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Last year I did the unimaginable - I ran my first, and second, 5k. I am someone who always said I hated running, but in truth, I just didn't think I could do it. It was hard and the concept of running 3 miles seemed impossible. But I did it, and gained a pride and awe in myself at what I can actually do. This was the first time I think I ever completely accomplished the goal I set out for, but didn't really think I would do. It's given me hope, too. And a passion for that feeling again.

I've also learned how to enjoy the trip, as they say. I learned that as I was running, I could just feel the strength in my body, and be happy about that. I stopped caring so much about my weight and caring more about how I felt, strong and healthy when I was eating well and running.

I hit a fairly big road block mid-summer and went through some major life changes that knocked me back down some. But I'm back up and on my way again. This year, my goal is the Warrior Dash at the end of August. There's plenty of time to get back into running, hone it and work on my strength as well. I will need them all for this race.

Member Since: 1/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 471

My Goals:
To simply learn to live in a way that is healthy and sustainable. I want to lose weight, but I want to still feel good while doing it too.

My Program:
Watching my calories to eat enough, but not too much. I tend to do one or the other. Continue running, adding miles, and add more strength training.

Personal Information:
I live in North Carolina, work full-time and go to school part-time. I'm married to the love of my life, and have 3 kids, 19, 15 and 5. I'm all about my family-they are what bring me my joy.

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    Hey there! Thanks for the blog comment :) I don't think you should feel like a fraud- If you run, you are a runner. It's really as simple as that! I do use a HRM. I have a Polar for the treadmill and non-running fitness (bike, elliptical, DVDs, etc), and I have a Garmin for outside running. The Garmin is new and I don't even know how exactly to use it yet, but I hear it's wonderful! Lol! I haven't been able to run outside since I got it :(
    I do take a water bottle with me when I go out to the treadmill (it's in our garage) but I almost never drink anything while I'm running. And when I run outside I don't carry anything but my phone. Hope you're having a great day!
    3587 days ago
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    lol it know I went from running 2-3 miles to 4-9 miles 5xs wk and NADA!! not a change!

    after 3 months the scale move (after i wrote that popular blog the stupid thing moved!) guess it didn't like me bad mouthing it, and turning sp-friends away from mr.scale!
    3587 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/31/2011 5:40:05 PM
    Thanks for your comment on my blog and for adding me to your Spark Friends! We're on the same path and we will attain everything we want!!!

    3605 days ago
    After asking such similar questions on the Rookie Running Group...I just had to check out your Spark Page. Not only to we ask the same questions, but our stories are very similar too! Looks like I'm going to have to add you to my friends!
    3606 days ago
    Welcome to Road Runners! emoticon
    3621 days ago
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