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Raining but not Complaining

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

It's gone from one extreme to the other lately, oppressive heat to torrential downpours, sheesh. I'm definitely not complaining about the much needed rain that we've been getting and it's really helped cool things off.

I've been up at 0430 every day this week - 3 whole days in a row - WOW, and for those that know me this is quite a feat....a huge accomplishment getting out of bed. I'm proud that I have at least gotten up and I've even had my running gear ready only to wake up to horrible weather, ugghh.

Monday morning run: Rain. Made up for it with a steamy afternoon run - felt like a sauna.

Tuesday morning run: As NASA would say..."Scrubbed it". No rain but didn't think I needed to be out in the middle of a thunderstorm and there was some pretty heavy duty lightning going on too, darn it. At this point I was a little miffed after waking up two days in a row and no run, bummer.

I decided to pack my running bag to take to work just in case I could work in a lunchtime run. It rained most of the morning and I was hoping for a break so I could get out there. I managed to do a 3.25 mile run, but guess what????? It started to rain as soon as I got about a block from the office, and instead of heading back I decided to just do it. How refreshing.... wish i would have had on a hat to keep the water out of eyes, but I really hadn't planned on running in the rain. I didn't see the usual lunchtime runners out, guess some people are more afraid of a little rain, than the heat. I was out there and doing it. I ran across this pic this morning, it truly described how I felt. Yep I was out there all right, looking like a fool running in the rain.



Got up this morning again for a run, and it was raining cats and dogs. I was prepared to go if it was just a gentle rain, but we are talking torrential downpouring and street flooding - monsoon like rain, so I scrubbed the run AGAIN. I had planned on taking a rest day on Thursday so I might as well just take it today instead.

Rain is a good thing.....Hey, there's a song about that....
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VKy69sE4VY

Thank you crazy weather.... you're making me a well rounded runner. I'm ready...Bring on the rain, sun, snow [ok maybe not snow, I'm getting a little carried away, lol] .



Are you channeling your inner champion?

  
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NATPLUMMER 7/12/2012 3:04PM

    Yay for running in the rain!!

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1HAPPYSUSAN 7/11/2012 2:14PM

    Great job, my friend! So THIS is what I have to look forward to when my serious running begins!
I ordered my BodyMedia yesterday and I'm looking forward to getting it. I guess it adds a whole new dimension to weight loss and getting fit. I'll keep you posted about this!
So proud of you for your run in the rain and continually impressed by your sincere drive to succeed! You're committed and it inspires me! Thank you!

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SUEAZZI 7/11/2012 1:51PM

    Bless you for running in the rain. I don't mind drizzle or even a light rain but you are a trooper! Sure hope all this rain will end soon or my plans will be altered. emoticon Keep me posted weather girl!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/11/2012 10:18AM

    WOW! You're getting a LOT of rain!!! I can't believe you run on your lunch hours, plus in the rain! Do you have showers at work? How do you get all "purty" for the afternoon? You always look great. So...how do you do it???

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SAMI199 7/11/2012 10:06AM

    You are a Champion-

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BOILHAM 7/11/2012 9:56AM

    You are a trooper, running in all the crazy weather! Thanks for staying in touch on my blogs too. By the way, when I re-readd my comments on your running in the heat blog, it sounded kind of harsh. Hope you know I was trying to be humorous, sometimes things read different than intended. But, yeah, I guess you "know" me better than that by now! emoticon

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JLITT62 7/11/2012 9:26AM

    When it's warm, running in the rain is nice. But not thru lightning. Too bad your alarm can't detect weather & go off later when it's bad! Now there's an invention.

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GOOSIEMOON 7/11/2012 9:22AM

    Keep up the good work!

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Beat by the Heat???????????

Tuesday, July 10, 2012



I have been staying indoors a lot and I have found that I am suffering from a particular winter disease known as..... cabin fever. I always thought of cabin fever as being cooped up in the house during the cold winter months waiting for Spring, but this is not the case this year. I don't think there is anyone out there in the continental U.S. that does not know that it has been one super hot summer.

The only cure for cabin fever is to....get the heck out of the house. Well it's hot, too hot to run [whine, whine, whine]. Yes it's hot and that's not going to change anytime soon, so should I just sit inside sulking and wishing for cooler weather? or should I just learn to deal with it?



I want to keep my running game sharp so I've been venturing outside in the heat lately, experimenting with different things to beat the heat and to get myself acclimated. I have a fun race coming up on July 28th...The Military Challenge. Last year I was a spectator at this race because I felt my abilities could not keep up in the intense heat, I know it was probably 95 degrees with high humidity on race day last year. And I'm guessing this year will probably be a repeat of last year's weather, so do I sit on the sidelines as a cheerleader again and skip it? OH HECK NO!!!! I've made a team commitment and I'm going to do it and I'm going to have FUN doing it.



I have been reading a lot on running in the heat. Here's some helpful tips I've picked up along the way from Runner's World articles, some of the following are excerpts, some are my own words.

Best Times And Places to Run in Summer: Do not pick the hottest time of the day to run, it places unnecessary strain on your body. The best times to run is as early as possible in the morning or late in the evening. Alter your route that is more shady and stay out of direct sun as much as possible.

Acclimate: Recommended period to help your body to adapt to the changing temperatures is at least two weeks. Decrease your normal running distance to a comfortable distance. Should it happen that your running program requires you to run 25 miles or more, make effort to alter your program to adapt to the environmental factors.


Hydration: THE MOST IMPORTANT. Incorporate drinking water while you workout and practice. Making sure that you do not dehydrate while running is not a skill that comes instinctively. It is a skill that one needs to learn and practice to do it the right way. Taking in some fluids while running is certainly not easy! Have you ever tried to drink from a cup while walking? You need to get a proper grip on the cup to prevent spilling most of the content and if you drink to fast, you start wheezing and coughing; or if you waste time at the water stations to drink properly, you waste your valuable running time. The best way to make sure you will be able to consume enough fluids during running in hot weather is to practice drinking water while you are training.

Tips on How to beat the heat while running

1. Before You Run: Drink enough water up to two hours before you start running. Your body will pass all fluids that you consume in excess, in the time before you run, through urine. Make sure to remember stop hydrating at least one-and-half hours before you start running though.

2. While You Run: It is recommended to start consuming fluids again in small quantities moments before you start to run. The moment you start running, you will transform the excess liquid into perspiration before it can get to our kidneys to produce urine. You need to consume fluids while running even if you are only practicing, in particular when the weather is warmer than what you are used to. The advantage of keeping hydrated during the run is that it will help boosting your performance and your recovery after the run will be much sooner. It is strongly advised to run with a water bottle when dealing with high temperatures.

3. Walk and Drink: When approaching a water station, take the time to walk while you drink instead of trying to drink hurriedly. You will be able to consume fluids more effectively than you would if you keep on running. You might think that you will lose more time, but in fact, because you are hydrated properly, you will be able to perform better and make up for the “lost” time without noticing. [TRULY...it is not a waste of time to stop at a water station if it will keep you from a heat stroke - that has been drummed into my head by dear ole dad]

4. After You Ran: As soon as you stop running, consume some fluids immediately. It is important to note that once you have quenched you thirst it is not enough and you still need to consume some more fluids.

5. Do not overrate your capabilities: It is only good common sense that you will not be able to run as fast and as far as usual in warmer weather conditions. Be reasonable to yourself and do not anticipate a personal best time when running in hot summer weather. Once you start feeling exhausted either slow down or call-off the run when you realize that you are dehydrating too much or start to overheat.

Things that work for Me:

1. I carry three water bottles on my fanny pouch - one completely frozen, one half frozen and one not frozen. But the time I've run about 4 miles the frozen bottles are defrosting. I use the frozen bottles to rub on my forehead, neck and face to keep me cool, and as the ice melts I use for drinking. I read somewhere that if you carry a frozen bottle in your hand while you run, it keeps you cool. I tried this yesterday on my run and it worked great.

2. I put a frozen facecloth in a ziplock bag in my pouch. This works super fantastic to put on the back of my neck when I have finished my run. I use when I am walking the last 15 minutes - a cool down...LITERALLY.

3. I run into the wind the last half of my run, it helps to keep me cool and I usually go out of my way to find shade. Last night I discovered that it's not always the shade that cools you off. I usually run on the sidewalks down a few streets usually lined with privacy fences. Guess what, no air/breeze comes thru the fence so I moved out onto the road and lo and behold....a breeze.

I can't say that I love running in the heat, but it's better than sitting around wishing and hoping. I had to include this pic.



I've been asking myself this question...............Can I survive???



Answer: JUST WATCH ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  
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TEACHLIZARD 7/10/2012 9:04PM

    Ohh! you soooo got this!
Awesome preparation + determination = This is yours.
Although I will happily be your cheer leader for the next few weeks!
Rah Rah! Yes You Can... You can do this .... Yes You Can!
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PARKERB2 7/10/2012 7:38PM

    I am working out in the exercise room at work and it's hot there, too. No air. But there are 4 fans so I usually have one blowing pretty much directly on me. I"m not a runner but I do try to run a minute or two every 3 or 4 minutes of my walk. I need to build up to running more continuously tho. Maybe I can make that a goal for the next 6 months or so. I'm sure you will be awesome in the race. I'm rooting for you. Have a good night.

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SAMI199 7/10/2012 7:10PM

    I am a walker,but your tips make sense to me.Hot is no excuse-although whining is allowed-lol. You are going to Rock the Run!

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TOOTHFUL99 7/10/2012 6:27PM

    You know I don't run, but I bike a LOT! I haven't been sidelined this hot summer. I just have to take precautions. One tip I learned years ago is that if I stop to pee, if my pee is yellow, I'm not drinking enough. It should be clear.

The good thing about being on a bicycle in the heat is that you get a nice breeze as you pedal along. But if you stop to take a break?...Holy, Wah!!! It's better to keep moving!

Glad you're not sitting in your house with your nose against the window this summer!

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NATPLUMMER 7/10/2012 3:29PM

    Great info!!
Yes, you will survive!! You're going to rock that military challenge!!

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SHRINKINRUNNER 7/10/2012 3:23PM

    emoticon THANK YOU!!! I have been struggling soooooo bad running in the heat. One run after the other I am disappointed & bummed. ALL because month ago I could run 13 miles NONSTOP and now ALL OF A SUDDEN EVERY run I have to walk ALOT. Whether it is 5 miles or 13.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 7/10/2012 12:53PM

    Great tips! I'm going to try the ice bottle in hand & the frozen face cloth. Thanks for sharing.

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BOILHAM 7/10/2012 11:53AM

    All good tips! If you are a runner, you need to run in the heat. Of course it is tough. If you wanted something easy, go watch TV. But, we all chose to be runners, so run already.

I know a 65 year old guy who lives in Florida and he finds the energy to run in the heat. He looks like an idiot, all sweaty and running super slow, but he's out there.

Embrace the heat!!


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KANSASROSE67 7/10/2012 11:43AM

    Thanks for the tips...this summer is the first time I've ever carried water...I think I'll try freezing it.

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SUEAZZI 7/10/2012 11:18AM

    I have no doubt that you are a survivor! Thanks for the tips on staying hydrated, it's probably my biggest running flaw and something I need to work on. I can't stay indoors during the heat either so I head outdoors early morning.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 7/10/2012 11:15AM

    Thanks for the tips on running in this dreadful heat! We are lucky this week. Only the upper 90s! I've been wanting to get outside, but have been hitting the treadmill instead. Just mowing the lawn in this crap about made me pass out! Not pretty! What if my daisy dukes shift and I'm unconscious?!?!? emoticon

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JLITT62 7/10/2012 10:53AM

    We definitely had cabin fever during the summer when I lived in TX!

I'm always astounded by runners who don't carry water with them.

Great tips!

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CHRISBEM 7/10/2012 10:45AM

    Trying to get out in the heat is tough. Do you have a beach or pool near you? I love those myself!

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JKPONYGIRL 7/10/2012 10:43AM

    Thanks for all the tips
have fun on your challenge.

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SNACK ATTACK

Thursday, July 05, 2012

There is nothing worse than an afternoon snack attack at the office, especially if you are unprepared to ward off the evil snack attacker. I read an article in Redbook this month...snack yourself skinny. Snack and skinny don't seem like they go together, but read on....

1. Always have an afternoon nibble: when you eat lunch around noon and dinner around 7 this means you will be ravenous when you get home. An afternoon snack around 3-4 p.m. of high-volume, low-calorie like fruit or veggies can help you cut calories before your meal. Studies found that people who ate an apple 15 minutes before a meal ate 187 fewer calories later on.

2. Have dessert or a bedtime snack, NOT BOTH: Pick one or the other and make it the smallest treat of the day, no more than 120 calories

3. Go for protein plus fiber: choose lean protein or healthy fats (like hummus or nuts) and some fiber (baby carrots, whole grain crackers). Protetin and fat trigger hormones that keep you feeling satisfied for hours

4. Snacks should be 200 calories or less: Make sure to have healthy snacks on hand and to always measure your snacks. A handful of nuts could easily be over 300 calories, so measure, measure, measure.

5. Pack a snack: Keep a snack in your purse, gym bag or desk drawer. I find that when I don't have a snack is when the doughnuts in the kitchen start to call my name and I am easily tempted. Also, I only keep one snack in my desk, if I'm bored or hungry I would eat more than one, so I only bring ONE snack per day.

6. Don't snack while distracted (SWD): Take a little mini break to enjoy your snack, when we snack while distracted like watching tv, we tend to eat more. They suggest things to snack on that take effort to eat...like shelling pistachios.

What's in your arsenal to fight the snack attacker????????

  
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SUEAZZI 7/6/2012 12:51PM

    Baby carrots, almonds, strawberries/blueberries/raspberrie
s, or a teaspoon of peanut butter.

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2HAMSDIET 7/6/2012 3:07AM

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DONNACFIT 7/5/2012 8:30PM

    Thanks for the snack attack info!!

Great!! and thanks for cheering me on....

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NATPLUMMER 7/5/2012 3:55PM

    Great tips!

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JLITT62 7/5/2012 1:51PM

    I love bananas or apples with nut butter. I like popcorn, too, but found I can't eat it every day - have to keep it to 1-3 times per week. Yogurt or frozen yogurt in the summer is another fav.

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SAMI199 7/5/2012 12:45PM

    There's an Acronym- HALT-I try to take a moment & think about
why I'm having a snack attack... then get out the Duct Tape-lol.
Good one DIBANBANA

H-Hungry

A-
Angry

L-Lonely

T-
Tired

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PIXIEMOM13 7/5/2012 12:43PM

    These are great tips.. I really need to work on my afternoon snacks ... especially on my running group days.

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RUNNER12COM 7/5/2012 11:57AM

    These are great tips. I try to always have carrots and celery already cut and bagged in the fridge, so they are the easiest thing to grab when I open the door for a snack.

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 7/5/2012 11:09AM

    Thanks for the tips! I really get hungry around 3:00 pm... and that afternoon slump. I need to get to the store and pick up some healthy snacks to keep around at work.

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SMURFETE09 7/5/2012 10:45AM

    I love apple slices and peanut butter. Or I have found these amazing cocoa covered Almonds by emerald. I can have 28 of them (which I never do) and there sugar content is low, and the fat and calories isn't too bad. And since they're cocoa they're like a chocolate treat!

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DIBANANA 7/5/2012 10:43AM

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I Clicked the REGISTER Button

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

OMG, I can't believe I just clicked the REGISTER button. I DID IT, I DID IT, I DID IT..... I am officially registered for the Shamrock Marathon in March 2013. I wanted to get the early bird registration rate before the price increase and I wanted to finalize my committment before I lost the nerve, lol.

I joined under a corporate team - TEAM TSA, which is the Tourette Syndrome team. My oldest GS has Tourette's and I thought this would be a great way for me to honor him and all those with Tourette's. I am so excited.

In the meantime, I will be running some 5K's, the Wicked 10K in October, Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon in November (a repeat of last year and my SIL's first half), the Surf and Santa 10-mile in December and the Valentines Day 14K in February.......all in preparation for the big 26.2. My sister bought us a 26.2 sticker for added inspiration, it is hanging on my mirror - it will be a joyous day when I get to proudly display that one on my car window.

My next race is the Military Challenge in July - I'm definitely nuts for doing this one, but it's all for fun. I am on the best team for that one: my aspiring runner Son-in-Law Danny, GS Khris (15), GD Heaven (13) and my GS friend Randy. Going to be a day of fun, hoping it won't be 100 degrees like last year, but we will just take it slow and have fun. I'm a little uneasy about all the obstacles on the course, I'll just cross that bridge when i get there, and if I can't cross it, I have three big dudes on my team to help. And then there's the crawl thru the mud, uggghhh - what have I gotten myself into???????????

ANSWER: It's called....putting my money where my mouth is, leading by example.

I would love for my whole family to be physically fit and would love them to feel the passion for pushing yourself to the limit - seeing what your body can do, what you are capable of, what you are truly made of.

There is no feeling in the world like accomplishing what you thought was IMPOSSIBLE. For the next 8 months I will be thinking "GREEN" - working towards making what I used to think was impossible.......POSSSIBLE. I WILL BE A MARATHON RUNNER.

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REBECCAMA 7/5/2012 2:26PM

  Way to go!!

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PIXIEMOM13 7/5/2012 12:44PM

    Wow, way to go! Just thinking about registering for a full marathon makes my heart pound... obviously not quite ready to take the plunge. ;)

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SUEAZZI 7/5/2012 10:17AM

    emoticon Mission I'mPOSSIBLE! You are the true definition to possible! Just look at the line up of races toward your marathon goal, not to mention the Military Challenge, you are totally rockin' it girl! emoticon

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DEECANDOITAGAIN 7/4/2012 5:16PM

    So very exciting and for a great cause too! Can't wait to hear about it. Your success makes me think I can do this too!

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JANEMARIE77 6/28/2012 10:39PM

    That is wonderful good for you

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 6/28/2012 12:21PM

    AWESOME! That's great that you made that committment! Man I need to step up my game and get my energy level and motivation up like yours.

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SIMPLYJESSICA 6/28/2012 9:26AM

    Excellent! Congratulations and best wishes to your success! I'm sure you'll do fantastic!

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TEACHLIZARD 6/26/2012 10:03PM

    You got this! You will be ready! And SP are here to help you in the motivation area.
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LISAINMS 6/26/2012 9:41PM

    Awesome. You can do it!

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KJDOESLIFE 6/26/2012 9:21PM

    That's AWESOME! Good luck with your races and training for this year and next!

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JENN03275 6/26/2012 5:56PM

    Woo Hoo!!! You can do this!

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LAURIE5658 6/26/2012 4:57PM

    Congratulations on making that first step! Now, head on over and join Sparky Marathoners Spark team!!! See you there!

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RUNNER12COM 6/26/2012 4:54PM

    This is SO awesome! You are going to rock it!

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1HAPPYSUSAN 6/26/2012 4:19PM

    emoticon You go, girl! You'll do great and I am so durned proud of you! Hooray!!

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LAURELSPARK 6/26/2012 12:47PM

    WooHoo for you for putting your $ where your mouth is. I had a friend who did a charity challenge through the mud recently (I can't remember the name.) She said that she ended up walking most of it (and she's in really great shape) but had a blast anyway. The best part was that the race ended at a winery and all participants got a bottle of wine.



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JLITT62 6/26/2012 10:09AM

    You go, girl! Dreams are awesome motivators. Everyone I know who's done those obstacle courses seem to love them . . .

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1HOTMAMA2BE 6/26/2012 9:19AM

    You truly amaze me. All the runs leading up to March sound like fun, too. I wish I lived closer so I could follow you around. I'll just have to virtual race by myself. My husband has no desire to exercise/walk/run with me anymore. Makes me sad, but that's his choice. I do it for ME!

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DGIBSON02 6/26/2012 9:10AM

    i'll let you do the 26, i'll stick to the 13.

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DDOORN 6/26/2012 8:38AM

    Kudos and two thumbs WAY UP for following your SPARK DREAMS! :-)

Don

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BILL60 6/26/2012 8:16AM

    Just Super!! I know that if you put that determined mind to it, you will succeed. The very best on your preparations.

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BOILHAM 6/26/2012 8:13AM

    Wow, what an inspiration you are to family and friends! Congrats on registering for your first full marathon. You have a full plate of runs leading up to it and I know you will have fun and keep fit at the same time. Love your blogs.

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Spark Sister Sailing

Monday, June 25, 2012

I am so blessed to have so many wonderful SP buddies and I am sooo fortunate to have had the pleasure of meeting one of my long time Sparkettes - JLITT62 (we will call her "J"). Her and her DH were vacationing in Virginia Beach and she gave me the heads up she was coming so we could finally meet up.

We decided to meet for dinner on Friday night. Things didn’t go quite as planned because we had one heck of a thunderstorm storm and some horrible lightning, worst I’ve seen in a long time, so had to change things up a bit. We decided to meet them at their hotel restaurant. J presented me with a birthday present at dinner. WOW, I was soooo surprised, that was the sweetest thing ever. She got me a hat that says “RUN HAPPY” and she baked some healthy sweets. So unexpected and such a nice gesture. Thanks again.

The food was pretty good, J convinced my DH and I to try some of her appetizer: Pan seared tuna (almost raw) with seaweed salad. After a lot of nose scrunching I tried it and it was delicious, the DH even liked it. Thanks J for encouraging that, DH and I will have this again sometime soon. After an enjoyable dinner, the night was still young, I asked if they were up for a tour of Virginia Beach. The weather was still pretty nasty, but we hopped in my car and I took them on a driving tour of Virginia Beach, in the middle of a thunderstorm, lol, but it was a nice evening despite the torrential rain and lightning, and I mean severe lightning. We safely dropped them off at their hotel. Dag gone it, I forgot to take a pic of us at dinner.

J and I met up on Saturday morning for a run on the boardwalk. J is currently on a training schedule, so she needed a 4-miler. I wore my new hat she had given me, she was wearing hers so we were twinsies), the run went great and the hip cooperated.



After our run, I invited her and her DH to go along with us on a sunset cruise that evening on the American Rover sailing vessel. I was so delighted they accepted our invite.



We picked them up from their hotel around 3:00, took the train into Norfolk, walked around the downtown waterfront.




Me goofing around as usual, lol.

Had a casual dinner then we boarded the ship for a 2 hour harbor cruise.





The cruise was nice, we all had a great time, despite sudden stomach issue. I got soooo sick on that cruise, I suppose it was something I ate because my stomach has never hurt that bad and I got sick really quick. We all blamed it on the olive I had at dinner (I tried an olive, never liked them in the past - and guess what???? still don't like them). Thought I was gonna die, but I managed to make it home without incident. Lesson learned: NEVER leave home without Pepto pills, just in case.

We all arrived safely back at the hotel and back home - bet we all slept good - we were pretty beat from the heat. It was a nice adventure. So glad to have met such wonderful people, hoping to venture to their neck of the woods someday.

Again, thanks J for meeting up with us, we had a great time and really enjoyed your company. You made it a great weekend, hope you enjoyed your time here and with us.

  
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SUEAZZI 7/5/2012 10:15AM

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SHARON10002 6/29/2012 2:10PM

    How wonderful you got to meet her! Sounds like you had a great weekend despite storms and stomach issue! It's so nice to meet Spark Friends. I met one of mine last fall, and we had a blast, too!

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IRISHF 6/25/2012 9:46PM

    What fun! It's always good to meet SparkFriends in person.

I love seared tuna with seaweed salad...

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JLITT62 6/25/2012 7:17PM

    We had a great time & next time you go visit your dad you can break up your trip & stay with us - altho I don't know what we'd show you other thsn the fur kids.

And it was sooooo much fun to run with you! Wish we lived closer together!

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TOOTHFUL99 6/25/2012 5:36PM

    What a fun meeting! So glad you had a good time.

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MZSLYDE01 6/25/2012 1:48PM

    Oh how wonderful. What a nice meet and greet. You two look so great - So proud of you both. Glad you got to go running.
Looks like a great time. MY TURN NEXT. LOL

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NATPLUMMER 6/25/2012 12:57PM

    J is a pretty great lady :-)
Looks like you had a great time!!

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DDOORN 6/25/2012 10:55AM

    Always SO COOL when fellow members of our SparkFamily catch up with each other!

Thx for sharing the pics too!

Don

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BUSYGRANNY5 6/25/2012 10:29AM

    Awesome! Spark friends are wonderful, what a blessing to be able to meet in person!!

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SAMI199 6/25/2012 8:50AM

    It looks like you all had a nice time! That is so nice you were able to meet faca to face!

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