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Listen to your body or tell it to shut the heck up? And, a strength training question.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Okay, so heck isn't the word I was thinking this morning, but it gets the point across emoticon. If you are here about my question just skip to the end :).

So, we probably all know that there are times when you need to "listen to your body". We know that when we don't listen we run the risk of "burning out", "over doing it", fatigue or at worst injury. Our body is an amazing mechanism with safeguards in place to help us protect ourselves. Some of those safeguards are pain or fatigue. So, when we are tired or sore, our body is telling us to take it easy, right?

Well, yes and no. When you are as overweight as I am sometimes it also is just protesting the fact that you are making it do things it is not accustomed to. My body thinks that sitting on the sofa is just fine-lol! So, when I get up at 5:15 and start getting ready to go for a run and my body complains about that is it a warning or laziness?

Today's plan was to hit the beast for some hills. I did NOT want to go this morning. I got up and felt stiff and tired from swimming the last two days. I told my lazy self to shut up and got dressed. I was the first one at the meet site so I closed my eyes for a quick power nap-lol!! It wasn't long though before everybody had arrived and we were warming up....still not feeling the need to do ANYTHING except go home and go back to bed. Faked it through a warm up stretch and started running. Well, that didn't work, shin got tight before half a mile was done. So, stopped and did it right this time and started again and YES...this was starting to feel better and right and well, okay, maybe it really was just lazy me speaking up instead of a "warning" to take it easy.

It didn't get a lot easier though and it was kind of a battle all the way up that darned hill. I wanted to walk the entire thing-lol! Instead I kept up the mental aspect of running and walked enough to satisfy the part of me that simply did not want to be there, but pushed enough to satisfy that part of me that needed to have a run and a good one at that.

The original plan was to do the hill once OR twice. Guess which one I went for....once. I was tempted to go twice, I really was, but I also knew that twice really might have been too much. I had pushed hard and done a great job and was really feeling the workout in my hips, hammies and glutes.

So, I guess today I reached a balance between listening and telling my body to just shut the heck up and let me work. I guess in the end that is what really matters. Am I pushing harder than what the lazy me wants? Am I being smart about my training? Am I doing enough without risking injury? Am I going to let not doing it twice bother me? Maybe, just a little, until I go swimming and make up for it with some laps :).

Some days finding that balance is REALLY hard.

On that note...I have a question for some of you who know lots more than I do regarding strength training. I know that ST is supposed to happen every other day if working all areas. Every day is okay if you are's the question...What if I'm doing some exercises in the pool, could I, or should I still do the land based strength exercises? Are they different enough that I can alternate days with them (ex. pool m-w-f and weights on tu-th-sat)? Do the pool exercises daily (or almost daily) and the land based every other day? Now that summer is here I want to maximize the time I spend at the pool with the kids and in my training, but at the same time I want to find that balance between enough and too much. Any thoughts? Thanks :).

Hope everyone has a great Saturday.
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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/31/2011 1:46PM

    And just think - I had NO idea that you were battling the lazy on Saturday because there you were ready to head up that darn hill yet again! Good job on finding the perfect balance and it WAS a good workout! I'm glad you had us head back to The Beast instead of just running flatland. :-)

You've gotten some good advice about the ST and I pretty much agree. I think a lot of it depends on how much you are doing in the pool and whether it is causing you to be too sore or not sore enough. Why don't you try your plan for a couple of weeks and if you are too sore after your pool workout on M/W/F to do land-based training on T/TH/SA in GOOD FORM...then you can scale it back. Just as I mentioned that I realized that when I do 30DS, that needs to be my only form of muscle work because shred and something else was just TOO much and left my legs feeling like a couple sticks of lead. At any rate - good job on turning your pool time into fitness time too!

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NOTHIN2IT 5/30/2011 9:33PM

    Great job with pushing yourself through the "laziness". I think we all have those days! I think if your body was telling you it's NOT ok, you would definately know.
As far as ST...I do cardio 5 days a week and then Mon, Wed, and Fri I do full body strength training....meaning I do lunges while doing biceps curls, squats with overhead presses, etc. If it were me I would swim most days and do land based ST every other day. However, I certainly not an expert!! I just know what has worked for me so far.

You are doing great! Keep it up! emoticon

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BERRY4 5/29/2011 1:28AM

    Nice job on working through the balance today! You did a great job of presenting some of the mental dialogue we hassle with, eh!?!

I would be a bit afraid of doing the 6 days ST you were thinking on, w/ pool & non-pool ST. If you are doing stretches and exercise in the pool, then do the ST on land.

Good luck in your journey!

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    I think due to the lack of your full weight being felt that these wouldn't necessarily count as strength training but more like toning cardio if that makes sense. Even if you just want to cut your land strength down a bit like to 15-20 minutes so you can still get a good pump and maintain/tone, I think you'd do well with that.

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NEW-CAZ 5/28/2011 3:58PM

    A lot depends on what resistance you're using in the pool swimming. I count that as cardio although swimming is a great all round exercise.
As you're at the pool most days I'd find a way to do combined ST exercises that work the whole body on 3 alternate days a week; Eg; a squat into a calf raise with overhead lifts using dumb bells. This works thighs, calfs, abs, waist arms and shoulders in one sweep move and cuts the time of workouts.
Or incorporate weights/band with a swiss ball so you're working your core and either arms or legs.

You did well to listen today; you got some exercise in but knew the limit to go to. Had you pushed it you could well have burnt out and not been able to enjoy your next pool session with the kids! emoticon emoticon

Enjoy the long weekend Heather emoticon

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LMLOPEZ 5/28/2011 1:15PM

    I think unless you are using more resistance than just body in the pool (underwater weights or webbed gloves/flippers) you still need to ST. I almost would count the pool stuff more as cardio ( or "extra"). Still alternate days, but if your pool exercises are too much then alternate days (if you are doing push-ups out of the pool on Monday then Tuesday ST lower body). Hope that helps.
And maybe you were listening to your body, but it sounds like your brain got in the way :)
Either way, you pushed through and a half-butt workout is still better than no workout at all. Way to get out there!!

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KRISTIARLINE 5/28/2011 12:46PM

    That internal dialogue seems to happen to me a lot. I like the balance you achieved and hope I can do the same.

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SHERYL_B 5/28/2011 11:57AM

    Wow - This is really encouraging. I have been having the laziness factor lately and you just inspired me to just get over it. Thanks!

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First Swim of the Summer :)

Friday, May 27, 2011

I'll start by saying that I give little credit to things like horoscopes, etc. However, I am a Cancer and the sign got right is my relationship to water!

I LOVE the stuff! I love to swim, I love to just relax in the water, I love to float, I love to just tread water!! I am a water creature through and through. Other little girls love to pretend to be princesses, I always wanted to be a mermaid-lol!

We have all been anxiously awaiting the opening of the pool. It is a community pool right in the middle of our neighborhood and just a short walk from our house. There are 3 pools in all. One in front of the community clubhouse and two behind. We always swim in the ones behind. There is one standard type pool-small for a community pool, but bigger than your average back yard pool. Right next to the bigger pool is a wading pool for the kiddies. I love this set up since my youngest hasn't graduated to the big pool yet. Myself and the two older kids can swim while keeping an eye on the youngest.

So far this year we have already had several HOT days and really wished they had the pool open, but they work on some sort of schedule that apparently has nothing to do with the temperature, but more with the date on the calendar. This week has been warm-ish, temps in the eighties, but with a cooling breeze so it hasn't felt as hot as the thermometer says it is. This week they finally opened the pool!! As soon as we found out my kids HAD to go. I kept the decision up in the air until homework was done, but secretly, I couldn't wait to go either. Homework got done in record time, but after checking daughter's math we had to wait a bit longer. Instead of actually doing the work, I think she just wrote in random numbers-lol!!

Finally we were on our way...too big beach towels dragging in the street, flip flops flopping and goggles swinging from cute little fists. Son was very frustrated when the gate closest to us was locked and we had to walk around-lol! Not that it is that far of a walk, he was just that anxious to get in the water.

Once inside the gate he jumped right in. The girls took a more cautious approach, as did I. The girls got in the wadding pool first, it is usually warmer than the swimming pool :). I got in inch by inch. That water was COLD!! Made me wish I'd gone on a 7 or 8 miler first so I could call it an ice bath-lol! Once in though it was WONDERFUL!! Everything you expect of a first swim of the summer :).

I didn't do anything specific for awhile, just paddled around and trod water (trod? I know treaded is wrong, but trod?-lol). It felt so great to be in the water again. I felt muscles working that somehow strength training always misses. I did some ab curls and twists and scissor kicks and other goofy things that can kind of be considered exercise :). We just had fun until everybody started shivering. Middle child gave up first-she has zero body fat and therefor no insulation. Youngest went next. I had to convince son that it was time to get out...he didn't believe me when I told him he was turning purple-lol!! I think he really would have stayed in to the point of hypothermia, he was having too much fun!

I woke up this morning with stiff shoulders :). Yep, stiff shoulders gets a happy face. Stiff from all the work they did yesterday.

I got on the computer a few minutes ago to look up other "exercises" that can be done in the pool so that I can count more of my pool time as fitness time :). Going back to the pool today :).

There is just something special about the first swim of the summer :).

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OVERHAULING-ME 6/1/2011 1:45PM

    Love it! We belong to a neighborhood pool, it opened on Saturday now I just need some weather warmer than 63.


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WENDYWITKOSKI 5/27/2011 11:18PM

    emoticonI'm not a cancer but I LOVE water.

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IMSMILEY88 5/27/2011 9:07PM

    How nice!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/27/2011 8:48PM

    I have a Cancer and an Aquarius child so we will be first in line when it opens tomorrow.

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LMLOPEZ 5/27/2011 7:34PM

    Love it-true about us Cancers loving the water, need the sound, the feel and the ambience of water no matter what form to calm my soul.
Jealous you are in the pool; here in Chicago we have a very short outdoor swim season. Pools open this weekend so hoping to get in on my day off on MondY (work this weekend :( boo)
glad your shoulders are sore!!

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DARINGR8LY 5/27/2011 7:22PM

    I was excited reading your blog. Sounds like all of you had a blast.

emoticon way to exercise!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/27/2011 5:38PM

    Woohoo!!!!!! Sounds like a good time for sure!

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ESBELL 5/27/2011 5:38PM

    I remember "the day the pool opens" from when I was a kid. It was soooo exciting. I'm glad you and your family had a fun swim!

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LADYFOLDER 5/27/2011 5:34PM

    I just posted my comment for this blog on your last blog!
Enjoy your swims!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/27/2011 5:20PM

    Sounds like Heaven!
The pool that is open to the public here has summer hours that only a teenager on summer vacation can enjoy. It's frustrating at best. I continue to look and hope. I love to swim ...

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Still here...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Has it really been almost a week since I last posted? Wow!

Anyways, just a quick check in to let you know I'm still here. I'm reading blogs when I get the chance.

It's been a busy week. Friday the hubs and son took off for a Father/Son camp out. It was girl's night here at home and I didn't eat really well...oh well, tough. Saturday hubs and son came home, then it was off to baseball. The score was tied and we were all really happy, since we are kind of the underdog. Sunday was restful. Monday was PTA, lots to do before I officially take over as Prez on July 1st. Tuesday was end of school year awards. I missed my daughter's assembly because nobody told me when it was. Her "real" teacher is off for the rest of the year on maternity leave and the subs, while really nice, are not the best at keeping parents informed. Daughter got Perfect Attendance and was recognized as having perfect attendance for two years. Son, the one who excels acedemically, got Academic Excellence (basically elementary school's version of Honor Roll), Perfect Attendance (also 2 years) and a Service Recognition for serving on the School Student Council. Today was going down to the district office to get daughter signed up for Kindergarten. She had to get some immunizations and was such a brave girl. A few tears fell, but no crying or screaming, not even an ouch. She got a Barbie for her heroism :). I think the Hello Kitty band-aids helped too :).

So, now it is rush-rush to go get the other kiddies from school and then back to house work, kitchen is in need of some attention :).

Hope everyone is having a great week :).

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LADYFOLDER 5/27/2011 5:32PM

    What fun to go swimming! It's not quite that weather yet here in Utah, but getting real close for outside swimming.

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NEW-CAZ 5/26/2011 3:27AM

    That's what I call busy!
You are one fantastic mum Heather.
Never heard of Hello Kitty band aids! Sound cute!

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PAPPHEM 5/25/2011 9:58PM

    Wow, and I thought I had a busy week!!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/25/2011 8:18PM

    That's it, I need me some Hello Kitty band-aids! emoticon

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LISAW/3 5/25/2011 6:48PM

    Hello Kitty band-aids ALWAYS make things better at my house, too!

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TEDDYBABE 5/25/2011 6:35PM

    You are a busy busy Mom. Too fun!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/25/2011 5:11PM

    KINDERGARTEN!?!?!? That's all I have to say...Wow.

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    Hello Kitty band aids make everything better!

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Things I learned today...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

1. Stay asleep until the alarm goes off...there is no point in wondering if it will, it always does and if it doesn't, at least I'll get some good sleep.

2. Trying to do plank (modified or regular) with my cat in the same room is impossible.
a. Arm placement really does make a difference and a cat in between your elbows makes plank a LOT harder.
b. Getting licked by sandpaper cat tongue is not helpful while trying to stay focused.
c. On the plus side...being afraid you are going to fall and smash your cat helps you stay in position longer.

3. Back extensions hurt when you have a giant bruise on your abdomen, even more than a couple days ago when the bruise wasn't fully developed.

4. What was easy a few days ago, might not be easy today. Somehow 8 pound bicep curls were much harder today, despite 8 pounds being standard and nothing new.

5. I REALLY like how my bicep looks under my long sleeved tech shirt.

6. That is REALLY bugs me that when you let Spark set your strength workout you can't adjust sets, reps or track the weight you use. Didn't realize how much it really bugged me until today when I am adding a 3rd set to some of the exercises because I'm not ready to jump up in weight but need a little extra. Hey, Spark, could you work on that for me, please? It would be really great if you would tell me what to do, but I could track how much I do on my own.

7. I need to add some extra triceps exercises...I've got some rocking biceps developing under there but the triceps are still pretty flabby...even taking into consideration the bat wing skin hanging off the bottom of the triceps muscles.

8. I like to scrunch my neck when I do certain strength exercises, gotta watch that and put a stop to gives me a sore neck and isn't as effective in the muscles I'm supposed to be working. Plus, I don't really want to be known for my developed neck muscles-lol!!

9. Lying on the floor, trying to do Hip Adduction (that's the one where you lay on your side and the bottom leg lifts up) makes me wish I had a Thigh Master-lol! (Not my fave exercise-gotta look up something different)

10. I like to get distracted when I do Strength Training :).

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HI_MISSY 5/23/2011 2:00PM

    I have 3 cats who apparently think yoga is fascinating - they like to wind in and out of my legs and arms whenever I'm in Down dog or plank. Or they just stare at me curiously.

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IMSMILEY88 5/20/2011 3:03PM

    A dog is hard to do planks with, too! They just get so curious. (Actually, make that TWO chihuahuas!)

As far as triceps, I love my tricep dips! I do them off the side of my coffee table or fireplace or spa! Firming up!

No idea on the hip adduction, though! Maybe using an exercise band and using your legs while standing?

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SHARKYSGIRL 5/19/2011 11:33PM

  Too funny! I have a 2.5 yr old puppy who loves to help me exercise! She got mad at me the other day because I put her in her crate and wouldn't let her dance with me when I was doing a zumba dvd. It definitely is a challenge to work out with a pet, that's for sure!

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DARINGR8LY 5/19/2011 8:10PM

    Too cute. Not to mention interesting to imagine.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/19/2011 6:08PM

    2c!!! Awesome!!! Hey - whatever the motivation is, as long as you USE it!

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/19/2011 4:51PM

    I really haven't started ST...need to. How did you first go about it? Loved the post today!

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TWNOMWE 5/19/2011 4:18PM

    emoticon blog, Yes those plunks are pretty hard and add a cat well you can not beat that. emoticon

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*MADHU* 5/19/2011 2:03PM

    Like this blog emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 5/19/2011 1:45PM

    #1 is super difficult for me. I always wake up before the alarm clock and it drives me nuts! Nice job on the strength training!

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PHDMAMA06 5/19/2011 12:46PM

    Love this! This blog is bringing back soooo many memories of working out with my cat (back when I used to have one). His favorite thing to do though was swatting at my legs whenever I tried to do aerobics!!

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NEW-CAZ 5/19/2011 12:42PM

    Love it! emoticon

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MOCOHOLO 5/19/2011 12:23PM

    Oh, I just realized you were talking about SP's suggested workouts. I'm not sure if you can modify those. But if you create your own strength training workout, you can modify that as I described before.

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MOCOHOLO 5/19/2011 12:22PM

    Great blog! I laughed out loud at the plank vs. cat lessons!

As to the strength training stuff, you can modify the saved work out. Just go in to the strength training tabs and then select modify workout I think. You can edit everything, and then it will be your new default until you modify it again. Let me know if you need help and I can try to be more clear.

Congrats on the arm definition too! I was feeling my biceps last night and trying to convince myself that they're getting stronger. :-)

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 5/19/2011 12:14PM

    Awesome! Great idea for spark!!

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CJABOTTS 5/19/2011 12:08PM

    Love it! Hilarious. emoticon

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My Favorite Mud Run Pic

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This is my favorite pic from the mud run. Hubs took this from the side line as I scaled the cargo net. I wasn't too certain about even attempting this as I approached. I mentioned in my last blog that my family was right there cheering me on as I went through the pipes and approached the cargo net. I said to them something along the lines of "how do I do this?" To which my 4 year old replied "You just have to climb really good Mommy." So this is me, "climbing really good".

I LOVE this picture because in it I look FIERCE. I didn't feel really fierce, but I look fierce. I look like someone who knows what she is doing (I didn't). I look like someone who climbs cargo nets during her lunch break-lol!! The person in this pic is a good example of the person I want to be, and yet there I am already who I am.

I was the 4th or 5th slowest person out there, but I was out there. I tried every single obstacle...unlike some others. There was this girl, close to my age, but considerably thinner, but evidently not considerably fitter!! I passed her shortly after the second mud pit and before the cargo net. As we approached the net I tackled it to go over and she....went around!! I was shocked!! I was even a bit mad, because now she was ahead, but only because she didn't even try!! I stayed mad at her for awhile as I watched her skip obstacle after obstacle and get further and further ahead.

I finally talked myself out of being mad though. I told myself-"Self, here you are, considerably heavier than her and YOU, yes YOU my friend are doing the challenges and she is not. She will have to live with the knowledge that she did NOT even attempt most of these challenges. You however, are succeeding in doing something that she is not. Feel good about your success!! Ignore her failure, it belongs to her not you." She finished with a faster time than me, but she did not beat me!!

I kept tackling challenge after challenge and completed every last one until that wall. I didn't make it over the wall, but I have a really nifty bruise along the bottom of my ribcage to prove that I tried!! I didn't bypass a single obstacle saying "I can't". I tackled each one saying "I'll do my best".

In this picture that is who I see. The person who says "I'll do my best". I'll do my best to climb really good. This one is getting printed and framed-lol!!

To all you who are considering doing something, but are a little or a lot afraid of failure...just say you'll try. You might not succeed, this time. You might get a little bruised up trying (physically and/or emotionally). But, in the end you will know where you need to try harder and you will find out that you can do more than you ever imagined.

Next year you will get a picture of me going over the wall. I'll tell husband he has to get close enough to get it-lol!! Because now I know where I have to work harder. Upper body strength-lol!! Gotta get those guns strong enough to shoot me over the wall-lol!! Next year I'll be faster AND stronger. If that girl comes back she can skip all the obstacles she wants, she'll still be eating my dust :).

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ANNIE7205 5/19/2011 2:06PM

    Awesome picture and great job! You do look fierce!

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IMSMILEY88 5/17/2011 11:04PM

    You are so right! She did NOT beat you!!! You are wonderful! And, this post got me teary eyed. I LOVE the photo and am so happy you are printing it off! It does speak volumes about who you are & who you are becoming. You are STRONG & getting stronger! What an inspiration!!!

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SHARKYSGIRL 5/17/2011 10:03PM

  Awesome job! There's no excuse in my book for not even trying. How do you even know if you can do it or not unless you try?

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WENDYWITKOSKI 5/17/2011 7:44PM

    emoticon emoticonYou are the clear winner!

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CHRISTMASRAIN 5/17/2011 4:50PM

    Great Mud Run!!!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 5/17/2011 4:11PM

    You are beyond rock star. At least you tried...that other chick should be ashamed. It's one thing to try and not be able to do it, but she didn't even try. I would have had to say something :)

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  You're totally a rockstar!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/17/2011 2:30PM

    AWESOME blog!!! I feel sorry for that girl, but I haven't felt sorry for you for even an instant...and you are right - THAT is what matters! She gets get kick-ass strength!!! AWESOME!

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JESS0107 5/17/2011 2:21PM

    Congrats!! That is awesome! Yes, if the thin girl comes back next year, she will eat dust but who knows, she was probably scared of you and that is why she ran ahead. She might not even come back!

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RAIN_SIS 5/17/2011 1:08PM

    I wonder why she signed up for a MUD run if she was just going to run. Strange. Maybe she just wanted to be able to pass people.
I know this was a fierce hard race but to me it kind of looks like a playground for grownups. Will they let you go back and use it when they are not having a race :}?

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TWNOMWE 5/17/2011 12:16PM

    emoticon and you showed the slim lady that well I better than you.
Thanks for sharing, a very uplifting blog. Now you have a goal for next year.



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FITFORMYFAMILY 5/17/2011 10:55AM

    This is my first time ever reading one of your blogs and I LOVE IT! I love your attitude, your drive, your excitement. Thank you for the inspiration!


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ESBELL 5/17/2011 10:18AM

    Love your fierceness!

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DARINGR8LY 5/17/2011 10:14AM

    You do look fierce. This is my favorite picture of you from the race too.

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FITFOODIE806 5/17/2011 9:53AM

    love the pic!!! awesome work. I am doing my first mud run in July. I will think of you when I want to skip the cargo net!


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SEEAMANDARUN 5/17/2011 9:34AM

    Awesome job! I would love to try a mud run! Is it crazy to say that it looks like so much fun?

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WENZTHAT 5/17/2011 9:24AM

    loooooooooooove that picture!!! congrats on your success - sounds like a blast! i really wanted to do warrior dash this year but a friend of mine is getting married on the day it is in my area. i guess that just gives me more time to prep for next year!

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MIKAEELA 5/17/2011 9:24AM

    You are a WINNER!!! Your attitude is right and you have conquered the biggest obstacle already - yourself!!!

Keep up the great work!!!



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LP5200 5/17/2011 8:50AM

    This blog was just what I needed on a gloomy Tuesday morning! Thank you for the reminder that we should all be the person who says "I'll do my best"! You are a ROCKSTAR!!!

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MNGIRLIE 5/17/2011 7:36AM

    Great blog! You look FIERCE AND STRONG in that photo! You did amazing! Such an inspiration!

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    That's a profile pic if I ever saw one! As for the CHEATER, she is either going around deluding herself by bragging about a time she didn't deserve or tells people her time but is secretly ashamed that she didn't do half the race. Either way karma will take care of her.

So proud of you!

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NEW-CAZ 5/17/2011 2:55AM

    emoticon Heather, you did so well and it looks amazing fun.
You're such an inspiration, I come away from your blogs lifted emoticon

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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 5/17/2011 1:51AM

    This is wonderful and inspiring and everything I love in a blog! Congrats and thanks for sharing - you're awesome!!!!!!!

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