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So my friend in IT might think I'm nutso now...

Friday, October 16, 2009


At least it was someone I'm friendly with that came up to my desk to talk to my while I was on the floor, curled in a ball, rolling side to side massaging my spine between Pilates moves.

HHAHAHAHAHA I looked like a crazy person. Oh well. I was like, oh I'm doing Pilates. And he was like, oh. OK! and then talked to me about whatever... so yeah. Slightly less weird than anticipated but still when I looked up and saw him standing there I was like, oh crap.

Anyway -- SO I DID IT. :) I got my butt on the floor and did some ab stuff - twice. One round of my favorite crunches set thingie, and then a series of hundreds, single leg straight, single leg bent, double leg whatever the heck.... yeah. Less than I used to do but a heck of a lot more than I've done in ages. Same goes for my upper body efforts on Wednesday. But hey, if I keep this up, right on!!! I think I might bring some dumbbells and/or my kettlebell to work.... I haven't been using them at home and I might as well. Now that I'm brave enough to lay down on the floor surely I can do a dumbbell curl.

So we had another rowing practice this morning -- it was perfect. Just the right amount of slightly higher intensity rowing on all 8's, done with intervals of rowing 6's at paddle pressure (which means basically just enough that you're not letting the blade float through the water but not really applying pressure either). Then we de-rigged the boat and got it ready for travel.

So this evening I leave for the in-laws, sooooo excited to see them. I'm really so JAZZED UP for the regatta and running SIXTEEN MILES that I almost forgot that I GET TO SEE THEM! :D hahaha. I thought about that aspect today and my heart just warmed, I love them. :) I also feel very prepared to eat well this weekend. I don't have that feeling like I sometimes do of, HEY NOW I can get away with having some cheat meals cause I'm eating at the generosity of my family!!! Or because we get to go to XYZ cool places that I love... I just feel like... gotte fuel my body right for my race and run. Ya know? So I'm excited to enter the weekend with that mindset.

It's going to be COLD! (for me). Apparently it will technically be in the 50's (which is is today) but a "realfeel" in the 40's this weekend. JOY. I have packed a hat, my tights, gonna grab my cool "cold weather athlete" gloves I got for Christmas a while back... and hope I'm alright. I've got a container full of GU and nuun coming with me, my belt, HRM strap, all of my workout shoes... I'm bringing my foam roller as well. Feeling prepared! :) hahaha.

Excited because we should be going to a running store I like up there and registering me for the Turkey Trot this year and probably picking up some more nuun as well.


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JESPAH 10/18/2009 10:58AM

    Yay you're gonna be awesome.

PS In IT we see all sorts of wacky stuff. Pilates is pretty freakin' normal compared to the collection of Lego versions of action figures I've seen ....

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SWEETZMIX 10/17/2009 11:05AM

    Enjoy your weekend!!And Dana you don't need luck this weekend, you got SPARK POWER!!

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KEAKMAN 10/17/2009 10:02AM

    Okay, it's Saturday morning, about 10 your time. Hope you had a great, fueling dinner, and a good night's sleep. Best wishes on the regatta (can't wait for the pics!) and then tomorrow's run! And enjoy the running store - one of my favorite places to shop!

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TUNAGIRL2 10/17/2009 2:16AM

    Your hardcore! working out a work!

Have a good weekend

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CATIATM 10/17/2009 1:42AM

    Dana, you are just the coolest, and so inspiring! I love that you've reached this place in your life where you're more focused on who you're becoming and achieving your goals than in worrying about what people think. And I like that you are incorporating fitness into all aspects of your life. Seriously, I really hope we get to meet in person some day .... you are just too fab! emoticon

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DDOORN 10/16/2009 9:31PM

    Are you SPARKED or WHAT?!? How can something as trivial as a CHILL slow you down NOW!?!

Can't wait to hear how you BLOW 'EM AWAY! Woo HOO! :-)


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/16/2009 9:14PM

    You ARE nutso. But in a good way.

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SPARKNMOM 10/16/2009 9:00PM

    LOVE that you exercise at work!! Nothing says "I'm serious about my health" like crunching by your desk. Love it!!

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KENSINGTONC 10/16/2009 8:16PM

    So were you working out while at work? Lucky girl!


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WOLFKITTY 10/16/2009 7:27PM

    DEFINITELY good luck sweetie! You're gonna do great!

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    Hope you enjoy your weekend!!

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CLOVERR1 10/16/2009 6:50PM

    I hope you have a great weekend! I'll try to make it over to the regatta on Saturday afternoon and cheer you on. (however, my daughter is coming to visit and I'm not sure I'll be able to convince her that watching a rowing race is a good idea of a good time....)

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VEEJAY3 10/16/2009 6:41PM

    I've worked my entire life in ad agencies -- places full of REALLY creative people. So Pilates on the floor doesn't even phase me. We used to have Monday meetings with two people flat on the floor with their eyes closed: they said they were "sponging." (No, I don't know, either.) People frequently worked in ... well, you could only call them "costumes," because they were dressed so uniquely. There was the lady in accounting who sat on her desk in the lotus position and chanted every afternoon.

So -- Pilates? You'll have to try harder to shock me. emoticon

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BRE7482 10/16/2009 5:40PM

    I read your status about the IT guy yesterday and it motivated me to workout at work last night! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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LASHERTHECAT 10/16/2009 5:00PM

    Good Luck and have a great weekend... and seriously, you should consider teaching a Pilates class between the desks at work!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/16/2009 4:36PM

    Enjoy your weekend and stay healthy. Wouldn't want a cold messing up the marathon training.

Have a great weekend.

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GAYEMC 10/16/2009 4:36PM

    Have a great weekend and a great run!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/16/2009 4:12PM

    I have an office. With a door. I SHOULD do Pilates at my desk, too.

Doh! emoticon Why didn't I think of it?

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HOPERY 10/16/2009 3:46PM

    LOL!! I love it!

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LIMELITESHINES 10/16/2009 3:25PM

    SO AWESOME. hahahaha Hey . . you never know . . you might inspire the IT person! They'll be all "you'll never guess what I saw a co-worker doing today . . . . how hard core is that?!?!" :)

So have tons of fun at the Regatta, and running 16 miles and seeing your in-laws. sounds like an AWESOME weekend!!!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/16/2009 3:16PM

    at least you were doing pilates and not "yoga" by yourself lol. i thought at first i read your friend IT and was thinking it band. guess what is on my mind today? pesky it band.
hope you have a great weekend. kick some a$$ at your regatta and on your run.

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MBSHAZZER 10/16/2009 3:13PM

    HAHA, I was caught stretching at my desk by a coworker once!

Enjoy the weekend away! sounds like lots of good stuff going on. I'm not sure if the in-laws are a good thing or not, but regardless, you have a GREAT attitude, and attitude is everything, so I know it will be a fantastic weekend! ENJOY!

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TELERIE 10/16/2009 3:11PM

    Haha, you're braver than I am. I do my wall pushups and stuff in the ladies room. I sometimes wonder if anyone notices the huffing and puffing. LOL! Have a great weekend!

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TAKEONME48137 10/16/2009 3:09PM

    Hahaha to your friend in IT. I read your status earlier and then the blog title and I literally lol'd. That's pretty awesome. My office is kinda open and I get a lot of high traffic through here (it's the office next to the Fish Bowl if you remember the area in the College of Music), so it'd be weird if people saw me doing whatever exercises at my desk. lol I am terribly excited about the "cold" weather we are getting also (highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s...hooray Florida!)! Have fun and good luck at the regatta! I also hope you enjoy your time with your in-laws. =)

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A bit tired, but good.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

So... yeah that sums up how I'm feeling right now.

Thank you all for your additional support on my blog yesterday!!! :D It feels good to know I have it even if I'm not perfect, ya know? I came clean and you all still love me! :D HAHAHAHA. And when I type it it sounds stupid but I think the fear was in there somewhere maybe.


Row and run today. The run was hard.

I kind of bruised the top of my ankle yesterday by running too long with my shoe tied not quite right, so today's run was uncomfortable but I did it anyway because I thought the benefits would outweigh the detriment -- I have two off running days in a row coming so that area will be thoroughly rested and have time to feel better by Sunday and I know it's not an injury, just a bruise. So yeah. I actually had a normal time today -- I was sure I'd be slower but no. Just NORMAL slow. ;)

Should be rowing again tomorrow morning, gotta be ready for the regatta -- nothing intense, just to really get out on the water and try to work out the kinks in our lineup as best as we can w/ a couple of subs.

OH!!!! AND YESTERDAY: I stayed within calories, tracked every bit of food, and did like 3-5 sets of 3-5 pushups and tricep dips at work yesterday. (I think it was 5 sets of pushups and 3-4 of the dips I kind of lost track...) Pushups were from the knee (starting over kinda sucks) and the dips are off my desk, straight leg. So today I will implement the same strategy w/ corework. Whenever I start to get super bored or fidgety I will do that instead of thinking about food. I think it will help the junk cravings to get destroyed as I'm eating more cleanly again. :)

SO - I made a new vision collage and I want to share it. Someting to represent my dream life and future goals, and I also have some other pictures I've been meaning to share so now it's picture time.

I'm not sure how well you can see it so I will sum up -- text says: It's YOU vs. YOU Make your best even better. LOVE. Build Your Dream. Fit kids. and Make Money Doing What You Love.

In the bottom left corner it's kinda devoted to the idea of being a fit and healthy mom -- we have a beautiful mother and daughter, a fit pregnant woman workings some handweights, and an illustration of a mom pushing a jogging stroller (and kidding with 25lb weight plates as wheels! HAHA). The woman with her arms outstretched is an Oxygen magazine EXHALE moment which I loved, and the woman running is from a Runner's World Rave Run in Hawaii - I WANT TO RUN IN HAWAII. The bottom right corner -- Make Money Doing what You Love is to help inspire me to push forward working towards my goal of finishing my Music Ed degree and getting certified as a Personal Fitness Instructor/GroupInstructor/Nutrition Consultant whatever. I want to teach people and those are the areas I feel passionate about. And of course the upper right hand corner has some women sweep rowing - WOOT.

Practicing my "crazy eyes" technique so I can look insane like Tracy Purple on TBL. (These are this morning post row/run preshower FYI)

80's day at my work last week -- because at my job Employee Appreciation Week means junk food and making your employee's dress like crazy people.

A picture I took from my vantage point at the park during our Row-A-Thon. :)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/16/2009 1:37PM

    Rowing, running, making collages, practicing crazy eyes and writing long posts!!!!! How do you have time for it all

That is a great idea about work. I tend to print something because I have to go to the other end of the building to get my printout. It does distract me, but now there is a big bag of Kit Kat bars sitting on one of my co-worker's desks that has been calling to me.

Must resist.


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SKYFYRE 10/16/2009 4:33AM

    HAHA! You make GREAT "crazy eyes!" I LOve, love, love the photo on the lake, it is so beautiful there! No wonder why you like rowing, minus the butt blisters, the serenity would be good! How about employee humiliation days... :) we have a Elvis look alike contest once a year, and a "Mercy Idol" (hospital name= Mercy) when peeps dress and kareoke to their favorite American Idol contestant... ugh... :)

Love the vision collage, you will be a fantastic fitness trainer and a super fabulous Mom! You have a lot to give and share in those departments!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/16/2009 12:49AM

    you are rocking the crazy eyes. bruises from shoes suck. way to persevere though. i should make a collage too.

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BRE7482 10/16/2009 12:19AM

    Tracy Purple eyes! LOL! I love it! Aren't Oxygen Exhale moments the best! I really like the new vision collage. If you're still here when you get certified, I'll be your first client!

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SPARKNMOM 10/15/2009 10:25PM

    Love all the pics :) I've not done a collage...I think maybe I should!! Glad you shared yours!

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WOLFKITTY 10/15/2009 8:17PM

    Do I know what TBL is?! NO. But that's not going to stop me from enjoying your silly pictures! EHhehee. I love your collage and thoughts. You're going to get there! Good for you for thinking about a few things beyond diet & exercise, but still keeping it in the same vein. You know? Anyhow, take care Ms. Dana!


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ZORAHGAIL 10/15/2009 7:28PM

    Fantastic collage & OMG, great Tracy eyes LOL!

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LIMELITESHINES 10/15/2009 6:37PM

    LOVE the collage. I've still yet to make one . . . I'm too ADD and fidgety to actually sit down and DO IT. But I have all the 'zines laying around to make it happen! LOL!

I LOVE the Oxygen "exhale" things too . . I have one hanging on my wall. (so I guess I kinda have a start! haha!)

You're my Shero!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/15/2009 5:39PM

    My hair was WAY bigger than that in the 80s and you forgot the iridescent lip gloss. I love the collage. I need one, too. Hmmm... maybe my RBs and I need to have an arts and crafts day soon.


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LASHERTHECAT 10/15/2009 4:35PM

    Love the crazy eyes... Doing pushups and crunches really helps me to avoid snacking...

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TAKEONME48137 10/15/2009 4:13PM

    Yay for the running and staying within your ranges! The collage is awesome. I have yet to make one (haven't made time for it). Your crazy eyes are definitely...crazy. lol Very cute!

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MSSUNBUG 10/15/2009 2:40PM

    Fantastic--love the pictures AND the collage. Congrats on getting a solid day over and behind you. As we all know, sometimes just doing that goes a long way to keeping us on track for the days to follow.

Keep it up!

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SWEETZMIX 10/15/2009 2:22PM

    Love the pics! The collage is great! I never made one.

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KARVY09 10/15/2009 2:17PM

    God you do look like Tracey!!!!!!!

Glad it's not a serious injury, and glad you're rowing, not running this weekend!

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MBSHAZZER 10/15/2009 2:05PM

    I love all the photos!! Glad to hear it was a good day all around. I think you;ve inspired me to do some working out at work!

Do you play an instrument?!

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KNH771 10/15/2009 1:56PM

    LOVE the collage! I haven't made a new one in two or three years. I should update mine as well. Take care of the foot!

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KEAKMAN 10/15/2009 1:18PM

    I have that same "It's you vs you" quote up on my wall. AND that Hawaii run. We should go run a marathon there together! emoticon

Congrats on finding a way to incorporate ST at work....I shall emulate your sterling example and do the same!

And DOUBLE CONGRATS on tracking your food and staying within range!

Boogers about your foot. I hope it does heal up fine for your weekend runs. And I hope rowing doesn't irritate it at all. (that'll teach you not to lace and tie your shoes properly! isn't it amazing the little things that throw us completely off kilter!?)

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Me? Fantastic???

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

So -- yeah, there are some things I'm feeling really good about right now.

My progress with marathon training, the upcoming regatta....

But some other things that are not going so great:

Strength training, tracking/food.

YEAH. I love you friends, but when I'm talking about what I'm excited about and everyone's like, YEAH YOU ROCK, all I can think about is how I had an extra snack of 2 rolls and natural PB last night.


I know it's not a MAJOR CRAZY misstep, but I have to be honest -- all is not perfectly aligned in Dana world. I've come down a bit from post Aug, but I'm still not back down where I'd like to be.

Part of me is ok with it, and thinks -- Dana, you can't be focused on losing weight AND training for a marathon right now. The two do not combine.

Another part of me is like -- Hey - even if you're not losing, you can still be making better cleaner food choices and when you do that, who knows, maybe you will continue to lose a little bit at a time instead of maintaining where you are right now.

Either way, if I maintain where I am right now for a while (NO I AM NOT CHANGING MY TICKER because I know this is only temporary and I hate people that don't know me coming to my page and saying - HEY YOU'RE ALMOST THERE! That is so demoralizing) -- it's ok because I know post marathon it will be a lot easier to shift my focus and lose it again. If I can continue to lose a little tiny bit at a time by making a small calorie reduction and eating more healthful foods, that's even better.

I will eat if I am hungry, though. And I will definitely make sure I eat enough to fuel my workouts.

But part of me feels like I've been using that as an excuse to splurge more than necessary. I can still eat more WHOLE GRAINS and VEGGIES and FRUIT and NUTS and all that good stuff instead of using those extra calories that I need to eat junk, which then makes me want more junk, and so on and so forth.

I think last week was tough foodwise because it was Employee Appreciation Week at my work and food treats were all over the place. And since I wasn't tracking my food anyway, and I know my level of activity can support a good amount of calories, I was not turning anything down! So unlike the usual me.

I want to just work on getting back to basics, cutting out the extra nonsense. I'm still going to allow the same kind of treats I would back when I was eating like the NORMAL me. Last week was more like the OLD unhealthy me and I do not like that feeling.

I am also going to start implementing ST breaks at my work. I'll alternate what I do day to day -- but I think I'm JUST going to do pushups/dips and abs. (maybe some pilates back stuff to balance out the corework if I feel I can do that without looking totally crazy). Yes, I will be out in the middle of my office on the floor doing this, but to be honest there are very few employees working at night now and NONE on my aisle, so if I'm down on the floor no one except maybe the security dudes can see me. :) I wonder if they watch that kind of stuff on their cameras? Anyway.

To put it all in perspective and recap:

I'm still healthy and fit.
My clothes still fit (even if some are a bit snugger than I'd prefer).
I can eat better.
I can fit in some ST.

Now to make it happen.

(Oh and I'm running at lunchtime today - yay! Also I feel super foxy today even though I'm wearing jeans, chucks, and a thermal T. I donated to breast cancer and got the privilege of jeans and sneaks at work this week, btw - normally it's business casual. HAHA)

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 10/15/2009 4:15PM

    For some reason I'm just reading this blog. OMG! Dana!! You have to know, you are a HUGE inspiration to me and I have never met you!! To see how active and encouraging you are - and to still have a "bump in the road" like me - well, I'm just plain releaved I'm not alone on this journey! You are truly someone I admire and you have really (yes, really) made me think about food choices, exercise and my entire healthy goal in such a better "light". So,I'm with everyone else - you DO rock! and I'm so thankful you're also human! lol

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CECE0330 10/15/2009 3:52PM

    Well, i have to say it: I STILL think you rock! I'm curious with all this new activity that you have going on, have you ever redone that bod pod thingee? I'd be curious to see how your body composition has changed, and am willing to bet it has changed quite a bit!

Yeah, and seriously, after all that other stuff, i'm thinking about freaking rolls. Thanks a lot! emoticon

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ELFITZPA 10/15/2009 2:23PM

    I really like the phrase "progress not perfection" because none of us can be perfect, not 100% of the time, that's for sure. Besides, I'd be way too intimidated by a "perfect" person to ever feel inspired or motivated by them, you know?

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KEAKMAN 10/15/2009 12:39PM

    Thanks for making me feel better about being human, too!

We always have places where we can do better, and we can always improve. Thanks for trusting us enough to let us know that you goof up sometimes, just like the rest of us. And getting in some ST is good for your runner body you know!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/15/2009 10:34AM

    You really are an amazing person. Take a look at where you started and where you are. You are a constant ball of activity and I can't imagine keeping up with you for a day.

When I give you a emoticon, it is heartfelt and deserved.


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LIMELITESHINES 10/15/2009 10:08AM

    I agree with everyone. Um. You DO rock. Like . . you rock like crazy. ;) And the fact that you're human and not perfect? OMG. You rock more. ;) That's the fun part about life. We have to live it. And you're doing EVERYTHING right. You're training for a marathon (um . . cool), you had some cravings and enjoyed some yummy snacks at work. You realized that might not have been the absolute best thing, so you're scaling back a bit. That's what life is. Ebb and flow. :) Sounds like you've got it all down to me!

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JESPAH 10/15/2009 6:15AM

    I know what you mean about the ticker. I get "you're almost there!" all the time. Uh, no, that's an interim goal. I've still got over 35 to go....

But people mean well.

Good on ya re the donation; they used to do that at Fidelity when I worked there. Where I work now (a publisher) the charity is literacy (naturally). So it's volunteering. Wish I had some time to do a bit of that but life is flying by so dang fast these days.

Anyway, I think you are doing well, even if you have your own doubts. Doubts are natural. But you really are doing just fine.

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VLVTGRRL 10/15/2009 12:40AM


You're HUMAN?!?!

Hmmm. I dunno how I can get PAST this revelation!!!! HAHAHAHA!!!

Have a SUPER FANTASTIC rest-of-the-week and KICK TAIL at the Regatta this weekend! Your cheering section is poised and ready to root you on!! WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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BRE7482 10/14/2009 11:53PM

    You're actually SUPER FANTASTIC! I love your honesty.

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KIMCATUS 10/14/2009 9:30PM

    You know one of the reasons WHY you're so fantastic??? Because you are human and you make mistakes and you go on....and you totally inspire the rest of us knowing you're not some model or whatever. You're real! And we love you for that!!!! *hugs*

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GAYEMC 10/14/2009 8:03PM

    Dana, don't forget with all this exercise you are building muscle (= more weight) and eating healthy is so much more important than the scale droping. Your body is loving you!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/14/2009 7:32PM

    you are fantastic and burning crazy calories girl. many people do barely any strength training when they are training for a marathon alone but you do all that rowing too. i will give you a pass and hold back the mullet trainer for a while. emoticon

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KASHMIR 10/14/2009 4:59PM

    Dana, Yes.....YOU!!! FANTASTIC!!!!

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WOLFKITTY 10/14/2009 4:38PM

    I think that's pretty natural thinking... It doesn't mean we shouldn't work against it, but lately when people have told me how great I look, I immediately think about what kinda doesn't look great, or where I haven't really been consistent. It's good to strive to be better, as long as there's a balance, yes?

You still rock, Dana! And you SHOULD feel foxy, 'cause ya are, chickie!

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AUNTC321 10/14/2009 4:37PM

    Dana, Thanks for sharing your struggle. It is great to see you succeed and we love to cheer you on but don't want to overlook that we are all on a lifelong journey. Some of it is great and some not so great but we keep going. Spark is here as a community to help each other in the good and the bad. Let me know if you need anything.

By the way Yes You Are Awesome.

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CATIATM 10/14/2009 3:58PM

    Ahh, but you DO rock, so you might as well get used to hearing it! emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 10/14/2009 3:56PM

    I'm so with Sharon on making employee appreciation day about taking you shopping-LOL- or giving you the day off!
You are fantastic, but I also get the point of needing to share the not so stellar, because the whole "you rock" is not going to keep you in your skinny jeans if you don't give us the whole story, right? As long as you keep that part in mind ( like you just did) I think you'll be all right.

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MSSUNBUG 10/14/2009 3:42PM

    Your accountability and honesty really only make you fantasticer. ;-)

Seriously though, I think it's great you're getting on top of this now. Good luck falling into some slightly healthier patterns. And you're right that above all else you need to fuel those workouts!

Hope all goes well!

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LASHERTHECAT 10/14/2009 3:10PM

    You've got it right... dont' worry too much about the calories, just make sure the food is healthy and not crap!

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KNH771 10/14/2009 2:17PM

    We all have ups and downs with food/fitness... Life! It's completely natural and nothing to beat yourself up about. The important thing, is that you've recognized that there are some things in your life that aren't moving you toward your goals and your taking steps to change them. That's all we can do. Keep tweaking. Keep trying. Keep moving. It's not about perfection, it's about continuous improvement. Give yourself a hug. You still ROCK!

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MBSHAZZER 10/14/2009 2:02PM

    haha, I sometimes "selectively" blog only the good stuff... and then I feel so guilty when people comment about how disciplined I am! I'm like, whoops, guess I forgot to mention the SIX BEERS I had on Saturday night! LOL!

Just to keep things in perspective... it IS incredibly difficult to lose weight while training for a marathon, AND... you are still doing more for your health than probably 90% of people do. It's a nice change of perspective when a less than stellar eating and exercising day is still waaaaay better than "before".

Oh, and why do they make employee appreciation day or week about food. How about a longer lunch "hour"... or being able to come in late or leave early? That would make me feel more appreciated than junk food!

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TAKEONME48137 10/14/2009 1:43PM

    haha it's all good. I still think you're awesome and no matter what you do food-wise, I still think it's the coolest thing ever because it gives me hope for the future that maybe when I get down to my goal, I will be able to afford eating crappy for a day or something and not be super worried about it, especially if I take my workouts up a notch. So that sounds bad and good at the same time? But I hope you get the point, haha. At least you have your priorities straight (i.e. the switch of focus once the marathon is over) and you're not over-stressing about all that stuff, so yay! =) lol

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SWEETZMIX 10/14/2009 1:31PM

    Dana no worries. Sometimes we just need to take a step back and figure out what is good for us right now. You are working super hard but I can relate to how you were feeling when someone says your awesome, but you know you are not living up to it. I kinda couldn't handle it after a while and fell off the wagon. Keep working hard & do what's best for you!

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SPRING4FAL 10/14/2009 1:29PM


You crack me up girl! I agree with not changing your ticker! LOL! People come and say that to me when I change mine when I am up a couple of lbs and I don't like it. Wish they had a second ticker with maintanence ranges or something!

You are fantastic and rock even if you aren't PERFECT all the time! Hehe! It really is a balancing act when you get to this stage of the journey. Congrats on your marathon training. It is a fantastic journey filled with lots of lessons. My first marathon will always have a special place in my heart cuz my pops was there to support me and was uber proud! :) One of my last fond memories, ya know?

Anyways, keep on keepin on with your rockstar status even if you aren't perfection personified times triple digits!


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Marathon training - HALFWAY COMPLETE!

Monday, October 12, 2009

And really -- 4 more long runs until the big 20 and then taper. So it is feeling REALLY close.

This week's long run is another big jump up and it's gonna be the toughest week to fit in the run probably for the remainder of training due to my REGATTA being on Saturday!!!!

We've made the decision to spend the weekend with my in-laws (they live where the regatta is) after I scoped out some public routes on mapmyrun.com and found a perfect 16miler that looks like it will be pretty and everything. Just will have to wait and see how I feel about running it after the regatta... If I feel fantastic I might be able to do it the same day, but I'm guessing I'll be preferring to wait and do it the next day instead.

Looks like we're rowing at 4PM! LAST EVENT OF THE DAY!!! hahaha. So yeah....I don't think I would want to risk running earlier and being spent for my race, but I definitely would not be able to run afterward. :P So Sunday it is! Unless I wanted to try running it on Friday morning, but I still would rather postpone it all until after the regatta.


I was just reading the information packet about the race and it's got me all pumped again. :) I wonder what the rest of the club is planning for that day??? We have to be prepared for a 45min easy row to the starting line of the race (yikes - maybe I'll take a gel with me to pop before we start? HAHA) Oooh I just looked at the entires for our event and there are 4 total boats racing, they give medals to the top three in each event, so theoretically we have a pretty good chance of medaling... yes? :D hahaha.

For Masters Rowing they use a handicap by the ages of those in the boat -- our boat's handicap is 18.8 seconds (average age 41). The boats we are racing against have handicaps of 16.2sec (average age 40), and the other two at 27.7 sec (average age 44).

ANYWAY -- what I'm saying is that registration starts at like 6:30-9AM, there's a coach/cox meeting at 7:30 so at LEAST our coach/cox will need to be at the event early, even though our race is the last of the day. We'd have to be in the docking area 1hr prior due to having to row to the start (so 3PM) -- I wonder if everyone plans on basically hanging out and watching all the races or what??

Just want to make it through this week and then I will be rowing once a week unless I am subbing for someone or feel up to rowing on Sunday, and focusing in on the marathon!!! :)

I'm also excited because I will get to register for the Turkey Trot this weekend and perhaps pick up some more nuun.

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MISSY_MAGOO 10/14/2009 12:45AM

    Like always you are doing fantastic!!!
halfway there with the marathon training WOOTWOOT!!
I'm so excited to hear all about the race once all this training is done :)

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WOLFKITTY 10/13/2009 6:30PM

    You are a runnin' and rowin' MACHINE!! HEheee. I'm glad to see you're still go-go-going!!
LOTS OF LOVE, my friend!

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TELERIE 10/13/2009 5:08PM

    Wow, so much fun and excitement, Dana. Regatta and long runs! Have a great week and hope you get your medal this weekend!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 10/13/2009 12:51PM

    That nuun stuff is the da bomb, isn't it? I am so impressed how you have been able to keep up with rowing and marathon training. I have no doubt you are looking to scale it back a bit!

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LIMELITESHINES 10/13/2009 12:20PM

    argh Spark unsubscribed me!!!

WOOHOO on being halfway there! I'm so excited for you! I can't wait till I'm training for my first marathon. *grin* Can Not Wait!

You're doing so well. Keep after it girlie . . . you're gonna rock it out! :) :)

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SEEHOLZ 10/13/2009 10:45AM

    I wouldn't run 16 after RACING anything-LOL! You want to be able to enjoy the Regatta and have the energy to "enjoy" the run-LOL!

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MBSHAZZER 10/13/2009 10:41AM

    Definitely do your run the day after the regatta... when I jumped to 16 miles, I was pretty spent afterwards the first few times I covered that distance.

Enjoy the regatta! Sounds like FUN!

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TAKEONME48137 10/13/2009 8:56AM

    The regatta sounds like a lot of fun and a good payoff for all the work you've been doing with rowing! That's good you're not going to push yourself overboard with the running+rowing, so yay for Sunday!

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ZAEZAE 10/13/2009 8:51AM

    The regatta sounds amazing! I hope it's fun!! I'm sowed jealous that you've been able to change your lifestyle so that exercise is now a main event. I need to do this and want to do this, but I just don't know how.

Congrats on being SO awesome! You are a huge inspiration to me!

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LASHERTHECAT 10/13/2009 8:38AM

    Keep it up!! You are a machine!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/13/2009 8:22AM

    This sounds like a great weekend ahead. Enjoy that regatta.


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KEAKMAN 10/13/2009 7:03AM

    You crack me up - taking your gel to a regatta. It amazes me how often sports DON'T borrow from each other. I never see soccer players with GU, but it would be an awesome shot in the arm at the half. Ditto for wrestlers. And my Wilderness Survival class was shocked by all the runner stuff I use for hiking - gel, my tech shirts and pants (ummm, wicking is good folks), etc.

I think a late Sunday morning run would be great - give you time to rest up and work out the kinks. And good for you for planning out a route ahead of time!

20 miles! I have only done that distance once - in my marathon! You are going to be so ready for yours girl. Are you planning on bringing your camera to film the race from Dana-vision? Robin and I talked about that as we turned a corner and saw this enormous sea of runners filling block after block in front of us - Dana and her camera and her ability to run and shoot at the same time! (you are gifted!)

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WHATAGRL42 10/13/2009 1:26AM

    Congratulations on all of your hard work! It will pay off big time, I have no doubt. You R O C K !!!

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SKYFYRE 10/13/2009 12:41AM

    Half way through,.... WAHOOOOO!!!! So awesome Dana! Congratulations! And how about that regatta, 4p is kinda late but at least you will be able to get 8 hours of sleep inbetween that and your run! This week will go by really fast for you I bet!

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BRE7482 10/12/2009 11:25PM

    Congrats on being halfway through with the marathon training. I'm sure your team will do great at the regatta!

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GLOBALKEEWEE 10/12/2009 10:50PM

    AWESOME job mastering the "Healthy Travel Plan" philosophy! You've got it all figured out - you'll kick butt at the Regatta (which one, by the way...I'll follow along on Row2k!) - and stick to your marathon training, too. Excellent work.

P.S. how on earth did you find a competitive D (or E?) crew??? I can never get in with the older ladies, they hate that I bring down the average!

Power 10!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/12/2009 9:14PM

    congrats on being half way! everytime i drive by the mall there is a store called "bento to go" and i always think of you and your bento boxes.

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KIMCATUS 10/12/2009 8:42PM

    You just rock my socks off..srsly! XD

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4565S568SDS 10/12/2009 8:37PM

  You're screwing up their handicap, woman! Good for you!

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CARMAKER 10/12/2009 8:30PM

    Good luck on the marathon. Which one is it? The rowing sounds like fun. we are on a lake and have thought about getting a two seat sculling boat.

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Thursday, October 08, 2009


HAHAHAHA. :D It's mostly my left side -- the side that's closest to my oarlock when rowing so I think it's doing more work or something. Anyway -- today though, rowing was... easy.

Don't get me wrong, it was hard because of how sore I was and my butt was hurting, but as far as rows go this was not an intense crazy row. We spent a lot of time at the beginning on drills and we didn't stay on 8's very much so I got a break during rotations fairly frequently. We also didn't push the pressure -- stroke rating around 18/20. (That's the number of strokes we take per minute in case anyone didn't know that and I totally didn't explain last blog in all my exuberance!)

After that I got locked in parking wise, so I assisted with de-rigging the boat for them to transport it to the regatta this weekend. Then my coach moved someone's car out of my way so I could leave... haha.


OOOH BOY. It was interesting!!! Because after like...30 seconds my muscles started to feel all loose and my muscles were like... hurting so good for loosening up... if that makes sense. It was the first time I've ever felt that WHILE RUNNING. Usually doing something else to loosen up my running muscles!! HAHAHA Instead I was running to loosen up rowing muscles. I am very sore on my left inner elbow -- so I had to hold my water bottle (shorter run so not running w/ my belt) with my right arm instead of left cause it hurt too much! HAHAHA But I actually finished today's run in a really nice time for me for an easy run, like 12:30-40 average or something like that, including my five minute walking warmup.

I then went home and ate and then did some foam rolling while watching ANTM and then I went to sleep.

I just hope that the rest of today plus a full off day tomorrow and plenty of sleep tonight and hopefully tomorrow night as well will lead to me feeling up to my long run on Saturday. If not, I can swap to Sunday -- I don't run again till Tuesday and Tuesday's run is only 3 miles so I don't think that'd be too bad either, but I'd prefer to get it done sooner.

After that long run I'll be HALFWAY through the 16 weeks!!! :D Week 8 DONE. Then it will be only 7 long runs between me and my marathon -- and only 4 long runs before the 20 miler and then tapering... woot.

But a week from Saturday is my regatta as well. So we'll see what next week brings, I just want to get past the regatta and then rowing can be slightly more chill as I'm starting to really elevate my running mileage. It's 12 miles this week, 16 miles next week (regatta weekend) then 18, 18, 13, 20, 13, 10, MARATHON.


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JESPAH 10/12/2009 6:17AM

    Great job -- you are very much on track. :)

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CATIATM 10/10/2009 2:46PM

    I wish I had muscles to need loosening! *LOL* You are becoming a real athlete!

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LASHERTHECAT 10/10/2009 2:10PM

    Hey... I was out of the e-mail loop again...

Still pushing hard I see... You will emoticon that marathon's butt!!

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BRE7482 10/9/2009 10:07PM

    Almost halfway! emoticon That's great! I've learned so much about rowing just from reading your blogs.

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SEEHOLZ 10/9/2009 5:36PM

    Halfway is awesome! I love that feeling when I think, all I got to do is close the door on it and push it all the way shut! Enjoy the 2nd half girl! And the regatta!

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SWEETZMIX 10/9/2009 5:23PM

    Take care of yourself. Hope you are enjoying that day off. I have a 3 day weekend I am looking forward to!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/9/2009 1:30PM

    Sounds like a very busy time. Make sure you keep yourself healthy in the process of all this.


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SKYFYRE 10/8/2009 10:37PM

    WOWZERS 7 long runs until the big DAY!!! Yeah!! Um, Did I already ask you what training program you are using? I've forgotten if you did... I am still trying to find one for my Half Ironman and it is stressing me out a wee bit! I found one on trinewbies and beginnertriathlete but some of the language I don't understand... like the swim workouts...

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KEAKMAN 10/8/2009 9:23PM

    Hmmm, could all of your falls of yesterday have had anything to do with your various sore spots? Even if you didn't fall on it, the slip might have torqued other places. Glad to know the run helped relax your muscles.

I love how runnng makes me feel. I am not running FROM anything, but running TOWARDS a stronger and fitter me, TOWARDS the abiltiy to run a marathon in less than 5 hours, TOWARDS being able to run when I am in my 60s and 70s and 80s!

Why do you run?

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ZORAHGAIL 10/8/2009 7:59PM

    Hooray for soreness! It sure can hurt so good :)

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VLVTGRRL 10/8/2009 5:58PM

    Ok, what's a foam roller?

Wow, if I kept up your schedule, I'd be so paranoid I would injure myself!! But that's prolly because where I'm at now, I could NOT keep up with your schedule!! You've been building up to all of this activity for quite some time, I'm guessing, so the sore is just a bump up in intensity, not a bump up in overuse or leading toward an injury.... right? emoticon

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TELERIE 10/8/2009 5:41PM

    You're awesome with rowing and running and all!
And thank you for the comment on my blog, I really appreciate it!

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TAKEONME48137 10/8/2009 4:28PM

    Hooray! Congrats on almost being at the halfway! Keep it up!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/8/2009 4:11PM

    i love that you are so sore. grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat! almost half way there girl. you can so do this. keep stretching and moving and i am sure you will be in fine shape for your long run.

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KIMCATUS 10/8/2009 3:37PM

    As always you just rock my socks off!!! *wiggles bare toes* See???!

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MBSHAZZER 10/8/2009 3:27PM

    I am so excited that your marathon is so soon! Part of me wishes I signed up for an earlier one! I am running 18 next weekend even though my marathon isnt' till January 31. I am too anxious to get those long runs under my belt!

Glad you are working with the soreness.. it's your body's way of applauding you!

I just got a foam roller and I love it! The cats love it, too, so there is a bit of arguing over who gets to use it though!

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