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Med Tent…Schmed Tent! We have a bike ride tomorrow!

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

My motto has always been, “NEVER FORFEIT AN ENTRY FEE!” Paul’s has been, “NEVER GO TO THE DR!” So when I went back out on the course to get him and the first thing he said was, “I need to go to the med tent at the finish” and the second was, “We might be forfeiting our first entry fee”–I knew he was in trouble.

20 hours later Paul mounted the bike and pulled me through 20 mph winds that gusted even higher throughout the 63 mile ride. He has 4 inch blisters broken open on the bottom of both feet plus a patch about 5×5 inches on his inner thigh that I think is 2nd degree burned from his shorts (friction burn from chafing?), plus the usual muscle fatigue.

We came home to Barton having pooped on our bed (again) so I started washing bedclothes. Then the washer started leaking water.  Luckily we have tomorrow off. Interval napping was the original plan, but now we will be doing first aid on Paul and the washing machine! We plan to post more about the race, but we both finished both races and that was our first goal.  Thank you to Paul’s mom, grandmother, Biz, Roy, Becca and Tripp for coming out to support us!

EDIT 02/19/2009 by Paul:

Thankfully it looks like the washer is fine. It has moved itself back to the wall and I think that was making the hose leak. We moved it back out some and it hasn’t leaked since.

Final Days Before The Marathon

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

The marathon is this Saturday and we have been getting everything ready to go the past couple days. Susan works late tonight so we had to get things ready last night instead of staying up all night tonight. I was off work today to go to the circus with Tyler and then we hung out the rest of the day. It was warm here but VERY windy. I went for a short run and he rode his bike with me. It was so windy that he got blown off his bike a few times so we didn’t go very long. I was happy with the way my legs and feet felt. I am not as happy with the way my cold is going, I feel like I am getting sicker instead of better.

The forecast has changed for this Saturday at Myrtle Beach from what they were calling for earlier. Now they are saying a low of 46,  a high of 57 and a 70% chance of thunder showers. This ought to be fun!

Now THAT’s what I’m talking about!!

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

My friend Susan J has a blog titled, “Nothing Could Be Finer Than to Be in Carolina” while she is attending IU’s MBA program. Let me tell you–NOTHING could be more true this weekend. It was 70 and sunny both days. Saturday afternoon Anna and I hung out at the park and went for a walk w my friends Lauren, Cathy and Ruthan. Tyler paced Paul on his bike for Paul’s 5 mile run {{I also ran yesterday, but I did it at 8am when it was 31 degrees out–we had to take shifts since we had the kids this weekend}}. Today Paul and I rode 42 miles w his friend Tamara. It was GORGEOUS!

We are both taking it easy as we both feel pretty beat leading into marathon week. We both have foot pain, although mine is longer standing and on the upswing IMHO. Paul has been feeling sick for about 5 days. I actually got him to take some medicine tonight. Probably only b/c I told him it was what I took during the Ironman when I had his same symptoms. :) We plan to take our multi-vitamins each day and each active culture yogurt. Lauren tells me 90% of your immune system is in your GI tract. Keep it healthy people!!

Why Is It So Cold In The South?

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Lately our marathon training hasn’t been too fun. Last weekend it was cold all weekend and I didn’t run. Susan went early Saturday morning before Tyler’s basketball game and when she got home her hair was frozen. I ran during lunch on Monday and it was actually pretty nice out. Good thing I went at lunch because by the time I got home it was turning cold and getting cloudy, it ended up snowing Monday night. Then on Tuesday we went for a run with it snowing like crazy. It had just started snowing when we left and it wasn’t really sticking so slipping wasn’t a problem, it was just hard to see and cold from the wind. Yesterday we were suppose to run when we got home but it was 30 degrees with the wind chill in the 20’s so we decided not to go. This morning it was 18 with a wind chill of 9 and suppose to stay cold all day so I don’t know if I will run again.

Thankfully the marathon is only 9 days away because we are both ready to stop running in this weather. The weather is suppose to get better starting this weekend and we are looking forward to that. It is suppose to be 65 on Sunday so we are planning on riding between 30 and 40 miles. We have hardly been on our bikes at all because of the weather so the 63 mile ride the day after the marathon should be fun. As of right now they are saying it will be a low of 44 and a high of 61 and no rain in Myrtle Beach on the day of the marathon (which is slightly warmer than they were saying when I looked earlier this morning) so we are crossing our fingers that that forecast holds up.

On another note, I went and saw a doctor about my foot problem and he said I have sesamoiditis (which hurts like crazy!!!). He said that it was common for people with arches as high as mine to have this problem. He also said that I am “not exactly a small marathon runner”, which I thought was funny, and that contributes to the problem. He made me some temporary orthodics to see if they help and if they do he is going to make me some perminant ones. I haven’t done a long run in them yet but so far they seem to be working which my feet are VERY happy about. He also thinks that my knee problems are coming from instability because of my feet so he thinks the orthodics will help with that also.

Swimming and the Greensboro Gobbler

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Wednesday night we took the kids to the pool, and Susan and I planned to do a swim. When we got there we decided Susan would go first and she said, “Are we doing a easy 750?” She knew that was the plan since we were doing a 5K running race the next day. Obviously she had different ideas because when she finished and I asked her how it was she said “13:38, let’s see you beat that.” My previous fastest time for a 750 was probably around 13:50 but I have never been one to turn down a challenge so I took off to beat her time. I finished in 12:20 so I won but it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind for a easy day before a race.

Yesterday morning we did the Greensboro Gobbler, a 5K running race at Country Park in Greensboro. The race was at 9am and when we left the house it was 30 degrees out so I wasn’t exactly excited (I like cold weather I just don’t like working out in it for some reason). There were 1063 people in the race so it was PACKED in the park but it was still a fun run. The park has a lot of hills so it isn’t exactly the best race for us Clydesdales and Athenas but Susan and I both had a good race. The race was two laps around the park and by the second time around the hills were slowing me down more than I would have liked. In the end I was slower than I wanted to be but it was still my fastest time ever in a race (although I have been faster in some training runs), I was even fast enough to lap a lot of people so I was happy with it. Susan also had her best time ever in a 5K so she was happy. I wasn’t surprised with her time because she has been running really good lately. I keep telling her she is faster now but she doesn’t want to admit it.

Romantic Valentines Day Plans

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Yes Susan is a planner and we already have our Valentine’s weekend planned. Although in this case I guess I can’t give her a hard time about it because we had to make the plans early or we wouldn’t have been able to do what we wanted. I had signed up for the Myrtle Beach marathon about a month ago and Susan recently got signed up for the marathon and the 63 mile bike ride. I just completed the plans today when I got signed up for the bike ride also. The only thing we have left now is to get a place to say (which is kind of important).

So for Valentine’s we will be running a marathon and our recovery the next day will be to do a 63 mile bike ride. Are we crazy? The answer to that is obviously, yes! We plan on using the training from all this to do the White Lake Half Iron distance race in May so at least we have a good reason behind torturing ourselves :) .