Monday, January 21, 2013

Icebreaker Indoor Gold Medal Challenge*

Sometimes the stars align and things work out.  It doesn't usually happen so smoothly so when it does it does, it rocks.  
*Gold medal challenge consists of a half marathon Saturday morning followed by a full marathon Sunday morning (13.1+26.2=39.3)

Friday night my youngest daughter and I went to pick up my packet for the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon. We stayed to cheer on Bill's daughter as she ran the 5K.  It was so fun to watch the three girls cheer on the runners, although I was afraid Zori was going to take someone out with her arm in her excitement.  Even better was on the way home how she talked about wanting to run a race soon, too...  I think mom can work on that for sure!
The girls high fiving Melissa

Saturday morning I woke up and ate my breakfast, brewed my coffee, and headed up to the Pettit Center.  There are so many things I love about this race, add that it's a quick drive from my house-just another added bonus.  I was a little nervous about this race due to the fact that I cramped up really bad during the Heatbreaker Half in July.  Wanted to erase that from my mind.  Ran into a lot of familiar faces, which is another thing I love about this race.  Near the end of the race I heard the song I requested, which was a welcome pick-me-up.  The second half marathon people were starting to arrive, so again more friendly faces to cheer me on, always a good thing.

Photos by Bill Flaws
The race went well.  I ended finishing better than I have at the other two Icebreaker Halfs that I have done, so I was happy with that. I got to talk to Jamie aka Running Diva Mom before her race.  We met here in person for the first time 2 years ago, and now we have done so many races together and shared some great times. Although I wanted to stay around to watch the second half, I knew I would be back in the morning and should spend some time at home.  (and I had a hair appointment :))
Jamie and I, I think Joel was a little shaky at our stunning beauty!  ;)

Sunday morning I headed back to the Pettit for the full marathon.  I was feeling slightly unprepared and under-trained, but went with the attitude that a finish is a finish.  Bill and I started off together, maybe an hour into the race he had to use the restroom, so we went our separate ways.  I was still feeling pretty good, and it helped that the volunteers, spectators were so supportive.  The funny thing about running here, you get to watch super fast runners lap you, ice skaters skating, and you do get distracted.  Instead of focusing on miles, I focused on laps, 96 is a lot.  When I saw I had 50 in, I kept thinking ok, I have less than 50 left.  Then when I had 40 left I thought just two sets of 20.  If I would have done the math and figured out the miles, I think I would have freaked out it would have affected me more.  So I just went with feel, and I was still feeling pretty good.  Near the end, the volunteers at the aid station kept encouraging me, and another runner who had finished kept cheering me on.  This helped. A lot.  Getting to the finish, I knew I had a shot at finishing under 4:00.  It didn't happen, I was over by 18 seconds, but I am fine with that.  
Photos by Bill Flaws

I didn't think I could ever do back to back races, I feared taking on the challenge. I proved to myself I could, and am glad that I was willing to take the risk of failing to prove to myself that I could succeed.

I can't say enough good things about this race, if you are intersted in a 5K, half-marathon, marathon relay or full marathon, with spectators, AMAZING volunteers (they dance, cheer, do the wave, AND give you GU and your drink), delicious cookies made by Mary from Running in the USA,  a race director and committee who ROCK, look no further...and if you don't want to wait until next year you can do a half this summer at the Heatbreaker!   

And this...
Compression socks, my favorite BBQ chips, a delish Pale Ale brewed by Jason, and a Grape G2.  Recovery at its finest.

Half marathon-1:43:59
Full marathon-4:00:18
Total time-5:44:17

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lice, Lice Baby

Lice lice baby
Lice Lice baby
All right stop
Collaborate and listen
Lice is back with its brand new infestation
Something grabs a hold of my scalp tightly
Feel like I’m itchy daily and nightly
Will it ever stop?
Yo, I don't know
Turn off the lights and I'll know
To the extreme I pick nits like a vandal
Light up my nerves and my stomach is burning hotter than a candle

Bum rush the linens and get out the brooms
I'm  killin' the louse like a poisonous mushroom
Deadly, when I searching for remedies
Anything less that the best is a felony
Love it or leave it
You better gain way
You better hit bull's eye
The lice don't play
If there was a problem
Yo, I'll solve it
Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it

Lice lice baby Vanilla
Lice lice baby Vanilla
Lice lice baby Vanilla
Lice lice baby Vanilla

Many apologies to Vanilla Ice, but this has been the bane of my existence the past week at our house.  We found lice in our youngest daughter on Sunday afternoon.  The cleaning and delousing immediately commenced.  To those of you who know my husband, cleanliness and order are a way of life....lice not so much.
Monday night we found 2 lice on my oldest daughter and 3 on me!  WTF!  (Yep, go ahead and scratch your head as you read this)
Tuesday I took the day off of work to "delouse the house".  We have spent mornings and evening nit picking and throwing our sleeping bags (no bedding for 2 weeks here) into the drier.  Hours on the internet for the BEST ways to rid ourselves of the unwelcome pests.
It has been an eye opening experience.  Hopefully we have conquered the beasts, but we are being vigilant for the next few weeks.
Have you ever had lice?
What worked for you?
Did you scratch your head while reading this?

                       Lice lice baby to go.... Word to your Mother!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year's Day Polar Bear Dash

2012 is now is our past.  2013 is here with a fresh start.  I have read many blogs, FB statuses and quotes about the new year and what it brings to people.  
Some of my favorites:  
I resolve to get one year older in 2013 (Falon)
Don't buy "things" for one year (Kinley)
Reflect on the numbers that actually matter-the moments spent with the ones you love and the time spent doing "good" work (Julie)
Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.  -various spots

That being said, I have no specific resolutions this year.  This is an anomaly for me as I am a big resolution-er, and I typically stick to them.  Two of my greatest resolutions in the past have been to not smoke and to always wear a seat belt.  Glad I made those choices.

This year I want to continue to run and race, it is something I enjoy.  Running is a way for me to model a healthy lifestyle for my daughters.  I hope that my running now will enable me to be a better parent/grandparent in the future.  I also hope that my daughters will learn about committment and perseverance- life long skills that they will be able to use forever.  Of course my sanity and disposition are much better when I run, so it is another bonus for the family.
The girls and friend on NYE!
So to bring in 2013...
After a fun filled night at home with treats and eats, New Years Day arrived very chilly.  I was looking forward to a 5K with a optional Polar Plunge into Lake Michigan.  Standing at the start line, I though, no way, ugh.  IT WAS COLD.  Like 15 degrees.  
Photo Tom Held
However, once we got rolling I warmed up.  My fingers went from being freezing in gloves to sweating.  I was in a great position, which felt great.  When we got down to the beach, the woman in front of me opted out of the plunge, I went forward towards the water.  Now, I didn't quite plunge, but did run through the water-waves lapping at my legs.  Being warmed up, though, it wasn't too bad, in fact it was totally exhilarating.  I couldn't help but think ~wow, I am alive and kicking this new year into gear!  Amazing feeling.
Photo Bill Flaws
I ended up winning the Polar Plunge overall and taking second female overall (the other competitor did not opt for the plunge)  I collected some hardware, which my daughters were stoked about.  
Photo Bill Flaws
My reflection-I hope they have this inaugural race again.  I would do it again in a heartbeat, and will take the full plunge to another level!  So happy this event was added to Milwaukee's calendar, still smiling thinking about it!
The shirt and swag!

Happy that 2013 has started off with a splash!  Hope yours did too!  Did you make resolutions? 

Time 23:08
14th Overall
2nd female overall
1st female overall plunge