Sunday, June 19, 2011

Grandma's Weekend

I am not going to dwell on the fact that this should have been a race report.  Part of me is a little sad but the other part is a bit relieved that I didn't complete the 13.1 journey.  Since I have been medically forbidden from running this race, I did the next best thing....I volunteered.  At the end of the day I was just as tired as if I did run.  So here is my recap of volunteering.

The drive from Minneapolis to Duluth is typically a little over 2 hours.  If you head north on the Friday before Grandma's Marathon, you can expect to spend over 3 hours in the car.  We made it in 3 hours and 40 minutes.  Carly's PSA:  Get to Duluth before Friday on Grandma's Weekend otherwise you will face bumper to bumper traffic on I35.

Once we got to Duluth, I grabbed my middle child and we headed to the Expo to pick up my packet.  No, I didn't run, but I still cannot pass up a great Expo and the experience.  We had a a "date" and hit all the booths.  He helped me pick out some nice running shades and we tried on some Yurbuds (I must get myself a pair of these!!!).
Since I was not running, I decided to participate as a volunteer and my duties were to begin at 5AM.  It was cold and pouring rain!!!!  Although the weather was still a lot of fun being out there.  It helped that there was a lot of hot coffee flowing!
Getting race t-shirts set up and ready to go for when the runners finish is a crazy amount of work.  Thankfully there was a tent to keep them dry.  The t-shirts were all in boxes and they had to be sorted, opened, organized and set up by the time the first runners came across the finish line.  We had approximately 2.5 hours to get this mission accomplished.  All things fell into place. 

We even had a little time to horse around before the first finishers came across the line.  Kerri and I were both supposed to run the half marathon and both of us had to drop out.  We were not going to leave until we had an action shot of crossing the finish line.  Yes, people thought we were nuts.  Eh...I figured I just paid $80 bucks for that picture.

We made volunteering a family affair.  I signed up to volunteer because Chubby Hubby and my oldest son were already on the roster.  They did this last year so they were the seasoned veterans showing me the ropes.
One of my son's jobs was to separate the drink tickets.  Slinging beer tickets is a perfect job for an 8 year old.  ha!
When the runners were coming in, my job was to hold the sign to direct people to the appropriate t-shirts.  People kept asking what the signs meant.  (I think the organizers need to specify "t-shirts" on the sign because people that just ran 26.2 miles do not connect these signs to t-shirts).  We had a blast talking to runners and meeting other fun volunteers. (don't mind the waterlogged, freezing, windblown look below).
We got to take advantage of some of the perks of volunteering. There was a sponsor suite that had drinks and food. We are talking an open bar (yeah baby!) and a buffet of hot food. We were sent in shifts to go warm up and grab a few refreshments.  This was a complete surprise to us but a great thing to make the day even more fun.
I love working at the finish line because you get to experience a whole different side of the race.  Being a back of the packer, my experience withe the finish line is I see tables being taken down and lots of people have already left the site.  This time I got to get up close and personal with the winner!

I kept my eyes open for my blogosphere friends.  I got a tap on the shoulder and it was Julie!  It was so nice to finally meet her in person.  She also introduced me to Derrek another local blogger.  She did great despite the freezing weather!  I looked for Bobbi, but with the crazy sea of people I didn't see her.  I took a peek at her blog to see how she did and she had one hell of a PR!  I ran into a bunch of other people that I knew as well.  This is a huge event and it is fun to take part in any way.  I may just have to do it again next year.

If you were up in Duluth, how was your weekend?

It was a busy busy weekend.  I am dying I am so tired.  I must collapse and try to catch up on some ZZzzzzzz.

I could not do a post on Father's Day with out wishing Chubby Hubby, my baby daddy, a fabulous day.  If you have to ask why he is drinking in the middle of the day.....spend an hour with our children.  ha!  Happy Father's Day to all the great dads out there.....especially mine (who did not want to be associated with this blog and will remain anonymous)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Vacation in the Hospital

  • Is it wrong that I am enjoying (relatively speaking) my time in the hospital today.  I am Facebooking, planning a party, booked a trip, and chatting with friends in a peaceful enviroment.
  • I am drinking the worlds WORST coffee!
  • The nurses are bickering amongst themselves.  Someone made the executive desision to move the garbage can and it causing a lot of chaos. A LOT OF CHAOS!
  • The nurses talk trash behind each other's back when ever someone leaves the room.  They are quite aware that it is not professional but they do not give a shit.
  • One of the nurses finally blew up and moved the garbage can back to its original home.
  • The rule of the day is, if you do not have rubarb, go the hell home.  I have learned that the nurses are very competitive about their rubarb creations.  Today they have brought in jams, jelly, cake, and all made from rubarb.
  • I have heard "Oh Yeah, you bet cha" about 4578 times.  Hmmmm....I know that Minnesota peeps get made fun of all the time, but I refuse to believe I sound like that.
  • I am the youngest one in this room by about 50 years!
  • There are a couple of regulars here that are discussing dildos and singing La Bamba.  Really.  I cannot make this stuff up!
  • I received 2 units (I said units...giggle) and I am already feeling peppier.  I hope to be up and running soon!
  • It is funny, because I checked my voicemail whilst getting blood and I had a message from the Red Cross tell me it was time to donate.  It would have been funny to show up and see the look on their face when they read my hemoglobin.

There you have it....may uber exciting day in the IV Treatment Room. 
If you ever need a blood transfusion, it is not bad.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Vacation, Intrusion, Transfusion

The kiddos are officially on Summer vacation!  Friday was their last day and now I am the mama of a 3rd and 1st grader.  I have to insert a proud mama comment about their awesome report cards.  They did extremely well and they clearly take after me. ha! Now it is time to enjoy the short while that we have nice weather. 

I am beyond jealous of Chubby Hubby not being employed at the moment.  They get to do whatever they want this summer!  This working full time deal blows.  Maybe I could be the hero of our department by suggesting how shutting down for the Summer would save a lot of money in a tough budget year.  Sigh.... I can dream.  I will say this, about a week into being at home with everyone,  I would be pulling out my hair and running for the liquor cabinet. 

Yesterday we had a standoff in our 'hood.  I was not aware of any hullabaloo until Chubby Hubby started screaming at the kids to get downstairs.  He then announced that there were cops across the street that were sporting some shot guns, rifles, and the K9 unit.  I did what every good mother would do, flipped on the TV for the kids then I grabbed my cell phone, computer, and camera to document what I was seeing.

It ended up being a 15 year old kid who had the brains of a gnat to break in to this house in the middle of the day in our nosy neighborhood.  My neighbor saw him and immediately called the police.  He was hiding out in the attic and he told police that he broke in to this house because he had to use the bathroom.  Riiiiight.  It may be wrong of me to celebrate this, but he left in an ambulance.  He was not shot, but the police dog got him....and got him good! The poor family that lives in this house are brand new to the neighborhood and they are completely traumatized!  I hope they don't move!

This was my view and if you look close you can see the police pulling a Jack Bauer.

Now for the big news.....tomorrow I am getting a blood transfusion. I thought long and hard about it over the weekend and decided that I want to feel better faster.  Despite the risks and the heebie jeebie factor, I think it is the right thing to do.  I know from past experience that if I do nothing but supplementation and dietary changes, it could take months to get back into a normal range.  I have been reading about how severe anemia can permanently screw with a person and if I want a shot at doing TC Marathon in October I need to do this now. 
Tomorrow I will be at the hospital all day.   I will be receiving 2-3 units.  As shitty as it is to be there all day, I am pretty excited because I can bring my computer and finally catch up with some of my blog stalking!  It is almost like a vacation!  Has anyone had this done?  Words of wisdom?

Hindsight is always 20/20.  Looking back at this past year, the struggle is now making sense.  I can't believe that I didn't realize my iron was low sooner. 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Some Things Are Not Meant To Be

I will not be running in the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon next Saturday.

I went to the doctor because I of a possible sinus infection (I am uber prone to them and get them often).  As I suspected, I did.  As the doc was giving my my prescription, I thought I would throw one more thing at her.  I told her about my issues with running and how I can hardly run 10 steps without stopping to walk.  I told her I thought my iron might be low based on extensive interweb medical research my history (I have a tendency to be a little anemic).  She ordered a blood test.

After my test, she came back in the room and asked me "what do you think your level is at?".  I responded "based on how I feel, maybe a 9 or a 10."  She gave me a serious look and said, " are a 6 and we typically do blood transfusions when people are around an 8." 


My response to that was "Huh, at least I know why I have to sit down when I get to the top of the steps now".  I weaseled my out of the transfusion by promising I would eat red meat and spinach every day and also take the colon blocking iron supplements told me to get.  If she doesn't see an upward trend by Wednesday, I will be transfused.  *Shudder*  Just as she finished her sentence about how serious this issue was, I spouted off the question...."so, I will be able to run Grandma's Half next Saturday, right?"  She gave me the areyoufuckingkiddingyoustupidbitch look and said "absolutely not, and don't even think about it".  I had to ask even though I walked out of her office there thinking that I will still cross that finish line (one symptom of anemia is not thinking clearly).

Later that evening, I came to my senses (Translation:  I spoke to my girlfriend and she put things into perspective).  My ultimate goal is Twin Cities Marathon.  Doing this half marathon, half-assed mind you, could jeopardize my marathon training even more.  I am already experiencing a training set back, if I attempted the race, who knows how long I will be out.  So, I have to exercise some common sense here and keep my eye on what is really important. So there will be no race and I am going to focus on  getting healthy.

I can't help but kind of laugh about the craptastic luck that I have with this race.  The universe must not want me to ever participate in this event.  The one year I get chosen for the lottery, is the one year I am not able to run it.  Perhaps this was divine intervention.  I think this is going to be the last year I try to run this race.

I may be down, but I am certainly not out.  I will be volunteering at the finish line handing out t-shirts.  If you are running, come look for me!!!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Six Most Dreaded Words....

I didn't know Carly was expecting!!!!!!

Sonofabitch it happened again!!!! 

I was talking to my mother on the phone and she was hmmmming and haaaaing about telling me something.

"I VOWED I would never tell you....." she said.  At that point, I  told her to be out with it already.  She said that at our family reunion back in January, one of our cousins excitedly said "I didn't know Carly was expecting" to my mother.  My mother responded... "She's not".  Ooops. Then came the back peddling from our cousin.

I know she was not being rude by her statement.  Truth is, I did (do) look pregnant.....especially with what I chose the wear that day (perhaps a flowy white button down is not the best muffin top disguise).  I certainly am not offended either.  I had an honest good laugh (probably because I am 10lbs lighter today and I do not have any ice cream in the house).  All laughing aside, my motivation is now solid.  I never want to look pregnant again.  I just wish that my mother would have told me this in JANUARY, maybe I would be closer to goal.

Those are not the only six words I dread.  The other six words that have been making my stomach turn are:

I saw you out running today....

Gahhhh! What?  All three seconds of me running?  So you saw me huffing and puffing about to pass out?  You busted me walking?  Uhhhhh.....I was only laying on the grass to stretch for a second.  Look away, I am hideous!

 I ran into one of my friends who is an avid runner while shopping last week.  He said those exact words to me and I wanted to hide because my "running" and his "running" are two completely different things.  He is running Grandma's Marathon on June 18th.  I told him I signed up for the half marathon which is on the same day.  He knows that I am not fit for a 5K at this point so I thought he would have a laugh and make some smart ass comment.
I could not have been more wrong.  He told me I HAVE to do it and backing out would make me a sissy (not the real word).  He told me to just have fun and walk the damn thing if I have to.  He reminded me that I KNOW what to expect and can push through it.   Then he pulled out the big guns and said that it would be a waste of money (anything that refers to losing money gets me motivated)  .  I guess if he never saw me running, we may not have talked about the race, and I may have backed out completely., walk, crawl.....I am doing this half marathon just for the fun of it

I guess the PSA of my rambling today is that words you dread hearing can be a great motivator.

Monday, June 6, 2011

You Know You're a Minnesotan When....

You are sitting outside, wrapped in a blanket, sicker than a dog simply because you cannot bear to waste a sunny beautiful day inside.

I am not sure what is wrong with me but it appears that I have some sort of Summer flu.  I should have had a clue on Friday that something was brewing because I came home and took a 2 hour nap.  I never nap.  I got up and "ran" 3 miles on Saturday but I felt really off and my legs felt like concrete.  I brushed it off and blamed it on my limited carb diet.  Later that day, I was winded walking across the room and was really irritable (ugh my poor family).  I progressively got worse and I laid around for the remainder of the weekend.   I am still not 100% today but I am a lot better. plan was to run 3 miles on Saturday and attempt 6 (run/walk) on Sunday.  Boo...the 6 miler got blown off.  What is that saying?  Oh yeah...shit happens.  I will tack on a little bit to each workout this week and keep going.

Since I did plenty of laying around this weekend, I got caught up on the Real Housewives of Orange County.  I have a thing for really trashy TV and I totally got sucked in.

My Analysis of the Real Housewives
  • The drama is really, really stupid and has got to be staged.....who really acts like that????
  • They all look a lot older than they are....over made up, over tanned, over plastic surgeried, etc...
  • I wonder if lips and boobs ever look like theirs naturally.  Probably not.
  • They all could use some updated hair-dos....cut some of that shit off
  • Gretchen talks through her nose and it drives me crazy
  • They all have beautiful homes but their house do not seem to have any character.
  • Money does not buy class (Wasn't there a song about that?)...this show is right up there with Springer in my book.
What did you do this weekend?

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    Friday, June 3, 2011

    Bullets on a Friday

    • I have spent 11 full days on South Beach Diet and I have lost 10lbs.  Chubby Hubby has lost 13lbs!
    • I have not had a sip of alcohol in the 11 full days and I plan to keep going with it while I am training for this marathon.  I may have a beer or two this summer, but I plan to keep the empty calories to a minimum.  (Did I really type that???)
    • I decided to transition into Phase II a bit early (3 days) because I am really dragging when I run and figured I could use some good carbs to get some energy.
    • Plus, I got tired of eating eggs for breakfast!
    • I sniffed around the interwebs one day to find egg alternatives and found a Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie that looked interesting.  The ingredients are pictured below:

    • I got excited to try it, but alas it was probably the most disgusting thing I have ever tasted.  Think bitter peanut butter barf. **shudder**
    • Even worse than the taste was the smoothie explosion incident.  As I was blending with a hand blender (not recommended), this "goo" (lack of a better word) shot all over the place.  All over my kitchen, all over my clothes, and I even got a bit on the ceiling.  Yuck.  I do not recommend this.  At least the eggs started to look good again.
    • I think I missed Spring.  Today  it is pushing 90 degrees and the humidity is gross.  Man, I make Minnesota sound like the most desirable place to live.  It would be great if the weather didn't suck 98% of the time.
    • Holy crap....there is NOTHING, NADA, ZIP on the calendar for this weekend.  What to do?  What to do?  (besides running)  This never ever happens.  It is like the 5 full weekends in July!
    • Thank you to everyone that voted for Chubby Chicks Run Too on Circle of Moms Top 25 Health and Fitness Blogs.  I am very excited that this blog was voted into one of the top 25 spots.  
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    Happy Friday!  What is on your weekend agenda?