Face It Friday: A Manageable Gain, Disneyland & Tracking

Now when we last met on January 9th I had gotten myself back down to goal. Like goal on the nose – right at 155.

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I was elated.

2014 was a horrible year for me weight wise so I am happy to be starting 2015 in a better frame of mind and a better number on the scale.

I was unable to weigh in last week because 1) I slept through my alarm to weigh in Wednesday morning and 2) I was out of town at Disneyland on Thursday/Friday. I felt okay with having the week off from the scale.

BUT that didn’t mean I gave up tracking.

I made a deal with myself. I would NOT make myself track during our 5 days away at Disneyland IF I tracked every Bite, Lick and Taste up to that point… which I did. I tracked for 69-straight days before the trip.

When we left for Disneyland, I told myself I could enjoy whatever I wanted while there as long as I got RIGHT back on track as soon as I got home.

You know what? It worked!

I enjoyed a Mickey pretzel and a Mickey ice cream, as well as other indulgences… guilt free! I did make sure to wait and enjoy the pretzel and ice cream on the FINAL day of the trip as to not tempt myself to have them everyday. It worked like a charm!

We arrived home Monday night after having an absolutely amazing time. I earned 90 APs and tracked over 125k+ steps on my Fitbit. So yeah there was some moving involved while away.

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Costumes from the Run Disney Star Wars 5k, 10k and Half!

But when I woke up Tuesday morning I got right back to business. Was the day perfect – not at all, but I wrote it all down. And it really felt great to be back to my normal routine.

So I stepped on the scale Friday fearing what the number would say.

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155.6 – a 0.6 lb gain! Oh hellz yeah that is a manageable gain. I was thrilled. Cuhlearly being on track surrounding those 5 off-plan days and moving non-stop helped keep the scale in check.

Now can a belated gain show up next week, absolutely! The scale forgets it should be it’s lightest on weigh-in day. There are also times when an off week can show up two weeks down the road. The scale is a fickle beast that only shows us one side of the journey.

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I am prouder of the fact that I got on the scale despite the fear of the number. I could’ve hidden away, but what’s the point. The number is going to be the same whether I step on the scale now or not. (Have I always lived by the mantra – no – but I’m working on it!)

The scale is always Feedback never Failure!!

The best part was going to Disneyland feeling fit and fabulous. I felt comfortable in my costumes and walking around the parks – something missing from my trip to Disney World last year.

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I want to hold on to that awesome feeling as I continue to train for the Boston Marathon AND prepare for our trip to Disney World next month.

We are heading to Disney World February 19-24 for the Run Disney Princess weekend races (5k, 10k and Half). I made another pledge with myself: If I track every day between now and Feb 19, I will allow myself to enjoy Disney World tracking free. I feel again this is a good tactic for me and one that allows me to indulge guilt-free.

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Does this mean there is no mental tracking going on? Oh definitely not. I have been doing WW long enough that I still have a tally in my head even when not putting it in the tracker.

When we got to the airport, I went to the “healthy snacks” wall at Hudson News and picked up Chex Mix and some Trail Mix. Yes I know I could’ve gotten grapes and yogurt, but I didn’t want those and I hadn’t had Chex Mix in months.

Again I said I wouldn’t track, but for my own knowledge I needed to know the points. Why? So that the next time I tried to buy them I would know how much it would cost me.

Because once you look up the points of something – you never UNknow it! Am I right?

The bag of Chex Mix from Hudson News cost me 23 points. OUCH! Worth it in that moment? Yes!

The bag of Trail Mix from the “healthy eats wall?” Entire bag 28 points. My wife and I split it so 14 pts each. Worth it? Nope! But I live and learn. Now I know for my next trip to scan these items before buying – even if I am not tracking. Scan them because knowledge is power people!

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So there are my life lessons of the last two weeks. I made some great choices. I made some not great choices. BUT I owned every choice I made, practiced self-forgiveness, re-found some confidence that was missing and got right back to business when “vacation mode” was over.

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How do you handle your vacations when it comes to tracking/healthy choices?

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The 2nd Annual Stop Stroke Shuffle 5k Finisher’s Medal Reveal!

The 2nd Annual Stop Stroke Shuffle In Person and Virtual 5k registration is OPEN!!!

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For those that don’t know, I am running the 2015 Boston Marathon with Tedy’s Team to raise awareness and fight Stroke! This will be my third-consecutive Boston Marathon with Tedy’s Team and I run in honor of my grandparents, my father-in-law and all those affected by Stroke.

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If you are in the Boston area, please think about coming down to run/walk/bike the 5k with me in person on February 15 at Noon.

We will be hosting the event out of Slumbrew’s American Fresh Brewhouse at Assembly Row (in Somerville). American Fresh is a heated tent with ample free parking and access to the Assembly Stop on the Orange line.

We will have bibs, medals and water on hand. There will be beer available for purchase!

^^ Strollers welcome, but unfortunately pups need to stay home this time.

**PLEASE NOTE: this will not be a chip-timed race**

Register HERE for in person OR virtual option!

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If you are NOT in the Boston or unable to join us on February 15, please consider running/walking/biking the charity 5k virtually.

A virtual run-walk means you do the 5k (3.1 mile) “race” at your leisure anytime in the month of February! Map out your own route, get your own friends together or jump on the old trusty treadmill. Your call.

This “race” is one to anyone all over the world.

I will provide a race bib that you can print out and fix to your shirt (if you want)!!

Register HERE for in person OR virtual option!

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The Finisher’s Medal is going to GLOW IN THE DARK this year!! Yay! Well okay the outer ring of the medal plus the 2015 portion will glow. But still awesome. I love it.

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The $26.20 registration fee is a donation to Tedy’s Team!

Register HERE for in person OR virtual option!

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2015 Road Races

Here’s what I have thus far:

January 1 – 1st Run 5k – 23:01 (7:25 min/mile pace) – RECAP

January 16 – Star Wars 5k – Untimed, but Garmin had 27:50 (8:58 min/mile pace) – RECAP Pending

January 17 – Star Wars 10k – 1:01:34 (9:55 min/mile pace) – RECAP Pending

January 18 – Star Wars Half Marathon – 2:55:11 (13:22 min/mile pace) – RECAP Pending

January 25 – 20th Annual Boston Prep 16 Miler – Starts at 10:00 a.m. ET

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Run Disney Glass Slipper Challenge

February 20 – Princess 5k – Starts at 6:15 a.m. ET

February 21 – Enchanted 10k – Starts at 5:30 a.m. ET

February 22 – Princess Half Marathon – Starts at 5:30 a.m. ET

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March 15 – Cambridge 5k Craicfest 5k – Starts at TBD

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April 20 – 119th Boston Marathon – Starts at TBD

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May 8-9 – Ragnar Relay Cape Cod – Starts at TBD

May 24 – Boston’s Run To Remember Half – Starts at 7:00 a.m. ET

May 30 – Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego 5k – Starts at 7:00 a.m. PT

May 31 – Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon – Starts at 6:15 a.m. PT

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September 26 – ZOOMA Women’s Half Marathon (Cape Cod) – Starts at 7:30 a.m. ET

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The 2nd Annual Stop Stroke Shuffle 5k – In Person & Virtual

The 2nd Annual Stop Stroke Shuffle In Person and Virtual 5k registration is OPEN!!!

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For those that don’t know, I am running the 2015 Boston Marathon with Tedy’s Team to raise awareness and fight Stroke! This will be my third-consecutive Boston Marathon with Tedy’s Team and I run in honor of my grandparents, my father-in-law and all those affected by Stroke.

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If you are in the Boston area, please think about coming down to run/walk/bike the 5k with me in person on February 15 at Noon.

We will be hosting the event out of Slumbrew’s American Fresh Brewhouse at Assembly Row (in Somerville). American Fresh is a heated tent with ample free parking and access to the Assembly Stop on the Orange line.

We will have bibs, medals and water on hand. There will be beer available for purchase!

^^ Strollers welcome, but unfortunately pups need to stay home this time.

**PLEASE NOTE: this will not be a chip-timed race**

Register HERE for in person OR virtual option!

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If you are NOT in the Boston or unable to join us on February 15, please consider running/walking/biking the charity 5k virtually.

A virtual run-walk means you do the 5k (3.1 mile) “race” at your leisure anytime in the month of February! Map out your own route, get your own friends together or jump on the old trusty treadmill. Your call.

This “race” is one to anyone all over the world.

I will provide a race bib that you can print out and fix to your shirt (if you want)!!

Register HERE for in person OR virtual option!

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The $26.20 registration fee is a donation to Tedy’s Team!

^^ Race bib and Finisher’s Medal are still be designed. Thank you for your patience on that.

Register HERE for in person OR virtual option!

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Half Marathon & Marathon Results

Half Marathons x 27

February 26, 2006 – Hyannis Half Marathon – 2:20:18 (10:43 min/mile pace)

August 14, 2011 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago – 2:12:15 (10:06 min/mile pace)

January 28, 2012 – F^3 Lake Half – 2:05:40 (9:36 min/mile pace)

July 22, 2012 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago – 1:51:43 (8:32 min/mile pace)

August 19, 2012 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence – 1:52:58 (8:37 min/mile pace)

October 7, 2012 – B.A.A. Half – 1:48:16 (8:16 min/mile pace)

January 12, 2013 – Walt Disney World Half – 1:48:09 (8:15 min/mile pace)

February 24, 2013 - *Virtual* Half At The Hamptons – 1:58:04 (9:01 min/mile pace)

May 5, 2013 – The Half Of Quincy – 1:44:30 (7:59 min/mile pace)

May 26, 2013 – Boston’s Run To Remember – 1:53:00 (8:38 min/mile pace)

September 15, 2013 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia – 1:44:12 (7:57 min/mile pace) —> PR

September 28, 2103 – ZOOMA Cape Cod Half – 1:47:35 (8:13 min/mile pace)

September 29, 2013 – Rock ‘n’ Rock Providence – 1:54:22 (8:44 min/mile pace)

October 27, 2013 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles – 1:53:19 (8:39 min/mile pace)

January 11, 2014 – Walt Disney World Half – 2:22:31 (10:53 min/mile pace)

February 2, 2014 – Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half – 1:55:43 (8:50 min/mile pace)

May 25, 2014 - Boston’s Run To Remember Half – 1:50:58 (8:28 min/mile pace)

June 8, 2014 – Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half  – 2:08:52 (9:50 min/mile pace)

July 13, 2014 – Old Port Half – 1:57:44 (8:59 min/mile pace)

September 7, 2014 – Pumpkinman Half Ironman (Half Marathon Portion) – 1:59:22 (9:03 min/mile pace)

September 27, 2014 - ZOOMA Cape Cod Half – 1:54:17 (8:43 min/mile pace)

October 12, 2014 – Boston Athletic Association Half – 1:52:58 (8:37 min/mile pace)

October 19, 2014 – Runner’s World Half – 2:10:35 (9:58 min/mile pace)

November 16, 2014 – South Shore Half – 1:54:00 (8:42 min/mile pace)

November 23, 2014 – Santa Hustle New England Half – 1:52:28 (8:36 min/mile pace)

December 6, 2014 – Jingle Bell Half – 1:51:37.2 (8:32 min/mile pace)

January 18, 2015 – Star Wars Half – 2:55:11 (13:22 min/mile pace)

 

Marathons x 6

September 24, 2006 – Clarence De Mar Marathon – 5:59:27 (13:43 min/mile pace)

November 3, 2012 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon – 3:58:49 (9:07 min/mile pace) —> PR

April 15, 2013 – The 117th Boston Marathon – 4:04:08 (9:18 min/mile pace)

January 12, 2014 – Walt Disney World Marathon – 4:45:57 (10:55 min/mile pace)

April 21, 2014 – 118th Boston Marathon – 5:31:18 (12:39 min/mile pace)

April 26, 2014 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon – 4:42:12 (10:46 min/mile pace)

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Weight Off My Shoulders In The News…

I’m wicked honored whenever anyone wants to chat with me about my weight loss, fitness or running journeys. Now I figured I should keep the pieces together in one place so I can truly cherish how lucky and blessed I am!!

September 21, 2011

Inspiration Of The Week – Just Weighing In And Moving On Blog

December 28, 2011

How I Lost It – TimeOut Chicago

April 3, 2012

Real Life Biggest Losers – FUDiet.com

May 14, 2012

BEE Active – Athlete Interview – Bee Well For Life

May 29, 2012

Biggest Loser Blog – “Losing It On Their Own” – phillyburbs.com

June 1, 2012 

Blogger Of The Month (June) – Sparkly Soul Headbands

September 12, 2012

TransformationPics.com

September 17, 2012

Weight Loss Success Story – Half Size Me Podcast

October 3, 2012

CHANGE Spotlight  – TrulyJess.com

October 16, 2012

Twitter Can Help You Lose Weight – FOX 25 News

December 20, 2012

Fitfluential Ambassador Spotlight – Fitfluential.com

Fitbie.com - One of the web’s best weight loss stories of 2012

February 1, 2013

Featured Fit Friends – DivaOnADiet.com

February 14, 2013

Runner Spotlight – RunToTheFinish.com

March 21, 2013

Blog Post: A Boston Marathon Virgin – Runkeeper.com

March 29, 2013

Featured Blogger Friday – RunStretchRepeat.com

Dani Holmes-Kirk; How She Got Her Start – Fit-Journey.com

April 9, 2013

Marathon Profile: Dani Holmes-Kirk Runs For Stroke Awareness – SomervillePatch.com

April 15-22, 2013 – Boston Marathon Posts

Boston – MrsFatAss.com

Boston Marathon 4-15-13 – BusinessOfLosingWeight.com

Finish Line Heartbreak (For Boston) – FoodFoodBodyBody.com

Red Sox can help Boston cope – FOXSports.com

Phone Interview – Chicago Tribune Live

May 27, 2013

Featured Sneakers #28 – SneakersAndFingerPaints.com

May 29, 2013

I Lost Weight – HuffingtonPost.com

November 20, 2013

{Runners Who Rock} Dani – ThisCrazyLifeOfMine.com

December 16, 2013

I Wanna See You Be Brave – TheValentineRD.com

January 2, 2014

Blogger of the Month (January) – Sparkly Soul Headbands

January 8, 2014

1,150 Miles In 2013 – Runkeeper.com

January 23, 2014

Faces of Assembly Row (Video 5) – Youtube.com

February 22, 2014

Dani Holmes-Kirk Story – DietsInReview.com

March 31,  2014

Why I Run: Dani Lost 64lbs – UniversalSports.com

April 9, 2014

Why I Run: Meet Dani – UniversalSports.com

Meet Team X-1: Dani Holmes-Kirk – X-1.com

April 17, 2014

Boston Marathoner Spotlight…Dani Holmes-Kirk – LittleFancyNancy.blogspot.com

April 25, 2014

Feature Fridays: Dani Holmes-Kirk – OnFireFitnessPT.com

May 27, 2014

Running Toward Her Goals – WeightWatchers.com

June 26, 2014

Guest Post – Running for Fun vs. Time… Can it be both? – CMDot.Blogspot.com

August 3, 2014

[GUEST POST] Top Threeve Things I’ve Learned From My Weight Loss Journey – TheFFKid.com (Fotographing Fat Kid)

August 10, 2014

Runner Spotlights #98 – RoadRunnerGirl.com

September 26, 2014

Health Nut Hero: Dani – HealthNutInTraining.com

October 10, 2014

Blogger Spotlight: Dani “Weight Off My Shoulders” Holmes-Kirk – 300poundsandrunning.com

November 13, 2014
Weight Loss Success Story – Dealing with your “Before” when you hit your “After.” – Comeback Momma

November 24, 2014

Motivational Mondays: Dani of Weight Off My Shoulders – CMCDOT.Blogspot.com

January 16, 2015

9 Bloggers Who Changed Their Lives One Post at a Time – DailyBurn.com

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Need A Chocolate Fix? Try Special K Brownies!

If I could spend all of my Weight Watchers Points Plus Values on chocolate, I would! Okay okay not all of them on chocolate, but a majority! ;)

Thankfully Special K must’ve heard my whining and created the Special K Brownie.

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Each brownie is 2 WW PPV and 80 calories. Score!!

The Special K brownies come in two delicious flavors: Divine Fudge and Heavenly Caramel.

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The Special K brownies are made with real cocoa, chocolate or caramel chips, and topped with a drizzle of chocolate fudge. I love a good drizzle of chocolate fudge!

Now when I first opened the brownie, I thought it was on the smaller side and wouldn’t be as enough to satisfy my chocolate craving… but I was wrong. The bar was moist, chewy and just the right amount of chocolate.

Thankfully the wife and I immediately found our favorite flavor… and it wasn’t the same one! Phew! No sharing for this girl. ;)

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The wife enjoyed the Divine Fudge bar as an afternoon treat to get through a tough work day.

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I opted to savor the Heavenly Caramel while relaxing after a long day, pairing it with wine and a little nail pampering. :) Perfection.

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Make sure to follow Special K on Twitter and Facebook to keep up on the latest Special K brownie news.

Oh and in the meantime, head on over to your local grocery store and pick up a box… you won’t be disappointed!

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Special K Brownies.

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Dani Dishes: I Think About Food Constantly

On this episode of #DaniDishes, I’m sharing how I constantly think about food and asking you for your thoughts and advice!

 

 

My Game Plan For Tackling This:

1) Eat On A Schedule

2) Try To Keep Busy/Distracted

3) Plan Indulgences To Avoid Worrying/Dreading Them Thus Enjoying Them Guilt Free

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Tedy’s Team Group Run: 1st Riverside Run (1/10/15)

This run would be mine!

That’s right. Despite seeing a real feel of -4 for this morning’s group run with Tedy’s Team I was excited for it.

Today (January 10) is my three-year anniversary of hitting goal with Weight Watchers (60+ lbs shed through WW and 80 overall). So there was a little extra pep in my step.

My usual running mates weren’t going to make it due to injury and sickness so I know this would be more a of a solo run. I opted to leave the music at home since I’m now so used to running without it (thanks triathlon training).

The wife dropped me off at 7:50am and thankfully I had enough time to get some foam rolling in before we departed.

Today would be our first Riverside run of the season. A Riverside run means we take the green line of the MBTA (train) from Kenmore Square to the end of the D Line (Riverside stop). Once at Riverside, we run the 10.6 or so miles back to Kenmore. Why do this? Because we get to run on the actual Boston Marathon course and get some much-needed practice on Heartbreak Hill.

For those that don’t know Heartbreak Hill is about three miles of rolling hills that hit you at Mile 17 of the marathon. So the hills themselves aren’t horrendous, but when your legs already have 17 miles on them – they seem enormous! ;)

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When we departed the train at Riverside (after a 30 or so minute ride – worst part of the experience), I bee-lined it for the bathroom (shocker I know) and had to take a picture of this awesome sign. :O)

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After retying my shoes and locating satellites, it was time to get this run in motion.

Thankfully I’ve now done this run enough times that I actually know where I’m going. Tiny win! It takes just two rights and one left until you are officially on the marathon course. Oh the memories. Every time I step on that course I am transported back to race day for both 2013 and 2014.

Mile 1: 8:27
Mile 2: 8:42

Then THE right happens… on to Comm Ave and the start of Heartbreak Hill. I was all ready to snap a pic of the iconic Newton Firehouse, which is kind of the welcome committee to Heartbreak, but my phone decided to say this.

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Apparently the iPhone is too lazy to have a “too hot” and “too cold” message so it gives the same one either way. Because as I mentioned earlier Real Feel was -4, which doesn’t scream warm to me. How about you?

Mile 3: 8:35

Just before hitting Mile 4, I saw the familiar faces of our Tedy’s Team water stop! YAY!

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I look forward to these social stops WAAAYY too much! haha

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Teammate Patricia and I

And I know you were all waiting for the obligatory: Margaret and Dani pic! :)

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So apparently I was out there to run not gab! Huh. Who knew? So I hit Start on the Garmin and continued on OWNING Heartbreak. ;)

I was feeling really good. I don’t know why, but I felt strong and in the zone.

I didn’t look at my watch at all for pace, but instead focused on how I was feeling.

Mile 4: 8:07

Just before Mile 5, my phone decided it was “cool enough” to work again. Bring on the selfies!

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And now I could show the slushy snow covering the ground adding a little cross training to today’s run.

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Mile 5: 8:38

Now as I mentioned Heartbreak is actually 3 miles worth of rolling hills with the biggest and baddest at the end… of course!

Here is where I mentally have to prep myself. There could be some swearing going on, there could be some internal high fives and there could be some promises of beer to myself if I make it up and over.

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Hey! Whatever it takes right?

While running up this final leg of Heartbreak, I saw the kids of Dreamfar out there putting in some serious work.

Dreamfar High School Marathon (DHSM) is New England’s first high school marathon training program.  We are a Greater Boston-based program that teaches high school students that anything is possible, even completing a marathon.  With hard work, perseverance and guidance from dedicated mentors, our runners realize their potential as they train for the Cox Providence Marathon.

This lit another fire under my booty and I gave the hill everything I had.

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This is why when taking mid-run selfies you take mulitple. They aren’t all winners. :P

The final push was tough, but felt better than I expected. Not sure what was different about today’s run than runs past, but I went with it.

Mile 6: 8:46

The amazing sight when coming off of the final Heartbreak Hill push is BC.

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During the marathon there is a huge blow up arch that says:

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From Boston 2014

A magical sight during the race.

With the major hills being over, the run continued to familiar ground: Beacon St through Brookline and back to Kenmore Square.

Mile 7: 8:17

The great thing about all the charity runners out on the course together is the sense of community. Folks stop at each other’s water stops. There are tons of smiles, high fives and of course runner nods. :)

Our final water stop of the day was 7.6 miles in.

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John was ready for us with water and gatorade. I enjoyed my mini luna bar before heading out to finish this thang. Am I cool enough to pull off thang? I don’t think so. Doing it anyway.

I bobbed and weaved my way through the downtown Brookline as folks were out for brunch, etc. I tried to stay in the bike lane to avoid as much congestion as possible.

Mile 8: 8:28
Mile 9: 8:06

The only downfalls to running downtown are the people and the stoplights. Nothing like getting in a running groove and hitting every single red light. I was on that path this morning.

As I made my way down Beacon, I could see the final incline between me and coffee.

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I’ve mentioned before this incline is just before the Mile 25 marker for the marathon so on it’s own not that bad – at the point of the race it is? Killer.

As I looked ahead all I could see of the Citgo sign was GO… and GO I did.

I was going for 10.9 miles to make my 2015 year to date total a nice round 53.

Mile 10: 8:11

So I took an extra long route to Dunkin, which left me at 10.9 miles exactly.

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I felt great at the end of the run. Could I have run 15.3 more? Not at that same pace, but I could’ve kept going.

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I know I need to slow my long runs down as they should be slower than projected marathon pace, but today I let my body guide the pace and it felt okay the entire run.

I can tell being back at my goal weight is helping my pace and my overall feeling while running. Keeping excess weight off my back keeps that and my knees feeling better.

I opted to grab a coffee and wait for my wife at Dunkin. Of course I did some stretching while I waited.

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Now I will miss the team’s 12-14 mile run next weekend as I will be taking on 22.4 miles (5k-10k-Half) at Disneyland. I will miss the group, but I will be happy with the weather, costumes and character stops! :)

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Week 5 Workouts:

Sunday, January 4: 5k run
Monday, January 5: 4-mile run
Tuesday, January 6: Hill Repeats (2.8 miles) & 45-min Spin class (Turnstyle)
Wednesday, January 7: 4-mile run & 2.5-mile walk
Thursday, January 8: 5k run
Friday, January 9: 5-mile run
Saturday, January 10: 10.9-mile run

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Looking to Donate?

Are you interested in helping to fight Stroke? Please feel free to click on the link HERE to share a donation.

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My Stroke Heroes

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Who wants to virtually run a mile of the 2015 Boston Marathon with me?

Did you know: 1 in 3 Americans don’t know how to recognize a stroke? When you don’t know what to look for, you can’t save a life. Tedy’s Team and I want to change that and you can help us!

Download and share American Stroke Association’s stroke warning signs.

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. When you can spot the signs, you’ll know that you need to call 9-1-1 for help right away. F.A.S.T. is:

F.A.S.T. Letter F Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
F.A.S.T. Letter A Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
F.A.S.T. Letter S Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
F.A.S.T. Letter T Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.

Today, approximately 1,300 Americans will lose their life to, or become severely debilitated by a stroke.

THINK YOU ARE HAVING A STROKE? CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!

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I will be lacing up my sneakers to run the Boston Marathon in 2015 with Tedy’s Team in honor of my Stroke Heroes – my grandparents and my wife’s father – in addition to all of the others affected by Stroke. This will be my third Boston Marathon with Tedy’s Team and I am excited to take on the challenge and hit my fundraising goal of a combined $21k raised to #FightStroke!

If you would like to help me reach my goal AND virtually share a mile with me on that day, a $20 donation to Tedy’s Team would make any mile you want yours!! Sound like a fun plan?

Let’s Do It!

Click here to donate today

Leave a blog comment letting me know which mile you would like to sponsor

Miles Available

1- Melissa K
2- Ryan Flynn
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6- Elizabeth DeMulder
7- Gregg Bard
8- Jamie M
9- Thea R
10- Dan Flynn & Family
11- Carrie B
12- Mom & Dad
13- Samantha Avnet
14- Kelly Keating-Caraway
15- Mary Ellen Valverde
16- Frank Flynn & Family
17- Megan Ashe & Family
18- Sarah McDowell
19- Neil Flynn & Family
20- Dan Foley
21- John & Diane Flynn
22- Barry Gagne
23- Laura Layne
24- Dacia Root
25- Angela Gillis
26- My Stroke Heroes
26.2 For ME :)

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Thank you all for your support and remember F.A.S.T!!!!

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