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Saturday, May 28, 2011

This has been a rough time of late. I appreciate all your thoughts, notes, goodies and hugs with Katy's passing. She's no longer in pain, and for that we're grateful. Bill has been in Texas since last Saturday, returning tomorrow evening. We've reached a point where some hard decisions need to be made, and the distance has and hasn't helped.

What has helped the most has been running. I've missed more runs than I should have, but I've kept up with the tribe. Last Saturday, we did the Friar Trot 5/10K, in Sherwood, OR.
www.thefriartrot.com/index.html

We had a great time, and I was fortunate to run with my Tribe buddy Holly. She's quicker than I am, and although we kept to our 30/30 intervals, she set a quick 12 mm pace, and I hung with her as long as I could. She peeled off about 2.5 miles in to finish the 10K, and I kept on to finish the 5K.

Thanks to running with Holly, I finished in 38:12.3 - yep, that's right, I PR'd. By a lot LOL My fastest 5K time previously was 42, so I'm thrilled with this. I plan on continuing to improve.

I stuck with Zumba and ST on Monday and Wednesday, although it was a struggle to get myself up and out of the house. I ran on Tuesday, but flaked out on Thursday. I wish I could come up with a way to overcome the Thursday Tireds, but so far they win more often than not. Friday was a wash as well - I could have hit the gym, but opted to hit the loveseat instead. I rationalized it by figuring I was resting up for Saturday. For the 10.5 mile run with the Tribe.

For about 12 seconds, I considered NOT going for the Tribe run this morning. I finally kicked that ridiculous thought to the curb and got fueled, watered, dressed, and on the road. We met at 8:30 this morning, met some newbies starting the second session of the training, and headed out. For the newbies, we did a quick 2.25 mi, circled back by REI, dropped them off, then took off to finish out our milage.

We were all over the place with our pace, ranging anywhere from 13 to 16 and back again. It was good, though, and I felt pretty good. My inner thigh muscles started to ache a bit, right before we hit this big*ss hill. Like, a ridiculous hill. Seriously. Holly and I cursed Aaron's name as we mostly walked up, then pussyfooted our way back down - the sidewalks were wet, the blossoms and leaves were laying everywhere, slick and scary. About 2 miles out, Holly's hip was hurting enough that she needed to walk it in, and I stuck with her. We were well behind the rest of our group anyway, so why not.

This run hurt much more than the 9 mi run did two weeks ago. Maybe because I didn't do my maintenance run on Thursday? Maybe because I've been eating like.. the old me circa 2009? Maybe because I've not been sleeping as well, or moving as well, or... whatever. It hurt, I earned it, and I'm good with that.

We finished in 2:39.. 2 hours, 39 minutes. Unfortunately, I had to potty right from the start, so it was a relief to finish and use the facilities. Geez-o-pete! Fortunately, I was able to then hobble to the car and drive myself home. One glass of chocolate milk later, I was in the tub, in cold water. Cold water. C-O-L-D water! Jeff Galloway advises an ice bath for aching legs after a run, and Holly and others in the Tribe have sworn by them. I haven't hurt quite this much previously, so I figured it was time to take the plunge, so to speak. Rather than add ice, I just ran the cold water, and eased (squeaked!!!) my way down into the water. The puppie-girls were fascinated with the process - why is mama sitting in the tub, in a hoodie, in cold water, cursing and squeaking and gasping?

Yea. I feel good now though. Better. My knees still ache, but that's normal for me. The rest of the hurt is gone now, and hopefully will remain gone.

So.. running. I'm not fast, but I'm getting faster. I'm determined and dedicated, even if I did get off track this week. Not once, when we were out there this morning, did I think, 'let's quit' or 'I don't want to do this anymore' or 'I wish I were doing........' whatever. I was right where I wanted and needed to be. It makes all the difference in the world.
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GAYLEP67 5/29/2011 11:51PM

    38:12.3??? Awesome!! I'm so proud of you my friend. You've come such a long way and each blog you write makes me even prouder because you've accomplished so very much. I literally shivered as I read about your chilly bath! Can't imagine...us Japanese folks like our baths so hot (so bad with my high BP too)!

You're doing great girl! Go get 'em!!

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ANNESYLVIA 5/29/2011 7:21AM

    Wow, four minutes! I am not even a runner and I know that is a worthy improvement.

It is good to see that your love for running is not only a great fitness active but is also great for your mind & soul.


take care,

Anne

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LMLOPEZ 5/28/2011 11:38PM

    Glad to see you back! So sorry for your loss.
Sounds like you did great-way to go with your PR!! WooHoo!!

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JULIE2719 5/28/2011 9:10PM

    Wonderful - I especially like the part where you say you never thought "let's quit" - changing your mind set is the biggest accomplishment of all! You are fast enough now and will only get faster!

Great!

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WINNIETHAX 5/28/2011 9:07PM

    Congrats on the PR, dearie. I saw signs for the Friar Trot a few weeks ago and thought it would have been a really fun race to do, but I'm not quite there yet. Luckily I can live vicariously through you.

BTW, SUPER IMPRESSED with the cold water/ice bath. I don't have the cajones for THAT. You're hard core, man. . .

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GAYEMC 5/28/2011 7:45PM

    I am so proud of you Candy! And congrats on the PR

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KAREN42BOYS 5/28/2011 7:04PM

    i LOVE the end description of the puppies watching you! i think i'll be doing a bath tonight and throw in a goodly amount of epsom salts for recovery.

and i hear you about not being the fastest but being doggedly stubborn at persisting. that'll get us through a lot.

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 5/28/2011 6:51PM

    I was fascinated with your running details. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and physical experience. I'd like to point out that a blog back you mentioned a "few things" were going on. All that emotional/psychological stuff is connected to the body. I'd be surprised if you didn't need extra rest and energy to workout. Do what you can, don't regress, and you will get back on a forward track. It actually sounds like you are doing great in your running so be proud of yourself, and cut you some slack about not keeping an exact training schedule during a difficult time. Congrats on the PR!

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Going quiet for a time...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

We found out this morning that my sister-in-law Katy has passed away. With a few other things going on in life right now, I'm going to take a bit of time to be quiet. I'll be around, I'll likely still track, but I will just be rather low key.
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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 5/29/2011 9:57AM

    Oh honey, I'm so sorry. And I'm even more thankful for both you and Bill that you had your time with her in Texas recently. It is never easy, but know that many, many people are thinking of you, lifting you up in positive thoughts and prayers, and sending healing energy your way. Know that we're here for you if you decide you need some additional support. Do what you need to do for you. We'll still be around when you get back. Love you. emoticon

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CLARABRUNNING 5/28/2011 9:30PM

    so sorry to hear this my friend. I am sure that is really tough - I am close with my 3 sisters in law. love ya girl! Clara

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MRSBENNETT2 5/25/2011 7:57PM

    Candy - so sorry for your loss! Take care of eachother. See you around!

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ROBBIEMARIE 5/23/2011 5:25PM

    I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I am very happy that you were able to recently spend some time with her. You are in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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CHAZERAY 5/22/2011 9:35PM

    So sorry to hear of your loss. You and Bill are in my thoughts.

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GAYEMC 5/21/2011 8:41PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about Katy. Glad you got to visit with her recently. Take care of yourself and DH.

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TUNIE- 5/21/2011 2:00PM

    My sincerest condolences on your loss. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I look forward to hearing from you again when you are ready. (hugs)

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WISLNDR 5/21/2011 1:16PM

    emoticon I'm sorry for your loss.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/20/2011 2:07PM

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KASHMIR 5/20/2011 1:11PM

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RIGBY31 5/20/2011 12:36PM

    I'm so sorry. Take care. emoticon

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REALLY_ROBIN 5/20/2011 12:23PM

  Candy I'm so sorry! I know the feeling...it took me a month to work through my stuff and I just needed to be down. Just remember we are here, if you need us! Hugs...Robin

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AFMARVIN 5/20/2011 12:09PM

    So sorry, thinking of you and your family.

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ANNESYLVIA 5/20/2011 6:49AM

    How heartbreaking emoticonmy condolences emoticon

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BAILEE_GRAVES 5/20/2011 6:11AM

    So sorry Candy! Please pass my condolences on to Bill as well. I know this is going to be a difficult time for all of you. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

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GAYLEP67 5/20/2011 2:26AM

    My heart is with you at this sad time Candy. You, Bill, and the entire clan will be in my thoughts.

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LMLOPEZ 5/19/2011 11:47PM

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 5/19/2011 11:28PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. You will be in my thoughts.

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DITZYCHICK 5/19/2011 10:26PM

    emoticonto you and your husband. It isn't easy saying goodbye to loved ones...take all the time you need. You and your family are very much in my thoughts.

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KIMBANN 5/19/2011 9:39PM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will be keeping your and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
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REZILLIANCE 5/19/2011 7:48PM

    Sorry to hear about your loss, all the best to you and your family in this hard time. Take all the time you need.

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COOKWITHME65 5/19/2011 7:39PM

    So sorry to hear of your families loss.

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IMIN2GENES 5/19/2011 7:39PM

    So sorry for your loss! My condolences are with you and your family. We'll keep you and your family in our prayers.
Chris
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PARNELI 5/19/2011 6:29PM

    Sorry to hear of your loss.

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 5/19/2011 6:21PM

    I am sorry for your loss.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 5/19/2011 5:55PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take good care of yourself.

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

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MOTTAMAMALOU 5/19/2011 5:20PM

    Condolences to you and your family.

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WALKAWAY 5/19/2011 5:14PM

    You and your family are in my prayers. I am truly sorry for your loss. Let me know if you need anything. Sending you hugs.

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9 miles w/ the Tribe...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I had a meltdown running 7.5 mi two weeks ago. I felt alright running 6.2 last Sunday. I felt goood doing 4 mi on a trail on Tuesday, and still achey doing an easy 3 on Thursday.

I wasn't sure what to expect for today's run. TOM started yesterday. I stayed up too late catching up with Private Practice. I did not eat healthy for dinner. I was bloated for a variety of reason.

I went anyway, even though I tried everything to talk myself out of it. I just ignored myself, and went. Go figure.

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After today, I'm able to believe, just a little bit more, I can do a Half. I appreciate it if all y'all KNOW I can do one, I really do. If I don't believe it in my heart, though, it'll never happen. Today, I'm that much closer.

Simply showing up and finishing is no longer enough for me. I do not expect perfection. I do expect progress, and improvement.

Today, I saw both, and I am happy.
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WALKAWAY 5/15/2011 10:36PM

    Way to go my friend. emoticon

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RIGBY31 5/15/2011 2:37PM

    emoticon You're awesome!

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KAREN42BOYS 5/15/2011 12:02PM

    (first post since returning from Italy)

I totally get what you mean about taking on an audacious goal. It's too big to imagine really doing, but that's part of what makes the journey so cool. Somewhere in the last 2 weeks, I've figured out that I KNOW I can get through the sprint triathlon. I've done the training, and compared to most of the triathlon world it's going to be a sorry time, but it will be a fabulous time for me. I'm guessing my time will be about 2 hours plus transition times. We'll see... for me and for you. :)

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DITZYCHICK 5/15/2011 12:59AM

    Great job getting out there and giving yourself the opportunity to be proud!!! It would have been too easy not to have gone...well done girl!!!

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KASHMIR 5/14/2011 9:57PM

    Love It!!!!

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LMLOPEZ 5/14/2011 9:45PM

    emoticon!!!!!!!!!
You rock for running your nine-and I have no doubt in my mind that you could (and probably will) run a half, a full or whatever you wish!!!!
Great job.

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IMIN2GENES 5/14/2011 8:10PM

    Awesome! I am so happy for you! Such great progress!
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WISLNDR 5/14/2011 5:59PM

    Good for you, you will do an awesome job!!

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GAYEMC 5/14/2011 4:51PM

    Oh Candy, I have no doubt that you can do a half. I remember a year ago when you did the Mayor's Walk. Look how far you've come. Hope you had a nice run this morning. I enjoyed the 2.5 mile walk and was happy it didn't rain. And my body is stiff. Can't imagine how yours feels. Have a great rest of the weekend!

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Weekend Plans..

Friday, May 13, 2011

My weekend starts in approx. 35 minutes!
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I'll head home and scoop up the Hubster and walk to the gym (1.5 mi).
We'll get our ST done.
We'll walk home (1.5 mi).

We'll have something healthy and nutritious. I type this 'out loud' so that it's in writing and harder to ignore. Maybe. See, Auntie Flo has arrived, and she's a cranky ole bat as usual. I'm extra tired and when I'm extra tired I tend to go for the cheap and easy eats - taco salad from El Loco Burrito perhaps, or heck even Popeyes! It's been a long while since we've had either one.

Anyway, the PLAN is to eat well and not too much.

Then I'm getting up early tomorrow morning, which will actually be sleeping in for me - 5:30 a.m.
I'll hydrate, I'll eat, and I'll head off to meet the Tribe at 8:30 for our long slow run.

9 miles.

9 miles.

9 miles.

No, my record does not have a skip in it. I just had to type that outloud a few times. 9 miles. I've lost my ever-lovin' mind, but there you go. It'll be fine, I'm sure.

I just snorted.

Then, after that, Lindsay and Chris and Most Importantly RILEY will be arriving to stay the night. They have a roommate in Salem who has his young daughters (think 2 and 4 y/o) every other weekend, which is this weekend. The kids opted to come to Portland for the weekend for whatever reason. Who am I to question? Maybe we really will get to have the baby every other weekend after all?

I figure while I'm languishing on the couch.. erm.. recovering on the couch, I can be a baby-hog as much as I want! If they try and take him away from me for someone else to hold I'll just whine that he was good for what ails me LOL

We're planning healthy beer-butt chicken roasted on the grill with veggies/potatos for dinner that night.

Sunday, I'll sleep in until I hear the baby, then get up and get back to baby-hogging again.
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It's what I'm good at!

I hope your weekend will be as good, as zany, as restful, as joyful, and as sunshiny as I hope mine is!
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DITZYCHICK 5/14/2011 11:42AM

    I think it's really neat that your husband is so supportive of you and joins you in your healthy lifestyle!!! Makes it so much easier, doesn't it? I'll just keep working on it for me here and hope to inspire my family members in some way!

Enjoy your fitness, healthy nutrition, baby cuddling filled weekend my friend!!!

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ANNESYLVIA 5/14/2011 8:48AM

    Enjoy that baby! And yes, my weekend already started very eventful! With stay over company as well. Gotta love family!


Hugs,

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BAILEE_GRAVES 5/14/2011 8:30AM

    Sounds like wonderful weekend plans. Enjoy the baby!!

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WISLNDR 5/14/2011 7:06AM

    Hey, sounds like a fun weekend! Every bit of it!! (Probably because I'm still on HM recovery and don't have to run today. 9 miles? . . . . .HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA)

Enjoy your weekend!

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LMLOPEZ 5/13/2011 10:50PM

    At least it's 9 miles-and not 27 LOL!!!
Sounds like you have a great plan in place-kiss on that baby and you won't even care how many miles you run!
Me, I plan to sleep in and run later-and hopefully golf with my honey in the afternoon. My weekend started yesterday and I'm "working it" and playing it!! emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 5/13/2011 10:02PM

    Baby hogging! I love it! You crack me up, my friend!

Kick butt on that run! I know you can do it! Then enjoy all the baby hogging you can get!
Chris


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GAYEMC 5/13/2011 9:27PM

    OMG Candy, as usual you crack me up. I had a great aunt (annie) growing up who I thought was the most mean person on earth. When I aged, I remembered her fondly. Have a great run with the tribe, I'll be thinking of you on my 2.5 mile Doggie Dash through the poop (way too much of it last year!) have fun with Riley!

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KASHMIR 5/13/2011 6:26PM

    I'll be thinking of you baby hogging while I'm doing my 9 miles Sunday morning!

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Happy Mother's Day and Cinco 10K...

Sunday, May 08, 2011

If you're a Mother, Grandmother, or Auntie I hope you've had a wonderful day.
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The rest is a quickie blog - covering my 10K today. We've been so busy since Riley arrived, and hardly home, I know and shamedly admit I'm behind on your blogs and notes. Do forgive me - I'll be catching up soon, promise!

Today was the Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. Courtney and I did the 10K, and Bill did the 5K. Well, Courtney and I did the same race, but the girl is in a running class far and beyond me LOL She rocked it in a fantastic 56 minutes!

Bill did splendid as well. I felt bad running off from him in the opposite direction, but it was ok, he understood LOL We're waiting for official results, but we think he managed to shave off 3-4 minutes from his last 5K.

Me? I did alright as well. My last (and first!) 10K, I ran 6 mi in 1:23. Today, I ran 6.25 in 1:23 again - only a quarter mile further. Go figure! I'm basing this on Garmin time/distance of course. We haven't gotten official results yet.

A few snaps, taken by Tim, our step-ex-wife's S.O.

Our gang emoticon I love that we do these things together. Courtney, as fast as she is, is always so supportive and waits for us old dogs to finish up LOL


I look like I'm walking? Pfffft. I'm running! Slowly! But running!


Finish time. It took a few minutes to reach the starting line, so I'm thinking my Garmin is pretty accurate! Yay me! Improvement, no matter how small, is positive forward motion. Love it!

This time, I feel much better physically. Last 10K, I felt wiped out, completely, afterward. This time, I feel human, and I'm grateful - it means my endurance is increasing, and that's what I want/need. We've made a simple dinner of turkey meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Quick and easy was exactly what we needed.

We'll rest up tonight, and head back down to Salem tomorrow. Lindsay and Riley will be going home, so we want to see him in his natural environment. And change his clothes a dozen times to make sure he wears some of the MANY outfits Granny and Mimi (step-ex-wife Laure) have gotten him LOL

I hope you've all had a great day, and here's to a great week to come!
C~

  
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ANNESYLVIA 5/11/2011 8:11PM

    emoticon Yes, YOU ARE A RUNNER! Rawr! my little duckling! RAWR!

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RIGBY31 5/9/2011 10:58PM

    I love the family pics! And you look fabulous, girl!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon It really is great that you all run races together.

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GAYEMC 5/9/2011 8:58PM

    You're rockin it girl! WTG on the time. Took me almost 2 hrs to wakl the 6.6 miles and with leg pain never got to do some running intervals. Love that green jacket, you are looking HOT! Now I've got to catch up with your other blogs. Congrats Grandma!

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LMLOPEZ 5/9/2011 5:18PM

    I love that you finished "faster" for that quarter mile-improvement IS improvement!! Great job on the run and you are looking like you feel awesome as well!!!
Keep on runnin!!! And enjoy that grandbaby!!!


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GAYLEP67 5/8/2011 11:22PM

    LOL! Okay so I just finished reading Teresa's comments so I'll add: When you're done slapping yourself upside of your head, slap yourself up the other side of your head for me!

Seriously Candy...you're doing GREAT and you DO NOT LOOK LIKE YOU ARE WALKING!!! I am so incredibly proud of you for truly embracing your new life. You go girl! You wear it well!
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BAILEE_GRAVES 5/8/2011 8:11PM

    OK Missy.....we're gonna work on that self confidence of yours!

"Well, I did alright." SERIOUSLY?!?!?!!! Slap yourself upside of your head for me!! You did awesome!!

I love that you and Bill (and courtney, too) are doing this together. I feel so lost now that Samantha has moved and Kevin just can't seem to get motivated. I've got to find me a new buddy!

But you guys are just wonderful and I'm SO very proud of all of you!

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