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SO devastated.

Friday, November 20, 2009

:( DH did not pass his defense today.

I am so shocked -- it is such a frustration after all of the hard work he has put in. Right now I'm mostly mad at his mentor for not preparing him well enough to pass. He has been diligently working on everything, submitting it to her for revisions, etc. etc. etc. Apparently she said today that it IS fixable (presumably meaning he can work more on his dissertation and then defend it successfully), but if she knows how to fix it then why did she not have this done BEFORE his defense? A PhD candidate can only be as prepared as their mentor prepares them for -- that is kind of the nature of this thing is that they don't know what is expected from that situation until they learn it and go through the process and the mentor is supposed to be preparing them for success.

At this point he is feeling very humiliated and I'm embarrassed I even mentioned it here, but at least I can now vent about my frustrations regarding it. I am 100% confident in his abilities in his work, and I am totally confident that with additional work he will pass, but I am so hurting for him so much right now I can't believe he has to be teaching a class right now and I have to be at work. I have to give him the car at lunch and I've asked to take an extended lunch break today as well so hopefully I can provide some bolstering and comfort but I don't even know what to do. *sigh*

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/23/2009 4:44PM

    All I can say is: "That sucks!"

Do you want me to kick his advisor for you?

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GET-FIT-NOW 11/23/2009 12:33AM

    Hope things turn around for your DH. Best Wishes , Paula

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KIRSTY1306 11/22/2009 6:53PM

    Oh Im so sorry that is terrible news. His mentor is really crappy if you ask me. You have no reason to feel embarassed to spark about it here, we definately wont judge you OR your husband, afterall he tried his best , it seems his mentor let him down!! Im sure it can all be fixed, just try not to get too upset, the same goes for your husband!
Kirb xx

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/22/2009 6:42PM

    I agree babe... It's better that you mentioned it here, better to be able to talk about it... And now you have more people's thoughts w/ him, it'll all turn out OK!!! Just being married to you I KNOW HE'S GOING TO ROCK IT... We're here for you both! *hugs*


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    He has come SO FAR and I hope he doesn't end it now. I hope he has other people to turn to for help to get his thesis back on the right track and finished up. I'm confident that with your support he'll get through this and PASS!

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MEGABOMB 11/21/2009 1:16PM

    Jesus christ this makes me so FURIOUS! It is absolutely the mentor's JOB to prepare him adequately for the defence and to not let him move forward until the document and the student are ready. I'm STEAMING to hear this news. Your husband better understand that this is not his doing - he's worked very hard and listened to his mentor, and SHE failed HIM. God, Dana, I'm SO PISSED for him! You might suggest to him that he can report on her abilities as a mentor (i.e., she sucks) to the school after he's done what she suggests to "fix" it and got his degree. There's too little feedback and very little accountability for mentors/supervisors, and the school will benefit from hearing his side of things.

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TELERIE 11/21/2009 10:23AM

    I'm so sorry about that, I agree with the others, the mentor hasn't done a good enough job. Hang in there and be there for him when he needs to vent. I hope he can take keep on going and try again soon. Hugs, Marit

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KEAKMAN 11/21/2009 9:52AM

    Dana I am so sorry to hear this. And I am hurting for you and for Henry right now. I wish I could come and hug you both. emoticon Let him talk it out as much as he needs and wants to and then be as supportive and encouraging as you always are. I cannot even imagine how stunned he must have felt when he heard the news. (what a crappy mentor)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/21/2009 7:52AM

    Sometimes it isn't in the cards. There is always the next hand.

Just keep in mind that what happens to us is there for a reason, we just have to trust in God that it is what we need.


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SWEATONCEADAY 11/21/2009 12:33AM

    sorry henry. dana you are a great wife and you are supporting him just the way he needs it. let him feel what he needs to feel and you guys will get through this together.

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MISSY_MAGOO 11/21/2009 12:08AM

    I agree with the previous comments- listen to him and support him. He's got to be so upset and so mad about this- be his shouldercuz he needs you right now. And try to know that all will work out. It'll happen.

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DENRNAJ 11/20/2009 9:58PM

    I read earlier that it's hard to beat someone that does not give up. Your husband has worked hard for success- he can keep going and realize what he's worked so hard for. Please don't let disappointment and frustration overshadow the work already done.
You sound like you have a great "couple life".
I'll be thinking of you both.

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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/20/2009 8:06PM

    Oh man. That sux. :(

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MDTWEETY 11/20/2009 7:24PM

    Sorry honey. What is the thesis about? What is his field of study? I hope you can both move past this and try to enjoy the weekend!! Sounds like he is a hard worker and will pass the next time! HUGS! emoticon

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SEEBEES3 11/20/2009 6:53PM

    Oh, I am so very sorry. His advisor so totally scr*wed him. Academia can be a total beast, I am so sorry he is going through this. He is going to be be really, really pissed and bitter about this one. His mentor got all your DH's work for less than nothing and the committee just stood there and let it happen.

Find out what the actual decision was. Depending on P w/Major Revisions, or P w/Minor revisions he'll be able to get through it but the time involved will be different. Regardless, he has to ride his advisor every step of the way to get things done and he's got to enlist as many folks in the committee to his side as he can to help since mentor is not to be trusted.

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SLCOLMAN 11/20/2009 6:40PM

    Ugh that is a huge shock. I can't get over his mentor :( Hang in there and offer support!!

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DOGSNRODENTS 11/20/2009 6:15PM

    I would just continue doing what you're doing right now -- supporting him in this time of a psychological blow to him. Really, anyone who goes through anything relating to the Ph.D process is going to just need someone to turn to when things don't go well like this.

I defended my Ph.D about this time last year, and while that went ok, I did not pass my qualifier on the first run back in 2005. It is a painful enough experience that it really can make you bitter if you have nobody to turn to for support.

That being said, if he needs to cry or otherwise vent, let him. He's fully justified in being really freaking angry. Keep being the loving wife I'm sure you already are to him.

P.S. I agree with the previous commenters -- his advisor is to fault. You don't let a student try and defend unless they have all of the materials they need to finish things up. That's just plain stupidity on the advisor's part -- not your hubby's.

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FITTYTIF 11/20/2009 5:56PM

    OH my I am so sorry to hear this. I agree his mentor should be responsible! Good luck encouraging him. I am sure he will do it next time!!
Know we are here for you and him.


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MASUMAH1 11/20/2009 4:54PM

    I'm really sorry to hear that..It's so disapointing when you depend on someone and they totally let you down. I can't imagine all the emotions you both are feeling.

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KIMCATUS 11/20/2009 3:46PM

    Oh no!!! I am so sorry....bless his heart! What an awful feeling.... :( *hugs*

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ARMSPORTS 11/20/2009 3:41PM

    I feel his (your) pain. I got my PhD about 15 years ago and there were many times I felt like I was going through the process alone. Not in a personal sense because I had my wife supporting me the whole time. But academically, my profs and even my commitee didn't have a strong grasp of my research because it was so different from their specific fields of expertise. I stayed at the school for financial and personal reasons instead of finding a mentor in my field at another university. At any rate, I got through it so I'm sure he will too! The Doctorate is such a long and weary haul compared to a Masters. If he hangs in there I'm sure it will pay dividends down the road. But he should ride that major prof like a donkey to make sure they are on the same page at his next defense.

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JOHNBABJR 11/20/2009 3:37PM

    I don't know how any of that works, but I am confident that he will turn the negative into a positive and learn from this setback. I know that's easy for me to say, but I know things will work out in the end.

Try and have a good weekend. You are in our thoughts.

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TAKEONME48137 11/20/2009 2:55PM

    Awww I'm sorry to hear that. =( I hope he is able to fix whatever the problem(s) were and defend it successfully. Good luck to him!

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MBSHAZZER 11/20/2009 2:33PM

    Oh, Dana, I am so sorry to hear that. I can't even imagine how frustrated you both must feel - all that hard work, AND not getting appropriate advice from his mentor. I hope that he can re-defend soon? Or is this one of those once a year things.

Well, the one positive is that he has a wonderful partner who will help him through this really tough time.

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LASHERTHECAT 11/20/2009 2:23PM

    Oh my... that's such a shock for you both. It does really reflect badly on his mentor though, more than on him... She told him he was ready... She should have said something earlier you're right. When can he defend again? Is he going to?

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VEGANLINDS 11/20/2009 2:18PM

    That's terrible. All of those years of hard work...
I'm relieved that he can do it again, but wow, such a huge let-down.

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KASHMIR 11/20/2009 2:14PM

    Oh Man, that Blows. I feel for you both!!!

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RHALES199 11/20/2009 2:05PM

    Oh, man, I am so sorry to hear this! I can undestand why you're all frustrated! emoticon emoticon
If you can, do something nice for yourselves this weekend...hopefully getting out and doing something would get your minds off of it and help you guys to feel better emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon I'm so sorry!!

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S318830 11/20/2009 1:52PM

    Oh geez! Just listen to him vent, agree with what he says (as long as it's not self-defeating) and let him know that he can fix it and pass next time. This time he'll also know what to expect and the twit of a mentor will help him. I'm sure this doesn't reflect well on her. She'll be motivated to help fix it. He'll do fine. But you're right, how frustrating that the mentor didn't actually take a more critical eye the first time if she now recognizes what was lacking. Sigh. Good luck. Hang in there... he'll make it through this and so will you.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/20/2009 1:18PM

    Ugh. You're absolutely right. A good thesis adviser does not let a student get to this point if he or she is not ready.

Qualifying exams, yes, under some circumstances.

The defense? NO.

Not his fault.


Did this have something to do with the last-minute committee member substitution? That happened to a friend of mine, where a new committee member (hot young faculty with something to prove) suddenly wanted all kinds of stuff done that the original committee had not stipulated. The adviser fought tooth and nail and got the thesis approved. And there was bad feeling between the two faculty for several years after that.

for BOTH of you.

P.S. What field is this in, anyway? Tell me it's not the humanities, because then I will retch.

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BRE7482 11/20/2009 1:17PM

    I'm so sorry that his mentor failed to prepare him properly. I've met your hubby a couple of times and he is absolutely the best! I know he'll bounce back from this. emoticon

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KARVY09 11/20/2009 1:12PM

    He must be so heartbroken. I know how much work goes into a defense and how it's supposed to be an exhilerating experience once you pass. I can only imagine how devasted he and you must be after all of those years of hard work.

Sending you and him hugs and good vibes. Enjoy yourselves this weekend and try not to think about it. Just lift each others' spirits and have some fun.

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LILHLFPINT 11/20/2009 1:09PM

    (::hugs:: i'm truly sorry to hear this. i'm glad you have this venue to express your frustration.)

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15 more days, 8 more runs!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

So, today I had to get up EARLY early and go rowing for the first time in two weeks!

I was dreading the cold... but got on my tights, shortsleeve tech shirt, THICK long sleeved T (from FSU Seminoles Chiefly Brass (basketball pep band)), hoodie, hat, gloves -- hey I was set! HAHAHA it was 40 degrees when I left and I was taking no chances.

I felt mostly really comfortable while rowing -- the thing about rowing is that you can get warm if you're continuously rowing for a while, but the wind/breeze factor is a lot MORE than running because you're literally moving so much faster. (consider at the last regatta one of our boats that ranked like...16th, rowed 5K in like 16 min? or something? and the fastest I've ever run that distance is 29:50 or so?) so...... considering we rotate through the boat so there are sitting still times plus the extra wind, I feel the need to dress a bit more warmly for rowing practice than for running.

Rowing was awesome today, though! We did a fun new drill using an "extended layback" position. So -- when you're rowing you swing your upper body back then pull in your arms and "tap down" with your hands to get the oar out of the water and end the stroke, then quickly straightening your arms back forward you swing your upper body forward before sliding up on your seat and setting the blade in the water (the catch) to begin the thrust back (the DRIVE) of the stroke.

ANYWAY -- when you swing your body back, you're supposed to be "laying back" a bit -- not sitting directly upright. Today's drill EXAGGERATED the layback position basically as far as we could -- so it was a serious core workout. The result being that you are really swinging your body over a very wide angle backward to forward as quickly as possible. It was very fun and very cool! The actual rowing itself was pretty chill, we didn't even go all 8's at any point and not too much on 6's -- left us available to concentrate on form and technique without having to worry about the set of the boat or speed too much -- also meaning a somewhat less intense workout which is good cause I had to run afterward.

It's so cool to have friends that are into fitness! HAHAHA :D Many of the rowers are also runners and they are all interested in my marathon training progress and wished me luck (today will be the last row I get before my marathon!!! How's THAT for exciting???). Before I did rowing I didn't really have any IN PERSON real life friends who were into stuff like that -- only SparkFriends. It's cool to be part of an athletic GROUP.

Anyway -- so I went to run! 7 miles was the schedule, but since I did 8.5 on Tuesday instead of 8, and 4.14 yesterday instead of 4, and I know a 6.5 mile route off the top of my head I resolved that would be the run for me today. I wore my HRM transmitter strap but forgot my watch! I have no idea how long I ran today. I was going to estimate based on my music but it gave out a little ways before probably the last mile or so? And I forgot so whatever. I picked points along the route that I determined would be my hydrating and fueling points and I think I did good on that even though I usually watch my watch, but yeah. In a way it was kind of freeing because it allowed me to really relax -- because who cares how long it took me??? It was an easy midweek run, I wasn't going to KNOW so why worry?

So..... other than my Saturday long runs (this Sat 13, next Sat 10) my runs are in the following short lengths ;) hehe:

5 miles, 4 miles, TURKEY TROT 5K (3.1mileS), 3 miles, 4 miles, 2 miles...

:D :D :D :D :D Today marked the last midweek mileage over 5 miles, and I only have ONE of those even. Woot. It's getting more and more exciting every day!!!

OH - and I confirmed there will be NO internet tracking. :( Sorry folks! But I will try to update if I can as soon as possible -- I mean I'm gonna be totally jazzed! haha.

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KASHMIR 11/20/2009 2:17PM

    WHAT??!!!!??? Your NOT going to TEXT us all as you run along and Update us on your progress??? What kind of friend is THAT??? emoticon emoticon Tee hee!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/20/2009 11:08AM

    The raw numbers won't be as enjoyable as your report on the race.

Can't wait!!

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MYLIFE4LIFE 11/20/2009 9:35AM

    I am glad you found some "real life" friends with the rowing. ;) Thats awesome!

You rock with the running girl! I am planning on running tomorrow morning either at the park our on the treadmill at home. I think I will make the weekends my time to do my running and during the week I will hit the gym.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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TAKEONME48137 11/20/2009 8:40AM

    Yeah Chiefly Brass shirt! haha I know I've told you this a gazillion times, but I love hearing about your running endeavors and how successful you are with them. It keeps me going. Yay Marathon!

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BRE7482 11/20/2009 5:40AM

    I know what you mean about having friends into fitness. At the moment the only friends I have that are into fitness are my sparkfriends. I'm excited for you and the marathon. You're the first person I've known to run one and I've been telling EVERYONE about my sparkfriend who is running a marathon! You are so awesome!

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MISSY_MAGOO 11/19/2009 7:02PM

    Brrrr... I've been jogging in 30 degrees lately- but can't even imagine how cold it would be on the water! Kudos to you for bundling up and doing it!

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MBSHAZZER 11/19/2009 6:15PM

    OK, I'm cold just READING about your rowing!!! I'm glad you got out there though and did a double workout! WHOOO! Sounds like a fab day for exercise!

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KEAKMAN 11/19/2009 6:12PM

    Well, you could have DH send us updates as the race progresses....assuming he can follow you around from in front!

That's okay - we'll just all be glued to our computers....Is Memphis on Eastern or Central time???/

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JOHNBABJR 11/19/2009 5:30PM

    The rowing sounds like an excellent workout. Core work really helped me in my own training.

No worries on the internet tracking; I know you are going to ROCK the marathon!

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SEEHOLZ 11/19/2009 4:53PM

    You totally imspired me to get my butt out there, even though I'm feeling rather tired. I taught spin this AM, so I didn't run, but now I'm at least contemplating it. You are doing great-I just love your energy!

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16 more days, NINE more runs!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

So....this morning's run.... it was about as cold as it was yesterday - very similar. upper 40's (which if it's sunny is not so bad, but when it's cloudy and windy is not so awesome). I wore my tights today, and my gloves. I had similar tops on -- regular v neck T and longsleeved over it. I felt REALLY GOOD after I got going -- nice and warm! But then I started sweating more on my face and I didn't want to get sweaty underneath so first I scrunched the sleeves, then lost the gloves, and I still felt really good, so then when I got to my turnaround point I walked a bit and took off the long sleeve shirt -- felt ok. Then got a little cold, added the gloves -- and that pretty much worked. Slightly cold. I think it would have been better if I could have lost the short sleeve and kept the long sleeve, but the long sleeve has the advantage of being able to tie the sleeves around the waist... hahaha. And it was on top. Anyway -- fun.

Aside from the weather -- I had to stop like 5 times to re-tie my shoes -- I was experiencing a sore spot on the top of my left foot. So I finally succeeeded with skipping a middle hole and the top one and OFF I WENT!! But that first... I dunno, 1/2 a mile? took like 12 minutes. After that I was running along at a pretty good pace, felt settled in, probably a bit swift due to it being cold, and then when I was about 1/4 mile from the end I turned it up full blast. I ended up with an average of 12min miles, including all the stuff at the beginning so that was neat. I also listened to the Black Eyed Peas - Imma Be for the entire run. Over and over -- I just love that song. :)

Oh and if you didn't see my status update -- I got my bib number for the marathon yesterday!!!!!


:) So exciting!

I also spent most of last night looking up menus for the places that are offering discounts for the Friday Night Carbo-Loading event. Show your official race number and get a discount. And I made a google map of where they all are in relation to where we're staying... and the expo, and the start and finish...

Now I am going to email the marathon ppl and ask if they will be offering online tracking for the race because that would just make it perfect.

Oh, marathon marathon marathon marathon. Marathon marathon? Marathon.

(Yeah I am aware that is what I sound like but I can't help it!)

Oh - we'll toss in a little -- DH found an emergency replacement for his dissertation committee. One of his committee members was having health issues and can't make it and who knows when they could, so he got approval to do that. It meant more paperwork, but luckily finding the person went smoothly so full speed ahead to defense on Friday! Then next week Thanksgving! Then next week Marathon! :D

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/20/2009 9:48AM

    You excitement is contagious. I am ready to take off an run with you . . . at least for the first 10-15 car lengths.


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ANEPANALIPTI 11/19/2009 1:37PM

    I LOVE hearing your marathon talk!!!!!

Following you through this has been so cool! :D :D I can't wait to hear about it you're my hero!

I so bet that soon I'll be all 1/2 marathon, 1/2 marathon!

(I so know what you mean about the 40s but not sunny! GO YOU!!!)

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JOHNBABJR 11/19/2009 12:26PM

    Getting your number really makes it feel official, doesn't it? What a happy time to be a runner!

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LASHERTHECAT 11/19/2009 9:18AM

    Woohoo! Excitement is building!!

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    This is all so exciting - I'm so pumped for you! Black Eyed Peas is on lock on my ipod right now - it's all I'm working out to these days, too! Marathon Marathon Marathon!!! (ooh and carbo loading - sounds fun! haha)

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/19/2009 1:19AM

    yes i want to stalk i mean follow you on race day. i find i can wear short sleeves if i have gloves. i usually do long sleeves and gloves and push up the sleeves if i have too.

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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/18/2009 5:36PM

    As someone who was 80% trained for a marathon before the pregnancy and subsequent post-partum demise of my personal fitness, I am enjoying hearing all of the marathonmarathonmarathon stuff, as I am kind of living vicariously through you, LOL! :)

I figure if I can't do it personally, why not cheer on DANA?!!! :)

So I need new tunes... Will have to check out the BEP song.

I must have looked like a moron out on my walk / run the other day... Short-sleeved shirt and gloves. LOL! I hear you on the wardrobe changes. Today I also had a long-sleeve over a short-sleeve, and really needed the long-sleeve only, but wasn't about to take off my shirt in public to make the switch. ;-)


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MDTWEETY 11/18/2009 5:35PM

    Awesome job on training despite the cold. I wish I could be there to cheer you on for the marathon! I hope you'll "hear" my cheers anyway from here in Baltimore. :)

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/18/2009 5:33PM

    Oooh, good luck on DH's defense! And congrats for picking up a replacement committee member at such late notice. That can be really difficult.

What is the topic of his degree and thesis?

Tell him to be on time, LOL. (I was about 45 minutes late to my own defense - I'd had to argue at length with the airlines about taking my cats as they had originally agreed; I had a postdoc lined up 2500 miles away and was literally flying the day after defending. And I wasn't giving up my chance to talk to a HUMAN when they finally called back.)

Oh yeah, and best wishes on your ramp toward the Marathon...

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SEEHOLZ 11/18/2009 3:56PM

    Marathon, Imma Be, sounds all very repetitive all in all! Do you think the BEP can write us something similar on the whole marathon theme? Haha Now that would rock!
I know I heard that song, but not lately, so had to replay it!
The countdown's on! I also get those urges to listen to the same song over and over again- just not that one-LOL- yet!
Glad all is going according to plan- YES!

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CLOVERR1 11/18/2009 3:52PM

    Lol....I'm kind of stuck on replay too; Not BlackEyedPeas, but the "marathon,marathon, marathon" refrain. :)

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    Way to go! I'm loving the new Black Eyed Peas CD.. its been my go to for my work outs. Last night I was on my 2nd round of Circuit 4 of my MTC work out.. losing steam during my mountain climbers and "meet me halfway" came on and TOTALLY got me through the whole minute.. hell I ended up doing 30 more seconds because the beat was just so perfect. LOL

Congrats on getting your bib #!! Very exciting!

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MISSROCKABILLY 11/18/2009 3:37PM

    Congrats on a great run! I'm getting so excited for you, although not nearly as excited as you are! Keep us updated on whether there is tracking, I will join in on the stalking if there is.


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MBSHAZZER 11/18/2009 3:29PM

    YAY! You guys are full steam ahead! Lots of good stuff going on. Definitely let us know if they have tracking b/c if so, I WILL be stalking you!

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KEAKMAN 11/18/2009 3:29PM

    Idea for your marathon if it's chilly...(thanks to ZMONEY for the idea)...cut the toes out of a pair of tube socks and use them for arm warmers. Since they are just tube socks, if you need to toss them - big deal! That way you can go short sleeves and gloves if it's chilly to start but should warm up, or long sleeves and gloves if it's downright cold but you know you will warm up a mile or more into the race.

And I speak your language, so "marathon, marathon. Marathon! Marathonmarathon." emoticon

Finally HOORAY emoticon for your hubby getting everything all settled and ready to go for defense this Friday! I bet you guys are both total basket cases right now!

GO #397!

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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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