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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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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.

Comment edited on: 8/14/2014 8:16:30 PM

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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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RIP....Robin Williams......Depression is so sad.

Monday, August 11, 2014

I really don't know what to say about this except that I feel very sad about his suicide and realize that depression is a terrible thing to live with. I have had my share of depression and actually considered suicide once in my life. I know how low and desperate a person can get and how much you just want to make the pain go away. I have lived on that edge. I make no judgement.

Still the questions come. How can a person who made so many people laugh and smile until they cried be in such a terrible place that they would kill themselves? How could he feel that desperate and hopeless that this was his only way out? As I said, I've thought about it many years ago and thank god I did not follow through. I have known several people over the years that did follow through and it was always a shock. We never really know what torture some people live with in their minds everyday that they cannot escape.

I can only hope that somehow for every death from depression, there are many lives that are saved because of them. I can only hope.

Peace be with his family and all those who are still suffering.

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WOODHEAT 8/13/2014 7:55AM

    Well said!
Most of us can't figure out our own minds. It's totally impossible to figure what someone else thinks and does the things they do.
May we focus on the positive and the Life is Good choice.


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BROOKLYN_BORN 8/12/2014 1:39PM

    This is so sad. Depression is such an insidious disease that takes far too many people, far too young.

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MYAKAYAH 8/12/2014 1:08PM

    emoticon emoticon I know what you are saying with depression, those of us who have suffered it in their lives understand the darkness. Some of us can transcend it, others succumb. I recall reading "Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know." That is attributed to Ernest Hemingway!

Peace be unto us and the world~

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SANDICANE 8/12/2014 1:02PM

    Yes, depression is a very sad thing. And, what is even worse is that when a person is low, or depressed...the rest of the world seems to RUN AWAY rather than supporting them.

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/12/2014 12:25PM

    It is very sad for him and his children

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/12/2014 11:01AM

    I first saw him on "Mork and Mindy" (I think it was a spin off of Happy Days). His stand up comedy was dirty but funny! Quite a good actor too. I will definitely miss him.

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SNOWYOGA 8/11/2014 9:31PM

    Thank you and peace and prayers to his family emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYOTIC 8/11/2014 9:24PM

    It is a tragedy, and we can never know what was going on in his mind to lead to that is very sad.

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1MORNINGWALKER 8/11/2014 8:53PM

    emoticon very sad

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EMMBEE4 8/11/2014 8:50PM

  I just read about it on the internet. So sad. RIP Robin Williams. He was an amazing actor and comedian.

MB emoticon

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18.12 Challenge - Training weeks 11 and 12

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Week 11 (supposed to be a "step back" week)
Run 1 - 5.12 miles
Run 2 - 6.45 miles
Run 3 - 10.01 and not one foot more. LOL.
Run 4 - 6.01

Week 12 (step back up!)
Run 1 - 5.03 miles (felt great and had neg splits!)
Run 2 - 3.72 miles
Run 3 - 3.1 miles (5k Race-1st place AG)
Run 4 - 14.5 miles (got it done and then jumped in the lake)

Been quite busy but I am getting the runs in as well as other fun stuff. Trying to make the best of the summer that seems to be going by way too fast.

My asthma has been pretty well under control the past couple weeks. I think it is a combination of the new inhaler and perhaps the fact that I am better able to keep control of my breathing while running. Go slower when I have to and now faster when I can.

The highlight of my week though is that my last mile on this weeks LSD was actually my fastest. I didn't even realize that that was happening until I looked later. I just wanted to be done, I was getting irritated with my toes that kept sticking together and I knew if I went much further I would have blisters. I have to figure out how to combat this issue if I intend to go longer distances.

I also won a 1st place in my AG for a 5k this week. I'm not very impressed about this one though. Only about half dozen women in my age group and my time was really not that good since I forgot my rescue inhaler and had to keep it tamed down. Also, I didn't want to push too hard since I knew I had my LSD the next day.

Yesterday was a rest day and after a weekend of hiking, running, kayaking and swimming I needed the break.

I have about 4.5 weeks left until the race. I know that I can get to the finish line and I hope that I can do it in the time they have set. Trust the training.

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CASEYSAUER 8/9/2014 3:49PM

    You can do it!

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SNOWYOGA 8/9/2014 1:20AM

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BIGPAWSUP 7/29/2014 8:02PM

    You are amazing

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SLENDERELLA61 7/29/2014 10:48AM

    You are rocking that training!! And congrats on that AG 5K gold, even if you weren't that impressed. Keep up the great work!! Run Happy!!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/29/2014 10:32AM

    Wow! Good for you!! It seems like no matter how much I run, I don't get any faster. I like your training schedule

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MAVERICKDR 7/29/2014 10:31AM

    Your effort is anazing. I'm sure it will pay dividends when the time comes. You seem to be doing very well. Keep it up.

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MOMMACASSEY 7/29/2014 8:29AM

    That's a lot of running! I look forward to being able to run again, probably early next year is the soonest I can try.

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MCFITZ2 7/29/2014 7:52AM

    Sounds like ;your are doing great. Embrace the accomplishments.

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ELRIDDICK 7/29/2014 7:11AM

  Thanks for sharing

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WDIPIM 7/29/2014 7:11AM

  good luck

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18.12 Challenge - Training week #10, crazy hilly LSD

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

10 weeks down, 6 to go! This week had lot's of good stuff going on. Biggest one was a family reunion in McConnelsville, Ohio. So nice to see my Hun's family, they say I get along better with them then he does! LOL!

I took the time on Saturday morning to do my LSD. This week it was 14 miles, yikes. "I can do this." Yes, I can. I decided to venture off of the familiar territory that is all flat along the river and go away from the river. Boy was I in for a surprise and although I have some photos, they do not really do it justice.

The 2 mile uphill climb out of town lead to rolling hills along the top of he ridge with beautiful views as my reward. The run up was a slow go but manageable, I just kept telling myself "once at the top it'll start rolling down hill". Enjoy the rolls now.

So I enjoyed the rolls and thought I was headed down hill back towards the river only to find out that it was a series of up one hill and down the other side only to go another. I was running on a roller coaster! In the middle of the ride I encountered loose dogs barking at me at two different locations. The first time I stood for awhile yelling at the dogs and the owners that were nowhere to be found. Not wanting to turn around, (I fought to hard too get this far) I started talking nice to the doggies and tried to be friends. They bought it. LOL! Yes!

After the next encounter with dogs which I did not want to be friends with, I found a stick and started my "warrior run". Never saw another dog, lucky for them. This warrior is not letting anything stand in her way. Not even another hill.

Did enjoy the pretty wildflowers along the way.

Finally I am twisting and turning my way back down to the river, no joke, it really was all down hill from there! A hard down hill.

Once along the bottom and full of relief I was enjoying the river again. What a beautiful sight, the hills are done!

The old bridge back to the shower, dry clothes and food which I seriously now need. Woohoo!

It was an LSD of 14 miles at 70 degrees and 88% humidity. Wowser. After checking my Garmin, I had a 987 foot elevation gain! Yikes! That was some hill!

So here are the weeks tallies:

Run #1 - 5 miles (Hot and humid but decent run)
Run #2 - 6.5 miles (Fast paced walk w/my son) emoticon
Run #3 - 6.45 miles (Yes! Great time and weather!)
Run #4 - 14 miles Crazy Hilly LSD

So all in all, I had a great week! The icing on the cake is I had to use my rescue inhaler only one time during any of my runs! I always use it before and normally have to use it several times during. The new medicine must be working or my lungs decided that I am tougher then they are and decided to quit fighting with me.

Woohoo! I am feeling the accomplishment that goes along with the training and loving it!

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IMEMINE1 7/20/2014 5:48PM

    How beautiful. Where did you run. (we are new to the area.) emoticon

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SNOWYOGA 7/17/2014 12:15AM

    I hope to be like you someday! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 7/16/2014 3:24PM

    Terrific - and congrats on not needing your inhaler!! Woo Hoo!!

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MAVERICKDR 7/16/2014 1:15PM

    This is great. You packed a lot of life into this blog. I enjoyed the trek in pictures, too. You are unstoppable!

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/16/2014 8:47AM

    Wow, what a beautiful run! I understand about the crazy hills by a river! You are right, I'm sure those pictures do not do it justice! Way to go! You get a emoticon for this one!

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JSTETSER 7/16/2014 7:03AM

    GO girl, GO!

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18.12 Challenge - Training week #9 and 15k Race

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Woohoo! Life is good!

Run 1 - 7.29 miles (Hot and Humid, pretty slow going)
Run 2 - 4.07 miles (Felt pretty darn good)
Run 3 - 10.6 miles (LSR? Great hike with my pals!)
Run 4 - 9.3 miles (15k Race)

All in all, this week was pretty good. I'm sure the 4 day Holiday weekend had something to do with that. My new inhaler seems to be helping a whole lot, yes!

I ran my first 15k this week and it was also mostly a trail race which I have not done either. The other runners were maniacs! And I say that in a loving and admirable way. Oh how I wish I could run like that! They are inspiring. A bunch of very fit and fast runners of various ages.

I basically took my time being careful so I would not trip on any tree roots or rocks. I really do not want to get injured and have to bail on my training or worse yet, bail on the races that I am training for. I seen several bloody knees in the bunch and I didn't want to be in that group. I also found, the bifocals and trail running do not go together very well.

I made to the end without getting hurt and I am fairly happy with my time, I would always love to be faster but hey I finished it.

Who is this girl? Never would I have guessed that I would be doing the things I am doing today. Loving life!

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IMEMINE1 7/20/2014 5:51PM

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MBTEPP 7/13/2014 5:02PM

    Congrats on your 15K and a trail race!

Your hiking should be a great training ground for trail runs.

You are doing SUPER! Way to keep up your training for 18.12.

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MAVERICKDR 7/11/2014 3:17PM

    You are doing very well, and I am very proud of you. The efforts you are putting forth with so much awareness of your objectives, and motivation out the...whatever.

On the first morning of my cruise at the end of May, I'm in the fitness center at 6:15 am. I see this guy on the treadmill running for at least 60 minutes at a pace that would finish a marathon in the top percentile. He didn't have an ounce of fat on him. At every opportunity I had I looked for him. He inspired me to give it my all even when it is no where near what he has. You do the same.

Be ever mindful of your drive to ascend the heights. Be blessed!

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BOILHAM 7/11/2014 8:25AM

    Wonderful. Yes, trail racing and road racing are entirely different. Good job!

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    Hope you are training well and out of the heat of the day!

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PASTAFARIAN 7/10/2014 9:49PM

    Great job! Trail races are always an extra challenge. And you were very smart to be cautious.

PS: I know what you mean about bifocals. But I wouldn't wear them on road races either! Too easy to miss a pothole :-P

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BIGPAWSUP 7/10/2014 11:59AM

    Awesome! Terrific! Fabulous!

That's who that girl is and it's you, even better!

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/10/2014 8:05AM

    GOOD FOR YOU!!! You must be proud!

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BA5454 7/10/2014 8:04AM

    emoticon Congrats!

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SNOWYOGA 7/10/2014 2:09AM

    emoticon And look at you go! emoticon

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KAREN42BOYS 7/10/2014 12:27AM

    15K trail run? Sounds like you must be pretty buff. There will always be maniacs to chase!


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