It was SO Exciting! Finally, we were on our way. A year of planning, running, running, running.... ups and downs, illnesses and setbacks and here we were - for better or worse heading to Disney for the Dopey Challenge. It was hard to believe we were on our way. There were times this year I wondered if we'd make it. We were meeting some great friends for this trip also and we were all excited … [Read more...] about DOPEY CHALLENGE 2018
November training was so disheartening - I was hoping for so much more in December. January was coming so fast, I had costumes to make, Christmas to manage and I needed to get my energy back. Two iron infusions and I was starting to feel like myself again. On Dec 4th I started running again with a 5k. I new that the training plan called for a mock dopey of sorts which I really wanted to … [Read more...] about Countdown to Dopey – December Training
SEPTEMBER - 56.6 MILES - 273.5 FOR THE YEAR Well, September started out great with the Rock n Roll VA Beach race. You can see my race report for that here. The week after I didn't run - My dad and stepmom were visiting over the weekend with Taylor and his cat and we had so much going on I felt like I needed a break. I also got a little behind on my allergy shots and had to get them multiple … [Read more...] about September October and November Training
While July was great August was better. It started out with a run and a weekend get away. I missed my long run the weekend we were visiting Taylor in Maryland but had a great time with the family. Maryland is so much more hilly. We brought Taylor some goodies from home helped him get his TV set up and spent the weekend hanging out together. Here's a few pics from our trip. The animals all got … [Read more...] about Getting it done in August
July in Virginia was HOT! HUMID! and not great for running outside. I started the month outside but by my third run of the month and I had kicked myself into a lupus flare. That day I was really struggling to breathe on my run. It was super humid and by that evening on the 7th I was already feeling more joint pain than usual - I even backed out of my neighbor's party. The weekend was a … [Read more...] about July – Getting on track for Dopey
As I continue to climb the miles I realize I would greatly benefit from cross training. Time isn't the issue - its that fine line of overworking my body to where a flare is imminent. I thought I would start with Piyo. Piyo is a low impact workout that leverages your body weight to build strength. It's also what I consider a very active yoga type of workout. You will do yoga poses but instead … [Read more...] about April Training and the woes of cross training
March, what a different story than February. The month started out cold but I was determined to improve over last month. Taylor was in between contracts and so of course - it was better already just from that. The first week of March I finished all my scheduled runs. Zone 2 is definitely starting to feel more comfortable even if the weather isn't. The sun was out though and I could feel the … [Read more...] about March Training and Improvements
My first run of the month was good in general - minus the racing heart rate. My thyroid is all messed up again and I can feel it. Heart racing, hot flashes, no sleep - ugh. Therefore I decided to give my body a break and walk for my first "run" of the month. What's crazy is how high my heart rate was walking. Definitely going to share this with my endocrinologist. … [Read more...] about February Training, Setbacks and a Little Anxiety!
Happy Valentines Day! Today I was totally stressing about Dopey selling out before I got to register for it. In walks my Knight in Shining Armor and says - register Dopey for you and Taylor (my oldest and long distance running partner) and I'll do the 5k and 10k with you guys. Adding on a happy Valentines day he casually walks out as I run to get our credit card and then race around the house … [Read more...] about I’m Registered for Dopey!
We had a couple of all-consuming trips planned in January. We were in Disney for a long weekend over New Years which was amazing and definitely got me excited for the Dopey Challenge next year. We left as all the runners were arriving and you could feel the excitement with all of the signs, postings everywhere and those that were clearly there for race weekend. We also were in Austin … [Read more...] about January Progress