Wednesday, October 18, 2006


This is a big weekend for running with the Chicago Marathon and the Nike half marathon.

To my running buddy DeeDee : I know this hasn't been the year you had hoped it would be. But you always get through, look at the positive and learn. I feel so sad that your ITB is bad and you haven't been able to run. Last year, in Chicago you did your first marathon, and what an awesome experience that was. This year on your second marathon- you overcame a spine fracture to run again, put in alot of miles, and you will be at the starting line positive you will finish even if your knee hurts. You will not DNS.(Do Not Start). You will be among the crowd in the rain ,cold and possible snow to set out and overcome the 26.2 miles. I am so proud of you and how far you have come. Good luck!

To Dawn and Roger(cycling friends): Good luck- you guys have been great friends

To Lisa: Your outfit looks great-celebrate the day.

To 21st Century Mom: Good Luck at the Nike Half--you deserve the Bling!!

To Juls: Hope you are doing better and can do the half--but remember your goals.

To everyone running this weekend that I haven't mentioned- enjoy and celebrate life. It can be far to short and you need to grasp the moment!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


SPIN: 60 min. / AVE HR=156 / MAX HR 168

From start to finish, today was one of those hectic days. I did make it to spin class(1 minute late). Mary restarted the entire class of 25 people -so I wouldn't miss anything. It was a great workout! Alot of challenging hills with pickups in the middle. One hill lasted 17 min then we visualized passing other riders to the top. I don't think I passed too many other people ,I barely made it over the hill.

Back home in Ohio , my father-in-law will be starting brain radiation. My hubby is flying out to be there when he comes home from the hospital on Thurs.

Monday, October 16, 2006


WEIGHTS: 10min

Today, I am back to work. I love working at a cancer care center but with the challenges in my life right now it's tough. My first patient this morning was 46 and due to get her first radiation treatment to her lung. We just got the report on her ct of the brain and it has spread. We changed course. Today we started treating her brain. How in a few minutes your life can change. I realize the importance of every moment and the legacy we leave behind. Looking to the future -I know also the importance of taking the challenges ahead in my family one day at a time.

I was late to the gym so I missed the BOSU class. I ran on the treadmill for 30 min. My body felt like it had never run before. I also did a little upper body at the weight machines. I felt alot better when I got back home.

Sunday, October 15, 2006


The weekend went from bad to worse to ?worser. My father-n-law has very very advanced and wide spread lung cancer. I flew to Ohio yesterday and was the families point person to talk to doctors. By the afternoon -I had talked to them all(neurologist, pulmonologist, and oncologist). It was time to sit down with dad. I was the spokesperson. Options were limited. There is no cure. We will procede with radiation to the brain for local control. Chemotherapy would decrease quality of life and not gain much time. We are looking into hopsice for the future and are going to take one day at a time. Life is so precious. Grab every minute and hang on.