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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

My hubby defended his dissertation!!!!!!!!!!

MAJOR LIFE STRESS that has been lingering for years that he's been working on this GONE!


Now he can relax and be supportive of me at my marathon without being sad or stressed on the inside. And I can focus solely on my RACE NOW! WOOT!

2 days before the big one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ran a mile indoor on a track tonight, felt good. :)

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/10/2010 12:50PM

    Congrats to Dr. Zircadia. :-)

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TELERIE 12/9/2010 6:46PM

    That's so awesome! I'm very glad to hear - what a great accomplishment!

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MBSHAZZER 12/9/2010 6:18PM

    AWESOME news, Dana! Congrats to you both, as I know you were a HUGE supporter during this time!

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KASHMIR 12/9/2010 1:01PM

    What a blessing for you both!!! Now...start talking up moving to the PNW!!!!

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SEEHOLZ 12/9/2010 9:59AM

    That is FANTASTIC!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/9/2010 8:16AM

    So glad for you - one less thing to worry about. Good luck with the marathon.

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SKYFYRE 12/9/2010 6:45AM

    1 more day!! fantastic! You will be lighter than air with this great news!

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DDOORN 12/9/2010 5:14AM

    Kudos to DH!

Now you're gonna do even BETTER on the Big One! :-)


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KSGROTHE 12/9/2010 3:22AM

    emoticon for your hubby and you! I know how stressful having a dissertation looming over your head can be -- my ex-husband never finished his after working on it for 5 years, and I think he really regretted it!

Good luck on your marathon this weekend! emoticon

- Karen

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KEAKMAN 12/9/2010 12:16AM

    What an awesome, incredible early Christmas present! HOORAY!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/9/2010 12:02AM

    congrats to henry again! you just got an upgrade to mrs doctor henry! woo hoo! this is going to be a great week for both of you.

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HOPERY 12/8/2010 11:44PM

    I am so happy for you both! My girls see your picture on here and remember your hubby cause of the beard. HA

Now, your run will be a victory celebration!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 12/8/2010 11:39PM

    How long is this race you are running? I would kill to be able to do something like that, but I barely walk at this point so I am usually the one signing people up and handing out numbers. But at least I can participate doing that. We have a run scheduled here for this weekend. It is a 5K and it is supposed to be 0 to 10 degrees outside. Brrr!

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MARLIE13 12/8/2010 11:08PM

    OOoooh so exciting!! Congratulations to HENRY!!! emoticon What a relief! And even better to be able to focus on your marathon and enjoy the day without any sadness. YAY!!!!

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TJCADDO 12/8/2010 11:04PM

    Glad that your hubby has finished and both of you can now take a breather from all that stressing.

Good luck as you are approaching the starting line of The Marathon. emoticon

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

I usually only count inbetween days actually (like not today, not the day of the event) so I have 3 days between now and the Marathon! EEK!

I'm feeling a little better - stressors are still there but they don't seem as bad??? I guess that's the miracle that prayer and friend support can lend to you. :) THANK YOU FRIENDS!

So I'm thinking tonight a short run - 2 miles max, maybe a mile Thursday, and BAM marathon Saturday. I don't want my legs to get stagnant feeling. I also don't want them to be so tightly wound for action and unused to controlling themselves that they try speeding away from me at the beginning of the marathon. So although I have a fear of hurting myself before race day, I'm going to try to run and just be smart and listen to my body. I know it's irrational for me to think I'm gonna take a few steps and wreck my race. Sure it's possible. But is it likely? NO WAY. So stop being fearful, Dana! Don't be unreasonable, but LIVE LIFE!

I don't think I blogged about it, but my run Sunday was not so successful. I cut it short, although it was going well at the point that I decided to cut it short I just wasn't feeling it anymore.

it was scheduled 8 miles, I ran 6, I think 6 miles is the last Long Run on some beginner marathon plans so I didn't feel like I was doing anything stupid. In fact I congratulated myself on being very smart about it.

But earlier in the run I was trying to throw in a virtual 5K that my RWOL forum was running. After the first 2K I was feeling my breathing was odd, and my times were slower than my effort felt, so I decided doing the virtual 5K was completely unneccessary and back to my usual LR pace. But then I felt weird.

My legs just didn't feel like they were moving normally at ALL. I'm pretty sure my left leg was avoiding stepping on my heel, even though I wasn't experiencing heel pain. It's like that fear of running was being manifested in my leg subconsciously. I was like - RELAX LEG. You didn't hurt when we were running faster and you weren't acting crazy so WHAT'S YOUR DEAL. It may have been the camber in the road bugging me, but marathon day I won't be running off to the side anyway. When I could force my leg/foot to relax I felt fine.

It was just AWKWARD. haha. Also the breathing thing - I was a bit wheezy when I first slowed from my "5K effort" - I technically have asthma and it only ever is noticeable sometimes in winter when I go between heated areas and cold areas. I so rarely have to deal with any symptoms that when my last inhaler ran out I never bothered getting another one.

Well, last night I stopped at the pharmacy and picked one up JUST IN CASE. I definitely do not want to be unprepared for anything!

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HOPERY 12/8/2010 9:32AM

    I am almost as excited as if I am running this one. I will be rooting for you!

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/8/2010 6:06AM

    AAAAAAH its so soon!!!!!!! I can't believe it!! I'll be thinking of you!! Good luck on the 2 miler I think slow and easy you should be ok! :D

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/8/2010 12:07AM

    i am so excited! i can only imagine how you feel.

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ETTEZEUS 12/7/2010 10:39PM

    Woo Hoo! You go girl!
Good luck!

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MARLIE13 12/7/2010 10:28PM

    Woooooo….THREE more days!!! Yeeps. Exciting! You have trained sooooo smart. No worries girlie!

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DDOORN 12/7/2010 9:46PM

    Been too long since I've stopped by...sounds like you are just as SPARKTASTIC as ever! Just KNOW you're gonna ROCK that marathon! :-)


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MBSHAZZER 12/7/2010 5:12PM

    WHOO!!! 4 days to go! BRING IT!

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MOM2ALEX2004 12/7/2010 3:53PM

    you are going to do great!! Have fun!

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LYNNANN43 12/7/2010 3:43PM

    OMG! Only 4 days!

Deep breaths....... In............ Out.............

Have an emoticon race!!!!!

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TAMTAM64 12/7/2010 10:26AM

    You are going to do GREAT! A 2 mile run may be just what you need to get rid of these jitters.

Run Strong,

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SEEHOLZ 12/7/2010 9:43AM

    In 4 days you'll be there... you got his Dana!!! emoticon

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KEAKMAN 12/7/2010 9:38AM

    I think a 2 mile run outside sounds like a great idea - help reassure you that your leg and lungs are okay, and get some positive energy flowing!

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 12/7/2010 9:33AM

    All the very best in your marathon...getting to the finish line is a matter of putting one foot in front of the other.

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Monday, December 06, 2010

It seems that this week life stress, work stress, and taper madness have all collided to try to make me completely insane.


I am praying as well as trying to be proactive on my end to relieve some stress - like yoga today at lunch for example. I'm just asking if you SparkFriends can help - send positive vibes, pray for me, say something encouraging, whatever. I feel in need of support. Thanks!

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ETTEZEUS 12/7/2010 9:18AM


Today is a new day! A new stress free day!

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KEAKMAN 12/7/2010 9:14AM

    emoticon Hoping you feel relief this morning. Yoga is good for stress, so do it again today if you still need it. Sending all the good thoughts, wishes, and prayers I have your way!

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MDTWEETY 12/7/2010 8:35AM

    This too shall pass! I hope the lunchtime yoga session helped. emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/6/2010 7:58PM

    Sorry you're feeling so stressed - maybe there's something really relaxing you like to do (even if it's just sleep, haha) that you can be sure to treat yourself to?

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 12/6/2010 5:33PM

    Praying your stress is lifted soon! You've done such an amazing job and made some awesome life changes too - wishing you the best! Of course, we miss you in "Totally Tuscaloosa" too by the way! :-(

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CBAILEYC 12/6/2010 5:32PM

    Positive vibes and calm thoughts wafting your way. Ommmmmmm....
Yes, keep breathing. You're almost there!

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TELERIE 12/6/2010 3:34PM

    Breathe! You will get through it, and feel stronger for it. Just remember to breathe and do your best! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 12/6/2010 3:22PM

    Dana, sorry to hear you are stressed out. Take a deep breath and know that whatever is the cause of your stress will pass in time.


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    Sending all sorts of positive vibes your way. Hope the stress dissipates soon!

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SEEHOLZ 12/6/2010 2:34PM

    Love you girly! It happens to all of us.... and it will pass! Just think.. next week at this time you'll have that medal around your neck and will be so happy to have another marathon under your belt!

Keep hanging in!!! emoticon

or we could try this... stress, stress, go away... don't come back another day, hahaha

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

It's still going on.

I had some coconut pie at my first snack break of the day.

But I had a salad for lunch. And fruit and a tiny bowl of cereal for breakfast. So there is some give and take here! But I still think there is more take than give maybe....

Big Band was really fun last night. :) YAY.

But I'm still losing it.

OH but ZUMBA after work today! So stoked! One of my worklunch friends is doing it and we are having a bromance with each other. HAHA.

2 miles run before band last night. Was gonna run after work today but now I'm doing Zumba and I might still run but I might not because I just feel crazytown and also with hula hooping and then band and big band I have had limited DH time so I think I will just go home instead.

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SKYFYRE 12/6/2010 2:11AM

    WHIRLWIND! bromance, teehee!

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MARLIE13 12/2/2010 10:39PM

    Bromance. loL! I wanna know how the Zumba went!! And happy that big band was fun!! OOOH! OMG! I just had the best idea!!!!!!!

YOU CAN PLAY THE TROMBONE WHILE HULA HOOPING!!!!!!!!!! Wouldn't THAT be awesome?!?!?! Video! I want one!

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MBSHAZZER 12/2/2010 4:34PM

    Keep on keeping on, Dana!

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SEEHOLZ 12/2/2010 4:22PM

    Next time choose coconut milk... you'll get more give out of that one. And it will turn you off coconut anything.... at least for a while...

Sounds like quite the whirlwind bromance, too-LOL!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/2/2010 4:12PM

    i am glad bathroom band went well - lol. have fun at zumba tonight.

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Taper Madness!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Inability to focus, seeking all distractions, fantasizing about buying every running thing ever...


Food has not been tracked, but I am slowly but surely making good adjustments in my food this week.

Last night I went to the local Community Band for the first time! YAY! :D It was so fun and I got invited to go to this Big Band - I have missed playing jazz SO MUCH that I am mega stoked about this. I was dreaming of playing in a jazz group again so when the Bass trombone (and my contact to) community band asked me if I was interested I was like YES! And he kinda recruited me toward his group - he's the director. So I'm heading to that rehearsal tonight AFTER a short run. It's getting so cold here. Good for race day, not so motivating for these last little runs before the big day! :P 8 is the LONG RUN this week. EIGHT. That is like. Not even a third of the marathon. hahaha.

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MARLIE13 12/2/2010 10:35PM

    ` Ugh...my cat just deleted what I wrote and opened up Microsoft Word. What I was saying is that I too think it's funny that eight miles is your short run. I remember those days. Saying " those days" makes it sound like forever-ago. loL! Very cool about the community band. I haven't heard ours play here...I'm curious as to the quality. Keep it up girlie! Stay distracted but on track!

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KEAKMAN 12/2/2010 10:22AM

    Glad you found something to occupy your mind while you are tapering...maybe that's what we all need to do: embark on something new during taper weeks! Enjoy your short long run!!

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TRACYZABELLE 12/2/2010 2:34AM

    That is so cool! I used to play in Christmas brasss each year even after I graduated high school.. I played french horn and xylophone

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 12/2/2010 12:55AM

    Enjoy the band. Glad you are running even in the cold. Good going.

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SKYFYRE 12/1/2010 7:13PM

    I love that 8 is your short run, you are an athlete!

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MBSHAZZER 12/1/2010 4:51PM

    Glad you have your trombone to distract you from the taper crazies!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/1/2010 1:59PM

    music is a good way to distract. cost less! you can make it thourgh this.

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KSGROTHE 12/1/2010 1:42PM

    I'm sure you'll get through your Taper Madness!

emoticon for getting into a community band! I don't know if I told you that I played trombone in high school, but I haven't played since then. I think it's great that you are seeking out venues to play in!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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SEEHOLZ 12/1/2010 12:58PM

    Somewhere in the distant past I used to think 8 was short, too....
now 5 is long... hahaha.. and my foot pretty much resents too much distance.

That said, I'm glad that you're taking the taper madness in stride- and focusing on Jazz... what a great timing for a distraction, right?

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ZORBS13 12/1/2010 12:10PM

    I joined a community band a few years out of university, and the conductor was such a moron - his idea of "practice" was to play the same passage over and over again, full band, up to speed always. I was like, dude, ever heard of asking just ONE or 2 instrument groups to play, in SLOW MOTION?


If you want a reality check for taper madness, be glad you aren't the OP in this thread:


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