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First BIKE training session

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The training calendar for yesterday said "Bike 5 miles". Well, I didn't get back to read the details because at work I encountered a couple of the gals who are biking together prepping for one of the regional week long biking events that tour around various areas of the state. Not the BIG one (BRAN) or the BIGGER one next door (RAGBRAI)... but in that flavor. Kind of like the relationship between my planned Sprint distance TRI and an Ironman.

Anyhow, they were heading out after work and meeting at one of the local trailheads for a longer ride, and I thought, what the hey, I have Dexter, my new ride (yes, a second childhood car NEEDS a name), to cart the bike out there... and riding in a group is better security (some of us think like that)... and a plot was hatched about half an hour before quittin' time.

I endured some nasty construction induced SLOWNESS getting home, so I barely had time to wiggle my fanny into those new Mother's Day biking shorts and load the bike, and get over where I needed to get. Phooey with reading the plan! Besides, I would have to adapt to ride with others, anyway, and I trusted them to set a good pace.

We started down the trail, and I did at least remember SOME of the advice, like "get used to the gears", practice "spinning", i.e. pedaling at a cadence. But mostly on the way out it was a pleasant chat, listen to the others, and pedal our way through some lovely country. Observed the improvements to the trail (same trail I jogged the 10-miler on in March).

I said good-bye to my chums at the turn around point from the 10 mile race, which is about 4 miles from the trail head. They went on, and I set my focus on what I could remember of the tips... and was treated to some of the little surprises one gets when biking in nearly rural spots. A baby bunny was sitting in the middle of the trail and didn't scamper off until I was almost upon it. And several yards in front of me, a tall wild turkey stalked across the trail. And of course LOTS of humans out enjoying the evening as I was: walking, jogging, biking, pushing strollers, with their kids, or walking dogs. It was, in short, great.

Came home, stretched well, and THEN looked at the training plan. You know what? I've been overdoing what they really meant for week 1! Surprise! This plan is supposed to take you from somewhere less fit that I already am. Well, it *did* say "beginner". I had kind of wondered about a starting workout being 40 minutes long and had been a little worried about what lay ahead.

BUT, it really meant the warm-up, cool-down to be part of the 5 miles, not added ON to it. After doing a double-take, I re-read the plan for the "run 15 minutes", and it was the SAME... the 9-minute warm up was supposed to be PART OF the 15 minutes.

OMG, after having done that half marathon, that would NOT have been much for me. SO! Felt good about my level of fitness... now the challenge is "don't get cocky"! My modified plan is to keep training at the level I'm at now, rather than drop back to what it says on the page. And make sure I TAKE the scheduled rest days.

You know, it's funny how we have certain concepts of ourselves. And we read things in to instructions based on where we are...

Tonight: swim! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Life's good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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LEANJEAN6 5/11/2012 6:53AM

    Barb you are amazing--You have yer plan and you stick to it!---Good on you!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 5/11/2012 4:21AM

    My d.i.l. does some of the shorter tri-athalon races (don't remember how long her running, biking, swimming times are) -- and really likes it. Sounds llike you're having fun and branching out to a broad spectrum of fitness! Hooray for you, Barb!

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MOBYCARP 5/10/2012 9:13PM

    Ah, yes. The issue with canned programs is that they never start exactly where you are, so you have to adapt them to your own needs. I'm confident you'll be able to do that, and have fun doing so!

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_LINDA 5/10/2012 6:00PM

    Now that is what I call training -a pleasant nature trail with friends to chat with! It sounds like you are off to a good start!
Good on you finding that the beginner training would be too easy for you! Spark On!
Enjoy that swim!
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MNTWINSGAL 5/10/2012 3:47PM

    I can so relate this to the computer courses I am currently taking. (Exercising the brain!) I have done a lot on the computer over the years, but missed out on a lot of key elements in Microsoft Office....so I go flying through the textbook, skimming things I should be reading carefully....getting cocky....can't help it! I definitely read things the way I want to, not necessarily the way they were meant to be read. The body works similarly to the brain.....

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/10/2012 10:44AM

    You go, girl!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/10/2012 10:19AM

    So impressed with your training and your flexibility to make it appropriate for your current fitness level!! Thanks for describing the nature. It definitely makes those outside activities more fun. Look forward to reading more about your training and your tri. -Marsha

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1CRAZYDOG 5/10/2012 10:08AM

  Awesome! I love biking. Makes me feel like I haven't a care in the world. Of course, mine is pleasure biking . . . a little different than training. How did those pants work out? I love mine. My DD says to me, "Mom, you need to wear them all the time. You have a tush with them on!" Ok, thanks. I think!! emoticon

Enjoy your swim.

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KARIDIAN1 5/10/2012 9:53AM

    Enjoy the riding. I like riding my bike too, just hard to find the time it seems to ride as much as I would like.

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CONCHA77 5/10/2012 8:48AM

    Have a great time doing this, sounds like a new adventure for you. emoticon

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SUNNY332 5/10/2012 8:20AM

    Awesome and way to go.

Enjoy your swin tonight.

Sunny

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WATERMELLEN 5/10/2012 7:26AM

    So cool: and getting outside is a big part of it (that Vitamin N for nature!) Rabbits on their haunches dancing at the golf course are even more exciting than sinking the 20 foot slider putt, every time!

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REJ7777 5/10/2012 7:22AM

    Your blog brought a big happy smile to my face. I'm glad that your first bike training session was such a pleasant experience! emoticon

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And it begins... the training calendar!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

It looks innocent enough. "Run 15 minutes" is what it said on the training calendar for yesterday. Simple, right?

Then you read the detailed instructions: full warmup of 5 minutes walk, light stretch, and two pairs of 1/1 - minute jog, minute walk, before you START the 15 minutes. And of course cool down and stretch after. That "Run 15 minutes" is in fact about a 40 minute workout, in total. Which suited me fine.

Even though I felt a little stiff, being just two days post-half-marathon, by the time I finished I felt really pretty good, and when I got up this morning? I'm thinking that was just what I needed. Feeling NORMAL and fit. OK, maybe a few minor reminders that I did something special on Sunday, but nothing I don't get from a good weekend workout.

And tonight's plan calls for "bike 5 miles". Hee-hee... emoticon in details? We shall see! I'm actually psyched at this point for the TRI training! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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REJ7777 5/10/2012 7:16AM

    Sounds like you're off to a good start. emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 5/10/2012 6:31AM

    Good for you Barb to get right back at it---Lynda

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/9/2012 10:09PM

    This is going to be an exciting adventure!

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SHARON10002 5/9/2012 9:26PM

    I'm with Sunny, Barb. Total amazement that you're doing these back to back!

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WATERMELLEN 5/9/2012 9:12PM

    Sounds great . . . and the biking too. And of course with your new Fit (love silver, lover Dexter! tridextrous, I'm thinking, not just ambi . . . ) you'll be able to tuck your bike in your car if you want to head out further . . . way better than trailer or rack, absolutely!!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/9/2012 10:55AM

  Challenges . . . they'll either killl you or make you stronger! Obviously yours are making you stronger! Hooza!

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MSLZZY 5/9/2012 9:47AM

    You did well. I hope the bike 5 mile challenge isn't too
complicated. Funny how the titles can be so misleading.

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SUNNY332 5/9/2012 9:40AM

    You amaze me Barb. Another challenge coming your way. Way to go!

Hugs, Sunny

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_LINDA 5/9/2012 9:02AM

    Goof for you Barb! That is so awesome!! Those warm up and light stretching really are so important in making sure your training is safe and healthy :) I see SOO mnay people leaving a tough workout without even cooling down and stretching. Makes me wonder when they are going to pay the piper. Or maybe they are too young to have to worry about injuries like us oldsters..
Rock on! You have the Spark!
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Rewards

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

For AlohaEv1 (Kelly) who said to please tell y'all I did something more for myself yesterday than the swim. Yes, I did...

Two things: I bought my own mother's day present, and e-mailed my son in AFG what he got me. Bicycle shorts with padding. Gonna need those the next few months, methinks.

And... here's the biggie. Bought myself a new car. Last car I bought for me was in 1999. Last NEW car I bought was in 1984. So yeah, for me, this is a HUGE reward, and I've been planning it for about two years, and socking the savings away to pay for it, too.

My decision as to what vehicle I would buy for my last pre-retirement vehicle was a see-saw affair of balancing practicality, frugality, lifestyle and self-image. And the winner (for me) was the Honda Fit. Yesterday I took it on a last test-drive and did a test-schlep of my mountain bike to the trailhead, making sure that *this* little old lady could do what she needed to do to support triathlon training without assistance of others: that the bike would indeed "fit" in the Fit, and that I could do the necessary lifting, positioning, etc.

And when I got it back to the dealer, somehow I ended up with it in my garage last night. And said farewell to the junker my 1999 purchase has now become... it served me well, and I let it go a few miles under 100,000. 80,000 of which I put on myself.

I still can't believe I did it, but I did. Tri training starts NOW. emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 5/11/2012 4:24AM

    Love it! and I especially like that you have planned ahead, saved up, and are not going on credit! Wise woman! Enjoy this!!!
And good for you, getting a "healthy" Mother's Day gift!! You'll be glad you got those, I think!!

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SHARON10002 5/9/2012 9:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonon the new emoticon to haul your emoticon around in! You're just Poppin right out of your shell aren't you Barb! emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/9/2012 4:27AM

    Happy new car! emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 5/9/2012 12:02AM

    Good for you Barb....you deserve it!

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MOBYCARP 5/8/2012 9:46PM

    A Honda Fit is so you! I looked at them last time around, but opted for a cheaper new car. Maybe I'll look at a Fit again in 2017.

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KARIDIAN1 5/8/2012 9:35PM

    Congrats on the new car. That is a big decision, especially before retirement. My Subaru Forester is 12 years old now. Still going strong.

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WATERMELLEN 5/8/2012 9:31PM

    A very FITting reward! I love the Fit .. . such a great shape, for a lady who's in great shape, so it fits you too!! Because you're all about FITness!! Yeah!!

And: what colour is your Fit? Colour is of course so key!!

(Gotta admit: at my advanced age I have never bought myself a new car: not one time!! Something to look forward to . . . )

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_LINDA 5/8/2012 7:46PM

    emoticon emoticon Wow! You do know how to properly reward yourself! Enjoy your new wheels and may you have no sore seat problems!
You certainly have earned it!

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MSLZZY 5/8/2012 7:41PM

    Fantastic! I am so jealous but I will be patient, save
my pennies, and when I retire, I'll buy myself a car.
You will hold me to that, right? HUGS!

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REJ7777 5/8/2012 4:00PM

    emoticon That IS a nice gift!!! I'm always amazed at how much foresight you have... even making sure that your bike would fit into your new bike. Some of us have it, and some of us don't. I DON'T! emoticon Somehow, FIT is a fitting name for your new car. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/8/2012 10:11AM

  FABULOUS! I hope you enjoy your car for years to come!

As for the shorts, I can tell you it makes riding a lot more comfy for the "tushy"! Enjoy. I think your son will certainly approve of your choice.

You're awesome, Barb!!!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/8/2012 9:27AM

    GREAT rewards! I've yet to master the idea of rewarding myself with non-food items. Perhaps that is why I'm still spinning my wheels. (No pun intended.)

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ALOHAEV1 5/8/2012 9:07AM

    Duin' the Happy Dance you did some awesome stuff for yourself...
You're going to love the Fit...would have one myself except my 11 yr old CRV is still running great.
Suggestion, put a blanket or something down so when you go to pull the bike out just give the blanket a pull it'll make it easier to get out and less chance of scratching your new ride.
Even bikers with padding built in appreciate those special shorts (or so I've been told by the guy at the bike shoppe who suggested (with a straight face mind you) I consider a pair for myself). My stringbean daughter-in-law got herself a pair, has hinted for another pair so you're good to go. Your son will be very pleased with your choice.

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KALIGIRL 5/8/2012 8:35AM

    Fun! They are so cute and fuel efficient!
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SUE_2U 5/8/2012 8:14AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon That car is a great Mother's Day pressie! It was a well thought out purchase. I hope you got a great deal! Good for you!

Thanks for the kind words on my blog.

And what does your son feel about buying his mom "training pants" for mother's day? heheheheh emoticon

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DEBRA0818 5/8/2012 8:05AM

    Way to take the reward from 0 to 60, Barb!

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KRISZTA11 5/8/2012 7:46AM

    Wow, a new car is a great rewards,
and if you can put your bike on too - it is wonderful!
You deserved it : )
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What's next?

Monday, May 07, 2012

It's a very American thing... as soon as one goal is achieved, someone shoves a microphone in the face of the achiever and asks, "So what's next for you?"

Short of the cliche answer (going to Disney land)... it seems we always have to have a "what's next". Well, my what's next was actually defined *before* I signed up for that second half marathon. Since I'd already checked half marathon off the bucket list LAST year, this year's was to be a sprint distance triathlon.

I've already plunked my money down for it. Put it on the calendar. It's 12 weeks of training away. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I have found myself a beginner's training plan that is just the right length, too. www.trinewbies.com/tno_trainingprogr
ams/10wtp.pdf


Today? Oh, yeah... my body somehow is reminding me that I did something special with it yesterday... I am working at moving gently, and stretching. I have the thought in my head that the reason I joined a gym was for the pool, and today would be the perfect day to go use it. After all, I took today as a vacation day.

There are the normal life things too: check on the cats' vaccinations, see if they are due up, and get their licenses. See about getting the bike tuned up, possibly replace the tires for tri training & the race (I have a knobby tired mountain bike, and the goal is not to buy a new bike just for this event.)

Life is good. The half marathon was NOT a finish line... just the gateway to the NEXT adventure. Spark on, my friends! emoticon emoticon

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/8/2012 5:24AM

    OMG, where did you find that well? The one with all the energy???????? emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 5/7/2012 10:26PM

    You're certainly not letting any dust gather under your gear are you???

Now please tell us you did something special for yourself besides the pool today.

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LEANJEAN6 5/7/2012 8:49PM

    Congrats Barb!! I knew you had something else in mind!---Lynda

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SUNNY1432 5/7/2012 8:31PM

    You are simply AMAZING!! You inspire me to try and do more!! emoticon

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SUNNY332 5/7/2012 8:22PM

    So very proud of you, Barb!

Congrats and way to go, my friend.

Sunny

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MRS.DOYLE 5/7/2012 1:21PM

    I was wondering what you had planned. You are very organised and super fit.
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1CRAZYDOG 5/7/2012 12:10PM

  Way to go!!!!!! Hooza.

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SHARON10002 5/7/2012 11:10AM

    A triathlon!?! emoticon emoticon emoticon Go for it!
Hope you enjoy some me time on your day off.

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EBEAMS 5/7/2012 10:52AM

    Wow! You go!

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REJ7777 5/7/2012 8:45AM

    Enjoy a well-deserved, more "relaxing" day! emoticon

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_LINDA 5/7/2012 8:28AM

    Wow! I didn't release the tri was so close to your marathon! Talk about hitting the ground running!! Not much of a recovery plan in there ;) Enjoy the pool!


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WATERMELLEN 5/7/2012 8:21AM

    What's next? That's what keeps us moving . . . and you are !

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KALIGIRL 5/7/2012 8:15AM

    A swim sounds perfect - congrats!

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MSLZZY 5/7/2012 8:03AM

    You opened that gate and now it is time to walk
through to a new adventure. You are awesome!
HUGS!

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SUE_2U 5/7/2012 7:39AM

    Enjoy that pool today. I think you are totally awesome for finishing a half marathon and then signing up for yet more... a triathon? My goodness! Go for it!

Thanks for the kind words on my blog. I tell you I do need some more daylight than I've gotten the past week! Maybe if I stay up long enough to see the sun come up, this time? hahaha... Gotta water anyway.


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DEBRA0818 5/7/2012 7:38AM

    Sounds like you're back on track (literally as well as figuratively). Go, Barb!

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Endorphins versus muscle fatigue... who wins?

Sunday, May 06, 2012



No action photos, this one is at home, after showering and stretching and having some lunch and letting the battle of endorphins versus the hamstrings play itself out.

So, here was how my day went: got up early, because I went to bed early. At 5 a.m., happened to check the weather outside and discovered a downpour. Altered my attire plans to add a trash bag with a neck hole cut to get myself to the starting line dry. I figured I could discard it if it was not needed, at any point.

As it turned out, it quit raining a little before 6, and we ended up running on wet streets, but we were only wet because we were sweating or we took advantage of the helpful spectators who offered to spray us down.

So, lined up at the back of the pack, with the rest of the walkers. I was keeping my eye on the 2:45 pacer group, since last year I finished in 2:47:48, and I wanted to beat it. Go figure, a competitive person wants to beat her last time.

HOWEVER, I had zippo, zero, nada for a race strategy, other than "start slow", don't start jogging too soon if you can help it, listen to your body. You see, in the end, for me, finishing = winning. Time is just one of those games I play that sometimes works against me.

I greeted others I knew who were participating at the back of the pack. Didn't even see the guys from work who ended up running it, they were so far in front of me... but I looked up their times afterward and am SOOOO proud of my healthy supportive work place!

I managed to hold myself to a speed walk for the first 5K. Then these little kids at the side of the road offered "free high fives", and I couldn't help myself, I started to jog. I then proceeded to take advantage of downhill grades to give myself a gravity assisted jog interval. The hamstrings started to complain ... hmmmm... not until about mile ten.

But then, as we were headed back up 10th street, not sure just what the mileage is... on the sidelines... my younger sister appeared (we were a few blocks from her home at this point), cheering me on... I paused for the most motivational hug of my life, then moved on with a quick explanation "I have to keep moving or I'll freeze up!"

The last mile was near agony for my hamstrings... I kept trying to change my stride to make them hurt less... I mostly walked that final mile. But then when I turned into the stadium and hit that green carpet? Sprinted (for me, you'd call it jogged) across the finish line. They hung the medal on my neck. I went to pick up water and low fat chocolate milk (I read it is one of the better recovery foods)... then slowed considerably, stretched and swapped race stories with some other runners... picked up my stuff bag (which I didn't even open 'til I got home... it had a towel and a change of clothing that I dropped off, anticipating being wet)... and slowly did a cool down walk to get my car and drive home.

Driving home, I go along the full marathon route. I could see the pacers for 5:15 and 5:30 still on their way out. By the way, if anybody on race day are my heroes? The folks who run a paced marathon or half for the duffers like me... they are probably fit enough to run a much better time, but they have committed themselves to providing this service.

In the end? The endorphins win every time. It's like child birth... the pains are forgotten in the joy of the result. This little medal? Will keep me grinning for a long, long time to come.

And to the spectators that come out and cheer us on, reading names from our bibs and shouting encouragement even when they do not know us personally? Thank you. You keep us going.

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COMETER 5/7/2012 9:28PM

    Lincoln was so fun yesterday, with so many people on a marathon high. Makes me think that I need to at least walk the half next year.

Good for you!

And good for us that you've shared it here.



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EBEAMS 5/7/2012 10:50AM

    This is so awesome ... I'm tearing up thinking about how it is that things that challenge us, things that make us persevere through pain and situations forge us into much stronger beings. You didn't give up, you didn't give in to the pain and in the end, though there was no "plan", you ended up right where you were supposed to be with a reward hung around your neck!

I am so incredibly happy with you and PROUD of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are HUGELY inspiring!

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REJ7777 5/7/2012 7:53AM

    emoticon YOU DID IT!!! AGAIN!!! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 5/7/2012 6:26AM

    WooWoo Awesome Lady!!!-- You are some wonderful athlete to complete this! I like your new picture too!

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    Yea you! Great job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 5/7/2012 3:41AM

    What a fantastic time. You should be very happy and proud.
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MSLZZY 5/6/2012 11:13PM

    You are ONE fantastic woman! I am so proud of you!
HUGS!

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You look so very happy!!!! Congratulations on making it is spite of your hamstrings screaming at you! Love the medal!
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LINDAJOYWK 5/6/2012 9:08PM

    emoticonYou did it again! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/6/2012 8:51PM

    Love that proud grin! And your new medal!! You are awesome . . . absolutely.

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KARIDIAN1 5/6/2012 8:17PM

    Success! This is one you will remember.

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DEBRITA01 5/6/2012 7:26PM

    emoticonCongrats for finishing the HM and working thru the pain...that's impressive. You're right, finishing = winning. You're a winner in my book!

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MOBYCARP 5/6/2012 7:15PM

    emoticon Glad you had fun! Wish I could have been there.

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_LINDA 5/6/2012 5:21PM

    Love that photo!! I am just so in awe of anyone who can complete one of these marathons! You can be very ,very proud of yourself! Who says marathons are for the young spandex set? You are proving anyone can do what they put their mind to! You go girl!!
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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/6/2012 4:41PM

    What a wonderful day you had. I'm very happy for you, Barb! Congratulations!

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MILLERGIRL719 5/6/2012 4:05PM

    Congratulations! You'll always be happy for a job well done!

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DEBRA0818 5/6/2012 3:47PM

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Good job making it through -- your face radiates happiness!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/6/2012 3:42PM

  Even my HAIR would be tired after a marrathon. You look marvelous in your picture. Your smile holding that medal says it all. HOOZA to you, my spark friend.

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KRISZTA11 5/6/2012 2:59PM

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I'm glad you finished and enjoyed your HM!
You deserved those endorphins : )
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CONCHA77 5/6/2012 2:57PM

    emoticonBARB!!!! Couldn't be prouder of you, friend. emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 5/6/2012 2:22PM

    LOL Barb...I meant to comment on THIS blog...but accidentally put my comment on the "Shirt Compare" blog. But either way, my congrats still stand!

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ELSEEBEE 5/6/2012 2:20PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You did an awesome job (no matter what your hamstrings may think)! Now rest up, enjoy the rest of your day, and be so rpoud that you did that marathon!!!

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