Thursday, March 20, 2014

Endomondo Cycling Workout

Clycling on the Olympic Discovery Trail with my son Aaron & biking buddy Lester.
The view of the Olympics was majestic, my impromtu picture with gloved hands that couldn't zoom the camera don't do them justice.  Simply breathtaking!

Beyond the dairy farm is the Olympics

Lester & I  got 42.50 miles in 3h:15m:43s tracked using Endomondo.
Burned over 4,000 calories. While my amazing son who's been biking his whole life since the age of 4 and dirtbiking since the age of 8 has been on this racing/road bike just a few times. Tuesday we did 17 miles, today he did 37 miles!

First long ride for Aaron & I am SUPER PROUD of him!
We rode the Discovery Trail on Tuesday 3/18/14 & got about 17 miles, the climbing was a little tougher on him due to his unhealthy habit of smoking. But, he's committed to quiting, YEA!!

The Boy showing his Momma some love!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Beginnings and Endings....

Friends come into our lives and sometimes, sadly they leave, unexpectedly....

February 7, 2014 I received a sad message from a fellow alumni, she was letting me know of a classmates passing.  Stunned and shocked to hear that not only was she my classmate, Julie was a good friend, and she was gone....

I had just driven my daughter to school when I saw the notification, I pulled over saw the words and all I could do was cry. What do you MEAN, she's gone? No way! How, when, why?!? So many questions. I had almost no answers, except she had been found by her parents after they had not heard from her for a  few days. Oh Julie, my heart hurts. It hurts for her family, her son, for all those who loved and cared for her.

Julie and I met when we were just little kiddos in 3rd grade, a long time ago! We lost tough for a few years, but once in junior high and high school, we maintained a great friendship. Sadly we lost touch after high school, but quickly picked up where we left off after 25 years when we were in the midst of planning our 25th high school reunion(in 2008-2009) Here it is 5 years later and I'm right in the middle of planning my 30th reunion...

Julie(who's gone now), Jodi, Me(at my heaviest), Mary & Julie...these were & are some of my closest friends from school.

I was going to call Julie to ask for her involvement. I KNOW she would have loved to be help. I kept thinking about her and calling, then it was to late...that was a tough pill to swallow!

I waited too long...

September 2013: me, Lu, Julie & Jodi

I know Julie was looking at all that showed to celebrate her life and no doubt giving some "high 5's". We packed the place Julie, so many classmates, friends and family showed out of love and care for you.

           Celebrating our friend...

Julie had a soft spot for the underdog, in all aspects of life, be it human or animal, she was an advocate. Bless her for giving all that she could, to who needed it most.

High school, circa 1983-84: Michelle, Debby, Jodi, me, Mary & Julie.

We shared so many laughs and fun times from a young age through junior high and into high school. Julie fought Leukemia as a young girl in the 4th grade and beat it. While her life was a tough battle from a young age, she wasn't a complainer.

Yep, Jules, sure am sorry you're gone from us, but your memory is forever alive and we'll not forget....

One bit of advice: Don't wait! Pick up the phone, send an email & reach out. You never know when it's to late.

Love you my friend ❤️

Monday, December 2, 2013

Bump in the Road

Is this but a bump in the road or  a mountain completely blocking the road? IDK? I do know this, 2013 has been an up and down kind of say the least...

I made a decision today after months of struggles to get back on that horse! So glad I did.

Suffice to say, I've been in quite a slump for months. Yet, looking back over 2013 and the 'big picture' you'd think I would be bouncing off the walls...this once ubber-fluffy wife & mom couldn't run a mile let alone a half-marathon. But I did. I never rode a bike, albeit a cheap mountain bike, more than 12 miles. Now? I've ridden Buffy over 60 miles(at once) for fun, did Tour De Blast ride up Mt St. Helens (54 of the 82 miles) Ran my first 10K, 15K, Half-Marathon, Iron Girl Tri-Athlon

Athlete Iron Girl 2013 - Seattle, WA
1/2 mile swim/12 mile bike ride/5K run

My training partner Vicki & I just after finishing.
While my time stunk in the swim, I kicked in high gear for the ride and did ok in the run. But, crossing that finish line was an AMAZING feeling!

Mile 27 and I reached 3000 foot elevation. The last 9-10 of those miles were TORTURE!
You'd think, oh, easy-peasy to ride back down 27 miles...except it wasn't ALL downhill! There was plenty of climbing those first 16 miles, many ups & downs...
Shari and I did this together and boy were we thrilled with our accomplishment!

Shari and I just before taking off....

My road bike's name...Buffy the Fat Slayer

Those few hours of intense climbing were the dig deep, suck it up, self-talk I ever had...ok, well, except the last 3 miles of my half marathon when I was in such agony and bout's of bawling like a baby all the while running despite the pain...ya, I've learned a few lessons in 2013.

Sometimes the pain can stop you... or, not... knowing you can push through, is the single.most.amazing.feeling.EVER!

So much more to say...

All time heaviest & a size 22-24 woman
Sans 80 pounds & in a size 12

For now, I'll leave you with this...when that little voice of self-doubt starts to creep in and fill your head with nonsense....
.........................Tell it to SHUT UP!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My Hannah


My running partner Vicki & Hannah
My girl, is A-mazing! She's been bitten by the running bug...

In May, Hannah ran in our towns annual Rhody Run 12k, her first ever event.  While I was suppose to run it with her, I was sidelined with my torn hamstring. Such an exciting moment seeing her enter the park and make that last jaunt around the field, I couldn't have been more proud of my girl!

In June we went to Vancouver, WA for my half marathon with the Medical advice to not push myself while my hamstring was still healing. Hannah was staunchly against me doing it, she was worried I would injure myself further. But, I knew I had to I set out to do it I knew I had the first couple of miles to change my mind(if I needed to stop)...of course I didn't change my mind! I did it, all 13.1 miles, though my body wouldn't let me run the entire race, I ran most of it...I was in agony those last 3 miles and in tears most of them, but I kept going. Seeing Hannah at the last block before crossing the finish line brought more tears to my eyes, she has been SO supportive of me, she's been my #1 fan, along with Gary and Aaron! I think Hannah seeing me get through the half was a turning point for her. She said right then and there she WAS going to do it with me next year! How awesome is that?

My daughter & my amazing supporter!

The end of July we ran in the Seattle Torchlight 8k with my dear friend Shari along with many of her family members. Though it was a tough run for me, Hannah did awesome! All and all it was a fun night and once again reinforced in Hannah she wants to RUN!

The 'girls' getting ready for the Seattle Torchlight 8k, ARGH Matey!

Fast forward to the end of summer and her PTHS-Cross Country Team started practicing every day. Within the first week she started having IT Band issues...she was devastated and I, her Mom was heartbroken. I knew the pain all to well and while it kept me from running, I hoped and prayed there would be relief for her. She needed to be able to run every single day, except she couldn't. Thankfully with foam rolling and some specialized help in our local swimming pool she is feeling much improvement.  Today as I picked her up she shouted out "Mom, I got to RUN today!!" While she didn't get to run as many miles as she had hoped she did get to run...


Oh my girl, she's a runner  & I am one super proud Momma!!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Bitter Sweet Moments

Vancouver Half Marathon, June 16, 2013:
That was the first goal I set for myself a year ago, beyond my ultimate goal of getting fit and losing 100 pounds. I saw this picture of my classmate and what prompted me to say, HEY, I want to do that! OK, never mind, I had not run since I was maybe 16 years old!

Paul, just crossed the finish line of the Vancouver Half!
Paul inspired me...these past 12 months I have done a few runs,a 5K, 10K & 15K... they all were leading up to this amazing opportunity to run in my first Half Marathon.  Only problem, 6 weeks ago I injured my hamstring. Yes, in theory 6 weeks should be enough time for it to heal. Under optimal conditions, yes, ZI should be good to run 13.1 miles on Sunday. But, I’m not. 3 weeks ago I re-injured it doing nothing more than a few quick steps in a hurry to do something, there was that POP sound again followed by pain...oi vie!

I am beyond disappointed! This has been a year long goal that I now get to watch from the sidelines instead of running next to my friend! My husband, daughter and I are traveling the 4 hours to Vancouver, despite my not getting to run this, I have to be there  to support Patty!
My dear friend Patty... love her to pieces~
I’m sure there will be much excitement in the air with the thousands of people participating. I don’t know how I am going to feel 9am Sunday morning when that start gun goes off and I am on the sidelines...I just know I need to be there!
I am looking forward to July, August and beyond, I have events planned.  I should be able to the Seattle Torchlight 8k in July. Then in August I am doing an Iron Girl with two of my amazing gym instructors! We are all registered and feeling the excitement...

Me & my running shoes WILL be pounding pavement, soon!
So, on this bittersweet weekend I have look forward to for a year, I am not looking at this as an obstacle, but as a bump in the road. I am just starting my second year of LIVING LIFE to it’s fullest and I know there is much more ahead of me to look forward too~

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Paralizing FEAR

Do you have fears?
What does fear do to you? Do you let it paralyze you?

As you can probably tell from some of my older posts I had let FEAR paralyzed me.  My Dad spent 20 years paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, although it could have had any number of ill effects on him, it didn’t. He never let it control WHO he was. My Dad was my hero. He died on February 6, 2010....after years of battling infections, lung issues and any number of ailments that plague a quadriplegic, he was tired. That last infection was it...Oh how I miss that man~

June 2nd 2012, a 'new' me...NO FEAR! With Aaron(my son) & Bailey

When I set my mind to a ‘new way’ of thinking, one of the first things I said was NO FEAR! Or ok, maybe see it, acknowledge it but FACE IT HEAD-ON! No more letting fear control me, I was in control of me...I changed. I chose to get up and get moving. I chose to make healthy food choices. I also decided to share my story, in hopes to reach YOU. To show you that anything is possible if I can do it! Anyone can do it~

My amazing kids & I May 2011, exactly 1 year before I 'woke up' and said NO FEAR!

I started a Blog, as a means help YOU, to motivate YOU, to offer YOU hope! By making my life an open book I’m putting myself on the line(just a wee bit). I’m inviting you into my world. When I open me up to you, I am held accountable. AHA, see, there'is no faking it on my end. I can't be just 'talking the talk' I HAVE to walk the walk...OK, OK, OK, yes, some people could be ‘blowing smoke’ but, c’mon...I am not good at faking it! As anyone who ‘knows’ me, can say...I wear my heart on my shirtsleeve. Eh, that’s ok. I’d rather be known to show emotion than be known as emotionless!

Memorial Day 2013, my Daughter & one of my biggest supporters!

And I am one happy person these days! Still reveling in the one year mark and oh so grateful I face fear now, head-on!

I hear you Dad, loud and clear...saying...Atta' Girl~
1982 Father Daughter banquet