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The 1/2 marathon that wouldn't end!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

This last 1/2 marathon kicked my a$$!

This one I'm especially proud that I finished.

The Dumb Things

- Got in the 1/2 marathon line to get my bib and the girl behind the table opened with "The 5k line is right over there."
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I smiled and said, "Thank you, but I'm signed up for the 1/2 marathon."
And she still looked shocked when she actually found me on her list.

- It was hotter than I had expected and there was very little shade on the course. The sunscreen sweated away or rubbed off in places....and we all know what that means!
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- There was a hill that I kept thinking as it keeeeept gooooing. Someone should tell San Francisco that Anacortes stole some of their hills.
I can breathe hard going up hills and I can slow down, but this one I stopped 3 times before I got to the top.
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- I had people way ahead of me and way behind me most of the time. On a stretch of lonely, lonely road a woman in an SUV stopped and asked if was doing the 1/2 marathon. I said yes and almost got out the normal "How much for your keys?"
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"Did you know you were supposed to turn about a mile back?"
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She was nice enough to take me to the turn so I could continue.

Turns out the volunteer that was supposed to point my way had left....

- Garmin (Forerunner 305) worked like a charm!! Still need to figure out all it can do, but it was so nice to have!
Here is the rub (literally and figuratively), I wore the heart monitor for the 1st time on this walk. I was so tired and so fried that I had no idea that it was rubbing enough to leave a scar about 1/2 inch below my bra line. Figured it out as I was showering.
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Now I *know* I'm not supposed to do that, but I thought this one time would be fine.
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Listen to me people. Test these things out first. I would take a picture of the scar, but there would be boobage in the pic and I'm sure SP would take issue.
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The Good Things

- All the puppies that I got to pet along the way!!
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- Finally getting to talk to some people I had seen at the last two 1/2 marathons.
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- Being near the beautiful water
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Nicest thing? The walkers started out an hour before the runners and about 80% of the people who ran past me gave me words of encouragement as they went by.
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And that is the Not So Reader's Digest Version of the 1/2 that wouldn't end.

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KAYATLANTA2010 8/2/2012 8:43AM

    Great job!
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TEENY_BIKINI 8/1/2012 7:34PM

    YOU ARE AWESOME!

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GRACEISENUF 8/1/2012 6:00PM

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You inspire me!


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GETFIT2LIVE 8/1/2012 1:13PM

    Ah yes, the HRM band is, um, challenging to get adjusted just right and definitely needs to be tried out BEFORE a race. I've had to stop and adjust mine discreetly many times on runs before I got it tight enough yet not too tight. Sorry about the scar; so NOT fun. Good for you in doing this one, and YAY for the lady giving you a ride back to the course--major boos to the volunteer who left early (hello, at least make sure there's signage there to point people the right direction!) and to the person at the table for both her opening and looking shocked. Never underestimate people; lots of people older/younger and bigger/smaller than me beat the socks off me in races!

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EMMYLOU010409 8/1/2012 8:48AM

    Okay, listen here, lady at the table. If I came to this table, I'm more than likely coming for the Halvsie. So give me my number and hush.

The continued shocked expression kind of pisses me off reading this. I would have followed up with "This ain't my first rodeo, y'know." Of course, I have major issues with people underestimating me, so I'm sure you were much nicer than I would have been.

You might have Paused going up the hill, but you did not STOP because you finished! That's what matters! YAY! Congrats!

I'm sorry about the scar. That sounds ouchie. Boo!

How nice of that lady to tell you! Stupid volunteer, stay put!

One more YAY! just for you :)

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 7/31/2012 11:31PM

    Yay for finishing!! Youch on that terrible scarring!! That is NO good. I want to say aloe and polysporin...

Boo to volunteer guy who was supposed to show you the way!! I would have seriously contemplated quitting at that point.

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Monday Silly

Monday, July 30, 2012

Happy Monday!!
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I'm hoping that this link works for everyone!

www.hallmark.com/PickUp/PickUpPage?a
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More on the craziness that was this weekend's 1/2 marathon later.

  
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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 7/30/2012 1:35PM

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BLESSED2BEME 7/30/2012 12:39PM

    Ha Ha - that was great! I do think we need to come up with a way to track 'going nutty'!

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GRACEISENUF 7/30/2012 12:03PM

    I love them....ha ha

I think I have watched ALL their cards.

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COOP9002 7/30/2012 11:21AM

    Thanks for the funny card.

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Black watermelons

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I saw these when I was in CA and kick myself for not grabbing one.

linkstofood.com/blog/articles/70/bla
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Has anyone tried one??

  
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BOOKWORM27S 7/27/2012 3:09PM

    I haven't tried one of these. But in Texas we have a watermelon that looks similar called the "yellow diamond" because it has yellow flesh inside. Very sweet!

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SWAZY33 7/27/2012 6:14AM

    Ok...after looking at the picture(thanks for the confirmation emoticon...I think I MAY have actually had that before. I thought it was black/black but I have seen the dark/dark green round ones (just not sure...I ever heard them called Black.) Either way...LOVE watermelon! ALL colors!
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DRUIDPRINCESS 7/27/2012 2:39AM

    How curious! We recently went to a remote village on an island and had a traditional meal using local ingredients we had never tried. Fortunately for us it was not flying fox (bat) eating season...!!

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KIMCOLLINGS 7/27/2012 1:19AM

    never saw one. Had a yellow (inside) watermelon that was great once.

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BLESSED2BEME 7/26/2012 6:10PM

    It is amazing to me to learn that there are more varieties of fruits and veggies than I've ever imagined. This article shows 1,200 varietes of watermellon alone. Wow! I'd be kicking myself too!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 7/26/2012 5:21PM

    Weird. I live in Saskatchewan... a black watermelon would not be welcomed by our mental football fans.

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LADYGSC 7/26/2012 3:49PM

    Wow - I would love to try that!!

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KITT52 7/26/2012 3:38PM

    never saw one..thanks for sharing

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 7/26/2012 3:28PM

    I have never seen one. This is interesting

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Nice or lazy??

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I'm supposed to go walking, but how can I disturb this???

  
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BLESSED2BEME 7/23/2012 10:35AM

    There are times I've asked my DD to help me with stuff only to find that she is sitting on her bed with a book or her Nook and her cat snuggling on her lap and she'll say 'but Mom, I can't disturb this" referring to her cat.



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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 7/23/2012 12:07AM

    You can't... you just can't.

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SUNSHINE99999 7/22/2012 1:14PM

  take them with you. Have a great day.

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JUNA89 7/22/2012 1:13PM

    emoticonAww!

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More fun stuff for my office

Friday, July 20, 2012

I've decided that a drawer wasn't a good place for my medals. I now have a somewhat informative (but mostly fun) corkboard in my office.



For those that don't work in a lab, the little blue guy in the corner is a from www.giantmicrobs.com That particular guy is Giardia.

  
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TISTEN23 7/21/2012 11:21PM

    Thats great!!! You have to enjoy the area that you spend so much time in!!! :)

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EVWINGS 7/20/2012 7:45PM

    Very nice! Wish I was that organized!!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 7/20/2012 5:56PM

    Nice!!

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BLESSED2BEME 7/20/2012 5:30PM

    Very good idea!

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EMMYLOU010409 7/20/2012 5:18PM

    GET THOSE MEDALS!

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GRACEISENUF 7/20/2012 4:50PM

    Great looking corkboard.....that little guy creates plenty of havoc in the ole human body doesn't he? :(

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