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Monday, December 05, 2011

Sooo.... a couple of things have contributed to my recent nutritional craziness.

1) Trying to save money - New car and a move coming up? great. But the deal when getting the new car was I had to keep our grocery expenses lowwww. YES you CAN eat healthy for cheap. But it's not always fun, it can require sacrificing some variety and not always eating what you "want" to eat. It also means I get in a mentality of - hey I could eat this food for free cause it's here! - which I don't really have when I'm satisfying all my food wants with good healthy foods in a variety that I supply myself when I'm not as restricted in my food budget. It's an excuse for sure.

2) Holidays - yeah holiday treats are coming out....

3) Moving - we want to eat all of the places we might not get to eat again in a long time!!! Like the Happy Tummy - last Thursday was probably our very last trip there, so we did it up. Then this weekend we went to Dreamland BBQ - originally started in Tuscaloosa and definitely a small local mini-chain type place.

So I haven't been tracking for a while lately, and then add those recent things and I've been all over the place nutritionally. Some healthy things and then all the splurges when I feel like I have the chance to eat out of the norm FOR FREE!

Well - I'm not going to promise not to still go out to all the places we'll miss - that IS going to happen. But I AM going to promise not to give myself $$free$$ extra calories that will cost my body in the long run. No more bonus holiday treats just cause it's food I don't have to pay for.

AND I am promising to track everything to the best of my ability save one meal per week. That is my old standard plan and it worked very well for me in the past.

This morning I had a breakfast of eggs and cereal. They were in-laws stash of staples. I need to go grocery shopping. Gonna make a list today and hit the store after work and try to get some things to help keep my interest on what we bought to eat this week as well. And I need to do better getting the protein in. This morning's breakfast was great, but I haven't been doing so hot on that lately on my own so I think that's been contributing to craving of the treats and whatnot.

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SKYFYRE 12/17/2011 1:03AM

    More than "free" food- I have the "it's gonna go bad" food at my house. Need to work on preservation, not consumption! Lol! If only I ruled my tummy like a tight economy! So exciting that you are moving! Track, TRACK! TRAAAAck! You can do it!

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SEEHOLZ 12/9/2011 9:59AM

    I used to be really bad about free food! I still am, but The food has not come up as often-LOL. I think that protein helps me a lot!

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REEKU731 12/6/2011 11:30AM

    The holidays are always hard with all the free food hanging around! I know you'll be able to stay on track! This is a great plan!!! Hope you have a marvelous day!

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EUPHRATES 12/6/2011 4:49AM

    Keep in mind you'll be in Ben & Jerry's country soon. :)

That said - yay for VERMONT! (Just read your last blog) Visiting our friends who live in Montpelier was the impetus for this whole healthy journey for me - they do the community garden, grow their own food, can and preserve and brew and buy things local deal, and OMG eating "real food" was amazing. When we came home, I started looking into how to incorporate some of that into our lives, and once I started getting the organic/local delivery service, it made no sense to spend more on healthy food if I was going to make it unhealthy by overeating...so I dusted off my Sparkpage, and here I am 75 lbs lighter! :) FWIW, we intend a mass diaspora to Vermont eventually, probably to Montpelier (though Burlington is pretty awesome too). What part of Vermont will you be in?

Hang in there - you've got a lot of transition going on, but the dust WILL settle eventually.

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AIMLESS07 12/5/2011 10:53PM

    It stinks when that food is just sitting right there. Sometimes I feel like it's taunting me! Many times I can say no though b/c I know I have to enter the food in later.

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AUNTC321 12/5/2011 10:02PM

    You motivate me by being yourself. No happy promises just telling it like it is.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 12/5/2011 6:51PM

    I think it is hardest to stay on track when I don't think I will have enough. I hope all goes well. But, learning to eat mindfully has really helped. Keep moving forward.

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KNH771 12/5/2011 5:11PM

    I know a bit about nutritional inconsistency. Trying to do better...
Have fun getting groceries!

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MBSHAZZER 12/5/2011 12:58PM

    Free food can end up being very expensive, nutritionally. You have a great plan, though!

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FREGGIEQUEEN 12/5/2011 10:52AM

    I have the "free food" problem myself sometimes, especially at parties, potlucks, or when there are treats in the work kitchen. I just have to remind myself that even if the price tag is free, it's costing my body instead.

And yes, NELLJONES, my husband and I have been watching House Hunters and some of the young people on there are RIDICULOUS! The DH and I like to try to live humbly, and to hell with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Give me a small yard to grow vegetables in and a happy and healthy family, and I'm set for life.

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NELLJONES 12/5/2011 9:38AM

    One of the hardest things for me is to eat properly when at a buffet. I mean, I already paid for it, why not eat it? It is SO hard to say No to Free.

When my first hubby and I were just starting out we were very poor, and I had 3 kids while he was still in grad school. Yet that was when I went to WW and lost my weight. It IS possible, and I'm glad I learned that lesson early on. So many young people today start life with closets full of clothes, cars, and granite countertops. A lesson in poverty when young (and everyone else is poor) is really great training for the inevitable tight times that affect all of us throughout our lives.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

So I've been keeping it quiet for a bit until my DH officially accepted and I turned in my notice at work, but...



After a long search, my DH has finally found a great job that is exactly what he wants to do AND got a GREAT OFFER to match it! I'm working out about a 3 week notice at my current employer and then we're moving the week following Christmas. EEK!

Right now we're trying to find a place to live...

The weekend before Thanksgiving they flew us both up there to look at places to live and have final interviews with DH. We knew they must be seriously thinking about making an offer to also fly me out there, put us up in a nice hotel, and try to set us up with a real estate agent! (We ended up declining because we are planning to rent and not buy - at least at first - but they encouraged us then to try to make appointments to look at rental opportunities.) They also told us they would be taking us out to dinner on Monday night (after the day long interview mania). Everything went really well and on Wednesday he received the offer.

Here is a picture I snapped while running on what will probably become a regular haunt for me - the trail along Lake Champlain:


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4ME4FAMILY 1/14/2012 10:46AM

    I just found your page....looking for inspiration...and then I see this post! I am a Vermonter, but due to my husband's job (military) we move a LOT. We just moved to CT from Pensacola, FL (I saw you were in AL)....but are heading to Alaska. I can tell you that you will LOVE Vermont. I miss it! It is so beautiful and there is a lot to do outdoors. Enjoy! Burlington is where I spent much of my life even though I lived 40 minutes away. I went to college there....it really is beautiful!

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S318830 1/4/2012 9:30PM

    Oh man! you've got to do one of the Covered Bridges Half Marathons then! There's one in NH and one in Vermont. I've coveted them for a long time.

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JECKIE 12/9/2011 11:54AM

    Welcome! :)
My family lives in that area. It's gorgeous. Great for running, except that it gets cold REALLY early in the year. I ran my first 5K there in September and it was 28 degrees. Brr!

Anyway, good luck with the move.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 12/7/2011 11:15PM

    This is fantastic!!!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 12/5/2011 6:53PM

    Congratulations. I love the running place picture. I hope you enjoy the new place and the new ward. It is hard to go into church for the first time when you get there. But, isn't it great to have a place to go to meet people easily.

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CLOVERR1 12/5/2011 1:29PM

    Congrats and best wishes to you and Henry!

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ROYABOYA 12/2/2011 12:10PM

    thats awesome, congrats!!!

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VINOTEA 12/1/2011 7:05PM

    Yay!!! Congrats!!!!

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AUNTC321 12/1/2011 5:57PM

    Fantastic. Congratulations on the awesome opportunity.

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 12/1/2011 3:01PM

    Congrats to you and your hubby! What a beautiful place to run!! I hope your move is smooth and all goes as planned for your both! (Miss you on Tuscaloosa Team by the way ):

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MBSHAZZER 12/1/2011 1:33PM

    Awesome news!!! BIG congrats to hubby and to you, because I know you've been his rock during this past year or so! Can't wait to see pics from your new location!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/1/2011 11:39AM

    Ooh, what PART of Vermont???

Will you be making any visits to Palmyra since you'll be just one state over?

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SCHWINNER! 11/30/2011 10:25PM

    Hooray! I hear such fantastic things about Vermont. Good luck with the job and housing hunt!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/30/2011 8:14PM

    Yay, congrats! You'll be a New Englander, like me! I hope you like snow. ;)

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ALIHIKES 11/30/2011 8:11PM

    Congratulations! So glad to hear your DH got a job that he wants, and that you are excited to be moving! emoticon

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JOPAPGH 11/30/2011 7:29PM

    WooHoo! Congrats to you both and a beautiful part of the country to run in too!

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SPARKLY-BEAR 11/30/2011 7:05PM

  How very exciting! :) Love the photo!!

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STOCKSROCK 11/30/2011 6:59PM

    All the best to you on your new adventure!

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ZORBS13 11/30/2011 6:26PM

    hey you'll be within shouting distance of me!

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SEAJESS 11/30/2011 5:28PM

    How thrilling! Wonderful that your husband found a better job... and in this economy! And your running route looks gorgeous. Let me know how you do running in Vermont in the winter. I'm being a big baby about running in the Seattle rain.

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TELERIE 11/30/2011 5:24PM

    How exciting! I hope the new adventure turns out well and that you find some work quickly too.

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SLEEPYDEAN 11/30/2011 5:14PM

    How exciting. Best of luck as you embark on this new adventure!

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Updated SparkPage Intro - and RACE HISTORY!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

So I figured it was about time to update the old SparkPage since my first paragraph mentions going to run my 2nd marathon and broke 2:40 in the half...

Updated that to have run 2 marathons and broke 2:30 in the half - WOOT!

And I also added a bunch of races that were missing from my race history and learned that I have run 10 5K's, 1 8K, 1 10K, 1 Marathon relay, 1 15K, 3 half marathons, 1 14.2 miler, and 2 marathons. AWESOME!

Here is the nitty gritty:

1st 5K completed 40:20 on Thanksgiving Day 11/22/07 Hunstville HELPline Turkey Trot
2nd 5K completed 36:20 on 4/5/08 GVI Spring Fling & BBQ Thing
3rd 5K completed 33:36 on 5/3/08 DCH Fund Run
4th 5K completed 29:51 on 6/13/09 *WOOHOO!!* Big River, Little Run - **current PR**
5th 5K completed 31:38 on 11/26/09 Hunstville Helpline Turkey Trot - improvement of nearly 9 min on my debut at this race 2 years prior. :)
6th 5K completed 36:06 3/28/10 Rumpshaker - running w/ my sister in her first ever 5K! :D
7th 5K completed 32:15 10/17/10 Liz Hurley Ribbon Run
8th 5K completed 34:23 5/30/11 - Cotton Row Run
9th 5K completed 32:18 7/4/11 - Firecracker 5K
10th 5K completed 32:33 10/9/11 - Run for Wishes **SHORT COURSE**
11th 5K completed 31:28 10/15/11 Liz Hurley Ribbon Run

ran 10K+ distance (6.55miles) (not race) on 10/18/08, 1:38:??,
1st 10K completed 1:08:11 7/30/11 - Run for Life 10K GA State Games **current PR**

1st 8K completed 54:39 on 5/3/09 Union Tribune Race for Literacy in San Diego **current PR**

1st Marathon Relay - 1:35:33 on 2/14/2010 Mercedes Marathon Relay - my leg was about 8.1 miles - 11:47 pace estimate! :)

1st 15K completed 1:59:51 10/9/10 Monte Sano 15K Road Race - tough day! **current PR**

1st Half Marathon completed 2:44:45 9/19/10 Kennesaw Locomotive Half Marathon
2nd Half Marathon Completed 2:39:56 11/13/10 Huntsville Half Marathon
3rd Half Marathon completed 2:27:16 11/12/11 - Soldier Half Marathon **current PR** (Also my sister's first half in 2:29:54! she ROCKS!)

14.2 Miler - Tupelo Marathon - 2:51:07 **auto PR - pace is 12:03 so 2nd best of paces at Half Marathon distance

1st MARATHON completed 5:55:04 on 12/5/2009 - St. Jude Memphis Marathon **current PR**
2nd MARATHON completed 5:57:35 12/11/2010 - Rocket City Marathon

My fastest 5K time was when I was at my lowest weight - I don't think this is a coincidence. I really want to get close to that, even if I'm not at the same weight. Right now I'm struggling with food because I'm super anxious about some job opportunities for my DH coming up - prayers and positive thoughts and all that are appreciated!!!!

But I REALLY loved getting all this compiled. :) I thought I had lost count of my 5K's, but as long as I keep listing them here I will always know! :D

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CLOVERR1 11/22/2011 11:04AM

    Good post (you are running strong and doing great) and GOOD LUCK to Henry in the job search!

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MBSHAZZER 11/20/2011 7:47PM

    Dana, you are a running machine! Can't wait to meet you next month!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 11/20/2011 2:15PM

    It is great to look back and see where you started and how far you have come. Congrats to you on all your finishes. It is even better when you can run them with family.


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SWEATONCEADAY 11/20/2011 11:56AM

    you rock!

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HOPERY 11/19/2011 10:58AM

    Love seeing the race times lined up! You rock!

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CRYSBROWN1 11/18/2011 12:32PM

    WOW look at those stats! You've definitely had lots of improvement & of course races!

Wishing you & your DH the best of luck on the job front!

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SKYFYRE 11/18/2011 10:36AM

    emoticon Thats a ton of races!!

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/18/2011 8:43AM

    I soo hear you about the PR's and weight!

But look at that list!!! You are rockin it!!!!

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AIMLESS07 11/17/2011 9:01PM

    I think my weight loss over the past 4 months has made a HUGE difference in my speed. I have never been this fast before and I am just loving it.

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SEEHOLZ 11/17/2011 4:35PM

    Super cool- lots to be proud of girl!

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    WOW!! That's a LOT of races!!!! Do you keep the bibs from each race? Cause it'd be cool if you could post them along some wall or section of your closet or something. I keep mine (there are only 4 bibs) next to my motivational posters which happens to be hung on the inside door to my closet. So every single day as I'm gettin dressed for work, I see my bibs.

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RACE REPORT: Big PR, Lots of Pictures! :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ok, so you all know I've been working to build my base.

My last half marathon time (Nov 2010) was 2:39:56, in spite of a 5K time that indicated I may be capable of a sub 2:30 and the fact that I was in "marathon training". I now realize my marathon training was very inadequate and my base wasn't strong enough to reach my potential at these long distances.

So hence the base building, and I've gotten my recent average up over 30MPW including a peak week of 40 miles, and logging a new monthly mileage PR in October.

I then spent Thursday and Friday before the race on my feet a lot doing some clothes shopping for my DH and then drove myself 4 hours to my parents place, getting there at after 9PM Central. I ate a cup o' noodles for my carby dinner, and didn't fall asleep until after midnight with a 3AM wakeup call. OOF!

But I knew the training was logged, I got sleep leading up to this night - all would be fine.

Lo and behold I popped outta bed when the alarm went off, ate my packed breakfast of bread+PB+banana, figured out outfits, and my family and I headed off to the start.


I let her borrow my heart print BondiBand because she didn't have an earwarmer band and it was cold out there. It was like 29-31 at the start and didn't warm up much before we finished. But she had run with a beanie once before and knew her head got too hot and then she took it off and her head was freezing - so I hooked her up since I was going to be wearing my Team Marathon band.

Now let the photos begin!!!

Signing Waivers to get on base:


Then we got our shirts - the ONE NEGATIVE ABOUT THE ENTIRE RACE - we get up there and they say "They're women's fit shirts" and we're like uhh... we both registered for smalls thinking the sizing was unisex. It sounded like they got women's fit across the board actually. They said - take them over there to exchange, and because we weren't there the day before - all they had left were smalls and mediums. Sooo yeah. Not sure I'll be able to wear that one... we'll see.

Then on a more solemn note, we hit the Fallen Heroes table and got bibs to run in memory of soldiers. What we didn't expect was so many of the names on the table were from soldiers that had died as recently as just a couple months ago - and when someone picked up a name, they brought out another onto the table. Here are the soldiers we ran in memory of:

Marine PFC Josue Ibarra - Died June 19, 2011 during Operation Enduring Freedom from wounds received while conducting combat operations at 21 years old.

Army Spc. Garrett A Fant - Died September 26, 2011 During Operation Enduring Freedom from woulds caused by an IED at 21 years old.

It was really an honor to run for the memory of these Heroes.

After that point we did some mingling, my mom bought me some body glide (I couldn't find mine when packing and they had stuff set up for sale at the start, like the expo never stopped!) so I applied that to my troublesome pinky toes, we made bathroom runs... and then met up with people!

I met a friend from Runners World Online Forums and then up with some SparkFolk!

We've got (I think) non SP Lin, RUN2BFREE (Lori), MARATHON_MOM (Becki), and RUNTRILAUGH (Wendy). Lin and Lori were qualifying for Marathon Maniacs with the race! :D WOOHOO! It was wonderful to see the online face show up in real life. HAHA. We lamented the shirts and then not too long after that it was time to head out to the starting corral!

As we were heading back we passed a photographer and I heard him say, OK who's next? and I was like MEMEMEMEMEME and started waving my hands around - so of course he turned around and snapped this awesome photo of my sister and me:

On my way back through all the people I saw two other forumites from RWOL, and then we found our pacer - our plan was to stick with the 5hr marathoner pace group until the race split to help keep conservative and good pace for achieving a sub 2:30 half - my sister's races predicted an even lower time than mine, but her training had been a little less, so we hoped we could stick together.

Here's a photo of Glenn our pacer, later on in the race:


Mile 1 - 11:19 - feeling fabulous, of course - following closely behind our pacer Glenn from Australia!
Mile 2 - 10:41 - Glenn was being peppy, but I think it's because just after mile 2 is a massively steep hill. UGH.

Mile 3 - 11:15 - this is with the hill! Drill sergeants on either side of the hill yelling at us! Our pacer was urging them on, and so they answered - "Who here's running a 5 min... OH that's 5 HOUR! well this looks more like a SEVEN HOUR PACE, PICK IT UP!!! Do I see someone walking?? You better RUN, MOVE IT!" and so forth. I probably pushed harder than I should have on such an early hill, but hey - it was early. I had energy and I wasn't about to walk in front of the Drill Sergeants! Plus I didn't want to lose Glenn. Took some time to recover on the flat afterward. High fived a General at some point and Gu'd.

Mile 4 - 11:07
Mile 5 - 11:16 (last semi-hill of the course I think!)
Mile 6 - 10:49 (sweet sweeet downhill!)

That next portion was going through the base, we ran past houses my sister and I had visited when we were younger, past the old site of the Infantry Museum before they built the current one... it was nice. We lost Glenn. Not so much LOST him, but were a bit ahead. Not far. We could hear him from time to time.

Oh and somewhere in here this dude runs up beside us and strikes up a conversation. We find out he's from IL and in town for a few days - his friend's running and said - hey why don't you do this race with me, so he said - ok! I asked if he trained and he said no. And he was doing the FULL. (in the race photos later on I saw he finished in 7:13 - I thought he wouldn't make it, but he did make it to the finish line after all!)

Mile 7 - 11:17 - pretty sure this is where I saw the kids dressed like sock monkeys (head to toe with masks!) and gave them high fives - then as we were getting into the greenway portion, there was a great SOUND system blasting LUDACRIS! WOOT! Also Gu'ing happened somewhere here...

Mile 8 - 11:15
Mile 9 - 11:09
Mile 10 - 11:38 - final GU and also this is around when my sister was fading and I decided I needed to press forward or risk not using this fantastic course and the good pacing thus far in the race to meet my goal. She understood and I headed on.

Up until this point we got some GREAT sister duo running photos on the course as well:

So then I was on my own, me pushing myself toward my goal:
Mile 11 - 11:27
Bonus split: 49 sec (I hit lap on the Garmin an extra time when I hit mile 11 so I'd be in sync w/ the markers from here on out)
Mile 12 - 10:57 at the beginning of this mile I realized I had 2.1 miles left and 25 minutes to do it - I knew I could reach my goal! Also I was chasing down the chick in front of me in hotpants and passed her
Mile 13 - 11:02 when I got to about 13.5 or so I realized I had 10minutes to go half a mile! Then a slight uphill getting into the National Infantry Museum parking lot! I also saw the sock monkeys again and I called out, "MONKEYYYYS!!! I LOVE YOUUU!!!!"
Final .13 - 9:26 pace, 1:11

WOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!! As you can see (if you can see those tiny numbers) my CLOCK time was under 2:30 - and my chip time was over 2 min off the clock due to starting back in the back of the pack.


I ran back to find my sister and run her in, but I only got about halfway down the avenue of the Flags (finishing area) when I saw her coming - I jumped on course for a few seconds and cheered her on, and her finishing kick then took her speeding away from me so I ran off to the side, cheered her on and met her again behind the finish.

The race photographer saw us and was like, "We need our team finish photo!"

She crossed just a couple minutes behind me, with a chip time of 2:29:54!!!! So she ALSO broke 2:30, and on her FIRST HALF!!!

Then the family photos of the finish area:

Yeah that's us dancing to the music. :)

And a "Dietitian on the Run" inspired Garmin photoshoot:


Also I tried the shirt and it fits fine, it's just shorter than I'd buy for myself, but it's not too short (no midriff action). :) So yay for that, too!

McMillan predictions:
On my 10K (which was granted, in the heat and hilly and now a while ago) - 2:29:05
On my most recent 5K - 2:25:27

Considering that McMillan is usually quite optimistic, I am SUPER SUPER proud of my 2:27:16 - that represents a time very close to my predictors which means I put in the training needed to perform as expected at that distance of the half marathon.

I have a new goal for the half which is to beat 2:25, and this makes me even more excited about what I might be able to achieve for my next full marathon next November. This current half time predicts a 5:10:35 marathon, which I know means I need a lot more training to beef myself up to being comparably trained for that distance, but still - that is what I plan on doing next!!! :) Well... after the Latin Music Miami Beach Half... but still. I'm now hoping I might also improve my fitness enough speed-wise between now and then to aim for 5hr or sub 5. :) But one step at a time!

Also: I looked through all the race photos for un-tagged photos of my sister and I (her finish photo didn't get saved to her because her bib was obscured), and I saw that the later marathon finishers (like say, 5hr+) ALL had soldier escorts, and the escorts got bigger the later the finish. I got kind of emotional seeing the great support for those last finishers surrounded by soldiers.

This race is really a big class act and I HIGHLY recommend it - super well organized, good post race food, post race MASSAGE, nice swag (I got a super cool drawstring bag as well, with a zipper pocket even!), great course support with encouraging soldiers all along at every intersection (instead of police or random volunteers they were all soldiers!) Aid stations had civilians also, but there were still soldiers at every point. It was really special. Not to mention the Fallen Heroes addition for this year's race.

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WOLFKITTY 11/22/2011 1:31AM

    Oh my gosh, wow wow wow, Dana!!
I don't know what else to say!


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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/21/2011 8:39PM

    Atta girl!!! :) :) :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/20/2011 12:03PM

    wow dana what a great race. like sharon i would have been so overwhelmed about the soldier part. so sad. the pics are great!

congrats to your sister too! does she want to do vegas??

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SEEHOLZ 11/17/2011 4:37PM

    This has been your redemption year girl! When I read the post about the 150 mile month, I knew you were going to rock the Soldier Half- as long as the stars didn't align against you. I love how you got your arms up in the finish line-- superstar proud moment and the best part is that you got to share this memory with your sis--- ahhhh

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BREWMASTERBILL 11/16/2011 7:42PM

    Great report, great race, congratulations on the time. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/16/2011 4:32PM

    Cool post! Looks like you and your sister had a great time!

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MBSHAZZER 11/16/2011 1:27PM

    Dana, great job! And how awesome did your sister do??? I love it!

Also, I teared up at the soldier bit. So sad. I think I would have been crying the whole way since running tends to make me emotional anyway.

GREAT job! See you in a few weeks!

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JEM0622 11/16/2011 11:36AM

    WTG! So proud of you guys for running this one.

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AUNTC321 11/16/2011 11:16AM

    Thanks for sharing. It was great that you could run and honor a Fallen Hero.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 11/16/2011 10:48AM

    Big congrats to you. You did awesome on your half. It is nice that you were able to sub 2:30 and have your sister run the race with you. You did a great recap...I felt like I was right there with you.

Have a great week.

Daphne emoticon

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REEKU731 11/16/2011 10:44AM

    YAY!! You did such a great job! I'm so proud of you! What an amazing race for such an incredible cause! Those drill sergeants would have totally made me run faster too! haha!

You and your sister did an amazing job!!! Enjoy the total bad assery of your sub-2:30 finish!!!!


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SLEEPYDEAN 11/16/2011 10:35AM

    I've really enjoyed reading all of your reviews of this experience.

Great photos and memories for you and your sister.

And the finish times, AWESOME! you totally give me hope that I'll get close to 2:30 in one of my upcoming halfs. (I'm thinking Vegas because it is flat and fast!)

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MARATHON_MOM 11/16/2011 10:11AM

    It was so great to finally meet you in person. Congrats on the PR!!!

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/16/2011 10:02AM

    It was really goood to see you! Hope to run with you soon!

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AIMLESS07 11/16/2011 9:27AM

    Awesome race and I like how it honored fallen soldiers. I am wondering about how the McMillian thing works. I am hoping for my marathon in January that I can be around 5:15 or so. You find it to be semi accurate?

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EDGEOFSANITY 11/16/2011 9:11AM

    Awesome job to both you and your sister! Sounds like a great race to run (I have a soft spot in my heart for soldiers =))

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Monday, November 07, 2011

OK - What sparkers are running this race???

Look for me in Team Marathon gear! Remember, I'm 6'2" without running shoes on, so I will be the mega tall chick wearing Team Marathon apparel! :)

I'm getting sooooooooo stoked for the race this weekend! I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!


A) Sub 2:30 - McMillan says if adequately trained, based on my speed at shorter distance races this year, I should be easily able to break 2:30
B) New PR - Sub 2:39? I think? I remember my first was around 2:45 I think and my 2nd I wanted to break 2:40 and I think I did, but just barely.
C) Finish strong and have fun with my sister and appreciating the hometown course and all the soldiers - and the memory of a Fallen Hero

The race is offering a 2nd bib with the name of a Fallen Hero - you can provide a name or they will provide one for you. I really hope they are still providing that opportunity during the morning packet pickup since I won't be able to make it to the expo. So excited to see my family, too. :)

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RUN2BEFREE 11/14/2011 5:50PM

    It was great to meet you this past Saturday - don't know how I missed seeing this last week....

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MARATHON_MOM 11/14/2011 11:41AM

    I wish I had seen this before! LOL
Somehow, I keep getting unsubscribed from blogs!
It was so awesome to finally get to meet you in person!

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SEEHOLZ 11/9/2011 10:30AM

    Wohoo! You'll do amazing! I wished I could be there...

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MBSHAZZER 11/8/2011 12:44PM

    Enjoy, Dana and run like the wind!

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MARLIE13 11/8/2011 9:30AM

    OMG it sounds like it will be a blast and a very moving experience too. No pun intended. Who's name will you put on the 2nd bib?

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REEKU731 11/8/2011 8:55AM

    Have an amazing race!!! You're going to do a great job!!!!


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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/7/2011 9:49PM

    I love your description of yourself. ;-)

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INDYCHX 11/7/2011 8:14PM

    I'm doing it too.
I will be wearing a Marathon Maniac shirt and am a foot shorter than you. I will also be way behind you. I will be very slow since I had a rough go at the Marine Corps Marathon.

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SKYFYRE 11/7/2011 5:38PM

    Woohoo! Yay or doing this race! I hope you get to run with a hero too!

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/7/2011 5:19PM

    have a great race dana. most importantly have FUN! you wearing your tutu?

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RUNTRILAUGH 11/7/2011 3:37PM

    I am scrounging up the money to register race day!!!!!
WOOT WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Becki (Marathon_Mom) just registered last night, so she's in, too!

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