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Chris and me and Wild Adventures

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Another before picture - Feb 2005. This photo started me on my journey

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My day.... while Chris is out on the Harley. He did promise to take me for a ride this evening when my work is done though. I guess he likes me a little.

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Welcome to my page!!

I discovered Sparkpeople in December of 2007, and was a member until October or November of 2008, when life happened and I left the site for a while. I was gone for about 3 months... but returned in January of 2009. I am staying at a fairly healthy weight, but I find that without tracking and accountability that this site provides, I start slipping back into my old bad eating habits and slack off on the exercise, as I have recently done. I am now re-focusing, and getting back with the program.

After several attempts at marathon training, and being sidelined by injuries every time, I have now completed 36 full marathons and 3 ultra marathons (50K and above). I began my training for my first one on September 14th, 2009 with the goal of running the Museum of Aviation Marathon in Warner Robins, Georgia on January 16, 2010. I followed the Hal Higdon training plan religiously, which lasted 18 weeks. And I am proud to say that on January 16th, 2010, I DID complete the Museum of Aviation Marathon with a chip time of 4 hours 54 minutes.

Completed Marathons
Museum of Aviation - Warner Robins, Georgia
Soldier Marathon - Columbus, Georgia
Snickers Marathon - Albany, Georgia
Georgia Marathon - Atlanta, Georgia
Scenic City Trail Marathon - Chattanooga, Tennessee
Boogie Marathon - Ellerbe, North Carolina
Make It By Midnight Marathon - Macon, Georgia
Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon - Savannah, Georgia
Soldier Marathon - Columbus, Georgia
Space Coast Marathon - Cocoa, Florida
Louisiana Marathon - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Tallahassee Marathon - Tallahassee, Florida
Albany Marathon - Albany, Georgia
Landsford Canal 24 Hr (50K distance) - Rock Hill, SC
Too Slow For Boston Marathon - Boone, NC
Darkside 8 Hour Run (50K distance) - Peachtree City, GA
Darkside Memorial Day Marathon - Peachtree City, GA
Hatfield-McCoy Marathon - Williamson, West Virginia
Make It By Midnight 2012 - Macon, Georgia
Air Force Marathon - Dayton Ohio
Marine Corps Marathon - Arlington, Virginia
Soldier Marathon - Columbus, Georgia
Space Coast Marathon - Cocoa, Florida
Mississippi Blues Marathon - Jackson, Mississippi
Museum of Aviation Marathon - Warner Robins, Georgia
(list is incomplete...)

I am Marathon Maniac #3628!

I am finally getting serious about working toward being in the best shape of my life. I am shooting to one day FINALLY break 4 hours in the marathon and eventually, qualify to run Boston! Even after a knee surgery in 2014 that has left me barely running at all, these are still goals and I know that I can accomplish them.

I am currently doing the Eason LiveFit 12 week Trainer, which consists of heavy strength training 5 to 6x per week, with 3-4 days of that having an additional 30 minutes of cardio (my runs!!!). Saturday is my long run day, and Sunday is my rest day.

Member Since: 1/7/2009

Fitness Minutes: 159,818

My Goals:
My ultimate goal is to transform my body and to be in the best shape of my life. Age is only a number... I believe that it doesn't matter how old we are, we can achieve amazing fitness!

In 2018, I hope to restart real training again, and hope to beat at least one of my running PR's.

My Program:
Currently, I am doing the Jamie Eason LiveFit Program (12 weeks). I am on my sixth round of the program.... it WORKS!!

I am also currently doing Hal Higdon's Novice 1 half marathon training program. Yes, novice. Even after all of those marathons and halfs. Because I need to start over and re-build a base to get my knee strong enough for distance. Safe, not stupid. :)

I am following a nutrition plan that is, simply put, 90% clean eating. Nutrition is 80% of the weight loss journey.. you can't have a fit body if you fuel it with junk. Besides, I hear Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym ---- and I want to see my abs!!

Personal Information:
I am a 45 year old divorced mother of three grown children. The youngest graduated high school in May 2016. I have an amazing boyfriend of 4 years. I don't remember a time when I was as happy as I am at this point in my life.

Other Information:
Running PR's:

5K -24:16
10K - 50:24
12K - 1:02
Half Marathon -1:58
Marathon - 4:15:32

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