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Thursday, December 28, 2006

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

2006: Fitness Year in Review

First, let's review...
2005 Goals (12/26/2004)
2005 in Review and 2006 Goals (12/26/2005)

10 Commandments of Kim's Weight Loss (12/26/2004)

Ok.

It's been two years (well, and one day, but we'll forgive the extra day) since I started getting serious about fitness with diet and exercise. I must admit, 2006 didn't go exactly as I had planned when it started. In a lot of ways, I fell off the wagon, but I'm really not looking at it that way. I focused on some pretty hefty goals this year and managed to not gain too much weight in the process... Weight wasn't my focus this year after all, I was focused on running and my emotional well-being. I'm proud to say that I completed my marathon and managed to not go completely insane emotionally, both of which are terrific accomplishments!!

Review of Fitness Goals for 2006 (How I did)...

Diet - Continue tracking food in CalorieKing. Increase vegetables and whole grains, decrease sugars, junk food, white rice, bread and potatoes.
Well, my diet went downhill the day I decided to move out of my house. I decided to stop worrying about diet at that point, assuming (incorrectly) that I would lose whatever I gained when I started the marathon training. Since then, both my change in lifestyle and my running have prevented me from really getting back into it. This is something to work on.

Weight loss - Get weight to 145 pounds. Try to acheive an Old Navy size 8.
Back in March.... almost. I think my low this year was 147, but before marathon training I was averaging about 154 or so. I am topped off at a whopping 168 right now, between marathons and vacation. Don't worry, some of that is weight that I'll take off this week from being back from vacation (not drinking, reducing sugar) and the rest will slide right off once I start working out to videos again in January. Knowing me, you'd think I'd be totally upset about the scale, but I'm not. Weight loss turned out to not be my focus this year at all. I know how to take it off and I have every confidence that I will, so I still walk into 2007 with a positive mind. It will be a relief to see the 150s again though.

Socially - Be in shape and "thin" for 10 year high school reuinion (!)

I was good enough. This is a relative term, but I think I looked damned good that day.

Running - Join Marathon training group in April. Definitely run a half marathon in 2006. Potentially run a full marathon in 2006. Continue running 3-10 miles per week in while it is still cold out.
Definite success. No half marathon, as you know, I went straight for the full. I had to stop running for a while due to a stress fracture in February, but I've been running 3+ miles the whole year besides that.

Workouts - Start the year with Cathe rotations for January & February (potentially March as well). Substitute running for cardio workouts that I don't own, and work climbing in, if necessary. Do the rotations as printed, instead of adding in an extra rest day per week (like I did last year).
Sadly, I haven't been rock climbing at all in 2006. However, I definitely did the rest of this goal. I wish I had been able to keep up with my workouts during marathon training, but it wasn't possible this year.

Body parts - Focus on fitting in 2-3 abs/core workouts per week - what a weakness this part is for me. Sessions can be as short as 8 minutes long, but no shorter. Work other muscle groups at least twice per week with weights.
Early in the year, I really tried on this one. I hate doing abs. I definitely failed at keeping my weight workouts while I was marathon training, but I don't think I've lost much tone in my lower body at least.

Flexibility - Work in yoga when possible on rest days. Stretch hamstrings after every workout since they are, by FAR, my most inflexible muscles. Settle for being able to touch my toes by the end of the year (scary that I can't do this). Shoot for being able to put my heels down in downward facing dog (in bare feet).
Yuck. I am just not into yoga. I have given it a lot of chances, but the patience for it just isn't there. This needs to be something that I work on. Sadly, runners are inflexible people.


My lessons for 2006:
  • Training for and running a marathon do not help you to lose weight. As a matter of fact, you're more likely to gain. The metabolism rollercoaster that the long runs cause result in a gain of about 10 pounds over 6 months. Now, some of that can also be factored into the fact that I separated from my husband and started a new relationship during that time, but the marathon didn't help me out, that's for sure.
  • Winter marathons suck. I will never run one again after Disney. I hate training in the cold, but I even more hate training alone or in the dark, which is typical of the winter marathons. I would think spring would be more of the same.
  • In general, two marathons right in a row is more than I can handle. One is pushing it.
  • Training with a group is an absolute necessity. I can't imagine not having Kristy, SueG, Caryn, Kathy and Colleen around to run with me. Actually, I can... and it sucks.
  • When I'm away from my videos for a while, I really start to miss them.
Specific Successes for 2006:
  • Tough Cathe rotations January through March (90 minutes per day, 6 days per week in some cases)
  • Jeff Galloway Marathon training
  • 10-minute mile
  • Three 5k races (Gasparilla in February, Shamrock in March and Pikesville in July)
  • One 10k race (Race for Our Kids in June)
  • Annapolis 10 Mile Run
  • Marine Corps Marathon
  • Scuba Diving Certification
And now...

Kim's Fitness Goals for 2007
  1. Diet - Starting January 10 (first available day after the marathon), begin tracking foods again. For this year, just get back into maintaining calories and tracking food. Try to increase fiber and decrease sugar.
  2. Weight Loss - Get weight back to 155. Shoot for a weight of 150 by the end of the year. Size goal is Old Navy size 10 (current size is 12).
  3. Running - Run the Disney Marathon in January and the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in April. Keep a base mileage of 10-13 miles. Run the Annapolis 10 Miler in August and potentially a half or full marathon in the fall. Achieve a 9 minute mile.
  4. Workouts - Obviously continue running. Begin Cathe rotations again starting January 10 (take it easy for a couple weeks post-marathon, but work up to what I was doing early 2006). Goal of 30+ minutes per day, 5-6 days per week. 45 minutes per day, 6 days per week is ideal.
  5. Weights and Muscle Tone - Regain muscle tone in upper body. Work up to equal the weight that I was using for workouts in March 2006. Find a way to work weights into my marathon training, if I choose to run a marathon in the fall.
There we are. The vast majority of my goals will be ignored until after I get back from Disney. Once I am back, I'm getting down to business in a serious way. I can't wait (both for Disney and the aftermath)!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Some Beach

by Blake Shelton

Driving down the interstate,
Running thirty minutes late,
Singing "Margaritaville" and minding my own,
Some foreign car driving dude,
With a road rage attitude,
Pulled up beside me talking on his cell phone.
He starting yelling at me like I did something wrong,
He flipped me the bird,
And then he was gone...

Some beach, somewhere,
There's a big umbrella casting shade over an empty chair.
Palm trees are growing,
And warm breezes blowing.
I picture myself right there.
On some beach, somewhere.

I circled the parking lot,
Trying to find a spot,
Just big enough I could park my old truck.
A man with a big cigar,
Was getting into his car.
I stopped I waited for him to back up.
But from out of nowhere a Mercedes Benz,
Came cruisin' up and whipped right in.

Some beach, somewhere,
There's nowhere to go,
And you've got all day to get there.
There's cold margaritas,
And hot senoritas,
Smiling with long dark hair,
On some beach, somewhere.

I sat in that waiting room,
Seemed like all afternoon.
The nurse finally said,
"Doc's ready for you.
You're not gonna feel a thing,
We'll give you some novocaine,
That tooth'll be fine in a minute or two."
But he stuck that needle down deep in my gum,
And he started drilling,
Before I was numb.

Some beach, somewhere,
There's a beautiful sunset burning up the atmosphere.
There's music and dancing,
And lovers romancing,
In the salty evening air.
On some beach, somewhere.
On some beach, somewhere.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

NCR Trail Marathon 2006

It was a secret, and I kept the secret almost. Todd ran the NCR Trail Marathon yesterday as a "training run." I worked the water stop for Fleet Feet, which was at mile 8 and also mile 18 on the course.


Kim, Todd & Lori

The race started at Sparks Elementary School. We picked up Lori from the parking lot where runners were parking and I parked at the school. The race premium for runners was a NICE fleece gator (kinda like a hat/scarf thing), fleece gloves, and a fleece blanket. As a volunteer, I got the gator and the gloves, but not the blanket. Debbie, Karl and Alla were also running the marathon and we saw them at the elementary school. Chris and Theresa were running the relay.

Once the race started, I headed out to the water stop.


The group at the water stop.

We were set up with food, music, water and gatorade. I was on the gatorade side. I think that I have never said "gatorade" so many times in my life. The water stop was so much fun! If you have the opportunity, definitely try it sometime. Kathy was working the intersection and nearly got run over, but it was all good.

Todd and Lori came by at mile 8 and were looking great. Lori was happy as always. Karl and Debbie were also looking good a while later. Alla had come by as well and was... Alla.

Once the last of the runners had passed going north, we shifted efforts for the southbound folks. I must admit that it's a little intimidating when the winning runners come through and you try to get out of their way but also give them hydration. More than once, gatorade was splashed up my arms.

Alla came by going south. She was in fourth place for the females at that point and would end up fourth.

Todd and Lori were next. I have to admit, I was concerned. He seemed ok, but was tired. Granted, I didn't see him at the later stages of the Marine Corps, so I have no comparison. He assured me he was ok and continued on. Debbie and Karl came through, seeming frustrated. I took off right after Debbie passed because I wanted to try and catch Todd and Lori farther down the course.

I had a volunteer map, so I studied the course and decided on Corbett Road and (thankfully) saw them after I'd only been standing there about 5 minutes trying to decide if I'd missed them or not. I ran up the trail and Lori said that Todd was fine, but was "psyching himself out and telling himself he was tired..." So, I asked Todd how he felt. He didn't look good. He continued on and I headed to the finish line.


Lori and Todd running up the hill to the finish

At the finish, I found Todd's parents and talked to his mom for a while before walking farther down the course. The last mile was pretty much uphill and I was worried. Really worried. Chris showed up and waited with me. Finally, I saw them coming up the hill, with Lori being totally awesome and cheering Todd on as he ran up the hill.

They finished 22 minutes faster than Todd's Marine Corps time at 4:33.


Lori and Todd at the finish line.


Hooray for them!! A great job and congrats to both of them. Todd's doing mostly ok, just somewhat sore. No, I still don't agree with the fact that he ran a marathon as a training run, but he did a good job and I'm proud... and glad that he didn't get hurt...
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Monday, November 20, 2006

Mountains

By Lonestar

Lucinda Jones workin' at the IHOP:
Ten years worth of bacon, eggs and tears
She's waited on every creed and color,
While waiting on this day to get here
Graveyard shifts to big tips,
Making every quarter count,
Was worth it all to see her son,
In that cap and gown.

There are times in life when you gotta crawl,
Lose your grip, trip and fall.
When you can't lean on no one else,
That's when you find yourself
I've been around and I've noticed that,
Walking's easy when the road is flat
Them danged ol' hills'll get you every time.
Yeah, the good Lord gave us mountains,
So we could learn how to climb.

Bobby, Bobby Dunn came back from the war,
Lost his leg but they couldn't take his will.
Hell bent to run in that local marathon,
He trained through the endless pain an' pills.
It hurt so bad that sometimes,
He just had to cry,
He didn't stop until he crossed,
That finish line.

There are times in life when you gotta crawl,
Lose your grip, trip an' fall
When you can't lean on no-one else,
That's when you find yourself.
I've been around and I've noticed that,
Walking's easy when the road is flat.
Them danged ol' hills'll get you every time.
Yeah, the good Lord gave us mountains,
So we could learn how to climb.

This world ain't fair,
It can knock you on your butt.
You can just lie there,
Or you can get back up.
You gotta get back up.

There are times in life when you gotta crawl,
Lose your grip, trip and fall.
When you can't lean on no-one else,
That's when you find yourself.
I've been around and I've noticed that,
Walking's easy when the road is flat.
Them danged ol' hills'll get you every time.
Yeah, the good Lord gave us mountains,
(The good Lord gave us mountains)
So we could learn how to climb.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

50 Worst Songs Ever

So, a while back someone put the song "We Built This City" in my head. And then for some reason I was googling it and I came across Blender's 50 Worst Songs of All Time. OMG... there are some guilty pleasure songs of mine on this list, so I thought I'd discuss...

#50 - Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On"
I have to admit, this is a guilty pleasure song of mine and I've got it in my iTunes playlist (that and the South Park version). I don't listen to it anymore (current play count since January is 3), but I kinda do like the song...

#49 - Right Said Fred, "I'm Too Sexy"
This is Dave's song, LOL. I agree that it's a bad song, but in a good way. Know what I mean?

#46 - New Kids on the Block, "Hangin' Tough"
Oh, come on, "The Right Stuff" wasn't cheesy enough?

#44 - Meatloaf, "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)"
Uh oh. Another guilty pleasure song. I don't have it on mp3 and haven't heard it in years, and I was ashamed that I liked it even back when it was new... I can't believe I'm mentioning that I like this song.

#43 - Uncle Kracker, "Follow Me"
At Cancun Cantina, circa 2001 or so. This song was on.
Kim: This song is an ok song.
Chris: No. No, it's not.
Kim: It reminds me of getting up in the morning for some reason.
Chris: And then what? Shooting yourself in the head?
Maybe Chris has better taste in music than I do.

#42 - Simon & Garfunkel, "Sounds of Silence"
I've never liked this song, but I must say that I am shocked to see Simon & Garfunkel on the list.

#40 - Color Me Badd, "I Wanna Sex You Up"
Another album I'm ashamed to say I own. But, you know, I was in the 7th grade when this was out. But, I love how the Blender article says that Color Me Badd "looked like rejects from a Benetton ad and sounded like flunkies from the Keith Sweat School of Horny Jamz." LOL!

#39 - Ricky Martin, "She Bangs"
... a great line dance at Cancun Cantina. That is all. I am relieved to hear this song done by Ricky Martin and not what's his name. You know who I'm talking about.

#38 - Rednex, "Cotton Eye Joe"
Yep, go to Cancun Cantina and see dances performed to any number of cheesy songs.

#34 - Dan Fogelberg, "Longer"
I don't care for the song, but Blender's description cracked me up. That's how I feel about Kenny G.

#28 - John Mayer, "Your Body is a Wonderland"
Don't get me wrong, I LIKE John Mayer, but am I the only one that gets creeped out by a lot of his songs?!

#23 - Corey Hart, "Sunglasses at Night"
The CD that I have that has "We Built This City" on it also has this song on it. I put it in my CD player once in the car and you'd have thought I was hitting Dave with a taser.

#22 - Toby Keith, "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American"
Ugh. Ok. In November of 2001, Jess, Vicki and I went to see Toby Keith perform at the Naval Academy. It was awesome. The midshipmen were there. Toby Keith had JUST written this song. It hadn't been released and he wanted the first time he sang it in public to be for the military and this is where he did it. Which is really cool. And I have to admit that the first time I heard it I was like "HELL YEAH!! SHOW THOSE TERRORISTS WHO'S BOSS!" Fast forward to 2006 and I'm tired of American ignorance and war and celebrations of violence and I now disagree with the entire premise of this song. But, it was good for me for a while.

#21 - Spin Doctors, "Two Princes"
I like this song, and I'm not going to apologize for it.

#16 - 4 Non Blondes, "What's Up"
When I was in Lucerne, Switzerland in high school, we were walking around and heard this song being performed. We walked into a bar and swore up and down that it was actually 4 Non Blondes - the real band - and not someone just doing the song. I'll still never know, but regardless, this song always reminds me of that trip.

#12 - The Beach Boys, "Kokomo"
OMG. I really don't like the Beach Boys. I admit, sometimes, I hear a Beach Boys song at an appropriate time (at a beach) and get kind of into it and enjoy it. But, the vast majority of the time, I don't like them. Especially "Good Vibrations" and "Kokomo." Kokomo is the worst song ever. I would have put this in the top 10, but whatever.

#7 - Bobby McFerrin, "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
What, another song from the Cocktail sountrack? Shocking!

#5 - Vanilla Ice, "Ice Ice Baby"
Oh come on, this song is bad in a good way.

#2 - Billy Ray Cyrus, "Achy Breaky Heart"
This song is good because it introduced the world to country line dancing. This song is BAD and VERY VERY VERY BAD because every frickin' moron that hates country music uses this song as the reason that they hate it. In other words, if you only know ONE country song, THIS IS THE PIECE OF SHIT SONG YOU KNOW. And that sucks. For the record, this song came out in 1992 and I haven't heard it played on country radio since 1993. They DON'T play it at Cancun Cantina, and I have a feeling that if they did, everyone would walk out. Country people DO NOT listen to this crap. But, I'll never convince some people of that fact and so this is just some random scar that country fans carry around. Suck.

#1 - Starship, "We Built This City"
Yeah, this song sucks. I would argue that there are worse songs on the list, but that's ok. Right now, First Mariner Bank has a commercial where they say "We Built this Bank..." and that's it. And it's on in the morning, and it puts this song in my head for the entire day. Damn them.

Monday, October 30, 2006

31st Marine Corps Marathon

Well, first of all, I did it. A quick summary is that I had no blister problems, no knee problems, no real foot problems. For the most part, pysically I held up well. However, I had basically a mental breakdown. That was my problem.

Before the Race
We were to meet at 7:45am at UPS Truck #30 in the Pentagon North Parking lot. Late, as usual, I didn't even leave the hotel until 7:35 and it was not the short stroll down there that I thought it was. Down a hill, past the Iwo Jima Memorial, past the start line, through thousands of people and then maybe another 1/4 mile later, we didn't reach the spot until 8:20 or so. No one was there. The start of the race (for our wave) was at 8:40... I was wearing a long-sleeve Brooks shirt, with my Fleet Feet Singlet over it, and black shorts, plus some long warm-up pants purchased at Wal Mart the day before, and a sweatshirt ($5!) also purchased at Wal Mart. At the UPS Truck, I ditched the pants, and I decided not to wear my gloves that I had brought.

Walking back towards the starting line, I got a call from Kristy and we easily found her, Dianne, SueW and Sue's Brother Mike. Todd headed off to head farther forward in the crowd. We stood for a while and I started to panic that my sport shield had rubbed off when I was wearing the pants. Sue had some BodyGlide and I put it on, but then started to panic that I had never used BodyGlide and that I would have some sort of difficulty for trying something new. We were held up for 30 minutes because someone in the first wave had had a heart attack right after the start. I ditched the sweatshirt at the last minute and we were off at 9:02.

Miles 1-10
As always, taking that first walk break after 2 minutes was difficult. It's especially hard to start walking so early with so many spectators. I was in a great mood. Things were going well, we finished the first 2 miles in 13 minutes or so each. That was right on track (actually, 30 seconds faster than Kristy had wanted to go). Things were hilly at the start and in mile 3 we lost Dianne.

I was cheering with the spectators, slapping hands of the kids that were out on the course. Men were off peeing in the woods... Kristy: Don't look left!! Men peeing!! Kim: Screw that, they're not even going far up there, I'm going to take a picture! (I didn't take a picture, btw). Speaking of my camera, I had to hold it because my water belt pouches were so full of gels. I finally could put it away after I ate a gu at mile 3.

I was hot enough after those first few miles that I had to take off my headband, which I had worn because of wind warnings, I didn't want to get a migraine from the wind. I put it around my wrist, there was no where else to put it. The next few miles went through some wooded areas, which was gorgeous. Miles were ticking by fast, we were all in great spirits, things were going really well. We crossed a bridge into Georgetown and things were still good. I'd heard from my mom and she said they'd made it downtown.

After Georgetown, at about mile 5/6, we headed back into Rock Creek Park. The course doubled back through here, so we could see other marathoners coming from the other direction. Suddenly, there was Todd. He slapped my hand and smiled and said he was "on top of the world." Which was good, because I worry. Somewhere around there, I took off the long sleeve and tied it around my waist. We also passed Heidi, Jess, and a couple other Fleet Feet people there. Coming back, we saw Dianne and she was still holding up well.

Somewhere around mile 9, we saw Rose and Kim from Fleet Feet cheering us on, and they gave us gummy life savers, which I shared with Mike. Mike and I were mostly running ahead with Kristy and Sue behind us. We went under the Kennedy Center and turned up past the Lincoln Memorial to head towards The Mall. Things felt great, I was doing awesome. I could not have been better. I knew I was heading towards my family and the rest of the Fleet Feet folks, so I was excited.

Miles 11-20
Coming up into The Mall was awesome. Lots of high school bands had come out to play and there were tons of spectators. I was taking lots of pictures (I'm really glad I got that camera!) and I was getting a couple updates to my phone (via text message) about where other people were on the course. I rounded the corner to head down past the museums at the mile 11 mile marker and there were Davida, Debbie and ErikaW. I ran over and gave Debbie my long sleeved shirt and my headband, which I was happy to be rid of. I said hi for a second and continued on, my family was only about 50 or 60 yards ahead.

I practically skipped over to them. It was my Dad, Emma, Shelly, my mom, Bo and Vic. I was feeling great and I was happy that they were there. My mom got a picture with me and I could only talk to them for a second. I turned the corner that was there and then I saw that Kristy, Sue and Mike had stopped at the potties right around the corner. We stood in line (I did have to go, but I could have waited) and my Dad and Emma came over and we talked for a few minutes. I would say about 6 or 7 minutes passed and the line hadn't moved at all. I was getting nervous and Mike and I decided to leave Sue and Kristy behind.

We continued on and I saw some people holding up signs that said "Yay Kim!" and I didn't think anything of it - they weren't the first group of people that I'd seen along the way cheering on a Kim. Getting closer, I saw they were getting really excited, and I realized it was NickF, Mary, WN, Dustin and Jenny. I was too behind on that mile from the potty break, so I couldn't do anything but wave and say hi.

At the next group of potties, the line was shorter and Mike and I got in quickly. I gave my water belt to a nice Marine standing nearby to hold while I went inside. Kristy and Sue caught up with us as we came out of the potties. On we went, around past the Capitol building. Kristy and Sue wanted to slow down and I was definitely starting to feel tired. We passed over the half marathon mark and I ran ahead because I knew my family had crossed over The Mall to the other side and I would see them soon.

There was Shelly, my mom and Vic and as I stopped Mike ran ahead. I stayed with my family long enough to talk for a minute or two, and then along came Sue and Kristy. I joined back up with them, but Sue's leg was cramping. Mike didn't seem too far ahead, so I went to catch up with him and Kristy stayed with Sue. Sadly, I didn't see Mike again until the finish line.

I've run alone a million times. No problem, right? Well, by mile marker 15, I was starting to feel terrible. I can't say that anything was hurting, I was just worn out mentally and for some reason didn't feel like I could go on. I had nothing to look forward to, my family had told me that they were headed home. I'd already seen the UMBC people and the Fleet Feet People. At that point, I only was looking towards the finish line and that was still 11 miles away. I started text messaging. I text messaged Todd and Joanna. I was lonely, tired and mentally having major issues. I was keeping ok pace, but I was discouraged by the wasted time back on The Mall.

And then we headed into Haines Point. This is 3 miles of being alone. No spectators to speak of, relatively boring terrain (except the little bit of view out onto the Potomac), rough winds. I decided to pee and stopped at a block of potties with no line and nearly vomited inside at the nastiness. I headed on.

I cannot describe the horrific mental stress I was going through while I was on Haines Point. This was the point where I honestly thought I wasn't going to finish and I honestly didn't care. I considered laying down in the grass for a while. I don't even know what kept me going. I could have thought about finishing, but finishing seemed so far away. Somewhere just before mile 19, I heard my name and turned and saw Kristy. One would think I would have been ecstatic, but I was so far gone that I waved and turned around and kept running (although slower, so she could catch me).

She joined up with me and I was worried she was going to push me faster than I could handle. Kristy passing me was more than I could take. But, she didn't. We trudged on to the 20 mile marker and the bridge and I found she was feeling nearly as bad as I was. She had left Sue out of fear of not making it to the bridge (we had to get to the 20 mile marker by 2pm). We turned a corner to head up the ramp to the 14th street bridge and there was Kim and Rose cheering us on, but it wasn't enough to lift my spirits. Past mile 20, we were on the bridge. We could theoretically walk it in from there.

Miles 20-26
Yikes, the bridge was windy. I was sorry I'd given Debbie my long sleeved shirt. It hadn't occured to me that I'd be out so long that it would start cooling down again. Right at the beginning, I got a text message that Todd had finished. He sent me his own text message a short time after, which I really needed. My mom and Sharon had called, but I'd been in no mood to talk. I responded to Todd that I needed a bullet in the head. That bridge was, I swear to God, the longest bridge ever. At mile 22, we finally were headed back into something halfway exciting, which was Crystal City.

Kristy stopped to pee and I waited. I was not letting her get away from me. We had switched to 1 and 1s on the bridge and then we had walked for about 8 minutes straight. After the potty break, we decided to switch to one minute of running and two minutes of walking. It was hard to start running again after the long walk break, but we did it and after a couple intervals, we were starting to recover and were feeling better. The course was doubling back again and we were passed on the other side by Kathy and Vip.

As we headed through Crystal City, Kristy said "Hey, those people's sign says Kim!" and I saw it was Jenny, NickF, Mary and Dustin. I could not have been happier to see people I knew. I needed encouragement so bad. We were walking in 20 seconds, so the gang joined up with us and walked with us. They were asking me how I was feeling and said that we looked better than some others that they had seen along the way. After two minutes, Kristy and I started running again and we waved goodbye to the gang. There was music again and I was feeling so much better. My spirits were really lifted.

We turned around and there was a Cold Stone Creamery. I really strongly considered stopping. I didn't realize until later that night that I didn't have any money. We were wondering about Dianne and if she beat the bridge, but we hadn't heard from her. Kristy started calling Dianne's husband to find out, but didn't get through. We were watching for her, but we didn't see her. Back through mile 23 in Crystal City, we saw the gang again and waved and contiunued on.

As we passed mile 24, Kristy heard from Dianne's husband. Dianne had beaten the bridge!!!! I sent Todd a text message to let him know. We trucked on, doing 1 and 2s. Past the Pentagon. Kristy's blisters were killing her, I was doing ok. At mile 25, some medical folks gave me crackers that I swear to God were the best crackers ever. Passing past where the starting line had been, we saw Debbie, ErikaW and Davida again. "How are you doing??" one of them said, and Kristy responded "I just ran 25 miles, I don't know..." The 26th mile marker was right ahead. The last .2 was straight uphill. We agreed to run at mile marker 26.

The Finish
And we did. We ran. Nearing the top of the hill, Kristy couldn't do it and told me to go on, which I did. There were bleachers and up there were the UMBC gang and I saw Mike and his wife waving and calling my name. There was an annoying big group that I decided I wanted to finish ahead of. So, I sprinted. I don't know where the energy came from for that. I ran out of gas about 10 feet before the finish, so I really was just jogging over the mat at the finish. And then for a spit second, I didn't know what to do and I didn't want to stop running... It was weird. I stood for a second and looked around, I was looking for anyone I knew, but I didn't see anyone.

I headed up to the corrals and a Marine put a medal around my neck and I was crying. Then, I just stood. Where was everyone? Then, I saw Kristy and she said she wanted to wait for Dianne. There was a blur. I stayed in one spot, but I was getting text messages like crazy and Sharon called and Todd called and my Mom called and NickF called. I met up with the gang and Todd told me he was on his way back to the start. I stood and talked to the gang for a while, finally found Todd, got my picture taken with a marine. Mary gave me a sweatshirt because it was cold.

Dianne crossed the finish line and she was crying and we were all so proud of her. ErikaW, Davida and Debbie appeared from somewhere and we all got pictures. And we headed back to the hotel.

Later
I stayed overnight. I took a shower and I was really not as bad as I expected to be, soreness-wise. I called my mom and then had dinner at some steakhouse. I weirdly fell asleep at 8pm and then woke up wide awake at 11pm. I took a TylonolPM and finally slept at 1am, and drove home this morning. And, here I am.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Last Holiday

While I am taking my sick day (I'm doing much better, btw), I'm watching Queen Latifah in Last Holiday. It's essentially the same as Joe Versus the Volcano. Anyway, if I find out that I only have a month or two to live, I'm going on this cruise. End of story.

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Coupla Photos


Group shot of Annapolis 10 Miler, I'm not going to bother trying to label everyone.


While I wasn't there, I'm very happy for the group that ran the Virginia Beach Half Marathon this past Sunday... including Kristy (in the yellow) and Dianne (in blue). You go ladies!!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Annapolis 10 Mile Run

Holy crap, that was a tough race. I mean, I knew it would be but damn. I'll have pictures eventually, Davida didn't run and was out on the course taking photos. Kristy didn't run it, she will be in Virgina next week to run the Virginia Beach Half Marathon. We gathered at the Navy-Marine Corps stadium in my home town of Annapolis bright and early at 7am. The 2:1 group was me, Kathy, Debra & Colleen. Caryn decided to go to 3:1. Kathy was at first going to do 3:1s, but I pouted and she changed to 2:1, but I ended up not really running with her during the race anyway.

We started out sorta fast and I decided to sort of run alone. My watch was on a different schedule than Kathy's so when I would walk, I would fall behind, then they would walk and I would catch up again when I started running. Mile 1 around the stadium, Debbie passed us. Mile 2, while we were running down Rowe Blvd towards the state house, Todd and ErikaW passed us. He apparently ran in the back of the pack at first because he found a couple old friends from TRP at the race (I never found them, even though they passed me at some point).

The residents of Annapolis were great. I cannot stress this enough, they were far more embracing of running than at any other race I've ever run. I've run through neighborhoods before, at the Race for Our Kids through Pikesville, or several different races through Federal Hill last year. This was so much better. Residents were out on the streets with tables set up, handing out cups of water, gatorade, beer (yes, one guy was handing out cups of beer), orange slices, etc. Many, many, many residents were sitting outside in beach chairs, holding signs or just generally cheering everyone on. My favorite, though... the residents who were out with the hoses. Some set up sprinklers, some just had hoses, but those people were awesome. It felt SO GOOD to run through sprinklers!!! Although, right when we would go through one, it would be shockingly cold.

Oh, and the midshipmen at the water stops - hello!! Colleen was like "oh, no! Navy boys! We can't walk in front of the Navy boys!" I said f*ck it, but that was mile 9.

Anyway, details of the race... It was hard. Hills, hills and more hills. The worst was the Severn River Bridge, which is one of my favorite bridges anywhere, and had a beautiful view, but it was windy and steep, and we had to cross it twice - mile 4 and mile 9. I mean, the whole race was pretty much just miserable.

Race - BAD:

  • Hills
  • Bridge
  • Hills
  • Sun (no sunglasses)
  • Wind on Bridge
  • Gatorade had fishy smell, as if the water to mix it came out of the bay
  • Blisters

Race - GOOD:
  • Midshipmen at water stops
  • Beer during the race (which I spilled down my front, but I thankfully was not pulled over on the way home)
  • Residents with water or food or drinks
  • Residents with hoses
  • Awesome fleece shirt at the end
I also got to see ColleenM at a water stop, who went to high school with me, and StephanieA at the finish line, who used to work with me at Sam Goody. My friend from high school, Mel, also ran the race. She is running the Steamtown marathon in October and is trying to qualify for Boston. Go Mel!

My time was 2:02:46.30, which came out to a 12:16 pace. As long as I didn't get stuck on yon Straggler's Bus, I'm more than satisfied with that time for what was a brutal race.

Results

Monday, July 10, 2006

2006 Pikesville 5k

The first 5k I've run twice. It wasn't so good. Kristy, Sue and I decided at the start to run together and to do 3:1s. The gun blew and it was TOO FAST. Sue tends to do that, but I was stupid because I should have known better than to try and keep up when I knew it was too fast. Sue lost Kristy and I almost immediately, but the damage was done. We had started out too fast. At the first turn-around, we saw Todd right behind Alla and cheered, since he was going for a PR (like I was).

Our first mile, doing 3:1s, was 10:41. About right for us considering the heat and slight hills, etc, but we were tired. Sometime during mile 2, we switched to 2:1s. I was hurting, my calves were hurting. Mile 2 was 11:47, a whole minute slower. Ugh. Everything sucked. Alla passed us with no Todd anywhere in sight. He passed a while later and Kristy noted that he didn't look happy. He was struggling too had made a mistake following Alla.

On mile 3, my left foot fell asleep for no good reason. It felt like I was running on nails. We took some extra walk breaks and Kristy was nice for slowing down with me. I sprinted the last little bit, feeling disappointed that I was missing my goal time of under 35 minutes. People were cheering at the finish line and something about it made me sprint faster, but Kristy still edged me out by 2 seconds. I finished in 35:48, 7 seconds from matching my Baltimore 5k time and my personal record. Todd missed his PR by 4 seconds. Suck.

Results

Monday, June 5, 2006

Race for Our Kids 10k

A 10k. The longest race I've ever run. 6.2 miles. Sunday morning, 8:30am.

I got to the parking lot - the starting line was at Pimlico race track - around 7:45. Found the group pretty easily, as we were all wearing yellow "Fleet Feet Sports" singlets. There was a 5k also, and the 5k started at 8, which didn't make sense to me... It concerned me that most of them would be done by the time we started and the food was all going to be gone. I'm starting to really be known as "food girl" to the group.

Kathy (group leader) said she was going to run as slow as her slowest group member. When the gun went off, we all took off doing 2 and 1s, and I must admit that 2 minutes in when we took our first walk break, I felt like a total jackass walking. Dianne had fallen behind, and Kathy said she was going to fall back to run with Dianne, but we could continue on if we wanted to. I decided that I wanted to push myself and continued on at a faster pace. Kristy stayed with me. We talked about it and we decided to stay together (Kristy & me) and start out with the 2 and 1s, moving up to 3 & 1s if we felt like we were going too slow.

Mile one was a bit of a downhill, and we ran it in 10:55, even with the walk breaks. I was floored. Seriously, I couldn't believe that walking 1 out of every 3 minutes would still result in an 11 minute mile. And we were passing people!! We passed "marathon girl," as we called her, who was wearing a Baltimore Marathon Relay shirt and listening to her iPod (against the rules, bah!).

Starting at mile 2, there was a gradual uphill that lasted until mile 4. Rough. During mile 3, I told Kristy that I didn't think we were going to go up to 3 and 1s. She agreed. Mile 2 was 12 minutes, mile 3 was 12 minutes. During mile 3 I asked one of the water stop people if there were going to be any damned downhills on the course. He said NO, but there was a big hill towards the end of the course. Great.

During mile 4, marathon girl passed us, totally pissing us off. She was running straight through and had picked up her pace for a bit of a flat part. We were keeping our pace pretty consistent. We were in the back of the pack by far, with only a handful of people behind us. Slow people don't run 10ks, they run 5ks. Mile 4 was 11 minutes. Mile 5 was 12 minutes.

Mile 6... UGH. A BIG HILL. They weren't kidding. We run hills on Tuesday/Thursday with the running group, but this was a hill to beat all hills. Big enough that doing 2 and 1s we took THREE walk breaks. The largest hill on our weekly runs usually only results in one walk break. This was a big hill. We passed one guy that had been in front of us the entire race, who had totally hit some sort of a wall on the hill. Then... top of the hill was mile marker 6. We'd done the 6th mile in about 14 minutes, totally killing our overall pace.

Still... only 2 tenths of a mile remaining! It was all downhill. Kristy looked at me and said "Do you want to sprint to pass marathon girl?" I shrugged, but Kristy took off. As we passed her, marathon girl said "Dammit, I thought I was going to beat you!" HA HA HA HA HA! Hooray for walk breaks!! I am not completely sure what our times were, but I think we crossed the finish line at 1 hour and 13 minutes, which put us at a 11:45 overall pace - very very good!

It was a great race. I was giddy from endorphins the rest of the afternoon. A bunch of fleet feet people won awards. I was not one of them, but I still had a great race. Hooray!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Running Group, Who needs ya?

Oh, Lake Elkhorn, how I miss you.

Today is Thursday, which means running group. However, here is my little rant about running group. I do not feel included in running group. I liked running group back in the fall when it was still warm and fairly light out. As a result, lots of people of varying abilities showed up. There were big packs of people doing 2:1s and 3:1s. I had my pick of who to run with. I didn't necessarily know everyone, but it was nice.

Then, winter. It's dark and cold. People that used to come during the summer have dropped out. What's left is the hard core people. The hard core people run faster than me. They do 5:1s and say that they're not going to kill themselves, then smoke me. They don't know me, they can't seem to remember my name (for the record, it's Kim). I feel like I go every week and beg someone to run with me. Then, I can tell that they want to do more than I'm capable of. So, last time I went (two weeks ago?), I decided not to ask anyone to run with me and figured that I'd run with whomever asked ME. Well, no one asked. So, I ran alone. In the dark. A clique of blondes passed me and didn't even say hello. I was embarassed and kind of sad.

So, I'm not running with them tonight. Once the marathon program starts, there should be more people going. Or, when the time changes. Then, it will be lighter out. I want to run at Elkhorn, but it's still too dark out. In April, I can run at Elkhorn. What did I do last year?? I know that I started running in April, so how did I do it? I need to go back and read old blogs.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Shamrock 5k

Yesterday, I ran the Shamrock 5k. I didn't want to run this race. Well, I did when I first signed up for it. Then, everyone that I had wanted to run with turned out to be injured. So, I was angry for this race. I was angry that I hadn't run in days, I was angry that I was sore from a weight workout on Saturday. I was angry at Dave's knee. I was angry at Todd's knee. I was angry that Sharon lives in Tampa, because if she didn't she certainly would have run with me. Angry.

The first part of the course was down Charles street - all down hill. That was nice. It was a crowded race and it was hard to move. I only walked a very small portion of the race - about 30 seconds at the one water stop during mile 3. Then, like in Tampa, it was so crowded at the finish that I could barely move. We watched the St. Patrick's Day parade, which happened immediately after. Martin O'Malley personally thanked Dave for his support (he was wearing an O'Malley sticker). I love Martin O'Malley. I was hoping he would be wearing a sleeveless shirt (or no shirt!!), but no. Erlich was in the parade, too. I wondered if they wanted to punch each other. Bob Erlich needs a new haircut.

Anyway, gun time for the race - 38:44, chip time 37:04. I guess that's not bad for a race that I wasn't prepared for. Results.

In other news, on my way back from Atlanta, we sat with a woman who works in a Vein center. I know I've mentioned my varicose vein before. The good news is that her vein center takes insurance. The bad news is that it's almost certain that if I go in, I will be told not to run. Not to run a marathon, not to run at all. She told me to do elliptical machine. I just laughed at her, I did elliptical in February and nearly went crazy with boredom. So, that's very very bad. How important are my veins? How important is running?? I have a big choice to make.

What else... Saturday, I weeded my flowerbed. Here is my confession to Sandra. I let the azalea die. It is no longer living. The vines that Sandra put in for groundcover are still alive, as is the lavendar. But the azalea? Not so alive. It's not something that would have been covered over warranty, I don't think they cover "failure to water." However, I weeded the flowerbed and it looks great now! (Except for the dead azalea). I think I'm going to put in a butterfly bush in its place. I just don't know when to plant it. Since I'm feeling ambitious, I feel like I should do it soon. And I'm going to invest in something to automatically water my plants. And I'm going to get weed suppressant.

We are also thinking of putting a new flowerbed in the backyard. This is a big project that worries me. Duke has extra daylily bulbs and offered them to me. I could put them back there. We'll see.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Gasparilla Distance Classic 5k

Ahhh, Florida. Right now, I'm typing on my laptop outside on my sister's porch, sitting by the pool. It's a comfortable 72 degrees today, sunny and warm. We arrived yesterday morning. Sharon, Jillian and Jillian's doll, Joey, picked us up from the airport and we went right down to the convention center to get our race numbers and packets. While we were there, I climbed a rock climbing wall that was set up in the convention center and I must say that I REALLY miss rock climbing and I must get back into it.

We've done a lot of hanging around, both yesterday and today were pretty much lazy days. This morning was the race. It was hot. I've gotten used to running in colder temperatures, no hotter than maybe 55 degrees, and usually at night in the dark. So, switching to 70 degrees with Florida sun was a bit of a change. We had some trouble getting downtown, but we finally got there after Frank let us out and then took the van down to park it. This was a big race. I don't know what the total number of racers was, but it was by far the largest race I've ever run. We were pretty much in a big pack for the entire race. We started out going over a bridge, and there we saw Millie. Millie, according to her t-shirt, is almost 90. Millie is awesome.

I stayed with Sharon until the end of mile 2. Then, we had to do some walking and we got separated. She beat me by maybe a minute. It was pretty hot with the sun beating down as we ran along the waterfront and once again I wonder how in the world I will ever run a marathon...

The great news is that my foot is fine, so it must be fully healed. Hooray!! I had bought a new Polar running computer on Wednesday and the race was the first time that I used it. I think it worked well. Sharon and I got our picture taken with some pirates. Frank, Jillian & Frankie were all waiting at the finish line for us when we crossed. Results aren't posted yet, but I think I did worse than at the Baltimore 5k. That's what happens when you haven't trained at all.

All in all, good times. Tomorrow, Disney World.
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