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I ran 5 miles for the first time ever!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Actually 5.1! In 70 minutes, which is 13:45 minutes per mile! Way faster than the 15 minute miles I had projected!

I am feeling super proud of myself, and I wanted to share this great feeling with all of you.

There were a lot of great, small moments on this run. I am up in the North East Kingdom area of Vermont visiting my family (who needs graduation? Bah!) and I planned a route out for myself yesterday. It was three pronged - my parents live at the top of this monster hill, so I ran down (with a beautiful view of the mountains, cow pastures, horses, and just greenery everywhere!) and then took a left and ran on a rolling dirt road that runs alongside Derby Pond. It was so peaceful, and there was fresh cut grass, and it just smelled so summery and sweet. I then turned around and ran back the way I came onto the third prong, past a cemetary where a funeral was taking place. There were two hills to conquer at this point, and I had to really dig deep. I usually have great posture but I had to lower my head and push, push, push for that last half mile. Between the hills I ran past a man viewing the funeral from afar, and he said with a smile, "I sure envy your ability to run". It was just the perfect end to a great run.

I ended at the bottom of the hill from prong 1, so I had to hike 20 minutes back up to my folks' house. It was cake after those miles though!

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So yeah, just awesome. The whole way I just felt joyful - that I was both physically and mentally strong enough to just keep going and do what I knew, I knew I could do deep down in my heart. I was half laughing, half crying when I reached that 5.1 mile mark and slowed to a walk - it is a quiet road, but if anybody drove past they might have thought I was crazy - this silly girl in her cute but SHORT shorts laughing and pumping her fists in the air... Ha!

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Now I get to spend the rest of the weekend with my family, for which I am ever grateful. I am very excited about the marathon relay next weekend - I am going to totally rock my 5.8.

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HEALINGHANDS615 5/24/2010 11:23PM

    Well it doesn't get any better than that! Great job! emoticon

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HOWDOIHEARTTHEE 5/24/2010 10:23PM

    Woo Hoo! emoticon

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ASANTOSO 5/24/2010 7:32PM

    Way to go...it is awesome and I am proud of you!! Congratulations!!!

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TBRETT73 5/24/2010 4:51PM

    I am so proud of you!!! That's amazing!!! You do rock!!!!

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BTVMADS 5/23/2010 3:14PM

    That is SO fantastic!!! I hope I get there some day. You are emoticon

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SIGLED 5/23/2010 12:27PM

    Super!

Did you ever think a year ago that you'd be running a year later?

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JULESINVT 5/23/2010 11:21AM

    That's great! A good run feels so great. I love that you were laughing and crying!

Julie

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/22/2010 9:08PM

    You already TOTALLY ROCK in my book, Patti.

I'm so proud of you for pushing through.

You have come so far in the last year. Just look back at where you were when you began this beautiful Journey.

I know THAT will bring a smile for sure

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PIR8CHIK 5/22/2010 6:24PM

    Way to go!
I'm so proud of you!
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IONA72 5/22/2010 5:52PM

    Fantastic, hope you don't have any aches and pains as a result, great achievement!


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QCESCADA 5/22/2010 3:49PM

    Good job!

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BUDRFLY31 5/22/2010 3:41PM

    I knew you could do it. 5.1 miles with hills. Plus a 20 min cool down up a hill (it must not have felt like a cool down to you). You must be so proud! Awesome job. You will rock next week and I hope you pass my course monitor station. I still don't know where I will be!

You Rock!!!
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BUSYMOM22 5/22/2010 3:24PM

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Way to go! Good luck next week!!

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KELLEY106 5/22/2010 3:15PM

    Way to go. I have to get outside and start my projects. You have inspired me.

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LYNNES6 5/22/2010 3:07PM

    emoticon emoticon I know you're pleased with yourself and well you should be. Keep up the good work.

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On track with my training schedule! And other updates

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I am feeling GREAT about the schedule I set up for myself for the next week and a half. I am going to be SO ready for my 5.8 miles. Serve 'em up. I can totally do this.

If you can't tell, I am feeling really confident, lol.

I had a great 3 mile run today - ran at an average 13 min/mile pace, faster on the second half of the run. This was on sore legs and with sore arms and shoulders to boot. I felt really tough, and really strong. I made sure to stretch out well afterward. Tomorrow is a rest day (thank goodness!) and then Saturday will be my long run. I am going to try for 5 uninterrupted miles, and I think I can do it. I will be up visiting my parents who live on this killer hill, so I might run down and out and then call to have someone pick me up, lol. I don't need to be overusing my legs or injuring myself at this point!

When I graduated from my internship I received a $50 gift card to a local sports store (Ski Rack, for locals) plus a membership to the Green Mountain Athletic Association, which has as a perk a 15% discount on running gear at Ski Rack. So I decided to take advantage of those today!! I bought a pair of Mizuno shorts, purple with a pink stripe down the sides AND a cute little hidden pocket, and a very nice, very pink sports bra (the brand eludes me right now...).

Side bar/rant! I have lost 75 pounds and I'm not THAT big, and I am still just barely squeezing into a size large for running bottoms! And the few stores that I have been to only carry up to large for bottoms. What's up with that? Oh well, I will reverse-grow into them! They fit, I mean, but they aren't as loose as they should be.

One more update... things are going really well with my gentleman friend! We have been spending quite a bit of time together, and we mutually decided to date each other exclusively because we are pretty great. We even changed our status on facebook to being "In a Relationship". Crazy, I know. I am very happy, this has worked out very well and beyond what I had hoped for (it has been a long time since I have dated and it has been so much fun!).

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LIVE4VTSNOW 5/22/2010 8:00AM

    emoticon ... really glad life is smiling at you these days !!!
Keep on training with this beautiful weather, wish I could, and good luck with your up coming run !!!

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IONA72 5/21/2010 5:37PM

    Glad to hear all your great news, have a good time this weekend.

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TBRETT73 5/21/2010 12:45PM

    This is all amazing news! Keep up the good work! And don't get down on the size large. If you feel great and look great that is all that matters. Try not to pay too much attention to size tags!!! I can't wait to hear about your marathon!

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/21/2010 12:01PM

    Take it slow on the dating. REALLY get to know him, before moving on to more serious stuff. Dating exclusively is good. You're not sharing him with others.

I'm so happy for you. Be sure he allows you to be YOU and not someone you are not. Carefully inspect the relationship for red flags. Hopefully there won't be any. But, DON'T SETTLE~!

The workout industry seems to think Large is what I consider XS. Weird, the XL stuff looks like it would fit a skinny minnie, so don't worry. I'm sure you look great.

Keep running, keep smiling, keep living.

How is your mom doing?

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JODANGEROUSLY 5/21/2010 6:21AM

    I am so inspired to find a place, then to take up running.

Good luck!
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CASTERINASPELL 5/20/2010 9:40PM

    I feel your pain re. athletic wear bottoms. Just try shopping for cycling shorts! Most of the big brands call an XL (when you can find them) = to a size 12-14. So NOT me - yet. I've been lucky to find XXL shorts at the Louis Garneau outlet store in Newport. Ten bucks and NOT shiny spandex!! They make running gear too, so you might want to check 'em out if you're up that way.

P.S. Are you going to be at the Dandelion Run on Saturday? Maybe I'll see you - there's an "after party" at Lo's Tavern in Newport. Unless of course, you'll be spending more time with that may-an o' yours emoticon!

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Training schedule for next two weeks - Prepping for my 5.8 mile relay leg!

Monday, May 17, 2010

I took a few minutes to jot down my training schedule for the next two weeks. I want to feel great and perform well for my relay team! Here is what I came up with:

5/18 - Run 1-2 miles

5/19 - Walk and strength train

5/20 - Run 3-4 miles

5/21 - Strength train/Rest

5/22 - Long run - aiming for 5 continuous miles!

5/23 - Run 1-2 miles

5/24 - Walk and strength train

5/25 - Run 4 miles

5/26 - Strength train/Rest

5/27 - Run 3 miles

5/28 - Walk

5/29 - REST!

5/30 - 5.8 miles at the Key Bank Vermont City Marathon!!!!!

  
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KGEBERT 5/19/2010 1:25PM

    good luck! you can do it.

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TBRETT73 5/18/2010 4:29PM

    Good luck! I can't wait to read your success story!

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THEGORGESBLONDE 5/18/2010 3:23PM

    You're going to do great!

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_DASH_ 5/18/2010 7:56AM

    patti i can totally see it now. you watch. the excitement is going to make you want to run a half or a whole as your next big goal!! i'm tellin you.... no limits. :D you will be AMAZING!!! I can't wait to see you run. :D

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IONA72 5/18/2010 7:25AM

    Great plan, it's good to have something to focus on. Good luck.
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HARVESTHILL 5/17/2010 9:15PM

    Hey, you're running leg 2! Way to go - have you run in a VCM relay before? I ran leg 2 last year. Hope they have some great rockin' bands up there for you!

My extended family runs the VCM every year. This year we have two 5-person relay teams and two 2-person relay teams. And it's all for fun, none of us are terribly speedy (OK, maybe my husband and oldest son - they're too fast for their own good!) This is my first year doing the 2-person relay. The idea of a half marathon is making me a bit queasy! I'm running the second half, so our paths won't cross, but good luck to you!!

Anyway, just wanted to give you some encouragement for the race. I'm so impressed by your weight loss and your positive attitude. Hope you don't mind if I add you as a friend. Have a great two weeks training and a fun VCM!

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BUDRFLY31 5/17/2010 8:28PM

    Great plan!!! I am volunteering in Section 3, so maybe I will see you! Good luck, I know you can do it! emoticon

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75 pounds lost!! Progress pics!!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Yay! Finally made it. It is just one stop on a longer journey, but these milestones feel so great. It has taken me 16.5 months to get here, and every thing I did was worth how healthy I feel right now.

**I should note, these new pics do not represent my decent photography skills!! But you'll get the gist...





As compared to me around my highest weight in the fall/winter of 2008:



I have way too many pictures of myself at this weight. It is funny, I never thought I looked that big when I was that size. Now I look at pictures like this and I ask, who was that person?

And as compared to me at an early point in my journey, having lost 25 pounds by March of 2009:





I have additional progress pics in my picture section on my spark page, please feel free to browse! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the positivity and support.

  
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ALYFITN 5/26/2010 7:04AM

    Wow!! Keep going--you look great! And good luck with your marathon relay. emoticon

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KGEBERT 5/19/2010 1:24PM

    u are looking fantastic! keep up the good work! you are my motivation!

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BUDRFLY31 5/17/2010 8:31PM

    Wow! What a transformation inside and out! Congratulations!

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KASRN1 5/16/2010 11:29PM

    You are truly amazing and inspiring!!

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IONA72 5/16/2010 8:35AM

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PIR8CHIK 5/15/2010 8:25PM

    Wow! You look amazing!
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Shout it to the world!!!
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You have shown us all what perserverence can do! I'm so happy for you and proud that you have stuck with it and are reaping the rewards!
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You are an inspiration!

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SUZEIPOV 5/15/2010 7:02PM

    wow! what a journey you've been on! amazing results! emoticon

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MEAGHAN1916 5/15/2010 5:50PM

    You look awesome! Very inspirational.

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KELLEY106 5/15/2010 5:19PM

    You look wonderful.
Nothing tastes as good as slimmer feels

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JODANGEROUSLY 5/15/2010 5:07PM

    You are AMAZING! Wonderful job!

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HOLISTICDETOXER 5/15/2010 5:02PM

    Amazing! How are you going to reward yourself?

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BTVMADS 5/15/2010 4:15PM

    So when I looked at those new pictures, I thought to myself, "She looks totally normal in those," because I didn't really see the extra weight.

And when I saw the old picture after, I thought, "WOW, she looks totally thinner in the new shots!" That is such a HUGE difference -- you look amazing, and I know from reading your blogs that you FEEL amazing too.

So, in other words, you're awesome. You have so much to be proud of!!!!!!!

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ONEWAYALI 5/15/2010 2:55PM

    Congrats Patti!! What a great milestone!

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STRONGERLEANER 5/15/2010 2:46PM

    Great photos! It always feels good to be able to see the difference.

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EVILKLOWN 5/15/2010 2:43PM

    Wow - nice work. You look great!

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VELVETCATT 5/15/2010 2:33PM

    You look fabulous!

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I'm in the 180's!!! By a hair...

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

...but still, I'm there!

189.6 this morning, which is also thiiiiissssssss close to my 75 pounds lost mark! Tomorrow might even do it - I can't wait to take my new set of comparison photos!!

Feeling really, really good about this. Especially after quite a bit of eating out with my new male acquaintance. I made some good choices though, so I think that my conscientiousness about my eating paid off.

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In other news... I have hung out with my new friend everyday since Sunday. Getting to know each other has been very nice. Definitely, definitely, definitely enjoying this early start to summer.

Also: Got an A in my independent study for the semester. No other grades in just yet, but I'll keep y'all posted. I imagine that I got Bs in my other two classes, which is fine by me, given all that I went through this past couple of months. It is the experience and the learning, versus the grade, that is important to me.

  
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AIKZILLA 5/15/2010 8:54AM

    Congrats, it has been so cool reading your blogs. You are an inspiration.

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_DASH_ 5/14/2010 4:15PM

    WOOO HOOO! Let's celebrate your life somehow this weekend or next week. :D I'm free Sunday this weekend for a change. Marathon is so close too!!

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JODANGEROUSLY 5/14/2010 6:24AM

    That's excellent! In no time at all you'll be sharing your 170's successes with us.
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HOPERISING 5/13/2010 4:20PM

    You are doing awesome! keep it up woman!

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IONA72 5/12/2010 5:28PM

    So pleased all is going well, here comes summer!

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VEMAN1 5/12/2010 4:37PM

    Magnificence is an aura. I think you are glowing!
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KGEBERT 5/12/2010 3:12PM

    summer lovin....yes i am actually singing the song as i write this!!! how fun and exciting. Grades are just grades you get the diploma even with b's so great job done!!!!

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TBRETT73 5/12/2010 3:01PM

    Awesome!!! I am so happy for you!

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MELODIEO 5/12/2010 2:50PM

    Oh HOW AWESOME!!!! SO PROUD!!

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PIR8CHIK 5/12/2010 2:30PM

    Way to go! You are flying high! Keep up the good work!
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MRSMAPLEVT 5/12/2010 2:22PM

    Congrats...and here's to 75 any moment now!
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JODY22002 5/12/2010 2:09PM

    You rock!!!! Good job. Can't wait to see the pics.

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STRIDERGIRL 5/12/2010 2:09PM

  emoticon Nice job--happy summer!!

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