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Hi, I'm Claire- I'm 32 years old and have been on SP for about two years to lose about 30lbs. Since joining, I've become a committed runner and am reaching goals I previously thought were unachievable. On Feb. 28th 2010 I ran my first marathon!

I have learned that it's not about perfection but about commitment and being consistent. Sometimes it's 2 steps forward, one back, but progress does come! I still have some weight to lose but I am on my way.

Thank you SP!

2009 Races:
April 18 2009- Azalea Classic 5k University Park MD: 35:07
May 3- Takoma Park 5k Challenge, Takoma Park MD: 31:32
May 17- Capitol Hill Classic 10k Washington DC: 1:12:22
July 4th- Santa Cruz Firecracker 10k: 1:03:23 (PR)
September 26- Prevent Cancer 5k, Washington DC: 28:14 (PR)
November 8th- GCF: 1/2 marathon, Washington DC: 2:28:01

2010 Races:
February 28th- FULL marathon, Rock N Roll New Orleans: 5:12:17
April 18th- Earth Day 5k, Silver Spring: 29:56
May 16: Capitol Hill Classic 10k, DC: 71:39
July 4th: Santa Cruz Firecracker 10k: 1:08? approx

2011 Races:

May 22: Warrior Dash (goal Have fun!)
October 30: Marine Corps 10k (1:04:46)

Fastest mile ran to date: 8:15
Longest distance ran to date: 26.2 miles

Member Since: 3/2/2009

Fitness Minutes: 20,586

My Goals:
I realized that I need to make some new goals as I have achieved all but 2 of the original 6.

The big goal is to lose 30lbs.
Fit into the little black dress in my closet!

New Goals:
Run a sub 8 minute mile.
Be under 150lbs (no longer 'overweight').
Run a sub-hour 10k.
Pay off last credit card.
Do an unassisted pull up.
Run a 2:20:00 half marathon.

Run 5 miles without stopping.
(DONE! 4/27/09)
Run a 9 minute mile. (DONE 5/29/09)
Run a competitive race (DONE! 4/18/09)
Pay off 1 credit card
(DONE! 7/13/09)
Take some sort of new fitness class, yoga, etc. (DONE! Yoga for Runners 7/22/09)
Run a sub-1/2 hour 5k. (DONE! 9/27/09)
Run 10 miles in one go.
(DONE! 10/10/09)
Run a 1/2 marathon.
(DONE! 11/8/09)
Run a full marahon.
(DONE! 2/28/10)
Get SCUBA certified.
(DONE! 12/12/10)

My Program:
jogging with the dogs, working out at the Y.

Personal Information:
I live in the DC area and I am a museum scientist.

Other Information:
Changes I've made that are helping keep a healthy lifestyle, in no particular order.
* Sitting down and actually eating a substantial breakfast.
* Bringing lunch to work most days.
* Doing more housework
* Yoga nearly every day- even if only 5 minutes.
* Training for a marathon.
* Getting off the metro one stop early and walking a couple times a week.
* Going to bed earlier.
* Trying to get more fiber.
* Really trying to drink more water.
* Cut out sugar from my morning coffee.
* Quit smoking!
* Stopped eating meat (still eating fish).
* Now eating a nearly completely vegetarian diet and am experimenting with veganism.

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  • v KATHLEEN0222
    I really liked your comment on "How did you become the runner you are today" message post. You have achieved so much in such a short time!!!

    I've done 2 5ks and am signed up for 2 more this year. I plan to train for 10k's next year. Maybe a 1/2 marathon in a few years? We'll see where this journey takes me!

    Congratulations on your continued success!!!! Keep sparking!!! emoticon
    3922 days ago
    emoticon to the p90x "Bring it" team! emoticon
    4004 days ago
    WELCOME TO THE NOURISHING TRADITIONS TEAM! I am so happy that you've joined our small community! Pop in and tell us about yourself and join in on our fierce conversations about nutrition and lifestyle!

    Have a great week!
    4030 days ago
    Yeah, mine was very local which was good. But you did a really cool one! I'm still waiting for www.marathonfoto.com to get the rest of the pics so I can actually have a good one crossing the finish line. I believe Disney is the 2nd week of January. There's a Spark Team I just joined called WDW Marathon 2011.
    4168 days ago
    Can't wait to hear how your race went! Mine was awesome! Will look forward to your blog! - Tia
    4170 days ago
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