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

Weekly Running Log

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sweetheart 5k/Tapering/Ailments

Saturday was gorgeous but was VERY windy, making it quite cold. The Valentine's Races were a 10k, 5k and a 5k Walk.  There were 500-600 people that participated.  First a couple of pre-race pics. 

A little nervous but ready to go.  This was Kent's first race since his surgery in mid December. 

This large group came out even with all this wind.  Racers gather up to start the race.  Just look at how everyone was bundled up. 

And the runners are off...all 10k and 5k runners started first.

Then the racewalkers were lined up...and off they went.  There were about 160 of these. 

Kent has on the blue shirt and is on the other side of the guy you see here in the red shirt and leggings.

It was at this time that I headed back to the car.  When I got to the redlight, I came up on a friend.  We race against one another all the time.  She called me to the side and told me that she had breast cancer and that it had mestasized into her lymph nodes!  I was saddened to hear this news.  I've told some of my praying friends and we will be praying for her. 

I crossed a parking lot to go to the car to put up my gloves.  When I began to remove my right glove my camera strap slipped off my wrist with the glove and hit the pavement.  It stopped working!!!  I cannot get it go come on or operate.  I am so upset with this stupid move.  I missed getting Kent's picture when he came across the line.  He received the Senior GrandMasters RaceWalker Award.  I'm so proud of him.  Congrats, Honey!!  What a great way to return to racing!! 

Update from last week:  Had good runs all week.  Tuesday was to be my long run for the week and when I got halfway out, the rain started and I got soaking wet.  On top of that, a large 2' snake cross my path on the trail going out and shortly afterward a small rattler was in the middle of the adjoining trail.  No one was around when I saw the two footer, but there were very many around the rattler.  It had been run over by a child on his bike.  It was still alive and striking at anything in it's path and shaking that rattler of his!!  Guess they were on the move this day.  I worried about coming across others on the return part of the run, especially since I was mostly on the trail alone then and soaking wet.  I had to cut my run a little short that day but felt good the whole time. 

At the end of this week, my left shoulder began hurting.  It just kills me especially at night when I'm trying to sleep.  It keeps me awake and I can hardly move or use it.  Yesterday, I put ice on it and took a Naproxen Sodium and it felt better by bedtime.  Today, my shoulder seems to be better but now the pain has gone down into my bicep.  I just can't figure this out.  I hope it doesn't hurt during the race next week.  I will be so disappointed.  Sounds like ice and drugs are on the agenda this week.

The taper is on and I feel like I can't run 10 miles!  I know it's the reduced mileage that makes me feel this way and also know that it is all good.  I'll trust the training and be ready for next Sunday.  I'm excited and nervous.  My goal this time is to finish strong!  I don't plan to push to run it entirely, although I do want to do this.  But I aim to feel better and hopefully finish in a better time.  I've listed a lot of sayings that I want to keep in mind to help pull me through some boring periods or difficult times.  Here they are:

Focus & Finish
Finish Strong
You've Already Done This
It Can Be Done!
One Mile At A Time
Never, Never, Never Give Up
Tough People Last
Just Run
Run Your Own Race
You Can Stop When You're Done
Keep It Steady
Today Is Not The Day To Quit
All Walls Have Doors
Keep Your Form
Run, Forest, Run
Shoulders Back, Smile
Stay Focused
This Is Exactly Where I Want To Be
Trust Your Training

And, one of my favorites:
The Work Is Done, Have Fun

I'm assigned to Corral #14 and my number is #14228.  Now my next project is to purchase a camera before next weekend for the race and learn how to use the thing!  But all is good!!  We've received such bad news the last 3 days:  our Sunday School Teacher, Gene Fairchild, passed away on the 15th totally unexpected, a very dear and past Sunday School Teacher, Roland Gatlin, passed away last night, and the news that my friend has been diagnosed with breast/lymph node cancer.  It's been a tough week emotionally but we are healthy and fine and I'm glad God has blessed us this week.  Looking forward to what He has in store for our lives.  And, for now, most days include a run so we go out and

Run 4 It


Mindy Bobe said...

So sorry you've had such bad news all weekend. Congrats on your hubby's race!!! And I am praying for your shoulder/arm girl! Hope it stops hurting! I know you will do great at your race!!!

Robbie said...

Thank you, Mindy! My shoulder seems better but my bicep hurts deeply as if someone gave me a bad 'frog' in it. I can hardly use it...I'll ice it again and see how that goes.

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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