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CA Beach Cities, Tiffany necklaces and Pixie Dust...

Monday, May 09, 2011

All it took to get me fired up again about running was a little bling-bling incentive. 1 year post-op I started walking again with my running club. Normally I wouldn't have bothered driving out to the club meet-ups so early on a Sunday morning because I couldn't run yet, but they started a walking group to help get people ready for a 5k. Our club is co-sponsoring the local Weight Watchers 5k Challenge on 5/22 and we knew that offering training and guidance to the local WW members would be a great community service. But wait... I'm digressing.

I heard that there was a new medal available to all participants who completed the Surf City, OC and Long Beach half or full marathons this year, called the Beach Cities Challenge. I love the beach and I love those races, so I figured if I'm walking already, why not do it?

I was already signed up for Surf City and I quickly registered for both OC and Long Beach. That got my blood pumping a bit... then I learned that a group of gals from my club were entering the Nike Women's Marathon lottery together. I jumped right on that bandwagon and submitted my application the day the lottery opened. Woot!! I got in with my group!! This one promises a Tiffany necklace handed to each gal as she finishes by a Firefighter in a tuxedo. Who could resist that?

Then Disney announced a new race - the Tinkerbell Half Marathon - for Jan 2012. I love participating in women-centric events, and Disney definitely knows how to bring some fun and fantasy to the party so I HAD to pull out my credit card for that one too... An added benefit is that I'm meeting some new Sparkers who have also signed up for this race! I love meeting Spark friends from near and far and am looking forward to getting to know these other women better.

Yesterday I was discussing these races with a very fast running friend (gah! She's a sub 3:30 marathoner!!) and she asked me if I'm able to run yet. emoticon Uh, no... but that doesn't mean I won't be able to run by the time these races start, right? And if I can't run for one or more, there's always the next one to look forward too, right? I just walked the OC Half and managed to finish before the sweepers, so there is hope for me... and with a goal in sight --CA Beaches, Tiffany necklaces and Pixie Dust -- I'm on a roll!!

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  • NAVYMOM133
    WOW! How exciting, Tammy! I think this answers my question about the recuperation day! You are in training again!

    Take good care with these races, your recovery from surgery will be totally behind you soon!

    I love that "clinkage"!! That's one cool medal, girl!
    Thank you for the lovely compliment on my page.
    emoticon Melly
    2986 days ago
    Sorry it has taken me so long to comment here! But, you KNOW how excited I am for you! To get into Nike must be an incredible feeling. And you have given yourself plenty of time to train for all three events too. YAY! I am really liking the necklace/hunky guy at the finish idea. Maybe that would be one way for me to finish strong (and it would probably involve a quit stop for makeup before the finish. ha!) Motivation comes in many forms and it looks like you have yours mapped out. I bet it feels good to be "back in the saddle" so to speak. The surgery is behind you and there's nothing but miles and miles ahead! CONGRATS!
    2991 days ago
    What a fabulous list of races you have planned emoticon Hopefully I'll get to meet up with you at the Tinker Bell half! Take it easy when you need to, train smart and you can do it !!!
    2993 days ago
    I totally understand...ever since I found out I got into Nike in October I'm signing up for all kinds of fun races.

    I really want to do Tink but I'm just not sure if that would be pushing it along with the other Fall/Winter races I hope to participate in. I also thought that for most of the races I could walk if my knee doesn't want "let" me do so many halfs back to back.

    I didn't know registration was open for Surf City... I'll have to go check it out.

    Good luck continuing to get stronger and ready to tackle the challenges ahead!

    2994 days ago
    Very, very cool. I'm so excited for you...and a bit envious. I want a necklace...and a fireman. emoticon

    Looking forward to hearing about your training AND your experiences!
    Go get 'em Girl!
    2994 days ago
    Congrats on signing up for races - don't injure yourself by pushing too hard to soon - listen to the body. I am pulling for you.
    2994 days ago
    Signing up for a race is such a motivator for me too, and it sounds like you have some fun ones ahead! Can't wait to meet you at one of these races!!!
    2994 days ago
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