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Beyond Goofy...I'm a Marathon Maniac!!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

So...after completing the Disney Goofy Challenge last weekend, we went on our cruise and had a wonderful time! It was totally relaxing! Did no dancing, no shore excursions, just rested. It was perfect! Was sore most of the week, and trying to catch a cold which wasn't good.

Well yesterday, I completed the Clearwater Marathon, another 26.2 just a week after completing 39.3! Within the 3rd Mile, I was thinking "And just why I am I doing this again?" I felt okay and kept my pace slow, walking every half mile or so. Had some foot issues early and and my calves were on fire the entire race! The weather was perfect, overcast and cool and the course was wonderful, about half along the water and the other half along beautiful neighborhoods. There were 3 bridges and 3 steep overpasses. Was not expecting that. I didn't even try to run those!

Stopped to take a view pictures of the view, went to the bathroom twice. Finished in 5:26. Better than Disney, wasn't really looking for a particular time to finish, was just happy to finish.

So doing these races officially gets me into the Marathon Maniacs (you have to at least do 2 Marathons in 16 days, of which I did them in 8 days OR 3 marathons within 90 days, which I did 3 within 36 days). This is why I did the race yesterday, just for Marathon Maniac status. And I'm not the only crazy one, there were at least half dozen people doing the same thing, including one Running Friend who ran Disney as her first marathon, then a week later does an even better time yesterday!

So 9 days, 3 races, 65.5 miles...Time for a break! Will do very little running for about 2 weeks to give my body time to really rest. And will NEVER do anything like this again lol! From Marathon Maniac #6557! emoticon

Pic from the Cruise:


Pic of Kelly and who ran her first Marathon last week and we ran Clearwater together yesterday:


Some views from the race:




And of course, the Bling!



And took a picture with a current Marathon Maniac! Can't wait to get my shirt!

  
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TONYTHETSANGEL 2/19/2013 10:09PM

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!! Congrats. I've been so busy since getting a job, not complaining though. Glad I was able to stop by before signing off for the night. Looks like you & hubby had a great time on the cruise! I like your pics and the bling!!
Rest up and I look forward to reading more about Marathon Maniac!!

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EMATTHEWS37 1/27/2013 11:18AM

    Wow Tia!!! What a great accomplishment!! You truly are wonderfully...beautifully....crazy!
! Great Job!!

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LALAFLOWERS 1/22/2013 7:10PM

    Crazy runner!! I've toyed with the idea of Fanatic status.. but the timing is tough here in MD. But... Congrats!!! Enjoy the rest. You earned it!

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MBSHAZZER 1/22/2013 11:16AM

    AMAZING, Tia!! I thought you might be trying for the Maniacs when I saw on FB you were running ANOTHER marathon!! WTG! I cannot imagine atttempting that feat! I'm totally incapacitated after 26.2!

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SONDRAJ20 1/22/2013 9:48AM

    Congratulations on your Marathon Mania. You really are amazing!! Now be sure to post a picture of you in your Maniac shirt.

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SEABREEZE64 1/22/2013 5:37AM

    Awesome accomplishment.

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NEW-CAZ 1/22/2013 2:52AM

    emoticon Tia, you are the Energiser Bunny,,you just keep going! emoticon emoticon

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AATKIN01 1/22/2013 12:03AM

    wow. you are awesome! that is a major accomplishment. emoticon

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DUKEFAN86 1/21/2013 10:28PM

    Wow, that's fabulous! Congratulations! emoticon

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MYRTLE811 1/21/2013 10:17PM

  YOu are looking fabulous and I admire how you are maintaining your weight. That's what I hope to do when I reach my goal weight. You are an inspiration.

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NEWME0519 1/21/2013 10:00PM

    Now it's official! You are really something Tia!

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HOPPERV 1/21/2013 7:35PM

    Great job Tia. I saw you pass me on the course and you were looking good.

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SUNSHINE99999 1/21/2013 6:17PM

  well done. nice pictures. emoticon

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Another Challenge Conquered, I'm officially Goofy!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Disney Goofy Challenge is the Race and a Half where you do the Half Marathon Saturday, then the full marathon on Sunday. I've never done anything close to this! It hasn't even been a month since my last marathon and I hadn't run a marathon in alsmot 2 years before that!!! So I had no expectations, other than nightmares that I wouldn't finish! But I wanted that BLING!!!

Did a couple of training runs, a 16 and 18 miler to prepare for this race, but had a hamstring pull, so had not run the two weeks before the race. On Thursday, the 10th the Disney Marathon Expo started, which means I was on my feet working for 12 hours (working the Rock n Roll booth). I drank a lot, elevated my feet when I could and stood on a cushioned pad that I brought. On Friday, another 11 hours. Saturday morning was the Half Marathon and I had no idea how I would feel since I still had some pain. I found a running partner so we could take pics of each other and I just planned to enjoy the race! And that I did!!! I took pics with characters, we stopped and took a pic in front of Cinderella's castle, all things I would never do when I normally "race". I walked every mile and every water stop. And had very little pain, praise Yahweh! My normal racing time for a Half is just under 2 hours, so I finished this one in 3:01 but didn't care about the time and was so happy to finish and get my Donald Duck Medal!




After the Half Marathon, went back to the hotel, took an Ice Bath, got dressed and went back to the Expo to work 6 hours, then to prepare for the Marathon!

Goal for the Half was to reserve my energy and strength for the full so I could complete the 39.3 mile challenge! Started out running with a few friends who were doing their first marathon. They were doing 3/1 intervals (run 3 minutes, walk 1). I stayed with them until Mile 11 as they were increasing the speed of their running intervals and my legs were feeling very tired. So I dropped back and turned up my music. I ran really slowed, walked each water stop and each mile marker. Took more pics with characters, animals, went to pee 3 times lol. Then at Mile 20, they had a big "party" going on! All my favorite Disney music playing, cool characters and just a lot of fun! You could take a pic with Donald, Mickey & Goofy but there was a line...oh well! I wanted that pic so I waited in line! I was having so much fin I didn't want to leave, but realized I needed to finish the final 6.2 miles.

While I wasn't really in pain, my feet hurt like crazy, probably from a combination of the standing at the Expo and the pounding of the pavement in the two races. Otherwise, I felt great! They really did a great job with the course, we ran along the Richard Petty speedway and they had a bunch of classic cars lined all along! We also ran on the ESPN track which was cool, and even saw a turtle crossing the track (yes a live turtle, who knows where he came from lol).

As the remaining miles came up, I just soaked up the experience! I was having a blast! I actually got emotional when I saw the Epcot Ball because I know the finish line was near! I was really going to complete this!

I finished in 5:49 and was so proud of myself! My hubby also ran the marathon and finished in 3:42. He wasn't happy with his time, as he really wanted a sub 3:30 but it got really hot and hunid! But I was proud of him!!! We did it!

So after the cruise, we drove to Port Canaveral and boarded a cruise and spent the next 4 days relaxing! I didn't even bring any sneakers or heels with me! Never stepped foot in the gym! The only walking I did was to and from the dining room lol! Ok, we did get off and walked the ports, but only for about 30 minutes. We had a balcony so we enjoyed it. This was truly a "sleepcation". Well deserved!

Onto the next challenge, the Clearwater Marathon this Sunday for yet another 26.2!!! Then I'll take a break!






  
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NSG4729 1/28/2013 2:38PM

    Amazing job as always! You are a beast out there!

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KAREN_NY 1/18/2013 10:31AM

    ********** WOW ! *********
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SPARKLE1908 1/18/2013 10:11AM

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NEW-CAZ 1/18/2013 2:52AM

    emoticon emoticon you GO GIRL

You continue to inspire me Tia emoticon

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AEGISHOT 1/18/2013 2:06AM

    I love your spirit girl.

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GIGI4AUSTIN 1/18/2013 1:08AM

    Wow girl! You're awesome! Great job! Thanks for inspiring me!

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RESTORED_ME 1/17/2013 10:33PM

    Fantastic testimony of accomplishments!

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-PAULA 1/17/2013 10:25PM

    Work it, Tia! Have fun in Clearwater, the temps will be much nicer!

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DRB13_1 1/17/2013 8:57PM

    Girl, you blow my mind! So happy you posted pictures. Talk about BLING! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Congrats to your DH - the two of you are still rocking it!
Take good care of you and best wishes on the next event.
(PS - why were you working the expo?)

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KAMCCLARY 1/17/2013 8:49PM

    Awesome Tia! emoticon

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LUVGOODMUZIK 1/17/2013 8:40PM

    Now this sounds like a marathon I would enjoy..thoroughly. I really need to get my running game in check.

You are truly an inspiration. emoticon

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WINDSURFNERD 1/17/2013 7:16PM

    emoticon What a fun race report! Your descriptions of the on-course fun are great and the pix are terrific...especially the TURTLE!!

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FITWITHIN 1/17/2013 7:13PM

    emoticon You rock! That is some inner strength that you have. I love the pictures and the BLING! Good luck to you on your next race. emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 1/17/2013 5:52PM

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Check out that BLING! Way to go! I am sooooo impressed! Sounds like the cruise was well deserved and just the ticket after a very long weekend! You are AMAZING!

Are you joining the Maniacs?

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Onto the next Challenge - Disney Goofy!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

So after I rested up from the marathon, I did a 4 mile run on Thursday of the next week and felt great! My next challenge is running the Disney Goofy Race & a Half Challenge the weekend of Jan. 12 & 13th. I'll run the Half on Saturday, then the full on Sunday! I'm super excited about doing this! I have a bunch of running friends doing Disney as their first marathon since it's the 20th anniversary of it, so I figured, I'll coast through the Half, then run with them on Sunday! So, the following Sunday after running 26.2 miles, here I was back out there running 18 miles! It was a very slow run, but I felt good and enjoyed it!

Hubby will be doing the Marathon and I'll be doing both, then after the race on Sunday, the 13th, we'll drive an hour to Port Canaveral and board a Carnival Cruise to celebrate our 22nd Anniversary! Can't wait, and goodness knows, we'll both need the rest!

Bring on the Bling!


I finally got a medal rack, 31 and counting!



The love of my life!

  
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TONYTHETSANGEL 1/4/2013 4:40PM

    So awesome! Enjoy the Disney Run. Have a great cruise and Happy Anniversary!!

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MAMAJAHMAI 12/27/2012 8:02PM

    Wow!! Can I say inspirational,Spartan, just plain out amazing!! I am training for my first tough mudder and I love reading blogs like this one, thanks for sharing and happy anniversary!! many more wonderful and precious times ahead!!!

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BLACKROSE_222 12/27/2012 2:50PM

    Awesome! I'm running the Goofy too! You are amazing!

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GAYEMC 12/27/2012 1:15PM

    WOW! That's a lot of running!

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SAMBIDEXTROUS 12/27/2012 10:33AM

    Everything in this post is awesome!

Can't wait to hear about the Goofy Challange!

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ANDREA0301 12/27/2012 9:46AM

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SONDRAJ20 12/27/2012 6:22AM

    You are too amazing!!

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AATKIN01 12/26/2012 11:57PM

    Now thats whats up! Congrats on 22 years and you will kill that goofy race! emoticon emoticon

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Good luck on the run and Happy Holidays!
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PURPLE180 12/26/2012 5:36PM

    emoticon ...You are SUPERWOMAN. Wishing you the best. emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 12/26/2012 4:54PM

    Tia, I saw your post on FB about running 18 miles and I was wondering what was up - now I know! You are going to ACE it and ENJOY the cruise with that handsome hubby of yours. 22 years is AMAZING!

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NIKKICOLE83 12/26/2012 4:47PM

    i want to call you crazy, whacko Jacko, a glutton for punishment, but I guess what I call craziness is really commitment. I have never heard anyone say they just "breeze through" 18 miles of running. I don't like to drive 18 miles let alone run!

Your medal rack is amazingly inspirational. I love that you and your husband do this together and you both deserve that cruise. Congratulations on 22 years!

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SONYALATRECE 12/26/2012 4:43PM

    Awww...what a beautiful couple!
You should be proud...now you'll need more storage.
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3rd Marathon in the Books!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

JACKSONVILLE MARATHON RACE RECAP:
I went into this with no specific time goal, though I started somewhere behind the 3:45 Galloway group. I figured I at least had to start with an intent to do a 3:55 time (my Boston Marathon qualifying time) knowing the worst thing to happen was I wouldn't be able to keep up. I ran/walked behind them for about 8 miles, then it was just too much. Around Mile 10 I got a cramp in my right hamstring that lasted the rest of the race, sometimes really bad, sometimes not so much. Then around Mile 18, got muscle spasms in both legs just above my knees, then around Mile 21, got a side stitch (yes I did hydrate properly yesterday). They had water stops every 2 miles and I walked for 45 seconds at every mile marker and at each water stop. Even enjoyed a Mimosa at Mile 25 lol! But despite all the physical pain, I was re-introduced to the 26.2 distance after almost 2 years and again realized my respect for it. It's hard, really hard but that's what I love. I realized that while I would love to be "fast" and qualify for Boston, etc,. the biggest accomplishment is crossing that finish line and knowing you completed 26.2 miles, which only 0.5% of the world's population will ever do. I finished at 4:29:46 (no where near a PR for me), but I was so proud of myself and mentally enjoyed it all! I feel blessed to be able to do this and look forward to doing it again with Running Friends at Disney next month! It was a great day, praise Yahweh!

BEFORE THE START:


AFTER I FINISHED:


ME AND DEAR HUBBY:


THE BLING:

  
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FITWITHIN 12/18/2012 7:40PM

    Excellent job my emoticon ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARGARITTM 12/17/2012 3:46PM

    Nice job!

I know the feeling of not making your goal. (see recent blog n Las Vegas)

But wow you did it and did great!

Be proud!

C U at the finish line!

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TRUE-NESS 12/17/2012 9:32AM

    It's definitely great that you were able to finish, especially with all the hiccups you were experiencing along the way.

CONGRATULATIONS to you!!! That's is truly a GREAT accomplishment!!

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MBSHAZZER 12/17/2012 9:27AM

    Love it, Tia! You did GREAT!!! And you look totally refreshed at the end (even if you didn't feel that way!). Sounds like you had an enjoyable day, despite some of the pain - but you know, anything worthy is HARD!

Enjoy your recovery!

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SONDRAJ20 12/17/2012 6:33AM

    Congratulations!! You are an inspiration to all of us!

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SEABREEZE64 12/17/2012 6:20AM

    Congratulations! A BQ time would really be awesome! Keep up the awesome work!

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-AMANDA79- 12/16/2012 9:02PM

    Great work!!
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ANDREA0301 12/16/2012 9:02PM

    Way to go Tia! So proud for you!

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    Outstanding!!

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NEWME0519 12/16/2012 7:35PM

    Tia You Rock!

Regardless of your finishing time, you finished!

Something that most of us will only dream about doing!

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PURPLE180 12/16/2012 7:25PM

    WOW. You are a trooper, you continued on even through your pain. I am SO PROUD OF YOU. You have accomplished something that many of us can only dream about. You my emoticon are FABULOUS. emoticon emoticon

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Week 17 - The Week of my Marathon - It's Here!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

My Marathon is next Sunday, December 16th in Jacksonville. Am I ready? Well I will be! What are my expectations? Not really sure. My coach recommended I go into the race without a time goal so I wouldn't stress, but I'm just not wired that way.

I found out they will have Galloway Pacers (run/walk), so depending on the Pace Times, I may run with one and see how I do. I feel okay about it all, just have to keep my emotions under control and not stress. Goal is to enjoy the race. Created my playlist today so that's ready!

Did a few easy runs this week and finished with an 8 mile run yesterday. Felt really good. Been doing most my runs later in the day in the heat so if it's cool on race day (which it is expected to be), that will be a bonus. I run so much better in cool weather (40's to 50's).

I've had a fun week promoting Rock n Roll St. Pete Half Marathon at some running socials! If you're looking to do this one or any North American Rock n Roll Race, make sure you check the race's Facebook page or website for a special offer on 12-12-12!

Wishing everyone a great week! Next time you hear from me, I will be a marathoner for the 3rd time lol!

Me sporting my Ambassador of Rock shirt!

  
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JPAMPY 12/10/2012 8:30PM

    I think maybe some day I will run A (singular) marathon just to say I did it. emoticon I'm again starting over with a novice 5k program. I don't particularly like running in the snow and below 30 degree weather. I'd rather run on my treadmill, but that gets boring after about 45 minutes. When did you run your first marathon?

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MBSHAZZER 12/10/2012 11:01AM

    Tia, you are going to do GREAT!! Never forget that no matter your time goal, being prepared and feeling good as you cross that finish line is something that many people never master! I have a feeling that you are going to look and feel amazing at the finish line!

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NEW-CAZ 12/10/2012 2:53AM

    emoticon Good luck Tia! 3rd Marathon, wowza, you've come a long way hun

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PHLESIAZHOPE 12/9/2012 9:56PM

    emoticon You've got this! So proud of you! !

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BOILHAM 12/9/2012 8:45PM

    Wow your 3rd marthon! Awesome!

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WINDSURFNERD 12/9/2012 8:06PM

    Best of luck to you on you upcoming race! And thanks for the tip about the Rock n Roll!

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NEWME0519 12/9/2012 7:48PM

    It's always encouraging to hear about your new milestones. Your updates continue to spur the fire that one day, I too will get the bug!!!

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KAREN_NY 12/9/2012 6:56PM

    Woohoo!!! Rockin' that!

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PURPLE180 12/9/2012 6:41PM

    Yea! I am so excited and happy for you. Wow, the 14 weeks went by fast. I know that you are going to ROCK IT, can hardly wait to hear the report. Best wishes and good luck.

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