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Getting my Mojo back...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


****TODAYS RUN****

Something happened. My medication finally did its job. I can breathe. I could tell something was different about this day. Even after a 12 hour shift, I felt strong, inwardly powerful, capable, ready to give it my best. Gym was almost closed so i went on my treadmill at home and proceeded to not only run the entire 5K without gasping or having to walk because I cant go on but I also CRUSHED my PR by 2 minutes 37 seconds. It was 39:44 on October 2, 2010. I thought it was 38 min but I was wrong. It is now 37:07 officially.

Feelin' the MOJO!!!

The importance of this moment cannot be understated. I have suffered from running issues and IT band pain for a few months since my Half Marathon, then the chest issues and asthmatic bronchitus yada yada yada...... add to the list one thing after another. All of this stuff really takes its toll mentally and physically as you lose conditioning. Today marks the first real breakthrough in months. I felt strong and for the first time in a long time, tapped the personal power I get from running. For the first time I actually feel hope, not just a clamoring to recovery.
I felt like I did when I was running the trails, getting lost in what I was doing. Training instead of just frantically trying to play catch up. This is more than a number, this is a comeback.

I may or may not meet my marathon goals but I am back in the fight and that is what counts. I want this more than anything. after a 12 hr shift, running this meant more to me than eating dinner, relaxing. Sometimes you have to want something more that you want your personal comforts, to take it outside the box and not leave the pursuit of your dreams for inbetween the commercials.
This effort was worth it.

What price would you pay to have hope? to produce the evidence that supports the belief that you are not just chasing a pipe dream.

In the end, what is it worth? What are you worth?

I say, everything.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JENSFITJOURNEY 1/14/2011 10:32PM

    AMAZING!!! Look at you go!

I hear you on the IT band thing, I have BAD problems with mine.

Keep going strong! You really are back in the fight AND we are all here in the ring with you ready to WIN!!!!!!

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SUZMAX 1/14/2011 4:39PM

    Man....I cannot even tell you how much some of your words just spoke directly to me. I've also been suffering some illness and was so upset that I couldn't continue training for the WDW half (still did it, but not the point).

"All of this stuff really takes its toll mentally and physically as you lose conditioning."
"For the first time I actually feel hope, not just a clamoring to recovery."
"Training instead of just frantically trying to play catch up."

I am SO looking forward to that feeling! I'm well on my way there, and now you've shown me that I"ll get there! Thanks!

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CELEST 1/14/2011 10:35AM

    I am JEALOUS in a good way. Thats an incredible time shaving.... emoticon

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MIMOTOGO 1/13/2011 10:43PM

    YOU ARE AMAZING! Congrats on the 2 min. victory! I love it when I can surpass a goal. Keep on Keeping on! Woooo Hoooo!

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ZMICHE 1/13/2011 10:10PM

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LCORTEZ7 1/13/2011 8:28PM

    A telling moment of who you are and what you’re made of; you never cease to amaze me and as always setting the bar high yet reachable. Reach for the stars Robert you are on a mission gaining momentum emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 1/13/2011 6:11PM

    Hey Robert,

Just finally getting back to catching up on a few of my old friends. Sounds like you've been battling this illness with the vigor you seem to always have. So glad to hear you're feeling better. This weather can bring us down if we don't keep UP! You do it so well!


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DARLENEK04 1/13/2011 5:40PM

    You rock on Robert. Proud for you....even prouder of you.


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ABSOLUTZER0 1/13/2011 1:13PM

    Continue to KILL IT bro! Woohoo!

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    Congrats - you so deserve a break through. Sometimes, I think it is so cruel that we seem to plateau - and just when we are getting to the verge of totally frustration and giving up - something gives and we make that break through we had been wanting.

Great job. You are an inspiration.

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JULIAOAK 1/13/2011 12:00PM

    glad to hear you are finally physically much better so that you were able to breathe easier and do well on the tread mill. well done! emoticon

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CBAILEYC 1/13/2011 11:58AM

    Go on with your bad self!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 1/13/2011 11:52AM

    EVERYTHING!! agreed. I am so glad your breathing is better!

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CMHARRISON12 1/13/2011 10:30AM

    You said it all! What are we worth? You said "everything"!! WooHoo!!!!!! So happy for your breakthrough! emoticon

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SERENADALLAS 1/13/2011 9:38AM

    Robert- THIS was VERY motivating for me! I know the struggles of trying to come BACK to running especially when it previously delivered such great feelings. I am super PROUD of you for not giving up. I now know that I am not the only crazy one who is "hoping" to get that MOJO back with regards to running. Right now I am walking great at a 9:29/km pace which is great. Have a great day! emoticon

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CHICKIEMAUI 1/13/2011 9:11AM

    Youre just amazing Robert!! To work a 12 hour shift and then to come home and run a 5K and beat your record time ... When I get home I am always so tired that sometimes I will workout and sometimes I wont, nothing like a 5K though. It opened my eyes today reading your blog ... Youre right ... Sometimes you have to want something more than your personal comforts. You are such a huge inspiration to me!! & it always seems to come at the right time. emoticon

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 1/13/2011 8:51AM

    I LOVED what FITBYDAY said... Keep your MOJO going.

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LLLAWSON 1/13/2011 8:43AM

    So many issues to deal with, glad you had a great run. Nothing makes you feel better or helps you get back on track than a good run. emoticon emoticon

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BF20PERCENT 1/13/2011 6:58AM

    Woohoo, I'm happy for you.

Great come back, let's keep your MoJo going! emoticon

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IRONMAN4LIFE 1/13/2011 4:54AM

    Dude! Fantastic!

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DAVEYSHADOW 1/13/2011 4:23AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Think that is the end of the appropiate emotions!

Glad you fopund your mojo again - now reach for those goals!

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MEGA_MILES 1/13/2011 4:12AM

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DARKTHOR 1/13/2011 2:38AM

    Awesome news! Keep on flying!

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ELAOPET 1/13/2011 2:28AM

    GO breakthrough! emoticon

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DCONS001 1/13/2011 1:18AM

    It's a great thing to be able to breath right, huh? I've had asthma for the past 7 years and it is very frustrating at times. I hadn't used my medicine in 6+ months and the other day I decided to refill my inhaler. I forgot what it was like to breathe normally during exercise! So much better when it's under control, glad yours is working for you too.

Glad you found your mojo. If you have any races coming up, I was wondering what your game plan was (if you'll still be on your medicine). I have an 8mile and half marathon coming up in the next 2/4 months and I'm trying to figure out a schedule to take my inhaler during the runs.

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FROGFACE84 1/13/2011 1:01AM

    Keep Rockin! Way to Go!

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LOGOULD 1/12/2011 11:47PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing that MOJO - you're so bubbling over with it, I think I feel it creepy through my computer screen!

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KAMAPERRY 1/12/2011 10:54PM

    YEAH!!!!!! Rockin!!! emoticon emoticon

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MOMMINATOR 1/12/2011 10:53PM


Welcome back MoJo!

Hope is a welcome gift. Congratulations on your breakthrough moment!


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ROOT4HOME 1/12/2011 10:29PM

    emoticon on getting your mojo back!!!!!!

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BUBBABREN1 1/12/2011 10:26PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Here's to your Mojo!!

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DRB13_1 1/12/2011 10:24PM

    emoticon emoticon You're rocking it, AND gotta love the new profile pic! emoticon
emoticon MO-JO! MO-JO! MO-JO! YEAH!!! emoticon

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FITFUNKYMAMA1 1/12/2011 10:24PM

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way to rock the run!!!! fantastic job!!!

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