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Vegan Ang


Formerly sdnyc99

    Now you guys have made me want to get another dog just so I can name it Garmin.

    Angela 

     

     

     


    Peace out!

      Hey, Brenda, welcome aboard!

      PRs:

      5k -    22:39      12/11     10k -  49:10      11/11

      20k -  1:56:56    9/12      13.1 - 1:54:07    3/12

      30k -   3:05:54   9/12      26.2 -  5:00:27 10/12


      delicate flower

        Hiya, Brenda!  Welcome!  We have a few similarities.  I quit alcohol and started eating right in Feb 2011 and promptly lost 50 pounds.  I'm also a fellow DINK.  We seem to be a rare breed these days.  Big grin 

         

        Way to brush yourself off after the fall yesterday!  Falls happen.  You get up, take inventory, and move on.  Nice work. 

        roboknee.

        runmomto3boys


          Wow, Brenda - you have come so incredibly far!  I am in awe!  I love that fall on your butt, but keep going story...that was your "aha" moment.  Very cool!  Welcome and I'm glad you de-lurked!


          Boss of the Mangoes

            Hi there, Brenda!  Glad you decided to make an appearance.  Welcome!  : )

            "...You have to have faith, to know that you can do what you want to do."  -Joseph Nzau

            CClay


            Better than all of you

              Hi everyone!

               

              I have been lurking on RWOL and learning from you folks for months! After the “crash”, I followed you here, creepy! Seems most of you are sticking around RA, so I decided to come out of hiding.  I’m a new runner so I have no wisdom to share, just a lot more to learn. I will probably lurk more than I post Big grin.

               

              My story. Married for 16 years, no kids. I have asked Santa for a dog and a Garmin. Learned about that little gadget (not the dog)  Blush while lurking!

               

              Beware. I ramble, my spelling is horrible and I miss stuff even if I proofread, so feel free to stop now! Wink  

               

              January 5, 2009, I smoked my last cigarette after smoking for 27 years (you can figure out my age by the numerical hint in my title). I quit several times over the years but this time was different. I hated smoking. I hated “needing a cigarette”. I reminded myself that there was a time in my life that I didn’t smoke. I thought about non-smokers, like my husband, who were able to cope without a cigarette and figured that if they can do it, I can too. I went cold turkey. Sometimes I still can’t believe it, but I have not craved a cigarette since quitting. I like it.

               

              I have always been physically active, even as a smoker. I was never a runner but went to the gym 4-5 times a week and could walk long and slow on the treadmill! I told myself even though I smoke, I’m in better shape than some people are at my age! Ha, yeah right!

               

              A year after I quit smoking, I realized I was getting fatter and fatter, and I didn’t like how I felt. I was at my heaviest, 5’7 189 lbs. I was determined not to reach 190 lbs. I needed a reality check. The truth was a lot of my extra weight was due to my love of wine, cheese & fruity martinis!

               

              January 2010, I quit drinking alcohol! That same month I joined a weight loss program and by September 2010, I was down to 133lbs (current weight 135 – 137 and I am so happy).

               

              In 2010, I had never heard of running forums and had no clue what a running plan was. I was a treadmill diva! I loved walking, and one day I realized I could walk and talk at the same time because I could finally breathe! So I started trotting on the treadmill (notice I didn’t say running Joking). In March 2010, a friend at my gym suggested I try a 5K. Honestly, I was too embarrassed to ask how far that was or what it involved. She told me about a walker friendly race in June that had a maximum time limit of 55 minutes! I figured I could do that! Eventually I jumped off the treadmill and started walking/jogging around my subdivision. June 12, 2010 I completed my first 5K and finished in 39 minutes! I was so flipping proud and happy I cried! It felt fantastic! I loved that feeling!

               

              Although it has been a couple of years, I’m still slow but I happily schlep on down the road! Since that first 5K, I have not entered many races but I have completed a few more 5Ks, an 8K, and this year ran/walked two HMs! Yikes, no need to discuss my completion times, I’ve learned enough from you guys to know I signed up and ran races without “proper” training! ConfusedBut, I loved every step and wouldn’t change it for the world!  

               

              Today I went for a 5-mile run. For the first time in my adult life, I fell down. Plop. Right there on the freaking sidewalk. I had just run up a slight incline and was going down the other side when I noticed the sidewalk coming up to my face! I stuck out both hands to break the fall. I landed on my knees and somehow rolled over onto my butt! I sat there for a second, and stood up. I took off my glove (its 33 degrees today) and the top of my hand was bleeding, just a little. I carry tissue so I wrapped it around my hand and put my glove back on. I walked about 10 feet to the next stop light. When it turned green, I ran.

               

              For the first time in my life, I realized, I am a runner. I could not believe I had fallen on my butt and got back up to keep running!

               

              Thank you all for what you have given me. Without your wisdom and willingness to share, I would not have found the courage to get up today and keep running. I want to learn more. My next HM is June 2013. I plan to train and I plan to race. If Santa brings me a Garmin, I’ll even know my pace! Shocked

               

              Brenda

               

              Have you met Jason?

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