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The Silver Lining...

Monday, February 04, 2013

I went to the best orthopedic Sports Doctor in Delaware this morning to review the MRI and X-ray results. What an awesome visit!

Well, first off - no surgery needed! Yayyyy!

He did say that the big fall I took in late August is why my knee is injured. I damaged cartlidge. My skin is still healing from it - I will never look at an acorn the same way again!

Anyway, it was a pretty interesting conversation. He asked which running club I was in and who I was working with (running). I told him I was on my own and he looked shocked. I told him how I was training for the halves. He told me 3 HMs in four months was too much since I just started running two years ago and I am older - I didn't mention all the 5ks!!

Anyway, he met it sincerely and knows "knees". So, he is sending me to a PT who apparently is a top marathon runner. I am going to see him twice a week for a month - it will be like having my own running coach - I am going to soak up as much training info as I possibly can!!

I asked if I should be doing quad work. The Dr said the PT guy has to figure out if there is weakness first. He said if there is, it won't help. I am also supposed to rub Arnica gel on my knee a couple times a day. And, after a month I go back - if it's not better I get a shot twice a year.

The real good news is I will be able to keep running. He did tell me running down hill will not be good for me. I train on hills all the time, but I will modify my map so I can keep running. I didn't dare tell him I am signed up for a HM in May!!

So, the silver lining...I will be running again and I get the attention of a running coach/PT for the next month :)

All is good!

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KAREN_NY 2/5/2013 10:33AM

    An acorn might be potentially mighty & all, but you're getting the last laugh with very good news indeed! Yay!!

I wonder if the PT/marathoner would agree with the Dr. assessment that you're running too much for your experience/age. I'm always skeptical when people say that, but better to be smart than sorry.

Cheers to your next run!

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CHEMCHIC2006 2/5/2013 8:13AM

    That's great news! I went to see a Dr about my knee and after two brief encounters, an xray and an MRI (both of which were normal), all he could tell me was he thinks it's my knee cap.. and that it's commen in females (because when you hit puberty, the hips widen and that messes with the tracking of the knees. Never mind that I've run 3 HMs, a 10 miler, a number of 5Ks and trained up to 20 miles for a full without knee pain.. that and I hit puberty like, 18 years ago.) He prescribed me a brace, but by the end of my 6 miler last weekend.. I was feeling the pain pretty bad again. Ugh.. maybe I need to seek another opinion.. at least you can work with a PT to rehab it. Good luck!!

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INFLATED 2/5/2013 5:32AM

    You are addicted. I still remember how much I liked to run, but it has been years since I did. Please listen to your doctor and physical therapist!

Gravel can do the same thing the acorn did.

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SCAREWALDORF 2/5/2013 3:27AM

    Dude, you have fallen on your feet with the P.T! Good luck in recovery. x

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SABLENESS 2/4/2013 9:12PM

    Awesome! Sounds like a really productive visit! TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF!

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NEWKATHYNOW 2/4/2013 8:07PM

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JAXMOMMY 2/4/2013 7:06PM

    Whew! No surgery! What great news and you can keep running!! Plus, the full attention of a PT with marathon experience! Lucky you! Acorns, who woulda thunk? Remember to follow doctor's and PT's orders! I'm glad you will not have to go under the knife and especially you won't have to give up your passion!

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    Sounds like you had an excellent visit! I love how you just kept certain things from him. Doctors are very informative, but I do think your new PT will be awesome and help you make the perfect choices for you. You do want to keep that knee in tip-top shape.

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JANIGURL 2/4/2013 5:31PM

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MJREIMERS 2/4/2013 5:30PM

    emoticon news for you! I personally can't do a lot of running as it kills my knees. It sounds like you will have the "training" you need to avoid injury and learn some "running skills" that may help when you are running. I'm glad the news is good!

Good luck, but don't overdo it! Listen to your Dr. and the P.T.! Watch out for those acorns! emoticon

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MRI Results Are In...

Friday, February 01, 2013

I have "chondromalacia patella". My Doctor said this isn't an "ideal" thing to have - he was hoping it was tendonitis. He said it is what Chase Utley (Phillies) has and it can take a long time to heal. I looked it up - it's common with running.

He is sending me to a Sports Orthopaedic Dr - I have an appointment Monday morning. He is the best one in Delaware - must have had a cancellation!

So, I may get a shot, have to do PT or both.

Thank you so much for all your concern - you are all so sweet!

In the meantime, I will be cheering for the RAVENS!! Go Joe Flacco!! (football trivia: Joe Flacco was the quarterback for Univ of Delaware - my alma mater)

Have a great weekend!

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INFLATED 2/5/2013 5:25AM

    Well, now you know and I know. I didn't read the titles of your blogs before posting.

Listen to what you are told. I know you will work hard, but don't overwork yourself.

The Ravens won!

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EDENZMOM 2/4/2013 4:10PM

    You will be fine, i'm sure. did they tell you to stay off of it in the meantime?

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BOILHAM 2/4/2013 9:12AM

    Ouch. Barney and Bitsie are hoping you recover quickly.

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FITFOODIE806 2/2/2013 7:36AM

    I'm glad you're getting some answers and care. Hope healing is quick. Ad I hope your. Team wins :)

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SCAREWALDORF 2/2/2013 2:26AM

    At least you're getting treatment asap. Take care of yourself!

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KRISZTA11 2/2/2013 2:21AM

    I''s great you got the MRI and the appointment so quickly, and now you can start healing. PT makes wonders...


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NEWKATHYNOW 2/1/2013 9:06PM

    So sorry to hear about your knee but you sure got lucky getting that appointment so soon! Where is he, at Christiana? A lot of the people from our church go there because it's so close and such a good hospital. Hope you get good news and you get well really fast!

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KAREN_NY 2/1/2013 8:39PM

    It's nice that at least those are surgery-free options. Your PT might also be able to offer some exercises (maybe pool running? i dunno) that will make your move back to running easier later.

Hang in there!

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(Note that in the absence of a bandaid emoticon, I went with the pirate!)

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JAXMOMMY 2/1/2013 8:15PM

    Oh! Sorry! Follow MD's orders so you don't end up not being able to run at all! When I had to do PT they worked me hard and I counted it as ST! Glad you got in to see a good doc and so soon! Yay you! Guess I'll cheer on the Ravens too even though I am not a real fan of either team! Take it easy. check out your local Y for water exercise... My ortho doc was totally for it when I broke my leg so badly and he was impressed at how much muscle tone I maintained as a result. Wishing you well & Go Ravens!!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/1/2013 7:38PM

    emoticon to hear this. Sounds like you'll need a good dose of patience on this one. Be careful not to push yourself too quickly. You want to preserve those knees for future HM.
emoticon on getting the specialist appointment so quickly and the best. All the best in your recovery.

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TOPS-TORTOISE 2/1/2013 7:20PM

    Sounds like it's going to take some time for your knee to heal. Be patient and take good care of yourself. Hope you get better soon.


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How I Stay On Track When I Dine Out At A Restaurant...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A couple SparkBuddies remarked about my self discipline on not eating dressing and only eating 1/4 of a dry breadstick on my last blog.

This is how it works for me...

Plan A: If I know where we are eating ahead of time, I look up their menu ahead of time and then figure out the low calorie options (and also something I would like). If it is a big chain restaurant, it's extra easy because they have the calories listed too.
I pick the meal before I go out and add it to my SparkPeople app in my iPhone.

Plan B: If I don't know where we are going until we get there, I pull out my app and compare meal calories and then decide. If I am at a big chain restaurant, I use my iPhone to go online to their site and compare then enter it in my Sparktracker. Warning: this can prove to be quite annoying to other people at my table who don't want to know!!

Most important: I keep my tracker out on the table next to me. Anything else I decide to eat gets added before I eat or drink it. This holds me accountable, especially when out with friends socializing!! If I decide I want a dry breadstick, I check it's calories in the tracker first and look at my total eaten so far. That's why it is so easy for me to stop and eat 1/4 of one! The same goes for salad dressing. I find that salads served at restaurants don't need dressing. They are usually mixed with fresh, tasty vegetables or seafood. I don't want to lose that taste!

Hope this helps!!

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NEWKATHYNOW 2/4/2013 8:10PM

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JAXMOMMY 1/30/2013 7:06PM

    Awesome! But, if it tastes good I will eat it. I do manage to only dip my fork in dressings I really like and eat msot salads plain, but a few bites with forked dressing. I know I am not as disciplined as you! Congrats!

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SABLENESS 1/29/2013 9:04PM

    Good ideas! I ask myself do I really want that on my tracker?

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/29/2013 4:57PM

    Thanks for sharing how you do it. So happy for you have been able to learnn what you need to do to be successful when you go out. Well done.

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KIMPY225 1/29/2013 2:08PM

    I do this same thing! I try to figure out what I am getting before I go there. If I can't decide, I keep my phone out too! I get frustrated when I can't find something similar to what I am eating on the tracker!

keep up the great work!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 1/29/2013 11:49AM

    That's why I love my smart phone, and that's usually what keeps me on track as well.

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EDENZMOM 1/29/2013 11:20AM

    thanks for the info!! great to know...
I try to do the same, but I end up scoffing... and then just holding myself accountable to work off the extra calories... funny how my weight is stagnant.. haha

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KAREN_NY 1/29/2013 9:39AM

    I completely agree about salad dressing. I use so little of it now, because throwing other flavors in -- especially with at least one moist ingredient -- usually makes it unnecessary.

(Having said that, my stepdaughter gave me a fantastically light blush wine vinagrette that is fantastic, and a very little on some baby spinach is quick & awesome. :) )

Another great resource for restaurant menu nutrition info:
(It also provides weight watchers point values for people who track them.)


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SADWHITEWOLF 1/29/2013 8:52AM

    If only I could afford a smart phone, the proper tech makes these things easier.
However looking it up ahead of time where possible really does help.

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STODD251 1/29/2013 8:19AM

    This is one of the reasons I am strongly considering getting a smart phone.

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JENAE954 1/29/2013 7:25AM

  Eating out can be a challenge.
I usually go on line to check out the menu ahead of time.
Have been known to call the restaurant and ask if they have steamed veggies and dry grilled proteins and even salads.
That way I have made up my mind before going out to eat.
Another thing that helps me is I don't even open the menu.
No temptations there.

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MAGGIE101857 1/29/2013 6:59AM

    It's so great when you can find the calorie counts on-line - it does help you make better choices. Sometimes it's frightening how many calories are in a seemingly healthy meal emoticon

I did the same on a recent brunch to Egg Harbor Cafe and to my dismay, found that their menu options were so calorie heavy that I probably will never go there again. I had a small cup of soup and a salad...I can think of much better ways to enjoy lunch out with a friend! emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 1/29/2013 6:40AM

  I make sure I drink a fairly decent amount of water about 30 minutes before I eat, if at a restaurant etc. It really does cut down on the hunger feeling and tricks your mind into feeling fuller, so you eat less.

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I Can Breathe!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Finally!! I am feeling better!!

My allergies and sinus infection are clearing. I am getting my energy back too!

Saturday I took my son's girlfriend's five year old daughter for the day. They were both coming down with sinus issues and my hubby was working so...

We started at the pet store. Spent an hour looking at all sorts of pets - so fun! Then off to Walmart for art supplies and groceries. She played with play dough while I cleaned downstairs. We also played "Pop the Pig" - in Spanish and we took Roxy on a nice long walk.

Saturday night my husband and I went out with a group of friends to the Olive Garden. I ordered the new lighter fare lasagna with chicken(420 cals). It was excellent! I also ate the salad with no dressing and 1/4 of a breadstick with no oil or garlic. Yum!

Sunday morning I woke up and felt great. After breakfast, I got a lot of early spring cleaning done! That made me feel even better! My house is looking good! Then, we went out with another couple to a restaurant that recently reopened. It is on a canal and it was a beautiful day. I had a salad with fresh lobster, shrimp and blue crab (no dressing).

Today I felt even better!! I spent most of my time at work cleaning my office!!

On a side note, I did get an X-ray of my knee last week - had to first per my health insurance. Nothing showed up, I have been waiting for approval - since Friday - on the MRI. My knee still hurts if I run (so I am not). It also hurts and no sounds like sand paper or a bean bag rubbing when I walk upstairs.

I am glad it's not spring, summer or fall - I would be bummed! It's pretty yucky outside right now so it's not bugging me to bad. And, I can walk with no problem so that is what I am doing! I am doing great with my calorie count too!

I hope you are having a terrific week -- if you are in an icy area - be careful!!


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JAXMOMMY 1/30/2013 7:14PM

    Glad the sinus issues are clearing or have cleared by now!! Great dscipline on your eating. Spending time with a 5 year old can remind us how much fun every day life is! At least it should! Does Roxie like children? Jack does, but he gets tired of them quickly these days! He can jump on the bed to get away from annoying small dogs and tried it with my friend's 5 yo girl and she climbed up with him. He actually let out a big ol' sigh like "well, now that didn't work, drats"! Hope approval for a MRI comes soon. Amazing how a MRI over an Xray can find issues in knees and shoulders! Keep taking it easy until you know. You don't want to make it worse.

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KRISZTA11 1/29/2013 11:41AM

    I'm glad you are feeling better!

It is great the x-rays didn't show anything bad, I hope the MRI will be good too and the knee heals soon.

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KAREN_NY 1/29/2013 9:36AM

    Sounds like a great weekend - breathing is good. :)

Hoping you have good news about your knee soon!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/29/2013 2:26AM

    Glad to hear you're breathing better again.
Wow, you do exercise great discipline when out to eat. No dressings, 1/4 bread stick takes discipline. Well done.

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FITFOODIE806 1/28/2013 8:32PM

    Good news that you feel better!
I am so impressed that you can manage portion sizes so well and eat 1/4 bread stick. Inspiring!!

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EDENZMOM 1/28/2013 8:29PM

    Glad that you're so so up beat with the sore knee! glad to hear that the timing is good.
So wonderful of you with the son's gf's kiddo :) as a single mommy in the dating world, that gives me lots of smiles.
take care of yourself!

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I Finished Half Marathon #3 - The Disney World Half Marathon...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Let me start by saying it was a very busy 5 days in Florida!

My husband and I flew down to Tampa on Wednesday. My husband threw his back out - literally right before we left the house to fly down! We weren’t sure how he was going to do on the trip! We went straight to my grandmother’s house. She is 90 years old and we had not seen her since summer.

We took her out to lunch then took her to Walmart for groceries. She had just gotten back from visiting my Aunt for 3 weeks in Alabama. My husband worked on different things she needed done at her house (with a bad back) and I worked through her bills. She is at the age where she gets overwhelmed easily. She still lives by herself and drives! Anyway, we never had time for dinner. I was glad I had brought breakfast bars! Wednesday night I hardly slept. I didn’t want to knock into my husband, we were sleeping on a full size bed (he is 6’3) and I wasn’t comfortable. I felt exhausted.
Early the next morning, I went on a 3 mile run around her development. I was tired but it still felt good. We had breakfast together and then my husband and I left for Disney World.

We met my parents at the hotel in Disney World. They drove up from Punta Gorda, FL. My father's 71st birthday was the following week so Disney gave him a "It's my birthday" button. What a way to celebrate #71! Everywhere we went he was wished or sung happy birthday! And he got free desserts at every restaurant!

We went straight to the Wide World of Sports to pick up our race packets,shirts and shop at the Expo. It was jam packed with runners - literally elbow to elbow. I bought Disney Marathon wine glasses, a t-shirt, a 13.1 sticker for my car and a running shirt for my husband that says “I run for beer”. He loved it! I also bought another 13.1 bead for my pandora bracelet. Everytime I run a HM I add one on! That night we went to sleep early, we were exhausted and we had to get up at 4 AM to get to the Family 5K.

My mom, husband and I ran the Family 5K. We had a blast. 10,000 people ran the family 5k. A lot of runners were dressed up in various Disney costumes, wings, etc. It went around Epcot. Here is a picture of us before the start:

Here is the starting line:

Here we are running the 5k:

We stopped to get our picture taken in front of the Epcot ball. My husband was sweating profusely, and decided to rub his underarm on my head! Ewwww!

Of course, he thought it was hysterical!

Here we are after I finished gagging:

We had a lot of fun during this race. Thankfully, my husband’s back didn’t hurt at all. Here we are at the finish line:

And here we are with our “medals” (really rubber)

Some of you may remember me blogging that my husband said he keeps running hoping he will get the "running bug"... I figured that if a Disney 5k didn't do it, nothing would. Well, guess what?? He said he enjoyed it! Yayyy!
Maybe I will have someone to run with now!!

My mother has run 9 marathons and countless 5ks. She stopped about 5 years ago because a Doctor said she was going to hurt her knees. Another Doctor recently told her she could keep running, so she has been practicing again. She said I have now inspired her to start training again for races. Maybe we will end up running a half marathon together!

After the race we decided to go to Epcot for the rest of the day. My father doesn’t like crowds so he stayed in the hotel. Here is a pic of me and my mom:

We ended up walking around Epcot twice. We went on lots of rides and went shopping. We loved the hang gliding ride and the Spaceship ride in the Epcot ball the best. We had a great meal in Mexico and my husband surprised me with etched Epcot wineglasses and celebration tile. We ended up not getting out until late and went to dinner with my dad at 9 PM. I was really tired since I hadn’t slept at my grandmom’s and then had gotten up at 4 AM for the 5k. I debated just going to sleep with no dinner but decided that wouldn't be good nutritionally for the next day. I went back to the hotel and to sleep right after dinner...

Saturday morning I got up at 3 AM. I hardly slept – I was worried I would oversleep and miss the Half Marathon. I sat on the bus next to an ultrarunner and running coach. He called one of the runners he was coaching for the Half Marathon and woke them up! I was amazed! I asked the ultrarunner how he managed time to train (he works full time). He told me that he doesn’t get a lot of sleep. Depending on how many miles he has to run each day, he gets up earlier. He gets into work at 7 AM!

So, the bus dropped us off at the entrance and we walked about a ¼ mile to drop bags off, etc. We then walked about another ½ mile to our designated corrals. I was in “B”. Before the race started, Joey Fatone spoke. It was his first ½ marathon. Jeff Galloway gave us a "pep" talk and spoke about staying hydrated. Florida was having a record breaking heat wave and the humidity was at 90%!

Here I am before the race:

Yes! It was dark!

Now, there were 20,000 runners in the Half Marathon. The corrals were set A through F, with wheel chair and ultrarunners going first. There were A LOT of runners!

The wheel chair group went first. Every time a new group got ready to start, fireworks would shoot out. Our group "B" left at 5:36 AM. I started my running music. My list starts with Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga. The next song is “Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris. I LOVE the lyrics to that song! I think it was written for Sparkers! It was 72 degrees out, but at 90% humidity - oh, did I already say that? - I have to say I have never sweated more during a race.

My brother and mom warned me about the on/off ramps during this race. When I came up to the first one, I ran at the top on the grass – it was flat. The second one didn’t have a flat spot. My left leg and knee started bothering me. All through mile three my leg and knee were killing me. I had to slow down. Disney had gallons of biofreeze at each water stop (about every two miles). I coated my leg with it and kept going. At mile 4 it stopped hurting. I resumed my normal HM speed. We ran under the Walt Disney World sign. It was all lit up. This is the sign when I drove through the day before:

About this time, we saw wheel chair participants headed back. They were ssooo fast!

Disney had the Pirates of Caribbean Ship set up in the median. It was huge and all lit up. There was a big line of runners waiting to get their picture taken with the Pirates. Disney had various bands and DJ’s playing and at one point a whole bunch of BIG kites flying – glowing in the dark. They had lines of runners through out the race waiting to get their picture taken with various Disney Characters. Goofy, Chip and Dale seemed to be favorites. They were also taking pictures at one point next to a race track with a race car and driver. I don't know who it was, but, when men saw it they stopped! I didn't stop for pictures - I was scared I wouldn't be able to get going again!

I did have an "embarassing moment". I had to stop at a portapotty around mile 5. It was still dark. I ran in, started doing my business and some guy opened the door! I was so out of it I forgot to lock it! I screamed and he stood there shocked - felt like eternity, then shut the door! I locked it quick. All I can say is when I am running like that I evidently don't think to clearly!!

When we entered the Magic Kingdom there were a lot of people cheering us on. It was an awesome feeling. I had told my parents and husband to sleep in, so I imagined they were out there. We bottlenecked (not real wide inside the Magic Kingdom) and boy, did it slow down. Here is a couple pictures:

Running though the castle was cool. There were knights playing trumpets overhead, and tons of spectators. The castle was glowing in all pastel colors - it was still dark!

We then came back out on a wide road. When we got to the next ramp my leg really started to hurt again, and I knew the slanted road was to blame. So, I walked up the ramp and then ran again when the road was even. I did this again at the next ramp.

As I got close to the finish line, people kept yelling out “you are almost there”. I must have heard that twenty times!

I finally saw the finish line and gave it all I had left. I heard my husband and dad yell my name – it gave me the extra push I needed to finish.

At the end, I finished it in 2 hours, 20 minutes which is the slowest Half Marathon I have run to date. Between my leg/knee hurting, being exhausted, not eating properly beforehand, as well as not training as much as I did for the last 2, I knew why. I also felt that Disney should have spread the runners out into more corrals. There were way too many runners trying to get through the Magic Kingdom with limited space.

I know that these races are a lot more fun when run with a friend or relative. I had a lot more fun running the Family 5k the day before with my mother and husband, AND I enjoyed the Disneyland ½ more with my brother.

Don't get me wrong - I would do it again in a heart beat. To think that this time last year I had never run one is amazing to me! I never would have imagined that I would end up running 3 Half Marathons in 4 months!

I did it!!

And, this goal did help me with weight maintenance, especially through the holidays!

So, what is next? I am getting an MRI to check my knee this week! I have signed up for the Delaware Half Marathon in May. I am totally motivated to beat my Half Marathon PR of 2 hours, 6 minutes at that race! I know several people running so I think I will enjoy it. I am also looking at running in the Philadelphia Rock-N-Roll Half Marathon in September with KarenNY (one of my sparkbuddies). is what we bought in Disney for Roxy...


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NEWKATHYNOW 1/26/2013 9:51PM

    What a great blog! I felt like I was right there with you! Ti's wonderful that your whole family was there and joined in. The photos were really great too. I think Roxy has a bit of an attitude in the hat, don't you? So cute! emoticon

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SUNNYLIFE72 1/25/2013 8:20PM

  Thanks for posting. I loved reading all about your family and the race. I've written about my Dad - a fitness role model for me. You have such a supportive family - all athletes! I love it! It's inspiring to read about you and your Mom! Congratulations on reaching another goal!

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SPEEDYDOG 1/24/2013 7:29AM

    You are an inspiration! You are so blessed to have such a great family, which of course, includes Roxy. The photos are marvelous!

Your progress is astounding! You have a very good PR. You are fast! You have me thinking I should start racing again.

I hope your knee checks out OK.

Thanks, Bruce

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MARATHONDAD 1/22/2013 8:42PM

    great blog I hope I can run the Disney one year sounds like a great race

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KICKINGKILOS 1/22/2013 10:08AM

    Hey Yay! for you.
I cracked up at the pic where your hubby decides to make you smell his sweat ;)

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MAGGIE805 1/21/2013 7:32PM

    Love this! After running a Disney race myself I know the feeling. Congratulations!

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    I love this blog!

Great job on your HM! I'd be impressed with your time even if you weren't exhausted and in pain. I'm especially impressed knowing that you were! I'm glad that you enjoyed it despite the problems. You sure look happy and so stinkin' cute!

It's also exciting that your mom is getting back into running and that your husband might have finally gotten the bug! Yay!

I hope the MRI gives you some good insight on what to do about your knee.

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RUN-GIRL71 1/21/2013 11:54AM

    I loved reading this blog and all about your experience. Great pics, too.

I cannot believe how fast you ran it given the heat, the start time and the other factors mentioned by previous sparkers.

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EDENZMOM 1/21/2013 11:52AM

    AMAZING! such a great motivation, and super proud of you!!
HYou are really lucky to have a wonderful motivation with parents like yours, I have parents like that as well, always swimming/hiking/snowshoeing/martial arts... it's definitely in the genes :)
I hope your knee feels better by now, and hope you got to enjoy some of the beautiful weather (surrently -30C here... bahhh!!)

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JAXMOMMY 1/21/2013 11:45AM

    Yahoo! You know, I cried reading this! How beautiful that you could run with your husband and mom. How exciting your husband and dad were there cheering you on and your dad doesn't like crowds! So, it was your slowwest time, but you did it, sore knee and all! I love that you get pandora charms for your races. I've been anticipating this blog and it was worth the wait! I run vicariously thru you since I am blind and have no runner friends who will even jog with me! I love what you purchased! Same stuff I would get too. HeeHee! and, you didn't forget Sweet Roxie! Thanks for sharing. This was a great read! I felt as if I was with you! BTW, your dad is 71, how old is your mom? I admire her!

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INFLATED 1/21/2013 11:34AM

    Your blog about your family and all of them being supportive of you is wonderful. That your Mom and your husband ran with you, is a double delight! You have an amazing family!

Your husband putting your head in his armpit is something my husband would do, lol. I cracked up laughing about the port-a-potty incident. If I had seen the guy in the race, I know I would have run by and said, "Nice seeing you again!"

Roxy looks like she is posing with "attitude" LOL!

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PMRUNNER 1/21/2013 8:28AM

    Thanks for sharing! The blog was worth waiting for. Glad you had a good race and a fun trip. It sounds like you really packed a lot into a few days. Take care of your knee and stay healthy!

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SWEDE_SU 1/21/2013 6:02AM

    great blog, thanks for sharing!

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STRIVER57 1/21/2013 2:35AM

    i love this blog. and that your mom is a runner too. and that your slowest time is my dream time! (and what boilham said about the time).

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BEWELL48 1/21/2013 1:29AM

    Great job! Great blog! Thanks for the update! You certainly can be proud of yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SABLENESS 1/20/2013 7:08PM

    Awesome blog, great pics, wonderful family connections, very cute dog! You are the emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/20/2013 5:48PM

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/20/2013 5:30PM

    emoticon on your third half marathon. The family 5 km sounds like it was a memorable event for the family. I can well imagine that it would be totally emoticon to run a half marathon with your mom. Thanks for the descriptive blog. I felt like I was there with you minus the hard work. You are one determined and committed gal looking at your accomplishments of the last year and your plans for the coming months. Here's to you.

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KAREN_NY 1/20/2013 3:52PM

    Well I've gotta say this blog was well worth the wait -- great stuff!!! Good luck with your knee/leg this week - I hope you get good news. I'm in AWE of how well you did under all these circumstances - the shortened sleep alone makes me wonder if I can really do one of these big early morning events, lol. You're my hero!

You look like you're having a BLAST! Woohooo!!

Mile 11: Slay Dragon! ;)

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FITFOODIE806 1/20/2013 3:23PM

    Such an awesome blog. Soapy fun pictures, especially that last one ;)

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/20/2013 3:14PM

    Great report and great attitude pushing through adversity. I hope the MRI gives you good news.

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KRISZTA11 1/20/2013 2:43PM

    emoticon to your 3rd Half Marathon and thank you for the great race report!

I'm glad the knee injury didn't get so bad as to stop you from finishing the race. I hope the MRI will not show anything serious and it will heal quickly and completely.

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BOILHAM 1/20/2013 2:28PM

    Love the blog. Don't forget, you walked all around Epcot the day before, and had a 5K race, you weren't really rested too much for doing a fast HM. You did great! Love the picture of Roxy, we have the same hat for Barney, our male boston, but he doesn't like it too much LOL.

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