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Thursday, October 29, 2009

... after this Saturday... I only have ONE more run longer than 13 miles.

*mind boggles* And after two more weeks (on that second week from Sat doing my 20 miler) I start to taper.

This marathon is getting CLOSE, ya'll!!!!!!!!! (does anyone watch ANTM? I was channelling super country girl on that... I love her.)

This morning I went rowing and it lightning'd twice while we were rowing toward the beginning of the row, mostly it drizzled but a couple times it got to light rain... then as soon as we pull up to the dock, torrential downpour, more thunder and lightning... so.... I scrapped the post row run, went home, got some laundry going, showered, got the laundry drying, and hit the bed. I got to sleep a good 2+ hrs and then I woke up to check and it was clear weather. WOOT. But due to the time constraints and location change, I opted for a 3.25 miler instead of the 4.14 miles I would have done, no biggie. One of those 4 milers could have been a 3 miler (according to the Runner's World Training plan instructions for first timers is to change all pace/speed/tempo workouts to an easy 3 OR 4 miler and I changed all of them to 4's).

It was a decent run, I was not really feeling it today but it got done.

Now I get a day off tomorrow -- and get to dress up YAY HALLOWEEN -- and then it's the monster run again Saturday.

BUT!!! Like I said!!! After this week the only runs over 13 miles are TWENTY and then MARATHON. So..... I think looking forward to that information really makes me feel more confident about hacking through this run no matter what. ;) hahaha.

It will be a tough fit because we are supposed to be meeting with my inlaws and inlaw grandparents for lunch and so far my hubby hasn't been able to tell me WHEN that's going to happen, but either way it's just going to be a busy day.


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S318830 10/31/2009 1:10AM

    Cool! Tapering is fun. And don't worry... tapering really does work. You'll be fine. I'm soooo looking forward to reading your race report after you're done.

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JEM0622 10/30/2009 1:03PM

    So excited for you! You have done an excellent job! You will rock the marathon! ~Julie

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KASHMIR 10/30/2009 12:45PM

    I am SO Excited for you!!!

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CHRSTINAG 10/30/2009 12:17PM

    Congrats ... and good luck on that run! There is nothing quite like crossing that finish line. :) Enjoy every moment. :)

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THECOOLESTSARAH 10/30/2009 12:04PM

    You are so awesome! I'm so excited for you - it's coming right up!

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LADYIRISH317 10/30/2009 10:59AM

    Rowing during a lightening storm? You're a lot braver than I am!

Have a fantastic Halloween!
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/30/2009 10:10AM

    Hope everything gets squeezed in. Have a great weekend.

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KAYAKID 10/30/2009 12:22AM

    Wow! I am so proud of you! You will be a Marathoner soon and your training has been going good!!!! Have a great weekend and enjoy your long long and survive it.


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SPARKNMOM 10/29/2009 10:17PM

    Wow....check you out!

And fun...dressing up for Halloween. Be sure to share pics!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/29/2009 8:05PM

    LOL. Happy Halloweeneen to you, too!
(Is that like Christmas Eve Eve?)
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LAFTERSFREE 10/29/2009 6:15PM

    way to go!

im rooting for the country girl on ANTM... dont think she'll win it ALL though. I think nicole has a good shot to win it all. who are u rootin for this season???

what are u guys dressing as for halloween???

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 10/29/2009 5:26PM

    Enjoy your runs!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 10/29/2009 5:14PM

    That is so awesome Dana! You are getting them done, girl!

I can't wait for halloween pics :).

And thanks for the training schedule. Now I just need to shop for a good full to do :) - preferably one without any of the a$$hats from that NY Times article :P!

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MSSUNBUG 10/29/2009 5:00PM

    Hooray for you! It's SOOOOOO close!

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SSPANIER 10/29/2009 4:29PM

    You are doing it! I am cheering for you!!!! emoticon

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ROUXZQ 10/29/2009 4:28PM

    Good luck! You'll do great!

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MBSHAZZER 10/29/2009 4:27PM

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN! You are going to do great on your long runs and you WILL be prepared for your marathon!

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DDOORN 10/29/2009 4:23PM

    You are taking such TERRIFIC measures to prepare for your marathon...! Just KNOW you're going to be SO PLEASED with your performance!

Have fun trik-r-treating! :-)


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SWEATONCEADAY 10/29/2009 4:14PM

    i love country girl too!!!!!! ok that is all i read. bbl to read the rest.

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JOYPHOTOG 10/29/2009 4:12PM

  That's awesome that you're getting closer to your marathon! I can't wait till I can even run!!! lol!

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KEAKMAN 10/29/2009 3:58PM

    First off - WOOHOO! you are getting sooooo close! I am getting excited for you, and I won't even be running or be there to cheer you (in body - I'll be there in spirit!)

Isn't it amazing that you don't freak out about a 13 miler or even a 20 miler these days? Did you EVER think you would be so nonchalant about thoat kind of distance??

(and I LOVE ANTM...make DH watch it with me every week!)

So what do you dress up as this year???

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Another run bites the dust...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

.. har har. Get it?

Anyway -- the 7 miler went well this morning -- the weather was FLAWLESS. About 60, low humidity, blue gorgeous skies w/ some pretty white clouds and sunnnny. :)

It was a different experience to run prior to work instead of on my lunch break, but I REALLY LIKED IT. The other way gives me a break in the middle of the day, but I honestly feel I'm waiting for my run the whole first half of the day...

Today I got to get right to it! :) The only downside was that my MP3 player died about halfway through -- oops. But it still was nice. I really actually liked part of the route a lot so that was cool. I will have to add that sometime -- maybe to make my 20mile route...... *gears turning*

Anyway -- not a whole lot else to say. I'm so said that Billy Bell had to leave SYTYCD :( I'm seriously bummed about that. I'm also mad about the guy who had to dance a solo who DIDN'T leave. He should NOT have had to dance for his life or whatever!

Biggest Loser -- What's up with Daniel? I wonder if he's cheating with his food or if there's something really wrong with him?

I brought a can of tuna for my snack later but... I left my can opener at home. OOOPS. So.... hopefully I make it through the day alright. I'm feeling pretty hungry right now but I get to eat lunch in about 30min. We'll see!

OH something I'm excited about -- we ARE going to move from our scary apartment to a super secure gated community apartment for the Spring. We checked it out and although it's teeny compared to our current place, it's sooooooo nice and I'm really looking forward to it. We won't be there long, but it will be worth moving... plus since we'll be moving again soon having packed most of our stuff to keep in storage will only be a benefit for when we have to REALLY relocate for my DH's future career! :)

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LASHERTHECAT 10/29/2009 3:51PM

    Yay!! A new apartment!!

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SEEHOLZ 10/29/2009 3:41PM

    It sounds like you got something to look forward to--- soo excited for you!
You DH is a PhD student? I thought I read something somewhere... what's his future career?
So weird, but I used to love running in the morning and lately, well, it's hard for me to get up and get running.. ( irrational fear of the dark and cold..) someone needs to kick my butt.. I did have a few great lunch/afternoon runs and found a new kind of confidence with afternoon running, but still... I used to love my morning runs.. strange...
I've done that where I forgot a can opener, but then again, why aren't all cans made with that latch so you don't need an opener? Those work so much better!

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TAKEONME48137 10/29/2009 12:56PM

    Congrats on the new apartment! I hope all goes well. =)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/29/2009 12:28PM

    congrats on the new apt. Sometimes that type of move is necessary even if it is a bit of a nuisance.


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NATURALSOAPGIRL 10/29/2009 11:52AM

    Hey girl - I've missed you and your candid blogs. I've been checking in with SP a few times a week but not really reading blogs - or writing too many either. So... another run bites the dust, huh? Cute. You're brave - I CAN'T workout without my music. It is an impossibility. What am I saying? I haven't been working out anyway. I work up a sweat doing the dishes! lol. The first three months I was exhausted beyond belief and now I literally have a hard time breathing just going up the stairs. Apparently my old asthma decided to kick in during pregnancy, but I want to do SOMETHING physical!

BTW - I was wondering about Daniel too! I'd hate to see him go!

Anyway.... glad to see you're still running and such... keep it up. I'll need that inspiration when I get back to the treadmill in May!


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SKYEFYR 10/29/2009 11:05AM

  Sounds like you had a great run! Glad to hear you were able to get it in early and really enjoy it. And you don't have to wait for it.

On Biggest Loser I think Daniel's body is just trying to catch up with all the loss. Every diet slows down eventually, maybe he's just at that point. At least it's not a plateau!

On SYTYCD I was shocked at the one guy they chose, but part of me thinks that they just wanted to see his amazing dancing. Let's be honest, no one really thought he was the one at risk when he was called.

Hope you can find a way to continue to run in the mornings. Sounds like it just really made your day! Good for you!

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DDOORN 10/29/2009 8:38AM

    You are SO INTO your Sparkin' Groove! It's always a joy to catch up with your latest news...congrats on the move...although even positive moves can bring a lot of stress to the table...be vigilant...! :-)


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/29/2009 8:13AM

    I love running first thing in the morning. I feel like it gives me extra energy all day long....you probably get that feeling on the mornings you row.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/29/2009 7:57AM

    I watch BL a week delayed on Hulu, and wondered the same thing about Daniel's gain while home. I even wondered if somehow the weights were doctored by the show.

Congrats on the upcoming relocation to Less Scarey Surrounds!

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RHALES199 10/28/2009 9:24PM

    Glad to hear you had a great run!
and glad to hearyou guys found a nicer place to live next spring!

I was at a meeting yesterday, so didn't get to watch BL.... plus came home & the DVR was acting up, and there's a possibility it didn't even recor most of it, so may not get to see yesterdays eppisode (at least on TV) grrr....

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KEAKMAN 10/28/2009 9:18PM

    HOORAY for the good run!

HOORAY for the new apratment!

HOORAY for finding a new route!

Not a SYTYCD or BL fan, so can't address those. But I am happy that your runs are going so well.

Is rowing seson over? Or was the regatta thingy just one competition in a series of 'em?

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MDTWEETY 10/28/2009 9:05PM

    It's such a nice time of year to run outdoors!! Glad you are enjoying it. Good luck with the move. :)

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BRE7482 10/28/2009 8:24PM

    Glad the run went well. The weather really was great today. We always seem to have great weather when I have to work. Congrats on the move!

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TWLIGHT1 10/28/2009 8:02PM

    emoticonI am so proud of you. I like to workout in the mornings it makes me feel great and I am ready to start my day. Keep up the good work. Stay focus and motivated. May God Bless You! emoticon

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MISSY_MAGOO 10/28/2009 7:34PM

    Ya- what is up with Daniel? I won't be surprised if they bring a doctor in soon to check if there is some reason he's not losing... that is if he really is following the plan. Hopefully he doesn't have a candy stash in his mattress, haha. I heard they have them working out 3 hours a day- there is NO WAY you can do that and not lose!
Your 60 degree run sounds soooo nice. I walk/jogged 3 miles this morning... 34 degrees! The nice thing was that my path I take is on the Sacajawea Heritage Trail along the Columbia River- usually there is tons of people there walking, running, biking. But this morning in the cold I had the entire place to myself ! Well, I had my dog to keep me company :) But it was a treat for me to not have to stop every few minutes to let other dogs sniff his butt, haha
The new place sounds great! Hope you love it!

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CBLING 10/28/2009 7:08PM

    Sounds like a good day.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 10/28/2009 6:14PM

    Congrats on the new digs, Dana! That sounds perfect!

Isn't it irritating when they die half way through? Its like I would rather just have not brought it but now you got it hanging out you :P. Sounds like it did nothing to dampen your spirits though, so yay!

I know I have asked you this before, so apologize, but where did you get your marathon training schedule? I promise to bookmark (assuming it is online).

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MBSHAZZER 10/28/2009 5:53PM

    Glad your run went well! Even without music! I am facing something scary... a half marathon with no music! I'll let you know how it goes! Good news on the apartment!

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I was almost a wimp today.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Can you believe it?

I was scheduled to do go the lady doctor this morning (sorry TMI for some I guess), and it was raining and I just didn't feel like running before that SOOOOOO I didn't. Not enough time afterward between then and work, but I had schemed earlier in the day that I think I still had some overtime to kill so I'd try to go on my lunch.... if I felt like it... if it wasn't raining...

Well -- it was raining. BUT I brought my super cool heavy duty official FSU Marching Chiefs issue Poncho with me just in case I felt super dedicated and I just stopped debating it and DID IT. Of course 2 minutes into my run, the rain stopped and I was left with a super heavy duty plastic heat bubble, but it was ok. :) The run went well, and I got to come back to my desk and highlight another box on my training chart. :D So now I'm working on mapping a 7 miler for tomorrow morning -- I'm trying to figure out a route I can run after being dropped off and end up at my work since I won't have the car. Yeahyeahyeah -- I'm soooooo freaking gross going to work straight after running w/o showering, but whatever. I'm so over that. I do my best with the sinks and pull the hair back into a bun, deoderize, and I'm in business. ;)

Food was good yesterday, on track to be within cal today although my breakfast was sort of junky... haha.

ANYWAY! YAY for So You Think You Can Dance!

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TAKEONME48137 10/29/2009 12:58PM

    Awesome job in sticking with the run! Marching Chiefs poncho...lol Those things are indeed super heavy duty. I got rid of mine though. I figured I should give it to someone who couldn't necessarily afford to buy Chiefs apparel. =)

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/28/2009 4:39PM

    wow i was going to say give yourself a break for taking a break as i have been so impressed with your dedicated training. however, you rocked it once again. way to suck it up!!! i keep baby wipes in my desk for when i workout on breaks.

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 10/28/2009 4:38PM

    Awesome dedication!

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SEEHOLZ 10/28/2009 2:41PM

    I'm so with you! A running girl's got to prioritize-LOL! I say, sinking it up, might give your boss an incentive to put in a shower-LOL- yeh right! But, anything's possible.... at least you can blame it on him-LOL!
Also- I read your last blog and I really can relate to all you wrote- it was refreshing for me, since it was such a great reminder to be more appreciative of everything I can do-LOL!

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AFSKINNER 10/28/2009 10:43AM

    Ha! I bet you burned even more calories being trapped in a little heat bubble! Good job!!!! Way to do it no matter what!

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SWEETZMIX 10/28/2009 10:19AM

    you aint no wimp....you SUPER DANA, just b/c you keep it real.

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MBSHAZZER 10/28/2009 9:42AM

    Way to go! And by the way, I would LOVE to inflict my post-run funk on my co-workers! HA!!!

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LASHERTHECAT 10/28/2009 8:33AM

    I just can't see you as a wimp!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/28/2009 8:17AM

    That is so great. That excitement is contagious.


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SKYFYRE 10/28/2009 3:03AM

    I am still impressed with you drive and commitment- including the part where you go to work after your sink bath!

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BRE7482 10/28/2009 1:40AM

    Good job!

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CATIATM 10/28/2009 1:28AM

    emoticon We obviously look/smell veeeery different at the end of our exercise sessions! Congrats on getting the training in no matter what!

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ROUXZQ 10/28/2009 12:24AM

    YeaH!! I know what u mean by stopping the debate with yourself. I find if I talk to myself, I talk myself OUT of it every time. If I DON'T talk to myself....I usually can get it done, barring unforseeable obstacles. Way to GO!

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CASSIOEPIA 10/27/2009 11:03PM

    Way to "get 'er done"! Awesome job, and have fun on the 7 miler tomorrow.

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LIMASTAR 10/27/2009 10:20PM

  If I don't get my exercises done in the morning, they most probably won't get done later, so morning is when I do them. If I feel energetic I do more in the evening, but hubby prefers that I pay attention to him when I get home from work, so that usually doesn't happen except on Wednesdays, when he teaches a class in the evening.

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LAFTERSFREE 10/27/2009 10:02PM

    it's amazing how much time we spend debating with ourselves IF we should do some exercising!! Im glad u got out there and did it!!!

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MISSY_MAGOO 10/27/2009 10:02PM

    yay you for not wimping out!
Okay inspired again... gonna go do my ST that I was thinking about skipping tonight with my legs so sore... I'll just stick to arms tonight :)

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LILHLFPINT 10/27/2009 9:57PM

    (whoo hoo! ::high fives::)

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    I'm feeling like a wimp too!!!! And though nothing makes me want to really hit the gym, I'm in my workout clothes and am heading out now!



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KEAKMAN 10/27/2009 9:29PM

    WOOHOO! You know that this means that you are a runner for sure...when you just go and do it because it needs to be done, and then when you find yourself running in a "super heavy duty plastic heat bubble" you don't quit, you keep running. I am proud of you and glad that you got to mark off another training box.

And we are alike on the "who cares how i look?!" aspect - after my run I have been known to go to the grocery store, library, and farmer's market before cleaning up. I remember back in the day when I would die if I didn't have makeup on to EXERCISE IN!!!

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I almost can't believe I did it...

Monday, October 26, 2009

... and what's more, I'm gonna be doing it again this weekend.


That 18.24 miles was TOUGH. I'm telling you!!!

But honestly -- there was a moment or two that I almost teared up thinking about my sparkfriends who were sending me good vibes, calling down the running gods, and wishing me a good run! IT WORKED.

It wasn't easy -- but I did it. The best thing was that old bruised ankle/foot -- not a twinge.

It was like a miracle after running w/ it hurting for most of a week to be able to run and not even feel it was just blissful. I never use that extra hole at the top, but I also undid the regular top one and ANOTHER trick I read about -- arching your foot UP while tying your shoe. It makes SO MUCH SENSE but I NEVER thought about it before. I will definitely be continuing to use that trick!

I had to stop to take off my left shoe once cause I felt like something was poking me all of a sudden and it was creepy, didn't really find much in my shoe but it went away afterward so I guess I did the right thing. Had to wait on some lights, had to stop and walk for a while once just because my map was wrong (luckily the city is on a grid where that happened so I know I didn't lose any mileage) but it still took time because I ended up on a street w/ cars parked on either side, very narrow, no sidewalks and people driving around kinda crazy cause it was GAME DAY and yeah -- definitely not good for running and I had no idea where I was going for a minute or two there... hahaha. But I finished!!! 4:06 for 18.24 miles. I walked every 20min to eat gu and drink something, and some extra walking/light stops in there as well.

I had some pain. At the end my muscles were just DONE. My left hip flexor was talking to me again, my right hip muscles joined it by the end, my feet just hurt and felt weary. BUT I DID IT. I had to park a bit from where I started my run like when I did my 14miler, and it was great for getting a nice walking warmup, but at the end I was like WHY?!?!?! hahahahaha I just told myself, this is what it'll be like after your marathon and you're walking back to your hotel. It's not that bad, and this is probably good for your body.

I came home and finally (having never done this before) ICED the owies! I had a message waiting for me that my hubby was at a friend's house watching the game and I should come over. I called and said, I'm icing and eating something (yay cottage cheese protein blueberry smoothie) and then I'll come over. So I iced for 20min, and headed out. My friend had some AWESOME CHILI for me that I had after a bit, too. YAY. BIG mushrooms in it. :)

I was walking around like a TOTAL GRANDMA the rest of the night. Hand on the back when standing up. HAHA :D Of course that's after sitting a while. By the end of the day yesterday (after some more icing and icy hot earlier in the day) I felt almost all the way normal and today I feel normal again.

I'm telling you -- at the end of that run I was like -- HOW ON EARTH am I going to do this AGAIN on Saturday... and then later add TWO MILES and then later add SIX miles to THAT??? But... today I'm feeling it's possible. I know can understand the people that say they come to the end of the marathon swearing to never do it again and then a week later start picking the next one. :)

You think you're not going to make it, but then you do and you recover and find out, hey I can handle this.

My run was NOT in ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM as bad as the 16miler. I was tired and hurting at the end of this, but it was so much better than the last long run. I am expecting that this weekend's repeat will be even better.

So........ then it's down to 13, then 20, then 13, 10... MARATHON. SO CLOSE. Like -- I only have two more runs over 13 miles now. (well before the big day, obviously...) 4 more (including this week) NORMAL style training weeks, then a light week, then the week of... yeah. CLOSE.

I still haven't even had to wear my running tights, but I know their day will come. This weekend is packed -- Halloween party on Friday night, DON'T HAVE TO WORK SATURDAY - hurrah! - but 18miler again AND my hubby's parents and grandparents are coming into down to have lunch with us or something? I need to find out what time they're planning to be here so I can plan for my run, and that night probably going to a showing of Rocky Horror w/ live acting and participation....

and I've never actually really seen it before... but friends of ours are performing and I'm sure I'll love it. I started to watch it once but it was one of those things where you start watching it at like 3-4AM and I fell asleep soon into it even though I was really loving it. Same thing happened to me the first time I tried to watch Tommy Boy.

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SPARKNMOM 10/27/2009 11:08PM

    Oh my gosh!! How fabulous are you?!? So proud of ya!

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LIMELITESHINES 10/27/2009 10:53PM

    Omg. Don't forget your toast. *grin* Are you dressing up?

is it sad that the first thing I pick is Rocky Horror? :) Have fun being a RH 'virgin' . . teeheehehe SOooo fun.

So awesome about your long run. I'm slowly building my mileage . . it's SO EXCITING! And I'm so excited for your marathon!!!

PS . . . keep that icing up. It'll help you recover and be healthier for your next run! :)

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/27/2009 9:17PM

    Way to go!! You were smart to ice. That probably helped significantly in your rapid recovery.

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MISSY_MAGOO 10/27/2009 8:17PM

    I thought I was the only person on this planet that hasn't seen Rocky Horror! haha
great job on the run!!!! You never cease to amaze me. yesterday I decided to jog instead of my usual walk. I usually either walk or walk/jog. But I decided to see how I would do with a real jog. I made it 2 miles! Okay- not far for some- but for me it was huge :) I actually almost didn't do it- I got all geared up, put the dog on the leash... then thought- oh, I'll just take my normal 3 mile walk... but I thought about you and your marathon training and talked myself back into the jog :) So thanks for being an inspiration!

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S318830 10/27/2009 5:52PM

    Very nice! I couldn't tell from your shoelace description, are you also skipping the middle holes? I do that on all my running shoes because it keeps the tops of my feet from hurting. Good luck next week! You can do this!

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KSGROTHE 10/27/2009 3:17PM


Keep up the good work!


- Karen

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 10/27/2009 12:53PM

    Just look at what you've accomplished! You took something you didn't think you could do, and you OWNED it! Way to go!!!

Good luck this weekend! Hopefully the aches and pains will diminish with each run.

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1972ROSES 10/27/2009 12:04PM

    Hey Granny! Way to go! I love how you keep developing that ability to take the next step. You Rock!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/27/2009 9:59AM

    Congrats on getting that long run in. Keep with it, you can do this.


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MBSHAZZER 10/27/2009 9:25AM

    Great job on the 18 miler!! YOU DID IT! I found cracking the 18 mile mark was HUGE for me mentally. Have a great weekend - your halloween plans sound like fun... are you dressing up?

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SKYFYRE 10/27/2009 1:38AM

    Dana, you are AWESOME!!! Congrats on a great run! Sounds like you really tended yourself and made you body happy! Way to go!!

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 10/27/2009 12:54AM

    emoticon AWESOME!

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BRUIN2 10/26/2009 10:28PM

    WHAT A RUN!! Woohooo!!

Glad you iced! Sounds like it's time for a foam roller on those hips of yours - must stay loose and limber!

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RHALES199 10/26/2009 10:26PM

    Awesome Job Girl! emoticon Keep up the excellent work!

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TAMTAM64 10/26/2009 10:16PM

    Dana, I hear you about walking around like grandma with the hand on the back... You can do that run again - I bet it will be easier the second time around. Take the additional miles one mile at a time - Gail recently told me "you can run for another 11 minutes"...

Like Julie said... Dig deep within yourself.


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KEAKMAN 10/26/2009 9:55PM

    Dana, I am so glad that this long run went better than your last one. More ice, and more stretching afterwards, to lessen that granny impersonation! You are getting soooo close - I can barely wait!

And don't worry, some of us total geeks (i.e. Robin and I) were planning our next marathon DURING our first one! I never regretted it, never hated it, and can not WAIT to do it again!

Run Dana run!

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GLOBALKEEWEE 10/26/2009 9:39PM

    Pierre believes in you.

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LAB-LOVER 10/26/2009 9:38PM

    Awesome! I wanna hear more about your foot, cuz I think I got something similar going on... with just 3 weeks to my half!

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KARVY09 10/26/2009 9:30PM

    Amazing. That kind of distance is so inconceivable to me! You perservered! And I know you'll be able to do another run this weekend. Keep the faith and rest your muscles!

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JEM0622 10/26/2009 9:25PM

    Way to dig deep and get it done! Woot woot! You are smokin! ~Julie

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/26/2009 9:15PM

    i am so proud of you dana. emoticon i checked an pirate trainer is the closest thing we have for an old person icon on here. lol. you are rocking this marathon training. i am loving living through you right now.

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KIMCATUS 10/26/2009 9:14PM

    Ooooh thanks for the tip about tying your shoes (arching your foot up)...and you still just totally inspire me. I don't know if/when I can make it to something like that but if I ever do, you'll be one of the peoples that make me go on!!!!

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KAYAKID 10/26/2009 9:11PM

    Dana, you did it! your awesome, I am so glad you felt our vibe as you needed it. Great job on your run and next weekend will be no different - you are doing so great! Keep it up!

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18 miles . . . 18miles . . . 18miles . . .

Friday, October 23, 2009

That's pretty much what my brain looks like right now.

I'm not sure if this qualifies as psyching myself UP or psyching myself OUT at this point -- I think I'm vascillating between the two.

But hey! Distraction!!!

Some stupid people decided to diss slow runners in an article from the NY Times.

Right now I'm reading through some comments so not sure if this link will lead to the article, but I'm sure you can find it from here:

What really ticks me off is that this is essentially dismissing the marathon finishes of my dear friends - SP_COACH_NANCY, KEAKMAN, MISSJCISRUNNING, KASHMIR, and more, who have worked DARN HARD through their training process to achieve their dream goal of running a marathon. Thankfully it seems that most of those commenting on the article agree with me. :P

Considering I fully expect to run somewhere between 5-6hrs and maybe more... this article had me a bit chafed, angry and sad all at the same time. But reading the comments I'm glad to know that there are seemingly far more people out there who have respect and acceptance for those who take a lot longer to finish.

One of the commenters ticked me off and he even left a link to his blog but I'm too much of a nice person to rant on his personal blog space, because his overall comment wasn't that evil... just this one part:

"Perhaps my personal experience is getting in they way of looking at the issue rationally. For example, I got up yesterday morning at 5:30am and ran 19 miles before work (training for Philadelphia in November). I have worked very hard for months so I can finish the race in 4 hours or less, a respectable time for a 41 year old with a full-time job and 2 kids under 5. So, when I pass some fat dude who looks to be gearing up for a 7 hour finish I get a little annoyed at the fact that he's even there-because its obvious he hasn't spent too much time in training."

At least he admits he might not be rational -- BUT HEY!! If that guy is currently overweight, it doesn't mean that he hasn't lost some weight training for this marathon, it definitely probably is contributing to his slower speed, and there's NOTHING to say HE didn't get up at 5:30AM, might also have a full time job and 2 kids (or more) under 5. I hate how people think that just because a runner is overweight and/or slow, that must mean that they don't try.

Some of us are not gifted or haven't been running LONG enough to develop that kind of speed. I'm not overweight. I'm fit and healthy and I've been running in preparation of this marathon all year, and specifically training for it for the past 9.5 weeks. I'm still slow. I hope that my race time might pick up from my attempts to take my current training runs at an EASY pace, but I still expect a long time. But in the realm of all the runners out there -- I'm inexperienced and slow. Maybe years from now I'll be on my 20th marathon and kicking speedy tail. (Somehow I'm not really expecting this, and I'm ok with that! HAHA)

But I'm still putting in the work, I'm still trying my best, and I'm still paying for my race entry. I specifically looked for a race that was allowing of a longer finish time -- those speedy runners who are looking for honor and respect that they don't feel is achieved when running alongside someone like me can get their buzz when they run Boston. Or Ultras as someone suggested in the NYTimes comments. Or even more serious marathons like Atlanta's Thanksgiving Day race which cuts OFF at 5hrs. That might be a bit long for some of the snobs in this article, but it definitely cuts out the audience they're griping about.

Sooooooo there's that. :) Wish me luck this weekend and let the running gods be with me!

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CLOVERR1 10/26/2009 3:28PM

    I'm another slow poke (hoping for a 6 hour marathon finish), and I sure feel like I am and have been working damn hard enough!

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GEE-KNEE 10/26/2009 9:26AM

    Have you seen the movie "Run Fat Boy Run"? Every time I read one of those horrible quotes I pictured Hank Azaria's character from that movie saying it. If you haven't seen it, you should.

Congratulations on your accomplishment. It is something to be proud of.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 10/25/2009 10:35AM

    Hey, I gather from your status you made it, awesome!

I read that article, what a bunch of bull! I especially hated that biotch who said something to the effect of "running a marathon used to mean something" give me a BREAK!

Those people are JERKS!

And you ROCK! They sure don't inspire anyone, YOU DO! They are all about power over, you and other runners like us, are about empowering all!

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MARKAMURKA 10/25/2009 5:49AM

    Congratulations on your 18 miles DONE, your marathon training so far and on your rowing success. You are doing great great great. I am totally impressed.
Yes, let the running gods be with you for the rest of your marathon journey as well. And ever after... emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 10/24/2009 10:31PM

    I haven't read the article yet, but whenever I hear something along these lines I think of 2 things: 1) it takes a lot MORE stamina at times to be out there for 5 hrs than for 3! I mean, if the person with the 3 hr abil0 pity had to run for 5 hours ( he/she can slow down) they might not even make it... yes, granted they might run a marathon and a half in that amount of time, but that doesn't mean that they put more effort into it... hello, a small, petit person with good running technique and yrs of running under his/her belt and the right type of body is going to work hard, but I'm not fooling myself that that person works any harder, nor that the faster person gave it their all... My point is, most faster runners have respect for us slow pokes. 2) I weigh 170 lbs today and am 69 in tall- it takes a lot more effort to haul my ass for 26.2 than 5 foot 90 lbs girl, who should expect to run much faster than me... You are a lot skinnier than me, but you're tall.. how many people your height/weight do you know ( GIRLS) who run 3 hr marathons? Or even 4 hrs? My point is, height, weight are disadvantages... I wone 3rd place Athena division in CIM for running a 3:45... that's the divison for BIG girls...and who do they consider big girls=== people above 150...some races 140...
Yeh, I could go on for hours about this very topic, but I'm done annoying you!
I will mention one last thing though- on last season BL, the people ran a marathon- most didn't finish under 5 hrs. for most, it was a life changing accomplishments. Just think how many overweight people went out there to follow suit, after watching BL?
After all, all those "other" discrimination marathons, are loosing out on some awesome athletes, role models for so many people- only by allowing slower people and opening the field, has the marathon become accessible to the average person.. and it's not a coincidence that participation in marathons has increased consistently.
Okay, I'm really done now-LOL!
All I really meant to do when I came to read your blog was to congratulate you on your 18 miler!

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LAFTERSFREE 10/24/2009 10:03PM

    for some people, it's not enough to just race, and it's not enough to BE in a marathon. they seem to think that they should still be some elite group and want to consider themselves STILL more separate from others in the marathon. there's always going to be those overly competitive people out there who CANNOT feel superior unless they are making others feel inferior. thats how this world works in a lot of ways and it DOES suck. I like your positive attitude about this though, I like that you consider what that other runner (the "fat dude") may have also done to get into the race. In my opinion, marathons should be about PERSONAL achievement and reaching your OWN goals and dreams. Even though it's a RACE, i think the greater win is accomplishing something you've always wanted... NOT comparing yourself to every person around you and deeming some of them to be unworthy of running along side you.

Dana, I am so proud of all the work you are doing to be in the marathon... when i saw 18 miles, my jaw literally dropped!!! You are almost there and you have taken such a long and tough road and it will TOTALLY be worth it in the end. That guy out there may run faster than you, and so will others, but this is about PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT and in that aspect.. that dude has a LONG ass way to go!

Wishing u the best, and we NEED to hang out SOON!!!!!! miss u guys :)

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OUTOFCONTROL 10/24/2009 5:43PM

    That is annoying. Running slow doesn't mean you haven't worked hard. I think we work harder because we're on the road for hours longer than the speedy ones. That's why I love John "the Penguin" Bingham so much. Every time I doubt my place in the running world, I think of him and remember that we can all enjoy the sport no matter the shape of our bodies or our natural talent.

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SARAH_VW 10/24/2009 4:51PM

    I read the article the other day and didn't think it was very nice. If these people who are irritated by those who are slower, want to go run a race with only speedy people then they need to go and run Boston. Otherwise they should deal with the fact that just like people come in all shapes and sizes, runners come in all different paces and finishing times. Running is running no matter how fast you do it.

I think the part of marathon training I hate the most is the anticipation of the weekly long run. I always end up spending the days leading up to it obsessing over routes, hydration strategies and weather. I hope you have a great 18 mile run!!

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DIZZY85 10/24/2009 1:49PM

    I saw screw all those people...I AM A RUNNER! If we are picking are feet up off the ground and moving guess what it's running. I may not be fast and it may not be pretty but at least I am out there trying something different and out of my comfort zone. When I see people who are over weight running I want to go hug them and tell them good job because I know it's not easy.

Those people who have never had to try and be a runner or become one don't get the same gratification as we do, working so hard and succeeding, nothing better then that. Run your race and enjoy it because like everyone else said it's your life!

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    HA! Great blog Dana! I bet you are running or finishing running right now - hope it's great. Miss you!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/24/2009 1:09PM

    Don't let this get to you. Every one has a different motivation for doing this stuff. As long as you meet your motivations, you should be thrilled.

Keep with it and enjoy.


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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 10/24/2009 12:52PM

    You can do it! I'll be cheering for you!

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MBSHAZZER 10/24/2009 12:43PM

    OOOOH, I can't wait to read the link! NO ONE is as snarky as those NYTimes running commenters! It's breathtaking! Listen, you run 26.2 miles, you run 26.2 miles. Period. End of story. Keep the malicious thoughts to yourself. And besides, all of those snarky speed demons will be finished and celebrating while the slowpokes that so irritate them are still on the course, so what's the diff to them?! Sheesh!

Enjoy your 18 miles, I know you will ROCK THEM!!!

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RHALES199 10/24/2009 10:16AM

    I totally agree with you! I was a runner in High School, and guess what, i was never very fast! But I did it! Who cares that I wasn't fast? NO ONE!
And anyone who wants to try to tell me I'm not good enough because I don't do everything like they think I should, or I don't do enough, can come live my life for a week... dealing with ALL the health challenges my hisband & I have is not at all easy.
I totally agree with you!
Have a great saturday!

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KVM23. 10/24/2009 9:47AM

    Yikes! What a load of b***s***! Ugh.
I think my favourite comment thus far was by Tish Hamilton, Executive Editor of Runners World...hahaha. It's funny that not even SHE agrees with what the article was saying!

"If anyone thinks running 26.2 miles "not a big deal," please come join me for my next marathon, and we'll have plenty of time to discuss that issue! :)"

Anyway, like the rest say, ignore it and put it out of your mind.
Good luck with the rest of your training. You're already amazing for trying!

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HEALTH4LYFE 10/24/2009 9:47AM

    This is your race. It's what motivates you. Obviously that author seems to derive his motivation from putting others down.
You are so much the better person. I wish you well. I hope you have a great run with no injuries and that you accomplish with it what YOU have set out to do. emoticon

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KEAKMAN 10/24/2009 9:15AM

    'nuff said about the NYT article. I just want to wish you a great run this morning (you're probably already doing it!) You will do fine Dana, and I know that you will love your marathon, whatever your time. I wish I could be there to cheer you on, but I will be out here in Oregon cheering inside for you!

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LASHERTHECAT 10/24/2009 8:59AM

    I think at some point the guy who made that comment about slow fat runners will feel very embarrassed by it!!

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JESPAH 10/24/2009 8:51AM

    Good luck to you! We all love you and your success is more important than theirs.

As for the idjits. Wellll

I have opinions about that.

There are people, many, many people, who do not feel good about themselves unless they can point out that somehow they are superior or elite or better than others. Hear them:

Oh, I've never been fat.
I would never let myself get that way.
I've always been an athlete.
I don't take time off.
I work hard every day, unlike some people.
I would never turn to "cheating" for weight loss, like surgery or drugs.
I do it the all-natural vegan macrobiotic low carb Scarsdale Diet watch the glycemic index way.
I only eat lettuce and oatmeal. For a snack, I have a raisin.

Etc. etc. etc.

They wanna feel that way, by putting me and my kind down? Try living my life for a moment. Go through your gifted lives with a thyroid that's been quitting for the last 2 decades. Do it with serious obesity on one side of your family, as in, in the '70s, before you saw a lot of seriously obese people, that was already my family's experience (and now the ones who are still alive are even larger). Try shopping at the fun stores where I've been, and do it on a budget, even though lousy quality clothes cost more because there's more fabric.

Or live the lives of some of the people here on Spark. Try cooking for picky people, or those with food allergies or other conditions and still stay within guidelines. Try getting in exercise when you're working 50 hour weeks every week. Try keeping a positive mental attitude when you've been out of work for God knows how long. Try exercising with arthritis, fibromylagia, or as a cancer survivor, or in a wheelchair.

Oh and do it with extra weights strapped on you, and not in an easy to carry place like your back, but where we've all carried it, places like the belly, the thighs and the keister, and throw off your center of gravity and your stride.

Try that, Mr. and Ms. Elite Runner Snob who will never get sick, never get fat, never get old, never lose their job, never have personal pain, never end their marriage, never suffer loss and never be bereaved. Wanna be elite? Then qualify for the Olympics, ya creampuffs. And stick your attitudes in your light carbon thin steel eco water bottles where the sun don't shine.

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4565S568SDS 10/24/2009 4:36AM

  Hell, I'm impressed when anyone even attempts to run a marathon. I couldn't do it in 7 hours. I probably couldn't do it at all, especially without getting up at 530 every morning and working like crazy towards it. Eff that commenter.

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SKYFYRE 10/24/2009 2:42AM


As in I agree with everything you just said there, you have my respect for the 9.5 weeks and every mile you have put in this year, it is more than some do in a lifetime! Go Dana, Go! Enjoy all 18 of your miles tomorrow! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I have my 5K tomorrow and that comment that guy left makes me sooo mad! I know I'm not running a marathon, but I too, have been training. Each and everytime I set out to go for a run I have to psych myself out. I have to tell myself that it doesn't matter what anyoen thinks or if anyone is watching this slow, fat runner run. Tomorrow isn't about anyone else. It's about me and my own time. I'm happy to say that I don't care if people pass me, or if I pass them cause there's only one person I'm racing tomorrow and that person is Violet 2008. I'll be in competition with me and only me.

Good luck on your run this weekend!!


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FHAMWEY 10/24/2009 1:52AM

    I think we just all need to ignore this! There are more runners out there who have respect for the "slow" crowd than not. I have heard many of the "faster" crowd say that they couldn't be out there for 6 hours and they don't know how we do it. They have respect for all of us because they understand how hard we work. Hey - this guy's time doesn't even qualify for Boston!! What is his problem? He is no elite marathoner! Why does he think that he runs a "respectible" time? Because he works and has kids????? Don't most of us???? And let's just say the guy carrying around all that extra weight probably has to work a lot harder!!!!

I could go on and on....but I won't. I will be running my first marathon with the hopes of finishing somewhere in the 6 hour range. And yes, I did say running, slow, but running. I think that is a respectable time for a 48 year old woman, running for 1 year with 3 boys (2 teenagers!) a husband and a job. Don't you???

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MISSCLEO11 10/23/2009 11:25PM

    Good luck!!!!!!

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KSIGMA1222 10/23/2009 7:02PM

    Read the article and then the comments, did not see one comment in favor of what the article said and pretty much they all talked negatively about the article. So as a somewhat fast runner but still really new to the sport and not having even run a half yet in a race I say this, DANA you are an amazing and determined runner and you always will be!

My dad has always done some form of cardio on a regular basis and enter many races and such but never did any of them for time or trophy's but just the joy of doing them with his friends and as a group. He is one that exercises to see the view and enjoy the time. I try to do this as well and get a little to competitive with myself and can sometimes miss the point of running, not for time or distance but because I CAN!

Great blog as usual and have a great weekend my running friend! emoticon

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ZORAHGAIL 10/23/2009 6:52PM

    I knew there was a reason I didn't read the NY Times LOL. The article's ridiculous! Way to discount the hard work all of us "slow" runners do. O. M. G.

Thanks for sharing though!

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KASHMIR 10/23/2009 5:58PM

    I am a proud Penguin, and probably always will be. Even though I'm a slow runner, I am just as serious a runner as Ms. Given...maybe even more so, because I'm out there to support all the other runners too! Those who run at 14 minute mile, and those who run a 6 minute mile. I'm so glad I DON'T know any runners like the people interviewed for the article.

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KAYAKID 10/23/2009 5:38PM

    Dana, not you fret girl! this guy was a jerk! Argogant runners. How many runners do you know that are actually like this - not very many that I have met.

Most of the runners I have met are the nicest most considerate people I have come across in my 52 years. The people that you mentioned worked hard to complete their marathons. Many hours of running and dear I mention the mental anguish that each went through. those women you mentioned are the nicest people I have come across and I dar say they are my friends too. Anybody bashing them - well they is fighting words. before we get our panties in a bunch (my grandma used to say that) Lets be proud of what you are doing preparing to run your first marathon and I am so proud of you. I look forward to my first next October in victoria.

Good luck with your run and I know you will rock it! did you see I did some rowing at the gym today in your honor. Have a great weekend!!!

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ROUXZQ 10/23/2009 5:23PM

    That chafes me too! How dare he think the "fat guy" didn't work HIS tail off too. The fact that the "fat guy" is even running a marathon tells you something about him....like he isn't sitting on the couch eating pizza and beer!

Go give the guy hell!


PS: on the lighter side.....I tried your recipe for steel cut oats this morning. It WAS tasty! YUMMM

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JEM0622 10/23/2009 4:52PM

    Thank you for blogging/talking about this. I'm not a fast paced runner over long distances, and I am okay with this. For me, training for and doing my first marathon was about making a lifelong commitment to my fitness. Bah humbug to them! And GL on the 18 miler! You will get it done and you will feel fantastic for doing it! Trust me!~julie

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SPARKNMOM 10/23/2009 4:36PM

    Oh my gosh....oh my gosh. I've finished last (or 3rd from last) in every race I've run and I cry because I'm so proud that I did it! I think we slow runners can run it, feel proud, and wear marathon t-shirts as badges of honor. The fast runners get their super fast finish time and medals to show for their great ability. I don't, however, think we should stop for lunch, as was brought up in the article!!! Yikes.

The part which made me most mad was right at the end - where the author states "If it's six hours or more, I say, 'Oh great, that's fine, but you didn't really run it'". I'm no where near ready for a marathon, but I can tell you if I do and I finish in 6 hours, I'd have run it!! My pace ranges from 11-13min miles.

Glad you posted this. Makes me want to take my short little legs out and go for a run!! :)

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LILHLFPINT 10/23/2009 4:27PM

    (urgh! urgh, i say! and i was already feeling frustrated by the lack of plus sized race shirts!)

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LEONALIONESS 10/23/2009 4:20PM

    So. Much. Rage.

What an awful article!
Could they have found MORE snobby marathoners to talk to?

I'm doing my first half May '10 and all the advice I've seen says don't set a time frame, run to finish the race. This hold true for marathons as well.

I am in training and I'm going to do my absolute best but I'm not an elite athlete. I finished my first 10K in 1:07 (running on a not totally healed groin pull/hip pain) and was elated and so proud. I'm sure these folks would think I was just a fat lazy slob who didn't try hard enough, not realizing I'd been training and have lost 45 pounds and busted my butt. And was running on an injury!

I'm ticked.
What a mean-spirited article.

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LEONALIONESS 10/23/2009 4:13PM

    So. Much. Rage.

What an awful article!
Could they have found MORE snobby marathoners to talk to?

I'm doing my first half May '10 and all the advice I've seen says don't set a time frame, run to finish the race. This hold true for marathons as well.

I am in training and I'm going to do my absolute best but I'm not an elite athlete. I finished my first 10K in 1:07 (running on a not totally healed groin pull/hip pain) and was elated and so proud. I'm sure these folks would think I was just a fat lazy slob who didn't try hard enough, not realizing I'd been training and have lost 45 pounds and busted my butt. And was running on an injury!

I'm ticked.
What a mean-spirited article.

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KARVY09 10/23/2009 4:13PM

    Thanks for this, article and commentary. I disagree with the woman in the article disparaging slow runners who says that if you ran a maration in 6 hours, you weren't really running. I run a 14-minute mile, so even without stopping, that will put me at 6 hours. I don't have any delusions about winning the marathon, but seriously, 99% of people running a marathon KNOW they're not going to win.

Most people can't even WALK 26.2 miles in one go, so I think YES, finishing a marathon is a huge accomplishment. Maybe those a-holes who are complaining should start their own "elite marathons" and see how many people care.

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KIMCATUS 10/23/2009 4:10PM

    As a slow, fat plodder who thinks that maybe SOMEDAY I might run a marathon this article makes me really angry. Who are THEY to say that if I don't finish in THEIR time it's not a "real" finish or whathave you. Ok, I understand that many marathons have a cut-off time. Fine. I don't have a problem with that. But don't demean the runners that take longer than that and say they did really run it...that's just crap!

Thanks fro posting Dana....like you said, as least most of the comments are supportive of people and aren't being snobbish!

PS.....you go girl!!! You know you're one of my inspirations to run!!! *hugs*

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KENSINGTONC 10/23/2009 4:09PM

    I read that NY Times article this morning over coffee and just about lost it - SERIOUSLY! The people they interviewed are quite elitist...I finished reading it feeling like an idiot for even attempting to run. Where is the WAY TO GO from fellow athletes, for even getting out there and trying???

Anyway - glad it incensed someone else, as well. Thanks for putting into words how I felt.

And...GOOD LUCK!!!

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TAKEONME48137 10/23/2009 4:05PM

    Uggggh some people are just really ignorant and selfish. Maybe that guy just has no perspective of the other side or is too ignorant to really try to put himself in the other dude's shoes to see where that guy has come along. You make some good points there, and I think you should write to that guy and tell him what a jerk he is for saying that stuff.

Good luck this weekend. I have confidence that you'll kick that 18 miler in the bootay! =)

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BETTY925 10/23/2009 3:56PM

    As an overweight, 52 year old runner who just started running this past February, I applaud you. Thanks for a very good article. I have struggled with trying to run out of fear of what the "elite" runners think of me but I have found that most of them are proud that I am up and moving.

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