I DID IT!!!!

by Sue

Unofficial time:


All the details to come later this week with my race weekend recap.

For now, a little celebrating, a little rest, and a lot of ibuprofen.


And they’re off


After 16 weeks of hard training I watched Cousin Bud, Sue and Ryan leave for the start. No rain yet, so hopefully Hurricane Sandy will stay away until after the marathon.

Sue and Bud are on their way to PRs!! Ryan’s goal is to earn a medal. Hopefully he feels good enough to run, but I think with a combination of walking and running he will beat the bridge. His determination will carry him through.

I hope to get some pictures from the sidelines.

Good luck to all the runners!

Freak Out!

by Sue


So here we are….it has not been very easy to keep calm but fortunately it’s been a busy week, so it’s helped to keep my mind off things like:

Analyzing, reanalyzing, and (over)analyzing every single ache and pain.

Avoiding people lest they dare breathe on me.

Wondering whether I really have this in me. And that would be the biggest of them all.

Monday: Rest day.

Tuesday: Rest day. I miss my treadmill.

Wednesday: 4 treadmill miles in 33:44. Some incline the last half mile.

Thursday: Rest day.

Friday: Last training run. 4 treadmill miles in 35:04. Some incline again. Probably should’ve done a lot more of that, a lot sooner.

Just one more run to go….


I’m also worried for Ryan, who may/may not be sidelined with an injury. Sucks.

And then there’s the little matter of this:




Didn’t mean to get my potty in the photo. Although we’ve been well-acquainted this week.

On our way to DC and off to the expo!

Columbus Half Marathon Review

by Sue

I debated whether it was a wise idea to run a half the weekend before the full, although my training plan had me doing a 12 mile run. But knowing my time-obsessed self, I needed a definite game plan going in so I a) didn’t do anything stupid like get caught up in the moment and try to PR, or b) get injured and ruin things for next weekend. So I knew I had no choice but to run an Intentional Personal Slowest. I was shooting for a time goal somewhere in the 1:50s since my normal training run pace would be 8:30-9:00 anyway.

We got downtown and parked pretty easily. Kelly and her SIL Susie (running her first half) set off together, and I met up with Wendy in E corral even though I was supposed to be in B. It was dark and freezing cold at the start. They handed out gloves which was nice.

The weather was perfect once I got started. I didn’t even need to stop for water or fuel. I have never felt better running a half. Ever. Since I had kept it in check, I wanted to see if I could bring it at the end. I ran the last 2-3 in the low 8:00s and the last half mile or so like this:

Check that ending pace!

13.1 in 1:53.

I LOVED this race. Scenic, a lot of old residential neighborhoods with beautiful homes mixed in with nice downtown areas. Great crowd support. Almost all flat except for a hill toward the end followed by a nice little downhill at the finish. It was crowded, for sure, probably because I started farther back. Tons of food at the finish including Dairy Queen, but I was just too cold to eat it. Bummer.

I had my results emailed to me before I even got home. The most detailed results I’ve ever gotten.

Only 10 people passed me? What? I know I was far back, but really? Surprised they didn’t show the stat for how many times I picked my underwear.

I would definitely run this race again. It is a half AND a full, by the way. Hmmm….

Kelly and I agree this is our favorite race shirt we’ve gotten so far.

One thing I need to remember for next weekend–wear a throw-away sweatshirt. I was wearing a tank and even though I had arm warmer sleeves I froze my a$$ off waiting.

Congrats to Wendy and Susie on their finishes! You guys rocked it!

33.1 total miles for the week.


by Sue

Monday: Rest day.

Tuesday: 6 treadmill miles in 50:44.

Wednesday: 6 treadmill miles in 51:01. Decided I’d throw in a (little) incline at intervals (up to 2.0)….that giant hill at the end of the MCM is starting to freak me out.

Thursday: 4 treadmill miles in 33:10.

Friday: 4 treadmill miles in 33:37. Same little bit of incline.

And just in case I had forgotten….


Anyway, this past week was insanely busy. Hence the lack of posting. For starters, my oldest turned double digits on Thursday.

Happy Birthday, Anna!

We made these for her classroom treats.

She discovered the dessert blog lovefromtheoven.com and cannot stay off of it. The girl’s a total foodie. I’m not kidding. One of her presents was a cake pop maker and you would’ve thought she had gotten a puppy or something.

My birthday was the following day, which involved eating too many of these.

I swear they’re the best kept secret at our local bakery.

Handmade gifts from the girls and running clothes. Can’t beat that.

And from my friend Wendy (who is running her first half since high school this weekend!):

Lunch bag, or race food travel bag is what I’m thinking.

A long Saturday was spent at the girls’ gymnastics meet, where it was a first time for Livy. They both did great.


How cute is she?

Columbus Half Marathon bright and early Sunday morning. My recap coming soon.

A Week-end in Madrid

Ryan is much like George Clooney in the movie Up in the Air.   He is on a constant quest to obtain enough airline miles.  This does come with a lot of great perks…upgrades to first class…club access.   So when he called about a month ago telling me we needed to go to Madrid for a long week-end to add to our current years airline miles, I was so excited.      Ryan went to school in Madrid, so he knows enough Spanish to get us around easily and can easily navigate the city and it is a great city to visit.

We stayed an amazing hotel,  The Westin Palace Madrid.

The dress was from a flea market that is every Sunday in Madrid called the Rastro.    I couldn’t try it on because we were at the Market with hundreds of people around, so I thought I would take a chance and buy it because it was $20.   I am so glad I did..love everything about it!

This is the first time I have not been really sad that I wasn’t going running 26.2 in two weeks, because I did not have to worry about a long run or what I was eating or drinking.   Which we seemed to do a lot of …of course we had to have Paella (mine was lobster and it was delicious)

La Paella Reina Restaurant in Madrid

Although I did not run at all in Spain that didn’t prevent me from carbo loading.   One of Ryan’s favorite food there was Bocadillo de Calamares (squid sandwiches)  and  the Bocadillo de Prosciutto.  They were a quick easy lunch to pick up while we were walking around.

But my favorite food was the pimientos asados (grilled peppers).

I did hit the gym a few times while Ryan ran and we walked 99% of the time, so I know I did burn some calories but I am sure not enough to offset the great Spanish food.

One of my favorite activities was getting taking a boat ride and having Ryan Row me around Retiro Park.  

It was a great week-end!   I hope to return soon!!




Two Weeks to Go

by Sue

While Kelly is in Madrid (yes, as in Spain–there is no Madrid, Ohio), I will do my very best to not bore you.

This week’s runs:

Monday: 9 treadmill miles in 79:24. Funny how quickly those 9 went by after last weekend.

Tuesday: 5 treadmill miles in 42:55.

Wednesday: 9 treadmill miles in 78:55.

Thursday: 4 treadmill miles in 34:02.

Friday: Rest day.

Saturday: Last long run! Crazy how in my mind a half marathon next weekend doesn’t fall into the category of “long run” for me right now. Again it had to be done on the treadmill. But hey, if I did 15 on it a couple weeks ago, what’s one more mile, right? 16 in 2:20. I’m hoping Ryan (and hopefully Kelly) had a good long run as well. Although I did get to stare at this for 16 miles,


somehow I’m thinking they still had the more scenic view.

So here we are, down to the wire with two weeks to go. My goal for now (besides keeping myself from freaking out) is to make a conscious effort at clean/nutritious eating. Which translates to more of this


And less of this



Sunday: Rest day and a pumpkin patch road trip.

They just love it when I make them pose for 100 photos staring straight into the sun.

43 total miles for the week.

Eating (and drinking) in Santa Fe-Our Favorites

I can not even begin to describe the variety and number of restaurants that are in Santa Fe.    We tend to migrate back to the same ones, but we did try a few new ones this time.

Ryan is all about the bargain when it comes to food-volume and a reasonable price are very important to him.

Our first stop before the condo is always the carry out to pick up beer and enchiladas.   A few years ago we saw a scene from the movie Crazy Heart with Jeff Bridges being filmed here.   This place is a dive, but you can buy enchiladas that are in a crock pot on the counter and they are the best enchiladas we have ever had.  They also have a good beer selection.

Crock Pot, Carry out Enchiladas

My massage therapist at Ojo Caliente filled me in on a new happy hour to try at the Hotel Eldorado close to the Plaza.  They have different food and drink specials during the week.   My favorite Lobster Sliders…

Hotel Eldorado – Lobster Sliders

Another one of our favorite places for drinks and appetizers is Cowgirl.   Usually we don’t have dessert, but since we had friends in from our hometown, how could we not let them try the ice cream baked potato.   Although it looks like a baked potato there is not one bit of potato in it…it is made entirely out ice cream.  It is delicious…

Cowgirl-Ice Cream Baked Potato…well worth the calories

We have two favorite breakfast places, one is The Tune Up Cafe (http://tuneupsantafe.com/).   We have eaten breakfast, lunch and dinner here and we are never disappointed.   Our other favorite is the Tea House (http://www.teahousesantafe.com/).  It is at the top of Canyon Road and they have the best Oatmeal.   If you want to make it healthier try it vegan style without the butter or cream.   I opted for the cream and a skinny latte.

The Teahouse Oatmeal

The recipe from their web-site is following:

Dionne’s Grandmother’s Now Famous Oatmeal

The Grains

3 cups of Chinese Black Sticky Rice (or Forbidden Rice)

2 cups Steel Cut Oats

1 cup winter wheat berries

Rinse all grains (separately) under cold water, and drain. Soak the rice and wheat berries overnight (they can soak together). Be sure the water level is a few inches above the grains so they remain covered. The oats need to soak two hours before cooking.

Be sure to soak all of the grains regardless of what elevation you live at.

Place the soaked rice and wheat berries in a pot and add enough water to cover the grains by about 2 inches. Cook at a low simmer for 45-60 minutes. At the same time in a separate pot cook the oats again adding water to cover the grains by about 2 inches. Cook on a low simmer for 30 minutes.

After everything is cooked and it’s still warm, add the oats to the rice and wheat berries. If you want you can let it cool at this point and even freeze it.

If eating now, then you add The Whatnot

Mix into the warm grains 1 cup brown sugar (or adjust the amount to desired sweetness and you can use another sweetener if you prefer) and 1/4 cup butter (or non dairy version if desired).

More of The Whatnot

Add 1/4 cup maple syrup to 1 cup heavy cream (you can also use a non-dairy substitute for the cream), mix well.

When the oatmeal is served pour some over the warm cereal.

Beat some of the heavy cream until firm and top each bowl with a dollop.

You can also top with fresh fruits or as Dionne grew up eating you can top it with lardons for a sweet and savory combination.

Makes 6 small servings

And now on to the Main Event…The Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta…3 hours of sampling some of the best wines from around the world, and eating Santa Fe’s best food.  The food ranges from pizza to grilled Lamb Chops.  There is something for everyone and even a vegetarian would get their moneys worth.

  It takes place at the Santa Fe Opera House and the views are amazing.

Until next year…