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Big Lake Half Marathon RR - PICTURES GALORE!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Up at 3am for the drive over to New Hampshire - 3hr drive, just short enough to be manageable without an overnight stay, but long enough to make us still consider it... and reject it! :)

This was my first race after my move to Vermont, and the move came with some inconsistencies in my training- then as I was getting back to normal, I got sick and too a week+ off completely, last week was my first week that felt really normal at 29mpw :P, hoping to keep building from there moving forward, but I felt in no way prepared to attempt a PR at this race.

My current half PR is a 2:27:16 at the Soldier Half Marathon last Nov - a 12+ min PR at the time! I felt really well trained going into that race, had an ideal course, and ideal conditions.

Knowing my training at this point, and that the course was supposed to be hilly, and the weather was pretty good, maybe just a little warmer than perfect at the finish - I tried to decide on a goal that would help me push myself, but not be unreasonable. I decided to aim for my goal MP which is about a 12mm - so faster than my LR and Easy Pace, but nowhere near what I'd need for a PR (sub 11:15)

Now the RACE!



Gorgeous weather - I ran by a sign shortly after we started that said it was 48 degrees. NICE! If you look across the water by that tree you can see a runner warming up.

We're off!

Feeling good, trying to let everyone in the world pass me since I want a 12mm pace and I know it'll be easy to go too fast...

Mile 1: 11:28
Mile 2: 11:33

Whoops! Too fast!

Sign that made me laugh at an early aid station... :)

Soooo beautiful!

I manage to get closer to my goal pace:

Mile 3: 11:50
Mile 4: 11:56

I had decided to GU based on miles, knowing this race had EIGHT aid stations, I was just going to aim for somewhere close to 4, 7, and 10 - there was an aid station at like 3.55, 6.85, 9.88 or something like that - close enough. I took water at most of the other aid stations, only skipping one early one.

Worth mentioning now, the aid stations are having a contest for most awesome, so several had themes - here's a flamingo hat at the "Aloha" station...

Mile 5: 12:00 BANG ON!
Mile 6: 12:02

Passing halfway, feeling great - we are now turning onto a loop of a smaller road, and hit the next aid station where I see this lady:

SUPERHERO AID STATION!!! All the kids were dressed up, a couple green lanterns - I took water from a Superman kid complete with fake muscle chest.

Now... on this loop, now I realize why they call the course hilly... short steep rollers start just POPPIN OFF!

(On the steepest, I was NOT taking pictures - pure concentration! But you can see the rolling nature at least...)

But apparently this inspired some pep in my step, or it was my latest GU - who knows. I wasn't watching pace just rollin w/ the hills

Mile 7: 11:26
Mile 8: 11:33

I think at this point I see how fast I took the last two, and we hit some more steady uphill sections and this is where I really start longing for the next mile markers....

Still beautiful! This little creek/waterfallish thing was at the top of a longer hill. :)

Mile 9: 12:11
Mile 10: 12:13
Mile 11: 11:43

At the mile 11 point, we turn back onto the road we headed out on, and I remembered seeing mile 12 marker on my way out - LET'S GO!

I forgot my bodyglide and I have blisters on both pinky toes by now, my left piriformis is talking to me, and I'm ready to be done.

Mile 12: 12:16
Mile 13: 12:00 - BANG ON!

Time for one last picture!

Final .22 - 11:12


Garmin Time: 2:36:40
UPDATE: Official time - 2:36:35

Average pace per Garmin Measure - 11:51, Pace for 13.1 mile course measurement - 11:58

Official time is a HAIR better since I waited to cross fully before shutting down Mr. G, but pretty spot on to my goal - soooo happy. And my 2nd best half marathon time!! On a tough course! Undertrained! (Good weather though, so I had that on my side - it was 60 at the finish!)

And my DH brought our sweet Roscoe out to the finish for me! :) That was AWESOME!!!!

I could have only been happier with a PR race, and feeling I wasn't ready at this time for that - I am glad I picked a reasonable goal for myself.

Medal Details:

I just LOVE the ribbon on this medal!

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BRE7482 5/16/2012 3:50AM

    Congratulations! Great pictures! I love the medal!

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KNH771 5/14/2012 4:34PM

    Congrats on the race! Love the superhero aid station. Too cute!

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SWEATONCEADAY 5/14/2012 3:54PM

    congrats girl on another great race.

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ROCKCHALKSPARK 5/14/2012 11:26AM

    Um..WOW. You rock!!! emoticon emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/14/2012 11:21AM

    Woohoo! Way to go, teammate! Great pics and looks like a great time. Makes me want to do that race. Hmmm... You did a great job out there. Where was your superhero outfit? I know it's at the cleaners right?

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VINOTEA 5/13/2012 10:48PM

    emoticon job on the race!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/13/2012 8:56PM

    Congratulations. You must know yourself really well to be able to pace yourself like that.

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MBSHAZZER 5/13/2012 2:15PM

    Congrats, Dana! You did great picking a goal pace and sticking with it! And everything about the race seems great - the weather, the course, the fun aid stations and the super cool medal! Not to mention your cheering section!

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LEIAMLOW 5/13/2012 11:58AM

    That is so cool! What a beautiful day too! Thank you for taking so many photos and sharing them with us. I almost feel like I was there with you. :)

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WOLFKITTY 5/13/2012 11:40AM

    That's AWESOME!!!
Very cool, Dana!!

And I feel almost like a stranger.. Somehow I missed that you moved to VT. I'll have to see why I never get any updates via FB about you.


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JERIBERI1 5/13/2012 9:03AM

That medal is really cool!!!

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WELLNESSME09 5/13/2012 7:39AM

    emoticon emoticon thanks for sharing your journey with us. emoticon

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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

I want to win free pizzas!


Mine is the one w/ pesto, chicken, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, and goat cheese. :)

Edit: Try this link?? https://www.facebook.com/RunVermont The voting poll was put up by RunVermont on facebook...

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LITTLE_GIRL 5/9/2012 2:48PM

    I voted for you! That sounds YUMMY! Good luck,

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BUSYMOM911 5/8/2012 10:49PM

    Those links didn't work, but I finally got to it.

then scroll down. yours is the first out of five pizzas. So far, you have 55 likes, and the next one has 26.

Fingers crossed! emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/8/2012 9:08PM

    The link isn't working for me either.

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    the link isn't working for me

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Tracking Tracking Tracking!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I know that tracking my food is the key to my success. I have said this often - but I keep falling short!

Well - I'm trying again. Because if I keep trying, then I won't fail. Everytime I fall off the tracking bandwagon, if I spend less time in the non-tracking mode, I will be doing better and better until hopefully, finally, I'll be back in that habit that I used to have of tracking absolutely EVERYTHING!!!

I tracked the past two days: first, within range, second - JUST over by like 20 calories. I call that close enough.

Feeling reallly good. :) Haven't done the yoga challenge everyday, but I have used the videos provided by the challenge to get in yoga more frequently. I also haven't been hooping everyday, but I have sometimes. Day before yesterday I did a Coach Nicole upper body workout, which was great. And I ran Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

I'm taking today off from running, but I will still walk the pooch, do some yoga, hoop, strengthening - so lots of good stuff. OH - and tracking alllll the food! :) *nods*


This week is tough because I've had music rehearsal every night thus far. I will have tomorrow night off, and then Saturday I'm going with the Youth from church on a Temple Trip to Montreal. SO EXCITED! BUT - it's 9am-4pm. Yikes.

They told the youngins to pack a lunch so that is what I will do as well - should be super good for food to be that busy, but although I've been less busy during the day (as far as out of the house commitments) I've been gone when my DH has been home a LOT! :P So it's like we trade. *sigh* but tomorrow night will be a great night at home together! And then next week I just have Orchestra on Tuesday night and then I'm done with the jam packed evening schedule. :)

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LIVEYOURDREAMS 4/25/2012 12:18PM

    Great job staying in the zone with tracking! That has been my challenge lately, too. It does make a HUGE difference! Enjoy your trip, and I hope you finally have some time with your honey soon!

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/24/2012 5:43PM

    Yeah Canada! Have fun on your trip. Bon voyage and don't forget eh can be used for any word.

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FITGIRL15 4/24/2012 10:29AM

    Tracking is a good thing, but definitely gets to be too much at times in your life. We all have a balance that needs to be found, so don't be so hard on yourself for taking a break from it! You obviously had more important things to devote your time to!

I remember when I started tracking, I had to reduce the amount of time spent at the gym. It was a win-win situation, as I lost 10 pounds in a month by spending less time working out and more time thinking about food! To most people, that is counter intuitive!

You rock!

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SEEHOLZ 4/23/2012 7:20AM

    Is Montreal right around the corner from where you live? I was like 9am-4pm? I am not sure how much of it you got to visit/see, but I just love it there- it's got this really cool seudo European flare- even the buses remind me of ones in Germany- I don't know, but I feel very at home there- the biggest downside of course are the horribly cold winter, which do not agree with me as is- it tends to be a bunch of degrees lower there- when we went there in Jan 2011, it was like 2 degrees- talk about being cold when you try to dress up to go out on town, but the crazy thing was that there were tonds of people just roaming around the clubs etc. ( we didn't go clubbing or anything, but we did walk around quite a bunch in that district).
Anyways, I hope you had a nice trip up there - and enjoyed the temple up there.

As for tracking-I do it. And, as much as I don't really adhere to anything strict, I think it helps me with my binging issues a bit, because I have to face and deal with them heads on or just not binge. And you are 100% right to just keep trying. I tend to not always meet a certain set goal either, but as long as I keep trying, it eventually works out, because deep down, I want it! You can do this tracking thing Dana- maybe I need to stalk your Trackkers-lol!

Have a great week!

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SKYFYRE 4/21/2012 2:02AM

    Trackatrackatrack! Ooh! Montreal! Say a big hello! I have never been to Canada, I hear it is really clean there, lol, seriously though, clean! You'll have to tell me if it is true ;)

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VIXSTERLU 4/19/2012 12:14PM

    Keep tracking and one day you'll realize that you are doing it automatically :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/19/2012 12:01PM

    Yup, tracking is so important for me too. For me tracking goes along with making better choices. I've been backsliding a little this week.

Been seeing your super happy Roscoe pics on FB and I'm so happy for you! Are you going to blog about how you found him??

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LEIAMLOW 4/19/2012 11:58AM

    Tracking has been my downfall lately as well. I will do great with breakfast, lunch and snacks but then come dinner time, I lose it.
You have a crazy busy schedule girl! Have fun on your Temple Trip! I have heard the Montreal Temple is Beautiful! I grew up in Salt Lake City. :)
Anywho, Have a great rest of your week, fellow Hooper! emoticon

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RBUCKLEY2 4/19/2012 11:46AM

    I have trouble tracking also. I reset my calorie goal. Hoping that will help me want to track.

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MBSHAZZER 4/19/2012 11:44AM

    Wow you are super busy these day! But at least you have Roscoe to get you moving! I find that while my cats are generally fat and lazy, they have an oddly positive impact on my fitness. Because when that alarm goes off in the morning, they pounce on me and start in with the headbutting and kneading until I give in, get up and feed them. Of course, once i'm out of bed, I may as well go running!

Enjoy Montreal! I want to go there so badly!

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POGOMOP 4/19/2012 11:36AM

    I hate tracking! I bought an app to track with and it's so easy to use and I still don't because I feel like there's too many options and it is taking a shot in the dark. I can find a plain grilled 4 oz chicken breast for 30-500 calories. o_O it gets frustrating. keep up the good work!

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CECE0330 4/19/2012 11:27AM

    I blogged something similar today....that DARN tracking! But I'm going to try to faithfully blog as well for a SOLID 30 days. I apparently need the accountability.

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KNH771 4/19/2012 11:21AM

    I know what you mean about the music rehearsals. I've got a concert at the end of the month, and I'm ready to be done with it! Good job on the tracking!

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Hooping - New Beat

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Loooove this song. Toro Y Moi - New Beat. I'm a bit of a funk addict. Hooping here is like... soooo a bunch of waist hooping - no trickery. But I was dancing and feeling the mojo. Plus up close views of my two favorite hoops.

P.S. - just watched the video and saw there is a little more trickery than I remembered. :D But not too fancy.

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CR4ZY_BEAUTIFUL 5/26/2012 10:46AM

    I just started hooping. Maybe once I get good I'll make a video too!

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DIAMONDLOVR 5/14/2012 10:08PM

    That is soooo cool and it looks so fun! You are really awesome to watch! You are good!

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LEIAMLOW 4/22/2012 2:09PM

    That was awesome! Funk is great for hooping, it looks like. I might have to add some to my playlist!

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GREENMAN71 4/22/2012 1:02PM

    Nice! I might need to add this song to my playlist!!!

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RBUCKLEY2 4/17/2012 9:58PM

    You are really good. emoticon emoticon

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LIVEYOURDREAMS 4/15/2012 10:10PM

    Awesome hooping! Play that funky music, girl! But there was a little "trickery"- when you put your arms up and down in the hoop while hooping. Us beginners couldn't pull that off..

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SKYFYRE 4/13/2012 1:59AM

    Still sad I can't watch your hooping videos :( I know you are rocking in them though!!!

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SJKENT1 4/12/2012 11:35AM

    Awesome! Maybe I should start bringing my hoop to work to do during my morning and afternoon breaks and at lunch.

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JESSIEW84 4/11/2012 10:06PM

    Wish I could hoop!

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THEEASYKILL30 4/11/2012 9:46PM

    You can dance and hoop at the same time? That's emoticon
I am totally uncoordinated so I am so in awe of you.

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/11/2012 8:49PM

    You're so graceful :) And that song sounds like it was just made for hooping!

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SEEHOLZ 4/11/2012 5:42PM

    Pretty darn COOL Dana! I am so not doing that-- anytime soon. But, I loved watching you :-) and I agree- you make it look EASY :-)

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MOSTMOM1 4/11/2012 3:26PM

    Get yo funk ON! Thanks for showing your hoops. I like the way you put the gaffer tape going the opposite direction. cool

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FITGIRL15 4/11/2012 3:09PM

    AWESOME! You make hooping look so easy!!!

Was it the benefit of using a heavier or lighter hoop? Easier movements? I'd love you to explain it!

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Check in Blog

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I've been bailing on my 30 min hooping challenge - I will hoop today!

I'm not running or Making the Cut today.

I was gonna run, but I just realized tomorrow is the 12th and I missed Feb and March 12athon running challenge, but I'm feeling good running wise, so I'm gonna go LONG tomorrow.

I did start a yoga challenge.

And I just tracked my food today... :P I really NEED to track but I haven't been doing it. Self sabotage much? Not sure what my deal is.

I realized a couple days ago that if the ideal weight gain during pregnancy is like 20-30lbs, that really reinforces what I think of as my ideal goal weight (170lbs) because otherwise I may go over 200 while pregnant and I'm not sure I would mentally deal with that very well, even though I'm sure I'd still be being healthy.

My BMI changes to 25 (overweight BMI) at 195, but I'm not worried about BMI while pregnant, that's stupid. But I'd like to be more toward the middle of BMI than where I am now, so that I don't get too far outside of the realm while pregnant that it feels overwhelming to get back. Does that make sense?

From an article I found online:

"Pre-pregnancy weight Recommended weight gain
Underweight (BMI less than 18.5) 28 to 40 pounds (about 13 to 18 kilograms)
Normal weight (BMI 18.5 to 24.9) 25 to 35 pounds (about 11 to 16 kilograms)
Overweight (BMI 25 to 29.9) 15 to 25 pounds (about 7 to 11 kilograms)
Obese (BMI 30 or more) 11 to 20 pounds (about 5 to 9 kilograms)"

So it kinda depends where you're starting. Underweight people obviously need to gain weight anyway. I'm toward the upper side of the BMI right nwo but if I get to the middle before getting pregnant, and I'm able to manage my pregnancy gain to around 25-30lbs, then I'll be just getting close to 200. I think that sounds reasonable.

If I stay where I am, which lately has been close to 190, and is technically within that "normal weight" range above, and gain that much, I'll be like 215+ which the thought really freaks me out. Even if I were to go by the overweight guidelines I'd need to gain at least 15lbs, which would put me at 205.

So reminding myself of that goal, which is to get fit and prepare my body for pregnancy, I really need to get focused.

I also read something yesterday talking about how a routine helps with weightloss - and when you're off your routine your body creates cortisol (stress hormone) which can promote weight gain, or at the least stymie weightloss.

My routine has been crrrazy with this job waking up at 4:15 somedays, but music rehearsals until 9:30PM some nights, not able to really find my schedule mojo. I think that has really been hurting me.

So I turned in my notice at work - not sure if I blogged about that here yet. It was a good deal, but the lifestyle negatives outweighed the gym membership benefit. I did get asked to stay an extra week from my notice (this week) and in return I'm getting two MONTHS of free membership - so I said YES to that.

But after this week, I will no longer have to ever wake up at 4:15AM! :D WOOHOO!!!!

One of the motivating factors is also that we're getting our dog back this Saturday. :D Roscoe's heartworm treatment went well, he got the all clear, and now we're bringing him up here! I'm sooo excited, but I know he will require a lot of training and attention, especially at first.

So things are changing around here... but I think all positive changes. I am looking forward to getting a good routine set for myself once we get Roscoe here.

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CLOVERR1 4/23/2012 1:34PM

    So, does this mean you and Henry are thinking about having kids? :)

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WAVEDANCER7 4/11/2012 3:36PM

    Very interesting about the stress hormone and an off-balance routine. I can definitely relate to that (as I talk about in my new challenge blog), as inconsistency leads to a lot of unhealthy leeway. ANYWAYS, I think you goals are great. And although you can tell yourself a million times that 215 is healthy while pregnant, the mental impact it may have on you might be worrisome. You want to enjoy pregnancy and all it has to offer. And if that baby NEEDS chocolate one night, you better eat it ;) But seriously, you do'nt want to be stressed over calories or weight numbers while you are harvesting a bun in the oven. I think your head is in the perfect place. AND I CAN NOT WAIT FOR ROSCOES RETURN EITHER!

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MOSTMOM1 4/11/2012 1:03PM

    Wow, you are challenge hungry today!

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