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

Weekly Running Log

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

1 comment:

Barbara said...

I actually have tears in my eyes at this point. You are so kind to me. I am doing fine. Just a little disappointed that I was not given the news that I wanted. How often am I misled by what I want and should be listening to what God wants. HE has the perfect plan. Two of my sweet friends went home to meet with Jesus this morning. To know that they are in perfect health makes me very happy. We are sad for us because they are not with us here on earth but rejoice that they are in the perfect place. I am delighted for you and your run this morning. I know how much it means to you. God bless you as you carry on YOUR ministry of running and praying for those that need your prayers.

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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