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2012 is the year for my first full marathon!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

2012 is the year I turn 26. It is also the year I run my full marathon!

I was going back and forth for a week or so. I started to look at training runs. Than, full marathons I would be passionate to do. Than, got to thinking about how I could join a running group to get the long runs conquered.

Yesterday, I was feeling stressed and down. I knew what would cheer me up. Running books!

I brought two. Two of the best. For marathon training.

I like, "Yeah, I can so do this!"

Now, I need some fans! Like these guys!

Well, maybe not.

I called my parents up, excited to see if they'd come to my FIRST marathon. After interrupting me several times, my mom laughed it off as she was like "if is local." Mind you, she has gone on vacation to Vegas several times. I could go through the whole conversation but frankly I don't have the energy. My parents weren't at my first half marathon and apparently, they aren't going to be at my first full marathon. This really saddens me. I hope my sisters will make it a priority like last time. That meant alot.

So, here we go... finding a marathon, setting up the training schedule (probably Hal Hidgon's) and off I run... emoticon

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HOT4FITNESS 1/16/2012 4:39PM

    i am so excited for you!! Good luck and may your training and race be all you want it to be

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/16/2012 4:12PM

    emoticon Congrats on finding a target you can be passionate about! Echoing the others... "go, go, go"... emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 1/16/2012 12:27PM

    good luck!

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RUNFORICECREAM 1/16/2012 12:20PM

    26.2 is one of my goals this year as well! You might want to check out the book "Born to Run" (unless you've already read it). It's not marathon specific but it totally pumps you up about running! Good luck and enjoy your training!

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ELDORADO_MOM 1/15/2012 6:48AM

    FANTASTIC! I've been debating aiming for a triathlon this year. I keep telling myself, "why not?" but that little corner of my mind says I will never do it.

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CRISSYCURRY 1/15/2012 5:36AM

    My parents aren't very supportive either, but I do have a very supportive husband and friends!! And like Nat said, I'll be cheering you on from Spark Land. :)

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DELERIOUS64 1/14/2012 8:20PM

    Sometimes we get the least support from people that should be the most supportive. You have lots of fans here that will be cheering you on!!


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BAILEYS7OF9 1/14/2012 7:34PM

    emoticon I love the fans! hhahahah. I'm sorry your parents have not been supportive. Looking forward to hear your progress!!!

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RHONDALYN10 1/14/2012 7:27PM

    You go!
I KNOW exactly how you feel about the parents....they have never been at any of my races and I know they won't be here when I do my first marathon this fall. Shoot my parents didn't even come to the 5K that my hubby and I did and they were in town!
No worries - your SP buddies will be cheering loudly!

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NATPLUMMER 1/14/2012 6:44PM

    emoticon emoticon I will be cheering you on!!

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SHERYLDS 1/14/2012 4:50PM

    go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go go

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Run for Life Program Update

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thanks everyone for their support! My presentation for Run for Life went well. When I speak in front of groups, I get really nervous and start to shake and stutter. Last night, I did not. I think it is because I have talked to people about my weight loss one-on-one. It probably has helped that I was prepared, hehe.

Even the running part was alright. Granted it could have gone better. But, by the end of the six month program, I feel the jagged edges will get smoothed out. In fact, with leading the 5K running group, personal training, and teaching step aerobics starting during the spring semester.

I definitely know I need to get more confidence in speaking in front of a group of people. This is hard for me. But, this is important as well... in ANY job!

On a side note, this morning a 'client' and I had a first session at the gym. My boss approached us while she was on her warm up asking about what we were doing. I wasn't in trouble or anything like that. She was just curious. Both her and another supervisor know I am getting certified as a personal trainer. She brought it up again. Than, she said maybe I could help with the initiative they are doing with the county. The initiative is where they are offering group personal training. I am real honored she asked me to help. I, of course, said yes!

It seems like things keep speeding up, the closer I get to graduation! YIKES!

Also, more and more, I am thinking of training for my first full marathon so I can say I ran my first full marathon, 26.2 miles, when I was 26 years old. And, I even have the resources available to me. With the Run for Life program, I can also go on the longer runs on Saturdays. I think I might. It will give me a great push.

On a girly side of things...
When I was at the Y, before Run for Life, I ran into a member. She told me this guy I used to know at a previous job says hello. Apparently, my name came up or something. I know it's simple but it seems real nice. He wrote a song about me, too! If nothing else, it's real nice.

Last night, I hung out with a friend and he didn't leave 'til late. Than, I woke up at 2 am, 4 am, 5 am than got up before 6 am to train my 'client' AT 6 am. I am a bit tired. Back to bed I go. Gotta rest up for the 2 hour work out with my friend, Kelly. We are going to Total Condition and Zumba than going out for a glass of wine! emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/12/2012 10:11AM

    This is great news! I'm glad the program went well and you are getting all of this good news! Woohoo! Your first full, eh? You'll have to let me know where and when. I'd love to be there to cheer you on!

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KANSASROSE67 1/11/2012 5:06PM

    Lots of good stuff!!


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    I am reading a lot of great stuff here. Awesome! As for the 26.2 @ 26. Go for it!

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LISAINMS 1/11/2012 2:53PM

    WTG on your first presentation! Lots of positives happening for you!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/11/2012 2:22PM

    What a great learning experience and day you had. I love that you're wanting to do the 26.2 at 26 - so cool!

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MNGIRLIE 1/11/2012 1:28PM

    Glad to hear things went so well! Sounds like you'll be busy, but that's exciting.

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JRIMM4 1/11/2012 12:39PM


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ANEWLIFE4ME25 1/11/2012 12:00PM

    You are awesome!! Keep up the fabulous work!!

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SHERYLDS 1/11/2012 11:56AM

    I love that you are getting the life and attention you so richly deserve. Never forget how strong and how beautiful you really are. enjoy it. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/11/2012 11:56AM

    You rock! Sounds like you're doing very well working towards your certification and proud of you!

Have a great day, my dear! We're supposed to get from 6-10 in. of snow starting tonight through tomorrow night. UGH. I knew it was going to happen sooner or later, but was hoping for LATER!


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KKINNEA 1/11/2012 11:46AM

    Oh, I love 26.2 at age 26! That's a really great goal!

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NATPLUMMER 1/11/2012 11:45AM

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/11/2012 11:41AM

    emoticonsounds like things are really coming together for you! That is great!!!

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Today I share my story with my training-to-run group!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Today I stand in front of a group of runners and share my personal weight loss story. This is really scary for me.

Not only will this be my first non-college presentation, this will be the first time I talk about my experience to a group of people. I will sharing my personal stories on weight loss struggles, my triumphs and struggles with running and some overall motivation.

I hope to inspire them.

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JRIMM4 1/11/2012 11:04AM

    I hope this went wonderfully and I have no doubt that you were inspiring!


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PATRICIAANN46 1/10/2012 8:11PM

  Hi Savannah..........
I know that you will do great because it will come from your emoticon!

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    I think it's great you are sharing. You will be fine. You are an inspiration.

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LISAINMS 1/10/2012 4:11PM

    Waiting to hear how great you were today!

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PINKBEANBOO 1/10/2012 3:41PM

    How wonderful that you will be helping other people who may be having similar struggles. Congrats!

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MYLADY4 1/10/2012 2:50PM

    You can do it and will be great!!

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MNGIRLIE 1/10/2012 1:43PM

    I hope you exceed all your expectations! I'm sure you'll do just great.

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ANEWLIFE4ME25 1/10/2012 12:57PM

    You will do great because you are great!! Go Spark some lives!!

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SKYPRESMOMMY 1/10/2012 12:48PM

    Good luck to ya!

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NATPLUMMER 1/10/2012 12:48PM

    emoticon You'll do great. Just be yourself!!

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As the trainer...

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Today was my second session with my 'client'. It didn't go as well as I wanted it to. My goal for her session were:

- 10 minutes of warm-up
- full strength training routine with 3 sets of 12
- 10 minutes of stretching

To say the least, it did not go as smoothly as I liked. We got through one set.

I need to have:
- better time management
- better planning
- more condense strength training exercises
- provide an overview of the session to the 'client'

I feel I haven't gave it serious attention. Even through she is not paying me, I want to see results and do it well. Our next meeting is Friday the 13th. Darn it, I am going to have better preparation!

I feel there is going to be a lesson in each session. It's like cooking a new recipe. You gotta make it a few time before you get the hang of it. This will take a few tries, I feel.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/10/2012 11:02AM

    Valuable lesson in time management. You can do it! Practice makes perfect.


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SHERYLDS 1/8/2012 4:57PM

    I'm sure you've sat in a doctor's office...
even with their years of experience...time management is everyone's issue.
You'll be better next time

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    It is a learning experience for you and your client. It will get better. And remember you are only half of the equation!

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CASSIOEPIA 1/8/2012 3:14PM

    Learn from this experience. You'll get there!

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NATPLUMMER 1/8/2012 2:40PM

    Now you know what you need to change for the next session. It's good practice. It will definitely take a few tries before you iron out all the wrinkles.

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A Note to the Clothing Designers

Sunday, January 08, 2012

I am so frustrated! I don't understand clothing manufacturers! They seem to like to make clothes for women that do not have curves. YET we are supposed to have curves. Is this a joke? We are magically supposed to have a curves and a flat stomach. emoticon

Oh, you were serious?! emoticon

Well, so am I! I would love to see them start designing clothes for us american, curvy women than those sticks they call models. In fact, if they did MAYBE those sticks could gain some weight and not be so sick and anorexic looking.

Today I feel like flub. The clothes look cute.. but apparently not on me. Well, tough, I am wearing it to the gym to train my 'client'. My mom would comment to me on my tummy roll and say I need a looser shirt or I need to work on flattening it. No matter what size I am it seems she wants me to have a flat tummy. Well, me too! But, guess what? It's gonna happen!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/9/2012 9:21PM

  Hi Savannah.........
I have been complaining about this very thing for years!!!!! Maybe we should put our talents together (I have a clothing and design major) and we can start our own business for REAL WOMEN!!!!!

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PSALM42 1/9/2012 12:00PM

    I know! To get pants that fit my hips they're WAY too long!

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JUSTBIRDY 1/9/2012 11:12AM

    they do this because tailored clothing is expensive to make. Now, it is two or three sizes, in some stretchy material, that is supposed to fit every shape and size.

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MAGGIE101857 1/8/2012 12:21PM

    Couldn't agree more with your frustations! I can walk into any store without my BH and buy him his "size" off the rack, and it always fits the same! But I can't do the same for myself. Now that I am also buying clothes for his 91 year old mother, who doesn't have the energy to walk around a clothing store and try on every outfit, I am buying and returning all the time.

Maybe we Sparkers can organize a rally to fight back????? emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/8/2012 12:09PM

    I don't know who they design clothes for. I'm a 0/2 and clothes don't fit me, either.

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SHERYLDS 1/8/2012 11:30AM

    remember that most manufacturers design the clothes and model them for size 2/4 figures then proportion them out for larger sizes.
But It doesn't matter what looks good on the's what looks good on you that counts. same goes for sizing.

Be the Best YOU can be in everything and you'll look and feel great.

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VEUVEGIRL 1/8/2012 11:22AM

    It IS the designers NOT you!!!! They really need to wake up!

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