Monthly Archives: February 2011

ABC’s of Me

I saw this recently on Pam’s blog and  Lindsay’s blog so I decided to play along:

(A) Age: 38.5
(B) Bed Size: Gotta have my KING
(C) Chore You Hate: Absolutely the Bathrooms.
(D) Dogs? One, and she’s spoiled rotten.
(E) Essential Start Your Day Item: the cliche mug of coffee.
(F) Favorite Color: Barn Red (yes, it must be that specific red).
(G) Gold or Silver? Sliver without a doubt.
(H) Height: 5ft 9in
(I) Instruments You Play: um, does a pencil/ pen count? I used to rock the Viola in middle school. You should have seen the outfit I had to wear… oh yeah.
(J) Job Title: wife, mom, stage manager, teacher, laundry dooer, dishwasher, you name it.
(K) Kids: 2 incredible ones!
(L) Live: Why yes, thank you. I would always choose living over dying.
(M) Mom’s Name: Alice
(N) Nicknames: Min, Mind (not said mind like you brain… but said Mind like Mind… you get it).
(O) Overnight Hospital Stays? only when having the kids.
(P) Pet Peeve: leaving the cabinet doors open.
(Q) Quote from a Movie: You either get busy living or get busy dying – Shawshank Redemption
(R) Right or Left Handed? Right
(S) Siblings: 2 Brothers, 3 sisters-in-law
(T) Time You Wake Up? between 6:30 and 7 (yes, A.M.)
(U) Underwear: as often as I can.
(V) Vegetable You Dislike: rutabaga and various others (I wrote a whole post on my love of veggies).
(W) What Makes You Run Late: my husband.
(X) X-Rays You’ve Had Done: ankle back in High School (basketball injury)
(Y) Yummy Food You Make: cookies, pumpkin or banana bread
(Z) Zoo, Favorite Animal: otters.

Now, what’s YOUR list?

FYI: my next favorite movie quote was:

Warden Samuel Norton: Do you enjoy working in the laundry?
Andy Dufresne: No sir, not especially.

Also from the Shawshank Redemption.

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What’s Next.

So, I ran and finished this thing called a Half Marathon, and some of you may be wondering “What’s Next”?

I want to keep fresh goals and races in my future, to help keep me motivated. After the Half, I took about  week off, and really think it helped me refocus, and get ready to run. I felt great coming back and my legs haven’t been giving me any problems! WooHoo! Now that’s what I’m sayin’.

So, what is next up for me?

In March I have the Azalea 10k run. If you’ve not been to Tyler, TX during the Azalea Trails, you are really missing out. This course meanders through the Historic Azalea District, with all it’s flowering beauty. I’ve heard there are some hills in this course, but I think it’s going to be fun. I’m looking forward to the 10k distance as well. Right now my daily runs are right around 5 miles, so I think I’ll really enjoy this distance. The run is scheduled for March 26th at 10am, so it’s actually a Saturday run.

Then in June I’m hoping to run the Cherry Festival 5k in Illinois. A lot depends on our summer schedule, but I’m penciling it in right now.

Then comes the next big race in October… another Half Marathon! I’m very excited and think I can train even smarter for this one. Again, I’m not going to get super hung up on time and speed, but know I’d really like to finish stronger than I did with the first one. I dropped the cross training toward the end of training for the Miracle Match, and think that really effected by performance. SO….. this time, I’m diligently sticking with weights and elliptical work on my cross days. I’m not running 4 days a week, but think I can make up the miles of the day with 2 days of cross, so hopefully I can still meet the 1000+ challenge.

Right now, for the past week or so, I’ve averaged about 19 miles total- 3 days of running (2 weekly and 1 long) and 2 days of elliptical. It will be tight, but I’ll come very close to meeting the challenge.

It’s good to be on the other side of the Half, and I feel like I have really accomplished something important. I have a friend who has been running for 15+ years, and I hope to follow in his footsteps! I’d love to be 70 and still running (he’s not 70… I’d just love to be 70…).

Thanks for sticking with me! Here’s to another 13.1 miles to go!!

Miracle Match Recap

My family! I couldn’t have done it without them!

Here it is… finally! My race report. Life has been crazy lately, and I’m just now getting a chance to sit down and get it done. Let me say first I am SO glad I did this. It was a wonderful experience and I’m glad that I stuck with it and finished what I set out to do. My “A” goal was to complete the race and I did that. I didn’t accomplish my “B” and “C” goals, and I can finally say that’s okay. I’ll be honest, there was a bit of disappointment with time, but I’m giving myself grace on that issue. My whole family was there to support me, which made it an incredible experience! The only thing better would to have been to actually run it WITH Beth, but we will do it together SOMETIME! Now on to the recap!

PHOTOS

Fueling up before the race. Notice it’s still dark…. don’t ask about the face, because I don’t know. Notice the nice straight hair….

 

My number. I was glad that “13” was it there, since it’s one of my lucky numbers! Again, don’t ask about the face… it was early.

 

I placed myself at the very END of the starting line.

 

Beth, Jude (my kiddo) and I. I think I’m talking to Rachel, but I’m not sure.

 

Me and my biggest Cheerleader!

 

My Mom. I’m telling her not to cry… but she cried anyway.

The cutest Cheerleader EVER!!

 

My support crew. You can’t read Judah’s sign, but it says “Run.” yes, with the period.

 

I think this is around mile 5ish, maybe 5.5

 

Giving the 2 thumbs up! I was feeling so good at this point.

The first part of the run was fantastic! The weather was perfect and I was feeling strong. My left calf hurt through the entire race, but it was a “bearable” hurt. You know, the kind that is there, but you can put it aside and just run through it. There were so many watches beeping, that it took me a while to get used to it, and not look at mine every time one went off. The course took us through the zoo, and that was fun. There were so many people out cheering us on during that part of the race. I was in a groove and feeling very good up until the massive hill around mile 9.

Letting the crew know that Chris and Hunter were on their way to join them. Either that or I was doing the hand jive…

 

Between mile 12 and 13. I was working through the WORST leg/ calf cramps of my LIFE.

That hill took it’s toll on me! I think I made the mistake of trying trying to run up it, instead of just letting myself walk it. Rookie mistake, probably. I think that decision brought on the massive leg cramps at mile 10 that stuck with me the rest of the race. I have NEVER had cramping like this before. My right quad felt like a huge golf ball, and my calves were making my toes curl under! At every station I would fuel and grab a banana, but none of that helped. Needless to say, this caused me to walk much of Mile 10-12. I was bummed, but what are you going to do. At least I didn’t quit!

The final stretch. I “sprinted” to the finish line…. kinda… but I was running!

 

My medal! Notice the not-so-nice not straight hair….

 

My family! (Beth, Chris and Hunter are behind the camera)

My finishing time was 2:54:12; about 10 minutes slower that what I would have liked it to be. I know that I did the best I could under the circumstances, but it made the moment a little bitter-sweet. BUT, I had my whole family there cheering me on. Every time I saw them I’d get this huge boost and renewed determination. Coming into the end, I saw my Dad up on the bridge and I knew I could finish and finish strong. It was GREAT and  I’ve already signed up for my next half, on Oct. 9th and am really looking forward to it!

The trophy Phil got for me. This is what it said:

“CELEBRATING THE SUCESS OF

MINDY ARMOUR IN FINISHING THE

HALF MARATHONG RUN ON

JANUARY 30, 2011″

Phil got me a trophy! Poor guy stayed up late one night to order it, and you can see what the inscription said. He has a replacement with everything spelled right, but there is NO WAY I’m replacing it! Who else has completed a “Half Marathong”? We were all trying to figure out which half it was…..

Thanks for sticking with me through all of this adventure! Your encouragement and support has been one of the things that has kept me going. THANK YOU! I plan to keep on running with a 10k scheduled for March and then the half in October (perhaps another half next January?). This has been an incredible life changing journey, thanks for sharing it with me!

Until then, happy running!