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



Weekly Running Log

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Oily Challenge - Completed

A week after the Shrimp Festival 5k, pain came back to worry me again!!  It began on October 23rd when I stepped out of the car.  It was behind my left knee and would come and go like a cramp but it wasn't.  It would even wake me up in the middle of night.  Weird!  What else???  I was getting back on my feet and now every time I took a step I experienced excruciating pain!  Icing and Ibuprofen became my friends again...NOT!  This went on for a MONTH!! 

During this time I attended a Scrapbooking Crop and they had a lady come to speak on Essential Oils and its healing power.  I went to the class and with skepticism I listened.  Afterward, I talked with Cathy about the issues that concerned my husband and I.  She could address those.  My allergies have been giving me lots of trouble the last year and half and I was about to seek out an allergist here and begin shots again.  Yes, it got that bad!  I thought about our conversation regarding that and joint issues we were both experiencing [specifically gout].  The next day after lots more questions, I decided to sign up to get the starter kit.  It had the oils in it that I would use for both of those issues.  After all, I'd spend more just trying to find an allergist.  This was my last resort.  The allergies are better [to date] but still have attacks.  Now, as I said they had gotten bad over the year so I wasn't looking for an overnight cure.  I told her after using them in my diffuser that I was feeling better and told her I was going to try to walk/run when I finished talking with her.  She mentioned to use one of the oils mixed with coconut oil and rub it on my knee.  Okay, time to sit down, folks!  Again, with skepticism, I did it.  Mind you now that I have not been totally without pain for a while.  Off I go to see what I could "do".  The FIRST time I was able to begin intervals again, not just all walking.  Okay...did this really happen??  Not sure.  I'll try this again.  A week later I ran an entire 3 miles with NO issues and no stopping!!  Okay, after several uses, I am now SOLD on Panaway!!  Cathy told me that this blend had healing properties, too, so I am more sold on it.  I was concerned that it was more of a pain reliever and I didn't want something that would mask a problem needing to be corrected. 

Thanksgiving came and went with a walk on Friday.  I have been working on my 1,000 Mile Challenge for 2016 and, needless to say, so much has caused interruptions the entire year...MANY!!  So much more walking than I could have ever expected.  Well, let's just say I use to never walk!  After Friday's walk, I realized I was 1.5 miles away from reaching the 1,000 miles.  I was so excited!  My next thought was that I wanted to finish my challenge with my friends who have encouraged me throughout the year!  I contacted them and made a date for Monday morning.  When I reached the 1.5 miles for completion, we stopped and took pics right then and there!!  Of course, we didn't stop there; we went almost 4 miles past then but that was a momentous moment. 

Me and Moe in the front with Buck, Susan and Jean behind.

 Me and Moe.  Dang shirt caught on my flip-belt!
 
All us girls!

They all showed up...I have some great running friends!  And, finally, my medal...I'm so happy with it as I worked really hard to achieve this distance.  And, now....I have over a month to go!  Woo-hoo!


I had planned to wear this shirt on my finishing day but it was SO hot, it didn't happen! 

Fortunately, I got two shirts and this was short-sleeved.  Love the last line!!

 Yes, this was really a great day!  The future is looking great cause I plan to NEVER quit.  I want to leave you with this.  No matter how many times you get setback, respect the healing time with your eyes on the light at the end of the tunnel!  Push through even if you have to start all over, like me.  Be strong cause you CAN do it! 

Run 4 It...cause you can!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Shrimp Festival 5k

After a few months of constant hip pain, I decided that the Fiesta Five Flags 5k would be the last before I took off running to let it heal.  This was my last resort before going to a chiropractor or doctor.  I took a month of personal training after the race and when I finished that, I stepped back.  So, the walking began a little here and there.  I've never been a "walker" since I started running but knew I didn't need to let my hip just sit with no exercise.  I read online that foam rolling would help and began that.  After laying off running for a while [it seemed like FOREVER], it paid off.  I slowly began adding a little running here and there.  Little I mean .10-.25 mile.  Yes, very little!  The pain seemed to have gone away.  But, now, I'm dealing with starting over running from scratch!!  So hard for someone who had been running miles every time she walked out the door.  A lot of mental agony pursued me but I hung in there refusing to think that walking was "not acceptable".  Being consistent, walking became my friend. 

I was hoping that all of the laid-off stuff would pay off for good racing in the fall.  It seem to be working and I was SO hungry to start running again.  Well, not like in the past but being consistent and doing "my" best for the time.  Time was pressing me to decide on the Shrimp Festival race.  The pressure came in determining if I should do the 10k [which is what I wanted to do] or be safe and do the 5k.  Last minute decision came to doing the 5k...and I'm glad that I did.  It was the best decision considering the recent issues I'd been dealing with.  I felt good but fat and slow, ha!  It is what it is...right?  I have picked up weight not being able to do much for a few months!  Of course, I hadn't been watching my diet either...being depressed surely didn't give me much encouragement to do my best. 

The race felt good and I wanted to run harder so bad but it just isn't in me yet.  When I finished the race, I checked the results.  This is a big race and, honestly, I didn't have a CLUE that I could have placed...just wanted to know what my time was and how I ranked in my age group.  As it turned out, it wasn't too bad.  I looked and looked at it surely thinking there was an error in that "someone" hadn't been put in the system yet that would have smoked me!  After all, I definitely would have smoked this time just a short time ago.  My time got me in First Place!  Shocked, to say the least.  Guess the 60-64 age group has been good to me.  Here's my award.  I am so proud of it! 




It was 100% humidity making it a little hard to breathe.  My pace was 10:05 and I'll take that!  Below is a picture of my Sole Sisters that placed in their age groups, too.  There were more Sole Sisters but didn't get those pics.  These are the ones that placed.  Also, one of my friends, Buck, who did well in his age group. 



It was a nice day to race and be with friends.  Glad to be back in the swing of things. 

Run 4 It

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Good Life Ride

What a beautiful day for a ride.  Yep, I said "ride".  This is my first Good Life Ride today.  Bad part first...I signed up for the 22 miler but dropped to the 10 miler.  I was afraid I could not maintain the 10 mph requirement for the 22 mile distance.  I rode my bike on Monday for 15 miles and it was tough!  Don't know if it was where I rode or the grades or just the plain fact that I didn't use my gears as I should.  I am so new at biking and have SO much to learn!  I knew I could ride the 10 miles and probably could have done close to 20 with no problem but the speed made it a question.  After all, I can't stand when people bypass the rules just because they want to do something.  It is so selfish and annoying to others.  Hence...10 miles for me today. 

I wanted to do the very best that I could even if it was a fun ride.  It's just the competitor in me, I guess.  I started out in the front so I wouldn't have to get around those that planned on a leisurely ride or those with children.  For a short while, there were four people ahead of me.  It wasn't too long though before two couples passed me.  As we got through the roads and headed out on to the trail system the trees kept it nice and cool even though the temps were not bad to begin with.  The trail was so nice to ride on.  The eight folks that got ahead of me were barely seen after a couple of miles on this turn.  I enjoyed this so much!  It was so peaceful.  Before I realized it I was nearing the turn around point and they were all there .  I know this was a ride and not a race but when I reached this point, I didn't expect to just sit around and laugh at the teenagers that couldn't get the water container open for me!  A little irritating as it should have already been done.  After a quick swig, I got back on the trail and headed back to the finish. 

The feeling was so different from a race as there weren't any Start or Finish Lines.  You started together and finished on your own.  Something I've got to get accustomed to if I want to do more.  One thing I wasn't excited about was the many, many times you had to slow to almost a stop or stop completely for the road intersections on the trail.  I would guess that there were at least a dozen of those ONE WAY!  This slows you down a lot and really cuts into your speed.  Okay...it's coming out...the racer that I am. 

There were 4 rides today.  They were 10 miles, 22 miles, 40 miles and 64 miles with varying start times and locations.  The further you rode the earlier you started.  All ended at Tacky Jack's in Gulf Shores.  TJ served nachos and drinks and they were so good.  I can't wait to do this one next year...and, as of now, it will definitely be the 22 miler.  I found a couple of friends afterward and talked with them some.  Marsha and Pete were so encouraging even if they had just finished their 40 miles.  It's friends like these, whether they be bikers or runners, that reaches down inside you and gives you that extra "atta boy" that everyone wants and needs.  Thanks, guys!!  I appreciate you! 

Here are my stats when it was all said and done.  10.47 miles at a 10.6 mph for 59:03 minutes.  I am well pleased since I know this could have been faster.  I really, really enjoyed this and YES, there will be more.  I learned more about my gears and how to utilize them...again, this is a learning curve for sure, but my hope is getting stronger.  Unfortunately, there are no pics today.  :(  But I learned that I could get into this new sport easier than I thought I could.  Yay! 

I hope you are outside doing something because it's got to be beautiful where you are today.  I want to encourage you to at least, get out and walk a little.  Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all of my lady-friends. 

Robbie

Monday, May 2, 2016

Fiesta Five Flags 5k...Plus

April ended with completing 100 running/walking miles this month.  As a matter of fact, I have achieved 449.95 miles year-to-date on my way to reaching 1,000 miles for the year.  I'm thankful I am ahead of the game cause you never know what the future holds as far as being able to get them all in.  Also, I've been doing a 100-Mile Challenge each month since January and have more than accomplished this. 

We have run the Fiesta of Five Flags for years and it just seemed "right" to go to it this year.  Unfortunately, we neither one are up-to-par this year.  So we refocused our minds and did the best we could do.  As most of you know, my right hip has really been a pain...literally.  My plan this race was to run/walk it.  I had thought of withdrawing completely but hated to do that since I really could walk it if I needed to.  I didn't have a "plan" per se' but tried to run as much as I could and when I felt a twinge in my hip I walked a little bit.  This was what I did throughout the race.  I'm so glad that I went through with this.  Feeling like a quitter is quite different than feeling like you did the best you could do THROUGH the problem.  As it turned out, I placed 4th place in my age group of 14 others and only 5 seconds from actually getting an award!  Two ladies in my group received two of the top awards pushing me higher in rank. 

The month of May will present itself doing different things on a regular basis from the past.  For one, I'm going to stop running for two weeks and see if this helps my hip.  If I see progress but not completely pain free, then I will lay off another two weeks.  Hopefully, this will take care of my problem.  I'm thinking I'm having sciatic nerve problems. 

Secondly, I'm going to focus on riding my bike more to give my running legs a break for a while.  Today, I rode 15 miles on the trail system.  I honestly wish I could say I love cycling.  For now, I'm plugging along working on getting my butt use to the seat and not go numb before the ride is up.  I am still learning how to use my gears and there are so many things I need to know about a bike itself including maintenance and repair.

I saw a national bike challenge on Facebook and looked into it.  So in order to keep me on my bike regularly, I joined it.  For anyone that might be interested in doing this, too, here is the site
https://nationalbikechallenge.org/home .  Being realistic, I'm pretty sure I won't be able to keep with riding every day in May but I plan to ride at least one mile as much as I possibly can through the month and adding as many miles as I can through the end of September.  This includes spinning.  I hope by the end of the month, I can actually say that I look forward to riding 10 or 15 miles whenever I choose and that my butt will not hurt any more. 

I'll be looking into swimming soon to give me another cross training workout while my hip heals.  I'm also going to try a Gentle Yoga class. 

Well, that's it for now.  I'm looking forward to better running/racing this fall/winter.  Summer is not my time to run outside anyway so this is a great time to "lay off".  Hope all is going well for you.  Until next time

Run 4 It

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Friends, friends, friends

Today was the Zydeco 5k in Gulf Shores.  I had not planned to do this race but had several friends that were signed up.  A couple of days before, I received information that my friend, Ginny, might be coming down and was going to do the race.  I was excited.  So, I saw it as a no-brainer that I had to go watch it.  After all, it has been a few years since I'd seen and visited with Ginny.  I had a baby shower to attend mid-morning and knew I couldn't get cleaned up fast enough after the race so I dressed for the shower since it was going to be right around the block from the race.  This way I could stay as long as I could and visit with everyone.  Here are a few pre-race pics. 

Me and Ginny

 Susan and me

 My new friend, Josh.

Tim getting Go-Pro and camera ready.

Some action shots.  Get ready, set, GO...............


Some of my Sole Sisters. 

Go, Stephen!



My friend, Buck, finishing strong and fast!! 

Moe finishing strong, too. 

 
Here are a few post-race pics.



Another friend, Jojo 

Ann, Susan and Buck

Award info...Ginny got 1st place in her age group; Moe got 2nd and Susan got 3rd in their age group; and Josh got 2nd in his age group.  I was sad that Buck didn't place because he finished strong and fast!  He ran great today; he was 5th in his age group.  There were 442 runners...much larger than last year's inaugural race.  Also, runners were chipped which I think was a good idea.  It was VERY windy today and some of my friends mentioned how that played a role in their effort.  All in all, everyone did great and I am very proud of them.  I love my friends!! 

Before the awards began, I left for the baby shower.  This was for Pastor Lloyd and Leeanne Stilley's DIL.  It is their first grandchild and it's a girl...the first little girl in their line in a long while.  The ladies had the room decorated so beautiful and "girly".  I loved it!  Here are a few pics. 


Yep, this is probably what you are thinking: dill pickles and ice cream! 

Finally a pic of Vivian, Debbie and me.

It was definitely a very full morning of visiting, cheering, picture taking and showering!  Oh, did I tell you...I love my friends!! 

Until next time,

Run 4 It

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mileage is the Name of the Game

I entered a 100-Mile Challenge in January and shortly thereafter saw another challenge of 1,000 miles for the year.  So, I hopped on those trains and left the station.  The first quarter is "down" and I am feeling pleased with my progress.  Yes, I said QUARTER!  Here are the numbers:

January - 112.43
February - 114.62
March - 122.58

For a year-to-date total, this adds up to be 349.63 miles for three months.  I am very realistic and at times feel pessimistic; in saying this, that I do know things will come up and change your well-planned schedule.  It could be weather [and yes, if it's bad enough I don't even want to get out and go to the gym], illness, injury, company, special events and sometimes you just don't "feel like" doing anything and need some extra rest.  Don't give up!  Do what you can and it will all pan out for the good.

Yes, I've felt good this quarter and, yes, I've been injured and struggled to get back "up" again.  But I haven't quit!  Regardless of how hard things can get, how discouraged I get with my progress or ability or how much I want to quit, I now have a base to work on and history to prove that I can do this!  No, Sireee, Bob...I will NOT quit!! 

This week I began a month of personal training for the first time ever.  I'm doing it with two other ladies [to keep the cost down].  These ladies have been doing this for about 3 years.  I feel like such a sissy as I have so much to work on and learn and get up to "speed".  Some weight exercises, core and balance exercises and all-around ab workouts have been good.  I'm learning machines I've not known how to use as well as new exercises using free weights, balls, kettleballs and other equipment.  Regardless of how awful I am at this time, pushing on is the game in this arena.  Thanks, Pam, for good routines!  And, your patience with me!  I will be stronger at the end of the month and looking forward to new and exciting things at the Y. 

I'll share this but am not ready to be accountable to it yet.  I do a spin class once a week...I know, I know...many of you, and probably most, do several classes a week but I love to run and that's where all my effort basically goes.  Anyway, the first part of the year when I started spin, I had a real hard time.  My endurance was awful!!  And, standing up was almost impossible and I wanted to quit big-time due to discouragement.  I hung in there and after talking with Pam she asked if I ran before class and I said yes; she suggested running 1-2 miles or none and see if I could do the class better.  So I dropped my mileage and after a few more classes I was able to stand and do the class as instructed.  Soon I started my running before class again but very easy.  Doing a couple of miles didn't seem to bother me.  Well...to make a long story short...NOT...I stayed with it.  Now, I run 2 miles before class and 2 afterward, working on endurance and mileage in spin class.  This week, I ran my usual 2 miles before class at a decent pace, did class [achieving 21.6 miles], and ran another 2 miles afterward at a very good pace.  I felt really good throughout and strong.  Back to the first sentence of this paragraph.  If things keep going well and I get a little confidence, I'd like to do my first duathlon this year.  I think I can do this and that it is an achievable goal.  We'll see..........

So for now, I'm "banking" as many miles as I can, to meet my monthly and yearly goal.  Actually, I had no idea that I could do 100 miles a month and it's been three months down.  This builds my confidence and assurance that it can be done.  I am eager to get out and add more miles. 

Whatever you are doing, do it with all you have.  Do NOT compare yourself with others or it will be easy to get discouraged, quit or put yourself down.  There is only one YOU...be the best YOU can be.

Until next time get out and

Run 4 It

Monday, March 21, 2016

Azalea Trail 10k & More

Let me start out with the "More" in my title.  As I entered a new decade age, I thought it might be good to start out with making new PR's each decade.  After all, most previous ones probably won't be broken as you are younger and faster and not broke down.  There is one I hope to break but we will leave that up to the future to see if it will be done.  Making out my new list, I discovered that not only have I been racing a lot but that every one I've done since turning 60 have been different distances.  No repeats.  I thought how odd that was.  I couldn't have planned it any better.  The races done are: 5k, 4 miles, 8k [trail race which will be documented different than an 8k road race], 10k, 15k and a half marathon.  I've won medals in every race except for the 15k which is a large race.  The first one was actually the same week I turned 60.  The others, ironically, have been a week apart with the exception of one being two weeks.  All of this makes me a happy running girl.  Looking back, I would have had no idea I would have done all of this in a short amount of time. 

Azalea Trail Report

Initially, I had hoped to be injury free to run the 10k this year.  My distance is improving and my strength is better than it has been in quite a while.  Unfortunately, the 8k run in the sand took its toll on my right groin and hip.  I was bummed out about that; but in the last week I've babied that thing as much as I could keeping some distance on my legs even if it meant walking some.  By the time of this race, it was getting much better.  The Azalea Trail race is one of my all-time favorites and I was sad that I wasn't able to run it like I had hoped to.  On the positive side...I will return next year in better condition.  At least, I hope so. 

Friends from our hometown were coming to this race and I was excited to see them, especially my friend, Frank.  I haven't seen him since we moved a year ago!!  He and I are long time running partners and I've really missed running with him. 

And, I want to say that 3 of us trained for our first marathon together and though we got our picture taken per chance, it really brought back some really good memories of that time.  Here's D, me and Frank.

On to the race.  Here are some action shots of me and only some of my friends.  Unfortunately, not everyone's pics were taken...like my hubby's!  :( 


 Devon & Deleica

Professor Nestor 

Tommy 

Nancy 

Frank & Krista

Below are some post-race pics.
 


Then you always have those friends that just "can't help themselves" but let it all hang out, ha!  Life would be boring without them, for sure.  Love these guys...

Nestor
 
Kathy, Serina & Deleica 

And, Serina in true form!  She will dance with any/every one or even alone.  She's just FILLED with happy juice!

Kent did well in his 5k race.  He received 3rd Overall Racewalker.  I'm so proud of him!

My time was way off as far as competing goes so I wasn't looking for a single bit of recognition.  BUT...as it turned out, I placed 6th in my age group.  They go 10 deep in the 10k.  I was 6th out of 34 others.  Woo-hoo!!  I am such a happy girl.  On top of that, I had no pain throughout the race.  There was some soreness and achiness but NO pain.  And, a big shout out to Kathy for placing in her age group, too!!  You go, girl!

Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention that there was 80% chance of rain!  I was so dreading this.  For some reason, the rain went away and not a drop fell; the sun even came out a little.  It was perfect! 

Kent and I would like to encourage you to do what you can with what you have but never give up or give in. 

Now, go

Run 4 It

Sunday, March 13, 2016

St. Patrick's Leprechaun 5k

Today's race didn't start out as I had wanted it to.  If you are my blog reader you know that I have had my up's and down's.  Though I wouldn't change a single thing from the 8k Cross Country Race in the sand last week, it definitely had its toll on me.  My right groin continues to feel pulled and my right hip and knee are bearing the brunt of it.  Thinking it would be alright for today's race...well, that didn't happen! 

I've been working on my speed and strength lately and began to maintain a 9:22 pace for 3 miles.  I was so excited as it's been a while since I've kept this for that long.  I was feeling much stronger and confident.  Then last week's race came.  I've always wanted to do a trail race though not so sure I wanted it to be solely in sand, ha.  Today's race was not a major race for me so I focused on doing what I could.  After warming up some, I realized that a good race time was not in the cards today and really felt like a walk/run was what I needed to do. 

I began to see more and more friends show up and didn't think I would see but only a couple of them.  Let me start my photos with a couple of race ones.  The first couple were Kent finishing up and one of Diane coming in. 



There was pizza, fruit and stew afterward.  Also, at the end of the room was some ice cream.  It was all good but I think the fellowship with friends topped it all off.  Here are a few pics during this time while waiting for the awards to start...which was F.O.R.E.V.E.R!!!! 




Okay...Kent and Buck were 1.) not happy, 2.) not ready, or 3.) tired of waiting for the awards to begin.  Either way, I just had to post this.  It's all good...lol.

Shortly, we found out that my friend, Mo, provided a birthday cake for her husband, Henry.  Yep...it was pretty good!  Thanks, Mo, for sharing it...and Happy Birthday, Henry. 



Many of us received awards.  The ones I remember are Mo, Irene, Jane and Norm, and I'm sure there are others I don't recall offhand.  I, personally, wasn't expecting a single thing since my run was so bad.  BUT...I received 1st place in my age group.  Susan received Senior Grand Masters and Buck received 2nd place.  Kent got overall male RW and Diane got 2nd in the RW divisions.  She is super and should r/w more often. 

A quickie friendship pic with Diane.

Here's to you, Buck.  See you at the next race!

Be safe, keep moving and go

Run 4 It

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

Secrets to Running a 5k

Here is an excellent site for those who have thought about running a 5k race but just hadn't made that move yet. There's tips, directions and even a section on what to wear. If you have never run a race, you are missing out on a lot of fun. You will have support from most everyone you meet. Now for the site...click here to change your life and get started!

Free Online Health Calculators & Nutritional Databases

* Calories Burned Calculator - you choose the activity, total minutes doing the activity, and your weight.
* Target Heart Rate Calculator - you choose the activity, total minutes doing the activity, and your weight.
* Food Database - you type in the food category, the food and the nutritional label will come up.
* Weight Maintenance Calculator for Women - you input the info and the calculator will come up with the amount of calories to maintain your weight.
* Weight Maintenance Calculator for Men - same as for women.
* Body Mass Index - find out your BMI with this calculator.
* Healthy Weight Calculator for Women - determines your healthy weight for your height.
* Healthy Weight Calculator for Men - same as for women.
* The Longevity Game - a fun question and answer game that finishes with your "lifestyle" and how long you'll live. [I finished with a great 93 years of age!!]