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Why I Run (In Picture Form)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Blog has been pretty heavy these last few days. Figured we all could use some light fare today. I mean, it is Monday and an inordinate number of my buddies are just exhausted today and have brain fuzz (including myself). I don't know if there's a solar flare that's messing with everyone today or what, but the general consensus is that we are in need of some motivation.

So...enjoy, friends! Some awesome pics...with color commentary from yours truly, as usual.


I would add...are you going to take a rest day? Or are you going to be a stubborn ass?


Thus, proving we are a) insane and b) sadomasochists.


I'm just going to say...I love this sentiment. But if you want to really "sell" running, maybe don't use a photo of a guy who looks like he's about to puke. Just my opinion. I'm no ad exec.


This is absolutely 100% true for me. Thus, proving that I am most definitely in my own little world. And I'm OK with that.


In all seriousness now...this is the most important lesson I am learning.

  
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ALIDOSHA 10/16/2012 4:42PM

    Great indeed. Thank you.

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CHUM48 9/24/2012 6:36PM

    Great feelings regarding running! I am sorry I can't participate in running! I am so glad that you can!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/17/2012 11:01AM

    I can't run but I enjoyed your photos.

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WAHSH40 7/10/2012 4:58AM

  GREAT

VERY INSPIRATIONAL

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 7/8/2012 3:59PM

  Thank you for the inspiring pictures.

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WRITINGDIVA1 7/7/2012 2:25AM

    Thank you for sharing. I ran for the first time today and my knees aren't killing me. It was only for a couple of minutes, but it was a start. Your blog has been a big inspiration for me during this time.

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TEACHEROF4TH 7/6/2012 7:14PM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! Thank you! Run safe, run strong!

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BIRDLSLAURIE 7/3/2012 2:34PM

    Yep! That pretty much says it all! Thanks!

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MELMAR05 7/3/2012 12:05PM

    You just run... This makes me feel better bc I don't think of myself as a runner. I'm not good; I have to stop and walk a bit from time to time; treadmill is easier-can go farther w/o stopping. The road is definately a challenge. Thanks- fun blog:)

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JERICHO1991 7/3/2012 12:02PM

    I'm a biker, walker, and elliptical jogger, but this is an inspiring tribute to the benefits of running. Thank you.

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MLEEPEARCE 7/2/2012 10:39AM

  Running is my sanity and keeps me mentally and emotionally moving through life. I'm currently injured with hip bursitis and this blog has brightened my day. emoticon

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REGILIEH 7/2/2012 1:50AM

    TY!

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DRPOOH63 7/1/2012 10:18AM

    Great pics and great thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

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PMFISH 6/29/2012 9:13PM

    Way to go lady! Thanks for sharing and congrats on your motivational blog. Keep up the good work.

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TRI_BABE 6/29/2012 6:56PM

    I was going to say the same about rest days. LOL!

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JUSGETTENBY42 6/29/2012 5:21PM

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TERRYT55 6/29/2012 4:33PM

    So very excellent!

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DIZNENUT59 6/29/2012 1:00PM

    Nice blog..I really..really want to run..starting run/walk..I will do this!!! Pics helped..thanks!

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COLLEGE_KID 6/29/2012 12:43AM

    This is making want to start running more and more.

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DRB13_1 6/28/2012 11:46PM

    very inspirational

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FATHINSN 6/28/2012 10:53PM

    I love how you commented each picture, especially the one quoted by John Bingham - I agree, they should use more lighter, positive picture than the one with that person looks going to give up, hehe.

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BUTTERFLY1425 6/28/2012 9:21PM

    Running helps me control stress after a bad day at work, it helps me organize my thoughts to deal with my personal relationship with others. I run because I can not catch-up to myself. It is something I can do on my own and my own pace. It becomes easy with time! Try it.

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LADYBUG1107 6/28/2012 8:41PM

    I love the pictures!

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CYPATAYLOR2 6/28/2012 7:25PM

  Nice job in motivating all of us. Thanks for sharing emoticon

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JESSZZ123 6/28/2012 5:49PM

    Love it! Thanks.

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SHEL_V2 6/28/2012 4:47PM

    Babysteps... aspiring to run a lot is still scary to me, so I just aspire to run a little faster and farther on the treadmill in air-conditioned comfort. I love my VibramFiveFingers, and I'll eventually run more outside just to show them off.


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TERRIJ7 6/28/2012 4:27PM

    I freely admit that I'm among those who don't get it. I'm trying to learn to run a little with my walks but cannot comprehend that I will ever enjoy it. For now, I just have to settle for enjoying the benefits it brings while detesting the process...kinda like childbirth, if you ask me :)

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DANNIEGEE 6/28/2012 4:03PM

  I love this blog! Running is great! It gives a great unexplainable top of the world high.
I miss it so much. Did quite a bit of it in my time; unfortunately for me I had an injury and my knees gave in. Now I bike but it's not the same as running.

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WEBMOMONTHERUN 6/28/2012 3:53PM

  These are outstanding picquotes, love them all! Thanks for sharing!

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HFAYE81 6/28/2012 2:21PM

    So perfect!!! emoticon

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DWAN1969 6/28/2012 1:50PM

    I Love IT !! And I had to save those pics! Thanks for sharing!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 6/28/2012 1:50PM

    Love it - I am just a beginner - trying to run - thanks for the inspiration!!

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ONTHERUNMOM4 6/28/2012 12:57PM

    Where did you find these? I want to make one my desktop background! I love them! Thank you so much for sharing!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 6/28/2012 12:45PM

    Hahaha I laughed out loud on the comment about not using a photo of a guy who looks like he's about to puke! So true! And the sentiment itself was true!

We may not have a "save" button but there is a "share with others" and one of the options is to email, and I email people's blogs to myself all the time! Don't know if that saves it the way you wanted to save? Or another thing I do sometimes is to copy both the blog URL and the blog itself and paste it into my daily SP journal so I can re-read it whenever...



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YEYETADE 6/28/2012 12:20PM

    Nice one !



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JEANNETTE59 6/28/2012 11:07AM

  emoticon Blog!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/28/2012 10:28AM

    Love it

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CHRISTINECAN 6/28/2012 10:06AM

    I wish there were a SAVE button for people's blogs like there is for Spark articles and exercises. This one would be one of my saves.

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WALLINMW 6/28/2012 9:54AM

  Stay motivated!

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CHANGE_4_ME 6/28/2012 9:52AM

    love it! emoticon

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ZANNBEE 6/28/2012 9:36AM

    Loved this! Thank you!

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MELOSPARKLE 6/28/2012 9:33AM

    Awesome!

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JANIED10 6/28/2012 9:24AM

    I love it! It is so hard to explain to people why I love to run and why i really want to get back there. You just motivated me out the door this hot morning. Thanks!

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DTYUNGU 6/28/2012 9:18AM

    bloody brilliant! (in an english accent)

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PURPLEPIZAZZ 6/28/2012 9:13AM

    Love it! Seriously I LOVE THIS!! I am new to running, just started a week ago and I'm training for my first 5k. Your post has inspired me greatly! Thanks for sharing.

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NCHRUCHILL1 6/28/2012 8:40AM

  Very inspiring, especially because I have just taken up the challenge. I've always wanted to "be a runner".

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KAYYYDEE 6/28/2012 8:40AM

    Love it!

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JPEARL127 6/28/2012 8:37AM

  I especially like the final picture, because it not only shows a trail going into the distance, it shows or speaks to me a journey, and I am definitely on a journey to a better me and a better lifestyle.

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It's Not All Puppies and Rainbows, You Know

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Yesterday, I blogged about my longest run so far, the 5 mile. It went pretty well. No serious pain or anything and no soreness afterwards. I'd be lying, though, if I said it was a super easy run. In fact, I've been thinking a lot lately about how I have shared the highs in my blogs, but not necessarily the lows. Truth be told, I have had a great experience with running so far (for the 3 months or so that I've been seriously engaged in training). But, like any sport, it is not without its aches and pains.

At mile 3.8 yesterday, it felt like my quad muscle suddenly woke up and said, "Hey, wait a second, lady!!! We've been moving for an hour. Did you know that? I don't want to do this anymore." At that point, I had a little conversation with myself, asking myself if this was actually PAIN that could lead to possible injury OR just tiredness that I could push through and stretch out after my run. This is such a difficult balance and I can't say that I've mastered it. I mean, what can any of us do but listen to our bodies the best we can? Sooner or later, there's going to be a time where we take a risk. And pray like hell that you make the right choice.

By definition (according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary), an "athlete" is a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.

When do you choose stamina over caution? I don't know. I'm asking you. Haha. This is one of the biggest lessons I'm working on learning right now. With so many past injuries from my freak roller skating accident, I might have a greater fear of injury than most people in my situation. As a result, I might tend to baby my muscles and joints a bit more...fearing the pain that might result if something goes awry.

Been watching the Olympic Trials this weekend? Watching stuff like that just confuses the heck out of me in this area. LOL. I also watched a movie called "Spirit of the Marathon" last night (it's free to watch on hulu.com!) I'm not kidding...my knees started to hurt just WATCHING that! How on earth does anyone run 26.2 miles? I cannot wrap my brain around this at all!

And then...I did something that shook me to the core. I watched a video of the course I'll be running for my first half marathon on October 20th. Here's a link...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM-SNHXxdoY&
feature=youtube_gdata_player


You don't have to watch the whole thing...you just need to get about 3 minutes in before you start to feel the same emotions that I began to feel while watching it. No joke, guys...the longer it went on, the more fear built in my heart. I thought to myself, "Is this EVER going to end?! This is SOOOO far!"

I'll be honest. This is the first "wall" I've hit in my running. Not the wall that you hear about around Mile 8 of a half marathon...but a mental wall. When I hit this wall, the floodgates of fear and self-doubt were opened...

What am I thinking?
How can I do this?
There's no way I can last that long.
How can anyone make it?
What if I'm just kidding myself?
Am I freaking insane?

After this mental breakdown, I needed some help from a few close friends. Sent the APB out to my Team (A)cross the Miles of Spark runner buddies and they were able to give me some positive fuel for this battle. Some answers to the questions and negative thoughts.

You're going to unleash the beast, that's how. Picture me there cheering you on.
You got this...no worries. If you are at 5 miles now, I would bet my paycheck on you finishing with flying colors.
When what you do brings with it the taste of glory, nothing else will ever satisfy. You train to finish and endure because finishing means so much.
You have 4 months! Think about where you were on Valentine's Day...both mentally and physically. How does it compare to today?

Well, when you put it that way...on Valentine's Day, I was in a place of self-hatred. I had no confidence. I could not even run for 15 seconds. I couldn't even SHUFFLE for 15 seconds. I hadn't even THOUGHT about doing C25K. I wasn't eating right...I wasn't doing anything. I have come quite a ways in 16 weeks. So...what could I do with another 16 weeks? I suppose we'll see. Haha.

This morning, it should have been a rest day for me, but I got out there to support my girl, SNEVIL1 as she ran her first 5k race. MOM2IAN and I both started our 3.1 mile run at the same time that SNEVIL1's race was starting. We like to support each other this way when any of us has a race. It's fun and it's nice when you are the one running the race to know that there are friends out there running "with" you.


Standard Team (A)cross The Miles Thumbs Up Pic

I was not sore after my 5-mile run yesterday, but I was tired. I knew going into this that it was not going to be the easiest run. I even considered just walking it. But, honestly, I just wanted to do it and do it fast. Haha. So, I did the 3.1 miles. It was...tough.

If I wasn't feeling the 5 miles before that run...I certainly was feeling it afterwards. Basically, from the time I got home until now...I've been feeling 8 miles worth of running on my body.

This is a side of my running that I don't usually show you.


These bags of veggies moved from my thighs to my knees, to my shins to my ankles.

When I talked about hard work yesterday, I wasn't pulling your leg. At 2.1 miles today, my quad and knee in my left leg said, "THAT'S ENOUGH OF THIS!" And I walked the last mile. Because they so forcefully asked me to.

Know what else? I took an ice bath this afternoon, for the first time in my life. It was SHOCKING to the system, but oh maaaaan, my legs and arms felt SO much better afterwards.

For me, though, even with soreness and ice and ibuprofen and whatever else comes down the line, I still find the sport rewarding. Even in this exhausting weekend of running, I've learned invaluable lessons.

1. I discovered that late in my long run, I call upon my core and arm muscles to get me through to the end. And, guess what? They need some serious work. So...I will be adding arm work and core work to my rest days. So crucial!

2. Yet ANOTHER reinforcement of how important REST DAYS are! I don't think, from this point forward, I will ever run on a Sunday after a Saturday long run...ever again. I love my Team, but...it's obviously too much for my body to handle. And I simply can't risk injury.

3. I definitely need to work massage money into my budget. No joke, y'all. I went up to serve Communion in church today...and promptly had a lower back spasm. THAT was awkward.

4. Perhaps the most important lesson from this weekend: I can no longer afford to focus ONLY on my physical training. If I expect to endure through 13.1 miles, I need to begin my MENTAL training, like, YESTERDAY. And, as it turns out, I did begin yesterday. It starts with realizing that there will be aches, pains, negative thoughts...and it is my job in training to figure out how to respond to all of it. Whether I yield to it or push through it...is going to be the key for the next 4 months of training.

Wish me luck. No...no luck. Wish me wisdom. I'm gonna need it.


  
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ALIDOSHA 10/17/2012 4:43PM

    Thank you for sharing your own fight to achieve your goal step by step. I felt it was an encouragement and example which I've needed so much. Best luck!

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CHUM48 9/21/2012 12:29PM

    Awesome blog! You are certainly on the right track and building wisdom! You keep it up!

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MISSLISA1973 6/30/2012 10:51PM

    Blogging and a great trainer will definitely help with that. emoticon

Someone (fairly reputable, I believe... a massage therapist if I remember correctly) once told me that a little raw apple cider in bath water helps with the muscle pain/tenderness.

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ANGELBABIES2 6/30/2012 11:29AM

    emoticonThanks for the wonderful blog emoticon

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ILOVEJIM851991 6/29/2012 9:13PM

    take care I always was most concerned with pain in the shins that would be shin splints or if it gets real bad it could be a stress fracture.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/29/2012 11:18AM

    GREAT Blog! THe mental work is important too! For me,t hat's what I use my blogs for.
Thanks for the inspiration! Keep up the great work!

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JENNAAW 6/29/2012 8:52AM

    Love your inspirational post! You seem to be such a lovely person. I am awestruck by people who run (and especially participate in races) before they reach their goal weights. I used to love distance running 40 years ago, but today am having a hard time starting up again because my knees get sore and "crunchy" each time. I think I have to start very gradually because of my age, and am quite certain I will be able to run better after losing another 15 lbs.

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WILSON1926 6/29/2012 6:12AM

    Thank you for this.............You write great blogs and I look forward to reading what you've written every day.

Good Luck
Michael

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PATRICIAANN46 6/28/2012 10:28PM

  I don't think that I need to wish you luck and it sounds like you already have lots of wisdom. As one who has also faced serious injury, I am VERY careful to listen to what my body is saying. Who knows better how it is feeling than our bodies and the only way to communicate to us that we need to STOP what we are doing and rest is PAIN. You are doing a great job. emoticon

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FRACKTHATNOISE 6/28/2012 9:49PM

    Thank you so much for this inspirational blog.

THANK YOU.

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OLDPUEBLOLADI 6/28/2012 7:31PM

    WOW!!! Thanks so much for sharing, such wisdom and ohhhhh, how you inspire me to keep going...ICE BATH!!! That's awesome...I hear that also really helps with weight loss... emoticon
Wishes of WISDOM your way!!!

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ANDYLIN90 6/28/2012 5:17PM

    I love the honesty of your blogs...you are very wise.

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TMOORE073 6/28/2012 2:33PM

    I love your blogs! As a runner myself stay positive. You are going to have rough days & you are going to have great days. Like you could run & run forever. I promise it does get easier. You are doing a fabulous job! WOO HOO! You do have to give yourself breaks. I just wrote in my blog today about injury. You have to adjust but it's ok. Being consist ant & finding other ways to stay active even if it's only for a bike ride, at least your still moving! I have no doubt in my mind you are going to finish your race with flying colors! Good Luck I will be pulling for you all the way! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CMINETTER 6/28/2012 11:15AM

    You got that far in just 16 weeks. WOW! Given another 16 you will be extra emoticon.

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THEIS58 6/28/2012 11:08AM

    great blog - great lesson about mental work!

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MORNINGWALKER 6/28/2012 11:04AM

    I walk....you blow me away running!!!!
You are going to succeed, you have it in you!

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DJSHIP46 6/28/2012 10:04AM

    You will do it!!! Listen to your runner friends and just keep going forward awesome lady! Thanks for sharing your journey!!!

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WALLINMW 6/28/2012 9:55AM

  Stay motivated!

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JPEARL127 6/28/2012 8:32AM

  Your idea of joining a SparkFriend in a run is really a neat idea--it gives a sound reason and motivates you to push through to the finish because you know she is also going through the muscle fatigue. Good job knowing and listening to your body's pain, too!
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INGMARIE 6/28/2012 8:28AM

    emoticonway to go
I love running, had to stop for a while, but i will be back running soon.
You are truly an inspiration .Thank you emoticon

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LAURIE5658 6/28/2012 8:08AM

    With the running routine you have and the respect you have for the activity you will be running until you are 90! How awesome is that!

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KELSEYRF1 6/27/2012 5:13PM

    You are such a wonderful motivator! I am just starting running and can only do 2 miles without stopping, but your blogs definitely keep me inspired. Even though it's frustrating to "run" about the same speed as most people power walk, I know I can keep pushing myself to improve!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/27/2012 3:39PM

    Keep up the great work....

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GAYLE119 6/27/2012 12:34AM

    wow! I guess I hit a roadblock because I can't see myself doing that! Of course, I can't even stand up for more than 3 minutes right now! You are definitely my inspiration! Good luck AND good wisdom! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REENIE131 6/26/2012 9:38PM

    You're right, you need to work in massage. It'll do wonders. I'm a nationally certified massage therapist and if you were in my area (metro detroit) I'd give you a discount!

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BONIFIANT 6/26/2012 8:09PM

    The fact that you have come so far in 16 weeks is really and encouragement to me. Thanks for sharing the nitty gritty as well as the success.

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 6/26/2012 7:23PM

    I'm not a runner (yet - maybe someday. I haven't gotten up the courage to start) but I started a long distance walking program a few weeks ago. I could walk 3 miles - no big deal. Never tried 4 miles. But then I was scheduled to walk 4 miles. Then 5 miles. I was sore! Then 6 miles - a little harder. Then 8 miles, which was HARD. Then on Sunday this past weekend we walked 10 miles! It was hard for me to find more roads in town to go on to make it up to 10 miles but my sister and I did it. We slowed down about mile 8, both of us getting really sore. But then her husband gave us some motivation - he and my sister essentially bet that we would be done in either 25 minutes (sis) or 45 minutes (BIL) and we were at my house in 23 minutes. We took off! It hurt a lot but we did it and then I took the day off yesterday.

Today it's only 4 miles but I know now I can do it. YOU can do it too! Keep on going! :) Thanks for the motivation!

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SHIRE33 6/26/2012 7:04PM

    You are doing the right things, listening, pushing a bit, but not being too hard on your body.

And do be willing to hear what you don't want to hear -- that your body needs you to back up a bit, slow down a bit, if that's what it needs. It might not! But it might, and I'm thinking that you want to be a runner for the long term. Running any one race any one distance isn't nearly as important as being healthy and sound enough to keep ON running for the health benefits.

I go through this myself week to week. I'm starting a new app called Easy 10K by Jeff Galloway. I'm doing the "improve your time" part of it, a 10-week program. It has speed work and also a long run that's longer than my normal -- I usually do 6 miles for that, and at some point this one has me going 10 and then TWELVE. I am going to play it by ear. It's fun to do a program (or train for a race), but it's not worth inducing a side-lining injury. At least, not to me.

Your body will know. : )



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JESSZZ123 6/26/2012 3:39PM

    Really awesome! I love reading your blogs; they are so inspirational, even if it's the good and the bad things. Keep it up!


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HAPPYKITTYNZ 6/26/2012 3:19PM

    Cool blog!! ahh you make ME wanna be a runner again hehe. That's amazing to think you came so far in 16 weeks.. and you're very right to point out that your capabilities will grow.. so long as you just keep at it, :)

- I was reading an article on here by Dean Anderson, one of their behavioral psychologists, and he said to talk to yourself like you were coaching a friend..
would you tell your friend who is doing the 5k race that she is insane.. that she can't do it? of course not!

Try and stomp that fear when it comes up and reward yourself when you do!! :D Well done!!! very inspiring :D


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COOLHEELS 6/26/2012 2:59PM

    I, like you, never thought I could run a marathon. What are those people, crazy? How can you possibly run that far? Then a couple of years later I did it. I focused on the process of getting there rather than letting the distance overwhelm me. I won't lie, it hurt. But it was also exhilarating at times. One of my happiest moments, probably better than the actual race, was the day I completed my longest training run of 20 miles. I remember sitting in front of the fountain at a local park at the end of my route thinking I DID IT!! All the wisdom of training says I am ready, race day is the reward.

Best wishes and God bless you as you prepare for your half marathon. You are entering this process with full knowledge that it will have both highs and lows, and that will ultimately be a big part of what will make you successful.

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LITTLEROX20 6/26/2012 2:56PM

    It's hard to Your mind is telling you to go for it and your body is holding you back. We always have to keep in mind that it's a marathon, not a sprint. Work at your own pace and know you are in a better place than you were 16 weeks ago! emoticon

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DESIDERATA~GIRL 6/26/2012 1:39PM

    Thank you for this great blog - it's very brave of you to show the negative aspects of running but I'm glad you are still at it and gonna do the half marathon! Way to go!
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ON2VICTORY 6/26/2012 1:35PM

    you are paying your dues with grace and style... you got this,.

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MAKAPUUMAVEN 6/26/2012 1:23PM

  Great post! I love the conversation with the quad-that is so real to me. So is the fear of the event. Thank you for sharing that-it has inspired me to get out and put the time and occasional pain (the good kind) in today to achieve my goals.

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GOOSIEMOON 6/26/2012 11:39AM

    emoticon You CAN do this!

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MIKENIKES 6/26/2012 9:47AM

  I just wanted to give you some encouragement - you CAN do a half-marathon! As long as you stick to your training (even if it is difficult) you will be able to make it. I ran a half a few years ago and I ran every single practice run on my schedule and it never got easier (mentally at least). But race day came and I ran the entire race without stopping and it was FUN! Trust your training and remember that race day is the best run you will ever do with people cheering you on!

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FITFOODIE806 6/26/2012 9:14AM

    Seriously incredible blog. I love what running can do for us. And yes, it sure canbe painful, but it's so worth it. I agree with all your friends, you can do 5 now, so you willbe amazed when you're suddenly doing 8 fairly easily, and then 10 and then holy crap! You just ran a Half marathon. I'm giddy for you.
Wishing you wisdom and strength.

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NMGRANNY 6/26/2012 8:51AM

    Great insight! You CAN do this. Do your training and trust in it. You've already learned the hard way just how important rest days are. There's no way to describe the feelings you'll have when you cross that finish line. emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 6/26/2012 7:42AM

    Good for you !
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THEIS58 6/26/2012 5:52AM

    Totally inspiring!

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AWOOD1973 6/26/2012 3:25AM

    Great blog! We don't expect you to have all ups, without having "some" downs! Like I said..., you always know how to keep it real!!

Glad you are learning to listen to your body! emoticon

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How I Ran 4.5 Miles Without Stopping

Saturday, June 23, 2012

This morning was a 5-mile long slow run. My longest distance attempt so far. I started out with a 0.3 mile walking warm-up and ended with a 0.2 walking cool down. In between, though, I was able to run 4.5 miles non-stop.

Perhaps you thought you'd find some helpful tips and tricks here for enduring 4.5 miles (similar to my previous blog, "How I Ran 3 Miles Without Stopping"). Maybe some pointers on running form or speed or ideas on how to drink or fuel to keep going the distance. I hate to disappoint you...this is not my typical inspiration-filled, informative blog.

But I WILL share my secret for the 4.5 mile non-stop run. Ok, gather in close now...wouldn't want this to get out...it's just you and me, right?

HARD WORK

That's all. One day a week of cross training (I do a 3-mile easy walk) and 4 days a week of training runs (2 miles, 3 miles, 3 miles and a long run of 4-6 miles). No exceptions - no excuses. 7 days a week of paying attention to and logging food - nothing fried, very little sugary stuff and more veggies and protein than you can even imagine...with some whole grains and good carbs mixed in as well.

Consistency and, to be honest, a whole lot of stubbornness and a little bit of sass.

Disappointed?

  
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LANGHAM71 6/25/2012 3:54PM

    I have a friend who struggling with running...

I gave her the first advice I learned from you..."run at a slower pace..."

They were amazed that it worked and increase their length of running time...

Now, I am going to pass on this advice along with your next Blog "Why I Run..." with pictures and commentary...

And YOU are so right, I couldn't explain why I run to her...I guess they have to do to find out...LOL

THANK YOU!

Awesome Blog!



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ZANNBEE 6/24/2012 5:14PM

    Great blog. Way to go!

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    That is so emoticon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 6/24/2012 4:56PM

    So proud of you, my little muffin!!!
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(pretend that is a muffin and is smells SO good!!)
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GATEAUX981 6/24/2012 4:38PM

    that is AWESOME.
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RUNNER12COM 6/24/2012 4:19PM

    Hard work is the secret? You bet!

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AWOOD1973 6/24/2012 4:07PM

    You did it!!! Congrats on your hard work! It's taking you places you've never been!!!! :-)

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MIZMAC4 6/24/2012 12:39PM

  You are my inspiration. emoticon

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LILYPAD12311 6/24/2012 12:26PM

    YEAH! Way to go girly!!!! Very proud of you,,,,,, you are just the little energizer bunny! you keep going and going! LOL

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SLIMLEAF 6/24/2012 8:31AM

    Well done on your hard work - it's obviously paying off.

I am glad that you said the 'secret' to weight loss is hard work because I'd thought that sticking to my calorie limit was 'impossible' but if it's merely 'hard work' then I know I can do it!

Spark on!

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POKEMOM2THREE 6/24/2012 7:51AM

    ... just telling it like it is~ you commit to the work, you reap the rewards. Congrats on your run, girlie~ you ROCK! Mini here you come! :)

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SWEDE_SU 6/24/2012 6:58AM

    you got it! emoticon

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LINDAK25 6/24/2012 3:48AM

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Fantastic!

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123ELAINE456 6/24/2012 3:07AM

  Awesome!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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SSHANTI 6/24/2012 2:59AM

    Oh no worries, I think this post was great, not disappointing at all. When I first got back on a bike 2 years and 4 months ago, it took me nearly an hour to ride 2 miles around the local lake. Because I was that badly out of shape. I had to stop a bunch of times and sit down. I had to walk up the hills, I even fell over several times and got covered with scrapes and bruises. Fairly large ones too. My Android phone kept track of my horrifying performance. My average moving pace? Well let's just say my Droid laughed at me and leave it at that shall we?

That was then.

Thursday I went out for one of my regular rides, and I decided I'd go for a slow, gentle, recovery ride. 12 miles and less than an hour later I was embarrassed that it wasn't all the slow. Mind you Monday had been a short speed ride and for the first time ever I'd gotten up above a 14 mile per hour average pace by pushing myself for three fast miles. Mine you I'm on a bike, so getting there isn't unrealistic. I have friends who go faster and farther everyday than I do. But for me, looking at my stats and seeing a 14.6 mile per hour average pace was like winning the lottery. It was also a long way from that first day of taking an hour to do two miles.

My secret? Same as yours. HARD WORK and keeping at it.

Since March 27th, 2010 I've ridden 1708 miles (yes, one thousand, seven hundred and eight miles on a bike) in 2 years and 4 months. And while it was hard work to keep improving the length and speed of my rides, it's been so worth it!

We're doing great we are! You're so rick in it!

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WANNABFIT34 6/24/2012 1:50AM

    Mularkey you must have some secret formula...Awesome way to work your butt off!!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 6/24/2012 12:45AM

    Great job!

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ZENSTEPH 6/23/2012 11:56PM

    Awesome!

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TIFFY0906 6/23/2012 11:46PM

    emoticon - emoticon on your run

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OPTIMIST1948 6/23/2012 11:44PM

    Great work!

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DANILYNNG 6/23/2012 10:45PM

    Yep, hard work. This running stuff isn't for wimps, ya know! emoticon

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VANBSJ 6/23/2012 10:35PM

    Awesome job!!! Thanks for the encouragement, too, to just keep working hard, and it'll all work out in the end!

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KALANTHA 6/23/2012 10:32PM

    Not a bit! Thank you for sharing your secret of success!

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JENNNY135 6/23/2012 10:27PM

    It is hard work, but the pay off is priceless. You'll notice your hips sliming down, your butt stronger and last but not least you'll start getting shapely legs.

I just love hearing about your progress.

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JENNCABA 6/23/2012 10:20PM

    emoticon emoticonYES !! Hard work and NO Excuses. !! emoticon That is exactly was has kept me on the right path towards my goals emoticon emoticon

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THISTIMEMYWAY 6/23/2012 8:34PM

    Consistency is right! ok I just finished 6 days of consistent run/walking every morning. Thanks for keeping it real emoticon
I must persist. My first goal is to run 20 minute straight. Not there yet. Before I would run/walk and then wouldn't train for a week and then lost my momentum and then start again. This time I will continue!
Keep your blogs coming. You are very inspiring and helpful.
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GUITARWOMAN 6/23/2012 8:33PM

    Wow, that is fabulous!


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1TRULYBLESSED 6/23/2012 8:24PM

    Disappointed? Heck, no!! I'm just bustin' out PROUD of you for doing the hard work it takes to make long-term changes, rather than looking to the latest fad diet, supplement or workout ("Flat Belly In 3 Days!" -- yeah, right! And it'll LAST for 3 days, too, if you're lucky!). Have a question, though: how do you manage to keep it up without being waylaid by injury? 'Cuz, even 'tho I'm careful to warm up, cool down, not push too hard while running (like you, I do something closer to a shuffle!), and stretch well afterwards, I STILL managed to pull a hamstring that's taking forEVer to heal! Argh!! emoticon

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MOM-MOM8 6/23/2012 8:23PM

    emoticon and wonder words of wisdom for all of us.

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SHIRE33 6/23/2012 8:18PM

    That's exactly it. I've lost 83 pounds doing that and intend to continue to 105. And then I'm going to maintain by doing what worked to lose it. I don't want to sound cocky, just sure. Hard work. Consistency. Ignore the day-to-day. Just pick up each morning with a plan to do the right thing. Every. Single. Day. Sometimes I screw up. Next morning, back to plan. It used to be such a mystery to me. How could I not see it? Hard work. Consistency. That's about it.



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SNEVIL1 6/23/2012 8:17PM

    Woohoo!!

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MAMALOVEBUG 6/23/2012 8:14PM

    Way to go!! I am so happy for you for this accomplishment!!

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PARKERB2 6/23/2012 8:14PM

    Sounds good to me. You are definitely not a disappointment. Have a great night.

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Lessons In The Fog

Friday, June 22, 2012

Something new happened to me this morning. I will confide in you and tell you that I literally "write" my entire blog in my head each day WHILE I'm on my runs in the morning. If you've noticed, there have been a couple days where I didn't post anything. I could almost 100% guarantee that those days were rest days.

This morning, I stumbled upon such deep and profound thoughts, I literally couldn't wait to capture them. Picture this...a running girl holding a cell phone and talking into her voice recognition app WHILE still running. Yeah...I was THAT desperate to hold onto these ideas. So, maybe you're in for a treat with this one. Or, maybe I've finally truly lost my mind. You be the judge.

This morning's run started off as every other until I got to the trail and began my run. About 3 minutes in, I looked ahead and saw this...



The picture really doesn't do this wall of fog justice. It was so thick, I couldn't see anything past a few yards in front of me. I felt the icy fingers of fear grasp my heart. I've read too many safety articles lately. Here I am...a woman completely alone on a trail shrouded in thick fog.

I'm not a fool. I turned down my music and proceeded with caution, keeping my eyes wide open and alert for predators. I kept running. And what happened next took me completely by surprise. I had assumed the entire rest of my run would literally be in a cloud. But, as it turns out, that patch of fog was a narrow strip...and soon, I was on a clear path and looking back at the fog behind me.

On the way back, my thoughts were so energizing that I picked up the pace of my run significantly. I ran right through that fog on the way back without so much as a backwards glance.

As I finished my run, the impact of this as a metaphor for life and health really hit me hard. And, as a result of this seemingly insignificant incident, I came up with 5 truths that can be used as guides for life and health.

1. Watch for Predators

LIFE: Doesn't it seem like things are going so well sometimes and you suddenly look around and realize that you've stumbled into a situation where you could easily be attacked? At work, school, in your marriage, with a friend. We've gotta keep our eyes open for things like gossip, anger, bitterness and division in our family. Stuff like that can sneak up and destroy you...usually when you are all alone in your own thoughts, in your own world.

HEALTH: Moments of weakness can roll in like a thick fog and cloud your judgment. What are the predators that seek to destroy our healthy lifestyle? Fast food, indifference, self-hatred, depression. Come on...I'm sure you can name a LOT more than that! We MUST keep our eyes open. For, if our health is stolen from us...what do we have left?

2. But...Keep Running!

LIFE: When you are living WAY off your budget, you face death of loved ones, when you have no job prospects and your kids are hungry, when you wonder if this marriage has any possibility of surviving, when you ask God if your life means anything...keep running. Because, who knows when that fog will lift? It might look overpowering and it might appear to stretch on forever, but one day...you'll find yourself in the light. And you'll be looking back at that fog, thinking, "What was that all about? I'm OK."

HEALTH: You guys know this. I have only talked about this about a thousand times. And so has everyone else that has found success on this site. We just can't give up. It doesn't matter if you ate 5 Big Macs yesterday or spent a full 48 hours in front of the TV playing World of Warcraft. Today is a new day and you are responsible for your body TODAY. So, screw the past and get moving.

3. You'll Be Surprised What You Find on The Other Side

LIFE: Sometimes (ok, most times), good things happen after we fall. A new love, a new friend and soulmate, some new opportunity that you never even conceived of in the past. And your horrible circumstances led you directly to it. Life is just like that. Thank God. You know...like a box of choclates. Never know what you're gonna get.

HEALTH: One of these days, you're gonna be walking into a gas station wearing a skirt and heels and you are going to check out your OWN legs. (OK, well...if the guys do that, I might get a *little* concerned...depending on your chosen lifestyle, I guess). But, seriously, you will realize one day that you have a muscle where you didn't know you had one. You will collapse in tears on your driveway because you ran a 5k at 248 lbs. You'll marvel at the fact that you said "no" to your very favorite meal because it just isn't good for you. Not out of guilt...but out of love for yourself. And you will sit in awe and realize how far you have come.

4. You'll Be Stronger On The Other Side

LIFE: This is the epitome of being a survivor. Your courage and determination grows each time you face a situation you fear and take it on head to head. And even if the results are not what you think they will be or wish them to be, you can never say that you are not a more complex or interesting person as result.

HEALTH: Muscles get torn down in a run and then they build back up. But, when they build back up, they are stronger. But exercise and healthy eating doesn't just make you physically stronger. Your level of confidence and love for yourself is a foundation for everything else you do in life. It needs to be sturdy, like a brick wall. Every time you meet a goal or complete a workout or make a healthy choice, you are adding another brick to that inpenetrable wall.

5. You Won't Be Afraid Next Time

LIFE: This doesn't mean it won't hurt just as much the next time...but you will go into it with something more valuable than fear...knowledge and wisdom from living through it in the past. The best part about knowledge and wisdom is that you can pass that on to others...and maybe they won't be AS afraid the first time they are faced with the fog.

HEALTH: The lure of junk food, the beckoning of the couch, the mental exhaustion that comes from making excuse after excuse - these things (and more) will slowly lose their power in your life...if you are consistent. No longer will you be a slave to them. But you will claim your OWN power. And you will be in control of your own body, mind and spirit. THAT, my friends, is true health.

  
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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/20/2012 10:42AM

    WOW! what a great blog and revelation. I always keep in mind that everything is temporaty, but this metaphor provides a visual image that is awesome.

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GALINAZ 7/5/2012 10:58AM

    you write so well and your thoughts are very insightful, thanks!

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CINDYBEL 6/27/2012 2:51PM

    Glad you had your cell phone with you so you could share.

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AATKIN01 6/27/2012 1:54PM

    Wow. this was an awesome blog. emoticon

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THEIS58 6/27/2012 5:39AM

    Great job on this - insightful, wise, practical - well done!

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MIJAMAGS 6/26/2012 12:11PM

    Absolutely LOVED your blog....thanks for being so inspiring emoticon

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CAROLZ1967 6/25/2012 9:29PM

    Another great blog! Thank you!

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LITTLEROX20 6/25/2012 9:08PM

    Very inspiring and thought provoking post. Thank you

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FATHINSN 6/25/2012 8:44PM

    Those are great lesson learned from your running through the fog. It applies to our life, when we are in trips towards our goals and there are fogs in the middle, the beginning or maybe so close to the end. Make us more cautious but at same time, the fogs are what we need to go through to reach our destionations.

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MACEWOMAN 6/25/2012 1:56PM

    Well said! emoticon

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SUGARBEACHES 6/25/2012 1:34PM

    That was so awesome and very inspiring..printing out to reread daily!



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GOLDENSENIOR 6/25/2012 11:26AM

    Very well written. I enjoyed reading this. Thank You

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NIGHTOCUPS 6/25/2012 9:57AM

    That fog was a really good teacher. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

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JPEARL127 6/25/2012 7:35AM

  Thanks for inspiring us! I love your insightful blogs and the analogies you use!

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JESSZZ123 6/24/2012 10:32PM

    Perfectly well said. I don't think anyone could top that. Thanks!

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EMILYDOODLE 6/24/2012 9:50PM

  great blog, very inspirational!

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MARILYNH41254 6/24/2012 5:27PM

    Thanks for the bog. So what I needed to read right now as trying to get life healthy. I have been seeing the fog and not looking for the other side. Have a Happy Life requires a Healthy Life. emoticon

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KIPPER15 6/24/2012 1:45PM

    Great !! emoticon

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    That was great I love the metaphors emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYFULJUDYLYNN 6/24/2012 10:51AM

    Hit home for me. Thank you.

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DAREDEVILME 6/24/2012 9:42AM

    Very powerful......what hit home with me was the statement:
"Screw the past and get moving."
So powerful in fact, I'm going to make a poster of it for motivation.
Thanks!!

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KNEWMETODAY 6/24/2012 8:05AM

    The emphasis on love for self comes through loud and clear--what most of us NEED to hear and cling to!

Thanks.

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ANNARUTH2 6/24/2012 7:51AM

    Good advice Leah! Thanks! emoticon

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CICELY360 6/24/2012 12:15AM

  Good blog.

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CGAALEMA 6/23/2012 8:14PM

    My goodness Leah. I've seen your Sparkpeople posts on Facebook and figured I'd check this site out along with your blog. I'm just so inspired and impressed. This one especially really rang loud and clear for me. I've actually just started a "learn to run" 8 week plan today. I feel so great... just after one day! I'm going to keep reading your blog too. Way to go! Seriously! emoticon

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TAMMIEANN76 6/23/2012 8:10PM

    Wow. Awesome... Thank you.

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NEWCHINELO 6/23/2012 7:27PM

    interesting!

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PASTORMAE5 6/23/2012 5:12PM

    Well said my beautiful sister

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DIANNEMT 6/23/2012 3:54PM

    Thanks!

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GRAMPIAN 6/23/2012 3:31PM

  Interesting blog.

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FARIS71 6/23/2012 3:03PM

    Oh boy that was good. Say no to your favorite temptation not out of guilt but out of love for yourself. Woah.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 6/23/2012 3:01PM

    What a great blog. I have sinned this week, but it is alright. This is a new day, and tomorrow is a new day and so on. I will do better.

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SUSIEMT 6/23/2012 12:47PM

    Well said! Thank you!

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/23/2012 12:17PM

  Very, very nice. emoticon emoticon

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MOMMY445 6/23/2012 12:10PM

    so inspiring and motivating! thanks for sharing!

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JUDYAASH 6/23/2012 11:59AM

    Inspirational!!! emoticon

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FLICKIE13 6/23/2012 11:22AM

  Great blog and so true on many things.

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BIRDLSLAURIE 6/23/2012 10:20AM

    This was a great blog!

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NEWMOM20121 6/23/2012 10:10AM

    Awesome blog. Really, it was great. VERY well said and so very true. Great job.

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1GODGIRL 6/23/2012 10:08AM

    I got to #3

"You'll marvel at the fact that you said "no" to your very favorite meal because it just isn't good for you. Not out of guilt...but out of love for yourself."

I had to stop at that point because I was in tears. I never loved myself before, but I am starting to love myself now. I recently have said "no" to my favorite foods and now I know why, because I LOVE MYSELF!

Your blogs are so inspiring and motivational. I love the way you write. You write very compelling, descriptive word pictures that express what you are trying to say very well. The points you make give me a lot to think about. I am sure I will read this blog again and again.

I also loved your picture of the trail with the fog up ahead. Brilliant!

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GARDENCHRIS 6/23/2012 8:21AM

    wow ..... what a metaphor for life! Thanks!

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MIZMAC4 6/23/2012 8:13AM

  Inspirational. I needed it this morning.

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Don't You Think It's Time We Met?

Friday, June 22, 2012

So, this is not my OFFICIAL blog for today (that will be posting shortly), but I did want to differentiate this from anything else I post because I feel it is so exciting and important. (Yes...two blogs in one day...don't you feel special? I just love ya too much!)

So, here is the deal. I've got this Spark BFF, MOM2IAN. She lives in Michigan and I live in Indiana. We have been texting fools for the past month or so. We work out "together" (at the same time in our respective hometowns) and just get along in general. Not only have we become friends, but I have successfully assimilated her into the running club - a huge victory, as she professed to HATE running the first time I ever talked to her. So she says to me, "Don't you think it's time we meet?"

We found a race that is exactly halfway - the Fort4Fitness 10k Run/Walk in Fort Wayne, IN. We decided to do it, share a hotel room that Friday night and finally meet face-to-face.

But, then something happened. Another SparkFriend that had been texting MOM2IAN (SNEVIL1) decided that she'd like to get in on the fun. So, even though it is a 10-hour drive for her (!!!), we welcomed her into our hotel room. Hey...more the merrier...and cheaper too!

This morning, a brilliant little plan hatched in my brain. I said to MOM2IAN, "Don't you think it's time we ALL meet?"

So, this is your official invitation to join me, MOM2IAN and SNEVIL1 in Fort Wayne on Friday & Saturday, September 28 & 29, 2012 for the Fort4Fitness 10k Walk/Run.

Here is a link to the main page so you can check it out:

www.fort4fitness.org/fort4fitness-10
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Here is a link to Registration:

www.fort4fitness.org/fort4fitness-re
gistration.asp


If you decide that you'd like to join us, you send me a message or comment on this blog and I will keep a running list. (Hee hee...runnning list...get it?) Perhaps, if we get enough people, I can get a deal with the hotel on a block of rooms. So...no one make your reservations yet (unless you're just anti-social and don't wanna be with all of us). We can figure it out when we have a good group established.

And, lest you worry about getting left in the dust because you're not ready to run a 10k...consider this. My mile pace is usually around 14-minutes per mile. MOM2IAN can WALK twice as fast as I can run. AND...she will probably be walking some of it (or most of it) because she JUST started running too. All I'm saying is...don't let fear of looking dumb stop you if you want to meet us. We are AWESOME and we would never ever ever make you feel like less of a person. Cool?

Come on...let's do this thing!!!!

  
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LILYPAD12311 6/24/2012 12:28PM

    That is great,,,,,, will be running a 5 k on my own to join you girl this morning! emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 6/24/2012 9:33AM

    Sounds like fun but I already have plans that weekend! Ft Wayne is 13 + hour drive from my neck of the plains in Kansas (no "woods" really...), and that's Googlr speaking. He apparently has a cast iron bladder and never has to get gas or eat something (and get gas.... Peeeuuuu!) so I think it would be two days drive.

But hey I plan to do a 5k virtual run for Nov 11 Sleepwalkers Across America in support for Run Her Way for Ovarian Cancer, and pretty sure I'll sign up for the 5K for the Prairie Fire here in Wichita Oct. 14th.

*gasp* did I really just say that!? Better go get myself registered!

Have fun you all!!

Julia

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123ELAINE456 6/24/2012 3:05AM

  Awesome!!! Hard Work!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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POKEMOM2THREE 6/23/2012 7:02AM

    OMGosh! You're coming to the Fort? YOU'RE COMING TO THE FORT!!! emoticon I'd invite y'all to stay here but, well, the boys bunks aren't that comfortable and the Princess would talk your ear off. lol. I can't even get my mind to wrap around this~ I CAN'T WAIT! emoticon

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EATVEGAN 6/23/2012 12:52AM

    Oh, sounds like so much fun! You all have a great time. The rest of us will cheer you on and look forward to great pictures. emoticon
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SPARKL3 6/22/2012 8:33PM

    OH!!! It is SO, so tempting!!! I just checked, and it's only about 3 hours and 45 minutes to Fort Wayne from where I live. That part's do-able.

BUT~~~ I can walk a 5K (if you give me plenty of time, that is---and note that I said WALK. Not run. LOL) However, I don't think I could possibly get ready for a 10K even in 3 months' time.

Rats!!!

But I would absolutely LOVE to come meet you all and cheer everyone on!
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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 6/22/2012 8:04PM

    3 months seems like forever from now!!


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XMAS2012 6/22/2012 7:18PM

    Great Idea!!!!

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MONKEYBEE7 6/22/2012 4:51PM

    Such an awesome idea...I can not commit right now because my job situation is in transition but I might tag on a little later if things are more stable.

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LDRICHEL 6/22/2012 4:35PM

    Yeah, there is a bad side of town in Fort Wayne. I would not trust the $50 hotels. Just sayin'. I'm thinking for a decent place (I've actually stayed in the past and know a really nice place) it will be about $120/night for a room of 4 ladies...which works out to about $30/person. Not TOO bad, eh?

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SNEVIL1 6/22/2012 4:27PM

    Online hotels looked about $50 a night. Its gonna be awesomeeeeee! My first 10k.

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WONDERWOMAN 6/22/2012 4:23PM

    So if I found a way to come down, I could be doing a HM all five September weekends?! Yikes, but it is sooooooo tempting! A ma a fanatic, after all.

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JENNNY135 6/22/2012 4:18PM

    Wish they developed transporters - then I'd be there in a flash.

Have a great time everyone who's going.

"Beam me up Scotty"

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DIANNEMT 6/22/2012 4:18PM

    So--if you can't get to Indiana, find 2-3 people that live in YOUR area and pick a race--there is likely to be one SOMEWHERE handy--and get a group to run it together!
There is someone from CA and another from NM--maybe a run in Vegas??

Just suggesting that these two lovely ladies started one group--YOU can start another!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 6/22/2012 3:47PM

    Wow, that sounds like so much fun!! Unfortunately, Indiana is a bit far for what I can work into my schedule, but I wish I could go! You're all going to have a great time. :)

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SUNSHINEGIRLAZ 6/22/2012 2:39PM

    Ooooh! Wish i lived closer. That's a 1700 mile trek for me. Can't afford it this year! Next year, for sure!

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2BEHEALTHYME 6/22/2012 2:35PM

    What a great idea! I wish it were closer, but I just cant make it that far.

If anyone wants to do something closer to California drop me a line!!

Have fun Ladies and enjoy :)

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GOSPARK45 6/22/2012 2:03PM

    That sounds like fun. But living in NM I don't think I'll make it. What a great idea. have fun.

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KBRADFORD88 6/22/2012 1:51PM

    How much do you think a hotel room could end up being? I am seriously thinking about it? How far is that from marion? Got friends there/

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/22/2012 1:49PM

    I would LOVE to meet you and do a 10k with other Sparkers. Wish I lived closer!

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CHERRY666 6/22/2012 1:46PM

    Indiana is a bit too far for me but have fun you guys!

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DANILYNNG 6/22/2012 1:33PM

    I'd love to, but I can't. Indiana is just too far a trip for me. You all have fun!

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