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I Completed my 1st Half Marathon at 265lbs!!!!


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Monday, March 25, 2013

I've been training for my first half marathon for 3 months now. It WAS scheduled for May 5th...the Heels and Hills, it's focused on women, and is taking place in Las Colinas, TX. WELL...this past Sunday was the Dallas Rock & Roll Half Marathon. I had planned to go cheer on several of my friends that were running it. On Thursday night a friend and her fiancÚ called me to say they've decided to not run it since it was going to be so cold (35 degrees with 20 to 30 mph winds). They wanted to know if i wanted their bibs...i asked my training friend and we both said yes! At this point we've only trained for up to 10 miles. BUT a friend of mine who does these all the time told me that if i can do 10 i can do the half. He went on to say that the last 3.1 miles is all in your head...it's a mental game. So we went for it! AND...

I prepared all of my stuff the night before and woke up at 3am to get ready to leave.


It was soooo cold! I think it was about 33 degrees and that did NOT factor in the 20 to 30 mph winds. We huddled to stay warm until the building was opened up or, maybe people just broke into the building...










I will say this...i am so thankful that i have been on top of my training. And not to say anything against anyone else's experiences, but this was pretty smooth. After about mile 9 was i was getting tired. Up to this point we were averaging a 16mph pace. After mile 9 i slowed down a bit but i kept on going. All i thought about after mile 9 was that it was an easy 4 miler. 4 miles are the easy walks during the week...that was my pep talk to myself. After mile 10 i thought, "All i have left is a 5k." 5k's are easy!" After mile 11 i thought, "just 2 miles and i'm done." After mile 12 i thought, "I'm a half marathon finisher!"







I finished in 3:43:44. This was a 17:02mph pace. I knew i slowed down those last 4 miles. But today i'm at work and i'm walking around just fine. Lots of stretching, conditioning and training helped me get to this point. I'm 265lbs and i completed my first half marathon! and i feel great!!!!

My next half marathon is my original sign up - May 5th!
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NILLAPEPSI 3/26/2013 8:07AM

    Wow!! I am in awe of you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JMSA67 3/26/2013 7:56AM

    That is AWESOME! Congratulations! This inspires me, I hope I can do it one day and then some more. Have fun on the next one(s).

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BECKYANNE1 3/26/2013 7:37AM

    Congratulations! What a great accomplishment!

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SHANNONY84 3/26/2013 7:31AM

    That is really inspiring. Way to go!

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OFGREENGABLES 3/26/2013 7:26AM

    nice work!

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SEABREEZE65 3/26/2013 7:18AM

    Congratulations, you did emoticon

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PENOWOK 3/26/2013 7:01AM

    That is SO awesome!! Congratulations!!

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MONGO2TEN 3/26/2013 6:41AM

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LIFETIMER54 3/26/2013 6:10AM

  A HUGE CONGRATS TO YOU!!!! emoticon emoticon

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READY4CHANGE81 3/26/2013 6:00AM

    WOW that's incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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WISLNDR 3/26/2013 5:57AM

    What an awesome accomplishment! Bask in the glory of having achieved something huge!!

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BESSHAILE 3/26/2013 5:52AM

    See? You're SO MUCH MORE than a number. You're an athlete! Woo Woo.

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BLUENOSE63 3/26/2013 5:37AM

  Wow that is great and definitely a WooHoo moment!

Treat yourself ot something nice for your accomplishment.

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NCSUE0514 3/26/2013 4:25AM

    You're amazing!

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COOKIE_AT_51 3/26/2013 4:22AM

    emoticon emoticon that is fantastic! You rock ... emoticon emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/26/2013 3:30AM

    emoticon Woohoo!!! That's awesome! Congratulations! I am so happy for you.

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1BEACHWALKER 3/26/2013 2:41AM

    emoticon emoticon Very inspiring! emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 3/26/2013 2:38AM

    So so so very proud of you! This is one of the BIG moments in life. Bask in the glory, you've earned it.

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MCELLO58 3/26/2013 12:13AM

    emoticon That is so awesome. Good luck on your next one.

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BIGTRAVELER 3/25/2013 9:26PM

    You are amazing! emoticon

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MAGGIE805 3/25/2013 8:46PM

    Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Awesome! emoticon emoticon

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KAREBEARCARES 3/25/2013 7:35PM

    AMAZING! :-D

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ELIZINJAPAN 3/25/2013 7:04PM

    Woohoo! Congratulations on being a half marathon finisher!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 3/25/2013 6:53PM

    emoticon emoticon I was there too! That wind was tough! You ROCK!

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ONMYMEDS 3/25/2013 6:41PM

    Outstanding. Great job!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/25/2013 4:55PM

    so so pleased for you love and proud.i think you are just totally awesome.can┤t wait to see if you can knock a bit of time of on your next half.keep on keeping on my love. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MUGSYMOM 3/25/2013 4:07PM

    Your blog just made my day! What an inspiration and "Spark" you are! That is one awesome accomplishment! You must feel so good right now! You did an amazing accomplishment - good for you, girl! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 3/25/2013 4:00PM

    THIS is a huge accomplishment! Outstanding!
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I want you to think about how much better it will get. I also want you to think about your body as an engine and how you want to burn clean fuel! I am so excited for you as you will never forget your first. In fact, my first Half was the Inaugural St Petersburg RocknRoll Half here in Florida, Feb 12, 2012! I've now done 4 Halfs to date! I wish you all the best on your next Half. Looking forward to hearing about it! Stay strong, focused, and train well!
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ITSYBITSYMAMA 3/25/2013 3:47PM

    Congrats! My first half is in June and you have inspired me! x

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FAVALL 3/25/2013 3:43PM

    So happy for you! Its great that you took on the opportunity ahead of your training schedule and succeeded!

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SHANTODD420 3/25/2013 3:41PM

    Congrats that is awesome keep up the hard work and dedication.

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Way to go! So happy for you and in the pictures it looks like you were having fun too!

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LINDAKAY228 3/25/2013 2:49PM

    Awesome! Congratulations on finishing and finishing still feel good and doing well today. That's so wonderful!

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MILLERGIRL719 3/25/2013 2:46PM

    emoticon emoticon Way to go runner girl!

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35ANGELS 3/25/2013 2:45PM

    emoticon That is emoticon What training program did you use. I'd love to walk a half, but don't know where to start. 5k's are pretty easy for me, but they take me about 50 min to complete.

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SHAYGETSLEAN 3/25/2013 2:29PM

    Congrats!!

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 3/25/2013 2:27PM

    emoticon that is amazing!!! Great job!!

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CHICAT63 3/25/2013 1:43PM

    Woohoo, awesome congratulations !!!! You are a ROCKSTAR, and so inspiring to us all. emoticon emoticon

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NIKKICOLE83 3/25/2013 1:40PM

    You go girl!!!!! That is emoticon ! A lot of people (including myself) think they are too heavy, or not fit enough to do a half-marathon. Most wait until they get to some magic number on the scale to sign up for one. I am proud of you for not waiting, for just jumping at the opportunity to do it.

I have a couple of questions: 1.) Did you power walk or jog most of the way? 2.) Were there people of different athletic abilities there? Were there some walkers and trotters? 3.) At any point did your shin or knees begin to hurt or cramp?

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KJELLYBEAN15 3/25/2013 1:31PM

    Woo-hoo! Way to go. Very impressive. I looking forward to doing a 5k - not even thinking of getting to a half. Yikes! Congrats.

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