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Monday, September 15, 2014

Me! Woohoo!

I have to say that today started out as just another day, get up, have some coffee and go to work. Nothing special, or so I thought.

I had to drive a slightly different route this morning and it was quite foggy. I was puttering along when suddenly as I approached the crest of a hill I began to rise above the fog and there it was, my biggest gift of the day. (or so I thought)

Just spectacular! I finished my drive to work which took me back down into the valley where it remained foggy for another hour. Just crazy fog so thick you could not see more then a few feet. The beautiful sunrise kept me in a joyful mood.

After work I had planned to run but somewhere during the hours of the day I lost my motivation. (or so I thought) I drove home making excuses as to why I wasn't going to run tonight. None of them held water though and I knew it. I gave myself a good pep-talk, got dressed and out the door I went.

I drove 5 minutes away to a small town where I knew I could get a couple of miles in by making a few loops on the quite roads around the town. "Let's get this over with." I started out a little sluggish but I began to enjoy the evening and my pace picked up. Then after about 3 miles I was running down the Main street and I heard clapping. I looked over and there were two elderly men sitting on a porch clapping and smiling at me. LOL! Too funny, but I waved and ran on. I felt even better now with the encouragement and my pace got even faster. With my new found enthusiasm I ended up making an extra loop and passed by the house one more time. This time one of the men stood at the edge of the porch and yelled "You're the winner!!" I yelled "Thank you!" and finished my run at 5.5 miles believing that today I really am the winner.

Simple things but gifts that made my day. Life is meant to be appreciated and today I am very appreciative. Hope you find gifts on your days journey to appreciate also.

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CASEYSAUER 12/3/2014 2:45PM

    What a fantastic day!!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 9/29/2014 9:52PM

    This is so wonderful!!! You ARE a winner!

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MARGARITTM 9/17/2014 7:31AM

    Fun to get that kind of random support!

well deserved!

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MAVERICKDR 9/16/2014 9:51PM

    The reward could not have come if you hadn't taken that first step. You pushed through. You hold the key to success in that secret place inside. Keep going. You are a winner indeed.

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MBTEPP 9/16/2014 2:56PM

    Wow, gorgeous sunrise! I would take that road to work again!

My guess is you inspired the youth in those men emoticon

Good for you to accept no excuse!


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PMRUNNER 9/16/2014 11:24AM

    Yay! You never know when you may inspire someone or be inspired yourself! Great story, thanks for sharing.

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BIGPAWSUP 9/16/2014 10:52AM

    That is a wonderful story. Congrats

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KAYOTIC 9/16/2014 9:38AM

    emoticon Love this story, what you would have missed if you hadn't laced up those shoes and run!

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MOM4HOCKEY 9/15/2014 11:12PM

    I love this blog! We truly do miss those special little gifts when were too wrapped up in the busyness of life!! Good for you on being the "winner" ha ha !

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18.12 Challenge Complete! Woohoo 18.12 miles! Part 2

Saturday, September 06, 2014

So I went to bed nice and early the night before the race. I heard the news before going to bed though, thunderstorms on the way, may delay race, may cancel race. What???!!! I just kept thinking it'll be alright, just some rain. Race will go on. I put my ear plugs in just in case and happily went to sleep remembering the sights that I saw during the day. Very relaxed, I ate good and laid my gear out and was ready for this.

Then it happened, thunder and lightening with high winds and downpours! Oh. it'll be done by morning, I thought. Always trying to keep positive. In spite of the storms, I slept very well until about 3AM but I forced myself to just lay there and take the rest like a good runner should.

The rain and wind did not stop. I checked the race website and the race is still on as long as there is no lightening. I started out in the dark and made it to the shuttle bus on time. The ride to the starting line was a chatty bunch, but I was just plain nervous.

The rain let up for awhile and I thought oh good it is over. I felt pretty darn good and just kept telling myself that this is just another long run on a Sunday morning. The race was very well organized with plenty of water stops and cheerleaders along the way. There was lot's of community support and that really helped a lot.

We ran rain free for about 5-6 miles, temps around 70 but very cloudy and windy. I felt really decent and believed I was going to get this done. Then the rain started again and it poured buckets and buckets! The police and volunteers were cheering me on anyway remarking about the rain and I said they call it a challenge so I guess it is! I can do this! Woohoo!

My spirits were high and I initially avoided the puddles but now I just ran right through them. I was so glad that I had a hat to keep my glasses somewhat dry as I kept my head down to shield them better. I was even happier that I left my camera in the car.
I wanted to take photos during the race but that was not happening.

At about mile 16 my knee started to feel a little twinge that I didn't like. (I have a completely torn ACL and a bakers cyst that sometimes swells up) I walked a little figuring I could walk it off. This began my run/walk to the end. My spirits still high I looked at my time and knew that even if I had to walk the rest of the way I could still make it in the 4 hour time limit. I kept pushing the run though cause I wanted to make a certain time and they are not forcing me to get on the bus because I am too slow. At about a half mile left to go I gave myself a good pep-talk and kept saying "there is no pain" "there is no pain". Once I had me convinced, I yelled run like this is the first mile of the day Dee! You can do it! "This is the first mile" Oh the games we play.

I came over the final hill and saw the lake and got such a huge surge of emotions. I had to tell myself to keep it together because no my breathing started getting nuts. Calm down girl. Then I swear that I saw my Dad standing in the finish area looking on. I am going freaking nuts but I am almost there.

Yes! I crossed the finish line and in spite of the rain and the winds I made it in just about the time that I wanted to. 3:47, I was aiming for 3:45.

Most of the early finishers and spectators were gone because of the weather and the band was cancelled. I got my finishers medal and walked around the battlefield for awhile and then went back to shower and rest.

My recovery has been awesome! I expected to be more sore but I really did a lot of what I have read here and other places as far as the training and recovery goes. It obviously works. My asthma was not too much of an issue during the race, I never felt like I endangering myself or being foolish. I used my inhaler as prescribed and felt good except for that one spot near the end when I got super emotional.

All in all, I had a great time with the training and the event. The director did an excellent job. There was plenty of fluids, goo, orange slices, and even ice cubes along the way. I will definitely consider doing this again next year.

I am finally drying out.

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ZANYGIRL1 9/11/2014 9:30AM

    WOW! That's emoticon my friend, I'm so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And next year will be even better!! emoticon

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INSPIREDSOUL 9/8/2014 4:36PM

    It's so beautiful. emoticon

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KAYOTIC 9/7/2014 12:23PM

    What a crazy challenge! And you proved yourself up to it....good that you are recovering well too. emoticon

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MIRAGE727 9/7/2014 10:10AM

    I loved reading about your Challenge this morning! It motivated me on my recovery day! It also excites me when I see others who get it! Thanks for sharing. Embrace recovery, take care of your self, stay strong, and rock on!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/7/2014 7:55AM

    Great job! Loved your report!! Very impressive run!!! Sorry it rained on you and you didn't get your band playing at the end. I'm sure that would have been fun. Admire that you went with it and accomplished it. -Marsha

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BIGPAWSUP 9/6/2014 6:02PM

    Absolutely awesome!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 9/6/2014 4:38PM

    FANTASTIC!!! Incredible time considering the weather! You SHOULD be proud! Very proud! Great blog!

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BOILHAM 9/6/2014 3:06PM

    Great job! Long distance and bad conditions. Proud of you!!

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    Wow - that's great - especially in such conditions - you should be proud of yourself

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COOP9002 9/6/2014 1:05PM

    Awesome job!!!

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ONMYMEDS 9/6/2014 12:59PM

    Great job, well done!!


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MBTEPP 9/6/2014 12:47PM

    emoticon RUN! emoticon

emoticon time. With all the weather conditions, you came real close to your time. Nice job that you kept pushing, and finished well.

I have had 2 races now in complete rain, one a down pour. Somehow you just get through it.

Glad to hear you will consider the race again next year!!


Good luck tomorrow on your HM. Make it fun, and go easy on your ACL. I hope you have GOOD weather! I will be thinking of you as I race!

BTW, love the soothing pics from your scenic hike the day before. Way to keep yourself grounded.

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PMRUNNER 9/6/2014 12:18PM

    Well done! Nice race under challenging conditions!

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18.12 Challenge Complete! Woohoo 18.12 miles! Part 1

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Yes! I did it! This was week #17 of training and it ended with the run.

The weeks runs looked like this:
Run #1 - 3.5 miles
Run #2 - 2.23 miles
Run #3 - 2.25 miles
Big Day! - 18.12 miles!

It was a rather enjoyable week with the shorter runs and swimming afterwards. The race was in Northern New York and it is a 4.5 hour drive from where I live. I made a nice long weekend of it and had 4 days in the area. The race ended on a battlefield that overlooks Lake Ontario.

The day before the race I went to the expo for my bib and drove the route to see what I was in for. It was a gorgeous day! Below are some pics which show the view as you come over the final hill at the battlefield and along finish line. Notice how sunny!

Surprise bonus an upgrade in my sleeping quarters. What were they thinking? Instead of an efficiency cottage I ended up with a 4 bedroom apartment that had awesome lake views on 3 sides! Marvelous views and sunsets!

How could I not enjoy the four windows and views from this bed? What a way to relax before and after the race. And the breezes off the lake were awesome!

The night before the race I went to bed good and early knowing that my alarm was set for 4AM with a 7AM start. Bus shuttle pick-up at the finish line 5:30. Better get plenty of rest, I am doing this right. Yes, I feel good.

(to be continued look for Part 2)

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SLENDERELLA61 9/7/2014 7:50AM

    You are prepared and ready! Beautiful pictures. So exciting!!

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KAYOTIC 9/6/2014 1:11PM

    Beautiful sunset! What a nice surprise to have the room upgrade too.

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ELRIDDICK 9/6/2014 11:00AM

  Thanks for sharing

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AUNTRENEE 9/6/2014 10:57AM

    Good luck with the race. The pictures look beautiful.

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18.12 Challenge - Training weeks 15 and 16

Saturday, September 06, 2014

This blog is a lot late (the race was on 8/31) but I wanted to complete them all, so it will just be the basics. I began the two taper weeks as well as went away on vacation. It worked out great! During the taper I walked more with family members and enjoyed the vacation in the New England states. We did plenty of sight seeing and I didn't have to obsess (too much) with where and when I HAD to run. I fit it in pretty nicely because they were shorter. I even ran a 5.55 mile run on the treadmill at the hotel one morning because it was the easiest way to get it done quick. Not my idea of fun but you do what you gotta do.

Week 15
Run #1 - 5.14 miles
Run #2 - 4.17 miles
Run #3 - 10.01 miles

Week 16
Run #1 - 5.55 miles
Run #2 - 3.71 miles
Run #3 - 4.08 miles
Run #4 - 6.64 miles

One more week to go.


18.12 Challenge - Training weeks 13 and 14

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Well I will attempt to finish this now tonight. I started last night and then was told the news about Robin Williams which really bummed me out. Depression and addiction sucks. Mental illness sucks. Part of the reason that I exercise is because of these issues. I know what exercise means to my mental health. It could very well be what is keeping me alive.

Anyway, I have been busy with my training and life in general. I am committed to my training because I know this athletic stuff does not come easy for me and if I really have any shot at finishing then I MUST do the work.

Week 13
Run #1 - 8.03 miles
Run #2 - 5.37 miles
Run #3 - 10 miles

Week 14
Run #1 - 5.09 miles
Run #2 - 4.14 miles
Run #3 - 15.41 miles
Run #4 - 5 miles

I also have a spattering of miles walked and hiked which I will not bother posting but that could add about another 10 miles to each week. Those I usually do with family or friends and certainly enjoy the company. But the runs are all me myself and I. That is a good thing, it feels like the only time that I have a break in the action. DO NOT DISTURB! I will not answer my phone, I am running. I will call you back when I am finished.

The past two weeks I have had the pleasure of having the chance to go for a swim in the lake when I am done running and it has been wonderful! The water feels so good! It gives me extra incentive to get that run done. The lake is waiting for me.

My times seem to be getting better and my breathing is also better. In fact, I had a doctor's appointment and he says "I don't understand why you want to run a marathon, but I don't see any reason why you can't. Please, please use your inhaler and stop if you are having problems." Woohoo! Stress test was excellent and with the exception of the asthma there is no reason why I can't. He says "If you do this you should be the poster child for the American Asthma Association." Ha ha, he is funny.

I now begin the tapering and in 18 days I will be all giddy with the fact that I finished the 18.12 Challenge and have registered for my first marathon! Woohoo! I am doing it because I can and for all those who can't.

Edited to add: If I make it through the 18.12 okay with my asthma and time I will register for my first marathon which will be in November.

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MAVERICKDR 8/26/2014 1:51PM

    Keep up the good preparation. It sounds like you are going to do well. I am rooting for you. emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 8/15/2014 1:09AM

    You are doing it, and you will Keep going! emoticon

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SNUZSUZ 8/14/2014 8:15PM

    emoticon you are doing great so far, so I think you've got this in the bag!!

I know I was really sad about Robin Williams too! I can really relate and find myself struggling with depression too.

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ZANYGIRL1 8/13/2014 7:06AM

    You're doing GREAT and I'm so excited for you!!!!! Good luck in the marathon. emoticon

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MJREIMERS 8/12/2014 8:23PM

    You are doing a full? Oh wow, good for you! I have no desire or I should say my knees and IT band have no desire...basically the same thing. I am so excited for you!!
emoticon emoticon emoticon coming up!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/12/2014 8:21PM

    Looks like your training is going well. When is the marathon? By the looks of your training it must be coming up soon!

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