced. I hope 2013 brings you everything you're looking for!

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Run hard and be nice

Saturday, December 01, 2012

I've been waiting for this moment since I realized it was in reach a few months ago. When I made goals last January, I had no idea what my yearly mileage would be. Now I know! This morning I crossed 1,000 miles in 2012. 1,004 to be exact. And with a month to go. woo-freaking-hoo!
This pretty number represents:
emoticon 4 full months of training for my first marathon and actually entering 26.2 into my tracker on one day!
emoticon Running outside through a Minnesota winter, that was a mental hurdle
emoticon A year of running with new friends who have become very close friends.
emoticon Running with my dad, and joining his group a few times. They've met at the same place every Saturday for 30 years! That's who I celebrated with this morning.
emoticon Hot, stinky, sweaty, sexy running dates with DH
emoticon Being tough enough to push my kids in a double jogger and teaching them about health and fitness through my example
emoticon Those miles are determination, persistence, making time for myself, having fun, pushing my limits, surprising myself, crying, laughing, mental peace, dedication, problem solving, dead sexy legs, and so much more!

Oh, the cake. One thing I've learned is that running certainly does burn tons of calories, but it also makes you want to eat 4 Chipotle burritos!! I must not eat enough before long runs because I eat all day long and justify it with: I just ran 9 miles! You don't even want to know what I eat when I run 15+ miles!

While I have a lot to celebrate with this latest milestone, I've also had to do some attitude adjustments. I've been eating too much and making excuses We've all heard it: You can't out train a bad diet!

I'm at the high end of my maintenance range and I don't like it. My plan was to lose a few more pounds and get down to a "racing weight" before I started training in March. Well, I've done the opposite. And right before the holidays. And I am totally aware of it. boo.

Luckily, I've been having some good self talks and using things that worked for me when I was losing weight.

Like, asking myself, "Does someone who is serious about weight loss eat that?" For me, there's a difference between wanting to lose weight and getting serious. Today I've been taking it seriously. Last night at my brother's birthday party I was not serious. I had 2 high calorie beers and a handful of tater tots. (hipster bar!) Serious would have been: one, low calorie beer and one tot. Wanting to lose weight is hot chocolate with skim milk, serious is skipping liquid calories. I know I'm being hard on myself. I need to be hard on myself if I want to get back where I was.

Right now my size awesome has a teeny muffin top. It will be gone next week. I promise.

OK, back to good news. I have followed the triathlon ST program for 5 weeks. It's twice a week and I've only skipped 2 days. That is crazy good for me. I am a cardio junkie. I'll be honest, the only reason I'm sticking with this plan is because 3 girlfriends are doing it in prep for tri season. I don't want to be left out! And you know what, it's working. Motivation comes in many forms.

The best part is that I'm actually loving it. We are in an endurance phase right now and I can squat 100 lbs. I'm eager to see what I can do when we get to the strength phase. And my arms are getting ripped.

I have two December goals:


wait, I guess that's 3. That's OK, they are well worth it.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

C-MERRIE11 1/2/2013 4:14PM

    youre hardcore! and a lovely, fun attitude to boot :) congrats on what was clearly an awesome 2012- and heres to an equally awesome 2013, youve got some good goals in the works already! thanks for friending me back- your page and writing were quite motivating!

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HAKAPES 12/15/2012 11:47AM

    Looks like maintenance means your life is about sports, healthy eating, and you choose your goals to stay on track. Was great to read it for inspiration!

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You inspired me! emoticon

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HANSBRINK 12/13/2012 12:38PM

  Thanks for the thought: "You can't out train a bad diet! "

I'm in my off season and need to adjust my eating habits. Gotten sloppy, eating the extra calories when I don't need them as fuel. Your blog has helped me realize that fact and that I need to adjust.


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SLENDERELLA61 12/13/2012 8:13AM

    Impressive!! I also am at the high end of my maintenance range, but like you, I'm not giving up because it is the holiday. Hoping to get into that ST mode while keeping the cardio going. Let me get serious. I am going to find a personal trainer and get into the ST mode!!! Thanks.

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CRYSBROWN1 12/8/2012 7:16AM

    You should be super proud of your accomplishments! That's awesome!!

I can definitely relate on the healthy diet struggle when you are training...NO EXCUSES for the bad eating...(unfortunately I think) but at least you are aware about the inability to out exercise a bad diet and have a plan in place, this time of year is especially difficult to stay focused but I like that you are making the effort to do it! Definitely keep us posted on your progress!

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AMSTERDAMAND125 12/5/2012 4:12PM

    SWEEEEETTTTTTT. you rock. :) I'm glad to have another member of the "yeah, I ran over 1,000 miles this year, and no, that doesn't mean I can eat junk all the time...or ever"

It does continually blow one's mind to work out so much and still have to be so careful.

I love your goals for December. :) Keep killing it -- you're my inspiration!

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NUOVAELLE 12/5/2012 3:11AM

1000 miles! You could reach me in a couple of years!!!
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I'm so proud of you! And all those things that make up your running achievements are certainly inspirational!
I'm glad you pointed out the difference between wanting to lose weight and being serious. I'm happy to report that so far this week I'm being serious!
Now, let's get rid of this muffin top!

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TRIXIERUNS 12/4/2012 3:15PM

    That awesome! Inspiring!!!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 12/4/2012 12:47AM

    Yay to one thousand miles! I still cannot wrap it around my brain that you have ran that far in one year-so fantastic. And I love the list of what it took to get there. Happy ST-good for you-enjoy the results : )

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MICHSTATE 12/3/2012 5:15AM

    You are AWESOME!!!!:-)

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GODIVADSG 12/2/2012 12:51PM

    All I can do is emoticon when I read this blog! You are an amazing woman,athlete and inspire me all the time. emoticon

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HEALTHYL1 12/2/2012 10:54AM

    Congrats! Awesome emoticon

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LADYBUG1107 12/2/2012 10:05AM

    Congrats on your mileage!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 12/2/2012 9:47AM

    emoticon on hitting your milage goal! That's awesome! I'm so proud and happy for you. You are so inspiring! I love your determination! emoticon

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LISAINMS 12/2/2012 9:33AM

    Way to go on the 1000 miles and on staying on ST! That's the easy thing to drop when tri training. Keep it up you are going to REALLY rock next season!

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SWEDE_SU 12/2/2012 8:53AM

    wow! 1000 miles is a TERRIFIC accomplishment - and so is running through winter! you are an inspiration!

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PMRUNNER 12/2/2012 5:29AM

    Awesome! I am going to go for 1000 next year. I think I will end up about 900 this year. You rock!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 12/1/2012 10:32PM

    Way to go! You keep me inspired all the time! Great goals!

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ROXYZMOM 12/1/2012 10:13PM

    You are doing great! Congrats!

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GRANDMAPATTYV 12/1/2012 10:02PM

    You are FANTASTIC! Love the blog... Congrats on all your accomplishments this year! ~ Patty emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 12/1/2012 9:16PM

    wooooohooooo on the 1000!!!!! YES! And I love the cards!!! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 12/1/2012 9:04PM

    Squatting 100 lbs. AWESOME. Post sexy arm pictures when you have a chance. I totally want sexy arms.

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WANT2BEFIT10 12/1/2012 8:13PM

    SO AWESOME!!! Congrats on the 1,000 miles this year! Did you know that Nike makes t-shirts for those milestones? I bought a 500 miles one last year. CONGRATS on all your success!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 12/1/2012 8:05PM

    emoticon , emoticon ! And once again, you are UNSTOPPABLE!

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