Sunday, December 31, 2006


RUN : 91:00MIN./ TREADMILL / 4R:1W / 5.75 MILES

The last workout of the year was a mirror image of how the year went. It was good but not what I had expected. I set out too run 2:00hr on the tredmill but I felt completely spent at 90 min. I knew it would be tough since being sick and all the holiday stress. I did try it and gave it all that I could.

Looking back on 2006, I did my first duathlon and completed 3 altogether. I finished in 1st place in 1. I went to San Francisco and ran a half that crossed the Golden Gate with the bonus of meeting 21st Century mom. Late summer my motivation collapsed as so did other things in my life. I ran the USAF half in September on which weekend my entire family celbrated my 50th b-day.

The last quarter of the year was devasting. My father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer on October 13th. This monster disease consumed him and he passed the Friday after Thanksgiving. Our life will be forever changed. My mother in law and hubby have gone through a very tough time but I feel in 2007 that we will find the healing to go on.

Waddling out of 2006............

Friday, December 29, 2006


1 :30 :60 :45 :30 :30 2:00 5:15
2 :30 :60 :60 :30 2:30 4:30
3 :30 :60 :45 :60 :30 3:00 6:15
4 :30 :60 :60 :60 :30 1:45 5:45
5 :30 :60 :60 :60 :30 3:30 7:30
6 :30 :60 :30 :60 :30 2:00 4:30
7 :45 :60 :60 :30 4:00 6:45
8 :30 :60 :60 :60 :30 2:00 6:00
9 :30 :60 :60 :60 :30 4:30 8:30
10 :30 :60 :60 :60 :30 2:30 6:30
11 :30 :60 :30 HALF 5:00
12 :30 :60 :45 :60 :30 5:00 8:45
13 :30 :90 :45 :60 :30 5K/2:006:15
14 :30 :90 :45 :60 :30 2:00 6:15
15 :30 :60 :60 :30 5:00 8:00
TAPER :30 :45 :60 :60 :30 2:30 6:00
17 :30 :30 :60 :60 :30 2:00 5:30
18 :30 :30 :30 THE PIG
EASY 14:27
TEMPO 12:13
SPEED 10:18
LONG 14-16:00

Thursday, December 28, 2006



I did make it to the gym tonight. I was another great ride. We did alot of long hills tonight so I know that I will feel it in my legs tomorrow. I can't find my HR monitor so I guess I'll just have to order another one. I've started to pay more attention to that especially in spin.

I am currently working on revision#4 of my training schedule for the Flying Pig Marathon. I have been looking for a sidebar training log that keeps track of time not miles. It has taken an adjustment period not to think in miles. I think in multisport training you find that. A friend asked about not looking at the miles and why not keep track of what you run in a certain time. I think it's because I am so OCD about have the miles rounded to 2.0 not 2.18. I am still in the pondering stage.

This is the second race that I have signed up for in 2007.(3/19) It fit perfectly? into my training plan. The course is noted for the hills and bad weather. If I'm going to do it--bring it on!

The other piece of my training is my weight. I now weigh the most ever and I am 20 lbs. over my last marathon weight. I need to lose weight without compromising my training. So that becomes another aspect to ponder.I had a nutricounter but they now have an updated model. I went online and ordered one to start watching my calories and diet. As with everone Jan1 will be a big day!

Waddling and pondering.......

Wednesday, December 27, 2006



I am taking one more day off. I am feeling better but not great. Everything is finally breaking up in my chest and I've coughed up a few fur balls. The marathon is 18 weeks from Sunday. I have the plan laid out. I feel like because of different things happening that I've restarted my training 4 times. This has got to be it.

My MIL flew home to Cleveland today and Bino went back with her for a few days. She was wonderful to have here for the holidays. She has picked out an area to build about 10 miles from here in an over 55 community. She is so excited. Next week her home in Cleveland will go on the market. For the first time in months this is a little sunshine in the future. We will always miss Dad but we have come to a turning point to go on.

Waddling to a relaxing evening..........

Tuesday, December 26, 2006



This cat expresses exactly how I feel. On Saturday, I developed sneezing, fever, body aches, and sore throat. I tried to ignore it. But it continued and continues to get worse. On Christmas eve, I headed for the gym for spin class but went at the wrong time. So I headed for the treadmill for a 2 hour run that stopped at 45min. I just couldn't do it. I think everything has just caught up with me.

My mother in law is here. I love her to pieces and feel bad that I am under the weather. My hubby has been doing the cooking which he is great at. The best news is that my M-I-L is moving from Cleveland to Illinois. She is there alone since dad passed away on Thanksgiving. She is a wonderful lady and it will be great to have her closer.

I think training is halted for now.

Waddling while sneezing..........

Saturday, December 23, 2006


I wish everyone a safe and wonderful season. Thank you for all your support in 2006 through my losses and gains. Looking forward to a 2007 with enthusiasm and excitement.

Waddling through the season...........

Thursday, December 21, 2006



No matter how ready that you feel you are, the holidays are here befor e you know it. Last night there was a million things to do. Bino had bowling practice for a meet. Hooch was cheerleading at a basketball game. I wanted to run. Thus, I had a sinus headache. But as I always say, "It's okay!".

This morning I got up at 5am to get some laundry done, a short run, clean the house , pack a bag, then catch a 12:50 flight to Ohio. My mother-in law is spending Christmas with us this year since my FIL passed away. SHe has never flown by heself. So we will fly back tomorrow. Chicago is definelty not the airport to try by yourself for the first time. Bino will fly back with her next week.

Training over the next week will be unpredictable but isn't it always over the holiday.

Waddling to the airport.............

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


SPIN : 65 MIN.

The EXTREME (my fav spin instructor) was back tonight after breaking her leg mountain biking. It was so good to have her back. She is so motivating. The focus of tonight class was ramping it up to spring goals and training. What a workouy! She absolutely has the ability to take you to the limit. She wil be doing the coast to coast expedition and the extreme expedittion in Moab in 2007. She is my inspiration and gives me the belief in myself. There is such a high after the hour with her.

Waddling along pumped up.....


I was tagged by Thomas

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate? Hot chocolate

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? wrap

3. Coloured lights on tree/house or white? white

4. Do you hang mistletoe? no

5. When do you put your decorations up? Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving except this year

6. What is your favourite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Homemade bread stuffing

7. Favourite holiday memory as a child? Spending the day at my grandmother's house and playing on her player piano.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? Kids at school

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes, everyone gets new pajamas

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? The kids and I put on the ornaments with music playing

11. Snow! Love it or dread it? Love it!

12. Can you ice skate? No

13. Do you remember your favourite gift? My engagement ring from my hubby.

14. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you? Family time

15. What is your favourite holiday dessert? Old fasioned sugar cream pie.

16. What is your favourite holiday tradition? Church on Xmas eve followed by family dinner and new PJs.

17. What tops your tree? An angel

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving? Giving.

19. What is your favourite Christmas song? Christmas bells

20. Candy canes? No thank you

21. Favourite Christmas movie? National Lampoon's CHristmas Vacation

22. What do you leave for Santa? Cookies and milk

I have to tag five others now, don't I? Ok then, Iron Snoopy, Mary Sunshine, Vickie, Sharon and Joe. But don't feel obliged.

Monday, December 18, 2006


MONDAY : RUN : 30 MIN. : TEMPO-AVE 12:45

I don't know what happened but it did!! I (after several mudslides)now have the Christmas Spirit. I have my tree up with ornaments on. I have the house decorated and by tomorrow ,I will have my cards in the mail. Oh also, ALL my shopping is done. Amazing-isn't it?

The past several weeks , I have gotten in workouts consistantly. I think the endorphines finally kicked in. Tonight I felt great again on the treadmill. I did get on the scales--I am defintely a penguuin with alot of potential(to lose weight).I weigh the most that I ever have.After watching th Biggest loser on TV, Jan 1 my motivation is up.

Waddling with jingling bells........

Saturday, December 16, 2006



I spent all day on Friday trying to figure out what to do in my training this weekend. My hubby and Bino went to Florida for a drag racing thing. Hooch was busy all weekend. The weather was going to be decent. First thought -biking outside. No still alittle cold. I need to do a long run but there is a great 2 hour spin at the gym. I'm not that far in to the marathon training that I couldn't substitute. I could actually run outside with Dakota and not go on the treadmill.

The decision was to go out with Dakota. I tried to keep my pace at about 14:00 but everytime I looked at my watch it was at 12:45-13:00. I was going to do the ratio 4:1 but I got lost in the music most of the time. By the time that I got back to the house my legs were alittle pooped.

It's amazing though that when you run outside you can think so much clearer. My thoughts were going to next weekend when my mother in law is in for XMAS. It will be her first year alone. But at our house with 2 kids ,2 dogs, 2 cats, and 3 goldfish,it is always interesting.

I am finally starting to get into the spirit of the season. My tree is up. (No ornaments but it's a start) . I bought 6 presents. So maybe I'm on the way. Also I'm having dinner with a friend then if not too much under the influence going to a party with some biking maniacs. LOL.

Waddling to the ornament box......

Thursday, December 14, 2006


RUN : 30 min

Unbelievable! Another perfect evening for a run. I got home early again. The sun was shining and the temp was 54. I left the house a mess. Dakota and I headed out the door. I left so fast I forgot any gadgets except my MP3. I really had a good section of songs come on during the run including Stevie Nicks and Melissa Ethridge. I know that spin was on the schedule tonight but that's why there are pencils and flexibility. Felt great with no complaints.

Today was one of those days that give you the warm and fuzzies. I watched the sun go down and just felt thankful for all that I have.

Waddling up to the shower......

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


RUN : 45 min. : NO HR : Pace = 12:45-13:15

Finally, a chance to get out again. I opened at work so I was off by 3. The sun was shining. The temperature was a balmy 47. I didn't care what the house looked like,supper or anything else. There was no way I was going to miss a day like this.

As soon as I got home, I grabbed Dakota and off we went. I felt good. Watching the sun set was aweome. As we ran by the cornfield, the geese flew. Itwas just the perfect evening.

I hear from some biking friends the weather will be good for the weekend. Could it be a ride in December???

Waddling outsise.....

Monday, December 11, 2006


RUN : Tempo : 30 min. treadmill / Pace 12:45 / AVE HR=142

I haven't done anything for Christmas. No shopping, no tree, no lights, no card and no cookies. I don't get it. I'm usually on the ball. With only 13 days left time is running out. I have no great reason or story. Oh well, sometimes you just go with the flow.
My legs tonight on the run were really tired. I was hoping to go for 45 min. By the end of 30, the legs were achy. I did run the tempo alitlle faster this week.
Waddling with no Christmas spirit.......

Sunday, December 10, 2006


Elliptical : 35 MIN./AVE HR= 123

In my training runs recently ,I have tried to focus on pace. I also am interested in HR zones.I had a MAP test done at the gym several weeks ago to figure out what they are.

The results:
Zone 1= 101-117 HR
Zone 2= 117-151 HR
Zone 3= 151-168 HR
ZOne 4= 168--->

I knew today was an easier workout so my goal was to stay in zone 2. I need to do some more reading on this. Any ideas are appreciated.

Yesterday , I realized Ironman Hawaii was on TV. I missed the first hour. I could not move from my chair. It gives me chills to watch. I would giove anything to do one but the fact that I can't swim presents a problem. Never say never.

Waddling to the shower.............

Saturday, December 09, 2006


RUN: 75 min./ TREADMILL / 4R:1W

I knew when I went to bed that I was heading for the gym to the treadmill. The temperature was still about 14 and I am a wimp. Hubby called from Ohio to make sure I was up at 7am. Everything was falling into place.

When I got to the gym I ran into a friend that was heading for a stregth workout and while chatting realized I forgot my HR monitor. No big deal. Then I went up stairs and all the treamill by the weight (near the bathroom) were full. I like those in case a pit stop is needed. I walked through the other section most rows were full .I saw 1 on the end. The girl next to it threw her towel on it-"Saving it". I did find one up near the front. The girle next to me had her tredmill set on 8 mph and spent most of the time jumping on and off because she couldn't keep up. ? New technique.

I did my run at a 4run:1walk interval. On the walk place, I did 17:00 and on the run pace, I did 14:23. I felt good the entire time. In the mid section I went up to a 1.5 incline. I was happy with a good week of training. Only 21 weeks until The Pig.

Waddling toward the marathon..............

Thursday, December 07, 2006


RUN : 30 min. / TREADMILL / EASY PACE (14:20) / AVE HR=142

It looked like a busy evening ahead. Bino had a bowling match from 4-630. Hooch had cheer 5-8. Hubby got off work at 530 but scheduled a 615 massage. At 515, I looked around to amazement to see that I was HOME ALONE. I could have done alot of things but I changed and hit the treadmill and turned the stereo on REAL loud. The dogs were hiding! It was an easy pace work out. I felt great. This was 6 days in a row!

I plan my long run to be 75 min. this weekend. I'm not sure what I'll do on the opposite day.

Waddling through the quiet house............

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


RUN: 30min. / TREADMILL / 5R:4W / 13:00 PACE / AVE HR=143

Again ,I headed for the treadmill because of the ice and temperature(and I'm a wimp).In my plan to reach my goal ,I've added a weekly tempo run. According to Runner's world Calculator and Mcmillan , I should run my tempo runs at a pace of 12:13 min/mile. Tonight on the treadmill, I did 13:00 pace. Iit was certainly challenging. I will try to increase it every week to where I need to be. My legs really felt the difference. Tomoroow will be an easy run. I can't believe that it will make 6 days in a row for me!!!

Waddling to pick up Hooch from cheer............

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


SPIN : 60 MIN : AVE HR= 134 / MAX =160

Tonight everything fell into place to make it to spin class. I knew Mary my favorite instructor was still off with her broken leg from mountain biking I got my bike next to Rhonda and looked up to see my least favorite. SHe teaches a very easy class but her music sucks(sorry). I did get the workout in and got home early. I was in my PJs and in bed by 830 ready to read my new Runner's WOrld. It was MIA. I am so tired - I'll try tomorrow.

Waddling in my PJs................

Monday, December 04, 2006


RUN: 30 min. / TREADMILL / no HR

Even I left work at 330 , my list of things to do seemed short. I was excited that I might run early and actually get to read the new RUNNERS WORLD. HA!! After going to the bank, picking up Bino from bowling then I find out Hooch has tumbling class and we're giving someone a ride to and from. My hubby needed my help and somewhere in this there was dinner. By now it's 815 and I need to pick Hooch up at 920. If I sat down I would fall asleep and forget to pick her up. SO I changed and hit the treadmill for 30min. I took a quick shower,picked her up and fell asleep in bed at 10 with my magazine in hand.

Waddling to sleep.......

Sunday, December 03, 2006


SPIN: 55 MIN. / AVE HR=143 / MAX HR= 168

I had quite the battle within myself this morning. It was one argument after another:

* I don't want to get up because it's cold but I have to drive Hooch to the school to catch a 745 bus. So I might as well go to 8am spin class.
* The bus wasn't there on time and it will make me late for spin but I should still just head to the gym.
* I am going to the gym and will pull in right at 8am. I hate to walk in spin late but alot of other people do and it will be a good work out.
* As I'm walking in ,I was thinking that 30min. on the elliptical would be good after my run yesterday.
* I got to a locker and put my HR monitor on. Next thing I know I'm heading up the stairs- my spin shoes on. Unconsciously the decision was made.

It was a good endurance work-out with alot of time in the saddle. It actually turned out fine once I got there.

Waddling to watch the Chicago Bears.....

Saturday, December 02, 2006


RUN: 60min./ Treadmill /4R:1W / AVE HR=143 / AVE RUN PACE 14:26

Today was my first long run in my marathon training. I know 60 min. isn't a long run to most but considering the time I've been off ,it feels like a good place to start. Next week I'll up it to 75 min. with a longer weekday run of 45 min. I also hope to get to spinning again.

I grabbed a treadmill facing out the window today. The snow looked beautiful. It felt good to sweat when it was only 19 outside. I got to the gym early so it was not crowded yet. I am so excited to be getting back into some sort of a routine.

Waddling on the treadmill.............

Friday, December 01, 2006


I actually am one of the few people who love this kind of weather. I love the freshness in the air when you are out. Do I run in it? NO, But I do go to Lifetime and get a treadmill by the window. I am sort of a wimp about being out there. I don't really mind the cold but it's all that slipping around that I do.

Today I was on the Runner's World Web site.(I had alot of patients cancel.) They have a training tool that gives you the different paces you should do your runs at for different finishing times and distance.

Here is what mine showed to run under a 6:00 marathon--
YASSO 800'S PACE= 5:41 MIN/ 800

I have never seen this before. I really am going to try to stick to these and see what happens.

I am still researching heart rate information and training. I had a map test done. My AT is 168. Maximum fat burn is 135. I am setting up the rest of my zones.

Waddling through the snow to the weekend.......

Thursday, November 30, 2006



Three days in a row! I know it won't be four. I actually am feeling pumped that I'm getting back into a routine. I felt good tonight. My heart rate was lower tonight. I think when I'm on the treadmill I run an easier pace.

Looking forward to the weekend,my hubby will be back from Cleveland. I hope to take a spin class and run 60 min. I still have 22 weeks until the marathon so I know I'm ok.

Waddling into a snowy night.........

Wednesday, November 29, 2006



I can't believe that I finally got 2 days in a row. Tonight I opted for the treadmill because of the weather. It was still 60 but with high winds and heavy rain. I wimped out. I did feel good tonight and my heart rate was lower. I am going to try to wear my HR monitor more often and get more info on how to use it in my training.

I am not sure about tomorrow. Chicago just got a winter storm warning. We could see up to 12 inches. Definitely a treadmill time. This weekend I need to get my longer runs to start increasing and get on my way!

Waddling up to bed...........

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


RUN: 30 MIN. / AVE HR=152

I cam home today and realized the focus must be on the future. My personal and family recovery will take time. Now the task at hand is to focus on training for the PIG and rethink my training plan.

Today it was 65 out and sunny. Certainly not your typical Chicago end of November. I grabbed Dakota who had been stuck at the kennel and went for a run. I could feel the holiday weight gain and lack of running. You have to start somewhere- so here we go! My heart rate seemed a little high but I'll worry about that later. It's time to start logging some miles :)

Waddling back to training.............

Sunday, November 26, 2006


I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me.. Now I’m free.
I’m following the path that God has laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day:
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I’ve found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remember joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss.
Ah, yes these things I too shall miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief;
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me…
God wanted me now; He set me free.

Good-bye Dad! I love you and you've gotten your peace!

Saturday, November 25, 2006



I'm in Cleveland right now. My father-in-law passed away Thanksgiving night after midnight. My hubby was there with him and it was peaceful. I drove up 3 hours from my dad's. Yesterday and today have been filled with funeral arrangements. The funeral will be on Monday. Obviously, my mind is not in the training mode but it's anxious to be back in the game soon.

I feel at peace and everything will fall into place. It will be so different.

Waddling with a heavy heart.....

Monday, November 20, 2006



I drove back to Cleveland(6 hours) early AM on Saturday. My f-i-l was at his house. My hubby was up all night with him. We called hospice to come in and check in. Saturday night,I slept with my hubby on the floor in my f-i-l's bedroom. He was restless and in pain all night. I tried controlling it with ativan and morphine but his liver functions are so bad ,they weren't making it through. By 7am we all sat down to talk and the decision was made to go to the hospice home for help at this time. We had him transferred and settled in by noon. What a wonderful place with some very special people.

After everyone was settled, the kids and I drove back to Chicago on Sunday evening.

In my training schedule,I already realized the Thanksgiving week was out. Weds. in the AM, I am heading to my dad's in southern Ohio with the kids to cook for Thanksgiving then I will head up to CLeveland on Friday to check in on my f-i-l. I hope to get back into training next week. As always ,flexibility is important.

Waddling slowly...............

Thursday, November 16, 2006



It's been a rollercoaster for the family. My F-I-L had improved and stabilized. On Wednesday we received the call things had gotten worse. He was in the end stage of his battle with cancer. He was just diagnosed on October 13th and 4 weeks later the monster had consumed his body. My hubby left immediately for Cleveland. I stayed behind with the kids to settle things at the house. I will head out Friday night. We are told we have just days left. Hospice helped take him home. Everyone in the family is at peace with what is going on. So my training is temporarily in a holding pattern and I will try to do what I can when I can.

Monday, November 13, 2006


SPIN: 60 MIN. / AVE HR=150 / MAX HR=177

In between the taxi service tonight ,I was able to find time to go spin. Tony coaches on Mon & Weds.. Usually I spin with Mary, who I also ride with. Tony is alittle competitive with Mary. I haven't been to his class since spring and was not looking forward to my first time back. It was okay-just a welcome back. His classes are different than Mary's. They take my heart rate higher. Although they are not as comparable to riding outside.

Tonight we did sections of speed intervals. First 30 minutes was really tough to settle in but then the last 30 minutes, I felt better. By the end, I was soaked with sweat and had a great workout.

I ran into to Iron Snoopy in class. She was heading to yoga after spin. You all know how I feel about Yoga. UGH! Sometime.......

Waddling away from yoga.......

Sunday, November 12, 2006



I planned to get up this morning to go to the 8am spin class. I got called into to work for an emergency patient. I don't mind at all if it means I can help someone. I made it home at about 9am then got caught up in things around the house. Before I knew it ,the time was 4pm. I threw supper in the oven and hit the treadmill.

Today, running felt like I had never done it before. Legs were heavy and breathing was off. I was just glad to make it 30 min.

Looking back at the week:

  • I went to Ohio unexpectedly but personal issues were stablized.
  • I did run on the days that I could.
  • Looking forward to a better week next week.

Waddling to week#2....

Saturday, November 11, 2006



I got back in town Friday at 130 am. Things in Ohio were in serious shape but we were able to turn things around medically. My father in law is still in the hospital. He will be getting out next week and going to a hospice home. I think that will help everyone the most at this time.

I went to work yesterday because of several special cases and patients that I felt like I needed to be there for. Suprisingly I felt good even with the lack of sleep.
I came home and signed up for the Pig looking to the future!

This morning, I got up and headed for the gym and it felt good to hit the treadmill. Excercising always takes me to a peaceful place in my mind. I felt ready to take on the challenges of the days ahead.

Waddling off into Saturday...........

Friday, November 10, 2006

I DID IT!!!!!!

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006



Today we got a phone call that the family should be back in Ohio. My Hubby is heading for the airport now. I stayed behind to put the house in order and take Dakota to the kennel.The kids and I will leave between 3-4 am to beat Chicago rush hour and head east. As with any part of life there is priorities and flexibility. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers.

Waddling east.....

Monday, November 06, 2006



On Saturday afternoon, my hubby and I flew to Ohio because my father-in-law had gotten worse. In the 3 weeks since diagnosis, he has lost 22 lbs. and is now jaundice with severe abdominal pain. By Sunday the pain was under control and we are talking to hospice. I flew back Sunday night and my hubby stayed behind. I had a stomach problem all weekend with alot of time in the bathroon at the hospital.

Monday, work was really bad . We had 12 people scheduled to work and 6 called in sick with stomach problems. Not sure if it is the flu or the free lunch we had catered on Friday. But it made for a challenging day.

After work, I took Hooch to the eye doctor for yearly exam and new contacts. We found she had a severe eye infection. No contacts for at least 1 week. (a crisis to a 16y.o.) And oh by the way, forgot to tell you mom but my glasses are broken. We picked out new frames and they would be ready at 8pm.

It's now 5:30 and Bino is finishing bowling practice. I pick him up then drop off Hooch's prescription at Walgreen. We drove through Culver's for supper then headed for home. My hubby then called he was flying back in at 930pm and could use a ride home from the airport. No problem.

It was 630. I ran in the house jumped on the treadmill for 30 min. I took a shower and out the door I went. I got Hooch's glasses picked up. The prescription picked up. Next I headed toward Midway to pick up hubby. I made it just in time .

I hope tomorrow is calmer but the odds are against it.

Waddling to Tuesday....

Sunday, November 05, 2006


Tomorrow , is week#1 of marathon training. As with all plans, I know I have to be flexible but I have set some week by week goals. I did read this weekend in Runner's world that 60 min of cross-training of cardio is equivalent of 5 miles of running. That made me feel better as I plan to spin alot for my cross-training.

Here it is:
Mon. : RUN: 30 min.
Tue. : SPIN: 60 min.
Wed. : RUN : 30 min.
Thu. : SPIN : 60 min.
Fri. : OFF
Sat. : SPIN : 60 min
SUN. : RUN :45 min.

Waddling to the Pig......................

Saturday, November 04, 2006



Alot has been going on the past week ,I haven't had any time to get to the computer.

Work has gotten incredibly busy which isn't good in a cancer center. We are down to 1 treatment machine until our new one gets operational in February. On friday we began treating at 630am and finished at 6pm.

Hooch had cheerleading tryouts, Bino started practice with the bowling team. These things were miles apart so I just put my taxi sign up on my car. Hooch is 16 and reminds me if I would just let her get her liscence it would be sooo much easier. I don't agree. Especially if you've riden with her.

My father in law has had a tough week. He is still having radiation to his brain. Now having nausea and vomiting. He is in the ER right now in Cleveland. They are doing a CT so I'm saying my prayers.

As far as training that has sucked. But Monday is week 1 of my 26 week training schedule for the marathon. I felt good on the treadmill today. Tomorrow I'll try to make Tony's spin class. Thursday I did go to spin an Mary had a killer workout to some of my music I gave her but I just wasn't clikcing in with everything on my mind. It did help to go.

One other thing-today is Ironman Florida. I'm watching Nancy Toby(2484) and Trimama(2297) with excitement and cheering them on. Good luck to you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!

Waddling off.......

Tuesday, October 31, 2006



Monday was absolutely the most perfect fall day. It was in the 60's and sunny. Unfortunately ,I was in bed with a migraine. I always miss the best days. My legs were alittle tired so maybe it was good.

Tuesday , back to work. I met my 3 new radiation therapy students today. I will have them for 2 years as a clinical instructor. So the day was spent teaching alot of basics. They are going to be excellent ,I can tell. When I got off, Hooch was manning the house for trick or treat. Bino had bowling practice so I had to pick him up and McDonald's because of lack of time and energy. I did get to see some treaters. Most interesting was the 3 year old pirate with bad tasting snot in his mouth that had me help him spitting it out. Dad stood down on the driveway. Hubby got home but a friend's car had broke down and he left to help them. Hooch's boyfriend then showed up and I was not about to head for the gym. So my workout was zero.

I have rewritten and revised my training plan for the FLYING PIG . Next week is WEEK #1.
I will if not injured set my goal to break 6 hours. I have done 6:30 both years at Chicago. Jeanne has inspired me that I can do it.

A new blog to visit. My friend got her blog up and going and love reading her. She just signed up for IRONMAN LOUISVILLE. Go visit Iron Snoopy.

Sunday, October 29, 2006



Today is the perfect day to run a marathon. The temperature when Dakota and I went out was 40, no wind and sunny. I felt great running. There was just a couple of things missing:

1. I wasn't running a marathon- not in shape
2. Chicago marathon was last weekend.
3. MCM is today but it's in DC.
4. NYC is next weekend- not entered or ready.

Hopefully someday , I'll have a day like today to run a marathon.

Saturday, October 28, 2006


SAT : SPIN 60 / AVE HR =148 / MAX HR= 170

First , spin class was another great workout. Mary repeated the cadence class from Tuesday. Rhonda and I just looked at each other when she said we were lucky enough to do it again. I got to talk to Dawn and Roger-they did the marathon last weekend and now signed up for IM Louisville.

Second, good luck to everyone racing this weekend:
*Jeanne - Marine corp marathon
*Thomas - marathon on Monday in Ireland
*Athena - doing the Soma 70.3 Half Iron -You go girl!

Third, on the personal side , My husband and son are in Cleveland this weekend with my father-in-law. He is still having radiation treatments and has a chemo consult this week. With the prognosis and the importance of quality of life it's probably not an option. I hope to go see him also in a couple of weeks.
Fourth, Bino(my son) made the high school bowling team this week.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006



When I was at the USAF expo in September, I found a pair of gel nibus on sale ($49). I usually wear gel kayano but knew that I needed a new pair soon so I bought them. Tonight I tried them out. After the first 15 minutes -I knew they bothered my right forefoot. I know this will sound strange but they also had a creeking sound in the right shoe. It was worth a shot. I can wear them to work.

I ran outside with Dakota. The sun was setting and the temperature was still about 50. A perfect evening.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


SPIN: 60 MIN / AVE HR=147 / MAX HR 168

Tonight , Mary had us do interval with cadence and resistance changes. What a workout! We started at a 80 cadence then increased every 5 minutes to 90 the 102 then 110 while also increasing resistance. I saw 2 of my friends that had run the marathon and they felt great. It motivated me even more to get ready.

I am working writing down my weekly plan. Week #1 will be 11/6. That will give me 26 weeks. I am basing it off of Galloway but not taking the long runs up to 26 miles. I'll put it on the blog and get your opinions.

Monday, October 23, 2006



Watching the marathon yesterday and the Ironman sort of pumped me up in training. My plan was to start increasing my running miles Jan.1. I am now rethinking. I believe I need to start sooner. I was going to do BOSU but instead headed for the treadmill. Galloway actually starts his traing program now at 28 weeks. The penguin at 24. With my time goal of breaking 6 hours, I think I need to relook at the weeks and numbers. Thank heaven for pencil!

Sunday, October 22, 2006


SAT. : SPIN / 60 min. /AVE HR= 146 / MAX HR = 169
SUN.: RUN / 45 min. / AVE HR= 128 / MAX HR= 152

I got up Saturday am and went to spin class. Mary had us doing some intervals of speed mixed with hills. I have a hard time getting my cadence up to 112-my legs don't move that fast. This is shown in my running also. But I kranked the resistance up on the hills.

On Sunday , I watched the beginning of the marathon on TV before church. As always ,it gives me the goosebumps and brings tears to my eyes. My hubby asked me if I felt bad watching rather than running this year. Absolutely not! My goal is the Pig in the spring and I hate running long in the summer. In the afternoon, I watched Ironman Lake Placid and ran on the treadmill. Very motivating also. I was planning to start my marathon training Jan 1 but I'm beginning to worry that it's not enough time. Maybe start Nov 1.. Still in the thinking stages. I haven't run much lately but need to start building a base so as not to injure my ITB again.

On the marathon week-end.

  • My friend DeeDee finished with no pain and totally enjoyed her 2nd marathon. I am so happy for her. She also stuck with someone who was running their first and helped them the entire race. Kudos to her!
  • Lisa- ran 5:37 and completed her first
  • Roger ran 4:11 and Dawn 4:19
  • On the West Coast- 21st Century mom and Juls did a great good going out and completing the Nike half in SanFrancisco. They have the bling to show for it!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


This is a big weekend for running with the Chicago Marathon and the Nike half marathon.

To my running buddy DeeDee : I know this hasn't been the year you had hoped it would be. But you always get through, look at the positive and learn. I feel so sad that your ITB is bad and you haven't been able to run. Last year, in Chicago you did your first marathon, and what an awesome experience that was. This year on your second marathon- you overcame a spine fracture to run again, put in alot of miles, and you will be at the starting line positive you will finish even if your knee hurts. You will not DNS.(Do Not Start). You will be among the crowd in the rain ,cold and possible snow to set out and overcome the 26.2 miles. I am so proud of you and how far you have come. Good luck!

To Dawn and Roger(cycling friends): Good luck- you guys have been great friends

To Lisa: Your outfit looks great-celebrate the day.

To 21st Century Mom: Good Luck at the Nike Half--you deserve the Bling!!

To Juls: Hope you are doing better and can do the half--but remember your goals.

To everyone running this weekend that I haven't mentioned- enjoy and celebrate life. It can be far to short and you need to grasp the moment!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


SPIN: 60 min. / AVE HR=156 / MAX HR 168

From start to finish, today was one of those hectic days. I did make it to spin class(1 minute late). Mary restarted the entire class of 25 people -so I wouldn't miss anything. It was a great workout! Alot of challenging hills with pickups in the middle. One hill lasted 17 min then we visualized passing other riders to the top. I don't think I passed too many other people ,I barely made it over the hill.

Back home in Ohio , my father-in-law will be starting brain radiation. My hubby is flying out to be there when he comes home from the hospital on Thurs.

Monday, October 16, 2006


WEIGHTS: 10min

Today, I am back to work. I love working at a cancer care center but with the challenges in my life right now it's tough. My first patient this morning was 46 and due to get her first radiation treatment to her lung. We just got the report on her ct of the brain and it has spread. We changed course. Today we started treating her brain. How in a few minutes your life can change. I realize the importance of every moment and the legacy we leave behind. Looking to the future -I know also the importance of taking the challenges ahead in my family one day at a time.

I was late to the gym so I missed the BOSU class. I ran on the treadmill for 30 min. My body felt like it had never run before. I also did a little upper body at the weight machines. I felt alot better when I got back home.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


The weekend went from bad to worse to ?worser. My father-n-law has very very advanced and wide spread lung cancer. I flew to Ohio yesterday and was the families point person to talk to doctors. By the afternoon -I had talked to them all(neurologist, pulmonologist, and oncologist). It was time to sit down with dad. I was the spokesperson. Options were limited. There is no cure. We will procede with radiation to the brain for local control. Chemotherapy would decrease quality of life and not gain much time. We are looking into hopsice for the future and are going to take one day at a time. Life is so precious. Grab every minute and hang on.

Saturday, October 14, 2006


Today the news from Ohio was not good. My father-in-law has dyphasia and cannot use his rt arm. The oncologist called me the prognosis. There are always exceptions to the rules and Dad is a tough guy. I wanted to run but need to stay close to a phone. Tonight when things had settled down Bino and I went to the pool at the club. I can't swim but would like to, I got a swim board and kicked around for over 30min. I'm going to find an instructor when things settle down next week. Tomorrow I was hoping to swim but I'm going to catchh a plane to Ohio to see for myself how things are going.

Friday, October 13, 2006


Today was one of those days that you hope don't happen often. At work we had a 39 y.o. come in with back pain and found that she had a compression fracture of her spine from the spread of lung cancer. What a wonderful lady. She has 3 kids. Then this evening we got a call from my mother-in-law that my father-in-law was admitted,they found 2 brain tumors, and 1 tumor in the lung. My hubby is flying back to Ohio in the AM. Hopefully things are better than they sound.

Thursday, October 12, 2006


SPIN: 60 MIN / AVE H.R.=150 / MAX H.R.= 171

When I left work at 4pm today, my plan was to get a few things done at home the spin from 6-7 with Mary. I got home at 430 and then it began. Bino was cutting the front yard ran out of gas in the middle. Hooch needed picked up from cheer. Supper needed to be made. It is going to be 30 tomorrow and Bino has no long pants that fit for school. I need to go to the drycleaners. It just kept going to the point that in my menopausal life -I just got pissed. I called Hubby at work and he listened patiently to my ranting. He called back told me to go to spin-he would deal with things. I changed my clothes and went. By the time I got home, everything was taken care of . I was in a much better mood and had White Castle waiting for me in the microwave. You can't get much better than that.

The spinning class was a great workout. I got my HR monitor in the mail so I was able to use it again. We did a mixed terrain workout which include some fast flts into hills.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006



Tuesday was a planned off day. I help with a Y-Me Breast Cancer support group at the hospital. The meeting goes from 6-730 and I hoped to get something in afterword. It actually ended at 810pm and that was gently helping the ladies to the door. I hate to do that but I had already been at work for 12 hours. There were 9 survivors tonight and we talked about alot of good things.
Today , I got off work at noon but I met up with my husband to take him to pick up his car which was 90 min. away. By the time I drove there- got lost-then drove home,it was 5pm and time to pick up Hooch from cheerleading. She brought a friend home. Her boyfriend stopped over with his friend. I then made dinner. It was only chili dogs and mac & cheese. Before i knew it ,the time was 8pm. I was exhausted. No running tonight.

I have been eating better this week so it isn't all bad. Tomorrow , I am going to spin. It will be a good workout because Mary is back from Moab.

Monday, October 09, 2006


BOSU : 60 min.

I've been looking for another option on Mondays to YOGA. Tonight , I tried BOSU. I think I got alot out of it. The class was fast paced so I had to learn and do at the same time. Also ,I am not coordinated and balanced at all so it made it a challenge. The instructor stopped and laughed with me SEVERAL times. I have to agree -I looked comical. This is a good chance to work on balance and core in phase 1 of my marathon training.
I found out that I have misplaced my HR monitor so I've ordered a new one. I'm going to start watching that on my workouts also.
Today also began my phase 1 diet. I've weighed in but I'm not telling what it is. But I will update when I do have a lose.

Sunday, October 08, 2006



Homecoming week for my kids is finally complete. Between bonfires, football games, decorating, and the dance -there has been little extra time. My daughter would tell me if I would let her get her liscense it would be easier on me. I don't think so!

There is now 30 weeks until the marathon. My weight is going up instead of down. I went to the store today to get my diet in order. I actually think it's more eating the right foods. I also bought a book on how to swim. I really would like to learn. (Maybe do a tri) but I'm not ready to say that yet. This week I hope to pick it up alittle in training.

Friday, October 06, 2006


Today , I began my day by not going to the cafteria and getting my favorite doughnut. (you can see a photo of it from 10/3. I felt so good. Then---- the construction guys in our Cancer Center brought us doughnutholes from Krispy Kreme. I resisted. Then a patient brought in 2 boxes of fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I'm still okay. The next patient brought in Homemade Doughtnuts. The next patient a box of Fannie May candy. Ok---I give up. I'll go into sugar rehab next week. It's not happening today.

Thursday, October 05, 2006



I have alot of things going on this week. Getting in any training just wasn't happening. It's homecoming week for my kids High School. So we have bonfires and alot of activities going on. On top of that I have more training at work which always stresses me alittle. Then I scheduled the cableguy to come and upgrade some services Weds. After the 3 of them left and said that everything was done -I now have a new cable that needs buried in my back yard. Oh and nothing worked. I called and scheduled them to come back Thurs.

Thurs was the perfect day to get out and train. 70 and sunny. But for me-I spent the day agruing with the cable company and finally got someone to come out late in the day. Everything works now and I got a month of service free but I lost another day. This weekend has alot going on and I hope to get a couple of workouts in.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


My downfall right now is the doughnut with White icing and jelly filling.! Phase one was to include weight loss which is just not happening. Every morning I am drawn to the cafeteria and like an addict I have to buy my doughnut.(I do drink diet Mountain Dew with it) I believe if I can overcome this weakness or eat so many they make me puke I'll be better off. I will ween myself to every other day(starting next week) Thanks for listening!

Monday, October 02, 2006



I could have went to Yoga class but----- I saw this other group class available. It was tough and it was painful! We used the BOSU and large ball and weights. I enjoyed it much more than yoga and felt like I got a good core workout. I think it's yoga out--CRT in.

Sunday, October 01, 2006



Today is October 1 and I am on my way to base building for my spring marathon. I awoke to a perfect morning. The sun was shining and 37 outside. I ran yesterday so today was biking. Waterfall glen presents some nice trails with hills thrown in. I like to go there because it is one of the few places in Chicagoland with any hills at all. I felt good at the end and had challenged myself with the hills.

Week recap:
Monday: 30 min run
Tuesday: 60 min spin
Wednesday: off
Thursday: 60 min spin
Friday : off
Saturday: 50 min run
Sunday: 54 min bike / trails

Saturday, September 30, 2006



You could feel the change in the air today. The breeze was from the north. The sun was shining off and on. As I headed out with Dakota to run, wwe saw all the geese had returned to the ponds. We turned on to a side road next to a corn field. I could hear the farmer's combine going through the field. I love this time of year.

The run was good. I had no goals but to just get it in. My legs were alittle tired from spinning this week twice.

Thursday, September 28, 2006



Mary had a great class tonight. She pushed us out of our comfort zone. It was challenging. There were times I didn't think I could make it but you learn to hang in there and how far you can push it. It was a rotation of speed intervals and sprints on hills.

Mary leaves on Tuesday for Moab Utah to do an extreme Expedition. After the race begins Thurs, her team and her will cover 250-300 miles by Sunday. The must follow a map,bike ,repel,kayak, and run. Here is the tracking web site-Checkpoint tracker anf her team is "Time of my life". She is awesome.!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


1956-On this day 50 years ago , I was born in Columbus ,Ohio. My birth mother was an unwed and 19. She gave me up for adoption to some nuns in Cinncinnati. My parents came and got me when I was 7 weeks old. They took me in to their loving home on Sidney, Ohio.

1966- I am 10 years old and in the fifth grade. My grandmother lived just 4 blocks from school and I ate lunch with her everyday. She fell in the summer and broke her hip. She never came home from the hospital. In the fall, we moved to a new house and away from my friends in the neighborhood. It was a tough year.

1976- I am now 20 years old. I've graduated from x-ray school and working at a hospital in Springfield , Ohio. I've been married for a year. This is the 70's so our weekends are spent partying and going to the bars. It was a wild time in my life.

1986- I am now 30 years old. My marriage sucks. My husband is still partying while I've grown up. He is a runner and gotten me involved in running also in a club. I ran my first half marathon on my birthday (1:58). I thought I was so slow. I am also still at the the same hospital now doing CT scanning. My husband does not want kids and it is becoming a big problem.

1996- I've gotten divorced(1987) and remarried(1989). My husband is wonderful. We have a daughter and son(Hooch and Bino). We now live in New England. We just bought a log cabin in the country. My mother passed away in 1991 and I miss her. My father is doing great. He and his friend Dot drove up to our house to celebrate my birthday. I am not working but looking for a part time job . I applied at Walmart to be a greeter but they said I was overqualified. I am not running anymore.

2006- I am still married to the same wonderful man. Both of my kids are in high school. We moved from New England to Cleveland to Chicagoland because of my husband's promotions. I work as a lead radiation therapist in a cancer care center which I love. Everyone that I work with are my family. I am running again. I've completed the Chicago marathon twice, 6 half marathons, 3 duathlons, and some 5 ks. I'm heavier and slower and older. My dad is 84 and still with Dot. My inlaws are doing great. I feel that after a half of a century-my life has the best of everything.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Tonight in spin class, Mary had us riding hills. That's not unusual--- but the wild dogs that showed up while we were on a mountain in West Virginia added a challenge. It was speed intervals while hill climbing. Wow , what a workout. There were only a couple of short recovery periods. I realized how out of shape I was. This was my last workout as a person in their 40's. Next time on Thursday I'll be the 50 year old in the class. Bring it on!!!


Monday, September 25, 2006


Did I say that I hated yoga? I know after one class I shouldn't say that. I know my flexibility sucks. It would be great to help my core strength. But---------it's 70 and sunny outside. It's a perfect fall evening. Dakota was filled with extra energy. So out the door I went. So much for yoga(maybe next week). I totally enjoyed the run and had some good music on.(Melissa Ethridge) I only did 30 min because my legs were tired and I have spin tomorrow.

Run: 30 min.

FLYING PIG FACT:Pigs are intelligent and have been placed fourth on the intelligence list (humans are first, primates are second, dolphins/whales are third and pigs are fourth).

Sunday, September 24, 2006


I got up this am and planned to head out to run first thing. But it again was an ugly day. I decided to go to early mass(8am). Maybe run later. I wanted to run 60 min. After church rather than heading home, I stopped at the store to pick up a few things. For the next few hours , I did everything except run. By noon - I knew it was now or never. Dakota and I headed out with no route or exact time in mind. I just listened to my music and ran. I ended up back home 50 min. later.

The sun came out just as I got home. It ened up to be a beautiful day.

Run: 50 min. / ave pace 13:14

Saturday, September 23, 2006



This morning was foggy and gray outside. Rain was threatening. But all that was ok. Today Mary began her spin class again that was cancelled for the summer due to outside biking. At 745am everyone starting showing up to grab their preferred bikes. There was the big navy guy up front, Dawn and Roger over to the far side, the 2 sisters in the back, Rhonda in the middle and me in the 2nd row on the end. There are 48 cycles and each on was filled. It felt like the first day back to school after summer vacation. The music was 70's and 80's rock and roll. It was one of the best classes I've been to. We did an endurance ride with some hills. Next week ,I hope to spin on Tues and Thurs also.

PIG FACTOID:Soldier pigs have gone to war. They have served as mine sniffers in battlefields

Tuesday, September 19, 2006



I love spin class. It's my opportunity to get a good group workout and not get left behin. Mary teaches on Tuesday and Thursday. Mary is a friend and one of the biggest motivational people in my life. Tonight she was off and we had a sub. I knew from the moment I walked in that I didn't like her style. I can't put my finger on it. Then we had to ride and hover for 2 minutes. She came up beside of me and said if anyone needs help pushing their butt back she'd be glad to help. I felt like she wanted to help ME. My butt was back-it's just big.If she would have touched me I would have decked her. I did get my heart rate up and had a good workout. Hopefully Mary is back on Thursday.

PIG FACT OF THE DAY: Pigs are mentioned twice in the Bible. Sheep are mentioned 45 times, and goats 88 times

Monday, September 18, 2006


RUN: 30 MIN. / 13:10 AVE PACE

With the half this weekend, I offically ended my 2006 season. I had a couple of other race possibilities but just don't feel any motivation to do them. So it's on to the beginning of my marathon training which I am ready for.

Phase 1:

  1. From September 18 until Jan 1
  2. Weight loss 20 lbs.
  3. Focus on strength training
  4. Spin 2 minimum /week
  5. Keep weekend run at 90 min.
  6. d0 mid week run of 60 min at marathon pace.
  7. Do run training by time not miles.

Tonight, I ran 30 min. I tried to keep my pace around 13:00/mile. To break 6 hours in the marathon I need a 13:43 pace.

I am excited really excited about this. I felt my first marathon was a great experience. My second sucked because of my ITB. But ther is something that is just feeling right about this one.

PIG FACT OF THE DAY:In days gone by, sea captains kept pigs on board because they believed, should they be shipwrecked, pigs always swam toward the nearest shore.

Saturday, September 16, 2006


RUN: 13.1 MILES / 2:58:10 / 3:2 RUN WALK

We headed out the door at 6am and found heavy fog. Actually -I was happy to see that it wasn't too sunny and the temp was 56. Perfect for me. So far ,so good. Parking worked out well -right at the finish line so that my dad who is 84 could sit on the back of my Murano. I packed my 2 bottles of water in my fuel belt and 1 pack of clif bloks.
From running the course last year ,I knew the challenges ahead. I started the 3:2 immediately. I hit the first hill after mile 1 and it continues to 2. The photo shows how it was running up into the fog. The water stations were at every mile and each one was run by a different unit in competition with each other. My favorite was the reserves' oasis with the wet sponges and music.

After mile 6 , I lost rack of the miles and the time because I had no specific goal and just wanted to enjoy everyone and the run. I came down the final hill and someone yelled, "Great job you're going to break 3 hours" Holy shit!! The finish was awesome. The last .25 miles was inbetween c114 planes that were on display. There my dad and son were waving at me! I crossed the line at 2:58. There was a general there waiting to put on my medal. Just then a group of fighter jets flew over. I couldn't help but to be overwhelmed by the patriotism.

I have no pig fact today--but I am ready to begin the first phase of my training now for the flying Pig.

Friday, September 15, 2006



Today was a travel day to Ohio. Bino(my son) and I got up at 4am and finished packing to hit the road by 5. We thought we'd beat the AM Chicago traffic and we did. As soon as we hit Indiana things thinned out and we headed across rt 30. We came to our regular Burger King stop in Valparaiso and both got a Whopper for breakfast.

After 5 hours of driving, through fog, we got to dad's house in Sidney. It was so good to see him. He is 84 now and amazing to me. There is a calmness that comes over me when I get back home and spend time with dad. It is so peaceful. After unpacking ,I needed to head for Wright Patterson AFB (45 min.) to pick up my packet for the USAF half marathon tomorrow morning. On the way there we were hungry again. Lunch was a Big Boy sandwich,fries,cole slaw and a Chocolate shake.

The runners expo was excellent. I got a new pair of gel-nimbus for only $69, Clif blocks for the run, a STICK for when my ITB hurts, and a new sleeveless shirt. On top of that the goodie bag was awesome. This is the most well put on race I've ever been to. While walking around other races were advertising and guess who was there----THE FLYING PIG MARATHON. I'm starting to think it's destiny They gave me a luggage tag,Pig nose and a registration form. I just got to do it!!!

On the way home we stopped at SuperWalmart. For some reason Sidney has the best Walmart and I always spend too much money. This time was no exception. I even found some stadium seats for football games on sale.

Well-you know after that- we were ready for supper. We went to THE SPOT to eat. This is the restaurant in Sidney where Dave Thomas cam and met Rob Lowe's grandfather and got the idea for Wendy's. President Bush has also eaten here because of their Old fasioned Sugar Cream Pie. So I had another hamburger, fries , pie, and diet coke.

I began finally thinking about tomorrow morning and the half. Last year in the middle of marathon training I ran 2:51. Two months ago in SF I ran 3:02. I haven't trained alot since then so my guess is that I'll run between 3:00 and 3:15. And that could be a miracle considering my food intake for the day. I knew I could make it but the question also was my run walk ratio. I usually do 4run: 1 walk. I noticed the Penguin is doing 3run : 2 walk. I'll try that for tomorrow. It feel like less pressure.

Goals for Saturday's Half:

  1. Finish
  2. Enjoy the experience

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


RUN : 30 MIN.

Finally for the first time in 5 days ,I saw a glimpse of the sun at sunset. The grayness of the days has made things very melancholy. I coulldn't even muster up any excitement over the cooler temperatures. After several delays, I finally got out to run with Dakota. My legs were still alittle tired from the yoga experience but otherwise things felt good. The last 10 min. of my run the sun finally poked its head out at me and my MP3 played "Bring me to life,Wake me up inside...". I felt I was saying that to the sun to get my motivation going.

I leave tomorrow for Ohio. And have to go to the Air Force Base on Friday for my packet pick up. Then the race is Sat AM. I'm not nervous-I'm not really anything. I'm most excited about all the good food. Frisch's Big Boy Sandwich-Old Fashioned Sugar Cream Pie- Hussy's Fried Chicken.

PIG FACT OF THE DAY:If you were born in one of the following years, then you were born during the "Year of the Pig"1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 . I am running the Flying Pig Marathon in 2007 (Is that good luck?)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006



I'm not sure if I like yoga. I do know it would be good for me as my flexibility sucks. I'm used to being very busy and not stopping. It was hard to slow down and hold still for an hour in a darkened quiet room with calming music. My mind keep going to things I could be doing at home and should I be doing this rather than running. There was a cardio class next door that looked like they were working alot harder than me. My friend said I was making faces the entire time.
I will continue to go and maybe add a short run to it. This is part of my phase 1 for my marathon.

On another topic- Ironman Wisconsin. I have been following Iron Wil since the spring in her training for the Ironman. It's been quite the journey(one that I'll never attempt). I followed her online on Sunday and when I went to bed I knew she was on the marathon course. I said a prayer for her. In the morning my heart was broken to find out she was unable to complet after 133.4 miles. My heart went out to her. I hope she's okay.

Monday, September 11, 2006


Saturday, September 09, 2006



Today I volunteered for a 5K. It was done by our hospital to raise money in memory of Mark Staehley. He was a 17 year old who passed away recently from a neuroblastoma. He was diagnosed when he was 12 and gave it a hell of a fight. Mark's concern after his first stay in Children's hospital over Christmas was that all of the children have presents. He raised an ave of 20k every holiday for this. This race yesterday raised 12,000 to keep that going.

I worked in registration then headed out to diect runners on the course and cheer. A friend of mine from work was running her first 5K. I saw her heading to the finish and she looked great with a big smile on her face! It brought back alot of memories of firsts and also the joy of running for pleasure.

After the race-I went home and my Hooch (my 16 yo daughter) and I headed shopping for a homecoming dress. Running a marathon is easier. After 2 hours we decided on a color, the at 5pm finally bought a dress!

Hope to get a run in tomorrow- 6 days unitl my half.

PIG FACT OF THE DAY: The largest pig on record was a Poland-China hog named "Big Bill." He weighed a portly 2,552 lbs and was so large that he dragged his belly on the ground. He had a shoulder height of 5 feet and a length of 9 feet.

Thursday, September 07, 2006



Another tough day at work and I was just exhausted when I came home. Definitely a night to call for pizza. Thanks to 21st Century Mom for my new sidebar countdown clock. I guess it's game on for the PIG.

Looking to the weekend, I am volunteering at a 5k charity race on Saturday. I am excited. A friend at work will be running her first race. I am working at registration and on the course. This is the first time to be on the other side of the race so I'm excited. Sunday, my husbby and I are going to the Indy car race at Chicagoland if it doesn't rain. But I hope to still get a decent run in.

PIG FACT OF THE DAY:A pig's squeal can range from 110-115 decibels. Compare that to the Concorde jet, which is usually under 112 decibels.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006



After 2 chaotic days at work, I needed just some quiet time. The sun started going down and I grabbed Dakota for an easy run. My legs felt heavy tonight because of work I think. But I got it in.

The last 2 days at work have been so crazy because of a worm that got into the server in our Cancer Center and shut everything down including our Linear accelerator. It really sucked to cancel our patients treatments for 2 days but we'll work Saturday to get them in. I hope whoever did this feels really good about themselves, My 40 cancer patients did not get the treatments they needed.

Thank you 21st Century Mom-I'll install my countdown clock!

Flying Pig Marathon 242 Days
Pig fact of the day:Pigs have four toes on each hoof. Pigs walk on only two of their toes on each foot. They look like they are walking on tiptoe.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006



I did make it to Mary's spin class tonight. We did intervals in 15 min. sections. Each time we took our heart rate from 70% to 90%. The 2 min recovery. I lost my HR monitor strap so I'm not sure exactly where I was at.

Great news about next week-end. My inlaws who I love are coming down to my dad's(Sidney,Ohio) from Cleveland to join us for dinner Saturday night for my 50th. I am so excited that the whole family will be there.

PIG FACT OF THE DAY: Pigs are one of the oldest forms of livestock, having been domesticated as early as 5000 BC.

Monday, September 04, 2006



Last night was our annual cu-de-sac party. It began at 5 with lots of good food and of course good drink. I made sangria with alot of fresh fruit. We ate, drank, and were very merry until after 10 when 2 police cars showed up . It then began to rain. It was time for us to head in anyway. But a good time was had by all.

This morning for some reason ,I slept in late. I finally got going this afternoon and took Dakota for an easy 30 min. run. I felt amazingly pretty good.

The new schedule came out for the gym. I am going to take a fitness yoga class on Mondays. I've never done yoga before so it should be interesting. Also my friend Mary is doing 3 spinning classes a week. She will certainly add some good workouts to my schedule.

PIG FACT OF THE DAY:Contrary to popular belief, pigs are unable to sweat; instead, they wallow in mud to cool down.

Sunday, September 03, 2006



The Good: I felt much better today. Anxious to get out for a run. I got up early and got a place in the parking lot. When running, pace comfortable at 12:30-13:00. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful day. It was sunny and 65. My lungs felt opend up and sweated the cold out of me. I finished 9.5 miles!

The Bad: After mile 7 -my legs totally bonked. No energy or fuel. I chose a loop route so it was 2.5 miles to the car.

The Ugly: I walked the last 2.5 miles. I'm worried about my half in 2 weeks. Why wasn't I a little smarter after being sick all week? Really ugly -all the stuff I coughed up that was in my chest.

I believe there was more good than anything else about today! Most importantly -I am back to the land of the living and enjoy a beautiful sunrise. No more excuses. Thanks for the well wishes.

Saturday, September 02, 2006



My cold is still hanging on. I still have a low grade fever. It sounds like I could cough up a fur ball at any minute. I'm sure last night sitting out at the football game didn't help but there was nothing going to change that.

I have the USAF half to run in 2 weeks and my training has sucked. I have alot of reasons ot want to run this but a PR is not one of them. The race is held at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton,Ohio. I worked at the Cancer Center there for 1989-1991. I was married and had my daughter during that time so there are alot of good memories. My father(I'm an only child) who is 84 lives near there so it's an opportunity to visit and he loves to come along to see the Air Force Museum. He has also planned dinner for me on Saturday night for my 50th birthday. Last year I ran this and was overwhelmed by the patriotism and sense of pride in the U.S.. Military come in from all over the world to run and compete against each other. I know I can make it the ditance, my time will be slow but this one is not about the time but all the reasons to appreciate each mile.

Friday, September 01, 2006


Tonight was a big night. My kids go to a new High school. An tonight was the inaugural football game for the school. My daughter(Hooch) made varsity cheer her sophomore year. What a great evening. The stands were packed. The weather was perfect for football. My son (freshman) met up with a very pretty friend to enjoy the game with.

It brought tears to my eyes when the star spangled banner was played. I turned to my husband and saw that he was fogging up also. How many years I picture a night like tonight in my mind and it filled me with more emotions than I could have imagined. The team lost but the night was a win!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006



Today ,I came down with the worst cold ever! I knew that I was run down. Last week in Vegas ,our training room temp was 65 and we went outside to 112. I felt today not being able to breath was a good excuse not to run. I hope this is the worst day, as I have taken off Friday for a long weekend.

The kids are doing great in school and it's such a relief. You think as they get older that it should get easier but it just changes. #1(sophmore) is into cheerleading,football, and social life sometimes studies. #2 (freshman) loves school and teachers, outside jr drag racing. It's hard to imagine that in a few quick years they'll be heading out to college.

Last weekend , I went with my husband to Brother E's tatoo and piercing studio. He wanted a new tatoo. While there I had my upper ear pierced. Why? I felt like doing something but not a tatoo. My friend asked me if I had a crisis. I thought===maybe it's the fact that I will turn 50 in September. I'm not sure . But I will tell you it hurt like hell when they did it!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006



I needed to get back on track so I decided (early in the day) that I would do the 6pm spin class which my friend Mary teaches. At 4 pm the excuses began:

  1. I'm catching a cold
  2. I need to clean up around the house
  3. Laundry is piling up
  4. I've still got jet lag
  5. I need to pick my daughter up at 5
  6. Not enough time -too much pressure to get there
  7. What about dinner?
  8. Etc. Etc.

None of the reasons stuck and my kids helped around the house so I could leave. My husband was working late. So-Iwent.

Mary is training for a 3 day endurance race in Utah in October. So the whole class got to ride mountains tonight. After being away from spin for awhile,She about killed me. "Remember pain is weakness leaving the body" I made it-2 people left the class. It was a great work out and I was glad that I went. Mary also is a great motivater and that's just what I needed. We began planning for the spring and both intend to do the Galena triathlon again but want to get more people involved.

I must try not to make as many excuses and if I do not to give in!

Monday, August 28, 2006


RUN : TREADMILL 30 MIN 4.3-5.0

"Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.." Wasn't that a song? I certainly felt that today. No energy. Still with jet lag and time change issues. On paper I'm ready to go but when it comes to just getting out the door, it's been tough lately. I know that will change now that the kids are back in school and work is settling down. I guess it's just my dependance on a routine. I always think I'm flexible but I think it's not by choice but because of the nature of working and being a mom.

Sunday, August 27, 2006


I am so glad to be home! I've missed my hubby and kids. It was fun and I had a great time but I have a need to settle back into my routine.

The kids started high school last week. They both love it and their teachers. But ofcourse they found a million things that they needed before Monday. After getting all the school shopping done, groceries and catching up on laundry- I had nothing left to give to a workout. As was our motto in Vegas "It'll be okay"

On the flight home, I spent my trip trying to fine tune a training plan for the Flying Pig. I have completed Chicago twice but I want to break 6 hours this time and not injury my ITB again. My schedule until Oct 1 has a duathlon, half-marathon and a 5k. I have decided not to do the duathalon next weekend because the 10 mile ride involves singletracking. The other 2 races I'll do.

So here is Phase 1 of my plan:

  • Oct 1- Dec 31
  • Go to STRONG class at the gym Mondays and ? Weds.
  • Spin class every Tues. with Mary 1 hour/ also 1 other day a week.
  • Make every attempt to lose 20 pounds
  • Run 6 miles every weekend and a 3 miler during the week.

Phase 2

  • Jan 1 until April 15
  • Maintain weight loss
  • Begin adding to weekend runs until 2-20 milers
  • One day of spin per week
  • one 4-6 mile run at 1 min below marathon pace per week.
  • Still a work in progress

Phase 3

  • Taper until the big day.

Sounds good now--but as with all plans ----flexibility

Monday, August 21, 2006


I am in Vegas with my boss training at Varian for 4 days... No running. Temperatures are 106. Also the fitness center in Paris charges $25 to get in. No thanks. I guess I have no choice but to enjoy and indulge this week!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


RUN: 2.0 / NO TIME

Again, when I finally got home from work, taxi and errands it was 730 and the sun was going down. I decided that no matter what I would run. I had bills to do and some laundry and it was soon 845. I looked at Dakota who was anxiously looking at the door. I went up and changed and we headed out. I felt so good. The temperature was perfect. The evening was quiet. Dakota ran well(even though he weighs 90 lbs he is afraid in the dark). I ran a very comfortable 2 miles. It felt like a success becuase I had gotten out the door. I felt like I had added alot of positive energy to the stresses in my life.



I've hit one of those times where there is just not enough hours in the day. I am doing more training at work on our new computer system, have 2 kids going back to school next week, redoing the family room, and getting ready to head to Vegas with my boss for a week of training. It will be the first time I've left my 14 and 16 year old for more than 1 day with dad. I'm trying to cover all possibilities. With all of this happening my time an energy level has not permitted me to do alot.

My weight is really depressing for me now. At the beginning of the year I lost 16 pounds and last night I got on the scales and I've gained it all back. I know that when I get stressed -I go to the sugars. Last week I tried to detox from sugar with no success. I felt like work became temptation island. I work in a cancer care center. Our patients are so wonderful. They always bring in treats for us. It was an irresistable week. Especially the homemade jelly filled doughnuts. I know my weight is what is slowing me down in my running now. It's a matter of getting back on track. But with going to Vegas next week-----

Saturday, August 12, 2006


RUN: 2:12 / AVE PACE 14:03 ( 1 PIT STOP & 1 PHONE CALL) /9.43 MILES
Fuel Belt: 16 oz. Smart Water / 16 oz. Gatorade Endurance / 1 pack sport beans

Again ,I overslept and didn't get out until 730. By the time I got to Waterfall Glen the parking lot was full and I had to park down the road. Does that tell you how perfect the morning was? It was sunny, no humidity, and 65. My goal was to have an ave run pace in the 13:45 range and walk around 16:30. I wasn't too far off and tried to run by the way I felt and not look at my watch until the end of the run. I would like to run a half around 2:45-2:50 which is a pace of 12:45. I totally enjoyed the run and all the people that were out. I felt good at the end. Best of all-----my knee did not hurt. No pain.

I am still glad I did not run the Chicago Distance Classic this weekend. My friend is running it and I will miss going down today,the hotel, and the greasy hamburger after. But I know in the long run this is better.

Now I'm off to a day with my 16 year old daughter shopping. That will probably take more out of me than the run!

Friday, August 11, 2006




Thursday PM it downpoured all evening so I hit the treadmill. It was hard workout. The knee felt great. I am glad I am not running a half this weekend. No pressure.

Friday, my boss who was off came back to work. I had been helping out and with our department under construction and in training it was a tough week. I felt good because I hung in there with no major crisis or anyone(that I know of) hating me by the end of the week. We evaluated our continuing training today with sessions going on the next 4 weeks(one includes a trip to Vegas).

I cut the grass and cleaned the house this evening to take the pressure off the weekend. My plan A is to run 9.6 at Waterfall Glen on Saturday . On Sunday- Biking at the I & M. The weather should be good.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006



I planned to go to 645 spin class with Tony. Because of the "MOM" taxi schedule and dinner, getting there was too much pressure. So I opted for a run. I didn't really feel like running so I made a bargain to head out for a 3 mile run and I have a option point where I can cut it to alittle over 2. You know where this is going-I opted for the 2. I felt like a wimp after I turned and continued with pickups thrown in at about a 9min pace. So I won and lost with the workout. Winning- I did go out,got some miles inwith pickups
Lost- 1 mile or spinning class.

Overall with the achy knee- good deal.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Why me? Y-me

zero--no time

I am a facilitator for a Y-me Beast Cancer Support Group. Tonight's meeting had a great turnout. I was to be the presenter of "Breast Cancer Survival and Excercise" There have been some interesting new studies that show an increase in survival rates from 85% to 92% with moderate excercise for 3 hours per week. I had great handouts and a powerpoint. But the whole thing became sidetrack when several of our ladies began talking about crisis they were facing.

For me,the only one there without breast cancer, it made me more appreciative of life. It also gave me a unique perspective as a radiation therapist what my patients were facing and their veiw of things.

After 9 hours of work and my group meeting, there was no time or energy left to run.

Monday, August 07, 2006


RUN: 3.0 / NO TIME

Okay - I'm takin' it easy this week. I've decided not to run the half this weekend. It feel like a weight has been lifted. (for alot of reasons) It was a beautiful sunset when Dakota,my golden retreiver and I headed out the door. Finally the temperature has dropped and it turned into the perfect run.

My eating--- Limited sugar intake to 25g and stopped eating by 8pm. I am afraid to weigh myself . I need to get some off though before the USAF half in 39 days.

Saturday, August 05, 2006


RUN : 8 MILES / No Time approx 2 hrs with pitstops/

Yesterday's run was a test run of sorts. I am not sure if I should run next Sunday's Chicago Distance Classic. At about 5 miles my rt ITB started hurting alittle. I didn't have to stop but I knew it was aching. At the beginning of the run I had no doubt I would be okay for another half but by the end I had doubts.

The reason I want to run it is that is the Penguin's race and I've run the last 2 years and love the race. But this year if it was any other race I would say no thanks. If my ITB goes out all the way it is the end my running year.

My mother always used to tell me to listen to my gut which in this case says no. But my heart wants to run it again. I've got all week to decide. I'm sure I'll go back and forth a million times.

On another topic- my eating. I need to cut back some weight to where I was in the spring. It would help me reach my 2:45 half goal and probably help my knee. I need to clean my act up one bad habit at a time. First sugar intake. It's time to detoxifiy this week. Also no more eating after 8pm. Next week I'll add something else.

Thursday, August 03, 2006



On tonight's run (easy in the heat), I began developing my plan for marathon training. I love to plan ahead and put things on my calendar.

First- I want to finish the races that I have scheduled through Oct 1.
8/13 Chicago Distance Classic half marathon
9/3 Trail Shark Duathalon
9/16 USAF Half Marathon
9/24 Plainfield Fall 5K
10/1 Chicago Half Marathon

Second- After Oct 1 there is 28 weeks until the Flying Pig Marathon.
October, November-- Increase Core strength and increase spinning classes to 2-3 per week.
December- Holidays are always hectic. try to stay on track.
Jan. 1 Begin Marathon training- Working out a plan now. I really like Jeff Galloway but he takes the long runs up to 26-28 miles. I may take his walk/ run ratio information and combine it with Hal Higdon and John Bingham. It will be an interesting plan. I also want the spinning classes to play a part because of the interval training.

I feel alot more motivated now.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Wacky Wednesday

RUN : 35 min. treadmill-no distance or HR

When you come back from vacation it's hard to get things happening sometimes. Luckily I took the day off work. I wanted to get up and try to undo some of the jetlag and get an early run but that didn't happen. My son woke me up at 845 and wanted to go golfing. I checked the temp and it was already 86 so I decided to run on the treadmill later and head to the driving range with my son.

The afternoon was spent at the DMV trying to get my daughter's driver's permit replaced and getting groceries.

The evening was laundry and unpacking. Finally at 8pm - I just quit and knew it was now or never to run. I went down to my treadmill. I was interested to see of my rt knee still hurt. I;ve signed up for another half 1 week from Sunday. I love the race-it's the penguin's and I've ran it the last 2 years. But I really am afraid I might have an ITB problem. I'll run 10 this weekend and see how it feels.

Tonight while running I set a few new goals. I want to run the Chicago Half marathon on Oct 1 in under 2:45. I will be 50 on 9/27 and 20 years ago I ran my first half (1:58) . I have 2 months of hard work ahead but I'm more motivated now. Also definitely the Flying Pig marathon in May. Seeing 21st Century mom in SF made me want to do it again. So now it's time to develop a plan.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Sunday: After the half , my daughter and I went to lunch at Taratino's on the wharf. It was delicious. After that -my rt ITB really hurt and so did my head. I think the no food for breakfast finally caught up. We went back to the hotel and watched chick flicks and took it easy.

Monday: It's shopping day!!! We took the cable car to Union Square and hit the stores. For dinner we hit Chinatown ate and shopped until dark.


I got up early and took a 30 minute run on the wharf and went passed the ferry building. It was sad that our trip was coming to an end. There were lots of runners out and I totally enjoyed the run. At the end I realized that my knee didn't hurt!!! Time to head back to Chicago and the hot weather.

We had a great time, made alot of memories, and ran an awesome half marathon!

Sunday, July 30, 2006


1/2 MARATHON: 3:02 / 4:1 RATIO / AVE PACE-13:56

The beginning: I got up at 4:30. I didn't sleep well. My daughter reminded me that I stayed up too late. I got ready and packed up and left the room. I couldn't find any food. I went to the lobby and found the trolley doesn't run until 6am. Okay-start walking. It's about 1.5 miles to the start. I got there at at 5:35 . My start was at 6:10. Went to meet 21st Century mom. We started in an earlier wave. I started to relax because it gave me 10 extra minutes before the 3 hour course limit.

The Run:

Mile 1- 13:02 Flat and feeling good.

Mile 2-13:31 Still okay and flat

Mile 3- 13:40 Alittle uphill . Avoiding Sprinkler system in park.

Mile 4 - 13:36 Going thru Criss field. Looking up at the Golden Gate.

Mile 5 -13:49 We're in the Presidio and heading to the bridge.

Mile 6 - 15:35 BIG hill. I had to walk it .

Mile 7 - 14:43 Made it up on the bridge. Going up to the middle. The most awesome view I've ever seen.

Mile 8 & 9- 28:00 I missed hitting the button on my watch. Made it to the turn around at Vissta Point. Quick pit stop. On my way out tripped on another runner and down I went. Banged up my rt knee and rt hand. I'm still okay. Running across the bridge I ran into Beth from Detroit who I met on the shuttle. She looked awesome. Imagine this is her first half. My rt knee began to hurt.(ITB again)

Mile 10-14:23 I'm off the bridge and heading up another monster hill. I needed to be here at 2:18 to finish under 3:00. The time 2:20:24. I know I'm doing the best I can.

Mile 11- 12:46 Defintely a downhill. Spectacular view. I think I can pick up some time. Time 2:32.

Mile 12 to finish-- I ran with no walking. I realy want to break 3 hrs. It became really sunny. Temperature rising. Another uphill. Damn. I keep looking for the finish -Time 2:58 . I come around a corner finally there it is.

Time: 3:02:40---I know I gave it my best shot. No excuses.

The Finish: I was only 2 min. off my goal. But I was pleased with my time. A good day! I loved the race /the course was the most challenging/ I don't think I'm injured(ITB hurts) / Memories that will last a lifetime.