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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Knee update!

Went to the chiropractor today and got a semi good report on my knee. I have patella tendinitis which is inflammation of the patella tendon that is above and below your knee cap and connects to the Tibia. Basically it is just aggravated from over use. Most likely if the muscles in my shin and quad were stronger then this might not be effected (note to self, next time I do a marathon I will have to make more time to do lower body strength training).

Anyway, he said this is common in runners and is nothing that will keep me from completing my marathon. He did some rehab type stuff to it while I was there and he taped it with this tape stuff that will help it feel better and I can keep running as normal. I will go back to see him next Monday afternoon and that will be the day after my 12 miler (I am doing it on Sunday). I have also been instructed to ICE it after every run and more often throughout the day if I have time. Ice it for 15 minutes then let it rest for at least 30 minutes and ice again another 15 and repeat when able. to.

The chiro also gave me a compliment, he said "Dawn, I really thought I would see you in here with more injuries over the course of your training, you have obviously trained well and hard and it has paid off, I am proud of you." I thought that was SO NICE! It made me feel so good.

So please continue to say a little pray for my knee b/c I still need that and I will do what he says and hopefully all will be good. After the race it is major rest time and then it is STRENGTH TRAINING GALORE! Watch out FAT b/c you are going to MELT AWAY!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

17 more days. PRAY HARD! Knee pain!

Only 17 more days!!!! OH MY! I have only 9 more total runs until the marathon. ONLY NINE!!! I am so close I can taste it.

Now to the prayer part or positive vibes, whatever you believe in to get me through is fine. I have been having occasionaly knee pain for about 5-6 weeks. It is just when my foot strikes the ground at a certain angle I suppose it hurts for a brief second then it passes until it does it again. It is hard to explain really. The fact is that it is there and I know it is not normal. Most likely just over use. I am going to take it easy on my next few runs and walk more if I need to. I just have to make it 2 1/2 more weeks then I can rest it for as long as needed to get it healed after the marathon.


Monday, February 23, 2009

19 days!!! Seriously, this is getting close!

I am LESS THAN 3 WEEKS away from the biggest personal accomplishment of my life. I was thinking about this the other morning when I ran 10 miles from 5AM to 7AM (lots of thinking time you know) and how this truly is the hardest I have ever pushed myslef in my life. I remember thinking getting my college education after 10 years being out of high school was big and it was. I am SUPER PROUD of that achievement but when I look back on it I was single and didn't have a boyfriend even until later in my program and didn't have kids and didn't have many bills or other responsibilities at all. I studied hard and I did pretty well and I enjoyed the heck out of my animal science program and I am so thankful that I did it and although I had to overcome some obstacles to get it done they are just nothing like the ones I have now.

I could SO EASILY say I don't have the time for marathon training. I work full time, have 2 girls that are young and require a lot of attention and you still have to bathe them, feed them, dress them and the list goes on (not complaining about that by the way, just stating the facts). I also have a husband that has a very busy fall schedule with football coaching and has too many hobbies to mention so he is gone a lot. Although, he has been nothing but helpful and encouraging to me throughougt this journey. I only say all of this to say that IF I CAN DO IT THEN YOU CAN TOO! You just have to want it bad enough. Bad enough that you are willing to get up at 4:45 on a Friday morning to run 10 miles (you really don't have to do that, maybe I was being a marathon over achiever there. haha) or to spend your entire Saturday running 20 miles b/c you are so exhausted afterward to do hardly anything at all. I just pray on those days that my girls don't mind if I don't play with them and I watch them from my recliner and that they go to selep easily. Wouldn't you know it, my two longest runs of 18 and 20 miles are 2 of the weekends that J was out of town. It just works out that way and thankfully I have GREAT parents who step in to help me out and have supported me and encouraged me the last 6 months with my training.

I had someone comment on my blog that they wish they had the will power that I had. Let me tell you this...YOU DO!! You just have to dig as deep as you want to find it. You have the power to do whatever it is that you truly want to do. I read a quote once that said if you want to see peoples priorities then look how they spend their time then you can see what is truly important to each person in their individual lives.

Here is the quote exactly: "The importance of things can be measured by how much time we are willing to invest in them. The more time you give to something, the more you reveal its importance and value to you. If you want to know a person's priorities, just look at how they use their time".

So do what is important to you and if that means running a marathon then I challenge you to go for it. I am just a regular young Mom who set a goal that pushes my limits a little farther than I ever thought I could go. I promise, you won't regret it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

22 days!!! You will not believe what I did.

I hope you are sitting down when you read this b/c this marathon preparing girl got up at 4:45 AM this Friday morning and did a 10 mile run. YES, YOU SAW THAT RIGHT, I HAVE RUN 10 MILES ALREADY THIS MORNING!! WOOT WOOT!! Man, I am excited about that.

I needed to do the 10 miles this week for my long run and I just didn't not want to do it on Saturday or Sunday so I just thought I could get up and do it this morning. I wasn't sure if I would actually but I really did want to and the alarm went off at 4:40 and my husband said "time to get up, you can do it, you will be so glad when it was over" and I made it out of bed and got ready and got on that TM. At 7ish I was SO HAPPY IT WAS OVER WITH!!

Seriously, it is amazing what you can do when you really want to.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

25 days and a Mothers RANT

I am staying consistent. YEAH!! I have done 2 of my short runs this week and two 10 minutes ab/core sessions. I am feeling good! I am also making a point to stretch a little bit after each run. Gotta stay healthy and injury free. I am just too close to the end of this journey not too. PLEASE OH PLEASE DO NOT LET ME GET HURT!

So get this story. Chloe had a school function where her class and I guess some others were going to a local high school to hear a childrens singer. This year his theme was "ocean" so they sent out a note about 2 weeks ago encouraging the kids to dress as sailors, pirates, beach goers or just dress in blue. I HATE THIS KIND OF STUFF b/c you know how you want your kid to fit in and look as good and feel good about themselves as all of the other kids. Well, I was thinking that every kid would dress up and look so cute and I didn't want Chloe to be left out. I also did not want to spend a lot of money or any at all to get ready for this. I mean she has beach going clothes but it is winter here for heavens sake. So, I put my creative husband on the task and he comes up with a really cute "girl pirate" outfit she can wear. We only had to buy a black bandana. So my Mom takes Chloe to school this morning and what do you know... SHE WAS THE ONLY ONE DRESSED UP!!!! Seriously, the only one out of 14 other kids dressed up. My Mom said no one else even had on blue. GEEZ!!! Was I the only parent that got the memo?

Isn't there a saying something like "90% of what you worry about never even happens". Well, this is a GREAT EXAMPLE of that.

Monday, February 16, 2009

27 days!

The way I am counting down you would think I was awaiting a due date for a baby or something...but instead it is just a full marathon.

This is the time when I really have to dig deep and finish strong. It is easy to get comfortable and easy to not be as consistent with your workouts and food as your goal gets closer I have noticed. I must stay focused!

I didn't run this morning like I wanted to but then again I never do on Monday. Just so tired from the weekend. Although it would get my week started off on a much better foot if I would. Tonight while I watch the Bachelor I will do core and upper body strength training.

My food has been much better today. I was on a 4 day hiatus off the wagon. The food was good but the tight pants aren't worth the brief moments of food pleasure.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

28 days. 4 weeks from today I will be close to DONE!

In 28 days from almost this time exactly I should be done or about done with my very first FULL MARATHON!!!

Jessica, Julie and I did the 20 miles yesterday. It was tough. I guess it is what you would think it would be. Running for 4 hours and 20 minutes is exactly what you would think...HARD. We started at 6:30 am and we ran for 1 1/2 hours then we ended up over at the start of a 10K that was on the University of Arkansas campus and we did that for 6.2 miles. The course for the 10K was VERY HILLY and I am not meaning slight inclines. There were SEVERAL hills and 1 is what I would call steep and the other 3 are more than gradual inclines. Then we finished up with a little over 1 1/2 hours left to run. All that matters is that we finished. Our legs were feeling it by the end and that was from the hills I am certain. We feel good knowing that we did it though and incorporated the hills too.

I am MUCH more sore today than usually on the day after again I am chalking that up to the hills.

No matter what though we did 20 miles and we were so proud of ourselves. I still can't believe it. The thought "I ran 20 miles yesterday, I did it, I really did" keeps running through my mind. Wow, I am just so proud of pushing myself beyond what I ever thought I could do. It is worth the pain, soreness and tiredness that is for sure.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

30 day countdown can begin!

As I posted earlier in the week I am getting ready for my longest run to date of 20 miles. I have been thinking about it all week. Not worrying or stressing just thinking about it and reminding myself to constantly drink water, which I have and to eat the right foods and the right amounts of food. I feel like I have done well. I think I am ready. Ready as I will ever be at least.

Julie and Jess will be up here Friday night and we will go eat my favorite pre-run meal, a baked potato with pulled pork on it and bbq sauce as the topping (no butter or sour cream), baked beans and cole slaw for the sides. It just seems to be the perfect amount of protein, carbs and sodium for my long runs so I intend to stick with it. I hope Julie and Jess love it as much as I do. Then we will head home and get our things ready b/c we will head out early Saturday morning so we can get this thing over with. Well not too crazy early like 6 or anything like that. Although, we should really do that b/c we will be actually running the marathon starting at 6 am. I have run at 6 several times and have never had an issue with it so I think I will be fine.

Only 30 more days until the marathon. Wow, the 30 day countdown can begin. I feel like I am a kid counting down to Christmas.

Monday, February 9, 2009

TWENTY - Yes I said 2-0 MILES!

ok this is the biggest week of my marathon training life so far coming up. I will be running 20 miles and possibly even 21-22. We kind of want to push ourselves past the 20 mile point just to show ourselves that we can do it. We did 18 miles two weeks ago and that went REALLY WELL. I have no reason to think that this 20 plus miler won't. It just sounds VERY daunting when you think about it.

We will be starting out with a 10K (6.2 miles) race that is around the University campus on Saturday morning then we will just continue and do additional mileage until we get to our goal. Most likely we will just run for time since we know what our pace is and we will run for a total of 4 hours and 45 minutes. OMG!!! I can hardly say that or read that without getting naseous. This is just one of those things that you have to DO and NOT think about b/c if you think about it too much you will talk yourself out of it.

So start the prayers now and keep them coming through Saturday around 2. We will for sure be done by then and hopefully showered and eating a splurge meal of our choice.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The day I became a "fiance" & a tattoo!

Last night J, the girls and I wrangled 4 free GOOD tickets to the Razorback game. A $100 value. WOO! Love good free stuff. Anyway, while we were there (we were sitting close to the band) and at half time a guy proposed to his girlfriend. We witnessed it and it was SO SWEET. Then I got to thinking what the date was and that 7 years ago yesterday, February 4th is when J proposed to me. I had kind of forgot about that anniversary until yesterday when I witnessed it happening again.

We had talked about marriage (we had dated 1 1/2 years at this point) and I knew we would most likely become engaged at some point but I was expecting it in that following summer. Well, he was at my duplex and we were in my room sitting on the bed. We had gone to look at rings also to get an idea of what we liked. So he had a piece of string and he said lets tie this around your finger so I can be sure I get the right size of ring and then he slid the ring down the string and onto my finger. I will NEVER forget it and how I felt at that moment. Pure JOY!! I got up and went to tell my two roomates and they were so excited for me but if I remember correctly J had already told them about it so I was slightly disappointed that I didn't get to share it with them first. This was around 10 at night I think so I waited until the next morning to go to my parents house to show them the ring and tell them the news. Well, a few days before this J had went to my Dad to ask for permission but told him not to tell my Mom and he didn't so that was fun to surprise her. Then I went to one of my good friends house Suzanne, and knocked on her door at like 8:30 in the morning to share the news with her.

I remember being on CLOUD 9 FOR DAYS!!! I was in school at the time in the Animal Science department and it is small and everyone is close so I felt like I could share it with everyone so they all knew by the end of the day that Dawn was engaged. Then 1 1/2 years later we were married and the rest is history. 2 precious girls and 5 1/2 years later we have a wonderful marriage and enjoy each other so much. Of course there are times that I could choke him BUT we all have that right. We really do have a wondeful marriage and I am thankful everyday that he came into my life. I can't imagine my life without him and I hope I don't for many years to come.

What a wonderul trip down memory lane that was all b/c the guy in the student section and the girl in the band became engaged on the same day that J and I did.
I don't think I have posted about this yet but in June while we were in Florida we got tattoos on our ring fingers. I got J's initials b/c his name is sort of long for my finger and he got my name. This is right after we got them done. WE LOVE THEM!!! We got the idea from a friend that her and her husband have this and we just fell in love with it. It stemmed from J not wearing his wedding ring very often b/c of his occupation, coach, he is constantly throwing the ball and doing sport things and it just gets in the way so we thought this would be a great way for him to show the world he is married and it never gets in the way. Well, I didn't want him to do it without me so I did it too. Just not the same if you don't both have it. I actually have a ring that I used to wear daily until it just became too big from my weight loss to stay on. I was always afraid I would lose it and it did fall off a few times. I intend to get it re-sized but I just havne't yet. But, until then I have my tattoo and I always will which is a constant reminder of the love and friendship that we share.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Shew! Time is flying by.

Well we had our ice storm last week which totally threw me off but things are getting back to normal now.

I actually ran 18 miles in Clarksville on Saturday and that went GREAT!! One of my best long runs so far actually. I just felt so good during and after the run. This weekend is a 10 miler so that won't be bad at all. I will be doing it by myself which is somewhat of a bummer. I love having people to run with now for the longer runs. You get spoiled with that. Oh well, I will make it.

I really don't have much to report. Less than 6 weeks until the marathon and I am READY!!!