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my PBR*

Posted in 1/2 marathon on January 12, 2012 by sambycat

2009 – 3:13:28 – age grade (42) 36.1%

2011 – 2:53:57 – age grade (45) 41.4% – overall – 15,468 out of 22,412

so, basically, yeah, i did it! heh.

i missed my goal by just under 4 minutes. i walked only a slight bit more than i planned. when i finished, i felt a few moments of sadness – i felt i did terrible. but that softened during the trip and now i feel pretty great about it. what i think i learned from this race is that –

  • if the race were before thanksgiving, i think i could’ve beat my goal. basically, spotty training at the end and the weight creep i allowed from the holidays slowed me down. and really shows up in my pictures, dad gummit!
  • my training really did make a difference. after previous races (and 2008 was my first, but 2009 was my “fastest”), i had soreness and stiffness during the week following, felt like i had undertaken a major accomplishment and needed to recover. preferably in bed. with snacks (wait, that sounds good!). i was achey and not really in the best temperament saturday evening – i needed to walk around, not stand in lines or sit. poor trace and his funky toe were better off sitting or riding.  but i didn’t feel half bad the next day and really, it was like, just another strenuous work out. didn’t feel like “this was the most exertional moment of my life!!!” which is how other races have felt. so from this i learn that a) i “could” have pushed myself more (because i didn’t utterly exhaust myself) and b) i can run 13.1 miles and it ain’t no thang! heh. looking forward to the DL half – gonna say it right now: 2:30 and lose 25# by then.
  • i have some pretty amazing friends – amanda – amazing! i bow down! i admire your determination and you gave me the best advice of the whole weekend  -“why take up triathalons? more equipment, money, time?” AMEN sister! jeff – so impressed by all your progress! damn! bonnie & andy dazzled me (and are very cute together!), and everyone else – justin, kipp, chris, lorraine, matt, teresa, jonathon, lori and her hubby, david and vicki, bryan and amy (and little hayden!) – just everyone – it was like the good old days! i’m in awe of the tenacity and support most everyone gives each other – especially jeff and amanda. amazing.


and i did go for a run yesterday. 🙂

*in the hospital setting, PR means by rectum. so i do not enjoy everyone referring to their PR, meaning “personal record”. i want to say PB = personal best. but perhaps this is too reminiscent of that bad marielle hemingway tennis movie. so in combination i choose to say PBR = personal best record. and it also stands for beer.


last run and packing up

Posted in #godforbid, 1/2 marathon, rants on January 3, 2012 by sambycat

just to get this part out of the way –

ran on the 2nd: 3.75 miles in 48:10, @12.8 min/mile

i still feel sore from my yoga DVD and have just done stretching since.

we are packing up now. early flight tomorrow. went to the doctor today – he is going to increase my BP medicine, i agree that my diastolic hasn’t come down enough, so i need to increase my dose. but, wisely, since apparently the drug i’ve been taking (samples) is non-formulary ($$$), he gave me enough of an increased dose for the next week, then, when i return home, i will switch to a generic medicine and revisit in a month. i feel pretty good from that end of things.

i feel absolutely insane today. have had a little bit of everything to deal with and no tying up of loose ends in sight. whereas last weekend i was getting giddy about going to WDW, today i feel sick. i’m stressed, i’m completely focused on everything negative (shocker) and really feeling worried about home affairs (dogs, kiddo, house, etc..) while we are gone.

trace’s toe is still hurting and i am driving us both crazy because he can’t somehow do everything the way i, the graduate trained medical professional, would and i am hoping he doesn’t have to run me down with his wheel chair in the parks and not have to worry about a first anniversary present for me… did you know the first anniversary is the “paper” anniversary? right now, mine would say i’m certifiable.

i also have to admit that i am depressed and angry at myself that the christmas 6, ok, christmas EIGHTFUCKINGPOUNDS i’ve put on since turkey day are actually on my fat ass right now so that instead of being the lightest in the last 2 years, i’m going into this feeling like a snausage in all of the “old” clothes i was enjoying being back in beginning of december.


so i’m worried and freaking out. what else is new?

it’s just about time

Posted in #godforbid, 1/2 marathon on January 1, 2012 by sambycat

right off the bat, heres (all) i’ve done since xmas (aka not much)-


my blood pressure is doing well, better, not bottoming out or anything but high normal and i return to the doctor’s office tuesday morning. my uterus has calmed. i’m feeling ok. work has been kicking my butt and although i swear i can see the tiniest bit of evidence to the naked eye that the days are getting longer…. must be getting longer!!!!!

we leave on wednesday. this weekend it hit me that I’M GOING TO DISNEYWORLD!!!!!

but –

  • trace broke his toe accidentally stubbing it on a piece of furniture last week, so he’s not even racing. i’m COMPLETELY stressing on how he is going to get around and how wildly optimistic and pessimistic his idea of how/what we are/can do are. i need to just shut up and go with the flow, as crush would say, but instead i am a ball of anxiety, stress and irritation. and his poor toe just looks awful. poor toe.
  • i fell way short in my last long run attempt yesterday. hell, i was still sore from my christmas eve run! i *hope* to go reattempt tomorrow. today i did a baron baptiste yoga dvd i have always loved and was reminded of how freaking hard yoga is! but a nice stretch and reminder of all the poses in my sun salutations – and i see in posting the link that i need to de-rust myself and then visit jennifer and baron in boston! ooooooooo!
  • i am nervous and excited and calm and depressed about the whole race thing. i don’t think i’ve trained well enough to meet my goals since thanksgiving. it’s going to be tough. and while, before last week, i was stressing about how hard it would be to NOT hang out with my hubby in the same spot and in the same corral and then to “run off” with out him, now all i think about is being there by myself (in a crowd of thousands with a few hundred close friends sprinkled in) and so when i don’t meet my goal, i can’t blame t on anyone else or me lagging back because i feel bad. it’s all on me.

i’ll try and sign on once again before we go. doing mad packing and finishing our 5K costumes – apparently i will be rolling jose through the race 🙂

would you care for some cheese to go with this WHINE?

Posted in #godforbid, 1/2 marathon, health on December 17, 2011 by sambycat

let me preface by saying that i know i am blessed in my life and so very grateful to have the love and company of family and friends. to have a job that allows myself and by extension my family the ability to do the things we want (within reason!) and live in a home and have health insurance. and 2 cars to get us around in. and something about world peace here as well because here is my week in a teeny tiny nutshell of whine…. and really none of it has a thing to do with running. which is why the whining comes in.

no running since last weekend. it’s incredibly busy at the hospital(s) that i work at and i was hoping for some short runs during the week, trying to add my mileage on the weekends and just aiming to keep up my current endurance level and hopefully not backslide during these shorter daylight hours filled with dietary temptations. and, if i got off early one day, get a longer run in, but just try and hit those weekends. this was my plan.

so 2 things, but first, keep in mind that i am now 45 and have had borderline high blood pressures off and on over the last few years. never have taken BP meds or had problems in that direction when i was much heavier, just kind of having higher BPs despite exercise since 40. i don’t really have an “internist” and nothing has been insane enough to scare any practitioner i’ve seen, but i’ve brought it up to people and have been kind of poo-poohed about it. also, increasing age, elevated BP and birth control pills are usually not a good thing so that’s been in the back of my mind as well.

well, long story short, i had an appointment wednesday to get an IUD placed. this was a second attempt and i won’t go into the whole rigamoll but let me just say, upon arrival my BP was 160/100 from the sheer expectation and excitement of attempting this office procedure again. so basically, it is in, i couldn’t go to work thursday and am taking NSAIDs and lortabs when not at work. it is better than the first night and next day, but i’m feeling very like someone has a voodoo doll of me and they keep pulling its internal organs out.

after talking with my GYN doc – who is awesome – i was able to finally get an appt to evaluate my BP this morning at trace’s doctor’s office. and it was 178/120. oh yes. in both arms. so after taking freaking clonidine, getting an EKG, blood draws and waiting an hour and rechecking my BP (then down to like 160/90), i was sent home with BP meds, and rx to fill and take PRN if my BP is high like that again and instructions to go get a home BP cuff (side note taking your own BP with  cuff and sphygmomanometer – love that word! my econd favorite science word after “phospho-lipid bilayer” i is awkward).

so i am sure you can only imagine how young, vibrant and in shape i must feel at this moment!

trace got me the BP monitor – i’m 133/83 at the moment. actually just in the last hour i feel a little better than i have all day. my BP right now is at the median to high end of where its been over the last few years that noone has cared all that much about. even thinking about it right now, i’m remembering that even like nearly 10 years ago (eek) in yoga class i was wondering if i were going to stroke out cause i can hear my BP pounding in my ears in certain positions. ah denial, it ain’t just a river in egypt ya’know….

feeling like i’m actually doing better right now. two hours ago i was thinking i was done for the weekend, but, after another handful of tylenol and motrin, and a big ol’ nap, i’m actually moving around. ao i wil check my BP in the morning and go from there. maybe i will get something short at least in and take it from there.

i was feeling really depressed this morning. now, i’m relieved i’m getting follow up on the BP. i’m annoyed that my recent loss of 25# hasn’t made that go away, but my EKG was normal and they are checking into other blood work etc. i have some meds and can check as asked to. my diet isn’t completely heinous, but there is more temptation for me this time of year and i need to reexamine. and i definitely need to figure out how to better handle the many stressors i feel right now.


i’m trying.









since last we spoke

Posted in 1/2 marathon on December 11, 2011 by sambycat

i haven’t been totally lying around like a lazy pimply blob although my last post implied as much…. here are the deets:

  • 11/30 – called for a 7 miler. i did 7.33 miles in 1:45:13, a 14.4 min/mile pace.
  • 12/3 – didn’t go out again until the next saturday, was supposed to do 4.5 miles, instead, i staggered along and did 3.68 miles in 47:20 – a blistering 12.9 min/mile pace. NOT. although, i should be easier on myself i think about this one, given it was maybe 50 degrees out and threatening rain. i still went out though. and it did rain. first just a little mist or drops which let up  so i kept going, but then it began to pour and i gave in….
  • 12/4 – trace and i both went to the gym and hopped on the treadmill. it lived up to it’s dreadmill nickname and i lumbered through 4.17 miles in 55 minutes – a 13.11 min/mile pace.
  • 12/10 – my pen-hig-away plan called for 4.5 miles yesterday. since i wasn’t sure what the rest of the weekend would hold schedule wise, i planned to try to go out and do closer to 7 miles. my heart wasn’t really in it although i did surpass the original plan. i did a tough 5.68 miles in 1:11:22, a 12.6 pace. the surprise of the run was some lady’s airedale that was apparently running with me and booped my hand with its nose and scared the bejesus out of me! i’m sure the owner was yelling for her (friendly dog) and had i not been busy trying not to die and keep going at the same time i might have stopped and made a comment or something but i was trying to recover and not laugh so hard so i kept on, waving back at the lady and yelling “its ok!” and clapping…. it was pretty startling and funny!
  • 12/11 – i’ve just returned from my longest run to date – 8.46 in 1:45:16 a 12.4 min/mile pace and a projected half marathon finish time that comes to 2:43. i feel pretty good. i envisioned the run as the doldrums between leaving MK and entering EPCOT – thats about the right distance. i was surprised the stats were not bad. i’m feeling ok on the runs physically, they aren’t super easy and my pace still feels all over crazy, but i don’t feel like i am going to die exactly when done, but i am completely over the landscape around here and i can tell that the repetition of running in circles around the neighborhood is wearing thin. i’ve recently started running across the way a bit to this other subdivision and checking out the houses in there and then connecting to the park area that i normally run in. thats at least adding some visual interest to the runs although it just makes me think how much work our house needs. it’s great to see the glass as half full, isn’t it?

hello again

Posted in #godforbid, 1/2 marathon on November 28, 2011 by sambycat

i did run saturday. like 2.96 miles (shoulda been 3) in 36:20. i felt like a giant slug dragging my carcass across the windy tundra. except without the whole tundra part.

sunday i pulled down about a third of the reallllly lovely wall paper in our master bath and painted about 1/3 of the ceiling and primed the areas i peeled the paper (and most of the wall off because those who built this home couldn’t see the wisdom in  putting some scant layer of paint between the drywall and the wall paper adhesive). but i digress. my arms are still a bit sore today.


i should have run 4.5 miles today and now i also see the run following that is a 7 miler. very important to my training and time is running out. but i let time get away from me and i wanted to run outside. so i better get my butt in gear tomorrow or it will be a gym run if i can’t get out right after work.


also i ate more than my weight in peppermint ice cream. it is my kryptonite and i can eat gallons of it at a time without batting an eyelash. and then i feel like i want to die. so i will not be getting on the scale till next week me thinks.


working on actual plans for the trip and realizing i get to see people! yay! knowing i’ve made a lot of progress! yay! feeling really unattractive, pimply, bloated and broke. boo.



race day!

Posted in 1/2 marathon on November 22, 2011 by sambycat

well, not really – but on my plan today coincides with “find a 5K race!” and since i’ve noplans to go into a massive crowd on turkey day and need to get in all mileage great and small between now and january, i did my own 5k “race” just now.

3.2 miles – 37:34; 11.7 min/mile average pace. this includes a 3 minute walking “warm up”, but no cool down. so i was movin’ right along.

may i just say, no, i could not do that 4 times just as fast now or in a month, howevr, that was a nice 5 K time for me. cool evening weather, new shoes, well timed food and drink made for a nice outing.

faith, trust, WDW finish line or BUST!!

weekend update

Posted in 1/2 marathon on November 20, 2011 by sambycat

friday i ran after work -shocking, i know, especialy considering the time change, all the BS of this week, but i got out there! my pen-hig-away plan called for 6 miles – i did 6.53 miles in 1:29:15 at a 13.7 pace. meh. if you put that info into an online calculator, that projects to a stunning finish time of 2:59:03 which would be way way way off my imaginary finish time of 2 hours. because i am ninja like that.

saturday i went out first thing, thinking i would at least do a little mere 2 or 3 mile jaunt and test out the run keeper app trace likes to use. well, i was not feeling fabulous – my feet hurt (waiting on new shoes – more on this in a moment) and i was not feeling fabulous, as previously mentioned. i didn’t “get”the app – i cant be bothered to be staring at my iphone all the time to see what i am doing, how fast i am going – it does give 5 minute updates, but, well, i’m just trying to stick with this whole 4 minute run/1 minute walk thing. i came back after of about 15 excruciating long and slow minutes and pedaled away for 15 minutes on the stationary bike in the garage.

funny thing, later that day i had a hair appointment – we went by the running store where i has bought my favorite shoes – asics gel kayano 17’s – first running shoes EVAH i have worn out – and we had ordered me a new pair right before halloween – they STILL haven’t come in. long story short, i believe that the color and style is no longer available and the store (which is really good usually) just we haven’t connected with someone to actually check on the order (i had been looking for the shoes online before we ordered them there and they were very difficult to find – they were “limited edition” colors and the “18” is coming soon). the guy checked on them and seems to understand our concerns and we left there feeling confident that he would actually s=check in with the asics folks and find out if those shoes were order-able or not monday.

AND THEN WE WALKED INTO A COMPETING RUNNING STORE A BLOCK AWAY AND THEY HAD ONE PAIR OF SIZE 10’s FOR 90 BUCKS!!! so now someone, er trace, just needs to call the first store and say “refund thank you”…

ha!!! also, i bought actual running capris – always makes me laugh when i buy activity based clothing AND IT WORKS! ha!

this morning i did my regularly scheduled 4 miler and completed 4.49 miles in 56:42 at a 12.6 min/mile – which is a 2:56:3 finish time.

i need to accept the whole “i’m not going to run this in 2 hour” thing.

pedal pedal pedal

Posted in 1/2 marathon on November 15, 2011 by sambycat

tried out trace’s stationary bike – pedaled for 37.2 minutes and went 10.3 miles – whatever the heck that means….

monday monday

Posted in 1/2 marathon on November 14, 2011 by sambycat

back from a whirl wind trip to america’s heartland, where it now is pitch black at, oh, about 4:30 pm – even with a full moon. we had fun visiting family and friends, but did nothing but drive long ditances, eat inappropriate foods (i think i may have had a vegetable at some point….) and yap endlessly with family. good times.

fortunately, although the weather has turned crazy warm again, i was able to get out for an hour. it’s not quite dark yet at 5:45… i did an amazing slow 4.47 miles at a lumbering pace of 14.1 minutes/mile.

slow and steady wins the race, no?