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My Mom is Awesome!

Friday, September 16, 2011

My Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer back in December. Her first concern was for her 3 daughters and 5 granddaughters and their chances of getting breast cancer. My Mom had just turned 80, so the doctor told her that getting breast cancer so late doesn't necessarily increase chances for her daughters, etc.

Anyway, because of the location of the tumor (it had infiltrated the muscle) her team decided to do the "hormone receptor" treatment to shrink the tumor. She was fortunate that she could have this treatment as opposed to chemo. She had her surgery the middle of August and has just finished up a week of radiation. She has 6 more weeks to go. She's doing well and has maintained a postive attitude. Sometimes we forget that she's even going through this "battle" (although I'm sure she never has). It's actually been a little harder taking care of my Dad and keeping his spirits up (he's a little high maintenance)!

Her oncologist is very big on healthy living and exercise. He recommended that my Mom walk at least 30 min. a day even during the radiation treatment (radiation can cause fatigue and oh yeah, she's 80!). She's always been pretty active with light walking and gardening, but she has really stepped up the walking. She either walks up and down our road (we have a long gravel driveway) or she and my Dad go to the local park. They don't walk the little loop around the playgroud, they walk the hilly trail in the back (1.6 miles) that includes my nemesis the "second time around" hill.

She is awesome and a true testament that a positive attitude and healthly living is the ticket. It doesn't hurt that she has amazing faith also.

So here's to my Mom and her awesomeness! emoticon


What a difference 25 degrees makes!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

We finally got rain in N. Georgia on Labor Day (from Tropical Storm Lee) and apparently some kind of cold front came in. We really needed the rain, but I feel so bad for the people that got hit with tornadoes & all the damage (1 county west of where I live - about 25 miles).

The cloudy skies and the cold front brought the temperatures down yesterday (the high was 75 degrees @ midnight). At 5:00 yesterday afternoon, the temperature was 65 degrees. It was cloudy and drizzly, but DD #1 and I decided to run. She's been hating the hot weather and has refused to run since her miserable time @ a 5K on 7/30. As I've mentioned, I've been struggling to run the entire time. So we set out last night to our "hilly" trail and I'm happy to report, I was able to run the entire time. I actually felt great - my legs were hurting a little, but I had no problem running. I sprinted down the big hill and finished in about 36 min. Not my best time, but I'll take it! I actually finished before my daughter.

It's still cool today (low 70's), so I'm dropping DD#2 off at basketball carpool and heading back to the trail. It will be back in the high 80's this weekend, so I gotta take advantage of this unseasonably cool weather. Bring on Fall!!

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READERSB 9/7/2011 5:14PM

    Congratulations on your successful run. It's so much easier to exercise when it's cooler!

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RRP546 9/7/2011 4:12PM

  the heat makes everything loosen up

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Back to Square One? Not Quite

Thursday, September 01, 2011

As I mentioned, I'm trying to get my running "mojo" back. I decided to dust off my sheets from my running class that I completed back in June and try to build back up some endurance. The last couple of weeks I have been struggling big time to run a complete 5K. Anyway, I went to the "flat"trail last night with my husband. We dropped DD #2 off at basketball carpool and DD #1 & #3 stayed at home doing homework (although DD #3 wanted to come).

My husband works a lot of hours at Home Depot and doing remodeling work, so he's on his feet all day long. He has bad feet (no arches and broke a foot as a teenager that was never set completely) and big feet! He's 6'5" and wears a size 19. Anyway, he's been wanting to run, so if I go to the "flat" trail, he'll go with me. He's doing his own walk/run combination and he doesn't push it so his feet will hurt. He has some definite challenges with running, but he's out there sweating away. I figured I would stop whining and just keep going. I walked briskly for 5 min. and then set out to run. I decided I would run at a good pace for a mile and then walk briskly for 5 min. and then run 1/2 mile and then walk the rest of the 3+ miles. I finished my first mile is 10 min. (pretty good for me) and then started walking. I walked a little more than 5 min. so I could get to the next marker (I really have trouble with math & running!). I started running again and after 1/2 mile felt pretty good so I thought I would do a mile. Right before that some old guy was passing me (although he was probably close to my age) and said "you have a pretty good pace for a girl", now I'm not sure if I should have been insulted, but I commented "you mean an old lady" and took it as a compliment. I finished that mile, but was definitely struggling (12 min. mile). I started my brisk walk and was going to walk the rest of the way back to the car. I had one more burst of energy and really ran to the trail entrance. I met up with my husband and felt pretty good!

Back to square one? Not quite. I don't really feel now that this is a set back. I'm out there when I can and doing the best I can!!

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SHAWNEDA 9/2/2011 1:02AM

    Awesome post. Reminds me of the great saying. Nothing beats a failure except for a try. emoticon keep sparking!

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SHAWNEDA 9/2/2011 1:00AM

    Awesome post. Reminds me of the great saying. Nothing beats a failure except for a try. emoticon Keep sparking!

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ONECATSHORT97 9/1/2011 2:41PM

    Good for you! You did it!

I've just started jogging and it is a struggle.

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How did this happen?!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Somehow I've lost my run "mojo". The last time I ran the entire 3.1 miles (without coming to a "walk") was a week and a half ago. I ran on a Saturday morning and was able to run (but it was a major struggle!). Last week I had some challenges, but I still exercised 3+ days - bike ride, run/walk w/basketball (working with middle DD on her drills), run/walk w/basketball and then a strenuous 3 mile hike on Sunday. So I haven't been a complete slouch!

Monday I had the opportunity to get in a complete run. It was my turn to drive the carpool for basketball camp that's at a high school with a nice track. I dropped the girls off, plugged in the Ipod and walked to the track. It was nice and breezy, the sun was behind the trees - perfect conditions! I started out at a nice pace and before I even made 1 lap around the track, my legs started to hurt (reference previous post about steep hike @ waterfall). I wasn't winded, so I pushed on. I was pretty sure 4 laps = 1 mile, but I started telling myself that couldn't be true because I already wanted to start walking and haven't even completed a mile! I finished the mile, but had to start walking. I walked 2 more laps and then started to run again. I kinda lost track of how many laps I did, but I figured I at least ran/walked 4+ miles because I was out there for over an hour. I finished off the track with a jog up the steps and then cooled down by walking around the school.

I know I got in a good work out, but I gotta tell ya, I'm a little concerned about not being able to "complete" a run. How did this happen? I'm a new runner, so this is new. Apparently if you slack off a little on your run, you loose some endurance. My sister is experiencing the same thing, but she went a couple of weeks without running. I think I'll probably pull out my sheets from my running class and go to about Week 4 or 5 of the program and start from there and build myself back up. I haven't registered for any runs in September, but there's a gazillion of them locally in October & November, so I'll be ready!! I won't be discouraged! emoticon

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ONECATSHORT97 8/31/2011 2:22PM

    I'm really new at jogging, so I have no idea. How discouraging, but great that you continued on. Maybe pose this question to Jenniebean?

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My exercise inspiration!

Monday, August 29, 2011

We had some family come in from PA over the weekend and my dad and I took my aunt & cousin to a State park yesterday. My aunt wanted to see the waterfall, so I told her we could walk the trail (which is very steep and has 125 steps to climb just to get to the base), or we could drive to the base parking lot and access it from there. She wanted to walk and my dad was "game". BTW, my dad is 84 and my aunt is 73. My cousin and I were a little concerned, but my dad is in great shape and he said my aunt did a lot of walking. I figured we could take our time and when we got up there, I could walk back down and get the car and meet them at the parking lot. Not only did they have NO trouble walking up, my aunt beat us all down and was waiting at the bottom for us. My cousin said "we should have given her the keys and had her pick us up!" Now, they don't look their age, but I think a lot of people were impressed because people half their age (and more) were huffing & puffing up the trail (people half my age and more were also huffing & puffing). In fact, there were an additional 425 steps to get to the top, but we decided to drive up there instead (although both my dad & aunt wanted to walk!)

I'm glad I decided to loose the weight and get in shape so I can be like them when I grow up!

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GONEWLIFE 8/29/2011 4:03PM

    Wow... that's amazing... hope this great gene pool extends to you ! :)

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