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Week 16 of Marathon Training & my 4 Year "Aha!" Anniversary

Monday, December 03, 2012

It's been an interesting week. Started out well, then as the week progressed, I supposed I came to realize I was running the biggest race of my life in 2 weeks and the anxiety symptoms started again. So I've been doing some "mind" exercises I've learned to help me. "It's just a race" I want to tell myself, but the answer is "But you want to qualify for Boston" and the battle continues. Anyway, I'm still moving on and working to keep everything in perspective. From a realistic point of view, I totally know it's okay whether or not I qualify for Boston at this race. I won't beat myself up if I don't and am proud that I'm going to just do my best. It's my darn competitive side that's messing me up lol. But this too shall pass. Honestly looking forward to getting this race over with.

On another note, yesterday I ran my 21st Half Marathon. I had a 16 mile training run to do, so I ran a local Half, went through the finish line, got my medal, stopped for a quick sec to pee, then off I went to do the other 2.9 miles. Tucked my medal in my sports bra. Enjoyed the race, though it had a pretty long and steep overpass that I went over four times, so that was some good hill training.

Also, yesterday marked four years since my "Aha!" moment when I changed my lifestyle. Four years ago, I was on a cruise, ran into someone I hadn't seen in a couple years and she said she almost didn't recognized me because I'd gained so much weight. Right there on the cruise I changed. Got home and signed up for my first race in 13 years and haven't stopped since!

Here's a pic from Dec. 2, 2008 on the cruise, and Dec. 2, 2012 after my race yesterday.

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SONDRAJ20 12/9/2012 6:58AM

    Just keep doing what you've been doing so successfully and you'll be fine. All you need to do is look at your before and now pictures to know that you can do anything you set out to do!!

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MBSHAZZER 12/4/2012 2:00PM

    Amazing, Tia!!

And don't worry about the qualifying... Boston is just another race. It's nice to have a time goal but whatever it is does not define who you are as a runner or a person.


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NEWME0519 12/3/2012 11:26PM

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PURPLE180 12/3/2012 8:39PM

    Wishing you the best. emoticon

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KAYATLANTA2010 12/3/2012 8:26PM

    I continue to be so very inspired by you and your willingness to take action to change your life. You are going to have a great upcoming race, and your SparkFriends will be cheering you on! Go, go, go!!! Just keep in mind how much you've already accomplished and how many people you are helping by sharing your story.


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SONYALATRECE 12/3/2012 7:46PM

    The "aha" moment was negative in the delivery of the giver, but the positive outcome makes me wonder, where are they now?
You have truly progressed beyond what so many have attempted. Just goes to show how perseverance CAN make a HUGE difference.

Keep on, girlie!
You're always a winner in my book.


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TINAJANE76 12/3/2012 4:41PM

    Many congratulations on your past four years of healthy living. The past three years have included a number of "Aha!" moments for me and I feel as though I've finally made my changes permanent after many years of ups and downs.

I love hearing about other people's successes and yours is truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story with us!

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NEW-CAZ 12/3/2012 1:13PM

    emoticon You are an inspiration Tia, good luck with the marathon!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/3/2012 1:08PM

    emoticon on 4 years of healthier living!

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BEACHBUM4LIFE 12/3/2012 12:22PM

    Good luck on your marathon! You will do great!!

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SHANALOUISA 12/3/2012 12:07PM

    You look great! I am truly inspired!

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NIKKICOLE83 12/3/2012 11:19AM

    Sometimes you wish people wouldn't be so blatantly honest but in the end, that comment changed your life. You have done amazing! And you talk about running half marathons like its a trip to the grocery store! I can only hope that 4 years in that I will be able to run one half marathon let alone 21 of them. Whether or not you qualify for the Boston (which I am sure you will), you have done astronomical things in four years and have much to be proud about.

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SUNSET09 12/3/2012 11:17AM

  We all have those aha moments, some good, others not so good but the important thing is that it makes a difference in our lives by confirming what we've known the whole time. Nothing is new under the sun, now look at you! If she could only see you now. Keep on, keepingand I know, you can and will do it! Way to go!

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Week 15 of Marathon Training & my 20th Half Marathon!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Had a great week of training! On Wednesday, did 4 x 800's of speedwork and keep my speed around a 6:45 pace for each interval. Was very encouraged by this! My coach is having me do a run/walk method as I've been challenged with maintaining my stamina, so we'll see how that works for my long runs.

Yesterday I ran my 20th Half Marathon at Space Coast in Cocoa Beach, FL. To think that only 3 years ago this month I ran my very first Half, and didn't even run my second Half until a year later! Now I can't stop running the Half's lol, guess I'm just a Half Fanatic (#1518 actually)!

For this Half, I was a Pacer and paced the 2:15 group. This is such a great race! Pretty small, around 3,000 between the Half and Full. Beautiful, scenic waterfront course and flat! The race starts early at 6:15 so we were able to see a breathtaking sunrise along the course and dolphins!

I had a great group that ran with me and came in at 2:14:13 so right on track! Had a few people in my group set a personal best which was awesome!

3 Weeks until my Marathon!!! Am I ready? As ready as I will be! While I would love to qualify for the Boston Marathon and my focus is that, I'm careful not to put undue pressure on myself to do it. I already have a pretty aggressive race schedule afterwards so either way I'm excited! To Yahweh I give all the glory and praise!

Always great to see Sparkfriends!

Mom was my traveling partner for the weekend, we had a blast!

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MBSHAZZER 11/26/2012 2:31PM

    GREAT job, Tia! I think I have run around 20 or 25 half marathons... but that is since 1999!!! You are amazing to have run so many in such a short period of time!

Love the photo of you and your mom and you and Suezette! Looks like it was a great day all around!

PS - where is your full?

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SEESTARS 11/26/2012 11:33AM

    Congrats. and good luck!

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NEW-CAZ 11/26/2012 10:57AM

    emoticon on the half marathon Tia, good luck with your next marathon!

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Week 14 of Marathon Training - 20 Mile Run!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Crazy week!

The folks from Competitor Group flew out for the Kick Off Party for Rock n Roll St. Pete and for the Women's Half Marathon (WHM) St. Pete Race, so I was busy with them. Kick Off Party went well, then the WHM Expo. While I was the Ambassador for Rock n Roll St. Pete this year, I really wasn't involved at the Expo. I had no idea how much work it was! Thursday was a lot of heavy lifting and setting up for merchandise displays for WHM. My booth was pretty simple to set up. Then, a staff dinner which was nice, but I was so tired, and then had to drive the hour home. On Friday and Saturday was the Expo so I was on my feet ALL day! I felt so stiff and my run Friday after the Expo was horrible. I got through it but it was so hard. Had Saturday off from running, but from the constant standing from 8:30am - 5pm, I was concerned about how it would affect my 20 mile run the next day.

My plan was to run 6.9 miles before the WHM, then run the 13.1 during the race. Finally got to bed around 10:30pm and set the alarm for 4:30am. Woke up at 4am...

Did the 6.9, partially along the race course. Weather was so nice and cool and I was along the water the entire time. Finished with enough time to potty before the race started! I had planned to run with the 2:15 pace group, but as I got in the corral, I decided to start with the 2:00 group and see how I felt. The pacer was awesome, walked every water stop for a full minute which was helpful. I stayed with them until Mile 7, then had to walk a bit more. At that point I was determined not to let the 2:15 group catch up to me! I had to walk a LOT, every mile and sometimes in between. The miles were catching up to me and it became a mental game. Approached mile 10 and knew I only had a 5k to go!

I finished at 2:05:46 and was super happy! It's not anywhere close to a personal best for a Half for me, but considering I had run the 6.9 miles before the race, I was very proud of myself. I ended up doing the 20 miles at a 9:21 pace and am happy with it. Looking forward to a couple days off!

If you're in a market with a Women's Half Marathon, I highly recommend the race. Very well organized, love the bling with the detachable charm and the designer goodie bag! This was my first Half Marathon in 11/2009 and today it was my 19th. Enjoying the journey! One month until my marathon!!!

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BOILHAM 11/20/2012 9:40AM

    That;s cool incorporating a race into your 20 mile day. You did great and good luck with the marathon.

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CRYSBROWN1 11/19/2012 11:54AM

    Awesome job!!!!

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PHLESIAZHOPE 11/19/2012 11:08AM

    emoticon emoticon I am so proud of you !

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MBSHAZZER 11/19/2012 10:06AM

    WHOHOOO!!! Amazing, Tia! Even more so after working the expo all weekend!


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TEXNYQUEEN 11/19/2012 8:55AM

    Sounds like a great run and good timing. What type of shoes do you wear for running? Do you wear insoles too?

I have been eying the WHM and a few other Rock n Rolls since last Saturday's race in San Antonio.

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SONDRAJ20 11/19/2012 7:12AM

    Congratulations on another successful race and another step closer to that marathon! Your training is going SO well! It's great just to be watching and cheering from the sidelines.

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SEABREEZE65 11/19/2012 6:30AM

    Great run! You are looking good with your "bling."

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/18/2012 9:42PM

    You did great!!

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FITWITHIN 11/18/2012 9:37PM

    Great job! Keep up the excellent work! Your such an inspiration to me. The half marathon is on my bucket list for next year. emoticon

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Week 13 of Marathon Training

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Challenging but good week!

Had a couple easy runs, an interval run and a 16 mile progressive run. Progressive meant that I was to start at a super easy pace and finish just under race pace. I was super tired but did it!

On Friday and Saturday, I worked the Disney Wine & Dine Expo at the Rock n Roll Marathon Series booth promoting St. Pete Rock n Roll in Feb. It was 20 hours on my feet over the two days and by the end of the day Saturday, I felt so arthritic. I wondered if I would be able to do my run so I was happy to finish it, though I was really tired. I took my first ice bath after a year today. I was actually looking forward to it!

My 20 miler is next Sunday! Race is about a month away! I plan to be ready!

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MIZPAM25 11/12/2012 7:00PM

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ANDREA0301 11/12/2012 11:17AM

    You're doing emoticon !!

I can't imagine taking an ice bath. Brrrrr!! =)

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MBSHAZZER 11/12/2012 9:59AM

    LOL at your ice bath pic! Good for you for volunteering AND managing to get your run in!

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SEABREEZE65 11/12/2012 6:04AM

    You are doing so great! Keep up the great work!

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NEW-CAZ 11/12/2012 2:44AM

    Ice Bath? Are you insane LOL? Knowing you there is a very good reason why you'd do this, dying to know!

Good luck with the race and have a good week Tia emoticon

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TONYTHETSANGEL 11/11/2012 11:31PM

    Wow, I'm not up on this ice bath, what's it for? Tired, aching muscles? I've been looking into the virtual 5K walk on SP. I thought I saw a 1 mile walk for beginners. This is probably so below the level you are at but I hope to one day "jog" again. I'm so heavy on my knees and ankles right now, I want to start with a walk. Anyway, enough about me, I read your blogs about preparing for the marathons, I know you will do a great job! emoticon emoticon

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Week 12 of Marathon Training UPDATE

Monday, November 05, 2012

Not sure why I posted that blog on Saturday, when I normally do it on Sunday. Guess with all that happened last week, everything was off!

Just wanted to update about the Half Marathon on Sunday. I went into it with no real expecations and figured I'd see how I felt starting out. Started out strong, first mile around 8:15 and felt good...then all of a sudden...the 5k from the day before caught up to me...and my calves were SO tight I had to STOP and stretch them. I'd never experienced this before, so I had to stop a few more times and was so uncomfortable running. So I eventually decided this race was going to be a nice stroll with a medal at the end lol! I'd never tried to "race" back to back before and I don't think I will again! Since I was originally scheduled to pace the 2:30 group in Savannah, then do a race pace shorter run the next day, I figured I did the opposite, a race pace on Saturday and a pacing pace the next day. I walked a lot and enjoyed the water views along the course. Finished in 2:20 (my personal best in the Half is 1:49) and I was fine with it.

But for a highlight, my husband also did the Half and he came in 10th overall and 1st in his Age Group. I was so proud of him! He ran this race last year and came in 4th just shy of missing out on an award. So proud of him!!!

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TONYTHETSANGEL 11/11/2012 11:35PM

    emoticon emoticon Congrats to you & hubby!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/6/2012 8:37PM

    Wow, great job to your speedy husband!

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NEWME0519 11/6/2012 8:16PM

    Congrats to you and Johnny! Great job!


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ANDREA0301 11/6/2012 6:58PM

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Keep it up!

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HOPPERV 11/6/2012 4:37PM

    Congrats Tia.
You and Johnny are an inspiration for sure.

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MBSHAZZER 11/6/2012 3:26PM

    Tia, such sad news about your stepdad. Glad to hear your mom is doing OK, and congrats on making the best of things and still squeezing in your runs! And a HUGE congrats on your 5k success and Johnny's HM success!

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EMMANYC 11/6/2012 12:14PM

    Congrats to you! Sometimes the toughest race is the one where you have to exercise the discipline to slow down to accommodate an injury, discomfort etc. My sister and I did an HM about 10 days ago. She had hoped to PR but major Achilles trouble resulted in her deciding to slow down for the race. The good news is that she slowed down enough for me to catch up, and we got to run the last 3 miles together (and I PR'd). That might be the only time we'll ever run together, so it was great.

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TEXNYQUEEN 11/6/2012 10:25AM

    Congrats to you and your hubby. My first half is this Sunday and I'm totally excited.

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KAYATLANTA2010 11/6/2012 3:34AM

    Excellent work, lady! So proud of you!
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NEW-CAZ 11/6/2012 3:03AM

    emoticon to both of you, you kept on pushing despite your calf- you are a real trouper.
Glad hubby did so well and improved on his place this year emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/5/2012 10:09PM

    Congrats to your hubby! Awesome! Your time was great too! Sorry about the calf tightening you felt, but yay for your perseverance.

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