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Three fatty-bo-batties working on being skinny-minnies

One Month in the Bag

Posted by fatty3 on February 10, 2015

4 weeks!  That’s right, I’ve successfully (at least according to my standards of success) stayed the course for 4 weeks and I’m moving on through week 5.

Here are the deet’s.  I’m down 10.2 pounds.  I went running last Sunday and did intervals and did not die like I thought I would.  My underwear fits better.  I was told my face looks thinner.  And best of all, I can reach around to wipe my ass without having to do 10 minutes of pre-stretching beforehand.  It’s the little things.

I haven’t been perfect with either the eating or the exercise, but I am probably 80-90% there.  I’ve missed some nights of Shaun T. and I’ve gone out to eat a few times (but 99% of the time, I stayed within guidelines when ordering).  As much as I would like not to be, I am a slave to the scale (I blame this on physicians and their f***ing BMI charts – not all weight is fat weight you bastards).  So, I am a bit disappointed that I’m not down more in weight, but at least I’m down and keep going down.  And did I mention that my underwear fits better.

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Doesn’t pound cake sound good right about now?

Posted by fatty3 on February 3, 2015

Well alrighty then.  Here we are starting Week 4.  I’m down 9 pounds.  I don’t know about you, but three weeks in of a new routine is the do or die period for me.  At three weeks of being hard core I start to get willpower fatigue and become bored and resentful of my food and my workout.  Even if I have rules in place I’m apt to say F*ck It!  I start to think how much I want an apple fritter, or a Cuban sandwich….or wait, maybe chicken strips with those crinkle-cut fries….and a margarita.  Yeah, a margarita.  Maybe not all at once, or necessarily in that order, but they all share equal standing in my hierarchy of needs and I hold them all in high esteem.  In any case, I’m at that point where I start to find reasons to let things drop off and fade away into the bin of lifestyle changes past.  (It does seem only appropriate that I should come back as a Dickens ghost with my Weight Watchers membership card, OA 12 steps and Paleo cookbooks forever chained to me while I do the eternity version of step aerobics).  I start to question if I really want to lose weight and get back in shape.  I start to think things like “Look at that couch over there.  Isn’t she pretty”.  So, I am trying my hardest to keep the self-talk reasonably non-negative and to focus on what I’ve gained so far.  Here are the highlights:

  1. I am losing weight.
  2. I am not gaining weight.
  3. My ass is getting firmer from all the squats.
  4. I am better about portion control and make good choices when I do go out to eat.
  5. Did I mention that I’m not gaining weight….

So, it’s onward for now as I’m still in the game.  Wish me luck.

'I'm the ghost of Christmas future. I'm hammered, can we do this later...?'

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Week 2

Posted by fatty3 on January 26, 2015

Well, I’ve just completed two weeks of non-stop diet and exercise fun!  Yep.  I’ve eaten per plan and hooked up with Shaun T. (forgive me Shaun for misspelling your name in previous posts) every day for two weeks.  During this two weeks I’ve lost 7 pounds…..most of which was lost during the first week.  Now, you are probably thinking, “Wow, 7 pounds!  That’s really good”.  Well, I’m not.  I lost 6.2 pounds in week one and .8 pounds in week two.  If I were 10 pounds, or even 20 pounds away from my goal, .8 pounds down on the scale for a week would be fine.  But in the second week when I’m still 60 pounds away from where I want to be, not so much.  And shut up about how the scale doesn’t always reflect how well you are doing!  I know all that crap.  I’m still crabby about it.

I’m trying very hard to focus on the fact that I do feel my body changing.  I’m starting to feel some musculature again and my stomach fat isn’t so hard and inflexible.   I have a reasonable person appetite, I have fewer cravings and am not binge eating.  Shaun T. is getting easier and I’m having less problems with my back.  Which ultimately, is pretty good for only two weeks out.

The thing is, that without food and booze I have to deal with life fully, and I’m not feeling very confident that I’m doing well at that right now.  I’m just feeling utterly boring and uninteresting (picture a middle-aged woman sitting on her couch watching Blacklist in her holey men’s undershirt, holey sweatpants and sweat jacket that is too small and no longer zips with a large white and gray cat sitting on her chest).  I’m hoping this is just the toxins leaving my system and that soon I’ll start to feel mentally better and more like the fun person I want to be.

 

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Let’s Try That Again

Posted by fatty3 on January 14, 2015

Well, week one has come and gone and it was a semi-bust.  I not only managed to turn my taper week into a last-chance-to-eat-anything-and-everything week, but I gained weight in the process.  I also only managed to get in two days of my buddy Sean T.  But that’s alright.  I anticipated the week may be that way and have determined to re-do it!

FedEx kindly delivered my food from PersonalTrainerFood.com on Saturday.  It was just a matter of getting the 48 pound box of food into my kitchen and wedging it into my freezer.  I started eating it on Monday and have been true to the plan the last three days.  Yay!  The food is pretty good and easy to prepare.  I have nothing to complain about.  Well, O.K.  I have one thing to complain about.  There is one veggie mix that has a few too many lima beans for my taste…..but I’m a trooper.  For the most part, it seems like plenty of food and I’m not feeling deprived.  So far so good.

I’ve also been true to Sean T. so far this week.  Me and the T25 videos are on a speaking basis.  I’ve done them for three days beginning Monday and it’s looking good for the rest of the week.

So, there you have it.  I’m feeling pretty good about everything.  Onward.

 

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Hello 2015

Posted by fatty3 on January 6, 2015

Well, it’s the beginning of a new year and I thought I would document my 2015 efforts to lose the weight and get fit…..again.  My ultimate goal is to regain my running shape and once again complete at least one half marathon in under 2 hours.  But prior to that, I’m first going to need to lose about 70 pounds and, oh yeah, start running again.  So, the prescription for this first month is to do the T25 workout every day and to eat 28 days of Personal Trainer delivered food.  I figured I have the T25 DVD’s already (which I still haven’t gotten all the way through), I have enough workout clothing to at least keep my boobs from hitting me in the face when I do burpees, and I can do it indoors out of the site of any onlookers.  The food is pre-cooked and frozen so I can take it anywhere and it’s already in the perfect serving size (which I’ve lost all sense of in the last two years).  Of course, I don’t know how it will taste and if I’ll like it.  But, I can get down most anything for 28 days.

I started the T25 DVD’s last night.  I had to wait until my roommate left the house, so I didn’t get to it until 9:00pm….which I get extra credit for because usually at 9:00pm on a weeknight I am in bed watching Netflix preparing to fall asleep AND I was completely paranoid that my roommate would return to see me barely clothed and hyperventilating to Sean T.  Well, the first day is done.  Only 27 more to go!

I’ll start the eating program next Monday.  Until then I’m “tapering”.  That’s right.  I put it in quotes.  I’m doing pretty well, but one woman’s tapering may be another woman’s binge eating.  Just sayin’.  I did have a lovely kale and edamame salad today for lunch.  That should count for something.

So, for the record I’m starting this thing at 196.6 pounds.  I’m not going to weigh myself again until after I’ve finished the 28 days of the eating program.  At least that’s my goal.  I’m also going to continue to put half and half in my coffee and have an occasional adult beverage.  Well, here I go.

This is me July 2011 when I was at 130 pounds (my lowest weight) and running half marathons every weekend.

This is me July 2011 when I was at 130 pounds (my lowest weight) and running half marathons every weekend.Ex

This is me about a year ago pretty close to the weight I am now.  Oh how the mighty have fallen.

This is me about a year ago pretty close to the weight I am now. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

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Being idle

Posted by z on May 15, 2014

We’ve been pretty idle on this page, and in life, for a while and believe me, it shows.  We are trying to come back to a healthy lifestyle.  

Last Sunday we started a clean eating plan.  One of our friends did it a few years ago and she lost a lot of weight.  I’ve not had any problems with it though today I really want to splurge on a beer.  It’s a lot of work to prepare and cook food for three people, especially in our tiny kitchen, but we are managing.  Our fridge was jam packed on Sunday and I’m just now starting to be able to see the back of it.  The amount of meat that they allow is the only downside for me.  

Morrie and I started crossfit on Monday.  We are going to SODO CrossFit.  Our first workout was on Monday.  It was an introductory lesson (the first of 6) so it was a mini workout.  It still kicked my ass.  I was so sore Tuesday and Wednesday.  I had a hard time getting in and out of my chair at work.  And I basically waddled everywhere.  Wednesday was the worst day and that happened to be the 2nd class.  It was hard to start the workout but I warmed up quickly.  Today I am still sore but not as bad.  Anyway, the people at SODO CrossFit seem very nice and even though I hurt, I plan on continuing, at least for a little while.  

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Quadzilla day 1 – Widdle Waddle half marathon

Posted by z on December 6, 2012

What the hell was I thinking?

I woke up Thanksgiving morning and made myself a nice, big breakfast of eggs and turkey bacon.  I wanted to make sure that I had plenty of fuel for the long day.

I really wasn’t all that excited about the next four days but this was probably going to be the best chance I had at having a decent time.  The Widdle Waddle was going to be an out and back along the Burke-Gilman trail, starting at Gasworks Park.  Up until race morning I thought it was two out and backs.  Turns out that was for the Marathon so I sighed a great big sigh of relief and finished my coffee.  Way back when I used to ride my bike a lot, Susan and I would ride this portion of the trail so I kind of knew what to expect.

I checked in and milled about trying to keep warm.  The wind was coming off Lake Union and it was bone chilling.  Soon Matt was giving us all the run-down of the course.  Follow the “W” with the arrow and you should be ok.  Excellent.  And before you know it, we were off.  I hit the start on my Garmin and headed out with the rest of the group.   Well I may have hit start on the Garmin.  But I also probably immediately hit pause because by the time I made it down the trail to my office I looked to see how far it was and the Garmin said 0:00:00 so after a few muttered swear words I hit start and continued on.  I did manage to notice that my pace was 9:29 which was way too fast this early on so I pulled back on the reigns.

OMG!  Well, apparently I started writing this post 364 days ago and never finished it.  I must have not been feeling the love of the Quadzilla? 🙂  Since it’s been over a year I can’t remember all the details.  I remember it was cold.  But the views of the snowy Cascades was pretty spectacular once we got up toward the turn around near Magnuson Park.  I decided to use Clif Blocks instead of Gu.  Not sure they were any better but I knew I needed fuel.

I finished, that much I do remember.  Here are some pictures:

WW1

Me, freezing my a$$ off at the start

WW3

Awesome finisher medal!

WW4

The route

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Catching up

Posted by z on November 21, 2011

Well, I forget where I left off….somewhere after the Dirty Dash I think.  After that we had the See Jane Run half marathon.  That was Morrie’s birthday run and you’d think it would have been warm considering it was mid-July.  No.  Not so much here in Seattle.birthday girl

We arrived at Gasworks Park early enough to get into the Half Fanatics group photo.  We had hit the port-a-potty line just before that when it was relatively short and by the time we were done it was rather lengthy.  We found other Fanatics and took several photos then we decided that another bathroom break was in order.  Problem was:  the line was even longer now and we wouldn’t have time to wait in it and still make the start.  So, we did what apparently many other people were doing and we headed toward the trees.

I’m not sure why, at an all women’s event, you’d only order a handful of Honeybuckets but I suppose they didn’t consult me.  Anyway, it was overcast and kinda chilly that day.  We headed out at the start and ran into a bunch of walkers who started at the front and, as is standard, walked 4 abreast down the path.  We got by most of them by the time we were out onto the street.  We headed across the Fremont bridge and then onto a portion of the trail that was blocked off.  When we were getting toward the turn around we started running into the faster runners coming back.  The trail isn’t very wide here, about three feet or so, and when you are trying to pass someone and another person is coming at you trying to pass someone on their side it can get kindof exciting.  Lots of shoulder brushing.  We turned around and eventually broke out of the out and back portion and headed south along the west side of Lake Union.

Soon we were around to the other side of the lake and there was a honeybucket so we hopped in line.  That took about 20 minutes to get through and then we were off.  It was a nice little jaunt after that.  I’d never been to that part of the lake before and it was interesting to see other areas from that angle.  Soon, we were up on the University bridge and almost back to the finish. My legs were getting sore and tired but we finally crossed the finish line.  One of the things you get for finishing is a champagne flute with a few chocolates in it.  Then you can get champagne in your flute.  Yay!  champagne!

After the See Jane Run, Nic talked Morrie and I into signing up for the Fat Glass 50k.  We weren’t going to sign up because we knew there was no way we could finish the whole 50k.  But then the organizers decided that DNF’s were ENCOURAGED!  What kind of race was this?  So the basic idea was that we would run about 5+ miles through Bridle Trails park and when we got back to the start we had to drink a glass of Mac & Jack’s Amber beer.  When the glass was finished we would head out for another loop and when we got back to the start from that one, we had to drink another glass of beer.  And so on until you either dropped out or finished the 50k.  Beer, that-a-way!

Since Morrie and I were undertrained we figured we’d only do two loops and let Nic run his 50k.  But we didn’t tell him our plans because we didn’t want him to feel like he needed to drop.  So we pretended to go along with him thinking we were doing the whole thing.  All that was fine until the end of our second loop.  I had nearly finished my glass but didn’t want Nic to show up and have him hurry because he’d head out with us.  So, I went ahead and filled up my glass again.  But then he didn’t show up and by the time that he did, my glass was close to empty.  I was going to have to come clean.  When he got ready to head out we broke it to him and then he squirted us with his water bottle.  We grabbed a handful of pretzels and walked him up the hill then sent him on his merry way.  We went back and dished up our heaping plates of bbq.  They got some bbq place to cater and they had brisket, ribs, chicken, corn bread, mac and cheese, etc.  I was sad that my stomach could only hold so much food.me on the trailMorrie on the trail

We ate, and drank, and ate some more while Nic continued running.  He finally finished and grabbed something to eat.  It became apparent that no women were going to finish the 50k so he went and asked if he could have the first place women’s trophy:  a large mug engraved with “Queen of Beers” on it.  And they gave it to him.Nic, the Queen of Beers
After that we went down to Portland for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k that we have run the last three years.  At our annual bbq our guests generously donated $100 to the cause.  We run the 5k every year and then walk with the team.  This year was special because my cousin Deb, who is a breast cancer survivor and our team’s captain, decided to run it.  She trained for several weeks and finished with a very respectable time.  She decided after that to do the Komen in Eugene the following month and did that one all on her own.  She’s also signed up to run a Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving.

And that reminds me.  Apparently I’ve had a serious lapse in judgement and have signed up for not one, not two, not three, but four, count ’em, four 1/2 marathons over Thanksgiving weekend.  So stay tuned to hear all about that!  It is my hope to write about them after each run but I’m not sure how I’ll feel so I’m giving myself up to a week after to get them posted.  See you soon!

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Time to call in a salvage crew

Posted by z on June 22, 2011

In my last post I claimed it was time to turn the ship around. Well, I made some half-assed attempts to do so but my spirit wasn’t in it and that ship took on too much water and sank quickly. And it sank in some deep, deep waters. But the beacons are still on, beeping, sending signals to the surface, S-O-S! S-O-S!

I know I’ll feel better if I start running. I’ve been in the dumps lately. The grey Seattle skies don’t help. We’ve been traveling to sunnier climes and I enjoy being there but coming home always makes me angry. I just don’t want to be cold anymore. We had a 77 degree day yesterday and it was glorious! Can Seattle string together a few more days like that? We will see.

After the Phoenix Rock n’ Roll we ran the First Call Presidents Day half marathon along the good, ol’ Samammish River Trail.  I don’t remember it.

Then in March, we went to Vancouver, Canada to revisit the Dirty Duo.  I remember this one, all too clearly. This year the run was on my actual birthday.  Happy frigging birthday to me.   It started off innocently enough.  I was cranky because it was cold and I could see snow on top of Mt. Seymour.

Morrie and Susan at the start

Morrie and me at the start. See the smiles?

We started the run and it was fine, I guess.  I don’t really recall.  The trail seemed muddier than the previous year but that wasn’t a problem.  It was much colder and it was misting.  The forest was pretty, though.

Pretty forest and nice trail.

But that was the first 5 miles or so.  And then we went up, and up, and up toward Ned’s and that’s where we ran into snow.  It was also no longer misting but full on raining.  And that’s where the breakdown really peaked.

Commencing breakdown, full steam ahead.

Morrie and I had plans to drop from the race at the top of Ned’s.  Except when we got there the volunteer at the aid station told us we couldn’t drop here and would have to go to the bridge to drop.  Crap!  So, we descended the freaking mountain to the bridge aid station.  It was easier going down than it was to go up so that was a positive.  Anyway, we got to the bridge aid station and they had packed up.  WTF?  So that meant that we were in this thing for the long haul.  In the end we managed to shave only 15 minutes off last years time.  But we did get dirty.

Dirty Dirty Duo legs

Then, we decided to do something entirely different.  We signed up for the Big Climb, a benefit for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  We ran up 69 flights of stairs in about 18 minutes.  It was hot and stuffy in the stairwells and when I got to the top I had a weird copper taste in my mouth and I couldn’t stop coughing.

Susan picked the Squak Mountain 1/2 marathon for her birthday run.  We’d never been to Squak Mountain before so we didn’t know what to expect.  Well, we knew it was steep but other than that, we didn’t know much.  It was really chilly in the beginning but the sun came out and it was really pleasant.

Sunny trail

I felt pretty good on this run.  I didn’t get emotional or depressed like I normally do.  I don’t know if the weather made the difference or what.

Me and Morrie on the trail. I don't know who to credit for this photo. 😦

Me (nice belly) and the birthday girl.

It was a good run but when we went out afterward to celebrate Susan’s birthday I got pretty sore and was really tired.

And naturally, since we did the Redmond Watershed Preserve 12 hour (check out this years race story on the website for a special treat) run last year, we had to sign up for it again this year.  Last year was nice and sunny.  This year it was cold and misty.  I didn’t know how far I would get but I wasn’t expecting to match last years 50k distance.

Which way?

It started out ok.

Morrie and Susan

Susan and me. Happy-ish times.

And then lap 5 happened.

The End is Near

Susan finished her first marathon distance, 5 full loops.

This about sums it up.

And I finished 5 full loops.

The happy look means nothing.

Morrie managed just over a 50k.

Morrie does a 50k plus one little loop.

For some reason we didn’t get it together to sign up for a run in June.  We did sign up for the Furry 5k but we walked that because we took the dogs.  They were both adopted from the Seattle Animal Shelter.

Me with Murphy, Rudy and Lucy

Lucy and Murphy

We also volunteered for the Vashon Island Ultra.  It was a nice chance to pay back the running community.

Volunteer Zale

Volunteer Morrie

It was a little cold and drizzly but it was fun and it kinda made me wish I had signed up for the 10 miler.

"Respect my author-i-TAY" says the safety vest.

Susan finished in just over 2 hours and has vowed not to give blood 2 days before a run again.

Tired runner

So, we’re not scheduled for anything until Morrie’s birthday run, See Jane Run, on July 17th.  I did manage to get my ass out of bed the other morning at 4:45 and went for a little 3 miler.  My feet were so hot and it felt like my socks were sawing into my tender feet.  They seem to have lost some of the toughness that I once had.  I didn’t run this morning but plan on going again tomorrow morning.  We’ll see.

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Phoenix Rock ‘n Roll 1/2 marathon

Posted by z on March 7, 2011

I really needed a sun break from the cold and snowy Seattle winter.  When we arrived in Phoenix it was about 75 degrees.  I had arrived in heaven.  We got off the plane, picked up our bags and headed out to the car rental area, located some distance from the airport.  We got our car, (a Nissan Versa), and headed to our hotel.

We got to our hotel and were happy to see a familiar corporate logo right outside our door:  Starbucks.  At least we would be able to get a decent cup of coffee while we were here.  Unfortunately, our joy was short-lived.  We opened the door and were slammed with the scent of about 5,000 Glade air fresheners.  We aired out the room a bit and then decided to hunt down some dinner.  We went to some pub and had burgers.  Or maybe we had sandwiches.  I don’t remember.  But we drove around ASU and Sun Devil Stadium and through Scottsdale.  We got very little sleep that night.  We had a double bed but are used to a queen and the noise from the freeway was deafening.

We got up the next morning, grabbed something from Starbucks and headed out to packet pickup.  The expo hadn’t started yet but already there was a line.  We finally go inside and picked up our packets.  Then we were off to get our shirts.  Then we picked up our goody bag.  We wandered around the expo; picked up a t-shirt at the Brook’s exhibit, several mini-energy bars, a small taste of Miller Genuine Draft 64 (awful!), filled out some entry forms and then headed out.  By the time we left it was getting busy.

We headed out to Piestewa Peak (the locals still call it Squaw Peak) for a hike.  By the time we got to the parking lot it was time to unzip the convertible pants.  Very warm, and considering we were going to hike 2.4 miles up we figured it’d be best to go in shorts.  That was one of the best decisions we made.  We took a few breaks on the climb up.  We were used to 26 degree temperatures, not 76.  But the sky was blue and nearly cloudless.  It was wonderful.  We kept thinking we were near the summit but we weren’t.  The entire way up, people were running up and down.  Obviously they were used to the temperatures.  Finally, we made it to the top.  The view was awesome.  We stayed at the top for about 10-15 minutes and started to head back down.

The going down was almost as difficult as going up.  It was so steep in places and the trail consisted of jagged rock.  But we finally made it back to the car.  We headed out to pick Susan up from the airport.  We found her at the baggage claim and off we went.  We went to dinner but I can’t remember where we went.  Again, the bed was too small and the freeway noise was, well, noisy.  I didn’t sleep very well.

The next morning was a repeat of the day before:  Starbucks and packet pickup for Susan.  We roamed around the Expo and managed to buy a few things that we’d seen the day before.  I don’t remember what we did right after packet pickup.  Eventually we went to the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner.  Along with all 50,000 other Phoenix Rock ‘n Roll participants.  We waited for quite some time to be seated.  We finally did get a table and gobbled down our pasta.  Then we headed back to our hotel for another night of fitful sleep.

The next morning we were up and at ’em!  Went across the street and got a breakfast of oatmeal and coffee at Starbucks then drove off to where we thought we could park.  Except all the streets were blocked off so we couldn’t park there.  So we drove around.  And around.  We finally settled on a spot about a mile from the train station.  So, we walked.  And walked. And walked some more.  Finally arrived at the train and hopped on.  We hopped off near the convention center and had to walk some more toward the start line.  The start time was getting closer but we still had to check our gear bags and go to the bathroom.

We checked our gear.  That was pretty uneventful.  Then we queued up for the port-a-potties.  This is usually an endurance event all its own.  But it moved fairly quickly this time.  The only issue was that they were out of toilet paper in most of them but the one Morrie went into had seen better days.  Before we knew it we were lined up in our start corrals.  More or less.  I decided that I was going to line up with Morrie instead of the corral behind her.  Just let them try to stop me!

As we inched our way up to the start line, we laughed at the people decked out in gloves and sweatpants.  Didn’t these people know 50 degrees is a warm summer morning in Seattle?  Anyway, soon we were off running down the street.  My foot felt pretty good and there was a band just around the corner.  And then another band just a little bit later.  Aid stations were all very well stocked and frequent.  We were always in a crowd of people, despite running down a 6 lane street most of the way.  We ran into a few Half Fanatics whose names I forget.  At about mile 5 we stopped to use the port-a-pottie.  The break was nice.  Then we were off again.  My foot started hurting somewhere between mile 5 and 6.  But it wasn’t too bad.  The sun was out full force and the temps. began to rise.  Do I need to mention that there’s no shade in Arizona?  At the aid stations I’d drink electrolyte and dump water on my head.  It felt good for a few minutes but then I was back to being hot.

Finally, we got to mile 11 and were in the home stretch.  The home stretch seemed to really stretch, too.  We could catch glimpses of the Stadium but didn’t seem to be getting any closer.  And even when we were next to it we discovered the entrance was on the other side!  We crossed the finish line in just under 3 hours, got our picture taken and headed for the food.  Bananas, some sort of bar, water.  All delicious.  Then we picked up our gear and they had bagles there.  Also delicious.

We staggered back to the train station and waited for the next train.  But the next train filled up before we got on so we waited for the next one.  We forced our way onto the train but we had to stand.  Susan had hurt her ankle so when a seat became available, she sat down.  I sat in the next available seat.  At some point, a woman standing in front of us passed out.  Twice.  After the first one someone sat her in the seat next to me.  But it was too soon and down she went.  We put her on the floor and she came around.  It was weird to see her come out of it.  You could tell the minute she became aware that she was on the floor.  Anyway, she laid there until her stop and someone helped her off.  It was all very exciting.

I forget what happened the rest of the day but in the morning we got up and packed our bags for home.  We drove around Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale one last time.  We drove past a gas station with an electronic reader board.  It boasted 82 degrees.  We dropped Susan off at the airport (her flight left before ours) and we took the car back to Hertz.  We boarded the shuttle back to the airport and checked in.  I was sad to leave and even threatened to not get on the plane.  But I did and we arrived home to cold and rain.

Did I mention that during the Expo we managed to sign up for the 2012 Phoenix Rock and Roll Half Marathon?  See you in January, Arizona!

Me on Piestewa Peak

Morrie on Piestewa Peak

Sunshine and blue sky

Three Fatty-Bo-Batties at the finish!

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