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

Weekly Running Log

Friday, September 25, 2009

For the first time since Sunday, I got out and ran this morning. I am so very glad I did. It was real foggy but not smothering. As a matter of fact, I ran 5 miles! I haven't run that long in a while. My pace was slower than usual but I really didn't care. I wanted my pace to be slower to achieve a good calorie burning run instead of speed one.

Kent ran a while (for time, not distance) and worked out at the pool afterwards. I usually run longer than he as he can do his swimming and be ready about the time I've finished. I was glad to see my lady friends when I went inside to be with him. They are the sweetest ladies and we seem to have a kind of bond. There's one in particular that I always look for and she does me, too. She is in her 80's and has arthritis real bad. I don't know how she makes it there sometimes due to the pain. She still drives and is very faithful to the water aerobics class. These ladies all seem to watch after one another and check on each other if they don't know why they aren't there. It is so nice to know that women care for another as they age. I hope I will be blessed with friends like these when I reach those decades. It is truly a blessing from God!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Hot & Muggy

I don't know how he does it but Kent can get out and run when you can hardly draw a breath! I have not run in the last couple of days because it was like someone stepping on my chest when I went outside. But he is faithful......guess more than I ever will be. This is encouraging for me and hope I will get on that dratted treadmill sometime today and do "something"!! I feel so much better when I run but days like the recent ones have been difficult at best! Hope I overcome this "monster" that's got me held down. Have a good one all of you out there that are so consistent...keep up the good work and great examples for others like me!

Sunday, September 13, 2009


We participated in the JCJC (Jones County Jr. College) 5k Race yesterday held on their campus. It was different, at best. It was difficult for me as it seemed like I ran uphill the entire way until I got to the stadium where we ran almost a lap around the football field. This uphill tromp was hard on me and it seem to wear me down within the first mile and half. My time was horrible! Guess I met my challenge, huh?

There were over 200 participants! I knew there were a lot but couldn't believe that many were there. It was suppose to be 70% rain, but we only felt a couple of drops before the run started and no more. As it turned out, Kent won 3rd place in his age group and I won the Women's Grand Master! Beautiful fruit was served and it was real refreshing after a hard run. We really enjoyed the fellowship with other Pine Belt Pacers after the race which was a great way to end the morning.

First off are our awards. The first one is of the RRCA State Championship Grand Masters Award from the Labor Your Legs Run on Labor Day. I wanted a close-up picture of it as it is so pretty. (See the previous post for details.) I'm so proud of it and still can't believe I won it!! What an honor!

Here's Kent at the Awards Ceremony. Also, is a picture of his medal. I thought the stop watch embrazoned on it was real unique. Well, both awards were quite snazzy!

Here's me with my award and a close up picture of it.

Me & Neil...Grand Masters Winners

Us after the race

Candid Shot of some Great Pine Belt Pacer Runners

Janis, Charles and me

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Your Legs Run

This was a great Labor Day for me! Kent & I ran in the Labor Your Legs Labor Day Run in Hattiesburg this morning. At first, I thought it wasn't going to be a good day for me. It was foggy, muggy and a little hard to breathe...and on top of that I hadn't run since running the Trek the Trace last Tuesday - a week ago!! So I hesitantly went out with the mindset that I was going to do the best I could and not worry about any times or anything. The road race was flat and a very good one; one of the best I've run in in quite a while. It only had one hill that was very close to the 3 mile mark. BUT...and I say, BUT...it turned out to be a great race for me! None of the elements above bothered me at all. My splits were good and I felt so rejuvenated which inspired me to run faster than I thought I could. Of course, the excitement of a racestart kicks in some adrenalin and helps, too. When I made my last turn going into the last tenth mile I was able to speed up a good bit and run hard. I'm so glad that I did. My finish time was 26:17! That is an 8:27 pace...yay!! I was way beyond excited! When the results came in, I found myself holding the RRCA State Champion Grand Masters bevelled mirror award! It is so beautiful and I could hardly believe it.

This was the largest number attended in Hattiesburg history! Congratulations to all of the winners! And, by the way, everyone is a winner. Any time you get out and run in a race, YOU are a winner. Just being out should inspire you to do YOUR best regardless of what that is. And for those that might need a little extra push to get off the couch and run or walk, just check out this "little" incentive ...

Number 134 is a 3-year old running the 1-mile race! Hey, I said 3 years old!! Thanks, Sweetie, for inspiring me!!! I look forward to seeing you for a LONG time...

Friday, September 4, 2009

Last Trek the Trace

We were able to attend the last Trek the Trace event of the summer. It was held at the USM Longleaf Trace Station. This run entailed predetermining your end time for 2 miles. You could not use your watch (of course) and should not go over the time you estimated. It did not matter who crossed the finish line first only who came the closest to their guessed time. You were to shoot for a Personal Record time on this course. I have been using my daily training course as my best time but in this case, but this was a documented course time. My time was 17:24 with a pace of 8:41 per mile. Now, I have a "real" time to start from. I came in 26 seconds better than my guess and Kent came in 35 seconds better. It was good for both of us.

Our faithful race recorder: Nestor, doing a fantastic job!

Page 1 of the finishing times.

Page 2 of the finishing times.

After the run we enjoyed great food. I'm glad you couldn't see our plates!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

More Trek the Trace Pics

Here are a few more pictures of us at the Trek the Trace last Tuesday, 8/25. Don't know who took them, but we appreciate them. For more details of the run and more pics, please see the August 27th post below.

Prior to the Race

Preparing for our Pilates class

Ready to Trek

This was a lot of fun!

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

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