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Half Marathon Race Report

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

It's official, my SIL completed his first half marathon, WAY TO GO Dan. This was my second one, and I finished 6 minutes faster this year. Here we are pre-race hanging out, waiting to get lined up. Weather was absolutely gorgeous

Corral time, we were in Coral 5, we chose to line up next to a 2:30 pace group, that would prove to be a little too ambitious later in the race.

Off we went. The 2:30 pacers started pulling way ahead, funny thing is the guy carrying the sign and leading the pace group was a WALKER, omgee, so we were a little disappointed we couldn't keep up, but better to back it down a notch, we had a long way to go.
Somewhere between mile 7 and 8, our super friends, Maria and Eli were waiting on the corner to cheer us on. So happy to see a familiar face along the way and that gave us a much needed moral boost. Thanks guys.




We kept a pretty good pace, until we hit the last bridge, which slowed us down just a tad, and then the final underpass (mile 11), boy the hammies were screaming.
We had talked about finishing together the whole race, neither of us was going to try to out do the other, it was a team effort. We rounded the corner of the final .1 mile and we kept step for step. I started with the.... "left, left, left, right, left. As you can see, we finished step for step, in perfect unison. How awesome was that?


Our finish time was 2:41, final times have yet to be published as of this morning (remind me to send a complaint email).

Yeah, we did it. Thanks for our wonderful family and friends who were waiting for us and cheering at the finish line, love you all.
Celebration dinner at my house afterwards, a spark recipe actually, Salsa Chicken, rolled up burrito style, yummy. Then for the ceremonial putting the sticker on the car, can't put it on the car til you finish. Well earned Danny, so proud of you.

The happy finishers, we had now earned the right to sport the tech tees and medals, woo hoo.

I had to be a smartie and add a little something to my car since I had already earned my 13.1 sticker last year.....

Taking a couple days off from my runs, then back at it full speed next week for 18 weeks of marathon training, next race will be Thanksgiving day, our local Turkey Trot.

  
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BILL60 11/20/2012 7:00PM

    You are a "ROCK". What a super job for both pf you. You continue to impress me with your incredible determination and "CAN DO" attitude. You hang in there cause in 2013 I'm gonna try and find a bike ride in your town that I can do. I'd love to meet you and your beautiful gang.
Hang tough my friend.

Bill

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SUEAZZI 11/17/2012 9:01AM

    Congrats Lisa!! Love the pics and race report, you are my inspiration to never give up! emoticon

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ROSET491 11/14/2012 7:39PM

    Congratulations on you race!! Love the 13.1 for your cars!!

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LISAINMS 11/14/2012 2:20PM

    WTG! Congratulations to SIL on his first. Hope he enjoyed it and keeps on truckin'.

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JLITT62 11/14/2012 6:47AM

    My sister keeps taking my iPad . . . great job! So glad this one went so much better. You rock!

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JANEMARIE77 11/13/2012 2:22PM

    great job both of you should be very proud

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You are my hero! Thanks for showing us how's it's done~ LISASTYLE!!!!



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MYLADY4 11/13/2012 9:51AM

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Looks like you had a great time.

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WINDSURFNERD 11/13/2012 9:39AM

    Great race report, congratulations on sparking your SIL with a HM!! Awesome team effort, what an inspiration! :)
Naomi

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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/13/2012 9:30AM

    YEAH!!! I thought about you two running and someday I, too, will run a half. I need to get a few 5K and 10K races under my belt, but in the near future, it will happen!

I can't tell you enough times how much you inspire me, but you TRULY, TRULY, TRULY do! There is nothing I can't do that I put my mind to these days. The 5K runs (virtual still, but not for much longer) seem like a warm up. This morning I went to Venice...tonight it's Palm Springs for 5.5 miles of fun run.

You look absolutely awesome! So does Dan! You're so lucky to have him to run with you. I still wish I lived closer. I'd be on you like glue my friend!!! emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 11/13/2012 8:37AM

    Nice pics, nice blog, nice job. Congrats to you both. Well done!!

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GROEDER 11/13/2012 7:35AM

    Congratulations, Lisa!!!! You are really inspiring!!!!!!!!

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BOILHAM 11/13/2012 7:33AM

    Terrific race report and pictures, too! You have good friends in Maria and Eli who were out there with their signs for you. Congratulation to you and Dan.
I am so proud of both of you.

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DMEYER4 11/13/2012 7:31AM

  you did an awesome job. great run.

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Are You Proud? Tell that special someone

Friday, November 09, 2012

Last night was my last training run before Sunday's half marathon. It's been a great training period for me (this will be my second half) and it has been most exciting. My SIL Dan wanted to run his first half marathon so we selected the Norfolk Freedom Half to run together. We have put in a over 200 training miles for this race and we have run our long runs together on the weekends and have been comparing our weekly runs, aches and pains, trying new sports gels, new running shoes, etc. It's been a great experience for me and I know it has been a great experience for him as well. He has such drive and determination, kinda reminds me of myself last year about this time as I was preparing for my first long race.

Well it's all over now except for the race, the BIG DAY. The training is over and anxiously anticipating Sunday's race. I know we will both do great, I have no doubt as we are properly trained. We've invested a lot of time in ourselves.

I wanted to take a minute to just let Dan know how proud I am of his hard work and determination. It takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice to run 13.1 miles. I am just so proud. I'm running this race WITH him, teamwork.

Dan, this is possible, you've worked for it and you will have proven that on Sunday when you cross the finish line and sport some serious BLING. You can do it. My reward will be seeing you cross the finish line and to see you proud of yourself and the crowning moment.... dun, dun, dun..... when you put that 13.1 sticker on your car. Woo Hoo.

I'm trying to convince him to run the full marathon with me in March, if you can train for a 5K, a 10K, and Half - you can certainly apply yourself and train to go the distance....26.2. Then on to the dream marathon.... I secretly think Dan wants to run the Marine Corps Marathon. Sky is the limit Dan.

Hop on over to Dan's page and give him a big... YOU CAN DO IT or other words of encouragement, his big day is only 2 days away.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=DG
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Make sure to check back next week for race report, I'm sure we will have a great story to tell.

  
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KANDOLAKER 11/10/2012 7:30AM

    How great for Dan to have such a great support and running partner! Best wishes to you both - and kudos to you both as well!

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BOILHAM 11/10/2012 6:29AM

    Oh yeah, Dan looks like a tough guy, and I know he'll do well. I went over and gave him gave him some congrats. Good luck to you too, Lisa.

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WONDERWOMAN 11/9/2012 10:42PM

    Good luck to both of you. I'll be watching for the race report.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/9/2012 1:17PM

    Every time I see a 13.1 sticker, I want it more. Someday! Good luck to you and Dan. You're such a great spirit and I'm sure he will feel it, too. It's going to be so Great! I just know it! emoticon

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BILL60 11/9/2012 9:39AM

    There is no doubt in my mind that you'll do just Super!!

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PMRUNNER 11/9/2012 9:34AM

    Good luck on the half! (and convincing Dan to train for and run the full too!) Looking forward to the race report!

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Have fun!!

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DGIBSON02 11/9/2012 8:37AM

    Thanks. I'm ready for that 13.1

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Rock the Vote

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Spent 90 minutes waiting at the polls this morning before work, 60 minutes of it was outsidein the cold, but so worth it. Remember if you don't vote, your voice cant be heard. Do it for your country.

For those undecided voters......Pedro (Napoleon Dynamite)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiAwpYIkRmU&
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JLITT62 11/8/2012 7:50AM

    I just walked right in & out!

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DGIBSON02 11/7/2012 8:36PM

    heck i waited over 90 minutes outside and then the same inside. Nothing like waiting for 3.5 hours to vote.

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2HAMSDIET 11/6/2012 8:11PM

    I am on the permeant mail voting here which we really like. Plus they send out books giving information about the issues pros and cons of issues and information about all the candidates. Vote it does count. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 11/6/2012 12:51PM

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I voted absentee....last week :-)

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NKOUAMI26 11/6/2012 9:03AM

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The Wicked 10K - It was really WICKED !!!!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fun race this weekend, but it sure lived up to it's name, lol. Wicked winds.
But nothing was going to stop the Devil Wearing Prada. Got to the race site at an hour before race started. Here's the finished costume, complete with sequin glasses and glitter running shoes.



Met up with SIL Dan, Sis and BFF Teresa, aren't we a silly looking bunch?


Heading to the starting line, it was very, very windy, ugghh, dreading the run. Off we went. DH snapped this pic as we ran by, way too many people. (Thanks DH for always being my biggest cheerleader)


It was hard to establish a good pace with all those people, weaving in and out, traffic jam at the first water stop, uggh, then ran 40 blocks into a 20 mph wind - the beginning of Hurricane Sandy, thank goodness the rain held out. Running into the wind was tough, couldn't find anyone to draft behind, lol, so I just kept running. Thought I was going to make my time goal, but dang it, I missed it by 2 minutes, I was so mad at myself, but hey, the conditions were certainly less than perfect, so I did my best. Finished 1:08:35, 274/614 in my age group, 4003/7264 overall.


The happy finishers, Sis, SIL Dan and I, glad to be out of the wind.

My BFF Teresa did the Monster Mile, way to go Teresa. The after party is usually held on the beach but thank goodness it was moved inside, we enjoyed chili in a bread bowl, yum and it was out of the wind.


Fun race, great family, great friends, and great party. It started to rain right after we left the party (and it's still raining). Then home for a nice long afternoon nap, snuggling with the kitties. Not the PR I hoped for, but still proud of my race efforts. Next stop, Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon, Nov. 11.

  
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JLITT62 11/8/2012 7:50AM

    Totally envious of your time! Great job!

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KANSASROSE67 11/6/2012 12:54PM

    Great job...and I love the costume!

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KAREN_NY 10/30/2012 5:01PM

    Love it!!

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LORI-K 10/30/2012 2:15PM

    FUN!!!! Way to go!!! And you look fabulous!
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LISAINMS 10/30/2012 1:17PM

    Great costume! I had a 5k that was freezing and windy on Saturday... wind just sucks the life out of my run. Good job on your time!

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SUEAZZI 10/30/2012 10:04AM

    Looked like a blast! Love the Devil Wears Prada; totally awesome! emoticon Weather conditions and running in costume in my eyes you PR'd; so PR'd of you!! emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 10/30/2012 8:59AM

    Way to go PR are ok to aim of but remember to be VERY PROUD you worked hard and should be way to go!!!!jajavascript:vjavajavascript:
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JBELICIOUS5 10/29/2012 4:14PM

    emoticon You're an inspiration! I just finished my first 5K and am looking to moving up to a 10K for next fall!

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JENN03275 10/29/2012 3:38PM

    That looked like so much fun!! I hate when there are a lot of people in a race. Good luck in your half!!

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FREDANN 10/29/2012 3:36PM

    So cool!! Good for you for running with the winds!! You look great, congratulations!
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MYLADY4 10/29/2012 3:29PM

    But you had fun and that it the most important part and looked great while doing it.

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BOILHAM 10/29/2012 3:08PM

    That did look like it was fun. Don't beat yourself up too badly, that was a great time considering the wind and crowds.

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You are amazing- but a little hard on yourself (Did I say that out loud-oops)

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FUN2BAROUND 10/29/2012 2:27PM

    Goooood for you - looks like you had fun in addition to meeting one of your stepping stones to the HM.
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Stay warm and cozy in this crazy weather! In NW GA we've had so much wind, but cold held off til yesterday. The sun is out now but snow is predicted tonight in the NE GA mtns.


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PMRUNNER 10/29/2012 2:25PM

    Looks fun! Way to go!

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You look awesome. Such creativity!!! I wouldn't be concerned about missing your time since you were running into 20 mph winds!!! You would have probably beat your goal had it been a normal day!
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GROEDER 10/29/2012 2:17PM

    I think you did great, especially considering the conditions!!!!! And you all looked good too!! LOL I'm glad you had a good time and didn't get rained on. Good luck in the half in november.
Gregg

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Visualizing Success

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Only two days left until the Wicked 10K, I love this run, love seeing all the creative costumes. No one has guessed exactly what I am going as this year. Here's another clue:

Turned my ordinary running fanny pack into an extraordinary Prada bag, no purchase necessary, just the imagination. I'm dangerous with a hot glue gun and sequins.


I received a lovely notepad of post-it notes a couple of weeks ago from my friend Sami. She is so creative and had made me halloween-themed motivational quotes. I have been putting a new one on my mirror each day. Today's ....Visualize Success. I am visualizing it as we speak, I can see the finish line and a new PR. Are you visualizing success????

  
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SHARON10002 10/29/2012 2:15PM

    Have a blast! How high will your heels be? emoticon
Good for you visualizing your success!
I know you'll do great!!!!

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JANEMARIE77 10/26/2012 8:24AM

    Run girl run have fun do your best

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I'm visualizing us shopping at Prada-lol

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LORI-K 10/25/2012 1:52PM

    FUN!!! Excited for you! I am guessing you are going to be one sexy devil wearing Prada? Cant wait to see pics! Good luck!
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LISAINMS 10/25/2012 12:47PM

    Love the Prada bag and can't wait to see your complete costume!

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KANDOLAKER 10/25/2012 12:11PM

    What fun - great that you are putting so much fun into the 10K. Enjoy the race and all the best!

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NATPLUMMER 10/25/2012 11:06AM

    Ohhhhhh....I get it. You're channeling Meryl Streep.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 10/25/2012 10:47AM

    Indeed I am!!!! I'm visualizing myself 25 lbs. (now 22 lbs.) lighter. If I stand in front of my fridge just right, I look awesome! My inspiration? Keep the fridge door shut and look at my booty!

I can't wait to see your costume for the race. You're too much fun!!! I want to be just like you someday! emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 10/25/2012 10:00AM

    You are quite good at that hot glue gun. Can't wait to see the whole running out fit and of course hear your finishing time. Today I'm focusing on my success. emoticon

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JLITT62 10/25/2012 9:04AM

    Yeah, now I'm guessing the devil wears prada, too (love that movie!). You're very creative even if I'm wrong!

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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 10/25/2012 8:15AM

    Yes I am now, at this minute, visualizing success thanks to you!! YOU ROCK!! Have a great race!
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(Does your costume have something to do with the Devil Wears Prada or Cruella De Vil, the villain from the 101 Dalmatians? lol)

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