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Short and Sweet…Well Not So Sweet

I’m going to keep this just as the title suggests…….

Not a great week.  

Running didn’t go well.  

Supposed to get in 18 this weekend.  Didn’t happen.  I could only muster out 14.  

Hopefully next week goes better.

That’s all.

I hope you all had a better week than I did and that you have a wonderful upcoming week.  Take care.

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Weekly Wrap Up

Well, I have done one thing well….I am keeping to my goal of blogging every week. This will make three weeks in a row!

It’s been a fairly good running week. I have been quite tired all week, so some of the runs were not as good as I would have wanted. Long run today was 16. Got it done on the treadmill. I had some tummy issues and decided that it would be better to be on the treadmill if I need to go home rather than far away from home. It was quite boring, but I had my music and also a couple good movies on TV. At least the miles are done!

This upcoming week looks to be extremely busy for me. It’s going to be very challenging to get my miles in along with the other busy stuff with school and coaching. Hopefully we’ll start playing our softball games so we have less to get rescheduled later. But playing games means later nights and later nights mean it is even more difficult for Runnergall22 to get up early to run. However, it’s got to get done, so I’ll do my best.

That’s what is in store for week 11 marathon training. Hope you all have a great week!

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Let It Go

No….not the song from FROZEN.  I need to let go of my mistake this week.

Good thing I’m not a math teacher.  I accidentally miscalculated my total mileage for this week.  I was supposed to have anywhere between 37 and 40 miles for the week.  I added wrong last Sunday, and had my numbers at 34-35.  I had to do some juggling of my workouts, so my mileage ended up not even close to either set of numbers.  AUGH.

Good news is that I got my long run of 11 miles in yesterday.  It was a BEAUTIFUL day and I went out on a local highway.  Only one scary farm dog chased me and growled at me.  One of my friends who owns his own plane flew over me twice and even did a little “twist” of the plane as his way of waving!   The 11 miles went great and my pace was 10:43 which I am very happy about.

I was going to do another 11 today to try to get my mileage up where it should be when I realized I had added incorrectly.  However, I had an uneasy feeling about that.  I did a little research and found some articles about missing runs, missed mileage and the overwhelming advice it to…LET IT GO.  Don’t add extra workouts or mileage.  LET IT GO and move on in training.  So that’s what I’m doing.

I got two miles in today and will start fresh tomorrow!! 

Here’s how this next week looks for me.  Week 10 Marathon Training Plan:

Monday: cross train; Tuesday: 8 miles; Wednesday: 5 miles; Thursday: 8 miles; Friday: REST DAY; Saturday: 2-3 miles; Sunday: 16 miles.  

All in all I am okay with my week.  Even though I added wrong and didn’t get in all of my weekly mileage, I felt that my runs went well and I did get in my cross training and stretching.  One highlight of my long run was that at one point, I was going along and realized that I had gone up a long incline and I didn’t even realize it.  I was so into the sunshine, enjoying being outside, and looking around that I forgot where I was and realized the I had completed the incline/hill and it wasn’t as difficult as it has been in the past.  That felt incredible!  

Non running related, my husband and I are thrilled beyond words that our son has chosen a college!  He will be playing basketball at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN!  He has worked so hard to be able to play basketball in college and we couldn’t be happier for him and so proud of his efforts.  We will miss him once he’s gone off to college, but I am trying not to think of the lonesomeness I’ll feel and to focus on what an exciting time it is for him!

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Have a GREAT week my friends!  

Runnergal22~Jessie

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Checking In

Hello friends!  

Now that I am back in marathon training, I am going to try and blog more often.  And I did say try.  I dug out my Hal Hidgon book MARATHON and started reading again.  The very first time I read it, I did a lot of highlighting and I was browsing the worn pages and all the markings I made.  Many things jumped out at me of the things that I highlighted, but one in particular.  He mentions getting your goals down on paper and even suggests starting a blog.  Well, I already had my blog the first time I read the book, but when he said that even hurling your words out into cyberspace regardless if anybody actually reads it is very important to helping yourself reach your goals.  I started thinking that I need to write at the end of every week and reflect on how it went…to help myself plan for the next week and make necessary adjustments.  So let’s begin the first update!

Last week was a tough week for me.  I was coming off a great race, the Get Lucky Half and I was extremely sore.  It took DAYS before my legs felt better.  Not only that, I was super tired overall.  We had a very busy week in our jobs (hubby and I teach together) and we also coach after school.  My training HAS to be done in the mornings most weeks during this time of year and I just could hardly pull myself out of bed from the tiredness and the soreness.  I fell very short on my mileage ending up with only 24 miles for the week and I should have had around 31-35 miles.  I did get in my long run of 14 miles, so I was happy about that.  

I am disappointed in my mid week training.  I felt very torn between feeling so exhausted and sore, to feeling guilty about missing runs and workouts.  I really, really, dislike that poster that says something about NO EXCUSES and I have posted it before.  In fact, I have blogged about no excuses in the past.  But I have come to dislike it because I think it very much depends on the actual reason why a person misses a run/workout to determine whether or not that person is making excuses or is there a valid reason.  For me last week, I didn’t miss my midweek runs because I simply didn’t want to go, I felt like I needed to listen to my body on those two runs.  I pounded out a seven mile run on Tuesday of last week and it was painful.  I got in my three mile run on Wednesday and I was still exhausted.  Instead of taking the usual ONE rest day, I took THREE.  I felt my body and mind needed it.  Then of course, in typical fashion, I felt the guilt.  One thing Hal Hidgon also says is that you should never go two days without running as two or three days without running equals lost conditioning.  And then later in his book he discusses recognizing when you need a little break. I struggled between my decision to rest for three days and his words.  

Ultimately, I have to decide for myself what is right for me and I felt like taking the three days was the right decision.  My 14 miler on Sunday went well and so that’s how I know the break was good.  All in all, I was disappointed with the week, however I have to remember that some weeks are going to be little setbacks, especially with the type of schedule I have with family, work, and coaching.  I knew that going in when I decided to register for the June 1st marathon….I’ve done this schedule in 2011…same race…same schedule.  I know it can be done.

Now for this week and what it brings.  As far as work, it’s going to be a normal week, which means nothing much after softball practice.  I have to get my mileage back up to where it needs to be and that is my main focus/goal for the week.  I am adding another component to my training starting this week, but I will get into that after the week is done.  Here is what my training week looks like, minus the new component:

Monday-cross training; Tuesday-8 miles; Wednesday-5 miles; Thursday-7 miles; Friday-REST; Saturday-3 or 4 miles; Sunday-11 miles.  That will give me a total of 34-35 miles.

So here begins the week!  I hope it’s great for all of you!  I will check back in next Sunday evening!

 

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Wow

Hello everybody! I can’t believe it’s March already and I haven’t written since December! We are into the new year and it seems like it’s going fast already. Let’s catch up a little.

Two main things going on in my personal life: my parents and my son. My parents are aging and having some difficulties. I’m not going to go into detail, but there are times where it’s hard and my heart is heavy and aches. Enough said.

My son is a senior in high school and my husband and I are experiencing the “lasts” of his high school career. It’s absolutely unreal to look back and realize how quickly the time has gone. I know it’s sounds cliché, but it truly seems like yesterday he was little. I miss having that little boy crawl up in my lap in his foot pajamas and blanket to snuggle, read a book, and fall asleep. While I am so proud of him, the young man he is and will continue to become, and am excited for him and his future, again my heart is heavy and aches.

Running life: I have decided to run another marathon! I chose the Minneapolis Marathon again, same marathon I ran in 2011, for a couple of reasons. Number 1 reason was because it fit into my busy schedule. It’s only a couple hours away, it’s on a Sunday, and it doesn’t conflict with anything else that our family is doing at that time. Number 2 is that the course is different than the first time I ran it and I like that.

Back in 2011, as soon as I ran it, I couldn’t wait to run another one. If you followed my blog that long ago, you might remember that I was going to run the Twin Cities Marathon that fall….that I wanted to run two that year. Well, you might also remember that I hurt my hip and was not able to complete that goal. Three years later, I am glad that I took all that time to cut my running in half (yes, I listened to my doctor and followed his directions) and as of right now, my hip is doing beautifully. (Knock on wood) 🙂

If my hip continues to feel this good and it goes well for the Minneapolis Marathon, I would like to finally complete my goal of running those two races in the same year. But I’m not making any plans for that yet…I want to take the time and see how it all goes before I decide for sure.

As far as training is going, it’s okay. Our weather in Minnesota has been less than appealing for outside running and when it has been actually nice out, I have not been able to get outside. Lots of days I am at school for 12-14 hours. After my teaching day, I teach piano and instrumental lessons and/or watching our son at his various activities. So it’s basically been treadmill.

I know I promise this a lot, but I really will try to be better about blogging, especially now that I am back in training. I hope all you faithful followers are doing well and your lives are rich and fulfilling! Until next time, keep plugging away and I will as well!

Runnergal22

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13 in 2013 Recap

Hello friends!  I hope that your holidays were wonderful and you enjoyed your families!

It’s time for me to reflect on this past year.  So many events, some great, some difficult.  Running related, as you all know, I joined the 13 in 2013 challenge to run 13 races of any distance of your choice in 2013.  I personally chose my 13 races to be half marathons.  I knew that getting in some of these races would be difficult.  My son’s passion is basketball, and looking ahead in 2013, I knew that we would be so busy with all the things he was involved in with that, so doing some official races would not be possible.  I was NOT going to choose races over watching my son play basketball, I was relieved that there were going to be several virtual races I could run and still participate in the challenge.  Here are short recaps of the 13 races I completed:

Mom’s Run This Town Winter Virtual~January:  I started off the year with a virtual half on the treadmill!  It was hosted by Moms Run This Town (MRTT) and it felt great to get the first one done and out of the way.  My finish time was 2:37:00

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Barking Mad About Running Virtual~February:  Kimberly at Barking Mad About Running hosted a virtual race in February to raise money for breast cancer.  The weather was nicer for this race, surprisingly, and I ran this one outside.   It felt great and I was really surprised at my time for this one which was 2:25:00. 

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Get Lucky Half~March:  I love this race!  This was my third year in a row running this race in St. Paul, MN.  It is hosted by Team Ortho of the Twin Cities and they help Shriners Children’s Hospital.  It’s a St. Patrick’s Day themed race and I love dressing up!  My cousin is the race director for this so that always makes it extra special!  I ran with a friend in honor of her nephew who is battling Lymphoma at age 16.  It was her first half ever and she did just great!  Our finish time was 2:35:11.

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Barking Mad About Running No Day But Today Half~May: I skipped April for getting a half done.  It was so crazy busy for us that month!  Again, another great virtual from Kimberly at Barking Mad About Running.  This one was particularly special to me.  It was to raise money for cancer and also a music themed half in honor of a teacher.  I am a music teacher so this was a great race for me to support!  Finish time was 2:30:00.

Sparkle Cupcake Half~May:  I doubled up halfs in May.  This Sparkle Cupcake was put on by Darlena at Run Find Your Happy Pace.  Her races also benefit cancer and have cute cupcake medals!  I love doing her races as well!  Finish time was 2:36:41.

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Moms Run This Town Running Mad Virtual Half~July:  Another race from Moms Run This Town and it was an Alice in Wonderland themed race.  I did not dress up, but was glad to find this to get one fit in before the next race that I was nervous about!  Finish time was: 2:30:22.

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Aspen Valley Half Marathon~July:  WOW, WOW, WOW.  I can’t believe I actually did this race.  We were going to be vacationing in Breckenridge, Colorado and I found this race in Aspen.  We were going to visit Aspen anyway, so I decided to register.  I live at an altitude of about 1,000, and this would be running in the Rocky Mountains….elevation 7,500.  What was I thinking?!?!  I was very scared of running at high altitude, especially a half.  However, I am so glad that I had the courage to do it.  It was one of the most amazing races I have ever run.  It was so beautiful and the experience of running there was just pure awesome.  I had no altitude sickness, no complications whatsoever.  Finish time was 2:38:55.

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Jill and Jen’s Birthday Bash Half~August:  Jill and Jen, the hosts of the 13 in 2013 challenge, had a virtual run to celebrate their birthdays.  I had fun doing this one as well!  Finish time was: 2:21:53 and was happy with that time!

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Women Rock Half Marathon~August: This is the second year in a row I have done this race. Again put on by Team Ortho and in St. Paul, MN.  I had a difficult time during this race.  Something was just not right.  Toward the end, my toes were hurting really badly and I could not figure out why as this has never happened to me before.  When I took my shoes off at the end, my socks were bloody.  I’m still not really sure what happened with my toes, but I did not have any injuries.  Finish time was 2:32:15.  That wasn’t a terrible finish, but something just didn’t feel right the entire race.

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Quad Cities Half Marathon~September: Loved, loved, loved this race!  I had told my father-in-law back in March as he was heading in for a very serious and dangerous heart surgery that I would run this race (they live in the Quad Cities) and wear a shirt of his favorite team once he pulled through.  He did great during the surgery and I made good on my word.  He loves the University of Illinois, so that’s what I wore for the race!  A few weeks prior to the race, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer, so I wore breast cancer jewelry for her.  I ran this race for both of them.  The most emotional and wonderful part was coming to the finish line.  I was searching the crowds for them and I spotted them yelling my name and waving.  I waved back and yelled out, “This is for you both!” Finish time was 2:31:45.  Not that much different of a time from the Women Rock, but I felt so much better during this race and was 10 pounds lighter!

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Jill and Jen’s Run for a Teacher Half~October:  This was an emotional race for me.  I ran from my town to a different town for the 13.1 mileage via our bike trails.  I ran in honor of my Uncle John.  The day before I ran this virtual, we had his memorial service.  Uncle John was a teacher, coach, principal and a wonderful man.  I thought about him and all that he meant to not only our family, but all the students he had over the years.  At his memorial service as they were playing TAPS, a bald eagle flew over the grave.  Nearing the end of my run, a bald eagle flew over me.  It was beautiful and I truly felt that Uncle John was with me on this run.  I wore St. Patrick’s gear as he was so proud of his Irish heritage.  My finish time was the best I had ever done to that point and I was just thrilled!  2:17:00.

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Jedi Challenge Half~December:  I skipped November…again just so busy.  I LOVED this theme.  My son is a huge Star Wars fan and this was also a race to raise money for cancer.  The medal is cute with a light saber on it and a saying that was very “Yoda-like”.  Finish time was 2:15:22 and the best so far!

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Jill and Jen’s 13 in 2013 Celebration Half~December:  And the final race!  Jill and Jen once again hosted a virtual and the final one to cap off the challenge.   There was a lot going on in my life when I needed to get this done.  I had been in the hospital with my mom and so there was a lot going on with that and on my mind.  But, I was not going to skip it as I was so close!  Finish time was 2:19:22.

Completion of a year long goal feels so good!  It wasn’t always easy to find the time to fit in the virtuals and not only that, but there were lots of times that I had a difficult time getting myself out the door.  It’s very easy to procrastinate virtual runs, especially when life gets busy.  I am very proud of myself for pushing through those busy times and still getting it done. 

I don’t know if I am going to join the 14 in 2014 yet.  I am still deciding what I want to do next year.  I wish all of you the very best in the next year and hope you all go for your dreams!  Thank you for joining me! 

 

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Quad Cities Half Marathon

HELLO ALL MY WONDERFUL READERS!  I hope you all have been well and loving life!

On Sunday, September 22, 2013, I ran the Quad Cities Half Marathon.  It was my 10th half so far in my quest for 13 half marathons in 2013.  I know that there are HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of people doing this challenge, so I’m not saying I’m anything special, but just keeping track for myself.  This race was VERY special to me in many ways, so I’ll get right to explaining all the wonderful experiences.

First of all, I must start with this.  My wonderful husband grew up in the Quad Cities.  For those of you who don’t know where that is or anything about them let me quickly explain.  The Quad Cities are made up of four major cities….2 in Iowa and 2 in Illinois.  The two Iowa cities are Bettendorf and Davenport, and the Illinois cities are Moline and Rock Island and they split the Mississippi River.  The marathon and half are really great because runners get to run in each city, over two bridges (I believe the full runs over more than two bridges) and then through the famous Arsenal Island which is a military base.  Since meeting my husband, living in a nearby Quad City community, and all of his family still live there, the Quad Cities is very familiar to me and is like a second home.  I have always wanted to run it for those reasons, but the weekend never seemed to work out in our schedule. 

Secondly, if you remember back to the winter of 2013, I blogged about my father-in-law who was extremely ill with many heart issues.  He had to go into a dangerous surgery to remove an infected pacemaker and we were told by the cardiac team that he would most likely NOT survive the surgery.  I talked with my father-in-law before the surgery to give him my love and I told him to be strong.  I also told him that if he pulled through, I would run the Quad Cities Half Marathon in his honor and wear Illinois gear just for him.  Now…..my husband and I are Iowa Hawkeye fans and my in laws are Illinois fans.  This would be a tough thing for me to do….actually BUY a Fighting Illini shirt?!  But, if it meant that my father-in-law survived the surgery, then having him see me cross the finish line in that said shirt would be so worth it.

Obviously, you are figuring out that he did survive and so I took off on Saturday, the 21st (MY BIRTHDAY!) for my in law’s house.  We had a great little lunch at their house in which they had a birthday cake.  My sister-in-law and niece came over too and they all sang to me!  We headed out on a fun shopping afternoon and I had a terrible time finding an Illinois shirt!  But I was being picky.  I wanted just a t shirt and one that I knew I would feel comfortable running in for 13.1 miles.  I finally found one Saturday evening!

Since the heart surgery, my mother-in-law has been faced with some serious health problems too.  She is still going to the doctor to investigate some breast cancer scares, biopsies, what happens “if”, so I also bought some breast cancer earrings and a necklace to wear in her honor.

And then the big day came.  It was Sunday morning….race starts at 7:30am and I’m ready to get dressed.  On my headband, I wrote “4 LANLIN”…what that means is this.   Lanny and Linda are my in law’s names.  The license plate on their car is “LANLIN2”.  So I wrote the “4 LANLIN” meaning that I was running for Lanny and Linda.

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We got in the car and headed out.  Their plan was to watch the start and then get some coffee and tea and just wait/read.  Of course the atmosphere was very exciting!  I love races for that fact…lots of people around, everybody getting ready to line up, the announcer over the PA telling us how many minutes until gun time.  It’s just a neat experience and that certain excitement that I love.  It was quite chilly that morning, but you could tell that it was going to be a perfect running weather day.

Soon it was 7:30 and the gun went off on time!  The start line was in Moline, Illinois and we headed to the Interstate 74 bridge which crosses over the Mississippi River into Iowa.  The first Iowa city we ran in was Bettendorf.  We ran up our first hill in Iowa…what a hill.  Yuck.  We ran through some neighborhoods and made our way back down toward the Mississippi.  We ran along the river for several miles crossing into Davenport, Iowa.  Let me say…this was an absolutely BEAUTIFUL part of the course.  I have been on this path before, but not running.  It was so neat to look out over the river and see Illinois on the other side. 

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We turned and ran a little bit up into the downtown of Davenport.  Soon, the downtown street took us to the Arsenal Bridge…the only way to get on Arsenal Island.  It is located in Rock Island, Illinois and is now the largest government owned gun manufacturing arsenal in the United States.  It is a working Army Arsenal and we were granted permission to run on it for only a certain amount of time before it is closed to civilians again.  It was so neat to be on their for the last 5K.  There is also a military cemetery there.  The next three pictures:  the first one is the Arsenal Bridge “floor”…weird to run on!  The second is the gate going onto the Island, and the third is the military cemetery.

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Once we were through Arsenal Island, we were very close to the finish line!  We had one more little overpass to cross and then we made the turn to the finish line, which was back in Moline.  There were TONS of people and loud great music on the way to the end.  I saw Lanny and Linda waving and cheering me on!  I started to get really emotional seeing them at the finish line and I pointed and screamed out at them, “This is for you both!” 

How did I feel during the race?  I was a bit nervous for this race.  I think it was a couple of things.  One, just the emotion of it was hard.  I was excited to be running in the Quad Cities for the first mentioned reasons of it being like a second home to me, but also the emotion of why I was running.  I was thinking of all of the past and upcoming health issues that Lanny and Linda have dealt with and will continue to face and I would start to tear up.  I had to make myself re-focus and not get emotional while running.   Why not get emotional while running?  Well for me, it makes me tired.  If I get teary eyed, my breathing goes way off and then I struggle to find a good pace for myself and keep my breathing under control.

I was also nervous because I was not sure how my legs would feel.  At the Women Rock Half on August, 31, I had been doing Insanity very faithfully.  I decided that for the week prior to the Quad Cities Half, I was going to not do Insanity.  I actually had very mixed feelings about this.  I had been doing every DVD and working very hard at Insanity and part of me did not want to stop for that week.  However, I really felt deep down that my legs were so tired at Women Rock because of the Insanity workouts.  So to me, the best answer was to take a week off.  I’m glad I did!  I felt really great in this race…much better than I did at Women Rock.  I was down 10 pounds from the Women Rock and was 1 minute and 12 seconds better in my finish time at Quad Cities!

It was such a wonderful weekend.  The race was incredible.  It was very well organized, the scenery was beautiful, the spectators and volunteers were really great!  Love my t-shirt and medal!  In fact, the Quad Cities medal is my son’s favorite of all my medals.  There were lots of police officers and sheriffs around the course and that made me feel safe. 

Of course, the most important thing was the time I spent with Lanny and Linda…and also Lisa (my sister-in-law) and niece Katy.  It was so great to be with them and have them support me.  Seeing Lanny and Linda at the finish line was so fun and I’m beyond thrilled that they were able to see me in the Illinois gear! 

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Aspen Half, New Goals, Regret

Wow….I haven’t blogged in a long time!   I hope this entry finds you all well and enjoying what’s left of summer!

My summer has been flying by.  We, my hubby, son, and myself, have hardly been home.  My son has had a lot of basketball camps including an incredible camp at the University of Virginia in which he and I took off with my parents….just the four of us!  What a blast! 

We traveled to Breckenridge, Colorado a couple of weeks ago to spend 8 wonderful days in a condo at the bottom of Peak 8.  Peak 8 is the most beautiful place.  Our agenda was NOTHING.  Not to have any plans and just relax and do what we wanted, when we wanted.  Save one thing.  Travel to Aspen so I could run a half marathon. 

I didn’t tell many people because I knew it was pretty risky to register because I live in an elevation of about 1,100.  Aspen is 8,500.  I understand all the risks of even visiting a destination of higher elevation, let alone RUN 13.1 MILES IN HIGHER ELEVATION.  But, I had already registered and there was no turning back.

Our plan was to spend the day in Aspen after the half, and then on the way back to Breckenridge, stop and spend some time in Vail.  At the beginning of race week, I received the usual email that includes the normal last minute details stuff.  At the end of the email, it stated IN ALL RED LETTERS that bears and mountain lions frequent the trail we would be running on.  WHAT?!?!?!?!?!  This seriously scared me, but we were reassured that sightings are rare and they are more scared of us.  As it turned out, the only animal I saw was a bunny!

I was very worried about this race and running in the elevation for 13.1 miles.  I had a plan though.  What I was nervous about was dizziness, nausea, fainting etc and if I felt like that at all, I was going to stop.  If I couldn’t get over any of those, I was going to call my husband and pull out of the race.  When making my decision on whether or not to register, I knew that if I tried and couldn’t finish, I would be okay with that.  It would be worse for me to not even try.  I didn’t experience any of what I was expecting!  The only thing was that I got tired sooner than I would normally, which made it tougher.  The scenery was absolutely BEAUTIFUL and BREATHTAKING and I loved every minute of this race.  I am so glad that I didn’t give in to the fear and just went for it.  I took this picture of myself at mile 12…I was SO HAPPY!

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New goals for me….yes I have some.  Not any distance goals.  I have no interest in running an ultra, so I have run every other distance.  I have nothing to prove to myself in that way.  I am going to work on some things about my running, exercise, eating that I need to improve.  Nothing major at all in terms of major life changes or experiences, but things that I have maybe neglected because I had been more focused on distances or particular races. Eating is a big thing for me.  My portions are so out of whack!  And I can always be tempted with some form of chocolate and especially malts, so it’s time to get that in check and work on my nutrition! 

Finally, the regret.  We all have regrets in life and we hear those old adages about not living with regrets but they are inevitable.  What seems like so long ago, I had this friend.  She and I were very close.  I’m not going into detail, but five years ago we had a major falling out and we have seen or spoken to each other since.  I found out today that she has cancer and is starting chemo.  She has a long road ahead of her.  I feel so badly for her and for her family.  I pray that she has strength and that she is healed.  I pray for her family to be strong.  I guess I’m not only feeling regret about our relationship, but sorrow.  Sorrow for what could have been, for what did happen, for her future struggles with cancer….all of the above.  I am certainly not an expert, I am no psychologist or counselor….but I do know this.  Life is too short to hold grudges.  As a friend of mine said to me today, “We don’t know what lies ahead of us” and that is so true. 

I wish you all peace in your hearts and relationships, and if you know you have a relationship that needs fixing, then maybe it’s time to make the first step even thought it might be a tough step to take. 

And until next time, I am going to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

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Catching Up

I am still here!  I haven’t blogged in a while, but yes, Runnergal22 is still around!  I promised that I would blog about my two May Virtual Half Marathons, so here we go.

I had to get in two virtual halfs in May go get “caught up” from missing one in April.  There were TWO GREAT virtuals.  The first one that I ran was hosted by Kimberly at Barking Mad About Running.  I did a virtual hosted by Kimberly in February as well.  She is running 13 Half Marathons in 2013 just like me.  The May virtual was called “No Day But Today”.  Her daughter formed a Relay For Life team to honor a music teacher in their school who is a 15 year Lymphoma survivor.  This really hit home to me as I am a music teacher and my dad is a 3 year Lymphoma survivor.  So of course I was in for this virtual race!  It went well and the medal is just fantastic!

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The second May virtual half was hosted by Darlena at Run Find Your Happy Pace.  It was the “Sparkle Cupcake” race.  I love Darlena’s medals and bands!  Her virtuals also benefit cancer and of course I’m in for her virtuals as well. 

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This past weekend, there was a first annual Irish Fest!  My son and I went for the weekend….hubby had to work…and we had a great time.  To kick off the weekend, there was a 5K.  My son walked with my sister and some cousins.  I ran with my cousins.  I had to dress up for the Irish theme.  It was hot and humid, breathing was very difficult for me for the first mile, but then the rest of the run went great!  Here is my son and me before the race.

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Suddenly the end of June is creeping up!  I have a virtual half to get done this month and not sure what’s going on in July yet.  I have been gone from home quite a bit traveling, so not been very good at planning.   However, I am putting one foot in front of the other and taking it day by day.  I’ll be home now for a while so I can get back to planning out what’s next for me!

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Summer??

Happy June!  For those of us in southeast Minnesota, it is CRAPPY already.  Not a lot of sun and a lot of rain.  In fact, today, June 5th, I am in sweats with the fireplace on.  Really?

As many of you know, I’ve been training for a June 1st race with my friend Trish.  I did not get to run that race.  My son’s baseball team advanced to the next round of tournaments that previous week and that next game was the day of the race.  Had to be there for my son.  They ended up losing the first game, but I am glad I was able to see it.  Trish did a great job on the race…I’m so proud of her!  I wish I could have been there too, but can’t be in two places at once…especially when they are two different states!

5 By The 5th Series:  I signed up for this series in January which was hosted by Mommy, Run Fast.  You were to run either a 5K or 5 miles by the 5th of each month, January through June.  The last run was today!  You didn’t have to specify in any way which distance you planned to run.  You just ran either and put in your time on her spreadsheet.  It was a GREAT series and I’m so glad I did it!  I did a mixture of 5Ks and 5 milers. 

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I have a few virtual half marathons coming up and of course I’ll keep you all posted on those as I’m SURE you all will be on pins and needles wondering how they went!  😉

Funny story to end today’s blog.  After my son’s baseball game on June 1st, my hubby and I, along with another couple whose son was also on the team, went to an Applebees near the baseball field.  We each ordered a beer and were deciding on an appetizer to share.  The waitress came over to check on us and my husband said, “This is a marathon, not a sprint.”  We say that a lot meaning that we are going to take our time, not rush our order, not chug our beers etc….you get the picture.  Here is the conversation that followed:

Hubby:  This is a marathon, not a sprint.

Waitress: (eyes huge, shocked voice) You’re running a marathon today????

Hubby: No (a little shocked she said that) But my wife is a marathoner.

Waitress:  Are you running the marathon tomorrow???? (still shocked we are drinking a beer and maybe running a marathon…not getting the point of the phrase)

Hubby: No…(explains the meaning of the phrase)

Waitress: OH!  I see!  My brother is running a marathon! 

Hubby:  That’s great!  Which one?

Waitress:  My older brother.

****Really?!?!?******

Waitress:  He recently quit smoking and is working on getting healthier.

All of us:  That’s great!  Good for him!

Waitress:  Yeah…he’s up to 4 miles now and I told him, ‘You are soooo close to your marathon!’

********Really?!?!?!?!**********

All of us:  (just smiled and simultaneously took drinks of our beers)

Moral of the story:  not everybody fully understands what we runners do!  🙂

Happy National Running Day!

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