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respecting the distance

Posted in #godforbid, Marathon on June 28, 2014 by sambycat

so, i have heard here and in many other places that one should “respect the distance”. i fear the distance. the distance sees me, it smells my fear AND IT LAUGHS OUT LOUD. obviously, with training, one starts to build confidence. the smell of flop sweat becomes less pungent, the distance senses the change.


it is my goal to respect the distance. for now i’m just gonna eyeball it from across the street, nod and say “SUP?”…. and keep on run…er…wogging.


I’ve completed week 3 of the #FITUP/Galloway full training program. today was a 3 mile wog. changed up my walk/run ratio to the dazzling 40s/1:10s. pace was ~15”/mi this morning with the temps being in the upper 80s, very humid. but felt ok. although, generally, my feet have been kinda sore. more like the outside edges. my shoes are reasonable low mileage, so i don’t think its that. i think its my increased weight on my increasing mileage! but hopefully i’ll be making a dent in that soon.


i’d asked on Facebook WTH people think about after mile 15 – not sure how i’ll be feeling about the distance then!!


tomorrow i plan to bike and do a set of myrtles. for my girdles.


Help Me, Jeff Galloway, You’re My Only Hope

Posted in #godforbid, Marathon, runDisney on April 27, 2014 by sambycat

“…to finish in the upright position…”

well well well

Posted in #godforbid on April 22, 2014 by sambycat

a funny thing happened on my way to right now…. I’M REGISTERED FOR THE 2015 WDW MARATHON. the FULL marathon. the FULL MARATHON as in WTF am i thinking?


i guess i’m going to have to start training.

i’m doing the ToT 10 miler this year

Posted in #godforbid on April 16, 2013 by sambycat

thoughts going out to those in boston. glad my friends are safe.


perhaps more to come on my running plans over the next few months (170 days to be exact). i’m following the galloway 10 miler plan. what are you doing?

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.









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.



My “Pen-hig-oway” 1/2 Marathon Plan*

Posted in #godforbid, 1/2 marathon on November 5, 2011 by sambycat

yes, i am still alive. yes, i am still running. although i’ve come further in my race fitness journey than ever before, any of you that know me, follow on twitter or follow the podcast know that, what with health issues, ear attacks, zillion degree temperatures, family life/work complications (the usual), i’ve had a tough time seeing and appreciating really what i have done, how far i have come and that what i have done MUST result in some kind of improvement over any of my previous (walk/wogging) WDW halfs as long as i merely show up.

a main sitcking point for me has been trying to find a way to train and a plan. luckily, i did NOT stop the physical activity whilst i tried to sort this out, but it’s taken me a longer time than i thought and set backs have frustrated me more than i thought they would. for me, getting out of the gym to increase mileage (especially now that the weather here is less like the surface of the sun) has been key, but also brought me to a place i had not been before. truth be told, even though i’ve been in better physical health for the half (the year i was rowing as well), i’ve not gotten mileage up anywhere near half distances. i was working on running times – not pace time but ability to run for lengths of time. i was running 30 minute blocks with a one minute walk on the treadmill mid-summer until the whole weather debacle threw me. i’d also been trying a variety of apps and strategies that have both gotten me excited and made me want to seriously hurt people with feet.

bottom line – here’s where i stand: my plan is to finish the 2012 WDW 1/2 Marathon with a time at or under a 12:29 min/mile pace. i have settled into a strategy using a 4 minute run/1 minute walk ratio (GALLOWAY*) after trying a lot of other stuff and wanting to meet my time goal but also my FINISH STRONG goal – i.e.; i want to finish still doing the run walk ratio or if feeling so marvelous run the last 5K, but not limp or poop out at horrible and boring mile 8. there isn’t really “app for that”, with the distance and time i need so i am also making myself a race day mix of music that will also include me giving myself run/walk and time cues so that i don’t have to fiddle fuck with my iphone or pod or what have you.

for an actual training plan, i’m going with the HIGDON* training app distances with the target race day being my actual race day of january 7, 2012. below is the distances from that app, and my plan is to basically run every other day. doing that, i do have time to bump my mileage up and then when i am actually running, i’m going to select a distance off the galloway 10K app i’ve been using (it gives the run walk cues and uses your own music) and then just do what i do. i filled in the first row with the actual date and actual distance of my run. so as long as i’m not “overdoing it”, i’m not going to freak if my actual distances are more, it’s just the best system i have to get out there and not either look at a watch every 5 seconds or make myself some freaky mp3 for every single run.

the plan is to do a run about every other day, maybe every day for the really short (<5K) runs

so now i need to get up off of the couch and go run…. i’m getting a cold. poo.

*PEN= John “the Penguin” Bingham – “Have a strategy”

HIG = Hal Higdon – mileage plan

  OWAY = Jeff Galloway – walk/run ratio

mermaid transformation

Posted in #godforbid, beauty, pirates on June 1, 2011 by sambycat

if you follow the disney blog or those darn cats, you may be familiar with the new “mermaid transformation” available at the magic kingdom. it is described thusly:

The Mermaid Transformation Package at The Pirates League is for bold, daring girls who want to evoke the radiant and cool colors of the ocean. This limited-time transformation is for girls who want to have their inner mermaid shine through. The package includes a luminous make-up transformation that evokes the iridescent and vibrant colors of the seas, a full-sized bottle of Pirates of the Caribbean: Mermaid’s Tears Nail Lacquer by O.P.I., a shimmering hair accessory and style, rhinestone face gem, plus a special Pirates League Sheath and a special gift from O.P.I. – the O.P.I. Pirates of the Caribbean Mini Nail Lacquer Set. Make a splash this spring with the Mermaid Transformation Package, only at The Pirates League at Magic Kingdom Park for $29.95, plus tax. But don’t delay, the package will disappear back into the depths of the sea on July 2.

Sounds kinda good, yes? sadly, it looks thisly:

photo credit ~ the disney blog

well i am sure i could do better than this stripey extravganza, which my cohost rightly likened to the visage of one adam ant.

my mermaid transformation would be a little more like this –



more scaley than stripey - a mermaid WIN!!

so, no, i won’t win any MAC cosmetics award and i am not still in the running towards becoming america’s next top model, however, given disney’s love of glitter, how easy would it be to do some pinky cheeks, glossy lips, sort of echoing the look of the mermaids in POTC4?? i mean, i still do not know what the whole pirate sheath is, but c’mon!!!