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The Hills - A Love Affair Gone Wrong

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Here in SC there are a lot of hills. Big hills, little hills, steep hills, gradual hills, up hills, down hills. Lots and lots of hills. I knew this in my head...but I didn't really KNOW this in my legs and feet.

I just finished my long run this afternoon (10.84 miles, new distance PR, go me!). All hills. Every last step was up a hill or down a hill.

And I thoroughly despise hills with my entire heart and soul, with every fiber of my existence. I just may loathe them more than I do pushups.

I swear I will commit grievous and fatal bodily harm upon whomever is so foolish as to suggest I ever walk, run, bike, skate, skip, cartwheel or in any way, shape or form traverse any sort of hill under my own power again. And when they are dead I will resurrect them and kill them again.

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DHALYIA 8/20/2011 2:35AM

    Congrats on the PR!

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VYVIENN 8/18/2011 1:19AM

    Awesome job on the long run! Yay!! I am definitely with you on the hills, though... it's the sole reason I am NOT running the Reebok Women's Run in Munich's Olympic Park.

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KKINNEA 8/17/2011 6:07PM

    Yay hills - I remember someone saying that during a race and I wish I had had enough strength to hurt them.

I've made some little peace with hills - I run them very slowly since they are everywhere I live. My coach keeps blaming the glaciers...

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/17/2011 4:15PM

    LOL. You are rocking. Go girl!!


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YAGERMONSTER 8/16/2011 4:58AM

    I thought you were from Michigan. lol I'm trying to buy a place in Myrtle Beach sometime soon. Way to take on the hills!

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LOREENYK 8/15/2011 11:16PM

    Just think how incredible it would be to run a flat course and run faster than you ever thought imaginable!

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SPOOKYTHECAT 8/15/2011 8:51PM

    Lol~! I hear you on the hills...I drive my car across town to ride the bike path because I am afraid of the 4 giant hills.

What a wimp. I think I've just shamed myself into biking the whole way tomorrow.

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ATURTLESPACE 8/14/2011 12:22PM

    Wow, Congrats on the 10.84 miles!! And hills, too! I know you hate them, but it's still a heck of a victory!
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FROGGERHKC 8/14/2011 10:59AM

    emoticon on your new PR! I'm not a fan of hills either, but I make myself do them because I think it adds more of a challenge. Great job!

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MCJULIEO 8/14/2011 9:25AM

    I try to save the downhill for the return home,

.....even in the parking lot with my car...


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CBAILEYC 8/14/2011 9:10AM

    I had a wild little giggle at this! I feel you about the hills. Mostly. Sometimes, they're not entirely bad. Are they? Sorta? Well...

Here's to less challenging elevation changes in your future for a while!

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DONIGOODY 8/13/2011 10:22PM

    roflmao! emoticon

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    We have a lot of them here, too, of all sizes...The worst is when you're out for a nice walk, and turn to go home and halfway home you realize you're going up a hill, which had been downhill and so gentle and gradual on the other side of the street you hadn't noticed it...but now that you're tired and going UP hill, it's another story! On the bright side...they're great for your butt! emoticon

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 8/13/2011 8:45PM

    Hate them with a passion! We have some gnarly ones over here and I curse them under my breath.

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RAC1027 8/13/2011 8:17PM

    emoticon I hate hills too!

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RESULTS361AP09 8/13/2011 8:16PM

    You really must hate hills, but just think of all the extra calories you burned!! It is flatter than flat around here so I would like to try a hill once in awhile. Congrats on your PR!

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ELYMWX 8/13/2011 7:54PM

    Ummmm.... Who suggested you run the hills? Was that, by any chance you?

I run/walk/cycle on hills all the time (they are all around where we live) so when I get any flat I take advantage!

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AUNTHELEN 8/13/2011 7:38PM

    Too funny!! Congratulations on your great hike! emoticon emoticon

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WONDERBUG381 8/13/2011 7:05PM

    HAHA yes i am laughing, but i can understand how much you dislike hills.
But great, great job on the 10.84 miles of hills

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LOSEITFORLIFE83 8/13/2011 6:17PM

    LOL! I see you really hate the hills, but your core loves them. Congrats on the 10.84 miles. You did a great job and stuck in there even though you hate them. Sometimes the things we hate are the things we constantly face so we can CONQUER them. Conquer those hills!!!!

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Scale War: The Revolt

Friday, August 12, 2011

Deep within the Empire of Fangfacekitty lived the Old Ones. These Old Ones remembered the days Before...before the Crazy, before training, before the ascendancy of FFK to the throne and the banishment of the Scale Gremlins. Before, when sugar and fat were abundant and exercise was something other people did.

There was a time in that near past when the Old Ones were numerous and fertile, adding to their ranks on a monthly basis. But with the New Year came the Resolution. Suddenly the Old Ones found themselves shunted to the side as FFK overthrew the Scale Gremlin regime and established the Empire of Fangfacekitty.

Their numbers dwindling, life becoming leaner with fat and sugar scarce, the Old Ones began to plot in secret. Biding their time they watched as the Scale Gremlins were defeated in numerous battles and banished to the Land of Freakishly Thin Supermodels. In the darkest night they snuck the Scale Gremlins back across the border to assault the forces of FFK, who had grown proud and complacent. Still in secret they watched in dismay as General Crazy Me Becky rallied the troops and counterattacked, routing the Scale Gremlins and losing additional weight from the Empire.

Faced with imminent extinction the Old Ones determined they must act now to stop this tide of healthful living and fitness activities. Gaining positions of trust they began their campaign of sabotage.

Bribing higher functions with fresh blackberry cobbler a la mode they promised a never ending feast of pizza, cobbler, cinnamon 'n raisin biscuits from Hardee's, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and sweet tea in exchange for nothing more than looking the other way for a week or two.

The Revolt had begun.

Were the Old Ones strong enough to pull it off? Could they manage to undo the past 7 months of progress in the Empire?

It looked like they might succeed. Success was within their grasp. The weather cooperated, pouring buckets of rain with thunder and lightning. Bear sightings were arranged to keep FFK's troops confined to barracks to avoid becoming nothing more than a snack wrap from the dollar menu to a hungry and pissed off mama bear.

But General Becky is nothing if not Crazy, and sneaky and suspicious, a veritable master of ambush. Lulling the Old Ones into false sense of victory by pretending not to notice the Pizza Hut feast in progress, General Becky maneuvered trusted troops into position to gain portion control. Sadly a few troops were lost in defense of the Empire, their sacrifice will be remembered and sung about for generations to come.

600 calories over for the day General Becky then hit the Old Ones with a flank attack with the reserves. Recumbent Bike and Pushups started driving the Old Ones back. Desperate, the Old Ones countered with a pitcher of sweet tea but the reserves could not be swayed from their mission.

The mopping up is on-going as of this battle report and is likely to continue for several days. The last of the Old Ones will be rounded up and banished with the Scale Gremlins so that the Empire will once again be secure and shrinking.

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FROGGERHKC 8/13/2011 11:33AM

    emoticon blog! You will not be defeated! Victory will be yours! emoticon

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FITNFABMAMA 8/13/2011 10:15AM

    LOVE THIS BLOG! Keep fighting the fight! You will WIN the battles and the war!

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MCJULIEO 8/13/2011 9:48AM

    Skirmish losses are often precursors to battle (and war) victories!

Go get 'em, Tiger!

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DOODIE59 8/13/2011 8:56AM

    I have no doubt you will vanquish the enemy.

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VYVIENN 8/13/2011 5:48AM

    I always knew deep down there was a reason to keep the Crazies hanging 'round... obviously, the Old Ones have not had a look at your new background, or they would have fled in terror at the sight of the Warrior Babe already!

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THISYEARSMODEL 8/12/2011 10:36PM

    Victory!!! You will NOT lose this war!!!

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WONDERBUG381 8/12/2011 10:15PM

    Love this blog...keep fighting the battle.
emoticon I know you can

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DRAWNTHISWAY 8/12/2011 10:13PM

    Absolutely entertaining. Hubster loves the trilogy so this fits well with common discussions of the household. I hope that you continue to win your war with the old ones.

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Wild Dogs & Angry Donkeys

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

We got to my parents Sunday night around 7:30 pm, after 13 hours in the car. The first thing I did after unloading was change, do the detested pushups, and head out for a run.

For once I had a route worthy of taking pictures. Where I live / run at home it is pretty much a giant subdivided strip mall.

There is a vineyard / winery just down the road from my parents:

One of the local "wild" dogs wanted to be my running partner. I guess down here the dogs might live with a family but are allowed to run free:

One of the homes keeps livestock. These are some sort of goats, maybe a sheep too:

The angry donkey:

Aunt Sue's, 1.8 miles from my parent's home. The large building on the left is a little local restaurant and ice cream parlor. There is a wrap around porch that extends around the curve to the right (out of the picture) with several little wooden buildings that have craft shops and touristy things.

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    That donkey does look a bit perturbed...still adorable, though!

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DEZZIEJAMES 8/12/2011 10:02AM

    Way to go on your run and thanks for sharing the photos! 13 hours in the car! LONG TRIP!

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FUSCHIA6 8/11/2011 1:41AM

    That's cool. Good for you getting right out there & running instead of collapsing after the long drive. I bet your parents noticed a huge difference in you. Any accolades to share? Go ahead, you can celebrate your successes here! Thanks for supporting me & commenting on my 6 months/halfway stuff. It means a lot to me.
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ELYMWX 8/10/2011 1:14AM

    I think the donkey just wanted to get out to run with you and the dog!

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/9/2011 9:03PM

    Looks like a little rustic paradise. Remember, be the "pack leader" with those wild dogs

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MCJULIEO 8/9/2011 2:27PM

    What a wonderful scenic place! Lots to enjoy while running.... how nice!

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FITNFABMAMA 8/9/2011 1:03PM

    Cool Pics!! I love running in new places, don't you...kinda refreshing!!!! Why do you say the donkey was angry?? Was he making a complete ass of himself??? LOL! Sorry, I'm in that kinda mood!! Glad you got to your parents house ok! Hope your trip goes better than expected and that you have a safe return home!!

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Monday's cardio brought to you courtesy of Table Rock Mountain

Monday, August 08, 2011

This is what Matt & I climbed today:

Table Rock Mountain, SC

We took the trails, not actual rock climbing up the face.

4 hours total hiking time; according to the SP cardio tracker that equals 1665 calories burned, which is more than I usually eat in a day.

Matt & I climbed Table Rock 2 years ago. What a difference 50 lbs. makes. Then Matt was in the lead & I had to stop repeatedly on the way up to rest. Matt had to keep stopping to wait for me. This time I was in the lead and we needed to stop for Matt to rest.

We didn't see any birds or mammals but we did see some other wildlife & views:

The start:

Big rocks:


Rock face / water:

Matt at the halfway up the mountain point:

The toad I almost stepped on:

Lots of trees:

Big rock face we walked up close to the summit:

View from the top of the big rock face:



Field of yellow flowers at the summit:

Tree snail:

Ugly bug:

Little rattlesnake Matt almost stepped on:

The end:

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    Pretty! What a great hike...minus that rattlesnake. I hate snakes.

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MOOVINMAMA 8/9/2011 10:18AM

    What an awesome adventure! And a great workout to boot. emoticon

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ANGELCOWBOY1 8/9/2011 7:16AM

    What a beautiful place to hike ~ and emoticon on a job well done! emoticon

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VYVIENN 8/9/2011 2:39AM

    How pretty! That little snake looks like it's posing for you emoticon

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MOTIVATED@LAST 8/8/2011 11:47PM

    Nice hike! And I'm glad you're seeing improvements in your ability to tackle challenges like this.

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WONDERBUG381 8/8/2011 11:11PM

    Woo Hoo
Awesome pics

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CAALAN23 8/8/2011 10:36PM

    Little snake is lookin like..."come on...bring it!" LOL!

Good job on the hike, that's some serious calorie torchin'!

I love LOVE the rock face, so cool. :)

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/8/2011 9:33PM

    Great job and what a fantastic day to spend with your boy on the first day of a vacation....enjoy the rest of your trip....and don't step on any toads...somehow that can't be a good thing!

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DAISY-HIBANA 8/8/2011 9:18PM

    Great Hike!
And that certainly is an ugly bug.

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July recap & August plans

Friday, August 05, 2011

I didn’t have specific goals for July which makes this as easy one. I continue to make progress overall, although it has slowed down some. I have lost pounds and inches, my garden is thriving, I caught myself before falling over the cliff edge of mindless eating.

Crazy Me Becky is getting stronger and registered me for a half marathon on 9/18…and I actually think I can do it. To enter you “have” to be able to run it at a 15 minute mile pace (they just say they officially close the course at 3.5 hours and won’t be responsible for any runners still out there after that time); when I ran the 10.25 miles a few weekends ago I was just under a 14 minute mile pace. My goals for the race are 1) finish by running the whole way; 2) finish on time (in at least 3.5 hours); 3) finish in 3 hours.

I started working with a running coach in July. A work friend started training for a Memorial Day weekend half marathon back in January with Team in Training, said they’ve continued to meet on Wednesday evenings and invited me to come out. It just so happens that the track they meet at is about halfway between my house and where my son’s Boy Scout Troop meets on Wed. nights so it is perfect. He has us do a variety of speed laps & recovery (walking) each week.

July was also the Warrior Dash. All literary pretenses from my blog aside it was a blast! MATTERJT was running on Sunday too and we were able to meet. I found out last Friday that several people from work were running as well, only on Saturday. One of them finished about 409 out of the 20k or so people total that participated over the 2 days.

One guy in our wave on Sunday probably broke an ankle, and one guy, a college student, was paralyzed from the chest down. Apparently he dove head first into the final mud pit…which is only 3 feet deep and the waiver information says NOT to dive into it. It is a terrible thing to have happened & I truly feel for what he is going through. Someone else had a heart attack and they said it was actually a good thing to have happened there b/c there EMTs were right there throughout the course so he was able to receive emergency care practically immediately.

Doing the obstacles I could see how you could get hurt if you didn’t pay attention to what you were doing, didn’t follow the instructions or tried to cut corners. I did not, however, feel unsafe (I took my time going through them to make sure I didn’t get hurt). I figure I can break or twist my ankle just running around the block where I live…as a matter of fact I did break it just walking through my own front door last year…so as long as I pay attention and don’t deliberately do anything stupid the odds are I’ll be OK.

There was also an 80 year old woman running in our group, I saw her on the trail (at least I am assuming it was her). She finished in 45 minutes. I don’t know if she did all of the obstacles or just ran but still…80 years old, running a 5k in 45 minutes, going through some of the obstacles (at least one was completely unavoidable)…she is my new hero. She is who I want to be in another 40 years.

There is a bigger group from work going again next year, registration started yesterday. Some of the time slots are already filled up.

On to August.

More of the same this month. I need to refocus and recommit to pushups. I can now do 45, up only 1 from June…but I have been slacking on those and not doing them as often as I should. I’m too close now to the magic number (50) to let myself lose what I’ve gained.

I ran my “baseline” 2 mile at the track the week for Coach Ken. The last timed 2 mile I did by myself was on 5/30 and I came in at 20:08. Wednesday I did 19:37. I am only 37 seconds away from where I need to be! WooHoo!

Next week will be challenging fitness wise. We are leaving Sunday afternoon to take my kids to visit my parents in SC. The company I work for happens to have a plant about an hour away from where my parents live so I will be working while the kids are visiting. But I am away from the gym and the track and karate classes, and a big part of Monday will be spent driving. My mom has a recumbent bike, I can do pushups anywhere, but I suspect I am going to experience some hill runs. I normally try to avoid hills because they are hard and I am lazy but the roads where they live twist & turn & go up & down. I will appreciate the nice flat MI terrain more afterwards.

My sister is going to come by my house a few times during the week to take care of the cats & water the garden. I told her to bring her kids so they can go raspberry picking in the backyard; the 2nd crop of raspberries are just starting to ripen.

Jacq has a youth triathlon in Greenville, SC on 8/13. She has been working on her swimming and is now up to 6 consecutive lengths. She will need to do 8 next week; she will be slow but she will do it. I do have to get the bike tires swapped out before we leave though.

8/15 I have my follow up with the Dr. about the gall stones. I’m probably going to put off having my gall bladder removed for awhile. It is not a constant problem for me at this time and given the size of the stones they are not likely to cause inflammation or infection which would make it a more serious problem. I don’t want to take the time off I would need for the surgery/recovery. I don’t feel I’m far enough along on my goals pick up close to where I left off; I’d rather put my energy to improving, not to regaining lost ground. And I have pain drugs which are pretty good. emoticon

8/22 is the ortho knee doctor appt. That is the one that concerns me. He’s a great doc; he did the ACL replacement on my right knee a few years back and fixed my broken ankle last year. So I will trust and believe what he tells me, whether I want to hear it or not. Depending on what the problem with my left knee turns out to be we will definitely be discussing consequences and options. My completely non-professional inexpert opinion is it is nothing very serious (i.e. not requiring near term surgery), not a karate or running injury (started before I began either activity) and I’m hoping I can just get a brace of some sort to help stabilize it.

Here’s to everyone having a great August!

Year to date progress:
204 to 137 pounds – 67 pounds lost!
38” to 28” waist – 10 inches lost!
48” to 38” hips – 10 inches lost!
25” to 20.5” thigh – 4.5 inches lost!
0.8 to 0.74 waist/hip ratio – now low risk!
15 to 45 push-ups!
25 to 60 sit-ups!
40 to 19:37 two mile time on the track!
0 to 10 miles running!
I survived the Warrior Dash!

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ATURTLESPACE 8/14/2011 12:26PM

    Amazing, just amazing. You are such an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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JDECKNESS 8/5/2011 4:51PM

    Do you know if you will be able to have a laproscopic surgery for your gall stones? That is how I had my gall bladder removed over 15 years ago and was back to normal activity the next day with no pain meds. Ask your doctor about it. It was much better then having the attacks come out of nowhere.

Congratulations on all of your successes. I am slow realizing (from other people's success) that what I want to achieve can happen. I just need to remain determined to make it so.

Keep up the good work.


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WE_PA_FIT 8/5/2011 4:35PM

    AMAZING progress!!!!!! you will kick some serious butt at that half! An Awesome August to ya!! !

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/5/2011 2:40PM

    You're doing awesome kiddo....congrats on the great stats!

Half marathon should be a blast. My goals were, in priority order; 1) enjoy the run, 2) finish the race' 3) don't be last, and 4) cheer everyone I passed

Even had them printed out on the back of a running shirt!

Enjoy August!

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DIXIED88 8/5/2011 2:13PM

    Wow, you are a complete inspiration! I don't run personally but I think the Warrior Dash looks like so much fun. I think it's going on my bucket list!

Great job in July and I'm sure you'll do wonderful in August! emoticon

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VYVIENN 8/5/2011 1:31PM

    That's a fab recap, and what a schedule you have for this month already! emoticon You can actually find a hill at your mom's and do hill repeats. They're like your interval sessions, only 1) actually easier on the knees, and 2) do wonders for your running, I hear. Maybe do a search on Runner's World about that, they always have good info on the topic.

That old lady is awesome! I cannot imagine my grandma even trying any sports at her age... I love it when seniors don't let their age stop them, it's so inspirational!

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