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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Since I have confessed that I am embarrassed to run in public I decided that this year I was going to get over it (and myself). I am to run the Sweetheat Run 2.15.14. I have decided to run something this summer not sure what yet but I want to run the Corn Dog Classic, the TD1, Tulsa Run and Route 66 HM. I will get over this.

We all have something to get over. I'm a runner that is what I do. There are so many people who struggle and perhaps me being self conscious in a pair of running tights or slider shorts is not any less a struggle than other people but I still need to get over it. I guess my son, Riley is always my reality check. He is T1D and 75 years ago there was no engineered insulin he would have died. I don't have to struggle with his calloused hands from sticking myself at least 4 times a day, everyday for the rest of my life. I don't have to worry about doing math in my head in counting carbs with my blood sugar high and making it hard to think and the list goes on and on for a 16 year old.

This first run of the year is for Riley. Cause I am proud the way steps up and he doesn't flinch at needles, has blood gases drawn in the hospital without even waking up, Proud sometimes when he has struggled through school when he feels really bad but still comes and lays next to me and wants to be hugged when he realizes he has be dealt a very big issue for a very young man.

I run alone in the Sweetheart Run but my sweetheart this year is Riley at home waiting for me.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MIRAGE727 2/11/2014 2:02PM

    You've embraced a great attitude! NOW, remember, we "find our run." It doesn't matter who else is on the course! You are unique and you run your race! You already win every time you go to the staring line! You are a runner and you will achieve that great list of races! All the best and don't hesitate to reach out for any assistance!

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ROCKMAN6797 2/1/2014 4:20PM

    You will have so much fun! These are such motivational events and the fact that you are running for your brave son will push you to the finish line. Can't wait to read about the event!


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SMITTY4RL 1/30/2014 4:29PM

    Yeah, I agree with all the above--Riley is a wonderful reason to get out there and beat feet. And I used to think the same way about running in public, as I'm naturally a shy person. I still have some issues, but choose to ignore them, lol. It gets easier the more you do it--at some point you'll say 'whatever' and do what you need to do without fear. emoticon for that day! emoticon

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KATIEKENZIE 1/30/2014 9:47AM

    Thank y'all for your kind comments. After all the encouragement I am sorta getting excited about this 5K. Thank you SOOOO much.

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BABYSOX 1/29/2014 5:47PM

    He is your inspiration and you are his!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/29/2014 4:57PM

    What a great reason to run! You can do this. emoticon

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MBTEPP 1/29/2014 3:20PM

    I posted in the forum about staying calm.

Riley is very lucky to have you, and your strength. He gets it from you, and it starts from you. Stay strong.


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PICKIE98 1/29/2014 1:57PM

    You are both blessed. What a great kid: what a great mom.

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