Archive | October, 2011


20 Oct

I walked all gimpy today.  I popped the blister on the bottom of my right foot tonight.  The blister was from the brainiac idea I had yesterday of running over 3 1/2 miles, for the first time, on the treadmill with no socks or shoes.

No run today.

I told myself, when I first started blogging, that I needed to be consistent and write a post once a day.  I’ve done that for months.

I started to blog for the main purpose of logging my mileage and to keep myself accountable for continuing running.  I like running.  Running makes me feel good (usually after) overall.

With the help of my blog and from reading other blogs, I’ve accomplished a 1/2 marathon and a full marathon when I never ever thought I’d any more than a 5k.  Pat on the back for that, right?

I’m not done running by any means.

Why so serious?

I’m consumed with the well-being of my father.

I’m consumed with the well-being of my mother.

You haven’t heard the last of me but I am toning it way down because my mind is elsewhere.

Any runs I do, for a while at least, will be a bonus to everything else that’s going on right now.  Running was never my main focus.  My family always came first but it’s going to be pushed back to the far back burner for now.

Peace out.  Chow.  Talk with you soon, I hope.


You Tried What?

19 Oct

I had what I thought was a clever idea.  My clever ideas usually aren’t….clever.

I loathe the treadmill.  The weather’s been suckee here in Michigan the last couple of days.  I haven’t run since the 26 miles I ran on Sunday.  Earlier today, I dressed for a cold run, started walking down the driveway and turned around and went back in my dry, warm house.  Fail!

I worked til 8 tonight and just felt the need to jump on the treadmill when I got home.  I wanted to keep things simple by going shoeless/sockless.  It felt really good….at first.

At 6 mph and an incline of one, I ran 3.62 miles in approximately thirty minutes.  At 2 1/2 miles, I felt some burning under my left food.  IGNORE.  At 3.62, I was curious what the bottoms on my feet looked like.  There were 2 raw spots under my left foot.  Hopped off the treadmill and put socks on.  Nope.  That felt pretty awful too so I had to stop.

At both my 1/2 marathon in September and the full on Sunday, there were barefoot runners.  Whether they ran 13 or 26 miles, I find it amazing that someone could run on a road or sidewalk without some type of protection on their feet.  I mean, even if you worked your way up to 13 miles, your skin would fall off.  I wish I would have seen those runners after the races so I could have asked them how their feet felt (or what they looked like).


This Is Not A Food Blog….

18 Oct

No run today.  And, 70 to 100% chance of rain between now and tomorrow night.  I won’t let that deter me.  I’m hoping to run tomorrow morning.  We’ll see.

Shelly’s Current Events:

  • Even though I swore off marathons for the rest of my life, I’m already thinking about my next one (only 2 days to get over the trauma of Sunday’s run).
  • I will finish eating something even if it’s not that great tasting?!  Why do I do this?
  • I hate the smell of the hospital.
  • I love the peanut butter cookies they have at the hospital (90 cents  = POW!!).
  • I’m looking to hire a new Lawn Ranger because the current one never mows our lawn (that would be me).
  • Roo Dog (15 1/2 yr old son) has made the Duncan Hines Cinnamon Swirl Muffins 4 times (yes, I’ve bought 4 boxes) within the last 7 days.  He’s trying to perfect them.  Each time he makes one less mistake.  Good lesson for him on why he should follow the directions.

  • I’ve eaten at least 5 cinnamon swirl muffins in the last 7 days.
  • I’ve been told that I can be annoying.  As if!!
  • I don’t care if strangers think I’m annoying.  I only care what my family and close friends think.  Wait a minute!  A few of my family and friends are the ones that said I can be annoying?!  Sha!

It’s Official…

17 Oct



That was the official time that showed up on the marathon’s website last night.  Yesterday, I placed 370 out of 1606 runners.  I’m okay with that.  Small time but 26.2 miles is 26.2 miles, right?

They allowed 3000 entries for the GR marathon and only 1606 took advantage and ran it?!   It was not as popular as the Detroit venue.  The Detroit marathon was going on yesterday as well.  The Detroit marathon filled up and 3449 people raced so it was more than double my race.  I originally tried to sign up for Detroit first but was DENIED.  I know people have done both so I’m curious to see why the Detroit is more popular than the Grand Rapids.

The only regret that comes to mind about yesterday is that I didn’t take advantage of the Culver’s ice cream they had for the runners after the race.  The Who pointed it out to me but I just wasn’t interested.  I was still in shock, maybe?

I’m so glad the craziness of yesterday is over.

Today, I’m focused on alcohol.  And, I’m not a drinker. I’m really not.  Whenever I get the chance to drink, I usually “chicken out” and get water.  No fun, I know.  BUT, today, all day, I’ve really been craving a big hot chocolate with either mint Schnapps or Bailey’s mixed in it.  And, since I’m not much of a drinker, you’ll never catch me drinking alone.   Bummer.   I’m just going to have to wait till Mick’s and my next get together with friends to indulge.

Marathon Done!

16 Oct

Completed the Grand Rapids (MI) marathon today.  I was frantic beforehand.  I got there late and almost had a nervous breakdown because I swore I was going to miss the start of the race.  My daughter (support person) and I were going to go to Grand Rapids last night so that we could zip over to the race this morning but I didn’t want to leave last night when it came down to it.  I thought we could leave at 5:45am and get there on time.  Dark, rainy, people everywhere and no parking spots were most of the speed bumps we encountered.

My Garmin registered the 26.3 race with a completion time of 3:43 hours (an average mile/min of 8:29am).  The results aren’t up on the website yet.  I’ll check again tomorrow to see what my official time was.

It was 48 degrees and rainy in the beginning.  I fashioned arm warmers out of unmatched soccer socks (cut the toes off).  I got the idea from my friend, Sue.  This worked really well.  I kept them on until mile 10 and just trashed them.

I don’t carry anything.  I can’t stand carrying stuff.  I indulged in race supplied Gatorade, water, 2 Gu’s and an orange slice and believe it or not, pickle juice.  I love the pickle juice.  I can’t say that everyone would love the pickle juice but really like pickles so it was really good to me.  Weird because I’ve only had Gu once.  It was vanilla bean flavor and it was NASTY.  I grabbed a chocolate today because I was so afraid of crashing.  I loved the chocolate.  Seriously, it tasted like chocolate frosting.

So, the marathon was very hard on me.  Due to all the standing water, I stepped in a huge mud puddle at mile 3.  I wanted to walk several times but I resisted the urge.  I cannot imagine doing another marathon unless they offered like the whole line of Lole to me vs a measly shirt (for the same price I paid for this marathon which was $112.85).

Crazy daughter.  Today, she somehow talked me into a 5k on December 18th in Grand Rapids.  How’d she reel me in?  You get a Patagonia shirt for the $30 signup fee.

Beating the Grinch becomes the  runners challenge as he “slithers  and slunks,” looking for every short cut  to Whoville. Nothing to fear as Thing 1 and Thing 2 chase the Grinch down!

And, at the end, there’s hot chocolate and chocolate fountain goodies.  Besides talking me into doing the 5k, she talked all of us into doing it (even the 13-year-old who has only done 1-mile runs so far).  Brucee asked if he could still get the chocolate fountain if he didn’t sign up for the race (so I signed him up).   We’re going to freeze our arses off!!

The Marathon’s Tomorrow…

15 Oct

Do not get sick. Do not get sick. DO NOT GET SICK!

I love this guy but he’s sick. (and yes, I did creep on him to take the picture)

If I catch the cootie, it’s going to be from him.

I’ve been drinking Airborne daily (couple times a day) for the last week or so. Whether it works or not, I don’t care.  It certainly doesn’t hurt anything.

No, I’m not being paranoid.  When I ran the 1/2 marathon, I was so sick.

Tomorrow’s it. Tomorrow’s my first ever marathon. Weird because I’m less nervous about tomorrow than I was about my 1/2?! It really makes no sense because when I did the 1/2, I had runs that were as long as 17 miles each so a 1/2 marathon should have been a breeze. Everyone there, whether it be the runners or the fans were crazy and that made me crazy.  But now, I need to run 26 miles and I’ve never run over 20.41. I hope this isn’t the calm before the storm which means I’m going to have a major breakdown in the next 20 hours…

Thumb Holes!!!!

14 Oct

I dress like a total dweeb today.  If I acknowledge it before anyone else points it out then it doesn’t count, right?  The reason for looking like a goob?  I was determined to take advantage of casual shoe day.

I did get a lot of strange looks today.  It’s okay, they really, really like me.  I think…

I love shirts with thumb holes.  They’re the bestest!

At 1:41pm, I started a little run.  This was the last run before my marathon.  I ran 5.75 miles with an average mile/minute of 7:48.  I told my middle child this and he said that wasn’t impressive at all because I usually run more than that.  I explained that I had to run lower mileage this week since I’m running 26 miles on Sunday.  He shrugged.

It was so cold out today.  I was really liking the weather we’ve had for the last 8 days.  Because of the 70 degree weather, I almost forgot it was Fall.  But today, it was only 52 degrees with heavy wind.  No rain but there were a few sprinkles.  I’m sure today’s weather was like an island vacation compared to what I’m going to experience on Sunday.  Sunday’s temp is projected to be only 41 degrees so today should have been a dream.

Now I’m stressing about what I’m going to wear for the marathon.   I’ve got all the goods, I just need to figure it what will make me happiest for the whole run.  I so worried I’ll underdress or overdress.

With my dad in the hospital, there’s not much fun happening right now.  The exception is my sweet daughter came home from college for the weekend.  She’s great to have around.  She and I will be leaving tomorrow afternoon to go back to her apartment as it’s closer to the marathon.  She’s going to be my support person on Sunday.

And, I’m going to give Gu another shot.  My first attempt, vanilla bean, grossed me right out.  I think I need to try it a few more times before I decide to ban them from my life forever.  Everyone talks about the Gu so it’s gotta be a good thing, right?

Okay, CONFESSION TIME, I’ve kept it to myself because it’s a little embarrassing.  After seeing it mentioned on other running blogs, I feel it’s time to “come out”.  All of my summer running has totally ruined my toenails.  Four my toenails are badly damaged…..actually, they’re fungled.  Ewww.  I know.  I’ve been treating them and cutting them and treating them.  Dude, I have a cruise coming up in a few months so I have to fix them before that.  Sorry, no pictures of my feet.  They’re so embarrassing right now.

So I’m going to hang up now.  I’m tired.  I’ll call you back tomorrow….