"Don't let the fat chick beat you"?

I have been racing for about 5 years now. I am not a typical runner or even triathlete. I fight with serious medical conditions every step of the way, but each step makes me stronger. I have two boys both with special needs and I have learned to chalk that up to making me stronger as well.

It is with sad heart that I must report that lupus has won the battle this year, but trust me when I say the war is far from over! My racing days are not over by any stretch of the imagination. This is just a minor setback that will make me stronger.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

And the ranting continues!

Ok today is truly a rant day!
Let me start off with I am a single mother of two (9 and 10 years old). I love my boys and one thing I enjoy doing with them is working out (going for walks/runs, swimming, etc.). I belong to both 24 Hour Fitness and the YMCA. I hate going to the Y to get my training workout in (excluding spinning class and yoga). There are kids running every which direction, a significant number of them are NOT supervised by their parents, I am focusing on them more than my workout because they are screwing around on the machine next to me and I am worried they will get hurt (or cause me to get hurt). I love 24 because, guess what! KIDS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN THE WORKOUT AREAS! Both locations have this amazing invention called the (are you ready?) child watch! Children under the age of 8 really have no business being on adult cardio equipment (they are two small). I have had my children within the past year on a treadmill that was right next to me and when all the others were full and an adult was looking for a machine I asked my kiddo to move (which he did very politely) and then both of them were on the stationary bikes that were right in front of my treadmill. I don’t mind a child being on a piece of equipment if they are using it correctly (and an adult is next to them supervising). Weights are another matter entirely… a child’s body is not built for weight lifting until they are about 12 years old, it is not good! It is bad! Neither of my boys have been permitted to touch any weight machine and they get “the look” when they pick up weights in the store.
Today during my lunch time workout, I went down to our little gymlet (it has three elliptical machines, two treadmills, two stationary bikes, some dumbbells, and a few basic weight machines) for a three mile interval run. About half way through my workout he comes this guy with a kid. A KID! We are in an office gym and there is a kid? Come on! Before they left the kid (who I would guess was about 6) had messed around on the treadmill, the elliptical machine, the recumbent stationary bike, the weight machines, oh and was bouncing the exercise ball into the window that had blinds over it! BUT I managed to bite my tongue!
As far as my workout, I upped it a little. I stated off 2min run (upped my pace by 1 mph)/3 min walk for the first mile, then I had to go to 2/4 for the second mile and 1/1 for the last mile. I am ready for my nap now! In all actuality it felt great!

Monday – 4.04 + Strength
Tuesday – 3.14
Wednesday – 4.34 + strength (hill training)Thursday – 3.1
Friday –
Saturday –
Sunday –

Things I should not do
Lunges (hurts right knee)
Sidewalking (hurts right knee)
Kick the soccer ball (hurts left foot)


  1. Well this is a mighty cute blog. I do believe you have found a place for you to vent your frustrations. Don't you feel better afterwards! Too add some things to your blog, check out: www.widgetbox.com That's where I got the countdown clock for the Denver Marathon. They have a workout tracker tool.

    Oh Coach Judy says you're crazy to do the Denver Marathon so close to the NYC Marathon. Doing the half would be a safer bet!

  2. I think I might just do the half. I would be heart broken if I was to hurt to do NYC!