Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Obituary of Shirley Pence

Shirley Maurine Pence, was born Aug 12, 1947 In Bellingham, Washington to Ernest and Maurine Curl.  She attended nursing school in Wenatchee where she met the love of her life, Tom Pence. After marrying they eventually moved onto the Pence family farm south of Lind.  Shirley passed away with all of her family at her side Monday evening March 5, 2018 at the young age of 70.   Shirley was a strong leader in the Connell Church of the Nazarene, always willing to help wherever needed.  She was a very social person, always able to strike up a friendly conversation with anyone.  She has touched many lives in her lifetime and will be remembered by her love.  
She is survived by her husband, Tom Pence, 4 daughters Barbara Pence of Hatton, WA, Nancy Curl (Scott) of Lynnwood, WA, Cathy Wheatcroft (Chris) of Mt. Vernon, WA, and Tami Davis (Philip) of New Bern, NC, as well as 6 grandchildren, Matthew and Kaylee (Hatton), Josh (Lynnwood), Damian and Maddox (Mt. Vernon) and A.J. (New Bern), and her brother Robert Curl of Nampa, ID.  
Visitation will be held at Danekas Funeral Home in Ritzville from 12 Noon to 7 PM Friday March 9, 2018. The funeral will be held at the Connell Nazarene Church on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 10 am with the internment flowing at the Lind Cemetery. Condolences may be left at

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March goals

😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡I don't know that I'm going to change my goals much this month.  They seem to be working well, but I'm still struggling with a few minor things. The hiking goal is hard when it's so cold and yucky outside.  I feel like I should be doing something, but I don't know what.  I wish I had more money so that the goal could center around buying hiking gear.  Maybe I should work on that. 

Goal 1: getting outside (hiking) . . . In March I will save $20 towards hiking gear.  That is such a small amount, but really I don't know with our current situation if I can do more than that.  If I can I will.  And I will keep my eyes peeled for an opportunity to go hiking with Damian. 

Goal 2: yoga . . . In March I will do some sort of stretching 3 days a week for at least 10 min. and one week of 4 days.
This is working well.  In February I even had a week of 4 days of stretching, so I'm going to add that as part of my goal.  My leg, hip, and knee are all doing so much better with now 2 months of consistent stretching.  I need to renew my last months massage goal and actually complete it, so  I am also going to schedule a massage somewhere.  I first need to find somewhere that will take my insurance.  Maybe I need to call places in Everett where I work. 

Goal 3: PR half and full marathons . . . I will run at least 3 times a week and with a day of speed work.
I am currently trying to prevent plantar faciitis from getting worse, so I don't feel like I can increase my running at this time.  However, I do believe I need to start rolling and icing my foot religiously (right now I'm average once a week on really bad days).  So . . . ice and roll 3 times a week.

Goal 4: healthy eating . . . I will eat a salad 2 times a week, cut back my afternoon coffee to 2 times a week.  Wine on weekends and one day in the middle of the week.
I'm keeping this one.  Maybe I need to change this one up, this will be the 3rd month I've had the same goal (although in February I added the wine component).  This particular goal is to help me lose weight, and I am not losing weight.  My weigh ins this month were consistently in the same range, even a little high one week.  However, my belt was tightened today, but then it was tightened a month ago and then loosened again.  Maybe next month I change it to staying in my calorie range 5 of 7 days (although I'm not usually out of my calorie range, and when I am, not far).

Speaking of calorie range . . . myfitnesspal . . . I had a streak of 868 days.  That is 2 years, 4 months, and 10 days.  And I missed a day.  Just completely forgot.  How do I completely forget after 2 years, 4 months, and 10 days??  I don't know, but I did.  And I was furious.  Mad.  Angry.  Frustrated.  Annoyed. Sad. Very sad. Disappointed.

And as of today I'm on day 5.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February goal wrap up

The end of February snuck up on me.  It might be because there's only 28 days, but it's also probably because time goes so much faster as you get older.

I don't know if I mentioned it, and I'm too lazy to go look ; ) but on Valentine's Day my Mom fell while taking a selfie of herself with the snowman she had built.  And when she fell she broke her leg pretty badly.  She needed to get pins and a plate in her leg.  Well, they scheduled the surgery and about a week after her first fall but before her surgery, she fell in the middle of the night while trying to go to the bathroom.  This time she fell on a table and broke 3 ribs.  My dad took her to the hospital and they admitted her.  Well, while in the hospital she started having problems breathing and they couldn't figure out why.  She was moved to the ICU on Sunday, where she still is.  Today the theory is that she has a lung infection.  She was put on antibiotics yesterday, so we're hoping that gets her better.  The plan is for her to be released to a rehab facility because my Dad just can't take care of her.  He has his own health issues and has a hard time lifting her or anything.  Not that she needs it, but what if she fell again?
Anyway, I've been dealing with that this week.  Not knowing if I need to go over the mountains or not.  My sister and I have talked about staggering our time over there, but then when she went into the ICU we talked about going this week.  I think, as long as she continues to get better, I'm going to go next weekend and my sister is going this weekend. 

But, it's still February 28th and I have a goals update post to write.  ; ) 

So at the beginning of February I had set some small goals for myself. 

Goal 1: getting outside (hiking) . . . In February I will go for at least one hike.  I did not complete this one.  Damian and I were going to go on President's Day, but he decided to hang out with his girlfriend instead.  Plus, we've had extremely cold weather for half of the month and I just didn't want to go.  We did go for a walk along the river, but that definitely wasn't a hike.  But I did buy a pair of hiking boots, so that means I'm one step closer, right??
My very windy run last week.
Goal 2: yoga . . . In February I will do some sort of stretching 3 days a week for at least 10 min.
I meant to take a picture of my mirror but forgot that I needed to write this today, so I didn't.  I have so far completed this goal.  10 min really flies, so even just an average stretch right after my run has equaled 10 min.  =)  I am also going to schedule a massage somewhere. Honestly, I forgot about this part.  However, I did call the physical therapists office where I went a few years ago for my plantar faciitis, but the massage therapist there doesn't take my insurance.  =/

Goal 3: PR half and full marathons . . . I will run at least 3 times a week and add a day of speed work (probably hill repeats). I succeeded in this goal.  I ran every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday of February (well, I didn't run Saturday the 3rd because my Mom and other sister were in town and I spent that day with them, but I knew that was going to happen).  I also ran hills every Saturday, even on the treadmill one Saturday because it was so cold and windy outside.  And I think the speed work is working, my long runs (only 7 miles all month) are averaging around 9:20 min/miles.

Goal 4: healthy eating . . . I will eat a salad 2 times a week, cut back my afternoon coffee to 2 times a week.  I'm also going have wine only on weekends and one day in the middle of the week.    I actually had 2 weeks where I had wine 2 times in the middle of the week.  I justified it both times, the first time I had wine on Feb. 13th, and then again on the 14th, because . . . well, Valentine's day.  The next week I had wine on Monday the 19th, and then again on Wednesday the 21, I justified that week with the 19th being a holiday and sorta still the weekend, and the 21st was my hair appointment, so obviously!  Hair and wine Wednesday! I did continue to eat salad 2 times a week, often more, and was successful in the coffee only 2 times a week. 
I think I cracked the bone in my elbow when I fell in the middle of the month.  It's been 2 weeks, and the spot on my elbow is still tender and still a tiny bit swollen and I can't rest it on anything.  And when I push on it (not hard) it still hurts and feels like there's an indent in the bone that is not in the other elbow.  I have full motion of my elbow and other than not being able to rest it on anything, it doesn't bother me, so I haven't been to the dr. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Fun times

My previous post talked about the last week and a half of running, but I also did a couple really fun things during that time as well that I wanted to talk about.

After Chris had his stroke in August my weekly workout get together with my sister stopped.  We did spin class once a week for awhile, then walked outside when it was nice, but with Chris not able to drive and his work schedule changing, I haven't been able to do it with her.  Right now, and for the last 5 months, Chris has been working 2 days a week in Everett for 8 hours, and the other 3 days in Mount Vernon for 4 hours.  He still has Monday off, but he started doing cardio rehab (basically personal training at the hospital being monitored so he doesn't die).  So since he's no longer allowed to drive a work van, he's been driving our one and only car to work in Mount Vernon and to his cardio rehab, which means that I am no longer able to stay late after work.  I've been riding the bus on days when I am not driving him to Everett to work.

Well, in January he told me that his insurance is going to quit covering his cardio rehab in February, and my job is expanding into a neighboring town, which means I will need the car on every other Monday, so I told my sister that every other Monday we can hang out/workout again.  =)  And we started that last week.

We went for a walk in Everett not very far from downtown.  And it was so nice!  I love hanging out with my sister. 

On Friday the 9th, I had a training in Mount Vernon.  I had coworkers that were also going to that training, so I rode the bus (it was a regular bus day) and one of my coworkers drove me to Mt. Vernon for the training.  After the training we went out for "1 drink" that turned into 4.  =)  We had a blast.  It was just 2 of us, the other girl didn't want to go out. 
Then on this last Saturday that same coworker and another one came up to Mount Vernon again for The Comic Strippers.  I had never heard of them before and my hairdresser told me about them at my last hair appt.  They were hilarious.  I haven't laughed that hard in forever.  They didn't strip, they were more of a comedy act.  they came out with just pants on and a bow tie, and stayed that way for the whole show (one guy, an older guy, had spandex pants that went over his belly button). My stomach hurt after 10 min, they were so funny.  =)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


I haven't been on here for a couple weeks.  I thought about writing something last Friday but I only had 15 min and didn't think I could crank out a decent post. (Not that any are good, but I try.)  ; )

I ran hills on Saturday a week and a half ago.  My first hill repeat workout in 2 years, it went better than expected.  I ran 10 hills at a little faster pace than my first ever hill workout over 2 years ago.
Interesting to look at that, it says my distance is close to half a mile farther, but there were more steps on the shorter distance.  But it's the average pace that is surprising to me.  I ran .39 miles farther, but in only a min longer. 

On Sunday I ran 7 miles.  I have found a 7 mile route that I like a lot, it combines my daily route with my long run route, and for whatever reason, right now, that makes me happy.  I especially like running along the river, and I've traditionally only done that on my long runs.  =)
Plus it was super sunny.  Cold, but sunny, and I love the sun.  =)  I do kinda wish it was warmer though. . .

Tuesday I went for a 3 mile run after work.  Even if I'm getting home at 5:30, the sun sets right about that time, so I'm running in the dark.  I was close to home and started crossing the road in a spot I don't normally cross (no crosswalks, and no driveways).  I took a step or two in some grass and then slam, I was in the road on my face.  My foot caught the curb and I was on the ground wondering why I was on the ground before I realized I had fallen.  I hit HARD.  I could feel my knee, elbow, and hip bruising up, I thought I hit my knee the hardest, but after a few days it became obvious that my elbow hit first and very hard. 
That picture doesn't really do my injuries justice, my knee is still blue (a week later) and my left elbow still bothers me if I don't have a bandaid on the scrape, oh, and is very tender to touch.  My hip is pretty much better, and my right elbow still has a scrape, but the bruise is gone. 

But I went for another run on Thursday, another 4 miles. 
This was Thursday after wearing a belt all day, it definitely made the bruise worse. 

Saturday was COLD and windy.  I asked Damian to come home so I could run around 11am, then changed my mind after watching the trees blow around in the backyard.  So I was sitting on the couch feeling nice and toasty, enjoying my book . . . and started thinking about my stupid goals.  Hill repeats every Saturday . . . damn it!  So I got on my treadmill and tried to imitate hill repeats.  0.15 miles on a setting of a 9 incline and a 7 speed (having no idea how fast or how steep that is), then 0 incline with a speed of 2 and 3 for 0.15 miles.  Repeat 10 times.  It was definitely slower than outside, but I did it.

Then Sunday came.  Again, I was sitting on my couch all nice and comfy and snow started falling.  If you've read my blog for long, then you know I love the snow, and I love running in the snow.  However, I hadn't had anything to eat, and no water, just coffee.  So I ate, drank water, and then it melted.  =/  Then we needed to go grocery shopping, then I needed to eat lunch, then we had our tax appt, and then it was too late.  (I totally could have squeezed it in after eating before taxes.) But I had taken Monday off to go hiking with Damian, so I thought that I'd just run before we hike.

Which I did.  7 miles.
Accidental picture of my leg.
And then Damian and I decided it was too cold to go hiking, so we didn't. 

Yesterday I debated on running all day.  I didn't want to.  I usually take a rest day the day after a long run, but it was Tuesday, and I run on Tuesday and I have a hair appt this evening.  So I went for a run . . . and immediately remembered why I don't run the day after a long run.  My legs were tired.  I was slow.  And it was COLD!  But I ran, because . . . it's Tuesday.

Thursday, February 8, 2018


Last night after I got home I decided to walk on my treadmill for awhile.  I haven't walked on the treadmill for a week or more, I just haven't felt like it.  I was watching TV while walking, but I've cut way back on my TV time in the evening lately and it's much harder to walk and read, although I have.  I decided to put on the hiking boots I got to break them in.  I don't know if that's truly a thing I should do, but it sounds smart.  ; )
While I was walking I decided I should do some squats.  I haven't done any in awhile, so I thought it'd be good for me.  I walked for 30 min and then did 50 squats.  While I was squatting I thought it would be good to do more stuff, so I did some "pull ups" laying down under the treadmill and pulling myself up on the treadmill.  I did 10 of those, switched my hands and did 10 more.  Then walked for another 15 min.  While walking again I decided that I really needed a picture of the pull ups I did . . . I figured I could get one without much difficulty, so I did several more trying to get the "perfect" picture. =)
If nothing else, I got a good workout just trying to get a decent picture.  =)  

Yes, I am wearing pajama pants and a sports bra.  =) Oh and don't forget the hiking boots that are not in the pictures. 

After my picture taking, I spent 20 min or so stretching, and then I iced my feet.  I think I need to ice my feet every night.  On days that I do, the next day my feet don't hurt as badly, and that is the goal.  Stretching yesterday means that I reached my weekly goal (for this week) of stretching 3 times a week.  On my mirror I put 4 boxes to check off after each week.  I did that on purpose for those weeks when I go above and beyond. But I forgot that I put an extra day, it wasn't until this morning that I was looking at it and remembered that I had reached my goal and the "extra" box was extra.  =)

Tonight I need to run because I probably won't tomorrow.  I have a training and am planning on going out for a drink or two with coworkers afterwards.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Water, lots of water

Last week I was going to start running more.  I was also going to start hill repeats on Saturday, the first Saturday of February.  Well, I did run 3 days last week, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, however, my mom and 2 of my sisters and I went for an all day shopping trip on Saturday and I didn't run.  Which means I didn't do hill repeats on Saturday either.  I did have a good trip with my sisters and my Mom, and I got some really cute clothes (that unfortunately I have to wait for spring/summer to wear).

One of my favorite things to shop for is shoes.  I am a shoe-aholic, I admit it freely and proudly.  I tend to buy most of my shoes with my closest sister (closest in distance and relationship), so I was super excited to go shoe shopping on Saturday.  Well, I didn't find any shoes I liked.  One pair was too small in my size and (of course) too big in a half size bigger.  I like heels, I like the way I feel in them and I like the way I look in them.  Whenever I can't find a pair of heels that I like, I think that I should buy some flat shoes because I don't have very many and I could use them, but then I feel like I'm "wasting" my money when I do that . . . it's so dysfunctional (my thinking).  Anyway, when I was unable to find heels, I ended up buying a pair of hiking boots.  It was hard, but I did want them anyway, and they were on sale, I do need to have them if I'm going to continue with my goal of hiking this year . . .

So running, I ran 4 miles last Tuesday and 3 miles on Thursday.  Neither one of them was anything special to write about.  =)  On Sunday it was raining.  It was raining a lot, and had been raining for several days.  We were under a flood watch (I wasn't in danger of a flood, but the lowlands in my area and the rivers were).  I didn't really want to go for a run, but I figured I needed to.  Especially since Sunday was the Super Bowl and I planned to eat a lot of unhealthy, fried food.

So I told myself I'd run 5 miles, and that would be good.  Well, as it often does, while I was running I changed my mind.  I decided to go a different route, incorporate my long run route into my regular 5 mile run route and make it 6 miles so that I could run by the river and see how high it was.  Well, when I ran down the big hill to the low lands, I ran into a lake . . . literally.

I tried to pick my way through some grass and blackberry bushes, but I ended up with one foot sinking into the water.  Thankfully it was only one foot, and I didn't notice it too much (probably already wet from all the rain/puddles/water I had already run through).

I got to my turning point and decided to not turn and add some more distance.  At this point I had no idea how far I was going to run, I was kinda thinking it would turn out to be 8 miles, but I didn't know for sure. 

I did run by the river, but it wasn't as high as I've seen it before.

Even the creek that is normally dry was flooded and "raging."

I ended up with 7 miles, which I was okay with, and it turned into a very good run, even though I was wet.  I definitely like that distance, almost anything between 5 and 10 miles is great. 

I kept very good track of my food during the Super Bowl, even though it was high calorie and not good for me, I stuck to serving sizes and logged it as soon as I ate it.  I still managed to stay under my calorie goal with the added running calories.  =)

I ended up with only 12 miles last week (that doesn't count Sunday because that is this week).  =)  But I do plan on running tonight, Thursday, hills on Saturday, so we'll see how many I get. 

When I was running hill repeats a few years ago, they totaled about 3 miles, but I haven't run hill repeats in almost 2 years (well, I ran a lot of hills last spring to train for the San Juan Half, but not just repeats), so I'm thinking 3 miles is an awful lofty goal.  It will probably be a lot less.