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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!!!!
~Laura
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APPLESBANANAS 10/25/2012 6:00AM

    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!

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DANIE11ECINCY 10/24/2012 1:28PM

    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!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 10/24/2012 10:40AM

    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!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/23/2012 8:27AM

    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!

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TRIXIERUNS 10/22/2012 10:21AM

    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.


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REDRUNNERMOM713 10/22/2012 10:10AM

    emoticon on the awesome finish time! Glad to hear you had such a great time. Good luck on all your upcoming races. emoticon

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MISSFORTE 10/22/2012 7:48AM

    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!

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ELISAJANE57 10/22/2012 7:46AM

    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

Comment edited on: 10/22/2012 7:47:19 AM

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NUOVAELLE 10/22/2012 1:37AM

    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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WONDERWOMAN 10/21/2012 9:47PM

    How cool! Sounds like you are on track and BUSY!

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FITFOODIE806 10/21/2012 9:15PM

    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!)


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LADYBUG1107 10/21/2012 9:12PM

    This is great weather for running! I am enjoying it too. Enjoy your future races.


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