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Running.. and a predicted disappearance. ;)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I am part of the half marathon team on here. I love it! They are really friendly and welcoming to new runners participating in half marathons.

Today on one of the threads, Nancy suggested the book, Runners Anatomy. I checked it out online and seemed like a book I wanted to read. As a poor college student, I got my tush to the public library. Only to find out they didn't have it. emoticon I think I am going to order it when I get more money.

Anywho, while I was there I picked up two other running books that should be fast reads along with talking about injuries and nutrition. When I checked out, the nice librarian was like, "So, you are a runner." My response was, "Um, sure, I guess."

Am I a runner? What does it take to be a runner? I run three times a week. Now I am reading running books. And, even, training for a HM. Sure, I am!

As a side update, if I am MIA, I am still here.. just kinda busy. Here's my next few days... and beyond.

Today - Supper with an old friend and work until 10 pm
Tomorrow - Work from 2-10
Friday - Sunday - Babysitting two kids, ages 5 and 7 (I think)
Monday - First day of classes again

Once classes start, I am going to be going full-time, working for Residence Life from 3-7 pm on Mondays, working for the YMCA from 3-10 on Tuesdays, Thursday, Saturdays, and when I am not doing all that.. I will be studying and exercising my butt off!

No big deal.. I don't need a social life, hehe! Anywho, if it seems I have disappeared, I kind of will be.. but I love you all the same!

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 1/20/2011 4:39PM

    The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women is a great book to read if your looking for books about running. It's really funny and it's about a young lady who ran a marathon for the first time. You'll love it.

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HALFFAST 1/20/2011 4:03PM

    Yep, you are definitely a runner :) How's your training going? Today is my w2d3 (2-mile run or CT). I think I'm going to do CT tonight so I can ride my bike and watch Dexter.

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PATRICIAANN46 1/20/2011 3:14PM

  Oh the busy life of a college student...............I still remember never having enough hours in a day!!!
I will be thinking of you as you go to classes, study, work, run, exercise, etc. etc. etc..............Just remember to take care of yourself and to have FUN you don't burn out.
emoticon cuz you are emoticon!!!

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69NURSE 1/20/2011 9:21AM

    For me, I know I am not a runner; however, it doesn't mean I won't try to be one. I am a member of the HM team also(did my first one last Oct as a walk/jog and finished in 3:06, not great but not too shabby). I just signed up for the HM in Pittsburgh PA in March and am really excited since there will be so many sparkers there to meet and learn from.

Good luck with all you do. School can be challenging enough without everything else you have on your plate so don't let yourself get run down. Take me time for YOU EVERY day - even if it is only 5 minutes to relax and give yourself a big hug.

Have a great day and wonderful weekend. emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/20/2011 8:28AM

    Well, you've gotten the advice I would give about ordering it through your library. I do that all the time, too.

Take care of yourself with your busy schedule! Glad the 1/2 marathon group is helping you and YES you would fit my definition of a runner!! You go girl!

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LOUANN22 1/19/2011 5:18PM

    You sure are pretty busy. Good luck with the running books and your busy life. remember to take time for you too.

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SHERYLDS 1/19/2011 4:05PM

    why buy it? ever reserve a book from the library? I do it all the time. Glad you're having fun with the half marathon group. Go for it ..Savannah

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HEIDISO 1/19/2011 3:53PM

    Did you check and see if the library can get it in from a different library? I know that many of them in the area are networked. Like if I want a specific book and Hayward doesn't have it they can get it from Superior or Ashland or other places. Also check if you can get a digital copy either to read on the computer or audio that you could download to your ipod.

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/19/2011 3:39PM

    I got the Running for Mortals at the library. It was great. I was at week 7 of the C25K when I finally got it and with all the help from SP teams, I was doing everything that was in the book!

Good luck on your half!

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/19/2011 3:23PM

    You're definitely a runner! I read a quote that sums it up: "The difference between a runner and a jogger is an entry form." And I love the Half Marathon team, it's great!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/19/2011 2:51PM

    Oh yeah you are a runner! I hope you'll have time to blog once a week! :D

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Race History - Accidently Erased! :(

Monday, January 17, 2011

Some people restart their spark page. Honestly, I have no idea how they can erase all their work and never see it again.

I love looking at my page. When I am having a bad day, when nothing makes me smile, it does. It is wonderful to see how far I have come. I realize one day I probably won't be on here... so I am making a scrapbook with pictures, race bibs and my blogs. Sometime tangible to hang onto.

Anywho.. tonight I was updating my introduction to my sparkpage. I decided long time ago, I need something new, fresh. In fact, I have been thinking of changing my background photo, too. I had it all written, saved a few times over the course of re-writing it. I looked at it.. and than that is when I realized that my race history is gone from the first 5K I did.

I think I will take a moment to pout. emoticon

Than, as I start to try to rewrite it, I realized all my times are gone too. Can I cry now? emoticon

I think I will.

*big sigh*

So, I guess I could try to remember all my races or consider them history. I do have a few race bibs and photos but not all of them.

Any suggestions? Advice? Condolence?

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the EXACT reason you could write them down on a hard copy of piece of paper.

Whether I try to remember my past races or not, I think it will have to wait until tomorrow. I am too sad to think about it tonight.

EDIT: 01/17/11 @ 10:59

So, I was pretty bummed about the racing dates and times and I was telling my BF. He is just SO sweet. He is really good with computers and is going to college for Network Specialist. So, proud of him! Anywho, he asked if it was on the computer. Basically, he was going to go into the computer and find it for me. How awesome would that had been.. if that was the case.. but it wasn't. I told him how much I really appreciated it. Than, he's like... "*hugs* I'd do d*mn near anything for you." I found this really sweet and just about melted my heart which I HAD to share!

As for the dates/times, they are history but I have my races for 2011 all set up again. Hopefully I don't erase them! emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 1/24/2011 9:24AM

    Oh, how sweet!

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SNOWFILLY 1/20/2011 7:41AM

    Yep, he is a keeper. emoticon

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DELPHYNE 1/19/2011 3:40PM

    Is this it, hon? I hope so! I found a cached page through Google...


BR>CASDA 5K Walk/Run, Superior, WI - October 3rd, 2009 - Participated
Jingle Bell 5K Walk/Run, Duluth, MN - December 9, 2009 - Participated

ack 4.7 Mile Walk/Run, Hayward, WI - July 25th, 2010 - 1:15:09
Dr. Nancy English Memorial Foundation 5k Run/Walk - July 31st - 42:00
Paws for Cause 5k Walk/Run, Superior, WI - September 11 - Estimated 45:00 minutes
CASDA 5K Run/Walk, Superior, WI - September 25th - 37:38

Fitger's 5K, Duluth, MN - April 16th
Apple Blossom 10K Run, Bayfield, WI - May 22nd
Twin Cities Marathon, Twin Cities (HM) - June 5th
Aquafest 10K, Rice Lake, WI - June 15th
Park Point 5-Miler, Duluth, MN - July 16th
Jack Pine Salvage Days, Spooner, WI - August 7th
Sam I Am, Tumors I Do Not Like Them...10k Run/Walk for the Cure, Virginia, MN - August 15th
CASDA 5K Run/Walk, Superior, WI - September 25th
Cruisin' the Corridor 10K, Ashland, WI - October 9th
Minnesota Renaissance Festival 5K - TBD

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PATRICIAANN46 1/18/2011 8:45PM

  Hang onto that guy!!!!! What a sweetheart!!!!! emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/18/2011 5:34PM

    I am really liking this BF!

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SPARKMEAGAN11 1/18/2011 12:54PM

    So sorry! But what your BF told you was the SWEETEST. ;D

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ARARUTH 1/18/2011 1:21AM

    do any of your past blogs have the info? sorry you lost your info!


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Vent: My Co-workers!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sorry, but I need to vent to someone about this.

In the first few weeks, I noticed.. let's call it "catty". Not sure if that is the right word though. Basically two of the people that have worked there for a while was trying to get one of the guys fired. Okay, fine IF he's not doing the closing tasks. I found out this week that SAME girl asked the guy she was trying to get fired to work for her!!! Pretty low, if you ask me!

Anyhow, after I have gotten everything done at work, I sometimes sit in the office. I have asked for what else I can do. My boss started to give me some projects but I get SO bored so easily. I cannot put things away because we have been busy so people are using the weights and all. *sigh* Anyhow, I feel like these two girls brought it up to her. Mind you, just this past Friday I worked because the guy that works Fridays (and only Fridays!!!) got sick. Keep in mind, I saw him the night before at like 9 pm so I am not sure if I am buying into it but okay, sure, I will help you out... I will work.. on three hours of sleep! That's the problem.. I will bend over backwards for my job and usually I don't get it in return.

Okay.. deep breath.

Today, we got an email saying we shouldn't be in the office for periods of time. Yes, I know we shouldn't. I have everything done. What do they want me to do? Stare at people working out? Sometimes people just do not want to chit chat when they run. They want to be left alone!

I am really wondering if this job is going to help me in the field. I also am concerned about balancing this job with my class load.

Okay, I think I am done. Thanks for listening!


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1CRAZYDOG 1/20/2011 8:26AM

    Stay away from catty girls. DO ask your boss what would help out rather than sitting in the office. I think you're right to point out that people exercising (running . . . whatever) sometimes prefer to just be left alone! And yes, I think you need to maybe make a pro and con list of how you view your job in the scheme of things like benefiting your future career. Certainly you won't quit this job before you have another one, but at least this will help you weigh which direction to go in with this job. Bear in mind, though, you are going to find catty people ANYWHERE you work. **SIGH** Had my share of that myself.

Have a peaceful day....and hope you got some sleep!

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HANNAHV 1/17/2011 6:04AM

    You sound tired? maybe lacking some precious will know emoticon Try seeing to yourself first and the rest will fall into place, maybe it's time to review your goals and reason for working there.

Good luck emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 1/16/2011 5:09PM

  If you really like the job and want to stay with it, I would stay away from the "Catty" girls. They are always trouble and NOT to be trusted. Just do what is expected of you to the best of your ability and ask the boss where she would like you to be rather than in the office. Tell her what you said here about how people who are exercising really want to be left alone and you want to respect their wishes.
If you really don't like the job and it is interfering with your schedule, then I would look for something else.
Good Luck. I know you will do what is best. emoticon

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P0KERS0PH 1/16/2011 4:35PM

    My job has been getting me down so I have been applying for new jobs, I have an interview in 2 weeks time.
I hope you can resolve your issues, if not make a change.

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Mission: The Sculpter, Toner Me

Saturday, January 15, 2011

When I started this journey, I felt fat. Whether if I was or not was not the point. The point is I felt that way and felt unhappy. So, I did something about it.

In the last few weeks, I have felt fat. But, why? I have no idea. If I have no idea, how am I supposed to change it? So, I have been trying to figure it out.

Maybe it's because I am in work out pants, sweats, or wind pats. You see they are part of my work uniform and since I have worked for the last five days, I haven't worn anything else. I had to go grocery shopping today before work and I chose to wear jeans. I haven't put on jeans all day. It was like it was reconfirming that I did lose weight. While grocery shopping, I picked up a new pair of work pants and a workout tank (the kind that sucks right to you).

The pants were size 8-10. Does this mean I can officiallly say I am a 10? emoticon I gotta say I feel like I have a flatter tummy, and nice butt in them. At the store, I tried on the tank. It fit but I am still quishy. I guess that is when I had my realization.

I want to my solid muscle.
I want to be a solid muscle runner.
I want to be a slim, solid muscle runner.
I want to be a slim, solid muscle runner with a flat tummy.

Specific enough?

I guess I have been thinking alot about reaching the weight 160. In the last few weeks, I believe the question was asked: What does 160 mean to me?

You know what I could not answer that. Now, I kind of can. In my mind, it meant I am solid, slim, and athletic. Even if I get down to 160 I can still be quishy. It is time. Time to take my strength training seriously. Like I did in the beginning of my journey.

Besides that, my BF has been kinda in a roundabout way been asking... when I will be happy? I will be happy when I am not squishy but seriously sculpted and toned!

Here is the plan, basically.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday - Strength Train (with free weights)
Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday - Run
Saturday - Rest

Mind you, it looks like I am not doing much cardio but what's hidden is that I have Step Aerobics MWF and Badminton TH for my semester classes. I will definitely get the cardio in. Not worried about that.

So, I am on a mission... sculpting a stronger, toner body! emoticon

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HANNAHV 1/17/2011 6:06AM

    emoticon emoticonproud of you!

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SHERYLDS 1/16/2011 9:15AM

    I am so proud and happy for you..... you have really become a powerful source of inspiration. You go for it.

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TEE2EE 1/15/2011 4:30PM

  Sounds like a great plan. Lots and lots of cardio for sure. Congrats on reaching your goal weight and making new goals to refocus your plan! Great job!

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Job Update!

Friday, January 14, 2011

I have been working at the YMCA for a little for a month now. Overall, I enjoy it. Except when I am bored out of my mind because a new member didn't show up orientation.

Or like today. When the guy that works ONLY Fridays calls in [which I saw last night so I am not sure if I am buying into he's really sick] and my boss asks me if I can. Well, um... I don't want to work.. but I guess I can. I really need the money.

So much for my day off.
So much for resting.
So much for my first run with the Bridge to 10K.
So much saying good-bye to Nick before he leaves for the weekend.

On a more positive note, I do enjoy working there. I like showing people how to use the machines. It really makes me feel smart and like reconfirms how far I have come. I know, weird, right?!

In the last few years, I have volunteered/worked at a variety of places. I learned real quick that the work environment is important to me. I remember I volunteered at a place with a negative energy. I hated it and dreaded going.

Well, that is definitely not the YMCA. It has such a positive energy. When I am there it actually helps to motivate me. In fact, I see everyone running on treadmills while I am there.. that it energizes me to want to run which is awesome for my Half Marathon training.

One of my members apparently adores me. She told me I was awesome than bragged to my boss that I am awesome! Woot! She was telling me this yesterday and my boss told her that I interview great! Double Woot! I always thought so. I know I just need to get my foot in the door and I usually can get the job... but man, it sure is nice to have that reconfirmed especially when I will be looking for a career in the next year or so!

Anyhow, I think I will be a bit tired after working today so time to change plans. The run is SO on for tomorrow before I work at 1 pm or Sunday at the VERY least!

Have a wonderful Friday!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/14/2011 10:24PM

  I am so glad that you love your job. The added bonus is that it also helps you to feel even better about yourself and how far you have come.
Hope you find some time for YOU this weekend and don't tire yourself out too much. Take care of yourself...... emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/14/2011 7:26PM

    Awwwwww - that is so great!!!!!

emoticon Hope you get some rest this weekend!

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ARARUTH 1/14/2011 10:07AM

    10k is what 6 miles? You can totally do it before work! emoticon

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ECLECTIC_ME 1/14/2011 9:44AM

    The Y sounds like a terrific place to work. Hope you are feeling better!

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