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17 More Days, 10 (TEN!) more runs!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

OH MAN. After tomorrow it will be a single digit amount of runs remaining. CRrraaazy.

I was very nervous for today's run -- not feeling super 100% yet after Saturday's 20 miler... and it was 8 miles (actually 8.5, but 8 on the schedule), which is my longest mid-week run for the ENTIRE TRAINING plan... kinda strange that it falls right after the longest long run??? But anyway. I decided nothing was going to stop me and headed out.

And boy, the world got me! HAHAHA I had commented yesterday to several people about being worried about the weather being unseasonably warm and then all of a sudden snapping to cold the day of the race and me never running in the cold... well today was kinda cold for me. It was in the upper 40's for almost my whole run, and NO SUN except for 3 moments. hahaa It was kind of magical -- it came out at those moments when I was like, HOLY CRAP I AM SO COLD I am not going to make it... and then voila, sun beams warming me up a bit. I felt like a flower stretching my face toward the sun. Of course it disappeared moments later but at least it kept me sane enough to make it. In around the last mile I cranked up the speed. I was like -- ok that's it, I'm freezing, the sooner I get back to the car the sooner I'm done with this nonsense -- and it felt GREAT.

My run ended up being average below 12.5min miles, and I walked for 10 min as a warmup, took my normal walk breaks... I was just going faster overall apparently -- the cold air I think gets me booking it. Plus my max HR was only 178, average 155, which is around 5-10bpm lower than my normal runs.

I think I could have dressed a bit better -- really I think I wanted my gloves. It was pretty windy and my fingers were getting so chapped and cold feeling. I brought them with me but left them in the car thinking I didn't want them afterall.

ANYWAY - the run was ok. Not super pleasant, because I was just thinking about how cold I was most of the time, but it had some really positive things about it. :)

Then I went grocery shopping, came home, put everything away, showered, and ate and right back out the door.

And now I'm hungry -- snack time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/19/2009 1:40PM

    I am def. a cold hands runner, so they make a HUGE difference... Last winter I set out for a run in single digit weather, really high winds, and my body was PERFECT... And I was starting to get over the freezing face... But my hands were in PAIN... Had to go home... Literally they felt like they were being cut off from blood supply or like someone had drugged me, stuck them in a freezer for hours and woke me up suddenly.... Goodness gracious, then I learned I am a THICK glove needer!

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SKYFYRE 11/18/2009 12:46PM

    emoticon Another Job Well Done! Wow! Single digit runs!

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JOHNBABJR 11/18/2009 10:04AM

    Great job on getting through a less-comfortable run. I buy a pair of "running" gloves every year. Somehow, they never last very long, but I don't spend much money on them.

You're in the single digits now. Congratulations on getting another one in the books!

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TAKEONME48137 11/18/2009 9:21AM

    I'm glad you made it through the run, cold or not. =)

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SWEETZMIX 11/18/2009 8:49AM

    You did it, that's all that matters!

And girl you would freeze over here this time of year. lol For November the upper 40s isn't bad. We are blessed to have a week in the upper 50s though.

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JESPAH 11/18/2009 5:53AM

    It's coming soon ... :)

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KEAKMAN 11/17/2009 10:32PM

    Yep, keep my hands warm and I can do anything. Buy a pair of those cheap $1 gloves for your marathon....if you need 'em great. If you wear 'em and then don't want them half way through, you can toss them to the side. Usually volunteers pick them up and take them to a shelter (check your marathon for particulars, I have heard of one or two that requests that you toss "excess" clothes at water stations.)

You are getting so close! WOOHOO!

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MBSHAZZER 11/17/2009 6:28PM

    I find gloves can make a BIG difference! Since I don't normally need gloves, I picked up 2 pairs of gardening gloves at the dollar store - that way I could toss them if need be, but I have found it's actually OK to stick them in my waistband. Anyway, nice job - getting really excited for you!

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JLGISH 11/17/2009 6:00PM

    Wow . . . you are a committed runner! I hope someday I can be that committed, haha. But I find it hard to be motivated when I just don't relish the idea of running. emoticon

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    you are seriously my hero! That is so awesome you are able to run so far/so much. You are an inspiration :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/17/2009 5:31PM

    my fingers are always cold. i could wear gloves in the summer. wow single digits!

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SEEHOLZ 11/17/2009 4:55PM

    My first thought was your first sentence- single digits, yeh!

I probably mentioned this before, my it's my extremities that get cold-- 40's can actually be super pleasant, if your extremities stay warm! Way to go on that speed! You did crank it up and that 2 days after the 20 miler-- that's amazing! Sounds like you're feeling good though, that's huge!
I love how determined you are to get this marathon under your belt and I'll try to remember your "nothing was going to stop me" the next time I want to whimp out-LOL!

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18 more days, 11 more runs...

Monday, November 16, 2009

So.... it's getting close!

Two weeks from Saturday I will be running a marathon. :) The buildup and anticipation is CRAZY!

I have to say -- after blogging on Saturday other pains came to me. HAHAHAHA The soreness found me, although really it wasn't as bad as I anticipated, my foot started hurting again (today it feels almost normal), the hip was aching (today feels flawless), but um I woke up several times last night, didn't get the best sleep, and after the last time I woke up I felt fine, but then this morning I wake up and have pain in the muscles down the right side of my back. GRRR!!! hhahaha. NO FAIR!! I wanna feel perfect again so I can run my 8 miles tomorrow! I'm hoping all I need is the rest of today and tonight's sleep to be feeling perfect again to go and run. But if not -- I can handle missing a run. All will be ok.

So I forgot to mention -- yesterday I painted faces for 4 hours at a local Fall Festival. I LOVE painting faces!!! I was really loving it up until like the last... I dunno 20-30 min. Even then it just depended on who I was painting cause some kids were sweet and cute and some were just antsy and not polite. You know? No kids were awful or anything, just less pleasant. Afterward the friend who invited me to paint faces asked us over for dinner and I got to eat a wonderful healthy meal and I didn't even have to cook it! :D She made a great salad, and a pasta bake w/ multigrain noodles, ground turkey, spinach, organic tomato sauce, and fat free ricotta... I think that's the gist of it. Oh and bell peppers. It was so perfect. I ate way too much of it. haha. But at least it was a lot of the good stuff.

We definitely tore apart some IHOP after my run, too. haha. But now I feel normalized re: intake and it's back to the usual this week. The time from now to the marathon will likely go so fast -- My DH is defending his dissertation this Friday, then next week is Thanksgiving so I will only have to work like 2.5 days before going to visit inlaws and have fun, then I come back, work a 4 day week before going to Memphis! :D I'm sure I will have many boring anxiety filled work hours waiting for the time to pass, but other than that it will really be over before I know it, I'm sure of it.

I'm also excited to run the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving :D Revisiting my first 5K, first race ever, will be so cool the week before the marathon. :)

As for right now, I'm sore and tired. HAHAHA :D So today can move along please, thank you!

For more food pictures and pictures of facepainting:

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/17/2009 1:14PM

    Just take care of yourself. There is so much invested at this point, I don't want to see an injury happen.

Please pass on my best wishes to your husband. That will be a tough day.


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JOHNBABJR 11/17/2009 12:04PM

    This is such an exciting time; enjoy every moment of it!

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SWEETZMIX 11/17/2009 8:19AM

    Dana you amaze me. You are going to kick that marathon's ass! Ok so I hope you feel better soon. The food sounds yummy!! And you are a good face painter. I checked out your pics!!

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JESPAH 11/17/2009 7:48AM

    Oy -- 18 is a special #.

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SKYFYRE 11/16/2009 10:28PM

    Yeah! 18days to go! You are so gonna rock this Marathon! What a great way to Celebrate- IHOP! Hahaha!Mmmmm, Pancakes!

Wow, already, defending his dissertation, yeehaw! I hope it goes FANTASTICALLY! How nervewracking and exciting!

Well, day by day, Dana! I am sending you positive vibes!

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KEAKMAN 11/16/2009 10:21PM

    Any chance you can get a good massage before the marathon? It will really help relax you and will take care of those aches and pains. I tell my gal what hurts and why and she goes after it all elbows and knees and 60 minutes later I am floating!

Hope you can relax a bit. Try some yoga and meditation.....

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/16/2009 10:15PM

    i always get the song "wind beneath my wings" when i think of your marathon journey right now.

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LYNNETH7 11/16/2009 8:23PM

    I'm so excited for you! Running a marathon ! yay :D
Also, now I ant IHOP. DAMN.!

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KASHMIR 11/16/2009 7:29PM

Loving your pics, and try...I know that's asking alot...try to keep calm for the next 17 days!!!

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SEEHOLZ 11/16/2009 7:12PM

    I do have to admit, the pumpking and pecan pancakes don't look too shabby-LOL- as for your gu army? How many gues do you use for your run? And how often do you fuel?
I love how you give back to people through things you do--- even dealing with not so polite kids and all- you are awesome!
I hope you're 100 % tomorrow for your 8 miler-- and thanks so much for posting all that food- seeing it all there, makes me feel better about my own choices, because I really like a lot of the stuff pictures there and it's part of my diet. It's interesting how pictures are just so different in terms of perception!

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SEEHOLZ 11/16/2009 7:12PM

    I do have to admit, the pumpking and pecan pancakes don't look too shabby-LOL- as for your gu army? How many gues do you use for your run? And how often do you fuel?
I love how you give back to people through things you do--- even dealing with not so polite kids and all- you are awesome!
I hope you're 100 % tomorrow for your 8 miler-- and thanks so much for posting all that food- seeing it all there, makes me feel better about my own choices, because I really like a lot of the stuff pictures there and it's part of my diet. It's interesting how pictures are just so different in terms of perception!

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AUNTIE65 11/16/2009 6:41PM

    Hang in there these last few weeks... you are going to do great! Can't wait to hear all about how you feel after the big race!


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    You are gonna KILL that marathon Girl! I know what you mean about the face painting... On Halloween I painted kids faces for our Churches community outreach.. 5 hours and the last 30 mins was pure torture!

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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/16/2009 4:56PM

    LOVIN' the food pics... I remember the time when I could eat almost a whole pizza, at least half a bag of Doritos, and then some ice cream the evening after my long runs - and *I* only ever got to 18, not 20!!! :)

The frozen applesauce intrigues me... Will try it!


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TAMTAM64 11/16/2009 4:21PM

    It's coming up FAST. Taper, Taper, Taper!


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SLCOLMAN 11/16/2009 3:57PM

    Your food pics were awesome :)
Wow only about 2 weeks to go till the big run!!!

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TAKEONME48137 11/16/2009 3:53PM

    Wow that's crazy! And exciting too! The food sounds delicious. I hope you feel better from all the soreness. =)

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/16/2009 3:29PM

    i can't believe 2 weeks. you are so close to completing this.

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KARVY09 11/16/2009 3:03PM

    Sounds like your aches are minor for something as major as a 20-mile run! I'm so excited for you!

Loved your photos, especially the food ones which I missed before. I have those Mott's applesauces and then got sick of them and they've been in the back of my fridge for awhile. Now I'm definitely going to freeze them. THANKS!

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MBSHAZZER 11/16/2009 2:53PM

    Sounds like an awesome weekend! Sorry you are so sore but I'm sure that will go away! Sounds like it's the good kind of sore. That dinner sounds delish! I know what you mean about the eating... after my race yesterday I was a little munchie monster!

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20 Miler -- and I had a Peak Experience! LEARN SOMETHING

Saturday, November 14, 2009

So I got back from my run feeling great -- I had an amazing moment post run and as I was telling my husband about it, he's like -- "You had a peak experience." He explained to me a bit about it as a theory of the psychologist Maslow and here is some explanation about it --

"American psychologist and philosopher Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970) coined this term to describe nonreligious quasi-mystical and mystical experiences. Peak experiences are sudden feelings of intense happiness and well-being, and possibly the awareness of "ultimate truth" and the unity of all things. Accompanying these experiences is a heightened sense of control over the body and emotions, and a wider sense of awareness, as though one was standing upon a mountaintop. The experience fills the individual with wonder and awe. He feels at one with the world and is pleased with it; he or she has seen the ultimate truth or the essence of all things.

Maslow's work has been called groundbreaking because it concerned the spiritual yearnings of humankind and focused a scientific interest on mysticism. Such an endeavor had been absent since the work of psychologist and philosopher William James at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Maslow described peak experiences as self-validating, self-justifying moments with their own intrinsic value; never negative, unpleasant or evil; disoriented in time and space; and accompanied by a loss of fear, anxiety, doubts, and inhibitions.

The two types of peak experiences are relative and absolute. Relative characterize those peak experiences in which there remains an awareness of subject and object, and which are extensions of the individual's own experiences. They are not true mystical experiences, but rather inspirations, ecstasies, and raptures. It is thought that probably the majority of peak experiences fall into this category. Absolute peak experiences are characteristic of mystical experiences, and are comparable to experiences of great mystics in history. They are timeless, spaceless, and characterized by unity, in which the subject and object becomes one.

Maslow said that all individuals are capable of peak experiences. Those who do not have them somehow depress or deny them. Individuals most likely to have peak experiences are self-actualized, mature, healthy, and self-fulfilled.

Peak experiences render therapeutic value as they foster a sense of being lucky or graced; release creative energies; reaffirm the worthiness of life; and change an individual's view of himself or herself. Maslow cautioned against seeking such experiences for their own sake; echoing the advice of the mystics who have pointed out that the sacred exists in the ordinary. Maslow further believed that domestic and public violence, alcoholism, and drug abuse stem from spiritual emptiness, and that even one peak experience might be able to prevent, or at least abate, such ills."

When I finished my run I looked around the park and saw all of the beauty in it, the families with their children, and just felt overwhelmed with gratitude and joy. I felt completely blessed -- or "graced". I had to pray and thank God for this earth, LIFE, being able to complete my run -- and even the regaining of my health!

What a blessing it is that after mistreating my body for so long, I was able to take care of it and bring it to such a place of health and fitness!!! It made me think about the process of repentance for our souls and how when we make mistakes we are able to repent and be forgiven for those errors. We may still see repercussions from them in this life -- I still have stretch marks and loose skin -- but in the next we will be perfected. It was just an incredible moment and I am so happy that I am working to better my life and not remaining stagnant and I had to share this with all of you.

So -- back to the run -- it went pretty good. :D HAHAHAHA It was just under a 13 min mile average, including my 10 min walking warmup -- including getting stuck at some lights, stopping to retie my shoes, all my little 1min-2min walk breaks here and there, running up to some doors on campus to see if the building was open so I could find a water fountain, running into The Pita Pit's restroom to refill some water bottles and back out... HAHA. Most mostly I felt strong and capable and I KNEW I would be finishing this run. I was even able to pick up and run abit stronger at the end, knowing I was close to the finish (even with my stupid pinky toe blisters).

So now -- TAPER. And 3 weeks from today I will be finished or toward the end of 26.2 miles!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Um, now to shower and go to IHOP. :)

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TELERIE 11/19/2009 3:23PM

    Beautiful blog!

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/19/2009 1:42PM

    WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon So 20 miles is your longest?

I'm so excited for you!!!!

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IZZYBUBBLES 11/17/2009 1:47PM

    Beautiful observations! Congrats on finishing your 20 miler, I have no doubt you'll do great in your marathon! So excited for you to be doing your first, it's an experience like no other.

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 11/16/2009 2:50PM

    Thank you for sharing! What an awesome way of describing your experience. You are truly an inspiration - so bummed I didn't get to meet you on Saturday! Maybe another time!!

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SWEETZMIX 11/16/2009 1:07PM

    Kicking butt again. Glad you had that experience on your fun. OMGoodness, I LOVE ME SOME IHOP!!!!!!! Hope you enjoyed!

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DANIMITE2 11/16/2009 11:23AM

    What a great analogy of repentance of one's spiritual sins vs. repentance of one's bodily sins. Definitely food for thought! What a beautiful, inspiring blog!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/16/2009 9:51AM

    I'm glad that the day went well. The peak experience is a definite added bonus.


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JESPAH 11/16/2009 6:09AM

    First song I thought of: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHPi

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CHASINGPAVEMENT 11/15/2009 11:23PM

    Congrats on your Kick butt run Dana!! you are a Rock star!! So awesome :)

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KASHMIR 11/15/2009 4:14PM

I'm going to have to go dig out my Psych books! I'd forgotten all about Maslow and Peak Experience.

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LASHERTHECAT 11/15/2009 3:59PM

    One of those moments when you're so happy to be alive... I'm glad you are having such a great experience with your "new" life. Thank God every day for it!

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CATIATM 11/15/2009 2:45PM

    That is amazing! WOW! emoticon

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THECOOLESTSARAH 11/15/2009 11:30AM

    Amazing. You are such a good role model for me Dana - I'm so happy to know you. I love those moving moments where we step back and say "I'm so grateful to be alive!"


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SEPPIESUSAN 11/15/2009 11:14AM

    That's really cool, thanks for sharing all that info. I'm glad you got to experience that!

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CLOVERR1 11/15/2009 11:06AM

    Great post; good run! Good for you! Expect some ups and downs in moods while you're tapering, but just relax and remember those wonderful "peak" feelings.

I also wanted to say thank you, because I've enjoyed getting to know you a bit here and on LJ. And I think thinking of you and your attitude will help me get through the rough spots of my upcoming marathon race. We can be each others support and inspiration; I'm not going to let myself or my friends down.

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OVERHAULING-ME 11/15/2009 12:07AM

    You have a wonderful way with words. I felt uplifted after reading your post. Congrats on your 20 miler. I actually thought about you today. I'm just beginning on this journey very overweight and very out of shape! I took my kids to the school park and while they played I walked the track. I probably only got 1.75 miles in and I was hurting and breathing hard. I thought about you out there on your 20-mile run amazed at what you were accomplishing while I didn't do a tenth of it. But I know you started where I am so it was VERY motivating to think about your journey and progress. THANK YOU!

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MISSY_MAGOO 11/14/2009 11:50PM

    Wow- beautiful blog. I've never heard of "peak experience" but have had many times in my life where I've felt just completely at peace and grateful for, at one with, and in awe of the world we live in- which is why I love the outdoors so much- I usually find that feeling hiking in the mountains :) What you described sounds like what I've felt before- but have never been able to put into words.
remember that feeling- it's yours forever.

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KAYAKID 11/14/2009 9:27PM

    Dana, great job! You are going to rock your Marathoner and we will have to call you a marathoner and that wil make you feel good.... about the runner high - its there and I think that is why we keep running and why we love doing the racing. I felt that today - ran 5 miles and I feel great! Congrats and I hope you a few pancakes for me! You rock Girl!!!!

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MTER67 11/14/2009 8:01PM

    Yay! Congratulations! I think runners are more apt to experience "peak experiences" than non-runners, don't you? I know they have done studies on the mythical "runner's high," which most distance runners have experienced at one time or another, but which science really has no explanation for. I know exactly the feeling you are talking about. I remember running 19 miles last year and bursting into tears because I felt like everything around me was absolutely perfect and I was intensely HAPPY.

Way to go on your 20 miler! Now it's time to relax and rest up for race day. Yay, you!

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JOHNBABJR 11/14/2009 5:50PM

    Congratulations on a terrific way to begin your taper. It sounds like your run was fabulous!

I'm so excited for you; your first marathon is going to be an awesome experience!

Enjoy your taper.

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SKYFYRE 11/14/2009 5:15PM

    emoticon What a great run and after run! We should all be so luck to have a peak experience after a 20miler! emoticon Glad you have an enlightening hubster! Thanks for sharing about Maslow. Interesting! emoticon Cheers to completing your endurance/ build phase and moving on the the glorious TAPER!

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MBSHAZZER 11/14/2009 4:59PM

    I have read about the peak experience, but until this blog, I have never equated it with the "runner's high" - NEAT! Thanks for connecting the dots. Congrats on a successful run & enjoy the taper (and IHOP!).

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HEATHBAR35 11/14/2009 4:27PM

    emoticon on completing your run and thanks for sharing your peak experience with us. Good luck on the coming marathon!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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    Wow great blog!!! :) Good luck on your marathon...it's coming!!!


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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/14/2009 3:45PM

    That's like a runner's high to the nth degree! ;-)

Knew you could do it! Now TAPER wisely... That marathon's a-callin'!!!


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BOVEY63 11/14/2009 3:37PM

    How wonderful for you! These experiences make life so extra special.

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SEEHOLZ 11/14/2009 3:31PM

    Whatever the theory- I personally am not big on theories, but thanks for sharing this- didn't know this term- I know EXACTLY how you felt!!! It's amazing how running can give you that much of a high actually! The world is amazing and yet, we oftentimes fail to see it... and then, there is the moment where all just makes perfect sense.
Congrats on this beautiful moment--- you're amazing Dana!

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FREDI59 11/14/2009 3:23PM

    great blog, great run - I wish I was fit enough to have room for peak experience after 20 miles - by then my legs still remind me of the earthly limitations of my mortal - and still overweight body - but I'm getting there ...
I probably should re-read Maslow - thanks for the reminder

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 11/14/2009 3:08PM

    Dana you are SO AWESOME! Seriously you are one of my heroes :D! I am glad you had a peak experience!

And you are so ready for your marathon!

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JERIBERI1 11/14/2009 2:49PM

    This is what is called "Runner's High." It's an amazing feeling, and it makes you happy and peaceful!! So great that you could have it on a 20 mile run!!!

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MSSUNBUG 11/14/2009 2:47PM

    Hooray! What a wonderfully inspirational blog! Love this!

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LILHLFPINT 11/14/2009 2:38PM

    (wow, what an amazing experience - and on your 20 mile run day? that is awesome.

thanks for sharing about the peak experience - that was really fascinating.)

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KEAKMAN 11/14/2009 2:37PM

    Dana, what an incredible blog and incredible run you had this morning! I am so happy for you. Imagine how you will feel about this time of day (or earlier!) on December 5!

Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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REST day...

Friday, November 13, 2009

But I feel anxious!!! I am not feeling relaxed and restful - hahaha.

Probably helped by this morning being a mega prep day for food! I've been ok so far this week with throwing things together for lunch, but tonight we're going to a friend's house to play games and we'll be heading over directly after work. I asked about the food situation, and the others (except DH and I) are planning to eat beforehand, so I'm bringing our dinner. :) haha. I've been trying to eat extra carbs this week to prepare for Saturday's run -- last night was like... mega potato dinner. It was awesome. I roasted a bunch of red potatoes w/ onions and then browned some beef to put on top. The night before that was little shell pasta w/ meat+mushroom sauce, and tonight is going to be RICE w/ chicken and snap peas.

Which is also my lunch. Woot. Also eating at the friend's house will allow me to be able to quickly to go bed when we get home instead of what we usually do when these type of things happen which is go to them, if there's no food/no ordering food/whatever, we wait until we get home, which is crazy late, eat something probably not so good, which takes longer, and go to bed crazy late. This time I've set the expected leaving time, I'm bringing food so when we get home I can go right to bed. I want ALL CONTROLLABLE VARIABLES on my side tomorrow.

But it meant for a bit of a hectic morning -- boiling eggs, cooking chicken, steaming rice, steaming snap peas, putting everything into little baggies..... but I'm glad I did it. Finally finished ANTM, too. :)

There ARE a couple of things I'll need to do tonight -- just prep the stuff I'll need tomorrow - my water/nuun bottles, make sure my MP3 player is FULLY charged... stuff like that, but that's minor.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/14/2009 11:22AM

    Good luck again on that run.


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JESPAH 11/14/2009 9:20AM

    All of that prep was probably very good (distracting, plus something to do with your hands).

Don't forget to add Lawrence Welk to your iPod. ;)

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RHALES199 11/13/2009 11:50PM

    that red tato/ meat/ onion thingy sounds a lot like something I do.... actaully my dad came up with it (although it seems fairly basic to me).... my twist on it is:
Dice how ever many red potatoes you want, start cooking them in a skillet sprayed with cooking spray. after 5 or so minutes, add the ground beef/ turkey, to which I also often add dried onion & parsley, cook until meat is cooked through, and wa-la! Dinner! Yum! (I love ketchup on mine).

Have a great day tomorrow!

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JOHNBABJR 11/13/2009 9:34PM

    I'm thinking good thoughts about your run tomorrow. Have fun!

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/13/2009 9:05PM

    you are making me tired just thinking about your rest day. phew! good luck tomorrow. i can't wait to hear all about it.

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LILHLFPINT 11/13/2009 6:03PM

    (take a deep deep breath and let it out really slowly. you are so ready for this, girl! whoo hoo!)

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PUMPKINFACE73 11/13/2009 4:49PM

    Have a great run tomorrow :)

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SLCOLMAN 11/13/2009 4:48PM

    Enjoy your run tomorrow!!

WTG with all that prep!!

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KEAKMAN 11/13/2009 4:21PM

    Great idea to plan and prep and to set a "going home" time for tomight! You are going to ROCK the run tomorrow!

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TAIMOIRAI 11/13/2009 4:19PM

    Good luck tomorrow!

You're going to do great!

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TAKEONME48137 11/13/2009 4:15PM

    Hooray for planning and good luck tomorrow!

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SKYFYRE 11/13/2009 3:15PM

    Way to plan for success! I'm proud of you Dana!

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KSIGMA1222 11/13/2009 3:13PM

    GREAT WORK! Wish i could run it with you, hmm see if I have time tomorrow to do it on my own, will see. They let you listen to music in the race? May want to check on that just in case. HAVE FUN FUN FUN! You are amazing! emoticon

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MISSROCKABILLY 11/13/2009 2:51PM

    Sounds like you are all prepared. Have a great time tonight! Gaming is always one of my favorite activities with friends too.

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MSSUNBUG 11/13/2009 2:24PM

    Excellent that you did so much planning. That's super crazy (tho I so admire your staying your path) that you'd normally hold out for dinner until getting home from a friend's house. This new plan sounds much more reasonable. And I'm sure since your friends probably know about the upcoming marathon, they completely support you doing what you've got to do! Sounds like some great meals lately!

Rest up. I know you already know that the resting is as important for your body as the non-resting days. Just keep reminding yourself of that.

Good luck on your run tomorrow!!

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MBSHAZZER 11/13/2009 2:18PM

    Way to plan ahead! I like your carb-y meals. I just had a salad with bow-tie pasta AND roasted potatoes on top! Um, yeah, I'm sure I'll be REAL productive this afternoon! Have fun tonight at your friends' house and ENJOY the long run. And thanks for the "prep" reminder... I will have to get everything super prepared on Saturday night because my HM on sunday starts at 6am and is 30 miles away! Egads!

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KASHMIR 11/13/2009 2:08PM

    Woo Hoo for Planning ahead and being prepared!!!

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KARVY09 11/13/2009 2:04PM

    Relax. Recuperate. And SMIZE. (That's "smile with your eyes" in Tyrish)

Have a wonderful run tomorrow!

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TAMTAM64 11/13/2009 2:03PM

    Have fun at your friend's house. We are cheering for you at every mile!


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Only ONE run left before TAPER!!!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


my next run is the 20 miler and then it's TAPERING TIME!!!!!!!!!! CRAZY!

Today I was sooooooo not feeling like my run... I procrastinated a BIT but left only 15 min later than I expected to, was concerned it might be too warm but in fact it was flawlessly gorgeous outside. Then when I started running my shoes were bugging me -- I stopped and retied them with the top (not the extra) hole tied and VOILA, my run started being FABULOUS. It was sooooo gorgeous outside, my music was rockin -- (haven't run with music in a while due to pouring rain and my MP3 player dying) -- I ended up JUST under a 12 min mile and due to a little adjustment I made to the route I looked up on mapmyrun actually went 6.29 miles instead of just 6. ROCK ON!

Today's run actually made me get more excited about Saturday because so far this week I've had Tuesday which was pouring rain and wind, yesterday which was fast but felt like a chore and lost music halfway through.... so today's run helped get me really excited about running 20 for somer reason -- also I feel so good right now and I still get to have a rest day tomorrow so that is encouraging, too.

More people at work are finding out about my marathoning endeavors. I guess it's hard not to ask about it when I'm coming into work in my running clothes half the time, but still -- I've been doing that for weeks now but it's only just started to really come up.

I was talking to a woman at my work who is very overweight (I don't want to say obese because I hate that word) but anyway, she was saying how proud of me she was for doing all this running and that I sounded fast to her (oh the wonderful blessing of how there's always someone slower and always someone faster than you. If I was some crazy elite marathoner maybe I'd get a big head, but that certainly isn't going to happen but even THOSE guys have someone that's faster than them on a given day! But it's nice to occasionally be reminded that even though I'm slow for many runners out there, I'm fast to lots of other people! ), and I started to tell her how I got started running I was walking 90 seconds and running 30 seconds for like... 20minutes. And then I was like -- and that was after I had been working out for like... 6 months!! I started by walking on a treadmill for 30 min!

And explaining that really reminded me how far I had come and how by adding little by little I've come from someone who found it challenging to walk for 30 min on a treadmill to someone who is going to run for 26.2 miles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THAT IS INSANE. But looking back on my journey was really uplifting and inspiring to me to see what I'm capable of by setting small goals and continuing to move forward. Heck, I even kinda stagnated in running for some periods in this timeline -- stopping running after my first 5K for the winter before starting up again the next year, not starting to add distance much until later that year -- then the IT band issues which caused a running hiatus before THIS year. Even so, I only started learning to run miday through 2007 and I will end 2009 as a marathoner. :D THAT IS FREAKING COOL. HAHAHAHAHA. Exciting! :)

Ok enough patting myself on the back -- so I did good on the food front yesterday, ate MORE yesterday coming 59 cal below my upper limit. I took pictures!!! But... I didn't get a chance to upload anything. Some things I'm excited to show you once it gets up: A cottage cheese/cereal mixture w/ dates and honey and my dinner which was pasta w/ meat+mushroom sauce. :) YAY!

This morning was just TOO busy -- get up, eat and watch part of ANTM, go run, come back shower, pack lunch, eat and watch another part of ANTM, go to work.

I didn't even get to finish the episode! HAHAHA :D But I feel good about giving priority to the important things and not to TV this morning. :) I got plennnnty of sleep and it felt good. I also weighed 2lbs less than yesterday! Still not sharing the numbers until I make my weightloss plan post marathon, but I will say I'm not too far from my maintenance range and I've been feeling really good about how I feel lately in my body. :) I want my muscles back but I don't feel overly puffy anymore. I think I need a full-length mirror at home. When I was at the gyno the other day and I was getting dressed there was a mirror in the room and I was like - DANG!!!!!!! My long skinny legs really add a whole other dimension to my overall appearance and body proportions. I am so used to seeing myself from pretty much the widest part of my body (hips) and up that I think I get a kind of skewed image of myself. Something to think about in the future.... I'm thinking like after we move away from Tuscaloosa and get settled wherever DH's first career job will be.

That's it for now! A longer blog than I intended... guess I have more on my mind than I thought.

OH you know I want to share something else -- in one of my SparkTeams we recently shared a dream list of things we'd like to do in our lives and I want to share mine:

"Play trombone w/ a symphony orchestra
Play trombone w/ a jazz ensemble
Play trombone w/ a brass quintet
Run on the Great Wall of China
Run the Big Sur Marathon
Run the Chicago Marathon
Run the NYC Marathon
Run a Rock n Roll Marathon (or half)
Run the Hood to Coast Relay
Travel to Japan
Go to the Harry Potter thing at Universal Islands of Adventure
Travel to Argentina
Travel to England (London Marathon??)
Visit Chicago (um... even if I don't do the Chicago Marathon)
GO TO HAWAII! Run in Hawaii! Visit other islands?
Participate in a triathlon

Raise healthy children and live a long healthy life with them and my awesome husband. :) If I do this, I will be happy."


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/13/2009 11:17PM

    I hope everything goes well tomorrow.

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CLOVERR1 11/13/2009 1:09PM

    What's your taper going to be like? I really feel like I've just been guessing on it all..

Did find a good article that suggests "Peaking not Tapering. :)

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LASHERTHECAT 11/13/2009 9:04AM

    Inspiration thy name is Dana!!

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HOPERY 11/13/2009 7:30AM

    Whoo Hoo! You will rock that marathon. And you will be faster than someone and slower than someone. I'm so proud of you!

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JESPAH 11/13/2009 7:14AM

    And I believe you will do all of those things. :)

My nephew plays trombone, too (he's 14). Go to Maryland and jam with him! :)

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LILHLFPINT 11/13/2009 2:12AM

    (whoo hoo! you are awesome, girl! you have come a really long way and you are going to rock the race and become a marathoner! whoo hoo!

here's my 100 things for 2009 list:


and here's my life list:


i love your list! everyone has so many running things on lists today!)

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OVERHAULING-ME 11/13/2009 12:16AM

    WOW, I needed that post. I am right now where you were at the beginning, just trying to find the stamina to stay walking on the treadmill for 30minutes. I hope I can follow in your foot steps and be like you "when I grow up" emoticon Thanks for the inspiration!

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 11/12/2009 11:41PM

    I emoticon your list of goals!


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SKYFYRE 11/12/2009 9:55PM

    Awe! I Love the List! You ended it the best way possible, with happiness and family! Congrats on a great run! I am so happy that you are feeling great! That is AWESOME! 20 miles, piece of cake- for YOU! Glad you could share with your co-worker today, I am sure you give her hope and inspiration. Those are gifts of the very richest kind, so yay for you taking the time, and sharing your HARD road to phenomenal fitness!

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SLCOLMAN 11/12/2009 8:44PM

    Love your list! Glad to hear that all that training is paying off and it is time for the last big push before you start to rest up fo the big event!!

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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/12/2009 8:25PM

    No need to pay yourself on the back - we will do it for you!!!

I like the list, but I like the last point the very best, as that is something I am workin' on myself. :)

So you've got the BIG ONE, and then taper? Wow-eee! :) :) :)

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TAMTAM64 11/12/2009 8:13PM

    I always smile when reading your blogs - you are always so upbeat, happy, & positive! Give yourself a big PAT on the back for all of your hard work. How awesome that your coworkers are noticing your love for running.

I will be thinking of you running your 20 miler while I run my first 16 miler Saturday. Then the 3 week countdown in taperville begins!! Woo Hoo!!


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TAKEONME48137 11/12/2009 7:59PM

    You make me smile, and this blog made me very happy. I'm glad you've come this far and have overcome your endeavors. I'm hoping to be there with you in the next few months, so yay all around. =)

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JOHNBABJR 11/12/2009 7:12PM

    What a terrific and positive blog! I loved it.

The whole speed thing is relative; like you said, there's always someone faster or slower.

Count me in for Big Sur and one leg of Hood to Coast. Those are on my list, as well. And I think my wife would love it if we ended up in Hawaii!

Best of luck on your 20-miler!

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MBSHAZZER 11/12/2009 6:24PM

    I can totally tell you're on a high today (don't try to hide it from me! I will find you out!)... AWESOME! A great run just sets everything right! And I am so thrilled for you that your co-worker recognized you hard work and your success! FANTASTIC! You deserve a HUGE pat on the back for that! Enjoy that 20 miler... you can bet I will be hanging on your every word as my first 20 miler will be on Thanksgiving... you will be my guinea pig!

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TELERIE 11/12/2009 5:54PM

    Yay, I can feel the enthusiasm and fierceness shining through! You just ROCK, that's about all there is to it!! Be proud, I'm really proud of you and want to be all growed up to be like you one fine day! Love the "good life-list" - I'm stealing the idea and will ponder my own list.
Hugs, Marit

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SEEHOLZ 11/12/2009 5:34PM

    There is a lot here, but mostly, I'm just really, really, really proud of you! You are such a rockstar and I'm glad you're feeling it today! You should feel like this all the time!
I can't wait for the race recap blog.. make sure you post it when I got time to read it-LOL!

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JEM0622 11/12/2009 5:28PM

    You are doing such a fantastic job! You will do the 20 just fine. Can't wait until it's your day to race! Woot! ~Julie

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RHALES199 11/12/2009 5:16PM

    I'm just gonna say that I agree with what everyone else has said so far! You go, you Sparked Girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/12/2009 5:02PM

    Dana - that is too freaking awesome. You didn't even run at all until midway through 2007 and now you are running 26.2 miles. Wow, wow, wow!!

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TAIMOIRAI 11/12/2009 4:46PM

    I would totally do a marathon in London! It's such an amazing and wonderful city!

I'm so impressed with you. When I didn't want to run Tuesday morning I thought "I bet Dana ran this morning and didn't stay in bed whining about it." Granted I missed my run this morning, but that was because I accidently turned the alarm off.

Rock that marathon. Rock it hard!

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MTER67 11/12/2009 4:41PM

    Yay, you! I can feel all your excitement pouring out of this blog! I don't know what it is about those short runs that precede the big long ones--they always served to pump me up and get me excited about going long! Sounds like you had a great run and I hope all that energy you are feeling will carry you at least 18 miles on the weekend!

Love your dream list of things you'd like to do. I would also like to run at Big Sur one day; as well as the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego. I know someone who ran in the marathon on the Great Wall of China and HATED it--so while I'd love to visit there some day, I will do it with my camera and Merrells--NOT my running shoes! It's great that you are setting so many goals for yourself. You are an inspiration!

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SUZEIPOV 11/12/2009 4:40PM

    Very inspiring! I just started running in march of this year and I have grown to love it! I totally want to do a marathon and even a triathlon sometime :) thank you for reminding me of how the small steps make a big difference over time :) emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/12/2009 4:33PM

    You stop patting yourself on the back and I'll start.... You have come so far.... My idol!!!!! emoticonNo joke!!!

Hey, let's run Chicago together!!! (I'm not even kidding!!!)

emoticon Thank you for being there for me, sparkfriend, in my eyes you are TRULY TRULY AWE-SOME!


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KEAKMAN 11/12/2009 4:04PM

    Reminding me of your running story brought tears to my eyes Dana. You have come so far and done so well! I am proud of you and can only hope that you encourage and inspire and ARMY of people to get up off the couch and LIVE their lives! emoticon

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