Training

A little bit random

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Yesterday was the first day in about 4-5 weeks that I’ve felt half way decent. It was great. I even felt a little motivated to clean my house. That is a miracle people. And then one of my amazing co-workers brought us supper and the most delicious dessert ever.

Unfortunately lately I’ve been eating alot of dessert. And I fell off the no soda wagon a few weeks ago. I’ve come to finally realize that my swollen stomach has nothing to do with my recent surgery. And it’s time to get serious. The frustrating and exhausting part of getting serious is having to start from scratch as far as exercise goes. I obviously won’t be running anytime soon but even walking I have to take it easy and slowly increase my miles. It will be a long road but hopefully in the next 4-6 weeks I can be running again.

On Monday the kids and I took a spontaneous trip to see my parents. We got home Wednesday afternoon and as I’m sure you know, it’s so good to be home. I’ll share lots of pictures with you tomorrow and more next week. I took alot of pictures.

And for your viewing pleasure, some random pictures from my phone.

Daddy and Caleb… “Aaahhhhhh.”

Angel driving Papa’s boat!

Ouch.

Angel on the boat. Yes. Yes that is a bunny in her lap. Stay tuned.

“I’m watching you.”

Nice. My son is choking his grandmother.

Guess who came to visit me in the hospital?! It’s Prince!

Me and my sister. We miss you Aunt Nellie!

Speaking of sister. She bought this tent for Caleb when she was here. He will sit in it all day to watch tv, read books or smear chap-stick all over his body. Ya know, kid stuff.

Angel at the park. Does she do a good head tilt or what!?

Let’s go fly a kite!

Me and hubs at Casting Crowns concert.

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The dishes are piling up and for once it’s not because I’m lazy!

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Happy Friday!

It’s a weekend. I don’t work. It’s the start of spring break. And I don’t have to do dishes today.

Can I get an “AMEN!”

Well unfortunately the reason for no dishes is because our dishwasher/sink/drain is a little bit mad at us. I decided to clean out the fridge yesterday and we might have had a few too many containers of old leftovers in there. Isn’t that what a garbage disposal is for?  My husband informed me that it’s not for a month’s supply of old leftovers. Ooops.

I started the dishwasher at about 5:00 last night and it started leaking just a little bit out the bottom. I didn’t think anything of it.

(Really? Is it normal to have water leak out the dishwasher? Well anyway.)

Daddy got home a little before 6:00 and at about that time I noticed alot more water. I opened the dishwasher and water came gushing out not to mention it was full of soap bubbles. I have no idea what that was about. I promised I didn’t use regular dishwasher soap.

So as soon as my darling husband got home  he started working on the mess and came to find out about my leftover purge which was glogging the drain. He worked on it most the night but it’s still not working.  I came upstairs last night after putting the kiddos to bed and found this:

He must think I’m forgetful or something.

Well in other news we had to run to Wally World last night to get Draino and of course it made perfect sense to swing into Cherry Berry. Yum.

I ran yesterday. Let me say that again so it sinks in. I ran yesterday. It’s been a long time folks. I’m mainly been doing nothing the elliptical but decided that running is what best helps me keep the weight off. (Oh ya, and also not eating so much Cherry Berry.)  We are (hopefully) going to be running a 5K the end of this month. 30 days to get up to 3 miles! I made it 1.5 miles yesterday and also did my back exercises and strength training (which has helped so much!) and so I’m very sore today. It’s a good sore though, ya know.

In other news, sad news, our Allie dog isn’t doing very well. Last weekend she would hardly move and her stomach looked really distended. I took her to the vet on Monday and he said she probably has a tumor on her spleen or liver and she definitely has alot of fluid in her tummy, probably blood. Unfortunately there’s no real treatment so it’s just a matter of time. We are meeting with the vet again today so Pat can talk to him.

Last night we let her lay in bed with us. We love our sweet Allie dog so much.

Have a good weekend! We appreciate your prayers as we get closer to losing our girl. So far the kids seem to be ok about it but when it actually happens I know it’ll be awful.

Of half marathons and birthday parties

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Four days.

Four days until my husband runs 13.2 miles.  What is he, crazy?

Runs in the family I guess.

Anyway, Patrick is running the Mankato, MN half marathon this coming Saturday.  Thankfully it’s not going to be terribly cold. I’m so proud of my hubby. He had been training for the half marathon I ran but then a few weeks before that race he got injured. The past few weeks though he’s been working so hard.

One fabulous thing about him running in Mankato is that it’s halfway to Princess’s house. So her and her hubby are going to come to Mankato on Friday to spend some time with us.  We are so excited to see them!

We’ll come home Sunday morning, just in time to get cleaned up and head over to our church for Angel’s birthday party.

What I’d tell you about the crazy?

Her birthday is actually Monday but we’ll be partying it up on Sunday. This is the first party that we are inviting friends that are of Angel’s age.  (This mom’s biggest fear: forgetting to invite someone. So please, everyone, come on over to the party!)  Her party theme is Tangled because it is her favorite thing in the whole wide world.  We have the goodie bags all ready to go but  I have yet to come up with any Tangled themed games and my guess is that I won’t.

Here’s a preview of part of Angel’s gift:

Which yes, she did pick out and yes was adamant that it was what she wanted.  I let her try it on and then we put it away for her to be surprised (or not) on her birthday, along with the rest of it, a Rupunzle dress.

In addition to birthday parties, road trips and excessive running this week, the kids have their school pictures on Thursday. I’m so excited and nervous for this momentous occasion! Their first school pictures!! AH!

Let’s just hope they don’t take after their mama.

We interrupt this nap for an update

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Race Day: September 11th, 2011

5:23 am: I woke up before the alarm clock went off.  I’m feeling anxious, excited, nervous and tired. 12 weeks of  preparation for this day. Then what?

5:28 am: I let the dogs outside and hop in the shower.

5:45 am:  I eat breakfast of a banana and two Cliff crunchy bar things.  I also take 3 ibuprofen and start stretching.

6:00 am: My sister wakes up and comes upstairs to help get the kids going. They have both found their way into my bed. I start trying to wake them up while I send Pat to the shower.

6:20 am: It’s still dark outside but a beautiful morning. I get my hat on, put my Energy Gel and 2 ibuprofen in my shorts pocket. I make sure I have everything. Shoes-check. Race bib-check. Chip on shoe-check.

6:30 am:  I say goodbye to the kiddos and Pat and I leave the house. My mom and sister will be coming with the kids closer to start time, which is 7:30 am.

Caleb isn’t a morning person.

6:45 am: We get to Howard Wood Field just as the Marathon starts. I try to find my friend Angie but can’t so I just cheer for everyone. I need to practice what I preach, right?

7:05 am: We get to the infield and I’m kind of stretching. I’m feeling a little awkward about stretching in front of all these people. I’m not sure why.

7:10 am: We have a moment of silent prayer in remembrance of 911. At that exact same moment an airplane flies over the field, which is right next to the airport.  Tears and goosebumps.

7:15 am: The announcer announces that all runners need to take their place on the track. I make one last ditch for the bathroom, along with 498 other women.

7:20 am: I kiss my Hubby and head to the track. There’s supposed to be pace markers but I can’t find mine (12:00) so I just head to the back of the group. I stand next to two funny older gentlemen who joke about being the slowest runners. I’m in good company.

7:30 am: Here we go! I’m in the back of the pack so it takes me awhile to get to the starting line.  Pat is in the stands and takes my picture as he cheers. (I’m pink lady in the middle of the picture.) I’m so thankful for my supportive husband! As I round the track I find my mom, sister, Angel and Caleb.

Mile 1: My co-worker/friend Margie and her husband are at mile 1 to cheer me and another co-worker on.  I see them no less than 6 other times throughout the race. I swear they have super powers because I have no idea how they were able to be in so many spots to cheer us on.

Around mile 2.5-3: We had slowly made our way up a hill and are now making our way down. My knee hurts pretty bad going down hill and I try to minimize the pain by taking smaller steps. That doesn’t work. So much for what I read on Runner’s World.  This is also about the time I put on my music. Not only was I feeling the need for some motivation but I’m running next to three people who will not be quiet and it’s bothering me. (Can you say running snob?)

Miles 3-4: We run around downtown for awhile and there are more spectators. Unfortunately most of them don’t cheer unless they know you. Thankfully Margie and Tom are there! And the marathon volunteers do a pretty good job of cheering for everyone.  We kind of do a loop around downtown and so the faster runners pass the slower runners and the slower runners pass the walkers. I try to cheer on the walkers the best I can while running.

Mile 5: The race’s best water station (my brother and his cross-country/track team) are just after mile 5. It’s just the boost I need.  This is also the time that the first marathoner passes me. Followed by the second and third.  Throughout the race I’m passed by maybe a dozen or so male marathoners. The first female marathoner finishes just behind me.

8:40 am: I ask one of the volunteers the time and try to figure out my pace. I’m just coming up on mile 6. My knee is pretty sore and my side hurts. I don’t feel like I’m going faster than normal so I’m not sure why my side hurts.

Mile 6-6.5:  At the mile 6 water station I take my 2 ibuprofen and energy gel. Hopefully it’s not too early for the energy gel but I’m needing something.  It’s around this time that I start running with a runner/walker and we battle it out until the very end. She’s a pretty fast runner and so she’ll pass me and run for awhile but then will walk. So then I’ll pass her.  Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Mile 6-8: We run on the bike trails for just a little bit and then go through more residential area. This residential area has more fans out on the streets and they are cheering for everyone. Love that!

Mile 9: We’re somewhere around mile 9 and I see my family! I give Angel and Caleb a high-five low-five and Caleb cries when I run past.  I don’t see Patrick but he’s there on the other side taking pictures!  It’s right after this water station that we get on the bike trails again, which is my normal training route. I’m feeling good. I start to kick it up a notch. I run past two ladies who had past me earlier and they are talking about their pace of 11:38. I decide that I’m feeling even better than that and hope I can keep up this pace (whatever that might be) for four more miles.

Miles 10-13: I love running on these trails. I’m feeling good.  There’s alot of water stations the last three miles, I think one every mile.  I can’t believe I haven’t peed my pants yet for all the water I’ve been drinking.

Mile 12: We run up a little hill and on to a bridge. Just a mile to go and I’m hurting. My legs feel like jello but I try to keeping running hard. I can sense the two ladies I passed earlier (11:38 pace) are right behind me. I have to beat them (or so I tell myself). The runner/walker lady starts running and doesn’t walk again. She beats me.

Mile 13:1:  As I come to the finish line I see my family!  Yahoo I finished! Unfortunately not ahead of the 11:38 ladies.  The time clock says 2:28, which is 2 minutes faster than my first half-marathon 12 years ago. But I later find out my exact time was 2:26:55. Turns out it took me 2 minutes to get across the start line.  My pace ends up being 11:13.  I’m pleasantly surprised it’s that low since I was expecting to finish around an 12:00 minute pace.

For some reason, Pat thought you might want to watch a video of the finish.

My mom and sister took the kids back home as they were fading fast. Pat and I hung around for awhile and I got a massage (ya! for free massages!) and grabbed an armful of food before heading home. I was so tired and could hardly walk.  Unfortunately I wasn’t tired enough that I could actually sleep. I tried, that’s for sure and I think maybe fell asleep for 3o minutes or so.  Everyone was getting pretty hungry and so around 2:00 pm we headed out to the buffet at a local casino/resort. Yum.

At the end of the meal my mom had a gift for me. It was a room key for that night at the resort! They were going to say overnight and we were all going to get to enjoy the pool and hot tub! I was so surprised and what a great surprise it was!  As much as I love my family, it got even better when at about 8:00 pm Pat said, “I think I’ll take the kids home so you can have just a girls night.” Um, ok.

This morning I woke up at 6:30 am and did some jogging/walking in the pool to try to loosen up my legs. PAINFUL. Pat and the kids came back to go swimming before we had to check out and so we also enjoyed the hot tub a little bit more.  It was the perfect ending to celebrate race day!

Now what? Chicago Marathon in October, 2012?  I’m making no decisions today, that’s for sure.

Thanks for your encouragement, support and prayers!  I couldn’t have done it without you!