Thursday, March 24, 2011
My dad has arrived for a weeklong visit from NY. He came down just to run a 5K with Sis and I. Dad was the star of his high school track team. He used to be an elite runner back in the 80's. He was forever running races everywhere - 5K, 10K, Marathons, and a 250-mile mountain massacre race. I grew up going to races with him, I even volunteered at a few, handing out water, etc. He even carried the torch in the US Police Games. He was an incredible athlete.
Since sis and I have taken up running, he has been our biggest cheerleader. I feel so great knowing I'm making him proud, not that I have to "try" because I know he loves me no matter what. I know I will never be able to fill his shoes as far as running is concerned, but I am filling my own, a little at the time, setting goals and standards for myself. Each run gets better and better with my sights set on a half marathon, but that will have to be put on hold for a bit until after my surgery.
He suggested we run a 5K together, so we signed up for one this weekend at the beach. Now that the weekend is fastly approaching, I find myself slowly, dragging myself through runs all week so far, I am soooo not on my "A" game with all my health issues. I am hoping just to be able to run next to Dad the whole time, this is a very big deal for me. An opportunity like this doesn't present itself very often. I really wanted to be able to show him "my stuff", meaning how good of a runner I'm becoming. I know he sees my motivation and ambition, but I really wanted to be able to show him first hand what I'm made of. So I am hoping just to be able to take it slow.
I've told my sis in no uncertain terms that she is to run her personal best, no hanging back with the slow ole me, I'm crossing my fingers she will run her heart out and set a new record for herself, She works so hard at it. Hoping the rain holds out, forecasted to be cold and rainy on Saturday, wouldn't that just be lovely (extreme sarcasm).
No matter how the race turns out on Saturday, I know I am a winner in every sense of the word.... I have a great dad, a super sis, a supportive family and the best SPARK friends in the world. I never have to prove anything to anyone but myself, sometimes those are the biggest shoes to fill - YOUR OWN shoes.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I'm having lunch today with a friend at Atlanta Bread. I've done my HOMEWORK on everything on the menu. I know the calories, fat, protein, etc. I decided that today I will SPLURGE and have the chicken salad sandwich (only 440 calories) and probably won't be able to eat it all anyway since my wonderful gall bladder is giving me a fit. It's great knowing ahead of time that I won't ruin my calories for the day, although I will be forfeiting my afternoon snack to stay in range, but I'm sure I will be full from lunch or I can just nibble on the leftover sandwich all afternoon.
I am waiting on doctor to call with a date for gall bladder removal surgery. Doctor says I'm not going to get better unless I have it removed. So I guess the writing is on the wall - GET IT DONE !!!
Squeezed in a 2 mile run last night before dinner, then had to go to a parent meeting at daughter's school, she's going on trip to NY City for 3 days with her fashion marketing class. I would soooo love to be going with her, but it's time to let her fly from the nest for a little while on her own.
I have a 10-minute trainer workout with Tony tonight, gonna give the AB routine a whirl, since it's a rest day from running. My daughter is even going to do it with me. Still not feeling great, but I'm at least "getting thru" my workouts. Notice I said "getting thru" - I can't wait to feel better so I can be back to looking forward to my workouts and having fun.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Just wanted to left everyone know... I'm still here and hanging in there.
Seems I've had a few setbacks over the past two weeks, and it's not over yet. I had a cyst removed on my thigh, and bruised my tail bone - ouch.
I officially have gall stones, so I'm consulting with a surgeon today to weigh my options. I really don't want to have surgery, I don't want the down time, the pain and the expense, but I'm really kinda tired of feeling lousy, so hmmmm, hard decision. Do I just deal with the pain or have more pain from surgery. The weather is getting tooooo nice outside to be cooped up in the house and recovering from surgery.
My father is coming down from NY this weekend to run a 5K with my sis and I. I really don't know how well that is going to go, but I'm going to give it my best. I managed to get in a 3.5 mile run last night, first time in over two weeks I've done ANYTHING other than eat soup and sleep. I ran, but I felt like I was being dragged along so I cut it short, went home to relax. Taking two weeks off from running alone will set you back a little, but running with gall stones, an incision in my leg, and a still sore tailbone - WOW. I'm falling to pieces, but I am determined now to not let anything stop me, unless of course I have another gall bladder attack.
Got up early this morning and did one of the new 10-minute trainer workouts with Tony Horton - I just love Tony - did a 10 minute total body workout. AWESOME.
So I'm off to the surgeon appointment, will let everyone know the scoop later. Thanks for all the well wishes and checking up on me, it means a lot.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
This short blog contains whining and disappointment, you can stop reading now, your were warned.
I was browsing my "friends" on Spark yesterday, was checking in with a few and I noticed two of my friends had "Poof" disappeared into thin air. Their page was no longer available, they just disappeared. It really saddens me, especially this one in particular. I have always checked in with her at least once a week when she was less active. I commented on her daily blogs and she had quite a following of other SP buddies and then "poof" GONE.
I know people sometimes get busy and SP is not a priority and life gets in the way, but to leave without saying goodbye is just plain upsetting. Soooo my point is..... if you are going to be MIA for a while, at least let people know. Common courtesy.
I have to add... I am sooooo worried about this person
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Had a great weekend, despite still feeling really bad. Went to doc yesterday, suspect gall bladder will get results tomorrow.
Had a great ride with hubby.
Trying to keep my mind off of feeling bad, I just plain ole don't feel good, stomach hurts, etc. Don't have a energy to do much, this has been going on for over a week. I really wanna feel better. I'm done being sick. Hope everyone is enjoying a healthy, happy week so far. Love to all.
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