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Oh, geez....

Saturday, September 22, 2012

No one told me the locker room @ the gym was going to be full of aerobics instructors!

Decided to say screw it. Stripped & put on my bathing suit anyway.

They were there again when I was done swimming. Apparently they were all taking multiple classes.


I resisted the urge to buy some ice cream on the way home.

In happier news, tomorrow I finally get a chance to try out my Zombie, Run! app. I'll let you all know if I like it.

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 9/23/2012 1:05PM

    You still did it, good for you!!

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TENNISJIM 9/23/2012 6:34AM

    Don't worry about the people around you. Remember you are doing this for yourself

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CERACOBBLER 9/23/2012 12:18AM

    oooh! please do post if you like the Zombie Run app :) its been on my list but the cost has had me on the fence. glad i stumbled upon your blog this evening :)

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BLESSED2BEME 9/22/2012 11:36PM

    Just don't even give it a second thought! That gives them power. No one is more important than you and getting your exercise in is whats important! Glad you didn't give in and instead stayed strong and got through!

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EMMYLOU010409 9/22/2012 9:27PM

    You are working out! That is the important part! Everyone has a starting point. Way to stick to your guns!

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DRUIDPRINCESS 9/22/2012 9:26PM

    I think that instructors generally think "Good on him/her for going to the gym!" and if they don't, and are thinking anything derogatory, then they shouldn't be instructors. They're meant to be our encouragers, and I like to think that we can look to them for inspiration - and perspiration!
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KKKAREN 9/22/2012 7:19PM

    Glad you stuck to your own schedule and didn't let anybody else get you down.

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Mmmmm...Hot Chocolate Run

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Have you seen this??


Surprise, surprise. I signed up.

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EMMANYC 9/22/2012 10:01PM

    If you want chocolate, consider the Women's Half Marathon in Toronto, which features shirtless fireman at one stop and chocolate at another. That's a combo that's hard to beat!

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MARGARITTM 9/21/2012 12:51PM

    No kidding - there is not one near me in the NE but I am looking at the reviews more carefully -

there are so many races..... that you want to make sure that they are focused on the runners and thier safety AND if there is a charity is it one that you support?

Have fun - love the hot chocolate theme!

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 9/20/2012 3:36PM

    VICKYMARIEC - I sent an email about this.
They ask that we shoot for 15 minute miles (if you add the seconds as well it would be 15) but if not then know that we will have to move to the sidewalk as they close the course down.
The after party will still be going on.
If you look at the times from last year you will see that some people had 20-24 minute miles.

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VICKYMARIEC 9/20/2012 3:17PM

    I wish i could do it but they have a time limit. You must run a 15 minute mile or faster...i'm at just under 17


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PASTAFARIAN 9/20/2012 2:05PM

    The organizers of the Hot Choc series are known for deleting negative comments from their facebook page. You should google for independent reviews of their races. Some have been disasters. After the Hot Chocolate I attended in DC last year, HC was told not to return to DC; that they would be unable to get permits next year.

You may find it helpful to read my blog post from last year:


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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 9/20/2012 11:18AM

    We don't have anything like that anywhere near me. Le sigh.

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COOP9002 9/20/2012 11:15AM

    Sounds interesting.

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BLESSED2BEME 9/20/2012 10:44AM

    Oh my! Now that is my kind of race. I'd run for chocolate any day:) Have a blast!

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-DYET- 9/20/2012 10:25AM

    We were going to do it, and then they canceled the one in CO. emoticon

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Short 3 Day Walk post

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Things are super busy at work, but to keep you all entertained here is the picture of me crossing the finish line on the 3rd day...

I heard a lot of cameras clicking while doing this. Couldn't tell if they were behind me or not....

I will share the kleenex stories soon.

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/20/2012 10:06AM

    You go girl!

You are friggin' AWESOME!


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NILLAPEPSI 9/19/2012 2:17PM

    Hahahahahaha! That is emoticon . Best finish line crossing EVER!!

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-DYET- 9/19/2012 12:55PM

    That is the best finish line crossing I have ever seen!!!

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SWAZY33 9/19/2012 12:47PM

    Best photo ever!! I love your determination to finish! *Even* if you had to crawl over that finish line! lol You still finished! You ROCK!!

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BLESSED2BEME 9/19/2012 12:34PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I absolutely love that you love life so much and add humor to everything! Your photo made my day.

I just looked up my 'professional' photo from the 10K I wogged on Sunday and Ugh! It is totally gross. Icky look on my face as I was starting to kick in my sprint to the finish. Your photo is 100% better!

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PJ2222 9/19/2012 12:33PM

    Way to Go!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 9/19/2012 12:26PM

    I LOVE this picture, lol!!

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Monday silly

Monday, September 10, 2012

A friend sent this to me. Shows how well she knows me.....

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DRUIDPRINCESS 9/11/2012 6:04PM

    Thank you for a fun start to my day! Have an awesome rest-of-your-week!


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BLESSED2BEME 9/10/2012 6:09PM

    I prefer to lick ears:)

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COOP9002 9/10/2012 12:43PM

    i will have to remember that emoticon

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LIN1111 9/10/2012 12:20PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CASTIRONLADY 9/10/2012 12:05PM

    I LIKE IT TOO! It works for kids why not adults. Thanks for the laugh.

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What did I learn?

Thursday, September 06, 2012

I so didn't mean to scare my Spark Friends with my last blog!! But after thinking some things through, here is what I learned from the Not-S0-Great-1/2.

1) Be careful of well meaning advice

2) Stop trying something new for a race instead of when training (usually involving loops)

A person I trust was trying to help me out with the problems of gaining weight after each 1/2 marathon.

It was basically to stick to my calorie count. **If** I thought (and I was really sure) I needed more after I was done then to go ahead, but not go overboard.
I'm sure that the advice wasn't meant to cause as much havoc on me as it did. But my pre-race dinner was new. It didn't have nearly as many carbs as I normally have done in the past.

Immediately post race I would normally have my chocolate milk and then, within the next 30 minutes or so, a turkey & cheese sandwich on a roll.

I skipped the sandwich thinking I would wait until I got home and see if I was still hungry before dinner.

I think these two things were what was the major downfall of my race.

I also changed my Camelbak setup for liquids. I still had everything, but my G2 was in a bottle in my pack and not "on tap". I drank less than I normally do when I take a wee bit whenever I feel like it.

These were the only things I did differently, but it was enough to make me feel icky.

So back to the same old until I can figure out what will work for me AND not make me gain 3-5 lbs after each race.

Next weekend is the 3 Day Walk. I'm not concerned since they have an amazing set up for taking care of the walkers. I still won't be trying any major new things though.

Lesson learned.

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EMMYLOU010409 9/7/2012 4:14PM

    Good for you, way to listen to your body! :)

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SWAZY33 9/7/2012 11:07AM

    It doesn't seem to me that you were eating anything crazy before/after races?? chocolate milk and turkey sandwich sound like a great recovery meal. That is so strange that you would gain weight? Is it just a temp thing? Maybe swollen muscles? or does it stick?

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BLESSED2BEME 9/7/2012 11:04AM

    Makes sense. I understand now. Thanks for explaining.

Does the 3 to 5 lbs weight gain go away again? I wonder if it is just your body compensating for all the work you put it though. Afterall 1/2 marathons are not for wimps. (I am a wimp BTW)

Thanks for sharing your lessons. I learned a lot. I need to work on what I eat before and after a race even though I just do 5Ks.

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    Very wise pieces of advice.

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