BP MS 150 and the ER
The BP MS150 is one of the major charity cycling events in the country, and Texas hosts one of the largest. It's roughly 170 miles from Houston to Austin in 2 days, and, this year, there were some 14K riders scheduled. The vast majority camp ov... Read more
Marathon #8 done
I've started 11, completed 8 marathons (2 became HMs due to injury or sick on route, 1 DNF due to heat exhaustion), and completed well over 20 HMs.
This last marathon was as tough as I expected, with temps in the 50's and 92% humidity. Even... Read more
Return to the marathon after 4 years
The last full marathon I completed was in 2010. Since then, I attempted another, but, collapsed from heat exhaustion at mile 10 - it was in the 40'sF with 99% humidity and my body shut down. Not fun.
A friend said she was going to train for... Read more
Life's too short, enjoy it
Ever since I started a new job in August, my schedule has become tighter, busier, sometimes insane. It takes me up to 2X longer to commute than to my former job, costs 2X as much in gas, plus tolls if I take the tollway, for less than 50% of wha... Read more
Making progress, one step at a time
Well, I haven't completely given up, yet. I'm still training for what will likely be my last marathon, and making a bit of progress every long run. I've finally been able to run a mile without stopping.
Yesterday, I ran 4 miles from my hous... Read more
The long walk...
Since February, after switching to a different make of running shoe, I've been fighting plantar fasciitis. Not a good thing for a runner/endurance athlete! Not that I'm at all talented as an athlete, but, I do have trophies, rankings, a feature ... Read more
June: quit my job, but, hubby won't let me retire
July: my 4yo grandson spent the month - he learned to swim, ride a bike, how to color, play with clay; started a wellness program
Aug: went on Fed gov't contract, lower pay, longer comm... Read more
Life's a beach...
and sometimes you just need to share it with someone.... Read more
5.16 mi on the trail felt pretty good
The Plano Balloon Festival HM is on Sep 21 and I need my feet ready! As I've only been able to walk just a few days all month, I've only been doing 2-3 miles on my weekday routes, swimming on weekends. So, this morning, I decided to see how my f... Read more
What a July this has been!
Since July 3, I've had our 4yo Grandson in my charge. He returned home with his father today, and My Darling Groom and I are feeling the emptiness in our home, We had so much fun: watching the 4th of July fireworks, teaching him how to swim, wor... Read more
Plant this fasciitis in the ground, already!
Since April, I've been fighting plantar fasciitis. I finally had to break down and get a cortisone shot, then had new custom orthotics made for my running shoes. I also spent a few weeks in a boot cast. For the past week or so, however, my heel ... Read more
My daughter's first Triathlon
was yesterday and so much fun! It could be called a super sprint, as the distances for all 3 disciplines are shorter than a standard sprint, and great for first-timers, rookies building experience, or advanced triathletes using it for training o... Read more
36 years + 2
Yesterday, My Darling Groom and I celebrated our 36th Anniversary, and we've been together 38. We married a little later than our friends, lasted longer than our friends, even lived longer than some of our friends (somewhat depressing).
Wha... Read more
Stuff happens, and then you move on...
I didn't think I had been away THIS long, but, looks like I have! Finishing out 2013 was no fun:
- my Director was making my job miserable and I wanted out
- my Darling Groom was diagnosed with skin cancer AND emphysema (it gets worse...)... Read more