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13.1 Blog: I'M A HALF MARATHONER!!!

Monday, October 04, 2010

Yesterday was THE DAY!

The day all of 2010 had been building to... since PINKCOCONUT and I started the 2010 Half Marathoners group. The day I officially became a half marathoner!!!




Around 3pm the day before, I began to feel jittery and nervous about the race. I think I was just tired though. I decided to take a nap around 4pm and didn't wake up until 6:30pm, which is out of the ordinary for me because I'm not a nap person. Our plan was to drive up to my family's house in NH which is about a mile from the race start line, go have a good carb-up at an Italian restaurant and stay overnight, but at that point, it was late and I just wanted to stay close to home. I'd been hydrating (and peeing) all day and I cooked a big bowl of spaghetti with butter and cheese which I used to LOVE before I started watching portions and stopped buttering my pasta... It was nice to have an excuse to eat that big bowl of pasta! We watched some TV and I took a long hot shower and turned in around 10:30pm.

6am... the alarm goes off.

HALF MARATHON DAY!




I made myself my favorite pre-race breakfast: oatmeal with almond milk and agave nectar and ate it slowly at the kitchen table, waking up and soaking it all in. I had all my stuff laid out from the night before so I wasn't scrambling, thank goodness. We got in the car and started driving! And then I realized we need gas... so I pull into one station and the pump appears to be broken. Ugh. Then we drove a little up the road to the next station and it wasn't taking my credit card and the inside convenience store part wasn't open to take cash. We ended up gunning it to NH and just getting gas at the first station there just as the "low gas" icon started blinking! Whew!

Jon and I parked at the beach house, I ran to the bathroom for what I hoped would be the last time, and we walked to the race start to get a little warmup. It was COLD. The house was freezing (no heating system) and I was thankful we didn't stay the night after all. I loved the t-shirt I got. It's a nice technical shirt in powder blue with the Smuttynose Brewery seal (seal as in swimmy seal, not like corporate seal) on it! Of course, as soon as I got my number, I had to pee again, so I thought I'd walk to the real bathrooms instead of the portapotties with the huge lines, only to find all of Hampton beach was torn up as they're building all the public buildings brand new for next summer. So strange and sad to see all the landmarks of my childhood demolished!




Luck has it I found a portapotty without a line up there (funny that these people are getting ready to run 13.1 or 26.2 miles and can't be bothered to walk a little to another portapotty???). SCORE!

As for gear, I traveled light. No fuel belt. No Camelbak. I wore an armband for my iPod. I wore running pants with pockets and carried two Strawberry Clif Shot Bloks and a Chocolate Clif Shot Gel in them. I ate a banana about 15 minutes before race start. My plan was to grab two cups of water at each water stop and gulp them down while I slowly jogged as that would be about the same amount of water I got during my training runs.

As I waited at the start in the first morning in the 40s of the season, I wore a fleece jacket but I was going to hand it off to Jon before the race. The other option was to wear a "throwaway" shirt and then just ditch it before Mile 2 where it would be collected and donated to Goodwill. Great idea, huh?

The race started when I saw folks running up ahead and we were off... Jon got this one of me jogging to the start line.




I gotta say, I love these races with about 1500-2000 runners, which was about the same as my first 10K. It seems like the perfect field. I didn't have to go crazy dodging runners at the start and I never felt crowded during the race but I was never running by myself. There were no corrals that make you feel like cattle! Hehe...

As always, I struggled to keep it slow at the beginning. I wanted to run about a 12-minute mile for the first 5K but the cold forced me to keep moving, so I ended up at the 5K water stop at about 30 minutes, which surprised me. At about Mile 1.5, I felt a tap on my shoulder! It was SOMERUNNER, who I had chatted with before the race on SparkPeople. I had hoped to meet her before the race but because we didn't stay over, and the three gas station stops, I didn't make it to the meetup, but I told her I would be wearing my 13.1 Bondiband and she found me! We jogged together for about a mile and chatted before we split to run at our own paces.




After Mile 2, the scenery changed from seashore to suburban, as we ran through residential neighborhoods. Folks were on their lawns cheering us on and I high fived a few really cute kids. The leaves hadn't yet changed completely, but there were little peeks of red, orange and yellow in the trees. Sometimes you'd see a guitar player or a banjo strummer on a random corner, which was really cool motivation. There was one woman on a bike dressed up like a clown and wearing a Spongebob Squarepants costume yelling at people, which was kinda freaky... she seemed more mean than friendly... but maybe that's just my anti-clown bias. Oh and I saw at least three guys running out of the brush after obviously going in for a pee. Guys are so lucky they can do that, but still they weren't very discreet about it AT ALL as I spotted the yellow "stream" in the brush. Ick. I was very lucky that I didn't need to "go" during the race.

I gotta say, the first 6 miles felt like nothing. It was cool with a nice breeze and PERFECT running weather. I was grooving to my tunes and just in a really good rhythm. I got to the 10K split at a little over an hour. As much as I was trying to pace myself, it really wasn't working and I hoped I wouldn't pay for it later! Luckily, this was the "hilly" part of the course, so I was forced to slow down a little bit. I put "hilly" in quotation marks because this is billed as the flattest marathon course in New England so there really weren't that many hills. But after 6 miles of flat running, those 60 foot inclines do kinda throw you off a bit! One woman started screaming "FLAT COURSE MY ASS!" and walked up the hills, which made me chuckle. I saw another lady wearing the same 13.1 Bondiband only in a different color, so I called out "13.1!" to her and pointed to my head and she threw her hands up and said "We're halfway there!" which also helped with the hills.

One chick was wearing a shirt that said "WTF" on the front and "Where's the Finish?" on the back and I told her I loved the shirt! I figured it was a good sign from the Anti Blah girls and the WTF challenge! Also funny that the songs from my AB gals ("Shipping Up to Boston," "Thunderstruck") were playing at that moment!

At Mile 8, there were folks handing out Vanilla Gu. I had been fueling with Clif Shot Bloks but I grabbed one and figured I'd give it a try even though I know it's not the best idea to try new fuel during a race. Oh god, PINKCOCONUT wasn't kidding. The snotty consistency of that gel was ewwwwwwwww.... People started making faces and spitting it out and I followed suit. One person screamed "Sabotage!" as she yakked it up. I'm glad I tried it though because it was a good laugh and a good Gross Gu Bonding Moment for us 11-minute mile pace runners... LOL.




Mile 9 was the most awesome point in the race. We ran past farmland and gorgeous houses and before I knew it we turned a corner and there was the ocean again. It was my favorite point along the NH seacoast, where there is just this beautiful mix of wildflowers and rocky coast and curvy roads. The scenery was beautiful and it choked me up a bit! There was a race official with a camera there who took my photo, so I hope he got a good one because I will definitely buy it! So it was a mile and a half of running down this beautiful stretch of scenic coastline, feeling terrific and when I hit Mile 10, I was at about 1:50-55, so I was pretty confident that I was going to beat my time expectation. I told Jon to look for me at the finish around 2:30-2:45, but I told him there was a glimmer of a chance I'd be there around 2:20-2:30, so he should be there early just in case!

At Mile 10.5, I grabbed my last bit of water and Gatorade. As I slowed down to drink them, my body, which was in top shape for the whole race suddenly decided that the race was over. I hadn't stopped to walk at all during the race and the furthest training run of mine was just about at this mileage. I downed a Clif Shot gel and kept telling myself that I had less than 5K to go! I pushed for another mile and at about 11.5, my shoulders started aching, my shins started tightening, and I felt like I was going to puke up the gel I just downed. So I took a walk break of about 0.1 miles and started running again only to take another quick walk break shortly afterwards. I was pissed off at myself for starting to shut down when I was so close to KILLING my time expectation and running the half without a walk break. I had read in Runners World about breaking a 2:30 half marathon and how it was "still possible" but not probable with a 1:10 10K time (my official 10K race time from June), and while I didn't officially try to run this race in under 2:30 (the first HM will always be a PR and a time to be proud of!), it was always in the back of my mind as something I really wanted.

So after walk/running a half mile, I hit the Mile 12 route marker and "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen (Thank you, Therese!) started playing. I lengthened my stride and said I had just a mile to go and I was going to run strong, even if it wasn't my fastest or most elegant mile. My shoulders felt a little better and I was still just about running on empty (like the car a few hours ago!), but the music propelled me forward. I heard "I Can Do Anything" by 3OH!3 (NICOLE12-01, who was running her first half marathon at that same time, suggested it!) and "Imma Be" by The Blackeyed Peas (Kathi's pick!). Before I knew it, all of the half marathoners who had finished already were on the sidelines cheering us along and yelling "You're almost there! Keep going!" and clapping and that's when I felt the tears coming. I saw the race clock right ahead of me and it said 2:30:35 and I knew that I was about two minutes into the clock at the start, and I knew I had done it.




I RAN MY FIRST HALF MARATHON IN UNDER 2:30! Take that Runners World. The official time later posted was 2:29:07. I finished 1168/1311 and ran about an 11:24 minute mile. I burned 1647 calories running the race and another 220 walking around before and after.

I am a half marathoner. This gal who had run her first race only one year before. Me. The woman who only two years ago weighed about 280 lbs and laughed at people who ran long distances, calling it "torture." Me. The 29-year-old who still is larger than a traditional runner, with a lot more jiggle. I just ran 13.1 miles.

I grabbed my medal and a water bottle, walked to the railing by the beach and held on, eyes still moist. I didn't know if Jon had seen me and I was swaying all over the place. Soon he ran up to me and I hugged him and cried, trying to gain my balance. We got in the ice cream line (I guess we had just missed the first wave of pizza, though they said more was coming) and I got a big bowl of strawberry ice cream with bananas and sat on a cinder block outside the fried dough joint, watched the marathon winner cross the finish line, and ate and cried. "Are you hurt?" Jon asked, seriously worried.

"No, I just can't believe I did it," I spluttered between spoonfuls.

"Of course you did it! You've been working so hard to train for it!" he exclaimed.




I knew that. I did. But I guess there is a difference between knowing it and actually doing it, experiencing it. I knew I would finish the half marathon, even if it was ugly, even if it took me over 3 hours, even if I walked for a good part of it. But I never expected to feel like I was flying. At points of that race, I felt like nothing could stop me, like there was no struggle. Only me and the road. And when the struggle did come and threw me a bit, when I wavered, I still perservered.

So there were tears and ice cream. And then we wandered over to the tent to grab freebies and the free Smuttynose beer. OMG, let me tell you, everything after a half marathon is the best thing ever...




That bowl of ice cream. Creamy and delicious.

That was the coldest most delicious beer I ever tasted. It gulped it down and it was just amazing!

But I was chilled from the sweat and the wind and the ice cold treats and it was time to head back... The trend continued. The hot shower I took back at the beach house was the best shower I've ever taken. I felt like waves of warmth were cascading over my body. It felt so good. That old couch was the most comfortable seat I've ever had. I changed into my new t-shirt and medal (of course I was wearing that thing all day long!) and we went and got brunch.




Poached eggs and pesto sauce over black bean cakes with sweet potato hash and andouille sausage. YUM. And a bright blue margarita! Tequila and salt are awesome for recovery (Source: Dr. Karvy... no MD, just a JD).

You might think I'm crazy, but we did walk around and do regular stuff after the race. I wanted to make sure I stretched out. We went to the grocery store and bought wine and chocolate for home. Jon needed a new backpack so we went into another store to get one. Then I started yawning uncontrollably by late afternoon. We drove home and I zonked out on the couch, ate a chicken sandwich and some of the chocolate, and was in bed by 9:30pm. I started feeling a little pain in my knees and shins at this point (notably and luckily, I haven't never been plagued by knee pain or shin splints like many other runners) but I just went to bed. Unfortunately I was up at 3am and they were throbbing, but I took some ibuprofen and felt better in the morning. I'm thinking it'll take me a couple days to fully recover, but I'll be OK. Lots of good protein and rest!

Whew, so that missive was the tale of my first half marathon! If you made it this far, you've got a great attention span!

Thanks to all of you who wished me luck, congratulated afterwards, suggested music for me, and convinced me that I wasn't crazy for attempting 13.1 miles! I know for a fact that I wouldn't have even dreamed of this if it weren't for all of you who ran before me, defied expectations, and told me that I could do it too.

If this girl can, you can.




Anything and everything is possible.


  
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_TRIXIE_ 5/1/2011 11:50PM

    Just to let you know, I've come back to read this blog a few times in the past few weeks as I get ready for my HM in two weeks. You make me feel like I can do it AND that dreaming of a 2:30 finish time isn't entirely out of the question...



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RFARRELL17 2/13/2011 4:25PM

  I am training for my first 1/2 marathon and pretty new to spark people! This was so very inspiring! Thanks

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TEAM-SARAH 11/9/2010 1:29PM

    I just realized I hadn't read this yet, as it was posted during a rather absent time for me. Awesome account of your first race though, and congratulations again :) You STILL beat your time goal, which I think is especially impressive since you went out so fast! It's amazing how you can be feeling good until it just seems as though everything breaks down all at once somehow. What a great accomplishment. Even if you don't end up making it to your half this weekend, or it doesn't go quite as well you will always have this race, and as many more as you care to sign up for!! It would be great if we could do a half together sometime in the future. Somewhere inbetween us or maybe I can come struggle along ill-prepared for the hills out east. I've really never been out east at any point in my life that I was old enough to remember. So maybe next fall, since I hear how beautiful it is that time of year :)

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MADZOE 11/5/2010 9:44PM

    Very inspiring blog! I was teary myself. What an amazing accomplishment. I have yet to become a runner, but I've done 3 10k walks so far and those have been pretty great so I can only imagine a HM. CONGRATULATIONS!

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CONNEALS 11/5/2010 1:41PM

    What an awesome post! I am planning for a 4/2 half marathon and this is the kind of thing I need to read!

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DREAMRUNR 11/5/2010 11:09AM

    ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!

I am so happy and proud of you. Sorry I am late, but I have been crazy busy. But I knew I had to come over and congratulate you. You have always been such a motivator and an inspiration. I can't wait to call myself a "HalfMarathoner" and you will be one of the main reasons.

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AMLYST 10/25/2010 3:40PM

    Isn't it SO amazing to finish your first half marathon when you've worked so hard at it? I was reading your story and it was so identical to my own - the feelings at each mile, the "trying not to walk", the tears at the finish knowing the accomplishment you just had! I just finished mine last week and it was the most amazing feeling - aside from having kids and getting married.

GREAT JOB! and keep up the good work!

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KJOHNSON011 10/20/2010 11:52PM

    Wow gr8 job on ur accomplishments! I hope that I have the courage to do it one day emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 10/20/2010 11:41PM

    This is totally awesome! This was a great post! YOU GO GIRL!!! What's next?

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JETERSGAL729 10/20/2010 11:34PM

    I hope this is me next April 30th!!! Congrats!! You totally rocked it!! How did you train? What did you follow?? Also what's a good playlist? or where should I look for one?

Thanks!!

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KATHLEEN0222 10/14/2010 2:24PM

    SOOOO freaking inspiring!!!! AWESOME JOB! You ROCKED IT!

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LALAFLOWERS 10/14/2010 11:21AM

    Proud of you!!!! So..... what's next???

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SARA_ANN12 10/14/2010 11:06AM

    I read this at a perfect time. I have my first half up this Sunday. You've certainly filled me with excitement and well..glee! Much like you, I don't care if I finish in 3 hours or if it's not pretty- just so long as I finish. Kudos to you, and thanks for the great story!

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_DASH_ 10/13/2010 10:19PM

    AHH! I'm like sobbing here, seriously.

" One chick was wearing a shirt that said "WTF" on the front and "Where's the Finish?" on the back and I told her I loved the shirt! I figured it was a good sign from the Anti Blah girls and the WTF challenge! Also funny that the songs from my AB gals ("Shipping Up to Boston," "Thunderstruck") were playing at that moment! "

I totally believe these things happen on purpose. Definitely.

Congratulations. I know all the joy and emotion you are talking about, and the idea that you can hardly believe this is your life now. So so much to be proud of.

You did it!

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LITTLEAPPLEMOM 10/12/2010 12:25AM

    Awesome job! Thanks for taking the time to post this, you are an inspiration. I have been contemplating a half marathon and I think I am finally convinced.Thanks!

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JVOGT63 10/11/2010 11:53PM

    WTG!! I hope to be able to do the same next year!

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HARTMAMP 10/11/2010 5:38PM

    Reading this was so inspirational! CONGRATULATIONS! I am running my first 5k this weekend (which is nothing compared to what you have accomplished) and this blog has really pumped me up, so thank you!!

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GRACEISENUF 10/11/2010 1:07PM

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So happy for you Kristina and ALL that you have accomplished. I've been gone and just now catching up on your blogs.

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ADKONKLE 10/11/2010 1:03PM

    Finished Reading your half marathon tale, It just makes me want to right half marathon blog someday sooner than later.

Keep on Running.



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CUBSFAN876 10/11/2010 12:03PM

    I loved reading about your first half marathon. I'm sure you inspire those around you!

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HAPPYCRICKET 10/9/2010 6:36PM

    Wow! You did amazing! I loved reading all about your experience. Thanks for being an inspiration. Your words of adive really helped me. I never ended doing the Couch25k program, but I started walking and walked a half marathon over Labor Day. I don't know if I will ever be a runner, as I like keeping one foot on the ground, but I am now open to the idea and feel a kinship with the "fit" as well as the "fat"!
Keep up the good work!
Christine

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BIGMAMAT 10/9/2010 5:45PM

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your story. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NITELITE72 10/9/2010 3:25PM

    Congratulations...and thanks for sharing this amazing story!! You are a half marathoner! Woo Hoo!!!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 10/9/2010 1:24PM

    Ok, I know you know this already: you are AWESOME!
I loved reading every word of your half marathon report. I am still working up to a 10k, but I imagine there is a 13.1 lurking out there for me somewhere too. Congratulations on making your dreams into reality. And as an MD, I highly approve of the icecream and margharita post race :)

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BTRFLY08 10/9/2010 1:19PM

    Awesome!! Congratulations on your accomplishment!

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MRS_LOOMIS 10/8/2010 11:17PM

    AWESOME RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mile 11 is the worst mile for me---and I've run a half dozen 13.1 races since 2008---and another half dozen in CA six years ago. I just metally prepare for it and know that something cool kicks in at mile 12.......

Rock ON you distance runner!!!

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HALFPRINCESS 10/8/2010 6:23PM

    Congrats to you; this is an amazing retelling of a historical day for you. Thank you SO much for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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JULIEIRENE 10/8/2010 4:55PM

    I LOVED reading this blog! Now that I've completed my first Half too, I get even tearier when I read about others achieving this! I love how you captured so much of the event and your emotions and your body, and I am so PROUD of you!!!! WOOHOOO!

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TIFFYFANNY 10/8/2010 2:43PM

    I have to say, I have never been able to run due to exercise-induced asthma. I've run 1 mile in my entire life, and that was in 10th grade. After reading your blog, and seeing that you started running when you were heavier than I currently am, I am now motivated to see if I can run a mile again, and hopefully work up to more. Far cry from a half marathon, but thank you for the blog and the motivation!

P.S. You go girl!!

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KCLARK1355 10/8/2010 11:48AM

    Simply fabulous! That's what you are!

Amazing account of your race - as always you inspire me!

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NACHOSMAMA 10/8/2010 10:18AM

    WOW. emoticon That is fantastic! I am jealous of your determination; I have only run once or twice in the past few weeks because I just haven't wanted to... I'm not sure what the mental block is. Maybe I am disappointed with my lack of progress or how incredibly hard running still is for me... I hope I'll find the motiation again.

Anyhoo, congratulations on your success. You deserved that victory!

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LADY_JOSIELOT 10/8/2010 1:23AM

    So incredibly proud of you, but not at all suprised at your awesomeness. :)

- Josie

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ELLIEW22 10/7/2010 10:06PM

    Go Kristina! You did awesome! I enjoyed reading your blog since I ran the same HM (which was my first HM as well), so I knew exactly what mile markers you were talking about and the disgusting energy gel, and the cold morning before the start. Oh, and the ice cream was yummy! I didn't have the beer as my license was in the car and I didn't feel like getting it.

How long did it take you to recover? I was really sore for 2 days, still felt it yesterday. Today was my first day to get out an run again, though now my calves are paying for it.

Aahhh!! We're half-marathoners!!! Yay! It's a great feeling!

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ASHARON 10/7/2010 9:03PM

    I have tears in my eyes as I finish this blog. Thank you for sharing ALL of your blogs. They have given me such motivation on my own running challenges. Next weekend,Oct 16 I will run my first 10K.
Thank you!!!

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REINVENTLAURA 10/7/2010 8:46PM

    Girl I am so happy for you! And you have given me SO much motivation for my very first half in June!

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REDWALKER68 10/7/2010 4:22PM

  That was a fabulous read! I am encouraged by it and can't wait until my first half next April! Thank you for sharing~ emoticon

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HENRYNOLAN 10/7/2010 4:02PM

    i am so incredibly inspired by you! just as i started the couch to 5K after reading your 'fluffy runners' blog, and i ran my first 10K in april thanks in great part to your posts on the fat runners page, i can't wait to be able to say that i ran my first half thanks to your inspiration... you are fantastic and should be so freakin' proud of yourself!!

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RUNNER_4_LIFE 10/7/2010 3:21PM

    Wow is all I can say! 13.1 miles is my dream for next summer.

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PHD140 10/7/2010 2:39PM

    Great job and thanks for sharing! You're such an inspiration-- I started running last summer and have had a love-hate relationship with it ever since (probably b/c I didn't find your running while chubby posts soon enough!). But I want to feel like l'm flying too!

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CSYOUNCE 10/7/2010 1:37PM

    Great job!

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FOXXYROXXYD 10/7/2010 12:29PM

    Loved the blog! Felt like I was right there with you and I was crying right along with you too! LOL! You are so awesome!

Congratulations on a fabulous race! I knew you would ROCK IT!

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KELLISOR 10/7/2010 11:30AM

    Congratulations! I ran my first half back in April in OKC (you beat my time!), and I'm running my first marathon, the Mother Road Marathon, this Sunday.

I decided to run a marathon as I was crossing the finish line at my half marathon. These things are addictive!

Bravo on your race! Hope to hear about many more!

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GIG2828 10/7/2010 10:42AM

    Awesome job!

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MARGARITTM 10/7/2010 10:23AM

    OMG that is soo cool - I love that course and will probably run the February 1/2 there! Check out the Loco series for next year the "Will Run For Beer" - that same director runs it and they are always FUN! The 1st one is "The Hangover Classic" on New Years Day in Salisbury - if you run 5 out of the 6 races or something like that you get a jacket at the last race and if you run all of them you get a special beer glass.

Congrats again on your 1st 1/2!!! Wahoo.

(I ran as part of a relay team @ Maine Marathon this year - same day! Will post my results/review today!


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APATRICIAO521 10/7/2010 9:45AM

    This brought tears to me eye! I am sooo happy for you! I hope to experience this someday too!!!

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JNPRGR8T 10/7/2010 9:27AM

  awesome... makes me want to be a half-marathoner

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WILLIAMV3 10/7/2010 9:05AM

    Wow girl! That is awesome... YOU ARE AWESOME! Congratulations! Hopefully next October I'll be doing my first 15k. You'll be my inspiration. Thanks for the blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUDYFRANCE 10/7/2010 8:56AM

    Congratulations!! That is such a milestone. No....13.1 milestones!!! Wow. Nothing can stand in your way now.

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SUZEQ09 10/7/2010 8:44AM

    Way to go KARVY! Loved the pics, it's as if I was there with you. You made me laugh, you made me cry, I tear up at the finish lines too. You are an awesome inspiration!

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SUSANSSPARKPAGE 10/7/2010 8:37AM

    You are FANTASTIC. Seriously! HIGH FIVES, repeatedly!!!
Favorite pic...you, looking up from that bowl of ice cream. Reading your description of that moment and seeing that photo, I almost cried myself! My whiny 20 minutes per cardio session at the gym is looking a little bit sketchy now :-)

Congratulations!!!!!



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Half Marathon Blog Teaser

Monday, October 04, 2010

Just a teaser for what's to come tonight when I get all of my pics uploaded...

My official time was 2:29:07!

The "wall" came at 11.5 miles. Ooof. A couple of songs from SparkFriends really got me through this point.

I burned over 1800 calories running 13.1 miles and walking around for another 2 miles afterwards.

After the race, I ate like I had never seen food before. I ate and drank about 500g of carbs yesterday... and almost 300g the night before. I average around 180 usually!

I bawled like a baby at the finish line. It was very emotional for me. It was so wonderful to run my first half marathon along MY seacoast and where I grew up and have so many amazing memories.

I got my first dose of knee and shin pain ever last night and was retarded and didn't take ibuprofen til 3am. Duh. I feel a lot better today and I think I'll be back to normal by Wednesday.

EDIT: OK! Real 13.1 Blog is up!!! Go read!

  
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TRILLIUM22 10/5/2010 11:35AM

    emoticonOn your huge accomplishment. emoticon emoticon

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REDDIRTRUNNER 10/4/2010 6:36PM

    OMG!!! Good Job Girl!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 10/4/2010 6:12PM

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration!

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CHRISTMASRAIN 10/4/2010 5:28PM

    You did it!!!
I am excited to read your 'nonteaser' blog.
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PLAYHOUSEGARDEN 10/4/2010 5:22PM

  u go girl! that's amazing that you haven't had any pain in your joints til now. it shows u r doing your training right!

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/4/2010 5:19PM

    Ahhhh, pics and more details--can't wait to see and hear! Awesome job!!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 10/4/2010 5:02PM

    You're KILLING ME HERE!!! Can't wait for the details.. sooooo excited!

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HOSTALADY 10/4/2010 4:29PM

    What a wonderful experience to add to all the memories of the past along the coast with this awesome run YOU DID! Congrats again. I'm emotional over this one for you too!

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GAELENEC 10/4/2010 4:15PM

    You did an amazing job! Way to go!



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KIMMAS82 10/4/2010 4:08PM

    YEAH!! CONGRATS!! I can't wait to see the pictures!!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 10/4/2010 3:57PM

    Your time is amazing and you certainly earned the carbs you ate!! Can't wait to see the pics!!

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RUNTRILAUGH 10/4/2010 3:46PM

    Awe... sounds like an awesome day for you!

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MARTELLA3 10/4/2010 3:46PM

    I am so thrilled for you. You made it about so much more than the physical.
I look forward to seeing your pictures.

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SACGIRL 10/4/2010 3:25PM

    Congratulations!!! Can't wait to hear more about it. All that hard work really paid off :)

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KVM23. 10/4/2010 2:45PM

    Congratulation!! That's a GREAT time for your first one and I know you busted your butt to get there so amazing, amazing work. I know what you mean about the crying thing - I almost burst into tears when I hit the half way point i was so excited/overjoyed to be doing it! Glad you pushed through the wall at 11 miles! What an accomplishment!!

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CALLIKIA 10/4/2010 2:44PM

    EEP! I can't wait to see the pics too! You did an amazing job and it's so great to hear you so excited (and emotional) about it! What a wonderful experience!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/4/2010 2:32PM

    Can't wait to hear more my friend! YOURE AWESOMEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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L3DESIGNS 10/4/2010 2:22PM

    Great job !!!

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PSSN4FITNESS 10/4/2010 2:19PM

    Congrats on such a momentous accomplishment!!! Take your time in your recovery and soak it all in.

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ELLENT124 10/4/2010 2:15PM

    Proud of you and for you! What a great accomplishment. So you cried--who wouldn't??? emoticon emoticon

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ZURDTA- 10/4/2010 2:10PM

    Congratuations

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RUNNER12COM 10/4/2010 2:05PM

    This is AWESOME! I'm preparing for my own half marathon, so I'm super excited for you and your success!

SDJ

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CHICAT63 10/4/2010 2:02PM

    Woohoo, so very happy for you !!!! To run along with memories, you rocked that time. Quite understandable about breaking down. Looking forward to the pics. Take care of that shin & knee.

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FROGGERHKC 10/4/2010 2:01PM

    GREAT job lady! So awesome, keep it up! emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 10/4/2010 1:48PM

    HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!

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THEQUEENBEE333 10/4/2010 1:40PM

    Great job! Have an awesome week! You are doing GREAT!

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TADTURC 10/4/2010 1:27PM

    Seriously ROCKED it!!!!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 10/4/2010 1:20PM

  You ran for two and a half hours! TWO AND A HALF! How bad ass are you????

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KITHKINCAID 10/4/2010 1:06PM

    Can't wait for the whole report!!!

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    Congratulations!! emoticon emoticon

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3LITTLEBIRDS 10/4/2010 12:53PM

    FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! I hope to have the same success as you someday!

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MRS243 10/4/2010 12:52PM

    Awesome! Congratulations! I am so proud of you!!

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GMINYARD 10/4/2010 12:51PM

    WOW - GREAT JOB! That is amazing. Congratulations.

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ROOT4HOME 10/4/2010 12:51PM

    SO AWESOME!!! Can't wait to see the pic's and read more about it!!! You did AMAZING!!! emoticon

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LCHADBOURNE 10/4/2010 12:20PM

    Awesome! Way to go! You must be so proud of yourself! I can't wait to be able to run my first half. You are so inspirational!

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BUBBASMAMA0508 10/4/2010 12:18PM

    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!
You are amazing and so inspiring!

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KYMMC3 10/4/2010 12:03PM

    Awesome!! I can't wait to see the blog!

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So happy for you! Congrats!

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BLK2010 10/4/2010 11:49AM

    OMG, that's emoticon!!!! emoticon on a great time too! For your FIRST HM, I know you are so proud! Can't wait to see the pics!

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LILIVW 10/4/2010 11:46AM

    Wahoo! So excited for you!

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MARLIMOO 10/4/2010 11:44AM

    You rock. Awesome job.

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ELYMWX 10/4/2010 11:42AM

    Congrats!

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LISAW/3 10/4/2010 11:36AM

    What a great time! Congratulations! I can't wait for the full blog!

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    emoticonWhat a fantastic accomplishment. Be proud, you've earned it.

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AEBROWNSON 10/4/2010 11:31AM

    Awesome! You're the best! Way to go! On to a full marathon!!! You can do anything!!!

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COMPASSLOST1 10/4/2010 11:26AM

    YAAAAY!!!! Way to go!!!! I can't wait to see the pictures!!!!!!

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    emoticon emoticon!! Way to go!! Are you hooked? PROUD OF YOU!

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13.1 Music, SparkFriend Style!

Friday, October 01, 2010

So many of my SparkFriends have acheived some amazing running feats, and those stories have inspired me so very much and have kept me focused on training and acheiving my goals. As I tackle my first half marathon on Sunday, I wanted some new music to motivate me and also double as a soundtrack to my run. Since I'll be running at least two and half hours, I definitely needed new tunes! So I asked some of my gals to send me the song that inspires or pumps them up when they take on their runs.

Here is the complete list. Though I wish I could ask all of you for a song, I only have one iTunes gift card. But feel free to make your own suggestion and I'll try to include it next time if I like it!


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13.1 Music, SparkFriend Style!
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Start Me Up, The Rolling Stones (ABETTERCHERYL)
Lose Yourself, Eminem (ROOT4HOME, RUNNINGELEPHANT)
You May Be Right, Billy Joel (KAISERSOZE)
Walking to Do, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (ZIRCADIA)
Thunderstruck, AC/DC (YOOVIE)
Section 9 (Light and Day), The Polyphonic Spree (_TRIXIE_)
Shipping Up to Boston, The Dropkick Murphys (RUNNINGOLLIE, ENNARIOL)
Legs, ZZ Top, (CAROLYN1213)
Bleed it Out, Linkin Park (EMM1116)
The Distance, Cake (SLEEPYDEAN)
Don't Stop Me Now, Queen (PINKCOCONUT)
Love Train, The O'Jays (MBSHAZZER)
Imma Be, The Blackeyed Peas (WISLNDR)
My Brilliant Feat, Colin Hay (NYLLABLAZE)
Magic, B.O.B. (ANNE7X7)
Boyz, MIA (MANDA_MICHELLE)
Separate Ways, Journey (MAIA1369)
Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Tears for Fears (STAYFOCUSEDASH)
Air Force Ones, Nelly (SUGIRL06)
Tik Tok, Ke$ha (LISAW/3)
Running Down a Dream (STLRZGRRL)
Sound of Sunshine, Michael Franti (JENELOPE)
How Far We've Come, Matchbox 20 (WYND10)
I Run for Life, Melissa Etheridge (ANEPANALIPTI)
Keep it Comin' Love, KC & the Sunshine Band (CHICAT63)
Ain't Nothing Wrong With That, Robert Randolph & The Family Band (KITHKINCAID)
Bowling Ball, Superchick (CUBANJELLY)
Crazy, Gnarls Barkley (ELISEL)
Show Me What You Got, JayZ (KGARD011)
Why Don't You Love Me, Beyonce (DREAMRUNR)
I Can Do Anything, 3OH!3 (NICOLE12-01)
Marching On, OneRepublic (4EVERADONEGIRL)
Tubthumping, Chumbawamba (LLBEAN)

  
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BADASSBLONDIE 10/14/2010 1:09PM

    I'm totally stealing this list (and songs from the comments in it) and making a ROCKIN' workout mix. Thanks!!!!

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KRISTINN03 10/7/2010 3:28PM

    Thats a pretty good playlist!! I had one on my iPod, but it doesn't feel like turning on too often anymore, so I have to get a new iPod and create a new workout playlist.

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YOOVIE 10/7/2010 2:01PM

    werd

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FREDDIE_13 10/7/2010 1:07PM

    Awesome!!! So copying a lot of these for my iPod!!!!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/5/2010 12:15PM

    I'm going to keep this in mind over the next 39 days and attempt to start building my own playlist using some (or perhaps all) of these! Hey - it got you through during some tough times! :-)

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LADYSNOWFALL 10/4/2010 11:02PM

    Interesting that your list was mostly rock. I tend to run to more dance/pop even though I don't listen to it outside of working out.

My suggestions for next time you update would be:

Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas
Don't Stop The Music by Rihanna
I Like To Move It by Will.I.Am
Just Dance by Lady Gaga
Objection by Shakira
Right Round by Flo Rida
Uprising by Muse

Really, I tend to listen to Alternative and Country when I'm not working out.

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PSHANKEY 10/4/2010 12:23AM

    Thinking of you today. Tell us all about it!

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    I hope you had a great day today! emoticon

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RAINTHIEF 10/2/2010 10:57PM

    You are going to do awesome!!! Tear it up!!

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KIMWEBB40 10/2/2010 10:37PM

    Good Luck 2morrow! I'm excited to hear how you did. emoticon

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LOREENYK 10/2/2010 9:39PM

    Good luck on Sunday!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/2/2010 9:10PM

    Good luck! We will be looking forward to your report!

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LILIVW 10/2/2010 9:01PM

    So excited for you - good luck! Can't wait to hear how it goes.

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/2/2010 7:17PM

    Uprising by Muse and Turn on the music (axwell mix) by Roger Sanchez

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MEREDIE02 10/2/2010 1:31PM

    Oh yeah - I see some of my favorites on here, as well as a few I'll have to add. Good luck on your race! A half marathon is AWESOME!!

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 10/2/2010 8:57AM

    ooooh I love Trix's choice!!!!! def need to add that to my playlist, too!

GOOD LUCK on the half marathon!!!!!! I am SO excited for you!!! :)

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DJS-DEBBIE 10/2/2010 5:37AM

    I never thought of adding Tubthumping but what a great choice!

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FUNFROG79 10/1/2010 11:32PM

    Sweet! I like running to Rappers Delight (SugarHill Gang), I Know You Want Me (Pit-bull), U and UR Hand (Pink), When I Grow Up (pussycat Dolls) and my favorite Stronger (Trust Company). Thanks for your list! emoticon

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PAPPHEM 10/1/2010 10:26PM

    So funny Tubthumping is one of my favorite running songs! But I haven't thought of using Marching On by One Republic and I have that CD so I'll have to add it!

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MELLYBEANS0919 10/1/2010 9:29PM

  Nice list.

Britney Spears - Gimme More
Rihanna - Rude Boy


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SLEEPYDEAN 10/1/2010 6:04PM

    I probably won't shell out the money to update my Ipod with that entire collection, but I am definitely picking out a few to add for my long training runs coming up.

Hope those selections keep you pumped up and give you a boost when needed this weekend!

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LLBEAN75 10/1/2010 5:59PM

    I'm SO happy you ended on tubthumping. I promise you it makes me sprint to that finish line every race.

Good luck my dear! I am SO proud of you and cannot wait to hear how it goes!

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SHEILAHOPE 10/1/2010 5:51PM

    Great list!

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LAURIETAIT 10/1/2010 5:43PM

    Great idea! I always love to find new music. Some favorites of mine are Akon - Beautiful, Freedom and Knaan - Wavin' Flag

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KAREN_NY 10/1/2010 5:38PM

    Again... LOVE IT!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/1/2010 4:57PM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing.

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LISAW/3 10/1/2010 4:36PM

    Awesome list! I'll make sure to flag your blog for when my half comes up at the end of the month.

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JENELOPE 10/1/2010 4:11PM

    I was hoping to see this list! There are so many great songs on here!

And MAIA1369, "Separate Ways" is not "goofy!" Journey is above goofy, I don't care what anyone says.

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HEALTH4LYFE 10/1/2010 3:45PM

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Sounds like a good list. Some songs you may want to consider in the future:
Run to You~ Bryan Adams
Beautiful Day~ U2
Born to Run~ Bruce Springstein
Clocks~ Cold Play
I Just want You to Be My Girl (?)~ Jett (not sure of the title)

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HLTHYRNRMOM 10/1/2010 3:39PM

    Great list, I'll mention a few of my favs

Where are we runnin-Lenny Kravitz
Beautiful day-U2
Stronger- Kayne West

ENJOY YOUR RACE!! WOOT WOOT!!

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BTINTERNET 10/1/2010 3:38PM

    Some great suggestions! Hope it goes well!

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WISLNDR 10/1/2010 3:00PM

    I can't wait to go home this afternoon and audition new tunes! Do I listen to music while I run or do I run while I listen to music? Watch for an upcoming blog!

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BURKEBRIZ 10/1/2010 2:54PM

    Thanks for sharing! Lots of good stuff in there!

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KITHKINCAID 10/1/2010 2:33PM

    I want this whole playlist. Totally awesome idea.

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MARLIMOO 10/1/2010 2:32PM

    I may steal some- here are some of mine:
Impossible- Shontelle
Club Can't Handle Me-Flo Rida
All I Do is Win- DJ Khaled
Coming Undone- KORN
Hallelujah- Jeff Buckley



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TASNUVA 10/1/2010 2:30PM

    This is awesome!
I was just setting up the soundtrack to go with my 30 min bootcamp dvd last night. I'm so coming back to this list later on when I need to change up my tracks too!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 10/1/2010 2:12PM

    ooh ooh-
"Fighter" Christina Aguillera- for that last push!
I can't wait to hear about the race. You go girl!!
I just may have to copy your list for my half!

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XHOOSIERLOSER 10/1/2010 1:59PM

    I think you can now go into business selling great fitness tunes!!!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 10/1/2010 1:57PM

    What a great list, I may have to borrow some as well. So many runners on here motivate me, I'll run a half someday.

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JENN26POINT2 10/1/2010 1:50PM

    Bleed it out is on my iPod, and going the distance cracks me up b/c that's my husband's favorite song right now.

My current motivational songs are Burn it to the Ground (Nickelback), Click Click Boom (Saliva), and Crush 'em (Megadeth). Oh, and I like Gone (Montgomery Gentry), Savior (Rise Against)... oh... geez... now I gotta put my iPod on b/c I wanna hear all these songs!! My iPod is FULL of kick azz running songs!

have a great run!

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MOCOHOLO 10/1/2010 1:47PM

    Good luck on your race! You're going to do awesome!!

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PINKJELLY24 10/1/2010 1:13PM

    You're going to ROCK your half marathon! I made a special playlist for my first one too a few weeks ago, and I might have to add some of these into the playlist for my next half on the 17th of october....can't wait to see pics and blog about it!

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AMOHAME2 10/1/2010 12:52PM

    Best of luck for your half!!! I'm going to check out some of these songs!

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MIECHI7 10/1/2010 12:52PM

    Your playlist sounds great! My favorite is "How You Like Me Now?" by The Heavy, it's from the Kia Commercials with the sock monkey.

Good Luck on your race!
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MAIA2011 10/1/2010 12:48PM

    You're such a doll to include my goofy song. I should have said Stronger by Kanye West.

I do find Journey extremely inspirational, however, and I have the Rocky theme song (Gonna Fly Now) as my cell phone ringtone. How's that for cheese factor?

Thanks for letting us help you make a playlist for Sunday! I know I am going to be thinking about you all day! (That sounds wrong but you know what I mean!)



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DRB13_1 10/1/2010 12:45PM

    Have a great time doing your HM and rock those tunes!
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HEALTHYKIM101 10/1/2010 12:43PM

    Great playlist. You will Rock the half marathon! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 10/1/2010 12:41PM

    LOVE IT!!! What a greatmix of oldies/goodies and new music! You will be rocking out for 13.1 miles! I am honored to be taken along for the ride!!!

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Sep '10 Recap, Oct '10 Goals

Friday, October 01, 2010

So I gained a pound in September. I bounced from 179 to 182 to 181 to 182 back down to 180 today. Why? Well, I ate out a lot at the beginning of the month when my sister-in-law was here and was eating about 2000 calories a day for a week. Since then, I've also been eating more to fuel my runs so it was expected. I don't like the feeling I get after a run where I feel lightheaded and when I was eating 1200-1500 calories, I got that a lot. After bumping it up to about 1500-2000 calories on running days, I felt a whole lot better, though I know this isn't the best for weight loss.

Despite that pound gain, I dropped a size and I'm now firmly in a Size 12, even some 10s. Goes to show that we shouldn't let the scale dictate how we feel about ourselves!

RECAP RESULTS:

SEPTEMBER '10:
+1 pound
30 days of cardio exercise
12 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days
2,280 fitness minutes
16,627 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week
Completed half marathon training with a long run of over 10 miles!


SEPTEMBER GOALS:

-Lose 5 lbs
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As I said, it didn't happen. My very first month with a gain. I'm not happy with it, but I'm doing bigger and better things and working out every single day. Once I'm done with my fall runs, I'm going to focus more on strength training and clean eating during the winter and hopefully that will make a difference.

-2000+ fitness minutes
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Booyah! I worked my body an average of 76 minutes per day this month. So like 5% of my day?

-Strength training at least 3x per week
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Well, I made it about 2x per week, so that's not bad. I did crunches and pushups a lot this month and feel good. I did my first set of 10 REAL pushups in a row and hurt for days. It was kinda awesome though.

-Three runs per week and long runs of 11 and 12 miles
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I did great on my running this month and didn't miss a run! I wanted to do a longer run of 11-12 miles last Sunday, but my body was telling me to stop and I didn't want to push it so close to my half marathon. So I'll consider this goal met because technically I did complete my training program in which the longest run is 10 miles

-Meet sodium levels 5/7 days per week
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W1: 3/7, W2: 7/7; W3: 5/7; W4: 5/7... Other than that first week of eating out, I think I can consider this a met goal!

-Race for the Cure... get as close to 30 minutes as possible!
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30:48. I'd say that's pretty close, huh? I broke a 10-minute mile, which I never ever thought would be possible... even at a "healthy" weight of 150 lbs. Look what this filly can do! Given that I ran this race last year almost 15 minutes slower, I'm calling this the acheivement of the month, pounds be damned.

-Make plans for Vegas
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Oh yeah, baby! I'm so freaking excited. I leave next week!

-Work on 30 by 30 and RWC
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I actually did pretty well at this. I'm up to about 5 chapters in the book and I've got about 10 things to do in 2 months before I turn 30, though I did tweak the list a bit.

OCTOBER GOALS:
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October is going to be one busy (and awesome) month. MY HALF MARATHON IS IN TWO FREAKING DAYS!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHH!!!! Currently, I have one free weekend just to chill out and the rest of the month goes like this: Half Marathon, Vegas, Duathlon, Free, NYC (hopefully to chill with my AB gals!). The duathlon should be interesting because I don't have a bike. Yeah, I kinda blew it on that one. So I'll either borrow one or drag my old one out of storage or find one in the interim. Kinda depends how much money I lose in Vegas...
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So for October:

-Try to lose some weight (I'm setting my goal low here. If I can get down to the 170s and stay there this month, I'll be happy!)
-2000+ fitness minutes
-Get a couple bike rides in
-Meet sodium levels 5/7 days per week
-Track food (not calories) in Vegas and try not to stuff myself
-Run my first half marathon and ENJOY THE DAY!
-Take time out to relax amidst all the craziness this month
-Work on 30 by 30 and RWC


PREVIOUS RESULTS:

You don't have to read this. This is long, but I like to keep it all in one place, hence this footnote...

JULY '09:
-8 pounds
22 days of cardio exercise
5 days above calorie range
Tracked 27 days
1225 fitness minutes
11,190 calories burned
Ran 3/4 mile at a time

AUGUST '09:
-10 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
5 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1570 fitness minutes
11,587 calories burned
Began strength training
Ran 1.5 miles at a time

SEPTEMBER '09:
-8 pounds
20 days of cardio exercise
6 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days
1215 fitness minutes
10,831 calories burned
Continued strength training
Ran 2 miles at a time

OCTOBER '09:
-8 pounds
25 days of cardio exercise
1 day above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1765 fitness minutes
10,163 calories burned
Continued strength training 2x per week
Ran 3.1 miles at a time

NOVEMBER '09:
-7 pounds
26 days of cardio exercise
1 day above calorie range (not counting Thanksgiving)
Tracked 29 days
1635 fitness minutes
13,006 calories burned
Continued strength training 3x per week
Ran 5K outside without stopping!

DECEMBER '09:
-7 pounds
30 days of cardio exercise
3 days above calorie range (not counting Christmas)
Tracked 29 days
1925 fitness minutes
14,819 calories burned
Continued strength training 3x per week
Ran 4.5 miles on the treadmill without stopping

JANUARY '10:
-6 pounds
29 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1,845 fitness minutes
14,926 calories burned
Continued strength training (circuit training and EA Sports Active) 4x week
Ran 4.75 miles on the treadmill without stopping

FEBRUARY '10:
-6 pounds
20 days of cardio exercise
2 days above calorie range (not including vacation)
Tracked 21 days (due to vacation)
1,170 fitness minutes
10,711 calories burned
Strength training lagged; maybe 1-2x week
Running on hold due to injury

MARCH '10:
-7 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
3 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
2,330 fitness minutes
16,313 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week (outside gym)
Ran 4.25 miles outside

APRIL '10:
-8 pounds
22 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 27 days (did not calorie count Easter or NYC)
2,065 fitness minutes
13,907 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week (outside gym)
Running lagged due to injury

MAY '10:
-5 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
2,285 fitness minutes
19,433 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week (outside gym)
Ran 6.5 miles outside

JUNE '10:
-7 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days (tracked meals – and not calories – while in Pittsburgh)
2,450 fitness minutes
15,376 calories burned
Turned to gym circuit training and at-home abs as a form of strength training
Ran my first 10K race

JULY '10:
-3 pounds
30 days of cardio exercise
3 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days (skipped July 4th)
2,680 fitness minutes
18,273 calories burned
Continued gym circuit training and home DVD strength training
7-mile and 8-mile runs!

AUGUST '10
-2 pounds
30 days of cardio exercise
12 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
2,450 fitness minutes
16,832 calories burned
Definitely slacked on strength training.
8.5 and 9.5 mile runs!

  
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TIGERJANE 10/3/2010 1:48PM

    I love how specific, attainable and utilitarian you make your goals! I'm rooting for you to meet all of them this October - and have fun in Vegas!

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/2/2010 3:52AM

    I think your 10 miler and your AWESOME 5K this month MORE than makes up for the 1lb!!! (oh, wait, and you also said you lost inches?) DAAAAAAAMN SUPERWOMAN!

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FUNFROG79 10/1/2010 10:57PM

    emoticon You're doing great! emoticon

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CHRISTMASRAIN 10/1/2010 6:17PM

    I like the monthly look backs. I am going to start doing the same:)

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JENN26POINT2 10/1/2010 4:45PM

    I am also extra hungry on run days and feel like I should be eating more. I did exceed my calorie goals most days this last week, but had a loss so I think maybe my calorie goals were too low and that contributed to my inability to lose... who knows.

Best of luck to you! i wish you an injury free finish that you can be proud of!!! :)

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DRB13_1 10/1/2010 12:52PM

    emoticon and emoticon on making such progress since last year! You're going to do wonderful in the HM and be a Vegas winner!
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MAIA2011 10/1/2010 12:38PM

    Everybody already said what I was going to say so I am just going to say:

YOU RULE!

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REDRUNNER82 10/1/2010 11:49AM

    Great month, all things considered. I always admire your positive attitude when you do your monthly look-backs! Good luck in your race and have a great October!!

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FOXXYROXXYD 10/1/2010 11:45AM

    You so ROCKED September. You are amazing. I have to agree with Jenna (Jenelope) - "Have you seen YOU lately?" - you look awesome!



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WYND10 10/1/2010 11:40AM

    Woo hoo! Half marathon!! You're so going to kill it! And I think you had a great September, sounds like you're living your life and managing your weight. You can do this :).

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LOTUSFLOWER 10/1/2010 11:20AM

    You are doing amazing!!!!!!!

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MBSHAZZER 10/1/2010 10:59AM

    OMG, OMG, OMG.... Your half marathon is on SUNDAY!!! I am SO EXCITED for you!!! I cannot wait to read the report! You are going to do freaking FABULOUS!!!

As for the pound gain... I think this month you did great, all things considered. You had an out of town guest and family stress, plus increased mileage for your half training, so all in all, I would consider this a maintenance month.

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Enjoy the weekend and the half marathon!!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 10/1/2010 10:52AM

    Ditto Esbell!! You are doing so well. Love your statement about the scale dictating...you gained on the scale but the measuring tape tells a different story. It is just like the ad that's running right now where everyone throws their scale out the window and judges how they are doing by their jeans!

I love your tracking...you are so good at keeping an eye on what you are doing in all areas. I'm not very good at that. I think I need to get better!! It speaks to the competitive in me...if I knew what I did last month I would have a greater desire to beat it this month!! :) Have a fun, busy month and hope you WIN enough for a really great bike!!

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KIMMAS82 10/1/2010 10:37AM

    You did AWESOME!! Congrats!!

Not every month can be a lose month!! ESPECIALLY when you're training for a half!! My cousin, a MAJOR runner, told me not to get too excited about losing weight training for mine because it wouldn't really happen. He was right. BUT I did gain a TON of muscle mass and look MUCH better than I did at this weight before.

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ESBELL 10/1/2010 10:36AM

    You are my hero LOL I want to be just like you when I grow up!

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PINKCOCONUT 10/1/2010 10:24AM

    Way to kick September's arse girl! And in TWO DAYS you'll be a Half-Marathoner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
! I'm so excited for you!!!

Looks like you and me both will be back on the losing weight wagon! I'm pretty sure we can do it though!

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EMLG11 10/1/2010 10:19AM

    Great way to keep track of where you are. You have such a great perspective on things. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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ANNE7X7 10/1/2010 10:15AM

    You ROCKED September!! I don't care what the damn scale says! You are on fire girl! October is going to be fan-freakin-tastic!

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JENELOPE 10/1/2010 10:15AM

    Kristina, you've done such a great job. Also, that one pound coupled with the decreased actual size says to me that it's a pound of muscle. In fact, I bet you lost at least four pounds of fat and replaced them with five pounds of muscle. I mean, have you seen you lately? You're looking all kinds of lean!

And I love looking at your previous results. I think it's very inspiring!

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STORMTMB 10/1/2010 10:08AM

    I love how calm and reasonable you are about your goals. You are making excellent decisions about your health and heck you're dropping sizes and doing great things physically to strengthen your body and to enjoy all that you've already accomplished. Keep up the great work!

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LADYINOHIO 10/1/2010 10:06AM

    Wow, THAT is a thorough blog, hehehe! =D
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CHICAT63 10/1/2010 10:05AM

    You are a Star in my book, one month in this journey with a One pound gain is excellent, muscle does weigh more than fat and now you have proof. Don't let this nag you with so many great things coming your way: Half-marathon, birthday and Vegas Baby - Yeah ! All the best for October, you will suceed. Bisous, Josée

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FREES1 10/1/2010 10:04AM

    You are so correct that you - we - shouldn't let the scale be the final say.. its a tool and it gives input and at the same time its input is about one of the most flexible aspects of our fat-loss journey (and I think that in essence is what it should be called - not weight loss). With all the running you have been doing you probably don't have a lot of excess fat so go by the size change, the feelings you are experiencing. And you are smart to increase your intake on running days - and it might not hurt to carbo load the night before your longer runs/races.. give your body the fuel it needs to do what you are asking of it!

Congrats on all that you have accomplished - you remain an inspiration!

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_TRIXIE_ 10/1/2010 9:59AM

    2200+ fitness minutes and 16K+ cals burned is an AMAZING total over 30 days. Simply awesome. I'm so proud of you and I can't wait to hear how the HM goes this weekend!

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JLITT62 10/1/2010 9:56AM

    Getting into a smaller size is so much more important than the number on the scale!

Woo! Tired reading what you've got coming up. But it keeps you focused, right?

I'd say a very good job!

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ROCKYOURBOD 10/1/2010 9:51AM

    Wow, you've done a great job!
Keep it up!

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SAMSPARK1 10/1/2010 9:49AM

    You are doing great! The scale is definately only one form of "feedback". Can't wait to hear about your race!! Enjoy it!!

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SACGIRL 10/1/2010 9:48AM

    Fantastic job this month! Don't beat yourself up over the 1pd gain...running/fueling is a whole new world and I don't know if a maintained balance can be found. One week you lose, then gain, then nothing. You are doing so well with your runs, I just know your half is going to be smooth and will fly by!! Enjoy it, take it all in, and dont worry about PR's or timing!

I can't wait to hear about the race!! I wish you the best of luck my friend! And congratulations on all the goals you met this month :)

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Give Me 1/48th (That's 2%) of Your Day

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Some mornings, like this morning, I roll out of bed and can't believe it's time to wake up again. Ugh. Ideally, we should spend 1/3 of our day sleeping in order to better function and to face the day with energy and good humor. Though sometimes it doesn't work out that way.

Then I headed into the office, plopped my coffee down at my desk, and got ready to spend another 1/3 of my day sitting at this computer and poring over boring documents. Hey, it's a living.

That leaves 1/3rd of my day that is all mine. Sure, there are little expenditures here and there: commuting takes up about an hour or 4%, cooking and preparing meals another hour or so, general house upkeep here and there. You might have other things to do like club or church meetings, picking up the kids, etc.

So what percentage of your day are you willing to devote to exercise?

How about 1/48th or 2% of your day: 30 minutes?

If I told you that spending just 1/48th of your day moving your body would increase your energy, allow you to sleep better, and will help you become leaner and stronger, would you do it?

Even if it meant putting all of your effort into that fitness DVD, picking up the weights, or power walking around your neighborhood?

When you go into a store and you find something that's 50% off or 75% off, that's a huge deal, right? So what if you could spend just 2% of your time taking care of your body and that in turn it would make the other 98% of your day more enjoyable by giving you more energy and improving your mood? Sounds like a bargain to me!

Seriously, don't listen to those meatheads who tell you to give 110%. First of all, that's impossible. And secondly, I'm only asking for 2%! That doesn't sound so bad, right? And the benefits you get back from that 2% are going to be so awesome that you might bump it up to 4% and do some more sustained exercise.

But unless you're a real athlete or training for a big event, you're only going to be giving up a single digit percentage of your day to exercise. You can even combine it with other things you have to do: like walking the dog, or taking the kids to the park, or riding your bike (instead of driving) to the bank. Or throw that DVD on while your dinner is in the oven.

So do it. Give me 2%. Do it for that energy you tell me you don't have. You gotta give some to get it back. Do it for that sexy, toned body you keep saying you want. It doesn't happen by itself or by just watching what you eat. Do it for that long, active life that everybody wants deep down, even when we say we just want to sit in front of the TV and stuff our faces.

1/48th

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30 minutes

  
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SMARGED 5/31/2011 12:23AM

    I happened on t o one of your blogs - right now I don't even remember how - and have spent the last half hour randomly reading some of your blogs (the ones whose titles caught my attention). You are a fantastic blogger - really have a way with words. And right on the mark!

I especially liked this one...... so true!

So keep up the great work sharing and motivating the rest of us!

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TIPTOPWANNABE 10/26/2010 1:51AM

    Great post and good reminder that a little bit goes a long way. Thank you! emoticon

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BUFFALOGAL1952 10/17/2010 7:31PM

    BOY...when you put it like that it doesn't sound like much does it. No more excuses!

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NIMAWEYGH 10/15/2010 2:45PM

    I have never thought about exercise in this way. I have always been one that detested exercise (large chest when I was young, boys watching, no sports bras, makes a person hate to exercise) or it did me.

But now in the privacy of my own home even I can give 2% of my day to do something so wonderful for me.

Thank you so much for sharing this blog with us all.

I loved it. Now this kind of thing really motivates me.

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JARMOOZLE 10/5/2010 5:22PM

    that is a very refreshing way of looking at our 30 minutes per day of exercise! awesome :)

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JARMOOZLE 10/5/2010 5:22PM

    that is a very refreshing way of looking at our 30 minutes per day of exercise! awesome :)

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DOINGTHIS 10/5/2010 5:00PM

    Okay, kick those excuses out of my head!!! THANK YOU!!! What a completely refreshing, new, and logical way to look at it.

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RUQAYYAH3 10/5/2010 3:11PM

  I Loved this thought
Thanks for sharing

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WILDHAIR3 10/5/2010 10:52AM

    this was a great post today . it really make me think of time wated sometimes .when i could be walking or lefting weights. yes it does make you feelbetter in the end especially when your clothes start to fit better. thanks again

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KIRSTENINDY 10/5/2010 10:12AM

    lol @ Roxanne723... i said the same thing...
thanks for breaking it down but today is a day that i am struggling to find even the 2%.... its still early so I have hope it will show up. (motivation to give you 2%).
thanks for the smile and time... ((hug))

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RHOSYN2 10/5/2010 8:54AM

    I love it! Thanks for this, it's great!!

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MMAVAB 10/5/2010 8:40AM

    thanks for the new perspective! maybe it will get me out of the house for an early morning walk! this is good math emoticon

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THATFITCHICK 10/5/2010 8:37AM

    Thanks for your post. It has helped me put time in perspective.

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JWELL2011 10/5/2010 8:16AM

    Thanks for the new perspective!

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ANNROBERTS54 10/5/2010 8:03AM

    I never thought of it that way. Of course, I usually walk 4-5 days a week for at least an hour. So I do use a bit more in the way of percentage. But still, in prospective, it is not much and the benefits are huge

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GLORYB2014 10/5/2010 6:50AM

    Thank you for the fresh take on exercising! 2% ~ 30 minutes is not unreasonable when you think of what all our day consists of!
Excellent!

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SPARKALISHUS 10/5/2010 4:04AM

  WOW. Great perspective. I am worth a small change that will yield BIG results. Thank You!!!! P.S-I really am going to aim for 4% :D

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ELINNE 10/5/2010 1:34AM

    Very enlightening! Great post! Thank you!!!

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KLONG8 10/5/2010 12:09AM

    You're out there motivating folks again...as usual. 2%? I can do that!

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ROXANNE723 10/4/2010 10:25PM

    Welll. . .when you put it THAT way....














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BARBARAWEBSTER 10/4/2010 10:25PM

    I agree completely. When I quit exercising, (injury) My mood, weight, muscle tone, all of it down the toilet! I'm ready to give 2%. Thanks

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KAREN633 10/4/2010 10:17PM

    I am worth 2% of my day!! Thanks for the great perspective

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LEMOOK 10/4/2010 6:11PM

    You know what? I can give myself 2% everyday. Why not? I'm worth it. Thanks for the challenge.
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FITVALGAL 10/4/2010 5:25PM

    Great blog! Now I HAVE to exercise when I get home...looks like we're having sandwiches for dinner tonight!

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SASSYBEAN1 10/4/2010 4:27PM

    I liked this blog! It puts it all in perspective. Thanks for sharing!

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JMAC23 10/4/2010 3:43PM

  I really like this. Sometimes 30 minutes can seem like a lot, but 2% doesn't, so I will think of it like that, especially when I compare it with the % of time I spend doing other, less productive things.

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BLUESLALA 10/4/2010 2:08PM

    Makes me feel truly embarrassed that I've spent so much time in my life grousing about something that requires so little and gives so much.

Luckily, those grousing days are over..
Thanks for a great and motivating blog.

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KELLIGIRL523 10/4/2010 1:54PM

    Profound!

Thanks!!



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MINDY502 10/4/2010 1:52PM

    I can give it that and will do it! Thanks emoticon

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DEE797 10/4/2010 1:48PM

    Thanks so much for posting this information. 2%..I can do that!

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JND2010 10/4/2010 1:34PM

    Wow, eye opening! Thanks for the GREAT read!

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MISSMONIE357 10/4/2010 12:57PM

    Wow, thanks so much!

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KAMCCLARY 10/4/2010 12:49PM

    Wonderful take on getting fitness in!

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GMINYARD 10/4/2010 12:49PM

    2% is something I CAN do. Thanks for putting it into perspective when sometimes it seems like a long time.

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NJSCUBADIVA 10/4/2010 11:02AM

    You really put things into perspective - when you put it like that, it's ONLY 2%!!! Fantastic...thank you so much for giving me more motivation (the motivation that I need!!) emoticon

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LINDAGAGS 10/4/2010 11:00AM

    I love looking at it that way. Ready now to go out and walk for at least 30 minutes. Thanks!

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CURVY_BOOKWORM 10/4/2010 10:38AM

    Totally doable that way!! Thank you!!!!

Makes me wonder what percentage of my day is just truly wasted...

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BELLE_CHANSON 10/4/2010 9:21AM

    That is a wonderful perspective! Thank you for a wonderful blog!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 10/4/2010 7:55AM

    i can do that!!!!!!!!!!!

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GRAMMIE1959 10/4/2010 7:33AM

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MEXICANTANTE 10/4/2010 4:21AM

  Cool!!!

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RORYLYONS 10/4/2010 2:43AM

    Well stated!

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BTLFAN70 10/3/2010 11:13PM

    Very nice. Thanks

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IMBN_HEALTHY 10/3/2010 11:09PM

    interesting perspective! thank you so much for sharing!

i like it when an idea challenges my old way of thinking.

who WOULDN'T put 2% effort into their own health??

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REESEYMAY 10/3/2010 8:49PM

    That really puts a new spin on the perspective! I'm not a mathematician, but using the shopping analogy hit me where my knowledge base is!

Thank you!

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BECCAGEE 10/3/2010 7:46PM

    Wow that's a great way to look at it, thanks!

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GWENFITNESS1ST 10/3/2010 6:09PM

    Thanks. That hits home!!

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BOOBOO0112 10/3/2010 4:59PM

    This puts a log into perspective!! Thank you for this gift!

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JENAANN3 10/3/2010 3:41PM

    Thanks for the motivational speech. Well said.

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HONDABLONDE 10/3/2010 3:22PM

    You are so right, and what a terrific way to look at it! Only 2%? Sure, I can!

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