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Nov

26

500 Miles! ..and feeling the burn…

By Craig Gabel

Well we hit a couple milestones in the last week.  500 miles combined total for Leesa and I as well as 50 miles swimming.  WOW that is some mileage and it only took 2 and half months.  That is equivalent to walking from Kansas City to St. Louis and back! 

Training over the last week or so has been tuff.  I guess that happens as distances get longer and longer.  Last week I kinda slacked off a bit due mostly to scheduling conflicts.  You know…the wait till the last possible minute to finish the Pinewood derby car syndrome…ugh.  I only ran 1 day and only swam 1 day last week and then up and went on the long run.  Not a good thing.   I am still felling the burn from Sunday’s 16 miler.  I was really achy on Monday.  Could hardly move but felt really good during and after a mile swim but my muscles quickly tightened back up.  I was so not looking forward to 4 miles yesterday but knew if I did it I’d probably feel better afterwards.  It actually didn’t feel to bad during the run…even from the beginning. My time was slower than usual…Something like 13:13 average pace.  My legs were still really tight felling last night.  I fell a little better this morning.  Just need to keep stretching.  I feel all my muscle re-developing  from my feet to my chest and back.  That makes for a sore body all the time, but it a good soreness…if that’s possible?!  I am looking forward to running in St. Louis over then next few days while we celebrate Thanksgiving with our family.  The one thing I am not looking forward to is the hills.  They are much bigger and more of them that I am use to around here.  It’ll be good though.  Nice change of scenery.

Nov

23

Happy Birthday, Craig!!

By Leesa Gabel

Today is Craig’s birthday!! He’s 38!! That gives me two years to plan an awesome 40th birthday party for him!! You might want to go ahead and save the date for November 23, 2010!!!

So what’s the birthday boy up to? Trying out his new gifts — a Garmin Forerunner 305 and some nifty winter clothing!! That’s right….he’s out there getting in his 16 miles!!! We weren’t able to go to Saturday training yesterday due to Alex’s Pinewood Derby (he came in third!!). So Craig went out today. He left around 7….it’s almost 10 and he’s not back yet. I’ll have to get his ‘official’ time and post it when he returns.

Why am I not out there? Because I’ve been told not to over-exert myself and to take it easy while the doctor and I work on getting my red blood count back up. I liked it better when I didn’t know what ‘not to do’. I liked being able to push myself even when I probably shouldn’t have. But now that I’ve been told to watch myself….well….I guess I better listen. And that’s very hard. There is 1 month and 18 days until the marathon!!

But all that aside…..please send your birthday wishes to Craig!!

Nov

21

Tired

By Leesa Gabel

I’m tired. I think that’s the standard for me — being tired. I really wish I could somehow get over this feeling. No matter what I try I can’t shake the exhaustion for more than a few days at a time. For instance….I walked last Saturday, spent most of Sunday working in the yard, did a great cardio workout Monday morning before work….I was feeling great!! But Tuesday morning…..I hit the snooze button…..and repeated that Wednesday and Thursday. From Tuesday on I was a couch potato. I didn’t put worth the effort to exercise or anything. By the time I got home from work in the evenings I was ready for bed. I contemplated calling my doctor — he beat me to it though — my nurse called Wednesday to let me know that I missed an appointment. So I went in first thing Thursday morning for lab work. I found out today what a major contributor to my tiredness is….anemia brought on from chemo. My red blood count didn’t go back up like it should have after my last round (at least my white blood cells are with an acceptable range and that’s all good). So I’ll take some iron supplements for a week or two, then go in for a series of shots of a drug called erythropoietin (I can barely spell it, don’t dare ask me to say it — kudos to my nurse who can say it!!) I hope this will help. The marathon is 1 month, 20 days away…..I’m worried that I won’t finish. I just want to feel ‘normal’ again…..I don’t want to always wonder if how I’m feeling is related to cancer or not.

Nov

15

Snow?!?!

By Leesa Gabel

Training was good today. Cold, but good. Scratch that — it was very cold!!And I was unprepared for the cold. My upper body was toasty warm – dri-fit long sleeved shirt, t-shirt and a fleece jacket, gloves and a cold-weather running cap. My lower half however was another story. By the time we got to the half-way point my legs and booty felt like I’d been playing in the snow for hours. I thought for sure the power walking and jogging would warm my legs up. Nope. Not one bit. And as we were on the way back it began to snow. Just very slight flurries. I think I’ll like walking in the snow. :) We ended at Starbucks — talk about motivation to finish the distance!! On the way back home we stopped at a few sport stores and bought cold-weather clothing. Now I have no excuse not to get out there and walk. Guess I’ll put that theory (Craig’s theory) to the test on Monday morning.

Nov

14

New Jeans

By Leesa Gabel

I had to buy new jeans today. Two sizes smaller than I was wearing!!!

Nov

12

22 Years

By Leesa Gabel

Today Craig and I celebrate 22 years of togetherness!! That’s ‘togetherness’, not marriage (marriage will be 16 years next month). Way back in 1986 we started dating and have been a couple ever since. So much has happened in our lives over the years – as it tends to do. But the one thing that remains the same — Craig is always there for me. I have more memories with/of Craig than I do without. I have spent more birthdays with him, than without. I have a lot of friends, a handful of very close friends, but only one best friend — Craig!!

So here’s to 22 years of being best friends! I love you more than written words can express!!!

Nov

8

New Shoes

By Leesa Gabel

Another wash on a training day for me — Craig made the distance at least. I caught a ride at the half-way point back to the start with our coach. Shin splints. Again. A chunk of change later and I hope a new pair of shoes will help alleviate the pain I feel when I walk. I also have an arsenal of exercises to do to help strengthen and stretch my leg muscles. 9 weeks to go.

Nov

6

Balance

By Leesa Gabel

Balance. That’s what I’m trying to find in my life right now. Going back to work has been an eye-opener as to how unstructured/unscheduled our lives have been for a long time. Don’t get me wrong….I’m not going to become ultra-organized and scheduled….heck no!! There’s still plenty of ‘unscheduled’ naps and lazy afternoons in my future. Work has my attention from 8am to 5pm, Monday thru Friday. And I love it — all aspects of it — the project responsibilities, the people, the perks (International Coffee machine and discounted merchandise!!) It’s the type of company I’ve been hoping to get hired on to for many, many years. But now I have to figure out what I’m going to do with the rest of my day…..when will I work out, clean the house, take Alex to swim team practice, plan scout meetings, plan the grocery shopping, ….the list goes on and on and changes daily. I am very thankful for the wonderful support I get from Craig. I know I’m not in this alone….that he’s right there willing to do whatever it takes to help reduce my stress level. And I know I’m not the only one out there trying to find balance. I think I’m going to become a morning person. As much as I love my bed – especially this time of year — I know that mornings are when I have my highest energy levels. Plus…at 530 in the morning the kids are still fast asleep and the house is quiet. Perfect time for some yoga. Maybe, just maybe, I can get in a walk before my neighbors Brad and Steve have left for the morning (might be pushing that one).

So that’s what’s been going on with me this week. Just trying to figure out how to be successful at being a full-time working wife and mother of two active kids who is also trying to train for a marathon, raise $10,000 and beat cancer. When I do get it figured out — you’ll be the first to know!!

Nov

6

Feeling Way Too Damn Good!

By Craig Gabel

“Something’s gotta go wrong cause I’m feeling way too damn good”, a quote from one of my favorite bands, Nickelback. I have had a fairly decent last couple of weeks and I keep thinking of those lyrics as that’s how I have been feeling. I ran my fastest 4 miler, just under 12 minute pace. I know some of you marathoners reading this might think that’s a Sunday stroll but for me that was a milestone. I was talking to a friend a week or two back right after we finished our 12 miler. She was amazed at the accomplishment but then asked if is was a race with cheering fans at the finish line kinda thing or if it was just training. I told her it was just training. No fanfare at the end…just a prime rib dinner…ya I’ll take that over fanfare any day…Thanks again Brad and Sue! A couple of days after that discussion I broke my 12 minute pace and I gotta tell you it felt like crossing the finish line with cheering fans. I was totally alone but I cheered for myself that day. It just goes to prove that some of the greatest accomplishments in life go mostly unnoticed by others but what is important is that these moments are noticed by you. It definitely brought a sense of accomplishment to me. I can’t wait to have more of those days. Especially the weight goal days. I had one of those earlier this week but then gained it back last night…endless shrimp at Red Lobster is evil! That was the last seafood trip for the year though (you hear that Brad?). I love to go every year. The food is good, the company is even better but the scale hates me for it. I’ll make up for it though. I’ve got to…we have 14 miles to go tomorrow. Once that is finished, it’ll be 24 miles for the week. Swimming is still feeling better every workout. I am up to 2500 yards 3 times a week (that’s 1.5 miles). Today it was a straight 2500. It felt really good and only took 40 minutes. I am increasing 500 yards per month on my way up to 5000 yards in April (that will be 3 miles). It seems almost impossible to get to that level right now but that’s the goal for right now. I suppose time will tell.

Nov

3

Hi Ho, Hi Ho…It’s Off to Work I Go

By Leesa Gabel

I start a new job today!!! Knowledge Development Specialist at Westlake Ace Hardware!! Fancy title for a training developer. I’m both excited and nervous. I’ve been waiting for a job like this to come along since February and now it’s here (read: don’t screw it up). Neighbor/friend Steve gave me a first-day gift — a bright yellow hard hat with ‘Lowes is for Losers’ and ‘Home Depot Sucks’ written on it. I think it’ll be a perfect accessory for my new office space (read: cubicle)!!

Wish me luck!!