Monthly Archives: January 2016

Maui Oceanfront Marathon

Can I just start by saying this race was an ass kicker?  No?  Okay then, I’ll just let you know how it went.

Our day started at 2 a.m.  James got up, showered, dressed, and prepped for the full marathon. I had to get up to take him to the place where he caught his shuttle bus.  He had to go a few miles up the road as his race was point-to-point, and his bus left around 3:15 a.m.  I was back in bed by 3:30.

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I wasn’t actually able to fall back to sleep after that, so I just laid there and rested until my alarm went off at 4:30.  James had a kick-off time of 5:30.  The half-marathon started at 6:35, and my in-laws came to pick me up at about 5:30 or so to take me to the start line (it’s not a proper race without numerous trips to the port-a-loo before gun time, so it’s important to get there plenty early to stand in the loo lines… over and over again). My father-in-law, Rick, was running the 10K, and his race started at 6:40.  We both had the same start line, both were an out-and-back, and no, we don’t understand why they sent out the faster-paced 10K group after the slower-paced half-marathon group, but whatever.

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Rick and I had a helluva time trying to get a selfie.  Neither one of us could work the camera that early in the morning and it was super dark.  OH!  Of special note… when you start a race in pitch black dark, DO NOT put the lid down on the port-a-loo!!  Just saying!

It all started off wonderfully… the sun eventually started to come up… there was a cruise ship docked with all its lights on that we could look out onto… there was a beautiful sunrise.  But then we got up to the highway with which we were to run our various distances… all 1550 or so runners… on one shoulder of the highway… the busy 2-lane highway.

Unfortunately, a 70-year-old man went down at mile 2.  He was running the 10K and had apparently passed me going out (I started at the back of the pack so as not to interfere with any of the fast runners).  And when the emergency vehicles come with their sirens and lights, what do all the cars on the busy highway do?  They pull over to the shoulder of the road, don’t they… where everyone was running.  But I didn’t have a clue there was a runner down… and this was wrong on so many levels.

I passed that man at mile 2… EMTs were doing CPR on him with chest compressions.  That’s enough to scare the hell out of anyone and disturb their mental game, especially as he was an experienced runner.  Try to shake that sight from your mind while you’re in the midst of a hard-ass run.  It ain’t easy… both my father-in-law and I had to pass him on the ground… and we both were shaken.

Back to the race, running on the slanted shoulder of the highway, I ran about 6 miles into the sun, as it got hotter and hotter (James passed me at his mile 20, my mile 6… we exchanged a kiss).  But no, I promised I wouldn’t complain about the heat, especially as they had aid stations about every 1 to 2 miles with misters to cool you off, although there came a point where the misters just didn’t work anymore, and the aid stations became far and few between.  But, again, I’m not going to complain about the heat because I haven’t been able to run outside for ages, and it’s been awesome…

The bottom line is… I didn’t do enough long runs in my training to pull me through strong (illness, sucky weather, rebelling against the treadmill), and I actually did realize this before the race even started, but this was probably my one and only chance to knock Hawai’i off my half-marathon state list, so I had to do it regardless.

By mile 10, I was struggling.  My feet were swollen and blistered from the heat of the highway.  I started to get super angry… angry with the race, the cars, my feet, the freaking hills, not being able to see any whales… you name it, I was pissed off about it.

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The outcome?  Eventually I crossed the finish line.  Smiling.  My time wasn’t good or pretty, but I made it and I crossed.  And now I get to enjoy a week of fun in the sun.  But I gotta tell you… it was hard as hell getting up the next morning to continue with my run streak… but I did… we both did, and it hurt… badly.

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My son AJ… he slept through it all.

The runner down at mile 2… so far as we know, and from what the race director has told all participants, he survived.  He had a heart attack but was successfully resuscitated.

Not a race I care to repeat… but really happy I did it just this once.

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Pre-Race Jitters

Yes… pre-race jitters.  I have them.  James has them.  It’s that exact energy that propels us to the finish line.  In the meantime, I’m doing what I can to keep from freaking out.  Like sharing my pictures from today, 🙂

We did go for our streak run early this morning.  I wore the GoPro on my head to see how that would work.  It’ll be fun to see what it picked up, but I haven’t had a chance to even see yet.

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Three generations… they all walk the same and have the same leg build.

We wanted to stay off our feet as much as possible for most of the day, although that didn’t seem to happen.  We ended up walking to breakfast.  Did I mention my in-laws from Boise were here also?  James’s dad will be running the 10K.  (We all ran the FitOne Boise Half together in September).

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Breakfast at Slappy Cakes. Carb loading with pancakes!

Then we had to maneuver to downtown Lahaina for packet pickup, which was across from the famous Banyan Tree.  An amazing sight.  There was no expo as this is a relatively small race.

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After packet pickup, we went to the in-laws’ hotel for a small afternoon happy hour, then back to our hotel room to put our feet up.  By day’s end, we had put in just over 6 miles (per my watch).

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Flat me is all ready to run… Go Hawks!

James has arranged for a wake-up call at 2 a.m.  He has to catch the shuttle bus at 3:15 to take him to somewhere 26.2 miles down the road.  He has a start time of 5:00… mine starts at 6:30. And once again I ask myself… why, why, why do I do this… but then I remember… ah yes, it’s for the bling…

 

 

We Have Arrived!

It has been a long and tiring day, but we have finally arrived… happily and joyfully… in Maui! Even the child, who got up at the unholy hour of 5 a.m., is feeling happy-happy-joy-joy!

Things started off great!  Traffic cooperated in Seattle, so we were able to get to the airport with enough time to eat some breakfast before the plane left.  Yay!

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When we finally arrived in Maui around 3 p.m., we went directly to the rent-a-car place. Did you know chickens run wild and free here?  I kept hearing a rooster crow, and I couldn’t figure out for the life of me where it was coming from.  So I had to go investigate.  Indeed… they were just hanging around the parking lots waiting for people to feed them (tourists are so very kind)!

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After that, it was off to the store for supplies for a few days.  And we went on from there to our hotel.

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We were so happy to get to our room finally!

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And yes… James and I are still streaking.  Shortly after I took the above picture in our suite, the two of us were kitted up and on the treadmill, making sure we got in our runs today no matter what (it was too dark to run the outside and unfamiliar territory, although the weather was just gorgeous). And yes, it was semi-painful to have to streak today because we both wanted and were more than ready for our Friday Happy Hour, but we couldn’t start happy hour until after our run.

So, we’ve landed, arrived at the hotel, completed our daily run, and guess what we’re doing now?!! You know it!! Cheers!!

Echoes of My Neighbourhood #2

This is my wonderful little neighborhood….

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The covered bridge at our entrance.

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One of the residential streets…

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The playground…

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The trees right across from my house. I get very nervous when the wind blows (you can see how they tower over the street light)

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The trailhead where most of my runs begin.

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Driving to work I pass a lot of farms. Every year, this particular farmer stacks bales of hay and spray paints “Go Hawks.” Love it!

In response to Jackie’s challenge at A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales, Echoes of My Neighbourhood.  She invites us all to share pictures of our own little corner of the world. Thanks Jackie!

Smashrun Badges

It’s taper week in my household, but we’re still streaking!  After logging my 1-mile run last night on Smashrun, I earned 5 badges.  This is what makes running so fun!  It’s all about the accomplishment and bling!  And Smashrun gives you all kinds of incentives to just keep you going!

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I have earned the “Chill Runner” badge!  I love this!  Everyone knows I’m not a fast runner, although I’m working on improving.  In the meantime, I simply embrace the fact that I actually run period!  What I love about this is the description of the “chill runner!”  Because “I am chill.” Hahahaha!  “I know how to take my time and enjoy my runs.”  Yes!  Amen!

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Another badge I earned was the “Easy Runner.”  Again, read the description!  What a brilliant way to encourage slower runners!  Love!  I laughed so hard and was so appreciative of this badge!  The description sounds almost like the infamous Honey Badger!  I love being associated with the Honey Badger’s attitude!

Okay, there may actually be some hard-core runners out there who think that I’m disrespecting the sport by taking my slow running so light-hearted; not so. I’m slow, but I work hard at getting faster.  It may take me six months to knock another minute off my pace or it may take me a year, but I’m okay with that because I’m faster than I was when I started this journey, and I plan on being faster next year at this time.  When I’m 70, I’ll be the one crossing the finish line at the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run with only 5 seconds until cutoff.

In the meantime, I love being a “Chill and Easy Runner.”  Because that’s how I roll baby!

Sunday Ramblings

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On frozen pond… but soon to be in warm ocean! 🙂

One week from today, James and I will be running in Hawaii at the Maui Oceanfront Marathon, him the full, me the half (just in case you missed that news in every other post I’ve written for the past 3 months).  Gone will be the snow and ice… only sun and fun!  I’ll probably be mostly packed for the trip by day’s end even though we don’t leave until Friday.  I figure, hey, why not. Goodness knows I won’t be needing any of my summer clothes here anytime soon!!

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Our custom bibs for the race came in the mail yesterday.  James’s is because he’s running all 50 states (yes, I’m running all 50 states too, but I won’t get mine until later).  I opted for a different bib… one in honor of my big brother.  He died this past November from cancer.  He loved Maui. He got married there, and he went back every year.  I felt it was appropriate.

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As well, the streak lives on.  Yes, sometimes I only run 1 mile, other times I run more.  I like looking at the overall picture.  While I don’t train for the full-distance marathons, nor do I train to be Speedy Gonzales, I feel these runs are actually helping me to get stronger.  As I said before, I’m getting really good at running 2 miles… now if we can just switch that up to say, “I’m getting really good at running 13.1 miles!” Eh… you never know what the year is going to bring!

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And in other news, the Seahawks won their football game today (so sorry if you’re from Minnesota, but hey).  If you didn’t happen to watch the game, it was unreal.  The Seahawks were leading the game 10-9.  Minnesota had the ball with less than a minute to go.  All they had to do was kick a 27-yard field goal, and the game was theirs.  We’ll just say that The Vikings did not have a good day. (Laces out, people, laces out!)  Seahawks advance in the playoffs to face the Carolina Panthers next Sunday.  The 12th Man Flag will be coming to Maui with us for a little fan support next week.  But… we’ll be in the middle of our races when the game is on, so we might miss the outcome.  Still… very exciting stuff!

Also, James wrote a great article about running apps here just in case you’re shopping around. So if you’re a technical geek (like we are), go check it out!

Hope everyone has had a great weekend!  Are you an extreme sports fan?  Did your football team play today? If you ran Disney, show off that bling!!

A Day Is A Day Is A Day

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Ice warming up on Lake Conner.  It’s like steam…

Some days I’m just not in the mood to be happy and cheerful.  Today was one of those days.  It started off way too early this morning when driving to work.  The roads were icy.  They looked like they were only wet, but they were pure ice.  There were times when I slid across the center line because my tires had no traction.  I’m fast starting to really dislike winter…

Then the internet was down when I got there.  Something was off with Frontier/Hughes Net (our satellite service), but they weren’t owning up to it (and no, I’m not afraid to name names).  The printer/fax/copy machine also decided to go kaput. Hurt animals seemed to come into the facility in droves.  One guy brought in an injured hawk in a compression nylon hose garment thing, keeping its wings pinned to its side.  The poor bird was so stressed by not being able to move, and he had to be cut out of this stupid compression hose thing.  The guy who brought him seemed like a caring person, but this is what he thought was appropriate to contain a hawk… pin his wings to his side.  Bloody clueless is what he was.

As well, some delivery guy backed out over one of the facility’s signs and destroyed it…

And never mind the headless deer at the end of the facility’s drive who had been hit by a car. What the hell happened to its head?!  Oh right… a dog was seen running off with it… What??!!

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Dessert of the week… chocolate pudding snack with whip cream… 😛

But then I got home, had a nice cup of tea, and checked out my WordPress Reader.  Reading so many good stories and blogs seemed to make all my cares go away…

I got to read about:

Just to name a few!!  It was so nice to be able to come out of myself and go far away from my world.  I appreciate you all, and I appreciate what you write.

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Drink of the week… I’m about to go to Maui… keep your flu bugs away from me!!

In other news… I have streaked for 8 days now, for a total of 16 miles.  The mileage will go up a little bit once we hit Maui next week.  And yes!  Only 1 more week until I’m sipping cocktails on the beach… in the warm sun… no snow, no ice… and swimming!!  Swimming in January when I’ve been frozen to the bone since November… I can’t wait!!

In the meantime, to all of you… keep up the great blogging!  You reach a lot of people, and you never know who you might make smile… or make their day with your encouraging words or life lessons!

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