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My eating...

Monday, February 14, 2011

.... has been OFF THE CHARTS!!! And NOT in a good way! Sometimes, I eat too much, but I try to keep it healthy choices... But that's not the case in the last few days. We're talkin' TOO MUCH & NOT healthy!!!

I know I'm training for a marathon and all, but that is no excuse for this eating behavior. It's just down right ridiculous and uncalled-for. Ive eaten so much cakes, dessert, torte, chocolate etc., and consumed far too many alcoholic drinks in the past few days.

Why?!?!? I really don't know. This is not like me. Maybe it's my nervous excitement about my marathon... That's in 12 DAYS!! Again, no excuse.

But this has GOT to STOP!!! There's no more important time than now to make sure my body is getting the right nutrients... So tomorrow, guess what?!? That's right, it's back on track, full swing, full speed ahead, with all the strength and determination I can muster! There'll be plenty of time and reason to indulge and celebrate in 2 weeks. But for now, I must FOCUS!!! Even through taper!!

Any encouragement is greatly appreciated!! You Sparkers are the BEST!! Thanks for all your support and encouragement, everyone!!

TWELVE DAYS!!!!!!!!!!

  
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LILYNORTHUP 2/15/2011 7:15PM

    you can do it!

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MFRUNNER 2/15/2011 12:14PM

    Remember, weight loss=free speed in the marathon!!! Stay on track. You can do it!

Everyone goes a little crazy during taper, though--new wierd pains, anxiety, 2nd guessing everything--it's normal. Keep tracking and try to relax! Trust your training!
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AMOHAME2 2/15/2011 11:24AM

    I'm in the same (or similar) boat, eating way too much lately! And using marathon training as an excuse! The fact that you know you're eating too much, that you're willing to do something about it, says a lot! You know you are committed to keeping yourself healthy up to and after your marathon!! For the next 11 days, focus on what your body will need nutrition wise to fuel an amazing race! After the marathon, you're going to feel so amazing and I bet it will be easy for you to recommit to yourself and your eating habits, and do everything you can to keep yourself feeling fit and healthy! You can beat this bad-eating streak!!!

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REMEMBER2BME 2/15/2011 8:22AM

    Well you have recognized what you are doing sooooo good 4 u. Now the plan, gotta have a plan, right? Set some expectations on yourself and stick with you. You can do this. Give yourself some room but eat healthy.

You can do this. No worries there. Also celebrate your good decisions.

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CAROLCRC 2/14/2011 4:31PM

    Tapering means you've cut back on the running and calorie burn - but your brain/stomach don't have that message processed yet and are inciting you to eat, eat, eat! And excitement makes me crave sweets, so that's possibly a factor too.

Looking forward to hearing about your marathon experience.

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GPENSRAE 2/14/2011 4:14PM

    I do the same thing....today has been awful! But you recognize that what you're doing is unhealthy and that you can stop...so that's what you'll do! Good and congrats on the marathon, you'll do great I am sure!!!!

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REFOCUS92711 2/14/2011 4:05PM

    Girl, you are about to run a MARATHON! Get that in check :)

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APIRLRAIN888 2/14/2011 3:53PM

    you am me BOTH

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FIT-WHIT 2/14/2011 3:51PM

    Great thing to RECOGNIZE, ADMIT, and STOP in it's tracks!! You've totally got this under control! Good for you for recommitting yourself to refocus!! You've got a LOT ahead of you to be prepared for!!!

Congrats on the marathon, SO SOON!! That's amazing! Keep on keepin' on-- you'll do fabulously!! Happy Valentines!

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The Cafe

Sunday, February 13, 2011

So, I had my first day at work!!! The owner lady seemed really excited to welcome me on board with their little cafe crew. It is just the 2 owners, two waitresses, and one young girl who is a student and won't be working there after the summer, from what I understood??? (Little language barrier there, even though my German is quite good. Sometimes I don't quite catch everything.)

The cafe is located in our tiny little German village, and is only opened on Saturdays and Sundays, from 2-6pm. They serve just coffee, tea, and cakes and tortes that the owners make themselves. The actual building is a remodeled old potato barn, and is super cute! I'll try and get photos sometime to post. Love it!! It's so quaint and idyllic!!!

Today, I worked with one of the owners and the 2 main waitresses. They showed me all the ropes, and I wasted no time jumping in there and helping out. Their *season* really picks up in spring and summer, so right now everything is quite quiet, and today was pretty slow, so it worked out perfectly for me to learn, and not get overwhelmed.

Anyway, looks like it's just gonna be 2 Sundays or so out of the month, which I think is great. I don't want to take on too much at a time, so this is perfect! Very happy about this opportunity!

Happy Sunday, Sparkers!

  
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SEEHOLZ 2/14/2011 9:48AM

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LAUROCHKA 2/14/2011 8:55AM

    Sounds lovely! Glad you're enjoying it.
Lxx

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REMEMBER2BME 2/14/2011 8:02AM

    I am just so happy for you. I know you have been waiting for this day to actually occur. It sounds like it went beautifully. To new beginnings, right. This could be step one in your process of having your own place. No hurry, right?!? Enjoy the new journey.

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MUMMAMICHELLE 2/14/2011 6:19AM

    Sounds great!

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NYC_NATIVE 2/13/2011 7:16PM

    I'd love to see pics of the cafe - it just sounds too cute!

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APIRLRAIN888 2/13/2011 6:21PM

    awesome glad you like your new job

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LEXIEJ 2/13/2011 6:06PM

    Nice! sounds like a cute place!!

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TWINSMOMMY607 2/13/2011 5:18PM

    It sounds great!! I can't wait to see pictures!!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 2/13/2011 4:12PM

    Sounds like a great time!

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HALFCRZY 2/13/2011 2:32PM

    That's AWESOME! Enjoy!!! And still plenty of time for running and the family. Seems ideal.

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I think it's accurate to say...

Friday, February 11, 2011

I am SOOOOO EXCITED about my upcoming marathon!! My first, as most of you already know!! I know, I know, I still have 15 days, but I am just a passionate person. Can't help it. I am excited.

The other day, I turned to DH and said, "So, about my marathon...."

And I immediately busted out laughing at myself! How many sentances have I started lately with those SAME EXACT words!?!?! Too many to count.

I have been on several runs, thinking about my marathon (OF COURSE), and envisioning myself crossing that finish line........... It gets me choked up EVERY TIME! I think I am gonna cry. I hope not, because I hate crying in public, but I think I might just have to!

I am just so looking forward to this experience! I am excited about running the marathon. I KNOW I can do it. I KNOW I can finish it. How fast I finish, or whether I am crawling over the finish line has yet to be seen, but I know I have trained well.

I have been trying to think ahead, and have everything ready. So, I bought some new waterbottles and a new fuel belt.... I HATE fuel belts. Actually, I try to avoid taking one at all if I can. But I think it might be because the one I have is terribly uncomfortable! I bought a FuelBelt (namebrand) Helium 2. Looks like this:

Then I also got a FuelBelt Sahara Palm Holder, because I have been taking my water bottle just in my hand lately, and wanted to see which way I like better for the race - belt or palm.


Then I got some ice-cube baggies that you fill up with water (the water goes into these pockets in the baggie and makes icecubes) so I can make a whole bunch of icecubes for ice baths after my marathon. I don't have anywhere I can go to get an icey bath, so I have to make it myself!

So, any one have any other tips of things I can do to prepare?

Happy Sparking, everyone!! Happy Friday, too, and a wonderful weekend to you all!

  
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KILTGUY 2/13/2011 1:34PM

    You're gonna knock it out! Good luck!

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MOMONTHERUN1 2/12/2011 2:23PM

    YOU GO GIRL!

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ELISAMLW 2/11/2011 5:52PM

    15 days! That's no time at all!! In a couple months I'll be saying "only 15 days". It's a good thing my husband likes running too because sometimes it's all I can talk about! emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 2/11/2011 1:07PM

    emoticon We are excited for you too. Let us know what you think of your new fuel belt.

Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy! There is nothing wrong with that! It is a once in a lifetime experience (your first full marathon).

I should add, I love my spibelt and I brought loads of sports beans.


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SEEHOLZ 2/11/2011 12:58PM

    I'd go with the bottle! I hate the belt when it gets uneven... 1 bottle attached to the middle of your back might be a good option!

You will rock this race!!!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 2/11/2011 12:47PM

    I am SOO excited for you!!!! We want a FULL report!! Of COURSE you have to cry! All the hard work you have put in..... I am going to BAWL!!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 2/11/2011 12:25PM

    hahaha love your enthuasism!!! and the belt looks cool

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AMOHAME2 2/11/2011 12:22PM

    I love my Fuel Belt! At first I was getting stomach issues when I wore it, but I loosened it once I realized the bouncing water bottles weren't going to bother me. I tried the hand-held one too, but wasn't a fan.
I can't wait to hear about your marathon, 15 days is not long now!!!

PS your blog is the first I'm noticing an ad on the page... is that a new thing?? Ads are taking over our Spark pages now?

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ASIAMORA 2/11/2011 12:01PM

    I can't stand to have my race number pinned to myself. I prefer to have it attached to my fuel belt. I have two pieces of elastic string and a couple of toggles that keep it on the belt. Just something to think about.

Here check out this link.

http://store.spibelt.com/pr
oduct-p/race%20number%20toggles
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MBSHAZZER 2/11/2011 11:55AM

    I like the handheld better. Even though nothing chafed me in training, my shirt (the same one I wore during ALL of my long runs) chafed me under the arm during the marathon, so if you find the belt uncomfortable now, it will be worse during the race.

You are going to do GREAT!!!

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RUNNINGITOFF 2/11/2011 11:31AM

  I love fuel belts actually! I have a Nathan Speed 4R and it holds 4 8 oz bottles. I also know I prefer electrolye drinks to water in them, they last longer if I do. I really like not having to hold a bottle or anything in my hands actually but I did train with them extensively so I'm used to the belt. Do you take fuel too? Like gu or something? I know I'd need a little something. I know you can do it! You definitely got the mental down, I believe that's half the battle. Thats why I love running, it's spiritual, physical, and emotional. I just love it!

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MESEATURTLE 2/11/2011 10:53AM

    ROCK STAR!!!

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MARATHON_MOM 2/11/2011 10:48AM

    I have a fuel belt just like that, just different color!! Mine is purple (Team in Training). I haven't used it yet though. I bought it just before my marathon in November, and it just didn't fit right, (a little tight) so I opted to not use it. Now, I've gained weight back so I doubt I will be using it in March either! LOL

You are totally going to rock your marathon! I am the same way (nervous energy) before my marathons too! The first one, I was posting "about my marathon" blogs for weeks leading up to it! LOL

It sounds like you have everything prepped and planned! Can't wait to hear allll about it!

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CAROLYN1213 2/11/2011 10:45AM

    Wear the belt! I have the same one and I wore my in my marathon. You will get tired of having something in your hand, even if it has a strap. In mile 25, I took off my fuel belt and handed it off to a friend so I could finish strong. It was nice having my own water on board and the pockets to put a few little things I needed along the way. I suck on a cough drop while I run, it keeps my mouth from feeling dried out.

I am excited for you!!!! Don't worry, I am a passionate person as well and I talked endlessly about my marathon, my training, what I was going to wear, etc. Share your enthusiasm!!! IN just 15 days you will have done something that only 1% of the population will ever do . . . you will be able to say "I finished a marathon"

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RUNTRILAUGH 2/11/2011 10:44AM

    You are going to ROCK this marathon!!!!

I have the same fuel belt, and love it. I also go a amphipod to attach to the belt to hold even more stuff. Its similar to this one...

http://www.amazon.com
/Amphipod-Micropack-Satellite/d
p/B003JUW5AQ/ref=pd_sbs_sg_4>
Can't wait to hear all about it!
Wish I had the $ to fly over and cheer you on!!!!

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AWESOME news!!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

I know I already posted this in my status, but I am just so thrilled!!

A very good friend of mine from Florida wrote me an email last night (which I got at 4:30 this morning), saying that she is really looking into coming for my marathon!!! I am so stoked!! We ran the Pensacola Veteran's 4-Mile run back in 2006.... Here is a photo of the 2 of us at the Blue Angel's Airshow that followed on that day (I look a bit rough, but oh well!):


She ran the Maui marathon last year, finishing in just under 6 hours after helping with a medical emergency (she is a nurse). We have been talking about doing a race together, but I knew she wouldn't be able to do this marathon with me, because she spent nearly the entire month of January in the Philippines doing nursing mission work. So, yeah, marathon training was not possible.

I heard she was back to the States, and asked her if she was still thinking about coming, thinking that it was really too late....

But instead of writing me an email saying that she didn't think she could make it, she wrote and said she still wants to come, and that she is looking into travel arrangments! Also asking me where to fly into, when is the latest she can register for the 10K or Half, what I am doing the week leading up to the marathon... and so on...

I am so excited!!! She is really the type that, when she says she will do something, she absolutely does it. I hope all the details work out, because it will just totally make my day if she can share this exciting experience with me. (My hubby will be there too, but it will be nice to share this with her too!!) Plus, I haven't seen her in more than 4 years, and it will just be so great to see her and catch up.....

Just wanted to share my excitement with all my fellow Sparkers!! HAVE A GREAT DAY, EVERYONE!!

  
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MOMONTHERUN1 2/10/2011 8:00AM

    It's a good thing to have support from friends!! Hope that all goes well!

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ROOT4HOME 2/10/2011 3:39AM

    So hope it definitely works out...that would be SO fun for you both to see eachother again and for you to have that support! What an awesome friend!!

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GEOGIRL 2/9/2011 10:11AM

  That is awesome news! I have a best friend who lives far away and we plan to try to run one race together a year...this year won't work because of the triplets but we are already planning for 2012! Its so wonderful to have such great friends!

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REFOCUS92711 2/9/2011 10:08AM

    Yay! it's always great to reconnect with old friends!!!

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MUSHROOMSTEW 2/9/2011 9:02AM

    That's awesome!

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RAWKNRUN 2/9/2011 8:37AM

    Oh that would be so exciting!

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LASHERTHECAT 2/9/2011 8:11AM

    Sounds like so much fun!!

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REMEMBER2BME 2/9/2011 8:08AM

    What a great friend you have there. emoticon

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CAROLCRC 2/9/2011 8:03AM

    Whoo-Hoo!!!! Nothing like having a friend to share the experience with!

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LAUROCHKA 2/9/2011 7:22AM

    That's great. I hope your friend canmake it.It's always nice knowing there aer folk tehre for you at the finish!
Lxx

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TWINSMOMMY607 2/9/2011 7:16AM

    What great news. I really hope it works out for the two of you!!

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CAROLINEAT50 2/9/2011 7:13AM

   
What great news! She sounds like an amazing friend and an amazing person! Have a great day!!!!!

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ROX525 2/9/2011 6:50AM

    That is wonderful news! Enjoy your marathon!

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SEEHOLZ 2/9/2011 5:57AM

    That would be soooo special! I love the type of people that do what they say- don't know.... just one of those qualities I cherrish about people, you know.

Hope it works out!

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MRE1956 2/9/2011 5:48AM

    That is great news! Best wishes!

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MARATHON_MOM 2/9/2011 5:44AM

    How exciting!!! I hope it all works out and she DOES get to make it!

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WINDSONG~ 2/9/2011 4:13AM

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CHARITYCYCLIST 2/9/2011 3:12AM

    That's great. I find that the milestones I reach along my journey are so much more enjoyable when I have others, even 1 other, to share it with/

Have a great marathon!!!

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Could it BE any WORSE?!?!? (Looong, w/pics)

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Ok, well, it probably could, but my 20-mile run this morning was a KILL-ER!!!!! I am so glad its over.

Let's rehash here:
I knew this weekend was gonna be a hard training weekend due to school - I had a "Project Day" yesterday at my school, where we had to plan out a project as if we were a catering business, and yesterday was my (and my group's) turn to carry it out for our teachers, cooking and all, according to our premade schedules and such. So, this week, I have been busy working toward my project, and plus, I had to leave the house at 6:30, so yeah, no early-morning long run there.

But DH would have to work today, having to leave at 9:30, or so we thought originally. So, ok, I would stay home with the kids, instead of going to church (since it is extremely stressful for me with my 4 kids alone, plus its about an hour away), and I would just do it this morning. My est. time for my run was 3.5 hrs so I would have to leave at 5:30 to be back at 9... No problem.

Then he tells me YESTERDAY that he has to leave at 8:30!! NOT COOL! That would mean leaving at 5 am SHARP!! I always need a bit of time to get wakeup a little, get my pre-run snack, pack my water bottle and fuel belt, and well, psych myself up a little for my run.... LOL! So, that meant 4:15 wake-up call.

So, I prepared for that. Wasn't thrilled, because I have had a lot going on this week with my project and all, and was exhausted yesterday evening, but like I said, you gotta do watcha gotta do! I decided to sleep in my running clothes, to save time dressing in the morning.

Then I checked the weather - rain, rain, rain on the forecast. Great. But there was no pushing this run off. So, I pulled out a big trashbag, and I cut holes for my head and arms... Yep, I was gonna run with a trashbag over me. Would look like an idiot, I know, but I was NOT gonna back out of this.

I decided to just go to bed at 8:30. I was exhausted and wanted to be somewhat fresh and well-rested in the am. I also had the crazy idea that maybe I would go LONGER than 20 miles, so I decided to get up at 3:50.

So, I get up this morning. Get my coffee, eat my snack, Spark for 10 min or so, grab my gear, put on the RIDICULOUS trashbag, and start heading out the door. I left right at 4:30 am. The rain was not soooooo bad, I thought at first. I thought I was gonna look retarded wearing the stupid trashbag, and EVEN MORE SO if I didn't even need it!! But I left it on, because I thought, the weather could change a lot in 3.5 hours.

Good thing I left that stupid trashbag on. Not like it helped in the end, but good thing. As I hit the main road, and started running the first stretch of my loop, the rain started hitting me.... HARD!! The wind was strong, and I was running straight into the rain. I couldn't see because of the rain hitting my glasses, PLUS the street lamps don't come on until 5:30, so it was.... DARK, DARK, DARK. Not that there are that many street lamps out where I live, but at least its comforting to see the lamps up at the next village as I am running along. Kind of a relief here and there from the dark. And I am SUPER paranoid of wild animals!!! I kept thinking, "Man, if a wild boar came at me right now, I wouldn't even be able to tell until it's tusks were lodged in my rear!!!"

After less than 2 MILES, Yes, that is right, LESS than TWO MILES, I was like, "SCREW THIS!!!!!!!!!!" And I turned around. My pants from the knees down were already soaked, making my legs feel very heavy, I had already stepped in several deep puddles, I couldn't see..... This was by FAR the heaviest rain I have ever run in. I have run when it was drizzly out, but this was NO DRIZZLE!! I seriously have NEVER turned around in a run like that. If there was ever a run I felt like giving up on, it was THIS ONE! As soon as I turned around and started running back toward my house, though, I could tell the wind was totally at my back, and the rain didn't seem so bad, since it was SMASHING me in the face!

But then I thought.... Ok, if I can just make it up to where I change directions, maybe this won't be so bad. Besides all that, WOULD I BACK OUT on race day JUST BECAUSE OF RAIN!?!?!?!?!????? NO WAY! I have worked so hard over these months to run this race, and there is no way I am backing out then, so why ditch my run now? So, I turned around, and I trudged onward.

After 5 km, I turned, and it seemed a little better. The rain and wind were still coming at me, but more to the side. I could handle that. So, I trudged onward.

I didn't care what my Garmin said. I couldn't barely see the pathway, let alone Garmin. I looked down to see where I was at a few times, but I certainly was not being very pace-conscientious this morning. So I just set myself into what I felt was a good, relaxed, long-run pace, and I just trudged onward.

At about 10 km, I came up to the first village with LIGHTS!! OH, that felt SO much better. And I trudged onward.

At 15 km was my next turn, the REAL turning point in my run, where I would start heading in the direction of my house. The 2 km or so leading up to that point were also VERY HARD - the wind, again, seemed to pick up and just be driving into my face. I couldn't see, and kept having to wipe my glasses.... But I trudged onward.

And once I turned that corner at 15km, it was ALL DOWNHILL FROM THERE!! At that point, the wind was to my back, and my run seemed WAY smoother!! Once I took that final turn toward my house (about 6 km away), I was like, "AWESOME, I am ALMOST THERE!!!"" Of course, I was DRENCHED!! Even with the retarded trashbag.... So, with a "home-stretch" pep in my step, I trudged onward.

OMGoodness.... Walking in my front door, that was just so relieving. But here is what I looked like.... Seriously, I look rough.


The funny look on my face says it all: "Dude, you have NO IDEA how glad I am to be home!" Too bad this picture doesn't even come close to showing how drenched I was...


On a more positive note, my run was really great pace-wise, I think. Here are my stats:

Distance: 20 miles or 32.2 km
Total time: 3:17:02
Pace per mile: 9:51

I am happy with that. I guess I should say, I am also thankful I am not dealing with ice, like I have heard others are facing. I am thankful that I didn't even have to trudge through snow, especially new, deep, unplowed snow. I am thankful that the wind wasn't icey-cold (it was about 40 out this morning). I am thankful that I did the run and got it out of the way, and that I was able to finish so strong, in spite of it being one of the MOST UNPLEASANT runs I have EVER experienced!!!

On a MUCH happier note, I got my first email with info about my MARATHON!! WOOHOO!! That means it's getting CLOSE! emoticon What is also cool is that they sent me a link to this site - www.meinestartnummer.de/STARTnummern
Shirt/famila-Kiel-Marathon/Marathon-Kiel/
- and I can order a T-shirt or tanktop with my bib number!! How cool is that?? I am gonna order this one I think....


It's only 20 days away, people!! Only 20 DAYS!! WOOOOHOOOOO!!

So, I hope everyone has an AWESOME WEEK!! Spark on, Friends!

  
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MFRUNNER 2/15/2011 12:06PM

    Just catching up on blog posts and this one is awesome!Living in Chicago, I've been through many 20 milers in horrible weather conditions--below 0 temps, rain, sleet, ice, wind, and 90+ temps w humidity--all very tough. Fantastic perseverance! This is exactly the kind of training run that will prepare you mentally and physically for your race. You not only did it, but in very tough conditions. Miami may prove to be just as challenging because of heat and/or humidity but you've trained yourself to press on regardless. I've been there. It's not easy, but you can do it and you're ready!
Can't wait to hear about it!!!
P.S. You need asics or craft (any good brand)storm shelter jacket and tights--you won't have that heavy, weighed down feeling when wet.

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MUSHROOMSTEW 2/9/2011 3:12PM

    Thats actually a great idea - running in a trashbag I mean. Not glamorous but effective! Great story!

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JANC7223 2/9/2011 2:11PM

    Wow great perservance! You will do great when you run your marathon.

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LUNATIFF 2/9/2011 12:33PM

    Wow you're definitely an inspiration that is totally amazing to me. Makes me feel a little lazy that I rescheduled my run because of icy rain and wind today. I only run for 2.5 miles right now and you ran 20 in rain and wind. You are awesome!!

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/9/2011 12:18PM

    emoticonOMG 20 miles??? You are emoticon

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LAUROCHKA 2/9/2011 7:27AM

    WELL DONE on going out in such bad conditions! That's dedication!
Sounds like you're well on track - excited for you about the race.
Lxx

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TWINSMOMMY607 2/9/2011 7:18AM

    That picture of you in a trash bag made me laugh, thank you!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/8/2011 9:31PM

    OMG I wish that I had half of your dedication.

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-CORAL- 2/7/2011 12:52PM

    Wow, great job! You should invest in a goretex shell!

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REMEMBER2BME 2/7/2011 8:16AM

    WOW... I do not know what to say but I would have never left the house. In the dictionary next to the word DEDICATED we should see your picture.
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You should be sooooo proud of yourself!

Also, totally super cool race shirt!

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L3DESIGNS 2/7/2011 1:08AM

    Great job completing your long run!

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MUMMAMICHELLE 2/6/2011 6:16PM

    Way to get it done! It's all about the journey and you have proven you are made of tough stuff. Awesome!

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ELISAMLW 2/6/2011 6:01PM

    I would have done the same thing, lol! Great job! Have a nice taper. ;)

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SWEATONCEADAY 2/6/2011 5:51PM

    congrats on a very soggy 20 miles! i have never seen a shirt like that. too cool!

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SACGIRL 2/6/2011 4:55PM

    You are a trouper!! And I love that option for your race shirt...DO IT!!!

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JOPAPGH 2/6/2011 4:04PM

    Wow that is dedication!! Great job to get it done.

Have a great marathon!

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D_CLEM 2/6/2011 3:37PM

    Way to go in pushing through the rain to finish your run!

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MARKAMURKA 2/6/2011 3:31PM

    Congratulations.
Have a fantastic M day.

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RAWKNRUN 2/6/2011 2:42PM

    You made it through the bad run, done! YAY!! So excited for you girlie!

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CAROLCRC 2/6/2011 1:58PM

    Great job on a long tough run. You will be fantastic at your race!

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REBECCA1354 2/6/2011 1:11PM

    AWWWESOME! (Love the "after" pictures!)

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KILTGUY 2/6/2011 12:47PM

    Way to tough it out through some of the worst running conditions! Oh, yeah... and an awesome pace! Keep up the good work!

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LOREENYK 2/6/2011 12:37PM

    I ran my first (and so far only) half marathon in the rain. Not exactly a downpour but it was steady and miserable. I sure hope you have better weather on race day.
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That shirt is great!
Happy Running!
Loreen

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MOMONTHERUN1 2/6/2011 11:49AM

    You are a great inspiration! Getting up at 3:50am? No way Jose!! You are going to do a great time at your marathon and keep up the great work!!

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MELLYBEANS0919 2/6/2011 11:13AM

    You look cute in the trash bag, new fashion statement perhaps hehe. Awesome on still running despite the weather. Wow talk about determination!

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SEEHOLZ 2/6/2011 10:34AM

    Yep, I have had one of "those" runs before, hahaha! It just sucks and it takes a lot of our you, but you feel so on top of the world afterwards!

You are going to be sooo ready for anything- ANYTHING, hahaha!

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EJHESS1 2/6/2011 10:24AM

    I am impressed!

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ELISA322 2/6/2011 9:56AM

    Oh wow, I really admire your dedication and pushing through the rain, wind, dark and getting up that early. And having to don a trash bag on top of all this... you are also my hero!

And that's an excellent time too. GREAT job!!

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SQUINKLY 2/6/2011 9:50AM

    You're awesome! What dedication!

Honestly I read the title of your blog on my friend feed then looked over and saw the profile picture of you and your son and thought.."Could it get any better than that?"

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MBOURKE8 2/6/2011 9:45AM

    Ohhhhhmigosh, you are my HERO!!!! I will aspire to have this kind of dedication this spring and summer when I train for my HM.

Honesty it has been sub zero temps and snowy here and I think I would run in this stuff before the pelting rain that you faced this morning!!!!

How awesome is that shirt??!
Have a great week :-)

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