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And One More Makes 29!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Today I ran the Lake Mineola Half Marathon as my 29th Half. It's been a crazy week with the Boston tragedy. I knew close to 20 people who were there and thankfully they're all okay. Such a shame, but I'm glad they've caught the culprits. Enjoyed seeing the running community come together in such incredible ways. At the race today, at least half of the participants wore blue and yellow for Boston Marathon colors and many had memorial bibs in addition to the race bib. We had a moment of silence before the race started. I even painted my toenails Boston colors. One year ago, my husband and I were there while he ran the race. I cheered for him very close to where the bomb went off. Gave me chills. But it doesn't deter me, I still have a goal to qualify for run the Boston Marathon, and hubby wants to do it again. Many prayers for those directly affected by this tragedy.

So the race today felt extra special. It was a race around a huge lake and the weather was perfect, which is so strange for this time of year in Central Florida. It was cool the entire race. Normally it would be in the high 80's with 90% humidity like it had been earlier this week. But I was appreciative and I know the weather contributed to me having a good race. Course is described as flat and fast. Well, not flat my by standards!!! Since I had been pacing all year, I had no expectations of this race. My goal is to do a 1:55 at my race in Niagara Falls in June. Well, I did that today - Woo Hoo! I was SO excited! And that's even with me having to walk a lot between miles 6 and 8 because I had to pee but no porta-potty, then finally stopped at one in Mile 8. So I was very pleased!!! So I'll be training to do even better at Niagara and if the weather holds, I may try for a Personal Best!

I hope everyone is having a great fitness weekend, reaching new goals!

Pics from the race! Fun time!






  
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MBSHAZZER 4/22/2013 10:34AM

    WHOHOOO!!! Great job on an amazing race!

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    Congratulations !!!!

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Loving your toes! Cute!

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DRB13_1 4/20/2013 8:10PM

    you ran a perfect race...love the toes!

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    Congratulations!!

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Half Marathon #28 Done!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ran the Iron Girl Half Marathon today, paced the 2:30 group. It started very humid but then we got a breeze/wind and fortunately it stayed overcast the entire race. Really enjoyed it and so happy to have been in a race again. Half Marathon #29 will be on Saturday at Lake Mineola near Orlando.

Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend!

Pic of me and my awesome pacing partner Jessica:


After the race:


Today's Bling:

  
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X5X52000 4/20/2013 5:07PM

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/19/2013 10:18AM

    Congratulations - love your new bling!

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MBSHAZZER 4/15/2013 1:37PM

    You look FANTASTIC!!!!

I cannot wait till my schedule calms down and my IT band behaves so I can get back into racing again!

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LEGSMINDHEART 4/15/2013 12:46PM

    That is SO IMPRESSIVE!!! I am finally getting back into running, and people like you inspire me every day!

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JJSSPARK 4/15/2013 11:30AM

    So awesome! I ran the 5K yesterday; wish I could have met you while I was there. Had some other Sparkfriends out there too. We should plan ahead next time to gather before the race for some extra motivation!

Awesome on the time too!! I have my second 5K down...28 1/2's that is awesome!!!You are my inspiration!

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ANDREA0301 4/15/2013 11:17AM

    Congrats! Sounds like you had fun!

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SMB_AB 4/15/2013 9:04AM

    Congratulations!!! You continue to be an inspiration!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEABREEZE65 4/15/2013 7:15AM

    Congratulations - great job!

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PURPLE180 4/14/2013 7:53PM

    You are truly emoticon . You must take a pic of all your racing "bling" and post it for us to see.

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MJREIMERS 4/14/2013 6:04PM

    emoticon That is so emoticon ! I've ran a 5K, but it was just a wild hair. I admire you for running a 1/2 marathon. I've been thinking about giving running another try. You've inspired me to DO IT! emoticon

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ROSET491 4/14/2013 4:29PM

    Just love the idea of being a pacer!! Great Job!!

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Having Race Withdrawals!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

It's been 2 weeks since I've done a race, and I'm having withdrawals lol! I had gotten so used to doing a Half Marathon every weekend, it's weird not to. My last race weekend was 3/23 & 3/24, ran a 5k on Saturday and my first Trail race, a 15k, on Sunday.

Working on getting my speed back so I can do a decent time at the Niagara Falls Women's Half in June.

I actually took 2nd place in my Age Group in the 5k. It was a nice small race close to home.

The Trail Race. Did I mention I had NEVER run on a trail before??? I really didn't know what to expect, but figured, "How hard could it be for only 9.3 miles?" Ha ha! Those were the longest 9.3 miles EVER! I took a nice fall in the 2nd mile and almost fell another 15 times at least! Had a walk a lot just to make sure I didn't trip. People say they love trail running because it's so beautiful, but I couldn't look at anything but the ground in front of me! I had signed up for a Trail 16 miler that was yesterday, but as soon as I went through the finish line of the 15k, I offered my 16 Miler Bib to a running friend. I was definitely not ready to race a longer distance!

I would like to get more practice running trails, though I don't see myself doing many of these races, as I'm just too scared I'll fall and break something! I was so sore from twisting and contorting my body to keep from falling so many times. And I didn't even get a medal lol!

Had a good 8.5 mile run today, Iron Girl Half is next week. Should be fun, I'm pacing the 2:30 group, then Half #29 the following week at Lake Mineola in the Orlando area.

So still having lots of fun! Hope you are too!

Pic from 5k:


Pic from the 15k Trail Race:
We had to run up this hill for the start:

It was a beautiful finish line:


  
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SWEETNEEY 4/8/2013 6:08PM

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MBSHAZZER 4/8/2013 1:38PM

    Tia, I know what you mean.... I've had to miss so many events because of my IT band - it's not spring without races in South Florida!!!

I am TOTALLY with you the trails! When you posted about that trail run on FB, I had actually tripped and fallen that day on the road! So, no, I will not be taking to the trails anytime soon. Kudos to you for giving it a shot, though!

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SEABREEZE65 4/8/2013 6:59AM

    You are looking good Tia!!!!

I've never run a trail race. Maybe someday....

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NEW-CAZ 4/8/2013 2:50AM

    emoticon You are an inspiration Tia

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DRB13_1 4/8/2013 2:27AM

    endorphins!!!
looking forward to more race reports

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NEWME0519 4/7/2013 9:24PM

    I'm hoping to catch the running bug one day too! Not sure about the withdrawals though lol

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FITWITHIN 4/7/2013 5:20PM

    Wow! That's a lot of running every weekend. Maybe one day I will feel the withdrawals like you one. I'm building on my endurance and speed. It's slow moving, but I'm still moving. I love the pictures of your event. Keep up the great work! Your such a strong lady. emoticon

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Still having fun!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Haven't blogged in a bit, but I'm still here, and having a blast!

Since the last blog I ran the Columbia, SC Half Marathon and the local Beach Halfathon. I really enjoyed Columbia, but it was super hilly. That was my first true hilly course. But it was special because my Grandmother lives there and she got to see me do a race. Then a couple weeks later, did a local half with my hubby. He's starting to do more races, yay!!!

This weekend I'll do a local 5k and a 15k Trail race, which will be my first one so I'm excited, though it may rain. Then on 4/6, I'll do a 16 Mile Trail race, and on 4/14, I'll pace the Iron Girl Half, and on 4/20, the Lake Mineola Half in the Orlando area. That will be Half Marathon #29. So I thought I should celebrate for #30, so I'm doing the Niagara Falls Women's Half Marathon on 6/2. My birthday is 6/12, and I'll be changing age groups to the 45-49 category. So Niagara will be my 30th Half and my last race in my current age group! There are about 12-15 ladies from my area going, so it should be really fun! You get a bottle of wine in your goodie bag, the port-a-potties have flowers in them with a lavender scent, it's definitely a women's race! So I'm super excited!

I dropped about 6 lbs last month just paying better attention to what I'm eating, so I'm halfway back to where I was!

Also, when I ran the Half this past Sunday, I could definitely tell how pacing so many races at a much slower pace has slowed me down. It's taken it's toll, so I'm back to real training again, as I'd like to make a respectable showing in Niagara. I don't need or expect a Personal Best, but would like to get back to my average race time of 1:55ish.

I'll focus on a Personal Best this fall. I've registered for a USTAF Running Coach Course, which will be in May. I'm very excited about this. I've virtually coached over 20 people to their first 5k and Half Marathon, so I figured, I should get the credentials and continue to do it.

So busy, busy, busy but having fun!

Pics from Columbia Half with Mom and Grandma:


Pics from the Beach Halfathon with Hubby:


Wishing everyone an awesome weekend!

  
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TONYTHETSANGEL 3/28/2013 12:21AM

    Columbia, I used to work there about 4 years ago! Nice city with beautiful homes and plenty of southern food. LOL! Anyway, you have a full schedule planned and it sounds like so much fun. We know you will do great! emoticon

When you get ready to coach again, let me know. By then I should have the ok from the doctors and can start training again.

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TEXNYQUEEN 3/25/2013 3:44PM

    Infectious is all I have to say. Great job on your races. I love how you are planning Niagara as the top-off point!

If you want hilly, come to Austin/Bastrop next year and run Zooma. I PR'd this weekend even with the hills and the bluebonnets made for beautiful scenery.

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MBSHAZZER 3/25/2013 10:20AM

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SEABREEZE65 3/23/2013 7:48AM

    You are such a racer!!! I like the idea of getting certified. Good for you!!

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MISSB8604 3/22/2013 11:58AM

    Awesome blog! Congrats!

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    Great photos! It looks like you are having fun! emoticon

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KAYATLANTA2010 3/22/2013 10:22AM

    You are doing a fine job at staying active...you continue to inspire me greatly!
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More Half Marathons and...out of Maintenance!!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

It's been over a month since I've blogged so wanted to catch up! Been super busy between work, training and racing! So will keep this as short as possible

1) Maintenance
After being in weight maintenance for over 3 years, I put on 12 lbs between Dec and Feb!!! Reason? Training and doing 3 marathons in a month took it's toll. I ate everything in sight!!! Keeping the high mileage for a prolonged period was tough and I was hungry all the time, so I ate, and ate, and not always the right things. So I'm out of maintenance, but since I'm done with doing multiple marathons and done with marathons for several months, I'm back on track and plan to be back at goal within the next 8-12 weeks. I tend to lose weight slowly and I'm not doing any "crash" or "fad" diets. Just doing what I know. Eating clean and keeping up the exercise.

2) Since my last blog, I took some good recovery time after doing 3 marathons within a month and didn't run for 3 weeks. Then Rock n Roll St. Pete came along. I hadn't planned on running this race, even though I'm the local Ambassador for it. Was still wanting to take time to recover. I had only run 2 miles since the last marathon on 1/20 and had been nursing my right hamstring. But at the last minute they needed a pacer for the 2:30 group, so I volunteered. I had a blast and felt no pain during the race!

Then...I saw a picture of the medal for the Ft. Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon which was the following weekend and REALLY wanted it, but decided I wasn't going to do it. Then, on Tuesday of that week, my pace director called and asked if I could fill in for the 2:15 slot in the Half! It was FATE!!! Ha ha! So Mom and I headed to Ft. Lauderdale and I paced and got my Bling! Beautiful course along the Atlantic Ocean and we got lucky with 40-50 degree weather!

This weekend was the Gasparilla Distance Classic. I was really "saving" myself for this race, as I was scheduled to pace 4 races over the weekend for a total of 30.5 miles. So after now running 2 Half Marathons, could I do it?

Well I DID!!! Paced the 15k and 5k on Saturday, and the Half and 8k today! What made it really special was that it was 4 years ago this month that I ran my first race, the 15k at this event, and now I was pacing it! And today was my 25th Half Marathon!!! I paced the 11:00 minute mile for all races except the Half, where I paced the 2:15 group. I had so much fun and felt great! And strangely enough, I still feel great!

I dropped almost 3 lbs last week and had a well earned reward meal today so I'm back on track, feeling great and loving life! All glory to Yahweh!

PICS:

Rock n Roll:
Hubby and me (he did the Half):


Ft. Lauderdale:




Gasparilla:
Hubby ran this Half too!


Wearing the Bling and the Jacket that came with the Bling!

  
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SONYALATRECE 3/21/2013 11:16PM

    You're still super inspiring!
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PURPLE180 3/21/2013 11:05PM

    I don't know how I missed this blog but all I can say is AMAZING JOB. emoticon

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KAJANA 2/28/2013 9:12AM

    WOW!!!! You are amazing. Its amazing what the body can do.

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TONYTHETSANGEL 2/26/2013 8:56PM

    Tia - great job!! I like your pics too. Your bling is really pretty! emoticon

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CHANGINGHORSES 2/25/2013 4:29PM

    Wow! That is incredible! Great medals too.

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MBSHAZZER 2/25/2013 10:14AM

    Wow, Tia, you are ON FIRE! I wish I could run A1A but my IT band is so very unhappy with me right now.... I'm glad someone is out there running and pacing! :D

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NSG4729 2/25/2013 9:28AM

    You are so amazing! Keep up the great work and I'm sure those pounds will fall off in no time!

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BOILHAM 2/25/2013 7:34AM

    You are an amazing athlete. Earned some wonderful bling and did some amazing things. Congratulations!

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SEABREEZE65 2/25/2013 7:07AM

    You are amazing! Great running! Stay wise!
Glad you hamstring was happy!

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NEW-CAZ 2/25/2013 2:43AM

    emoticon Tia you are amazing! Such an inspiration.

THose 12 pounds will melt away no problems!

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WINDSURFNERD 2/25/2013 1:07AM

    Whoa, that's some awesome bling! Congratulations... 25 HM's, phew! You're a super-runner!

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NEWME0519 2/24/2013 8:36PM

    Tia as always, I'm loving your energy and enthusiasm for running! The bling is nice too!

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TEXNYQUEEN 2/24/2013 8:33PM

    Great job... So now you fall into marathon maniacs right? Those 12 lbs will come right off in no time.

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