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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Up and nursing myself a bit this morning -- will probably go back to bed soon but yeah, probably not running again today. All is well as long as I AM well by Saturday. :)

So drinking tea and getting my pictures from the race up for ya!

Me and CLOVERR1! :D Might I also say that she is super tiny!!!!! :) Go check out her page and find a before and after and be amazed. I always forget how ... short people can be? Does that sound bad? HAHAHAHA :D Or maybe I should say I forget how TALL I am in comparison to other people. I met her and all I could think was! OH you're so teeny tiny! And I know I said that like 5 times - sorry Heather! In this picture I'm kinda standing on a slight downslope and she's on a slight upslope...

In this next one with CLOVERR1, NOELLIEMAE, and me... NOPE!

YAY GIANT DANA! hahahahaha :D But seriously, very awesome to meet both SparkRunner ladies! :)

YAY a running picture!!! :D I like it!

Also look at this cute dog:

OH and official time was 31:38 -- I know it was less cause I started my watch when I crossed the start but I forgot to stop it until I was at the end of the chute, but it said 31:40 and my FIL apparently stop watched me on his iPhone and got 31:20something so that's cool! Either way it's just over a 10min mile. :) (10:11 w/ official time)

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ZORAHGAIL 12/1/2009 11:48PM


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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/1/2009 11:45PM

    We're not tiny, we're FUN SIZED! I wish I could run with you, too. Well... I wouldn't be running *with* you, but I'd say "hi" at the start and I'd let you wait for me to finish.


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SPARKNMOM 12/1/2009 9:30PM

    Great time, Dana!! Love the pics. AND...yes, I can believe how short some people are. I am 5 foot tall on my tippy toes LOL!! Hope you're feeling better soon!

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GAYEMC 12/1/2009 8:27PM

    Keep on resting up, I want to see you healthy this Saturday. Take a look at Kate's (keekman) photos fo zmoney and I at the race from hell. Another short tall photo. But look what we can do with those long legs, lol!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 12/1/2009 8:08PM

    Hi Dana!!!! So good to hear from you lady! You have SERIOUSLY been on my mind! I am pumped for your race, too!!!!! EEEEEEKS!!! So exciting!

These pictures are like a great little "tease" :).

That dog is super cute, as are you and the other sparkers.

PS: SO AMPED FOR YOUR RACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOT!


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KENSINGTONC 12/1/2009 5:44PM

    I wish I was as tall as you! I do!

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/1/2009 5:43PM

    I love the pics!! *Hugs*

LOL we have to meet! I'm 5'11''!! :) :) :)

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SEEBEES3 12/1/2009 5:36PM

    Great Pics! Thanks for sharing your race day with the rest of us. Remember TAPER! :)

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MSILVER94 12/1/2009 5:14PM

    Great job! running 10 minute miles! you go girl! :)

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KEAKMAN 12/1/2009 1:21PM

    Take care, keep on resting up, and think happy thoughts about Saturday. I will be beaming "GO DANA" your direction all day on the 5th!

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MBSHAZZER 12/1/2009 11:39AM

    Awesome race and I love the photos! And have I mentioned (probably numerous times) that I would LOVE to be tall! Rock it sister!!

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JOHNBABJR 12/1/2009 11:35AM

    Great race! It's always nice to meet fellow Sparkers, isn't it?

Thanks for the report with photos. Congratulations again!

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DANCETHEBEACH 12/1/2009 11:32AM

    Are you from Huntsville too?

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CLOVERR1 12/1/2009 10:48AM

    Thanks for the pics Ms. Lovely Long Legs!!! I know...I'm SHORT but am I really "TINY" too? :) The fatgirl in my past just can't think of myself that way....

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S318830 12/1/2009 10:40AM

    Cool photos! Hey Dana, pssstt.... (whispering) you're really tall!

How's the ankle doing?

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CJROMB 12/1/2009 10:05AM

    Hey, they put the Turkey on the FRONT of your t-shirt. The people who ran OUR race here put it on the BACK. (Doh!)

Hope your upcoming marathon finds you feeling fantastic.

How cool that you've changed your life like this.

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KIMCATUS 12/1/2009 10:00AM

    *grabs bully and runs away* I puffy heart Bulldogs!!!!!

Oh my goodness....you are tall! Oh to be so tall and graceful and lithe! Looking good my friend!!!!

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LISALYNN1960 12/1/2009 9:47AM

    Hurray for us tall girls!!!!!! emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/1/2009 9:42AM

    Wow, you DO look tall! How many inches ARE you, anyway?! LOL

I'm 5'7" and was always jealous of my 5'9" sister because she could see better in crowds. (The other sister, HAVASUROSE, is 5'5".)

The race looks like it was fun!

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RHALES199 12/1/2009 9:23AM

    nice pics!

good job at the race!

Yes, being a tall girl is fun sometimes, isnt it :)

I'll be cheering for you from here in Boise on Saturday!

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CATIATM 12/1/2009 9:21AM

    Oooh! The dog is adorable! emoticon Well, yes, you are statuesque, but it suits you. Enjoy having those long, lean, gorgeous legs! emoticon

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LILHLFPINT 12/1/2009 9:19AM

    (yeay! that's a really good time - very nice.

how tall are you? i'm 4' 10.5" so everyone seems awfully tall to me. lol.)

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BAH! :P (4 more days before the marathon!!!!)

Monday, November 30, 2009


I spent my Holiday sick. :P hahaha. I underestimated what was going on with me and felt like poop most of my stay with the in-laws. I actually was well enough to do the things we wanted to do -- but the rest of the time just was a mopey snotty turd. :P I don't think I ruined the holidays for anyone, and I hope I don't get anyone else sick.

I have to say -- today I am feeling a LOT better!!! Like significantly!

Of course, this morning when I woke up, I still felt like crap, but I think that's to be expected anytime you're sleeping with congestion no matter if it's a mild cold or whatever, you wake up clogged like nobody's business, and after being up and around for a bit you can start to tell how you REALLY feel. And I think I'm really going to be well before the marathon. But between wakeup and leaving this morning I didn't have enough time to feel well enough to run -- and it was raining. So I opted for REST instead of RUNNING again (also did not run on Saturday). My ankle feels fine -- only slightly stiff sometimes, but I don't have any pain. It's just... the sick that still needs to clear out. It's so freaky that the marathon is SATURDAY. Less than a week, 3 more days of work, 2 more runs if I can manage them, and yeah. WOW.

I think it was a good holiday though -- as good as one can be while sick. But seriously -- TOM combined with sick combined with Thanksgiving = food mania. I felt so ridiculously bloated yesterday and still a bit today. I'm making a conscious effort to try to just get tons of fluids and once I'm able to go shopping, eating some of my favorite simple clean foods before we leave (and lots of carbs). As for today -- Ramen is the food of choice. I could do better but shopping this morning was soooooo not going to happen (although it WILL happen tomorrow!). There was a time this past week where drinking water was aggravating my throat and making me have coughing fits so I was just sucking on Halls and Ricolas constantly and eating when not and I'm sure I'm still a little dehydrated though I'm trying to fight back from that nonsense now that water is a friend again. :)

We saw The Fantastic Mr. Fox which was AMAZING.


We were gonna see Ninja Assassin but it was full enough that we didn't want to go in there, and so we checked The Fantastic Mr. Fox theater and it was practically empty -- SO happy we did. I wanted to see this movie so bad but didn't realize it was out already! GO SEE IT if you can!

My MIL bought me some new shoes for work (THANKS!) and we went to this froyo place that was super fun (Orange Tree - pay by the ounce self serve and toppings bar) and my favorite restaurant (Bento Box), and we also went to the Apple Orchard (although it was NOT what we expected - we got some apple cider slush which was amazing). They only had Golden Delicious Apples (TONS), but my inlaws bought some of their Cider and we made some Apple concoction dessert which was good.

So -- it was definitely a success in a way -- I mean, for a holiday to be sick on it's a good one. Tons of football to watch and laziness is generally expected. HAHA. Being sick is never fun but at least I didn't feel like I ruined anyone's plans they might have had and I definitely still had a good time visiting.

So - MARATHON. So freaking soon!!!!!!! I'm back to not really comprehending it being about to happen.

Pictures at least tomorrow morning!!!!! Just didn't have time this morning. :)

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TAIMOIRAI 12/2/2009 1:06PM

    I hope you feel better soon! Take some zinc. Every time I get sick I take it and it cuts my cold down by more than half.

Good luck on your marathon!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/1/2009 5:45PM

    Im so glad to hear you're getting better!!!!!! *rest rest rest fluids fluids fluids*

Here for you girl, now that its got out of your system youre going to rock that marathon! I AM SO PROUD OF U!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/1/2009 8:15AM

    Good to hear that about Fox. I was curious about it.

Make sure you get plenty of fresh crunchy fruits and veggies. That, along with water, are the best ways for me to flush things out after a food bender weekend.


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SKYFYRE 12/1/2009 3:44AM

    Eek, I double posted...

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SKYFYRE 12/1/2009 3:44AM

    Oh, Dana! Sorry to hear that you've been under the weather! I liked you little desciption of yourself, Heehee! Wow, Wow, Wow, Marathon is this coming weekend! Yikes! You are so ready for this, don't even worry about it! You put the training in and you are doing it! Yipee!!! Hey- Didja ever use those compression pants? How'd they feel? Did you notice any difference? I have been thinking about a pair...
Anyway have a great week, and take it easy!

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SEEBEES3 12/1/2009 12:26AM

    Glad you're feeling better. Talk about getting forced into a taper. emoticon How do you do that?

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/30/2009 8:52PM

    Ugh about the sick + TOM. Yikes. I hate that combination.

I had wrenched knee + TOM over the weekend which wasn't so much fun, either. :-\ I spent today at home with the leg elevated and ordered new blinds and curtains, etc.

Is your ankle feeling better?

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TAMTAM64 11/30/2009 7:56PM

    Dana - I was wondering what had happen to you... You normally post on facebook often. I am glad you are feeling better!!

Just focus on eating well & getting enough rest.

We are all cheering you on!!


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TRACYZABELLE 11/30/2009 5:45PM

    Oh I hate being sick at the holiday.. usually my daughter is sick at Christmas so we are hoping to dodge that bullet this year.

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TELERIE 11/30/2009 5:39PM

    So sorry you got sick during the holiday. But glad it's over with in time for your marathon! I can't wait to read about your run!! I'm going to cheer for you from over here!!
Hugs, Marit

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TAKEONME48137 11/30/2009 5:32PM

    That's so exciting!!! Yay for Thanksgiving! I have a lot to update on, haha. I'm sorry that you're feeling icky. I hope you feel tons better, especially before Saturday! =)

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SEEHOLZ 11/30/2009 5:26PM

    Dana- your food excursion sounds yummy! ( or might be that I'm really hungry-LOL)
Yes, you'll be ready and nothing ( sickness is gone) will stand in your way on Saturday!

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MSSUNBUG 11/30/2009 4:47PM

    Take good care and feel better before that marathon. You're going to do great!!!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 11/30/2009 4:31PM

    Glad you're feeling better! And you're gonna ROCK that marathon!!!

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GLOBALKEEWEE 11/30/2009 4:22PM

    You're so good, waiting to get sick until you were on your taper for the marathon and also on holiday. So thoughtful.

Don't underestimate your need for rest, hydration and smart carbs these last 4 days!! You will rock the marathon!

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MBSHAZZER 11/30/2009 4:14PM

    MUCH better to get being sick out of the way BEFORE the marathon!! I am glad you are feeling better! I cannot WAIT for your marathon day! And bonus that the holiday weekend with family was good! Good stuff all around!!

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GAYEMC 11/30/2009 4:12PM

    Glad you are feeling better. Keep up on the rest before the marathon.

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LANC92 11/30/2009 4:11PM

    Girl do you even know how common it is for someone who has been marathon training to get sick right before their race. I'm serious - take extra care of yourself, nurse yourself, eat and sleep as much as you can. Don't do anything but maybe one more short run and go slow! Rest and relaxation is what is called for at this point in the game.

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CLOVERR1 11/30/2009 4:10PM

    Yeah, it's a bummer being sick or hurt. Of course, I'm fretting now about worst case "what ifs", and then not being able to do the Rocket City Marathon in two weeks.....

Am hoping, even if I have to take it pretty damn easy (think of it as an extended taper?) between now and then, that I am ok for the race. Not that I'm actually looking at this one as a race--I intend to do it closer to training pace and treat it as a long run. I'll be content to make the 6 hour cut off time for the course.

Speaking of races....are you EXCITED yet???? I'll be thinking of you while I'm sitting on my butt at my desk at work on Saturday!

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DESERTFLOWERG 11/30/2009 3:46PM

Hope you really enjoy your marathon!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

WOW I did not intend to make some of those caps and some not but oh well.

So.... there's good news and bad news!

The good news is I got my 2nd best 5K time ever -- around 31:30.

The bad news is I turned my ankle at the turnaround!!! I had to walk a minute or two but then I felt good to run again and felt find until the very end I started feeling it just a tiny bit. I wonder what I would have gotten if I didn't have to stop??? I came right home, stuck it up and iced it and it mostly feels fine except when I move it certain ways. It doesn't hurt to put pressure on it or anything. So I'm thinking it's a minor sprain and hopefully in a couple of days I'll be good as new -- but if it's not feeling 100% hunky dory on Saturday, I will not be running my 10 miler. I feel prepared. I'll be ok -- but I won't be if I tempt fate and aggravate something that is a super mild sprain into something worse. :P

And I was worried about running while slightly under the weather! GRR!!!

The best part though, was meeting CLOVERR1 and getting a BONUS SparkPerson meet, NOELLIEMAE! :D CLOVERR1, like I mentioned before, just ran a marathon on Sunday -- well she ROCKED this 5K and finished in just over 29 min. NOELLIEMAE apparently finished about a minute before that. Too bad, CLOVERR1 said she strained her hamstring though! :P bummer.

But all in all it was a good run and I have some cute pictures to share once I have access to my USB cable/memory card slot at home. For now it's time to rest, recover, and get ready to have an amazing Thanksgiving Dinner! :)

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SWEETZMIX 11/30/2009 11:07AM

    Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and had plenty of R&R.

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TAKEONME48137 11/29/2009 10:38PM

    I hope your ankle gets better soon, and I'm glad you rocked the 5k. Next weekend will be here sooner than you think! =)

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S318830 11/29/2009 4:27PM

    Oh no!!! I hope you're able to get it back to 100% immediately. You might want to consider getting an ankle wrap or a pre-made ankle sleeve to add some additional support and stability while running until you know you're totally healed. Do you have a local running store that could advise you on what to get and how to do it?

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JESPAH 11/28/2009 5:33PM

    Yay on the PR -- and I love this phrase - imagine what it would've been if I didn't have to stop. Can apply that to lots of things, yes?

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SKYFYRE 11/28/2009 7:27AM

    Neato! Meating sparkfriends AND setting new PR's! Wooooohoo!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/28/2009 5:35AM

    Take care of that ankle, dude!

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KENSINGTONC 11/27/2009 9:10PM

    Glad your ankle's ok! And congrats on the 5k!!! Just checking in before a yoga session with my hubby - and your page is so inspiring! WOOHOO! Post pics of the 5K when you get a chance! Liz

p.s. Have you decided on music for the marathon???

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MTER67 11/27/2009 5:24PM

    Uh oh, sorry about the ankle. Hope that it is nothing serious and that a couple days rest and you'll be back up and running again. Congratulations on a great race!

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    Great job!! What a way to have a healthy Thanksgiving!

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JMSURPRENANT 11/27/2009 8:39AM

    Kudos on the run - hope your ankle feels better soon!

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MBSHAZZER 11/27/2009 7:19AM

    Great job on the 5k and what a kick to meet some Sparkfolks! Sorry to hear about the ankle, but it sounds pretty minor. If it's still bothering you by the weekend, I think you'll be fine for the marathon if you skip or reduce your run.

Hope you had a fab Thanksgiving!

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TRACYZABELLE 11/27/2009 3:21AM

    emoticon hope the ankle feels better

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    OH NO!!!! Sounds like it's ok - but take no chances! Hugs!

Happy Turkey Day!

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SPARKNMOM 11/26/2009 9:20PM

    Fabulous time : ) Take it easy on that ankle!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/26/2009 9:06PM

    Can't wait to see the pics...hope your ankle stays OK...congrats on a PR!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/26/2009 7:42PM

    Glad the run worked.

Hopefully you are all tuned up for the marathon next week.

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/26/2009 6:02PM

    Feel better darlin! :) Hope it's a FAB thanksgiving! :D

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CATIATM 11/26/2009 4:22PM

    Congrats! Rest that ankle, and happy Thanksgiving!

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TELERIE 11/26/2009 3:47PM

    I trust you take good care of that ankle! Happy Thanksgiving!

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KEAKMAN 11/26/2009 2:46PM

    RICE RICE RICE....all of your training runs can go on hold until that ankle is 100% better....no risking it at this point!

Happy Turkey Day to you and yours!

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FITTYTIF 11/26/2009 2:14PM

    Okay take it from some one sitting here with her ankle in a cast and elevated!! BE CAREFULLL!!! Watch that ankle. And even if it is feeling better. Before you next run please please wrap it or at the min. put a support brace. the support braces i have will just give it a little extra support it does not cause you any movement loss.
And keep it elevated and ice/neat all day!

See I want yo see you get to that big run you have been counting down to!!!

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SEEHOLZ 11/26/2009 1:19PM

    You might want to wear an ankle support ( $3 at the store--- the soft kind) till it heals fully and supportive shoes. RICE is definitely key, but you already know that!

I'm jealous you got to meet Nolliemae and I'm looking forward to the pics! ( I don't know the other Sparkers)

Happy Thanksgiving- enjoy the feast!

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MYGEORGE 11/26/2009 12:56PM

    Great time! Good for you. It sounds like you have the right idea for mending. It may sound cheesy but I did my first Turkey Trot 5K today but did not run the whole thing. I did it in 40 minutes. It is a work in progress and hearing your time gives me an idea of a time to work towards. Have a Happy "small plate" Thanksgiving. Rose

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FIRENUT34 11/26/2009 11:50AM

    Sorry to hear about your ankle. Make sure you take Tylenol and not Aspirin or Motrin as they may make the selling if any worse. Hope you can still make you 10 miler.

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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/26/2009 11:40AM

    Sweet! Can't wait to see the pics.

Awesome time, considering. Now RICE it up, LOL! ;-)


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SWEATONCEADAY 11/26/2009 11:39AM

    rice rice rice. have a good dinner tonight.

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LKEITHO 11/26/2009 11:35AM

    Congrats on your run, and I hope the ankle is back to normal in no time.

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NINE more days before the marathon, 5 (hopefully) more runs!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Being sick sucks!!!!!!! I have to say, this new healthy lifestyle of mine has resulted in me very rarely being sick and I love it. Can we go back to that please???

Yesterday my throat was so sore -- I didn't know that I couldn't really talk until my DH woke up and I was trying to tell him I was sick. HAHAHA Oh the funniness of being by yourself and not knowing your voice is gone cause you don't talk (out loud) to yourself... well. Yesterday morning I had 5 miles on the schedule and I could tell I was not feeling right, but the only symptom I could name was a sore throat so I figured, no congestion really, so don't be a turd. Go run. But I decided aiming for a 3.25 near the house would be enough for me.

After about a mile (I'd guess) I started feeling nutso -- booming head, overly sweaty, wah wah wah. So I finished a 2 mile loop instead.

Stayed home from work, drank tea, ate frozen applesauce and ice cream... and more... DH brought home instant noodle soup and ramen and that felt GREAT. I started being able to talk again last night, although still experiencing some pain.

This morning when I woke up I was feeling quite a bit better, but still not great. I decided that I should not run today at all to try to rest as much as possible and hopefully still be able to participate in the Turkey Trot tomorroe.

Last night I also came to the conclusion after reviewing the facts that I likely had a sinus infection or something - bad headache all day Monday, sore throat (from drainage presumably) Tuesday turning into a bit of a cough last night -- so this morning I started taking some severe sinus cold medication and I'm starting to feel a lot better. I'm at work (3 hrs left! HURRAH!) and hoping that with meds and more rest, I'll be feeling well enough to Turkey Trot tomorrow. WOOHOO! :)

on the DH front - he talked to one of his committe members (the one person he couldn't avoid seeing on Monday since his office is across the hall from my DH's) and actually had a pretty decent conversation. He said the guy was totally empathetic, bordering on apologetic (which is really not his style) and said he didn't think my DH needed to do more data collection and that working long distance with his advisor (she was travelling a TON prior to his defense) probably didn't help. Told him that 50-75% would reflect towards the advisor more than the student in these cases. Basically a kind of encouraging chat... (sounded like to me). Then yesterday he met with his advisor and they discussed a plan of meeting face to face to work in her office on the things that needed fixing and she also echoed the thought of not needing more data collection and said she thought they could be done with the fixes by the end of the year if they buckled down and have the second defense as early as January. Maybe not, but either way, the idea of being able to do this is back and his advisor seems committed to making things better. They won't meet again till post-marathon so now is just a time to decompress and enjoy family time and a trip with me to see my goal come to fruition! :)

Now to get better and rock the last 5 runs of my training!!!!! I can't believe my countdown has gone to single digit DAYS! Granted, I don't count today or marathon day (as I explained) but today is already moving along and on marathon day it's day ZERO IT'S HAPPENING so I stand by my countdown method. :) haha.


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LAFTERSFREE 11/26/2009 8:24PM

    im really glad things are looking more positive for henry's defense. i heard u were sick the other day and i just read about some of it in ur other blog. im reading all out of order so its crazy, but I hope u guys have a nice thanksgiving, and im wishing u the best for the upcoming marathon!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/26/2009 9:58AM

    Try some Progresso Traditional Chicken Noodle soup. It is a great cold fixer for me.

Hope you can do the trot.

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DDOORN 11/26/2009 12:59AM

    Yep, have loved rarely picking up any bugs myself...definitely chalking that up to my healthy lifestyle!

Turkey trots...hearing about them around various SparkPeople pages...haven't heard of them before...sounds like a lovely idea!

Have a healthy, happy Thanksgiving! Counting down the days...! :-)


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FITTYTIF 11/26/2009 12:06AM

    Hope you feel better soon! Good luck on the turkey trott!! Things sound good for DH too.

Have a great Thanksgiving!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/25/2009 7:19PM

    i can't believe we are down to single digits!!!!!! woo hoo!!!! noticed how i used "we" there. you are going to have to lug us bunnies on your race.

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    Hope you get feeling better soon!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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TELERIE 11/25/2009 5:26PM

    Rest up and get well soon, Dana! I hope you can run the 5K tomorrow, it should be a blast!
So happy to read about the constructive talk about your DH's defence. Things are moving in the right direciton for sure!!
Here's wishing you and yours a truly wonderful Thanksgiving!

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KUANGIE 11/25/2009 5:24PM

    Happy Tapers-giving!

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YOOVIE 11/25/2009 5:11PM

    Good luck!!!!!

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KNH771 11/25/2009 4:48PM

    Take care of yourself and get rested! Enjoy the holiday!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/25/2009 4:29PM

    Get better soon!

Drink lots of fluids!

Including the tea!
(mostly herbal, I hope)

Get plenty of rest!

Take lots of Vitamin C!
(no, I haven't seen GREEN C pills either... LOL)

And have an awesome T-Day!
(but don't overdo it while trotting!)


P.S. Glad to hear that the committee and advisor are on board for getting DH through. His advisor should take at least 70% of the blame, if not more like 90%, because it's HER job to make sure her student is ready.

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MDTWEETY 11/25/2009 4:22PM

    LOL@not knowing you lost your voice till DH tried to talk to you. :)
I love tea when I am sick. It's better than any medicine, in my opinion. Feel better! And I'm glad to see that things are looking up for DH and his situation. Happy Thanksgiving!

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TAKEONME48137 11/25/2009 3:44PM

    I hope you feel better! And I'm sure DH will do great! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!! =)

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KIMCATUS 11/25/2009 3:39PM

    Hope you get to feeling better soon....but it sure sounds like you're on the road to recovery! Yay! And yay for the encouraging news about DH....that's great!!! Have a happy Thanksgiving sweetie!!! *hugs*

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/25/2009 3:25PM

    I'm glad your route yesterday had options to cut short as needed - good for you for listening to your body and not forcing the full 3.25 (or 5)! miles. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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KEAKMAN 11/25/2009 3:18PM

    Relax, take it easy, and get well....right now you need to concentrate more on being healthy by the 5th rather than running anymore miles before then!

HOORAY that things are looking up for Henry! emoticon

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MISSROCKABILLY 11/25/2009 3:11PM

    Glad to hear that things are looking up for your DH. I hope they can hammer out all the details soon and that the second time's the charm!

Hope you're feeling better and are able to do the Turkey Trot tomorrow. I'm throwing the turkey in the oven in the morning, then heading to the gym to get a decent workout in before sides need to start being prepared.

Happy Thanksgiving!!
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MBSHAZZER 11/25/2009 3:01PM

    Dana, hope you are feeling better soon. The good thing about the healthy lifestyle is that if you DO get sick, you rebound quickly!

Good news for your hubby! I hope things go according to plan for him!

Have fun at the Turkey Trot and have a WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!!!

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11 more days before the MARATHON!

Monday, November 23, 2009

So..... now I'm excited about this here countdown. :) Still 7 more runs, but the days are getting shorter and shorter... This week I work today, tomorrow, and a half day on Wednesday before THANKSGIVING VACATION!!!!

I get to re-run my first race ever on Thursday -- a Turkey Trot 5K and meet one of my Spark Running buddies CLOVERR1 which I'm really excited about. She will be joining me and a few local friends in the Mercedes Marathon Relay in February as well AND just rocked a marathon this past weekend in just under 5 hours! :D WOOHOO!!!! Considering we've discussed similar training paces and marathon goals, I'm hoping I can step up to the plate and rock mine as well as she did. :D

That first race -- it was kinda tough!!!! I had completed Couch to 5K, but I only did it for time, not distance, and I knew it would take me longer than 30 minutes to run that far, but I had no idea how much longer. The race marked several firsts for me:

First time running outside! - Prior to the race I had only run around an indoor track!!!! 1/8 of a mile loops roughly! haha.
Longest distance run!
Longest duration run!

It took me 40:20 which is right at about a 13 min mile I think? (Now my PR is 29:51, which is a 9:37 min mile!!!! :D ) IT WAS SO COLD, too!!! Since I had never run outside, I had never run in the cold -- I was wearing like... sweatpants and a hoodie and a T-Shirt. Probably all 100% cotton. I sang Feist's My Moon My Man in my head on repeat to help me keep going and keep the pace. I DID NOT WALK once during that race! :) I finished about a minute before my Father in Law I think, my brother in law had some smoking fast time I can't remember, and my husband finished around 36 minutes if I recall. I remember guzzling some gatorade afterward in the car as well. AND BEING SO FREAKING PROUD OF MYSELF!!!!!!!! :D I had gone from never exercising before the start of that year, to being a person who runs in a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot! :D

Anyway -- it'll be really cool to revisit that race, it'll actually be the first time for me to run a race I've run before, so that's exciting. And while I'm definitely not banking on a PR - I've been training for distance, not speed, lately... I'm pretty confident about smashing the time from 2007. :)

Ok so then after this weekend, next week I work another short week. 4 days and then it's off to Memphis!

But most of the time lately I'm honestly not thinking too much about running and the marathon, I'm thinking about my DH and what he's going through and how we can make it through. He still hasn't heard from his advisor regarding meeting this week -- the idea is that he will meet with her and they can talk about what the next steps are, etc. Then we will try to get as far away from that place mentally as possible and just have FUN over Thanksgiving -- change of locale, daily activities, and sociality... and then decisions can be made about how to move forward. Maybe we can even postpone till after the marathon if it's too stressful. But right now it's a frustrating time because although my DH was given comments that day and talked briefly with his advisor (who said she'd email him this weekend with availability times for this week and didn't grrr from me on that!), he was in such a state that he's not 100% clear on it all anyway and really doesn't know how things can move forward, so it's not a good informed place and being in the unknown is so anxiety filling!!! Not to mention he is still sOOOoooo down. I just really hope talking with her and then having a fun Thanksgiving can do a lot towards turning things around.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/25/2009 1:08PM

    The change of locale will probably be a huge boost. Just keep hanging in there.

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JESPAH 11/25/2009 5:23AM

    Yay for keeping it going, and continuing to challenge yourself.

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GLOBALKEEWEE 11/24/2009 10:51PM

    You've come a long way, baby.

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/24/2009 9:53PM

    Looking forward to hearing all about your marathon!

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/24/2009 4:50PM

    Can't wait to hear bout it doll! :) :D DAMN nice on the sub 30, I haven't ran 5K race in so long, I think I could do it now....


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SEEHOLZ 11/24/2009 4:44PM

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for DH and also for your sore throat- per your status.

I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving and keep the sickness at bay!

You were so right-- time's just flying by!

And the feeling of knowing you'll crash that old time is exciting in itself!

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CATIATM 11/24/2009 2:34PM

    Ooh! I'm really excited for you! I know how I felt when I completed my first marathon -- like I could do anything! emoticon

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MISSY_MAGOO 11/23/2009 9:40PM

    I can't believe it's only 11 days!!! can't wait to hear about your Turkey Trot, that will be fun :)
Have a great Thanksgiving! I'll be gone all week- but will be catching up when I get back emoticon

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GAYEMC 11/23/2009 8:02PM

    Can't wait to hear about your re-run of the Turkey Trot. I hope you and DH can enjoy some time away and relax a bit.

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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/23/2009 7:09PM

    Will be fun to hear about the Turkey Trot from a now more experienced runner... I do remember your old digs - the cotton stuff. You've got all technical gear now, eh? :)

I feel so saddened in my heart for your husband. I pray that he can enjoy some down time with you... He's got some things to NOT be thankful for to be sure, but hopefully he finds a bit of joy in spite of that, and has a lovely Thanksgiving.

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CLOVERR1 11/23/2009 6:47PM

    Thursday should be fun! :) Thanks for all the encouragement beforehand and for the shout out here about the marathon I just did.

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    wEEEEeeeeeEEEEeEee so excited for your 5K! I know you're obviously training for a marathon and all, but there's something special about re-running your very first run! I did that last month and that run will always hold a special place in my heart!! :)

Good luck!!!


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S318830 11/23/2009 6:01PM

    LOL! You could easily do a PR on this race. I know you've been training for distance, but my fastest mile and half ever was while I was training for my own marathon. I was up to about 10 miles at that point and went out on the mile and half for my fitness test and started fast. I figured I'd slow down when I started to get winded and it would be easy to just keep going. But I never slowed down. Despite running only long and slow, I ran that sucker in just 11:09! So as long as you don't start it telling yourself that you *shouldn't* run fast, this could be your best 5K ever!

And I'd beat up your DH's advisor too. Just let me know where and when.

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KEAKMAN 11/23/2009 5:32PM

    If you want, I will come and beat up the advisor. NO? Okay! It would make ME feel better ya know! (I feel Henry's pain, Dana - one of my committee members for my thesis - not even a dissertation - told me at the start of the meeting that he didn't like me and would not be signing off on it regardless of what I did. Lucky for me, I could still pass with 2 yes "votes")

I cannot wait to hear how your Turkey Trot goes - you will be FLYING through it. And you know so much more about running and racing....5K will seem super easy now!

11 more days! WOOHOO!

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SUMMERVA 11/23/2009 5:23PM

    go Dana! how exciting...I can't wait to do race for the cure again next year and see some progress. I think I'll be at the Mercedes, too! I was trying to talk some friends into the relay, but I think I'll probably just end up doing the 5k. A friend of mine is going to do the 1/2. I think. have a great run thursday!

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MBSHAZZER 11/23/2009 5:04PM

    Hope it works out for DH. I can imagine that everything was a blur right after the defense, so having a good, rational meeting with his advisor should help make things clearer.

As for your 5k... HOW FUN!!! You WILL smash that time and look how far you've come in a year! You're awesome! Such an inspiration. Enjoy the race and enjoy the relaxing time with family!

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TELERIE 11/23/2009 5:02PM

    I'm glad you have an upcoming marathon to look forward to along with Thanksgiving and family fun. I hope that goes a long way to taking your minds off things. It's good advice to see if it's possible to tape the discussion with his adviser or have someone with him. Wishing you both the best possible outcome and a VERY happy Thanksgiving!

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FITTYTIF 11/23/2009 4:52PM

    I hope things go well for you and your DH. Here is to a great thanksgiving for both of you!!!

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SEEBEES3 11/23/2009 4:50PM

    The race sounds like so much fun. I think you'll have another wonderful time (in both senses). If there is any way to do it without offending the advisor I would suggest that DH tape the conversation for reference or have someone with him. He probably won't be able to process everything during the meeting because of the emotions he's going to be dealing with. Also if he can, he needs to ask for examples of what is needed, this should open up the opportunity for him to talk with the rest of the committee with the advisor's blessing and allow him to start the political ball a'rolling.

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