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Go Dirty Girl Mud Run

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Yesterday I completed the Go Dirty Girl mud run in Welch, Minnesota. I wish I could tell you had a blast and cannot wait to do it again. Honestly, that is not my story.

In the first half of the race, I got really bummed out. Everyone had a group. And, each group had either a team name or decked out in pink. I tried my best to have fun with my own company. It was hard. These girls were diving into mud puddles, embracing being muddy!

About half way through the course, the hardest obstacle presented itself. The Wall. I waited for about 20 minutes before I was staring at the wall in fear. The woman next to me could tell that I was terrified. She was like, "Ready?" Ah, no! We talked and I gave her permission to push me over the wall. Than, I climbed it. I scaled to the top than when I was sitting on the top of the wall, one leg on each side, I was terrified. I had no idea how in the world I was going to get down. There was no one to help me but ME. No family. No friends. No GDG staff. Just ME.

That is when I looked over to the girl that was next to me and asked her to talk me through it. She did. Eventually, I got down the wall to the safety of the ground. That is when I met my heros... the girl in the line and the girl that talked me through it. Apparently, both girls were part of the same group. After they learned I was doing it solo, they adopted me as part of their group. I hung with them through the rest of the obstacles. I realize I am some people's hero but these four girls are MY heros.

At the end, my brother in law and nephew was there waiting. So, in the end, I did have family there at the race! After taking a mud shot with a couple of the girls, we went to the gear pick up where it took at least 15 minutes to find my bag. I definitely was getting a bit panicky. Than, I stripped it off in the changing tent. At that point, I was grateful for my higher self confidence because I didn't care there were zillion women that I did not know. I wanted out of my muddy clothes... NOW! Than, we headed out. I am not sure if some of this mud will ever get off my feet or my finger nails.



So, am I glad I did it?

Definitely!

Am I going to do it again?

Probably not! It would have been more fun with people and I just am not one to get muddy. I think I will stick to running half marathons. I get a true sense of accomplishment from it, something I didn't get from this mud run.

So, what's next?

After a conversation with Robert, ON2VICTORY, I realized I am holding myself back from my own greatness. In fact, I am scared of where I can go. In searching for my internship, I had major companies interview me because of my impeccable experience on my resume. This was scary. I did not get these internships with Hilton Head Health or the Mayo Clinic. And, to be honest, I am relieved.

Anyhow, back to this conversation with Robert, I realized I am scared of my greatness and the places I can go. That is exactly why I did not push myself to do the full marathon. And, honestly, why I have quit pushing myself, in general. Right now, I have no real challenges in my life.

So, with this in mind, I am going to find myself a triathlon training plan and go for it. After making this decision, I got really energized, something I haven't been about exercise for weeks. This is something I can work towards and achieve. Also, I think it will make me a stronger runner while taking a break from running.

I told my boyfriend of my training plans and he told me "You go, girl!". It feels great to finally have a guy beside me cheering and supporting me in whatever I do. Maybe, I can get him into triathlons. He loves to bike and he is an awesome swimmer. I believe he was 3rd place on his swimming team in High School. So, he is going to teach me how to bike than I hope he can teach me to swim more efficiently. I have already informed him that he will be helping me with these skills. In addition to that, it was great to come home last night from my trip and both him and his mom had so much to tell me. They missed me! It was really wonderful!

So, even through I was disappointed that my family was not there for whatever the reasons, I was thankful that some strangers came through for me in strides! And, now, I have a new direction!
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LEAHOBI 8/7/2012 5:45AM

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You did it :)

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PATRICIAANN46 8/6/2012 5:25PM

  Hi Savannah........
emoticon on going through this run. You overcame your fears and met new friends along the way. It is so great when you meet someone for the first time and they take you under their wing and help you in whatever way they can. It renews your faith in people and your self-confidence must be way up to know that you entered into all of this completely on your own.
You sound more like your old self. You have a new challenge to look forward to and someone by your side that is encouraging. It doesn't get much better than that.
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GETFIT2LIVE 8/6/2012 4:10PM

    I am so proud of you for doing this solo, Savannah! Getting muddy is not my cup of tea either, honestly. I'm glad you pushed through and did it, even if it's something you probably won't do again; how great that those girls helped you through it. Hurray for the realization and for the new direction; I know you'll do awesome with a tri!

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RUNNER12COM 8/6/2012 1:29PM

    There's nothing you can't do. You are a rock star!

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 8/6/2012 8:48AM

    Man I am so sorry! I was BEGGING people to do this with me and had no takers, but I would have done it with you! Good job for going on your own and taking that race down! I'm glad you got over that wall!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/5/2012 9:47PM

    I am proud of you, sweetie! That's wonderful that you did this and overcame your fears . . . learned to ask for help, got it and succeeded! That's HUGE!

And for sure, it's good that you are now going to embrace the greatness within you. That's what it takes to succeed. Definitely.

HUGS to you and glad your boyfriend is supporting you! That's major too.

Barb

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NATPLUMMER 8/5/2012 9:41PM

    That is so great of them to help you through it :-)
I am so proud of you!!
You go, Savannah!! I can't wait to hear about the tri!!


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Going to the races alone...

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Since I started running, I have had someone, a friend or a family member, at my races. They either supported me by running with me or photographing the new memory for me.

This weekend will be different.

This weekend, I will run Go Dirty Girl, an all girl mud run. It will be my FIRST mud run. Not only will I be doing it alone (everyone else has other obligations), I will be challenged with being muddy and ELEVEN different obstacles. The one I am most nervous about is climbing over a wall and climbing a net. Heights is not my friend, and I am very fearful of it.

To be honest, I think the hardest part of this race is not going to be the obstacles. It is going to be showing up and doing it alone. My sister is taking the kids up to my parents so they can watch the grandkids for a week. My other sister has to work. My boyfriend has to go to a funeral of a friend's mom. I am disappointed but yet I understand. I really wish someone, anyone, could be there with me. In the last year, I have forgone too many races than I'd like to admit because I didn't have anyone with me. But, yet, this experience will make me stronger, gain confidence and independence!

There will be no pictures to memorate this part of my journey but I hope to update you with a blog afterwards!

  
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ONEKIDSMOM 8/5/2012 4:35PM

    Thinking of you Savannah, as I will be doing the same for my next event: also a mud run. I'm doing it as a 10K, but since my son is deployed, and none of my sisters has volunteered... I'll be there solo.

Hope you did GREAT!

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PATRICIAANN46 8/3/2012 4:23PM

  Hi Savannah.........
You will do great..........and, like you said, it will increase your confidence and strength and independence.
We will be there with you........you just won't be able to see us. emoticon Our "Spirits" will be all over the place.

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 8/3/2012 1:55PM

    my second 5K was like that,I had no one there waiting at the end for me and then I had to walk home alone too.

I found it helped me to cheer others on when I got to the finish and even during the race.

you also might learn new things about yourself in this race, you aren't relying on someone to be there to cheer you on to the finish, you have to cheer yourself, it's really cool in a way. Hope it turns out to be an awesome race for you!!!

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NATPLUMMER 8/3/2012 11:03AM

    You will do great!! I will be there with you in spirit!!
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YDAVIS23 8/3/2012 8:05AM

    I wish I could meet you there! Sounds fun and you'll do great!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/3/2012 1:32AM

    John has the right idea--go find someone else who is alone or a group and introduce yourself. You never know what new friends are waiting for you there! Good for you going ahead and doing it by yourself; have an AWESOME time and know that you really aren't alone, we're here cheering you on, you just can't see us!

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RUNNER12COM 8/2/2012 11:49PM

    You know what to do, right? Get there early, find a group of fun, outgoing happy types, and introduce yourself. Say, "I'm here by myself and sure am worried about those obstacles." And one of them will say, "pfft, don't be silly, run with us and we'll all get over them!"

You KNOW that runners are crazy fun, incredibly welcoming, and super friendly. So get out there, meet some new people, and have a blast!

(P.S. If you see a group with a camera, offer to take a photo with all of them in it. That's another way to "meet" new people and start chatting them up!)

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MAGGIENCALI 8/2/2012 11:42PM

    Have lot's of fun at the muddy and I know the feeling. I have done a couple of races alone. Just know that those that love you and all of us here at Spark will be rooting for you all the way. Can't wait to read the blog and good luck! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/2/2012 11:17PM

    Dear Savannah:

That shows a lot about your fortitude, though, that you have enough confidence in yourself to DO this race alone! You know we're rooting for you!!! And i know it's not the same, but just the same.

HUGS dear, and i hope you have a good time and do well.

Barb

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Breaking from Running

Friday, July 27, 2012

The main message from my last couple blogs was to take a break! Many suggested taking a break from Sparkpeople. Honestly, I am not sure if I could do that. I have too many friendships here to just let it go. With that mind, I do think I am going to take a break from running. *gasp!* This was a suggestion from Robert (ON2VICTORY). I think I am burned out from running... reading about it, leading runs, finding my own routes and doing races.

In the meantime, the guy I am dating has offered to teach me to ride a bike. He loves to bike and maybe this would be just the thing I need to mix things up. So, for the month of August, this means running if I feel like it. If not, than no guilt about not running.

In addition to taking a break from running, my goal for August is to get my workouts to be more consistent. I do well for a few days than I have a few days I don't work out. To break this cycle, my goal for August is to work out - any work out - every other day. If I so happen do more workouts than that, great! If not, that is okay, too!

  
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XRSIZE18 7/28/2012 1:47PM

    OOOOOooooo Biking with a love interest? Sounds like the perfect way to get some physical activity to me. ;) I hope it goes well!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/27/2012 7:57PM

  Hi Savannah........
Your plan sounds great!!!!! And, I think that you will love biking. If you are tired of running, adding other exercises at this time is a good choice.
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GETFIT2LIVE 7/27/2012 5:11PM

    I think that's a GREAT plan--how cool to have someone help you learn to ride a bike and do it well! It's excellent exercise, but it's also just plain fun. Nothing wrong with taking a break from running; who knows, you may find you love biking even more than running? I'm glad you are sticking around here; I'm not on as much as I used to be, but I don't plan on leaving any time soon for the same reasons, too many friendships and relationships I'm not willing to let go.

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MYLADY4 7/27/2012 5:09PM

    I hope you will love biking. It is so much easier on the body. Plus, there are many GORGEOUS trails around you (Willard Munger in Duluth, one of my favs).

To be honest, I have not ran since the EC 1/2, it just took too much of a toll on my body plus my ankle still does not feel right. I am ok with it and you will get to that point too. I still would like to run another 1/2 next year so we will see.

Take care and ride away. :)

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NATPLUMMER 7/27/2012 3:57PM

    Maybe a chance in cardio activity will be just what you need.
Great plan for August!!
Enjoy the time with your new beau :-)

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1CRAZYDOG 7/27/2012 3:46PM

    Wonderful that you have a goal to learn biking with your beau! That keeps a relationship interesting when you can share something together!!

Biking is lots of fun and I'm sure you'll get the hang of it quickly. Personally, I like it a lot.

Glad you are staying with SP!!!! YIPPEE! I would miss my Savannah!

HUGS!

Barb

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Break from SP?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Last time I blogged many friends suggested that I take a break from Sparkville. I am afraid if I did that I wouldn't come back. Not that I don't like it here. I do. It's just that I am afraid it would be a permanent change. In the last month, I have missed alot of exercise days and I am afraid it will become a permanent change. It's like I don't find it a big deal if a miss a day (or more) of exercise. Before I would panic that I would gain weight. It was the repercussion. Lately, it's like a reward. In fact, I am down to 154-ish, the lowest I have ever been, and I haven't been working out. I think I might have been on a plateau and not realize it. You see I have been eating different foods as I have been hanging out with the guy I am dating.

Anyhow, I just needed to state it even through my heart isn't really into the blog.

  
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JPGSMOM 8/5/2012 7:39PM

    Savannah, I certainly feel for what you are going through. Although, I am far from my ultimate goals, the thought of maintenance mode scares me. I've been on so many diets in my life I can't count them anymore. Just when I thought I was getting into the habit something changed in my life (move, new job, kids, whatever...) and my weight loss goals went right out the window. Although doing this the Spark "wise" way feels right (finally) to me, I can't get that fear out of my head that some day, some way something will change in my life, and it will all be lost again. But, like you and so many others have told me, you take it one day at a time, one decision at a time. You and I are in very different places in our lives, but have both found a way to have this program work for both of us. It may very well be that your focus is simply no longer your finding ways to manage your weight. You've done that. But, one thing about SP that I've learned is that it teaches how to make a true life change. I think no matter what it is you decide you need a break from, it's important to remember that you're not taking a break from your healthy lifestyle. Whether you decide to continue with SP, running, or whatever or not is a very personal decision. One that can only be made by what feels right to you. Take a break from whatever it is that doesn't feel right anymore, but don't take a break from making good decisions for your body. I think as long as whatever you decide, you do it in your own best interest, everything will be fine. Sending kind and loving thoughts your way...
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SHERYLDS 7/26/2012 10:18AM

    Just keep living life to the fullest.
Spark is a tool...it's there when you need it.
Logging your progress is like using a health diary to keep yourself accountable to yourself.
The toughest part of weightloss is keeping it off.
Just know you have friends here that always enjoy hearing from you
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1CRAZYDOG 7/25/2012 9:56PM

    Savannah dear,

It is such a personal decision, it is hard to advise you what is right or wrong. I think, as stated before, GETFIT2LIVE put it best saying you may be entering a new season where SP isn't a top priority. Taking care of YOU is the most important and you have certainly had enough on your plate, making prioritizing and being sure YOU are a priority is so imortant.

I would be saddened if you permanently left, but youneed to find that new balance in your life. That's all part of changes.

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MYLADY4 7/25/2012 9:32PM

    Everyone needs a break. You know what to do and how to be healthy, you can do it.

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JUSTBIRDY 7/25/2012 9:17PM

    a break from anything is nice for awhile.

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PATRICIAANN46 7/25/2012 8:48PM

  Hi Savannah.......
I agree totally with GETFIT2LIVE. You are healthy, and at your lowest weight so far. You are working at a job you like and have a new love. I am not saying forget about SP completely, but find a new way of doing that too that fits in with your current lifestyle. You can still be active on the site, but not in a way that takes too much of your time, because from what I am hearing........you probably don't have much time to spare.
YOU are the important part of this equation. Do what works for YOU!!!
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JANEMAR2 7/25/2012 4:16PM

    You know this is all part of the journey. What worked for you before may not be what works for you now, including how heavily you participated in SP. I hope you keep cheking in.

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/25/2012 3:16PM

    There are seasons to life, and you may well be entering a new season where SparkPeople is not a regular part or at least as important a part, just as exercise has dropped down on the priority list. As long as you are happy and healthy and making sure YOU are high on the priority list, that's what matters most. Take good care of yourself, Savannah, and do what you need to for YOU.

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My Spark is Becoming Dimmer.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Once upon a time, my personal training manual said that one when a makes the change for a healthier lifestyle, they can fall off the wagon at any point, even maintenance.

As of yesterday, I have maintained my weight loss for one year to be exactly. It was hard but I did learn that I could let not work out a few days a week and still maintain. I, also, learned I could go out to eat and maintain. Now, don't get me wrong, it is great I learned these things.

But, also, it is NOT good. For the last two weeks, I have not really exercised (and still maintained). Sporadically, I have exercised. But, not like I should be. And, not consistently. It's not even like I hate exercise. It has just moved down on my priorities. It has become I will do it later. I really cannot blame it any one thing.

Maybe this is another reason I haven't been on here much. Everyone has this exciting goals. I got nothing. I have nothing to work towards. Sure, I can make goals. I have done this in the past but I am not passionate about them. I guess I miss my weight loss journey. I was focused, determined and passionate about my goals. I guess that is why I trained for the marathon. It was a new and exciting goal.

In addition to this, I know I am really bored. I am bored with my food. Even today, I don't want to cook. I have has those foods for ever and ever. And, it's not only the food, I am bored with the exercise. The idea of doing the elliptical and stationary bike one more time really does not appeal to me. Even the idea of running the same exact path I have been running for the last two years does not appear to me either. I guess, to be honest, I am bored with Sparkpeople. I have found I have read all the articles I am interested with.

You know, I cannot even blame it on my new beau. He asks what I want to eat and we find a compromise. For example, he wanted Taco Bell and those are crazy high in calorie, fat and sodium. We ended up going to Old Country Buffet. I had a salad --- amazing! Than, I kinda went overboard on carbs. Oops! But, I don't think I did that terrible. I guess I physically feel fine. I don't feel like crap like I would if I ate Taco Bell. Anyhow, we compromised.

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/23/2012 3:45PM

    In many ways, the real work is underway now for you: figuring out how to stay motivated to work out and continue your healthy lifestyle without that big weight loss goal in front of you. I think maintenance is much harder than losing weight, because you have to constantly find new goals to keep yourself motivated and interested. It's why many people lose weight successfully but then put the weight back on; without a goal to work towards, it's easy to let the workouts slide and start eating just a little more than needed, or slide back into old habits.

You may need a break from SP (much as you would be missed!) while you evaluate where you want to go from here. What do you really want in life, as far as career, activities, relationships, and so on? You'll get it figured out, I know, and we're here to support you along the way.

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EJOY-EVELYN 7/19/2012 6:46PM

    You and I have both made an incredible journey, each celebrating their 100-lb weight loss within the week. Congratulations, my dear neighbor! Happy One Year of Maintenance SparkVersary!

I think you may have answered your own question. This is probably a great opportunity to reflect on where your priorities lie at this stage in your life. When you do this, consider some of your favorite leaders, whether it be your faith or perhaps even a little Steven Covey (7 habits of effective people) using this opportunity to set some SMART goals for yourself that meet just the needs you define in where you want to be. Continue to remain adaptable and flexible as circumstances present new opportunities. Whatever you do, I find I must remain true to my faith, core values and integrity.

I have to remind myself that there is life beyond the keyboard. It may be wise for me to take a few breaks from the many facets of technology, knowing it's there when I need another techno-fix! Do keep in touch with your friends! In the meantime, I've just joined a new SparkTeam challenge! Love it!
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NATPLUMMER 7/19/2012 3:52PM

    I think PURPLESPEDCOW and 1CRAZYDOG have valid points.
Maybe you do just need a break to invigorate yourself.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/18/2012 11:01PM

    Gotta agree with PURPLE . . . maintenance probably is harder (to me) than the weight loss was. BUT I also agree . . . you really have to MAKE ways to spice things up!

Find new recipes to try . . . not just on SparkPeople! There are tons of sites that you can find recipes on and use as a base for a healthy new meal idea.

Maybe having you beau go with on a walk or run would be more exciting than by yourself!

And as for goals . . . seems like your plate is kinda full right now with figuring out what you're going to do after your graduate, but wait . . . you already have your internship @ the Y! So, maybe @ this point you need to use some of your focus on yoru career and future!

In the meantime, keep in mind that you are important and if you don't take care of yourself, well, nobody else is going to do as good a job! So make yourself a priority!

You are such a dear person, and I know you struggle with getting bored. Take a few days to think about it.

What are you passionate about doing in terms of exercise? Seems like PURPLE had a few good suggestions.

HUGS!!!


Barb

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EMFRAPPIER 7/18/2012 10:06PM

    It happens. Maybe you just need a break. You'll find it again.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 7/18/2012 8:56PM

    Maybe a small spark break......you sound like you are driven by meeting goals and you don't have any right now. You said you are bored with the food, maybe one night a week try a new receipe? Bored with your running route, map a new one? Instead of the machines you are used to, learn a new one or try some DVD's instead. Maybe your new beau can run with you? Maintaince is hard and that is why most don't make it and regain so you are doing the hard part right now! Take a week and think about it.

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JUSTBIRDY 7/18/2012 8:16PM

    hmmmmmm...are you in love???????

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