Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Still Streaking ...

Closing in on day 150 ... Amazing to me. I've managed to continue through bronchitis and pneumonia and foot pain. Slow but sure.

Stay tuned and follow me on Instagram for some of these lovely pictorial updates!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Do you Streak?

Yesterday was Day 77 of my #RunStreak ... Day 77. As the days increase I've grown more and more impressed with what my body is capable of - not necessarily speed, but very pleased with the fact it's not in total revolt.

This streak technically started the day before Thanksgiving, 2014. The fact that I'm closer to a triple digit streak number than 50 is remarkable to me. There have been a few days where I've actually gotten emotional about my progress. My treadmill speed has significantly increased, and I'm working on translating that progress to outdoor running. Some may find that unusual, but there's something to be said for the benefit of speed control on the treadmill - you can increase the speed very easily and remarkably your legs learn to accept and thrive on that speed. Unfortunately I don't have that same kind of control outside.

Yesterday was a rough one - I just didn't want to - so I sucked it up, put on the '2 Legit 2 Quit' socks to boost the spirits, and just did it.

Some days you just have to just do it.

Some highlight photos from Day 76 and Day 77

Friday, November 14, 2014

How often do you hit RESET?

How often have you hit the RESET button?

How often have you had to start over - or maybe more appropriately, how often has it FELT like starting over.

Right now I feel somewhere between a person who's been in a coma for 10 years who used to love running and races and triathlons and cycling - all the way to someone who's never run a step in their life. It's that serious.

There are 'things' going on that only a few people know about - but I keep trying - TRYING - to keep moving forward. I try to find a positive attitude. I try to be my own motivator. I honestly don't feel like I'm succeeding even half the time.

My dreams and goals haven't changed - but I can't seem to get the pieces to fall together to move to the next game square. I've been sent back without passing GO  and without collecting $200 it's not even funny.

Tomorrow morning my plan is to head out into the winter weather and spectate - SPECTATE - a half marathon that friends are running in. This is a race that I wanted to do soooooo badly when it was first announced. KC Running Company is doing this race - it's one of their signature races - it's an inaugural year - and I couldn't afford the registration. Like a DAGGER in my heart. But as with many times before, I'll put on a happy face and try to be there for my friends.

It's really hard not to make that mental list of the things you haven't been able to do because of money, or injury, or time, or whatever - that list hurts. I don't know how to fix that hurt.

So - this morning I found something that made me smile - it was beautiful - captivating - like really captivating to me - I was driving but I spent a LOT of time looking at it - and I was thankful for it. I need more moments like that.

It was this ....
Kansas City Sunrise

Friday, November 15, 2013


So Bia started the #Thanksplanking challenge for November ... well, I think they jumped on with multiple other planking challenges I've seen around the net for November - but they threw in the twist of making you think about and dedicate your plank to something different each day - even rest days have 'assignments'. So far I've only missed one day - and, we made it up the next day, so no planks have truly been missed. I'll edit this post daily to show the daily challenge, and my dedications. DAY 1

Monday, September 23, 2013

Cheetah Cheetah ... makes me laugh

I've seen this joke several times, but it always makes me laugh -- my boss has it posted in her cube.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Holiday Weekends were made for RELAXING ... well, sometimes

Did a lot of overdue relaxing this weekend, some cleaning, some cooking, and even a little working out.

If I had remembered to eat something before I left for the short bike ride to the hospital (fitness center) the whole workout would likely have been much longer.  The intention was to get a 7 mile run in ... got cut WAY short to a mile because I was light-headed and felt like I would hurl.  I knew I had to bike home also, so I opted to just leave it at a mile.

I nearly fell out a couple of times on the short ride home, and then it took me a couple of  hours to recover once home even after eating.


I know better.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Another Good Recipe -- Pasta Fagioli slow cooker crock pot version

Pasta Fagioli slow cooker crock pot version

2 lbs ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (16 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained
3 (10 ounce) cans beef stock
3 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons pepper
5 teaspoons parsley
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (optional)
1 (20 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
8 ounces pasta

1 Brown turkey in a skillet.
2 add cooked ground turkey to crock pot with everything except pasta.
3 Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours.
4 During last 30 min on high or 1 hour on low, add pasta.