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First Marathon ~ HELL

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Ok... I don't even know where to begin, and sadly I don't have much time.

In a nut~shell. I finished my first ever marathon in a time of 3:59:32

This was Sooooooooooooooo much HARDER both mentally and physically than I ever thought it would be. I pushed my body way over the limit.

The first 16-17 miles were ok, but by mile 17 my right knee was really beginning to hurt and my body just began to feel ach~y. The rain did not help at all. I was soaking wet and I was wearing the WRONG socks. So I felt like everytime I put down my foot it was like a sponge.

I was upset a little that I had to walk, but walking HURT ~ MORE!!! So... I convinced myself to keep running. Then... I had to go to the bathroom. I was worrying that I was not going to make it and it was not #1. How embarassing if that happened.

My body just HURT LIKE HELL from miles 18-26. I was beginning to worry that I might not even finish. The race absolutely became one to "just~finish"!!!

I did and....

When I crossed the finish line my body was completely GONE! I was shaking... Oh ya! It rained the entire race. I was freezing, feeling hungry, I went to the soup tent and ate and then immediately felt sick and got sick... Throwing ~ up, then I went to change because I was freezing and was worried I was going to fall over. I had diarrhea, body~shakes, light headedness, throwing~up, feeling seriously worried that I was going to die. Not to mention... the burning feelings in my legs, calves, feet... I just wanted to go home.

I'll try and maybe write more later, but this was most of my marathon experience. I remember saying I will NEVER do this again. We'll see... LOL!!!

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SANDY2660 3/25/2009 10:44PM

    WOW girl. What an accomplishment and with those conditions too! Im glad you are okay. Congrats girl! I havent been on here as much lately. BUSY BUSY. Spring is our busiest time at school. Email me when you have time. Love ya!

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GUNGHONIA 3/4/2009 2:10AM

    Holy cow, you ran a sub-4 hr marathon in your first time out with all those adverse conditions?! You should be very proud. It's not easy to find that kind of motivation within yourself on a rainy cold course while running farther than you ever have before. Congrats. You'll run another one - but ya gotta forget the pain of the first one, first;)

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SHANSTORES21 3/4/2009 12:45AM

    I am so sorry that you didn't have the experience that you had hoped for! But you had a crazy fast time! Just imagine when it's not raining and you feel better the time that you could have! It would be even faster! The important thing is that you finished! So, you now know that you can do it! You accomplished something most people don't in their lifetime! Keep your head up - you are very inspirational to all of us and you are an achiever! Congrats on your first marathon!

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MARTINIGAL413 3/3/2009 8:11PM

    oh my goodness. I'm sorry you had such an awful experience. You have accomplished so much, though, Netty. Don't lose sight of that. This was a challenge you faced, and you won! You finished! Hanging on by a thread, but you did it! I have no doubt that whatever you set your mind to accomplishing, you will achieve it!
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JUSTTRIING 3/3/2009 4:16PM

    Well I will start by saying congrats on an amazing time! Secondly I will say that I am so sorry you felt so awful. I felt very similar after my first half marathon. It was the first time I had run in cold weather and I was not properly trained. When I hit the finish line, it was like all the sweat on me froze to ice, I started violently shaking. I couldn't even think of eating, I just tried to find my bag so I could add some layers on. When I finally could eat, I immediately had to go to the bathroom. I had diarrhea and just felt awful. To top it off my feet were completely blistered.

For me, I found out a lot of things about myself and my relationship with running and I have made a lot of adjustments since then. I have long put those bad thoughts out of my mind and 6 months to the day of my first half, I will be running my first full. ( I must admit that I did try another half since my first and with all my changes it went fantastic! I needed to run another half and have it go well before I could really go through with the full).

Keep running and you'll know whether it is ever right to try again!

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ELFITZPA 3/3/2009 11:07AM

    First off, congratulations on an awesome first marathon!! I'm so impressed that you finished sub-4hrs on your first try! Nevermind the adverse conditions... I'm so sorry to hear about the crappy weather and about your knee. I can't believe how sick you were afterwards! BUT I AM happy to hear that you're not totally ruling another one out! I'm not a Mom myself, but another local runner told me once that running marathons is lind of like childbirth - you block out all the pain and suffering and just remember how great you feel afterwards (in your case, the pride you feel, not how you PHYSICALLY felt!). Anyway recover well and take HUGE amounts of pride - you did it and you did it SO well!!!

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BRUIN2 3/3/2009 9:27AM

    HOLY SH!T - you ran a sub 4 hour marathon in all of those conditions! Sorry it was such a crappy experience, but WOW, you ROCKED IT!!

Hope that your body is recovering well!

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GDUNHAM1 3/3/2009 8:46AM

    Your blog makes me laugh a little (sorry)...not laughiing at you, just in general, because I ran a half-marathon a few years back, and had this same experience that you speak of at mile 12. Mile 13 was a killer for me. I think it was because I drank the gatorade they offered towards the end because I was so tired/shaky. I shouldn't have done that. I did something I don't usually do and I drank the gatorate. Then my stomach blew up and I felt so bloated and felt like I was going to explode. Haha.... I felt like I could not finish fast enough and as soon as my little baby steps ended and I made it to the finish line in one piece, I could not get to the "Honey bucket" fast enough. Thank god I made it there. I felt sick/naseous the rest of the day. Funny thing is....three years later I want to do it again. It's like having kids. I think you forget the pain. I do not think I could/want to do a full one though. The half was good enough for me. Although, my husband is trying to talk me into an Ironman with him.

All I can say is:...YOU DID IT!!! Congratualtions!!! That is an extrordinary feat!

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RHALES199 3/3/2009 8:13AM

    ouch.... sounds horrible... glad you made it through that and your home now!
Great job enduring to the end :)!

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NANCYBFULLER 3/3/2009 7:53AM

    Wow, now I don't know if I want to go through that. I hope you are feeling better and the memory of this experience turns to a funny pleasant memory and not something that keeps you from trying in the future.

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1/2 Marathon... Woo~HOOOOOOO

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Hi Friends!!!

I am back from my 1/2 marathon. This was only my 2nd one ever and the last one I did in 2003. LOL!!!

So... My goal was to finish under 1:50:00 with NO injuries and....

I DID IT!!! I finished in a 1:45:04 with NO pain, no injuries, feel Grrrreat! I can NOT believe how fast I went. It's incredible. I'm still on cloud 9~

Mentally... I felt really good. I didn't really know how fast I was going until about mile 5. It wasn't marked very well until then, and luckily after that they had mileage posted consistently. At mile 5 I looked down at my watch and I was right on 40 minutes. I realized I was on an 8 minute mile pace. I was super excited. And... I knew that even if I slowed down I'd make my 1:50:00 goal.

I physically felt incredible!!! I was very happy with my body and most of all... THANKFUL, Thankful, thankful. The only other 1/2 marathon I did is the one that started all of my knee problems and I ended up stopping running.

I am so excited to continue training for my full marathon in 6 weeks! Napa Valley. I know mentally and physically it will be a totally different ball~game. But... 4~Today... I am so happy and thankful. "Reach for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." And when you land on that moon it feels ..........................................

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SANDY2660 1/31/2009 9:24PM

    You ROCK girl! Man, im so impressed. You are truly an inspiring person. thanks for your friendship!


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JUSTTRIING 1/19/2009 5:58PM

    What an accomplishment. All I can say is CONGRATS emoticon

PS: darn girl you are fast!!

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CALGALFOX 1/19/2009 11:41AM

    So cool! I'm so happy for you that you shaved so much time. You are even more macho then you thought you were! Congratulations.

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MAURA9900 1/19/2009 9:49AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! What an awesome accomplishment!

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MANDYG1970 1/19/2009 7:28AM

    Way to go! I love reading your posts! emoticon

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SHANSTORES21 1/18/2009 5:51PM

    WOW!!!! Way to go!!! That is so awesome! You rocked it out! Thanks for being such a huge inspiration on the first marathon team!!!! Congrats! I hope you did something fun to celebrate afterwards! :)

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SYNCHROSWIMR 1/18/2009 10:44AM

    Totally awesome!!!! Congratulations!

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BRUIN2 1/18/2009 3:49AM

    Right on!!!!!

Congrats on such a fabulous race!!

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RHALES199 1/18/2009 12:28AM

    Way to go!!! Awesome Job!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon you go, girl! WooHoo!

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WBOYACK 1/17/2009 11:02PM

  You are so inspiring! I want to be like you when I grow up! emoticon

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CORIEFLASH 1/17/2009 8:44PM

    man. you are completely my hero! this is what i aspire to do one day to! i want to do one for the american heart association because i recently lost a friend to a heart attack. at this point i can't imagine myself making it through like you have. i seem to get injured so easily and i'm not even too bad overweight. i am totally going to keep my eye on you for inspiration. you should be Very very proud of yourself!

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Weekly Reflections...

Saturday, January 10, 2009

I have so many thoughts. I want to list them, then give more details.

Eating more calories / Sports Nutritionist
Long Run
1/2 Marathon
School Principal / Co~workers
Spark Motivator...

These are really just a few of the many, many thoughts I have today.

First off: I ate more calories than usual this week. I stuck to the 2000-2500 calories that my Sports Nutritionist recommended, and I felt GREAT! I did not feel hungry, I almost felt like I was eating way too much and felt satisfied for most / all of the day. She reminded me to focus on maintaining which I am mentally trying to put my mind around, but... I lost a pound this week. I haven't changed my weight ticker (I'm 146 and was 147). So... I'm very excited about that. Did I mention that she said if I lost much more weight it really could hinder my performance. I haven't fully bought into that idea, because ideally I would like to maintain a weight around 130. BUT... I have to mentally be happy with 145-150 HEALTHY and no yo-yo'ing.

My long run today was AWESOME! I felt really good. I had to take a bathroom break, which worked out well. I started out outside and it was freezing, so I ran outside for about 45 minutes and then finished my long run on my treadmill, another 90 minutes. My body felt really great afterwards. I don't feel exhausted now either (3 hours later). So... I am very happy about that. I HATE my long run days a lot, and today, I really liked it.

Next weekend is my 1/2 marathon. I am very excited, but I am frustrated about the travel plans and... I am started to let my mind play tricks on me. The purpose of this 1/2 is to prepare myself and be confident in training for my marathon. It is not, let me repeat to myself, it is NOT to run FAST and have my best running performance ever. I am telling myself I will be happy with a time around 1:50:00. If I let myself go even slower and am under 2:00:00 that's Great too. I've been looking at past results and that's played tricks on my mind.

I had forgotten how at the beginning of my school year I was mentioning the conflict between me and my principal. Well... I have put on the happy face this year and just tried to stay positive and play the social game, which is great for me. Guess what? My principal gave me the Teacher of the Year Award from our school. I was completely SHOCKED! I couldn't believe it. She sincerely said how much I deserved it and what a great teacher I was. WoW!

Last.... I was notified this morning that I am officially a SparkPeople Motivator. WoW! That's really cool too. I almost feel pressure to be really motivating now (LOL) No really, I am honored. I hope that I can inspire or motivate even 1 person to better their life physically, emotionally, spiritually, whatever it may be. We are all here to be supportive and enjoy one another. emoticon

Love you all! You are so sweet, supportive, and TOTALLY INSPIRING and MOTIVATING to me also.

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SANDY2660 1/16/2009 11:24PM

    You go girl! Congrats on everything. You are def. a MOTIVATOR! You motivate me to get off my butt and get back into shape. Love ya!

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GUNGHONIA 1/14/2009 6:15AM

    Congrats on BOTH recognitions - and good luck on your half marathon!

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FRANCESETTA 1/11/2009 6:34PM

  Great job, keep going into success and most of all loving yourself! emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/11/2009 6:34:42 PM

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WBOYACK 1/10/2009 10:19PM

  What a great week! You are so inspiring!

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NANCYBFULLER 1/10/2009 9:47PM

    Y emoticon What a great week you had.

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BRUIN2 1/10/2009 5:59PM


What an awesome week!!!

Have fun tapering this week and preparing for the race.

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ROADTOAD22 1/10/2009 5:52PM

    You should be on such a high right now, no worries about your 1/2 next week! You truely are a motivator, thanks for keeping the tri group interesting and interactive! Congrats on your teaching award too!
Keep up the good work!

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RHALES199 1/10/2009 5:38PM

    Teacher of the year at your school, AND a sparkMotivator! wowzers, Way TO go1 Awesome Job!

Good luck on your 1/2 marathon next week.... I know you'll do great!

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Sports Nutritionist

Thursday, January 08, 2009

I went to a Sports Nutritionist yesterday. Randy (my husband) has a friend at school that is one, and offered to see me for free and she is AWESOME! I LOVED it! She was so friendly and very complimentary. She really focused on all the eating behaviors I am doing right and complimented me on my over~all weight loss. I am so glad I went.

She sent me home with 3 goals:

Eat protein and healthy fats with every meal and snack.

Eat more "scheduled" or regularly every 3-5 hours but have longer periods of no eating, not the constant grazing especially at night.

Journal my feelings about my eating, what went well, why I want to eat, am I really hungry, mostly at night because that is my most difficult time.

Some of the great things I learned already are:

Most people do NOT exercise as much as I do, and I really do need more calories. Between 2000-2500 a day.

That it's ok to have a plain diet. I don't need to feel like I have to have a variety and be trying new things. Just try to add healthy proteins and fats.

She told me to get rid of my sugar free/ fat free stuff. Don't be afraid to eat the stuff with FATS in them. I NEED more fats. No Spray Butter. LOL!

Oh ya and... eventually I really need to get rid of the SCALE. It's not helpful. I should not be weighing myself more than weekly.

So... Tonight I am reflecting... I had a stressful day. More of an "anxious" day. For absolutely NO particular reason. I found myself thinking about food, but I ate when I was hungry and did not feel guilty about it. When I was feeling anxious I thought about why or what was causing my anxiety rather than what to do to NOT think about it. I came up with a few ideas and tried to deal with them by meditating and saying a personal prayer.

I am very HOPEFUL... I am hopeful that my preoccupation with food will subside. Although it's funny because she also mentioned that with the amount of training I am doing to complete an Ironman will require me to think more about nutrition and make sure I am getting the nutrients I need to perform.

I LOVE it! She was so positive and uplifting. I am looking forward to implementing the things she taught me.

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ASPENJULES 1/19/2009 6:44PM

    Oooh, what a neat experience! I would love to have an opportunity like that to visit with a sports nutritionist. I am really having to take a good look at what I'm eating because I'm definitely NOT getting in enough calories in a day. I'd love to know what you do to get 2000 healthy calories in in a day - I am barely making 1000 unless I end up eating junk... *sigh*

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SANDY2660 1/16/2009 11:25PM

    WOW! Thats great! I need one of those! (:

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ELFITZPA 1/8/2009 12:30PM

    That's awesome, I'm so glad you were able to see her!! And thanks for sharing her tips, I think EVERYONE could benefit from those. And I'm with you - feeling anxious is probably my #1 reason for eating when I'm not really hungry. I need to focus on my feelings, the way you described, rather than head to the kitchen!!

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CALGALFOX 1/8/2009 11:15AM

    Sounds like a wonderful experience! I'm so glad you're still working so hard at everything.

I am having trouble getting enough fats in my diet...I just don't really like oily food. My nutritionist had me start supplementing with oil so that I get enough. I was chuckling about your "NO SPRAY butter", mine says the same thing. Now I try to use a whole pat of butter when I cook.

Take care,


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HOLLY_ROSE 1/8/2009 10:57AM

    WOO-HOO!! I've been studying nutrition, and have been told the same!! Hey keep up the GREAT job!!! Blessings, Holly emoticon

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WBOYACK 1/8/2009 10:53AM

  Wow! What a blessing! It is confirmation to me that what I've been thinking may be on the right track. Thank you!

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BRUIN2 1/8/2009 8:59AM

    How awesome!!

Do you think you'll go back to her (or another sports nutritionist) to further refine your diet when you get further along with your training?

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Obscure Life Goals

Thursday, January 01, 2009


First and foremost... Happy New Year 2009!!!

I saw a page on Facebook called Obscure Life Goals and this has been my obsession of the morning. Or shall we say, Thought of the day. The idea is to list some "off the wall" obscure life time goals that you might have. And... as I contemplated this, I sadly realized, I'm not that obscure. Maybe I do take life a little too seriously and I need to lighten up a bit.

Anyhow, Here is a short not very obscure list of things I'd like to do:

1- Play Rock Band with my kids regularly.

2- Surprise my husband with a gift from BB often.

3- Stop and Smell the Roses more...

4- Sing songs with my 5th graders and get up and choreograph a dance while I'm at it!

5- Sprinkle rays of sunshine on the "grumps" around me.

*** This is obscure *** FINISH a FULL Ironman!!!

PS... Definition with synonyms of obscure:

Main Entry: obscure

Part of Speech: adjective

Definition: not easily understood

abstruse, ambiguous, arcane, clear as mud, complicated, concealed, confusing, cryptic, dark, deep, dim, doubtful, enigmatic, enigmatical, esoteric, far-out, hazy, hidden, illegible, illogical, impenetrable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, incredible, indecisive, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, inexplicable, inscrutable, insoluble, intricate, involved, mysterious, occult, opaque, recondite, unaccountable, unbelievable, unclear, undefined, unfathomable, unintelligible, vague

apparent, clear, explicit, obvious, perceptible, understood



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ELFITZPA 1/5/2009 6:13PM

    I absolutely love #5!! I hope your new year has gotten off to a great start!

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SYNCHRODAD 1/4/2009 2:19PM

    Thank you for the goodie! Living ODAT is often simplistic reality. If you ever listen to a football coach or player, you hear, "We're just taking this one game at a time." However, every coach, owner, and player dreams of winning the Superbowl, they have long term goals. We can live ODAT, but we need to make that day conform to our long term goals. Every time we want to pound down an extra 500 or a 1000 calories, (we know when it is happening, the bells go off, and we ignore the warnings with incredible rationalizations) we need to reinforce our long term goals, to repeat them, to burn them in our mind so they override the quick and easy and satisfying temptation. "Just one (or 10) won't hurt. My long term goal can slide out another day."

That thinking is the Atomic bomb of traps; for fitness, joy, financial freedom, and spiritual well being. I have just realized I am preaching to myself! But if you can use it, go for it. Otherwise, just delete this comment. Thanks for the goodie!

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TOURDOCTOR 1/1/2009 5:46PM


Good Job on your blog . . . Don't dwell on the past . . . look forward to a new opportunity. I love the goals you shared. You sound so fun. We need your dedication and positive attitude. Why not take advantage of the Back 2 Basics Boot Camp that started today! You are invited to sign up and participate in this challenge. Remember, it is not just about losing weight. We have too many people (young and old alike) that have weight problems and self-image problems. We are focusing on being healthy. It is not about being a skinny model, but rather a healthy energetic person who enjoys life to its fullest.
The Back 2 Basics Boot Camp has been developed to help you establish the healthy habits that will ensure that you have the energy to fulfill all your work and family obligations plus help you achieve what you need to live a long and healthy life.
So remember to check out the Challenges Topic on the Salt Lake City Sparkers Discussion Boards. Join in any day and enjoy the benefits of our Back 2 Basics Boot Camp.

We will be feeling fine in 2009!


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BRUIN2 1/1/2009 4:22PM

    I love that your obscure goals can be made realized goals so "easily"!! (Know what I mean? As in, playing Rock Band is a bit "easier" than training for that full Ironman!!!)

Here's to a FABULOUS 2009!!!

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SUSANNAMC 1/1/2009 3:41PM

    I want to go to Vietnam and Cambodia. This by itself is not very obscure. I travel quite a bit. A lifetime goal for me is to hit all the continents and as many countries as I can before I kick the bucket.

But this trip I have in mind for Vietnam and Cambodia is a bit different.
First of all, I want to go alone.
I also want to go for at least 3 weeks.
The ONLY reservations I will make will be the flight over and back and a hotel room for the first night I am there. I want the rest of the trip to come to me AFTER I arrive.

Why Vietnam and Cambodia? I have no idea. I just know that I keep dreaming about it and I think it is something I should do. I just have to convince my husband to let me do it alone.

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