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Frederick Half Marathon Relay Race Report - May 6 2012

Sunday, May 06, 2012

So I will preface this blog by saying I am grateful the day arrived, and that I was eager to be a part of the day despite a 3 week hiatus from running. Skin surgery was a necessary evil, but the inconvenience of the gauze/paper tape changes (and inability to run because it could all fall off and I had no one to re-apply) made for a stinky situation!

I am grateful that I arrived suture free to the race. It was such a relief to have them removed early.

The day was due to be warm-ish...mid to upper 70s. I dressed for those temps, so I was rather chilly. I had a bit of confusion/mix-up with the bib situation. I thought my relay partner got both bibs. Nope! So I rushed into the building and they had it. Fshew! Then I had to figure out where to catch the shuttle to transition as I was running the 2nd leg. The lady said I had to hustle, as they would leave in 5 minutes. So I got a pre-race sprint in to the school bus.

When I got to transition, I was happy to see porta-johns. This made the wait a plus, as I could consume my water and gatorade, as well as rid myself of whatever before running.

I spotted a teacher from my kid's school and just waved. Lots of friendly faces abounded, and we chatted it up while waiting for the first runners to pass by.

I was rather chilly waiting in transition, but I knew I would warm up when it was my turn. I averaged my partners pace and had an idea of when she would be by. I have to say, doing it as a relay was fun and also exciting. It was neat to see other relay buddies come in, and they would high five or hug, and off the next one went.

I did get a chance to see my husband pass by (he ran the whole thing, no relay), so that was good. Within a few minutes my partner arrived and off I went. I was grateful for some flat or downhill. I had been on parts of the course before, so I knew of inclines. I decided to walk through water stops and at inclines...and I think that is where I have post race frustration. My pacing for the first 2 miles was spot on. The pacing for the last 3.1 wasn't what I wanted...but there was a big hill involved. I should have soldiered through it. Argh!

You finish this race on a horse race track. Once of the diciest things I have endured with this series in my town. I wish they would grade the track for this event. Anywho...our team finished at 2:35. Not shabby! We were not in it to break records. Just two moms who run for sanity, fitness, and health.

I am glad that I had the tenacity and smart to go forward today. It felt good to be a part of this race in my town, and also encouraging that I didn't have too much discomfort afterwards. I'll take it! Swift Chicks rule!

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IPA-RAY 5/8/2012 8:16AM

Sounds like a really enjoyable run!

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CAROLCRC 5/8/2012 8:06AM

    Sounds like you had a great time.

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    Awesome job. Congrats - I sounds like a fun race.

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LILYGAL 5/7/2012 9:03AM

    Good race!! And great that you had no "tape"!!

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HEIDI-25 5/7/2012 8:39AM

    I am so happy that you had such a good race experience! Way to go!!

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123ELAINE456 5/7/2012 5:40AM

  Awesome!!! Congratulations on the race. WAY TO GO!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/6/2012 9:49PM

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Goodbye, Cupcake

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

This blog could have so many meanings. But I assure you, it is truly about the represented, sugar laden, focus of all that is 'good and holy on Food Network and other networks'.

But those cupcakes...they are so pretty

or gluten free

or vegan

or handcrafted


and what? Good for you? No, they are not. All things in moderation? Well, it depends. Let's compare, shall we?

Betty Crocker Nutrition (for a cupcake with icing)

Duncan Hines (Red Velvet with icing)

And to finish it off, a local, fancy, cupcake place here:

Do you know what all of these do to my tummy anymore?

I do not know if it is sensitivity problems, but I am very ill after any of them. The only thing I can tolerate okay?

None of it is okay, but we know some moderation is okay. However, I used to like this kind of thing and now it just leaves me feeling awful and terrible. Not an understatement. Just going to have to bid it goodbye forever. It isn't worth any discomfort or pain (literally).

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FEB_SHOWERS16 5/3/2012 8:37AM

    I understand!
I am actually a total cake snob... and I LOVE cupcakes! But I would never eat one of those cupcakes from above. I have to go to a lot of birthday parties and we have a lot of parties at work and such. When I was obese I would eat any cake in sight.... as long as it had icing! But now I can easily refuse a cake because I will only eat truly gourmet, absolutely enticing, delicious and perfect cakes- made with real ingredients. YUM!
Thankfully, most people do not have these gourmet cakes at their parties cause they're expensive. So they end up having fake-tasting, generic, grocery store cakes. No Thanks!!! I'm like you- I don't even want that crap in moderation!

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123ELAINE456 5/3/2012 1:56AM

  Awesome Blog!!! This is true of most bake goods. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. This is the WAY TO GO!!!

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BLC 19 Goals

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Whew! Well this challenge is not starting off on a strong point for me. Sad to say, I started it with sutures and stitches in my back! emoticon

However, when I am better! And as of May 10, I will be active (DAILY DAILY DAILY). Upper body ST, lower body ST, running, biking, and swimming. I have a late September Sprint Tri (My first!) to prep for and I have to kick myself in the pants! That said....

My SMART goals are:
Specific - Move every day. Don't tell me you have a day off. You can walk.
Measurable - A minimum of 40 minutes! You must move this much to burn fat!
Attainable - Even if I do my exercise in spurts, it will happen! Make hash marks for every 5 minutes you do until you get to 40 minutes. You can make hash marks for sets/reps!
Realistic - I won't do anything I haven't done. This doesn't give me much room for excuse!
Trackable - I have been tracking my lower and upper body ST. I will be adding bike and swim to running. All trackable! Easy! And I NEED to track food! Too much going in right now that is not burning off. Not good!

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    So sorry to hear about the problems in the beginning...I know you will kick this challenge far and hard!!!

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LILYGAL 4/30/2012 9:22AM

    Your plan is awesome!!! We can all learn from this!! Go, girlfriend!! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 4/30/2012 5:24AM

  You have a great plan to follow. You can do it. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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JO88BAKO 4/29/2012 10:17PM

    Julie- you have a great plan! You are so organized. I'm sure you will be successful girlfriend! You are a great inspiration to all the team, thanks!!

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

So...I am sure you have heard the radio song/epitaph about wearing your sunscreen. It is more advice to the young ones on life and their path forward after high school graduation. Well...nearly 20 years after high school graduation...I have a more important lesson for myself and others. It isn't about professional or academia lessons. It's about being smart any time the sun will kiss your skin. It doesn't matter what time of year it is. Sure...we figure the sun is hottest/most dangerous in the Summer (depending on where you live) because of the heat in the atmosphere. However, the sun is closer to us in Winter. Thankfully, we probably have more layers on at that time to protect us.

I'm a pasty Irish Caucasian gal, and I have worn plenty of sunscreen. But did my parents know that it loses its usefulness after two hours? Likely not. They threw up an umbrella. They had the sense to throw and old school long sleeved t-shirt on me if I got a bad burn. And I thank them for that.

I decided that the time my regular primary care doc might spend on me (and what they were really seeing) was not sufficient, so I saw a dermatologist in March. They immediately did biopsy on two spots and one spot was a moderately abnormal mole. The doc recommended that it be removed, and preferably prior to swimming/beach time. So I had a procedure last week. I now have about a 2 inch incision (sutures plus stitches) on my back. The first 48-72 hours were not fun. I hurt a lot.

My husband still needs to go as well, and I hope it will instill in my kids to be careful also. I may get them looked over to be safe.

So now...with healthy knees...I have limitations on what I can do because every bit of lifting and movement will disturb where my lovely husband is changing the gauze twice a day until May 10th. It really stinks and I don't need to be limited like this when keeping close/at my goal weight is important. I know it will pass, but I am frustrated.

Please use sunscreen regularly!

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_JODI404 4/29/2012 8:50PM

    I totally understand. I have very fair skin and had horrendous sunburns as a (stupid) teenager. I have had a basal cell cancer removed from my back, and it was not fun.

I get screened twice a year now that I have a history. My scar didn't heal well at all, you may want to try vitamin E on yours when it gets to the closed/healing stage to try to help that.

Hang in there... this too shall pass. We are lucky it wasn't one of those more serious kinds!!

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DAS92687 4/23/2012 9:49PM

    Glad you caught it ... and hope you are feeling better soon !!

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LILYGAL 4/23/2012 8:34PM

    Sorry you've had to go thru this but remember that your parents did the best they could and that it might have happened even with sunscreen. But do be careful!

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    Good reminder - sorry you had to go through what you did.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/23/2012 5:21AM

    Thanks for the reminder!

Be will be back to 100% soon enough.

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123ELAINE456 4/23/2012 1:01AM

  Everyone needs to check their skin for anything that looks adnormal. I have never used sun screen lotion on a regular bases. So thank you for reminding us to use it everytime you go out in the sun. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Hope you get to feeling better also.

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BOBBYD31 4/23/2012 12:26AM

    sorry but it is the best thing for you. i need to go more often because i have had things removed in the past but have not been there for several year. you will reach you weight just be patient

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This Guy Walks Into Some Running Shoes

Monday, April 09, 2012

Did that get your attention? emoticon

We all started our journey on some random day, but it was our day. We put our health first and found something (or maybe multiple somethings) that ignited the spark.

I was told about a guy who could use some support and encouragement. I hope we can get him turned on to SparkPeople...but in the meantime...maybe go to his blog, click 'follow', and pat him on the back from time to time. emoticon emoticon


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