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Friday, January 15, 2010

Just checking in. Had business guests in town this week so didn't get to do my full runs for the week, but only missed it by a few miles, and this was the first week I've missed any miles at all.

Had a business conference that started today, so rode with an associate. As she was taking me home, we see my husband running on the sidewalk by the main road. I'm loud enough that evening being on the other side of the street, in a car, during rush hour, he heard me scream for him (now that's love, right???). Anyway, so she took me home, and I had no intentions of running, since we had a reception to go to in less than 2 hours and I was tired from the day. But seeing my hubby got me juiced up to run, so I ran into the house, changed quickly into running gear and ran to meet him to finish his run with him. I ran faster than I normally do starting off (glad I brought water), though I figured I'd be running only 1-2 miles. I caught up to him and it was great! He was so excited to see me!

So I ran with him for 2.29 miles. I kept up with him almost the entire time. Well I mention all this because when I finshed, I had a new personal best for the mile - 8:13, and my total time was 19:15. I use the Nike Plus (which I totally recommend for any runners), and so when I looked back at my runs from early last year when I started running, I did the same distance on 2/19/09 and it took me 33:04! That's going from an average 14:20 minute per mile to an average of 8:24 minute mile in less than a year! For experienced runners, that may not be much, but for me, that's INCREDIBLE! I was so excited to see that! (I hope to give others hope!)

So I'm setting a new goal to complete a 5k in less than 26 minutes in 2010! I believe!

Running 12 miles this weekend! It's a recovery week and I can't believe I'm saying "I only have to run 12 miles!" Never thought I'd be saying that!!!

On another note, I decided to cut my hair this week. I wore it super short for a few years, then got bored and started growing it out since Feb. 08. Well once I started exercising, all I did was pull my hair back (as you can see from almost EVERY picture I've posted). I got bored again, so just went and cut it off. I really like it because at this length I can wear several styles and none take longer than 15 minutes to do and I still don't have to go a salon to get it done. I refuse to be a slave to my hair! So I'm very happy about that!

Here's a pic of me in the new hairdo with my friend Grace who's gone from size 16 in June to size 10 now !

Anything's possible! Just enjoy the process!

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    Way to go!!! I will look into the Nike Plus...I had a Garmin but wasn't so fond of it!!!

You are an inspiration!!!! emoticon

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NSG4729 1/19/2010 9:38PM

    Great job!

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TALLTABBY 1/16/2010 9:04PM

  Congrats on the run! That is great that you ran with your hubby. Keep up the good work.

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JGOLFER 1/16/2010 7:01PM

    Congratulations on your personal best! 8:13 minute mile - you are smoking! I love your new haircut - you look stunning. Congrats to Grace from going to a size 16 to a size 10. Were you her inspiration? You are definitely mine. You are awesome!

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PMFISH 1/16/2010 5:19PM

    Looking good girl!! Love the hair cut.


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FELLE442 1/16/2010 2:39PM

    Awesome progress! Love the haircut as well. emoticon

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P31W247 1/16/2010 1:25PM

    You two look great, you are fast becoming my inspiration. Keep up the good work.


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    Woo hoo! Being a newbie runner I so get what you are saying and you're my hero! I got a Nike Plus for Xmas and love it when it tells me I have a new fast time! I also love my nike plus mini me! LOL!

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CFMOSS 1/16/2010 7:34AM

    Way to go. Nice job. Keep up the good work. I am very impressed with your running because I have just started running more consistently - it used to hurt to run - now I'm doing more and not hurting - love your 5K target time. I was amazed when I did a 5K this fall and with my daughter's constant encouragement - ran the whole thing! in like 35 minutes - I was sure it would be more like 45 minutes. So. you are doing great.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 1/16/2010 4:47AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon you just go from strength to strength Tia.
Loving the new hair and please give my congrats to Grace too- she looks amazing!!!!

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BABYSTEP1 1/16/2010 12:03AM

    Way to go. Looks like you are working pretty hard.


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47 Days until the Marathon...Did longest run yet at 16 Miles!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

It's been a very busy and cold week here in Tampa, FL! I have much respect for all the northerners who run in sub-freezing weather! Being in Tampa, this is all new to me! I've lived here for almost 19 years, and it's never been this cold for this long, nor have I ever even thought about exercising in it!!!

I went and bought some cold weather gear, as much as you can find in our area! Braved the sub 50 degree weather (don't laugh at me those of you from cold areas! emoticon) and did my mid-week runs! Thank goodness I work for myself so I can do my own schedule because I literally waited each day until the temperature got to the highest of the day before I ran! I was layered but my face was freezing! But I did it! 4-8 miles during the week.

Then today was 16! It was one of the best runs I'd ever done! I'm sticking with my strategy of doing the first half really slow, then celebrating when my Ipod says those incredible words: "Halfway Point"! I immediately pick up speed and now, instead of my husband staying back to keep up with me, I can run at his pace on the way back! It totally works for me! Was able to finish the run in 2:43, so was really proud of that! And just felt good!

And it's just been so nice to spend this quality time with my husband. I just love it!

Had put the thermostat to 80 degrees before we left the house, so when we got back it would be nice and toasty for us to take our ice bath! I've come to love them, can you believe it? I get in quickly now, and just play Bejeweled on my Ipod!

This coming week will be an easy one, only 12 miles for the long run! And we'll get some normal temps over 60 degrees - Yay!!!

This pic was taken after my 8 mile run during the week, just had to share!

I'm really getting excited! I still can't believe I'm going to run a full marathon! Woo Hoo!

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WALKWITME 1/14/2010 5:38AM

    Come Closer Gurl
(((Big Hug)))

I Applaud YOU !

I Know The Feeling.. such a Rush
My New Year, I Ran 10 miles Non-stop

I'm getting myself ready to do a Half Marathon

I Have all the drive in the world, It's a Feeling I Can't Shake

Again A Job Well ! Done !

I will add you to my friends list

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JGOLFER 1/11/2010 1:58PM

    You look great - pumped and ready to go! Awesome job on the 16 miles!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 1/11/2010 6:52AM

good luck with your marathon

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KJOHNSON011 1/11/2010 12:01AM

    WTG!!! I hope you do well in your marathon!!!

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DEUSMACHINA 1/10/2010 11:45PM

    I ran 25.5 at the weekend, too! WOOHOO!! Great work!

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LIMASTAR 1/10/2010 11:27PM

  You're doing great!! Hope you do well in your marathon.

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TALLTABBY 1/10/2010 11:15PM

  Way to Go!!! Keep up the great work. I wish I could brave the cold weather, but I can't seem to make myself do it.

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PASTORJEFF2 1/10/2010 11:03PM

    Way to go!!

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Hit a New Goal on the first day of the year! Woo Hoo!

Friday, January 01, 2010

I can't believe it's January 1, 2010, but it is!

So I started off the year with accomplishing something, a 15 mile run! I'm training for my first Marathon, which is on 2/28, in 56 days. Since the Half Marathon I ran on 11/22/08, I've run 13.1 miles 3 times total. But nothing more. This week our long run was 15 miles. That's almost 2 miles longer than I had ever run! I won't lie, I was nervous about it...all week. And I have a friend who is training for her first too, and she was about ready to quit training for the marathon after running 14 miles last week. So that didn't help.

So we (my husband and I) slept in as long as we could. And it had been raining steadily since 6am. We got up around 8:30am and it was raining off and on. We decided we would go running around 11:30am. Was hoping of course that the rain would have stopped. But at 11:30, it was still raining, and I was determined to get this run DONE! So we got ready, stopped at a grocery store and got a poncho to wear and went to the trail.

It rained steadily for the first hour. The ponchos were a big help, kept the rain out of our faces. Then about 4 miles in, my Ipod was having problems. It wasn't tracking the mileage correctly. Thankfully the trail we were on had mile markers, so we kept going. I ran REALLY slow. I live for the halfway point - 7.5 miles! Made it - WOO HOO! Time to go back now!

About one mile into the halfway back point, my earphones decide not to work! I ALWAYS run with either music or a Podcast, so to finish 6.5 miles of my longest run EVER with NOTHING was a little bit of a deterrant! But I kept going. Because I run SO slow on the first half, I'm able to pick up speed the second half (I believe this is called a negative split). So I felt really good running back. My husband ran a little big ahead of me, but I was okay. The scenery around was so beautiful and I used the time to think and pray so I was fine. I walked for about 30 seconds every 2-3 miles.

In the last mile, I was so excited that we sprinted in! The 15 miles didn't seem much different than than 13 miles. I'm sticking with my strategy of starting slow so I can run the distance. I finished in 2:50, which is not bad considering my best 13.1 (in the race) was 2:29, and I run my training slower than the race pace.

So I feel good starting the new year having accomplished something great! It only gets better from here!

I'm still enjoying the process! Happy New Year to all! - Tia

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LINNLAT 1/6/2010 8:55PM

    That's fantastic! Congrats to you! You go girl!

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    Way to go...I know your feelings....I'm training for my first marathon on the 20th of February....when I ran 10 and then 12, 14 and 17 I cried. I haven't went past 17 because I was suffering shin splints but I have still been moving. Since this is my first marathon and I'm doing for a reason (breast cancer), I'm not worrying about the time per-se, my goal is to just complete it. But all runs there after....well they will be for a time!!!

Good luck and you are an inspiration....glad I found your blog!

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FRUITY76 1/2/2010 12:58PM

    Well Done. Great way to start the new year!

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ETTEZEUS 1/2/2010 9:04AM

    Great job! I'm looking forward to my first 15 mile run!

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DRAGONFLY1974 1/2/2010 8:52AM

    WOOHOO!!! I will be at 15 miles before I know it! Tomorrow is my official start of marathon training and I have a couple of races thrown in between now and the marathon, starting with a 1/2 I haven't trained for next weekend! I just started running again this past week! You are doing awesome and you are an inspiration!!!

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MICHELLEMAGI 1/2/2010 8:16AM

    Way to go on your longest run! I will be training for my first full this year, as well. How do you water proof your iPod, because I hate training without it!

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EARTHY2 1/1/2010 10:04PM

    Way to go. What a way to start the new year by hitting a new goal on the first day of the year. I hope that is an omen for you.

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Can it get any better in 2010???

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Well as 2009 comes to a close, I've been taking some time to reflect on the year. Despite losing an uncle, and have some challenges with my sister, 2009 has probably been one of the best years of my life in so many areas.

I got clarity in my business on where I want to go with it. My marriage is stronger than ever as we approach our 19th year in January. My spiritual life is at an all-time high, I finished reading the entire Bible this year for the first time in many years. And my health and fitness life was through the roof!

I set out the beginning of the year to lose some weight and hope to get into single digit sizes. By continuing to set goals and achieve them and being dedicated to my tracking and involvement on Sparkpeople, I was able to drop 6 sizes this year to be at my goal size 4. At 41, I can truly say I'm in the best shape of my life!

I ran a 15k in Feb, organized a weight-loss challenge with 38 people involved in May, ran a 5k with 15 people from the challenge, including my Mom in August, ran a Half-Marathon in November and am now 57 days away from running my first Full Marathon. I'm pretty proud of myself.

From a strength standpoint, I became able to do 5 sets of 30 pushups, 3 sets of 10 pullups, one-armed pushups, my lifting weight has increased dramatically, and I've enjoyed working with a trainer the past 3 months.

I would have never thought I would have accomplished this much this year. I've always been a very driven person and when I make a decision, I stick with it. The hardest part was making the decision. That took YEARS!!! I wish I'd know how great it would feel, so I wouldn't have wasted all those years feeling bad about myself. But I know it's all in my control!

I learned how to be in control of me, instead of letting food and emotion control me. Had very few (maybe one or two) days where I didn't work out because I "didn't feel like it." One of my favorite books is the 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class by Steve Siebold and I've learned that CHAMPIONS DO IT ANYWAY!

I've learned so much about myself this year! In 2010, I expect to run a marathon, complete my first Sprint Triathlon and get the muscle definition I want somewhere in between! I still have belly fat to lose, but I know I can do it!

Sparkpeople has been such a huge part of my journey! I know I wouldn't have done as well without it. I made sure I got involved in the teams I'm on. I asked questions, I answered questions, I shared, I encouraged, I got encouraged. I got the awesome opportunity to speak with SP founder Chris Downie, and have my little video put on You Tube for the world to see (OMG!).
My Video:

I'm coming up to my one year anniversary on Sparkpeople on 1/3 and feel good that I haven't missed a day of tracking my food. It's been so worth it! I've been inspired by so many on Sparkpeople, I hope to be an inspiration to others as well, as that keeps me motivated!

We can do anything when we put our mind to it! I'm excited to continue my journey! I'm happy to have my Goal Life! I wish a wonderful and Happy New Year to all my Sparkfriends!!!


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DDJONES83 1/1/2010 9:58PM

  Hi, my name is Denise and I am new to this site. I read your story and it is so inspiring, congratulations on your success. And your story has inspired!!!

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FELLE442 1/1/2010 5:40PM

    Your story is so inspiring and shows us all how much we can accomplish with determination and focus. Thank you so much for sharing your journey for all of us to benefit from.

After reading your experiences....I have now set a goal to run a 5K and 10K in 2010. Who knows what other distance races I will run as well. The sky is the limit.

You my SP friend have shown us that.

Happy New Year to you and yours. Peace and Blessings in the coming year! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 1/1/2010 11:28AM

    Wow! Thanks for documenting your past year. Since I have only been in the journey for a few months, it makes me see where I can go if i choose!

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DIVAWIL 12/31/2009 5:50PM

    WOW! WOW! WOW!!! What a year. You are a true blessing to the sparkpeople community. I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to grab onto that rope you have thrown back over to bring those of us with you...

Have a super and wonderful "New Year" I'll be watching and cheering you on all the way.


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DRAGONFLY1974 12/31/2009 12:29PM

    Congrats on an extremely awesome 2009 and hopefully it only gets better next year!!!

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-PAULA 12/31/2009 10:31AM

    You are a superachiever! I'm speechless. You definitely have my vote
for this blog.

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HAPE2BNAPE 12/31/2009 10:10AM

    congratulations on all of your achievements in 2009 especially 19 years of marriage....that is a blessing!! I noticed you said that you still had belly fat you wanted to lose....I was wondering if you wanted to do the Slim in 6 program with me...I am already 4 days in and I have already lost weight. I will track it on my rest day all the inches and weight that i have lost. That is on Sunday.

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Marathon is 62 Days Away...

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Haven't blogged in a while, thought I'd check in.

Been following my Marathon training schedule to the letter. It's going vey well. It's been so wonderful running with my husband, something I never thought I'd be able to do. I spent 3 months training for the Half-Marathon, working so hard to get to 13 miles, and since 11/22, I've run that 3 times now! Amazing what our bodies can do when we train it!

Enjoying my weight training with my personal trainer Stefanie. She's so awesome! Back in June when I started with her, I was doing one-arm rows with 12.5 lb dumbbells, last week did two sets with 40 lbs dumbbells! Wow!

My friend Grace who had started the Challenge I organized 5/31/09 has continued her weight loss and back at the beginning of the challenge she was wearing size 16, now she's in size 10 jeans! I'm so happy for her, and so glad that I was able to help get her started by organizing the Challenge. It's amazing how we can do things that can inspire others in so many ways! What a great reason to continue on our journeys! We never know who we will inspire!

This coming week I have 15 mile run. This will be my longest run EVER! We shall see! I discovered the world of Podcasts, absolutely love the Running ones. Makes the time fly while I'm running! Seriously thinking of starting my own Podcast as there's not very many women hosting Podcasts out there! We'll see...

Anyway, just wanted to check in! Next week will be my 1 year anniversary on Sparkpeople, my how time flies when you're making progress!

Always enjoying the process!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 12/27/2009 10:42PM

    You really are awesome! And a source of inspiration ... what a difference a year makes!

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SUNSHINE904 12/27/2009 10:22AM

    What a inspiration you are!! You go girl!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JALENS_NANA 12/26/2009 11:25PM

    You are truly an inpiration. My Shero! I would like to do a 3K this year but also don't know where to begin. Any suggestions?

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GETTINGSLIM69 12/26/2009 10:35PM

    I am so happy for you!!! I want to start training for a Marathon but don't know where to begin. Do you have any suggestions? I need to start slow because I have Graves Disease and my heart rate is not low yet. I am starting to work out again after a year so I would love to start training soon!

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