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OMG! How could I forget THAT day???

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Today, my schedule called for 6 miles of hills. Actually it called for speed work but I don't like speed work (yet) so I substitute hills. The only hills we have here in FL is the Causeway Bridge. When I run the bridge, I normally only run it for 4 miles at most. Up and down is 1 mile.

The first two times up and down were pretty much uneventful except for the NNE 15mph wind I ran into.

While I was going up the hill for the 3rd time around the 3 mile mark, my legs started fatiguing.

So, now the conversation in my head starts and it goes something like this.....

Hum, where is that coming from? Why are my legs so tired already? Must just be....

I don't know what it must be but I must stop thinking about it.

Okay, change your thoughts. Focus on something else.

Like what?

I don't care, anything. Just STOP thinking about your legs!!

Wow! Look at those kayaker's on the river below us.

That looks like fun.

Well, it's fun right now because they are going with the wind.

Yep, I'd hate to be them trying to row back to shore in the NNE 15 mph headwind.

That's going to be tough.

Yep, sure it.

Still feeling them legs?

Yep, sure am.

Okay...Then, think of something else.

Other then this headwind, it's a beautiful October day. The sky is blue. The weather has cooled down. The humidity is low.

It is a beautiful morning.

What's the date today?

It's October 6th.

October 6th?



What? What's wrong??

I missed it!!

Missed what?

October 4th!!

Yeah, so? What's so big about October 4th??

OMG!! October 4th was the day my life changed 2 years ago!! How could I have forgotten that???

Your life changed?


OH YEAH!! October 4th!! I remember now!

MY 2 YEAR SPARKVERSARY passed and I missed it!! I completely forgot about it!!

How could you possibly forget the day your life changed!

I don't know but I did! I forgot it!

Well, you do look amazingly different then you did 2 years ago!

I AM DIFFERENT!! I'm 42 pounds lighter! I'm healthier! I eat better! I exercise!

You do!

And I'm a runner!!

You are! You're a runner of hills!!

Woo Hoo!!


Woo Hoo!! Let's go!

And with that last thought in my mind, I took off with the wind! A huge smile on my face and thinking about these last 2 years and how SparkPeople changed my life.

And guess what?

Those last 3 miles of hills were conquered without a second thought given to my tired legs!!

I was too happy to even think about them anymore!!

Happy Belated 2nd Sparkversary to me!!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HARRINGTON5 11/2/2010 10:45PM

    You sure do look different! Happy Belated Sparkiversary. You are very inspiring and I am trying to catch up to you.

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MOM23JS 11/2/2010 3:25PM

    I always love to read your blogs as you always give me the push that I need when I think that there was no get up and go left in me! Thanks!

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JAZZII4 10/25/2010 9:20AM

    Happy SparkAnniversary, to you! I would love to run a half-marathon, next year. I find your blog to be very inspirational! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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NOTSPEEDY 10/17/2010 5:20PM

    I love the talk you had with yourself. You just had to think of the right topic to get your thoughts off your legs.

I was stopping by to see of you wrote a blog about your race yesterday when I found this. Hope your blister didn't bother you.

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FIRENUT34 10/15/2010 9:28PM

    Happy Sparkiversary Suezette. So glad you found this site.

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DRAGONFLY1974 10/15/2010 5:53PM

    Happy Sparkiversary!!! Look at all the new friends you've made too!!!

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FELIXC 10/14/2010 11:51AM

    Awesome, Suezette! Happy Sparkaversary!


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-PAULA 10/12/2010 9:01PM

Congratulations on your 2nd Sparkversary!

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MARIE625 10/12/2010 10:01AM

    Happy belated anniversary! Isn't it amazing how much your thoughts affect your ability to run? Congrats on rocking those hills!

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ABSOLUTZER0 10/12/2010 12:36AM

    CONGRATS ON YOUR 2 YEAR SPARKVERSARY!!! You are feeling and looking awesome! Also, great way to distract yourself from your legs.

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SCOTIANRUNNER 10/11/2010 1:27AM

    life definitely IS good, isn't it. Happy sparkiversary emoticon

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GAYEMC 10/7/2010 8:15PM

    Yes, a belated Sparkiversary to you!

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CATIATM 10/7/2010 11:53AM

    Happy Sparkiversary! Congrats on the amazing life changes you've made! emoticon

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FAIRISLE 10/7/2010 10:50AM

    I am SO proud of you!!!!


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GAELENEC 10/7/2010 9:24AM

    Congrats! What a difference two years has made!

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BEANCOUNTER2 10/7/2010 1:33AM

    Congrats to you! I just crossed my 2yr anniversary too (OKay Sept 3) and did hill repeats today. I ran up and down the hill in front of my house in the dark...quite a boring run...Keep it up-we are going to rock Disney!

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WILDFLOWERR_ 10/7/2010 1:03AM

    emoticon Happy Belated Sparkversary to you! You have been an inspiration to me!
Thanks and God Bless,

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JUNEAU2010 10/6/2010 10:44PM

    There are not nearly enough superlatives or emoticons to express my joy at reading this blog!

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CASSIOEPIA 10/6/2010 9:31PM

    Woohoo! Congrats Suezette, belated and all!

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KATHY1204 10/6/2010 8:35PM

    How cool is that?! Congratulations and Happy Sparkiversary, Suezette!!

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PAGONA 10/6/2010 7:55PM

    Happy Anniversary, and your so funny I love yor blogs

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COOPSM 10/6/2010 7:32PM

    Happy Anniversary Suezette---you are doing awesome!!! Keep up the great that you conquered those hills!!!

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MOMONTHERUN1 10/6/2010 7:08PM

    Happy Anniversary!!!

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LADYGWEN25 10/6/2010 6:21PM

    happy anniversary!! i hope to be exactly where you are in 18 more months.. Great work!

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UROPA40 10/6/2010 6:04PM

    Congratulations on your anniversary. What a different person you are now from the person you were two years ago. Suzy emoticon

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FRECKS96 10/6/2010 6:03PM

    Woo Hoo!! I love your internal dialogue!

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DEEJACKSON 10/6/2010 5:56PM

    Happy Sparkversary!!!!

LOVED your blog! I thought I was the only one that had two way dialog with myself on runs!!!! LOL

Have a great day!!

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    Happy Sparkversary and congrats on an awesome run!! I wish I would have read your blog before I went out for my run tonight. I only made it two miles before I threw in the towel because my legs were killing me (well in my head they were, hehe!)

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 10/6/2010 5:52PM

    Yea You!! Happy Anniversary!


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SHINAKO 10/6/2010 5:48PM


Happy Sparkerversary (Belated) and SO GLAD it was able to propel you forward! The hard work is, after all, 99% mental!

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JAVALOVERTOO 10/6/2010 5:43PM

    emoticon Happy Sparkversary!!!! and emoticon on them there "hills". emoticon

I love your conversation with yourself, sounds like me, LOL! I did a long walk today and I know there were a few conversations in there. emoticon

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TAMTAM64 10/6/2010 5:25PM

    I can just hear you having that conversation with yourself - LOL

Happy 2nd Spark Anniversary! You are truly an amazing woman!


P.S. Just how steep are these bridge "hills" in the Miami marathon? I need to prepare!

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TEDYBEAR2838 10/6/2010 5:06PM

    You sure have changed haven't you?!!! GOOD FOR YOU!
Happy Spark Anniversary! emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 10/6/2010 4:26PM

    Happy, Happy Anniversary!

And you know why you forgot the day? Because Spark People has become such a part of your life, you can barely remember the time before it.

You rock!


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TORTUETOO 10/6/2010 3:43PM

    Yay! Better late than never! emoticon

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JOPAPGH 10/6/2010 2:48PM

    Congratulations on two years. What an amazing transformation!

Way to show those legs whose boss. emoticon

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WESTCOASTGIRL2 10/6/2010 2:45PM

    That's so wonderful! Happy Sparkversary!!!

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MIAMIA7 10/6/2010 2:24PM

    OMG Suezette! You are so funny! Hopefully the conversation was all done in your head not out gotta watch that. People have a tendency to look at you like you're crazy (can you tell I just might have done that?) Anyhow, Happy 2nd Sparkversary! It is truly an amazing what you have done and how spark has changed all our lives. Go girl...rock those hills. I am in need of speed work today and must get moving. Oh, and by the way....I still owe Bobby a kick from you :)

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MJASR5 10/6/2010 2:20PM

    You are awesome Suezette! Happy Sparkversary! emoticon

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BOBBYD31 10/6/2010 2:10PM

    well you worked it out, no more tired legs!!! LOL at least i didn't have to wrap you in a straight jacket for having a conversation with yourself. congrats on 2 years and a new wonderful life! love ya

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NUTRIGIRL08 10/6/2010 2:07PM

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HARMONYBLUE 10/6/2010 1:56PM

    Happy Sparkversary, HillRunner! So funny, I carry similar conversation with myself but since I live in the middle of nowhere, it's more like...look the mini-farm got a new horse. Oh and the mini-ponies are still there. I wonder how they get along with the big horses. Hmmm. I'd hate to be the guy on that tractor picking that tobacco. It's too hot to for that. But doesn't that mean it's too hot to RUN?

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JOANN562 10/6/2010 1:52PM

    Great Blog!
Isn't it fun to argue with yourself emoticon

& Happy B-Lated emoticon !

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    Happy Belated emoticon

You are the runner of hills - you go girl!!!!! We had lots of wind here too, but great temps and humidity levels too.

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JEM0622 10/6/2010 1:27PM

    You rawk! Happy belated Spark-versary! And thanks for making it a happy day (got bad news from a friend that this day is always gonna suck wind...your good news changed that!).

And you recalled it and got fired up and got it done! Yee haw! And 42 lbs bye bye! Super duper!

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GIGI1222 10/6/2010 12:58PM

    I can not imagine my life without spark and my spark friends. We joined almost the exact time. My sparkversary is 9-28-08. Glad we are on this journey together.

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TOBEARUNNER 10/6/2010 12:54PM

    emoticon Awesome blog Suezette! Happy belated Sparkaversary! :)

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CRZYRUNRGRL 10/6/2010 12:53PM

    Happy sparkversary!
I am so proud of all that you have accomplished and how far you have come. You are a beautiful girl and a wonderful friend!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 10/6/2010 12:48PM

    You're such a nut Suezette!

Happy Sparkversary!

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MKKAYA 10/6/2010 12:43PM

    You are too funny! I love the way you think and we have been on this journey together! we have cheered, laughed and even cried as we have been on this journey. Here is to another great year! hopefully will get to meet!!! Have a great day!!!!!


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