31 December 2009

New Year's Challenges

In an attempt to get more motivated and kick the new year off right I've decided to tackle a couple of fellow Twitter/Blogger's challenges

First up is Kelownagurl's 100KM (62 miles) New Year's Day Trainer ride challenge from Buckeye Outdoors. This will be sometime after my run with the Cabot Cruisers. Oh, and if you're not listening to KG's podcast, what's wrong with you? Listen to it!!!

Next up is Quadrathon's SPS Trifecta. SPS = squats, pushups, and situps. You can see details and sign up for it here. Quadrathon also has an excellent podcast :).

So I'm all tested up...21 pushups, 45 squats, and 50 situps consecutively and in good form. Let's see if I can stick with it for longer than a month, lol.........

2009 wrapup

Hmm, so trying to make myself get this blog post done and just not quite getting there......

So what were my 2009 highlights (and lowlights)

Well, it was my first full year participating in the Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix race series and I set the goal way back last January that I was going to try and iron the series. And I actually managed it :).

I turned 40--major highlight 'caused that moved me into the master's division for races.

No broken bones or teeth, woo-hoo!! Although I'm still having to undergo dental procedures to fix some of the issues from 2008, yuck.....

Made some awesome running friends and got to know current ones much better. Not going to list them here because it's a HUGE list, LOL....

Twitter friends!!!!

Ran a MARATHON! Although it's also a bit of a low point because it worsened a foot injury and was under some very rough weather conditions. I didn't come as close to the time goal as I wanted but did get to watch Jackie's toughness firsthand. Very happy that my first marathon was with her.

Set personal records in all my race distances this year :).

Was awarded Female Masters Runner of the Year by the Arkansas RRCA. Still in awe that I was nominated much less had enough votes to be awarded this, I didn't realize that many people even knew who I was.

I was Driver of the Month for March 2009--still have mixed feelings about this one. Kinda prefer to keep my head down at work for the most part.

James' mom having a series of mini-strokes, this has thrown all three of us for quite a loop, think we've finally adjusted to some semblance of a schedule so there's at least one of kind of close by in case something else happens. Does mean that James' and I see far less of each other than what we prefer but you do what you have to with family.

Elsie's 2nd year with us :)

James has stuck with me for another year, 2010 will mark our 22nd anniversary. Oh geez, I have been married for over 1/2 my life at this point. That makes me feel old, lol.......

Injured my left foot twice :(

All the training runs with Brenda, Cindy and Lisa. Oh I miss that soooo much.

My Iphone!!! Several months later and I still love it :). How did I ever manage prior to it? lol

Getting to see my friend Alyson evolve into a hard-core cyclist (and yes you are!! no arguing)

My Jamis Xenith Comp Femme road bike--although Buffy's been a bit neglected for the past 3.5 months.

Favorite race of the year--3 way tie. The One Hour Track Run, Capitol City Classic 10k, and the Dam Night Run 5k.

Least favorite race of the year--again a tie--Hogeye 1/2 Marathon and the Brickfest 5k...fueling issues on both

Did I mention all my awesome friends?!?

Anyhoo, just a bit of what was good and bad about 2009. Hope to have a post done sometime this weekend about 2010 goals :)

30 December 2009

2009 Races and Events

Feel free to skip this post, nothing interesting here--not that there usually is in my blog anyway, lol. gp = Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix

1/25/09 One Hour Track Run--Russellville, AR 6.98 miles/60:00 gp
2/14/09 Valentine's Day 5k--Russellville, AR 24:57 gp
2/21/09 Rivertrail 15k--Little Rock, AR 1:21:36 gp
3/7/09 Chase Race 2 Mile--Conway, AR 15:11 gp
3/7/09 PAWS Race 1 mile--Conway, AR (with Elsie)
3/15/09 Little Rock 1/2 Marathon, Little Rock, AR 2:02:22
3/28/09 Spring Fling 5k--Cabot, AR 25:03 gp
4/4/09 Capitol City Classic 10k--Little Rock, AR 51:50 gp
4/5/09 Hogeye 1/2 Marathon--Fayetteville, AR 2:01:36 gp
4/18/09 Beyond Boundaries Boot Scootin' 5k, Ward, AR 25:12
4/18/09 Move to End Alzheimer's Memory Walk, Little Rock, AR
4/25/09 2CanRide, Searcy, AR (cycling)
5/2/09 Toad Suck Daze 10k, Conway, AR 52:43 gp
5/9/09 Women Run Arkansas 5k, Conway, AR 25:01
5/25/09 Du for the Parks Duathlon, Hot Springs, AR 1:14:15
6/13/09 Carti Tour de Rock, Little Rock, AR (cycling) 62 mile
6/27/09 Brickfest 5k, Malvern, AR 24:44 gp
7/25/09 Dam Night Run 5k, Lake DeGray, AR 23:26 gp
8/1/09 White River 4 Mile Classic, Batesville, AR 33:18 gp
8/8/09 Watermelon 5k, Hope, AR 25:10 gp
9/5/09 ARK Clear Mountain 5k, N. Little Rock, AR 23:25 gp
9/19/09 Arkansas 20k, Benton, AR 1:50:18 gp
9/26/09 Tyler Curtis 5k, Little Rock, AR 24:34 gp
10/17/09 Chile Pepper XC 10k, Fayetteville, AR 49:28 gp
10/24/09 Soaring Wings 1/2 Marathon, Conway, AR 1:55:51 gp
11/7/09 MidSouth Marathon, Wynne, AR 4:40:40 gp
11/21/09 Spa 10k, Hot Springs, AR 53:31 gp
11/28/09 Great Duck Race 10k, Stuttgart, AR 51:11 gp

1 track run, 1 2 miler, 11 5ks, 1 4 miler, 5 10ks, 1 15k, 1 20k, 3 1/2 marathons, and 1 marathon.
1 duathlon and 1 metric century cycling.
Set prs in all distances this year :)
Cycling distance as of 12/30/09 770.47 miles
Running distance as of 12/30/09 1360.73 miles


So yeah, it's the next to the last day of 2009 and I should be doing a year-end wrap up post but quite honestly, I'm not in the mood.........Probably has a good bit to do with the gingival graft dental surgery that I had on Monday, yuck. Unfortunately was only able to get one of the grafts done because I have maxed out my dental insurance for the year, so that means sometime in early 2010 I'm going to have to use another weeks vacation to do the remainder.

This brings me to another grumble. The company that employs me is by far the most intrusive company that James and I have ever worked for......Yes, there are regulations that govern what kind of medications you can take when you are a truck driver but this particular company goes above and beyond what the law requires and that's not necessarily a good thing. As a matter of fact they go so far beyond what is required by the law that they now have a lawsuit against them by EEOC for illegally dismissing a driver due to health issues.

It takes so long to clear our medical dept that I was only able to take ONE of the prescribed pain pills after the surgery......I'm due to go back to work on Monday and if this hadn't been a holiday weekend coming up I would have had a little more time to clear the medical dept on Thursday & Friday but in order to get cleared by today (because they would be off for the remainder of the week) I could only take the pain medication on Monday.......so there you go, only ibuprofen for me the past 2 days, lol. Yes, I've been a bit grumpy :).

26 December 2009

I'm a grinch

Yeah, not so much a holiday person.....habits and behaviors that you've been exposed to in your formative years are very hard to shake off. Not saying that it can't be done but it is a bit difficult and I find myself in a bit of a funk every year from November thru December......January and February are just gloomy but at least I'm able to shake off the desire to start a fight with the person nearest near to me, lol........This year, I've still been grumpy, moody, and yes, a bit testy but James kind of understands whats going on by now so he cuts me more slack than he used to. Also, I have been able to curb the wanting to argue grinch more than I have in the past.

Anyways, the holidays are practically over now :). I truly hope everybody had a very enjoyable Christmas and are planning their New Year's Eve celebrations and plotting out next year's resolutions. I am off on vacation through the 3rd, will get back to trucking on the 4th. Very much looking forward to this break, have a lot of decompressing and decluttering to do.

Leaving you with a pic of a roadblock I encountered Wednesday on my way home but it was so funny I managed to not get angry, lol.

19 December 2009

Not a "real" truck driver

Okay adding a disclaimer to this post because as I noted to Terry in the comments I was going for tongue in cheek humor over actual things that have been told me over the years and instead I came off as a whiny, rabid, humorless person (and yes I can be those things at certain times but that's not the point I was going for here, lol).

one of my many failings is that I tend to allow what other people think bother me.......Kind of a typical type A personality in that. And yeah, don't let other type A's tell you that they don't care what others think, the vast majority of the ones I know do despite their vehement protestations.

A recurring thing that I've had people say to me is that I'm not a "real" truck driver for various reasons many of them contradictory

Why I am not or wasn't a REAL TRUCK DRIVER according to others

1) I went to truck driving school

2) I drove team with my husband therefore I didn't do any city driving or backing up to docks because other guys wouldn't "allow" their wives/girlfriends to do so

3) I don't drive team with my husband (said some of it was contradictory, lol)

4) I currently drive an automatic truck

5) I have only run regional for the past 3-4 years--Middle Tennessee to Laredo, Texas with occasional forays into Alabama, Kentucky, or Missouri

6) I call my husband for advice or if he's around have him assist or do some of the minor repairs on my truck or trailer--not sure how this is different from calling up road rescue, asking on the cb, or going to a shop

7) Occasionally my husband and I actually get to pick up at the same places or close by on the same day, so if I happen to be following him I'm not able to drive by myself (although I have accused James of driving my truck and his simultaneously, it's actually not physically possible for him to do so, lol)

8) I don't like driving overnight

and on and on and on.............I could make arguments about every single point but since I'm trying to work on not allowing others' opinion color my view of myself I will let it pass.......you don't know how hard that is to do though, LOL......

Learning Experience

Yep, two words I absolutely hate to hear because it usually means I have f'ed up royally in some way, lol.........And I had one of those this past Tuesday, grrr.

I have been very, very proud up until this week to have never crunched a bumper on my truck and you know what they say about pride and a fall, sigh......Over 9 years driving a truck and I go and do something like this. No excuses, I just simply lost track of where everything was and caught the corner of a foot high metal rack just under the bumper on the right side and these are plastic bumpers that aren't very sturdy. Like our shop foreman said today after a fair bit of teasing at me, it happens to everybody at some point or another and thankfully I have one of the Prostars instead of a Cascadia so the only damage was to the bumper itself. Oh yeah, and my pride.......still feeling extremely stupid....so stupid as a matter of fact that I allowed a random tweet from last night hurt my feelings when it shouldn't have (yeah, I'm such a girl sometimes cue up "Stupid Girl" from Garbage, lol).

Anyways, no big deal as far as the company is concerned but I will lose next year's safety bonus :-(. Was even thanked by the safety dept. for my honesty and professionalism in reporting the incident instead of trying to hide or lie about what happened. Do have to say thanks to a Rush driver who helped me zip tie and strap the bumper up so it wouldn't shake loose going down the road and who didn't make fun of me. I think the guys in the shipping dept had told him that I'd been in there several times and was usually a good driver so that helped, lol. I also think the shop is going to be able to replace the bumper this weekend, yay!!!

In other news, I've been running 2-3 times a week with 5.5 miles being the longest so far. Still not pushing it, going to wait until after Christmas to decide on my race/event schedule then ramp the training back up. Also have been battling a bit of a head cold this week or I thought it was a cold until James reminded me that they told us after our flu shots earlier in the year that if we did get exposed to the flu it would be cold-like symptoms this time around. Who knows? I just know that my head has been stopped up for the better part of a week, sneezing, and achy. Yuck.........

One more week of work then I'm off until the 4th of January for sure--at least that's the time I put in that I wanted off and since I'm still carrying a week of vacation from last year
I WANT AND NEED this time off. Oh no, I'm not stressed much, lol. Looking like I will have a Monday pickup at another new to me plant in Lewisburg, TN so if that holds up I should be back home Thursday morning :) :) :)

Posting a couple of sunrise shots from this week, the first is over Hubbard Reservoir near Dallas and the second is at the top of a hill I'm determined to run all the way up one of these days in Pulaski, TN

07 December 2009

By the Wayside

Yep, that seems to be where my blogging is headed......fallen way off both on actual updates and keeping up with everybody. It's not that I don't want to write something it's that by the time I get home and sit in front of the computer I've completely forgotten whatever it was that had my mind racing to begin with. Ah well, such is the way with stress :(.

So the running this past week has been zilch until yesterday (Sunday) while trying to rest up and give my foot a chance to recover from whatever the problem is. Quick synopsis of the left foot issue

1)plantar fasciitis back in early, early spring-by midsummer this was resolved though

2)caught a rock at the base of my 2nd toe at the Chile Pepper XC 10k 10/17--injured the toe, it was swollen and painful for quite a well

3)the Sunday prior to the Midsouth Marathon, I tripped and fell, bruising and cutting up the inside of the left ankle

4)Foot started hurting during the marathon-achy around mile 20ish, flatout cramping from mile 24 on. Also had a major, major cramp afterwards from the tips of my toes to just behind my knee that refused to release for what seemed like forevah.......

James' and my opinion is that I have a stress fracture on the second toe, I'm one of those people whose 2nd toe is also longer than my big toe so it receives most of the impact first........Now mind you this is our opinion and I haven't gone to the doctor yet and we didn't stay at Holiday Inn last night. Why haven't I gone to the doctor? Well, the company I'm employed by is by far way too aggressive in shutting you down ANYTIME you have a doctor's visit until they review everything little thing that went down. This means no driving and with my dedicated run it would mean an entire week off work. My plan was to take 2 weeks off from running (lasted 1 week, lol) then take it easy on the workouts for a couple more weeks and if I'm still having problems I will go to the doc for x-rays, etc. during our Christmas shutdown. I have been employed by 5 different trucking companies (James=7) but our current one is far more intrusive than any of the others and does in fact go much further than what the law requires.

Anyhoo, my mood for the past couple of months has been up and down. In a major funk after the marathon AND racing season ended. Feel kind of lost and I realize it's silly but it's what's going on.........Also while the mother-in-law is improving, our lives are pretty much revolving around rushing back home from work, etc. James and I aren't getting to see each other near enough and it's wearing on both of us. I do have a couple of friends that are basically saving what little sanity I have left but James is doing the guy thing and refusing to talk about what's going on with anybody but me.

Oh crap, this is turning into a woe is me post, grrrr.

Okay on to other stuff. I did go for an easy 4ish mile (no garmin!) run with Elsie yesterday afternoon with no problems, yay! Will try and ease back into it with no hard-core training until after the first of the year :).

Second on the advice of a friend I am making an attempt at learning to play the guitar........Went to a local music store in town and came home with a very cool starter set :). Yep, just what I need, something else to obsess about, lol.
3rd, I'm actually going out and attempting to buy clothes that actually fit.......Part of my problem is that I try to avoid things made in China and while I realize that quite a few things I have no choice on, clothing is an area where I do have an option. A somewhat limited choice, it turns out but I can find things made elsewhere (oh, there are a few other countries I avoid). But........I'm having a difficult time finding work/casual clothing that I like :(. What I'm having no problem with is dresses, lol! I've purchased 3 in a month's time but while I can get away with wearing a casual dress and sandals while driving in the summer, winter's stuff tends to be a bit too dressy and requires heels to look right. Not exactly practical for a truckdriver, but I am ready for any holiday parties if James and manage to get the same day off when one is scheduled, ha-ha!

30 November 2009

Great Duck Race 10k pics

The dogtag that Karen had made up for all the women 2 months ago! She said she had faith that we were all going to finish :)

The age group awards were handmade wooden duck boxes. Cute, huh?!

Me and Charity with the duck mascot after the race
Tala and the duck :)

Karen's sign on the back of her tank! She kicked my butt yesterday by the way, lol

Patti, Jesse, and me

My new Brooks Launch kicks, so light. I'm going to change out the laces for pink ones :). and no that's not the tag on the right foot, it's the race timing chip.

10 of the 12 Ironpeople-picture courtesy of Kristen <3
And as Jesse put it, 7 different cameras and we're all looking in different directions. Except me, my eyes are closed, lmao.....
Patti, Jesse, Jennifer, me, and Karen with the duck

Great Duck Race 10k and Grand Prix is done!

November 28th marked the final race of the 2009 Arkansas RRCA Grand Prix series and it's brought about mixed feelings. First, I am so relieved it's over..........Second, I am so sad it's over...........It has been a grueling year trying to complete all 20 races in order to Iron the series this year, I've missed out on so many cycling events and races that I really wanted to do. The Big Dam Bridge 100 and the Sara Low 5k are two that I especially missed this year. Sad because I have made so many awesome friends this year that I'm probably not going to get to see most of until next January when the Grand Prix starts back.

Who knew that way back at the beginning of the year I would complete all 20 of the races, it had been a goal but with my job I knew that there was the very real possibility that I would miss a race or two due to being laid over at some point. Fortunately everything seemed to go mostly right and there were only a handful of races that I really, really had to hustle to make. Last Saturday just happened to be one because of the holiday week and a comedy of errors with the parts plants.

Anyway 132.8 miles and the one hour track run later, I am one of 12 Ironpeople this year!!!! Me, Jackie, Jennifer, Karen, Patti, Joe, Mike, Jeff, Eugene, Brice, John, and Jesse!!!!! Joe by the way has ironed the series for the past 5 years.....So am I going to try again next year? Probably not, there are more duathlons and cycling events that I'd like to do and to be honest I don't know if everything will work out as well with my work schedule to repeat it. But I will not rule it completely out, just waiting for all the different race schedules to come out at the moment.

So back to the Great Duck Race 10k at Stuttgart, AR :). First year for me to run this race but I am all too familiar with Stuttgart because that's where I went to truck driving school at, lol!!!!!! A good portion of the race route took me over roads that I'd driven multiple times both at the school and later when picking up at one of the plants in the area. It's billed as a completely flat race and as far as Arkansas goes it may be one of the flatter ones but there's still an invisible incline for the first 2-3 miles that's not noticeable in a motorized vehicle, lol. I'd rather have a hill I can see rather than one of those inclines........

Warmed up with Tala, Karen, Becky, and Joel, so lots of great conversation for the start of the day :). Not sure exact mileage but was over a mile.

Took off too fast as usual, 1st mile was under 8 minutes and my left foot as has been the case lately started hurting about 2.5 miles in :(. There was also a bit of a headwind for the first 4 miles but everybody said it wasn't as bad as previous years.

Garmin splits

Mile 1 7:37

Mile 2 8:04

Mile 3 8:30

Mile 4 8:21

Mile 5 8:20

Mile 6 8:22

Mile 6.2 1:53 (7:21 pace per mile)

Final chip time was 51:11 (garmin was 51:10) but no starting mat again :(

69/236 overall

18/121 females

2/15 40-44 age group

Good enough for 2nd in my age group and my 2nd fastest 10k time. If it wasn't for the left foot, I'm pretty sure I would have busted the Chile Pepper 10k time but with everything going on I'll take it. Oh forgot to mention that I'd only had 4ish hrs sleep beforehand because of the screwed up schedule. I'd ended up driving all the way up from south Texas on Friday and only had 5 hours sleep Thursday night so wasn't exactly firing on all cylinders to begin with. But enough whinging I suppose, lol!!!

So some shout-outs!! Karen got under 50 minutes, Becky had another 10k pr, Ethan placed 3rd overall, Charity toughed out yet another 10k on a bum knee (so proud of her!) and Leah set another female course record (woo-hoo!!!!!!!!). Jesse, Patti, Karen, and Jackie, can you believe it's finally over?!!!!!! Jesse and Kristen are some of the awesomest people you could ever hope to meet, just wish I'd gotten to know them sooner, Jennifer is mind blowingly fast and getting faster (and as TWB noted, quite a cutie!) And yeah, I know I'm getting all silly and emotional but you know what, I don't care, lol.... And I'm getting long-winded and have left people out so guess a friends only post needs to be written in the near future.

22 November 2009

pics of the week again

View of yesterday's mountain from the 7th floor of the Arlington

Age group award from the Spa 10k, much better than last year's plastic cups

downtown Hot Springs and the mountain

Jackie and me after surviving the MidSouth Marathon

I can see the finish line!!!!!!!

Spa 10k and an unexpected award

Lucky number 13 yesterday :)

I had a couple of people questioning why I was running a 10k two weeks after my marathon so thought I'd start with a quick explanation. I'm a member of the Arkansas Road Runners Club of America and this year I decided to run all 20 races on this years Grand Prix series in an attempt to become an ironperson. The Spa 10k is the 19th race of the series, next weekend is the Great Duck Race 10k, the 20th and final, yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I must say I'm very relieved that it's almost over, it's been very, very draining. Can you believe that there is a guy who has not missed a G.P. race for the last 100? Amazing!!! Super nice guy too :).

Spa 10k is an awesome race even if we do have to run up then down a small mountain, lol.........Lots of crowd support, beautiful scenery, just an all-around great race. The only improvement I would recommend is that the timing service buy a starting mat :). I do know the couple that owns the timing service and they are on a limited budget (and great people) so not going to complain too strenuously but it does hurt your time if you start in the middle or back of the pack. Because of my foot I decided to start in the middle of the pack in an attempt to keep myself slowed down a bit. Well, I was 38 seconds slower than last year but still pushed harder than what I should have since this was a get it done for ironman status race.

Started out with Tala, Becky, and Alea (Becky's daughter) and we thought Tala was going to be our rabbit today but she wouldn't play, ha-ha! Took the first 3-4 miles fairly easy then couldn't help myself, started picking up speed :).

Last year going up the mountain killed me, this year, not so much. Not a single walk break and I passed people going up. Had a couple pass me including Becky (woo-hoo!!!!) but overall was doing more passing than being passed. I wasn't even pushing hard at this point. Still trying to not kill my foot and the road is very tilted in this area.

After this though, I just couldn't stand it anymore......Started picking up speed and picking people off (sorry Melinda!). Even caught back up with Karen and Becky just before the finish line :). Felt good to push but as Karen said afterwards while I was limping around, my left foot wasn't so happy :(.

Mile splits
mile 1 8:50
mile 2 8:53
mile 3 9:01
mile 4 8:50
mile 5 8:11
mile 6 7:47
mile 6-6.2 1:54 (6:50 pace).
end time was 53:31

Final results
122/365 overall
first in age group 40-44 :)

Nice and consistent for the first 4 and negative splits to boot, a rarity for me. Not a 10k pr, not even a course pr (last year was 52:53) but considering that I was injured, not bad at all, and excepting the foot, I feel a helluva lot better than last year.

Next up was the State RRCA 2009 Runner's Awards. These aren't the points based awards, that is in February but are for male/female runner of the year, etc and are decided by member vote.......Surprisingly I was nominated in 2 categories--2009 Female Masters Runner and Most Improved!!!!!! I couldn't believe I was nominated even for one, much less 2 awards. Jackie was called up to present the female master's award and squeezed my shoulder when she went by, at this point I knew that I had won. Shocked the heck out of me!!!!!!!!!!! About started crying and if you ever have a chance to be introduced for something, Jackie's the one you want, she made my life sound impressive and it's not really :). Unfortunately, I was in such a state of shock that I carried my cup of water up with me and spilled it on both of us when I hugged her. Yep, typical klutzy Gabby fashion, lol. Sorry Jackie and thank you so much for the awesome introduction. It was better than I deserve :). Love my Cabot peeps soooo much! Karen won most improved btw!!!! Hard category that with several friends in it (I voted for Patti though!). Karen I do believe will be the 2010 Female Master's Runner :).

The Week and my left foot

kinda not in a blogging mood but if I don't get this down now it won't get done.

To start with the week went ok workout wise. Had recovered (I thought) and my runs were going great. Even had a kick-ass 5.05 miler last Saturday that was awesome :). Sunday was a 3.33 mile run/walk with James and Elsie, beautiful weather by the way. Monday was a mediocre treadmill workout of 3.56 miles with a decent core workout. Tuesday had a limited amount of time so decided to combine Elsie's morning walk with a run up the rutted out track that passes for a road up to Pulaski's water tower. This is almost straight up and my goal is to reach the top without walking at some point. Still didn't make it Tuesday but came the closest that I ever had, 7/8 of the way up running :), not fast but running nevertheless.

Wednesday however is when things went awry. Logbook said I had to start rolling early so got up pre-dawn dressed in fluorescent gear and armed with my clip-on blinky light to run on the Industrial Road in Prescott, AR. Can't use my favorite route right now due to deer season :(, I'd rather not be a hunting accident statistic. Things were going great until 1/2 through my run and my left foot cramped up again.........No one to call so no choice but to run back--it was less painful to run than to walk. Since then it's been double doses of Vitamin I, ice and ibuprofen. Unfortunately the Industrial Road is one of those cambered roads with a bit of chip seal. Not a good combo at the best of times.

Oh, a bit of background, my left foot has been taking some abuse since October. First, it's the foot that I've had the plantar fasciitis issues with that I thought were resolved. 2nd, at the Chile Pepper XC 10k I'd caught a rock at the base of my second toe and it had been swollen and a bit painful for a few weeks. Still swollen at the base of the toe actually :(. 3rd, my last 12 miler the Sunday before the marathon I tripped over a root in a field and face planted, had a bruise and cut on the inside knuckle of the foot. The bruise is still a bit visible even today. 4th, my foot started cramping up at mile 24 of the marathon (cambered/rough road) and then had a major cramp afterwards that went from my toes to just behind my knee that I didn't think was ever going to release........

So add in the re-injury from Wednesday and I'm pretty sure my left foot hates me and wants a new owner, lol!

15 November 2009

photos of the week

Finally updated my header pic :)

Blurry pic of the beginning of Thursday's parking lot in Houston :(

Sunset in Kerens, TX over the dollar store

Kerens, TX--Quintessential Texas shot

Elsie in the creek today :)

Finally a shot of me near the big truck I drive, it's clean for once, lol

14 November 2009

umm, er, uhh

So today I received a phone call from somebody that I'd only communicated with via texts or online up to that point and I must say that I probably didn't make much of a favorable impression. See while I consider myself to be somewhat decent in online communication and in real life, when it comes to telephones I seem to turn into a blithering idiot, lol.....I have no clue why that happens. My vocabulary is not limited to words with less than 4 letters, although the grammar usage could use some fine-tuning but shove that phone at me and you can have a more intelligent conversation with a zombie from "Shaun of the Dead". Combine that with a mind-numbingly exhausting work-week and yeah, you have it, Queen of the umm, er, and uhhs with maybe a touch of "oh I'm such a ditz, ooh shiny!" Geez.......

Marathon recovery has been ok but I did end up with a raging case of post marathon blues that was completely unexpected. A friend helped me out with that by pointing out that it was probably due to my first marathon being a very small event. Not much crowd support so I was left with a feeling of "this is it?" Yeah, silly I know but still it was what I was feeling :) so I'm going to own it, lol. Thursday midday was my first run since Saturday and it went quite well even though it was a bit warm and I was starving. Took Elsie out with me so I would be ensured of some walk/rest breaks and we found a nice little city park not far from the Pilot at Denham Springs, LA. Ended up with 3.65 miles and felt pretty darn good :-).

I am exhausted through and through so it's time for bed, I will try and write another blog entry before Monday........

08 November 2009

MidSouth Marathon part Roku

Done!!!!!!!!! Can't believe I just completed 26.2 miles. As soon as I could my shoes came off and I was barefoot :), well except for my pink injinji socks. But it felt so good getting the shoes off my feet, lol........It didn't feel so good 10 minutes later when I tried to put them back on and my left leg cramped up from my calf to my toes. OWIEEEEEEEEE! Didn't think I was ever going to get it loosened up and my toes uncurled (and those toes weren't curled in a good way). I'm pretty sure that cramp is why my leg is so sore today.

Final time was 4:40:40, very easy to remember and kind of unusual especially since I'm 40 years old. A friend suggested I play those numbers in the lottery, lol.

77/158 overall

3/9 40-44 female age group (but first won a masters award so I got 2nd age group)

not sure where I placed female overall and too lazy too count it up :)

The bling!!!

Jackie asked me afterwards if there was anything in my training I would have done different but there wasn't. I felt strong at least until the headwinds but those affected everybody. I heard later that even most of the faster runners were 35-40 seconds off their usual times per mile--haven't verified this but everybody did say they were struggling with the winds. The only way I could have trained better was to have thrown in some midday runs in Central Texas (notoriously windy).

So war wounds--hobbling about today because of the left foot and calf, a blister on my right pinkie toe, and a bit of chafing on the inside of my thighs from the shorts under my running skirt. The chafing I discovered in the shower afterwards, OUCH, OUCH, OUCH! Little bit sore through my shoulders (leaning forward into the wind) but otherwise I don't feel any worse than after my first half marathon last year. If it wasn't for the left leg I could even go for an easy run today.

Thanks to Jackie for running with me in my first marathon and to the entire Cabot crew for the support and training (esp. Brenda, Cindy, Lisa, and Jackie). TWB and Terry were also a major cheering section as was my Twitter friends (I'll leave somebody out if I try to list them all). Love to Patti, Becky, Karen, Brice, and Tala!! Another thank you to Jeff Clark, the Marathon Trucker for the encouraging emails and advice. A huge shout-out to my friend Alyson who bought the very cute "Running. I do that." tee-shirt as a 1st marathon gift. Thank you Aly!!!!! and here's the pic of me wearing it to my ohmygod, I finished the marathon celebratory pancake dinner that I'd been obsessing about all week. Wow, sound like I'm giving an Academy Award speech or something :).

MidSouth Marathon part a cĂșig

Jackie and I agreed around mile 16ish or so that we were just going to go on and do whatever we could do. She has 14 or 15 marathons completed so she's much stronger than I am with the longer distances. I was able to keep her in sight until around mile 24 (more on that in a bit).

As I wrote earlier I was so disappointed when I didn't see James where I thought I would so that kind of dropped my spirits even more. Yeah, I'm such a baby :(. He most definitely made the right decision with staying and helping with the water stop, I am so proud of him for that.

At this point I'm playing the game of picking out a cone, sign or a pole to run to, then another to walk and so on. Wind is continuing to pick up and I'm soldiering on albeit slowly, lol....I get passed by one of the faster women from the regular start and she's taking walk breaks too. Later I found out from Jackie that this was the woman who won the MidSouth Marathon last year.

Mile 24 up the monster hill and this is where my left foot starts to cramp up. Yep, the one I had the plantar fasciitis problem with last spring, the one that hadn't bothered me for the past 3 months. That's the one :-(. Way more walking than what I wanted at this point, grrr and this is where I lose sight of Jackie for good. Finally up and over the hill but still walking more than running.

Finally some crowd support :). There was this lovely older lady that had a series of signs staked out in her yard and she was offering bottled water to the runners. So sweet and a welcome sight. I didn't need the water but absolutely loved that she was doing that. Groups of JR ROTC members are at every corner now. Some are cheering more enthusiastically than others but I was getting an "I love your tattoos!" from every single group, lol. Finally see James again and hand off my water bottle to him and get a quick kiss :). Muster up the energy to run (slog!) the last 1/4 mile through the finish line, smiling and laughing and almost crying all the way.

MidSouth Marathon part Vier

So, turnaround point, headwind, still running strong.........

At least until we get out of the tree cover then the wind is BRUTAL.............

Started slowing a bit but nothing too drastic, then I realize that I took a bit too much water at the last 2 stops and had to hit the portapotty for a quick pee. Small race-walk to reach it, come out and I swear the wind has picked up even more for the less than a minute I was in there. Run for another 1/2 mile or so, it's steadily uphill (where the hell were the downhills?), and I can't catch my breath at all. It ends up being a race walk/run pattern from this point on (mile 17-18) with the wind continuing to pick up and gusting and it's getting hot. I simply could not draw enough breath in. Legs were still good at that point but that deteriorated quickly with not getting enough oxygen in :(.

Here is a graph of the weather conditions from yesterday. Note the wind speed/gusts. The highest wind gusts yesterday were 46.5 mph.

Was looking forward to seeing James at the first point we'd seen him that morning because I was going to drop some gear with him to try and lighten up the load a bit. To my disappointment he wasn't there and oh man did my spirits plummet :(. Afterwards I found out that the mile 11ish/15ish water stop had only 2 volunteers working it and he stayed with them to help out until 1030. They were getting overwhelmed so he started refilling cups and handing them out. After that a couple of other spectators jumped in to help too. But isn't that so awesome of him?!?

MidSouth Marathon part Tres

Ok, line up, listen to the speech, starting pistol is fired :)--3 minutes late by the way....Chip timed but no starting mat for it. I think they compensated for it in the final results though.

Jackie asked me what my race plan was but to be honest, the longest race for me so far has been a 1/2 marathon and my longest runs were 20 milers (and only 2 of those) so I had no idea what my race plan was or even should be....I was going to be relying on her guidance and advice. My nutrition plan was one gel every 5-6 miles, I was carrying my amphipod bottle with heed and would get water at the stops as needed.

Morning started out cool but within a mile it was heating up already. I'd left my long sleeve shirt with James but kept my gloves on, they only lasted about 3 miles. Good steady pace in the beginning but do not let anybody tell you that the MidSouth Marathon is flat.......It may be in Wynne but the course takes us over and around the edge of Crowley's Ridge. I do believe the only flat parts were the first and last miles.

Jackie's nutrition plan was to take 1/2 a gel every 3 miles with a bit of a walk break so I ended up following that and it worked out great. May continue that routine from here on out for my long runs (I want to stay in 1/2 mary shape consistently).

James surprised us by showing up at the first place along the route that was ok for spectators to drive to and cheer the runners. I was so surprised and happy! Can't believe how much that lifted my spirits up to see him throughout the course :). Unfortunately there is very little crowd support for this marathon except at the water stations. The water stations however were every mile or so and the vast majority of people were very enthusiastic. I do wish they were still doing the themed water stops with costumes like they used to, not sure when they stopped that. A lot of kids were working the stops and they would be so happy when you chose them to take the cups from. Sooooo cute! There was more than one where they looked so crestfallen that you didn't take their cups :).

I had a low spot right around mile 5 or 6, just wasn't feeling great, hills were taking their toll and I was cramping a bit (oh forgot to mention my period started Friday evening, yuck) but came out of it fairly quickly. Maybe I need to start carrying a recorder so I can note what's going on where and when. Would be a great reminder for afterwards 'cause things tend to blur together sometimes. It was so nice to reach the tree-covered part of the course for some shade, but still seemed like there wasn't any corresponding downhills to the uphills, wth?!?

Kristen drove by cheering at one point :), she's such a sweetie! Saw James again at the mile 11ish water stop, hit the turnaround point, give Charity a quick hug and introduce Jackie to Kristen. Feeling awesome, we start meeting the fast runners from the regular start and the runners that are behind us from the early start. Great boost to cheer everybody on and so very, very cool to see and cheer on Ethan and Leah twice, once meeting them and then when they zoomed past us.

Saw James again at the same water stop on the way back but this time he was handing out water and gatorade with the volunteers :).

The turnaround point marked the headwind though, eep.......

Freezing at the start, cute gloves, and Carol to the left.

MidSouth Marathon part Deux

Jackie, me, Annette, and Jane. Not sure who number 76 is :), Brice is at the far right with blue cap, and I think that's Patti's arm.

Patti, me and Becky :). I adore these girls!

Breaking this up into several posts so hopefully will be easier for everybody to slog through :-).

Earlier last week we received an email from the race organizers saying that the early start of 0700 was going to be open to all runners and I started noticing facebook posts that most of my friends were going to take advantage of it because of the warmer temps being forecast. This led to an overwrought post about what I should do and Brenda sends me a text to call her. I soooo needed that! Thank you so much Brenda!!! What we decided was since it was such a small marathon I would be essentially running by myself or pretty close to it anyway that I should go for the early start and run with Jackie, another experienced marathoner who would be doing the same pace as me. Since it was my first my only real goal was to finish under 5 hours and still be walking afterwards. Plus there are two final grand prix races (2 10ks the final two weekends this month) so wanted to try and stay well enough to complete them.

Saturday morning, James and I actually arrive early, early!!!!!!!!! That is so unusual for us, we're almost always rushing around at the last minute in panic mode, lol.........This gives me time to go to the bathroom, get geared up for battle, go to the bathroom, get my race packet and chip, go to the bathroom, socialize, go to the bathroom.........yes I have a nervous bladder, LOL......

Got to visit with Carol and her daughter quite a bit and she was giving me major compliments on my muscle tone and was telling everybody how she got to witness my transformation and how awesome I was. The thing is Carol is one of the most awesome people I know!!! Always so bubbly, positive, heckuva body herself, and has completed 14 (I think) marathons so far this year plus 1 ultra. And that's not counting the various shorter races..........Amazing, amazing woman :). I'm very privileged and honored to have her as a friend.

Visited with Patti, Becky, Annette, Jane, Arland, Jackie, Brice, Tala, and Karen :). Oh shoot who am I forgetting? Getting old sucks, lol......Unfortunately Tala missed our facebook posts about us doing the early start so she didn't run with us. That sucked for me and her :(.........I am so sorry Tala, I should have thought to email you directly, I feel like such a jerk.

MidSouth Marathon

Well, I am no longer a virgin--marathon wise that is, LOL!!! This can now be marked off as one of those bucket list items, although I'm fairly sure it wasn't on my bucket list to begin with, ha-ha........

Good news is that I didn't hate the experience and may even try my hand (or feet) at another one in the future but the next one will most definitely be one of the larger venues just to get the full experience of the crowds. This one was kind of an accidental marathon because at halfway through the year I'd realized I'd made all the state's Grand Prix races and thought why not try to go for Ironman status............Yeah, I knew there was a marathon involved but kept thinking that work schedule might cause me to miss one of the earlier races then there would be no pressure to run the marathon :).

Unfortunately last month James' mom suffered a minor stroke which has caused some major stress in our household in trying to rearrange schedules, deal with government agencies, etc.......Anyway I've whinged enough about this on twitter so don't feel I should go into all over again except to note that this caused some major sleep deprivation, stress, and a weight loss of 2 pounds 2 weeks prior to the marathon that I couldn't afford to lose right then. Major thanks to Lybbe, The Wondering Brit and Terry aka Little Trucker for getting me through last week with what little sanity I have left somewhat intact :)

Why the heck is my hat so crooked? LOL! Lots of compliments from non-runners about my shirt

02 November 2009

random pics

Again most of this has been posted on twitter so don't bothering looking if you've already seen them.

Blurry pic of weird sky in Memphis last week

muddy shoes from today's trail portion of the 12 miler

eww, muddy socks. Plus the little bitty dot on the inside of my ankle is where I cut it when I face planted today

Immediately after today's run :). Was in such a great mood wanted to share it with James. When he received the pic he called saying that it must have been a really good run since I was grinning so big. And yeah, I was wearing gloves throughout (chilly fingers!) even though I ended up shedding the long sleeve technical shirt.

26 October 2009

Hole? I didn't see any hole!

Wow, was the first part of work hectic last week......Most of this I posted on twitter so it may be boring and redundant for a few, it's definitely redundant for me but in hindsight it's quite funny.

First off with James' mom, we both for all intents and purposes have a 2nd full-time job each with having to do the stuff that needs to be done with her. But that's just the way it is for the time being. James was apologizing to me last week about putting this on me but hey, we're married and it's family stuff. It wouldn't be quite fair of me (or make me much of a person) if I left it all to him and refused to pull my share. We are adjusting but all three of us are very stressed. She doesn't need 24 hour care, just someone to make sure she eats her meals and sits with her a bit. James and her had a bit of a "discussion" last week about her refusal to change clothes every day and a few other things which resulted in her telling James he was just oppressing her. When I made it home Friday morning, first thing she wanted to do was to start complaining about James being so mean. I flat out told her that it was hard on everybody especially James since he's so used to her being a self-sufficient person that used to not want to be babied. I'm not going to tolerate her bad-mouthing him just because she used to change his diaper and doesn't want to listen to him now. His mother or not, he's my hubby and best friend and I'm not going to go along with that. And enough of that for the time being :).

My comedy of errors last week started with me locking my keys in the house Monday afternoon. No sooner had I shut the door behind me that I realized my mistake. Fortunately, I already had everything packed up including Elsie and had my purse and phone in hand. Called James in full-on panic mode begging him to tell me please that he'd replaced the hidden key on the pickup, LOL. He had and I had my big truck key separate so no problems there. Just wouldn't be able to get back into my own house until he got home, grr.

Next up was hooking up to my trailer and discovering a marker light burnt out, pulled around to trailer shop and mechanic discovered a hole in the roof of the trailer that he patched. This particular load of racks are stackable with sharp pointed ends on all four corners and the forklift drivers quite frequently lift them too high and poke a hole in the roof from the inside. Anyway, marker light replaced and that hole patched in record time. They are still treating me with kid gloves since the tire issue so I'm taking full advantage of that while it lasts to get my trailers worked on quickly, LOL!

Next morning, I'm sleeping sooooo good when I get a phone call from my dispatcher at 0630 telling me that my reload had cancelled and to deadhead up to Mt. Juliet once I was empty. No prob, right? yeah, not so fast....Pulaski has their panties in a wad over who knows what so it takes almost 2 hours to pull 20 racks off that are double-stacked, 10 times in and out of trailer. Should have taken 15 minutes.....In the process, one of the forklift drivers pokes a huge hole in the roof and then doesn't bother to tell me so I can try and patch it while in the dock. Pull out and discover the hole so have to walk back in, ask if I can back into the dock again and use their ladder to reach the roof. At this point the lift driver starts hollering about what hole, I didn't see any hole, I didn't do that.... yeah right, no big deal just wish she would have owned up to it in the beginning.

Well, I just thought it was no big deal initially. Get on the ladder while water is pouring in on me (yes, it was that large of a hole!) and discover that it can't be taped off because it's right on the edge next to and underneath some metal reinforcement strips. So soaking wet and pretty well peeved made the call to road rescue to figure out where it can be patched which ends up being at Fleetco in Nashville. Crap, going to be late for the Mt. Juliet stop.

Get to Fleetco, they recognize me from the other times I've dropped and pick up trailers so have me drop the current trailer in their very cramped lot and pick up a "repaired" one. By the way, they were allowing the other drivers coming in to drop their trailers in the drive so the yard driver could move them. Moral of the story, don't let people know you can actually back up without hitting something! LOL!!!

Finally arrive at Mt. Juliet 10 minutes late (all this was done in Nashville rush hour traffic, yuck) and discover what the other trailer was in the shop for. The door tie-back on the side of the trailer had been broken off and when the shop replaced it they placed the new tie-back 1.5 inches back from where the old one had been and didn't add a link to the chain so the door could be latched open, grrr. I'm now scrambling around in the rain trying to find a bungee or strap that would hold it back and I can't get into my big toolbox behind my sleeper because my key to the padlock securing it is in Arkansas in my house.......Oh yeah, I'm having fun......

Next trailer that I picked up at M.J. has a marker light out on the nose of the left corner. No way I can reach it, I'm not going to make it back to the company shop before it closes and I certainly don't want to spend several hours waiting on a truck stop shop to repair it. Solution--call James and he agrees to meet me at our yard in NLR with our ladder and replace it. Yay James! My hero :).

Fast forward a few hours, I meet James and he starts dragging out his tools and such to replace the light and boom, we're surrounded by other drivers wanting stuff done. First one, drives around and starts yelling from his driver's seat "Hey, you! Are you here to repair stuff? Hey, you!" He's being ignored because it irritates the hell out of us when other drivers' won't get out from behind the wheel to talk to you. The next one comes up and starts saying something about being surprised that James wasn't opening up the shop to do the repair and telling us what all was wrong with his truck and trailer. The assumption was that James was one of the mechanics and we weren't saying anything to dissuade that notion. Kept waiting for one of them to say something about why was I able to get work done after hours and they couldn't. I was going to tell them it helps when you sleep with the mechanic just to see the look on their faces. James got a huge laugh out of that and told me he was glad I didn't get to use the line 'cause he might have gotten propositioned by one of them.

I also had a few nagging issues with the trailer I picked up in Laredo but it was stuff that I could deal with myself, just irritating having to crawl around under the nasty things :).

On the running side of things, everything went ok. Stopped at Hurricane Mills Tuesday afternoon since I wasn't going to make it to NLR before they went home anyway. Had a great 5.08 miles in 45:51. Evidently karma was trying to make up for the crappy morning because when I stopped to run the rain dried up until after I was done. No kidding, it was literally pouring 5 miles prior to the stop, then left out and the skies opened up again. How cool was it that Mother Nature was showing me some love? My only issue is that I'd hurt my 2nd toe on the left foot by catching the base of it on a rock at the Chile Pepper cross country 10k and running on the dirt road aggravated it. That toe is a bit swollen still.

Wednesday was a 4.21 mile run at Prescott in 39:22. Another excellent run. Rare sunny morning (it didn't last long though).

Thursday--rest day

Friday--6 very long miles on the treadmill in 55:28 because it was raining and flooding that morning

Saturday--Rode with the local bike shop Saturday morning ride. Took my mountain bike because I knew the roads and trails were going to be nasty. Awesome ride and I haven't lost all my cycling fitnss just most of it, lol! Just over 15 miles. Tried to get out and run that afternoon for 4-5 miles but my tummy was acting up so only managed 2.38 miles.

Sunday--Finally a decent night's sleep!!! I was having trouble getting motivated to get out the door but once I did, oh wow, great run........Did have to make an emergency pitstop at a bathroom but it was just the once. The funny thing is that I had my first ever running face plant this morning! Was cutting through a field and some root reached out and grabbed my foot.......had a couple of witnesses too (of course!). I'm ok, left ankle has a small cut and is bruised a bit but nothing major.

On other stuff, my friend Alyson bought me the cutest t-shirt as a marathon gift!!! Bottom of the shirt reads "Running. I do that." and has a very cool marathon cartoon on it. Soooo cute and she's such a sweetie. I'm taking it with me to wear after the marathon Saturday! Hope to get back to the Sunday training rides with her later this month if the weather will cooperate.

I feel like I'm missing something.....Oh well, if I remember it later I'll do another post.

Oh yeah, my first marathon is in 6 days!!!!!!!!!!!!! I asked for songs to add to my running playlist from TWB and Little Trucker but if anybody else has any suggestions please let me know. My reasoning is that when that song comes on I'll think about the person who suggested it, thus giving me something to concentrate on other than the 26.2 miles.

Soaring Wings 1/2 Marathon part II

Official chip time 1:55:51--yeah, baby! I'm still tired and a bit beat up for yesterday but I think part of that is due to not sleeping well because of stress. I think it's going to take 6-8 weeks before we can get Dorothy approved for somebody staying with her overnight and some during the day so until then it's going to be a bit stressed out in our household :(.

Photo above was taken by Kristen at the finish line yesterday, she was cheering me in and I was yelling thank you back. Jesse and her are such sweeties, love them! And yes, I was wearing my lucky skirt ;).

Part of the Cabot crew, aren't we a gorgeous bunch?!? We were yelling at Steve to hurry up
and take the picture because our legs were cramping, LOL

24 October 2009

Soaring Wings 1/2 Marathon

Race #17 of the grand prix is done. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!! Only 3 more to go, woo-hoo! Oh wait one of them is that pesky marathon in 2 weeks. Yikes...........

So, today.......hmm, got lost on way to race despite the decent directions. Why the heck do I have no problem in the big truck yet have so much trouble in my pickup?!? LOL. So was late and didn't get to visit with my friends beforehand, grrr.....Did find almost everybody before race start for hugs and howyadoin's. A twitter friend (Hi Christie!) even found me to say hello before race start while I was frantically scurrying around--rabid squirrels didn't have anything on me this morning, ha-ha!

Managed to find Eugene (well he found me) who offered to pace me again (he paced me on the Hogeye 1/2 back in April). I told him that I'd ate a proper breakfast and took a gel just before lining up so hopefully I wouldn't bonk again :). First 6 miles were awesome although I think I was a bit too talkative for Eugene and his friend. Men, they just don't understand the value of talking during a long race, lol. Then we had a mis-communication, I told Eugene I would be walking at the next water stop to drink and take another gel, he thought I said I needed the port-a-potty! He ran off and left me!!!!!!!! I had a heckuva time catching back up, think it took me about 2 miles and it took quite a bit out of me. Guess I should've just let him go on but I thought he was just trying to motivate me to move a bit faster and quit talking so darn much.

The last 3 miles were miserable.......I even felt a bit light-headed for a while but just kept listening to Eugene who would tell me different things to focus on. Oh and this is listed as a "challenging" course with rolling hills. Geez I don't think I'm ever going to have a 1/2 marathon that I feel good finishing, lol!

This is an awesome race though, it's in its second year and it is so much better organized than many other races that have been around for a lot longer. Very pretty course, perfect weather today (sunny and cool), awesome volunteers, great food, and lots of spectators cheering. Super cool age group awards too (don't know if I placed or not yet) made out of railroad spikes.

Garmin splits
Mile 1 8:51
Mile 2 8:59
Mile 3 8:55
Mile 4 8:57
Mile 5 8:48
Mile 6 8:50
Mile 7 8:49
Mile 8 8:41
Mile 9 8:27
Mile 10 8:38
Mile 11 8:45
Mile 12 9:06
Mile 13 8:36
Mile 13.1 8:01

Mile 7 and 8 was when I was trying so hard to catch Eugene. Very hilly through there, then we ran a couple more at his pace before I started slowing again. My garmin time was 1:55:59, but there was a wave start and some timing issues. Last time I checked the results at race site before leaving I was listed at 1:56:51. Hopefully they will have that straightened out and posted online fairly soon. So I have a new 1/2 marathon pr, previous pr was 2:01:36 at the Hogeye Half but I'm feeling very beat up right now.

Chile Pepper 10k

Whew, I'm behind on race reports.......Life and running is kinda getting in the way of blogging. Twittering however is a whole other story, lol. So if you want to keep up with what I'm doing on a day to day basis, join twitter and follow me :-)

Chile Pepper 10k 10/17--my first year for this race and boy oh boy did I love it. It's actually a cross-country festival with the open 10k first followed by the college, high school, and junior high races. It was so cool being able to watch the college men and women in their respective races. So fast and shoulder to shoulder. When you are a mid-packer like me, it's a lot more spread out.

I wasn't really feeling like running this race at all, tough work week and I got in on our yard to drop off truck and trailer right at 1830 Friday evening. Gave me enough time to throw whatever running gear into my pickup and head towards Fayetteville. Started getting tired by Clarksville and just decided to call it quits at Alma 'cause I was starting to drift a bit. The Comfort Inn and Suites at Alma was very nice by the way, even received my cdl discount without being in the big truck.

Upon arrival at Fayetteville I met up with Patti (and Brice!) and decided to do my warmup with her. Nice easy slow run, just perfect. It was during this though that she told me that she'd nominated me for the state RRCA Female Masters of the Year division. Completely floored me, was not expecting that at all. She is such a sweetie :). Of course she also told me that she thinks I'm going to BQ on my first marathon. Patti, I love you so much but I don't think that one will happen, LOL! I'm just looking to survive Wynne.....

I lined up in the rear (chip timed) and thought I would go slow my first mile to get warmed up and hopefully have negative splits. Same old refrain, good intentions and all that. I did however manage to keep a somewhat even pace throughout the entire race except for miles 2 and 3.

Garmin splits
Mile 1 8:05
Mile 2 7:55 (yeah got carried away here, lol)
Mile 3 8:16 (paid for the previous mile)
Mile 4 8:01
Mile 5 8:03
Mile 6 8:07
Mile 6.2 7:21

There was a "little" hill near the start that we had to go up 3X, first 2 I was strong, passed people both times, the third time however my stomach had started to cramp just before it so had to slow dramatically (surprisingly my split times don't show it too much). Had 4 women pass me on the hill the final time and was never able to reel them back in :(.

There was also a very muddy area that we looped through twice, the open division really chewed it up for the college runners. first time through not so bad, the 2nd time was SLICK and I almost lost my right shoe in it. Quite fun actually!

The final bit just before the finish line I sprinted past a 19 year old who was just running kind of steady, she picked it up and passed me right back. Very happy to say I made her work for that finish line though, LMAO!

Final results
259/576 overall
4/22 age group
Not sure where I placed in the female overall and I'm too tired and lazy too look it up right now.

Excellent race and this one is on the list of ones I WANT to run again. Had lots of fun and did I mention I set a new 10k personal record? Previous 10k pr was 51:50 on a much easier course.

23 October 2009


Quite a few of my friends know that James' mother is an older lady and her health is starting to deteriorate. Well, it has started going downhill quite fast unfortunately. she's still mobile but her doctor thinks she has been having a series of small strokes. This has started to affect her short-term memory and she's not been eating regular meals which in turn is messing with some of her medications. We have been monitoring her with several phone calls a day and at least one of us is home every weekend to do stuff for her. She is signed up for services that come in three-four times a week to help her with housework, bathing, etc. Plus she has several friends that come by and check on her so it's not like she's neglected.

Tuesday however, she had one of her spells caused by not eating properly and Dorothy has a bad habit of playing up how bad off she's feeling because she likes the extra attention it gets her (not saying anything out of turn here, James is the first to admit his mom is like that). The home health care person though instead of questioning her about whether she ate or not instead freaked out and called James insisting that Dorothy had to go to the hospital right then. Well, after 30 minutes of getting her to eat something and James calling a relative to take her to the doctor she was ok. In fact she was okay enough that she started going in and out her apartment door for some fresh air and allowed one of her cats to run out. Dorothy being Dorothy immediately went outside without her cane, managed to catch the cat, and tried to come back up the steps without the cane and the blasted cat in her arms that is struggling to get away. Yep, she took a tumble, no broken bones thankfully, just a scrape.

So this has precipitated a change in our work schedules that we were hoping to be able to postpone until after the holidays. My work schedule will continue to be pretty much the same, there just won't be anymore lollygagging on the way home. James will be working from Friday thru Monday however.

The dispatcher didn't like it but if he wants to keep us he's just going to have to live with it. We have absolutely no choice at this point. Dorothy's memory is going, her health is deteriorating, and she has told us that she will not go into an assisted living home much less a nursing home. She has said that if it came to that she would quit eating altogether and spit out her medicine. So, with this new schedule at least one of us will never be any further away than 6-8 hrs max on Fridays and Mondays instead of 10-12. The majority of the time one of us will either be at her apartment or our own house which is only 10-15 minutes away depending on traffic. With me keeping the same schedule that means I'll be able to finish out this race season for sure but it also means that James and I will only have part of one day off together. Adjustment time. Oh well, such is life.

11 October 2009

4 weeks to go

The marathon is a looming! Just 4 more short weeks, eep.......Yesterday was my 2nd 20 mile training run and with the races upcoming it will probably be my last before Wynne. Fortunately this 20 mile run went a lot better than the first but that was because I was able to hang out with Brenda, Cindy, Jackie, and Lisa this time. Long runs are sooooooooo much more fun and pleasant when you have somebody to share the torture with, LOL. All of them are experienced marathoners so was just able to kick back and hopefully soak some of their wisdom in.

Not much else to talk about--training was kind of hit and miss last week with the weather but I'd been following a much more difficult training plan than what I was supposed to for my first marathon so not going to freak out too much.

Monday--3.24 miles with Elsie +.5 mile walk to and from the dentist (6 month checkup/cleaning)

Tuesday--4.25 miles with James and Elsie at the Rivertrail in the evening, tummy issues for me, and we had some near-misses with skunks, yikes!

Wednesday--Awesome, awesome midday tempo run (5.71 miles) at Robinson, TX. I also was adding in sprints halfway up the hills.

Thursday--hot and humid, used it for a rest day

Friday--3.28 miles on the treadmill--major stomach issues--this was supposed to have been an 8 mile run.

Saturday--fantastic 20.11 mile run! .66 miles solo to warm up and make sure all bathroom issues were resolved, then 19.45 with the group.

40.93 miles for the week

Ok, the stomach issues..........I do believe I have developed an intolerance to peanuts. Nearly every single one of my runs where I've had major issues can be traced back to where I've had something to eat containing peanuts (reese's pb cup, peanut butter, bag of nuts, trail mix bar). It's the only common denominator when I look back over what I've eaten. This is incredibly frustrating because that is such an easy and convenient protein source especially when I'm on the truck :(.

ok, that's all I can think about right now. Nice boring week as far as the trucking goes thank goodness, LOL. I had all the excitement I could stand last week.