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

Weekly Running Log

Sunday, November 26, 2017

1st Series Done

Let me start out with a little catch-up. We love racing in the fall/winter months, and we neither one are in good racing ability this year. With the excitement of all the races popping up every weekend, it was hard not to do some even if it was poor for us. I had been working on my run/walk method. On October 14th, we signed up for the Shrimp Festival. Kent the 5k and me the 10k. On November 11th, we did the Foley Rotary Oyster 5k. Then on November 18th, we headed to Pensacola for the Turkey Trot 5k which we love doing. Kent got 1st place there and nearly all my friends placed as well. It was a fun day.

Present: What better series to do for me than a half marathon one. I love that distance! The Kaiser Half on November 25th will finish it. I was excited about completing my first series, getting an extra medal and a jacket. The temp was perfect...in the low 40's, sunny and NO wind.

The race started well. I felt good and was going well. As we turned off the beach onto Rosemary Dunes Trail [a little over 6 miles], I was excited to get back on the system. I just love running and biking the Back Country Trail System. For about a half mile or so, I began feeling some tingling/numbness in my little toes on my left foot. Trying to figure out how to make it quit I tried to alter my weight to relieve some pressure. As I was thinking about what to do, all of a sudden, I tripped and fell...on one of those wooden bridges. Oh, Lordy!! I fell so hard, I heard my entire body body-slam that bridge with my head hitting it, too. This was NOT good; I was hurting so bad. I felt blood from my head to my knees. I felt my sunglasses slam into my head. Several sweet, kind runners stopped to offer assistance. Not only was I dazed, I couldn't get up easy. Several wanted me to go at the start of Rosemary to get some aid but all I could think about is, "No, I'm gonna finish." One sweet lady had some wipes with her. She gave me one to wipe off the blood on my forehead and sunglasses. My knees hurt so bad. It was then just how thankful I was to be wearing long, thicker pants. I still don't know how they kept from tearing. It was clear that my race had just changed. I looked at my watch and it was still on my wrist but definitely scratched up like my pants.

Pic taken when I got home.

Checking my distance so far, I realized I had over half the distance left!! Oh, no! How in the world am I going to finish this without complete walking?? This was NOT in the plan!! It took me a while to shake it off and get my thinking back going straight. After walking for a good bit, I tried running again slowly. My knees were not cooperating. The pain kept me at bay. The last 5+ miles I began getting blisters on the bottom of both feet. What else, right? Further toward the end of the race, I recalled how Kent and I had done sprints when we walked together. I tried that and found I could do it. So I finished the race doing these sprints.

I was exhausted. I'm glad that I could finish. I really wanted a big hug from Kent...guess for support and pure exhaustion. Cosmos provided the post race food and normally it would be delicious; but it was a little spicy [and I LOVE spice] after a long race so I didn't eat much at all. Actually, I really wasn't hungry. I just wanted to go to bed...anywhere!

I picked up my race result ticket. Though my run was so far away from being good, I still wondered just how I came out. When he gave it to me I saw where I was in First Place...FIRST PLACE!!! You've got to be kidding. Guess it's always good to show up...and getting older helps eliminate the field, too. Soooooo, I received goodies for that award. There were essential oil mixture, Stuffits, really nice running socks and a cup. I've never seen a cup like this. It will keep things hot or cold and can be placed in a microwave. It was a flexible plastic of sort. Kinda cool.

One of the main things that kept me going in the race was the perks for crossing this last Finisher's Line. Yep, it was the last of the Run The Beach Series and in order to get my special medal for completing the series I needed to finish this race. Another thing I totally wasn't expecting is that I place 2nd in the Sea Turtle Half and 1st in the Kaiser Half. Woo-hoo! Here are the two medals: one for finishing the Kaiser and one for finishing the series. I'm so proud of this! Also, the jacket.

And, then there's the completed Run the Beach Series plaque. LOVE this!

The day after the race, I took a pic of my face again. Boy, did it blacken!! I am still so sore. It can only get better from here on out. I can't even hold anything in my hands or put pressure on them like getting out of a chair or holding a plate. My palms are still pretty bruised. I guess if I have to have a black eye, I'd rather it be this way than fighting.

I have to say that when I woke up this morning and after all the moaning and groaning, it came to me that God was so good to protect me from worse injuries. I don't know how my glasses didn't break and I'm thankful they didn't. The shatter could have damaged my eyes. I also am glad they didn't break because my eyes are so sensitive to sunlight and I would have struggled just to be out without them with so much of the race left to do. He watched over me during this time and helped me through it all. How can I not be thankful to Him.

It was good to see friends. Some making new PR's, running this half when they just did a full last weekend and helping others to finish one of their first races. It was a beautiful day to experience so many blessings. Until next time...

Run 4 It

Monday, October 2, 2017

Did I Say Biking??

Since my running has not been up to par the last year, I thought I would start biking. The Hugh Banyan Backcountry Trail System has gone through a ton of improvements. Meaning many trails were being added to the already existing ones. I loved the ones they already had but these news ones are just amazing. Getting out my bike again after a few months in the garage, I began riding the trail system with my running friends. Yep...we've all gotten the bug. Two of the four of us had really good road bikes and two of us [including me] had Walmart bikes. For those that don't know, there IS a difference. But we all enjoyed riding and when we rode there wasn't a time nor speed to achieve. After a few rides, we all decided to sign up for the Good Life Ride 20 miler on May 13. As time got closer, the distance changed two more times further. Not very happy about that because riding a simple bike gets pretty hard the longer you get. About a month before the ride I got the flu...the flu!! I don't remember having the flu before. This cut into my practice riding and the others continued to get out. With not as much riding under my belt just before the big day, needless to say the ride itself was pretty hard for me after about 8 miles...and I had so much more to go. Well, all I can say is that I had the BEST friends by my side that day. They never left me and helped pull me through. On top of this, I got SEVERELY sunburned that day!! Lordy, I was glad this was over.

I decided that if I was going to ride with them I needed to "do" something to be able to ride with them. I had tried spin about a year ago and, though I didn't love it, I hung in there and was doing better...until...some of the ladies began talking about me IN FRONT OF ME as if I wasn't even there and...well, let's just say I haven't been back and probably won't go back. Just not my "thang". The next best thing was to improve my ride. Kent knew my frustration of lagging behind all the time and he told me to go get a "good" bike. A couple of things with that: the money [I mean, there's a huge difference between $150 bike and a low end good bike at $900. That's quite a jump. So we went to a bike store and began asking questions; they even let me try one out riding it down the road a piece. Can I say "Wow"!! What a difference this good one made! I had no idea there was such a difference. This convinced me that if I wanted to continue to ride more than 5 miles I'd have to move up to a better ride. All of my friends rode such good ones, most being quite expensive; I knew I couldn't compete with that but I could enjoy riding more with a good one. Before I left Infinity, I had purchased a new bike. My new Trek Lexa would be in in about a week. When I left, I had such a pit in my stomach wondering just what in the world did I do. I had never spent money like this. All week long, I wondered if I had made a big, costly mistake. A few days later, they called and said my bike was in. I could hardly wait to see my new "baby". Let's finish this part by saying that I have never loved biking like I do now. Though I'm still not fast...yet...this bike rides like butter. I love every time I get on her. Since then, I've gotten biking gloves [which are great], a good bike pump, tri-shorts, biking shirt and cage pedals. I already had a helmet. I'm using my Garmin running watch since it tracks biking, too. I know.......everyone has a bike computer...but why buy something when you have something else that works fine. So, I'm keeping this for now. Let's say I'm "looking" the part, ha!

On October 1st, I rode the Southern Magnolia 25 mile bike ride. There were 6 distances you could choose from. About a month ago, they had a practice ride and I elected to do it to see what I was in for. It was on small country roads. Having some trouble with my new bike shorts, I turned around before it was time and finished with 22 miles. Very glad that I did. I was whipped! I know I'm still new at this but biking is tough until you build up your ability. Let's say...I'm still not there! My local friends didn't want to travel that far but friends from my last home area were going and I wanted to see them. They are much more advanced than me...MUCH more. But they love the longer distances. Like runners, there are different kinds. Some love 5k's while others love half marathons and yet others love marathons and further distances. I think "my" distance is going to be 25 with little to no hills, ha!

I was nervous at least two days before the official ride itself. I just feel such a rookie in this area; and I knew that I would probably be alone for most, if not all, of the ride. The thing that kept me going was to remember it was a RIDE, not a race, and that I was going to be with friends I hadn't seen in quite a while. We got there a little early and since I was doing a shorter ride, mine started an hour after the century/ultra bikers left out. We stopped where they would round the corner hoping to see someone I knew. It wasn't long before I heard my name yelled out and it was Marsha [from Orange Beach]. It was so good to see her.

After they all passed by, we headed to the parking lot to start unloading. As we drove up, we saw our good friend, Frank [from Jones County]. Kent took a pic of us and Frank took one of us.

And, off we go...

Frank and I started out together. He had signed up for the 40 miler but started having back trouble and had to step back to a shorter distance. He's such a super biker, he ended up going on. One day I'll be like him!

For someone who basically rides on flat ground, this was tough for me. Once I was alone, I noticed someone else struggling with the hills. It wasn't long before we were talking and sharing that we both are fairly new at this. We are both learning our gears...I hope I can pick up on this because I don't know anyone else that has this issue but me. But I won't quit now. After riding a while, we decided to ride the rest of the way together. At least, we wouldn't be alone. His name was Peter [from Moss Point] and is a recent widower of three months. It's been tough and I'm glad I had an ear for him. This 25 miler ended up at 25.85! All I can say is I love the calories burned...yay!

Kent was waiting for me in the last turn with his handy camera and took some after race photos.

At the Finish Line with my long sleeve finisher's shirt.

My swag included several things. My shirt is on the bottom of this stuff. There was a commemorative towel, Southern Magnolia bike water bottle, Chamois Butt'r, sleeves and a Yowie [never heard of this before]; as well as a couple of Koozies and plastic cup. Thought it was a cool bag for a newbie. 

Here's my bib and the bag that held my goodies. 

A pic of Peter and me.

Got one of Marsha coming in and a few other photos I wanted to share.

My friend, Nancy [from Gulfport]. She came away with a lot of unexpected goodies for recent accomplishments.

Krista, Melody & Deleica [all from Jones County]. This was Krista's first metric century!

Pete [from Mobile]. Surprised to see him.

Also, good to see Ed [from Gulfport]. I rarely see him any more.

And, finally a pic with Marsha.

This event was filled with so many good memories! I loved every minute of getting with friends and visiting. I will never forget this great time. Until next time,

Run 4 It

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Double Bridge 15k Pics

Okay...........for whatever reason, I didn't get my pics on my Double Bridge post.  This will be short and sweet.  So, here we go.

Love the silver sparkle for the bridges. 

The colors this year were so pretty. 

And, of course, one of us!

Sea Turtle Half Marathon

This race was going to be exciting for a few reasons.  One, I'm doing well in the run/walk plan.  Sometimes I have to vary this but all in all, it's all good.  Because of this, I feel my body is getting stronger.  Adjustments have been necessary since my birthday a year ago [yes, I said a YEAR ago].  Though I could lose some weight, I do believe a lot of it is age.  My skin tone has changed as well as having little aches and pains in my joints.  I fought adjustment for a long time but have begun embracing it; hence, I am a better runner and enjoying running again.  It's been a while.  I have learned to appreciate every day and that I am still healthy.  It's all good!

I was better prepared for the race this year even though I could have used another month to train.  Last year, I dehydrated about halfway through and had to resort to walking most of the last half of the race.  And, I was totally running last year!  It was SO hot and there weren't enough water stops!!!  So this year, I brought water with me in case I needed it between the stops.  Check.  Looking forward to running this race again this week.  Go, Sea Turtle!

At the packet pick-up the night before, I ran into a couple we know from Laurel.  Gary and Anna were eating their pasta dinner.  We talked for quite a while.  It was so good to see them.  They've recently bought a condo in the area so I expect to be seeing them more often at races.

A sweet friend was coming down to race this with me.  As it turned out, several friends from where we use to live were here.  Tim was doing his first half marathon.  I was real excited for him.  Guess I'll remember my first half and first full marathons better than any other race.  The feeling of doing something so challenging is exhilarating.  There's nothing like it.  So in a way, I was reliving this with him.  A quick pic with all three of us before the race.

Deleica, Tim & I

Deleica and I saw Moe the morning of the race.  D learned of her when I shared about Moe having breast cancer.  They have now become friends and have seen each other several times since at local races.  I really like this pic of us.  Longtime friends though we all don't see one another often.

Deleica, Moe & I

D shared with me that a couple more friends were coming down to run the race, too.  I was surprised since they had done the Mercedes Full Marathon last week...and that's a tough one!  Good to see you two.  Getting in line to start...

Me, Ann, Penny & Deleica

The weather wasn't suppose to be in our favor.  Storms throughout the night with thunderstorms through the morning.  But, God was good and saw us through.  There wasn't a drop of rain that fell, the skies were overcast and it was so much cooler than last year.  NOT cool, mind you, but cool-ER than last year.  To me, this was a blessing!!  I was ready for it this time with my water bottle in my belt, ha!

The race went well though it was a little warm for the distance...to me.  Crossing the line, we all got our medals.  They were nice; I liked the design and colors.

We caught up with Tim.  I believe it was harder than he expected...but he finished and that's a great accomplishment.  I was thankful that his daughter, Laney, came out to run with him through the finish.  She's so sweet.  Congrats, Tim, on your first half.  Looking forward to seeing you at more.  Yes, he said he was interested in doing another...yay!!  That means, success!

Folks, you should never take for granted the half marathon distance.  It's a long way and many, many never attempt one.  So many factors come into play that never would in shorter races.  Crossing the line is indeed something to be proud of.

A large group of my Sole Sisters were there doing the Sweetheart 5k.  I just love the SS shirts.  Unfortunately, mine was always a little small and the dryer made sure that I'd never wear it again.  Missed having my friend, Susan, run the half with me this year.  We did it last year.  Guess the heat done her in...maybe she'll do another one.

Tonya, Lin, Bama Ann, Pat, Linda, Susan & Auburn Ann

Another shot from the pocket.  Yeah, when I got home and checked my pics I had MANY that were taken because the shutter kept clicking in my pocket!  I did get a good one even if it was by accident, ha!  Here you go, Linda.

Linda & Auburn Ann

As I was crossing the line, I saw my friend, Buck.  I was so excited to have someone cheering me in.  Kent wasn't able to come so I was alone...per se.  Yes, he was waiting for ME!  Thank you so much, friend!  He won in his age group.  Congrats!


Just before this, he came up to me and told me that I had won in my age group.  I was so excited!  NEVER did I think that would happen so I never even checked.  From mile 9 on I had to change up my program and do a little more walking so I figured any chance of winning blew away.  Well, here you go.  I'm a proud owner of this 2nd place award cup.

2nd Place

I can't believe I am running in half marathons again.  This is so exciting to me.  I am thankful for the Run The Beach Series or I probably wouldn't be doing them.  In the short amount of time of 2017, two half's have been completed...plus a 15k.  Maybe I need this commitment to keep me going.  Do what motivates you.  Do what you can...it's all good!

Run 4 It

Double Bridge 15k

Well, here we go again.  Wind!  But before you think I'm going to complain, let me say that shortly after starting the race and getting away from the water, the wind and temperature wasn't so bad.  The only thing about the wind in this race was the 32 degree wind chill.  Yikes!  And, guess who forgot her gloves...yep!  I think I'm going to pack a diddy bag with things I "might" need so I won't forget them or overthink it and just plain out not take them nearly always making the wrong decision.  For instance, gloves, ear muffs, knee straps, etc.

Most everyone stood behind the wall of the stadium that guarded them from the wind.  Thank goodness for that wall.  For several years now, we all find ourselves either huddled up against it or staying in the ladies room as long as you can without seeming like you're taking up space someone else should have.  It's so nice and warm in there.  Thank goodness for that huge bathroom!

As time neared for the race to start hardly anyone was moving out to the corrals.  It wasn't until about 5 minutes before it started did people begin to move.  Once there, I found a couple of ladies that seem to be friends standing close by.  They were taller than me so I "casually" huddled close by and let them buffer the wind from me.  The day was gorgeous.  I love how you can see the sun rise from the starting line.

Off we go...further away from the water.  Because we had stood so long outside my hands were frozen.  As a matter of fact, right after starting it dawned on me that I couldn't feel them.  Oh, where are my gloves!!!  At home snuggled in its usual place in a WARM room.  I began moving my hands around and I still couldn't feel them and began feeling pain where they use to be.  Getting a little alarmed, I began shaking them.  It hurt at first but then I realized that if I didn't get circulation moving soon, it would be worse because we were headed for the 3-mile bridge soon, which means subjection to the wind again.  Shake, shake, shake...oh, am I running??  I don't even know.  My goal had changed...at least, for now.  I just got to get my hands moving to prevent frost bite.  Yes, I really thought that!  After several minutes, I began go get some feeling back in them.  I was at the park and could see the water in the distance.  To me, that means the race is starting when you get alongside the water.

I love this race.  To get to run with water all around and the challenge those hilly bridges always present to me.  I just love to run over bridges.  The water is just so beautiful and I never think about running because I love to see God's beauty.  It's different every time.

As we head to the bridge, I realized I didn't feel the wind any more.  Guess moving interior, focusing on getting warm and looking at such beauty helped that.  When we began the climb, I felt the wind on my back.  It actually pushed you along.  It was great!!  What a difference to have a tail wind as opposed to the horrible head winds in the last race.  Don't think I've ever had wind that helped you along as long as that.  I ran about 3 miles!!  It felt so good.

All in all, I was so pleased with the race.  I continued to do my run/walk plan after the wind-push.  I've never placed in this race and I am very okay with that.  There are SO many people in it.  My time was 1:43:59 with an 11:07 pace.  Of course, not my best but getting back on my feet again.  I'll take it!  One step at a time...I didn't give up nor quit.  That spells success!

Coming up in two weeks is the Sea Turtle Half Marathon in Gulf Shores.  This is the second half in my 3-part series of the Run The Beach Series.  It's good to be alive and well.  Now, go

Run 4 It

Monday, January 30, 2017

Big Beach Half Marathon

What a beautiful day to race!  The air was nice and crisp with blue skies and lots of sun.  I have to admit I was quite nervous.  It had been a few months since I had raced.  I was excited, nervous, had a good plan to use and almost sick to my stomach...all before I left home.  I signed up for the Run The Beach Series.  This is my first series [I've been wanting to do one for years].  There are three races, all half marathons.  This one is the first of the year.  I signed up to do them for more than one reason.  Yes, I had been interested in doing a series for quite a while now but there was more.  I "needed" this  to help get me on the track of racing again, to keep me moving throughout the week more than just doing "something", to promote healing of last year's physical issues and one more very important thing, to increase my confidence.  There are more smaller reasons but these are the most important.

My training consisted of a run/walk plan.  It seems at this time that I am controlling the hip/knee pains I'd experienced all year last year.  In this plan I came up with what worked for me:  .10 mile walk followed by 1 mile easy running.  This had been done a couple of times before the race [.50 mile run had been done several times but upped it to a mile the week before the race and it felt comfortable].  This plan has encouraged me and built up my confidence.  I want to run solid so bad and so far using this plan may help me get there again soon.

I saw some friends before the race.  A pic was taken to reflect back on the running buddies that had come.  Don't get to see them much except for races but it's always like good friends.  I love my running family!  Thanks, Pete, for the pic.

A brisk walk was done before the race started to warm up.  I wanted to begin the race with my mile run.  This worked great.  The first mile was a breeze and very comfortable.  I realized that this plan was working just like I'd hoped it would.  The only bad thing about it is that the water stops came up during my run stint which affected my pace.  I believe most of my running intervals were in the 10:00 paces.  Every time I looked at my watch that's what I'd see...then there would be a stop.  I always got water and walked through the stop.  When I saw on the map that the stops were over 2 miles apart I felt needed to do it this way.  I had a small water bottle in my Flip Belt and probably should have ignored some of the stops and used it if I needed it...but didn't.  I'll rethink this in the future.

Everything was going great...until...we left the Backcountry Trail System and hit the beach for the last 3+ miles.  I was taken back with the strength of the wind that hit us like a ton of bricks.  But this monster kept pelting us solid; not like a breeze that comes and goes, it was solid strong winds!  You keep thinking that it will let up but instead the opposite happened.  The difference became the strong gusts.  We all thought we were going to die!  Everyone around me began walking...totally and completely.  Occasionally, you'd try to run but no more than a few steps could you make without resorting to walking again.  We received colored leis from the last water stop which was at the end of the trail before getting onto the highway.  The leis blew back so hard that it blew straight out BEHIND you.  Yes, everyone's did this! After trying to get use to the strangling feel and couldn't, that little sucker came off!!  It wasn't long before my friend, Diane, came along side of me.  She said she had been watching me [I was trying to run so hard!] and said that I wasn't making any progress running and to start power walking.  She's super at this...I'm not but was getting worn down.  Said we'd probably do better by doing that...until we got closer and we could run in to the end.  Still thinking the wind would let up, I looked ahead at the tall buildings hoping that once we got by them the wind would break.  Well, NO WAY!!  The buildings seem to cause a tunnel for the wind to get stronger.  Man...this blew any and all chances of getting a decent time.  The end of the race was so hard.  I did run through the Finish Line.  That was good..........actually good that the race was over after the last 3+ miles of being beaten to death.  By the way, got word that there was 15-20 mph winds and that's not counting the gusts!  Whew!!

Now that I got the bad out of the way, there were many good things that came about.
1.  I felt great.  There was no pain until I tried to run against the wind for so long that it seem to be too much resistance.  BUT...overall, no pain!
2.  My run/walk plan worked.  Real pleased that I came up with this ratio.  It works for me.
3.  My Flip Belt worked well carrying an 8 oz. water bottle.  Wasn't sure about this.
4.  The temp and sun was great.  It was easy to breathe and  I'm grateful for that.
5.  My hubby was there to support me.  Folks, it's a long time waiting for someone to complete long races.  If you have someone who does this for you, you are blessed.
6.  I did not want to "race".  My main objective was to finish uninjured.
7.  The bad part of #6 is that I'm a runner at heart...meaning I had hoped I'd finish under 3 hours with this run/walk plan.  I finished well below the 3 hours...yay!!
8.  My run intervals were much better than I would have predicted.
9.  After a successful race, I'm looking forward to solid running again soon.
10. I'm feeling stronger...still cautious...but beginning to love running again.  Yay!

Notables that raced were Jeff Galloway and Brett Favre.  Cool!  I love my running family.  Don't think I've ever met a runner that discourages you.  They all pat you on the back for a good race effort and encourage you to keep at it...and...look forward to seeing you at the next race.  It's a cool family to belong to!  Here are a few pics Kent took.

We're off...

Brett Favre

Diane G. looking good.

Wind was horrible even when you aren't in the blast of it.
[These Flip Belts do nothing for the figure!]

Post race talk.

Diane G. and Kim T.

Marsha C. finishing strong.

One final picture and it's of the medal.  It doesn't do it justice because it's just beautiful.

Well, there you have it.  The first half marathon of the series.  Got a lot of racing coming up...long ones, that is.  Hope you're doing well in your winter racing.  Until next time,

Run 4 It

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Review & Preview

As you can tell from my posts for 2016, not many were made.  Seems I stayed in an injured mode most of the year.  Like all of you, I want to make all of these resolutions (and I still do) but I must say that I learned last year that's not always the best thing to do.  Maybe it's because I'm getting older...or not.  Seriously, one thing I did try to do was to make myself accountable to others by telling them what I was or wasn't going to do.  Everywhere you look, we are advised that to make accountability work is to "announce" it to others.  Unfortunately, that just didn't work for me.  And, because I wasn't able to meet those expectations I stayed in a very low mood most of the year.  I found I would beat myself up for this or that, give up, give in, stop a class, withdraw from meeting with friends to run, sit around a lot, stop going to the gym, etc. and overall most of the year just felt discouraged with myself.  Soooo, this year I'm going to back away from that.  My best is MY best...no one else's!

Yes, I do plan to be accountable but not in that way.  One thing I found that worked for me was doing monthly challenges.  Seems I can stick to a challenge for 30 days better than one that steps on whatever little achievement I may have made.  A time or two, I wasn't able to finish one.  BUT...on the other hand, I pulled out more than I ever thought I could/would because of injuries, sickness, etc. were all around me.  For example, I finished the year with over 1,000 miles on my feet.  There were several times that I wasn't able to do anything but walk; and walk I did, even though I thought the goal wasn't going to get done.

I have made friends with "walking" and I NEVER thought that was acceptable as a runner.  I looked back over a few friends that are runners but had to incorporate walking in order to maintain miles on their legs during illness or injury, even if it lasted a couple of years!  It was then I realized that there's nothing wrong with that.  Secondly, I found that walking helped me get out more where if I had had to run it would not have happened.  My husband has had to make major changes with his sport and because he never gives up, it pushes me out the door.  And, finally, I found it's "okay" to walk...even in a race.  Oh, no!!  Thought I'd never say that...

Eating has become a problem last year.  Off and on, there would be times I would have coughing periods, pulled muscles or injury that kept me from being able to even get out and walk.  So, what's a girl to do??  Eat and sit!!  I'm paying for this now!

At this time, I want to mention a few people that have encouraged me so much without really knowing it.  In other words, I see "them" and what they are going through and their attitude toward their activities.  Moe: who never gives up or stops running...who gives it all in the face of a lot of adversity...she never quits!  Frances: who never quits...it doesn't matter her how fast or slow she is...it doesn't matter that she has grieved so much after losing her mother...she never quits!  Marsha: who after many months of training was unable to complete the race she looked forward to...from what I saw, she was not discouraged but said "there will be more"...she never quits!  Susan and Buck: who never gave up on me...always, always including me in their runs if I was able or felt like going.  There are others but these have meant a lot to me last year.

I know this is weird, especially after having a hard year, but I still "feel" there are many half marathons left in me.  I think of it all the time.  I never see myself as "down" from running except at the exact time I'm doing it.  There's always a race or distance I'm wanting to get out and do.  It's like I am what I was...or maybe what I really am.  So, folks, I'm not finished yet!  Down, but not out!!

Okay, with all of this last year's garbage said, I want to focus on the future.  I have always wanted to do a race series.  One came up recently called Run The Beach Series.  It is comprised of three half marathons.  I went ahead and signed up before the price went up but the first one is in January and is going to push me to get it done.  Training became immediate.  The race will be comprised of running/walking.  The only other time this was "planned" was in 2013 when I broke my shoulder and wasn't able to run for a while.  I've had to start over so many times last year and this year I'm going to push through even if it is a run/walk.  The second half is in February and I'm hoping I will be up to running it all...but...if I'm not there yet, so be it.  It will come!!  The final one will be at the end of the year and there's so much time to assure I'll be running solid by then.

Secondly, I'm going to focus more on losing weight.  Yep...it has gotten way out of control.  There's absolutely no reason I can't do some kind of workout at least every other day.  I can do this...I WILL do this!!  Losing twenty five pounds should be achieved easily.  I'm going to work on this.

Thirdly, I've entered the 1,000 Mile Challenge again this year.  Since I did well in it last year and was down so much, I figure I ought to bust this thing open this year.  Along with this, other challenges will be entered and accomplished.

This year is going to be a better year.  I can just feel it.  I hope I can be an encourager to others as some have been to me.  Remember to surround yourself with those that build you up and has confidence in overcoming disappointments.  They will happen, so move through it.  Never quit!  That was my motto last year and will be again this year.  Beginning NOW, I will be the best I can be with what I have NOW...not what I was or what I will be.  Take care of yourself and reach for the stars.  They are there whether you see them or not.

Being the best I can be...with my shoes ON!  Happy 2017!!

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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