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How I Feel - in a Nutshell

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Well this about sums it all up about the marathon training.



Getting there, one mile at a time and hanging tough. 38 days to go.

  
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KELTIC-CARA 2/25/2013 7:07PM

    Ahhhh to be on a quest, that would certainly keep the motivation going

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JLITT62 2/8/2013 8:11AM

    I know it's hard when you're busy, stressed & tired . . . but don't forget to savor the experience a bit too! We too often only see things in hindsight.

And always remember you're awesome!

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HOLLYM48 2/7/2013 6:38PM

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SUEAZZI 2/7/2013 3:29PM

    Excellent! There's nothing like having a goal to work toward; your dedication is powerful! emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 2/7/2013 2:54PM

    oh wow the first time I saw this subscription notice in my email I thought you titled your blog "NOW I'm in a nutshell".....


great inspiring picture!

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MOMMACASSEY 2/7/2013 11:53AM

    Woohoo! You ARE intense--that's the one that stands out the most, and intense is what we need to be, isn't it?

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SAMI199 2/7/2013 10:30AM

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Cheering you on all the way!!!!

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JANEMARIE77 2/7/2013 9:10AM

    you got this hang in there finish line in sight

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2HAMSDIET 2/7/2013 8:35AM

    If how you feel is in a nut shell does that make you a nut? LOL... If so you are my favorite and the most inspiring, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GROEDER 2/7/2013 8:32AM

    Keep it up!!!!!!
Thinking about your dedication motivates me while I am training for my 100 mile bike ride!!!

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The Farthest Ever

Monday, February 04, 2013

Set out to do a training run this past Saturday, we were going to do 18 miles but decided to go with 16, we had a destination in mind, which always make it more fun. Friday night we took Sis car over to my BFF house and left it there so we would have to run over to house to pick it up, 16 miles exactly, and we took over a change of clothes. So no excuses not to run, after all, we had to pick up the car.

A chilly 22 degrees when we left, OMG, had to wear a scarf over my face to keep from breathing in that kinda cold. First four miles were absolutely horrible, we just couldn't get it together, one thing after another - staying warm, couldn't get the warmed up feeling, camel pack kept slipping and sliding, rock in shoe, had to make a potty stop (already??) sheesh. So we were both second guessing this long run, but decided...no more lolly-gagging we were going to get it together and get it done.

The next 6 miles was pretty good, had a good heart stopper happen. We were running next to an empty field and low and behold a groundhog looked like he was charging at us, the lil sucker came running over to the sidewalk and I liked to jumped on top of my poor sister and almost knocked her over and let out a large scream. I've never been "charged" by a groundhog, lol. It was actually running to the drainage pipe under the sidewalk, what a relief, I thought I was going to get attacked (not really). But true story.

Then we reached a landmark location, the Acredale Saddlery, it was about 4 miles from our destination so I decided to take a pic and text it to the BFF so she would know where we were. Never been so glad to see that place.


Had to slow it down a little, traffic was picking up and we had to stay on the sidewalk, ugghhh running on concrete will kill the calves and hamstrings, ouch. Had to make another potty stop, but what luck....A DUNKIN DONUTS, woo hoo. Stopped in and grabbed a dough nut, stuffed in sis's backpack, we were saving the donut for the finish line with a glass of milk. Something about a boston creme heart shaped donut to motivate you to hurry up and get done, lol.

Took us a little longer than expected, but lots of lessons learned along the journey.

1. When things start out bad, turn it around and make it happen - and we did.
2. Potty stops are perfectly acceptable and necessary
3. There is a difference between a running camel pack and a hiking camel pack
4. Concrete sidewalks are definitely for walking
5. Beware of Groundhogs
6. Need more fuel other than GU (need to explore this a little more)

Great confidence boost for us to run this far, this is the farthest run to date, now to amp it up by adding another 2 miles to this for the week after next. This weekend is the Valentine 14K, just a warm up, never thought 9 miles would be considered a warm up, lol.

After the run, the three of us enjoyed a lovely Mexican lunch and shopping trip to find the perfect MOB (mother of bride) dress - I said yes to the dress but you will have to wait for pics of that.

Happy Monday everyone.

  
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KELTIC-CARA 2/25/2013 7:06PM

    You both had a very interest run, great blog, loved reading it.

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GR8CGRM 2/5/2013 5:58PM

    Yes. She almost knocked me down grabbing my arm when the attack groundhog charged us. LOL.. I said "he's looking for his shadow". It was for sure a rough start but ended great.. Good job sis. We rock!!


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SUEAZZI 2/5/2013 1:05PM

    Where there's a will, there's a way. Way to Go! emoticon

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BILL60 2/5/2013 8:43AM

    Way to go "Wonder Woman". You rock!! 22 degrees and you're running?? You and your buddies are real hard core.

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2HAMSDIET 2/4/2013 3:24PM

    Great run. Woo HOO. You do go the mile. I have had issues with animals like that too. Mine was a skunk and thank goodness we didn't get the perfume bath. Thank you for your list of lessons as I was thinking of getting a camel and now I have some more insight. Thanks. Keep on running you are our hero. Sarge emoticon

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SPARTANPHOTOG 2/4/2013 1:27PM

    emoticon Awesome and inspiring as ever!

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NATPLUMMER 2/4/2013 12:11PM

    Valuable lessons learned.
Great run!!!

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LORI-K 2/4/2013 11:29AM

    You're AWESOME!! Love the running report....good points made. You're doing great....! So excited for you!
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MPETERSON2311 2/4/2013 11:04AM

    wow great job! That pic made me second look a bit...thought it said ACREDLE- thats my old last name!

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MYLADY4 2/4/2013 10:04AM

    At least your runs are interesting and loved that you stopped to get a donut for after the run.

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LAURELSPARK 2/4/2013 9:52AM

    I'm so impressed!!!!

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MZSLYDE01 2/4/2013 9:50AM

    Woo Hoo - You guys are the queens. Man oh Man. 16 miles. WOWEE.
That whole groundhog thing still has me rolling. I can picture you right now....Hee Hee Hee.
Glad you did it with the sis. And Mexican after a run that long would be perfect.
And the lessons learned it important for future long runs.


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ACCEPTINGME73 2/4/2013 9:47AM

    I love this!!! You did great. I would have been totally freaked out about the groundhog. Lol.

Can't wait to hear about the V-Day run.

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JANEMARIE77 2/4/2013 8:38AM

    awesome so love it nice to have a partner to run with such great lessons learned and a doughnut for the finish that is super.
I wish non runners would understand that the sidewalk is no place to run.
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BOILHAM 2/4/2013 8:10AM

    Sounds like you had fun. I smiled about the groundhog. I once got attacked by a mother duck who was most likely protecting her duckling. She just wanted me away from them. LOL.
Great run report! - Vic

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SAMI199 2/4/2013 8:10AM

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I am always amazed by the distance you run-god golly-that is a LONG run!
Your determination to reach your destination-however difficult it is has helped me push harder .( I swear I hear you saying "keep going!"
Thanks for the tips-lol.



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JLITT62 2/4/2013 8:09AM

    You are KILLING it!

It's funny how "short" runs seem when you start running longer. Not that I've ever run 16, of course. Or 15 or 14 . . . see how awesome you are?

But can't believe you won't show us the dress! Or tht you had the energy to shop for it!

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TENACIOUSTRISH 2/4/2013 8:03AM

    Happy Monday to you!

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Food for Thought

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I saw this on my FB page this morning, what a simple way to put things into prospective, real "food for thought"



Life has been cray-zeeeeee here, lots of unexpected inferences. Seems like all I do is training, training, and more training. I'm hanging in there, but I can say it is getting tough and grueling. 35 miles on tap for this week with a 16-mile long run on Saturday. It's really hard to look at 16-miles as being fun, lol, but always a great feeling of accomplishment when it's over.

One more month of amping up the mileage, then it's all downhill from there. I can hang tough for FOUR MORE WEEKS. I'm doing it, no excuses.

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RLLRKAT 2/1/2013 10:42AM

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MZSLYDE01 2/1/2013 9:48AM

    You are such a warrior girl - I know you can do it and most of all YOU KNOW YOU CAN DO IT....
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BILL60 2/1/2013 8:53AM

    Just hang tough, as you always do. In 4 weeks the rewards will be plenty. The very best.

Bill

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LISAINMS 1/31/2013 10:18PM

    4 weeks to go... awesome!

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SHARON10002 1/30/2013 10:39PM

    Wow what a grueling schedule! But I know that you'll do this and do great! I like the quote. Thanks for sharing that with us.
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JANEMARIE77 1/30/2013 3:33PM

    you so got this

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SUEAZZI 1/30/2013 3:09PM

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You are amazing!!

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HALFFAST 1/30/2013 12:57PM

    I can't believe it's only 4 weeks away! I'm soooooooo excited for you!!!

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NATPLUMMER 1/30/2013 12:03PM

    Love it!
You can totally make it through the training....you want this!!


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RORYJOJO 1/30/2013 11:47AM

    That rule does not apply to Honey! (just wanted to point that out since I am a beekeeper!) Honey never goes bad and is an excellent natural sweetner! Thank you for sharing the wonderful blog! ;)

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MYLADY4 1/30/2013 10:27AM

    Could not agree more with the food statement.

Wow, only 4 more weeks, that's going to fly by. Good luck

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MOMMACASSEY 1/30/2013 9:36AM

    Just one more month? Wow--and then you will...?

The thing about anticipating something for me is that once it's done, I end up wondering what to do with myself. When we visited my girls' pediatrician the other day, he asked when we wanted to schedule a meeting with a geneticist, and when we thought about "trying for the boy." My husband told him that everything for us ends at our daughter's surgery, in March--after that, we have no plans right now, because we're working our way to that.

And the doctor said something I'm going to be keeping in my heart for this next month and a half of anticipation and worrying: that after the surgery is when we can really start our lives. That we should not look toward that as any kind of ending, but as the beginning.

Which is all really to say, one more month? When you're done you'll be able to think about how easy it would all be to do again!

(They say these things are addictive, and they may just be right.)

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GATORADE71 1/30/2013 9:31AM

    Wow!!! 16 mile run...you're my hero.

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Stronger Today than Yesterday

Tuesday, January 15, 2013



Oweeeee, suffering a little today from DOMS, must mean I did it right.

  
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SUEAZZI 1/30/2013 3:11PM

    My favorite kind of feeling! Feeling it in my arms and glutes today from tabatta last night! Boxing in one hour, bring it on! emoticon

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FITBY40-2015 1/29/2013 9:09AM

    LOL THATS GOOD BECAUSE MY BUTT HEURTS FROM ALL THE SQUATS AND LUNGES I DID YESTERDAY!!! emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 1/16/2013 2:30PM

    woohoo! I am SORE!

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Let the Buffness begin!

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JANEMARIE77 1/16/2013 2:00PM

    doing great

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MOMMACASSEY 1/16/2013 1:17PM

    Oh, I feel ya! And somehow, the soreness even has moments of feeling stronger... yanno?

When the soreness goes away, it just means it's time to work out again!

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MZSLYDE01 1/16/2013 9:11AM

    BETTER HIT SOME RECOVERY DRINKS OR SOMETHING. BCAA'S GIRL.... LOL
BUT I AM PROUD OF YOU GUYS FOR GETTING IT DONE. MAKES ME WANT TO DO IT TOO.

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MYLADY4 1/15/2013 8:53PM

    Yep, could not agree more. Hope you are moving better tomorrow.

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WONDERWOMAN 1/15/2013 6:29PM

    Take care and pamper that body.

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Half-Way To Marathon

Monday, January 14, 2013

18 Weeks of Training started in November, hit the half way mark this weekend. I can honestly say this is the hardest goal I have ever set for myself, but I'm tackling it one day at a time.

One of the hardest things is carving out the block ot time necessary to meet this goal. Running 3 days during the week and long runs every Saturday while keeping up with all my other duties has been quite a challenge and especially these past two weeks since the mileage is amping up and it's taking more and more time. I had my long run set for Saturday, but family duty called, so I had to change it to Sunday.

Changing plans really used to upset me, however during these past 9 weeks of training, I've learned to juggle life's distractions (there have been so many lately) and still meet "MY" goals, I believe that is a very valuable lesson I've learned.

Started the long run yesterday with my sister, we got a late start (another lesson in being flexible, lol) but we completed the 15 miles, one step at a time. We were going to treat ourselves to IHOP all-you-can-eat pancakes when we were done, so from about mile 8 I started imaging how good those pancakes were gonna be and guessing how many I could eat, after all I could have as many as I wanted (not really, but it was a great visual - me with a huge stack of pancakes)

Do you know how totally famished one can be after running 15 miles? Here's me being silly (as always), BEWARE this a post run pic, no make-up and a bad hair-do, lol. If you can't have fun, what good is it right? I only managed to eat 3 pancakes, they were small, but I sure inhaled 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon and some hashbrowns before I moved on to dessert....pancakes, and I belonged to the clean plate club.


I saw this on my FB page this morning...

  
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HEALTHYL1 1/17/2013 4:40PM

    That sounds like an excellent post run breakfast!!! Great job! emoticon emoticon

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BILL60 1/17/2013 8:12AM

    My heroine has done it again. Way to go both on your training and your pancake feast. Keep up that self-discipline.

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HALFFAST 1/15/2013 7:17PM

    Fantastic run! And I think you look great post-run :) You totally earned that breakfast!!

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SHARON10002 1/15/2013 4:55PM

    You look amazing after running all that way! I am in awe of anyone who can walk those long distances, let alone RUN them! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Love the picture!

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2HAMSDIET 1/14/2013 10:29PM

    What a great healthy glow you have. Nice bonus I can see from running. You look wonderful. emoticon emoticon

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LORI-K 1/14/2013 8:34PM

    You're awesome!! I'm rooting for you! You can do it!
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JANEMARIE77 1/14/2013 4:18PM

    you look beautiful and you are amazing so happy you have dug in and found the way to make yourself important enough to make time and room for your goals so strong in so many ways

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MYLADY4 1/14/2013 3:26PM

    Love the picture. I must be a freak cause I was rarely hungry after long runs, weird.

You are doing great, keep it up.

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MOMMACASSEY 1/14/2013 3:17PM

    Dude, you ran farther on Sunday than I run in a week! WOW!

I ought to start imagining treats like IHOP... I bet you really do work up an appetite. Even though it's cold and wet here, by the time I finish 30 minutes of walking/jogging intervals, all I want is a shower. But hey, imagining how good a shower's going to feel would push me to finish a little faster or go a little farther, too!

BTW, your picture looks great, from the clean plate all the way up!

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MPETERSON2311 1/14/2013 3:09PM

    wow. what an inspiration!

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WONDERWOMAN 1/14/2013 1:55PM

    I am in awe of you, and anyone who can follow through on a marathon training plan. Besides fear of injury, the time commitment is my biggest roadblock to attempting that goal. Great picture by the way.

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JLITT62 1/14/2013 12:58PM

    Great job! My appetite tends to get suppressed by really long runs . . . but you earned every single bite!

Who knew the lessons you'd learn?

We miss you!

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SAMI199 1/14/2013 11:13AM

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MZSLYDE01 1/14/2013 9:55AM

    OMGosh - PANCAKES sound soooooo good right now. YUMMY.
Good job on the 15 miles.
You look beautiful as always - Bad hair, no make up - it doesn't matter.
I am learning a lesson or two about life's distractions too. With the SH's new work hours it has really thrown my schedule for a loop but you just have to roll with it and make sure to find the time. I know it's something I have struggled with but not anymore. It's about making the time no matter what.


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