Tuesday, August 23, 2016

For the Record

 Sometimes I use my blog as a memory jogger.  So I can't let this year go by without documenting this event.  From the beginning of the year list where I asked the question:

So what would I do in 2016 if I could do anything I wanted?
One answer was I would run a half marathon-- with a friend or two.

While the sky is apparently falling, Ms Brenda and two friends prepare to run the Yellowstone Half Marathon
So after downloading a couch to half workout schedule, months of preparation, one lost toenail, one embarrassing trip to the dressing room at Scheel's to try on compression shorts, and numerous hours spent reading about running and listening to audiobooks on long runs, I actually got to the starting line of the Yellowstone Half Marathon.  With a friend from work and my daughter.
We bought matching running shirts.
This girl flew out from Baltimore and stuck with me the entire race.  And documented each one of the thirteen miles we traversed.
Mile one.
And seriously, my glasses were steamed up like this most of the race.  And it was much harder than I thought it would be.  And I was thirsty a lot.  And I might have whined.  And walked more than I planned to.
Mile 8.  Really.
But I also ran.  A half marathon.

And I stayed on my feet until mile 11.      And then I fell on my face.  
But I got back up and brushed myself off (literally) and I kept going.  Like I was some kind of Olympic athelete.
And I finished,  And I got a medal.  A finisher's medal.  Because I finished.
And we wore the medals all the next day.  (And maybe parts of the next several days.)  And we posed in front of a giant jackalope and the American flag.  
And sang the star spangled banner.  

And when I showed my medal to a competitive friend of mine, he said, "Oh, did everyone get a medal?"  And I said, "No, they only gave them to people who finished."  

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Add to the list

Is organize my recipes on the list of things I would do if I could do anything?  Well it should be. Today I threw out 30 recipes.  And then I threw out 30 more.  It didn't make a dent.  But I allowed myself to feel accomplished anyway.  Then I took a nap.  Because I didn't feel like cooking anything.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A thought about compression pants

In order to prevent chafing I bought a pair of capri length compression pants. Compression pants are supposed to help my circulation as well as prevent chafing when I run.  Putting them on is like putting on a pair of Spanx.  And running outside in them is like wearing your Spanx on the outside of your clothing--in terms of both comfort and fashion. Today I discovered an added benefit.  When I put on my compression pants and stand with my feet a little more than shoulder width apart I have a thigh gap.  Go me!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Almost Half Way

The half marathon training is approaching the half way point.  My long runs have been 6 miles each of the last two weeks.  Last week 6 miles seemed about 3 miles longer than 5 miles.  This week six miles seemed like 6 miles.
I bought new running shoes. I looked at all the advice online to have them fitted by a professional and then I ordered them online.  They are fine.  And they are trimmed in lime green.
Next I will be shopping for approriate head gear.  Can't imagine I will wear a hat, so I am concentrating on headbands.  The running world is full of things to research and spend your money on.  
Have a running playlist and learned to use the track exercise feature on my fitbit app on my phone.
Mercy Me sings :  I am learning to run freely,  Understanding just how He sees me.  Think I will have to figure out audio books if I am going to run 13 miles.
In other news, I booked a flight 'Back East' for Mother's Day.  Going to spend a week with my Mom. Drinking iced tea.  All good stuff.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

End of week 5

This week was the beginning of lent. In which I gave up television. It was also the end of week 5 of my half marathon training.  Yesterday was long run day.   4 miles.  My running buddy called me during the last two miles and we chatted to confirm that I was running at a conversational pace.  I logged 20000 steps on my fit bit.  I earned a hi top badge.  Truthfully i expected a little more recognition.  Today was a rest day so I just thought about running without actually moving.  And i googled things related to running.  Some thoughts I need to share with my running buddies:  1.  evidently we need to invest in something called body glide to guard against chaffing.  2.  I read an article on how to take a better race photo.  Must remember to smile.   3.  I think Smokey Bear might be there for race day.  We are totally getting a picture with him.   Also, compression pants are not for the weak of heart.  Next I  will be shopping for matching race day outfits.  Photographers are drawn to brighter colors.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Throw back Thursday

Dear Amanda  H.,
Just wanted to to apologize for giving you one of the most popular girl's names in the late 80's.  Sorry that there are still people who probably think of you as Amandaaich. [Would it help you to know that my second choice was Amelia and I ruled it out because of Amelia Bedelia?]   Also I would like you to seriously consider running the Yellowstone Half Marathon with me this summer.  I am in my fourth week [of 20] of couch to HM training and I have registered and procured a site to set up my tent in West  Yellowstone. And I have been online browsing compression shorts.  So you can see that I am pretty serious about this.  I am not getting any younger and you will be having kids and time is short for us.  And I will let you win like I used to when you were little.
                               Your MOM

P.S.  my favorite part of your drawing is that you are kick splashing water in my face.  You may have been a brat.  Love you anyway.  M.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Left To My Own Devices

In the last month I have acquired a new kindle fire, a new iPhone 6 and a new Samsung tablet.  I now have no idea how I will take and/or store photos, listen to music, or even read a book.  I think I will knit.