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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I got very excited when I finally saw a race picture of me with both feet off the ground! That made me feel like a "real" runner; I know, I know, with 13 half marathons and over 1,000 miles covered in the last 18 months or so, I am a real runner. Seeing the picture just made my day, though, since I've never had one before. (Haven't purchased the picture so I can't post it here, you'll have to take my word for it, LOL!)

Of course, the picture also showed me in the process of heel striking (oops!), but looking at where it was, it was on a downhill section, and it's tough to NOT heel strike when you're going downhill. Most of the time I do pretty well with a mid- to forefoot strike, both from pictures and from what my husband has observed. We both aim for a mid- to forefoot strike as that definitely is easier on our knees and joints.

It's the little things that brighten my days sometimes. It doesn't make the situation with a crown coming off any better, but at least it was something pleasant today.

Now it's on to serious training for the Ragnar Relay next month--I need to be able to do about 17 miles over the course of 30-36 hours, and that has me a tad nervous. I'm runner 11, and this is what I have to look forward to:

Leg 1 - 6.8 miles hard
Leg 2 - 6.5 miles hard
Leg 3 - 3.8 miles easy

17.1 miles total

At least my last leg is the shortest and is rated easy! What on earth was I thinking?!

I have been assured by the team captain that we will all do fine, regardless of our time on each leg. I do want to try out doing multiple runs in a day, maybe even a few morning/evening/morning runs to see how I do. It will be an adventure, that's for sure!

Sometimes I wonder how this all happened--how did a morbidly obese, shy, sedentary middle-aged woman turn into a crazy, impulsive, athletic one? All I set out to do was lose some weight, and I didn't hold out much hope of ever being able to do that. Somewhere along the way, though, my life got turned around completely. The physical weight came off, but more importantly the mental weight came off as well. That is what had me trapped in a "woe is me, I will never be able to change, this is too hard" mindset that made it easier to give up than to really give it my all.

How do you change your life and your lifestyle? One small change at a time. It's when we realize that nothing will change until we start, even if that start is imperfect and we stumble along the way, that the process begins. There is no better day than today to start moving toward the future we've always dreamed of but never dared hope to achieve. It's worth it; WE are worth it!
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  • CANNIE50
    I stopped by your page to ask you which legs you are running for Ragnar so I was happy to find out by reading this great blog. You are smart to have your "easy" (it's all relative, isn't it?) leg last. I have captained two Ragnars as a non-runner - I drove and cheered and organized and babied all the runners but this is my first time of doing Ragnar as a runner. I was reading tips on-line today, about preparing for Ragnar. I have a pretty good idea, having spent all those hours in the van, but I find some comfort in reading about other people's experiences and I always love helpful hints and suggestions. How is your training going? I am going to do a few two-a-days so Ragnar race day(s) isn't such a shock to my body. I have been running later in the day, and I have done a couple runs in the evening after a road trip, so I am a little more used to running after being in a car all day, and running in the heat when I am tired. Ragnar is utterly exhausting and completely fun. I cannot wait to hear about your experience so I am definitely subscribing to your blog. "eat, sleep?, run repeat, repeat" emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 7/1/2012 9:44:40 PM
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  • TANYA602
    SP has a contagious way of making us try things we normally wouldn't have even considered "before." This relay race of yours sounds challenging, but I know it's something you will be prepared for. It's the next step in your amazing journey!
    2456 days ago
    Great blog, and congrats on that photo! :)
    2459 days ago
    A little photographic evidence goes a long way in helping us to see that our hard work pays off. I recently had a photo of my midfoot landing at the finish of an exhausting triathlon. I was more excited to see I held my form! Good job on recognizing the "feel good" in your photo!

    As another one of those "how did I get here" people... I understand. Sometimes I feel the need to pinch myself because I can't believe how much my life has changed by making one small change at a time. The cumulative affect is pretty darn awesome, isn't it? Keep rocking your crazy, impulsive, athletic life. It looks good on you!!
    2459 days ago
    Good luck with the relay! I don't know what it is about running. It's so addictive. I only started in March but given what you blogged and have blogged about it, it looks like I've got more races and longer distances in the future.

    I don't know how expensive the photo is but you should have it framed, haha!
    2459 days ago
    There's really not much for me to write. You're just emoticon
    2459 days ago
    So cool! The feet off the ground, the training, and the upcoming Ragnar. I hope to do one someday. Glad I found your page!
    2459 days ago
    I don't know if this link will work or not. It's on the Spark Hood to Coast page, photo of one of our runners, page 1 at the bottom called running on air. I always thought this was a great pic. Hope to see yours.

    2459 days ago
    What a great blog! Thank you for the pep talk at the end. If you can do it, I know I can do it!!

    My husband and I have WALKED six half marathons and one full marathon, but recently I signed up for a 5K -- and I'm determined to RUN IT!

    I'm hoping my "mental weight" about running comes off, because it's one thing I've always said I could never do. At age 58, it's time to quit saying "I can't" and start saying "I WILL!"

    Thanks for my dose of inspiration. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a date with the treadmill!!!!
    2459 days ago
  • TMOORE073
    Good for you! I am a runner as well. I have been running for almost 30 years straight! No knee problems yet. (Thank God) Its easy to see how you can love running. It is my peace, work thru all my frustrations, my get away, everything for me. I have ran 2 marathons, & at least 30 or more races.(They are so fun!) Its great that you have goals set for yourself. I know you will do great in your relay! Lots of luck to you & from one runner to another. Run like no body's business! Ha ha
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    2460 days ago
    Denise! First, I totally get being excited about a 'both feet off the ground' picture! LOL I'm thrilled that you've got one now. I wonder if/when I'll ever find one.

    Now then.. this. This is why you're inspiring. You were me (and so many others of us) at the start, and you did it. You. Did. It! If you can do it, I can do it, she can do it, he can do it. Any of us can, and you and others blazed that trail for us coming behind.

    Thank you for sharing all your efforts and successes. You are awesome!
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  • DANA564
    Way cool!! As many races as I've run I have yet to get a photo of where I actually looks like I'm running!! Good luck with the Ragnar training. I admire you for going for it! I also love your message at the end. Thanks for the reminders!
    2460 days ago
    Good luck on the relay; it sounds fun! Can't wait to see that picture!
    2460 days ago
  • HOPE2011
    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. You are such an inspiration, and your words give me such hope!!

    Great job!!
    2460 days ago
    Wow. Great blog. I am glad to know that your are now a winning runner.
    Thanks for the inspiration today.
    2460 days ago
    Awww, loving your blog!! emoticon

    ps: I'm sure you'll do well at the Ragnar Relay because you ARE a runner indeed! :)
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    Comment edited on: 6/26/2012 5:59:13 AM
    i have been watching your transformation, and it's beautiful to witness!!
    2460 days ago
    Yes, that old mindset is gone and the "winning runner" spirit has taken over!


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