Saturday, June 16, 2018

Walk Wisconsin

Saturday, June 2nd.
Walk Wisconsin offers a full marathon, a half marathon and a quarter marathon. I signed up for the full and a friend signed up for the half.

We picked up our packets on Friday night, and were given a great recommendation for supper. Our packets included our shirt, arm band (no bib due to no timing), a water bottle, and a bag. 

On Saturday morning I had to be at the start by 7 AM. When I arrived I realized people had already started. They had a rolling start, because this event was not timed. Everyone was super friendly and helpful.

The aid stations included a variety of fruit, granola, snack mix, brownies, cookies, crackers, and cheese.  There was even a popsicle station.  The path was mulched, but it wasn't sand soft. It felt very good on my feet and knees. 

The half marathon started at the half way point of the marathon. I stopped there and stretched and waited for my friend. The half way aid station had pizza!!! There were lots of chairs for stretching!

There were signs with music trivia along the way, (to keep my mind off the long walk).

The last three miles were on the road, and my feet were hurting!
We finished by the lake, back where we started.  We crossed the stage to receive our medal, and then went to the tent for some food!

I highly recommend Walk Wisconsin.  Everyone was super nice! The aid stations were stocked. The time limit was 11 hours for the full marathon.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

My first DNF

Oak Barrel in Tennessee is a very hard race to register for. They only register 1400 people and it filled up within 6 hours this year. 
BUT, I was one of those 1400!!! (They actually had 1600 people register because they couldnt take down the registration fast enough)

My daughter and I left late Thursday night and drove 5 hours before stopping for the night. During the night I got sick. I started vomiting and didn"t get much sleep. The next day my daughter drove most of the way to Tullahoma TN. 

Packet pick up was at Jack Daniel's Distillery. It was a gorgeous place. Due to traffic congestion we arrived to late for the tours. But the grounds were gorgeous! 

After we picked up our packets we drove to the park to make sure we could find it the next day.


We picked up our bibs and shirt (a very nice pullover) and went to Walmart for a snack and back to the hotel. I ate several pretzels but couldn't stomach much more. Went back to the hotel to rest. 

I contemplated not running the race due to my stomach, but I knew I would regret it!
SO my daughter and I decided to walk it. 

The first 3 miles were great. We met Jimmy.  This was his first half marathon. He was walking too. We stayed with him for a while, and then he stopped at a water stop and we kept going. Starting around mile 4 you climb Whiskey Hill. ITS A STEEP HILL!! It starts out gradually, but the last push it steep. If you lean forward your nose scrapes the ground. As I crested the hill Highway to Hell was blaring from the radio. PERFECT!! Whiskey Hill has its own facebook page.  

Jimmy caught us on Whiskey Hill, and pulled ahead. He was smart to conserve his energy early in the race. He finished just before the cut off. 

At mile 9 I heard my daughter breathing labored. Not exhaustion breathing, but asthma breathing. She was also limping. Later we found a blood blister and regular blister on her feet. We were coming up to a water stop and she decided to stop. I could tell it was heartbreaking, but it was the right decision. 

By this time I was at the back of the pack. Last, except for the sweeper, and a sweet lady who was walking IN A BOOT!! She had sprained her ankle and was walking in a boot!!! 

I started feeling nauseous again, and new I couldn't finish. I dropped out at the 11 mile water station. I hung my head as I got a ride to the finish area. 

I wanted that medal so bad!! They are so unique!! And I drove 10 hours to get there!!! 
Blood blister on side of foot.
Fluid blister on other foot.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


I took the plunge today and I weighed myself. OUCH!!
My pants keep getting tighter and my work shirts show my muffin top. ENOUGH!!!

I still have some Christmas cookies in my freezer and in my fridge. Way to easy to grab one on the way out the door to work, or to shovel, or to church, or to... well you get the picture.

Time to limit the carbs, OH I love my potatoes!!!

My plan is to weigh myself weekly. And I need to find someone to keep me accountable!

We are getting some major snow!! We don't own a snowblower, BUT our kind neighbor does!! We were outside shoveling and he drove by and asked if he could help. AND he wouldnt take any money for it!!

And there is a blue glow. That happens when we have thunder with the snow. Pretty neat.

Borrowed the last picture from a friend. It wasnt until after it was to dark that I thot to take more pictures. Im so thankful for BenGay!!
Church has been cancelled for tomorrow. I think Ill read a book!! It has been a LONG time since I have done that!!!

Stay safe!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Pre Empty Nest

Pre Empty Nest almost again round 2 or is it 3.

My daughter moved out of the house this week. Well, started moving out. And she's just up the street several blocks.
She has never "officially" moved out before. She left for four years of college. Came home for 9 months, and then went to Asia for a year. Then back home for 4 months.

She moved in with her best friend. This move feels more permanent. Shes taking ALL her stuff, and IM TAKING OVER HER ROOM!! (Well, actually my son who is away from college is taking her room and Ill take his) BUT, she wont have a ROOM to call hers anymore.

This is a picture of her spot in the kitchen. A little Mother Hubbard ish!!

Feels scary, exciting, sad, happy, ..... so many emotions all rolled into one.

One son is getting married in July and he will move out, again.
Younger son will home from college this summer, and then go to Arizona for a year.


My goals are on track for 2016.

Ive been getting 8 hours of sleep every night. Sometimes chores arent finished when I go to bed, BUT, Im not getting younger and I want my rest!!!

I did three days of training for my half marathon. I was hoping for three days running and two cross training. Cross training didnt happen. One of my coworkers had a death in her family so I pulled some extra hours so she could have off. BUT, I DID the minimum three days!!!

Lunch every day. Made it every day but one. I now have a box of Cheerios and a quart of milk at work. No more excuses to not eat lunch!!

I haven't decided if Im going to share my weight, or just the ups and downs.
I need to have an official weigh in.

Sunday, January 3, 2016


Last year I did not set any goals. I knew I wouldn't have time to work on them, so I didn't even try.

2016 is different.
I started taking charge in December. I didn't want to wait until January to make the traditional resolutions. In December I set the goal to cut back on work at my second job, and to schedule work out time in my schedule.

I did BOTH!!!

For 2016 I would like to set monthly goals.

January's goal is to continue to train for my half marathon in March.
And to have lunch every day. 
Sounds crazy, but some days, I go without lunch and then scarf down all the food I can find at the office at 430. I work strange hours. Some days its 7 AM to 8 PM, sometimes its 10 AM to 8 PM, sometimes 7 AM to 5 PM.  Many days lunch is provided for us. BUT, its often pasta and I cant eat tomatoes. I forget to pack my lunch, so I go without.

For the half marathon: I have a plan, it is printed out, and I want to complete it!
In the past I have always printed plans, but never really followed them step by step. This time, I have a plan and so far, I've followed it!!
For lunch: I NEED TO PACK!!!

Other goals that I will work on and develop in another month:
16 half marathons in 2016.
Sign up for races even when I know I may  be last.
Blog more often.
Eat healthy/Lose weight (need to get more specific on this one)
More sleep
Love myself.