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Women's Half Marathon, St Pete, Nov 24 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ladybugs at the start of the half marathon:



Ladybugs at the end of the half marathon:



The rest of the story is in ONEKIDSMOM's blog. She's done a great job of capturing the experience so I won't repeat it:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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JUNEPA 11/30/2013 7:05PM

   
Awesome finish-line smiles !!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/27/2013 7:00PM

    How cute are you! Glad you had fun.

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BOOKAPHILE 11/26/2013 10:58PM

    Cute as bugs!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/26/2013 10:07PM

    A great day!

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WATERMELLEN 11/26/2013 6:53PM

    Cute pics . . . great smiles!

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GABY1948 11/26/2013 6:44PM

    GORGEOUS ladies ALL! I am SO proud of all of you and you all look GREAT!

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LINDA! 11/26/2013 4:59PM

    emoticon Great!!!

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PMFISH 11/26/2013 4:30PM

    Way to go lady!

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FROSTY99 11/26/2013 3:58PM

    The smiles are even bigger when you are done that before you began-amazing!!!

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CARMRUN 11/26/2013 3:07PM

    What an inspiration!!!!

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JOYINKY 11/26/2013 2:29PM

    Great photos!!

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MARGARITTM 11/26/2013 1:38PM

    You all look great!

Love the Lady Bugs!

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_LINDA 11/26/2013 1:28PM

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Looking fabulous!!

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MEXGAL1 11/26/2013 11:19AM

    Cute, cute!

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HARROWJET 11/26/2013 11:19AM

    You look happier at the end. Maybe you were, because it was over. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/26/2013 10:16AM

    Congrats to all of you!

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MIRAGE727 11/26/2013 10:16AM

    Lookin' fresh as daisies from the start to the finish!
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ONEKIDSMOM 11/26/2013 10:09AM

    Thank you again for being there!

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SMITTY4RL 11/26/2013 9:59AM

    Did you run the whole way with those deeley-boppers on your head? emoticon You guys look great!

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WALLINMW 11/26/2013 9:48AM

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HM Picture I Promised

Monday, November 25, 2013



Here is a picture I promised of me finishing the Women's Half Marathon. I don't know why I didn't wait one second so that ONEKIDSMOM and I could have had a finishing picture together again this year. Regret that! Oh, well. I am just too goal oriented!! (shaking my head)

  
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AQUAGIRL08 11/27/2013 6:42PM

    Being goal oriented is a good thing so don't knock yourself. You are doing a great job!

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TERI-RIFIC 11/26/2013 7:46AM

    What a great experience in all ways! You've made a life of ALL KINDS of healthy FUN things. emoticon

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PMFISH 11/25/2013 11:01PM

    emoticon Woo-Hoo!

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MEXGAL1 11/25/2013 8:25PM

    Way cool!
You are just awesome!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/25/2013 7:44PM

    My husband and I always cross the finish line together with hands held high! It's a triumph of our marriage, our fitness, and love for each other. I know your friend was just happy for you!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2013 6:56PM

    Yay you!!

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BOOKAPHILE 11/25/2013 6:39PM

    You both enjoyed the day. That's the important thing. Did you take any photos together?

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NOTFATCAT 11/25/2013 5:17PM

    Good job. Wish I could push myself to run.

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BLUENOSE63 11/25/2013 3:10PM

  Yep you must have been in the endorphin slip stream there! Looks like a nice day for a run!

Congrats!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/25/2013 1:16PM

    I ran a 5k with my sister last year at which part of me regretted finishing with her when I could have finished faster, so you may have felt that way if you waited for your friend. I guess there are pros and cons to every choice.
Congrats on a great finish!

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TAICHIDANCER 11/25/2013 11:18AM

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/25/2013 11:15AM

    What a great pic! Again, congrats!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/25/2013 11:07AM

    Marsha you were like a thoroughbred that had been held in the gate too long. Good job! emoticon p.s. you can see me in the background.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/25/2013 11:01AM

    You did great!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/25/2013 10:58AM

    I guess it depends on what your goal is.

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ROBBIEY 11/25/2013 10:49AM

  emoticon Great Job!!!

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KELLIEBEAN 11/25/2013 10:47AM

    You were in the zone!

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Congratualations!!!

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Some Half Marathon Comments

Sunday, November 24, 2013

*My ride showed up, almost on time, and got us to the expo in plenty of time to pick up our packets.
*Didn't have to sleep on the floor. Someone I don't know didn't show up and I got the bed meant for her.
*Two cats visited me in the middle of the night and sometimes I might have been annoyed or sleepily frightened, but I wasn't. They were so sweet.
*I slept as well as I've ever slept the night before a race.
*We got up at 4:45am in order to be on time for a 7am race.
*I stayed with 4 strangers and 1 acquaintance (plus cats) and they made me feel welcomed and comfortable. Very, very nice people. Smart and funny, too.
*The young people I thought might be noisy and up late took the race very seriously and went to bed early. (They ran under 2 hours.)
*I found ONEKIDSMOM and her cousin without problem.
*It was a cloudy 69 degree day -- not pretty, but a great running day. At least it was a pretty blue sky day for Barb the day before.
So not one of the things I'd worried about (not having a ride, not getting to packet pick up in time, not being able to sleep, feeling unwelcomed in a stranger's house, and not being able to find Barb) came true.
*Team Ladybugs looked great. I kept the wings and antenna on the entire race, and I had not been sure that would be possible.
*I felt good and strong throughout the event.
*My camera was too big to carry and I didn't even have a car to go put it back into, so I didn't get any pictures. However, lots of people did take pictures and I'm sure I'll get some to post later. (My wallpaper shows the Ladybug costume I wore today.)
*I didn't get to spend much time with Barb before or after the race since I was dependent on others for transportation.
*We finished strong, passing 147 people in the last 4 miles.
*Barb and I did end the race in an upright position, smile on our face, and knowing that we will run again.
*We got our beautiful finishers medals. Mine has already taken its place of honor in the center of the medal rack.
*Barb pointed out that I now am qualified to join the Half Fanatics. I glanced at the website. I could go in at the Neptune level since I finished 2 half marathons in 16 days or less. (15 days actually) Not sure I need that membership, but it's nice to have the option.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 11/27/2013 6:11PM

    Sounds like a great experience! Congratulations on your race! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2013 6:57PM

    Nice to review your thoughts!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/25/2013 4:27PM

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Half fanatics! Sounds cool. You are definitely qualified. Glad to hear so many things went well for you. emoticon

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HARROWJET 11/25/2013 11:30AM

    It is my first time to hear about half fanatics. There is no end to where one can go next.

It was interesting to read your thoughts. I am sure many of mine would have been similar. Things usually work out the way they should.

Congratulations!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/25/2013 9:42AM

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And I love the costume!

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CELIAMINER 11/25/2013 9:39AM

    LOVE your ladybug wings! What a neat idea!

Thanks for posting your concerns and your successes. I have yet to run a HM (though I've walked 30, 40, and 50 km distances many times). I look forward to more inspiration from you as I prepare for two HMs in 2014.

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MIRAGE727 11/25/2013 8:47AM

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Wish I could have been there! Oh, and that medal? I believe it was probably the best looking medal given out this year in the Tampa Bay area! Outstanding, Marsha! And you're a hot ladybug too!
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SLIMMERJESSE 11/25/2013 8:02AM

    How fabulous; congrats!

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Marsha, congratulations! Way to be AWESOME! I'm truly in awe. How great that the things you were concerned about ended up all working out in your favor.
Excellently done - spend all week kissing your biceps:)

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GABY1948 11/25/2013 7:23AM

    This is WONDERFUL. You are definitely a better woman than I...not just the running and racing but being able to go to something like that and stay with people you never knew! I am SO proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STRIVER57 11/25/2013 3:28AM

    brava!

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JUST_TRI_IT 11/24/2013 11:46PM

    Way to go and go and go!!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/24/2013 11:35PM

    I am so happy for you.

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Marathon Fanatic. Yes! It suits you! What an achievement! Glad everything went so well for you!!
Keep on being amazing!

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BUSYGRANNY5 11/24/2013 9:16PM

    Fantastic! I love your background photo!!

Keep on keeping on!!!

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JOYINKY 11/24/2013 9:14PM

    emoticon I love that everything worked out so well!

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LIFEFOUNDONARUN 11/24/2013 8:50PM

    Congratulations! Becoming a half fanatic is one of my goals. So happy for you!

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RUN4FOOD 11/24/2013 8:46PM

    Sounds like everything worked out well, Congratulations!
My wife is a Half Fanatic. She did Tulsa this morning and really enjoyed being part of the Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics party afterward. That is number 14 for her for this year.

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SMITTY4RL 11/24/2013 8:39PM

    emoticon on running the half--it sounds great! Glad you had a good time. You don't have to answer, but I was wondering what intervals you used for the race--I'm always looking for different ones using the Galloway method. emoticon

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JENRAQTAY87 11/24/2013 8:29PM

    Congrats!

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Dancing, Visiting, Park and a Half

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hubby and I had a swing lesson Tuesday evening. I remember the SparkFriend (you know who you are, W.E.) who said she and her husband had taken lots of ballroom dancing lessons, but never seemed to remember and get any better. We may be in that same boat. So far we've "learned" foxtrot, waltz, tango, merengue, and now swing. Although I think we are freestyling more in sync than before our lessons, I can't say we are really ballroom dancing. It is good, fun activity, though, and I'm glad we are doing it. Thursday morning we enjoyed the Senior Dance. DH is dancing more often. I think his stamina is improving!

Today I got to see my sister who lives in Tucson -- half a large continent away for those non-USA SparkFriends. Needless to say, she doesn't get to central Florida too often so it was a real treat. Gwen and I went and picked her up at her daughter (my niece)'s house. Then we went to the park for Gwen to swing and slide and play with us. We had carrot sticks, apple slices, and a cheese stick for picnic snack and enjoyed the beautiful day. We saw lots of birds and squirrels and quite a few fish in the lake.

Sis will be staying a couple weeks, so I don't feel too bad leaving for 2 days for my half marathon. We are planning for my niece, nephew, and me all to run a 5K on Nov 30th. Hope I feel like running strong, but we'll see. I'm not going to risk injury if I'm just not feeling it. The other grandmother will have the girls on Sunday while I run and recover. She often has a house full of kids. I just have 2 grandkids; she has a dozen and usually has many at her house.

Really looking forward to the next couple days and beyond. Seven people from my Galloway group are running the Women's Half and I'll be meeting one of my running pal's daughters and her running friends who all live in St Pete. And, as you undoubtedly know, my intention is to run with ONEKIDSMOM as she supports her cousin in her first half marathon. Gonna be fun!!


  
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BLUENOSE63 11/23/2013 7:19PM

  I have always wanted to take dance lessons but my husband says that without 4 or 5 beer for him, it just won't work. He isn't a "dancer".

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GABY1948 11/23/2013 6:33PM

    Oh, how I wish I was going with you...that would be the ultimate! I know you will have the BEST time! And please, don't forget to take and have taken LOTS of pictures while there! And I think it is great you and dh dance. My dh never dances...I don't think he knows how! emoticon

You are going to have a BALL!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/22/2013 11:21PM

    Thanks for sharing your travels. I wish I was there.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/22/2013 11:01PM

    I bet that once you get going, you'll find yourself running strong. At least you'll be with good friends and family!
Enjoy the dancing!

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MSLZZY 11/22/2013 10:29PM

    A wonderful day with family and friends and a great weekend planned. How special!

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SLIMLILA 11/22/2013 9:41PM

    And I thought I was busy.... you are really going all out... way to go, Marsha!!!

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JOYINKY 11/22/2013 9:06PM

    Sounds like a great week. Have fun!

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PHEBESS 11/22/2013 8:49PM

    Dancing is great exercise, and as long as you're having fun, well, no one is keeping score!

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PMFISH 11/22/2013 8:11PM

    The only dance lesson I have ever had was on my 50th birthday. We had an instructor at the party to give us all line dance lesson. We had a ball. I really miss being able to dance.

It does my heart good to hear you are enjoying your days to the fullest. That is the way life is supposed to be lived.

Enjoy your weekend.

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WATERMELLEN 11/22/2013 7:37PM

    The dancing IS fun, even if we don't look like "dancing with the stars". I'm about ready to sign us up for some more lessons!

Sounds like a lovely time at the park . . . and it will be so great to see Barb!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/22/2013 7:14PM

    Have a great run!

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BURGUNDYBABE 11/22/2013 6:43PM

    Swing is fun, but I never seemed to get much better after the first few lessons. I say it's just important to have fun with it. Have a great weekend!

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MEXGAL1 11/22/2013 5:33PM

    So glad you are enjoying your sister.
Fun times.
Have a great week end

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NEW-CAZ 11/22/2013 5:15PM

    Enjoy emoticon

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DLDMIL 11/22/2013 5:14PM

    What a great way to visit with your sister. Have a great run and a Happy Thanksgiving.

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    Enjoy! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 11/22/2013 4:08PM

    Fun :-)

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FROSTY99 11/22/2013 3:00PM

    A couple of years ago we had a dance instructor come to our community to conduct classes and I guess most of us had 2 left feet because after just 3 sessions he said he would not be coming back!!! We still laugh about it-maybe we just weren't serious enough for him!

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WILD4STARS 11/22/2013 2:47PM

    You have a busy, fulfilling, happy life!

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Not Too Many Details

Thursday, November 21, 2013

I just deleted a boring blog with too many details. Let me just say I'm delighted to be healthy and fit enough to run my 3rd half marathon! Thanks SP and special thanks to all my SparkFriends who encourage and inspire me. ONEKIDSMOM is the SparkFriend extraordinaire, running my speed to support me last year; I hope to run the speed she runs to support her cousin this year.

I'm packed. I'm really looking forward to it!! This is going to be fun.

  
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MARGARITTM 11/24/2013 8:16PM

    Following this one step at a time! will read the next blog now.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/22/2013 7:02PM

    Way to go!

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BOOKAPHILE 11/22/2013 10:18AM

    A great example of paying it forward! Have a wonderful run!

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BLUENOSE63 11/22/2013 7:12AM

  Your blogs are never boring! In any event, have a great time with Barb and her cousin! Enjoy the run.

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GABY1948 11/22/2013 4:14AM

    emoticon emoticon you (both) will do emoticon I am praying or BOTH of you, Marsha. Actually, I can't believe how excited I AM!

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NEW-CAZ 11/22/2013 3:14AM

    Have a great time Marsha, good luck! emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/21/2013 10:28PM

    Have a fantastic time! All the best to you.

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MJREIMERS 11/21/2013 8:13PM

    Have a great time! Run a fun race!

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MSLZZY 11/21/2013 7:57PM

    Enjoy! You'll have a ball!

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JOYINKY 11/21/2013 7:42PM

    Wonderful! Have a great time!!

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Here is to running like the wind!

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WATERMELLEN 11/21/2013 7:29PM

    Yay, love your exuberance (and pretty sure that the more detailed blog would have been very far from boring. You are NEVER boring!)

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/21/2013 7:27PM

    Have a great race!!!!

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BURGUNDYBABE 11/21/2013 6:33PM

    Have a wonderful time! Good luck!

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FROSTY99 11/21/2013 6:22PM

    Have a wonderful time-looks like cooler temps which should be good for you.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 11/21/2013 6:21PM

    Best Wishes!!! emoticon

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HARROWJET 11/21/2013 6:09PM

    Have a good time and enjoy your reunion with Onekidsmom and her cousin.

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KIMBERLY_Y 11/21/2013 5:49PM

    Best of luck!!! You can do it! I am working toward my first 10 K. I hope to be able to do a half marathon some day.

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