Cross stitchers, the running update is first this week (see below for the many rivoting moments in cross stitch this week, it is sure to be a nail biter!!).
I had the honor of running in the Race for the Cure (26.2 with Donna) which is the largest Galloway Marathon in the nation – these are run/walk groups. Jeff Galloway came up with a method to run long distances that doesn’t involve running the entire way, you can walk precisely every n min (where n is defined by a group you run/walk in). It is a awesome thing, sadly I didn’t learn about until way too late to avoid some injuries along the way… But it allows folks from all skill levels to complete long distance runs like a marathon without hurting themselves (or hurting themselves too much anyways as anyone who runs knows…it hurts at 26.2 no matter how fast you go!). This entire marathon is run/walk pace groups which is pretty awesome. Since learning about this, I have been using it for my long training runs and it has so far kept me injury free for 3 of my 9 marathons (soon to be 10).
The ‘Donna’ marathon was well done. I heard the buses to the start were not good, but all that I was in was very nicely done except for waiting for those darn buses for the thing to start and considering it was 27 degrees, we were all jumping up and down like beans trying to stay warm. Considering most of the people around me were half naked, the weather was most inconvenient. As Donna doesn’t control the weather, I can hardly fault the marathon for that..but it was a narly start and I don’t think I really ever warmed up (for like 2 days!!).
No waiting for water and lots of good stuff – the good bag was very nice, the shirts were long sleeve (that was a nice surprise as goodness knows we don’t need another short sleeve one!) tech shirts, and they had goo at about every station as well as gatorade (not the other nasty stuff that always makes me sick!). But my oh my was it COLD – I nearly got a black eye from the chunk of ice in the cup at the top of one of the overpasses! The poor people sitting up there are truly heros for staying up in that cold wind…And since this is Fl, many were caught off guard…I don’t realize it could get that cold – normally we shred some of our outfits along the way as you get hot running – but I had my mitties, hat, two shirts, jacket and long pants on until the end…
In general, it was well done and I highly recommend it – I think whomever dreamed up an overpass at mile 25 that was very steep, has some ‘splainin’ to do…and perhaps a little evil bone in there somewhere..
I feel compelled to write one last tribute – to the folks in the 7 hour marathon group..
Dear folks in 7 hour Pace group for the Donna Marathon. You run when it is blazing hot and freeze three hours longer than the rest of us. To stay out for 7 long hours to meet your goal – you are incredible, driven individuals. I saw some of you crossing that finish line crying, some limping, some walking – but you made it across and showed the world that it does not take the body and stamina of an olympian to run a marathon, all fitness levels can do it! I hope you are standing tall on completing an amazing accomplishment, I salute each of you and your pacer!
Cross Stitch Update (yes, this would be the riviting part, now if only I had something riviting to say 🙂 WIPOCALYPSE UPDATE #3
Finished pretty much my round of 4; BHG, SnapperBet, Noahs Needle and Paradise Lost since last we spoke. In an effort to make some progress I have been stitching everywhere – doctors office, car, comfy chair, not so comfy chair – I even contemplated it at the Daytona Budweiser Shoot out (Nascar) and the shower. The latter I ditched as an idea because I decided that some of these had Weeks and they might run if gotten wet, the Nascar one because it doesn’t seem to go with car racing. I haven’t ever been to a Nascar race before, it was certainly interesting and I am glad I didn’t bring the cross stitch and did bring the ear plugs. Course I may have been able to figure out how to cross stitch ear plugs if I had been very clever.
BHG ugly baby is now alive, staring at us with those vacant eyes just like the real mccoy and I have even contemplated putting my xs under the bed or putting underwear over it (see first post about BHG Dolly room)..then convince myself that I am being silly, xs cannot come alive and eat me like a doll can (geesh, my imagination sometimes!). I did actually make some nice progress this round and filled in a few areas, I find bs’ing helps to ‘close’ the section and the whole peice to flow better. Maybe one more round will do it??? Course you know as soon as I say that, it will automatically be two more rounds because the xs knows what we are planning and gets pretty snarky about bragging. Unfortunately, I’ve already said it out loud (darn, note to self, don’t talk where the xs can hear you!).
Here is a picture of my progress – I have ceased to enjoy this one much and just want to ditch the darn thing, but I am sticking to it to the finish…if that ever comes and I’m not a crazy loon…and Christmas hasn’t passed again (hmm, would buy me some more time…but wait… kinda how I got here in the first place!). I have just the foot of the stocking remaining.