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Sunday, May 06, 2012

So I sure did get back into it today! This morning I went for a little 20 minute swim, and this afternoon I went to the site of my triathlon to do some biking. The clouds were out and I didn't want to get caught in the rain, so I cut it to about 30 minutes (with lots of hills!) and then did a little 20 minute run. Holy moly.

I feel really good. I think you were all right about the post-big-event-letdown. I suppose this is why it's so important for me to have events to train for! I'm going to put lots of work into this triathlon, and then start looking forward to more events. I think this fall I'm looking at two 10Ks, and then training for a half next fall (Pittsburgh???).

Saturday's 5K went really well - I ran with two girls for Girls on the Run. I got to show them some little tricks! One of the girls could have gone faster with me, but she was being a really awesome friend - she didn't want to leave her friend behind. She was so encouraging. It reminded me that one of the best parts of running is being with friends. We stopped a few times to take pictures - I figured since we weren't going for time, we might as well have fun and remember the day! I got some cute ones of the girls holding up their fingers for each mile.

The other thing about the Tough Mudder being over is that I can kind of focus more on my fat loss goal. I want to add more cardio (which will come from the tri training) and really be good about what I eat. I'd like to read more about nutrition and try out some different eating plans.

Today's good stuff:
- the new bike is awesome and I had a great afternoon ride!
- drank lots of water today
- ate healthy food
- my hubby is wonderful and is so supportive. He thinks it's so awesome what I'm doing. I love him.
- all this fun working out and weekend stuff is really making me enjoy my weekends more. I feel so much less stressed out when I get away and I take my mind off of stressful things.

Heeeerrrrre comes Monday!!!

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TIGGER622 5/7/2012 11:42AM

    YAY!!! So glad your mojo is back girl! LOVE IT!

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CFMOSS 5/7/2012 7:05AM

    Amazing stuff lady. Great to have challenges. Great to survive the let downs. Great to get up and keep going. Keep up the healthy living way.

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RUNNINGWILD 5/6/2012 10:42PM

    emoticon She's bringin' fitness back!

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    YOU are rockin' it!!! So proud of you and happy!!!

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BOBBYD31 5/6/2012 8:29PM

    your gonna be busy. you gonna be the tri-queen

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CASSIOEPIA 5/6/2012 8:18PM


Good to read the upbeat tone to your blog!

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MIAMIA7 5/6/2012 8:18PM

    Go are rocking this healthy lifestyle thing!

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/6/2012 7:49PM

    Wow, Tough Mudder, volunteer (??) 5King, and a triathlon?! You sure are keeping busy. I'm curious, who were the girls you ran with? Am I right that it was a volunteer type thing, or are they friends?

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Struggling to get back on track...

Friday, May 04, 2012

I'm having trouble getting back on track. I did a Tough Mudder on Sunday and I've been really slacking since then. Not really tracking food, not really working out too much (although, to be fair, I am covered in bruises)... have any of you ever felt this way after a big event?

I guess I just feel like I worked so hard and have been so careful about what I eat that I just need a little breather to not be so crazy about it. I'm not beating myself up *too* much - I did ease back into tracking my food after having taken a few days off, and yesterday I did a couple workouts at school for ACES day. Tomorrow I have a Girls on the Run 5K - I'm running with the daughter of a colleague... so I guess I'm not being a total slacker. But it just feels weird not training like crazy for something right now.

But I can't let this feeling last for too long! I have about four weeks until my first tri! My wetsuit came, and I bought a new bike today. I got a great deal on a 2011 hybrid Specialized. It was an extra 10% off because it was a 2011. Hurrah! And right now, all I need is something that's not a mountain bike so I don't die doing the hills. Apparently I signed up for a very hilly tri. Huh.

And one week of not being careful won't make me gain everything back, and it won't kill me (it won't, will it?). I went to dinner with some friends tonight, and I ate way too much. I felt really bad about it, but then I thought "you know, hubs and I NEVER go out to eat, so it really is very rare that I eat like this." And I felt better. Not like I need an excuse, but I did need a reason not to beat myself up. I think since I've been so crazy about training and eating to get ready for the Mudder, this past week of not being careful has really thrown me for a loop.

And I suppose I'm kind of justifying this for myself... it's been a stressful week. Fifteen of my second graders performed for the school board on Wednesday - I had to speak. I can speak and sing and dance in front of kids all day, but when it comes to being in front of adults? Forget it. So I was a nervous wreck all week about it (and BTW, my kiddos NAILED their performance. They are awesome.). And yesterday I had to lead (with the phys ed teacher) a workout for the school from the top of a fire truck. And we got an e-mail from the principal today about classes for next year and losing teachers and blah blah blah and basically I have no idea if I'm going to have a job next year. I'm starting to prepare my resume materials... the next school board meeting is on May 16 - a preliminary budget needs to be presented for the public. I suppose I'll know more about next year at that meeting. I'm getting scared, though. This is the first time that I've really *really* been scared about losing my job. And it sucks because I'm really good at my job. And I love my kids. And now I'm tearing up because I just don't know what I would do. Sigh... I guess all I can do is wait until the 16th to see what happens.

I need to pick out my outfit for tomorrow! I think I'll do a running skirt and something pink. Wish me luck!

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MUFFIY831 5/6/2012 10:53AM

    I agree that you need some rest after a huge event like that. Let those bruises heal, let your brain recover from the awesomeness that was the Tough Mudder, then get back into it. I really hope the job works out for you. It makes my heart hurt that schools are cutting budgets like crazy, and I hope your school makes smart decisions to keep its amazing teachers like you.

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CASSIOEPIA 5/6/2012 9:52AM

    Totally normal to feel out of sorts after a big event like that, and your body certainly needed some R&R - I saw your bruise picture!

What kind of bike did you get? My new one is a Specialized Ariel, and I am loving how much easier the hills are. I can't wait to see how much more improvement over the season.

I watched part of an episode of Little House on the Prairie Friday night. In it, Mr Edwards tells Laura not to go inviting trouble when she was worried about what might happen in the future. They were all so smart and supportive on that show, and it reminds me of your situation at the school. Just keep doing your best, and don't worry about things til you need to. Life already has enough stress without adding in the things that may not even happen. Hugs to you on this one though!

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COOPSM 5/5/2012 8:59PM

    Carrie---keeping you in my happy thoughts that all works out with the job!!!
Love that you got the new bike...there is your drive get pedaling!! You know we all have those lets downs after an event passes that we worked so hard to train have another GREAT EVENT coming had your get going!!!!

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TIGGER622 5/5/2012 2:52PM

    ps what kind of wetsuit did you get? full body? shorts? sleeves? and hows your bike? did you get cage pedals or clip??? eeek! you are awesome!

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TIGGER622 5/5/2012 2:51PM

    girl! no worries about letting things slack a bit after your race! it's totally normal and ive been through it and heard a million times from folks just finishing a half or full... or most recently a friend of mine completed her first 5k and felt a bit off since! No worries!!! As for the job, one day at a time, no need to worry just yet if there's nothing to worry about right? So, have yourself prepared - and enjoy your kids! I LOVE the passion you have for that! I admire that so much!!! HUGS!!!! You rock girl!

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    Hang in there,Carrie! I'm guessing that b/c it's an elementary school they'll keep you on for music. Most places won't cut that at that age-hopefully, they'll offer early retirement for other teachers who are nearer to that time.
Secondly-do not beat yo urself up! You're right about the let down after a big event. You've been focused and energized working toward the Mudder and now it's done. So, loosen up,keep doing 'something' for exercise and work on getting back to tracking food gradually. Or maybe set a time limit-6 more days of no tracking(but NOT going hogwild either) and then I HAVE to restart.
SOOO excited about your tri! Just getting the new bike and wetsuit would have me thrilled,too.

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/5/2012 11:08AM

    I think it's normal after a big event to give yourself a breather. You may have needed some "days off" from rigorous tracking and working hard. You are staying active and you aren't going to go off track completely. So you're right not to beat yourself up.

That's so exciting that you are training for a tri! Wow! What an amazing event.

Budget cuts are stressful. I am going through that as well. I hope you get to keep your job. You sound like you love your students and your job and they love you as well.

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CFMOSS 5/5/2012 7:00AM

    First, a big hug....I have my own version of tooo much. Second, not looking for excuses, but what's the hormonal cycle for you right now....if it were me I'd blame the hormones. Third, you ARE doing great, perhaps not perfect as you would define perfect, but you ARE doing great. You have challenged yourself and continue to challenge yourself. (Don't forget that breaks and recovery are an important part too.) Finally, another hug and encouragement onward.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/5/2012 5:38AM

    I'll keep good thoughts about your job. My son and his wife are teachers in FL and I know it's tough all around. They would love to come back to PA but the job market doesn't look promising.

Have fun today! I bet it's the beginning of you getting back to your training.

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GIANNA345 5/4/2012 10:10PM

    Sounds like you have a lot on your mind. A few years ago, I did the Avon 3 day walk and felt like that afterwards. Don't beat yourself up: it happens. Give your body some rest and some time to heal the bruises. I don't think there is any danger of you getting stuck in a rut: you're awesome, you have too much energy, and you already have your next event planned. You'll get there. About the job, the best I can is Good Luck (and I do say it wholeheartedly!). I wish teaching jobs were more secure, but I also have to think that you will be okay, because you are strong and energetic, and you are good at what you do! Go, Carrie!

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Friday Eve - hurrah!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

I'm so excited! Tomorrow I'm going to look at new road bikes! I have a mountain bike that I got for a really great price a couple of years ago, and now I think I'm ready to add a road bike to the mix.

Today was ACES day at school (All Children Exercise Simultaneously). The phys. ed teacher and I got on top of a fire truck and led the school in a workout routine. We are a great team - she does the moves and I do the timing. I'm a crazy woman when it comes to how things are phrased (it's the music teacher in me) and I think I did a really good job putting the moves together in a good way. It was exhausting, though! I'm so tired. Tomorrow I have a sick day - a mental health/rejuvenation day, so I'm looking forward to catching up on some rest and some ME time.

This morning my honey left me a note that said I inspire him because I've been "so full of energy and life lately." I cried when I read it. It is just awesome that I inspire my husband with what I do! Sigh... life is good.

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MARLIMOO 5/4/2012 2:43PM

    I got a road bike too- Specialized. LOVE IT. I want to tackle triathlons this year too. Started swimming this week. WOOOO!

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COOPSM 5/4/2012 2:18PM

    Awwww what a sweetheart you have for a hubby!!! Happy Shopping!!!

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TIGGER622 5/4/2012 10:42AM

    awwwwwwww i love your hubby!!! he is right, you are so inspiring!!! yay!!! enjoy your bike hunting and let us know what you end up with, i'm in the market too! woo hoo! have a great day!

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/4/2012 9:32AM

    emoticon So cool that you're going to add a road bike to your routine.

That whole school exercise image is great! I love the idea. We need more physical activity in schools.

Your husband is so sweet and I'm happy to hear he's supportive and recognizes your efforts!

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MUFFIY831 5/4/2012 7:52AM

    Sweet! Great job, and great hubby. :)

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BILLALEX70 5/4/2012 6:03AM

    Enjoy bike shopping!! Any questions just give a shout and I'll try to help.

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ROXYSHOTMAMA 5/4/2012 5:44AM

    Your husband is so sweet!!
Have a great weekend.

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RUNNINGWILD 5/3/2012 10:44PM

    I'll cry with you. So sweet!
ps: you inspire me, too.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/3/2012 9:32PM

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/3/2012 9:05PM

    That is so cute of your husband to do that! :) Have fun picking out a bike!

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I am freaking awesome.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Hoo-rah! I finished my Tough Mudder. It went something like this:

Get to the site and try not to throw up. Check in, get numbers on forehead and arms, and hang with team until GO TIME!

(That's me on the left.)

Hang with mom for a little while - try to ignore the comments of "I heard this was really dangerous!"

Time to go! There was a freaking obstacle to get INTO the starting area.

(That's me on top of the wall. The guys in yellow helped me over. About six miles into the Mudder, I had to go over two more walls, except those were 12 feet high. And then around mile 8, I had to do it again.)

Army crawl through mud and rocks under barbed wire, get HUGE bruise on thigh. (I think I'll spare you the pictures of my bruises - maybe that will be another blog.)

Jump in a Dumpster full of ice water. Swim through ice water under a wall and pull yourself up and out of the Dumpster. At this point, my mom and her friend saw us and asked "is it horrible?" YES. Yes, mom, it IS horrible.

Run three miles through woods. And mud. And over loose rocks. And up and down mountains. And then up a ski slope.

(This was us, still looking kind of fresh! And there was a sign that said "if this was a Warrior Dash, you'd be done by now." Piece of cake.)

Run some more.

Crawl up some wood and jump off a platform into a lake. A freezing cold lake.

(I'm the pink one on the left.)

This was right after we all got out of the lake. We were yelling at my mom because we were getting so cold standing there and just wanted to get going. But I'm really glad we stopped, because I love this picture!

At some point between mile 8 and 12, we had to run UP a half pipe. And pray that someone at the top would grab you! I made it on the third time. I have a nice big rip in my shirt, and I will wear it with pride.

More running.

At mile 12, we were miserable. I don't remember much of what happened toward the end - it was brutal.

FINISH! Earn the beer and the orange headband!

Would I do it again? I sure would! The teamwork was amazing. I could not have done it without my awesome team. And I can't even begin to describe how it felt to have so many strangers helping me! I stood on shoulders, got hauled up a half pipe, got carried down from a wall (or two)... it gave me a little faith in humanity - that people want to help other people.

This is one of those experiences I will never ever forget. That orange headband and these memories are going to stay with me forever. I can't believe that only three years ago I celebrated being able to run a half mile without stopping. And now? I'm a freaking TOUGH MUDDER. Excuse me while I bask in my awesomeness for a little while longer.


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TUCKERKT 5/9/2012 9:32AM

    Congrats on making it up the half pipe. I said 3 attempts and I was out. They had just freshly poured the cooking oil while my team was attempting to get up. I got up there, but there was so much oil I couldn't grab onto anyone.

Best experience can't wait to do another one. Can't wait until it is in the Burgh next year!!

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TORTUETOO 5/3/2012 11:44AM

    Carrie, you're a bada**. And now you have the headband to prove it! Awesome job! emoticon

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CBAILEYC 5/3/2012 11:16AM

    Great report and pics! Thanks so for sharing.
Well done!
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    LOVE IT!!!!!

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TABBALOOSA 5/2/2012 9:11PM

    Oh, you really ARE freaking awesome!!! You rock! That is sooooo cool!

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ETTEZEUS 5/2/2012 7:39PM

    Enjoy that awesomeness! It was well earned!

And you are ONE TOUGH MUDDER!!

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MIAMIA7 5/2/2012 7:30PM

    Awesome isn't enough of a word! I guess Freakin' Awesome will have to do!
Way to go Carrie! We are all so proud of you!

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CAMROLA 5/2/2012 12:35PM

    Oh yeah you are!!!

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GIANNA345 5/2/2012 11:32AM

    That's great. I'd love to hear more about how you got involved and how you trained.

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/2/2012 11:21AM

    What an exciting event!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 5/2/2012 9:41AM

    You ARE emoticon

I got to the end of your blog and realized I was holding my breath. What a story!

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BILLALEX70 5/2/2012 7:37AM

    Sounds like you ROCKED it!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/2/2012 4:59AM

    You are definitely

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RUNNINGWILD 5/2/2012 12:53AM

    You bet your sweet butt you are!
Congrats on completing the Tough Mudder!

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TIGGER622 5/1/2012 11:15PM

    This sounds AMAZING!!! And you ARE AMAZING!!!! How coool!!! way to go!!!! i wanna do one now, see if i can be so amazing!!! YAY good job!!!

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MUFFIY831 5/1/2012 10:36PM

    Uh, you ARE FREAKING AWESOME. I am so proud of you, and it sounds like an (awful, awful) amazingly good time. :)

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    SUPER DUPER AWESOME!!!! I am so flippin' proud of you,Carrie!!!! Way too cool-and how did your mom find you at each place??? (that was my question with all the cool pics)

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BOBBYD31 5/1/2012 10:03PM

    that is so cool, hope i can do one some day!

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/1/2012 9:56PM

    Wow, the name of the event really is appropriate, isn't it! Very tough! I love your pride in this blog. A Tough Mudder soooooooOOOO isn't for me though. I think I felt pain just reading this!!

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LYNNANN43 5/1/2012 9:44PM

    HOLY.... COW!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

You certainly are ONE TOUGH MUDDER!!!!!

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DRAGONCHILDE 5/1/2012 9:23PM

    That is SO awesome! I can't WAIT for mine! Well, I can... but I've got time. (9 more months? EEP!)

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JOPAPGH 5/1/2012 9:05PM

    Yup, awesome is as awesome does...

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JEM0622 5/1/2012 8:59PM

    Congrats! emoticon

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It's coming...

Friday, April 27, 2012

My Tough Mudder is on Sunday. As in two days from now. AAAAAAHHHHH

I have prepared for this for MONTHS. I've done countless pushups, lunges, weighted squats, and sprints. I have never been closer to being able to do a full pull-up. And I look damn hot in my Mudder outfit.

My team is driving up tomorrow afternoon - we have a few things to pick up, and then we're having a pasta party. Our start time is 11:00 on Sunday, so it's going to be a little tricky with breakfast - but we'll make it. This is, by far, the hardest thing I've ever trained for in my life.

I can't WAIT to see what my body is going to be able to do on Sunday. I think I'll be surprised, for good or bad. The wonderful thing about the Mudder is that the theme is TEAM - there is no timing, and no awards for places. We are encouraged, even expected, to help each other with the obstacles. This is definitely a good thing. I love that it's a team event!

Tonight is some relaxing, serious water drinking, and laying out my clothes. Tomorrow morning I have to do some cleaning, but I'm trying to lay low before Sunday.

Cross your fingers for me!

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TIGGER622 4/30/2012 11:55AM

    omg this sounds soooo crazy fun! right up your alley!!! i hope it went well, i cant cant cant wait to hear about it!!!!

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COOPSM 4/29/2012 10:53AM

    I can not WAIT to hear how things went!!!!!!

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BSTAKINGACTION 4/28/2012 11:46AM

    Awesome! Have fun!

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MUFFIY831 4/28/2012 10:10AM

    I'm so excited for you! I know you've been working hard and you are going to dominate this thing. Stay strong and I can't wait for the race report!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/28/2012 5:24AM

    Sounds so exciting! I can't wait to hear all about it.

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TUCKERKT 4/28/2012 4:35AM

    I am packed and ready to go. Hopefully I will be past the half way mark when you are starting, at least that is my goal. Half way in 3 hours, LOL. Good luck and stay safe! I still don't want to get shocked!!!! It is freaking me OUT!

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/27/2012 9:30PM

    Good luck! You're going to do great, and I expect a FULL writeup when you get back. And there had BETTER be pictures!

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    cannot wait to hear all about it! have a great time and be safe!

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GOEGIRL 4/27/2012 8:39PM

    I am SO stinkin' excited for you!! I hope you have a great time - I KNOW you will kick that race's butt. Be careful though, don't get too swept up and hurt yourself. Promise?

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/27/2012 7:37PM

    I want to see you in your hot Mudder outfit!!

FB is just a little creepy sometimes...spying on us like that :)

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