Monthly Archives: April 2010

Weather the Storm

brings all kinds of weather. We can have it cool, warm, wet and windy. It could be a light drizzle or tornados! Today, I decided to weather the storm and run in 20 mph winds and rain. I decided I would stick with my mentality that I was trying to adopt last week the “I GET TO” mentality. So on a Sunday morning, the day I usually try to sleep past 4:45 AM, I was up at 5:30 instead to get on the road by 6:30. My sleepy friend met me and we were off. (It was storming on Saturday at 5AM or I would have gone then!)

We started out into a heavy head wind for the first 2 miles. But something about it felt really good. Really challenging and really exciting. I love when I am out running in inclement weather and I see very few other people out (I think we saw 3 others today in our hour and a half run). Now some people look at me like I am a crazy woman when they see me in this kind of weather. Others see me as dedicated. I see me as a little of both.

My friend had a harder than normal time today so I reminded him that WE GET TO RUN. I also talked about PMA – Positive Mental Attitude. As with most things we endure in life, the way we approach a situation can make or break our outcome. Running is not just about physical toughness, but mental toughness.

In the end, I made it the double digits I was aiming for (testing my injury) and was as pleased as could be! My running partner did also. Runs like today build physical and mental toughness that I can use in my day to day life!

I GET TO…..

What do you GET to do today? I read an article the other day in Runner’s World, by Kristen Armstrong talking about what she Gets to do. My friend Angela Maiers and I have had many similar conversations like this. For example

  • I get to get up at 4:15 AM
  • I get to go to work everyday
  • I get to go to my children’s ballgames
  • I get to walk the dog

I think you get the picture.

Yesterday morning, I was running with my brother-in-law. We ran from my parent’s house to my brother’s house, about 10k. My brother-in-law had never run that far. It is always great conversation! We had both been out late the night before but we

  • Got to get up at 5AM
  • Got to see the sun rise
  • Got to accomplish a new endeavor
  • Got to start our day off with fresh air and good company

When things are hard, I often think about the good things I have in my life that others may not. When I run a marathon I think about how I run the 26.2 miles for people who may never be able to run 26.2 feet.

I GET TO BE A MOM

I GET TO BE A FRIEND

I GET TO BE A DAUGHTER

I GET TO BE A SISTER

I GET TO CHANGE PEOPLE’S LIVES

What will you GET to do today?

Starting Over

Do you ever wish you had a do over? Or another way to look at is do you ever GET a do over? I have decided that sometimes starting over does not have to be a bad thing and that my attitude can make or break me. If you have been following me for a while you will remember that I have had an injury since my last marathon in January. During the last three months, I have been in a boot, tried anti-inflammatories, nerve meds, resting, cross-training, you name it! While my injury still lingers on (though not as bad), I have started running again. I have started over. As I was running this morning, I thought about the following benefits of starting over.

1. New Goals – I am always looking for a new goal to reach and setting my plan on how to get there. While my goals may be altered a bit for the moment, I have new goals now nonetheless.

2. Getting Old Sucks– like we didn’t all know that! I don’t heel as easily as I did when I was younger. I have to work harder to stay fit and eat less to maintain a weight I want too!

3. I’m not ready to quit – I have had people tell me that if they had an injury it would give them an excuse to stop exercising. I look at it as reason to try new exercises and challenge myself in different ways.

We all know that life does not always turn out as we expect it to and sometimes we have to start again. It is all a matter of perspective. I guess this is why I enjoy the sport of marathoning. My life is not a sprint, it is a marathon. It is not about the finish line, but all the miles along the route. I may have temporarily hit the wall, but I will reach my destination!

New Easter Meal Tradition Begins…

Happy Easter to all! This year we started a new tradition at our home with the meal we cooked. With 4 kids I get requests for various items, and it seems that no one agrees. I am going to share what I cooked and offer 2 quick and easy recipes that are healthy choices!!

3 out of 4 of my kids are big meat lovers and I made them meatloaf (93% lean of course). My daughter Morgan wanted chicken and  a friend of mine gave me a good idea of how to make chicken a different way. I will call it my version of Chicken Parmesan:

1st – Pound out chicken breast (great stress reliever too). Next take some tomato paste and spread on top of chicken. Use either fresh basil and garlic if available or sprinkle italian seasoning and garlic powder if not. Sprinkle with either fresh parmesan or shredded parmesan. Roll up. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes and – BAM – fantastic! For a little extra seasoning, sprinkle the top of the breasts with Italian seasoning.

Veges – I took some new red potatoes, diced them up, put them in a pan with some olive oil, garlic pepper (a staple in my home) and seasoned salt (no msg of course). I baked them at 350 for one hour stirring them 30 minutes through. I also steamed some fresh green beans, used some I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray and garlic pepper.

Dessert – my favorite – I make a trifle. First I bake an angel food cake and let cool completely. I cut up some fresh strawberries. I prepare Low Fat Strawberry Mousse (sugar free also) the brand is Sans Sucre. When that is done I layer the angel food cake, then mousse, then sugar free cool whip and then fresh strawberries! It is fabulous, sweet and low fat!!

I love to try to make new, healthy food for my family and will continue to share some!!