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Tinkerbell Half Marathon Race Report!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013



A year ago I told my very good friend Blaize (INSPIREBYNATURE), who I met here on Spark almost 3 yrs. ago, and who has been my partner on the Sunny Gals team for the past 2+ yrs., that I wanted to run a half marathon. Not just any half marathon, but a half marathon in Disney.

Back when I started running, about 3 yrs. ago, it was a dream of mine to run a 5k at Disney. I had never been to Disney, and it felt like a good goal. But after meeting Blaize, and for those of you who know her, you know what I am talking about, she makes you feel like bigger, better things are possible. In fact, when we first met online, one of the first pictures I saw of her was after she ran her own first half marathon, and I started to dream BIGGER.

So when I told her my plan, it should have been of no surprise to me at all that she said, immediately, without any hesitation (I love this girl), "I'll run it with you."

It was such a wonderful thing, such an offering up of herself, her time, well, everything. To tell someone you will run a half marathon with them is almost like getting engaged. Well, ok, not exactly, but you know what I mean. It's a commitment.

So throughout this year we had big training plans. And those plans, for both of us, fell a little short due to illness, life changes, and huge events beyond our control. Speaking for myself I had the flu 2 weeks prior, and that was followed by a terrible ear infection and two ruptured ears as a consequence. It was not the ideal conditions, and I wasn't able to go on my last two long runs. The furthest I had run was 10 miles, and that was about a month before the half.

Blaize's plan was to walk/run it, and mine was to run as much of it as I could.

But first, we had to meet!

We met at the expo, me with my family in tow (my 2 daughters, ages 3 and 6), and her with her mom and her 5 year old daughter.


Blaize and I after we first met!


Our daughters after meeting (new BFFs!) (My daughter Lucy on the left, Azali on the right)

At the expo we shopped, I lost my daughter for 10 scary minutes, and I think we were all ready to go back to the hotel to relax before dinner. For dinner we walked to Downtown Disney, but the Rainforest Cafe had a 3 hr. wait, so we had our pre-race dinner at Denny's. Hey, it wasn't that bad :) And we chose food that wasn't too fatty and had a good balance of carb/protein.



Then we went to bed by 10 PM, having an early morning wakeup call. The race had a 5 AM start, and we had to be in our corral by 4:30 AM, so we made plans to meet in Blaize's hotel room at 3:15 AM to give us time to eat a healthy breakfast of bread, natural peanut butter and a banana and then walk to the corral.


Us at 3:15 AM before the race!


Before the race



We both wore Sparkle Skirts, it was a gift from Blaize, she knew I wanted to wear a green one (thank you honey!) and of course we had to have Princess Bondi Bands, too. We looked super cute.

As we stood in the corral I was a ball of nerves. I was so nervous, I don't think I had ever been this nervous before the race. I didn't know what to expect, and the two weeks before the race being sick really rattled my confidence.

I had prepared some mantras the night before to help me in my run.

"God is Able." - I actually heard someone sing this on American Idol recently and it really stuck in my head. Where I am weak, He is strong.

"All Things are Possible Through Christ." - this is my favorite, and is even inscribed on my running ID bracelet.

Lastly, I read this one on the plane over to CA and I tore it out because I knew it was meant for me during this race.: "The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exhalt him." (Exodus 15:2)

My strength and my song. I loved that. I would praise him, even when it got hard for me. I would put my focus there, and hand that pain over to Him.

Soon it was our turn to go. Corral D stood for "Dreams Come True", and it couldn't have been more appropriate. I met one of my best friends for the first time after 3 yrs. of friendship, and we were doing something amazing together. I was running my first half marathon! I would have never thought I was capable of this.

During the Star Spangled Banner Disney lit fireworks off, and it was so breathtaking. I teared up. I was sharing this moment with Blaize, it was so surreal.

And we were off! The first 4.5 miles were through Disney, so it was nice scenery. We ran through Cars Land, past the castle, it was so cool.









Here's the most miraculous part. Blaize and I ran the entire first nine miles together!! She figured maybe 1-2 miles, and I was looking forward to running as much as we could together, but I didn't think it would be nine miles. I am so extremely proud of her. I don't recall exactly what her longest run was in her training, but I believe it was 6 miles. I know she was planning on walking much of the race, but she ran almost the whole thing! I had to take two bathroom breaks, and we walked through some of the water stations and along the course if we needed to. But at Mile 9 is when things got really hard for me. I knew that if I walked any more I would not finish running, and my goal was to run as much as I could. It was do or die. Blaize and I had agreed earlier that whenever I needed to go ahead that was fine, so I told her I needed to keep running and we agreed to try to meet up with again, and I had texts on my phone with her progress, so I would know where she was so we could meet up.

Little did I know that she would finish only 3 minutes behind me! She is just so amazing. She does not give up, and I have to tell you that her perseverance has truly changed me as a person, and as an athlete.

I finished at 2:58:54, which I am very proud of. It's funny, I got texts when Blaize hit mile markers, and so when my phone kept vibrating every mile we passed I thought someone was tracking me and it encouraged me, but it was me tracking Blaize! I didn't realize that until after the race ended, so it was like I had an imaginary cheering section, it helped me though :))


Almost to the finish line!


Me about to cross the finish line, waving to my kids after giving Minnie Mouse a high five.


A cheering sign my daughter Lucy made.


Right after finishing, and getting my "wings" medal.


Blaize and I with our medals!!! She finished in 3:01, woo hoo!!

After the race we went to the pool to relax.





And then we did something crazy - we went to Disney and walked a TON of steps. I think we logged over 30 miles on that day.

(We also had some margaritas)



And the next day? Yep. We went to Disney.

Like Walt Disney said, it's fun to do the impossible. I never, ever thought I would be a runner. I started walking, and then began the Couch to 5k program, and gradually after 5ks did an 8k, then a 10k, then a 15k, and now a half marathon. If I can do it, so can YOU!

Blaize, I'm glad I got to share this with you. Love you!







Us with our little Princesses. Just think what a good example we are setting for them!!

  
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AMBER281 2/13/2013 7:41PM

    Great job!! You both did amazing and it was so great that you got to do it together.

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LINDAKAY228 2/4/2013 7:27PM

    I'm so happy for both of you that were able to finally meet face to face, and have such a great time together and get to realize the dream of the race! WooHoo!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 1/31/2013 10:54PM

    Wow! I love this blog. I'm so happy for you. I also dream of running the Tinkerbell half marathon. I did the Neverland 5k this year and I was wishing I could have done the half marathon the day after my race. I will plan for another year. Next year, perhaps.

That is awesome that you committed to running this and trained for it with a good friend, met your friend at the race, got to enjoy Disney with your families and accomplished a dream of yours!

I love your running mantras and the verse you use on your running bracelet. I would like to get one like that. When I cross the finishline I think "To God be the glory" It's only because He gives me the strength and inspiration to run.

I did my second half marathon this past December and it wasn't nearly as fun as this race looks! I can't wait to wear a tutu in a race! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLLY043 1/31/2013 8:30PM

    How inspiring and what a beautiful story of freindship. I have a goal to run a 1/2 marathon when I turn 55 next year. Tinkerbell might be calling me....Thanks for the inspiration.

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MIPALADY23 1/31/2013 6:40PM

    Awesome!!

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POOKASLUAGH 1/31/2013 4:56PM

    Such a great story and both of you are major inspiration!!

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SGTSUNNY 1/31/2013 2:20PM

    Love this! And you both! WTG

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FITBIZZZ 1/31/2013 1:44PM

    Very inspirational. Thanks.

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SEATTLESIMS 1/31/2013 1:12PM

    VERY VERY inspiring! You have me looking at Disney races! Thanks for sharing!


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FREES1 1/31/2013 12:00PM

    Congratulations!!! and how cool to make a virtual friend a RL one... love your daughter's sign

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IGSBETH 1/31/2013 11:11AM

    That is fabulous! Congrats!

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BEMILLER30 1/31/2013 10:30AM

    Wow! Amazing! Love it! I'm so glad ya'll had a great time and a great race. That's really fantastic!! Way to go!

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RYDERB 1/31/2013 9:21AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Fabulous blog! Thanks for sharing your amazing victory and tale of true friendship. Reading this has left me inspired.
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FIREFLY4407 1/31/2013 6:33AM

    Great blog and awesome job!! I'm am so glad to be a Sunny Gal - you are both a great inspiration and positive influences on our team. So cool that you got to meet and accomplish this together - congratulations!!
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TRAVELGRRL 1/31/2013 5:15AM

    What a wonderful experience, for ALL of you, including your daughters! I'm so proud of you, and am soooo happy you shared your pictures!

WHAT will YOU DO NEXT?

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KITHKINCAID 1/31/2013 1:27AM

    Um, margaritas that you EARNED sister! 3:15am??? Holy crap. You look HOT for 3:15am. I would just look a hot mess.

I am SO proud of you. I cannot WAIT to run the Women's Half with you in June. Step for step baby. We're doing this!

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ROBYNROSE26 1/31/2013 1:22AM

    What a great blog!

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/31/2013 12:35AM

    I am so proud of you and Blaize both! You did awesome and are truly an athlete and a half marathoner. I wish we had a chance to meet in person there, but maybe another time. Keep pressing on for those bigger dreams. You never know where God will take you when you let Him lead the way!
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INSPIREBYNATURE 1/31/2013 12:15AM

    Oh my goodness....I am over here tearing up....seriously, Kathy.....your friendship means the world to me! Over these past 3 years you have become my best friends...you are always there for me and I feel so comfortable talking to you about anything and everything. The Tink weekend was one of the best (and funnest) weekends of my life!!!!!!! I am so incredibly grateful to have you in my life. You are an inspiration...truly! You encouraged me this past year and talked me through all of the setbacks that I had.....three breakups, an unplanned pregnancy followed by an unplanned miscarriage, a jaw/tooth infection, and a serious leg injury. Yet, you kept reassuring me that I could do this and that walking and running didn't make me a failure. My longest run was 6 miles! The last 3 miles was possible only because I had you by my side. You are absolutely amazing....a fabulous mother, a loving wife, a great friend, and a true inspiration. I am beyond proud of you. Had I known that we were only three minutes apart I would have kept pushing so that we could finish together but I am so incredibly grateful that we shared this experience together!!! Azali and I love you guys so much!!!!! Thank you for everything!!! emoticon emoticon

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CRYSUNSHINE714 1/31/2013 12:05AM

    That's awesome! That's actually my dream too... Reading your blog was so inspirational. It makes me think I can do it too. Thank you so much!!! xoxoxox

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    Awwww...you brought tears to my eyes!
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(And you did not mention our honorary Sunny who was there, too!)

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My 2013 New Year's Resolutions

Saturday, January 05, 2013

I wanted to post this in my blog so that I could refer back to it:

Pay off all my credit cards by August 2013
Start saving money for next Christmas and adding to our emergency fund
Continue to save for retirement - meet with advisor, create a plan of attack.
Reach goal weight (10 lbs. to goal weight, but I may try for 20 lbs.)
Run the Disney Tinkerbell Half Marathon and the Chicago Women's Half Marathon.
Balance on my work/family life.
Strength train 3x/wk.
Box again.
Start going to the YMCA again.
Take a swimming class to learn proper form.
Enroll in a sprint Triathlon (either in 2013 or 2014).
Start a garden in the Spring.
Begin writing again and working on my drafts in progress.
Have more fun with the kids, don't be so serious (workaholic).
Juice more.
Watch less TV.
Start each day with prayer.
End each dat with one thing I am thankful for.
Eliminate clutter in my life.
Live within my means.

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LINDAKAY228 1/7/2013 1:20PM

    A lot of great goals and all doable! You're going to have an awesome year!

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BMCKEOW1 1/7/2013 1:14PM

    All of these are great!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 1/7/2013 12:56AM

    I love all of these and I know you will achieve all of them!!!!!! I'm with you on a lot of these!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/6/2013 11:43PM

    Great list!

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MOMFAN 1/6/2013 7:28PM

    Cheering for you!! Thanks for continuing to be an inspiration!

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    emoticon emoticon If you need a writing buddy I would love to swap ideas and/or drafts

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NEELIXNKES 1/6/2013 2:08PM

    Good Goals. May this be a healthy and successful year for you!


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TEMPEST272002 1/5/2013 8:41PM

    You're a strong, amazing woman and you're going to rock 2013!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/5/2013 8:25PM

    Love your list! You are strong! I know you will accomplish much of your list!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/5/2013 6:23PM

    Great list!

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    emoticon If anyone can do it, you can!! emoticon

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ROBYNROSE26 1/5/2013 4:28PM

    You can do it!

Those are great goals!

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MIPALADY23 1/5/2013 4:25PM

    Looks like my journal entry!!! Lets rock 2013

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TRAVELGRRL 1/5/2013 3:50PM

    Great goals!!! I always find such clarity in my life when clutter is kept down to a minimum. And that means the clutter of stuff, debt, etc. You can do it!

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JEANNETTE59 1/5/2013 3:29PM

  Healthy, wealthy and wise goals.

Especially love the last two.......good luck with all!

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UNICORN212 1/5/2013 2:50PM

    Wonderful resolutions! I hope you succeed at each and every one!

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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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TRAVELGRRL 1/2/2013 3:55PM

    "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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    Woohoo, so awesome !!! You go GIRL !!!! emoticon

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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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MOMFAN 1/2/2013 5:33AM

    Amazing!

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WOLFKITTY 1/1/2013 11:24PM

    Yay!! So awesome!

Hugs,
Jocelyn

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NADINEL 1/1/2013 11:03PM

    Awesome! Happy New Year!

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TEEPHOTO 1/1/2013 10:50PM

    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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JMEPAYNE 1/1/2013 10:14PM

    AMAZING!!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/1/2013 10:11PM

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

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/1/2013 10:06PM

    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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KITHKINCAID 12/3/2012 6:06PM

    You are so good at these :)

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BEMILLER30 12/3/2012 2:20PM

    Nice! :)

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AMBER281 12/3/2012 12:57PM

    Great job!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/3/2012 12:13AM

    I like it!! Nice job!! :-)

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 12/2/2012 2:49PM

    Looks good!!!!!

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KROLES55 12/2/2012 2:02PM

    Luv it!

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UNICORN212 12/2/2012 12:30PM

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

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INSPIREBYNATURE 12/2/2012 12:21PM

    I love it!

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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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CARILOUIE 12/2/2012 9:17AM

    What a beautiful board!

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POOKASLUAGH 12/2/2012 7:47AM

    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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TEDDYBEARGIRL 12/1/2012 6:27PM

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LINDAKAY228 12/1/2012 2:32PM

    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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MANLEYSANDY 11/30/2012 11:02AM

    Awesome! So great to share in your success!

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JENJESS48 11/30/2012 9:24AM

    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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RYDERB 11/30/2012 7:34AM

    I LOVED reading this blog! Thank you for sharing your victories with us! Seeing how proud you are in each of your pictures is so inspirational. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/30/2012 12:00AM

    Congrats on your races, on your PR, on your new you!!!

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UNICORN212 11/29/2012 11:51PM

    Such a great smile! You are awesome!

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CM_GARDNER78 11/29/2012 11:40PM

    That is AWESOME!! You're looking fantastic - you're simply BEAMING!! Way to go!!! emoticon

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