Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Through the years we have seen it all. From size 4 jeans after 3 pregnancies to nearly hitting the 200 pound mark after 5. From perky "girls" to cowabonga "mamas". From amazing flexibility to barely being able to get up from a chair. We've been there and back again more than once. Here we are, still working together, still providing for each other, still letting each other down, still amazing each other with our ability. Truth be told, you can only give me what I give you and right now, I've let you down yet again. I've allowed life, schedules, stresses, children, marriage, work and just plain laziness to sabotage our efforts. Yet still you stand by me, ready, willing and able to tackle the damage yet again. Others aren't so lucky. They blindly do the damage and end up paying the ultimate price. I owe you both a huge apology and a huge thank you. I apologize for building you up, only to let you now again, ..... and again, and again, and again. I thank you for not letting me down regardless. Writing you this letter has made me realize I can't keep treating you like this and expect you to keep bouncing back. So, my faithful friend, starting today I promise to give you what you deserve. Healthy nutrition, a good dose of sensible exercise, time to recover and most of all, peace. The peace to appreciate that while you are not perfect, neither am I, but you still stand by me and give me everything you've got and more! Together we'll run the miles, climb the hills, lift the weights, glide across the rivers and maybe even try something new once in awhile. I'll learn to appreciate all you have to offer, even if the packaging isn't quite what it use to be. You've stood faithfully by me for 50 years and if I play my cards right, hopefully we'll share - and enjoy - 50 more. So.... regardless of all our yesterdays, we'll begin a new journey together, supporting each other to the best of our abilities, starting today. Sure we'll encounter speed bumps, rough patches and road blocks along the way, but together, we'll overcome them all, because that's who we are. We're a team, through thick and thin. From this day forward, you have my word that I will do my best to remember that together we can accomplish anything. I will do my very best to give you what you need, knowing that in turn, you won't let me down if I put forth the effort. As the old saying goes, "There's no I in team." You can't do it without me and I, most certainly, can't do it without you. So, what do you say? Are you in? Who am I kidding? Look who I'm talking to! Of course you're in!
In sincere appreciation for always being there, even when I let you down,
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Ok, before you tell me, I already know I got it backwards. Most people start with the shorter races and work up to the HM. Umm, ... I'm not most people. LOL!
I've been running 5Ks and 10Ks in my training, as well and 8 and 10 milers but today I decided, what the heck. It's a good cause. - RENEWAL HOUSE which supports victims of domestic violence.
On my training runs, and my HM as well, I usually run the first mile, walk 2 minutes, run 2 miles, walk 2 minutes and then settle in to my running pace and only walk for water breaks or out of necessity. Well today, since it was only 3.1 mile .... LOL! Sorry. I just had to laugh. Five months ago if you had said "It's only 3.1 miles." to me, I would have rolled my eyes. Anyway, back to the topic. I decided I'd run the entire thing, knowing it would be tough and I'd be running pretty slow at points but none the less, I'd be running.
So that's what I did. And I finished in 35:17! Nine minutes faster than ANY of my 5K training runs!
There were about 50-60 people of all ages at the race. After the start, once the pack settled, I only had one runner pass me and she was half my age, weight and twice as buff, so I didn't feel too bad. I was actually able to pass several others along the way which was a very cool feeling since I've never done that before. There was a boy, probably about 12 years old, ahead of me toward the end. Once he came in to view, I noticed that he would run a bit, walk, look behind to see how close I was and then run a bit more. This was the pattern for the last mile. Soon I noticed I was closing the gap slowly but surely. Again ..... a cool feeling for me. He had youth on his side. He appeared to be pretty fit with the beginnings of an athletic build. You know what I mean? When a boy just starts to show signs of becoming a man and he has all the right muscles in all the right places just waiting for puberty to kick in. I was kind of surprized I was catching up to him at all. With about 1/4 mile left, I actually got closer and closer. Then I was one step behind him, preparing to pass and what does the little bugger do? He pours on the steam! CRAP! He didn't care about this 49 year old lady's ego! All he cared about was his own! He finished .02 seconds ahead of me, but ahead of me, none the less.
All in all I think that ending was the best part of the race. Something to laugh about ..... now that it's over. He just better hope I don't meet him at the next 5K. If I do, he's going down!
Edited to add: The funniest thing about the little bugger was as soon as we rounded the final bend and the people at the finish line could see us, he started with the theatrics! It was hysterical! You would have though he'd climbed Mount Everest and cheated death a dozen times! If he doesn't end up in show business, he's missing his calling!!
Thursday, May 05, 2011
January 1, 2011 – I am THE ANTIRUNNER!!! I have never run a day in my life unless forced to. I just don’t see why anyone would find it enjoyable ….. but I’m overweight, suffering from SAD and I NEED something that will get me out in the sunlight AND keep me warm at the same time.
January 3, 2001 – I bit the bullet. Today’s the day I began C25K. Walking outside in single digit temps just doesn’t keep me warm enough. I can barely manage a 60 second run! How will I ever live through this?
January 8, 2001 – These short run/walks of 2 miles just aren’t cutting it. In November I was up to walking 8 miles, 7 days a week. Today I decided to do multiples of my C25K. I did 96 minutes total. 28.5 jogging, 67.5 walking. This is easier than I thought.
January 19, 2011 – I actually managed 45 min running and 77 minutes walking today.
February 1, 2011 – 75 minutes running today with a pace of 14:37.
February 15, 2011 – I’m up to a two hour routine covering 8 miles. The first four are easy but the last 4 are killer!
March 8, 2011 – It’s just occurred to me that I’m signed up for a HM and I don’t even know if I can do it! Today was my pop quiz. My first 13.1 mile run. My goal was to finish in under 3:30. Success! 3:16:45 Now I know I can. I have six more weeks of training before the real deal.
Fast forward – RACE DAY! April 23, 2011 – Woke up at 6AM to prep for the 8AM start. Looked out the window and ….. IT’S SNOWING! Rained ALL night and now SNOW! By the start of the race, the temp was up to a whopping 37 degrees and the snow had transformed through several stages and finally settled on rain. UGH! Puddles everywhere! About 350 people of varying sizes, shapes and levels of clothing are everywhere. I saw young girls with buff bods dressed in shorts and tank tops. OMG! Me? I had on 4 layers on top, with a waterproof jacket, waterproof pants, a cap and mittens. Since there were no timing chips and I wanted an accurate time, I did what new HMers do not do. I started up front. It was literally as if I was standing still as all these experienced HM runners left me in the dust. But ya know what? I didn’t care. I expected it and I’d have an accurate time like I wanted. My goal was to finish in under 3:00 but with the weather and the 300-500’ hills on the course, I figured I’d be lucky to finish in 3:16 like I had 6 weeks ago. The course started with a 1 mile loop and then an out and back. By the time I hit five miles, I started seeing others returning but not many. Another mile and I saw the pack. My first 7 miles were great. I worked my way up to a pretty good pace. No one had passed me between mile one and mile six. From there to mile nine, a few caught up, ran with me and slowly got ahead of me. By mile 9, I had a running group on my heels. We traded positions about five times as they were doing 4:1s. I found them very distracting so I finally slowed to a walk and let them pass on by. From that point on I traded places with one other runner about my age and build for the next 2 miles. Every time I slowed to walk, she would pass. As soon as I ran again, I would take the lead. It was at this point that I realized I was not only nearing the finish but I had put the worst of the hills behind me and I was feeling better than I ever had before! I was on fire! No hip pain, no heel pain, no toe pain, just energy! I was keeping a good pace but I knew I could do a little better so I gave it all I had and finished strong. My DH was waiting for me about 2/10 from the finish line. I yelled to him to ask if I was under 3 and he told me it was a few minutes prior to 11. That didn’t leave me much time if I wanted to complete it in under 3 so I poured on the steam. As I approached the finish line, I saw they had a timer set up. It showed roughly 2:47! I couldn’t believe it! Not only was I going to beat my goal, but I was going to spank it! Tears came to my eyes. My first HM was more of a success than I had ever dreamed it could be! I crossed the finish line with a time of 2:49:49!!! Just 4 seconds shy of a full 27 minute drop from six weeks ago! I was ecstatic!!
I was soaked. I was sore. I was exhausted. I was cold, but I was a HM finisher!
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