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My First Half Marathon Tomorrow!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Wow, hard to believe it's here, but tomorrow, Lord willing, I will mostly jog the Maple Grove Half Marathon. I haven't been feeling well, sick and dizzy and weak, and actually couldn't even complete a 2.1 mile jog yesterday so I walked instead. I'm concerned about this but what can I do? I'll go out there and give it everything I've got and even if I have to power walk instead of jog I'M GOING TO FINISH!

But hoping for better things, I will probably be able to push through the weakness I feel and complete the event as planned. My "Blazing Turtle" goal is 2:40:00 and I'm confident I can do that.

I'm SO excited!


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BOO-SHAY 5/11/2012 2:25PM

    Good for you, hopefully your dizziness is only temporary. But do a half marathon is a great goal and picture that I'm on the sidelines rooting for you. emoticon emoticon

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LAURIE5658 5/11/2012 9:56AM

    You can do it!! You will learn the most from your first HM and it will always be the most special. I once ran a first HM and that was 15 HM's ago so you can see that they are very addictive. I promise you that you will finish and you will have a smile on your face. Best wishes!!!

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ERICADAWN1986 5/11/2012 9:40AM

    Have an amazing time and good luck!!!

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VISUALLYRICS 5/11/2012 9:33AM

    Love your spirit!!
The Lord will run with you..and I am positive you will give it everything you've got !!

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One More Short Jog, Half Marathon Saturday!

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

After so much preparation, it's hard to believe that the big day is now only four days away! Wow. So I jogged today, about 2.4 miles, I'll walk a little tomorrow along with a very mellow bike ride, I'll jog for 2.1 miles on Thursday, take Friday off, and then meet or beat my goal for the big day.

Now, you must know, or remember, that I'm "The Blazing Turtle"! So my goal is 02:40:00 or better. I've been averaging 11:30 miles, though, so I'm confident that I can beat this time pretty easily, although, I'll have no problem plodding along and even going over that pace. My main goal is to smile a lot, have fun, enjoy the day, glorify God, bless others, and finish my first half!!!

Thanks for reading, hope you have a great evening!

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BILL60 5/9/2012 7:42AM

    I say you'll be under 2:35. The very best to you and may God be with you throughout this journey.

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Wondering What to Do...

Monday, May 07, 2012

It's my day off and I usually rest on this day, but I was unable to exercise Saturday or Sunday and am very tempted to go out for a ride. It's a beautiful day, although the wind is blowing pretty hard, and my favorite 22 mile bike ride is beckoning me! The issue? I'm scheduled to jog in my first half marathon on Saturday and I don't want to push too hard this week.

So, I don't know what I'm going to do. We'll see how it goes, but one way or another I'm going to enjoy this beautiful day!

Hope you have a great one, too!

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GLADGAD 5/7/2012 12:17PM

    No need to do 22 miles in the wind, but you can always do a shorter ride of 10-15 miles. Just ride easy and enjoy the day.

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Today is our Daughter's 18th Birthday!

Friday, May 04, 2012

Wow, did that go by fast! Can't believe that our little baby is now a legal adult and can tell us to bug off if she wants to--she won't, we still have the cash!

The plan from here is to finish out the school year and then she's off to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, to earn a degree in retail marketing. She'll be living in a house run by a Christian ministry that will provide partners for prayer, worship, study, and service to others, so we're very excited about what's happening in her life and VERY thankful to Jesus for all the grace he's provided for us through the years.

Praise you, Lord! Bless our baby with a passion for you and a heart to serve others!

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MNCYCLIST 5/4/2012 11:11AM

    That's awesome, happy b-day to your son!

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FITWITHIN 5/4/2012 11:02AM

    Our young adults share the same birthday. My son is 21 today. What a beautiful day it is for us.

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Ten Days Until my First Half Marathon

Thursday, May 03, 2012

I've never liked jogging or running. However, a year and a half ago, as winter set in and cycling season came to an end, I decided to work on improving my aerobic fitness in preparation for the next season. At that time I came across the Couch Potato to 5K program and thought I'd give it a go.

The program is designed to get a person jogging or running a 5K in 9 weeks but I took a little more time than that. Eventually I jogged my first 5K in a blazing time of about 33 minutes, and then just for fun signed up for the Maple Grove 5K and Half Marathon which is in the NW suburbs of Minneapolis.

As that event came to end, I had the fleeting thought, "Maybe I'll do the half marathon next year." This thought took me by surprise as I've always hated jogging or running, but there I was, enjoying what I had formerly hated!

So, then, last winter I googled "half marathon training plan," found something that worked for me, and went to work. And now, after 12 weeks or so of preparation, I'm only 10 days from my first event. So many people do these things that, in the big picture, it's no big deal, but for me it is a big deal--not even so much because of the difficulty of the event but because I'm still enjoying what I've always hated!

I remember in the early days of the CP25K program feeling like I was going to die while completing the intervals--a whopping 1.5 minutes! But I just keep telling myself, "I love this. I love running. I can do this. This is easy." And next thing you know, I did come to enjoy running and jogging a 5K did become easy, at least at my turtle-like paces! So to go from those days to jogging a half marathon in only 10 days from now seems an amazing leap to me and I'm very jazzed!

Anyhow, this has gone on long enough, hope you all have a great day!

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PJ51798 5/10/2012 9:21PM

    emoticon In my first 5K, I "beat" your turtle pace with 42:14 -- but I finished : ) After a couple years off of running, I'm doing C25K again, looking toward a 5K on June 24 and being tempted by the Mpls Duathlon. Looking forward to hearing how the half marathon goes -- go get 'em!

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BILL60 5/4/2012 5:21AM

    You are a running stud. Way to go. Next thing you'll be go for..........triathlon???? Weirder thing have happened.

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ERANGEL37 5/3/2012 1:21PM

    Awesome! I ran my first half marathon a few weeks ago and it is a great achievement. It's something that not everyone has done and it feels great to finish it! Good luck and I'll be there cheering you on in spirit!

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FUNKDW 5/3/2012 10:02AM

    Congrats...What an accomplishement. I have the same turtle pace...34 min 5k. I have my first half marathon relay...6.55 miles in October and I hope to be running a half marathon next year!!!. You gave me hope.

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