Wednesday, December 10, 2014

IT HAS CONTINUTED

What has continued? My motivation!!! For over 2 years, I have launched multiple comebacks. They have all failed. This time since September, my mojo has stayed. What has changed? The first is that my work and travel schedule has lightened up. This has happened before but what is different this time? The BIG difference is I now have met a great group of people to run with!! They are the Bolingbrook Fun Run Club.

I have known about the Bolingbrook Fun Run Club for several years. Due to a crazy schedule and fear of running with a group again, I did not go to any of their meet ups. In August, I noticed a meet up for a Turtle Group. They met in a park that had a 1.2mile loop. This was my chance. I went and encountered a group of around 15 people. The group Leader was a friend, Gladys. I was made to feel so comfortable and I felt like I fit in. I made it 2 loops doing a walk:run. I was never happier.

Now it is December and I am for the first time since 2011 planning for next years races. I am so excited. One of the highlights of 2015 will be doing the Ragnar relay from Madison, WI to Chicago with a team of 12 runners. Depending on the lottery, I hope to add the Marine Corp Marathon. and also, I am actually working on a training schedule and rejoined Lifetime Fitness!!

I plan to blog about this entire journey!! Let's do this. My friend gave me a bracelet last night that is our motto-- "Harden the F*** Up" It's go time!

Waddling with the Bolingbrook Fun Run Club.....

Friday, November 07, 2014

On the Run....

One of the biggest lessons that I have learned in my returning is to lower my expectations. I cannot compare anything to the past. Today I ran 3 miles. Very slow pace. Most importantly- I got out the door. It is not how far or how fast.

Bucket list items- Ragnar Relay. This week the running group that I belong to decided to form a team for the Chicago Ragnar. I got all the information. Money not an object. Time off not a problem. I think training is do-able. But then I saw minimum average pace= 11 min/mile.  Holy Crappers. Then I looked at the distance choices for each of the 12 runners and it also showed difficulty. Only saw 2 or 3 options possible for me on my very best day ever. Disappointment set in. maybe this item will not get marked off my list. I emailed the team captain for more information but my optimism is not high and I am disappointed. My family is always- you can do it.  I understand that age and reality are different. We will see.

I will go out and run again tomorrow. Other goals and bucket list items are still there.

Waddling still.........

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I AM COMING BACK....

Where have I been?

A new job, a new grandchild, and a variety of other things gave me plenty of excuses to have a sedentary lifestyle. For almost 2 years I have been basically a couch potato. I know that has to change.

Where I am at?

I am on a journey to dig out of an overweight and unhealthy hole. It's sort of dark in here but I am beginning to see some glimmers of light. I have met an awesome group of very supportive runners who are helping me climb.

Where do I want to be?

I have set many goals in the past year that I have not achieved which makes digging out even tougher. Now it is time to be realistic. I did survive a 5K in September doing a run/walk. I want to run the entire 5K(short term). 2 long term goals- Marine Corp Marathon and Ragnar Relay.

Waddling on a new journey.......

Sunday, December 30, 2012

GO AWAY 2012!

This is one of the few times in my life that I am ready for a year to finish. Not that I am wishing my life away. It just sucked in every aspect.

The worst part was the decline of my father's health leading up to his passing in August. I know that he was 90 but he was so full of life. In March, he fell in church and was not found by anyone for hours. That seemed to be the beginning of the end. I was blessed to spend many weekend with him and he was able to take a veterans trip to DC with my son. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of him many times.

I did not do any triathlons this year and just felt crappy. Finally, I  believe to have found a huge problem with infections around my teeth. This led to having all my teeth removed the week before Christmas and implants put in. Due to a problem encountered, I will be on a soft diet until November of 2013. I so far have lost 11 lbs. and everyday feel an improvement.

Tomorrow, I am of restrictions since the surgery and can begin to work out again. It will be digging out of quite the hole but I have some exciting goals for 2013.

I hope to blog more to make me more accountable.

Waddling quickly out of 2013....

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

SheRox Triathlon


SheRox weekend 2012 will always have a special place in my memory. It was packd from Friday to Sunday with sun and inspiration.

On Friday night, our LUNA Chix team hosted a pre-race party. That is where we met the grandma's who were doing their first triathlon. How inspiring they were! We met many others doing their first tri with many questions. Their excitement was contagious.

Saturday was the race Expo day. We had the team tent there all day. We saw the grandma's picking up their packets with big smiles.We met many more and spred the word of our weekly bikes and runs. We had a raffle basket to raise money for the Breast Cancer Fund. At the end of the day, we talked to many more newbies and raise $1025 for our cause.

Sunday was race day. For the first time, I was on a relay team. Flipper had the swim and Snoopy had the run. I got my favorite part which was the bike. The bike course is 2 loops and I was glad to be in wave 3 out of 30. It gave me a clear ride for at least loop 1. It was a little strange to go to a Tri with so little packed. Our relay team had so much fun. We were thrilled, amazed, and humbled by the fact that we finished in 5th out of 58 teams. We all decide to put this on our schedule for 2013!

Waddling into the rest of the season......

PS---The grandmas finished with big smiles and signed up for SheRox Bermuda!!!

Friday, June 08, 2012

SEASON OPENER

This is a big weekend for the Tri team that I am on. It is our 2012 first race weekend. I am a member of the Chicago LUNA Chix Tri Team. It is a great honor but along with that alot of fun and meeting people.

This weekend we are a sponsor of SheRox women's Tri in Naperville,IL. Because of this, we are able to reach out to many women and encourage their participation in athletics. I love this! Tonight is a meet and greet. 2 hours of wine, appetizers, music, and meet the team. We raise money for the Breast cancer fund and half of the proceeds go to this.

Tomorrow from 10-4 is the Race Expo. We have a tent and spend the day talking to paritcipants, handing out samples, andhave put together a great raffle. we hope to promote our Monday night runs and Wednesday night bike rides. So many newbies are afraid to group activities and we hope to change that.

Sunday is race day! This year for the first time, I am on a relay team. I am doing the bike portion. Scout,my Quintana Roo CD01, is anxious and ready to go! Then I will be at the finish cheering all the women to finish. A lot are doing their first Tri this weekend and it is an inspiring weekend.

Waddling into a great weekend...........

Thursday, May 10, 2012

FIRST CLINIC

Last night I did my first clinic as a USAT coach. It was a Triathlon Transition Clinic. My focus was on newbies doin SheRox in Naperville. I wasn't nervous at all. I had so much fun. It was a great group of ladies that held on to every word.

I felt bad in the middle of it. The more that I talked about how crazy transition can be the bigger the eyes of the girl on the front row got! I was scaring her. It was not my intent but I wanted to make sure they knew what they were facing in a sprint with 1,000 other women.

They had alot of great questions. I felt like that I learned as much from them as they did from me.

Waddling with a smile.....

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