Disney Princess Half Marathon Feb 2016


This year’s run was so much better than last year’s, in the fact that I FINISHED!! My breathing was still horrendous but I was able to push through and finish up. I talked my sister-in-law into running the race with me this year. She came last year and did Disney with me but didn’t get there until after the race. At least she was there to help me patch up my ego!

This was Jackie’s first half marathon so I know she was nervous. However, she finished with a good time and seemed to enjoy herself. We were in the same corral, thankfully. We stayed together until it was time for our group to start. Once the fireworks went off, she went at her pace and I went at mine. I finished in 3:52:00, which is not good but that doesn’t matter. When you’re breathing through a windpipe the size of a drinking straw, you’re doing good to even finish (e.g. last year)!




The day before the race I got to visit with my Rosie Girl again! Man, has she grown up!! It is always so good to see Brittany, Jereme, Rosie, Amber, Hunter, and Declan. Next year, there will be a new edition to Amber’s family so I hope I get to see her too! Another princess to run for!




I’m done with races for now until I get this breathing sorted out. I’m going to talk to my doctor about possibly doing the resection so I’ll be rid of this thorn once and for all. I will miss going to Disney next year, but it’s probably for the best.




Well, that happened

I took some time away from my blog in hopes that I would get my act together in reference to food and fitness, and possibly start my own company, but that didn’t happen.

I’m not any lighter today than when I stopped blogging. My company dreams were also pushed off due to the price of real estate. It’s outrageous! They’re not completely dead, just need to be modified a bit.

I have continued to run races, including 3 half marathons (1 DNF). I will update with those blog posts soon. Just wanted to let y’all know that I’m still around…and I’m sorry I left for so long!

Oh, and I started a new class called Fit by Cathy Zielske, that has been a blessing so far! This week, I’m down 2lbs…let’s hope the trend continues!

I’ve missed you guys!

IRun4 Rosie!

I signed up for a buddy to run for in January this year because I knew I would need more motivation to keep running throughout the year. The thought of running or working out in general for someone who can’t run for themselves was very interesting to me. I then joined the group “I Run for Michael” on Facebook and I was sold. All of the support from the runners to their buddies and from the buddies to their runners was so uplifting. To know that I could bring a little bit of joy into someone’s life just through movement…wow.

After 4 months I was finally matched up with Rosie and her mom Brittany. I couldn’t wait to find out more about her. How old was she? What does she look like? What does she like? Brittany sent me a Facebook message giving me details of Rosie’s condition. She has what’s called omphalocele, which she describes very clearly:

It is an abdominal wall defect where some of their organs are herniated outside of their body where the umbilical cord is in a protective sac. They can be small or giant & she of course decided to have a giant one.

While I had never heard of it before, it definitely is something that is more common than some think. So, my first surprise about Rosie was the fact that she hadn’t been born yet! I was fully expecting to be buddied with a young child or an adult, an unborn baby never entered my mind. However, that being said, I am not disappointed in the least! I get to be there (in spirit!) for her birth and get to watch her develop from the beginning into a special little lady! She is due to be born May 28th!! I can’t wait to welcome her!

IRun4 Rosie!


Where have you been?

Yep, I’ve been gone for quite a while. No excuse other than I’ve been lazy. I have been busy though and plan on updating my posts as I get time and photos and stuff.

I’ve gained back just about all the weight I’ve lost. I’m not happy about that, but apparently I’m not ticked off enough because I’ve had a tough time getting my eating back in order and working out regularly again. My breathing is bad right now, which makes me not want to workout. Working out when you can’t breathe is much more of a chore! I have a doctor’s appointment on April 3rd though and I’m hoping to get my next dilation scheduled so I can breathe again.

I also need to get my diet in order. Whole foods is the aim with 80/20% rule. 80% natural whole foods and 20% not. My friend, Amy is kicking butt on a new challenge so I can’t be left in the dust! More to come soon!

Texas Marathon, Kingwood 2014

This past year has been a tough year of running for me. I started really training for the marathon in August but then broke my foot. I kept running on it for a few weeks, refusing to believe I had broken it. Alas, wishes don’t always become a reality. So, for 8 weeks I was in a boot. When I was finally released I determined to catch up with my training (I said determined, not smart!).

The furthest distance I went (walking because my running endurance was shot) was 17 miles. Boy oh boy did I get some horrible blisters. I bought new socks and shoes hoping that would fix the blister issue. My running Coach, Liz, recommended I just do the 1/2 this year. However, elephants are my favorite animal and I decided if I was ever going to do the full (I’ve done 2 1/2’s) the year of the elephant had to be it.

Race morning I was extremely nervous but determined to finish. I had a plan to walk so I didn’t use up my energy too early on and to change my socks at the 1/2 way point to hopefully avoid blisters. After the first loop I realized I was going quite slow so I tried to speed it up some. I kept thinking “just drop to the 1/2…it doesn’t mean you’re weak,” but I wanted to finish the marathon.

After I completed the second lap I sat down to change my socks and saw how large the blisters on my heels and other areas. That deflated me even more, yet I was still determined to finish. My feet were hurting, horribly. My time kept slowing down and my husband was already done. Again, I thought “just take the 1/2”. At this point I had completed the third loop and figured I had gone this far, it’s just one more loop. However, I stopped to give my feet a break and posted that I didn’t want to do it anymore because my feet hurt and I was tired on Facebook but my friends and family were very supportive and motivating so off I went again.

My last loop was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. My blisters popped, which hurt like tar but eventually actually felt better. The water stations had long closed but they left water out, which I appreciated. I got to the turnaround to head back to the finish and the people were gone. I figured they had a long day and weren’t going to wait for the last person anyway. But then I got to the water station after the lake and it was gone. I started to panic that I had missed it. The race was over and I was too late, but I kept trudging along. My garmin died about mile 22.

I was hurting and just wanted to stop. I didn’t want to do the marathon anymore I just wanted to be done! I knew there was another water station just about a mile away that had a ton of water so I’d get some there. When I got there Steve Boone (the race coordinator) was there picking up the water. I about lost it. I just knew it was over at that point. All that work for nothing. I asked Steve if the race was done and he said “The minute I kick someone off the race course is the minute I stop doing this.” Of course, I was a bit emotional and trying not to cry. While he was getting me some water and I was fighting tears he said “No crying, there’s no crying in marathons!” (I beg to differ). I was able to suck it up and keep the tears from falling (too much).

I pushed on and saw my husband at about mile 25. I was never so happy to see him! Even though he was sore from his marathon, he walked out to meet me and walk me back in. He told me Steve, Paula (his wife and another coordinator), and a few volunteers were at the end and had my medal and squeezy elephant waiting for me. I was excited to get an elephant since it was first come first serve and I knew I was last!

When I finally saw the clubhouse again, my stomach jumped. It was probably 5:20…almost closing time for the park. Everyone left cheered me on and even though there wasn’t a finish line any longer (they had cleaned up because they had to leave the park at dusk!) Steve and Paula presented me with the medal and elephant. Words cannot describe how happy I was (even though I was fighting back tears). The finish line may not have been there and I finished after most everyone went home, but I WAS a marathoner! Steve and Paula made me feel special when most of my hope had been drained and my friends, family, and God gave me the strength to keep pushing. My official time is 9:27:05. Slow but not so bad for someone who only made it 17 miles during the short training time they had! Mike’s finish time was 3:44:31, 15 minutes better than his last!