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Three firsts in one day!!! A race report...

Saturday, June 05, 2010

I'm home from my camping trip/race and it was a great trip!!! The camping was nice, we went to the campground where we ALWAYS camp, but had to select different camping sites than our usual ones but still found a good site and had a blast, did the whole s'mores thing and tried to get some sleep.

Up early this morning and got ready for the race. My sister, my mom and I were dropped off at t he race site by hubby and then he went back to camp. Sister and I saw our mom off on her 5K. We were both surprised she was doing it. Her knee has been bothering her and she was limping all over the campsite, but off she went anyways.

An interesting thing happened...while we were waiting for the 5K to start I saw a friend of mine, we've known each other for ohhh probably 15 years now, if not longer. She is one of the people I've always admired. I told my sister later that she is one of those people who I always wished I was more like. My sister pointed out that here I was being more like my friend. She is athletic and has instilled that in her children too. She and her husband had been involved with the local AYSO (youth soccer) until all her kids out grew the league. She has run marathons. We stood there talking for a bit and she said she was running the 5K. I was surprised, I was certain she would be running the 10K, but she said her longest run in recent months was not more than 2 miles so she decided to go for the 5K. We saw her come back from her race too. She ran her 5K in the mountains in right around 20-25 minutes. Awesome!!

So...time to line up for the race and it was a very small group, smallest race I've been in so far. It soon became obvious that I was the LEAST fit of the people lining up for the race, but I was still going to do it even though I was getting more nervous by the minute. Starting horn goes off and I start a nice, gently, basic jog. Nothing special, but still I was RUNNING my first 10K!! Woo Hoo!! I kept running for 2 miles. A house on the race route had posted some signs cheering us on-the one I remember is "You Go Girl, and guys too" handwritten on pink cardboard!! The sign put a huge smile on my face!! The race took us right through our campground so we ran right past my hubby taking pictures and my son and my sister's teen-agers and friend were sitting on a rock and cheering us on-so fun and so inspiring! Just as I passed our campsite I heard my youngest yell "Mommy", but not in an "I need you to come back" way, instead it was a "look at my Mommy go" way and it was awesome!!

Up through mile 2 the race was mostly down hill and I didn't notice too much effect from the atmosphere difference, I hit a zone at mile 1 and just went with it for awhile. Right after the mile 2 marker the hills started. For the first bit they were manageable and I was doing a few intervals to rest from a hill and then run a bit more, but it wasn't long before I was just walking, oh and I'd already been passed by the walkers so I basically just tried to match their pace and not fall too far behind. I did a pretty good job of keeping up with them for quite awhile. Right around mile 3 there was a water stop and they were nice enough to fill my water bottle for me since I'd already gone through most of the bottle. Then the REAL hills started. 2 miles of steady upward and onward, 2 miles of I think I will die now and put myself out of my misery, 2 miles of sheer torture, 2 miles where the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere really showed what it could do to my lungs and my heart rate!! I soon lost track of my walkers, but found out later that was due more to the curves in the road than my falling behind-hmm who knew...Somewhere in here there were two boys sitting in front of their house with a hose with a sprayer like I use on my garden(hmm wonder what that is about) as I get closer one boy goes back towards the house (what is going on), and then the boy who is still near the street says "Do you want us to spray you?" YES!! "Here, spray my back, get my head too." AHHH so refreshing, the boys were laughing and having a blast spraying down runners as they went past their house and they were only doing the ones that wanted it too. Love those boys!!

There was a spot after the mile 4 marker where I was sure I was lost but just as I was about to give up hope I found the water stop just before the mile 5 mile marker. Right at the mile 5 marker we got back to down hill and I took advantage of it. I gave my HRM time to stop beeping at me (it was yelling at me to slow down fairly consistently all through miles 4 and 5) and then started running again with the goal to get to mile 6 marker before stopping again. Thanks to a topography map at the race start we knew that those miles between the low point at mile 2 and the high point at mile 5 resulted in an approximately 600 ft. gain in elevation. Not exactly a small gain-LOL!!

Finally, there was my sister at the end of a road waiting for me, she had come back to go the rest of the distance with me. A short time later there was the mile 6 marker... I cheered when I passed it "Yay mile 6 marker"!! Then we passed a pretty little creek (Strawberry Creek to be exact) and I said hello to the creek. A couple standing by the creek looked my way and I apologized!! I told them "Sorry, lack of oxygen is making me silly". I could feel the effect of the race on me. I was feeling silly and emotional and I was almost there. At mile 6 I walked again due to a hill coming up, walked the hill and then race to the finish line and crossed it under a bridge of hands from the volunteers welcoming me back. Oh...did I forget to mention the guy that ran the route TWICE, passing me during the downhill stretch towards the end....yeah, he ran it TWICE in less time than I ran it once, but hey, I DID IT!!! AND, get this, ready for it, because I wasn't ready for it, I almost passed out when I saw the clock....I BEAT my flatland time by 1 min!! So...

First new thing for today-I FINISHED my first 10K and I did it in a time faster than I've done before and I that was in a higher altitude on MAJOR hills-My final time BTW was 1:44 and something seconds. Yep, took me an hour and 44 minutes, but I DID IT, I DID IT, I DID IT.

Second new thing for today-I came in dead last!! Yep, last person to cross the line, several minutes behind those walkers. I have never been last before, but truthfully, when I saw how small the field was I KNEW it would be what it was. On the other hand, I attempted, and accomplished something no body else in my fitness level dared today. I was the least fit person, I was definately a chicken amongst the eagles, but I didn't give up, I kept going and I crossed the finish line. SO I WILL SHOUT THIS TO ALL SPARKERS-NEVER SAY YOU CAN'T, NEVER SAY YOU ARE TOO FAT AND NEVER DON'T GIVE IT YOUR ALL JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO BE NOW!!!!! IF YOU TRAIN AND WORK AND TRY YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!!!

The third first for today has absolutely NOTHING to do with the race, except, that we saw this as we were walking back to the campsite (which we were doing since hubby's phone seemed to be in a dead spot and we walked until we got him on the phone to come get us). We are walking along and passing some houses when this lady, looking out her window, points at us to look up. So, I looked up, and hanging directly above my head is a squirrel hanging by two paws from a telelphone line. Then I notice this squirrel is not alone, she has a friend hanging with her. He is holding on to her poor little back and gradually squirrel gets more than two paws back on the telephone wire. I got to see two squirrels making baby squirrels while hanging from a telephone wire. I busted up!! It was too, too, too, too FUNNY!!! I really wished I had my camera. The lady opened a window and told us that they had been at it for 10 minutes!! I busted up all over again. Remeber, funny things happen to me when I go running and while the run itself was fairly uneventful, the walk back to camp was not!! We did finally reach husband and he came and got us and took us back to camp.

We packed up, came home and I took a wonderfully cold shower!! Now it is soon time to go to son's baseball game-he is in for a surprise though. It is miserablly hot today-well into the 90's and really not a great day for a baseball game. Fortunately, we are playing the same team we played on Thursday and the coaches have arranged a surprise-the boys will be playing baseball with waterballoons instead of baseballs!! We'll see how this works, but the kids will get wet and it will be a crazy fun baseball game for the kids. Later tonight I get to rest and relax and enjoy my accomplishment more fully. Can't believe I actually did it and can't believe the thing with the squirrels-funny things happen to me when I go running :)!

BTW-love GU chocolate outrage as a great way to start a race and LOVED Clif Bloks during the race-the blocks are easy to eat, stay in their tube like packaging while I run and taste pretty okay, kept me going!

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EDWINA172 6/10/2010 12:45PM

    AWESOME! Love the way you tell your story! I was thrilled with you. I was out of breath with you. I was laughing and giggling (at the squirrels) with you! You are an inspiration!

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SGTMOM911 6/10/2010 11:10AM

    Actually, that's 4 firsts: You beat your own record too! emoticon

I plan on finishing out this "season" with a 10k in October: the Great Columbia Crossing. The runners get bussed over to the Washington side of the Astoria-Megler bridge, and get to run back to Oregon! There is a 200' climb for the part of the bridge the ships pass under. The bridge itself is over 4 miles long. The goal is to finish before the bus comes to pick up the stragglers! I think they have the bridge closed to traffic for 2 hours.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 6/10/2010 7:33AM

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story! Keep on running!! emoticon


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DHALYIA 6/10/2010 12:42AM

    Wonderful...i can run a 16 min mile...i guess those who told me I wasn't fast enough are full of crudola. I am signing up for my first 5k...thank you!!!

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DEFIB64 6/9/2010 4:52PM

    Congrats!!! How long have you been running? I started training for a 5K run in January and was successful in my accomplishment May 16th.....40 mins 26 secs with 6 walking periods during the race!! I am not a "runner" either but it sure felt great!!!

I am running my second 5K run on Sunday and am excited about it....hope to run it non stop and not caring about my time either!!! Just the fact I am off the couch and out the door, is good enough for me!!!

When is the next one you are doing? And assume you are Alberta? BC?
Lizzie emoticon

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IMSMILEY88 6/9/2010 12:35PM

    You have me crying... and laughing... again. emoticon Thank you so much for posting this inspiring piece. I am SO proud of you!!! I'm going to subscribe so I can follow you on your journey. Keep up the wonderful work! Maybe, someday, I'll be running my first 10K, too.


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SSCHULTZ59 6/9/2010 12:35PM

    absolutely Awesome.. brought tears to my eyes..
I have never met you but i am Very proud of you.
You are remarkably strong.
May you succeed in all of your goals. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVESTRONG2010 6/9/2010 10:26AM

    Thanks for sharing it made my morning! Never done a 10k! What a feeling it must have been to cross the finish line! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAVENSONG37 6/8/2010 8:38PM

    you are AMAZING!!!!

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DOPKIGIRL 6/8/2010 12:13PM

    You are AMAZING!!! I hope I can take the strength, determination and mindset you have, to keep me going.

What an ACCOMPLISHMENT!!! So proud of you!

Keep it up.

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    Awesome. My Dad and I always joke about coming in last, and one day were are going to beat that little old lady in the wheel-chair. But people are still as excited to see you pass, athletes and spectators, just pick one.

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NONIE_C 6/7/2010 3:33PM

    I am sending you big, big, big virtual hugs right now. I'm so happy, so proud, and so inspired by your accomplishment.
emoticon YOU DID emoticon emoticon
Keep that amazing attitude, you amazing woman! emoticon

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CFLOTT 6/7/2010 11:26AM

    Awesome accomplishment! I'm so proud of you! (The bit about the squirrels was hilarious, by the way. :) )

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VERGE_OF_ME 6/7/2010 12:12AM

    Oh my holy....I wish I had gotten to read through this before mine yesterday. We were at the same race in different places,lol. I am so extremely proud of you and completely inspired by your rock n roll attitude and perseverance. Your energy and determination are just pouring out through your words here and have meant so much to me in reading them! I wish we were near each other. From one proud chicken to another....keep on cluckin'!!! I am so with you sister!!! Tremendous race and tremendous blog...LOVE it!!!!

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MAPLELEAFMOM 6/6/2010 2:00PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

What a fabulous race recap!! I am sooo proud of you for doing such a challenging course for your very first 10K! You are truly an inspiration emoticon

Be proud and know that you are an AMAZING woman!!!

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PAPPHEM 6/6/2010 12:23PM

    emoticon Sounds like you did great! Way to go on beating your training time especially with al those hills!! I have to admit, I truly admire your positive attitude about everything, you're an inspiration for me! Keep up the good runs and great blogs!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/6/2010 12:02PM

    You did so great! You will have to check out my race report since I posted pictures! You look fantastic and so, so SO happy after finishing that race! So proud of US!!! :-)

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KARVY09 6/6/2010 10:57AM

    Proud of you!!! You did great!

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ESBELL 6/6/2010 8:59AM

    That course sounds like a killer, but with all your hard work you were prepared for it! I'm so glad you ran the 10k, and I admire you for sticking with the training through your illness.

As for the squirrels - get a room already!!

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TEACHEROF4TH 6/6/2010 8:11AM

    I LOVED your blog! Thank you for posting! Congrats on completing your first 10K. You deserve a solid round of applause. Your story reminds me of one of my favorite running quotes... "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." ~John Bingham, runner, speaker, writer

Now when is your next race? emoticon


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NEW-CAZ 6/6/2010 3:29AM

    Heather hun you dun good!
I am so proud of you, you've done your first 10K emoticon emoticon emoticon
You are emoticon

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KSW1963 6/5/2010 11:36PM

    I'm so proud of you doing your first 10K! emoticon I think it is amazing how you can make it sound difficult and fun at the same time! It sounds like your family has an awesome time together.


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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/5/2010 6:58PM

    You are an amazing lady. It is wonderful that you did not look around at the beginning and decide it was done. The place does not matter as much as the accomplishment. emoticon my emoticon emoticon


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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/5/2010 5:43PM

    Coming in last can be a great teacher. I believe it means you really stretched what you are capable of ... and people that keep stretching just a bit all the time are the ones that ultimately accomplish the most! Who knows, maybe one day you will be the marathon woman!

Congratulations! Well done! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELISEL 6/5/2010 5:38PM

    Whoo hoo!!! What a great race report. Congrats on your first 10K...sounds like a really challenging course.

Too funny about the squirels.

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HEALTHYMEEMS 6/5/2010 5:09PM

    yay for you! and great squirrel story. if you'd stayed inside, you'd never have seen that! emoticon

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The difference between maximum density and 35 or so pounds later.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Busy, tired day today. Up early to go running with my sister. She just got a Garmin, lucky duck, and therefore has an "extra" HRM I got to borrow today. It's an item I haven't invested in yet, but using her old one I can see where this is something I am going to have to get for myself. She's letting me borrow the other one, but I had so much fun using it this morning and I can see where the competitive side of me will come out with this thing. Competitive against myself. "Hmmm which numbers can I beat today?-ALL OF THEM!! Bwahhahaa" Yeah, that's my brain talking to my body...I'm weird-I know...Anyways, had a blast with the HRM this morning.

Came home, showered and got ready to take the kids to school. Daughter's Kindergarten class had their field trip today. My mom watched the littlest one and I got to chaparone the field trip!! Fun stuff!! They just went to a local kids' museum here in town, but everybody had a blast. Soooo, I am getting ready this morning and thinking..."I am chaparoning a Kindergarten field trip today, I need something comfy and practical." I settled on my "go to" all purpose outfit. A denim skirt and a floral print shirt, both of which I've had for FOREVER!! As soon as I have the outfit on I realize that ages ago I had as one of my pictures on my Sparkpage this one picture where I am wearing this exact same outfit!! At the time of the original picture I was at "maximum density" as some sparkers would say.

Here is the original pic....

Hmm...Not a huge fan of that pic. I'm still not a huge fan of the next pic either, but mostly because I am in serious need of a trim and I was having a problem finding a place to set the camera while I set the timer and took a pic of myself-lol!

Notice how the shirt now just kind of hangs there. I didn't realize that this shirt is not flattering. It just HANGS there. Which is still preferable to the bunched up around the fat look from before. I am retiring this shirt. It has done it's duty and then some-LOL! Plus, it is so big now that it is having problems staying on my shoulders. The skirt still works and it is super comfy. In the before picture-you can't see it, but the waistband it rolled a couple times so that the skirt was pulled up to where the hips were wider and it fit better, now the waistband doesn't get rolled anymore. The skirt fits without tweaking and on good days is just a tad loose!

Not a HUGE difference, but there is a difference and I like it. Someday the difference will be even more noticable, unfortunately the shirt won't be around to see it...

Now it is time to get ready for my son's baseball game tonight. A busy, tired day...

Tomorrow, I won't be around much-packing to go camping, then Saturday is THE RUN!! First 10K-its gonna be slow, but its gonna be! I'll report later in the day on Saturday...See ya all then!!

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BARBYPETE 6/10/2010 6:54PM

  I just read 3 of your blogs & loved them all! I am sooo proud of you! (and your sister, too! :-))

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/6/2010 1:03PM

    I think you should hang on to the shirt just so you can take another pic in it in another year! That can be your progress shirt and skirt since you now have two pics of you in it just about a year apart. I'm thinking we went to the zoo in June or July, didn't we? Retire it from use, but keep it there as a gauge. :-)

You have been doing a great job! Glad you are enjoying using the HRM! I'm loving my Garmin that's for sure and someday I know you will get one for yourself (so totally worth it especially for that competing against yourself thing you have going on! LOL)

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/4/2010 10:11PM

    emoticonYou are doing so well!

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NEW-CAZ 6/4/2010 5:02AM

    Heather I can see the difference hun, you are doing amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good luck with your 10 K, enjoy the race, wish I was to cheer you at the end- I'll be with you in spirit emoticon Go Heather Go Heather emoticon

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FLYBALLJRT 6/3/2010 10:26PM

    "If you run, you are a runner. It doesn't matter how fast or how far. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run."
--John Bingham

So don't worry about your speed and just do it :-) You will do fabulously!!

CoNGRATS on your success, you can very much see the difference. Enjoy your trip.

YOU GO GIRL!!! emoticon

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ESBELL 6/3/2010 10:00PM

    Definately see a difference! You are doing so well with your progress!

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LAURANAV1 6/3/2010 8:44PM

    I love seeing the progress - retiring the shirt is a great milestone.

Enjoy the 10K, at whatever pace works. WhooHoo! You are doing 10K, that is just so awesome!

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CFLOTT 6/3/2010 8:06PM

    No doubt I see the difference! I love these kinds of blogs with pictures...thanks for sharing and keep it UP! Er, down, er...whatever, you know what I mean. emoticon

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BILLALEX70 6/3/2010 6:50PM

    Looks like time for SHOPPING! emoticon

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VERGE_OF_ME 6/3/2010 6:31PM

    Your clothes are truly hanging look great! HRMs are totally worth it. I would not give for my is right up there with shoes for the best investment I've made. It is both helpful and motivating in so many ways. Wishing you a wonderful 10k Saturday and a great camping trip!

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Funny things happen to me when I go running-Part II...

Saturday, May 29, 2010

This morning was the 6.2 mile practice run with my sister before next week's 10K race. I get up, gather all my gear (visor, pedometer, ipod, stopwatch, fuel and water bottle (oh my goodness so much stuff)). Drive to my sis's she shows me the route on the Spark Track your route tool and we get the Daisy dog and off we go.

We had just finished our warm up walk and were stretching before starting the serious business of running 6.2 miles. Before I am done stretching something makes me look behind me and lo and behold there is a dog behind us. I figure he isn't vicious or he would have attacked while our backs were turned (not sure exactly what kind of dog, but he definately had a pit bull look to him-pit bulls have a distinctive "smile" and he was wearing that smile). Daisy, my sister's bichon hadn't been noticed yet, but she saw him shortly after I did and told him to get lost, he didn't listen so I went towards him to distract him while my sister picked up Daisy (people with smallish dogs-this is an extremely effective way of protecting your dog from loose dogs, something about picking the dog up makes the other dog lose interest-usually). Once I was within two feet of the dog I found out he was EXTREMELY friendly. Not a mean bone in this dogs body. He was jumping on me and kissing me and acting like I was his best friend. This was very effective in distracting him from Daisy. My sister turned back the way we had come and once she was around the corner the dog forgot all about her and Daisy. He started running with me, unfortunately sometimes in front of me, which was hard to control since he wasn't leashed. He would run ahead and then come back, check some things out and then come back.

I really did not want the dog to follow me on my entire run. He was a GREAT dog and had I had a rope or a leash I probably would have kept him and brought him home until I could post some signs and adds and try to locate his family. He was neutered and well taken care of, he had a collar, but no tags. He loved chasing the ducks, that was fun to watch, he wasn't trying to catch them and gave up as soon as they flew away so it was really entertaining. This dog had loads of personality and was so cute and sweet, I really hoped somebody would be missing him and come find him. I also hoped that since my run takes me through most of the community he would recognize his house and go home. I kept telling him to go home, but he was too happy to stay with me. Eventually my sister caught up and passed me and he ran with her for awhile, but always came back to me. Finally we got to the point I'd been dreading. It was time for us to leave the community's gates and go out into the wide world. Right away we have to cross a VERY busy road, I was so scared he would follow us out and get even more lost or worse get hit by a car. This dog had demonsrated some ADHD qualities and I was afraid he would just run in the street and that would be so sad. My sister and I spent quite a bit of time trying to get him to head the other way and "GO HOME" we yelled that over and over and he would run ahead a bit and then come running back. I'm sure he was wondering why we weren't coming with him. This pup was having a BLAST running with us. We finally got him around a corner and we sprinted back to our turn off. I ran a bit past it, because a lady with a dog was coming our direction and I wanted to warn her about the super friendly lost dog. Well he found us...only then his ADHD got him interested in the lady and her dog. We ran on and looked back after we crossed the street, she was standing at the corner trying to convince the dog to move on . I didn't look back again, I was too scared. He was out on the street and I didn't want to hear or see what might happen. I never did hear any screeching brakes so I assumed he was okay. Much further down the road the lady on the bike caught up to me and guess what...Pooch was with her!!! He was running along side her with her dog (she was on a bike going very slowly). He saw me and that goofy dog almost ran right into the bike to try to get to me. Just then he saw a man walking his dog and off he went. I hope that the man with the dog had a chance to help pooch out. He was a really sweet dog. I hope he was just lost and gets found, some people ditch their dogs in unfamiliar neighborhoods when the decide they don't want them anymore. That would make me REALLY mad because our town has a very excellent animal shelter and several dog rescue agencies. So I am almost half way through my run when the doggie problem finally sort of resolved itself.

So, I keep running and soon I am running on this empty stretch of street with a nice sidewalk (I'm in the street) and nice landscaping running along the sidewalk. It wasn't long before the second funny thing happened. I am running along and there is water here and there, and some storm drains and pretty soon I see this stuff in the street. It seems like some sort of debris at first, my sister said she thought it looked like ash, I thought it was small leaves. Pretty soon though one of the leaves hops. Yep, it hopped. It wasn't a leaf or ash but a baby frog!! An itty bitty baby frog. Probably not bigger than the tip of my pinky finger. After I see the first frog I see more....there are DOZENS of them all over the place, mostly hanging out near the storm drains and puddles in the gutter. I then noticed croaking coming from the landscaping on the other side of the sidewalk. The frogs lasted for a hundred yards or more. There would be short spots where there weren't any and then they were back. They were everywhere!! A swarm of frogs. What is a group of frogs called? Dozens and dozens and dozens of them. It might be a stretch to say hundreds of frogs, but there were definately alot of the little things. They were very cute too.

I finished the rest of the run without any more oddities happening. No more funny dogs and no more frogs. Ran into a massive mud patch, but that was about it. It took me 2 minutes longer today than last week but I still shaved time off from my last run. Ran .2 miles further than last week and if I take off some time for messing with that silly dog I definately went faster :) not alot, but still faster and that counts!! Next week is the race, it is going to be interesting to say the least. Bet I don't have to take care of a lost dog or watch out for baby frogs though!!

Funny things happen to me when I go running :)!

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OFF_THE_CHARTS 6/1/2010 11:15PM

    I loved your blog.
I am noticing that you seem to be a primary poster in the Elsinore,etc group. Is it pretty inactive, then? I thought about quitting it - because it keeps asking me to take over leadership... which I can't do justice to.
Keep on running... I will look for your blogs....

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LISAW/3 5/30/2010 1:39AM

    You definitely have the most interesting runs! Nothing happens during mine- I wish something would to distract me!

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ETTEZEUS 5/29/2010 8:43PM

    That is funny about the frogs!
I'll wager your time for the actual race will be better than you think! The adrenaline rush will get you moving faster.
Good luck!

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ESBELL 5/29/2010 7:48PM

    I love finding cool things along my runs. It's always an adventure around here. Sometime soon I'll have to tell you about the killer snail that almost got Jack killed one day LOL

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/29/2010 2:32PM

    So glad you captured the interesting run this morning! It was fun and all the little distractions certainly did help to pass the time!

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NEW-CAZ 5/29/2010 2:15PM

    Hey Heather at least it made the run go fast and kept it lively.
What a great run huh?!
Look forward to Funny things that happen to me part III- great reads!

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ELISEL 5/29/2010 1:28PM

    Great blog. Things like that make runs so much more interesting, right? Good luck on your race next week.

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10 reasons I know I am a runner...

Friday, May 28, 2010

1. 3 miles is a "short" run.

2. When I look at the new clothes that have arrived at the store I look for new running pants and shirts first, and I look to see if they are made of fabric that "wicks".

3. I have now purchased something called GU, which as of last year I had never heard of or dreamed that it would be something you eat.

4. I now know that Hydration packs are not just for bikers or hikers.

5. I congratulated a sparker on her first black toenail, usually something that would receive condolences earns congrats when you are a runner.

6. I now actually consider purchasing socks that cost more than 5 dollars for a 3 pack, in fact I own the most expensive socks in the entire house. I also have a pair of "lucky" socks.

7. I have different shoes for different purposes. My running shoes are not my aerobics shoes and my aerobics shoes are not my walking shoes.

8. I dream about the Garmin Forerunner 405 and get a tad jealous when my sis gets the 305 (I'll admit it!!! She deserves it though...)

9. I traded my video capable ipod for a shuffle because the shuffle is small and light instead of big and clunky.

10. I started planning dream vacations around races, Hartford, CT in October. Las Vegas, NV in December. SLC, UT in April. Walt Disney World, FL (the Princess half) in March and then the Disneyland 1/2 in September so I can earn the Coast to Coast medal. San Diego, CA (oh wait that is less than 2 hours away I can just drive there ;p), the Rock n' Roll half in SD in June. I've always wanted to go to Alaska-is there a race (10K to 1/2) there and when?

And the bonus number 11...whenever I look at the Catalina eco marathon's web page I can TASTE my desire for the buffalo head medal. TASTE IT!!!! I practically DROOL over it. You have to run the full marathon for the medal and if I ever run a marathon that will be the one!!!

Without Spark and Sparkfriends I never would have gotten there!

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DHALYIA 6/10/2010 12:51AM

    That is a SWEET medal. I had to look. Now I got one more thing to add to my list...sigh.

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FUNNYSUNNY123 6/8/2010 1:10PM

    I just commented on one of your other blogs. I have done several half marathons as a walker. So many things ring true for me too. I think I spent about $100 (or more) in socks in between January and May. (I did two halfs in May.)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/29/2010 2:45PM

    You like how ADHD I got as soon as I saw that FedEx truck!! hahahaha

I meant to close off with Great Blog!!! These are all so true - you really hit the nail on the head! Alright - my Garmin is charging so I'm going to go read my instruction book!!! YAY!!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/29/2010 2:35PM

    Wow - so many of those are dead on for me too! And yes, I looked at the 405 first, but since it is newer technology it is also more expensive. But I'm glad the 405 came out because that means that the 305 came down to affordable! LOL Thanks for saying I deserve it! :-) You deserve one too. Oh my goodness - I just saw a FedEx's coming my way!! My baby is here!!!!!!

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    That is awesome. But have you had your trusty Ipod shuffle your playlist when you jump a curb or something. I am usually listening to a book, then all of a sudden Led Zeppelin. The thing has a crazy sense of humor.
Love your list

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KAYALI 5/29/2010 10:56AM

    Love your list- I do alot of the things on your list also!!! Made me smile- Thanks

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FORTHEGIRLS 5/29/2010 6:36AM

    I love your list! You made me smile this morning. Thank you.

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NEW-CAZ 5/29/2010 3:54AM

    emoticon list Heather, you've come a long way hun, love number 6 emoticon

Love your attitude it's emoticon emoticon

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SCRAPPYLADYV 5/28/2010 11:57PM

One day I will be a runner too!! Thank you for letting me know what I have to look forward to!!!

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KARVY09 5/28/2010 10:37PM

    Awesome list. You gotta come East Coast and do one here with me!

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MHPFAN 5/28/2010 10:34PM

    This blog made me so happy just now! I have a few questions, though!

2. What are "wicks"?

3. What is GU?

8. What's a Garmin Forerunner 405?!?!

I can't wait til I become a runner too!!!!

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1NUGGET1 5/28/2010 10:28PM

    Nice work!! I just realized myself as a runner too, and I couldn't be happier! And PS, I LOVE my super-expensive socks. They make my runs nice n'happy!!

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ESBELL 5/28/2010 10:06PM

    OMG - we have lots of the same races on our wishlists! SLC is a cool - but you might want to look at St George instead ::wink, wink::

Comment edited on: 5/28/2010 10:08:08 PM

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UMUCGRAD 5/28/2010 9:58PM

    Wow! Good for you. I got a black toenail from walking half-marathons last year. Didn't know it was a badge of honor! :-)

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Am I INSANE???!!!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I am a 40 year old, in a month 41 year old, overweight, mother of three children and I just signed up to run a 10K, in the mountains, up and down HILLS, in a week!! I must be insane, would a sane person do something like that?

This is the 10K I've been preparing for, this has been my goal for almost a year! This is where I was headed when my training got derailed. This has been the plan for quite awhile. Still, I've been putting off signing up, I kept double checking the deadline to make sure I wouldn't miss it. I knew eventually I'd have to make a decision-5K or 10K. This race comes with both options.

For a month I've been bouncing back and forth. 5K, 10K, 5K, 10K. On some days I was certain it would be the 5K and on others I was optimistic about the 10K. I tend to be indicisive on the best of days, some days I can't even decide what to wear much less something as important as which length race to run.

This morning on my run I decided...10K and that would be it, no going back now. Stupid endorphins I think they made me crazy!! I might have to do a little more explaining here. I don't think either my sister nor I have really explained this race we have signed up for.

We live in a valley, a pretty little valley, a TRUE valley, we are surrounded on all sides by hills and mountains of varying degrees. Easy access over several smallish hills to the west. A bigger hill to the north, rolling hills to the south, but to the east is where you find the most difficult access to our valley. A beautiful towering mountain rising more than a mile above sea level. There is a road that goes up and over, from our side the up part is not too bad, it's the over that is not too much fun. We've spent alot of time on that mountain. Almost yearly trips for camping, other trips for hiking and occasionally trips for playing in the snow. My sister, mother and I were taking regular trips for hiking before winter came and driving the roads got a little more dangerous. We haven't been up the hill for awhile. "Up the hill" is the local term for the Idyllwild/Anza region. Kids from Idyllwild used to have to "come down the hill" for school, we go "up the hill" for a hike. But don't let that term of endearment fool you. This is no hill...
Pretty isn't it? Idyllwild is a beautiful little town very near the very top of that mountain. The race runs around the town, which, being in the mountains is actually relatively flat, for a mountain. There won't be alot of HUGE hills, but there will be plenty of hills and ALTITUDE. We do pretty well for flatlanders, we adapt pretty quickly, but still I've never RUN up there. The original plan was to get a few mountain runs in before the race. Not going to happen.

So why did I decide to do the 10K if this is such a crazy idea? Well I've got a few reasons.

1. I've been training for it and I want it.
2. I'm not a total high altitude novice and I should be able to still at least WALK the entire distance if that's what it takes.
3. No matter what, if I finish, it will be a PR :)
4. I have a 6.2 run on Saturday and then runs on Tuesday and Thursday next week to keep building up my stamina a bit more.
5. Today was my best "straight run" (meaning no intervals) in a long time.
6. I still REALLY want to do that half in December, I feel strongly that I need a 10K under my belt before taking on that challenge. We are going into summer and for my immediate area that means fewer to no races. Gets too hot to race during the day-just asking for trouble. I could travel and find a beach race or something, but this one is now and in a location I love. Idyllwild has alot of sentimental value to our entire family, running my first 10K there would just add to that value.

I think I am prepared enough. Not as much as I would like to be. Not as prepared as my sister. But, probably enough. It might take me three hours-that is how long we generally spend on our hikes at about the same distance. On the other hand our hikes gain alot more altitude than this run. I'll probably get lost because everyone else will be done. I'll probably strain a glute on a hill. I won't be able to sit for a week and there isn't even a medal for this race, just a t-shirt, a long sleeve t-shirt I won't be able to wear in the valley for 3 months or more. I'm still doing the 10, just so I can say I did...

I must be crazy...

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    I am so excited you decided to give the 10k a chance.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/28/2010 8:27PM

    I think the same thing every time I sign up for another race and am always happy after I do it. Even if you are last (which won't happen with all the training you have done) it is all a learning experience and you can say you did it.

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SUNSHINEONE_72 5/28/2010 1:12PM

    Embrace your 'CRAZINESS', girl!! heehee...

I love your story, and am so excited for you...As somebody that LOVES hiking, seeing the picture of the mountain just took my breath away...WOW! How amazing it must be living so close to that beauty! I have to drive about an hour north out of town (Toronto, Ontario!) to go for a nice hike through the beautiful Hockley Valley, but it is like an anthill compared to the one you're headed to! :D

Just take it easy, listen to your body, and GO FOR IT! :) You've got all the spirit & the 'insanity' needed for such a feat...BEST OF LUCK!!! :D

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ESBELL 5/28/2010 10:35AM

    You are not crazy - you are inspired! You know that you have the capability and you will shine in your 10k debut!! I wish I was going to be there that week so I could be cheering you on!

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FIRENUT34 5/27/2010 7:07PM

    Does it matter about your age? When I was in the military and was 18 to 22 I was always in the back of the pack working on breathing and hated running. I started running now at age 45 and now that I will be 48 in two months I've lost 44 pounds, done 3 half Marathon's and signed up for my 4th half marathon in October, my first full marathon in November and the Goofy Challenge in January 2011. I'm a little crazy, but I think those that think its crazy is just jealous. You go for it and enjoy yourself. If you enjoy it, it is not crazy.

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NONIE_C 5/27/2010 5:45PM

    Crazy to believe in yourself? I think not. Crazy to see this goal through to it's end? No way. Crazy to commit to something you want? Not on your life. You, my friend, are sane as sunshine!!! I'm proud of you, and excited for you, and I can't wait to hear whatever story comes from this adventure. No matter what, you rock!!!

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GONNABEFIT27 5/27/2010 4:40PM


Way to sign up and committ. It will be a great experience and you've been working for it! It will be great have that accomplishment when you are done!

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BRANDTSGIRL 5/27/2010 4:18PM

    Oh to dare to do the imposilbe, and YES YOU CAN!
And you'll live to tell about it also:)

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PAPPHEM 5/27/2010 2:55PM

    emoticon You've got all the right reason to do it! Good Luck!

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CFLOTT 5/27/2010 1:40PM

    Crazy...awesome! I can tell you've got the right attitude for this race, come what may. Best of health and luck to you!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 5/27/2010 1:01PM

    I'm so proud of you for biting the bullet and signing up for the 10K! It's going to fun...yes, we are both slightly insane...but being slightly insane is what got us doing the C25K program just about a year ago and it is what continues to push us along to picking different (and crazier!) goals to strive for!

We are so totally going to rock that race! Even if we are the last ones in...who cares! We'll be having fun while we're doing it. :-)

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NEW-CAZ 5/27/2010 11:39AM

    Challenging yourself like this is brave not insane, well maybe insane but in a good way.
I've read your blogs for sometime now Heather and you ARE ready for it hun.
You are going to feel amazing crossing the finishing line, the feeling of achievement is emoticon

emoticon Good luck Heather

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WISHINGSTAR1013 5/27/2010 11:36AM

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what a beautiful place to run or walk what ever it takes to reach your goal.

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CHUBBYSISTER1 5/27/2010 11:12AM

    Insanely GREAT!!!!! Way to challenge yourself!!! One of my favorite quotes by Vincent Van Gogh: What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

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FORTHEGIRLS 5/27/2010 10:51AM

    I don't think you're insane at all! Good for you for going for it and pushing yourself. No matter what, it's a PR and you'll feel great afterwards for challenging yourself and not settling for less than you can do.

Good luck!

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DRAGONGIGGLES 5/27/2010 10:46AM

    you are not insane, you know what you want to do and your pushing yourself to do it and that is awesome

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BISKIES 5/27/2010 10:42AM

    I love this post. I started last year not being able to run 10 feet, let alone 10k. I started running a couple of months ago when my weight was as such that I could handle a little more endurance-challenging of an activity. I am actually running my first 5k in June and then my first 10k a mere two weeks later on July 4th. I, too, think I might have bitten off more than I can chew, but the challenge will make it worth it, even if I have to walk a bit.

Good luck and I know you can do it!

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CREATINGAMANDA 5/27/2010 10:36AM

    Not insane -- AWESOME!

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HEIWAHIPPIE 5/27/2010 10:34AM

  This is awesome! Go you! I am working on running right now. Hopefully one day I can run a 10k! Good luck! This is awesome, and no you're not crazy! You set a goal and you're sticking to it!
Good job!

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SHRIMPCHIC 5/27/2010 10:32AM

    Wow! I've not run at all! Good look to you! You'll do great!

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KARVY09 5/27/2010 10:32AM

    So freaking happy for you. Whatever your finish time, it will be a PR. If you walk part of it, it will be a PR. I think it's a great thing!!! And you'll get to do it with your sister which will make it all the more awesome. I'm rooting for you!

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