"Step one, you start running. There is no step two.” - Barney Stinson

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Disney 2015! It's going to be EPIC!

Just got the family signed up for Disney 2015! Can't wait! The wife and I went for the Goofy and everyone else is good for the half. As I type this the races are filling up. Can't wait for the happiest place on earth! Where dreams come true!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

99 Bottles of Beer on the wall?

No not 99 bottles of beer on the wall! It's 99 days to Grandma's marathon in Duluth! Sounds close but you look out the window and all you see here is snow and ice. And were a couple of hundred miles south of Duluth! Maybe I'll need my yack tracks for the marathon? Oh, I hope not!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

On to Disney!

Started my formal training for the Disney Marathon in January last night. Can't wait to run another marathon!

Friday, October 11, 2013

St.Geroge Marathon!

 Flew in to Vegas late on Thursday night. Traffic was a nightmare getting out of town. Finally got to St.George late that night. Checked in to the hotel and headed over to Cracker Barrel for some blueberry pancakes. Slept in Friday morning and then headed direct to the expo. The expo was awesome! Bought some goodies and then headed out to drive the course. It was a beautiful day and the course looked amazing! Early to bed and then up at 10,11,midnight, 1,2 and finally 3 to get ready for out 4:15 bus to head to the start.
 Boarded an early bus from the finish and headed up the mountain. It was cold! As in 36 degrees and super windy. Found a mylar blanket and headed to a good spot at the fires.
 The mylar blankets were a lifesaver. We kept getting closer and closer to the fire to stay warm as the wind increased! Finally race time arrived! The start was kind of rolling with a gradual progression downhill. With the adrenaline and down hill it was hard not to just take off. We kept to our 9:45 pace and held back.

The first six miles were a breeze and went by so fast! We knew the big Veyo hill was coming and could see it off in the distance. Mile 7 to 8 were pretty steep. We nutrition-ed and ran walk the biggest part of the hill. From mile 8 to 13 it was uphill. I could already feel my quads burning a little with the up and down. We held our pace and trudged on!

Getting to mile 13 was awesome! Bring on the downhill! I never felt so awesome at the 13 mile mark of a run. My training was paying off. The next 7 miles flew by. There was one gut check hill at mile 19 but other than that it was a gradual downhill.

Mile 20! Virgin territory from here on for me. My feet were starting to feel the pounding and I was starting to feel tired. One 10k to go! Mile 23 and we arrive in town! We had one little uphill at 22 but I was still feeling pretty good.

One 5K to go! At mile 23 my foot started to cramp up. I had to stop and stretch it a few times but was determined to finish strong! A couple of corners and there it was! Ramona had to yell stop sprinting. We finished together and it was awesome!
Finishing the race was so rewarding! My first marathon! Awesome! Bring on the goodies! We relaxed in the park for about half an hour and then headed back to the hotel. Wow! Were we stiff!
On Monday we headed back to Vegas and found the closest thing we could to a beach. That night we caught the BlueMan group and spent the night on the strip. Vegas baby! I'd tell you more but what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, haha
Life is good!
Can't wait for my next marathon! I felt burnt out in my training before the race but now I am ready to go! Our time? I forgot. We had hoped to run 4:30 and ran 4:37. All in all I feel good with our time. We were conservative in our pacing. I was a little worried about the elevation of 5000 feet at the start of the race. We trained at 600 feet so it was a change. Bring on Disney!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

No Change is Good!

Another $4,000 MRI and no change. Whew! What a relief. I was really worried because August was a very bad month of headache and tingling in my face. Unless things change no MRI next year, just follow up with the neurologist. I'm always worried! I have been diagnosed with Clinically Isolated Syndrome. 80% of people with MS started with CIS as there first diagnoses. Hoping I'm one of the lucky ones who doesn't progress to MS.