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9 miles and a gutter dollar :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Today was a great run. The schedule called for 9 miles and I have to say I was a tad apprehensive. It's been awhile since I've done 9 or more and I can't say I was looking forward to it. The weather has been scorching hot this week and I thought we'd be out there dying in the sun and I'd have a horrible run.

I was wrong. Mother Nature decided to grace us with a suddenly cool day. Yesterday was a bit cooler than it had been all week, but today is considerably cooler than that. We were graced with weather PERFECT for running in. Started out cloudless and blue, but enough cloud cover blew in with a bit of a breeze to keep things cool and happy. Got to see an awesome cloud and since it was in our line of sight for a mile we got to watch it morph and change as we went along. In my humble opinion it started out a trophy cup...complete with handles coming off the sides, rounded on the bottom and flat on top. Then the handles disappeared and it became a tulip. Finally, the sides pulled out again and made it look like a giant water fowl getting ready to fly.

I had a great first couple of miles, walked here and there, but maintained a pretty good ratio that I'm happy with. Got annoyed somewhere around mile 5 when a runner came up silently and quickly on my right. No greeting or warning involved. I nearly fell off the sidewalk since at the exact moment she was choosing to pass I was a about to turn to the side and look back and tell my mom, who was behind me, something. If I hadn't jumped back we would have face planted into each other...so rude. She continued ahead and did something else to give all runners a bad name. We were running up a slight, but curvy hill. At the top of the hill is a set of railroad tracks (haven't seen them used in years and I've never seen the guard bars at this junction go down). Anywho....I LOVE this little stretch of road for driving. I love whipping my little mini van up the hill, around the curves and back down-lol!! Probably the funnest section of road in the entire town. However, because it is so fun and a hill and the speed limit is pretty high in that section crossing ANYWHERE except the cross walk a quarter of a mile back down the hill is insane. What does rude runner do? She jogs in place at the top of the hill (I'm thinking "she's not...there is no way...") and when there is a break in traffic she darts across the road right on the tracks. There is a median there to hold the guard bars so she jumps up on it and has to wait for the next set of traffic to pass. INSANE AND DANGEROUS. Runners like her give all runners a bad rep. Did you see where Reese Witherspoon was hit while running? Happened a couple days ago and she is fine, but people were leaving comments that it was probably her fault not the driver's (who was 84 or some insane number like that) and it is because of runner's like this lady we saw today that people feel justified in making those comments. Sheesh.

Okay, rant over, the rest of the run was going great. We ran for a bit with a dog named Bullet. A HUGE Doberman....I don't know if I've ever seen a Dobi this big before. Wonder if he is mixed with Great Dane because that is how big he was...my mom spent time talking to Bullet's mom...I'll have to ask her if they discussed breed-now I'm curious-lol! Bullet was off leash, which doesn't bother me, I could tell he was friendly. When he first heard us coming up on his street he just perked his ears and looked at his mom. He was obviously asking if he could come say hi :). When we went to pass him he thought it was a new game and came bounding after me just as happy as could be. He ran back and forth between me and his mom a few times, but never got close enough to mom to get leashed-lol. Not a stupid dog :). She finally got his attention and leashed him and I was free to run again without having to worry that Bullet was going to tag me from behind and accidentaly knock me down. Continued with a good walk/run ratio through miles 5, 6, and 7.

Set several goals through miles 7 and 8 to run a certain distance and hit it everytime, which tells me I could do more!! Trying harder next week :).

I even ran across the "finish line". You know, not a physical finish line with cheering crowds and a banner, but the place where you finally know you've reached your goal. As soon as I crossed the finish and lo and behold what do I find? A gutter dollar!! :)

I got paid for running today. Right where I stopped the rain water gutter crossed a street and laying in a puddle in the gutter was a dollar bill. It was a little damp and probably kind of dirty, but I held it for a minute until it dried a bit, then stuck it in my pocket. Used it to pay for my VitaminWater Zero when I had to stop by Wal-Mart on the way home-lol!

So...the 9 miles ended with a bonus :). It was a great run over all and I stretched, stretched and stretched somemore so hopefully the soreness will not be too bad.

Next week...10 miles :). Looking forward to it (just hope the cool weather is back next week too).

  
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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/12/2011 7:02PM

    WOO HOO! Great job on crossing that finish line and finding the gutter dollar.

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ESBELL 9/12/2011 2:07PM

    Great run! Love those cool cloudy days.

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WE_PA_FIT 9/12/2011 12:11PM

    Sweeeettt!!!!

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LMLOPEZ 9/12/2011 11:43AM

    How did you manage to look at the clouds AND find a dollar?!? That's awesome! Sounds like a good run and maybe that jogger can learn a thing or two from you guys.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/12/2011 10:31AM

    It was a great run...the weather sure did cooperate! I know at one point I was thinking uh-oh - here comes the humidity...that's going to make this unbearable! But then all of a sudden the cloud cover blew in with the breeze! Thanks Mother Nature - we totally needed that! :-)

I was surprisingly unsore on Sunday after some soreness (mostly inner thighs from that darn Jillian!). So I have to say that 9 miles was not so bad - next week 10! We're ready for it!!!!

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FUNFROG79 9/12/2011 8:29AM

    Great blog!! Great run!

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ON2VICTORY 9/10/2011 4:32PM

    how is it that you and coach Nancy keep finding money on your runs? I keep looking and all I find are bottle caps and cigarette butts... lol....

Yup, safety first on the runs, people are watching...

Also, I have ALWAYS felt anxiety about going on my long runs so you are not alone. There is not a time where I thought OH Goodie, im gonna go further than ever, maybe cramp, maybe some other unknown issue that I have yet to face since I have not gone that far before..... I know the feeling.

keep at it youre doing awesome :)


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NEW-CAZ 9/10/2011 3:59PM

    You were meant to go for that run Heather and you're richer for it LOL.
Glad to hear no probs with your shin troubles emoticon

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Pimp my (P)Ride Start Line...

Friday, September 09, 2011

Not feeling very awesome tonight and so this is kind of a bad day to post this...none of it is making me feel any more awesome...posting to the team page I noticed that the person below me was smaller than even my goal weight and that her thigh was one inch bigger than my CALF. One inch difference between her thigh and my calf is really quite disgusting and demoralizing thank you very much. I think her waist was smaller than my thigh, well, not quite but definitely smaller than one and a half of my thighs. So...on that uplifting note...(oh and be advised that the comparissons between my thighs and mystery girl's waist are not the only source...just one of many nails in the coffin today needs to be buried in)...here is my PMP starting line...

Crunches completed in 1 minute: 15 before they got sloppy
Pushups (or modified pushups) completed in 1 minute: Modified Pushups=12
How long (up to one minute) can you hold a plank or modified plank?: Modified Plank=45 sec.
Pull-Ups (if you have somewhere available to do them) completed in 1 minute: ZERO-even without the equipment to try I know it is zero.
Squats (sans weights) completed in 1 minute:oops almost forgot the squats...hold on...be right back...27.

2. What equipment will be you be using in this challenge?

My own body weight
Free weights and dumbbells at home or at the gym.
Resistance bands at home or at the gym.(actually I should take this one off because my kids are constantly stealing my bands...I'll remain hopeful that I can take a turn to use them though and leave it in place-lol)

3. What dumbbells weight/resistance level are you starting at? I can use 5 lb to 8 lb weights for most arm exercises.

4. Why do you feel the burning desire to grow stronger, to change shape, to prove yourself?
I have a couple of half marathons coming up as well as a massive hike. I'd like to haul a much fitter version of myself up a mountain and/or across a finish line. Plus, my legs have always been the sexiest part of my body and I want them to feel sexy again.

5. Create your tracking space.

My calendar and stickers and pens are all already in place on the wall in my bedroom so that I see them every morning when I get up and every night when I lay down.

6. The dreaded before pictures will be posted to my blog later tonight..gotta get this posted quickly so the kids can get off to beddy-bye...I'll come back soon.

7. Starting Line Measurements NO CHEATIN!

Biceps-R=16.5, L=16.25
Forearms-right below elbow-12
Waist-46 (at my natural waist (not some weird spot based on my belly button which sags well below where it should be-sad but true))
Hips-59 (based on widest part of my body)
Thigh-R=28, L=28
Calf-R=20.25, L=20.5
Bust-at boobage=46
Chest-below boobage=42.5
Back-measured around chest immediately under armpits-44


There you have it folks. See you 'round spark.

  
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AKATUJE 9/11/2011 2:14PM

    Great start to your goals. Remember these are GOODBYE stats!! They will be who you WERE very soon. Just work at it, and keep at it, however small a step you make each day, make it.

Best wishes to you!!! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/10/2011 3:18AM

    Great numbers and a great start Heather, I love doing planks but I'm nursing my right shoulder at the moment.
TIP: Try holding the plank for the duration of an advert on TV or a song on the radio...great motivation to hold out!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/10/2011 1:22AM

    Modified Plank=45 sec. - SWEET! I must add a plank to my ST. :)
Your tracking space sounds great too.

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ESBELL 9/10/2011 1:11AM

    Squatting like that you will have some mighty fine legs in no time at all. And 5-8# weights for your arms are nothing to scoff at. You are strong, and fine! and don't forget it!


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DOGLADY13 9/9/2011 11:48PM

    45 minute plank is AMAZING! I did 12 modified push ups and decided that my goal is 1 Real Push Up. Ain't nothing to be ashamed of. You hold your head up, girl. And what do you care about some skinny girl's thighs?

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DARINGR8LY 9/9/2011 11:08PM

    Great stats and start on your goals. emoticon

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A link to another blog...

Thursday, September 08, 2011

My cousin "shared" this blog via FB. I want to share it with you...if you are sensitive to language there is some mild (very mild) language-just a heads up so you can't come back and say "hey there's cussing in that blog".

None of the words on this blog are mine...but I love them...they rock...there is power in them. blog.pigtailpals.com/2011/08/waking-
up-full-of-awesome/

  
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BUTEAFULL 9/9/2011 9:36AM

    the awesome in every gal should never diminish

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WENDYWITKOSKI 9/8/2011 8:13PM

    emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/8/2011 1:34PM

    Thank you! A brilliant blog. I posted to my FB page for all my peeps to read.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/8/2011 11:13AM

    Hmmm...I'm getting a server error and can't access it even if I do a search outside of the address. Maybe all the feedback overloaded the blog server it is housed on! LOL

It's up now...I think perhaps it has been having a hard time due to the sheer amount of sharing of this blog. If you do a google search for the title - there are a TON of references to it by other people. :-) I'm going to go read now...

Thanks for sharing! It is AWESOME!!!

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DARINGR8LY 9/8/2011 10:15AM

    Thanks for sharing it with your spark friends.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/8/2011 9:51AM

    emoticon

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FUNFROG79 9/8/2011 9:33AM

    Haha, I shared this in my blog and on facebook too! Too funny!

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NEW-CAZ 9/8/2011 3:15AM

    emoticon emoticon

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CHAR1970 9/8/2011 2:42AM

    I love it! Thanks for sharing this!

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Sweaty bands vs RokBands product reviews

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

So....we found LOTS of awesome stuff at the Disney expo and one of the things I actually bought was a sweaty band. I've seen others say that they love their sweaty band so I decided to go for it.

One of the things that convinced me to buy one is the AWESOME selection they had. I couldn't believe the hundreds of bands on display. Very literaly there was something for everyone in their selection. It was a tough choice, but I finally decided on a band that is orange with pink flowers. Here is my daughter modeling the band for me (she thinks it is "so pretty")...

The claim to fame of the Sweaty Band is that it stays put. It doesn't slip. I have to say that this is absolutely true!!! I have thick hair, I sweat (a lot), and my hair likes to grab moisture out of the air making it very easy for headband to slip and slide all over my head. This band absolutely stays exactly where you put it. I love my sweaty band and love the choices they offer. In addition, they can be pretty enough to just keep wearing. If you are one of those girls that goes for a lunch time run or dashes by the gym on the way to somewhere else. The SweatyBand COULD be pretty enough to just keep in all day. Really, they offer choices that are that cute!

What I didn't love was that it doesn't do much to keep sweat off my face. It keeps my hair off my face and that helps, but it doesn't stop the drips from going down my face.

So, now let's take a look at the RokBAND. This is a new-ish product offered at www.goneforarun.com. I got Pinkwaves...

The SweatyBand is designed to be worn as a traditional head band...the RokBand is designed to be very versatile. This band is made of moisture wicking material and is actually quite wide (maybe 3 or 4 inches wide). The webpage says "Wear it as a headband, thick or thin hairband, scrunchie, beanie, mask, scarf, or wristband." And you really could use it for all those things...although where they say beanie...I'd say it's a bit more like a bandana than a beanie as it doesn't cover your entire head like a beanie, but is wide enough to work like a bandana.

This product was not at Disney (a major mistake in my opinion) and I had to order it from the website. When it arrived and I saw it for the first time I thought "it's a baby buff". In case the word buff throws you off that's what they call the multipurpose scraps of fabric that the contestants on Survivor are given. My sister said the same thing when I showed her.

I've used it as a headband, but can see where I might use it as a scarf or mask if the weather was cold and I wanted to protect my face or provide a bit of a barrier between my lungs and cold air. It is NOT thick enough to be used in really cold weather but would definitely be sufficient for my Southern California weather.

The band performs much as advertised. It does a good job of staying put and a good job of wicking away sweat and keeping it off my face. The times I've used it I've been on quite warm or very long runs. Over time it does have a tendency to slip but not frequently and it is so light weight that it doesn't take much to put it back in place.

So comparing the two bands I'd have to call it apples and oranges. For me the two bands serve different purposes. The Sweatyband is decorative and useful for keeping my hair off my face. Something I value in a band for short races (5K) or on cool weather runs when my primary goal is keeping my hair contained (my curly, thick hair can get kind of wild and containment is often an unmet goal-lol). The RokBand is also pretty but serves the purpose of diverting and containing sweat on warm runs and possibly for a bit of added warmth on cold weather runs (for my purposes cold is in the mid to upper 40's).

So, I love both products and have room for both of them in my repitoire. I'm sure I'll be adding additional colors and style of both to my collection and highly recommend both products, just be aware that they do serve different purposes. If you want huge selection and a means to keep your hair contained then definitely the SweatyBand is a good choice. If you are looking to keep sweat of your brow go for the RokBand.

  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/4/2012 11:36PM

    Found this page while searching for a comparison between the Bondi bands (which Coach Nicole has reviewed, I believe? or one of the SP Coaches..) and the Buff bands ( www.buffusa.com in the United States, although I believe it is originally from Spain with a UK website) ...

I'd just seen a video showing all the ways a Buff band could be worn - head band, scrunchie, beanie, balaclava, snood, gaiter, there may be 50 ways to leave your lover and probably at least 50 ways to wear a Buff band!!

Oddly enough... I'm researching this as a way to control my hair at night while wearing a CPAP mask. I'm finding that most of the items I've tried sleeping with end up making my face and head hotter. So far, the only thing that "works" - kinda sorta - is an old 100% silk scarf. Silk is cool in heat, warm in cold, but it tears easily and slips around on my head.

I just found some of the Buff Bands on Amazon.com and ordered some for my own "research". I will check out the ROKband as well as the Bondi Band (which will be useful in the summer because that is one of the reasons I stall on walking in the heat of Kansas summers is the sweat management.)..

Thanks for sharing this blog!

Julia

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GRRARRGH 9/13/2011 12:22PM

    Thanks! I haven't tried the ROKBand before, but I love my Sweaty Bands! I'll check out that website and the other bands, though. I can never have too many headbands!

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MNGIRLIE 9/7/2011 4:03PM

    Great reviews!! I'm definitely going to check out both of them.

I've got a batch of 3 or 4 BondiBands that I use. They work pretty well. I like the thinness of the lighter ones, but they don't stay on my giant noggin very well. The heavy sweat wicking ones do a better job of staying on my head though the styles are not nearly as cute.

I love that you called it a baby buff. I knew right away what you were talking about.

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KKINNEA 9/7/2011 1:51PM

    Thanks for the review, I think I may try RokBand before I go Bondi. I like the Sweaty for shorter runs too.

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FUNFROG79 9/7/2011 1:21PM

    Thanks for the reviews! I love my Sweaty Bands and Bondi Bands!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/7/2011 12:55PM

    Great reviews!!! You did an awesome job capturing the pros and cons of each. :-)

I actually think I want a couple sweaty bands just for normal wear rather than for running wear! LOL

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BLACKROSE_222 9/7/2011 12:48PM

    Wow, thanks for the product review! I need a new Sweat band that will work!

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SLEEPYDEAN 9/7/2011 12:35PM

    Great, thorough reviews. I am still trying to find that perfect fit for me.

I've tried the Bondi bands, a Saucony one with a whole for a pony tail, and Halo headband (a little too tight for my liking). Lately I usually just stick with my trusty "Run Happy" hat instead of messing with a band. Oh and I just bought a Buff and a visor to try out too.

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NEW-CAZ 9/7/2011 12:29PM

    thanks for the information Heather!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/7/2011 12:09PM

    I love a good product review, thanks! I often wish for something during my zumba and boxing sessions - I'm a hot sweaty mess at the end of those. If affordable, I'll add one of each . :)


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Disneyland 5K race pics (lots and lots and lots of pics)

Monday, September 05, 2011

This blog is almost entirely pics...you can read the full description of the race in the blog from Saturday :)

We arrive at the race...

Start Line with Jedis and Storm Troopers...

From hubs' view point...

Start line from hubs' view point in the Disneyland parking structure...

We're off...

So fast I'm just a blur-lol-pink shirt/black pants...that's me...

The tunnel is a crowd pleaser...the woots, whistles and shouts echoing through are a fun part of the race (besides the fact it is something unique that nobody else ever gets to see)...

Mile 1...yep that's the time clock off to the side...minus a couple minutes for staggering the release of the different corrals and I'm right on track for my standard pace...

Run past the Matterhorn...

Down Main Street...

Mile 2...apparently on Hoth...given the ice surrounding the sign :)...didn't catch the time clock on this pic...but I was getting faster...

Down into a tunnel passing under the street-quite a steep little hill too...

Back up the hill...this is the hill I charged like Teddy going up San Juan...yeah...look at all the smart walkers-lol...lucky for me all that hill training I've been doing worked and kept me from dying at the top...

Past Tower of Terror...almost done...

Finish line straight ahead...

Finished in a record time for Disney (not an overall PR, but a PR for Disney).

The most amazing thing? I didn't stop for a single one of those pics...my great little camera took fast and clear pics for me on the go :).

  
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BASKETCASERUN 9/7/2011 1:16PM

    Thanks for sharing - what an awesome experience!!! That is one of my goals - to participate in a race at Disney World or Disneyland! emoticon emoticon

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GRATEFULBOB 9/6/2011 7:48PM

    way to go emoticon emoticon

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REDFOXTROT2 9/6/2011 6:56PM

    Looks like so much fun! Way to go!!!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/6/2011 2:21PM

    Yup, I'm still wondering how I can get a in on this action. So much fun!

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CHANGINGSAM 9/6/2011 2:08PM

    How cool! Congrats on the race and all the accomplishments! Awesome pictures!

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MNGIRLIE 9/6/2011 1:30PM

    How fun would this race be?! Too bad i don't live closer to one of these. All we have around here are lakes and woods to run by :)

I love the photo of you as a pink blur!

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RAINBOWZLPN 9/6/2011 1:29PM

    Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing them!! It looks like you had a beautiful day for it!!
Jennifer

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SPEEDYDOG 9/6/2011 12:55PM

    Cool photos. Thanks for sharing. How many people ran this race?

Bruce

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KKINNEA 9/6/2011 12:50PM

    Amazing camera! Love the blur pix - you gotta use that with the caption indicating you're so fast you're only a blur!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/6/2011 12:20PM

    Love seeing the pictorial race report! Makes it so much more fun! This looks like a VERY different route than in 2009 - how fun!!! :-)

Hmmm...perhaps I need to start socking away funds for next year now so I can do it again!

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PUNCHILOUIE 9/6/2011 12:18PM

    AWESOME, LOVE IT.. GREAT MEMORIES.. like SROBERTS82 said: I want to do THAT too!!!

great camera, but most important: excellent photographer!

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FUNFROG79 9/6/2011 8:27AM

    fun!

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SROBERTS82 9/6/2011 1:57AM

    My head just exploded with the pure awesomeness of a 5K at Disneyland! Now I don't just want to run a 5K - I want to run THAT 5K! emoticon

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WENDYWITKOSKI 9/6/2011 1:14AM

    Awesome! Looks like a great day!

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LMLOPEZ 9/5/2011 10:18PM

    Wow Heather-looks like a really wonderful race! Thanks for sharing with us-makes me want to go out and run now!

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 9/5/2011 8:56PM

    That looks like so much fun! Do you get to stay at Disneyland and play after the race?


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DARINGR8LY 9/5/2011 6:25PM

    Awesome photos. It looks like everyone had a great time.

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MELLYBEANS0919 9/5/2011 6:02PM

    Congrats! Awesome your camera took it for you!

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LIVESTRONG2010 9/5/2011 5:27PM

    Looks like a great time!

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DOWNTOWN02 9/5/2011 5:21PM

    awesome race..great scenery! good job!

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NEW-CAZ 9/5/2011 5:19PM

    emoticonlooks like a lot of fun Heather!
Love the mouse ears!

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2KITTIES 9/5/2011 5:13PM

    Congrats-looks like so much fun!!
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BRAVERUDE 9/5/2011 4:54PM

    How fun!!! I would've gone to this - didn't know they did these at Disneyland!

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