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

Weekly Running Log

Saturday, June 6, 2015

What's Going On...

Summer is here!!  For some, that is an exciting time.  All kinds of activities abound.  And, being in a coastal area, we are amazed at all that's happening.  We're trying to stay abreast of things but we're missing them coming and going and yet staying busy.  I love it!!  Also, this time of the year presents itself to many, beautiful fruits and veggies in the market.  The other day I found myself picking up nearly every fruit we like and once I got them all cleaned up and put up in the frig, my frig was FULL!!!  But I love all the beautiful tasty prizes waiting for us to gobble them up.  Yummmmm!! 

A friend of mine invited me to go with her and a group kayaking.  I was so excited and yet scared to death!!  I'm a little afraid of water but mostly snakes this time of the year.  As time approached to go, I could hardly wait.  Then the day came.......and what do you know but thunderstorms were all around the area.  Lots of lightning was not what I wanted to experience on my first trip.  The decision was made that they would postpone the trip to another weekend.  I felt better about that as I didn't want to seem like a ninny.  So Kent and I made other arrangements.  Thirty minutes before we were to meet up, a couple of folks decided to go on.  Some when at the planned location and another few at a different location.  I do want to try this new adventure but maybe summer is not going to be my time.  We'll see...I might change my mind.  It looks like so much fun and peaceful. 

Kent has had a couple of doctor's appointments.  His cancer follow-up was great and he is to return in 6 months.  But his dermatology one was T.O.U.G.H.!!  He had a large place cut out of his face [it really hurt...yikes!!], some on his arm and many on his back!!  It was a hard day to say the least.  Days inside will be the agenda for a while until he is healed better.  I don't know how he takes it!!!

Now, on to running.  I had a 5k at the end of May but I am struggling so hard to breathe outside...even early in the morning.  Allergies are just tough to deal with.  Needless to say, I didn't make it.  I was mostly contributing to the cause so I didn't feel too bad about it.  As it turned out it was a VERY hot day and a good friend of mine struggled so bad to the point she felt like throwing up when it was over.  Glad I missed this one.  For some friends, running in the heat is nothing but I'm finding that I'm not alone in this situation. 

I've moved my running inside now.  At first, I felt like a sissy not running outdoors...you know, like I'm not an athlete of any kind.  But after good workouts inside, I'm thankful I have an option.  Looking back on my running logs, this is about the time I head indoors for the summer.  So, I've made my peace with this, hold my head high and go for it!  After talking with a personal trainer about the knee issues I've been having, he said to eliminate all elevation [incline on a treadmill].  With that said, when my trekking instructor says to put the incline on 13 or even 5, I leave it on 1 and increase my speed.  I am getting stronger because of this and my knee doesn't seem to hurt now.  I will continue to do this most of the summer then begin increasing the elevation some in August.  With increasing my speed, it has helped on my overall running.  I am very happy with that.  Hence, the "happy dance"...can you see me?? 

One of my goals now is to be consistent in my working out.  This past week, whether I felt like it or not, I donned my running clothes first thing and headed out the door early in the morning before I could change my finicky mind.  Thankfully, I can head to the gym as early as 5 a.m. [I think or 6 for sure].  Once I'm there, I've worked out in the gym for a good 30 minutes and more after a 3-6 mile run on the treadmill.  I'm feeling better and stronger.  My plan is to do this again this coming week and hopefully, by the end of the week it will become a habit.  Because I've been consistent, my mileage has been at 20 miles the last few weeks which I usually struggle to get when I'm just on the road running.  Although the lower mileage could be the knee issues I've been working around. 

Well, that's it for this time.  All I can say is things are looking up.  Make your OWN goals, pursue it and progress will begin to be "sweeeeeet".  Now, get ready because whether or not you can run outside, find a way to work out and go

Run 4 It [whatever "it" means to you] 

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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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