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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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    I saw your page on the DC Spark Page. I am also a big believe in yoga - it's completely changed my physical and mental state. Good luck with the running!
    4051 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my page! I wish you a lot of fun in your marathon and have a great 13 mile run (we did that last week, so only doing 7 today!). Just think, in a few weeks, we'll be saying, "We only have to run 13 miles today!" emoticon - Tia

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    4059 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/12/2009 9:42:10 AM
    Hi and welcome to Fit & Organized. Great to have you with us. Check out the different threads, challenges and team goals....and join us on them. Looking to get to know you through your posts to the team. See you soon!

    Nancy, co-leader
    4075 days ago
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    Just read your blog and wanted to stop by your page to say that your progress is great! I am very jealous. My 10k is in 3 weeks time but after a few weeks of injuries and hit and miss training my Physioterapist has said no running for 2 weeks! emoticon

    I don't think I will be able to take part now but your story has made me think of things in a more positive light! I will rest my ankle and get back into running when I am able. Thanks
    4162 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/30/2009 5:28:40 PM
    emoticon thanks for your advise on how to change my name. now if i can think of a good name to change it to, i would be a happier person. this is so hard (and i refuse to do the april thing like april-fools or april-showers)

    hopefully i will think of one soon emoticon
    4230 days ago
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