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Marathon Finishers :) HEZLIZZIE and I in Jacksonville.

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Aaron and I finishing his first Half Marathon. July 4, 2011

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I've been maintaining for over three years now(!) - October 10th was my goal anniversary. I lost a total of about 60 lbs and dropped from a snug 12 to a loose 6. I've kept off about 50 lbs of my original loss and my measurements are about the same, even weighing more. Running ultramarathons and marathons added some heavy, dense lower body muscle and about 2 inches of bootie! And I like cookies. Mmm. Cookies.

I've currently run 9 Marathons, about 11(?) Half Marathons, a 50K (number 2 is April 20, 2013) and took 3rd in my division and a 50 miler (rematch on that race is August 24, 2013. Looking to shave off a few hours!) and took 4th in my division. I've also done countless smaller races. I love to race and run. It's really hard for me to do any other exercise, though I try to ST at least 1-3 times a week, lifting heavy.

After struggling with EDNOS, triggered by obsessive calorie counting and general Life Stuff, I find myself unable to focus too much on losing weight at this point in my life. I'm healing and trying to find a good relationship with food and my body. I find SparkPeople and the blogs of others' here to be a trigger, quite often, so I'm not around as much anymore. So much of weight loss looks a lot like disordered relationships with food. :/ I don't like having my ED brain set off, it's a misery. So, I avoid reading things as much as I can.

I AM around, though, and still running, racing and living a mostly healthy life with lots of good, healthy food and lots of super tasty vegan goodies... mostly without the side serving of guilty and anxiety. Work in progress!

Oh! I blog over at Vegan Mainstream now, off and on, and was recently published in a real, actual book! "Confronting Animal Exploitation". It's even on Amazon! You can buy it for an E-reader!!! I'm very excited to be a published author and hope my essay (and blogging) reaches some folks and makes a difference for chickens. :)

Member Since: 6/25/2006

Fitness Minutes: 58,390

My Goals:
135 (10/10/09)

Polar Dash 5K - Jan 1, 2012
24:26, Avg pace 8:07

Run for the Ribbon 4 Mile
May 16, 2010 - 4th in div.
34:36, Avg pace 8:39

TC Medtronic 10K
October 2, 2010 - 54:04 chip - avg pace 8:42. 345/1339 total 26/200 division.

TC Medtronic 10 Miler
October 2, 2011 - unofficial time per Garmin: @58:15

Get Lucky Half
March 17, 2012 - 1:56:41
Avg pace 8:55

Trail Mix 25K
April 21, 2012 - 2:39:35
Avg pace 10:16

Portland Marathon
October 9, 2011 -
4:36:24, Avg pace 10:33
4211/8386 overall.

Iron Girl Sprint Tri -
July 31, 2011
1:37:19. 231/470 overall.

Dances with Dirt 50K -
July 14, 2012
THIRD PLACE division

North Country 50 Miler -
August 2012

My Program:
Higher mileage ultramarathon training. Hoping to avg around 60-70 at peak. Usually running around 40-50 miles/week.

Running 4-5X a week, trying to hit ST 2X a week.

Personal Information:
I love my rats (I currently have 8 kiddos), my Mollycat, Maiziecat and Leonard the jerk kitten, my new quail buddy, Trevor(!) my SO and making art. I'm a huge bookworm and a bit obsessed with Dr. Who currently.

I've been vegan for 8 years (going on 9 now) and have never looked back. :)

I'm a graphic designer and artist for Whole Foods Market here in St. Paul.

Other Information:
I love Stephen King, Joss Whedon and all things rat related. My current kiddos are such great ratties!

I'm a big bookworm with an overburdened shelf of well-loved novels and such. I have WAY too much yarn, way too much fabric (for sewing rat hammocks and stuff!) and not enough spare time to do all the fun projects I've got on my plate.

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  • v JLITT62
    Of course I don't think you're a jerk!

    No, I'm not running my long runs at race pace, I assure you. I don't have a Garmin, just a Nike+ sensor, so what my actual pace/mileage is is a bit questionable . Race pace is usually somewhere around 11-11:30 mm.

    I am tapering, too, don't worry. My last 2 long runs went really well . . . 2 more til the big day & just crossing fingers that they go as well.
    3460 days ago
    Yes, you are totally right that it takes 5-7 years or more to peak. I didn't start getting significantly faster till I was over 30, which was a good 8 or so years after I started running regularly. So, a BQ before old age is definitely in the cards for you! :D

    Oh, and PS - just read your status... don't forget, size is just a number. Fitness and good health come in all shapes and sizes and most clothing is not made for ATHLETES like us but for mere mortals.

    3482 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/24/2011 6:40:02 PM
    Hi, thanks for your email. In my case, my account was hacked by a spammer. I'm told I won't have problems any more. How I wish that was true.
    3507 days ago
  • v JLITT62
    My body has just been totally weird lately.

    I did do a 5 mile run the day before my WI, but I did that previous week, too, & lost weight. Granted, TOM had just finished up but I don't normally gain THAT much weight with it - & I was feeling it in my clothes, too.

    I did do yoga & 15 minutes of ST the morning of my WI, simply because my parents were coming later & I didn't know if I'd have time later.

    I've just been on the higher side lately & it totally pisses me off.

    Well, thanks for the info - always appreciated - and I'll have to keep in mind to bring comfy clothes with me for after my HM!
    3517 days ago
  • v FIT-WHIT
    Thanks for your comment on my blog-- I think we have about the same shape, but you must be shorter than me to be so light. ;) My measurements are 34-28-36, and I too desperately want to have more of a defined waist, but I just can't get much slimmer through there!! My hips and (minimal) boobs will go too, like you said, and I'll still be a straight stick with even LESS shape. LOL!

    I see you're a graphic designer, too! I work in design (though I don't love it, honestly- I would probably like it more with a cool job like yours working for Whole Foods!). I used to live in Oakdale (near St. Paul) but now live back in my hometown in Sioux Falls. Neato!!

    Have a great weekend!
    3520 days ago
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