Saturday, October 20, 2012
I did my first half marathon without TIm today. My solo effort had my nerves on edge, as Tim is the one who always works out driving directions, parking, and departure time. The races started at Sawyer Point which is an area that I am only slightly familiar. Thanks to NancyBarbara, my trusty GPS I arrived successfully! The races sells itself as a low key no frills event and I would say that is exactly true. The course was pretty cool, running around downtown Cincinnati. I have never been around Paul Brown Stadium so it was a sight seeing adventure! I started out probably faster than I should have, but was feeling good. The temperature at the start was pretty nice and pretty soon I had worked up a good sweat. The first 9.5miles of the race were pretty I eventful, and then it started to drizzle and the wind really picked up! At this point I was on the stretch that runs along the Ohio River and was hating every second of the breeze. By mile 10 I was shivering cold and wet. It wasn't supposed to rain! Here is where I fall apart. I hadn't been running more than twice a week, so I was a little undertrained but had been getting in a weekly long run, so I knew that I could go the distance. Unfortunately the cold rain made my legs cramp, BAD! My quads, calves, and hamstrings were cramping, in both legs! Every step was painful! I started feeling sorry for myself and putting on a little pity party, which resulted in not taking full breathes and causing dizziness! Not one of my brighter moves! I gave myself permission to walk the rest of the race with the coal of moving slow, breathing deep, and being thankful for the ability to be able to finish! I finished, slow and steady. My legs feel really beat up and sore. I dread what they will feel like tomorrow! I have no pic of me because all I wanted to do was get in the car and get warm!
Monday, July 16, 2012
My summer numbers / goals: run 107 / 125, bike 1000 / 563, swim 8 / 25.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
This past weekend we did a two day bike ride totaling 116 miles! We started by camping in a small park on Friday night, there were no campfires with smores, but it was fun just the same. We rode our bikes from Preston, Iowa to Dubuque, Iowa. The photo above is the elevation map of the ride. It was VERY HILLY! There was one grand hill called, "The Wall." We did this ride two years ago and I skipped The Wall, so this year I went right for it! I am proud to say that I made it!! Saturday night spent the night in Dubuque and then rode back to Preston on Sunday. The ride home was DIFFICULT because most of the ride was either uphill or right into a strong wind. There were times when I found it difficult to keep my bike going in a straight line because of the wind. It was a great weekend! As always Tim took great care of me. He hauls all of our electrolyte and sodium needs. I'm a very lucky gal! I don't have any photos yet, so I'll do a blog with just photos. Tim got some good shots. Here are my numbers / goals: Run 37 miles - goal is 125. Bike 340 miles - goal is 1000. Swim 5 miles - goal is 25. P.S. The bottom and legs are still sore!
Monday, June 4, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
In the last month I have done two things that I am very proud of: 1. I ran 20 miles. 2. I ran the Hawkeye 25k Race Course. I wasn't sore at all after the 20 miles, but was REALLY feeling the pain after the 25k. If you are doing the math real quick on your fingers, ( I teach 2nd graders so find finger counting perfectly acceptable) 20 miles is more than a 15K. The 15K was on trails and had some hills, thus the difference. I always joke by telling Tim, "Deb loves hills." Nothing could be further from the truth, but maybe some day I will convince myself! As a result of this pain, I had very low milage this week. I had 1.5 miles in swim, 0 on the bike - sorry Betty ( Betty White is the name of my bike - remember I teach 2nd graders - I am full of names and sayings) and 25.5 miles of running.
My totals are: swim 1.5, bike 27.3, and run 25.5. My goals before the start of next school year are: 25 miles of swimming, 125 miles of running, and 1,000 miles on Betty.
On the lupus front, I have an appointment with the urologist this week. I am having some issues that I believe are lupus related. I always wonder if I should just come out and tell the doctor what I think the problem is, or give them the info and wait for them to tell me. I had a primary care physician who loved it when I would come for a visit because we had a deal worked out that I wouldn't tell him what I thought, just symptoms and then we would compare our answers. We often had the same answers. I miss him, he took a job as a hospital administrator. I'm thinking that I will probably tell the doc what I think is going on, since I have read that it is common among women with lupus. Lucky me!
Actually, I am lucky to be alive to be experiencing this, so I won't complain!
Friday, April 6, 2012
I'm dusting off the blog and going to use it for some goal setting. I like to swim, run, and bike.. so here are some goals: Between now and the start of the 2012 - 13 school year I want to: Swim 25 miles, run 125 miles, and bike 1,000 miles! I have done two bike rides this week totaling 27.3 miles.