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November 2009

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Location:

Mesa,AZ,

Member Since:

Apr 04, 2007

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Running Accomplishments:

Prs:

1 mile:  6:31

5K:  23:37

Half Marathon: 2:04

My first post-high school 5K, in which I thought I was going to die

The first time I won my age division.  Yippee!

My first half marathon, in which I attack Sasha

The time I beat my high school PR for the 5K (as a 31 year-old mommy of 3!)

My first 5K barefooted

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

I'm just getting back into running after a long break to have my last child.  I would like to race some 10Ks, a half, and a marathon in the next 2 years.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Be the oldest woman to complete a marathon.  Yea!  But hopefully I will also complete some BEFORE I geezer up, like, before I'm 40 for sure.  I think it would be fun to dress up really strange for marathons, like impersonating celebrities and stuff.  Except I don't really like celebrities, as a rule, so maybe I'll have to stick to the age old question of ninja, or pirate.  I say ninja. *Hyah!*

Personal:

I am happily married to James W (Cool Runnings). We have 3 boys and 1 opinionated little girl.  I love reading and I'm also a news junkie.  I am a stinker.

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Hey look--I surpassed last week's mileage and it's only Monday! 

The accomplishment today was that I was able to get up significantly earlier than my kids to get in this run.  I haven't done that since Danielle came along.  Sleep is the emergency.  I can't seem to get enough sleep.  Even if I get in bed early, and I'm totally zonked, I just lie there, desperately trying to fall asleep.  Then morning comes hard, like the wack of a skillet on your head.  But anyway, I got out the door this morning before I had time to register how tired I was.  And what a reward--did you see how bright the moon was this morning?  I also felt better--just cheerful and perky all day.

Wanna see what usually gets me out of bed in the morning?

Awww, she likes you!

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Ahhhh.  How nice and cool it was out there tonight.  Best run this season so far. 

I had a little soreness after my first run, but it has already completely gone away.   My legs are protesting the weight of some extra baby pounds that have not as yet found their way to...er...wherever they go.  (See?  I told you I was tired.  My IQ has dropped like 30 points in the last 4 months.  Now I am only as smart as [insert name of punk].) 

My feet have been making a scuffing sound that they didn't used to.  Not so good for form, but good for wearing off that annoying tread on the bottom of running shoes.  Soon my footprints will leave no identifying marks and I can commit the perfect crime.

And in other news, my boys figured out how to start a fire with a magnifying glass in our backyard.   Durn!  I knew this day would come.

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I am remembering how to run.  It feels good!

Also, is there a weight division for the boltushka standard?

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Lovely little run in the light of the moon.  I got caught by some sprinklers, which was kind of funny, but not quite as awesome in November as it would be in, ya know--June.

The remnants of the Halloween candy found their way into the trash tonight.  Finally!

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A bit of a creepy run for me.  I had to alter my course because of a scary-looking individual (might have been Burt--juuuust kidding, Burt).  And then I was running along and a HUGE spider jumped at me.  I squeaked, but I am proud to say that I strangled the scream before it got out.  I thought it must've been a cricket or something, but I paused to check it out and it looked just like this:

Female hobo spider.  Very athletic, fast moving, poor sighted, BIG (2 inches at least)--they  jump in any direction when they feel threatened, sometimes towards you just because they can't see much farther than a foot away.  Jeeps!  It almost landed on me. 

Good side?  I think I ran a tiny bit faster today.

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Perfection takes many forms.  Sometimes it is the mixture of sun on the mountains with dark clouds in the background.  Sometimes it is when you play a song for the first time with no mistakes.  Sometimes it is the joy in a little baby's smile.  But sometimes. very rarely, it is a chubby mom getting her shoes on every day of the week and running an extremely slow 'start from scratch" mile.  Yea me.

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Ahhhh.  Now that I have a whole week under my belt, I'm starting to feel like an experienced runner again (haha).  I still jiggle like jello with every step, but I lost over a pound in the last 5 days so at least I'm heading the right direction.  What's getting me through this stage of feeling really, shall we say, fluffy, and having a very limited wardrobe that fits is that I KNOW I will succeed in getting back into shape.  I don't doubt it.  Just gotta believe it enough...well, that and actually get out the door

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See?  This is what happens when you get over confident.  You pull some kind of weird muscle playing soccer with your kids in the park.  It feels like a bad side cramp that just won't go away.  Ever had anything like that?  It is markedly better today, so I'm sure it's nothing serious.  That's the kind of soccer mom I am.  The kind that injures myself playing it with my kids, instead of attacking other soccer moms at games.

Temps were so perfect tonight!  I wish I could just bottle up this night for safe keeping, and then whip it out whenever I am dead tired of the summer heat. 

One mile didn't seem too terribly long tonight--even with my little perpetual side cramp.  Tomorrow I will try for a little longer route.

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Last week was pretty bad for running, and it was always because I kept putting it off until late at night.  This week James and I both resolved to start getting up really early to exercise instead.  When James' alarm went off at 5:00 am today, he groaned like he wasn't going to do it.   So I scratched his back and told him encouraging things like "you'll be glad you did it...you can do it"  etc.  But then when my alarm went off at 5:50 I just turned it off and went back to bed.  Bad Lybi!  I suppose I need someone to scratch my back and kick me out of bed, but James treads very delicately when it comes to encouraging me to exercise, because hubbies are subject to get charged with "are you saying I'm fat?!?!"   Poor man.  But having to take the stroller on the run when I went later in the morning was punishment enough.  It made it feel twice as hard.  We'll see how I do tomorrow.

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Yea!  I got out of bed before 6 and accomplished a run before James had to leave for work.  Feels good to start off the day on the right foot.  Danielle slept really well last night, and that helps a lot.  She has been sick and the last week or so has been an exercise in sleep deprivation.  It's to be expected this time of year, though.  It just makes it all the sweeter when I get a good night.

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Two days in a row of getting out the door dang early!  (You can see that little things amuse me.)  Nice little run before James left work.  Nice little kiss at the end.  Worth running to.  And that reminds me, have you ever heard that song "Run to You," by Lady Antebellum?  I love it, and it reminds me of the guy who is waiting for me at the end of every race.  You must all listen to it!

Here it is!

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I ran. 

The end.

Tomorrow I go to Dallas with the fam.  Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!  Probably won't be able to blog for a week or so.   Happy Thanksgiving, and TRY TO BE GOOD, my beloved 72 people!  Just say 'no' to fried food and appetizers.  Man I love appetizers...

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May I just go on record and say that I HATE running with the stroller?  I do. 

And Thanksgiving was great, thanks for asking.  The long drive may or may not have actually left a permanent flat spot on my hiney.  We shall see.

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