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.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Hello Sparkies and Sparkettes.
I know I have been MIA since the marathon and will be MIA probably thru June.
It's a busy time here....
I am currently working on completing all the details and planning of my daughter's upcoming wedding May 20, so many little details to attend to - who knew it would be this much work, lol.
Track and Baseball season is in full swing with the grandkids, so we will be attending weekly track meets for the granddaughter and baseball games for the grandson.
Getting ready for my Hawaiian vacation and half marathon the end of May so I'm working a run or two in now and again, gotta stay pumped and primed.
Trying to keep up with life sometimes just wears you out, but I'm still going strong and hanging tough. I miss you all. I am still eating well, maintaining the weight, and I will be dropping in to Spark now and again, as time permits. Hoping to be back to working out full-time and back to SPARK mid-summer. In the meantime, hope everyone is doing well and that you are continuing to work on your personal goals and dreams.
My love to you all.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Vader has been confronted and has been turned into a Marathoner Finisher, woo hoo. What a crazy race.
I just love festive attire.
Race day started with spending two hours inside the hotel lobby waiting on race to start, it was way too cold and windy to hang outside.
Hubby surprised Sis and I with a pre-race gift, some shoe bling - a 26.2 charm for the shoe, thanks honey.
It was a cold, windy start to the race, good thing we brought the appropriate attire, ear muffs, jacket, etc.
First 6 miles went great, was running the usual pace, my friend Paulette and her hubby were braving the cold at mile 6 to cheer us on, thanks guys, it was a welcome site.
Mile 9 was when tragedy struck. I had been worried about how my right hip was going to hold out since I've been having issues forever with that pesky little muscle then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it felt like someone shot me in the left knee, what the heck? this was totally unexpected and had never happened before, we stopped to stretch but that didn't help. Had this not have been "the big race", I would have quit, however I knew I must go on. So I downed some ibuprofen, thank goodness I had a stash in the trusty ole fanny pack, so off we went. We ran the next 10 miles into the wind, uggghh, what a horrible way to go, but thank goodness it wasn't raining. Hubby was waiting with the camera on an overhead walkway at mile 13, so I told sis we had to make it look good so he wouldn't see me limping and worry, so I faked it pretty good, you can smile when you're in pain if you will it to happen, lol.
Our time was really slowing down at this point, we were running anywhere between a 13-14 minute mile, totally unacceptable in my standards, however I was wounded. Our longest mile was 15:48, you could tell we were dropping to the back of the pack.
By the time I hit mile 17 I was about done, my knee was hurting so bad I couldn't even walk so I had to keep running, mile 20, was excruciating, but I knew dad was parked around mile 24 to see his girls run, so I kept up the brave face and faked it real good.
Finish line was in sight, woo hoo, almost there, kept up the brave front til I made it across and then it was pretty obvious I was limping, but hey....I was done, I crossed the finish line, I'm a marathoner and it only took me 6:06 to finish, lol, I predicted 5 hours and I am sure we would have made that if it hadnt been for the knee, dang it, better luck next time, and there WILL BE a next time, you can bet on that.
I tried to have a little fun at the after party but I just needed a hot shower and an ice pack for the knee so home we went. Hubby was so proud, and I was proud too.
My daughter stopped by after the race to tell me how proud she was, that made me smile.
I came home to a super surprise too, a rug that says I CAN DO 26.2, how awesome is that.
I checked my garmin when I got home, apparently the race marshall that was supposed to be stationed at mile 9 had left, so sis and I ended up going the wrong away, along with a handful of other people, so we ended up finishing 27.5 miles, an extra 1.3 miles. I spent yesterday icing the knee and sleeping, today I seem to be much better. I wasn't sore except for the knee. Great race despite a few surprises with the knee. Going to take a few weeks off to get the knee back in shape.
Thanks for all my SP buddies for cheering me on, I couldn't have done it without ya. Thanks to a special someone who sent me a good luck charm, thanks Teresa for volunteering in the cold to hand out my medal, and of course a special thanks to my Sis, thanks for the great run and for pushing thru your pain too...we did it.
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