I’ve missed you blog, sort of

I can’t believe it’s been two months since I have posted on my blog.  I’ve thought about it many, many times, but alas something else always seems more important.  I’ve said this before and I will say it again, I’m going to try to do better :).

What’s been going on the last two months?  Funny you should ask.

Had a great girls weekend in Springfield, MO for the Maynard Cohick Half Marathon, first weekend in November, it was me, Tammy, Kim, new half-marathoners Kami and Sheryl!  Woohoo!  We shopped like fiends on Saturday and then ran on Sunday, we had a blast! 

Happy runners!

I have been keeping the BOJ (bundle of joy) on Wednesday nights and usually one day on the weekend or just whenever!  oh what fun, she is the best thing ever!

My sweetie pie!

I threw a surprise party for Stephanie, her birthday is just a few days before Christmas so her birthday has always got muddled up with the holidays, it was a HUGE success, she didn’t have any idea, we had lots of people, food and fun.  I can’t believe I actually pulled it off!

Next came Thanksgiving.  I made the best sweet potatoes ever, got the recipe from Eating Well, low cal, low-fat, yummers, I will make them again.  Kim and I ran that morning and it was warm, like shorts and tees, by that afternoon it was freezing, weird weather as usual.  I guess that’s when the cold weather really started settling in, which I detest.  It has really made me hate getting up and running in the mornings.  My mileage is down, ugh, I’ve got to get back on track.

December 3, me, Kim and Tammy headed to Memphis and Aunt Martha’s for the St. Jude Half Marathon and Full Marathon (Kim).  This is the third year and it may be our last, ready for some new destinations!  The weather forecast was up in the air, changing daily, 30’s, 40’s, windy, rainy, who knew.  By Saturday morning it was 50ish when Kim and I went outside to do a loop around Aunt Martha’s before heading downtown.  Warm enough to ditch gloves, but it was a little windy.  We decided to forego our throw away shirts, I had on a medium weight long-sleeve tech, pants and headband, the girls about the same.  We left for downtown about 6:15 got parked in our same spot as every other year and just sat watching the wind pick up, eek.  We finally decided to head to the start area around 7:20, we needed the bathroom since we had been just sitting and doing nothing.  We realized how much colder it was, oh no, maybe because of the wind, we were all shivering waiting in line for the port-a-potty.

We finally made our way over to corral 9 which we thought was corral 10, no matter there were thousands of people there, we were in a good spot, but still shivering, we could hear the announcer and the music which kept us entertained.  Once 8:00 rolled around we moved a bit, we were COLD, Tammy spotted a pair of pink gloves on the side of the road, people had started throwing off their throw away clothing and we took full advantage, I grabbed the pink gloves and I got one and Tammy got one, oh it was so warm…..

We moved a bit more and I spotted a red fleece jacket, grabbed that, I know what you are thinking, but it was COLD, my back was starting to hurt from shivering!  It was so warm, it must have been an XL, covered my butt!  People were staring at me, I didn’t care, it didn’t smell and it felt like heaven!  I wore it for about the first 2 miles until I warmed up. 

We lost Tammy after about the first mile, we saw her again around mile 8, but Kim and I stayed together until she split off for the Full at mile 12.5.  I had a bad, bad race, my shoulder-blade/back started really bothering me around mile 5-6, it hurt so bad I would have to completely stop running, kneel down and let the pain and nausea pass.  This happened 4 times before I finally finished the race, I think my time was 2:25:xx, it was going so good until the first time I had to stop, Kim stopped with me every time, she is a great running partner 🙂

When I finally finished there were so many people I could not get away, I needed to throw up, I heard Tammy calling my name, I pulled over, knelt down and said “I’m going to be sick” and started dry heaving, I had nothing to throw up but some nasty green bile, yuck, it was disgusting and embarrassing.  We finally made it to the infield of AutoZone park were I laid down on my mylar blanket until the nausea and pain passed.  We decided to go up and try to get something to eat, we knew there would be soup from McAllister’s, that might help 🙂

What a freaking nightmare, way too many people in those stands going to one little exit to get “Runner Food”, it was like we were sardines, horrible, that’s another reason I think we will find something else to run next year, it was chaotic.  They sort of herd you through the food area and you can’t go back, so if you don’t get it right then, too bad.  You’ve got a water bottle in your hand, soup in another hand and you might want a Coke or a piece of pizza, you are trying to juggle all this crap while people are pushing you through, ugh.  Not pretty.

We managed to find a place to sit down and drink our soup, since they don’t give you spoons, I have never liked drinking soup, especially soups with chunks of veggies, that is what a spoon is for.  We probably had a couple of hours to kill so we made it to our car dropped our fuel belts, grabbed our coats and headed to Starbucks.  I was still not feeling my normal self, I had to stop a couple of times and let those pains/spasms, whatever the hell was going on with my back pass.  I have had problems with my back before, but never like this.

We got our coffee and headed back to watch for Kim, we had fun watching crazy Marathoners come in, some did cartwheels, one girl was talking on her phone as she crossed the finish line, some were about to pass out.  It was fun.  We saw Kim come in and we were ready to go!  We found her and headed back to Starbucks and then to Aunt Martha’s to get our gear, we all decided NOT to take showers until we got back to LR, it would take too much time, so three stinky runners piled back in the car and headed home, glad to be finished.

Another half marathon this weekend and the forecast was not looking good at all, 70% chance of rain, but the temps in the 40s/50s.  This race Tammy found for us after we ran in Springfield, it was the Batesville White Christmas Half Marathon, ALL proceeds go to needy families in the area for Christmas, the entry fee is a donation.  It was great!  Very small, I think it’s limited to around 150 participants, which there weren’t near that many people there yesterday. 

Kim came and picked us up at 6am and we headed out in the rain, ugh, the forecast was rain, rain, rain, we were prepared, hats, rain gear, extra clothes for afterward.  Took us about 2 hours to get there since we had to stop at Starbucks and stopped again to ask how to get there.  We were giving great goodie bags, probably better than I’ve gotten in ages, and super cute t-shirts.  No bibs, but they did have timing chips.  We sat inside and watched it rain, we all knew it would probably be a hilly course since Batesville is pretty much all hills and I really wanted a good time after last weekend, but with the rain and hills, I had decided oh whatever, UNTIL…….

We were standing in the start area, headed UPHILL, and Tammy said, hey there aren’t many girls Skipper, you could probably win an age group, Holy Crap!  Why did she say that!  That competitive side of me wanted it!  We took off and what happens, my water bottle falls off my belt, I turn to pick it up and we are LAST! Dead last!  HA!!  Okay, there was not thousands or even hundreds of people, but still, last?  No thank you!  It was an uphill start and it was uphill for almost 3/4 of a mile, but then a nice downhill.  It was only misting rain too, so that was nice, temp in the 50s, so cool.  First couple of miles flew by, we started passing people, yippee!  The course was marked good and then we started hitting hills, and more hills, and more hills, around mile five I was getting hot, had to shed my rain jacket, it was still kind of rainy, but not a downpour, so it was either hot or wet, I chose wet.  It was such a relief to get that hot jacket off.  We were moving, making good time until about mile 8, OMG, the biggest hills, we had to take some walk breaks, but we weren’t the only ones!  We were in a residential area and the hills were non-stop!  We were doing good fuel wise we had gotten some trail mix at around mile 6 and I was drinking G2 regularly.

We were never in a pack of people but we could always see people ahead and behind us and around mile 10 we hear these feet coming up behind us, WTH?  She zooms past us, UH, no way sister!  I looked at Kim and she knew the look, that ain’t happening, no freaking way, so the last 3 miles were speedy, we ended up passing that girl and putting some distance between us, I was dying!  My heart rate was in the high 170s sometimes 180, which is way too high, but I was determined to beat her!  Poor Kimmy, she just ran a Marathon last week and here I am making her push those legs even further!  But she did it, we both did!  We passed these two guys who had been in front of us the whole way, we passed them and I said, “sorry guys we are making a move!”  I loved it!!!

We also passed 2 more girls, probably close to my age group, hard to tell, I was on a mission!  Then, we make the turn and it is UPHILL to the finish, I was done!  I mean I didn’t think I could make it up that stinking hill, I could see the finish, but I was wheezing, my heart was beating out of my chest, but somehow we ran it in!  2:14:23, still not a PR, but I felt good and I knew I was in the awards, yippee!!!

We got our medals, which were awesome too!  Shaped like a snowflake, dated, very nice for such a small race.  Kim had to run inside and I waited to cheer Tammy in and it wasn’t long and her she came!!  2:19:xx  She looked great!  We had a great race and it didn’t pour down on us, how lucky we were!

Once inside they had Chili, Potato Soup, yeast rolls, donuts, cookies, bananas, hot cocoa, it was great! The chili and soup were from Colton’s, yummy, best after race food I’ve had in a while, and they let you go back if you wanted to!  Next were the awards, I just knew we might all get an award, we knew they were 10 year spans instead of 5, so that might not be a good thing and THEN we realized they were only giving first place awards, no second, no third, 😦 

They call out overall Male/Female, 19 and under, 20-29 Male/Female,  30-39 Male/Female, Master, Grand master, my name is never called and the girls we passed, one of them gets an award, what?  I passed her.  But alas, she was in a different age group.  I did not get an award, I was 2nd in my age group, woe is me.  Oh well, we had a great time!  We did a little after race shopping in the Historic Downtown Batesville, even stopped at the tiny little Kroger store.

Once we got home I took a shower and then was blessed with babysitting the BOJ for a few hours, so today, it is so windy, I will not be running, I will be staying inside to do a little housework, ugh, hate it.  Maybe Wednesday I can get outside and rake, oh BTW, I had an estimate for someone to cleanup my leaves, $75.00!  I think it’s too much.