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Short Race Recap: Tupelo 14.2

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

NAILED IT. Well .. almost. :) hahaha was nailing it, then had some digestive distress that caused me to walk a lot in the last few miles, but still finished almost right on my A goal???

I call that a resounding success! And next time no red beans and rice as a pre-race dinner. *sigh*

The splits will tell the story, but more details on everything and pictures later:

Mile 1: 11:13
Mile 2: 11:37
Mile 3: 11:42
Mile 4: 11:53
Mile 5: 11:42
Mile 6: 11:45
Mile 7: 11:39
Mile 8: 11:35
Mile 9: 11:25
Mile 10: 11:56
Mile 11: 11:44
Mile 12: 12:34
Mile 13: 12:47
Mile 14: 13:49
Final .23: 13:31 (pace)

The race was chip time finish, but no chip start - I forgot to turn off my garmin right away, but not tooo long after, Official time is 2:51:07, Garmin time with bonus after finish line (doh) is 2:50:23 - still avg 11:59 mm for the race which exceeded my stretch goal of 12mm! :)

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NYC_NATIVE 9/7/2011 3:01AM

    Awesome job on this race! Too bad the rice and beans dinner wasn't the most ideal carb-up, LOL. At least it's another lesson learned.

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MARLIE13 9/6/2011 11:38PM

    OOohhh way to rock it!! Boo to the tummy issues. Sounds like something stupid I would do. haha!

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WAVEDANCER7 9/6/2011 9:32PM

    emoticon Another great race Dana! You are becoming quite the running rockstar!

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    great job girl. i loath tummy issues. bleh!

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SKYFYRE 9/6/2011 6:16PM

    You did great! You averaged a great pace for the race! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 9/6/2011 2:48PM

    Nice job, Dana! Can't wait to hear the details!

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My Mother in Law ROCKS! :)

Friday, September 02, 2011

Everyone, immediately, please go to her page:


And see the awesome transformation.

She used Medifast program to help her lose weight - her body definitely responds better to a balance of macronutrients with less carbs, she is a carb sensitive person although not diabetic at all. She is now moving through transition into maintenance, increasing her carb ratio somewhat, but still keeping it low compared to someone like me who doesn't have a negative carb reaction (unless it's super refined! Sugar binge = bad business for anyone!).

The best thing? She's a member of the gym I go to, and is turning into a gym rat. :D I love it!!!

And since I live in her house, we help motivate each other to make strong, healthy food choices for ourselves.

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WAVEDANCER7 9/8/2011 2:16PM

    Wow, she does rock! And how awesome to have a motivation partner right there in your house!! do you girls make henry eat "diet" food? hehehe

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AUNTC321 9/7/2011 12:02AM

    That is wonderful.

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MBSHAZZER 9/3/2011 4:32PM

    Yes indeed, she does!

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SKYFYRE 9/3/2011 2:30AM

    Ok, Dana, I went and saw her transformation, WOWEE!
I love that you can go to the gym with you MIL, that is AWESOME!

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SEEHOLZ 9/2/2011 7:02PM

    Really cool!

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LIZZABETH1986 9/2/2011 6:37PM

    that is beyond awesome... she rocks and so do you!

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KNH771 9/2/2011 12:24PM

    It's great that you two have a good relationship!

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MIPALADY23 9/2/2011 11:28AM

    Ohh may i be a Mother-In-Law that rocks!

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Checking In!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ok, weight is holding steady, food tracking has not resumed, been hooping and running.

Got a race coming up this weekend and another trip got added to my calendar. WHOOPS. ;)

It's worth it - I got free tickets to see the Avett Brothers in Atlanta a week from Friday and so did my pals so we're all going to carpool and share a hotel and have FUN. I'm excited.

But first things first - this weekend, 14.2 in Tupelo!


A: Sub 2:50
B: Sub 3:00
C: Finish the darn thing!

2:50 is a pace about 20sec/mile slower than my goal half marathon pace, but the race is 1.1 miles longer than a half so I want to be somewhat conservative. I will be aiming for around 12mm pace.

Sub 3 requires an average pace below 12:38 mm and I feel super confident about achieving THAT at least.

But let's say all things go wrong, I am most confident I can at least finish the distance.

My mileage got up to 30+28 miles per week before I started to taper last week at 23 and this week is race week. I feel really good about how my whole improving my base thing is going so far.

Shark week this week... boo.

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MBSHAZZER 9/3/2011 4:32PM

    Dana, sounds like things are going GREAT!!! Glad to hear it. Have fun at the race this weekend!

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SWEATONCEADAY 9/2/2011 10:10PM

    omg you are doing so good. i can't believe all the miles you are getting in! way to go dana. was the race today? how did it go?

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SKYFYRE 9/1/2011 2:40AM

    You are going to have a blast!!! (At Tupelo and Avett Brothers!) Your base running has been impressive and I am betting you will make all 3 of your goals! Go Dana!!!
Food, I am rethinking what it means to be "on track" Oi! I am stoked that you are holding yourself so accountable! Go Dana, Go!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/31/2011 1:56PM

    Sounds like you have some very fun plans. I hope the race goes well and the tip is fun.

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REEKU731 8/31/2011 1:49PM

    Fabulous goals and I can't wait to see what you do with them!!! Keep up all the great work my friend!!!

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    Sounds like your trip is going to be fun! I'm excited for you!

You're an inspiration to me with your running. I am just starting out, and hopefully one day I'll be running 30+ miles a week!

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Feeling Fluffy

Sunday, August 21, 2011

So.... vacation + following weekend being a wedding = Dana feeling uber fluffy.

I got all my runs in last week, running is going great! But I am still lacking ST and my food went nuts on Vacation and last week I was kind of on track but not tracking, and this past weekend was nutso again. So this week is going to be all about being ON TRACK staying CLOSE TO HOME and being chill.

MIL joined my gym - dunno if I mentioned that before? We're hitting my favorite Zumba class again tomorrow! :) We did last week as well, but last week it was only her 2nd ever Zumba experience and this time it'll be number 4. I'm glad she's hanging in there with it to get a chance to really learn the moves and have fun with it. WOOHOO MIL! :D

I've asked my LR Running Buddy to be an ST buddy with me at work. We'll see if this actually happens - the plan is for it to be TR at lunch like the same time we do hooping on MWF - no changing required, just simple body weight movements at a nonfrantic pace to keep the muscles getting some kind of attention. The possible killers: Other people needing the room we'd like to use on those days, being too busy to give half of lunch eVERY single day of the week (sometimes my RB can't always even make it to hoop class)... but I think it's a great way to make use of my time. I also realllly want to get back to my yoga class at the gym. It's been too long!!!!! Anyway - this next week will be somewhat normal-ish mid week miles, then LR of only... 8? I think? then next week more shorter runs preparing for Tupelo which is the following weekend.

That will be the last trip for a little while!!! I still hope to be able to do the Soldier Half in Nov, but I don't wanna go NO WHERE for October. Too much travelling in July/August/beg Sept.... at least, too much for our budget! Having to travel on a mini budget so not being as comfortable as you could be with additionally also still spending money and getting broker is just not the way to do things.

I have a plan to try to pick up some extra time at work this week as well -- first plan, go in early tomorrow.

P.S. - woke up, felt sick, called in. Sleep more.

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SKYFYRE 8/27/2011 2:33AM

    Oh boy! Tell me about the wanting to stay home! Lol! Going out= spending $$ which I don't have!! I got an invite to go to Greece but it was going to put me on the creditor call list so I said no,... so SAD emoticon. My pocket book will thank me later! (yours will too
I like the plan for hooping MWF and ST on T,TH. I so wish I had a workout partner at work! I've been stair climbing on the days that I am in the hospital! I hope you feel better! Maybe you are already better, I forgot what I read earlier! I might have early onset Alzheimer's!

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MARLIE13 8/25/2011 9:52AM

    Are you starting to feel the fluff shed away yet? It's so hard to settle into a routine when you're always on the go and traveling. Your MIL is doing great! So awesome of her!

PS You're doing awesome with the running. Don't lose sight of that. Even at your fluffiest!

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CAROL_HOORAH 8/24/2011 6:19PM

    You are such great inspiration for me, I can't believe how active you are sistah! I just saw your picture from your 2nd marathon, congrats that's amazing, those are 2 fulls marathons right?? Crazy! Did you walk or run them? I would love to complete a marathon some day but I think I'd be happy doing it at a fast walk!!

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SEEHOLZ 8/22/2011 5:54PM

    So good to hear from you! You'll bounce back and then some...!!! And yeah for the awesome running progress!

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MBSHAZZER 8/22/2011 1:35PM

    Hope the vacation was fabulous! Even if you returned home feeling fluffy! Love the idea to ST at work!

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REEKU731 8/22/2011 9:50AM

    I'm sorry to hear about the fluffy feeling and I hope it goes away soon!! I always hate that feeling too!! Kudos on your MIL sticking with the Zumba classes!! That's so awesome for both of you!!! I hope the next few weeks go well for you, my friend! I don't blame you for not wanting to travel in October - it sounds like you're super busy right now!

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WOLFKITTY 8/22/2011 1:22AM

    :) Nice to catch up on the ABCs. Haha.

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SWEATONCEADAY 8/21/2011 11:05PM

    boo for feeling fluffy but you have a plan so the fluff should disappear soon. good job getting all those runs in and woo hoo to mil!

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MOMMY445 8/21/2011 9:55PM

    glad to hear that you are feeling so great! have a fantastic week! you can do this! you are worth it!

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GA State Games Run for Life 10K - KILLED IT!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

My McMillan prediction time based on a 32min 5K was 1:06:28 - a 10:41 pace...

I finished in about 1:08 (probably just under - gun time will be around 1:08:05, but it wasn't chip timed - it took at least 5 seconds for me to cross the start, though) - Garmin avg pace with the small added distance and including a walking bit at the end because I forgot to STOP my garmin - 10:48!!!!!

WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

The course was rolling two loop course - middle mile was mostly uphill - here are my splits:

10:55 (uphill)
11:12 (uphill again - and how it's getting really HOT and no shade really this mile!)
10:33 (WOOHOO!)
...? (Garmin has 11:45 but that's with the walking, I was down at a 9:30-10 and then final sprint down to a 7:55 pace for a split second!)


My sister and I before the race - it was her first 10K too AND longest distance run EVER!!!!

She did GREAT for never having run this distance before especially - I had an A B and C goal for myself - A - 1:06:38 B - sub 1:12, C - sub 1:15 - She met my C goal! :D That is awesome!!!! AND she started out too fast - but she checked herself early on. I saw her ahead of me for most of the first loop and caught up to her right before the mostly downhill section - we ran together for a lot of that mile, until the terrain kind of evened out and she let me go. That takes a lot of strength! I find it really hard to run my own race without getting caught up trying to keep up with people when I should just be doing my personal best. There was a little out and back portion right before the finishing turn, and I saw her when I was getting close to the finishing turn on the way out so we got to give each other a good cheer! :D

YAY SISSIMO!!! I finished, grabbed my finisher bag of shirt and coupons and ran back to where my hubby was waiting with vuvuzela and camera. He played the vuvuzela and I took some pictures.

Here's the one picture he got of me finishing:

See me?? No?? That's because I'm DIRECTLY behind the guy in blue. If you look between his legs you can see a splash of neon yellow from my leg sleeves. HAHA.

Here's my sister:

Ok so I'm not the best race photographer ever, but she was rockin into the finish! :D

Here we are post race:

And I met up with a fellow Team Marathon Bar member, Tricia!

She was so sweet and it was GREAT to meet her! :D

Anyway, I had a great weekend overall, although later that day I had an awful splitting headache and kind of whimpered myself to sleep with a bag of peas on my head care of my sweet sister - I think it was a combination of a delayed reaction from the heat and little sleep the night before. Aside from that, it was so fun. :)

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KKINNEA 8/25/2011 4:04PM

    Great job!

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NOELLIEMAE 8/25/2011 4:02PM

    YEAH!!!! SO cool that you got to do a race with your Sis!!! and you TOTALLY kicked this race in the toosh!!! WAY TO GO CHICA!!! you are improving every time you step out the road ;) makes me happy just to know you're out there ;)

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SKYFYRE 8/7/2011 3:22PM

    What a great time! (minus the headache!) So nice that your sister is into thing you love too! Great job on your run! As always you are improving and making new PR's!

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SEEHOLZ 8/3/2011 6:22AM

    An awesome way to start my day to read this Rockstar blog! Huge congrats to both you and your sis!!! WOHOO!!!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/3/2011 12:44AM

    Sounds like great fun.

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RUNSWITHDEER 8/2/2011 9:50AM

    Godd job. I love the shaded street! Great to see the whole family participating!

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NYC_NATIVE 8/2/2011 8:38AM

    Woohoo! You completely slayed that 10K!! Also, nice leg sleeves. :D

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MARLIE13 8/1/2011 11:38PM

    WOWIE!! You seriously killed it!! That's awesome! I thought my eyesight was going in the picture of you crossing the finish line. LOL! I was glad to find out that it was just your calf sleeve that could be glimpsed. haha!! nice going! And your sister too. Awesome!!

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MBSHAZZER 8/1/2011 1:30PM

    GREAT job! You had an awesome finish time and so did your sis! How awesome to share such a fun day w/ her!


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ABSOLUTZER0 8/1/2011 1:31AM

    This was an awesome report! Yes, you and your sister KILLED IT! It was also cool to read about your meeting a fellow teammate. I think my first time to meet one will be you in Tupelo. I'm looking forward to it!

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    Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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