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WooHoo Moment...One Big Goal Completed...Yayyy!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tonight, despite suffering from a cold, lack of sleep, and a week of hell -- I completed my goal of running five 5k's this running season. Now that it is over (during the race I didn't feel this way), I can say I am glad that I made myself pre-register for the race three days ago. I made myself sign-up so that I would go, no matter what was going on. Knowing that it was coming up gave me no excuses not to practice and run ahead of time.

I must also say that this was, by far, the most competitive race I have been in to date. It was a pink, breast cancer research fundraiser and an all female race. There was close to 400 women in the race. Several women -- all different age groups -- came in at 21 minutes! I ran it in 30.06 and came in tenth for my age group. What a workout it was!

Next year I am going to keep five 5ks as my annual goal, but I am going to work on speed. I am also going to add a half marathon in. I should be able to do this once I heal from my foot surgery this Fall.
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KAREN_NY 9/24/2011 2:12PM

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Congratulations! This means you need to update the other goal on your page, because now you've smacked it down at 9.39mph. emoticon
Keep rockin' it!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 9/23/2011 7:22PM

    Way to go! That is an awesome yearly goal.

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BABIE_JANE 9/23/2011 6:20PM

    I'm training for the virtual 5k on here. Maybe someday I'll do a real one, sure would like to sometime.

Congrats to you!

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INFLATED 9/23/2011 1:56AM

    That's great! My daughter has a friend that runs a 50-mile race every year. Last year it was so cold, they watched her for hypothermia.

You asked if I plan to run. I would like to at some point, but I have so much weight on the front of me, that it flops when I run. I don't have good balance any more either. I think I need to lose more weight and then try to work running in as part of my daily exercise.

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    emoticon job! I'm really impressed that you pushed through and did it despite the week that you've had. You are definitely a no-excuses kind of woman, huh?? emoticon

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Last night's set back...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Actually, it was 1:45 this morning. My husband woke me to go to the emergency room, after a set back in his recovery. He didn't tell me he was having a problem until it was bad - very bad. Said he was looking up what to do on the internet as I slept! Anyway, I sped to the hospital (not the closest but better one). Wouldn't you know they were working on I-95 and the hospital exit was closed! No sign ahead of time, so we had to drive all the way to Wilmington, DE, turn around and head back to get to the hospital. Not a good thing when the person you love is in a ton of pain. I have never seen him hurting so bad -- it was awful and very upsetting.

This afternoon he is doing better, home again. I squeezed a 1 1/2 hour nap in today. I have a VERY hard time functioning without 8 hours of sleep. Trying to get it together to run when my son gets home...supposed to run my last 5k of the season tomorrow night. It's a women's race for the pink ribbon 5k, we are all getting pink shirts & make-up bags -- too cool.

I am going to try to complete two of my goals, one of which is to run five 5ks this summer, the other to beat my 5k time of 29.47

Thanks for all of your support - you guys are awesome!


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KAREN_NY 9/24/2011 2:14PM

    How scary. Sorry I'm late in catching the news, but I hope his recovery is now taking a turn for the better. :) Here are some "HEALium" balloons for him!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 9/22/2011 4:34PM

    Wow! I hope you get rested before the race or take it slower if you are not. I can only imagine what you are going through, but I will be sending prayers to you and your family.

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RIVADERCHI 9/22/2011 12:14AM

    Hi R.'s Mom, so sorry to hear about your hubby's setback... did they let him out too soon or did he overdo on the honey do list? Anyway, all's well that ends well. Hope your run went well and you beat your time! Hang in there, and try and catch up on your beauty sleep.... I'm the same way... a good night's sleep is the basis of good health and looks! Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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    I'm glad he's ok. That sounds very stressful. I can't believe you're still going to go out and do a run on such little sleep. You must be super motivated! I can't wait to hear how you do on your run tomorrow night. emoticon

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Today was better...

Monday, September 19, 2011

My husband is doing a lot better today. I went to work after a 5k run, and he started his "honey do list". He had to call different contractors (we had our house built two years ago) and schedule them to come out and fix things. He is also getting pricing on a new bulkhead and pier to be built next Spring. His list should keep him busy for a while. I know that working on his list boosted his spirits a lot today. Tomorrow I take him back to Univ of Penn to visit the Dr. After that, he told his friends they can come visit. My husband is quite social, so I know this will help him too.

I met a girlfriend for lunch today and it was so nice to talk about other things outside of my husband's health. She just had foot surgery a couple weeks ago (she used to be a ballet dancer). She is already walking around (with a plastic cast). She said the first week is pretty hard, then all is okay. I am getting myself mentally ready for my foot surgery in November. I picked up my orthotics and totally love them! Ran with them today, and my heel isn't as bad as it was. Definitely worth the $400 bucks.

Hope you all have a great week!

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52WEEKSLAURA 9/20/2011 2:28PM

    Great news about your husband! Your life is seaming itself back together. It must be nice to run without those big worrys. I am not at the running stage but I am looking forward to when I am able to run a 5k! My friends just finished their 1st 5k and are already signing up for more. So I will have lots of buddies to run with.

Happy Be-lated birthday for Roxie!

I know all about foot surgery. One of my children was born with severe club feet. He has been through many many castings and has had three operations. The first one was at 3 months old. He LOVES to run! He is so inspiring. emoticon

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INFLATED 9/20/2011 1:24PM

    I used to run when I was a teenager, and no matter what else was going on, I felt free from my problems when I ran. I sometimes thought how deer though in a fenced area, can just jump over the obstacle and escape the confined area. I think running did that for me mentally.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 9/19/2011 11:09PM

    Yay for DH feeling so much better and more accomplished! And yay for you getting out and having a nice time, too!

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NEWNAC304 9/19/2011 8:37PM

    I'm glad you had a bgetter day today.

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Finally got to run!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

This morning I noticed my husband was doing more on his own, so after our walk with Roxy -- who is celebrating her fourth birthday today -- I did not feel guilty taking my 40 minute run around the development. I really needed to do it, I had been sitting at home/hospital for 4 days. We have been walking a lot but it just wasn't the same.

Now I am off to Costco and gonna run by work to catch up on what I missed last week while no one is there - always faster and easier that way!

It's so nice to be getting some sort of order back in my life!


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RIVADERCHI 9/19/2011 2:10AM

    Happy Birthday to Roxy! And congrats on your run! Glad your hubby is feeling better (or at least getting around more) and that you can get back to work (don't worry, the work will still be there tomorrow, and the day after, etc.) ... you have a good reason to miss work! Monday, back to the grind! Have a good day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Back home...

Friday, September 16, 2011

We got back from the hospital last night. Hard to believe my husband could go home 24 hours after surgery - but he did. The 1 hour drive home from Philly was awful. The doctor said his prostatectomy was "flawless". We should know by tuesday if the cancer was contained. It should be, he caught it very early.

I got a 5k run in before we went to the hospital Wednesday, didn't get one in yesterday at the hospital. Hoping to get one in tonight when my kids get home - I want to make sure someone is here to keep an eye on my husband.

It's very hard to see him in so much pain. We have been walking a lot, to help alleviate it. The weather is a perfect 70 degrees, so we are hanging outside a lot today. The Chesapeake Bay is very therapeutic.

Thanks to everyone for your well wishes and support!

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RIVADERCHI 9/16/2011 4:13PM

    Hi R'z. Mom, Happy Belated Anniversary! Glad your hubby's surgery went well... tell him, drugs are good--he shouldn't have to suffer or be in pain! Glad to hear you enjoying the beautiful weather.... Thank God for your blessings! Thanks for visiting my blog--didn't dance at the club, just ate, drank and listened to the music! Going swimming later this evening. G'nite! emoticon emoticon

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    I hope you do get to run tonight. It will be good for you to get away for a little bit, maybe process all that you've just been through - if you're one who can actually think while you run.

I'm thankful to hear that your husband made it through the surgery well. I hope his pain diminishes quickly and that they did, in fact, manage to get all of the cancer!

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