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Another run down! Food.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

So today's 4.14miler DONE - tried my new shoes - a little stiff, but good. They will be so fab once they are slightly broken in. :)

I ran kinda faster today -- not FAST but, moreso less slow. HAHAHA 11.5 min miles roughly. I was kinda speedy on the way OUT and then on the way back I intended to be more relaxed cause I was like SETTLE DOWN DANA but then my music gave out and I was talking myself into running and I guess my peptalk gave me more pep? Anyway.

So pictures were taken of all food yesterday EXCEPT for the forgotten morning rolls. Instead of posting a billion pictures here EVERY day, I will LINK you to the new photo album I will be using for it.


Also I'm not going to take a picture every day of my PB and pretzel sticks. :) Or more pictures of the gum packages. HAHAHA. But I will take pictures of other varying items -- I do usually eat a lot of the same things each day, though... but this will help me to stay more on track over the weekend I think!

ALSO -- there's a picture in there that is NOT of food. It is my brand new shoes next to their identical but very well used retired twins. :) hahaha. The shoes are the same color I originally purchased so you can REALLY see the before and after. (Also the new ones still have STUFF in the toes, FYI)

Annnyyywayyy...... came in within range yesterday. :) WOOHOO! Actually to the lower end! (I was at... 1970 out of 1880-2230 range.) Could have had more quality food involved, but I'm pleased. Here's to another good day!

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CATIATM 11/12/2009 11:54AM

    You are too freakin' awesome, Dana! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/12/2009 9:45AM

    Oooh - neat pics. (I think I need to step it up and post more pics, as they make for more exciting blogs...)

Drooled over the fajita mix over couscous. :)

I LOVE new shoes!!! New running shoes, that is. I am envious, but once I reach my "Learn to Run" goal, I am rewarding myself with new shoes.

Keep up the fun blogs! :)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/12/2009 9:12AM

    Outstanding. Keep it up.

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LASHERTHECAT 11/12/2009 8:25AM

    That's a big breakfast... I eat oatmeal (large flake 1/3 cup with... cracked wheat, wheat germ, ground flax, bulgar wheat, sunflower seeds, walnut pieces and raisins (1tbsp of each item)), and I am stuffed till noon.

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SKYFYRE 11/12/2009 2:26AM

    Ooolala! Your brekkie looked especially good! Like the fact that your old shoes are so "weathered!" Go Marathon girl, Go!

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 11/12/2009 12:42AM

    Yay! Going to check out your pictures now...

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SLCOLMAN 11/12/2009 12:13AM

    WOW about the difference in those shoes!!!

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MSSUNBUG 11/11/2009 9:23PM

    Great pics! I LOVE that shoe picture. It's so telling. It's worthy of a frame, Dana!

Keep up the good runs!

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TAIMOIRAI 11/11/2009 8:47PM

    Woah! You have put some serious time into those shoes! I hope mine look like that when it's time for me to retire them!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 11/11/2009 5:16PM

    OK so I'm anxious to try the pretzel sticks and PB!! Everything looks great!

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MISSY_MAGOO 11/11/2009 5:11PM

    wait?!?!?!?- can you really pop corn in a paper lunch bag? My air popper is on the fritz and I've been going through popcorn withdrawal- meaning I'm overeating higher calorie snacks at night when I normally have it :P Are you just popping it like a bag of microwave popcorn?

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TAKEONME48137 11/11/2009 4:32PM

    Yay! The fajita mixture looked good...and now I'm hungry, lol. Of course, I just got back from the gym, so yeah. I'm thinking tacos tonight. Mmmmm tacos. I'm glad the new shoes treated you fairly well on your run. Yay!

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WHATAGRL42 11/11/2009 3:53PM

    cool that you can attach little notes to the pics! Your times are sounding great! I can manage a 10.5 min mile...for ONE mile. Then, the times d r a s t i c a l l y slowwwwww, to like, 14 min and 15 min miles. Keep up that momentum!! You will rock in those shoes on Sat!

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MBSHAZZER 11/11/2009 3:48PM

    I love the photographing food idea! Looks very healthy! Also, peanut butter and pretzles are my all time fave!!! I just had some PB stuffed pretzles right now! Enjoy your new shoes!

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I ran in the rain!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Yeah so I got TOTALLY SOAKED this morning running in the rain. It was supposed to be a 6 miler but again, I got a little turned around on my route that I have never run before but was giving a go from mapmyrun. I forgot to refresh my memory on it before I left the house, but I don't mind that it was a bit short because it was a TOUGH run.

It was not just raining, but it was also kinda crazy windy at times. The very last stretch was uphill into the wind and rain!!!! My old Chief's Poncho was catching the wind and it was hard - but! I did it!!! Averaged 13min miles, I'm happy. I had just enough time to go home, shower, and get back to the Dr's office for my "LADY DOCTOR" appt. It went well, I was asked by both the nurse and Dr separately how tall I was. :D haha.

They took my BP - 112/70, and apparently my iron is good, too. WOOT. All the lady bits got passing grades as well -- and I also got the first of the HPV vaccination shots. I found out it was covered by my insurance so I figured why not?

THEN JUST enough time to go home, pack a lunch, eat some PB and pretz and LEAVE.

AND I made sure I got just over 7hrs of sleep last night so I'm not feeling too tired today even with all the running around. Granted -- I'm only just barely 2hrs into my work shift, but still -- all is well so far.

SO! A sparkfriend of mine (TAIMOIRAI) posted that she was planning to take pictures of all of her food -- I figured it would be a great way for me to stay accountable as well since my food has been kinda crazy lately so I have volunteered to be a food picture buddy for a week. This morning I forgot when I ate 2 small wheat rolls before running, but I DID take a picture of my PB+Pretzsticks. So I will take a picture of everything else today and call it a success and continue through next Monday/Tuesday. We'll see. So you'll likely be seeing the previous days food unless I get cool and start doing one each night.

14 more runs before the marathon!!!! 24 more days!!! :D

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SKYFYRE 11/11/2009 1:12AM

    You are gorgeously tall, of course people have to know!! Congrats on killing another great run! Glad your bits and peices are healthy! Haha! "Bits"! Like that one!

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JANTWO 11/11/2009 1:10AM

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    How fun!!! Running in the rain seriously sounds like so much fun...it reminds of me when I was a littlegirl and my mom would get mad that I was just playing outside inspite of the rain! Fun! Hope you jumped on some puddles too!!


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SSPANIER 11/10/2009 7:01PM

    Oh, I ran my last race in the run and I did not like it. I haven't run in the rain again since, but it was a pouring rain that day. I am going to have to try it again one day when it is not raining as hard.

That sounds like a really good idea, taking pics of everything you eat. I might have to try that. My downfall is all the halloween candy, luckily all the good stuff is gone. LOL :)

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KNH771 11/10/2009 6:52PM

    I'd work out in the snow, but I think the rain is where I'd draw the line! emoticon Good for you for being so dedicated!

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S318830 11/10/2009 6:01PM

    Very cool on running in the rain. You're officially hooked and committed! I love it! As for taking pictures of your food, I'll bet that also works because you have to think about taking out your camera for everything you eat. Further deterrent...! Proud of you for getting enough sleep. That's a lesson I still need to work on.

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DAWNOFCHANGE 11/10/2009 5:13PM

    You are doing awesome! I have a hard enough time running a mile in good weather. emoticon

The idea about taking pictures of what you eat is great. I think that I'd like to try that, too. It would really be a good visual to refresh my brain about all that I eat in a day.) Good luck to you and your friend with your picture taking.

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BOVEY63 11/10/2009 4:58PM

Your dedication is extremely motivating!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 11/10/2009 4:38PM

    Now that's dedication!! Kudo's!!

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TAKEONME48137 11/10/2009 4:37PM

    Yay! Lots of yay. I totally would not have run in the rain...especially a TROPICAL DEPRESSION. ARE YOU NUTS?? lol jk Of course, you're not, in fact that's kinda cool. I'm glad you didn't get blown away by it all. The picture thing sounds good. Good luck with that and let us know how it goes. =)

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TAIMOIRAI 11/10/2009 4:32PM

    You're much braver than I! I take one look at the rain for outside runs, shake my head, and climb on my treadmill. I am a wuss, and gravity loves me a bit too much for me to think of chancing it.

I'm going to post my food and everything tonight. It's already helped me make some MUCH better choices today, which I'm super happy about!

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1972ROSES 11/10/2009 4:26PM

    Gulp! You are brave! Not sure I could take pictures of my food, but I guess that is the point, huh? Hope I see something yummy and healthy to eat!

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MBSHAZZER 11/10/2009 4:23PM

    Yeah, it's been real windy here too... It is very much Not Fun to run in wind... but you did it, and the success is that much sweeter when the run is tough!

I am cracking up that the doc AND the nurse asked how tall you were! Nice job on the BP!

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SEEHOLZ 11/10/2009 4:08PM

    The countdown's on!!! I ran in the wind/rain, even thought it was more of a drizzle-LOL! I lucked out and shaved off another minutes!
I am not near brave enough to take pics of my food- I love the idea however, as I know something like that would help me, but it made me think... maybe if i mentally work on taking a picture in my head and wondering if people approved, that might be an actual help!!!
Yeh for running in the rain--- tough runs will help you next time on the non-windy route-LOL!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 11/10/2009 4:07PM

    Congrats on your rain run and passing grades on your lady bits.


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DDOORN 11/10/2009 3:59PM

    Neither rain nor snow nor dark of night...! :-)

Way to SPARK!


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13.78 again (with pictures)

Sunday, November 08, 2009

This time? Not gonna lie, it kinda sucked. HAHAHAHA

Actually I just put my time into mapmyrun and I was under 13min miles(my normal long run pace), closer to 12.5 but... yeah.

Here is what I think went wrong -

-I underestimated the heat
-I felt so good at the beginning I didn't stop to drink soon enough or often enough at first
-I got sooo hot and thirsty later on that I overdid it with the fluids
-I got kinda sick to my stomach feeling
-My legs felt beat.

The last item I'm not sure whether I attribute to the poorly timed fluids or the fact that the last time I ran this distance my midweek mileage was SO much less, this is the highest midweek mileage I've had thus far? Eh. Either way I embrace the runners mantra:

Some runs suck. Others are awesome. The sucky one is now over. The awesome ones are to come! :)

But I DID remember to take my camera and before the last couple miles where all my possible mistakes led to once of the worst feeling ends (no sharp pains, no injury feelings, just sooo tired and sick to my stomach) - I took a bunch of pictures!

So get ready to be bombarded with sights from my run. But first -- some numbers!

My old Brooks Addiction 7's got retired after 250.21 miles -- I was heavier when I started running in them and I used them for ALL workouts, which I think contributed to a faster decline. $/mile (based on what I paid for them) - $0.36 :D Fun feature on mapmyrun.

My Asics Gel-Kayano 13's (Take 1) have lasted me 366.75 miles - maybe should have been a little less than that, but I think I was smart about when to retire them. I bought them in June 2008, but they didn't REALLY start to get used until 2009 when I retured my old Brooks. $/mile - $0.18 :D

My newbies -- the Brooks Adrenaline 9's - SO NEW!!!! but already have 137.89 miles!!!!!! I'm really wearing down the pavement these days! :) hahahaha $/mile - $0.61 - we'll see where these babies end up by the time they're toast.

Also - this year I have run 483.95 miles -- will EASILY run over 500 miles in 2009. Earlier this year I set a goal to run 300 miles this year and 500 miles in 2010. Well! :D hahahaha. Blew this one out of the water. Not sure what I will set it for 2010 now that I've beat 500 -- I may keep it the same - plan for a fall marathon but running less the rest of the year, ya know? Still very cool.



We start in the river park -- at this point it is practically empty, except for the boating tailgaters who tailgate at the games in their fancy boats. :P

Across the street in this photo you can see the road I run down on my way back to the park -- note the empty pretty park:

Then I run past one of the popular RV Parking areas a little farther from campus - first on the street:

Then I get an overhead view as I cross the bridge:

Then I see a couple of runners on the trail I'll be running soon! I dunno if you can see them the way Sparks will resize the photo, but they're the speck to the left of the middle red umbrella! :)

That part of the trail is crazy -- you can see the smoke rising up in the background from Dreamland BBQ right next to that other place by the river, which is Wintzell's Oyster House. But more on that later!

I hit the side of the trail that would be to the LEFT of that bridge first -- I run under and then next to this cool train track - sometimes trains are actually on it when I'm running:

After that curve I face this gorgeous sight -- on either side of the trail with the rocks is water - so pretty:

Here's a view on my way back:

Another fun fact is that we row along the stretch of river that this trail is beside. :)

I still haven't gone down to look at this tombstone in detail to see if I can make anything out - one of these days!

Coming up on the Oyster House!!!!

This part of the trail is kinda my favorite but is also kind of strange because look to the right - gorgeous view of the river! Across the river you can see the docking area for the local old school riverboat "The Bama Belle" but it's not in dock right now:

And to the left... people eating:

It was too early for any patrons at this time, but the employees were opening up. You can see those giant window doors - the two far ones are open. And if you'll notice HOW CLOSE the trail is to the patio area as well, people are frequently eating there when I run this trail. :D

This towing company is also along the trail with their cool propeller:

Then after I run back past the restaurant I come to the beautiful little downtown Northport area -- it really feels like a main st in a quaint little town. There's a hardware store and an old fashioned toy shop, barbershop, "City Cafe", and then across the street there are art galleries and a schmancy salon where I last got my short hair do DONE.

Check out this character! HAHAHAHA I hope you can see him...

Then it's back across the bridge!!!

That is the train track bridge that I run underneath BTW. AND SEE WHAT A GORGEOUS DAY?!?!? It was like... 70 and cloudless. :)

On the other side of the river I get to run up on the Tuscaloosa News!

Then it's through the Downtown and Historic Areas -- CHECK OUT THIS MONSTER CURB I always get to run over! haha

Gorgeous Buildings/Houses:

And gorgeous fall leaves here!

At this point there were tons of people outside in their yard, parked all along the street and IN people's yards, partying it up and getting ready for the game. I felt slightly awkward trying to take any pictures in this area, because I was running RIGHT NEXT TO THEM -- but I had to take a picture of this banner -- this is a CLASSIC Alabama football cheer:

RAMMER JAMMER YELLOW HAMMER GIVE 'EM HE..ck ALABAMA! (Not sure how anxious the profanity buzzers get on here!)

Now getting closer to campus you can see all the traffic and cars parked along the side of the road -- tailgating tents, the works:

BLURRY at the end but you can see the chaos --- at this point I'm no longer running WITH the traffic, now I'm running AWAY from the stadium... after I get past the crowds and I'm near the outer parking lots I start feeling REALLLLY ragged. *ugh*

But I have one more photo for you! The view of the park after I get back to it:

This is still a full TWO HOURS before kickoff when I left the park! :D hahahaha. YAY FOOTBALL! Also we won. ;)

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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/12/2009 9:46AM

    Man, that's a freakin' AWESOME blog. I was always too worried about my time to stop and take pics, LOL - you have inspired me to slow it down a bit and take some pics once I start doing long runs in the country again. But I have a beastie of a camera... I think I need a smaller one to lug along. ;-)

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/10/2009 1:22PM

    Awwwwww... the pictures made me a little homesick for the states!!!!

I love your attitude, such a great runners mantra to always keep in mind... yes yes yes... if we give up, we won't get to LIVE the GREAT runs!!!!

*keep up the great work darling* You are amazing!


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TRACYZABELLE 11/10/2009 1:03PM

    I love getting taken on a run!~ emoticon

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JESPAH 11/10/2009 8:36AM

    Thank you so much for welcoming us into your world. :)

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 11/9/2009 10:00PM

    AWESOME!!! and the Aysics (sp?) are the shoes I tried on and LOVED - can't wait to get them!!

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TELERIE 11/9/2009 5:38PM

    Thanks for letting us share your sucky run! Can't wait to read about the next one, it's bound to be AWESOME! I love your route!

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S318830 11/9/2009 3:16PM

    Great photos! And I love your route. Very pretty. That poor park! And, yes, higher temperatures and not enough hydration can definitely make your run suck and legs feel weak. You've got a good attitude about it.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/9/2009 2:34PM

    Sounds like a good run, regardless of the time.

Better ones will come.


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SEEHOLZ 11/9/2009 2:02PM

    Thanks for taking the time to share it-ALL! My favorite is the picture of the bridge over the water, picturing you running underneath it! You rock for sharing all this- seriously!
Btw, I pictures that cheer and the accent that goes with it ( one of the girls at my company is from AL) and it made me think-- do you have an Alabama accent?
Your running moto rocks...

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MBSHAZZER 11/9/2009 9:22AM

    Looks like you have some nice places to run! When not getting run over by tailgaters! LOL! I'm glad you are w0rking out what went wrong during training... there are no bad training runs... they all are a learning experience! Also, I LOVE that cost / mile feature on mapmyrun! It makes me feel soooooo much better about the ridiculous amount of money I spend on running!

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WHATAGRL42 11/9/2009 1:26AM

    What a beautiful run!!!! Thanks for taking us with you (pics)! Gosh.. my knee doesn't even hurt! hahahaha!!

Lisa in CA

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    Sooooo cool!!! I LOVED all the pictures!

Plus, you're REALLY getting your money's worth on each pair of shoe!! :)


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SLCOLMAN 11/8/2009 10:47PM

    Very cool run!! Thanks for sharing the pics!!

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SPARKNMOM 11/8/2009 10:21PM

    Love the pics : ) Glad ya won the game, too!!

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SARAHISKIDA 11/8/2009 9:05PM



Also, I totally underestimated the heat this morning, too. By the end, the sun was really beating down.

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LAFTERSFREE 11/8/2009 7:52PM

    as much as our town kinda sucks, and i know u can't wait to move on, i can promise you'll miss that run! the cool thing is now u have the pics to take with you so u can always remember it. ohhh and WHAT A GREAT GAME!!!!!!! oh and below, ur hair is looking lovely!!!

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SKYFYRE 11/8/2009 6:56PM

    OMG Dana, what a beautiful city you live in! I loved the fact that you shared all these lovely photos with us! Thanks for sharing and GREAT JOB oin sticking out your sucky run!

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/8/2009 6:56PM

    great pics. happy running!

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ZORAHGAIL 11/8/2009 6:01PM

    Nice! Great pics :)

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    Your time would be much better if you weren't stopping to take pictures.
Thanks for sharing!

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KARVY09 11/8/2009 4:46PM

    Thanks so much for this lovely photo blog! It looks like you really enjoy yourself when you run! And over 500 miles in a year! Incredible.

I had a sucky run day today too, but I'm chalking it up to TOM. It happens, and I'm trying not to beat myself up about it. We'll push through and acheive our goals.

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LASHERTHECAT 11/8/2009 4:24PM

    I absolutely love the photographic trail of your run!! Thanks for that.

I'm stunned by the action going on in relation to the game... Here in Northern Ontario, and I think in eastern Canada in general, we don't have that kind of immense popularity to football. I could be wrong... Maybe in western Canada there's more also ... It would really be culture shock for me.

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KEAKMAN 11/8/2009 3:56PM

    Great philosophy---get the bad runs out of the way before the marathon!

And keep in mind that hormonal issues interfere with our runs....I always run soooooo sllluuuuggggiiiisssshhhhly the week before the fun begins. It's my #1 way to know it's getting time....

I loved your run and am amazed that you made it around all those folks while running. AND I can't believe you are coordinated enough to run and photograph - not me!

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TAMTAM64 11/8/2009 3:17PM

    OMG... I just realize you are a Bama fan... sign... Can you still be friends with a LSU tiger fan :)

It was a great game yesterday!

I love looking at your pictures - makes my running route look a little plain. lol

It won't be too long before Dec 5th is here. I'm getting excited!


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LANC92 11/8/2009 3:06PM

    Can't believe your marathon is just weeks away! Nausea is a sign of electrolyte imbalance. I hope you're practicing with whatever sports drink, gel, beans, bloks whatever that you plan on using during the marathon. You should be taking a drink of water every couple of miles and regularly using your sports item starting at 45 minutes and every 45 minutes thereafter. Also, I always carry some pretzels with me. The carbs and salt help a lot.

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/8/2009 1:46PM

    Nice. Must be a nice day across the country - because it was 70 and sunny for my run too - very unseasonal!

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SKISINCO 11/8/2009 1:23PM

    Very cool, thanks for taking us on your run with you. Have a healthy, low stress week!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/8/2009 1:07PM

    SEVENTY degrees?

Can I come live with you this winter? LOL

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TAKEONME48137 11/8/2009 1:04PM

    Yay! All the pictures are cool! =)

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ELFITZPA 11/8/2009 1:03PM

    I love those first few pictures when it looks so calm (I'm not a big fan of running in crowded places!). Anyway we had an unusually warm day today and when you're not used to it, it really kicks your butt!! But like you said, some runs just stink and that's that. Nice job on getting the pace down even if you weren't feeling it!!

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MISSY_MAGOO 11/8/2009 12:45PM

    Looks like a great run! You're the third friend of mine to share photos of your run this week- It's got me thinking I may have to take my camera along with me for tomorrow's run :)

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BRUIN2 11/8/2009 12:34PM

    Hehe. So cool to see the sights of your run!

I'd chalk this one up to a learning experience - better to know about the importance of early hydration now than during the marathon!

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KIMCATUS 11/8/2009 12:23PM

    Wow what a pretty pretty run....you'll have to take a picture of the old headstone.....I'm kinda weirdly fascinated with old headstones....lol

Sorry it was a sucky one, but I like the mantra of getting the sucky one over and then knowing the awesome ones will be coming....:)

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28 Days Until the Marathon!

Friday, November 06, 2009

To be clear -- I don't count today OR the Marathon day itself. :) That's how I do my countdowns -- I ALLLLLways wonder when other people post countdowns if they're counting the current day, if they're counting the day of the event... I count neither! :)


Today is rest day. And I've finally got my food in the tracker for today and it's looking so far so good, so woohoo on that.

Also my old Asics Gel-Kayano 13's are dust........ they are starting to cause me a bit of arch pain and I am reading the signs and saying NO to that. But as they're dying I realized how much I loved them... and I talked to my hubby and was able to order some! :D YAY! I had to SCOUR the internet to find some of that model in my size, but the good knews is that they are $50 cheaper than the newest model of Gel Kayano's (they're up to 15 now!) I like running in two different kinds of shoes... for some reason it makes me feel like my feet stay fresher from not feeling the same exact way every day? Is that weird?

I took a picture when I got home from work yesterday because my hair is GROWING OUT. And I felt cute. :)

Think I'll run from 9-12 tomorrow -- looks like good weather! :D Yay! Also the UA vs LSU game is tomorrow so there will definitely be crazy tailgating traffic and game day folks. Maybe I'll take my camera.

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TUNAGIRL2 11/8/2009 12:55AM

    Super cute!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/7/2009 9:48PM

    You are looking good in the pic. Be careful on the run.


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SKISINCO 11/7/2009 9:29PM

    I kinda like the idea of having a couple of different pairs of shoes for running, makes perfect sense to me! Might have to give that one a try...

Love the pic, you ARE cute!

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MDTWEETY 11/7/2009 8:57PM

    Wow, your hair is getting really long!! When I met you you had a pixie cut. I liek the new do! :) Good running shoes are the best!!! Glad you were able to find some online.

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SARAHISKIDA 11/7/2009 3:31PM

    I love the hair!

And yeah, you're right about side stitches. When I run more often, I get better at controlling my breathing. Running downhill is also hard for me because it gets harder to breathe regularly since I'm just like, "Woo hoo! Speed!"

And I LOVE getting new running shoes!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/7/2009 11:38AM

    Hellooooo Dana! Please forgive my lack of writing to you - I am finally really truly back! And what a perfect time - I can feel the excitement in your final marathon countdown. I remember when you were just first training, hard to believe the time is almost here!!

Also, thanks for the info about the recipe calculator - I'll be cooking later today or tomorrow, maybe I'll try it that way for a change. Thanks!

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KIMCATUS 11/7/2009 11:05AM

    Oh my gosh your hair IS growing out!! I love it!! I liked it super short too but I love this.....too too cute!!! Congrats on the new shooz!! :P

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FITTYTIF 11/7/2009 11:00AM

    your haur looks great as well as you do! for me count down It depends on the time of day. So For me it is morning so I will count today but I do not count the actual day. So example to day is Saturday. My surgery is WEd. SO Right now I say four days left. Because I still have all of today. But by this after noon I will be saying three days left! I have been up dating my feed at night and then I a do not count the day we are in. So Last night I put four days left. Does tht make since. But I know hwat you mean I always wonder how people count also. My DH counts each and actual day for example if I left a dish out last night and he gets up this moring he will say it has been sitting there for two days. I always arrugue it has not even been 24 hours barely 12 hours. LOL

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RHALES199 11/7/2009 10:51AM

    yep, cute picture!

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LASHERTHECAT 11/7/2009 9:48AM

    Really nice photo!

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JESPAH 11/7/2009 9:21AM

    Don't just feel cute -- ya are cute! :)

Yay new sneaks! Almost like getting a new car.

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CATIATM 11/7/2009 9:14AM

    WOOT! Have a great run! And congrats on finding the trainers you like! It does make a difference!

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NRLB75 11/6/2009 10:45PM

    I would have to be chased by something I was sure could kick my ass in order to run 26 miles...but you do it voluntarily?!?!? Amazing!!! Did you ever think you'd be doing this when you were 200+ lbs? Your transformation is just too cool. I'm virtually cheering you on!

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DDOORN 11/6/2009 10:35PM

    Whew...! You're SPARKIN' your way right through your shoes...! WTG! :-)

Are you READY for a marathon or WHAT?!?!

Such excitement mounting already...!


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KAYAKID 11/6/2009 9:57PM

    Dana, You are doing so good! You are going to rock Memphis! I don't know about counting down - But I am sure you are dreaming or Nigntmaring Marathon and will be for the next month. Good luck!

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    You ARE cute!

Way to go on finding your shoes online. I need to do the same just in case the new models aren't as comfy. If you can wear two different shoes, go for it, I say.


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MISSY_MAGOO 11/6/2009 9:05PM

    Cute hair!
And I don't count the day of the event- but I do count the current day.... unless it's night- then I'd count it as a half day. So the morning before the event I'd say one day left- but that afternoon I'd say half a day left... I've wondered that about other people too :P
Have a great run tomorrow in your beautiful weather!

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SLCOLMAN 11/6/2009 5:41PM

    Your hair is growing out cute! Awesome news about the shoes!!

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TAKEONME48137 11/6/2009 4:34PM

    Love the picture! =)

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KASHMIR 11/6/2009 3:46PM

    When I'm doing a count down, I count the day I'm in, but not the day of the event! Isn't it crazy how we all think differently?

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ASIAMORA 11/6/2009 3:26PM

    I was in the Kayano 14s and I was so sad when I ran through them. The 15s didn't work out at all for me! It was a real bummer. I finally (after two other pairs) get into a mizuno elixer 4. Good luck with your new 13s!

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    Cute hair!!!! And by the way, I DO count event day when I have countdowns. Actually, if it's something that I'm really, really,r eally looking forward to, I even add an extra day. To me it's like a "surprise" that it comes sooner than I want it to. So in the case with your marathon, I'd tell myself that I really have like 31 days instead of the 28 you said. Then it's like Christmas came early :) I don't know if that makes any sense, but I'm weird, I know. :)


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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/6/2009 2:02PM

    Oh wow - your hair really IS growin' out. :)

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BRUIN2 11/6/2009 1:37PM

    YES! Two pairs of shoes definitely makes a difference! And that's great you can still find the model you love!

Love the long hair. Work it!

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I<3ZOMBIES 11/6/2009 1:35PM

    super cute hair!!! And I agree about the shoes, although I have to say I really only change mine to match my outfit, because I am a diva like that.

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KARVY09 11/6/2009 1:33PM

    Yay, glad you were able to track down your favorite kicks! And your hair looks adorable!

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MBSHAZZER 11/6/2009 1:24PM

    I LOVE the longer hair. You are lucky - it's growing out fast! I had something like 1.5 or 2 dateless years while my hair grew out. Painful! Anyway, I am also with you on the shoes... I always alternate. I prefer to run in two totally different models, but right now I'm sticking with the same kind, one is pink and one is blue! Shoes need rest just like we do!

Enjoy your long run on Saturday!

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SPARKNMOM 11/6/2009 1:22PM

    28 days and new shoes!! WOOHOO!! And yes...the picture is definitely cute : )

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KEAKMAN 11/6/2009 1:21PM

    Oh yes! You certainly do look cute!

So just 4 weeks and a day until your big day - WOOHOO! Have fun with your run tomorrow, and I bet you see some crazy painted fans out tailgating!

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One month till Marathon!

Thursday, November 05, 2009


So today was a row and run day -- my rows have been soooo much lighter since I'm not racing and I'm in the boat with others who are not racing -- we just take it easy, do some drills, then row back no pressure. It's not as good of a workout, but it's just what the Dr. ordered at this point of marathon training -- a simple crosstraining workout that isn't so intense it detracts from my running.

Todays run .... I was proud of myself for accomlishing it as well as I did, let's just say that. I forgot my sunglasses AND my mp3 player!!!!!!! Today was a scheduled 7 miler, but I neglected to look at mapmyrun before I left so I ran what I knew was about a 6.55 mile run -- close enough. I averaged close to 12:30 min miles.

Then I went grocery shopping -- we needed it. I went a bit astray in the discount Halloween Candy and a bit astray with it when I got home - oops! But from now on only measured and accountable servings will be had. (Those candy corn hershey's kisses are....... amazing.) I brought with me to work some nice, whole foods. Hard boiled egg, baby carrots, apples, almonds, steel cut oats w/ vanilla whey protein powder (ok not so whole there) and cinnamon -- and I also have rice and tuna here as an alternative lunch meal or later snack. It's nice to be stocked up on the fruits and veggies again!

Then I watched ANTM and a Law and Order SVU instead of napping -- uh, I really should have taken a nap - it's hitting me now. BUT I did get to get ready for work nice and slow, blow dried my hair for the first time in AGES, plucked some unruly hairs, did my makeup for the first time in ages.. yeah. It's funny how I can get in a mode of doing doing doing and not do those simple things to take care of my appearance, ya know?

This weekend I do NOT have to work on Sunday NOR do I have to conduct music for church. Also since my run is shorter than it has been in 3 weeks, I will have a little more time on my long run day as well. Yay! So I'm looking forward to a recuperative weekend. 16 more runs before the marathon. :)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/6/2009 1:34PM

    Before you know it you will be telling us all about FINISHING THE MARATHON!!!!

Keep with it.


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KNH771 11/6/2009 12:14PM

    Your workouts inspire me so much! I can't wait til I get to the point where I have that much variety, intensity and endurance in my fitness regimen.

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SEEHOLZ 11/6/2009 11:38AM

    No discount candy for us, but we still have some leftover chocolate from DS and from leaving early for a Halloween party and not getting rid of it! What can I say, it could be a lot worse-LOL!
I'm hoping my ankle holds up, so I can get a run in myself this week-end... or 2 for that matter!

Enjoy this "recuperation"-LOL! And yeh for a great run without your MP3!

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LASHERTHECAT 11/6/2009 9:06AM

    Have a nice relaxing weekend!

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MISSY_MAGOO 11/5/2009 10:44PM

    I wish I had more days that I could skip hair and makeup- being a hairdresser it's pretty mandatory to do daily. I ran into a client once during a morning jog before the hair and makeup was done and she almost didn't recognize me- haha. Then she said she felt all bad cuz she didn't have her hair done when she ran into me- I was like "hello! I don't get pretty to work out either!"
One more month! I'm getting excited for you!
I'm actually going to run my first 5k in December and am already starting to get excited about it :)

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ZORAHGAIL 11/5/2009 10:34PM

    How time flies!

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/5/2009 7:44PM

    1 month to go???? woo hooo!

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    Its been a while since I've taken the weed wacker to my legs. Thanks for the reminder.


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CLOVERR1 11/5/2009 5:37PM

    One month and counting, huh? I'm getting antsy already with tapering and race obsessing....16 days for me!!!!

And speaking of appearances, I gave into vanity and temptation and bought a SportsSkirt outfit to wear in the race! have to see if the weather cooperates enough or if I also wear tights with it, but the running skirt is comfy!

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    You deserve an award for being able to run w/out your mp3 player!!!


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TRIDELT1171 11/5/2009 5:01PM

    Can you believe the BIG DAY is only 1 month away!!!!! I'm getting excited, nervous, anxious..........

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MBSHAZZER 11/5/2009 4:45PM

    YAY for an easy weekend. My schedule has me running 20, but I'm not sure I can handle that a week after a race.

So funny about the discount candy... in years past, BF has brought home ungodly amounts of cut rate sweets... this time, he really kept it to a minimum. Some Kit Kats, some peeps, lots of candy corn and that's about it. I find candy corn to be a self regulating snack... you can only eat so much! Anyway, enjoy in moderation!

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TAKEONME48137 11/5/2009 4:06PM

    Yay for a recuperative weekend! I'm hoping for that myself. =)

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TAMTAM64 11/5/2009 4:06PM

    Sounds like you had a GREAT day!! And whoa.... make up... lol

You are going to be so ready to rock that marathon!


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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/5/2009 4:03PM

    Dana girl... I hear you about the neglecting the personal appearance thing. Oy! "Pretty Days" have been far and few between since I had my son. Some days plucking my brows is a major feat. ;-)

Only a month away --- wow! :)


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KEAKMAN 11/5/2009 3:57PM

    I am so glad that you can combine rowing and running and that they are complementary to each other right now. It would be so bad if you had to prepare for a regatta AND a marathon!

Is it 13 miles this Sunday? Isn't it amazing that you can knock out 6.55 miles, no problem, even sans sunglasses and mp3 player? I am so proud of you Dana - you are going to be so prepared and ready to run in another month!

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