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“Cinderella” Supporting Roger Reed

Friday (TGIF), September 12, 2014
12:00 P.M.

First off, I wasn’t able to blog yesterday, but I hope everyone had a safe time running as we all remembered those who were lost or injured on 9/11/2001. We can’t ever have that day on our minds enough. The more we reflect on that day, the more we can be aware to stop another tragedy such as that from ever happening again.
Yesterday went on as any other day for me, though, and your probably wondering why the heck I have that title the way it is. It’s so true, though!
I swear I’m gonna change my blog name to “Injured Runner”. A pulled hamstring was the last fun stunt my body pulled on me, and Monday was the first I was able to run in a few months. It just wasn’t healing!
I have this thing I do, though; or rather, what I don’t do.

• When I’m injured, I can’t run.

• When I can’t run, I get depressed.

• When I get depressed, I don’t do things right.

• If I don’t do things right, people get mad.

• If people get mad, they do rash things.

• Someone could die.

We can’t let people die.
I try not to let myself get depressed by not looking at races on Tristate Racer.
So when I was asked by my boss if I was running in “the race” tonight, I had no clue what she was talking about. A race?! Here?!! I wanna go!!
Let me tell you what, I have a great boyfriend who decided we could skip the date we had planned and he said he would take me to the race. I hurried in my cleaning, trying to get off the clock as soon as possible. Registration started at six and it was five already. I still had to go home and change.
I felt like Cinderella getting to go to the ball, as long as she finished her chores.
The race was to raise money for Roger Reed, who has stage four Pancreatic Cancer. My heart goes out to him and his family. Even though I personally just met Mr. Reed, my boyfriend Jacob and his family have known him for a while. I knew only of him by the fact that he owns a funeral home downtown, until the week I started hearing his name everywhere. At the store, at church, at work. When something tragic like this hits a small town, everyone knows about it.
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(Roger Reed and my boyfriend, Jacob.)

357 people had registered for last night’s run. I felt honored to run with everyone in support of this man.
Three of the people there I’ve seen at every race I’ve ran in so far. Johnny Clay, Christina Blackburn, and Allan Horowitz. (I hope I spelled those right!)

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The last time I talked to Johnny, he told me he and his girlfriend have the goal of 66 races for the year! And let me tell you what, they can win them too! I’ve seen Johnny and his girlfriend win some races, (he received second place this time).
Allan has this happy-go-lucky air about him, it makes running with him feel like a treat. He’s quite the joker, too, giving me the wrong the name at first, but showed me some stretches that will benefit me in the future.
The race went so well, and though I didn’t place and it was last minute, it was the perfect break in the week! (And to think I was bummed that I wouldn’t have been able to run yesterday, anyways!)

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Friday “Feels”

Friday, June 13, 2014
11:50 AM

It’s Friday 13, I’m sitting here at work patting a child’s bottom hoping his eyes will close soon and typing this with one hand.
My mind is on two completely other things, though.
First off, hooray for me because I ran 6.4 miles Wednesday and that is my first 10k distance met!! I felt like I could go another mile, so I did. And hey, what’s another one? My knee brace was chaffing my other leg’s thigh and I tried to clear my mind of any possible exhaustion. The misty rain and the grey weather made it all worth while, though! I laughed hysterically at one point for no apparent reason (or so I thought) until I had realized I just beat any distance I have ever ran!

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I literally took a random selfie in the Dollar General bathroom.
Second, my thoughts are on my wonderful boyfriend. I mean, could a girl who runs have any better of one? Jacob celebrated my run with me and yesterday we went swimming with his cousins. We ended the night cuddling under a warm blanket while watching “The Emperor’s New Groove” and he gave me a foot massage. I’ll never deserve him even if I have lived a thousand years.
Tonight my sweetheart is taking me out to eat and we are going to watch “The Fault In Our Stars”. I’m thrilled!!
Tomorrow I start working again on hill training and I wish you all a good weekend and happy running!
May your distances increase while your problems decrease.

…and finally the child has closed his eyes in sleep…

Last Night’s Freedom Run

Friday, June 6, 2014
9:05 AM

It’s been a great week for training and racing!! I’ve ran about 10 miles total and last night I had a great time at the 2nd annual Freedom Run!
My first 5k race was the 1st annual Freedom Run. It was hosted at Central Park in Ashland, completely flat terrain. I had won first place in my age group and decided to do every Freedom Run race to come in the future. So when I saw the race pre-registration online I signed up ASAP. They hadn’t even posted what the course would be like at the time.
I ended up with rolling hills.
Hill training is fine and all but I wasn’t expecting them last night.
I was able to officially meet Alan Osuch! He’s one of the nicest runners you’ll ever meet, and he sends emails out in relation to tristateracer.com. He has been running for five years and will have ran 200 races come either later this summer or fall! He ave me advice and to me the most important was to listen to my own body and not to follow everything every training plan say because every body is different.

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The 5k Crew posed for pre-race pictures: aren’t we goofy?

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I was goofing off waiting for the gun to be fired:

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A minute or so before the starting shot was fired, I looked behind me and one of my kids from the daycare’s grandmas were there! We squealed (no joke) and hugged each other. We were both jittery about the race but goodness we did great and she kicked butt on the way up with those hills! She was my pacer and I made it under 30 minutes still with the hills, finishing right on her heels. That woman can move and she’s a natural. She too achieved first place in her age group!

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So from my first Freedom Run / 5k race in general to now, I’m pleased with my progress in running:

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Thank you to those who have been here on my journey, listening to my stories and swapping tips. May God give you the speed in your spirit to outrun your own assumptions and over come your mind.

Running My Mind and My Body

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
8:50 PM

We know that running is just as mental as it is physical, and sometimes maybe more so. I try to look at each run as an opportunity to run out my feelings and to gain perspective. So with everything that has been happening lately, I’ve been pounding the pavement more than usual.
I’ve had things on my mind and lovely people to deal with (that last part was totally sarcastic), and so the last race I ran wasn’t my best. I barely showed up on time, couldn’t stretch right, and ended up not setting a new PR. Buuuuut…I did have fun, for while running up a hill (that I was not told about), I looked over at a man and said “gosh, I hate hills”. He in turn replied: “don’t you think it fitting that we’re going to end up in a grave yard at the top of this hill?” “Touché”, I gasped, “touché, my friend.”
Once we covered the bridge that was covered in flags and crossed the highway, we ended up in this beautiful graveyard. All I could hear was the pounding of the path by the sneakers, the breathing of the runners, and the playing of Taps in the distance by a guy on a bugle. It was a beautiful morning, and I was filled with emotions.
I also met these two guys from Columbus (where I originally hail from) and they completely made my day! Jerry and Dallas and I swapped stories of running and even kids. They cheered me up after I didn’t meet my own expectations.

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I’ve been working on gaining strength in my knees, hips, and ankles by doing the resistance band exercises from the Runner’s World website. (Which, btw, I am dying to get my latest copy. Seriously, I need some new reading material.) They’ve been helping slowly, I think.
Now let’s talk about joint pain reliever!!! Devil’s Claw is a natural pain reliever I’ve been using and it helps so much! I would recommend it for everyone, except those who are pregnant or are taking blood thinning medications. You can order it on Now Foods Website. It’s natural, so it doesn’t have the side effects of most medicine, but like any medication, both pharmaceutical and holistic, don’t take with other medication unless you are sure they will not counteract.

Run Blue 5k, Fishing, Failed Music Festival and Herbs!

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
8:01 AM

Saturday had been a blast! It started off with a mad dash out of bed, getting ready for the race I’d run in two hours. By the time I left the house with Mom, I was munching on dry cereal (not the champion’s breakfast), shaking my Iskiate and forgetting my phone. (Thus the race pictures you see we’re taken by my Mom, bless her!)

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When I got to the Kyova Mall, where the race was to run a few laps around it, I didn’t see very many people. It was a small group of runners today, but everyone was in the spirit of racing. A group of ladies had brought a German Shepherd puppy, I saw someone I had went to high school with, and met some new people.
I met up with Susan, my new friend from the last race. This time, I got to know her better. She’s a teacher and she’s been running for a little over two years now. She gave me some running tips and I enjoyed her company!
I met a few more people from the 5k Crew, such darling people!
Today was a victory in the sense my PR is now 28:24.1! I won second place in my age group and was 19th over all, and still I’m happy!
Kristen, my newest running friend, won 1st in her age group.

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(Sorry for the blur, Mrs. Susan!)
Some people from the 5k crew:

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I’ve already signed up for a 5k on Memorial Day as well as one in the summer that is supposed to be a night race with a glow in the dark theme!
Saturday I also picked up some herbs for the herb garden I’m starting at my boyfriend’s house! Lemon thyme, regular thyme, sweet mint, rosemary, aloe, and lavender. I’ve applied to the American College of Healthcare Sciences, praying they except me! So I need to get my hands dirty in the garden as a start in my journey of becoming a Master Herbalist!
The music festival my boyfriend and I were supposed to go to didn’t even happen, it seems. At first we had almost gotten lost looking for it. (It was a small gathering, and we now know why our parents would argue on road trips.) Instead we went fishing aside the river.

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