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I am a marathoner 10/10/10

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Today was the big day for me in running not only my first marathon but my longest race over 5.6 miles. I was fortunate enough to have a fellow spark person, Wongerchi, help me in my journey. It was a rainy day and the wind was up a little too. I can not put into words the feelings I had while running but it covered so many spectrum's. I never felt like I could not complete it and overall I really felt good the whole time. I got to talk to several people and hear so many stories of why they were running. The oddest thing to me was running for a short time near a girl who did it bare foot. It was so wet and nasty I can not imagine. For anyone considering it I say go for it, you won't regret any of it when you cross the finish line and people are cheering for you. People you most likely will never meet in your life.

I must have heard my name called out 200 times and it really does lift you when your head is down and you are getting tired. I know that the energy of the crowd helped me finish it standing upright. Thanks to any and all the volunteers and spectators. A special thanks to whomever was handing out the beer at mile 23. Talk about a lifting of spirits. The official timing website is down but my garmin, which died within 5 minutes of crossing the line said 4:55:09.23 and a grand total of 26.45 miles. My knees are stiff and my left calf is sore but I am on cloud 9.
A couple pictures:
The start


my biggest supporter - look at his shirt :)

On his 3rd birthday today.

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MAJTMS 10/13/2010 4:06PM

    I just started training for my first marathon (in March 2011) and I've never run more than a 5k. Your post definitely reinforces my goal of completing it inspite of the naysayers in my life!

Thank you for sharing your experience!

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LAURA95368 10/13/2010 1:10AM

    That's so awesome! Congrats on being a finisher, happy birthday to your son (that's shirt is great) emoticon

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MAD*DREAMER 10/12/2010 7:59PM

    Wow! Congrats on your accomplishment!!

Love the shirt too!

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    Congratulations! Way to go. What a great accomplishment and I love the shirt.

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MARYMARY611 10/12/2010 11:25AM

    Congrats!!! And I love his shirt, very cool.

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DETROITKELLY 10/12/2010 10:30AM

    Congratulations! That's an excellent time too! You should be very proud.

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SFARRINGTON65 10/11/2010 11:34PM

    Thank you all so much for the comments.

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RHYNIC 10/11/2010 7:29PM

    congratulations on your first (and most likely not your last) marathon. You rocked it.


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CBAILEYC 10/11/2010 11:10AM

    Way to go You! Congrats!

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ALI_CAT 10/11/2010 9:49AM

    That is amazing to have your longest run only be 5.6 miles and then tackling a FULL marathon! That blows my mind.

I'm still working up to running a 5K but one day I'd like to be able to say I'm a 1/2 marathoner or a marathoner too!!


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TIAGAYEPFA 10/11/2010 9:09AM

    Awesome job! Congrats on completing your first marathon! - Tia

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JOEKHUL 10/11/2010 8:49AM

    Woohoo! Congrats.

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IMSMILEY88 10/11/2010 8:22AM

    Congrats!!! That's wonderful! And, i love your son's t-shirt. Too cute!

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SEABREEZE64 10/11/2010 6:49AM

    Congratulations! What a great accomplishment!!! emoticon

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SWEETNSKINNY 10/10/2010 11:29PM

    Thats awesome!! Congratulations!!!!!!

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ROOT4HOME 10/10/2010 11:20PM

    Congratulations!! What an accomplishment!! emoticon emoticon

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GAYEMC 10/10/2010 11:12PM

    Congratulations on completing your first marathon! I went down to watch a fellow spark buddy, Keekman, take off and was amazed at all of the people, both runners and spectators who showed up.

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BABYRN73 10/10/2010 10:51PM

    You did a GREAT job today, i'm so proud of you and what you have accomplished. I am sad we didn't get to run it together, but still very glad you did it! Now, no more marathons for awhile lol. :) xoxo love you

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BOBBYD31 10/10/2010 10:44PM

    how cool, you are a marathoner! awesome

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GWBACH 10/10/2010 9:54PM

    enjoy your down time and congrats on a great race. so is there another one in your future?

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KASHMIR 10/10/2010 9:44PM

    Congratulations!!!! I hope I was one of those who got to yell out your name as you came past the Portland Fit Cheering Station just after mile 21.

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RUN2BEFREE 10/10/2010 9:32PM

    Congratulations marathoner! Way to go!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 10/10/2010 8:48PM

    How cool! What an achievement!!!

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LAURIE5658 10/10/2010 8:36PM

    Steve, a huge CONGRATULATONS on finishing your first marathon! YOU are amazing!

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TREEFAE03 10/10/2010 8:33PM

    Congratulations on marathon #1!!! Your journey from couch to marathon is absolutely amazing ~ let's hope some of us others can do it too :) Now go get some well-deserved rest!

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CRZYRUNRGRL 10/10/2010 8:25PM

    Congrats marathoner! It is a feeling like no other, I agree!
Way to go!!

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1 year ago today....

Monday, September 27, 2010

Is the day I joined SparkPeople.
Is the day I started Couch to 5K
Is the day I changed my life.

It is so hard to believe that just 1 year ago I could not even run 60 seconds without feeling like I was going to explode.

I remember being completely freaked about about having to run for 20 minutes straight.

I remember the feeling that I had when I graduated the couch to 5K program.

I remember my first race and the "hill" that I had no idea I would run

I remember my second race when my 2 year old son had a meltdown because he wanted to run with me( incredible experience)

I remember my wife saying that she wanted to run a marathon but not alone. I still can not believe i said sure to that one!

so here we are 1 year later and I now:
Eat healthier
Run 30+ miles a week
Lost 53 pounds and have maintained it so far during training
am less than 2 weeks away from the marathon
ready to start my next journey.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to another great year.

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PAPAMIKIE 10/18/2010 11:37PM

    It is so funny how these little changes become so large over time and how naturally Sept 27 2009 lead to Oct 10 2010. I ran a 10km in the fall colours run Oct 10. I was 3 sec a km of my personal best on a very hilly windy course. However, my 5 year old grandson and a 6 year old and 11 year old neighbour all did personal bests in the 1 km trot. All recieved finisher medals all said they would become Chi Runners like Popie.

I count that as three personal bests for me on that day. That is part of what this change is about, inspriing our kids and grand kids.

Way to go Steve.

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IMSMILEY88 10/11/2010 8:20AM

    What a year!!! Congrats! And, I can't wait to see where I am on my 1 year anniversary. (Love your background photo, too!)

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SEABREEZE64 10/11/2010 6:47AM

    Congratulations!!!! I thought I'd read this blog before the 10-10 one!!! You have done so great!

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ADKONKLE 9/30/2010 9:20PM

    Steve, It is great to see the progress you have made in a year. Good luck with the Marathon.

I didn't find C25K until February, but it sure has changed my attitude toward running. Just got off the old gerbil mill at 9:00 tonight.

One year at Spark for me comes in January who knows what that may bring.

Keep on Sparkin!

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AMYBINTN 9/28/2010 10:04AM

    Steve, I hope that next year I can say the same thing. I am about at the point you were a year ago. Thanks for giving me hope!

Comment edited on: 9/28/2010 10:05:33 AM

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WOODMOM 9/28/2010 9:51AM

    That is awesome! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments. Good look on your marathon. Can't wait to read all about your experience. You might just inspire me to train for one, too!

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RUNSWITHDEER 9/28/2010 9:13AM

    Wow, what an incredible story! From a 5K to a marathon, whoa, what will you do for an encore? lol
Enjoy your taper, you earned it. Lots of luck in the marathon!!!

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Went to the Mizuno "Run with us" program

Thursday, June 03, 2010

We went to the Mizuno run with us program today. It was a last minute schedule at our nearest running store. They scanned our feet in 3d and then is also scanned our standing, squatting postures and then we walked and based on all that information they recommend what style of shoe we should wear. I have been in Nike's since I started running and so I was not sure how I would like the Mizuno shoes. The first pair I tried was the Wave Rider. They did not even feel good when I put them on. SO then I tried the Wave Runner and man they felt good. I got to wear them around and test run in them. Boy did they feel great. I went ahead and ordered a pair as they did not have my size in stock. I should get them in a week or so depending on when can get back there. So pictures below of the results.

They even gave us a free tech shirt for being there.

Overall it was well worth the drive and I am glad we did it. My wife got a new rain jacket, fuel belt and some shotblox. They had a group run however we were not able to do it as we got there late. Fun times for the newbies that we are.

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GLADGAD 6/3/2010 9:00AM

    They are not coming to my area, at least it's not up on the website. I hope you like your Wave Runners, and I'm glad you had a good experience. I am interested to hear how the shoes work out.

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REBYTR 6/3/2010 8:59AM

    Wow, this looks so cool. I looked at their website, but it's not coming to my area.

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MCKS_MOM 6/3/2010 8:37AM

    I will keep an eye out for this in case it comes to my area :)


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Our own mini tri with my 2 1/2 year old

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Yes TRI as in 3 events. First Ashtyn and myself went on a Hike

Then all of us went on a run. Today was my 25 @ E

Time: 00:25:03
Distance: 2.33 mi
Elevation Gain: 28 ft
Calories: 329 C

Time: 00:25:03
Moving Time: 00:25:01
Elapsed Time: 00:25:03
Avg Pace: 10:45 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace: 10:44 min/mi
Best Pace: 06:58 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 28 ft
Elevation Loss: 34 ft
Min Elevation: 1,283 ft
Max Elevation: 1,306 ft
Heart Rate
Avg HR: 137 bpm
Max HR: 152 bpm
Summary 00:25:03 2.33 10:45

We followed that up with a walk. What a great day it was.

mi pace climb (ft)
1 18:03 2
2 16:45 -3

So this was our mini tri, of course it has nothing to do with a real tri but my son wanted to go swim in the creek if that counts!

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BABYRN73 6/3/2010 2:19AM

    I am glad you guys had a fun day! It's too bad I had to sleep through the whole day. :( Ash is lucky to have you for his daddy. emoticon

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Pompadour 9K & 5K Benefit Run For Sheldon

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Me and my wife participated in a charity race today. It was to help a local boy with muscular dystrophy in getting a van that will allow him to leave his home. The morning was a bit cold and even was spitting a little snow. Very uncommon for this time of year. Neither of us really had any idea of what to expect for the course. When we got there I made a comment oh look we get to start with a hill. Little did either of us know that hill ended up being a long hill.

The first 2.25 miles was a hill followed by a short downhill and repeat uphill. We got a workout and we made it all the way to the aid station and walked while we drank water. We did have a few more short walks but we ran 5.3-5.4 of the 5.6 miles. I bumped my runkeeper and didn't know it for a few seconds so it tracked 5.45 miles. Our official time was exactly 55 minutes.

Both myself and wife went across at the same time. It is the first time I have been able to get close to her time. I am sure she slowed down a lot to make me feel better... Anyhow it was a great run and had a good time.
Took some pictures on the way with my iphone and stats below.

The Hills are alive!

Does it look cold? pre race right before it started to spit snow

A little of the view where we ran. Look down into town and thats where we started

The shirt, bib, and some socks courtesy of the organizer :)

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WOODMOM 5/23/2010 1:46PM

    Congratulations on making it through a tough course! It feels so good to raise money for a good cause (and get a workout at the same time!)

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    Great race time and for such a worthy cause! I'm still quite new to all this but it took me 55 minutes to walk/run a 6k dressed as Santa last December!
Keep on running

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BABYRN73 5/22/2010 8:05PM

    The only thing that slowed me down were those hills! I am excited that we ran the same pace. :) And like you said...if we had known about those hills prior to the race, we would have NEVER signed up. But we did it!

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