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Thursday, October 22, 2009

I hate my ankle.

OK not REALLY because it's a very wonderful part of my body that allows me to move, more specifically I hate the bruise that is on the front of my ankle that still is not healed from last Wednesday's shoe lacing debacle.

RAWR. It didn't hurt when I ran yesterday but later that night I found it was tender in that area when I took off my trouser socks. Today I ran, but that was the only part that was uncomfortable and it's really getting on my nerves.

I read something today about maybe trying NOT lacing the top hole on the shoes to see if that helps, so I think I'll try that... I hope this heals soon...

Other than that I'm doing good! Rowed this morning, and honestly, it was fine but carrying the boat was making me crazy because it was an all SHORT GIRL boat and me. So yeah -- not only did it feel heavier, but when we had it overheads I couldn't really extend my arms all the way and then we're going uphill and I'm at the end and it's collapsing down on my head... our cox (who was a tall strong DUDE) had to come and push the boat up behind me and save me. :P Then we have to split to carrying it at our shoulders and 5 people went to ONE side of the boat and 3 to the other, and there was NO ONE on the opposite side of the boat in the back.... it was ridiculous.

But the row itself was pretty good -- when we rowed 8's it was NOT that bad! The balance was actually pretty good most of the time.

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WILDRICE99 10/23/2009 4:22PM

    Sorry about your bruise...but I had to chuckle a bit about the boat debacle. Wish I could have been there...with a video camera!!

Have a great day!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/23/2009 11:55AM

    You'll get through this soon.

How much longer is rowing going on?


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SEEHOLZ 10/23/2009 9:14AM

    Honestly, if that's the most irritating thing that will happen between now and marathon, you're lucky! Sorry it hurts though.
As for being the tall girl, I'm not tall, but it seems like people around in the US tend to be shorter, hence "smaller" which makes me feel even bigger and fatter! When I go home, I feel "normal" and "short". Germans, in general, are tall, I guess.

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LASHERTHECAT 10/23/2009 9:10AM

    You probably intimidated the short girls!! I'm not that tall (5'9") but I used to be really uncomfortable around short people. They made me feel huge ( I wasn't...just gangly - can't figure out how to spell that... is it a real word?)

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TAKEONME48137 10/23/2009 8:50AM

    I hope your ankle heals soon! Hooray for good rowing!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/23/2009 3:55AM


Sounds like the boat carrying operation was a good opportunity for strength training.

I usually don't lace the top hole in my shoes, but then I'm not running, so that probably isn't relevant.

Hope your ankle feels better soon!!!

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SKYFYRE 10/23/2009 12:08AM

    Good luck with the laces, I think once you get to these sort of milages, you really find all sorts of problems that would not have occurred if you were only running 2-3 miles! Hope you heal soon, too!
Height: yep, I know I'm not as tall as you, ...but I have always seemed to be taller than everyone else, and I just get so irritated that people assume that because I am taller than them I should be an OX or something!!! Ugh, hope that isn't happening to you!

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WHATAGRL42 10/22/2009 11:53PM

    lolll!! (whatagrl sings: "short people got... no reason to li -ivvvve"".....)

Sorry... just picturing the boat carrying procession! I know how tall u are, since my 5'2" self has stood right next to u! Thank goodness for strong tall dudes

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KEAKMAN 10/22/2009 8:46PM

    I HAVE to lace the top holes nice and tight because of narrow heels. But I like the idea of looser lacing, and maybe slap something like moleskin on the owie part for a bit of extra cushion.

Hope it feels better. (oh yeah, ice, ice, baby!)

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ROUXZQ 10/22/2009 8:09PM

    I've never used the top lace hole, myself (thick ankles). But hope yours heals soon. Try some Arnica Montana (homeopathic medicine). It helps heal bruising faster. A Plastic Surgeon my husband went to see after he got hit by a car while riding his bike uses it for all his patients. Whole Foods carries it.

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/22/2009 7:35PM

    my runners are barely tied. very lose. when you say the top of your ankle do you mean the top of your foot? i read the below a long time ago on runner's world. maybe one of these will help so it doesn't happen again.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/22/2009 6:40PM

    I have never laced up to the top hole in my running shoes, so I hope it helps. I have also used elastic laces at times which takes the pressure off the upper part of the foot.

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BRUIN2 10/22/2009 6:05PM

    Have you been icing? Hope it heals super fast!

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BOVEY63 10/22/2009 5:51PM

    Hope the ankle quits giving you problems real soon!

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KNH771 10/22/2009 5:46PM

    Being "saved" by a big strong dude can't be all that bad! emoticon Hope the nuisance with your ankle passes soon.

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MBSHAZZER 10/22/2009 5:26PM

    Sorry to hear about your ankle... I am still trying to figure out the whole shoe lacing thing... I never know what to do with those extra holes!

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MSSUNBUG 10/22/2009 5:19PM

    I'm really sorry about your ankle. I too hope it heals soon and doesn't continue to interfere with your running.

Wow, the trials and tribulations of being so tall! I'm not short (over 5'8"), but I'm also not 6'2". I can imagine it was annoying to be buried in the back there.

Good luck with trying the new lace-up. I hope it turns out to be the fix.

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RUN = ....

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

... DONE!

:) It wasn't anything special, but that's a good thing! I took a longer than usual walking warmup to get past some uneven pavement and gravel, to start on the smoothest flattest part and also let my muscles get extra warm..

um and also I was so scared to run!!!

But I'm glad I did!!! I mean I felt fine so the only thing stopping me from running was being scared and that'd be dumb to just keep resting for no reason other than being nervous about what will happen on the next run.

So tomorrow I am supposed to row in the morning, then another easy run on the same flat route then rest day then EIGHTEEN MILES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need to plan a route...I searched mapmyrun for runs 15-20 miles and the longest was like 15.8 miles... then I did 20-25 out of curiosity so if there was a 20 miler maybe I could shorten it a bit, and it came back with NOTHING. So if anyone out there is running as long as me they're doubling a shorter runs or they aren't mapping it. I know there are those doing it but at least I'll be a MAPMYRUN pioneer. ;) HAHAHA.

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TAKEONME48137 10/22/2009 4:11PM

    Maybe you can loop around the same path 1.5 miles and just come back (it'll total 18)? Way to be awesome by getting through your runs. =) =)

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SEEHOLZ 10/22/2009 2:05PM

    Double loops, epspecially run in reverse, are a good option and that way you get to really "enjoy" the scenery-LOL!
Or take the 15 mile route and add a 3 mile loop-- if that makes you feel more comfortable!
I totally KNOW what you mean about being scared to run-LOL- and glad that you had no pain... pew! Sounds to me like you're so ready for those 18 miles!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/22/2009 1:05PM

    Be careful out there. You are going to do great with this. NO FEAR!!!!!!


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MBSHAZZER 10/22/2009 12:36PM

    Hey Dana - a rest day is key before a long run and I'm sure you will love every one of those 18 miles! I found that distance was really a mental breakthrough for me. Good luck with the route.. I live on an island (OK, it's an isthmus, but whatever), so I am limited... I have to go back and forth, back and forth, zzzzz!

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S318830 10/22/2009 11:59AM

    I create my own runs and routes all the time. You know the area, go for it. Create a nice scenic run that will keep you engaged. Good luck! And you'll do fine!

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FITGRL124 10/22/2009 10:43AM

    You are such an INSPIRATION!!! :)

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KNH771 10/22/2009 10:38AM

    Sometimes when I read your blogs I feel like such a slacker!! Throw in an extra mile for me, please.

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ZAEZAE 10/22/2009 10:15AM

    You are SO amazing!

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BRUIN2 10/22/2009 10:05AM

    (i never share my runs on mapmyrun - mostly because i usually start from my house, and i didn't want the interweb to have that info publicly available...)

Yay for your run!

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SUMMERVA 10/22/2009 9:40AM

    That is SO freaking awesome Dana! I'm so excited for you, ms. lady!

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LASHERTHECAT 10/22/2009 8:59AM

    Way to face the fear and SUCCEED!! Woohoo!!

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SKYFYRE 10/22/2009 7:08AM

    Ooh, goodness you are wraking up the miles!! Have you counted how many total so far you've run just training for the marathon?! A ton I bet!

I love maymyrun, but I am afraid I never post my routes, I figure they're too boiring for others, and they're just neighborhood runs anyway... But them I like looking at other peoples, maybe I should!

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JESPAH 10/22/2009 6:04AM

    You will blaze a trail ....

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    I used to love mapmyrun.com...but I only used it to track my own miles. Then SP came out with their fitness milage tracker thingy and I've never looked back.

I swear, I love Sparkpeople! they're awesome!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/21/2009 10:44PM

    how was your it band? you could also do a 9 mile loop twice. that way if you need to refill water or something you can stash stuff.

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KEAKMAN 10/21/2009 9:01PM

    HOORAY for the brave Dana, who conquered her fear of running after her last lousy run! emoticon

Here you go....an 18 miler....http://www.usatf.org/route
s/view.asp?rID=331836. I have no idea what the campus is like, so I probably took you to all the "wrong" places, but at least it will give you a laugh!

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FITTYTIF 10/21/2009 8:44PM

    Okay i will ask what is Mapmyrun. I mean I can figure it out but what it is?

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

So, I'm blogging. :) I'll probably blog again later today.

Stuff that's been on my mind lately....

A couple of my SparkFriends have mentioned that they're previewing The Spark right now, so I guess it's ok for ME to tell you that I AM, too. :) And I'm reallllllly loving it so far. It's definitely not just about losing weight and eating right, let me tell you that.

It actually prompted my new and improved collage that I shared with you! So on my mind lately are those big longer term goals -- how I see my dream life in the future.

So I'm trying to think about those goals each day.

I've been on track tracking my food again this week and staying within range. It's been really satisfying to do that but the BIGGEST thing has been I'm tracking my water again.

Yeah -- somehow I've REALLY slacked on this!!!!! I guess I find it tough to drink enough water when I'm cold... so yesterday I tracked for the first time in a while and I just BARELY made it to 8... (I didn't even put it in the tracker yet I don't think, but I was paying attention!). Today so far I've had like... 1 cup. I'm working on it!!! I got down to 1 bottle of water at work instead of the two I alternated between because my stupid work threw away my lunch AND my water AND my bottle of salad dressing when cleaning out the fridge - gRR! Luckily it was just a plastic waterbottle and not my SparkPeople Water Bottle... which I have now brought to work and will guard with my life.

Hopefully that will help me since I will always have a bottle on my desk...

Also... I think I'm gonna try to run today.

Sunday - SO hurting and sore.

Monday - SORE.

Tuesday - not too bad, feeling pretty normal

Today - Feeling pretty good and normal.

SO! I'm going to give it a go assuming I still feel good come 4PM. :) haha. The route here is pretty flat and an evenly paved path so it's giving me the best options. If I feel like I should stop, I'll stop. I won't push through. I will turn around and give it a rest. I do not want to risk injury just to get in some mileage. That would be DUMB - RIGHT??? :D

Bummer - I left me HRM strap at my in-laws house apparently. LAME. :( I hope they are able to find it. But I will definitely be without it until at least Halloween, since we will see them then. If it is not found (or if the doggies found it and chewed it to death first PLEASE NO), then I'll have to replace it and that will SUCK. $40. boo.

Also crappy -- another neighbor got their door kicked in. It was across the parking lot, a woman was home alone and heard her door get kicked in and screamed. They left apparently (THANK GOD), but still... I can't believe my neighbor across the hall got a brick thrown through their window and now people's doors are getting kicked in again... even more incentive for us to get the heck out of Dodge.

We're checking out an apt on Sunday that is a possible sublease for us (good option since we're only gonna be here through the Spring) and hopefully that works out... it's going to be a serious downsize, but we have a lot of furniture and other belongings that we don't care to keep once we leave this town anyway so it'll allow us to go ahead and shed the extra STUFF.

Really I posted about a lot of downers in this blog, but I'm actually feeling very optimistic and positive today. :)

I will check in after lunch to report on my run!

Also so far today - 1 set of tricep dips. Will do more at night after lunch!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/23/2009 3:48AM

    I hear ya on the water.

This time of year I stock up on herb teas and drink those throughout the day instead of cold water. My favorites are Tazo Refresh (mint) and Wild Sweet Orange.

In fact yesterday I treated myself and bought a bunch of nice herb teas and a clear Lock&Lock box to store them in.

I wish Celestial Seasonings would individually wrap their tea. The flavors are initially great, but once you open the package they start to fade. The blueberry one is particularly nice, and although Bigelow makes blueberry flavor too (individually wrapped), it isn't as sweet.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/22/2009 1:10PM

    We all have downs in our lives (really, I know) and sometimes what we need is to just vent them.

Good luck on that apartment.


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FITTYTIF 10/21/2009 8:43PM

    Actually you need to go back and reread your blog. It was a pretty positive. You took every negitaive and made it a positive.

Havn't been getting enought water = Your tracking and realizing it.

Been very sore = Planning a run for today!

Neighbor hood going to pots=New place on the horizon and a chance to de clutter!!!

Sounds like things are doing pretty well. Or at least you have a good way of looking at it!

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GAYEMC 10/21/2009 8:19PM

    Bummer about the strap. I hope you get out of Dodge soon!

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ELFITZPA 10/21/2009 3:41PM

    Ooh that's scary about the lady getting her door kicked in and another neighbor having a brick thrown through the window - yikes! Glad you have a plan to get out of there!!

And I'm with you - it's so much harder to get the water in now that it's not hot out!!

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SEEHOLZ 10/21/2009 3:33PM

    I have the same cold/no fun drinking water thing-LOL! You are allowed to laugh at this, but my Chinese friend ( co-worker) drinks hot water! No, not tea, coffee or anything in it!
Just hot water! We have a hot water dispenser at work to make tea and so I tried it last winter--- it's perfect for a cold day! I wasn't too thrilled about it at first and it's not the quickest way to get your water in, but I'm telling you, it was nice ( only in the cold weather though-LOL)
I had to replace my HRM strap last year, as I was stupid enought to use it in the pool ( after someone suggested it was safe) It got coroded and even though my DH tried, it just wasn't the same. It was working one minute and then not. I love this HRM strap much better anyway! It's a never version and an improved design and I've had it for a while.. a long while, so definitely a worthwhile investment! I think I'd ask your In-laws to look for around for it, though...
I'll keep my fingers crossed for a great run for you!

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MBSHAZZER 10/21/2009 3:08PM

    Yes, lots of stuff going on.

How are you previewing the Spark?? Also, I ordered it and the icon is not on my page, BOO HOO! I can't wait for it to arrive.

Let's see... hope you are enjoying your run. Definitely walk if you need to... I have been victim to the vanity mileage game before! No fun!

Hope the new apt. works out for you.... and your in laws find the HRM... and your lunch doesn't get thrown away! How irritating!

Also... I find it hard to drink water when it's cold too!

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    Yeah I still don't know if we're allowed to talk about the book ...hmmm...I just thought about something. I think I'm talking TOO much about the book...hmmm I will have to go to my blog and edit some stuff out. Eek!

Anyway, have fun on your run today! :)

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/21/2009 2:58PM

    What ever happened about that "mean" dog you were going to adopt? With people getting their doors kicked in, I think you need some protection. And can you take that dog to work to guard your food, too? Sheesh!



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My Fitness Story!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

This is my entry for the SparkPeople/TurboKick.com Fitness Story Contest.

My fitness story began in January of 2007. Prior to that, I never intentionally exercised outside of Phys Ed class. Who wants to be sweaty and feel winded??? NOT ME.

I grew up as an overweight and obese child, teenager, and young adult. Finally, nearing the end of 2006 I felt so uncomfortable in my skin I started to consider what it would take for me to really try to be a healthier individual. Then I visited a Dr. and saw a reading of 294lbs on the scale and vowed never to see a 3 at the beginning of my weight! I discussed it with my husband and proposed a gym membership.

I figured that if we spend the money to get me a membership and then I didn't use it, I'd never hear the end of it so it provided an additional motivation.


I had never been in a gym before, I had no idea how the whole "locker room" scenario worked, how to use any of the machines, and I was embarrassed to try working out in front of a bunch of fit people. Luckily, I did have a friend who went to the gym I joined and I recruited her to go with me on my first visit and show me how to use a treadmill.

I started by walking 30 minutes 3 times a week. I believe that first day I had the incline set at 2 and the mileage set at 2.5-3 -- walking 3 miles per hour at a slight incline was really challenging for me at that time and I had to drop it down to 2.5 after a short time. After I got off the machine, I nearly fell!!! I felt so disoriented leaving the moving track that although I do not drink, I guessed that might be what it felt like to be drunk. I was feeling the buzz of endorphins and my confused body did not know what to make of the solid non-moving ground.

After the second session the sensation of disorientation was lessened, but the feel-good feeling kept coming. So I continued -- and bumped up my Saturday sessions to 45 minutes. I gradually lengthened every session to 45 minutes and was able to increase my speed and incline as well. After around 5-6 months I had met my first major milestone of losing 50lbs, and I celebrated by getting fitted for some running shoes.

As a child, I would start that required mile run huffing and puffing and end it walking and crying. I figured I was not meant to be an athlete. I focused on music and art and built a lot of confidence in myself in any other area I could.

But I wanted to run. I had a roommate in college that would go out and run for hours. HOURS. I couldn't even imagine running for 5 minutes. She would also run every year with her family in the local Turkey Trot.

I researched and found the Couch to 5K training program and it seemed do-able -- even for me. So I started gradually integrating short running bouts into my walking. I was able to build up and then complete my first 5K at the Turkey Trot while on vacation with my in-laws. I completed that race in 40:20 and I did not walk the entire time. I was SO PROUD of myself for running in a race and finding that dream of a family 5K.

Since then I have continued to run, and reduced my 5K Personal Record to under 30 minutes. When I visited San Diego, CA I found a race to run while I was there. I am currently training to run my first marathon on December 5th. Never in a million years would I have expected to be going out and doing 14 and 16 mile training runs on my own!

Not only have I continued to run, but I have found strength and fulfillment in taking on other fitness challenges.

I have taken hip hop, funk, and other dance aerobics classes at my gym, water aerobics, spin class, a strength and toning class, and pilates. I have conquered my fear of the Strength Training Floor and lifted weights and worked the cable machines with the burly men.

My most recent fitness adventure took me out of the gym and into the outdoors again with rowing. A SparkFriend inquired if I knew anything about a local Rowing Club and while I did now anything about it at the time -- I found out fast! They were having a Learn to Row Camp within a couple of weeks so I suggested we take it together.

I persevered through the embarrassing swim test (I had worked on swimming directionally, but never learned how to tread water somehow...), and the camp and found a new fitness passion! It is so peaceful to be out on the water as the sun is rising and propelling yourself across the water with your teammates.

Last weekend I achieved something I could have never anticipated for myself a few years ago -- I earned my first ever athletic MEDAL in a ROWING COMPETITION!!!!

My teammates and I won first place in our event at a regional regatta and I am still on cloud nine.

By making those tiny steps in the beginning, I was able to show myself what I am truly capable of and now looking back I feel I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.


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NATTIEMAE1 10/26/2009 9:19AM

    This story is very inspirational. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments!

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MDTWEETY 10/25/2009 3:47PM

    Awww...this brought tears to my eyes. Congrats on all you've accomplished and all the fitness accomplishments that await you in the future. That marathon doesn't stand a CHANCE! ;)

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KATIEKOREA 10/25/2009 1:35AM

    I don't read very many blogs on this website. I stumbled upon your entry, and I was very impressed. Your writing was very heartfelt. Although I don't know you, I feel very happy that you won an athletic medal. You have made many huge accomplishments. Congratulations! emoticon

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LAFTERSFREE 10/24/2009 10:09PM

    love this story!! very well written, and totally from the heart. rock it dana!

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ERNURSERN 10/24/2009 10:51AM

    I am so proud of you!! You are a great role model!! I am so thankful that you shared your blog with me!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

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TRABOLD8567 10/24/2009 8:14AM

  You will inspire many with this. People will really be able to relate to your story about going to the gym for the 1st time and will help them take that step too.

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KSTDENIS 10/23/2009 5:32PM

    WAHOO! What a great, inspiring story. Thank you for sharing. I hope you win!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/22/2009 12:57PM

    I am so looking forward to reading the recap of the marathon. You are going to just tear it up.


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SUMMERVA 10/22/2009 9:42AM

    You're such an inspiration, girl! Kick the crap out of that marathon!

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KSGROTHE 10/21/2009 8:43PM

    You are awesome! I love your Fitness Story! And Way To Go!!! on the Rowing Medal!! I love your enthusiasm.

I had gotten way behind on your blogs, and today decided to try to catch up a bit. I'm so glad I did!

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 10/21/2009 10:25AM

    Very motivational! You have come so far and it is truly encouraging to read how you have accomplished all that you have! Good luck on the contest. -Carolyn

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VEEJAY3 10/20/2009 11:17PM

    I love, love LOVE your recap of all the things you've tried! That's sooooo motivational, Dana! This is a great story -- and you're SUCH a tireless motivator here on SP that I'm totally in your corner, rooting for your story to be the winner.

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SPARKNMOM 10/20/2009 9:46PM

    Awesome...so glad you shared! Marathon...WOW!!!!

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KARVY09 10/20/2009 9:37PM

    Your fitness journey is amazing, girl! And I hope the judges see that too! To go from almost 300 pounds to winning a boat race and running long distances, you are an inspiration to every person here on Sparkpeople.

You're my idol. You've tried it all. You didn't let your weight hold you back. Thanks for being here on Spark and continuing to Spark on even after you've reached your goal weight.
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FITTYTIF 10/20/2009 9:32PM

    Goog luck on the contest! I would really love a bodybugg!

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KEAKMAN 10/20/2009 9:13PM

    Dana, you are so right - you CAN do anything, and you have already proven that! From here on in, everything is just gravy. Marathon? No problem. Triathlon? Big deal. Take on the world? It's yours already.

I am so proud of you for what you have accomplished. Do you ever get tired of looking at your "before" pictures and seeing what you have done? I would hope NOT!

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    Wow. Just reading how far you've come gives me hope that it's possible for me too. Thank you for sharing!!

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TELERIE 10/20/2009 6:20PM

    I'm so proud of you, and our stories are very similar, yanno it gives me lots of hope to _get there_ (where you are) one fine day!
Perhaps I should try rowing? I remember the dizzy spell I had after my first run on a treadmill. Funny!

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TIGERLILLY513 10/20/2009 6:09PM

    wow! I just have to say that you are what keeps me going. I know that probably sounds weird or crazy, but it's entirely true. I always believed that these types of websites were all a hoax or were full of people who weren't ever truly overweight. When Meghan told me about the website I was initially skeptical. Then she told me about you. She said you were on here and we looked up your profile together. I was instantly made a believer. It was you. A real person and someone I had actually met once a long time ago. You did it! A real person that I knew had actually accomplished a MAJOR goal and it inspired me more than anything else ever has. Thank you for sharing your story and thank you for not giving up. :) I'm not quite there yet, but I'm working on it, and I know that someday I too will achieve. Thanks for the inspiration!

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SEEHOLZ 10/20/2009 5:46PM

    I love the story- brings back some of my own memories and a little closer to you! Thanks for sharing!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/20/2009 5:31PM

    Thanks for sharing your story. I didn't know you until after you became a rowing fiend, so it's great to hear about your beginnings and all that you have been able to accomplish!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 10/20/2009 5:24PM

    This story is AWESOME, Dana! So inspiring!

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CATIATM 10/20/2009 5:13PM

    That is an amazing story, Dana. You are what Spark is all about! emoticon emoticon

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CLOVERR1 10/20/2009 5:13PM

    Very inspiring!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/20/2009 4:44PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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HOPERY 10/20/2009 4:35PM

    You made me cry! You are the warrior princess hero!

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MBSHAZZER 10/20/2009 4:17PM

    Wow, Dana, I knew you were new to running, but I had NO IDEA that you were new to exercising! You totally rock. You're a natural athlete! I love that you got hooked on "exercise-crack"! The marathon will be nothing for you!

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DDOORN 10/20/2009 4:08PM

    You got MY vote! :-)


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    Amazing! Absolutely motivating!!! I want to be just like you when I grow up :) Teehee. I really like the idea of doing something totally new like rowing. I feel like that whenever I go to boxing class. I'm such a girly girl who likes things like dance class, that boxing is so foreign to me--but that's also part of the challenge and interest.

Yay for marathon time!!! You're going to crush it!!!


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TAKEONME48137 10/20/2009 3:59PM

    Great story! I hope it wins you something. =)

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LIMELITESHINES 10/20/2009 3:56PM

    Great Entry! I have to do mine too. Teehee . . I better get it done before they close it! ;)

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KENSINGTONC 10/20/2009 3:54PM

    This gives me goosebumps! I LOVE IT! Thank you for sharing, you awesome girl you. Can't wait to see you kick some marathon booty! Liz

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Weekend Report and PICTURES! :D

Monday, October 19, 2009

So we'll start with the crappy, then the awesome, and then the pictures.

So -- my run SUCKED. Here are the reasons why:

1. My IT Band flared up. I got blisters on my pinky toes. These things made me have to walk a lot at the end. That and a potty break added a total of 1 minute to each mile average for the run -- I averaged 14min mile. eek. Unless I accidentally ran extra in the middle... which I might have.
2. I didn't sleep well the night before.
3. Sore from regatta still.

So.... to sum up -- I still hurt! :( I'm going to take it chill starting running this week and take Tuesday off and more if I feel I need to. AFTER this week I still have 6 more weeks of training and I know I can hack it, so I'm not worried about missing some mileage here and there as long as it means I can make it to the starting line. The good thing? I was able to feel how to deal with the issues and push through the pain and listen to my body and walk when needed to get through a tough run like that. I had a bad run on my 11 miler -- in tears at the end. This one... I didn't cry, but it was on par with that run I think. And then I remind myself that after that I had a really great 14 miler and a solid 12 mile run before this another crappy one, with LOTS of contributing factors.

NO MORE LONG RUNS the day after INTENSE EXERCISE!!! I also had zero FULLY off days leading up to this run -- I was rowing and running on Thursday, rowing Friday, racing Saturday... It might've been stupid. But I did learn from it and can now say I've completed a 16+ mile run. :)


Was awesome. Actually --- it was freezing cold, windy, overcast, the water was choppy... but we did REALLY great in spite of the awful conditions and we WON our event!!! YES! That is the 1st WIN for our club as well! :D In the Spring they took 2nd, and last week they came in 5th, so we seriously kicked butt on Saturday. We were rowing into a headwind, so we had to fight to control our oars against the wind, and at the end the water was seriously so choppy that there were waves occasionally hitting us over the port side of our boat. It was INSANE. But we actually won not only with handicaps added, but were 40seconds in the lead in raw time. Our raw time also beat the raw time of most of the collegiate 8+ boats as well -- we got beat by the top 3 men's boats, and the 1st place women's boat and that's it! :) ALSO - One thing about this type of race -- you are judged on your net time, you race in the order of your boats number... so it's not like a side by side thing like the Olympics or something. So you don't actually know your results until everyone's raced and they post the results of your event.

Food for the weekend: Not too bad. I didn't track, but I feel confident that I didn't overdo it, either. I burned a BUTTLOAD of calories between Sat+Sun, I may have eaten a little more than usual but I didn't use that as an excuse to eat total crap. We only ate out once, and it was to my favorite Asian Food place called Bento Box. I had some amazing brown rice, a spicy garlic chicken (grilled chicken breasts in a sauce), fried potato and tofu (the one really obviously less healthy choice, but it's SO good and not very greasy), FRUIT and cucumber kimchi. :) So really overall a very good meal choice especially considering I was eating out. :)

NOW - Pictures from the regatta!!! My DH took the photos.

Here we are coming in to the finish line:

This is afterwards when we're coming into the little channel to dock:

Then this is when I'm talking to my family and they gave me a towel - YAY!

Our Boat:

Coaches dog, and our mascot, LUNA! :D

We did a cheer- YAY!

THEN we found out we WON and we got our medals! :D

Medal Closeups:

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HEALTHY4CAROLYN 10/21/2009 10:32AM

    LOVE the pictures - Congrats again!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 10/20/2009 5:23PM

    Hey GREAT pictures! I am loving the new profile pic, the mascot is too cut, Dana :).

Sorry that the regatta soreness impeded your run, but like you said now you know what is reasonable and what is not. So you should be good.

And I know you know this but some runs just suck for a number of reasons. Some times even short ones.

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SLCOLMAN 10/20/2009 5:13PM

So cool!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/20/2009 12:17PM

    Overall, it sounds like a fantastic weekend. Sorry the run didn't go as well as you want. I'm sure you will do better on your next long run (you know, one longer that a football field emoticon)


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TAKEONME48137 10/20/2009 11:59AM

    Congrats on the win, again!! Also, I hope you feel better after all that running. Take care of yourself. =)

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LASHERTHECAT 10/20/2009 9:17AM

    Wow!! Congrats on First Place!!

HOpefully your running will be better now that you are giving in and taking some rest!!

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KARVY09 10/20/2009 8:28AM

    Hey, you can't argue with 1st place! Congrats!
Sounds like a terrific weekend despite your run troubles. You're so amazing and your fitness acheivements are an inspiration to so many!

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JESPAH 10/20/2009 6:20AM

    That pic of you biting the medal should be on a freakin' Wheaties box. It's perfect.

PS Can I take Luna home with me?

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JANTWO 10/20/2009 2:51AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonWhat an accomplishment!!!!

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 10/20/2009 12:33AM

    SO SO SO SO SO COOL THAT YOU GUYS WON!!! Awesome! I looove your mascott too! He's so cute. I loved this blog...even before I read it the title made me excited! I love blogs w/ pictures! :)


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SKISINCO 10/19/2009 11:09PM

    How cool! Love the pictures!

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KEAKMAN 10/19/2009 10:59PM

    CONGRATS on the great regatta! I am so happy for you. emoticon

As for the run....I am sorry that you had a tough one. But you are right, you learned a lot from that run....especially the part about needing rest days before long runs. I hope you figure out your IT band problem....and as for the blisters, no cotton socks, and use moleskin on your pinky toes before you run to prevent them in the future.

I can't wait to hear your next run report...you will be fine, Dana, I know it. No one with your desire and drive can NOT be a success!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/19/2009 10:15PM

    Learning makes us smarter and smarter is better. Here's to tear-free runs in the future.
Way to go on your race. That shot of you biting the medal needs to be your new profile pic.


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SEEHOLZ 10/19/2009 10:12PM

    Your regatta sounds so awesome- Thanks for sharing it in words and pictures-LOL!
While I'm sorry you had a crappy run, I was curious how you would feel after the race day--- scheduling long runs can be tricky.... but I'm proud of you for toughing it out! I hope your IT band is better already... the blisters will be okay.. they might be annoying, but it's an easy fix... the IT band might be in need of some treadmill or very flat surface. The one cool thing about an irritated IT band is that you still can run without causing damage, as long as you ice it afterwards and keep the runs FLAT...... on an EVEN surface... of course, I know you've dealt with this, so that might not be news to you...
In any event, I've had pretty much every emotion possible after my long runs... from utter euphoria, to downright deep desperation-LOL- I still find that every run is a new opportunity and a new lesson--- you'll be okay Dana and finding the confidence to listen to your body and to push through instead of giving up, will get you through that marathon- no doubt!

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SPARKNMOM 10/19/2009 9:43PM

    Wow...great accomplishments here for you!! You inspire me!!

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DDOORN 10/19/2009 9:31PM

    Thx for sharing pics of your VICTORY! Woo hoo!

What peak moments you've built into your life! Way to SPARK! :-)


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KIMCATUS 10/19/2009 9:23PM

    Oh wow!!! So very cool!!!! You are one awesomely fantastic chick ya know????!

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FITTYTIF 10/19/2009 8:33PM

    Some how I dropped of on getting up dates on your blog. Not sure what happened but I am back!
Congrats on winning. Sorry to hear your run did not go well.

And in respose to the Tracey EYE! LMAO!!!! Too funny! emoticon

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-SEVEN- 10/19/2009 8:15PM

    Cool! Congrats on your medal too! emoticon
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CLOVERR1 10/19/2009 6:15PM

    Yay! You are a tough determined gal to get through the regatta and the long run! (fyi: I like the greenway between Bailey Cove and the Ditto Landing a lot; nice and flat; not much shade in the summer tho, but yesterday was perfect runing weather. Sure....I had to do my long miles on Friday in not perfect weather. *pout*)

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DREMARGRL 10/19/2009 5:54PM

    That was so much fun to hear about! Even the bad part about the blisters on your pinky toes! OUCH! Thanks so much for sharing. The pictures are great!! You rawwwwk, darlin'!!!!!!!!! XXOO MaryAnn

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    Awesome job on the regatta!!! Well done!


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KENSINGTONC 10/19/2009 5:30PM

    Ooooh congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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POTTERGURL 10/19/2009 5:18PM

    Congrats on the regatta!!! I'm glad to hear you finished strong despite an earlier letdown. See? There is a rainbow after the rain! emoticon

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MISSY_MAGOO 10/19/2009 5:08PM

    Congrats!!!! Great race photos :)
Sorry to hear about your sucky run...the bright side- now you have a not great run under your belt, you know how to prevent it, so your runs will just get better from here on out! Live and learn :)

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BOVEY63 10/19/2009 5:08PM

    First place - WOW!!!

Comment edited on: 10/19/2009 5:11:14 PM

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LIMELITESHINES 10/19/2009 5:00PM

    SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Actually, it might be good in one way that your run sucked. Because that can prepare you for any type of situation, you k now? And you'll have hung through a really sucky run . .. so when the race day comes along and you feel awesome (which you will) . . it'll be SO MUCH EASIER than that really sucky run! :)

and CONGRATS on your win! WOOHOOOO!!!!!!!! That's so awesome!

I'm cold just looking at your pics tho. lol

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MBSHAZZER 10/19/2009 4:58PM

    GREAT news about the race! That's totally awesome and it looks like it was SO MUCH FUN!!! Congratulations!

Now about the run... MUCH better to encounter bad stuff during training rather than at a race for the first time. So, the worst has happened, now you can face the race without fear! And it sounds like you know where you went wrong so you can prevent it happening in the future. So all in all, a very productive and useful run!

Have a great week!

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