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So, I sat down the other day and started thinking about this journey I've been on for the past couple years. Thinking about the progress I've made, the hurdles, the ups and downs...thinking about everything that has happened to get me to this point that I am at now. I've been a member on Spark People for over 2 years now. Before that time, my weight was a burden, something that controlled my self esteem. Now, I don't think I could ever go back to being that person - I don't think it's physically or mentally possible for me anymore. The things I've learned on spark - how to eat, how to run, how to race. How to show my vulnerability and only become stronger from it. How to come out on top, even when I'm sinking. These lessons have been essential to the success I've had.

Last year, I signed up for my first official race - a half marathon. Someone warned me when I signed up, that I didn't know what I was getting into. While their comment was meant to be negative, in the end they were right. I didn't know. As soon as I crossed that finish line, my first thought was, "When can I do this again!"
A month later, I signed up to run a full marathon. My own father looked me straight in the eye and told me I couldn't do it. But when I crossed that finish line, I had the same thought, "When can I do this again!"

Here I am today. It's hard for me to imagine my life without running. While I may have lots of of progress to make, I'm still able to look back and see the journey in all it's glory.

I will continue running, loosing weight and fine tuning a healthy lifestyle. Thanks Spark People!

Past Races:

9/6/09: VA Beach Half Marathon - 2:29:32
11/7/09: Lincoln Park, NJ 5K - 29:18
3/6/10: MS 5K - 28:56
4/11/10: Marathon de Paris - 5:35:24
4/25/10: Glass City Half - 2:28:34
5/31/10: Judicata 5K - 30:22
6/26/10: Sugden Stride 5K - 31:16
7/4/10: Moe's Firecracker 5K - 28:43
7/31/10: Eagle Lakes Extreme 5K - 28:32
8/28/10: North Collier Regional Rampage 5K - 27:24
10/2/10: Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon - 2:30:44
11/14/10: Naples On The Run 20K - 2:08:36 PR!
11/25/10: 4 Mile Gobble, Gobble - 36:05 PR!
12/11/10: Shark Shootout 5K - 26:03
1/7/11-1/8/11: Rangar Relay from Miami to the Florida Keys! 191 Miles with 12 people - 29:05:40
1/16/11: Naples Daily News Half Marathon - 2:04:03 PR!
1/30/11: ING Miami Marathon (Full) - 4:45:04 PR!
3/5/11: MS 5K - 25:45 PR!

Upcoming Races:

3/26/11: Beach bum 5k
3/20/11: Marco Island Half

Member Since: 1/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 17,094

My Goals:
To start improving my race times. I would love to run a sub 25 minute 5K by the end of the year!

My Program:
Running any chance I can, training for races, and doing the elliptical trainer on my off days!

Personal Information:
New to SW Florida this past year, still adjusting to the heat but love the constant sunshine!

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I love to drink coffee and wine (though not at the same time)

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    Thanks for the support. It is nice to know I am not the only one who suffers from post race weight gain:) I am pretty much in the swing of training again. This is the shortest turn around that I have had between marathons so I am hoping this will help.
    2917 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! It's been going really well actually! I got a bunch of turkey and low calorie bread substitutes from Costco, and it's been really easy to make myself a sandwich and go to work! Even with little chocolates at the desk, I make room in my diet for them and at the end of the day I've been keeping my goals in order.
    Now the trouble is not ruining everything when I go home to my parents house!
    Hope your Memorial Day weekend was a great one!
    2917 days ago
    Thanks for joining the ING Miami team! I look forward to meeting you in January!
    2931 days ago
    Mwah! You are too sweet! I can't wait to be able to jog my entire workout, to feel better in my workout gear, to catch my reflection and not be appalled.
    You have done so well, and you look fabulous! emoticon
    2945 days ago
    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I think you totally nailed it on the head. I was saying something like that to my fiance yesterday. It was great to know that there are other people out there like me. Thanks for all the support, it means a lot.
    2945 days ago
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