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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

OK, not that I ever really left -- but honestly the marathon was such an amazing dream come true it feels like it a little. :)

Not only that but the massive calorie burn I was rocking is OVER now, so time to do a reality check of where I AM not where I've BEEN recently. :)

I very begrudgingly clicked to look at the official race pictures from the marathon that showed up in my inbox today and it was NOT A PRETTY SIGHT. MAN running photos can be soooooo unflattering... it just really hit home some things I've been feeling for a while now re: my body and whatnot unfortunately...

Reality: I'm not doing any exercise probably this whole week - meaning NO calories burned (well ya know, other than my BMR/RMR)

Reality: I'm still up from my goal weight from my gain in August. It went somewhat down and then back up again most recently in my marathon foodfest.

Reslity: Calories must go on LOCKDOWN!!!!!

So anyway, yesterday I worked on lowering it -- I did good except for one MAJOR exception. A coworker made the most amazing cupcakes for a birthday yesterday and I definitely had one. This is not a frequent work treat type scenario and they are worth it. Still -- didn't really meet my goal of lowering the calories majorly yesterday. But I also didn't track in Sparks...

So today -- I'm tracking everything again. I've changed my input and my goals are adjusted. So far today I'm doing really well with my new goals.

THANK YOU to those of you who complimented my appearance in my last blog!!! :) I know I'm not a giant whale, I'm still well within the healthy range for my height, I am not THAT far from my goal and hopefully less once I really get rid of some of this water retention I'm still dealing with...

but it's still tough not being where I LIKE being in my body and noticing the differences is not fun. :P

My plan right now is to do some Upper Body and Core strength Training for the rest of this week, and if I feel like I have time/ feel well enough - rowing on Sunday. My body is getting back to normal -- meaning I'm walking ALMOST normally today -- but I still don't think running will be a good idea so soon, but rowing is full body cardio without putting any weight on my feet and whatnot. So we'll see. Trust me -- I'm not having any problems telling myself NOT to do stuff right now, but I know it's gonna start driving me nuts.

Today when we went outside the weather was SOOOOOOO gorgeous -- of course I thought -- what a great day for a run!!! :) :P

Anyway -- I'm feeling super motivated to eat healthy in reasonably reduced amounts this month. I won't be so anal as to completely eliminate any splurges from the holiday season, but I'm thinking kind of in the mindset of my first Christmas on Sparks when I was just breaking the 200 barrier and I did SO well on my holiday break with my family. Well this year it's my family's turn at Christmas again, and not only that but we're MOVING at the end of this month so there will be some additional physical demands to help keep me active. Of course with moving comes some challenges with cooking and food, but we're only moving across town so we should be able to shift kitchens quite easily and I will really have no excuse.

OH. The beginning of this week was also a bit hard foodwise because... THERE WAS A MOUSE!!!!!!!!!!! in the pantry!!!!!!! We had to clean out the pantry, throwing away lots of stuff we didn't use that was contaminated, and other stuff we just felt paranoid about, and disinfecting other things because we're just like that. All morning was spent cleaning and disinfecting and trap setting, but I HOPE we've got the culprits now and we don't have to worry about that anymore... but on the plus side it helped us prepare our kitchen somewhat for moving already. HAHA. ugh. Tomorrow morning I will be able to finally go grocery shopping to get some healthy foods. My hubby is like -- lets not get a lot of things that go in the pantry... (all our currently used items are now out on the counter haha) and I'm like -- all the better!!! This will force us to eat more fresh anyway.

It's so much easier to eat in a way that's filling and low calorie when you COOK. Processed food just adds so many unneccessary calories and sodium that it's just not smart to go that route when your calories are limited. (Honestly it's not so smart even when you have a bigger allowance... haha)

Anyway -- Although I've been feeling a bit down about this weight situation for a while, I'm happy that now post marathon I feel safe doing a big enough calorie reduction to really work on it -- especially this week with me sitting on my butt. :P haha. I feel the energy and hope of a new start!

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/10/2009 6:09PM

    I think you look sooooooooooooooo good and you inspire me so much as a fellow tall lady!! I also LOVE that you still track .... Gosh I want to BE YOU in 9 months!!!!!

((basically know that you've got a huge fan base who SO doesn't think you look like a whale and will be here for you as you get to that point where you're comfortable in it)) :) :) :)



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JEM0622 12/10/2009 12:27PM

    You look FANTASTIC! Yes, I am yelling at you! You look great! Don't be hard on yourself at all. We are the toughest critics...aren't we? You look great. Way to get the caloric range in check quickly. I had to do the same. Guess how much I have lost since my October-end marathon? Roughly 7 lbs. Yep. You can do it too. One of the most processed things I consume these days is salad dressing. Score! But I am sad about not eating a lot of whole wheat pasta. Sorry about the mouse. We've dealt with them here too. ~julie

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TAKEONME48137 12/10/2009 11:58AM

    Woman! Take this time to rest! After the marathon, the pains/sprains/otherwise recently, you've earned it. I think you look fantastic...of course, we all tend to view ourselves worse than others do. Enjoy yourself and feel free to splurge (yes, I'm a horrible devil on the shoulder)! =) =)

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TRUEART2 12/10/2009 9:29AM

    I can sympathize with you about the marathon pics - mine are all terrible too. They are so bad, in fact, that I haven't purchased any (although I probably will). I also understand feeling down on yourself after a race, I have had the same problem. Just stick with your plan and don't overdo it too soon. I've taken 2 solid weeks off from running (try to fit in other types of exercise) after each marathon and I've managed to stay injury free (knock on wood). Congrats again on your accomplishment and enjoy the break from running!

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MISS_VIV 12/10/2009 9:27AM

    AWESOME BLOG. Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic experience.


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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/10/2009 8:41AM

    I am happy that the recovery is going well. Give yourself the time that you need before you start pounding pavement again. Some regular workout dvds and rowing sound like a winner.

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    Dana it means so much to me that you aren't so freaking perfect all the time!! I totally hold myself to your standard and I've been feeling like I'm floundering lately. I find myself thinking, "This never happens to Dana!" So I'm actually relieved to know that you are human and that you have do-overs once in awhile, too. Like I can get back on the horse and ride every time I get bucked off. I swear to golly that when I make goal it will be because of persistence - because I just can't seem to get there but I will NEVER give up either!!! One day I WILL be like Dana!

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LILHLFPINT 12/10/2009 1:18AM

    (wow, i had to scroll down far to get to the comment box! ::smiles:: oh right, i'm talking to a MARATHONER now, this isn't just any dana. ::grins::

i'm sorry that marathon high is starting to fade a tiny bit. don't be too hard on yourself, girl. and like everyone else said, racing pictures can really be the least flattering shots ever. i mean, they are often taken from a lower point - unlike a portrait that is taken from a much more flattering high up point, right?


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KSIGMA1222 12/9/2009 11:50PM

    Shoot! I missed your marathon!!! True I have a great reason but still! My schedule is all over the place and I find it hard to sit down at my netbook without falling asleep after a couple of minutes! I have so many people to thank and everything else but all in time. And I hear you on the weight gain and not working out. You need the time off and I had to take the time off so not to leave my wife or son. May do us both some good as well. Plus we both must except that all this work we do may add more muscle weight than we realize or want to admit. I also noticed that I gain my water weight back after 2 days of not working out as usual. So it is a good time to take some data and figure out how it effects you and what your true weight is and why it is where it is and come to terms with it.

I am so thrilled with my new son but at the same time I overdid it before he was born with my workouts and then only got 2 in last week and it drove me nuts. I also realized I am so tired when I do not workout! But when I did get my workouts in I felt so energized and full of fire it was amazing and made me realize again how awesome it all is and feels. I was to use to doing it all the time and maybe wearing myself out all the time that when I was forced to lay off and cut back it made me rested and recharged to truly have a strong full workout. Always learning we are!

Now the weather here is um..... not so gorgeous= 8 degrees right now and 3-5 inches of snow outside blowing all over the place. So I now am getting more done at home for if I sit I sleep. And I am taking a large chunk of time of of work and am trying to make the most of this great time! Spending so much more time with my family!!! Doing stuff together and being more a part of their lives than before, on top of having my new son and just still in awe that he is here and so cute and great.

So using this time to clean my house and organize it. I broke out my weight set that I have owned for over 12 years and have not used for almost that long and used it at home the last two days! Getting my workouts in with a little creativity but getting them done at home! I even am attacking my daughters bedroom which we moved them in together a couple months back and it has been a toy pit ever since. I am now going clean out my garage, then basement storage/laundry room, then finished basement area and then take what I started in my daughters room and move the majority of their toys to finished basement area as a toy area for them.

And my plan is not to stop there and this will criss cross effect the rest of my life and family. Biggest hope is it will make life easier and better organized for whole family.

Well somethings never change like me blogging on my friends blogs about myself. Get me going and well you know the rest! Maybe I should cut and past this and blog it on my page, lol!

Your blog really reached me and got me going my friend so take it easy on yourself physically and mentally and I will do the same. You look great and we all always want more, keeps us moving forward and up. We just need to always make sure we understand this, love ourselves and enjoy the ride. You with the completion of the marathon and me my son! We both have come so far and work so hard and now are truly driven!

Congrats my running friend, amongst other things!


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DDOORN 12/9/2009 11:03PM

    Boy do I *HEAR* you re: calorie LOCKDOWN! I'm a relative newbie to tracking as I'd relied on intuitive eating...which got me a long way, but for the final stretch? Can't beat tracking!

Don't be TOO harsh in judging yourself...you've been doing SO well and looking SO fine...but YOU have to be the one to see it...

Looks like the mouse highly approves of your healthy food choices...! :-)


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SWEATONCEADAY 12/9/2009 10:23PM

    eeek mouse!!!!! sounds like you have a great plan and you're on your way to recovery. did you totally lose your appetite after the race or did it go bonko??? race pics can be so scary. i can only imagine the look of death i would have if i was running a marathon and someone took a pic of me lol.

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SEEHOLZ 12/9/2009 10:20PM

    I think your plan is great and I'm also tidying up my own eating these days.. I think having you as my role model will be great! It will motivate me to try a little harder!
I know exactly what you mean with regards to race photos- the one on my background from Cleveland is probably the best of the worst of the horrible race photos-- I know I look like a whale and maybe that's why I posted it, to remind the world that I need to be proud of finishing, especially at that size--- it's all relative right? Even in my skinnier days, the race photos seemed to accentute my not so flattering parts! But that said, my body, capable of running a marathon, is worth having a picture of.
I actually really liked your race photos! ( the ones you posted) I agree with Sharon-- you look so strong and even at the end, after all that pain, you look sooo happy!

Enjoy your recorery--- there are recovery plans out there ( Hal Higdon???) that ease you back into running--- I think 3 mile runs are the longest for like 4 or 5 weeks. Check them out and let me know how you like that book as you progress!

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CCSDESTINY 12/9/2009 9:53PM

    I think you are right on target! What better way to work on weight loss when you cant cardio burn the calories than to just cut them out!? We are 4 1/2 weeks out from our marathon and I am already looking forward to where you are right now! :)

(PS: ALL of my 1/2 photos look like CRAP!! I hate them all!!)

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MSSUNBUG 12/9/2009 8:47PM

    Good luck with "facing reality." It must feel weird after having taken all this time to prep for the marathon to have it be... well, over! I think it's great that you're reflecting on things now though and being reasonable about calories and everything. I wish you the best of luck removing those extra pounds that crept back on!

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    We are definitely our own worst critics! I LOVED all your pictures and thought you looked fantastic!!! You were glowing with excitment that's hard to find!! Anyway, it is what it is and sounds like you have a plan to get things moving again! Woohoo!! I , too, have a plan. I have a few weeks till the new year and it's time to buckle down and really watch my food. Although I've been tracking my food the last few weeks, I've noticed that I hardly make it w/in my calorie limit anymore...and when I do, it's usuallyfilled with "ugly" calories (ie, caloires from pizza, etc). Soooo...I just got back from Trader Joes and stocked up on fruits/veggies/and protein, protein, protein! Oh...and some yummy artisian bread they have...it gets me everytime! Anyway, I'm off to plan my meals for the next few days! :)


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MBSHAZZER 12/9/2009 6:19PM

    First of all, race photos are ALWAYS unflattering! It's a rule, because you are so excited to look at the pics and share with friends and then you get them and click on the link and you're like, "WHAAA?? Who IS that??".

Second of all, I thought you looked AMAZING in your race photos! So strong and confident! But I know what you mean... we've all been there, knowing we could do better. But rest assured, that knowing you could do better? It DOES NOT SHOW! You look totally FAB!

I think you have a sensible approach to getting back on track with the eating. On the one hand, you won't be running crazy mileage, so you won't feel the NEED to eat all the time. On the other hand... well, habits are hard to break! That's my biggest fear after the marathon.... saying goodbye to seconds!

Anyhoo, glad you are feeling like you're able to walk. I love that you're giving yourself permission to rest.. ease back in and you will be a LIFELONG runner!

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    I'm with you about doing a "First Christmas on Sparkpeople". For me that means going back to Phase 1 of South Beach and cutting out grains for a while. Its not what I want to do, and I'm sure you don't want to go back to "First Christmas", either, but the point is that we both know what we need to do to achieve our goals. THAT is the beauty of maintenance. Now lets ROCK our "First Christmas". We can do it!



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KENSINGTONC 12/9/2009 5:37PM

    Oh funny - we had a mouse in our pantry last weekend and I FREAKED OUT. Our cat was making a racket at 6:30am - I realized she was batting around a freakin' mouse - and I was at Home Depot by 7:30 buying mousetraps. No joke. I spent all of Saturday morning cleaning! No mouse since thank goodness, but I totally get your pain!

And yes, running pictures are incredibly unflattering - is it the motion? For me it always seems to be the thigh fat that kills me. Good for you for clicking on those pictures - I usually don't!


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Monday, December 07, 2009

So -- I'm feeling pretty awesome now about my achievement. :)

When I set out to run this marathon I tried REALLY HARD to make my goal just to finish -- but I couldn't help but set a time goal... so I did and it was to finish under 6 hours. And I even expected maybe to finish around 5:45 and only was 10 min slower than that and there's no way I can allow myself to feel in any way negative about reaching all those goals on my first marathon.

I looked at the results and saw that there were less than 100 finishers behind me -- like 93? So close to 100? But then I realized that the last finisher was number 2448.

There were 3500 individuals registered to run! That is over ONE THOUSAND people that either didn't even make it to the starting line or didn't finish!

Not to mention the tons of people out there who wouldn't even think of starting a marathon. haha. I dunno what little stupid mini pity party was living in a corner of my heart that was stealing something away from my achievement but I've squashed it. I would never dare to look down upon any marathon finisher, or even those who had to stop for whatever reason but for some reason I wasn't treating myself as well. NO MORE! :P So just wanted to share that little mini breakthrough with ya'll.

My husband also told me about all the cheers received by an obviously overweight/obese runner who finished the half-marathon not TOO long before I finished my marathon. I think he said maybe 30-40 min before me? They had already shut down the half marathon finish line so she had to come through the marathoner side of the gate. I'm not 100% sure her time was even recorded on the finishing places because the last half time I saw on the preliminary lists was about 5hrs. Maybe that was her! I dunno. But either way, he said the crowd was totally behind her and so proud of her.

All I can say is -- can my body please heal up and recover so I can start thinking about future events? :D HAHAHA. I know the BIG two things I can improve upon in my future long distance races: 1) DON'T GO OUT TOO FAST! 2) Take the walk breaks you practiced... yeah I didn't do either of those things. I let the adrenaline and momentum of the race sweep me along -- trust me, I REALLY ENJOYED those first 6-7 miles!!! It was the TIME OF MY LIFE! :D hahahaha But I paid for it later. And the fact that I still achieved my goals in spite of making the two biggest racing mistakes - I'm really really grateful for.

OK. So you all know that, I just had to write it for myself and for anyone else who ever felt like I did. :) I love what Jackie wrote in her comment (MISSJCISRUNNING): "I had dinner with a man who has run 66 marathons and I'm sure he's not thinking about his first marathon time!!!"

I finished my first attempt at a marathon.

I did this only a little over 2 years after learning to run -- a little over 2 years after finishing my first 5K. I did this only 1.5ish years after beginning to maintain a healthy weight. I did this only just under 3 years after starting to exercise for the FIRST TIME EVER IN LIFE. It truly is mind boggling.

And all of those who commented about how they were inspired to run a marathon after reading my last blog - WOW! :D hahaha Go read someone's race report who had a good race. You'll be even doubly anxious to take a whack at it yourself!!! But then again if knowing how rewarding a really tough race can be is a motivation in itself, and I will definitely be carrying this race close to my heart for the rest of my life, and thinking of it when I rock my next marathon (whenever that may be).

And yes I AM wearing my medal to work today. I think this will be the last day I wear it around... maybe... (maybe to some Christmas parties??? HAHAHAHA ok maybe not...) I have to say, I love the HEFT of this medal -- it has a nice weight to it.

Oh another thing I failed to mention about the marathon were all the people who yelled," Thank you for running for us!" And stuff like that. There is a group called "Team Jake" running for the Jake Owen Raborn Foundation (see jakesfoundation.org) raising money in memory of a child who died at age 4 from a rare liver cancer. Alllll along the course there were signs like "SMILE - Jake always did" GOSH those got me. I had to smile. I was just running. Ya know? There are bigger things in life. Anyway it was a great race to be a part of.

ALSO! The course was really great -- a couple of steeper inclines toward the beginning, but they were not very long (quite short) and the rest of the course was soft inclines and declines with some flat areas -- it was varied enough to not get bored, but not tough. Ya know? There was a nice part through a pretty park (maybe near the zoo?), and of course the downtown areas and the hospital campus to run through.

ANYWAY, I promised pictures.

So we arrived in Memphis probably around 4PM? Something like that? Checked in to our hotel and then headed to the Expo.

I was soooooo stoked to be heading in and getting my bib number, going to the MARATHONER'S table to get my nice awesome long sleeve tech shirt (which was a soft off whiteish color and obviously different than the red normal long sleeve T the half-marathoners got and I dunno what the 5K runner's got...) I also got a free 26.2 sticker w/ St. Jude Marathon on it. SWEET.

OH also -- apparently my memory card was at home and not in my camera, but luckily my camera has internal memory. We didn't even know we were out until after the race! HAHAHA :D

Here's the shirt:

Then it was over to the Goody Bag area! There was a coupon for a free cookie at McAllister's -- no purchase necessary... two little trial thingies of biofreeze (WHICH I SO USED), um... and some other coupons... for other stuff. OH! I DID really like a little running log though! :D I should have taken pictures of that because I will use it! It's got a space at the top for the month and year, and then it gives you a little section for Mon-Sun with distance, time, course, and notes -- then at the bottom Week #, Previous YTD, Year to date, Goal Time Total mileage I guess.. I dunno I just looked at all the details. It's cute! At the bottom of each page it says "Finding Cures. Saving Children." A notepad w/ a map of downotwn Memphis w/ the start anf dinish and it says "I ran the St. Jude Memphis Marathon, December 5, 2009" down the side. AND a St. Jude's Children Hospital Calendar w/ a featured patient for each month -- talk about a tear-jerker. So those are actually cool things I kinda forgot about. And of course the BAG itself is cute!

SOooooooooo guess who was there?? HAL HIGDON! :D I kind of combined his training program w/ the Runner's World First-Timer plan. Anyway -- he totally wrote a NOVEL about a MARATHON - it's a little... weird... so far. haha I'm reserving judgement until I get farther into it and we're not still introducing characters but it's FUN so far to read a fictional story about a marathon. Anyway! He signed my book wishing me good luck on the race. A picture with the man himself:

We then headed back to the hotel and on the way back I TURNED MY FREAKING ANKLE -- the same one I turned during my 5K. It was very very slight and didn't hurt but it definitely mentally freaked me out a bit -- my husband was more freaked out than I was! We headed out after a while to get dinner -- we went to this Italian place called Pa Pa Pia's which was AMAZING. We spit an Antipasto for Two appetizer and I got one of the pasta dishes that was discounted for runners - Rigatoni de Papa (Rigatoni w/ sweet sausage and a cream tomato sauce - YEAH.) Then we split a Tiramisu for dessert. I had never had one before -- and man was it AMAZING. My DH was mind boggled at how good it was.

Then it was home to the hotel to SLEEP.

I think I was able to get to sleep alright, but I woke up around 3-4AM and had to take some medicine cause I just started coughing and couldn't stop. Then it was up at 6AM to get ready and check the weather. HOLY CRAP TWENTY FOUR DEGREES?!?!? It was supposed to be between 30-40! haha.

I ate my oatmeal and an apple and rested and drank water and went to the bathroom until I started getting dressed around 7 and my hubby woke up at some point therein to say he was up most of the night and had to take medicine and was feeling ill so he didn't see me to the starting line, but he did get up to take a picture of me in my getup! I put my hair in a ponytail before we got going, but it felt good to have it around my neck at first when walking to the start. I also had an OLLLLD Hoodie that had holes in it that I discarded at the start.

Yes I hand-lettered the shirt with sharpie markers. :) And that's my cell phone in my back pocket if you can even see that. I didn't use it.

The start was exciting!!!!!! I felt strange in a way being all by myself, but the comraderie of runners was all around me. A lady told me my bottle was leaking and I was able to fix that before it did much but dribble on my butt. ;) Others were talking weather and bouncing and hugging and all that good stuff. FINALLY they started letting people GO and we were able to gradually move up - WOOHOO!!!

And then I told you all about the race -- OH but I didn't mention the cool moment when we saw the first place runners coming up the other side of the parkway!!! The marathon was... KIND of a double loop ish course, but the second loop was different than the first but it crossed over in places... if that makes sense. We ran one way down the parkway during the first half and the other way on the second so we were able to see those amazing looking super lean Kenyan looking men coming at us. :) I just looked up their finish and Gun time for the 1st place man was 2:16:21 - first place female 2:43:42 (overall finish of 16th place). The 3rd place female came in 44th overall -- I wonder what it's like to be an elite male runner who comes in before all the women but is still so much slower than the top men??? I can only imagine. ;) haha.

So .. the finish!!! Here's a shot my hubby took of the scene in the stadium while waiting for me -- note all the finishers with their SHINY CAPES!

Then I come in the stadium and all my pain vanishes as you can see here:

And DH took a cute picture of my wedgie and me crossing the finish line:

Keep in mind that time is gun time, and my corral started a good 23ish minutes after the gun! :P haha. :D

Of course then the meandering limp around the stadium, the gobbling of all recognizable food items and taking of a box of Krispy Kremes....

Here just outside the stadium mugging it up:

So then I hobbled back to the Hotel - winced into the shower, DH slathered me in ICY Hot and biofreeze and set me up with some food and water (PB stuffed Pretzels, Kashi bar, apple the stuff I brought!) and left me to rest and relax (I watched most of My Fair Lady - such a comforting movie for me as I used to watch it ALL THE TIME growing up -- love musicals...) while he went and took pretty pictures of Memphis! For example:

That trolley was my best friend on Saturday after the race -- it was free for runners and only $1 for non-runners that day. I definitely took it to and from dinner...

All cleaned up and ready to go!

Dinner was at


I really have no idea what 7.5lb burgers have to do with Canada, but with all my Canadian SparkFriends I couldn't resist when my DH wanted to go here as a second choice when our first choice turned out to be full of cigarette smoke. Oops. :P We ordered some Poutine as an appetizer - which I DID take a picture of:

Does that look at all right, Canadians???

I got a deep friend Cornish Game Hen w/ Sweet potato fries and a cucumber salad... and we split a Nanaimo Bar for dessert.

Then it was back to the trolley and to limp back into the hotel.

OH look how pretty the medal is up close:

I LOVE the back:

Which reminds me of a dude's shirt I saw early on - I was told my my DH that the front said something about this being his First Marathon, the back said:
"Go ahead and pass me - we all get the same medal anyway". HAHAHA :D

The next morning I saw some half finishers eating breakfast in their red shirts...and I was like - haha, I did the full (in my head) and hoped they noticed my snazzy shirt. ;) HAHAHAHA. That breakfast sucked. Then that night we went to this new yogurt place in town (by the oz, toppings bar) and Five Guys burgers and fries. And that's IT for me and the crazy marathon related eating. HAHA.

Now I'm looking forward to first: recovery, rest, recuperation. Next: Strength training - I'm thinking some Jillian Michael's videos at home and possibly some erging and rowing. I don't know when I'll run again, will listen to the body on THAT. With running I just need to make sure I'm ready to hold down a 10 or 12K leg of the Mercedes Marathon Relay on 2/14/2010 but honestly - after the marathon I'm like... PIECE OF CAKE. ;)

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LASHERTHECAT 2/26/2010 8:01AM

    Congrats!! Fantastic accomplishment!!!

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ACORALSEA 2/26/2010 1:09AM

    Congratulations, and hope you have many more marathon moments to come! :)

I love the shirt statement: "Go ahead and pass me - we all get the same medal anyway." Good one! :)

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BIKERCHICK74 2/25/2010 11:08PM

    WAY TO COOL!!!

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CDNMSFIT 2/25/2010 10:39PM


Mmmmm, poutine.

Congrats on achieving such an amazing accomplishment! (better late than never, right?)

I soooooo want a poutine now!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 1/6/2010 12:49PM

    This was awesome!
I loved it. You gave me some much needed inspiration today!
Thank you

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SEMUSPARK 12/22/2009 3:37PM

    Thanks for posting about your race! I ran St. Jude's last year and it's a fun race--especially all the cheering fans and running by the hospital. Congrats on your finish!

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FLAWLESSCUBE 12/19/2009 7:49AM

    THank you for taking us through your weekend and letting us into your life as a runner. The canadian dish looks a little like french fries, onions and cream. so what was it? :) Hope your ankle is feeling better soon and You wear that medal proudly. to xmas and NYE parties.

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GUNGHONIA 12/18/2009 2:02AM

    Congratulations! There's nothing like the feeling of accomplishment after your first marathon! (If you're lucky, it even masks the pain, haha)

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NO_SNOW_BODY 12/16/2009 6:23PM

    great pictures, thank you for sharing

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MAXBALLARD 12/16/2009 3:29PM

    Okay, so you've confirmed what I felt when I crossed the half finish line - it's not good enough - I wanna do a full marathon.

This year's St. Jude was my first - it was everything you described and more - totally awesome race. I just started running in May '09. I used to weigh 280 pounds, so I get why you did it! As I did the training for the half, I wondered if I'd be content with 13.1. Heck No!

I've got a deal with myself. Lose 20 pounds by June, enter the full, otherwise do another 1/2 and best my time. Either way I'm a winner because I'll have set a goal and raced after it til I caught it.

Thanks for the nudge!

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DAVEOZ 12/16/2009 9:43AM

    Thanks for the pictures. It was like I was there. What a wonderful experience...

Kudos Dana!


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FREDI59 12/9/2009 5:32PM

    emoticon You should feel really good about what you have accomplished - there is always that little devil trying to tell you that you're not that great - don't listen to him, because YOU ARE emoticon You have finished something most people don't even think about trying.

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/9/2009 4:35PM

    YOU LOOK SO FREAKIN GOOD!!!!!!!!! DAAAAAMMMMMMMMMN YOU DID SO WELL! I am so happy you're feeling better about it.... Your blog was soooooooo inspiring... It was so easy to pretend we were right there with you... And that maybe we could do it too one day! I think I'm gonna do it too..... 2010 is the 2500 anniversary of the battle of marathon in greece... so it's going to be a big one... and it'll be my 2 year running anni! I think it's perfect!!!!!!! (ok ur the first one im telling)

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SEEHOLZ 12/9/2009 10:14AM

    Oh Dana,

What an awesome way to share your experience!
I had to laugh and triple read when you said "We spit an Antipasto for Two appetizer "... like spitting was some kind of ritual with Anti-pesto-haha.."
I think the best part is that you are PROUD of yourself! I'm really bad at sharing a proud moment with others and when I'm caught up in the moment and actually do, I tend to feel guilty afterwards, as thought I was trying to get extra attention or something.. God forbid I'd wear my marathon medal to work. That said, I do have to admit prancing with my 2007 medal through downtown Chicago after the race. We stayed downtown, so I was walking around unshowered ( it was 90 degrees that day) and I really wanted to go to Navy Pier and sure enough, we saw others wearing their medal and I had some great conversations on the L that day with non-runners and runners alike!
Cherrish EVERY memory! I'm sure it was even a good experience for your DH! Glad he was able to be there and take some great pics!

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CATIATM 12/9/2009 6:41AM

    WHOOHOOOOOO! Reading your blog brought back such memories. I was supposed ot run my next race in Dubai next month, but the knee pain I've been dealing with the past several months has been diagnosed as a disintegrating patella. Yeah, sad. So I don't know if/when I'll race again.

Wear that medal proudly!!! emoticon

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JESPAH 12/9/2009 5:58AM

    Awesome -- can see you glowing all the way here.

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 12/9/2009 12:24AM

    Oh my goodness, you had a Nanaimo Bar! Without me! I hope it was a good one. You earned it.



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MISSY_MAGOO 12/8/2009 8:54PM

    wow- that is a beautiful medal! So glad to hear you are acknowledging and celebrating your achievement!!!!
You crack me up with the talk about having a good race or not good race- I'm thinking "is there any such thing as a good marathon?" I'm imagining everyone's stories about marathons are full of aches, pains, etc. What I did notice that was different about yours then any others I've read is not once have I heard you say that you even thought about quitting as an option! So many others say "at mile whatever all I could think about was quitting" or "I almost gave up right there" But even with the hurts you never once wanted to give up- or at least not seriously enough to tell us about it :)
Thanks for sharing your photos- even after running more then 26 miles you're beautiful!

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NATURALLYME126 12/8/2009 8:04PM

    Girl that wedgie was stylish! Lol. So proud of you Dana! So freaking proud of you!

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LAB-LOVER 12/8/2009 7:33PM

    Is that a baseball stadium you finished in? OH MY GOD! And cold weather. I have been looking for the perfect marathon in late 2010. This may just be it! And the ribs dinner would be a plus!

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TRUE_TEXAN 12/8/2009 6:07PM

    So proud of you!!! Makes me want to consider training for one.. hmmmmm... that half was pretty tough for me but one day I might work up to the full! Great job! Love the race report!

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MEGABOMB 12/8/2009 6:00PM

    I have a few things to say here. One, YOU ROCK! YOU'RE AMAZING! ROCK STAR ZIRCADIA!!!
Two, who the hell thinks a Canadian restaurant is a good idea? Seriously? But congrats on the poutine, and yes, it looks about right. Those are actual cheese curds!
Three, you're so pretty! I guess I haven't commented on that before but you're totally a looker.


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KYRRDIS 12/8/2009 4:26PM

    Nooooo! Not poutine! Noooooooooooo!

I tried several versions of this the first time we visited Canada. I like all three of the base ingredients, but didn't particularly like them together.

Congrats again on finishing the race.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/8/2009 2:23PM

    Truly an amazing accomplishment.

Give your body some time to rest before you head out. I would wait until the first of next week at the earliest.


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S318830 12/8/2009 1:59PM

    LOL! I was going to post on my last comment that there were probably lots of people who didn't finish, but you beat me to it. Thanks for the photos. You looked awesome!

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RUNTRILAUGH 12/8/2009 1:53PM

    I love this post! Doing my first marathon in 2010 and I think I might steal the "Go ahead and pass me, we all get the same medal anyway" shirt idea!!!

Congrats on surpassing your goal! Wear that medal! Hang it on the tree! Savor this moment, you earned it!!!


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    emoticon on this amazing achievement!!!!

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MARATHON_MOM 12/8/2009 1:15PM

    What a wonderful story, Dana and an amazing accomplishment! Your accomplishment is something that you will always treasure. I am so glad that you squashed that part of you that was telling you "not good enough!"

My first marathon is January 16th, and I am so much more excited about it now! I was beginning to get a little overwhelmed with the training, but I can make it through!

I plan on doing St Jude next year with Jay's Hope Foundation.

~~You are a MARATHONER~~


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RUN2BEFREE 12/8/2009 12:55PM

    Wow - I am crying after reading this!!! I loved the detail and the way you openly talked about what you did and how you felt. I run my first marathon on January 10th and can't wait to feel the joy of checking this off my bucket list. Congratulations!!!!

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KJNE8O 12/8/2009 11:29AM

    "I dunno what little stupid mini pity party was living in a corner of my heart that was stealing something away from my achievement but I've squashed it."


You are amazing Dana - thank you for such a great race recap! YOU ROCK!

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NUTRIGIRL08 12/8/2009 11:26AM

    Again congratulations! You are an inspiration to all!

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SUMMERVA 12/8/2009 10:19AM

    One of my very best friends lost her infant son to a rare form of cancer...it was a metastatic tumor on his liver. I was wanting to find some sort of race for a cure that really meant something to me…and I was thinking with practice I might be ready for the half this time next year. I think I just figured out which one I want to do ☺ Thanks for being such an inspiration, Dana!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 12/8/2009 9:48AM

    AWESOME!!! Once again, I had a few tears reading your blog!! So glad you stopped being so hard on yourself!! You did an amazing thing! Congrats again.

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KEAKMAN 12/8/2009 9:26AM

    Dana, here you have me crying again....I am sooo proud of you, and sooooo happy that you squashed that mean-spirited part that was taking all the joy out of your accomplishment. YOU RAN A MARATHON! AND YOU FINISHED! WOOHOO!

Great pics - I loved seeing where you ran, and what you wore, etc. And I KNOW your shirt motivated so many people to do more, try harder.

Yes, next time, stick to your plan! But it is hard, isn't it, not to just go and go and go?!


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MARKAMURKA 12/8/2009 9:22AM

    Happy for you. Looking great with HH and even finishing.
Super shiny medal. Where do you put it?
(Mine is still out on the shelf from my first HALF from 2008 - if I ever get a marathon medal I guess I will even sleep with it)

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SWEETZMIX 12/8/2009 9:05AM

    I already saw your pics on FB. But I like the whole story with the pics here. Yes rest up girl and you deserve all that food. lol We have a place out here that makes BIG burgers. It's called Jackson Hole. 8oz...HUGE, but yummy!

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TRABOLD8567 12/8/2009 8:44AM

  Thanks for sharing everything with us, even the wedgie picture. You are amazing - don't ever forget that!!

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HALFWEIGHT 12/8/2009 8:29AM

    What a wonderful story! I especially like your epiphany about treating yourself as well as you treat others. It is so easy to get into a habit of demanding more from ourselves than others, and always feeling as though we have fallen short even we we do domething FANTASTIC! Which you certainly have: you came, you ran, you finished! How many people ever do that???? Well, you have, because YOU ROCK! emoticon There is your trophy: you came in #1 in my book, despite not being a Kenyan male. ;-)

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IPA-RAY 12/8/2009 8:20AM

    What a great story and great pictures! I love that tee shirt slogan "Run by Day, Rock by Night" and may run that marathon next year to get one. And because of the whole St. Jude thing. If I do, I'll give you full credit for my entry.

I saw a woman getting of the trolley ahead of me who probably weighed 300 or so pounds. I tried to picture her picturing herself running a marathon. Or even a 5K. I couldn't do it. Your accomplishments absolutely amaze me!

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LALAFLOWERS 12/8/2009 8:13AM

    Thanks for the story.. this is the kind of story I like hearing.. so I can picture myself there... and doing my own Marathon... Planned for the fall of 2010 (really want the Marine Marathon in DC... )

I love the shirt you made yourself!!! What a great way to 'advertise' where you've come from.... So very, very proud of you.

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SPIRITRUN 12/8/2009 7:38AM

    I am so glad you ended the pity party and are being nicer to yourself. Man, oh man, you deserve it. I love the pictures. You look GREAT at the finish line, girl! I think it is cool that you got to hang out on the trolly and tour all day, and being a Canadian, yes, the poutine looks like the heart attack on a plate that it is supposed to look like. Reserve that "treat" for post marathon meals only or there won't be many more marathons in your future.
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Your experience has me SO excited for the goals I have set for 2010!
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ZELLAZM 12/8/2009 7:10AM

    Super blog! thanks for sharing your experience - ALMOST makes me want to start training for a marathon myself.

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SKYFYRE 12/8/2009 1:37AM

    Wow, Dana!What an awesome experience, I love all the cameradarie that you experience with other runners, and thinkit is so great that the hubbie was such a support! Glad you are still experiencing you running high!

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    This is all SO GREAT!! Dana, you are my hero!!!!

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150-HERE-I-COME 12/8/2009 12:14AM

    FANTASTIC, Dana!!! Thanks for sharing your experience and the photos! Keep rockin'!!!

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MDTWEETY 12/7/2009 11:29PM

    I loved all the pictures. You look so happy. Again, WAY TO GO!!!! :) :) What a terrific accomplishment.

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 12/7/2009 11:19PM

    I LOVE that you wore your medal to work today! That's so awesome! I wear my race shirt out to my celebratory dinner, even if it's at a fancy restaurant, but that's about it. I should definitely wear my medals more. =D

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HUGMONKEYMOM 12/7/2009 10:13PM

    Congrats again Dana. What a fun and fantastic time you had! I want to run one even more now!

You are a Marathoner! And I hardly know you and I am amazingly proud of you. Way to go!

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DDOORN 12/7/2009 10:12PM

    Every time I read about marathons, running and the highs and even the lows of running I'm SO drawn to it, but still cannot see myself ever pushing enough to BE one. But I sure enjoy the exhilaration you share as you tell your story and am so THRILLED for your accomplishment!

Talk about making one's life an adventure! Woo HOO! :-)


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AUNTC321 12/7/2009 9:56PM

    Congratulations on your awesome achievement.

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Hardest Thing I've Ever Done: But I'm a Marathoner!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

I'd lie if I didn't say I was a LITTLE disappointed...

Because I'm confident I could have had a much better time...

BUT! I met my two basic goals -

Finish upright and smiling, and finish under 6 hrs.

My time was 5:55:04

See... I began the race with the 5:15 pace group. I figured I could always drop back if I needed to and maybe I could stick with them as long as the half. That was only a min faster than my easy training pace (12 min miles), but then I got ahead of them at a water stop and apparently sped up more and more.

I felt FANTASTIC!!! We ran through the St. Jude's Hospital, I high fived so many kids. Some dude read my "GO, Dana, GO" on my shirt and I danced. It was great!!!!

That was about mile 5.

Then about mile 7, my left hip just started locking up out of nowhere...

Then my right foot started majorly hurting for no apparent reason. Looking at it now I think it MIGHT have been my laces, but it really didn't feel like it at the time. :P

Oh and in spite of the bodyglide I used I still got blisters, earlier than ever before. I was actually kinda getting calloused in those areas but the week off of running they came off so I was running on baby skin and I think that hurt me.

So I started slowing down a lot. Then the 5:15 pace group caught up to me and I stuck with them until ALMOST the halfway point. By then I was REALLY hurting and I took a walking stretching break when I THOUGHT I was already halfway, then I came up to the halfway point at like 2:40ish I think.

Oh and right around then my sunglasses also broke in half. They cracked near the beginning but stuck together, and then I took them off to wipe some salt outta my eyes and they totally just broke in half.

OH and I dunno where two of my GU packs left. I swear I packed 6 but I only had four when racing... luckily I did pick up one from a person handing them out (Espresso Love) and then I saw a Chocolate Outrage pack on the ground unopened and I definitely picked it up and used it.

I also used the most unstable portapotty in the history of mankind. When I stood up that thing was wobbling so much I thought someone was playing a trick on me. HAHAHA!

So then I was like, well maybe I can still meet up with 5:30 pace group.

Well they caught up with me later and I tried to stick with them but before too long I was watching them go....

And late LATER on 5:45 caught up with me and I was like, I think I can do this!

I stuck with them for a while but around mile 19 or so I was hurting SO BAD. I walked a LOT of the last 5 miles.

I have to say -- all through the race people commented on my shirt.

I'll have pictures when we're back home, but on the back it read:

Why 26.2?
Because I
used to weigh
almost 300lbs

People were like, 300lbs? REALLY? You look GREAt and you're doing a great job!!!

That really helped spur me along. People told me it was inspiring. :)

In fact at mile 25 a girl told me as I was walking that my shirt kept her going the entire race before she passed me. That made me cry. In fact I was working on not crying most of the second half of the race because of the pain.

BUT I PERSEVERED. When I came into the stadium I was running on the dirt around the foul area of the infield at Autozone Park and I felt so fantastic.

I wasn't expecting the finish SO SOON right then!!!! They called my name and hometown I was grinning ear to ear and my legs somehow were able to pick up and I ROCKED my way through the finish line. As I turned into the stadium I could hear my husband cheering me and he actually had a little group of people with him that were cheering me on, too! I was smiling as I got my heatwrap and medal and then I was limping and almost crying all the way around the stadium where no one told me how to get out to get food and I walked around forever with people finally guiding me the right way.

I was shaking and eating and limping and my husband was so sweet.

As we were walking home a lady stopped me to congratulate me and she said she saw me right from the start and that I did great. Another man came up behind us with his family and he said he'd been following me for 26 miles and he guessed it wasn't changing anytime soon. HAHAHA :D All the runners were awesome and nice.

To sum up -- physically it was probably the worst run I've EVER had. But it was one of the best experiences and I'm so proud of finishing in spite of all my unexpected difficulties, and still being able to meet the bare minimum goals I set out to achieve when I first started this thing. I intend to have many more marathons in my future to really work on my time and reaching new goals!

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KASHMIR 12/21/2009 4:06PM

    Dana, I'm FINALLY catching up on your blogs....Love This!!! Way to go Lady!!!

So...when are you signing up for the next one? You know you want to... emoticon

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NGCHILD 12/14/2009 2:44PM

    What an amazing person you are! What an inspiration! And you made me cry too!! Thanks for sharing your story...Go Dana Go!


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_DASH_ 12/13/2009 3:19PM

    ah. i cried reading this too. i love what your shirt said. mine said on the back,

"I have complete faith in you."

No one belongs here more than you.

the quote is a line one of my clients said to me back in May when I told him I was running a marathon. It was so stark and beautiful and genuine, it still makes me cry thinking about it.

We did it!!! You are amazing!! So proud of you and I love all your little details of your experience. One of my favorite ones to tell is how I was attacked by a dog on mile 12 but kept running. Keeep running- we are in this for life now!

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ESCOBA8008 12/11/2009 1:44AM

    Now I'm even more motivated to train for my first marathon! Thank for sharing!

Cheers from MEX

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KIMMAS82 12/10/2009 10:22PM

    What a great post! Congratulations on finishing! I tear up reading about finishing and watching finishers! What an accomplishment!

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MONKEYGETSFIT 12/10/2009 7:08PM

    Your story just made me cry. Congratulations! That is amazing.

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YOOVIE 12/10/2009 6:15PM

    lol I had to come back and read this again!

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ASIAMORA 12/10/2009 9:36AM

    I am so proud of you. You did great.

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JUSTFOXXY 12/10/2009 5:16AM

    A true testament of mind over matter. It didn't matter what your circumstances were, you already had it in your mind to finish, and you did.

Awesome story, Awesome You.

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BECKMOMSP 12/9/2009 7:38PM

    Congrats and high five! Way to go!

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LEONALIONESS 12/9/2009 5:57PM

    Tearing up!

You're an inspiration.
I've got my first half in May and am hoping to eventually do a Marathon, too.
Once I've been running at least a year, I'll start thinking more seriously about it. ;)

Thanks for sharing your story!

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KATAHDIN24 12/9/2009 1:07PM

  Your experience was very similar to mine. I loved your write up. Now consider trying what my friend suggested I do after the marathon. Get in your car and DRIVE 26 miles and savor what an amazing accomplishment you achieved. Congrats, and way to go.

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GLOBALKEEWEE 12/9/2009 10:56AM

    Ha! You learned the hard way about having and sticking to YOUR race plan. ("Only a minute faster..." you were on drugs to think that!)

BUT you are a superstar for not then bonking and quitting on the spot. I know many people who realized 1/3 of the way in that they hosed up the plan and opted out entirely. So you have learned the lesson for your NEXT marathon!

Go, Dana, Go!

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205BAMOMMY 12/9/2009 10:02AM

    Great job! Thank you for posting this.You've inspired me.

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RUNSHANBUN 12/9/2009 8:41AM

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    WOW - this is so inspiring! CONGRATULATIONS on your major accomplishment!!! :) :) I hope you're wearing your medal to work.... ;)

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BMARIE888 12/9/2009 8:27AM

  Great job!! You finished and that is what matters the most. emoticon

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BILL60 12/9/2009 8:06AM

    Way to go!!!! You rock, lady.

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WE_PA_FIT 12/9/2009 7:10AM

    simply amazing!!!! I'm tearing up as I read your blog. U R a marathoner!!!! I can't wait to do my first half.

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DISCIPLEAD33 12/9/2009 12:50AM

    You rock Dana. I am so inspired, I can't wait till my turn comes to do my first marathon.

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ROUXZQ 12/9/2009 12:37AM

    Dana, YOU ROCK! I'm so proud of you. I loved your shirt too! Way to spread hope that others can do what you did. WAY TO GO!

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RUNNING4MYLYF 12/9/2009 12:27AM

    Amazing!!! So very proud of you!!! I cried, too. I'm so emotional. :) I hope to join the ranks of you "Marathoners" one day. Very inspirational!!

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ROBINZZ 12/9/2009 12:20AM

  Congratulations. So inspiring.

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MARATHONMOM26.2 12/9/2009 12:07AM

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations on joining the marathoner-club! Time is irrelevant, the accomplishment of crossing the finish line is what its all about! That said, you had an awesome time for a first marathon! Everything you experienced... that's all part of the challenge of running 26.2... and as my favorite necklace says, you had the Courage to Start, the Strength to Endure and the Resolve to Finish! Way to go, Dana!

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LE_SIGH 12/8/2009 10:57PM

    Amazing job!!! emoticon

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LULISMOM 12/8/2009 9:43PM

    Wow! Congrats!

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 12/8/2009 9:40PM

    Congratulations! When is your next marathon?

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    Congrats! I'm currently training and this is very inspiring!

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MISSY_MAGOO 12/8/2009 8:44PM

    Dana- I just can't even say how thrilled i am for you! You did it- you did it!
I was happy to read that you cried- cuz I just totally cried a little while reading your blog and I would have felt like a complete dork if I cried just reading it and you hadn't when actually living it. I'm just so happy that even with all the unexpected pains etc. you finished! And inspired so many :)
Really great job- really, really great job!

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MICHAELA2780 12/8/2009 8:27PM

    Bad run, good experience...you are definitely a marathoner!!

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MRSSASS2010 12/8/2009 8:26PM

    This gave me chills. So happy for you. You should be so PROUD of what you've accomplished! I'm sorry overall it wasn't a great run but you DID IT GIRL. 26.2!!!


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NATURALLYME126 12/8/2009 7:58PM

    Girl, you had me over here ready to cry! AWESOME!!

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MANDORA3 12/8/2009 6:59PM

    Someday...I want to be a big girl to and run a marathoner!! For right now I am focusing on a half!!

Great job for you!

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PHDMAMA06 12/8/2009 6:33PM

    Wow, very inspiring story. Congratulations on becoming a marathoner :)

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LADY_KATHY 12/8/2009 6:14PM

    Good for you. congrats on making your goal. : ) emoticon

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SEATTLESIMS 12/8/2009 5:53PM

    that is wonderful!! Congrats!!! What an inspiration!

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_MSAPRIL17_ 12/8/2009 5:37PM

    WoW!!! Congratulations to you!!! What a wonderful accomplishment!! YOU DID IT!!!!

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DOLL2THEWALL 12/8/2009 5:33PM

    This blog made me start thinking about what will be on my shirt when I eventually run my first long distance race. I have a long way to go, but success stories like yours make me realize that I can do it.

You are *AMAZING* - congratulations!

BR> emoticon

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YOOVIE 12/8/2009 5:26PM

    I have to admit, I came back and read it again.

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LOTSAKATZ25 12/8/2009 4:54PM

    This is amazing! I got tears in my eyes. It makes me want to go running right this second! Fantastic job!

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    Wow well done to you! That is amazing that you ran a marathon and the support from everyone you saw is just amazing. Congratulations!

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ELISADEL 12/8/2009 4:39PM

    That's fantastic!

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KYRRDIS 12/8/2009 4:18PM

    Many congratulations! Thanks for sharing both the joy and the pain.

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STARRSTYLIST 12/8/2009 4:12PM

    Wow this is AWESOME. I was just going to watch some vlogs today and saw this. January 1st I will be training for my first 5k and one day I want to be able to run a Marathon. Watching the biggest Loser gave me the inspiration and you did it again for me. Thank you. Today I just finished my very first challenge (the 30 day shred STRAIGHT for 30 days) and next is the 5K.
Thanks so much for sharing. I know you are feeling mighty proud, as you should. GREAT JOB!


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BRIGHTSPARK7 12/8/2009 4:05PM

    Way to go, marathoner! Congratulations for your persistence and for keeping on going despite the issues. You rock! xo Usha

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YOOVIE 12/8/2009 3:43PM

    this made me tear up. I'm so so so so so proud fo you and inspired by you. I'm going to be able to do this soon!! I hope I have the worst run ever!

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PETERTAWFIK 12/8/2009 3:30PM

    great job i cant wait to do a marathon myself too

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I have to sleep two more nights???

Friday, December 04, 2009

Yeah I'm getting a little psyched.

I finished decorating my marathon shirt and laid out everything for marathon day...

The white bundle is undies and my SparkPeople Tech shirt, which will go under the green shirt.

And yes there are three pairs of socks because I haven't decided which ones I want to wear yet. :P

Oh just remembered to make sure I pack my HRM strap and wear my watch.

I'm charging my MP3 player now.

I'll be checking back in POST MARATHON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 12/5/2009 9:14PM

    Good luck!!!

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FITTYTIF 12/5/2009 9:10PM

    Thinking of you Hope all went well!!!

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CLOVERR1 12/5/2009 4:20PM

    Dittos. :) Waiting impatiently to read your post-race entry!

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JOHNBABJR 12/5/2009 1:03PM

    Go get 'em, Dana!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/5/2009 8:45AM

    Woo Hoo!!!

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SKYFYRE 12/5/2009 2:23AM

    DANA!!!! Have and AWESOME time at the race! Looking forward to your race report!

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
The sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

God Bless, Dana! Have a great race!

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CURVES_N_CURLS 12/4/2009 10:24PM

    "Go, Dana, GO!" ;-)

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SLCOLMAN 12/4/2009 6:03PM

    Good luck!

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    Good luck!!! I'll be cheering for you!

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    The outfit is looking really good! What's your plan for mile pace? I adore you girl - I can't wait to hear how it goes!!!! GO DANA GO!!! Your Sparkpeople are all with you in spirit!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

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    Awesome Dana!!! Can't wait!!!

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MDTWEETY 12/4/2009 2:03PM

    Best of luck!!!

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MBSHAZZER 12/4/2009 1:57PM

    AWESOME!!!! I can't wait to hear the wonderful news that you have crossed the finish line with a smile on your face!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/4/2009 1:43PM

    good luck girl.

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TELERIE 12/4/2009 1:43PM

    Have a great race!!!

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WHITEKP 12/4/2009 1:32PM

    I've been following your marathon journey for awhile now. I'm also training for my first marathon in January, and you're an awesome inspiration! Have an awesome race - I'm so excited for you! Looking forward to your race report. :)

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IZZYBUBBLES 12/4/2009 1:16PM

    Good luck! Have a wonderful time and enjoy yourself!

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VEGANLINDS 12/4/2009 12:09PM

    Good luck, Dana! I'm getting excited for you - can't wait to see your next blog!

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KJNE8O 12/4/2009 11:51AM

    Looking Good!

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SEEHOLZ 12/4/2009 11:38AM

    Have a FABULOUS time!!! I am sooooooo excited for you and can't wait to hear from you POST marathon! You are sooooooo ready girl!

Go run your heart out!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/4/2009 11:05AM

    You have put in the work for this...now it's time to enjoy it.

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MARLIE13 12/4/2009 10:36AM

    I'm so excited to hear allllll about your marathon! I know it's going to be a great race report. I'm so proud of you!

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LIMELITESHINES 12/4/2009 10:23AM

    I'm cheering for you here!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!! You'll rock it. :)

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RHALES199 12/4/2009 9:33AM

    emoticon emoticon I'll be cheering for you from here in Boise. You go, girl!

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TERRIANGEL 12/4/2009 9:21AM

    Have a GREAT race!!!

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TAKEONME48137 12/4/2009 9:09AM

    Hooray! Good luck! You are amazing! =)

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    You go, girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSSUNBUG 12/4/2009 8:42AM

    You go girl! Good luck!!

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LKEITHO 12/4/2009 8:32AM

    You're going to have a great experience! Enjoy it, and take pride in becoming a marathoner!

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/4/2009 8:11AM

    I said it yesterday, and I will say it again...EXCITING!!!!!

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SSPANIER 12/4/2009 7:58AM

    I am cheering for you! cannot wait to hear how it goes. You got this!!!! Good Luck! emoticon

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 12/4/2009 7:55AM

    You are AWESOME!!!!! Rock that race, girl!

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KEAKMAN 12/4/2009 7:48AM

    Dana, I am so psyched! Have a great run, and remember, you are a winner just by being you. You are showing everyone out there that we don't always have to be the fat girl just because we once were, and that we can do anything we put our minds to!


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BOTZZZ 12/4/2009 7:31AM

    Dana, Good luck and I know that you will finish strong! looking forward to your post race update.

As Ever

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CCSDESTINY 12/4/2009 7:14AM

    Good Luck! Have Fun! WhooHoo!!!! SOOOO EXCITING!!!!!!!!
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DDOORN 12/4/2009 5:24AM

    Yeah, I'll BET you are SO PSYCHED! Woo hoo!

Can't WAIT to hear all about it...! Bet you'll be flying high for DAYS! :-)


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/4/2009 4:14AM


Can't wait to hear all about it...

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PANDAAMONIUM 12/4/2009 4:00AM

    Good luck, have fun!!! emoticon

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SALLYDEE 12/4/2009 2:37AM

  Good Luck

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Feeling pretty ok...

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


So I didn't run this morning, I will have more time tomorrow morning to try that out -- opted to sleep until almost time to leave instead. REST REST REST! I'm still feeling slightly sick but I'm going it without medicine as of 11AM and don't feel much worse for the wear so I think I really am getting better. :) Went and got some body glide and some more socks as well today. Woot.

So.... one more day of work! Then we head to Memphis!!!! :)

I am feeling soooooo excited... reading through that Race Guide yesterday got me all pumped. Seeing the detailed instructions about the corrals for the wave start, where the bag check is (even though I'm not gonna check a bag it's still exciting race day details!), which way MARATHONERS are to turn when they enter the baseball stadium at the end of the race -- half marathoners and other races finish to the right, MARATHONERS finish to the LEFT ;), stuff like that... there was a little instruction page on how to attach your D-Tag -- which I am very happy that I had the experience of using one at the race in San Diego so I am familiar with it!

Weather.com is telling me that Saturday is mostly sunny, 0% chance of precipitation, low 31, high 47. :) I checked to see how cold it was when I ran the Turkey Trot and it was in the 30's so I think I have a decent idea of what it will feel like and that wasn't too bad! I was wearing my Spark Tech T under a longsleeve T-Shirt, gloves, tights. I also know that I can easily tuck my gloves into my fuel belt (the clip together).

The Race Guide says Gu will be at FOUR stations - at first they said 2, then 3, and now it's 4. I will have my own as well to be prepared but I think I can take less with me - we'll see. Woooot.

I'm ready. Let's do this!!!!

Oh yeah -- I still have a couple more days to wait through. :P hahaha.

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FITTYTIF 12/3/2009 11:16PM

    So Close! Sounds like you are ready! Hope you are 100% by then rest as much as you can!!!

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SSPANIER 12/3/2009 8:28PM

    You are going to rock it!!!!! I am so excited for you! emoticon

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/3/2009 4:14PM

    Great. Can't wait to read that report after you finish!!!

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BOTZZZ 12/3/2009 3:18PM

    Very excited for you Dana :)

As Ever

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SEEHOLZ 12/3/2009 10:17AM

    If you're used to guing, then bring extra-- maybe pin it to your fuel belt with safety pins. It might look funny, but you can just rip it off.. even if they give you gu at 4 stations, you'll like that feel of not needing any!
You are ready.. this last week of running is all for mental benefit... or so they say!

Anyways, you've read more instructions than I have for my 5 marathons combined-LOL. I just go and show up-LOL! Somehow not knowing where I'm going makes it more exciting and less long-LOL!

You are so ready... to GO!

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SKYFYRE 12/3/2009 10:02AM

    Well, I am glad that you are starting to feel better! I was about to mail you some chicken soup! Haha! So exciting about the race! I re read my Ironman entry last night and also the emails between me and the lady from ironman and that was exciting enough! Haha! I am a fruitloop, huh?

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KEAKMAN 12/3/2009 9:52AM

    sleep sleep sleep and rest rest rest

And speaking from personal experience, take all the gu you think you will need if none is available. I took way too little and when I hit the wall I nearly shattered from the impact. Come over prepared, assume they will not have what they say, and if they do, you are fine!

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JESPAH 12/3/2009 9:28AM

    How exciting!

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LKEITHO 12/2/2009 9:58PM

    Be nice to yourself the next couple of days. They say that the sleep you get 2 nights before is more important than what you get the night before the marathon - which is a good thing since with all the excitement you may not sleep real well the night before. I know I didn't! Hope you get a good sleep tonight and tomorrow, and are raring to go on Saturday! Enjoy!

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LILHLFPINT 12/2/2009 8:56PM

    (yeay! i'm so glad we are both feeling better. i'm so glad i stayed home yesterday and just took it early. and thank goodness for generic airborne.

::hugs:: i am thrilled you are going to have perfect weather! ::squeals:: you are going to run 26.2 miles oh my gosh.)

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KARVY09 12/2/2009 8:29PM

    How exciting!!!!

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JOHNBABJR 12/2/2009 6:26PM

    What an exciting time for you! I know just how you feel! This is going to be such an amazing experience.

Get your rest and keep hydrating. You're almost there.

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MEGABOMB 12/2/2009 6:02PM

    Oh gosh I can FEEL your stomach butterflies through your writing! You're going to! have a _great_ race! Enjoy every minute of it and, of course, tell us everything!

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    Its all coming together to be a great day and for you to have a great run.

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KNH771 12/2/2009 5:54PM

    You're going to have a GREAT time! Virtual cheers all along the course for you!

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CCSDESTINY 12/2/2009 5:50PM

    Got to your page through many mutual friends! Good luck on your first marathon! I get excited just reading about others' experiences!!! So I am pumped for you and cheering you on from sunny FL!!!!

Hope you have a great time!

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TELERIE 12/2/2009 5:48PM

    Wheeee, pretty excited about YOUR marathon, Dana! I can't WAIT! Hugs, MArit

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/2/2009 5:39PM

    YOU DONT KNOW HOW EXCITED I AM FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EEEEK!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D

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ELFITZPA 12/2/2009 5:35PM

    That's practically PERFECT marathon weather!! Enjoy that last run and have an amazing adventure!!

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MISSY_MAGOO 12/2/2009 5:16PM

    So excited for you!!!!!!!!

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BRUIN2 12/2/2009 5:02PM

    You're going to rock it!!! Woohooo!! Drink lots of water, and sleep as much the next few nights as possible!

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S318830 12/2/2009 4:34PM

    It's so much fun reading your giddy race preparation and anticipation! Good luck! And feel better immediately!

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KIMCATUS 12/2/2009 4:05PM

    Oh. My. Gosh. I am so excited for you!!!!! You are gonna rock this my friend!!!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/2/2009 3:52PM

    Wow. That is SO EXCITING.

I can't WAIT to hear how it goes and see pics, and EVERYTHING!


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TAMTAM64 12/2/2009 3:50PM

    Dana, I will be at the Expo Friday Afternoon around 1 - 2 pm. I'm going to be looking for you!

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VEGANLINDS 12/2/2009 3:34PM

    That is exciting!
I live in Memphis right now - I hope one year I'll be participating in that same marathon!
Can't wait to hear how it goes for you!

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MBSHAZZER 12/2/2009 3:33PM

    WHEEEE! This is so exciting!!! I can't wait! So I can imagine how excited YOU must be! YAYAYAYAYA!

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