Tuesday, June 25, 2013
We did it! We got ourselves out there in between the storms and we rode our bikes together! Way to go Team! The Schuylkill River Trail at Hamburg is a beautiful rail-trail and it was a wonderful way to get together with some other Spark People and exercise. We rode 12 miles together and had lot's of good conversation!
The weather was warm and humid but when you are wonderfully distracted by good company it doesn't feel so awful. Looking forward to doing more with the Team in the future. We got ideas....biking, kayaking, hiking, etc. All are welcomed to join us in the fun!
Photo below is: CASEYSAUER, JOEF2F, CHANGINGHORSES (me) and BARCONIUS
In addition to the team members we also were fortunate to have Will along, Casey's hubby.
I really do appreciate you all taking the time and making the effort to not only do something good for yourself but to physically extend your support to your fellow Sparkers! That is what a team is all about.
See you again soon!
Monday, June 24, 2013
I am officially registered for my first Half! Woohoo! Harrisburg Half-Marathon Sept. 8, 2013.
As some of you know I have been struggling with my Asthma for the past 6 months and have not been able to run as I would like. I realize that registering for a Half at this point may seem silly but I really really wanted to do this before I turn the BIG 50, which is in December.
I know that I could hike or walk the hell out of 13.1 miles. I am determined to do this so no point in trying to talk me out of it. (Others have tried) I know that sometimes I just have to quit the thinking and worrying about it and just freakin go for it! I am doing that, "Only those who risk going to far can possibly find out how far one can go."
I am under a doctor's care for the Asthma and I hope that the flare-up will be under control very soon. In the meantime, I will do what I can as best as I can. I will train for the half and with a combination of determination, self-awareness, self-preservation, doctor's care, interval training, balanced diet, necessary rest and sleep, etc. I will cross that line.
Most of all I know that I will have the support of many of you in the Spark Community. I don't expect to shatter any records, I just expect for me to do the best that I can with what I have been given and "Never Give Up!".
That being said, I hope to make weekly progress reports here for my own accountability and record. I will be open to any and all suggestions as I make my way to Harrisburg.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
I ran a Relay for Life Race about two weeks ago and my asthma once again has been kicking my butt ever since. I had debated long and hard about whether I should run the race or not but I really wanted to do it in memory of my father. I am kind of stubborn.
I even made a bib for my back in his honor, I miss him.
In spite of my prescribed preventive measures, I did have some minor breathing issues and had to do some walking which I was not happy about. But it was more important for me to just participate in the race then run the whole race.
I managed to make it through and definitely needed to get my breathing under control once finished. But I can smile knowing that I did it.
Unfortunately, I am still having problems and have not been able to run since and can barely even put the effort in to walk at a good clip. This really sucks. I am working with my doctor to get the breathing under control but I am really concerned that I will have to give up the running.
This is really tough for me to take and I have been very depressed about it. I NEED my exercise! I WANTED to run a Half this year! I knew that at some point I would have to deal with some limitations as I get older but I AM NOT READY for it yet.
I desperately hope that this flare-up passes and I can get back to normal, but as bad as it has been the past couple months, I have my doubts. Somehow I must learn to deal with it and do what I can with what I have. I cannot let this be the end of my fitness and balloon back up to 207lbs or more. I will find other ways to stay in shape. I do walk, hike, bike, etc. but I have really come to love running over the past three years. It has been very challenging and rewarding for me. I do not think that I can get the same satisfaction and rewards from anything else.
I am signed up for a race this Saturday but I believe that I will have to "walk it" with the rest of the family. Funny, it will be the first time anyone else has joined a race with me and I have to walk. They are walkers though, not runners. It will still be great to be with them.
BTW - I finished The Relay 3rd in my age group at a depressing time of 31:48. (Did I say that I hate Asthma?)
I forgot to add that I completed my 26.2 for Boston during this race also, so another win!
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