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My "Comeback Cruise" - 3 years from Fat to Fit!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Three years ago this month (12/08) I went on a cruise and saw a client who said she barely recognized me because I had gained so much weight. At 5'3", weighing 165 lbs and size 14, THAT was the "Aha!" moment I needed. I started eating right and working out on the cruise. A few weeks later I found Sparkpeople (1/3/09), started tracking my food and nine months from that cruise I was in a Size 4 (9/09) and have maintained now for over 2 years.

Fast forward 3 years to the month. Just got back this morning from another cruise, our first "real" destination vacation since that cruise in 12/2008. It meant a lot to me to go on this cruise. Obviously I was looking forward to having the quality time with my husband and best friend. But I was also excited that I was a new me on this cruise since the last one. I'll let the pics speak for themselves.

I feel vindicated and triumphant and I won't ever forget and will never go back! Eating healthy and exercising are just a way of life for me now! I followed the 80/20 rule on the cruise when it came to my eating and enjoyed 100% of it all! I exercised 5 of the 7 days with my husband, including strength training and cardio (we're both training for marathons).

So as I come upon my 3 year Spark Anniversary, I am so excited and I know that some of you who read this are still struggling. I want you to know you CAN do this. Don't try to radically change everything at once. Make consistent good decisions. Find exercise you can enjoy and be challenged with. It's a journey and we're all in it together!

Pics (side by sides of 2008 and 2011 cruise):




From this week's cruise:










  
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STOPPLAYING2011 5/5/2012 5:35PM

    Tia ur pics look awesome congrats on ur accomplishments you are a inspiration to all emoticon emoticon

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JUSTFOXXY 2/19/2012 4:57PM

    Love when the inside matches the outside. Go on Beautiful!!

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ANDREA0301 1/2/2012 6:12PM

    Absolutely beautiful, healthy photos!!

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PHLESIAZHOPE 12/24/2011 12:00AM

    Awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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CRYSBROWN1 12/20/2011 4:48PM

    You look great!!! So inspiring!!

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MVIRGO28 12/19/2011 11:55AM

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MBSHAZZER 12/19/2011 9:54AM

    Tia, you AND Johnny look AMAZING! Glad to hear you had a wonderful and well-deserved vacation.

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JJSSPARK 12/19/2011 9:05AM

    You are truly an inspiration to all of us! I get excited reading your blogs, knowing that you are truly a success story, and have reached goals that are attainable for all of us! Being so close, I hope soon we can have a SP friends meeting (I'm going to try to plan one after the holidays) so we can finally meet!

Jenn

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COLUMBIANQUEEN 12/19/2011 7:36AM

    Congrats on your progress! You look great! emoticon

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ERIN4771 12/19/2011 6:57AM

    amazing transformation!! and how awesome to go back and see the difference 3 years has made!! you look amazing! congrats emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/19/2011 6:03AM

    You look fantastic and you are such an inspiration!
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MINIUM 12/19/2011 4:36AM

    You look absolutely gorgeous! Well done!!!

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NEW-CAZ 12/19/2011 3:00AM

    Go Tia emoticon emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 12/19/2011 1:16AM

    Fabulous

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DRB13_1 12/19/2011 1:15AM

    Thanks for being a consistent inspiration. All the honors you have earned are well deserved.
The pictures really tell the story. The difference in the second one is especially jaw-dropping. Throw some water on you, cause girl, you are ON FIRE!
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NEWME0519 12/18/2011 11:07PM

    Girl you look awesome! Congratulations on your weight loss!
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SCHENPOSSIBLE 12/18/2011 10:14PM

    Go Tia! You look amazing! You and your hubby both. Looks like you had a wonderful time!!

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LKEITHO 12/18/2011 9:57PM

    Congratulations on your three years! You look great!

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MISSLISA1973 12/18/2011 8:30PM

    Lookin' GORGEOUS!

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SUNSET09 12/18/2011 8:21PM

  Girl, you go and do you! We all that skinny girl in us trying to crawl out! You proved that you can do it as we all can. Thanx for motivating me/us and he's smiling as well. Together, we can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGGEL40 12/18/2011 8:02PM

    Wow you look awesome..Congrats to you!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/18/2011 7:28PM

    Fantastic job and those pics are gorgeous!

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MRS.CARLY 12/18/2011 6:56PM

    You go, you hot mama!

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/18/2011 6:52PM

    Wow, you look amazing!!

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TIFFY0906 12/18/2011 6:49PM

    Congrats on your anniversary, weight loss, maintenance and lifestyle change. emoticon

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CRISSA1669 12/18/2011 6:39PM

    Congratulations, very inspiring blog!!!

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REMONIAT 12/18/2011 6:33PM

    Looking good as always! I'm going on a cruise in March….thanks for the motivation!

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FITSLIMKIRA 12/18/2011 6:22PM

    Wow, you and your hubby look great together. People never really know when what they say really becomes that ahh to get you to where you need to be. CONGRATS. You are awesome emoticon

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Half Marathon Fanatic had a Personal Best today!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Promise this will be short and sweet!

Prior to this year I had done 2 Half Marathons, first on 11/09, second one 11/10. But this year, did one in Feb., and one in March, then so far 5 Half's in the past 6 weeks with one more next Sunday to finish out my Half Marathon year.

I have been pacing some races, and racing a couple, and today was going to be a race for me. I knew the pace I needed, I went for it, and I hit a goal! I beat my previous best time by almost a minute (that's a lot)! My previous best was from the Half I did 11/10, so I am so happy to finish the year with a personal best and took 3rd in my Age Group! Yay!

And it was great that hubby ran this race too and he also did really well! Looking forward to next week's race!


  
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TESS504 12/13/2011 10:52AM

    Great Job!!! I know how a big deal that 1 minute is, Congrats!! emoticon

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DUKEFAN86 12/6/2011 7:51AM

    A big congratulations! I really enjoyed this post is because of one my goals is to qualify for the Half Fanatics! Thanks for the inspiration!

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DRB13_1 12/5/2011 11:23PM

    Strong, swift and beautiful! emoticon emoticon
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MIRAGE727 12/5/2011 10:34PM

    Outstanding! Run well and safe always!
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MINIUM 12/5/2011 3:42PM

    You two are just so cute!!! Well done!

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ANDREA0301 12/5/2011 3:11PM

    You're doing emoticon

emoticon on your PR!

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HEIDI-25 12/5/2011 11:45AM

    You are an inspiration! Well done! Congratulations!! What is a typical week of training for you?

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LKEITHO 12/5/2011 11:08AM

    Congrats on the PR! Sounds like the two of you had a great day!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/5/2011 9:28AM

    emoticonon a personal best and getting the extra bling with a third place finish. Woo hoo.

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JLITT62 12/5/2011 9:18AM

    Wow, impressive!

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NEW-CAZ 12/5/2011 2:36AM

    emoticon emoticonTia YOU ROCK!

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NEWME0519 12/4/2011 11:00PM

    Go Girl!
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AIMLESS07 12/4/2011 10:40PM

    Way to go!

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APIRLRAIN888 12/4/2011 10:31PM

    great job! you rock

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Becoming a Half Marathon Fanatic and LOVING IT!!!

Monday, November 28, 2011

So prior this year I had run two Half, my first one in 11/2009 and my second one in 11/2010. This year, partly due to my Facebook Group I created called Running Friends From Around the World (with now over 400 fun and crazy people), I have really come to enjoy the Half Marathon distance! There are people in this group that run these what seems like every day and they just enjoy it! Most are not the super competitive runners but love it for the love of it!

Just think, barely two years ago I was scared to death thinking "Can I really finish 13.1 miles???" And now I think "It's ONLY 13.1 miles!" Wow, how things have changed!

I'm a very competitive person and could never see myself not running a race to get a new Personal Record, but things have changed. I ran a 5k in February with a friend to pace her through it and I really enjoyed doing that. The next day I ran a Half Marathon and did pretty well after coming off of an injury. Then, I ran another one 4 weeks later and did great!

Fast forward over the summer where it is just too hot for me to run races so I'm a gym rat during this time, and once running season started, without any major training, I started racing!

Oct. 1st - 10k
Oct. 8th - 5k
Oct. 15th - 15k
Oct. 29th - Half Marathon
Nov. 5th - Half Marathon
Nov. 20th - Half Marathon
Nov, 27th - Half Marathon

For me, that is an amazing schedule! But the most amazing part is that 3 of those Half Marathons were not run to "race". I am now pacing races, and am really enjoying it! Since my body is well trained for the 13.1 distance, I really can race every weekend and pick and choose the races I want to truly "race" so it doesn't take too much out of me.

This is SO much fun, I have another Half this Sunday and another one the following Sunday and I'll decide which one I'll "race" at and which one I'll just enjoy. Never thought I'd be doing this, but I just love the races and the Running Friends I get to see at them! I love the camaraderie at these events! These are pics of some people from the Running Friends Group, most of whom I got to meet for the first time in person at these races! They've inspired me to just have fun! Oh, I'm still competitive, but I can do both now lol!

10/1 Race:

10/8 Race:

10/15 Race:

10/29 Race:

11/5 Race:

11/20 Race:

11/27 Race:


And to all my Half Fanantics out there, shout out from HF #1518!!!

  
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CHATTIEGIRL 12/4/2011 9:25PM

    Hi Tia;

You are a beautiful, enthusiastic woman that has accomplished so much. Stay healthy, happy and alive, keep doing what you do and you will have a healthy older life. I
have 30+ years on you but I try and keep my body fit and live life with a lot of zest. I love to walk as I can't run, bad back. God bless you always. Learn something new every day.

Smile Joyce

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ANDREA0301 12/1/2011 1:35PM

    emoticon Racing awesomeness!! emoticon

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SHANTISHANTI 12/1/2011 1:23PM

    Awesome, you are doing a fabulous job and you look truly amazing!!!


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LKEITHO 11/29/2011 9:25PM

    Great job! I love the half marathon distance, too - long enough to be a challenge, but not so long that you can only do one once every couple or 3 months. Have a great time at your upcoming events!

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SLEEPYDEAN 11/29/2011 7:47PM

    You've got me all excited - I'll be running the half in Vegas which will be my 2nd in my string of 3 in 90 days to become a HF! I would have done it much sooner - because I was hooked after running my first in Nov 2010 but nagging knee issues have slowed me down a bit.

I really love the distance too, have no interest in going further, but I've got quite the full race schedule of mostly 13.1 for December and 2012.

Congrats on all of your achievements!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 11/29/2011 10:56AM

    Wow!! Great blog! The 11/27 pic looks like it was taken at Space Coast. I was there!! I met a few spark friends but I didn't know you were going to be there! I'll have to go join that Running Friends group on Facebook emoticon

I am looking at becoming a Half Fanatic next weekend if I run the OUC half in Orlando. What race are you running next weekend?

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RUN2BEFREE 11/29/2011 10:34AM

    You are an amazing lady Tia! And, your energy is so inspiring and evident! Congrats on being a fanatic -- just watch out - someone will have you deciding to be a maniac before long! LOL

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I_LOVE_TO_RUN 11/29/2011 10:08AM

    Inspiring!! Way to go!! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 11/29/2011 9:00AM

    I just sent request same profile pic as here:)

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APIRLRAIN888 11/29/2011 8:58AM

    Awesome can I join ur FB group I need to spark my life

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MIPALADY23 11/29/2011 8:43AM

    I feel your enthusiasm!!

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HOLLYL7 11/29/2011 8:20AM

    Super impressed! 13.1 seems crazy long to me right now, but I have hopes for the future =)

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MIRAGE727 11/29/2011 7:54AM

    Tia! I am speechless (which is rare in it's self!) and in awe! Hope we meet during the St Pete RnR Half festivities.
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REMONIAT 11/29/2011 7:49AM

    You go GURL! emoticon emoticon

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LAURIE5658 11/29/2011 7:46AM

    Welcome to Half Fanatics fron #1047!!!!!!!

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MARATHON_MOM 11/29/2011 6:38AM

    You are such a bundle of energy!!
Congrats on becoming a Fanatic! Maybe one day, I will join you! LOL


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ROSET491 11/29/2011 6:01AM

    Great Blog! How cool to have someone like you pacing a race; maybe someday I'll do a half! You make it seem so doable!!

Rose

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MINIUM 11/29/2011 3:43AM

    Brilliant! What an amazing athlete you've become, and what an inspiration you are!
Nan

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PASTAFARIAN 11/29/2011 1:11AM

    Totally agree - HM each weekend is doable. Fortunately, there are enough club HMs that my overall expense is quite low. My next HM is just $5 in two weeks! Of course, there are no prizes so these are low-key affairs - a perfect fit - we just go and have a good time.

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NEWME0519 11/28/2011 11:59PM

    Awesome!

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Thanksgiving Dinner Success!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I think a lot of us on Sparkpeople probably dread this day as much as we look forward to it. All the temptations, what to do, should I or shouldn't I, the guilt afterward, why didn't I work out, gotta work out again, and on and on and on. Most of us have been there and done that.

This year was definitely different for me. We were invited to a family friend's home for a Jamaican Thanksgiving Dinner, and let me tell you, this is MY kind of food!!! I had been looking forward to it ALL WEEK!

I stayed on my regular workout and eating schedule all week, and ran a Half Marathon last Sunday and will run another one this Sunday. So I'm entitled to a little indulgence, right?

Did 45 minutes of strength training and 35 minutes of High Intensity Interval Cardio this morning, stuck with my normal eating schedule and water intake, put my "eating clothes" on (comfy ones right?) and went over for dinner.

Here's what was on the menu:
Curried Goat
Escovitch Fish (red snapper seasoned with vinegar and scotch bonnet peppers to give an idea)
Cajun Turkey
Roast Turkey
Green Beans
Mustard Greens
Macaroni & Cheese
Sweet Potato Casserole
Corn Bread
Broccoli Casserole
Turkey Dressing
Rice and Peas
Rum Banana Pudding
Chocolate Cream Cake
Apple Berry Pie
Lots of Liquor

Probably sounds a bit like the dinner you had or went to with some differences, right?

Here's what I had:
2 oz curried goat
2 oz turkey
2 oz Fish
2 cups mustard greens
1/2 cup green beans
1 Tblsp Broccoli Casserole
1 Tsp Banana Pudding
24 oz water

Yes, I went a little overboard in my protein intake, but for the most part I did really good. I wanted to taste the Broccoli Casserole and Banana Pudding, but that's it. Everyone there couldn't believe I was "done" after I finished. You know how customary it is to get seconds, thirds, etc. and then everyone's lying around in a food coma. Not this year, not for me.

Did I deprive myself? NOT AT ALL. For this particular meal in the day (Meal #4), I normally don't have starchy carbs with it, so it was nothing out of the ordinary. Three years ago, my body was used to eating a lot of everything all the time. Now three years later, my body is trained to want certain things at certain times. Is it always perfect, do I never have cravings anymore for things I shouldn't have? I wish! But I've learned to make more of the better decisions and my body is happy for it.

So I can say that at 7pm, I don't feel like laying on the couch all night, I got satisfied but not stuffed and am very proud of myself.

I just had to share! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and if you did go overboard, maybe do 100 jumping jacks or knee lifts before you go to bed. That way you won't go to bed with the lingering guilt because you did something good AFTER the meal.

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Hubby and I after dinner:


And me with the Thanksgiving Chef, good friend Cislyn:

  
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ANDREA0301 12/1/2011 1:32PM

    Sounds DELICIOUS! Great photos too!

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MINIUM 11/25/2011 3:52PM

    Well done! You look so cute with your hubby.

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NEW-CAZ 11/25/2011 3:01AM

    Great job Tia!
It can be done!

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MIRAGE727 11/24/2011 9:50PM

    Wow! What a spread! It reminds me of the great times I've had in Jamaica AND Freeport Bahams....Hmmm, now you got me thinking...maybe I need to plan a trip soon!

All the best and glad you had a great one...Monty

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COLUMBIANQUEEN 11/24/2011 8:57PM

    You did very well. I wish I could say the same. Nice pics!



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SEPPIESUSAN 11/24/2011 8:22PM

    Great job! You look great in your "eating clothes" :) Nobody gets seconds at my Thanksgiving dinner, so no problems sticking to one serving there...but my one serving was huuge!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/24/2011 7:48PM

    Ya!!!! Great job

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Enjoying Helping Others Reach Goals!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

After almost 3 years of setting personal fitness goals, and maintaining my goal size for over 2 years, I've realized a few things:

1) I'm a super competitive person. I never played any sports or anything in school. The most I ever did competitively was compete in the school Spelling Bee in the 6th and 7th grade (I won for the school), but that's it. I enjoy competing though really just with myself to get better. That's why running is so great for me, I'm not running "against" someone, but just wanting to do better than the last race.

2) I always need a challenge. People ask what keeps me motivated, and while I am self motivated to a large extent, I need to be challenged. There are so many things out there to do and try, but right now, I just enjoy running. I tried CrossFit and think it's great, but the bug hasn't bit me yet to go for it in that area (though when I was watching the ESPN CrossFit Games, hubby said he could totally see me doing that competition), and while another progression of running is Triathlons, that bug hasn't bit me yet either. I haven't been on a non-stationary bike since I was 12 and would need to learn to swim. While I don't doubt I could do these things, it just doesn't grab me right now. So I'll stick with running as I still have a a couple goals to meet there: Qualify for the Boston Marathon and Qualify for the New York Marathon (you can get guaranteed entry into NY with a qualifying Half or Full Marathon, so I'm going for the Half).

3) I absolutely love cheering other people on and encouraging them just as much or more than I enjoy receiving it!!!

I learned this this past weekend at the Savannah Rock n Roll Half Marathon where I was a Pacer for the first time. A Pacer is someone who runs with a goal finish time through the race (see pic of me holding the sign) so anyone who wants to finish the race in that time can use the Pacer as a guide and run with them. The goal is to run evenly throughout the race. My best Half time is 1:52 and I was pacing the 2:30 group. Initially I hadn't realized the large time difference in my normal pace and this one, but a 1:52 Half is approx an 8:35 minute mile and a 2:30 Half is an 11:27 minute mile. So I needed to slow my pace by almost 3 minutes per mile. Not as easy as it may sound.

The week before I did a local Half Marathon to "practice" my pace. It was a small one, with less than 100 participants. I had my headphones and music. It was a pretty "lonely" course and I was by myself most of the time, so the time went really slow and I was SO bored. I wondered how I would ever get through the Savannah Race. And I finished 7 minutes FASTER than I should have so knew I still needed to slow the pace. And my Garmin watch to track my pace wasn't working properly, so needless to say I was quite anxious about my performance in Savannah.

So at Savannah, instead of 86 participants, there were 23,000 and that made SUCH a difference! The Full and Half Marathoners stayed together until mile 11.6 so there was NO dead space. The Rock n Roll Event was so awesome, live music at every mile, cheerleaders all along the course, a bunch of people around me wanting to be paced (had over 50 sign up to be paced at the Expo), so the time FLEW! I found most people around me were doing their first Half Marathon, so because the pace was very easy for me, I was able to cheer them on and encourage them all through the race. It was so incredible. At Mile 12 with just 1.1 mile to go I got really emotional knowing I played a small part in helping so many people reach a goal. I never got that emotional after any of my own races! So crossing the finish line at 2:29:43 was a perfect time for my Pace and I was so happy that many of those who started with me did finish with me! They thanked and hugged me. I felt like a proud parent!

So I loved doing the Pacing and plan to do it again. I figure I'll pick the races I want to "race" at, and then pick ones I'd like to Pace at. So I just had to share how wonderful it was to put my goals to the side and help others reach theirs. So true as the scripture says at Acts 20:35 "In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Master Yahshua, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

Thanks for reading! - Tia



Pic of me and a woman who ran me me in her first Half Marathon:


Pic of me and CAROLYN1213, who is one of my biggest inspirations. Carolyn has lost over 100 pounds and we've been Sparkfriends for a while now, so it was so saw awesome to meet her!

Also, had a dinner the night before the race where I got see and meet other Sparkers as well!

And a meetup before the race where we had a few Sparkers there as well!

Pic of me and friend Natisha who completed her first Half Marathon:

And finally, a pic of me and my Mom who drove up to Savannah with me and who will be doing the upcoming Inaugural St. Pete Rock n Roll Half Marathon on 2-12-12 as her first Half at age 71 (Go Mom!):

  
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RUN2BEFREE 11/22/2011 4:19PM

    Awesome job and so glad I got to finally meet you! You are a very inspiring lady and hope to run with you again!



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COOKWITHME65 11/14/2011 2:53PM

    You are such an inspiration Tia! How wonderful that your Mom will be running a half marathon. She must be amazing also!

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ROSET491 11/12/2011 6:37PM

    This looks so cool! Wow to inspire and help that many people you must feel amazing!! Would love to do a half someday and would love to have a pacer like you to cheer me on!! doing my Turky trot next Saturday!!
Keep up the great work!!

Rose

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PROSPERITY2010 11/12/2011 5:32PM

    You are so inspirational! Way to go - thanks so much for sharing!!

Bree

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SOMMER75 11/9/2011 4:15PM

    Very inspirational. Congrats on being a pacer. emoticon

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MINIUM 11/9/2011 3:46AM

    You are absolutely AMAZING!!! And your mom too! Go you!

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WONDERWOMAN 11/9/2011 12:43AM

    What an amazing job as a pacer. Can't get any closer than that!

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ANGGEL40 11/8/2011 9:25PM

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NEWME0519 11/8/2011 6:27PM

    Awesome job encouraging others! It is better to give then receive and in the end, so much more rewarding!
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POSSIBLEPEN 11/8/2011 2:03PM

    This post was sooooooo inspirational! I felt pumped up just reading it. Thank God for your story and I pray to some day be able to write something just as uplifting! emoticon

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LKEITHO 11/8/2011 1:34PM

    Good for you for giving all those folks such a great experience! And congrats to your mom on settinmg out to do a half!

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EXQUISITEDEE 11/8/2011 1:21PM

    Thanks for sharing...awesome...keep up being a great inspiration.

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APIRLRAIN888 11/8/2011 12:29PM

    Super!!!!!! Super job

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WEIGHTLOSS114 11/8/2011 12:01PM

  Tia, Thanks, for sharing. I am so happy for you and your Mom. Keep up the good work!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/8/2011 11:50AM

    Congrats to a positive pacing experience.

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SHERRYJVP 11/8/2011 11:33AM

    what a really awesome blog. You are inspiring more than the runners, but the rest of us to have other goals than miles/time/minutes. Thank you.

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ERIN4771 11/8/2011 11:23AM

    not too hard to picture you as a cheerleader at this race my friend!! way to be an inspiration to many!! good luck on your qualifying races, i know you can do it...and how awesome that your mom is racing!!! woot!!! i can see where you get that awesome smile from too emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 11/8/2011 11:18AM

    emoticon Tia thanks for sharing!

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LALAFLOWERS 11/8/2011 10:07AM

    Great job pacing!!! I'm sorry that I missed you! I couldn't seem to get anywhere on time! Even though I planned more time ... and the bus ride the morning of was another issue.... 1 hour for a 20 minute drive! I missed meeting with you then too! Will have to meet you another time!

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STSCOTT11 11/8/2011 10:03AM

    Looks like a GREAT TIME!
You certainly INSPIRE ME. When I feel down...or like I want to faint...I scan all the pages (INCLUDING YOURS) of people who USE TO look like me but now are the picture of good health and beauty.
THAT gives me COURAGE and inner strength to KEEP PRESSING ON.
GOD KNOWS I NEED IT...some days.
Keep sparking!

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KULASPARK 11/8/2011 9:59AM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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KJDOESLIFE 11/8/2011 9:49AM

    That's great! Thanks for sharing! I think I would love to be a pacer in future races, once I have a little more experience. I can imagine the difficulty in slowing your pace down that much, but what a cool experience to have!

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DESERT_BIRD 11/8/2011 9:40AM

    This is so great! Brought tears, Tia. So nice to read your blog again! I love how you write.

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/8/2011 9:36AM

    AWESOME!!!!!!


and you are a great cheerleader! hope to run with you soon!

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