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Moving Along

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Today's row and run kinda sucked -- but hey! They can't all be fantastic!!!! :)

They got done and I'm grateful and glad for both of them.

I got to pick up some groceries today - woohoo.

Also I MADE CHILI and CORNBREAD last night! WOOHOOO!!!

It was sooooooo good. I made a very close variation on Ellie Krieger's Confetti Chili -- essentially I didn't have the canned chipotle in adobo sauce, but I used some Mrs. Dash Chipotle seasoning and chili powder instead, and I had an extra yellow pepper... so obviously very similar. I love that recipe! Go get her book! The Food You Crave!

I used Dr. Weil's Cornbread recipe:

1 1/4 cup corn meal
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1 1/2 cups of boiling water mixed w/ 2 tablespoons canola and a little to grease the pan

place the greased cast iron skillet in 425 oven to preheat. Mix dry ingredients, then addd boiling water w/ oil - add additional hot water if needed to make a light batter - do not over mix.

I personally added some minced jalepenos (but didn't add enough, I'll know better next time still really good).

Then spoon into hot pan in the oven, cook for about 30min until slightly springy to touch and starting to brown up top.

Anyway it was really good.

And I have leftover chili for the week - yay!

  
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TWLIGHT1 10/7/2009 12:53PM

    You are making me so hungry! I have got to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing it! God Bless You! emoticon

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 10/7/2009 11:39AM

    Sounds delicious!

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KJNE8O 10/7/2009 10:03AM

    That sounds delicious! Can you post the chili recipe too?

On the cornbread - is it moist or more of a crumbly mixture? You added jalapenos but is the cornbread kind of sweet? There is a lady here at work that makes the BEST cornbread (yes, in Ohio) and it's super moist and kind of sweet, but not like a cake sweet, just the right level of sweetness. BUT SHE REFUSES TO GIVE OUT HER RECIPE!! WAHHH
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I told her it was going to be my mission in life to figure out her recipe! Any tips?

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BRE7482 10/7/2009 9:07AM

    I also have that book and LOVE it! You're making me hungry. Lol!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/7/2009 8:09AM

    Never made cornbread from scratch. That recipe sounds very simple.

We had chili at our house last night too. Will have to make some cornbread for with the leftovers.

ttyl

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/6/2009 10:50PM

    i have never made cornbread. i should give it a shot. chili sounds good right now. going to go watch crazy eyes right now. emoticon

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KEAKMAN 10/6/2009 10:45PM

    I am proud of you for doing the second of your row/run combo after the first one sucked. It would have been so easy to skip it, but not Dana. No sir. She does her workouts, even when they are not quite so much fun! GO DANA!

I love chili and cornbread. I'm gonna have to make me some for my lunches next week - great idea!

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GAYEMC 10/6/2009 7:59PM

    I love cornbread and that sounds good and easy. Will have to give it a try. Sorry your run/row wasn't so good today.

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LAFTERSFREE 10/6/2009 7:54PM

    um we definitely do need to talk about doing the healthy meal nights again soon.... :)

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VLVTGRRL 10/6/2009 7:08PM

    YUMMM!!

And good point about your row and run. They can't all be fabulous!! And a sucky one occasionally just makes you appreciate the great ones that much more... and helps you recognize the good ones from the not so good ones. How boring it would be if they were the same every time! Even IF they're fantastic! "Fantastic" would lose its meaning. :-D 'Scuse the philosophy interjection!

Have a great rest of the week!

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SWEETZMIX 10/6/2009 5:25PM

    uuggh I haven't had cornbread in forever...mmm now I want some!

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MBSHAZZER 10/6/2009 5:23PM

    MMMM that sounds really good!! I love corn bread!

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4565S568SDS 10/6/2009 5:08PM

  I'm trying cornbread recipes left and right. Will add "yours" to the list.

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TAKE THAT HALF+ MARATHON DISTANCE!!!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

I just totally rocked that run.

The 13.78 mile portion took 2:54:30 - under 13min miles which has been my normal average for long runs. I felt pretty good at the end -- my legs were tired but no distinct pains. WOOT.

I really didn't start feeling that tired leg feeling until the last mile/mile and a half or so. At that point it was really easy to talk myself into rocking to the end of it all.

I also didn't get to park in the part of the park I wanted to start at so I had a 10min walking warmup and like 15 min cooldown during which I covered an additional 1.2ish miles, so the total distance covered today was more like 15 miles. WOOOOOOOOOOT! :D

This marathon is ON.

  
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FITTYTIF 10/7/2009 8:51AM

    WaY TOO GO! That is just soo cool!! You keep inspiring me!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 10/6/2009 4:08PM

    Wow, that is awesome Dana! Good for you! I am so impressed :D!

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I<3ZOMBIES 10/6/2009 11:24AM

    totally super awesome!

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MISSJCISRUNNING 10/6/2009 8:38AM

    Way to go Dana!!!!

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PHOTOTEE 10/5/2009 11:13PM

    You did rock that! Awsome. Did you ever think you were a runner?

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MSSUNBUG 10/5/2009 9:34PM

    AWESOME!

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TAKEONME48137 10/5/2009 7:42PM

    Yay! Keep up the good work! That is super awesome. =) =)

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BIKERCHICK74 10/4/2009 10:58PM

    whoohoo!!!!

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KJNE8O 10/4/2009 10:54PM

    Awesome! You did rock it!

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MARATHONMOM26.2 10/4/2009 3:01PM

    Doesn't that feel good?!? You got this!! emoticon

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ROUXZQ 10/4/2009 2:33PM

    Yeah, Baby! You SO Rock it!
Denise

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JESPAH 10/4/2009 10:46AM

    Can I get a Hell Yeah!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/4/2009 10:33AM

    Sounds like you get a definite WOOT WOOT!!

Enjoy it.

ttyl

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VLVTGRRL 10/4/2009 5:03AM

    YAHOOOOO!!!! What a RUN!! /happy dancing for Dana!!!!

What training program are you doing? I can run/walk 3.6 miles currently... do I need to work up to the training program you're doing? Or is it like couch to 5k only for marathons? "Couch to 26.2M" WHEW!!! Haha!

AWESOME work today!! emoticon

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SKISINCO 10/3/2009 10:53PM

    Awesome!

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KASHMIR 10/3/2009 8:34PM

    YaY DANA!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 10/3/2009 8:25PM

    Great job! One run at a time....

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HOPERY 10/3/2009 8:20PM

    Whoo Hoo! Great work! You are gonna rock the marathon!

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BRE7482 10/3/2009 7:57PM

    emoticon That's great! emoticon

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KEAKMAN 10/3/2009 6:43PM

    WOOHOO! Wanna come run with me tomorrow?!

Keep up the great training and you are going to not only finish your first marathon in a few months, but you are going to ENJOY runnng it! YEAH YOU!

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TWITCHSIDE1 10/3/2009 6:24PM

    Yay, Dana!! I can't wait to be able to run that much. :)

-Cathy!!

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SEEHOLZ 10/3/2009 4:24PM

    So glad to hear your training is going well!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/3/2009 3:53PM

    way to go dana! i always die around 10 miles then i have to refocus and get a move on. now do you feel like you could do that twice?

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MBSHAZZER 10/3/2009 3:34PM

    YAY, you are so ready for this!!! Glad you had a good run!

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POTTERGURL 10/3/2009 3:32PM

    Way to go!!! That is so awesome!!

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SPARKNMOM 10/3/2009 3:02PM

    Wow....that's awesome!! :)

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MOONANGEL23 10/3/2009 2:31PM

    Great work! emoticon

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 10/3/2009 2:24PM

    Way to go!!! I'll be anxious for your marathon report when you've done it!

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Inspiration

Friday, October 02, 2009

I can't tell you all how wonderful it is to have so many fabulous SparkFriends to draw inspiration from.

It doesn't really matter where you are in your journey, but someone that is out there giving it their all, picking themselves up after every little fall, self analyzing to figure out the whys and conquer them -- all of you inspire me.

But lately I've been getting some extra special specific inspiration from those of my friends who are marathoning! :D I have some that are training for their first, others are just kicking butt as long time marathoners.

Those are are in my mind right now particularly:

ZORBS13 just finished a marathon while a few months pregnant.
KEAKMAN and KASHMIR are first time marathoners at the Portlant Marathon this weekend!
MISSJCISRUNNING is running the Long Beach Marathon 10/11 and that same day SP_NANCY is running Chicago!!!!!!

I'm getting tons of inspiration from these ladies gearing up for their marathons! :) I know I have a couple other friends who are coming up on marathons in the near future as well but I don't remember which ones and when but they also help!! :)

KEAKMAN in particular has been posting all kinds of great quotes!

I plan to make myself a shirt for my marathon that says something on the back like...

"Because I weighed almost 300lbs"

Because seriously, doing a marathon is like the ultimate triumph over my sedentary, obese, old self.

Running almost 14miles tomorrow!!!!

  
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MISSJCISRUNNING 10/6/2009 8:37AM

    Dana so glad you find inspiration in my journey!!! Knowing you are just a few steps behind me, keeps me pushing when things get tough!!! I know you will be with me every step of the way on Sunday and I am grateful for your support and encouragement!!! You're almost there!!! Jackie!!!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 10/5/2009 10:17AM

    You're a great inspiration too Dana! Way to go!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/4/2009 10:11AM

    Boo ya on the shoutouts. Something that we don't do often enough.

ttyl

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TELERIE 10/4/2009 6:43AM

    I love Spark People, it's a place where one inspiration overtakes the next, and YOU are such an inspiration yourself!

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BRE7482 10/3/2009 7:56PM

    I think the shirt idea is WONDERFUL! By the way, you are definitely my inspiration! I remember the first time I read anything about you. I thought "Wow, I want to make that kind of change in my life." Then I found out you were in Tuscaloosa and it really got me pumped. You're awesome Dana!

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SKYFYRE 10/3/2009 1:09PM

    Way to be an inspiration, Dana!

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JESPAH 10/3/2009 7:08AM

    Good on ya! :)

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LAFTERSFREE 10/2/2009 8:32PM

    love the shirt idea!
and also love that inspiration is a domino effect, im sure that you are inspiring people with this blog!

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MSSUNBUG 10/2/2009 6:12PM

    Good luck with your run! :-)

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VLVTGRRL 10/2/2009 5:43PM

    Ohhh! I hope you create the shirt!!! That would be SOOO motivating to read while running!!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/2/2009 5:30PM

    You ABSOLUTELY should get a t-shirt like that. I love reading runner's shirts that tell us where they came from. Hubby is proud of his Team Diabetes and Team Triabetes gear and he's had people how he manages his condition as a fitness enthusiast. I'm sure you'd get a lot of attention from folks who'd want to know what you did to loose your weight and get healthy. That's what I call Spreading the Spark! Hmmm... I think I need a t-shirt that says "Bikini or Bust".

...Pam

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KJNE8O 10/2/2009 5:13PM

    Dana - there is no doubt that all those ladies are inspirations.... BUT SO ARE YOU!!

YOU ROCK! Have a great weekend and some great runs!

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CATIATM 10/2/2009 4:44PM

    What a difference! You inspire ME! emoticon

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KEAKMAN 10/2/2009 3:49PM

    You and your shirt will be the star of the marathon! Folks will refuse to believe you used to weigh that much...maybe you should look into the cost of getting a technical shirt printed with your before and after pics on it too! Seriously! I would help with the cost!

Your enthusiasm and joy in who you are and what you do is infectious (in a good way, not a swine flu waY!) I will be thinking of you as I run on Sunday - in my mind you will be joyously loping ahead of me, cheering me on, laughing when I start to grumble, and PUSHING me up that looooong hill!

THANKS Dana!

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1972ROSES 10/2/2009 3:01PM

    Yes, You inspire as well.

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MBSHAZZER 10/2/2009 2:39PM

    WHEEE! Awesome! I was planning on running 10 tomorrow, but if my neck loosens up, I may run 14 "with" you in solidarity!

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KIMCATUS 10/2/2009 2:39PM

    LOVE the shirt idea!! What a great way to spead the Spark!!! *hugs*

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 10/2/2009 2:39PM

    LOVE the wil-be quote on your Tshirt!!! Awww...it almost makes me want to cry! :( but in a good way, you know?

Violet

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LIMELITESHINES 10/2/2009 2:39PM

    Love the shirt idea . . . . I might steal it myself . . . with your permission of course!!!!!!! :)

Sorry I've been so silent . . . this week has been nutty. :)

I can't wait to hear how the 14 miler goes . . . I'm so excited for you!!!!!!!!!

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MDTWEETY 10/2/2009 2:33PM

    Wow, I can't imagine running a marathon while pregnant! Go ZORBS13!!!
The Baltimore marathon is coming up this month. I love to go out and watch the runners pass through my neighborhood. It truly is inspiring. My goal is to run a 5k in the next few months. Though I'm not sure I would ever run a marathon (we'll see) I'm going to start my runs again tomorrow with a run to the gym in the morning. :)
Have a great weekend!
P.S. I like that idea for your shirt as well! :)

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4565S568SDS 10/2/2009 2:31PM

  That would be an AWESOME! shirt. Inspire someone watching you run by going "I could never do that."

Actually, this leads me to a blog post...

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BBANGEL1214 10/2/2009 2:31PM

    Awesome idea for a shirt. emoticon

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The Crappy and the Awesome.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bad and good are just too boring.

So...... I woke up this morning at 7AM... CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!! What happened to my alarm???

I was supposed to be up at 5AM, getting to rowing practice at 5:30... they were likely pulling back to the dock around that time - assuming they were able to row at all with me missing! I felt soooooooo bad. I sent an email apologizing, pledging to set two alarms and sleep with my phone by the bed from now on. No one replied. Not until way later this morning I got one from someone I didn't even know was rowing today in reply to something else saying they missed me this morning and wanted to make sure I was ok. But they got to row!!! *phwew* So at least it was a mistake that didn't hurt anyone, and in fact gave someone who was extra that showed up the opportunity to row. So... hopefully no real harm done. But I still missed rowing. (Plan to go on Sunday though!)

The good thing is that after getting over being mad while watching ANTM, I got to go back to sleep. :)

I headed out to run very well rested and cheerful. Ran an AWESOME 5.15 miles at a 12min pace. I held back most of the run until the end I got carried away. :D hahaha. It was gorgeous outside. Headed to the library and picked up the book I had on hold -- JILLIAN's MASTER YOUR METABOLISM!!! I expect not to follow her plan, based on what I've heard others say, but still -- I want to read what she says for sure and incorporate what sounds reasonable and good into my diet. Headed to the Sporting Goods store and stocked upon some GU and got some Clif shot blocks to try as well. Got a 6-pack of Chocolate Outrage and also decided to pick up a couple fruity flavors to try - Tri-Berry and Strawberry Banana. I wanted to be well stocked for my big run Saturday.

Also - no mentionable aches or pains from today's run, either. WOOT.

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/2/2009 3:12PM

    Sometimes things work out for a reason.

Have fun rowing on Sunday.

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ZORAHGAIL 10/2/2009 1:56PM

    Ugh, sucky about the alarm clock. Been there, done that too LOL.

Yay for your run & double yay for picking up GU & Shot Bloks. I went to the running store last night to stock up as well. I'm trying the Chocolate Outrage, Strawberry Banana & Lemon Sublime for the first time tomorrow. I wasn't impressed w/ the Tri Berry & will skip it. Love the Espresso Love but the store was out - they took what they had off the shelf to share w/ the Portland Marathon expo that starts today. Am a fan of the Shot Bloks but it's not being used at the Vegas half, so I'm sticking w/ GU for now.

Happy Friday!

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KNH771 10/2/2009 1:09PM

    You must've needed the rest! That deep REM sleep is important to your wellness too. Glad your aches and pains seem to be waning.

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KJNE8O 10/2/2009 6:58AM

    Boo you missed your rowing but Yay on the great run!

Have a great Friday!

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JESPAH 10/2/2009 6:21AM

    Hey, yanno, imperfections happen.

'Twas nothing fatal. :)

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KAYAKID 10/2/2009 1:52AM

    Dana, nothing wrong with missing the alarm - like many here have said. I don't use an alarm. My body knows when it needs to wake up usually around 6:00am. I onlu use an alarm if I need to get up before 6:00am. good luck with your training. You seem to be doing well keep it up.

Mike


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WHATAGRL42 10/2/2009 1:40AM

    It sounds like you are so ready! Stay hydrated..... we had a cross country kid drop dead the other day at a meet, after a 3 mile run. While it was hot (107*), it was later determined he was not at all hydrated and had NO potassium in his system! Doc said you have to begin hydrating a few days before the race... not just the day of, especially when it's that hot. The GU stuff looks good!

And don't u hate that "Jarring" awakening that happens when you bolt upright out of bed, knowing you are late? That happened to me once when I had a STUDENT TEACHER from the local university! SO embarrassing! She called me at 8:00 am and I drowsily answered. She just laughed and said, "good morning sunshine!". I flew out of that bed so fast I bonked my head on the lamp!

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CASSIOEPIA 10/1/2009 10:29PM

    I never set my alarm, and am usually up by 5:00 or 5:30 at the latest. On the mornings I sleep until my hubby's alarm wakes me at 7;00, I just put it down to my body knows best! Perhaps you really needed the extra rest. Sounds like your run benefited from it anyway.

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CLOVERR1 10/1/2009 8:51PM

    I like Clif bars on my long workouts, but I'm not much for GU at all. I've got another hilly 18-20 miler planned this Saturday; I really hope the weather stays good!

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GAYEMC 10/1/2009 8:45PM

    Ya think your body was trying to say something? Sadly I slept through the alarm both Tuesday and Wednesday. I do that maybe once a year. Hope it's just the weather change. But you got a good run out of it, and that's a good thing!

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ROUXZQ 10/1/2009 7:24PM

    Well it sounds like you still didn't miss out on an opportunity to get physical! THAT is ALWAYS good! Sometimes *life* just happens.
De
keep up the good work.

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SEEHOLZ 10/1/2009 5:35PM

    I love Clif shot blocks so much better than gue- I still eat go, but mainly because it's easier to go and stop at Giant Eagle ( the grocery store) and buy PowerGel than to find a running store-- you know, it's just more convenient and cheaper, especially when they are on sale. The PowerGel is smoother ( more watery) and goes down much better- especially in cool temps. The gue chomps are my new fav== they have some kind of berry flavor that rocks and popping them in one by one or two by two makes it easier for races- run, chomp, run-LOL!

One time, I accidentally fell asleep ( when I got home from work and was exhausted) and missed a 7:30pm Y staff meeting- the excuse must have come off lame, because I got to hear about it at my evaluation- I know you felt bad and everyone that knows you for who you are, will appreciate the apology- my boss at the time was just a jerk, you know!

It sure sounds like you're well rested for the rowing and the running! emoticon

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/1/2009 4:54PM

    Just submitting another vote for book and product reports.

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TELERIE 10/1/2009 4:37PM

    Aw, I hate to oversleep! Glad no real harm done, and that the running goes well!

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THEQUEENBEE333 10/1/2009 4:25PM

    You are doing awesome!

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KEAKMAN 10/1/2009 4:09PM

    Book report and Clif Shots report to follow, right???

Glad you had a good run and were able to get back to sleep. Sorry you missed your row, but it sounds like someone benefitted, so that was good.

How long is Saturday's run????

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MSSUNBUG 10/1/2009 3:58PM

    Great for you on the running! Seriously, I can't WAIT to be in your (running) shoes! :D

So sucky about sleeping in and missing the rowing. Seriously. I totally feel you too with feeling guilty and angry and worried that no one else got to row as a consequence, but it sounds like it turned out okay.

Better luck waking up on Sunday! Keep at it!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/1/2009 3:56PM

    can't wait on your opinion of the book! good run and too bad you missed the alarm.

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KSIGMA1222 10/1/2009 3:53PM

    Great run! How do you like the book so far? I am sitting outside watching a bookmobile location and drinking coffee, may pay for the coffee later! But it keeps me alert and well gives me a reason to use their internet. Need to do my long run tonight and the weather has been great for running all week! Intersting to sit out here and just watch everything go by and knowing I need to be working on my new workout schedule and a general life one as well. Oh well do that one in my head and review for a disiater recovery class I am taking tomorrow at the historial society. Pretty good day thus far!

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TAKEONME48137 10/1/2009 3:49PM

    Maybe this was a subtle way of your body telling you that you needed to rest a bit? hehe I know that's not it, but I guess it all worked out right? Every time I read about you running, I seriously get inspired....one day, one day.

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MBSHAZZER 10/1/2009 3:48PM

    I HATE it when I miss the alarm! That happened to me once, in 1998, and I was late to work, something that causes me to want to perform hari kiri. So I have used 2 alarms every since then! However, my main alarm has lately been pulling this trick where it goes off at midnight every so often. The first time it happened, I actually got up, brushed my teeth, put in my lenses and got all ready to go run before realizing it was only midnight!

Anyway, glad to hear that they were able to row without you, although I'm sure it wasn't as much fun! And good job on the run!

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MDTWEETY 10/1/2009 3:38PM

    Lemme know how you like Jillian's book.

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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

WORD.

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.

ttyl

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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.

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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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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 9/30/2009 9:39PM

    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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...Pam

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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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BRUIN2 9/30/2009 8:47PM

    FANTASTIC!

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FIRENUT34 9/30/2009 8:20PM

    Sounds like a good running day to me.

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