Battleship 12k – Race Recap

 

Other than participating in the Old Glory Relay the past two years, this has to have been the most patriotic race/run I have done.

We started the weekend off with a run and breakfast (posted here) on Saturday before heading to Spanish Fort, AL to pick up our race packets for the Battleship 12k.  We usually take a picture with our bibs and today would be no different, other than I wouldn’t behave and the Hubs had to take like 20 pictures to get one that was ‘postable’!!

As we were heading out the RD asked if we had found our names on the back of the shirt??  What??  You know us??  You put OUR names on the back of the race shirt??  So of course we stopped in the lobby to see what he was talking about.  Each runners name was listed on the back of the shirt in a flag formation…AND we found our names!!

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It was early to bed and early to rise, we had a 45 minute drive to the start line.

We arrived in our (mine, really) hour before start time manner, parked, stayed in the car with the heater on for a few minutes before heading up the hill for a Team RWB photo (which I cannot find!).  Once we were near the start we were approached by Wear Blue to Remember asking if we would participate in the Circle of Remembrance…ummmm, we’re not going to say no!!

She handed us each a strip of paper with a name on it.  As she handed me my strip of paper, she said ‘this is a very dear friend of mine.’  As everyone drew into a circle, she stated that we were reading the names of the 67 men that were KIA during the second battle of Fallujah. Each name was read aloud, it was soon my turn and I could not read the name with out crying… 2nd Lieutenant James P. “JP” Blecksmith ❤️🇺🇸💙  and the Hubs read…Sergeant Adrian E. Hike ❤️🇺🇸💙.  The lady in charge made her way to me, gave me a hug and told me thank you.  I tucked the names in my belt to carry with me to the finish.

With a few minutes before the start we found our friends, selfie’d, hugged and headed to line up with plans to see each other at the finish.

The race was a point to point run with shuttles that would bring us back to the parking area at the start.  the weather was a little on the chilly side with a slight drizzle and some FAWG (I’m typing this with Katie’s southern accent!).  My plan was to run my 4:1 run/walk intervals.  The Hubs was going to do his thing while carrying the flag.

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USAF Retired – Veteran – Patriot – Warrior

We were off and I stuck to my intervals.  I stopped at miles 4 and 6 for photos and sent them to the Hubs so he would know that I was on my way, hopefully just not too far behind him…RIGHT!!!  I need work on the selfie game at mile 4, what happened to the 4??  I used to be good at this??!!  And can you see the Battleship in the background at mile 6??  It looks soooo far away!!

The last 1.5 miles made this run worth it!!  At mile 6 you can see the USS Alabama across the bay as you approach the bridge, as you make your way to the top of the bridge you can see the flag lined entrance to the Battleship Memorial Park, you make your way around the park you find yourself alongside the battleship for a picturesque finish!!  The Hubs was there to greet me and handed me the flag to carry across the finish line.

 

We got to visit with Jenny and Eric, Katie, Heather, Kari, Dan-el and Holly!!  Everyone got their medal shot with the battleship in the background and we headed for the shuttle line…can you say LAST bus, but the fun bus!!!

I stuck to my planned interval and managed what I thought was a decent time 5 weeks post op.

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And the boys deserved a finisher’s photo…

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2017 was the third running of the Battleship 12k and the medal represented the Navy.  They plan to recognize the rest of the services and first responders in the next few years, with the Air Force being the medal in 2018.

**Race Date:  12 November 2017**

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Post Hysterectomy – Weeks 4 and 5

Week 4 Check Points

Encouraging words for the week – It may be hard to believe, but you are in the home stretch of recovery! Weeks of preparing and recovery are behind you, and the future holds healthy days ahead.

I left a lot of the info in for the HysterSister checkpoints this week just so you could see what information is passed.

SPOTTING AND ODOR
Any vaginal bleeding that you experienced in the first couple weeks should be slowing down or perhaps completely gone by now, though you may still notice some spotting. You may also notice some unpleasant vaginal odor, but remember that douching is not allowed, regardless of the discharge and smell.

An increase in spotting or bleeding can be a sign that you are doing too much too soon. Also, an odor that lasts for more than a couple days, or that is accompanied by fever and/or colored discharge, could indicate an infection.

MINI PERIODS

If you had a partial hysterectomy and kept at least one ovary, bleeding at this point could indicate you are having a mini period. If you have concerns, you can check with your surgeon about the possibility of continued periods post-hysterectomy.

INTIMACY

You and your partner may have a lot questions about resuming intimacy after your hysterectomy. “Is my vagina shorter?” “How do I deal with a hesitant husband?” These are normal concerns, and your surgeon and HysterSisters can help you with these questions.

PREPARING FOR YOUR POST-OP APPOINTMENT

If you keep a notebook and pen close by, you can write down any questions or concerns you want to discuss with your surgeon at your upcoming post-op appointment. You might ask about returning to work, starting hormone replacement therapy (HRT), resuming bathing, and handling menopause symptoms.

GETTING FIT

Right now, you may also be thinking about how to make better choices for better health in the future. You can begin by slowly lengthening the distance and speed you are walking, learning Kegel exercises, and learning to eat well. You may also want to consider adding vitamins and supplements as recommended by your doctor.

STAYING OPTIMISTIC

If you find yourself crying and even throwing a few temper tantrums, don’t be discouraged. You have been through a lot and your body simply needs time to heal and adjust to all the changes. When you check in with your HysterSisters on your Progress Recovery thread, you’ll likely find they have shed some tears and stomped their feet a time or two as well!


Luckily, I really haven’t had any issues during recovery!!  I have started HRT and have been prescribed a compounded cream that I apply to my forearms or inner thighs every night before bed.  I’m pretty sure that I have the Getting Fit down!!   Next week, Week 5, I am scheduled for my post op exam…fingers crossed everything is as it should be!!!


Monday –  2.4 miles

WALK only this evening!! Those Run/Walk intervals (7.45 miles) on Sunday had my legs all sore and stuff!!

Today was my first day back to work in a month, all my stuff was where I left it!!

I have been trying to remember to use the Charity Miles app this month for Team RWB, how is that working out…not so much!! I have to remember to turn it on!!!

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Tuesday – 5.03 run miles / .38 walk miles

It’s all about balance…LIFE!!  The Hubs worked from Panama City today which meant were were able to put in a little road work together this evening!!

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Friday – 3.10 run/walk miles

Last night was the Hubs’ birthday so I traveled to Pensacola for dinner and the weekend!!  On Friday morning his company hosted a Veteran’s Day 5k in which the proceeds went to the USO of Northwest Florida… so of course we participated!!

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Saturday – 5.38 run miles / .42 walk miles

We ran the streets before breakfast at Polonza Bistro in Downtown Pensacola this morning.  Of course we had cawfee, macchiatos to be exact and I enjoyed the Toad in the Hole!  My plate consisted of two fried eggs in homemade sourdough toast topped with arugula, bacon, parmesan, and red wine vinaigrette… I added avocado!!  Delicious if I must say!!

 

 

After Breakfast we headed to Spanish Fort, Alabama for packet pickup for the Battleship 12k.  I have wanted to run this race the last 2 years and it’s finally happening, mind you this is only the third year for it and we are forgoing the Pensacola Half Marathon to do so.  I wanted to run a NO KIDDING military related race for Veteran’s Day this year.  The Pensacola Half Marathon does recognize current and retired military members by placing a service badge on your bib, but it is NO WHERE NEAR as patriotic as the Battleship 12k.

 

 

Sunday – 7.45  run/walk interval miles

There is so much to say about this race that it will have its own post up next!!

We participated in the Circle of Remembrance with Wear Blue to Remember, met up with some runner buds, some old, some new and we posed at the finish line.

 

Week 5 Check Points

You should be on your way to feeling well again! Here are some things that may be good to add to your to-do list as your energy starts to return.

SHOWING THANKS

WALKING

RETURNING TO WORK

GETTING BACK INTO YOUR CLOTHES

BABY STEPS – Continue to be patient with yourself and your recovery. Take each day one at a time and don’t expect too much too soon.


I cannot begin to say how THANKFUL I am for everyone that has checked in on me, texted, called, sent a card and commented on my posts.  I say THANK YOU to all of you!!

You know that I have been walking and somewhat running and that it has been going well.  I also have been back at work for a week now and everyone has been wonderful.  I have been living in stretchy pants and dresses, unless I’m walking, for the most part at home!!  I has been nice to actually get dressed and go to work, I’ll admit that I didn’t wash my hair much the month that I was off!!!


 

Monday –  Post Op Exam Appointment

That’s a big ‘ol thumbs up… 5 weeks post-op and the doctor just cleared me for ALL the things!!! I am so excited that I can finally do all the twisty stretches, add back all the miles, and lift the heavy things!!

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Tuesday – 2.01 run miles / .50 walk miles

Is reverse negative splits a thing?? Would that make them positive splits if read backwards or are they still negative, just in reverse??!! I managed 2 miles straight, no intervals at 10:21 then a 10:48…what, whoa🐎?! Added a .5 mile walk for a total of 2.5 miles.

 

 

Thursday – Turkey Trot 5k  (3.06 miles)

I trotted for my turkey!!! Turkey Trot 5k this afternoon was a little short, but I ran those 3.06 miles straight!! This race was put on by the Tyndall AFB Fitness Center, no medals but when you cross the finish line they give you a number, if they draw your number you get a turkey!!

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Saturday – 27th Annual Draggin’ Tail 18 Mile Challenge

Draggin’ Tail bay-be!! Let’s get this straight…I am NOT running 18 miles!! I am going for 5-6 run miles, kissing the Hubs off for his remaining 12 miles, and turning around for 5-6 run/walk intervals back to the start where I will sit and wait for Ricky G!!

 

In the end… I walked away with 12.22 miles in 2:22 and the Hubs pulled off 3d in AG for the 18 miler in 3:22.

Let me know…

Have you heard or do you use this invite-only blogger Tailwind group??  It is being used by bloggers to boost Pinterest and Blog traffic??  Does anyone still use Pinterest??  I did not know Pinterest could be used to boost blog traffic??  I’m still unsure!!

 

My Post Hysterectomy (non) Running Life…

It has been 10 days since my last post and 2 weeks post-op…

In being transparent with my condition, I  am posting the pictures provided by my doctor of the cysts that were causing such an uproar to my system and the findings, so brace yourself.

There, that’s out of the way!!  The upper two pictures are of my 10.1 cm cyst on the right ovary, the bottom left are a few polyp/fibroids, and the lower right is my ruptured chocolate (blood filled) cyst on my right ovary.  You can read all the stuff on the report that was going on in there…just so crazy.

I assume I had been asking the wrong doctor about my weight gain that started back in November 2016, I talked to my Endocrinologist then, in May 2017 and again at my appointment on August 8, 2017.  I thought it could be connected to my thyroid condition or even hormone related (he specializes in thyroid and hormone care per the commercial!) due to my age.  I was told to move more, keep a food diary and at my last appointment he prescribed Metafomin, helps with blood sugar and aids in weight loss, thank goodness I never took that…I had no symptoms of high blood sugar??!!

By the time the bleeding that started August 9 – and lasted through September 25 got out of hand and I called for an appointment with my PCM on September 12, there were no appointments available for 3 weeks!!  And there was no provider in the women’s clinic!!  On September 19 I was able to get an acute clinic appointment and that PA ordered an ultrasound…Thank you PA Morris!!  He is no longer at the clinic, his contract expired.

Due to the findings on the ultrasound I was able to receive care at an off-base provider that worked me in after a pelvic episode on September 27, I am so thankful for that!  It was upon seeing him that he enlightened me of my condition.  I served over 20 yrs in the military, had all my yearly appointments and my exit (retirement) exam and never, ever, never was I told that I had endometriosis or anything of the kind…how, just how??!!

Apologies for the rehashing, but on a brighter note…the poison is gone and I am improving everyday!!  I have gone from 162 lbs to 149 lbs since surgery and hope to eventually get back to my fighting weight!!

I return to the doctor November 13 and will be crossing my fingers that I will have the all clear for returning to running!!

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Oh, I also got BANGS!!!  Not during surgery, but during a hair appointment!!

The doctor cleared me to walk at my 1 week post-op appointment on October 18 and I have been working my way up to a 5k!!

Friday, October 20 –  1.3 miles

And this week…

Monday – 2.29 miles

Tuesday – 1.5 miles

Wednesday – 3.10 miles!!!

And yes, I’m sporting my Chicago Marathon shirt since I trained my insides out for that race and was unable to run it!!  I put in all the training miles and I’m wearing it!!

Thursday – Rest Day

Not sure what the rest of the week holds, but I am cleared to walk the Run to Margaritaville 5k on Sunday!!

Let me know…

What’s on your Christmas wishlist??   Sporty and non-sporty!!  Is there something that you ask for year after year??  What’s that one, totally off-the-wall thing you would ask for if you thought there was that one chance that it would be left under the tree??

I know, it’s still October, but I have had a lot of down time and still have more to go!!

Oh My…Chicago

First let me say ‘Thank You!’ to everyone that has reached out to me in the last few weeks.  You don’t know how much your comments, texts, and messages have meant…I truly feel loved.

NOW, let’s get on with that trip to the Windy City!!

We flew in on Thursday and did a few touristy things before all the runners came to town.

We snapped a welcome picture, visited Willis Tower, and had dinner at Pizzeria Uno!!  Not bad for out first day in Chicago.

On Friday…

We let the boys sleep while we headed to the Expo Friday morning and can I just say…it was crazy!!  We picked up our packets and walked the floor, but the best part was meeting up with fellow runners that we only knew from social media.

 

We met up with Karin (runner girl_1210) and shuttled to the expo where we were greeted with hugs from Roxanne (canyonrico) and her husband Tony (not pictured) we made our way to the KT Tape exhibit and while waiting for Roxanne to get taped we ran into Carly (scnoogle).  Let me just say…there were A LOT of people!!

Adding to the mix, Mandie and Lacy we met in Baton Rouge 2 yrs ago at the Louisiana Marathon…small world!!  You may recognize the Afanador’s, Eddie (runningrican65), Myrna (fitnessjunkie66) and Eddie Jason (eddie1452),  from our Nashville adventures the past 2 yrs and FINALLY…Jen (asthma_tatted_runner__jen)!!  But we’re not done yet!!

We were able to meet our Nephew Auggie (justrunchicago)!!

Once we were satisfied that we had seen all there was to see at the expo we went to grab the boys and some lunch.

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I wish I could show you the Italian Beef sandwich, but it just kind of disappeared!!  And the Chicago Dog that the boys had…gone just as fast!!  I must say that those Chicago must eats were something to write about!!

We met up with with a few runners for dinner at Weber Grill and some how I have not proof of that happening on my phone.  I’m pretty sure it was due to the conversations.

The walk to the hotel was filled with all the lights and sounds of the city, I don’t think I have ever been somewhere that people constantly honk their horns, but then again I’m not from a big city.

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And then it was Saturday… 

I get to walk the International Chicago 5k!! We were up and ready to meet Karin, I must say she was a trooper to hang with up (Ricky G) this weekend, I don’t think she knew what she was in for??!!  Here come all the 5k pictures!!

Upper Left to Lower Right:  Of course it’s dark walking to the start, but you can see we are twinning with our socks!!  We had to get a shot of the theatre, who wouldn’t.  Pretty sure we were on the lakefront, but I was too busy enjoying my walk!!  And bamagirlruns picked me out of 6k people to ask how I was and give me a hug, she had good eyes!!  And yes, it’s ALL ABOUT ME coming into the finish, hands in the air!! And a thumbs up finish for these two hanging with me for that 46ish minute walk.  Let me tell you, walking is no joke, my hips and shins were yelling at me after this.  I guess running is easier…

Now for the party!!  There was a We Run Social meet up after the 5k and can you say the who’s who on IG.  I don’t think I met anyone new because I was overwhelmed with the people I already knew.  And we were part of the Procompression sock circle.

That afternoon we took the Architecture Boat Tour of the city and learned a lot about the city, not that I remember too much, but that guy talked for 70 minutes!!

We had dinner at Petterino’s with several friends and met a few new friends from another table.  I had the 100 Layer Lasagna even though I didn’t need all the carbs!!

And on to RACE DAY…

We chased Karin and Rick around Chicago!!  Thanks to Karin’s husband Donny, he mapped out four places for us to be able to meet up with them on course.  The boys were excited to ride the train and I think watching 44k runners tackle 26.2 miles was just as exciting.

We took the Red Line to mile 4, walked a block to mile 11, took the Blue Line to mile 17, walked almost a mile to mile 20 and took the train back to the the finish area.

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Chicago Marathon Finisher!!

Now let’s see all the Fat Head Photos…he carried that Fat Head the entire 26.2 miles!!

If that’s not love I don’t know what is!!!

Sunday night we ate around the corner from our hotel at Pizzano’s, yes…Pizza again!!

And then we played tourist on Monday…

We slept in a little on Monday, just a little.  we ran into Beth (sunflowerrun16) and Fritz at Starbucks, ate breakfast with the Afanador’s and woke the boys for Navy Pier, the Planetarium and Buckingham Fountain.

But don’t you fear, I will leave you with our last meal in Chicago…Shake Shack!!

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And the best Banana Pudding…Magnolia Bakery.

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I would apologize for all the food pictures, but being that I am on a liquid diet for our return trip home on Tuesday…nah, you needed to see all the food!!

I am scheduled for surgery on Wednesday, 11 October and will follow up with all of you after my post-op on Wednesday, 18 October.

Let me know…

If you have to take time off from exercise, what is it that you do??  

Cat wrote a blog about podcasts and I’m going to give that a shot with all my down time.

Week 15 – Chicago Marathon Training

Let’s see how it went…

Spoiler Alert!!!  I will not be running the Chicago Marathon…read on if you want to know.

Monday – 3 miles  3.20 miles

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Imagine my surprise when I checked the plan and it read 3 MILES!!!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday – Rest and Stretch

After the events of the end of the week, I don’t even remember what happened on Tuesday!!

Wednesday – 5 miles   5.28 miles

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I actually hit the road a little later this morning since my miles have been dialed back.  This run felt easy and I had no issues what so ever… little did I know this would be my LAST RUN for a few months.

 

 

 

Thursday – 3 miles   Surgery Scheduled

I’ll try to keep this short and condensed… I have been trying to get a doctor’s appointment since August, I have basically been on my period since August 9th, at least I thought it was my period.  I have Tricare Prime insurance and due to where I live I am to be seen on the Air Force Base.  After multiple attempts and being that there was either no provider or no appointments available and they would not refer me downtown, I finally got an appointment on September 22 after I said I was bleeding to death (basically)!!

I had a 515p appointment, but after the doctor read the appointment notes I was called to come in to be worked in between patients because the lab and radiology would be closed at the time of the appointment.  Finally, someone that seems to be concerned.  I had an ultrasound of my abdomen and pelvic area.  The results were not what I was expecting, but I was relieved after I had basically been asking about body changes since November 2016.  My description – I am basically growing a small fruit stand in my abdomen/pelvic area!!  A referral was put in for a GYN and I received that on Monday!!  The only quick thing that’s happened in regards to this.

I had an excruciating episode driving home on Wednesday afternoon, I called Tricare in order to go to the ER due to the PAIN and was told to take Tylenol and call back if anything changes!!  I called the GYN on call provider hoping maybe they could help.  Since I had not been seen there yet, they could not prescribe me any pain medication, but were able to pull up my referral and would work me in for an acute appointment on Thursday morning.

Thursday morning and if feels as if I had done 1000 ab exercises and had a water balloon swishing around in my abdomen.  We made it to the GYN, spent about an hour with the doctor and was told ABSOLUTELY NO RUNNING.  He does not know how I was able to train and not cause injury to myself???  Those back pains, totally related to my condition and not in my head.  The period that won’t end, not what I thought could be related to menopause, but also not normal.

I have pre-op scheduled for 4 October, Chicago 5-10 October and surgery 11 October.  I have been cleared to leisurely walk the 5k and that is it!!  Currently, I am scheduled for a total hysterectomy  with a possible lymphoid dissection  and omentectomy, the last two depending on test results.

Let’s just say, that my organs are so enlarged that he assessed me at being equivalent  to 5 months pregnant.  So that marathon midsection I mentioned a few weeks back, wasn’t due to training, but was definitely  made worse due to my training.

Am I sad, YES but I am so thankful that I wasn’t running the streets of Chicago and end up in the hospital.  I will cheer on the Hubs and hug him hard at the finish, someone has to finish what we started!!

Friday – Rest and Stretch

Moved as little as possible.

Saturday – 8 miles  Monthly Miles

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What I’ll be missing… I’m a little sad that the below scheduled races will be missed, but my life is not worth the risk.  I am hoping that I will recover quickly and find myself on the road in December, for a January race.  Fingers Crossed!!!

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Ask and I’ll let you know…

I want to be transparent about what is going on and with my recovery, I will answer your questions, if I have an answer, it may be after my surgery that I know more and exactly what is/was going on inside.

Tell me something GOOD that happened to you this week!!

Week 14 – Chicago Marathon Training

Let’s see how it went…

Monday – 5 miles   4.16 miles

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I loved my Mermaid hat so much from Sunday’s long run that I had to wear it again on Monday!!   I tried switching things up a little and ran my normal route in reverse…it was a little backwards!!

 

 

Tuesday –  Rest and Stretch  Just Lazy!

But I had a nice surprise in the mailbox!!  We received our Chicago International 5k Bibs!!  I’m pretty sure this is the pre-party to the marathon??!!

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Wednesday – 8 miles   8.19 miles

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Yep, I’m winning!!  I managed to get out early enough to get all 8 miles on the plan for today!!  My pace was 2 seconds faster than last week, which makes it 16 secs overall, right??!!  Not much, but it’s the little things!!

 

 

Thursday – 5 miles   5.02 miles

The Hubs was over in PC for work so we were able to run together for this one.  I tried out my Houston Strong Runningluv…love it!!  I got 5.02 miles and he logged 8.59, he’s an overachiever!!  Look closely and you can see my gum!!

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Friday – Rest and Stretch   Eat and Nap!!

Actually, I don’t even remember where we ate dinner??  But I’m pretty sure I was in the bed by 9p!!

I’ve been having some female issues for some time, since August 9th to be exact and I was finally seen today.  As a retired military veteran, I am seen at a military treatment facility, but due to being a retiree/veteran I am low man on the totem pole when it comes to getting appointments.  I  by no means overuse the facility, I actually can’t remember the last time I had an appointment for myself??  I see an off base provider for my thyroid issues.  I basically had to say I was dying in order to get an appt/test to which I was told that there was not one available to read the test once finished, so expect a call on Tuesday…I really hope I’m not dying!!

Anyway, I did receive a call around 6p in regards to my test in which they are referring me to an off base provider and the waiting game starts…good thing I’m not dying!!  I will provide more information once I have more information which likely won’t be until after we run Chicago!!  But if you don’t mind, cross your fingers and toes for me!!

Saturday – 9 miles   10.05 miles

AHHHHHHH, how nice to have a single digit LONG run!!!  But we wouldn’t be us if we didn’t take it to double digits!!

We were still awake at 4a, but didn’t hit the road until close to 530a.  We actually had a cool breeze for most to the run and we had some fun with the Halloween blow-ups in the last mile.

And we are kissing this run goodbye…

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We also ran the #IrmaReliefRun but forgot to print our bibs.  Unfortunately, this virtual race only raised $4000 vs. the $55k that was raised for Harvey.  I wish it was just a little bit more, but I feel good that we did our part.

 

Sunday – Rest and Reset

It was nothing but chores and food prep today.  It has been a few weeks since I’ve had this much time at home on the weekends, it has been spent on the roads!!

Here is what is on the menu:

Instant Pot HB Eggs, Bacon, Chick Pea Budda Bowls w/Quinoa , Honey Sriracha Glazed Meatballs w/Orzo, Carrots and Chicken Breast w/roasted vegetables and Grapes.

 

You guys…I really only have one more week to post before we are on our way to Chicago!!  I’m pretty sure I will be too busy to blog while I’m up north??!!  How crazy is it that I’m about to run the streets of Chicago with 39,999 Runner Buds!!!

Let me know…

Do you have a hat hoarding issue??  Or what running/sporting gear do you hoard??  Do you get nervous before a race, ANY race??

Week 13 – Chicago Marathon Training

Let’s see how it went…

Monday –  5 miles

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Gotta love it when the Monday training run goes as planned and when the Hubs is in town for Storm Duty still!!

Got my new Hoka Bondi 5s and I’m loving the color and the cushion!!

 

 

Tuesday – Rest and Stretch

I know I didn’t run, but I really don’t remember what I did??!!

Wednesday – 8 miles

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And YES!!  Finally, that elusive mid week 8 miler was had today!!

I was so excited that I was able to get myself out the door with enough time to NO KIDDING log the miles that were on the plan!!

 

 

Thursday – Rest and Stretch

I swapped Thursday and Friday this week.  I really didn’t want to visit ‘Ol Milly, it’s been so nice hitting the road and I knew I had the opportunity to go in late on Friday, so…

Friday – 5 miles

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I ran Thursday’s mile today!!  A couple of loops around the neighborhood got me the 5 miles needed and yes, it is still hawt and humid in Florida!!

 

 

 

Saturday – Rest and Reset  Cardio Shopping/4 mile walk

Well, not exactly a rest and reset day, but I did end up with a few fall outfits.  And I logged 4 miles walking the outlets doing all that shopping!!  Actually, my purchases were only from two stores.

I was trying hard to coordinate and make sure that I had something else back in my closet that I could pair these pieces with.  The Hubs was shocked that I took what I did, this was actually the first time in a while that I felt like something actually fit that I tried on!!

And pay no attention to my permanent Flip Flop toes!!  I thought the lady that did my pedicure what joking, but nope there is a permanent space between my big toe and second toe.  Just a random thought to share, plus it’s the first thing I notice when I look at the pictures!!

Sunday –  18 miles   17 miles run/1 mile walk

On our drive back from our Saturday outing, we took Scenic Hwy 30A so we could pass through all the little coastal towns and see that gorgeous emerald green water of the Gulf.  As we were driving, we decided that we should run along the Hwy for our last longish training run!!

Well, there is a paved trail that runs along 30A is called the Timpoochee Trail!!  Who knew??  Now we know!! We parked at Rosemary Beach and ran west towards Seaside.  And of course we took a picture in front of the iconic post office.

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We had hit the 8 mile mark and decided to continue up the road another mile to Water Color.

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Once we were headed back, it seemed as if the little towns were waking up.  Shops were opening, families were headed to the beaches, and traffic started to pick up along the Hwy.  We made one pit stop on the return leg, you have to love public beach access with CLEAN public restrooms!!  About mile 16 the heat was really working me over, the Hubs took my vest to lighten my load to coax me along for the last 2 miles.   At mile 17 we STEPPED out on the Hwy to take a picture of the palm lined entrance to Alys Beach.

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Shortly after that picture, I sent the Hubs on his way to run the last mile while I walked!!  He came back to get me, bringing me a bottle of water and encouraging me to finish it up!!  If you follow me on IG you’ve had to seen our celebratory twirl video!!  The Hubs had never twirled before and has the greatest facial expressions!!  The picture below was taken at the turn around in Water Color, but it has my mileage stamped on it so it gets posted!!  We changed clothes, grabbed a cawffee, and chatted with visitors to the area that ended up knowing the Hubs, they had worked with him on projects when he lived in Nashville…talk about a small world!!

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To say that I am excited to start getting hours back on the weekends is an understatement!!  I am overjoyed that I only have to run for 1.5-2 hours next weekend!!  Looks like we’ll be putting a wrap on this training soon!!

Let me know…

Do you do something to celebrate the end of a training cycle/last long training run??  What is it that you look forward to once the training cycle/race is finished??  Do you have any recommendation on getting rid of the Marathon Mid-Section??!!