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10,000 minutes..

Friday, December 31, 2010

I know many many people will surpass 10,000 fitness minutes this year, and I hope I do next year. Correction - I WILL exceed 10,000 minutes next year.

This year though, I'm tickled that I've hit this milestone today, the last day of 2010. What a great way to end my year.

It was cold and crisp and clear this morning, so I decided to head out to the golf course for one last run this year.

It was a fabulous day and I was so happy to be out on the trail again. I did my five minute walking warm-up, then took off doing my run 1 min./walk 1 min. It was so cold, it hurt to breathe at first, but that eased up eventually. I finished the 2 mile loop in 30 minutes. My best ever. Then, I did the unexpected. I sent Bill a text that I was going another 2 miles, and I'd be later than planned.

And I ran 2 more miles. I was only going to walk the loop, but I felt good, so did the 1:1 run/walk all the way through. This time I finished in 32 minutes, and I couldn't have been happier! It was that same bouncy, I can do ANYTHING feeling I had after the Jingle Bell run. Completely awesome!

When I got home, everyone was awake (they weren't when I left) and mostly ready for the day. I logged my run, and realized I was 49 minutes shy of breaking 10,000 fitness minutes. I could def. do that!

Mom volunteered to get dressed and go on a walk with me. WooHoo the family's going to help me break through! Kristan dressed as well, and we set out around the neighborhood.

The wind was howling around us, so rather than going my usual 3 mile route, we cut it short to 2 miles. 36 minutes down, 13 to go LOL

I rounded out my efforts with hip flexors, reverse crunches, lying leg raises, and back extensions. Nothing like a little ST to finish off the day, eh?

There. I've done it. The number seems incredible to me, although so many of you have so much more. I'm thrilled, not only with my own efforts, but also with my family helping me achieve this at the last.

Kristan has signed up for SP as well, and we've been going through the site, checking out the features and helping her learn how to use the trackers (she has some really yummy items on her SP provided menu LOL).

We're going to enjoy a small buffet-style dinner tonight with a few indulgences, and try to stay awake to see the new year in. Even if I'm not awake for it LOL I'm looking forward to 2011. Guess how I'm going to celebrate it tomorrow?
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Happy New Year, everyone!!
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    Soooo proud of you Candy! It's very hard to go out there in the cold!! You go girl!! emoticon

    Congratulations on your 10,ooo minutes!!! emoticon
    3814 days ago
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    Candy, that is such an AWESOME way to end 2010! And what a high to be on to ring in the new year! It's so nice that the family helped you along the way at the end. That will be a memory you'll never forget. I can't wait to see what you will log in 2011, and how many more races you'll have under your belt by the time 2012 rolls around (and the belt will no doubt need tightening because you won't have a roll to fit it around!). I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm SO proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3815 days ago
    AWESOMENESS abounds! I am so proud of you for finishing so strong and beginning the new year with tons of enthusiasm. You truly are spreading the spark and setting your world on fire.
    3815 days ago
    Way to finish 2010 strong!!! you Rocked it for sure!!!
    3815 days ago
  • BEAR2009
    Congrats!!!! What a wonderful achievement, made even more special by having your family's support and encouragement!
    Here's to an even better year in 2011!
    3815 days ago
    Way to Go! How lovely that your mom and daughter supported you by being by your side. That is wonderful. I am guessing your are running today? That was a lot of minutes for someone who started with the year half over!


    3815 days ago
    Way to go Candy! I'm so happy to have met you and can't wait to see you again soon. You are such an inspiration with your humor and determination. I hope you and Bill have an amazing 2011!
    emoticon Cheers!
    3816 days ago
  • GAYLEP67
    Candy, you have been a true treasure and I was so lucky to find you here on SparkPeople this year. I am so proud of you and your many many accomplishments. You have the BEST can-do attitude and your drive to secure your 10,000 fitness minutes by the end of this year is proof positive. I think it was fabulous that Kristan and your Mom were by your side to support you in achieving that goal. So nice!!

    I wish you all the best for 2011 and look forward to seeing where this journey takes us!

    emoticon emoticon Happy New Year!

    3816 days ago
    Congrats on 10K minutes! Woo Hoo!
    3816 days ago
    Congratulations on making 10,000 minutes Candy!
    You are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I'm so excited to read your stories and now that you've added pictures, it makes them more inspirational! You are one special lady and I wish you nothing but the best in 2011! I look forward to reading more of these amazing stories in the new year! Keep it up! and guess what??? I went out and bought myself brand new "RUNNING" shoes today AND the "SPARKBOOK"!!!


    3816 days ago
    Wow Wow Wow! Now THAT is dedication! You are a real inspiration to me.
    I would welcome a walk in the cold temps. Today we are having the hottest day yet this summer and it was too hot and humid even at 8am to have a really productive walk. Blech.
    3816 days ago
    look at you glowing with your accomplishment! i wonder what all you'll accomplish in 2011?
    3816 days ago
    congrats on reaching 10,000 minutes! that is fantastic news! happy new year and have a fabulous 2011!
    3816 days ago
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