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BLING! The the ups and downs of a destination race. And bling for virtual races.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


I'm back home and getting back to routine and still the same weight. Is that good or bad or just what it is? I had a great little vacation and got my medal, but as far as weight loss goes-meh. The problem with traveling to a race was that I had to spend two full days sitting in a car and the whole time eating in restaurants. Even though on the actual race day i walked three miles and also ran/walked the 5 mile race - that was just one day. My lesson is that trips like this are going to be fun but not necessarily weight loss extravaganzas. In my quest for fitness, everyday exercise getting ready for the race was much more beneficial than the race itself. I did well with managing eating out so I count that a success. My next race in SC will be even more driving, but this time our hotel will gave a kitchenette- so I may do better eating. Also they have public pickle ball courts, so I'm planning on doing that, too. Yesterday I started training. I ran 2 min walked 3 min for 3.1 mi in 40:36. I'm not sure whether to go for running the whole 5 K VERY slowly or run/walk and get a better time.
While I was browsing active.com I came across virtual races for charity. They are all about $30 - you run where you are and post your results to get a medal and your fee goes to the charity. I signed up for one that benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma society and the organizers are also running in the Boston Marathon to benefit it, too. There is one that benefits Boston One Fund that you can run on the day of the Boston Marathon ( or another day) I may do that one, too. I like the idea of running on the actual day of the Boston Marathon to benefit the One fund.
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QUEENIEBELLE 3/27/2014 12:51PM

    Something to be proud of for sure! I love what you're doing and it inspires me to try a 5K next year. I would definitely go for the bling LOL. Nothing wrong with that!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/21/2014 1:56PM

    Congratulations! Great job!! I've only done one Virtual Race and that was here on SparkPeople. It didn't cost anything and I got a virtual award sent to me. That's another option!! -Marsha

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KANOE10 3/21/2014 9:40AM

    That is a lovely medal. You deserve it for a great race, Hope you enjoy the one in SC. I think you are doing a great job of staying healthy ..even while being away from home. Your training is inspirational.

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DOGLADY13 3/21/2014 7:39AM

    Pickle ball? Or did autocorrect step in... was it supposed to be racket ball?

Yeah... I used to think there was something magical about a 5K and weight loss, but it's just another run. 300 or 350 calories burned. But they are so much fun and getting ready for them is great motivation.

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VIADOLOROSA 3/21/2014 12:41AM

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VIADOLOROSA 3/20/2014 10:51PM

    Wow!! That's something to be proud of, faaaabulous job!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/20/2014 10:26PM

    I LOVE racing for the "bling" and have all of my medals displayed in my den. They are a huge reminder of who I now am.

I have not heard of the "virtual" races, but it sounds like a terrific idea! I'm going to check it out.

Congrats on your medal!

We travel for our races too; that's part of the fun for us -- exploring new cities. NO, even doing a half marathon it's not a weight-losing weekend. But then, we always have a pre-race pigout (usually Chinese food) and have a post-race bottle of wine!

But celebrate the activity and your new commitment to fitness!!!

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THIN133 3/20/2014 9:07PM

    Congratulations on your Medal ! Nicely done ! The virtual races sound great ! Your ambition & dedication is very inspiring !

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FIT4MEIN2013 3/20/2014 1:25PM

    WooHoo!!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/20/2014 11:52AM

    We had a kitchenette but except for breakfast ate out anyway. The VA Beach restaurants were all really crowded. On Friday night we drove out a few miles so find Italian food.
We will really have to plan to meet up next year.

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ROXYZMOM 3/20/2014 11:04AM

    Awesome medal! Congratulations! You did great!

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TENNESSEEWALKER 3/20/2014 9:53AM

    Hey! In SC, make sure the hotel has free Wi-Fi so you can keep in touch like the Shamrock! Good luck!

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