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My Shiny New Year (110 lbs. lighter)

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

It was on New Years' Eve 2009 after the recent birth of my second daughter when I announced to my family that my New Year's resolution was to lose over 100 lbs. When I said it, even I didn't believe it.


(I'm on the left with my two sisters)

Oh I wanted to lose the weight. I just didn't think I could. So I expected the slightly awkward silence after I dropped my New Years resolution like a bomb in the room. It was funny. My family fully supports me, but even I don't think that they knew what I was capable of. I think we all tend to underestimate our own powers that exist within us. But that power is there. I had struggled with my weight since the 3rd grade, it was just my burden to carry - literally. But that moment changed my life. I had something new - spark (and SparkPeople), and determination.

But three years later, and no, I'm not the fastest loser on the block. But a loser I am. 110 lbs down and 10 lbs away from my goal weight of a total of 120 lbs lost. I'm not only running my first half marathon later this month and meeting a very dear spark friend for the first time, who is also doing the half, but I'm running another half marathon later this year. I am living out my dream to be a healthy weight (I'm no longer obese!) and setting a good example for my young daughters.

I am facing this new year with such excitement and anticipation. I am giddy and feel FREE.

For anyone that doubts that you can do this, too, don't doubt. Just do.


(Here I am pictured with all of my sisters this New Years, I'm the second from the right)


(In the middle, Christmas Eve with my sister and my Mom)


Christmas Eve - I was wearing sexy black boots I could never wear before, but they aren't pictured :)

  
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KATHIERAE 1/3/2013 4:53PM

    Thanks so much for sharing your "before" and "after" pictures! Your story is amazing because "you didn't know what you were capable of" and yet here you are!!! That really gives ME hope because I don't feel capable either...
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GETFIT2LIVE 1/3/2013 12:55PM

    So proud of you and happy for you! You've done amazing--I know you'll finish the job and reach your goal weight in short order. Hope we get a chance to meet in person while I'm down for the Tinkerbell half marathon; in any case, I wish you the best for your first half!

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REENSKI 1/2/2013 4:54PM

    Congratulations Kathy! What an amazing accomplishment.
I love what you said-don't doubt , just do!

You are truly and inspiration, thank you for sharing your story.
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    "Don't doubt. Just do." Those are great words to live by! You are looking soooo happy and healthy! Congratulations, you have worked hard and it's paid off in emoticon

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BEMILLER30 1/2/2013 12:42PM

    Wow! Amazing! Congrats on all your success, and I can't wait to see what the new year brings you. :)

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LINDAKAY228 1/2/2013 12:24PM

    Such an awesome inspiring story! COngratulations on your amazing success and good luck with this year's goals! You will do it!

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MY2GIRLS0205 1/2/2013 11:09AM

    Congratulations on being so close to goal, and for persevering through the long journey! I am still at the beginning of my 150 pound loss journey, so I will be sure to look to you for motivation throughout!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 1/2/2013 10:54AM

    So excited for you. Can't wait to read your half marathon blog! 2013 is your year! Take it!

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I remember we became friends shortly after our daughters were born & I've enjoyed following your journey over these past few years. You have accomplished so much and you are such an inspiration to others.

Good luck with your 2013 races.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 1/2/2013 9:42AM

    you are truly an inspiration!

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RISINGBLUESTAR 1/2/2013 8:49AM

    emoticon emoticon I understand what you mean when you say you wanted to lose the weight but you had your doubts. I tend to doubt myself but that is something I am trying to not do. One of my favorite quotes is: "If we accomplished everything we were capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." I don't think that's the exact quote but close enough. Another one I like is "Stop wishing, start doing!."

Inspirational blog! Thanks for sharing! :)

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POOKASLUAGH 1/2/2013 8:04AM

    Slow is good! I'm traveling at about the same rate as you - three years down and 96 lbs down. Gives our bodies time to adjust and means the change is permanent! Great job Kathy! :)

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ULEWIJ 1/2/2013 6:10AM

    Amazing!!! good job! and thank you for sharing, I needed to read a great success story :)

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    Amazing!

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    Yay!! So awesome!

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    Awesome! Happy New Year!

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    Congratulations. That is truly a blessing!

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OVERHAULING-ME 1/1/2013 10:46PM

    Your Giddiness is contagious! You have me smiling, feeling good and hopeful! Congrats on your transformation! For making those choices that are allowing you to be healthy! Best wishes on your half marathons! Can't wait to hear about it! I am signed up for my first one in May but I plan on walking.

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KRISTEN_SAYS 1/1/2013 10:18PM

    So amazing! Good luck on your half marathons!

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_JODI404 1/1/2013 10:15PM

    Your excitement and enthusiasm just jumps right off the page, and is evident in every new photo! You have great reason to be giddy ~ I love that!!

Congratulations on all of your success to date! You are such an inspiration!

Your 1/2 marathons sound like a great next step for you on your journey!
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    AMAZING!!!!

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    What a beautiful inspiration you are! So proud of you!

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    That's so great, congratulations!

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-ICANDOIT- 1/1/2013 9:54PM

    I just love you so much for being the awesome person you are! You have always been a bright spark for me...you give me the hope I need to REALLY start my journey...even if I am still at the "doubting I will ever really do it" stage!
I have so enjoyed seeing your success- and today I think I even felt it for you! I hope 2013 is a year of even more dreams reached for you!

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GAYLEP67 1/1/2013 9:52PM

    What an awesome transformation! Congratulations!! You are living proof that hard work and commitment pay off.

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PRESBESS 1/1/2013 9:48PM

    I am so happy for you! Oh how good you must feel. Keep up the good work!

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    You have done so well! I hope you are proud of yourself!

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My Vision Board

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Here is my vision board for the Sunny Gal challenge. It is focused on the half marathon I'll be running in January.

  
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JENNYBEAN0703 12/31/2012 9:26AM

    Thats a really good vision collage! :) I love it!

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OVERHAULING-ME 12/13/2012 3:50PM

    LOVE it ! Great job in your accomplishments and continual goals! Best wishes for your half! I'm signed up to do one in May. At the moment I plan on walking it. Maybe by then I'll be able to jog a bit.

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/4/2012 1:27AM

    Very nicely done! I gather you're doing the Tinkerbell Half in January? My husband and I will be down to run that, would love to meet up with you somehow!

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    You are so good at these :)

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    I like it!! Nice job!! :-)

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    Looks good!!!!!

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    Luv it!

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    I didn't have the patience to figure out the Oprah vision board. Yours looks great!

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/2/2012 9:32AM

    That's much prettier than my board, I've just got a plain background.

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    What a beautiful board!

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    Woohoo! Can't wait to hear about it!

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MAGGIEVAN 12/2/2012 3:18AM

    Go for it with all of your Mind. Visualize the end and you crossing that line and then set the steps in place to make it happen.

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HEALTHYLADY12 12/2/2012 2:49AM

    Thanks for the motivation. I am going to run in Feb.

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3 5Ks and a 15K :) And a whole new life.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I'm catching up on some race blogs...

SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE 4 CURE 5K - 9/23 (33:30 NEW PR!)









This is an emotional race for me. I lost my mother-in-law to breast cancer many years ago. She never got to see me walk down the aisle next to her son, or see our children. On this race I left my earbuds at home, which was a blessing in disguise. I was able to spiritually connect to the cause, to the survivors and advocates running next to me, some who had lost loved ones, too. Others still fighting the disease. It let me fully embrace the experience, and to focus on why I was there. For her. And so that one day there would be a cure. The fact that I hit a new PR was just icing on the cake.



I was also honored as one of the top fundraisers on the Pink Honor Roll.

RUN FOR HER LIFE 5K (34:42)



This was a race for the local women's shelter, a place that is one of my top causes. You could dress as a super hero, so my friend Caitlin and I dressed up. I was Wonder Woman. I felt very strong in this race, and motivated those around me to keep running. It was awesome to hear cheers of "Go Wonder Woman!"







And I got to meet Jerry and Estella Hayes from Biggest Loser Season 7 and we talked about plateaus! We exchanged emails, too!

The best part? Lucy participated in a kids run, she is usually afraid to do these things on her own, but at the last minute she got the courage to run! I was (and am) so proud of her!




HOT CHOCOLATE 15K - 11/4 (1:53:39)

My first 15K! It was so wonderful. I felt strong the whole race, the last half mile was difficult, but up until then I was just on cruise control and knew that I could finish.




Before the race with my cousin Kim, and her husband John.


After the race with my cheerleading squad


After the race with Jenn (KITHKINCAID), we always run the Hot Chocolate together (we met on Spark and that was our first race), she couldn't run it this year due to an injury, but came to cheer me on, and I saw her right in that last half mile when it got difficult. It was so awesome to see her!!! Perked me right up. Jenn, you rock!!




At the hotel afterward, I felt so strong!


Official photo from Marathon photo, taken after I crossed the finish line.

BONFIELD TURKEY TROT (39:38)

This race gets really packed. It's a Thanksgiving tradition, a "turkey trot". My friend Caitlin and I ran it, and it was so great to start the day that way. Afterward we got free leg massages and had some Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Yum!







I also ran into my good friend Tom, who coincidentally, I ran into on my first 5K. He commented that he didn't know if it was me or not, he's known me since before my 110 lb. weight loss. He said that I've done a complete 360 and he's proud of me.

Just writing this blog makes me smile. I think back to 3 years ago, I wouldn't have done any of this. I am a new person, in and out.

  
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    Awesome job on those races! You really are moving!!

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KITHKINCAID 11/30/2012 8:06PM

    You're awesome. I just love that you're such a racer! That is quite the fall you've had! Love you babe.

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/30/2012 1:26PM

    Beautiful blog! What a great opportunity to meet other Sparkers and strut your feathers, so to speak, in the name of good and healthy habits! You truly embody Wonder Woman! WooHoo!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/30/2012 1:22PM

    Thank you for sharing your races! You should be so proud and I know you are. You are such a great role model for your girls. Thanks for catching us up on your progress. I can hardly read your title "A whole new life" without tears coming to my eyes. You have done what most EVERYONE says cannot be done! KUDOS and hugs.

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    Awesome! So great to share in your success!

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    emoticon Kathy! You look AMAZING and those girls of yours seem to get cuter - and bigger! - every time you post pics of them!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 11/30/2012 9:15AM

    you are an amazing woman. I'm very proud of you.

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TRACY31502 11/30/2012 9:03AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog!!!! I love your smile in the pics!!!! You are beaming and should be! You are awesome!!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 11/30/2012 7:40AM

    This is so awesome! You are a fantastic runner and wow all those pictures are wonderful. :)

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UNICORN212 11/29/2012 11:51PM

    Such a great smile! You are awesome!

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Thankful. A family gratitude blog

Saturday, November 17, 2012

For our Sunny challenge this week we have to post 7 days of gratitude. I keep a family gratitude journal at home and it's a wonderful way to wrap up the day with my girls. Here are 7 days of thankfulness.

Today I am grateful for...

☆ That people who want to be free are going to get help...a long time coming. - Jim

☆ To go outside, and God, and really, really, really, really, really morning time, and I thank you for God again. -Marlo....and for Mama gone...

☆ I am thankful for God and I am thankful for my Jesus. - Lucy

☆ I am thankful for my church, and no matter how long I've been away I am always welcomed back home. - Kathy

☆ I am also thankful for Jim, he's the most understanding husband and accepts me exactly as I am...bad stuff and all. - Kathy

☆ I am thankful for resale shops. -Kathy

☆ I am thankful for my daughters and even though most times I feel like a failure as a mom I get a chance to learn and grow every day, and every day is an adventure. -Kathy

☆ I am thankful for you here at my house. - Marlo (she changed her mind and decided she wants her mom at her home now.) - Marlo

☆ I am thankful for my awesome mom and my awesome dad and of course my awesome awesome sister and get walking people. - Lucy

☆ I am thankful for my amazing daughter Lucy who goes to walk class with me and is a super walker! She inspires me to be better (and brave) every day. - Kathy

☆ I am thankful for God and the park and I'm thankful for my dogs and my dad and mama and myself and then louie and sleep a lot and for Lucy. - Marlo

☆ I am thankful for my self and I am thankful for the whole wide world. - Lucy

☆ I am thankful for 6 AM wake up calls even though they are hard...I get to spend more time with my girls. - Kathy

☆ I am thankful for my friends. I have so many good friends. - Kathy

☆ I am thankful for my family. They are always there for me and support me. - Kathy

☆ I am thankful that in January I will get to meet one of. Y best friends, who I met right here on spark, and run a half marathon with her. I feel like I'm in a dream, pinch me! - Kathy

And I am always thankful for the chance to start over.

What are you thankful for this season of thankfulness?

  
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LINDAKAY228 11/20/2012 11:16AM

    Awesome blog! When we stop and think, we really do have so much to be thankful for.

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KITHKINCAID 11/19/2012 2:28PM

    You guys are all too cute! I love this.

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    Great blog!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 11/18/2012 1:02AM

    Oh my gosh I love love love reading what the girls are grateful for! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and so honest!

And of course, I am SO grateful that I get to meet one of my best friends in the whole wide world in 62 days! OH my goodness!!!!!!! I am SO grateful for you!!

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LASKIE2 11/17/2012 5:23PM

    I love your list of gratitudes. Thanks for sharing!

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JEANNETTE59 11/17/2012 4:59PM

  Great Blog!

I am thankful that God puts me where I need to be!

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SLIMLEAF 11/17/2012 3:34PM

    Practising gratitude is good for one's soul and state of mind!

I'm thankful for central heating, my washing machine, a nice warm shower, being warm, dry and fed, my friends, being able to run and swim, the telephone and the internet, birdsong and my duvet! (and plenty more beside).

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JENJESS48 11/17/2012 10:51AM

    Doing a family gratitude journal is such a lovely idea. Thanks for sharing!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 11/17/2012 8:41AM

    Success lies is beginning every day with a moment of gratitude

Make Today a Great Day!

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Terrapin 5k Race Report (with pics)

Sunday, August 05, 2012

As some of you may know, a good friend of mine from high school passed away recently. After this happened, it made me look at my own life closer, and I wanted to live it more. So many times we say we don't have time for things, or say, "Oh, we will do this or that later." Well for the cup of coffee that my late friend and I kept saying we would grab, that time never came.

After this happened, I made a lot of calls to my best friend since freshman year of H.S., Cheri, and I brought up the Terrapin. A few months back I mentioned it to her since it is a race we talked about doing often - she is a big Grateful Dead fan and this race is not only named after a Dead song, but hosts a concert during and after the 5k and the headliners are a Grateful Dead cover band. But at the time she was planning a big move out of state to Colorado and I was interviewing for a new job and packing up my old office. It wasn't, as they say, good timing. So we had sort of shelved it.

But after our friend died, we decided that life was short and we should do it. I told her that I would pay for half of her plane ticket, but she wouldn't let me, so instead I bought our hotel room to stay in that night and bought our race entries. As the race grew closer the timing got even worse - the Monday before the race she moved to Colorado into her new dream home, and I started my new job. I told her I would understand if she had to cancel. She wouldn't hear of it. She said if it was anyone else, yes, but that she would never let me down like that. I have the best friend ever. I really don't know many people who would do this.

Well I have to say it was all worth it! To say we had a great time would be an understatement. (I'm waiting for the official pictures to come in, but I'm hoping they captured her dancing to "I'm Sexy and I Know It" while running, people came up to her afterward and said it was the highlight of the race for them!

It was hot out, it was supposed to cool down to 75 from 90, but I don't think it cooled down much, it's the hottest race I've done, I had beads of sweat all over me and even sweat dripping from my ears when it was over with, and I don't sweat easy! But worth it.

Us before the race.













The view at the turnaround spot


The goodies after the race - a donut and a veggie quesadilla



Cheri taking a balloon off the post for a young boy - you should have seen his face light up when she handed it to him!



Us after the race - official time was 39:29



We also each got a free beer and Nuts on Clark mixed popcorn - yum!



The moon was beautiful! Later it turned white.



Mr. Blotto - music and dancing.



Then Cheri took me to a yummy Mexican restaurant and we had dinner and a margarita.

Afterward at the hotel in our Terrapin shirts enjoying some wine and sharing laughter.



Having this time together in the city brought back great memories of one of the best years of my life when we both were single and lived together in the city. It was so nice to have that time without the kids and husbands.

Is there something that you've been putting off? Just get out there and do it. Life is short.

  
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LOTUSLIFE 10/23/2012 3:09PM

  This is a great story and blog. The pictures are fantastic!

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SPSPSP1 9/5/2012 5:18PM

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CHICAT63 8/15/2012 12:14PM

    I read your blog and had tears in my eyes, you are so right life is indeed short. Looks like you had an amazing time with your best friend, love your headbands they rock. Keep encouraging each other ! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 8/8/2012 7:04PM

    Life is to short and I'm glad you and your friend did this! Looks like you had an awesome time. I'm so excited for you!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/7/2012 11:59AM

    I am so glad you made this a priority! I agree, life is too short. I have this long list of things I want to complete. Slowly marking them off as I go.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 8/7/2012 3:19AM

    Looks like you guys were having WAY TOO MUCH FUN!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

What a wonderful day for you and your friend. CONGRATULATIONS on your accomplishments. Keep up the GREAT WORK!

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AMBER281 8/6/2012 11:10PM

    Looks like you gals had a great time!

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KITHKINCAID 8/6/2012 6:41PM

    I love this blog so much. I've just had a reunion of sorts with some of my girlfriends from school and it was so amazing. So glad you ran a great race AND got to catch up with you friend!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 8/6/2012 11:31AM

    You two look like you had SO much fun! I'm so glad you got to celebrate the life of your friend and catch up on old times!!!!! You are SO beautiful! LOVE YoU!

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JENJESS48 8/6/2012 10:23AM

    That's so great, Kathy! I'm really proud of you for seizing the moment and not letting life's pressures get in the way; that's really hard. emoticon

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NELLBELLA26 8/5/2012 9:43PM

    omg what a beautiful friendship you have! I love stories like this because you are SO right. Life is too incredibly short to let anything get in the way of doing the things you want to do! Enjoyed the pictures. thanks for sharing!
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IGSBETH 8/5/2012 7:49PM

    Way to go! I'm glad you had such a great time!

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PLUSSIZEWIFE 8/5/2012 6:16PM

    Awesome! You made great time, not to mention you look like you had a blast.
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KATD13 8/5/2012 4:24PM

    Thanks for sharing your race day with us! I am always looking at the various, local 5K's. I want to do one so bad, but always have an excuse. Some are legit & some are lame...but the bottom line is, I still haven't done a 5K.
I love that in spite of everything, you & your friend made it happen!

I certainly know that life is short: Regardless of your age, tomorrow is not gauranteed.

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TEMPEST272002 8/5/2012 3:05PM

    I'm sure your highschool friend was smiling on the two of you as you raced and laughed in her honour. Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

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COACHKRYSTIE 8/5/2012 1:39PM

    Great pics!! Thanks for sharing!!! What a great day!

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JILLIANISREADY 8/5/2012 12:41PM

    Sorry about your friend from high school. But on a good note that is awesome you girls could run that together. Worked out perfectly. I recently too had a friend pass away that I went to school with from 1st grade until we graduated (I gradated 7 years ago) but will never forget him. & that too just made me realize that life is short -- live it while you can.

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UNICORN212 8/5/2012 11:50AM

    I love both your smiles in the first pic. I am so glad you had a good time and the weather was decent. I hope you remembered to toast your deceased friend when you got to the beer.
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RED_WRITINGHOOD 8/5/2012 11:24AM

    That's awesome! You looked like you had so much fun. It's great you guys made sure that you got together.

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LASKIE2 8/5/2012 11:13AM

    I'm sorry to learn about the loss of your friend, but your pictures shows a very loving relationship and a good time enjoying something you both loved - quantity time together.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/5/2012 10:47AM

    It's so easy to let the tyranny of the urgent rule our lives instead of living intentionally. So glad you and your friend made time for something that was important for you to do together. Looks like it was a wonderful time and well worth all the effort--way to go!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/5/2012 10:31AM

    Glad you had such a great time! I'm so glad you both took the time to spend with each other. You are right; life is short.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/5/2012 7:52AM

    This is an awesome post! It really makes yo utake time to think about all the things you say you'll ge to, but then never do. I'm so glad you were able to do this and spend time with your friend.

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