EMILY1244's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EMILY1244 EMILY1244'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/ A New Mission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382401 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2013/06<BR>/a-new-mission.html </link> Sat, 8 Jun 2013 12:07:42 EST Sparkle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297463 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l108226143.jpg"> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 17:51:38 EST When there's nothing left... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296541 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2013/03<BR>/when-theres-nothing-left.html </link> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:45:10 EST Kindling? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293760 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2013/03<BR>/kindling.html </link> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:35:18 EST Goin' Goofy Part Four: The Day After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254661 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2013/02<BR>/goin-goofy-day-after.html </link> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:18:22 EST Goin' Goofy Part Three: Walt Disney World Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254056 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2013/02<BR>/goin-goofy-walt-disney-world-marathon<BR>.html </link> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 20:58:58 EST Goin' Goofy Part Two: Walt Disney World Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226827 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2013/01<BR>/goin-goofy-part-two-walt-disney-world<BR>.html </link> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:48:54 EST Goin' Goofy: Part One (End of Training through 5K) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225702 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2013/01<BR>/goin-goofy-part-one-end-of-training.html </link> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:24:55 EST Limbo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160068 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/12<BR>/limbo.html </link> Sat, 8 Dec 2012 10:15:26 EST Ending the War with Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085502 I just HAD to share this because it spoke to me so deeply in regards to the changes and challenges i am having right now. <BR> <BR> <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/10<BR>/ending-war-with-food-by-geneen-roth.html </link> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 17:06:22 EST Fighting for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085442 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/10<BR>/fighting-for-life.html </link> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 16:00:20 EST Fall Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080848 What's this? TWO blogs in ONE day?! Yes, its true. My AFM WOULD have been published yesterday, but Spark wasn't working last night. Oh well, what's three litlle points? LOL. <BR> <BR> Happy Running! <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/09<BR>/fall-running.html </link> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 16:49:45 EST Air Force Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080531 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/09<BR>/air-force-marathon.html </link> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 12:08:34 EST So...What Now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073209 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/09<BR>/sowhat-now.html </link> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:55:40 EST 20 Miles: Live and Learn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037869 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/08<BR>/20-miles-live-and-learn.html </link> <BR> <BR> Be aware, there MAY be a reference to Monkey Testicles in this blog. Consider yourself warned. <em>334</em> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:10:22 EST Marathon Training Week 7: 19 Miles? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036117 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/08<BR>/marathon-training-week-7-19-miles.html </link> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:33:33 EST 30!?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021798 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/08<BR>/i-am-behind-on-blogs.html </link> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 12:37:42 EST Marathon Training Week 6: Cut Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961985 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/07<BR>/marathon-training-week-6-cut-back.html </link> Mon, 9 Jul 2012 10:55:28 EST Marathon Training Week 5: Firecracker 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960374 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/07<BR>/marathon-training-week-5-firecracker-<BR>5k.html </link> Sun, 8 Jul 2012 10:59:24 EST Marathon Training Week 5: Here We Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959140 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/07<BR>/marathon-training-week-5-here-we-go.html </link> Sat, 7 Jul 2012 10:59:24 EST Inspiring Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956816 I just had to share this story about a double amputee who has earned a spot on the South African team to compete against able bodied runners. Its one of those stories where you just have to stop and tell yourself, "Tell me again, why can't you do this? Cause i'm quite sure its a pretty weak excuse." <BR> <BR> <link>sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-four<BR>th-place-medal/double-amputee-oscar-pi<BR>storius-run-olympics-132145418--oly.html </link> <BR> <BR> I love the Olympics and I can't wa... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 16:32:31 EST Marathon Training Week 4: Tough Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955999 I realized this was actually Week 4. Week Three was the Goofy sign up and then a twelve miler on Father's Day. <BR> <BR> <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/07<BR>/marathon-training-week-3-i-ran-this.html </link> Thu, 5 Jul 2012 08:02:45 EST Marathon Training Week 3: Going Goofy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955484 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/07<BR>/marathon-training-week-3-going-goofy.<BR>html </link> Wed, 4 Jul 2012 19:17:32 EST Marathon Training Week Two: A Runner About Town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951360 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/07<BR>/marathon-training-week-2.html </link> Mon, 2 Jul 2012 06:33:08 EST Marathon Training Week 1: Galesburg Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950216 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/07<BR>/marathon-training-week-1-galesburg-ha<BR>lf.html </link> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 11:47:50 EST Marion Art Festival Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941179 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/06<BR>/marion-race-report.html </link> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 08:22:12 EST Decisions Made http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936418 <link>runonandbehappy.blogspot.com/2012/06<BR>/decisions-made.html </link> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:34:16 EST External Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933782 I am getting really tired of trying to post a blog only to lose it midway through. There are few things more frustrating than being in the middle of a race report only to lose it and have to start over. When I write I am writing from my heart and just letting thoughts flow so when I lose a blog, I am not able to retwieve everything I had written. So I will be writing my blogs on Blogger and posting a link here. Hope you enjoy them. I want to be able to chronicle and document my Journey to my ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:02:41 EST Wisconsin (Half) Marathon Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932056 Yes, this race was over a month agao, and yes, I am going to attempt to write up a report on it. I will be putting this on the schedule for 2013 because it was a LOT of fun. The course was realy pretty, and the medals were awesome. <BR> <BR> I had some difficulties with this race. The run was very similar to Lincoln. I was in a large amount of pain by the end. I basically limped to the end photographers, faked it for the last snapsots and was thrilled when it was finally over. I can't wait ... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 18:56:53 EST Whispers of Hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917885 Embarrassment. Shame. Disgust. Great way to start out right? I have a few Race Reports that I need to publish, but I need to do this one first. Before I start thinking about turning things around, I need to sort out where I am. A slump doesn’t describe it. A Funk isn’t strong enough of a word. Trapped. Trapped in my own mind. My own emotions. Trapped. Imprisoned. That may be more accurate. Crushed by the bars of my self made cage. Dramatic? Maybe, but perception is, unfortunately reality and... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 14:46:18 EST Love is blind? LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891950 I was going through some old pictures. I thought this one would be appropriate since today is our 8th wedding anniversary. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l939761050.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Matthew and I have been together for 12 years. He has been with me through thick and thin, ups and downs, the highest highs and the very lowest lows. There have been more times than I can count that i didn't feel like I deserved him. Of course he never saw me like that. It never even occ... Mon, 21 May 2012 20:30:05 EST Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877111 Let’s talk about Springfield and the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon. This race was the day before Easter so it made travel and timing a bit tight, but I am glad we did it. To sum it up: Awesome race, great course, piss poor performance on my part. This is the first time I have been disappointed with how I did in a race. I was so excited for this one because I am a history nerd. I LOVE history, so much so, that I accidently minored in History in college. Yes, accidently. When I applied for... Fri, 11 May 2012 13:19:00 EST Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852136 Ok, Part 2 will, obviously, focus on the Half Marathon, and you will see why this had to be in two parts! BUT I forgot to mention our luggage and flight disaster. Well, not disaster, more like inconvenience. We got detoured to Jacksonville because of a storm in Orlando. The detour and refueling resulted in a delay in our arrival time (obviously). It was not a HUGE delay, but it was enough that we were right on the edge of the Disney Magical Express luggage cutoff, but we had plenty of time, ... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:08:24 EST Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: Part One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850663 I have to post my Princess Race Report in 2 parts because it was such an Epic Trip for me (and hopefully Laurie too!) We have been making a lot of road trips for races together, but this was one that we have been planning, saving, dreaming of for a LONG time now. Packing alone was surreal to me because I honestly didn’t think this trip was going to happen. I should have known that with faith, trust and a little bit of Pixie Dust, my Running Fairy (and her handsome assistant) would find a way... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:53:36 EST Goals: Coming out of the Darkness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4782320 I know it has been awhile since I have done a “real” blog. Lots of stuff going on: big changes at work and house ownership! These are HUGE things and HUGE things are stressful (to say the least) and stress, for me equals eating. Usually, under such circumstances I would turn to my treadmill for stress coping that didn’t involve copious amount of sugar. Unfortunately, my treadmill motor fried and took the circuit board with it. After a month long process of trying to replace it via extended ... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 17:02:41 EST R.I.P Whitney http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4735424 Thank you. <link>youtu.be/m46nvic8VIA </link> <BR> <BR> "One Moment In Time" <BR> <BR> Each day I live <BR> I want to be <BR> A day to give <BR> The best of me <BR> I'm only one <BR> But not alone <BR> My finest day <BR> Is yet unknown <BR> <BR> I broke my heart <BR> For every gain <BR> To taste the sweet <BR> I face the pain <BR> I rise and fall <BR> Yet through it all <BR> This much remains <BR> <BR> I want one moment in time <BR> When I'm more than I thought I could ... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 16:35:03 EST My Return to WDW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4652471 November 2011 saw my triumphant return to Disney World. Its been 2 years since our last trip to WDW. We went with my Mom and Dad who had never been there before. I am including a passage from my “Princess in Training” blog so you can understand part of the pain involved in going down to Florida. <BR> <BR> “Anyway, as much as I love going to WDW, there is always a sense of apprehension about going. In the past, I didn’t fit comfortably in airplane seats. So I took up my seat and part of Matth... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:11:37 EST New Year's... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647249 Lets talk about images. We are bombarded by images everyday. Images that say we are too fat, too thin, too brunette, to blond, too short, too tall. We need to get richer, quicker, smarter, healthier and prettier and there are 500 bazillion ways to get there if you are willing to pay the price. What price are you willing to pay? Money in untold amounts? Time? Sanity? Self Respect? Self Love? Are these the prices that we pay? I know I have. I know what I want. I know that I have put in a lot of... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 21:16:45 EST Christmas Eve Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637738 Yesterday was a chilly morning (hovering around 20 degrees) but I geared up for my run. I wasn't really going for anything other than the need to have a run. The sun wasn't up yet. I have been sick. The complete and utter lack of snow has my allergies running rampant. Winter is the only time I have relief because (usually) the snow has everything covered so without it my allergies apparently think its Spring. Anyway, I had my Christmas music ready to go on my iPod and I headed out the door. T... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 08:58:23 EST Space Coast race report and reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4635302 Ok, let’s talk Space Coast in Cocoa, Florida. This one was meant to be, I think. It just so happened that while we were in Florida for our 4 Generation Griswold Family Vacation in Disney World, the 40th Annual Space Coast Marathon would be occurring a short drive away. After we worked out the logistics (thank you Driver Jim and the car rental place), it was official. We would sacrifice a morning with the Family to drive over too Cocoa for the early morning start, run the Half, and be back in ... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:23:51 EST Aurora Half Marathon: She was a tough one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4628942 Next up was Aurora. A true testament to Laurie and I branching out on our own. No driver this time! Just two (possibly crazy) Runner Girls, a car, and a ton of Christmas CDs. We found our way pretty easily. We went to packet pick up, got our shirts (PINK!) and went back to the hotel. This hotel had a fridge AND a microwave so we brought all of our food with us. MAJOR bonus points for the microwave cuz I could make my standard Pre-race breakfast of oatmeal with bananas and walnuts. The coffee... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 08:41:14 EST Haunted Hustle- Our First Real Running Road Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4626506 Haunted Hustle. This was the next step in our Running Road Trips. Des Moines was the first in that we had to navigate an unfamiliar city without our trusted driver. BUT we did fine (and I CAN read a map! LOL) This is something WAY out of my comfort zone. I am rather shy around people that I don’t know. I mean this was a bus full of people (besides Laurie) that I had never met before! One thing I learned from this bus trip is that old people are crazy. LOL (I was easily the youngest one on th... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 09:01:35 EST My Sister's Wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4625140 I just wanted to share a few of my favorite pictures from my sister, Amanda's, wedding. It was such a special day filled with happiness, love, laughter and family. I just loved it. We did most everything ourselves from the flowers to the centerpieces to the food and the cake. The bridesmaids' dresses were bought off the clearance rack at David's Bridal for $30 (for mine) and $40 for Cassie's salmon colored one. Pictures were taken at my parents' farm and the church. Just goes to show what you... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 08:57:30 EST 11-11-11 (via Runner's World) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4579640 11 Kicks in the Butt <BR> <BR> 1. Race results stay on Google forever. <BR> 2. That new running watch you want? Buy it--after timing 10 more speed sessions with your old one. <BR> 3. Wear a pedometer on your run. Distance sounds more impressive in steps. <BR> 4. Make a massage appointment for the day after your long run. <BR> 5. If you don't run road races, where will you get all your T-shirts? <BR> 6. Exercise improves sexual performance, according to research. Nuff said. <BR> 7. Fee... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 14:10:19 EST IMT Des Moines (Half) Marathon: The Creation of Half Fanatic #1437 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4558006 I sit here on the eve of Half Marathon #5 and I feel that I should finish up my Race reports because as of tomorrow I will officially be behind again. I also find it fitting to do my IMT blog from the hotel room I am sharing with Laurie here in Wisconsin. She has been such a huge part of my running life. We ran IMT together. Parts of it hand in hand, sometimes for fun, sometimes because I needed the help. This is typical of our relationship. Sometimes it is for the fun of it, sometimes it is... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 21:56:06 EST Quad Cities (Half) Marathon Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4553764 I am still two RR behind and I have another coming up this weekend, so I better get to writing!! The end of September was Half Marathon #3. The Quad Cities Marathon was SUPPOSED to be my first HM. I thought it would take me that long to prepare myself for it! HA! Little did I know. QCM was a HUGE running weekend for our little Rose Running Clan. Three generations took part in various running event throughout the weekend, and it makes me so proud to see my family spend quality time together do... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 07:59:09 EST Eager Beaver 5K: My One Year Running Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4513795 I still find it hard to believe that I have only been running for a year! In that year I have completed 13 races: 10 5Ks and 3 Half Marathons. I have 3 more HMs scheduled for this year. I am slated to earn my Half Fanatic Status this month. Running has brought me places that I NEVER thought were open to me, but now I realize that ANYTHING is open to you if you are willing to put in the work, the time and the dedication. I know that I am VERY lucky for finding something I love so much. <BR>... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 14:39:17 EST NewBo Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4512332 I have a few minutes before I have to head off to work so I thought I would hammer out one of these blogs I am so behind on writing. I thought I would start with a shorter one. This is my Race Report for Half Marathon #2, which was a bit unplanned. You know how sometimes there is a seed that is planted (like hearing about a near by race that you could TOTALLY do) but you decide that you can't because your sister's bridal shower is the same day so you resign yourself to not doing it and runnin... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:09:27 EST So Behind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4497170 I am so behind on blogging. About a month and a half behind, actually. I have all these great posts written in my head, but I haven't had a few moment to sit down and type them out. Between Hayden and his surgery, running and HM training, and wedding planning and Matron of Honor duties (AHH! 2 1/2 weeks!) I collapse in bed before 9pm so I can be up at 4am to do my run/ST. I am rocking out Yoovie's PMP challenge. I have rediscovered Kettlebell training and while I haven't really lost any weig... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 17:35:37 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4398300 Wow, is it really August tomorrow?! I have been experiencing some big changes. On the fitness front, the scale is FINALLY starting to move again. Ever since around March-ish when we started the conversion process at work, I have been uber-stressed, and my weight has reflected it. Turns out I still REALLY struggle with stress eating. I have a long way to go in dealing with that. I am finally getting back to where I was before the conversion. I am getting there though, so that is what truly mat... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 21:09:59 EST