"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.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


A few weeks ago a local running store had a HUGE tent sale, which of course I went to! I picked up a pair of Mizunos for $35 and I LOVE them! I went about a few days later to get new bottles for my fuel belt and guess what! They still had some shoes left over from the tent sale and I found a pair of Asics, well, they didn't workout so well, they cost a whopping $30 (they are great gym shoes, but they suck for running). Last night I had to go back, yet again! Charlie ate the lids off the bottles I just bought. We walk up and there were still shoes out there. I looked through and found another pair of Asics, men's this time (I need the width) they felt amazing, got on the treadmill for a little while, still felt great. The sales guy said they are the Asics version of the Mizuno I bought.

This morning was my short run of the weekend and I got up before the butt crack of dawn strapped on my new shoes and out I went. First off, it was only a five-miler; second, if they started causing to many problems I could call my sister and she could bring me another pair of shoes (I was on the streets). They felt great during my warm-up. When I started running my feet were almost purring as much as they do in my Mizunos.

I completed my five and a half miles, got home, everyone was still asleep (that included the dogs) took my shoes off and my feet still felt pretty good.

Tomorrow I have a 10-miler, I will be hitting the trail with my old Nikes, they will probably have two more long runs (tomorrow included) before they are put into retirement. They have done me proud!!

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