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POWER-Schnecken Marathon Training - Wk 3/18

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Just wrapped up Week 3 out of 18!!

Here was what I planned, and what I actually did:

Sunday: Rest (yep, did that!)

Monday: 7-mile progressive run (am), ST (pm) (Yep, did exactly that too.)

Tuesday: Biking 30-60 min
Actual: Biked 42 min

Wednesday: 4-mile easy + 5x 20 sec strides (am), ST and biking to/from gym
Actual: 4.5-mile run with the strides, biked 35 min roundtrip, and did ST

Thursday: 6.25-mile run with intervals (Did exactly that)

Friday: Biking 30-45 min
Actual: skipped this, felt quite fatigued during my run on Thursday, so I took Friday off. Plus the weather was nasty out - VERY windy and rainy.

Saturday: 14-mile long run
Actual: did just that, 14 miles in 2:44:36, had to push the pace a little to be back in time before hubby left for work.

All in all, I'm pleased with my progress. But it's still very early on in my training... I have a long way to go.

Week 4's Plan:
Mon: 6-mile with fast finish, ST
Tues: Biking
Wed: 5-mile E + 6x 20-sec strides, ST & biking to/from gym
Thurs: 7.75 mile with intervals
Friday: light biking
Saturday: 16.5 miles???

I wanna try a new loop that would be 16.5 miles, but I'll see how this week goes. Might keep it at 14 miles, but I'm itching to try a new route!!

I would just like to send out some SPARK LOVE emoticon to all my fellow Sparky Marathoners who have finished their marathons in the last couple of weeks!!! You marathon warriors (especially the warrior princesses) are SO emoticon, and such a HUGE inspiration to me!! I love reading the stories and blogs about everyone's experiences. It really keeps me going. Even though I train alone, I don't feel like I'm alone. emoticon

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LAUROCHKA 11/13/2010 11:39AM

    What great progress. You pretty much aced your planned training. Awesome!
Good luck for next week too.

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MBSHAZZER 11/13/2010 9:36AM

    Great week!! You're on your way. I like how you're listening to your body and adjusting the plan accordingly. Recipe for success!

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Feeling down...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

About yesterday.... If you haven't read my blog from yesterday, PLEASE DO!

So, I posted this blog yesterday to ask for help. My son has a very rare chromosome abnormality. There is an organization called IDEAS ( ) which has been a HUGE wealth of information, help and family support to me and my husband throughout our journey with our sweet little Aiden. IDEAS is in the running for Pepsi Refresh Project to receive $50,000 of funding for their annual gathering for research and families, but the organization has to be in the top 10 by the end of the month. "We" are only in 33rd.

I thought of all the places I could get some help and support, SparkPeople would be it. So, I wrote my blog yesterday, and posted several messages on the message boards on my teams. The idea that it would be a violation NEVER EVEN CROSSED MY MIND.

So, when I got an email from SP_Coach_Nancy saying my post was deleted, and that it was considered a solitication, which is prohibited by SP, my heart sank. When I checked back about a half hour later, ALL MY MESSAGE BOARD MESSAGES had been deleted. Wow. How heartless, I must say.

For one thing, I am not the type of person to solicit other people. I worked as a telemarketer for a short period of time in my college days. I used to have near panic attacks before going to work in the evenings, because I seriously HATED being a telemarketer, and trying to sell people crap. I don't even make a good sales person, because I hate approaching people, trying to sell them ANYTHING. I HATED even trying to sell candybars as fund raisers as a kid. Seriously, being tagged as a "solicitor" hurt.

Secondly, I wasn't asking anyone to donate any money. I wasn't asking anyone to support a certain political candidate. I wasn't even asking anyone to vote for my kid to be the next Gap Kid's model. I wasn't asking anyone to vote for my blog to be voted "Most Popular."

I was asking simply that people read about my son, Aiden, and click the button on this website ( ), so that there might be, JUST MAYBE, a chance that IDEAS can get the funding they need to do further needed research. And that, JUST MAYBE, through this research, I might learn how I can better help my son, and give him a better chance at life.

I mean, Aiden won't even be like other people. He probably won't hold a job, or get married, or have a family. But maybe there is something more that we can do for him! Who knows!

I was very down about all of this yesterday. Very down. It made me very sad for both IDEAS and for my son. But I guess, if they allow what I posted, then they will have to allow only-God-knows whatever else on the message boards, right?

And I was standing there contemplating all of this, Aiden came to me, and lifted his arms up to me, indicating to me he wanted to be picked up. So, I did. Then he pushed his lips (more like his bottom jaw, but that is how he kisses) to mine over and over, and giggled. I couldn't help it - as I kissed him and hugged him a little tighter, the tears began to flow. Of course, to Aiden, this is funny (because of my uneven breathing) so he laughed even more.

I love him so much, words cannot even describe. I hope that, in spite of my message board posts being deleted, my voice for Aiden will still be heard.

If you haven't done so today already, PLEASE GO TO THIS WEBSITE AGAIN and press the button!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SEEHOLZ 11/12/2010 4:10PM

    I was finally able to vote and the part where you talk about how much you love Aiden made me tear up. So yeah, your love is felt all the way across the ocean emoticon

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LAURIE5658 11/12/2010 3:29PM

    I voted again and will do so daily through the 30th!!


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JILLIANPRNCSS 11/11/2010 8:19PM

    I voted but I could see how free sites like Sparks would get all sorts of other people wanting to use it as free advertising. No worries, you didn't know and now move on to another way to get the word out.

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PHOENIXFIRE50 11/11/2010 3:03PM

    Not only did I vote, but I posted it to my FB page too!

Comment edited on: 11/11/2010 3:09:21 PM

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 11/11/2010 11:20AM

    I am sorry that it was considered a violation. I have seen others post these things before on the main message board. Maybe their post was deleted, I dont know. i did vote yesterday. Like AOGOAE said, go to twitter and facebook! Get the message out there!! Are we supposed to vote one time or daily?

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AOGOAE 11/11/2010 10:39AM

    Get on twitter and facebook too! Posting things to your own profile isn't solicitation, so that's how we'll have to fight. Good luck!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hi, My name is Aiden. I need your help. You may know my mommy. She loves SparkPeople. Her screen name is Runningmami, but most people in real life call her Darcy.

I am 4 years old, and have a very very rare chromosome abnormality called "Idic15" or "dup15q", which means, I have an extra chromosome in every cell of my body. (For more info, please check out this website: ttp:// )

I do not speak yet, so sometimes it is very difficult for my mommy and daddy to know what I want or need. When I want something to drink, I bring my sippy cup to my mommy or daddy, and put it in their hand, or I go to the fridge and open the door, and get out the apple juice myself. I had very little muscle strength as a baby, and had to start physical therapy as a tiny baby. I did not like that very much. I could not sit until after I turned 1, and I didn't learn to walk until I was almost 2 years old.

But now, I love running around with the wind blowing in my face! My mommy always has to keep a close eye on me, because I am not really aware of any danger, and I don't stay with her very well.

And usually, when we are in public without my stroller, my mommy has to hold my hand very tightly, or I will run away like the wind! I think the REAL reason my mommy runs and works out so much, is so that she is strong and energetic enough to keep up with me!

My favorite thing in the WORLD is to play in WATER!!

(This is me and my sister, Reilynn, playing in the fountain at the zoo in Hanover, Germany)

I also really love to ride ponys!!

But because my abnormality is so rare, there is still SO much that doctors and experts do not know! There is so much research to be done! Who knows what kind of potential I might have if more research in this area were able to be done?

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO, you might ask? PLEASE, PLEASE go to this website, and VOTE for the organization called IDEAS in the Pepsi Refresh Project!!!!


Or go directly to this website to vote:

IDEAS is in place 35, but has to be in the top 10 to be able to receive funding for research and the annual IDEAS family meeting! You can all vote once a day all throughout November! Please help my cause! It won't cost you anything, except for a few seconds of your time, a few clicks with your computer mouse!! PLEASE PLEASE HELP with this VERY IMPORTANT CAUSE!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

-POLEDANCEGIRL- 11/12/2010 12:43PM

    WOO HOO!! The blog is back!!!

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PHOENIXFIRE50 11/12/2010 12:27PM

    Is this what was removed? If it was, it's back!!!

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BECKA525 11/10/2010 3:16PM

    I voted good luck. Your son is a doll.

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BLONDWUNN 11/10/2010 2:13PM

    I voted too!

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SEEHOLZ 11/10/2010 2:07PM

    Sorry, the page didn't open.. need to check it out when I get home.

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MOMALDERMAN1 11/10/2010 1:48PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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FRANCLYN 11/10/2010 12:27PM

    Done. He's a cutie!

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/10/2010 11:35AM

    Done! And what a beautiful family! Your son is ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!

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MTSPARKETTE 11/10/2010 11:14AM

    I will support your efforts for your child and family. I will vote!!

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LAUROCHKA 11/10/2010 11:04AM

    Great blog - lovely photos.
I voted - good luck!

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LAURIE5658 11/10/2010 10:54AM

    Whomever thought this was solicitation does not have a heart! Get real people!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 11/10/2010 10:30AM

    I voted!! Thanks for sharing!!

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LAURIE5658 11/10/2010 9:24AM

    Done and so very happy to help out!

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DONNYBELLE 11/10/2010 9:21AM

    voted =)

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ANNE7X7 11/10/2010 9:01AM

    Done deal!

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NICOLE12-01 11/10/2010 8:54AM

    Will do!!!

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DEVORA4 11/10/2010 8:43AM

  I am here and I will too.

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MYBULLDOGS 11/10/2010 6:33AM

    great story no problem. be glad to help. emoticon

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Last night, I went to my normal BodyPump session. I said hi to Andre, our trainer, and casually asked him the usual "How are you?" in English...

I am the only native English speaker in the class, probably at the entire gym. I live in a rural part of Germany, so it's pretty much just native Germans here, and a few Russians who live in the area too. Anyway, it's kinda funny - Andre couldn't speak English really when I first started doing BodyPump there almost 2 years ago. He would use little English phrases that the trainers learn that go with the workout, but I asked him something really simple in English one time, and he got stuck! Then he went and stayed in New Zealand for a year, where Les Mills classes come from. He came back just a few months ago and resumed doing our classes. And now, I get to chat with him in English a little to help keep his English up... =)

Well, last night, he said he had had a very stressful day, and he was really stressed out! So, I told him, he needed to pump it up extra hard last night. So then, he says to me, "Go hard or go home, yeah?" And I said, "RIGHT!"

Well, I think that came back to bite me in the butt! He told the whole class last night that our motto was "Go hard or go home!" (Not that most of them would even understand! But anyway...) So, we are all getting ready for the squats song, and I put my normal weight on the bar, plus a couple of kilos. I mean, I ALREADY lift more than almost all the women in the class, and sometimes as much as the guys for certain muscle groups. I like to PUMP IT UP! So, Andre checks out what I had on my bar, and comes over, takes off the little ones, and puts on more weight! More weight than I had EVER had on my bar for squats!!

Now if you are familiar with BodyPump, it is not just that you do 3 sets of 8-10 reps... No, no, you do a WHOLE SONG with different rep types (faster, slower, slower down/faster up, faster down/ slower up, in the basement reps.... OUCH!!!). Half way through the song, my legs were literally SHAKING!! And even after the gym, I had to go to the store, and I felt like I couldn't even walk right, because my legs were so fatigued! I bent down to look at something on the bottom shelf, and felt so weak even standing back up!!

But its a good kind of pain. I am sore today, and will probably still be tomorrow, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how strength training makes me feel! LOVE IT!

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SEEHOLZ 11/10/2010 2:04PM

    I do bobypump the the "local" gym in Germany every year and they look at me funny... Once I overheard some lady.... "Echt, die spinnt ja... die macht so viel drauf" in the local slang, hahahaha.
I used to do something similar here, but now I'm lucky if I go twice... per month. I still love it though.. and yeah, feeling strong rocks!!!

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BIGDRUNNER 11/10/2010 8:21AM

    God Bless you and your family be glad to help emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/9/2010 1:28PM

    I only took one Body Pump class - I could hardly walk for days after. Something to revisit, I guess...... emoticon

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JENN26POINT2 11/9/2010 12:56PM

    I LOVE BODY PUMP!! Unfortunately, that class isn't offered in the gyms I have memberships to (yes, I said gyms... I only really go to one)... I LOVE reaching muscle failure and that weak shaky feeling from lifting so much weight! LOVE IT!

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/9/2010 9:47AM

    Love bodypump! I haven't done it consistently in about 6 months, but maybe its time to go back!

And yeah, having the heavy weights on the bar - ROCKS!!!!


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I'm SOOOOOOO Hungry!!

Monday, November 08, 2010

HAHAHA! Yep, that marathon training must be kicking in, because I feel like a RAVENOUS PIG today!! What is the deal?

Seriously, I did so awesome all last week, and on the weekend, including on Saturday after my long run.... Kept those calories in check, made good eating choices for the most part (apart from eating a little piece of Baumkuchen last night, but still within calories!!).

But today.... oh, today. I did run 7 miles this morning. And I have made good choices, but I have just eaten A LOT! I mean, I haven't even eaten dinner, and I am only 150 calories or so from my max..... And I feel like my appetite is like a race horse waiting in the stall before the race, just waiting to be let loose, and that if I open that gate just a TAD, I will DEVOUR EVERYTHING IN MY KITCHEN!!!

Oh, well! At least I have BodyPump tonight, so I will eat VERY light, go to that, and probably be fine thanks to all the feel-good hormones after working out!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SEEHOLZ 11/8/2010 2:23PM

    Hmmm, running does that to me, too. So yeah, do your best today- and do eat something nutritious when hungry... easier said than done, but I know you can do it.
Ich moechte jetzt auch ein Stueck Baumkuchen... zum Glueck gibst den hier nicht.

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/8/2010 11:53AM

    Sounds like a great plan!

Good luck!!!!

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