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I lost that loving feeling...

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

I have been back sliding for about 3 months now if not longer. Not enjoying my running and not caring what went into my mouth. I kept telling my husband that I needed to find my way to enjoy running again and while I was finding some enjoyment in running with my 11 year old who is training to run her first half in March it was still a struggle because she is much faster than me.

Last week the running club that I am part of put out a notice that they were needing more volunteers to help mentor and train the kids to run their first half in March. This really was the answer for me as I needed somewhere to commit myself to and that would force me to get out and away from my desk.

Today was the first day and although it was tough (these kids run without rest breaks and I run using the Jeff Galloway interval method) it was a day that I enjoyed immsensely. I am so excited to see the journey that is put out before me and although I have now run 2 full marathons and 30 half marathons since March 2011, I had lost that loving feeling for myself and for running and today I found it again.

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FORZACHANDMATT 12/3/2014 10:27AM

    That is soooo great

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MOMMY_RX 12/3/2014 9:32AM

    Awesome blog! What a great message. Sometimes you just gotta get out of your own head and reach out to others. Thanks for that.

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LOPEYP 12/3/2014 8:17AM

    That's really great! It was a win-win for both you and the kids! emoticon

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HGSGUY 12/3/2014 8:08AM

    Good to see you back at SP!

I think you found the perfect way to get back into running and share the enjoyment of it with young runners who, with what you help them learn, may grow to live a healthier, fitter life! I hope that you find the part of running that filled you with so much enjoyment a couple of years ago.

I have not run much at all this year. I have rune the last 7 days in a row as part of the Runners World Holiday Streak Challenge, where you do a run streak of every day, Thanksgiving through New Years. I hope it gets me going again!

Have fun running!

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CHICAM 12/3/2014 6:10AM

    So happy you have found your spark that you needed. We have to want this to be able to move forward. It is hard but nothing is easy especially the good things. We are all in this together giving each other strength. You can do this. emoticon

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JAMBABY0 12/3/2014 12:15AM

    you can do this

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ZRIE014 12/3/2014 12:04AM

  have a great day

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KEEPITUP62 12/2/2014 11:54PM

    That is so awesome, I am just learning to be a runner and love it.

Susan emoticon

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My walking desk...

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I saw an article recently about how work places are making work stations that are treadmills with built in work stations so employees can walk and work.. and I thought that is a great idea....I have been asking my husband for months to make the platform for my desk and unfortunately he has not had the time.

I have been feeling very frustrated with my working situation recently and today I thought if I could get moving I would feel better. I went to the garage and found a board and created my own work station and off I went.

I ended up walking 5 miles today in 90 miles while working and I even did intervals with inclines so I was doing hill walking too! Pretty awesome...

Immediately I noticed my mental attitude was much better, my work day went much faster and now I am not sitting at my desk all day and now have a way to keep on moving through my day :)

Cost of board for work station $5
Cost of feeling great after walking 5 miles while working priceless

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LBART85 3/6/2013 5:30PM

    This is awesome, I wish I could do this with my desk at work.

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MARJIMAC63 3/5/2013 11:36PM

    Nice!! There's a little McGyver in all of us.

emoticon+ emoticon + emoticon =GIANT EXPLOSION!!!

Comment edited on: 3/5/2013 11:37:09 PM

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HGSGUY 3/5/2013 10:43PM

    Awesome! I have a lot of conference calls at work and many times I put some headphones in and go for a walk while doing the call. Makes me feel more alert, better, and feel like I accomplish something!

Way to "adapt" two items into a sensational tool!

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HEIDI-25 3/5/2013 9:31PM

    That is excellent!! You are a great do it yourselfer! Keep on walking!

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Fat girls versus mean girls...

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Recently I joined a pole fitness class with a few friends and this has been an amazing insight for me into body images. As a woman, I know that we are our own worse critic, but it was shocking to me when I finished a class the other day and the instructor who is a size 2 (maybe a 4) with ZERO body fat that was visible (and she is wearing very little clothing) turned back up the lights at the end of class and said "now you all can see what I really look like and my fat that jiggles."


I mean I just finished doing a 90 minute work out and there was NO fat on this yand it made me VERY sad to hear her say that about herself and made me even more sad to realize that we are never happy with our bodies.

At what point as women will be start to realize that we are beautiful no matter what the size that we are??? I mean to hear Joan Rivers call Adele fat amongst other mean names is such a disgrace especially coming from a woman who has spent THOUSANDS to have her face redesigned by plastic surgeons and sadly David Letterman sat there and allowed this atrocious behavior to take place.... Women should be building each other up and not putting each other down!!

As a mother of 3 girls I am working hard to teach them the following lessons:
1. Don't put yourself down... the world will do it for you.
2. Don't allow others to put your friends down for when you stand by and allow your friends to be mean although the words did not come out of your mouth you are no better than the person speaking.
3. If you are not happy in life change... there is no one responsible for your happiness other than you.
4. Your self-worth is not dependent on a number on the scale...rather how you treat people through your actions and words.
5. Finally, you are PERFECT... you are you and you are loved.

I truly wished I could say that I saw other families teaching their girls these lessons and I wish the media would learn that a size 14, size 24, or a size 44 person deserves to be treated with kindness just as the size 2 person does... saying things about a person's size and weight or looks does not make you funny... it makes you a sad person who is a bully and mean.... and I would rather hang out with the "fat" girl than the "mean" girl ANY day of the week.

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MARJIMAC63 3/5/2013 12:32AM

    emoticon The world needs more people who think like you do!

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JULIAGULIA162 3/4/2013 10:00PM

    Great blog. I especially love your advice for mothers of young girls.

All I would add, is for Mothers, if you must put yourself down, never do it in front of your daughters .

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KAREN_NY 3/4/2013 7:26PM

    I'm starting to think that women say things like that as a pre-emptive defense against those who would throw it in their faces. If a woman acknowledges she's fat (or stupid or clumsy or whatever), someone else telling her so won't hurt as much.

On the other hand, it also seems to me that women sometimes say such things, not because they really think them, but because they want to show some empathy with someone they think that ABOUT. Sort of like trying to put everyone in the conversation on equal footing.

How often do humans ever really say what we mean?

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Life is an amazing adventure... what are you waiting for??

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

It has been awhile since I have taken the time to blog but that is because I have been loving and living a wonderful life... I am truly happier than I have ever been.

I cannot honestly believe the way that my life has changed since October 2010 when I sat her at this very website trying to find the answer... and I did... after reading several member's pages I found that many of them ran and I thought I had tried everything else and why not running... I laced up a pair of tennis shoes and made myself learn to run.... even though I have hated it often I have learned to appreciate the fact that I CAN and I run far and I run often.

I have now made some amazing friends all because of the fact that I made myself lace up shoes and get out there. These are friends that I have laughed with on a course, they have cheered me on when I wanted to throw in the towel in the middle of a race because it was hard.... they have held my hand through my doubts, even if just my mental doubts and I know that I will have these amazing people in my life for the rest of my days!! We travel to races together, cheer each other on, laugh and cry and share a burger and beer at the finish line.

As of today I have now completed 21 half marathons (since March 2011) and I completed 2 full marathons in 2012 as well as my first duathalon. I have also complete in a Warrior Dash.

My goal is to find new ways to challenge myself and my comfort zone and I even joined some friends and recently enrolled in fitness pole dance classes (AMAZING work out LOL).

Although I am not at my fitness and health goals yet I could care less. I have accomplished more than I ever thought that I would do - frankly I never planned on any success since failure had been prevalent so often. I am down 2 pounds in a year, have had more fun and happiness in that year and I am down 5 clothing sizes so for me I would call the last year a success.

This year I am slated to run about another 25 half marathons between now and the end of the year and I am now finding that my 3 daughters are wanting to run and we will be running a 5K together next month... the next generation is learning life is about choices and you never regret getting out there there.

I am living life on my terms and have such an amazing ride!!! What is keeping you from finding your adventure???

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VIXSTERLU 3/2/2013 9:09AM

    So friggin awesome!!! Thanks for sharing.

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LAURA95368 3/2/2013 8:47AM

    That;s awesome Shannon! I am so happy for you.

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/27/2013 9:39PM

    Great b....and in the end, that's the real reason we exercise and start living enjoy the time we have and to have fun doing hard things!


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FUZZIEBEAR3 2/27/2013 10:12AM

    Wow, that is amazing! Keep going, you are inspiring! emoticon

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Well although I planned to write this about my first duathalon, I will touch on that but instead I will share my news!! The duathalong was a lot of fun and I am glad I did it. The race had a few issues, and due to construction they had to change the course slightly and instead of a 12 mile ride they had to change to a 10 mile ride. So we ended up with a 1 mile run, 10 mile ride, and 3 mile run. This was a fun challenge, although hot, but I am glad I did it and next year may enter the triathalon.

But now for my news....WINNER!!!

I am so excited to say that I won an all expense paid trip to the Marine Corps Marathon in 24 days!!! My favorite shoe store of all time, DSW shoes, had a contest and I entered a video of why I wanted to run this race. Besides being an amazing opportunity to run in Nation's capital, I knew this was a perfect way to mark the day that I changed my life and started running as this is the 2nd anniversary of my starting to run. Today the email came that announced that I am one of the top 3 winners!!! So I now have 24 more days to be ready to run my second full marathon...

Today is a GREAT day!!

See the link below and read about this amazing course!!

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SHELOG 10/15/2012 8:52PM

    Congrats that is awesome.

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XXEDRA 10/6/2012 12:42PM

    Wow! Congrats! emoticon

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TRICIAE2 10/5/2012 10:30AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAJTMS 10/4/2012 8:22PM

    Wow! Congratulations! What a great opportunity!


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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/4/2012 12:53AM

    So awesome! What a great prize. I want to hear all about it. Congratulations.

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SKFEREBEE 10/4/2012 12:13AM

    Sounds like you hit the jackpot! Enjoy your race and can't wait to hear your report on it :o)

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UMBILICAL 10/3/2012 10:56PM

  Wow! How neat!!!

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