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More About the Half and Other Happenings

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The professional pictures from the half marathon are now available. Haven't decided if I want to spend the money or not. If you want to see, check out:

I like the very first picture and the fourth one of me over the finish line. One mistake I made was to take off my race number before the victory poses with the finisher's medal. So none of the pictures of me alone or with various groups of my running friends come up, because they sorted them by race number. Darn.

I'm running this evening at the Y. I'm taking granddaughter Natalie to her pre-team gymnastics class from 6-7:30pm. That will give me enough time to get in a good run and watch her a little. So proud of her determination, even after she had a pretty nasty fall on the beam. Guess we all have obstacles to overcome. Hubby is at doctor right now getting out the staples from his falling-out-of-bed injury. Fingers are crossed that the scar won't look as bad as we fear.

Today I'm wearing my newest running shoes to break them in. I had planned to wear the same shoes I wore for the Red Ribbon HM to the St Pete Women's Half, but I notice that the outside of those shoes are wearing so that there is some stress on my ankles. Even though these new ones don't match the costume as well, I think it is wiser to wear the ones that give me the best support -- especially since I have a sore toe on my left foot and, as of today, a bloody split on my right foot. Darn again. Think that eczema that I finally have almost cleared up on my hands has now surfaced on my feet. Luckily, I have a routine doctor visit tomorrow and he may have some suggestions for keeping it in check so it won't affect my running.

I didn't weigh for a couple days before and the day after the HM because I didn't want to see it. Monday I weighed 129.0, Tuesday I weighed 128.4, Wednesday 128.2, and today 127.8. So I'm still 1.8 over target, but going the right direction!

City of Lakeland posted 33 free pictures of the half marathon. There were 733 finishers, so I wasn't surprised I wasn't in any of them. Other friends have posted some pix, too. Thought you might want to see some more:

Here's the Galloway 30 second run/30 second walk group. Shyre who gave me a ride and will be running the Women's Half is in the center.

Here is the running coach, Rebecca Marsh, and her husband. Rebecca was my coach for 2 months leading to my 5K PR. She's been very ill for several months and this was her first competition in a long time. She told me she expected to finish in 2:30 just like I did, but she finished in 1:54.

Here's Mary who took first place in our age group with a time of 2:11. Her hubby won his age group, too. They are both in our Galloway group.

Here's Brenda who helped me overcome the stitch in my side.

Signs along the way ---

Here's Jan. She's in my age group.

Tracy works at Disney and she runs in our group, too.

Angela is a pace group leader in our running group.

I've got lots more, but not of me.

Really enjoyed our local SparkTeam meeting last evening. Wish I could get someone from our running group to join SP, but no luck so far. I feel so blessed to have all the support of SP online and local SP group, my WW group, my running group, the YMCA, the Senior Dance. It sure takes a lot of support for me to live the lifestyle!!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SEAJESS 11/17/2013 2:15PM


emoticon If we get to vote, I like your 1st, 4th and 6th photos. I love the way it looks like you're dancing on your tippy toes over the finish line. What a powerful way to wind up 13.1 miles!!!


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AQUAGIRL08 11/16/2013 4:59PM

    Amen to that! Thank you for your continued support! I couldn't do this without it!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/15/2013 6:59PM

    I hate having to spend the money for the professional photos, but DH always insists. We cross the finish line together, holding hands, or holding our clasped hands up in the air. We always get a 5x7. The last one cost us $28! Oh well, the cost is quickly forgotten, but the memories live forever!

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MEXGAL1 11/15/2013 9:34AM

    I love the professional photos. I like them all but like the ones you like the best.
Such an accomplishment....good for you!
Have a great week end

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MSLZZY 11/15/2013 9:20AM

    I'd get one or two pictures, just for the fact that you may not get another chance. Quite an amazing group of runners. You did fantastic!

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JOYINKY 11/14/2013 10:42PM

    You've really made a lot of friends on this journey. What a great bonus!

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WATERMELLEN 11/14/2013 9:21PM

    Just love that 002 pic of you (bottom left) . . . such a pretty woman! And from the inside out!

Thanks for commenting on my rebel blog. You're at a very contented place in your life which is marvellous . . . you're just saying that the rebel isn't a dominant part of your personality, or not at the moment. Many wouldn't consider a person who's accomplishing all your athletic feats at this time of your life "conventional" . . . but whatever you're doing it's working for you without a whole lotta friction to celebrate and enjoy it!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/14/2013 7:23PM

    I love all the pictures, the ones you took, and the ones of you. Not a bad one in the lot!

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FROSTY99 11/14/2013 6:23PM

    Thx for sharing your pics. It brings it all to life for those of us who weren't there and we get to put faces to folks you mention.
Hope the dr has some ideas to help with the toe issues.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/14/2013 6:19PM

    I will ALWAYS remember your smile in those photos AND in person... you are such an upbeat runner! Gratitude will do that for you.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/14/2013 6:19PM

    You did wonderfully! I'm so proud of you.

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GABY1948 11/14/2013 5:19PM

    WOW I love the did an amazing job!

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BOOKAPHILE 11/14/2013 5:12PM

    Great photos. It looks like everyone had a great time.

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BLUENOSE63 11/14/2013 3:31PM

  I really like #4 - and that outfit rocks! Order that picture for your "wall of fame"!

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BURGUNDYBABE 11/14/2013 2:57PM

    Wow! Amazing pictures! Inspirational!

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BOILHAM 11/14/2013 1:24PM

    Great job, and I enjoyed the pictures!

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TERI-RIFIC 11/14/2013 1:12PM

    all of the pics are great. I like 02 because it shows more of your legs. All of the smiles are great. I think you should get a pic. They are expensive though!! My daughter won't buy them for herself.

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LAILATN 11/14/2013 1:11PM

    Great pics! Wonderful!
You are an inspiration!

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NEW-CAZ 11/14/2013 1:02PM


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ONMYMEDS 11/14/2013 12:52PM


If you look in the Lost and Found section of the pictures, you can find any pictures where your number is obscured or missing. Here is a list of the ones I found for you:
0-026 to 029
121533-241-012 to 018

Congrats again, great job!!!

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DIANNEMT 11/14/2013 12:38PM

    The photos are great--and I am SO IMPRESSED that you did a half!! I need to sign up for and do another 5K--but I haven't been training and hate to do worse than the last competitive part doesn't want that! But I am not training sense....

Enjoy the "rest", take care of the feet and you'll do another soon!

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_LINDA 11/14/2013 12:23PM

    Great photos!!
Sorry about the foot problems :(( Not something you need :( I have to be religious about getting the lotion on me all over or my eczema will go crazy. Maybe try some ointment and bandage it to boost the effects.
Enjoy your day!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 11/14/2013 12:14PM

    The pics from BB are beautiful. I mean you have this amazing peace on your face. My first I had one pic that like like I was in pain. I was sp busy breathing I forgot to look and smile..LOL. I like the third pic it just caught my eye. The finish line is a tough one.

Keep up the great work and keep inspiring.

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WILD4STARS 11/14/2013 12:00PM

    I like top row left. Looks good, you're smiling, the background isn't cluttered. You look like you're having fun.

Love the puppy dog with the sign.

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HARROWJET 11/14/2013 11:59AM

    I do like your smile in your pictures. I also understand the indecision about whether or not to purchase them.

How nice that you have a local spark team to meet with. I am envious.

Judy emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 11/14/2013 11:49AM

    Those are great pics!! You look so happy :-)
Good for Natalie for getting right back at it.
Fingers crossed for a small scar on hubby....glad it wasn't serious.
I hope the new shoes work well.

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