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Week 16 of Marathon Training & my 4 Year "Aha!" Anniversary

Monday, December 03, 2012

It's been an interesting week. Started out well, then as the week progressed, I supposed I came to realize I was running the biggest race of my life in 2 weeks and the anxiety symptoms started again. So I've been doing some "mind" exercises I've learned to help me. "It's just a race" I want to tell myself, but the answer is "But you want to qualify for Boston" and the battle continues. Anyway, I'm still moving on and working to keep everything in perspective. From a realistic point of view, I totally know it's okay whether or not I qualify for Boston at this race. I won't beat myself up if I don't and am proud that I'm going to just do my best. It's my darn competitive side that's messing me up lol. But this too shall pass. Honestly looking forward to getting this race over with.

On another note, yesterday I ran my 21st Half Marathon. I had a 16 mile training run to do, so I ran a local Half, went through the finish line, got my medal, stopped for a quick sec to pee, then off I went to do the other 2.9 miles. Tucked my medal in my sports bra. Enjoyed the race, though it had a pretty long and steep overpass that I went over four times, so that was some good hill training.

Also, yesterday marked four years since my "Aha!" moment when I changed my lifestyle. Four years ago, I was on a cruise, ran into someone I hadn't seen in a couple years and she said she almost didn't recognized me because I'd gained so much weight. Right there on the cruise I changed. Got home and signed up for my first race in 13 years and haven't stopped since!

Here's a pic from Dec. 2, 2008 on the cruise, and Dec. 2, 2012 after my race yesterday.
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    Just keep doing what you've been doing so successfully and you'll be fine. All you need to do is look at your before and now pictures to know that you can do anything you set out to do!!
    1961 days ago
    Amazing, Tia!!

    And don't worry about the qualifying... Boston is just another race. It's nice to have a time goal but whatever it is does not define who you are as a runner or a person.

    1966 days ago
  • NEWME0519
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    1966 days ago
  • PURPLE180
    Wishing you the best. emoticon
    1967 days ago
    I continue to be so very inspired by you and your willingness to take action to change your life. You are going to have a great upcoming race, and your SparkFriends will be cheering you on! Go, go, go!!! Just keep in mind how much you've already accomplished and how many people you are helping by sharing your story.

    1967 days ago
    The "aha" moment was negative in the delivery of the giver, but the positive outcome makes me wonder, where are they now?
    You have truly progressed beyond what so many have attempted. Just goes to show how perseverance CAN make a HUGE difference.

    Keep on, girlie!
    You're always a winner in my book.

    1967 days ago
    Many congratulations on your past four years of healthy living. The past three years have included a number of "Aha!" moments for me and I feel as though I've finally made my changes permanent after many years of ups and downs.

    I love hearing about other people's successes and yours is truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story with us!
    1967 days ago
    emoticon You are an inspiration Tia, good luck with the marathon!
    1967 days ago
    emoticon on 4 years of healthier living!
    1967 days ago
    Good luck on your marathon! You will do great!!
    1967 days ago
    You look great! I am truly inspired!
    1967 days ago
    Sometimes you wish people wouldn't be so blatantly honest but in the end, that comment changed your life. You have done amazing! And you talk about running half marathons like its a trip to the grocery store! I can only hope that 4 years in that I will be able to run one half marathon let alone 21 of them. Whether or not you qualify for the Boston (which I am sure you will), you have done astronomical things in four years and have much to be proud about.
    1967 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    We all have those aha moments, some good, others not so good but the important thing is that it makes a difference in our lives by confirming what we've known the whole time. Nothing is new under the sun, now look at you! If she could only see you now. Keep on, keepingand I know, you can and will do it! Way to go!
    1967 days ago
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