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My First Half Marathon Experience, Full Details (Lengthy with lots of Pics)

Monday, November 14, 2011

I know this really long, but I wanted to share the entire experience with my SP buddies.

My weekend started off great. Picked up the granddaughter and headed to the Fitness Expo to pick-up my race packet, my dad and DH also came along. We rode the Tide to Norfolk, which is the areas first commuter train. Kind of a neat experience, sure beats trying to park in downtown. We looked like tourists.

Visited the fitness expo, not a whole lot of vendors were there, but met a lot of nice people and was introduced by my dad to some fellow runners that belong to the local running group here called the Tidewater Striders. Super nice people. Found an athletic trainer there and had them tape my knee up for the race. I had very high hopes that ROC tape was going to help, however it didn't make a whole lot of difference, except maybe the psychological effect and it was kinda stylish, I picked out some black tape with skulls on it, made me look like a real athlete anyway, lol. Left the expo and had lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings. Returned home and it was such a nice day outside, DH wanted to wash my car so it would be nice and shiny to put the new 13.1 sticker he had bought me at the expo, but I wasn't putting that sticker on until I finished the race, bad karma. Thanks hubby for washing my ride and letting me ride in style.

We enjoyed a great evening at home watching the pay-per-view fight Manny Pacquiao vs. Marquez. I had planned on going to bed early since I was going to have to get up at 4:00 a.m. on race day, but I got totally engrossed in the fight, but I had to finally go to bed at midnight, everyone else stayed up, but I was already upset with myself for not turning in early. Thanks Dad for treating us to the fight.

Here's a pic of my shirt and number. Was kinda disappointed in the lack of goodies in the bag, but I love the shirt. It's NOT black, seems like every race shirt I have is black.

Up at 4:00 on race day, fixed myself breakfast and was out the door by 5:30, I was lucky to be on time since I spent a half-hour scrambling around looking for my camera. I never did find it so I was very upset about going to race with no camera, thank goodness for my i-phone.

I had an unexpected surprise on race day. My DD surprised me by attending the race. I was so happy that she sacrificed and got up to come cheer mom on. Thanks DD, I know it's not your cup of tea, but you knew it was important to me. Dad, DH, my sister and her friend TD completed the fan club.

Finished my morning coffee, bouncing around like crazy, getting very antsy for race to start, and I was really super nervous because I knew that my knee was probably not going to hold out for me to finish. Put on a big fake smile to hide the sheer and complete nervousness. How'd I do?

Started out with a great pace, knee was doing ok. Mile four and my knee started to tweak. I kept running, just enjoying the moment. I stopped at all the water stations (every two miles) for a brief sip of water then right back at it, so hardly any time walking. Only one brief porta-potty stop (less than 5 minutes).

Mile 7 and my knee was starting to hurt worse, I was approaching the 8 mile marker and to my surprise my dear friends Maria and Eli were there waiting to cheer me on. When I saw them I got choked up, I have never been so happy to see anyone in my life, lol. I jumped up on the curb, and ran over to them and gave them a huge hug and a kiss. Never did a hug mean so much. So great of them to be there for me. I felt like this was the boost I needed to get thru the rest of the race. Here's a pic they snapped as I ran by.

I ran alone the entire race, just in my zone, concentrating on just making it thru. I was thinking how lonely it was to run alone, but I needed to do this for myself. Besides I didn't want anyone to see what was about to happen next. My knee was starting to totally torture me, I was now running with a limp. I hit mile 10 and I started to break down, yes I started to cry, the pain was really getting to me, so I ran for a half a mile in tears. I tried to walk for a bit, but the pain was worse when walking so I had to keep running. I told myself to suck it up and I eventually regained my composure.

Mile 11.5-ish. I was totally limping and dragging my leg and really about to just give up but I knew I had to make it, I had to, failure was not an option. One of the race volunteers saw me, he ran over to me, put his arm around me and jogged with me for a few feet. He said.. "sweetheart, you have less than 1.5 miles to go, you can do it". I was so touched by this total strangers compassion. Thank your Mr. Race Volunteer, whoever you are. I needed that.

I rounded the corner for the home stretch, I had been practicing my finish line smile and had planned to speed it up and finish with a bang, however that had gone out the window around mile 10. You can see from the pics that I wasn't picking my legs up, it was all I could do to put one foot in front of the other.

I saw the DH standing on the side waving to me and I lost it, I broke out in tears, luckily I had sunglasses on to keep that hidden and I managed a really FAKE two thumbs up, but he could tell from the look on my face I was struggling. Can't hide anything from him.

And out of nowhere, my sister came running up to me about a block from the finish line and grabbed me to hold me up, oooh the pain. How did she know I needed a shoulder to lean on? She kept saying... You got this sis, I love you, you're almost there. I was so grateful for her do that for me. She couldn't run the race since she has a major back injury and I know she was upset she couldn't run, but she unselfishly ran out to me to help me finish. Thank you Neecee, that showed true sisterly love. Another FAKE smile, well it really wasn't FAKE I was happy but I had to change from crying to smiling really quick.

I crossed the finish line in tears and I was approaching the spot where you get your pic taken with your medal. I was wiping the tears because I certainly did not want those to be seen in the picture.

I had just earned some serious bling, taaa daaa.

The after race party was a big letdown. two cold slices of stale pizza and only one beverage, well that certainly wasn't worth hanging around for, so home we went, besides I needed to get my knee iced and just relax.

I got home and this is what the next few hours consisted of...

After resting for a while the whole family came over for a taco dinner to celebrate me crossing the finish line. So nice to have so much support. And the crowning moment... applying the hard earned sticker to my car. I had done it... 13.1 miles, I went the distance.

I finished in 2:47, I'm not going to beat myself up over the time since I considered this race a learning experience. I want a REPEAT, a Do-Over, when my knee is better. All things considered it was a great race, except for the pain. I know that the next one will be great.

I proved to myself a lot of things: I trained, I prepared, and I finished what I started out to accomplish. I learned that I had a lot more in me than I thought. I just ran 13.1 miles in pain. I demonstrated to myself that I have courage, courage to do things that I did not think were possible. I learned that I can run on my own. This was all about me, a lesson in hard work, self-worth, self-motivation and above all... I DID IT. Failure is not in my character and neither is quitting, even when the going gets tough. Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY, this picture truly is worth a 1,000 words.

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BOILHAM 1/7/2012 3:07PM

    I joined this site just to tell you how great your story was. Congratulations!

I just started running a few months ago at age 65, and my first half marathon is coming up in February. Training hard and doing well, so far.

Thanks again for your inspiring story.

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LOSINGITALL4ME 12/11/2011 6:58PM

    Wow! You are amazing and so strong! Way to go!!

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JESSIEJUICE 12/2/2011 2:50PM

    Congratulations!! I LOVE that you chose the badass skull tape and in that very last picture you look GAWGEOUS! Simply stunning. You're such an athlete and such an inspiration.

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SARAHLOO871 11/28/2011 8:36PM

    First off Congrats!!!!! you truly are an inspiration to me!!!

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SHANNONINAZ 11/27/2011 12:38PM

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That was terrific!!!! Thanks so much for sharing that! I loved the blog and the pics. I too have a knee issue and am a runner. My 5K was in October, my 10K is in January and I have a tentative 13.1 in February (if I'm ready). LOVED your inspirational story!! YOU ROCK!!!

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KAMCCLARY 11/25/2011 10:37PM

    I have knee issues and long to run this distance, thanks for sharing. You give me hope!

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CORKY982 11/25/2011 7:09AM

  Your story brought tears to my eyes :) Congrats on an amazing race!

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PAOLO1 11/25/2011 4:02AM

    Very cool

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ICKA_2 11/24/2011 5:42PM

    YOU DID IT!! Congratulations! You're a very strong and inspiring person to run through the pain! Thanks for sharing your story =)

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HEARTS58 11/20/2011 9:22AM

  You go girl!!!!! I'm sooo proud of you!!!!
Your determination is amazing...truly an inspiration to all of us that are struggling.
I hope your knee is getting better with each day that passes.

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ACCT1908 11/17/2011 1:35PM

    WOW!!! What an inspiration!!!

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 11/17/2011 10:35AM

    WOHOOO! Congrats! what an accomplishment. You can see the happiness and confidence shining through in your pictures :) You have a lot to be proud of, Lisa!

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ELAINEROSE5 11/17/2011 10:00AM

    Wow! Great story. I thought about you over the weekend and was hoping to have a chance to hear about the race. I wish your knee hadn't bothered you. I totally understand the running alone concept. It is funner to have somebody, but we alone must find the courage and strength to run. Lately, I have only been running alone, as each person I tried to recruit has too many other priorities...

I am so glad that I know you! I think you are an amazing person and I am so happy for you! When is your next one? Maybe I will be ready to go with you. With football ending, and my husbands photography slowing a bit, I will have more time (I hope.)

Way to go!!! I love the medal!!!

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GRACIELA_ELENA 11/16/2011 10:36PM

    Woohoo, Im so impressed and inspired too. THanks for always sharing your story and for being such a great role model. Keep up the great work...IM so proud of you!

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KAREN_NY 11/16/2011 5:40PM

    emoticon Terrific perseverence! I do hope for your knee's long-term healing and a rockin' rematch. ;)

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FLEDWARDS28 11/16/2011 4:45PM

    WOW! Thanks so much for sharing your story. It is so inspiring and makes me want to leave work right now to go run!!


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WONDERWOMAN 11/16/2011 4:37PM

    OMG!!! What an amazingly wonderful blog. You totally trumped my broken ankle story - I truly didn't have much pain at all; your pain was clearly visible, but you hung in there.

The important question is how are you now? You will get that knee looked at now, right? Understand, I've been there, didn't want the diagnosis and restrictions beforehand. Not smart, but honest. Really, though, you do need to find out what's going on with that knee so as not to cause more damage. Time to rest and heal.

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SUEAZZI 11/16/2011 1:45PM

    Totally worth reading EVERY word you wrote. My heart tugged seeing the pics of you struggling and I beamed with pride for you at the same time!

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
*Walt Disney

YOU, Skinny, are amazing!! emoticon

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CSIENK 11/16/2011 1:03PM

    emoticon You did it! emoticon Amazing accomplishment! I knew you had it in you. Vicarious runner that I am, I'm thrilled for you. Congratulations on your first half-marathon.
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ON2VICTORY 11/16/2011 11:05AM

    Wow, those pics were wonderful and that is some serious bling. I have to say that is probably the most beautiful medal I have seen yet and you should be very proud.!


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LAURELSPARK 11/16/2011 10:33AM must be so proud of yourself.

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MANDABEAR11 11/16/2011 10:16AM

    I couldn't even imagine running that long! I get tired doing a 5k :P You did AMAZING and don't beat yourself up over your time, you finished and that's alll that matters! emoticon

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ROSIE777 11/16/2011 9:54AM

    emoticon emoticonyou are truly a 1/2 marathoner emoticonJob well done.

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RAINBOWMF 11/16/2011 8:38AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon so much for sharing.


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GROEDER 11/16/2011 7:59AM

    You are TREMENDOUS!!!!!! I was almost crying for you as I read your blog. I am SO proud of what you have done to reach your goal. You are living proof of the saying that is on the chain I always wear aroud my neck. It says, "Pain is temporary, pride is forever".
Congratulations on your great effort!!!!!!

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RUNNER12COM 11/15/2011 11:15PM

    You are amazing! I LOVE this blog.

And I totally know what you mean about how important a volunteer or fan cheering you can be. Suddenly, you feel like you can do anything as long as someone is encouraging you.

What an amazing accomplishment. And yes, you'll run another. But good for you taking the time to celebrate this achievement!

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SWELL10 11/15/2011 11:09PM

    emoticon WoW!! Way to go! You are so awesome and such an inspiration! I'm soooo proud of you!!! emoticon

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SALLY_MANDER 11/15/2011 5:24PM

    Congratulations! 2:47 is an excellent time for a first HM!


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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/15/2011 5:04PM

    I was so busy with "life" yesterday that I didn't get to Spark and catch this awesome experience with you! I am so darned happy and excited for you! You pushed through the pain and finished like a true rock star! I love it!!! I was reading through your blog and it was giving me goosebumps. What a happy ending. Your bling is spectacular and so are YOU!!!

Nurse that knee and enjoy your week! Hugs my friend! XOXO

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/15/2011 4:17PM

    So proud of you!!!!!!!! This race report shows true emotion and dedication to getting the job done! You really earned that freedom medal!!!!!!!!!

Congrats just doesn't seem like a big enough word!

How is your knee feeling today?

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SARAHJ19 11/15/2011 2:33PM

    I still have goosebumps and tears from reading your blog! Congrats on your Half Marathon. You should be so proud!!! Love the last picture!!
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SEEAMANDARUN 11/15/2011 2:15PM

    Yay!!! Congratulations! Way to push through! Hope your knee feels better soon. I believe the first half is always more of a learning experience (I know mine was!).

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NYS_EMT 11/15/2011 12:04PM

    That is FANTASTIC! I was in tears reading about the pain, and I know what you mean about not being able to hide anything from DH... I can't either! :)

Congrats on a sucha wonderful accomplishment. I am just starting out in running and I hope to follow your footsteps soon!

Great job!

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TRACSGOAL 11/15/2011 10:59AM

    What an amazing accomplishment and you have so much determination to finish which is admirable. I think you did a great time too! Awesome medal it is fantastic bling. CONGRATULATIONS!
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WADINGMOOSE 11/15/2011 10:45AM

    Wow, what a lot of determination you showed. You must be absolutely proud of yourself for that race. Congrats on the finish. You brought me to tears. Congratulations on the finish and thanks for sharing.

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KJDOESLIFE 11/15/2011 10:38AM

    Great job!!!

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DDOORN 11/15/2011 9:37AM

    What determination to PUSH through a body that just wasn't going to cooperate with your SOARING SPIRIT! Congrats to a well-deserved and hard-fought victory!


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BOOCH6 11/15/2011 8:06AM

    OMG ! WTG ! I sit here with tears streaming down my face and (mentally) I feel as if I just ran the race with you ! Great blog ! Thanks so much for sharing ! Now I have to regain my composure and get ready for work ! Aaaahh !Thanks again ! Awesome blog !
- Barb

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JLITT62 11/15/2011 5:30AM

    I'm so sorry the knee didn't hold up better, but YOU DID IT! I know how painful it was to run 8 miles with knee pain - seriously, I'm not sure I could've done a HM with it.

You made me tear up! Big smooch to wonderful race volunteer. And all your friends & family for cheering you on.

Hey, I'd be happy with that time without an injury.

Oh, and did I mention YOU DID IT!? You rock!

I'm so proud of you.

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BILL60 11/14/2011 10:14PM

    You are one tough woman. I'm proud to know you. You are incredibly inspiring. Way to go.

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DGIBSON02 11/14/2011 9:20PM

    Next year we do it together.

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TIFANO 11/14/2011 8:50PM

    Reading in happy tears. So proud of you. That is some awesome bling too. Way to go!! You did it!! Welcome to the club!!!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 11/14/2011 8:29PM

    What an emotional blog!! I found myself tearing up a few times! You are SO inspiring to have pushed through your pain. How awesome that you have such a great support system with your family too. So happy and proud of you!!!! emoticon emoticon

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SPLASHDOG1 11/14/2011 7:48PM

    Congratulations!! You look fantastic in your new shirt with that HUGE medal! You have a lot to be proud of - thanks for sharing your pictures!


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FITFOODIE806 11/14/2011 7:30PM

    WOW!!! I clicked on this after seeing a few of my friends comment because I just ran my first half a few weeks ago. I've read lots of running/race blogs and this is seriously the most touching story I have read yet. I cried with you as the volunteer came along to help, when your sister gave you a shoulder and when you grimaced giving the thumbs up. What an incredible experience! I am so so proud of you and we have never even met in this big Spark world.
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ANITAGOODBODY 11/14/2011 7:16PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonLisa! I KNEW you would do it!!! And I totally can relate to your story. In my marathon debut in October, I twisted my knee around mile 14. I 'ran' (gimped) the rest of the race almost dragging my right leg. When I got to mile 20, the race director was there and said they should probably give me a ride back to the start. I must have given him a "kill" look because the other volunteer said "uh-oh Frank". He said you have 6 more miles and I told him that I had just done the last 6 with it that way and NO WAY was I not finishing. Anyway - maybe our race wasn't the time we hoped for - but so what!!! YOU DID IT!!!! And there will be other more 'halfs' out there for you to conquer emoticon Congratulations - and the picture is worth a 1000 words!

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SAC-6582 11/14/2011 4:57PM

    That is so awesome! emoticon I hope my 1st half marathon goes as well.

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NATPLUMMER 11/14/2011 4:56PM

    emoticon Now give that poor knee a rest. emoticon

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SAMI199 11/14/2011 4:20PM

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You did it!!!!!WooHoo!!!!!

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Down to the Wire

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

This is my last week of training for my first half marathon this weekend. I've been experiencing some knee issues and I'm just hoping that this isn't going to be a problem. I only have to run 9 miles total this week, and last night was a 4-miler.

Started out pretty good, but by mile 3 my knee was tweaking, I finished the last mile really slow as not to push my knee. I got home and did the usual ice thing. I think the devil is working overtime on me. I was doing so well and now a cranky, tweaky knee, causing pain and now causing me to just plain ole doubt myself. Will I be able to finish with a bum knee? Why, why, why now? I'm so close, but after last night's run I can see that 13 miles is really going to affect my knee.

I have resorted to desperate measures now. A friend loaned me some Kinesio tape, I tried that last night, but the tape was old and didn't stick very well, so I'm headed to the sports store today at lunch to purchase some, hoping this helps. Going to test it out tonight with a 3-miler.

Last resort is a knee brace. Hoping the tape will do the trick, but I do have a brace, just in case. It's really going to stink having to run with a brace on, but.... I am determined that nothing, even a little pain is going to stop me from this race. I have been training for 14 weeks and I'm not about to throw in the towel. Run, walk, or crawl I'm crossing that finish line.

I've never wanted anything so badly. Cross your fingers SPARKERS, this race is so important to me. I've trained for it, I've worked very hard at it, I dedicated myself from start to finish with each and every run and now.... the moment of truth. I want that mermaid medal, I want that 13.1 sticker for my car, I want to wear my new 13.1 tee-shirt, I want the feelings of elation at the finish. Want, want, want and I'm going to... DO IT PERIOD !!!!

I don't doubt my ability to run this race, I'm just not able to count on the knee cooperating. Any advice? Words of wisdom ?????

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PEGGYSTILLHERE 11/13/2011 7:15AM

    Hope it goes well !!!! You can do it! Your'e an awesome inspiration!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 11/12/2011 4:58AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI am sending you healthy positive running well vibes emoticon emoticon emoticonWishes and I will be a part of your cheering squad emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana emoticon

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ANITAGOODBODY 11/11/2011 7:23PM

    Lisa - no doubt in my mind you'll do it!!!!! Maybe slower than you'd like, but you'll do it. Best of luck - I'm rooting for you. Will be anxious to hear how it goes.

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JCBRITT 11/10/2011 12:35PM

    Warm up, stretch, and take some Motrin before the run. Good luck, I'm rooting for you!!

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SUEAZZI 11/10/2011 9:22AM

    I don't have any advice to add from what other sparkers have already given to you. I think pulling back on runs is good but do pilates throughout the week to stay limber. Best of luck!! emoticon

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BILL60 11/10/2011 8:56AM

    I agree with some of the recommendations posted. Take a total break from running until D-Day. Don't take a chance. Just do some daily stretching between now and Saturday. I'm looking for some "KICK_ASS" results on Saturday from "INCREDIBLE WOMAN". HOOAAA!!

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SAMI199 11/9/2011 7:52PM

    Believe in yourself-visualize yourself running the race-use positive affirmations-You will do this-you will cross the finish line-you will -you will-you will-see it-write it-say it-sing it-shout it-BELIEVE IT!!! I am cheering you on every step of the way-yo are the amazing one,my runner-girl!

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NATPLUMMER 11/9/2011 11:42AM

    I understand the wanting to run the race. I wanted to run mine, too....but no dice. You should not run again before the race. And if you do the race, you may not be able to run for a while after if you really injure yourself.

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DGIBSON02 11/9/2011 10:55AM

    Go get it!!!!

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DDOORN 11/9/2011 9:12AM

    Not being a runner I wouldn't have a clue as to what to recommend...ugh! I sure can sense your frustration!

Guess I'll just beam all the healing and strength I can send you to NAIL this half but GOOD! :-)


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ELAINEROSE5 11/9/2011 8:57AM

    Girl you're way ahead of me so I have no advice! Just cheering for you! Can't wait to hear all about it.


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WONDERWOMAN 11/9/2011 8:51AM

    I agree on total rest until the race. A training run (or not) will not make any difference on Saturday's outcome. The only thing I'm worried about is trying something new - tape, brace, whatever in the race. I am NOT worried you won't be able to finish - "run, walk, or crawl" was my mantra for last weekend too. A lot of these things show up on race week just to play with our minds and then virtually disappear on race day. Let's hope that's the case for you. If not, give it your best and be proud of whatever you do accomplish in the end.

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HOKIEJEN13 11/9/2011 8:25AM

    1. You're amazing so STOP doubting yourself. You CAN and you WILL do this.

2. You WILL finish this race. The end.

3. I don't know how much this will help, but when things are bothering me, I whip out the old stick. (They have them at Running Etc.) I use it to work out the kinks EVERYWHERE. I don't know how much help it'll be to the knee, but it could work on the hammy, calf, etc. and loosen them up which might help the knee. Just a thought.

Lastly, you've been working so hard for this. So put those doubts out of your head and trust that the training will pay off. All your hard work, sweat, and sometimes tears isn't for nothing. I can't wait to see your status update "I DID IT! I GOT THE MERMAID MEDAL, THE T-SHIRT, AND THE STICKER! I'M OFFICIALLY A HALF MARATHONER!!!!"

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JLITT62 11/9/2011 8:17AM

    Having done an 8 mile race with knee pain, I know it's doable - but not fun. Any more runs on the schedule? I'd say skip em. It won't hurt at this point - & might help. In fact, after laying on the couch for 4 days last week, I had a really good long run.

Focus on finishing, not pace.

There's no shame in walking breaks.

Hopefully someone with far more experience than me will have better advice. What does dad say?

And know, of course, we're there in spirit cheering you on!

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Weekend Happenings

Monday, November 07, 2011

I was off on Friday so took advantage of that and decided to get in my last long training run before next weekends race. Set out to run ten miles, did great until 7.5, then my knee starting getting really cranky, it was hurting so I walked for a few minutes, then decided to call DH to come get me. I didn't want to push the knee this close to the race. I was soooooo disappointed, but it feels fine now. I told DH that if this happens during the race, I will be crawling to the finish line, but I"m really hoping that this was just a freak incident. Cross your fingers.

Saturday - went to the mall to spend my JCPenney coupon, holy ham no one told me that they were having a pre-Christmas door buster sale, the place was mobbed. So after all that craziness I glad I had already decided that Christmas shopping wasn't going to happen this year, I'm not going to stress myself. And I'm definitely convinced it's not worth it after that experience, but I did pick up a couple new items to add to the wardrobe. Here's a new outfit.

I ended up getting a sweater dress, two shirts and two pair of boots (the boots I'm sharing with my daughter, lol)

I cooked another new SPARK recipe. Three Cheese Macaroni - OMG was it tasty. The DH and DD gobbled it up, it really was delicious and a perfect way to disquise whole wheat pasta, lol. YEAH, I slipped some healthy stuff in on them.

Couldn't resist one last pic, isn't he handsome?

DH and I drove my half marathon race route yesterday, the nerves starting kicking in after seeing how long it is, and three bridges, oh my. Just praying my knee holds up. Only have a few short runs this week, tapering down before the big day.

Hope everyone is off to a great start to this week.

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SUEAZZI 11/10/2011 9:13AM

    Looks like you are having fun with your new wardrobe... you look great! My daughter and I share clothes all the time; it is so fun and absolutely cuts down on expense! Handsome kitty! Sorry to hear about your knee and I'm sending you hugs and wishes that the pain will subside for your HM. Best of luck! emoticon

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UPTOWNGIRL7 11/7/2011 6:43PM

    Your going to do great, your dedication is really motivating and your kitty cat is adorable, I have a bengal named bugaboo and he is just a little ham at times, Ill post some pictures up :)

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SAMI199 11/7/2011 2:40PM

    I love your new outfit! Good Luck on the Race...I will be cheering from here-lol.

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TIFANO 11/7/2011 9:48AM

    You look great and you're going to so rock the half!!!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/7/2011 9:43AM

    WOW! You look AMAZING!!! Sorry to hear about your knee. You'll do great. You are listening to your body and that's so very important. Don't push it.

I've been shopping more and more online these days. It's much more relaxing and almost everyone has free delivery during the holidays. Still...congrats on your fall finds! Awesome!

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SEEAMANDARUN 11/7/2011 9:39AM

    Love the new outfit! You've got this. Can't wait to hear all about your race!

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NATPLUMMER 11/7/2011 9:38AM

    Fingers crossed for a happy knee. My husband was doing his long run yesterday on the treadmill and he only got to mile 10 and then his knee started bothering him. I hope he's okay to run the 1/2 in December.
Nice outfit!!
So cute!!!

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2HAMSDIET 11/7/2011 9:10AM

    You will do great at the race!! Love your new look and I'm with you on the Christmas shopping. Have a great week. emoticon

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ELAINEROSE5 11/7/2011 8:55AM

    How exciting! Hoping for a great run for you!!

Can't wait to hear all about it.

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DDOORN 11/7/2011 8:44AM

    JCP has really been cookin' up the deals...! It's one of our favorite places, especially with their promotions!

You're going to do SUPER on that race, just KNOW IT!!


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JLITT62 11/7/2011 8:28AM

    LOVE the new top!

Bad runs really can mess with us. I know you'll kill it as long as nothing gets injured, so good job on knowing when to call it quits. Have a few good easy runs, ice igpf you think it's necessary, then you'll be all excited again!

Can't wait to read your race report. Mine is 1 month away & I'm beginning to get excited.

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DGIBSON02 11/7/2011 8:08AM

    That cookbook must be amazing. When your DD came over on Saturday night, she was bragging about it. That's how I know it must be good.

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Left Holding the Bag

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I complained, moaned and groaned at the thought of spending $20 on Halloween candy, sheesh inflation. Any how, you know you can't buy the cheap candy or someone may slash your tires these days, lol so I at least bought the good stuff (reese cups - my total weakness, hershey's, kitkats) and some nerds and airheads because not all kids like chocolate. I decided I was going to mop the kitchen floor while waiting on the millions of tricker treaters that were expected to show up, so at least I was a tad productive in crossing off my "to do" list.

Well we had 5, yes, FIVE kids show up. Holy ham, what happened to the droves and mobs of kids? I think it's safe to assume that trick or treating has become a thing of the past, gone are the good ole days. True, but sad that the traditions we enjoyed as kids are slowly being done away with. Well some things are still tradition like carving pumpkins. The grandkids came over Saturday to carve their pumpkins, they did a great job. I usually carve a celebrity pumpkin but just wasnt in the mood this year to do it, so I was the pumpkin carving supervisor, lol.

My grandson was going to a Halloween party and decided to sneak up behind me and scare the bageezies out of me. I owe him one, gonna get him when he least expects it.

And then there is the cutest pea in the world. My baby grandson, the pea pod.

Don't have pics of the other kiddos or I would certainly post.

Well it's the day after Halloween and I'm left holding the bag.. of leftover goodies. But guess what????? after snitching two reese cups for myself, I handed over the leftovers to hubby to properly dispose of....pass it out to the fellas at work. No candy in my house now. Yeah.

Hope everyone enjoyed a Happy Halloween

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BILL60 11/7/2011 8:52AM

    JCBRITT and I must live in the same neighborhood. We also had 200+ kids trick or treating, most from outside our Sub-Division. The Kit-Kats, Reese Cups, Hershey's, and others were mostly gone by the time 9:00PM rolled in.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/5/2011 8:16AM

    Cute post! I did the same with our Halloween candy:)
Have a great weekend...and congrats on your loss! Great job!

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SUEAZZI 11/4/2011 2:34PM

    Pea pod is absolutely adorable! I indulged in a few treats but working out extra to ward off the evil calories LOL. emoticon

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JCBRITT 11/2/2011 8:31AM

    We had close to 200 trick/treaters. We had a full stock pot full of candy and when it was half empty it got filled up with the remains of what was in the bags. We had 1/4 left by the end of the window (we get them between 6-8pm). We live in the country and so all the kids that live on the outlying country roads come into the subdivision (and there are really only 2 in our little town)..we even get 4 wheelers pulling cars full of kids. It's fun and you end up seeing lots of people you know.

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SAMI199 11/1/2011 10:57PM

    We had to go out & get more candy-we ran out by 6:30 emoticon
We gave out full-size bars for the 1st 120 lucky treaters-it was fun-size after that-lol.The kids were so much fun. Your little sweetpea is too cute for words...(I never carve-totally the hubby's domain.Too slimey-lol. The remaining candy was donated this morning to work.(a couple did fall into my mouth-accidently-so i walked extra today-it was a beautiful day!

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DDOORN 11/1/2011 4:22PM

    Made it through candy-free as usual. It would be such a BLESSED thing if Trick-or-Treating and candy traditions bit the dust! :-)


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NATPLUMMER 11/1/2011 10:56AM

    We didn't have as many kids as we did last year so we've got leftover candy. That's okay, it means I'll be baking some fancy leftover halloween candy cookies today :-) They shall be going to work places tomorrow.
Such a cute pea!!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/1/2011 9:16AM

    I hear ya! This was the first year we didn't hand out candy in the 10+ years we have lived in our home. We have on an average of 150-175 kiddies every year. They drop them off up the street in car loads and they make their rounds. My husband said since our house was for sale, they'd figure it was empty if we turned the lights out and hid in the basement. Whatever! Anyway, no extra candy in our home which was perfect. I was like you. If I was going to give out candy, it was always the "good stuff".

Your pea pod is cute as can be!!! I want one...later. I still can't get over you and grandkids. You look totally awesome!!!

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JLITT62 11/1/2011 9:13AM

    I just KNEWyou didn't eat to the bottom of the bag!

DH had sone reeses cups in FL - chocolate & PB are definitely my fave - but I had some dark chocolate justin's PB cups at home so it was easy to say no.

Definitely a cutie-pea & babies aren't my thing!

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DGIBSON02 11/1/2011 9:09AM

    doing my best to stay away from all the candy that Heaven got last night. If it helps, that Saw mask scared the bageezies out of plenty of people last night. There were adults that wouldn't even walk up the driveway cause he was sitting on the patio in a chair, perfectly still lol.

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New Running Group

Monday, October 31, 2011

I wish I would have discovered that my area has a running group a lot sooner than last Thursday. I signed up last Thursday and they had a run scheduled for Friday morning at the oceanfront. Boy was it windy and cold but I went anyway, I had to run a 9-miler as part of my training so I figured I might as well get out there and just do it. I met the ladies at 5:45 for a 9-mile run, so nice that they run the same pace as I do, so we headed off. I did pretty good, not too bad I don't guess. I wasn't in it for time, just to see how 9 miles felt. I only slowed down for two brief walking rest breaks and then I was back at it. The whole time I was running we were talking. She was sharing her running experiences and I learned a lot of great tips from her. She has ran several marathons and has been out of running for a while but now she is back into it, and guess what???? She is running the same half-marathon I am on Nov. 13th, and she is going to check to see if there is a pace group running also. How wonderful is that. I won't have to run the half marathon by myself, I get to run with a pace group. I am sooooo excited, I was really dreading running alone.

I felt great after the run but my calves were on fire, I was in pain, I have never had calf pain before. I went home, jumped in a hot shower and stretched across my bed, ouch my calves were killing me. I decided to call an expert runner to find out what could have caused this pain, so I called my dad. He said I probably had running edema and to prop my legs up above my heart and the pain would go away. Sure enough, that made me feel so much better, and no more calf pain.

This was definitely a new experience all around. I ran a 9-miler, had horrible calf pains, and I learned a lot of neat tips and tricks. Can't wait to put all the new stuff into my workouts. This is the last full week of half-marathon training and I might say that I am soooooo ready to run this race. So this set my weekend off to a great start. Going to meet up with the running group on Tuesday evening for a 4-8 miler. I think I might like this.

Hope everyone enjoyed a great weekend, Happy Halloween. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 10/31/2011 11:30AM

    Yay!! Glad you had a great time.
Happy Halloween!!

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SUEAZZI 10/31/2011 11:11AM

    What a great experience!! I so wish there was a running group near me; I am so happy for you!! You are going to do awesome on your HM. Have a great day!! emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 10/31/2011 11:07AM

    Yay for a running group. I wish there was one closer to where I live. For your calves, you may want to invest in a pair of compression calf sleeves. They are maaarrvelous!

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BILL60 10/31/2011 9:21AM

    You're ready. Keep on "DOING IT". Can't wait to hear about your new success. Hang, like you always do, tough. The very best to you.

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DDOORN 10/31/2011 9:12AM

    Always such a joy when we find others to share our fitness journeys with!

Savor the SPARK! :-)


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JLITT62 10/31/2011 8:34AM

    So glad you found a good group! I definitely lime running with others, but the group I belong to hasn't had a run anywhere near my pace in a long time.

Never heard of running edema - good to know!

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DGIBSON02 10/31/2011 8:30AM

    i'll have to check them out.

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SWELL10 10/31/2011 8:20AM

    Sounds like you're rocking it and will do awesome come race day!

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