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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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    Best wishes for your marathon! emoticon
    3975 days ago
    Hey Claire, we're both doing our first marathon tomorrow! I wish us both a great race with great weather! I'll look forward to reading your race report! Have a blast!!! - Tia

    3975 days ago
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    Best wishes on your marathon! Hope that you make it to the starting line. At least the weather should be nicer than at home! May the wind be at your back if there is any.
    3975 days ago
    Stopping by from Fit & Organized with Valentine wishes! emoticon emoticon

    Nancy, co-leader
    3990 days ago
    Hey Claire! That's so awesome! If there was any other marathon I'd want to run for my first, it would definitely be New Orleans! Love the food there and would have no guilt eating it after that event! We're running Tampa's biggest marathon, the Gasparilla Distance Classic, it's the final year they're doing it so we couldn't resist!

    What challenges did you have at the 20 miles? I have runner's knee in both knees so at some point, I just get in a lot of pain. A sports Medicine doctor gave me some "braces" to wear but I hope to not have to wear them in the marathon, because I look like "Run Forrest Run!" in them.

    What training plan are you following? We run our 20 miles next week. This week is recovery with only 14. Can't believe I'm saying "only 14" right?

    I wish you a great time and thank you for the well wishes as well! - Tia

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