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I'M GOING TO RUN A MARATHON - I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Well I get home yesterday and my husband says, "I think I want to do the Gasparilla Marathon." This is my area's largest marathon, and it happens to be the 10th and Final one they're doing, and we watched the Biggest Loser and saw them run a marathon. I had decided that this was NOT a goal of mine. But when he said it, I said, "If you do it, I'll do it too." So I spent the evening pouring over training schedules since we're only 11 weeks from the race. Only saving grace is that I just did the Half Marathon two weeks ago, so we're okay with jumping in the training now. I sent numerous emails to people and groups to make sure there were plenty of group runs I could join for long runs. I needed to know if he was truly serious about it, and he was, so I registered and booked the hotel for the night before. I'm going to run a full Marathon...

So today, I could have gotten up and run with some group to do the 13 miles I was scheduled to do (after having completed 13.1 less than two weeks ago), but I slept in instead. Since my husband had to work today, I figured "I'd run tomorrow." We all know how that goes...

My husband gets home and says "What are we supposed to run today?" I told him about the 13 miles and he says "Let's go do it!" and of course I said excitedly "Ok!" I was thinking (OMG am I really going to do this?). My husband is a much faster runner than me, and it's always been hard for him to stay with me, but he promised he would. So went to the trail and ran our 13.1 miles. It was a great run. We stayed together and I felt great and finished only 4 minutes more than my race time! It gave me the confidence I needed to know I can do the marathon, because when we were finished I felt I could have kept going (but of course I didn't).

So I'm really excited! My trainer's not as excited as me because she knows I'll have to put my muscle building on the back burner for now. And just yesterday she was so proud of me because I did two sets of one-armed pushups and 3 sets of 7 UN-assisted pullups. I figure she can still train my upper body and I'll work on the lower!

So the Triathlon will have to wait. But at least I have a great new goal. And I really feel like I would have had to run a marathon at some point, and this being such a special one and I'm halfway through the training anyway, why not? If Rudy, Danny, Liz and Amanda (from Biggest Loser) can do it, so can I!

Before the run today, I was more nervous and anxious wondering if I'll be able to do this, but after running another Half Marathon two weeks after my first, I know I can!

I've got my Countdown Clock set to the Marathon Date - 83 days and counting...

I'm excited and always enjoying the process!

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MBSHAZZER 12/22/2009 10:05AM

    Awesome!!! I love that you and your hubby are doing this together!!

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1XTRAMILE 12/12/2009 9:35AM

    Awesome! I have my first marathon coming up in February...sometimes it's overwhelming to think about but we can do it. I have a 13 mile run scheduled for today! Good luck!

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SWAZY33 12/8/2009 8:33AM

    That will be a great accomplishment.
Best of luck!!

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LADY_JOSIELOT 12/8/2009 3:53AM

    Wow. Congrats. Saw your video and wanted to check out your page. You're proof that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Way to go! :)

- Josie

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ABETTERKGIRL 12/7/2009 11:47AM

    Very motivating for me! I plan on running my first half marathon in May 2010. I want to begin training after finals are over for me in school! Great job!

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SPARKROZ 12/7/2009 12:01AM

    You can do it!!!!!! Best wishes!!

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LINNLAT 12/6/2009 8:34PM

    You're awesome and inspirational! I know you will ROCK that marathon! I'm rooting for you!

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LULULOWRY 12/6/2009 11:55AM

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Wow! That is just great!!!! What a great goal!

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-PAULA 12/6/2009 10:48AM

    Great news! I'm so happy for you. Go for it.
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IVYLASS 12/6/2009 8:32AM

    Godd luck!

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DYNAMICUNO 12/6/2009 7:37AM

    Awesome! I'm really excited for you.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 12/6/2009 3:48AM

    emoticonTia!
Girl you rock..you keep on pushing yourself and setting bigger and bigger goals.
I wish you luck babe
xx

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FREDI59 12/6/2009 12:08AM

    that's exciting - 11 weeks is plenty of time to get your long run distance up to 26 miles. One thing I learned is that hydration and refueling becomes very important for distances over 10 miles and is vital for a marathon. Use the long runs to get a good feel for how much you need to drink and eat and what works best for you.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 12/5/2009 11:29PM

    I know you can do it!

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MISSTHINGALING 12/5/2009 11:02PM

    Congrats! I am running my first half next month. Good luck on your race.

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GONE2014 12/5/2009 10:43PM

    That's FANTASTIC!! You can do this! You go girl!!

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Loving the hard stuff!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

This week I'm back to a regular workout schedule. Not so much to train for anything, but to really drop the rest of the unwanted body fat and get some muscle definition. And of course, drop those last few pounds.

Had a great workout today. My trainer Stefanie is so awesome. She's so intuitive, knows what I need and how to push me (that's what a trainer's supposed to do right?). I hate every moment I'm with her, then afterward love what I've accomplished!

I watched the Biggest Loser tonight (recorded it from last night), and when I see them run the Marathon, it really makes me want to do one because I think: If they can do it so can I. And I cry as each one crosses the finish line. So at some point I'm going to have to do one to see how it feels to cross that finish line!

I ran 3 miles yesterday and didn't wear my knee brace. First time running without it since I got it a month ago. And NO pain! Yay!!! I would still wear them during a race.

I'm really looking forward to doing the 10k on the 19th. Should be fun!

It's all about enjoying the process! We're all human becomings!!!

Here's a picture of me with my trainer Stefanie! She rocks!!!

  
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JUSTFOXXY 12/31/2009 9:09AM

    Thanks for the motivation!

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SUNSHINE904 12/22/2009 2:29PM

    Wow!! This is very inspiring to me. If you can do this so can I!!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 12/3/2009 4:22AM

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Weight's up but I'm not down!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

So every month on the 1st I weigh and measure myself. And every month since January I've gone down. Today just about every area was UP - what's going on here? I think it had something to do with increasing my calories quite a bit while finishing up my training for the Half-Marathon. My coach told me I may gain a couple p0unds, but I wasn't thinking I'd gain inches too!

So once I got all the measurements done and was not happy at all about it, but I realized, I can still fit my size 4/6 clothes! (Whew!) So no major harm done. I'm now back to my lower calorie diet (1600) to get the rest of the weight off. I'm really just 6 lbs from where I really want to be, so I'm not worried. Going to see if I can finish it up this month and get the body fat down to 20%. Anything's possible if you're determined and have a plan, AND I AM AND I DO!

So we'll all have setbacks, but we have to remember the SUCCESSES we've had and keep moving forward!

While I love running, it's been nice doing other forms of cardio again like Kickboxing! I'll still run 2-3 times a week, but much shorter (2-4 miles). I already have plans to do a 10k on 12/19, then a 5k on 1/2, then a 15k on 2/27 and looking to set my sights on a Triathlon on 4/25. We'll have to see about that one!

So I guess what I'm trying to say is, LET'S ENJOY THE PROCESS!

  
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DIVASPARKLADY 12/6/2009 3:13PM

    Thank you so much. You are an inspiration to me. emoticonon all your hard work!!!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 12/2/2009 9:49PM

    Great blog ... and timely! I need to remember to enjoy the process cause that's what life really is.

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SHEMA01 12/2/2009 9:47AM

    Thank you...I needed to hear that today.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 12/2/2009 4:08AM

    A positive blog as always Tia
I've put on 4 pounds- took my eye off the ball- but like you it's made little difference to the size 8/10 clothes I wear, maybe a tad snugger around the waist but not too worried.
I know it will come off again with a bit of perserverence!
Thanks for reminding me of that

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BUNNY1965 12/1/2009 11:54PM

    I know what you mean to a point. I gained 12 lbs in the week leading up to thanksgiving, but most of that is due to arthritis pain in my hip and back, keeping me from exercising. But I am not about to let it get me down. I will get through this and so will you.!

Stacey

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Talk about a Woo Hoo Day!!! 1st Half-Marathon Completed & Met Sparkguy!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

What a day! Up at 5am to get ready to run my first Half Marathon! At first it started to sprinkle just as the race was about to start, but it stopped and the weather was great! The course was mainly waterfront so beautiful scenery!

My goal was initially to finish in 2 hours 30 min, but after watching The Biggest Loser and seeing Tara complete a Half in 2:22, I secretly wanted to beat that! :-)

I started off faster than normal (trying to keep up with my husband), but by mile 4, I was at my normal pace. Felt good! I had had some knee pain over the weeks and wore "braces" the doctor prescribed for me, and fortunately had very little pain throughout the race! During mile 11 (the furthest I had run before today), we actually ran a lap around the inside of Tropicana Field where the Tampa Bay Lightning play. That was really cool, and because the ground was so soft I was able to pick up some speed. When I saw the Mile 12 marker and that my time was at 2:09, I knew I could beat 2:22, so I pushed it, and one of my training coaches ran with me into the finish line which helped!

So I finished at 2:20 and felt really good! Picture of me, hubby and Mom after the race!

One of the highlights of doing this race was training with Team in Training and raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I've recently made a Sparkfriend of THENEWPATRICIA, who is a Lymphoma survivor, and part of running the race was in honor of her. I don't know if you can read the sign, but it says "For You Patricia!" Hugs!

After that, "limped" back to the hotel, showered, changed and grabbed a bite to eat, and drove 30 miles to the Tampa Convention Center to meet Chris "Sparkguy" Downie, who was speaking at an event there. Wendy, another Sparkmember and I were privileged to share our stories onstage with Chris! We really enjoyed hearing Chris go through the Spark story and the book coming out (you must get it!). We even met other Sparkmembers there, one who planned her vacation around this event to come hear Chris speak! It was great being able to share how Sparkpeople has helped me in my healthy lifestyle journey! And it was so great to meet Wendy (IVYLASS) and her husband as well! She's such an inspiration!

Of course, after that, we headed straight home and fell asleep! My knee is really sore, but it's okay. It'll be fine. I'll rest as I need to, but I have another goal that I've checked off my list!

Here's a picture of me, my husband, Wendy, and her husband with Chris!

  
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GIVINGINOW 1/8/2011 6:32AM

    Thanks for sharing the link for this blog with me! I am so excited about my 1/2!!!!!

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DYNAMICUNO 11/23/2009 9:36AM

    Congratulations!

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WHOLY_FIT_48 11/23/2009 5:00AM

    WOW! How awesome for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm also a friend of THENEWPATRICIA. She is quite a gal and an inspiration. How sweet of you to honor her in such a way.

Blessings.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 11/23/2009 4:52AM

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You've done much you can be proud of hun
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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 11/22/2009 10:03PM

    All I can say is WOW --- YOU DID IT!!!!! I feel so honored that I was sort of there ... lol!

How long did it take for you to train to do it? Also, what made you choose the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?

I'm so glad that you did! You have no idea how supportive those organizations really are until you need them! People like you really touch my heart ... may God bless you abundantly (and may you have wings on your feet ... lol)!

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The pictures are great!!! Thanks for sharing!

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NSG4729 11/22/2009 9:58PM

    Congrats! We are soooo proud of you...you are an inspiration and a motivation. Great job meeting your goals, and so glad you got some acknowledgement from sparkpeople!

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MOMMICOCO 11/22/2009 9:27PM

    Awesome! You rock!!

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Half-Marathon & Meet Founder of Sparkpeople Tomorrow!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

So much going on! It's finally here! Running my FIRST Half-Marathon tomorrow morning at 7:30am in St. Petersburg , FL! I'm so excited! Raised money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (my first fundraiser), and exceeded my goal! And just a couple hours after the race, I get to meet Chris Downie, the founder of Sparkpeople as I'm privileged to share my story onstage with him at the I Can Do It! Conference at the Tampa Convention Center! I'm so excited to also meet Wendy who will be the other Spark member speaking! I got to meet a couple people who work for Sparkpeople, Jenny and Beth, who have worked tirelessly for the event this weekend! I'm so excited I can't stand it!!! Here's a picture of Jenny, Beth and I from Thursday! Will check in after the race!!! Goal is to finish in 2:30, but just to finish!

  
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IVYLASS 11/22/2009 8:03PM

    It was great to meet you! You and the hubby were so fun, and SparkGuy and Beth were a blast!

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CFMOSS 11/22/2009 7:22AM

    What an absolutely grand day in store. Run strong! Speak well! Healthy journeying to you.

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AUSOMEVOICE 11/22/2009 5:49AM

    I know you will be successful. You have already fallen among the stars! Way to go.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 11/22/2009 3:47AM

    emoticon on the fundraising Tia, awesome job!
Good luck for the marathon hun
xx

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KLONDIE3 11/21/2009 4:54PM

    Woo hoo Tia!! You will do amazing at both the race and speaking, it was an honor to meet you!

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MICHAELA2780 11/21/2009 4:16PM

    Good luck on your first half!!!!

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