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

Weekly Running Log

Sunday, August 7, 2011

You Are Unique!

Yes, YOU are! I'm learning more and more how much we tend to classify each other in groups. I am the worst at this; it just comes natural to most everyone. Before you even realize it, you'll see someone all giddy to go shopping and immediately you think "she's a shopper". But I think because I don't fit in some people's idea of what I "should" be I tend to talk to myself telling me that I should "do this or that" or "be this or be that" in order to be accepted. Remember I said, I do this to me! For example: singers, runners, campers, social status, parents, students, etc., etc. And each one has a definition which places you in that group. Some people wear more "hats" than others. But this week the definition seems to carry with it a more personal venue. Even within each grouping there is more segmentation. As with running, you can be a recreational runner or one who takes it more seriously. You could care less about your time and not even wear a watch or you can monitor every second and distance you run. You could be 10 years old or may have just started at 60. There's no limits with running. You do what YOU can do. Even within the group that considers themselves serious, there are short distance runners, marathoners, triathletes, ironmen, trail runners, etc., etc. The list goes on and on; and the more people get into running, I believe, the more different kinds of running you'll begin to see.

Regardless of how much I run (miles per week/day), when I run (morning/afternoon) or where I run (streets/treadmill), I AM A RUNNER! I've found running is like an iceberg, most seeing the tip above the water line. On the surface, they see a person dressed in workout clothes, running shoes and with "special" watches sometimes with someone or maybe even alone. But when you look closely there's so much more to the iceberg lying quietly below the surface of the water. It's strong and powerful and something to be reckoned with or avoided at all costs. This "thing" demands respect. And that's what they don't see that makes up a runner.

This week was quite a tough one for me. I have been battling my allergies so much this year; more than the last many years put together. I'm constantly fighting severe headaches which have been putting me to bed for hours at a time. But mentally, I'm wanting so bad to get out and run. My body does not understand why I'm giving in to this. I'm NOT...it's the present issue that takes precedence and there's been no choice here. As a runner, I'm going to count this as a form of injury, take care of it, and get out as soon as I can do so comfortably.

Running last week was difficult at best because of this, as well as the high heat and humidity levels in our area. Most of the days temps got 105-106 on our porch "in the shade"...that's some tough nuggies. Lord knows what the heat index was! I'm not sure I actually ran a mile consistently the whole week; it was more of a run/walk no matter how hard I tried, struggling to breathe most of the time. I've said several times I was going to relegate my running to the treadmill but I want to be outside so bad. And, like the iceberg, there's more to it than what you "see". I'm HUNGRY for some distance running! Wanting to run another marathon, training has got to be around the corner soon. Thankfully, I have at least one half marathon on the books in November and hoping to get in another before the end of the year. I love running and can hardly wait to get out again.

Kent and I had planned on a 5k this past weekend even making the trip to do so. But it wasn't long before I was confined inside AGAIN...in a lot of pain and in the bed! Of course, drugged as much as possible. Folks, it has been years since I've experienced this and I'm not handling this well at all! I decided I would offer to help Leonard in any way I could at the race, Kent would racewalk and I'd take a bunch of pictures for a race report. When we got up, Kent went outside and not feeling up to par either, decided he would not attempt to do this one. We ARE here...and can't do this! Now, this is frustrating. As it turned out, it was the best decision not to go. My headache got worse and worse and I spent the entire day in bed sleeping getting up only to eat a sandwich for supper and back to bed again. This is NOT the ideal trip. All I can say is I can hardly wait for it to get cooler. Allergies are better and we feel so much better.

I am so proud of all of my friends that ran in the 5k!! Ya'll are amazing! Though times may not have been what you would have liked it to be, my hat's off to you for doing your best. I really wanted to write a race report but not being there cancelled that. Iceberg Note: Some people are made to run in any type of weather. I will cheer you on even if it's on the sidelines or online! You are never alone. You are heroes! Though I may not be seen in the summer (like the bottom of an iceberg), it's okay to be who I am. There's more to me than meets the eye.

First things first: I will focus on losing 10-15 pounds...again! Second, I'll focus on treadmill running with regular workouts of weights, strength and core. I have taken for granted how hard I worked to get my body in the shape it was intended to be in and now I'm having to deal with this issue instead of focusing on my running totally. This is necessary if I want to run well and feel good again.

Now I leave you with this: Be the best YOU can be...there's only ONE you. And, yes, I AM A RUNNER cause there's more to this iceberg than you can see!!


Anonymous said...

What a great read!
I hope you get to feeling better and I am also looking forward to cooler temps which will make us all feel better.
The heat has been cruel in the mornings. I lost one pound of fluid doing 35 minutes of run/walking!!
It has been a struggle trying to lose the weight and get back into running shape. When I get discouraged, I say, "Focus on what you CAN do and not what you CANNOT do."
Best to you, Robbie!!

Sharon Pustejovsky said...

Robbie, I am soooo sorry you are dealing with your allergies and that they are keeping you from running longer distances. And knowing that you want to lose 10-15 lb. just makes it even more frustrating. Getting out in this weather has been difficult for me, too. I'm tired of waiting until it's past 9:00, or having to get up at 5:30 or earlier to try to run in some cooler weather. The energy has felt sapped out of me. Yes, you are a runner, and no matter what temporary setbacks you have, I know you'll be right back out there when they get resolved. When you are able to get back out there, you will be so energized in the cooler weather, when it finally comes! You are respecting your body and giving it the break it needs instead of trying to kill yourself by speeding up too much. I respect you for not losing focus, but also taking care of your body. Getting stronger with weights as well as getting treadmill time in is time wisely spent, considering your circumstances. Your body is thanking you, and once you get back in the groove, you'll be stronger than ever!

I hope you feel better very soon!

Anonymous said...

Hang in there, Robbie...you are not alone! As Anna says, just do what you can. It REALLY is the weather and we know how that works. It won't be long before you'll be better and feeling that runner's high again! A short time ago we were SO looking forward to the end of winter, you know...? :^o Ed

Tri-James said...

Fellow runner, this past week has been brutal. Fall is just around the corner

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

hope you get relief soon

Brandy said...

Good write up! One thing about it allergies and the heat in South Mississippi can really put a halt to any good intentions! As bad as I hate wearing 10 layers of clothing in the winter I love breathing the cold air. Hope you get to feeling better soon!

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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