Tuesday, June 18, 2013
While in Hawaii, you can't NOT visit a volcano, and what better way to see one than to...Hike it. I hiked the Diamond Head volcano with my BFF's daughter (AB), she was such a great tour guide the whole time I was there, and she was willing to take me to do lots of things and better than that...she was willing to do it with me, even though she's hiked Diamond Head several times, what a girl. We got there about 10 and boy was it a hot one already, sheesh, how hard could it be? I mean I consider myself fairly physically fit, but the heat can and will knock you back down to earth and let you know...you are not in shape for this kind of weather, so take it slow and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Off we go with my new hibiscus fanny pack, filled with water bottles and camera of course. The five-mile race I ran two days earlier was at the base of this volcano but I had not done my homework on the hike, so I didn't know what I was in store for and besides....I love adventures.
The path was winding, very rocky, had to be careful where you stepped so you didn't twist and ankle, quite a nice hike thus far, a few shady spots for a breather from the hot sun, and AB says we are almost at the top - yeah. Then she points and says "look at all these steps" - my jaw dropped to the ground. All I could think about was how bad my hamstrings and buttocks would probably be killing me the next day after climbing up all those (175 steps)....one super hamstring/buttock workout coming right up, ready or not - didn't know I was being treated to that kind of a workout.
I made it up the steps, no problem (glad no one had a spy camera on me or timing me to see how long it took, lol), we made it to the top.
What a view of Waikiki in the background. I had to zoom in closer.
WOW, that was worth the climb. The hike down was harder than the hike up, had to put on the brakes using those quads, I figured they would be sore too, but I was totally fine the next day, no soreness at all. The hike up was only 3/4 of a mile and the top was 762 feet and it took us about 2 hours for the whole experience, it sure seemed a lot higher than 762 feet.
At the park exit there was a truck selling shave ice, lemon-lime for me please, it's been a million years since I've had a "snow cone" but we sure needed something icy after that, the vendor was even giving out wet, frozen paper towels to cool you off - that sure came in handy to wipe the sweaty brow....Ahhhhhhh.
I am so glad to have been in shape for a hike, if I would have visited Hawaii 5 years ago, my story would not have included hiking volcanoes, what a great experience, so happy to have had the opportunity. Hawaii was fantastic thus far, and only day 4 of 14.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Went to eye doctor for a way overdue eye exam, it had been 5 years since my last one (I know, I know... I'm supposed to do it annually). What finally pushed me over the edge to get it done now was that I dropped my prescription sunglasses and they broke on the very first day I was in Hawaii on my vacation, what a tragedy that was, but I made do with a cheap pair, but it made things more fuzzy than ever, uggghhhhh.
I have noticed my vision has been getting continuously worse over the past few years but in the last 6 months it has really bothered me. I was rather excited to get new glasses, to update the old ones I have, to update my style a little bit, a more modern pair with some bling perhaps, lol.
He examined my eyes and told me that glasses would not help, nor correct what was wrong with me now....CATARACTS in both eyes, with my left eye being really bad. Cataracts, really????? I am too young for this, as the doctor pointed out, but he said there are many causes of cataracts, like Diabetes.
OMG.....Diabetes, really???? I made a lifestyle change over 4 years ago so I would not be unhealthy, how could I possibly have diabetes now????
Inquiry minds had to google that....apparently you can have Type 2 Diabetes with no symptoms, so I have scheduled a full physical with bloodwork to find out if I do have diabetes. It never crossed my mind that I would possibly have that, especially since I eat healthy and live a very active lifestyle. However it's not a total shock since just about everyone in my family has it. I hope everything turns out ok with that, will know something in a few weeks after all the appointments are complete.
WOW, talk about having a bomb dropped on you, a double whammy....cataracts and possibly diabetes.
I have appointment with another eye doctor this week to discuss my options....meaning cataract surgery, hoping to get this whole fuzzy eye problem taken care of real fast, not being able to focus properly is rather frustrating.
Diabetes is the main point of this blog....if you had not had a check-up in a while, please make sure to do so, ya never know, especially if you have a family history of it. Better safe than sorry.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
I just returned from a great two week vacation in Hawaii, what an awesome time. I was so excited to be going to Hawaii (my first trip) and even more excited that they were having a half-marathon during the time I would be there, so of course I had to sign up, I was looking forward to bringing home a souvenir race medal. I was excited about it when I signed up (in January) but after running my first marathon in March and doing something to my knee it was really more of a dread since I hadn't been running nearly as much and no more than 5 miles at a time since then. I was determined to do it anyway. As race day approached I was seriously doubting the knee would hold up so I decided that I would run the 5-mile portion of the race instead of trying to push it the whole 13.1, I didn't want to have a sore knee for my entire vacation.
I would be running this race with my BFF's daughter (AB) and this was her first race ever, she had signed up for the 5-miler so I was happy to run with her, but still a little upset with myself since I wasn't doing the "half". The evening before the race I opened my suitcase to get out my running gear and oh the horror.............I had forgot my running shoes. How in the world could I have forgotten the most important thing in the world, I wanted to cry. Luckily AB wore the same size and was happy to loan me a pair. This was turning into a nightmare, not only was I worried about my knee, now I would be running on borrowed soles, OMGeeeeee.
Race morning arrived (race started at 5:30 a.m., wow that's early) and I was so worried about the knee, was I doing the right thing in even attempting to race? I was doing it anyway, I had been looking forward to running around Diamond Head volcano, and wanted to be able to say I did it. I was happy to meet up with a long lost friend (Constance) that I hadn't seen in many years at the start line. We were childhood friends and it was the icing on the cake to be able to see her and best of all, I got to run with her and catch up on the last 17 years, where has the time gone?
I had told AB not to worry about running with me (the slow old people, lol), for her to go ahead and "kill it" since this was her first race and was going for a personal best, or the "gold" as I call it, lol. Off she went, I didn't even see her at the half way turn-around, she was faster than lightning. I don't remember her finish time but she did very well taking on a 5-miler for her first race. Way to go AB !!!
I jogged the entire way, just really not into it, but I was enjoying the company of an old friend and the scenery around Diamond Head was awesome. I hit the five mile turn around, waved goodbye to Constance and wished her luck on the rest of the race.
The way back was me, myself and I. I decided just to take in the scenery and enjoy the moment. I saw a beautiful lighthouse on the course and wanted to stop for a pic but I didn't want to stop running to snap a photo, in hindsight I wish I had stopped for that picture, I just wanted to be done....the hills were kinda killing me and the shoes were horribly wrong for me, but I finished.....slooooowwww, but I crossed the finish line for the five-miler. AB and I had a dude at the finish line take our picture, thanks Hawaii dude.
We were driving back from the race and I was checking out the finisher medal and OOOOHHHH the horror......the medal had "Half Marathon" on it.
WHAT ?????? I didn't run a half marathon, how in the world could they give every finisher of the race the same medal???? Hellooooooo.... one size does not fit all per say. I was so upset. In all my experiences they give medals for the different distances, but not this time. This was one medal I was NOT HAPPY to receive, it was unearned....I DID NOT complete a half marathon, I felt jipped and cheap for having something I did not earn, so now hear this........
ATTENTION Race Directors: All medals are not equal
On a more pleasant note....the lighthouse that I passed on the course on the coast as I jogged by ......I saw the same lighthouse again, 2 times, each time from a different view. First it was running past it, darn it I knew I should have snapped a picture.
Second was from at the top of Diamond Head, which I hiked the next day, and my oh my, what a lot of steps to climb on that one, but so worth the time and effort.
And lastly, I saw it from the water while sailing on a catamaran, I thought that was kinda neat to have seen it from 3 locations.
More details on the trip in next blog.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I feel so honored to have been asked to be interviewed on Spark Radio, it gave me a quick 7 minutes to tell a little bit of my story, so much more I wanted to say. Thanks to all my wonderful friends on SP that keep me motivated, you all are the best.
5-days until the wedding, then off for a two week relaxation vacation, then I'll be back to SPARKING more often, miss you guys.
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