APIRLRAIN888's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=APIRLRAIN888 APIRLRAIN888's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ I miss SP!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377545 Hi Spark <BR> <BR> I miss my SP people and support! <BR> <BR> Real world SUXS! lol <BR> <BR> I stress eating, haven't run in months!!! <BR> <BR> I have sold my flip ;p <BR> Trying to figure out my way, or a path to follow as an investor/realtor. <BR> <BR> Like HERE with running, I am struggling to find a BALANCE in my career! <BR> <BR> <BR> I just miss you guys, other sites and life is just NOT as supportive as you bunch! <BR> <BR> And I so glad you have a lot of you on my FB!!!! <BR>... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 06:22:42 EST I am Officially a Realtor!!! THANK YOU SP!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279754 Hi SP <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for your support! <BR> <BR> you guys have been my biggest PUSH through this past 3 years! WOW that long ;p <BR> <BR> If I haven't stumbled here 3 years ago I wouldn't be walking today ;p <BR> let alone run a freaking marathon! <BR> <BR> I would have been in pain and taking advil everyday! <BR> <BR> Yes, my weight has been UP and DOWN, <BR> Yes, I still need to learn to eat right <BR> <BR> BUT you have given me the WHAT THE HECK just DO IT attitude! <BR... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 07:09:24 EST I passed my Exam!! and ran a 12 min mile!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273850 hi all <BR> <BR> really quickly before heading out the door! <BR> <BR> I passed my Real estate exam friday! <BR> Joined a real estate company. <BR> <BR> I am officially a "working" person lol.... first time in my life! <BR> been a stay at home mom for 10 yrs!!!! <BR> <BR> Running has been challenging b/c my schedule has been busy! <BR> once the dust settles, I should be able to plan my runs! <BR> <BR> I ran a 12 min mile yesterday!!!!! I only ran for 1.8 miles! <BR> <BR> but working o... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 07:28:30 EST Chugging along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248705 hi SP <BR> <BR> boy last 2 days were miserable. I got that cold that been going around for 2x time! <BR> <BR> ...did the ab ripper from p90x last night. <BR> <BR> eating my 3 meals.... <BR> <BR> I m not jumping on the scale, measuring my size..... <BR> <BR> I don't want to obsess this time.... although I do have 3 weddings now to be at in summer. <BR> <BR> the ab ripper was hard, but it was the cold... but I did it. <BR> <BR> GOOD THINGS that has HAPPENED since I am back: <BR> <BR> 1... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:50:30 EST It's easier to train for a Marathon than to live HEALTHY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246287 hi SPARK!!! <BR> <BR> first of I RAN 2.5 miles today!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> that was my original blog, and why I was able to interval it today! <BR> <BR> but I decided to write this one instead <BR> <BR> ------------------------- <BR> <BR> Why is training for a Marathon easier than learning to live healthy you ask? <BR> <BR> #1. All you need to do is FOLLOW a proven safe method (galloway etc) <BR> <BR> if it says you will run 13 mile in wk 3, you probably can. 22 miles in wk 13 ...SURE!! ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:57:53 EST Woohooo lost a LB!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242418 Hi SP <BR> <BR> Amazing!! <BR> <BR> 181 ;p ( crazy right, was 165, and size 6, now 182, size 12) <BR> <BR> anyways, AMAZING <BR> <BR> all I did was eat 3 meals at the right time <BR> Did 15 mins of P90X Ab Ripper ( just the sit ups) <BR> <BR> WHICH by the way, I did so much better than 2 days ago ;p <BR> <BR> I am in day 3. <BR> <BR> I haven't even started running yet. Maybe next week. <BR> <BR> I have interview this morning. <BR> <BR> Anyways at least the scale is moving for me ;p ... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 06:47:32 EST Pulling it together!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241215 hi SP <BR> <BR> thank you for all your support! <BR> sorry it's gonna be one sided in a while <BR> I got too much going on: exams, and getting my career in place <BR> <BR> BUT that is NOT AN EXCUSE! it has been <BR> this is A SALES position (real estate license) so I need to CARE about how I present myself! <BR> <BR> So yesterday I had to put a CONSCIOUS EFFORT to be healthy <BR> <BR> I forgot that is not ingrained in my head. <BR> <BR> I have to THINK about all this stuff! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 07:57:27 EST Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239772 Hi Spark <BR> <BR> I m gonna cry LOL <BR> <BR> I am almost done with my Real estate classes. <BR> I am mid way through my flip project. <BR> <BR> I have made a ton of EXCUSE As to way I can't "exercise" <BR> and I think I have been stress eating. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a wake up call. <BR> <BR> I know I have "gained" but thought i was ok. <BR> I have not run for months and was fine before etc. <BR> <BR> My hubby pulled out P90x, just the AB ripper! <BR> <BR> I was like SURE..... <B... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 07:18:20 EST Thank you SP! Jump starting my career http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191469 hi Spark <BR> <BR> I know it's been a long long long long time! <BR> <BR> I just want to say, although my WEIGHT LOSS journey here is a roller coaster! <BR> you have given me my CONFIDENCE and a YES I CAN attitude! <BR> <BR> Yes yes, I need to get my butt back on the exercise mobil. <BR> <BR> BUT since my last few blogs! I have enough confidence to JUMP FEET FIRST into my real estate. <BR> <BR> I have since bought/sold a few property since my last posting...HENCE the MIA <BR> <BR> now s... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 11:44:51 EST update on crossfit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119684 Hi all <BR> <BR> Thanks for the encouragement. <BR> <BR> I had a quick tour of the facility. <BR> lol looks hard...but doable. <BR> <BR> Its kinda like circuit training. Only u have no idea what u are doing til u get to class. <BR> Everyday is different. <BR> <BR> But before I can even start I need to complete a 6 class course of intro to everything (exercises and equipment) <BR> Then I can join..... <BR> Good thing is.... not committed to membership ;) <BR> They have a prepaid punch car... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 23:46:02 EST thinking about CROSSFIT, have u done it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118842 Hi all <BR> <BR> Sitting at the parking lot of location crossfit center. <BR> <BR> Sooooo cool! <BR> Lady at reception is Marathon runner ;) <BR> <BR> Anyways... tempted. <BR> <BR> Clueless....have u done it? <BR> Do you like it??? <BR> <BR> <BR> Have to talk to hubby to see if financially OK? Already at YMCA. <BR> <BR> Spark on Wed, 31 Oct 2012 09:15:06 EST Ran/walk Freaky 5k with my DD...39 mins!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114643 hi all <BR> <BR> it seems so long since I wrote a blog <BR> <BR> life is hectic= no run. <BR> working to getting a real estate project....taking a lot of my run time. <BR> <BR> but anyways <BR> <BR> My DD joined this year with her school <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l74120929.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Their goal is the Jingle Bell 5k in winter <BR> <BR> My DD and I just finished the Freaky 5k sponsored by thed Pittsburgh Marathon and etc. <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 12:20:00 EST Back :) and review of life outside of SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094306 Hi spark <BR> <BR> I'm back and boy am I tired;) <BR> Smack back to reality after being kidless for 10 days <BR> <BR> Will post pics <BR> <BR> First THANK YOU SPARKPEOPLE! <BR> <BR> because without stumbling onto this site, <BR> I will still no be able to get up, can't walk <BR> On road to heart attack city. <BR> <BR> Anyways...I was going to give u excuses as to why I'm size 12 <BR> Haven't ran in ages.... <BR> <BR> But Here is the BOTTOM LINE <BR> <BR> My 1.5 yrs here....I DEDICATED... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 17:18:54 EST off to Italy and France http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076037 Hi spark <BR> <BR> OMG its been a crazy week <BR> Forgot to update <BR> <BR> On route to airport now <BR> <BR> Spark on! <BR> <BR> See u on flip side Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:22:35 EST Finally got a run in...Sheez http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067517 hi spark <BR> <BR> by that I mean 10 mins out there. 1 mile walk/run <BR> not bad...so I did haul a$$. <BR> <BR> it's been super crazy. had to be some place every morning. <BR> <BR> real estate, and 2 kids....leaves no time for me now! <BR> again SOOOOO glad I started SP when I did... <BR> <BR> if I was DAY 1 today....anyways.........not important! <BR> <BR> Craziness is because our hubby and me only europe trip is NEXT WEEK!!!! <BR> <BR> I haven't even planned yet! <BR> Got VISA though... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 09:05:43 EST Awesome day minus the Binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056582 hi spark <BR> <BR> it's been an amazing week. <BR> things in personal life is on the up and up. <BR> but don't want to jinx any of it ;p <BR> fingers still crossed. <BR> <BR> But 2 yrs in my spark journey and my relationship with food is still a PROBLEM. <BR> <BR> oh well..... but unlike before where i dwell on it and hate myself etc. <BR> <BR> I am just brushing it off. <BR> we all can't be prefect everyday. <BR> <BR> Being healthy for a LOOOOONG time...make you miss certain things <BR... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:27:55 EST C25k W1D2 for Speed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054471 hi spark <BR> <BR> today i just did the NHS C25k W1D2 workout. <BR> which is the same as day 1. <BR> 5 min brisk walk <BR> 60 run/90 walk x8 <BR> 5 min walk <BR> <BR> total 30 mins, and i did 2.1 mile at the end ;p <BR> <BR> My goal is to get from my 12-13 min/mile marathon pace back to my 9:30 pace <BR> <BR> Also working on my stride <em>311</em> to <em>363</em> . <BR> lol mind you there is NOTHING wrong with running either way <BR> <BR> i just need a goal! and i really want to b... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:25:52 EST C25k W1D1 and Podrunner, total 5 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052345 Hi spark <BR> <BR> Redoing c25k for speed ;) <BR> <BR> Nhs c25k program. Liking it so far. <BR> <BR> So I go at my top speed/ stride for run section. <BR> <BR> Body feels heavy..sigh <BR> <BR> Ran 1, interval 4 <BR> <BR> But....yeah! <BR> <BR> Pod runner is 160-180 staircase to God <BR> I walked the 180 bmp <BR> <BR> Stride is tiny. <BR> <BR> Goal: <BR> 1. FORM <BR> 2. STRIDE <BR> 3. SPEED <BR> <BR> in that order ;) <BR> <BR> Have a great one <BR> <BR> PS: podrunner is a podcast u... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 10:41:09 EST Free at last to RUN! and my NEW PLAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046895 hi Spark <BR> <BR> Man, it feels like a long time! <BR> <BR> FIRST, thanks to all of you that are still reading my blogs ;p <BR> <BR> Summer was insane, and the reality of not having as much time as I used too HERE is kicking in! <BR> <BR> My kids are in different schools this year! and the youngest is still half day! <BR> <BR> SO I am going to be here, but minimally ;( <BR> Means I probably can't read all your blogs like I used too ;( <BR> <BR> But thanks for your support! I am mostly ... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 10:30:54 EST DD registered for Girls on the Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037071 Hi spark <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l599675338.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am so happy my DD decided to register for the Girls on the Run afterschool ;p <BR> <BR> It's a running support group/team for 3-5 graders ;p <BR> they will train for the jingle bell run 5k <BR> <BR> I think this will be more fun then my c25k program. <BR> she wants to do the terrible 5k...hopeful run it ;p <BR> <BR> we have been intervaling thus far ;p <BR> <BR> the color me rad race has h... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 08:24:45 EST Color Me Rad 5k pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031080 hi spark <BR> <BR> today was a blast. <BR> go to meet some of my local sparker friends ;p <BR> it was a blast. <BR> <BR> it was more of a fun event than a race ;p <BR> great music, fun ppl <BR> <BR> we arrived early and beat the insane traffic <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l441729483.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l102941364.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "beautiful white canvas...." as the DJ said <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 22:58:05 EST So BEHIND.....SORRY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015790 hi spark <BR> <BR> i am so sorry, i am just so behind in everything <BR> blogs, spark, garden and life... <BR> <BR> lol...2 months away and lots of things to catch up <BR> mountain of paperwork etc <BR> don't even know where to start. <BR> <BR> having a clingy DS who is 3 is not helping lol <BR> <BR> i only have 2 great friend here in pittsburgh <BR> i finally called them up and found one is leaving for good THURSDAY <BR> that only leaves me TOMORROW ;( <BR> <BR> i need to come here, i a... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:57:52 EST Training my DD for her 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010723 hi spark <BR> <BR> it's been crazy <BR> and summer is going soooooo fast! <BR> <BR> Our Color Me Rad race marks the last day for summer vacation <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l115819781.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The last 2 races I ran with my DD, it was her in tow. <BR> <BR> I want her to run this one on her own. <BR> She just need a confidence boost. I know she can do the distance <BR> <BR> we just ran a little over 1 mile today ;p <BR> well. I ran and she walked/runned ... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 09:56:53 EST Finally home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003226 hi spark <BR> <BR> I just got home <BR> got to settle in <BR> <BR> but quick note <BR> Bountyful garden ;p <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l577183766.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The personal trainer helped me maintain-ish <BR> <BR> I am working on a plan....of fitness <BR> right now the kids are still home <BR> <BR> over jetlag.....I will get back to spark blogging when I can. <BR> but will get back into spark now! <BR> <BR> I just can't be at 2 places at once now with a cli... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 10:28:34 EST MIA..still on vacay, Personal Trainer and hot yoga? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957507 hi sparkfriend <BR> <BR> realy miss y'all <BR> I don't have any a laptop here and internet access is patchy ;p <BR> <BR> China was great <BR> Doing great with food choices as best I can <BR> <BR> I was really big when I met family (they said so much) <BR> and my awesome sister signed me up with a personal trainer ;p AWESOME!!!! <BR> <BR> I am getting back and learning a lot!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I have to sit down and write about my post marathon blog and what the training did to me extra. go... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 07:00:26 EST Bye bye Sparkfriend...at least for 1 month ;p http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914854 hi all <BR> <BR> gonna be in China...may not have internet access <BR> <BR> pack and ready to go... <BR> <BR> packed my running gear! <BR> <BR> bought size 10 pants and L dresses... <BR> <BR> better than 12 but lol from 6 hahahaha <BR> <BR> <BR> Will be back to p90x when I get back in aug ;p <BR> <BR> spark on!!!! <BR> <BR> have a great SUMMER! Wed, 6 Jun 2012 13:56:14 EST Going to me MIA til September....will miss ya'll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4903834 hi spark <BR> <BR> sorry for absence....winding down to get ready for my trip to China and home home in asia ;p <BR> <BR> will be gone for 2 months. <BR> <BR> know for sure no internet in china bc we are traveling ;p <BR> <BR> but plan to train for a sprint tri while home ;p <BR> we got a pool, nice "flatter" area to run.... maybe a bike <BR> <BR> and it will be hot and humid...so great to train.. <BR> <BR> I didn't sign up for the tri...but will train like i did to keep me motivated to... Wed, 30 May 2012 07:28:37 EST DD b-day and recent pics of me lol....gotta get back to sparking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891276 hi spark <BR> <BR> the party was a blast! <BR> the weather was great! <BR> <BR> so into it that we forgot to take pictures ;p hahaha <BR> <BR> and boy I need to get back to sparking hahaha <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l930930801.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l94971986.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l839552241.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l611834446.jpg"> <BR> <... Mon, 21 May 2012 12:31:13 EST Planning a super active bday for my 9 yr old to be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884567 hi spark ;p <BR> <BR> yup they are going to earn their cake and pizza ;p <BR> <BR> relay races <BR> jump rope <BR> soccer drills <BR> traditional kids games that I think got lost in the computer world <BR> like red rover, tag, dodge ball, rubber band jump rope, chinese jump rope <BR> <BR> my DD broke into a sweat just testing it out today! <BR> <BR> can't wait <BR> <BR> hubby wants to hit the pool today ;p to train for tri ;p <BR> open swim is 7-8:45 at ymca <BR> we are going to exercise... Wed, 16 May 2012 17:50:59 EST Sprint triathlon update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875499 hi spark <BR> <BR> thank you! <BR> yesterday my hubby entertained the idea. <BR> we hit the pool! <BR> <BR> through one of your advise...i got him flipper <BR> and through all your advise... i convinced him ONE lap at a time. <BR> <BR> we will troubleshoot. <BR> <BR> so I am proud to say...although he had a Hard time.....he made improvements <BR> <BR> and will aim to do this annual tri NEXT YEAR! <BR> <BR> the flippers made it easier <BR> BUT he didn't want to be DEPENDENT on it. <BR> b... Thu, 10 May 2012 12:24:00 EST Pittsburgh Marathon 2012 pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874976 hi spark <BR> <BR> the pics are finaly online ;p <BR> <BR> The prep <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l296073686.jpg"> <BR> At corral E <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l994591178.jpg"> <BR> And we are off.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l677466008.jpg"> <BR> 26,000 participants, but I saw larger bib numbers <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l264427676.jpg"> <BR> Smile for camera <BR> <img src="h... Thu, 10 May 2012 05:30:21 EST Success comes from how you handle set backs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4873102 hi spark <BR> <BR> even though this blog is geared to my marathon training, I think you can relate with any event. <BR> <BR> 1. I am NOT a robot <BR> <BR> I am human! There is a limit to what my body can do, at a certain time frame. <BR> We all have our Breaking Point! <BR> <BR> I learnt to recognize it for what it is, and either accept it as current REALITY, REMEDY the situation, or ASK for help!! <BR> <BR> ex. I ran without fueling and was fine! at the 14th mile nonstop...omg my body f... Tue, 8 May 2012 22:30:37 EST Stepped on scale since marathon training .... Sigh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871755 Hi spark <BR> <BR> Lol 178 <BR> I started my journey at 180 <BR> <BR> But <BR> <BR> My body fat is 27% ;) <BR> I was zero muscle then <BR> <BR> Can we get a woohoo. <BR> <BR> Yes I gain 8 lbs since the training...even inches <BR> Bc my WMS jeans is tight!!! <BR> <BR> But it's ok. <BR> <BR> You know what is strange? <BR> <BR> Training 30 wks on distance....pushing more and more miles <BR> <BR> Training distance, for me, means eating to keep up <BR> Training distance, for me, means res... Tue, 8 May 2012 07:32:31 EST Sprint triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871309 hi spark <BR> <BR> there is a sprint tri in aug ;p <BR> <BR> i really want my hubby to do it ;p <BR> <BR> He is soooooo scared. b/c he can't swim well. <BR> <BR> it's 700m swim, 12 bike, and 5k run <BR> <BR> he doesn't want to do it bc currently he can't swim more than 2 laps without stopping. <BR> <BR> it's about 14 x back and forth <BR> <BR> so i told him: <BR> (since he encouraged me to do the marathon) <BR> <BR> how did i start to run!????? <BR> <BR> i didn't just RUN a 5k, 10k, ... Mon, 7 May 2012 21:38:43 EST Marathon results are in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871073 <BR> hi spark <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l500267497.jpg"> <BR> <BR> i am so happy ;p <BR> i finished <BR> <BR> i am shocked... i really thought i did worst then i did <BR> <BR> but it was within my "realistic' expectations ;p <BR> <BR> i will post pics when they are avaible ;p <BR> <BR> thanks for the awesome comments on my blogs and vlog ;p Mon, 7 May 2012 18:57:43 EST My journey with Sparkpeople! From Zero to 26.2 finisher! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869221 A video I made to thank Sparkpeople and my sparkfriends ;p <BR> Sun, 6 May 2012 18:07:36 EST i did it! 26.2 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869059 No sweep car! <BR> <BR> Will post pics asap. <BR> <BR> What a journey this has been <BR> <BR> 33 wks of training. Plus injuries ;) <BR> <BR> So glad I had all the ups and down <BR> <BR> It helped me get through today! <BR> <BR> I didn't give up! I came in 6:20 at gun and received my medal! <BR> <BR> Right at where I wanted to be! <BR> <BR> The ppl were amazing! <BR> <BR> This will be my last 26.2 for now. <BR> <BR> Bucket list :) <BR> <BR> Sticking with 5k 10k and half! <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 6 May 2012 15:20:01 EST quick marathon prep pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868018 hi spark <BR> <BR> thanks for the suppport <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l809817215.jpg"> <BR> <BR> weather cooled down today..hope it continues to be like today ;p <BR> <BR> I found coconut water ;p <BR> <BR> at expo: I got my packet, and shirt and bib! <BR> <BR> I got my gu and bar, <BR> <BR> I got the body GLIDE! thanks for the reminder ;p <BR> <BR> everything is charging! <BR> <BR> only to get up at 5 am tomorrow.. <BR> haul the kids with us ;p <BR> <BR>... Sat, 5 May 2012 18:39:09 EST GOAL: not to be on SWEEP vehicle on Race day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866120 hi spark <BR> <BR> just got an "important" email from the pittsburgh marathon! <BR> <BR> 13:42 PACE is STRICTLY reinforced. <BR> <BR> for obvious traffic reasons in a city ;p <BR> <BR> so if you don't reach certain chk pts by a certain time.... <BR> <BR> Participants will be REQUIRED to board the <em>343</em> and WILL NOT be able to continue! <BR> <BR> if you refuse you will be banned from race in the following year <BR> <BR> interesting ;p Fri, 4 May 2012 10:37:22 EST OMG it's 80+ degrees outside! advise for marathon race day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866036 hi spark <BR> <BR> First....I am SO glad I ran today! <BR> <BR> this is a preview of the marathon weather! <BR> <BR> YIKES! <BR> <BR> since I started training, it's been 30-60...maybe 75 at most! <BR> <BR> we are having FREAK weather right now! my plants are doing crazy things too. <BR> <BR> I AM SO GLAD I ran today....been avoiding the weather b/c it drops back to 60s next wk!! <BR> <BR> gotta rethink my running gear! <BR> <BR> might grab a 4 bottle running pack. I have been getting ... Fri, 4 May 2012 09:53:21 EST carb loading, last min preps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864730 hi spark <BR> <BR> not feeling spark like <BR> hahaha <BR> <BR> gotta get my carbs in for the reserves..... <BR> i forgot at the 18 miler, and paid for it ;p <BR> <BR> go some last min things... <BR> extra paranoid about spraining anything <BR> <BR> really excited....only it's gonna be HOT day, well at least for me.... 75 ish <BR> <BR> i like running in 50s <BR> <BR> i checked out the elevation....yikes hahahaha huge hill right smack in the middle. <BR> <BR> this is the course around p... Thu, 3 May 2012 12:50:48 EST marathon jitter, composed my own music, color me rad 5k! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861063 Hi spark <BR> <BR> 5 more days.... <BR> <BR> Meanwhile to distract myself... <BR> I finally record the song I composed years ago. <BR> <BR> It was an assignment from a friend. <BR> and I never went through with it ;( <BR> <BR> Its really really rough. Recorded at home with video camera. <BR> <BR> Lol phone won't put up the link <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvYeJAUl_Rk </link> <BR> <BR> I will do it at home. But its in my YouTube channel <BR> Apirlrain <BR> <BR> We had... Tue, 1 May 2012 11:10:34 EST thank you for your support and spring garden pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853696 hi spark <BR> <BR> thank you again for your awesome support! <BR> sorry I have not, but I will after the marathon.... <BR> I am coming back...after the rest that is... <BR> <BR> I m going to kick start the weight loss again <BR> <BR> marathon training hasn't been kind in my weight loss journey <BR> it's down right depressing. <BR> <BR> I am tapering, hydrating....and just plain nervous excitement all over right now. <BR> <BR> I saw the course, it's almost identical to last year in the H... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 17:17:59 EST marathon, marathon, marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4851358 Hi spark <BR> <BR> Yeah...... <BR> <BR> Confirmation ticket in the mail.... <BR> <BR> Race number received .... <BR> <BR> 2012 course layout email.... <BR> <BR> Race Convention guide email.... <BR> <BR> Gosh...its happening <BR> <BR> I'm freaking out lol <BR> <BR> Less than 2 wks... <BR> <BR> Going to do a bunch of hills and short runs til then <BR> <BR> May 6, Pittsburgh marathon, 26.2 miles <BR> <BR> Ready or not....here I go lol Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:14:09 EST What do to with radishes?? I planted them.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844318 hi spark <BR> <BR> yeah.... lol putting the cart infront of the horse <BR> <BR> but never cooked with radishes bef. <BR> <BR> any suggestions? <BR> <BR> my hubby loves it in salad raw. <BR> <BR> what part of the radish can you eat??? <BR> <BR> planted it so I can harvest something ;p <BR> <BR> any suggestion or sites with <BR> <BR> helpful tips of what part of the plant I can eat, would be appreciated! <BR> <BR> I have tried the greens of garlic, onion (MAN, they are GOOD) <BR> <BR... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:53:17 EST running without sport bra is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843780 Ouch! <BR> <BR> Lol duh! <BR> <BR> 1 mile in 10 min <BR> 1 mile interval <BR> <BR> <BR> See..... sometimes to worry about the complicated stuff <BR> <BR> And <BR> <BR> Totally <BR> <BR> Forget the basics :) <BR> <BR> Spark on Fri, 20 Apr 2012 09:20:18 EST toxins and nervous exictement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840634 Hi spark <BR> <BR> I think my body is removing toxins out of my body since regaining my healthy lifestyle back. <BR> <BR> Its not fun, its in the form of cyst and ulcers. <BR> <BR> So resting today. <BR> ------- <BR> <BR> A lot of things are happening in the garden. Its on my YouTube apirlrain channel. <BR> <BR> I decided to water with a can so it has me walking and climbing my steep driveway 20x. <BR> Yeah to hill training while gardening. <BR> <BR> -------- <BR> <BR> Also I'm feeling... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 09:19:20 EST it's only 10 am and i feel amazing ;p life is good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835867 hi spark <BR> <BR> i have been trying to find a balance between my garden and spark ;p <BR> <BR> bc i have a ton to learn still ;p <BR> <BR> i made a gardening channel in youtube...so that is my outlet for that part of my life <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/user/apirlrain/video<BR>s </link> <BR> feel free to chk it out. <BR> excuse my amature video.....totally new to me...it's nerve racking. <BR> i m hoping youtube gardening peep are as nice and supportive as sparkpeople ;p <BR> <BR> i al... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 11:03:31 EST Amazing Run this morning! and retrospective marathon training tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4834424 hi spark <BR> <BR> I woke up at 7 to run! <BR> seriously the last time I did that was c25k days! <BR> when I was super charged about running! <BR> <BR> I had the most amazing, no music run on my HILLS <BR> <BR> Mental healing has begun. <BR> <BR> as I was running, I was thinking about my anxieties ;p <BR> <BR> it all stemmed from the ski trip in CO. <BR> the high altitude and thin air did a number on my body ;p <BR> <BR> what does it feel like?( for those who NEVER experienced it.) <BR... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 08:24:43 EST thank you SP friends! from bottom of my heart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4831622 Hi sp friends <BR> <BR> Seriously thank you! <BR> Thank you for the encouragement <BR> Thank you for the boost of confidence <BR> Thank you for the caution!!!!!! <BR> <BR> All your comments gave me what I needed today! <BR> <BR> Have I train well? <BR> I did the best I can given my circumstances! <BR> <BR> Listen to my body! <BR> Always <BR> <BR> So today I decided to do a trial run to see where I am in my decision for my full. <BR> <BR> I left my SELF-DOUBT, NEGATIVITY, WORRIES, PANI... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:02:14 EST