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



Weekly Running Log

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Never Give Up

I had to name this post "Never Give Up".  As you know, I've struggled for quite some time with injuries as well as several other medical issues including side affects and weight gain from having to lay off running.  One of my problems is that I mentally feed my brain and entire being with negative thinking, like: "you can stop if you want to", "it's too hard", "is that pain I feel in my hip/knee/shin", "you can't run this WHOLE way", "you're going to get beat", "you'll never win anything again, that time has past"...so on and so on.  Well, I'm only admitting the truth here.  You get the drift.  Following those dreadful thoughts and stinking thinking, my regular runs usually show it with very slow paces. 

Realizing my mental attitude has become a huge problem, I've been working on it.  Sometimes it's a success and sometimes not...but...I'm not going to give up in this area.  The challenge is on. 

BUT...today my hard efforts paid off.  We went to Magnolia Springs for a 5k this morning.  I was only "somewhat" excited about it because I am NO WHERE I use to be in my running/racing and I've had to refocus my mindset on racing until I'm stronger.  Actually, my re-focus should be what I'm thinking now:  do the best I can, when I can and where I can.  Listen to my body and work with it. 

Kent and I rode the course yesterday and I felt the uphill grade for the first mile or more.  Knowing this, I braced myself in the race.  Told Kent that I would be easy on the first part of the race in order to not hurt my knee.  It's been a constant issue for me since the first part of the year.  Back and forth, okay and laying off.  Actually, still there but not as bad. 

Just before getting to the turnaround, it flattened out.  From thereon, it was basically going down the grade.  It was an out-and-back course.  So easy!  I crossed the line at 30:25.  I was ecstatic!!  The last 5k I did, the first of March, I had to walk a lot because of my knee and came in with 36 minutes.  I refused to quit.  Today, I beat that by 6 minutes and I'm so happy.  I had NO idea that I could beat it by so much.  I can tell the "racer" in me is still there. 

Being told that awards were in 10 year age groups, I was ready to go once Kent got his.  Oh, yeah...Kent did great!!  He's totally my inspiration.  He came in 1st place in his age group which are done in two huge groups, not like the 5k.  He insisted that we wait and just see how my age group did.  It wasn't long before we knew that it was in 5 year age groups [most are down here but occasionally you'll find a 10 year age grouping].  I was hoping there was a slight chance that I might place 3rd.  As it turned out, I won 1st place!!!  I am at the end of this age group and can hardly believe that I placed. 

With no rain/thunderstorms, no knee pain, good running and winning, it was a fantastic race.  The only bad thing is that I forgot my camera.  But there will be other races.  This is probably the most beautiful course I've ever run and look forward to racing it again for many years.  Now, let me leave this thought with you.  Never, never, never give up!!  You may be going through tough times but don't quit.  My "times" have lasted almost two years since running good like I use to.  If you get down, let me encourage you that you are not alone.  If you've gotten hurt, you're not alone.  If you're pace has changed/worsen, you're not alone.  Hang in there and NEVER quit!!  Now, go

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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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