Challenge

24 03 2013

Wow! It’s been awhile since I visited blog-land. (Read last post here.) I’ve been training. You know that 1/2-marathon that I mentioned last time I wrote? It’s only FOUR WEEKS away! Literally, in four weeks, I should be panting at the finish line right about now. Crazy, huh?!?

I have tons to write about my training for this event, at some point, but life’s busy. These last couple of weeks I have been plagued with injuries, a pinched nerve, and many other issues that have been cutting into my training time. That used to scare me (you know the whole not training thing), but now it just motivates me to do more with the little training time that I do have. Yesterday, I had to do ‘mind-over-body’ to keep going; my body was ready to pack it in, but my mind was enjoying the run. My mind won. 🙂

I have other motivation, though, to keep running. I have partnered with TeamUp With Autism Speaks for this 1/2-marathon. My goal is to raise $500 for autism research and awareness on behalf of Autism Speaks before my race on April 21st. As donations have started coming in now, I think of each person who has been ‘given in honor/memory of’: I think of Christian, I think of Ian, I think of ‘J’ and ‘E’, I think of ‘LJ’s nephew’, etc. and it motivates me to take the next step as I think of all of the obstacles that they have to overcome on a daily basis that we NT’s take for granted. Thinking of them keeps me going. Thinking of them will push me to finish this race. To run these 13.1 miles with everything that is within me.

So, here is my challenge to anyone willing to participate. I understand that money is tight these days. I really do. Please consider making a donation per mile that I run during the race (13.1).

  • If you could give 10 cents per mile, that is $1.31
  • If you could give 25 cents per mile, that is $3.28
  • If you could give 50 cents per mile, that is $6.55
  • If you could give 75 cents per mile, that is $9.83
  • If you could give $1 per mile, that is $13.10
  • If you could give $2 per mile, that is $26.20

Donations don’t have to be a lot. Please don’t feel that your 50-cent donation wouldn’t amount to anything. It would. That’s what happens when people work together. I’m just asking you to consider making a donation to Autism Speaks. Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. They (and their families) need the support of groups like Autism Speaks to know where to begin, what kind of help is available, where to find support, how to advocate, etc.

You can TeamUp! with me for Autism Speaks by donating at this site – Autism Speaks Events.

To those of you who have already donated, thank you from the bottom of my heart! 🙂

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2012: The End???

31 12 2012

When I started this journey on January 10, 2012, I planned on making 2012 “My Year on the Run.” Well, I did, at least through the end of June. And then life happened. It got busy and complicated. There are lots of additional excuses that I could offer for why the running stopped, but if I had really, really deeply desired to run I could have found a way to make it work. And I didn’t. And I’m a little disappointed in myself…

…but I don’t have to stay that way. I can start by dropping some of the bad habits that I’ve picked back up in my busyness (i.e. drinking soda). I can recommit myself to finding times and ways to run. As motivation to NEED to get back to running training, ‘Santa’ paid my registration fee for a half-marathon in April!!! Excuses can NO LONGER happen! I am excited to be ‘forced’ back into running. I missed it. I really did. 🙂

First ‘re-run’ under my belt as of yesterday, only 2 miles, but I’ll take it. 🙂 I’m looking forward to my next run soon!





Weekend Running

5 10 2012

So, I’ve been gone for a while. Well, from the internet. Our family laptop fried itself. My son’s iPad didn’t allow me to post actual posts to this website, so I had to refrain. We are back in business with an old-school refurbished laptop. I’m ever so thankful for it. I missed being able to put my thoughts down here…

I’m still adjusting to my work schedule. I have been faithfully running on the weekend, but missing it during the week. I would love to invest in a treadmill, but would settle for an elliptical just to get some sort of workout in every morning. Lord, knows I’m not going to get up and run at 3am (before my hubby leaves for work) on our country road with an unmarked speed limit. That’s just asking for trouble!

I’m trying to figure it, but it might take a while. In the mean time, I’m happy to report that I’m back up to 6-mile runs. They are hard, but I LOVE every (well, almost every) minute of it! The challenges make pushing through them even more worth it. So rewarding! That’s what I love most about my runs. 🙂

I’m excited to get out to the road and run again this weekend!





Running

9 09 2012

Just a couple runs (I think two) this week. I am finally starting to feel better about my stamina while running again. I’m super excited about that. I’m also hoping that I can start establishing a better running schedule this week, as therapy schedules at home are becoming more consistent and I don’t have meetings after work. 🙂





Running Day #77(ish)

1 09 2012

After hiatusing for nearly two months, I’ve decided to make September my start day to get back to the road.

So, I laced up the shoes and went out this afternoon. I’ve missed it much, but my body hated me as I pushed it further than it thought that it could go at this fitness level.

I’m a bit sore, but covered 3.99 miles through running/walking (75% running at 6mph/25% walking at 3.75mph). I feels good to be back out there. It feels good to physically push myself again.

I can’t wait for my next run. 🙂

(Also started using MyFitnessPal again today. Back to making much better food choices, especially portions, again.)





Re-establishing Motivation

30 08 2012

Now that I’ve landed a full-time job and have started to be able to piece together what my schedule will look like, I need to throw running back into my routine. That’s right — I NEED it. It is a necessity and not optional. My body and mind are craving it. I miss it and I don’t feel good that I’ve let it slide. I can’t go back and change that, but what I can change is what I do from here on out. Believe me, I will run.

Without access to a treadmill directly in our home, I know that it will most likely take a few weeks to figure out the new groove of the new job, new school year, and new schedules. I anticipate that my running schedule will eventually fall into a Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat (with an optional or make-up Sunday run). Usually training while Christian has therapists in the home, except for my weekend runs. I’m also hoping to figure out a way to put one BodyPump class per week back in this schedule. I miss that class, too, and always felt incredibly empowered after making it through that hour.

In the mean time, I have been listening to my workout music while I make my new daily drives. A favorite of mine (that I first heard in BodyPump class) is “I Own You” by Shinedown. Totally motivating song. I can still feel my heart rate speed up during this song, like it had when I listening to it during training. It rocks!

I also need to hop back into tracking my food with MyFitnessPal. While the pounds haven’t poured on, like they once did, they have been creeping back up. I’m ready to get a handle back on that, too, and I’m excited about it.

I’ll leave you with an awesome picture that was posted on Facebook this morning from one of the races I participated in earlier this year…





Still Hiatus-ing

13 08 2012

Yes. I know. Hiatusing is not a “real” word. But that’s what I am doing. Taking a hiatus from running.

Don’t get me wrong — I miss it like crazy and I  NEED to find a way to sneak it back into my life. However, I am on a much-needed job hunt at the moment. It has been taxing. Jobs are hard to come by and I have a huge hole in my work history. But I will fight for every opportunity that I get to land an interview and am trying to be patient and optimistic while waiting for that to happen.

Ideally, I’d still like to shoot for running that half-marathon in October. Once I can get my schedule figured out, I’ll be back. I promise. (More so to myself than anyone else. I need to run.)