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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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