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Feb 23, 2014 - Running    No Comments

Disney Princess Half Marathon

Right now, I am in the starting chute.

And I’m trying to focus my mind. Here’s what I have been thinking about…

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

It’ll be worth it.

See you at the finish line.

 

Feb 22, 2014 - Running    No Comments

Anticipation

Tomorrow is race day.

I’m willingly waking up early, dressing ridiculous and running an incredibly long way.

I have to get up in a few hours to begin the trek to the starting gate. Dressed as Marlin from Finding Nemo, with giant googley eyes and fins glued to my sweat band.

I’ve been anxious as well and I need to remember my training goal:

Princess Half Marathon Disney

I have CariAnn and Sarah, cheerleaders extraordinaire, by my side, dressed as Dory who will remind me to “Just Keep Swimming! Just Keep Swimming!” and Nemo to inspire me to chase something worth it! Tomorrow morning, I hope to share victory. I won’t be the fastest by any  means and starting from the last corral, but it will be a victory for me.

I hope to demonstrate Olympic Perseverance.

 

Feb 20, 2014 - Running    1 Comment

Olympic Perseverance

Human interest stories outrank medal counts.

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At least in my mind. I want to know the back story. The How and the Why of the athletes much more than I want to know the What. In my mind, the color of the medal pales in comparison to the sacrifices, tears, successes and years of training to get there. I want to see Olympic Perseverance.

But I’m a writer. I love a good story.

This is what I want to see in the Olympics.

That’s Olympic Perseverance.

What about you? Who comes to your rescue when you need it most? Who encourages you to finish, walks alongside you, lets you cry on their shoulder? Who helps you persevere?

Do you have Olympic Perseverance? What’s your story?

Feb 8, 2014 - Running    1 Comment

The Best Laid Plans…

… often go awry.

Here’s my running update:

Knees in pain: 1

Hips in pain: 1

New shoes purchased: 2 (with orthotics)

Knee braces worn: 3

Running partners: 0

Two weeks out from the Disney Princess Half Marathon and things are not looking great. My scoliosis combined with increasing from 5K distance to half marathon distance and unwillingness to stop has left me with several angry joints needing a little TLC. I’ve sought the experts in the field, been fit tested, filmed running on a treadmill, and changed my gait pattern to alleviate joint strain as much as possible. It’s working slowly, but my milage is rather pitiful, especially for two weeks out.

But I knew it would be okay, my friend and prime cheerleader, Tracy would be by my side through the race to get me through.

Jingle Jungle 5K

Until I got this dreaded phone call. Tracy was the passenger in a car on her way to a Superbowl party when the car was hit simultaneously totaling the car and dislodging the scalding hot crockpot of chili (braced by Tracy’s feet) burning her right leg and foot significantly. Tracy is okay. Nothing is broken. All parties walked (hobbled) away from the crash. Things could have been much worse. But of all the absurd injuries! She literally has blisters on the bottom of her foot from a flying volcano of chili draining like lava down into her shoe, scorching along its entire path. She is on crutches and is unable to run.

Tracy was so encouraging and kind even when she told me what had happened. What an amazing friend that she broke the news to me gently that she could not run with me — while she was in the ER undergoing wound care on her foot! Even while I was thankful that my friend was going to be okay, I was crushed that she could not run. This was supposed to be fun. Supposed to be an exciting thing to do together a time to cheer each other on, but instead, Tracy will be cheering from the sidelines and finish line, and I’ll be running solo.

This may seem like a trivial example when compared to others, but large or small, we are crushed when plans change. How do we deal with it?  What do we do when goals are blocked? When things are out of our control? How do we press on in uncertainty?

Above my bed I have a small wooden plaque which reads, “I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow.” I’m going to start there. While allowing myself to be sad that plans have changed, I’m going to believe that God is not out of control. Not a sparrow, or a person, or a pot of steaming chili is outside of His control. I don’t always understand, and when that happens I pray, “I believe. Help my unbelief.”

I’ll run this one solo, for me and for my friend, running buddy,and encourager who has been my cheerleader for the past eight months of training. See you at the finish line, Tracy.

Jan 20, 2014 - My Story, Running    No Comments

When you need a reminder…

… Just look at your toes!

Awesome socks

 

I’ve been having a hard time keeping up the motivation for running lately dealing with a quasi-injury and nearing the big day without enough miles behind me. So these arrived just in the nick of time. I’ve been wearing them every night — because that’s when I actually see my toes the most — and being thankful for friendship, encouragement, and hard work.

Thanks for thinking I’m awesome, CariAnn!

I’m ready to keep running now.

Dec 17, 2013 - Running    1 Comment

My Marathon Progress

I ran a third of a marathon. Just over eight miles!

running, marathon

 

And it felt good. Even in those pants!

It was the first time I felt like I was in a rhythm, a groove. I plodded along, forging steadily onward for EIGHT MILES! I ran with a friend and the peer pressure kept me going well beyond what I could have done alone. And that got me thinking about my favorite Bible verses, Hebrews 12:1-2 which read,

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

I understand those verses in way I never did before I started my running adventure. I know what running with endurance looks like. I know how important it is to lay aside weights and things which drag me down. I understand both the joys of aerodynamics and the irritation of chafing!

And I know how important it is to have someone with me, going at the same pace, encouraging my progress. This is true in running and in life. I would have quit well before I hit seven miles if CariAnn hadn’t been there. I would have given up in so many other areas of life without friends and family members pacing me– helping me conserve energy when I needed to and pushing me to sprint to the finish at other times. My quarter marathon run and those verses reminded me of the importance of choosing a good running mate because he or she can have an incredible influence on your race.

Who are you running with?

 

Dec 2, 2013 - Book Review, Running    No Comments

The Running Dream

Car accident. Amputation. Stump. Prosthetist. Cerebral Palsy. Disability. Perseverance. Success.

That’s a ten word summary of the best book I’ve read in the recent past.

the running dream

The Running Dream chronicles the story of Jessica, a bright young sprinter who loses her right leg below the knee after a catastrophic car accident. Jessica reluctantly enters the world of doctors, disability, rehab, and feels conspicuous at every turn. She is forced to relearn the simplest of tasks, like getting to the toilet. Upon returning to school, Jessica begins to relate to her peers with disabilities in a new way. She befriends Rosa, a Freshman and math genius with Cerebral Palsy who begins to tutor Jessica. Through her friendship with Rosa, Jessica learns (and understands in a personal way) that everyone wants to be seen for who they are not for their disability.

Jessica progresses in rehab, is fit for a walking prosthesis and is able to be fit for a running prosthesis (through the tireless fundraising efforts of her track teammates). Jessica begins training again because she was made to run– it is what she enjoys most in life, something transcendent and nearly indescribable. After describing the joys of running to her new friend, Rosa, Jessica determines to push Rosa in her wheelchair for a ten mile race so that Rosa too can experience the joy of the journey and the wind in her hair.

Author Wendelin Van Draanen impacted me on so many levels. I am an occupational therapist and work with children and teens with disabilities just like Rosa’s and Jessica’s. I was impressed with the accuracy of Van Draanen’s depiction of the rehab process. Some of the tips Jessica was given I have shared with some of my patients! Also, I have done research about the place of persons with disabilities and daily seek to see them (and encourage others to see them) as people first who happen to be dealing with a disability. And I am an aspiring runner. I am growing to understand the joys of running, accomplishment, and the magic of the finish line. I enjoyed the emotions that Van Draanen was able to bring into this book: the financial strain of hospital bills, the guilt of survival, the changes in relationships, and the thrill of success.

I loved this book. My only edit would be, that had Jessica had occupational therapy as part of her rehab process, she wouldn’t have had to perform a dangerous one-legged hop into the shower in one scene!

Truly fabulous read, Wendelin. Thank you for the powerful message. 

Oct 4, 2013 - Running    No Comments

The Happiest 5K

Yes, I participated in two 5K’s in one week. I know, ridiculous. They just happened to fall six days apart and I wanted to run in both. One because I believed in the cause, one because I wanted to encourage a friend of mine who was racing in his first ever 5K!

Plus, it’s an unbeatable photo op!

The Before:

White, crisp, clean and dry!

Before Color Run

 

Aaaaaaand, The After:

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Yes, it took several exfoliating scrubs to return to my normal color. And even then I had a slight bluish tinge for two days. But hey, that’s what makes it The Happiest 5K!

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