What Is Will Be

Hi guys, hope everyone is enjoying Summer time. It’s getting warm in AZ, but I don’t mind to much. It’s better than the bitter cold of WI winters.

Been thinking lately about acceptance again. We often try to plan ahead. We lay out a schedule, write it in our planners or set it into our calendars on our phones so that we know what to do each day. Whether it’s work, training, social, racing. We have a plan. Then life happens. Business plans fall through, vacation, we get hurt or sick, loved ones pass away, etc,.

We have to adjust. We have to accept. It forces us to think, reflect, ask questions. Sometimes hard ones and sometimes painful. But also it forces us to grow. We step up to the plate. We leave our comfort zone (we are often forced to whether we want to or not).

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In the last 6 months I have cried many times, been scared, been angry BUT I have also grown to be stronger. I have laughed often, I have had fun in exploring new journeys, and setting new challenging goals for myself. I have learned to sit back and ask questions, to live in the present more and the future less.

We all have adversity, it crops up and some days it feels like it might never go away but it will and your attitude towards it will determine how much you let it overcome you.

While watching Amy Van Dyken as she courageously tackles rehab for her spinal cord injury, her relentless energy and spirit inspires and reminds that we must adapt. We must find a way. There is always a way. Her bravery is incredible and I have no doubt she will do incredible things and accomplish way more than any of us think possible.

It might not be what you had scheduled in the beginning, there will be new chapters and new journeys, accept what it is and what it will be.

… What Is Will Be – Live Life To The Fullest, Have Fun and Have No Regrets

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Shoe Review: Newton Running Distance Elite

I have been wearing Newton Running Shoes for about 4 years and have loved them since the first run in them. In the past 4 years I have run in the Newton Gravity, Distance, and Terra Momentum (one of their earlier trail specific shoes). I was super excited to try the Distance Elite!

The Elite has the classic 4 lug system with a seamless upper. The upper is also constructed with open mesh and is fast drying, ideal for warm weather temperatures and triathletes. The lacing pattern is asymmetrical making it even more comfortable to wear without socks and for extended periods of time, even when the foot swells. The day after the shoe arrived it was time to take them out for a short run. The shoe felt very fast, light and my stride felt effortless. The power transfer from toe-off was very responsive. The shoe is firm but that is what translates to responsiveness and most often speed.

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For the majority of my runs, I prefer to not feel the shoe on my foot. I don’t like something cumbersome or to soft, which often causes my running technique to be less mechanically efficient. There is a fine line between having to much shoe and not enough and I prefer to go towards the theory of “less is more” as long as the runner is sufficiently protected for their individual needs and orthopedic considerations.

The Distance Elite has a 2mm heel- to- toe drop allowing proper natural running technique and weighs (women’s) approx. 6.2 oz.

I plan to use the Elite’s for track workout’s and as a half-marathon and marathon racing shoe as well as eventually a racing flat for Olympic Tri’s, 70.3 and eventually IM.

Newton Running once again, produced a great shoe allowing athletes to run more efficiently, with less chance of injury, and as a result faster. Thanks Newton Running !!! #HelloBetter

Babysteps and forward progress

Hey guys, a little update. Some good news yesterday when I got my INR checked (a blood clotting factor) and it was within a more appropriate range. So back on Monday (yes in 3 days) to have it checked again. But for the next 3 days I don’t have to give myself 2 x day shots and will just be on daily blood thinners orally. So progress.

Also on Tuesday night spent several hours in the ER (a little scare with coughing up blood and chest pain) but the good news is that they did another CT scan of my lungs and it showed the clots are starting to dissolve. More good news.

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As for activity I have walked every day this week and incorporated some :30-:90 jogs into each of the walks. Each day gets a little easier I think and today legs were a little tired. Yesterday I started back at Endurance Rehab with some stretching and will start doing some core and strength work this coming week. It will be a process but I feel ready and with the support of Endurance, friends, and coaches…. I will come back stronger.

It’s weird that it is as much mental right now as physical. Being able to trust the body and not being afraid. Being able to trust the Dr. when he says it’s ok to run. I want to run as much as anyone knows but every time I do I am just a little bit scared, especially when I feel that chest tightness (which Dr. says is to be expected and is normal for now). It’s about learning to trust my body. Not something easy to do after what has happened. But hopefully it will get easier.

HOWEVER, I am excited for what the future holds. What will I be blogging about 3 months from now, 6 months from now, a year, or 2? Who knows… I hope to be back training and racing. Being more active in the running events and traveling a bit more too. I hope that the book is continuing it’s journey and moving closer to being published. I hope to be doing a bit more motivational speaking and inspiring others, and helping other athletes accomplish their goals and dreams.

In the meantime I will continue to live each day to the fullest, being grateful for what I do have and searching for the perfect wave in the vast ocean of life. 😉

CVD

Ice Age Half Marathon Race Report

What a FUN day. The day started EARLY. 4:30 AM wake up alarm , coffee, pre-race cream of rice cereal with almond butter , berries, agave, and almond milk and I was off to LaGrange, WI. I wanted to get there to see the start of the 50K as I had a lot of friends running in it. Got there in plenty of time (took about 75 min.to get there). Chatted with friends and reminded them to just be grateful they were out there and to HAVE FUN. Funny as I was there telling them to have fun while out running 31 miles. As I limped around hoping that my blistered foot would hold up to the 13.1 miles I had in store. So I have not had ANY blister in 4+ years of running and yet I managed Tuesday to do this to my right foot.
Thanks to Mike at Froedtert, it was treated daily leading up to the race and  Wed through Friday I wasn’t even able to keep a shoe on through the day. Who knew a blister could hurt that much? Guess who needs to get tougher? Friday Mike put on 2nd skin and wrapped it up. Fri night when trying on an array of shoes realized that it needed more padding. So Sat. AM was able to find some moleskin to put on top of the great wrapping job. Put on my shoe and said to myself, “you got through 3 back surgeries, shut up about the blister and go run the race”.

I was nervous as I had only been on trails 1 or 2 times since last summer. It was a 2 loop course running the same loop. The course was in perfect condition and was a lot of fun. There were some STEEP downhills that I had to be a bit more conservative on as I knew they would wreck havoc with my spine. It still amazes me the difference in pace from road races to trail races. But I will definately say that trail races mentally go by faster (even though slower in time) than road races. On trails you are constantly thinking and concentrating where on the road I simply get into a somewhat zen mentality. The first loop was approx. 51 minutes and 2nd loop was approx. 54 minutes. The blistered foot was problematic towards the end and at times took my mind off the hills, but also slowed me down especially on the steep downhill sections. The uphills were equally tough and just proved that I need some more time out on the trails to be faster and more comfortable out there. All in all, I am really happy with my effort as I ran my own race and stayed within myself. With Boston Marathon 3 weeks ago and MedCity Mayo Half in 2 weeks I am just starting the season. I ended up 1st place in the 30-39 AG and 5th overall female among some really talented trail runners.

The course was fun, there was one specific hill I won’t forget, thanks to a race photographer shooting from the top of the hill. Great motivation not to even think of walking that hill. And the signs on the course with such names of Ann Heaslett, Ann Trason, and the Bunk’s; just made me realize what a great tight community we are part of. Those names signify not only amazing runner’s but individuals that have given so much to our community.

The best part of the day was seeing my friends and fellow competitors out there, sharing stories pre and post race, cheering those on, and watching them accomplish their goals. What a great community to be part of. Race Director, Jeff Mallach, put on an “A+” event along with the many volunteers. I am already excited to race at Ice Age next year and the many years after.

I do think that the longer distances are my calling both in my strengths as an athlete and the enjoyment I get from running longer distances, time will tell. 😉

I’m super excited and grateful to be back racing and hope to see some PR’s this year. Regardless I am forever grateful for the hard work and dedication from my entire team of coaches, Dr.’s, trainers, and friends. You all inspire me and continue to help me in doing the best I can on any given day. Many thanks!