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Wait...I've Been Doing This Wrong For 3 Months?!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I had a rather enlightening FB conversation this morning with my SparkBuddy, MARATHONDAD. This was the gist of it:

ME: Hungry for lunch at 9:30am. Bad sign.

MD: Remember - when you start running more, you need to add more calories to your diet or you will get tired. You dont want your body to go into starvation mode!!!

ME: I don't know how many to add and still maintain weight loss. I've been confused about that. I am meeting my daily SP calorie ranges. Shouldn't I just do that and whatever I burn running is for weight loss? I am a little confused.

MD: The best way I've found is to work out how many calories you are burning in a typical week. Then, enter that into your goals on workout page (in the settings). SP usually uses this information to adjust your daily calorie needs for you.

So, I went through my past two weeks of workouts and averaged how many calories I burned per week. Sure enough, there was an area under my Activity Goals in my fitness section where I could enter how many calories I burn in a week. When I went back to my Nutrition Tracker, my calorie totals had been adjusted.

THAT'S WHEN IT HIT ME. LIKE A 2x4 IN THE HEAD.

I've been doing this wrong for 3 months!!!! NO WONDER those last 5 lbs have been so stubborn! Even though my calorie range has been too low (with my increased activity from running), I have been going OVER on calories without knowing it.

Let me explain...

Let's say my calorie range in SP is 1320-1690 per day.
And let's say I go for a run and burn 400 calories.

So, here I've been thinking that I can eat up to 1690 calories PLUS an extra 400 calories (because I burned that running) and maintain weight.

BUT NO....NO NO NO. OF COURSE SPARKPEOPLE is integrated across pages!!! I JUST realized that the 1320-1690 is already reflecting the number of calories I anticipate on burning every week!

It's already included in my calorie range!!

Wow...I don't know about you, but that just blew my mind. Even though I only go over about 200 or 300 calories per day...that adds up. That explains the stall in weight loss and why it's seemed so slow, even with all my extra activity.

Maybe it's just me...but I figured I'd better share that tidbit in case anyone else was thinking the same way I was!!!!

  
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VIVID1106 6/3/2012 11:58PM

    OMG thanks so much i was totally doing the same thing lol!!!

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DORAL33178 6/3/2012 11:55AM

    You are doing great. I figured this tip out a few months ago when I was training for my half. I kept going in the red on my fitness page so I started adjusting my calories burned weekly on my fitness page based on my Saturday long runs. Good luck to you in your half training. I had a lot of fun and actually looked forward to my runs. I was amazed that I was able to run further each week.

Good luck to you.

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PATSYB7 6/2/2012 10:37AM

    Thanks for the info! Sometimes the obvious is staring us in the face and we don't know it! I need to snack to keep my blood sugar level. Also, current studies show that if you eat lightly before a workout you burn more calories post workout. If you eat after a workout, you burn less calories post workout. Go figure.

Anyway, keep up the good work! :O)

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JANIED10 5/31/2012 10:35AM

    Good info for those of just starting on this site. Thanks.

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AWOOD1973 5/31/2012 5:30AM

    Awesome information! Glad you got that all straightened out! Now maybe your body will do what you want it to, and you will LOSE, LOSE, LOSE! :)

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PURPLESPEDCOW 5/30/2012 10:24PM

    I have done the same thing.

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SHECHAM 5/30/2012 9:16PM

    Thanks for this explanation!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/30/2012 7:52PM

    So glad you've got it now. I thought it was a little confusing, too. -Marsha

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PLYNSN316 5/30/2012 1:55PM

    I'm usually hungry between breakfast and lunch, as well, so I have a hard boiled egg and a piece of fruit. Or some yogurt, and almonds. Or munch on baby carrots if I want something crunchy. Keep up the awesome work!

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STRIVER57 5/30/2012 1:29PM

    just to say that like Emma, i need to include a snack in my planning or i won't make it to lunch either. one or two tangerines between 9:30 and 10:30, depending on when we get up, makes a big difference, and they are better mid morning than with breakfast. a few almonds sound like a good idea too. especially as tangerines are about to go out of season. of course apricots have come into season, and cherries.

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EMMANYC 5/30/2012 1:22PM

    Glad to hear you got it sorted out. Even with that adjustment, some tinkering might still be needed to get the program to work for you. For example, we often over-estimate calories burned and under-estimate calories consumed.

I try to think of my body as a laboratoryin which I conduct experiments, and I try to have the patience to run my experiments for at least 3 weeks at a time to see what works.

With respect to your morning hunger, I know that something counter-intuitive that worked for me was to eat less for breakfast but add a mid-morning snack. I usually work out in the morning before work, and I found that no matter what I ate, or how much I ate, I was still still famished at 10 am. So I decided to eat a smaller breakfast (225 calories - 1 cup of high protein/high fiber cereal and a 1/4 cup of lowfat milk) around 7:30 am (after my workout) and save some calories to have a mid-morning snack around 10-11 am (usually a piece of fruit and a very small handful of almonds, about 100-150 calories in total). That two-meal approach then carries me through to lunch. I also usually have a mid-afternoon snack and sometimes even an early evening snack, because my husband and I often don't eat dinner until 9 pm.

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LINDAK25 5/30/2012 1:13PM

    Good advise! You're so lucky to have the support to turn to. While you may have been eating too many calories, at least you're feeling good and meeting your other goals. One step at a time!

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 5/30/2012 1:02PM

    THANK YOU for explaining this! I always wondered! now I know!


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MPRILL 5/30/2012 12:56PM

    great information!

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MARATHONDAD 5/30/2012 12:28PM

    glad I could help you buddy

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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/30/2012 12:28PM

    Better to go into unintended maintenance than starvation mode, I think! And at least you found out now instead of a year from now. No worries! You'll get rid of that 5 lbs in a flash now! :)

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XTINEMAS 5/30/2012 12:22PM

    Thanks for sharing. Lucky for me, I've been sticking with the SP range suggested despite burning extra calories. It's only after reading your blog that I now realize why my calorie range went up sometime back. It was because I had adjusted my workout so I could burn more calories per week and now it all makes sense. As they say, we learn something new everyday!

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COVLOLLY 5/30/2012 12:14PM

    Thanks for the tip!!

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OPTIMIST1948 5/30/2012 12:10PM

    Ive been working some enlightenment with my new heart rate monitor. Blog coming as soon as I gset it all sorted out for,myself . Enlighenment is frustrating when you brood on it. Just move forward.

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No Time For Excuses

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

As I usually do on Tuesday mornings, I set my alarm for 6am so I could get up and go running. I planned on a short 1.5-2 mile run, as my body is still somewhat recovering from my hilly 5k on Saturday. I didn't want to go too hard too fast and hurt myself. I was really quite thrilled about this run this morning because it would be my first since the race and I've kind of missed running (since Saturday...haha. Wow. WHO AM I?)

Imagine my dismay when I woke up to hear the rumblings of thunder. This is the first time since I started running that I've had any sort of roadblock, in terms of weather. I know...I've been pretty lucky! A full month without a drop of rain!

So, I laid in bed and played out all the excuses and rebuttals in my head...for the sake of this illustration, I will label my inner voices "Gollum" and "Smiegel" (yeeeaaah...you know what's up, LOTR fans!) OK, enough nerdiness.

GOLLUM: Can't run. Might as well sleep more.

SMIEGEL: But...I *could* get up and eat breakfast and maybe it will pass by 7am. Not tired anymore anyway.

GOLLUM: But you'll be late for work.

SMIEGEL: So what? I'm on salary and boss said I could run whenever I want during the day, as long as I get 40 hours in.

GOLLUM: You'll get all wet. Not worth it.

SMIEGEL: I miss running...it IS worth it. No one will be out there to see me. Eddie and Brenda ran a half marathon in pouring rain and strong winds on Sunday. Don't be a wuss.

GOLLUM/SMIEGEL: OK, I'm getting dressed.

Walked outside and got about 0.1 miles and almost got struck by lightning twice. TURN AROUND AND GO HOME. I'm not THAT crazy!

So, I was bummed, right? But I checked the hourly forecast for the day on my phone and saw that the rain would clear up around 8am or 9am. Then, return around 10am. Then, sunny until nighttime. BUT...when the sun came out, it would be 86 degrees and humid. So, if I ran after work, it would be MISERABLE.

So, here is the question...what does a real athlete do in this situation? The fact is...my boss is a runner. She completely understands this conundrum and she has flat out told me that I can take a run whenever I want, as long as I get my work done. I have a private office with a private bathroom. And, even though I share this office with a co-worker, she does most of her work from home and only comes in for meetings. So, it would be likely that I would have the entire office to myself all day.

It was still early. emoticon

Quickly ate breakfast, packed my running gear and headed off to work a half hour early. Mapped a run on campus and the minute that rain stopped, I set my phone to "Do Not Disturb" and got out there for my run. The temperature was PERFECT.

You know, it's a good thing I did this because I set a personal best for my mile time today. 13 minutes, which is right on track for my next goal - to run my June 9th 5k in 40 minutes or less.

Looking forward to Thursday's run, although the forecast calls for thunderstorms again. But, as we know now...that's not gonna stop me.

Will it stop you?

  
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ALIDOSHA 10/26/2012 4:27PM

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DEBK0923 6/18/2012 8:22AM

    great blog, good job

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SLPORTER1978 6/1/2012 1:23PM

    Great job. This was a great learning lesson of me as I tend to make too many excuses for why I am not exercising.

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SHIRDI32 6/1/2012 9:20AM

  Great job! It's raining here in MI but you are a big motivator so I won't let this weather stop me either :)

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HEALTHY4HIM 6/1/2012 9:07AM

    Fantastic! And how very fortunate you are to have a boss like that! WOW! Good on you, girl! Keep up the great work - and run your heart out!

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BLOOMING52 5/31/2012 9:57PM

    Thank you.

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LOLAJO54 5/31/2012 9:50PM

    lol well with lightning .. yes .. but I would just run on my treadmill ..
hey you great blog !!! and so true what our conscience does to us..
You did great -- emoticon!

I am doing a 5k on June 10th --let's think of each other and do our personal best!! woohoo!

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SHIRE33 5/31/2012 9:16PM

    Lots of rain in the forecast tomorrow, but cool. So I hope that I can get some cleaning done in the morning and then run in the afternoon. And harvest lettuce.

It's interesting when you get serious enough that you have to get creatively insistent on getting a run in. :D

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ZJLF35 5/31/2012 8:36PM

  I can't even get my boss to let me take an 1.5 hour lunch so I can take a spin class - I even offered to stay .5 hours later too!

Sounds like you're in a great situation to be at the weathers mercy!

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IBSFOSTER 5/31/2012 8:30PM

  I was once a runner, and would like to be one again one day soon, so I was thrilled to read your blog and could relate to your tenacity and determination, if only in memories! Thanks for sharing.

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ZENSTEPH 5/31/2012 7:31PM

    So awesome the way you found your way through this. emoticon

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JEANNINEMM68 5/31/2012 6:55PM

    You are such a strong person. I know that I would have let the excuses guide me. I aspire to be like you.

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JULIA1154 5/31/2012 3:55PM

  Loved the voices in your head - and the fact that you were rewarded with such a great run. Congratulations on your new personal best!

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RUTZY63 5/31/2012 3:07PM

  I used to run but had to stop as I had a toxic thyroid! However, have now got the all clear to start again and you are inspiring me! I need to start at the beginning as it is at least 8 months since I last ran and I have gained 3 stone in weight...(meds didn't help). Any hints and tips would be great thanks! emoticon

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M0R3N0 5/31/2012 12:48PM

    Glad your "Smiegel" side won! Way to go girl!

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MAMAMANDA83 5/31/2012 12:08PM

    Awesome. Sounds like you have a great boss!

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LUCKYONE60 5/31/2012 11:47AM

    Great dialouge! I could hear their voices too. Good for you for thinking like a runner and not a "fat" person!

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TISTEN23 5/31/2012 11:32AM

    LOVE the reference to LOTR!! Reading it, I totally heard their voices in my head!! Good for you making great use of your day!! I think I probably would have just done an inside workout. Thats what I am used to anyways! Keep up the hard work! I am proud of you for stickin to it! :)

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PRICANSTINA84 5/31/2012 10:22AM

    Very awesome!so glad your boss is understanding :-)

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EFFRAYECHILDE 5/31/2012 9:41AM

    Way to go. Wish my boss was as understanding as yours.

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MSTAPLE1 5/31/2012 7:54AM

  Way to go!

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LEMALONE1960 5/31/2012 6:34AM

    I have a treadmill.....Not one of the ultra modern ones that has a outboard motor in it either- I have an old school you gotta run and GRIP and PUSH that belt to make it move kinda ones that make you WORK for your speed. That's what I do here in England when it's storming with lightning- which it occasionally is. If it's just a drizzle or even a hard rain without lightning- I go on my regualr outdoor walk/run tho.

You are SOOO lucky to have a boss who runs too and understands....I've always had nose to the grindstone lard butts for bosses who didnt understand the concept of the NEED to run.


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And Good for you siding with Smeigle......and for allowing Gollum to join y'all. :-)

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PASKALINI 5/31/2012 6:13AM

    BWAHAHAHAHA I love the dialog! Way to go getting out there anyhow! I have also debated and decided to jog/run/walk whatever in the rain. Although I probably would have turned back and waited too if the lightning was involved. Yesterday was my rest day and I WAS ITCHING TO RUN... WHAT!?!?! Unheard of!! I completely understand how you feel!!! Keep up the good work! I hope you kick butt at your 5k on the 9th :)

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SHINYZALATA 5/31/2012 2:50AM

    This is amazing , isnpiringg and i coldnt wait to finish the blog to know wat u did:)

thank you 4 inspiring us

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ON2VICTORY 5/31/2012 1:39AM

    way funny.... you are now serving the PRECIOUS!! (Running)

lol.... Robert loves the dialog....yeeeesssssss...Robert does...

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REENIE131 5/30/2012 10:07PM

    Great job!

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NEWCHINELO 5/30/2012 4:26PM

    this is really inspiring.

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EUEK098 5/30/2012 4:00PM

    emoticon, no excuses.

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PCASEY7 5/30/2012 3:26PM

    Where there's a will there's a way! Good thing your boss is so flexible!

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CHUM48 5/30/2012 3:15PM

    Hang in there you can do it!

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LADYBUG_KOOL 5/30/2012 2:35PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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CPATRICK9 5/30/2012 2:19PM

    Good for you!

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MARIES32 5/30/2012 1:38PM

    I know exactly what you mean when you wrote, "WHO AM I?" Good job accepting no excuses.
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TONYVAND1 5/30/2012 11:25AM

  Thanks for sharing

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GALINAZ 5/30/2012 11:23AM

    This is the best advice! You've reminded me that every day, making little changes to get healthy is the way to permanent habits. Thanks for the inspiration!

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POISONGIRL999 5/30/2012 11:06AM

    Great job!!!! I am truly inspired by the fact that you were going to get the jog in no matter what! I need to think more like you. I always let the excuse side win :(

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CHEFMOM1199 5/30/2012 10:43AM

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WENDENANNIE 5/30/2012 10:40AM

    Awesome blog...loved the conversation between Gollum and Smeigal....could even see their little faces and funny little bodies! LOL!!!

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MIMIDOT 5/30/2012 9:37AM

    Another great blog! I sooo envy you running. Wish I could. I try a little, but at my age I'm hesitant. Keep up the good work!

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CICELY360 5/30/2012 9:31AM

  Good blog.

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YULLABELLE 5/30/2012 9:26AM

    You are emoticon and so inspiring. Thank you for sharing. you give me hope for the future. emoticon

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FARIS71 5/30/2012 9:13AM

    You go girl! That is a true sign of a champion - no excuses. Good call on the lightning tho - I did the same thing the other morning. You are an inspiration!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 5/30/2012 8:44AM

    Your boss gets an "A"!!! AND SO DO YOU!!

Hard work!

Dedication!

NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!! emoticon

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Let's Take A Walk

Monday, May 28, 2012

Good morning, Spark Friends! It occurs to me that some of us struggle with motivation to just get out the door and get our workouts done. So, today...you have no choice. We are getting up and going for a walk! I'm taking you to the trail where I run or walk about 4 miles between 3 and 4 times a week. It's 7am! Time to get up! You should feel lucky because I usually do this at 6am. You're welcome.

OK, so...out the front door and it's about a 3 minute brisk walk to the trail. On the way, you can hear about a thousand birds proclaiming the beauty of this day!

And, here we are!



Now, how could you not be filled with happiness when THIS is your first sight in the morning?



And, as if that weren't enough...this is your first view of our trail walk...at 6am, the fog is still rising off of this field.



What is that AMAZING smell?!



Honeysuckle! The trail is completely lined with it! Now, you're starting to feel kinda nice, aren't ya? Blood's flowing, legs moving.

Here's our first long stretch, with plenty of friends to say "good morning"!



Beauty everywhere...a pic is worth a thousand words.







And, if you're one of those house hunter types, there are plenty of beautiful homes to check out along the way too!







And, of course, we wouldn't be in Indiana without some farm paraphernalia.





Don't even ask me about this. I have no idea. I'm just hoping this is not some snide commentary on my weight.



There's a bridge coming up...know that that means?



Oooh! Our first Clear Creek sighting!!!



Coming up on the first of two rest areas. But don't even think about it...we are not stopping!



You can see Emmanuel Baptist Church off in the distance (that's where I vote!)



Crossing the street now...and another bridge. Are you feeling energized yet?



OK, we've gotta slow down a bit so I can show you this. The coolest part of the trail for kids and parents. One of the best things our city has ever done for physical fitness education!





I'm quite sure we could fit a game of hopscotch into our Fitness Tracker!



Ummmm....WHAT ARE YOU DOING???



We aren't stopping! GET UP and keep going!!! Just a little bit more...

Oh my, we've run out of trail!



What a bummer. Guess we'll have to turn around and walk back now. Congratulations, you've completed a 4.3 mile walk today. You don't think that was fun???

Let's do it again. Soon. And often. K?





  
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DIANNEMT 1/8/2013 4:55PM

    I"m looking at old emails--hope you still get out on this trail! Looks lovely!

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DRB13_1 6/29/2012 6:20AM

    Lovely, just lovely...that for being my walking buddy emoticon emoticon
let's come back in the fall -new colors

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DMPRIDER 6/5/2012 11:27PM

    What a beautiful trail! And only a 3 minute walk from your house. Wow, I'm jealous!

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NELLBELLA26 6/4/2012 11:43PM

    Beautiful blog. Loved the photos... made me feel like I was on the walk with you. what great scenery and that trail is too cute.
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JEWELSNKTOWN 6/3/2012 8:51AM

    You really do know how to make it all a bit more fun. Thank you!

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GPELLS 6/3/2012 8:03AM

  You are clever, funny, and inspirational. We could ALL do what you did, but YOU thought of it and made it happen. Bravo! I LOVED watching your walk unfold. emoticon

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SHARON-MARIE 6/2/2012 9:48AM

  "I'm just hoping this is not some snide commentary on my weight. "

ROFLOL!!! I absolutely love your sense of humor!

Your course is so very pretty!

And, now, I'm off - to go triking *my* course. I live in suburbia, so there's more houses than nature; but I entertain myself by looking at people's lawns and yard gardens.

Have a great day!
Be blessed,
Sharon-Marie

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TURNINGTABLES21 6/2/2012 7:46AM

  Great trail! It's easy to get motivated to walk that one, beauty around every corner.

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JKPONYGIRL 6/1/2012 7:57PM

    thanks for the walk it was wonderful

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123ELAINE456 6/1/2012 4:55PM

  Awesome Blog!!! That would be a nice walk in God Country. Beautiful landscapes, streams, trails, walk ways and signs etc. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Day and week. This is the WAY TO GO!!!

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SAZZLERAZZLE 6/1/2012 4:37PM

    wow, what a great idea, and what beautiful countryside...at first i thought it could be England with all the green fields!

Thanks for sharing, makes me want to go out and take in the scenery!

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JULIA1154 6/1/2012 4:30PM

  That was a great walk - thanks! I especially enjoyed the honeysuckle.

(By the way, the bench is for stretching.)

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 6/1/2012 12:27PM

    Fun blog!

Great pictures!

Keep sharing!

-M

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CKNAPP319 6/1/2012 10:07AM

    Wow- very pretty countryside. Don't have anything like that here in the city. I live in Chicago and trying to find a park or trail that is scenic is nearly impossible unless you travel far out of the city. Most of our parks are level with no hills or inclines and a lot of the trees and bushes and greenery have been taken out for play lots or courts.

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TASWEGIAN 6/1/2012 3:55AM

  I loved all the photos, I could inagine being there.

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MUDDYBOOTS 6/1/2012 12:15AM

    I love hiking and the outdoors yet sometimes motivation to get out there is lacking. Once I'm out on the trails I'm taking everything in and enjoying every moment. Except when I encounter a mountain lion or a black bear. Scream here! I enjoyed your blog and loved that you shared your walk. Thank you Sparkfriend. emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 6/1/2012 12:10AM

  What a beautiful place to walk!

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CM_GARDNER78 5/31/2012 11:49PM

    LOVE!!!!! Beautiful pictures!! :-) I love walking on trails and seeing the beauty all around! :-) Thank you for taking us on your walk with you!!

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BLOOMING52 5/31/2012 9:58PM

    Great blog.

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URBANAUDREYE 5/31/2012 9:45PM

    I'm dying to say I wish we had a trail like that, but we kinda do (Of course it's more like 10 miles and it's up the mountain). Not to mention it's like a mile and a half from my current house to begin with so it would take some stamina to do the whole shebang without breaks). But I really like the Born Learning on your trail... that'd be awesome with my little one!

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GARDENCHRIS 5/31/2012 6:05PM

    wow... what a cool place!

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MYSTERY-LADY1 5/31/2012 6:01PM

    emoticon Tomorrow, same time?

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GOING-STRONG 5/31/2012 2:04PM

    Awesome!! Spark on Sista!

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REBECCA7436 5/31/2012 1:49PM

    This is great it is nice to see your walk

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SSEARE 5/31/2012 1:40PM

  What a great walk on a beautiful trail. Thanks for inviting me and for the good conversation. ..I did get my exercise in this morning which made reading this even more enjoyable!

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NWFL59 5/31/2012 1:11PM

    Thanks for sharing your walking place and allowing me to travel along.
I posted some pictures on my Sparkpage of one of my favorite walking sites in case you'd like to check it out. emoticon emoticon

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JANIED10 5/31/2012 10:29AM

    I love trails like that. We travel and look for them where ever we go. You are so lucky to have such a beautiful place to walk. Thanks for taking us all along with you today.

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DOTTY7267 5/31/2012 10:26AM

    Thank you for letting me walk with you today and enjoy the beautiful sights along the way. This was very inspiring, and made me think of a particular walk I used to enjoy on a regular basis, the Detroit River Walk. I now work in another city far removed from there, but I miss it greatly.

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KDMAMA2 5/31/2012 9:52AM

  BEAUTIFUL place to walk. Thanks for sharing.

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LJCANNON 5/31/2012 9:43AM

    emoticonThat was an AWESOME Morning Walk!! Thanks for inviting us!!

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BRITT831 5/31/2012 9:41AM

    What talent! Ur great at telling a story - ever thought abt writing??? Just saying :o) Thanx for the walk - that may be the only exercise I get today emoticon I hope not but I am feelin a bit sluggish - its TOMs fault :o( Have a great day!

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WILDFLOWER521 5/31/2012 9:36AM

    You are awesome!
What a wonderful way to start the day.
Made me smile.

That is such a cute idea for families. It would be nice to have something like that in every city to help motivate families. I think I might have to borrow your idea of the pictures for myself and make a memory book out of it to share with the little kiddies. We usually take them with us when we hit the trails.

Thanks for sharing!!

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KROSMON 5/31/2012 9:35AM

    What a lovely blog. I would love to take that walk with you also, but I'm in So. Calif and having to deal with this overly heavy body. But since my heart surgery 7 weeks ago, I am walking on the treadmill. Not nearly as beautiful, but in my urban neighborhood, there isn't that much green space to enjoy. So I do what I can. Thanks for sharing.

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JAGGYTHISTLE 5/31/2012 9:13AM

  Wonderful ... I forgot how good a morning walk could be!

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DEBBIEDAY 5/31/2012 8:27AM

    emoticon Thanks I'm heading out the door NOW!... emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 5/31/2012 8:19AM

    That was cute!

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PENOWOK 5/31/2012 8:16AM

    Lucky you!

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SWDESERTLOVER 5/31/2012 8:10AM

    Thanks for taking me along on your walk; it was great! Now I feel the need to put my tennis shoes on and get out on my local trail :-)

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WALLINMW 5/31/2012 8:03AM

  Your motivation is infectious. Thanks for sharing!

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PEISHYGIRL 5/31/2012 7:31AM

    oh wow ! love the blog and the pictures! Would love to take that walk with you but I am more of an evening walker : )

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MILPAM3 5/31/2012 7:26AM

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LAURANCE 5/31/2012 7:15AM

  Oh wow, thanks for this swell picture blog post! I'm getting into walking, too, and you are reminding me that I should take a camera along.

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JERICHO1991 5/31/2012 7:11AM

    Fun! The pics definitely look like Indiana.

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IDLETYME 5/31/2012 7:07AM

    Lovely walk and blog. Thank you for taking us with you. emoticon

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SHELLIEBELLIE2 5/31/2012 7:06AM

    love it!!!!yes, you inspired me to get up and get out and go for my walk.
have a wonderful day!

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BELIEVING-N-ME 5/31/2012 6:11AM

    emoticon for sharing your walk. You have a beautiful place to walk.

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THEIS58 5/31/2012 3:26AM

    Well done! Love it!

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NYARAMULA 5/31/2012 2:15AM

    Thanks for sharing. This is amazing!

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Summer Deliciousness

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Been a pretty un-eventful day since the 5k. I wasn't prepared for the amount of soreness and pain in my body, nor the excessive exhaustion. But...trainer said this would happen, so at least I know it's normal. Took a GREAT nap yesterday after the race. Church this morning, then simply could not stay awake a minute longer so I took ANOTHER nap this afternoon. Today has been a complete rest day. Tomorrow will probably be simple cross-training walk and I might try a short 1.5 mile run on Tuesday morning to get my body back into the usual training routine.

We are headed out to a cookout with our church friends in a few and I always used to agonize over what to bring to these things. There are so many desserts (which really don't appeal to me much anymore) and, obviously, lots of grilled things. With the last cookout, I finally found my go-to potluck/cookout/pitch-in dish. This is absolutely one of my favorite parts of summer...THIS salad! It's SO easy and so delicious and very low in calories, but high in nutrients and even has some protein.

INGREDIENTS:

One package/bag/tub of pre-washed spinach
One pint of fresh strawberries
Some walnut pieces
One small container of crumbled goat cheese
Marzetti's Simply Dressed Balsamic Vinagrette Salad Dressing

Throw all of this in a bowl.
Toss with a little bit of the dressing.
BOOM. Summer Deliciousness.

And you wouldn't believe the compliments. It's almost guilt-inducing because it's so easy. Haha.

Here is a picture to make you salivate:

  
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ESCHMIEDT 5/28/2012 10:54AM

    Looks yummy!

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MARVEEME 5/28/2012 10:08AM

    What time is dinner? Looks like perfection to me!

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COOKWITHME65 5/28/2012 9:48AM

    Looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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HOPEANEW 5/28/2012 4:13AM

    Mmmm yum! That's also wonderful with feta cheese :)

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CHIPLEY_FL 5/28/2012 1:02AM

    Feel 100% soon.

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ON2VICTORY 5/27/2012 10:51PM

    Oh dear....that DOES look seriously tasty..... Yum!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/27/2012 10:28PM

    Mmmmm, that salad sounds good! And congratulations on the 5k! Hope you're back to feeling normal soon. :)

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SPARKLINGHOPE 5/27/2012 8:57PM

    Sounds so yummy!!

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MAGGIENCALI 5/27/2012 8:55PM

    Looks delish! I'm going to have to try it and thank you sharing the recipe. emoticon

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AWOOD1973 5/27/2012 7:34PM

    Love this! I've had it before.... Yummy!!

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BOSS61 5/27/2012 6:51PM

    The salas sounds great - we'll try it too.

But what - only ONE nap a day? I'm thinking a minimum of two!

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STARSUB99 5/27/2012 6:47PM

    OOHHH! Another great salad to add to my favorites list! Thanks for sharing. And congrats again on the 5 K.

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JOHNTJ1 5/27/2012 6:46PM

    Yum!!!

Now I'm hungry

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CHICAT63 5/27/2012 6:42PM

    Great salad !

I am known as the official salad maker in my family and friends. A favorite that I often prepare but it does take a bit longer to make:
-Spinach
-Mushrooms
-Brow
n rice 1 cup cooked
- Bean sprouts
- Sunflower seed unsalted 1 cup
- The dressing: olive oil, garlic powder, lemon juice and light/salt free soya sauce to taste.

Here is Québec we call it: Salade des amoureux = Lover's salad.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 5/27/2012 6:17PM

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So GLAD you made it
thru your 1st 5k and
lived to tell about it !
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Seriously, Girl, YOU are
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Hope your soreness passes soon

Glad you're having a
Super Sunday

YUM ! Gotta try the salad.
It's been in the 90s here
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Have a Marvelous Monday

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BLESSINGS !

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WARMSPRINGDAY 5/27/2012 6:17PM

    Hey, that's my favorite salad sans the goat cheese! Sometimes I use sunflower seeds instead of walnuts which is tasty and nutritious also. I usually throw some sweet or green onion in, too.

Can't wait for spinach from my garden.

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VIMVIGOR 5/27/2012 5:08PM

  Sure looks good. Definitely going to try it. Thanks for sharing. Cheryl emoticon

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Hoosier Fit Expo 5K - First Race!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Wow...what a day for a first race! I had a GREAT night of sleep last night, after several encouraging texts from some of my runner friends and non-runner friends alike. Woke up around 6am and, per trainer's orders, ate immediately. Had a nice strawberry banana blueberry yogurt smoothie, cup of coffee and a Luna Bar. Just a few sips of water to get my vitamin down.

Around 7am, the texts and e-mails started pouring in from amazing friends, co-workers, SparkBuddies and trainer. I was nervous, but excited and just so touched that so many were thinking of me and cheering for me. And then...I went outside to leave and found my van had been attacked by one of my derby buddies, Thigh Candy. Oy...that sweet, sweet girl! There was a card and a dozen roses on my windshield and a bunch of star balloons tied to the side mirror. And...well...this...



And this...



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Got in the car and was one of the first people at the field house. Haha. That was a long couple of hours, but had some friends with booths there so I chatted them up a bit, used the restroom and all that good stuff. Did a little warm-up and got into my zen place. About 10 minutes before the race, my mother-in-law, husband, oldest daughter and little guy showed up. That was a surprise and pretty nice to see them.

Before the race started, I got to chat a bit with Tara from Biggest Loser (Season 7?). She was really sweet and really down to earth, not at all like you'd think a TV star would be. I kind of expected her to have an entourage, but nope. She was just hanging out by the starting line and nobody was talking to her, so I asked her about her Iron Man and she played with my kids a bit. That was surreal. We talked about workouts and food and such. She was really great. Here's a shot of Tara:



I know, you guys are like...WHO CARES? GET TO THE RACE! Haha.

OK, so starting line...and we're off. There were really only about 30 people running this 5k so it was a really nice, small group. We started out and I was already in the rear...but I knew going in that I wouldn't be as fast as most people, so it didn't really bother me. I just hung out in the back, thinking, "I'll make this up later...gotta get in the zone."

Well...no time to get in the zone because the very first thing on this course was a MASSIVE hill. I have not trained on hills AT ALL. I've READ about them and the form you are supposed to use when you run up and down them...but reading and doing are two very different things. Needless to say, I walked that first hill...as did many of the runners. Listen...that thing was LONG. About halfway up, I decided to name it because it was just so treacherous. I dis-affectionately dubbed it "Murder Mountain".

Once I got past that hill, running felt SO good. Until...the next hill. Yes. And the next. And the next. Look, I didn't know there was a mountain range in the middle of Bloomington, Indiana! emoticon

So, I walked all the hills because I really wasn't willing to risk injury. I figured, "Well, my time will suffer, but who cares? At least I'll finish."

On the downhills and straight-aways, I was able to run and that was really nice. Honestly, it was 93 degrees and it wasn't until the last half mile or so that I really began to feel the heat. Luckily, they decided to throw some water stations onto the course RIGHT where I needed it...wow, that stuff felt good and helped me keep going.

Finally, I could see the stadium (finish line was across the parking lot). But, you know...wouldn't be right unless there was ONE LAST HILL right before the finish line. It was a smaller one...but still.

The last 0.1 miles, of course I ran. And Tara ran with me. That was pretty awesome. She took me all the way to the finish line.

So, I came out with a final time of 43:35. Considering my normal training run time for the 5k on a totally flat course is 43 minutes, I was SUPER excited about this finish. I honestly thought it was going to be closer to 55 minutes. It felt so long out there.

Here is the obligatory medal photo:



Sparkly!

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All in all, this was a perfect first race. Debriefed with trainer afterwards and he asked, "How do you feel after getting such a cool medal?"

I replied, "I feel...like I can do whatever I want. I feel like I'm never going back to...all of it."

But, I think if I had to sum up how I feel...it really doesn't have much to do with the run. Honestly...I've never felt more loved than I felt today.

I'm so thankful and so blessed to have the most amazing group of friends on the planet.

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NVRDWN88 10/15/2012 7:59PM

    I know this is an old blog but I just love it...one of my favorites on spark....meeting and running with Tara had to feel amazing cuz she is one terrific person I cried (dont laugh at me) when I watched her in thw ironman and some of her bl episodes and you did a great job in your race and all the support you got was fantastic doesn't it feel great knowing people want you to succeed instead of the people who judge you or back stab ya and want you to fail....you know what I mean.....I know it was in may but Congrats again

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DEBK0923 6/17/2012 2:04PM

    congratulations, I have just started to run and can't wait to get where you are. Great Job and great blog

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WHITEANGEL4 5/30/2012 10:05PM

    Fantastic day for you. Congratulations. Thanks for giving us a detail so we could follow you along the way

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MSTAPLE1 5/30/2012 11:25AM

  Congrats!!

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SOUTHPONDCAMP 5/30/2012 8:31AM

    Awesome job...and how cool to meet Tara. She's one of my favorites from BL. :)

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MANILUS 5/29/2012 6:39PM

    Excellent work! So great that the emotions you felt were awesome!

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XXEDRA 5/29/2012 5:06PM

    Congrats on your first race!

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CYDNEYLEECH 5/29/2012 6:29AM

    Unbelievably awesome. I know how you felt about the hills. When I was in the Army (12 years, until my back gave out and I had to get out medically), we used to run in all terrain. Once I was stationed in Harrisonburg, VA. Right outside of the Skyline Drive, meaning all hills and mountains. It was rough. Congrats!!!!


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CM_GARDNER78 5/28/2012 11:33PM

    That is AWESOME!!! And I think it's SO cool you got to meet Tara!! :-) Congratulations!!!

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TMOORE073 5/28/2012 10:25PM

    Congrats! I am a runner too. It is such a great form of excercise. Good for you to get out there & set a goal for yourself! I also have a goal to set for myself. I am almost 50 & I would love to compete in a Triathalon. I think it will be hard work but worth it! Sounds like you have a great support group. Wonderful friends & family to help you along the way! Good luck on your next race! I sure there will be many more! Happy running! emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 5/28/2012 9:37PM

    You made me get choked up! What a great race blog. Thanks for sharing! WAY TO GO!

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NEWMOM20121 5/28/2012 8:49PM

    Great job. Congratulations on a jog well done.

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ANCLIFE 5/28/2012 8:26PM

    Congratulations! I haven't raced in a long time but I remember what an adrenaline rush it is. I hope you'll keep going because they're all a lot of fun.

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CASILAYNE 5/28/2012 8:25PM

    So proud of you!! Well done!! :))

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TFUNKSGIRL 5/28/2012 7:28PM

    Congratulations!! emoticon

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SBATES63 5/28/2012 3:47PM

    Awesome!!!! You are a champ!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 5/28/2012 12:40PM

    Way to go! That's awesome. Congrats on you first race.



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ERIKGN 5/28/2012 12:39PM

  Good job, Way to go!

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FANCYBEANIE 5/28/2012 12:00PM

  I ran my first 5k this weekend. It was hard, but I hope to do it again. Congrats on a great job with a great time.. emoticon

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FANCYBEANIE 5/28/2012 12:00PM

  I ran my first 5k this weekend. It was hard, but I hope to do it again. Congrats on a great job with a great time.. emoticon

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FITBY40-2015 5/28/2012 11:18AM

    congrats!!! i ran my first race on sunday and what a feeling it was emoticon

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SPECIALGURL7 5/28/2012 11:07AM

    Congratulations! It is always good to have friends to support you in your endeavors. emoticon

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AMURDOCK68 5/28/2012 9:56AM

    Whoo hoo. Ways to go. We never know what obstacles we may find on any journey. Way to get over those hills and mountains in Bloomington. Glad I caught your blog on the the Best of Spark People Daily. :)

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TAURUSGIRL3 5/28/2012 9:40AM

  Awesome!! I am sure that was the first race of many!!


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TWEETIEBIRDIE 5/28/2012 9:07AM

    Amazing! You must feel so proud of yourself! Now you can train for your next race! It is so exciting to run with a crowd of people!!!

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MOM2HANDH 5/28/2012 8:39AM

    Great job!! Sounds like a perfect first race (except for the hills :))

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BLOOMING52 5/28/2012 8:15AM

    Way to go.

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SMORSEBVR 5/28/2012 6:45AM

  Good job!

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LEANMEAN2 5/28/2012 6:19AM

    Congratulations.

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    You rock! emoticon emoticon

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CHIPLEY_FL 5/28/2012 1:00AM

    How cool. I love it all. The run. Meeting Tara. The Medal.

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FRIENDOFBACH 5/27/2012 11:28PM

  Way to go. I know that you must feel really great!
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PORTPRINCESS1 5/27/2012 9:54PM

  Way to go! Inspiring!

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TAMPATINK67 5/27/2012 8:49PM

    Awesome!

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JOYCECAIN 5/27/2012 8:23PM

    I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. YOU FINISHED THE RACE AND THAT IS WHAT COUNTS. I ENVY YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE YOUNG AND ABLE TO RUN. BUT I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU. GOOD GOING. YOU DID YOURSELF PROUD. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPINNER520 5/27/2012 8:13PM

    Running in races is about doing the best that you can and worrying less about time! Nice job!

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ANGIEINTRAINING 5/27/2012 8:13PM

    Congratulations on your first run! It feels great doesn't it??? When is your next 5K going to be? What a great blog. You are a fantastic writer...very fun to read.

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TYLYNN61 5/27/2012 8:04PM

    WTG You are an inspiration to all of us. I loved readying about your race and how you took the hills slow and cautiously. Kinda like life run on the straight away and walk through the rough days. Thank You for sharing.

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MARGARITTM 5/27/2012 7:56PM

    Great first race - many more in your future!


See you at the finish line Runner Girl!

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    Congrats on your first 5K. You did great.
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