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Union-Tribune Race for Literacy 8K

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

So that was my SparkCon blog and now my blog about the race! :)

Here we are before the race, prior to warming up and stretching and all that -- starting together was Debbie (S318830), me, and Robin (KASHMIR).



We were all like -- HECK YEAH FULL LENGTH. ;) hahahaa

Here you can see the mob at the starting line -- there were over 2500 people who were registered participants in the race at LEAST.


I said, HEY ROBIN! :)


Yo Debbie!


And then as happened more than once on my trip someone offered to take a picture of us together so here we are with the crowd right before the start:


AND WE'RE OFF!!!


I was trying to keep things mellow, but I also felt like I was probably going faster then I should after the initial SLOG of getting started before things opened up. I was sure that Robin would finish before me and so I just tried to stay close to her.

Here are some pretty sights from the part of the run through Balboa Park:


ANOTHER SPARKER FOUND US!!! I totally remembered her from the morning run before the convention, but I don't know her SparkName -- tell me if you see this!!! **SHE FOUND ME!!! It's KARENPLEW! YAY!!** She came up, said HI SPARKERS!! and then sped off leaving us in her dust. ;) HAHAHA




Check out all the people up the road through the arch even!


Well sometime around here I decided to pull back a bit and Robin went ahead. I could continue to see her in front of me, but I also had a TWINGE in my knee and was like CRAP I'm gonna have to walk. I walked for about a minute, and started running again, it still kinda hurt, but I just kept going. Then there was a hill and a great song came on and I POWERED on up that hill! My leg started feeling better! :D YAY! At some point I caught up with Robin again, too.

Then later we get onto the FREEWAY!!!!!!! :D


It really was about as historic and beautiful as a freeway can get -- look at this beautiful arch -


Then Robin tells me we hit the halfway mark -- well, she tells me 2.6 miles done! :D WOOHOO!!!!! I start getting super pumped and pulling ahead. At this point it was like a total revelation for me as far as racing goes.

For the first time ever I passed people who were actually jogging. (Well I might've passed a couple earlier too, but still -- this is the FIRST TIME this has happened.) I also started picking people to pass. Yep, I'm faster than you. SEE YA! :D HAHAHAHA. There was an older man wearing a shirt that had the "NO WHINING" symbol on the back -- ya know, whining in a circle with a line through it? I kept my eye on him and tried to get as close to him as possible, definitely didn't pass him.

Then we start to see signs of Downtown!




I kept pushing myself, saying to myself that I felt good and I could work hard as long as I wasn't hurting -- and I wasn't, so I was PUSHING it. I've never run a race this distance and it was kind of cool to be able to push at this pace for that long -- ALSO this IS the longest distance run so far this year as well. :)

I see the finish line!


WOOHOO!!! No more pictures taken until the race was over. :) I was 100% focused on ROCKING this final stretch. I was smiling and booking it. hahaha.

YAY!

Overall: 1325 out of 2668
Women: 638 out of 1603
F25-29: 123 out of 252
Age/Grade: 44.08% Place: 1367
Finish: 54:39 Pace: 11:00
Tag Time: 54:39
Gun Time: 55:39

WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!! an 11 min mile for 5 miles???? My fasted 5K that I've run to date was 33:26 I think. :D HAHAHA That is AWESOME!!! I was soooo stoked! This is with a walk break at the beginning and a slower pace for some pain at the start, then walking through the first water station and slowing for the second. HOLY COW!

Right after the finish:


Then I walked up to look for Robin. Here she is approaching the finish line:


She was expecting to run a little over 12 min miles but finished in like... 58 something I think. :D ALSO TOTALLY JAZZED!!!! She's been running for over a year, is currently training for a half, but this was her FIRST RACE!!!!!!! YAY ROBIN!!!!

Freaking Debbie ran just under 10min miles -- ROCKSTAR.

Here we are right after Robin finished:



NOW it's time for the POST RACE FESTIVITIES over at Pantoja Park.



First thing we got handed -- a free LOAF OF BREAD. HAHAHA :D

Then we begin walking around and see heaven:


THANK YOU, BREADSTICK GUY!!! :D *nomnom*

There was a band:


Then we see a long line and people walking away with bags and we're like, sweet! This must be the goodie bag line!


Turns out this line was for the bag -- the empty plastic bag itself to put our stuff in. HAHAHAHA.

Then we see heaven #2:


We stood around and got our free 5 min massages. :) MMMMM.

Then we grabbed our shirts, bananas, and THE LAST THREE TIGER MILK BARS. hahaha :D So lucky!

Then it was time to wait for the shuttle back to Balboa Park. We talked fitness and other stuff -- Debbie got down on the sidewalk and demonstrated some ab moves. ;) I didn't get a picture of that - DANGIT. hahaha

But here I am with our shuttle bus! HAHA


I was SOOOOO happy about the way the race went, but even better was getting to do it with two such AWESOME Sparkers!!!!!! :D I'm so glad I got to meet you two and spend a longer time with you! :)

  
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KASHMIR 5/8/2009 7:18PM

    Ya know what? I had such a great time in San Deigo, I think I'll sign up for the race again next year (as long as there isn't a Spark Convention to go to)!
Overall: 1470 out of 2669
Women: 735 out of 1603
F 45-49: 62 out of 148
Age/Grade: 47.11% Place: 1175
Finish: 57:45 Pace: 11:37
Tag Time: 57:45
Gun Time: 58:45
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JOURNEY52 5/7/2009 6:20PM

    Hi! It's me the other Spark Runner, my name is Karen...spark name is karenplew. What a great race! Congrats on a strong finish. I so enjoyed this race, great weather, scenery, and well organized. Sorry I didn't catch you guys at the end of the race, maybe next time. You were great at the convention. Thanks for being so inspiring.
Karen

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MARLIE13 5/7/2009 11:15AM

    How stinkin' FUN! I loved Heaven #1 and #2. lol!

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LASHERTHECAT 5/7/2009 8:37AM

    Awesome again!!

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LAFTERSFREE 5/6/2009 11:52PM

    congrats on the race, u rocked it. thanks for sharing all the pics.. they are great.

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LANC92 5/6/2009 8:47PM

    Good grief Dana... fantastic race which might have been even faster had you not taken so many photos LOL!

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KIMCATUS 5/6/2009 8:13PM

    How very cool!! You look awesome and you totally rocked!! Love the race report...great pictures too!

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SPARKCON 09!!!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Ok -- so this blog is going to be focused on the actual convention related events and not the more personal stuffs. :) SO!

First things first -- MEET JOCELYN!!! :D

I met up with Jocelyn (WOLFKITTY) downtown and we headed to the Townhouse that Greg (KSIGMA1222) rented for the night for SparkPeople to meet to say hi and see if anyone was there yet before going to the Convention Center.

The townhouse was TOTALLY GORGEOUS. Here is the front sitting room --


www.gaslamptownhouse.com/

Greg was in the patio grilling up chicken!


The first meetings of Sparkers!


Then we headed over to the actual Convention Center to meet up with Jenny and the other SparkExperts Etc. in preparation for the Convention the next day. At first we meet outside for the first time with our fellow panel members. :) Debbie (S318830) walks outside and is like I KNOW YOU! And we're like WE KNOW YOU!!! hahaha. :D We head inside and see SPARKGUY and the other SparkExperts, etc. :) It was pretty surreal.



For some reason I didn't realize Coach Nicole was tall...




:D

The lady on the right here is Jenny -- she is the one who guided us Panel Members through EVERYTHING! She's the greatest! :)


Then we headed back to the Townhouse to hang out again for a little while.
Here are some of us out on the patio -- Don (DDOORN) and Greg (KSIGMA1222) in the back and Leah (SPRING4FAL), me, and Violet (SPARKLINGVIOLET) in the front.


It was funnnn!!! :D So fun to meet SparkPeople and get to know them in person. The whole thing was definitely a bit surreal because you are meeting some people that you know wayyy more about than anyone you've ever met for the first time face to face. :) So the first starts of conversation can be a little weird.
In here is Chris to the left, then Debbie (S318830), Karen, Violet (SPARKLINGVIOLET), and Robin (KASHMIR).


Then the next morning it was UP bright and early to be picked up by Jocelyn on the way to the Convention Center for the pre-convention Walk/Run! :)


WOOHOO! :D

Tim and Violet led the walk:


And SP_NANCY led the run:


And we were off!!! :D We ran down the street and a little loop around the Marina -- it was gorgeous!


I snapped a bunch of pictures while we were running, but here are a couple of us stopped at crosswalks. :)






After the run we took a couple quick pictures, like this one of me and Jocelyn with some Spark Volunteers! :D


Then Jocelyn and I headed off to a secluded bathroom to freshen up and get CUTE because we knew presentation time was approaching quickly. :)

We headed up to the room and people were just arriving, but it was packed later - TRUST ME. :)


Here is the SparkStore:


And the SPARK WHEEL!!! Live and in PERSON! :D


I won 100 SparkPoints! :)


Yes -- you actually got a bunch of SparkPoints for attending different activities throughout the day and spinning the SparkWheel -- which reminds me I haven't added mine yet! hahaha :D

The first Speaker was Chris "SPARKGUY" Downie:


*******More of MY pictures from the events above can be seen at
www.flickr.com/photos/38201894@N08/ *********

Afterwhich we had a short break, which included a Stretch Session led by Coach Nicole! :)


At this point us panel members were getting pretty nervous because we were preparing to go up next!!! I actually took the previous picture from the hallway!!! :) I got a view pictures of us on stage from some fellow sparkers!




Oh man you can't see my face, I'm trying to use the clicker. HAHAHA :D





Well after that I was pretty thrilled -- things went well. There was some phototaking and then it was time to EAT LUNCH and also film video interviews they were doing with successful sparkers (including the panel members, but there were several other members as well).

This is me and ~*~*LISA*~*~ : she is the fabulous, fabulous lady who picked me up at the airport and took me to the grocery store to get some food and all that good stuff. She is SUPER SUPER NICE!


And this is probably RIGHT after eating lunch -- it was gorgeous outside and apparently I was super happy. HAHAHA :D


Jocelyn brought one of her old shirts to show off in her video interview and we decided that we could both fit and proved it with a quick selftimer photo. :)


My video interview went pretty well -- they had me pose with both legs in one leg of my old pants, *a la WOLFKITTY*, and then when they asked me to say thank you into the camera to SparkPeople... um... I cried. HAHAHAHAHA oh man that was kind of embarrassing, but the Video people were EATING IT UP. ;)

I missed the workout, the SparkExperts panel, and walk -- the lunch break activities. But then in the afternoon SP_NANCY gave a great talk -- she was wonderful!!! And I LOOOOOOOOOVE her southern accent. :) It made me feel at home. HAHAHA. Then it was SP Nutrition Expert Becky Hand -- who I DO have a picture of speaking:


As you can see she was very animated and engaging -- it was fun! :)

Then there was a speaker that I kind of zoned out on for the first part of her talk -- I was getting tired and she is some kind of life coach/author -- Cheryl Richardson. I was thinking I would not be into her talk and she wasn't a SparkPerson plus I was getting kinda tired at this point... but then about halfway through I tuned in and I really enjoyed listening to her speak! :D Glad I didn't miss the whole thing! HAHAHA.

Then Chris got back on stage and talked about the book -- also there was a special sparkperson guest... Elle Newman? I think? She talked about how she changed her life with SparkPeople and it affected other areas of her life -- she took control of her career as an author and made things happen resulting in a book out there on Amazon and getting signed with a publishing house (can't remember which one)... but anyway -- back to Chris and the book -- I did kinda think I was gonna not really care about the book, but hearing more about it I definitely am excited. :) I think it might be something that turns into a frequent gifting item for me for sure!

THEN!!!!! MORE PICTURES and mingling and meeting other Sparkers, etc. You got SparkGoodie cards in your goodie bag and they had a place on the back to write your SparkName so I was out trying to give all mine away and get some in return. They are all sitting at home and I haven't had a chance to friend everyone yet, but it will happen!!!! :)

Here are some pictures from that Post-Convention time:

Sparksperts and Volunteers!


Me and my GOOD SPARKFRIEND WHATAGRL42!!!! SOOOOooooo excited to meet her and it was wonderful!!! :) She is the most longterm SparkFriend I met at the convention, followed by WOLFKITTY, and then almost everyone else I had never SparkFriended until I had heard of the convention or AT the convention.


Me and an unexpected SparkFriend at the Convention!! FLIPFLOPPER48 who is a longtime member of my team the Challenge of Harry Potter! :D


Met this guy -- here's us and then the picture of his backpack!!! :D How cool is that???



Me and the lovely Robin (KASHMIR)!


Me and an awesome chick named Sara that I met that day (SPATULASARA)!


Another picture of me and SparkGuy because I couldn't remember if I got one the day before... hahaha


The Member Panel!

This is L-R: Debbie (S318830), Stacey (STACEY-P), Jocelyn (WOLFKITTY), Leah (SPRING4FAL), and me!!! :)

Becky, me, and Nicole!


AND OH YEAH!!! The HUDDLE BANNER!!!! :) They had it set up with Markers and everyone HUDDLED on it throughout the day. :)


SO!!!!!! THAT WAS THE CONVENTION!!!!!!!!!! :D It was pretty freaking awesome.

Afterward a group of us Sparkers went out to find sustinence and ended up at a delicious Indian food place called Gourmet India. :) I took a bunch of pictures in there but I'm gonna keep it simple and post this one of us all together:

This is L-R: Leah (SPRING4FAL), Sara(SPATULASARA), Jocelyn (WOLFKITTY), Karen (KGROTHE), ME!, Debbie (S318830), Chris(AUNTC321), and Greg (KSIGMA1222).

Greg's friend Mitch came to meet up with Greg and got stuck taking pictures of us with everyone's camera. :) He was such a good sport!!! This is the same person who on Friday gave me a ride to Balboa Park (pictures of that excursion and more in another blog entry). :)



But check it - I was TOTALLY STOKED about that Indian Food! :D HAHAHAHAHA

  
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TDWANDD2MYK9 7/30/2009 4:00AM

    wow! looks like a gr8 time was had by all. and every one looks healthy and happy!!!

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ROYABOYA 5/12/2009 6:42PM

    I finally got around to reading your blog about the convention... very cool. Thanks for the number of photos! It's funny - the more I think back on the convention, the more I keep getting out of it. Thanks!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/8/2009 7:51AM

    Looks like a great time. I hope to go next year.

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AUNTC321 5/7/2009 9:53PM

    Dana,

You did a great job summing up the convention. It really was a fantastic event and I am looking forward to next year already.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 5/7/2009 3:01PM

    Thanks for sharing. I really wish I could have been there.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/7/2009 2:51PM

    How cool!

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MARLIE13 5/7/2009 11:40AM

    Wowie! How awesome! And Indian food to boot! The very last picture...what does her shirt say?

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LOBO1978_2000 5/7/2009 11:18AM

    wow what an exciting trip.

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MDTWEETY 5/7/2009 9:57AM

    LOL! I just realized I'm reading your blogs backwards...starting with "other stuff." Looks like SparkCon was a success!! YAY! How many people attended, did they say?
Mmmm...I miss Indian food. Ever since my favorite restaurant closed, I've missed it.
Thanks for sharing all your awesome photos!!

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LASHERTHECAT 5/7/2009 8:43AM

    Terrific rundown of your whole trip and I love all the photos... You look soooo happy!!

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FUTURERNAIMEE 5/6/2009 11:49PM

    So exciting!!! Is there a video on spark or anywhere of you all speaking at the convention, for those of us who couldn't make it?

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FITTYTIF 5/6/2009 11:26PM

    Tooo Cool. 1) I am so excited you got this chance. 2) I am so bummed I did not go!

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FITTYTIF 5/6/2009 11:25PM

    Tooo Cool. 1) I am so excited you got this chance. 2) I am so bummed I did not go!

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KIMCATUS 5/6/2009 8:19PM

    HOMG you got to meet Sparkguy and Coach Nicole!! I am so jealous!! Looks like you had an amazing time...but then again YOU deserve it! You're a total inspiration and I am so glad I got to know you! *HUGS* Ok sorry just felt a little mush there... ;-)

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BRUIN2 5/6/2009 7:45PM

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Wow Dana!! What a great blog! Thanks so much for sharing!!

What's the title of this book??

Glad you had such a blast!

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CAOMAGIC 5/6/2009 7:40PM

    Thank you for these pictures!! This whole experience was GREAT, and I was glad to meet you and other Sparkers in person!! emoticon

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BOTZZZ 5/6/2009 7:36PM

    Awesome post Dana! I am glad you had such a cool time, love all of the pictures.

As Ever
Me

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HOPE4LOSS1 5/6/2009 7:12PM

    Awesome, just pure awesome. Thank you kindly for detailing your experience there so thoroughly. The pictures helped a lot. I'm so glad you had fun and it sounds like everyone did. Great pictures!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/6/2009 7:10PM

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SKISINCO 5/6/2009 7:10PM

    Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing...you are an incredible inspiration and I so wish I could've met you in person!

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150-HERE-I-COME 5/6/2009 7:07PM

    Looks like you all had an AWESOME AWESOME time!!! I too am glad you got to meet so many Sparkers -- especially those that you've been talking to all this time!!

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RACHEL630 5/6/2009 6:56PM

    This is AMAZING!!! Thanks for posting. :)

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/6/2009 6:35PM

    Yay- we get to take a peek at your convention pics! Looks like you had such a great time- all weekend i was thinking "oh I wish I was in California" haha :)
well, hopefully next year!
-Missy

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NATURALSOAPGIRL 5/6/2009 6:28PM

    I would have been stoked about the Indian food too! (which reminds me - I have an awesome chicken curry recipe if you are at all interested, since we seem to be recipe swapping buddies. lol) I really wish I could have gone - maybe next year! So glad you had a great time.

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 5/6/2009 6:08PM

    So fun! I'm glad you got to go and meet so many Sparkers! That's my dream...one of these days, it'll be a reality!

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Another Quick Update

Monday, May 04, 2009

So, I still haven't had a chance to do the awesome task of checking up on all the blogs, adding all the new SparkFriends from the Convention, all that good stuff.

Just wanted to checkin and say:

My race went awesome -- just under an 11min mile for an 8k! That is like... faster than I've EVER run that distance and one of the fastest race paces I've had. :)

Also -- for those of you who are anxious to check out SparkCon09 -- I have a link to the Flickr Group I created for people to share their photographs from the conventino.

Mine aren't up yet, they will be soon -- plus with blogs about everything including pictures, but here you can go ahead and get a taste. :)

www.flickr.com/groups/sparkcon09/

  
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SKINNYSOON13 5/6/2009 10:24PM

    WOW!!!! THAT'S A LOT OF GREAT INFO AND PICTURES TO DIGEST! LOL

Looks you had a BALL! I'll have to think more seriously about it next year! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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SLCOLMAN 5/6/2009 5:53PM

    Awesome job on the run!!

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MARLIE13 5/6/2009 2:45PM

    Ooh fun fun! What a great race time for the 8k. Looking forward to the pictures and blogs!

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KENSINGTONC 5/6/2009 12:36PM

    emoticon on your run!!!

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BUTTAFLYH 5/6/2009 10:20AM

    Thanks! I can't wait to hear more details! Congrats on the time for your 8k. That is awesome!!

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TRACYZABELLE 5/6/2009 4:55AM

    Congrats on your time for your run! HOw awesome! I am at work so I will save the link to the pics and look at them at home as it is blocked here.. I can not wait tio hear about convention!

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MIBOUCK 5/5/2009 11:17PM

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I'm glad the convention went well! I'm still so proud of you!

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VAHZILOK 5/5/2009 5:42PM

    That's fantastic about your race! You're like LIGHTNING! hehe!

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NATURALLYME126 5/5/2009 1:10PM

    Congrats Dana! Glad you enjoyed the convention and made some new friends too. :0)

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**PRICELESS** 5/5/2009 11:03AM

    OMIGOSH, how could I forget??

WAY TO GO on that 8k!!! What an amazing time! =)

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**PRICELESS** 5/5/2009 11:02AM

    Amazing!! Thanks for sharing and I hope there's another convention next year. I WILL be there!! =D

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KASHMIR 5/5/2009 9:40AM

    That was so cool!!! Watching you kick up your speed (and leave me in your dust, LOL) felt just as good for me I think as it did you!!! Tonight I'm back to my training runs again...WOO HOO!!!

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KALISWALKER 5/4/2009 10:33PM

    Thanks for the link to photos. They are great!

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/4/2009 8:04PM

    WooHoo! Congrats on your race time- that is awesome!

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LAFTERSFREE 5/4/2009 8:03PM

    awesome job on the race, can't wait to hear all about SD and the convention. you'll have to help me whip things back into shape ASAP, we'll talk at some point, but i have gotten severely sidetracked... and it sort of felt inevitable. I hope to be back full force with exercising, etc very VERY soon... p.s. i think ur hubs missed u a lot while u were gone!

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SKYFYRE 5/4/2009 7:44PM

    Hey! I forgot you were doing the race for Literacy!!! How fun! I was driving home Sunday morning and the 163 was blocked off and I assumed it was for an accident, duh! Congrats on your fast pace! You rocked it!

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KEAKMAN 5/4/2009 6:46PM

    Great race times Dana! You rock - as usual! emoticon emoticon

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MDTWEETY 5/4/2009 6:35PM

    Awesome hon!

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MOM2ACAT 5/4/2009 4:24PM

    emoticon on your race results!

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WOLFKITTY 5/4/2009 3:23PM

    Wow!! Check *YOU* out!! :D
I was thinking about you guys all day yesterday! I'm glad your race went well!!
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MAKI34 5/4/2009 2:49PM

    I can imagine how excited you are about your race. I know I was super excited when I ran a mile without stopping last week! I can't wait until I can run like you!

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LASHERTHECAT 5/4/2009 2:40PM

    Thanks for the link!!! Can't wait to hear your thoughts about the convention...

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QUILTHORSE 5/4/2009 2:22PM

    COngratulations on the great pace! It's a wonderful feedback on the work you've put in lately.

Glad you enjoyed convention. Again, good going!!!!

Beth G

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JANEYJAYE 5/4/2009 1:37PM

    Congrats on a great 8K! Go Speedy!
Nice meeting you on Saturday.
xo
-janey

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SPRING4FAL 5/4/2009 1:28PM

    Way to go speed racer!!!!!! WHOOO HOOOO!!!! That is freakin awesome and you should be proud. Can't wait to read your blog...which reminds me that I need to post one, too!!! LOL!

Great meeting you at the convention and sharing the experience with you. I will make sure to post the pic of you in the big red chair so you can have a copy...if we would have kept doing things like that I might have been able to get that "sexy" thing right! LOL!

Leah

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150-HERE-I-COME 5/4/2009 12:49PM

    CONGRATS ON YOUR RACE TIME, DANA!!!! That's awesome!!!! Looking forward to seeing pics from the convention :) HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!!!!!

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KEAL48 5/4/2009 12:44PM

  Congrats on your race.

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SP_COACH_NANCY 5/4/2009 12:34PM

  CONGRATS DANA! What a FANTASTIC accomplishment and what an honor to meet you! I wish you continued success...WOO HOO!!!!

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KASHMIR 5/4/2009 12:16PM

    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who had to go spend more time MOVING yesterday. I didn't sleep well last night, but I'm not sore at all this morning! I've already done calf lifts on the steps outside my room. LOL! I've uploaded my pics to the Flikr group, can't wait to see yours from the race!!!
Can I get a WOO HOO!!!!

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S318830 5/4/2009 11:33AM

    I know I've said it, but "Yeah on the race results!!!!" "Woooo Hoooo!"

You did awesome and it was so much fun running with you and KASHMIR. I'm so glad you decided to do it.

And I can't wait to see everyone's photos! (especially since I did such a lousy job of keeping my camera with me!)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/4/2009 11:32AM

    Congrats on a PR!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!

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SWEETZMIX 5/4/2009 11:10AM

    emoticon ON THE RACE AND THANKS FOR THE LINK FOR THE PICS!!

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Just a quick one.

Friday, May 01, 2009

In SD. It's gorgeous.

Sparker ~*~*LISA*~*~ ROCKS and is totally gorgeous and looks too young to have kids in high school, FYI for all those folk out there who are not personally acquainted. :) Go check out her blog and read all about her doing the Susan G Komen walk for Breast Cancer.

I went on a run yesterday, and we also went to look at the beach but it was FREEEZING, we got there as the sun was going down (unfortunately clouds were hiding the sunset - WAH) And stood around talking and freezing for a while and then left.

Not uploading any pictures yet (haven't taken many anyway) but more pictures and stuff to come. ;)

  
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LOBO1978_2000 5/4/2009 9:28AM

    I hope you had lots of fun there.

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KIMCATUS 5/3/2009 3:42PM

    I'm so glad you're having (had? lol) a good time...you're the perfect representative of how awesome Spark is!!

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THECOOLESTSARAH 5/2/2009 3:23PM

    I'm so jealous... :( But have a wonderful time telling your story and being an inspiration to those who need you - we are all so proud of you Dana. You deserve to sit in the spotlight!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxo

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KASHMIR 5/1/2009 6:30PM

    I just got ssettled into my motel, can't wait to see you tomorrow!

Where IS the SUN???

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150-HERE-I-COME 5/1/2009 2:14PM

    emoticonHAVE A GREAT TIME!!!!!!! emoticon
....wishes for sun and fabulous sunsets!!

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AINTSKEERD 5/1/2009 1:57PM

    Wish I was there, too! emoticon

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ELFITZPA 5/1/2009 1:53PM

    I'm so jealous - have a wonderful time!!

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KEAKMAN 5/1/2009 1:33PM

    Have fun, learn a lot, and then pass it on to us! Here's hoping for a perfect sunset tonight!

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BRUIN2 5/1/2009 12:07PM

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KMKMOM 5/1/2009 11:59AM

    I hope you have a great time!

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ASIJAOSIHRAOISR!!!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

So full of excitement! :D

DH passed his prelim UNANIMOUSLY so it's full speed ahead on his Dissertation. Now is when he begins his data collection and then it's the final write up and his DEFENSE. :) PhD - here he comes!

Also - TOMORROW MORNING FLYING TO SAN DIEGO!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

I'm just making sure I have everything in order, not forgetting anything, because I am soooo absent minded. I am almost all the way packed now -- just whatever I'll be carrying is all I'll have left to take care of pretty much. The workout gear is packed, HRM strap is in there, stuff is at home charging... yeah.

:) :) :) :) :)

  
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BUTTAFLYH 5/6/2009 10:18AM

    Congrats to DH!!! Yay!!

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KMKMOM 5/1/2009 12:00PM

    Congrats to your DH! That's great news.

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CECE0330 5/1/2009 11:00AM

    Sorry I missed you....congrats to your DH, and I hope you have a great time at the convention!!!!

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SLCOLMAN 4/30/2009 1:29PM

    Woo Hoo for your DH!!

Enjoy the trip!!

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WHATAGRL42 4/30/2009 11:59AM

    But did you remember to pack that mysterious, omnipresent BACKPACK of which was spoken on the convention team page??? hehehe

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Comment edited on: 4/30/2009 12:00:17 PM

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NATURALLYME126 4/30/2009 11:55AM

    Can't wait to read your blog when you get back from SD! I know you will have a great time and represent at the convention. :0)

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MAKI34 4/30/2009 11:11AM

    You go girl, keep inspiring us!

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I<3ZOMBIES 4/30/2009 9:52AM

    yayayayyay!

and also *jealous*

and also emoticon!

i think i've got it all covered :)

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SANLONDON 4/30/2009 6:15AM

    Have fun in SD - are you going to the world famous zoo?

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BEL_RIOSE 4/30/2009 2:05AM

    Woohoo!!

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SKINNYSOON13 4/29/2009 11:02PM

    Too bad my sister's visiting this weekend, it would have been fun driving down to SD and meet you! I'm only one hour away.

Funny, about this time last year, I met MAMABEAN37 and JULIEAM in San Diego!

Have a great time!

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4565S568SDS 4/29/2009 9:03PM

  I'm so jealous that you get to go to SD! I expect a big, huge entry when you get back on how rad it was.

Also, big emoticon to your hubby!

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NATURALSOAPGIRL 4/29/2009 8:11PM

    I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to read your recap blog when you get back. Be sure to take your camera and get some pics! Have a good flight, girly...

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QUILTHORSE 4/29/2009 5:58PM

    Congratulations on passing this big step for your DH.

Have fun in San Diego, and eat well. Reward yourself when you finish your run.

When you get home, remember the value of a real rest day. You deserve it, and your body will need it!

Beth G

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COLTDANCER 4/29/2009 5:44PM

    CONGRATS to your hubby; may he have more motivation and inspiration than me on that endeavor. ;)

Have a SAFE trip and most awesome experience! I know you'll really rock the convention and spark tons of people! ENJOY it!

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/29/2009 4:48PM

    have a great time!

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LAFTERSFREE 4/29/2009 4:47PM

    yay!!! today is a great day :) hope to see u tonight!!

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150-HERE-I-COME 4/29/2009 4:07PM

    YAY!!! CONGRATS TO THE HUBBY!!!!!

Safe travels!

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MISSY_MAGOO 4/29/2009 3:15PM

    emoticon emoticonto your hubby!

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MARLIE13 4/29/2009 3:01PM

    emoticon YAY to the hubs!

emoticon That was just for you.

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SWEETZMIX 4/29/2009 2:53PM

    emoticon for your hubby!! emoticon

Have fun Dana, ur presence on the website will be used, but I know you will SPARKING!!

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MDTWEETY 4/29/2009 2:50PM

    Congrats to your hubby!! YEAH!!
So, the big weekend is almost here! I can feel your excitement over here. ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY!

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TELERIE 4/29/2009 2:42PM

    Congratulations to your hubby and have wonderful time at the convention! Enjoy the chance to meet lots of wonderful Sparkies!

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SPRING4FAL 4/29/2009 2:36PM

    Congrats to your honey! That is awesome!!! WAY TO GO!

Ummm, what are you wearing to the convention? I am thinking a cute workout outfit but I have no idea what everyone else is wearing. LOL! Letta girl know!

Leah

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/29/2009 2:04PM

    Yay!!! Congrats to your man!!!

Have fun at the Spark Convention!

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KEAKMAN 4/29/2009 2:03PM

    Congrats to you hubby - what a relief!

And try not to get tooooo excited about leaving for San Diego... we don't want anuy "accidents" happening! :p

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LOBO1978_2000 4/29/2009 1:55PM

    have fun.

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BRUIN2 4/29/2009 1:53PM

    WOOOOHOOOO for H!!!!

(And for you too of course!)

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 4/29/2009 1:33PM

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Have fun at the convention!!

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CALICAVEGIRL 4/29/2009 1:25PM

    Whoo Hoo!!! Have FUN =)

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**PRICELESS** 4/29/2009 1:19PM

    YAY!! How exciting!!!!!
Congrats to your hubby!

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