Saturday, June 25, 2005

Back at the gym...

I've been getting used to tracking my food and workouts but I haven't always been great at it. I purchased index cards to write my food and workouts on, which is what many people do. I was good for 3 out of 6 days this week... I'm feeling sore from being back at the weights and running HIIT. The sad part is that I lost some ground with my weights so I have to go lighter... I know I'll get it back... The good thing is that I've already dropped a pound, so things are moving in the right direction, since I've already lost 5 pounds of the water weight fluff from the marathon. I've been posting on but I haven't been using it to capacity. At some point I will have to break down and use the calorie and protein/carbs/fat sections under the food tab. It feels good, however sore, to be back at weights again.

Monday, June 20, 2005

On our way back...

Back to reality now. The previous week was filled with joy and merriment... Erik graduated from high school on June 17, 2005! Yipee! It was a great day. His class consisted of 13 students, which made for a very intimate graduation ceremony. The ceremony was held at The Prado at Balboa Park, at a small amphitheater. The weather could not have been more perfect, as the skies were blue and the temperatures were in the mid 70's. We also had other friends and relatives who graduated last week, which made for a very busy party week. We had Erik's party on Saturday, and a good time was had by all, however, we have plenty of leftovers... Today starts working out with weights again... I have to take it easy, though, since I had a surprise bout of asthma -- I really didn't see this one coming... I was still able to work out. I hope I can really get the HIIT on the treadmill going tomorow.

Me and Erik - June 17, 2005 "Future's so bright, I've gotta wear shades."
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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Change Of Plans

I know I said that I would begin a new round of BFL this week. Well... Uh.... It never happened. There's just too much going on right now. I've been eating clean, BUT life has been a little hectic, between painting the interiors of the house and getting ready for Erik's high school graduation. It feels as if I've had a killer upper body workout, though, with all the prep work and painting, but I know it's not quite the same thing. I've been taking short breaks between spackling, painting, rehanging art work, and moving furniture, just to check e-mail. I did get an invite from Jen to join (Thanks Jen!) It figures that I would get some sort of glitch that is preventing me from fixing my stats, or even logging in. (My stats are off and it says I'm doing a Men's Health Abs Workout...) I've checked my internet settings so I don't know what the problem is. I hope it's resolved soon. Since I didn't even have the mind set to do weights this week I am going to attempt a 30 minute run in the neighborhood. The funny thing is that my extra weight from the carb load is slowly dropping off on it's own. I'm only 3 pound up from where I was at the start of my carb load, Wednesday pre-marathon, and 6 pounds off my goal weight. Graduation is this Friday, parties on Friday and Saturday (we know a lot of graduates) and the festivities end on Sunday with Father's Day. June 20th is my new target BFL start day now... Really...

Sunday, June 12, 2005

One week after...

In ths post marathon week I've done practically nothing in the way of running or even working out. Monday, post marathon, I felt like I was a hundred years old, as getting in and out of a chair was with the greatest effort. I did attempt to do some light stretches but that was monumental in itself because stretching requires movement... I also took a closer look at my left middle toe. I had a pedicure a week prior so the color covered any immediate visuals. I was afraid to look, but upon removing the color, I discovered that my toenail didn't actually come off or turn black, it's the area surrounding the nail had blistered, which pushed the nail up, making it feel as if it came off. The blister popped so that will be okay... I don't remember much about Monday, but I did have a great IM chat with Natalie from South Africa, who is running in the Comrades event this week. She asked me if I had "cottonwool head." Well, I suppose I did because my mind was fuzzy and a friend had asked me if I was on drugs... No drugs, not unless you count Tylenol. The only explanation for my disposition was "cottonwool head." By Wednesday I was feeling somewhat normal and visited my chiropractor for my bi-monthly adjustment. Upon arriving, the lady at the front desk announced, " I saw you run through the finish line at the marathon. I would have yelled for you but I couldn't remember your name!" She was there to support her husband who also ran. My chiropractor wanted to know all the details of the run and if I had any major pain issues... I just had sore muscles. By Wednesday I was moving more normally, but no where near running. Michael and I took some time off to celebrate my birthday, so spent a couple of days at the Catamaran hotel/resort located between Mission Bay and Mission Beach. Perhaps we were somewhat dillusional because we brought our running gear, as there are wonderful, paved beach and bay paths to run on... Well... Running never happened, but we did take long walks... As this was a week of rest and recuperation, I am now feeling rather puffy and needing to get back into the swing of things. I have plans to restart BFL June 13 and begin running again, but no LSD runs for a while. My niece wants to participate in a 5K with me on the 4th of July so I think I'm up for that. I'll be ready. This week Natalie is running in the Comrades in South Africa and Naomi is running her marathon in Alaska... I'll be cheering very loudly for the both of them! I can't wait to hear their post-marathon stories!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The party is over but not forgotten...
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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

After the marathon -- Karl, me, and Michael
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Saturday afternoon we attended the pre-marathon expo at the San Diego Convention Center to pick up our bib numbers, timing chip, and other miscellaneous items. I met my brother, Karl, there as he arrived directly from his flight, with Dad (who drove him) to the expo. He was amazed of the magnitude of the event. He mentioned the last marathon he ran the just had a couple of tables for race numbers and a couple of tables for t-shirts. There were vendors selling mostly athletic gear, gels, shoe inserts, and so on. We didn't linger there too long since we had our carb-load dinner reservations at PF Changs. It was a very yummy meal, and we made choices from the sections that they have for a marathon they sponsor in Arizona. We loaded up on brown rice... Karl kept insisting that I load up so he kept ordering more... Karl stayed at Dad's house. Michael and I went to be relatively early for us, perhaps around 9 pm. Sunday morning we woke up at 4:45 am. I didn't sleep all that great because I was feeling like a 6 year old at Christmas time with a head full of anticipation and excitement . I had all of my marathon gear prepared the night before so it was easy to put on. We attached our timing chips to our shoes the night before because, knowing us, it would have been a disaster to put those on in the dark, early morning. Our brother-in-law, Jim, was kind enough to get up early and drive us near the marathon site. We took a slightly different route since traffic to the marathon site was backed up for miles. We arrived with plenty of time to spare. With the help of cell phones we found Karl, took a a picture, checked our gear in at the UPS trucks, and before you know it, it was time to cruise over to the starting corrals. Even though Michael and I had different corral numbers, we stood side by side in my area, as people with different corral numbers were already mixed in, anyway. The start gun went off but it took a good 8+ minutes to make it to the start line where the true timing starts, and that's when people began to run. Yeay!!!! There were rock bands already playing. I can't remember what songs they were playing but I remember running to the beat and being really happy and feeling great. Karl phoned in when I was at about mile 2 and asked where I was. He was already near mile 4. At that point Michael gave me a kiss, said "good luck, honey, I'll see you at the end." Michael doesn't really run and didn't train as I did,so I knew he was going into his run/walk pattern at that time. It was fun seeing all the people cheering us on, the various cheerleaders from local schools, and other groups who so gleefully cheered us on, like the guys dressed in drag :) I would high five any of them who had their hands out -- that helped with motivation in a big way. There were also several runners with interesting sayings on their shirts. Of course the TNT people in their purple shirts had the names of loved ones who had passed away on their shirts, and there were folks who had funny sayings on their shirts. Since I lost my mind after the marathon, I can't remember the majority of those funny shirts, but the one that sticks out said, in big letters, "START OFF SLOW, then taper," (in small letters)... I just wore a white Nike tank made with that wicking material. Next time I'll get creative... (See, I said "next time.") I kind of got that "runner's high" sensation running down SR-163 through Baloba Park, probably between miles 9 and 11. It was wild to run down a stretch of road that is normally filled with cars and traffic, and it was also very scenic. At the halfway point my time was 2:26:24. Still doing okay. Right after mile 17 were the Powergel booths, and I grabbed one of those and downed that with a little water. I needed to use a port-o-potty so I found one around mile 18 with no lines (a miracle!)... But once I got back into the run my arthritic knees started giving me grief! UGH! I stretched a little then visited the medical tent at mile 18, got a couple of Tylenol, and did a run/walk pattern every half mile for the next 5 miles. At mile 20 I noticed that something felt weird in the toe of my left shoe... It felt like a big rock but then it dawned on me that it was my toe nail on my middle toe coming off... It didn't hurt, it just felt weird. Mile 20 is where Karl called me on the cell phone to announce that he had finished. His chip time was 4:19:41. When I arrived at the point where people were yelling "you only have 5K left" I began to run again, and kept running past all the other people who were hobbling and walking. I was guessing that my time was 6 hours because I had to slow down, but when I crossed the finish line the time above my head was 5:39. Okay! I know the chip time is going to be a little faster than that -- which was 5:30:53, even better! I'm good with that! Happy, Happy, Happy! They handed out bottled water right away. I came in with a girl who must have been in her 20's or so. I told her congratulations. She said this was her second marathon, and I said it was my first. She said "Wow,. You did well!" Then we had the medals placed around our necks and wished Michael was able to run with me the whole way so we could hug each other, but I knew he was a good 45 minutes behind me, since he called me on the cell phone around mile 19 or so. I had my photo taken with my medal then went through the finishing area to get bagels, bananas, yogurt, powerade, more water, dorky green rubber slippers that actually were like heaven to wear at that point, and Powerbar Protein bars. Since the marathon ended at MCRD, I has cell phone issues. Dad kept trying to call me but I kept cutting out. Since I couldn't really reach anyone I just took off my shoes, noticed the slightly blood stained left sock (I was afraid to look so I left my socks on) then put on the green rubber slippers and ate what ever food and drink I happened to have in my hands. I waited for Michael . He came in at 6:18:17 chip time. God bless him. He did this to support me. He said he had to stop at medical tents twice, once for Tylenol and once for blisters. After he collected our things from the UPS truck, we gave each other a big hug and kiss. (I was on the other side of a fenced area that I couldn't get back into when he came in.) Michael found a nice grassy spot to lie down on and stayed there for a good half hour while I found Karl and Dad. At that point Karl has been finished for a good 2 hours and was ready to go home. Michael and I were still trying to find our minds. Michael did find the free beer for marathoners booth... He also picked up a bag of kettle corn. Kettle corn doesn't rock me one way or the other, but that day it had to be the best thing I had ever tasted. I didn't want any more Powerade... Next feat, getting up to go home! We hopped on a shuttle bus to Dad's car and Dad took Michael and I home. (On a side note, it felt like Karl and I were 10 and 6 years old again, sitting in the back of Dad's car...) I must give out big hugs to several people: First, the people who live in the neighborhoods we ran through, who took it upon themselves to have orange slices, sour hard candies, pretzels, water, and lots of cheering support for the marathoners, second, to the people who volunteered to help a this event -- as there were many to pass out water, Powerade, medical attention, etc. -- I plan on being a volunteer if I don't run next year. Third, hugs to the on-line support I have found. I've discovered that I'm never really alone and someone has been through what I am doing. And finally, hugs to my family and friends who first thought I was out of my mind when I started to work out and exercise, and say "no" fattening foods and lots of alcohol. Now they're on my side and realize that, just maybe, I am on to something. Preparing for this marathon was definelty worth the effort. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. It's one of those things you have to do for yourself to know exactly what I'm talking about. Okay, I am now officially emotional...

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Getting anxious

It's June 1st and we're already experiencing June gloom weather... I just hope this weather doesn't mess with knee pain management or asthma... We're making plans to attend the pre-marathon expo on Saturday and hook up with my brother, Karl, at PF Changs for dinner, provided he doesn't object... I've been trying to do easy taper runs but getting sick didn't help. Yesterday I ran on the gym treadmill for 40 minutes and actually felt refreshed afterwards. Perhaps that was mental. Everyone keeps asking me if I'm ready for this marathon. I suppose I'm as ready as I'll ever be since I've followed the books as closely as possible and heeded the advise of more experienced runners and my chiropractor. What ever happens, happens. I suppose all virgin marathoners go through some sort of anxiety or pre-conceived notions of Marathon day. I guess I'm looking at this marathon like childbirth, and hopefully the labor won't be that intense or long, and the birth will be crossing that finish line.