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MUFFIN TOP CHALLENGE - Before Photos 11/28/2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Copied from ANEPANALIPTI's blog. :) OK HERE IT IS. It's not pretty - BE FOREWARNED!

Description of the challenge:

"We all have them- that pair of too-snug jeans slung in the back of the closet after frustrated attempts to button, zip, or even pull them up past your knees. I know I have tons of them. The same jeans that once were loose are now threatening to find a spot alongside the others in the "reject pile" in the dark recesses of my closet.

But NO! I will not sacrifice another pair of snug jeans. Instead of blaming the jeans for magically shrinking two sizes in the dryer, it's time to shrink the muffin top!

To join the muffin-top challenge, it doesn't matter what size, shape, fitness level, etc you're at. All you need is a pair of jeans, pants, or even skirt that's buttons are dangerously close to popping off.


Take a picture & Take your measurements. Stop focusing on the numbers on the scale and watch your tummy & hips shrink into those blue jeans!

Pick a pair of jeans that you've been hoarding in the back of your closet for that magical day when they become two sizes LARGER instead of smaller :P


Take progress shots. Journal. Tell us when you're finally feeling some slack in the waistband or you have to start wearing a belt so they don't fall down!

Take your measurements and you'll really start seeing results. A quarter inch, a half inch, a WHOLE inch! Celebrate in your success! You'll definitely be able to see it in the mirror and feel it in your jeans!



Do a woohoo dance! Enjoy those sexy curves filling out those jeans, but not threatening to bust the seams haha.

But it's not over yet...if you're ready to move on, find another pair of pants you really, REALLY never thought you'd squeeze into and start over again! Keep taking pictures, taking measurements and see REAL results- not just numbers that can fluctuate daily on a scale.

Get it, Get it! "

I'm EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Measurements: (All measurements EXCEPT the muffin top taken without the offending jeans on, FYI.)
Waist: 32 inches
Muffin Top: 42 inches
Hips: 41.5 inches
Right Thigh: 25 inches
Left Thigh: 25 inches

If you're interested, JOIN!!!

The challenge requires an update every month, so near the end of December I will post updated pictures and whatnot. :P

It's so sad that even though my waist is 32 and hips 41.5, these jeans are so small they are squishing all my hip fat up to create a muffin top of 42 inches! HAHAHAHA. and see how flat my butt is from the side in these right now? Yeah. Anyway - I remember my measurements USED to be:

Waist - 3o-29.5 around there
Hips - 40
Thighs - 23

So I know what I need to do to make these fit comfortably again. The measuring tape DON'T LIE.

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CALYST01 12/8/2010 10:06AM

    I wish I had seen this a few days ago before committing to other challenges!!!!

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CALYST01 12/8/2010 10:05AM

    I wish I had seen this a few days ago before committing to other challenges!!!!

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CALYST01 12/8/2010 10:05AM

    I wish I had seen this a few days ago before committing to other challenges!!!!

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SEEHOLZ 11/29/2010 11:41AM

    While I'm not doing a MT challenge, I did start taking "bikini" pics... and will compare weekly-- probably not post for awhile... like after I see progress, you know?

But, I might try this with these one jeans I got... to see how I progress.. great idea!

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SKYFYRE 11/29/2010 12:12AM

    Oi, this would be good for me! Way to be brave, yet again Miss Dana. And- you aren't really too far from these being just right! Cheers!

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/28/2010 10:00PM

    i may just have to join you since this is my problem area and i am in the DANGER zone of having to buy new jeans.

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VABCHLOSER 11/28/2010 9:35PM

    I love these muffin top challenges that are popping up!! I am so going to join in!

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LYNNANN43 11/28/2010 7:26PM

    You're so brave! NOT an easy thing to post!!!

My waist is down to 32" too and I still muffin:(

Best of luck with your challenge!

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CMRAND54 11/28/2010 3:06PM

    You're a brave lady! That belly fat is so hard to lose. I've gotten my hips down to 37" but my waist is still at 30.5".

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KASHMIR 11/28/2010 12:44PM

    Yay Dana!!! I'm betting that muffin top is gone in no time, and those jeans will be fitting just fine.

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MARLIE13 11/28/2010 11:39AM

    Yep, braaaaavvvveeee girl! But I don't think anything less of you...more actually. I took some pictures just like this before I even heard of the challenge. WILL not. BE posting them! Much admiration goes out to you. kick some butt!

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/28/2010 10:59AM

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YAY!! I'm so glad you posted it!!! We are so rocking this challenge. emoticon emoticon

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HOPERY 11/28/2010 10:36AM

    I'll have to think about joinig in on this one, but I would find posting the pics terrifying. You are so brave! But of course being a marathoner, you don't need me to tell you that.

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EDEACONTX 11/28/2010 10:19AM

    I give you props for posting those pictures. I'm so self conscious as it is. Thanks for giving me the confidence to join in. Good luck on your journey!

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Did my 20, ankle is fine

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The bottom of my right foot is a little bruise-y from where the brace went across my arch, but otherwise I feel physically good.

Plan was to start out and turn it into a shorter out and back if things didn't feel good, take a shorter taper and run another big one later, but things worked out today.

I was overly emotional at the end of it -- for some reason this run got very mentally challenging toward the end. After I passed mile 19 I was like, HTFU and get going! My last mile split doesn't look super impressive because I started that last mile a bit slow, but I definitely picked it up - especially in the last .6 miles - (I ran 20.1 - ) - I went from a slow point of 14:27 down to a fast point of 11:17 min miles in a steady speed up during the last half of mile 20, then I slowed a bit for the last .1 as I ran uphill into the parking lot to visit my car, clocking an average pace of 12:42 for that tenth.

I was aiming for 14 mm during the entire run, and had a few miles that came in slower than 15mm, but honestly the first was right after I passed my mile 16 point, this lady started talking to me from her driveway about how she has done 2 half marathons and wishing me good luck and stuff. It was nice, but it went on a little long - I was kinda walking backward like ok, I'm moving on now... so mile 17 is one of those long ones. After mile 17 was the final aid station provided by my training group and I filled many of my bottles w/ water, stretched my calves, and told myself about how I only had a few miles left... so mile 18 has a slow time as well because of that stop. After I reached the mile 18 marker my split times get a bit faster for mile 19 and 20, progressively, and then finishing that last bit at the faster pace as I mentioned already.

So I KNOW that there was more of a mental struggle (and a chatty runner lady) in those slower miles than anything else. OH I only mentioned two - the first of the 3 slower miles was mile 14 (I took a brief stretch and walk right after crossing the 13 mile point of my run).

I am very grateful to those of you who supported my skipping this run if needed - the confidence and the cautiousness is very much appreciated because I know it would have been hard for me to turn around and go back if I needed to, but I really didn't need to. I appreciate everyone's concern and support, though! :)

Now it's time to TAPER IT UP! :D WOOOOOT!

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SKYFYRE 11/23/2010 3:33AM

    Sounds like a great run all together Dana! Funny about the chatty Cathy on the run- she probably was inspired by you and trying to talk herself into doing a marathon like you! Next time tell her to leave some G2 out for you! heehee!

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MARLIE13 11/22/2010 11:19PM

    oOOOoohhh! I'm so glad that your ankle held up well for you. You have done such a good job throughout your training. Yay for the taper!!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/22/2010 5:52PM

    ARE YOU HUMAN?!??!?

WAY TO FREAKIN GO you inspire me so much!

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MBSHAZZER 11/22/2010 2:16PM

    Enjoy your taper Dana! You are going to ROCK this marathon!

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TRUE_TEXAN 11/22/2010 1:07PM

    Awesome job! I can't even imagine running that far right now but maybe one day!

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KSGROTHE 11/22/2010 3:41AM

    emoticon on your run!

Sounds like you're ready for that marathon! emoticon

- Karen

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KEAKMAN 11/21/2010 4:59PM

    WOOHOO!! Taperville here she comes! (and keep on babying that ankle!)

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KASHMIR 11/21/2010 4:47PM

    YAY DANA!!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/21/2010 3:03PM

    so glad your ankle is better. now you can enjoy your taper!

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BRUIN2 11/21/2010 3:01PM

    YAY - glad your ankle is feeling ok. And glad you did such a great job pushing through the mental challenge!

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SEEHOLZ 11/21/2010 2:31PM

    Wohoo-- you are ready for taper girl! This was huge and I'm glad the ankle is okay :-)

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MILDLY sprained ankle. WAH!

Friday, November 19, 2010

I'm confident I will be ok for the marathon - I mean, I walk painfree, no limp, only mild pain with certain specific movements (which are not general running movement) so I'm not really worried about it long term.

BUT - 20 miles on the schedule for Sunday and I'm uncertain as to how I'm going to proceed with training.

OH so I was having a great run on Thursday morning and stepped on a stick that blended in w/ the path (kinda all silvery/speckledy like the pavement) and rolled the ankle, btw. I didn't ever really say that. I was almost to mile 2 of a 4 mile out and back - so basically I had to go almost 2 miles back to get to my car. It sucked.

But anyway, I got home, iced it, put icy hot on that sucker, wrapped it up, and was fine. I don't have it wrapped today and I think there is some very very minor swelling on it - it's so small I'm not 100% sure I didn't imagine it, but I put my leg up and I think it went down? HAHAHA. Either way - not painful to walk on, etc.

So I think I will keep icing and elevating today and tomorrow, rest up - pick up a basic ankle support, and then still run on Sunday. But I am not 100% deciding on ANYTHING - I'm letting my body tell me what to do and not my brain.

So even if I run on Sunday, I will listen to the ankle and if it says stop, I will stop. But I honestly expect to be fine. If not, I can do 20 next week and do a 2 week taper instead. But that's a backup plan!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/21/2010 1:23PM

    Ouch! :( Sorry to hear.

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MARLIE13 11/21/2010 12:16PM

    Oooooh the suspense! Is she running 20 today or not?!?!?

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/20/2010 7:41PM

    SKIP IT!!!!!!
i know you want to do the 20 miles but doing the MARATHON is so much more important to you. i would stay clear away from impact. why not go ride a bike at the gym for a 2-3 of hours or do the elliptical. i know it sucks and isn't as fun as running. maybe a good median?

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/20/2010 4:09PM

    I'm keeping you in my prayers girl!!!

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KEAKMAN 11/20/2010 10:06AM

    Seriously think about skipping that 20 miler. You KNOW you can do the distance. And you also know that running 20 miles puts a certain amount of unusual pressure on your body. Only run it if you are feeling 100%. Why risk the marathon for a training run? I like the 20 miler next week and a 2 week taper better.

(and I know you didn't ask my opinion, but I don't want to see you run injured in a few weeks)

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MBSHAZZER 11/19/2010 4:12PM

    Hope it works out Dana. You have a great plan, so things should be OK.

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SEEHOLZ 11/19/2010 2:55PM

    Sounds like a plan to me-- if you do the ankle support, let me know what you think. I tried it and it felt like that foot was higher and I was all out of whack... maybe I should have worn them on both ankles... not sure. But, of course, hope you don't need it!!!

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Getting Closer...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

... to the marathon. Holy crap I just realized yesterday that I am now less than a month from race day!!!!!!!!!!! This Saturday is 3 weeks from race day! WOOT!

Saturday = 20+ miler. My training group schedule has the date as 20/21 and location TBD. So actually it might be Sunday and I have no idea where we're running. YAyyy.

I took Sunday and Monday off of running. I was going to do run Monday before hoop class, but decided I didn't really need to run Monday and it was raining and miserable out, so I headed to Zumba. Two steps into the warmup I realized my left calf was way too tight and it was sore with my steps so I vetoed Zumba for 10min rowing machine + 10min arc trainer followed by a good 30 min stretch and foam rolling session. :) My body thanked me.
Then it was a nice gentle hooping session. It was fun, I took the instructors usual comment of "do your own thing, feel free to elaborate if you've been coming for a while, don't feel like you're showing off" and just kinda kept moving and dancing and doing my own thing (relative to what everyone else was doing) over in the corner. I decided I would not do the orbit under the legs thing, but guess what? We never did that! :D It was like she knew! haha :D

I still need to make my hoop video.

Also I am going to take on a challenge posted by ANEPANELIPTI - THE MUFFIN TOP CHALLENGE.

I have a pair of jeans in my closet that I can't wear right now. The challenge is to put them on as much as possible - take photos and measurements - and go by measurement and update photos once a month until those jeans FIT DANGIT. So that will happen also.

My work is going to have a Zumba class after work starting 11/30 and Yoga during lunch! All selftaught - with DVD's? Now wishing I was Zumba certified so I could be a teacher here, but anyway I'm definitely going to the classes. :) We will see how much Yoga I end up sticking with but I'm going to check it out for sure.

Got in a good run Tuesday night and this morning -- over 5.5 miles each. Will run again tomorrow, hopefully longer than that - and then it's the big one this weekend. WOOT.

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MARLIE13 11/19/2010 9:58AM

    Oooh that's very cool about the lunch Zumba and yoga!! I'm so soooo excited for your marathon!!! Have a super weekend! Oh AND I love the jeans muffin top challenge. That's awesome!

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SKYFYRE 11/18/2010 8:16PM

    LOL! Muffin top challenge! I love it and I might join you! That is an awesome idea!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/18/2010 5:08PM

    Hey Dana, haven't commented on your blog in a while, but I've been reading! I am so impressed by your consistency - you've been Sparking full blast for such a long time, and your motivation never seems to wane. Have an awesome time marathon-ing...again!

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MBSHAZZER 11/18/2010 12:06PM

    How exciting that the marathon is around the corner! I am so excited for you - your running has really come so far this year and I think you're going to be surprised and delighted at how well the race will go for you!

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KSGROTHE 11/17/2010 8:02PM

    Sounds like you're doing great! Keep up the good work! emoticon

I might have to think about trying that "muffin top challenge".

- Karen

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MDTWEETY 11/17/2010 4:03PM

    That's cool that your work is offering Zumba and yoga. Let me know how they are. I have the zumba DVDs and the classes seem quite different. But it's been a while since I looked at the DVD, so maybe not. Love the Muffin Top Challenge. Haha.

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/17/2010 3:30PM

    Muffin top challenge - I like it!!!!

The next few weeks will FLY by!!!! Can't wait to hear all about it!!!!!

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Huntsville Half Marathon RR and PR!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

So - I wrote at length about my goals on Wednesday, and I think I set a very realistic goal. I was only off of it by a few minutes and I am very happy overall with my performance. :) No official times up yet, but I'm guessing it will be about 2:39:55 by the photos and my personal observation under the finish line! :)

There was no chip timing for this race, so my time was actually a bit faster than that I'm sure, but I forgot to stop Mr. G at the finish. :P

That is a PR over Kennesaw of ab0ut 5 minutes! WOOT! :) And I felt a LOT better at the finish and during the race than I did that day.

Let's look at some stats:

1 - 11:36
2 - 11:52
3 - 11:45
4 - 11:48
5 - 11:46
6 - 11:51
7 - 11:37
8 - 11:59
9 - 12:05
10 - 12:05
11 - 12:42
12 - 13:53
13 - 12:24

These are my average paces for actual mile increments throughout - there are some shorter little blips here and there that I didn't include where I was trying to get Garmin in line with course mile markers - so don't go adding up these times! :D haha. Also I didn't list the 13.1 pace because I forgot to stop Mr.G at the finish line - so it shows a pace of like 16mm, but that's me walking through the chute and over to get something to drink as well...

Goal - 12mm. As you can see, I still got sucked out a bit in the first mile, and in mile 2 I obviously made myself slow down pretty well, but I still got a tiny bit faster than that in the next couple of miles. After the halfway part I started going too fast - I was like - YEAH I'M HALFWAY AND I FEEL FANTASTIC LET's GOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Oh but then I slowed down again. And mile 9 and 10 I was like, what's with the sun, why do I feel like I'm working a bit harder now....

Mile 11 I walked through the water station there and took a cup of water - it was nice and COLD and actually had a tiny piece of ice in it. That was nice. :) After that little walk break I started running again through to mile 12 - I'm thinking my pace was slower here but the avg was slower than usual cause I walked at the front of that mile (mile 11 I mean) I remember seeing the average lap pace drop from like 13-14 something down to the 12's.

Then mile 12. MISERY MILE! HOLY CRAP I do NOT remember this hill sucking so bad running it during training at Marathon pace... why am I now going at my LR pace of almost 14 mm??? I HTFU and made myself push to keep a running pace up that hill - just a bit before the mile 12 marker I walked for a bit just to mentally regroup and tackle the downhill final mile with renewed energy - and because I knew that the last tiny bit would be UPHILL to the finish line and I'd need that pizazz!

And I found it - the downhill plus the fight for the finish resulted in a faster mile 13 than mile 11-12, although I had still obviously faded from earlier in the race. CLOVERR1 was waiting for me after 12.5 somewhere, and ran me up toward the finish, pulling away to let me kick through the chute.

There is a horrible picture of me that I will post because I need to remember to think about my posture at LEAST in the finishing stretch so my photos don't suck so bad. HAHAHAHA :D

Children - try NOT to run like a hunchback.

I saw the clock for the first time at 2:39:15 ish and I was full of fight and fire to push it over the line before 2:40 and I made it - just barely. :)

Mr. G puts my total distance at 13.23 and average moving pace at 12mm, total average pace 12:10 but that does include the walking post finish line bit so I'm thinking "moving pace" took that out of the equation? I tried my best to run the tangents of the course and at times my Garmin did beep in line with the mile markers but at times it didn't - so considering it did sometimes, I'm thinking it was fairly accurate, but that I gave myself some extra distance at times by not running the course flawlessly. I'm definitely proud of my effort and performance overall.

CLOVERR1 SMOKED it in 2:09 by the way, so go give her a big congrats. :D

A newly friended person from work who has lost well over 100lbs now met his goal of finishing sub 2:30 at 2:28! :) That is my next goal...

OH and the medal! How could I forget!

I also plugged my half time into McMillan's calculator - remember how I was setting my marathon goal at 5:40? Well this time in his calculator gives me a 5:37ish finish. SO! I'm feeling very happy and confident about that goal.

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/17/2010 11:29AM

    WAY TO GO! I love the medal! :D

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KENSINGTONC 11/17/2010 8:56AM

    WOOHOO Dana way to goooooo!!!!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 11/16/2010 8:13PM

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Great job!

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KNH771 11/15/2010 7:00PM

    emoticon Imagine roaring applause... emoticon

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KSGROTHE 11/15/2010 3:30PM

    emoticon on pretty much meeting your HM goals! You rock!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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SEEHOLZ 11/15/2010 9:36AM

    Smart race Dana! I think that this was just the mental boost you needed to go into your marathon- you got this girl!
Way to go- congratulations!

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KJNE8O 11/15/2010 6:35AM

    Woo Hoo!!!! AWESOME!

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CATIATM 11/15/2010 5:43AM

    Brava! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SKYFYRE 11/15/2010 1:42AM

    Dana, you did an amazing job of exercising self restraint and running a smart race! Great Job!!! Lovely photo of your long slender legs in the second shot, I prolly run like a hunchback too, just no proof, but after 13 miles some slouching is bound to happen, right?! On to the MARATHON! Wohoo!

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DAWNOFCHANGE 11/14/2010 11:04PM

    Awesome! You rock! Congratulations!

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/14/2010 1:17PM

    congrats dana! i don't know what htfu means either. curious??? you are going to have a great marathon.

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MBSHAZZER 11/14/2010 12:40PM

    Great job, Dana!! I love the medal! You are going to do very well at your marathon!

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WAVEDANCER7 11/14/2010 12:18PM

    WoooHooo! Awesome job!

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MARLIE13 11/14/2010 11:18AM

    Way to go Idaho! I mean Dana!!!! Umm, I'm guessing I should know what HTFU means? But I don't and I think I NEED to know. Halp me? Congrats on your PR and yay that it's in line with your marathon goal. It's almost time!!!!!

Off to find you a book to balance on your head while you run. Any preference for non fiction vs fiction?

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KEAKMAN 11/14/2010 11:00AM

    GREAT RACE Dana! And I think NONE of ever remember to stop our watches/Garmins/whatevers at the finish. There should be a big sign at the finish line - HIT THE BUTTON!

You are doing so well with your training....and about that hunchbacked pic....I hear you - my pics NEVER look like they do in my head!

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DANCETHEBEACH 11/14/2010 10:14AM

    Congrats! That's awesome! You are still inspiring us all.

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WHOWANTSOLLIE 11/14/2010 9:23AM

    Yeah! emoticon I love that you named your Garmin Mr G. Hehehe

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