August 29, 2010

Sometimes you just have to take a break…my 1st and only half marathon for the year is in less than 2 weeks and of course I am struggling with a stress fracture…the legs are fine and are incredibly strong these days….I am looking forward to lacing up my shoes and getting out on the course in the next two weeks!  It won’t be a fast race but I am looking forward to crossing that finish line and smiling 🙂

Happy running!

August 22, 2010

10K – done and done!!!! I finished!!!  It wasn’t easy, I can’t lie. I definitely have some sort of stress fracture and won’t take care of it until after tough mudder.  I am so thrilled to say that I was happy with my mental energy believing in myself. I started out strong and by mile 3, I felt the “I can’ts” kick in…it didn’t last for too long though, I remembered why I was running.  I remembered it was about me, it was about every person that has always told me that I couldn’t, it was for the staff at equinox that tells me hello everyday when I walk in to train and it is for my own personal fan club.  I thank all of you for believing in me, when I start doubting my strength, I think of all of you and I take a breathe, smile, cry and run away!

Next up – half marathon on Sept. 12th

August 20, 2010

Tomorrow is my first 10K of the year!!! I am so excited…I am wearing 6 Dystance for Dystonia pins and excited that tomorrow starts the first race of many for me this summer/fall!!!  There is nothing more exciting than making a race mix on my IPOD, getting my outfit ready and thinking about tomorrow’s finish line!  I know I am going to cross that finish line and get goose bumps as always…this is never about time, but it is always about running because I CAN!!!

August 18, 2010

My fan club..that’s my inspiration daily to get it done!  I love working out because I can.  Others complain and moan about it, I love heading to the gym every day because it is my second home, my family!  Everyday when I walk into an Equinox to get my daily workout, I look forward to seeing the faces of Jason, Rayme, Lois, Tonya, Don, Fabienne, Lisa, their smiles greet me to my second home!  To the minute I am told to “have a great workout”, I get down to business.  My half marathon is in less than a month and I am running for everyone that can’t.  But on  a daily basis, the team at Equinox gets me going, they make me want to go back..they cheer me on!  and for that I am thankful!  Find your daily cheering squad, it makes it more fun!  and to the Equinox 900 team…thank you, you inspire me and make me want to be a better athlete!!!

August 16, 2010

Forgiveness…learning to forgive and not be so hard on myself is a lesson I learn everyday.  I took 2 days off and I feel so guilty, I can’t feel this way.  I need to know that tomorrow is a new beginning.  I need to change the “I can’ts” to “I cans”.  I have been in a place of “I can’t for the last couple of weeks” and I am ready to lace up those shoes and say I CAN!!!!

August 15, 2010

New beginnings, learning to let go…sometimes running just doesn’t help you solve all your problems but it does help you clear your head.  I had a bad fitness week last week and definitely feel like i am on a slow train to a stress fracture but going to start icing.  also going on a 12 day detox…to help me drop some weight which will take some pressure off my foot.  Mud is right around the corner, but my 10k is this week…lots to do, lots to think about and lots to achieve for myself this week!

Happy running this week!

August 9, 2010

Believe in yourself!  Sometimes we get caught up in our own heads or with what we think people think we should be doing.  Fitness is about yourself, your goals and your desire to complete a race.  Everyone is telling me that I can’t do the tough mudder or it may be too dangerous, but I define the way I complete this race, not a clock or not a finish tape…

Look out competitors…here I come, bring it!

August 4, 2010

Sometimes life isn’t all about running.  Some days you just have to walk with your best girlfriend and enjoy the moment.  Life is short. What are we always running from, instead of running to?  Sure many of us are training for marathons, but today I just had to slow down, enjoy the moment and cherish the hours I get to spend with far away friends…tomorrow is a different day…time to lace up the siu bolts and try and crank out a run first thing in the morning…10K in less than 17 days!!!!

August 3, 2010

Happy to admit, I am not a morning person but because I committed to a group fitness instructor I would make her class…I did…it wasn’t easy waking up and walking in the rain but I did!  I wasn’t as crazy on my bottom half as I was on my top half but I know that I have limitations.  I recognize them.  Doesn’t mean I can’t, just means I modify.  Intimidation is never an excuse.  You set your goals, you set your definition for success…some may say I ran two half marathons, I say I ran a full one!  Success is determined by you, no one else.  Don’ let others define who you are, define yourself, set those goals, and make it happen.  Every day is a new chance to beat your own best and I know if I can anyone CAN!!!  I can’t wait to run along the Westside Highway tomorrow, it’s where it all started…”concrete  jungle where dreams are made of”…

August 2nd, 2010

Happy anniversary!  Today marks a year ago that I finished my first “marathon”.  As always I am always redefining my personal best!  It is time for me to brush off those Siu Bolts and start racing again..So here are the races planned for 2010 so far…

1) August 21 – 10K

2) Sept 12th – chicago half marathon

3) Sept 25th – 10K

4) October 9th – Tough mudder!!!

I am so happy and so thrilled to have friends and family that support me in my journey and that is what keeps me going.  Every morning I get up I define my fitness goals.  Achieving those goals isn’t about me, it is for those kids and adults that aren’t lucky as I am to have a second chance at life.  So here goes a public log of my own journey to try to run 20 half marathons in the next 5 years!  If you see me running please shout out my name!