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
After a mad dash to the expo after hitting a lot of traffic we got there with 30 min to spare. Lots of stuff discounted as they were getting ready to shut things down. Immediately after getting out of the car I was like - uh oh - it's much more humid here than 2 hours away in Richmond. After getting to our hotel we took stock made a good plan for breakfast and went to get dinner at Mannino's. … [Read more...] about Rock n Roll Virginia Beach Race Report
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
I have been really stressing about this day because I knew once it came - I'd be in countdown mode to this really crazy race. Sometimes I feel like its impossible but wasn't it Walt Disney himself that said - "It's kind of fun to do the impossible" - we'll see about fun when I am running miles in 17 but I'll take your word for it now. I've been toying with buying a treadmill for months. I've … [Read more...] about Day 1 Body Flow and Treadmills
I'm writing this recap as the month of June closes. While the weather has been great I haven't. After lowering my thyroid medicine 3 times now, I'm all out of sorts. I haven't had a lot of energy and it shows in the lack of run posts and journal entries. May started off pretty well. The first week of May my breathing was still off and I was stressing about the upcoming 17 miles the next … [Read more...] about May and June – Feeling bad and struggling
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
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!