Oh man, the last time I posted was in August.  Oy.  I really ought to just shut this down, but I really want to keep this mess up.  So the last time I wrote, I was in Mississippi and I ran at a running store event.   Z and I ended up going to Maine while we were in MS, which was awesome. And then we came home.  We drove to MS from CA, so of course, we had to drive back.  It is a long drive, let me tell you.  A long, long drive.  Ray does all of the driving, which means I get to read, sleep, and stare out the window, so I can’t really complain.  Or rather, I shouldn’t complain!

We stopped off at Cadillac Ranch on the way home.   We  had so much fun and we got to add to the art by spray painting our names on the cars.

Then we got back in the car and kept on driving.  We had to stay in one really sick hotel, because the La Quinta we wanted to stay at was booked, and all of the other hotels didn’t take dogs.    The photo below was taken in that hotel.  Poor, Z, she was so tired.  She really wanted to get breakfast at the hotel breakfast bar, but this was not that kind of a hotel.


Shortly after we returned home I began marathon training!  Or maybe I started while I was in MS?  I don’t know, it is all a blur to me right now.  I have some more posts coming.  About the half I did, and the two Ragnars.  And of course, the marathon training!  Today, I have speed training ahead of me, and I’m slightly nervous about it, because it is hard!  That crap ain’t easy! Okay, more in a bit, I hope!

Timed Awkwardness

I’m in Mississippi with the girls visiting my parents.  It is so nice to be able to run whenever I want!  I do get to run a lot at home, but if Ray is out of town or home late, etc. then it makes it tough.  So tonight, I decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and attempt something different by attending a local run store’s timed 2 mile run.  I didn’t realize it was timed or I probably wouldn’t have gone.    I get all sorts of stressed over timed runs like this and it is pathetic.  Nobody cares that I’m slow but me, but it is like I think it is a big secret that I have to protect.  I need to get over myself.  I ran it in 18:40.  Eh.  I know.  Now you know my secret.

Anyway, I went and it was mildly uncomfortable for me because I didn’t know anybody.  Everybody knew everybody and I felt awkward.   I suppose I could have walked up to people and introduced myself, but I didn’t, so I stood there like a lump waiting for the run to start.  And afterwards, I grabbed a slice of pizza and headed for my car.  It was fine and I’m glad I went, but man, it sucks not knowing anybody.  I might force myself to go again next week, we’ll see!

Now on Thursday, I could go to a running group that meets at a pub for beer afterwards.  I was planning on going, but after tonight’s awkwardness I think I’ll give myself a pass.

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So it has been awhile since I posted.  I did run the Tinkerbell Half!  My goal was to finish under 2:30 and I did.  I’ll have to go back and check, but it was either 2:26 or 2:28.  I forget!  It was SO much fun!  For my first half marathon, it was a great experience.  I ran it at Disney and with my home girl, Amy, so it rocked!  I wasn’t in the best of shape the last few miles (IT Band) and as soon as we crossed the finish line, I had to limp away, but it was great and I can’t wait to do it again!


By the way, we ended up doing the Princess Half at Disney World a month later!

Deep Down and Forty

I am 40 freakin’ years old. Yes, I am. When I told my Papa that I was turning 40, you should have seen his face, he was shocked! How the hell did all of those years go by and add up to 40? How the hell? Suddenly, I don’t know who all of the actors in US weekly are. I’ve never heard of many of the bands playing on Saturday Night Live. Yeah, I’m 40 years old. Whoah.

So this summer, when I hit the big four Oh, I signed up for the Disney Half Marathon. It seemed like great motivation to get in shape. I decided to start training when we moved to CA and in September, I began running. In the beginning, I could not run one mile. I could barely run half a mile. It was so hard! And depressing! And a wake up call that I was not the young bird I believed myself to be. I was pitifully out of shape and with every step I took, I felt every one of my 40 years. I know I looked sad out there, but I decided not to care and just kept on trucking. Eventually, I worked my way up to one mile, then two, three, and one day five miles! And a couple of weekends ago, I did ten and a half! It is still difficult, but it is much easier than when I started back in September. And I love it! I love the challenge of running and pushing myself to go further and faster.

There are 45 days until the half marathon.   I have a lot to do to get ready before them, but I’m excited.  It is going to be an awesome weekend!   Two friends and my baby cousin are coming in to do the race too and we are staying up by Disney, so it is going to be a fun girls’ weekend!

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Run, Baby, Run!

Early last summer, one of my dearest friends kept posting on Facebook about doing the Disneyland Tinkerbell Half Marathon.  And then another friend said she was signing up as well.  And with my 40th birthday knocking at the door, I thought, “Hey, me too!”  The race is January 20, so I figured that that gave me plenty of time to make myself into a kick ass half marathon running machine.  Hah! Yeah, I couldn’t run longer than a few minutes and I had a nasty achilles injury that would not go away, but I figured it would work itself out.   Sure!

Fast forward to a few months later when we moved to California and my achilles still hurt like hell and I had done nothing to train for the race.  I started to panic, but I started to run (if you can call it that!).  And I started icing and heating my achilles.  And then I was able to run a mile.  And then two.  And then three!  And then I joined a running group, an exercise group, and yet another running group.  And now I’m running 5 miles!  In two months time I went from barely able to run for a few minutes to running 5 miles!  Sweeeeet!  And now I’m hooked on running!

I still panic when I think about how close the Tinkerbell is and how much I have to left to do to get ready for it. Today is November 5th and the race is January 20th and I have eight more miles I need to add to my distance!  Anyway, I have to say that the best thing I’ve done for myself in years is signing up for the Tinkerbell, because if not for it, I would  probably still be sitting on my couch instead of waking up before the sun rises to do this…



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