Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The last couple of years have been tough on me physically as well as mentally. I was just getting into 1/2 marathons and thinking about training for a full marathon when I had to take a break and get both knees rebuilt. I can testify that it is tough on one's mental being when one has been a runner all their life and is told "No more running, ever!" It is still hard to swallow and I am still choking on it, but I am getting over it slowly but surely. I guess.....
Anyway, I bit the bullet and decided to register for a 1/2 marathon and walk the damn thing. Not exactly my choice of motorization, since I am not so old that I don't feel the need for speed, but one works with what they have and organizers frown on people riding their bike during a 1/2 marathon. So I talked Tina into registering and going and we were off to Phoenix for the Rock-n-Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon.
I love the Expos for these events almost as much as my brother-in-law does. Here is a picture of us that he took...a little fuzzy, but kinda the way my stomach felt at the time; I did not know whether I could complete the event in under 4 hours all on pavement and still be able to walk.
We got lots of great goodies and Tina found the sports bra of her dreams...it just fit perfectly. My girls are not as picky as hers, but then my are pretty insignificant and most any sports bra makes them happy.
We went to Buca's for the pre-race dinner. A wonderful Italian place with family sized entrées so everyone can share. I ate spaghetti and the wonderful salmon and basil seen here. Bother and sister-in-law and Tina ate spaghetti and veal with artichokes, etc. Everything was delicious (I am allergic to artichokes) so I took everyone's word for "all" the food being delicious.
Galen, my brother-in-law, dropped Tina and I off at the race and hung around until we started before going back to the house to relax for a while. Galen and his wife Deb live in Glendale about seven miles from the Capitol in Phoenix where the race starts and where Galen works. The race finishes at ASU in Tempe and Galen and Deb drove down to pick us up after the race as well.
Tina and I started in different corrals even though we said we would finish in the same time. There were a few people ready to race....about 34,000 to be more exact and so I am not really surprised that we never saw one another again after entering our corrals until the finish line at the UPS trucks. We both did well considering this was her first 1/2 marathon and my first to walk. I got to introduce Tina to wearing a plastic bag, standing in line for ever to use a porta-pottie, applying a timing chip and the art of trying not to panic. The last I think is easier for the first-timers as they are not completely aware of all that is involved....lol.
I finished the race in 3:32:16. Tina was just slightly over 20 minutes behind me. I averaged 15 minute miles until the 11th mile. My hamstring and my hip tightened up on my left side suddenly and I thought I was going to have to quit. Incredibly painful (Hip) and not something I have ever experienced before in that area. I felt like I was being stabbed by a knife. I shortened my stride, stretched a little at the curb, cursed to myself, cried, cried a little more, gritted my teeth and finished the race. The last 2.5 miles were brutal for me. My emotions were a roller-coaster affair. The only constant was the pain in my butt...literally! I finished, cried some more, got over it and waited for Tina.
1. got off the couch and did it
2. knees felt and feel fine-------small miracle I WILL NOT overlook
3. Tina did great
4. company was fantastic
5. finished under 4 hours
6. weather was perfect
The biggest positive for me....allowing myself to be positive and allowing myself to accept and understand that running is NOT the only way in the world to compete. Many people have to walk, yet they as well as myself are winners because we made the effort. We got off the couch, laced up our shoes and made tremendous efforts to achieve our goals. Mentally, I would rather run but I realize that my body is tough and more functionally in its own way than the body of many other people. I am blessed and lucky to be able to do all that I do. I realize that a great number of people would love to be in my shoes and I need to be proud of my accomplishments and accept me for me without becoming complacent.
Perhaps my new Motto should be: I may not get there as quick as you can, but if you walk...I will walk your butt into the ground! For I am the walking monster, and I WILL walk further, and faster than you can! Fear not...we will all arrive at the winners circle because we have said that we CAN!
The drive home was excellent. The desert was just beginning to awaken as I drove and here are some pictures of Texas Canyon...one of my favorite places.
From traffic to not, from disbelief to accomplishment, here's hoping your weekend was as active and insightful as mine.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
This is pre-race dinner and Tina and I playing at the Expo after number pick-up.
Tis the night before the 1/2 marathon and I am a wreck. I am nervous, my knees and hips hurt and I am soooooooo ready to compete. Glad I am not taking Lipitor....I feel human again!
The weather is wonderful. I wore shorts all day! When I left home this morning it was 21 degrees. I am sure it got a little warmer but I know it was not in the 70's like it is here in Glendale/Phoenix.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Several weeks ago I went to my doctor for a yearly physical. We discussed the fact that I take Lipitor and she didn't want to do blood work until March, but I shared with her that I just didn't feel good.
Four years ago when I started trying to lose weight and exercise again, my blood work showed that my cholesterol was a little elevated. My triglycerides were through the roof and my doctor at that time listed several things to try: Red Rice Yeast, Niacin, Omega 3 Fish Oil, a glass of red wine with dinner......Niacin seemed to work the best for me and at my next check-up the cholesterol and triglycerides were better but not good enough so I started exercising more and changed my diet.
After a couple or three months and about three weeks before I was going to run my first 1/2 marathon, I realized I didn't feel right...no energy, lack of drive to exercise. My doctor told me to quit Niacin for a while and literally in three days I felt super! So when I sat back and thought about my last 5 months, I realized I had that feeling again. If you know me, you know I exercise everyday and I exercise a lot. What you don't know was that I was forcing myself to do so. I literally had to drag myself out of bed and although I put on a brave front towards competing and said I was really pumped up and ready, I found myself not looking forward to the challenge of competition! TOTALLY NOT ME!!!!!!!!!
My doctor and I decided that I should quit taking Lipitor for a while to see if I felt more human. Three days, yes just three days and I am BACK! I feel superb...a mean, lean, fighting machine ready to kick butt and take names!!!! TADA! But now I am flipping coins. You see, my liver just naturally makes too much cholesterol all by itself. Genetically I got this from my dad and I would rather be faced with this problem than the Alzheimer's that runs on my mother's side of the family, but now I am not sure what to do.
Take Lipitor .....feel like poop after a few months. Not take the drug, watch my diet ferociously and still sit back and watch the cholesterol climb and perhaps develop heart disease....coin flipping! I guess at this time I can tell you that I still am not taking Lipitor, that I am watching my diet, that I feel great, I am anxious for the 1/2 marathon this coming weekend, and that invariably I will end up on Lipitor or some such agent again. Flipping coins, danged if I do and danged if I don't.
Here's hoping that this weekend is a long weekend off for you (MLK Day on Monday) and lots of places are closed, you stay active and safe, and still have fun. ME------I'll be the one race-walking the 1/2 marathon, having a blast kicking booty and taking names!
Tina and I are going and we will both compete.
I LOST THREE AND A HALF POUNDS this last week doing the bootcamp on top of what I usually do!!!!!!!! YAY ME!
Sunday, January 09, 2011
This morning as I was going out the door to load my bike for my long ride, I found that I had a couple of friends in the front yard.
The first picture...not so clear is a nice little 6 point buck. The second picture is a young man just beginning.
The ride was a beautiful thing....albeit a little cool on the start at 9:30am. It has not warmed up a lot here yet. It is only getting into the upper forties during the day as you can see as evidence in lingering snow seen in this next picture. It shows some of the scenery on the route to Redrock, the place we began our ride.
We is a friend, Tim Mathis and myself. We rode from Redrock turnoff to Cliff and back to redrock. It is 35 miles and relatively flat....at least the hills are long and not short and steep. This next picture shows downtown Cliff, New Mexico. In the background are the Mogollon mountains and as you can see, they were getting another dusting of snow.
My son went with me to get my hair fixed after the ride this afternoon and then we went to dinner. My daughter and her boyfriend are out deer hunting and when I got home they had sent this picture. NO>>>not from my front yard. LOL!
Finally, I got to sit down for a few minutes and Spanky lit in my lap with his "Where is my ball, I can't find the DAMN ball.....I am gonna panic" expression.
Fear not! I found the ball, we played, I have finished "Sparking", and now to bed for I fear I must go ride again tomorrow for fear of under-frolicking!
Take care, be safe, have fun, remain active!
Thursday, January 06, 2011
I didn't do much today. I managed 90 minutes and race-walked three miles. Usually my cardio is much, much more.....just didn't feel up to it. I listened to my body and went back to bed this morning.
I went to the gym after school and worked my upper body very hard...tomorrow back to cardio. I also went out to dinner with my old college roommate. We had a blast!
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