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A Week Off - NOT Awesome

Saturday, November 03, 2012

I did absolutely NO workouts this week. I mean, that was a planned thing. I'd anticipated a full two weeks rest after my half marathon after this rather grueling season of injury and healing and re-injury.

I never imagined how it would feel, though. I hear stories of marathoners who get antsy during taper periods before a race. I never knew why they'd hate a taper...I mean, it's a nice excuse to relax! What's not to love?!

Oy...it's awful. Just awful. And here's another thing. I have learned that it's WAY more difficult for me to keep my eating habits in check when I'm not doing some sort of planned physical activity throughout the week. Granted, I did a hell of a lot of emotional eating this week (serious stuff going down here) and I understand why that has happened. But, it's a lot easier to stay on track when my food is truly fuel for my training. Lesson learned.

I feel so gross. Like I lost so much fitness this week. I know that's absurd and it doesn't fade THAT quickly...but, man...I don't really want to take a break this long again. It was not a smart move for me. Now I have that sluggish feeling that will make it difficult for me to get started again on Monday....even though I'm chomping at the bit, at the same time, to get back into my "normal life". Weird.

So, training schedule has got me doing 5 hours per week for the next month. I've got that scheduled as 2 one-hour spinning classes, 4 days of 30 mins swimming and 2 30-minute strength training sessions per week. THAT'LL be a BIG CHANGE. Haha. Absolutely can't wait. Can you imagine how much better and more energized I'll feel after 2 weeks of that????

Wrench in the works is that I have to travel to Denver next week so I'm "losing" 4 days of my "normal" training. Honestly, I think I'm just gonna pack some Jillian Michaels DVDs in my suitcase, slap them on my laptop a few times next week and call it a day. I'll get a great workout in on Monday morning (fly out on Tuesday) and plan on having an extra long workout on Saturday and something on Sunday. I think I can get 5 hours in that way. It won't be "the usual", but I'll still be getting it done.

Wish me luck. So much harder to motivate when I'm out of town!!! Was so spoiled in Austin with that gorgeous Hilton saltwater pool!

  
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EBURGITE 11/5/2012 10:13AM

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KATHIC2 11/5/2012 8:12AM

  I had a week just like yours! Rest is important in the training cycle but I totally over ate. Re-focused now, as are you. Here's to successful week. Happy training!

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BESSHAILE 11/5/2012 7:12AM

    I know EXACTLY how you feel - but I also know you'll stick to it .

One way I help myself with rest periods is to imagine my body rebuilding itself one cell at a time, with stronger muscles, better circulation, more streamlined digestion

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JUNEAU2010 11/4/2012 9:14PM

    Saltwater pool? I hope I encounter one (when I have a suit!)! Sounds AWESOME!

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    Travel safe. You can do it. emoticon emoticon

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SENIORSWIMMER 11/4/2012 6:53PM

    Safe travel. Good luck with your workout plan. Denver has a lot to offer.

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NSMANN 11/4/2012 2:55PM

    I too am traveling for work lately and wondering how to keep up with my fitness on the road. Luckily I have a gym membership that allows me to go to any location in the country, so I think I will be able to find a gym in Dallas. Good luck with your 5 hour /week commitment!

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HOLLYM48 11/4/2012 8:37AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan and it is so funny how addicted to exercise you become when you start this journey. I feel the same way if I miss 1 day of a workout.
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RUNNERRACHEL 11/4/2012 7:58AM

    I understand. It's amazing how quickly the body feels sluggish from not working out! I feel like I have lost all fitness ability but it is not true. You'll get back in there and feel better. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 11/3/2012 11:43PM

    You can do it! Getting back on track is a cinch with your positive attitude.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/3/2012 11:43PM

    You can do it! Getting back on track is a cinch with your positive attitude.

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GOING-STRONG 11/3/2012 11:28PM

    Great plan..... and good thinking. You will be back in fighting form in no time at all.



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TREYONE 11/3/2012 11:25PM

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KATHY_NATURELVR 11/3/2012 10:35PM

    I learned from a trainer we had at my work that you can do a form of Tabata training in your hotel room. It can be grueling too, without weights (you can take resistance bands if you need them). The example on this website talk about using medicine balls, but you can modify to do something else without weights. You'll be sore for days.

http://tabatatraining.
org/

A couple of women and I do a circuit twice a week (except we use one exercise for the four minute duration) for strength training. On Tuesday's we do:

Lateral arm raises
Modified push ups
Squats
Crunches or some other varied type of ab work
Forward Arm raises
Bench/chair dips
Lunges

Your arms will feel like wet noodles right after and your quads will be screaming for days.

On Thursday we do a variety of core exercises to strengthen our core.

Download a tabata timer for your smartphone, if you have one. Otherwise you can use one online (http://www.beach-fitness.com/tabat
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Here's another option:

http://www.nerdfitne
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-body-weight-workout-burn-fat-b
uild-muscle/

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MANILUS 11/3/2012 8:39PM

    Good luck, you can do it!!

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GUITARWOMAN 11/3/2012 7:57PM

    Schedule disruption is hard...you can get around it!

As for the emotional eating, own it, track it, and move on!

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KRYSTALLA 11/3/2012 7:45PM

    Good luck, you can do it.

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SLIMLEAF 11/3/2012 7:34PM

    Leah, you stuck to your training plan for the week! In this (unusual) case, that meant fully resting. You found it hard. You didn't feel better for it, but worse. So what? You STUCK to your training plan!

Well done!

I have faith in you. You're doing fine. Remember - just one day at a time.
God bless.

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KKINNEA 11/3/2012 6:07PM

    Taking planned time off is tough but often very necessary. You'll be the better for it! Haul Jillian along with you and you'll be back before you know it.

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FITFOODIE806 11/3/2012 5:51PM

    You've got this!!! Hope the travel and working out goes well.

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DIANNEMT 11/3/2012 4:14PM

    I was sick then away then Sandy...so not much exercise. I hear you!

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KATYDID412 11/3/2012 4:05PM

    I kind of feel like you do. I did nothing this week between Monday and Thursday, and my eating was all of whack too. So this morning, the scale was not my friend.

When I'm exercising, I'm eating well, and vice versa. I am trying like heck to get myself back on track starting today.

It's scary how easy it is for me to fall off the wagon.

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SBRAN833 11/3/2012 3:37PM

    Best of luck!! I have faith in you!! :)

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LINDAK25 11/3/2012 3:21PM

    Enjoy your trip! Hope whatever is causing you emotional eating will calm down.

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JMARIES51 11/3/2012 3:17PM

    I hope to get to the point where I feel antsy if I don't work out. I still have to push myself to get started, but it is much easier once I am doing.

Maybe there will be a workout room in the place you are staying? It seems like these days a lot of places have some sort of weight room, treadmill, stairclimber. But DVD's are great.

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AUSFAM 11/3/2012 3:00PM

    Sounds like you're doing all you can do to plan for success--best wishes! Isn't it weird to think that you feel 'weird' without working out on a regular basis! :)

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DIET_FRIEND 11/3/2012 2:59PM

    DVDs are handy for working out when you the outdoors won't do. It sounds like fitness is not a problem for you!

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MAGGIEVAN 11/3/2012 2:51PM

    Best of luck, you can do it!

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A 52-Week Training Plan

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

So, I've been talking a bit about my next year's training plan, which spans 52 weeks and takes into account several different phases of training throughout the year (Prep, Base, Build and Race Phases). A lot of you have been surprised that I would plan so far out. And some have had questions about this.

I did not come up with this training plan on my own. Not at all! This is a plan carefully researched and laid out by triathlete, Joe Friel, in his book "The Triathlete's Training Bible".



If you are at all interested in triathlon, this book will take you through every aspect of the sport that you can possibly imagine. And Joe devotes two entire chapters to meticulously laying out HOW to set up a 52-week training program (tailoring it to your own personal lifestyle and training limitations). I simply went through the chapters step by step and this is the training plan I have designed (I'm sure you can't see details...but you CAN see that it is well thought out and lays a great foundation for a racing season).



Once you get past the complication of laying it all out, it's really quite simple. Each week has a number of hours assigned to it. You simply train for that number of hours. There are smaller areas of focus (i.e. endurance, muscular strength, etc). But, as a beginning triathlete, I choose to focus on getting the training done....that's most important. My ONE AND ONLY focus this year is going to be ENDURANCE. If I CAN add the extras, great. If not, I'm not going to worry about it this year.

Anyway, I'm very excited to start this plan next week. As I've said before, my Prep and Base phases will consist solely of weights/strength, spinning and swimming. Basically, I'm looking to drop some serious weight before I jump back into run training.

I'm sure there will be a lot of bumps and bruises as I work through this first season. But, at least I have a specific and detailed plan, which I can replicate next year and tweak to perfection.

Have I mentioned I'm SO excited??????

  
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KATHIC2 11/3/2012 9:25AM

  Great info and plan! I will look for the book too!

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OPTIMIST1948 11/1/2012 8:25PM

    I dropped *serious* weight when I started triathlons this summer. Its how I think I got to where I am now **the best frekin' shape of my life**

And I got to eat 85% of everything I still ate. Be careful on brick days. VERY hungry afterwards...

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/1/2012 5:22PM

    Oh wow, that is detailed!
I've actually let the idea of doing a triathlon start to maybe creep into my head. It sounds completely insane right now - I'm down to a maximum 12.5 minutes running after hurting my knee, so a triathlon?? But if I had a training plan for it then maybe it might be possible.
I may have to look up this book.

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ON2VICTORY 11/1/2012 3:42PM

    You're hired....

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FALLNTENN 11/1/2012 12:51PM

    It's really amazing how much thought and planning goes into training for a triathlon. I'm so excited for you. Good Luck.

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DR8561 11/1/2012 11:39AM

    emoticon on getting it done. Hoping all goes well over the next 52 weeks!

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GOING-STRONG 10/31/2012 10:33PM

    So very excited for you! Thanks for the info on the book... I'm going to look into it. I need to get a bit more "formal" with my training schedule.

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TREYONE 10/31/2012 9:23PM

  Congratulations on having your fitness plan for the year!!!! Good motivation!!! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/31/2012 9:14PM

    That's fantastic - you're committed to a whole year of endurance training! Sounds like you have some really well-planned goals.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/31/2012 8:26PM

    And you should be excited. I wish you the best on your goals.

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    YAY! This is so cool!

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    Great!!!

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FITFOODIE806 10/31/2012 1:29PM

    I'm so excited for you!!!! I started my tri ST plan last night. WAY harder than I expected. Good thing it's only twice a week through the winter!
I'm curious and nosy: Are you still going to do Grandma's this coming June? Or focus on tri for now?
Enjoy the training!!!

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JUNEAU2010 10/31/2012 1:20PM

    AWESOME! I'll look for that book...

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GUITARWOMAN 10/31/2012 12:57PM

    I finished Francie Wirkus' book.

I am certainly curious and interested about what makes a triathelte do what they do.

It was a bit amusing to read about Francie's mother telling her she was going to wreck her knees, etc., but, is thee any research as to long-term harmful effects of this kind of training and competition?

It will be fascinating for me to read your updates. You are a competent, clear writer....maybe you'll write a book!

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SLIMLEAF 10/31/2012 12:26PM

    This is really exciting, Leah!

It makes me think that I need to do something like that too - having a training chart/plan. It would motivate me to stick to my goals. I have given up on myself a bit at the moment because keeping within my calorie ranges seems impossible. I NEED to do it, though. I NEED to succeed and not give up.

You are an inspiration - Spark On!

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REMEMBER2BME 10/31/2012 12:24PM

    Wow, this is so very impressive. Selfishly, I am hopeful that we will be able to tag along during this journey of yours. I am confident I can continue to learn from you. HUGS! AND GREAT JOB!!!!

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FITBIZZZ 10/31/2012 12:22PM

    Nicely done. Love it!

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    Awesome!!! Looking back over accomplished training is going to be so amazing here in a few weeks emoticon

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DANILYNNG 10/31/2012 12:17PM

    How much lee-way does the plan allow? That's key for me... I like to use a couple of plans back to back, because if I lose time or need more time, I can adjust that as I go.

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PATTISTAMPS 10/31/2012 11:47AM

    I know you will do well with this plan!

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JMARIES51 10/31/2012 11:07AM

    This is so awesome and you must feel soooooooooooooooooo excited! LOL. How wonderful to have your goals all laid out in front of you. You go girl!

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KIPPER15 10/31/2012 11:01AM

    So organized! Well done. I know you will do this. I need to borrow some motivation please. emoticon emoticon

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Off the Grid

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hey Sparkies.

So I haven't been around much the past week or so. I had a terribly busy week at work...just got back from Austin and now getting ready to turn right around and head to Denver in a week for another conference.

In addition, I've had some pretty rough stuff going on in my personal world. It's the kind of thing that has been lurking for years, but suddenly attacks out of what seems like nowhere and leaves you for dead. And you're kind of left shell shocked and basically putting every last bit of effort into doing the basic things like...you know...breathing. And going to work and stuff. So, I've been off the grid. Sorry for that.

Hope y'all are doing well. Make good choices this week.

  
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SATCHMO99 10/31/2012 4:24AM

    And this too shall pass. Take time to recover your balance, I'll be praying for you but we'll still be here even if you have to take time away from updating to work things out. Hugs xx

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MEH50BEWELL 10/30/2012 4:27PM

    Stay strong! Take care of you...Peace my friend

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/30/2012 2:01PM

    Hi;

Just sending you lots of prayers & positive thoughts to help you cope. You are strong & you'll get through these trials of faith.
Take care be well, be gentle with yourself
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ROSES4ME1 10/29/2012 7:16PM

    Hang in and take extra good care of you during this tough time.

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 10/29/2012 5:33PM

    Sending you loving thoughts - take care!

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ISABELLE31 10/29/2012 3:29PM

    emoticon Sorry to hear things are rough. I hope things start to look brighter very soon!

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    emoticon Hang in there. Things will get better. Look for the rainbow. emoticon

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Hang in there Leah. Let us know if we can help in any way. Here's a Spark Hug to keep you going.

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    emoticon Hope things take a turn for the better soon!

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LINDAK25 10/29/2012 12:13PM

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PATTISTAMPS 10/29/2012 10:40AM

    Prayers for resolution of your personal life. Yup, been kicked and stomped a few times... It does get better, and you need to be sure you are taking care of you while whatever goes on. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/29/2012 10:21AM

    Hope things get better for you and also that you have a chance to get some rest between trips.

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SENIORSWIMMER 10/29/2012 9:06AM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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REMEMBER2BME 10/29/2012 8:39AM

    Sorry to hear life has been challenging. You know that we are here for you. It sounds like you are sticking to basics being top priority. VERY smart.

HUGS to you!

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KPETSCHE 10/29/2012 5:58AM

    Take care of yourself and have a safe trip.

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JUNEAU2010 10/29/2012 5:11AM

    Travel safely! I hope things lighten up! Maybe the high altitude of Denver will deprive the bad mojo of oxygen and you will be at peace!

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MOSTMOM1 10/28/2012 11:15PM

    Aw, thinking about you, kiddo. Hang in there!
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COCK-ROBIN 10/28/2012 10:16PM

    Yes, may things get better for you.

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FITFOODIE806 10/28/2012 10:04PM

    Hang in there. Spark loves you.

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POINDEXTRA 10/28/2012 9:53PM

    Hugs to you - I just hate it when old crud comes back to bite me in the but. And the healthier I get emotionally, the more it surprises me when it does happen. Thg good news is that I seem to recover more quickly when it does. Take good care of yourself during this time...

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 10/28/2012 9:33PM

    I hope you get the personal things sorted out. A lot of times the personal stressors are what are holding us back. Hugs!

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    emoticon Remember to take care of you.

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    Take care of YOU!!
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JMARIES51 10/28/2012 8:32PM

    Thinking of you. Take care!

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DJSHIP46 10/28/2012 8:13PM

    Everybody needs a little break sometime. Take care of yourself!!!

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NSMANN 10/28/2012 8:02PM

    Sorry to hear you are experiencing trouble in your personal life. I hope things get better for you soon. emoticon

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XTINA46 10/28/2012 7:43PM

    Im sorry to hear about your personal life, but you know what, it's best to confront all the lurking monsters in your life -- because they have to be dealt with -- otherwise your fitness plan will forever be an escape from things you are not confronting in your personal (home?) life ---the other shoe had to drop -- and it HAD to drop, no way around it, but once you deal with it, you will be wiser and stronger than ever. Good Luck, I always feel like you are my daughter & I'm so proud of you

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CINDHOLM 10/28/2012 7:10PM

    emoticon Take care of YOURSELF..

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KRYSTALLA 10/28/2012 6:41PM

    I hope things get better and calm down for you soon.

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DOTTIESPLACE 10/28/2012 6:16PM

    Leah, sorry to hear you've got icky stuff going on. It's so hard to keep your head above water when the grenades go off. Take excellent care of yourself!

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PEGGYO 10/28/2012 6:01PM

    I'll put you in my prayer jar so that your personl things get cleared up ok

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NITTINNANA 10/28/2012 5:50PM

    Thanks for your honesty. Hope you work things through relatively soon.

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DIANNEMT 10/28/2012 5:47PM

    This has been a great week and a horrid week so I understand...

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LIVEDAILY 10/28/2012 5:46PM

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Hope the personal life stuff settles down, especially while you're away at another conference! This must be your busy season! Meant to let you know...love the new profile picture!! Take care!!

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KALANTHA 10/28/2012 5:40PM

    Hope you're ok and that things settle down for you.

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My, How Things Have Changed!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

OK, I lied. I said I was going to take two full weeks off from working out, in preparation for my next phase of training. I figured, my body could use a good rest before I start next year's Prep/Base phase of training.

But, the thing is...I can't NOT work out at all! It is more than just a calorie burn for me now. It's not about vain things like size and weight anymore. It's my stress relief. It's my (sexual) frustration/tension release. It's my place of serenity. And, with a week like I've had at work...I just couldn't hold out any longer.

So...I swam. Yesterday and today. Yesterday was a bit of a struggle. First time back in over a week. Got it done, but it was tiring.

But this morning...something came together and it was...heavenly. I FINALLY got the breathing down, so I don't feel like I'm gasping! Guys, it was like every single element (stroke technique, breathing, lap time, body extension) came together for a perfect gold standard swim. I got out of that pool and I felt AMAZING!

That's when I realized...nothing hurts! No osteoarthritis pain tweaking at my knee or ankle. No tendinitis issues. At this very moment (just 5 days after my haphazard half marathon heroics), my body feels perfect and there is no pain.

Why is this exciting? Because...in a week, I'm about to start a comprehensive, exquisitely planned 52-week training plan designed to prepare me for next year's racing season. The first 3 months Prep and Base Phases (November - January) do not include ANY weight-bearing training. It is simply this: swim, spin (bike), weights. Repeat over and over. A lot.

This is when it hit me...yes, this is about so much more than vanity...but can you IMAGINE how much weight I could lose in the next 3 months?! This thought had me absolutely giddy.

Honestly, I couldn't care less about the number on the scale anymore. I'm actually looking forward to the weight training, to tighten up some of these areas. Lately, I've been enjoying the rewards of the past 5 months of hard labor I've put into this lifestyle - things like confidence, joy, sexiness and an overall feeling of peace. To know that these will only increase and that there are other things like this waiting for me that I don't even know about...I could just about squeal from the anticipation.

I never thought I'd utter the words "training plan". I never imagined I'd sit down for HOURS and lay out my next 52 weeks of workouts and races. I can't believe how much has changed in such a short time. I can't believe how much I've changed. This loving myself thing is so new.

What has changed in your own life that is shocking/makes you excited for the future?

  
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SUPERSYLPH 6/29/2013 11:41AM

    emoticon What has changed for me is my increase in confidence and energy! I feel like I can take on anything!

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LBRAUN5 3/20/2013 2:15PM

  Awesome! Always great to hear when the workout goes from something we "have" to do to lose weight/fit in something/look better to something we just want to do to do it. By the way, great name! I'm a Leah too! emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/9/2013 4:54PM

    Awesome! Knowing that I'll be way healthier and more able to keep up with my baby when he arrives!

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    Good Job!

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    great blog

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    Love your blog and attitude!
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    i love it. You can do it. All the best in your weeks ahead . emoticon emoticon

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MRS_CIESIOLKA 10/28/2012 8:14PM

    Your so Inspiring... Good luck!!!

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    What a great feeling! Congratulations

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  good blog

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CHERYLSBUTT 10/27/2012 11:33PM

    Good for you!!!
Nothing better than realizing that you have improved yourself through vision, dedication and hard work.

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SARAHEGILROY 10/27/2012 7:59PM

    I am still struggling with my thinking. I hope I can get to the point you are at one day!

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WILDFLOWERMA 10/27/2012 7:56PM

    Thank you for sharing all the positive things that come from putting your all into healthy living. For those of us just getting into the exercise portion, it can be so easy to focus on how difficult it will be. I'm looking forward to the euphoria I got years ago from a challenging hike while beholding a magnificent vista :)

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    emoticon you have come a long way - I'm sure on reflection you can see this too - a great motivator for the next 12 months emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Thanks for sharing your story, I can identify with much of what you stated, thanks.

Congratulations on your realizations!

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GINA180847 10/27/2012 12:04PM

    What has changed in my life is more dependence on the power of prayer. We needed to get going to Mexico but there is always timing and finances to consider. We need to leave soon enough to not run into snow storms so as to need winter tires and we need to leave late enough so that we don't need winter tires to come back. It is a balancing act because legally we can't stay away more than 180 days. Eating healthy and getting exercise is harder traveling than when being stable but it does work out.

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    Good for you.

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CHSHULER89 10/27/2012 6:17AM

    You are awesome!! Love this feeling of accomplishment and new attitude. I actually took somewhat of a rest week, it was hard but not as hard cause i know i'll be back to kicking it next week. I need more sleep.
So awesome on your swimming! I still haven't got the breathing. Someday..
Totally love our new lifestyles!! Always a work in progress, but not going back! Totally get your feelings! I am loving it! I love feeling 67lbs lighter, but love having more confidence, know what we can accomplish, feeling stronger physically and emotionally. Keep rocking on!! emoticon !

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MARYJEANSL 10/27/2012 12:50AM

  What has changed in my life that makes me feel good? Well, it'll probably sound strange, but we worked and worked and got the downstairs reasonably well cleaned up. It makes me happy to have a (mostly) neat downstairs...really makes me smile, makes my heart sing. Now to tackle the upstairs! And cleaning burns quite a few calories, too.

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    I love the plethora of benefits besides the number on a scale. emoticon

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SHIRE33 10/26/2012 10:52PM

    I've been having a hard time, and your blog today makes me smile. I'm feeling it's the right time to get back on track. Reading your plans makes me wonder if maybe I should schedule a race or two for the early spring. I haven't felt i needed it, but maybe I do. Nothing elaborate, nothing to win. Just to do it. Maybe I will!


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    An inspiring success story. Thanks for sharing.

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  Leah, I am thrilled at what you've accomplished.

When I've talked to non-Sparkers about this website; I've shared your story. It really is cool how you started, and now you are emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon raining, and teaching and inspiring others.

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Indianapolis Half Marathon - October 20, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012



Well, I landed safely in Indianapolis at 7:30pm on Friday night. Drove straight to the YMCA to pick up my race packet for the next morning's half marathon. We stayed with my sister overnight, since she only lives about 15 mins from the race site. Had to wait for my husband to bring the kiddos to her house, though. I tell ya...after a full day of travel, I was ready for bed by 9pm. I would have gone too...except that I hadn't seen my kids in an entire week and I knew that me being in bed when they arrived was not going to fly. So...night before the race, I wasn't in bed until 11pm. Great prep.

Speaking of great prep...let's remember that I hardly worked up any mileage before this race because of pain in the a*s injury diagnosed as non-weight bearing in August...then osteoarthritis flare-up in my knee shortly thereafter. I am not exaggerating when I tell you my only training for this half marathon was swimming and a little bit of biking. The longest distance I've ever run is 7 miles. Add to all of this the fact that I was in Austin for business all week...and I was not in any way prepared for this race. No easy night in the hotel beforehand with clothes all perfectly laid out. No...finding all my race gear in my mess of a suitcase from Kuali Days was an adventure in itself. I was beginning to wonder what I was thinking in going through with this.

Race morning was super annoying. The race instructions said that all runners should be parked no later than 7:30am because roads would begin to close after that point. Race start was at 8:30am. Guess who wasn't even in the car at 7:30am? You could say I was frantic. Or use other words.

We got to the race site, I pretty much ditched the fam and headed off to my starting corral. Good thing, too, because I had to walk about a mile to get there. At least I got a warm-up! Haha. Realized at the start that I left my cell phone in the car. Had a minor panic attack because I'd told my family to stay in the car and stay warm for as long as possible...and realized they were going to miss the start of the race. Also, I had no clue how I would find anyone afterwards.

That's when I finally grabbed myself by my mental shirt collar and shook myself and said, "Leah. STOP. You've GOT to stop this! There's nothing you can do now about the phone or when the family arrives. Drop that stuff and focus. You have to pay attention to this race. Right NOW."

Well, that worked. I breathed a huge sigh and let my worries and annoyances from the night before and the unorganized morning fall to the ground and I turned my thoughts toward the task in front of me - 13.1 miles.

Before I was ready, the race was starting. They were releasing each corral 30 second apart to prevent overcrowding of the course. I was in the 7th corral. That was quite a bit of anticipation and inching forward to the starting line. Plenty of time to feel more nervous than I've ever felt in my life. But I thought, "This is special time just for me. It's a beautiful course and I am going to enjoy it!"

Oh man, you guys, the course was SO gorgeous!!!! I've never seen anything like it! I ran the first two miles easily (no pain at all) and felt WONDERFUL. First water station and I didn't feel like I needed to stop, but I told myself that it would probably be wisest to walk earlier than I thought I needed to and walk MORE OFTEN than I thought I needed to. Just 2 miles in is awful early to feel confident.

I walked a bit, but I just felt so good and the day was so beautiful and my tunes were so great...I fell back into running before I knew it.

You know...running for over 3 hours brings with it a LOT of time to think. And I had a pretty good time out there entertaining myself. There were many times I laughed out loud because of a song or some absurd thought I was having. I'm sure people thought I was nuts.

I played mental games with some of the songs I listened to. There is a Daft Punk song called "Teachers", with a pretty sweet beat and they list all the DJs that have influenced their music. I did this little thing where I would flash a picture of one of my running inspirations up in my mind whenever they listed the name of a DJ. It was a lot of fun and I thought of almost every single running buddy and friend I know. It was very motivating.

Around Mile 6, I thought I might hit the wall. But then I turned the corner and saw the sign that said "Mile 7". I realized that, as soon as I passed that sign, I'd be in personal record territory. It was just the boost I needed.

Shockingly, the best song of the day was by Miley Cyrus in Mile 6. Generally, Miley's music annoys the crap out of me when I'm running...but the words to this song were so perfect and I hadn't heard it before. It's called "Liberty Walk". You should check that one out. Perfect running song!

I met a lovely lady along the way and we walked and talked quite a bit in Mile 9. She was such a sweetie...but she left me in the dust when I started to cramp in my calves at Mile 10.

All I can say about Miles 10-12 is that they were...difficult. I've never experienced calf cramping before...and my quads were just worn out. Never experienced that either! The freakiest part about all of this is that my knees and ankles were JUST PEACHY. Freakin' OF COURSE! Haha.

At Mile 10, I remembered that my entire family and some very dear friends that I haven't seen in years were waiting for me at the end of the course. Allison, who I had dedicated this race to in the first place, would be there for me with her husband and her mom.



My best friend in college, Karen, who designed our shirts, would be there with her entire family. And my own family as well. At this point, I had no doubt I'd finish, but wasn't sure how much more running I could do. I found another buddy in Mile 11 and we were in the same boat physically. We encouraged each other along...and she actually got me to run the last 0.25 miles. When we got to the end, I suddenly remembered that we were about to get a medal! I don't get it, but this was what got me to run! haha. I also realized that this was the very last mile I'd run this season...that I would not run again (according to my training plan) until February...and, right then and there, I decided to override the pain and take in every moment of this final mile.

Then I saw my Mom, running along with me and shouting, "You can do all things!" I yelled out to her, "I want my Mommy!!!" Haha.

When I crossed the finish line, my kids were screaming into the microphone and shouting about how proud they were. I barely noticed my calf lock up. I saw Allison from the corner of my eye and I just ran to her. We hugged for a long time. I was sobbing all over her (poor girl) and I couldn't even tell you why. She looked so beautiful and I was hurting so badly. She really gave me the strength to get through it. Deep down, I realized...I might be in pain, but at least I can feel pain...what a gift from God.



There was quite a delay as I visited the medical tent and waited for what seemed like forever to get stretched out in the sports rehab tent, but when all was said and done, I finished in 3:11:18. My goal was less than 3.5 hours. I was thrilled with that!!!!



I will say this...swimming and biking WILL translate to running in the fact that they will give you the endurance you need to finish the half marathon distance. However, not building the proper mileage beforehand comes at a price. That price is: the comfort of every single muscle in your body for 3 days. I really can't even begin to describe to you the pain I was in just after the race and all day yesterday. Let's just say it was to the point where I questioned my future races.

I had a gentle recovery swim yesterday morning and a jacuzzi soak, which helped me a bit. Lots of ice and ibuprofen and some magic sleep and I am doing much better today.

I don't know how I feel about this experience. I've been trying to emotionally process it and I just can't. I feel like I'm still in some sort of shock or something. The past week was such a whirlwind with work and travel and race. I didn't have the time to take everything in the way I would have liked to. But I will tell you this...on that course, I had to go deep. And I drew from every beautiful and good thought I could think of to will myself to keep going.

I thought of every passion and love in my life...family, friends, church, job, spouse, and a few others. They were the only things that kept me putting one foot in front of another. It was so very long. It was so very hard.

But it was beautiful.

  
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    Awesome, keep up the great work!!

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KIPPER15 10/25/2012 7:38PM

    Leah, you rock. It is so exhausting to go to conferences, then to come home to over the top excited kiddos and husband is exercise enough! Your race was super, emoticon emoticon

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LIZRUNS22 10/25/2012 2:20PM

    I am doing my first HM in Feb 2013 and I loved your post. Despite the challenge and the pain, you finished and that's whats its all about. Congrats and thank you for sharing.

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DR8561 10/25/2012 12:02PM

    Congratulations on meeting such an amazing goal! Thanks for letting us see the race through your eyes. You make me want to sign up for one NOW, but the body isn't there yet. What an accomplishment! emoticon

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MSTWOMOONS002 10/24/2012 4:56PM

    Hi Leah;
You are amazing, beautiful, kind a great role model. I am so proud & happy for making your goals & dreams come true. You rock, in time your thoughts will allow you to remember more of the race & how you felt.
Take care & be well.
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PATTISTAMPS 10/24/2012 11:44AM

    You moved me to tears... Congratulations and many kudos for finishing this tough race, and in good time, too! You are a runner!!!! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 10/24/2012 9:28AM

    emoticon How wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an inspiration to thousands of others you are today. You certainly are an example to be followed. emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 10/24/2012 8:54AM

    Well done. You brought tears to my eyes this morning. You should be very proud.

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ROCKYCPA 10/23/2012 11:41PM

    Great job - congrats!

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    Congrats on the race - you must be thrilled!

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KPETSCHE 10/23/2012 9:37PM

    Wow, Leah. Great job! You're fantastic. Thanks for sharing with everyone.

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 10/23/2012 9:32PM

    Wow! What a crazy experience! I have to tell you that I don't run but your last paragraph when you were talking about questioning your future races and how emotional you were at the end reminded me so much of my MS Challenge Walk in September. I was exhausted every day (3 days-50 miles -20, 20, 10) and so sore. I felt like crying for almost a week afterward. It was so physically and mentally draining that I was sure I was NOT going to do it next year. And then we (my team) got over the initial shock and pain and realized that we HAVE to do it next year. It's for such a good cause. My mom can't even stand so the least I can do is walk for a cure for her disease.

You did a wonderful thing and you are so much stronger than most of the population! What a great job! You are such an inspiration!

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LEANSNOOPY 10/23/2012 9:21PM

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HOLLYM48 10/23/2012 9:19PM

    all I can say is WOW! How awesome you are! I am so impressed with your running. I wish I could do that but I know that it just isn't my thing. This blog was truly inspirational and the photo of you with your friend was so touching! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 10/23/2012 9:16PM

    Congratulations on your race. You ran, completed, beat the time you set for yourself, and dug deep when the going got tough. You should be proud, I am!
Hope you're feeling great tomorrow! :)


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CHUM48 10/23/2012 8:49PM

    WooHoo! You are a prize all by yourself!

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NEWCHINELO 10/23/2012 7:08PM

    I am so proud of you . . .CONGRATULATIONS!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are super. That must have been something. I would have screamed into the microphone too. What you did is true friendship. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Leah, I have tears of joy for you!! I am so glad to know you through SparkPeople. You really are so cool! emoticon

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FARIS71 10/23/2012 3:40PM

    Oh my gosh you did it! I am so excited for you - I have goosebumps. Picturing my first half which will be in December. I am learning from your experiences - thank you for sharing!

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/23/2012 2:20PM

    Congratulations on completing your first half marathon! It is a HUGE accomplishment, especially given what you've been through leading up to it. You've proven to yourself that you can do it, though, and you know more of what is involved both in training and in pressing through the physical and mental walls that come up during the race. WOO HOO for you!

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/23/2012 1:15PM

  Leah, I love how you allow us to experience this with you. Totally WONDERFUL !!!!!

I' m overjoyed for you. Really, truly, YEP !!!! So COOL emoticon

and BTW- I f-i-n-a-l-l-y wrote my first blog. You can visit my page and read it. I want you to now, that you are one of the people i though of wen i wrote it.

So, I have run 3 ties, so far. I should mention, that was walking more than running. he first two times, it wet simple and flying colors. Today my back is bothering me. I need o investigate that. I probably can find a running group on Spark to research.

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MEH50BEWELL 10/23/2012 11:52AM

    Another true test of your will, passion, determination, dedication to yourself and your love of running. Now I need a kleenex!

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    Good for you friend! Now I've gotta go listen to a sample of "Liberty Walk". emoticon

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CHANGINGEMMY 10/23/2012 11:07AM

    WOW!!! Leah you are such an inspiration. I have tears of joy for you!!! That's a wonderful accomplishment. Rest up and take care of your sore muscles.

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LKEITHO 10/23/2012 9:58AM

    Fantastic job! Congratulations on your first half marathon!

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    Awesome job! Congratulations!

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GOULDSGRANITE 10/23/2012 9:49AM

    The pain will fade, and all that will be left is a positive remembrance of your amazing will!!! What a special day for you to have your fam and especially your Mom there to root you on!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 10/23/2012 9:49AM

    Congrats!! What a great story :)

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GINGERHAWK 10/23/2012 9:41AM

    Awesome recap. How very exciting that you made it to one of your big goals. You should be insanely proud of this accomplishment. Hurray for you!

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MOMMY445 10/23/2012 9:41AM

    woo hoo! way to go! congratulations! you did it!

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MIMIDOT 10/23/2012 9:25AM

    Awesome! You stirred up all sorts of emotions in me this morning. Love, laughter, pride, happiness, and awe to say a few. Thank you for sharing.

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SLIMLEAF 10/23/2012 8:50AM

    I'd been thinking of you at the weekend and wondering how you'd got on.

I Knew you'd finish, though - there was no way you Werem't going to finish unless one of your legs actually fell off!

I'm so pleased for you - what a HUGE achievement!

I'm so proud of you too.

Now enjoy your well-earned rest and take time to plan the next stage of your Iron(wo)Man training!

God bless
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