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A Vacation Comparison Involving Weight Maintenance...

Friday, November 16, 2012

I got back from Key West on Wednesday. I had a great time. Nine of us went down to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. We rented a house .4 miles from Duval street and 4 blocks from the beach. I got to relax, run, eat, drink, and walk a lot!

One of the days I was running, I compared this trip and the one I took two weeks ago to Jamaica in reference to weight maintenance. We went to an all -inclusive in Jamaica. I ran every day - but only ran 2.5 - 3 miles per day. It was very hot down there AND I had to keep running the same loop around the resort. That got old as the week went. I ran by myself. In Key West, we walked non-stop. Every time we went shopping, etc. we walked 3.5 miles. Most days we walked this route 3 times! Also, I varied my running routes and ran 3.5 - 5.6 miles per day. I ran with my brother.

Here are some pictures of my running route in Key West:

(My brother - my running partner - is in this one)

My brother at the Southern Most Point (I made him stop running to get the picture!)

We saw tons of roosters on our runs in the morning. They were everywhere!

Of course - we had to run by Mile 0!!

The food was great in Jamaica and Key West. When I was in Jamaica, I ordered healthy options at the sit-down restaurants. I went off the wagon at the buffets. I test tasted way too much! I also consumed a fair amount of alcohol. In Key West, we went to all sit-down restaurants. I brought breakfast items from home and ate breakfast at the house three mornings. I ate cottage cheese (one of my staple foods) for afternoon snack. That helped a lot on my calorie consumption. One day, we went out to the Sunset Key for lunch. Here is a picture of my yummy salad:

That is lettuce wrapped in thin cucumber slices with thin apple slices and almonds on top. The citrus dressing was light. That is goat cheese and salmon on the side - YUM! This was a healthy lunch, problem was I coupled it with a Key Lime Colada. Tasted great, but high on calories! And, as much of a "party" town Key West is, I did not drink as much alcohol as I did in Jamaica. I think I drank more in Jamaica because it was an all-inclusive.

One of the BIG reasons I think I did not consume as many calories in Key West is because I used the SparkPeople food tracker on my iPhone. I think I might have driven my husband and friends nuts with it because I would look up meals on the menu and compare calories before I ordered. And, of course I would tell them how many calories their choices were! My son started picking meals with lower calories. Not everyone liked this, but, oh well! I was also able to get on SparkPeople a lot and read all of my Sparkbuddies' status updates. And... I updated my status everyday pertaining to my running. I felt I had to account for it. In Jamaica it would have cost me a small fortune to go on-line, so I did not.

Relaxation is soooo important when I go on vacation. I work with small children and 40 women and hold vacations as "sacred". I slept really good at night and enjoyed the hot tub at the house we rented every single day. I even got pampered one day at a beach resort down the street in Key West. Every thirty minutes they handed out watermelon slices, sprayed light water, handed out frozen washclothes, cold apple cider, and frozen cucumbers!

It was really cool (excuse the pun)!

So, here is the verdict:

Jamaica - weight gain = 2 pounds
(which I lost before my next trip)

Key West - weight loss = 1 pound

I leave you with a picture of my husband and I in Key West...

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JAXMOMMY 11/19/2012 4:11PM

    How lucky are you? 2 awesome vacations! Happy 50th to your hubby! When I was in Key west last year I walked more than 8 miles in 1 day! HOw nice to run with your bro too! Sounds like an awesome time!

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FITFOODIE806 11/17/2012 7:19AM

    Awesome blog. Both vacations sound great. You are incredibly dedicated!!

I love the running pics!

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KRISZTA11 11/17/2012 3:24AM

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful vacation with us. Nice pics!
You really mastered how to enjoy & relax your holidays,
but staying active and eating well,
without restricting yourself.

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MLH148 11/16/2012 10:43PM

    Very nice story - thanks for sharing. Sounds like 2 great trips and you had some wonderful insight.
Hope the next vacation is even better.

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NEWKATHYNOW 11/16/2012 9:58PM

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/16/2012 8:58PM

    Well done my friend. You can be proud of your accomplishments. I'd say Jamaica wasn't too shabby but a weight loss on vacation is a major accomplishment.
Isn't Key West beautiful. It's been years since my visit down there but I loved it. Your pictures of the running routes are gorgeous.

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SH9719 11/16/2012 8:18PM

    Sounds like a successful vacation on many fronts. Since your health never goes on vacation it was good that you looked after it well during this one. Congratulations.

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Bye, Bye Nor'Easter!!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Yes, I am back out the door and headed on vacation!! Family and friends will be meeting my husband in Key West to celebrate his 50th birthday at his favorite place!

The Nor'Easter is due in our area at noon - our plane hopefully will leave at 7:30 am. I had to deal with Sandy twice last week - I am welcoming the break!!

I will be able to track my food with my phone this time. We rented a house so I will be picking healthy foods to cook when I get there. I cannot wait to run in warm weather again! :). My brother and son will be running with me - Yayyy!

The next time I blog, I will be in sunny Florida...Yayyy!

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INFLATED 11/15/2012 9:22PM

    No problem for us from the Nor'easter. I can't believe it is the middle of November and there are still people without power.

I hope you have a great time.

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NEWKATHYNOW 11/7/2012 8:56PM

    Enjoy yourself!! So far the nor'easter has brought us about 3 inches of snow on the grassy areas in NJ. I have always wanted to go to Key West! I hope you have a wonderful time!

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SADWHITEWOLF 11/7/2012 1:28PM

    Have a good time!

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NEWNAC304 11/7/2012 6:23AM

    Have a great vacation!

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KIMPY225 11/6/2012 9:49PM

    Have a wonderful time!!


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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/6/2012 9:00PM

    Have a fabulous vacation. Years ago I visited Key West over the Christmas vacation. Loved it there and would go back in a heart beat.

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NCSUE0514 11/6/2012 7:33PM

    Happy birthday, and HAVE FUN!

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Hurricane Sandy - Twice in One Week & Getting Back on Track!!...

Sunday, November 04, 2012

I am going to begin with a really cool video I took when the first high tide occurred on the Chesapeake Bay as Hurricane Sandy stormed through. Because we were on the left side of the eye, the first high tide was sucked out to sea. (I am not sure how to move the video to another area in this blog - sorry!) I am hoping this video works, it's pretty cool to watch...

SO - Sorry I haven't been on to blog lately, here is an update...

I enjoyed Jamaica immensely. It was ssooo relaxing. My husband and I went with my BFF and her husband - we were all celebrating our 25th wedding anniversaries. We stayed at Secrets St James. It was very nice. The food was fantastic. I managed to run four mornings while I was there. We ate a lot, drank a lot, danced a lot, and swam a lot! We even swam with two dolphins which was a totally awesome experience! I held on to their fins and they pulled me all around. I then floated on my stomach with my feet flexed and they swam under and put their noses under my feet and lifted me so I stood up and they took me for a ride that way! I also got a kiss, sang and danced with them! We all had a blast!

We went to the Margariteville in Montego Bay. That was really cool. They had a huge slide going down two stories then it shot out into the bay. They had an inflatable obstacle course.

I went down the big slide. I climbed up on everything. I even climbed up the steps to the tall slide which was quite a workout in itself. I am scared of heights, so I didn't go down the slide - I climbed back down the steps! The round ball was a lot of fun. The handles were ripped out so it took a while to climb up on it, but we did. We then sat on the four seats and bounced all over the place. My husband made sure we were spinning! He is such a kid sometimes! I was really proud of myself! I would never have had the guts to do all of the above two years ago!

The day before we left Jamaica Hurricane Sandy hit. I must say that the Jamaicans worked very hard to get ready for it. They boarded up glass doors, cut the coconuts off all the trees, put all the lawn and pool furniture away, etc. Secrets was very organized and held meetings for us ahead of the storm. One of the heads of the whole organization flew in the night before the storm. We could stay in a ballroom or our hotel room. The ballroom had entertainment, food and drinks. We ate there and then went back to the lobby bar for the duration of the storm. The storm wasn't that bad on that side of the island - the other side got hit bad. Secrets gave every guest a gift certificate for 3 days/2 nights free! It wasn't even their fault! We will be going back for a little trip next Spring!

Here is the sunset the night before Hurricane Sandy hit Jamaica...

So, we flew back up the next day (passing Sandy) just in time for her to hit the North East Coast. Yes, I got to enjoy this Hurricane twice in one week!

Friday we got our house ready (we live on the Chesapeake Bay). Saturday we got our business property ready (which is in Delaware). Sunday my parents were evacuated from their home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. They came and stayed with us. Rehoboth was supposed to get the brunt of the storm.

Here is a picture of the river as the storm starts...

Here is one of the second high tide - we are thankful it did not go over the bulkhead or flood the streets...

We only lost power for five minutes during the whole storm! I had made two Rachael Ray crock pot recipes on Sunday (Seafood Stew and Mexican Chicken Tacos). They were both really yummy and low cal!

My parents found out that their town lost power all night and their streets were all flooded so they stayed with us until Tuesday afternoon. When they got home Tuesday night, the water was up to their step, but never got in their house.

Wednesday night we watched the news and were stunned at how much damage Sandy did in New Jersey and New York. We thanked God we were spared, but have lots of friends up there and our hearts go out to them. Quite a few own small businesses and received no income last week. Many, as of today, still have no power. A neighbor took gas and a generator to her parents home Friday. They have a big tree laying in the middle of their roof! My friend and her husband said it was too big for them to cut down.

Needless to say. between my Jamaican vacation and the drama of Hurricane Sandy I am thrown off track! As I walked Roxy this morning, I acknowledged that I have to get my butt back in gear with consistency!! I need to get back to being consistent with running - I did not run at all this past week :( and did not track my food each day. I couldn't track it in Jamaica (no wifi), but I certainly could have done it when I came back. Yes, there was a lot to do, but, I use my iPhone to track so I have no excuse! So, now I need to get off of the computer and go running!!

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INFLATED 11/15/2012 10:33PM

    As I readied for the hurricane and the Nor'easter I prayed for you all. I didn't know if you were hard hit or not. It is hard to imagine it is the 15th of November and some still are without power.

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JAXMOMMY 11/6/2012 11:10AM

    Happy Anniversary! So glad you and your family were safe. Sounds like such an awesome vacation! You'll be back on track in no time, if not already! What an event to experience the same storm twice in 1 week! Again, glad you are safe and sound!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/5/2012 8:47PM

    Glad you've made it safely through the same storm twice over. How often does that happen to someone.
The video of the ocean is most interesting. A unique sight to see the tide being pulled out to sea like that.
Sounds like the vacation was fabulous and now you get to look forward to another visit in the spring. Wow.
Those inflatables in the water look like fun. We had a similar set up out here in a mountain lake. I didn't see many people on the equipment but what you need to know is that the water is super cold as its a deep lake fed by glacial snow.

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EDENZMOM 11/5/2012 9:52AM

    I'm glad that you're home and safe!
Sounds like quite the experience that you went through 2 times. Up in Montreal, we lost power for a couple of hours when the hurricane arrived in NJ! so imagine how big that was!!
funny how we think alike, i also prepared for the storm with a couple crock-pot recipes... just in case we needed food for a few days!
I hope Roxy was ok in all of this, I know my puppy was traumatized...

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BOILHAM 11/5/2012 9:20AM

    Cool video! Glad you did okay during the storm. By the way, we have 2 boston terriers - Barney and Bitsy.

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HICIM705 11/5/2012 6:27AM

    Thrown off track is an understatement!!! I have to get back on track as well ... I'm from NW NJ - we didn't have the damage that they had at the shore, but I have friends still without power. My heart goes out to all of those in the path of Sandy's wrath.

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NEWNAC304 11/5/2012 5:39AM

    Your vacation sounds wonderful inspite of the storm. I'm glad you and your family are safe.

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SHARON10002 11/4/2012 9:09PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Jamaica, and that your hotel really knew how to care about it's customers. So glad you and your home were safe during Sandy, as well as your parent's house. The video was pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing it.

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SHAMROCKY2K 11/4/2012 6:29PM

    The video was amazing. I spend alot of time on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake and can imagine how eerie that would be. Sounds like you had a fun trip too. Hope the storms stay far away.

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KRISZTA11 11/4/2012 3:12PM

    Thank you for sharing the video!
I'm glad you and your family were safe at Jamaica, during your trip back and at home.

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DLDMIL 11/4/2012 1:33PM

    Glad to hear that you and your family made it thought the storm. Stay safe and I will continue to keep the entire east coast in my prayers. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A Morning Run and Jamaica...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

This morning I decided to run. It had been three days since the Half Marathon and I was feeling fine. I bought new Brooks running shoes at the expo and I wanted to try them out.

It was a nice run. I wasn't sore and my sneakers felt fine. It was nice to run - just to run and it was a great way to start the day.

On Friday, my husband and I will be going to Jamaica for a week for our 25th anniversary. We went to Jamaica for our honeymoon. We are meeting my BFF and her husband there (it's their 25th anniversary too). They live in Texas - its gonna be great! I am taking my blackberry so I should be able to track my food and runs. The place we are staying at is an all-inclusive, so i am going to have to pay close attention to calories!! Not sure how much time I will get to "talk" to you guys - I plan on doing a lot of relaxing, hanging at the beach and pool, and hanging with my husband.

Roxy is going to one of my employee's houses - she has watched her before and I know she is in good hands.

I have everything - plus some - done at work, so it should be good!

I hope you are having a great week!

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INFLATED 1/10/2013 5:59PM

    I hope you had a happy anniversary. Our anniversary is January 23rd.

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PLMITCH 10/20/2012 10:26PM

    Brooks are the best! And! My wife and I are heading back to Sandals in Jamaica next year for our 10th anniversary. We can't wait!



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WE_PA_FIT 10/19/2012 10:43AM

    Beach RUNS~!~
Enjoy some well deserved R n R!!

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Love it ~ ~ Enjoy a great holiday!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/18/2012 1:47PM

    I'm glad your run went well. Congrats on your 2nd half marathon! I'm hoping to start training soon for a half marathon next year sometime.

Enjoy your vacation and happy anniversary! It sounds like Roxy is in very good hands.

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Have an excellent time! Good luck with all of the food there!

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CHERRY666 10/18/2012 10:22AM

    Happy anniversary! Have a great trip. =)

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MAGNOLIA416 10/18/2012 9:21AM

    Running in the Caribean will be nice! Happy anniversary!

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MARATHONDAD 10/18/2012 7:22AM

    have a great trip

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NEWNAC304 10/18/2012 5:53AM

    Have a wonderful time!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 10/18/2012 3:26AM

    Happy Anniversary. Safe travels. Have a wonderful stay in Jamaica. emoticon

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STRIVER57 10/18/2012 3:01AM

    happy anniversary -- sounds very great! enjoy!

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JAXMOMMY 10/17/2012 11:34PM

    Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby! Sounds wonderful! Enjoy! Glad you enjoyed your run today! Have a great time and simply relax and be in love!

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JLPEASE 10/17/2012 9:27PM

    I hope you have a great time in Jamaica and Happy Anniversary!!

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My Second Half Marathon - The Baltimore Running Festival...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Saturday I ran my second Half Marathon in Baltimore, Maryland.

I will first take you back to Thursday. My husband and I drove down to Baltimore which is about 45 minutes from our house. I wanted to pick up my bib early, because there was a total of 27,000 runners participating. Some were in the relay, some were half marathoners and others were marathoners.
The Baltimore Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, so there were very serious runners participating.

I bought some cute running shirts. The Chesapeake Bay is famous for it's blue crabs - I catch them right off of my dock and can tell you they are pretty awesome! The running mascot is the blue crab and the crab is all over the running shirts!

Underarmour's headquarters is in Baltimore and they were the official sponsor of this race. Here is a picture of me with my bib in front of their huge truck...

Here is a close-up...actually the one I put on my facebook status the night before the race...

I love the "I WILL" sign behind me - what a vision statement!!

Anyway, we ate at a really great Irish place for dinner then headed home. The next day - Friday - after work we headed back to Baltimore. We stayed in a really nice hotel on the Harbor. All of the roads around the Harbor were going to be closed the next day, so it worked out perfectly. We went to Little Italy for dinner. My husband said he had the best dinner of his life. It was baked gnocchi. The gnocchi was a lot wider than normal. I tried a bite and it was delicious. I had rigatoni, chicken and broccoli. We were asleep by 8:30!

Now, the half marathon didn't start until 9:45 AM. The marathon started at 8 AM. So, this time I wasn't worried about oversleeping. I was a lot calmer than my last Half Marathon at Disney. That is, until we turned on the television at 7:45 am! This Half Marathon was on, and it was showing all the runners. There were tons - 27,000 (did I already mention that?). It was like watching the Wide World of Sports (remember that?). I thought, oh crap, what did I get myself into?

We went outside and there was helicopters flying all around. There were tons and tons of runners.

We found my corral. It was REALLY cold that morning - 50 degrees...(Becky, you know how I feel about the cold!) Anyway, I wore a big jacket and throw away t-shirt underneath. I planned on giving my husband the jacket - as it turned out, he got to stay with me until the race started. Here I am cold, waiting to start...

A lot of people ran in jackets and long sleeve shirts or layers, I wore a tank. I knew I would get warm once I started...(I am in the pink tank top, sunglasses)

And then we started...

As many of you know, I didn't hear that this race was hilly until about two weeks before. I train on hills, but, being that it was my second HM, I was pretty nervous. As it turned out, it was very hilly. The only time it was flat was around a lake for 1.3 miles. But, I ran up and down every hill. I was stunned everytime my runkeeper piped in that I was running 9.07 - 9.20 per mile. I didn't stop or walk at all. I do have to admit, at mile 11, my brain almost succeeded in talking me into walking for a bit - but I did not. I told myself I would kick myself later if I did, and I kept going.

I saw one of the most beautiful sights as I ran that morning. I was running down a hill and looked ahead at least three miles straight ahead. All I saw was constant hills and runners in every color shirt running them. They completely filled the street. I wished at that moment that I could stop and take a picture - it was perfect. But, I didn't want to stop.

They gave out water and gatorade every couple miles. They also handed out gu and gummy bears. I had my cherry gummy bears in my back pocket and ate two every two miles. There were news vans everywhere. People lined the streets to cheer us on. They were holding funny posters, wearing costumes, there were bands, it was amazing.

I saw my husband near the finish line - he video taped me running by - we are still trying to figure out how to publish it!! He was screaming for me!

The only bummer was at the very end. As soon as I crossed the finish line, I had to stop dead cold. All the marathoners, half marathoners and relay runners were all bunched together. It was awful stopping so suddenly without being able to walk! I mushed my way through - one of the advantages of being short!I grabbed my medal and water and went to the food line - saw how long it was - and it wasn't moving, said "forget it" and went to look for my husband. I just couldn't imagine standing without moving, waiting for a banana! My legs would have cramped up. This is where Disney really shines! Disney has everyone spaced out, places the medal on them, and takes their finish picture. No one was crammed together and made to stand there. That hurts after running with your all for 13 or 26 miles! (I am going to be writing the Baltimore planners about this!)

So, I do not have a "finish picture" after this HM. I have this one my husband took two days before...

Here is my bib and medal...

Here is a close up of the medal, which I think is pretty awesome...

If you can't read it, the little print under the crab says "What hills don't kill you make you stronger"!!

The best moment was when my husband lifted me in the air and told me how proud he was of me :)

Oh, and my time...I finished this Half Marathon in 2 hours, 6 minutes! This is my new PR! I beat my first Half Marathon time by 4 minutes!

So, what is next, you ask... The Disney World Half Marathon in January, 2013! And, it is a flat course. I will be running it with my brother, who plans on having me run it under 2 hours - YIKES!!

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NVRDWN88 10/16/2012 10:13PM

    Awesome great time and cool medal

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RIVADERCHI 10/16/2012 5:01PM

    Hi R. Mom! Super fantastic! Congrats on your 2nd Half Marathon and P.R! As usual, you are so awesome and I loved your blog! I felt like I was there (shiver!). Keep up the good work! We're all so proud of you too! Great-looking medal, too! Way to go! emoticon emoticon

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KIMPY225 10/16/2012 3:32PM

    Wow thank you for all of the info & pictures! I love them all. Great job with the new PR! You are amazing!

Disney?! Awesome!!

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INFLATED 10/16/2012 3:16PM

    What an experience! I can't imagine that many people running. I am so glad that you didn't cramp up at the end.

Your crab medal is really nice! We went for a walk along the lake on Saturday morning and it was cold in Garrett County. I hope you do stretching to warm up before you start on your runs.

I am so happy about your new personal best, and it was on hills! I would have liked to have seen a picture of your husband lifting you in the air.

Your blog is awesome and congratulations on your accomplishment!!!!!
I wanted to take a picture of a road on the mountain I used to sled ride on, but it was gone. After 28 years, nothing looked the same.

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LKEITHO 10/16/2012 9:35AM

    Great job on your half marathon! I love the medal. Maybe I'll see you in Orlando in January - I'm planning on doing that one, too!

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BUDRFLY31 10/16/2012 9:23AM

    Woo-hoo! I can't imagine running in a big race like this. I have not had the guts to run in a huge race. I stick to the ones close by in Vermont. I envy that you can run in Disney! Finances keep me from it. SOMEDAY!!!

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OFFANDAWAY 10/16/2012 9:15AM

    A great race report - congrats on the PR!

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BOILHAM 10/16/2012 9:10AM

    Excellent blog and a great PR time, too! Not to worry, You can still get your finisih line pictures. There are lots of programs, such as Windows Movie Maker, than can take a picture from a video. Use the video your husband took of you near the finish line. Good luck!

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ONMYMEDS 10/16/2012 8:57AM

    Holy smokes!! NICE job. Love the bling.

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MIRAGE727 10/16/2012 8:56AM

    Sweet race report! Congrats on your outstanding Half. Thanks for sharing!

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NEWNAC304 10/16/2012 5:54AM

    Awesome! You did great! Thanks for sharing your success with us.

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STRIVER57 10/16/2012 2:07AM

    wow! you rock!! congratulations!!!

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BLUE42DOWN 10/16/2012 1:04AM

    2 hours sounds totally doable without all the energy expended on hills!


Oh, and loved the motto on the medal - so fitting!

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BEWELL48 10/15/2012 11:31PM

    So exciting and such an accomplishment!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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JAXMOMMY 10/15/2012 11:19PM

    Awesome! I felt your excitement and it was a vicarious rush! Thanks! I'm very proud of you and wish you continued success!

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MAGGIE805 10/15/2012 10:31PM

    That is so exciting!!!! Congratulations! I may have to put this one on my list of races I would like to run someday. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LYNNIERN 10/15/2012 9:41PM

    I got chills when I read the part about the sea of colors and all the runners you saw up ahead, that is always such an awesome sight to see! Congratulation on an AWESOME race!! Love the medal they give you, it's almost as great as the one you'll get a Disney!

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SABLENESS 10/15/2012 9:27PM

    How exciting! Thanks for sharing it with us. Love the pics. Go for Disney!

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