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2 Half Marathons are DONE!!!!:-)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hi Spark Friends!!!!
I am sorry that I am such a bad blogger!!!;-)
I have done quite a bit since I last wrote a blog.
I gave up on Paleo because it was too restrictive. I re-started with Weight Watchers, but I am doing the on-line version only, which is much less expensive. Interestingly enough, I can look back to my weight from last year, and I joined WW last time almost the same time of year at almost the same weight. I was only 3 pounds heavier when I started WW in 2011. I got to my lowest recent weight of 159 in December of 2011, so I am hoping to do the same this year, except not gain SO much weight over the Holidays and give up in Jan/Feb.
On the running front, I should be able to easily meet my goal of running 12 races in 2012. I ran a half marathon on Sept. 29th....it was quite odd for a half marathon.... it was basically a "fun run"....it wasn't chip timed, or timed at all even!!! My garmin results were 1:53, but I am not "counting" that as a PR, since it wasn't official. I hadn't done a half marathon in the past couple of years, since I had been working on being faster, so my current PR was 2:04 or something like that. It was a fun race though, it celebrated the bakery and brewery in the town it was held in.....so they had donuts and beer after!!!!:-)
It was also perfect weather and saw lots of great fall colors!!!
My "big" race for the fall was the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco. I got to hang out with some girlfriends for the long weekend, and we had SO much fun!!!!!
I was hoping to finish in less than 2 hours, considering the hills, and wouldn't you just know it....I finished in 2:00:00!! I couldn't do that again if I tried!!!!
My Garmin wasn't working, so I didn't know what pace I was running, some people said it was due to the cable car wires, but some people's Garmins worked fine. The other problem was that I signed up for the 9-10 min/ mile pace start corral when I signed up for the race months ago, and should have been in the corral faster than that, so I was stuck behind a lot of people and running on the sidewalks for the first couple of miles......and those hills were pretty crazy!!!! Overall, it was awesome, and I LOVE my Tiffany finishers necklace!! We are already trying to figure out which race to meet at next, maybe the Nike's new race in D.C. in April.....that would be scenic!!!!
I have a few more 5 K races left this year, one next weekend, along with a 1 mile mud run on Sunday. Then I have the Yule Run and I'll Walk 5K in November and a 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. This is my favorite time of year for running!!!!!!
I hope you are all enjoying fall too!!!!
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    That is so crazy you ran exactly 2 hours!! Next time you'll break 2 : )

    Thanks for the comment on my blog, I guess leaving off the time showed how little i was focused on the time and how much I just wanted to cross the finish line. I finished in 4:57. I actually had planned on running anywhere between 5:15 and 5:30, so I surprised myself that I could run a little faster than that.

    I hope Weight Watchers helps you get to your goals, the holidays coming up make it tough, but if you start now then you should be on a roll before the cookies and cocktail parties start!
    1972 days ago
    Oh goodness... I attempted my first half marathon earlier this year and I think the LAST thing I would use to describe it would be "FUN RUN"! hhehehe! But, it looks like you're doing better in the running department than me... so that might explain it! ;)

    Congrats on completing your other run in a great time!! Good job!
    1973 days ago
    Wow, 2:00:00 on the dot! That's crazy! Sounds like running is going awesome and you're on a great track!! Keep it up!
    1973 days ago
    You sound pumped for running! So much fun with all the race plans. 2 great times, timed or not! Enjoy WW online and your beauty necklace-great prize. Happy running girl!
    1974 days ago
    That is a great time! The Nike HM sounds like so much fun. So awesome that you get a Tiffany's necklace. That is so cool. I don't think I would ever take it off.

    1975 days ago
    emoticon on the awesome finish time! Glad to hear you had such a great time. Good luck on all your upcoming races. emoticon
    1975 days ago
    AWESOME! that is funny donuts and beer after a run!

    glad it was fun I hope WW online is successful for you I haven't tried it but I know my brother in law who also runs all the time is commited to WW online.

    You enjoy your fall!
    1975 days ago
    That's awesome. It sounds like you are kicking butt in your races! I will be running my 8th race next weekend so you have me beat. I really need to push myself to do a half-marathon. I couldn't stick with a restrictive diet either. emoticon
    1975 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/22/2012 7:47:19 AM
    Congratulations on all your races! You are definitely a running inspiration! You're right, it's the perfect time of year for running.
    Good luck with WW this time. I'm sure your fitness activities will help a lot with your weight goals.
    Let's enjoy the rest of fall. Favorite time of year for me!!!
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    1975 days ago
    How cool! Sounds like you are on track and BUSY!
    1975 days ago
    The Nike HM sounds awesome! What a cool time. I'd be proud of that for sure! Hope Ww goes well this time. And I agree, best time of year for running!! (And 1:53 is pretty darn awesome, official or not!)

    1975 days ago
  • LADYBUG1107
    This is great weather for running! I am enjoying it too. Enjoy your future races.

    1975 days ago
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