"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.

Monday, April 26, 2010


What a fantastic workout! I started off with a quarter of a mile warm-up (starting at a 1.0 pace slowly working my way up to 3.5). Once my warm-up was done I did a little bit of stretching. Next was my true warm-up – a one mile run. Felt great, during the commercials I upped my pace a little (trying to defeat boredom). By the end the outside of my calves were on fire! Hmmm, need to get my Stick to them! Other than that, felt great! Then on to the weights, I decided to do lower body at a higher weight and upper body at a lower (Wednesday I have hills and I really do not want to do heavy lower body!). I also managed to get some planks in there… I think my abs are going to disown me, IT FEELS GREAT!This afternoon I have part 2 of today’s workout (Kiddo #2 has soccer practice). So I will have a “easy” run through hill country, unless it is to cold or raining or snowing (then practice will be cancelled) then I will take Kiddo #2 to the gym with me and I will hit the treadmill to do my actual miles for today.

Recently, in a large city in Australia, a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. It said, "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.
To Whom It May Concern,Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans.) They have an active sex life, get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia . Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world. Mermaids don't exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human? They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them, not to mention how could they have sex? Just look at them .... where is IT? Therefore, they don't have kids either. Not to mention, who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?The choice is perfectly clear to me: I want to be a whale.

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P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver, and a piece of chocolate with my friends. With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies. So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy. Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, ¨Good grief, look how smart I am!

Monday – 1 + Strength (part 1 only)
Tuesday –
Wednesday –
Thursday –
Friday –
Saturday –
Sunday –
Week total: 1
April Total (since starting this blog) 17.12
Things on the don’t do list
Lunges (hurts right knee)
Sidewalking (hurts right knee)
Kick the soccer ball (hurts left foot)

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