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Race Report: Madison Mini Marathon 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Long time no blog...at least over here on SparkPeople. I've been keeping a training/running blog over on Blogger, but haven't been the greatest about linking it up to SP for my friends to keep up. I'm going to work on that, promise!

This weekend, I ran the 2011 Madison Mini Marathon with my SparkPeople friends Laurie and Elsa, and it was an experience to remember! Just incredible, in spite of a ninety minute weather delay. I wrote up a race report. Read it at this link:

christinak-ww.blogspot.com/2011/08/r
ace-report-madison-mini-marathon-2011.
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Coming up next, the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon on October 1! It's been nearly a year since I've traveled to Walt Disney World, so I'm just about ready for another dose of The Mouse!

  
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ROOT4HOME 8/23/2011 1:20PM

    Loved it all!!! So glad we finally met! Wow - I didn't know you fell near mile 4! I'm glad you were ok and even gladder to hear how GREAT you felt throughout the race! Looking forward to Oct!! :)

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LAURIE5658 8/23/2011 11:29AM

    RB, Madison Mini 2011 will be in our memory banks for a long long time! How long have we waited to run together? Like forever? The wait was so worth it and I thank God for placing you in my life. It is usually difficult for me to meet new people, but I felt so right talking to you from the getgo on Friday.

Mile 4. Wow, you and contraptions are a comical mix and I was not a bit shocked when you told me that once again, you had problems.

You and I have so much to look forward to coming up and the deal is, these are races that or very special to me and having you there is icing on my running cake!

Wonder what Madison Mini medal will be next year? One thing is for sure...it will be awesome! Our plan is to stay a second night so we can hang around The Terrace post-race. Be there cuz we MUST have our photo taken in the big chair and perhaps TOGETHER! how fun would that be?

Love ya, RB!!!!!!
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ON2VICTORY 8/23/2011 11:06AM

    woo hoo!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/23/2011 11:02AM

    Wow, what a blog! Well done. emoticon

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LAURIE5658 8/23/2011 10:47AM

    RB, still trying to get through the entire RR but so many interruptions this morning LOL! Getting there though so hang on!

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PHDMAMA06 8/23/2011 9:23AM

    Jet - it WAS Blessed Sacrament!!

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JET150 8/23/2011 8:43AM

    You ran right by my house on Allen Street. If the church you refer to in your report is Blessed Sacrament, my house was in the block before that. I'd have been out cheering for you if only I had known!

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EMILY-THE-GOOD 8/23/2011 6:55AM

    looks like you had a great time!

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Race Report: Madison Half Marathon 2011

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

This weekend, I ran my seventh half marathon, the Madison Half Marathon. What better way to celebrate my birthday and National Running Day, both of which are today, with 13.1 miles of FUN?!

My goals for the race were to improve on last year's time and to cross the finish line feeling better than I did last year - both of which I accomplished! So all in all, I'm happy with my experience. Here's a link to my full race report:

christinak-ww.blogspot.com/2011/05/r
ace-report-madison-half-marathon-2011.
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Next up, the Madison Mini Marathon, a half marathon which I'll be running with my Spark Peeps Elsa and Laurie! August 20 is the big day!

  
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ROOT4HOME 6/11/2011 12:52AM

    Christina - Congratulations on your Redemption HM!!! You did awesome and I totally hope we don't have to run up Observatory Dr in Aug! I hated walking up it (and Bascom Hill) in college!! Great RR too - I really wanted to run this race as a "training" run but heard too many horror stories of the year before that I thought better...but maybe next year I'll run it too? Can't wait for the Madison Mini & meeting you & running w/Laurie again!! GREAT JOB!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NOELLIEMAE 6/3/2011 9:49AM

    SUPER!!!! :)

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JANEYINMADTOWN 6/2/2011 11:27PM

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FUNFROG79 6/2/2011 1:45PM

    WOW! So impressive! WAY TO GO!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 6/2/2011 11:26AM

    Great job!!

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-PAULA 6/1/2011 6:02PM

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CHEMKATT 6/1/2011 5:50PM

    Great job!!! I'm so glad you had a better time this year. Last year was HORRIBLE due to the weather, and I was only spectating/handing out orange slices. I liked your picture of the capitol too! It was a lovely day! Great blog and congratulations!!!

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REDFOXTROT2 6/1/2011 5:48PM

    Way to go!!!! emoticon

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LAURIE5658 6/1/2011 4:53PM

    RB, again you did not disappoint us with your race report writing talents! Rawk! Regarding the pooping out in the last miles, I do it too! The only one I didn't was Princess and that was because of all the distractions. I seriously need to work on that aspect myself. Perhaps we should just put our heads together and see what we need to tweak before Madison Mini. Bring it on, baby!

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RUNTRILAUGH 6/1/2011 4:33PM

    You're a rock star!!!!

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Race Report: Country Music Half Marathon Part II

Friday, May 06, 2011

Here's the link to my CMHM Race Report - The Sequel! All of the fascinating race day details...

christinak-ww.blogspot.com/2011/04/c
ountry-music-half-marathon-race-report
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NOELLIEMAE 5/17/2011 4:21PM

    HEY! I FINALLY read both your reports.. AWESOME! The race was great ;) wish I would have caught a glimpse of you though! maybe NEXT year :)


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WONDERJUL 5/7/2011 10:29AM

    I read both parts of your race report and loved them! You make me want to go to Nashville! Really sounds like a fantastic weekend! Congrats on a great run! I look forward to more race reports.
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LAURIE5658 5/7/2011 9:49AM

    RB, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your race reports! I have to tell straight up that this finisher's medal IS gorgeous and sparkly! It makes those hills and heat worth it in the end. I have learned so much from you as you are a few steps ahead of me with HM running. Thank you for that.

CONGRATULATIONS my bestest RB!!

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JETERSGAL729 5/7/2011 12:10AM

    Wow!! I read both your race reports and just loved them both!! You definitely did an amazing job on your time!! I was going out slow to preserve energy and then just got slower! haha

But it was my first and was the warmest race I've done yet and definitely the most hilliest! And that's saying something since I live here! lol

I did manage to find a picture of you while searching for any pic of me during the race in the "Lost and Found" section - did you happen to check there for your finisher's pic? If you bib # was covered in any way they put them in Lost & Found. Let me know you're email address and I can send you the one pic I found of you.

Congrats!!! I can't wait for W&D and YES we def def have to plan to meet up!!

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Race Report: Country Music Half Marathon Part I

Friday, May 06, 2011

It's been a while since I've written a blog on SP...admittedly I've been writing my blogs on Blogger lately because it's easier for me, and I like being able to use different colored fonts and boldface and italic. Call me a nerd :)

Anyway, I did finish up my training for Country Music Half Marathon, and ran it on April 30. It was a fabulous experience - everything I had hoped for and MORE!

Here's the link to part I, the expo and pre-race recap! Part II coming soon...

christinak-ww.blogspot.com/2011/04/c
ountry-music-half-marathon-race-report
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CATHRINE2010 5/7/2011 10:40AM

    Loved the blogs very well written. I felt like I was there. Thanks for the experience! Made my day. emoticon

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FUNFROG79 5/7/2011 7:43AM

    Congrats! You've worked so hard for that accomplishment!

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MOTIVATED@LAST 5/6/2011 11:44PM

    Well done on your half marathon!

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TYKXBOY 5/6/2011 11:43PM

    I post most of my blogs on Blogger, too. Then I'll copy them here to SP and leave the link at the bottom so people can see the full and nicer version on Blogger if they want. :)

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LAURIE5658 5/6/2011 10:23PM

    RB, first of all you and I totally need to do a marathon cruise. How fun would that be???!!! I knew this was going to be a very special HM for you and so far according to Part 1 it did not disappoint. I am looking forward to Part 2 when we get into the race. Waiting...waiting...waiting...
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JANEYINMADTOWN 5/6/2011 10:18PM

    Thanks for the update Christine...I don't use that site so it's nice to hear from you.

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Project Pixie Dust...somewhat derailed, but I'll keep on keeping on

Friday, March 18, 2011

I looked at my blog today and realized that it's been a couple of weeks since I've posted any kind of update. So, on that note, I probably owe all my SparkPeeps an obligatory "what's up with me" post so you know that I haven't fallen off the face of the earth...into a pool of gooey, sweet milk chocolate :)

So, as the blog title suggests, Project Pixie Dust has somewhat derailed over the last couple of weeks. It all started innocently enough with an extra dessert or treat here and there, and descended into a full-on junk food diet, especially once the move was in full swing and I had to (temporarily) shut down my kitchen. During the last week, many of our meals came from the Golden Arches, Taco Bell (aka Taco H***), and Pizza Hut (aka Greasa Hut), so I paid for it on the scale, on how my clothes fit, and how my poor little tummy felt. There wasn't a great excuse for it, because there was no reason we couldn't have stocked up on healthy fruits, veggies, salad items, sandwich stuff, etc., but I'm sure we've all fallen into the "Fast food is just so EASY! Let's push the EASY button!" trap. Right?

As for the move itself, it really couldn't have gone much better. Last Saturday a band of merry men, aka six of Bruce's friends, came over to schlep all our furniture and boxes into a truck, across town, and into our gorgeous, shiny new house. It is CRAZY how much STUFF you can accumulate in three years, especially when you have a young child. There was SO MUCH MORE stuff than what we had when we moved into our apartment three years ago. But we got it done. There is still a mountain of boxes to unpack and some furniture to move around and pictures to put up, but we're good. I actually now have the kitchen FULLY unpacked so at least I can cook and make "normal" food. I never thought I'd say it, but I am sick of junk food. By Monday, I swore that if I saw ONE MORE french fry, I would hurl! Last night we had broccoli with dinner for the first time in eons, and admittedly, it freaking ROCKED. It was SO satisfying to put REAL vegetables in my belly! I may or may not reach the weight goal I set for myself when I started Project Pixie Dust, but either way, I'm not concerned. This challenge has really given me a chance to take a good look at my lifestyle and start working on some habits which will hopefully ultimately stick with me for life. So whether or not I make the short term goal, I have accomplished a lot.

So this weekend, we'll finish putting the house together, hopefully! Timmy is really enjoying the process and keeps trying to "help" by moving boxes into his closet...so cute! He is fascinated by new house, and I just can't wait to have his room and play area fully unpacked so he can enjoy the new place to its fullest potential. And we just got our internet service connected, so YAY! It's amazing how disconnected we felt without it. And we don't do SmartPhones (NOT that I want it that way, but the hubs insists that they're a waste of money...I haven't yet convinced him otherwise) so we couldn't check our email and stuff that way. And we don't get cell reception in the house anyway. (Our dumb inside joke is that we're "country bumpkins" now because we have a well, a septic tank, and no cell service!) We're already loving our new place, but with a little extra TLC and elbow grease in the coming week or so, it's gonna be awesome...

My workout schedule has been a little shaken up in the last week, mainly because the moving (and WORK too!) has been super time and energy consuming. Cross training and strength training has (mostly) been shelved for the last week or so, although I'm sure all the packing, hauling, and unpacking has at least in part made up for it. I'll probably get my routine going again once we're just a bit more settled. I have kept my Country Music Half training more or less on track, and the only run I've missed was last Sunday's scheduled four miler. I don't consider it a great loss, although I would have LOVED to get out in the beautiful sunshine that morning. I had even been considering running the Shamrock Shuffle in downtown Madison, but just couldn't scrape together the time to get out there. Oh well...maybe next time! I'm right on track this week, with a planned 11 miler for Sunday. I'm hoping to map out a good route in my new neighborhood. There are lots of great streets and trails to explore! I feel like I'm going to be good and ready for Nashville, and I'm getting excited to get out there and earn my Country Music Star BLING! I don't expect to PR this race, but do expect to have a great time running with my friends and remembering that day ten years ago when the CMM set off a series of events that brought me to my husband.

As for my future racing schedule, it's slowly falling into place. I will be running the Madison Half Marathon on my birthday weekend (May 29), and then will have a break before I run the Madison Mini Marathon with two of my Spark running buddies (Aug 21). I'll be back in Florida for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon (Oct 1), and am also considering the Haunted Hustle (half) back here in Madison over Halloween weekend. And that brings me to 2012...

So, I did it, this week I registered for a MARATHON. OK, if we REALLY want to get all technical about it, I registered for 1.5 marathons. Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, as part of Walt Disney World's 2012 marathon weekend. If you're not familiar with Goofy, you run the WDW Half on Saturday, followed by the WDW Full on Sunday. And you finish up the weekend with three awesome pieces of bling, mad bragging rights, and possibly friends and family waiting in the wings to cart you off to some asylum somewhere ;) Not 100% sure what came over me...perhaps I inhaled a little too much Pixie Dust...although I have known for some time that Goofy is something I wanted to do. You know how a lot of athletes aspire to the Ironman? Well GOOFY is MY Ironman. Yeah, people say I'm a little quirky...I never do things the "normal" way. So it's fitting that a GOOFY event is my idea of the pinnacle of my athletic life. And 2012 just feels like it's going to be my year, so I'm shooting for the moon here. It's going to be a wild ride, but I'm excited. I have PLENTY of time to train and prepare physically AND mentally for this challenge, and I KNOW I'm going to get there. As I sit with the "Holy crap, I just registered for 1.5 marathons" (not to mention...ooooh, I think my credit card just went up in flames) feelings, I'm thrilled about the upcoming journey.

Every journey I've taken with my running has taught me so many things about myself and what I could accomplish, and each one has changed who I am, what I believe, and how I feel about myself. From running my first mile on the gym treadmill to tackling my very first 5k, to taking the step of running my first half marathon (at Disney, no less), I've grown and become infinitely more confident in myself and my abilities. I know that my GOOFY journey will give me the opportunity to not only have a priceless life experience, but will also allow me to grow in ways I could have never imagined. I can't wait! I'll be telling you more about my plans in future blogs...but for now, at least I've had a chance to catch up with you on "what's up with me." Have a great weekend!

  
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JANEYINMADTOWN 3/19/2011 1:52PM

    emoticon for the update!~

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FUNFROG79 3/19/2011 8:56AM

    Wow! You have a A LOT going on, no wonder you got a little derailed! Congrats on signing up for a marathon! You will have an amazing time! Disney races are so fun!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 3/18/2011 11:21AM

    WooHoo - I finally get to meet you in January. You rock - you have a lot on your plate.

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LAURIE5658 3/18/2011 11:07AM

    Crazed RB, so much happening in your life right now and its all good schtuff! Congratulations on your awesome new house and congratulations on registering for Goofy! This is going to be quite the year including marathon training in the winter time! THAT will be interesting!

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RUNTRILAUGH 3/18/2011 10:36AM

    Becki, Lori, Suezette and a few other sparkers and I ARE doing Goofy next year! YAY!!!!

Can't wait to do the IronMan Goofy with you! LOL

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