Thursday, September 30, 2010

September 30th 2010 Running Blog

"Pacing is a skill. Some people just don't have that internal clock. I've been running for 14 years, and through practice it's second nature to me. You're doing constant repeats. You've just got to feel it." - Adam Perkins, pacer for Bernard Lagat when he set the U.S. indoor 5000-meter record of 13:11:50 in February

Pacing is a skill I don't have it down yet but when I run with other people I'm a pretty good runner :-) Today I was supposed to do 5 miles. A warm up, cool down and 3 ten min. miles. Now, I can't do that so for the 3 miles I just ran as fast as I could. However, it was like run jog run jog run jog and I didn't feel it was accomplishing anything. So, I saw a girl who I've seen out there before but never talked to her and as she was finishing tying her shoe I asked if I could run with her. She was happy to do so, she runs faster than me and I told her at any point please feel free to run on with out me but I ended up staying with her. That made me feel so good :-) I got to do 3 miles fast (well, fast for me) and so I'm happy with today's training :-) But I have noticed that pacing really, truly helps me.

Boling Park
5 Miles

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September 29th 2010 Running Blog

"I loved testing myself more than I feared being beaten." - Ron Clarke, New Zealand middle-distance runner

Out of town....all UGA with Kailah attending seminars and driving. So, I took a second rest day, besides there's no way I could run 400 miles that's how far it was to get there and back!! 13.1 about kicked my butt....oh wait a minute, IT DID there's no "about" about it!!!

Day of rest

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September 28th 2010 Running Blog

"I run because it's my passion, and not just a sport. Every time I walk out the door, I know why I'm going where I'm going and I'm already focused on that special place where I find my peace and solitude. Running, to me, is more than just a physical's a consistent reward for victory!" - Sasha Azevedo, Model and runner

My day of rest is defined as ~ PAIN!! OOOUUUCH!!!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

September 27th 2010 Running Blog

"Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve." - Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc.

I just needed to know what 13.1 miles felt like. For some reason I needed to know if it was in me somewhere? I've put myself on a program to work up to it but I wasn't satisfied till I knew that I could do it or not. Well, I DID!!! YEAH!!! I didn't walk either! It took me 2:58:08 to finish! I am very proud of that because I know I tried the very hardest ever! I can honestly look back and know I could have not gone any faster, I did my very very best!!

If you do everything perfectly and were going to get a graded on eating, resting etc. all the stuff you read about, I would get a big fat "F" What was different that I never did before was on mile number four and eight I ate a gel pack. I didn't feel any shock of energy or anything but I finished those miles and I know they had something to do with that :-)

I didn't run on an easy course. It had rained all day the day before so I ran on muddy grass, gravel, sand and slipped up here and there. Then I ran up into the High School where I knew three miles were marked but getting there I ran a slow gradual hill, going down hill was a wonderful though. And on mile number five and ten I had to visit the porta potty (of course) I have got to find a way to not do that.

Outside that I just kept going and going but at mile number nine it got really hard. Like mentally I had to focus not walking. Lord have mercy....I kept saying to myself, "You're almost done" over and over. Pretty much all the way to the last 100 yards. It was tough. I thought oh, I'll pray for people! I couldn't, I just had to keep putting one foot in front of the other, like keep moving forward. I couldn't think about anything other than that. I'm telling you it was hard. I was soooo glad to finish that last mile!

This is really bad! I had to hurry up and get in the car to pick up Kailah and drive her to the horse stables for her to volunteer and didn't stretch or cool down really. HOLY CRAP!! My legs about two minutes into driving started cramping really really bad!! The girls met me with yogurt, wheat turkey sandwich, I had another gel pack and ibuprofen. They drove me there and back because they only have their permits and I was stretching in the seat. This all helped alot. You would not believe how much that hurt. I was really amazed about it. When I walked and bent over my knee's and bones popped ~ told ya I'd get a big fat "F"!

I'm fine now, I took a shower cuz I had mud all over me. Relaxed on the couch a bit. I'm really tight. I know tomorrow I will rest for sure!!

I'm gonna try to take picture of the fall leaves falling all around the trail when you run. It was so beautiful. I was in such a kind environment. All the older guys who walk everyday would ask as I passed them, "How many today?" I'd say 13 and they would cheer! When I passed them they yelled out encouraging words! One guy gave me a high five as I passed then later ran with me! YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH THAT HELPED!! I love them!! I'm gonna make them a gift of something like cookies! Some people are just fine without a pep in my step, wind at my back and a smile in my heart :-)

For my first 13.1 miles, it was a wonderful experience but I'm glad I don't have to do it for another 9 weeks! One thing I realize when I train I need to get used to doing long miles on Sundays starting at 8am. Thats when my race is. So, I need to take care of business before that and prep the day before. So my body understands this is what you will do till the day you die!! haha j/j :-)

Boling Park/Cherokee High
13.1 Miles!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

September 26th 2010 Running Blog

"The most important day in any running program is rest. Rest days give your muscles time to recover so you can run again. Your muscles build in strength as you rest." - Hal Higdon

I think I'm just going to have to write that quote on my mirror in lipstick or something? Rest days are hard for me. Its hard because its not always about my personal record and I think I have made that very clear ;-)

But I set a goal. I set it for a few different reasons and I've been real wishy washy about it but today I committed! I bought my ticket to the 1/2 Marathon in Oak Ridge Tennessee!!! So, I have been looking at training schedules for running that and there are like 3 days in one week of rest/xtraining on purpose. I think I go through that a little bit anyways but most the time its not by choice. However, I can see why you have to do that. And so until Nov. 21st 2010 I'm changing my mindset a little bit so I can focus on doing well for the race. I'm going out there with the intent of doing what the schedule says. I do have to tweak it a little cuz my race happens to be on a Sunday. They have it where I'm like running 10 and 8 minute miles for 3-5 miles at a time and um....I can't do that....yet! Anyways, I'm using Runners World Magazine's 1/2 Marathon Schedule, "Two Hours or Bust" not because I plan to do it in two hours but because it looks like a good foundation for me to work off of.

So, today I rested, but part of that was because I didn't know what exactly to do as far as Mon- Sun. and I got distracted because Jeremy and I didn't get to go swim when we wanted to AND I'm still irritated that I didn't get to do 13.1 miles on Friday so I figured know what? I'll rest today, do that tomorrow and I'll write in concrete after tomorrow what I have planned for the next 9 weeks!! Jesus is King!

Day of Rest

Saturday, September 25, 2010

September 25th 2010 Running Blog

"To run with us you gotta be good, to pace with us you gotta be tough, to pass us you gotta be kidding!" - Xcountry T-Shirt

Today I got to go to the Chattanooga Xcountry Festival! Xcountry road trips are awesome! We had a good time cheering everyone on, I love that :-) This was the quote that I saw them sport'n the most haha it was really fun!!

Didn't Run

Friday, September 24, 2010

September 24th 2010 Running Blog

“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.” - Mark Twain quotes

Lord Have Mercy! What a day it has been, not at all what I expected but fortunately because of Janet my running friend it turned out pretty good. Then I found out later through Facebook that God laid me on someone elses heart and they prayed for me that morning. Good friends...pull you through.

Today I have everything to a "T" planned out. I was going to do 13.1 miles even if I had to walk I just needed to feel it, right? Wrong!

When I made the decision to do this I didn't take into account that there was a festival that weekend and they may have it closed for setting up. When I heard it was a possibility I thought that stinks cuz I already missed my run to rest. Well, whatever, I'll just run around or behind what they are doing and run through a different area (make it work). Um, there were cops guarding the street that leads to the park. It wasn't even the park. I couldn't use that part. I told the cop, "Um, I came to do thirteen miles ( I guess I thought he'd say ok drive through?)" He said, "Well, you can run around Heritage Park thirteen times." Heritage Park is cement. So, I went to Heritage and one of the Boling walkers said, "You run. You shouldn't run. My feet are hurting it won't be good for you." So, I went home. I thought well, I guess I'll just run my neighborhood for 3 hours since thats what I'm guesstimating then... it is what it is. But I was so depressed and went to bed. I had a few other hang ups before all that like waking up at 2am cuz I was anxious and Jeremy taking the car that had all my supplies for the run that day (I was coming prepared!) Oh well.

Thankfully, Janet who runs at Boling too couldn't run either so she contacted through Facebook Kailah and we all met there. Ya know...Facebook can be a good thing. Anyways, I would have not gone there if they hadn't said they were. I'm so nervous about injury, I'll steer clear from it! But she pointed out I don't run on it enough that it will do that but I'd feel it in new places. So I ran 8 miles there :-) Yeah! I know I said I'd do 13.1 regardless but it was in the heat of the day and that would not be wise. But I started at 11:09 and eight miles later it was 12:43 at mile seven I walked/ran but the last half mile to number 8 I I took an assessment of just that, I would not want to run but something inside still keeps saying, "You are better than what you think you are." Leaving me with this feeling of I can do this. So, I will try again...and again...and again...till I can do it right!! So, all the "right" eating didn't go with this timing and the "right" sleeping was a big fail too. So, with the time of the day I ran which wasn't "right" when it was all said and done I did good but it wouldn't have happened if it weren't for them. Kailah and Meghan were so helpful too. They were there too.

This was a great learning experience too, very enlightning...I could never figure out how come I had scratches on me on my stomach? Well, while I was running it felt like my shirt was sand paper....didn't think twice till after I got out of the shower and saw my stomach all scratched up!! Its the running!! I've thought, am I scratching myself while I sleep? Cuz it does leave scabs hahaha I'm such a dork! Dan (my running Father in Law) said, "Guys have to put on a deorderant type stuff cuz of that" but I'm not a guy so I didn't think it would apply to me. I do know, from learning the hard way to use that on your inner theighs. Well, I guess I should put it all over the trunk of my body...goodness...I'm just glad I know what is happening!! I thought hmm? Did my belt scratch me? Well, its only taken nine months but hey!! I get it now!!

Heritage Park
8 Miles

Thursday, September 23, 2010

September 23rd 2010 Running Blog

"Take care of yourself. Eat well, rest train hard and smart make time to think and breathe. Be intentional with your time" - Kristin Armstrong Author and Runner

That is totally my plan today!!

The last few days have been interesting. I was 193 and then went swimming woke up and I was 191 then the next day I did some (sloppy) miles but I felt good so yesterday I did five but then went a did a few laps mainly to cool off but I did do some and I woke up today at, I haven't been that low for many years. So I am very excited! My whole thought for months about my weight is, "if I can just loose this weight I can run faster!" And now, its like just dropping off! I only swam 2x and not very much.

ANYWAYS I have been bouncing back and fourth and back and fourth with the thought of a 1/2 Marathon. I go through days where I just know I can do it. Then most other days I think how unrealised? I want to do it well. I don't want to walk or hobble across the finish line or take 4 hours to do so. Its been no secret on how slow I've been but what has shown some truth to how slow I am is that when I go longer I'm alittle faster. That was helpful in me making a decision to go or to not go.

So, after the loss of some of this weight I started thinking hmm...if I'm going to do that I probably need to see what 13.1 miles feels like? So, I decided not to run today and drink fluids and eat correctly and everything I know about having a good run and try it tomorrow. Even if I walk, I want to know what a 1/2 Marathon feels like. The one I want to go on is not a difficult course so I feel comfortable knowing it may be hard but I'm not going to kill myself :-)

Preparing for thirteen point one miles.....Rest Day

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September 22nd 2010 Running Blog

"Running changed my life as it will change yours, just give it a chance. Once you get that blood moving, it's show time!"- Wilfredo Melendez, US soldier

Running is life changing and I don't think you get a choice to change, it just happens :-) Makes me not want to stop, I like who I'm becoming :-)

Today was good. Good weather. Good body functions. Good everything. I kept thinking about the Jacuzzi from the other night at the pool. So, I packed up my stuff and after running went to the pool did a few laps (just to cool off) then sat in the Jacuzzi....aaahhhh I am realizing though, I need to go beyond five its time to move up, it felt easy today.

Boling Park
5 Miles
Pool and Jacuzzi

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September 21st 2010 Running Blog

"It's my own space, my own time, when I'm just out there letting my thoughts go. It's part of my day like eating, and it's one of my favorite parts." - Louise Kent

I felt so great all day and when I went out to run it was the most sloppy thing you'd ever seen. I seriously felt 20lbs heavier and had no form of body control. My feet were shuffling, limp, leaning....HOWEVER!! This morning I woke up and weighed I somehow from the time I went swimming (which was in the evening) and waking up I was three pounds lighter. That will set the pace of a good day whether you're on your game or not :-) I did think the reason I was so weak today had to do with swimming but I'd still like to swim more. I felt good inside :-)
Boling Park
3 Miles

Monday, September 20, 2010

September 20th 2010 Running Blog

"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard, you'll be hard to beat."- Herschel Walker

Today......woke up with bad allergies and the Benadryl from the last out break was still in my system, ugh. I felt too groogy to run. Ended up doing all kinds of driving in the hot sun (no air) and felt drained. But not all hope was lost! I went to the Y and swam laps for 45 minutes. It felt so good, I felt clean cuz I did feel gross today. Anyways, I felt sooooo many muscles in my body like a nice long stretch and then the jaccuzzi....aaahhh... I need to do that more often!!

45 Min. Swim

Sunday, September 19, 2010

September 19th 2010 Running Blog

"Doesn't it add some excitement knowing the race isn't really won at the finish line with everyone watching? It is won somewhere along the course, where no one can see." - Unknown


Today was a nice Sunday. Jeremy and I went to Boling and did 3 miles together. I was just taking it nice and easy before church. Last time I ran before church I gave it my all and ended up skipping church. So, I got to go to church today :-)

Boling Park
3 Miles

Saturday, September 18, 2010

September 18th 2010 Running Blog

"My Sport is your sports punishment" - xcountry t-shirt

Kailah had a meet today and it seemed as if everyone was wearing that t-shirt. It was a fun (HOT) day :-)

After about four hours watching races, awards, setting up, tearing down etc. and then a total of four and a half hours driving in a van with no air conditioner....I just can't even make myself run....but when you see these kids out there trying their very hardest and crossing that finish line with the look of agony on their face, its awesome to celebrate their victory with them :-D

Didn't Run

Friday, September 17, 2010

September 17th 2010 Running Blog

"The more I train, the more I realize I have more speed in me." - Leroy Burrell, former American athlete who twice set the world record for the 100 meter sprint

I did seven miles today in approximately 1:20 that is very good for me. I felt like I was running well. I was rested and my body for the most part felt healthy :-) I did a cool down and stretched for awhile then ate a granola bar had Gatorade and water. When I got home I felt fine but when I sat down....I'm nodding off haha I hoped that if I wrote in my blog it would stimulate me more but thus far, no such luck. Oh well, I'm not least not yet hahaha :-D

Boling Park
7.5 Miles

Thursday, September 16, 2010

September 16th 2010 Running Blog

"Just do the best with what you have, and you'll soon be doing it better." - Gil Hodges, American first baseman and manager in Major League Baseball

Today I couldn't be everywhere at one time so I asked for help, meaning...I was crazy busy!! Kailah had a meet, Meghan had practice and I (running around like a chicken with my head cut off) didn't get to run.

But! I so enjoy them growing and learning as they played sports I wasn't put off by it at all! Kailah is on a team, I don't know if she realizes yet or not but they grow her spiritually. They were the only team who prayed together at the starting line. They all did well, Kailah didn't get the time she wanted which is a nice test in patients but she can only get better.

I came home to find out while Meghan was at Volleyball practice, they had a little Bible study and God really moved on their hearts and they began praying for each other and encouraging each other and their little spirits were so sensitive they cried at what God was doing. And it was funny but they all bonded on a deeper level than Volleyball.

This is one of the many reasons I love Crown Athletics, they allow Christ to move within what they do as a sport. They may not be the best players on the team but they are growing leaps and bounds spiritually through these teams, what an honor it is to be apart of this.

Didn't Run

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September 15th 2010 Running Blog

"Runs end. Running doesn't." - Nike

Today was unique, new. This morning I ran with Kailah's xcountry team and did a speed mile of 10:04 yeah!! New First for me! Then we did a warm up a cool down and lots of talking in between (me and the moms setting up rides.) Later, I did some miles with Jeremy at Boling. So, it was like I was doing seperated miles throughout the day haha it was fun.

JJ Biellow Park
3 Miles
Boling Park
3 Miles

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September 14th 2010 Running Blog

"If someone says, 'Hey, I ran 100 miles this week. How far did you run?' ignore him! What the hell difference does it make?.... The magic is in the man, not the 100 miles." - Bill Bowerman

You know, I didn't crawl across a finish line of 140 miles but I get an "A" for effort! Today was one obstacle after another and I still ran!!

5.5 Miles

Sian Welch & Wendy Ingraham - The Crawl - 1997

Monday, September 13, 2010

September 13th 2010 Running Blog

"There are no finish lines" - Nike

I love that quote!

Kailah was really sick last night, she seems fine now but I'm just tired. I was getting up off and on all night. I think I will call this a day of rest. If I don't I'll feel like I was lazy!

Day of Rest

Sunday, September 12, 2010

September 12th 2010 Running Blog

“This sport is the sport to see what you are made of, so use those expert's advice, but be free to be your own champion runner, picking and choosing advice you enjoy and that works best for you.” - Bill Rodgers almost didn't happen!! It started out rough and stressful. I went to run and after only one mile I got dizzy and nauseous and had to leave. As the day went on however, there seemed to be solutions to my worries. So, with peace in hand I went out to run again and did five! Yeah! Its interesting, running, after those miles I came to realize...all is well with the world...

Boling Park
6 Miles

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11th 2010 Running Blog

"My therapist is the pavement. My drug is endorphins. My foe is the next hill. I am a runner." - Marathonsweetheart Blog

Everything seems manageable after a good run. I think when you overcome a hill you realize you can overcome anything, at least I do. When I have conquered, (now its up to seven) miles all the stress of whatever is going on in my life can take a back seat because I have been triumphant of something in my life and nothing can take away from that.

Didn't Run ~ was babysitting, didn't have a runners stroller ;-)

Friday, September 10, 2010

September 10th 2010 Running Blog

"We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by." - Will Rogers

Ok, now I don't know if he is being sarcastic? But let me tell you...I'm one of the people who clap as they go by and when I do, they glance and you can tell it gives them a boost of energy, some nod like thanks and others smile but you can see their little faces have a little bit more "umpff" to go farther and harder. So, I help make them hero's. I'm talking about high school xcountry. Anyways, they are so inspirational to me, so much so I think if they can do it and they look like they've just come out of a fight, I can ~ so, I guess they are my hero's because their influence helped me become a runner too :-)

I won't be running today because my eye is all junked up. If I'm still and calm with a cold wet towel over it, then it doesn't hurt. Too much activity causes it to be painful BUT it is nothing like yesterday. So, I figure its SLOWLY healing itself from whatever and I should be able to run tomorrow.

Not going to run

Thursday, September 9, 2010

September 9th 2010 Running Blog

"Last year I entered the New York City Marathon. The race started and immediately I was the last of the runners. It was embarrassing. The guy who was in front of me, second to last, was making fun of me. He said, "Hey buddy, how does it feel to be last?" I replied: "Do you want to know?" and I dropped out." - Run the Planet

haha that made me laugh out loud, I needed that today!! :-D

???? I intended to do intervals with my girls today at the Cherokee High School Track ???? But sometime during my sleeping something, maybe Jeremy? Daisy? Me? My pillow? Stabbed me in the eye and it has like bursts of pain? Like a dull pencil. Anyways, I'm gonna give it one more day but if by morning this doesn't stop I'm gonna have to go to the Dr. sooooo trying to avoid that!! But, its messing with my runs and we can't have that can we? ;-)

Didn't run

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

September 8th 2010 Running Blog

"Running well is a matter of having the patience to persevere when we are tired and not expecting instant results." - Robert de Castella

I ran well today. I would like very much to run well and fluid throughout my entire five miles. Its seems as if I go through parts sitting back on my hips a bit, gasping for air or hunching over? Anyways, I would like to be in good form the whole time. I'm learning to be patient.

I wasn't the slowest person at Boling today which was nice. I felt like something is paying off. I wonder while I run quite often, "When will I not be the slowest at Boling?" What would really be great is if I could run a 10 minute mile in good form for several miles :-) Wouldn't that be great! I wonder if somewhere they have a class on patience, if so I can hurry up and get that? haha...maybe I should skip it, I've heard of personal "pop quizzes" in the area of patients....never mind!! Hopefully someday that 10 minute mile for several miles will happen. When it does I think I'll throw a party!!!

Boling Park
5 Miles

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough." - Hal Higdon

I think that is something we all need to hear and share when you want to give up. If there is someone (even a stranger) who is at that point....remind them where they came from :-)
Didn't Run

Monday, September 6, 2010

September 6th 2010 Running Blog

"I want to run until I can't run." - Bill Rodgers

Very, very nice run. I like running in Tennessee :-) Did five miles with the girls on a Green Way and we are all at different levels so we took it slow and sometimes walked. But it was us, talking about the future and running :-) I never would have thought this would be so instrumental in our lives but its beginning to shape our future.

Good news Bad news ~ My mother in law (Carol) got injured in her back to a point where she has to hang up her running shoes. She can still walk, she's not an invalid but running would cause great damage. That being said, she gave me all her running clothes and things she bought at the end of the season. She also gave me Dan's (Jeremy's dad) racing T-Shirts. So...that's wonderful but I wish and am praying she could run instead. But I'm pretty much hooked up for the winter season.

Sterchi Village
5 Miles

Sunday, September 5, 2010

September 5th 2010 Running Blog

"And on the 7th day, God rested. He did an easy 5 miler." - Marathonsweetheartblog

My days are all messed up, today is Sunday and I usually don't run but since all the sports seasons have started I've really had to try and vary my running so I can try and get them in during the mornings. So, I'm actually in Knoxville TN. visiting friends and family for Labor Day and with Kailah's amazing race yesterday and all the travel it feels like a Friday :-p That being said, I ran 5 miles on a Sunday :-) THEN....I came home because we ran on the green way down town and walked 4 miles with Carol on her neighborhood trail. The weather is absolutely lovely I was full of energy and ran 5 miles in aprox. 51 is a very good day!

I really enjoyed running and walking with Dan and Carol. You get to learn alot and catch up alot and fortunately Dan is a runner and a good one at that, so its fun picking his brain on "whats what" in the world of running :-) haha Jeremy has a sister, Erin, one day older than Kailah! Anyways, life is changing for Carol and I as we know it so we get to talk about homeschool, college, prom, sports....and all that that entails....we have good, good girls :-)

Greenway Knoxville Tennessee
5 Miles
Sterchy Hills Knoxville Tennessee
4 Miles

Saturday, September 4, 2010

September 4th 2010 Running Blog

"If anyone competes as an athlete he does not receive the victors crown unless he competes according to the rules." - 2 Timothy 2:5

Ok, so today was the best thing I have seen in all of 2010!!! Kailah did awesome!! She ran at the Berry Clara Bowl 5K.....She came in at 29:07 and that was coming off an hip injury and not really getting to run good in practice. But here is the deal, last year she came in around 44-45 minutes. She has come a very long way! Anyways, she gave it all she had and there was alot of prayer concerning her running and lets just say, there were some tears of joy coming across the finish line but she went neck and neck with this guy and she won by one second!! It was intense and everyone was cheering ~ it was Awesome!! She has worked and worked for this all year. She ran when it was snowing, pouring rain, mud, sweating hot, in pain and in thunder/lightning (which was dumb) so this was a big deal for her and I'm her biggest fan!! That being said, Crown uses this scripture for their motto and I just love how they represent Christ, what a neat way they have influenced Kailah showing her she is better than she thinks she is. Coach Brummel is her coach but God has surrounded her with runners that have taken her under their wing and encouraged her and she is shining!!

Didn't Run ~ Cheerleading!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

September 3rd 2010 Running Blog

"Friendships are born on the field of athletic strife and the real gold of competition." - Jesse Owens, American track and field athlete and Olympic gold medal winner

Today is Friday. I ran with Marishell, my friend from high school :-) She challenges yet the run is pleasant. Today for some reason I kept thinking when we were in Germany, practicing and traveling all over Europe. We were an undefeated softball team. We got to go places, see things that most people will never get to see!! I didn't value it at the time but I they do bring back really cool, fun memories.

This is us, we are on a Euro Train and we crossed into a part of Russia that solders came into the rooms with guns to inspect our stuff for terrorist threat.....seriously??? Anyways, other than that we had a good time! This was a time in my past where I can say, "Those were the days." Anyways, our relationship started in sports and now, she has started running with me and our relationship continues, God is so good. Who knew that 20 years later we'd be living in Georgia just several minutes from each other ~ Thank You Facebook!!

Boling Park
5 Miles

Thursday, September 2, 2010

September 2nd 2010 Running Blog

"You are most likely meant for long distance racing" - Jouble

You know today was a breathe of fresh air. It was the most perfect day to run, the most perfect my body has felt in a long while, just everything! The entire atmosphere was pleasant. It was relaxing and peaceful I left there with my spirit lifted.

I noticed something. I start out real slow and I go faster the longer I go. I remembered what Kailahs trainer said. I picked his brain about everything concerning running. There is a guy who is always on the track and he's won marathons etc. anyways, Kailah's therapist ran with him. He knows everywhere I run so its kinda nice to talk with someone who knows where your at and has a personal clue. While I was running today I kept remembering my conversations with him. Today I felt what he was saying. For me, when mile number three hits that's when I'm ready to run and can keep going. That last 5K was so discouraging. He thought it would be better if I entered more distance type racing, if that is what I was going to do. Won't be so disappointed. Today when it was all said and done I was happy, I went around and every couple miles I would consistently go faster.

At mile number four my legs started to complain some but I just kept running. When I was done I felt like I could run more but decided to walk a mile with some (new) friends. I like relationships I have with people out there. I didn't really know them, now I do. Its nice to walk a mile with people.

Boling Park
7 Miles

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September 1st 2010 Running Blog

"Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on." -
Bob Newhart

Yep! My time at the YMCA...I didn't know what to think at first. I was like, "Come On!" Then I started laughing :-)

Didn't Run....Obviously!