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Friday, May 08, 2009

Feeling very much ON TRACK again. This weekend will pose some potential challenges, but I think I'm prepared for them.

The friend visiting will show up this evening and we will likely go out to eat (I need to go grocery shopping BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). And possibly tomorrow for lunch -- but he's leaving by Saturday night so I probably won't have to do too much to avoid eating out OR making sure we go someplace with a healthier option. So I'm not worried. I plan to do Pilates at home this weekend and go on another run on Sunday.

Yes ANOTHER run -- I got my first post race run in this morning (FINALLY). It was GORGEOUS outside and ... I stopped to give someone directions? HAHA That's the first time I've ever done that, but I think I did actually help them go the right way. I also took a detour to look at a cool statue thing my DH and his professor were telling me about right before I left for San Diego. It was so cute!!! In a courtyard near where I usually run, there is this like... rusted giant robot man taking a nap in the grass. I wished I was running with my camera. HAHAHA :D

Due to the stopping for direction giving and not really paying attention to my watch when I got back, I really have no idea what my time was like, but I ran 5K on the dot according to Mapmyrun so that's cool. Then I did some upper body ST. Wide Grip Lat Pulldowns, Bicep Curl w/ Shoulder press, Tricep Kick Backs, Lateral Shoulder Raises, and Decline Chest Flys and Chest Press.

Also after weighing in 5lbs UP right after I got back home from my trip, I'm now back 5lbs down so WOOT on that. I knew I never really overstuffed myself on my trip and my tons of walking, running, hiking all had to count as well. :) I really hope to jam pack more vacations in the future with as much physical activity as I had in San Diego. It was GREAT.

That's about it for now.

OH. ONE MORE THING. Today a coworker came up and handed me a cupcake in a plastic container. A BIG CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE with um, Chocolate Icing... and Belgian Chocolate Curls.

I'm sure I will eat it at some point -- it looks amazing and I'm a chocolate fiend.

But -- I'm proud that for now I resisted the urge to RUN OUT TO THE BREAK ROOM AND DEVOUR IT, and it is sitting out of sight in my desk drawer.

As she handed it to me she said,"Because everyone needs a little chocolate now and then." I just said, "HOLY CRAP.... this thing is massive!" HAHAHAHAHA

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    I think I want all my vacations to be athletic from now on, too. Less sitting around and getting drunk, more hiking, cycling, running outdoors, swimming and having adventures!!! Living life to it's fullest, that's what this is all about, right?! You are awesome! Have I told you that lately???!

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MISSY_MAGOO 5/9/2009 9:30PM

    That was sweet that she gave you a cupcake.
My neighbor gave me a bunch of mexican wedding cookies the other day- I said "oh- THANK YOU!" Then ate half of one- gave one plus my other half t my daughter, then threw the rest away so they would tempt me no longer. Shhhhh- don't tell her, hee hee :)

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SWEETZMIX 5/9/2009 10:53AM

    Dana I am proud u did not eat the cup cake. You can always save it for when you can really enjoy it. And kudos for getting rid of those "5lbs" you gained during vacation. I doub you really gained anything, but whatever...haha Enjoy the time with your friend, maybe you can throw in a healthy meal today before your friend leaves. I love reading my blogs b/c you are just a healthy person with a great lifestyle :) Enjoy your weekend!!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/9/2009 9:00AM

    That was sweet of her! I woke up thinking about cupcakes . . .

Traveling makes me hold water, too. That statue sounds adorable, see we people that run/cycle/walk get to see things that people in their cars don't!

Alright, ma dear, time to redesign a new workout schedule, right? I remember you were going to wait until after your trip, well trip is done time for your nagging friend to bug you. What is the new schedule like?

I cemented mine that I will do until we leave for St. Simons and then I'll continue it until I leave again for the beach June 8 and then how I am feeling.

Here it is (this isn't my cardio schedule, just st), feel free to share any thoughts whatever you have, Monday my advanced pilates class - so heavy core workout. Tuesday my current "day 1" it has all those jillian michaels moves, you remember? Then Thursday I am doing more straight up heavy lifting and hitting abs with a lot of resistance (I feel like pilates is great endurance for abs and both day 1 and day 2 include core/abs). This is Thursdays lifting:
Bench press 2/15
mid grip bent over row 2/15
leg press 3/12
hanging unassisted tri dips 2/8
hammer curls 2/15/side
quad extensions 3/6 super set with
hamstring curls 3/6
cable chest flies 2/15
lat pulldowns 2/12
step-ups 3/15/side
weighted incline bench abs 3/15
weighted vertical bench obliques 3/15/side
captains chair leg raises 3/18
bicycles 1/100/side

Then Sunday is my current day two except I scrapped that reverse squat with a chest press. I hated that exercise and not in a "I hate this because it is so good for me." but in a "I hate this because it doesn't feel effective, so I may be doing it wrong and I feel like an idiot" I substituted a plie squat with db upright row and I enjoyed my whole weights yesterday so much more! I seriously hated that thing, it tainted the whole workout - lol!!!

Anyhoo that is the plan.

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SKYFYRE 5/9/2009 12:35AM

    How nice (?) of her to think of you! Heehee! I like to bake, and I take the results to work. Sometimes I think they are throwing daggars in my back! Hahahaha! Nah, they love it!

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MARLIE13 5/8/2009 9:53PM

    Oooh a chocolate cupcake! I want one now too. ;o) Cool beans on your run. I love those kinds of runs.

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KASHMIR 5/8/2009 7:04PM

    Today must have been Chocolate at Work day! We had brownies and a chocolate cream pie for Birthday Friday. Thank GOODNESS it's only once a month we celebrate birthdays!!!

I skipped my tuesday run, but did get in my 45 min wednesday run, and tonight the schedule shows 40. I'm looking forward to Sunday...9 miles! (yipes!)

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KEAKMAN 5/8/2009 5:00PM

    Hooray for you getting in your run AND for resisting the cupcake (I would offer to take it off yourhands, but I know it would land on my hips and butt and stay there forever!)

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ETER_NITY 5/8/2009 4:58PM

    Have a nice weekend. Enjoy time with your friend.

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LASHERTHECAT 5/8/2009 3:53PM

    I WANT that cupcake!! Thank goodness it's miles away!!

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LAFTERSFREE 5/8/2009 3:46PM

    now im in the mood for a choc cupcake!!! lol, u gotta show me where exactly the robot is, it sounds cool. have fun with ur friend tonight

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RACHEL630 5/8/2009 3:24PM

    Congrats on not scarfing the chocolate down ASAP. You're an inspiration!

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WAVEDANCER7 5/8/2009 2:52PM

    Ooooh yummy cupcake! this morning we had donuts in the conference room. glazed with rainbow sprinkles... my fave.

I was proud of myself b/c i cut it in half, put it on a napkin and took it to my desk. it wasn't until like 2 hours later that I ate it. I mean, i ate it, but i really enjoyed it. And it was a very conscious decision to eat it, not like, "quick, scarf this thing down and barely taste it!!" :)

Have a fabulous weekend! You deserve it!!

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FITTYTIF 5/8/2009 2:49PM

    Wow! you sound busy!!! BUt yet you have a great plan!!! You are such an insperaion to me!!!

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BRUIN2 5/8/2009 2:41PM

    Yay for such a great day!!!

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BIGGIRL2082010 5/8/2009 2:38PM

    I have to say, I admire your strength of will. I'd probably have inhaled it on the spot! :)

Of course, that may tell you something about why I am the size I am. :D

Enjoy the visit and the planned eating-out!


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    Nice workout!! You're amazing, my friend! And way to go on not devouring the cupcake right off. That's a victory right there!

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SLENDERELLA2010 5/8/2009 2:13PM


Good for you, about the cupcake. You don't have to inhale it the moment
you get it in your hand....savor it later! And if you find it's not that good after all,
have a few bites and feed the rest to the garbage, LOL.


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Thursday, May 07, 2009

I am officially caught up with Sparks and have my BLOGS posted and PICTUREs are UP everywhere... I have a few things to tweak on the photos, but overall.


This morning I was going to run, but instead I ended up unpacking and putting things away and catching up on America's Next Top Model at the same time. Tomorrow morning I'm hitting the gym at 9AM. I've had two days off from workouts and I'm raring to go. When I left for work today I felt so ODD because I hadn't worked out. :P

! I found a funny picture that you will not have seen... someone else took this one -- it's me and Debbie (S318830) practicing "SKINNY" poses:



So that's about it for now -- I've added all my new SparkFriends. :) YAY. Looking forward to getting into my normal routine -- however, we're having a guest this weekend (only Friday night, though), so that will be something different still. Hence the special need for me to get all my CRAP unpacked and not spread out all over the living/dining area... HAHAHA :)

OH and for those of you just returning to my blog there are FOUR photoblog posts from my trip to San Diego posted on 5/6/2009 -- the earliest of which is the one about the Convention so don't forget to scroll on down so you don't miss them all!

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LOBO1978_2000 5/11/2009 8:57AM

    Thanks for sharing your picture. They were truely inspiring.

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RACHEL630 5/8/2009 3:27PM

    I love the running photo. So awesome!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/8/2009 8:50AM

    I LOVE the skinny pose pictures, that is hilarious! Great race finish photo!

The weekend will give you plenty of time to get back into the groove.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 5/8/2009 7:52AM

    Good to see you are getting back in the swing of things. A vacation can really throw things out of whack.

Enjoy your company.

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SKYFYRE 5/8/2009 1:21AM

    Great finishing photo! Love how happy you look!! Woohoo! You are a runner!

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AINTSKEERD 5/7/2009 9:57PM

    Thanks for sharing with us.

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KEAKMAN 5/7/2009 9:42PM

    Glad you got to go, and glad you made it home safely. Thanks for sharing the pics with us - now I feel like I was there, too!

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MOM2ACAT 5/7/2009 8:51PM

    Love the finish line pic!

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LAFTERSFREE 5/7/2009 7:37PM

    the finish line picture is AWESOME!!! im glad someone got that shot for ya!!! oh and ANTM... im happy with the outcome!!! CreepyChan is still in the running, lol. BTW, u up for a healthy dinner night this weekend??? I'm around the whole weekend with nothing to do, nope, nothing at all :) See ya tomorrow morning for the first time in FOREVER!!!!!

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KIMCATUS 5/7/2009 5:45PM

    Totally love the race finish one...wow!! And man you are one skinny bee-atch! lol

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    i have to watch amntm now!!!!

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The Other Stuff!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

OK so I did a lot of other stuff. :) I have been spamming my page with tons of pictures and I love it so here's more. HAHAHAHAHA :D

FIRST! The tiny plane. OH MAN. This plane was so small -- I could not stand up anywhere on it -- I was hunched over in the tallest part of the aisle.

Also what's up with the circles? Anyone know?

So anyway -- I get there and after meeting ~*~*LISA*~*~ and going on a very exciting trip to try to find groceries and eating a DELICIOUS sushi lunch (I didn't bring my camera - :( wah!) I decide I'm gonna go on a run -- on a plane all day I was ready to get MOVING!!!!!!!!!

I get dressed and then I'm like -- I need to take a picture of this. The ROBOT COSTUMES in Jen (the BFF)'s living room!!! HAHAHA :D They were so cool.

So I head out on my run - here are the pictures:

After that I did some Pilates. :) WOOT! Then Jen got home and we headed to the beach -- um, but it was freezing cold. The sun was going down and we were like, yeah, ok let's go. hahahaa But I did take a picture of this bird:

And someone running:

The next day was -- BALBOA PARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

I checked out the Body Worlds Exhibit at the Museum of Natural History -- dude. That was crazy. Bodies that have gone through a plastination process, so you're basically looking at actual bodies of people who donated them. It was NUTS. And there WERE nuts. *HAR HAR* But anyway -- it was really cool but no photo taking allowed. Here's the outside of the museum though:

When I came out of the museum on the other side there was this dude, playing like 5 digeridoo's and beating a drum hanging from his neck:

So then I walked around and saw the Botanical Building and checked that out:

Then I wandered and saw this really pretty garden:

THEN I FOUND THE ARCHERS!!! :D hehehe There was a little archery range off at the back of a parking lot or something.

Then it was off to the Air and Space Museum to meet Mr. Da Vinci...

It was so kind of funny -- when I went to present my ticket the little old man that was working the ticket area was like, so you're here to see Mr. Da Vinci! I was like, YEP! He said,"Well, you're too late. He's been dead for many years". HAHAHA ;) The exhibit was pretty cool -- there were wooden models of over 60 of his designs -- several of them were interactive. Including a BRIDGE building station!

I was kind of bummed when I first started trying to build it because I was like -- I NEED MORE HANDS!!! But I was all by myself. :( BUT! I kept trying and VOILA!

I also stepped inside the Chamber of Mirrors -- apparently the first 360! :D It made me think of Clinton and Stacy of course (What Not to Wear anyone?)

THEN it was on to the regular portion of the Air and Space Museum and I took WAYYYYYYYYYYY too many pictures of planes. I'll just share one photo with you from that -- a self-timer-ed shot of me in a plane. :D WHEE! hahaha

That night was the pre convention meeting, townhouse fun, and then I forgot to mention I went to PINKBERRY with Debbie (S318830). A first for me since they don't exist out here -- very good!!! It tastes tangy like yogurt -- not sweet like ice cream -- but it's froyo so the texture is the same as other froyo.

Then it was on to an 80's party!!! Picture of myself to commemorate. HAHA

Skip to Sunday -- downtown w/ my BFF! YAY!

She does not own a car so uses Public Transportation every day! :) Here's to the bus!

We actually spent more time on the trolley but I didn't take any pictures of it.

We checked out Horton Plaza Mall:

I was able to pick up a top from XXI Forever. WOOT.

Hit up Urban Outfitters -- where I tried on a ton of pants/jeans -- they were having a sale. None of the tops left were right for me, and most of the pants didn't fit (too short, baggy crotch, ONE too small, ONE too big) - but one was perfect. And on sale for $9.95. SO! :D PURCHASED! WOOT!

Then we DID go to the Ghiradelli Ice Cream Shop.... and I will spare you the picture of what I purchased there but it can be seen by following the link I'll give later. ;) HAHAHA.

Then Monday was Pacific Beach!!! :D You've seen a couple photos from that day with Krissy, but first we hit up the Pier.


This next picture was taken by this cute old man who on his first attempt, pressed the power button instead. oops! hhehe :)

Later that night it was HOMEMADE PIZZA TIME!!!!!!!!!!! :D
Look at these gorgeous toppings - that would be red onion, green pepper, black olives, baby bellas, pineapple, and banana peppers:

And done:


That pretty much sums everything up.

For more pictures: Most of the SPARK RELATED things are on Flickr under the user names: sparkconnie, sparkbunnie

The more personal ones are under: spark.alive, and atleastimonmyownagain

There is some overlap, but you can use the links below.




atleastimonmyownagain: www.flickr.com/photos/29136090@N06/

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KASHMIR 5/12/2009 2:34PM

    Hey! I can actually answer your question!!! Those round crop fields you flew over? They are round like that cuz the irrigation comes up in the center of the field, and the sprinkler system is an above ground pipe that goes out from there. It is on wheels, and it goes around the circle.

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CECE0330 5/11/2009 2:59PM

    So all weekend I was just waiting to get back to work so I could check out your pics! And I must say, Good job documenting your trip!!! Looks like you had a great time, and got so much done! Woo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BUTTAFLYH 5/7/2009 8:24PM

    Thank you so much for sharing all of this Dana for those of us who couldn't be there, this is a treat! That pizza looks AWESOME!! :) Holland

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SANLONDON 5/7/2009 5:03PM

    Wow, great pictures, looks like you had a great time! I caught that Body works exhibition when it was over here in London, it was quite a weird experience - I managed to meet the Doctor in charge of it, he wore a big Indy Jones type hat and had a stereotypical european mad scientist accent!

...that pizza does look good!


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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/7/2009 2:47PM

    HI!!!! I felt like I just had a vacay looking at your pictures - thanks lady!!

And I agree you look tall and lean! How tall are you?

I am digging the new hair - it has gotten long! I am trying to grow my shiz out, too. It is not easy as I am addicted to hair cuts -lol!!!

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KMKMOM 5/7/2009 1:05PM

    Great pictures! You look so slim and trim! I'm glad it was such a great time for you.

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CATIATM 5/7/2009 12:17PM

    I love the photos - *LOL*

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/7/2009 11:18AM

    seems like such a great trip. thanks for all the pictures

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MARLIE13 5/7/2009 11:07AM

    What fun that you had some time to be a tourist!

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SWEETZMIX 5/7/2009 9:41AM

    I loved all the pics. I can tell you had such a great time. Thanks for sharing Dana!!

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MDTWEETY 5/7/2009 9:37AM

    OOOH this looks like so much fun! I'm happy you had a good time. Great pics! I love the ones on the beach...so pretty.
I tried Pinkberry once. Blechhhhh! LOL! ;) I hope to make it to a future Spark convention!!

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CALICAVEGIRL 5/7/2009 9:13AM

    Yay for all the pics =)

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LASHERTHECAT 5/7/2009 8:32AM

    Thanks for the pics!!

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BIGJETFLYER 5/7/2009 1:48AM

  The "circles" seen from the airplane are a" common type of spray-irrigation system called center-pivot systems."
"The center-pivot systems have a number of metal frames (on rolling wheels) that hold the water tube out into the fields. And there can be a very big water gun at the end of the tube. Electric motors move each frame in a big circle around the field (the tube is fixed at the water source at the center of the circle), squirting water.

If you've been in an airplane you can easily locate center-pivot irrigation systems on the ground. You can't miss them -- just look for green circles of irrigated land below."

P.S. Glad you enjoyed your visit to San Diego. I was inspired by your frank discussion at the Convention!

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SKYFYRE 5/7/2009 1:28AM

    Glad you liked San Diego! It was great to have met up with you!

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    You and your bff look identical! For a second I wasn't sure which one was you! I love your blogs - you are so adventurous and I love the zillions of pics!

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~*~*LISA*~*~ 5/6/2009 11:14PM

    You are so incredible and I am so happy that we are Spark Friends!! I had so much fun on our grocery adventures and yummy japanese :)

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FITTYTIF 5/6/2009 11:10PM

    You were so close to me well only bout 2hrs!! I was really bummed I did not make it down but Little one was sick. Oh well maybe next time! Your pictures are great!!! sounds like you had lots of fun! Thanks for the pictures!

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BRUIN2 5/6/2009 10:15PM

    I clicked on the spark bunnie photos - so glad I did!! Yay for your race in SD!!!

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KIMCATUS 5/6/2009 9:42PM

    Love it all!!! Love love love all the pictures!!

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Bunny Union!!! :)

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

I have a very closeknit group of SparkFriends here on SparkPeople called the Bun Buddy Brigade -- we casually refer to ourselves as Bunnies. :)

We live all over -- a few of us in Canada, the rest scattered throughout the states and this is the first time two of us have had the chance to meet. I WAS SO PSYCHED!!!!!!!! We initially planned to go hiking on Monday afternoon, but that idea had to get scrapped so we met in Pacific Beach and headed to Belmont Park to ride the roller coaster!!!! Apparently this coaster has been there since like 1925!!! It's an old wooden gem. :)

Here we are in front of it:

SO FUN. :) I love Roller Coasters. At the very top of the first crest you are overlooking the entire beach and can look right out over the ocean -- SO GORGEOUS! :D

We then spent some time walking down the beach and then back up along all the gorgeous vacation homes.

Krissy (SKYFYRE) and to the right is Jen - my BFF from College! YAY! She's who I was staying with, but more on that later. :)

Then we watched the sunset:

Well we were talking about sunsets and Krissy brought up how gorgeous about how the sunrise is at some place and it turns into WE'RE GETTING UP at 3 something AM and departing around 4AM to go on a hike up Stonewall Peak to watch the sunrise. SWEET!!! :D hahahaha. Big big big kudos to Krissy for being up for doing that because we had SO MUCH FUN.

I took pretty much a thousand pictures -- it was so gorgeous. The funny thing is that going up it was so dark I had no idea of what I was surrounded by until we were on our way down and all these GORGEOUS little purple flowers were everywhere and I was like man -- I was just walking past all this and had NO IDEA. This was my FIRST HIKE EVER and it was so cool -- I think Krissy's got me hooked. Now I need to go find the trails in AL.

ANYWAY!!! Because the sun was slowly rising only when we were getting closer to the top, most of the pictures happened on the way down but here's one on the way up when the sky was just starting to color:

And now at the top! YAY!

It was CRAZY windy -- we had to change sides of the peak because my hair kept blowing in my face.

And there was a little notepad at the top and a pen that had seriously seen better days... but I did my best to SCRAWL something out:

And then it was time to descend:

Most of the trail on the way up is sandy, but at the top it's all ROCK -- it was really cool. Massive hunks of granite and who knows what else (I don't know enough about rocks...). :) But it was cool!!! We also took some pictures of these leaves that we wanted to identify later. hahaha.

Because of wildfires there were many trees that were totally scorched, but this one was completely hollow. I felt like a bear looking for honey. HAHAHAHA

Krissy let me borrow this hoodie -- I desperately needed it to do this hike. It was sooo windy and cold at the top and I was not expecting anything like that when packing for San Diego! HAHA :D

SO COOL!!!!! First hike EVER and it was AWESOME!!!!!!!!

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BRUIN2 5/8/2009 9:17AM

    I had NO IDEA that you had never hiked before!!!!

Yay for such a wonderful bunny union!!!!!

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BUTTAFLYH 5/7/2009 8:33PM

    GORGEOUS! I love it!! What an awesome trip you had!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 5/7/2009 2:49PM

    That is definitely an auspicious start to your hiking! That is awesome!!!!!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/7/2009 11:14AM

    that hike looks great. can't believe it was your first. krissy deflowered you lol.

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MARLIE13 5/7/2009 11:11AM

    Bunnies Forever....that's so awesome! What a fun blog!

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SPATULASARA 5/7/2009 9:52AM

    OMG, I LOVE the Stonewall Peak Hike, and I totally have a picture of me in that burnt out tree too :-P How cool that you got to go while you were here!

Dana! It was so fun meeting you at the convention!! Looking forward to being Sparkfriends :-)

- Sara

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HOPERY 5/7/2009 7:49AM

    OMG Did you mean that is the first time you have ever gone hiking in your life?

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SKYFYRE 5/7/2009 2:03AM

    Hey you! Totally am still smiling from reading this blog! What a great time! I have terrific memories of spending time with you that day! So glad that you were up for it because I probably would not have gotten up so early if you didn't agree to it! Haha! I hope you find some trails by you!

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LAFTERSFREE 5/6/2009 11:56PM

    LOVE the tree pic!!!

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100MILLBUTRFLYS 5/6/2009 10:01PM

    wow! that sounded like one amazing trip! i love hiking! just being in nature makes me feel great! I'm glad you had so much fun and saw so many beautiful sights. thanks for sharing those wonderful pics! That coaster looks like oodles of fun too! i LOVE coasters!

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    I'm so very excited for you! Congrats on your first hike!!! I love hiking and the outdoors - I'm going on my first outdoor climbing trip in just over a week! This comment has lots of exclamation points!

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KIMCATUS 5/6/2009 9:23PM

    Oh how gorgeous and what fun!! I love reading your blogs and living vicariously through you! ;-)

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KEAKMAN 5/6/2009 9:20PM

    Looks gorgeous! So glad you got to go. Now that know how wonderful hiking is, you have to do more (Appalachian Trail anyone?) And then come out here to the Pacific Northwest and we'll hike up to Angel's Rest - gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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150-HERE-I-COME 5/6/2009 9:16PM

    AWESOME place to go for your FIRST HIKE EVER!!!! I'm an avid hiker and always enjoy introducing people to it :) Thankfully most like it! KUDOS to Krissy for showing you THE WAY!!!!

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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:


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.


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:


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.

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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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