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And the Doctor Said....

Friday, December 02, 2011

Went to see sports medicine doctor today to get the knee and hip checked out.
Is it just me or do doctor's have the personality of door knobs? not all doctor's, but sheesh. This guy really didn't act like he was interested in my story. That's where I think I'd make a good sports medicine doctor. Praise your patients, find out there stories, encourage them. He didn't seem the least impressed to know that I injured it running a half-marathon, like people do that all the time, right? LOL, not by the looks of all the other patients in the waiting room. Not that mine injury was any more special than the others, but dang, wish doctor's would give a crap. Compassion and encouragement should go with their doctor's degree. I mean you have an athlete that just finds out that they can't participate in their favorite activity, that's like losing your best friend. Have a heart.

Anyway...The good news is that there are no fractures or joint problems, the bad news is that it's an IT band injury.

Doctor says these are hard and slow to heal, lots of physical therapy needed. I'm thankful that there is no permanent damage which means I may still be able to run, just gonna be a while.

The doctor said NO restrictions, which means if it doesn't hurt to do it then its FINE. But the minute it hurts, DON'T. That's super news, which means now I can come up with a plan for the winter months fitness regime. Probably going to focus on abs and lower body making the legs more muscular and stronger and I may even decide to head back to the gym for swimming. What a relief, I'm not outta the game entirely.
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VARMINT3 12/12/2011 5:45PM

    Yay for not having to stop running!

I have also had good results with foam roller and stretching for prevention, as well as for healing - IT band stretches can be rather weird and convoluted though!

Don, it is pretty common for runners to have this issue.

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DDOORN 12/12/2011 2:17PM

    Sorry so long to catch up with your blog...that is REALLY good news! Have heard of other runners with serious IT band this common for runners? Just wondered.


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ELAINEROSE5 12/7/2011 2:03PM

    I'm so glad to hear it's an it injury, and not something permanent. My it bothers me a bit and I second the notion of using a foam roller and stretching!! There are some great stretches specifically for an it out there that help me. Also learned that overstriding will quickly make mine hurt again. Best of luck in your recovery! Hope we get that chance to run together still.


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JCBRITT 12/6/2011 11:04AM

    I have not had a good doctor experience in a long time. They barely even look you in the eye. I've been looking for a good doctor for years...and if you hear about one they of course have no openings....I've been on "the list" for the local doctor since I moved here in the time I get to the top, he'll be retired..LOL. I would say if you follow the advise and don't have a warm fuzzy about it think about a second opinion. Swimming is a great all over sport...wish I still lived near a pool.

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BILL60 12/5/2011 8:12AM

    Glad to hear that you'll be running long distance again. Hang in there and be more patient than I would be in your situation.

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DGIBSON02 12/3/2011 10:08PM

    You will be back to killing it in no time.

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NATPLUMMER 12/3/2011 5:04PM

    Some doctors really are just cold fish. Yay for knowing what it is what what you need to do.

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2HAMSDIET 12/2/2011 7:34PM

    I'm so glad I have a good Dr. now. Sad that you have the problem but glad it is a just a matter time to heal. Great that you are coming up with a good winter program. emoticon

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LISAINMS 12/2/2011 5:37PM

    That's great news that it isn't a stress fracture! Been there, done that. Still have the IT flare occasionally. I'm so thankful that, after a few docs that could care less, my sports med doc was so interested and supportive of what I was doing. It really helps! Do you have a foam roller? That and stretching is the best treatment for ITBS. I did a lot of swimming during recovery. You will find what works best for you!

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TEACHLIZARD 12/2/2011 4:42PM

    Very good news. I wish you speedy healing and applaud your still want to do attitude! To many people would just so - nope, done.

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SUEAZZI 12/2/2011 2:13PM

    Great news that you are not out of the running league! WooHoo! Winter program sounds perfect and by spring (or sooner) you'll be running again. I agree with the bedside manner of some docs; if they only knew a smile and compassion goes a long way! Have a great weekend!

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LORI-K 12/2/2011 2:09PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your injury! I can totally empathize. I hope PT gets you back where you were soon! PT really helped me with my foot. It was the best and worst (lol) hours I spent a week there. So worth it though.
You've got a great plan while your recover! Good luck!
(I'm sorry you had a bad experience with your Dr, too. Is it possible to find a different one? Maybe he was jealous he didn't run a half! hehe)

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SAMI199 12/2/2011 1:26PM

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THREADS3 12/2/2011 12:22PM

    Here's what the doctor said: "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!!" :)

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JLITT62 12/2/2011 12:19PM

    Glad to hear it wasn't more serious & that's great that there are no restrictions. Doctors are taught to not get emotionally involved . . . maybe you need to go back to school for a career change!

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WONDERWOMAN 12/2/2011 12:16PM

    Hi, well that is good and bad news. Sounds like no running for a long time, so that kinda stinks - believe me, I now know firsthand how hard that is. But very good news that you can do so much else and that you like so many other things. I am so very impressed at how quickly you are coming up with a winter plan. I admire you for your major positive attitude! Good luck with rehabing; I know you'll be running again before we all know it.

Have a good weekend.

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DEBJAE 12/2/2011 12:03PM

    Congrats on the good news! emoticon

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What Happens in Vegas.....

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

We all know the saying "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas", well in this instance it's a little different. I'll tell you whats happening in Las Vegas this weekend.... It's the Zappos Rock-N-Roll Half Marathon, woo hoo. My longtime SP Buddy JLITT62 is running her first ever half marathon - Run, run, run. I am so excited for her, she's been training for a while and has been so faithful in her efforts, and has been so inspirational to me. I can't wait to hear all about it. Good luck sweetie, I know you will cross that finish line smiling. I know she is meeting several ppl there to run also, I'm not sure who they are and I don't want to not mention them so a big shout out to all JLITT62's buddies - good luck to all.

One of my newest SP buds - Positive_One is running also. This is his second, within a month - SUPER dude. His story is also a very inspirational one. Good luck Neil.

Let's all stop by their pages and wish them well. Good luck guys, I know you will be G R E A T !!!!!!!!!!!! Have fun.

I hope you guys don't get upset with me sharing your story - but I'm just so happy for you and proud of you.

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SAMI199 11/30/2011 8:40PM

    emoticon How cool-thanks for letting us know!


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ON2VICTORY 11/30/2011 11:40AM

    have a great race and pass on some woo hoo's for me for your friends who running their first half. What an exciting day that is going to be :)

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NATPLUMMER 11/30/2011 10:58AM

    I'm happy I'm going to meet her there.

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2HAMSDIET 11/30/2011 10:45AM

    Thanks for sharing as it is so exciting!! emoticon

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I Had to Quit, but I'm Still a Winner

Monday, November 28, 2011

We traveled to WV for Thanksgiving and were registered to run the local Turkey Trot 5K. This was my granddaughter's first 5K, and my two SIL's joined in along with one of their cousins. It was a warm 35 degrees, lol.

As most of you know, I have been battling some sort of knee issues for the past month so this will probably not come as a surprise to you.
Well..... I knew that the first 1/2 mile of the run would determine if my knee was healed enough to run the whole thing. My intentions were good, my heart was in the right place, but..... the knee failed. After a 1/2 mile my knee was killing me so I decided to throw in the towel. I was bummed but I knew that I should not push myself and risk further injury. I felt like such a quitter, I even removed my race number on the way back (sniffle sniffle). I didn't even cross the finish line (sniffle, sniffle) but I did not hang my head in shame, I encouraged the others as they were finishing and snapped a few pics along the way.

So that ends my running career until I see a doctor. I have an appt scheduled for Dec. 2nd so I can find out exactly what I am dealing with and I can move on from there, hopefully it's nothing serious because I really love running and would certainly hate to never be able to run again (another huge sniffle sniffle).

After the race we enjoyed a great dinner with all the trimmings, yep pie included. I had weighed myself last Monday to make sure I didn't gain any weight while I was gone and YEAH, I weighed the very same thing this morning on the scale as last week. Woo Hoo. My DH, DD and myself after a delicious meal. We were quite tired after all the cooking.

We enjoyed our visit with the family and we got to spend some quality time with our three granddaughters that live in WV. They loved playing dress up with my DD's clothes and makeup.

Skipped the black Friday shopping all together. Went with my SIL to get a tattoo. I got inked, yep, it's very tiny, but I did it - it's a tiny purple, high-heeled shoe. Didn't hurt as bad as I anticipated. Now I can scratch "get a tattoo" off my bucket list.

I hope everyone enjoyed a great holiday and that your week is off to a great start.

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JCBRITT 12/1/2011 2:37PM

    So I think I wondered this before. Small world. Where in WV did you go? I'm headed to Va Beach mid month for a work meeting at Dam Neck. It's been a while since I've been down that way.

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DDOORN 12/1/2011 12:14PM

    I'm sure that together you and your doc will get to the bottom of things and come up with a plan soon!

Good plan to buy nothing on Black Friday!


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LADYVOLSFAN1954 11/29/2011 8:07PM

    You did the right thing in the race. You need to find out what's going on with your knee and not further damage it. Good for you! You should be proud of yourself! Glad you had a good time with the family too!

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WONDERWOMAN 11/29/2011 2:22PM

    Knowing the smart thing to do makes you a MAJOR winner! I want to know right away what the doc says Friday.

It looks like you had a great weekend with family. Welcome to the family of "subtle ink" - mine is pretty small in an area seldom seen. Got it in my early 40s. I totally forget about it until I'm in a bathing suit and a friend will have a shocked look on their face saying, "nice tat!"

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SAMI199 11/28/2011 7:09PM

    emoticon You are such a winner-the fact that you started the race is a testament to your determination.Totally cool about your ink!I hope you get good news about the knee.(You would really be in a pickle if you had run the Turkey Trot)
Glad you're back!!!


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2HAMSDIET 11/28/2011 5:50PM

    emoticonYou are a winner!! emoticon so what are you second and third choices of interest in exercise actives. Don't stop now but maybe for a while you need to give something else a try. Who knows what other things you are a winner at!! emoticon Cutie Family

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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/28/2011 4:57PM

    You did the right thing and I'm glad you're going to the doctor soon to find out what the heck is going on in your knee! You looked good in blue though! The family pics were awesome and congrats on not gaining any weight last week. I'm just going to weigh myself December 1st and go from there.

Pics of the cute tatoo are coming, right????? You're such a wild woman! emoticon

Keep inspiring me. emoticon

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DGIBSON02 11/28/2011 3:31PM

    So how long until we go get some more ink done? As far as your race, I guess we will have to put that rematch on hold for a bit. You did the right thing with stopping. I would have too.

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JLITT62 11/28/2011 3:26PM

    So sorry about the race - but you did the right thing. Most likely it needs a good, long rest. When I hurt my knee back in june, I took a good week & a half totally off running.

I'm smiling at the tattoo! Too funny! Altho I don't think I would ever do it.o

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IMSMILEY88 11/28/2011 2:46PM

    Agree...good call! And, one that takes more guts than pushing through sometimes. I hope you get good news from the doctor!

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ELAINEROSE5 11/28/2011 2:19PM

    You definitely did the right thing in stopping, (not quitting.) At our age, we have to take care or ourselves and address issues when they arise. If it is your IT band, there are a bunch of things you can do to help it. I'm hoping to hear your news Friday! Make sure you let us know.

Looks like you had fun at Thanksgiving! We did too. It's always great being around family. Silly me, I didn't take any pictures....

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NATPLUMMER 11/28/2011 2:08PM

    There is no shame in stopping if you are risking injury by finishing. Hey, I'm missing out on 2 HMs this year.
Glad you had a great time otherwise!!
Tattoo....ouch!!! Why aren't I surprised that it's a purple high-heeled shoe ;-)

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SUEAZZI 11/28/2011 2:05PM

    Your determination, courage and strength shines through all your efforts. I'm glad you didn't push yourself further and chance damage to the point of no return. Good idea to see the doc and get answers as to what is going on with your knee so you can treat, heal and get back on track. Thanksgiving with family was a great time and the tattoo shoe is so you ~ I loved that background on your page; so happy for you Skinny! emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 11/28/2011 1:27PM

    hey there is no shame in stopping a race because you are hurting. I would say it was a good call on your part. hope the doctor has good things to say. looks like you had a great time with the family during Thanksgiving.


Here is a medal for being a smart runner!!

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Finish Line Photos/Video - First Half Marathon

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Here's a link to photos from the finish line. Be sure to watch the video, they say my name - woo hoo.

Great Quote in Runners World this month:

"Remember your worst run in always 100 percent better than the person who never tries".

"You'll never regret going for a run, but you'll always regret not going"

Great words to live by. Can I hear an AMEN?????

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KAMCCLARY 11/25/2011 10:38PM

    You go girl!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 11/22/2011 9:15AM

    AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! May have to borrow one of those. Cool? emoticon

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DDOORN 11/18/2011 8:41AM

    Triple AMENS! :-)


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2HAMSDIET 11/18/2011 4:48AM

    Amen. Congrats. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRACIELA_ELENA 11/17/2011 10:10PM

    Amen sister! It is one of my goals to be able to run...its been years and I literally dream about it. Love your new Sheldon wall! Thanks for your kind words of guys keep me going!

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JLITT62 11/17/2011 5:02PM

    Pretty cool!

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PIXIEMOM13 11/17/2011 3:20PM

    I love your photos AND the video!
And the medal looks huge and awesome... great cause to run for.

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ELAINEROSE5 11/17/2011 2:41PM

    Somehow I expected them to say Skinny Powell...!!!

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SHERR513 11/17/2011 2:37PM

    Amen! I'm trying to become a runner getting better. I like what you said at least I'm trying not giving up! Thanks. emoticon

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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.
Cindy emoticon

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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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