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Yesterday I cried

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Yesterday was very sad for me, lost my beloved Tyler (yellow lab mix) suddenly. He has crossed over the Rainbow bridge. I will miss him terribly. I am no longer my4dogs2580 but now my3dogs.

In sorrow I have been know to eat an entire chocolate cake, but yesterday held myself to a 1/4 of a chocolate pudding pie.

  
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STILLWATERSSB 1/31/2012 7:42PM

    Sorry to learn of the loss of your companion. I just read this; however, from experience I am sure your loss still feels as fresh as yesterday. He was a very handsome chap!

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GABBY308 11/19/2011 12:34PM

    I'm so very sorry for your loss. We're facing the fact that our yellow lab mix may not be with us for as many years as we planned. It's so sad that they can't live with us longer. emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 11/17/2011 7:33PM

    So sorry to read of your loss. Our pets are truly part of our family and it is tough to say goodbye. Hugs!

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MY4DOGS2580 11/15/2011 7:43PM

    thank you everyone or the hugs. it feels nice on a sad day. it is really appreciated.

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HOWLERMOM 11/15/2011 4:50PM

    I'm so so sorry for your loss - I lost Howler about a month ago and understand quite clearly how heart breaking this is. Hugs to you and all your family! emoticon

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KJDOESLIFE 11/15/2011 4:45PM

    I'm so sorry for you loss. *hugs*

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BNSUHAS 11/15/2011 4:30PM

    You poor thing.. I am so sorry! There is just never enough time with them :(

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JSPIN74 11/15/2011 4:01PM

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SIOBHANKNITS 11/15/2011 3:43PM

    I'm so sorry about the loss of your precious pooch! I lost my companion of 13 years at age 14 in September, but he had a good long life and we knew it was his time. An unexpected loss must be much harder. All 3 of us (2 humans & one canine) miss him still. (Congratulations on the marathon! I've run several halfs but never a whole). ~Ann
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Well I did it... the NYC marathon

Monday, November 07, 2011

I had a great time. The weather was beautiful and met very nice people. To great the race we left at 5:30 am so my husband could drop me off before they closed the highway to traffic. That was way early but at least the clocks went back an hour (extra hour of sleep).

When I arrived they divided everyone into three villages, blue, green, and orange. I was orange. I got there so early because we hit no traffic at all there was only a few thousand runners there, which seemed empty at the time. From the orange village you could see the buses lined up to drop off runners. I went to my village where they had dunkin donuts coffee, gatorade, powerbars, bagels available to the runners. I had a second breakfast there because it was a 4 hour wait until I ran.

In regards to the run we started in Staten island on the Verrazano bridge, the sun was shining and very little breeze. They sound the start and off we went. I made sure that I did not take off fast, it is a marathon not a 5k. I keep a comfortable 11 mm until nature called around 10.25 miles so I stopped shortly after to wait for 12 minutes in line. The race course did not have many porta potties around the route. By the time I got back to the course I had cooled down so reentered at a warm up pace and then picked it up. I missed formernonrunner at mile marker 11 who was cheering me on. Thanks for the support though we missed each other. I continued on until around mile marker 14 I got a sharp and hot sensation in my left hamstring, so I walked for about a 1/2 mile until it went away. At this point I met another runner running for the same charity, North Shore Animal League. I walked with him until we were just about to enter into Manhattan. He told me this is where you will feel like a rockstar because of all the cheering. As we entered we started running again. Yes, it was nice to here the cheering and it was loud. Around mile marker 18 they were passing our gel packets from power bar. Much needed. I was doing good may be a little slower than I wanted to go but I was happy with my progress. As I go to the mile marker 23 I decided I wanted to pick up the pace to reduce my time, but not a good idea. Just as I started to pick up my pace an extremely sharp pain in my left hamstring. Almost brought me to tears. At first I was just going to walk to the finish but then I thought I ran 23 miles I can finish the last 3.2 miles running. I ended up running slower than I was before. Lost more time but I finished. Official time was 5:16:27. Not the best but i am proud.

All I can say is I will do this again next year if I can get in. I enjoyed the experience and next time I will do better. Going into marathon I had a new boss starting a few weeks before the race and one week before my dog lost the use of his back legs. He is getting better now. Next time I will not have as much going on and I can focus on the race.

Thank you to everyone who supported or gave me words of encouragement. I got kjdoeslife's encouragement as I was sitting in the village waiting for the race. Thanks.

I think that my hamstring is going to take awhile to heal. Last night I had to manual unbend my leg in the car. The rest of the body is tired but good. A few slightly sore muscle but that was expected. I still have all my toenails none of them are black.

  
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STILLWATERSSB 1/31/2012 7:37PM

    Outstanding!

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NJTEACHER21 1/1/2012 10:52PM

    Just read this, and I must say that I am very proud of you!!! This was very inspirational and motivating. Thanks for sharing!

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FORMERNONRUNNER 11/8/2011 10:25AM

  We're proud of you too!! I realize now I should have asked you exactly what you were wearing, that probably would have made it much easier to spot you. I hope you make a speedy recovery. Thanks for the race report.

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JERSEYGIRL24 11/7/2011 10:33PM

    Congratulations on running and finishing!!! North Shore Animal League is a great cause.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/7/2011 10:29PM

    Congrats!!!! Kicking myself for missing it!!!!!!

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KJDOESLIFE 11/7/2011 3:33PM

    Congratulations! The NYC Marathon would be so cool to run!

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KMIRANDA2000 11/7/2011 3:00PM

    What an amazing person you are! Congratulations!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 11/7/2011 2:57PM

    Congrats!!!!

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only 12 hours away

Saturday, November 05, 2011

it is almost time to run my first marathon. I'm excited and nervous. I want to thank those who has supported me. I will give a full report afterwards.

  
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KJDOESLIFE 11/5/2011 9:56PM

    Good luck and have fun!!!! Let us know how it goes. I'm sure you'll do awesome!

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Never thought it would be so hard

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My first thought that it would be easier to raise money for the marathon than it would be to train for it. I was wrong. Training though tough I am close to being on schedule even with a few set backs during July. With training I am feeling stronger and more confident that I can complete the marathon. Turns out that the people that I thought I could count on for help and support, really are no help. Of course some people that I did not count on rally helped me out. I have a few more weeks to try fund raising. I will not give up my chance or dream to run the NYC marathon, I will pay my self.

Now I am done being angry that those that I thought I could count on.

  
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FORMERNONRUNNER 9/28/2011 9:42AM

  I'm glad training's going well, and I'm glad you're not going to let anyone take away your dream! You've got it!! emoticon

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KJDOESLIFE 9/27/2011 3:51PM

    You never know who you can count on! Great job training!

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PEPIPOI 9/27/2011 3:29PM

    Well done. You sound like someone who will survive no matter what and get to do what ever it is your have set your mind on. So do let us know how you go. Wow the NY Marathon. That's big. I hope it all goes well for you. Kia kaha / stay strong.

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Some days you want to laugh.....at yourself

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Well today was a beautiful day. I got up early and had a good run. I went to work and a productive day and got off early. Since the weather is cooler and less humid I decided to take the dogs for a long walk. So far it has been a nice day.

Now how my day changed. The day before this walk we had a big down pour, which washed a bridge we cross sideways. My husband jumped acrossed and held the dogs for me. To make this jump I am standing in soft dirt and jumping up and over( about 3feet). Well that was the plan, instead my left foot hit the bridge and shot off. Down I went rear first into the water. My first thought was at least I did not get my phone wet. Next thought was the water was cool and landing was soft. I felt like I landed on a pillow. The next 2.5 miles of our walk I was soaked (shoes squished the whole time). Husband kept asking if I was ok, I was.

I am glad to have a good laugh at my own expense.

  
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FORMERNONRUNNER 8/14/2011 6:09PM

  Way to be easy on yourself. I hope your shoes dried quickly.

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BNSUHAS 8/11/2011 2:18PM

    Aww, it is definitely important to have a good sense of humor when things like that occur. Poor thing you must have been soaked, but being the trooper that you are you smiled... love that!

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