"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!

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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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