Hey, It Didn’t Suck

This was the end of my 4th week of Chicago Marathon training. I completed a 9.5 mile run yesterday in the city streets of St. Louis on July the 4th!

I ate well on Friday and had no alcohol plus I got plenty of rest.

It was an early morning run and the heat or humidity wasn’t that bad. It was my longest run since the half marathon in April. I skipped a 3 mile run this week so I had stressed about this long run for a while knowing that my fitness level had dropped but it didn’t suck, really.

I actually enjoyed most of it until that long incline at mile 6.5. Kevin rode along beside me on his bike and carried water for me. I do not know what I’d do without Kevin. After all he endured with me during marathon training last summer….he said he’d never do it again. But then I got him an expensive bicycle last month for his birthday and he re-considered! 😉

I do carry a hand held Nathan 8 oz but he refilled it for me a few times. I took 3 GU gels with me but only ate 2. I should have eaten the last one because I got slower after that 6 mile and found myself stumping my shoe/toe which means “pick your feet up or face plant. ” So I fixed my running posture and picked my feet up and finished it with relatively no drama.

The city streets were quiet and it was a beautiful day. I never get tired of running toward the Gateway Arch in the early morning as the sun rises. I also always enjoy running around Busch Stadium…the home of my Cardinals.


After I finished, I showered, walked the dogs and Kevin and I headed to Busch Stadium to catch an afternoon game. We won!


I can say that after that, I was tired and my legs felt heavy and sore. Kevin and I went to dinner, walked the dogs again and went back to the apartment and crashed while everyone else celebrated!


The dogs get scared often when we stay in our apartment in St. Louis when they hear firetrucks, fireworks and gunshots! haha (jk) We could hear the fireworks loudly last night and were glad we stayed home with our big babies. 🙂

My son and daughter in law and kiddies were all tired so we didn’t see them that night. I always love having Daniel spend the night but it is more of an ordeal when Sadie stays too. So it was ok, I was so tired.

We did miss “Kool and the Gang” in Forest Park. Kevin and I would really have liked to seen that but they came on at 9pm. I was snoozing by then!

So Kevin and I went and got our little kiddies this morning and took them to the City Garden for some exercise, water play and brunch. As always…that makes my heart feel happy.


I’m back home in Columbia dreading this work week ahead. I did hire an assistant for the summer but I am having to train her which makes it even worse…but will be great after she is trained.

Big corporate bosses in town again this week plus audits.

I’ll try hard to get all my training runs in but it’s going to be a hot and humid week! I’ve always got the treadmill which I hate.

~Congratulations USA Women’s Soccer “World Cup Champions”~

A Picture is Worth Everything

I finally took a day off of work  on Friday so I could have a long weekend and I was sick the entire weekend and even worse today. I haven’t really been sick in over a year so it figures.

But that didn’t stop me from having an awesome weekend.

I ate oysters and had a pint at the Broadway Oyster Bar.

Jewels of the Gulf
Jewels of the Gulf

I devoured Voodoo Shrimp at The Broadway Oyster Bar

Voodoo Shrimp at Broadway Oyster Bar
Voodoo Shrimp at Broadway Oyster Bar

I had a romantic dinner with my hubby and had a delicious Pumpkin Gnoocchi at Taste in St. Louis

Pumpkin Gnocchi from Taste of St. Louis
Pumpkin Gnocchi from Taste of St. Louis

I ran 5 awesome miles through the downtown streets in the St. Louis St. Patrick’s Day run with my favorite man along with 13,000 other runners!


I dressed up and went to the Fabulous Fox Theatre to see the Phantom of the Opera. I’ve only seen it 6 or 7 times.

Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis
Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis

I spend another wonderful afternoon with Daniel and Sadie.

Playing Chess
Playing Chess

I enjoyed the warm weather in a city that I love.


I played with my boys (Peyton and Eli)


When we got back to Columbia Sunday afternoon from my long weekend in the Lou, I ran 3.2 more miles on the MKT in 75 degree weather! 🙂

Someone at work told me that they could never keep up with me even when I am sick. I told them “I agree” 🙂  🙂

But all that had to end because I had to go in Monday morning to make a living!

“Here’s to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A pretty girl and an honest one. A cold pint and another one!”

♣Happy St. Patrick’s Day!♣


The Haunting Ghost of Christmas Future

I am trying to finish up Christmas shopping and it dawned on me that I have not sent Christmas cards to my family and friends as I usually do nor Christmas gift cards to Barbara’s daughters (my nieces) as I normally do.

With my trip to Nashville and being away from home, I have forgotten to do so much.

We finished up Sadie and Daniel except for a few stocking things.

I go back to work tomorrow for 2 hectic days then I am off until after the first of the year.

Kevin works Christmas Eve so will leave for St. Louis when he gets off work. We will go see what Santa Claus brought Daniel and Sadie on Christmas morning but won’t stay long because his other granddaddy (my ex husband) will be there with them.

We will get together with them on Christmas night to open presents. I will make some snack things but no real cooking.

Exercisewise, I have run on the treadmill for the last 2 days and didn’t mind it at all. Kevin got a spinning bike for Christmas and he and I run/spin together in the basement!

He also won a new big screen TV so we put it in the basement and I can watch TV while I run on the treadmill which definitely helps. I will enjoy going down there after work more if I can watch something whether news or other shows.

I still have not signed up for the Go! St. Louis half marathon but I will the first of the year. That will definitely give me something to train for. I can’t tell you how much I do miss training for the marathon. I’m not ready for a marathon in the near future but likely during October, November or December timeframe in 2015.

I’m eating badly, still. I still count calories and exercise most everyday but there is one definite thing that I have learned…..you cannot exercise away a bad diet.

With my brother’s failing health….I want to be more diligent and dedicated to eating properly including watching my sodium intake. I use myfitnesspal.com every day and it does track all those things.

It seems like the world is going to shit right now so watching the news is so often disparaging. God rest the souls of those 2 NYPD slain cops. What would these fucked up cities be without cops to patrol and protect them.

I can’t seem to get in the Christmas spirit knowing what my brother must be going through. I will find ways to come to grips with that and be supportive as much as I can being almost 500 miles away from him. I wish I lived closer so I could do things with him.

In addition, Kevin’s dear, sweet mother (in Las Vegas) is almost 90 and her health is failing.

I actually have some fear about what 2015 will bring and I’m not welcoming it with open arms…but it’s coming.

I love Christmas. I always have no matter what was going on in my life.

I love spending most of the Christmas season wishing for Christmas past. I think about my mama and daddy who have gone long ago. I miss being the oldest out of our litter of 5 kids all waking up and going to see what Santa brought. I miss all the family get togethers back in Tennessee. I hang old ornaments on my trees…I listen to old Christmas songs. I cook things that I had as a child at Christmas. I look at old pictures.

I also enjoy living in the Christmas present because of my family and especially my grand kiddies. I like being with James and Allison (my son and daughter in law). I love cooking, decorating the tree and shopping for those 2 “Joys of My Life.” I love driving around with Kevin looking at Christmas lights in our neighborhood. I like sitting in the dark looking at my Christmas tree and enjoying my life with Kevin, Peyton and Eli.

But for the first time in my life, I look with dread and fear to Christmas future.

I want Daniel and Sadie to stay little and still love spending time with me.

I don’t want to be 55 years old which I turn on Jan 06, 2015.

I don’t want Peyton and Eli to get old and feeble.

I want Kevin to stay young and strong. I want James and Allison to be forever as they are now.

I want my brother’s and sisters and their families to freeze in time.

I want Jimmy (my brother) to never die and be that man I’ve always loved with that bigger than life laugh.

I want life to freeze!

But, it will not. Life and death moves on whether we like it or not.

~And to All a Good Night~

Bailey’s, Griswolds and Ugly Sweaters

Once again, I’m away from Kevin, Peyton, Eli and my home in Columbia.

I am in St. Louis alone again and at a time when I’d prefer not to be here and especially at this time of year. I am off from work for most of the rest of the month.

I came here to check on the apartment and bring Christmas gifts for the kids to put under my tree. And also break up my long drive to Nashville, Tennessee that I will be making on Monday.

I will drive there on Monday and meet with my brother and hopefully his doctors to see how he is coming along to be placed on the liver transplant list. I am disappointed because he told me the other day that he hasn’t done much of what they told him he had to do to prove he wanted a liver and be placed on the list. It’s his choice and I won’t try to convince him to do what he needs to do. I just want to see him and visit with him for a while.

The drive to Nashville is 7 hours from Columbia but 5 from St. Louis. I will only get to see Jimmy (my brother) for a short while because he said he had to go back to his home in Alabama that afternoon. I am hoping that I get to meet with his doctor with him and his girlfriend.

I booked 2 nights at a hotel on Honky Tonk row or known as Music Row. The hotel is in heart of everything and in front of the Capital. Nashville is a beautiful. clean and safe city. I thought I’d spend some time sightseeing and make the most out of my trip. I haven’t been to Nashville since 1998 so I do miss my home of Tennessee.

My baby sister may meet me there and if she does, we’ll hit the strip and have a bit of fun.

I have already mapped out some 3 and 5 miles runs so I can exercise while I am there.

I should be back in St. Louis on Wednesday night. I have a follow-up appointment with my plastic surgeon on Friday for my 1 year check up. So I will be away from Kevin and my pups until next Saturday or Sunday. 😦

I will visit with my kiddies a few days and do some shopping and maybe so see some of the beautiful Christmas lights in St. Louis to make the most of my time.

I did get in a 6.2 mile run around the perimeter of Forest Park this afternoon when I got in town.

I’ve been a bit weepy and down lately and I think a lot of it may be that I am not getting enough exercise. I did today and I do feel so much better.

I’ve spent my night closed up in my apartment tonight sipping Bailey’s Vanilla Cinnamon, watching Christmas Vacation and making a “Christmas Ugly Sweater.” I have enjoyed doing that so much more than I imagined that I would.

I’m not finished yet but I am liking this!

I have not had much of an appetite tonight which surprises me but maybe that 6.2 mile run helped curb it. I didn’t even go out tonight for dinner and with so many awesome places I could have chosen. I ate a frozen dinner from Trader Joe’s that has been in my apartment freezer for months! HA~

Kevin and I did some shopping for Daniel and Sadie and I need to wrap them tonight or early morning. They may come for a visit tomorrow and Daniel is very nosey about Christmas presents! 🙂

I plan on a nice slow run in the morning. I will be signing up for the Go!St. Louis Half Marathon soon so I can have something to train for. I can’t devote that kind of time in the winter to sign up for the marathon. I’ve run the Go! St. Louis Half marathon for the last 2 years. It is a run that I enjoy and love participating in it.

I do plan on doing another marathon next year but it will likely be toward the end of 2015 and probably the Rock ‘n Roll in Las Vegas with my brother in law.

I’m reclined on the sofa now in near dark with my beautiful Christmas tree watching the St. Louis Blues. They are doing a live big screen showing of the St. Louis Blues tonight at a Steinberg Ice Rink in Forest Park near my house. I wanted to go there and watch some of it around a campfire watching all the ice skaters but I forgot the game didn’t come on until 9 pm and it’s not a good idea for me to walk there and back in the dark. Maybe another time.

I have always thought that I could relate to Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation. I always try way beyond what is necessary to make sure everyone has a fun time at Christmas or other times. I am Clark. 🙂

“I don’t know if I oughta go sailin’ down no hill with nothin’ between the ground and my brain but a piece of government plastic.” ~Cousin Eddie – Christmas Vacation

Happy Blog Anniversary to Me!

Today is my 1 year anniversary posting on WordPress. I’ve made a lot of friends on WP that I would never have had contact with. I laugh a lot and learn a lot from all the blogs.

This time last year, I was nervous in anticipation of my scheduled body and arm lift surgery that was to happen on Dec 19, 2013. I started the blog to track my experience with the surgery.

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since my surgery. I’m still enjoying how I look! I still am a bit heavier than I want to be plus I’m looking older…but    🙂

In the exercising routine, I am been a bit of a slacker of late. I am only running a few miles a week. I cannot get motivated to run when I get home from work in the dark and I detest the treadmill. I know that I am just leaning on those excuses but I did it last year too. I usually kick off my running year in February with the Mardi Gras run and in March with the St. Patrick’s Day run. That is one of my favorites and it’s a 5 miler so it is challenging. I can’t do much else in the way of exercise due to a ruptured bicep that I have had for a couple of years. I do workout on the boxing bag fairly often but I usually suffer from that.

I’m doing better with my healthier, lower calorie eating. I have a few lbs that I really want to get off.

This past weekend, my son, Daniel and Sadie came to spend the weekend in Columbia with us while Allison was working. Those 2 kids plus 2 dogs almost drove me batty! But I loved it. 🙂

Daniel whispered to me several times that he wants to come live with me. I explained how he would miss his little family and he said he could see them on facetime! haha

He does get spoiled by me…..no doubt about that. Daniel still has my heart. 🙂

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Sadie is a budding fireball personality. I think she got that from me! I know she looks like me. 🙂 She’s my girl…

My 2015 resolution is to find another job! I have been stuck in this job for so long and it is not very fulfilling to me professionally. I am not complaining because it pays well and I’m happy to have a job. I know all things can change quickly so I don’t want to temp fate….but I want out.

I am tired of a dick for a boss and employees that complain about the stupidest shit. One of the best jobs around and they don’t give a fuck if they show up for work. We have such a high rate of absenteeism that it is hard for my supervisor’s to run their shifts. My company also has a generous paid time off policy. I’ve been here 14 years and I get 288 hours (36 days) of vacation. Our employees get the equivalent based on their years of service. And yet they burn through that PTO before the mid year and still miss to the point of termination. And it is so hard to terminate an employee anymore….I don’t even push it most of the time.

I have half-heartedly looked for other employment in the St. Louis area but I guess I chicken out and don’t pursue it. I have an impressive work history and resume along with the education. I should at least take people up on interview requests.

I love (for the most part) routine. I guess that’s why I’m still here and bitching! HA!

I know Kevin never wants to move from Columbia until we are ready to retire to Santa Cruz, CA…..his home. So when I talk about selling the Columbia home and finding a job in St. Louis….he gets pissy.

So for my 1 year anniversary post….I’m still bitching

– not exercising well

– not eating correctly

– need to loose weight

– love my kiddies + dogs

yada yada….

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St. Louis and Pajamas

I have not been running so much lately. I don’t know if it’s laziness, weather or what but I just don’t.

I still love running and I am doing my share on the weekends but not during the week. I was the same last year so maybe nothing much has changed. This time last year I was getting ready for my surgery.

I’m trying to get off those few pounds from Thanksgiving….that is proving to be very difficult for me and especially since I went from running 120 miles a month down to 50! lol

But  I have been busy online shopping! As people who know me know, I am not a shopper. I don’t like malls, stores, crowds etc.

But lately, I have found my kind of shopping….online shopping and I am spending the $$$!

I love shopping while reclined on the sofa in pajamas! My favorite shopping is still running gear and yes, I bought another pair of running shoes. I can’t resist and this is the 4th pair in the last 5 months!

I used to be the most boring running shoe wearer in the United States. The brighter and gaudier the shoe, the more likely I am to buy it.

I also used to only wear Nike. I don’t even own a pair of Nikes anymore. My current rotation is Asics, Brooks, Hoka and now…Saucony.  I always get the neutral shoe that best fits my strike and stride.

My new rids are Saucony Ride 7! A
My new rids are Saucony Ride 7!

My saucony rides came in the post yesterday and I took them out for a 3.2 mile drive. Each shoe makes me feel different. I am enjoying wearing my hokas but I like changing up. The rides feel great on my feet but I felt some issues this morning.

This week, I have purchased jeans, Blues Hockey shirts, gloves, boots….all while comfortably reclined in PJs sipping a Schlafly Pumpkin Ale!

Merry Christmas to me! 🙂

The week of Dec 15, I will be traveling to Nashville Vanderbilt University Hospital where my brother has his visit with his liver transplant doctor and team. He is not yet on the list but we are hoping that he will be placed on it. I haven’t seen my brother in person in years. We talk on text and phone but not in person. I will be so happy to see him. My baby sister will be meeting me there and I am happy to see her. I’ll be in Nashville for the entire week and I hope I come back home with hope in my heart but for now, I am not optimistic. He seems to be and that is important.

This time of year is always such a happy time for me and it still is. I love the season, the music, the trees, the decorations but more than anything….it makes me think of family. It takes me back to when I was a little girl with my mom, dad, 2 brothers and 2 sisters….many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Christmas makes me sentimental and calm.

I miss Tennessee.

After I get back from Nashville, TN….I’ll get to spend Christmas with Daniel, Sadie, Kevin, Allison, James…Peyton and Eli.

St. Louis is going through a lot right now, but it is a beautiful city with so much to offer people of all races, religions etc….don’t believe what the media is leading people to believe.

City Garden in St. Louis, MO
City Garden in St. Louis, MO

I don’t post as much as I used to. I guess when I’m not training, I don’t have as much to complain about. 🙂

P.S. I do love Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Music…plus anything by Elvis!

T.S Eliot and Tennessee Williams boyhood homes are on my block where I have an apartment in St. Louis. Williams wrote the “Glass Menegerie” in that home.

“It is self-evident that St. Louis affected me more deeply than any other environment has ever done. I feel that there is something in having passed one’s childhood beside the big river, which is incommunicable to those people who have not. I consider myself fortunate to have been born here, rather than in Boston, or New York, or London.” – T.S. Eliot

Thanksgiving in a Torn City

This has been a wonderful weekend for me but a tragic time for our city here in St. Louis.

I started off Thanksgiving with “The Hungry Turkey” 5k.

The Hungry Turkey
The Hungry Turkey

And with everything going on here in St. Louis re: Ferguson has been stressful on this city. The long tradition of the Thanksgiving Parade was canceled but Hungry Turkey 5k was not. I was happy about that. This city needs some togetherness right now.

I went to my son’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.

I cooked a few things but my son and daughter in law were making the rest. I enjoyed not being the one who stressed over everything so I could just enjoy it. I did most of what I did cook in Columbia and brought it to St. Louis. Eli stayed in the kitchen all day while I was cooking!

You Gonna Eat That?
You Gonna Eat That?

They made an incredible Thanksgiving meal and I don’t compliment them much but this may have been my best Thanksgiving meal. I ate too much of course but I didn’t have to have the food sitting in my frig for days so that’s a plus.

They made a turkey, andouille cornbread stuffing, roasted root veggies (which is one of my favorites), arugula/goat cheese/cranberry salad, brie-cranberry puff pastries and a wonderful ginger pumpkin pie! I made homemade cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, mac and cheese (per Daniel’s request) and a black walnut bundt cake.

My Plate! HA!
My Plate! HA!
Ginger Pumpkin Pie
Ginger Pumpkin Pie Made by James and Daniel
Black Walnut Cake
Black Walnut Cake Made by Me

We ate good….argued a bit as usual. My son and I are opposite on the political spectrum! I really try to never talk about that with him because I don’t need convincing and he thinks he doesn’t! haha

Daniel and Sadie spent the night last night so that gave James and Allison a night alone. Sadie is 21 months old and that was the first time she has spent the night with us. Daniel always does. She did well and slept with her brother on the sofa bed. It was fun spending time with her and of course Daniel as always.

My Girl Sadie
My Girl Sadie
My Kiddies!
My Kiddies!

There has been so much destruction of properties and businesses in a city that I have loved since I was 14 years old when my daddy first brought me here from Tennessee to see a Cardinals game.

Seeing the protesters, riots, burning, looting, crying, shutting down businesses and just sadness all around has been surreal.

Then entire thing is so tragic no matter how you come down on what happened in Ferguson.

I have another 5k in the morning and I am so excited about it! It takes place in my favorite part of St. Louis. A place call “The Hill.” It is a beautiful, blue-collar Italian community. It is also the boyhood home of Joe Garagiola and Yogi Berra. The 5k route will go right by their homes which are still beautifully maintained by the current owners.

Chill on the Hill
Chill on the Hill

So many italian supermarkets, restaurants, bakeries….the smells are always incredible. Afterwards, I’ll have some breakfast in one of the many places there.

I have never run on any street on the hill so this will be so exciting.

I so thankful for so much. I am thankful that I found my soul mate (Kevin) after a shitty first marriage. I’m thankful for my son who has turned out to be a wonderful man, husband and father. I am thankful for Allison. My son got lucky when he met her. I am thankful beyond any words to have Daniel and Sadie in my life. My real life began when I  had my first grandchild. I am thankful for Peyton and Eli. They make me feel special every single day. I am thankful for my brothers and sisters. I don’t see them often but we had great times together as kids. I am thankful that Kevin and I have good jobs, good health insurance, our dream home in Columbia, an apartment in St. Louis. I am thankful that I am in good health….and I am aware that could change in a heartbeat. I’m thankful I discovered running….I could go on and on. I am fortunate.

I hope all my WordPress friends had a peaceful and Happy Thanksgiving. I do appreciate all of you who follow my blog and comment on my posts. 🙂

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr


Better Than Perfect

I’ve been so busy this weekend that I haven’t had a chance to update.

I have another work training week in St. Louis this week so I drove up by myself again on Friday. I really hate leaving Kevin and the dogs. I miss them very much but I’ve also enjoyed my time here. It feels like “me time!”

The weather has been incredible and the fall colors are indescribable.

When I got into St. Louis Friday afternoon, I decided to go for my first run since the marathon last Sunday. It was a sluggish 3 miles and my legs felt like lead but the neighborhood and weather was beautiful plus I ran for fun and I enjoyed it.

I showered and dressed up a bit and ate at a restaurant that I’ve been wanting to go to for a long time “Evangeline’s Bistro”…..a touch of New Orleans in St. Louis. I had Duck and a drink called “Champagne and Lace!” It’s a beautiful restaurant that plays jazz and the food was excellent.


I got up feeling so good on Saturday morning that I decided to run. I ran 4 miles and I felt great! I enjoyed that run so much that I remembered why I liked running. I felt like a kid running.

After my shower, I went to the plaza and watched the kids and pets in their Halloween parade. James, Daniel and Sadie came over and we ate lunch at Gringos. I kept the kids for a while while James run some errands and Daniel spend the night. We had a great time. 🙂

I spent time with both the kids today and we played in all the leaves at Forest Park.

Fall is especially beautiful this year.

Also, I order new running shoes that I’ve wanted to try and I found a great discount so it was time. They should arrive at my home tomorrow but I’m not home!


I’ve had a better than perfect day. Anytime I spend time with Daniel and Sadie…it’s a good day.

Tonight after I walked around the neighborhood for a couple of hours, I showered and went to another restaurant that I have been wanting to try for a long time. “Taste

I had the best dish that I’ve ever had in all my vast restaurant experience. And a great atmosphere.

~RIP Oscar Tavares (St. Louis Cardinals)~

I am a Marathoner

Less than 1% of the people in the world can say that they have completed a marathon.

I did get a fairly good night’s rest last night. I normally don’t sleep at all before a big run. I even woke up before the alarm went off.

I ate my oatmeal, bagel and coffee. I had everything laid out and showered the night before.

We drove downtown St. Louis very early and it was still very dark. They were already barricading the streets when we were trying to find parking.

I met up with some FB runner friends. We socialized and made pictures. It’s good to finally meet them after sharing running stories on FB for so long. 🙂

The weather was cool…just like I like it. I felt good and energetic. There were so many people there for the half, full and relay. I think something like 30,000 people were registered. The sun was coming in between the Gateway Arch which was incredibly beautiful.

We ran by Busch Stadium and I always get excited and chill bumps when I go by the home of my Cardinals. The first 10 miles went quickly and with no issues. The neighborhoods are beautiful and the  leaves were golden and crimson. People were out in their neighborhoods cheering with their children holding signs and giving high fives.

At mile 9, I passed the kids house and Daniel and his family gave me and Popeye (Kevin) hugs and water. Sadie started crying wanting me to take her. I love those kids!

Kevin and I ran together until about mile 10 and our route split. He ran the half. After they split us off, I actually cried because there were fewer people where I was going and that road looked long and hard. It is better running with a lot of people. So the rest of the route was fairly lonely except for a few friends I made along the way.

I felt so good physically that I had to consciously slow my pace down because this was my first marathon and I just wanted to finish. I was afraid of going to fast and burning out. I took plenty of fuel (GU). I hydrated well on the run.

At mile 19 or so….my left knee felt like it was giving out. The pain got worse and I was basically shuffling my way through it. I have had minor knee pain but nothing like this. My knee felt like it was going to buckle. At that point, I felt strongly that I would not be able to finish. I ran through that pain and after about 3 miles of the pain either it quit or I just got immune to the pain.

It is true, no training prepares you for mile 20 on. I gained some energy in the last mile and finished strong like a runner!

Kevin, James, Allison, Daniel and Sadie all greeted me at the end. My son and Daniel were the first to get to me. I broke down crying in my sons arms. He told me he was proud of me. That might be the first time he has told me that. That made me pretty happy. Of course Daniel was proud for me and reminded me how he helped me by doing the squat challenge with me! 🙂

I did the big ugly cry when Kevin go to me. He had tears in his eyes. He has been my rock through all this training and bore the brunt of all my frustrations, complaining and crying.

I did it!!! I still can’t believe it. It’s over and I made it.

I hobbled to an early dinner with the kids. I had said before the marathon that if I finished, I wanted “Pi Pizza” for my recovery meal. That’s where we went. It’s so awesome, it shouldn’t be called a pizza. Kevin and I came back to the apartment. I showered, rolled out my legs and now I’m relaxing watching football.

We stayed in St. Louis tonight and heading back to Columbia tomorrow.

It was a good day. I’m exhausted and euphoric.

It was beautiful. It was hard. I thought a few times that I would not make it. I shed a few tears along the way. I was even crying when I ran over the finish line and the photograher must have caught it.

I am a marathoner.

“If you feel bad at 10 miles, you’re in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you’re normal. If you don’t feel bad at 26 miles, you’re abnormal.” – Rob de Castella

Eating Down the House

Truthfully, I have enjoyed my time at the apartment all alone!

The Six Sigma Kaizen training is going well and I have learned a lot. I have had this training before but wanted the new certification. I would be excited about going back to my job and practice my skills but I work for a redneck dick who makes fun of new ideas that he didn’t think of. He only pretends to his superiors that he wants and desires his managers to get this training but he doesn’t. Shame…I want the certification so I can use it with or without him.

I have managed to get in all my runs so far because they are much shorter than normal. I have been eating badly and often. I have snacked on candy that they set on our tables during the training. I’ve eaten fried chicken, pizza, sushi, candy, cakes, donuts….you name it!

Lobster and Soft Shell Crab Sushi Rolls from Kampai Sushi.
Lobster and Soft Shell Crab Sushi Rolls from Kampai Sushi.

And with the decreased running means decreased calorie burn. I’m embarrassed that I cannot control this. The worse part is during the training, they bring food and snacks in for us and I eat it…..all of it!

I do feel like I am gaining weight and that is the last think I need is to go into running 26.2 miles with extra pounds. I will make an extra effort to eat well and proper calories for the rest of the time up to the marathon and beyond.

I don’t know if I am happy my running has slowed down or upset. One good thing is that the training has kept me busy and tired. I get home to my apartment, run, eat dinner, shower and go to bed….well, after watching my Cardinals beat the Dodgers!

I do miss Kevin, Peyton and Eli. They come in to town tomorrow night. I am afraid my dogs have forgotten me.

I went to visit Daniel and Sadie a bit tonight. I love those kids! Grand-friends day at Daniel’s school is Friday and Kevin and I will be happy to go. I love doing that each year. Daniel is always really proud to show us what he has learned and show us around his school.

My training day should be short tomorrow. I need to run 4 miles after that. I have managed my schedule very well this week….well, except for the eating schedule. That’s an all day schedule. 🙂

I see my boys tomorrow night!

I’ll try to catch up on my favorite blogs very soon!

“The thirst you feel in your throat and lungs will be gone minutes after the race is over. The pain in your legs within days, but the glory of your finish will last forever.” ~unknown