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I'm a Marathon Runner - Race Report

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Vader has been confronted and has been turned into a Marathoner Finisher, woo hoo. What a crazy race.



I just love festive attire.

Race day started with spending two hours inside the hotel lobby waiting on race to start, it was way too cold and windy to hang outside.

Hubby surprised Sis and I with a pre-race gift, some shoe bling - a 26.2 charm for the shoe, thanks honey.



It was a cold, windy start to the race, good thing we brought the appropriate attire, ear muffs, jacket, etc.



First 6 miles went great, was running the usual pace, my friend Paulette and her hubby were braving the cold at mile 6 to cheer us on, thanks guys, it was a welcome site.

Mile 9 was when tragedy struck. I had been worried about how my right hip was going to hold out since I've been having issues forever with that pesky little muscle then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it felt like someone shot me in the left knee, what the heck? this was totally unexpected and had never happened before, we stopped to stretch but that didn't help. Had this not have been "the big race", I would have quit, however I knew I must go on. So I downed some ibuprofen, thank goodness I had a stash in the trusty ole fanny pack, so off we went. We ran the next 10 miles into the wind, uggghh, what a horrible way to go, but thank goodness it wasn't raining. Hubby was waiting with the camera on an overhead walkway at mile 13, so I told sis we had to make it look good so he wouldn't see me limping and worry, so I faked it pretty good, you can smile when you're in pain if you will it to happen, lol.



Our time was really slowing down at this point, we were running anywhere between a 13-14 minute mile, totally unacceptable in my standards, however I was wounded. Our longest mile was 15:48, you could tell we were dropping to the back of the pack.

By the time I hit mile 17 I was about done, my knee was hurting so bad I couldn't even walk so I had to keep running, mile 20, was excruciating, but I knew dad was parked around mile 24 to see his girls run, so I kept up the brave face and faked it real good.



Finish line was in sight, woo hoo, almost there, kept up the brave front til I made it across and then it was pretty obvious I was limping, but hey....I was done, I crossed the finish line, I'm a marathoner and it only took me 6:06 to finish, lol, I predicted 5 hours and I am sure we would have made that if it hadnt been for the knee, dang it, better luck next time, and there WILL BE a next time, you can bet on that.







I tried to have a little fun at the after party but I just needed a hot shower and an ice pack for the knee so home we went. Hubby was so proud, and I was proud too.



My daughter stopped by after the race to tell me how proud she was, that made me smile.


I came home to a super surprise too, a rug that says I CAN DO 26.2, how awesome is that.


I checked my garmin when I got home, apparently the race marshall that was supposed to be stationed at mile 9 had left, so sis and I ended up going the wrong away, along with a handful of other people, so we ended up finishing 27.5 miles, an extra 1.3 miles. I spent yesterday icing the knee and sleeping, today I seem to be much better. I wasn't sore except for the knee. Great race despite a few surprises with the knee. Going to take a few weeks off to get the knee back in shape.

Thanks for all my SP buddies for cheering me on, I couldn't have done it without ya. Thanks to a special someone who sent me a good luck charm, thanks Teresa for volunteering in the cold to hand out my medal, and of course a special thanks to my Sis, thanks for the great run and for pushing thru your pain too...we did it.

  
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LISAINMS 4/24/2013 8:58AM

    How did I miss this blog this first time? Congratulations on achieving marathoner status! Hope your knee is feeling better.
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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/22/2013 11:05AM

    emoticon Sometimes you just have to do it, even if it isn't pretty. Sounds like my first, too.
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THINBUCKEYE 4/22/2013 10:59AM

    Huge accomplishment! Congrats! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 4/22/2013 9:17AM

    Congratulations!!! Awesome job! Hope the knee feels better soon! emoticon

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LORI-K 4/22/2013 12:02AM

    SO PROUD OF YOU!!! I hope your knee is healing up. You did great. You worked so hard and you did it!
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MADAMES 4/5/2013 9:20PM

   
What an amazing and inspirational story! When I look at your
""before" picture on your Spark page I can hardly believe that is you! Wow.
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GOODIEB 3/26/2013 10:54AM

    Awesome! Great job and something to be very proud of because you had to work really hard to get to cross that finish line. I hope your knee has healed.

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GROEDER 3/26/2013 8:23AM

    You are AMAZING!!!!!!! What courage and determinatiion you have. I am very proud of you, my friend.
What you did reminds my that the words on the chain I always wear are true - "Pain is temporary - Pride is forever".
I hope the knee heals quickly and completely.

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SHARON10002 3/20/2013 9:31PM

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Way to go on completing your first marathon!!! So very sorry to read about your knee. I don't think I could have done that - I commend you for pushing through, and hope you did not cause further damage.
Loved all of the pictures, too, and your outfits! What a wonderful surprise in the rug from your DH. How sweet is that?! How'd the shoes do?

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RUNNINGAL425 3/20/2013 5:03PM

    Congrats!

If you are having hip problems, the knee thing may not be a knee problem, but an IT band problem. That is illiotal band
in case you haven't heard of it. It often exhibits pain in the knee as the first sign, and often can be brought on by hip problems.

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HOTDEENOW 3/20/2013 4:25PM

    That's awesome! Is your knee better? You look great :)

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MOMMACASSEY 3/20/2013 4:16PM

    WAY TO GO!



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HALFFAST 3/20/2013 11:59AM

    WOOHOOOOOO!!!! You did it!!!! You are a MARATHONER!!!! I am so proud of you- words can't even express the joy this brought to me. Especially with the injury so early on. You are definitely my hero!! You are a SuperStar!!!

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FITBY40-2015 3/20/2013 11:54AM

    YAY!!!you did it!! congratulations to you and your sister. i love the bling from your hubby and of course the rug . emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOILHAM 3/20/2013 10:04AM

    Great blog and pictures! You are a marathoner! Woohoo. Sorry you had to do it in pain, but all the more an achievement!

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CMERUN29 3/20/2013 9:47AM

    Congratulations, Marathon Runner! What an awesome experience. I've just started training for my first marathon in July and I hope to have the love and support that you had during yours. Rest up and I hope your knee feels better soon.

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BILL60 3/20/2013 9:30AM

    And that's why you're my "Bud". You have GUTS, DESIRE, SELF_DISCIPLINE, and GRIT. I'm honored to know you. Hang tough and have that knee checked out.

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NINJALINDA 3/20/2013 8:08AM

    Hey, I was there too for my first marathon as well. You beat the snot out of me (7:07). We finished! emoticon

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SEABREEZE64 3/20/2013 5:50AM

    Congratulations on completing your marathon. Hope that knee heals quickly! I love the rug - what a thoughtful gift!!!

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DGIBSON02 3/19/2013 11:07PM

    Congrats. Can't wait for next HALF marathon lol

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WONDERWOMAN 3/19/2013 8:07PM

    Wow! Congrats on being a marathoner! You inspire me. emoticon emoticon
Now take care of that knee. Get it looked at.

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PIXIEMOM13 3/19/2013 6:49PM

    WoW!! And for being injured I'd say 6:06 is an AWESOME time.. I bet you would have been faster uninjured.

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LAURELSPARK 3/19/2013 6:35PM

    Congrats on finishing the race...........you are a real trooper!!

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THATGIRL0515 3/19/2013 6:33PM

    Ran a marathon, you did! emoticon emoticon

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HLTHYRNRMOM 3/19/2013 3:45PM

    Congrats Marathoner!!!

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You are a champion in every sense of the word! I am so happy you were able to push through despite the pain. (I know it must have been killing you for you to even mention it) I can't wait to see what you come up with next-lol.
Well done,Miss Marathon Girl!

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You are one tough Jedi!

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SUEAZZI 3/19/2013 1:21PM

    Congratulations Marathon Runner! You crushed Vader and a Master Jedi you are and always will be! I thought of you so much over the weekend. Can't tell you how many times I logged in checking on you. Sorry to hear about your knee but you pushed through it and made it happen. Rest up girl, you deserve it! Congrats again, so proud of you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
PS: love the rug, and bling!

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ONMYMEDS 3/19/2013 1:20PM

    Great job!! You can do 26.2 and then some!!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/19/2013 1:18PM

    What a great blog! I love all the pictures and hearing about your run. I'm so sorry your knee started bothering you so early in the race. WTH? Some would have given up, but not you! Congrats to you and your sis! Your honey is quite special, too. You are truly blessed!

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JANEMARIE77 3/19/2013 1:11PM

    woohoo girl way to go sorry about the knee gosh I'm just so happy for you you did it

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MZSLYDE01 3/19/2013 1:00PM

    OH MY GOODNESS - I AM LITERALLY CRYING. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT - I AM SUCH A BABY AND EMOTIONAL. AM SO PROUD OF YOU GIRL. YOU LOOK FABULOUS. I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR KNEE THOUGH. THAT HAD TO HAVE BEEN TOUGH TO MAKE IT THROUGH. BUT YOU ARE DEFINITELY A WARRIOR.
LOVE YOU

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JLITT62 3/19/2013 12:58PM

    I told you you rock!

I'm glad to hear you're mostly ok again - you bounced back quickly!

DH is definitely a keeper.

Sorry it wasn't what you wanted it to be - better luck next time!

Maybe you should see if USAFit has a chapter near you . . . I think you'd like that.

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FITWITHIN 3/19/2013 12:58PM

    Congratulations on finishing your marathon. Your such a trooper and keep on when the body was telling you other wise. What a proud accomplishment moment for you and your all your supports. Great job! Take care of all those aches and pain. Good massage day would be great. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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A Jedi's Point of View - Marathon Training

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I grew up during the Star Wars era and it is my favorite movie of all time, I have seen it so many times I know the words before they are even spoken, so you could say I'm a Star Wars fanatic, a Jedi-Master "wanna-be", yep, certifiable true Star Wars geek.

Yoda is one of my favorite characters (besides the hunky Han Solo, lol), so it's only fitting to point out a few lessons I've learned along the way with my Jedi training, ooops, I mean marathon training.



1. "A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind"

I knew running a marathon would take commitment, but I had no idea how much time this training would consume. 18 weeks of commitment, running 4 days per week, 6-10 hours per week. Staying upbeat and totally motivated is a commitment all by itself. Life has been put on hold for the past 18 weeks, I would like to thank those who have shown me patience and understanding as I have worked on this personal goal - you rock and you didn't even sign up for a marathon, lol.

2. "Pass on what you have learned "

I have tried to pass on to others all the valuable lesson's I've learned along the way, i.e. fueling, hydration, running shoe issues, things that have worked/things that didn't work and mistakes I've made along the way. I appreciate all that I have learned from other runners.

3. Luke says to Yoda... "I don't believe it" and Yoda says... "that is why you fail"

I can't run a marathon is what I originally thought, but over the past 18 weeks I have learned that I can do anything I set my mind to do. Who woulda thought I could do 18-20 mile long runs? surely not me, but I'm a believer now. This has been a spiritual journey as well as a physical one. Failure is NOT an option.

4. " Do, or Do not, there is no try"

Some days I had to drag myself out of the house for a run, I just plain ole didn't feel like doing it, too tired, other things to do. A 10-miler on the schedule on a weekday, oh great....I can't do 10 tonight to many other things to do, I just don't have time, blah, blah, blah. Well guess what? Do or Do Not, and I did, and I am so glad I did. I just had to keep repeating to myself my personal mantra..."I can quit when I'm done, not when I'm tired"

5. "Already know you that which you need"

Am I ready for the big day? Well yes I am. I feel confident in all the things I have learned, all the training, the good runs and the bad runs.

So does all this mean that I am truly a Jedi Master now??

Yoda.... "You must confront Vader, and then, only then a Jedi will you be"



I must confront VADER (26.2 miles).

Am I nervous to confront Vader? yes a few butterflies maybe

Am I prepared? Yep, armed with GU, water, headphones and my running shoes and a positive "can-do, must-do and will-do" attitude (I have to leave the light saber at home, no room in the fanny pack)

Will I cross that finish line? Absolutely

I am ready to confront Vader. 3 more days and I will be a Jedi Master.

images from google

  
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SUEAZZI 3/15/2013 8:37AM

    and a Jedi Master you will be!! May the force be with you my friend... crush Vader! emoticon emoticon

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GROEDER 3/15/2013 7:56AM

    May the force be with you!!!!!!
You are truely an inspiration.

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DGIBSON02 3/15/2013 7:06AM

    Good luck

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Loved, loved, loved this blog!!!!
Lisa, I'm right next to Sami. . . May the force be with you!
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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/14/2013 10:54PM

    I'm late getting on Spark, but wanted to wish you all the best for your marathon! It's yours. You will do it. I have no doubt. I just wish I could do the same. You've inspired me this far. Who knows? Stay well my friend and enjoy the ride!

I'm not much for Star Wars, but I know Wayne's World like the back of my hand. So sad.

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2HAMSDIET 3/14/2013 10:44PM

    Let the Force be with you. emoticon

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KELTIC-CARA 3/14/2013 4:11PM

    I just love this blog and your comparisons. Yoga is also my favourite, very wise he is. All the best with your VADER

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SUSANSERENE 3/14/2013 3:27PM

    Terrific post! Good luck in your marathon and I'll be thinking about you. Can't wait to hear how it goes! Love and hugs!

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JANEMARIE77 3/14/2013 2:54PM

    go go girl have fun you are the poster child for
If we find it important we will find a way if not we will find an excuse.
You found a way hope you have a great run

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MZSLYDE01 3/14/2013 1:37PM

    HA HA HA - YOU CRACK ME UP. NO ROOM IN THE FANNY PACK.
These are great things that you have learned. You have gone not only on a fitness/health journey through this - but much more. I am so proud of you.
AWESOMENESS IS ALL I CAN SAY.
LOVE YA MUCH AND CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO CROSS THE FINISH LINE.
I will be there in spirit with ya.

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LACYME 3/14/2013 1:19PM

    Great blog! Good luck! What a great attiutude. Thank you for sharing what you have learned along the way!

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JLITT62 3/14/2013 1:04PM

    #4 is one of my favs!

Run, Lisa, run!

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BOILHAM 3/14/2013 12:53PM

    You ARE a Jedi!

Great blog!

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CONNIEWILDE 3/14/2013 12:35PM

    "Do or do not, there is no try" is one of my (many) mantras, too! And with the power of the Force, or the nerd power that unites us all, or by sheer stubbornness, you will kick that marathon's ass! Good luck, happy Pi Day, and I sincerely hope one of your cheerleaders presents you with a shiny new light saber when you cross that finish line!

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HAYBURNER1969 3/14/2013 12:27PM

    What a great blog!!! Love it! Good luck on your marathon!

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WINDSURFNERD 3/14/2013 12:24PM

    Star Wars Geeks rock!! I love this blog!
As Obi Wan said: "Feeeelllll the Force" as you run!

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ONMYMEDS 3/14/2013 12:04PM

    Vader is shaking already. He doesn't stand a chance. You've done the physical prep and you most certainly have the attitude. You will do Yoda proud.

The force WILL be with you.

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PMRUNNER 3/14/2013 12:00PM

    What a great blog, thanks for sharing!

Good luck on race day! With all of your preparation and focus, you don't need luck to rock this!

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SAMI199 3/14/2013 11:48AM

    Awesome-I'll be cheering you on every step of the way! Go-SP1-Go!!!

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GOODIEB 3/14/2013 11:44AM

    This is awesome! And very inspiring. Good for you and thanks for posting this. I was meant to come across such great motivation today as I have been in lazy mode after my last half marathon and need to get back on training for the next one.

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JPAMPY 3/14/2013 11:42AM

    I love your blog!!! I was very young when this show was on, but Yoda was my favorite too, along with R2D2. I thought the robots were pretty cool, as a matter of fact, I think I really liked all the characters. Anyway, getting off track here... I'm excited for you. I have accomplished a feat that I didnt ever think I could so I can completely relate!! You are going to totally rock that marathon!!!

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THATGIRL0515 3/14/2013 11:41AM

    You have inspired me to be there at the end to medal you! emoticon

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FITBY40-2015 3/14/2013 11:33AM

    YOU CAN!!!!!YOU WILL!!!! emoticon

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KA_JUN 3/14/2013 11:26AM

    Impressive, most impressive! You've got this! emoticon

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COOP9002 3/14/2013 11:25AM

    Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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The Agony of Da-Feet

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sis and I set out on Friday morning for our 20-mile run. We were using this long run as a mock race for the marathon, working on our nutrition and hydration, etc. The weather was absolutely perfect, 60 degrees and no wind, ahhhhhh a runner's dream. (BTW, the next day it was 32 degrees and we got a dusting of snow, then freezing rain) I had planned the route so we would be running on the asphalt most of the time (sidewalks will kill the calves) and tried to avoid as much traffic as possible, so 10 miles out on paved bike paths and trolley lanes. Here's the half-way, turn around point.

Feeling great and strong. We had planned a water stop when we reached the boardwalk, and the water fountain was inoperable (again) - a strongly worded letter to the City of Virginia Beach will be in the mail today regarding that. So we stopped across the street at a 7-11 and were going to fill up our empty water bottles, well no water on the soda fountain, uggh. We asked the cashier if she had a water fountain somewhere we could fill them up, and she said she could fill them up in the sink, she took our bottles and was about to fill them up when this young punk cashier said that they could not fill up our water bottles. What the heck, really? I was so mad....a strongly worded letter to the manager of 7-11 will be coming today too. I had $5 in my fanny pack and could have purchased my own water, however this was not the point. This just really bugged me, a city that is supposed to be so great for vacationers and tourists and yet they can't even treat the locals with any compassion, can you tell I'm a bit miffed at that? Rant over. We ended up stopping at the restroom facility 10 blocks from there to fill up our bottles.

Next 9 miles were fine - great even, until both Sis and I started to feel out feet burning around mile 19.5, what was this? this has never happened before, oh my the pain, so we pretty much limped it the last half-mile home. It occured that we either had some toe trama going on or blisters, ugggh, we were both too afraid to take our shoes off to find out until after our stretching. We enjoyed a chocolate milk celebratory toast, what a great run, what a super accomplishment, and we talked about what worked and what didn't work.

Then we sat down to reveal the aching feet.....BLISTERS, owieee. Never ever had blisters before. We didn't do anything different this time than any previous runs, except going 4 extra miles. Ouch, I spent the rest of the weekend nursing huge, quarter size blisters on my big toe and my second toe. I Still feeling it today, but I have to suck it up, more runs to do this week.



This month marks my 4-year anniversary on Spark so I wanted to post this absolutely hideous, one of my most embarassing pics to remind me why I keep sparking, eating healthy and running.

  
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KAREN_NY 3/19/2013 1:36PM

    Catching up your blogs en route to your fantastic (FANTASTIC!) marathon accomplishment! I love how you keep going.... but I can't believe that picture is you!? Wow - CONGRATULATIONS! You're a rockstar.

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DEECANDOITAGAIN 2/24/2013 12:41AM

    I can't believe that was you, and 20 MILES! That is waaay coool! Thanks for posting your before. I have ways of forgetting that when I gain a few pounds, I am headed back to where I was before. OK; you have re-motivated me to start tracking again!

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SHANECODER 2/23/2013 2:39PM

    So AWESOME! You ran 20 miles!!! That's too cool!

If you can swing it, a nice pair of running socks may help with the blisters.

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SUEAZZI 2/22/2013 10:02AM

    Super Congrats on your mock race! Darn those blisters; hope they healed now and you figured out how to prevent them from visiting you again. Love that you posted the "before" picture because girl you are living proof that if you can dream it you can do it! You are amazing. emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 2/20/2013 1:05PM

    wow is that pic you?! Not hideous at all!

what an inspiration!

And I love your new wallpaper

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STRIVER57 2/19/2013 1:34AM

    what JLitt said. congratulations & hope you resolve the blister issue.

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SHARON10002 2/18/2013 11:49PM

    Love the title of this blog!!! emoticon

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Sure hope this won't happen again, or affect you in the actual marathon.

What an amazing transformation! That picture at the end of the blog looks nothing like you! Congratulations on your accomplishments and thank you for all your inspiration and support.

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BILL60 2/18/2013 10:24PM

    What a super accomplishment. A well earned Congratulations, Champ!! Keep up the challenges.

Bill

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ONMYMEDS 2/18/2013 6:15PM

    Congrats on the (painful) long run. And especially congrats on everything else you have accomplished. Besides looking so much better, you look at least 10 years younger, although I'm sure your feet aren't feeling younger today.

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JANEMARIE77 2/18/2013 2:05PM

    you look wonderful than and amazing now way to go truly blister sorry could it have been the socks? great run you got her done woohoo rocking it

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SKEETER13887 2/18/2013 10:49AM

    Holy Crap you - and Denise - should be proud of all that you have accomplished. The experience you are sharing with your sister is only secondary to the health and wellness you have gained on this journey! Congratulations and keep up the great work.

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JLITT62 2/18/2013 10:00AM

    Your before photo is NOT hideous . . . but your after is fan-freakin-tastic!

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MZSLYDE01 2/18/2013 9:35AM

    WOWEE - CONGRATULATIONS ON THE 20 MILER. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU GIRL.
LOOK AT THAT PIC - HOLY HAM, HOLY HANNA, HOLY CAT'S BATMAN!!!!!
AMAZING TRANSFORMATION.
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YOU INSPIRE ME GIRL. ALL THE TIME. YOU KEEP ME GOING.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT.


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SAMI199 2/18/2013 9:10AM

    emoticon Happy Sparkversary!!!

emoticon emoticon 20 MILES!!!!

emoticon Sorry about the H2O,or lack there of..WTH?

emoticon Hope the tootsies are feeling better...owwwie...

emoticon Hard to believe that is you-what an inspiration you are!

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2HAMSDIET 2/18/2013 9:06AM

    sorry about your feet and I hope you figure out what to do different next time. I like the picture of the former beautiful you as you were just hiding from the world. So glad you can out of your cocoon. emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 2/18/2013 9:04AM

    OUCH on the blisters. Hope that doesn't happen again and was just a fluke. Great run though. And look at how far you've come!

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BOILHAM 2/18/2013 9:01AM

    First, congratulations on doing your 20 miler. That's a long way, isn't it?

Too bad about the blisters. Must be frustrating not knowing why that happened. That's one malady (knocking on wood) that I have not yet suffered. I hope you recover quickly.

Retired nurse DW says not to break them, they can become infected easily. If they do break use antibiotics on them. I know it's unsolicited advise, but that's what I do, give unsolicited advise, because I know everything.

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That picture looks nothing like the Lisa I know. Congratulations on your tremendous weight loss and health gain!!

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Happy Valentine's Day - Love Yourself

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day everyone. Do yourself a big favor today, love yourself.



32 days until the marathon. Big 20-mile run tomorrow, looking forward to a lovely weather day and some new snacks in our fanny packs for the run. Getting there, one run at a time.

  
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KELTIC-CARA 2/25/2013 7:14PM

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SHARON10002 2/18/2013 11:42PM

    Here's one to cheer you on through the marathon . . .

Stronger than steel,
Hotter than the sun;
Skinny won't stop,
'Til she gets the job done!
Good luck with that 20 miler!!!! emoticon

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JLITT62 2/15/2013 8:28AM

    This is it: the bid one! You CAN do it & whether or not it goes well, you ARE ready!

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JANEMARIE77 2/14/2013 4:23PM

    Run Skinny run have a great one hope the weather is fine

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MZSLYDE01 2/14/2013 11:25AM

    YOU ARE A CHAMPION LADY - YOU CAN DO THIS.
HOPE YOUR 20 MILER GOES GOOD THIS WEEKEND.
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO YOU.

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Have a fabulous 20 miler!!

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COOP9002 2/14/2013 10:34AM

    Good advice.

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SAMI199 2/14/2013 10:22AM

    emoticon Love your blog! Cheering you on all the way!!!!!!!!

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SUEAZZI 2/14/2013 8:56AM

    Sabotage not allowed. Thanks for the positive thoughts. Great wishes for your run tomorrow! Love ya Skinny girl! emoticon

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GATORADE71 2/14/2013 8:54AM

    You are so correct we can be our worst enemy. I heard someone say on SP, "why choose to fail, when success is an option". I ask myself that every time I try to sabotage anything in my life now.

Keep up the good work in your preparation for the upcoming marathon.

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Love is in the Air - Valentine 14K

Monday, February 11, 2013

It was mighty cold on race day, 32 degrees and a 30 mph wind, oh my. If I didn't have this race on my marathon training plan I would have been very tempted to sit this one out, ooooohhhh it was sooo windy, uggh.

Here's the crew pre-race (Sis, her daughter Madison and me) - crazy glasses to go with the festive heart ribbon headbands we made.


This was Madison's first race by herself, she ran the kids mile and proudly earned her medal, way to go Maddie.

Then the dreaded time came, time to line up outside, do we really have to go outside? Did I mention the cold and wind already?


Jogging in place trying to keep warm, didn't work though.


How's that for a fake smile, trying to be positive, brrrrrrr.

Most of the race was run into the wind, just our luck. It was so brutal running into the wind, put the head down and just pressed onward. It's gonna be a long 9 miles.

There were a couple of miles where the wind was at our back so we took advantage of that to make up for the time we lost having to slow down going into the wind. Daddy always says...you have to run in all kinds of weather because you certainly can't pick you race day weather, darn.

My heart rate was getting a little too high for my comfort running into the wind so around mile 7 I was wearing down, but Sis kept cracking the whip. We were almost there.


Rounding the corner to finish inside, yeah, finally we would be out of the wind and cold. Our time was a little slower than we had planned but given the elements, we feel pretty good about our effort. I know I gave it 100% effort. Our finishing time was 1:41.


Thanks to our cheering squad, Dad and hubby. I know you guys were freezing too.

Time for some well earned food. Hot soup.


Proud that we finished, proud that we stuck it out despite the artic conditions, and proud to be finished, next stop Marathon.

Those rosy red cheeks are windburn.

After the race I got to enjoy some grandma time with my grandson, he's getting so big.



This week is the longest run yet, 20 miles on tap for Friday. Then I get to spend the evening with the teen grandkids, yeah.

  
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KELTIC-CARA 2/25/2013 7:12PM

    Great blog and loved the pics

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SUEAZZI 2/13/2013 10:41AM

    I'm freezing cold just from reading your blog! You are a super trooper and made terrific time weather conditions and all. Best of luck with your long run Friday! emoticon

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BILL60 2/13/2013 8:28AM

    Way to go!! Running 9 miles in 30+ degree weather is not much fun. Do you realize how many folks would venture into that kind of challenge? I will venture to say, very few. I congratulate your self-discipline and determination. Onward to the 20-miler. The very best!!

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SHARON10002 2/11/2013 11:09PM

    You did it! I knew you would! You deserve another medal for running in those weather conditions! Your poor cheeks look so sore! All of you deserve a HUGE pat on the back and a high five!
Your grandson is so cute! How old is he? My little GD is 5 months old today.

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KA_JUN 2/11/2013 3:41PM

    Nice race report!

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MOMMACASSEY 2/11/2013 1:37PM

    You did great!

I've been thinking about that--going out in all kinds of weather because you don't know what raceday conditions will be... but I still can't bring myself to do it, because of my girls. All strapped in, cold and rain is likely to be more trouble for them than for me behind the stroller. When my race days come, if it's nasty, I'll just have to find some other option for them or something...

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PS: I see in one picture, there's someone behind you in SHORTS! OMG--Brrr!

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JANEMARIE77 2/11/2013 9:53AM

    way to go nice race and way to show the young ones to that you work on healthy no matter the weather Baby is so cute and so where your outfits way fun good luck with your 20 miler

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MYLADY4 2/11/2013 9:43AM

    emoticon Yep, even I (who live in WI) thinks that is cold not not alot of fun.

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BOILHAM 2/11/2013 8:30AM

    Good time, and you beat the cold. Good luck on the 20 miler. Love the rosey cheeks picture!

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JLITT62 2/11/2013 8:08AM

    That's an awesome time! Well, it would be for me, anyway!

Sending vibes for a good 20-miler.

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SAMI199 2/11/2013 7:49AM

    You rocked it & I know how much you hate the cold! Your outfits were adorable-you sure can glam up any running gear! Congrats to Maddie! How fantastic she has two strong,beautiful women showing her how it's done.
Your GS is the cutest!

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