Monday, August 30, 2010

Are you Able....?

The other day I was listening to the radio, and although the program usually drives me crazy I listened anyway. Something about it intrigued me. And I thought I would share with you (and test it out!) It was a life coach talking about how people don't give themselves enough credit. One of the exercises she uses is to have someone list 50 personality attributes. The radio host had a hard time coming up with 3 before she said "pretty" and the life coach pointed out that was a physical attribute. So, I am going to see how I do, but I am only going to do 25.

8.dedicated oriented
11. (and yes....) inattentive
18.easy going
19. responsible
20. reliable
23.goal oriented
24. diligent
25. thrifty

Can you do it? Are you able to come up with 25-50 words to describe yourself in a positive way?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Madness

While on my 4-miler today I started thinking about what I had been experiencing on my runs. Mostly they were good things, but then I was almost run off the road. In my neighborhood the only place to run is on the road, rural roads. I am always careful by running against traffic, during the day and keep my iPod volume down. But sure enough, on every run I go on I experience the same thing....multiple times.

Is there a reason that vehicles need to speed UP when they see someone on the road? Or they don't move over to keep a safe distance? Today it happened at least 5 or 6 times. Thankfully most people are kind and slow down and move over, but it is those others that scare me. I see it happen when others are running on the road, or biking. It just re-itterates the fact that I need to constantly pay attention to my surroundings.

It then made me think about what others experience that makes them mad while they are running? So what irks your tater while running?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Letting it Out

It has been 3 weeks of training for my 2nd marathon. The past week has been an extremely emotional week. On Sunday and Monday I was able to run up Kelly Road. Sunday I did a little over 3 miles and averaged about a 10 1/2 minute mile. Which for me wasn't too bad, especially since I was running uphill. Monday was even better. Doing the same route and just adding an extra mile on I broke a 10 min/mile and finally hit 9 1/2! I was ecstatic!

I had planned to attend track night on Wednesday. I had to skip out though because I had two punch biopsies done at the dermatologist. One being on my right shin. (Feeling a little light headed the rest of the evening didn't help). So I spent the rest of the week "resting" my leg so the stitches wouldn't pull.

On Friday one of our labs, Hoss had a HUGE belly! He looked like he was pregnant. We decided to take him to the vet (half an hour before closing) and it began a roller coaster of emotions for the rest of the night. The vet initially thought he had either a liver or a spleenic mass that had ruptured and he was bleeding internally. Unfortunately they couldn't get him to calm down enough to get some fluid to determine what it was. Eric and I had to make the decision on whether to sedate him or getting a full ultrasound done in a few days. We chose to sedate. Initially the vet thought she saw a mass on his spleen. I was heartbroken. Since he was still sedated they decided to an xray to ensure that he would be a candidate for surgery. While they did that they also were able to a better ultrasound. They discovered that his heart was "a reverse D" and enlarged. The ultrasound showed that the heart wasn't contracting the way that it should. While he was sedated they were also able to drain off 3 liters of fluid from his abdomen. Both E and I were able to assist the vets in taking care of him. I got to hold the oxygen to his snout and E got to push on his abdomen to help the fluid out.

So a long story short, our dog has cardiomyopathy. It means his life will most likely be shorter than we ever hoped and/or expected. We started him on Lasix (a diuretic) and he has now peed a lot of the fluid that had collected in his abdomen. Tomorrow we should find out what canine cardiologist thinks is going on and what we will do from here.

I really wanted to bail on the team run on Saturday. Friday was a long night, and I was drained. But I pulled my butt out of bed early to go. I knew once I got there it would feel good to let some of that stress out. And I was right. 5 miles to let the emotional stress of skin biopsies and the fear of the life of my dog. 5 miles that I could relax. I felt relaxed and strong after I finished, something that is what I needed to get through this time.

Hoss....our "tubby" :)

Sunday, August 1, 2010


When I started running, I did it for myself. I didn't run to impress or make someone else happy. Little did I imagine that it would inspire anyone. In the past few weeks I have had about 5 or 6 people tell me that I inspired them to start running. I never imagined this.

Yesterday my cousin and his wife called to tell me that as of today they are quitting smoking and will start working out so that next June they can join me in Seattle running the Rock n Roll Marathon. They told me that I inspired them to do it. My cousin said he almost cried watching me cross the finish line. I am so excited for them!

It makes me feel even more proud to know that there are people out there that are beginning to try something that they never thought they could do before. I can't wait to cheer others on as they reach goals that they are starting to obtain. So if you have a goal, reach for it. "Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss you will still be among the stars!"