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Half Marathon - Personal Best!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hello fellow Sparklers,

I haven't been feeling the Spark much lately, which is why I haven't blogged. But now that this half marathon is over I'm feeling like I have a fresh start.

This was the first half marathon in my hometown. TC and I signed up along with a lot of people from our fitness center, including many of the group fitness instructors and the HIGHLY competitive woman who made me feel so badly about our February half marathon time. I blogged about that for three days, so you know it bothered me!

Anyway, my dread was totally unfounded -- it was a BLAST! It was fun to talk to people we know who ran past us, people we knew who were race volunteers, and spectators. LOTS of people came out, were cheering and holding signs, more than lots of races we've done.

This start was unusual -- we elected to do the early start (7:00 am) because it was going to be a HOT day and much of the course was in the sun. The weird rule was that the early starters had to stay with the 3:15 pacers until the first regular-start runners (7:30 am) passed. Then we were free to break away. So for the first 45-50 minutes, we did a fast walk with a few bouts of light jogging to keep up with the pacers. After the first regular runner passed, we broke away from the pack and started our intervals: 2 minutes of jogging, 2 minutes of walking.

We did this for MOST of the rest of the 10 miles, although a few times I had to forego the jogging to let my pulse rate drop.

We had a personal best: cut our best time by TEN MINUTES!!!!! I feel like a GAZELLE!!! Ha ha.

This was our 11th half marathon since 2001, and it was our best time ever: 2 hours, 58 minutes. AND, the best news? We were only 4 minutes behind the aggressively-competitive woman who dissed me for our time in February. NOT BAD!!!!!

The before picture:



And, the after picture:



I thought this was funny!

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1BEACHWALKER 5/4/2014 6:47PM

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COLORFULTHREADS 5/1/2014 3:29PM

    You are such a inspiration. Thank-you for sharing emoticon emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 5/1/2014 1:09PM

    emoticon Great pictures!! You look wonderful!! A big congrats on the PR.
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LESLIESENIOR 4/29/2014 11:54PM

    That's so amazing and wonderful. How inspiring you are for all of us!!!!!

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KENDRACARROLL 4/29/2014 3:12PM

    Hey, what's up with that after picture? Looks just as good as the before picture!
Congratulations! Great job!


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CINDYSDAY 4/28/2014 9:05PM

    You are doing great!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 4/28/2014 1:24PM

    This is AWESOME!!! 10 minute PB..AMAZING!! And 4 minutes behind the snotty women...WOOT WOOT!!! You both rocked it. Congrats. Love the pictures.

That is the weirdest rule I have every heard!!

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CARRIEANEW 4/28/2014 12:45PM

    That's so awesome!! Enjoy the feeling-you've earned it. A good illustration of one of my favorite quotes, "Success is the best revenge."

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DDOORN 4/28/2014 12:43PM

    Such an AMAZING accomplishment!

It's doubtful I'll ever attempt a half, but if I did I know, unlike yourself, I would look WAY wiped out afterward...lol!
Don

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AJDOVER1 4/28/2014 10:55AM

    Awesome! I hope you blog about this for 3 days!

I love your pictures. Thanks for sharing this great experience with us. emoticon

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 4/28/2014 8:53AM

    What a fantastic job!! Awesome - I would keel over from excitement if I could take 10 mins off my time!!

Women are so mean to other women, I don't get it. We should celebrate each other instead of trying to make ourselves feel better, superior, by trying to knock another down.
Way to go on not letting them get to you to the point that you shied away or quit altogether - way to show them you've got it going on!!

You should be proud!!
You are an inspiration!!


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NANCY- 4/28/2014 6:55AM

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Besides aggressively-competitive woman is probably jealous because you have a running partner and perhaps she doesn't. I feel bad for her that she feels feels compelled to criticize. She must be very lonely.
While she was most likely intense during the half marathon, grimaced and viewed the run as a chore(something to be endured), while you glowed with happiness and vigor doing what you do best. I could just feel you smiling as you wrote about the race. It I were to pick a partner it would be you (and TC)
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SUGAR0814 4/28/2014 12:39AM

    Great job on the half marathon! A few people from my WRA group attended. You & TC are such an inspiration! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARMAERT 4/27/2014 10:58PM

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good job, you two! and HA! to the cranky woman - 4 minutes difference - she can kiss your grits!

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JERSEYGIRL24 4/27/2014 10:11PM

    Congratulations on such a good showing!

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BOOKAPHILE 4/27/2014 9:25PM

    Congratulations on your personal best! I love your pictures...you look GREAT!

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FITLIKENIC 4/27/2014 8:51PM

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/27/2014 2:30PM

    That's great! Good for you. Best part is that you had so much fun!

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MYTHMYTH 4/27/2014 1:24PM

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KELLIEBEAN 4/27/2014 12:11PM

    Love that last picture!

You guys look great! My heros!

Congratulations!

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DRADDIE 4/27/2014 11:38AM

    OH! I am so crazy proud of you!! TEN MINIUTES better!?!?! That is totally insane !! You didn't just PR, you slammed it!!!! And the fact it was enjoyable even with the snarky woman! Love the 'basketball' graphic!! Way to go!

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MEADSBAY 4/27/2014 11:37AM

    That is so wonderful!
I am happy for you both.
Enjoy a few rest days and Saprk on!
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FANGFACEKITTY 4/27/2014 11:21AM

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And the best part is you still had a smile after the race was over!

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