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Beauuutiful Run!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

So I did my run at lunchtime again today, I can see this being a Wednesday gig for me for a while -- looking down my training schedule only TWO Wednesdays have me running anything other than 4 miles. One 7 and one 2 (that last one is the Wednesday before the marathon!) - and the trail by my work is 4.14 miles, and with me getting dropped off at work 2 hrs early, clocking in an hour early and taking a 2 hour lunch to do that is pretty much perfect. And if I can't do that, I can always do it right after getting dropped off in the morning. Maybe I'll do that when I have to run 7 miles. EITHER WAY - very convenient!

Now I'm halfway through week 7... well....in number of runs. In mileage I'll be halfway through after TOMORROW's run. Then the big one on Saturday. I have to say, I never would have really expected to have such a nonchalant attitude toward running 4-7 miles... less than that as well. It's like -- ok.

Anyway -- after heading outside today to go to work I was looking forward to my run ALL DAY! It was sooooo beautiful outside. The sky was flawlessly gorgeous blue with not a SINGLE CLOUD. Low humidity, slight breeze, SUNNY. :)

(OH and ps. I chose sleep over erging this morning. BEST DECISION EVER. When I remembered I could run in the afternoon I was like, no way am I playing the get up early, workout, nap - game.)

Check out the forecast for my run: 77 Sunny, realfeel - 80, Humidity 40


Also no pain in the feet at all today. Just an FYI.

That's all I've got for today -- just essays on the beautiful weather and running.

Oh and TOM reared it's ugly head today. And work cake. But the cake was in tiny little pieces so very well managed. A happy and positive day.

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TELERIE 10/1/2009 4:34PM

    Awesome to hear about your beautiful run! You go, Dana!!!

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MSSUNBUG 10/1/2009 4:06PM

    Sounds lovely and amazing. It's nice to hear you say that you never thought you'd see 4-7 mile runs as no thing. WALKING that distance is a HUGE deal for me. I look forward to the day when running it seems like no big thing. Reading about your running and your commitment to it is INSPIRING, girlie! Keep it up!

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CATIATM 10/1/2009 1:31PM

    WORD is right! emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 10/1/2009 10:41AM

    A little cake to celebrate a beautiful day seems like a worthwhile decision!
Sooooo cool you had a great day!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/1/2009 10:14AM

    It sounds like a great day. Hope they all turn out this good.


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BRE7482 10/1/2009 2:23AM

    I'm so in love with the weather we're having right now! I'm glad you're enjoying your runs.

Comment edited on: 10/1/2009 2:24:21 AM

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JKPONYGIRL 9/30/2009 10:05PM

    I have just started running and I can't wait to get to the point where 4-7 miles seems like nothing. I'm so glad you are enjoying yourself.

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TAIMOIRAI 9/30/2009 9:41PM

    I would love some good outside running weather. No such luck here. It's still summer in Houston.

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    We had tiny cake at work today, too. I wish our weather was as nice as yours, though. I fear that fall is finally here. I'm thrilled to hear you had a perfect day. You deserve it!



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KEAKMAN 9/30/2009 9:36PM

    I think my hubby's favorite thing to hear me say (ok ALMOST favorite thing to hear me say emoticon) is "I only have a three/four/five mile run today" He is sooo proud of me, and is constantly asking "did you ever think a day would come when a ___ mile run would seem easy and something you do casually?" I LOVE IT!

Your run weather sounds great! Current weather forecast for the marathon is 55 degrees to start and mid 60s by the end...depending on when you end! No rain, either. I guess it has NEVER rained on the Portland Marathon (a miracle, no doubt, and proof that God loves runners best of all!)

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S318830 9/30/2009 9:11PM

    LOL! Yes, just wait until you go run for 3 hours and the first 2 feel like no big deal and you rarely glance at your watch because why bother? It's a very surreal feeling.

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FIRENUT34 9/30/2009 8:20PM

    Sounds like a good running day to me.

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Happiness is...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

... sleep? Wearing yellow? Eating my delicious new obsession?

HAHAHAHA :D Whatever it is, I'm having a much better day, so I'm all for it.

Just been feeling so full of positivity since I dunno, sometime last night really.

I think also going rowing this morning and having a good row combined with collecting some more of the fund raiser money AND getting an actual congratulations from the club president and being like, uhh thanks, what? and he was like, the FUNDRAISER! :) So apparently it is thought of as somewhat of a success even if it wasn't as much as I personally hoped for. He actually said that he got some more donations from people at his church! They just hadn't been able to get back to him prior to the event (again back to the timing issues, but I think we all agree on that one so no biggie kind of a thing).

IT GOT COLD!!!!!!!! I walked out of work last night and was like...


haha. This morning I checked the temps before I headed out for rowing to ensure I dressed appropriately. (FOR THE RECORD - it was like... 50's so not REALLY cold, just cold compared to how it's been here!) I wore longer pants, shirt, long sleeved shirt, hoodie, and headed out.

The thing about this is that... sometimes rowing involves water splashing into the boat. I removed my hoodie before the splashing really began, but it was in the bottom of the boat and got a LITTLE wet that way, my long sleeved T's sleeves got SOAKED, also most of my left side. I was so cold and wet when I left there -- but the good thing is that the level of activity made it really tolerable during the row. It was really no big deal. At first no splashing because we're doing warmups and not able to really get sloppy, and by the time the splashing occurred... we were... warmed up. :)

But I did forget my running shoes on the way out of the house so I had to come back home and run a different route than I intended... one that I forgot involves THREE big hills.

I didn't actually run this in the order I have it mapped -- the tail end (.7 miles ish) was actually run at the beginning but you see the humps in there. Assuming this stuff is accurate anyway!

So -- I'm having kind of a mild weird pain. I tried to look stuff up online but nothing REALLY fit it and the closest thing doesn't really seem to have much you can do except maybe put an extra pad in your shoe (well other than get a shot from a dr that may or may not help it - neuroma is what I'm guessing at) It's a pain in the curling area of my toes, the like... middle toes. But it's not all the time, just sometimes... not even on some runs and even on the runs it happens on, most of the time I don't feel it but then I occasionally do. And then it like stops. I dunno, I'm not really worried about it, but I wanted to make note of it and be aware of it.

So anyway -- I felt kinda cold when running especially in the beginning, but not REALLY. Just my arms and hands a bit. But overall it was a really good run!! I tried a new "fuel"... didn't have a chance to get to the sporting good store so I decided to try Twizzler's Cherry Nibs. LOVE THEM.... uh.... but maybe not so much for the running fuel? Now that I've tried the GU and see how QUICKLY that goes, I'm like chewing all these little nibs, I had to start running again and chew and run which was actually fine, but not sure I prefer it is all. Today was also one of the faster times for me on this route which is interesting. I need to make sure to take it easy tomorrow.

Then shower/eat/watch House/sleep. Until RIGHT about time for me to leave!!! :D Luckily my hubby came and woke me up - not sure what happened with my alarm. I think I just turned it off and went back to sleep but I'm sure that was a good decision.

Speaking of tomorrow -- the plan is to erg in the morning at 6AM and be running by 6:45ish. I'm going to go for sleeves tomorrow probably and maybe bring my gloves. I didn't start running today until like 8AM so I bet it will be cooler.

New delicious obsession:

150 cal/13g fat/25mg sodium/6g carbs (3 fiber 1 sugar)/6g protein per ONE OZ.

They ARE sweetened with acesulfame potassium and sucralose, FYI for those who are avoiding artificial sweeteners, but the sweetness level is very low with these, they are the last ingredients. To me it is the PERFECT amount of sweet, the dark chocolate flavor is delicious, they are so good. The best thing is that for me, I can actually eat a few and not feel like I need to eat a ton of them. I have a little baggie here at work and I had a few at my last snack break when I ate my yogurt, and I'll probably have the rest with my lunch, but might save a few for later tonight. :D haha.

That's all for now... still busy busy with the schedule but I'm feeling less stressed and more positive for sure.

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MSSUNBUG 10/1/2009 4:03PM

    I LOOOOOOOOOVE those almonds. I swear, some days they're just what gets me through! :-)

I know exactly the running pain you're describing. Back when I was walking 4-5 miles each day, consistently, I had the same pain. Rest helped it to feel better, but it would regularly come back. I was walking quickly, which involves a lot of.... sort of like "propelling" from that area of the foot, and it used to just completely stress that area out. Make sure you take good care of that!

Glad to hear your of your positive shift too!

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TAKEONME48137 10/1/2009 3:42PM

    I have to try those nuts sometimes! And I'm loving the weather as well. It's been like 50 in the morning and fairly breezy the rest of the day. =)

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NATURALLYME126 9/30/2009 5:13PM

    Girl those almonds are the best thing since sliced bread! Lol. One of my coworkers introduced them to me a few weeks ago and told me I can get them cheaper at Target (did you know they sell them?) because I priced them at Kroger (not sure if you have one of those there) and Walmart and they were kinda pricey for me.

It has been super chilly here. But I totally plan on getting in as much walking outdoors as I can since it won't be long before it is too yucky out to do anything. :(

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MDTWEETY 9/30/2009 1:55PM

    Happiness is SLEEP!!
Those almonds look yummy!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/30/2009 1:23PM

    Sounds like life is returning to a relative normal now that the fundraiser is done. Make sure you ask how people thought it turned out. The kudos you get can be a needed boost and it will help you learn for your next one.

Definitely take it easy the next day or two with that foot acting up.


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SWEETZMIX 9/30/2009 11:43AM

    Dana, glad to hear you are doing alright. I haven't really been on spark, but kinda out of the loop going through my own issues, u know?? I love all kids of nuts (lol no pun intended) and I will try these when I go to the grocery store. Looks yummy!! And girl I know what u mean about cold. Today I left my house with a sweater and a light jacket w/ my cute scarf!! It's only going to go up to 66 as a HIGH today. I have a feeling it's going to be a cold fall & winter :(

Take Care!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 9/30/2009 8:35AM

    I have seen those, I love almonds and dark chocolate so I could getting into trouble - lol!! And you have got me wanting to wear some yellow!

How did you get that nifty map?

I am sure the fundraiser was a success!

I am with you on the running and cold, and I am total wimp anything under 50 and I'm like "I;m cold!" It is still WAY easier than running in the heat, though. It is 49 here this morning. It feels great! Jake and I lit the chiminea last night, good stuff!

Have a great humpday!

PS: I vote ATL!

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JESPAH 9/30/2009 6:28AM

    The toes thing -- one thing I've found is I'd better have short toenails if I'm going to run. Might help a lil.

Egad, chocolate covered almonds, get thee behind me, Satan! :)

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    I eat nuts with a square of dark chocolate. Its soooooooo good!

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KEAKMAN 9/29/2009 9:18PM

    Cooler and damper weather, here it comes! Now to find out who the REAL runners are! (sorry to hear about your foot.....go see a doc if it doesn't get better, just in case)

So what are your favorite gels/GU/etc? I have been munching various freebies from races, and they are all the same - cranberry something or other shot bloks...good stuff, but in case there is something more gooder out there that I should try.....

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LAFTERSFREE 9/29/2009 8:35PM

    i am LOVING the cooler weather, we went to the blink concert outdoors last night and the weather was PERFECT for an outdoor concert!!!
those almonds sound great, i gotta try something like that. i was having some major chocolate needs today!!!! hope we can catch up soon, it sucks that we are both so insanely busy lately!!!!

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CECE0330 9/29/2009 5:36PM

    OK, so everything I read prior to the almonds evaporated as soon as I started imagining the taste of those little guys.... emoticon I've been snacking on Vanilla Bean almonds lately, and find I enjoy 15 of those more than a piece of candy or some "faux" treat....those 100 calorie junky foods.

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    You are so cool! I love that you always pick yourself back up after feeling discouraged. It helps me to keep going too!

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SEEHOLZ 9/29/2009 5:13PM

    LOL- I also LOVE those nuts!!!
So cool you're happy today-- as for wearing yellow, I'd be depressed-LOL! so not my color... but heck, light purple or light blue would do the trick!
It got cold like everywhere-seriously, every blog I read (even in FL) the temps are down the toilet.. fall is upon us girl!

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MBSHAZZER 9/29/2009 5:10PM

    I LOVE THOSE NUTS!!!! I share your obsession!

Enjoy the "cold" weather - we get 50's here in Florida every once in a while in the "dead of winter".

So glad you are feeling HAPPY!

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KJNE8O 9/29/2009 5:06PM

    Have you tried tha Hammer Gels? I really like them - I like all the Hammer Nutrition products.

OK, I live in Ohio but I HATE being cold, especially wet AND cold! Great run today - nice hills! Ugh!

Glad you are feeling better!

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Row-A-Thon, Running, Etc.

Monday, September 28, 2009


The Row-A-Thon! We rowed. It was nice. I didn't row actually, I was manning the shelter in the park -- which was less of a success. I think partially because of the forecast and partially because of the lateness of things which allowed us very little by way of advertising... anyway. I have a total so far of some of the donations, but I still have yet to collect the donations given to the other rowers that received pledges so I do not know how successful it was as a whole yet.

Running - WEEK 6/16 DONE!

This week did not have a typical long run scheduled for the weekend. I did run over 7 miles on Tuesday, however, which for me has been a longer type of a run, but Saturday was supposed to be a " two mile warmup, 5K race, 1 mile cooldown". Well I didn't enter any races, there wasn't one in town, so instead I just did the two mile warmup (actually about 2.1 miles), then ran 3 miles as if I were racing, and then did another mile lap as a cooldown. So the total was a little over six miles, but man!!!! It was hard and fun to run fast again! My first mile loop was at 9:15min! hahahaha. I started out WAYYYYYYYY too fast, though. I could feel myself fading fast halfway through that loop. I ended up second mile around 9:30, last mile around 10:15... haha I also REALLY lost focus at one point in the last mile... I started thinking about other things and then I was like, oh yeah I'm supposed to be racing! I finished the 3 miles in 29:00 though, so considering I've been running an average between 12-13min miles on my runs recently, it was nice to reassure myself that this is because I REALLY AM taking it easy. Not because I can't run fast anymore. Ya know?

So I got that done.

So..... we're not going to be leaving in December unless some amazing job offer pops up like NOW. Within the next week or so is when we have to be telling people (apt, University) if we're gonna be here any longer and so far no bites. (Not too many apps put in but very recently, though... but there's really no reason to try to kill ourselves to get out of here...)

It was a bit of a letdown for me -- ok I'm being very conservative with that statement because frankly I'm embarrassed with how I reacted when it came down to it that this was the best decision for us to make... I criiiiied, it was awful. I was just SO looking forward to giving the big PEACE I'M OUTTA HERE at my work, sooooooo counting on not realllly being the fundraising person forever, just until we left in Dec... stuff like that. But oh well -- it's really not that bad. It just took me a while to readjust my expectations. Ya know? In the grand scheme of things another 4-5 months is really no big deal. Not to mention that it's not going to be like it is now... marathon training takes up so much time and is stressful. It's exciting!!!! But doing it on top of the other things in life just takes a lot out of you.

Anyway -- a little bit downer sounding of an entry, but really, I'm glad last week is over. I was feeling very cheerful this morning and I'm still feeling pretty good. :) I'm looking forward to what the future has to bring, even though it's different than what I was expecting the future to look like a week ago or so.

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LAFTERSFREE 9/29/2009 8:31PM

    those extra months will fly by.. don't worry dana, but i definitely hear u on being eager to leave here. great job on the runs, and although the training is taking a lot out of you, you know that completing the marathon will be one of the most amazing accomplishments of your life and that is worth it.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 9/29/2009 1:21PM

    Where are you guys planning on going?

I am sorry that the row-a-thon wasn't quite as successful as you would have liked.

That stinks that you have to stick it out longer than you wanted, but like you said, training will take up a lot of the time . . . it definitely gives you something concrete, that you can control to look forward to, as well.

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SEEHOLZ 9/29/2009 11:13AM

    I'm sorry that things didn't work out as planned- honestly, I must have missed a blog or something, I only thought that you were going to move out of this current apartment, not change jobs or leave town?
This is so cliche and usually the most annoying thing to say when you're in it, but things do happen for a reason and my reason for taking a chance to be "egged" by you--- is the fact that I 100% believe that!
Like you said- it's 4 to 5 months longer, right? That goes by quick... at least in hinesight-LOL! I'm too impatient to await the next 2 weeks ( or should I say 16 days- oi- but in hinesight, it won't seem that long-LOL- or so I keep telling myself)
Great job on the 5K pace-- you totally rocked it- I still do the "run out too quick, fade" thing, so no worries-- just like everything, running is a life long learning experience-LOL!

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BRE7482 9/29/2009 10:50AM

    I'm sorry you're not leaving as soon as you had planned. I've lived here for 27 years, so I understand. Congrats on the great times for your 3 miles though.

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CATIATM 9/29/2009 10:35AM

    I hear you on the whole "peace out" thing. And you're right: it's a question of expections.
Any idea on the new timeline?

Wow! Great run! WOOT!

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DDOORN 9/29/2009 9:05AM

    For a "downer" you sure do still SPARK-a-PLENTY! :-)


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/29/2009 8:01AM

    Glad you made it through the fundraiser. The running sounds like it is pretty well on track.

Don't be too bummed about the life change (moving/job). We never know what the future holds for us. You are just being put in the right place by our loving Father.

Keep with it.


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KEAKMAN 9/28/2009 11:29PM

    Great run Dana! You are one speedy chick!

Sorry for the disappointment. I hope this means the right job is just around the corner for your DH and you get to move to the exact right place!


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MBSHAZZER 9/28/2009 5:01PM

    Hey, sounds like you've had lots of success on the exercise front. And while it's disappointing that you will not be moving in December, it sounds like you've managed to make the best of it and make the glass half full instead of half empty! :)

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KJNE8O 9/28/2009 4:12PM

    First - great run! That is awesome and you are fast!

Second- Hugs on the dissapointment - I'm sure that you will find something spectacular soon and will be on to grand new adventures - I just know it :)

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TAKEONME48137 9/28/2009 3:44PM

    I'm glad that despite all that you're feeling cheerful today. I'm sorry that you won't be leaving Tuscaloosa as soon as you thought. But who knows? Maybe it will be some sort of new adventure. I know you had said a while back that once Henry graduates, then you would look into going back to school. Are you going to be able to do that now? Or is that going to be on hold for just a little bit longer? If so, I think you should come back here. =) hehehe Of course, that's selfish of me. You also have one year or so of Chiefs left, right? Incentive! lol I'm totally joking, but seriously, new adventure! I'm also glad that the marathon training is going well. Whenever I read about it, I get more and more inspired to run some kind of race. At the moment, I just really can't do it timing wise and the fact that my neighborhood is kinda sketchy. I know there's other ways around it, but I'm just settling for doing cardio at the gym for now as I have paid for a gym membership so I feel I should use it as much as possible, etc. Anyways, I wish you more success in the training and such. *hugs*

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KARVY09 9/28/2009 3:28PM

    Hey, you'll get out of there eventually. In the meantime, you're doing amazing with all your running and rowing!

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MDTWEETY 9/28/2009 3:20PM

    I know a little bit about how you feel. Two years ago hubby and I were on our way outta here too and then we couldn't sell the house and a good opportunity came up for him at work and well, we're still here. It took me a while to readjust as well and I want to move so badly. But I think you have the right idea to focus on the training and the GOOD things that are going on in your life. Hugs. :)

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Proud of enduring!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I definitely used to be a very lazy person.

Procrastinate EVERYTHING except for what seems immediately fun and easy. Which obviously led to lost of sitting on the couch, watching TV and eating eating eating.

Now my opinion on FUN has evolved to include a LOT MORE THINGS, and what is easy isn't always the most appealing thing anymore. Sometimes things become appealing because of the fact that they AREN'T easy... (marathon anyone???)

Since I've changed a bit, I've also become of the opinion that anyone can stand something difficult for a short period of time... Let me clarify I guess. Like Jillian Michael's Making the Cut program -- 30days... it's grueling, but hey. It's only 30 days. Do it, rock it, and you can move on to something else. When I was working massive amounts of overtime at my job one month/two... it was tough, but it was doable and necessary and it wasn't forever.

Right now I'm in one of those situations. My plate became overly full, but I couldn't see anything I could/wanted to remove from it, so now I'm burning the candle at both ends... but!!!!!!! After this weekend, it's over. *phwew*

SO! :D Right now I just count down the days.

This morning I was debating whether to shove my run off to another day... but ultimately decided I would feel a lot better if I just gritted my teeth and got it done. BOY HOWDY! Rowing this morning was tough, but good. The run was... slow (purposefully slow) and hard, and wearymaking, but toward the end I just started thinking how happy I was to have this done today so I could move on with a nice REST day tomorrow prior to crazy row-a-thon day. I think I'm gonna get up and do my running before the row-a-thon, too... I WANTED to row all 4 hours, but it's not going to be super grueling in any case, and there are plenty of volunteers so I can rotate out of the rowing portion at any time. So... again, get it done early and check it off the list! :)


See above? About procrastinating? Now, that isn't to say I still don't procrastinate SOME things... but there are things that are NOT FUN these days, and I DO THEM right away, or soon, or early...

Anyway now I'm hungry.


As of today I'm already over my calorie burn estimate for the week -- that is not counting any ST, and no running or rowing this weekend.... so.... yeah. Yesterday I was feeling it and I purposefully ate a little over my calories. Right now I'm just eating when I'm hungry and eating good stuff -- the worst thing I've eaten are Kashi Crunch Bars probably, and the candy corn I took for my running sugar today cause I forgot I ran out of running fuel! I'm still tracking up till dinnertime so I have an idea where I am and don't lose my feeling for how much I'm eating and when... sometime soon I'll adjust my ranges in sparks but for right now I'm just going to go with the flow.

So. Snack time.

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MSSUNBUG 10/1/2009 4:07PM

    yay for you! LOVE this blog!

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LAFTERSFREE 9/29/2009 8:27PM

    i like that outlook, that everything is just temporary, so just do what you can as best you can and at some point the challenge will be over! that's motivating :)

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HOLLY1949 9/28/2009 9:33PM

    I would say that you have changed more than a bit. emoticon

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CATIATM 9/27/2009 2:44AM

    Rock on is right! I read this blog twice to really digest it. You've hit it on the head: your transformation was as much on the inside as it was outside. You look different, but the actions that made/make you successful reflect a change in thinking.

You should be bery proud of yourself, Dana. emoticon

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 9/25/2009 5:24PM

    Rock on Dana! I feel the same way about not procrastinating and grinding things out. I too TOTALLY - or at least in LARGE PART credit exercise, it is so good for our lives in so many ways. You SHOULD be proud of yourself, girl!

PS: running in winter is helped out a LOT with good gear. I am not a gear head, but good cold weather stuff makes a difference.

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SEEHOLZ 9/25/2009 5:18PM

    I'm using some of the same principles to push through... trying really hard not to burn myself out! I got until the 15th though... but, what do they say.. the only way to the other side is THROUGH the fire??? Something similar anyways-LOL!
I miss my double/triple workouts, but am trying to do some focused kick you $ss stuff, so that I still feel the burn-LOL!
Great job on sticking it out-- you go girl!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/25/2009 2:07PM

    great blog dana!

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KJNE8O 9/25/2009 11:19AM

    Yup - I used to be lazy too - I can't imagine what I could have accomplished if I hadn't spent so much time just sitting on the couch! Amazing isn't it how we waste our lives?

Good for you for getting that workout done! Isn't it a wonderful feeling? YAY! Have a GREAT weekend!

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EOSAURORA84 9/25/2009 9:49AM

    i could never imagin you as a lazy person....i agree with you that everyone can do a diffucult thing for a least a few minutes.....i also like to get the crapy stuff that i dont really want to do out of the way first, or i will never do it.....good luck onthe row-a-thon....

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/25/2009 6:58AM

    Hope everything goes well this weekend. You've put a ton of work into it.


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JESPAH 9/25/2009 6:23AM

    Great job! Funny how things we used to dismiss become what we desire, if we stick with 'em long enough to see their virtues. :)

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DANCINGCAROL 9/24/2009 9:46PM

    Wow. Neat post. Thanks for the inspiration.

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SPARKNMOM 9/24/2009 9:35PM

    You're doing wonderfully. And let me just say, I needed to read this today. I, too, tend to overload myself, but really feel all my current obligations are too important to let go. Glad to be reminded that there is an end date to it all...and in the end, it's ALL worth it.

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KNH771 9/24/2009 5:44PM

    If you could bottle up your mojo and sell it, you'd be a zillionaire! Keep it up. I'll borrow some of your extra calorie burn!

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    And you SHOULD be proud! There are very few people who can say they've accomplished what you have, so GO YOU!!!

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MISSY_MAGOO 9/24/2009 5:11PM

    WooHoo! You ARE rockin it!

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CLOVERR1 9/24/2009 4:56PM

    Have I ever mentioned that my "spirit animal" is a sloth? :)

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    "Do it, rock it, and you can move on to something else." This is great stuff! Of course, as you've discovered, doing it and rocking it can also lead to LOVING IT. We'll never know if we don't DO IT.



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KARVY09 9/24/2009 4:12PM

    Nice job amping up your workouts. I need to get some of that anti-procrastination juice you're taking!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/24/2009 4:11PM

    I don't always comment on your blogs, but I always read them. I'm so impressed with all the exercise you do and the consistency of it. It's somehow comforting to me that you once struggled with procrastination to a significant degree. It's also motivating to me to see how you continue to work on overcoming it when it rears it's ugly head.

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MDTWEETY 9/24/2009 4:06PM

    Awesome! I procrastinate at times too, but I always feel better when I just get whatever it is DONE. Having things hanging overhead is not at all fun.

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MBSHAZZER 9/24/2009 4:04PM

    WHEEE! Isn't it awesome to have things done early?! I am soooo freaking anal about stuff like that - at work, it usually ends up creating more work for me, but in general, it's the best way to do stuff. You'll save yourself time, money, and stress. Anyway, WAY TO GO!!!

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A REAL blog.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Still crazy busy, and short on sleep, but things are getting done and I'm feeling positive.

Now that the approval is there, and things are starting to come together, I'm getting a little excited about the fundraiser. There are still a few concerns I have - the biggest one being the weather. The river has flooded recently and I'm just praying for little to no rain for the rest of the week, so that things can be normal and we can row.

As of right now, we're supposed to be able to get on the water tomorrow, so that is a good sign.

Flyers have been made and some are hung up already, I have more door prizes even than before, I mean we're gonna have a lot... it's going to be great.

I have enough volunteers to row and everything, so we should be covered the day of as far as actually getting things done. Now I just have to hope everyone is really out there getting donations and that the day of we are able to get enough money to really have this thing be successful. I mean we can have a nice day in the park and row for 4 hours, that part is looking ok, but making money is the point so I hope it does that well.

Aside from that, I've been eating within calories this week... exercise has been there.

Yesterday and today I did a bit of erging at the Aquatic Center prior to my runs. Boy, that erging is TOUGH. I didn't do very much on Tuesday, but my run was also much longer at 7.55miles. That is definitely the longest run I've ever done midweek!

It was FANTASTIC, too.

Honestly my long run on Saturday was kind of the pits. So it was really reassuring to have such an excellent longer run -- and I really and truly experienced the "runner's high" yesterday. :) It was GREAT. This morning's run was a bit tougher through parts of it, but ended strong. I think the erging was so tough this morning, and then the sleep getting shorter... but then my music started rocking and I knew I had someone who was running/walking behind me and I didn't want them to catch up to me so that helped. Right when I was getting to the last stretch of my run, I saw them catch up to me on the opposite side of the road and then start walking. I wonder if their goal was to catch up? They might have been alternating running and walking behind me the whole time, though, but I prefer to think I was their bunny. That would be cool.

Then I went home and had a smoothie and then did some strength training while watching Biggest Loser.

I cried! When the brown team dude was talking to his family and he mentioned his daughter saying to him, "I want a big belly like you!" and then she started to put on weight... *sniffle* One of the big reasons I wanted to lose weight was to set a healthy example for my children and also to learn about HOW to BE healthy so that I could bring them up healthy. It just got to me! First time I've been able to watch BL America for quite some time because there were lots of TiVo conflicts last season... annnywayyyyy. That show is insane, but it IS inspiring.

So like I mentioned, tomorrow morning we're supposed to be able to get on the water to row! YAY! :D So that's today.... tomorrow is supposed to be 6 miles, and then Saturday is supposed to be 2 mile warmup jog, run a 5K race, and then 1 mile cooldown. There is no 5K in town and I'm not travelling and paying money just cause my plan says for me to run a 5K this week. I'm just gonna do a VIRTUAL 5K. woot. :) Run fast and kill it on my own.


Can't wait till this week is over and things can get back to somewhat normal!

Oh and I'm officially the Club's Fundraising Coordinator now which means I get a vote on the board. :) They asked and I figured why not, I'm already doing it and at least that will give me some power. We will (hopefully) be moving at the end of this year, and I may not even have to plan another fundraiser, but I can still be more involved in the club and have some input. And if something DOES come up to have another fundraiser, well at least I'll be able to have some power behind my suggestions as well.

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LAFTERSFREE 9/29/2009 8:25PM

    congrats on becoming fundraiser coordinator, im sure they were definitely thinking about all the hard work and enthusiasm you are putting in for everyone!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 9/24/2009 12:33PM

    You are just a whirlwind of activity. It is amazing to imagine having that much. I would probably explode if I actually did have that much.


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SWEETZMIX 9/24/2009 10:20AM

    Glad to hear you are doing alright. Keep working hard. I am kinda excited to see how your fundraiser turns out.

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TRACYZABELLE 9/24/2009 6:13AM

    a virtual 5k sounds awesome!..good luck with the fundraiser-- sounds like a great thing

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FITTYTIF 9/24/2009 12:45AM

    That is so cool you are going to do a virtual 5K. just because!

I am telling you that is my goal. I do not need to beat a time or anything but I am going to do a 5K even if I have to walk it fast!!!!
But now I will have to wait 6 months before even starting to train. But hey those months will go by fast right!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/23/2009 11:17PM

    glad you got a good run in after a bad one. those bad ones suck but they make the good ones so much better. the pvr conflicts are out of control right now. being completely on the west coast though i have the luxury of taping some stuff on the eastern feeds 3 hours before on the main networks so that helps. the other night i was actually thinking about getting my own box cause i don't want to share with dh anymore!!!!!! really mature hey???? you are rocking your workouts and this fundraiser. yeah those orange dresses only look good on us white girls with olive skin. i will be pasty white and gross at the start of june. bleh!

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DDOORN 9/23/2009 10:50PM

    Steam locomotive as EVER you are...!

Being a good role model for children is such a POWERFUL motivator...at least it has been for me! After all those years of being such a POOR role model, doing the best I can now to show my son the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle...!

Better late than never!


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SKINNYSOON13 9/23/2009 8:52PM

    You're crazy! :-) But at least you got the POWER! :-) hehe

YAY on getting out on the water, your virtual 5K and that you're all good otherwise!

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KNH771 9/23/2009 7:07PM

    You know, I hadn't thought about doing a virtual 5K! I was telling someone the other day, that I was starting to feel withdrawal... and I'm not even a runner! That's a great idea. I hope you can get out on the water tomorrow!

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SKISINCO 9/23/2009 6:48PM

    You are such an inspiration in all that you say and do. Thank you for still being such a huge part of SP and encouraging those that are coming up after you. Glad things are going well too!

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MBSHAZZER 9/23/2009 6:33PM

    I'm exhausted just reading your blog!!! Glad everything is falling into place....

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SEEHOLZ 9/23/2009 5:11PM

    I didn't TV biggest looser-- I don't know if I even want to, because of all my hectic schedule.. but, by the same token, the inspiration would be nice...
Anyways, congrats on joining the board-- you totally deserve some power!

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BRE7482 9/23/2009 4:59PM

    Wow...just reading about your schedule makes me tired. Congrats on the coordinator position. Will you be moving out of town?

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MISSY_MAGOO 9/23/2009 4:18PM

    You have been crazy busy- no wonder you're short on sleep. Try and find time to rest, I'd hate to see you run yourself down.

I watched BL last night too- I missed the season premier- but it definitely looks like it'll be a good season :) And ya- I totally wanted to cry for the guy who said that about his little girl. I totally didn't think they'd make it to the phone calls let alone finish that challenge! especially watching them all shake on it- I'm a survivor watcher also, and on survivor you've got all these super in shape athletic young people falling off balance beams all the time- so it was so awesome to watch all these out of shape and of all ages people work together and kick butt! :)

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    Sounds AWESOME girlie. It's been a pretty good week for you so far! Great job running through those 'tough' runs . . . that'll make you a tougher person . . and your future runs will seem easier (as proof by that runners high!) hehe

I can't watch BL this year . . I have WAY too many DVR conflicts. boo. I don't think I've ever recorded so much TV before. My lazy Saturday mornings will be nice and full. I'll have to wake up early. haha!

Congrats on being the Fundraising Coordinator! You'll do awesome (as you already have!)


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