How’s your weather?
Meal plan!!! I’m actually looking forward to cooking – and that is saying a lot because I don’t like to cook!
She did a really great job and the Lemon Chicken with Broccoli (a Weight Watchers recipe) was delicious. D called herself a cooking genius, I had to agree because I was really impressed with her enthusiasm and the amount of tasks she completed.
It’s supposed to have an amazing amount of health benefits and I could certainly use some help in that department!
Even though I still have a bit of a cough, I’m gonna try and run tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Do you partake of the apple cider vinegar?
I wasn’t worried about my ability to participate in today’s race (Phoenix half marathon) until Wednesday evening – when I got my “voice” back.
I still have a cough.
And that cough is what made me most nervous Thursday. It isn’t as bad as it was but…
I told myself I would determine what to do about race day Friday, not worry about it until then. And when I woke up Friday morning feeling like a truck had hit me – I knew.
Saturday would be my first DNS – Did Not Start.
I text M and told her I just couldn’t do the race. I think it’s important to follow the rule of “no running if the illness is in your chest”. And with the weather threatening to be raining and windy – I didn’t need to chance it and come home with new bling and pneumonia.
K doesn’t understand my moping about not racing – he reasons: I made the sensible decision to not run so I don’t end up worse than I am. Maybe you have to be a runner to understand why a DNS can feel devastating. I mean…I guess it’s better than a DNF (Did Not Finish). I don’t know. I’m heartbroken but know I made the right choice.
I was definitely thinking about them all morning and hoping the weather was cooperating for them!
M said it poured on them at the start and was freezing but had great weather for the race! I’m definitely excited and proud of my running buddies – this was M’s 3rd half marathon and S’s 2nd half marathon of 2014.
With all that said, my goal of running 4 half marathons for the year is now in jeopardy. Had I run today, it would have been my 3rd of the year. Disneyland is scheduled for my “next” half marathon in 2014 and it would have been my 4th and final. So…do I now find another half marathon to run or do I do 3 for the year and call it good?
Race season is pretty much over here in Phoenix and won’t return until closer to November.
Kind of appreciating the rainy, cloudy weather outside – it matches my mood inside. Runners Problems! Ha ha!
Do you have a DNS story?
Do you know what makes it almost impossible to have a mini-family reunion? No voice!
As the day went on Saturday, my voice was fading – fast. My cousin had a lot of fun with it – at my expense, of course.
Sunday, my voice was almost non existent. Even though I brought all my running gear to California with me, I opted not to run. I follow the general rule of “no running” when the illness is in your chest. Since it seemed focused in my throat with a small cough every now and then, I didn’t want to push the limits and have “whatever this is” move further south and take up a permanent residence in my chest.
All the while trying to keep up conversation with my family and push my voice to the limits with the talking.
I’ve never had laryngitis before. I had no idea it would be so painful. My throat hurts, I can’t talk, I have a painful, irritating cough, and sleeping at night is almost impossible.
I have followed the rules of no talking the past two days but I don’t feel any better now than I did Sunday afternoon.
It feels like I’ve been sick every 2 weeks since the end of December. What the hell is going on? I eat healthy. I wash my hands. I have to wonder if it’s the paperwork I come in to contact with all day at work – I’ve started reading about how long germs can hang out on paper. And I’m sorry but people are seriously lacking in the hand washing skills department! No wonder restaurants post the signs about how to properly hand wash – I’m about to post the same signs in the bathroom at my office!! DiSgUsTiNg!!!!
Communicating with D and K has been interesting. I sit next to K and text him, he responds vocally but says he feels like he’s talking to himself. I write notes to D but she has a hard time reading my handwriting. A friend on Facebook suggested I look for an app to help me..
I used it this morning and she really liked it. But tonight she told me she misses my voice.
That makes 2 of us!
I dread going to bed each night. I wake up in the middle of the night with these awful coughing fits. Someone call the wahhhhbulance!!!!
Ever had laryngitis before?
Life got a little hectic for me towards the end of last week. I’ll tell you why!
It wasn’t long until I was in the excited embrace of my cousin, K!
And after we figured out how to make the car turn on (TIP: must have foot on brake before hitting the “start” button), we were soon rolling down the streets of Orange County! (The citizens of OC were not given any fair warning of our arrival!)
Which may not be such a bad thing, later my cousin said the car was a bit dangerous because cruising at 80 mph felt like no big thing.
For a quick dip in the sand..
After securing some Starbucks and trying to figure out what these people were filming…
We headed inland!
Then what happened next (you know, after a 90 minute drive zipping down the highway and paying very little attention to the monstrous speedometer) involved tears (happy ones, of course), tight neck squeezes, and the reveal of a surprise in the works since November!
It was awesome that my mom, cousin and I could all spend the day celebrating my aunt’s birthday together.
Up next, I’m not allowed to talk for the next 2 days (at least). Was my time in So CA that wild??
Ever surprised a loved one with a visit? Ever been surprised by a loved one with a visit?
On Sunday, M and I ran the Lost Dutchman half marathon. I’ve run the Lost Dutchman 10K the past 3 years but this was my first year running the half. This was M’s first year running any of the Lost Dutchman races and she was excited!
Before the race could begin, my Garmin decided it just wasn’t going to work. In fact, it continually kept shutting down on and me and prompting me to choose my language preference. Since none of the options were, “Die, Bitch, DIE!!!!” I had to go in to the half marathon “blind”! I was pretty nervous about this since I rely on my watch during races to monitor our pace. It was gonna be a race run by feel…ugh!!!
The race started at 7:15 am with no National Anthem or announcement. We simply heard the sound of a gun and figured, “Guess we’re starting, huh?”
The half marathon course is an out and back and it runs along the same course the 10Kers run. So when we passed the 10K turn around point, I was kinda bummed we weren’t turning around.
But then something distracted me from the views and anything else around me from about mile 4 to mile 7. M and I run intervals, our current set up is run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute. We seemed to be playing leap frog with another group of women (party of 6). It’s a very long story but raises the issue of racing etiquette on 2 parts – 1) walking and 2) running in groups of more then 2! The etiquette is…1) when you slow to a walk, move far over to the left or the right (preferably the right if you are on a narrow course) and 2) don’t run or walk more than 2 abreast. These 2 little rules allow for those behind you to get around you should they need to. I totally get that you can forget these rules from time to time but my feeling is if a fellow runner brings it to your attention that you’re blocking the entire road then pay attention and take efforts to not do it any more! And when it has to be mentioned to you twice – don’t argue. Admit you’re hogging the road and move over!
I was furious. Finally I told M I wasn’t going to play this game with them any more and we walked awhile to let them get about 1/2 a mile ahead of us and stay that way. 3 miles of the BS was more than I could handle.
Aside from road hoggers, I started to feel like we were running and getting nowhere. I even commented to M that I felt like we were running in place. I asked if she thought we were on a hill. We both turned around to look behind us and, sure enough, we’d been making a pretty steady incline for some time!
The sun was beating down on us, feeling very warm. I had already dumped water on top of my head 3x by mile 8. And my whining was hitting all new levels.
As we headed back out on the road and I was putting my phone away, I noticed that M’s husband had text us to call when we were done. Strange. He never texts us during our runs..but dismissed it as him not having any way of tracking us during the race and just wanting us to confirm with him when we were finished!
My right hamstring hurt. My right foot hurt. It was hot. I didn’t want to do it any more.
Every time I would complain about something, M would laugh.
She wasn’t laughing at me. Or was she?
Honestly, I think she was doing everything in her power to keep me from completely shutting down on her. I was so upset after we had to ask those women a second time to please not block the entire road. M struck up a lot of conversation to try to get my mind off a situation we were no longer dealing with.
Any time we’d start up another incline, I’d whine some more. These weren’t huge hills – but they were enough of a pain to be noticeable.
But then I’d think back to past Lost Dutchman 10Ks and how much nicer the weather was and how I was so hot and whining!
My friend, J, was also running the half marathon and she’d catch up to us from time to time. It was a nice distraction from my whining! When we finally passed the marathon mile marker for 24 miles, M was gushing about being in the home stretch, how great we were doing, and that we only had 2.2 miles to go. I was shooting her death glares and noticed she was looking all around at everything but at me. I finally said, “Are you avoiding my glare on purpose?” She turned to me and laughed.
Seriously…she laughed every single time I whined. Was laughing at me her British way of telling me to “shut up”? Did she laugh because it beat the alternative of crying? Or is my whining just that funny?
2 more turns and we’d in the finishers chute. Just about the time we’re getting close to making that last and final turn, we hear this guy shouting something about moving or running or hurrying up – not quite sure what but he was loud and caught our attention!
It really did boost our spirits and we headed towards that finish line with smiles on our faces!!
We collected our bling, water bottles, met up with M’s family, gathered some snacks and chowed down!
I’m so glad M and I ran this race together because if I had been left to my own devices and voices in my head, I am not sure what condition I would have been in at the finish line. I’m pretty sure I would have walked more than I would prefer but because M was there giving me the push I needed, I ran more than I think I would have on my own.
Races are hard..M and I mulled that over quite a bit during the last half of this race. This ish is not easy! I think hard races/runs teach us the most about ourselves. Your mind, at any given moment, is going to try to convince you that you can’t do this, that it’s too hard, that you want to quit. But there’s also a part of you that knows your mind is wrong – you know that you’ve done it before and you can do it again. You just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other – even when one foot wants to quit.
And if you can’t convince your mind, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to have a great friend like M right by your side laughing at your whining but giving you the kick in the ass you need to get to the finish line!
I love the Lost Dutchman race. But I think I’ll stick to the 10K going forward, at least until I can figure out a way to better train for races with hills!
Do hard runs give you a deeper appreciation for the good ones?
M and I are running the Lost Dutchman half marathon tomorrow morning.
I thought I’d share some of my tips for preparing for race day!
Personally, I’m a bit frazzled race morning. I find that if I lay out all my gear the night before, everything runs smoothly!
It’s going to be in the mid-80′s tomorrow so I’ve opted to run in my Team #runDisney tank. I’ll take my arm sleeves for the chilly start line but as I warm up, I’ll be able to shed them and tie them around my water belt. I normally run in a visor but tomorrow it will be vital to have it because we start the race running east…in to the sun! I have my Bloks, lip balm, watch (we’ll see if it works), and Road ID. Body glide for all those chafing hot spots!
The bottles for my water belt are already in my fridge, chilling the Powerade I filled them with. Because it will be a warm one tomorrow, an electrolyte drink will be very important. I normally drink an electrolyte drink during half marathons but because the race organizers will have aid stations passing out drinks I’ve never tried before – I’m bringing my own. It’s never smart to test new things on your tummy on race day!
After I lay out my running gear, I lay out the stuff I’ll need or want when I get back to my car after the race: Crocs, compression socks, and ShowerPill. I am a very salty sweater and tomorrow, with the high temps, I promise to be especially stinky and salty!! The drive home will be about 45 minutes so I will want to feel as refreshed as I can!
To make things as easy on me as possible..I then attach items together!
I looped my Road ID through my watch and then attached my watch to the Fuel Belt. Oh look, my camera is already attached and ready to go. Charged the battery this afternoon and ensured the memory card is empty – there is some gorgeous scenery during the race and I will definitely want to capture it!
I won’t put my socks on until I’m at the front door when I’m ready to put my shoes on, but I don’t need to run around looking for them in the morning, either. So I tuck those in to one of the slots later to be used by a bottle!
I set my wake up alarm a few hours ago when my mind was a little more clear – but I’ll still probably check it 3-4 times before I go to bed…and I’ll wake up in the middle of the night in a panic and check it again!
My breakfast is already laid out and will be easy to grab in the morning.
I do as much prep work the night before as possible so I can basically jump out of bed – dress, eat, pull my shoes on and go! My goal is to take as much “thinking” out of race morning as possible since my mind will be busy with pre-race jitters.
What is your routine the night before a race?
I had a good day, though. I’m feeling back to normal. I don’t really have anything to complain about. I could find something…I’m sure…but I don’t have time for that when I’m too busy trying to perfect my selfies…mimicking S!!! Yes, I got in to the Valentine’s Day spirit today..combed my hair and everything!!
In all seriousness, it was like a war zone in my office today with things like this… Good thing I was armed with…. Would you believe I didn’t eat one single cupcake, cookie or candy today? Probably because my sweetheart had sent me… Yeap…I was saving my points/calories for chocolate covered strawberries and…vodka!
Okay, okay, okay…the best part of V-Day 2014 is HOC Season 2 and stuffing chocolate covered strawberries down my throat, followed by vodka chasers, with K right by my side and the 2 most beautiful babies that allow me the pleasure of calling me their mom!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Do you watch House of Cards??
Hate: Coming home Tuesday and Wednesday night feeling awful and alternating between shivering cold and burning hot.
Love: Coming home today and feeling good enough to go for a walk. (Decided a run would be pushing it, but a walk was do-able!)
Hate: Naked trees! It makes me sad when they lose their leaves.
Love: My Garmin! When it works!
Hate: I showed a gain at tonight’s Weight Watchers meeting.
Love: That it’s a new week and I can give it all my effort and maybe see a loss next week. At the very least, I have an assignment from my leader to bring her in a copy of my tracker so she can see why I lose one week and gain the next.
What are your current “love” and “hate” items?