Monday, May 31, 2010


Need to work on my running blog.  So the last entry was done on the 20th and today is the 31st.   My total miles are 35 between those 2 dates.  That's not very much.  But it seems like it : ( .  Lately my running has become more difficult.  I have been struggling so much.  I really need to evaluate why.  What is dragging me down.  It is a challenge with the kids and sparing energy.  But that can't be it.  I keep having to nurse my heel on my left side.  I often run anyway, although it is sore.  I believe it is plantar Fasciitis.  It is sore and causes me to run funny on my foot.  I  need to get it worked out.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today's Run

Today and Yesterdays runs were lots of fun.  Well, I mean as far as running goes.  Running is hard work.  I often wonder do I run fast enough to call it running yet?  I am really close.  Anyway, I have put in more miles than usual this week because we go into the hospital for an infusion tomorrow so I will be sitting on my arse till at least Friday.  So Thursday and Friday will be my off days potentially.  I ran 8 miles on Tuesday and 8 miles on Wednesday.  Five on Monday and did sixteen over the weekend.  Yesterday after my run in the rain I think I may have over done it.  I felt great on my run.  Fine when I started, fine when I finished.  As soon as I got in the door however, not so much.  I felt horrible all the sudden.  I felt like I had gotten hit by a truck.  It was a windy windy rain.   Some lady even stopped and asked if I wanted a ride back.  Nice of her but I told her that this was the best way to run, in the down pour.  A few minutes later it started to blow very hard.  That part was so fun.  I just viewed it as a challenge.  Resistance training.  Running against the wind.  I always search for reasons behind my runs.  Like why was that a good run? or Why was that a hard run?  Yesterdays I think was because I didn't eat anything that counted.  I think my body as just done.  I seriously needed to lay down.  I never need to lay down after a run.  Usually I am pumped pumped  up.  I had also cut the end of my toe last night in the shower.  Not that has anything to do with not feeling well.

Nike IPOD Pedometer

I don't like it.  I don't know why I keep using it!  It keeps shorting me miles!  Ruins my run.  It's fine during the first mile or two but it slowly starts loose track.  It is discouraging.  I will go into this issue later.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My message from Nike






A Running Blog

So I decided to start a running blog.  Just keep track of my progress, my failures, my disappointment, and my success.  First I love to talk about running and different techniques.  I didn't want to clutter up Gary's blog with my running stuff so here we are!  Not sure if anyone will read this but its not really for anyone who is not interested.

I want to start with the who, what, when's and why's of my running.  Well the who is clearly me!  I started running in October of 2009.    I started with 1/2 mile.  Soon that turned into 1 mile.  It is so much fun looking back at how amazing I thought it was I ran a mile.  I would sack out on the couch afterwards and just start in pure exhaustion.  Little did I know, God had much bigger plans for me in a short amount of time.

In May of 2009 my son Gary was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease call Juvenile Dermatomyositis.  Gary is my third child.  After having 2 healthy babies, you don't think something like a disease is even possible.  I never even entertained the possibility.  Well I suppose I did as a mother.  I always worry about falls, drowning, ect,. things of that nature, but not a disease.  BUT that is what he has.  A doctor said to me, "what are you doing to take care of yourself?".  Instinctively, I found this annoying.  My kid could not walk very well, swallow, and had the beginnings of ulcer wounds, not to mention a terrible rash, and she wants to know about me.  I have traveled out of state to see this doctor.  You can imagine our time was limited.  Talking about me was not at the top of my list.  Little did I know that one sentence would cause me to have a profound epiphany .  How true.  How true it is.  In order for you to be at the top of your game, to deal with your life in the most efficient way, having your physical self in order helps more than you may think. Sitting in hospital rooms and infusions centers for days and hours is just a smidge better when you yourself feel better about yourself.  It's just one less thing.  Taking care of yourself doesn't fix things, but it lets you have at least control over that one thing when other things spin out of your control.  I know God is in control.  For me that is comforting.  But He gave you two legs for a reason.  He gave me these muscles that are healthy.  I fully intend to use them.  I look at the people who can't.  I will because they can't. I owe myself that much.

On February 14, 2009, in Austin, TX, I ran my first marathon.  It was best thing I have ever done.