Friday, May 7, 2010

Running Dream

Posted this on dailymile, but I thought it was appropriate to post here too:

Well, I just realized I eclipsed the 1K mile mark on dailymile this week. Go me! And I signed up for the "Live the Dream" challenge and never posted my dream. Well, I have the typical goals, Boston qualify, triathlon, ultra, things like that. I really think my true dream is to continue running and living a healthy and active lifestyle to change my family tree. I want my kids, grandkids, & great grandkids to see my example. I want to teach them how to enjoy being active. I want them to know video games, tv, and the internet can't teach them half the things you can learn by just going outside for a run. And it would be extremely cool to achieve the 80+ 5hr BQ! :)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Everything Happens for a Reason...

Been a crazy tough few weeks. First I got sick. Flu symptoms and a late night visit with the porcelain throne. Then as I was starting to get over the sickness, the straw broke the camel's back. Literally. I was bending over checking something on the computer (probably dailymile :P), and I felt a twinge in my low back.

Slowly over the next hour or so the twinge became a stabbing pain and the back spasms were on. I've been there before. Not my first bout with back pain. I went and got some good Chiropractic adjustments throughout the week and was feeling pretty good by Thursday evening.

Well, it was pretty short lived before disaster came calling. Friday morning, I try to boot up the computer and get nothing but a flashing question mark. Hard drive D.O.A. So off to the Apple store I went to get the hard drive replaced so the fam and I would be able to communicate with the digital world. Of course, this couldn't have happened 9 months ago when we still had a warranty. While I was driving to the store, it happened. I sneezed.

When your back is on the mend, if you don't bend your knees during a sneeze, it's bad bad news. And this time it was extra super bad news. The sneeze sent my back into a place 3x worse than the week before. The only time it didn't hurt was when I was standing up straight. So I suffered through the weekend to and made it back to my Chiropractor on Monday. It was really tough. Then on Wednesday, I started a "trigger point" treatment and it has helped tremendously. I found out almost the whole left side of my low back was in muscle spasm. I was literally walking crooked. Still not fully healed today, but getting better every day. I will definitely try to sneeze safely...

So through all this, I've come to the conclusion that this suffering was necessary for my body and mind. If I can go through two weeks of chasing around my 3 kiddos when I can barely tie my shoes, I can pretty much take on anything. I think it has also helped me realize that when things get a little tough and I'm feeling sorry for myself, I can look back on this time when I persevered through pain to take care of my business.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)
Off to have fun at a swim party today and looking forward to getting on the bike soon. Hopefully the running shoes will be able to come out of hiding sooner than later. Run with gusto friends! :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


So, the other night I had a dream that I was out on a run. The route wasn't familiar to me, but in the dream, it was like my usual run. I turned a corner around a shed, and there, lying in wait was a little skunk. The skunk was not privy to the fact of me coming around the corner so quickly. He saw me, freaked, and sprayed. I was stopped in my tracks and hollered a few choice words, then plodded on my stinky way home. Somewhere between the skunk and home, I woke up. And I felt like I needed to take a shower...

This story was also posted on dailymile. Come join me over there!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

dailymile FTW!

Haven't posted much here lately. I've been posting all my daily running stuff over on That place has gotten addicting. I had signed up for the site a while back, but hadn't been using it much. Then after my 1st marathon adventure, I was so tired, I "washed" my ipod - which I had been using to log all of my miles through Nike+. So I jumped into dailymile for a new way to log my miles. Then, the DM team was introduced. I was already "friends" with a few of them, but I went ahead and "friended" the whole team. My friend count doubled overnight, and I had a whole slew of people out there to cheer me on. It's really funny when you're e-mail inbox blows up with DM comments after you post a workout. And It's quite refreshing to know people are out there doing the same things as me. Especially when most non-runners you meet ask you which 5K marathon you're running next. So kudos to dailymile and if you are looking for some motivation to start running, or keep running, or get into triathlons, just head on over to, friend me up and get going!

Also, my DM friend Allie is giving away a RoadID band on her blog. Click on over and check it out.