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Santa Hustle 5k Race Report and Pix

Monday, December 05, 2011

My family talked me into doing this one, I thought I was finished with race season for 2011, but once I heard you get a Santa beard, a hat, a tech shirt that looks like Santa's shirt, and cookies and candy on the route and Christmas music streamed in, well, I was hooked! Plus a coupon for $5 off entry and I was set.

I was so excited to run this race was going to be my sister Kris' first run since having her daughter, Stella. Kris is the one who got me into running 5ks, and I was so excited to be able to run her first race back with her! Also my husband was going to join in the race with my Dad as walkers.

Left to right, me, my hubby, my dad, Kris and Baby Stella

My sister and I

This was my second race at Montrose Harbor, and I swear this place is cursed for me - it was raining AGAIN! Really cold rain that comes down slanted. I usually never wear a running jacket running unless it's very cold out, but I took out my Hot Chocolate jacket and I was actually still cold!

Me and hubby in our beards.

Me and Kris - we are not gonna let this rain beat us!

And we met up with my cousin Kim, and her husband John, who were running it, too, along with their friends Michelle and Ed.

We met under the bait shop, which I remember well from my first 10k, huddling underneath that.

The start line was insane. There were thousands of Santas all lined up, it was amazing to see them all! The Travel Channel was there to film as it's the largest event of its kind with so many Santas.

As we started off, my headphone cord got stuck in my beard, LOL. Then some of my beard flew in my eye. I ran with the full beard for about a mile, then I'd had it.

I told my sister beforehand that I would stay with her, run or walk. She hadn't trained for it, and I knew we would be going at a slower pace, but I didn't care. She ran my first 5k with me and didn't leave my side, so no way was I gonna leave hers.

It was nice to run by the lake, and the awesome thing about this run - other than the chocolate, which yes, I did have 2 Hershey's kisses, bringing them up to the air in a fist punch and saying "hell yeah!" (I am not ashamed, lol), the awesome thing was that I was not winded at ALL. I was casually talking with my sister and my cousin throughout it. I felt FIT! I felt HEALTHY! And I realized - this was actually EASY for me! Who would have thunk it?

We ran the first mile and then stopped for water (I had to pretend I needed water, my sister was too proud to stop for herself, lol). Then we started running again, and then walked a bit and then ran. After mile 2 my sister said she was going to walk the rest and to go on ahead. I told her no. I was not there to beat any times (and, hehe, I already met two PRs in Nov) and I didn't care about my time. I really didn't. But the funny thing was, I did want to run just for running's sake, which I think is awesome and still surprises me that I like to RUN!

We saw my Dad and hubby walking but they didn't hear us screaming.

So we walked a bit, and she got a little peeved at me for not running off...and then decided that she would run to the end, and she did! I'm so proud of her!

We finished in 41:30 which I think is darn good for all the walking breaks we took and for stopping for candy and water.

It was a FUN time. It was chilly, very chilly, it took me a while to warm up afterward. But it was simply heaven to run along the lake with my family.

We waited at the finish for my dad and husband, and my cousin had already finished up.

I recommend this one. Very fun!

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HONBAD 12/14/2011 9:24AM

    That looks like an awesome race!! How festive. I want one of those shirts! That is really sweet of you to support your sister like that.

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KKINNEA 12/13/2011 4:32PM

    Love it - an awesome time indeed with walk breaks included. I love that you really felt that love of running and that you felt good the whole way through!

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/13/2011 3:38PM

    Doing it together is so cool--beats a PR any day in my book! Looks like you had a lot of fun. Way to go!

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SGTSUNNY 12/13/2011 3:31PM

    Wonderful job! I love that first picture of you, you look so happy and beautiful

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REENSKI 12/7/2011 7:24AM

    Looks like so much fun! You are a great sister.

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    You are a very sweet sister to stay with your sister during he race. Cute pics,.

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THEADMIRAL 12/6/2011 5:04PM

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AGREENSLADE79 12/6/2011 3:45PM

    That is so great that you and your family can all get out and do these things together! Congrats too on not being out of breath! You are really an inspiration, as I have not left week one of C25K yet, and I cannot seem to even imagin myself as a person who likes running, nor one who can do it with realtive ease!

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RUNMOMRUN2 12/6/2011 3:30PM

    thanks for sharing! we were all signed up to do this race for fun, but we got sick! looks fun emoticon

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POSITIVE-FORCE 12/6/2011 3:11PM

    Loved your blog and all your pictures! Sounds like you had an amazing time!

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CHELLES_BELLS 12/6/2011 11:57AM

    Ha! I wanted to do this race (I live close to Montrose Harbor). Kinda sad I didn't. I've heard such great reviews. And I look fabulous in a Santa beard.

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AMBER281 12/6/2011 10:42AM

    Looks like so much fun!!

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MELLY3183 12/6/2011 9:01AM

    congratulations!! way to go!!

I love it that you stayed with her, thanks for sharing your pictures and your fun!!

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CARILOUIE 12/6/2011 5:46AM

    Looks like so much fun!

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ROCKINMOM77 12/5/2011 11:19PM

    emoticon What a fun day!!

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TEMPEST272002 12/5/2011 11:12PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun & you guys were too cute in your santa beards. That see of red & white must have been quite the sight.

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GOGOMAMA 12/5/2011 10:45PM

    Love this blog!! What a fun thing to do with your family, despite the cold!! Good for you and great job on your big weight loss this week!!! Yeah, girl!

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    It looked amazingly fun!

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UNICORN212 12/5/2011 8:35PM

    You make it sound like a lot of fun - even in the cold rain!

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TAZIAH 12/5/2011 8:31PM

    That looks like a super fun race, Kathy! I'm so glad that your family got to enjoy it with you! emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 12/5/2011 7:53PM

    Love the pics & looks like you guys had a good time. Spending time with your family, having fun & getting fit its incredible.
You have a beautiful family.
God bless & continued success!


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CECE0330 12/5/2011 6:19PM

    So fun! I want to do the one in Chicago sometime!

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KITHKINCAID 12/5/2011 6:19PM

    Yey! Looks like a really fun race. And it was special for you which makes it that much better. I can't get over the crowd of Santas. HAHA!

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KARENDEE4 12/5/2011 6:12PM

    Love the blog....
I will look for a race like that now

What a great sis you are

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OFF938 12/5/2011 6:06PM

    I had so much fun reading about your race. Thank you for sharing your adventure!

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WINNIE1978 12/5/2011 5:54PM

    Looks like a fun race!

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November Progress Report and December Goals

Thursday, December 01, 2011

I'm starting back doing my monthly reports.


Start weight: 198
End weight: 199.5 (as of yesterday, but at my last weigh in I was 203.5...)
Weight lost: Gain of 1.5 lbs.
Total weight lost this year: 26.5 lbs.
Goal weight progress: 21.5 more lbs. to go to reach goal weight!
Total weight lost: 98.5 (WAS 102 lbs. at the end of October)


To lose 4-6 lbs. this month. (Yes, I know given my track record around holidays I should just be happy to maintain, but I will not be happy with that. The holidays are no excuse to overeat).


My yearly fitness minute goal was go reach 11,871 fitness minutes for the year.
Im at 10,448.

There are 30 more days left in December.
I need to reach 1,423 fitness minutes this month in order to reach my goal.
Thats about 48 minutes per day.
I can break that down into 24 min. in the morning and 24 in the evening on my non-running and non-boxing days.
For my running and boxing days Ill log 60 minutes vs. 48, so on those non-running/boxing days I can slack off a bit.

But I need to move every day.

I can DO THAT.


I also started back doing the Spark boot camp, Im finished Day 4 today. It is my goal to finish it out and have that trophy on my Spark page.

I also want to incorporate yoga back into my routine.


I reached 762 fitness minutes in November. My goal was 1,000 need to step it up.

Its been a month of PRs for me! emoticon

New PR met at Hot Chocolate ran a 5k race in 35 min. 25 seconds.

New PR met at Bonfield Race ran a 5k race in 34 minutes, 5 seconds.

New PR met in running group ran a 5k in about 34 minutes.

Now I have my sights set on doing a sub 30-min. 5k. I love having new goals!


I used to look at boxing as something I couldnt do. It intimidated me. Now Im in a weekly boxing class and I LOVE it and am noticing changes in my body. I actually think since boxing is an endurance sport that is what has helped my running time improve. And all the core work has helped me to stand, and run, straighter.



1200-1550 calories
8 10 glasses of water per day.
Only 2 cups of coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.
NO dairy going cold turkey. (working on this!)
Get all of my freggies in.
Popcorn break out the air popper and make it truly healthy. Then I can have 2 bowls.
Wine only 1 2 glasses on special occasions (Thanksgiving, Xmas). No more casual drinking.
Track all of my food into the fitness tracker and check my stats nightly to see where I need to tweak anything.



My size 14 jeans are too big on me.

Sweaters from last year (size 14) are too big on me.

I now wear a size small shirt.


That this is truly a journey and that the focus should be inward and outward, but not downward at the scale.

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TEMPEST272002 12/2/2011 1:27PM

    I had a weight gain last week too. Hey, we're supposed to be racing forward, not backwards! lol Nevermind, we've both been doing this long enough that it's nothing but a blip on the screen. Love all the personal bests with the running! Woot! How is it going with the no dairy? I've drastically reduced dairy & beef because of my fibroids, but am having a hard time giving it up entirely. Are you using soy products instead? Can't wait to see pics of you in your new jeans. Don't forget to try on some size 10's!

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KITHKINCAID 12/2/2011 10:59AM

    I think November was a really tough month for A LOT of people. I don't know where it came from (frustration likely) but I have a renewed sense of "I'm gonna DO this" this month, so I consider the fact that I've only binged ONCE this week instead of every night a huge accomplishment. Feeling like my strength is coming back, so I'm hoping that for you too. Our journeys may be our own, but I'm so glad that we're all in this together. Hugs!

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    You are SO amazing. i am so proud of you!!!!!

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GOGOMAMA 12/2/2011 9:48AM

    Love your goals and your determination!! Congrats on all your accomplishments!!! Size 14 too big??!! Awesome!!! Size 12 or size 10 soon? Yeah!! Happy December!!

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POSITIVE-FORCE 12/1/2011 11:28PM

    Great Job on everything you have accomplished! You are going to do so wonderful for the month of December!

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HSMOM2FOUR 12/1/2011 10:48PM

    Sounds like great progress & great goals!!

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Bonfield Express 5k Race Report - a PR and a lot of Blessings

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

This year I ran my first "Turkey Trot" as they call them, people that get up early on Thanksgiving morning and brave whatever the elements may bring, and just run. I was excited to run near my hometown, and this race was HUGE for a suburban race - over 5,100 people ran it! (And my town's day after Thanksgiving 5k was cancelled due to low participation).

The Bonfield Express started 8 yrs. ago when a local High School Dean, Coach and Teacher passed away due to complications of Hodgkin's Disease. The Bonfield Express Foundation is a fast-growing local charity working to build character and community commitment in high school students. They host programs and provide scholarship assistance to high school seniors, building future community leaders.

The excitement was in the air and I was looking forward to running this route. It goes through the main streets of the town, which was all decked out for Christmas, but also goes through a nice woodsy area that you would never know was there unless you were looking. I had trained on this route with my Saturday morning running group and met up with several of them before the race. Unfortunately there was no gear check, so I had no camera to capture the group. But a local photographer was on hand and got some overall shots.

Here's the beginning of the race. It started with an actual train whistle vs. a blow horn or regular whistle, it was pretty cool. Also a High School senior sang the Star Spangled Banner before takeoff. It was beautiful.

AND in another shot I caught a glimpse of myself! I knew the pink Bondi band would come in useful some day! Here I am!

As we started off I quickly lost track of my running gals. The autumn colors were wonderful! The community really comes out for the event, too. One family gives out "Power Donuts"!

(No, I did not stop).

This race felt hard to me because it was so hilly! And while I'd run the course before, we usually take a different route - this went through the woods the opposite direction and I felt winded pretty quickly. But it was amazing to see the streets of the town next to mine filled up with so many people! At the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago there are so many people the streets are filled, you can see almost a mile ahead at the crowd running - this was very similar to me. It was surreal.

As I approached the finish line I was surprised there was such a crowd! It was very cool.

I had forgotten to start my Garmin as I started the race, so I had no clue how I did. I felt like I did pretty good though. However, it wasn't until I got home and checked results after watching the Thanksgiving parade with my girls that I realized I hit a NEW PR!!! My time was 34:05! That's more than a minute and a half better than my Hot Chocolate race (which was also a PR for me then) earlier in the month! That is an average of a 10:59 mile!!! ME!

I was so excited.

Then it was off to my parents house for Thanksgiving dinner and I realized how amazing my life is, and how blessed I am. There are so many new lives...

The Twins, Rachel and Paige

My sister Missy holding Rachel (I think, they are identical hard to tell them apart)

My God son Owen being the proud older brother!

And there's the newest baby, Stella

My sister Kris and Stella, and Ben (yes he is watching the football game, lol!)

...And also new beginnings, my sister and her boyfriend Jan just got engaged.

The happy couple!

And I have my parents who are still healthy and awesome grandparents

And an amazing husband...

Wonderful girls....

Lucy with her cousin and my nephew, Tony

Lucy and Marlo fawning over baby Stella

Lucy and Marlo playing around on turkey day

Me with the girls at the local parade

Yes, life is GOOD.

And I have an amazing support group of Spark friends who have become my family.

Thank you God for it all.

I feel healthy, strong, and just unstoppable.

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AMBER281 12/1/2011 11:17AM

    Congrats on the PR!!
Thanks for sharing pictures of your wonderful family!

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TABIKATZZ 11/30/2011 4:06PM

    Congrats on the PR! And you have such a lovely happy family! It really is a blessing!

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CHICAT63 11/30/2011 8:56AM

    Woohoo on your new PR !!!! Thanksgiving was truly a celebration for you and your family, your girls remind me of mine at their ages. Today there are 18 & 20, it goes by way too fast cherish these moments.

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    This made me so happy just reading it! Love hte pictures and love you! You are so amazing and I am so proud of you! And I tell you....Marlo is mini you!

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UNICORN212 11/29/2011 11:08PM

    Great blog, great memories!

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FREDANN 11/29/2011 9:00PM

    You have a beautiful family! Great job on your 5k and on a beautiful attitude!

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BABY_GIRL69 11/29/2011 8:30PM

    Congrats! God bless & enjoy everyday! Dee

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MOTIVATED@LAST 11/29/2011 8:30PM

    Well done on the 5K!

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LOOZINITNOW 11/29/2011 6:16PM

    emoticon on your PR! Those are some beautiful memories!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/29/2011 6:08PM

    Way to go on the PR, that's fantastic! You have a beautiful family : )

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KITHKINCAID 11/29/2011 5:56PM

    Awww - LOVE. Look at you and the 5K PRs girl! You're amazing!

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Plan for Motivate!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Here's my plan for the new season of the Done Girls Seasonal Challenge, Motivate!

Fitness (260 minutes):

Monday- Boxing (60 min.)/ST (all over)
Tuesday- Run (60 min.)
Wednesday- Walking or Dancing DVD (30 min)/ST (arms)
Thursday- Run
Friday- Walking or Dancing DVD (30 min)/ST (core)
Saturday- Morning run (60 min.)
Sunday- Yoga (20 min.)
Friday- Catch up day if I missed any previous days.

Fitness goals:
ST 3 times per week
Burn 1500 calories per week
Reach 1,000 fitness minutes per month


1200-1550 calories
8 10 glasses of water per day.
Only 2 cups of coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.
NO dairy going cold turkey.
Get all of my freggies in.
Popcorn break out the air popper and make it truly healthy. Then I can have 2 bowls.
Wine only 1 2 glasses on special occasions (Thanksgiving, Xmas). No more casual drinking.
Track all of my food into the fitness tracker and check my stats nightly to see where I need to tweak anything.


I have a few things that are motivating me:

1. I WANT to reach goal weight. I have 18 more lbs. to go. I had hoped to reach that by the end of this year, but that is not looking likely.
2. I want to be fitter so that I can train for the half marathon in 2013.
3. I want to have lower life insurance. When I reach 185 lbs. (11 lbs. away) my premium will be cut in half. (and that money can go to save toward Disney in 2013!)

To motivate me Im bringing back my monthly progress reports. I usually track NSVs on that report, and it helps me to see how far Ive come, even if the scale isnt moving. I stopped doing these in the summer and I miss them. So Im bringing them back to help motivate me.


Nights and weekends are difficult for me. Some days I am so busy at work (dont have time to take a lunch) and I come home and just want to veg out. Some nights I turn to a glass of wine to relax me, and then that leads to eating something I dont necessarily need and that leads to the scale not moving. Weekends same thing, except usually popcorn is added into the mix.

Also TIME. Being a full-time working mom to two young children is a challenge to find the time for ME to workout. Ive been getting up early in the morning to run, but boxing is right after work and I have to fight the guilt to attend that class. Also the times I do workout at night after they go to sleep I have to fight against my exhaustion. Try to work out a plan where I still have time for me, for my writing, for my family, and not get overwhelmed.

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ISIS10884 11/23/2011 11:44AM

    Awesome planning! What are these progress reports???

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NUOVAELLE 11/22/2011 1:35AM

    That's a really great plan! Nutrition and fitness in order, you have your motivations written down and ready to work and you have pinpointed the areas that you know might trouble you. Just perfect! I'm sure you'll get over all your difficulties and succeed.
Good luck!
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ROEANDGO 11/21/2011 11:46PM

    You CAN overcome your challenges and do this! Great plan! I have confidence you'll get that 11 pounds off then on to the 18 pounds to goal!!

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CARILOUIE 11/21/2011 8:22PM

    I love your nutrition plan. Popcorn is SOOOO super easy to make!

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THEADMIRAL 11/21/2011 4:28PM

    Good plan and excellent reasons for your motivation! It IS challenging for young moms to find time for themselves - include permitting yourself to be flexible so that you can enjoy your journey to good health instead of enduring it or feeling guilty. emoticon

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    emoticonGo get 'em! emoticon

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SAC-6582 11/21/2011 3:00PM

    Awesome plan!!! emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 11/21/2011 1:53PM

    Sounds like a GREAT plan!!! You can do it!!

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KITHKINCAID 11/21/2011 1:46PM

    Girl. You got this. I need to get on this challenge too. I'm all weepy and emotional lately and my eating has tanked because of it. Gotta suck it up and push forward. Your challenges are clearly harder than anything I have to deal with, so if you can do this, so can I.

HUGS! Love you.

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POSITIVE-FORCE 11/21/2011 1:45PM

    Sounds like you have a really solid plan! You can do it!

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TEMPEST272002 11/21/2011 11:25AM

    Excellent plan. There's a reason you've done so well despite so many other demands in your life. Like Travelgrrl said, don't forget to give yourself credit where it's due. You are a ROCK STAR!!! You and I are still neck & neck on the weight loss: I'm 22lbs to goal. Race ya! emoticon

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JAMIEU86 11/21/2011 11:23AM

    wow, great plan! It is nice to see it all laid out, easier to remember why and what it is your doing!!! keep up the great work, i know you can do it!

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AMBER281 11/21/2011 11:10AM

    That is a great plan!
You can do it!!!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 11/21/2011 11:04AM

    This is an amazing plan and I have NO DOUBT that you can do this! You are AMAZING!!!! I love you and I'm so proud of you!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/21/2011 11:04AM

    You have a tough schedule! You really DO need to give yourself credit for doing so well so far. I don't know what the answers are for YOU, but I know you'll find them.

Personally I had to cut out popcorn for awhile -- it's ADDICTING and just fuels that habit of nighttime mindless munching.

Good luck, I'll be rooting for you!!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 11/21/2011 11:03AM

    Great goals! emoticon

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KKINNEA 11/21/2011 11:00AM

    Good luck, you can do it!

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Hot Chocolate Race Report - Nov. 5, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Last year, after waking up at an ungodly hour to get on two different el trains to make it to the 7:40 a.m. start time of the Hot Chocolate race, I decided that the following year I would stay at the Congress Plaza Hotel, located directly across from Grant Park. My cousin stayed with me, but I found out that DAY that this is one of the most haunted hotels in Illinois. I am not a haunted hotel kind of gal, so I got virtually no sleep the night before, coupled with the fact that I couldn't reach my husband and our daughter has been having some health issues, so I got ZERO sleep.

So I was up anyway and ready to go the morning of the race. My sister, Kara and her fiancee' Jan met us at the hotel. (Doesn't it look a bit like the hallway in the Shining? LOL).

Then we stashed our stuff at gear check and got ready to run.

One of the photographers for the event caught us as we were walking to the starting corral and took quite possibly the best race picture I've ever seen! Had to purchase this one.

We ran into some friends in the starting corral and she snapped a picture of us with her iPhone.

My sister and her fiancee' and my cousin thought they might need to walk some of it, so I was going to run it on my own. We were off! The first mile was very crowded, I felt like I was running faster than my pace since I was doing a lot of weaving in and out of people. I also felt GREAT. I felt the best I've ever felt during a race! I felt strong, fast and like a runner!

It was a cold morning, but I run hot so I had my thermal sleeves on and a new Hot Chocolate T I picked up as a reward to myself. Have you heard that advice about running in a new piece of clothing before an actual race? I usually abide by that, but this shirt was TOO cute. However, it kept floating up on me during the race, so I had to tuck it into my pants, lol. Also toward the end I needed to pull down the thermal sleeves, the sun started to come out and it was hot for me.

This race marked my fastest 5k race time ever! I especially love seeing the results against last year's Hot Chocolate:

Last year: 41 min., 38 seconds.
13 min., 24 sec. pace.


This year: 35 min., 25 seconds.
11 min., 26 sec pace.

That's is a full SIX minutes (and 13 seconds) shaved off of my time from last year! (Disregard the 37 min. 08 second time, the race got off to a delayed start due to a semi truck stuck under a bridge and the race was re-routed and we ran further than 5k, so RAM Racing adjusted the time afterward, thus my 35 min., 25 second time.)

I was so excited and happy. I felt FIT! Not only did I reach a PR, but I could really FEEL that I was now healthy. I recently got a full physical exam and my numbers are just amazing. I am so healthy, I am so blessed. I have really changed my life around, and this race to me marked a milestone of that new lifestyle. Also I used to be afraid to run races alone. Now it is my norm and even my preference. I am no longer scared, and I am embracing the runner I have become.

Then it was time for the chocolate!

AND the HOT Chocolate, of course.

I love the jacket that came in the goodie bag. It's called a "warmup jacket" and it is very light, but as I run hot, I loved it and will use it in upcoming runs when the weather gets colder.

I missed seeing my good friend Jenn (KITHKINCAID), due to having to catch an early train back home. She ran her first 15k and I am so proud of her!

Who knows, maybe next year I will join her in that distance....

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CHICAT63 11/16/2011 4:43PM

    Amazing time, congratulations ! I am sure you Jen have a date for next year's 15K. Way to go, awesome.

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SGTSUNNY 11/15/2011 10:51PM

    What a great number for you PR! I love the jacket. And always love your blogs. emoticon

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TENACITY918 11/15/2011 8:45PM

    Congratulations!!! You are an inspiration indeed!! Love how your blog compares last year to this year!!

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ASMITH3B 11/15/2011 4:37PM

    Great job! That's an amazing time!

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CHELLES_BELLS 11/15/2011 9:34AM

    Wow! What a great time! I had a several first 5K time (around 40 minutes) so I'm hoping when I run that race next year I'll also be in the 35 minute zone! WOOT.

Anyways, I'm glad you enjoyed the 5K. The 15K was a little less than to be desired. I dont know if I'll do it again unless I have some friends with me.

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TAZIAH 11/14/2011 9:39PM

    You're emoticon Super proud of you!!

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AMBER281 11/14/2011 3:12PM

    Great job and it looks like you had lots of fun!!!

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SKFEREBEE 11/14/2011 2:43PM

    Love your race report! Great pics and you really have come into your own as a runner! And the health part is a great payoff for all the hard work. You go girl! emoticon

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PJH2028 11/14/2011 2:11PM

    Wow! That must feel so great, to see your stats improve like that. Fan freaking tastic!

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KITHKINCAID 11/14/2011 1:56PM

    I MISSED YOU TOO!!! But I'm so proud of you and your PR. Even despite the creepy closet the night before...

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GOGOMAMA 11/14/2011 1:42PM

    Wow!!! So inspiring!! Congrats on your PR and great new fit mentality!!! You look gorgeous!

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KKINNEA 11/14/2011 1:36PM

    I love Congress Plaza - what a great hotel! I would love to do one of these races with chocolate, seems like my milieu...

Great job on your time improvement!

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    You are SO amazing! I am so proud of you!

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KATD13 11/14/2011 12:57PM

    What an awesome job! In spite of a rough start...no sleep, worried about your daughter. Love the pics.
I hope to run the Hot Chocolate in 2012. My major goal is to do the RAM Racing SheBang Tri in August.

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 11/14/2011 12:41PM

    Great job!

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THEABSURDEXTENT 11/14/2011 12:38PM

    Congrats!!! That's so awesome and you looked great doing it :)

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