Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Boxer

My health is holding up & I ran 5 miles for the first time in I don't know how long just yesterday! I don't mind saying that I have Crohn's disease  (a chronic inflammatory bowel disease) & life has been really hard for me for last year or so. I actually think it all started back in December of 2010 if you haven't read this post. I am in remission now, so I'm just watching what I eat, making note of things that don't work, & trying to stay healthy! I love to run & have been so sad not to be healthy enough for daily running. I can say now that I can't remember a recent day that I haven't run :)

Today, I just ran 3 but I focused on form & purposely had negative splits. It felt great to run with purpose again instead of just starting from zero.

Anyway, I feel great & with nearly 500 miles on my Newton's I just ordered a new pair. These have been the answer to all my running prayers as they are flexible & have plenty of cushion & a durable tread in that forefoot so I don't go through shoes like water anymore. Awesome!


If you are interested in this sort of thing, here is what the treads look like on the bottom of my Newtons after almost 500 miles. Not bad at all! You can see I've worn through to the cushion on the
left shoe, but that's typical for me.


As you can see, I don't wear the heel like most people, so these shoes have been perfect for me. I won't wear anything else, & don't mind paying the extra money. If you are a forefoot striker, these shoes are well worth the price tag.

We are about to go camping, so I thought I would just check in & let you all know that I'm still running! I'm planning to run out there in the country, & I hear it's really hilly. Bring it! I'm ready to go another round :)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Driver, Surprise Me

Yes, another song title for a blog title. Hey, I really just love music (& maybe I'm too lazy to think of my own title). haha  
Just wanted to give a quick update that I'm being consistent with my running & cycling, eating healthfully, & getting enough sleep. It's absolutely wonderful to get back to being myself! It's been snowing here for a little more than a week, so I've been riding the bike on the trainer, but outside running has been just perfect. I don't know what I've done differently this time, but somehow I'm being consistent & it's working! Sometimes I surprise myself. My mother is gone, but I LIVE.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Big Girls Don't Cry

One of my favorite sayings when a friend is having a difficult time is to tell them to "Put on your big girl pants & ..... (insert appropriate verb)". Pretty good advice, I'd say. Since my mom's death (October 10. 2011 - yes, Chicago marathon weekend for all you runners out there) I haven't been able to follow my own advice. I have not found joy in the things that I love to do, like running, cycling, yoga, eating well, & keeping fit. Everything has been hard. I'm working through it though, & every day it gets a little easier. I have felt as though I went from an infant, to a child, & am now in my "adolescent" phase (if that makes sense) & am able to get out more & even do some things for myself that I enjoy again. It feels pretty good to have "me" back again. We don't have very deep snow here, so I've been running in it no problem with my YakTrax. For those of you who know me IRL, I LOVE to run & play in the snow. It's so much fun charging & jumping on top of the snow banks, hurdling the small ones, & just having a good time. When the snow first begins to fall I have to get out there for a run just so I can run & sliiiiiiiiide :-) So much fun!


I've been running (a little), doing some yoga, & doing easy trainer spins on the bike (sometimes). Things are going pretty well & I'm excited to be able to say I have "base miles". Not quite yet though. It's sort of hard for me when I don't have a focus. My husband & I are doing the Innsbrook triathlon in July, but other than that I've had no idea.

My cousin (who is brilliant) has decided that we should run a marathon. I never thought that I'd ever want to run another one of those (terrible) things (haha), but I am excited to say that we are running Indianapolis Monumental Marathon on November 2, 2013! Yay! For those that have read my blog in the past, I have run this before & it didn't go well. I tore a muscle in one leg, & severely injured the lower part of the other leg. Yep -- I came home on a walker. Humbling. I ran 4:03, which is my PR for the marathon. Now I'm not saying I want to try to run sub-4:00 or anything this time. In fact, I don't plan on taking a watch. This is such a pretty course, & I plan on just enjoying it for the pure fun of running. Imagine that! Here I am running in Indianapolis in 2010, I believe.

I'm looking forward to getting back to the things I love, & now that I have a focus it has truly lit that fire in my belly again that I thought was forever burned out. Time for me to "put on my big girl pants". :-)