"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, September 16, 2010

Not a running day

This week has not worked out for my P90X workout by any stretch of the imagination. A friend had to go out of town and since her baby was recovering from kennel cough and was unable to check in to the local doggy hotel, I did what any friend would do and stepped up and agreed to puppy sit. Luckily this friend lives very close to my parents, so my mom swings over in the morning and I swing by in the evening. By the time I spend time with her, feed her, this that and the other, I get home rather late (which is fine, I don’t mind) and doing an hour to an hour and a half video is out the window. BUT that is ok. I am still getting my running in and quite frankly that takes priority.
This week I have a whopping 27 miles to do. It is funny to see people’s response when I said I am going to go do a 10-miler. I decided not to tell them that was only week 1 of training, before I know it my 5-miler will be a 10-miler and my 10-miler will be a 20-miler. It is nice to be out there again. I am taking it a lot slower than I normally would, but I don’t want to get benched again. I realize I am hitting more hills during training runs than I will even see during the race, but I keep hitting them because it is good training (and the only way I won’t hit hills if by doing all my training on a treadmill!!!!) This weekend for my 11 miler I will be spending less than 3 miles on the same course as I did last weekend. I love the area, but this way I don’t get board. I mean this month I have 91 miles scheduled, Oct – 164, Nov – 172, Dec – 177 and Jan – 47.2! I know there will be times in the coming months that I will not be able to hit my favorite part of the trail, but this thing is over 30 miles (at least I have run 30 miles of it at various times!)
Today I was very excited to run three miles (last run of the week [before the weekend]) but then I realized I had already done my two actual runs and I would be doing these three miles on the elliptical machine. I know this sounds odd, my training schedule has five days with miles on it, because of the race I will be doing I need to get both of those runs in as runs. My doctor will not tell me to stop running, but she has requested I replace at least one or two days with cross training, she is happy with me moving even one of my runs to the elliptical machine (less pounding). So I permit myself to do two runs during the week and both runs on the weekend, anything else must be low impact.
I am excited to report that my ticker is still moving in the right direction after last night’s weigh in. It isn’t running sock worthy, but a loss is a loss! I am now down over 11 pounds! Unfortunately with the increase of miles comes the increase of appetite my goal is to make sure I treat those munchies with caution. I am not saying ignore them, I just have to keep an eye on what I am stuffing in my face!


  1. YAY for 11 pounds! Awesome.

    I love cross training - it keeps me sane [well as sane as I can be]. Love spin class!

  2. sounds like you are moving in a great direction, cross training to keep you healthy! keep running Sammie Girl, before you know it you will be at your goal! Cheers!