You're in mile 18 and all you have to do is get to the next water station. Up ahead you see them. The group of happy cheering volunteers handing out half-filled paper cups of water. Only a few more steps and aawwhh! You're there! Take a break! Walk a few minutes! And enjoy the sights and sounds. You deserve it!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Something to Think About

The marathon’s about being in contention over the last 10K. That’s when it’s about what you have in your core. You have run all the strength, all the superficial fitness out of yourself, and it really comes down to what’s left inside you. To be able to draw deep and pull something out of yourself is one of the most tremendous things about the marathon – Rob de Castella

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Let the games begin!

The training plan has started.  Five miles in today with the BRC Women's Fit Team on the trail.  Lovely weather - 70+, slight overcast with some brief drizzle, and lots of new and old faces.  It was a great day to start off the 16 weeks.  I was amazed that I had 5 miles in me.  I haven't ran in almost a month I'm guessing and really didn't want to push myself, but I needed to see what I could do if I pushed it.  Oh did I push it! 

I ordered the P90X a few weeks ago, but I haven't started it.  I will just as soon as my family gets on their ways back home.  The thought of taking the before pictures or doing the fit test while they're still here gives me shivers.  I'm ready to do the workouts and want to get a PR at the Denver Marathon in October.  Determination!  Dedication!  And right now Exhaustion! 

Have you started off your training plan with good intentions and then didn't follow through?  How did it hurt or help your race?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tribute to Past Furry Friends

Now don't worry - I didn't lose my Jersey Girl.  She's doing fine.  Enjoying my family visiting for a week.  I've just read a blog of another runner who has lost a pet and thought this might bring them comfort.  Also, it may help others deal with the loss of a furry child.  Read with an open heart and a box of tissue.  Hugs to everyone!

The Rainbow Bridge

Inspired by a Norse legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.


For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.


No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.


They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.


For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.


The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Garden of the Gods 10 Miler

Today was (finally) race day.  It was so different to work for months with the team and to not be running on race day.  But just like a runner, I got going late, didn't have enough coffee, needed a potty break as soon as I hit the course, and needed a nap after the race.  All together though, it was a new experience.

We all met before the race.  It was cool with the breeze - perfect running weather.  Some of the runners were nervous and making multiple trips to the Safeway bathroom - no Starbucks until 6 so some were cranky!  After a few, the runners headed off to the starting line and the "tinkerbells" headed off to the Garden.  We ran into a water station competing for best station dressed entirely as the North Pole.  Complete with Xmas carols, lights, decorations, elves, Santa hats - they had everything (too much that we moved away from them in fear of singing carols in our sleep). 

The rain stayed away for the entire race and some sun shined through towards the end.  I had brought some chalk to decorate the road and small bells for ringing (I think I still hear them!!).  AnnaMarie, Cindy and I were probably the best cheer group - heck we were the only group - on that stretch of road.  We got a lot of thanks from the runners as they struggled up past mile four on the longest hill in the park.  Some smiling, some not, but all pushing along up the hill and we got to see them going back down.  Everyone loved the bells - someone said they were "happy bells" versus cowbells.  I called us the "tinkerbells" and it just seemed appropriate with the noise they made.

The team looked great! Pretty in "orange" shirts! Everyone looked happy and healthy and some were FAST!  I was totally amazed when the first went past us at 30+ minutes (I wasn't wearing a watch so I'm trying to remember what Cindy said).  Even the walkers we trained with were fast and they seemed so happy to be out there.  Some kept their humor going up the hill and down.  Loved the ones who ran when they saw I had a camera.  Way to keep chuggin' even when you're hurting!  I knew exactly how they were feeling.

As for us, I have to say cheering is pretty tiring too!  All runners should do it at least once to see how much energy and imagination it takes to motivate people to push through the pain.  We had trouble coming up with catchy phrases to put on the ground in chalk.  "Don't Stop", "U Look Fabulous" and "Lookin' Good" were the choices we went with.  And then we had to think of motivating things to say over and over and over and ....AnnaMarie did a GREAT job at this, but deliriousness set in after about an hour and half and she started to ramble on and on and on...!  Loved every minute of it! 

So next time you're out running and someone cheers you on - THANK THEM!  They got up early too, walked miles to be there too, are cold/hot/cranky too, but they're not there to run the race - they're there for YOU!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee That's all folks!

A few nights ago, I was woke up at 1:30 a.m. by what parent's might call "the sound that can wake any sleeping parent from deep sleep" - gagging!  Now I didn't suddenly go out and have a child.  I have two dogs:  Jersey and Scout.  Jersey, as most of you know, has cancer (lymphoma) and the noise was coming from her.  I've heard it before, but now things are different.  I have to watch things with her more closely.  In the past, I've never moved so quickly to get her or my other dog out the back door before the moment of expulsion.  Not so lucky this time.  You really don't need all of those details. 

The real story is what happened next.  I felt it was necessary to let Jersey stay outside for a few to see if she was done.  While she was doing her business, I started making changes to my blog layout and background.  Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something move near my sofa.  Now my eyesight is going so I didn't think anything of it.  Minute goes by...movement came back and "son-of-a-bisquit" was looking toward my dogs food dishes not six feet from me!  I knew they were around because I've had them in my house before, but I haven't seen any evidence of them in over a year.  But I live near a field so they are bound to return. 

Now I'm not a person who like to kill things unless it's a snake or spider - I REALLY don't like them.  Mice aren't something I have a fear of.  I grew up on a farm and have dealt with them most of my life.  But this one HAD to go!  So there I was in my p.j.s digging mouse traps out of the garage at two in the morning.  Let me say that I've never used these before so don't hold this against me.  I just needed him gone before my family comes out to visit next week.  I put some peanut butter on two of the traps and put one by the sofa and another by the fridge.  And waited.....

All day on Friday, I kept thinking that I was going to come home to my Rottie with a mouse trap attached to some appendage.  They are made of plastic so she'd probably chew them to pieces just to get that little bit of p.b.  So on the way home last night, I picked up some more humane sound deterant rodent ridders.  I put one on one side of the living room and the other across from it.  Nice humming sound took a little getting used to.  And waited.....

Oopps!  This morning I got up to find one trap "tripped".  Not by my dog.  Was hoping the rodent ridders would have worked instead of the trap.  So sorry little buddy...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Workout Videos

A few years ago, I decided I was paying the gym too much money to use their treadmill, elliptical, and weights.  Occasionally, I would use the pool or an aerobics class, but for the most part, I just used the treadmill and elliptical machines.  So I stopped paying them and bought my own set of...everything!  I have an entire home gym in my basement (every guy's dream).  I have an elliptical machine from Vision Fitness (first purchase), a treadmill from Landice (L7 - well worth the money!) and the last purchase was the Inspire M3 Home Gym ( I added the leg press attachment which brought the cost up).  All of the items are well worth it.  I don't have to drive somewhere, pay someone else for the use of broken down machines, waiting amongst other sweaty people.  I own these.  Now like most people, I don't always use them (primarily in the summer), because I like to workout outside whenever I can.  I use them a lot in the winter months. 

Well I'm getting ready to start marathon training at the end of the month.  I have already started back on my WW program to bring back down some of the weight I gained over my "downtime" since my last marathon in December.  Also, I have been reading blogs and seeing people describing video workouts they have been doing so I started looking into buying something to add to my training program.  The workout I've seen a lot is P90X.  I've looked at it before, but it seemed to be too much for what I wanted at the time.  Not now.  I really need to get my body in shape and I'm really hoping this will help.

Is anyone else using P90X or another video workout to get in shape for summer races?

Friday, June 4, 2010

Vacation Update

Well here's the skinny - I went back in time to a land where there was no cell phone service and limited access to the Internet. Unfortunately, it was only Kentucky!

It was a nice few days in the humidity with all of the bugs and snakes you could ever want. I didn't get any runs in while I was there (took clothes & shoes though so the thought was there), but I did get a couple walks with their pitbull, Zoey. Zoey and I took a while to warm up, but were playing hide&seek by the last day.

I had a nice rental car - Pontiac G6. Funny thing about it costing more than my plane ticket...humm?!  My nephew had fun test driving it (he was our designated driver). I did let the guy at the Avis counter know we had "fun" with the car since he tried to give me a Ford Fusion (said it was an 'upgrade').  One the winding KY roads, we had a blast.  Final vote on the car:  I wouldn't pass one up if I won it.

I learned a few things while I was home. One was how to tie a tie. My brother and nephew had their ties dry-cleaned and then didn't know how to tie them. After a few (30+) minutes and some how-to videos online, I was able to get them done. Unfortunately, they looked like they were tied for someone shorter. I'm 5'6" and my bro and nephew are pushing towards 6'. It worked for graduation though.  Not a bad looking family, huh?  Notice I'm trying to hide behind my nephew's skinny girlfriend - "Agent K" (on left side).

Second, I learned how to run a riding lawn-mower. Laugh - ha, ha! But I've never had the opportunity to use one. My yard takes about 30 minutes to mow and isn't big enough for a riding one. I went too slow for my nephew so he was laughing.  I was afraid I'd tip it over on the hills.  I had fun, but I don't think I'll rush out to do it again.


Well back in Colorado - the Miller Moths have arrived! Lovely bugs who get into everything in your house and vehicle. They leave little droppings on walls, furniture, etc. Some people buy those electric fly swatters to shock them to death. I've allowed a pair of swallows to set up camp on my front porch. They eat them! And they're pretty to watch.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vaca!

Sometimes you just have to get away! My nephew graduated from high school and I surprised my mom by popping in for a visit. It was a fun visit and I'll give a recap later. Right now, I have to get caught up on everything around the house and spending time with my furry children.