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The Whole Story

14 Jun

Just when you try to make a plan, life has a way of changing.  This is the whole story about where my body healing and recovery is currently.  Right after I planned to get training again, I learned that I had to have surgery on my inferior vena cava because of blockage resulting from a blood clot in my vena cava filter.

Here is my post before the surgery:

And here is the one explaining why they were not able to put the stent in my vena cava.

I had to take almost a week off of exercising. When I began again, I quickly realized that my legs are not ready to be doing running training so intensely.  So I will be saving that training schedule for another date.  I have begun with a personal trainer to get my legs strong enough to support some distance running.

I ran a mile yesterday by doing 7 minutes running, 1.5 minutes walking, and 2.6 minutes running. For a mile time of 11:10, my best yet! 🙂  Today the personal trainer asked me did you stop running because of your legs or your breathing?  I told her it was definitely because of my legs which is soooo frustrating.  She is totally awesome and committed to helping me strengthen my legs while not neglecting the rest of my body.  Today was a great session and I look forward to my next one.

I am definitely still going to participate in my next 5K, however I am not going to stick to the goal of running the whole thing.  I acknowledged the need to slow down and get some proper strength training before I will be ready to run that distance. I know I just need to keep moving forward and I will get there eventually. I’ve come so far already. Forward Motion is the slogan I adopted from my TBI kindred Billy Wilkerson.  He totally rocks and continues to face all of the challenges that his TBI has presented him with.  He is truly an inspiration.


Training for my 3rd 5K has begun!

16 May

My next 5K will be in my hometown on June 30th and is called the Reed’s Lake Run.  When I signed up for this over a month ago my original goal was to be able to run the whole thing.  I have kept working out and working on strength in my legs but I have not done a huge amount of running.  Twice a week usually and only 1 mile.  So….enter my training plan.  Like I mentioned above, my ultimate goal would be running the whole 5K, but I’m not sure that is really a feasible goal at this time.  To give myself the best shot at making it possible, I have to truly begin training for this race.  I am going to begin this training schedule for walking/running and adjust it as it becomes necessary.  The last thing I need to do is make myself run the whole thing and end up injured! 🙂  I am not that stubborn that I HAVE to run it all but having a goal makes me work harder.

Here is the training schedule which I have adapted for myself because I only have 7 weeks, not 8.  Also I am going to repeat one of the weeks instead of making an increase and will continue to adjust as necessary.

Week 1: 5/13
Day 1: 7/1 x 4
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: 7/1 x 4
Day 4: 40-45 min cross-training
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: 8/1 x 4
Day 7: Rest or 30 min walk

Week 2: 5/20
Day 1: 9/1 x 3
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: 10/1 x 3
Day 4: 45 min cross-training
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: 11/1 x 3
Day 7: Rest or 30 min walk

Week 3 and Week 4: 5/27 and 6/3

Day 1: 12/1 x 3
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: 14/1 x 2
Day 4: 45 min cross-training
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: 15/1 x 2
Day 7: Rest or 30 min walk

Week 5: 6/10
Day 1: 16/1 + 12 min run
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: 18/1 + 10 min run
Day 4: 45 min cross-training
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: 20/1 + 10 min run
Day 7: 30 min cross-training

Week 6: 6/17
Day 1: 23/1 + 5 min run
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: 24/1 + 5 min run
Day 4: 45 min cross-training
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: 25/1 + 5 min run
Day 7: 30 min cross-training

Week 7: 6/24
Your 5K is this week! Try to take it a little easier this week, so that you’re well-rested for your 5K. Good luck!
Day 1: Run 25 min
Day 2: 30 min cross-training
Day 3: Run 20 min

I will keep up with my progress as time continues and appreciate all the encouragement and prayers received.

The Color Run

9 Apr

On March 31st, I completed my 2nd 5K. It was called the Color Run. Feel free to check out what the event is all about at their website – I was blessed to have a huge support crew there of my mom and dad, Aunt Margot, Mike and Michelle and my kids. My kids went with me to pick up our race day packets and they were pretty insistent on having a Color Run hat to wear. I also had special t-shirts made using a phrase which has become an important part of my life since meeting Billy and his family.

I was able to run this event with Sarah again and also with Billy and his wife Jill. This race was both of their first 5K ever!! 🙂 Here we all are before the race started.

And here we are after the race 🙂

We had some fun afterwards getting Alana involved. We all had a bag of color to throw in the air and at each other!

Here is when the whole crowd threw their color into the air

So we all ended up looking like this:

Here is an awesome video that Billy made from that day!

5K completed!!

29 Mar

I posted about the 5K on my other blog so I am going to put the link in here:

It was a fabulous day!

Week 7 progress towards 5K!! And 4 days until race day!

20 Mar

Week 7 was my last full week of training before the race.

I ran my longest distance yet!!! 2 miles! I ran the 2 miles in almost the same exact time as the 1.75 from the week before.  I again rotated walking/running every quarter of a mile which means I ran a mile total! 🙂
First mile = 14:25
Second mile = 14:33
I am encouraged that the mile times were so close! It means my endurance is getting better which was a major focus in my physical therapy!

I only ran one other time this week because I was feeling really run down and did not want to push it.  I ran/walked the mile in 15:09 which was a little slower but still great.

My totals miles for this week were 23.18! My most miles yet because of some increased time spent on biking.

Biking=20.18 miles

Running/Walking=3 miles

I am only 4 days away from my first race and it is kind of unbelievable.

The picture is from the very first time I did a treadmill after the accident. I walked .25 of a mile in 10 minutes.  Now I can walk 1/4 of a mile in 3.5 minutes and even run a 1/4 of a mile! 🙂  I’m also glad to know that I now have a little more meat on my bones than when this picture was taken over 2 and 1/2 months ago! A healthy sign that I am recovering.

I’m taking it easy in this eighth week of training, but plan on getting a good run in tomorrow because the news is doing a follow up story on my progress and preparation for the 5K on Saturday.  I am feeling a little emotional about the whole idea that my life is news worthy because of the tragedy that my family endured.  My dad helped me understand that the story for her is not about the tragedy, they have covered that story already.  But the story is about what I’m doing in spite of the tragedy.  Not letting it stop me or crush my spirit, but continuing to try and reach my physical and family goals as best I can.  It is only by the grace of God, that I have been able to achieve what I have.

I can see how some people may have a hard time understanding this whole goal of running.  As I wrote in an earlier post, “I am not running away from anything, not avoiding my life or my reality, but running towards something.  Towards healing, towards peace, towards wellness.” and “I have no doubt that as he was before, Glen is 100 % behind me continuing this journey and achieving my goal.  At this point for me, it’s not just about me anymore.  I feel excited for everyone who has seen me go through this part of my life to share in the joys and successes of my accomplishments because without all of you none of this would be happening.   All of you have been a more integral part of this than you will ever understand.” Thank you for being my biggest supporters, my biggest fans. Thank you for understanding how much this goal means to me and always encouraging and supporting me. I promise to race hard on Saturday and to post on the results of the race.

Babe, thank you for always supporting me.  This one is for you! XOXO

Week 6 progress towards 5K!!

14 Mar

Well this post is coming a little late because it has been a busy week.  Unfortunately my daughter has pneumonia so I have been pretty focused on that.  Now three days into the week, I finally have a minute to recap last weeks training.  And it was a BIG week. My total miles for the week were 16.31! I finally met that goal and then I exceeded my running goal by running 3 times this past week.

Biking = 12.56

Walking/Running = 3.75

Another reason this was a big week was because I did my longest run/walk distance to date. My friend Lisa who is the one who suggested my first 5K, met me to do an outdoor training run.  We rotated laps between walking/running and did 1.75 in 28 minutes.  This distance and time was a huge accomplishment for me!  We had a great time running and I only have two weeks until the 5K so it was nice to have Lisa there to keep me motivated to increase the distance.  My dad was also there and he took a few pictures.  It was an overall awesome experience.  Thank you Lisa!

I ended up having a very difficult day emotionally after this run and my Uncle Jim, who witnessed some of that hardship, created this amazing poster. I was really moved and motivated by the saying on it and related it to what I had just heard that morning in church.  My pastor said “whatever you prioritize, you can pull off.”  These two things happening in the same day gave me reassurance that I am doing something right.  I am focused on my children and my physical and emotional healing, and by prioritizing those things, I can succeed! “It’s not where you’ve been, it’s where you’re going.” Forward Motion!

Week 5 progress towards 5K!!

5 Mar

I started out the week with an elliptical routine and similar to the week before my heartbeats per minute (BPM) were really high!! Around 193 despite slowing down, deep breathing etc.  The ideal range for my age and weight is around 120 to 160 BPM so this was significantly higher than I knew it should be.  I brought it up with the doctor and he was concerned and asked if it was that high when doing walking, running, or biking?  I told him no and he told me he would like for me to stop using the elliptical for now 😦  I was very disappointed but what that means is I just need to really focus on the running intervals and increase this weeks run/walks to 1.5 miles.  I continue to have pain where the deep laceration was in the back of my upper left thigh.  But I know that the more I use the muscles around it and keep pushing the area, the more strength it will have.

I almost met my goal of going 15 miles this week with a total of 14.56 miles! 🙂 I was planning on doing an outdoor run on Saturday and we had all kinds of crazy storms and it was just too cold.  The last thing I need is a cold! So I will repeat this distance goal again for this week and also add running 2 times to it.

My totals this week were:

Walk/run – 1.25

Elliptical – 1.21

Biking – 12.10

Only 3 weeks left until my first 5K!! And there are low moments in all of this and so I have to remind myself to stay focused on why I am doing this.  I suffered a traumatic brain injury, I had to relearn how to walk and am still learning to have balance, I have come so far and I have to continue to fight…for Glen…and for my children.

Here is the news story on the day I was released from the hospital. My final quote in the interview is that “He taught me so much about being a better parent and I want to continue doing those things for the kids.”  So I have to motivate myself daily to want to physically regain the strength necessary to parent a 2 and a 6 year old.  Having such high expectations for my running goals is my means of getting there.

Mother released from hospital, woman charged in fatal accident – CBS Atlanta 46.