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

Weekly Running Log

Friday, December 27, 2013

Out with 2013 and in with 2014

It's been quite a year.  Seems there were more obstacles than there were making forward strides.  A few things come to mind.  But I learned a lot about myself this year. 

January:  My marathon training "seemed" to be going well.  It was during training this time that I continued to race, using those times as part of my speedwork and/or long distance runs.  The Lulu's Half Marathon proved to me that I could keep focused on distance training.  I was able to beat my competitive friend by ONE second...and...get First Place for the first time in my running career in a half marathon.  The down side that day was that I had 5 more miles to train for to equal 18.  After resting too long, the "18" miles didn't turn out to be a good run overall. 

February:  The Double Bridge 15k turned out to be one of the best races I've done in a long time.  I cut TWO minutes off my PR from the year before!!  It was beautiful that day and I felt great.  Next came my 20-miler training run for the upcoming full.  It was the worst run I think I've ever done!!  I now understand what it means to "hit the wall".  I've never felt so spent!  When I looked up, I saw Kent who had come to check on me and I fell into his arms crying...and couldn't even tell him why...just many tears.  BUT...I refused to quit until I had finished the 20 miles.  Marathon day came and I felt pretty good.  I was exactly where I wanted to be in my time up until the 16-17th miles, I began experiencing pain from a blister on TOP of my foot.  It crippled me the rest of the way.  Not only was the course changed due to flooding to include at least three tough hills over AND back, I literally was spent.  I am very thankful for a friend who showed up to help me run in the last few.  Nestor A. was such a blessing!

March:  My shoulders progressively got worse eventually not being able to raise them over my head.  I pushed through the Warrior Dash and decided to get it checked.  The right one had Calcific Rotator Cuff Tendonitis in it and it was extremely painful!!  Running stopped for a while to prevent further injury to it.  After much PT, I was better. 

July:  I obtained another State Record for the 2-mile race and am pleased with that.  Not a good time...but in the books.  After being released from the doctor for the tendonitis, the following week as I was running, I fell at the Sportsplex and broke my left shoulder!  What else!!  Tore the shoulder cap off with possibly torn muscles.  I refused an MRI so there was no verification as to what all was actually going on.  Rejected surgery, just more PT!!!  This time, it was much...more...painful!! 

September:  All running had stopped for a while now.  Began walking incorporating some intervals of running as I got better.  I continued to train for the upcoming half.  Not being released from the doctor, I insisted on doing the Talladega Half...anyway I could do it.  It was for Kent...NOT me, this time!  My time was better than I thought it would be on training and am pleased with that. 

November:  Obtained another State Record, this time for a 5k.  My time was terrible at best but I'll take it! 

December:  Ready to run as much of the St. Jude's Half as I could...only to find out the night before the race that it had to be cancelled due to the terrible ice storm that had come in!!  The first time ever cancelled!!!   Christmas Eve I've had the "pleasure" of contracting a stomach bug AND bronchitis!!  Of course, the later is keeping me from running...again!!! 

Now, on to the goals I set for this year that didn't quite make it. 

Eat fruit daily...I did really well with this though I did not do it every day.  Maybe every day was a little aggressive.  I hope next year I will be better but I'm satisfied with the improvement I made.  I'm going to keep this one again in 2014. 

1,000 running miles...well, that didn't happen and rightly so with all the injuries I incurred.  BUT, I think I did well considering the downtime I've had.  Will pursue this goal again next year. 

Maintain weight in the 130s...that did NOT happen at all!!  I should have done better but didn't.  I will keep at it and hope I will do a better job next year as I plan to be more active in Weight Watchers again.  This was the best thing I did in '08-'10.  Running the marathon knocked me back into the 140's and I have pretty much stayed there with a few times getting back into the 130's. 

1 Marathon...DONE.  Yay!!  Super Yay!!  I did my second marathon and am pleased with this goal immensely.  My training was totally by myself and hard; and my race was by myself except when my friend joined me at the end.  Got a PR!!  It's all good.

3 Half Marathons...DONE.  But better than that, I exceeded that by doing 4 this year!!!  I never would have thought I'd have done this many.  It should have been five but St. Jude's was cancelled due to ice storm.  I was there and ready to run. 

With all the super races I've done this year, I can honestly say that I have probably run my body down.  I love half marathons and before I knew it I had signed up for this one, then that one, then another one.  Therefore, I pretty much stayed in a training mode throughout the year considering 5 half's and a full marathon.  I found that I have a lot of persistence/discipline/stamina/strong will or "whatever" in me as I NEVER gave up.  It was quite frustrating at times and I did get down a lot but eventually pulled through usually with Kent's help.  I had to alter my running a lot this year to get it all done but the races may have been what kept me going. 

NoteWith all the negatives this year, I ended up with TWO State Records and TWO PR's!!  Not a bad year after all. 

The year 2014 will be approached differently.  I am planning on returning to a stronger, healthier person thereby making me a stronger runner as I was before.  Also, to incorporate more cross training by stepping out of my comfort zone and trying different things such as spin, weights, biking, swimming and yoga. 

One of the things I want to learn more about and begin incorporating is "clean eating".  I want to take better care of my liver and that can only be done by the things I feed my body.  I hope I will be able to drop my sugar usage way down this year.  I don't want to consume it differently, I want to do what I can to eliminate it!!!  I am such a SUGARHOLIC and I really don't need to "tease" my body with what bad stuff I put into it.  This new outlook on eating will take some time to do but I hope I can get a good start on it this year making for a better, healthier me. 

Recover, recuperate and renew.  Yes, 2014 will be the year for renewal.  Examination of my overall health, fitness and age is in order.  I am looking forward to a stronger, healthier year.  I hope you will take an hour or so and evaluate what you would like to see in yourself this new year and give yourself a big pat on the back for the good job you did in '13.  It may not have gone like you thought it should but if you hung in there, you did a great job!  We have so much to be thankful.  Until I see you next time,

Run 4 It

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Stennis 5k & New State Record

We thought we'd stop by and do this race since we were heading home for the St. Jude's Half Marathon next weekend.  It had been quite a while since we'd run this one and it just fit right into our travel plans.  This is the second 5k race I've run totally since my injury this summer.  I'm gradually getting my running/racing legs back.  Though I've run long runs in the last month or so, I've not been able to sustain it.  For the next week, I could hardly run 3 miles without stopping.  So, my goal for this race was to run it entirely...no thought of time or pace.  I've GOT to get my confidence back.  Having a fear of falling again is quite strong. 

We met up with several friends before the race.  It got more and more exciting.  We were quite chilly and a lot of people were staying in their vehicles to keep warm.  We found our friend Tommy P. and his son and DIL.  Though we are Facebook friends, it was our first time to meet Tommy's family.  It is exciting to see families run together.  I think it makes a different kind of bind between them.  Here are a couple of pre-race pics.  And, Kent was in the car keeping warm! No pre-race pic of him obviously.  Melissa, Tommy, Jr. and me.

 Tommy and me.
As usual, I was a little nervous starting but for different reasons this time.  I really wanted to run this race entirely.  No other goals at this time.  The race got off to a good start.  I ran as good as I could.  Then all of a sudden I see Tommy pass me!  Yay, for him but I thought I was running faster than him.  Well...guess not, ha!  He is a stronger runner than me...for now, ha!  He and his son ran together the entire race.  I think TJ was his "rabbit"!!  It worked...cause Tommy kept up with him.  The only part I did NOT like "seeing" was that TJ would turn around sometimes and run backwards...backwards!!  Boy, did THAT make me feel slow!!  Thanks, TJ...lol.  Sometimes he would even run a little ahead, turn around and jog back to run alongside his Dad again.  I am watching this escapade and wondering just how slow am I???  I kept saying to myself...this is MY race, this is MY race...and it kept me focused.  Thank you, Tommy and TJ, for continually pushing me.  I needed that!!  You are part of my success in that race.  Oh, btw...is TJ for hire??  He ran back to run with Melissa through the Finish Line.  How sweet and supportive is that!  AND...he let her cross the line one second ahead of him.  Awwww...such a gentleman!  This is a great family. 

Kent did very well in his race.  The course was an out-and-back and I could see everyone ahead of him.  There was NO ONE in front of him racewalking or even walking!!  NO ONE!!!  Here he is coming in very strong.  I knew he was First Place! 

I'm so proud of him.  He does it right!!  Check out that form...it's perfect! 

We enjoyed pasta after the race and good company.  Then the awards began.  We found out that Melissa placed in her age group [I think I understand that it was her first award]...yay!!  TJ also placed and Tommy placed 2nd.  Then I was shocked when I heard my name called!!!  I had NO idea I would place since my time was so slow.  BUT...I got 1st place in my age group.  I was ecstatic!  Then they started on the RWs.  Oddly enough, they called someone else's name out for first place...which he was SEEN running with his daughter, who also won in the women's RW division!!  Kent was named 2nd.  But as the final figures came out, they showed someone else in front of him actually making Kent third!  Funny thing here???  He "supposedly" came in just seconds ahead of Kent.  That was NOT TRUE.  I was right there with my camera and there was no one crossing the line that was not running!!  The audacity of some people...we practically hate this division!!!  It is FULL of cheaters!!!  The strange thing is that nearly every time a cheater "wins", they do not show up to receive their award...funny, isn't it?  Sorry about the ranting...but it is such an unfair race and there's nothing you can do about it.  For now...I will consider Kent 1st Place...because he WAS.  I ran the race and I KNOW he was the FIRST male racewalker.  Everyone I saw was running.  I wish there could be judges along the course because in all fairness to the race officials they only have the individual's word for it and that makes for a tough call.  I'd hate to be in their shoes...just unfair all the way around.  It's just a shame people have no problem lying now.  Okay...I'm stepping off my soap box now.  GCRC do a great job...this is NOT against them! 

As it turned out, all five of us placed in our age groups.  Only got one pic where we all were smiling but I am proud of all of us, especially Melissa.  Also, to several other friends that placed:  Phillip W. [5k], Leonard V., Ginny D., Bob C. and Gary T. [half marathon].  Oh, yes...and a VERY BIG "Congrats" to little Dallas S.  He is an amazing little 7 year old from our neck of the woods who ran and placed in the half marathon...AND is a world record holder!!!  I'm so very proud of him!!  We've been watching this little guy since he was 3 years old racing!!!  He's great.  Congrats to all of you! 

 Here is the medal I'm so proud of!!  It is patterned after the shirt.  So colorful. 

All in all, I am very pleased with my race.  I ran it all, placed in my age group AND...the best part...got a State Record!!  I just wish my time had been more like it normally would have been...four minutes faster.  But...I'll take it, ha!  This race added to my confidence level for running/racing again.

Thank you, Leonard V., for a great job done!  You have good folks that assist you and they are to be commended as well. 

Now, off I go to pack for the St. Jude's Half Marathon next Saturday.  We're leaving Friday to have fun in this nice, icy, very cold race!  The highs are showing 30 degrees...brrrrr!  I'm so glad to be a part of this particular race though...we are SO blessed.  Until the SJ post, go out and

Run 4 It

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Turkey Trot 5k

We participated in the Turkey Trot 5k in Pensacola on Saturday for the third year.  We always enjoy this race.  It is flat and we love running along the water.  But this year they changed the course and there was no running by the beach with a view of the first beautiful bridge crossing to Pensacola Beach!  It's a gorgeous scene.  A little disappointed in that, but we still like the race.  Due to the course change, we ran through more of the neighborhood where there are many turns...not so thrilled about that.  It makes it harder to gain speed with having to slow down for the next turn.  The good thing this year is that the weather was much nicer.  One year it was so cold and one year it was cold AND raining pretty hard.  This time the temp and weather were on our side. 

There were over 600 participants in the race this year!  The one thing we really like about this one is that all the proceeds go to providing a nice Thanksgiving meal to those that will otherwise get a meal from a soup kitchen.  A meal that will give them dignity and unity with their families in their own home.  They raised enough to provide 130 meals this year!!  And most of the top winners donated their turkeys making it more than that. 

There were different goals for this race...as was the last couple of races.  Participating in races again since my fall is giving me the confidence I need to be stronger.  As a matter of fact, right now I'm fighting discouraging thinking...stinking thinking, I'm going to call it.  All in all, I'm gradually getting my racing ability back...I said, gradually.  Negative thoughts tried to disillusion me to walk some in the race but I focused on my music and sang louder (to myself) than those thoughts.  It worked!!  When I felt like I needed to walk, I slowed down some and kept going.  That was my first goal...to run it entirely with a little pushing.  Not running fast in a long time, my body wanted to fight the "push". 

As I got close to the Finish Line/Clock I still had more push in me.  I knew what I time "wanted" to come in but had little hopes of actually reaching it.  When I saw that I was close to reaching it, I ran harder to reach the FL.  Looking again, I knew I was going to have to kick it up a little bit more.  Stretched out a little more...all the while passing several folks.  Last look and I didn't think I was going to make it.  My last deep reach, I ran as hard as I could trying to beat that clock...looking up as I got under it...I saw I made it!!!  By one second!!  I am soooo excited to have run it all, feeling good and even accomplishing my time goal under 30 minutes.  I finished with a 9:38 pace for the race!!!  I am so excited about that because I've not run that fast for that long in so long.  I was hoping for a 10 minute pace...yay!!  This is the first 5k I've raced running solid in months!!  It was a great day. 

There were 55 racewalkers, who had a one minute delay after the runners started.  Here's a picture of Kent coming in strong.  He felt good and reached his time goal, too.

He was 3rd overall male racewalker and received 1st Place in his age group.  He got a beautiful autumn colored, leaf shaped dish.  It is so pretty. 

A good friend from Ontario, Canada, is in the area for the winter.  It was good to see her, too.  Got a quick pic of her coming in.  Great job, Irene D!! 

Then there's a couple that we have fallen in love with over the last couple of years...the Ambrosi's.  They are huge role models for us!!  They will never know how much we look up to them.  They are in their 80's and we hope to be moving like they are when we arrive at this wonderful age...you'd NEVER guess they were over 80!  They are amazing!  Oh, yeah, he nearly always lets her cross the line a step in front of him though he happens to be just in front of her here.  Such a gentleman!  We watch them and they are so loving to each other.  He was hugging her while waiting for the awards for their age group...so sweet!  He, also, served this country as a Marine...many things to love about these people.  Anyway, when they came through, I had to get a pic.  They run a race every weekend in the Pensacola/Gulf Shores areas.  Love you two!!

Something I learned in this race.  I CAN overcome negative thinking if I refocus my thoughts.  I now have two sayings I repeat throughout a race:  "This is MY race and no one else's" and "Finish Strong".  So, I leave you with congratulating you on your race or run this weekend and hope for you new PR's before the end of the year.  Now, go

Run 4 It 

Friday, November 8, 2013

My First Virtual Half Marathon & Other Things

I went to my physical therapist yesterday for a check-up.  Being out of town, PT has had to come to a halt with him.  In one sense, my shoulder is much better.  I can raise my arm straight out in front of me over my head almost to a normal range.  It won't be long now.  But the outward raise of my arm's range of motion is poor.  He suggested I go back to the doctor for a shot to release the scar tissue he feels has built up and that he thought he would do manipulation of the shoulder; then for more physical therapy.  Said that my limitation is very indicative of a torn tendon!!  I was sad about that because this is impossible for me right now.  I am going to try harder to move that shoulder out and maybe between Kent and I it will release some and give me a better range of motion.  I have decided that if this doesn't work that I will go back to the doctor when I can.  Maybe I should have had the surgery...sad about this news!!  Please pray with me to keep working on this. 

My friend, Diane F., posted a challenge to run a 5k, 10k or half marathon for Put Kids First Virtual Race for St. Jude's.  Though I am going to participate in the half marathon at St. Jude's in Memphis in December, I just couldn't resist signing up for this.  This is my first virtual race.  They are done on your own time wherever you are whenever you can do it.  Since my training long runs are up there now, I decided to go ahead and shoot for the half today. 

This morning was beautiful!!  A perfect day to run.  The temp was 46 degrees and sunny.  With the exception of the WIND, you couldn't ask for anything better to be in place for a long run.  My run was a slow one because I wanted to try to run as much of it as I could.  I finished 10 miles running and my feet were getting tired.  So, I stopped my watch at 10 miles and reset it so I could tell how I did on the run without stopping.  The last 3.1 miles were ran/walked and recorded separately.  I ran more than I thought I could...again, I'm pleased with that regardless of the pace.  Throughout the entire run, my mind was continually on those sick children.  We are so blessed!  Never take a day for granted. 

Also, my friend, Barbara H., didn't get as good a report from her chemotherapy treatments yesterday as she had hoped.  My heart cries for her.  She is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and is so giving.  I wish I could take this away from her but undoubtedly God has more plans for her.  People she hasn't met yet so God can touch their lives through her.  Her future is bright though it may not seem like it now.  Barbara, I prayed for you throughout the morning today in my run...I love you, my friend!!  You are NOT alone in this trial! 

Another thing that was on my mind today was the woman that died right after the ING NY Marathon last weekend.  A quote from the following link: "The 86-year-old athlete, who had said she wanted to die running, was found on her hotel bed Monday afternoon."  Another quote: "Johnson, of San Jose, Calif., completed her 25th run in the marathon on Sunday. She stumbled and hit her head near the 20th mile, but still managed to complete the race and carry out her annual interview with the 'Today' show's Al Roker the next day."  And, finally, "Joy Johnson, the oldest woman to compete in the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, died in her sleep the next day, her sneakers still laced on her feet."  God undoubtedly let her leave this world doing what she wanted to do.  Below is a link to the full article.  It is inspirational!  This is the third thing that I thought about a lot while running this morning.  I named my run today "Run with Joy".  For one, joy in God and second to run for her.  I think I will remember her for a long time.  RIP, Joy Johnson.  You are/were an inspiration to many, including myself.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/oldest-woman-new-york-city-marathon-dies-86-article-1.1507052#ixzz2k5RsFbgh

Until next time, I hope you will put your shoes on and go

Run 4 It

Friday, October 18, 2013

Shrimp Festival 5k

It seems that it's been two years since I've run the Shrimp Festival race.  The last time I remember doing this one was when it was held on the beach road...which I vowed not to do it again because of the lack of barriers from the traffic.  Cars were moving in and out of the runners and was so dangerous....I couldn't believe traffic was mixing in with the runners!!  The course was moved to a much safer area on the BackCountry Trail System, which I love all those trails.  Some are flat and some have grades that are challenging though short lasting.  All in all, I was pleased that the course was changed. 

We signed up for the 5k.  I've only done the 10k in the past but knew I was not ready for that yet.  Yes, I know I just did a half marathon, but really didn't feel that I could tackle a 10k yet.  Seems like the shorter races challenge me more than the longer ones and push me harder.  Guess I just want to run it all or run faster than I am ready to do.  Here's a pic of the cool banner at the Lines. 

After running 3 miles straight for the first time since the accident, I felt I was ready to run a 5k again.  We started out and I felt great.  Looking down at my watch off and on I KNEW I was going way too fast.  Even at 2 miles, I was still running better than I have for months, under a 10 minute mile.  As we made our turn onto a newer trail [the last mile heading back to the finish], the sun came out from behind the clouds and beat down on us.  Challenge #1:  it got really tough.  There was no shade until the very end.  My pace slowed down a lot.  I mean...a lot!  Even to incorporating some walking.  Here I am in the last stretch and I'm fading fast.  Keeping my head on straight, I focused on the fact that I had started out too fast and that I had run longer in a race than I had in a long time.  I'm okay...now, to just finish strong, another main goal for any race.  As we got to some shade and back on to a familiar stretch of the trail I tried to get back to running harder.  Challenge #2:  constant grade!!  Yikes.  I pushed and pushed and did the best I could but still had to do a little bit of walking.  As we made our last turn up to the Finish Line, I pushed as hard as I could but the grade got tougher.  Yes, I did pretty good and was able to run through the finish.  I felt great though a little tired.  I finished much better than I thought I would. 

Now, get this............I finished TWO seconds from placing TWICE!!  Twice you might say??  Two ladies a step in front of me tied for second and third place!  Man, I wasn't looking to place but I hate I was so close.  Regardless, I'm pleased with my time.  I finished 31:22 with a 10:06 pace; my fastest so far.  They finished 31:20!!  Here the results for my age group. Oh, I entered with my middle name, Ann, since my first name tends to put me into the male category regardless of how strong I mark "female".  Fourth place is not bad...I'll take it. 

Place Name                Age City/state             5kgun    5kpace     
===== ======================= === ==========
1 Kathy Terrell            56 Wetumpka AL      29:45      9:35 
2 Jean Keith                 58 Foley AL              31:20    10:06 
3 Susan Fechner          59 Foley AL               31:20    10:06 
4 Ann Headrick           57 Laurel MS             31:22    10:06 
5 Donna Higgins         59 Griffin GA             31:52    10:16 
6 Janet Kassabian        57 Arlington TX         35:31   11:26
7 Judy York                 55 Dacula GU            36:03    11:36 
8 Celeste Cancienne    58 Napoleonville LA 39:38    12:46  
9 Kim Headrick           57 Maryville TN        42:22    13:38  
10 Susan Doucet         57 Lafayette LA          50:23   16:13 
11 Kay Jett                  56 Gulf Shores AL     55:13    17:47 
12 Gina Patrick          56 Sugarhill GA       1:08:05    21:55  

Kent did really good, too. He finished 1st Place in his age group.  So proud of him!

After the race, I met up with my friend Diane G. and she took a pic of some of her friends.  It is always good to meet new running friends...yay!

There were lots of people and lots of good food.  Water was plentiful as were the hot cheese and pepperoni pizzas!  They also had mini blueberry, orange and poppy seed muffins.   The meal consisted of a pasta dish and fruit cocktail.  It was all so refreshing.  Here's a crowd shot but there were many still out on the course at this time. 

I look forward to next year when I can run the 10k.  Now that the course is away from traffic, I can see putting this race on the schedule every year. 

Never give up!  You may have difficult times...we all do.  But keep thinking positively and do what you can and

Run 4 It

Friday, October 4, 2013

Talladega Half Marathon

This race was completely different from any I've done before.  My goals were not about me.  It was one of the best races I've done. 

The goals for this race were:
First and foremost to do the race for my husband and in awareness of prostate cancer.
To actually do it since my broken shoulder hindered me from hardly doing any running with late training.
To run as much as I could in keeping up with the run/walk program I had trained for.
Time is NOT an issue in this race.
And, to be satisfied with my results...period...as long as I finished uninjured and not in pain!

My friend, Deleica, and I went together.  She had not had a good night's sleep the night before our 4 hour travel and I made it my job to keep her awake on our long drive there.  Of course, she would say I talked too much...BUT...I didn't want to take a chance in veering off the road; I was really tired of talking but we made it fine.  I had not had much rest either but I had a job to do, too. 

We picked up our race packets before checking into the motel.  The shirts are really cool looking AND V-neck...my favorite style.  I love the bright lime green color with the black and white checkered flags on it.  My number was 333 and thought this had to be a good sign.  They also had these great buttons and I got one to wear in the race.  Just perfect!  There was a cool looking decal that I set on the upper left side of the shirt in order to get a pic of it.  There were also lots of goodies in the bag. 

From the very beginning [last December], I made up my mind to do this race for Kent's sake.  Little did I know "I" would have my own issues to deal with. 

I was now getting excited for about the race.  I can't believe that I am actually going to be able to do this half marathon!!  I asked my doctor a month and half ago about doing it [I had to sign up for it quite a while back] and he said, without blinking an eye or stuttering...a resounding "NO!"  Weeeelll...after improvement with physical therapy, I thought I would ask my PT if it would be okay to run/walk it.  He cautioned me by trying to run a little and see if I hurt any and that if I did to stop.  Well little does he realize just what a runner is made of!!!  I started out and did fine.  Before I knew it, my intervals included .25 mile walk with .25 mile slow run.  A couple of weeks before the race, I had increased my running interval to .50+ mile and my distance to 11 miles with no problems. 

As we came up to the track we took a few pics.  Excitement was building more and more.  Here is the entrance...woo-hoo!

For those that haven't been here, this is the tunnel vehicles take to get to the center of the race track.  It is a steep drop and as steep an incline going back up the other side...it actually goes underneath the track itself. 

And, there it was...this huge track with amazing stands surrounding you.  You felt like "somebody" on the "inside", ha! 

After a night's rest, we got dressed for the race.  I was so touched by my friend's headband.  She wrote "This 13.1 for Kent".  I was choked up and couldn't speak.  Thanks, D, you're special to both of us!  It was pretty cool that morning so I wore my arm sleeves.  Sure wish there were fuel belts that didn't make you look so big...it wouldn't be all the stuff you put in there now would it???  Well, I look a little lumpy but I had a lot of stuff with me in the race.  Here are my contents:  3 GU's, phone, an iPod, container of ACV, lipstick [a girl HAS to have some lipstick, right??], a little TP...and seems like it was something else...but that is enough as it is!!  And, yes, with all the extra weight, I was ready!! 

Before the race they had a breakfast for cancer survivors as well as a devotion.  They also had a special parking area for the survivors, too.  The devotion was really good done by a local pastor.  It was held at one of the car bays on Pit Row.  So exciting!! 

Here are a couple of pre-race photos.  We could hardly stand up on the second lane from the bottom.  The people you see had to crawl to get up to the upper position!! 

My adrenaline really starts pumping just before a race.  And this one was a very special one.  Normally, I start out with a .25 mile walk, then run; but I couldn't contain myself and started out running.  It was so much fun running around the very track that NASCAR cars race around.  Music screamed from the loud speakers and you could hear it from most everywhere except when you were running out on the road.  The photos below are taken when I went around the track the first time...at the beginning. 

Yes, there's always a nut doing something no one else does.  Check out this man "trying" to run on the 3rd lane!!  He was actually walking it very slowly.  Even on the lowest lane, there was still a little turn in it making your hips move differently.  Thankfully, I wasn't in my "race form" this time.  The ones taken below are on the course.  There's one of me coming up from the tunnel...that was THE hardest part of the race though there were several tough hills in this one! 

Then we came back around the race track for a final lap.  My legs were S.C.R.E.A.M.I.N.G. by then. The hills were tough!!  The last couple of miles my little legs paid for it...I started cramping in my calves!!  I've never cramped like this before.  First one, then the other, back and forth throughout the finish.  Soooo....as a good athlete that is always prepared....I whipped out my trusty ACV that has always worked!  Took a swig...nothing!!!  Swig #2...nothing!!!  These things would NOT go away.  After the Swig #3, I decided it was nto going to quit and I couldn't take the vinegar any more, especially with water to chase it...yuk!  So, I had to start walking more.  I felt good otherwise and was really wanting to run the last part of the race and now this was going to be my culprit.  Even the very last half mile, I couldn't keep a trot.  I pushed through as hard as it was and was thankful it was over.  But...there's always NEXT YEAR, right??   

Then there's the Finish Line photo.  As I've said before...if at ALL possible...I will NOT walk through a Finish Line.  I was able to run in from a short distance out. 

There were so many photographers, mostly around the track.  They were able to get us going around the first time and around it again at the finish.  It wasn't long after the race began that the temps rose...notice most all the photos taken my arm sleeves were shoved down.  When we crossed the line we got our medals, which I was elated to get!!!...and a sponge in the shape of a NASCAR car soaked in water.  The cool water was so welcoming. 

And, here are our medals.  Aren't they cool??  I love that it says "Dega Baby"!

We had oranges and bananas and a sandwich plate from Jim 'n Nick's BBQ.  It was sooo good.  Red Diamond was one of the sponsors so we had cold, sweet tea, too.  Then we walked on around to where the NASCAR finish pictures are taken and we got our pics taken in the same place.  It made you feel so important, ha! 

Here are the results for the race:  http://www.besttimescct.com/results/Talladega13.txt .  I finished 10th out of 19 in my age group.  Success...again!! 

I didn't know that there were so many aspects of racing or running.  I found out that you can race with different motives and goals.  I've always raced doing the best I can do...and that's not bad; just sometimes there are other reasons to pursue a good race.  I worked hard to get to the point to actually be able to do a half marathon.  I really didn't want to drop down to the 5k, if possible.  Pushing through the training runs without causing more injury to my shoulder showed me that I can actually control and discipline myself to stay with a program that is better than just getting in fast miles.  Next, I stuck with a commitment I had made months ago.  And first and foremost, when you want to do something in honor or memory of someone else, you will find that you have something deep within you that you never knew you had to get you through what's important to you.  I'm so thankful that I could HONOR my husband, Kent, and also, actually had a part in promoting awareness for prostate cancer.  The Talladega Half Marathon and 5k was sponsored by the Urology Centers of Alabama, the very clinic that Kent went for treatment and surgery.  They are amazing and excellent in their knowledge and care.  Men, please take advantage of preventive testing...it saved his life and can save yours! 

This race was probably the hardest race I've done with all the hills; but I can hardly wait until next year to do it again.  It was not one of those discouraging ones but one that challenged me.  I'm looking forward to actually racing the next one...of course, after lots of hill work and calf work preparing for it.  Oh, by the way...MANY were having problems by the end of the race due to the hills we had encountered the last 5-6 miles.  Even D said that she had to walk more than she expected at the end and she contracted cramps at about the same place I began to have mine. 

I am trying to run a little farther in my runs since the race.  It is slow but I'm going to get there.  When you want to do something really bad, you will find that you will get out and

Run 4 It

Sunday, September 15, 2013

My Love For Running

I am excited to have been chosen as the featured blogger for Rod's Racer's.  Rod Simmons promotes road races throughout the state of Mississippi and I am honored that he asked me to be the spotlight athlete on his blog this week.  Out of the thousands of runners in the state, he asked me...little ole me!  Woo-hoo! 

First and foremost, I want to say that I would never known the sport of running had it not been for my husband.  It took me a little longer to "catch the bug" like YEARS but I eventually got it!!  I was never attracted to sweating and spitting and back in the time that's what runners did.  Yuk!!!  But since I've embraced the sport, the sweating means hard work and even if I'm not running and others are...to give a "Congratulations" hug always feel good now; yes, the sweat isn't so bad as once thought. The spitting...well, I've not made my peace about that yet.  Though there have been times I've needed to [on a daily run], I just can't master the art of spitting...it is not a pretty sight, I'm sure, ha!  I can't believe there's more to it than just puckering and forcing liquid out of your mouth, but there's more skill involved.  Overall, I think most runners have adapted more manners over the years.  I just know that they were totally different in the 80's. 

Along with my husband, I'd like to say I have two great running friends who daily encourage me, support me and are by my side.  Frank and Deleica have become such good friends.  As most runners know, once you find a running buddy it becomes more than a sport.  While you're running you have the opportunity to share burdens, laughs, goals and injuries.  Yes, I'd have to say running is an all around sport.

I've come to enjoy running differently than when I first started.  I'll share one thing with you now.  When I elect to run early on Sunday mornings, I make it an easy run and use my Christian music.  It has become a nice run and helps prepare me for church service later on that morning. 

Reading the running magazines we get each month, I'm amazed at the intricacies of it.  Also, that most every other sport use running as a cross training to strengthen their bodies.  Yes, running can be a sport in and of itself or can be the base for every other one. 

Please take a moment to read my article on Rod's Racer's Blog.  It would mean a lot to me. 


What do you think??  Please join me in sharing this great sport wherever you are.  You'll never regret it; once you've made it a habit you'll never know how you did without it! 

My Love For Running

I am excited to have been chosen as the featured blogger for Rod's Racer's.  Rod Simmons promotes road races throughout the state of Mississippi and I am honored that he asked me to be the spotlight athlete on his blog this week.  Out of the thousands of runners in the state, he asked me...little ole me!  Woo-hoo! 

First and foremost, I want to say that I would never known the sport of running had it not been for my husband.  It took me a little longer to "catch the bug" like YEARS but I eventually got it!!  I was never attracted to sweating and spitting and back in the time that's what runners did.  Yuk!!!  But since I've embraced the sport, the sweating means hard work and even if I'm not running and others are...to give a "Congratulations" hug always feel good now; yes, the sweat isn't so bad as once thought. The spitting...well, I've not made my peace about that yet.  Though there have been times I've needed to [on a daily run], I just can't master the art of spitting...it is not a pretty sight, I'm sure, ha!  I can't believe there's more to it than just puckering and forcing liquid out of your mouth, but there's more skill involved.  Overall, I think most runners have adapted more manners over the years.  I just know that they were totally different in the 80's. 

Along with my husband, I'd like to say I have two great running friends who daily encourage me, support me and are by my side.  Frank and Deleica have become such good friends.  As most runners know, once you find a running buddy it becomes more than a sport.  While you're running you have the opportunity to share burdens, laughs, goals and injuries.  Yes, I'd have to say running is an all around sport.

I've come to enjoy running differently than when I first started.  I'll share thing with you now.  When I elect to run early on Sunday mornings, I make it an easy run and use my Christian music.  It has become a nice run and helps prepare me for church service later on that morning. 

Reading the running magazines we get each month, I'm amazed at the intricacies of it.  Also, that most every other sport use running as a cross training to strengthen their bodies.  Yes, running can be a sport in and of itself or can be the base for every other one. 

Please take a moment to read my article on Rod's Racer's Blog.  It would mean a lot to me. 


What do you think??  Please join me in sharing this great sport wherever you are.  You'll never regret it; once you've made it a habit you'll never know how you did without it! 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

And, The Beat Goes On.....

Since the last post and evaluating my situation, I decided to stop the walking until later.  My sleep has been quite erratic, sleeping sometimes but mostly waking up between 3 and 4 in the morning and always tired throughout the day.  When I do not take something for pain, I will wake up [any time] hurting and have to take something.  After realizing that I was not going to make it through the night, I decided to continue the meds at night for now.  It's the only time I take them and it really helps. 

Sleeping upright in the recliner for almost 5 weeks now is taking its toll on me.  Having displacement in my shoulder [affecting my collarbone] along with the break itself, I am waking up being very stiff with some hurting.  I think the problem lies in the fact that I cannot move in the chair and, being a recliner, it "braces" my head in a position that is not for sleeping but relaxing; therefore, causing my sleeping form to put more pressure on my collarbone and neck causing stiffness and pain the next morning.  I've refrained from taking something when I get up and just move my arm more and more to work out the hurt.  So for now...I just have to deal with it.  I can hardly wait until I can sleep in my bed again!!!! 

Here are some things I've totally taken for granted not being able to use my writing hand for a looong time now are:

Brushing my teeth
Brushing/Drying/Fixing my hair
Feeding myself
Bathing/Drying off
Dressing myself
Washing dishes
Reaching into and across the sink
Tying shoes
Cleaning the house [yes, I even miss this]
Anything with my arm raised above my waist!!
Cutting an apple

These are a few things that come to mind.  We take soooo much for granted.  As of today, I can gladly say that I am moving some better.  I can reach into the sink now and move my hand up to my nose.  I am also using my sling very little; mostly when I am in a crowd for others to not grab or hug me seeing I may be hurt.  These are little improvements but I am glad to have them.  Patience is not something I have so there are many trials along the way.  I'm so thankful to have a husband that literally takes care of me now. 

It's been about 2 weeks now since I've exercised/walked.  I began walking on Tuesday this week.  This time without a sling and swinging my arms a little.  I felt pretty good and even a day or two afterward, I'm not hurting from it.  Also, I started my squats again this week.  Today, I walked 2 miles again and incorporated a little bit of light jogging; this time on the treadmill at a 2% incline.  I will check and see how I feel tomorrow and the next from today's workout.  I hope I will be okay.  Evaluation is always in progress...trial and error, per se, to see if I can continue or stop the activity until a later time. 

I hope you are up and moving in some way.  Please don't take it for granted.  You never know when fate my take over and remove "normal" from your life for a while.  I hope to be driving some and on the road running soon.  I can hardly wait and will not take running for granted again.  And, yes, I will

Run 4 It [as soon as I can] 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Case Solved!

I've been getting outside to walk 2 miles every 2-3 days in the last week.  I know that doesn't seem like much when you're a runner and enjoy long runs.  But it is good for me now.  I've done this three times.  The drawback is that that afternoon and the next day or two my shoulder is really sore.  I have NO idea why!  So when I walk, I take it easy and go slowly...thinking I will "work through" this period safely.  I've also started doing my squats again.  I'm staying at 75-80 a day for now but will increase another 10 squats soon.  I was up to 200 when I fell.  But I'm in no hurry to increase. 

Now, for explanation of my title.  Today Kent and I walked at the Sportsplex for the first time since my accident.  I really wanted to examine the place I fell and rearranged my left shoulder.  I just could not believe that I had "tripped" for the third time!  No one except me really knew where the accident actually happened.  But when I saw the ground, I knew it.  It was like a nightmare experienced all over again.  Fear ran down the back of my neck and wanted to get out of the area soon and avoid any further "incidents". 

Frank and I were running on concrete through the soccer fields that day.  We were slowing down as we were at the turnaround at the end of the fields.  It forms a circle and as I began to enter the circle, I fell.  Looking closely at that place today, I noticed that every 3-4 concrete sections were filled with a rubber substance.  Guess it was for swelling and shrinking due to weather...I don't know.  The place I fell had rubber in the crack and there was a piece of it missing along with the fact that it had "overflowed" and was raised in that section.  The missing piece belonged to ME!!  Ahhh-ha!!!  That's it!  As my foot went across the crack, the rubber from my shoe grazed across the rubber in the crack making it "grab" my shoe and down I went.  I can't believe I could put this together so easy.

Immediately, I felt such a sense of relief knowing that I had NOT tripped as originally thought.  As much as my body was aching to run again, I was filled with anxiety of not wanting to for fear of tripping and falling again.  Now, I am released from that fear knowing that this could have happened to anyone at any time.  Maybe I am not a clutz as I was beginning to see myself with a "past" of running and no future fun in it.

I am excited now to heal and get moving again.  Of course, with caution.  And, have decided not to run in that area again because I don't think anyone can avoid stepping on the cracks every time and I certainly don't want a repeat of my situation.  Pavement will be my surface of choice for a while...and maybe even for good...with the exception of bridges, which I LOVE to run.  The concrete on those have wide enough cracks and there are no "fill-ins" on them. 

As I am write this, I am really sore again.  It happens every time after my walks.  Rest and recuperation is the plan for the rest of the day.  I will continue to find some kind of exercise I can do avoiding my upper body.  I will heal the best I can and do what I can.  That's all that is expected from anyone at any time.  I am looking forward to being on the road again...whenever that will be...and am excited that I will be able to

Run 4 It [as soon as possible, of course]

Friday, August 2, 2013

Another Obstacle

Well, I've had my share of issues this year and it's only half over.  But I will NOT give up...No, I will keep fighting.  I will learn the lessons presenting itself to me...at least as best as I can. 

Early Sunday morning on July 21st, I was getting in a slow run with a friend, Frank B.  All was going well.  We were using the program he's been using instead of running/walking as we have done individually of late.  As we got to the furthest turnaround, my left foot caught the uneven concrete and took me down!!!  I can't believe this is happening AGAIN!!! 

Having just practically been released [with one more visit left] from my orthopedic doc concerning the calcific rotator cuff tendonitis of my right shoulder, I'd begun my running, planking and floor work again with ease.  I'd just started running about 3 weeks prior, working my miles up for the Talladega Half in September.  My runs have been going great.  As you can tell from my last post I am learning how to run in this dreadful heat and humidity, too. 

Anyway, I fell on my left side [my "good" side] and hit hard on the concrete.  Immediately, I looked up at Frank and told him that I felt that I had broken my shoulder.  The pain was excruciating!!  Participating in a Squat Challenge for July, I'd worked up to 180 by that day so my quads were getting stronger.  Boy, did that come in handy.  Once I was able to get my legs underneath me, lifting me up was a breeze.  I hurt so bad, that I couldn't cry.  Have you ever experienced such pain??  I'd like to know.

My left knee was tore up bad as well as my left elbow.  Blood was coming from both areas.  That afternoon I went to the MEA Clinic to see if I had broken my shoulder.  Sure enough...I had.  X-rays revealed that I had broken the shoulder cap completely off my shoulder!!  Yep...my pain was definitely justified.  A deep hole was gauged out underneath my elbow and my knee just plain hurt from skidding on it!!  They set up an appointment with my doc the next day.  I took a picture that afternoon.  I do NOT bruise so to even see one means I had quite a lick.  Notice how my bicep was swollen, too.  Don't know why but I didn't get one of my knee...which has about killed me, too.  And, there was no way to get my elbow since I couldn't move my arm out far enough to get a snap. 

I was hoping to get some details to the trauma and treatment to ward off this terrible pain.  More pills are okay with me for now...just to help me sleep if nothing else.  The first stop from the waiting area was X-ray.  Oh...my...gosh!!!  I just THOUGHT I was in pain.  Having to pull my arm out away from my body to get a good "picture" like to have killed me.  Again, deep crying with NO tears.  I was taken to a patient room to wait for the doctor.  Hoping I would be in more control of my emotions by the time he got in there did not happen.  He came in almost immediately.  Now, how many times has that ever happened???  NONE!!!  It's always 45 minutes to an hour before seeing a physician after "other" work is done.  But not today.  I was still quite tore up when he came in and could hardly talk.  Maybe after reviewing the x-rays, he knew I was in pain in a bad way.  About all we could do is talk...well, the gasping crying type. 

X-rays also revealed that I had some displacement, too.  He told me as far as surgery goes that I was in the middle.  Either I could have surgery or go the conservative direction.  I chose the latter.  So for now, I'm left wearing a sling and getting plenty of rest...in the recliner, of course.  There is NO laying down for now and moving slow. 

I took another pic on the 24th and the 28th.  The last one you can see how it is turning green, a step toward healing.  Remember, I said I NEVER bruise...there was some kind of hit to this little shoulder. 

Three Days Later (24th)
Seven Days Later (28th)

I wish I had taken another picture on the 31st.  It looked terrible then, too.  But didn't think about it at the time. 

A week and half after the accident Kent insisted on me getting out to walk around the local school track.  I really needed to get out and do "something".  As it turned out, we walked 2 miles.  I was more than ready to go.  As a matter of fact, I may have overdone it...well...I did.  My shoulder was very sore that night and a couple of days afterward.  He, also, went to check out the place where I fell.  Sure enough, there was inconsistence in the sidewalk where I fell.  It wasn't me and could have happened to anyone. 

Though I can't do much, I'm about to go crazy.  But, I will not give up.  I may have my down times but things could be so much worse.  My next appointment is next Wednesday at which time I will know how things are progressing.  I hope I'm improving.  One thing I want to leave with you.  Don't ever take for granted your ability to do things.  The very hand you use most may be incapacitated and you will not be able to use it...like me.  The simple things we do can become some of the hardest when you lose the use of your hand/arm/shoulder.  I want you to know that I will not give up...I'm just a little set aside but I do plan to finish the year with the plans I've already made race-wise.  Until I can get up and going again, I want to ask you a favor and do something for me.  Please dedicate a mile to me when you run; but most of all don't take it for granted and go

Run 4 It

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Listening To Your Body = Success!

This year's running has been different from past summers.  On top of that, I'm getting back to running like I use to do from my shoulder injury which stopped me for a while.  I hate they both came together this time of the year...kinda feel like a perfect storm...well, not really.  But I'm sticking with running outside as much as I can to acclimate myself for the early fall half marathon.  I think it will be a hot race and want to be prepared as much as possible.  Not looking for a "good" time but am going to do what I can to be ready. 

Today my long run for the week was planned but when I got up a thunderstorm with lots of lightning had come in followed by lots of rain.  All of this started after I had dressed for the run.  Living in an area that is inundated with humidity and heat [i.e., the DEEP south], the only time I can run safely without overheating is early in the morning.  Well, that didn't happen!  So, what do I do??  Checked the local weather and it showed heavy thunderstorms all morning and there were 40 mph gusts first thing.  Lightning was rampant at the time I would have normally got on the road.  Slowly getting disappointed, I decided to get online and check mail, FB, and other things I do on the "net" and see what the weather plans to do. 

About 9:30, the sun came out.  It looked like I may be getting a break before it gets bad again.  Already dressed, I closed my computer screen, grabbed my Nathan water bottle and a couple of GUs and hoped I could get in my miles before the bottom fell out again.  I knew it was going to be a hot one.  I NEVER run this time of the day...in the summer! 

I began running slowly so I wouldn't overheat too quickly knowing I wanted to get in 7 miles today.  I "rarely" run with a water bottle...like to keep my hands free and cool.  Maybe I should have worn my fuel belt but actually never thought about it since it was a quick decision.  I always keep a water bottle in the refrigerator cooled to grab fast.  About the 2 mile mark, I was already gulping water.  Prepared, I wanted to listen to my body and learn from it.  So everytime I felt thirsty, I took a swig to keep problems from occuring later in the run.  It was tough for me.  As I came close to the halfway mark, I thought I would stop and do half my squats to give me a little rest from running and the heat and finish the rest of them at the end of the run.  There were 150 scheduled to do today. 

My run was changed to a "mixed" one at the halfway point.  My body was really feeling the heat.  Found a water fountain and drenched myself good.  Wow!!  This was wonderful...I could feel my core bodyheat dropping and even felt a slight breeze cooling me off over the wet skin.  Decided to start a walk/run section.  For 1.5 miles, I did this finishing up 5 miles...about 1.5 miles.

Starting my 6th mile and after another "bath", I decided to do speedwork for a mile.  I was at a great place to incorporate some speed. There was a great flat area where I was.  When I started, I could tell that this was not going to be anything like previous speedwork.  I ran hard but felt like I was running really slow.  Kind of an "out of body" experience feel.  Okay...now I'm listening to my body again.  If this is what I wanted to do, then I must listen to what it is saying.  After the first sprint, I took another "bath" and felt really rejuvenated again.  This time the sprinting went well.  After a few times of sprinting...these were not long because of exposing myself to overheating quickly yet still getting in some fast running...I felt pretty good. 

I entered the last mile by incorporating a walk/run segment and running the last half mile in for a cool down.  I couldn't believe that I had just completed 7 miles on this hot/humid/sunny time of the day!!  It never felt like I had gone that far.  I LOVE my Garmin!!  When I finished, I realized that the squats had not been done.  Not giving in, the 150 squats were done by the car before leaving.  I felt good and strong after them and left with an excellent boost to my ego for sticking it out and listening to what my body could do. 

I'm learning so much about running.  You think you have learned all there is to know after doing several half marathons and marathons but running is a great sport! There is ALWAYS something to learn.  I'm glad I listened to my body and learned what I can do and should not do in order to get my plan done.  Today was a total success!!  I wonder what lessons are in store for me now.  Don't let anything control your runs more than is necessary...think through it and find alternate ways to reach your goal.  It's looking like rain again now, I've finished my goal and enjoying coffee once more today...until I see you again, get out there and

Run 4 It

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Good Report/Wesson Memorial/State Record

This week started out with a positive report.  I was released from the doctor as my shoulder has gotten so much better.  Hence...NO surgery needed!!  Woo-hoo!  I left the office with good news, no more meds and 6+ months more home physical therapy.  My shoulder hasn't hurt for a while though it has ached some here and there.  I'm so glad that all is getting well. 

Next, we ran in the Wesson Memorial 2 Mile Race on July 4th.  We are not summer racers but we really enjoy this one and with it being a short one, we try to participate in it.  It was quite humid but the sun stayed behind the clouds the entire time which made it so much more bearable!!  On top of that, this year we had a little breeze that kept us cooled off while we were running. 

Last year, the runners doubled from the year prior and this year it increased again by another 200!!!  There were close to 700 people IN the race.  Wow!!  After some changes in the finishing chutes, the race ended successfully.  Good job, LV! 

Since I was feeling pretty good and it was a short race, I focused on "my" race and no one else's.  Meaning, I did what I could, rejected negative thinking which I've been having for quite some time when I run, and ran the best I could.  I felt good throughout the entire race and ran a good race...especially since I had not raced since late spring [and I was injured then and was doing poorly].  After the race, we enjoyed wonderful watermelon which refreshed us a lot. 

 I wore my new running skirt and t-back tank and LOVED it. It probably doesn't look as good as it felt, but I can see buying more skirts in the future. They kept me so cool while I was running.  I can't believe Kent didn't tell me to straighten my tank.  It was all wrinkly and there are NO humps anywhere like it looks.  Oh, well...guess I'm glad I got a pic, ha!  Thank you, Honey!! 

Kent did well in his race.  He received 2nd Place Overall RW.  I'm so proud of him.  He, also, didn't suffer from the heat this year as he has in the past couple of years. 

And, I received 1st Place in my age group.  I was so excited about my time because I did the best I could, fought mental demons and ran better than I had hoped, and got under 18 minutes. 

Our awards were handmade pottery starfish.  Cool...I love the handmade awards I've received. 

And, a pic of a few friends winning their awards.  I missed the Kochs and Tanya...will get ya'll next time! 

I really felt "at home" today.  Saw so many people we use to race with often.  It was good to see Bob C. before the race [never saw him after that].  Spoke with Nancy P. as she was signing up runners.  Ryker M. parked next to us and talked with him some.  He's a great runner!  Eric W. from Hattiesburg came down and parked on the other side of Ryker.  This was his first Wesson Race.  I think he liked it.  Congrats on your award!  Kent talked with Dale R. [he won 1st Place RW].  Another couple of people...we saw Mark K. and Mike B. but never got to talk with them.  Talked with Tanya D. and still can't believe she has lost over 100 pounds!!!  She is an excellent racewalker and has recently moved into running.  She is an amazing runner...Go Tanya!!  I'm sure there were more; these were the ones that crossed my mind while composing this post.  We really miss our running buddies in this area.  They have some of the best races.  Thanks Leonard V. for your hard work and the great job you do to make this club a success. 

One more thing regarding the race.  I was able to obtain the  Mile State Record for my age!!!  I am sooo excited about this...it was all worth it.  And, what a way to get back on track...a new SR!  Forty two records were set today.  I hope this link works; here's the list of the records: 

After the race, we cleaned up and went to The Shed.  It was our first time there and it will definitely NOT be our last!  It was the best BBQ we've eaten and there wasn't a drop of grease on those ribs either.  YUMMMM!!  BBQ and watermelon is what eating on the 4th is all about.

While we were there dozens of Harley Davidson motorcycles that showed up.  I bet there were a hundred motorcycles there when we left!  Here are a few pics I took while walking around.  Enjoy...

One of the MANY signs on the walls.

"Get Fed At The Shed"

And, now we leave you at this time hoping you've had a great 4th of July like we did!

Until next time...

Run 4 It

2018 Races

12/09/18...MS Gulf Coast Half Marathon
12/01/18...Honeybee 5k (cancelled-weather)
11/17/18...Seville Quarter Turkey Trot 5k
11/11/18...Battleship 12k
10/20/18...Hope Haven Run for Hope 5k
10/13/18...Shrimp Festival 5k
09/29/18...Don McCloskey 5k
09/01/18...Bloody Mary 5k
01/27/18...Casino Bridge 5k

Through December...200 Mile Fall Challenge
Through August...175 Mile Spring Challenge
Through June...150 Mile Spring Challenge

2018 Goals

Bike 500 miles.
Improve gear shifting.
Strength training 2 hours/week.
Run 600 miles.
Improve running without walking.
No processed sugar 75% of time.
Improve positive thinking.
NEVER give up!

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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