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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
    I've already burned out 2 magic bullets & frankly don't want to risk my vitamix . . . I just have to be really careful about sugar, 'I've found, no doubt due to a lifetime of overindulging!
    3419 days ago
  • v JLITT62
    For me, there's confidence in just knowing I can do the distance. 10 miles to a HM is a whole 5k!

    I've seen running plans that cap out at 10 & then Galloway goes to 14 - that certainly seems like overkill to me - & I've seen others top out somewhere in between.

    Remember, too, I take walking breaks. I'd love to run the whole thing but my body just seems to have different ideas. I'm not *too* worried about my time, really, I just want to finish.

    I appreciate the feedback from someone with a lot more experience, tho! And we'll see how I feel as I go along, too, plans can be changed!
    3424 days ago
  • v CATS_MEOW_0911
    I know, I still feel guilty every time I feed my boa constrictor. emoticon I appreciate how dedicated you are to helping out the little fellas--they have a ton o' personality.

    They probably gave the baby dex SP and started him on antibiotics (he had some abrasions, plus had some fly eggs laid under his skin). Those babies are such a toss-up--sometimes they would look great, and I would find them dead hours later, and sometimes they would look awful and bounce back. It really could go either way with him. I won't bug them for an update for several weeks at least--they aren't even released until they're 12 weeks old, so that's a ways off.
    3433 days ago
  • v CATS_MEOW_0911
    I totally agree about being active being good in and of itself. Actually, I still racked up major calorie burn. I'm not training for a race, but I am trying to get back to kickboxing sparring, which requires a specific training plan. All the walks through the park in the world won't get me back in the ring.
    I guess I should say, I need to be more focused on kickboxing and getting to the gym more often to get back into kickboxer shape.

    3433 days ago
  • v CATS_MEOW_0911
    The squirrel was about 4 weeks old and appeared fairly healthy, but had severe fly strike--over 40 minutes of bathing/picking off fly eggs--acch! I just hope he tolerates the medication for the fly strike.
    3436 days ago
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