Monday, June 30, 2008

Updates

I feel like the tone of my blog has turned from one of light-heartedness and fun to sadness and complaints.

Between Nana, Jessie and my stupid leg, things have not been very happy around here.

But I guess we need to take the good with bad and move on...

Here are some updates:

Nana was supposed to come home from the rehab on Saturday but instead, had a heart attack and landed her butt in the ICU on Thursday afternoon. We went up there on Friday and had the opportunity to spend some time with her on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, because she was in ICU, the girls were not able to visit. Nana was laughing and joking and discussing the deal she had made with God to stay around to see Kara and Jeff's baby in December...

Jeff and the girls and I left and mom went to say goodbye when Nana started having more chest pains and needed some nitroglycerin to calm it down. Later that night, they gave her some morphine for the pains and scheduled a cardiac catheterization (sp??) for Monday. Fast forward to today and mom called this morning and said that Nana was BACK on the ventilator and her lungs had fluid again. She was going to receive dialysis today and see if that helped. If not, well, I dont know...I dont think they know either...

Jessie went into the vet on Friday and she still had a temperature. She had been acting a little down in the dumps on Thurs/Fri so I was pretty sure that something was not quite right. I had spoken with Jinni on Friday morning and she said that she was pretty much stumped at this point and short of some rare medical condition, she had no idea of what was truly wrong with my fuzzygirl. Anyway, we had a long talk with our local vet and she said that at this point, it was okay to say WHEN and to simply take it day by day without more tests or treatments or anything. We will keep her on antibiotics and add a pain reliever and see how it goes. Dr Kearns said "You will know when it is time".

*BLINK*

TIME???? Not what one wants to hear but I am a realist and know that there will come a TIME when we say enough is enough. Also, there is only so much money you can put out before it starts to hurt (and $1700 later, we are starting to notice the pinch).

Soooo....we went up to NJ and Jessie got spoiled with love by everyone. Saturday morning, I awoke to Rascal and Jessie romping around the room which she hasnt been doing at ALL for the past few weeks. This dog has me so confused. She was fine yesterday and this morning. I am fairly certain that she is doing it on purpose b/c when she is "sick" she gets better food. :)

Her bloodwork came back with some improvements in the white blood cells and platelets but the red blood cells were still down and showed signs of anemia and dehydration. The vet is going to look into vitamin supplements and such. The doggie ibuprofren is really helping her a lot.

My leg is much better than it was though I havent been able to run on it yet. I have been stretching and taking Advil pretty religiously as prescribed by my trainer. :) My half marathon is 9 weeks from yesterday and I am feeling antsy about getting back in gear.

ON a happy note, today is Rascal's 10th birthday. He just wagged away like crazy as we sang today. I will pick up some doggie ice cream at the grocery store today on my way home so we can celebrate for real!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I hate my leg

So, my leg still hurts despite my personal PT's best efforts today.

He is making me hang up the running shoes and turn to walking for right now.

Woop-dee-doo.

Anyway - he said he will still get me to the half marathon as a happier and healthier person if I just listen to him. I do NOT take direction very well. BUT, I am willing to go on faith and turn in my current schedule for a new one.

And like he said, I am simply looking to complete the race not win it.

:)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Eh.



I went out with the intention of running 5 miles today and my thigh/groin area was on fire so it didnt happen. I got 1.7 miles and had to come home. I did a contrast bath in the shower, took some Advil and iced it. I am hoping it feels better tomorrow.

I will have a session or two with my personal physical therapy dude this week to hopefully diagnose and fix it.

I am NOT happy.

Monday, June 23, 2008

PHEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Jessie's bone marrow and lymph node aspiration tests came back NEGATIVE! They were positive for a toxin of some sort. So, the beast must have eaten something nasty.

Dork.

I dont even want to know how much that ^^^ labwork is gonna cost me. :)

But, the girl is well and that is all I need to know today.

I think that Jess has gotten used to the invalid life. Either that or she is sure that we have finally lost it. We bring her delicious foods to where she is - she doesnt even have to get up to eat. We ice her water and place it near her. She gets about 3 times as much peanut butter b/c of all her medicines...

Spoiled rotten!

Anyway, I was scheduled for 5 miles today and a day of rest tomorrow but we are having yet another terrible storm coming through so the run will have to wait until tomorrow.

What is WITH this weather????

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Lazy Sunday

I woke up feeling terrible this morning...felt like a sinus infection was coming on. Plus, I woke to the girls yelling at each other over Sammy using Sarah's blanket. I did giggle when I heard Sarah say to Jeff "She's wrapped up in it and she's NAKED!!" She was wearing undies but apparently that was a little too much skin rubbing on Sarah's blanket.

*sigh*

Speaking of Sammy, I wanted to share one of my most favorite things that she has said to date: (Keep in mind that she finished up VBS last week so she's got God on the mind)

"God is everywhere but even if you swing, you won't kick him in the head"

hahahahahahahahahaha

She also told Jinni that heaven is a beautiful place and she would really like to go there but you have to be dead to get there.

Goofy girl. So honest in her thoughts.

Jessie's temp was up to 103.3 this morning and she is acting a little less perky but not enough to make any calls or panic. But it certainly puts a little damper on the day as she was soooo good yesterday.

I am truly bracing myself for bas news tomorrow. I dont think that I can aptly prepare myself but I am not in denial that there very well may be something very serious wrong. I just hope that I can hold it together and get through the decision making process without acting like a total emotional fool...

So, on a happier note, I decided to go for my scheduled 4 mile run and made it out the door. I cried for the first half mile or so (I was wearing sunglasses, thank god) but then I was almost able to clear my head and enjoy the last 3 or so miles. I made it 4.1 altogether in terrible time b/c I walked a lot but I'll take it.

I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday.

Off to shower!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Pup update, American Idol Party and a run (finally!)

This has not been Jessie's best week. She spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the vet ALL DAY getting IVs. I would go see her at lunchtime and take her out for a walk. She perked up pretty nicely upon leaving but on Tues and Wed, she still went down hill in the evening. We had no answers. On Thursday, her temp had finally come down for the first time but her blood work remained messed up.

I finally brought up the "C" word. Or maybe the "L" word would be more fitting. My research had lead me to believe that Jessie could very possibly have Leukemia or Lymphoma...the vet there that day agreed that it was a distinct possibility.

Now, some of you know AbFab (aka Jinni) from the WeWa message boards - our resident vet who posts on the L2L thread daily. She and I had been in email contact and she had thrown some ideas my way that I shared with the vets and the agreed wholeheartedly with her, adding some new medications and running some new tests.

I was a little wigged out when Jinni suggested that they might need to do a bone marrow aspiration to rule out the presence of cancer. But, I was BLOWN AWAY when she volunteered to come down here from Philly to do it for/with my vets.

We decided, on Thursday, to wait until Friday's lab results came back. I slept well Thursday night and Jessie seemed the closest to normal that she has been lately.

Friday morning brought a 9 am phone call that the white blood cells were up BUT not very much and other things were down so it still wasnt looking good. We decided to go forward with the bone marrow test.

I started running errands for Sarah's birthday party that night and making what preparations I could. She had been at overnight camp and would be getting home around 5. The party was at 7.

Jinni called at noon and said she was in town and we would meet up in fifteen minutes at the vet. Jessie was NOT happy about getting back in the car but she went, resigned to the fact that she would be hanging out at her least favorite place AGAIN. :(

I was thrilled to meet Jinni and she was so friendly to Jessie and put me at ease (as mich as possible that is) right away - I knew Jess was in good hands. I was happy to meet her little dog, Minnie, who was definitely the comic relief of the crew.

We spent about an hour or so at the vet. Jessie was sedated and I left the room. I chatted with staff (it was lunch time so there was no one else there). I heard Jessie yelp a couple times but they said that she was just in a twilight state and they werent even really doing anything at the times she yelped.

I went back when the procedure was over and petted Jessie while she came to. She was shaved on her shoulder but didnt seem to be in any pain and her temperature was almost normal.

We met up with Jeff and took Jinni to The Pub for lunch and wee bit of alcohol. :) Yes, at 2:30 in the afternoon... We talked over a lot of information and discussed some "what if " scenarios. I was so excited that Jinni decided to stay overnight to make the trip even more worthwhile and attend the American Idol party!!

When we got home, Jessie was her regular old self and she, Rascal and Minnie got to know one another. Minnie settled in to the pack and developed a particular fondness for Samantha who shared the same feelings of puppylove.



The party went off well, the time just FLEW by! There was lots of singing and laughing and clapping, presents, cakes, ice cream and wine. :)





That night, Minnie decided that Sammy made a comfy pillow and pulled up a blanket on her bed for the night. We hung out and chatted in the morning and Jinni and Pup left around 11.

Jessie has been acting great all day and her temp is low. She has been begging for food, playing frisbee and lounging in the sun...her usual routine.

My girl, today:



Quite a difference from last time, huh?

And the boy too...he is kinda dumb when it comes to pictures:



So, I also got in a 6 mile run today. In two shifts though b/c Lynn was needing a sitter while she and her husband changed "shifts" with the kids so I did 3 then a 20 minute break and the other 3. Considering that I havent run since last Sunday, I was pleased to get my scheduled long run for the week in today!

Keep your fingers and everything else crossable crossed for Jessie. Hopefully we will get the results on Monday and I will update. I just pray that we get through tonight and tomorrow without incident since we are sans vet until Monday!!

Oh, and btw, Nana is kicking butt and taking names in rehab and will maybe be returning home this week! She will have to do dialysis 3 times a week forever but she is doing very well so that is positive!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sick pup saga

On Friday, we noticed that Jessie wasnt acting quite right. Nothing too alarming, just a little lazy and not wanting to eat which is very out of character for her. Saturday, the same but still ornery and happy to visit with her company. Sunday, same. Biggest difference was that she didnt want to eat. And she seemed to want to go out on the deck a lot.

So, Monday morning I call and make an appointment for her at the vet. I realized that my FuzzyGirl had not wagged her tail or eaten since Sunday afternoon. I wrote down all her medications and her weaning schedule from the Phenobarb just in case it had something to do with it.

The vet checks her out and takes her temperature. It was 105.5! Holy crap. Even for a dog, that is very high. Sooooo...she gets blood drawn and a shot of antibiotics. Lyme's disease test was negative. We bring her home to wait for the results with instructions on how to help lower her temp.

Mid-afternoon, I go to Wal Mart to pick up the big girls from the GS camp bus and run into the store to grab a *cough* doggie thermometer *cough* and some rubbing alcohol. Meanwhile, there is a severe thunderstorm warning which decides to descend on us as I am about to walk outside to the limobus. TORRENTIAL downpour, wind...craziness!

I wait about 5 minutes but realize it isnt getting any better and I need to just run for it. Well, 1.2 milliseconds out the door, I am drenched to the skin. Thankfully, I wasnt wearing a white shirt! I grab the girls of the bus amidst the drama and we get home.

We spend the afternoon putting a large ice pack on Jessie, rubbing alcohol on the pads of her paws and monitoring her temp. It came down in the afternoon but shot back up, as it does with kids, in the evening.

We get her settled upstairs for bed and I print out the directions to the nearest doggie ER which is an hour away and pray that we dont need it.

How pathetic is this?





Nurse Rascal stuck close by:



Anyway, at 4 am, I was barely able to rouse her and I got really freaked out so I wrapped her in a wet towel and slept on the floor next to her. In the morning, I called the vet and he called back when he got the lab results. He said that her WBC was so low that she might be septic and that we could "lose her". Of course, *I* lost it and he said to bring her right in. They got her hooked up to an IV and started administering fluids.

I spoke the office a couple of times and they said that she was perking up a bit so she must have been dehydrated. She went out and peed and ate some canned dog food.

We went in at 4 to get her to bring her home for the night and the vet showed us her xrays which did not indicate any tumors or anything so that was good. They are stumped at this point as to why she has such a high fever still but we were starting some heavy duty antibiotics. Jessie still had her IV catheter in and a nifty orange bandage on her arm.

Anyway, the night went by without incident and Jessie returned to the vet this morning as we promised (a condition of her being allowed to come home last night) with her IV intact. They will continue supportive care and we will see how she does today. Her temp was down this morning below 105 for the first time since all this started so that was a good sign.

I will be attempting to get out today and run/walk/crawl for a little while. We'll see how that goes.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Everything happens for a reason...(updated with pics)

I drove the girls to their dress rehearsal on Friday night dressed in running gear. Weird feeling on my outer thigh and mega-tightness in my waist of all places (same side as the leg discomfort). Anyway, I kept having this nagging feeling that was telling me I shouldnt run. I chose to ignore it and decided just to do "a few" miles.

Well, once we were almost there I realized that I forgot my damn Nike+ sensor thingie that plugs into the iPod so my run would not be recorded so I was annoyed by that. But, decided to ignore that little irritation as well.

I drop the girls off and drive over to the track, the WHOLE TIME squashing that feeling that was gnawing at me, telling me NOT to run.

Well, wouldntcha know it - the track fence was locked. I couldnt get in anywhere.

*humph*

Someone was telling me to listen to those feelings, no??

So, I came home and Jeff said that he would go out with me for a quick run around the neighborhood. I grumbled a bit but agreed. No sooner did I start running than did my thigh just REFUSE to allow me to go at anything faster than a brisk walk. I couldnt pick up the pace at all.

I grumbled some more.

A lot more.

So, I had to, ONCE AGAIN this week, hang up the running shoes for 2 days to nurse another injury. This one, I believe was caused by my overzealous participation with that overly hyper Chalene Johnson or whoever from Turbo Jam who made me kick front and back and not very well til I got my side/waist/quad muscle all inflamed.

*throwing TurboJam DVDs in the fire*

We had Sammy's last Tball game on Saturday morning (YEAH!!!)and the team got their awards (Sambelina is front row, center):



...then out to breakfast. I came home and tried to rest but everyone followed me - not that I minded - and then it was time to make the requested lasagna for Sarah's birthday early dinner before the recital. We ate and headed out right on time which is not the norm for us!

Sarah's recital was just WONDERFUL. It had BETTER have been for all the rehearsals they had!! Sarah and her class did a wonderful job.

Sarah and her BFF:



From the audience:



We got home at EXACTLY the time that Sarah was born (10:08 pm) and broke into song. Our neighbors came over and we had cake and ice cream and Sarah opened the rest of her presents. It was a very very VERY long day and we were all exhausted.

Today was Fathers Day and we gave Jeff and my dad their presents. Jeff is going on a ride-along at Dover Downs in a race car in full on race gear. I think he really liked it (but he wont do it until July). The girls gave him a Wii game that he wanted and Sarah made him a gimp key chain that she made.

I *did* go out and do 5 miles this afternoon before we went to an early dinner before my parents headed back to NJ. It was a pretty good run - Sarah hung in on her bike for 3 miles before she headed home to refill my drink and be my "water stop"!

So, I did my long run from yesterday today so I am only down 3 miles that were scheduled for today. I am thinking about making those up sometime this week - maybe add a 5th running day instead of a crosstrain day.

Who knows...I am making this up as I go along. :)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Who AM I?

Sarah had a tech rehearsal for her recital tonight. I volunteered to drive her and Bailey for the hour and a half practice and just stay there.

Ask me why.

Go ahead...ask.

Because it was at a high school and I figured they would have a track that I could run my 5 miles that I had scheduled while I was waiting.

WHAT??

Is this ME talking??

A year ago, heck, 6 months ago, I would have been content to sit on my arse and read a book while waiting. Now, I am seeking out places to run!

*twirling in my athleticism*

Tomorrow, there is a 4 hour dress rehearsal. I am going to drive them up, run my 5 miles and come home so Jennie can pick up.

By the way, running on a track is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO boring. I mean, how many times can you go around the same circle OVER and OVER and OVER and....well, you get the idea.

EH. You gotta do what you gotta do, right?? :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tag - I am it!

I Got Tagged!

Tagging is one way that bloggers connect with each other and each other's blogs. I was tagged by "aka Alice" who apparently frequents my oh-so-exciting blog. *waving to Alice* I thought it was a cool idea so, I have chosen to participate. You should too. Everyone's doin it. Just sayin.

So, here are the rules of tagging:

Tagging is easy. Just copy the following onto your post. The rules of the game are posted at the start of your blog post. In this case, I'm asking you 5 questions about running. Each player answers the 5 questions on their own blog. At the end of your post you tag 5 other people and post their names. Go to their blogs and leave a comment on their blogs telling them they've been tagged and to look at your blog for details. When they've answered the questions on their own blog, they come back to yours to tell you. Got that?

So here goes:

1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?

I think I ran once 10 years ago. It was in Ocean City MD with Jeff, his brother and sister in law. The result of that one lone run was me sustaining an eye injury. Yes - an eye injury. I wound up sitting in an opthamologist office on a beautiful day at the beach with her explaining that I had a "roaming inflammatory process" likely due to the running causing some swelling in my eye. MY EYE people. I had to take some heavy hitting ibuprofrens to calm it down. It felt like the WORST headache in the eye I have ever had. I did not run again after that until about a year and a half ago.

2. What is your best/worst running experience?

My best running experience was probably crossing the finish at my first 5K. The weather conditions were HORRIBLE, we got little sleep and I was unsure that I could even do it. Freezing winds, sideways snow...you get the picture. As I was coming around the last 1/4 mile or so, barely able to breathe and sucking on my inhaler, Jeff was there cheering me on. He was so proud of me when I crossed the line - no one would have ever pegged me for being/becoming a runner!

The worst running experience? The weather at my first 5K. :)

3. Why do you run?

I started running out of curiosity as to whether I could. Then it became a challenge to finish the Couch to 5K program. Then it was a vehicle to lose some weight. Now it is truly a personal challenge to see how far I can push myself. It is also ME TIME. I have made this commitment and my family backs me 100% - it is one thing that I make a true priority that is all about ME ME ME!

4. What is the best or worst piece of running advice that you've been given about running?

I get loads of advice from Jeff and my message board peeps. Honestly, I think the best things I have done as a result of advice are: Working on strength training all muscles to help keep things balanced, AND, getting fitted for the perfect running shoes for my body!

I have yet to gather what I would consider BAD advice.

5. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.

I was on crew in college for 3 years, purple is my favorite color and I am chronically late for everything.

Now, here is who I am tagging...

1. Julia, even with that gimpy foot b/c I know she will back full force soon!
2. Amy because she is awesome.
3. Jen because I love to read her blog even though she called me a MOM.
4. Yas because I am so impressed with her tri training and want to get in her head.
5. Elph because I feel like she is my running partner even though she is in South Dakota. We are both training for half marathons at the same time and we are pretty even in our run-ability!

I *think* I was careful not to tag anyone who has already been tagged. Forgive me for double tagging but this is like a chain letter and it is hard to know who already got it!!!!!!!!

The Magical and Very Naughty Pencil in Samantha's Room

Sammy comes downstairs two nights ago and we have this conversation:

S: Momma - something happened.
Me: What?
S: Well, I was walking past my trashcan and my pencil made a mark on the wall.
Me: OK - no biggie. We will clean it off tomorrow.
S: Well, first it made the mark. Then it made a head and eyes and a smile face.
Me: *staring at Samantha*
S: And then it made a dress and arms and legs.
Me: Really?
S: Yup.
Me: *sigh*

She fessed up to it shortly after. At least she is creative in her lies. It also wasnt the usual knock down, drag out that it usually is to get her to confess. So, I think we are making gains.

Here is a picture of the artwork created by the magical and very naughty pencil:



I ran 4.2 miles in the blistering heat. I used common sense, however. I stayed in the neighborhood. Two people knew that I was going and to be on the lookout for me should I not return within an hour. I carried one of my half frozen G2s with me and left the other one at my water stop (aka my front step) in a large cup full of ice and a little water.

I took off and did much more of a run/walk than I usually do but again, it isnt usually 15000 degrees outside. I was wearing new running shorts that feel almost like a bathing suit short. They lasted for 3/4 of a mile before I ran inside and changed them b/c they were riding up in the middle ala chub rubbedness and making me very uncomfortable. They were fine for walking around but as soon as I started running - FAHGEDDABOUDIT.

So, my other shorts were fine and the neighborhood run in the heat went off without a hitch.

I am SO getting acclimated I cant stand it. *giggle* This is kinda huge for me though b/c last year, I ran a 5K the first weekend in June and didnt put on my running shoes again til fall!

Tomorrow is a DOR but I might get out there and do 4-ish only b/c I missed yesterday due to the stupid ankle sprain. And it is supposed to be in the 80s so it will feel like an Arctic front coming through compared to the past few days!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

100 degrees and the Evil Tree Stump of Death



When we woke up on Saturday morning for Sammy's Tball game, I knew it couldnt be good when there was thick fog. I opened the door to let the dogs out and it was SOOOO humid, it was awful.

I had thought about brining my gear and hitting Rails to Trails after Tball but we were running late so I wasnt able to properly eat, hydrate or pack up my stuff. And when I say we were running late, I MEAN that we woke up at 7:40 am for an 8:00 Tball game. I had to catapult the ladies out of bed and out the front door. I think Sammy was still asleep as she stood on first base. But, she woke up by the second inning so it was all good. Must of been the YooHoo she had for breakfast at the ball park.

Sarah went to Camryn's birthday party at Tuckahoe State Park so Sammy, Jeff and I loaded up with fluids and we headed over there as well, to check it out.

Unfortunately, there was no path that we could find for Sammy to ride her bike on while we ran. There was, however, a physical fitness trail that went through a wooded area. Jeff sent me on my way. It was covered by really really really tall trees (nice for blocking out the sun) and the ground was a combination of mulch and pine needles which was easy on the knees but rough on the lower leg.

Anyway, I heard that it was a 2 mile trail so I figured I would run it a few times. (Is this ME talking????? Who am I?????) I got through most of the first go-round and, as Eye of the Tiger came on my iPod, I got a burst of energy and, as I rounded one of the many corners of the path, the Evil Tree Stump of Death popped OUT of the ground and landed under my left foot, causing it to snap outwards.

I was blinded a bit by the pain but I shook it out and walked a little bit and realized that fate had a funny way of reminding me that my mother warned me NOT to run in this heat...but I think that my momma realizes by now that I am not a very good listener when I have my mind made up.

*waving to Mom*

Anyway, I managed to finish the course and then run it once more. I was scheduled for 110 minutes but even *I* know when enough is enough. And 4.5 miles in 100 degrees and 500% humidity is ENOUGH. I consulted a few other training programs and find that most do NOT have such a long run in the beginning so, right or wrong, I changed that 100 minute to a 4 mile run which will put me right where I should be for ramping up starting this week. My training program has me starting miles instead of minutes and then doing +1 mile every weekend up to 12 then tapering down as the half marathon approaches.

Plus, I have been reading about this acclimating thing. If I am going to run 13.1 miles in VA Beach in AUGUST, I had best get myself acclimated to the heat. Everything I have read says it takes 7-14 days to get your body used to running in heat. I hope that everything I read is not lying...

Jeff did one round of the trail while Sammy and I sat in the A/C of the van and then we headed home. I was a total filthy person and couldnt wait to hit the shower. As I exited the van, my ankle decided to give me a fit. hmmmmm....this could be not good. It was worse when I was out of the shower and caused me to lie down and ice it for a bit. Samantha made me watch a Care Bears movie which was tortuous but I survived. Jeff taped me up and I was on my way again.

This morning, it was a wee bit better but my trainer has ordered me off it for 2 days. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR......this messes up my schedule. But better to let it heal now than suffer the repercussions later.

Today, I went to a fund raiser for the ladies running with the Marathon ROCKS running group. It was really nice! Lots of vendors selling all sorts of stuff from Pampered Chef to Mary Kay. I helped Sandy with her display and Lynn with some last minute stuff for her booth. Everything looked great. I bought a princess necklace/bracelet for Sammy for her birthday with the princesses...I got Sarah a star necklace (both from Cookie Lee jewelry) and I got a cool language based game from Discovery Toys. All in all, I did pretty well, considering my penchant for shopping.

I actually had a nice chat with Amy, one of the ROCKS coaches and we discussed training and races and such. I found the following words exiting my mouth: "If I decide to go for the full marathon next year, I will definitely be joining you guys for the coaching and support."

THUD.

She was very encouraging at this prospect but I am not sure that I heard what she said b/c my eyes had glazed over and my mind went blank as I attempted to ponder that string of words that I never thought I would utter consecutively. I snapped back to reality and realized that that was a whole year away and I need not worry about that now.

My evening consisted of kicking some major butt on WiiFit slalom skiing and step aerobics. Then, cleaning out my closet and emptying the bins of summer clothes that have been sitting in my room for weeks now...(Ay yi yi I hate that job). Will the excitement ever end???? :)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Rest easy my friends....

...I got the reservation for Cinderella's Royal Table for Sammy's birthday.

PHEW

You can all take that load off your minds now.

Sammy's favorite princess is Snow White. She BETTAH be there!!!!!!!!!!


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Goofy pictures, crappy run, illuminated runners and Disney dreams

The Zooma pictures came in today. I am trying to figure out which one to get blown up to poster size. *giggle*

Here is me being mega-athletic:



Here is me heading to the finish line:



Here is me crossing said finish line trying to avoid death:



So, I did manage to eek out 3.75 miles on Monday somehow. We took Sammy to Rails to Trails and she rode her bike while Jeff and I ran. We raced her at different parts to do some interval training...I mean FARTLEKS...(ok, so I love that term) and I wound up with sore calves and shins on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday was a day of rest and I took full advantage.

Then, Wednesday brought a horrific storm and the first real tornado WARNING that I can remember since we've lived here. Long long story but I had to rip the girls off the bus which was ordered to park on a side street. They were hysterical - especially Sarah who is a weather-phobe. We huddled by the computer watching the weather reports and it eventually passed. It was scary I tell you!!!

End result was NO RUN for me b/c of the pesky lightning. I know, I know, I am a weenie, right? ;)

Sooooo....I decided to delve into the Wii Fit and Jeff and I had fun egging each other on and beating each other's records on the different balance games. I believe that I am the ski champ and a yoga master. Oh and I kick some major butt in hula hooping. Just sayin'.

Anyway - while I dont think that the Wii Fit burns major calories, apparently doing the ski jump 15,674 times in a row will definitely give you tightness in the lower leg area the next day which was today.

So, when I went out this evening for a 40 minute run, I wasnt feeling too great and the tops of my feet were actually sore in a sore muscle-y sort of way. HUMPH Who knew?

But, I did it. And now I will go stretch the crap outta my lower legs because, people, I am supposed to run for 110 minutes either tomorrow or Saturday. Did you hear me???

110 minutes. That is a very long time. Very long. Very very very veerrryyyyy long.




But, that will be something to worry about tomorrow or the next day, right? I am busy trying to iron out details of where to make reservations for Disney. Tomorrow is our 180 out and I need to be up at the buttcrack of dawn (aka 7 am which IS the buttcrack of dawn to me) to call Disney to be SURE we get a seating in the castle for Sammy's birthday. I will have 3 phones on hold in my house and our friendly Small World travel agent will be calling as well. HOPEFULLY someone will get through. I will update everyone on that tomorrow so try not to lose any sleep over it tonight.

I am also contemplating my next race(s). Jeff and I are likely doing the "Midnight Madness" portion of the 20 in 24 relay in Philly on July 19th.



It is an 8.4 mile loop around the beautiful Schuykill River starting and ending at Boathouse Row. It starts at midnight and you are supposed to wear glow in the dark stuff. There are prizes for the "Most Illuminated" runner. That makes me laugh. I can only imagine what this will be like.

Other than that, there are a few 5Ks we might do - Sarah really wants to do one again but I am not comfortable with running ahead of her so I will have to pace her which will actually be a welcome break!

I have to go wash the stank off and get stretching and to bed in order to wake up to do my Disney duty!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Zooma Race Report



I finished my first 10K!

*happy dancing*

Who woulda thunk it, back in January when I was rocked by resolution-style bravery to sign up to run 6.2 miles, that I would actually do it and do it fairly well??

Not me, that's for sure.

We headed up to Annapolis around 11 on Saturday morning, amidst warnings of severe weather beginning around 4. We figured we had plenty of time to seek shelter. :) We went to the mall and wandered around a bit and decided to eat at Red Robin (YUM). While there, the rain started as a torrential downpour. The lights flickered as the thunder boomed. It looked like 8:oo at night when it was only noon.

When we were done, we had to run back a few feet into the mall. I glanced down at my white shirt and realized that this could be bad. I covered my bewbal area with my purse and we ran for it with minimal drenchedness.

We got to the hotel around 4 and checked in. We hung out and waited for Julia and Amy to arrive as they were in an adjoining room to us. Sure enough, they came aknocking as planned and the three of us headed out to the City Dock for dinner with Jen and her friend, Erin. We had a great time (and a great meal - I had ravioli florentine and it was DEE-lish). Jen was hysterical and Erin was a trooper even though we were probably boring her to death with ChubbyChat and running talk!

We walked (and crutched) around a bit before heading back to the hotel around 9.

I laid all my running gear out for the morning, got a 5:45 wake up call and set the alarm for 5:30. YUCK, huh? I got a terrible night's sleep between being paranoid about oversleeping and having to pee.

But, I bounded up right on time and got dressed, lubed myself up with Body Glide and we were on our way!!! My stomach was so nervous, I had trouble choking down my peanut butter on a mini wheat bagel and 1/2 of a banana.

We got to the stadium with plenty of time to spare and there were tons of people. Julia was able to find a front row parking spot to minimize her walking time and distance. We headed to the balloon arch to look for Jen. I saw Sandy and her friends who were planning on walking the race - they looked great and were totally psyched.

We planted ourselves near Jen, in the vicinity of the 11 minute/mile pace balloon and waited for the start. It was SO noisy back there that it was hard to hear much but sure enough, things got started and we were off.

We ran out of the stadium and on flat road for about 13 seconds and then the "rolling hills" started. "Rolling hills" makes me think of golf course hills...you know, the little hills that go up and down in a rolling fashion. These hills, not so much.

I suddenly realized that I did not see the 11 min/mile pace balloon so I thought that I was going really really reallllllly slow. I turned around slightly. There it was. BEHIND me. I was all puffed up with importance at my lightning speed. OK, so that lasted for about 7 seconds when the balloon (and the person attached to it) passed me and left me in the dust.

I think all the balloons must of popped b/c of the humidity - I never saw one again...not even after the turn around.

After about a mile, we went over the Naval Academy Bridge. I got most of the way up the upside and then started to walk and ran down the other side. I started to think bad thoughts like "WHAT am I doing?" "Am I insane?" "I am NEVAH gonna make it."

Finally, at about 2 miles, a water stop. I walked through, took a couple sips, threw my cup in runner-esque fashion and carried on. I have to be honest - from this point on, I was in my zone. I felt great. I was mostly running with a little walking sprinkled in but overall, I was listening to my music, enjoying the scenery and keeping a decent pace. I was trying to stay with people to be sure that I wasnt going slower than I thought. One girl was easy to spot as I SWEAR she ran like a gazelle - not fast but in a definite prancing sort of way with side to side arm movement. I wondered how her shins held up to that running style. I was assessing people's gait and ankle/knee pronation. I was checking out runner fashion. This all made time go by pretty quickly.

It was cool b/c the leaders of the race were starting to come by now and all of us slow people were cheering for them as they passed. I was cheering because I thought that that meant that the turn around HAD to be fairly close by.

I was running behind someone who MUST have been doing the half marathon portion of the race b/c she was LOADED down with her gear belt that had 4 bottles of fluid in it. At one point though, she took a swig and spit right next to her and I ran through it. ICK. She went to take another swig and I yelled "Dont spit on me!" and passed her. I dont know who was exhibiting poor running etiquette there but I didnt want a big orange Gatorade stain on my shoe. One would think that she could have spit into the large area of woods to her left instead of into the incoming traffic on the right, know what I mean??

The turn around and second water stop was around mile 4.5 - WOW! Has it really been 4.5 miles???? Humph. I think I just might make it after all. I saw Amy on the way back as well as Sandy and company. I was at 5 before I knew it. As I came over the crest of one of the biggest hills we came UP (The Overlook), I took my headphones out and enjoyed the crowd - there were lots of people up there cheering for runners. I pretended that I was winning the half marathon and for all they knew, I was. :)

Suddenly, I saw the 6 mile marker and it was almost over. I wondered if Jeff and the girls were at the finish. I got all choked up and almost hyperventilated. Wouldnt it be so embarrassing to hyperventilate and pass out at the finish line?

Anyway, I calmed myself down and saw Julia cheering as I turned the corner and saw the glorious finish. I heard them announce my name - I cant tell you exactly what they said but it was pretty cool that they did that. I crossed the finish as I saw Jeff, Sarah and Sam cheering for me and snapping pictures.

I had to turn in my chip *cough* and Julias *cough* and head out of the gate where they handed me my finishers necklace in a little box which is a silver charm of a running stick figure with long hair and a little tag that says "Zooma 6-1-08" dangling on it.

I ate a little blueberry muffin, cheered Amy in and walked up the hill to the shuttles (aka school bus) to get back to the stadium. The Expo was fun - lots of good gear, great band, free samples of all sorts of stuff, wine (which I didnt drink) and massages (which I did get).

This is "TEAM JUICY" -----v (Julia, Jen, Amy, Me)



We went back to the hotel so I could shower and Jeff packed up. We were home by noon and I planted myself on the couch and slept for 2 hours.

All in all, it was a great but very exhausting day. Finishing the 10K (time was 1 hour 16 mins 21 seconds - my goal was under 1 hour 30 min) was a milestone as well as a stepping stone to my next scheduled race - the Half Marathon!

EDITED TO ADD: Apparently, the time I posted was the wrong time...my CHIP TIME was 1hr 15m 3 secs which is even BETTER so I will take that one instead!!!!!!!!!!