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Yes! I am training for a Half Marathon.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Hello friends... Happy New Year! Can't believe it. But alas, it's time to attack it.



And ... dun du duuunnn....(drumroll)
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Yes! I AM TRAINING FOR A HALF MARATHON.

Can't believe it...

And some of you guys just "smelled" it on me...lol...didn't you?!? I posted that I finished 9 miles last Sunday... and it's so funny how so many of you lovelies figured it out. Smart cookies. Got your thinking caps on, don't ya?


It's just so scary to say that out loud. Me? 13.1 Miles??? Are you sure?

Well, I sure wasn't, but I started out to try anyway. I've been training since early November for this diddy. You know I'm always telling you guys my latest charades. Well this time, I was so afraid I couldn't do it that I didn't announce it. But it's not exactly that I was afraid I couldn't do a HM, because I know that one day I can do it... but for this particular HM, what if my body wasn't strong enough? what if I get injured? what if I lose my enthusiasm? what if I didn't have the money to put into all the things I need (water belt, shoes, energy packs, registration)? what if I can't take waking up early for the training sessions? what if I hit a running wall I can't break? Just a lot of "if's" I guess...

Fear. Me? Afraid? Of "IF's"? How ridiculous and uber pathetic is that? I mean, that's just completely NOT like me. If I do something, I just do it, I'm all in. But this one struck me and made me think. Made me quite humble to my body. I was afraid of the negatives instead of focusing on the positives that could come. So when the last few months have not been easy for me, I am slowly getting back on my own feet for January. And as I'm getting up, I'M OWNING IT!

And so I am verbalizing the following... to everyone...

I AM GOING TO DO MY FIRST HALF MARATHON ON Feb 20th 2011... and coincidently move another step forward to being that fine running machine I truly want to be. It's the Fort Lauderdale A1A Half Marathon... "where the beach is your finish line". Their logo, not mine. How cute is that though?

I've got more to report, promise! Especially about my recent 10K escapade... stay tuned.

Here's a little photo of me at the beginning of it all in November. A hot mess at just 4 little miles. I'm pretend running in this pic, because I remember this was right around where my knees started killing me, and I was like, "let me take a picture now as opposed to later when my face is in agony...lol". Ok, not giving away the story!



And thanks friends.... RUNJEWELRUN, MBSHAZZER, RAWKNRUN, FRUITYCHERRY, SCHENPOSSIBLE, SUNSHINE667 and a few others who kept nudging me along. You guys, as always, rock my socks. Hugs to all....

And DON'T LET FEAR RULE YOU.
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  • THEASHINATOR
    Hot damn! You go girl! Still working on my 5K prep here, but will be sending half-marathon happy vibes to you while I'm running!
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  • JUDITHBEAST
    Wow!! Half Marathon? That is awesome!! I know you can do it. You definitely have your mind set and very determined. You got this!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • FELLE442
    Wow...that is so great...do will ROCK this!!!


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  • LUCKYDOGFARM
    Be Blessed in your HM, APRILBLESS! You will do wonderfully!
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  • PURPOSEPOWER95
    Good for you I've been missing your running blogs. emoticon
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  • APRILBLESS
    Hey... thanks for stopping by my training for a HM blog! You ALL are so sweet with your support. I shall blog about my training and let every one know how goes it. Cheers to all of us present and future runners and goal setters...
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  • no profile photo CD6096849
    YES! Finally! I've been waiting to hear how your running program is going and I'm thrilled to hear this news. When I read that you finished 9 miles I had a hankering about a HM coming up and alas, here you are announcing it. I'm super proud. Go lady!!!
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  • ABSOLUTZER0
    Woohoo! Looks like we will be running together on that day. I have a HM on that day, too! We are so going to ROCK! Yes, we know you are going to doing great! YOU GOT THIS!!! Keep up with the training and enjoy it!
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  • GREEKGAL1
    That picture looks like where I run. I have done A1A four years in a row. I am doing Miami ING so am not sure about A1A yet due to financial problems. You certainly can't get better scenery to run in. Make sure you get your picture with the sand sculpture after you cross the finish line.
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  • KAMINOR
    Congrats girl you got this!!
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  • NITELITE72
    It doesn't seem so long ago that I read about your 5k! So proud of you for training and moving toward this amazing goal! I can't wait to read all about it...and I will be cheering all the way from Myrtle Beach!!
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  • APRILBLESS
    BRENDY, DEBBIE, LAROSE, ROBYN, AMBER - You guys are great... thanks for all your cheering on amd support! But what are you guys talking about a FULL marathon?!? OMG. One foot in front of the other please...lol. Half marathon first, then maybe perhaps in 2020, we'll see... lol.
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    Meantime, I'm going to have to agree...this is getting quite addicting. And, MOONANGEL23 - congrats on your recent HM!!! Woot, woot. Go girl. I follow in your footsteps...
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  • no profile photo CD5483846
    woohoo! I can't believe it! lol. I'm so happy for you. Good luck and don't let fear hold you back! emoticon
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  • MOONANGEL23
    Just wait, you'll do your first half marathon, and suddenly you'll be signed up for another...and another...and hey, what's that? A FULL marathon? Sure, why not? That's what happened to me and suddenly this past weekend I did my first full marathon at Disney. The races become quite addictive...along with the bling you get at the end LOL.

    I did A1A last year, really liked the course, the weather was excellent and there was great entertainment along the way and at the end. You should have a fantastic time...and I'm sure you'll do great!

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    Comment edited on: 1/12/2011 6:17:26 PM
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  • ROBYN168
    April - it seems like just yesterday you were running your first 5K!!!! Way to go girl! I'm cheering for you from MA. emoticon
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  • LAROSEBAUGH
    WOOOOOOOOOOOOO! You can do it! I'm running my first on Sunday, I can't wait to see your recap! :D
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  • AMBERHENLEY
    Half Marathon?! That's so awesome! I've been playing with the idea of doing one myself, but I'm scared! Maybe I'll get out there and start training. If I can run 6 miles I should be able to do 7 or 8 right? I'm sure I could totally work up to it, but the thought of it is scary to me. Good for you for just doing it!
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  • MASONK
    Congratulations to you. You are already a winner.

    PRETTY GIRL ROCK!
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  • RAWKNRUN
    SO FRICKIN' PROUD AND EXCITED!!!! I can't wait to hear all about it! There is NOTHING like your first half! Enjoy it sweetie!
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  • APRILBLESS
    FRUITYCHERRY - Yes, girl, we're completley kindred. And you inspire me too!

    GETFIT2LIVE - I shall blog about my training and let every one know. And can't wait to hear about your July HM. Yay! How awesome!

    JANEMAR2,LDY_ALI_79
    ,2FUN2B_LAZY, SHAYBUTTA24 - Thank you sooooo much for the suppport. You rock my socks too!

    POOHLA711 - I soo take walk breaks. No shame! (lol)

    RUNJEWELRUN, MBSHAZZER, BTWCOACH - Yes, I attain to run like you guys... my heroes... running multiple HMs. And yeah, Sharon for your ING run at the end of the month. Woot, woot.
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    Comment edited on: 1/12/2011 12:02:42 PM
  • no profile photo CD7221782
    You CAN do it! I have "run" 3 half's now.... Well, more like walk/run. AND I actually LOVE it!!! Can't believe I said that! Hahaha!

    You will LOVE IT too! With that great awesome smile of yours!

    Molly
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  • MBSHAZZER
    Aprile, you are going to kick BUTT!!! I am so proud of you!! You will love the distance and you will love the A1A. I've run it a few times and it's a nice course with good crowd support! Just remember, you take it one step at a time.

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  • SHAYGETSFIT
    Nothing will compare to that feeling you will get when you cross that finish line!! Good luck!!
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  • RUNJEWELRUN
    Whoo hooo! Go girl! Go girl!(In my Pitbull voice lol). That is so cool! Do you know that I may be running a half on the same day(in Austin). I will let you in on my little secret(I will be doing the San Antonio marathon in November-Lord willing).
    Here's to conquering your fears and to writing fresh new blogs :)
    Lots of love for you diva :)
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  • no profile photo CD6156797
    Awesome! You are doing so well!
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  • no profile photo CD4416266
    You can totally do it! Especially if you are already up to 9 miles and you have over a month to go!
    Don't be afraid to take walk breaks if you need to. Finishing is the goal!
    You're gonna be hooked and training for a full marathon next!
    Keep it up!
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  • LDY_ALI_79
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    So 13.1 is calling your name!! Congrats, I'm sure you're knock it out the park!

    Keep up the good work~
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  • JANEMAR2
    Wow I am so impressed! Congratulations on going for a big goal. I am sure that you will do great.



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  • GETFIT2LIVE
    I am SOOOO EXCITED for you! I'm going to be doing a half this year as well, but not until July. You are going to do awesome, I know--once you can do 6-7 miles, the jump to a half is not that bad (or so everyone tells me, LOL!) You have to blog about your training and about doing it, I'm rooting for you all the way!!!

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  • FRUITYCHERRY
    You are such an inspiration to me, my friend! I am happy to give you a nudge! I check on you because I feel a connection. That is a rare thing, in 3-D life and on spark! Way to push through the fear of the unknown! I know how you feel! Even after all I've accomplished, that self doubt lingers in the back of my mind, too. Keep sharing your journey!

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