Monday, April 14, 2014
THIS IS TOO FUNNY AND OH SO TRUE
A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with your husband.
The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?"
All the women raised their hands.
Then they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?"
Some women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember. The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband: "I love you, sweetheart."
The women were then told to exchange phones with another person, and
to Read aloud the text message they received, in response.
Here are some of the replies:
1. Who the hell is this?
2. Eh, mother of my children, are you sick or what?
3. Yeah, and I love you too. What's up with you??
4. What now? Did you wreck the car again?
5. I don't understand what you mean?
6. What the ___ did you do now?
7. You're kidding, right ?
8. Don't beat about the bush; just tell me how much you need?
9. Am I dreaming?
10. If you don't tell me who this message is actually for, someone will die.
11. I thought we agreed you wouldn't drink during the day.
12. Your mother is coming to stay with us, isn't she???
Sunday, October 06, 2013
I have been so nervous about this day for months... and finally it is done and behind me. I have run a couple of half marathons in the past and they were not easy. I wanted to do a full for some strange reason and spent the Summer training for it. Training for a full marathon is not easy. It takes a lot of time and commitment. I had a couple of bad training runs and those always made me think that maybe this wasn't a distance made for me. But friends... I'm here to tell you that I did it and finished with a SMILE on my face.
The Hubs and I drove to Portland yesterday to go to the Expo and pick up my number. There is no number pick up on event day so coming a day early was really the only option. The volunteer who helped me really got a kick out of having her photo taken. She was a sweetheart and the event volunteers are really awesome.
The expo was fun and it is always interesting to see what the vendors have for sale. I really like a few running skirts but they were no deal at $69. Makes me think about giving sewing a try.
When we got to our room I laid out all of my clothes so I would have everything ready for morning. Getting up at 5:15am isn't something I look forward to doing and I never get much sleep the night before... so early preparation is critical. At least flat Rhonda was ready to go!
When the alarm went off, I got up and started getting myself ready. I had a moment of absolute panic when I couldn't find my socks. Flat Rhonda wasn't ready.. no socks! I was positive I had packed 2 pairs but couldn't put my finger on them. No socks is a deal breaker and means no run. Fortunately, after tearing everything apart I found both pairs. That really had my heart pounding. I brought some instant oatmeal with me and made a couple of packets for a quick breakfast. I usually eat Oatmeal every morning before going to the gym so I felt it should be safe.
The hubs and I stayed in my Sister's condo located right in downtown Portland... literally blocks for the start line. We really were lucky... no problems with transportation, parking, etc. and the hubs had a place to go and relax while I was doing the marathon. Worked beautifully. We headed out the door at 6:00am and headed to the starting area. I estimated my finish time somewhere between 5hr 30 min and 6hrs so I was assigned corral F.
Milled around and chatted with folks for a half hour or so and then we were off. I actually didn't realize I had crossed the starting mat until I was over it. I guess I was expecting some sort of banner ... but it was pretty subtle.
The volunteers on the course were great. We had our names on our bibs so I heard people calling my name and encouraging me all along the course. That was very motivational. I enjoyed the experience and acted like I was in a parade and waved and high fived people. I figured why not? I wasn't out to win... just finish!
The course was really well laid out and beautiful. We went from one end of the City to the other, crossed bridges, went through residential and commercial areas and had spectators, bands and portapotties in abundance. I didn't even turn on my ipod until Mile 13 there was so much going on. One funny thing... I noticed about half way through that I was passing lots of people that started in faster corrals. Interesting... lots of them were guys and they were hurting. Me thinks they didn't train adequately and thought they could just wing it. I also noticed several with shoes on that seemed to be worn out. That is a recipe for disaster. I have found when I get 300-350 miles on my shoes they need to be replaced... even though they look fine. The support you need is just gone. When my hips, knees, legs hurt after a shorter run it is usually because my shoes need to be replaced.
When I got to mile 20 I entered uncharted territory. I had completed two 20 mile training runs... but nothing longer. One of the things that made me nervous was nutrition. You always hear about hitting the wall at mile 20 or so and I really don't like to eat much while I'm running. I have tried gu's but they sort of bother me intestinally.. if you know what I mean. I have done best with Cliff Shot Bloks. I used one at mile 9, 15 and 22. Sort of forgot about them or I would have used more. I did drink sips of Ultima (sports drink?) and Water every few miles on the course and took a couple of gummy bears and candy corn offered by the volunteers. Again, I didn't want to risk a problem. At mile 21 I was feeling fine and mentally strong. My body, particularly lower legs in ankle /shin area were aching and I could feel a couple of areas on both feet that could potentially blister. I tried to wiggle my toes and re-position my socks a few times but that wasn't real effective. I was wearing good shoes and pro compression socks so shouldn't get blisters. (As it turned out my feet were sore but no blisters... hooray!)
With each passing mile I thought... I'm really going to do this! I'm going to be able to finish. It was so empowering! I mostly walked the last six mile with some jog intervals but I was fine with that. I wanted to finish strong and feel good so I just walked as fast as I felt I could. Everyone around me was mostly walking also so no big deal.
The last mile was full of spectators and went by pretty fast. Just before mile 26 I spotted my hubbie and daughter.. she drove up to see her Mama finish. That was a real treat and very sweet of her to spend her precious week-end time to honor me. She took this photo as I was "whizzing" by lol.
The finish line was great. The timing tag was computerized so they knew my name as I went over the mat and announced it to the crowd. Then they put this awesome medal around my neck and gave me a rose. Portland is the "Rose City"... sort of like New York is the "Big Apple". I also received a finishers tee-shirt, a commemorative medallion, a necklace charm, a tree seedling to plant (how Oregon is that!), and a space blanket. Lots of swag wouldn't you say?
Here is a picture of my Nike Fuel Band.... over 60,000 steps today. I thinks that is a record for me for sure!
After taking a shower we headed out for a late lunch. I took the opportunity to order Mac and Cheese... it was yummy! If not today... when?... oh and of course I had to wear my finishers shirt!
Thanks for taking time to read about my stellar day. I didn't "hate" the marathon distance like I though I might so I'm thinking another will probably be in my future. I do have the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC on my bucket list... and my Portland finish time was fast enough that I shouldn't have a problem "beating the bridge". You have to maintain a 14 min/mile pace or better with MCM or get disqualified. I finished with an average 13 min/mile so have a little margin.
My "official" finish time won't be available until later tonight but this should be fairly close.
I'm smiling.... quite happy to now have this behind me.
Friday, October 04, 2013
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