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Don't Worry, Mom...I'm ALIVE!


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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Well, I've been sitting here rubbing my eyes and trying to figure this blog out for a little while now. Usually, I create my entire blog in my head during my morning run. But, today I was focused on the run and nothing else.

I had heard there was a 5k/10k coming up here in my town on Saturday, but had dismissed it because, you know, MY first 5k isn't until July 28th. However, I received an e-mail yesterday from a personal trainer friend from church (she actually led the "Made To Crave" study that I was in that started me on this whole healthy lifestyle) and she is giving a presentation on health after the race and wanted to know if I'd come watch. Suddenly, the idea that I'd so quickly tossed aside a week ago began to turn itself over in my head.

I thought, "Of course I'll go see Julie speak and support her." If I'm going to be there, I might as well go a bit earlier and see all the race day festivities. And, if I'm going to do that, I might as well run the race, seeing as it's the same length that I've been running with no trouble in my training runs for the past couple weeks. And, you know, I probably won't run the entire race. I'll probably walk some of it, but I know for a fact I can finish in under an hour...which isn't bad for a chick who broke 5 bones just two years ago. This could be a really big victory for me. And it would be some good experience for future races. And, I mean...it's right in my backyard. I don't have to drive anywhere or get up super early. Ohhhhhh.....ok...."REGISTER". Done.

I've done my due diligence and research and tapered my run this morning down to just 2 miles (man, that felt short!) And tomorrow will be a complete rest day...healthy eating, to bed as early as possible. Friday, a short 20 minute run with some speed bursts. As good of sleep as I can get on Friday, then it's Race Day. Through all of this, I will be hydrating like a monster because the high on Saturday will be 94 degrees, sunny and 0% chance of rain. I don't expect it to be too bad when the race starts at 9:30am and, luckily, it's just a short 3.1. Nevertheless, I am already hydrating.

I texted my family last night (mom, stepdad, sisters) to tell them what I had so flippantly decided to do. My mom was quite worried, but we ended up having a great chat after that and I guess I can share some of that...perhaps it will give you some insight into what this sport means to me now. Perhaps it will resonate wtih you...or remind you of another activity in your own life that brings you just as much joy. Plus, I love to be nosy and read other people's texts. Haha.

MOM:
Are you conditioned for the run? Remember to hydrate well before, during and after the run. Please take it easy and at a realistic pace! The goal is to "finish the race", not be the first to finish. To meet your goal, you will need to run a mile in 15 minutes.

ME:
Mom. I am conditioned. I've been running for a month under a certified personal trainer's guidance. I am laser focused on my injuries and listening to my body cues now. I run a 5k as my normal practice short run. It's not that hard. I am training for a half marathon next May. I normally run 5k in 43 minutes and usually don't push too hard. But if I don't get 40, who cares? I will have finished a 5k in under an hour just 2 years after a devastating accident. That will be sweet victory.

MOM:
Well, I guess I need say no more. I did not know you were training. I am so proud of you and, judging from what you have shared with me, your goal is attainable.

ME:
You're a cute mommy to worry. :) My body has completely transformed in the past 4 weeks. I can feel it. And see it. I feel like a brand new person. Confident, beautiful and completely EMPOWERED. It's amazing! I've never been more happy in my entire life. I am literally GLOWING.

MOM:
No more antidepressants. :) Sometimes depression is chemical, hormonal and/or environmental with life stressors. Sometimes all it takes is a little help getting to the normal level and then one can learn to cope and manage the depression without meds. You don't have to live with the generational baggage anymore.

ME:
Yeah. Running has released a lot of emotions. It has almost changed me emotionally and spiritually more than it has physically. I didn't expect that. I never want to get up and do it, but the second I get outside and that 6am burst of dawn hits my lungs...it's instant energy. I work a lot of things out in my head while I'm running.

MOM:
I'm so proud of you.

ME:
I cannot believe I'm a runner and pretty much on my way to becoming an athlete in a sport. It's crazy! I never thought this would be possible at my weight and with my past injuries...but these excuses were just smokescreens and not real. They were lies, based on FEAR.

{Aaaand...scene.}

Whatever it is that fulfills you the way running does me, I hope you find it. And I hope you do it for the rest of your life. There's just nothing more thrilling than feeling truly alive...and I wish for that for every one of you.

If there's any way I can help you, you guys know how to find me.

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ALIDOSHA 10/23/2012 5:33PM

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ELSCO55 6/4/2012 11:14PM

    Great

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CTUPTON 5/28/2012 10:59AM

    emoticon Wow! Chris

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AMURDOCK68 5/28/2012 9:53AM

    Great blog post. Thank you sharing. I will have to look on ahead and see how your run went. :)

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REENIE131 5/26/2012 10:47PM

    awesome!

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PRAYINGSUZIE 5/26/2012 1:40PM

    Good luck! You are very brave to do a race!

Suzie

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IBECCA 5/26/2012 1:23AM

    I am proud for you!

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MAMAWALMART 5/26/2012 12:53AM

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EBEAMS 5/25/2012 11:06PM

    I love running too ... Congrats on deciding to just go for it! That is AWESOME!

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KIPPER15 5/25/2012 9:34PM

    Wow, good luck on your race. emoticon emoticon

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HHB4181 5/25/2012 9:21PM

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best of luck on your race!

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JULIA1154 5/25/2012 6:37PM

  Your mom sounds terrific. I hope you know how lucky you are to have her.

Enjoy your run!!

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JKPONYGIRL 5/25/2012 6:13PM

    wow - thanks for sharing that conversation.
you'll do GREAT tomorrow!
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ONEATATIME3 5/25/2012 3:48PM

  Good Luck with your5k emoticon

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KATELOSS2009 5/25/2012 3:37PM

    moms never stop worrying... LOL... you did a great job of rationally explaining why you were going to be ok, which probably helped her a LOT.

and WAY TO GO on getting into the 5k so much earlier than planned!! you rock!!!

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JEANNINEMM68 5/25/2012 2:35PM

    I am sure that you will do great Good Luck!

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MANILUS 5/25/2012 12:54PM

    Zumba is my passion! Sounds like a great conversation with mom. I am so happy for you!!!!

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GRRARRGH 5/25/2012 11:33AM

    Good Luck!!!

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GOING-STRONG 5/25/2012 11:27AM

    I took up running last year after walking for several years. Boy, I sure do wish I had started earlier as running has so many positives. Good luck on the 5k. I ran my first Half in April and it was challenging but doable. For sure I will be doing more. Right now I'm thinking the Rock n Roll Vegas in December. You get to run down the Strip at night! Might as well have fun with this stuff! Spark on!

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LIVEINZEN 5/25/2012 9:56AM

    What a wonderful and inspiring post. I can feel the energy and the joy emanating from your words and it lifted me up just by reading.

With your can do approach there will be nothing stopping you.

WTG!

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GROWNINOP 5/25/2012 9:29AM

  Good luck!

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KITKABOO 5/25/2012 7:46AM

    You continue to inspire me, such a positive outlook.

Such amazing achievements emoticon

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CAROLZ1967 5/25/2012 7:18AM

    I love running and how it makes me feel too! I prefer to run outside like you but with 3 young kids and wanting to do my workouts (week days) while they SLEEP, I alternate btwn my treadmill and elliptical. But on wkends & hubby's vacation days (home in early AM), I get a longer run outside & cherish it. I have had knee problems so I am very careful and do some walking too, to prevent another injury. But I'd LOVE to try a Half Marathon. Your blog is making me want to try....can't hurt right?! I mean, if I'm careful...just stop training for it if my knee starts to act up. So thanks for your motivational blog! I felt like I was right there with you and your mom and feeling the same way. :-) I'm very happy for you. You should be very proud of yourself!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 5/25/2012 7:03AM

    Thank you for sharing! You are doing so well! I am happy for you that it has helped decrease the depression. Whenever I run, my head is so clear during the day. It's an amazing feeling! emoticon emoticon

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LAURANCE 5/25/2012 6:55AM

  Good for you! You inspire us to get out there and do our exercise. And for those of us who cannot run (doctor said No after I had my knee replacement), there is vigorous walking.

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SDORTON2 5/25/2012 6:47AM

  I have been thinking I really need to start running. This is encouraging. emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/25/2012 1:21AM

    What a great blog. I love that you love running so much and that running has so many unexpected benefits for you! emoticon

I look forward to reading more of your blogs!

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MARYJEANSL 5/24/2012 10:58PM

  Have fun on your run! Best of luck!

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KBRADFORD88 5/24/2012 10:17PM

    Sorry I missed this blog before I posted my crazy status reply. You will do awesome. I know it.

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LOGOULD 5/24/2012 9:46PM

    You're going to do emoticon

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CICELY360 5/24/2012 9:45PM

  Good blog

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ELIZABETH160 5/24/2012 8:40PM

    Awesome! I have been bitten with the running bug, but it is really hard on my knees so I am taking things slow for not, just doing a little every time I am on the treadmill. But you're doing really well, and it's good that your mom supports you! Has the personal trainer helped a lot? I have been thinking about finding someone, but I'm wary... Hoping that I will get a lot out of it if I'm spending so much money!

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LIVELYGIRL2 5/24/2012 1:51PM

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Run on bye, I wish I could watch.

You have accomplished quit alot in such a short period. I mean, walking, running, blogging, starting a group and goal. I am amazed, aren't you Sparkers? emoticon

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SATCHMO99 5/24/2012 1:11PM

    Your mom's proud of you, we're proud of you, but MOST importantly, YOU are proud of you!

Running always helps me shift my depressive thoughts. At my lowest point I went out the door crying, started to run, stopped crying, whenever I stopped running i started crying again, so I kept running for twice my normal distance. Strangely enough, I wasn't crying when I walked back in the door :-)

xx

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MAMALOVEBUG 5/24/2012 11:30AM

    Thanks for sharing this and best of luck on your race!!!!

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EUEK098 5/24/2012 10:42AM

    emoticon you signed up for an earlier race, better now than later i say, let us know how you, and please please stay hydrated.

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EFFRAYECHILDE 5/24/2012 10:10AM

    Way to go, girl.

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MIMIDOT 5/24/2012 9:42AM

    You can do it! Thank you for the great blog. You're lucky to have such a caring and understanding Mom.

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VOLLEYGIRL77 5/24/2012 9:41AM

    Good luck!! And it's great you have a supportive mother!

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REBOFKELDON 5/24/2012 9:30AM

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PICKLEDBEETS 5/24/2012 9:07AM

    Great conversation. Your mom sounds awesome! Keep up the good work.

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STEADFASTNSEE 5/24/2012 8:29AM

  Proud of your accomplishments! HUGS

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 5/24/2012 8:23AM

    YOU GO GIRL!!! I agree with ON2VICORY........you are just gonna "rawk" this race!

Hard work!

Dedication!

NO EXCUSES!!


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