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After running the Goofy...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I survived running the Goofy Challenge at Disney the first weekend in January. I had tons of fun with my Spark Buddies, Suezette (SUEZETTE-414) & Beth (COOPSM). I enjoyed just hanging out with them. There were no specific plans except to run the half and the full marathons. I finished both races just a little over my combined time goal of 7:30:00 – my combined chip time was 7:30:41. I did cry when I crossed the marathon finish line – I was so happy to see that finish line! 

No dancing for any of us after finishing the races. I think we all conked out at 7:30 pm & didn’t wake up until about 8:00am the next morning – LOL On Monday we celebrated with a very relaxing day at Downtown Disney that included margaritas and ice cream sundaes!

I got Suezette & Beth to join me in my running streak while at Disney. Yes, we all ran a mile the day after the races. We had our Disney coffee mugs with us & ran to the coffee machine. I do miss those girls! It was one of the best trips ever! I hope to see them both again in Pittsburgh.

There has been no marathon “let down” so far. I am still running strong. I did my first speed workout this morning. It looks like I will be running more than 120 miles this month. Most of y’all know I got my first tattoo to always remember the Goofy Run – there is a picture in my gallery.

While at Disney, a relay team was formed to run the Capital to Coast relay in Texas in October. I made the commitment to join the team. So this will be my very first relay ever! I am very excited and nervous about this! I am already worried that I might get lost… hehehe

Danny & I decided not to run the Mardi Gras Half Marathon in New Orleans in March. We will put that money aside for the Capital to Coast relay. So my next race will be the JASR in Pittsburgh at the end of March. I do not plan to race it. I am mainly going to have tons of fun meeting up with my Spark Buddies and making new friends. But who knows what will happen on race day… I may just feel like racing that morning.

My focus is now shifting to getting my weight down & getting faster. I have started the Les Miles Body Pump program at home. I absolutely love it! I will be doing more HIT training to help burn calories and improve my speed. I have dug out my FIRST running book and got some running paces to shoot for when doing my intervals & tempo runs.

I am faithfully tracking my food intake daily even when it is ugly. It has been an eye opener to honestly see how I eat. I don’t like doing this because I do this for a living & it gets “old”. But on the other hand, I do have the knowledge to easily make the changes I know that would be better for me. So the first step is to be very honest about what I am eating & how much I am eating. Then identify the problem & take steps to correct it. At this time, I am decreasing my carbs just slightly (I still need the fuel to run), increasing my protein, and keeping my fat at about 25% of my total calories. My goal is to eat at least 1600 calories but not more than 1800 calories daily (depending on my activity level). I want my exercise to create the calorie deficit in order for me to lose weight. Some people have asked me why I want to lose weight because I am at a healthy weight with a normal BMI. I want to lose mainly to see if it will help me improve my running and to get rid of the little muffin top I have. I am not aiming for a huge weight loss – just aiming for 10 lbs.

I will continue to increase my running base this summer. I would love to run between 35 – 40 miles a week on the average. Right now I am at 30 miles per week and will slowly build back up to 35 miles a week. I have ran every day since 12/29/11. I hope to keep the running streak going but I have no problem with ending it if it gets to be too much.

There is much to look forward to in 2012! Let’s keep moving forward!

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CUTENHEALTHY 2/15/2012 5:54PM

    You ran both marathons in one weekend? Did I read that right? This is a tattoo I like! Way to soak it all in!

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JIBBIE49 2/15/2012 11:47AM

    There was a program on PBS about running the Boston M. and they found at Tuffs University that the people who trained and run a 1/2 M. after five months and then went on after 9 months to run the full M. and achieved 90% of their fitness benefits after doing the 1/2 M. They said that INJURY increased after they went on to train for a full M. and that it didn't pay in balance with only a 10% increase in fitness, so the doctors recommended staying with the good performance of the 1/2 M. I found the TV show to be very interesting as it aired a couple of years ago.

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CYPATAYLOR2 2/5/2012 12:41PM

  Congratulations on completely the Goofy. That was an awesome accomplishment. You are amazing to have kept up your running streak. Good luck with your weight loss and your increasing of your running speed. I know you will meet both goals because you have the will to do so. We will all cheer you on. emoticon

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TIGGER622 1/27/2012 8:44AM

    sounds like you had sooo much fun at goofy!!! i am jealous!!! congrats we are all so so so proud of you!!! sounds like you are doing great, i am right there with ya, cant cant cant wait to see you at JASR!!! YAY!!!

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SCHOOLNURSE86 1/26/2012 11:36PM

    Awesome job!! I'm going to run my first full marathon this fall and am really excited, love reading reports like yours :). I'm like you, not overweight but wouldn't mind dropping a few pounds, I think your approach is a good one!

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BOBBYD31 1/26/2012 9:50PM

    i am so impressed with that goofy! can't wait to meet you at JASR in a few months and you know once that gun goes off you know you will turn it loose.

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NICE_ASPHALT 1/26/2012 12:03AM

    You is a Crazy Woman!! emoticon
I love it!!! emoticon
I'm so inspired!!!!! emoticon

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JILLIANPRNCSS 1/25/2012 6:56PM

    I am impressed that you just kept the ball rolling after the marathon weekend. It took me a couple months to get back at running.

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    Loved seeing you. You are awesome. Hopefully we can run a race together again soon.

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DREBENEZER 1/25/2012 6:29PM

    Great plan!! Sorry that I am going to miss you at JASR. Love the tattoo. Best wishes!

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JOPAPGH 1/25/2012 4:13PM

    emoticon on the Goofy. Quite an achievement!

Looking forward to seeing you for JASR and Capital to Coast. Go team "Texas Toast!" emoticon

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RUNTRILAUGH 1/25/2012 3:37PM

    Sounds like you are on the right track!!!!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 1/25/2012 2:40PM

    LOL sounds like you not only "did it" but you had a fun time as well...I love it :o)

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MBSHAZZER 1/25/2012 1:18PM

    Tammy, you are off to a great start for 2012!!! I am so impressed that you could even walk after Goofy, let alone RUN A MILE! You are amazing, my friend!

I'm so glad (but not surprised) that you gals had fun at Disney. It sounds like you have a great plan for keeping things interesting this year. I love how you continually challenge yourself to try new things.

You will have a blast at the relay. And trust me, it's difficult to get lost (even though one of our team members did when I ran the relay with Carolyn last year! But that was truly a FloriDUH thing!)

Looking forward to tagging along on your journey!

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AILULI 1/25/2012 1:15PM

    Congratulations once again for Goofy, it's really amazing accomplishment! Your plan is great and I have absolutely no doubt you will be able to do everything you plan! Happy 2012 to you too!

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BUFFALOKAY 1/25/2012 1:11PM

    Congratulations - Completing the Goofy is quite the accomplishment! emoticon

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CAROLCRC 1/25/2012 1:03PM

    Great job on the Goofy. Maybe next year I can join you guys in Pittsburgh - it's too bad Cleveland is the same weekend.

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CANDIS799 1/25/2012 12:40PM

    I'm in awe! I have no doubt you'll be able to increase your speed. The capital to coast sounds like a blast!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 1/25/2012 12:04PM

    Way to go on such an amazing accomplishment at Goofy!!! Sounds like you have some great plans in place to take you into the future - way to go!!

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Bring it on - 2012

Monday, January 02, 2012

It's been a while since the last time I have written a blog!

2011 was a good running year for me. I ended the year with 1456.31 miles - still short of my 1500 mile goal but 241.50 miles more than 2010.

I set new personal best records in the 5k (29:48), Half marathon (2:09:29), and Full marathon this year(4:52:02). This weekend I will be running the Goofy (39.3 miles) and I am looking forward to it! Crazy, yuh?!

I have noticed that I have learned to be happy & content with what my body can do & to stop comparing it to what others are doing. It has lead me to greater satisfaction & has given me more motivation to push on to see what else I can do.

2011 was the year for running the distance. 2012 will be about increasing my running pace. I still plan on running at least a 16 miler every month to keep up my endurance but my focus will be on intervals & tempo runs. I want to get as close as I can to running a sub-2 hour half marathon this year. I also want to get as close as I can to running a 4:30 full marathon.

I love running distance. I hate running 5K & 10Ks. Those are brutal! But I am going to do it. I have set my goal for a 28 minute 5K or better and a sub- 1 hour 10K.

I brought the Home Body Pump (by Beach Body & Les Miles) for a Christmas gift to me. I plan on doing that 2 - 3 times a week. I need more muscle mass!

I will be meeting up with Beth & Suezette at Disney to run the Goofy this weekend. I will also be seeing many other sparkers! I cannot wait. It's gonna be another great memory for me.

After I recover from the Goofy, the speed training starts! Bring it on, 2012 - I am READY!

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CUTENHEALTHY 1/17/2012 11:55PM

    Pretty awesome that you can say you love running distance and hate running 5 & 10k's. You are definitely a runner! And those miles you logged...sheeesh! Simply amazing!

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CYPATAYLOR2 1/12/2012 11:38PM

  I have to agree with RICHOJOHNSON the Goofy sounds grueling. Congratulations on all that you did in 2011 and Good Luck in 2012!!!!

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EXRAYCHIC 1/7/2012 10:17AM

    Great job in all the running! I so miss the sport! Goofy is so fun, I really enjoyed it!

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AIMLESS07 1/5/2012 7:22PM

    Way to go!

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CANDIS799 1/5/2012 12:01PM

    I love how much mileage you do!! Good luck with your speed goals in 2012. I'll be cheering for you!

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COOPSM 1/5/2012 5:58AM

    You WILL have a great year!!! So glad I get to be a part of your Goofy!!! Happy New Year!!!

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TIGGER622 1/4/2012 1:21PM

    You are truly an inspiration!!! What an awesome 2011!!!! Say hi to our pals for me! Miss you girl!

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MBSHAZZER 1/3/2012 3:27PM

    Tammy, 2011 was a great year for you! I have no doubt that 2012 will be just as great! Can't wait to hear all about the Goofy!

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ANGIERUNNER 1/3/2012 11:32AM

    great running in 2011 and great goals for 2012 emoticon emoticon

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CAROLCRC 1/3/2012 9:00AM

    Tammy - we could SO run together! Except you can run further and longer... LOL. Love the pace goals; they are so similar to mine!

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RICHOJOHNSON 1/3/2012 4:47AM

    Tammy - you rock - that Goofy run sounds gruelling! Aptly named I think.

You Go Girl

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FINDINGMEIN2012 1/2/2012 10:21PM

    Have a great time doing Goofy!!! I love the happiness and contentment with what your body can do and what more it will be able to do. So healthy! Woohoo!!

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JEM0622 1/2/2012 9:51PM

    Good goals, Tammy! And you had a great 2011. I cannot wait until I am able to do a half again. Maybe 2013.

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ETTEZEUS 1/2/2012 9:20PM

    I feel like my life will begin again after Goofy....LOL

You're going to do great in 2012!!

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LAURIE5658 1/2/2012 8:12PM

    Tammy, you have a set plan and that is where it starts! Have a great time at Disney World this week/weekend. That is truly my Happy Place! Rock it, girl!

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EDGEOFSANITY 1/2/2012 7:24PM

    Great goals Tammy! But you forgot to add your trip to Dallas in there =)

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JOPAPGH 1/2/2012 7:13PM

    Good goals + good mindset = a good 2012 for Tammy!!

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RUNTILUDROP 1/2/2012 7:05PM

    Speed training will definitely make you faster. It is hard (nothing is easy), but the results will be awesome. I knocked off 25 minutes from my first road marathon on my second road marathon. Just from speed work. You go girl! I am rooting for ya.

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AUNTIE65 1/2/2012 6:50PM

    go Tammy go!

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RHYNIC 1/2/2012 5:45PM

    I don't know how wonderful your 2012 will be but you are sure starting it in a fantastic way.

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LIZZYP609 1/2/2012 5:33PM

    Love it! emoticon

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ERINBEAR1876 1/2/2012 5:01PM

    Heck yes!! Love the challenges you set for yourself. Have fun!

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NYC_NATIVE 1/2/2012 4:57PM

    You are SO ready!!! Yah!! emoticon

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments – Jim Rohn
There is always an excuse… - John Parker

June 27, 2011
Nothing is changing because I have changed nothing. Yes, I run & run & run but that is nothing new. I still suck at strength training, cross training, and good nutrition. I suck at it because I choose to suck at it. I have LOTS of excuses!

Excuses for strength training: “There is not enough time before work to run and strength train”. “I’m too tired after work to do anything”.

Cross training: “I just want to sleep that extra hour instead of getting up to cross train”. “I’m too tired after work to do anything”.

Good Nutrition: Good Grief – I deal with people’s diets 40 -45 hours a week, I really don’t want to deal with mine thank you very much. Cooking is messy – it creates more work than it is worth. It’s so easy to order take out & have Danny pick it up. I do love my Mike’s lemonade after work & no, I will not give that up. It takes too long to sit & plan menus & grocery lists, etc. Yawn – boring too. I don’t make enough money to hire a cook, damn it!

I still have a messy house (I don’t think I have cleaned it since Gail & Mark came to visit), I still eat takeout way too much, I still don’t have any cute clothes cause I hate shopping, I still haven’t gone to the grocery store cause I hate shopping and making out a grocery list. I haven’t done anything to change my negative behaviors. Yes, I am a very naughty girl.

So every evening I come home from work about 5:30 pm. Sit in my nice comfy chair (or by the pool) with an icy cold LITE Mike’s lemonade and discuss where we are buying supper for the evening with Danny. “Pizza? BBQ? How ‘bout Chinese tonight? We could go to Fox’s & get some po-boys. I’m really craving those fries & gravy”.

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday Morning I get up at the crack of dawn to run. It takes a lot to keep me from running. I will run on the treadmill if I need to get my run in. But cross training be damn. I will float on a raft in the pool for an hour instead of swimming laps. I will sit and watch endless evening TV instead of riding my bike on a trainer while watching endless TV. I skip over my core & hip flexors exercises and then moan & groan about how my lower back hurts at times. My arms wave in the air like dumbo’s ears cause I will not do a few strength training exercises to improve my muscle mass.

I recognize I have a problem. I recognize that I need to choose what I will do about it. I know that by doing nothing different I will change nothing & I will not accomplish my goals.

This leads me to discipline… setting goals means being discipline in the actions it takes to accomplish the goals.

I asked my Sparky Marathoners, Spark in the Dark, and Road Runners spark buddies to let me know their definition of discipline. Pretty much across the board it is taking action to achieve the goals you want.

July 20, 2011
I am happy to say that I finally made the choice to clean up my act. After writing out my frustrations on June 27th, I wrote down some goals.

1. I HAVE A CLEAN HOUSE – on the Fourth of July weekend I started cleaning, cleaning, and cleaning some more. Once I got started, my husband & daughter pitched in. Before you know it, the house was neat & clean. All those naughty little spider webs were GONE!
2. I have gone swimming 3 times for cross-training. It is a start for me. There is something very relaxing about doing the freestyle & back stroke over & over again.
3. I have added one strength training session to my training schedule.
4. As of July 17th, I gave up my Mike’s Lemonade & other alcohol. Doing this turn my focus over to better nutrition. I haven’t had a Lay’s potato chip (which I normally eat while drinking the Mike’s) since July 17th either. People, that is progress! Let the Streak continue.

My marathon training is going well. As of today I have ran 707 miles this year. I will be ghost running for DeeJ with the HTC gang in late August. I will run the St. Jude Marathon in early December. Then I will meet up with some of my favorite sparkers to run the Goofy in early January. I am not training for any PRs this year. I’m just training for the distance. I hope to return back to New Orleans in early March to attempt a new half marathon PR.

My new mantra: Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments – Jim Rohn
(There is always an excuse… - John Parker) No more excuses – Tammy Pennington

Run Strong, sparkers!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/26/2011 4:17PM

    Very behind on reading, so I'll just check in instead! Hope that the discipline is coming together...especially now that summer is closing and fall is beginning! :-) Take care and hope all is well with you!

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WYOMOL 7/27/2011 8:48AM

    Tammy - thanks for the inspiration!

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CYPATAYLOR2 7/24/2011 3:40PM

  I am glad to read about someone that is similar to me. I have made excuses. I have not cleaned my house. I get home a little later than you (around 6:30) and I have a husband who loves to go out. I had a stress fracture in my foot and could not run or walk for two months. Luckily, I was able to use our Air-Dyne. But I found excuses for not doing that on a consistent basis. By the time I was able to get back to running I gained about eight pounds. Finally, yesterday I told myself to get back on track. So, I am tracking my food intake which alone helps me out a lot. Today I read your blog and it gave me more incentive to reach my goals. Thank you so much for sharing emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 7/21/2011 6:51PM

    So, I'm your favorite Sparker? ROFL!

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AUNTIE65 7/21/2011 11:09AM

    Ohhhh Tammy - I love the lay's potato chips too! I cannot have them in the house or I eat the whole bag! They are a special occasion food (I can't tell you how excited I am for vacation coming up!). I know you can do this!! Keep up the good work my friend!!

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RUNSWITHDEER 7/21/2011 9:31AM

    Plot your course girl, and sail!

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    Tammy - thanks for this blog. I know that I am trying to put into action some changes that will lead to my goals, I appreciate knowing someone else is right there with me.

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CANDIS799 7/21/2011 8:51AM

    Nicely executed (the discipline part, I mean)! Definitely an inspiring blog! Thank you.

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CAROLCRC 7/21/2011 8:18AM

    I think it is interesting how we suddenly get the urge to start a streak, make a change, apply the discipline and move forward. I'm in a funk right now, but reading about your new streak is giving me hope that I'll find the motivation soon.

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NYC_NATIVE 7/21/2011 7:36AM

    Loved reading this... It's definitely firing me up to restart my regimen again!

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JOPAPGH 7/21/2011 6:17AM

    "Tammy is my new hero" - John Parker

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COOPSM 7/21/2011 5:02AM

    Tammy---loved this...I see so much of me in here!!! Mo more excuses...love it!!! stay strong, you can do it!!!
Are you still doing the 40/40/40--have not seen you over there....LOL

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BOBBYD31 7/20/2011 9:27PM

    congrats on that new found discipline. how about pittsburgh at the end of march for that new HM PR. lots of us will be here. and giving up mikes, ummmmm i don't think so :)

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DEEJ4FITNESS 7/20/2011 9:01PM

    WOO HOO for you girlfriend!! Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge" (and a Jim Rohn prodigy) teaches that it's all about making those small changes that are easy to do (but just as easy NOT to do), that when repeated over time make ALL the difference!! CONGRATS for making the decision to take action & map your route to where you truly want to be!!

I'm SOOOO proud of you! :)

p.s. Your body's gonna thank you for feeding it real food :) can't wait to see your results!

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RUNNINGWILD 7/20/2011 7:27PM

    Awesome Tammy! And inspiring, too. I've been sittin' on my butt (except for running) for too long. I think I'll make a list, blog it for accountability and get on things. I have way too much to do before November to be this lazy.

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LIZZYP609 7/20/2011 7:22PM

    Way to go!! you are SUCH an inspiration! I am taking a vacation next week. My goal, to clean, organize every cabinet, cupboard and closet in my house. Everything will find a home or it will NOT be in MY home! I am actually looking forward to spending my vacation this way!
Next I will start exercising (regularly) in the mornings! I am don with the "i'm too tired" I am doing it!

whenever I feel like blowing it off and not getting up early I will be taking my inspiration from YOU Tammy!! Thank You!!

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FREEDOMSTAR 7/20/2011 6:08PM

    Tammy- step by step youre making Big changes and inspiring others along the way

thanks for posting the nice blog

Cheers to you emoticon emoticon



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TIGGER622 7/20/2011 4:32PM

    Tammy you rock girlie!!! Way to set the goals and knock em dead!!! I CANT BELIEVE you gave up your Mike's... I have a soft spot for a cold beer or a glass fo red wine... when I drive to the boyfriend's house after driving home from work (approx 80 min driving after working all day) all I want is a nice cold beer to chill away the stress of traffic - and he always has one waiting for me. If I could just give that up... hmmm... you are my hero girl! WAY TO GO!!! Keep it up!!!!

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JERIBERI1 7/20/2011 4:20PM

    Tammy, you are awesome!!!! I need to get some of your discipline.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 7/20/2011 4:06PM

    this blog is waaaaaay to relatable! LOL

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JEM0622 7/20/2011 3:49PM

    Woo hoo! I should give up my red wine. I know I should. But it is a toughie. I don't like cleaning either! Flooded basement is making me change that though. Rock on, Tammy! You are doing great!

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MBSHAZZER 7/20/2011 3:32PM

    Tammy, I love it! You have made such fabulous progress in one month! Less than one month! You are so smart to focus on the little changes... before you know it, those little changes add up and you are sitting in a clean house drinking water instead of alcohol! :D

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AILULI 7/20/2011 3:02PM

    Excellent blog, excellent goals and I want to be more like you!!!

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KLSART 7/20/2011 2:56PM

    Good for you, Tammy! You're on your way. It's great that you sat down, looked these things in the eye and made some goals. Way to go!!

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Mental Breakdown to Mental Breakthrough

Monday, February 14, 2011

Mental breakdown leads to a Mental Breakthrough

Running 2 half marathons in 2 weeks was a learning experience. I experienced a complete mental meltdown in Miami and overcame a huge mental obstacle in New Orleans.

I ran the ING Miami half marathon on Jan 30th. I had trained hard for this race. I felt ready to set a new PR of 2:15 or better. I meet up with many spark friends in Miami. We walked hundreds of miles and drank hundreds of glasses of wine (Ok, I may be exaggerating a little bit here) before the race. Still when I lined up with Gail, Suezette, Beth, Mary, Dee, Dani, Rhonda, and other sparkers I still felt good about running a good race. I soon found out that running in a close crowd of people sort of freaks me out. My first mile took me 12:46 to run due to the crowded conditions. I made it to an average pace of 10:25 at about mile 7 but I totally lost my focus there. I was tired, I developed a nagging ache above my knee, my processor was rubbing a raw spot behind my ear, and I totally hated the crowd. I was tired of being poked by people, stepped on from behind, and a little old man even started yelling at me in Spanish for passing him. Bah… I could not get any focus back. I totally had a mental breakdown with Gail right by my side. I think I said something to Gail like “forget this. I’m done. Let’s just enjoy the course, take pictures, and get to the finish line”. And that’s what we did. I had a great time the rest of the way with Gail. We caught up with Beth in the last couple of miles and we all crossed that finish line together in 2:26 and some change. That was a great moment crossing that line with these girls – I love those girls!

I went home a little sad cause I knew it was going to be a while before I saw Gail again and because I totally blew off the race & didn’t accomplish the goal I wanted. But now I knew what it was like to totally lose focus. To totally freak out on the race course & not know what to do. I was not looking forward to going to New Orleans. I was scared of failing yet again.

Saturday Morning I found myself in the car with my husband heading towards New Orleans. Ashley couldn’t come with us as she had a big presentation to prepare for that was due on Monday, the 14th. She was going to be tied up in group meetings all day on Sunday, the 13th. Going back to New Orleans brought back many good memories from last year. This time last year was the first time I met Gail face to face. Now I have been blessed to see her 3 times in a year! Last year at this time, I was about to run my first full marathon. Arriving in New Orleans is hectic as the streets are crowded with cars & people. Thank goodness for valet parking! New Orleans is the only place I hand over my car keys to a total stranger & pay big money for the person to take it somewhere & park it.  We checked into our room and then walked down the familiar path to the Expo, got our race bibs, listen to John Bingham talk, and then headed back to the hotel. We ate a simple supper – Arby’s roast beef sandwich and apple pie and went to bed at the unheard hour of 8:50 pm. So different from last year!

We got up at 5am & left the hotel at 6am to walk to the start line. It was a cool 39 degrees but was going to be a nice sunny day. Once at the start village, we got in the port potty line. The lines were LONG!! I wanted to meet up with another Sparker, Sandy, who was running her first marathon that morning. She was in corral 15 & I was in corral 13. My plan was to head to corral 15 after the potty break. Holy cow… we are still in line for the potty when the race starts! Finally, potty business is taken care of and Danny & I rush to find out where our corral is. Good Grief – we find our corral has already moved way up there so there was no time to find Sandy. We finally found the back of Corral 13. A few minutes later we were at the start line. I love the WAVE start. There was about 3 minutes between each corral. And then we were crossing the start line. I had my Garmin set to tell me my average pace for the whole run – not per mile. I wanted to be sure I kept my average pace to 10:15 for my PR. First mile took me 10:18 and I kept chipping away at that pace. The 5K was done before I knew it & I was feeling good. I was warmed up & took off my gloves and my jacket. Somewhere after the 5K point and before the 10K point, I set a goal to run without walking as much as I could. I remember Suezette sharing that she ran until she no longer could run in her last half. I wanted to know how far I could run without stopping. At each water table I would slow down, toss down the water, and pick up the pace. Pass the 10K mark – wow weeee, I was still feeling good. I noticed my average pace on my Garmin was the unheard time of 10:03. Thoughts started going through my mind – should I slow down, should I keep going, what if I run out of gas too soon, etc. I decided to keep on going as I wanted to see how far I could go without stopping… Pass the 7 mile marker; let the countdown to the end start. Got to the 9 mile marker & noticed I was getting tired… I noticed my calves were getting tired, my neck was tensed, and the roads (yea, those rough New Orleans roads) were making my feet hurt. I focus on relaxing my neck muscles and my calf muscles. Got to mile 11 and this is when the mind games started. This is where I had my conversation with Gail. I don’t think I was talking out loud but who knows… It went something like this “my feet hurt” to which Gail would reply “your feet will still hurt if you walk”, “Oh God I am tired” – Gail - “well yea, you are tired. You will still be tired if you were walking”, “these roads are killing me” – Gail - “you still look very much alive right now. Quit complaining”, and then right at the right moment I felt her tell me & I saw her waving that finger at me - “you can do this, Tammy. This is your dream, your goal. You are about to break the 2:15 barrier. You have ran this far & you can run these last two miles. Believe in yourself – you can do this”. So I pass the Mile 12 marker and kept on running to the finish line. Garmin: 13.27 miles in 2:13:26 Chip Time: 13.1 miles in 2:13:23 So Gail, even though you were not running with me, you were totally with me in spirit!
Now it’s time to work on the 2:10 half marathon PR…

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GIRL_WALKING 3/17/2011 10:12PM

    "I don’t think I was talking out loud but who knows" lol this sounds like me every time I run! I got a lesson in mind games just trying to run 2 1/2 minutes in training today! It's interesting to see the perspective of an experienced runner! Thanks for sharing and congratulations!

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CYPATAYLOR2 3/12/2011 8:46PM

  Way to go on your PR. Congratulations! I really enjoyed your story. It is nice to see that others have some good races and some bad. Thanks for sharing and good luck on your next PR!

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MOMEDITOR 3/2/2011 8:46PM

    Even though we didn't meet face to face- just knowing you were there helped me- you have been such an inspiration in my running journey. I was soooo happy to be texting with you in New Orleans at least and feeling connected that way. And even more happy when you told me you PR'd...in spite of the potty fiasco!!


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4EVERADONEGIRL 2/28/2011 6:00PM

    Congrats on two awesome races! Enjoyed reading about them! :-)

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ETTEZEUS 2/16/2011 7:51PM

    Woo Hoo! Congrats on the new PR! You did awesome!

You know, I do better at halves that I go to by myself. I think when we do the destinations and we're with so many friends, we just tire ourselves out having fun before the race. However, when we are alone, we relax and rest.
I guess that is why I say my destination runs are fun runs....I go to have fun, not to race.
At least, that is my theory.

Congrats on a great race Tammy!

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PATTYJEAN44 2/16/2011 2:57PM

    Great story and a great running adventure!!!! Totally impressed with your ability to stay focused and just run fearlessly on track! You BELIEVED that you could hold that pace, and you DID IT!!!! You can say it was Gail talking you through, but it was her support and faith that helped YOU talk YOURSELF through that race. Congratulations on your new personal record!!!


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SWEATONCEADAY 2/15/2011 9:42PM

    hallucinating gail! that will make anyone keep on running. glad you found your way back after your last race. congrats on your pr!

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NYC_NATIVE 2/15/2011 7:58PM

    Woohoo on the PR! It's always gratifying to overcome exhaustion, pain, and discomfort on a race... Makes you feel tougher. :-) I think you're also well on your way to a new PR based on New Orleans.

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RAWKNRUN 2/15/2011 2:28PM

  That Gail, she's a tough one! lol, so happy you KILLED your PR! Very proud of you Tam!

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LANC92 2/15/2011 1:00PM

    You are a running machine my friend! Congrats on your new PR...somehow I don't doubt at all that 2:10 is right around the corner for you.

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AUNTIE65 2/15/2011 12:11PM

    Congrat's on your PR Tammy!!! So glad to know I'm not the only one who talks to myself when I run... but I know it sometimes comes out of my mouth - lol!

Keep up the good work - you will be at 2:10 before you know it!

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EDGEOFSANITY 2/15/2011 11:10AM

    Awesome job Tammy!

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SEABREEZE65 2/15/2011 8:32AM

    emoticon run!

WTG girl!

I really enjoyed reading your story! Thanks for sharing so much of you!!!!

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RHYNIC 2/15/2011 6:56AM

    well done Tammy. Awesome to know I was there in spirit, but really this race was all about you. You dug deep and did what you needed to make things happen for you. Really that is wonderful. Congratulations.

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MKKAYA 2/15/2011 2:51AM

    Tammy, Awesome job on the PR - you rock - One of the things that I have discovered in my running is how much its a mental thing. I ran 3 halfs and my goal was 2:10 and the closest I came was 2:14 an was a bit discouraged even with getting a PR each time. Once I broke that barrier on the 4th half - I was so relieved and then the 5th one was easy and time was 2:02. Running is so much Mental!!!!

You did awesome!


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COOPSM 2/15/2011 1:09AM

    You did awesome Tammy!!! I am so glad you had Gail "with you " to get you through those last couple of miles....YOU DID IT!!!! Congrats on your PR!!!! Love ya' girl!!!

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HJFOGARTY 2/14/2011 10:19PM

    WAY TO GO!!! not only did you reach your goal - PR the race but you just kept going and going! you are amazing! and such a true inspiration! it goes to show that when you train and the timing is right you will be completely amazing! thanks for sharing and I definately know that you will beat that next goal! you are quite the machine! Congrats girl! you really are awesome!

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JACKLIN11 2/14/2011 8:04PM

    Wow what a great story. You are very lucky to have Gail the real friend and Gail the voice in your head! Congratulations!

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BOBBYD31 2/14/2011 7:51PM

    nice job tammy, love to get new pr's. sounds like i need meet gail and run with her. knowing she is going to let you have it i am sure you will get that 2:10 in no time

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CHARLIE215 2/14/2011 5:27PM

    Congrats on your new PR & more importantly on the mental breakthrough emoticon

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DEEJACKSON 2/14/2011 5:07PM


So happy for you!!

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CAROLCRC 2/14/2011 4:27PM

    So glad NOLA went well for you - I agree that running in crowded races is hard - I was dodging around people for half of my 10K last year and I kept thinking that I had no desire to run one of the huge races. My PR Half in Cleveland was set 3 years ago, and since then the race has more than doubled in size.... Going to have to be mentally prepared for that if I do go run it this year.

Great job on the PR!

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MBSHAZZER 2/14/2011 3:43PM

    FANTASTIC, Tammy! You'd be surprised what you're capable of if you think you CAN instead of thinking you CAN'T! HOORAY! Can't wait to see you beat 2:10!!

Enjoy your recovery!

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JOPAPGH 2/14/2011 3:25PM

    Great job Tammy! So Miami not only was a great meet up, but also a good toughen up.

With this newfound mental mindset I do see a sub 2:10 in your future. Maybe Danny will pace you.

One again congratulations on a great run. It was so nice to meet you and Danny in Miami.

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GLADGAD 2/14/2011 2:50PM

    AWESOME, Tammy! I don't know how you ran a marthon on those roads last year. My feet were killing me just with the half. You did great and it's so cool to PR. Don't get too upset over Miami. I can tell you that the people on the course are just about as rude as the people in general are in Miami, which is part of the reason I was so happy to move away from there (sorry, Sharon - I know you love South Beach).

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JEM0622 2/14/2011 2:49PM

    Just in reading the description of the insanity at ING...I am sure I would have felt those same things. Thankfully you shifted gears. Proud of you! I can't believe you ran those NO streets again! You are such a trooper! WTG on the PR.

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CJTIGER 2/14/2011 2:40PM

    Yay!!! I am so happy for you!
And that was very inspirational for me, since I didn't exactly have a great race in Miami either. But I did get to meet you and the other Sparkers, so that made it worth it.
I hope to see you soon.


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AMARILYNH 2/14/2011 2:16PM

    Thanks for posting - it was like I was running with you!

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TIGGER622 2/14/2011 2:07PM

    AWESOME RACE!!! Awesome Blog!!!! YAY!!!! I love that Gail was able to take you to the finish and CRUSH your goal!!! I can't believe NOLA is home to so many PR's even on those rough roads. You did great!!! SO PROUD OF YOU!!!

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RUNTRILAUGH 2/14/2011 2:01PM


I just ran 2 in 6 days myself. The first was Tallahassee, the second a trail run outside Atlanta. Boy, you are right, it is a learning experience!

Congrats on your PR!

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    I guess I need to be talking to Gail at the Princess I want to break 2:20 - can you or her get me there by talking to me in my race emoticon

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LYNNANN43 2/14/2011 1:48PM

    I'm so proud of you, Tammy!!!

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So glad you had a great experience since the breakdown!


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FELIXC 2/14/2011 1:41PM

    Awesome, Tammy! My hat's off to you, girl! I KNOW what those NOLA roads are like! Ack!

That is GREAT advice--your feet will still hurt and you'll still be tired whether you're walking or running! Awesome! I'll remember that wisdom when I'm training for my first full marathon on May 1st!

Happy Valentine's Day, Tammy!

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DADDISON03 2/14/2011 1:37PM

  Love this post.

Consistency is what I focus on the most. When I don't feel like doing anymore. I tell myself "It's suppose to hurt" and I keep going when I don't want to.

Good to hear your story. Keep it up!


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2011 Goals

Sunday, January 02, 2011

It wouldn't be New Year's without posting some 2011 Goals. This year is to keep everything nice & simple. emoticon

I am now a brand new member of the CAMO Crew on BLC 15. One of the requirements is to post goals and make the nutrition & fitness tracker PUBLIC - gasp! So the good, bad, & the ugly of me will be out for public view. Oh well... Y'all soon get over the shock - LOL

2011 Goals:
1. Achieve a new PR in the Half Marathon. I want to get as close to the 2 hour mark as I can. Currently my PR is 2:17 and some change (can't remember the seconds) ran in Nova Scotia with Gail as my pacer.
2. Run 1500 miles in 2011 - this has been my goal for the last 2 years. Third time is the charm...
3. Strength Train (especially my core & hip flexors) twice a week.
4. Lose the last 10 lbs for GOOD instead of just talking about it!

To help keep me focus on the weight loss, I joined Weight Watchers online & will be following their PointsPlus Program. The new program really focuses on good nutrition as most of the fruits and vegetables are ZERO points. This allows plenty of great carbs for my runs.

I also joined the SparkPeople's Healthy Cooking Challenge. It's a 4 week challenge. This week I need to clean & organize my kitchen, develop a Master grocery shopping list, plan my menu for the week, and of course COOK! emoticon

I will be running the Half Marathon in Miami on Jan 30th, Mardi Gras Half Marathon in New Orleans on Feb 13th, and possibly the Dallas Half Marathon on March 27th. I'm trying to find a half marathon to run every month but so far that is not working out. But I do have a list of half marathons to check on so it is a start.

Will I run a full marathon in 2011? I really do not know. I'm leaving it wide open right now. I will know when the time is right to train for my 2nd full marathon.

Happy New Year & See y'all in Miami!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 1/5/2011 7:59PM

    Awesome goals! You can do it!!

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TIGGER622 1/3/2011 11:06AM

    WOW lots of half marathons!!! you are awesome!!! i cant wait to hear all about how your goals are going... 4 more weeks till miami!!! YIPPEE!!!!

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MBSHAZZER 1/3/2011 10:34AM

    Tammy, I cannot WAIT to see you later this month! I can't believe it's here already! Looking forward to joining you on the 2011 fitness adventure!

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TOBEARUNNER 1/3/2011 7:51AM

    Can't wait to see you in Miami! Good luck with your running goals this year and being a new CAMO-girl. I hope you love it! See you soon! :)

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ETTEZEUS 1/2/2011 11:19PM

    Tammy, great goals!
I'm also trying for a HM a month.
I've got Jan, Feb, Mar, April, and June covered so far.

And I am running a full this year emoticon

Good luck with your goals...I KNOW you can achieve them!

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GLADGAD 1/2/2011 10:15PM

    Tammy - you have really thought out your goals and plans. I know you'll be successful in 2011 and I see your first HM PR in about 4 weeks.

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FINDINGMEIN2012 1/2/2011 9:31PM

    Great goals! I'm looking forward to making great progress towards our goals on the CAMO team this round!

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TERJEGOLD 1/2/2011 9:03PM

    Awesome stuff!

The ST work will be vaulable with all of the running. 1500 running miles. What's that they say about third time being the charm?

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NYC_NATIVE 1/2/2011 7:44PM

    The goals are great, and I'm especially with ya on the weight loss one. I have a few lbs. to shed myself, and am working on that in the next few months...You're going to have such a blast in Miami!!! Yay for 2011!

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BUGSMOM211 1/2/2011 7:28PM

    emoticon Happy Running..You have some great goals!

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RHYNIC 1/2/2011 7:08PM

    good luck with your goal...see you soon.

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AUNTIE65 1/2/2011 6:10PM

    Looks like a GREAT plan Tammy - how about adding the Seattle RnR in June. We could have soooo much fun :)

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COOPSM 1/2/2011 6:01PM

    Great goals Tammy---I can't wait for Miami!!!

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CHARLIE215 1/2/2011 5:56PM

    Great goals - there's a half in NYC in april - check out www.nyrr.org

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    Come do the Woodrow Wilson Half marathon in DC in October. I am also doing shamrock half in VA beach but that is March 20 so too close to Dallas. Also how do you fins out about the BLC 15?

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CAROLCRC 1/2/2011 5:13PM

    I like it! Especialy the cooking goals... I may have to look into that one!. Check out half2run.com - they list a lot of stuff - and I love their goal to run a half marathon in 1/2 of the 50 states.

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SEYSARAH 1/2/2011 5:09PM

    Fabulous and ambitious goals but if anyone can do all this, you sure can!


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JOPAPGH 1/2/2011 5:01PM

    Great goals.

FYI, Pittsburgh full & half marathon = May 15th...

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