The countdown is on, running and racing, plus some fantastic food finds

It’s time to get serious…the countdown to the Fargo Half-Marathon is on.

There is a countdown timer on the website and I have to admit, it kind of freaked me out.

32 days. THIRTY-TWO DAYS! How the heck did that happen? I’m not ready. At least I don’t think so. Or maybe I don’t feel as ready as I was for the San Jose Half-Marathon last October. The half that I actually followed a training schedule. This time? Not so much.

Why? Three words. 1. Winter. 2. Snow. 3. Cold.

I know one thing is for sure, I don’t think I will ever sign up for a spring half-marathon again. At least not while I am living in the winters-from-hell state of MinneSNOWta! Seriously, between all the dumb snowstorms and the bitterly cold temperatures, there wasn’t much running/training happening. I did actually run some on the DREADmill at the YMCA, but seriously, I don’t think I ever ran more than three and half miles on it. I. Am. Not. A. Fan. of the dreaded treadmill, hence the DREADmill name!

There was one day where it was snow storming and I was just pissy, so I said, “Screw it!” and went out for a run anyway. I only ran four miles, but it was four miles I didn’t have to do on the treadmill!

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve gotten in a few runs, more than I thought I would and that makes me happy. I did get in a couple of long runs, too. I did an eight-mile and on Sunday, April 6, I did a 10-mile.

I think the temps were actually in the 50′s, which was SO NICE! When I got back, my hubby was sitting on the deck, so I decided to hang with him for a bit. It felt so good just to crash and lay on the deck with my feet up – on the table and straight up in the air! The run felt awesome and I actually shaved off about three minutes from the last time I ran a 10-miler, which was at the Monster Dash in October!

Training will continue as best it can for the next 32 days. I guess, maybe, just maybe, I might be more ready than I think for the upcoming half-marathon. I guess we’ll see how this weekend’s 10-mile race goes.

Speaking of which, if you are a runner who lives in, around or near the Twin Cities area, you really should check out this Saturday’s race – the Fred Kurz 10-mile! According to the race website – click here – “Starting times are handicapped by the “world-renowned” Lanin Guessimetric Method, with the slowest runners starting first and, ideally, all runners finishing at about the same time.” How cool is that? Additionally, the race is easy on the pocketbook – it’s only $15 to enter – or $8 if you are a member of the Minnesota Distance Running Association (MDRA). Seriously, check it out!

WHAT ELSE HAS BEEN HAPPENING?

We’ve had a couple of races since my last posting. And, I have had some awesome food finds. The rest of my post will be done in pictures. Enjoy!

This is from the Get Lucky 7K race in the Twin Cities on March 15.

I finished the 7K in 43:28. I was pumped because I was shooting for around 45 minutes. I was honestly ecstatic about my time!

Al did awesome, as well! Seriously, he kicked some major butt!

This is from the iRock Run in Cold Spring, MN, which benefits the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. It was a nice day, although a little windy. My hubby, Al, finished in 24:45. I finished in 29:33, which is a PR for this year. And my friend, Tonya, finished in 27:28. It was a great race and hopefully, we can do it again next year.

After the race was done, the three of us grabbed some lunch at Mongo’s Grill in St. Cloud and then Al and I had some errands to run. We had a few things to get at the mall and I forgot my extra clothes to change into, so I got to walk around the mall in my running gear, which included these crazy pants, which are SO comfortable and I love them. Yes, even though they are a bit bright! OMG! I have never, EVER in my life received so many strange looks and stares from people. The hubster, who was always dressed in his running gear, which include running tights with a pair of shorts over them and a very bright, neon green shirt, also received LOTS of looks. There were even a few people who glared/gave dirty looks. It was comical. Seriously, I kind of wanted to keep walking around just to watch peoples’ reaction to how we were dressed. It was entertaining, yet kind of pathetic.

FOOD FINDS!

The other day, my husband made chicken burgers (pictured later) and we really wanted some fries to go with them. My husband found these in the grocery store and thought we would give them a whirl. (Yes, I know we could have just made our own, but we didn’t feel like it!). For my Weight Watchers friends out there, these are definitely worth it. You can have 21 fries for only 4 PointsPlus Values. And they are nice-sized fries. Not little ones. They were fantastic and we will definitely have these again.

OMG! These are by far the BEST “healthy puffs” I have ever had. I have tried the baked Cheetos brand and other brands, but I will never buy anything else but these. Seriously, they had the BEST flavor. They actually tasted like real puffs only better. I am not kidding. Best part? You can have 52 of these things for only 4 PointsPlus Values. These will now be a staple in our house. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! They are made by Green Giant, check out the link here.

My husband had bought some very lean ground chicken. If I remember right, I think he said it was actually 100 percent fat-free. Anyway, we thought he should try something different with them and make actual burgers. He took the chicken and mixed it with half an egg, a crushed up bag of Weight Watchers Cheddar Twists, a little BBQ sauce, a little liquid smoke, salt, pepper and some Lowry’s seasoning. Each burger was only 3 PointsPlus Values. And the BEST part? They tasted fantastic. They were NOT dry. They were juicy and full of flavor. We will definitely make these again.

I know I have talked about my smoothie pancakes before, but if you haven’t tried them yet, give them a try. I started adding 2 tablespoons of PB2, which is a powdered peanut butter to the mix. It not only adds additional protein, it adds flavor. I use 3/4 cup of the liquid egg whites, mix in one Weight Watchers smoothie packet (you can use any flavor you want) and then the PB2. Beat together and then cook in a pan sprayed with cooking spray until they are done. I don’t time anything, so I can’t tell you long. The pancake is a total of 4 PointsPlus Values – 2 for the smoothie mix, 1 for the 3/4 cup of egg whites and 1 for the PB2. I don’t put anything on mine, but a lot of times, I eat it with a banana. VERY FILLING!

These are necessarily a new food find, but lately, I have been obsessed with blackberries. I am not sure this is even the season for them, but OMG! they have been so good lately. I eat at least one container a day. They are so tasty, juicy, sweet, kind of crunchy. Just YUM!

MISC PICS

I just have to include a pic of my new iPhone 5C case I designed at MyCustomCase.com. I know it is “just a case,” but I am probably the most picky person when it comes to phone cases – just ask my husband! Anyway, I found the website somehow and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new case. There are literally hundreds of cases to choose from and then you can pick the color and “write” whatever you want on it. Some have just monogrammed letters, others, like mine have words that can run along the bottom or along the side. Seriously, check them out. They have cases for all kinds of phones. It is definitely worth your time!

And lastly, I have to include a picture – or two or three or four – of my son, Brandon, and his absolutely stunningly beautiful girlfriend, Kenzie. They attended her junior prom. Aren’t they both just adorable. I am so happy for them!

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Whoa…time flies, doesn’t it?

I just realized I last blogged on February 22! Wow, where does the time go? It’s crazy, isn’t it? I mean, really, didn’t we just start 2014 and it’s already March 12! Craziness!

So, what’s been going on? Lots. Lots of running and getting back into the swing of things, that is. I ran my first race of the season this past weekend – the 100% Irish for a Day 5K hosted by Twin Cities in Motion. It was a great race with great weather, great food, great route and great volunteers! Someday, I am going to be a volunteer at a race. I think it would be so much fun! It’s on my bucket list.

I was so excited when my husband opted to run this race with me…as in by my side the entire time! We typically run the Twin Cities in Motion Valentine’s Day TC 5K together, but if you remember from my last post, I was sick and didn’t get to run. So, he said he would run this one with me and it was so awesome. We set a goal of running it 33 minutes. Yes, that is WAY slower than he usually runs for a 5K (he can finish anywhere from 23-25 minutes), but he was so gracious to run my pace and let me actually set the pace. Most of the race, he did run by my side, but there were a few times where he actually ran behind me so I was setting the pace and leading. In addition, the road was still slightly icy and snow-packed, so sometimes, he ran behind me because there was no room to run by my side.

The race was not officially timed, but I was delighted when we crossed the finish line (hand in hand, no less) and saw the time on my Garmin – 31:51 – yes, 31 minutes and 51 seconds – under the goal of 33 minutes. Seriously, I was ecstatic. For my first race of the year and not too much training, I was so happy with my time. I was actually just happy to be able to get out there and run. It felt SO good. I think Al was pretty impressed, too. I’m thinking he thought we would actually finish closer to 35 minutes. Maybe by the end of the year, I will actually get under 30 minutes more than once! Here are a couple of pics from the race:

Yes, that is a Finnegan’s Beer. And yes, it was before 10 a.m. in the morning! Free beer. What more can I say?

This is our time, according to my Garmin and the temp. It really felt warmer than what it was because the sun was mostly shining and it felt so good. There was what we like to call a “sardine start” at the beginning of the race, meaning there were lots of people and we had to maneuver our way through. You can tell by looking at our pace that it got better as we went along. There was quite a bit of zigging and zagging to get out of the glob of runners, but it a way, that’s what makes it fun. Plus, you end up with negative splits – where your time improves with each mile. It felt great to see we started with a 10:40 pace and ended with a 9:50 pace.

Our next race is this Saturday, March 15 – Team Ortho Foundations’s 7K race, the Get Lucky. Looking forward to it, especially because the weather is supposed to be so nice!

EATING OUT

For all my Weight Watchers friends, I just have to share about my experience at Ruby Tuesday’s last Sunday. We stopped there on our way home from the Twin Cities for lunch. Both my husband and I were craving a good ol’ burger and fries. I decided to look up Ruby Tuesday on the Weight Watchers mobile app on my phone and to my surprise, it was there.

Yes, I ordered the Bacon Cheese Pretzel burger, but I had sweet potato fries instead of regular fries and I only had water to drink, not a soda pop. I’m not the biggest pop drinker, so it’s easy for me to skip it.

I did make a few changes – such as I only had one piece of cheese instead of the two it came with. I had them delete the mayo that came on the burger and I took half of my fries and gave them to my husband. In addition, I took the bottom bun off and didn’t eat it, which most of the time I don’t because I HATE soggy, greasy, hamburger buns. I also had the bacon extra crispy so most of the fat was fried out it – right? At least in my mind, crispy bacon is better for you than soggy bacon. (Yes, that is how my mind works!). At any rate, I didn’t track the 47 PointsPlus Values for the meal. I decided that 30 sounded like a good number and that is what I tracked. Did I really save 17 points by making the changes I made? Maybe, maybe not. But it sounded good to me!

This journey is not about being perfect. Period. I tracked and that’s all that matters! To me, anyways.

Check out the picture of my burger and fries – doesn’t it look scrumptious? It was. And I enjoyed every single bite. No guilt. Just pure satisfaction!

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Lots to talk about! (Meaning, it’s a LONG post!)

Warning: This post is going to be filled with LOTS of pictures!

First things first…I RAN!

It was slow, but I didn’t even care. IT. WAS. AWESOME!

This was my first run since January 28 – nearly one month ago! Because we have been having such stupid weather (bitterly cold temps, snow and lots of wind), I opted to run on the dreadmill (yes, this is what I call it!) at the YMCA and on the track. I ran two miles on the ‘mill and one mile around the track. Even though it was slow, it felt amazingly awesome to be able to run again. I haven’t been running because of my neck issue and because I have been sick. By the way, after two rounds of antibiotics (zithromax and augmentin) and one round of prednisone, along with heavy duty cough meds, I am almost back to feeling 100 percent normal. Well, as normal as I can be, that is! :-)

With our first half-marathon of the year coming up on May 10, I think it is high-time I start training! Yes, I am going to take it easy, but my physical therapist indicated it would be okay if I started running. After the injection I had and the physical therapy I’ve been doing, my arm pain is nearly gone. Yes, there is still some pain, every now and then, but it is not nearly as bad as it was. I can actually sleep on my right side – for awhile anyway!

The physical therapy is going well. I am doing traction on my neck with a machine. I have one more session left and then I get to do it at home with an over-the-door contraption. That should be interesting!

I have a check-up with my doctor in early April. I think he’ll be happy with how things are going. Although, I will admit, he may not be real happy with how much I’ve been wearing the neck brace. For some reason, it makes me feel really nauseous. I am going to make an effort to wear it more. In fact, I am wearing right it now as I type this blog! Yeah, me!

BACK ON TRACK – with my weight and eating!

This winter, I have been struggling as far as my weight and my eating habits are concerned. I gained about eight pounds and my eating was out of control. Something finally snapped a couple of weeks ago and I feel like I am finally back on track. I lost most of the weight I gained and am now back to feeling like I am in control. My weight is now hovering around the 142 mark and I am happy with that…for now. I would like it to be closer to between 138 and 140, which is doable, especially now that I am back to working out – running and biking. I am also back to logging my food again, as in tracking using the Weight Watchers PointsPlus system. As many of you know, I lost my weight (about 55 pounds) with Weight Watchers and now work full-time for the company. In fact, I just celebrated my four-year anniversary of working for Weight Watchers on Valentine’s Day.

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, check out the present I got from my husband.

Isn’t he the sweetest. Flowers AND fruit! I LOVED IT! I am so VERY thankful he is supportive of me and my healthy living journey. Actually, I should say OUR healthy living journey. We are both trying to live a healthier style and I am so grateful for that.

I am also extremely grateful – actually, I can’t really put into words how appreciative I am – that my husband does 99.9 percent of the cooking and 99.9 percent of the grocery shopping. I am beyond blessed that he loves to cook AND grocery shop. AND, he likes to cook healthy meals. He loves to research recipes online and then he will tweak them so they are even healthier. Here’s a small teeny-tiny glimpse into some of the food we have had over the course of the past few weeks:

Turkey breast marinated in an orange-spiced brandy sauce and roasted Brussels sprouts with balsamic and a little bit of asiago cheese. (7 PointsPlus Values)

Chicken enchiladas with green chile sauce and queso fresco cheese. (13 PointsPlus Values for two of them.)

Stuffed bell peppers made with ground turkey. That is not marshmallows on top, it is queso fresco cheese! (9 PointsPlus Values for three of them!)

This is a grilled pizza with whole-wheat crust (Al made this from scratch) with fresh tomato pizza sauce (Al makes this), shredded chicken breast with garlic and fresh basil, diced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, toasted pine nuts and kale. (11 PointsPlus Values for two pieces.)

This is a grilled pizza (again with homemade whole-wheat crust) with garlic-infused olive oil as the base and then diced tomatoes, fresh basil, artichokes, kalamata olives, fat-free feta cheese and a little shredded asiago cheese. (9 PointsPlus Values for two pieces.)

I ACTUALLY COOKED THIS! It is chicken breast dipped in egg and then rolled in crushed up Weight Watchers Cheddar Twists. The side was roasted sweet potatoes. (10 PointsPlus values for the whole meal.)

Al and I made this meal together. It was lobster mac and cheese with roasted asparagus drizzled with balsamic vinegar and a little bit of asiago cheese. (13 PointsPlus Values per serving for the lobster mac and cheese.) See recipe below.

Here is a comparison of PointsPlus Values for the recipe we used for the lobster and mac and cheese and a couple of other recipes. It’s amazing how different they can be! And I will tell you that the recipe we used was beyond delicious. The lobster mac and cheese was creamy, cheesy, decadent, rich and seriously GOOD!

RUNNING RACES

So, Al and I spent last weekend signing up for races. Here is a list of what we have on the agenda so far for this year:

March 8 – 100% Irish for a Day 5K

March 15 – Get Lucky 7K

April 18 – Earth Day 5K

April 26 – Get in Gear 10K

May 10 – Fargo Half-Marathon

June 7 – Lake Region Half-Marathon Relay

June 21 – Color Vibe 5K (this is just me as I am walking this with my sister, niece, nephew, niece-in-law and several others)

August 2 – Dirty Girl Mud Run 5K obstacle course – (I am doing this with a bunch of my friends. We did it last year for the first time and had so much fun, we decided to do it again. Our group is called the Dirty Girl Boob Troupe.)

August 30 – Women Rock 10K (Again, this is just me as this is an all-women race.)

September 6 – Graniteman 10K

We have several others we are thinking about, but these are just the ones we have already signed up for.

TWO LAST PICTURES

I will leave you with two more pics – one of the gorgeous sun dogs that were out Friday, February 21 and a pic of the hubster and I on Valentine’s Day. ENJOY!

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Valentine’s race, training, injection and a night out on the town

Friday was the big day for my injection shot. I think I would have been more nervous if I had felt better – Thursday, I went to the doctor and found out I have bronchitis. Been on antibiotics and an inhaler ever since. Because of how crappy I was feeling, I wasn’t really feeling myself and kind of had an “I don’t care attitude.”

Yes, I was nervous, but not as nervous as I thought I would be. Actually, to be honest, I think my hubby was a little more nervous than I was. Maybe.

I really did want him to come in the room and stay with me during the procedure, but he wasn’t allowed to. He was able to come in for a quick briefing with the nurse before the doctor came in to do the injection. I had him snap a couple of pics for me:

Because I was sick, the nurse had to take my temperature. If I would have been running a fever, I wouldn’t have been able to get the injection. My temp was actually below normal, which was fantastic.

As soon as everything was set up, Al was escorted back to the waiting room and the doctor and nurse came in and everything was a go. I had to lay face down on the table with my forehead resting on a rolled up towel. My left arm was tucked up beside me and my right arm was up and over my head resting on the table – that was the only comfortable position. I had to try and find as comfortable position as possible because I wasn’t supposed to move at all – or barely – during the procedure. The doctor injected numbing medication first, then some contrast dye to make sure the medicine – a steroid shot of some kind – was going in the right area. She has to inject a little more numbing stuff because I could kind of feel what was going on. I didn’t realize at first how critical it was to lay as perfectly still as possible until I kind of moved my left arm and the doctor sternly said, “If you need to move, tell me first, I am right by your spinal cord. You need to be as still as possible.” I don’t think I moved after that.

As far as the injection actually hurting, it wasn’t THAT bad. It was worse trying to lay that still, while having my nose turn into a complete faucet, dripping all over the table. GROSS! Luckily, I had taken my cough medicine and was sucking on a cough drop during the procedure or that could have been REALLY bad.

All and all, I am – so far – happy with the results of the injection. I was told I might not feel the full effects for up to two weeks. If that’s the case, its going to be fantastic. I have already been able to sleep longer than two minutes on my right side and I can actually snap my bra without as much pain as I did a few days okay. So that’s good news and it makes me feel better about everything.

I wish I could say the same for the neck brace. I haven’t been wearing it as much as I probably should be, but it’s because it makes me – for some strange reason – really nauseous when I do. I can only handle on for about 30 minutes. After that, I just feel really sick to my stomach and my back actually hurts – well, spine area. I am going to talk to the physical therapist about it on Wednesday, which is when my next appointment is scheduled for. I am looking forward to it.

VALENTINE’S RUN

On Saturday, my hubby participated in the Twin Cities in Motion Valentine’s Day TC 5K. Unfortunately, he ran the race by himself, which made me extremely sad, because this is the ONLY race we actually run together – as in side by side. Otherwise, he is too fast for me! He did a great job, though, and I am so happy for him. Here’s a couple of pics:

I had to put my pouty face on because I was so sad I couldn’t run. And it wasn’t because of the herniated discs in my neck, it was because of my stupid bronchitis! Last year when we ran this race, we each put the “taken” signs on our back. This year, Al, obviously, put a taken sign on his back and then we added an extra sign:

Like I said earlier, Al did great. It was not an officially-timed race, but according to Al’s Nike+ Watch, he finished in about 25 minutes. And for being as cold as it was, along with a “sardine” start and some slippery spots, Al was pretty happy with his time, as was I.

That’s my orange man!

A NIGHT ON THE TOWN

Another reason we were in the Twin Cities this past weekend was to go see a play at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. We saw, “Fiddler on the Roof,” which was AMAZING!

Both Al and I now want to watch the movie again to see the differences between the movie and the play. It really was spectacular. The acting was incredible, as well as the singing. The actor who portrayed Tevye, Keith Rice, really stole the show. He was phenomenal. If you ever get a chance to see it, I highly recommend it.

This was taken at our hotel before the show. This was probably the most normal I have felt since last Sunday. As of today, Monday, February 10, I am still not feeling 100 percent, but I am definitely on the mend and on the upswing of this stupid cold! THANK GOD!

TRAINING

Training….AARGH! Obviously, with everything that is going on with my herniated discs and also with having bronchitis, my training for our upcoming half-marathon on May 10 is at a standstill. AND……I am getting really anxious, nervous and freaked out by it. There is less than three months before the race……………..

I need to start training.

I need to start running.

NOW!

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When life hands you a little lemon…

“Can I still run?” I said somewhat lightheartedly with a somewhat fake smile and laugh, as a big ol’ knot formed in my throat and I had to force back the tears I know were forming in my eyes.

“I’m not necessarily saying you can’t, but there are other options, there’s the elliptical and there’s biking,” the doctor said.

“But running is what I do. It’s my life. I ran in 30 races last year. Running is what I do,” I said sternly, even though I know my voice was quivering.

Pretty much everything before this conversation and pretty much everything after this conversation sounded like, “Blah, blah, blah.” Or if you remember the teacher in the Charlie Brown series, yeah, it sounded a something like that.

So in a previous blog post, I wrote about the shoulder pain I was experiencing. I first talked to my regular doctor about it. Her predication was a torn rotator cuff, but because she wasn’t positive, I had to have an MRI done on my right shoulder. After the results came back, which did indicate a slight tear, along with some bursitis and there was even a small cyst, she referred me to an orthopedic doctor. He then looked at my shoulder, did some X-rays and he also thought it would be a good idea to have another MRI done, but this time, of my neck. He thought maybe there was pinched nerve or something. So, after two MRI’s of my neck (the first one didn’t work because I moved too much!), he referred me to the Tristate Brain and Spine Institute (don’t worry, the name sounds scarier than what it is!).

Yesterday, I had my doctor appointment with Dr. Abbasi, who by the way is a really cool guy. Very friendly and has an extremely good “bedside manner.” He was very personable and had a great sense of humor. I really liked him, despite the news he gave me.

We went through my MRI results, which were REALLY, REALLY cool to see. The detail, holy moly, it was awesome! The results? Not so much. But…IT COULD’VE BEEN WORSE.

Turns out, according to the papers Dr. Abbasi gave me (because truly, I didn’t really remember anything he said to me so I was so happy to have a handout to look at!), I have C3-5 (these are the three discs in my neck that aren’t all that great) degenerative disc disease with herniated disc and foraminal (an opening, hole or passage) stenosis (abnormal narrowing of a passage) with neck pain and cervical radiculopathy.

Say what? Exactly my thought!

In essence, I have herniated discs in my neck that are causing all the pain in my arm, back and sometimes, neck. They are wreaking havoc on the nerves that run through my right arm, collar bone area and right shoulder blade/back area, which causes everything to hurt tremendously, tingle and at times, become numb. The pain is always there. It’s just that sometimes, it’s a helluva lot worse, almost intolerable. Although I have been “tolerating” it since last summer. However, in the last month, it has become WAY WORSE!

So now what?

Well, first things first. I get to have an injection in my neck on Monday, as well as be fitted for a collar (neck brace) that I have to wear for approximately six to eight weeks when riding/driving in a car or doing any excessive activities or activities that provoke pain (yes, he actually suggested that if I wanted to, I could wear the brace while running. So he didn’t actually say I COULDN’T run!). I informed him and stressed to him that running actually feels GOOD and DOES NOT provoke pain. I’m not so sure he believed me! Dr. Abbasi advised that I am not to wear the “collar” at all times because it can lead to muscle atrophy (I have no idea what this is and didn’t feel like looking it up!) He also said I get to start physical therapy, which I have my first appointment Tuesday morning.

So that doesn’t sound all that bad, does it? It’s just a little lemon I’ve been handed. Not a gigantic lemon like cancer or other devastating disease. This is just a little hiccup compared to so many other things in life. It’s just a pain in the neck – literally!

I have a follow-up appointment the first part of April. According to the papers Dr. Abbasi gave me, if symptoms are not improved at that time, I get to have another MRI, this one in a standing position, instead of the typical laying down one. And…we get to discuss surgical options.

Well, that’s that.

So far, the hubby and I are only signed up for four races this year – on February 8 (a 5K), March 15 (a 7K), April 26 (a 10K) and May 10 (a half-marathon). Yes, I will be doing all of them. But, I guess I will have to wait to sign up for anymore. I guess that would be the right thing to do. (Although, as most of you know, especially my mother, I am not the best rule follower!) But I guess this time, I kind of have to be. But again, the doctor didn’t say I couldn’t run. He just slightly indicated that it would probably not necessarily be the best thing for me!

I will keep you all informed and if you don’t mind, you could surely keep me in your thoughts and prayers and if you really wanted to, you could send me some positive vibes. Anything would surely be appreciated!

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p.s. Since my last post, I have been 100 percent back on track and made it to the YMCA both Tuesday and Wednesday and will be going today, tomorrow and Saturday! GO ME!