"Winning has nothing to do with racing. Most days don't have races anyway. Winning is about struggle and effort and optimism, and never, ever, ever giving up."

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I have taken a break from blogging lately, due to the fact that not much has been happening on the running front. I have been battling Strep Throat, and therefore, my running has been little to none. The most challenging part of having Strep, was that I developed a rash around my neck, that caused my throat to swell, making it hard to swallow, and even breathe. So I took the time I needed to recover, and am happy I listened to my body.

Saturday was my first real run since being sick. I had planned to do a 21 mile run. I was also signed up to run the Valentine's Day 5K around Lake Harriet. Heather picked me up and we went to the St. Paul Lifetime, and ran a 6 mile loop. We then met up with Jim and KG to run our normal 18 mile loop. By the time we got to Lake Harriet, I was 16 miles into my morning run. I ran 1 more mile along Lake Harriet with the group, and then circled back to the Bandshell to get ready for my 5K. My 5K was slow. I was cold, hungry, tired, and ready to be done. When I finished the 5K I had run 21.1 miles, and it felt like it!

Fitsok gave me the opportunity to run this race for them! Not only did I get to enjoy a fun run with the running community. I got a sweet tech shirt, Twin Cities in Motion winter hat, and another great pair of Fitsok socks!!! Thanks Fitsok!

The best part of the day was getting to see former and current clients run their 5K's! Nothing blesses my heart more than seeing people I care deeply about, overcome challenges, and accomplish their goals!

Kent Wheelock (former rockstar client), Pam Wheelock (current rockstar client), Brittany Wheelock (current rockstar client). All three have seen tremendous success in their personal fitness goals, and I am simply thrilled to get to be a part of their journey!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

On the Sidelines

I find it odd for as healthy as I eat, as often as I exercise, as much as I supplement vitamins, and as well as I sleep every night, that once again, I find myself sick. But here I am, in the throws of another cold. I spent Saturday and Sunday on the couch. My biggest adventure on Saturday was taking a shower. I am blessed to have an incredible husband who took extremely good care of me--including cleaning, cooking, and just hanging out by my side.

Sunday morning, I got up to meet Heather, we were supposed to do a 24 mile run, ha! I often believe I am capable of more than I actually am, when I'm sick. So I met her at 7AM, ready to run, it was a beautiful morning. We decided to run the 18 mile loop instead. After a mile in, I realized that I felt sick and wasn't going to make. 1.14 miles, and I was ready to WALK back to the gym. Epic fail. I am happy that I listened to my body and did not try to push through.

I have taken Saturday, Sunday, and today off from running. It has made me sad that I haven't gotten to enjoy the nice weather we've had, but I know my body needs to fully recover before I jump back into it. As much as slowing down has been good for me, it sure is a bummer.

As I layed on the couch all of Saturday, I drifted in and out of sleep. While I was awake I just kept asking why I get so sick, when I take such good care of my body?! I did not get an answer, but I did find rest and relaxation. And that is exactly what my body is needing right now. I am still feeling crummy, but trust that this down time is good for me.