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The Training Continues...

Monday, January 07, 2013

Great weekend. Still training for my first marathon in March, sheesh the long runs are getting so much longer now.

I had my first of three timed training races this past weekend. Three races are set up for those training for the big 26.2. This weeks race was 12 miles, figured that would be a piece of cake since I've run that distance many times before. I used this race to test out my new running shoes, they don't make the style that I've been running in for past three years so I had to try something new, uggghhh, why do they always change the shoes? Tested out the New Balance, not what I would have selected but I decided to give them a try. Not too bad, gonna take some getting used to, since I switched from a neutral shoe to a light stability shoe. Lady at the running store assured me they would be great.

Completed it a lot slower than I would have liked to but I was testing the new running shoes and I had just been to the chiropractor the day before so I was running a little sore from that, didn't want to push myself too hard and risk injury so I just took it nice and easy. Overall, I'd call it success, I did finish, lol.

I was hoping to meet some new friends to run with but I ended up running by myself the whole way. I got a late start to the race as I was still in line for that last minute potty stop when the gun went off, so I was way behind. I did manage to pass a few people along the way and I wasn't last, yeah.

The race was run on the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, I'd been wanting to run this route for a while and just never made it out there. Gorgeous scenery and only one thing concerned me.....a sign that said BEWARE... bear sightings in this area, so you can bet my eyes were wide open and scanning around on the lookout, lol. Aren't bears supposed to be in hibernation this time of year?

Next race is on January 26th, 15 miles.

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BOILHAM 1/14/2013 7:43AM

    Getting psyched for the big one? You are awesome, and have come so far. I so agree with you about taking it slow and not getting injured. That has become my number 1 strategy. I don't care about speed for a marathon, just run to finish and you will do well. Like Hal Higdon says "running a marathon is about endurance not speed". emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 1/7/2013 9:18PM

    Dang, you just keep going like the energizer bunny! Great job. Good luck with the shoes.

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MYLADY4 1/7/2013 2:31PM


Too funny about the bear sign. I suppose it depends where you live if they are hibernating. If there is still food out (humans running a race.....hahaha) why hibernate.

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HALFFAST 1/7/2013 2:24PM

    I hate when they discontinue shoes I like. The same thing happened to me with the Ghost 3's :( I hope the new ones work out for you! I can't believe your marathon is only 2 months away! Woohoo!

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LISAINMS 1/7/2013 2:03PM

    Woot woot! Keep going!

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MZSLYDE01 1/7/2013 12:13PM

    LOL - I hate it when you start liking something and it works great for you and then they take it away. Isn't that just the luck. Well I hope the New Balance work out for you. Let me know. I am looking to get some new running shoes because the ones I have hurt my feet bad.
Anyway - so proud of you. You are a true blue runner lady.
I am excited for you to finish the big one.

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NATPLUMMER 1/7/2013 10:34AM

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MPETERSON2311 1/7/2013 10:17AM

    what an inspiration! emoticon

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BILL60 1/7/2013 10:15AM

    Way to go!! Hope those shoes do the trick. Keep on trucking and make this year one to remember.

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LORI-K 1/7/2013 8:55AM

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You're doing awesome!!!

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SAMI199 1/7/2013 8:17AM

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If you look up determination in the dictionary you'll see SkinnyPowell's Picture!
You rock!

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JANEMARIE77 1/7/2013 7:55AM

    emoticon emoticon Brave to try new shoe on a 12 mile run keep up the great work

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JLITT62 1/7/2013 7:53AM

    Great job! Just think . . . the slower you run now, maybe the faster you'll run in the actual marathon!

It's good to "see" you!

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Surf-N-Santa 10 Miler

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sis and I visited the expo to pick up my race number on Friday, and we ran into a jolly ole fellow.

Lots of silly photo ops at the expo.

I got two new hats at the expo, yeah, I have a thing for running hats these days.

Race day was Saturday. It was raining, uggghhh. I woke up with a headache, I seriously considered just staying in bed, I can’t function with a headache, but I knew I would kick myself in the butt if I didn’t go, I asked the DH to take my pic before I left. I love themed races but I have never been to a Christmas one before.

I had to get there early in order to get a parking spot, I took some Tylenol and had a banana hoping I would feel better. I went inside to see how everyone else was dressed, I really wanted to just sit in the car and die with my headache, but I had to get it together. Look who I ran into, my fav Elf Buddy, only he wasn't so cheery. Standing in line for the restroom for 20-25 minutes can make one an angry elf, lol...

Headache went away, just in time to start, thank goodness. I was so nervous racing by myself, I didn’t think being there alone would bother me but it did, lol, my DH had to work. And I felt like such a nerd taking my own picture at the starting line.

Off I ran, it was unusually warm and I was overdressed with my new thermal running pants on, I should have wore shorts, but dang…it is supposed to be winter time. Perfect 54 degrees, but a little humid from the rain. 5,500 participants.

I seriously wanted to quit after mile 3, the 5K runners were being directed towards the finish line and I really just wanted to finish with them and be done, but I just couldn’t quit. I turned the corner at the mile 3 mark to find my friend Billy and his daughter, standing by the water stop yelling “go Lisa”, what a nice surprise. My DH had told him the night before that he had to work and that he wouldn’t be there for me, so Billy volunteered to be a cheerleader, that was the sweetest thing ever, and that gave me the oomph I needed to keep going. After that it was smooth sailing.

Kinda lonely running on my own, but I kept my pace and did my own thing. I missed my running buddies. Rounded the corner about .2 miles from the finish and there was Billy again, this time with his camera, what a sweetie. I finished in 1:57:49, I had set a two hour limit on myself, so I was happy to have made that goal.

The after party really stunk, gave us come icky soup, tasted like flavored water, that was a huge letdown since my tummy was really hungry, so I didn't hang around, went home for some food and a hot shower.

Thanks to all my friends for sending me supporting texts to cheer me on and posting your support on FB, it means alot.

Great race, can't wait to do it again next year. Lots of looonnng training runs to keep me occupied until my next race on New Years Day.

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BILL60 1/2/2013 12:07PM

    You're one tough cookie. Way to hang in there and overcome.

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STRINGS58 12/31/2012 9:09AM

    Very cool. Glad the headache went away. emoticon for the run!

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 12/28/2012 12:10AM

    How awesome you are:)

I am so glad you decided to keep going and finished your goal. emoticon

Loved the Elf photo - can totally identify lol

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1HOTMAMA2BE 12/12/2012 9:48AM

    I can't tell you enough how much you inspire me!!! I don't know if I could have got up not feeling 100% (especially with a headache) and running all myself. You looked good, too! Your make-up looked perfect!

We have the Ugly Sweater Run in Vegas this weekend. Just me and my honey. He's been training since the Ugly Sweater Run in Lawrence a couple weeks ago. It was his first run...of many! He's caught the running bug and wants to better his time everytime he runs. His doctor is going to freak next time he sees him! Gotta love it!

Keep on training, girl! You're on fire!!! emoticon

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RUNHAPPEE 12/11/2012 8:38PM

    Glad you had a good race! I so wanted to do the Frosty 5k but it was sold out :(

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JANEMARIE77 12/11/2012 1:22PM

    way to go glad you got it done rain headache and all good for you

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LAURELSPARK 12/11/2012 7:47AM

    Congrats on pushing through the headache!

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2HAMSDIET 12/10/2012 10:42PM

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You looked sparktacular!

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MZSLYDE01 12/10/2012 2:21PM

    Nice pics - Love your outfit.
Now I am kicking myself in the butt - I didn't sign up for my Santa Run Race, I forgot about it and it's already done. What a bummer. I really have to slow down.
Great job girl.

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CAROLCRC 12/10/2012 2:08PM

    Great job! I know what you mean about it feeling strange to go to a race and run alone... much better when you have someone to hang out with before and after even if you don't run together.

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SUSANSERENE 12/10/2012 1:01PM

    Mission accomplished and you did it in such style! Love your fancy running outfit and with your hat you looked positively festive! Yay, Lisa!

I'm so proud of you. You had some obstacles to overcome on race day but you fought them off and finished your 10 mile! Rock on!

Gosh! So glad I checked in with you this morning. You've inspired me to get moving today! Thanks, Ms. Motivator!

Sparkle on!

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BOILHAM 12/10/2012 12:21PM

    Glad you had a good run. You look good in the Santa outfit, too!
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JLITT62 12/10/2012 11:43AM

    Great job & you look awesome!

I mostly race by myself, which probably explains why I don't race that often . . . geez, I really wish we lived closer!

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HALFFAST 12/10/2012 11:43AM

    emoticon Way to go!

PS. I wanna be your FB friend! You can find me as "therunawaybride" :)

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PMRUNNER 12/10/2012 11:13AM

    Way to go! Nice run and report!

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KAREN_NY 12/10/2012 10:56AM

    Way to hang in there!!!

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ONMYMEDS 12/10/2012 10:46AM

    Nice race report. Good run. Well done!!

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Who Knew????

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I have been trying to find a variety of things to cook for dinner. I always try to make healthy, balanced meals and I have been running out of ideas. Tired of the same-ole same-old. Dad is staying with us and he diabetic so I want to make sure he is eating properly, so I asked him what kinds of foods he likes to eat and his response was "I'm not picky", well that sure was a big help, lol. I went to the market yesterday on my lunch hour and couldn't decide what to purchase for dinner so I bought a couple of things. I was set to make us breakfast for dinner but dad sent me a text and said "HE" was cooking dinner. What????? Dad cook?????

I must say I was wondering all afternoon what kind of disaster I would come home and find and if "his" cooking was going to be edible. Well get a load of this.....

Stuffed peppers and not the Stouffer's frozen ones either. WOW, totally from scratch and he had even set the table. I was floored. Who knew Dad was a chef???? Not me, can't wait until the next time he surprises us with dinner. Thanks dad for giving me a night off in the kitchen, please feel free to repeat as necessary :)

Gearing up for the big Surf-N-Santa 10-mile race on Saturday, this will be the first official 10-mile race so I'm guaranteed a PR, lol. Looking forward to the festive atmosphere and getting "my run on".

Happy day Sparkies, make it count. Love to all.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 12/6/2012 7:23PM

    WOW! You're one lucky daughter! What a great looking plate, too! He had it all going on!

Good luck on your run Saturday. I know you'll do always do! Hope the weather is perfect and you enjoy every mile! emoticon I'm sure there will be a little of this going on.

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LAURELSPARK 12/6/2012 3:48PM

    Your meal looks delicious! I'll have to give your Dad a call when I can't think of what to cook for dinner.

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BILL60 12/6/2012 1:34PM

    Your Dad is a total "Dude". Wish I could cook other than steak and hamburgers. Hey, good luck on your run. Make Dad proud.

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SUSANSERENE 12/6/2012 1:19PM

    What a great story about your dad, lucky you! I love surprises like that! What else did he serve besides asparagus? It ALL looks so yummy!!

Congratulations and best of luck on your race! I'm a dreamer, still, a non-runner who can't walk to the car without running out of breath. God help me! I'm really proud of you for your accomplishments! You continue to inspire me!

Keep sparkling!

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2HAMSDIET 12/6/2012 12:36PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I want your Dad to come visit me. LOL. I pray you great weather for you race. We are all cheering you on. emoticon

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MYLADY4 12/6/2012 10:32AM

    Stuffed belled peppers ROCK!!! Way to go dad emoticon

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MARATHON_MOM 12/6/2012 10:21AM

    Wow.. that's pretty awesome. I'm pretty sure if my dad got in the kitchen to cook, we would be having rice. That's about it... just rice. LOL

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BOILHAM 12/6/2012 9:28AM

    What a great Dad! Some of us geezers have hidden talents.

I once shocked DW by making an apple pie from scratch. My own crust, real apples, etc. My grandmother and mother used to make them from scratch, and I knew how - just hadn't ever done it since I was young. Don't get any ideas that your Dad will be cooking again soon though Lisa, we do stuff like this once (just to show off) and then never again. LOL.

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JLITT62 12/6/2012 9:14AM

    Maybe sometime he can cook while you're around & you can pick up some tips! Good luck on your race.

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PASTAFARIAN 12/6/2012 9:01AM

    You've already done HMs without having done 10Ms? What's next - your first 10K?!

PS: Love the story about your dad. Think I saw that as an X Files episode. :-)

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MZSLYDE01 12/6/2012 8:21AM

    Wow that was awesome. YOU GO DAD... It looks really good too. Look at that wonder. HMM - I see Stuffed Peppers in the near future at my table... LOL
I bet your race is going to be fun. I hear the Christmas ones are great. I will be thinking of ya.

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BEVERLYB1989 12/6/2012 7:41AM

    Good Luck on your race!! You must be so excited!! I just started running and I can't WAIT till I can run ten miles emoticon Most importantly, have a great time!

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JANEMARIE77 12/6/2012 7:28AM

    Dads are so full of wonderful surprises. Best of luck with your New PR lol really have a wonderful race

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Christmas Parade

Monday, December 03, 2012

The Holidays are officially here. Started out the month long celebration with our annual family trip to the Christmas parade at the beach. It's always a fun time for our family, it's a tradition, complete with silly hats, glow necklaces, my famous homemade sausage and cheese biscuits and cookies. (I only bake once a year, lol) and we enjoy the goodies at the parade with a large thermos of hot cocoa. This year I was so excited to take my GS to his first parade. Christmas is always more fun thru the eyes of a child, and of course, I'm just a bid kid myself. Missed having my oldest teenage grandson there, but he was the lucky one that got to go to Busch Gardens Christmastown, there's always next year. I was so happy to also have my dad come along with us this year, it is so nice having him living back in Virginia. Here's the story in pics.

My DD and I, this is her last Christmas at home before she gets married, sniffle, sniffle.

My sweet youngest grandson, just started walking this week, couldn't keep him from toddling everywhere.

My chunky pie is snacking on a biscuit. So much fun chasing him around.

My DH and the Chunkster

The parade started and he was mesmerized.

He fell asleep on Auntie Jessica's lap half way thru the parade, he was so worn out from all the excitement. I was a little tired too since I had started my day with a 6 a.m. 8-mile long run with the SIL.

After the parade we all gathered at my house for pizza and we watched the movie "ELF". No matter how many millions of times I watch that movie, I still LAUGH. What a great way to kick off the holidays

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SHARON10002 12/5/2012 10:54PM

    This is also my ideal way to get into the Christmas spirit. We went to Williamsburg the last 3 years in a row for Grand Illumination weekend which includes their parade. That's still the most exciting thing for me! Discovered it back in 73 with my roommate when we were teaching in Newport News. The picture on my page is of me and her last year just before the parade.
Loved all of your pictures. What a little sweetie your grandson is - such a sweet face. I can't wait for my new granddaughter to get old enough to do things with!

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NATPLUMMER 12/5/2012 11:17AM

    Awesome day!

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JANEMARIE77 12/4/2012 7:21AM

    what a wonderful way to spend the day everyone looks so happy

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MADAMES 12/4/2012 4:09AM

    Looks like the perfect match of family, Christmas and traditional foods! Thanks for sharing your blog! We love Elf too...even though we know a lot of the lines by heart!

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SAMI199 12/3/2012 12:18PM

    Thanks for letting us go to the parade with you! We watched ELF,too.Even my DH laughs out loud at the Angry Elf scene....

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1HOTMAMA2BE 12/3/2012 9:44AM

    I love ELF!!!! Eight mile run to start your day? Excellent! Loved the pics, too! Such a cutie your little chunkie pie. Sounds like the perfect day to me. You're so blessed my friend! emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 12/3/2012 9:24AM

    How delightful. I felt like I was at the parade with you and your beautiful family. Your going to have to give your grandson a new nick name now he is walking as I'm sure he will have the running bug too. Run Grandma run. emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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BILL60 12/3/2012 8:40AM

    Just Super!! I thoroughly enjoy sharing the Holidays with "The Gang". Thank you for sharing.

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BOILHAM 12/3/2012 8:38AM

    You have a good looking family there! Thanks for taking the time to post this beautiful blog.
The Chunkster, LOL, has such pinchable cheeks. Love that kid!

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JLITT62 12/3/2012 7:55AM

    Looks like a fun day! You know you & DD look lime sisters, right?

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ELRIDDICK 12/3/2012 7:54AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Turkey Trot 10K

Monday, November 26, 2012

It was a chilly, chilly, windy morning, uggghh, not so perfect running conditions, but wanted to start the day with a calorie deficit, lol.

Had to do my famous race pose, which really means...hurry up and take the pic dear :)

A sea of people, I've never seen so many at a local race.

And we're off, Hi honey, I'll see ya in six miles.....

I ran my heart out, I wanted a new PR and I just knew today was going to be the day, it had to more 10K's on the schedule for a long time, so RUN LISA RUN.

Great race, I did my best, but I missed it by 20 seconds, awwwhhh shucks. Enjoyed a great holiday weekend with the family afterwards.

I want to give a shout out to my Granddaughter who ran the Turkey Trot 5K in Burgettstown, PA - AWESOME job on your medal. She finished second place in her age group (13) and a big Woo Hoo to my SIL Dan who finished his best 5K time ever. I love that running has become a part of our family.

Running happy and on Week 2 of Marathon Training, gotta run yall.

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JANEMARIE77 11/28/2012 7:35AM

    great job you are wonderful

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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/27/2012 10:38PM

    How did I miss this??? You are the best in my book girlie! You look good and I'm sure you did awesome! Marathon training?!?!? Yikes! I just need to get my first 5K under my belt this weekend with the Ugly Sweater Run. All my "virtual" 5Ks on the NordicTrack may not compare! I'm nervous, but I'll be thinking of you while I'm running.

As always, YOU ROCK!!! emoticon

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JLITT62 11/27/2012 5:29AM

    It's hard to PR in that sea of people! I'd love to do a turkey trot someday . . . but it's an hour & a half drive each way for us on thanksgiving so it's just easier to run on my own . . . which I did.

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MYLADY4 11/26/2012 9:09PM

    I missed "running" the Turkey Trot in a local town cause my running partner (sister) went out of town. There is just something about the excitement of it all but I did run/walk the 5 mile route on my treadmill, just no T-shirt.

Good luck on the training.

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WONDERWOMAN 11/26/2012 8:47PM

    You look great in those pictures. Who cares about a PR on Thanksgiving? Running and doing something healthy to start out the day is what counts. Yay for you!

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NATPLUMMER 11/26/2012 7:45PM

    emoticon Even without a PR, you still ran a great race!!

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2HAMSDIET 11/26/2012 4:50PM

    emoticon What a shinning example you are! It is so nice you have your family inspired. Well done. emoticon emoticon

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SAMI199 11/26/2012 3:58PM


The wind had to be working against you... You are the best example for your family & such an inspiration to me.

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ONMYMEDS 11/26/2012 3:56PM

    Nice job, well done.

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BOILHAM 11/26/2012 3:49PM

    Good job, nice to be on marathon training too!

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KANSASROSE67 11/26/2012 3:45PM

    Great job...very cool that running is a family thing!

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