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Post Race Blues

Monday, November 01, 2010

I think I am suffering post race BLUES. I didn't do a thing yesterday except eat way too much Halloween candy and just bum around on the couch all day. Is there such as thing as post race blues????? Anyone?????

Today starts a new month - so while I was lying around yesterday doing absolutely nothing, my mind was off and racing as to what to get into for this month, and the decision is... Gonna go full throttle with P90X and cut back on running to about 3 times a week. Still need to keep the running going strong since I've definitely set my sites on the Shamrock 1/2 marathon in March 2011. Gonna work on building up some noticeable muscles. These cold months are the worst being stuck inside the house, so why not make the best of it and set a goal to complete the P90X program during this month. I'm going to BRING IT !!!! What are your goals for November? Please share.

I definitely need a solid goal to work towards, since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, with all that yummy food. I need distraction from the holidays so I am going to be aggressively and actively involved in P90X. The holidays tend to stress me out so much so I think if I channel my inner SPARK and keep driving toward a goal, I can fly right through the holidays with little stress, that's the plan anyway.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. OK, I'm gonna get all mushy now..... I want to say thanks again to all my SP buddies for your encouragement and support, and for your continued support, it makes a tremendous difference in all that I do. I will help you in every way I can. I just want you to know that SP is such a big part of my life, it's totally changed me, and I want to be able to share it with others and to help YOU along the way. I have SPARK pride and I will continue to keep that SPARK burning. I love you all.

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JONNYJETPROP 11/1/2010 4:55PM

    You'll be OK. I think it's somewhat natural to slack off when you have met a goal. You have a plan and I know that you'll stick to it.

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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 11/1/2010 3:36PM

    Well I totally forgot what you wrote in the beginning of the blog because I got all teary-eyed with your mushy 'thank you' statement!!

You know I ABSOLUTELY love the support that you give me!! I probably LOVE YOU MORE than any of your other Spark friends!!! (Sorry other SP friends! lol)

Oh, I finally figured out how to send you a goodie!! Sorry I'm so slow but I just sent you a gift!!


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STIPER23 11/1/2010 2:31PM

    I run my first race this weekend and I imagined doing the same thing after a race. LOL

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HALFFAST 11/1/2010 2:08PM

    Definitely love you too! I think your plan sounds great and I know you'll rock out that P90x! And now you've inspired me to work on my November goals :)

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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/1/2010 11:17AM

    You're gonna be just fine! I don't know what kind of blues you are having, but I think we all get them at one time or another. One of my goals is to get my 5:00 a.m. workout Monday through Friday. Another, track my food on Spark. Another, sticking to Dr. Goglia's plan as much as possible. Another, getting Turbo Fire or P90X workout in every day. Another, be happy and live life to it's fullest each and every day!

Hugs! Make it a great day, darlin'!

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NATPLUMMER 11/1/2010 10:50AM

    You've got excellent goals for this month. I will be finishing the C25K on 11/18 unless something happens. I plan to keep up the 30 minutes 3 times a week for at least a week. Then maybe I'll up it to B210K at the end of the month. I plan to do circuit training/weights 3 days a week and yoga on Saturdays.

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THATGIRL0515 11/1/2010 9:34AM

    I think its post airport blues- now I miss ya!

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JLITT62 11/1/2010 8:23AM

    And we love you right back! Thanks for being such a great spark buddy!

Nov. is going to be very challenging for me. A 10 day vacation in paradise . . . come back practically on top of Thanksgiving . . . going to the inlaws (who barely know what a veggie is) about a week after that . . .

I am still thinking on my plan to handle all of this.

Oh, and there can definitely be post race blues, especially when it's a big one you've trained hard for for a long time (not that I would know about that, but I've read about it). I think the trick is to have a new goal to work towards, and sounds as if you've found that!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/1/2010 7:59AM

    Oh, I do believe in post-race blues, just like the Cowardly Lion believed in ghosts! Been there, done that, more than once!

Seriously, sounds like you have a good plan, and it's similar to my post-race plan for after my 5K Run to Remember next weekend. Having a goal to work towards helps. Having that goal be realistic and set one up for success is vital!

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SWELL10 11/1/2010 7:45AM

    We love you too, girl emoticon. You are an inspiration to me and to many others! My bff bought P90X and we are gonna try it too. You will rock this and have some killer muscles when you're done! emoticon

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HOKIEJEN13 11/1/2010 7:44AM

    1. AWESOME run time! I'm so proud of YOU! Great work!

2. Rock out P90X. It's intense, but it delievers results too. You'll see some great muscle formation soon enough! Don't be afraid to push!

3. You're truly an inspiration so keep up the great work!

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FCARMICH 11/1/2010 7:41AM

  one day at a time

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Wicked 10K Race is DONE !!! Lots of pics

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Gorgeous weather day for our race. My sis (Neecee) and I were so nervous and excited.

Pre-race amping up with a little GU.

So many people - 6,132 runners in the 10K

Major traffic jam getting started, weaving in and out, trying to get around others so we could set our pace (this was new to us, never had to bob and weave to fight for a spot - that slowed us down for the first 1.5 miles)

About mile 4

Soooo many people, no one could get our pic crossing the finish line

A little post race stretching - boy was that well earned and deserved.

There was a surprise waiting for me at the finish line..... My BFF from California flew in the night before (she didn't tell me) and was at the finish line. How cool is that to cross the finish and the first thing you see is your best friend. Thanks Teresa, Love YA so much.

And Dad came all the way from NY to share our day with us.

Showing off a little, lol.

I was meeting our fellow sparkers who were also running the race, but it was so mobbed with people, no one saw me. Sorry I missed my SP buddies, we will have to schedule to meet another time, but I was there showing some SPARKPEOPLE PRIDE !!!

MY sweet DH was holding up the sign for me, I love that he supports me even though he thinks I'm a bit silly, but I really believe in SPARKPEOPLE, it has changed my life so much, just want the same for others.

I'm talking on my cell phone in this pic - my BFF Maria called to congratulate me on the race, so nice to have supportive friends. Love you too Maria and Eli.

Spent the afternoon "Chillin" outside with my BFF's, it was such a gorgeous day to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine, we sat outside all day, just talking and laughiing, we even took a nap outside in the lawn chairs. What a great day.

The day was topped off with dinner at my fav Mexican restaurant. This was a special occassion dinner, to celebrate the race so I had to rock the new purple suede boots with my race medal, a perfect accessory for the outfit (yes I know my eyes were closed in the picture, darn it). I am so proud of just finishing the race, we finished at 1:06:32, my sis and I ran across the finish line holding our hands up in the air and then we just hugged each other and jumped up and down like a couple of idots, we were so excited that it was over, we did what we set out to do. Mission Accomplished - woo hoo.

Had to include this picture of my daugher, quite the little devil - really.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/16/2010 10:21AM

    How'd I miss this???? You and your sister look awesome!!! What fun you had and your BFF being there for you, too! I think your purple boots rock and you look simply beautiful -- eyes closed and all! I so want to keep up the running now. You've SPARKED me again!!!

XOXO Sherry

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KATHLEEN0222 11/4/2010 11:30AM

    WOW!! Great job! Congrats on the 10k medal! I LOVED your costume! I ran a 5k thru Hell (MI) on Sunday and it was so much fun!!!

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MZSLYDE01 11/4/2010 8:42AM

    OH I LOVE THESE PICS. I am so proud of you - that had to have been fun. I love your guys costumes. They look AMAZING.
Glad you got to go with your sis. You two look great. I can tell your sisters too.

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SPARTANPHOTOG 11/1/2010 5:05PM

    Awesome pics! Congrats too!! Sorry I missed you, I looked for about 10 mins but had to go and d
rive back to Chesapeake n take the child to a birthday party. Sounds like you rocked the race! I was happy with the results- I ran fast and didn't stop. I signed up for the Santa n Surf 10 miler. Not a lot of time to train so I'm just doing it for fun. Meetup is a great idea. I'll try and think of some ideas too. emoticon

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JONNYJETPROP 11/1/2010 4:57PM

    Good job ladies!

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HEALTHY_45 11/1/2010 11:08AM

    Great job!! You and Neecee rocked it. The costumes look great and you both look awsome even at the end of the race!
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You are my inspiration to keep running.

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FITTERLIFE4ME 10/31/2010 8:03PM

    Wow, that is awesome and you ran 10k, bloomin heck girl you are as fit as anything!!!! Get you!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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UNIONDIVA 10/31/2010 6:46PM

    ok... you gotta reveal where you got those wicked purple boots... since I am all the way in Indiana I will pose no fashion threat emoticon PLEASE SHOW SOME SPARK LOVE emoticon AND REVEAL THE SECRET BOOT LOCATION emoticon

Congrat's on the race as well! emoticon

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DGIBSON02 10/31/2010 3:25PM

    Good job. I should have run this one with you two.

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ROXANNE723 10/31/2010 2:19PM

    Hey!! Congratulations!! This blog caught my eye because I live in Chesapeake and I also did the Wicked 10k. You may have seen my team of 6 witches, a warlock and 2 cauldrons with dry ice smoking that we pushed all 6.2 miles!!! Anyway - great job!!! You had a great race. And it WAS a beautiful day wasn't it???

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JLITT62 10/31/2010 1:24PM

    You guys look GREAT! And sooo fast! Especially after being so sick for so long -- I'm so proud of you!

Since my first race, which was about 4000 people, I've read it's a waste of energy to bob & weave -- I didn't (much) on my 2nd, which was about 2000, and my time was sooo much faster, but of course there were a lot of other things going on to help that.

You look GREAT in your purple suede boots, too (I want them!). I actually do have a shorter pair (since purple is also one of my favorite colors) but they just aren't as comfortable as I'd like.

Of course you should shout SP pride!


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NATPLUMMER 10/31/2010 12:57PM

    Looks like you had a great time. Congratuations!! Love the boots (but I'm very partial to purple)!
Happy Halloween!!!

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POLKADOTREVIVAL 10/31/2010 12:47PM


Everything looks great. Awesome job!

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PAPAMIKIE 10/31/2010 12:24PM

    Great job, Nice outfits. Take a little break

Ran my first 10km with my 13 grandson. It was a great kick for both of us, although we did not finish together, we each ran our own race (his choice). Be we did some running together, we started the race together and we celebrate after together. Build some good memories.

Again Great job.

Good running and be careful out there.


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HALFFAST 10/31/2010 12:09PM

    Woohoo! Way to go! Love all the pics! And you definitely rocked your costume!

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Pumpkin Carving Injury

Friday, October 29, 2010

Oowwweeeee - Got wounded carving my annual masterpiece, nearly slice my darn finger off, but sooooo worth it. Can anyone guess who's face is my special feature this year?

Happy Halloween SPARKIES - hope so see the Va Beach Spark team at the Wicked 10K in the morning - Let's REPRESENT - woo hoo !!!!

It's Brittney Spears !!!!!

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HALFFAST 10/31/2010 9:44AM

    Wow that's amazing! Hope your boo-boo gets better soon. Waiting to hear about your race!!!

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SPARTANPHOTOG 10/29/2010 10:34PM

    Wow - amazing! Good luck tomorrow

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PARKERB2 10/29/2010 1:43PM

    Sorry you cut your finger. Is it Britany Spears?

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HEALTHY_45 10/29/2010 12:20PM

    WOW, that is truely a master piece.......sorry for the injury though.
You truely have many great talents.

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GBSUTPHIN 10/29/2010 9:28AM

    Beautiful work!! Sorry you hurt yourself though. :( Is that your daughter?
Have a great day and good luck with the run tomorrow!!

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NATPLUMMER 10/29/2010 9:02AM

    Ouch!!! I guess true artists really do suffer for their work.
Good luck in the race. I'll be rooting for you!!

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BHAWLITZ2 10/29/2010 8:08AM

    It's AMAZING!!! Not sure who it is, but it looks a little like Brittany Spears.

Happy to hear your finger will survive. emoticon

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JLITT62 10/29/2010 7:52AM

    Looks like a self portrait -- and whether or not it is, it's AMAZING!

Wow, you are truly an artist with a knife (even if you did injure yourself).

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POLARBEAR63 10/29/2010 7:27AM

    No Clue, emoticon work though!!!!

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The Last Run

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ran my last run for the week, gonna rest up for the big day on Saturday. If I'm not ready by now, I guess I won't be, but.... I ran four miles last night, in pretty good time, but boy was it extremely humid out there. I got overheated pretty quick, I hate humidity. Anyhow after last night's run, I feel pretty good about where I stand. I just need to keep my cool, don't let the nerves kick in, set MY pace and go for it. I even practiced a finish line SMILE. I want to be smiling that last 1/2 mile, make it look like I did 6 miles effortlessly - HA HA !!! So I think I've got the evil, sinister grin down pat. Just cross your fingers for a great weather day.

Tonight I am going to do a round of kickboxing, gonna take it easy. Going to carve my annual pumpkin tonight - if it turns out good, I will post pics. I love to carve pumpkins, I've mastered the beginner and intermediate levels, so tonight I am shooting for "advanced".

Remember.... bring some happiness and joy to someone's life today and every day - SHARE the SPARK.

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LOUMARG 10/29/2010 6:50AM

    I look forward to seeing the pictures. I will cheer you on.

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HALFFAST 10/28/2010 5:11PM

    I can't wait to see pics of your finish line smile! You'll do great!

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ASMARTERWAY 10/28/2010 4:41PM

    Thanks for stopping by my page! Fabulous, fit and 40+, so we have something in common!

I hope your run goes well! Keep on kicking!!

Love...Jonathan x

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PARKERB2 10/28/2010 2:42PM

    I'm sure you'll succeed at the advanced level of pumpkin carving. Hope the run goes well for you. Hang in there and keep Sparking. emoticon

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CANDOK1260 10/28/2010 2:01PM

    we did our family pumkin craving yesterday. I always win best improve. Good luck with race.

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JLITT62 10/28/2010 1:11PM

    You are absolutely ready for this! In fact, I'm amazed at how ready you are considering how sick you were!

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HEALTHY_45 10/28/2010 12:50PM

    Have fun with your pumpkin and best of luck for Saturday. I know you will rock it!!

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GRACIELA_ELENA 10/28/2010 12:02PM

    Woohoo! I am so impressed by all you have already accomplished and have to say you are my hero. I cant wait to hear how it went and see your pumpkin pick too...I always do two and will post my pics too. More power to you lady, of course you are already the energizer bunny in my eyes...sheesh, kickboxing is taking it easy?!?

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DGIBSON02 10/28/2010 9:39AM

    Good luck

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NATPLUMMER 10/28/2010 9:22AM

    Good luck! I think you'll do great!!! I want to see a picture of that evil, sinister grin ;-) I will definitely keep my fingers crossed for some excellent weather.
An advanced pumpkin, that I've got to see.

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As Promised..... The Highly Anticipated Halloween Costume, lol

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A brief summary....
1. Costume had to be built for comfort, gotta run 6 miles in it
2. Cheaper than a store bought, and of course, more original
3. Materials used... velcro, felt, blingy fabric, fabric glue, scissors and a wild imagination (I don't sew)
4. Earrings and necklace by Claire's jewelry
5. Glasses, a great find from Walmart
6. I'm most proud of the cape and gloves, all handcrafted by me,
7. Yes, I'm a tad on the crazy side, in case you can't tell, and without further adieu, ta da, it's BATGIRL....

All my SP buddies can sleep safe knowing Batgirl is on the scene, lol. Happy Halloween peeps.

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TINA5318 10/28/2010 10:52AM

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EPIPHANYANGEL 10/28/2010 7:31AM

    It is a it a plane...not it's BATGIRL. emoticon

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BUBBLEJ1 10/28/2010 6:40AM

    You look awesome!

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EVLOBOS310 10/27/2010 6:30PM

    I LOVE IT! Happy Halloween! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 10/27/2010 6:27PM

    Love it!!
Definite winner

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RUNNER12COM 10/27/2010 6:25PM

    Okay, this costume is just all kinds of WIN! I love it!


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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 10/27/2010 6:15PM

    Oh my gosh....I freaking LOVE it! I feel like I need one of them!

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HALFFAST 10/27/2010 5:06PM

    That is FANTASTIC! Absolutely LOVE it!

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HEALTHY_45 10/27/2010 10:40AM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!! You are alot more crafty than you take credit for. Have a fabulous run, can't wait to hear all about it.

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SEEAMANDARUN 10/27/2010 10:15AM

    That is too AWESOME!!! Oh my God, that just totally made my day. You Rock!


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NATARSHAD 10/27/2010 10:01AM

    Great job on the Costume! Have fun!

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    LOVE IT.
It's going to be so cute with your cape flapping behind you!

Have a great race.
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JLITT62 10/27/2010 9:41AM

    I gotta get cracking on my own run, but I knew I just had to see your costume, and you didn't disappoint! Great costume!

I am hoping to do the jinkle bell 5k, which can be costumed -- hopefully we'll figure out this weekend if we'll be here for it or not -- so thanks for the inspiration!

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GBSUTPHIN 10/27/2010 9:39AM

    That is totally cute. I love it!! I kept my word...mine is posted as well. Only have one pic right now, but will get more soon. :)
Have a wonderful day!

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NATPLUMMER 10/27/2010 9:17AM

    I love it. What an awesome costume!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MZSLYDE01 10/27/2010 8:51AM

    OMG I love love love it. Also love the fact you made it and can run in it. That is going to be a fun run.

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NAOMIEVA 10/27/2010 8:38AM

    that is FANTASTIC! have a great run!
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SAMI199 10/27/2010 7:25AM

    You are the QUEEN of HALLOWEEN !!!!!!! Good Luck-I think you are already the winner!!!

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CONDZMOMOFJJQ 10/27/2010 7:18AM

    Freakin' AWESOME!! You were already my hero before you became Bat Girl!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/27/2010 7:09AM

    Love it! Have a great event! emoticon

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PEGGYSTILLHERE 10/27/2010 7:04AM

    Totally awesome costume! Have fun! emoticon

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FRANKLYAMUSED 10/27/2010 7:02AM

    Great costume!!

I hope your 6 mile run is fun!

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