To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
-Steve Prefontaine
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- Don Draper

Friday, May 11, 2012

FULL of Updates!

She's my little lifesaver!
Okay, let's just be blunt ... things have been NOT stellar lately. There's been some heartbreak, lying, betrayal and just recently a new found sense of relief. Clearly I did a big vanishing act and was silent. I've probably cried almost every day for the last few weeks. And now I am DONE! I see things clearly now and am not going to be made to look like a fool anymore. A GINORMOUS thanks to a very dear friend for her tough love yesterday! And funny enough, once this weight was lifted people started coming out of the woodwork saying how they, too, are relieved. Team R0nda has my back! It feels so good. It's like today was one big, constant hug from people that truly care and worried about me.

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You know how sometimes you are sitting there and you get an e-mail telling you to Hurry! A big race is about to sell out and of course you should do it? I know I am not the only one. This has roped me into quite a few races. The last e-mail I got was for the Portland Marathon. I did the half last year so I didn't really feel like I needed to repeat. Plus, I had thought Disney's Wine & Dine Half Marathon would be around that time, so I didn't think twice. But now they are telling me the full WILL sell out and I need to do it. Hm. Let's just say that it was implied that I wouldn't be able to do it. Game. On. So to cut to the chase ... today I registered. October 7th, 2012 you can find me in Portland, Oregon running my first marathon. And if you missed it earlier when I slipped it in, my second full marathon will be in Florida when I kick some ass in Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge!  Don't you dare tell me I can't do something!  Once the Portland Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon is over next weekend I'm pretty much throwing myself in serious training mode! So I'll probably be back writing more about my runs so I can help remember, track my progress and make note of my success (and mistakes). I'll be no doubt asking for advice all the time!

Why so serious?
And so yeah, Portland RnR is next weekend. It looks like for my first time ever I'll be racing with someone. Yes, I ran with Lesley, Abby and Team Jam - but we goofed off and had a freaking awesome time! But this time I want to RUN! I'm having so much improvement with every run. Last night I finished a 7 mile run at 10pm... best 7 mile run I've ever done! I only walked 4 times I think, and for a short amount of time, and ran most of the really long hill I picked out. I did have to find refuge at the YMCA though. For the first time in my 2.5 years of running I was seeking out a safe haven. Most houses looked dark and I pretty much hauled ass to the Y. It's not the best feeling to be the lone girl running when there are unsavory characters coming up behind you screaming foul language!

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He makes my fruit fly heart flutter!
Last night I got to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of meeting the man of my dreams ... then meeting his beautiful husband (that's my shout out to Alanis who has a new album coming out!). Sadly my darling bartender had the night off, so I had to drink my water alone in his honor. Oh the gossip - the gossip was dished, and crazy enough that is what helped me get this big weight off my shoulders! (Dirty little secret no more!) And best of all - I wasn't even there to participate in it. I was down the bar talking to a charming fellow instead. Yep. So things are turning around! I shed not a single tear today. I smiled all day instead! Halle-freaking-lujah!!

Oh - and I've lost 15 pounds now since February. Yep.


25 comments:

  1. Where's the like button. You should listen to your Mommy sooner than later!

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    1. Yeah, yeah. Mommy always knows.

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  2. I'm so excited for you and your first marathon... you will totally rock it!

    Glad you're feeling a little better.

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    1. Thank you!! Confidence from you all is SOOOOO motivating!! I really appreciate it!

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  3. You kick so much ass! Never give any man the power to break you down. No beuno! You're always my inspiration to run and I need some now, and my plan starts Monday! Please kick my ass if I don't start.

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    1. Okay - Monday morning I'm texting you about running. And since I am driving by your town next weekend I WILL stop and kick your sweet ass if I have to!!!

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  4. you rock. end of story.

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    1. thank you. beginning of story? ;)

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  5. 15 lbs!!! fantastic ! sorry you went through a rough time

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    1. Thanks - and thanks. At least I came out on top!

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  6. Fun! Who are you running with for the RnR next week? Is there going to be a bloggy meet up? I know there are tons of bloggers running it, but I don't talk to them as much as you, and you always seem to be in the know :)

    Congrats on the full marathon registration!

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    1. I'm running with Natty Bumpo (see a few comments below this one). Hopefully he doesn't make me DRAG him. *hint, hint*

      If I hear of any get together being planned I'll let you know!

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    2. Very awesome :) I wish I was running with someone, but I don't know anyone who has the same snails pace that I do!

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  7. Boo to tears! Glad you are feeling better! I'm excited for you to run your first marathon! Too fun!!

    PS--are you going to register for any of The Color Runs? They look SO FUN!

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    1. I WAS going to do a Color Run - but it is 3 hours north, so then that takes more work to pull off. And now that I've got this whole marathon thing to prepare for, I probably won't. Bummer - 'cause they look like a blast!

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  8. first marathon is a HUGE step. It took me a huge internal battle with myself before I took the plunge. Congrats and good luck at RnR Portland!

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    1. Yeah - I didn't even consider it at all ... until I was told I couldn't do it! Thanks for the luck!!

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  9. I am in soo much trouble...Next week might kill me.

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    1. Get off your ass and go for a run! We have some ass to kick next weekend!

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  10. First marathon pah, you will rock it :-)
    You are awesome .... true story!

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    1. That's the raddest true story EVER. Thanks bunches!

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  11. I'm so jealous of the RnR Portland. Stupid unemployment messing with my race-cations.

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    1. At least we have ToT together this year!

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  12. PORTLAND!! I hope we get to meet up at some point. Oh my gosh - wow, a marathon!! I'm so impressed!! Yay for no tears, but smiles. And congrats on the 15lbs - awesome!

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    1. We are bound to meet up. I have 3 races in a row scheduled that you will be at also!

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