Friday, September 6, 2013

Still Running... Walking... Hobbling...

For those who remember, I was signed up to do the Des Moines Marathon last year and wasn't able to do it, or the half marathon for that matter. So, they offered to let me defer my registration to this year. The original plan was to do the full this year. Well, life being life, I realized early on that wasn't going to happen and changed to the half marathon. I had a 16 week plan all set up and a few weeks in hadn't done anything. So, I found a 12 week plan and decided I would hit the ground and get after it. That didn't happen either so I found a 10 week plan.... yeah... good thought but again, things were not moving... or I should say I was not moving! On Sunday, September 1st one of my friends posted on  that he was starting a Facebook group called #mileaday to enourage people to walk, jog, run, bike... do something for a mile a day in the month of September. I saw this Sunday evening and clicked "join" thinking this would help me get started. Then I started having second thoughts.

  • Do I REALLY want to commit to this?
  • Do I REALLY want to put myself out there publicly with this commitment?
  • Do I REALLY have this in me?
Well, just moments before I could click "cancel request to join" I got a notification that I had been approved to join the group. 


Now I had done it - I was in... to bow out now would be embarrassing (as if anyone would have noticed) But, I was in so I laced up my shoes and hopped on my elliptical and got a couple miles in before the day ended.

The next morning I got up and went for a 3 mile walk. I was only planning on 2 miles but was feeling good so did a bit more. Tuesday my feet were killing me. The plantar fascitis was back with a vengeance. I slept with my night splint on that night and Wednesday morning it felt a little better. I realized I needed to be more disciplined about wearing it if I was going to get through the next 7 weeks. I worked out a training schedule that I thought was reasonable that would prepare me for the half marathon on October 20th. This is what I came up with:


Some of the miles during the week will be cross training done on the elliptical but I plan on getting my long ones done walking/jogging/hobbling(?) Honestly I wouldn't be doing this race if I hadn't deferred my registration from last year. I'm not necessarily excited about it. Of course, part of that might be because the weather has been HOT HOT HOT lately and it is unbearable to be outside. Hopefully Fall will show up in the next few weeks because I HATE HATE HATE walking/jogging or doing ANYTHING outside when it is so hot out. I'm also hoping my level of excitement revs up some and I can enjoy the day when it gets here. It is a beautiful course and I always have enjoyed it in the past. I don't know if I will register for any long races next year - maybe just some 5k's and 10k's... I'm not going to decide that now.

But this year, I plan on putting on my Team 413 shirt on October 20, 2013 and putting one foot in front of the other to get 13.1 miles in that day!

For now I need to get back into the habit of moving, get some weight off, and continue in my journey of healing. God has been so faithful and I am grateful for His guidance and help in my process thus far.

For now, it is off to bed I go so I can get up early in an effort to beat the heat in the morning to get my 5 miles in!

Running the race to the finish,


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

In my other world...

I wanted to share with my followers here my blog I posted on my other blog today: Single, Not Broken


Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day Ramblings

This weekend hasn't gone ANYTHING like I planned. Of course, waking up with a headache both Saturday and Sunday did NOT help things any. However, I got a lot done in spite of it and even though I didn't get everything done I wanted to, things are progressing and that is always a good thing.

I had been thinking of purchasing my own domain name and self hosting - especially if I am going to write a book... I mean - especially because I AM going to write a book. So - that got done Saturday.... no, not the book, but the new self hosted website. It can be found here: I'd love to have some more "followers" so if you'd like to subscribe, you can subscribe via e-mail on the site. I am really happy with how it turned out and although I am sure it will still undergo changes it is a good start. If you check it out you can read about the drama about how I "broke" my website in the post I wrote yesterday... it was quite a couple days.

I wanted to get some writing done for the article(s) I am working on to submit for publication. My goal was to have it/them ready by the end of the 24 day #StartExp. However, I don't think that is going to happen. I have 2 rough drafts, some great ideas - but they are not polished and my brain just hasn't been focused to get there. My brain is kind of fried from all the computer work involved in getting my site up and going.

A guy on the #StartExperiment Facebook page started a group #mileaday to encourage people to try to walk/jog/bike/elliptical/treadmill - whatever for one mile a day for the month of September. Considering I haven't done much of anything lately and the 1/2 marathon is 7 weeks from yesterday I realized I needed to get off my arse and GET MOVING. So, last night I did a mile on the elliptical and today I did this.

It felt great to get moving again - and I even jogged a little bit of it. The rest of my day has been lazy.... I got to video chat with a girl from church who just started her freshman year of college. She's at my Alma Mater at NWMSU so it was fun. She gave me a bit of a tour via video of her room and down the hall where outside the lounge they can see the football field. She went to my church home down there and liked it and will probably be going back and that made me happy. I am planning to go visit her hopefully after my 1/2 marathon. I wanted to get laundry done but our machines are out of order so I hand washed a few things and will make it through the week if I have to.

So, there it is - my ramblings for the day... I'm not very cohesive in my thinking or writing tonight... which is why this blog will stay up and running... (HA - get it, running!?!?) This will be more of a personal blog and my other one more professional. I'm excited to see where God is going to take me in this journey. Unfortunately this journey also meant the need to spend some money on a new computer. My other one was toast and my Chromebook I've been using is only good for so many things. I really need a reliable computer to do the things I feel I am being called to do. I hated spending the money on it, but it is an investment in my future and my dreams so it's all good.

A friend of mine does a "Grat List" and sends it out via e-mail to those who want it. I was thinking of doing that - to help keep me more accountable in doing my gratitude list each day... would anyone be interested in receiving it? Comment here if so, or e-mail me... either one....

Thanks for joining me on the journey,