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500 Festival Mini Marathon Complete

Monday, May 10, 2010

I went into this no real expectations, no time goal, and probably undertrained (longest run prior 8 miles). So 13.1 could I do it, yes I could and in less than perfect conditions. 20-30 mph winds colder than cold (46 degrees I think) at start of race. So there stood my sister and me at the start line way back in corral Y with all the walkers (my sister had no idea what she would be running when she signed up). After 30 minutes we finally got started with the race our first mile was moving trying to get around all the walkers. Alas at mile 3 my sister had illiotibial band pain from H-E-double hockey sticks and I give her all the credit in the world she toughed it out for 10.1 miles. I felt great throughout the whole race (she and I) wishing that her leg was not in pain, we never gave up and we never quit but it should have been better it should have been great but it was just 2 girls running a14:48 pace and finishing at 3:13:38, we were pleased to finish but I know how much we both wanted to run 12 minute miles but injury fought us. She apologized for slowing me down but I told her I came to run with her not make a time goal and it is so true, I had the most fun a person could have torturing themselves for 13.1 miles, I smiled, laughed and talked through the whole thing, and somewhere there is a nice lady who told me I was helping her get through it while encouraging my sister. She thought I had done one before but alas I had not. At 8 miles I was like I have been here, at 9 miles I was like I am still feeling good, at 10 miles still feeling it, at 11 miles and beyond my feet began to feel like they were made of glass and breakable, but at the end I could have continued on so Chicago bring it on and I will bring it to you! The wind sucked, but the bands played on, and to be honest I really had the most fun ever and I can't wait until my next one.
EVEREST CONQUERED!

  
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MMCHARLIE 5/22/2010 3:38PM

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EMSMOMME 5/15/2010 7:47PM

    That is so awesome! Congrats!!
hugs,
Terri

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TAEKWONDOCHICK 5/11/2010 5:46PM

    Fantastic! You are a rockstar!!! :)



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LEFTCIRCLES 5/11/2010 5:36PM

    AWESOME JOB!!!!

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JOYINRUNNING08 5/10/2010 9:41AM

    WOOHOOO!!!

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MELTINGMIMI 5/10/2010 8:35AM

    Just AMAZING!!
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JACKSMIMI2 5/10/2010 6:21AM

    Wow! I am soooooo impressed! All of you marathoners are making me think I just might try one (after conditioning of course)...hope your sister is feeling better!

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PRINCESSNURSE 5/10/2010 4:48AM

    WAY TO GO! Tha wind was wicked wasn't it? I know exactly how you feel- Running that half marathon was one of the most empowering things I have ever done. I will never call something impossible again! BRING ON CHICAGO! emoticon

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CRISPINI 5/10/2010 4:34AM

    Awesome! Way to go!

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FORU2C 5/10/2010 2:16AM

    awesome for you and your sister!!! yeah!

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NISA-JOE 5/10/2010 2:02AM

    That's great! Exercise is the best when you have fun doing it.
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My Everest

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

9 months ago I didn't think running was possible, 9 months ago I was certain I was destined to be a fat girl for the rest of my life 9 months ago I had a reality check when I stepped on the scale and cried immediately afterward. 9 months ago I watched and infomercial that changed my life. P90X, after completing the program I knew I could run again, I knew I wasn't destined to be fat, I knew I could do anything I set out to do! Now I am on the verge of running a half marathon this weekend and I am elated to be taking on Everest, I am working my way up and running this race will be a huge step up that mountain. There is still plenty of work ahead but this is like finding a nice spot on the mountain to rest for a night!

  
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MELTINGMIMI 5/6/2010 9:09AM

    AMAZING...U GO GIRL!!!!

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AMADEUS620 5/5/2010 1:37PM

    This blog is amazing, Congrats!

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BOBBIENORTHERN 5/5/2010 9:26AM

    Oh, thank you so much for sharing all of your success. You are a complete inspiration to and for me. You have so encouraged me to keep my goal in sight. I have started out with so much to lose and I am losing it but it takes time and this blog brought me back to when I started here 6 months ago, I am just now going into my 7th month and realize I need patience. And I will get to my goal thanks to your encouragement. Thank you, now you go and have yourself the most inspiring day of your life. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BENTLEY792003 5/5/2010 9:22AM

  P90X is an amazing program!! I am on week 8 and can't believe the things I have been able to do!! Good luck with the half marathon!! That is my next goal to reach!!

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JOYINRUNNING08 5/5/2010 9:20AM

    YAY! It's amazing when we look back to see how far we've come. You worked so hard and you're READY to conquer your Everest. Good Luck!

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If you can, why can't I?

Monday, May 03, 2010

Do you ever look at people who are jogging down the street, lifting a really heavy weight and think "Wow look at them go they are so fast, so strong, so...insert anything you think you are not. I often see other runners going fast and I think "I'm not a runner, I can't go fast" I see people who are fit and skinny and think "why can't I be like that" The truth is we can all be what we want to be if we just change our thinking. No I don't run fast this is true, but I run and it is just as challenging to me as it is to them regardless of the pace. Am I fit and skinny when I look in the mirror no I don't think so, but the truth is I am fit I workout and while I'm no fitness cover model I can push and challenge my body to do all kinds of fitness activities, skinny no that is not me nor do I want it to be, because skinny isn't all it's cracked up to be, I wouldn't trade being as strong as an ox for a movie star body because my strength is what helps me do my job and makes me useful at helping friends move, working on houses, and doing my career. To answer the question in the title If you can, why can't I, its because my thinking holds me back from thinking I am something, my newest challenge to myself is to continually think I can and let the others in the world wonder why they can't!

  
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REDSPARKLE 5/3/2010 2:11PM

    You've come so far! I love it! And YES YOU CAN!

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HEZLIZZIE 5/3/2010 10:11AM

    You are an inspiration! :D

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NANAPATTYB 5/3/2010 6:06AM

    That's a great attitude. Now your thinking right. Congrats on achieving that attitude.

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Gonna be a hectic week!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Got a lot of things to do before my trip including stuff dealing with getting my house completely finished all small projects complete! Going to be spending the day tomorrow catching up on housework, packing things into my Indy bag that I won't need, I have a meeting with the people who will be finishing my house, and yardwork, also helping a friend finish moving into her house. Tuesday will be much of the same more meetings hopefully housework will be done before Tuesday but I know me so I will be doing more of it. I also have to get my last couple easy workouts in before the weekend...so nervous but excited too! I guess being busy is a good thing though then I won't overthink the upcoming race!

  
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HEZLIZZIE 5/3/2010 10:15AM

    I hear you - I made an early morning trip to the DMV to have my last name changed on my driver's license and just made it to work on time, and it's crazy hectic at work this week. I'm glad I have the correct identification so I can fly to Portland for my Half on Thursday, whew! I'm trying not to overthink my race, too, but I'm already not sleeping well because I'm sooooo dang excited about it!

I hope your meetings, housework, moving and packing goes well!



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Half Marathon prep week!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Got my last long run before the race wanted to do it yesterday but my lazy self thought the snooze bar was much more important. Going right after work! Still doing a sort of cleanse with the shakeology but making sure to get my carbs in so it may not be as effective but I will be really hitting the water so that should yield some results. Did have a nice morning weigh in we'll see what the scale says tomorrow, not focusing on weight right now but performance, but I am still wanting to shed those pounds so can't totally forget about it. Working on the mental game of the HM too, visualizing myself doing well. Put my 5k time into RW smart coach and I think that I should do decent if I just stick with my ability. Working on getting things packed and ready for the trip out to Indy, the trip alone is going to be fun will be almost a full week off work. I think that this will give me confidence and motivation to really get after training for the full marathon and it will give me a chance to see how tough I am! Here's to water and carb loading and a nice easy running week. Can't wait hope that my brother in law will get lots of pics can't believe I am running 6 months ago I didn't think this was even a remote possibility and now I am doing it.

  
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HEZLIZZIE 5/2/2010 12:31PM

    You are fabulous! Here's to a wonderful first Half Marathon for both of us!

I'll be thinking of you - have a great race and vacation! :D



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PRINCESSNURSE 5/2/2010 7:39AM

    I am running in the mini-marathon too! When are you getting into town?

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