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Merry Christmas Eve!

Friday, December 24, 2010

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Merry Christmas to all of my wonderful Spark friends!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/25/2010 2:32AM

    emoticon Merry Christmas!

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HJFOGARTY 12/24/2010 9:40PM

    you too! Merry Christmas!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 12/24/2010 9:36PM

    You too !

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Christmas at Mom's

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Today was our family's Christmas at my Mom's new house in Virginia. We had a really nice time.

This is the view from their new house:


Here's me, Emily and Meghan:

Mom and Larry:

Me, Mom, Brandon and Emily:

Meghan, Emily, Aaron and Amber:

We even tried to get some exercise in with Mom's weighted hula hoop. Here's Aaron and Emily during their tries. I couldn't keep mine up long enough to get a pic!

We all had a nice dinner and everyone that is still here is relaxing now. It was nice that she was close enough for us to visit twice in a week!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/19/2010 5:00PM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures...I really enjoyed looking at them. I used to do the hula hoop for hours at a time as a kid.... now, I can't do it for spit! What's up with that?

All of you look great in the pictures.

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LLTS01 12/19/2010 10:46AM

    Love the hula hoops. I guess you are going to have to practice that one. I have never tried one.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/19/2010 8:52AM

    Looks like a great time!! The view is spectacular--where is she??

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MINDYJ1 12/18/2010 11:19PM

    Glad you had a great time together! Thanks for posting the pictures! emoticon

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WINNIEATWELL2 12/18/2010 10:19PM

    Looks like a great time was had by everyone! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Merry Christmas to you all!

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THENEWME43 12/18/2010 9:55PM

    Sounds like a FUN day spent with those you love! What a blessing!
Merry CHRISTmas!

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KITT52 12/18/2010 9:44PM

    How nice thanks for sharing....

Merry Christmas to you and your family


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LITTLE_QUEEN 12/18/2010 9:14PM

    Awww..... Are you in the same town now? I think it is so nice you will have more oppertunitys to be together and visit especially during the holidays

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PUGRAD1995 12/18/2010 9:11PM

    Sounds like a nice family get-together. I've never heard of a weighted hula hoop. I can't even do a regular one!

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NANFACEMIRE1 12/18/2010 8:56PM

    I was so happy to have you guys here today and we had such a good time. I am glad we are back in VA and can see you more often. We have already been here 2 weeks and you have been able to be here two times already. I really enjoyed our FAMILY day. Love you.

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Cold and working out

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It is SO cold this week that I'm finding it challenging to get my normal work outs in. I am working hours that don't work well with my gym hours and I am used to going walking/running at night. I got some colder weather running gear and a cute pink head lamp to be able to see at night so I don't trip. I got all bundled up last night and went out, but only made it 30 minutes. At first I thought it wasn't so bad, but then going around the corners the wind started up and it was COLD! I'm actually surprised I didn't give up before the 30 minutes.

I guess it's time to get more creative or maybe dig out some of my DVD's and work out inside. I need more hours in the day :-)

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RUN2MYDREAMS 12/17/2010 3:42PM

    You always inspire me! YOU ARE emoticon emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 12/16/2010 7:56PM

    You need to dig out your DVD's, it is just too....too....cold

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THENEWME43 12/15/2010 5:00PM

    Definitely time to dig out the workout DVDs!

Do you own a treadmill? I use mine year-round. Yep, I'm spoiled to the indoor, climate-controlled workout environment. emoticon

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JENN26POINT2 12/15/2010 12:51PM

    I just mentioned on someone else's blog that I read or was told by someone with some credibility that you're supposed to run for time in the winter, and not for distance. So instead of trying to tough out 4 miles, tough out 30 minutes (if that's how long it would normally take you to run 4 miles) b/c the endurance is more important than the distance.

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KITT52 12/15/2010 9:29AM

    I know what you mean..I'm getting my run/walks in doors....I hate being cold and just can't get moving so I'm proud of you for giving it a great try.. and 30 minutes is fantastic when it's cold and windy

have a healthy Wednesday


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COUNTRYSTRONG21 12/15/2010 9:06AM

    You're amazing for going out even for 30 minutes. I definitely know what cold weather is like. Right now we're in the negative teens!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/14/2010 10:36PM

    Jeff Galloway had a great blog today about braving the cold weather. One of his tips is to run into the wind first so you have it at your back on the way home. It's hard either way.

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AKIMBERLYQ1 12/14/2010 9:52PM

    yeah its even cold to go in my basement to workout . You are emoticon

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LITTLE_QUEEN 12/14/2010 9:34PM

    Yes, it sure is cold, but I to admire you for doing it and being so committed

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SNAVARRETE1 12/14/2010 9:27PM

  Aside from the fact that I absolutely love cold weather running, -25c is my limit. I found a YMCA with a running track to continue enjoying my runs. I love that in cold weather you are burning extra calories by keeping warm and with the actual activity.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/14/2010 9:24PM

    It is COLD!! I admire that you even go out to run in this weather.

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LLTS01 12/14/2010 9:23PM

    Dig out those DVDs. It's not going to get better for a while.

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New Spark name?

Friday, November 26, 2010

In 2009, I changed my Spark name to RUNA5K2010 because that was one of my biggest goals for this year. I have run several this year and as I was reminded by a dear friend, it's time for a new spark name.

I want something that shows who I am or what I like and one that is not necessarily a goal this time as I'd like a name I can keep and not change each time I reach a goal.

Same dear friend gave me lots of ideas to do with shoes and shopping after a day spent on a running shoe spree. Thanks, LOL. They were *really* cute but that's not the normal me (buying shoes like that).

Any ideas???? I like running, I am a big breast cancer prevention supporter, I'm working towards my goal weight and working towards running longer races.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/8/2010 8:11AM

    When you change your name, everyone that subscribes to your blogs will need to resubscribe. I just started subscribing. Let me know what you change it to, and I will resubscribe!

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KIMSTUTZ 12/5/2010 6:49AM

    That is awesome that you met your personal goal for 2010~

I like PINKNFITCARLA but whatever you chose will be fine!

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RUN2MYDREAMS 12/2/2010 12:40PM


I know how much you love pink so that's why I put the ones I did. Can't wait to read what you decide to change it to! So proud of you for running 5K's in 2010! You are
Oh and I absolutely love your page!

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WINNIEATWELL2 12/1/2010 10:00AM


mmmmm...let me think........

As you can tell, I'm not too good at thinking up names...but whatever the name, I like ya just the same.. emoticon

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THINIWILLBE21 11/28/2010 7:40PM

    emoticonon meeting and exceeding your goal for 2010!!

I like NATESGRL308 suggestions:


I especially like #1 and #3 Those names tell something about you that is very important to you emoticon!

Comment edited on: 11/28/2010 7:40:50 PM

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COUNTRYSTRONG21 11/28/2010 4:03PM


I'm not very good at coming up with user names lol

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REBARH 11/27/2010 10:46PM

    This name for you came to my mind: CCarlaChange, which means to see that you are changing yourself to a faster & longer distance runner for the year of 2011 :o)

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/27/2010 10:33AM

    Runa10K2011 ?? I am so happy that you have met your goal and exceeded it.

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KITT52 11/27/2010 8:56AM

    how about something simple like... lovelife

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SPARKPIXIE 11/27/2010 6:33AM

    RanA5K2010, lol


Okay, thats no good! But I look forward to seeing what name you come up with.

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NANFACEMIRE1 11/27/2010 5:29AM

    How about:


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FIGHT2SURVIVE 11/26/2010 11:15PM

    What you do involves a lot of work. How about WORKS4THECAUSE or WORKN4ME&YOU. Not very creative but then I came up with JUST BEING ME 101.

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LLTS01 11/26/2010 10:20PM


ok- I am out of ideas.


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JILLIANPRNCSS 11/26/2010 7:34PM

    Pinkrungirl or Carlarunpink

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LITTLESPARKLER 11/26/2010 7:30PM

    No ideas, but want to say emoticon on accomplishing your 2010 goal so completely!!!

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LEAH57 11/26/2010 7:27PM

    wish I could help - I thought that perhaps it was time for me to get a new screen name - even tho my SparkName comes from my middle name and the year I was born (that kinda hangs my age right out there, doesn't it???)

The very, VERY non-creative me thinks.... something with either your first name and some numbers (date of birth or year of birth or combination thereof) or something like "RunningCarla"??

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RONIE11 11/26/2010 7:22PM

    I have no imagination when it comes to picking out names.. But I know that with the help of your sparkfriends you will get a great one..

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Turkey Trot and a day with friends and family

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Well, we ended up having a wonderful day to run! No rain (freezing or otherwise!) and nice cool 40's at run time. I'm so glad I went. Meghan went with me (she so kindly took pics at the finish line instead of running this time) and we were joined by my son Brandon and his girlfriend Lisa:

and Louisa and Tammie from my NOVA Sparkers team:

I had just about the same time as last time, but I finished! There were a good few hills but I felt good running for the most part. I did intervals and only twice when my Gymboss beeped for me to start running did I walk still. I ran all the other times I was supposed to.

Brandon and Lisa finished just a short time behind me. Lisa ran the entire thing, but she kept going back to meet up with Brandon who walked a good bit never having done a race before.

Afterwards we all went to Starbucks and enjoyed a hot drink because we sure weren't hot anymore!

I went home and picked up the Thanksgiving dishes I had made earlier and we headed to Aaron and Ambers. She had a ton of food and I am so proud of how little I actually ate. I had very small servings of only my most favorite things and big servings of veggies and half a piece of pumpkin pie.

I hope everyone had a wonderful day with your families! Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RORYLYONS 11/27/2010 4:18AM

    emoticonrun..good for you.. emoticonI had a lovely Thanksgiving. Did most of the cooking the day before. All in all it was a great day with the family..

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MINDYJ1 11/26/2010 11:49PM

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SAPPHIREAURA 11/26/2010 12:22PM

    I am proud of you for finishing!!

I wish I would've done it too...and I am planning on it next year. Definitely!!!

Sounds like you had a great time!
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!


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JILLIANPRNCSS 11/26/2010 7:34AM

    AWESOME. It looks like we are both learning to eat better even on holidays. That is great that he ran his first race. You are setting such a good example.

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LLTS01 11/25/2010 11:38PM

    I love days like this spending time with friends and family, sprinkle in a race and some good food and it's the recipe for a perfect day.


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BETHGILLIGAN 11/25/2010 9:10PM

    Sounds like a great day!! I didn't run but had a nice, quiet day.

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THENEWME43 11/25/2010 7:15PM

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LITTLE_QUEEN 11/25/2010 6:55PM

    Sounds like you had a great day, and you did great too!

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