YES the picture attached on this blog is me and I wanted to just get a quick snap shot after my short run this evening and YES I smell like sweat and I need a shower. Nothing like just laying the truth out there for all to read but as far as I know only family and some close friends are signed up for this blog but this is also a public blog as well and I am going to leave it that way for now.
I have been on a weekly training schedule with Jeff Galloway and if you are not familiar with him make sure to google his name and you can learn about him. Jeff is a past Olympian so he has some smarts on this running deal so I have chosen this adventure for several reasons. 1 is to keep me in an exercise mode, 2 is to stay in shape, 3 is to be able run and keep my knee in good shape while running since I have had major problems in the past when trying to train and with Jeff Galloway he monitors this. 4 to achieve some personal goals. So there it is in a nut shell :-).
I have a new NIKE+Sportwatch GPS that is awesome, it's amazing how technology has come such a long way. This watch records my time, pace, calories burned, route and all I have to do is upload the data on my lap top and I have all the information up on my personal Nike site! Its so neat to see my progress over the weeks and it inspires me to continue to improve.
So I am getting my run on :-) I have lost over 15 pounds by watching what I am eating and just plain doing my best to eat better! Tooting my own horn I am and proud of it. Baggy britches never felt so good..lol
Spending the weekend at Fort Wilderness which is a part of Walt Disnery World me and my nephew Ryan have our own cabin to ourselves and enjoying the time together. It is so hard to believe that he is now in 8th grade and is just about as tall as me and will more than likely be as tall as his grandfather, my Dad. Time flys by way to fast it seems and before you know he will be driving and then college!
There are 8 of us total here this weekend and 5 of them will be running the Disney Marathon and I am not a part of the number...I am part of the 3 that will be waiting for them to cross the finish line. The race starts at 10:00pm this evening and the runners have until 3am to make it in, I am praying that our group makes it in way before 3am. I am personally not ready for run 12 miles but sooner or later I hope to be but time will tell.
My brother n law Raul is running and he is know to run like the wind.
My sister Lori is running but in my opinion should not be because of her knee problem but she feels her knee will be fine! But I am going to have to pray her thru this thing and trust everything will be fine. RUN LORI RUN!!!!!!
Susan is a close friend of ours she has ran forever, well as long as I have known her and thats a long time. If I have to give her a name to describe her it would be THE MIRACLE!!!!
Susan has gone thru and beat so many physical challenges over the past few years that if half of you knew what they were you would say WOW she is THE MIRACLE!!! God seriously brought her out of what some would think questionable. Susan is an inspiration to me and I am sure to others that know her as well.
Brian and Donna are two other close friends and they have been running for quite a while now and because they do not live close to me I do not have any descriptive words for you to get to know them from my point of view but what I am glad about is that Donna is going to keep up with Lori and that is awesome for Lori and others like me who would be worrying if it were any different.
I have enjoyed some time away and am looking forward to going to some parks tomorrow.
I will blog to let you know how they all do maybe tomorrow so keep a look out.
Yes I ran today and was glad that I did. First of all I have been so speratic with my running that the getting in shape part has not worked but as of late its changing slowly. In the past my right knee has caused some set backs but now I where a brace and it does wonders. I have also lost 13 pounds in the last month and I feel that has helped me as well.
Today my friend Sarah said she was running and I decided to go. As soon as I got home I changed into my running gear and talked my self through while waiting for her to get to my house. Part of talking through it was a pep talk for myself and also asking God to help me through this run. My goal was to run without stopping for 3 miles and I was determined and I felt good so with that type of positive surrounding me I knew I had a good chance of making this happen. I went at my own comfortable pace and concentrated on not having to run a race against a clock. I ran the 3 miles with out stopping and I am very proud of myself :-).
If you are reading this and feel like your struggling at something make sure to not give up. A positive outlook can bring on amazing things. I found I had to find the positive in me and not from others when it comes to this running gig. After we hit the 3 miles Sarah gave me a high five and that was when I needed that positive from someone other than myself....that was a great moment. I know this sound small to some people but for me and the struggle with my knee has been a bummer but I have that under control now and am able to pay attention when I am over doing it.
Now I am going to continue to do my best and not feel the pressure I created for myself before. Let's do this but do it the best you can for yourself.