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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

So yesterday it was up 6lbs from my weigh in last week, today it is down to 4lbs up, hopefully this trend continues. I don't believe I legitimately gained 6lbs. :P Just trying to continue drinking plenty of fluids and eating nice and clean.

My stomach still feels wonky so it has NO PROBLEM with the clean eating mantra. It wants things simple right now.

Otherwise I'm feeling almost nearly recovered - still giving me grief is my left hip/butt area - need to do some serious foam rolling over there, but otherwise I just have some minor soreness left and I think I'll be ready for 3 easy ones tomorrow, we will see - I will keep playing it by ear.

That's really it for now. Tracked calories for yesterday, came in at 18-something, so a bit under my theroetical daily non-exercise burn. Just trying to track, eat clean, and recover right now so I can get into my marathon training feeling healthy and strong! :)

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CATIATM 9/22/2010 10:56AM

    Is the soreness from your race? How long ago was that? I always gain a little when I run -- all the swelling. Sooooo counter intuitive, but there you go.

Hope you're feleing better!

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MARLIE13 9/22/2010 12:13AM

    Scales are really stupid because yeah, it doesn't know you just ran a half marathon. Did you have similar issues after your full? Keep up the clean eating. It's the perfect way to get back where you want to be!

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KEAKMAN 9/21/2010 8:43PM

    And you ran a half on Sunday, so that messes with everything....water gain, weird weight loss, etc.....whatever you come in at tomorrow is probably accurate!

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SKYFYRE 9/21/2010 2:21PM

    I bet it will continue the downward trend. Here is my idea that kinda worked last night: lay down on the floor with your feet up on the couch for a few hours while reading a book, it made me mobilize some water weight!! I think you are training very smart Dana!

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SEEHOLZ 9/21/2010 2:07PM

    I think those fluctuations are normal if you exert yourself a lot! Your body holds on to water and hence the spike in weight gain..

Keep rolling that hip!

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MBSHAZZER 9/21/2010 1:28PM

    Don't forget that a faster and farther than normal run can cause your weight to go up a bit... Hope you're feeling better soon!

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 9/21/2010 1:00PM

    Sodium does that to me EVERYTIME....I think the older I get the worse it affects me. Hope you're feeling less sore!

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SEPPIESUSAN 9/21/2010 12:46PM

    I can relate. I just blogged about gaining four pounds on Sunday, was the same weight on Monday, and today I'm down five! Salt's my culprit, I think.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Long story short - holy hills, did not break 2:30, broke backup goal of 2:45 - finished smiling, managed not to puke afterward - felt a days hard race DONE and proud!

Detailed race report with pictures here:

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ZORAHGAIL 9/21/2010 1:56PM

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PS - Sushi at the finish? OMG I emoticon it!

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SEPPIESUSAN 9/21/2010 12:32PM

    Congrats and you looked beautiful!!

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MARLIE13 9/20/2010 9:28PM

    Oooh Love the report...the long hair, the shirt, the cookie....the HILLS...you rocked it! How awesome. I'm so happy for you!

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CHANGEDIN09 9/20/2010 5:55PM

    WAY TO GO. I keep saying I'm going to do a half, but while training, when I get to six miles, I cant run any further. Don't know if I'm destined to do it or if I even really like running that much. Most days I stop at 4 miles. When I'm running, I feel great and can keep going, but after , my 49 year old bod aches!!!

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MBSHAZZER 9/20/2010 11:54AM

    Fantastic, Dana! Nice job! Those hill sound like a BEAR!

I LOVE the long hair, too! :D You look fabulous!

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MDTWEETY 9/20/2010 11:36AM

    WOO HOO! Congrats and wonderful job !! So glad to hear you finished smiling. You and some other Sparkers are motivating me to *think* about running a half. Just thinking right now...Thinking is good. And not painful. ;)
Wow, your hair is so long now!!

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JOPAPGH 9/20/2010 9:38AM

    Nice! emoticon

Sushi and fried rice as post race food? That might make me almost puke too.

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KEAKMAN 9/20/2010 9:29AM

    I love the goals - finish smiling and no puking afterward!

Great race and I am proud of you....you do realize that still translates to a 5:30 marathon (and if you didn't have those killer hills......!) emoticon

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RHALES199 9/19/2010 8:32PM

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MISSY_MAGOO 9/19/2010 6:29PM

    WooHoo for not puking! :D
gonna go check your link for the full report

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SKYFYRE 9/19/2010 6:24PM

    I checked out you RW blog, very awesome Dana!! I want to tell you that you are a hot runner, meaning, you even look good while running, and I am glad your DH took a picture of your hair, you have beautiful hair! No wonder why he couldn't help but snap a shot! Congrats on a job well done! I know you will do great on your training for the next full marathon too!

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Feeling better .... but binging????

Friday, September 17, 2010

I don't consider myself a binge eater -- it's not something I generally struggle with. But I have to be honest- last night and this morning were sugar binges.

I'm starting to feel better -- I feel like I hit the worst part and now I'm on the upswing - WOOT! continuing all the good stuff -- but last night my BIL made cupcakes and also my other BIL and SIL made homemade donuts so....

I made us homemade burgers for dinner, and didn't eat anything with them, so they were semi lower calories and just not a lot, so I HAD planned on eating more food that night - but not donuts.

Anyway - last night was donuts. This morning was more donuts. And cupcakes.

YEP! Now I feel kinda sick to my stomach and the thought of eating anything is just disgusting me. But honestly, I started to pick up another cupcake this morning and just put it back down and said NO! I am not letting this turn into a full out BINGE. Granted, I kinda think 2 (albeit skinny and homemade) donuts and 3 cupcakes are a bit of a binge anyway, but I could feel the binge mindset coming on to just keep eating them all until they were gone. Where instead I stopped because I was full and had had enough (more than enough really) food. You know what I mean? I didn't let that binge frame of mind kick in although I could feel it pushing at me. UGH. So disgusting. Rather than letting the binge mind rule me, I let stupid eat empty calories vs. nutritious calories rule for breakfast. And then I said THE END and I'm moving on.

Just wanted to share -- I want to share all the struggles and successes in my blog and not just the good times.

I think I'm going to start tracking again today because I'm feeling better and I need to see how many calories that breakfast can estimate to just to feed my morbid curiosity. :P

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LEONALIONESS 9/22/2010 1:16AM

    "as an athlete, you shouldn't be eating those cupcakes or the donuts." That seems a bit judgmental to say. Athletes can have a treat now and again, too. They're human, after all. Top marathoners eat treats/sugar! While other things are healthier, homemade baked goods are not the end of the world. Especially if someone needs more calories for fuel but has already eaten a bunch of bulky healthy stuff.

I know on long run days I need to eat like 2400 calories. I eat LOADS of fresh produce and my fiber was already through the roof, I average 50 grams a day, easily. I need some calories without bulk or lots of fiber. Homemade baked goods with no oil and no or little sugar totally fit the bill! And after my 20 miler I enjoyed a truly epic sugary vegan Boston Cream donut. Best donut ever.

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JOPAPGH 9/20/2010 9:46AM

    I was like that this weekend. I just grazed for no real reason. Glad today is a fresh start.

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LILHLFPINT 9/19/2010 5:20PM

    (i love your honesty. ::hugs::)

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SKYFYRE 9/18/2010 11:53PM

    YAY for putting the doughnut down! Hahaha! I can see your conscience acting like a cop, "Put the Doughnut DOWN!!" Thank goodness we have an inner voice once and a while! Thanks for sharing! I am glad you gained the upper hand!

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CATIATM 9/18/2010 6:10PM

    I think it's great that you kept a good mindset even though you had a mminor setback. I wonder what made you crave all the sugar. Stress? Fatigue? Hormones? Weird. Good for you for moving through it, though!

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BUTTERFLYROSE1 9/18/2010 12:04AM

    I hear you I need to start tracking agin too!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/17/2010 2:17PM

    i bought oatmeal cookies this week from the baker. they are a trigger food for me. i can't let them sit there. i ate all 12 of them by myself over 2 days. i know better. i know if i want an oatmeal cookie to buy ONE. i find it so frustrating to know what you are doing is a little coo coo yet you still keep doing it lol! way to say not and put an end to the cupcakes!

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MBSHAZZER 9/17/2010 12:22PM

    Couple of things... homemade ANYTHING is not as bad as store bought. Also, I totally can relate... sometimes I feel compelled to eat something just because it's in the house. Once it's gone, I'm fine, but it's like MUST EAT if it's there.

Good for you for recognizing what was going on and STOPPING!!!

Is the HM this weekend??

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SEPPIESUSAN 9/17/2010 12:16PM

    Oooh, since they were right there and homemade they must have been so tempting. I would have reacted the same way. I know just what you mean about how you could feel a potential binge (even though you sort of think that what you did WAS a binge) but you still managed to stop before you went totally overboard. I've felt like that myself lately sometimes.

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RUNSWITHDEER 9/17/2010 12:08PM

    Ah, the sugar binge. Sometimes those little treats can evolve into bad habits. Zirca, as an athlete, you shouldn't be eating
those cupcakes or the donuts. There are plenty of fruits that can supply you with that sugar you crave.

Keep up the training-you inspire us!

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SEEHOLZ 9/17/2010 11:58AM

    I had a bad Monday like that.. and I could have kept eating.. but I stopped. Granted, I ate useless bread later, but it wasn't in the binge mindset-- so it's okay


Here's to moving on- yeah!

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CLOVERR1 9/17/2010 10:59AM

    Good for you for curtailing the episode of emotional eating; Just think of it as "carbo loading" for your half marathon race!

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KNH771 9/17/2010 10:53AM

    The goodies never taste quite as good as you thought they would... I bought donuts the other day (went to the grocery store hungry - shame on me!) but haven't touched them. Don't know if I could have turned down homemade ones though... Mom used to make them on Sundays. Miss that.

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AHOOSIERGIRL 9/17/2010 10:31AM

    I'm glad you posted this. I'm an emotional binge eater. Often it is hard to stop the binge eating episode. Great job!

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MARLIE13 9/17/2010 10:01AM

    Yup, I know exactly what you mean. I think it goes hand in hand with perfectionism. "I've already eaten 1-5 and while there are still more left, I won't be able to resist so I might as well eat them all, and THEN I'll start my diet." lol! Good job on putting that last donut down!

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KEAKMAN 9/17/2010 10:00AM

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So glad you stopped, thought, and then acted!

It's easy to fall into a binge. But you didn't let that happen to you. And I am proud of you Dana!

It could be that your body is still recovering from the cold or whatever, and feels the need for some extra fuel, but donuts and cupcakes are not the best fuel, are they?!

Hope you feel better, and that this was the last blip on your radar before your half!

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Soooo things didn't really go as planned from last blog.

I was tired Tuesday morning, didn't run - slept. Figured rest is more important than running right now anyway - it's taper time - but I planned to run at night.

Then I heard from CLOVERR1 that Fleet Feet was having a Training Group kickoff -- Long Runs with aid and a free Nike Dry-Fit shirt for $10. HECK YES. :) Since the group is for those registered for either the Huntsville Half/RocketCity Marathon or both, we qualified. I didn't happen to see her, though.

The training schedule states to register for the half and the Monte Sano 15K road race as part of training - so I did that today. :) They are both very inexpensive registration fees and are local so it was easy.

So just like that I have THREE races on schedule between my half and the end of the year! :D

Oh and if I do that 5K in October also... the one that folks at my work do, that's 4. We will see...

So the 15K in Oct, and another half in Nov. :) WOOT!

So anyway in the past few days I've been starting to get a tickle in my throat and I just feel like I'm coming down with something. I ran yesterday morning, only a little over 2 miles, but I'm scrapping anymore running before the race and just resting, taking vitamin C, zicam, lots of fluids, etc. Just attacking this thing!!!!!!

I also ate a lot of food yesterday. I tracked some of it but not all. And I'm not tracking today. I'm trying to be more mindful today so as not to overeat, but I don't want to be counting calories while I'm feeling sick.

So everyone just pray that this passes soon and I'm able to really rock my half Sunday!!!

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DAWNOFCHANGE 9/17/2010 9:30PM

    I hope you get well soon so you can rock the half-marathon on Sunday. Take care of yourself and good luck. You are an inspiration to us all. emoticon

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WHATAGRL42 9/17/2010 1:11AM

    Sending healthy antibody-thoughts your way! Kick it, Girl!!! I swear by airbourne and echinacea too! Teacher tricks....

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MARLIE13 9/16/2010 11:15PM

    Prayers said! I just read Krissy's comment and I remember that...when she was sick. Gosh has it been two years really?

Love all the races you have on the books. You are really making me want this marathon to be over so I can do some shorter distances. I'm already looking forward to a half...especially since I know I can run that far already. lol!

You're going to do great and be super healthy. Rest sounds like a great idea!

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SKYFYRE 9/16/2010 6:26PM

    Awe Dana! I hope you kick it in the butt and get it gone! I will say though, if you are sick on race day, just take things slow and steady, and you can still run. I was crazy 2 years ago with Strep throat and a temp of 102 and ran the AFC 1/2 marathon and did my best time. you can always stop and walk, but why not give it a shot?! You are always in my prayers, but I will say a special one for your heath for the 1/2!

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MSSUNBUG 9/16/2010 6:09PM

    Sending positive vibes your way, lady! You'll do great! Feel better, rest up.

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MIAMIA7 9/16/2010 6:04PM

    Here's hoping it's just allergies! Good luck on your race.

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ETTEZEUS 9/16/2010 5:49PM

    Feel better quick!
I have a feeling you will rock your HM Sunday.

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MBSHAZZER 9/16/2010 5:39PM

    Dana, hope you are feeling better!

I love that you have so many races! The 15k is a great distance!

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KEAKMAN 9/16/2010 5:23PM

    Sleep, eat, and rest. Listen to your body! emoticon

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ZORAHGAIL 9/16/2010 4:11PM

    Good luck!

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SEEHOLZ 9/16/2010 3:47PM

    Keeping my fingers crossed Dana!

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CECE0330 9/16/2010 3:20PM

    You've certainly got a full schedule! But I was thinking, one race a month would be kind of fun, you know? Keep you on your toes. Course here I'm talking 3-5 miles and not the craziness of 13.1 or 26.2! emoticon Perhaps one day I'll join that elite crowd!

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KSIGMA1222 9/16/2010 3:12PM

    YOU WILL ROCK IT! I'm finally going to do one next month.

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BUTTERFLYROSE1 9/16/2010 3:06PM

    Good luck and rock on.

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Hoopin it Up!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The gym last night was FANTASTIC - I am glad to bank some calorie burn for the week since from here on out it is TOTAL TAPERVILLE.

Plan: Tonight - run tuneup workout A featured in the latest Runners World - 2 mile tempo run.

Not sure how much warmup/cooldown I'll do, I guess I'll just see how I feel. Playing w/ the idea of running 2 miles easy and 2 miles tempo BACK, then just walking around to cooldown. Simple upper body and core ST -- probably will bring out the freestyle trainer at the park after the run I'm thinking...

Wed: REST - maybe some recreational hula hooping. :)

Thu: Tuneup workout B - 2x800 at 10K pace - same w/ the wu/cd and between interval, unsure how I'm gonna do it yet but I'm guessing around 2-3 miles for that day - simple upper body and core ST at home.

Fri: REST!
Sat: REST and travel
Sun: RACE! :)

Our teacher introduced the upper body hula hooping today. Once or twice I actually got it to start to go up my body, but mostly I just beat my arms up. I have a bruise that I don't think is visible yet on my left elbow but HUURRRTS. haha. She had us first practice getting one arm in and hooping with that -- right arm - piece of cake. In for a few loops, out, repeat, etc. Left arm, slightly more awkward but ok. Then both arms. Sometimes I kept it going, sometimes it fell down. Then the idea is to start kinda bumping w/ your elbow, kind of a winging motion cause you keep your hand attached at your side - and not a BIG motion, just a small movement, and it makes the hoop kinda go up to your chest.

Well... I don't think I was moving my arm right. I felt totally spastic. But I did do it a couple times although I was so excited I didn't try to keep it going upperbody - so something to practice at home.

She also introduced how to grab the hoop at your waist to bring it overhead - SO can't do that yet either. You have to kinda pivot your hand sometime while bringing it overhead because your fingers are pointing down at first and overhead they've gotta point up -- didn't do that ever during class, gotta practice.

SO GLAD I got my own hoop! Trying to master this stuff in one class a week would just be frustrating. But I felt so much more confident in class last night with all the practicing I've been doing -- I felt really comfortable with most everything that she's showed us previously, so that was cool. I even practiced walking backwards and didn't fail at that. HAHA :D

Zumba was before that and it kicked my BUTT. The favorite teacher of before is BACK and she was ready to really work us OUT. It was AWESOME! Also some jump squats and squats and whatnot in there so my lower body got a little extra.

SO! Then I went grocery shopping and by the time I got home I was feeling so tired I just wanted to eat and shower and go to bed. So I did. But then I couldn't sleep. WHAT? haha. So hence the running tonight vs this morning. Plus I just need some equalizing time after the intense 2+ hr workout last night.

Yesterday's Deficits:

(1900+1366) - 1867 = 1399

So if 1750 deficit is my max goal, then I'm most of the way there. But in the coming week, I am sure I will have some negative deficit days - meaning taking away from that number.

AND CLOVERR1 is doing Rocket City Marathon!! :D I will have a buddy in the race with me - even though I'm sure she will leave me in the dust at some point, it will be nice. :)

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CATIATM 9/16/2010 11:12AM

    Oh! I love, love, LOVE hula-hooping! I wonder if I could get one here ......

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WOLFKITTY 9/15/2010 12:15PM

    Hooping sounds like a lot of fun. There's a local group on MeetUp here that does that,a nd I was curious about it. I'm happy to read your report. ;)

Hugs, Dana!!!

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TRACYZABELLE 9/15/2010 3:58AM

    best of luck with your race!!!

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SKYFYRE 9/15/2010 2:01AM

    That hooping class sounds really challenging, but you are doing it! Wahoo! And nice onthe 2 hour workout, you are insane! (Wait, I guess I am too, if that's how I'm gonna rate it!) Glad you will see a friend on Sunday, the big day! And great taper plan, Welcome to Taperville!

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MDTWEETY 9/14/2010 4:12PM

    Glad you are hoopin' it up!! That class sounds like such a BLAST! Do you have a weighted hoop or a regular one??

I know you are a gym girl like me. Didn't you have to quit your gym at one time (I might not be remembering correctly). If so, how did work out? I might have to quit the gym and I am so sad. emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 9/14/2010 12:42PM

    I need to look into the hoops. sounds like you are having fun.

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KASHMIR 9/14/2010 12:29PM

    It sounds like LIFE IS GOOD in Dana Land! emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 9/14/2010 11:34AM

    Glad you're having fun!

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CLOVERR1 9/14/2010 11:21AM

    But you're the one with longer legs and less years...you may end up leaving me in the dust!

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MBSHAZZER 9/14/2010 10:58AM

    Dana, I love that you are taking advantage of the cool classes at your gym! What a great way to mix things up! The hula hooping sounds like a lot of fun.

Glad to hear you will have a buddy at the race!

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KNH771 9/14/2010 10:51AM

    I've got to find a hooping class of my own. It sounds like a lot of fun! I'm pretty jealous. Best of luck with your race this weekend. emoticon

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    Good luck with your race. The hula hoop class sounds like fun. I would like to try to hula hoop again just for fun.

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KEAKMAN 9/14/2010 10:31AM

    I am getting soooo excited for you Dana!

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