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Week 2 Marathon Training: Honoring and Celebrating Loss

Monday, April 29, 2013

To start off this week of training, I packed my running gear Monday so that I could meet up with my amazing friend Jenn (KITHKINCAID) to honor those who lost their lives in the Boston marathon tragedy.


Martin Richard, the 8 yr old boy killed in the Boston bombing

Lots of running stores around the country were having group fun runs to stand in solidarity, this one was through Ram Racing. I had the misfortune of getting a cab driver who didn't know where Lincoln Park Zoo was, and once he did he dropped me off at the opposite end of the zoo, so I was late and had to run around the zoo to meet up with Jenn. I called her and we met up ( she was sweet enough to wait for me!). We missed the pack, but on the way back we saw a sea of runners in blue and yellow, it was inspiring. Jenn toward the end of our run said "Well here we are, 2 people who have each lost over 100 lbs, and we are running." It reminded me of how far we both have come. Jenn ran the Chicago marathon last year, and I'm running it this year. It made me thankful and grateful for this life I've been given, for my friendship with Jenn, for both of our new lives.


Jenn and me after our run


Me and Jenn the first time we met, a few yrs ago

I had a really busy week, so didn't run again until the group run on Saturday. I did teach walk class on Thursday.

Saturday we met at Knock Knolls, a forest preserve in the suburbs. I hadn't run there before, and it was beautiful! A gorgeous day in Chicago, it would near 70 later in the day. My friend Caitlin couldn't make it due to an event at the school she teaches at, and the woman I encouraged last week wasn't there (I'm hoping she's there next week), but I found a new friend that ran at my pace and the time went by so quickly! We ran for 35 minutes as we are building up 5 min. each time. What I loved most was the smell of fresh cut grass as we ran, and being out in nature. Growing up an overweight child since the 3rd grade, I avoided being outside. I preferred to be inside, watching TV with some Cheetos and a pillow. I didn't like to sweat, to walk, to live, basically. So now, whenever I am in nature it sometimes hits me how much I missed during those years. And that makes me sad, but also, it's all so new to me. The smell of that grass made me tear up, it was just so crisp, so fresh, so alive! And I felt alive, too. I was thankful for the sun, for the beauty that surrounded me, for these new people I was getting to know. It was amazing, a life changing run. I know they aren't all like that, so when they are, I cherish them.


Here is a picture of the group after our run.


Here is a picture of some of the group after the marathon last year at a reunion run. Can you tell how positive and fun these people are?? They are amazing.

After the run we went to breakfast and I got to know some of the team better. It was great. I came back home and took the girls for a walk out in nature, I don't want them to be like I was when I was younger.

Sunday was a rest day.

Since the Chicago Women's Half marathon is at the end of June, I'm in a bit of a pickle because my training schedule doesn't have me running 13 miles until the end of July. So on the group runs I'm going to have to either get there early to run more, or stay later. For example this week we run for 40 min., and we build up to a 5k on June 8. But I need to be running at least 10 miles by that time, if not more. So I need to double my mileage.

Nutrition wise I've eliminated dairy, wheat, gluten, yeast and processed foods from my diet. **EDIT: I CAN ALSO NOT HAVE RICE AND CORN** This is for my skin condition, I have psoriasis and its gotten pretty bad. The downside is I'm not eating a lot of calories and I'm afraid my body will start losing muscle mass. I'm working on making sure I get enough protein in, but without carbs it's a challenge. For example I love toast and peanut butter plus a banana before a run. I've discovered Udi's bread, and did that this past Saturday, and it was good. Not as filling, but good. I'm supposed to get around 2,000 calories in while training, maybe not now, but when my mileage gets up there, and I'm worried I won't get those calories in.

I've also been listening solely to Christian music while running. It's inspiring me, I used to think without my rap, high paced music I wouldn't be able to do it, but I've been actually running faster with the Christian music. Score! I want to devote this time to Christ.

The schedule for this week is below:

Mon: 30 min run
Tues: 30 min walk
Wed: 30 min run
Thurs: 30 min walk
Fri: 30 min run
Sat: 40 min run (I'm going to extend so I run 5-6 miles)

The run walk intervals for the runs are: run 3/ walk 1, but for the shorter runs during the week I'm just going to run them straight out as I'm used to that distance. If anyone knows of a good app for the smart phone for intervals please let me know, thanks!

Ending with some inspiring images:




Blaize (INSPIREBYNATURE) sent this one to me, I love it!

  
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PRETTYPITHY 5/1/2013 1:26AM

    Wonderfully inspiring. Good luck with your training!

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SGTSUNNY 4/30/2013 11:45PM

    Great blog! You are doing great, I have faith in you! Keep pushing and you will surprise yourself and do great in the half. Are there gluten free protein drinks?Take care and keep pushing!

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MELROSE13 4/30/2013 6:29PM

    Peanut butter on the banana would be a great alternative to having it on bread. Have you looked into rice products to replace the wheat? Or corn tortillas (they are dry and can take a little getting used too but can be a good replacement to breads etc)
Sounds like you have a great plan!

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AMBER281 4/30/2013 5:38PM

    You are doing awesome.
I have never run a marathon or half marathon, but I have heard other people say to pay attention to your body it will tell you what it needs. It sounds like you are already very intune to your body so you should do just fine.

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LINDAKAY228 4/30/2013 5:20PM

    I don't know if you've messed with it yet, but Runkeeper (I have the free version) has a way to set intervals on it. On the opening screen of the app, the third item down is Workout. The middle tab at the top is One Offs and on that screen you can then go to the bottom where it says Create New Workout. You can set warm up and cool down time and add intervals and the number or repetitions. You can set the intervals for distance or time. Set one interval for the walking time, then Add Interval to set for the running time. Under the settings for the app you can set the audio cues you want so it can let you know when to change. I thought I had seen you post a run on fb using Runkeeper but can't remember for sure if you use that app. But it's one suggestion for intervals using just one program.
Great job and glad you're enjoying it so much and making friends through it! You and Jenn have certainly come a long way! WooHoo!

I also love my Christian music when running or walking in town. When hiking though I just like the peaceful silence. But my Christian music motivated me!

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PAULACOLLINS 4/30/2013 3:18PM

    You are doing awesome things! I ran a 2K with my grandkids last month and I am doing a 5K in May--that is not bad for an old lady who has never run in her life. I too am training with Chrstian music--love running for the Lord.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 4/30/2013 2:29PM

    so inspirational! I actually LOVE Christian music :D

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TWINZMOM7 4/30/2013 12:31PM

  You are doing great!!! Way to go!

I LOVE the pic that Blaize sent to you!! Can I use it too??

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MANLEYSANDY 4/30/2013 11:53AM

    Keep it up Kathy!!

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IGSBETH 4/30/2013 11:50AM

    Way to go!

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ME-N-JESUS 4/30/2013 8:26AM

  I run to "Grandpa Bob's Ole Time Radio Show" by Veggie Tales! Nothing like Junior Asparagus belting out "It's ME, it's ME O LORD, standin' in the need of prayer!!"

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ADVENTURESEEKER 4/30/2013 1:22AM

    I am eating wheat-free, and it makes me feel so much better! I do carb-load with potatoes, rice, wheat-free oats, nature's path gluten-free organic cereal and udi's bread for the 2 days before my long run (18k +) and I found I ran muuch better, felt much better, and recovered much better because of it. (This past Fri/Sat in my tracker). I'll do that for my next 2 long training runs as well before the half. Granted, some people eat the balance I ate those two days regularly, however, I have tended to feel better generally eating more protein and fats (all the other days of my tracker, for the most part).

I find udi's bread with the salt/sugar-free peanut butter didn't sit as well in my tummy for long runs as wheat-free oats, my homemade granola bars, or the Nature's Path gluten-free cereals do.

Congrats on coming as far as you have!


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TIMOTHYNOHE 4/29/2013 11:20PM

    I found just starting out that the 3/1 interval was very comfortable. As I progressed I reached a level of 1mile/1 minute intervals. I have since dropped back to a 4/1 interval.

We'll see what happens on Sunday in Frederick MD.

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/29/2013 11:11PM

    I am just so proud of you for all you've done and for what you're doing! I know how you feel about being outside, I was the same way as a kid and appreciate it so much now. Love to run with Christian music, too (try Toby Mac, Newsboys, Building 429 for really upbeat songs!). I have psoriasis as well, and I've started using some products that are helping so much even without changing my diet. To get in enough calories, you might try adding in more nuts and nut butters; nut butters can go on things like apples, pears, and bananas. Also hummus is a good protein source and can add calories for you; I love to dip bell peppers and carrots in hummus. Best wishes as you continue your training and finding what works for you!!

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KITHKINCAID 4/29/2013 11:05PM

    Beautiful blog honey! So proud of you. I just started the same clean diet. We'll have to compare otes. No dairy, no soy is making it rough to find protein. I love cashew butter, but one would normally eat it on bread and so no wheat is also an issue.

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Week 1 Marathon Training: First Team Run

Saturday, April 20, 2013

My good friend Jenn (KITHKINCAID) did an amazing thing when she trained for the 2012 Chicago Marathon, she wrote a weekly blog that summarized her training runs, nutrition, everything. If you are also training to run a marathon, I HIGHLY recommend reading her blogs (which I intend to re-read throughout my training). The link to her first weekly blog is below:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838051



I decided to also do a weekly blog for the next 26 weeks, however mine will not be so detailed, I am sure, but will serve as a way to keep myself accountable, and to also help anyone out along the way. I will post them on Saturdays, the days that my team meets to do our "long runs".

Today was the first team run, and we ran in honor of the victims and families of the Boston Marathon tragedy. We had special bibs to wear to show our solidarity.



It was a cold morning, only 32 degrees and ice on the windshield of my car, and frost on the ground. But the sun was out! And that's good, yesterday it was snowing, hailing and raining in Chicago. We went 30 min. this time (each week we will increase our mileage, and train throughout the week on our own), and my good friend Caitlin is running with me, and this is the first time she has ran since her surgery in January, so I took it easy with her, "easy" meaning 2 min. of running and 1 min. of walking intervals. This only slowed my pace down by 1 min. overall, and I am going to see how I like run/walking for the marathon, just as it may be easier on my body. I am going into this with no predetermination of how things "should" go, my #1 goal is simply to FINISH.

One woman on my team had a very difficult time running, she wants to lose 30 lb., and she feels very out of shape. At one point she stopped and said "I suck~!" out loud. I stopped running and put my hand on her shoulder and emphasized that she did NOT, in fact, suck. I motioned for Caitlin to go ahead as I wanted to encourage this woman as I clearly remember how it felt to be the last one in a pack of runners, and someone was kind enough to take me aside at that time, and I wanted to do the same. I told her how when I first started running I could only run 30 seconds at a time, and that once you continue to run, it gets easier. I do hope I encouraged her, and that I see her next week.

I am blessed to have a group of people to run with, and that we are all working toward the same cause, to bring water to those in need through Team World Vision. Everyone in the group is so nice, helpful, and willing to share their knowledge (most of the runners in this group run the Chicago Marathon every year).

Our team name is 121:Run. We are named this for the scripture in the bible, Hebrews 12:1.

This verse says:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
(New Living Translation)

Boy, does this verse apply to my life right now, and also the upcoming marathon. Let us run "with endurance". Let us "strip off every weight that slows us down, especially sin."

I am excited for the road ahead for me.


A picture of Team Run:121!

  
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ME-N-JESUS 4/29/2013 5:03PM

  I'm sorry I have to miss most of the training runs because of work. I plan to take a few Saturdays so I can work with the team. Training alone is very difficult. I look forward to being able to run with you one of these Saturdays.
I also love the team name. Hebrews 12:1-2 is my life verse, especially the "run with endurance" part. Even had it added to my Road ID!!
Blessings!!

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BMCKEOW1 4/29/2013 12:33PM

    I love that you paid if foward. When I first started running I had the same thoughts and more then once said them outloud. Heck even now sometimes I let those thoughts in. Thankfully I have a great support group, family and other runners. When I see someone struggling like I use to, I try to also say something encouraging, because it was done for me. Thanks for the reminder to keep doing it.

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MELROSE13 4/23/2013 7:01PM

    How wonderful for you to pay it forward, I am sure she will be back and has been thinking about how kind you were to her all week!
Congrats on training for the marathon, it is so awesome to have a team to train with, I have done a few with the Leukemia Society and would encourage anyone thinking of doing an endurance event to find a worthy cause and a team to train with, it is such a life changing experience!
Run/walking is GREAT! I have done both the "just running:" and run walking and found recovery to be so much better with the run/walk and my time actually increased! I slowly worked up to a 9min run and 1 min walk and kept it up for the entire marathon, mentally it is great too when you know that minute of walking is coming up!
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GETFIT2LIVE 4/22/2013 3:35PM

    How wonderful to have a group to train and run with! You are going to surprise yourself by how well you do, I have no doubt. Looking forward to reading your progress along the way!

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CHICAT63 4/22/2013 2:56PM

    This is awesome, and I am sure you helped this woman a lot !!!!! I would have hugged you for taking the time to do what you did. I often give thumbs-up or wave to people running or just starting out ! emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 4/22/2013 12:25PM

    So very cool. Thanks for linking to my blogs! It was helpful for me, so hopefully it works for you too. You're such an amazing support buddy. I can't wait to see how far you go! Proud of you!!!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 4/21/2013 11:57PM

    Oh! I want to join you in doing this! I'm doing my long run tomorrow and will post a blog. I'm going to be doing dailyvideo blogs because I'm starting personal training Friday!

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SKFEREBEE 4/21/2013 9:26PM

    I am going to LOVE reading your training blogs every week. If my body holds up, I hope to run a marathon in November. I'll be rooting for you every mile you run :o)

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MANLEYSANDY 4/21/2013 9:14PM

    So excited to read about your journey each week!!

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LKEITHO 4/21/2013 12:48PM

    Great work on encouraging and reassuring the other runner! I did all of my marathons using a run/walk plan and it was great for me. All the best with your training!

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SHAR8676 4/21/2013 12:17PM

    I loved your blog...so inspiring....and I love the mission and name your group stands behind. Awesome!!!

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LINDAKAY228 4/21/2013 12:03PM

    I love what you did for that lady. I know what it's like to be last too. I hope she comes back and continues. I also love the scripture and how your team got its name. Sounds like its going to be an awesome experience to train with this group.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/21/2013 9:21AM

    I am excited for you too! I only did one marathon in 2001 and we WALKED it -- 6 hours, 45 minutes. Since then we've done half marathons. I will look forward to your blogs.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 4/21/2013 2:20AM

    I love the group runs! And that is so wonderful that you could be an encouraging person in your group. I'm sure she will remember that for a long time.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 4/20/2013 11:29PM

    I look forward to reading your weekly blog as you take this journey.
Also, thank you for taking time out of your day, your run, to encourage someone else having a hard time. What a blessing you are ... to yourself and to others.

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POOKASLUAGH 4/20/2013 10:37PM

    This is so wonderful! I love the story that you were able to encourage that person. I remember once joining a running group and being way in the back, and no one encouraged me, and I stopped running with them. :( I'm glad you helped her. :) Cant' wait to see these weekly posts! That's great!

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K1TT3N 4/20/2013 8:37PM

    Awesome ....... It is great that you stopped and gave her a pep talk and explained how you were before also... I swear if it wasn't for the support of my hubby and on here , I would get no where. Keep up the great work

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Shamrock Shuffle 8k Race Report

Thursday, April 18, 2013



This is my favorite race. This race and I have a history (was once the very last person to cross the finish line, etc., etc.). To read more about that... www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4162019


After successfully running this race the past two years, and hitting a PR last year, this year I almost didn't run it. After running my first half marathon in January, I took some time off. Too much time off. So when I started running again, 2 weeks before this race, and couldn't run 2 miles without being sore, I was concerned. Plus I was going on a business trip early the next morning, and I felt compelled to just sit this one out.

But...

I didn't. Couldn't. This was my race. So I decided I would do my best and really just enjoy the day. The weather was great, mid-50s, so I joined the other 33,000 runners to kick off the racing season.





I had such a great time! I felt healthy, and knew I was doing something good for my body, and also my confidence as a runner. I could do this. And you know what? I finished less than a minute past my PR time, which I didn't think was possible given my non-existent training for this race. It reminds me how far I've come, and how fit I am now. I am so proud of myself for running and pushing forward.

I celebrated after the race with a customary beer, and cheered those who weren't there, such as my dad, my sister and my friend Jenn - all who have ran it in the past with me.



2013 (pic on top) and previous yrs. below:

  
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/22/2013 7:26PM

    emoticon emoticon Good for you! Everything doesn't have to be all or nothing. I'm so glad you did the race!

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IGSBETH 4/19/2013 3:14PM

    Awesome!

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 4/19/2013 12:46PM

    We were there! It was a freaking gorgeous day!!! You look great!

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KITHKINCAID 4/18/2013 1:51PM

    I missed you! But I was inside that big shiny building in the top picture - going through my own crazy morning - and thinking about you all the way! So glad you decided to run. Next year I'm there with you for sure!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 4/18/2013 1:09PM

    I love you!!!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/18/2013 12:13PM

    Yay for you in pushing through to do it and just enjoy the experience. Great job!

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LINDAKAY228 4/18/2013 12:00PM

    You look so happy! Glad that you went out and did it anyway in spite of all the reasons you weren't going to. Awesome job!

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KAREN_NY 4/18/2013 11:59AM

    Sweet!! I especially like your digging in with a nod to the "history" you have on this one.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 4/18/2013 11:42AM

    A great moment in time on your wellness timeline. Your confidences is shinning.

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MANLEYSANDY 4/18/2013 11:33AM

    Awesome!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/18/2013 11:21AM

    I am always inspired by your accomplishments AND your positive spirit! I am so glad you ran the race -- I love that you continue to CONQUER and PREVAIL!

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SMILINGTREE 4/18/2013 11:18AM

    Congratulations! I admire that you ran at all. Thanks for sharing. I love the picture of you at the start line. (I'm just guess that's where you are.)

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A God-Sized Dream

Monday, April 15, 2013



"The person who starts the race is not the same person who finishes the race."

Last Saturday we had our first team meeting and running clinic -- I am getting so excited (and nervous) about beginning training for something so much bigger than myself. I never thought I would want to tackle a marathon, or that I could...but God gave me this desire to run, and it's definitely a "God thing" because seriously I would only run before if I HAD to (late for a train, being chased by someone) - ok the later never happened but it's funny to say.

So when God put this God-sized dream of running a marathon in my heart, my first question was "Why?" I knew the answer even as I asked it. To get closer to Him. It isn't about me, it's about raising money for those in need, but also about my walk (and run?) with God. About my journey. Too often I try to do things my way, and take the shortcut right to the result I want. I leave God out of the equation. I know I shouldn't, but sometimes I feel like I'm still this baby Christian, making all the wrong decisions, and slowly trying to stay on the straight path that God intended.

Running a marathon is a BIG deal. It's a big thing to set out to do. And there definitely aren't shortcuts to the finish line. You need to train, be smart, and you will make it. But try and take a shortcut? You're toast.

I know that this journey will change me. They say that the person to cross the finish line at a marathon is not the same person who started that race. And the same will be true for me. I will need to rely on Him for strength, and continue my walk with Him. For if God is with me, who can be against me? But if I am not for God, how can I ask him to be there for me? It's a relationship, give and take, and I need to give much more than I have. I need (and want) to stay grounded in faith and rooted in prayer.

And I know I will not cross that finish line alone.

**My prayers are going out to those killed and injured in the Boston Marathon. You are in my heart and in my prayers. **

  
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JOYFULSPIRIT920 4/26/2013 8:35AM

    Way to go - on both your spiritual & physical journey.

I know that it is only by the power of God that I was able to do my marathon :)
I chanted for the last 3 miles, over & over - 'I CAN do ALL things through CHRIST who gives me StrENGth!!'

I love to chat with God while I'm running. Its my favorite alone time with him. We work through so many of my issues while I'm out on the trail.

Happy Running~

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IGSBETH 4/17/2013 2:34PM

    You can do it!

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TXMEMAW6 4/17/2013 10:11AM

    It's not always easy to follow God's will for your life, but with His help and strength, I'm sure you will succeed in your training and marathon. Congratulatios on your willingness to follow what you feel is His will. I know you will be blessed beyond your wildest dreams. Hugs coming your way!

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LINDAKAY228 4/16/2013 5:35PM

    Awesome challenge. I have been challenged to walk more. My hikes out in the forest are very spiritual for me also and time spent with God. I have a Bible on my Droid phone, which goes with me, and often I find a place on my hike to sit and read some of it. We each have our own challenges. I'm also using the Charity Miles app to donate and my charity of choice is Wounded Warriors so when I go for those long walks or hikes I'm also doing something to help someone else. Maybe someday I will train to run longer. I've done a few 5k's. But lately my focus has been on walks and if I don't get at least 4 or 5 miles or dedicated walking in a day (not counting my other walking around doing normal things) I feel like I am missing something. I would like to walk a half marathon again in the future. I've done it before. I admire you for going after what you feel God is leading you to do! Follow His leading and it will be blessed. Even if there are trials and tribulations along the way there will also be blessing to you and others through what you do.
My prayers are also going out to those affected by Boston, directly or indirectly. My heart has been so heavy for them.

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KROLES55 4/16/2013 4:42PM

    Beautiful blog! Proverbs 3:5-6.

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/16/2013 1:23PM

    I am so proud of you for taking this challenge on with Team World Vision. You can do it; be smart, listen to your body, and stay connected to God as you go through the training.

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MANLEYSANDY 4/16/2013 11:33AM

    Good luck, I know you can do it!

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JUDITH316 4/16/2013 12:55AM

    I love your picture here, you look fabulous, I see you have been working hard, congrats on your achievements, keep up the great work..I cheer you on.. emoticon

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INSPIREBYNATURE 4/15/2013 11:49PM

    I'm so proud of you

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TIMOTHYNOHE 4/15/2013 11:36PM

    Every journey changes the traveller forever. Enjoy your running. Enjoy your marathon.

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KITHKINCAID 4/15/2013 10:47PM

    I can't wait to be there to support you!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/15/2013 9:37PM

    I am so excited that you have set a new goal for yourself. Of course it will be a huge stretch. My husband and I walked a marathon in 2001, and it was an amazing experience. I was 46 at the time and he was 54. Sadly, we were "One and Done", but we've done nearly a dozen half marathons since.

I know you will be successful in any endeavor you set your mind to!

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BUBBLEGUM_FAIRY 4/15/2013 9:37PM

    You've come so far on your journey. Very inspiring blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/15/2013 9:26PM

    I have not heard of her, thank you for letting me know! I'm going to check out that book. emoticon

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LYNNA7499 4/15/2013 9:22PM

  Have you heard of Sister Madonna Buder? They call her the Iron nun. She started running in her 40s to get closer to God. She now completes Iron Man competitions. I've met her and heard her speak several times. She is very inspiring. She has a book called the Grace to Race if you want to check it out.

Good luck with your marathon training.

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Dream Come True!

Friday, March 29, 2013

When I first began my weight loss journey I joined a health club that is part of a local hospital near me -- I loved it because there were people of all ages and sizes, and they didn't discriminate. The classes were amazing, the facility is beautiful, always voted one of the best in our area year after year. When I started attending classes there and getting to know the instructors, I thought to myself that I would love to work there someday -- now mind you, this is when I was morbidly obese and I don't know who or what reasoning put that thought into my head, but there it was.

As the membership dues are high, as I neared closer to my weight loss goal, I needed to stop my membership since we are a single income family and I couldn't justify the cost any more -- I began going to the YMCA and for a family we could join at a fraction of a cost of this health club. But I have to admit, it broke my heart a little. The instructors had become my family, my cheerleaders. This was the track where I started running at, this was where I learned what "boot camp" is really about. This is where I tried spinning, zumba and NIA for the first time. This was my place. I told my boot camp instructor at the time that it felt worse than a breakup. But when you are on a fixed income, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

When I became a Walk Leader about a year ago, and I reached out to the fitness director at this Wellness Center, who happens to be my old boot camp instructor, I thought it would be great to teach my classes there. We went back and forth, but the timing wasn't right, however I never gave up on the dream to teach at this amazing wellness center. I began classes at a local church, but I kept her in the loop on my classes, and offered to teach free demos, etc. Well I am happy to say that a year later I am now an instructor on staff at the wellness center! Last night I had a free demo to promote my class that starts next week.

It just goes to show -- never give up on yourself-- or your dreams! They really do come true. And sometimes that little voice in your head, the one that says you can, is worth listening to.








My dad on the left, my friend LaTannya, me and her daughter Taria

  
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KAREN_NY 4/18/2013 12:18PM

    Just catching up .... emoticon !!!!!
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KITHKINCAID 4/1/2013 3:37PM

    Oh sweetie, I'm so proud of you. And I needed to read this blog because I need to know that good things can happen if you just keep pushing forward which is what I'm trying to do too. You look so happy! Way to go!!!

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MANLEYSANDY 3/31/2013 12:03PM

    Congrats! How Awesome!!

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EATVEGAN 3/31/2013 12:44AM

    Congratulations, I am really happy for you. emoticon

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KATHIERAE 3/30/2013 10:44PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this story!! I am really good at ignoring (or stuffing down inside me) that little voice... You are an inspiration, and I am so happy for you!! emoticon emoticon

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_JODI404 3/30/2013 10:33PM

    What an inspiration you are!!! emoticon on making another dream come true!!!! You are so right about believing in yourself, and not giving up!

So very happy for you!! Wish you great success with your new class!!

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LINDAKAY228 3/30/2013 8:32PM

    Awesome!! Congratulations!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 3/30/2013 5:25PM

    Congratulations!! Awesome!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 3/30/2013 3:37PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon So happy for you! What a great story! Love it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SMALLERMELORIE 3/30/2013 1:13PM

    Kathy, I am so proud of you. You are right...never give up on your dreams. You are such an inspiration.

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ROBYNROSE26 3/30/2013 12:40PM

    Congrats Kathy, that is so amazing!

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PURPLELVR7 3/30/2013 8:27AM

    That is emoticon emoticon

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LASKIE2 3/30/2013 7:11AM

    emoticon with your new endeavour & for keeping your hope alive.

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CHICAT63 3/30/2013 6:57AM

    Woohoo, congrats !!! emoticon

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INSPIREBYNATURE 3/30/2013 3:03AM

    this makes me so happy! i love you!

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KPETSCHE 3/30/2013 1:19AM

    How awesome for you! Congrats!

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THENEWDARLENE 3/30/2013 12:40AM

    emoticon Congratulations on reaching this goal! Wish I lived close enough to take a Walk class with you.

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WOLFKITTY 3/29/2013 10:10PM

    Congrats!!

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POOKASLUAGH 3/29/2013 10:08PM

    That is so awesome!! Congrats!

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UNICORN212 3/29/2013 8:59PM

    I hope having your classes here puts more in your pocket than the other facility. The pics are amazing!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/29/2013 8:41PM

    Your story is so amazing, AND, so are you! Congratulations on your inspiring success. You are definitely an inspiration and a Sparkpeople success story!!!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 3/29/2013 8:02PM

    YOU ROCK! Congrats!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/29/2013 7:44PM

    That's SO awesome, congratulations!!!

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PARKERB2 3/29/2013 7:32PM

    Looking good!

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