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Rock'n'Roll Portland Half...

Monday, May 20, 2013

May 19, 2013 dawned overcast but warmish - a perfect day for a Half Marathon!

Saturday evening several of us gathered at the Old Spaghetti Factory in SW Portland for a carby dinner.
Renzryd, GayeMC, GetFit2Live and Dale, and Bill and I had a delicious dinner (they instructed me in the finer points of mizithra!) and loads of great conversation.

The next morning, Renzryd, GetFit2Live and Dale, and Kashmir and I met up for a photo pre-race.

It was a lovely morning, at least for a bit.

It stayed mostly overcast and cool, but we dodged the rain.

This was my 5th Half, and my slowest by 2 minutes. For being alone on the course though, I had a good time. I walked the whole thing, and while I was wobbly at the finish LOL I felt pretty good, and today I'm not feeling too badly. I'm a little stiff when I stand up from my desk, but after a few steps I'm loosened back up.

I'm fairly certain this new form of therapy helped me feel better!

From the bottom up - Maggie, Bubbie, Pudgy, and Ben - they all sacrificed their comfort and playtime to curl up on/near me to help me feel better! Ms. Millie opted to send me healing thoughts from a pillow across the room; she likes her space.

Overall, it was a good busy weekend. I scored a new Fitbit badge with over 33,000 steps for the day.

That's a total of 18.5 miles and 35 floors climbed.

My next challenge is the Portland Half Marathon. I'll be doing that one with GayeMC and I'm very excited about it - yes, already. I enjoy doing races, but it's been a while since I've had someone to do one ~with~ and that makes all the difference in the world.

For anyone out there who was on the course and finished upright and smiling yesterday - Congrats!
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I've got a blog or two percolating in my brain, so I'm hoping to put down a few more words soon. Until then.............
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ENDUROVET 6/2/2013 10:36PM

    That's awesome; stepped back on TM the other day, cranked out a mile & ye olde feet felt alright! Time to pick out my destination...

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SUSUSUZZZIE 5/24/2013 8:56PM

    Congrats! I was thinking about you and it's great to hear that you had a good day! And awesome step and floor counts!

PS - thanks for "mizithra" which is something new for me to check out!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 5/21/2013 9:06AM

    Great job! I'm pretty sure you could hire out your therapy buddies! LOL I love that picture!

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IMIN2GENES 5/20/2013 8:46PM

    Woo hoo! emoticon

Love your therapy!! Looks like it was just what you neeeded.

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DOGSTARDADDY 5/20/2013 5:14PM

    Good for you!!!!

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GAYEMC 5/20/2013 4:32PM

    I was so glad to see the rain had stopped when I woke up. Nothing like a little dog therapy. Great pics. I'm thinking maybe the Flat 10K?

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REALLY_ROBIN 5/20/2013 2:38PM

  Woo did it! I'm so happy for you and I bet the next race will be even better! That fit bit badge was pretty sweet too! I'm sending you tons of Spark thoughts to help with your motivation for training for the next race! Hugs...Robin

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/20/2013 2:35PM

    Seeing you and everyone else at dinner and then at the race was the highlight of the weekend for me. Well done on finishing in an upright position (remember, that's our goal for every race!) and for finding such a fine form of therapy. My cat spent most of the evening in my lap or on me in some way when we got home; my dog would take up the entire couch, I'm afraid!


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YOADDICTION101 5/20/2013 2:32PM

    Congratulations. emoticon I would do some stretches today. Get that stiffness loosened up a bit. Keep up the awesome work emoticon

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BOILHAM 5/20/2013 2:19PM

    Congrats! Looks like a good therapy strategy you have there.

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 5/20/2013 2:03PM

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PIXIEMOM13 5/20/2013 2:02PM

    Congrats! I did a half marathon yesterday too...and it was my slowest time by 14 minutes! I walked quite a bit (but not all of it)..and there were some killer hills... Marine Corps historic half... so yeah.. marines = killer hills. ;)
Congratulations on the 30,000 step badge!
(My bodymedia said I did 33,7hundred something... but that was also walking from the car to the start line, from the finish back to the car)

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FRUITYFUL 5/20/2013 1:37PM

    Awesome! Sounds like a success! I LOVE mizithra cheese and I LOVE the Spaghetti Factory! I've been going there since I was a kid, but didn't discover mizithra until a friend had it. Now I get a combo of the meat sauce and mizithra and it's delicious! It's the perfect place to carb load before a race!

Congrats on finishing and on the 30,000 step badge! I want one of those too. Maybe I should sign up for a half marathon?

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