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I am officially a MARATHONER!!! I did it!!!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Here's my Race Report:

Got hardly any sleep last night because I kept having to get up and go to the bathroom! I really hydrated the day before! Even though the event was local, about 30 minutes from home, we chose to stay in a hotel at the race location so we could just get up and walk over (was a great idea). My Mom stayed with us so she could be our pre-race photographer, and it allowed her to go back to bed after we started.

The day before had been really cold and rainy, but we were optimistic for good weather. I bought some layered clothes from an outlet store for $2 that I could toss if it warmed up (long sleeve shirt, hoodie and sweatpants - good idea as well).

The morning was nice, cool but not "cold". The race had about 2400 people, which is considered a "small" marathon, but we started with the Half-Marathoners so it seemed like a lot. Plus since this is all I know, I can't relate to 20,000 people, so it was just great!

I found the 5 hour Pace group at the starting line. Thought this was so cool, that you could run with a group that had your goal time to finish. When I started, I had really ditched the idea of a "goal time" and just wanted to finish running across the finish line. But since the 5 hour pace group was the last one, I thought it couldn't hurt to start with them.

My husband Johnny and I started off together, but once we started, he took off. This was his 2nd marathon so he really was going for a time goal so I didn't mind at all.

In mile 2, my right knee started bothering me. Not pain, but discomfort. I was playing my music on my Ipod and chose to ignore the discomfort. It lasted about 14 miles. emoticon

Anyway, water stations were at every mile starting with mile 1.5 so that was great. I walked every water stop with the exception of the last two right before the finish line. By mile 5, I was shed of my layers and wearing my shorts and top and the weather was perfect! Sunny, but not hot. Got to mile 5 in an hour which is pretty normal for me.

Mile 7 was pretty emotional because this is where the marathoner split from the Half-Marathoners. I felt all grown up like I was running with the big boys and girls! emoticon

By mile 9, I was feeling really good and went ahead of the Pace Team. I figured I'd get ahead and if later on something happened I could always drop back with them. I never looked back.

I hit mile 13 at 2:27. I had done my Half-Marathon in 2:19 so I wasn't concerned but it didn't look good for my 5 hours. But I kept going.

The spectators were great. There weren't a lot, but the ones who were there were so friendly and had signs and even gave orange slices and gummy bears! I was excited to reach mile 17 because now we only had single digit miles to go!

Now here comes mile 20, the longest I had ever run up to the race. People say a marathon consists of two halves, the first 20 miles and the last 6. In my training run, I did my 20 miles in 3:50. In the marathon I did it in 3:46 so that was very encouraging! I determined I was not going to hit any "wall"!

Once I hit mile 21 I knew I could hit my 5 hour mark, so I got an incredible second wind and took off! It took me an hour to complete my first 5 miles, well I did the last 6.2 in an hour! As each mile marker passed, I knew I would beat 5 hours and I kept my steady pace! My friend KC who finished the Half-Marathon, had gotten on her bike and found me and was cheering me on at different points of the last few miles to finish strong! That was awesome!

Mile 25, I was at 4:35. I could actually finish in 4:50, which would be incredible. Well I finished in 4:46:22! Now that's not a fast time for marathoners, but for me, it was beyond anything I would have imagined, and I felt SO good! My last 6 miles were the best!

This was such an incredible accomplishment. I still can't believe I did it! My husband ran his first marathon 13 years ago when he was 30, and he did it in 4:40. Today's marathon at age 43 he did in 4:04, so I was so proud of him! He wanted to finish in 4 hours, but he was happy with 4:04.

It was just a wonderful day, and now I'm walking around like Frankenstein and had 4 slices of pizza for dinner (I deserve it!). We took our ice bath as soon as we got home and I'll probably go to bed around 9pm which is really early for me.

A friend called to congratulate me and told me she's so excited to finally know a marathoner personally. That made me feel so special. She's starting to do 5ks and really enjoying them. I'm so proud of her.

And my other friend Grace, who came to cheer us on today, said she's actually considering doing a marathon now, since she couldn't all the types of people she saw crossing the finish line (young, old, heavy, skinny, people pushing strollers, people with prosthetic legs, etc.). She's always said she never liked running, but realizes that just about anyone can do this!

So we're already setting our sites on the next one, which we're looking at Disney 2011 next January.

Amazing, exactly one year ago, I ran a 15k as I was starting my journey to lose weight, and a year later, completed a full marathon. Wow! Amazing what we can do when we set goals and make the DECISION to achieve them!

Well, I'm excited and exhausted now. Hope I can come down off my "high" just enough to go to sleep! Thanks to all of you for your well wishes, support and encouragement. I hope you know how much it means!!! - Tia


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LEYETTE 4/13/2010 10:43AM

    Oh my goodness, you are such an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your story. You encourage me to keep at it.

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SHAKENBAKE 3/29/2010 6:54AM

    Wow, this is awesome!!!!!! Enjoyed reading your blog. You deserve a pat on the back. My hubby has ran 13 marathons and had a heart attack right after his 12th. He has three heart stents. :( That didn't stop him as he an my daughter ran one last April together but not for time. I guess once you are hooked, your hooked. Congradulations. :)

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LIL_FROGGER 3/25/2010 11:37PM

    Awesome race report, yourself! (Your finish time was eerily like my 5th marathon - which I consider my 1st in many ways (1-4 were run at ages 12, 13, 14 and 18 and done without any good training)

I enjoyed reading your report because good bad or indifferent having gone the marathon distance you know what those mile markers feel like and how long it takes to get there.

That's awesome that you and hubby both ran. Training/competing as a couple is one of those things that bonds you in such a keen way.

Congrats again on joining the ranks of the marathoners!
You definitely earned it!

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ALESHABEE 3/23/2010 1:00PM

    Wow this is very inspiring. I am almost in tears because this is one of my goals. I have done a few 5K and am running my first 10K this July 4. I am hoping t0 keep on moving up the ladder until I can do a marathon and a triathalon. And you are so right...setting firms goals make them a lot easier to accomplish.

Thanks for sharing your story!!

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    gorgeous effort! thanks for sharing your story.

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SEWSHEKNITS 3/15/2010 9:24PM

    Congratulations on such a great race! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your Spark page when I did. My first Marathon is this Sunday and I'm nervous but ready for the challenge. I'll keep your positive attitude in my mind when I hit those last six miles. Thanks for sharing your story! emoticon

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CARDIOBUNNY 3/12/2010 11:16PM

    You are emoticon Thank you for sharing your story and your pictures with us!

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KRISPY6372 3/11/2010 2:02PM

    I loved this.. so inspiring for me as I'm approaching my first marathon. I only hope my experience will be as positive! awesome job!

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    Wonderful! Congratulations on your accomplishment!! And hubby's too! ;)

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ANDREA0301 3/3/2010 11:24AM

    Words escape me. I'm am in such awe and feel such pride for you. Setting goals, making up your mind (and body) to achieive those goals, then REACHING those goals.


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RUNTRILAUGH 3/2/2010 1:38PM

    So glad you had a wonderful time! And this is so inspiring!!! I will run my first this year, and will be remembering this as I train!!!


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    Wow - this is so inspiring! Congratulations!!!!!!! :) :)

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JOKNOWS 3/2/2010 11:10AM

    Girl, this blog brought tears to my eyes (which actually isn't too hard for me). I was so inspired by your effort and determination. Congratulations on setting your goal and running right through it!!
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MBSHAZZER 3/2/2010 9:46AM

    Tia, WONDERFUL!!!!!! I was thinking of you all day on Sunday! You did AMAZING! I am so glad to hear you got a second wind at the end. Fantastic job! And you and your hubby look so cute together with your medals! Enjoy the rest and congratulations on such a wonderful accomplishment!


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JOYINRUNNING08 3/2/2010 9:09AM

    Oh my! You look fantastic! And happy!

Congratulations to you, frankenstein legs and all! :)

That's one of the best things about running a Marathon, looking around and realizing there is no ONE body type or PERSON that decides to try it. It's for people...all people. :)

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MARATHON_MOM 3/2/2010 7:51AM

    SOOO AWESOME! Congratulations on finishing your first marathon!
I'm planning on doing either Disney or PF Chang in Arizona in January 2011! If I decide on Disney, we will have to meet!

Again, Congratulations! Now, don't forget to take it easy for a few weeks to allow your body to recover!

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TAMTAM64 3/2/2010 7:43AM

    Way to go, girl! I love how strong you look in your pictures! I laughed when I read that you are already planning your next one... :) Isn't it wonderful to accomplish a goal you have had your sight on for a long time - there is nothing like it!

Congrats on becoming a marathoner! Keep on running...


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    Awesome job, Tia! Congratulations!

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FELLE442 3/1/2010 8:17PM

    Tia...I am soo excited and proud for you!! You set your intention, focused and look what you have achieved in such a short time. In addition, you are inspiring myself and so many other to reach our goals as well.


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DIVAWIL 3/1/2010 7:59PM

    You did a SUPER FANTASTIC JOB!!! I am so inspired by your enduring spirit. I could not wait to hear about your race and I knew you would do really well.

Here's to you Ms Tia!!! Keep inspiring, Keep Living Life to the fullest.. emoticon emoticon

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JULIEN* 3/1/2010 6:08PM

    OMG!!!!! Congratulations! I just signed up for my first race and you are so inspirational!

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LORENVER 3/1/2010 5:38PM

    Awesome x 26.2! I love the way you are smiling in every picture. I can just tell that you had a fantastic time. Congrats!


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IVYLASS 3/1/2010 5:20PM

    I am so proud of you! Way to go!!

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-PAULA 3/1/2010 4:03PM

    Tia, I teared up to read this. I am so proud of you. You are such as inspiration.

I'm so glad your race was on Sunday and not Saturday. Sunday was definitely a better day as far as weather. Thanks for posting your race report, I knew you would do good!

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BIGBADED 3/1/2010 1:58PM

    Fantastic, what a great experience, you now have a medal from the last Tampa Marathon, no-one can get one. I can see you running Disney or Miami next year.

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CPRENSCH 3/1/2010 1:14PM

    Great race report! So wonderful to hear race reports where the last 6.2 miles are enjoyable. This is exactly how I hope to run my marathon this month. Congrats on a race well run! :)

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    Alright now!!! You did it!!! I'm so proud of you!!! And you have given me the strength to improve my time, even though I did this first marathon of a reason and just to complete it!!! emoticon

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MYRTLY 3/1/2010 7:14AM

    Wholy Moly!
What an accomplishment! I got chills reading your play by play. How wonderful you must feel.
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NEW-CAZ 3/1/2010 3:50AM

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You must be on cloud 9!!!!!!!!!!
Loved hearing all about the race and you've done it Tia! YOU'VE DONE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Really pleased for you hun

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DEUSMACHINA 3/1/2010 2:17AM

    Oh TIA! That is AWESOME!!!! What a great time! What a great race. Congratulations on running so strong! I am so excited and pleased for you!

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    I'm giving myself 3 years before I start training for a marathon and you did it after 1 year. You are my new she-ro. Congratulations on meeting yet another goal. Everything on your bucket list will be crossed out before you know it!! emoticon emoticon

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METHUSELAHRUNS 2/28/2010 11:54PM

  LOVED your race report!! WAY TO GO! emoticon emoticon

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GRYPHON55 2/28/2010 11:02PM

    Congratulations, that is a great feeling and you had a fantastic race!! Enjoy that medal, it will be around long after your frankenstein walk is gone :-)

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GREENPURL 2/28/2010 9:54PM

    Congratulations!! Sounds like you had an awesome race and in under 5 hours!!!! Truly inspiring!

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HOCKEYCREW 2/28/2010 9:29PM

    Congratulations!!!! emoticon

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DUTCHIEKIWI 2/28/2010 9:21PM

    Nice to meet you, awesome achievement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm hoping to get there.. one day ( shaking as i write this, as I'm just starting running)


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POSEY440 2/28/2010 9:12PM

    OMG I am so proud of you this is such a huge thing in your life, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PONYFARMER 2/28/2010 9:09PM

    Wow, in my book you are a ROCK STAR! I am so impressed with you and how you just did so well. Run on and never look back, there is not holding you back now.

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TWINSMAMA21 2/28/2010 8:52PM

    Congraultions! That is so awsome. You are such an inspiration! emoticon

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13-1GIRL 2/28/2010 8:40PM

    emoticon emoticon That is so GREAT!!I am a slow runner 12/min mile, so I think breaking 5 hrs is FANTASTIC!!

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INDYCHX 2/28/2010 8:40PM

    Congrats!!! Great time, it sounds like you ran a very smart race.
I may join you in the Disney Marathon.

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WALKWITME 2/28/2010 8:32PM

    I am so teary eyed and I' not the one just ran a Marathon just from reading your blog I felt the warmth of your expressions.

I am so thrilled for you !

You are such an Inspiration !

Go Tia!

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RUNNINGMAN4 2/28/2010 8:31PM

    congratulations on a job well done. emoticon

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CRZYRUNRGRL 2/28/2010 8:27PM

    Congrats! What a great story and great pictures! I hope you do decide to run Disney, I did the half last year and am doing goofy this year with Holly (dragonfly1974)
Way to go on your awesome time too!

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46SHADOW 2/28/2010 8:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonCongratulations! Sounds very uplifting.

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ABETTERCHERYL 2/28/2010 7:50PM

    Wow, I did my first 5k this weekend and that felt amazing... but you must feel on top of the world right now! Congratulations!

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Less than 48 hours from my first Marathon!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Well, Sunday morning is it!!! Less than 2 days away now? Everyone's been asking me if I'm ready? Not really sure how to answer that question. All I know is I've been diligent with my training schedule and with my eating and have been stretching and doing my strength training as well to stay strong. The last two weeks have been strange for me physically, I've felt like everything hurts, my food, my knee, my other knee, etc. It's been messing with my head a little bit, but I'm okay. I'm positive I'm going to finish this race and my goal is to run through the finish line (notice I didn't say how fast I plan to be running).

Early on, I set a time goal, but as I continued my training and listened to veteran marathoners, I've ditched the time goal and just want to enjoy the experience and finish strong.

The weather in our area has been crazy! I'm in the Tampa, Florida area and you just don't know from one day to the next. Had a freeze warning last night, got down to 30 degrees, tomorrow it's supposed to rain, but Sunday, marathon day, it's supposed to be around 42 when we start and warm to about 60 degrees with no rain forecasted. That would be absolutely perfect running weather! But whatever comes, I can handle it. I've trained in really 30 degrees and I've trained in pouring rain, so I feel prepared for anything.

At this point, I just want it to come already!!! Went to the Expo today, love that stuff! I'm like a kid in a candy store at those things. So much cool stuff to try!

The 5k and 15k are tomorrow and I'll be heading over to support a few friends who are running them. I look forward to giving them motivation at the start line and high-fiving them at the finish line.

I'm just excited! The race I'm doing is called the Gasparilla Distance Classic, and it's my area's biggest race of the year, though there will probably be less than 3,000 for the full marathon (Meb, winner of the 2009 NY Marathon will be running it so that's cool). The Gasparilla is a big pirate thing in the area so the logo is skull and crossbones and a pirate ship. This is the 10th and final marathon they're doing, so they're calling it the Final Voyage which is on the back of the beautiful shirts and hats they gave us. And since it's my first marathon, my Bib will also say Maiden Voyage. So I thought that was pretty cool.

So wrap up how I'm feeling, I'm excited and terrified at the same time, but mainly excited! There's something incredible to know you're doing something less than 1% of people will ever do, and that you never thought it would be possible to do. I'll definitely give a detailed race report Sunday night.

I appreciate everyone's support and comments during this process. It means so much. My Sparkfriends are truly family and we need each other! If you're interested in tracking my progress in the race you can go to this link, put in my name: TIA PETTYGRUE and you can be notified via email or text as I cross the 7, 13.1, 22 mile and finish line or you can just track the finish line. i thought this was a really cool feature! You just have to sign up and confirm before race day.

LINK: live.activeresult.com/msg/MSG-signup

So the next time you hear from me, I'll be A MARATHONER!!! Woo Hoo!

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ANDREA0301 3/3/2010 11:28AM

    Wish I'd seen this blog before the race. I'd love to have kept up with your progress along the way!

You inspire me more than you know.

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CWYNN01 2/28/2010 3:48PM

    Good luck Tia!! emoticon

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BIGBADED 2/28/2010 1:41PM

    I just checked the results, well done Tia, Marathon Runner.

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L3DESIGNS 2/27/2010 9:55PM

    Have a great run! Best of luck

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POSEY440 2/27/2010 9:28PM

    WOW hope to see pictures when you are done. I cannot even imagine doing something as cool as this. Have a great race. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TNDIXON76 2/27/2010 8:16PM

    Tia I am so proud of you and I know you're going to be great! Remember to have fun. I'll be tracking your progress and I'm sure I'll be crying tears of your upon your completion. Your continued success is such a tremendous motivator for me. I want to be you when I grow up! LOL

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CHRISTINA816 2/27/2010 3:25PM

    Good for you!! I am going to start training to run my first 5k. I live in Tampa, too, and am planning on running Gasparilla next year! Good luck to you!!

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IVYLASS 2/27/2010 9:18AM

    You can do it!!

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46SHADOW 2/27/2010 4:35AM

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NEW-CAZ 2/27/2010 3:49AM

    I'm so excited for you Tia, just relax and enjoy the experience.
Look forward to hearing all about how you did.
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  BEST WISHES!!! Can't WAIT to read about it!! You're gonna do GREAT!! :):):):):):):):) emoticon

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DEUSMACHINA 2/26/2010 10:49PM

    Oh Tia, I'm so excited for you! Good luck on race day. I'm sure you'll be strong running over that finish line. Can't wait to hear your race report!

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INDYCHX 2/26/2010 9:20PM

    Good luck Tia!
What you are feeling is natural. Tapering and pre-race jitters are tough. In some ways the marathon is as mental as it is physical (maybe more mental).
The theme sounds cool with the Final Voyage and pirates.
Look forward to hearing your post race report.

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GOLDBERG73 2/26/2010 8:46PM

    Good Luck Tia!

Just watched your YT video and WOW...what a story! I am running my first 5K in 10 weeks and am very excited!

I just recently joined the "First Marathon in 2010" team and am looking forward to my transformation to becoming a Marathoner like you!


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WEIGHTLOSS4GOOD 2/26/2010 8:44PM

    Enjoy your first marathon! I hope you do well and the weather turns out as predicted. I am training for my first 1/2 marathon and get nervous just thinking about it (and it's not until September.)

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AQUA61 2/26/2010 8:43PM

    Best of Luck, be proud, have fun, do your best. emoticon

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FELLE442 2/26/2010 8:41PM

    Tia...I will be thinking about you and know you will have a wonderful experience running your first marathon.

Can't wait to hear your post-race report. *HUGZ*

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BIGBADED 2/26/2010 8:41PM

    You'll be great Tia, Enjoy.

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I Ran 20 Miles - I'm Ready to Run this Marathon in 20 days!!!

Monday, February 08, 2010

This past week was my biggest training week for the marathon, with a total of 40 miles run. All week I kept thinking about the big 20 miler I was to do on Sunday, and honestly, I was nervous about it. I ran 5 miles Wed and felt good, then 10 on Thursday, still felt good and my 5 on Friday, went well. But I was still super nervous about getting through the 20 miles without a lot of knee pain.

So yesterday, we set out to run our 20 miles. The weather was perfect, around 55 degrees with sun! I've started listening to podcasts during my runs, mainly running ones. Well I tried a new podcast, Brandon's Marathon yesterday on my 20 miles.

While listening to the podcast, Brandon starts talking about forefoot running (running on the balls of your feet instead of the heel striking the ground first). I'd heard a little about this, but not in this much detail. He read testimonials of people who tried it and didn't have shin or knee pain after doing it. And he mentioned some running shoes called Newtons that are designed for this.

So almost 2 miles into my run, I thought, why not try it? So I purposely started running on the balls of my feet in my regular Asic running shoes. I did it for about a half a mile then switched back. I was amazed at the difference. When I ran on the forefoot, I felt lighter and faster. When I switched back to my normal way, it was like I felt heavier and could feel the run in my knees more.

So I switched back to the forefoot running and did this for about 16 of the 20 miles. I experience NO knee pain during my 20 miles! I normally start to really feel it after mile 10 or 11. I know it helped my time as well. I finished in 3:50, which was better than I had expected. It was incredible!

I've already corresponded with Brandon from the Podcast, and I'm planning on buying some Newton's today. I will tell you, my calves are super sore, but I'd rather have that than knee pain any day! I was due for some new shoes so why not? I have almost 3 weeks to break them in, and you get a 30 day money back guarantee with them, so I'll try them!

So to finsh that, I completed my longest run to date, 20 miles and felt great about it. I actually got pretty emotional towards the end. This run definitely let me know and gave me the confidence that I WILL finish this marathon on 2/28! I'm very excited now!!!

On another note, since I knew I'd be burning more calories this week than I ever had, I gave myself liberty to eat more and eat more "junk". Well, I guess my body is just used to eating healthy because I had heartburn all week, and this is something I never get!!! I didn't gain any weight, but I definitely learned my lesson! Eating healthy is what I do now! Eating junk is not for me anymore! Lesson learned and I'm happy to have learned it and that my body only wants the good stuff!

Picture is of me and my new friend Julee, who I met on a training run for the Half Marathon. We found out we're both training for the same marathon, both our first one so we've been calling each other every week after our long runs. Well, this past week, we finally got to "meet" in person again for the first time since we saw each other briefly after the Half Marathon in November. We really didn't know each other. We went to an Runner's Injury Prevention Clinic at the mall. We had such a blast and it was like we've known each other forever! She's a new mother of 18 month old twins and running this marathon! My hat's off to her!

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KRYANPRINCESS 2/25/2010 10:54PM

    What a great Blog! 20 Miles? WOW YOU ROCK!! emoticon Love the picture! It's always great to meet someone new who is striving towards similar goals! Ur gonna do great on in Marathon! emoticon

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ANG76H 2/25/2010 7:34PM

  Congrats on all you have accomplished! You will do FANTASTIC!!!

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  I LOVE this story!! WOW! Your experience is just really great to read about and you are an excellent writer to boot!

Best wishes on your marathon! can't wait to read all about it! :):)

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NEW-CAZ 2/23/2010 7:18AM

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Happy to have found you again you inspire me to train harder
Have a great week

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MISTEANJAVA 2/14/2010 6:55PM

  WOW! You are an inspiration :) Thanks for posting your journey...Can't wait to hear about your marathon! Are you still training with Team in training? I just started training with them for my June marathon last week. Appreciate the pod cast idea. Best wishes!

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P31W247 2/12/2010 5:55PM

    When you say 3:50 do you mean 3HOURS and 50 MINUTES?

I am overwhelmed by how far you have come along. 20 miles is truly inspiring and inspirational.
I do not have the words.


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WALKWITME 2/11/2010 11:13AM

    Hey Gurl !

What a Blog to help Motivate me back into the swing of things.

Congrats! on your 20 miles emoticon

I did managed to get in 8 miles this morning .

I'll be checking back Thanks !

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JGOLFER 2/9/2010 8:20AM

    Great job on the 20-mile run! Thanks for the information on your blog. I'll have to check out the podcast you mentioned. I can't wait to read your blog about your marathon adventure. Good luck with the marathon. You will do great!

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SAX_88 2/9/2010 4:52AM

    By the way, I am a fan of acronyms......I see your name TIA as Twenty Is AWESOME! lol (And believe it or not, my TWENTY year old daughter's name is.....you guessed it? Tia!)

By the way (again), being a little nervous is healthy, as it can help keep you grounded, and focused on the task at hand. But your confidence is soaring, I presume. You will do very well in the marathon. Maintain your training, and you will accomplish your goal(s).
Hmmmmm...Turn your Training Into Accomplishment? I love acronyms

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SAX_88 2/9/2010 4:44AM

    You are AWESOME! emoticon

Twenty miles is MILES away (literally) from what I'll ever try to accomplish, I suspect. I'll be happy to be able to return to running TWO miles, constantly...lol I do a lot of walking, which I love but probably would feel displeasure from my body were I to walk 20 miles....YOU run 20 miles! That, to me, is beyond awesome, and I am very pleased for you. You are truly an inspiration to others, and a dynamic example of physical fitness for us all. (I wonder if I can still BICYCLE 20+ miles?) lol

It's also great you have allied with a buddy. THAT is a treasured accomplished, indeed.
Keep doing your thing....Cheers

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POSEY440 2/8/2010 9:50PM

    WOW I envy you so much. I wish I could be a runner. I know you will do great emoticon on all you do. Have a great time on the run. It is good that you have a friend that is going to be there too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 2/8/2010 4:39PM

    I was really pleased to read this blog. I run naturally on the balls of my feet and thought there was something wrong with me because I can't make my heel go down first!!

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SAMMIE_GIRL 2/8/2010 3:45PM

    I will have to look into that forefoot running, sounds interesting!

Congrats on the 20-miler! My next one is in 10 weeks (glad is far away but can't wait to get them behind me!)

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MBSHAZZER 2/8/2010 3:24PM

    GREAT job! You are so ready! I can't wait to read your marathon blog! Interesting about changing the stride... I've never been able to do that, but I did "test run" in a pair of Newtons. Let me know how they work out for you.

Have a great week!

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ELISEL 2/8/2010 3:07PM

    That is so great! I can't wait to hear how your marathon went. I'm also going to have to checkout that podcast. Interesting...

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JOKERFAC13 2/8/2010 2:49PM

    Yeah, I do the forefoot running, too. Wonderful job on the 20 miler. You must have been on top of the world to get that one checked off.

May the wind be at your back for your marathon. You will be awesome!

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TRAINER_T 2/8/2010 2:45PM

    emoticonon your 20 miles! Are you doing any snacks on your runs? I may be doing my first marathon this year too or just training for one and wanted to thank you for the information on the shoes.

I do run on the toes, and that makes sence why I don't get shin splints and my bf does. Im going to share that with him and I hope you will keep us posted on the shoes when you get them.

emoticonCongrats on meeting your running buddy too!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 2/8/2010 1:29PM

    emoticonTia that is emoticon

So proud of you hun.
Great info about running too.....interesting to learn.
Good luck with the marathon emoticon


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SEMUSPARK 2/8/2010 12:07PM

    Wow, a 20miler! What an achievement. Congrats!

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FRUITY76 2/8/2010 11:26AM

    Well Done! Kudos to you for all you've accomplished. Good luck at the Marathon. I'm sure you'll do great! emoticon emoticon

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LAURABELIEVES 2/8/2010 11:01AM

    Congratulations! That is wonderful. I hope you are very proud of yourself and reward yourself (not food) because of it!

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LDY_ALI_79 2/8/2010 10:54AM

    Good for you! A co-worker was telling me about forefoot running just last week. He said he also noticed the difference because he runs every morning.

Best of luck to you & your friend with the run on the 28th!

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My Biggest Running Week Ever - 20 Miles on Sunday and a Woo Hoo Picture!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

This past week has been rough! Started last week fine with my 5 and 9 mile runs, but my last 5 mile run last Friday was brutal. Within the first 5 minutes I felt exhausted. I completed it, but it took 8 minutes longer than I had done it two days earlier. Then on Sunday, did 14 miles, not my longest, as I had done 16 and 18 previous, but the 14 miles felt like 30! It took me longer to run the 14 than it did the 16 miles the week previous. I just wasn't feeling it. Hopefully that normal. My knees have really been bothering me too. It's like they know this race is getting closer!

So this week I ran 5 today (did fine), 10 tomorrow, 5 Friday, then 20 on Sunday. I'll admit I'm really nervous about completing this week, but I won't stop. Once I get through this week, then I'll officially get excited about doing this race. Ok, I'm already excited, but you know what I mean!

I hadn't been doing as much strength training the past month, so I started back up with that 3 days a week, and I'm so glad.

On another note, have a fun thing to share. My friend Grace and I took this picture in Dec. '08. I had just gotten these jeans, they were size 14 and the shirt is obviously too small. It was a size XS with my XL self trying to fit in it! Can't you see the shirt screaming??? Grace's jeans were size 16. Well when you look at the picture, can you tell that we just knew we were looking FIERCE! I look at it now and I can't even believe I wore that shirt, let alone took that picture!

So fast forward 13 months and we were at a party this Saturday and decided to take another picture. Again, I was wearing new jeans, only this time SIZE 4! And the top is a Small and actually fits! Grace, who started her healthy lifestyle journey in June last year, her jeans are SIZE 10! So we really know we were looking FIERCE this time! It really is amazing when we saw the pics side by side! What a difference a year makes! We ain't stopping!

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MONIQUE138 2/4/2010 4:22PM

    Great job and I am so happy for you. I want to be just like you when I grow up. Congrats. I am so looking forward to getting were you are with running. I'm doing it one step at a time I'll get there. emoticon emoticon

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POSEY440 2/4/2010 3:39PM

    WOW that is so cool. What a difference, you got to feel good about yourself that is for sure. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRZYRUNRGRL 2/4/2010 12:50PM

    Way to go!!
You look great!

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CONCHA77 2/4/2010 12:42PM

    Wow, and I thought you both looked great in the first picture! emoticon

Great job on the running!!!

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JGOLFER 2/4/2010 12:18PM

    You are definitely looking fierce! Great job on the running!!
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DRAGONFLY1974 2/4/2010 9:33AM

    You look fantastic!!!

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MYRTLY 2/4/2010 7:49AM

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 2/4/2010 3:47AM

    emoticonon getting into a pair of size 4s- the incredible shrinking woman emoticon

You two look amazing- what an inspriration.
Good luck with your run emoticon


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DIVAWIL 2/3/2010 11:22PM

    SUPER JOB!!! How does it really feel when you run 20 miles?? You and your friend Grace look wonderful.
Thank you for being a continued inspiration!! emoticon

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RUNLAUGHLOVE 2/3/2010 10:59PM

    lots of water, gels, sport beans, sport chews will help your long run-- plus i know you can do it, the accessories will only make you that more excellent!! go get em!!

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JMUTCHLER 2/3/2010 9:43PM

    You are look marvelous...just keep running. You can do it! You are such an inspiration.

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MICHAELA2780 2/3/2010 9:36PM

    You look great! Good luck on your 20-mile run!

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So I'm really going to run 26.2 miles??? It's starting to sink in...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

It's been a busy couple of weeks, so I'll summarize with 3 Highlights!

#1) Went to Disney with my family for my nephew's 4th Birthday. Was his first time there. What a great time! Walked about 8 hours and felt it the next day, so definitely got cardio in, not to mention carrying my 45 lb nephew quite a bit! He calls me Titi, and I told him he'd never be too heavy for me to carry him! emoticon Here's a pic of the family, I'm holding him.

#2) Had a business conference last weekend, and rode with someone, so on the way home, as we got close, I saw my husband running along the main road. So once I got dropped off, I quick-changed into my running clothes and went out to meet him and figured I'd run the rest of the way with him. My husband loved that I came to run with him! Well I went pretty fast to catch him, but I only ended up doing 2.29 miles. The cool part is that when I went back through my Nike Plus records, I had done 2.29 miles back on 2/19/2009 and it took me 33 minutes. Last week when I ran the 2.29 miles, I did it in 19 minutes! Now that's progress! emoticon Picture from last week's 14 mile run.

#3) Today did my longest run ever - 18 Miles! Great thing is, I got through it. It was the first run that made me think "Can I really do a marathon?" It just felt like it was so long. I ran without my Forrest Gump braces and my knees were really hurting after 15 miles. But I continued. Weather was beautiful, about 75 degrees, and had plenty of water and Gel Blasts. I walked for a minute every 2 miles, and when I stopped for water, I'd stretch. It was actually easier on my knees to keep running than walk. So I finished 18 miles in 3:28. I was never so happy to finish! I'll definitely be doubling up on my hip stretches because I really want to do the marathon without my braces. I got these after running 11 miles during Half Marathon training. Sports medicine doctor got them for me, but told me as long as I'm stretching properly I shouldn't need them long term. So I'm counting on that! Came home, took the 20 minute ice bath and been vegging ever since. At least I have two weeks before 20 miles! 34 days until the Marathon! I really am excited!

Tuesday is our 19th wedding anniversary and I'm so excited about it because I just have the most wonderful husband and am so grateful for the marriage we have. Here's a pic from our Pre-Anniversary dinner Saturday night!

No matter what, I'm still enjoying the process!

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2WHEELER 1/29/2010 8:31AM

    How's your training coming along? It is such a rush to complete a marathon. Have fun (yes, it can be fun) while you're doing it and take in every site and sound along the way. I ran a marathon in 2009 and there was a guy who ran it in a pink tutu and another who juggled 3 balls the entire distance. I met lots of fabulous people along the route.


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1XTRAMILE 1/27/2010 7:57AM

    We are running our first marathon on the same day!
I am running New Orleans.
I am up to twenty miles and it was a complete misery. I am concerned about the 26.2 miles as well. We have one month to pull it together! Good luck...


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FELLE442 1/26/2010 5:58PM

    Girl...you are doing your thang! So proud for you! Congratulations to you and hubby as well..you make a beautiful couple. Don't the years go by so quickly!!!

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No doubt..you are going to ace that marathon! Can't wait to read all about it!

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LDY_ALI_79 1/25/2010 7:37PM

    Wow you rock & yes you're really running a marathon! It seems like you are very prepared. I thought that was so cute of you to join your husband after seeing him running along the road. Now that's what I call teamwork. That's why you're celebrating 19 years together. emoticon The two of you look like a young, healthy & lovable couple.

Take care~

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-PAULA 1/25/2010 7:55AM

    Good morning. Happy anniversary to you and your husband! You are accomplishing so much! I am so inspired by your determination. Thanks for sharing!

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WALKWITME 1/25/2010 7:12AM

    Good Morning !

I should be heading out for work but instead of reading your Blog.

It bought tears to my eyes to hear such wonderful news.

I want to run a Half Marathon this Spring and what an Inspiration you have gave me this morning.

Thanks I'll be keeping up with your progress.

Happy Anniversary ! to the both of you


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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 1/25/2010 7:09AM

    My you've been busy Tia emoticon on the run and I know you are gonna love the marathon emoticon

Happy Anniversary for 2moro hun emoticonon 19 years together.
And I've gotta say you look amazing hun, the picture of health and vitality emoticon

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KJOHNSON011 1/25/2010 2:04AM

    Happy Early Anniversary!!! Glad you got in your cardio and getting in a better time for the 11 mi run!!! As far as the marathon goes emoticon!!! Im counting on you. Im doing my first marathon on May 2nd so im very nervous about it.

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DEUSMACHINA 1/25/2010 12:56AM

    What a great blog! Congratulations on your great runs, and great times! You are gonna ROCK that marathon! Love the shot of you and your hubby in your running kit. Awwwwwwww

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