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The good, the bad, and the ugly....

Monday, November 01, 2010

Let's start with the worst and work our way through to the positive, shall we?

The Ugly - Uncounted, untold amounts of Halloween candy. Everytime I passed the candy bowl there was more candy eaten, and extra trips were then made to the candy bowl. NO MORE OF THIS!

The Bad - Two meals eaten out, one meal of frozen to oven food that wasn't so healthy, another meal of pre made BBQ chicken that was surely chock full of sodium...

The Good - I made my awesome Cuban Black Bean Stew Recipe and there are leftovers for lunch! WOOT! I had an incredible Long Run -- it was a cut back week so only went 13.5+ miles, but I did something different than my usual LR strategy -- I started at a nice slow easy LR pace, but then after hit the mile 7 marker on the HM course I was running, I picked up the pace aiming for 13 min miles (My Goal Marathon Pace), and hit it perfectly. It was GREAT. Very confidence building and whatnot.


I NEED to track my food on the weekend. I can't NOT track my food on the weekend and reliably stay within rational eating. I can do it sometimes - notice I said RELIABLY. I'm not doomed to fail without tracking, but I'm risking a big detour like the one I took last weekend. Especially when certain stars such as TOM and HALLOWEEN combine with a LONG RUN. It's just not smart. It was not smart of me to just keep going with the willy nilly eating -- it got worse as the weekend went along. Friday night we ate out, I chose a pasta dish, and I felt good. I had a great LR the next morning, had a nice pre run banana+PB sandwich, GU's during, and protein bar after - felt good. Went out to eat again (the Happy Tummy) and got a decently healthy meal, plus a cookie. Not bad. And then I ate a lot of candy and I don't remember what all else. And made the Cuban Black Bean Stew - which is good! -- but ate a bunch of candy while making it (not so good).

Sunday was just a bunch of nonsense. No attempt at healthful eating.

It's a new week! I got invited to an accountability group on Facebook full of Runners World Online Forum folk. I'm hoping this will help keep me on track. We're even doing weekly weighins (something I haven't shared with anyone in a LONG TIME) which I think will be the real kick in the butt. They want to do them on Monday. Which means I can't continue to stick in my - eat well during the week, fall apart on the weekends - strategy. Sure the weight may go back down by Wednesday but I'm never going to get anywhere just fluctuating up and down back and forth.

As for this week's deficit, I've decided that although I should get a great deficit today, I'm not counting it toward this week's deficit total. I'm gonna bank it against last weekend's debacle. HAHA.

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NATURALLYME126 11/4/2010 9:04PM

    Girl I am soooo glad all the boys halloween candy that I like is ALL gone!! I went bonkers on the candy in my opinion. But its all good now. :)
Going grocery shopping tomorrow and Saturday I am going to Whole Foods. Ready to start making all my stews and soups for the cold months. :0)

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SPARKIE1964 11/4/2010 8:53PM

    I am going to give your approach (off accountability) a whirl tonight...It might be just what I need to get back on track this week.

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DANCE4MARTIN 11/3/2010 8:48PM

    You are a breathe of fresh air, I enjoyed your blog very much. Thanks for sharing.

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SKYFYRE 11/1/2010 10:46PM

    The accountability challenge sounds like it will whip that weekend eating into shape! I need to just get back on top of the eating for life, not for death wagon, and reintroduce the good stuff to my diet,... the bad stuff doesn't even tast good after the first 2 bites anyway! Gah! Well, Dana, you are still rocking the running, your motivation there is simply unstoppable, you are ROCKING IT!

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/1/2010 7:49PM

    Sounds like the challenge will be awesome and will keep you on the ball ! You know what to do ! :D

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MDTWEETY 11/1/2010 3:34PM

    "eat well during the week, fall apart on the weekends - strategy" - that has been my strategy too. :) Sounds like that FB group will be really helpful! Enjoy your healthy black bean soup (YUM!) and make it an awesome week!

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KENSINGTONC 11/1/2010 1:28PM

    You have a great attitude!! Congrats on that awesome run, I am jealous.

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SEEHOLZ 11/1/2010 1:24PM

    I think the FB group is a great way to stay accountable- I get why you call the candy stuff ugly-- I think sometimes people don't understand what ugly really means- I mean, myabe your eating wasn't all that ugly in my books, but the point is that it was to you and the negative feelings - mentally and physically are just so energy zapping.. at least for me. That could be energy spend doing other things...
When I saw your status over the week-end, I was like yes, she got the whole slowing down thing!

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MBSHAZZER 11/1/2010 12:08PM

    Hey Dana, it sounds like you had just ONE day that was off track, which is not all that bad. And it also sounds like you learned something good about yourself and what you need to do to stay accountable. So, all is not lost!

Have an awesome week! The great thing about Mondays is that it's a FRESH start!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/1/2010 11:57AM

    Halloween candy was the downfall of my weekend too, we'll make up for it with extra exercise. emoticon

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    You got in a great workout! Keep up the hard work!

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CLOVERR1 11/1/2010 11:53AM

    Could you send me info on the FB group? I keep "starting over" on the tracking/accountability/healthy eating/wanna be at race weight stuff too...
(ugggh..I noticed "Leela" has a bit of tummy pudge showing...)

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KARVY09 11/1/2010 11:38AM

    Bright side: The Halloween candy musta fueled that long run!!!

Have a great week, Dana!

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Running Machine!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My running schedule was not ideal this week - Monday evening, then Wednesday evening and Thursday morning? Monday was 4.13 miles, Wednesday+Thursday = 14.5 miles - so basically I did the bulk of my running within a 13.5hr time frame for the mid week miles.

BUT - being able to run 14.5 miles in that short of a time in the middle of the week DOES make me feel pretty rockstar awesome. HAHA. It also tells me I'm being a weakling on my midweek mileage and I need to step it up. In any case - I had some great runs yesterday and today, with my headlamp, in the dark.

This morning I saw a light and thought it was a cyclist on the path but when I got closer I heard voices and it turned out to be two men in army fatigues with a flashlight, and one of them said,

"Now THAT'S a dedicated runner, right there!"

WOOT! Definitely put a little pep in my step. I was like, dang straight! He doesn't even know I was out here just last night! :D That progressed to - the thought, "You HAVE to be dedicated when you've got 26.2 coming down the pipe!"

And I thought about it and realized not everyone stays dedicated to their marathon training plans and some people don't even make one. They just wing it and get out there on race day to have fun. So I guess I AM a dedicated runner, just like the facebook "what kind of runner are you?" quiz said. :)

My food has been slightly random lately, but I've been staying in range and not overeating anything so I'm glad about that.

Yesterday's Deficit: 1361
Week so far: 2168, Daily average: 722.66

WOOT. I need to make sure I eat enough the rest of this week since I'll have a LR on Saturday, but at least it's only 13+ so it won't be a HUGE calorie drain like those 18+ ones are. as I was out last night I was like, only 5 more miles to this for Saturday. :) "only 13" "only 5 more miles" harharhar. It can start to feel long when you're in the middle of it but still having a grand scheme perspective like this feels good. :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/29/2010 6:29PM

    you are so dedicated girl! what a nice compliment. great work this week. emoticon
pirate trainer approves.

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CATIATM 10/29/2010 11:29AM

    You feel like a rick star? Dana - you ARE a rock star! WOOT! emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 10/29/2010 11:25AM

    Hello, you are both a dedicated runner and a rockstar!

Running in the dark to impress guys way beats out dancing on bar tables.

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SKYFYRE 10/29/2010 5:10AM

    I love that sort of inspiration! How nice, it would have put some pep in my step too! What a deficit! Yahoo!

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MBSHAZZER 10/28/2010 6:19PM

    Dana, you ARE a rock star!

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KSGROTHE 10/28/2010 5:41PM

    You really ARE a Running Machine! emoticon

Keep up the good work! I'm sure you are inspiring a lot of people!

- Karen

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 10/28/2010 5:12PM

    I was having similar thoughts this morning as I headed out for a 9 mile run after getting up at 4:10 this morning!! Although dedicated wasn't the word I was using -- it was more like NUTTY!! emoticon emoticon

You're doing GREAT!

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MDTWEETY 10/28/2010 5:08PM

    Kudos!! Yes, you are a dedicated runner, and definitely a planner. I am more like the person who just wings it. I don't set a goal or time, other than to finish before they kick you off the course. Mind you, the longest race I've done is 10K. If I decide to do a marathon, or even 1/2, I'll probably need to come up with a plan of some sort. :)
Have a great day! Keep on running!

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TAMTAM64 10/28/2010 4:51PM

    You are a dedicated runner!! Keep running strong!


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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 10/28/2010 1:37PM

    You still inspire me! Though I'm not "allowed" to jog anymore - your dedication is amazing to me.

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KARVY09 10/28/2010 12:54PM

    You're an awesome runner! Keep it up!

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RUNTRILAUGH 10/28/2010 12:52PM

    You ARE a dedicated runner!!!! Way to ROCK it!

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AMHFALKO 10/28/2010 12:46PM

    Wow that's awesome!!! You say you run with a light- what kind. Since it's dark in the evenings and too much traffic for my liking- I'm thinking about heading out the mornings. I have reflective gear, but it's hard to get out there when the streets are dark and we have no street lights on my county road.
If I could force myself out in the morning- maybe I'd be as dedicated as you!!
Way to go!

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Stormy Tuesday

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

So yesterday was going to be a morning run, but then I needed sleep... and then it was stormy - tornados and whatnot - all day. It was a good rest day.

I feel revitalized! :D haha. This morning was supposed to rain so I planned in advance to run at night - didn't wake up super early. HURRAH! So the extra rest is YAY! And tonight will be just over 8 mile run. Brought my fuel belt, a gel, yadda yadda, everything, to work.

Last night's dinner was Spaghetti Squash and it was so good! If I had more patience and interest I could've done more to beef it up (literally) but I ate just the roasted squash - SO EASY.

I think I set the oven at 375... cut in half. Remove seeds/middlepart. Wipe w/ olive oil, slather minced garlic all over and salt and pepper and roast that sucker for about an hour. Then fork it all up into strands and toss to distribute the seasoning. SO GOOD. I didn't want to muck it up by adding any sauce or anything. But I did eat a PB bun and some ice cream as well. (very little Ice cream - very reasonable treat!)

(1900+0)-2317 = -417

So for the week I'm down to 807 for a deficit. Figure that's all good because I'm running tonight and going to get a big deficit for that so it will all even out in the end as long as I continue to track and not go overboard in the food department even though - TOM IS ARRIVING. :P

Wearing some ridiculous boots today for a while to practice for Friday - work Halloween Costume Day and Friday night Halloween thing at church (Trunk or Treat). I am going to be an undead rock star that was garotted w/ a guitar string. WOOT.

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TRACYZABELLE 10/28/2010 2:50AM

    For those of you who exercise outdoors that weather can be a pain! I have no excuse all of mine is done inside!

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/28/2010 12:54AM

    suck it up! tornadoes and storms? easy peasy -lol.

i remember a girl that once was happy to run a mile. now 8 miles seems like a short run for you! you have come a long way and i am so proud of you.

you are so creative with your costumes. on sunday i will be going as Jen.

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KENSINGTONC 10/27/2010 12:49PM

    You go, you!

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BUTTERFLYROSE1 10/27/2010 12:44PM

    Awesome costume idea I hope you post pictures of yourself!

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MBSHAZZER 10/27/2010 12:42PM

    Mmmm, I love winter squash.. all kinds! Glad you enjoyed. And post Halloween pics! Weren't you the one last year who dressed up for work and no one else did? Or am I thinking of someone else??

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SEEHOLZ 10/27/2010 11:14AM

    Rest days are good.. .lately I believe in them-LOL!
Seriously though... that squash sounds super yummy... great suggestion for self... love turning the oven on this time of year.

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CLOVERR1 10/27/2010 10:57AM

    If you aren't busy Sunday afternoon, you should come do the downtown Zombie Walk! 3 pm, Clinton Ave. parking garage. (no brains required, but bring a pet food item to contribute to their collection for the animal shelter!)

I'm STILL working on getting my costume together for the Spooktacular 5K on Saturday morning!

Do you know when/where is this weekend's group training run?

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GOGIDGET 10/27/2010 9:58AM

  Sounds like you have a good plan!

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Not QUITE 20 miles...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

... but I did get 19.2 miles! :) That's pretty close enough for me, especially since I have two more opportunities to go 20/20+ before my marathon. WOOT.

This weekend is a cut back LR - 13 is on the schedule, and since we're running the half marathon course, I bet I won't get much more than 13 no matter what. I think there is an alternate route for 14 or 15 or something that I might do, but it'll still not be up in the 18-20 range for sure.

Yesterday my amount of calories was good, but the quality was crap. Pumpkin pie for breakfast and dinner. I was SO TIRED in both occasions -- AM was at like... 4:30AM after having been awakened at 3ish because the basement was flooding and I had to clean out our closet (which turned out to not really be affected) and DH was cleaning out the storage closet (which was where it was REALLY affecting). After that I was bone tired but knew if I went to bed I'd lay there and get hungry because I had been awake too long to not start getting hungry. So I went for the easiest possible things.

Dinner was post run+hulahoop+grocery shopping. I started cooking some chicken for lunches and was planning on a sandwich but my hands were getting shaky and my body was saying FOOD NOW DANA FOOD NOW! So the pie came out. haha. And I supplemented it with some whole grain chips.

Now -- Pumpkin pie is apparently the healthiest of the pies. I didn't top it with any whipped topping, it was just pumpkin filler and crust. But pie does not a good meal make. Oh well.

Deficit Tracking:

(1900+1356) - 2032 = 1224

So I'm starting with a fat deficit so far this week. Today will be a REST day. This morning I was too exhausted to get up and run, even knowing that this evening it's supposed to storm. If it doesn't I MIGHT go run, but my real plan is to beef up Wed/Thu - Wed 8 Thu 6 (vs. 6+4) to add in those extra miles. Should do some ST tonight. Can probably manage that.

Now to just make it through the work day!

EDITED TO ADD: To clarify - my 19.2 mile run was Saturday, Monday night's run was just over 4 miles. I did not run 19 miles and then hula hoop and then go grocery shopping and whatnot. :D

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/27/2010 9:42AM

    LOL thanks for making that clear. YOU ROCK GIRL.

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SKYFYRE 10/27/2010 12:54AM

    Still impressive, after your edit. You are kicking butt and taking names!

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DAWNOFCHANGE 10/26/2010 5:19PM

    Amazing! I don't know how you do it! I'm getting ready for my first 5K and am not sure I'm going to make it. Although, I'm going to give it my best.

Keep up the good work!

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KSGROTHE 10/26/2010 2:36PM

    emoticon on your long run!

Enjoy your "rest" day! emoticon

- Karen

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BRUIN2 10/26/2010 1:12PM

    Happy Rest Day.


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SWEATONCEADAY 10/26/2010 1:10PM

    you ran 19+ miles and then hoola hooped? you are a machine. you still had a deficit of 1200+ calories even with pie. nuts!

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AMOHAME2 10/26/2010 11:37AM

    Almost 20 miles, now that is an excuse for pumpkin pie if I ever heard one!! Amazing job!

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MBSHAZZER 10/26/2010 11:17AM

    REST!!!! Your body is definitely telling you it needs it!

Great job on the almost 20 miler! Close enough.

Glad to hear the closet was not a disaster and great job not letting the stress and exhaustion totally break you!

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KEAKMAN 10/26/2010 11:07AM

    "Rest" means no hooping, running, or other aerobic activities. You do know that, right?!?!?

Hope the flooding didn't damage anything. And pumpkin pie is great for breakfast. (okay, but not for dinner, too!)

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SEEHOLZ 10/26/2010 11:00AM

    Great job on getting those miles in! You know, it's pumpkin pie season... and it certainly is good... I'm not really a pie person, but pumpkin roll... emmm, yeah, that's my weakness, so I just have it one day per year- Thanksgiving.

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MARGARITTM 10/26/2010 10:47AM

    Good Grief!!! If your running 18+ miles I think it's ok to have the pumpkin pie!!!

Sounds like your training is going great! Can't wait to hear how it all comes together for you!!

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KSIGMA1222 10/26/2010 10:46AM

    Yes good that you take a rest day. Body is tired, worn out and may need a more balanced fueling. I have noticed a fluctuation in my energy levels on my runs based on my fueling and since I stopped tracking it has been a bit off from time to time. May need to start spot checking a bit to keep me on track and really know what I may be missing, like fat. GREAT work on your long run! I still need to find a marathon that works for me, set the date and then train. Right now i am training to get my distance back to where it was a year ago and have no real goal other than that. So you as always are way ahead and better planned out my friend. Keep up you great work my friend! Great "Chewing the fat with you." lol.

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RUNTRILAUGH 10/26/2010 10:45AM

    awesome job!!!!

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Splurge Meal!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Last night (and this morning's breakfast) were definitely splurging. My BIL and SIL brought over their fryer and made a ton of food. I don't think I want too overboard in the amount of any one thing, it was just over the course of the night a lot. I'm sure I left out something from my estimated tracking, which my estimated tracking puts me eating 100 something cals from my meager deficit, so I'm just gonna zero out my deficit for yesterday and call it even. Yeah that's like 300+ difference, but hey, I might as well.

Gotta eat well today because I'm planning on running 20 miles tomorrow. Anytime anything less than good fuel is presenting itself to me today I will just remind myself I have a 20 miler in the morning. :)

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HOPERY 10/24/2010 12:49AM

    20 miles should totally work off anything the evil fryer tried to do to you! You are doing great to think about your fuel today so that bod will be redy for the ong run. Have fun!

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SKYFYRE 10/23/2010 9:58PM

    20 miler! You are just so AWESOME! (I can see you huff briefly on your nails and buff then on your shirt after saying that!!! ;) Go Girl!

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CATIATM 10/23/2010 6:01AM

    I think it's terrific that even your "splurges" are controlled. WOOT for the 20-miler! I've tried - failed - twice to do my 20. I can't seem to find shoes that don't turn my feet into ground meat. emoticon

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SWEATONCEADAY 10/22/2010 7:20PM

    i thought the exact thing briegh wrote in her comment. kinda like that darn fondu pot. evil! good luck with 20 miles tomorrow!

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/22/2010 4:12PM

    You GO girl. Can't WAIT to hear about your 20 miler :) emoticon

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KEAKMAN 10/22/2010 11:14AM

    Rest as much as you can today and continue with all of that healthy food. You've done 20 miles before. You KNOW you can do it again!

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MBSHAZZER 10/22/2010 10:08AM

    I agree with Breigh! LOL! But, you'd be surprised... if the oil is fresh and the appropriate temperature, the amount of it that gets absorbed into the food is less that you'd think!

Enjoy that 20 miler!

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BRUIN2 10/22/2010 10:06AM

    hahaha - no good can come of the statement "they brought over their fryer". teehee.

Have a great run!!

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SEEHOLZ 10/22/2010 9:55AM

    Wow... the marathon is getting closer-- have a good run!

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MSILVER94 10/22/2010 9:54AM

    WOW!!! You're gonna run 20miles!! lol that's all I got from reading that lol....you go girl!!! emoticon emoticon

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