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Albany Marathon, 3/1/14 "ALMOST THERE......!!!!!" Mile 25.8-ish

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My scary "before" photo... 175 whopping pounds.

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A little about myself:
I've been a long-time runner, but always struggled with my weight. It took me a long time to realize that absolute importance of nutrition. After having my twins in 2008, I found myself at my highest weight ever.... 175 lbs. It was time for an overhaul. I started following the Maker's Diet (which is not really a diet at all, but a clean, healthy way of life), & slowly started running again. It was a long haul, but the weight DID come off. I still struggle with not letting bad habits creep back in, but I KEEP WORKING AT IT!

Since then, I also have started doing long distance races. I ran my first HM in 2009, & my first marathon in 2011. I love running events, & love the motivation it gives me to challenge myself to new distances & improving my times.

Member Since: 7/24/2009

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My PRs:
5K (non-race) - 22:55
10K - 46:16
HM - 1:43:12
30K - 2:44
Marathon - 3:47:44

My Program:
Running (and lots of it!):
4-5 days weekly (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Sat)
Saturday: Long run

Strength Training:
2-3x a week

I've tried about every diet out there - Low-carb (whole foods low-carb), Paleo, portion sizes, calorie counting, Trim Healthy Mama. I have now come full circle, and do not believe a low carb or keto diet is the way to go. I eat a balanced diet with healthy fats and carbs, try to eat lots of veggies and always keeping a good source of protein a part of every snack and meal.

Personal Information:
Darcy Brinkmann
38, Wife and Mother
4 children - 2 sons (17 & 12), twin daughters, (9 y/o), living in FL.

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"Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there." - Josh Billings, 1818-1885

"In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength and my refuge, is in God.
Trust in him at all time; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. "
- Psalm 62:7-8

"Opportunity is missed by most people, because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas A. Edison

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  • v PLUMBO42
    I am not following a diet. I just try to eat good. But I have 15 more pounds to lose and it seems the hardest. Experimenting with calories- it’s a big difference coming off marathon training. And with a family of 5 haven’t done enough research
    833 days ago
  • v HAYBURNER1969
    Thanks for the friend add! I added you back - always nice to meet another runner!

    Edited to add: I just read your blog about the family 5K. How did your husband do in the May event? Are the kids still running?
    1168 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/12/2017 7:29:45 AM
    Hopefully that link will work. That's to the LiveFit Spark Team.
    Sorry I haven't replied yet... it's been a weekend. We had Chris' granddaughter Saturday afternoon until yesterday morning and then spent ALL DAY out running errands and stuff yesterday. By the time we got home, it was almost my bedtime. LOL

    Today was Day 8 for me, too. I had a pretty decent workout this morning. The first 2 weeks are pretty easy, to ease into it... it gets a little more strenuous as it moves along. Phase 3 is TOUGH!!

    1260 days ago
    What did you think of the first workout?
    I did day 3 this morning. Should have been yesterday, but I was home with a nasty migraine because of the storm that was coming through. Bad weather and pressure changes get me every time. Yesterday was worse than usual.
    My next race is supposed to be on the 15th. Another 5K. This one is quite a drive, but being a history buff, I'm kinda looking forward to it. It's at Andersonville.. the POW camp from the Civil War. Chris has never been there. We are hoping it will be warm-ish that morning and we can take the bike.
    1265 days ago
    I rested from the ST last week too. I started yesterday and boy am I sore. You'd think that as many times as I've done this program, I wouldn't be so sore... LOL.
    I did increase my weight a little from last time through it, so I guess that's why.
    I was supposed to do a 5K Saturday evening, but skipped it. Chris and I woke up really late Saturday (thanks to Chantix making us sleep for insane amounts of time), and by the time we woke up, it was already afternoon... The tiredness and lack of energy continued when we got up, and I just didn't feel like doing a 6pm race.

    I don't have a race this weekend, but the following weekend I have a 5K an hour and a half away. The only reason I am doing it is because it's at Andersonville POW camp from the Civil War. And being the history buff I am, it's worth it. Chris is probably going to go with me, and hopefully we are going to take the bike. I'm sure I can fit race stuff for a 5K in the saddlebags. LOL :)
    1267 days ago
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