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I Did It! Another 1/2 Marathon Under My Belt.....

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 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

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.

Many positives:
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 of my favorite places.

From traffic to not, from disbelief to accomplishment, here's hoping your weekend was as active and insightful as mine.

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INTUITIVE_EATER 1/23/2011 10:26AM

    Haha....loved the comment that it is frowned upon to ride a bike emoticon

Congrats on finishing and busting through the pain!!!

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MPALMER15 1/21/2011 2:10AM

    emoticon It never occurred to me to walk! That is something I can do! Now I'm going to have to find an event to walk in. Thanks for the inspiration! I always find some on your page.

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CZARINA_TV 1/20/2011 10:39AM

    Congrats! I never thought about walking a half-marathon... That's quite the trek!

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GRATEFULADY 1/18/2011 5:30PM

    What a fantastic blog!!! and race!!! You are truly awesome!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOHUSKERS2 1/18/2011 4:00PM

    I can say in all honesty that you are absolutely amazing!!! You have such a strong spirit of determination that it inspires me everytime I read about one of your races, whether on foot or your bike. I wish I could do the things you do. Amazing....truely. Great job woman!!!!

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JUNEPA 1/18/2011 3:33PM

    you go girl, a half-marathon woo hoo

and you can quell your need for speed in bike races, I am guessing you are doing a few of those this year as well !!

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LAROSEBAUGH 1/18/2011 3:15PM

    Hey! I ran the same half, and we ate at Buca the night before too! We are race twins!

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LINDAKAY228 1/18/2011 3:00PM

    Awesome job!!!! I have walked a couple of halfs, and intend to do some more this year. I'm still working on running but haven't worked up to running without walking a full 5k yet so it's way on the horizon. But I can walk fast too! Congratulations on getting out there and doing it!!!!! Great time. 34,000 people! I haven't been in anything that big yet. Biggest is 5,000 for the Bataan Death March Memorial which I will be doing again this year in March. 15 miles. Maybe next year I'll go for the full marathon length walking it but not this year yet.

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 1/18/2011 2:53PM

    Congrats on lacing up those shoes rather then giving up. Awesome.

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APIRLRAIN888 1/18/2011 2:17PM

    LOL, you are funny, biking is frowned upon ;p

WOW didn't know you got the red light on running! wouldn't have guess with the mileage you post, running/biking/swimming!
you are a machine!!

and GREAT TIME!!! if that is your walk, you run is awesome! don't need a hald marathon to prove that!

so proud of you!

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    Girl you are a Diva of Determination! Love it! Very motivating and inspiring blog. Love your ATTITUDE! Congrats on finishing the race in the face of pain and for not giving up on your fitness dreams. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRB13_1 1/18/2011 1:01PM

    So impressed you did not quit in the face of pain. I like that you can walk my butt into the ground, because you definitely walk faster than I can. Tina and I could have chaatted together on the course- our times for our first HM are similar.
May you have many more wonderful days in your generic sports bras (that tickled me), and blue skies like you shared with us in the photos!
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RUNTRILAUGH 1/18/2011 12:53PM

    Great job!!!!

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PLAYBLUES22 1/18/2011 12:47PM

    Sweetie, what an awesome job emoticon

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    Great job~~ So happy that you were able to finish. That pain in the butt must have hurt!! emoticon

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RAWKNRUN 1/18/2011 12:27PM

  Great job!

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ONCEUPONADREAM 1/18/2011 12:13PM

Congrats!!! This is awesome!

I hope to become a half marathon person this year!

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Tis The Night Before..........

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.

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    Good luck - you make us proud just by being there! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 1/16/2011 12:40PM

    Can't wait to hear about it! You're gonna do great. The weather is so nice over there this time of year, just not what I want in the summer! My daughter lived over there for a while several years ago in Mesa so I was over there quite a bit.

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CZARINA_TV 1/16/2011 11:50AM

    Good luck! We're all rooting for you!

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/16/2011 3:38AM

    Awww...You'll do just fine. Here's to you. emoticon
Don't have any until after the race.

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DAHLINGZ 1/16/2011 1:52AM

    Good luck!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/15/2011 10:54PM

    good luck! you can do it

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Flipping Coins.......

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 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.

Last thing..............................

I LOST THREE AND A HALF POUNDS this last week doing the bootcamp on top of what I usually do!!!!!!!! YAY ME!

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HELENGUNTHER 1/16/2011 9:22AM

    I have heard such mixed reviews about whether or not lipitor even works to prevent heart attacks or not, and if it was making you feel that crappy, I'd say you made a good decision to get off of it. Yes, it lowers cholesterol, but what I read is that you're not sure about the relationship to the drug lowering cholesterol and preventing heart attacks. I would continue with exercise (which should raise the good cholesterol, the HDL) and keep watching your diet. Maybe your ratios will improve, which is also important. Also, I've been told taking fish oil is really helpful in lowering cholesterol, so maybe start taking that regularly and see what happens. I'm no Dr., but I do think the Dr.'s are quick to medicate sometimes.
Good luck in your half marathon. I did that race last year and had a blast!

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GOHUSKERS2 1/15/2011 9:54PM

    It's awesome that you lost all that weight in one week!!!!


My experience with Lipitor was a muscle wasting and so much pain that I couldn't get up and down stairs. Scared me. But then I am allergic to lots of different medications.

I hope that you can keep the numbers down. Eating almonds help me. Good luck with the marathon, which you are probably done with at this entry. I hope you kicked butt!!!!!

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YW84FRIDAY 1/13/2011 7:13PM

  Those are tough choices. I've had to make the same type of choices and so far, I'm doing okay. Just listen to your body and keep checking your cholesterol.


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JUNEPA 1/12/2011 12:51PM

    tough choices. I am with Czarina, give no Liptor and ultra-healthy living and eating a shot and I am hoping for you the cholesterol will not cause you problems. Here's to hoping

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STIPER23 1/12/2011 10:45AM

    Good luck with the HM! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 1/12/2011 10:23AM

    Congratulations on the lbs lost and good luck on your 1/2 this weekend! As for the cholestrol meds, that's a tough one to deal with. Is there a different medicaition that may not make you feel as bad? Or maybe you have to alternate between being on it and being off it for periods of time. I don't know but I'm sure you and your doc will decide what's best for you.

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CZARINA_TV 1/12/2011 10:22AM

    I guess you should just give it a shot and see how much your cholesterol goes up. Ultimately, doing more exercise is good for you and will keep your heart healthy. Heart disease runs in my family too.

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RALAYON 1/12/2011 7:30AM

    Lil - I just want to tell you to look at natural health related products that may not make you feel bad. There are some good ones out there, but you would have to try a couple until you found the right combination. Gugul is one that is suppose to be great for cholesterol. My daughter has her grandmother's liver that produces too much cholesterol. Every year it is the same lecture from her pediatrician. But, I refuse to have her on a statin that has severe long term effects. So, we use diet and exercise. Look at all your options and be careful. Take care and enjoy the 1/2 marathon.

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/11/2011 11:48PM

    Oh my gosh, I don't think I'd want to give advice on this one. Ultimately it's up to you with your Dr's guidance. It's always a hard decision considering they have the medical degree but it's your body. I guess that's why trying this and that to come up with the best plan is what Dr's usually recommend.

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APIRLRAIN888 1/11/2011 11:28PM

    glad you figured it out! thanks for all that miles today!!! you are awesome

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Beautiful Day

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 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!

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MPALMER15 1/21/2011 2:02AM

    LOL! So glad you were able to talk Spanky down. If I were you, I'd buy him a spare ball, just in case!

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YW84FRIDAY 1/9/2011 9:33PM

  Nice pictures, especially of Spanky. He's cute! Hope you have an awesome week.


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LINDAKAY228 1/9/2011 11:56AM

    It was a pretty good day yesterday. Glad you got a nice ride in. I'm always excited when I see deer in yards or around the hospital. I've taken pics at the hospital before. One evening a few years ago i was leaving the ER after one of the times I was there with my mom and there were 7 or 8 deer on the little hill across the parking lot from the ER entrance that I got good shots (pics) of. I also got a few pics several years ago when I worked across Silver Street from Stout elementary of a group of javelina were on the school grounds about 8:30 in the morning and then crossed to the vacant lot across the street. Luckily they didn't get aggressive with the kids around the school grounds. It's the only time I saw a group of javelina like that in town.
If you go ride today hope you have a great one!

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BEYOURBEST1 1/9/2011 9:46AM

    Looks like you had a lot of fun.
Poor deer though...

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JAZOIE 1/9/2011 8:26AM

    What a beautiful day! Your friends are lovely...and everything looks so strange to me without snow! lol.

Looks like your daughter is going to have a full freezer this year, the lucky duck!

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DRB13_1 1/9/2011 2:12AM

    Thanks for sharing your day with us, I feel like I was there, breathing in the fresh air and marveling at nature. Spanky's probably saying, "throw the ball already!"
Loved it! emoticon

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Easy Day

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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GOHUSKERS2 1/8/2011 3:34PM

    Glad you got to spend some time with your old pal. That's probably more invigorating than a trip to the gym. I saw mine in the grocery store the other day and got to introduce her to my daughter. We were roommates and she was the best. I don't get to see her often, but when I do I feel young again, if only for a little while. Carolyn

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CZARINA_TV 1/8/2011 9:34AM

    Sounds like a lot! It's good to give yourself a break now and then...

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/7/2011 8:55PM

    90 minutes ain't too shabby!

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DUSTYGIRL25 1/7/2011 1:26AM

    Sounds good to me! emoticon

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DRB13_1 1/7/2011 12:14AM

    Glad you got to see your college roommate. Keep listening to your body - rest is necessary. 3 miles is still a good distance! emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 1/6/2011 11:47PM

    That still sounds like alot. I haven't been doing as much cardio this year either.

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BARABOODAN1 1/6/2011 11:39PM

    sounds like a great day

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