Saturday, October 18, 2008

After last week's Chicago Marathon, it was time to take a step back. This year I had several goals that I hoped to reach. Also included was looking at my half-iron and marathon to decide my plan for 2009.

Snips and I decided after the marathon to put the Indy 500 MiniMarathon on our 2009 calendar for May and the USAF half-Marathon on for September. Those will probably be the only running races. The rest of my races will be tri's.

As far as my "A" race for next year, here it is: Beach2Battleship . With that said, I have 2 options for that race. It is either a half or full iron distance. Sharkie and I are planning to go volunteer at this year's race to look at the course.

On the homefront, hubby is home from the hospital. The surgeon felt the surgery to repair the aneurysm was very successful. He still has alot of pain from his RSD but we're still working on that. Thanks for all the prayer and postive thoughts.

Waddling to work on my 2009 game plan............

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Today is hubby's day for surgery to repair the aneurysm in his ankle. They have just taken him into the OR. They are unable to fix the aneurysm by doing an angiogram. So we are headed into a 3 hour surgery. They will need to see if they are able to repair the artery and if they can get a vein from his leg to do this repair.

I brought my laptopto pass the time. I am trying to plan 2009 races. It will keep my mind ahead to the future which I know will be good.

Waddling and praying..............

Surgery is done. Things went well. They found a 0.6 cm hole in his artery. They were able to take a vein from his foot and repair the hole. He will be going to Step-down ICU and may get to go home Saturday. The aneurysm itself was over 5 cm round.

Waddling to Recovery...........

Monday, October 13, 2008

And now the rest of the story..........

Going into Sunday's marathon, I knew that I had my work cut out for me. I knew the course from doing it twice before and knew the demons that awaited me out there.

Marathon morning brought us a picture perfect day except for the temperature. Being with Snips reminded me of my first time being at the starting line. Her enthusiasm and excitement was contagious. It was exciting to share the experience with her.

Snips had ironed on our names to our shirts. It was great to have people along the course cheering us on.

The first 5-6 miles flew by. Around mile 2-3, I saw Iron Snoopy, Moose and some tri-friends. That pumped us up.Our pace felt comfortable to both of us. We had a plan to walk through all the water stations and run the rest. We were right on track. This looked like this would be the day that I broke 6 hours.

Just before the water station at mile 8 , I needed to walk because of a pain in my right foot and ankle. I knew that my day was changing. I told Snips to go on without me. I knew she was strong and that I would her hold her back. Reluctantly she gave me a hug and headed off. I began walking and talking to myself. I had $20 in my fuel belt and could catch a cab back to the hotel. I called my hubby and told him that I was quitting.

I kept walking. Between 11 and 12, I saw Running Jayhawk ahead of me and caught up to say hello. She was also walking. She had spasms in her calf. We chatted some then both headed on our way. My goal became to make it to the half marathon point. As I looked around, about 2/3 of those around me were walking.

I passed the half marathon point and looked at my watch to see exactly 3:00. If I kept going possibly I could break 6:30. I had no idea where I was in the city and there were no cabs to be seen so I kept going. My leg felt no worse and I tried to run but that wasn't happening. I glanced around to see almost everyone was walking around me. I began noticing that the aid stations were full with runners and ambulances. I continued walking.

At mile 15, the loud speaker announced the course was now under a "Red Alert". Heat conditions were worse,slow down and take extra fluids. Also be prepared to leave the course and have a plan. I continued walking.

After mile 16, I could see the Sears tower and knew that we were heading back to the city before heading to the south part of the course. Someone was walking toward me and it was Sharkie, my tri-training buddy. She found me and knew that I was having a tough day. She had a map and I decided that I was done for the day. She walked with me back to the hotel. We talked the entire way about triathlon training and next year. She dropped me off and went to catch her train.

At the hotel I changed clothes and went to the finish to wait for Snips. She finished and looked great hear time was 5:38. Her smile was ear to ear. Although I did not finish, I basked in her excitement.

I could give you a thousand reasons for what happened and a zillion excuses but I won't because none of them are important. I know that I did the best that I could and gave everything that I had. I did get to the starting line, I did make it 16+ miles, and I did she a good friend complete her first marathon.

My 2008 season is in the books.

Waddling to plan 2009.............

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Waddling with no excuses.............