"When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race." Jay Foonberg

Weekly Running Log

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Slowing Down

I selected not to run last Thursday and Friday because of my right hip pain. It gets better, but will begin to hurt again when I run. I'm a little confused that this is happening but Kent says that this is normal as much as I have run in the past 9 months. Personally....I do NOT like it!! Yesterday afternoon I felt like I could get out and run slowly today, but then night came. I have always had a tendency to get cramps in my calves and feet for as long as I have been drawing a breath in this crazy old world. But they have subsided in the last few months. It's been quite a while since I've gotten them. Well, last night I was plagued with severe calf cramps! It hurt really bad. So much so that not only is my muscle extremely tender, I was hardly able to walk this morning. Sooooo disappointing!! I really wanted to run. I'm missing it a lot. Now, however it is to be done, I'm gonna have to rethink all of this.

If there is anyone who can share how they have handled this kind of situation or have read about what one can do, PLEASE share it!! I'm real desperate and don't want to put away my running shoes for at least another 10 years ... Thanks for your help ...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

What's Up??

Running has been strange for me this week. One day my hip hurts and the next, it doesn't. I pulled out the shoes I wore before getting the Nike+ ones. At first, I thought it was going to help; now I'm not sure. Don't know if I'm going through a readjustment time to get my hip back to normal or whether there is really an issue I need to address. Yesterday, I woke up really wanting to run. And I did so with enthusiasm. But after running a short distance, the pain resurfaced and hurt constantly. It was a gradual pain and not one that would tell me to 'STOP NOW'. So, today, I've decided to take off...it felt better this morning; but I felt the same way yesterday. We'll see. Maybe it's just overuse! Yikes!

Monday, July 20, 2009

For the past 2-3 weeks, my right hip has hurt. I feel it when I walk and definitely do so when I run. Can't figure it out. Today, my right groin muscle 'stretched', if you may. In other words, it didn't completely pull as it quit hurting a couple of hours later. Don't think it actually pulled, but it hurt some right after my run. Kent and I talked about it and are wondering if my new Nike shoes are the problem...that'd figure!! They are the new Nike+ that house a chip that finds its home in the left shoes and records your running stats when it 'senses' the piece that goes into your iPod. It's kinda cool and am still learning. It has a lot of neat things it does to include selecting your playlist you want to hear while running, choosing a Power Song to play at any time, choosing your distance like 5k, 10k, half and whole marathon (as well as customizing your own mileage), choosing a time you want to run, etc., etc.

There IS a dilemma for me ... we were talking this morning after our wonderful (or should be) run and we noticed that the shoes look to pronate!! My feet are normal and my stride and foot strike is normal. The shoes were not advertised to be anything but normal. So, I'm going to test this theory tomorrow by using another pair of shoes and see if I feel different.

You do realize that I will be sick if this is the case...all the money down the drain for them to include the chip and sensor which are extra! BUT, I don't want to be hurt and that's priority. We'll see at the end of the week just how things are going.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Participating in Challenges

Well, for the life of me, I cannot understand why my link to Nike does not work so my viewers can access the challenges I wrote about in the previous post! Before I publish EVERY link, it is checked, checked, and then re-checked to be sure it is working properly. But for some reason, this link is not working well. [Thanks Ginny for letting me know!!] Maybe Nike is having problems...don't know. I will be checking on this today and leaving an update as soon as I have one.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Some Challenges

I've signed up to participate in some challenges at Nike+. I'm hoping it will be goals I can achieve and keep me going throughout this hot, hot summer. You can go to Nike to see and participate in different kinds of challenges, even to set your own goals or make your own challenges for yourself and/or others to join you.

My first one is joining other Mississippians in charting your accumulated miles for this year. The challenge is against other states. I thought this would be fun to see how we (the fattest state in America) stacks up. So far, there are only two of us signed up. So, Mississippi Runners get up off your booties and join the fun!!!

The second one is a personal goal I made to run 60 miles in 30 days. Now, I know you say this is not much; but I wanted to start out slow. Once I have achieved this, my next goal will be a little more 'challenging' to meet.

The last one is an Age Run Challenge where others your exact age document the number of miles run in 365 days. Of course, I'm starting halfway through this year, but I thought it would be fun to jump on this train.

Whatever it is, don't let the heat get you down. It's too easy to give in. I know, I am weak here, too. But if we band together and start making some 'accountable' goals, it will be the push we might need to keep us from getting lazy and bogged down in our cool offices and homes sitting behind a computer all day constantly putting something in our mouths that we don't need NOR want. Again, I KNOW, I do it all the time.

If for some reason, you cannot or do not join the Nike site, still go and make a chart on paper or on your computer and keep up with it yourself. Yes, you CAN do it and you must take care of yourself. No one else will do it for you.

See you on the road!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009


To our new site and come on in...

My husband and I run quite often and participate in races when we can. We, also, try to improve our eating habits (at least on a regular basis). Don't get me wrong, we love to eat out and sometimes we toss everything we know to be true and good out the window and just jump in and eat like it's our last meal. We ARE human and we love to fellowship with family and friends! This summer has actually been that way and definitely to our disadvantage. But we're trying to get back on schedule to what we know to be right and begin to feel better again by running more consistently and taking better care of our bodies. So, this site is dedicated to running and healthy living. And we are grateful that you chose to visit us.

This site will have our running goals, race pictures, healthy living and favorite recipes to name a few, as well as our disappointments. Look for our favorite links to these, too. We want this to be true and a good site to come to for encouragement and reference.

Again, welcome to this site and please feel free to e-mail us or leave your comments. Our other sites are listed in the sidebar.

2017 Races

  • 12/10/17...MS Coast Half
  • 12/09/17...MS Coast 5k
  • 11/25/17...Kaiser Half
  • 11/18/17...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/11/17...Rotary Oyster 5k
  • 10/14/17...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 02/18/17...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/04/17...Double Bridge 15k
  • 01/29/17...Big Beach Half

2017 Bike Rides

  • 10/01/17...Southern Magnolia Ride [25.85]
  • 05/13/17...Good Life Ride [26]


  • MS Coast Double Down...5k & Half
  • Run The Beach...3 Half's

2017 Goals

  • Back-to-Back Races [Done]
  • 3 Half Marathons [Done +1]
  • 1,000 Miles-No
  • First Half Marathon Series [3 Done]
  • Work on core/strength 2-3 times a week-No
  • Lose 25 pounds-No
  • NEVER give up! YES!!
  • Control/Eliminate refined sugars-Good

2016 Races

  • 10/15/16...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/16...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 03/19/16...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/13/16...St. Pat's Leprechaun 5k
  • 03/05/16...Bay to Breakfast 12k...1st trail race
  • 02/20/16...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/13/16...Double Bridge 15k

2016 Goals

  • Run 1,000 miles-Done
  • Bike 300 miles
  • Half Marathon-Done
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Push through the hard times-Done
  • Cut back on refined sugar

2015 Races

  • 12/19/15...Make It To The Line 4 Miler
  • 11/21/15...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/14/15...Oyster 5k
  • 10/10/15...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/15...PHind a Cure-W/D
  • 05/02/15...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 04/18/15...Zydeco 5k - W/D
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Remember the Fallen 5k
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Boston Strong 5k
  • 04/11/15...Magnolia 5k
  • 03/28/15...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/07/15...Circle K 5k
  • 03/01/15...Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k
  • 02/28/15...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/07/15...Double Bridge 15k

2015 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Overlook past failures
  • Push through the hard times/things

2014 Races

  • 12/06/14...St. Jude's Half Marathon
  • 08/16/14...Pinky 5k Virtual
  • 08/15/14...Howl @ the Moon 10k Virtual
  • 02/15/14...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/01/14...Double Bridge 15k

2014 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • 700 Running Miles
  • Strengthen my Upper Body
  • Recuperate, Recover, Renew
  • Get active in WW
  • Eat Fruit Daily
  • Start Clean Eating
  • Begin Eliminating Sugar from Diet

2013 Races

11-30-13...Stennis 5k
11-23-13...Turkey Trot 5k
11-08-13...Run For The Kids Virtual Half [St. Jude's]
10-12-13...Shrimp Festival 5k
09-22-13...Talladega Half
07-04-13...Wesson 2 Miles
06-29-13...Emz Liverpalooza 5k
05-18-13...Pursuit of Fun 5k
04-20-13..Warrior Dash
04-07-13...Gulf Coast Half-Pensacola
03-23-13...Azalea Trail 10k
03-10-13...Leprechaun 5k
02-24-13...NOLA Marathon
02-02-13...Double Bridge 15k-Pensacola
01-13-13....Gulf Coast Half-Lulu's

2013 Goals

  • 3 Half Marathons-Done-Plus 1
  • 1 Marathon-Done
  • 1000 Running Miles-No, due to RC Tendonitis & Broken Shoulder
  • Eat fruit daily-A little aggressive but better
  • Maintain weight in 130's-Did NOT happen!

2012 Races

12-08-12...FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k
11-24-12...Jingle Bell 10k
11-17-12...Turkey Trot 5k
10-27-12...Jazz Half
10-20-12...OS Rotary 5k
10-13-12...Race for Grace 5k
09-29-12...5k For Katlyn
07-04-12...Wesson 2 Mile
04-15-12...Gulf Coast Half...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
04-14-12...Diversity Dash 5k
03-24-12...Azalea Trail 10k
03-03-12...MS50 20k...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
02-25-12...Kids Need Heroes 5k
02-11-12...Sweetheart 5k
02-04-12..Double Bridge 15k
01-14-12...Pensacola Half

2012 Goals

  • 1 Full Marathon-Marine Corp filled up
  • 3 Half Marathons-2 Down-Sick had to drop 2
  • 20 Miles-Wkly Mileage-Bronchitis kept me from this
  • Cross Training 2x Week-Poor Commitment
  • Weekly Weights W/O-Again Poor Commitment

2011 Races

  • 11-26-11...Kaiser Half
  • 11-19-11...Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11-11-11...Thumbs Up for Bill 5k
  • 11-05-11...Senior Bowl 10k
  • 10-22-11...Running the Streets 5k
  • 10-15-11...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 10-08-11...Mullet Run 5k
  • 09-24-11...Waiting for a Cure 8k
  • 09-05-11...Labor Your Legs 5k
  • 07-04-11...Wesson 2 Miles
  • 06-04-11...Bay Fest 5k
  • 05-14-11...Stargazer 5k
  • 04-30-11...Fiesta 5 Flags 5k
  • 04-16-11...St. Benedict's 5k
  • 04-10-11...Gulf Coast Half
  • 03-26-11...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03-19-11...St. Patrick's 5k
  • 03-05-11...Eco 5k
  • 02-13-11...Mardi Gras Marathon

Secrets to Running a 5k

Here is an excellent site for those who have thought about running a 5k race but just hadn't made that move yet. There's tips, directions and even a section on what to wear. If you have never run a race, you are missing out on a lot of fun. You will have support from most everyone you meet. Now for the site...click here to change your life and get started!

Free Online Health Calculators & Nutritional Databases

* Calories Burned Calculator - you choose the activity, total minutes doing the activity, and your weight.
* Target Heart Rate Calculator - you choose the activity, total minutes doing the activity, and your weight.
* Food Database - you type in the food category, the food and the nutritional label will come up.
* Weight Maintenance Calculator for Women - you input the info and the calculator will come up with the amount of calories to maintain your weight.
* Weight Maintenance Calculator for Men - same as for women.
* Body Mass Index - find out your BMI with this calculator.
* Healthy Weight Calculator for Women - determines your healthy weight for your height.
* Healthy Weight Calculator for Men - same as for women.
* The Longevity Game - a fun question and answer game that finishes with your "lifestyle" and how long you'll live. [I finished with a great 93 years of age!!]