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Update: Taking the first step is sometimes the hardest!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It feels like it has been forever since I wrote a blog. I guess life got a little too crazy.

Yesterday I started classes again. This semester should be my last semester of full classes. During the summer, I am taking one more. Than, in the fall semester, I will be doing my internship. Than, off to the real world! emoticon

Besides classes starting, I registered and paid for two major events in my life (as some of you may know from my status).

On February 4th, I will be taking the ACE (American Council of Exercise) Personal Training certification exam. Wowster! That is intense and crazy! Hopefully this weekend I can play some catch up on getting prepared!

The other event is definitely monumental. On June 16th, I will be running in Grandma's Marathon as my first FULL marathon! Wowster! Initially, I thought maybe I was being stubborn and jumped the gun. But, I CAN and WILL do this! Besides, it is a local race for me so I will have MANY friends in the crowds and in the race with me!

In preparation for the full marathon, I am hoping to sign up for 3 half marathon or longer races.
- Get Lucky in Minneapolis on St. Patrick's Day (Half Marathon)
- Eau Claire Half Marathon in first part of May
- Stillwater Marathon which is a couple weeks before Grandma's

In addition to this, I have to get applying to the internships I want.. like now.

If this isn't all to deal with, the guy who I am house/dog sitting for comes back today. For me, that means doing laundry, packing and cleaning the house between classes before he gets back tonight!

So, that's my update for now.

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PATRICIAANN46 1/28/2012 3:23PM

  HI Savannah.........
WOW!!!!!!!! What a busy schedule!!!!!!!!! It is a reminder of my Senior year in college. I don't think I could have packed one more thing in. I know that you will succeed in all you have planned because you are so determined to do your best. Just take good care of yourself throughout.

And, Yes, that Senior moment really did happen.

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JENN26POINT2 1/24/2012 5:02PM

    You are definitely dedicated!! You rock! I can't wait to read the blog about your first full!

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MISSFORTE 1/24/2012 3:09PM

    Wow! Congrats on your dedication!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/24/2012 2:30PM

    These are some terrific strides you have made toward healthy living and career advancement. Nearing the completion of your degree is intense as all these forces (studies, conferences, internships, presentations and other student activities -- academic and social) come together, mixed with with work (financial requirement) and your personal healthy living goals to continually build healthy while incorporating the balance we often get through our faith walk).

You have youth and determination on your side as I know I couldn't handle all that pressure at this stage of my life. Just know that taking care of yourself now to be able to fully enjoy the benefits of retirement should also be tucked into your long-term plans (influencing your here and now). I so love this stage and appreciate the many blessings around me . . . this includes your friendship! Do whatever it takes to remain as focused on your priorities . . . this is what I call being a faithful steward of your talents and resources. And, may you have a lot of joy in this incredible journey. I love your resourcefulness in finding some great balance amidst the chaos.

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WENDYSPARKS 1/24/2012 1:34PM

    Congratulations and good luck!!

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KKINNEA 1/24/2012 1:19PM

    Girl, come run Get Lucky with me! I'm already signed up and could use a push on course :)

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ABSOLUTZER0 1/24/2012 1:14PM

    Yes, YOU GOT THIS! I wish you the best on your exam. Be sure not to study too hard. As for Grandma's, you are going to ROCK IT! I wish I could be there to see you cross the finish line. Enjoy the half marathons you have leading up to it. "Finish. Leave Nothing!"

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    wow! look at you go!!! I'm not anywhere close to ready for a full (or even a half!) marathon yet, you're an inspiration for going after 2 of each this year!
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NATPLUMMER 1/24/2012 1:08PM

    Good plan!! Are you going to use the Stillwater marathon as a training run?

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First Winter Gear

Monday, January 16, 2012

On June 6th, the day of my first half marathon, I started to call myself a runner. Recently, I decided I am going to run Grandma's Marathon on June 16th. It seems quite far in the distance but training actually needs to start now. There is no way possible I can do those kind of miles on the emoticon. I can barely do 2 miles on it now without quitting due to boredom.

This morning I woke up and went to the running store. I brought my first outside running gear.

And, I even got a new jacket at TJ Maxx.

Can you see what it says on the tag?! Here have a closer look.

A SMALL!!! When I first started my journey, I was an XXL and now I wear mediums and a SMALL jacket! Pretty exciting!

This afternoon I took them for a test run.

Upper body warm. emoticon
Hands warm. emoticon
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Feet warm. emoticon

My legs were a bit cold. I think I need to figure out a layer on top of the new pants. Maybe my sweat capris. Also, I got a neck warmer which is fine but not very conductive for listening to music while running. Also, I need to find something for my ears. The neck warmer works well for the ears, too. But, it cannot be used for both at the same time, which is a bummer.

Tomorrow hope to go for a more solid emoticon and work out some of these kinks.

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TYKXBOY 1/24/2012 1:34PM

    I had to stop looking at the pictures and quickly scroll past to finish your blog because I have a serious running gear addiction. :P

I usually wear at least 3 layers on my upper body, 1 or 2 pairs of gloves, and a beanie while running in the morning cold, but I wear only either a thin pair of running pants or basketball shorts and shin/calf compression sleeves. My legs are usually on the cold side while the rest of me (except for my face and ears) is warm. If it dropped into the 20's or lower on a regular basis, I would buy a balaclava, but fortunately it doesn't, so I just deal with having a cold chin, cheeks, and ears. And even when I don't wear thick enough gloves and my hands hurt or go numb, it's still more fun than running on a treadmill!

Good luck on your exam and your races. You got this!

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MARTHAWILL 1/21/2012 7:32PM

    Way to go. I got my first winter gear a few weeks ago.Although I'm a bit cold for the first few minutes, I am very comfortable soon after. Began running last spring as well - won't be doing marathons but do 3-5 k runs three times a week. got first place in my age group (62 y.o.) Congratulations on size small! I used to be 2X as well or size 22. I now wear size small or 6 bottoms. Still pinching myself at times.
Good luck in all your runs. Absolutely fabulous!!!

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RR1_RR1 1/19/2012 3:49PM

    Cute outfits. Looks like your all set for the marathon:)

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JRIMM4 1/19/2012 10:42AM

    woo hoo for the small! I have a pair of polyester, super thin insulating 'pants' that I wear underneath my clothes in the winter - was just talking to my husband last night about getting a couple of addional pairs. The ones I have now came from REI. We have a local company who makes amazing multi-use gear, jackets, hats, gloves etc. My daughter has one of their interchangable hats, can serve as a hat, full head cover, kneck warmer, pretty much takes care of everything above the shoulders at the same time. You can see their inventory at I just got one of their softshell jackets for christmas that I LOVE! You're going to be amazing at that marathon in June.

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LEAHOBI 1/19/2012 4:40AM

    Woohoo- Keep Moving Forward. You are now a SMALL!!!

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MAMASUDS 1/19/2012 3:11AM

    Hey, I saw on the Today show last week a headband for runners with built-in earphones. I did a quick search and found one from halo (headphones in a headband) and music muffs (earphones in earmuffs).
I loved hearing about your transition.
Good luck in the marathon!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/18/2012 11:17PM

    Great buy! I think I'm with you on thinking the treadmill might be a bit boring after running the great outdoors. Layer well! Wonderful non-scale victory (NSV)!

I, too, bought a comfy winter sweat suit a few days ago(for around the house) and got a great price at Walmart. I just modeled it in my blog today and got my hubby to show off his new sweat suit. 8-) My top was a Size 8-10 (this was the wonderful shocker! -- probably left because it was sized incorrectly with perhaps "vanity" sizing in mind.) WooHoo!

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BAILEYS7OF9 1/17/2012 12:12PM

    I have windbreaker type track pants that I put on under 30. Great looking gear!!! I was able to run yesterday outside, dreading when forced inside, probably hoo with the icy rain that is falling today.

I am going to mix it up w/ running lists and such. Wish me luck!

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NATPLUMMER 1/17/2012 11:39AM

    emoticon You are ready to run!!

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VICIOUS421 1/16/2012 10:19PM

    emoticonOn The Small emoticon That is emoticon

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ELDORADO_MOM 1/16/2012 10:13PM

    Congrats on the SMALL! I think I'm going to have to buy some outdoor winter running clothes also - the treadmill bores me too! (And isn't as good of a workout)

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TEDDYBABE 1/16/2012 10:04PM

    Nice choices! Sounds like you have "launched" your plan. Way to go!

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MPLONDKE 1/16/2012 9:51PM

  What I would call "track pants" would be kind of loose fitting, elastic waist paints made out a material similar to a windbreaker jacket. Does that help?

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LISAINMS 1/16/2012 9:46PM

    Woo-hoo for smaller sizes! And for a jacket on sale! For exterior leg layer I would get something wind-resistant.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/16/2012 9:03PM

    Checked out that tag . . . SMALL!!! Way to go!!!! You did a great job!!!!!!

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MYLADY4 1/16/2012 8:41PM

    That's awesome. I have a winter running neck warmer with a hood. I think it is called a hot headz (ebay). It works great.

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MPLONDKE 1/16/2012 6:01PM

  When I ran during winter in Michigan, I wore track pants over running tights. :-)

Way to set your sights on a marathon! You won't regret it. Definitely find yourself a good training program.

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/16/2012 5:50PM

    That is awesome! Longer runs really are better when they are outdoors, but the right gear makes a huge difference in comfort this time of year.

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KKINNEA 1/16/2012 5:34PM

    :)! Love the pictures!! Glad to have more aboard for Grandmas. I really think we're going to need a Spark meetup for the various races up there!

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SHERYLDS 1/16/2012 5:34PM

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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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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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