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Is "marathon" a word in the dictionary?

I have been overweight most of my life. I exercised on and off throughout my life but didn't get into intense exercise until about the year 2000 (just after my first child) when I began martial arts (Tae Kwon Do). I had been training in TKD for two years when I was just fed up with not losing weight. I spoke to an exercise physiologist friend of mine who encouraged me to begin running. I had to laugh at her because just jogging around a small high school wrestling room 4-5 times before TKD made me so exhausted I could barely begin my training.

My friend suggested I begin slow. She said when I go out for my run just run to a certain spot in the road - a tree, a crack in the sidewalk, a house, etc. then stop and walk for a minute or so and do it all over again. Well, I took her advice and my first time out I ran/walked two miles!

I was so excited about my two miles that I called my friend and shared my story. She was such a huge encourager as she said "GIRL, YOU ARE A RUNNER!" Again, I had to laugh!

Well, the following year I ran my first 5K, 10K, and half marathon! Who would have thought years down the road I would be where I am now. I joked that the word "marathon" wasn't even in my dictionary. Well, guess what? It is in my dictionary and I have "visited" the word three times!

In 2008 I decided to explore the world of triathlons and what I realized is that I love racing triathlons even more than foot races. During 2008 I raced 5 triathlons. I was 6 second shy of getting 3rd place in my age group during my first tri so, of course, I had to add more to my schedule. During 2008 I ended up winning 2nd place in the Athena (over 150 lbs) division in two triathlons - one a sprint tri and the other an Olympic-distance tri.

My weight journey

I reached my first big goal of being in ONEderland (the 100's) the first week of 2008. However, during 2008 I ended up going back up the scales to 202 lbs (where I sit today - March 25, 2009). My goal is to reach 155 lbs by the end of August 2009 so I still have some work to go.

The following was written in early 2008 when I updated my page last: "As a runner I have found I wasn't eating enough calories and just couldn't get past the 200's. Once I increased the calories, added some variety (cross training) and added bursts of higher intensity interval training (see my favorite articles below) I feel I may have found the key to my weight loss plateau issues. Time will tell and I'll be sure to update you all here!"

Blessings to you all!


My goals for 2009:
1. Lose weight to 155 lbs by Aug 31, 2009.
2. Participate in my first metric century bike ride.
3. Exercise 10,000 minutes
4. Do strength training at least 2x/week

Races for 2009:
1. Mark Waller Memorial Family Fun Run, Reston, VA - April 19
2. BRATS Salute to the Military Tri, Warrenton, VA - May 24
3. Tour de Cure, Reston, VA - June 14
4. Iron Girl Triathlon, Columbia, MD - Aug 23
5. Reston Triathlon, Reston, VA - Sept 13th
6. Brierman Triathlon "Half Lite 50," Boonsboro, MD - Oct 4th
7. Marine Corps Marathon 10K, Washington, DC - Oct 25th

Member Since: 1/11/2008

Fitness Minutes: 2,667

My Goals:
1. Lose to 155 lbs
2. Participate in a "HALF LITE 50" triathlon in Fall 09 to get one step closer to an Ironman
3. Ride the "Tour de Cure" Metric Century (63 miles) in Jun 09.
4. Race at least 5 triathlons in 09.

My Program:
My rewards:
Lose 10 lbs - new coolmax shirt
Lose 15 lbs - new exercise pants
Lose 20 lbs - new cycling jersey
Lose 25 lbs - new bathing suit
Lose 30 lbs - New outfit
Lose 35 lbs - New outfit
Lose 40 lbs - Celebration party!

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I live in the suburbs of Washington, DC (on the Virginia side - the good side!).

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    Welcome to sparkpeople....from a fellow marathoner...and packer fan!!! =)
    Good luck with all your goals! There are a lot of great resources on here!

    4907 days ago
    Hi Tracy, welcome to spark people and thanks for the comment on my page. Without the help of folks like you, I'd think there was nothing wrong w/me! hehehe. I joined SP in October of 2007 and just love this site. I hope you do as well.
    4908 days ago
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