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4 Days & 15 Hours Until The Disneyland Half Marathon...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Flew through all my work today at an amazing pace (hope that carries over to Sunday morning at 5 AM! Got two new people semi-trained and all my work done through next week. I won't be stressing about it while I am in California. I brought Roxy to work with me so we had quite a bit of play time before I left.

My husband wished me luck and dropped me off at the airport. I was an hour early, so I am now enjoying a drink and dinner at Chickie and Pete's. I plan to sleep and read on the plane - 5 hour flight. I will be landing at 11 PM east coast time - gonna hit the hay and start fresh in the morning - running 3 -4 miles tomorrow morning with my brother.

I posted my upcoming race on Facebook this morning - have been getting tons of well wishes!

Well, I know I have been posting motivational quotes but I am at the Philadelphia airport at this moment so I guess I will make my own...

"think about something really cool that you want to do. Leave "I can't or never could" out of the discussion and go for it! You can!!"

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INFLATED 8/29/2012 3:21AM

    I can't wait for the "Been there, done that, wearing the T shirt" moment!

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SABLENESS 8/28/2012 10:27PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITWITHIN 8/28/2012 5:44PM

    Have a great time with your Disney Half Marathon. emoticon

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6 Days Until The Disneyland Half Marathon...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

This afternoon I ran 7 miles around the city of Newark with my brother. We had planned to run 10 miles first thing this morning, but, we still had relatives at my house and wanted to visit with them before they left.

We didn't get out until 12 and it was very humid. My brother is from San Diego and is not used to it.

Around mile 3 we were running down a long hill (side of road). I didn't see a little acorn and went flying, landing on the palms of my hands, left knee, and right elbow. After moving off the road I noted that I scraped my knee and elbow pretty bad, rinsed my knee quickly with my bottled water and kept going. My brother wanted me to walk for a little bit, but I knew I didn't twist or break anything so I pushed on. I had it in my head that I was running my long run today and i had no intention of stopping. I had blood running down my leg - must have looked like quite a sight to people driving by! Around mile six I could tell the humidity was taking a toll on my brother. I got us back to the car and he said we did enough.

I am flying out to San Diego Tuesday evening. We are going to run Wednesday morning - probably 5 miles. On Thursday and Friday I want to run 3 to 4 miles and I will not run on Saturday.

Saturday I am going to check out Disneyland! I have been to Disney World at least 50 times. I have never been to Disneyland. Saturday night we will be eating "Pasta in the Park" with other runners - it's getting really exciting!!

Quote of the day:

"A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive."
~ Walt Disney

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    I'm so sorry that you fell so close to the big race. I hope you're not still sore from it by Sunday, and I also hope you have safe travels tonight!

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INFLATED 8/27/2012 4:47PM

    Neosporin and some bandages will help your scrapes. I won't be around Sparking Friday-Sunday. We are going to a Bible conference, be the Lord Willing. I am sure you will do very well. If anything does go wrong, don't beat yourself up over it. This is to be a fun trip! Enjoy it!

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SABLENESS 8/27/2012 1:36PM

    So glad the acorn didn't cause more than scrapes! You're so close to your run! Enjoy Disneyland. I haven't been there either, DisneyWorld of course, being from Fla! emoticon

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EDENZMOM 8/27/2012 8:24AM

    I'm so excited for you! the good thing about planned marathons, is that there are medics with bandages :) but I'm sure you'll have no issues whatsoever!!
keep up the inspiring work!

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KAREN_NY 8/26/2012 8:22PM

    You have GOT this SO in the bag! Look at you! Tough break on today's run, but there isn't anything you can't too.... gonna be a great event!

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BONDMANUS2002 8/26/2012 4:17PM

  good advise

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BERGBA7 8/26/2012 4:16PM

    Hope your legs are feeling better. Good luck for the Half marathon and enjoy Disneyland!
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11 Days Until The Disneyland Half Marathon...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Yeah, it's getting scary!! Getting really close. I have trained - I can do this!!!!

"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph"
Thomas Paine

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KAREN_NY 8/25/2012 11:49AM

    1 week and 1 day left! OMG!!!!
So proud & happy for you - I hope you're feeling great!

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MAMMER3 8/24/2012 8:45AM

    Of course you can do it!! Just know no one on this site ever doubted or doubts you :)

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FITFORMYFAMILY 8/24/2012 12:03AM

    Of course you can do it!

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JDAVIS4521 8/23/2012 11:40PM

    The Disney half-marathon is one of my long term goals. I watched a video of it awhile back and thought "That is so cool, wish I could do it". I love seeing people who have actually trained for it and will do it. Good for you, I'm sure you will do awesome. I am hoping I get there someday, but baby steps.

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INFLATED 8/23/2012 11:36PM

    You will do fine, remember not to get tensed up, you are doing this for fun. If you find yourself relaxed, your speed will be there. No use getting the heart rate up in excitement when you will want it for speed. You will do fine and I believe you will run at a good pace due to being excited. You are doing this for enjoyment, don't put a big burden on yourself.

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PJBONARRIGO 8/23/2012 11:26PM

    Whoo hoo! This will be very exciting! You have trained hard; you are ready! Enjoy your Disney half marathon :-) emoticon

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14 Days Until The Disneyland Half Marathon...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Yesterday I ran my long run - 10.5 miles around the city of Newark, DE. I started out about an hour later than planned - hard to get out of bed on the weekend! It was on the humid side, but I completed it. I stopped three times for water. Twice was at the gym, which is part of a running loop I do twice. It is on Main Street and I love running down Main Street. I sort of "window shop" as I sprint by.

As I ran I thought about how far I have come. It was only a little over a year and a half ago that I started walking on my treadmill. I never imagined that I would be running a Half Marathon a year and a half later. I am also so happy that I got a bunionectomy last fall. Running three miles caused me great pain for days, I would have never been able to run farther.

I "tried out" my new running clothes yesterday. I bought a new pink Under Armour tank top which is totally awesome. It is extremely light. I bought Nike running shorts which are good till about mile 6 - I have learned what "chafing" is - gotta work on that one! My prescription sunglasses totally rock! I love them and my eyes felt great and didn't start to feel dry from contacts or sting due to sweat. (My brother taught me to wear a sweatband on my wrist to wipe sweat off my forehead when I am running - it works really well!) I also tried peanut butter flavored Gu at mile 7. It tasted like peanut butter - yum! My mother suggested drinking a lot of water with it which I did. At mile 9 my legs didn't feel like concrete blocks (good thing), but I found myself feeling the need for more water as I ran. It was pretty humid out by that point, (around noon), so I am not sure how much Gu was the factor.

All that's left is new running sneakers. I bought some a couple weeks ago, but I don't like them. I have to exchange them tomorrow. I have decided to buy the same pair I have now - Ravenna 3's. It won't take long to break them in. I have put a lot of miles on the pair I have now and want the best support I can possibly have.

Well, now I am on a day of "rest". Headed out for a boat ride with my hubby, one of my sons, some friends and Roxy. We are going to anchor and swim in the Chesapeake Bay for a few hours - aahhhh!

Quote of the Day:

"Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success." Henry Ford

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    Great job getting your long run in! I'm so sorry that you had to experience chafing. It's so painful during the run and during the shower after, but it tends to heal very quickly... at least for me. I hope it does/did for you, too!
Less than two weeks... Wheeee!

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XHENA16 8/20/2012 12:37PM

  Wow - you are awesome! I too have a goal to run a half see you realizing your dream is inspirational. emoticon

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SABLENESS 8/20/2012 11:45AM

    Need pics of new running wear and sunglasses! Love your window-shopping on the run!

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EDENZMOM 8/20/2012 8:34AM

    Good job!!
window shopping on a busy street and staying focused to keep running: my new goal :)

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INFLATED 8/20/2012 5:01AM

    Gold Bond powder helps with chafing. I would put it on before running one day and see if it helps.

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BLUE42DOWN 8/19/2012 1:51PM

    emoticon job!

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SCAREWALDORF 8/19/2012 1:05PM

    Sounds like you're well prepared! Keep focused and let us know how you get on! emoticon emoticon

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16 Days Until The Disneyland Half Marathon...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

This morning I ran 4 miles before going to work. After running 11 miles Sunday, I thought about how 4 miles felt so quick! There was a time when I never thought I could run 4 miles - and that wasn't too long ago!

During my lunch break, I went to the mall and bought two running shirts, a pair of running shorts, Gu, and prescription sunglasses. I have found that I am more comfortable in the morning not wearing my contacts. Since the race starts at 5 AM, I decided to buy an updated prescription. Using my health insurance, my new RayBans ended up costing what they do when they aren't a prescription! Tomorrow I am going to try out a new running shirt and shorts. I read that a runner should run ahead of time in the running attire they want to wear in a race to make sure they are comfortable. This weekend when I run 10/11 miles I am going to try Gu at mile 8 and make sure it agrees with me.

At the recommendation of my chiropractor/acupuncturist I bought CoQ-10 (100 mg). It's supposed to be good for heart and blood vessel function and great for runners. The girl at the store said she takes one in the morning and one at night. My Doctor said it starts to work in a couple days. We'll see what happens!

Quote of the day:

"Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it."
-Oprah Winfrey

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INFLATED 8/19/2012 12:54AM

    When I think of you, I think of Mercury's winged feet. If you are running 11 miles, 4 miles should seem easier. Don't tense up, run for the joy of it!

I think you are going to Wow yourself at this half-marathon!

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EDENZMOM 8/17/2012 8:21AM

    Disneyyy!! Imagine all of us cheering you on, as you're running! good for you :)
I love how your blogs have evolved into running blogs. I'm really proud of you!!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 8/17/2012 12:36AM

    Your countdown really feels like it's flying right now! I'm glad that you're trying out the new things BEFORE the race. I hope that they all give you the boost you're looking for, even though I'm convinced that you'll do great with or without a boost. Let us know if you notice a different from the CoQ-10.

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LDONLEY71 8/16/2012 9:40PM

  way to go!!

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BEWELL48 8/16/2012 9:36PM

    Good Luck on tha Disney half marathon......what an inspiration!

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