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Long Run Completed Out of Town!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Today, I am feeling like hot stuff, hehe!

First, I lifted THREE times this week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I haven't done that in a long time! So, I am going to say it myself. Way to go, Savannah!

The third time that I lifted this week was actually out of town. Currently, I am visiting my sisters and yesterday I was determined to do my lifting. After some juggling, I did it! emoticon

I told myself if I did it three times this week, I'd let myself purchase some pink lifting gloves. So, I am now on the prowl for some girly, fierce lifting gloves. Darn it, I earned them!

Secondly, I was nervous about doing my long runs out of town. My family has good intentions but sometimes my exercise gets squeezed out. Well, not this weekend!

I did a 2.4 mile walk with the my sister, her husband and two kids. I ran/walked it. Than, my sister and I biked while I ran. We did 4.31 miles. Than, I went by myself and completed 5.39 miles. For a grand total, over 12 miles. The goal was 10 miles.

Lastly, tomorrow is my birthday. I turn 26. Strangely enough, I am not really celebrating. In the past, my friends make plans with me and in the end disappoint me. So more and more, I am leaning away from it. This is the year where I am basically celebrating my health. Basically, on June 26th, I am running 26.2 miles for me! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 4/1/2012 9:55PM

  Hi Savannah.........
emoticon on a great workout!!!!!! Also, you were a great example for your sister and her family.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! How fun to be born on April 1st. I hope it was a fun day for you.
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EJOY-EVELYN 3/31/2012 10:28PM

    You're workouts are wonderfully on fire, girlfriend! Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Savannah, Happy Birthday to you!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/31/2012 7:56PM

    Way to go. You sure did earn pink, frilly, fierce lifting gloves!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 3/31/2012 7:18PM

    emoticon Way to go, Savannah!!
Happy early Birthday!!

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MYLADY4 3/31/2012 6:39PM

    That is fabulous.

Did you find your pink gloves?

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RJSAMS 3/31/2012 5:09PM

    Woot, good for you! You are making yourself a priority, grest job. And happy birthday!

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LISAINMS 3/31/2012 4:54PM

    Great job getting all those miles in while out of town! Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

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My Campus Interview

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Just a quick blog because I am trying to get to the gym before class to work out!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned having an article written about me. Here it is!

Have a great day!

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GINGER_BEAR 3/29/2012 9:40AM

    Great write up... emoticonon all your accomplishments and I wish you much success in your new career!

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XRSIZE18 3/29/2012 3:20AM

    What a great story. Brings me back to my days at the Stinger - or the Promethean as it was called then. Sniff*

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CIVIAV 3/28/2012 5:57PM

    So neat. Thanks for sharing it with us...

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NATPLUMMER 3/28/2012 5:50PM

    The Girl with the Phoenix Tattoo...I love it!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 3/28/2012 5:49PM

  Hi Savannah..........
What an emoticon article about one of the emoticon emoticons I have met on this site.
Who wouldn't want you as their Personal are proof of what can happen when you stick with your program and attain your goals. I am VERY proud of YOU.

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ABSOLUTZER0 3/28/2012 4:04PM

    Emily did a good job with the article. Rock climbing is something on my list, too. The Adventures of The Girl With the Phoenix Tattoo! RISE UP! LOL!

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/28/2012 3:27PM

    Well done, Savannah! Your interviewer wrote and represented your story well . . . leaving us wanting more. I hope your class is well attended. So good to see such a fine feel-good story (versus the sensational).

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1CRAZYDOG 3/28/2012 2:46PM

    Awwwww man, blubbering with pride! What a wonderful article. Well, that's becuase YOU are wonderful!!

So glad they recognized your talents and specialness.


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TYKXBOY 3/28/2012 2:21PM

    woo!!! nice article! That is very awesome!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 3/28/2012 2:00PM

    Absolutely fantastic!!!
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BAILEYS7OF9 3/28/2012 1:44PM

    What an emoticonwrite up! emoticon

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MYLADY4 3/28/2012 1:21PM

    That was awesome.

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LISAINMS 3/28/2012 1:17PM

    Congratulations on a wonderful article!

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KKINNEA 3/28/2012 12:50PM

    Fabulous article!! I hope you're getting a lot of business from it!

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SHERYLDS 3/28/2012 12:40PM

    WOW inspiring....but we knew that.
That is some first time seeing it close up.

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Marathon Training Worries

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Yesterday was a rough day. Many things are swirling in my pretty little head but one that maybe you guys could help me with is my marathon training.

Recently, I have been really worrying and stressing about it for many reasons.
The hugest for me is having enough TIME. The week before my half marathon my runs (and other workouts) got squeezed out of my life. I could do morning workouts but honestly, I have never been successful in those.

I am stressing about my long runs. Ironically, not about the distance. Okay, 20 miles is scary but 13 was too. I will cross that bridge when I get to it! But, I am worried about time. Time to do it! There are at LEAST three weekends that are packed full with obligations. Two in April and one in May.

And, it's not just those weekends. Most weekend I am stressing when to do my runs. Saturdays would be ideal to do my long runs so I have the day of rest before going back to classes on Monday. But, Saturdays are packed. I work every Saturday 1-7 pm. Basically, this means getting up and on the road at 7 am. I am NO morning runner!

I asked my boss to only schedule me two days a week and now I want to ask her to not schedule me on Saturdays. I could offer my hours to the interns who need hours. But, eventually, I might be hurting for the money. *sigh*

And, when I am not worried about that. I am worried about when to strength train. I trained with my personal trainer on Friday and a still sore today. It sure doesn't make me want to run!

Well, enough about my worries. Off to run/walk with XRSIZE18.

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RUNNER12COM 3/26/2012 2:32PM

    And you spark'd this blog entry of my own:


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RJSAMS 3/26/2012 1:20PM

    Marathon training is definitely a time commitment. I have found that I have to work in the morning exercise--otherwise the rest of life just crowds in and takes over. I am not a morning person either, but I have come to like it (or at least, not hate it.)

Think of that time as a commitment to yourself and schedule appointments just like you would other appts. It may not be ideal, but splitting the long runs into two sessions might also be an option--you'll get the miles, just not the consecutive time on your feet, which I know is important.

Good luck!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/26/2012 1:01PM

    I'm struggling with the same thing, finding enough time on the weekends for the length runs I know I need if I am going to do a full marathon. Do your best and remember that training plans are just that--plans, not law. Evaluate your overall training and fitness, and do your best to make time for what you know your body needs to be ready.

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JENN03275 3/26/2012 12:55PM

    Time is often a factor in my life as well. It is often hard to squeeze it in. I know for me personally that I need to let up on myself and work my workouts in when I can. Run during or between football practice and a quick stop at the gym. I work 40 hours and my boys have 7days of commitments.

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KKINNEA 3/26/2012 12:42PM

    I think someone else mentioned this too but if you move your long run to another day, that's my recommendation. It's obviously more difficult now with our lovely northern weather and still shorter days but you can then relax knowing you've at least gotten your long run in - the most important one in my book!

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RUNNER12COM 3/26/2012 12:33PM

    Two things. One, you will find the time you need. I don't know how, but it will happen. It just works out that way. Two, you WILL be ready. Your training plan is just a plan, not a "minimal requirements" list. Trust in your overall fitness and focus on the finish!

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KJDOESLIFE 3/26/2012 12:30PM

    I'm training for my first marathon. I have bridal showers (for friends), family functions, volleyball tournaments, home remodels, tests to study for, etc. Marathon training comes first. My BF knows this, my family knows this, and most importantly, I know this! Prioritize - if marathon training isn't a priority for you, then drop down to the half so you have more time for your runs. This Saturday, I'll be up and running 18 miles so I can shower and drive an hour to a bridal shower for my friend at 1pm. I'm not a morning person, but if that means being out the door at 7am or earlier, so be it. Besides, the race starts at 7am - I'll be up WAAY earlier for that!

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CINERICIA 3/26/2012 8:43AM

    You've already received plenty of good advice, but allow me to add my two cents.

You talked about having weekends packed with obligations. And that's fantastic. (I hope.) But this marathon thing is important to you. Important enough that perhaps you should consider training an obligation as well. I don't want to suggest sucking all the fun out of running by turning it into a chore. But scheduling yourself time to complete your training as you would for any other appointment or "need to do" task may help you get where you want to go.

Best wishes. I'm pulling for you.

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XRSIZE18 3/26/2012 5:58AM

    Had a great time on our walk. Like I said - you can do this! You've got tenacity and you didn't lose all that weight by NOT being able to commit to something. Make yourself a priority again! :)

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WOMANOBRONZE 3/25/2012 9:21PM

    If you live where summers are hot (like above 70degF), one long run in the sun will turn you into an early AM runner (well, it did me, anyway).

For me, it was more important to have the rest of the day free to rest after my long run than it was to have the next day open.

I hope you can find a single day in your schedule where all you do is get your run in (and maybe get the laundry done, too).

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MAGGIE101857 3/25/2012 5:10PM

    This is a struggle for all of us, it seems! I am an early morning exerciser and on the days when I have to rush, I know it is not going to get done when I finally get home. That kills me! So I try and get them done. I do use a calendar to figure out the week/month ahead, and although I may miss something, when you can look back over a month or two, you will see that you are really going to be okay!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/25/2012 4:10PM

    Well, wish I had a solution for you. Time management is always difficult.

How lucky that you're running with XRSIZE18! Cheer each other on!

All I can tell you is you'll do it. When does school end for you? That will be when things start to fall into place a little more, hopefully. At least it did for me.



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FOLGORE 3/25/2012 12:47PM

  Hi. I have a number of marathons under my belt. My recommendation to you is to pop out monthly calendars from now until the day of the marathon. Figure that you want to do your last long run no later than three weeks before the marathon to give your body time to recover. Mark not only those days that are bad for running but also mark those days that are generally good for running. Weigh your decisions accordingly. Remember, there is no law that requires you to do your long run during the weekend. If Wednesday is your easiest day, then so be it. Of all the components of your marathon training, that long run is the most indispensable so make fitting that in your top priority. All other elements of your training can be stuck in where convenient (though I wouldn't do any speedwork the day after a long run).


Sal AKA folgore

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MYLADY4 3/25/2012 11:49AM

    I have the same concerns about ST. I know it is a must but how much and if it is too much you are too sore to run effectively.

All I can suggest it to make calendars and schedule all of you training days and if you have the flexibility to fill in your other obligations around that. I like having a schedule and HATE it when it gets thrown off.

I agree with Natalie and maybe make Sunday's your long run day and take Monday as a rest day.

Hope you find that balance.

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REDSHOES2011 3/25/2012 11:32AM

    The lifestyle change is about getting healthy not stressing yourself about achieving marathons.. If you don't look efter your health, all the stressing and marathons are a waste of time..

If you can't make marathons why stress about it.. Life is choices not utopia..

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/25/2012 11:25AM

    Time... the ultimate scare resource. Hang in there. I have enough trouble training to walk the half... because training walking distance takes LONGER than training running. My joints won't take it as total running, though, thus the half.

I actually dialed back the ST, as part of my need to conserve time. Will have to pick it up again after the half, as I prep for the tri.

Hope you figure out your time puzzle! Does your marathon offer the option to drop back to the half?

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NATPLUMMER 3/25/2012 11:12AM

    I'm sore from my ST on Friday, too but will be heading out for a run when my husband gets up.
Perhaps Sundays are your best bet for long runs. If you are taking them slow enough, you should be recovered for the week ahead.

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Won't you welcome a new sparker?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

My biggest problem with the Get Lucky Half Marathon was me. Afterwards, I was unhappy my performance and started to question whether my body is ready to run a full marathon. I mean, I have only ran one half marathon before. Maybe I should do more.

Than, I started talking to other people that ran either the Get Lucky 7K or Half Marathon. Everyone agreed. It was brutal with the humidity. So, I am moving on with the lesson to never underestimate the power of water! emoticon

Recently, I found one of my mom's cousin's wife (did you follow that?) has joined Sparkpeople. She has already lost 16#. emoticon Could you help me welcome her to sparkpeople? My success has been to the great support on this site so let's pass it on and support Laura!

Stop by her page, say hi, congratulate her or even give her a goodie!

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WOMANOBRONZE 3/23/2012 8:12PM

    The second time you race a long distance like a half (or even shorter distances, too) often can backfire into being a grueling slog. Particularly if you had a really positive experience racing the distance the first time.

Maybe we tend to forget all the work we put into it the first time, and start telling ourselves, "I've run this before and it's no Big Deal." As a result, we start to forget the little details that can be pivotal to running comfortably - putting enough training runs, remembering to wear the socks that don't give us blisters and put on the body glide so our thighs don't chaff, carrying water just in case, etc., etc., etc.

Heat, humidity, hills (and the flu), teaches us to respect the distance!!! Be sure to sign up ASAP for another race, soon, like a 5K that you can just sail through to get the bad taste of a frustrating race out of your mouth. Wearing a costume is a great excuse for running these things at training pace, soaking in the atmosphere, and partying with running shoes on.

Good way to have a low-key date with someone new, too....


Either way, be sure to let us know how your weekend run goes!!


P.S. I'm proud of how you stuck it out last Saturday. You've got guts.

P.P.S. I hate it when race organizers don't budget for enough port-a-potties, too. I wind up either in dire straits in need of one, or worrying most of the time whether I'll be in urgent need of one in another mile instead of worrying about my form. That's one drawback to living in a heavily, urbanized city - no convenient large trees!

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NATPLUMMER 3/23/2012 4:42PM

    Water is key!!

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KANOE10 3/23/2012 3:12PM

    Good luck on your training and eating program! You can do it. I also think you can do the full marathon..Humidity drains you.
Hi to your cousin! Have a great day.
Did I tell you that I love your name? Love mangos!

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STEFFI271 3/23/2012 3:10AM

    Same problem as Scooter, her page is private...

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RUNNER12COM 3/23/2012 12:19AM

    Welcome to the greatest little corner of the internet!

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PATRICIAANN46 3/22/2012 10:58PM

  Hi Savannah.......
It was good that you talked to others who also had problems due to the humidity and lack of water. This put everything in perspective and you realized that it wasn't a poor race on your part, you just weren't getting the water you badly needed. I hope that this group corrects that in the future. They are lucky that no one got sick or passed out.
Will gladly send your mom's cousin's wife a welcome.
Take Care......

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JTAYLOR2011 3/22/2012 9:39PM

    Way to keep it all in perspective! You will OWN that marathon! Best wishes to your cousin :))

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1CRAZYDOG 3/22/2012 7:45PM

    You, my dear, are capable of whatever you put your mind to do. Believe in YOU!


PS Sent a welcome to your cousin's wife!

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JPGSMOM 3/22/2012 7:23PM

    Member since Jan 16th this year, and thankful evey day since that I decided to login and see what it was all about. Thanks Savannah!!!

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JPGSMOM 3/22/2012 7:22PM

    Thanks, I am still learning about everything the site has to offer. I welcome the encouraging comments, and are thankful for them. This little Mango is quite an inspiration to me. Although I am a techie, I am not a social networker by heart. Bare with me while I figure out how to run my page! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/22/2012 6:14PM

    My best to you while you continue your training regimen. I sent our relatively new Sparker a congratulatory message. I hope she appreciates your thoughtfulness. In this age of reality television and social networking, I can fully appreciate people leaving their pages private . . . the message system works wonderfully.

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SCOOTER4263 3/22/2012 5:47PM

    I would, but she's set her page to private. :(

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The Day of the Get Lucky Half Marathon

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

This was my 2nd half marathon and it was filled with many lessons. Basically during this race, I broke nearly some main race rules.

--- Get plenty of sleep ---
All week before the race, I felt exhausted. Friday night I drove 3 hours and than got like 4 hours of sleep!

--- Drink tons of water ---
I am not sure how many water I drank the week before but my pee indicated I was a bit dehydrated.

--- Try nothing new ---
I brought my new quinoa salad to my sister's for them to try. I forgot it does unkind this to my GI system.

With breaking these rules, I seriously had one of the roughest runs ever I have ran! The entire race I struggled. If it wasn't a race or organized run, I would have turned around right away and went home. But, since I am not made that way, I suffered through 13.1 miles.

Besides my own issues, were like TWO porty potties and water stops which equated to FOUR total. That is NOT okay! To put salt to a wound, around mile 8 I got the shivers and this got me worried that I was getting heat exhaustion. It was around 70` with humidity with no water stops in sight. Not a fun situation!

Putting that water and bathroom situation aside, my sisters did not show up. Honestly, I don't blame them. Apparently, the organizers of the race decided to put the 7K in Minneapolis and the Half Marathon in St. Paul. This makes no sense to me! Anyhow, they ended up going to the 7K and didn't make it to St. Paul in time. That is okay though. It was the thought that counts!

I am not sure if I will do a Team Ortho race again. My first half marathon I did with them was awesome. It had plenty of water stops, porty potties, and even had photographers. This one was seriously lacking!

KINNEA (Kristen) and I finally met so that was fun!

Kristen was a trooper! She ran with for the full 13.1 miles as I was dragging butt for the entire time. For the last part negative nelly came out at the time I want to just sit down on the course and say, "I quit." But, because I am a determined and stubborn girl, I put one foot in front of the other!

After the race, we - Kristen, Karen (Kristen's sister), and I - met up with my family at Noodles and Company.

Later that day, my sister introduced me to a guy that works for her. For a couple years now, she has talked about us and how she wanted to introduce us to each other. So, on St. Patrick's Day, I met DJ, a tall red headed guy.

When we walked up, my sister tried to introduce us. He introduced everyone but didn't acknowledge me. Apparently, we were both nervous. So nervous that we didn't even talk to each other, lol! He'd talk to my sister, his boss, while staring me down. Later on, my sister explained that she thought he thought I was pretty and froze up. It was very flattering.

I met four of his friends. One of them asked if I liked DJ in front of him than made sure we exchanged numbers. We even have a tea time! Next time I am down in the cities, I am to have tea with him. Another friend which was his best friend explained to me that he usually doesn't have a long beard when DJ was in the bathroom.

So, basically, we did this backwards. He met my sister (family) and I met his friends especially his best friend. It was actually sweet that his friends and my sister were trying to sell me on him. On way there, my sister explained to me that he wouldn't intentionally hurt me. Right there, it was like my sister got me and why I don't date.

I am actually really excited about this.

This got me thinking...

I need to end something I have going on. Currently, I am kinda friends with benefits with a guy. I am thinking it needs to fade in the background. It's not really a typical behavior for me. I want to give DJ a chance and see if we have something here. I feel we could. If we don't, that's fine. Either way, I need to give dating a serious chance... whether with DJ or someone else. It is like giving me a chance. Saying I am worth it!

So, ladies, enough details?! emoticon

Oh, one other detail...

Since training for my full marathon, I have gave myself the excuse... I am training, I can eat whatever I want. No, this needs to stop. I am over 160. People say it's hard to lose weight while training. Right! But, that doesn't mean I shouldn't do it. I am going to try. That is the best I have right now!

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WOMANOBRONZE 3/23/2012 8:31PM

    I gained weight during the six months I gave myself to get ready for the marathon.

I had just lost a lot of weight in the months before (like around 40 pounds), and used the marathon to reward myself for getting enough weight off to where I thought I had a chance of completing the training without trashing my knees.

I clearly recall my focus switching from "I've got to keep my daily calories within xxx limits and get a little exercise in," to "Am I doing the run, walk, or rest I have scheduled for today?" With the formal calorie counting dropped from my daily/weekly goals, I put on 10-12 pounds by race day.

So I take full responsibility for that weight gain. It seemed just too much for me at the time to try to do both, though it retrospect, it was more likely just rationalizing on my part because dieting isn't nearly as much fun as running.

You can do both!!!


P.S. Also, I found out that drinking a pint or two of draft Sam Adams lager immediately after runs of more than 10 miles (not to mention a bar rail for stretching your calves) is heavenly! My favorite running trail is three blocks from a great tavern, and one of the bartenders became my personal cheering squad when I was prepping for the Portland marathon. I might have overdone it a bit on the post-run carb replacement...

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/22/2012 5:48PM

    What a trooper to finish it out under those conditions, Savannah! I'm glad you got to meet Kristen (lucky!) and DJ, too. It does sound like it's worth exploring where things could go with him; you ARE worth it!

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RJSAMS 3/22/2012 11:41AM

    Good for you for gutting it out. I agree with you, the water stops and porta potty lack is NOT OKAY! It was hot out there, I'm surprised more people didn't have water issues.

I was at the Human Race 8K on Sunday--didn't run it, just cheered folks on, but it was hot out there. Amazing for March!

I'm really impressed, and you should be proud of yourself. Amazing girl!

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KKINNEA 3/22/2012 11:27AM

    You did great!! It was a really tough course and made worse by the humidity. I feel like we deserve an extra medal for gutting it out - sometimes it feels like a death slog out there.

I'm still amazed at the lack of water stops and porta potties - waiting for the survey so I can eviscerate them on that!

I had a great time so we'll definitely have to do it again (although maybe not with Team Ortho...).

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XRSIZE18 3/22/2012 2:45AM

    WOOOHOOOO! You have got some STAMINA, girl. 13 miles! How amazing! Someday I'll be there, but for now, it's just like you said - one foot in front of the other.

I hope your tea time goes fantastically. Dating is scary but I remember how much fun it could be. Plus, I totally think redheads get a bad rap. They are super cute. :)

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RUNNER12COM 3/22/2012 2:29AM

    You finished because you are awesome. And that's that.


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KANOE10 3/21/2012 11:39PM

    Hey..great job of finishing the race! That took courage and your training paid off. emoticon Plus the added benefit of meeting someone new in your life is exciting! Go for it.

You will figure out how to find your way to keep training and losing! I am trying to learn how to increase my training strength and not lose because I am trying to maintain..LOL.

I am happy for you. emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 3/21/2012 10:57PM

  Hi Savannah........
It might NOT have been the race you wanted it to be, but YOU RAN IT!!!!! And, you learned from it. That is always good because you can carry your learnings into your next race.
That is what I missed by NOT having a sister........someone to introduce me to a wonderful guy, someone who is watching my back and picks out someone who won't hurt cool is that? Now the rest is up to you.
I think that you probably can lose weight while training, but don't go to such lengths that it will negatively affect your overall health. With all that you are learning, you will be one great trainer.

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MYLADY4 3/21/2012 9:44PM

    Sorry it was so crappy. I heard from someone else who ran it that it was not real fun for them either. The EC one will be much better, I promise. There are water stops about every 2 miles plus where ever I tell my family to be. I am planning on them at mile 6.5 and maybe between 11 and 12. I am just hoping it is not as warm as it was this weekend. That will just drain me.

I am assuming you are going to stay down here on Saturday. Packet pickup are Friday and Saturday and my sister could get you packet for you (she works in EC).

And how exciting about the prospect of dating. I so hope it worksout for you since I know that you have so much to offer another person.

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MAGGIE101857 3/21/2012 9:35PM

    Sorry to hear it was such a rough one (makes me a bit nervous about my first one in May!!) Even though I don't plan on running the whole race, I'm getting a bit worried!!

Glad you got to meet Kristen!!! What fun!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/21/2012 8:17PM

    Wow! Yes -- LOVE the details! HEE HEE Sorry to hear the run was so awful for you. But looks like you learned valuable lessons to make your next 1/2 marathon better. You will. You are very determined, and that's a huge asset!

Hmmmm... funny how things work in the dating world for you! But hope you get to know DJ. Honestly, I can only imagine how exhausting the whole "dating thing" is.

Ok, so that's over and history. Now time to move on1

HUGS and glad you're back.


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NATPLUMMER 3/21/2012 7:42PM

    Sorry the race was so crappy. At least you got to meet Kristen :-) And later, DJ. I think both of you deserve a chance.

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MNGIRLIE 3/21/2012 6:53PM

    Sorry to hear the race was tough for you, but it certainly sounds like it was a learning experience! The 7k that morning was tough as well mostly due to the heat and humidity.

Hope things work out with you and DJ! Sounds like things are in your favor there :)

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