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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!

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

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    Just stopping by to say Hello! And see how you're doing. We have a new 6-mth old Yellow Lab puppy - very sweet!
    3813 days ago
    Thank you so much for the blog comment!!! :)

    So far this one hasn't been great (BTB) but it's only been 3 weeks so I have to give it a chance. Everyone does tell me you know when you find the right one, but I've been on so many diff types (like you have) that it gets frustrating. It's like I will spend my whole life trying to find the ONE that works for me.

    Your new hair do is super cute BTW!
    3832 days ago
    Beautiful, Perfect, Funny and I am done talking about myself....Lets talk about you! My SP Friend who helps me everyday be who I want to be. Who is an amazing human with drive and determination. No one will stop you, know why? Cause no one has the Ballz to jump in front of a raging bull and you are a 10ft bull with razor sharp horns....get outta my way or else!! Hooooyeah!
    You live sweat, you kill calories, you crave the burn of a great workout....the definition of you is Super human!!!!!! YOU ARE THE STRONG, YOU GUIDE THE WEAK AND YOU LOVE WITH EVERYTHING YOU ARE. I AM PROUD TO CALL YOU MY FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    3833 days ago
    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.
    3836 days ago
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    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!
    3836 days ago
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