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SP has warped my mind...with pics

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I saw a commercial that made me laugh out loud... the woman is trying to convince herself to get out of bed and workout. She says "there must be a law against sweating before 7:00 in the morning". This is typically my mentality and there isn't really anything I like to see at the wee hours besides the inside of my eyelids.....

Yet on this chilly, drizzly, grey day in Dallas I was getting up at 6:00 in the morning to get dressed to go run - outside - on purpose! I knew then that SP had warped my brain cells in some way. Maybe it's been the 503 days of logging in. The constant support, encouragement and endless motivation. Coach Nicole telling me I could, and to eat my broccoli.

I met members of the SparkDallas team to run the Hot Chocolate 5k in Addison. Here is a picture of me and my BFF (susiewhite1109) who is my running buddy

Some of us made goofy hats and I added a new feature to the side of mine -

I loved Jerome's hat

This picture is bad lighting but still I think you can tell that Susie and I have a few inches on SP Coach Nancy...yeah she's awesome.

I started reading Coach Nicole's blogs about running back in late 2009 and ran my first 5k in over 20 years. In 2010 Susie and I ran 5 of them. This year we have a goal to run in 12 events and one of them is the Rock N Roll Half Marathon on March 27th. Brain cells warping further to believe that I can run/walk 13.1 miles.

This morning's run was a release for me and I felt like mentally I moved to a new place. In a couple of the last races we did, I was constantly worried up until about mile 2.5 out of the 3.2 that for some reason I wouldn't be able to finish. Today I had no such worry. Even though I have been sick with a bad cold and hadn't run in two weeks, I knew that I had done enough of these and that not finishing wasn't a concern. It gave me peace while running to just enjoy the moment...chilly, misty, and dreary turned into fun running with 1,700 other like minded individuals.

One of the reasons I know I'm more into running is the stuff I buy now. The picture above shows off my new running sleeves that help keep me warm. I had on a new outdoor running jacket and pants that I got as a Christmas present. I actually asked for outdoor running clothes as a Christmas present.

I have colorful new running shoes that i LOVE

I have a running calendar in my office, and I joined the Dallas Running Club. It all started back with a blog that Coach Nicole wrote. And yes Nicole...I did have a cup of broccoli with my dinner!

So here I am...warped mind and all... 90 lbs down...running...and thinking I should send Coach Nicole a thank you card.

And just in case SP Coach Denise feels left out...this is for her:

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

COACH_NICOLE 1/18/2011 8:50AM

    WooHoo for you! I love getting running stuff, too. Makes it all so much more fun. Which blog inspired you? I'd love to know if you can remember...

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SP_COACH_DENISE 1/18/2011 8:33AM

    I'm so glad you had a great time! Nancy told me/showed me a picture of your hat - LOVE IT!

Thanks for the little shout out at the end too! I just love reading your blogs, but I get an extra bonus from time to time. emoticon Thanks for being such a wonderful person and sharing your journey!

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TRIPLE_EMME 1/17/2011 9:30PM


I'm so proud of you, Ms. Runner!


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CAROJONES 1/16/2011 11:37PM

    Looks like you gals had such fun -- and with cool clothing!

I want some arm thingies too!

Congratulations!! Keep up the good work! emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/16/2011 11:39:20 PM

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BROSEQUILTS 1/16/2011 8:01PM

    You are amazing!!!! Keep up that beautiful can do attitude. You are going places! And that last pic, yum.

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BTRFLY08 1/16/2011 6:34PM

    Great blog!! Thanks for sharing! You are doing great!!!

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ANDREA0301 1/16/2011 6:01PM

    Oh yeah, we're warped alright! Cold, raining, cold, dark, cold... and we're getting up to go run outside ON PURPOSE!

Yep, we're crazy like ROCKSTARS!!! emoticon

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LP2278 1/16/2011 3:02PM

    Thanks for sharing. Love the pics. Sounds like you had fun. I understand what you mean about SP warping your mind. When I first started running, I would only go outside if the weather was just right. Then I committed to a half marathon and HAD to get my runs in, so I felt like I didn't have a choice. Then my mind was warped even more, and I committed to running a marathon in December of all times! I had to complete training runs in the wee hours of the morning, in the dark, in the cold, but only once in the rain. I never would have run in the cold a year ago. It's amazing the difference a year can make.

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CSULLIVAN83 1/16/2011 11:14AM

    emoticon emoticon Looks like everyone had such an awesome time!! I am SO jealous!! emoticon

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MICHCLEARY 1/16/2011 10:29AM

    Hey Dallas sparkers - coach Nancy put all the team pictures on facebook. Look for her on the team page to find them n

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AMYC0128 1/16/2011 3:31AM

    Loved this blog. It is so awesome that you are doing all of these 5K's. Good luck to you on your half marathon in March :)

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ALLEY2300 1/15/2011 11:37PM

    I LOVE LOVE the shoes and the arm thingies! Sounds like an awesome time!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 1/15/2011 10:53PM

    Awesome blog!! Love it, love it, love it!! I've GOT to get some of those arm sleeve thingies!! (GLOW THINGIES...) emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 1/15/2011 10:33PM

    Fabulous! I love how you spent your day!

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PRI6909 1/15/2011 9:47PM

    Excellent blog. You should be very proud. SP does boggle the cells!

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EDGEOFSANITY 1/15/2011 8:49PM

    Awesome job today! Look forward to seeing you at more events =)

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